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Rockwell City girl missing.
Posted: Sep 02 2014 by ppowers

 The whereabouts of a 16 year old Rockwell City girl remains a mystery after her disappearance early Saturday morning. Cassie Simkins is believed to be with 20 year old Chance Kiney of Lake City. Family members say that Simkins is 5 feet 4 inches tall,weighs 115 pounds with dark brown hair.  Simkins requires medication for epilepsy which she does not have. Law enforcement authorities and family members spent the weekend searching for the girl. Anyone with information is asked to call the Calhoun County Sheriff's Department at 712-297-7583.

Humboldt man facing charges after Friday arrest.
Posted: Sep 02 2014 by ppowers

 Webster City Police Friday were summoned to the Webster City Veterinary Clinic to investigate a suspicious person. While investigating, a vehicle was located on the property that had been reported stolen out of Humboldt. The vehicle had several stolen items out of Humboldt County.  Webster City Police Chief Shiloh Mork said after an investigation at the scene by officers,they arrested 23 year old Talon Michael Ladd of Humboldt.  Ladd was charged with Motor Vehicle Theft,two counts of Possession of Stolen Property, Possession of Burglar's Tools, Burglary in the Second Degree, Felon in Possession of a Firearm and a Nationwide Felony Arrest Warrant out of Humboldt County. Chief Mork said the quick response and excellent working relationship between the Hamilton County Sheriff's Office and Webster City Police Department quickly diffused a potentially dangerous situation without any injuries. Webster City Police and Hamilton County Sheriff's Deputies were assisted by the Humboldt County Sheriff's Department. An Aggravated Misdemeanor is punishable by a fine of up to $6,250 and imprisonment of up to two years. A Class D Felony is punishable by a fine of $7,500 and imprisonment of up to five years.

Greene County Fatality
Posted: Sep 02 2014 by ppowers

 A Boone motorist was killed Monday morning in a two car accident on Highway 30 one mile east of Grand Junction. The Iowa State Patrol identified the victim as 27 year old Daniel Reetz. Reportedly a westbound 2001 Chevrolet Impala driven by Reetz in a wreckless manner when the car crossed the center line on a bridge east of Grand Junction when it collided with an eastbound 2007 Cadillac Escalade driven by Lombardo Ramos of Oskaloosa. Reetz was pronounced dead at the accident scene. Ramos and a female passenger were transported to a hospital in Jefferson for treatment of their injuries. The Greene County Sheriff's Department assisted the State Patrol at the accident scene which is still under investigation.

Trott trial scheduled to begin Tuesday in Wright County.
Posted: Sep 01 2014 by ppowers

 Jury selection is expected to begin Tuesday morning  in the trial of 33 year old Corey Trott of Rockwell City in Wright County District Court in Clarion. Trott is accused of first degree murder in the death of Rockwell City Police Officer Jamie Buenting nearly a year ago on September 13,2013.Officer Buenting was shot by Trott after a standoff in his residence. The trial was moved to Wright County from Calhoun County due to pretrial publicity. Trott is in the Webster County Jail on the murder charge filed against him.

August weather in review
Posted: Sep 01 2014 by ppowers

August was a month of above normal precipitation and near normal temperatures. Weather records at the KQWC Radio Hill weather reporting station showed the average high for the month at 79 degrees and the average low at 61 degrees. Normal high for August is 75 degrees. The highest temperature for the month was 88 degrees set on the afternoons of August 22 and 24. Interestingly enough,88 has been the highest recorded temperature for this summer. The temperature was also set on July 6.The lowest temperature was 49 degrees set on August 13. Rainfall in Webster City for August was 5.66 inches. Normal rainfall for August is 4.10 inches.

The National Weather Service forecast for September in Iowa is predicting near normal temperatures and above normal precipitation. Last September the average high in Webster City was 80 degrees and the average low was 52 degrees. We measured 1.97 inches of rain in September,2013. KQWC Radio is the official observer for the National Weather Service in Webster City.

Webster City City Council to meet Tuesday afternoon.
Posted: Aug 29 2014 by ppowers

 The Webster City City Council will meet Tuesday afternoon at 5:15 in the city council chambers. The council will officially appoint Shiloh Mork as the new police chief with the oath of office to follow.There will be an update and report from Webster City Area Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Deb Brown on current activities  with the chamber office.A request from Bill McCormick on the sump pump late fee on a utility bill will be considered. In other matters the Webster City City Council will approve a resolution on the official financial report for city streets, a change order from the Tile Pros for the completion of the contract involving the water distribution system project. A lease agreement with FMO Real Estate, L.L.C.,a subsidary of Fairway Outdoor Advertising in connection with their use of a sign located on city property will  be considered by the council. A motion on a request to obtain bids for a brush chipper for the line department will  be looked at. Following the council meeting there will be a work session with officials of Fletcher Reinhardt Company on Smart Meters.

La James Institute facing fraud lawsuit from the state.
Posted: Aug 28 2014 by ppowers

 The Iowa Attorney General Consumer Protection Division Thursday filed a consumer fraud lawsuit against La' James International College in Fort Dodge alleging the cosmetology school engages in deceptive, omissive and unfair practices. The lawsuit filed in Polk County District Court stated what many students experience is a school with extraordinary turnover of instructors resulting in instructorless' classrooms and inconsistent instruction, lack of access to practice their skills and ultimately an institution that treats them more like free labor than students". La' James operates cosmetology and massage schools and salons in Cedar Falls, Cedar Rapids, Davenport, Fort Dodge,Iowa City and Johnston, and has one  location in Illinois and Nebraska. The company is privately owned by Cynthia Becher. The lawsuit seeks a court order barring the defendants from misleading and concealing material information from students, unspecified reimbursement to students and unspecified penalties and costs. There has been no comment by La' James officials on the lawsuit filed Thursday.

Mork to become Webster City Police Chief.
Posted: Aug 28 2014 by ppowers


Webster City officials announced Thursday morning that Sergeant Shiloh Mork has been appointed to the position of Chief of Police.  Chief Mork has replaced Brian Hughes who resigned earlier this year as he accepted a law enforcement job in suburban Pittsburgh. Mork will officially assume his duties on September 2. Chief Mork is a second generation police officer beginning his career as a patrolman with the Charles City Police Department in 1999. In 2000, he started with the Webster City Police Department as a Patrolman. He was promoted to Sergeant in 2002 and has held the positions of Patrol Sergeant and Investigator Sergeant. Mork has had various assignments throughout his career. He has served as a Neighborhood Watch Liaison, Reserve Officer Liaison, Field Training Officer Supervisor, Investigator, Fleet Manager and Watch Commander. He has been an Adjunct Instructor for Iowa Central Community College for ten years instructing all aspects of law enforcement. Mork earned his Associate of Arts Degree in Criminal Justice in 1995 and his Bachelor of Arts Degree in Criminal Justice and Psychology with honors in 1997. He has attended various police related managerial trainings including the International Association of Chiefs of Police Leading by Legacy and Northwestern University's Center for Public Safety of Supervision of Police Personnel. Mork said he is honored to serve as the Chief of Police for the City of Webster City. He said he is looking forward to strengthening the bond between the citizens and the police,and leading the men and women of the Webster City Police Department as a premier law enforcement agency.

Paton motorist escapes injury in pickup train accident west of Webster City.
Posted: Aug 28 2014 by ppowers

 Details of an accident involving a train locomotive and a pickup truck Tuesday morning was released Thursday by the Hamilton County Sheriff's Department. The accident happened three miles west of Webster City on Stagecoach Road. Reportedly a northbound 1999 Dodge Durango pickup driven by Logan Rexroat of Paton struck a westbound Canadian National locomotive at the railroad crossing. Rexroat said he never saw the train coming or the flashing cross lights until he then struck the locomotive. The impact caused the Rexroat truck to spin around coming to rest on the west side of the roadway. The driver escaped injury. There was no damage to the locomotive with the Rexroat picked totaled as a result of the accident. Deputy Scott McConnell investigated.

Webster County Crimestoppers receives 500th tip.
Posted: Aug 28 2014 by ppowers

 Officials from the Webster County Crimestoppers Wednesday received their 500th tip since the TipSoft program was started.The very first tip on April 17,2009 to TipSoft. Since that day these 500 tips have produced over 2,650 additional conversations held in dialogue with tipsters to gather additional critical information. The tool is used 58% for text tips and 42% for email tips. The system is used consistently throughout the day. It is also used evenly throughout the week. The TipSoft system has been utilized for over 21 categories of crimes ranging from murder, kidnapping and sexual abuse to traffic, nuisance animals.and wanted persons. This innovative program allows tipsters to provide completely anonymous information to law enforcement by a text message or an e-mail. It provides the opportunity for law enforcement to dialogue back and forth with the tipster while they remain anonymous and gather any additional information the tipster may have neglected to provide in their original tip. Webster County Crimestoppers is driven by citizens who take the time to report information to law enforcement regarding crime in their communities. The information is often invaluable in solving crime. Funding for this program is made possible by the Fort Dodge Community Foundation and the United Way. The Webster County Crimestoppers organization has been in existence since 1980. Their sustained efforts have been invaluable in aiding local law enforcement in making Webster County a safer place to work, live and visit. This group is organized and run by local citizens who care deeply about their communities. 

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