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Hampton woman trying to prove burger bug case facing felony drug charge


This news story was published on August 29, 2015.
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Still image of Bille C. Wentzel sitting with a McDonald's employee, picking alleged fly larvae off a burger

Still image from a public Youtube video of Billie C. Wentzel sitting with a McDonald’s employee, picking alleged fly larvae off a burger

HAMPTON – A Hampton woman recently in the news for munching burgers that contained fly eggs is battling a felony drug charge in Franklin county.

Billie C. Wentzel, age 49 of Hampton, was charged in January of this year by Hampton police with felony possession of marijuana with intent to deliver and failure to affix a drug stamp.

In March, Wentzel entered a not guilty plea to both charges and a jury trial was set for May. Her lawyers filed four times since then to delay the trial until the latest trial date was set for September 10. However, a fifth delay was filed on August 21. Now, an evidence suppression hearing is scheduled for October 10 and a trial date does not appear to be set.

Wentzel has been free as she awaits trial. She is affiliated with Weasel’s Den in Iowa Falls and Weasels Den Too on South Federal Avenue in Mason City, which claims it is “a smoke shop providing smoking accessories, vapor products and clothing accessories”.

Wentzel was in the news last week when she made a widely-publicized claim that she bought 6 burgers from a McDonald’s restaurant and that one of them contained fly larvae. Five of the burgers were eaten, she said, and the sixth was brought to the sheriff’s office, the health department, and an insect expert in Ames.  The Cerro Gordo County Health Department confirmed fly larvae was on one of the burgers.  Legal action may be imminent in that case, as well.

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9 Responses to Hampton woman trying to prove burger bug case facing felony drug charge

  1. Anonymous Reply Report comment

    August 30, 2015 at 9:26 am

    Matt,

    This could have been mentioned, along with the fact she has prior history of false reporting charges back when you posted her video last week-saving a whole lot of lost business. When you post shocking “video” fair reporting would at least make your news reporting reputable. I have gone from one of NIT’s biggest supporters, to not sure what to believe. Please consider this (from our standpoint) when working on these shocking, breaking news stories.

    • Polio Loco Reply Report comment

      August 31, 2015 at 1:48 am

      I honestly don’t think he knew it, but when the spotlight got so hot and these other stories started to surface, it came out. I’m not defending it, but you’ll find a lot of stuff comes out when the spotlight shifts….

      • Anonymous Reply Report comment

        August 31, 2015 at 6:47 pm

        Really? I saw through her story as soon as Matt posted it. One quick look at her criminal history showing previous felony charge for false reporting ended it for me.

        If I can review it and I don’t own a media site, maybe NIT can start doing a little homework too.

        • anonymous Reply Report comment

          August 31, 2015 at 11:07 pm

          I knee right away it was a scam. And it wasn’t just NIT that didn’t mention prior that she had charges, and neither did KIMT

  2. Puff Puff Pass Reply Report comment

    August 29, 2015 at 8:23 pm

    And all the clocks were set at 4:20…..

  3. anonymous Reply Report comment

    August 29, 2015 at 6:23 pm

    Yes Buzz, she HAD a business in Hampton. And the items for sale in her shop violated city code and it was closed.

  4. Buzz Crumcutter Reply Report comment

    August 29, 2015 at 5:43 pm

    I think I might remember she (or her family) might have had a shop in Hampton at one time. I seem to remember the police department letting her know that she couldn’t have Hookahs and other drug paraphernalia for sale.

    I do like how she’s got her hair all colored up. It looks like the back of a badger.

  5. my real name Reply Report comment

    August 29, 2015 at 5:19 pm

    How incredibly stupid can this woman be? Did she honestly think that her past wouldn’t come out? Now, if she wouldn’t have planted whatever that is on that burger and tried to make a stink with McDonald’s, no one would even know about this. Kind of got what you deserve huh Billie?????

  6. Polio Loco Reply Report comment

    August 29, 2015 at 2:50 pm

    Oh now the worm turns….. or larvae.