Panora Bar owner beaten early Sunday morning


October 5th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

The owner of a Guthrie County bar was beaten early Sunday morning by three men who had attended a wedding reception. According to the Guthrie County Time and online court records, the attack occurred at around 12:40-a.m. at the Owl’s Nest on Main Street, in Panora. Officials say 40-year old Brian Dean Plowman and 25-year old Nicholas Richter, both of Adair, along with 35-year old Eric Adkins, of Urbandale, each face a felony charge of Assault without intent causing Serious Injury, and Disorderly Conduct, a Serious Misdemeanor. The charges stem from the alleged assault of Owls Nest co-owner Scott Kurtz, following a verbal argument that got out of control. 

According to Panora police, the three men had been attending a wedding reception at the Lake Panorama National Conference Center following a wedding at Adair. They left the reception and went to the Owls Nest. At around 12:40-a.m., authorities received a 911 call informing them about a fight in front of the Owls Nest in which a group of people were beating up on Kurtz, who was transported to a hospital in Des Moines by private vehicle, for treatment of his injuries.

Plowman, Richter and Adkins left the scene before police arrived, but all three were later taken into custody. They have since posted bond and were ordered to appear in court for their preliminary hearings set for later this month.