Bond set at $15,000 in DeWitt case

CLINTON — The State of Iowa filed an application for a DeWitt man facing two felony charges and one misdemeanor charge to be recommitted after bail.

Assistant Clinton County Attorney Ross Barlow on Aug. 1 filed an application for recommitment after bail for Nicholas L. Callahan, 33, of DeWitt. The application alleges Callahan violated certain conditions of release as set forth in the report of violation by probation officer Greg Reckman. The application requested bond be set at $15,000, cash only.

Magistrate Judge Elizabeth Srp ordered bond be set at $15,000, cash only. Callahan is charged with going armed with intent, as a habitual offender, a Class D felony; possession of a firearm as a felon as a habitual offender, a Class D felony; and assault with a dangerous weapon, an aggravated misdemeanor.

According to the affidavit, at 4:12 a.m. Dec. 17, an officer was notified by a newspaper delivery driver that someone pulled a gun on her and other individuals in the Scott Drug parking lot before leaving in a dark truck. The newspaper delivery driver said she knew where the driver of the truck lived.

The affidavit states an officer met with the newspaper delivery driver in the 300 block of Eighth Street, DeWitt. The delivery driver explained prior to the incident she was delivering papers to a residence on Eighth Street. The truck that threatened them pulled out from behind the residence and began following them. The delivery driver reported they lost the truck in town and drove to Scott Drug, where she met with other paper delivery personnel. The same truck pulled up and a white male got into an argument with a male and other delivery personnel. It was reported the white male then pulled a silver pistol on delivery personnel while still in his vehicle and drove away, still brandishing the firearm.

The affidavit continues that an officer went to the back alley and observed a dark truck in the backyard of a residence. That truck matched the description the delivery driver gave to the officer. The truck was registered to Callahan. The delivery driver provided the officer a description of the suspect, and it matched the description of Callahan. An officer applied for and was granted a warrant for the residence later the same morning.

The affidavit states prior to the warrant being served, officers watched the residence to ensure no evidence left the residence. A 1994 Chevy Lumina was observed driving up to the residence. A woman exited and went inside the residence for a short period of time. The woman then quickly left the residence and was stopped by DeWitt police a few blocks away from the residence. Two loaded handguns were found concealed in the woman's possession, police said.

The affidavit continues that later that day, a search warrant was served at the residence. Callahan and a female were found in the residence. Callahan during a subsequent interview to police admitted he had possession of the two firearms since 2013 when his father passed away. Callahan admitted he pulled his Colt handgun out during a confrontation with subjects in the Scott Drug parking lot earlier on the same date. Callahan reported he followed the people he had an argument with after he believed they were seen on his property.

The affidavit states a subsequent interview with the female revealed she was also in the truck when the newspaper delivery person delivered to a nearby house. The female revealed drugs recently caused Callahan to have paranoia. The female said she was driving the truck and Callahan was yelling at her to chase the vehicle. The female then exited the vehicle. Callahan left the residence by himself. The female reported when Callahan returned home he told her he had exchanged words with someone else and had shown a pistol. A criminal history check showed Callahan has several felony convictions. Callahan admitted to being a felon and said he knew he couldn't possess a firearm.