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Lankford sentenced to 65 years for sexual abuse, incest and exploitation of a minor.
Posted: Jun 30 2016 by ppowers

 A Fort Dodge man was sentenced Wednesday on charges of sexual abuse, exploitation of a minor and incest. 39 year old Lucas Lankford made his appearance in Webster County District Court where he pled guilty to two counts of Sexual Abuse in the Second Degree,Incest and Sexual Exploitation of a Minor.  Lankford admitted that on June 7,2013, he had sexual intercourse with his 9 year old biological daughter. On September 11,2015, he had sexual intercourse with his 11 year old biological daughter. Lankford also admitted that on June 7,2013, January 18,2014 and March 15,2015, he photographed or filmed the sex acts he committed against the child. Webster County Attorney Jennifer Benson stated that the sexual abuse that the child endured was horrific and will undoubetdly impact her life forever. The fact that her perpertrator was her biological father and that all of the actions were videotaped make the crimes even more disturbing. She went on to state that a lengthy prison sentence will protect the other children in the community from further offenses by the defendent. In imposing Lankford's sentence Wednesday,District Court Judge Thomas Bice called this case the most "disgusting, repulsive and sickening case he's ever seen". He emphasized that the very nature of the offense warrants  consecutive prison sentences. Judge Bice addressed Lankford  saying "People like you cannot be in our community. We need to protect our children". Judge Bice sentenced Lankford to the maximum periods of incarceration by law on each of the charges:25 years in prison on each charge of Sexual Abuse in the Second Degree, 5 years in prison on the charge of Incest, and 10 years in prison on the charge of Sexual Exploitation of a Minor. The prison sentences were ordered to be served consecutively to each other for a total of 65 years in prison. Both charges of Sexual Abuse in the Second Degree carry a 70 percent mandatory minimum, meaning that Lankford will be required to serve at least 35 years in prison before being eligible for parole. The convictions carry a special sentence committing the defendant to lifetime parole and also requiring him to register as a Sex Offender for the rest of his life.

Webster City Hotel Motel Tax Board reviews recommendations
Posted: Jun 30 2016 by ppowers

 The Webster City Hotel Motel Tax Board reviewed grant applications from four organizations. The board voted to recommend that $54,401 would be distributed in the latest round of funding. The HERO (Help Entertain and Restore Organization) Board is expected to receive $15,000 for the new seating project at the Webster Theater. The group requested $22,000. The Legacy Learning Boone River Valley organization will receive $10,000 for its programs. The original request was for $30,000. As for the Webster City Area Chamber of Commerce,the board approved a total of $23,580 for its advertising and marketing program of community activities. A recommended request for the Webster City Community Theater for $5,821 was also approved by the Hotel Motel Tax Board for promtion of its shows and Camp Cremery. All  of the recommendation by the board will be submitted to the Webster City City Council for review and approval at their July 18th council meeting.

Williams will celebrate its 65th annual Fourth of July celebration on Monday!
Posted: Jun 29 2016 by ppowers

 The annual Williams Fourth of July celebration is set for Monday. The Williams Lions Club is sponsoring this event that has been held for 65 years in the Hamilton County community that is well attended each year. The day kicks off with a parade set for 10:00. There will be prizes in five categories including churches and organizations, commercial businesses, costumes and floats,machinery cars and antqiues and horses. All entries need to be registered at the Co-op elevator before 9:30 on Monday. The grand marshals of the parade is the 2006 Northeast Hamilton State 8 man championship football team. The other events for the day will include  foot races at 11:15. A free Iowa Lions Kidsight vision screening program aimed at children ages eight months to Kindergarten will  be held at 12 noon until 1:30. Other events through the day will include a firemens equipment demonstration at 12:30, Little Princess program at 1:30, Kids Pedal Pull at 2:00, and the Gustafson's will perform at from 3:00 until 4:00 in the park. There will be cash drawings at 3:30.The Mercy North Iowa Air Medical Helicopter will be on display from 7:30 until 9:00 in the park. The celebration concludes with the fireworks show at 9:45 in the city park. Other activities will include lunch served by the Williams area churches  in the shelter house, a cake walk,games, a train ride,space walk and Lions Bingo.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          

Elm Lake meeting set for July 6.
Posted: Jun 29 2016 by ppowers

 The staff from the Iowa Department of Natural Resources will be on hand on Wednesday,July 6 from 3:30 until 6:30 p.m.,at the Wright County Conservation Board shelter on the north end of Lake Cornelia for an informal meeting to talk about the current state of Elm Lake and potential future management plans. The 460 acre shallow natural lake suffers from a high carp population that uproots aquatic vegetation and stirs up sediment causing poor water quality  with little recreation value. DNR wildlife biologist T.J. Herrick said the first step is to talk with people who enjoy Elm Lake and how they can partner to make the lake betterr. The Iowa DNR has been working to improve shallow lakes for the past decade. Results of previous shallow lake restorations can be seen at Rice Lake and Silver Lake in Worth County.

Northeast Hamilton School Board to meet Thursday evening.
Posted: Jun 28 2016 by ppowers

 The Northeast Hamilton school board will meet Thursday evening at 6:00 at the elementary media center in Blairsburg. The meeting will include a board policy manual update, facilities study information and approval of the superintendent sharing agreement. There will be the approval of contract recommendations, review a P-Card rebate to the district,approve an open enrollment application,an Iowa Communication Network (ICN) agreement and MISIC (Mid Iowa School Improvement Consortium) membership contract for the 2016-17 school year. Northeast Hamilton superintendent Mike Sherwood and assistant superintendent and principal Mike Kruger will share their reports to the board plus other matters.

Webster City Hotel Motel Tax Board to meet Wednesday afternoon.
Posted: Jun 28 2016 by ppowers

 The Webster City Hotel Motel Tax Board will meet Wednesday afternoon, June 29 at 5:15 in the city council chambers. The board will determine the final recommendations on projects and funding levels to be presented to the City Council on Monday,July 18. On Monday evening, the board heard requests from four finalists. They included the Webster City Area Chamber of Commerce, Webster City Community Theatre, HERO (Help Entertain and Restore Organization) and Legacy Learning Boone River Valley.

Wright County Supervisors approve Eagle Grove transit contract.
Posted: Jun 28 2016 by ppowers

 At their meeting Monday morning, the Wright County Supervisors met with Eagle Grove Transit director Courtney Stewart for the approval of a contract for transportation services for the 2017 fiscal year. Wright County will operate the Clarion transit services effective this Friday,July 1 with the hours of operation from 8:00 until 5:00 p.m. The supervisors approved the application for dental insurance for county employees to take effect July 1 with Met Life through Paradigm Benefits. County employees would see a three percent decreasae in their policy cost. The county has provided the dental insurance policy through Lincoln Life Insurance Company.

An interfund transfer amounting to $10,000 for capital projects  for work  on the main floor of the courthouse was also approved.

The Wright County Supervisors also received correspondence in regards to the work on Drainage District 77 located 2 and a half miles southeast of Galt.The supervisors recommended that the property owners should meet their attorneys to work on a recommendation to help clean the tile. Further discussion on this matter will be looked at in the next few weeks.

Plans for a feasibility study for a residential housing project were discussed. Wright County Economic Development director Bryce Davis presented the plans for this project for eligible residents in Wright County with the topic to be revisited at a future meeting.






Hamilton County Board of Supervisors to meet Tuesday morning.
Posted: Jun 27 2016 by ppowers

 The next meeting of the Hamilton County Board of Supervisors will be Tuesday morning at 9:00 in the supervisors board room of the county courthouse.A number of personnel items will be reviewed and approved including the sheriff, public health, Veterans Affairs Department plus the salary certifications for the 2017 fiscal year. Agreements include approving the employment of the social services director and county engineer. Contracts with IP Pathways, Simplex DHS Monitoring and Inspection, Library Services, Youth and Shelter Services and a liquor license will be considered. A public hearing in regards to the Master Matrix for KMC Farms for a livestock confinement facility near Randall will be held plus other matters.                                                                                             

Webster City man charged with robbery of Dayton's Casey store.
Posted: Jun 27 2016 by ppowers

 Webster County authorities have charged a Webster City man with the robbery of the Casey's General Story in Dayton on April 27. 68 year old James Risetter is facing a charge of second degree robbery. Authorities reported that Risetter allegedly walked into the Casey's store wearing a hooded sweatshirt that partially covered his face. Authorities reported Risetter allegedly demanded money from the cashier while his hand was in his pocket making it appear he had a weapon with him. No weapon was ever shown. The clerk on duty gave $241 to the man before he left the store. Investigators began looking at Risetter as a potential suspect after he allegedly committed a similar incident at the Jewell Casey's store this spring. Risetter is facing a second degree robbery charge in the same incident. Risetter had been released from the Hamilton County Jail in Webster City with supervision to the Iowa Department of Corrections according to the Iowa Courts Online website. Arraingment for Risetter is scheduled for today. Risetter made an initial appearance Saturday in Webster County Magistrate Court on the second degree robbery charge from the Casey's store in Dayton. Bond was set at $10,000 cash only. A preliminary hearing and bond review is set for this Friday,July 1. 

Webster City Fire Department called to vehicle fire Friday afternoon.
Posted: Jun 27 2016 by ppowers

 The Webster City Fire Department was dispatched to a vehicle fire early Friday afternoon  at 12:10 in the 400 block of Willow Street. When the fire trucks arrived, smoke was coming from a parked Ford Minivan owned by Andy Jones of Webster City. The cause of the fire was unknown. It took approximately 20 minutes for Webster City fire fighters to extinguish the blaze.

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