Theft report leads to arrests


Staff Writer

IRON MOUNTAIN – A Hardwood man has entered a guilty plea to a misdemeanor charge of retail fraud while his co-defendant faces a felony charge after a report of a theft incident at Iron Mountain Walmart on June 27.

Prosecuting Attorney Lisa Richards said Shannon Cowling, 31, of Hardwood, pleaded guilty to misdemeanor retail fraud, second degree. This misdemeanor offense is punishable by up to one year in jail.

Cowling is being represented by attorney Dan Anderson of Iron Mountain.

Sentencing is set in Dickinson County District Court for Aug. 8 at 2:30 p.m.

Shannon Sims, 36, of Georgia, is set for arraignment on July 22 at 9 a.m. in Dickinson County Circuit Court. Sims is charged with retail fraud, first degree, operating while intoxicated and habitual offender, fourth; unlawful driving away of an automobile and habitual offender, fourth.

His attorney is Dan Jaspen of Iron Mountain.

On a charge of misdemeanor domestic violence, second offense, Sims is being represented by Nancy Schaub of Iron Mountain.

According to Iron Mountain Police, the two were arrested following a traffic stop on U.S. 2 near East C Street at approximately 4:30 p.m. June 27. The arrests were following a report of a theft incident at Walmart which also involved a stolen truck.

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