Two charged in Traer incident involving firearms


Correction: A previous version of this article reported attorney Kelly Lisa Grossman’s office being located in an incorrect city. Grossman’s office is in Nevada. The article has been updated.

A Dunkerton man and Traer woman have been arrested on various charges including weapons, drugs, and child endangerment in connection with an incident that took place at a rural Traer residence on August 25.

Scott Lawrence Reavis, 58, and Tristen Marie Caldwell, 35, were arrested August 25 by Tama County Sheriff’s Department deputies after being dispatched to Caldwell’s residence for a disturbance involving a handgun.

According to criminal complaints, Reavis — a convicted felon who should not be in possession of firearms — went armed with a handgun to confront Caldwell with the intent of assaulting her.

Once Reavis arrived at Caldwell’s home, he remained outside while the two engaged in a verbal argument. Caldwell then exited the home with a handgun and fired a round into the ground where Reavis was located. Reavis was not injured.


Following the discharge of the gun, they engaged in a physical altercation. Reavis subsequently got the gun away from Caldwell and assaulted her with it before chasing her into her home, down the basement steps, and into a bedroom.

While chasing Caldwell, Reavis also assaulted another individual at the home by pointing a handgun at them while the incident was taking place. Reavis tried to push the individual down the basement steps while running after Caldwell.

During the arrest, a small bag of methamphetamine was found in Reavis’s pocket.

While investigating, Tama County deputies located the handgun used by both Reavis and Caldwell to assault each other — the same gun used by Reavis to assault the second victim at the home. The gun was found in plain view inside the residence. Deputies also found drugs and drug paraphernalia while they were at the location.

Deputies obtained a search warrant and found several more items of drug paraphernalia leading them to “believe almost all occupants used drugs,” according to one of the criminal complaints filed in this case.

Three minor children reside at Caldwell’s home.

Reavis appeared in custody before the District Court on August 26. He was charged with four counts including going armed with intent, which is a class D felony in the state of Iowa. He was also charged with dominion/control of firearm/offensive weapon by a felon, assault while displaying a dangerous weapon (aggravated misdemeanor), and possession of controlled substance-first offense (serious misdemeanor).

Reavis was held on a $5,000 cash only bond and ordered to have no contact with the second victim in the case. A preliminary trial for Reavis is set for September 3, 2021, at 9 a.m.

Caldwell was charged with three counts of child endangerment (aggravated misdemeanor), one count of assault while displaying a dangerous weapon (aggravated misdemeanor), one count of keeping a drug house (aggravated misdemeanor), one count of possession of a controlled substance-first offense (serious misdemeanor), one count of possession of drug paraphernalia (simple misdemeanor), and one count of reckless use of a firearm (simple misdemeanor).

Caldwell was released on a surety bond August 25 and is scheduled to make an initial appearance on September 7, 2021. She is being represented by attorney Kelly Lisa Grossman of Nevada.