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Kehoe defense wants no-contact order modified

Michelle Kehoe wants to change part of her no-contact order so she can communicate with her husband, Eugene Kehoe.

Michelle Kehoe’s defense filed a motion April 9 to modify the court order. It banned her from contacting her son, Sean, and immediate family or anyone living with the boy.

Kehoe is charged with first-degree murder in the death of Sean’s younger brother, Seth. She is also accused of attempt to commit murder and child endangerment resulting in serious injury.

In October 2008, Kehoe and her sons reportedly left their Coralville home to visit relatives. Records show she later claimed to have been abducted. When Buchanan County law enforcement tracked down the family minivan by the Hook ’N’ Liner Pond, they found the body of 2-year-old Seth Kehoe nearby.

An autopsy revealed the boy died from injuries to his neck. Sean, 7 at the time, reportedly told police his mother duct-taped his eyes, nose, and mouth shut before cutting his neck as well.

The prosecution secured a no-contact order last week, citing a potential safety threat to Sean Kehoe. According to the Iowa Code, the court should have issued the order at time of the defendant’s arrest.

Kehoe was arrested Nov. 15 after she was released from the UI Hospitals and Clinics. Her preliminary hearing is scheduled for Tuesday in Buchanan County, when the court will schedule a trial date.

— by Zhi Xiong

Man charged with stealing car during test drive

Iowa City police arrested a Denver, Iowa, man after he allegedly stole a car while test driving it.

According to Iowa City police, he test drove a 2005 Chrysler Crossfire with a staff member from Hartwig Motors, 629 S. Riverside Drive. He returned to the dealership and attempted to work out a price for the car.

Siegel then asked staff members if he could test drive the vehicle again, police said. He told the staff his father was an Iowa City police officer who was on a break from his day shift and wanted to see the car before Siegel bought it.

Hartwig Motors staff agreed to let him take the car if he brought it back in 15 minutes. He never returned the car, which was valued at $18,995.

Siegel was identified by the Iowa driver’s license he provided at the dealership; he reportedly has a history of the same crime. His father is not an Iowa City police officer.

First-degree theft is a Class C felony, punishable by up to 10 years in prison and a maximum fine of $10,000.

— by Regina Zilbermints

Student charged with bootlegging

Iowa City police arrested a UI student for bootlegging after he allegedly sold alcohol at a party.

Daniel Fechner, 21, 14 N. Johnson St., was charged April 7 with bootlegging and supplying alcohol to minors.

According to Iowa City police, Fechner was the cohost of a large party at his residence. He purchased four kegs of beer and charged $5 per cup for the beer.

Many of the people he provided alcohol to were underage, including his cohost and roommate.

Bootlegging and providing alcohol to minors are both serious misdemeanors, generally punishable by up to one year in jail and a maximum fine of $1,500.

— by Regina Zilbermints

Woman charged with OWI, endangerment

An Iowa City woman allegedly drove drunk April 9 with her children in her car.

Denise Wilson, 34, 1102 Hollywood Blvd. Apt. 1, was charged with OWI and child endangerment.

An Iowa City police officer pulled Wilson over for driving on the wrong side of the road at 5 mph, authorities said. She smelled strongly of alcohol and had slurred speech and poor balance.

Wilson reportedly admitted to drinking and refused several field sobriety tests. She failed breath tests, police reports show.

Wilson’s 12-year-old daughter and 5-month-old son were in the back seat of the car, police said.

Endangerment is an aggravated misdemeanor, punishable by up to two years in prison and a maximum fine of $6,250.

— by Regina Zilbermints

Coralville man charged with selling pot

A Coralville man was arrested for allegedly selling marijuana and allegedly doing so too close to an elementary school, authorities said.

Richard Evers, 56, was charged April 10 with distributing drugs near a school and failure to affix a tax stamp.

Coralville police found a green, leafy substance while executing a search warrant at Evers’ residence, officers said. The substance tested positive for marijuana, and the weight was 48 grams, police said.

Evers reportedly admitted, under Miranda, to selling marijuana from his residence, which is 900 feet from Central Elementary School.

Distributing drugs near a school is a Class B felony, punishable by up to 25 years in prison. Failure to affix a tax stamp is a Class D felony, generally punishable by up to five years in prison and a maximum fine of $7,500.

— by Regina Zilbermints

CR man charged with assault

UI police arrested a Cedar Rapids man April 10 after he allegedly assaulted someone downtown.

According to UI police, witnesses pointed out Clifford after officers approached a person who had been assaulted on the 100 block of Iowa Avenue. Clifford reportedly fled, and officers caught him at 808 Bar, 121 Iowa Ave.

Authorities said witnesses confirmed Clifford was the offender. The alleged victim was unconscious and taken to UI Hospitals and Clinics with serious injuries.

Assault causing serious injury is a Class D felony, punishable by up to five years in prison and a maximum fine of $7,500.

— by Regina Zilbermints