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North Iowa Teen Pleads Not Guilty to Threat, Assault Charges

A north Iowa teenager arrested last month for threatening women with a gun and knife is pleading not guilty.

Forest City Police arrested then-17-year-old Kenneth Pedelty of Forest City for incidents that occurred on August 17th. Pedelty allegedly got into a confrontation with a female relative, then pulled a knife before punching and kicking her and pulling her hair.  Pedelty is also accused of brandishing a pistol to order the victim and two other women to lie flat on the ground and give him their cell phones so they couldn’t call for help.

Court documents also state that authorities located Pedelty’s cell phone, open to a text to his mother that read someone quote “is gonna die.”

Pedelty has been charged with intimidation with a dangerous weapon, a Class C felony; going armed with intent, a Class D felony; assault with intent to inflict serious injury and domestic abuse assault, both  aggravated misdemeanors; and false imprisonment, a serious misdemeanor.

Pedelty, now 18,  has pleaded not guilty to the charges and is scheduled to stand trial starting November 30th.

Mark Pitz

News Director/Weekdays 10am to 2pm on 95.9 KCHA
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