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News of Record, Feb. 22, 2012

February 22, 2012
Messenger News

Angela Swanson begins serving her sentence


Messenger staff writer

JEWELL - A Jewell woman has started serving a four-year prison sentence, after she pleaded guilty to charges relating to the death of her son.

Angela Swanson, 23, formerly known as Angela Meeker, pleaded guilty last August to obstructing a prosecution and being an accessory after the fact of a felony, both aggravated misdemeanors.

She appealed her four year prison sentence, but it was dismissed by the Iowa Supreme Court.

On Thursday, Swanson was taken to the Iowa Medical and Classification Center in Oakdale to complete her sentence.

Swanson was accused of knowing Michael Meeker had committed a crime, and tried protecting him by lying to investigators.

Meeker, 32, pleaded guilty to second-degree murder in October 2009.

He admitted that he had killed Swanson's son, 15-month-old Tanner Doran, by punching the baby in the head.

The baby was found dead on Dec. 1, 2008 at 509 Decker St. in Jewell.

Swanson was originally charged with child endangerment resulting in death, but that charge was dropped shortly before Meeker's guilty plea.

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Rhonda S. Sorenson, 48, 1006 S. 18th St., and Troy L. Sorenson, 49, 1006 S. 18th St.

Luis Miguel Centeno Lopez, no age given, 702 First Ave. S., and Lydia Evelyn Jimenez Dones, no age given, 214 First Ave. N.

Marci Lynnette Markley, 44, Rinard, and Rick Allan Markley, 52, 450 Second St. N.W.

Suzanne Paulette Crouse, 42, Humboldt, and Kevin Dale Crouse, 42, 405 Charles St.

Kristin Nicole George, 28, 316 N. 16th St., and Kelly Joe George, 28, Callender.




PRITEHARD - Dylan Pritehard and Katlyn Martin, both of Radcliffe, a boy, Drake Ryan Pritehard, Friday, Feb. 17, 2012. Grandparents are Jean and the late Joel Martin, and Jason and Janice Pritehard, all of Jewell. Great-grandparents are John and Joyce Meyers, Story City; Sandy Pritehard, Story City; Marion Pritehard, Calif.; and Peggy Brown, Ames.

Police Log



A person reported harassment.

Harold Paige reported a theft.

Michelle Rogers reported criminal mischief.

A violation of a no-contact order was reported.

Sheriff's Log


Feb. 16

A person reported an assault.

Feb. 18

Deral Ewing, 24106 Nelson Ave., reported a theft.

Feb. 19

James Ganeff, Lehigh, reported trespassing.

Gerry McCart, Eagle Grove, reported reckless use of a firearm.



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