Des Moines Man Arrested in Mingo

Northwest of Newton lies a small city of Mingo in Jasper County. A Des Moines man arrived at a residence in Mingo and was walking the property looking for the homeowners’ wife. Carlos Alvarez arrived at the victim’s house with a short-barreled shotgun.

Jasper County Sheriff’s Deputies arrived on scene and arrested Alvarez on possession of offensive weapon charge. After an initial search of his persons, deputies discovered two grams of a white crystal substance in his pockets — determined to be methamphetamine after a field test kit was orchestrated.

Once Alvarez was restrained, deputies searched his vehicle to find marijuana, digital scales, small plastic baggies and two glass smoking pipes.

Alvarez was arrested and charged with the following:

  • Controlled substance violation – Methamphetamine
  • Unauthorized possession of offensive weapons
  • Possession of drug paraphernalia
  • Possession of controlled substance – Marijuana

Arrest Made in March Homicide

The Jasper County Sheriff’s Office has made an arrest on July 13 regarding the homicide of Jose Luis C. Ramirez Berber on March 6, 2017.  Ramirez Berber was discovered deceased inside his residence. This arrest is a result of a joint investigation by the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation, Charles City Police Department, Floyd County Sheriff’s Office, and the Jasper County Sheriff’s Office.

Randy Louis Linderman, 52, from Charles City, Iowa has been charged with Murder in the First Degree. Linderman was taken into custody in Charles City. Linderman was transported and is being held in the Jasper County Jail in Newton, Iowa.

On March 8, 2017, the Office of the Iowa State Medical Examiner located in Ankeny, Iowa conducted an autopsy on Ramirez Berber. The autopsy results determined the cause of death was blunt force trauma and the manner of death was ruled a homicide.

Information from Jasper County Sheriff’s Office press release.


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