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Northeast Hamilton School Board looks at summer projects and hirings.
Posted: Jul 07 2016 by ppowers

 At a recent meeting, the Northeast Hamilton Community School Board learned about summer projects in the school buildings. The portable building has been purchased and the district is waiting to hear on when the company will come and move the house. There has been work in the school kitchen with the hallway ceiling completed. Lights in the kitchen have been installed plus the new freezer is arrived, the concrete pad has been poured and the equipment will be removed by next week. There was an update concerning the second floor classroom. Options on air conditioning for the classroom are being reviewed. The carpeting to the classroom will be left as is and the district will see how the room functions next year before deciding what else needs to be done with the room. Northeast Hamilton superintendent Mike Sherwood gave each board member a building assessments booklet from FEH Design. After reviewing information contained in the booklet, a time will be set up for the architect to meet with the school board and give a presentation on district facilities and possible update options and costs. The superintendent sharing agreement with Webster City for 2016­17 and 2017­18 was approved. An agreement with the Iowa Communications Network for Ethernet services was approved for a 36 month period. The board also approved the membership agreement with the Mid Iowa School Improvement Consortium for 2016­17.In personnel matters, the board approved the contract for Emily Sletten as a second grade teacher and for Carrie Betts as a preschool associate. The next meeting of the Northeast Hamilton school board will be Thursday,July 28 at 6:00 at the elementary media center in Blairsburg.

Webster City Community School Board meets Monday evening.
Posted: Jul 07 2016 by ppowers

 The next meeting of the Webster City Community School board will be Monday evening at 6:00 at the school office at 820 Des Moines Street. The board will look at legislative priorities, approve a bus bid, set the board policy review schedule and approve the Iowa Central Community College 28-E agreement for 2016-17. There will be a look at work session topics, an  update on summer facility projects and information on possible refinancing of bonds. A work session on District Facilities will follow the regular board meeting. No action will be taken during the work session plus other matters.

Webster City City Council approves two street closures and residential completion agreement.
Posted: Jul 06 2016 by ppowers

 The Webster City City Council faced a short agenda at their meeting Tuesday evening. The council approved a residential completion agreement between the city and Nathaniel Parkhill and Marty Parkhill for the property located at 1503 First Streeet. The agreement stated in part that the demolition of the current dwelling be completed before October 1,2016. A completed construction of the exterior to be finished before November 1,2017. The work would include the installation of a heating system,new siding, windows, doors and a completed roof. The new structure would be completed no later than May 1,2018. Both parties agreed that the deadlin would be reasonable. Failure to meet upon the deadlines would be deemed as a violation of the city code of ordinances. The Parkhills agreed to the terms worked out with the city.

Two requests for street closures from the Webster City Chamber of Commerce were approved. The first was for the Crazy Day Street Fair on July 23 in which the 500 to 700 blocks of Second Street would be closed from 7:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. that day. The second was for the July 28 Music in the Park Open Mic event at First American Bank Plaza from 6:00 until 10:00 p.m. Des Moines Street between Second Street and the alley south of Second would be closed to allow a food stand and a place to eat for visitors. 

Hampton man apprehended in Webster City after an Amber Alert was issued.
Posted: Jul 05 2016 by ppowers

 A Hampton man was arrested by Webster City Police early Monday afternoon after an Amber Alert was issued in Franklin County for a 17 year old female who was taken against her will. Further information indicated the subject was in the possession of a firearm and had threatened to use the firearm against the girl and himself. A Webster City police officer observed a vehicle matching the description of the one listed in the Amber Alert on Fair Meadow Drive in Webster City. The vehicle stopped in the Van Diest Medical Center parking lot at which time the officer made contact with the occupants. The vehicle was determined to be the one from the Amber Alert. The driver,20 year old Austin Wade Ross was taken into custody without incident. The 17 year old female was safe and returned to her parents. Ross was transported back to Hampton by the Iowa State Patrol where he was taken to the Franklin County Jail. Ross later posted bond and was released after he was charged with Driving While Revoked and Driving While Suspended.

Fourth of July closings in Hamilton County.
Posted: Jul 01 2016 by ppowers

 Monday will be observed as a complete holiday in the KQWC listening area for Independence Day. Area financial institutions and professional offices will be closed. Stores will either be open or closed for the day. The Hamilton County Courthouse and Webster City Municipal Building will be closed for the holiday. There will be no city and rural delivery of mail. The Webster City Post Office box lobby will be open for postal box customers however the customer service window will be closed. The Kendall Young Library and Hamilton County ISU Extension and Outreach Service office will be closed for the holiday. The Webster City outdoor swimming pool will be open Monday from 1:00 until 4:00 p.m. Regular pool hours will resume Tuesday.

June weather in review.
Posted: Jul 01 2016 by ppowers

 Above normal temperatures and near normal rainfall can best describe Webster City's weather for June. Weather records at the KQWC Radio Hill weather reporting station showed the average high for last month was 83 degrees and the average low at 59 degrees.The normal high is at 70 degrees. Warmest temperature for the month was 92 degrees set on June 10 and the lowest temperature was 47 degrees on June 2. As for precipitation, we ended the month with 4.79 inches of rainfall.Normal precipitation for June is at 4.81 inches of rain. It was a quiet month for weather with no severe storms in the Webster City area.

The National Weather Service outlook for Iowa for July indicates a month of normal to above normal temperatures and equal chances of precipitation. Last July, the average high in Webster City was 81 degrees and the average low was 60. We measured 3.85 inches of rainfall in July,2015. KQWC Radio is the official observer for the National Weather Service in Webster City.

Webster City City Council to meet Tuesday afternoon.
Posted: Jul 01 2016 by ppowers

 The Webster City City Council will meet Tuesday afternoon,July 3 at 5:30 in the city council chambers. The meeting is being delayed one day due to Monday's Independence Day holiday. The council will face a brief agenda. They will consider two requests from the Webster City Chamber of Commerce. The first one is to close a portion of Second Street on Saturday,July 23 from 7:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. for the Crazy Day Street Fair. The second request  is to close Des Moines Street and the alley south of Second Street  and the alley south of Second Street from 6:00 until 10:00 p.m. for the next in the series of Music in the Park events on Thursday,July 28. The council will continue discussion in regards to a residential completion agreement for 1503 First Street plus other matters. The council meeting will be telecast on cable channel 12 at 5:30 Tuesday with repeat telecasts at 7:00 on Thursday and Saturday evenings.

Two Fort Dodge 14 year old boys found guilty of robbery.
Posted: Jun 30 2016 by ppowers

 Two 14 year old twin brothers from Fort Dodge, Lanell and Javell Coleman were adjudicated delinquent of Robbery in the Second Degree, a class C felony, after a trial in the Webster County Juvenile Court. On June 30,2016 District Associate Court Judge Angela L. Doyle announced the decision in open court. The convictions stem from a March incident where a juvenile male was confronted by the twins near the former Phillips Middle School gymnasium. One of the twin brothers demanded money from the juvenile male, who refused and attempted to walk away. The twins grabbed the juvenile male and pushed him up against a fence, threatening to injure him and holding him there to prevent him from moving. Both Lanell and Javell repeatedly demanded money from the juvenile male and attempted to reach in his pockets for his money and wallet.. The juvenile male was eventually able to run away. The incident was witnessed by three other juveniles. Following the verdict, the twins were placed at the State Training School for Boys in Eldora. They had been held in a juvenile detention facility during the pendency of the court proceedings. The case was prosecuted by Assistant Webster County Attorney Brad McIntyre and was investigated by the Fort Dodge Police Department.

Hamilton County Crimestoppers need your help in solving a crime at the Boondocks on June 19.
Posted: Jun 30 2016 by ppowers



 The Hamilton County Sheriff's Department and Hamilton County Crimestoppers need your help in solving a crime that happened recently. On June 19.2016 between 12:30 and 1:30 a.m.,The Boondocks Truck Stop located southwest of Williams off Interstate 35 was burglarized by a male accompanied by an unknown female who were observed on store surveillance footage outside the building. The Hamilton County Sheriff's Office is requesting the public's assistance in identifying the male wh...o was captured inside the fuel desk area on surveillance video. The suspect is a white male with a goatee and is bald with a stocky build. The suspect also has tattos on both forearms and one on his left calf. The female had long blonde hair just past her shoulders. No other description is available. During the investigation, it was learned that the suspects were driving a dark colored Dodge Stratus or Intrepid which was described as being in rough shape. The vehicle had a Polk County license plate with the number and letter missing. Hamilton County Crimestoppers is offering a $300 reward for tips leading to the arrest for this criminal activity. All tips are anonymous and can be called to Hamilton County Crimestoppers at 515-832-8437 or text CRIMES with Keyword (IA40) or by calling the Hamilton County Sheriff's Department at 515-832-8636 or 1-800-944-1738.

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.

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