New Council Member Appointed In Hampton
07/25/2014 - Last (Thursday) night the Hampton City Council appointed Meghan Freie as the new ward one Hampton City Councilwoman, replacing Val Haugebak who resigned the seat in June. The Hampton City Council approved a letter of support for Kyle Pralle and Landon Plagge doing business as K-L Holdings for a downtown development grant application. The council also approved an Urban Revitalization Tax Abatement application for K-L Holdings for a three point eight million dollar residential and commercial development in downtown Hampton.
Random Mailbox Vandalism Taking Place In Hardin County
07/25/2014 - Since the end of May the Hardin County Sheriff's Office has received reports of vandalism to at least 20 mailboxes in the county, many of which have been in the Iowa Falls and Alden area. Hardin County Chief Deputy J-D Holmes tells KLMJ/KQCR News the public's help is always welcome in trying to solve these type of cases. Holmes says even though they have a small staff all the sheriff's deputies are trained on several areas including being investigators. Holmes says whoever has been damaging the mailboxes has been doing in randomly. He adds the cost is beginning to add up as the damaged mailboxes are replaced with new ones that run 35-40 dollars each.
Eagle Grove Woman Injured In Shooting Incident
07/24/2014 - Yesterday (Wed.) about 4pm the Eagle Grove Police Department and the Wright County Sheriff's Office responded to a call of a female being shot in the 400 block of 3rd Street Northeast in Eagle Grove. 29-year-old Deanna Arredondo of Eagle Grove was allegedly shot with a C-0 2 powered B-B gun pistol by 39-year-old Eric Jason Bell of Eagle Grove. Bell had gotten into an argument with Arredondo in front of Bell's home when the shooting incident took place. Arredondo received injuries to her face and head and was transported to the Iowa Specialty Hospital in Clarion for treatment and was held for observation. Bell has been charged with assault with a deadly weapon, willful injury and going armed with intent. He's being held at the Wright County Jail on a 10-thousand dollar bond. Assisting agencies were the Algona Police Department K-9 unit and the Iowa State Fire Marshal's Office.
Sioux City Man Dies In Mason City During RAGBRAI Stop
07/24/2014 - A RAGBRAI participant from Sioux City has been found dead in his tent in Mason City in the second death during the weeklong bicycling event. 74-year-old George "Frank" Brinkerhoff was found dead inside his tent this (Thu.) morning at Parker's Woods Campground. Mason City police Sgt. Greg Scott says Brinkerhoff was participating in the Register's Annual Great Bike Ride Across Iowa. Scott didn't know if Brinkerhoff was riding alone or with a group. Scott says Brinkerhoff appeared to die of natural causes, but a medical examiner who responded hasn't determined the cause of death. On Monday, 62-year-old Tom Teesdale, of West Branch, had a heart attack and died at a hospital in Emmetsburg. There have been 30 deaths during RAGBRAI's 42 years.
Bristow Man Dies In A Skid Loader Accident
07/24/2014 - A Butler County man died yesterday (Wed.) afternoon in an skid loader accident in Bristow. Around 1pm yesterday (Wed.) afternoon the Butler County Sheriff's Department received a call that a man was trapped in a skid loader at a residence in Bristow. Upon arrival Butler County Emergency Responders found 78 year old Jim Winkowitsch trapped in the mechanism of the skid loader. Winkowitsch was pronouced dead at the scene.
Presidential Disaster Declaration Issued For 26 Iowa Counties
07/24/2014 - President Obama has approved a Presidential Disaster Declaration for 26 Iowa counties impacted by severe storms in June. The counties included in the declaration are Franklin, Butler, Wright and Hancock. The declaration will provide federal funding to the declared counties under the Public Assistance Program. The presidential declaration puts into motion long-term federal recovery programs, some of which are matched by state programs, and designed to help public entities and select non-profits. Public assistance funds may be used for emergency work and the repair or replacement of disaster-damaged facilities and may include debris removal, emergency protective measures, repair of damaged public property, loans needed by the communities for essential government functions and grants for public schools. This latest Presidential Disaster Declaration is the 20th major declaration the state of Iowa has received since March 2007.
Hubbard Woman Guilty Of Bank Fraud
07/24/2014 - A 50-year-old Hubbard woman who forged a court order for a purported structured settlement in support of her request for a bank loan, and who forged a separate letter purporting to be a U-S Department of Justice official, pled guilty yesterday (Wed.) in federal court at Cedar Rapids. Stephanie Drake, formally known as Stephanie Drake-Zierke, was convicted on one count of bank fraud and one count of unlawful manufacture and possession of a U-S Department of Justice seal. Drake admitted between March 2009 and September 2012 she fraudulently induced a bank to loan her money by falsely claiming that her husband had been awarded a legal settlement of 2-point-2 million dollars. Drake admitted presenting a fabricated document to the bank purporting to be a court order for the legal settlement. Drake admitted that between May 2008 and September 2012 the bank loaned her over 483-thousand dollars. A sentencing date has not been set. Drake remains free on bond. She faces a possible maximum sentence of up to 30 years and six months and up to a 1-million dollar fine.
Natural Gas Leak Reported In Ackley
07/24/2014 - Last (Wed.) night the Ackley Fire Department was called out on the report of a natural gas leak in the 900 block of Cerro Gordo Street. No injuries reported. Ackley Fire Chief Tim Eichmeier tells KLMJ/KQCR News the owner of a home was tearing it down and struck a gas line. The line was about 50 yards away from a burn pile. Black Hills Gas Company responded to the scene and shut the natural gas off. Ackley firefighters were on the scene for two hours. Assisting at the scene were the Ackley Police Department and Ackley Ambulance.
Fire Reported At A Hog Lot Near Hubbard
07/24/2014 - Yesterday (Wed.) morning the Hubbard Fire Department was called out on the report of a fire at a hog lot in the 19-thousand block of 260th Street just north of the city. No injuries reported. Hubbard Fire Chief Monty Boeke tells KQCR News an electrical short caused minimal damage in the attic of one of the buildings. There were no animals inside the building. Firefighters were on the scene for about one hour. The Hubbard Ambulance assisted at the scene.
New Holding Cells At Franklin L-E-C Not Approved For Use
07/23/2014 - The state's jail inspector did an inspection of the holding cells at the Hampton Police Department today (Wed.). However, Franklin County Sheriff's Office Chief Deputy Linn Larson tells KLMJ News they did not have a scheduled inspection for the new holding cells at the law enforcement center. Since the county dispatch center was moved to the law enforcement center last month prisoners arrested in Franklin County have been transported to the Iowa Falls Police Department holding facility or to the Hardin County Jail in Eldora. Larson says there are still some reports they are waiting for before the final inspection will take place at the L-E-C.