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Iowa Falls Police Officers identified in April 17 shooting.
Posted: Apr 24 2014 by ppowers


On Thursday, April 17, 2014, at approximately 1:20 p.m. the Iowa Falls Police Department responded to an emergency call of an armed suicidal man at 413 College Avenue. After law enforcement arrived, the subject, Leighton C. Fitz, (pictured) age 25, exited the residence armed with several weapons and wearing a bullet-proof vest.  Fitz refused to obey commands from officers on scene, and reached for a weapon.  After refusing to drop the weapon, officers fired rounds, fatally striking Fitz. On April 18, 2014, an autopsy was conducted at the Iowa Office of the State Medical Examiner on the body of Leighton Fitz by Dr. Michelle Catellier.  Dr. Catellier determined the cause of death to be multiple gunshot wounds.  The manner of death will be certified as a homicide.

The names of the officers involved with this incident are now being released.  Trooper Jeremy Schaffer, a 7-year veteran of the Iowa State Patrol, Trooper Kyle Haack, a 13-year veteran of the Iowa State Patrol, Officer Joe Metz, a 17-year veteran of the Iowa Falls Police Department, Officer Bryce Knudsen, a 25-year veteran of the Iowa Falls Police Department, and a Special Agent with 7 years of experience in the Iowa Division of Narcotics Enforcement were identified as the officers who discharged their weapons, striking Fitz.  All officers are on paid administrative leave pending the outcome of the investigation. The Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation, along with the Iowa State Patrol, Iowa Division of Narcotics Enforcement, the Hardin County Sheriff’s, the Iowa Falls Police Department, the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office, and the Iowa Office of the State Medical Examiner are assisting in the investigation.The Hardin County Attorney’s office has requested that the Iowa Attorney General’s Office review the facts surrounding this incident.  The facts of the investigation will be forwarded to the Iowa Attorney General’s Office for their review. 

Special meeting of the Northeast Hamilton Community School Board will be Tuesday.
Posted: Apr 24 2014 by ppowers

 The Northeast Hamilton Community School Board will meet Tuesday afternoon at 4:30 at the elementary media center in Blairsburg. The purpose of this meeting is to interview a potential candidate for school principal. This meeting is expected to be a closed session.

Special Work Session for the Webster City City Council on Monday.
Posted: Apr 24 2014 by ppowers

 There will be a special work session for the Webster City City Council this Monday evening at 6:00 p.m.  The session is for the purpose of drafting an animal control ordinance. There will be no action taken during this session. The council will take final action on the ordinance at a future meeting.

Work on Second Street in Webster City to begin this Monday.
Posted: Apr 24 2014 by ppowers

 Beginning Monday, April 28, 2014, Second Street, between West Ave. and James St./ 220th St. will be resurfaced by Fort Dodge Asphalt. If you need to be in this area plan for delays. Otherwise take Overpass Dr. & James St. “AKA. Old Hwy 20” to avoid most of the construction activities.The Contractor is planning to make every effort to have the work completed as soon as possible.   The City of Webster City wants to thank the public for their cooperation during this time. If there are questions regarding these temporary street delays, please contact Matt Alcazar at the Public Works Department at 832-9139.

Friends of the Kendall Young Library Book Sale begins May 1.
Posted: Apr 24 2014 by ppowers

 The Friends of Kendall Young Library Book Sale will be held Thursday,May 1 through Saturday,May 3. The sale hours May 1 will be from 10:00 a.m. until 8:00 p.m. for Friends of the Library members only. The membership is $5.00.  The hours for the public on May  2 will be 10:00 until 6:00 p.m. and May 3 from 10 until 12 noon. Donations of used books and DVDs accepted through Tuesday,April 29 at Kendall Young Library. All procees of the sale will support the work the friends organization. For more information please call the library at 832-9100.

Search begins for new Webster City Fire and Police Chief.
Posted: Apr 24 2014 by ppowers

 The next few months will be busy for the Webster City Civil Service Commission. The job on finding a new fire and police chief began yesterday afternoon as the commission met to set the guidelines in finding the right candidate for the respective position.Mike Lund will be retiring June 13 as Webster City fire chief.He has served in that position since 1998 succeeding Terry Johnston.Lund has been with the Webster City Fire Department since 1970. Webster City Police Chief Brian Hughes will be leaving the community in a few weeks to assume a similar job in suburban Pittsburgh. The fire chief position will be advertised. The requirements include a minimum of five years full time experience in a fire department,or three years full time experience in a fire department and two years of comparable experience or educational training required.The applicant must demonstrate progressively responsible experience in management of a fire department. The deadline for all fire chief resumes is May 5 at  5:00 p.m. Later next month, there will be a written test for the candidates and the interview with the prospective candidates. The interviews will be held May 29 and 30. Participants in the interview process would be city manager Ed Sadler, a member of the fire department,chief Lund, a city council member and a member from the civil service commission. It is hoped that a new chief will be in place by June.

The advertising of a new police chief is underway. The candidate must have five years progressively responsible experience in the management of a law enforcement agency. An undergraduate degree is preferred. The prospective candidate must have or obtain certification from the Iowa Law Enforcement Academy. The deadline for all applications is May 20 at 4:00 p.m. The Civil Service Commission will set the assessment process including an in basket exercise, the interview and leaderless discussion. The city will narrow down the list of final candidates between 4 and 6 individuals with the interviews to be lead by the city manager, a city council member, a police department representative, civil service commission and administrative services director Beth Chelesvig. All of the questionnaires will need to be returned by June 13 and the ranking to the city manager by June 27. The goal is to have a new police chief hired sometime this summer.

George Caggiano was named as chairman of the Civil Service Commission. Other members are Trish Bahrenfuss and Heather Kierzek.

Clarion City Council look at loan agreements.
Posted: Apr 23 2014 by ppowers

 At a meeting held early this week, the Clarion City Council approved a resolution for the contract, performance and or payment bonds for the White Fox Landing Improvement Project to Wicks Construction. Paul Donna of Robert W. Baird and Company Incorporated was present to discuss the G.O.  Annual Appropriation Bonds in the amount of $1,210,000 and Tax Exempt Bonds at $1,520,000 totaling $2,730,000 for paying costs for the White Fox Landing Improvement Project. A public hearing  was held to take additional action on the proposal to enter into a G.O. Annual Appropriation Loan Agreement with Robert W. Baird and Company in a principal amount not to exceed $3,000,000 for paying costs for the White Fox Landing project. No written or oral comments received with the agreement approved.

Another public hearing on the proposed plans, specification form of contract and estimate of costs for Traffic Signalization Improvements at the intersection of Iowa Highway 3 and Second Street. There were no written or oral objections received with the project being approved. Clarion City Administrator Rochelle Pohlman informed the council that on April 17, there was a bid opening for the project. Three of the bids were opened with KW Electric being the apparent bidder at $98,785. The bid from KW Electric was accepted for the project.

The Clarion City Council also approved the financial support of $2000 for a County Wide Housing Needs Assessment. 

The council thanked Chief Steve Hennigar for 33 years of service to the city of Clarion. An open house for Hennigar will be held Friday at 10 a.m. at the Police/Ambulance Building.

Hamilton County Conservation Board turn down plans for can collection project at Bells Mill Park.
Posted: Apr 22 2014 by ppowers

 The Hamilton County Conservation Board voted to turn down the request from the Stratford Stride for pop can collection site at Bells Mill Park near Stratford on Tuesday. The club was going to use the money collected from the can site for their many projects. Hamilton County Conservation Director Brian Lammers said the reason that the request was rejected was due to setting a precedent with other organizations in the county offering a similar activity in other county parks. Other concerns focused on safety, an infestation of insects and rodents, the site used as a dumpster for garbage and the county parks carry out policy that has been in place the last few years.

Work on the new cabin facilities at Briggs Woods and Little Wall Lake Parks are nearing completion. Director Lammers said that reservations for the latest cabin sites will be accepted in time for next month's Memorial Day weekend. An open house for the cabins is set for sometime in June.

A request to allow the Border Brigade Archery Club to have a 3D target shoot event in May at Briggs Woods Park was approved by the Conservation Board Tuesday morning. The event will be held northwest of Shelter Number 3 inside the park. The board will evaluate this event at its conclusion to see if similar target shoot events will be held during the summer and early fall months.

The next Hamilton County Conservation Board meeting will be Thursday,May 29 at 9:30 at the Briggs Woods Conservation Office.

Boy and Cub Scouts thank everyone for food and can donations!
Posted: Apr 22 2014 by ppowers


The annual Scouting For Food and Pop Can drive was held Saturday by member of Boy Scout Troop 17 and Cub Scout Pack 583. Scouts and their family members canvassed Webster City collecting donations of redeemable beverage containers and non perishable food items. Approximately 24,000 cans and bottles were collected and sorted, which will give the Scouts $1,200 to put toward the Hamilton County Cub Scout Day Camp to be held June 20 and 21 at Briggs Woods Park, as well as other scouting activities. Non perishable food items exceeded 1,300 individual food and hygiene items that were donated to U.D.M.O. for local families in need. Scoutmaster Dave Bergeson wanted to thank the community for their ongoing support, as well as all volunteers that helped canvass and collect items last Saturday morning.


Hamilton County unemployment numbers down in March.
Posted: Apr 22 2014 by ppowers

 Hamilton County saw a drop in its unemployment rate for March. The Iowa Workforce Development office reported the rate was at 5.8 percent down from the February rate of 6.4 percent. There were 6,100 people employed in the county while 300 were without work in Hamilton County last month. Iowa's unemployment rate was 4.5 percent up from the February rate of 4.4 percent. The unemployment rates for surrounding counties showed Boone at 3.8 percent, Franklin at 5.2, Hardin at 5.1, Story at 3.3 percent, Webster at 5.8 percent and Wright at 5.1 percent.

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