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(9/2) City Crews: Road Closures


2nd street from Burlington to Madison is closed today and tomorrow for resurfacing

(9/2) Fairfield Police: Death Investigation On-Going


On 08/31/2014 at approximately 1:38 PM, FPD officers received a report of a vehicle located in Fairfield belonging to a missing male from Illinois. It was believed the male may be a threat to himself or others and possibly armed. It was also suspected that the male had forced entry into an unoccupied residence in the 1200 block of S. Main near the abandoned vehicle. Some sections of Main Street

(9/2) Fatal Train Accident In Fairfield City Limits


On 08/31/2014 at approximately 4:15 AM, Fairfield Police Dispatch received an emergency call from Burlington Northern - Santa Fe Railroad reporting a train had struck a person on the railroad tracks in the Fairfield city limits. The accident was a fatality. The investigation is ongoing. No names are being released, pending notification of family.
 

(9/2) Parents Guide For Back To School Safety Tips


Much to the pleasure of most parents, schools starts today for the Fairfield School District September 2, 2014.  There will be increased traffic at all the elementary schools, Middle School, and High School.  Drivers are encouraged to slow down in these heavily congested areas and be watchful of children crossing streets for a half hour before and after

(9/2) Passing Stopped School Buses Is Deadly


School is already in session in many Iowa districts and Fairfield students start classes today which means school buses are sharing the road with all the other traffic.
 
Officials remind the motoring public of Iowa law when it comes to passing a stopped school bus. During the 2013 school year 183 traffic deaths were reported as a result of drivers not obeying the stop sign on a school

(9/2) Officers Find Meth On Fairfield Man


Fairfield man picked up on a warrant and gets extra charges once searched. Fairfield Officers arrested Joshua Meth on an outstanding warrant at 11:53 Sunday night.

When Mr Meth was searched for inventory on his person Officers confiscated Meth in his pants.

Mr. Meth is facing a possession with intent to deliver less than five grams of Meth.

He remains in the Jefferson Co Jail.
 

(9/2) Underage Drinkers Busted


Jefferson County Sheriff Deputies show no mercy on underage drinkers. Just before midnight Friday night, Deputies arrested two local minors in possession of alcohol.

Keven Lamarr Beamish, 18 and Justin Robert Haynes, 20 both arrested and charged with possession of alcohol under the legal age of 21 years.

The underage drinkers are awaiting initial appearance.
 

(9/2) UPDATE: Injured Teens In Sunday Accident, Driver Speaks Out


A sorrowful teen driver wants the community to join in prayer for injured teens that were in an accident Sunday afternoon. Driver Alec Clark, 16 of Ottumwa was driving at a high rate of speed according to State Patrol when he lost control of his Acura and slammed into another vehicle.

Four teens were injured in the crash and a child was trapped in one vehicle. Two were airlifted to Hospitals

(9/1) Wanted Man Has Meth In Pants When Arrested


Fairfield man picked up on a warrant and gets extra charges once searched. Fairfield Officers arrested Joshua Meth on an outstanding warrant at 11:53 Sunday night.

When Meth was searched for inventory on his person Officers confiscated meth in his pants.

Mr. Meth is facing a possession with intent ot deliver less than five grams of meth.

He remains in the Jefferson Co Jail.

(9/1) Underage Drinkers Busted by Sheriff Deputies


Jefferson County Sheriff Deputies show no mercy on underage drinkers. Just before midnight Friday night, Deputies arrested to local minors in possession of alcohol.

Keven Lamarr Beamish, 18 and Justin Robert Haynes, 20 both arrested and charged with possession of alcohol under the legal age of 21 years.

The underage drinkers are awaiting initial appearance.

(9/1) Two Vehicle Accident With Critical Injuries


A two vehicle accident yesterday injured several with two hanging on for life. Just after 3pm on Cliffland and Old Agency Road in Wapello.

Iowa State Patrol responded to the scene the accident and determined driver Alec Clark, 16 of Ottumwa was driving at a high rate of speed when he lost control then struck a Chevy driven by Dennis Thrasher, 69 of Ottumwa.

Four teens were injured in the

(9/1) UPDATE: Results of the Weed Cheese Burgers


The McDonald’s cheese burgers that Cory Long and Brittany Songer reported to police that appeared to have an additional substance they believed was marijuana, has been confirmed.

Iowa Division of Criminalistic Lab confirmed Friday, the substance on the food contained THC which is the controlled substance found in marijuana.

As a result of the investigation, police found no evidence

(9/1) Deputy Attacked By Suicidal Man


On Friday, Henry County Sheriff’s Office responded to a call of a male laying in the middle of the road on HWY 34. Once on the scene Deputies identified James Morgan, 51 of Burlington.

Morgan saw Deputies and gave chase. After a short foot chase in traffic, Deputies were able to stop Morgan.

He then attacked one Deputy and that Deputy tased Morgan. Morgan was eventually restrained and

(9/1) Inmate Throws Food and Spits On Jail Staff


A Danville man added several new charges while in the Henry County Jail. Brandon Eugene Loring, 33 was being housed in the east cell of the jail and is accused of defacing the inside of his cell.

Loring was throwing food and spitting at jail staff and also threatening staff.

He has gathered several new charges, assault on a jailer, criminal mischief, and harassment in the 1st

(9/1) Reporting Suspicious Activity Lead To Arrest


Concerned citizens reporting to authorities suspicious activity is the primary result of a drug investigation in Mt Pleasant. Mt Pleasant police began a lengthy investigation into crack cocaine sales and delivery in the Mt Pleasant area.

A warrant was obtained for the residence of Jeffrey Carpenter, 24 of Burlington.

During the warrant search, approximately Two ounces of crack cocaine was

(9/1) Cardinal Superintendent Gets Award



At Indian Hills Community College, Cardinal Superintendent, Mr. Pedersen was awarded the Dr. Jim Lindenmayer Leadership Award for Exceptional Leadership. This award represents outstanding leadership traits - compassion, integrity, service, and vision. Congratulations Mr. Pedersen!

(9/1) Garden Obelisks Silent Auction & Vote


As summer comes to end, the Fairfield Art Association announces the "ARTFUL OBELISKS", a downtown exhibit in the garden nodes, are each up for auction until Friday, September 5. Bid sheets are in the lobby of the Fairfield Arts & Convention Center for writing down your bid until 9 PM that evening. While you are there, you can also vote for your favorite.
 
Thirteen original

(8/29) Food Under Investigation In Ottumwa


On April 26, 2014, at approximately 9:22 p.m., the Ottumwa Police Department responded to South McDonald’s, located at 222 Richmond, Ottumwa, IA.  Upon arrival, Cory Long and Brittany Songer reported to police that an order that they received at the business appeared to have an additional substance contained on the order. 
 
Ottumwa Police seized the food in question and

(8/29) REMINDER: Fairfield 175th Celebration CANCELLED FOR SATURDAY


 

 
Mother Nature Wins Again! Due to the wet ground conditions and at the suggestion of the Pyro Tech Specialist, The Fairfield 175 Celebration set for Saturday, August 30th has been CANCELLED.

This was a tough decision from the committee. The committee wants to give a special thank you to all those that made contributions to mark the event, ie. Carnegie Museum, Downtown

(8/29) Police Reports


Fairfield HyVee surveillance tape caught a theft. Video at Caribou Coffee shows a male subject waiting at the counter for a while then reaching in the cash register and pulled out a cash bag then leaving. The cash bag contained $220. Authorities are looking into suspects
 
Connie Singer reported 12 used golf cart batteries stolen
 
Sue Berkey was cited for failure to obey a stop

(8/29) Sen. Rich Taylor's Aug. 29 column


Studies repeatedly find that employers are unable to find workers with the skills to fill job openings, education and training don't match workplace needs, and workers are not aware of programs that can train them in new skills.

Remedying those problems is the most important thing we can go to strengthen Iowa's middle class and grow our economy.

Middle-skill jobs are on the rise

(8/29) Heightened Enforcement over the Labor Day Holiday


Local Law Enforcement is participating in heighten enforcement this holiday weekend. As part of the National Drunk Driving Campaign, Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over, Fairfield PD and Jefferson County Sheriff Deputies will beef up their commitment to saving lives on Iowa’s streets and highways.

According to the Iowa Department of Transportation, there were 4 fatalities during the 3-day

(8/29) Branstad-Reynolds Wrap Up County Tour


The Branstad-Reynolds campaign completed their 99 county tour for 2014. This is the fourth consecutive year that Branstad and Reynolds have met Iowans where they live and work in order to stay close to all communities across the state. 

The pair was in Fairfield yesterday at Hawthorne Direct touring the business and meeting with community stakeholders to present the Governor and Lt

(8/29) Lights Out At Quincy Place Mall


Lights out at Quincy Place Mall in Ottumwa. Around 4:40pm the Ottumwa Fire Department was dispatched to the mall for a smoke complaint from Herbergers.

Once at the Mall, JC Penny was without power, and several other stores were operating on limited power. Alliant Energy was called to the scene to assist.

The power outage is believed to be caused by a blown transformer. Fire Crews searched

(8/29) Fire Crews Rush To Hog Confinement


Just before noon yesterday, 8 Fire Departments rushed to the scene of a hog confinement building on fire in Crawfordsville.

Around 11:40 crews responded and took nearly 5 hours to extinguish the blaze at JDL Farms.

No injuries reported. The cause of the fire is under investigation.
 

(8/29) Wet Roads May Have Caused Rollover Accident


Cloudy wet conditions may have been the cause of a rollover accident on G36 and Redwood yesterday.

Carolyn Schmidt of Washington was traveling WB when her Chevy Trailblazer crossed the center line, Schmidt over corrected and the vehicle entered the north ditch and field and rolled numerous times.

Schmidt was ejected. . She was taken to the U of I for her injuries.

Citations are

(8/29) Red Cross Issues Safety Tips for Labor Day Weekend


Many people will be taking road trips, spending time at the lake and grilling this weekend. The American Red Cross offers safety tips to help everyone have a safe and enjoyable time.
 
“We encourage everyone to take a few simple, safety steps when spending time on the road, at the lake and at cook outs,” said Leslie Schaffer, Regional Chapter Executive of the Red Cross serving

(8/29) Cases of West Nile Virus Continue to Increase


The Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) today announced seven cases of West Nile virus have been confirmed in Iowa: one case each in Buchanan, Clay, Crawford, Monona, Plymouth, Sioux and Woodbury counties. Additional cases are being investigated in Sac and Shelby counties. Two of the confirmed cases were hospitalized, but are now recovering at home.
In addition to the human cases of West

(8/29) Jefferson Co Supervisors Agenda


Acknowledge August 25th minutes. Meet with County Engineer.                          Discuss and review Cedar Creek Partnership Project with Detra Dettmann and Lanessa

(8/29) Rural Business Enterprise Grant Program makes Award


The Rural Business Enterprises Grant Program within USDA recently announced a $70,000 grant to Tenco to assist in the construction of a 4-Bay Hydroponic Greenhouse (88’ x 128’) in Wapello County.    “We appreciate this grant from Rural Development which will be directed to the purchase of equipment in our facility, stated Tenco Executive Director Benjamin

(8/29_ Indian Hills Community College announces special award winners


The Indian Hills Community College Foundation presented awards to seven people Thursday as the college begins a new academic year. Each year, members of the Indian Hills staff nominate and select an outstanding IHCC alumnus, an IHCC retiree, a lay citizen and two current employees. In addition, two new awards for excellence in leadership were presented this

(8/28) Branstad-Reynolds In Fairfield


The Branstad-Reynolds campaign completed their 99 county tour for 2014 today.

This is the fourth consecutive year that Branstad and Reynolds have met Iowans where they live and work in order to stay close to all communities across the state. 

The pair was in fairfield this morning at Hawthorne touring the business and meeting with community stakeholders to present the Governor and Lt Governor with the Diverse Fairfield community.

After getting a better understanding of Hawthorne, Governor Branstad and Lt Governor Reynolds were then presented with Fairfield's Arts and Culture by Art Walk Director Cindy Woodbury.

Woodbury shared community activities the award winning Art Walk Friday contributes to Fairfield followed by an over-view from the Arts and Convention Center stand point when attracting tourist to Fairfield.

Rustin Lippincott, FACC Director, shared that Fairfield was ranked 7th Best small town and the 2nd place to visit for tourist. According to Lippincott it is important for the opportunity to remind the Governor and Lt Governor that even though Fairfield is a small town, we have large project goals and obtain the goals that are set.
 
Governor Branstad addressed the group of nearly 50 to encourage more arts and culture in Iowa. The Governors platform this year has focused on enriching Iowans through supporting small business and supporting those that fight for our country.

(8/28) Police Report


8/27 8:14am Scott Cox was cited for expired drivers license

8/27 9:22am Officers witnessed Janice Peterson not make a complete stop at a stop sign. Cited for failure to stop at a stop sign

8/27 4:03pm Everette Green was arrested on a warrant and transported to Keokuk Co

8/27 6:44pm Austin Corrick was cited for no insurance

(8/28) Candidate Enters Race For County Supervisor


With the November election approaching fast, The republican  and Democrate Party in Jefferson County choose not to submit candidates to run against any open seat on the county level.

The county attorney, treasurer, recorder and one supervisor seat will be voted on in the November election. Yesterday at 5pm was the deadline for Unaffiliated Candidates who are Nominated by Petition to enter

(8/28) Fairfield 175th Celebration Cancelled


Mother Nature Wins Again! Due to the wet ground conditions and at the suggestion of the Pyro Tech Specialist, The Fairfield 175th Celebration set for Saturday, August 30th has been CANCELLED.

This was a tough decision from the committee. The committee wants to give a special thank you to all those that made contributions to mark the event, ie. Carnegie Museum, Downtown Merchants that displayed

(8/28) State Investigates Suspicious Fire


State Fire Marshall called in to investigate fire at unoccupied home. The Ottumwa Fire Department was dispatched to a house fire, with possible occupants inside, at approximately 10 p.m. Tuesday.

When crews arrived on scene, the north side of the house (located at 122 N. Fellows) was engulfed in flames. No utilities were hooked up and no one was living in the residence.

The state Fire

(8/28) Concerns Heard About Marijuana Extract


The public hearing held by the state concerning medical marijuana shows flaws despite Iowa’s new law. Yesterday, Iowa Department of Public Health held a statewide public hearing to allow Iowans to comment on new legislation that decriminalizes marijuana oil extract for patients with severe epilepsy.

Since the cannabis oil is not grown or sold in Iowa, supports are having a difficult

(8/28) Attorney Arrested For Threats To Juror


A Kalona attorney is accused of threatening a member of the jury that found him guilty in March 2014 of disorderly conduct.

Raymond Tinnian, 54 of Kalona was charged in October of last year when he hit his neighbor in the face after a verbal confrontation that centered around Tinnian’s dog.

Following the guilty verdict, Tinnian allegedly sent a threatening letter to one of the jurors

(8/27) Committee Pulls The Plug On 175 Celebration


Mother Nature Wins Again! Due to the wet ground conditions and at the suggestion of the Pyro Tech Specialist, The Fairfield 175th Celebration set for August 30th has been CANCELLED.

This was a tough decision from the committee.

The committee wants to give a special thank you to all those that made contributions to mark the event, ie. Carnegie Museum, Downtown Merchants that displayed

(8/27) Rep Hanson: Capital Report




Education Key to Growing Skilled Workforce


The future of Iowa’s economy depends on a highly skilled workforce that is ready to compete with workers from around the globe.  Iowa can compete and win in this global economy as long as we invest in education and job training to build our skilled workforce.

Iowa is facing a skilled workforce shortage. Over 56% of the jobs in Iowa

(8/27) Police Reports


8/26 7:27 Irina Demeneva was pulled over for expired registration. Cited for violation
8/26 10:45am Lyle Lederer jr was stopped for not wearing a seatbelt. He told the Officer he put on his seatbelt once he saw the Officer. Cited for violation
8/26 11:26am Joseph Eddy was pulled over for speeding. 50mph in 25 mph zone. Eddy told Officers he was running late for work. Cited for speeding
8/26

(8/27) RUSS Needs Total Support To Move Forward With Additional Projects


RUSS needs total support to go forward with projects in Lee County. The Regional Utility Service Systems is a 10-County entity serving Des Moines, Henry, Jefferson, Keokuk, Lee, Louisa, Mahaska, Van Buren, Wapello and Washington.

Through the 28E agreement, anytime the UMO adds debt all the Supervisor boards must be in agreement.

With the Lee County Project for Moore and Powder Town the USDA

(8/27) Supervisors Pay More To Get More For Jefferson County


The Jefferson County Supervisors earmarked $38,000 for residence through the AHEAD Regional Housing Trust Fund. By Approving nearly $6,600 in additional funds, Jefferson County Residence can participate in the many programs AHEAD Regional Housing Trust Fund offers.

Supervisor Dick Reed did not want to raise taxes to finance the additional giving and Supervisor Lee Dimmit explained that

(8/27) Bids Awarded for Fairfield Outdoor Pool Project


Next Summer, Fairfield will be home of a state of the art outdoor pool. The pool bids came in under budget which is great for organizers that have designed and redesigned to work into a new budget.  

The outdoor pool will cost $3.8 Million and will be open summer 2015 while the gymnasium cost $4.7 Million and will open the following year 2016.

City Council awarded the Pool bid

(8/27) Wellmark Lets Public Choose the Projects They Want to Enrich Communities


The Jefferson County Health Center is seeking votes to win funds from Wellmark to enhance the loop trails. More than 34,000 people have already voted to help pick community projects that promote health and wellness in Iowa and South Dakota.

Wellmark will award $7,500 to ten projects that are able to demonstrate a long-lasting impact on making the healthy choice the easy choice, and

(8/27) Veterans Informational Fair TODAY


Veterans in Jefferson County and nearby Counties participate in the “Boots on the Ground” initiative TODAY!

The Mobile Vet Center will host an Informational Fair from 9:30am – 2:30pm in the Sears parking lot on West Burlington Ave.

The purpose of the Mobile Center is to provide outreach and direct services throughout the country.

Ray Chambers,

(8/27) While Supplies Last


If your student needs help with school supplies for the school year, contact Tara Johnson, FHS Secretary 641 472 2059 or tara.johnson@fairfieldsfuture.org.

Backpacks/Supplies will be given out this week. According to Johnson, parents can sign students up for supplies up until the first day of school.
 

(8/27) REMINDER: Elementary Open House


Parents and students of the Fairfield Elementary Schools are invited to their Open Houses tomorrow Thursday August 28th 5:00 - 6:30 PM, meet your teacher and find rooms at Pence, Libertyville and Washington.

More information can be found at www.fairfieldsfuture.org
 

(8/26) Ambassadors Welcome GoJindy



Ambassadors welcome new Chamber Member, Danielle Wallace from GoJindy. For more information, visit our membership directory: http://www.fairfieldiowa.com/membership-directory/gojindy/view/
 

(8/26) Back To School Safety Tips From Police Chief Harvey


uch to the pleasure of most parents, schools starts tomorrow for the Fairfield School District September 2, 2014.  There will be increased traffic at all the elementary schools, Middle School, and High School.  Drivers are encouraged to slow down in these heavily congested areas and be watchful of children crossing streets for a half hour before and after

(8/26) Heightened Enforcement Over The Labor Day Holiday


  The Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office is teaming up with the Governor’s Traffic Safety Bureau and will be participating in the upcoming special Traffic Enforcement Program.

Sheriff Deputies will begin heightened enforcement for intoxicated drivers, seat belt usage, speed, suspended drivers, narcotic searches, assisting motorists, and other traffic violations on the

(8/26) Northey comments on Iowa crops and weather report


Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey today commented on the Iowa crop progress and condition report released by the USDA National Agricultural Statistical Service.  The report is released weekly from April through October.
 
“The warm temperatures and needed precipitation last week helped both corn and bean crops.  The crop remains in very good condition overall, with

(8/26) Police Reports


8/22 7:41am Joshua Wilson reported his house being broken into and he believed it was Ryan Riebel a renter
8/22 4:12pm Jeramia Gillespie was arrested for eluding revocation. Bond $500
8/22 4:45pm Lisa Reininger reported that she went into revelations, and when she came out, someone stole both her license plates off her Toyota
8/22 8:01pm Victor Orne reported a Samsung Tablet missing from

(8/26) City Refers Crisis Home To Zoning Committee


Citizens with concerns about a crisis home in the neighborhood reach out to local Officials. Last week, Tenco clarified the intentions of the Crisis Home in Fairfield. Tenco Director Ben Wright, says the home is a solution for mental health patients that cannot get a bed at a local hospital due to the lack of beds available for the mentally ill.

The Crisis Home or Stabilization Home will

(8/26) FPD Arrest Ex-Cop In Drug Ring


Fairfield Police Department take down an ex-cop in a drug ring. After months of investigation, the Fairfield Police Department has arrested three individuals for drug offenses related to the sale and distribution of methamphetamine in the Fairfield and surrounding areas.

Edward Wayne Curtis (48) of 603 E Burlington Apartment 5. Curtis is charged with Conspiracy to deliver more than 5 grams methamphetamine, Delivery of less than 5 grams methamphetamine, Keeping a drug house, and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.

Also arrested, Earl Keith Blair 48 and Cameron Mitchell Cooksey, 42. Both charged with Conspiracy to deliver more than 5 grams of methamphetamine and delivery of less than 5 grams of methamphetamine.

Cooksey served as a Fairfield Police Officer from 1999 to 2004 when he was accused and later admitted to stealing $1500 from the department evidence room.

According to local authorities, Other arrests and/or charges are expected as the investigation continues.
 

(8/26) Mobile Vet Center In Fairfield TOMORROW


Veterans in Jefferson County and nearby Counties participate in the “Boots on the Ground” initiative tomorrow 8/27.

The Mobile Vet Center will host an Informational Fair from 9:30am – 2:30pm tomorrow in the Sears parking lot on West Burlington Ave.

The purpose of the Mobile Center is to provide outreach and direct services throughout the country.

Ray Chambers, Jefferson

(8/26) Task Force To Tackle Housing Needs In Fairfield


Fairfield Addresses affordable housing. Adam Plagee, FEDA Executive Director sat down with the Jefferson County  Supervisors to give an update since the March Housing Needs Assessment.

According to the report Fairfield has a significant lack of quality housing options in attracting talent to the area.

According to Plagee, the housing task force is meeting to dig deeper into issues

(8/26) Addressing Potholes On Juniper


Potholes on Juniper Ave was discussed at the Jefferson County Supervisors Meeting Monday morning. While out on a road tour with the County Engineer, Supervisor Dick Reed asked Scott Cline to give his expert opinion on repairing Juniper Ave.

For several months, each Supervisor received complaints from citizens about Juniper Ave being unsafe with the deep pot holes and hills near the

(8/26) Authorities Follow Tracks To Thief


After receiving a report of a stolen 4-wheeler and Eldon man is in jail.
 
Wapello County Sheriff Deputies followed what was believed to be 4-wheeler tracks in the dirt and found Jason Allen Hannah, 37 of Eldon, loading a Polaris 4-wheeler onto a truck at a home in rural Wapello County.
 
Hannah faces one count of Theft 2nd Degree and one count of Possession of Stolen

(8/25) County Road Crews Fix Juniper Ave


Discussed at the Supervisors meeting today, pot holes on Juniper Ave.

While out on a road tour with the County Engineer, Supervisor Dick Reed asked Scott Cline to give his expert opinion on repairing Juniper Ave. For several months, each Supervisor is getting complaints from citizens about Juniper Ave being unsafe with the deep pot holes and hills near the Quarry.

According to Cline there

(8/25) Fairfield Addresses Housing Needs


Fairfield Addresses affordable housing. Adam Plagee, FEDA Executive Director sat down with the Jefferson County  Supervisors to give an update since the March Housing Needs Assessment.

According to the report Fairfield has a significant lack of quality housing options in attracting talent to the area. According to Plagee, the housing task force is meeting to dig deeper into issues

(8/25) FPD Closes In On Meth Distribution


After a several month-long investigation, the Fairfield Police Department has arrested three individuals for drug offenses related to the sale or distribution of methamphetamine in the Fairfield and surrounding areas.
The three arrested are:
 

Edward Wayne Curtis (48) of 603 E Burlington Apartment 5 Fairfield, IA 52556


Curtis is charged with Conspiracy to deliver more than 5

(8/25) Fairfield Students Receive School Supplies


Friday, the Fairfield Community donated school supplies during 'Operation Backpack: Stuff the Bus' to help area students.

Since the supplies have been received, organizers will fill back packs for students in need.

The focus now switches to parents and students. If your student needs help with school supplies for the school year, contact Tara Johnson, FHS Secretary 641 472

(8/25) Attempted Break-In At Local Church


Fairfield Officers investigate an attempted break-in at a local church.

Youth Pastor Paul with First Baptist Church reported that screens were removed from the windows to his office. Entry could not be made because the windows were locked.

Anyone with information on the attempted break-in at the First Baptist Church in Fairfield should call the Jefferson County Law Center 641 472

(8/25) Governor In Fairfield This Week


Governor Terry Branstad and Lt Governor Kim Reynolds will be making a stop in Fairfield this week. The Governor’s office announced making a stop at Hawthorne Direct Thursday August 28.

The Governor will tour Hawthorne to learn more about the business as well as hear from the Fairfield Art Walk board and Arts and Convention Center board to better experience the diverse arts culture of

(8/25) Got Blood?


Mississippi Valley Regional Blood Center is in critical and urgent need of blood donations to keep up with the demand from its service hospitals.

Fairfield Park & Rec has scheduled September 10 for area citizens to donate blood at the Roosevelt Center.

Summer is such a challenging time of year to keep up with the demand for blood. Each blood donation can help save up to 3 or even up to 4

(8/25) Fairfield Man Trapped From Rollover Accident


Henry County Sheriff Deputies responded to the scene of a rollover accident with the driver trapped in the vehicle.

Driver Ryan Riebel, 28 of Fairfield was traveling north on Hwy 218 when he lost control of the silver Jeep Liberty and entered the east ditch, rolling several times before coming to rest in a bean field.

Riebel was trapped in the vehicle. Authorities citied him for failure to maintain control. Riebel’s condition is unknown.

(8/25) Iowa Speaks Out On Cannabis Oil


Iowans will have a chance to share their views about the new state law that allows severe epileptics to possess cannabis oil as a treatment.

It’s not legal to buy or sell cannabis oil in Iowa, but the 2014 Iowa legislature passed a law that decriminalized possession of the substance. Advocates say it can help patients with a severe form of epilepsy. The Iowa Department of Public Health

*(8/13) Fairfield Awarded $1 Million Vision Iowa Grant


In what Fairfield Mayor called “great news” for the city, Fairfield has been awarded a $1 million Vision Iowa Grant toward the Pool/Gym Project. Malloy and other stakeholders were in Des Moines today after meeting with the negotiating board Tuesday. The city had applied for a $1,050,000 grant, so the final total was very well received. The grant does come with one contingency;

(8/12) Coucil Listens to Search Firm Presentation


The process to find a new city administrator is beginning at Fairfield City Hall. At Monday’s council meeting, the council heard a presentation from Karl Nollenbeger with GovHR USA, a search firm specializing in these types of searches. Nollenbeger’s firm is a national firm that has recently helped West Liberty, Burlington and Washington fill similar vacancies. The agency would meet

(7/14) Parsons College History Department


Parsons College of Fairfield, Iowa in its  98-year history, with the arrival of Dr. Millard G. Roberts,  had a decade from the mid 1950’s through the mid 1960’s, where it’s name was known around Iowa, the mid-west and the nation for culture, athletics and academics. When the college lost its accreditation with the North Central Association of Colleges and Universities

(7/7) Suspects Leave Hats, Shoes, Trash in Stolen Vehicle


A fully-loaded 2004 F-250 was stolen from a car lot and recovered in a City park in Ottumwa. The truck was missing the back window and the battery however the thieves left baseball caps, shoes and trash in the vehicle. No arrests have been made at this time. If you have any information on this case please contact the Ottumwa Police Department at (641) 683-0661.
 

(7/3) Jefferson County Supervisors Agenda


                               Weekly Board Meeting.
                              

(7/1) Accident With Serious Injuries In Mt Pleasant


An accident with injuries south of Mt Pleasant yesterday at the intersection of Hwy 218 and 295th Street resulted in multiple injuries. Authorities have not confirmed early reports of a fatality. At least one person was air lift to the hospital. Iowa State Patrol is involved in the investigation. As more information is released, it will be updated.  
 

(6/23) UPDATE: Pilot Identified In Fatal Crash At Fairfield Municipal Airport


On June 22, 2014 at approximately 11:30 A.M the Jefferson County Law Center was notified of a plane crash at the Fairfield Municipal Airport.  It was reported that a small experimental aircraft had crashed in a cornfield shortly after takeoff. 
 
 
The Fairfield Police Department, Fairfield Fire Department, Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office, and Iowa State Patrol all

(5/20) AHEAD -Iowa Interview


Keith DeBoer and attorney  James Larew, representatives from the newly formed, AHEAD-Iowa (Alliance for Healthy Economic and Agricultural Development  sat down with KMCD/Classic 96’s Steve Smith to talk about their position regarding the Heartland Coop project. Click on the Link below to listen to that interview. 

AHEAD- IOWA Interview  
 

(5/12) Washington Juvenile Charged With Arson


Last Wednesday May 7th, Washington County Fire Department extinguished a trash barrel on fire. Yesterday, Charges were filed on Juvenile Douglas Michael Denny, 13 of Washington for arson.
 

(5/2 - 5/3) Iowa Wesleyan College announces Commencement Events


Iowa Wesleyan College announces Commencement events

Weekend activities include:

Friday, May 2, 2014 8 a.m.-5 p.m. – Senior Art Exhibition in the P.E.O. Building Art Gallery. Featuring student artists: Dylan Morgan, Brittany Robison and Nikia Pyle. 4-4:30 p.m. – Extended Learning Reception in the Howe Student Activity Center

5 -7 p.m. – Graduation Celebration, supper

(4/22) Sheriff Deputies Investigate Vandalism in Eldon


The Jefferson County Sheriff Office is investigating an act of vandalism and destruction of property from Saturday morning in Eldon. Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call the Jefferson County Law Center at 641 472 4146
 

(4/8) Special Meeting For School Board


FAIRFIELD SCHOOL DISTRICT BOARD OF DIRECTORS   
Tuesday, April 8, 2014
5:30 p.m.
Special Meeting at A.C.T. Building

Agenda
Call to Order


Approve the final superintendent profile for the promotional flyer and online application form (A)
Adjourn

(4/2) Special School Board Meeting Tonight


FAIRFIELD COMMUNITY SCHOOL DISTRICT

FAIRFIELD, IOWA

BOARD OF DIRECTORS  
 
Wednesday, April 2, 2014
Immediately following Board work session
Approximately 7:30 p.m.
 
Special Meeting at A.C.T. Building
 
Agenda
 

Call to Order
Review Bids
Determine Project Option



Re-bid selected packages maintaining current scope of work

(4/1) All Those NOT In Favor of the Heartland Co-Op Project Speak Up


For two weeks in a row now, the Jefferson County Supervisors met in the Jefferson County Courtroom because concerned citizens formed to show interest in the Heartland Co-op multimillion dollar grain bin project. Yesterday’s meeting was standing room only in the hall way of the courtroom. Everyone that spoke voiced concerns for air quality once the grain bins are put on the edge of town.

(3/27) Representative Curt Hanson Weekly Newsletter


Iowa House of

Representatives
 
 
Tuesday, March 25,

(2/27) Fairfield Arts & Convention Center 2nd In State


In the most recent Iowa Travel Guide, The Fairfield Arts and Convention Center was has been listed as the 2nd best place in the state to experience live theater in all of Iowa. The designation comes in the publications “Live like a local” article. Topping the list is the Des Moines Center for Performing Arts, the Fairfield Arts & Convention Center with Red Oak’s Wilson Performing Arts Center listed as the 3rd best

(2/06) POSSIBLE “WATER SERVICE LINE” MAILING SCAM


REFERENCE: POSSIBLE “WATER SERVICE LINE” MAILING SCAM
LT. COLIN SMITH, FAIRFIELD POLICE DEPARTMENT
 
THE FAIRFIELD POLICE DEPARTMENT WISHES TO WARN ANYONE RECEIVING A LETTER IN THE MAIL TITLED “IMPORTANT INFORMATION REGARDING YOUR WATER SERVICE LINE” NOT TO DO BUSINESS WITH THE COMPANY.
 
THIS LETTER ESSENTIALLY SOLICITS RESIDENTS TO SIGN UP FOR EXPENSIVE

(2/6) Bully Free Iowa Is The Topic Of Discussion On Capitol Hill


Today at 2:00pm on Capitol Hill. Cardinal Superintendant Joel Pederson will speak briefly about Bully-Free Iowa. The Bully-Free Iowa Act of 2014 focuses on empowering parents and addressing cyber bullying. Gov. Terry Branstad hopes to address bullying state wide with this bill in place.  Subcommittee meetings are informal, and serve as good opportunities to provide input on bills being

BOIL ADVISORY IN EFFECT FOR VEDIC CITY, SALINA ROAD & Surrounding Areas serviced


Boil Advisory for Vedic City, Salina Road, surrounding areas serviced by Wapello Rural Water only. A water main break occured 3 miles north of Fairfield on 170th St and Juniper this morning. The broken water main is being replaced and repaired however due to the potential of bacterial contamination, it is being recommended that the water be boiled before using for drinking and cooking. Do not drink the water before boiling first. Boiling or bottled 

(12/2) Stabbing In Ottumwa


The Ottumwa Police responded to a stabbing Friday afternoon.  The victim was taken to an area hospital. Authorities are following up on leads however does not have a suspect in custody at this time. The investigation is open
 

(11/6) Deer Runs Into HyVee And Fairfield Officials Want To Prev


The over population of Deer in City Limits and solutions to the problem as plaguing many Iowa Cities. A deer got through the front doors of Hy-Vee in Cedar Rapids yesterday. Some customers had to move quickly to get out the way. The Deer ran by the produce area and into the stockroom then escaped out the backroom and jumped into a delivery truck. The truck driver locked the doors and drove the

(9/4) Police Reports



9/1 :1257am Timothy Kent Simmons 58 of Fairfield was arrested and charged with Operating while intoxicated 1st offense

9/2 12:45am Report of assault in the 500 block of B street, suspect took off on foot

9/2 11:10pm report of stolen property totaling $600

9/2 Jennifer Lynn  Cheverez 31  of Fairfield was arrested and charged with driving under