NEWTON — An Ankeny man accused of trying to lure Grundy County children into his vehicle has been sentenced to life in prison for kidnapping and sexually abusing a girl in Colfax.
Jeff Lee Altmayer, 58, was sentenced for first-degree kidnapping, second-degree sexual abuse and two counts of enticing a minor in Jasper County District Court on Monday.
He was found guilty of the charges in a January trial.
Jasper County authorities dropped a contraband charge related to a pointed toothbrush handle found in his cell at the county jail in November while he was awaiting trial. Prosecutors said in court records they saw no reason to pursue the weapon charge in light of the lengthy prison sentence in the kidnapping case.
Altmayer, who traveled the state as part of his job as an automobile damage inspector, was charged with approaching two girls in Colfax in August 2016 and offering them $100 to do yard work at his home.
One of the girls, age 12, climbed into his car, and he fondled her over her clothing until she was able to flee, according to court records.
The incident went unsolved until November 2016, when Altmayer allegedly approached children in Onawa, and a neighbor followed his car until law enforcement arrived.
Court records indicate Altmayer told investigators he was merely asking the kids where he could find a place that sells a “hundred dollar sub,” which he said was a type of pastrami sandwich.
The subsequent investigation also linked Altmayer to 2016 incidents where he approached children in Dike City Park and at Dietrick mobile home park east of Dike.
Altmayer is awaiting trial on felony enticing charges in Grundy County District Court in the Dike incidents and Monona County District Court in the Onawa incident.
300 guns seized
WATERLOO — The police department’s Violent Crime Apprehension Team has seized its 300th firearm since its inception.
The haul that pushed the total to the 300 mark came Feb. 14 as officers recovered seven stolen guns in two separate incidents, including a commemorative Thompson .45-caliber semi-automatic rifle with gold accents.
VCAT was started in 2010 with help from a federal grant that has since lapsed. Currently, five officers are assigned to the unit.
In one incident Wednesday, investigators found a firearm after a Waterloo man, 23-year-old Devanta Riley, was arrested for allegedly shooting at a woman who was holding a baby. No injuries were reported.
In the other case last week, police investigating three men detained in a Wednesday morning bar burglary and brief chase in Waterloo found evidence from other break-ins.
The trio and two others were charged in connection with the theft of guns, rare coins and jewelry from a Benton County home.
Officers with the Waterloo Police Department, Black Hawk County Sheriff’s Office and Benton County Sheriff’s Office found evidence from break-ins in both counties.
faces gun charges
CLARKSVILLE — A federal judge has ordered a Clarksville man remain in custody while he awaits trial on weapons charges.
The move came Feb. 14 after a grand jury returned an indictment charging Keith Stuart Haley, 53, formerly of Ackley, with possession of a firearm by a drug user.
In ordering Haley’s detention, Magistrate C.J. Williams determined he posed a danger to the community. Trial is currently set for April.
Court records allege Haley possessed a .410-bore Savage shotgun, a .22-caliber Mossberg rifle, a 16-gauge Mossberg shotgun and a 12-gauge Winchester shotgun Jan. 29 while he was a meth and marijuana user.
Clarksville police stopped Haley’s Ford Ranger pickup truck at Locust and Church streets Jan. 29 and found a glass pipe containing marijuana.
He was arrested for possession of marijuana at the time, and the indictment was filed Feb. 6.
Authorities also searched his mobile home on Fremont Street and located the firearms and ammunition as well as scales and other pipes, court records state.
Two injured in
Fayette Co. crash
HAWKEYE — Two people were hurt in a rollover crash near Hawkeye on Tuesday morning.
The crash was reported shortly before 8 a.m. just south of 170th Street on R Avenue, south of Hawkeye. The Fayette County Sheriff’s Office said they found a 2007 Ford Taurus on its top that appeared to have rolled a couple of times. The driver, Tanner D. Grover, 23, of Independence, was able to free himself and later pulled his passenger, a 17-year-old female, from the vehicle.
Both were transported to Palmer Hospital in West Union by Tri State ambulance with unknown injuries.
An investigation at the scene lead deputies to believe the driver may have been impaired.
Charges are pending.