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Boat Operators Charged in Deadly Mississippi River Crash


This news story was published on December 10, 2012.
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BURLINGTON, Iowa – Joseph S. Schier, Jr., 21, and Douglas C. Metcalf, 22, both from Burlington, were each formally charged on Dec. 7th with one count of Boating While Intoxicated causing death, a class B felony, and four counts of involuntary manslaughter, class D felonies, for operating the boats that collided in the Mississippi River near Burlington on May 19.

Schier, Jr., and Metcalf were each operating jon boats in the early morning hours when they collided killing Matthew T. House, 21, Jacob K. Boyd, 22, Caitlyn M. Atchley, 20, and Blake A. Eakins, 21, all from Burlington.

Charges were filed by the Des Moines County Attorney’s office. No trial date has been scheduled.

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