Marshall man charged after altercation at Eastwood Casey's store

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

A Marshall man has been charged with class D felony first-degree property damage after an altercation at Casey's General Store on East Eastwood Street Saturday afternoon, Jan. 30.

An employee at the store told police her ex-boyfriend, William H. Hostetter, 39, of Marshall, made contact with her while she was working at the store, according to the incident report. He purchased a bottle of beer and called her several names before leaving.

He returned to purchase another bottle and was refused service. The woman asked several times that the man leave, following her refusal of repeated requests that she sell him another bottle of beer.

Hostetter then threw items at the woman, tried to pull the phone cord from the wall when she moved to call police, threw items off the shelves and broke a window, according to the report.

The value of the property damaged exceeded $750, according to the probable cause statement.

Police located Hostetter and arrested him. He is being held on a bail of $4,000 cash or surety at the Saline County Justice Facility.

Hostetter has a criminal history that includes assault, felonious restraint, property damage and violation of a full order of protection.

He is scheduled for arraignment at 9 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 3 in the Division 6 courtroom.

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  • Rinse and repeat...this guy is like a broken record.

    -- Posted by Scarpetta on Tue, Feb 2, 2010, at 12:30 PM
  • He should have placed his resume' in the list for City Administrator...I saw pictures of the damage and it was really messed up.....but not as bad as our city!! JMHO

    -- Posted by Dave in MidMO on Tue, Feb 2, 2010, at 1:47 PM
  • Do these convenience stores not have like alarm buttons behind the counter they could push instead of trying to get to the pay phone?

    -- Posted by Curiousintown on Tue, Feb 2, 2010, at 3:22 PM
  • Proof, that the Justice System is broken!!

    -- Posted by Gumby on Tue, Feb 2, 2010, at 3:31 PM
  • news across,

    Most Casey's stores now have cameras in them, so I am sure it is on film

    -- Posted by mommaof2 on Wed, Feb 3, 2010, at 9:23 AM
  • If the person was throwing things at the clerk, no matter what the relation of the clerk and the person who did the throwing, why were there not charges of assault, attempted assault. If he touched her in any way, why not battery? Why is it that property crimes always seem to take precedence over bodily threats to a woman. Under common law, assault is also attempted battery? Where are the charges? Do we have to wait for this woman to be a resident of the Lighthouse before other charges are filed?

    -- Posted by djsocial on Wed, Feb 3, 2010, at 3:29 PM
  • Just because assault charges haven't been filed at this point, doesn't mean they won't be filed at all.

    -- Posted by Miss Marple on Wed, Feb 3, 2010, at 4:32 PM
  • "How many folks witnessed him doing this? or are they basing their entire accusation on the word of one clerk...who may have hidden motives for accusing her ex-boyfriend of something he didn't do?" Posted by news across on Tue, Feb 2, 2010, at 5:13 PM

    All I was trying to say and I was not trying to say your comment was bad by any means. I am not sure that this Caseys has cameras in it but I have not been in a Caseys that didn't have cameras in them. I was simply stating that most of them do now and that they prolly caught it on film, if this is the case then they can also use this as evidence I belive.

    -- Posted by mommaof2 on Wed, Feb 3, 2010, at 7:56 PM
  • news across: Since roughly 95% of criminal cases in the U.S. are settled with plea agreements, it's doubtful this case will make it to a trial. I'm not saying it won't, but in over a year of sitting in on court proceedings every week, what I've observed there certainly supports that statistic. Most preliminary hearings are waived.

    Whether this is a good situation or a bad one, I don't know, but I do know that if every case actually went to trial, the wheels of justice would grind to a halt in short order.

    -- Posted by Kathy Fairchild on Wed, Feb 3, 2010, at 9:22 PM
  • news - If Hostetter isn't familiar with legal procedure, he certainly ought to be, with several charges - which ended in guilty pleas - already under his belt.

    Right or wrong, that's how must cases end. If you're interested in more information on the subject, I can highly recommend "Ordinary Injustice-How American Holds Court" by Amy Bach. Bach, a member of the New York bar, has written on law topics for several national publications.

    -- Posted by Kathy Fairchild on Thu, Feb 4, 2010, at 5:58 AM
  • Clearly, I wasn't in complete control of my fingers earlier this morning! The phrase "that's how must cases end" should have read "that's how MOST cases end."

    -- Posted by Kathy Fairchild on Thu, Feb 4, 2010, at 7:43 AM
  • I,out of most people do know hostetter very well,he is abusive he has a hot temper,and he is very capable of doing incidents like this,he has done these kind of things for years and got away with it,i feel very sorry for her i know how he can manipulate people,he can come off like the sweetest person around people to have people fooled and be mentally and physically abusive behind closed doors,till you just had enough to leave and he will stalk you restraining order or not..he's not scared to go back to jail..he will threaten you, your family, tear up your property yor family's property till he harasses you enough till they finally catch up to him and put him in jail,...i was once the victim..i feel very sorry for her..and i hope it all goes well for her and her family..i know what he is capable of...and for those who are trying to defend his actions..dont know him...and deep down no women deserves to be treated the way he does heart goes out to her...i know what she is going threw and it only gets worse..and there is people that still buy his bull,...and i hope people will finally open there eyes to what he really is...sincerely his ex wife....

    -- Posted by tshee70 on Thu, Feb 4, 2010, at 11:18 PM
  • news across,

    You obviously have never visited any of the prisons or been around very man inmates. Prisons are full of these guys, they don't care that you hit your woman, most have done it themselves. They have their little groups they hang in. Prison is not what it use to be. The Inmates and ACLU own the prisons. It's just a place for people to get a college degree, play basket ball, lift weights and lay back and watch Cable TV.

    If it scared inmates to be there, we wouldn't have these same people in and out of prison 50 times...Think about that just a little.

    -- Posted by Gumby on Tue, Feb 16, 2010, at 8:01 AM
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