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Couple goes to police station seeking help for a motel room, end up in jail

Friday, December 28, 2012

Christmas Eve afternoon, police arrested two persons who had come to the police station, both wanted on outstanding warrants.

Police report that on Monday afternoon John Ruthven, age 54, and Melissa Ruthven, age 42, both of Des Moines, came to the station seeking assistance for a motel room for the night. Police, per protocol, checked to see if either person was wanted and determined that both Ruthvens were wanted by the Storm Lake Police Department on warrants issued in 2010 for Theft 5th Degree. The warrants stemmed from insufficient fund checks allegedly issued by the Ruthvens at the Storm Lake Fareway Store.

John Ruthven was booked into county jail on a $500 cash bond and Melissa on a $300 cash bond.