MASON CITY – A Mason City man previously accused of arson, willful injury, and other serious crimes was seen throwing a duffle bag that contained a live cat into a river and has been arrested.
According to sources, on March 21, 2015, a person witnessed 69-year-old William Nathan Hill of Mason City throw a duffle bag into the Winnebago River at a location near Kentucky Avenue. The person went to retrieve the duffle bag and discovered a live cat inside. Hill continued to walk north on Kentucky Avenue as police were called and soon arrived.
Mason City police announced on March 25 that they had arrested Hill on a charge of animal torture – an aggravated misdemeanor – in connection with this incident. He was taken to jail, booked and released pending a court date.
Hill has been accused of a number of felony and other crimes. He spent time in a Newton, Iowa prison in 1998, serving 6 months of a 10 year sentence in connection to a first degree arson charge brought by Mason City police back in 1997.