News of Record, Dec. 13

Man dies at FDCF; foul play not suspected

An inmate serving a life sentence at the Fort Dodge Correctional Facility died Thursday night after being found unconscious.

Dennis Lass, 73, was found unresponsive in the living unit restroom.

According to Fred Scaletta, a spokesman for the Iowa Department of Corrections, Lass was found at 9:39 p.m., and responding officers and medical personnel immediately began performing CPR on him. An ambulance from Trinity Regional Medical Center arrived at 9:43 p.m. and transported him to the hospital at 10:02 p.m.

He was pronounced dead at the hospital at 10:15 p.m.

Scaletta said there are no indications of foul play, but the official cause of death won’t be determined until an autopsy is performed.

Lass was serving a life sentence for a 1973 first-degree murder conviction in Marshall County.

Clark facing meth possession charge

A Fort Dodge man has been charged with possessing methamphetamine with the intent of delivering it.

Thomas L. Clark Jr., 44, of Fort Dodge, is facing one count of possession with intent to deliver over five grams of methamphetamine and one count of failure to affix drug tax stamp. Both are felony charges.

According to the criminal complaint, investigators conducted a search warrant at 1660 8 1/2 Ave. N. Friday morning where they discovered Clark had over five grams of “a white crystal substance which field tested positive for methamphetamine.” The complaint went on to say that Clark had “numerous other items that are consistent” with the sale and distribution of meth.

Clark also allegedly didn’t have a proper stamp or label while possessing seven or more grams of a taxable substance.

He appeared in Webster County Magistrate Court Friday morning. Magistrate Steve Kersten ordered Clark held on $100,000 bond on the possession with intent to deliver charge, and $5,000 on the failure to affix drug tax stamp charge.

Clark’s preliminary hearing on both charges will be Dec. 20.

Police Log



Enterprise reported criminal mischief.

A person reported a runaway who was later located.


King Koin Laundry, Walmart, Mary Vodraska and Brittany O’Brien each reported a theft.

Christina Schlief reported criminal mischief.

A person reported an assault.

Magistrate Court



Third-degree theft – Gary D. Black, 40, no address provided, preliminary hearing set for Dec. 20.

Fifth-degree theft – Cassandra K. Meier, 20, no address provided, $330.

Failure to properly stop at a railroad crossing – Nicholas J. Conrad, 63, no address provided, trial set for Jan. 17; Julia C. Howell, 51, no address provided, trial set for Jan. 17; David L. Holst, 54, no address provided, trial set for Jan. 17.

No insurance – Timothy D. Kahl, 26, no address provided, trial set for Jan. 10.

Improper lane change – Lawrence A. Campeau, 76, no address provided, trial set for Jan. 8.



LUNDY – Mikya Oliver, Clarion, and Cody Lundy, Eagle Grove, a girl, Mavis Rae Lundy, Tuesday, Dec. 10, 2013.

SHINDELAR -Angela Dawson and Nick Shindelar, Goldfield, a boy, Sage Jason Shindelar, Wednesday, Dec. 11, 2013. Grandparents are Linda Nelson, Goldfield, and Shonn Davis, Fort Dodge. Great-grandmother is Dawn Davis, Goldfield.


RAMUS – Megan and Matt, Lansdale, Pa., a boy, Brody Matthew Ramus, Tuesday, Dec. 3, 2013. Grandparents are Denny and Barb Ramus, Fort Dodge; and Dianne and Dick Masterson, Ocala, Fla. Great-grandmother is Henrietta Brown, Fort Dodge.