MASON CITY – A Kensett man who was at the Mason City Band Fest parade Saturday morning refused to follow directions from police, then blasted cops with F-bombs before being hauled away to a jail cell.
The incident unfolded Saturday, May 27 at around 9:35 AM, right before the hallowed Band Fest parade. A call was made to police to complain about a group of people smoking along the parade route – just a few dozen feet from the police station – in an alley at the 300 block of East State Street. NIT is told this group of people has, for the last couple of years, parked their cars in this alley, blocked traffic, used profanity and smoked tobacco products, which is a clear violation of parade rules. This year, a Mason City woman who has been subjected to their torment had enough. She pre-empted their alleged rule-breaking by calling police to complain. Police promptly arrived, investigated, and came to the conclusion the group should clear out of the alley, and asked them to move along.
However, one man in the group, 77-year-old Donald Arthur Schaer of Kensett, refused to obey an officer’s order to clear out and began to use what NIT is told was “F-bombs” and was somewhat belligerent. After repeated warnings to stop using profanity, Schaer continued to badger an officer. He was then arrested on a charge of disorderly conduct, taken to the county jail, booked, and held as the parade went along as planned.
The Mason City woman who called police told NIT, on the condition of anonymity, that “I was grateful that the Mason City Police Department was so efficient in dealing with this group of people who have ruined the experience for my children and everyone else around them the past couple of years. I also appreciate that the Clean Air Act is being respected and enforced. All we wanted was to do is enjoy the parade as we look forward to it every year.”