Little charged with Criminal Mischief

Clint Little

            A series of incidents leading back to November 10 has led to the arrest of Clint Little of What Cheer.

            On November 10, Deputy Jeff Runnells of the Keokuk County Sheriff Department was called to Porter Street in What Cheer for the report of a fiber-optic line that appeared to be cut.

            At that time, Windstream was notified and they report that this occurrence left customers without telephone, internet, and 911 services for an extended period of time.

            Throughout the duration of the November 10 incident to November 22, there were over 14 known locations that lines were tampered with or poles were notched, estimating a total damage of over $100,000, effecting Alliant Energy, Iowa Co-Op, REC, T.I.P, and Windstream throughout the Thornburg and What Cheer area.

            On the morning of November 22, Deputy Eric Kephart was called out to investigate three more incidents in the What Cheer area. With the help of Deputy Pence and Deputy Clark, an arrest warrant and search warrant were executed.

            Leads given to the Sheriff Department resulted in the arrest of Clint Little, who is being held in the Keokuk County jail on a $10,000 cash only bond for Criminal Mischief First degree. Little is scheduled for an bond reduction hearing on December 8. Little is presumed innocent until proven guilty. This incident remains under investigation and more details will be released as they become available.