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More testimony in Case Frederiksen trial Thursday.
Posted: Mar 05 2015 by ppowers

 Jurors in Hamilton County District Court yesterday heard more testimony in the third day of the trial of 35 year old Case Frederiksen. Wednesday's testimony came fron Iowa Department of Criminal Investigation special agent Jeff Seward,Jr.. Seward told the jury he stepped down from the investigation due to a tremendous emotional toll that he was facing. Others testifying included FBI agent Jennifer Sullivan who interviewed Frederiksen in an Illinois prison in 2007. Frederiksen was serving time for charges of child pornography. She told jury members Frederiksen told her he saw a man grab Evelyn Miller while holding a knife to her body on July 1,2005.Sullivan said Frederiksen told her he didn't bring up the man with the knife earlier because he didn't want the girl's mother to be mad at him for not stopping it. During cross examination, Sullivan said Frederiksen never admitted to killing Evelyn Miller during her questioning. Others testifying through the day were former Iowa DCI agent Mike Morris and Floyd County Chief Deputy Sheriff Jeff Crooks. The trial resumes at 9 Thursday morning. Frederiksen is charged with first degree murder and first degree sexual assault in the death of five year Evelyn Miller in July,2005. The trial is being held in Hamilton County instead of Floyd County due to a change in venue.

Webster City FFA receives a generous donation.
Posted: Mar 05 2015 by ppowers

 The Webster City FFA has received a $2500 donation from Hamilton County farmer Kreg Kantak and America's Farmers Grow Communities, sponsored by the Monsanto Fund. The donation will help the organization pay for their 65 members to attend leadership conferences which will help them gain leadership and agriculture experience. Webster City FFA advisor Kurt Veldhuizen said the local chapter is excited and grateful for the donation. The chapter wants to continue to market agriculture to the community through the agriculture career fair and the agriculture presentation that the chapter puts on for the elementary students. For five years, America's Farmers Grow Communities has collaborated with farmers to donate over $16.5 million to over 7,300 community organizations across rural America. This year winning farmers will direct another $3.3 million to nonprofits to help fight rural hunger, purchase life saving fire and EMS equipment, support ag youth leadership programs, buy much needed classroom resources and more. America's Farmers Grow Communities is part of the America's Farmers initiative. Since 2010, the America's Farmers campaign and programs have advocated on behalf of farmers and their efforts to meet society's needs through agriculture and how food is grown. 

Testimony continues Wednesday in Casey Fredericksen trial.
Posted: Mar 04 2015 by ppowers

 Today will mark another day of testimony in the trial of Casey Frederiksen in Hamilton County District Court. Jurors spent yesterday hearing the testimony from the father of Evelyn Miller, Andy Christie. Christie told the jury  he knew Frederiksen since high school and were best friends for a long time. He said he planned to pick up Miller the night of her death on July 1,2005 but found out she was missing. Christie also talked about the demeanor of Frederiksen during the search for Miller when he was frustrated with police. Others testifying before the jury included Tanya Martinez who was a next door neighbor of Noel Miller, the mother of Evelyn Miller. The final witness Tuesday afternoon was Scott Katcher who was kayaking the Floyd River when he discovered the body of Evelyn Miller in early July,2005. A jury of five women and seven men along with two alternates are hearing testimony in this trial in Hamilton County District Court. Casey Fredericksen is charged with first degree murder and first degree sexual assault in the death of five year old Evelyn Miller. Frederiksen was watching Miller for her mother when allegedly sexually abused the girl and stabbed her to death. The trial is being heard in Hamilton County on a change of venue from Floyd County.

Two people arrested after chase in a four county area.
Posted: Mar 04 2015 by ppowers

 A high speed chase in Webster County ended Tuesday afternoon with the arrest of two individuals. The Webster County Sheriff's Department and Fort Dodge Police arrested Jesse Carlson and Cori Benson after a chase with speeds in excess of 100 miles per hour. The incident started at about 2:15 when a Fort Dodge Police officer attempted to make a routine traffic stop on a Mitsubishi Lancer traveling through downtown Fort Dodge. The car reached 60 miles per hour as it traveled through several streets in Fort Dodge.The Webster County Sheriff's Department and Iowa State Patrol joined Fort Dodge Police in the pursuit of the speeding car. The chase made its way through Webster County as the chase ended up with speeds over 100 miles per hour. It was reported that the vehicle was traveling through Vincent at speeds over 80 miles per hour.  The chase ended when the driver lost control of the car at Bach Grove Avenue and 160th Street northwest of Webster City. Both Carlson and Benson were transported to the Webster County Jail  facing numerous charges. There were arrest warrants issued for the two.

Roland Story School Board to meet Monday evening
Posted: Mar 03 2015 by ppowers

 The Roland Story Community School Board will meet Monday evening at 6:30 at the high school board room in Story City.Discussion at the meeting will focus on the 2015-16 Budget Amendment for Construction Projects and Estimated for next year.There will be the setting of fees for student registration for the 2015-16 school year. The Roland Story board will discuss the district calendar for 2015-16, consider a request for a foreign exchange student and consider a 28 E cooperative sharing agreement with the Ames Community School District for swimming and diving for next season.There will also be a report from superintendent Matt Patton and a look at personnel matters.

Jury selected in Frederiksen trial in Hamilton County District Court.
Posted: Mar 03 2015 by ppowers

 A seven man five woman jury will be hearing testimony in the trial of Casey Frederiksen in Hamilton County District Court. Jury selection wrapped up Monday afternoon in the case that is expected to last up to two weeks. 120 potential jurors were interviewed by attorneys representing Frederiksen and the state asking them what they know about the case. Frederiksen is charged with first degree murder and first degree sexual abuse in the death of five year old Evelyn Miller, the daughter of his live in girlfriend Noel Miller in July,2005. Evelyn Miller was stabbed in the chest and neck. Her body was found a few days later in the Cedar River in Floyd County. Opening arguments will begin today by the attorneys for Frederiksen Aaron Hawbaker and Dustin Lee. The prosecutors are Douglas Hammerand and assistant Iowa attorneys general Scott Brown. Testimony by several witnesses will be held in the coming days. The trial will be presided by District Judge Gregg Rosenbladt. Frederiksen's trial was moved to Hamilton County from Floyd County on a change of venue.

DARE Graduation set for Monday afternoon.
Posted: Mar 02 2015 by ppowers

 Fifth grade students at Webster City Middle School and St. Thomas Aquinas Elementary will receive their certificates for successfully completing the D.A.R.E. (Drug Abuse Resistance Education) program Monday afternoon. The ceremony will be held at the Middle School beginning at 2:00 p.m. with the public invited to attend. D.A.R.E. was taught by Sgt. Ed Wardell of the Webster City Police Department this year. D.A.R.E. teaches students how to say no to drugs,alcohol, tobacco and violence. For nearly 30 years the D.A.R.E. course has been taught in the Webster City and St. Thomas Aquinas schools by members of the Webster City Police Department.

Above normal precipitation and temperatures describe Webster City's February weather.
Posted: Feb 28 2015 by ppowers

 Above normal precipitation and near normal temperatures can describe the weather in Webster City for Februrary. The average high for the month was 23 degrees and the average low was at two above. The normal high is 22 degrees. The warmest day for the month was on February 7 with a high of 46 degrees and the lowest temperature was 20 degrees below zero set last Friday morning, February 27. The 20 below reading was a new record for Webster City breaking an 81 year old record set in 1934 when it was 15 degrees below zero on February 27,1934. As for precipitation we ended the month with 15 inches of snow with one inch of moisture content or melted precipitation. Normal snowfall for February is seven inches. 

The National Weather Service outlook for March in Iowa indicates near normal to below normal temperatures and equal chances of precipitation. Last March the average high in Webster City was 37 degrees with the average low at 16 degrees. We received 8 and a half inches of snow along with 1.16 inches of rain or melted content. KQWC Radio is the official observer for the National Weather Service in Webster City.

Rick Perry to visit Webster City Friday,March 6
Posted: Feb 28 2015 by ppowers

 Former Texas Governor Rick Perry will be in Webster City on Friday evening,March 6 at 5:30 at the Maid Rite on Closz Drive to meet with interested citizens. Perry is exploring the possibility of being one of the Republican presidential hopefuls in 2016 though no formal announcement has yet been made. Perry served as governor for 15 years. He was a presidential candidate in 2012.

Evelyn Miller murder trial to begin Monday in Hamilton County District Court.
Posted: Feb 27 2015 by ppowers

 Jury selection will begin Monday in Hamilton County District Court in the murder trial of  35 year old Casey Fredericksen. The trial was moved to Webster City from Charles City on a change of venue due to pretrial publicity in Floyd County. It was ten years ago in July,2005 that Fredericksen allegedly sexually abused and then stabbed to death his live in girlfriend's five year old daughter, Evelyn Miller. The body of Miller was allegedly  dumped in the Cedar River by Frederiksen to cover up the crime. Frederiksen was arrested in September,2012 on one count of first degree murder and one count of first degree sexual abuse in the Miller case. He was already in prison after being convicted of other charges filed against him. The trial is expected to last up to two weeks with 120 potential jurors to be called. The potential witnesses in this trial will include Floyd County Sheriff Rick Lynch, Iowa Department of Criminal Investigation special agent in charge Chris Callaway and University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics pediatrician and child abuse expert Dr. Resmiye Oral. 

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