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Report Of Explosives Sends Man To Jail

By Staff | Feb 5, 2009

It could have been a recipe for disaster – a gas line being damaged by explosives. However, an investigation into a telephone call has resulted in an Emmetsburg man being arrested on a felony charge. Emmetsburg Police arrested Shane Allen Paskert, 38, on Tuesday, Feb. 3 in connection with an alleged false report to authorities.

According to Emmetsburg Police Chief Eric Hanson, an investigation was initiated on Friday, Dec. 19, 2008, into a false Iowa-One Call. The Iowa-One Call was placed on the afternoon of Dec. 18, 2008, at which time the caller reported that an excavation project was being conducted at a location in Emmetsburg and that in the course of the project, a natural gas line was hit, due to the use of explosive materials. It was determined by officials that the information provided by the caller was false.

As a result of the investigation into the call, Emmetsburg Police arrested 38-year old Shane Allen Paskert on Tuesday pursuant to a valid Palo Alto County warrant on two criminal charges. The first criminal charge alleges a False Report to Iowa-One Call, concerning the placement of dynamite explosives on a natural gas main. That charge is a Class “D” Felony.

The second charge alleges the Making a Report to Public Safety Entity of Information Known to be False, a Serious Misdemeanor.

Shane Allen Paskert was taken into custody and was subsequently transported to the Palo Alto County Jail where he was booked and held to await an initial court appearance on the charges against him.

“These are alleged criminal charges and the defendant is considered innocent until proven guilty in a court of law,” noted Chief Hanson.

Emmetsburg Police were assisted in the investigation of this incident by management and staff of Iowa-One Call and officials of the Emmetsburg Municipal Utilities.