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Don't try this at home

STORM LAKE, Iowa | It looks a lot easier in the movies. 

A Storm Lake woman was arrested last week police say she tried to break through a glass window using a broom stick while intoxicated. 

It turned out to be a painful idea. 

Charlene Smith, 37, was arrested on April 4 after police investigated the broken window and found her inside the residence, bleeding from lacerations on her hands, according to a press release from the Storm Lake Police Department.

The release said police found her around 12:30 p.m. after she had forcible entered the home by breaking out a window and injured herself while going through. They further alleged she was heavily intoxicated and possessed a small amount of marijuana. 

Smith was taken to Buena Vista Regional Medical Center, where she underwent an evaluation and was released to the custody of authorities. She was charged with third-degree burglary, second-degree criminal mischief and possession of a controlled substance. 

She was being held in Buena Vista County Jail on $5,000 bond. 

Stealing ex's identity

SIOUX CITY | This is why you forward your mail.

A 51-year-old Sioux City woman is facing charges for forgery, credit card fraud and identity theft after allegedly using her ex's credit card to make four purchases at a Siouxland Casey's two years ago. 

Court documents say when Kandi Gallagher's ex moved out of their residence, he didn't forward his mail to his new residence. When a new Union Plus credit card arrived in the mail in his name, documents say Gallagher opened it and used it to complete four purchases at the Casey's on Riverside Boulevard between May 31 and June 2 of 2016, totaling under $100. She signed credit card receipts to indicate her ex was making the purchases. 

Gallagher was arrested March 4 and was being held in the Woodbury County Jail on $5,000 bond. 


City hall reporter

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