The following information was received from Polk County law enforcement agencies. The charges against those arrested are allegations and the cases are still pending in the courts. Individuals charged and whose names appear in this column may submit documentation to us at a later date that the charges have been dismissed, or that they have been found innocent, and we will include that information in this space in a timely manner.
Joshua Dean Fernandez, age 33, was arraigned on one count.
Count 1, Theft By Receiving. The count states that on or about October 22nd, 2019, the defendant, received, retained or disposed of stolen property of another person, knowing it was stolen or having good reason to believe it was stolen, with said property valued at more than twenty-five thousand dollars ($25,000). A Class B Felony.
Malcolm Ryan Wells, age 33, was arraigned on one count.
Count 1, Furnishing, Possessing, Or Using Prohibited Articles. The count states that on or about September 25th, 2019, the defendant did introduce a prohibited article, namely a controlled substance, into a correctional facility, constituting a Class C Felony.
Stephanie Abbott, age 39, was arraigned on two counts.
Count 1, Domestic Battery In The Third Degree, Subsequent Offense. The count states that on or about October 28th, 2019, the defendant, with the purpose of causing physical injury to a family or household member, did cause physical injury to a family or household member, constituting a Class C Felony.
Count 2, Possession Of A Schedule II Controlled Substance. The count states that on or about October 29th, 2019 the defendant, unlawfully possessed Methamphetamine, a schedule II controlled substance, in an amount of less than two grams, a Class D Felony.
A Criminal Information is merely an accusation and the defendants are presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.