On Monday, November 18, 2019, at 11:45, the Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Office arrested Donald Lawrence Bendlin (52) of Fort Dodge on a valid Palo Alto County warrant for contempt of court stemming from an original charge of public intoxication, which is a simple misdemeanor. Bond was set in the amount of $500.00 cash only. Bendlin was transported, without incident, to the Palo Alto County Jail. Bendlin was unable to post bond and was subsequently booked in to jail to await his initial appearance before a magistrate.
A criminal charge is merely an accusation and the defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty in a court of law.