Monona County

On October 21, 2010, in , by Jody Ewing

Monona County Cold Cases in Monona County, Iowa   Please Note: Some of these cases may fall under a city police department’s jurisdiction. They are listed here for cross-reference purposes. For more information, please visit the individual victim’s case summary page.   Homicide George Earl Dean 55 YOA Mapleton, IA Monona County Case # 66-00722 […]

The Copper Theft Epidemic

On October 19, 2010, in , by Jody Ewing

Earl Thelander of Onawa, Iowa, became the nation’s first innocent copper theft fatality. Thelander died Sept. 1, 2007, after sustaining second- and third-degree burns over 80% of his body in an explosion caused by copper thieves. Cold Cases Just Waiting to Happen: The Copper Theft Epidemic Copper theft is a serious, deadly crime, and a […]

Mom and Earl – They’re Famous, You Know; You’ve Probably Heard of Them

On March 7, 2008, in The Families, by Jody Ewing

I swear I wasn’t intentionally eavesdropping. In fact, I’ve wanted to tell this story for a long time. I’d been saving it for a chapter in my book, but feel now I’ve got to share at least part of it as it relates to “Dad Earl” and my mother, Hope. The year is 1992. We’d […]

Please Support Iowa House Study Bill 660

On February 24, 2008, in Rewards, by Jody Ewing

This used to be a home. That was before copper thieves came in the night and cut propane lines and let it fill with gas to later explode with a man inside. That man was my stepfather, Earl Thelander. My grandparents used to live here. After my grandfather died, my folks purchased the rural home […]