UPDATE WITH PICTURE: Stolen boat hits dam on Mississippi; 4 towed to safety, arrested

2012-06-05T18:30:00Z 2012-06-05T18:43:34Z UPDATE WITH PICTURE: Stolen boat hits dam on Mississippi; 4 towed to safety, arrestedBy Quad-City Times Staff Waterloo Cedar Falls Courier
June 05, 2012 6:30 pm  • 

LeCLAIR, Iowa --- Four people were rescued Monday night after the boat they were in drifted into a dam on the Mississippi River.

This afternoon, the Scott County Sheriff’s Department said the four people have been arrested, charged with stealing the boat.

Now facing charges of third-degree theft and harassment of a public official are Christopher Allen Rannow, 25, of Clinton; Anna T. Nelson, 32, of Clinton; Sherrie Lynn Holloway, 52 of Hanover, Ill.; and Jay Michael Parsi, 20, of Hanover, Ill.

The incident occurred about 11:30 p.m. at Lock and Dam 14 in LeClaire. A 911 caller said the boat he was in was drifting in the river, according to a news release from the Scott County Sheriff’’s Office.

The boat hit the dam before the Corps of Engineers towed the boat to shore.

An investigation conducted at the scene showed the four had stolen a boat from Clinton and trekked south on the Mississippi River, according to a Sheriff’s Office news release.

Assisting on the call were the Scott County Emergency Coomunications Center, Scott County Sheriff’s Office, LeClaire Police and Fire departments, Bettendorf Fire Department, Port Byron Fire Department, Medic and the Department of Natural Resources.

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  1. knight
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    knight - June 06, 2012 8:04 am
    I wonder who was the brains of the operation. No money, no food, no motor, no lifejackets, and of course those damn dams on the Mississippi are so inconvenient. I wonder if drugs had anything to do with this great plan.
  2. hrgrosser
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    hrgrosser - June 06, 2012 5:59 am
    Arrrrgh, matey! They be lookin' like some fresh water pirates to me, eh?
  3. slipstream
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    slipstream - June 05, 2012 9:23 pm
    My goodness! Looking at the facial expressions in those mug shots, words fail me.
  4. dm1
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    dm1 - June 05, 2012 8:18 pm
    Boat people ?
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