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(2/11) FCSD Teacher Quality Committee

FCSD Teacher Quality Committee

Friday, February 12, 2016

ACT Building

3:45 p.m.




I. Market Factor Pay Request: HS Science

(2/11) Police/Sheriff/Fire Log



Citizen Contact: Theft

Sears store advised they had a male shoplifter. When approached, he dropped the product and left in a tan Mercury. Subject was wearing a construction colored sweatshirt and had tats. Driver was female. Traveled westbound, on 34. Store has video.


Traffic Accident:

Subjects involved in an accident at 185th and Highway

(2/11) No Foul Play Involved In Weekend Fire, Death

Jefferson County Attorney, Tim Dille has issued a media release regarding the fire and death of 56 year old Richard Hendershot from over the weekend. The Iowa State Fire Marshall and Iowa DCI, along with the assistance of the State’s Medical Examiner, have determined that no foul play was involved in Hendershot’s death and the house at 800 North 12th Street has been deemed a total

(2/11) Fire Destroys Batavia Home

A fire destroyed a family home outside of Batavia Tuesday afternoon. Batavia firefighters responded to a call at approximately 1:30pm and worked all afternoon to contain it. According to firefighters, no one was home at the time of the fire, there were no injuries and the home was deemed a total loss. The cause of the fire remains under investigation.

(2/11) Ottumwa Police To Test Mobile Enforcement Vehicle

The Ottumwa Police Department has introduced automated speed enforcement, partnering with RedSpeed USA Corporation, the city is using the new technology as a tool to enforce posted speed limits with the goal of reducing the amount of speeding violations and increasing safety. Red Speed has equipped the Police Department with a mobile enforcement vehicle with speed monitoring cameras at no cost to

(2/10) JCHC Medical Arts Clinic Earns Accreditation

Jefferson County Health Center Medical Arts Clinic, Fairfield, Iowa has demonstrated its commitment to patient safety by gaining accreditation from the American Association for Accreditation of Ambulatory Surgery Facilities (AAAASF). AAAASF just celebrated its 35th year of promoting the highest quality patient safety in the ambulatory surgery setting (office-based or outpatient), as well as

(2/10) Police/Sheriff/Fire Log

Missing Person: Runaway
Kobey Dylan Kerflinger, age 15 of Eldon. Male  5’ 6” 113 lbs.  Wearing black sweatshirt and blue jeans.
Contact Wapello County Sheriff’s Office
EMS assist at 3210 W. Tyler.
EMS assist at 207 N. D Street.
Mutual Aid- Batavia
Structure fire

(2/10) IUB Considering Bakken Permit Approval

The Iowa Utilities Board has begun to consider approval of a permit for a liquid pipeline that will run across Iowa from the Northwest to the Southeast part of the state, through Van Buren and Jefferson Counties and into Illinois. Dakota Access wants to build the Bakken Pipeline to carry a half-million barrels of oil per day from North Dakota to Illinois through South Dakota and Iowa.

(2/10) Iowa Republicans Look To Expand State Cannabis Law

Some Iowa Republican House lawmakers are supporting legislation that would expand the state's current law on medical marijuana, which allows some epilepsy patients to use cannabis oil. The proposed bill would create a system for manufacturing, distributing and possessing some forms of medical marijuana in Iowa expanding the current law to include more products and patients, though still

(2/10) Ebinger To Sit On Southern District Of Iowa Bench

Senator Chuck Grassley announced Monday that the nomination of Judge Rebecca Ebinger to be a U.S. District Judge for the Southern District of Iowa was passed by the Senate by a vote of 83-0.  Ebinger’s nomination will now be sent to President Barack Obama who nominated her on Sept. 15, 2015.

Grassley recommended Ebinger and Judge Leonard Strand to the White House after an

(2/9) Police/Sheriff/Fire Log


Motor Vehicle Accident:

Vehicle 1 was going east bound when failed to stop within clear distance and struck vehicle 2. Damage estimated at less than $1500. Information exchanged.


Citizen Contact:

Vehicle struck the base of a light pole in Wal Mart parking lot. No damage.




Smoke detectors beeping at 604 Lindenwood

(2/9) Fairfield City Council Meeting



(2/9) Supervisors Discuss Proposed Dangerous Dog Ordinance

The Jefferson County Board of Supervisors met Monday and discussed a proposed dog ordinance recently drafted by Assistant County Attorney Pat McAvan based upon recommendations by Jefferson County Public Health. The ordinance would require county dog owners to keep their pets under control. The proposed ordinance would set consequences for dangerous dogs and their owners and establish procedures

(2/9) City Of Fairfield To File Suit

The Fairfield City Council met Monday night in regular session, authorizing City Attorney John Morrisey to move forward with a lawsuit against Nationwide Transportation, accused of damaging a light when one of their trucks struck a light pole causing damage in the amount of $10,000. According to Morrisey, Nationwide has yet to respond to repeated requests for compensation and Morrisey feels

(2/9) Suspicious Death Investigation Continues

The Iowa State Fire Marshall and Iowa DCI continue their investigation into a fire and death on 12th Street and Spaulding. 56 year old Richard Hendershot was found dead in the home at 800 North 12th after Fairfield Firefighters and Fairfield Police responded to a call Sunday afternoon. Officials are calling it a suspicious death investigation.

(2/8) VFW Auxiliary Cancels Tonight's Meeting

The Fairfield VFW Auxiliary has cancelled tonight's meeting due to the weather and road conditions.

(2/8) Police/Sheriff/Fire Log



Thomas Lackender was arrested on a Washington County warrant.


Jose Zapata was arrested on a warrant. Also charged with possession of methamphetamine.


Sean Smith was arrested on a warrant for probation violation.



Responded to a structure fire at 12th and Spaulding.

(2/8) Supervisors Meet This Morning

The Jefferson County Board of Supervisors will meet this morning. On the agenda, the supervisors will set a public hearing regarding a pending dog ordinance, Consider approval of County Compensation Commission Board Members for 2016 and discuss and consider Compensation Board Recommendations. The supervisors meet every Monday morning in the first floor meeting room at the Jefferson County

(2/8) City Council Meets Tonight

The Fairfield City Council held a work session Saturday morning. The annual meeting gives the councilors an opportunity to meet with city department heads to discuss what each council committee has been working on and offering the city administrator some direction as the budget comes together and the year progresses. Council member Tom Thompson described it as a chance for councilors to

(2/8) Iowa House Bill Would Prohibit "Santcuary Cities"

A bill proposed by Iowa House Republicans would require local law enforcement officials to cooperate with federal officials by disclosing when they have immigrants in custody living in the country illegally. House Study Bill 558 would prohibit the state of Iowa, cities and counties and any of their agencies, officers or employees from adopting or enforcing any rule, ordinance, policy or procedure

(2/5) February Is Heart Month

As Valentine’s Day approaches, it’s appropriate that February is Heart month.
Heart disease describes a range of conditions that affect your heart. Diseases under the heart disease umbrella include blood vessel diseases, such as coronary artery disease: heart rhythm problems (arrhythmias); and heart defects that you’re born with (congenital defects), among others.
The term

(2/5) Prosecutors Will Pursue 1st Degree Murder Charges

Wapello County prosecutors will pursue first degree murder charges in an arson case that killed two people at a house party in 2006. Christopher Yenger, of Ottumwa and Zachary Dye, of Council Bluffs have each been charged with two counts of murder in the deaths of 20 year old Nathan Messer and 22 year old Seth Anderson, both of Ottumwa. The 2006 investigation left the cause of the fire as

(2/5) Fireworks Bill Making It's Way Through The Iowa Legislature

The Senate State Government Committee voted 10-5 Wednesday in support of a bill which would allow the sale and use of consumer fireworks in Iowa, such as firecrackers and roman candles. Similar bills have been introduced in the legislature over the last few years with little success. The legislation is advancing through the Iowa legislature, though it’s likely to face resistance from

(2/4) Ottumwa City Council Approves New FBO

For more than three decades, the Ottumwa Regional Airport has been managed by the same FBO: Ottumwa Flying Service. No longer. Now the City of Ottumwa has a new fixed base operator at the Ottumwa Regional Airport. Tuesday night by a 3-2 margin, the city council approved the FBO service agreement with Archangel Services. The recommendation was made by the Airport Advisory Board to replace OFS with

(2/4) Iowa Supreme Court Rules For Mt. Union

Iowa’s Supreme Court has ruled in favor of the city of Mt. Union in its litigation with the Regional Utility Services System regarding the garnishment of Mt. Union city funds to pay unpaid sewer bills for Mt Union residents.
RUSS took the city to court over a breach of contract and was awarded a judgment of over $27,000 in June 2014.  The city moved to stop the garnishment

(2/4) Home Energy Assistance Program

As the cold weather continues, the Sieda Community Action Jefferson County Resource Center reminds residents that the Low Income Energy Assistance Program is accepting applications to help qualifying, low income Iowa homeowners and renters pay for a portion of their primary heating costs. The program is funded by the Department of Health and Human Services through the Iowa Department of Human

(2/4) American Legion Auxiliary

The American Legion Auxiliary of the Allen-Jewett Post #47 recently held their first meeting of 2016 at the VFW Post Home, opening with a Prayer, Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag, and the Auxiliary Preamble.  Wes Edwards of the American Legion Post #47 was a guest at the meeting.


(2/3) MUM Newsletter

ABCNews.Com Features MUM

As news media poured into Iowa last month to cover the presidential campaign, MUM became part of the news story, with ABCNews.Com posting a 12-minute feature. Other coverage included Spain's main newspaper (El Pais), The Washington Post, and Vice.com.

ABC's Josh Haskell received a tour of the Sustainable Living Center and interviewed

(2/3) Arc Of Jefferson & Nearby Counties

The Arc of Jefferson & Nearby Counties Board of Directors met recently for their first 2016 meeting at the First United Methodist Church in Fairfield, Brian Simmons presiding.

                Thank you’s were received from:  Jordon Hinshaw; John Kelley Family; classrooms taught  by Harmony teacher Ami

(2/3) Murder Trial Delayed Until May

25 year old Ricky Keasling, accused of murder and first degree burglary in the death of Eldon Bait Shop owner Darrell Teeter, will not go to trial this week, as scheduled. Keasling’s attorney won a continuance and the trial has been rescheduled for May 10. Keasling is facing life in prison after Teeter was found dead in his store in August 2014. The store had been looted and after several

(2/3) Unemployment Rate Steady

Iowa’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate remained at 3.4 percent in December. Job gains in December were led by gains in construction, and may be partially attributed to fair weather to end the year allowing firms to continue working late into the year.
Iowa’s economy ended on a high note in December, maintaining the growth seen since the beginning of the year. Iowa’s

(2/3) Gas Prices Lowest Since 2009

Gas prices have dropped to their lowest level in years.

According to AAA, the national average price of gas is $1.79 per gallon. In some areas, including Fairfield, drivers are paying even less. Gas prices in the U.S. haven't been this cheap since January 2009. In Iowa, the average price of a gallon of regular gasoline is $1.71. In Fairfield the latest drop in gas prices puts our

(1/26) From The Desk Of Representative Curt Hanson

After listening to Iowa school leaders, teachers and parents, State Representative Curt Hanson of Fairfield voted to prevent higher class sizes next year by boosting the state’s investment to public schools by 4% next year.

“Over the last year, I’ve heard from local school leaders, parents, and teachers that shortchanging our children will shortchange Iowa’s

(1/15) Murder Trial To Begin Next Week

Accused murderer Kendrick Jackson appeared in a Wapello County courtroom Wednesday, working through pretrial issues in front of a scheduled trial start date next week. Jackson is charged with 2nd degree murder in the death of Maekele Hagos outside an Ottumwa bar. Wednesday's hearing seemed to encourage a defense notion that Jackson had a long standing conflict with Hagos that led to Jackson

(1/14) FCSD Followed Normal Procedures - No Lockdown

According to a Wednesday press release from the Jefferson County Attorney's Office, Fairfield Police and Sheriff’s deputies were called to Fairfield High School Tuesday afternoon, as a safety precaution, after a general threat was reported and the school went on lockdown. A later media release from The Fairfield Community School District stated that the school received three general

(12/29) A Reminder From The Fairfield PD