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Authorities release name in Iowa Falls standoff
Posted: Apr 18 2014 by ppowers

 Authorities have now released the name of the man who was shot to death by law enforcement authorities in Iowa Falls Thursday afternoon. He is 25 year old Leighton C. Fitz of Iowa Falls. On Thursday afternoon, the Iowa Falls Police Department responded to an emergency call of an armed suicidal man at 413 College Street. Upon arrival Fitz exited the residence armed with several weapons and wearing a bullet proof vest. Fitz refused to obey commands from officers on the scene and reached for a weapon. After refusing to drop the weapon, officers fired rounds fatally striking Fitz. After a search of the residence, agents with the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation found multiple loaded weapons and a gas mask. Agents also discovered threats toward officers on Fitz's Facebook page. An autopsy is being conducted by Dr. Michelle Catellier at the State Medical Examiner's Office in Ankeny. Five officers were involved in the shooting:two Iowa Falls Police Officers and three DPS officers.All officers involved in the shooting are currently on administrative leave pending the investigation. The Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation along with the Iowa State Patrol,Iowa Division of Narcotics Enforcement, Hardin and Franklin County Sheriff's Departments and the Iowa Falls Police Department are assisting in the investigation. No additional information will be released until the investigation is complete.

Clarion City Council to meet Monday evening.
Posted: Apr 18 2014 by ppowers

 The Clarion City Council meets Monday evening at 5:00 at the city hall in Clarion. The council will consider a resolution approving the contract, performance and or payment bonds for the White Fox Landing Improvement Project with Wicks Construction Company of Decorah. A public hearing will be held at 5:15 p.m. to take additional action on the proposal to enter into a G.O. Loan Agreement in a principal amount not to exceed three million dollars for paying the cost of infrastructure for the White Fox Landing Improvement Project. Another public hearing is at 5:30 p.m. for the proposed plans, specifications, form of contract and estimate of cost for Traffic Signalization Improvements at the intersection of Iowa Highway 3 and Second Street. The council will consider the financial support of $2000 for a County Wide Housing Needs Assessment.

Webster City Civil Service Commission to meet Wednesday.
Posted: Apr 18 2014 by ppowers

 The task of finding a new Webster City Police and Fire Chief will begin Wednesday afternoon when the local Civil Service Commission meets at City Hall. The commission will look at the hiring process for both positions. Mike Lund will be retiring as fire chief on June 13. Brian Hughes will resign next month as he will become a police chief in suburban Pittsburgh. The commission will discuss the promotional process review and approval for a fire captain. Meeting time is at 4:00 p.m.

Webster City Parks and Recreation to discuss the plans for a dog park at Sketchley Park next month.
Posted: Apr 17 2014 by ppowers

 Due to the absence of some board members Thursday afternoon, there was no action taken on the agenda items presented to the Webster City Parks and Recreation Commission. Instead the board met with a group of local residents presenting their plans for a proposed dog park in the community. Sketchley Park on the east end of Webster City is the possible location for it. The group said there are volunteers lined up to get started on the project with obstacle courses and fencing to be built at the site. The Webster City Parks and Recreation Commission will meet at Sketchley Park on May 15 to look over the park area for the proposed dog park site.

Northeast Hamilton School Board to meet Monday morning.
Posted: Apr 17 2014 by ppowers

 A special meeting of the Northeast Hamilton Community School Board has been called for Monday morning at 10 in the ICN room of the school in Blairsburg. The board members will consider the proposed form of the whole grade sharing agreement with the Webster City School District. A date for a public hearing on the whole grade sharing agreement with Webster City for grades 7 through 12 for the 2015-16 school year will be set by the board. There will also be the acceptance of resignations from staff plus other matters.

Iowa Falls standoff ends in a man being shot and killed.
Posted: Apr 17 2014 by ppowers

 Law enforcement authorities shot and killed man after a standoff Thursday afternoon in Iowa Falls. The name of the individual who was killed has not been released. Iowa State Patrol spokesman Sgt. Scott Bright said the man was held up in his home just west of downtown Iowa Falls. Officers from the Iowa Falls Police Department were trying to talk the man out after he was being held inside the home. A tactical team from the Iowa State Patrol  was called in to assist at the scene. The man came outside of the home and yelling at the officers from the front porch. He then pulled out a weapon from his pants and pointed the gun at the officers. Law enforcement then shot and killed the man. The incident remains under investigation.

Webster City City Council to meet Monday afternoon.
Posted: Apr 17 2014 by ppowers

 The next Webster City City Council meeting is Monday afternoon at 5:15 p.m. in the city council chambers. The agenda includes two appointments to the Civil Service Commission,approval of establishing an investment advisory committee. There will also be the first reading of an ordinance to repeal the position of city treasurer. The first reading of a proposed ordinance concerning the Senior Citizens Center Advisory Board will be held. A request to replace the carpet in the City Hall hallways,council chambers and conference room will be considered. The council make a motion on the request to submit a grant application to the U.S.Department of Justice for a "Bulletproof Vest Partnership" grant for the Police Department.

In other matters the council will set the date for a work session on the proposed animal control ordinance. A public hearing will be held at 5:30 p.m. on the proposed maps,specifications and form of contract for the Water Distribution System Improvement Project.Following the business at city hall, the council will travel to the former Beam building at 1700 West Second Street for a tour of the facility.

Roland Story School Board highlights.
Posted: Apr 17 2014 by ppowers

 Last Monday evening, the Roland Story Community School Board accepted the bid from Academy Roofing for $84,000 for work on the middle school roofing project. A bid from Bailey Roofing for $66,900 for the high school roofing project was accepted. Both of the roofing projects will begin at the conclusion of the school year in early June. The Fiscal Year 2015 Budget Guarantee resolution was approved. The Roland Story Board also adopted the 2015 Fiscal Year proposed budget.

A contract with the Canvass for the Student Learning Management System was approved. The list of graduates for the class of 2014 was approved pending the succesful completion of the graduation requirements. The school calendar for 2014-15 was approved. Opening day of classes will be Thursday,August 14 with the final day being Thursday,May 21,2015 weather permitting.

There will be an increase in meal prices for the 2014-15 school year. Pre-kindergarten through 12th grade breakfast will be at $1.40 for students and adults at $1.65. Pre-kindergarten through 4th grade lunch will be set at $2.15, 5 to 12th grades at $2.25 and adults at $3.30 Special milk prices did not change however the name will now by referred to as snack time milk.

In other matters, the board approved an increase in pay for summer school teachers to $25 per hour and to approve a third class to be added as recommended by Principal Kate Hartzler. Requests for the FFA students to attend the national convention and for the high school basebal team to attend the College World Series in Omaha were approved.

The board accepted the resignations of assistant musical/variety show director Cathy Hermanson and elementary principal secretary Patty Schlorholtz. A contract for boy's golf coach Mike Risdal was approved. Contracts were also approved for learning coaches Michelle Sodestrum, Jil Hogan, Shelly Broich and Cheryl Larson. The board rejected the bids for the bus maintenance facilty in Roland and to rework the design, since the bids were over the budget. A nursing contract for Kristin Greenfield for next school year was approved.

Veishea task force study committee selected.
Posted: Apr 17 2014 by ppowers

 President Steven Leath has announced the members of a task force to study the future of Veishea in the aftermath of the event's suspension for 2014.

Leath has asked senior vice president for student affairs Tom Hill to chair the task force, which will study Veishea and assess its role and relevance for the future. Hill is working to schedule the first meeting and says he will ask the group to provide recommendations to Leath before the end of June.

"After I receive the task force's report, I will review those recommendations with city and campus leadership before making a decision," Leath said.

In addition to chairman Hill, members of the task force include:

  • Pamela Anthony, Dean of Students
  • Ann Campbell, Mayor of Ames
  • Bob Currie, director of facilities services, facilities planning and management
    (P&S employee representative)
  • Chuck Cychosz, chief of police, Ames Police Department
  • Karl Kerns, 2014 Veishea general co-chair, senior in animal science
  • Hillary Kletscher, 2014-15 Government of the Student Body president, junior in biological systems engineering
  • Warren Madden, senior vice president for business and finance
  • Sophia Magill, 2005 Iowa State alumna, assistant director of federal relations, 2004 GSB president (Magill served on executive committee of the 2004 Veishea task force)
  • Nick Morton, 2014 Veishea general co-chair, senior in environmental science
  • Micheal Owen, University Professor of agronomy, Faculty Senate representative and Veishea Advisory Council member
  • Eric Peterson, 2007 Iowa State alumnus, 2006 Veishea general co-chair (the year Veishea was reinstated)
  • Melissa Pierce, general manager, Campustown Property Management
  • Barbara Pleasants, adjunct assistant professor of ecology, evolution and organismal biology, co-president of the South Campus Neighborhood Association
  • Richard Reynolds, director of the Memorial Union and Veishea adviser
  • Jerry Stewart, ISU police chief and director of the department of public safety
  • Dwayne Vande Krol, JD, CPA, 1993 Iowa State alumnus, 2009-10 ISU Alumni Association board chair
  • Pam White, College of Human Sciences dean and University Professor of food science and human nutrition
  • Jeff Woody, graduate student in biomedical sciences, co-president of the Student Athlete Advisory Committee

Ex-officio, nonvoting member:

  • Paul Tanaka, University Counsel
Webster City Middle School Parent Teacher Conferences set for Monday,April 21.
Posted: Apr 17 2014 by ppowers

 All Webster City middle school parents and students are invited to attend the Spring Parent Teacher Student Conferences on Monday,April 21 between 4:00 and 7:00 p.m. Principal Becky Hacker Kluver said this will be a celebration of learning with conferences with teachers to learn about the progress each student continues to make this year and to learn about the results of the Iowa Assessments. There will also be the Webster City Student Art Showcase in the commons featuring many of the middle school students and their artwork. The Scholastic Book Fair will be held in the Media Center with Buy One, Get One Free! The Technology Showcase will take place in the Discovery Centers with students showcasing some of the projects. Also, parents will have the opportunity to learn more about checking grades and attendance on the iPad! Lynx Cookies will be available for those visiting the Discovery Center.There will also be a FREE picnic supper in the commons with Hot Dogs and Chips for everyone. 

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