Jail fined for Iowa man who threatened Kearney hotel staff | Local News

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KEARNEY – An Iowa man served 30 days in jail and paid a fine after he was found guilty of threatening staff over his hotel reservation in Kearney in March.

Paul M. Hayden III, 30, of Council Bluffs was also placed on one year probation for third degree assault in the March 20 incident. Buffalo County District Judge John Marsh gave Hayden two days credit for time already served.

Hayden was originally charged with making terrorist threats after accosting staff at the Ramada Inn, 301 Second Ave. He entered the hotel and threatened to shoot after his reservation was canceled.

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Court records indicate that around 6:26 p.m. on March 20, a woman and Hayden arrived at the hotel to check into a room they had previously reserved online. The woman was upset because the reservation was not what she wanted, and pets were not allowed in the poolside rooms. Records say the hotel could not give her another room as they were booked that night, and the woman became aggressive towards staff members.

The hotel manager then canceled the room and the woman left. Shortly after, Hayden walked into the hotel, was verbally aggressive towards staff members and said: “It would be really funny if the place was shot,” the files say.

After Hayden left, hotel staff called the Kearney Police Department. When the police arrived, they were given a license plate number for the woman’s and man’s vehicle. Police searched the area and found the vehicle at a nearby hotel.


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