• Fort Dodge standoff ends.
Fort Dodge Police were called to the 200 block of Avenue D at 4:44 Tuesday morning to investigate a suspicious person who threatened the victim with a handgun. Upon arriving officers spoke to the victim identified as 19 year old Lee Sundine who was delivering newspapers in the area. Sundine said he was approached by a white male who had threatened to shoot him. Sundine gave a description of the individual,the weapon and the area he had last seen him. Information developed in the investigation led officers to 222 Avenue D. Officers contacted 82 year old Helen Kruse at the residence and asked if there was a male in the residence to speak with her grandson 29 year old Kristopher Lee Fye of the same residence. When officers made contact with Fye the conversation quickly deteriorated and Fye retreated into the residence. A short time later Fye threatened to get his gun and again retreated further into the house. Officers established a perimeter and requested additional personnel. Members of the Webster County Sheriff's Department and a Unity Point Trinity Regional Medical Center ambulance responded to the initial request. Others responders included the Webster County and Fort Dodge Special Emergency Response Team and the Iowa State Patrol.
Authorities were able to make contact with Fye by phone shortly after 7 Tuesday morning. They were also able to confirm that Kruse was not being held against her will, but she was not physically able to leave the residence. Iowa State Patrol Hostage Negotiators arrived and took over communications with Fye at 7:30. Fye surrendered to authorities at approximately 10:06 a.m. He was transported to Unity Point Trinity Regional Medical Center for evaluation. Kruse was unharmed and evaluated by medical personnel. A search warrant was executed by Fort Dodge Police at the residence. Several items were recovered including a silver handgun. Fye was later transported to the Webster County Law Enforcement Center and booked into the County Jail. Kristopher Fye is charged with Going Armed with Intent, Assault While Displaying a Weapon, First Degree Harassment, Possession of Marijuana and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.
• City of Webster City has new options to pay utility bills.
Effective immediately, citizens of Webster City are now able to use credit cards, debit cards and E-checks to make payments on the city website using the new Xpress Bill Pay system.
ON-LINE USING XPRESS BILL PAY
To sign up to use Xpress Bill Pay to pay your utility bill using an E-check, debit card or credit card as well as to view your bill:
1. Go to our website at www.webstercity.com
2. Click ...on the link “To make a utility payment using XPress Bill Pay” – the link will take you to the Xpress bill pay website
3. Complete a brief form for your information where you will establish a username and password
The use of the on-line credit and debit card option will charge a fee of 2.75% of your transaction amount – this amount will be displayed for your review prior to submitting your actual payment and will show on your credit/debit card account statement as 2 separate transactions.
The use of the e-check feature will charge a flat .40¢ fee – this amount will be displayed for your review prior to submitting your actual payment.
OTHER FEATURES OF XPRESS BILL PAY:
• Paperless billing – you may choose to receive your monthly utility bill through an e-mail account each month and eliminate receiving the bill by mail – this option can be used without using the on-line payment feature – but you will need to set up an account using the instructions above.
• Viewing your bill – you can view your current and past bills with or without having a paperless account and without using the payment on-line feature.
• Automatic payment using your credit card – you can set up your utility payments to be automatically billed to your credit card each month.
• Automatic payment to change the payment date – you can choose another date for your bill to automatically be paid from your account each month – this option will not change your due date with the City of Webster City so please keep in mind if choosing this option to choose a date that will not result in penalties or delivery slip fees.
OTHER PAYMENT OPTIONS
Auto Payment with your Checking Account - If you want to set up an automatic payment each month using your checking account please come in to the Utility Office or call 515-832-9141 to have the paperwork mailed to you. Your monthly utility bill will be automatically deducted from your checking account on your due date with this option and without any additional fee. You will still receive your bill each month in the mail.
Bank Bills – Most banks have an option for on-line banking – the City does not have a charge associated with this option but you may want to check to see if your bank has any fees. If you use this option please make sure that you include your entire utility account number on the payment. The payment will be processed electronically to the City and will be rejected if the account number is missing numbers as our system will not be able to identify where to apply the payment.
Credit/Debit Card – The same service fee of 2.75% of your transaction will apply if you plan to use your credit or debit card when paying your bill by phone or stopping in the office.
Paper check, Money Order or Cash – we still accept these types of payment as well. You can stop in our office, mail or drop the payment off in our drop box located on the west side of the Municipal Building at 400 Second Street.
For questions or additional information please contact the utility office at 515-832-9141.
• Wright County Supervisor highlights
There is good news for motorists in Wright County. The bridge on Wright County Road C-70 east of Woolstock reopened late last week after a repair project that started this spring. The reopening was announced during the Monday meeting of the Wright County Supervisors. The board members approved the certification of appointment of Deputy Sheriff Barry Huedepohl and Civil Process Server Matthey Valentine. A contract with Hogan Hanson was approved for work on the 2013-14 audit for the period ending June 30,2014.
The board discussed the possibility of hiring an information technology person to maintain the computers in the county offices. It is hoped to have someone in place in the next few months.
In one other matter, the Wright County Supervisors held a discussion on the drainage assessment for the Federal Government. The board plans to go after those people who have refused to pay with the matter to be taken on a case by case basis.
• Fort Dodge authorities investigate possible animal neglect case.
• Arts R Alive Sculpture Event set for August 6 to 8.