News of Record: June 26, 2013

Man accused of strangling two kids

A Fort Dodge man has been charged with two felonies after he allegedly put his hands around the necks of two children.

Anthony D. Essing, 29, 311 Ave. D, has been charged with two counts of child endangerment causing bodily injury.

It’s alleged that on Monday Essing put his hand around the neck of a 13-year-old and a 2-year-old child.

“This act was intended to temporarily obstruct the child’s air way, also known as strangulation,” the criminal complaints against Essing stated. “The child’s neck also had visible bruising and markings from the defendant’s hand.”

At his initial appearance in Webster County Magistrate Court Tuesday, Magistrate Steve Kersten allowed Essing to be released with supervision to the Department of Adult Corrections. Kersten also issued a no-contact order between Essing and the two children.

Essing’s case was sent to Webster County District Court.

FD man sent to federal prison

SIOUX CITY – A man who pleaded guilty to charges of manufacturing methamphetamine has been sentenced to federal prison.

Randy Feauto, 31, of Fort Dodge, was sentenced to 11 years in prison on Thursday.

Feauto had pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to manufacture and distribute methamphetamine and one count of possession of a firearm as a felon, according to the United States Attorney’s Office, Northern District of Iowa.

He admitted that from 2009 through September 2012, he was involved in a conspiracy to manufacture and distribute 50 grams or more of pure meth in the Fort Dodge area. Feauto also admitted that while participating in the drug trafficking, he had a handgun with him.

A search warrant conducted at Feauto’s home on Aug. 17, 2012, found the gun, marijuana, digital scales and a cutting agent for meth known as MSM.

Feauto will also have to serve 10 years of supervised release once his sentence is up.

Police Log



Bemrich Electric reported a fire.

American Red Cross reported a burglary.

A person reported a runaway who later returned.

Fareway, Walmart and Austin Brown each reported a theft.

Laura Rees reported criminal mischief.


A person reported an assault.

Dylan Hatfield reported a theft and a forgery.

Stephen Bernard reported credit card fraud.


Four people each reported an assault.

Domino’s reported a theft and criminal mischief.

Corey Silence, Walmart, MidAmerican Energy, Brandi Tinken and Tina Marsh each reported a theft.

Fort Dodge Residential Correctional Facility reported an escape.

Ashley McCubbin and Gary Cathcart each reported criminal mischief.


Roxann Baker, Emily Armstrong and Walmart each reported a theft.

Amanda Gilliland reported a burglary.

Joseph Will reported criminal mischief.

Magistrate Court



Fifth-degree theft – Latasha R. Huffman, 20, no address provided, five days in jail suspended and $185 surcharge and court costs.

Assault causing bodily injury – Malik D. Veal, 17, no address provided, sent to District Court.

Fourth-degree theft – Malik D. Veal, 17, no address provided, sent to District Court.

Disorderly conduct – Armone Perry, no age or address provided, $195.