Woodward man charged with harassing neighbors

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Michael Lawrence Powell, 40, of Woodward was arrested on Dallas County warrants Monday for first-degree harassment, second-degree harassment and third-degree harassment.


A Woodward man was arrested Monday for allegedly harassing his Woodward neighbors.

Michael Lawrence Powell, 40, of 201 E. Second St, Woodward, was arrested on Dallas County warrants for first-degree harassment, second-degree harassment and third-degree harassment.

The alleged harassments occurred about 4:15 p.m. May 7 in the 300 block of E. Second Street, about 1 p.m. May 30 in the 200 block of E. First Street and about 5:45 p.m. June 1 in the 300 block of E. Third Street.

In each case, Powell allegedly drove slowly and repeatedly past the victims’ properties, according to court records.

In one instance, after Powell allegedly drove past a property several times and was directed by the property owner to desist, Powell allegedly threatened to kill the property owner, according court records.

In another instance, after Powell allegedly drove past a property several times and the victim told Powell “to stay away from his daughter and property,” Powell allegedly “started to yell at” the victim and “called him several names” and threatened to “get out and kick your ass,” according to court records.

Powell is held in the Dallas County Jail without bond in advance of an initial appearance Tuesday in Dallas County District Court.

Powell was convicted of first-offense domestic abuse assault in 1999 in Polk County District Court. He was convicted of second-offense domestic abuse assault in 1999 in Polk County District Court. He was convicted of domestic abuse assault in 2014 in Cerro Gordo County District Court. He was convicted of third-degree harassment in 2017 in Dallas County District Court. He was convicted of violation of a no-contact/protective order in 2017 in Marion County District Court.

*A criminal charge is merely an accusation, and the defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.

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