Fake bills, lousy luck

SIOUX CITY | You might say that her luck ran out. 

A Le Mars, Iowa, woman was placed on probation Tuesday after pleading guilty to using counterfeit cash at Sioux City's Hard Rock Hotel & Casino.

Jackelen Hartsock, 28, entered her plea in Woodbury County District Court to one count of forgery. A charge of fifth-degree theft was dismissed as part of a plea agreement.

Following the recommendation of a state presentence investigation, District Judge Julie Schumacher suspended a five-year prison sentence and placed Hartsock on probation for two years. She must pay $200 in restitution jointly with Kurt Jones and Brittany Derby.

Hartsock was arrested in August after an investigation showed that she, Jones and Derby had made several cash transactions at the casino on Aug. 5. The bills were later found to be counterfeit.

Jones, 27, and Derby, 29, both of Le Mars, both have pleaded not guilty to forgery. Jones is scheduled to stand trial on Jan. 23. Derby is scheduled to enter a plea on Feb. 12.

You shouldn't do that

STORM LAKE, Iowa | Tip: If you're being arrested, spitting on the officers is probably a bad idea. 

A Storm Lake man added to his charges Sunday morning after police say he spit in an officer's face as they were taking him into custody and had to be subdued. 

Martin Guillen, 27, of Storm Lake, was charged Sunday morning on a warrant for possession of a controlled substance and received additional charges for assaulting a peace officer and interference with official acts, according to a news release. 

The release said police were dispatched shortly after midnight Saturday to 207 W. Third St. for a disturbance. Witnesses told police Guillen was intoxicated and out of control. 

When police took him into custody, the release said Guillen spit into the face of an officer. Police determined he was wanted on a warrant for possession of cocaine in reference to an earlier incident. 

He was booked into the Buena Vista County Jail on $1,000 bond. 


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