Man sentenced for striking paper carrier

A Davenport man was sentenced Thursday to up to five years in prison for driving while intoxicated and striking a Quad-City Times carrier in late November.

Rodolfo Solis-Castenada, 31, will also have his driver’s license revoked for a year, Judge John Telleen ordered at sentencing, according to court documents.

Solis-Castenada, who has been free on bond, was immediately taken into custody after Thursday’s hearing and booked into the Scott County Jail to await transport to the Iowa Medical and Classification Center in Coralville.

Telleen set an appeal bond at $7,500.

Solis-Castenada pleaded guilty in June to serious injury by vehicle and operating while intoxicated-first offense.

At 3:27 a.m. on Thanksgiving, Nov. 24, police were called to a serious injury crash involving a pedestrian in the 600 block of East 4th Street.

Police say Solis-Castenada was driving a white 2007 Chrysler 300 when he unintentionally struck Kevin Haslam, 35, of Davenport, who was standing in the roadway loading items into his vehicle.

Haslam suffered a fractured leg, dislocated knee and brain trauma and was flown to University Hospitals, Iowa City, according to police.

When talking to Solis-Castenada, police noted that he had watery blood-shot eyes, slurred speech and had an odor of alcohol coming from his breath, according to police.

He also showed signs of impairment on standardized field sobriety tests, according to police.

According to police, Solis-Castenada’s blood alcohol concentration was 0.120, which is above the legal limit to drive.

— Tara Becker

Man charged in cellphone store burglary

A Chicago man was arrested Thursday in connection with a break-in at a Davenport cellphone store in March.

Jamell D. Watson, 30, faces charges of first-degree theft, third-degree burglary and conspiracy to commit a non-forcible felony.

Bond was set Friday at $10,000 cash or surety. He will be back in court Sept. 22 for a preliminary hearing.

According to an arrest affidavit filed by Davenport police in support of the criminal complaint:

Police responded about 2:33 a.m. March 16 to a burglary alarm at the Sprint Store, 3875 Elmore Ave.

The suspects broke out the front door glass and stole more than $10,000 in property. Police identified a blue 2007 Audi as a suspect vehicle.

Later that morning, police located the vehicle in Riverdale, Illinois, in Cook County. A vehicle pursuit ensued and there was a crash. Watson and co-defendant, Cortez R. Morrow, 35, also of Chicago, fled on foot and were arrested.

Watson and Morrow admitted they conspired to commit the burglary and theft from the store.

A search of the vehicle turned up property that was taken from the cellphone store, according to the affidavit.

It was not clear Friday why the two men were not taken into custody in March on the Scott County charge.

— Tara Becker 

Two arrested in marijuana investigation

Two Davenport women were arrested Thursday night after police say they found more than an pound-and-a-half of high-grade marijuana in their home.

Jo Ann Foley, 66, and Heather Jo Finn, 34, face charges of controlled substance violation and failure to affix drug stamp tax. The charges are a Class D felony each punishable by up to five years in prison.

Both women posted $10,000 through a bail bond company and were released with a notice to appear in court Tuesday.

At 9:16 p.m. Thursday, members of the Davenport Police Department’s Tactical Operations Bureau and NETS (Neighborhoods Energized to Succeed) Unit executed a search warrant at 2918 W. 35th St.

Police say that during the search of Foley’s bedroom, detectives found 283.20 grams of high-grade marijuana and packaging material and a digital scale in the bedroom

Police say they found 451.25 grams of high-grade marijuana, packaging material and a digital scale in Finn’s bedroom.

Both women admitted to police that the marijuana belonged to them, and Finn said that she grows it, according to police.

— Tara Becker