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Lake City official faces perjury, misconduct charges

Two others also charged

LAKE CITY — Felonious misconduct in office and perjury are among the charges the city administrator of Lake City and two of the community’s former police officers face, court filings reveal.

City Administrator Eric Wood, Aaron Alspach and Anthony Snyder were arrested Wednesday.

According to trial information filed in Calhoun County District Court, Wood is charged with:

• Felonious misconduct in office

• Preventing apprehension or obstructing prosecution

• Two counts of suborning perjury

• Two counts of perjury

Those court documents indicate that Alspach is charged with:

• Felonious misconduct in office

• Perjury

According to the trial information, Snyder is charged with:

• Felonious misconduct in office

• Perjury

The offenses occurred between October 2020 and this year.

Precisely what the three did that resulted in criminal charges being filed against them is not explained in the trial information, which was filed by Thomas E. Bakke and Tyler J. Buller, assistant attorneys general for the state of Iowa.

Bakke and Buller wrote that Alspach, Snyder and Wood made or gave a false certificate or falsified a public record or falsified a writing knowing that it would become a public record of a governmental body.

The attorneys wrote that Wood prevented the apprehension or obstructed the prosecution of Alspach and Snyder by “knowingly destroying, altering, concealing or disguising physical evidence.”

They also wrote that Wood suborned Snyder and Alspach to commit perjury.

Wood and Alspach are accused of committing perjury in October 2020, and Wood and Snyder are accused of committing perjury in a separate incident also in October 2020.

The investigation was conducted by Sac County authorities.

Wood was arrested by Calhoun County sheriff’s deputies, Alspach was arrested by Carroll police and Snyder was arrested by Cass County sheriff’s deputies.

All were booked into the Carroll County Jail.

Arraignment for all three is scheduled for 9 a.m. Oct. 3 in the Calhoun County Courthouse.

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