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OTTUMWA — An Ottumwa man will be arraigned Friday on Oklahoma charges accusing him of stealing two expensive guns from a gun show in Tulsa.

Kenneth Reynolds faces two counts of grand larceny and two counts of knowingly receiving of concealing stolen property. He was arrested April 11 after security at the gun show allegedly observed him taking a shotgun and a rifle from two separate vendors.

Court filings value the shotgun at $14,000 and the rifle at $21,995.

Arraignment is a proceeding in which a defendant is formally told the charges against him and has the opportunity to enter a plea.

Fighting the charges could be an uphill battle. The arresting officer wrote in his report that Reynolds was being held by security when he arrived. Then, the officer wrote, “I read Reynolds his Miranda rights and he confessed to the larceny.”

Reynolds isn’t the only person with local ties who will be appearing in out-of-state court. Roger Blew, who was convicted in a Davis County animal hoarding case last year, faces two counts of animal abuse in Missouri.

The charges were filed last month after authorities found exotic birds, pigs, chickens, ducks and rabbits on the property where he was living in Missouri. As in the Iowa case, a number of the animals in Missouri were dead while others were in poor health.

Blew’s preliminary hearing is scheduled for May 27.

Possession of the animals violates Blew’s probation from the Davis County case. The court sentenced him to a year in jail, but suspended most of it, and prohibited him from ever owning animals again.

In other area cases:

• Anthony Droz has entered not guilty pleas to two counts of causing serious injury by vehicle, and waived his right to a speedy trial. Droz was behind the wheel in a serious crash March 7 which injured himself and two other people. Authorties filed the charges April 9.

• Joshua Susin has pleaded not guilty to burglary in Wapello County. The court has appointed a public defender for the case.

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Managing Editor

Matt Milner currently serves as the Courier's Managing Editor. Milner is a trained weather spotter and is usually outside if there are storms. He joined the Courier in 2002.

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