News of Record: Jan. 9, 2013

Ubben admits to not filing tax return

SIOUX CITY – A Stratford woman pleaded guilty to federal charges after she admitted to not filing an income tax return.

Elaine Ubben, of Stratford, told a federal judge that she worked for Stratford Mutual Telephone Co. and served as a bookkeeper for her husband’s business from 2005-2009. Ubben said she was responsible for filing her and her husband’s tax returns, but admitted she intentionally didn’t do that.

The Ubbens owed over $120,000 for 2005-2008, according to a statement from the United states attorney’s office for the Northern District of Iowa.

“IRS Criminal Investigation directs its efforts at the portion of American taxpayers who willfully and intentionally violate their known legal duty to voluntarily file income tax returns,” Tanya Brewer, acting special agent in charge of Internal Revenue Service Criminal Investigation, said.

Ubben faces up to one year in prison and a $100,000 fine.

Her sentencing date has not yet been scheduled.

Blaze levels garage near Callender

CALLENDER – A garage in rural Webster County was destroyed in a Monday night fire.

”It was rolling pretty good when we got there,” said Callender Fire Chief Kevin Kruse. ”There was no saving it.”

No one was injured in the fire at 1613 280th St. The blaze was reported at 5:52 p.m.

Kruse said extension cords connected to heating equipment short-circuited, causing the fire. He said the heating equipment was for pens next to the garage that housed ducks. The ducks, he said, were not harmed.

He said firefighters were on the scene for about three hours.

Kruse and Webster County assessor’s office records identified the property owner as Valerie Clark.

Police Log



Anna Zeigler, Jordan Lamp, Walmart, Lisa Myers and Brittney Ackerson each reported a theft.

Dorothy Lanning reported a forgery.

Magistrate Court



Domestic assault with injury – Curtis D. Doughty Sr., 45, 707 Seventh Ave. N., No. 9, sent to District Court.

Criminal trespass – Sean M. Beebe, 24, no address provided, trial set for Jan. 31.

Operating while intoxicated, first offense – Gail A. Wilwerding, 50, Des Moines, preliminary hearing set for Jan. 17;

Violation of one-way traffic – Gail A. Wilwerding, 50, Des Moines, continued 180 days.

Driving while barred – Michael J. Dorothy, 35, no address provided, sent to District Court.

Animal neglect – Michael J. Dorothy, 35, no address provided, continued 180 days.

Registration violation – Nicole R. Roest, 28, no address provided, $100.50.

Failure to obey a traffic control device – Madeline M. Ascherl, 17, no address provided, trial set for Feb. 6; Jason J. Bradley, 33, no address provided, $195.

Violation of conditions of restricted license – Madeline M. Ascherl, 17, no address provided, trial set for Feb. 6.

No insurance, accident-related – Jason J. Bradley, 33, no address provided, $735.



Brenda Lee Hedeen, 41, Duncombe, and Matthew Hayes Hedeen, 43, 1707 Ninth Ave. S.

Marriage Licenses


Casey Michael Collins, legal, Fort Dodge, and Aubrey Francis Hacker, legal, Fort Dodge.

Timmy Joe Mehl, legal, Callender, and Debora Jean Mehl, legal, Callender.



ANDERSON – Tyler Anderson and Mindi Klohs, both of Fort Dodge, a boy, Hayden John Anderson, Friday, Jan. 4, 2013. Grandparents are Bill and Connie Klohs, Le Mars; Kathy Johnson, Hardy; and Keith and Paula Anderson, Fort Dodge. Great-grandparents are Joann Klohs, Le Mars; Darin and Jane Peterson, Le Mars; and Darlene Anderson, of Palmer.