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Accused Mason City shoplifter charged with harassment in Osage

OSAGE – A Mason City man who was already in jail for an attempted theft was served with an arrest warrant for harassment in Osage.

Ryan James Morehead, age 23, was in the Cerro Gordo county jail back on January 10 when he was served with an arrest warrant for first-degree harassment in Mitchell county. Osage police say the incident took place on December 9, and a warrant for his arrest was issued on December 21. He was taken to the Mitchell county jail, where he remains at this time, held on $500.00 bond. A judge also issued a no-contact order against Morehead. He awaits a January 20 court date.

Last year, Morehead was guilty of using the 911 emergency service to file a false report in Mitchell county. He was ordered to pay $499.69 in fines and court fees, but records show he never made a payment.

At this time, Morehead is also facing charges of fifth-degree theft, assault on a police officer and interference with official acts causing injury. These charges were brought by Mason City police after an incident on December 11, 2016. At 12:52 PM that day, a Dollar General employee called police to report a person that was suspected of shoplifting on December 5, 2016 was back in the store. Police responded to ID the male. When police confronted the male – Morehead – he took off running from the police. Another nearby officer caught him soon thereafter. During Morehead’s arrest, Morehead allegedly assaulted the officer and resisted arrest. The arresting officer received some superficial injuries to his hand during the arrest.

Morehead pled not guilty this month and awaits a March 21 jury trial and a pre-trial conference set for March 6.

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