Apologies for the nasty photo, but I believe it is important to show what happened to one of my colleagues -- Dan Ehl, editor of the Daily Iowegian in Centerville, Iowa -- because of something he wrote.
What bothers me as much as the beating Ehl suffered is the fact that local police only got around to releasing details of the early-Friday incident until Tuesday afternoon. Iowa law has, for decades, required law-enforcement authorities to make timely release of the basic facts and circumstances of incidents.
Here is what Iowegian reported on its web site today:
On Friday, at approximately 1:22 a.m., the Centerville Police Department received a call of a fight outside Gordies Bar & Grill in the 100 block of North 13th Street.
When officers arrived, it was determined the incident was between two males outside a bar. Police said the investigation revealed the incident concerned an article written by Dan Ehl of the Daily Iowegian, who was a victim in the incident.
Arrested in connection with the incident was Wade Eugene Adams, 27, of Centerville. Adams (he is at right in the photo linked -- BC) was charged with Assault with Intent to Inflict Serious Injury, an aggravated misdemeanor, and Simple Assault, a simple misdemeanor.
Adams was held in the Appanoose County Jail before being released on bond.
Ehl was taken to Mercy Medical Center-Centerville, where he was treated for a broken leg and facial injuries.
The article dealt with a Centerville City Council meeting in which the police were asking the City Council not to renew a bar's liquor license. The bar is called The Hot Spot and is managed by Adams.
(Top photo distributed by Iowa Newspaper Association.)