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Hamilton County Conservation Board discuss cabin opening at Briggs Woods Park.
Posted: Jun 16 2016 by ppowers

 The date of July 1 is the scheduled opening day for the new Hickory Cabin at Briggs Woods Park south of Webster City. Hamilton County Conservation Director Brian Lammers informed the county conservation board Thursday afternoon that final there are some odds and ends that need to be finished up in the cabin. An open house for the Hickory Cabin attracted some 80 people on Tuesday evening as conservation staff gave tours of the building. 

The conservation board looked at capital equpment purchases for the 2017 fiscal year beginning in two weeks on July 1. There are plans to purchase a 2016 Chevrolet Silverado truck in the amount of $27,440 through state government bids with Karl Chevrolet of Ankeny. The new truck would replace a conservation patrol vehicle. Another item that is expected to be purchased is John Deere Pro Gator for $15,000. The board will take final action on the purchases next month.

Little Wall Lake residence roof quotes were tabled until a future meeting. There was also discussion on plans for the Iowa Association of County Conservation Boards to be held in Fort Dodge and Webster City September 15 to 17. 

The next scheduled meeting of the Hamilton County Conservation Board will be Thursday,July 28 at 9:30 a.m. at the Briggs Woods Park conservation office.

Jewell man charged with animal cruelty.
Posted: May 04 2016 by ppowers

 The Hamilton County Sheriff's Department and Jewell Police took numerous calls on Tuesday afternoon on a report of  possible animal abuse regarding a Facebook video. Upon reviewing the video that was posted via Facebook,Hamilton County Deputy Ryan Rupiper observed a small Pitbull type puppy in immediate need of assistance. Additional law officers responded to the scene in Jewell. Contact was made with the owner of the puppy and voluntary entry was made to the residence. The puppy was immediately removed from the residence and transported to the Jewell Veterinary Clinic by law enforcement. The puppy's owner,22 year old Paul Gage Arndt of Jewell has pending charged for Animal Torture. As a result of the investigation, Arndt will also be charged with Possession of a Controlled Substance and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. Evidence was turned over to the Hamilton County Sheriff's office voluntarily. The case remains under investigation by the Hamilton County Sheriff's Department. Hamilton County deputies were assisted by the Jewell Police Department and the Jewell Veterinary Clinic.

Man wanted in New Year's Day burglaries has been caught.
Posted: Mar 22 2016 by ppowers

 A West Des Moines man wanted in connection with two burglaries on New Year's Day has been arrested. 33 year old Matthew L. Moore was apprehended by Jasper County authorities. Webster County Sheriff Jim Stubbs said Moore was taken to the Hamilton County Jail in Webster City where he is scheduled to make an initial appearance on a charge of third degree burglary. Moore is accused of breaking into Rungo's Bar on the morning of January 1. Later that same morning, the Iron Sadddle Saloon in Dayton was also broken into. After his initial appearance in Hamilton County,Moore is scheduled to make an appearance before the Webster County Magistrate with a date and time to be set. 

Please attend Power Up YOUth tonight at WC High School during Conferences.
Posted: Mar 10 2016 by nstark

Power Up YOUth invites parents & caregivers to test their knowledge (during Parent Teacher Conferences today from 2pm - 7pm) about indicators that their teen might be using drugs. Staff from Asbury, Community & Family Resources and UDMO will be on hand in the Plan Room at the Webster City High School (down hall near auditorium). They will have a mock bedroom set up. Adults are asked to enter the room to identify items that suggest drug use. A list will be shared so that parents can see if they missed any indicators. Please attend this if possible as it may be interesting and shocking.

Lankford arrested on additional sex abuse charges.
Posted: Mar 10 2016 by nstark

Case update - Lankford arrested on additional sex abuse charges. Lucas Lankford, 39, of Fort Dodge, is now facing additional charges related to the sexual abuse of a child. Lankford was initially arrested on 9/14/15, on 2 counts of Sexual Abuse in the Second Degree, class "B" felonies. Lankford was out on bond set at $25,000. Through the ongoing investigation, dectives with Fort Dodge/Webster County Cyber Crimes Unit forensically examined digital data seized during the search... warrant on 9/14/15. On 3/8/16, Lankford was charged iwth the following additional charges: 3 counts of Sexual Abuse in the Second Degree (class "B" felony), 3 counts of Incest (class "D" felony), and 1 count of Sexual Exploitation of a Minor, (class "C" felony). Lankford was arrested by Fort Dodge Police Detectives and returned to the custody of Webster County Jail. At his appearance on March 9th, 2016, Magistrate Steve Kersten ordered that Lankford be held on $100,000 cash only bond on the new charges. As with all cases, Mr. Lankford is considered innocent until proven guilty in the court of law.

Fatal Traffic Accident on Sunday, 3/6/16, involving 6 year old child
Posted: Mar 08 2016 by nstark

Captain Tony Janssen, states that the Webster City Police Department continues to investigate a fatal motor vehicle accident which occurred in the 1500 block of Bank Street Sunday afternoon at 3:45 P.M.

53 year old Wesley Newman from Webster City was west bound on a 1982 Handa Gold Wing motorcycle when he struck six year old Jason Ramos-Nolasco who had ridden his bicycle into the street from the high school parking lot.

Ramos-Nolasco was transported to Van Diest Medical Center by ambulance, then air lifted to Mercy Medical Center in Des Moines, where he later died from his injuries he had received in this accident.

Newman was examined by paramedics at the scene, but was not transported for medical treatment.

Agencies assisting with this investigation are the Iowa State Patrol, Hamilto County Sherriff Department, Van Diest Medical Center, and the Webster City Fire Department.

This accident remains under investigation by the Webster City Police Department and Iowa State Patrol. Criminal charges are pending the results of this investigation.

Webster City City Council to meet Monday afternoon.
Posted: Mar 04 2016 by ppowers

 The next meeting of the Webster City City Council is set for this Monday afternoon at 5:30 in the city hall council chambers. Monday's meeting will be the final one for Ed Sadler as city manager. The council will formally accept his resignation at this meeting.Kent Harfst will be appointed as interim city manager to take effect on March 11 at 5:00 p.m. The resignation of Don Cook on the Webster City traffic committee will also be accepted. The Webster City city council will consider a motion authorizing the mayor and the city clerk to enter into a contract with Mid Iowa Development Association Council of Governments to provide technical services for the Community Development Block Grant City Housing Program. The date and time of March 21 at 5:45 will be set for a public hearing on a proposal to enter into a General Obligation Corporate Purpose Loan Agreement and to borrow money thereunder in a principal amount not to exceed five million dollars. A resolution authorizing the mayor and city clerk to enter into a settlement agreement and general mutual release with Kluesner Construction,Incorporated of Farley,Iowa will be discussed. There will be a motion on a request to seek proposals for crack sealing of concrete streets in the city and for mosquito control service this year. The council will meet in closed session to evaluate the professional competency of an individual whose appointment,hiring performance or discharge is being considered. Monday's council meeting will be telecast on cable channel 12 in Webster City at 5:30 with repeat telecasts Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday evening at 7:00 p.m.

Fort Dodge Police apprehend man wanted for murder in Sac County.
Posted: Feb 18 2016 by ppowers

 Fort Dodge Police on Wednesday arrested a man wanted for attempted murder in Sac County. Officers responded to the Fort Dodge Wal-Mart after receiving a tip regarding 36 year old Jeremy Werneburg who was wanted for attempted murder.When police officer Matt Burns arrived,he attempted to place Werneburg in handcuffs. Werneburg began to fight back. Officer Burns suffered an injury to his left knee and was forced to use his taser to gain control of Werneberg. Werneburg was transported to the Webster County Jail where he was charged with assault on a peace officer causing injury and interference with official acts causing injury. Werneburg is also being held on the attempted murder charge in Sac County.

Stanhope City Council
Posted: Nov 13 2015 by ppowers

 At a meeting earlier this week the Stanhope City Council members met with Ginny Krieger of the Youth and Family Center of Hamilton County for their 2016-17 fiscal year budget request from the city of Stanhope. The council voted to approve a contribution of $760 to help out the center and its services. Ground breaking for the new location center in Webster City located at the corner of Ohio and Prospect Street is slated for sometime next year. The center will be known as the Adele and Dean Bowden Youth and Family Clinic when it opens its doors late next year. 

The council approved the second reading of an ordinance granting Black Hills/Iowa Gas Utility Company to construct,operate,maintain and extend a natural gas distribution plant and system for the city of Stanhope. A new security door for the stair in the old community building to keep out unauthorized personnel. Plans for building an electric substation were discussed by council members. The council will be in contact with DGR Engineering on the plans. There will be a special meeting of the Stanhope city council next Tuesday evening,November 17 at 6:00 p.m.

Clarion City Council discusses building permit issue.
Posted: Nov 06 2015 by ppowers

 At their meeting earlier this week, the Clarion City Council met with a group of residents regarding the building permit requested by Jeff Hamilton to build a garage on his property at 802 Third Street Southwest. The residents echoed concens about the condition of Hamilton's property and its effect on their home values and the way it detracts from the appearance of their neighborhood. Their concerns also included if and when the project would be completed. After much discussion the Clarion City Council agreed that while the neighbors' concerns are valid, Hamilton's request does comply with all City Ordinances and Codes. Clarion mayor Mike Nail told the council members that he was removing the Hamilton building permit from consent agenda and would be voted as a separate item. The council approved the building permit for Hamilton.

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