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You're scaring everybody at Walmart!

A Cherokee, Iowa, man got arrested in Storm Lake, Iowa after causing a Halloween commotion in a Walmart parking lot. 

According to a press release from the Storm Lake Police Department, at around 9:59 p.m. Oct. 31, officers were dispatched to the Storm Lake Walmart, 1831 Lake Ave N., where a man was reportedly armed with a running chainsaw. 

Officers located the suspect, 52-year-old Dean Kohler of Cherokee and took him into custody. Witnesses told police that Kohler was acting strangely inside Walmart and yelling animal noises. 

After exiting the store, he went to his vehicle for a chainsaw and held it over his head, waving it around in a threatening manner and yelling. Police found the chainsaw in Kohler's vehicle and seized it as evidence. 

Kohler was charged with assault with a dangerous weapon, an aggravated misdemeanor, and disorderly conduct, a simple misdemeanor. He was booked into the Buena Vista County Jail on a $2,300 bond. 

A very bad accountant

It's a cardinal lesson in accountant school: You can't steal a ton of money from a church to pay your own tax obligations and credit card debt. And paying the money back won't necessarily cover you.  

Wakefield, Nebraska, accountant Michael Pommer, 45, was arrested Oct. 22 on charges that he stole more than $109,000 from Salem Lutheran Church over the past two years. He faces 15 counts of theft by unlawful taking in Dixon County, according to court documents. 

Pommer, a self-employed CPA and the church's accountant, allegedly made 15 transfers from two Salem Lutheran accounts to his personal bank account and American Express account. One transfer, of $14,412, was made to the Internal Revenue Service to pay Pommer's tax obligations. 

The theft took place between June 24, 2016, and Sept. 5, 2018. An affidavit filed in the case showed Pommer had reimbursed church accounts for $114,570. 

The pastor at Salem Lutheran notified authorities on Sept. 11 that she had discovered the bank's accountant had made bank transfers without the knowledge or consent of church officials, court documents said. 

Pommer is scheduled to be arraigned on Dec. 10. 

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