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Iowa State Patrol investigates two vehicle crash west of Webster City Thursday night.
Posted: Sep 05 2014 by ppowers

 A two vehicle accident was investigated west of Webster City on Hamilton County Road D-20 shortly before nine Thursday night. The Iowa State Patrol reported a  westbound 1997 Chevrolet Camaro driven by 18 year old Michael Ashman of Stratford slowed down and began to make either a left turn or attempt a U-turn in the driveway of Van Diest Supply Company. Another westbound vehicle, a 1997 Ford F-150 pickup operated by 18 year old Evan Wolfgram of Webster City was behind the Ashman vehicle. The Wolfgram pickup was unable to stop in time so he attempted to avoid the turning vehicle by turning left. The Wolfgram pickup then struck the driver's side of the Ashman car. Both vehicles came to rest in the south ditch with the Camaro facing eastbound and the pickup truck coming to rest on its top. Ashman was transported by air ambulance to a Des Moines hospital with non-life threatening injuries. A passenger in the Wolfgram pickup, 17 year old Lacklind Westberg of Webster City was taken to Van Diest Medical Center for treatment of his injuries. Wolfgram and a passenger in the Ashman pickup, 16 year old Stanley Weeks of Webster City were both treated and released from Van Diest Medical Center. The accident remains under investigation by the Iowa State Patrol.

Closing arguments set for Friday in Trott murder trial in Clarion.
Posted: Sep 05 2014 by ppowers

 Closing arguments will be held Friday morning in the trial of Corey Trott in Wright County District Court. On Thursday prosecutors and defense attorneys rested their cases. The 33 year old Trott is charged with first degree murder in the death of Rockwell City Police officer Jamie Buenting. Buenting was shot to death by Trott during a standoff at Trott's home September 13,2013. Trott pleaded guilty to the murder charge earlier this year. Following the closing arguments, it will be up to the ten member jury to decide the fate of Trott. The jury could get the case as early as today or Monday.

Webster City Community School Board to meet Monday.
Posted: Sep 05 2014 by ppowers

 The next meeting of the Webster City Community School Board will be Monday evening at 7:00 p.m. at the school administration building. The board will review the list of teachers eligible for lane changes, consider a fund raising request, accept the committee membership of the School Improvement Advisory Committee and set meeting dates, and accept a staff contract recommendation plus other matters.

Families can claim money from school food settlement fund.
Posted: Sep 05 2014 by ppowers

 Parents of students who paid for school lunches in the past 14 years may have some money coming to you. A class action lawsuit was just settled. The suit alleged the Iowa Educators Corporation violated state law by awarding food service contracts to one company. Refunds will be up to $3.50 per student per year with a maximum of $50 per student. The districts in the KQWC listening area that appear on the list include Webster City, St. Thomas Aquinas, Stratford, Northeast Hamilton, South Hamilton,Clarion Goldfield, Eagle Grove, Roland-Story and Iowa Falls. You can find out more information on the settlement at  www.iowaschoolfoodsettlement.com


Trott murder trial continues today.
Posted: Sep 04 2014 by ppowers

 The jury in the trial of Corey Trott heard a taped interview Wednesday in which expressed no regret in the shooting of Rockwell City Police officer Jamie Buenting.Buenting was shot by Trott during a standoff on September 13,2013. Earlier this year Trott pleaded not guilty to the shooting of Buenting. In the taped interview, Trott told Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation Special Agent Jon Turbett that he had many run-ins with the Rockwell City Police including being harassed and constantly being watched.Testimony on Wednesday included statements from Webster County Sherriff Sgt. Luke Fleener who was the commander of the tactical team during the standoff and Rockwell City Assistant Police Chief Mike Anderson. There will be more testimony in the trial Thursday in the Wright County District Courtroom in Clarion.

Hamilton County Crimestoppers announcing latest arrests.
Posted: Sep 04 2014 by ppowers

 Officials with Hamilton County Crimestoppers on Wednesday announced six people have been either arrested or turned themselves in to law enforcement authorities thanks to the latest Crimestoppers Most Wanted poster recently released. Billy Dean Fister is one of the six people. He is facing a charge of a Fifth Degree Theft Probation Violation. Boonmee Actt Vongsee for Burglary in the Third Degree. Arianna Christle Tuel for two counts of Fifth Degree Theft. Michael Steve Sinclair for Contempt of Court. Sandy Sengthong Khamsai for Burglary in the Third Degree. Somsack Yo Phiwthong for four counts of Delivery of Methamphetamine. Hamilton County Crimestoppers distributed rewards between $75 to $175. The board of Hamilton County Crimestoppers is grateful for the cooperation of the public and law enforcement for the apprehension of these individuals. If you would like to know more about Crimestoppers go to www.hccrimestoppers.com. 

Wright County Supervisors welcome Jan Sheehan as new Social Service Director.
Posted: Sep 03 2014 by ppowers

 The Wright County Supervisors welcomed Jan Sheehan as the new director of the county social services department during a meeting on Tuesday morning.Sheehan replaces Brad Leckrone who retired this summer after serving since 1998.Sheehan informed the supervisors that no major changes are expected in her department serving eligible residents in the county.

The supervisors also met with Brad Hicks on the lease agreement with the MIDAS Council of Governments on the lease agreement for the new MIDAS Transit building. The agreement was approved by the board members. The date of Wednesday,October 1 was set for an open house of the building with the public invited to come tour and meet the staff.

In another matter the Wright County Supervisors met with Michelle Walters from Building Families on the Apparent Parent program. The program is to offer advice to parents on how to raise children in their families and the growing years for each of them.

Opening statements to begin Wednesday in Trott trial in Clarion.
Posted: Sep 03 2014 by ppowers

 Opening statements will be made Wednesday in the first degree murder trial of 33 year old Corey Trott in Wright County District Court in Clarion. On Tuesday 14 people were selected out of 100 potential jurors to hear the testimony from law officers,criminologists and others surrounding the shooting death of Rockwell City Police officer Jamie Buenting during a standoff at Trott's home on September 13,2013. Trott pleaded not guilty to the charge filed against him. The trial was moved to Wright County from Calhoun County due to pretrial publicity. District Judge Thomas Bice is presiding over the trial that is expected to last for a week.

Grant Wood:Prairie Rebel program
Posted: Sep 02 2014 by ppowers

 This Saturday afternoon you are invited to a program featuring Tom Milligan as "Grant Wood:Prairie Rebel". The program will be held at the Mulberry Center Church in Wilson Brewer Park at 1:00 p.m. In this 45 minute one man show Grant Wood chats with the audience as if talking to an old friend across the backyard fence or at his home at Five Turner Alley. He tells the audience about his life and how he changed the art world forever with his work.  After the presentation the audience is encouraged to ask questions of Wood about Grant Wood and his life. The program is open to the public with free admission.

RV TV plans announced in Webster City.
Posted: Sep 02 2014 by ppowers

 Officials with the Webster City Area Chamber of Commerce on Monday announced the schedule of events for RV TV on Monday,September 8. The crew from WHO television in Des Moines featuring Keith Murphy and Ed Wilson will be arriving sometime between 11 and 12 noon. Residents are being asked to decorate their car in the colors of Iowa or Iowa State and meet in the Maid Rite parking lot at 11:00 a.m. The Webster City Fire and Police Departments will escore the RV TV crew into the community. Murphy and Wilson will interview residents during the hour of 12 noon and 1:00 p.m. Food vendors, chili contestants, Kid Zone End Zone participants, tailgaters and bag tournament participants,tailgaters and bag tournament participants will be setting up at 2:00 p.m.with the downtown streets to be closed at that time. There will be live updates on WHO TV at 4, 5,and 6 p.m.in the tailgating section of the 700 block of Second Street. Motorized bar stool races will be held at 5:00 p.m. in the 600 block of Second Street on Monday afternoon. The Kid Zone End Zone will begin at 5:00 in the 600 block of Second Street on Monday sponsored by Building Families with special games for kids of all ages. The Tug of War Contest begins at 5:30 p.m. in the First American Bank Plaza. Another event is the Chili Cookoff begins at 6:00 p.m. with the chili to be served up after the completion of the judging contest. Nickle scramble events will be held at 6,7 and 8 p.m. downtown. A Bag Tournament will be held at 6:00 Monday evening. The cost to pre-register is $10 at R Company and $15 the day of the tournament.The tournament is a fund raiser for the residents of the Elm Street House. A Human Foosball Tournament begins at 7:30 p.m. at Willson Avenue and Second Street. The winners of the Coloring Contest and Best Windows will be announced at 8:00 p.m.The new marquee to the downtown Webster Theater will be let up for the first time at 9:00 p.m. by the HERO organization. The day wraps up wiith the final live update at 10:00 p.m. on WHO Television. RV TV is designed to get people involved with the September 13 Iowa and Iowa State football game in Iowa City. Last year, a huge crowd was in downtown in Webster City for this event. Webster City is one of five stops this next week by the crew of WHO TV. 

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