Man Charged for Webster County Courthouse Vandalism

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FORT DODGE, Iowa — The Webster County Sheriff’s Office announced Tuesday that charges have been filed for the vandalism that shut down the Webster County Courthouse earlier this month.

Daniel Swick, 30, has been charged with first-degree criminal mischief and third-degree burglary. Both are felony charges.

Police say evidence shows Swick broke into the Webster County Courthouse in the early hours of Dec. 8 and discharged multiple fire extinguishers. The act left dust throughout the building and made it unusable by workers in county government, forcing the courthouse to close temporarily.

Swick was arrested on Dec. 15 and charged with burglary and criminal mischief after police say he broke into a Fort Dodge business and set off a fire extinguisher. The dust from the extinguishers forced the business to close briefly. Swick was arrested inside the store.

Police held Swick for questioning regarding the Webster County Courthouse following the business break-in, but he was not officially charged until Tuesday.