DES MOINES — More than a dozen people are seeking the open spot on the state’s highest court.Nineteen people have applied to the State Judicial Nominating Commission to fill the open spot on the Iowa Supreme Court created by the retirement of Justice Daryl Hecht on December 13th. They include nine judges currently serving on lower courts, two assistant U.S. attorneys, one county attorney, an assistant in the Iowa Attorney General’s office, and six attorneys in private practice.The nominating commission will meet and interview any of the applicants who were not interviewed for the vacancy on the court last fall before moving ahead with a decision. The interviews are open to the public and will be streamed live by the court.The commission will cut the field down to three people, and then give those names to the governor to select one to fill the spot.Here are the applicants:Joel Barrows, District Court Judge, Seventh Judicial District, BettendorfRomonda Belcher, District Associate Judge, Fifth Judicial District, Des MoinesMary Chicchelly, District Court Judge, Sixth Judicial District, Cedar RapidsJean Dickson, Attorney, Betty, Neuman & McMahon, PLC, BettendorfDavid Faith II, Assistant United States Attorney, Southern District of Iowa, IndianolaTimothy Gartin, Attorney, Hastings, Gartin & Boettger, AmesMyron Gookin, District Court Judge, Eighth Judicial District, FairfieldCeCelia Ibson, Attorney, Ibson Law Firm, Des MoinesChristine Lebron-Dykeman, Attorney, McKee, Voorhees & Sease, PLC, Des MoinesKellyann Lekar, District Court Judge, First Judicial District, WaterlooChristopher McDonald, Court of Appeals Judge, Iowa Court of Appeals, Des MoinesCraig Nierman, Attorney, Phelan, Tucker, Mullen, Walker, Tucker & Gelman, LLP, Iowa CityAlan Ostergren, Muscatine County Attorney, MuscatineDavid Porter, District Court Judge, Fifth Judicial District, JohnstonDustria Relph, District Court Judge, Fifth Judicial District, CorydonElisabeth Reynoldson, Attorney, Reynoldson & Van Werden, L.L.P., OsceolaPatrick Tott, District Court Judge, Third Judicial District, Sioux CityMolly Weber, Assistant Attorney General, Iowa Attorney General’s Office, AdelLisa Williams, Assistant United States Attorney, US Attorney’s Office, Northern District of Iowa, Iowa City
MASON CITY — A Mason City woman charged with scheming with a man to burglarize a Plymouth home has been given a suspended prison sentence. Authorities accused 43-year-old Nicole Cooper of committing felony conspiracy by meeting a victim at a bar on August 20th, and during that time, her friend 44-year-old Chad Wolfe, allegedly burglarized and committed theft at the residence, breaking in and stealing items valued at more than $1500. A search warrant was later executed in the 2300 block of 26th Southwest in Mason City where authorities also allegedly found methamphetamine. Cooper agreed in October to plead guilty to a charge of conspiracy to commit a non-forcible felony. District Judge Adam Sauer this week sentenced her to a five-year suspended prison sentence and placed her on five years probation. Wolfe had pleaded not guilty to charges of third-degree burglary, second-degree theft, criminal mischief and possession of methamphetamine. He also entered into a plea agreement with prosecutors in October. His sentencing is scheduled for next week in Cerro Gordo County District Court.