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Fifth arrest made in Armstrong case

By Staff | Feb 19, 2021

Mary Kate Staton

On Feb. 15, 2021, the

Iowa Attorney General’s

Office filed additional

charges related to

an investigation of

current and former

public officials and

employees with the

City of Armstrong in

Emmet County, Iowa.

Former city clerk

Mary “Kate” Staton

was charged with one

count of theft in the

third degree and one count

of tampering with records,

both aggravated misdemeanors,

in a two-count trial

information approved by

the Emmet County District

Court. Staton surrendered

herself at the Emmet County

Courthouse on Feb. 16,

2021, and appeared before

the magistrate that same


This charge also stems

from a multi-year

investigation led by

the Emmet County

Sheriff’s Office, with

assistance from the

Division of Criminal

Investigation and

following a special

investigation by the

Auditor of State’s


The Iowa Attorney

General’s Office is prosecuting

this case at the request

of the local county attorney

due to a potential conflict of


A criminal charge is merely

an accusation and the defendants

are presumed innocent

until and unless proven