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Fast food forgery

A Storm Lake teen is facing a felony charge after he allegedly tried to pass off a phony $50 bill at Burger King. 

Storm Lake Police Officers were called to the fast food restaurant, at 1300 N. Lake Ave., at about 1:30 p.m. Sept. 5. Employees reported that a 16-year-old had attempted to use a counterfeit $50 bill to pay for his meal, according to a press release from the police department. 

The teen took the bill and left after a clerk refused to accept the bill. Officers located him at the 800 block of Lake Avenue later in the day and took him into custody. He had two counterfeit $50 bills on him when he was apprehended. 

He faces a charge of forgery, a class D felony. 

Remember, it's half your age, plus seven

A 23-year-old Le Mars man was arrested in August for impregnating his erstwhile girlfriend, a 14-year-old runaway. 

According to court documents, Saqueo Carreto Perez, 23, was arrested Aug. 16 and was set to face arraignment Sept. 10 on one count of third-degree sexual abuse in Plymouth County. 

The girl willingly entered into a sexual relationship with Carreto Perez, which lasted about a year, during which time they reportedly lived together. She was at least 20 weeks pregnant as of early September. 

Le Mars Community School officials contacted the Le Mars Police Department on Aug. 9 to check on the girl, who was registering for classes.

According to a news release from the Le Mars Police Department, the girl said she was living with her boyfriend and did not have family members in the area. Police learned that the couple had recently moved to Le Mars. The girl attempted to convince police she was 17, but police confirmed that she was 14 by checking with schools she had attended in the past.

The Iowa Department of Human Services and the El Paso, Texas, police department confirmed for Le Mars police that the girl was a reported runaway. The girl then told police that she was pregnant and that Carreto Perez was the father. Authorities removed the girl from the Le Mars home she was sharing with Carreto Perez for her well-being, according to the news release.

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