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ARREST UPDATE: Taser inflicted on convicted crook

CLEAR LAKE – A Mason City man with a long rap sheet that includes theft, assault causing bodily injury, disorderly conduct, public intoxication, trespassing, interference with official acts and more was tasered as he was arrested, Clear Lake police confirmed today.

According to Clear Lake Police Chief Greg Peterson, Brandon Ward, 28, was arrested outside the Best Western in Clear Lake early Monday morning.

Peterson said that Ward was inside a car and ordered to come out of the car.

“He refused and officers tried to physically pull him from the car. He resisted their efforts. He was then told to exit the vehicle or he would be tasered. He refused again and was tasered and removed from the vehicle.”

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.

Photo from Brandon Ward’s public Facebook profile.

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.

Brandon Ben Ward.
Subject is innocent until proven guilty.

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