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State Center man stabbed in domestic incident

October 22, 2017

State Center, Iowa - The Marshall County Sheriff's Office responded to a medical call in State Center and found a man lying in the yard suffering from apparent stab wounds. Saturday, October 21, 2017 at approximately 6:15 P.M. the Marshall County Communications Center dispatched an ambulance and State Center First Responders to 401 5th Street SW for an unknown medical incident.

A deputy sheriff in the area responded to the residence and found resident Randy Wengert, age 70, lying in the yard severely wounded. After applying first aid and the arrival of Emergency Medical Services, deputies entered the residence to check on the welfare of Mrs. Wengert and their son Brian, who lives with them.

Deputies ushered Mrs. Wengert safely out of the residence and detained Brian Wengert, age 44, following a brief struggle.

Randy was transported to Unity Point-Marshalltown hospital where he was stabilized and transferred to a Des Moines trauma center, where he remains today.

Brian was also transported to Unity Point- Marshalltown where he was arrested upon his release. Brian Wengert has been charged with attempted murder, obstruction of emergency communications, domestic assault with a weapon and possession of methamphetamine. He has been held on a $25,000 cash bond.

Additional suspects are not believed to be involved at this time.

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The Marshall County, Iowa Sheriff's Office is led by Sheriff Steve Hoffman and is committed to keeping communities and neighborhoods safe in Marshall County.

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Child Safety Seat Checkup Event

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On Sunday, June 27 from 12:00PM to 4:00PM child passenger safety technicians with the Marshall County Sheriff’s Office and Marshalltown Police Department will be hosting a child seat safety checkup event at Fareway located at 102 W Anson St.  This event will be co-sponsored Fareway and Child Abuse Prevention Services of Marshalltown.  Technicians will be available to check child safety seats to make sure they properly fit the vehicle and child as well as ensuring correct and safe installation. They will also be checking seats to make sure they are not expired or recalled.   Techs will work with parents or caregivers to educate them on correct installation as well as offer tips to aid with proper installation.  They will also be able to answer general questions about child passenger safety.  This is a good opportunity to learn about different seat options and transitioning to different seats as your child grows and develops.  Informational handouts will be available for caregivers. 

Marshall County Sheriff’s Office to conduct special enforcement June 9 -12

June 8, 2021

Marshall County, Iowa – June 8th, 2021 – Father’s Day should be a time to celebrate, but it can also be one of the deadliest on the roads. The Marshall County Sheriff’s Office is joining Iowa’s statewide Traffic Fatality Reduction Task Force in an effort to reduce deaths on Iowa roadways. As part of that effort Marshall County Sheriff’s Office, will be conducting a special enforcement initiative geared toward reduction of impaired drivers leading into Father’s Day week.
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