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Fort Dodge standoff ends.
Posted: Jul 29 2014 by ppowers

 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.
Posted: Jul 29 2014 by ppowers

 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
Posted: Jul 29 2014 by ppowers

 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.
Posted: Jul 29 2014 by ppowers

 Police in Fort Dodge Saturday responded to a report of possible animal neglect at 310 and 312 G Street. It was alleged that the owner of the property 61 year old Kathleen Bond had taken in numerous dogs and cats and was unable to care for them resulting in unsanitary and unhealthy living conditions. The residence at 310 G Street was vacant at the time while Bond was living at 312 G Street. Bond cooperated with law enforcement and permitted officers to inspect both residences. Officers observed obvious signs of animal neglect inside both of the residences but due to high levels of ammonia in the air they were not able to enter and complete the investigation. Due to the results of their investigation, both houses were secured to prevent anyone from going inside without appropriate equipment. The Fort Dodge Fire Department responded as members wore hazardous material suits and self contained breathing apparatus to determine the levels of ammonia and any other health threats. While inside fire fighters noted approximately eight dogs and between 40 to 50 cats combined in the two residences.Webster County Animal Control Officer Blaine Hepp as well as volunteers with Almost Home Animal Shelter responded and assisted in the recovery of the eight dogs from 312 G Street. The animals were impounded and will be evaluated and treated for any neglect or injuries. Authorities said it was determined that it was safe for the cats to remain at the residences in the short term while Almost Home and Animal Control Officer Hepp worked to identify rescue shelters that would take them in. The investigation into this incident continues.

Arts R Alive Sculpture Event set for August 6 to 8.
Posted: Jul 29 2014 by ppowers

 The Fourth Annual Arts R Alive Sculpture event will be held at West Twin Park  in Webster City August 6  to 8,2014. Seven artists have submitted pieces for the event which is sponsored by the Take Pride in Webster City Committee with funding coming from the Hotel Motel tax, WCF Financial Bank and the Rotary Club. Voting for the People's Choice Award will take place in the park from 4:00 until 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday August 6 and 10:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m. on Thursday,August 7. "Artist Talk" at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, August 6 will feature the artists giving comments about their piece and answering questions. Martin Arthur, director of the Hearst Center for the Arts at the University of Northern Iowa will judge the pieces and make comments about them on Thursday,August 7 at 6:30 p.m. Music and refreshments will be provided each evening. Josh Seiser will provide recorded music on Wednesday and the Jive For Five brass band, a group of area band instructors will provide live music from 4:30 until 6:30 on Thursday evening.

Back to school registration dates announced.
Posted: Jul 28 2014 by ppowers

 As the summer celebrations are beginning to wind down, it's time to think about back to school registration. School districts in the KQWC listening area have announced the dates for sign up.

Webster City School registration continues though August 4. There are no registration fees for students attending the Webster City schools. You may register at the Webster City school website or at the school office Monday through Thursdays from 7:00 until 4:45 p.m. The school office is closed on Fridays for the summer.

Stratford  school registration dates will be August 4 from 4:00 until 7:00 p.m. and August 5 from 8:00 until 11:00 a.m. at the school office in Stratford.

The registration for students attending South Hamilton in Jewell will be Tuesday,August 5 and Thursday,August 7 from 10:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m. at the middle school high school office.

The Northeast Hamilton school registration date is Tuesday, August 12 from 1:00 until 7:00 p.m. at the school office in Blairsburg. Registration packets will be mailed this week which will contain more information  and details regarding the registration process.

Sign up for classes at Roland Story will be this Thursday,July 31 from 12 noon until 6 p.m. and Friday,August 1 from 12 noon until 3:00 p.m. in the high school commons in Story City.

Registration at Eagle Grove will be Tuesday,August 5 from 8:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m. for all grades at the high school in Eagle Grove.

Clarion Goldfield Dows registration dates are Tuesday,August 5 from 11 until 7 and Wednesday,August 6 from 10 until 5 at the high school cafeteria in Clarion.

The sign up for those attending Belmond Klemme school will be Monday,August 4 from 11 until 7 at the Jacobson Elementary School lunch room in Belmond.

Classes for the 2014-15 school year will begin August 14 at Roland Story. Eagle Grove and South Hamilton will begin the new school year on August 18. The new school year arrives August 19 for Webster City,St. Thomas Aquinas,  Northeast Hamilton, Stratford, Clarion Goldfield Dows and Belmond Klemme.

Final results of the Hamilton County League of Women Voters Straw Poll released.
Posted: Jul 28 2014 by ppowers

300 people participated at the Hamilton County League of Women Voters Straw Poll that wrapped up Sunday afternoon at the Ed Prince Building. The first question was should the U.S Congress pass an immigration law that includes a path to citizenship? 184 people were in favor of the law while 109 said they were opposed. The next question was should the Iowa Legislature raise the gas tax for the maintenance and construction of roads and bridges? 148 don't like the idea while 145 said they were in favor. Should a picture I.D. be required to vote if you are already registered to vote was another question. 217 said yes while 82 said no. The fourth question was should Iowa legalize the sale of medical marijuana (cannabis oil) within the state? 193 people said they were in favor of the legalization with 99 voting no. The final question was should bicyclists be better instructed to follow the same rules as motor vehicles. 274 said yes with 22 saying no. The Hamilton County League of Women Voters thanks everyone for participating in this year's Straw Poll at the Hamilton County Fair.

Fort Dodge Police investigate early Saturday shooting incident.
Posted: Jul 27 2014 by ppowers

 Police in Fort Dodge early Saturday morning investigated a report of the possible gun shots being fired in the area of the 300 block of North Eighth or North Ninth Streets. Upon arriving in the area officers spoke with several witnesses who heard between eight to nine shots in the area. Officers checked the area but were unable to find any evidence. At approximately 1:47 Saturday morning, a 17 year old male juvenile was taken to Unity Point Trinity Regional Medical Center with a gunshot wound to the forearm. The victim state that he had been outside of his home in the 800 block of Fourth Avenue North when a dark colored 4 door car drove by and fired multiple shots at him. The victim was treated and released from the emergency room. Anyone with information on this incident is asked to call Webster County Crimestoppers at 515-573-1444.

Wright County Board of Supervisors to meet Monday morning.
Posted: Jul 27 2014 by ppowers

 The next Wright County Board of Supervisors meeting will be Monday at 9:00 in the supervisors office in Clarion. The board will approve the certification of appointment of Deputy Sheriff Barry Huedepohl and of Matthey Valentine as a Civil Process Server. A contract with Hogan Hanson to do the audit ending June 30,2014 will be approved. The board will look at Cyber Security Insurance. A discussion of hiring an information technology person for Wright County will be looked at. In other matters the Wright County Supervisors will review the guarantee agreement with the Clarion Foundation for Community Improvement followed by a discussion on drainage assessments for the Federal Government plus other matters.

Special Hamilton County Supervisors meeting set for Tuesday evening.
Posted: Jul 27 2014 by ppowers

 A special meeting of the Hamilton County Board of Supervisors will  be Tuesday at 5:30 p.m. in the supervisors board room. There will be a presentation by Engineering Consultants on the Beaver Bridge project. The board will take action on selecting the preferred alignment for the work.

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