MASON CITY – A North Iowa man with a long criminal record is in the Cerro Gordo County Jail today after new charges of disorderly conduct, public intoxication and interference with official acts.
Brandon Ben Ward, 28, who claims to be from Mason City, was booked into the Cerro Gordo County Jail at 1:06 AM Monday morning after the incident. Details were not yet disclosed by authorities.
Ward plead guilty in 2011 to second offense operating while intoxicated and possession of a controlled substance, while on probation, but judge Greg Rosenbladt dismissed the probation violation charge. Offense date 01/24/2011.
Ward also had a criminal mischief charge dismissed in 2006 by Judge John Cherry; was found guilty of disorderly conduct/fighting in 2006 by Judge Colleen Weiland and given a $50 fine; plead guilty to public intoxication in 2007 and was given a $100 by Weiland; a possession of drug paraphernalia charge was dismissed in 2009 by Judge Charles Biebesheimer; plead guilty to public intoxication in 2008 and Judge Ron Wagenaar gave him no punishment; plead guilty to trespassing in 2009 and Wagennar gave Ward a $65 fine; Wagenaar dismissed trespassing charges against Ward in 2011; plead guilty to 5th degree theft in 2010 and Wagenaar fined Ward $125; plead guilty to interference with official acts in 2011; is awaiting trial on an August 7, 2012 citation from the Mason city Police Department due to a loud/disorderly house; plead guilty to assault causing bodily injury in 2002 and was fined $50 by Judge Carrlyn Grupp; had domestic assault/abuse charges dismissed by Grupp in 2005 due to “insufficient evidence;” was found guilty of assault causing bodily injury in 2006 and fined $250 and given 2 days in jail by Grupp, but Grupp dismissed 1st degree burglary charges (according to online records, Ward’s paycheck from Bonanza Steakhouse was to have $50 withheld to pay for his public defender and other costs); had domestic abuse charges filed by the Mason City Police Department dismissed in 2009 by Grupp but was found guilty of violating a no-contact order by Judge John Cherry in the same incident (Ward had to pay costs of $384.48 which was sent to debt collection); had domestic abuse charges filed by the Clear Lake Police Department dismissed in 2010 by Judge Patrick Byrne; plead guilty to criminal mischief charges brought by the Clear Lake Police Department in 2007 and was given a $100 fine by Judge John Cherry (ordered $20 every two weeks withheld from his Bonanza Steakhouse paycheck); had a search warrant applied for by the MCPD for his Mason city residence in 2006 – online records indicate NO GUN WAS FOUND. NO EVIDENCE WAS SEIZED.