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Charges dropped against 3 in Northrop Grumman vandalism

Charges dropped against 3 in Northrop Grumman vandalism

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Sarpy County prosecutors have dismissed charges against three people arrested in connection with the December vandalism of the Northrop Grumman building in Bellevue.

On Tuesday Mauro Heck, 57, of Iowa City, Michele Naar, 59, of Duluth, Minnesota, and Frank Cordaro, 64, of Des Moines all had charges of criminal mischief/causing $5,000 or more damage and burglary dismissed.

They were arrested along with Jessica Reznicek, 34, of Des Moines on Dec. 27 after two windows and the glass of a large door were broken at the offices of defense contractor Northrop Grumman at 3200 Samson Way.

Reznicek also has been charged with criminal mischief/causing $5,000 or more damage and burglary.

According to court documents, Reznicek told police officers that she was an activist and she had come to the facility to obtain documents that she believed should be public.

Reznicek, who was armed with a baseball bat and a sledge hammer, admitted that she broke the glass and entered one of the offices, the documents said.

Reznicek, who has remained in the Sarpy County jail since her arrest, represented herself in court during Tuesday's preliminary hearing before Sarpy County Judge Stefanie Martinez.

The hearing was continued until next week because the Bellevue police officer who arrested Reznicek was not available to testify. Reznicek protested the continuation.

"Do you realize I'm going back to jail?" Reznicek asked the judge.

"Yes, that's obvious based on how you're dressed," Martinez said.

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