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Arizona Man Arrested on Weapon, Drug Charges in Northeast Iowa

An Arizona man was arrested this weekend on weapon and drug charges in northeast Iowa.

The Winneshiek County Sheriff’s Office says 28-year-old Edgar Chavez of Yuma, AZ, was arrested following a traffic stop on Highway 52 just south of Decorah shortly before 1:30 a.m. Saturday morning. Further investigation led to Chavez’s arrest for operating while under the influence, possession of a dangerous weapon while intoxicated, and possession of controlled substance – marijuana, all serious misdemeanors. 

Court records show deputies found a 9mm Glock pistol in the center console of the vehicle. There was no round in the chamber, but the weapon had a loaded magazine. Chavez had a blood alcohol content level of .222, which is more than two times the legal BAC of .08.  His vehicle was clocked going 75 mph in a 55 mph zone.


Shortly before 8 p.m. Saturday night, the Winneshiek County Sheriff’s Office arrested 19-year-old Marcus Higgins of Fort Atkinson on a warrant for assault on persons in certain occupations, a serious misdemeanor. Court documents state Higgins assaulted a Cerro Gordo County Sheriff’s deputy when he tried to leave a medical facility in Mason City against court orders last November.


Just after 7 p.m. Friday night, sheriff’s deputies arrested 42-year-old Jamie Mincks of Calmar on a warrant for third-degree theft, an aggravated misdemeanor.

Mark Pitz

News Director/Weekdays 10am to 2pm on 95.9 KCHA
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