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Two central Iowa men charged with violent threats at Pokemon convention to be held without bail for four months.
Posted: Sep 01 2015 by ppowers

 The two central Iowa men charged with making online threats of violence at a Pokémon convention in Boston last month have been held without the right to bail for at least four months. A Boston judge Tuesday morning ruled that 18 year old Kevin Norton of Ames and 27 year old James Stumbo of Boone pose a danger to society. Prosecutors say the two men made social threats against at least one competitor at the World Pokémon Championships. Police said they found a 12 gauge shotgun, an AR-15 rifle and hundreds of rounds of ammunition in their car. Defense attorneys argued that there was no evidence the defendants planned to carry through on any threats. The judge in his ruling said their online postings were not "just kids' stuff on the computer".

Doodlebug Reunion set for September 17-19
Posted: Sep 01 2015 by ppowers

 Plans for the 29th annual Doodlebug Reunion were announced Tuesday by event organizers. The dates will be September 17 through 19 at the Hamilton County Fairgrounds. The reunion is a celebration of the motorized scooter made by the former Beam Manufacturing Company of Webster City. From 1946 to 1948,over 40 thousand of the scooters were manufactured at the Beam plant.The reunion has drawn enthusiasts from as far away as Alaska and New York to Webster City. One of the highlights of the reunion is an extended trail ride plus an endurance run with the scooters. Several parts vendors will be in attendance so that Doodlebug owners can get the part they have been hoping to find. If you want more information please contact either Don Nokes at 515-832-4184, Vern Ratcliff at 515-832-5727 or Jerry Wells at 515-832-4194. There is more information at www.wcdoodlebug.com


Wet and warm August in Webster City.
Posted: Sep 01 2015 by ppowers

 Wet and warm can best summarize Webster City's weather for August. It was a month of above normal precipitation and temperatures.Weather records at the KQWC Radio Hill weather reporting station showed the average high for Webster City was 78 degrees and the average low was 57. The normal high for August is 71 degrees. The warmest temperature for the month was 89 degrees on the afternoon of August 2 with the lowest temperature being 43 degrees on August 26. It was definitely wet last month. A total of 9.76 inches of rain was received in Webster City. Normal rainfall is 4.10 inches for the month. The heaviest rainfall was last Friday's 3.82 inches.

The National Weather Service September outlook for Iowa indicates it will be a month of above normal precipitation and temperatures. Last September the average high in Webster City was 73 degrees and the average low was 48 degrees. A total of 4.57 inches of rainfall was measured last September. KQWC Radio is the official observer for the National Weather Service in Webster City.

Two people injured in SUV accident east of Webster City Thursday afternoon.
Posted: Aug 28 2015 by ppowers

 The Iowa State Patrol investigated an SUV accident at the eastbound 143 mile marker of Highway 20 east of Webster City shortly before 2:00 Thursday afternoon.  Reportedly the SUV was traveling eastbound when it left the roadway,entered the eastbound ditch, ran up the embankment and struck the overpass bridge where it came to rest. A passenger was able to get out however the drive was pinned inside the vehicle.The Webster City Fire Department used its Jaws of Life to free the driver. The two were transported to Van Diest Medical Center for treatment of their injuries by the hospital's EMS department. The Hamilton County Sheriff's Department assisted in the investigation. The names of the driver and passenger were not immediately available.

W.C. man turns himself in to Fort Dodge police after theater incident on August 14.
Posted: Aug 28 2015 by ppowers

 The Webster City man accused of firing a gun outside the Fort 8 theater  has turned himself in to Fort Dodge Police. 23 year old Joseph Oberender has been charged with  assault with a dangerous weapon and reckless use of a firearm. The case was sent to Webster County District Court on Thursday.  Oberender's attorney Darren Driscoll of Fort Dodge said his client waived his right to a preliminary hearing. Oberender posted bond prior to his appearance Thursday in Webster County Magistrate Court.  Oberender is accused of firing a handgun outside the Fort 8 Theater the night of August 14. Witnesses reported seeing Oberender getting into an argument with a juvenile inside the theater. The two went outside where Oberender allegedly fired a single shot from a handgun in the air. There were no injuries in the incident.

Century and Heritage Farms from Hamilton County announced at the Iowa State Fair.
Posted: Aug 27 2015 by ppowers

 Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey recognized Century and Heritage Farm families during the Iowa State Fair again this year. To qualify, a family must have owned at least 40 acres for 100 yeard or more in the case of Century Farms and 150 years or more for a Heritage Farm. This year 366 Century Farms and 101 Heritage Farms were recognized. The 2015 Heritage Farms from Hamilton County included the David Carlson farm located near Stanhope of 330th Street. The same Carlson farm near Stanhope was also honored as a Century Farm recipient. The Century Farm honorees this year included the Earl and Mae Etta Cramer farm at 1728 Little Wall Lake near Blairsburg, the R.Kathleen Hemmen Trust farm at 2564 240th Street near Blairsburg and the Larry O'Connor farm at 2111 250th Street near Webster City.

Nessa trial moved to January
Posted: Aug 27 2015 by ppowers

 The trial of a Webster City man facing charges after an incident in Story County is now set for early next year. 53 year old Terry Nessa is accused of first degree burglary, willful injury causing serious injury and third degree criminal mischief. On Wednesday, the trial date for Nessa was set for January 26,2016 in Story County District County. Both Nessa and 50 year old Ted Larson pleaded not guilty to the charges filed against them. The two men allegedly broke into a rural McCallsburg home on December 13,2014. They allegedly assault Lyndal Olson who lived in the residence. Olson suffered injuries as a result. Two vehicles were vandalized in Olson's driveway and are accused of breaking the windows to his barn.The trial for Ted Larson will begin September 15 in Story County District Court in Nevada. Larson is the former head wrestling coach for Webster City High School and district transportation director while Nessa was a former volunteer wrestling coach. Both men have been released on bond.

Nomination papers can be taken out for municipal elections in Hamilton County
Posted: Aug 27 2015 by ppowers

 Hamilton County Auditor and Commissioner of Elections Kim Schaa announced that nomination papers for the November 3 municipal elections are available. The papers can be picked up at the city clerk's office in your community. The terms will all expire at the end of the year. In Blairsburg, Troy Hassebrock is up for election as mayor while there are three members on the city council that will be up for election. They are Arne Fagervik,Shirley J. Nelson and Marlin Pruismann. In Ellsworth, Gregory Campbell is up for election of the community with the terms of Marv Norem, Stephen M. Holt and Dewaine Zimmerman  up for election on the city council. Mickey Walker's term as mayor of Jewell will end at the end of this year with Jewell council members Bruce G. Johnson and Fred Marcalus up for election. Kamrar mayor Jeannette Tempel and and two council members Jason Moon and Amy Pigsley will be up for election this November.In the other communities across Hamilton County, Gregg Wright's term as the mayor of Randall will expire on December 31 with council members Carlene Enderson and Shawn Murphy up for election. Three city council members in Stanhope will face election this November. Terms expiring are those of Roger Hayes,Jr, Susan K. Moore and Nila Zanker. Stanhope mayor Harold Hove is also facing election this year. In Stratford the terms of Travis Sonksen and Rick Woodard will be expiring December 31. In Williams, Jessica Hiemstra's term as mayor will end on December 31 with council members Tracy Nicholson and Patsy Weldin also up for election. In Webster City, the terms of council members Doug Getter and Geary Meyer will end this year. There are two seats on the Fuller Hall Board of Trustee that are up for election. The seats belong to John Van Diest and Dan Asklund. The terms for both members expire December 31,2016. For Kendall Young Library board,the term of Kellee Shey will expire December 31,2015 and L. Richard Anderson's term expires December 31,2016. All nomination papers need to be returned by Thursday,September 17 at 5:00 p.m. to city clerk's office in your community.

Northeast Hamilton Community School Board to meet Thursday evening.
Posted: Aug 27 2015 by ppowers

 The next meeting of the Northeast Hamilton Community School Board will be Thursday evening at 6:00. Agenda items include a child care update, a tour of the child care rooms,review the proposed work session schedule for 2015-16 and set the November meeting date. There will be an appointment of the board secretary, consider an open enrollment request, designate financial depositories and legal counsel for the school board, approve an FM Controls contract, consider a school vehicle repair and purchase, discussion an interfund loan and a reminder of the September 8 school board election. Northeast Hamilton superintendent Mike Sherwood and assistant superintendent and principal Mike Kruger will present their reports to the board.

Arrest warrant issued for Webster City man following an incident in Fort Dodge.
Posted: Aug 27 2015 by ppowers

 Arrest warrants were issued Wednesday for 23 year old Joseph Joby Benjamin Oberender of Webster City following the investigation of an incident occurring outside the Fort 8 Theatre at 1417 Central Avenue in Fort Dodge during the evening of August 14,2015. Witnesses stated that Oberender was involved in a verbal argument with a juvenile male inside the theater. They then exited the building, where Oberender displayed a handgun and fired one shot into the air. No one was injure...d in the incident. Oberender is charged with Assault While Using or Displaying a Dangerous Weapon,an aggravated misdemeanor and Reckless Use of a Firearm,a simple misdemeanor. Anyone with information concerning this case or on Oberender's whereabouts is encouraged to contact the Fort Dodge Police Department at 515-573-1426 or Webster County Crimestoppers anonymously at calling 515-573-1444,online at www.wccrimestoppers.com or by texting "LEC" and the tip to CRIMES (274637). Your help would be appreciated.

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