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Mason City man arrested for interference, then allegedly damages jail cell

This news story was published on August 6, 2017.
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MASON CITY – A report of a suspicious subject led to the arrest of a Mason City man, who was then put in a jail cell he allegedly damaged.

Mason City police were dispatched early Saturday morning, August 5 for reports of a suspicious subject at up to two locations. Upon locating the subject, later identified as 32-year-old Stephen Louis Bartling of Mason City, officers investigated and put him under arrest for interference with official acts.

Bartling was booked into he county jail at about 2:28 AM. Later, deputies there took a criminal mischief report taken for damage to a cell and charged Bartling with second-degree criminal mischief for causing damage to a cell over $1,000 but less than $10,000.

Bartling was accused of burglary in Mason City last year, but took a plea deal and was guilty of just third-degree theft. He was fined.

Bartling, Stephen Louis
(photo from previous arrest)

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