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(10/21) Van Buren County Board of Supervisors

Monday, October 24, 2016, beginning at 10:00AM
at the Van Buren County Courthouse, Supervisor’s office, Keosauqua, Iowa
1.                  Call to Order
2.                  Public

(10/21) Fairfield City Council

OCTOBER 24, 2016 7:00 P.M.
   Approval of the minutes of the October 10, 2016 Council meeting
   Acceptance of the Library Board Minutes
   Acceptance of Resignation Agreement in the Police Department
   Approval of

(10/21) Police/Sheriff/Fire Log


Traffic Violation:
​A school bus violation was reported in the 600 block of West Burlington Ave

Government Contact:
Assisted Keokuk County in trying to locate a subject

Citizen Contact:
Possible vandalism was reported in the 1000 block of Granville Ave

​Report of a domestic disturbance in the 700 block of West Washington Ave


(10/21) Jefferson County Board of Supervisors

                Pursuant to Chapter 21, 2011 Code of Iowa, you are hereby notified of the following meetings of the below-named body in open session.
The Jefferson County Board of Supervisors will meet in the 1st floor meeting room of the Jefferson County Courthouse

(10/21) Watkins Trial Rescheduled For October 31

Van Buren County Attorney Abe Watkins, who was scheduled to go trial on Thursday, has had his civil trial rescheduled. District 5 Judge Robert Blink has been assigned to hear the case after an Iowa Supreme Court Judge allowed a defense motion requesting a Judge from outside of District 8. Van Buren County Supervisors accuse Watkins of creating a hostile work environment, constituting sexual

(10/21) Ottumwa High Teacher Placed On Leave

An Ottumwa High School teacher has been placed on leave after details of a former arrest involving inappropriate behavior with former students has surfaced. 50 year old Robert L. Bender, a special education teacher at Ottumwa High School, had been charged in 2013, with indecent behavior with juveniles by improper communication while working in Louisiana as a teacher at North De Soto High

(10/20) Police/Sheriff/Fire Log


Burglary reported in the 300 block of South 2nd Street

Citizen Contact:
​Caller advising that his 6 year old daughter was bitten by neighbors dog. Caller stated when he went to talk to the neighbor, the dog tried to bite him as well.

Citizen Contact:
​Criminal mischief reported in the 1000 block of Granville Avenue

Citizen Contact:

(10/20) City Council Public Safety & Transportation Committee

                                                         The Fairfield City Council

                                               Public Safety & Transportation Committee

                                                     Will meet Monday, October 24,

(10/20) Nominations Now Open for the 2016 Fairfield Cultural Contribution Award

The Fairfield Cultural Alliance is now asking for nominees for its 2016 Cultural Contribution Award. The FCA’s annual Cultural Contribution Award is given to recognize groups or individuals who help enhance the quality of life in Fairfield by creating, directing, or promoting artistic and/or cultural activities, works of art, or events in Fairfield for that calendar

(10/20) Watkins Trial To Be Rescheduled

Van Buren County Attorney Abe Watkins was scheduled to go before a judge today, accused of sexual harassment in the workplace and on the job intoxication. Van Buren County Supervisors are seeking his removal from office, alleging he made inappropriate comments to a female county employee about her body and stood before female county employees in only his underwear. There are also allegations

(10/20) Drug Take-Back Day Is Saturday

The Jefferson County Sheriff’s Department and Fairfield HyVee are working together this Saturday to provide a safe, convenient, and responsible means of disposing of prescription drugs, while also educating the general public about the potential for abuse of medications. Between 10am and 2pm, anyone may drop off unused prescriptions at the HyVee Pharmacy for disposal, no questions asked.

(10/20) National Teen Driver Week

Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death for 14-18 year olds in the U.S. In 2014, there were 2,614 teen drivers between15 and 19 years old involved in fatal crashes and an estimated 130,000 were injured.  Drivers aged 18 to 20 years old are twice as likely as young teen drivers to be involved in fatal crashes between midnight and 6:00 a.m. Yet, a recent survey shows that only

(10/19) Police/Sheriff/Fire Log


Business Contact:
​Alarm call reported in the 50 block of North Main

Motor Vehicle Accident:
Caller reporting that someone hit him as he was backing out of a parking spot at MUM Campus Student Center. No injuries.

Traffic Accident:
Reporting a minor accident at MUM Science Center. No injuries.

Citizen Contact:
​Caller reporting a male wearing a clown mask

(10/19) Fairfield FFA Sending 12 To National Convention

The FFA National Convention opens today in Indianapolis.  In a sea of blue jackets, FFA members from all corners of the nation converge in one place to celebrate their accomplishments and find inspiration. Motivational speakers, concerts, workshops and a floor bustling with agriculture education and industry opportunities highlight the 89th Convention and Expo. Nearly 63,000 FFA members

(10/19) Corn and Soybean Harvest Progressing

Iowa Farmers have made progress harvesting corn and soybeans but rain has slowed the process. Iowa farmers reported waiting for crops to dry in the field before harvesting, according to the USDA.

About a third of the Iowa corn crop is harvested, a week behind the five-year average and 62 percent of soybeans have been harvested. The five-year average at this point in the year is 74

(10/19) Grassley Says He Won't "Stonewall" Clinton's Judicial Nominees

Iowa Republican US Senator Charles Grassley, chairman of the Senate committee on the Judiciary, and himself running for re-election this November, said Tuesday if former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was to win the White House, he would not “stonewall” any person she might nominate for the Supreme Court. In a conference call with Iowa reporters, Grassley said his committee

(10/18) Police/Sheriff/Fire Log


Citizen Contact:
​Report of a transient that set up camp. Was told to move along.

​Alejandro Camacho Bimbela was arrested on pretrial revocation warrant

Citizen Contact:
​Report of a stolen banner from the Fairfield Square.. It was posted on Friday for a prayer service. Gone Saturday.

​Report of shoplifting at WalMart


(10/18) Van Buren Third Graders Receive Dictionaries Courtesy Of Elks #1192

Courtesy of The Fairfield Elks #1192

(10/18) Supervisors Approve Courthouse Renovations

The Jefferson County Board of Supervisors met in regular session Monday, giving the go-ahead to French-Reneker & Associates to begin the research necessary to remodel the exterior of the Jefferson County Courthouse. Supervisors spoke of the need for sidewalks and the parking lot to be repaired and revised for better accessibility and safety and the need for additional handicapped parking closer

(10/18) Fruit Cake Orders Taken Through November 15

In its 28th year of raising funds, volunteers at Camp Courageous spent a week making a supply of their delicious one-pound fruit cakes.

Darlene Vorhies of The Arc of Jefferson & Nearby Counties will accept orders through November 15 for fruit cakes made at Camp Courageous; the cakes sell for $10, and will be available by Thanksgiving. If you’d like to order a cake or cakes, or have

(10/17) USDA To Loan City Nearly $25M

Over the weekend, U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack announced funding through USDA’s Water and Environmental programs to help the City of Fairfield make enhancements to its wastewater facility that will improve the water quality in southeast Iowa.

USDA Rural Development is awarding nearly $25 million dollars to the city that will help rehabilitate the city’s

(10/17) Police/Sheriff/Fire Log


​An assault was reported in the 3000 block of West Adams.

Traffic Accident:
​Vehicle failed to stop for a red light causing collision. No injuries. Citation was issued.

​Courtney Lynn Carey, of Fairfield was arrested and charged with contempt of court, violation of a restraining order - aiding and abetting.

​Ronnie Lynn

(10/17) Lord's Cupboard Urges Low-Income Residents To Update DHS Information

The Lord’s Cupboard Food Pantry urges those who receive SNAP benefits to make sure their addresses are up-to-date with the Department of Human Services.  Each December, the Lord’s Cupboard distributes Holiday Meal Boxes to low-income residents to help make the holiday season brighter.  An invitation to claim a Holiday Meal Box will soon be mailed to everyone in Jefferson

(10/13) Road Construction Update

The City of Fairfield will begin road construction work at the intersection of 32nd Street and Business Hwy 34 on Monday, October 17th.  Construction will require single lane closures.


Motorists are urged to pay close attention when navigating through this particular area.  You may experience delays, so allow for extra travel time.  We would like to encourage all

(10/13) Jefferson County Sheriff's Department Adopts I-PLEDGE Program

The Jefferson County Sheriff's office has taken a pledge to keep tobacco, alternative nicotine and vapor products out of the hands of Jefferson County youth.
​Known as I-PLEDGE, the program is a partnership with the Iowa Alcoholic Beverages Division to educate local retailers and to enforce Iowa's tobacco, alternative nicotine and vapor products laws. Since its inception in 2000, the

(10/12) Ottumwa Christian School Bookkeeper Charged

40 year old Joni Marie Stinson, of Ottumwa, was arrested by Ottumwa Police and charged with money laundering, 1st degree theft, forgery and ongoing criminal conduct in relation to a several years long operation while the bookkeeper at Ottumwa Christian School. Court documents filed Monday state that authorities believe Stinson committed the felonies over a six year period beginning in

(10/5) October Is Breast Cancer Awareness Month

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. It’s important that everyone know the symptoms and signs of breast cancer, and any time an abnormality is discovered, it should be investigated by a healthcare professional.


Jefferson County Health Administrator Christine Estle reminds us to be aware of some of the more common symptoms…


A change in the appearance

(8/8) Jefferson County Secondary Road Department

The Jefferson County Secondary Road Department has announced the closure of Osage Avenue, from the east end of Hwy 34 business loop to Glasgow Rd. (Home Owners Only. Road is closed to all other traffic) from now until December 15, 2016, for paving.