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(7/24) Techel Found Guilty of 1st Degree Murder


The jury in the 1st degree murder trial of Seth Techel has reached a verdict after just four hours of deliberation. Techel has been found guilty of First Degree Murder, also on the count of Non-Consensual Termination of a Human Pregnancy, the jury found Techel guilty. This was third trial for Techel whose previous trials ended in a hung jury. Techel 23, was charged in the shooting death of Lisa Techel and their unborn daughter in May of 2012. A date on sentencing will be set later.

(7/24) RAGBRAI Rider Found Dead This Morning


Two deaths this RAGBRAI. A Sioux City man was found dead in his tent this morning in Mason City. George “Frank Brinkerhoff, 74 was found dead inside his tent Thursday morning at Parker’s Woods Campground. Mason City police Sgt. Greg Scott ways Brinkerhoff was participating in the Register’s Annual Bike Ride Across Iowa. Scott didn’t know if Brinkerhoff was riding alone or

(7/24) Northey encourages Iowans to prepare for propane needs this fall and wint


Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey today encouraged farmers, rural residents and other Iowans that use propane to consider taking steps to ensure adequate supply this fall and winter. 
 
“Last fall and winter the price of propane jumped sharply to more than $5 per gallon in some locations as a number of events severely tested the capacity of the current propane

(7/24) Bovard Lands Restoration Contract On Butte-Silver Bow County Courthouse


Butte-Silver Bow County Officials approved paying nearly $210,000 to restore the 100-year-old, stained-glass courthouse dome. Bovard Studio, Inc. of Fairfield, Iowa, was awarded the contract and will start work Aug. 5 and finish within six months. The courthouse rotunda will be closed off during the work but not the rest of the building. The project includes repair or replacement of the

(7/24) Police


Fairfield Police Department continues to investigate summer vandalism. From vehicle tires being slashed, to stolen bicycles and now damaged mailboxes. Fairfield PD is determined to catch vandals. Police Chief Julie Harvey encourages citizens to report any suspicious activity immediately. Dispatchers are available 24/7 at the Law Center 641 472 4146.
 

(7/24) Mt Pleasant Correctional Facility On Restrictive Movement


The Mt. Pleasant Correctional Facility is on restrictive movement. The facility received information of a potential security threat Wednesday afternoon. For systematic reasons volunteers and offender visits will not be processed until the facility resumes normal operations. Facility staff is stressing the decision for restrictive movement was solely systematic and has nothing to do with any

(7/24) EVENT HOSTED BY ACTOR GARY SINISE TO RECOGNIZE THE PUPPY JAKE FOUNDATION


Actor Gary Sinise, whose memorable roles include Lt. Dan Taylor in the movie Forrest Gump, will recognize Iowa's own Puppy Jake Foundation at a Thursday event aboard the USS Iowa.
            Sinise is an ardent supporter of various veterans' organizations and frequently performs on USO tours for military personnel around the globe.

(7/24) Farmers commit $1.4 million to try new water quality practices


Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey announced today that the $1.4 million in cost share funds made available statewide last week to help farmers install new nutrient reduction practices have been obligated.  The practices that were eligible for this funding are cover crops, no-till or strip till, or using a nitrification inhibitor when applying fall fertilizer.
 
“The

(7/24) Nails In The Road In Ottumwa


On July 23, 2014 the Ottumwa Police Department responded to a call concerning nails on the roadway in the 900 block of East Main Street.  Officers found a large amount of nails on the roadway from Dollar General on East Main Street to Iowa Avenue, then south on Iowa Avenue to the area in front of Cargill. Anyone who drove this route between 2pm and 6pm on July 23, 2014 are urged to check

(7/24) DNR: Stop Demo Until Inspection and Paperwork Is Complete


Demolition of the Tribune Printing Building was scheduled to begin Wednesday but was stopped soon after Cross Iron of Fairfield started tearing down the century old structure. Fairfield Fire crews were on site with a hook and ladder truck for dust control when work was halted until final inspection and all paper work required by the DNR could be completed. A number of test need to be conducted by

(7/24) Fatal Motorcycle Accident


Around 6:00pm last night, State Troopers were on the scene of a motorcycle accident in Louisa County. Driver Guy J Smith 56 of Wapello was driving the 2004 Harley when he lost control crossing the centerline and leaving the roadway. When Smith entered the east ditch the motorcycle came to rest on its side and Smith was ejected. Smith was pronounced dead at the scene.
 

(7/24) FHS Construction On Target


The Fairfield High School renovation project was a topic of discussion at the School board meeting Monday night. Jay Perry with Carl A Nelson, Co gave the board a progress report on the project. According to Perry, construction is on target despite a few delays. When crews began knocking down the building for the 4 new science rooms asbestos was found in the walls piping. A test was done then a

(7/24) Techel Update: Jury Deliberates


Yesterday, both the State and Defense gave closing arguments in the Seth Techel 3rd murder trial. The State did give a rebuttal before the 4 jury alternates, were dismissed from the Courtroom and then the jury of twelve went into the jury room to begin deliberations. They deliberated for approximately thirty minutes and were dismissed, for the day, by Judge Wilson. The jury will reconvene at

(7/24) Iowa Farmland Values Stable


Farm Credit Services of America says farmland values appear to be stable in Iowa. According to the report, Prices and demand for farmland in Iowa, Nebraska, South Dakota and Wyoming remain strong in the first six months of this year.  The findings are based on Farm Credit Services appraisal of 64 farms through out the four states with 21 of the benchmark farms in Iowa. Farmers planted 91.6

(7/24) Yearlong Drug Investigation Ends Yesterday In Winfield


On July 23, 2014, the Henry County Sheriff’s Office, in a joint narcotics investigation with the Winfield and Mount Pleasant Police, conducted a search warrant at 301 Maple St Trailer 7 in Winfield. The search warrant followed a yearlong investigation into the illegal sales of marijuana out of the residence, and transportation of narcotics across state lines. Large amounts of marijuana,

(7/24) Police: Seeking Answers To Subjects Whereabouts and Damage To Vehicle



On Tuesday July 22, 2014 at 3:40 pm, the Ottumwa Police Department received a report from a concerned citizen that a subject sitting in a car, parked in the 100 block of East Third Street, was possibly in need of medical assistance. When officers arrived they made contact with Jason Andrew Tobeck, age 36 of Ottumwa.   When Tobeck exited the vehicle he fled on foot into the Third

(7/23) Eldon Man Sentenced To Prison


An Eldon man was sentenced to 5 years in prison in Van Buren District Court for his role in an October 2012 altercation in Selma. The altercation escalated and shots were fired. Donald E Fortney, 54 of Eldon pled guilty to felon possession of a firearm or offensive weapon. He was sentenced to five years in prison and fined $750. He was ordered to pay restitution to the victims Randal Ritz,

(7/23) DNR: Stop Demo On The Tribune Until Inspection Is Complete


Demolition of the Tribune Printing Building was scheduled to begin Wednesday but was stopped soon after Cross Iron of Fairfield started tearing down the century old structure. Fairfield Fire crews were on site with a hook and ladder truck for dust control when work was halted until final inspection and all paper work required by the DNR could be completed. A number of test need to be conducted by the DNR before work can restart. Until the project is finished traffic on portions of North Court and Briggs are being affected.  
 

(7/23) Tickets Still Available for Some Iowa State Fair Grandstand and Track Eve


There are just a few weeks left to purchase tickets for Grandstand concerts and track events during the 2014 Iowa State Fair. Tickets are selling fast for this year's "Amazingly Amusing" line-up, set August 7-17.

Great seats are still available for Christian artists the Newsboys and special guest Matthew West on August 7, Happy Together Tour 2014 on August 8, A Conversation with

(7/23) Van Buren County Treasurer's Office Suspended License Services


Due to staffing in the County Treasurer’s Office the Van Buren County Treasurer’s Office  has suspended driver’s license services temporary. Iowa DOT driver’s license issuance sites are open Tuesday through Friday 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. with myMVD available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Driver’s license services are also available

(7/23) Kalona Evaluates Storm Damage


The FEMA office in Kansas City is currently evaluating Kalona’s storm damage to determine if the city of Kalona is eligible for federal assistance. The flooding is estimated to have cost the city $197,000. That includes the removal of debris, replacing the lift station’s bar screen and damage to the storm sewer and 6th Street. If Kalona is included in a presidential disaster

(7/23) Confirmed: Illegals Placed In Iowa


Just this past Monday Governor Terry Branstad repeated his opposition to having any of the unaccompanied kids who came into the U.S. from Central America placed in Iowa. State and federal officials now confirm up to 139 undocumented children from Central America were relocated to Iowa in the past six and a half months. Many of the children need mental health services because of the violence and

(7/23) Cyclist Dies Riding RAGBRAI 2014


An internationally known bicycle designer died while riding on RAGBRAI Monday. Tom Teesdale, 63 of West Branch built custom frames for bicycles. RAGBRAI officials say Teesdale suffered from a medical condition while riding his bicycle near Graettinger on Monday and he was pronounced dead at a local hospital. Teesdale began building bike frames in 1976. His business is called TET Cycles

(7/23) Techel: Defense Rest, Techel Did Not Testify, Closing Arguments


Seth Techels future is back in the hands of a jury now for the 3rd time. The Defense rest yesterday and Techel did not testify. He told the judge that he thoroughly discussed his options with council and decided not to testify.  Today, Counsel will finalize jury instructions with Judge Wilson then the State will deliver their closing argument. The Defense will follow by presenting their

(7/23) Police Investigate Car Break-In's


Fairfield police investigate a couple of vehicle break-ins reported this week. Monday  two reports were filed from citizens whose cars have been broken into and in one case the dash board was ripped open and the stereo was taken.  The subject tried to pop the ignition and wasn’t successful however stole a bicycle on the porch of the home. The other vehicle was broken into and

(7/23) FHS Renovation Project On Target


The Fairfield High School renovation project was a topic of discussion at the School board meeting Monday night. Jay Perry with Carl A Nelson, Co gave the board a progress report on the project. According to Perry, construction is on target despite a few delays. When crews began knocking down the building for the 4 new science rooms asbestos was found in the walls piping. A test was done then a

(7/23) School District Test For Radon This Winter


The Fairfield School District will be doing Radon testing this winter in all buildings. The U.S. Surgeon General has warned that radon is the second-leading cause of
lung cancer deaths. The last time the school district buildings were tested was in the 80’s according to Fred McElwee, Auxiliary Director and at that time the Lockridge school building was alerted with high levels of radon. At

(7/23) Ash Trees On Courthouse Lawn


Also in the news, Ash Trees on the courthouse lawn. With Emerald Ash Bore confirmed in Jefferson County, the Supervisors need to develop a plan to handle the Ash Trees at the Courthouse. Out of 12 trees, only 2 are Ash. Dennis Lewiston Director of Jefferson County Parks, walked around the courthouse with the Supervisors Monday morning to further indentify the problem. According to Lewiston, the

(7/23) Juveniles Accused For Starting Fire In Mt Pleasant


Concerned citizens reporting suspicious activity get credit from Mt Pleasant Law Enforcement. Monday night, the report of suspicious activity came in around 10:30pm then a fire call shortly after. People were evacuated. No one was injured. It was determined the fire was set on the docks on the back side of the apartment building. The fire damage was contained however smoke entered the building.

UPDATE: Homicide Confirmed In Monday Night Shooting


Investigators have now officially ruled the death of Clinton Leedom, 49, of Bloomfield a homicide. Authorities say Leedom died from a single gunshot wound to the chest and neck area. No one is in custody. The Wapello County Sheriff’s office will not confirm who pulled the trigger, how many people were involved, just that this is an isolated incident and the public is not in danger.
 

(7/23) Multiple Exhibits at FAA in August


The Fairfield Art Association is switching things up a little in its 48th year! Exhibits have been extended longer than a month, but several artists will be showing at a time. A visit to the galleries at the Fairfield Art & Convention Center will get you a view of multiple outstanding regional artists and also offer one or more featured local artists.
 
For the Art Exhibit Opening on

(7/23) Remarks by the President and Vice President at Bill Signing of the Workfo


THE VICE PRESIDENT:  Good afternoon, everyone.  It’s great to be here.  (Applause.)  Please, thank you very much.  Thank you, distinguished members of Congress and members of labor and business, and the community.  Today, as the President signs the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act, we’re using this occasion also to present to the President a

(7/22) IDPH Substance Abuse Treatment Program Awarded Nearly $8 Million Grant


The Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) has announced Iowa’s Access to Recovery project has been awarded $7,866,666 from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)/Center for Substance Abuse Treatment (CSAT). The funding will be divided over the three-year grant period.
 
“The process of recovery from addiction is very personal and takes

(7/22) Blue Ribbon Fest to feature blues music, bbq and good times at the Jeffer


Southeast Iowa Blues Society along with The Jefferson County Fair Board present the Blue Ribbon Blues Fest, Saturday, August 2, beginning 4:30 p.m. at the Jefferson County Fairgrounds as part of a blues music themed weekend in Fairfield. Blue Ribbon Blues Fest will take place after the award winning 1st Fridays Artwalk Blues and Barbeque event August 1, continuing to carry the blues theme right

(7/22) Driver Injured At Demo Derby


Sunday Night at the Henry County Fair Demo Derby one driver was injured. Jeremie Hinkle 34 of Mt Pleasant was stopped against the retaining wall when another vehicle smashed into the side of him. Hinkle was transported by air care to the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics. He has been treated for his injuries and released.

(7/22) Iowa Cattleman Association: Producers Watch Cattle Closely


High temperatures, high humidity, solar radiation, and low-speed winds create the perfect environment for heat stress in cattle. Based on the forecast outlook for this afternoon, the Iowa Cattlemen’s Association is encouraging the state’s cattle producers to be prepared to make some changes that can make cattle more comfortable.
“It’s best that producers plan ahead so

(7/22) Iowa State Fair Sew-In Celebrates Sixth Anniversary


The Iowa State Fair invites Fairgoers to join the Fabric and Threads department with the sixth annual State Fair Sew-In plus daily Make It and Take It classes and special programming from master quilter Patrick Lose. "Nothing Compares" to the 2014 Fair set August 7-17.
The State Fair Sew-In offers Fairgoers a chance to try their hand at simple sewing and quilting while providing warm

(7/22) Iowa Wesleyan College announces participation in Iowa Private College Wee


Iowa Wesleyan College announces participation in Iowa Private College Week, August 4-8
Iowa Wesleyan will be participating in this year’s Iowa Private College Week (IPCW) schedule. The first full week of August is traditionally IPCW, when Iowa’s non-profit, private colleges synchronize campus tour schedules across the state, making it easy for students and parents to schedule up to

(7/22) Heat Advisory: Tips For Preventing Heat-Related Illness


STIFLING HEAT AND HUMIDITY TODAY.THE COMBINATION OF SULTRY TEMPERATURES AND VERY HIGH DEWPOINTS
WILL LEAD TO HEAT INDEX VALUES WELL OVER 110 DEGREES TODAY.HEAT ADVISORY REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 7 PM CDT THIS EVENING.
* TEMPERATURE.. The National weather service Doppler radar indicates a THUNDERSTORM WITH SMALL HAIL OVER SOUTHEAST IOWA...PENNY SIZE HAIL CAN BE EXPECTED WITH THIS STORM.

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(7/22) Rome Man Arrested For Domestic Abuse


At 3:35pm, The Henry County Sheriff’s Office received a report of an ongoing domestic abuse assaults occurring in the 100 block of S. 2nd Street in Rome. As a result of the complaint, Brandon Lee Garrells, 37 of Rome was arrested for domestic abuse assault causing bodily injury. Garrells was transported to the Henry County Jail where he awaits his initial court appearance.
 

(7/22) Supervisor Becky Schmitz Reacts On Elevator Tours


On committee reports, Supervisor Becky Schmitz described attending the state board meeting with FEDA and Heartland in support of the High Jobs funding Heartland was seeking from the state. Schmitz said members of AHEAD-Iowa were present with attorney Mr. Larew. The subcommittee approved Heartlands application in June and on Friday the full board met to discuss and approve but not before public

(7/22) Liquor License Approved For BluesFest On Fairgrounds


The Supervisors approved a liquor license for the Blue Ribbon BluesFest event Aug 2nd at the Jefferson County Fairgrounds. The event will feature, a beverage garden, variety of food vendors, and headlining music acts with the gates opening at 4:30. $15 Tickets can be purchased in advance at the Classic 96 Studios or by calling 919 7477.
 

(7/22) Jefferson County Crisis Home Opening Soon


The Jefferson County Supervisors were given an update on Mental Health programs in Jefferson County. Tenco and Optimae have joined forces to better serve local citizens in need of mental health services. With the hopes of an Aug 1st open date, Jefferson County will have a Residential Care Facility. Tenco purchased the home that will have no more than 5 patients at any given time for up to 10

(7/22) Ready to Work At a Glance: Job-Driven Training and American Opportunity


 
FACT SHEET: Ready to Work At a Glance: Job-Driven Training and American Opportunity
New Actions to Expand Job-Driven Training and Broaden the Pathway to the Middle Class
 
“So tonight, I've asked Vice President Biden to lead an across-the-board reform of America's training programs to make sure they have one mission: train Americans with the skills employers need,

(7/22) Death Investigation: Bloomfield Man Shot In Wapello County, Not Suicide


At approximately 1:21 a.m., Monday, July 21, 2014, the Wapello County Sheriff’s Office received a 911 call of a shooting at 4367 91st Ave., which is approximately 4 miles southwest of Ottumwa.  Upon arrival, deputies discovered an unresponsive male.  The man has been identified as Clinton Gus Leedom, age 49, of 11202 Nichol Ave., Bloomfield, Iowa.  Clinton Leedom was found to

(7/22) Young Birders Club - Talking Turkeys



 

For youth ages 8 to 18 who love birds. We'll learn about the bird that Benjamin Franklin thought would make a better national symbol than the eagle. Included will be an opportunity to make a turkey call. Fee: $3.00. Pre-registration is required. Meets at the Jefferson County Park nature center.  To register call 472-4421 or e-mail therese@jeffersoncountyconservation.com

(7/22) National Moth Week Events Tomorrow



 

It's National Moth Week and we're working with local entomologist Moni Hayne to spotlight the biodiversity of moths. The coolest moths come out at midnight so we have two late-night sessions: 10:30 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. for those who don't want to stay up too late. And from 11:45 to 12:45 for those who do! All kids must be accompanied by an adult. So kids, plan to keep your

(7/22) Tickets For Community Trivia Night Help Local Pantry


Think you know trivia? Are you a closet game show fan? Are you ready to strut your stuff and compete against your friends and neighbors for local prizes? Get your tickets today for Trivia Night at the Fairfield Arts and Convention Center, Friday, July 25 at 7:30 p.m.

In what will be a night full of laughter and friendly competition, teams of eight attendees will compete against each other in a

(7/22) 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 beautiful weather last week was great for farmers needing to make hay,” Northey said.  “The much warmer weather this week will

(7/22) EAB confirmed in Muscatine County


A larva collected by the Iowa EAB Team from a residential tree in Muscatine has been positively identified as the Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) by a federal identifier.  A statewide quarantine restricting the movement of hardwood firewood, ash logs, wood chips and ash tree nursery stock out of Iowa into non-quarantined areas of other states was issued on Feb. 4, 2014 and remains in

(7/22) Vandals Set Fire In Mt Pleasant


Vandals set a fire in the restroom at the United Thru Play park in Mt Pleasant. This park is near the old Saunders School. Both the exterior and interior of the women’s restroom had damage. Anyone with information concerning the fire is asked to contact the Mt Pleasant Police Department at 319.385.1450
 

(7/22) Lyme Disease Confirmed In Washington County


Three cases of Lyme Disease confirmed in Washington County. Symptoms of Lyme Disease include a circular rash similar to a bull’s eye, fever, headache, fatigue, muscle and joint paint, and stiff neck. It may cause complications with the heart, nervous system or joints. To prevent getting Lyme Disease do not walk barelegged in tall grass or woods, check for ticks every 2 to 3 hours, wear long

7/21) High Temperatures Prompt IDPH to Urge Caution Outdoors


The first extreme heat wave of the summer is forecast for Iowa this week, with highs in the 90s and the heat indexes in the 100s. With events like RAGBRAI and the State Softball Tournament occurring this week, The Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) reminds Iowans even young and healthy individuals can have a heat-related illness if they are active during hot weather.
“After a week of

(7/21) 2014 AAU Junior Olympic Games Kicks Off Tomorrow


The 48th annual AAU Junior Olympic Games in Des Moines begin tomorrow, July 22 through Saturday, August 2. Central Iowans are urged to catch nearly 14,000 participants competing across 20 unique sporting events.
 
“These youth are the college stars, amateur players and professional athletes of tomorrow,” says Suzie Glazer Burt, Honorary Chair of the 2014 AAU Junior Olympic

(7/21) Heartland Co-Op Denied Requested Funds From State Board


Heartland Co-Op will not be able to invest $1.55 Million Dollars in Jefferson County. Friday, A state board denied Heartlands request for funds for creating High Quality Jobs in respect to the multi-million dollar grain elevator on the East Edge of Jefferson County. At the March 31, 2014 Jefferson County Supervisors meeting, the Supervisors agreed to sponsor Heartland on the application. A

(7/21) Police: Report Suspicious Activity To Catch Vandals


Local Authorities continue to investigate a rash of tires being slashed. Since July 8, 2014, a host of victims have filed reports of vehicle tires being slashed/flattened. Police Chief Julie Harvey, encourages citizens to report any suspicious activity immediately. Anyone with information about the recent acts of vandalism around Fairfield, Please call the Jefferson County Law Center 641 472

(7/21) State Rest In Techel 3rd Trial


After four days of evidence, the State rested its case against Seth Techel Friday afternoon. Techel is facing a jury for the third time on charges of First Degree Murder and the Non-Consensual Termination of a Human Pregnancy. Techel’s wife Lisa was shot and killed on May 26, 2012. Techel was arrested days later for her murder. The previous trials were both ruled mistrials after juries

(7/21) Kinross City Clerk Heads To Court This Week


The arraignment for a former Kinross city employee is set for next week. Toni Miller is charged with 1st degree theft in connection with $20,000 worth of improper disbursements. According to a report from the Iowa State Auditor in May, between January 2008 and October 2013 found Miller issued over $17,000 to herself for payroll, reimbursements and mileage. Miller is set to be arraigned

(7/21) Stay Safe When the Temperatures Soar


Dangerously hot weather is predicted for a large portion of central and western Iowa for Monday and Tuesday, and the American Red Cross reminds every one of the steps they should take to stay safe when the temperatures rise.
 
The National Weather Service has already issued Heat Advisories for 74 of Iowa’s 99 counties. Hot and humid conditions are expected throughout both days, and

(7/21) Keokuk County Sheriff Reports


On Monday, July 14, the Keokuk County Sheriff's Department issued a citation to Robert Louis Fite, Jr., 39, Delta, for Driving While Barred.
 
     On Friday, July 18, the Keokuk County Sheriff's Department issued a citation to Mark Alan Collins, 56, Granger, for Speed (6-10 over).
 
     On Saturday, July 19, the Keokuk County

(7/21) Iowa State University Extension and Outreach News Releases


7/18/14 Bus Trip Planned for Beginning and Young Beef Producers
http://www.extension.iastate.edu/article/bus-trip-planned-beginning-and-young-beef-producers
Beginning and young Iowa beef producers can get unique networking and educational opportunities from a two-day bus trip to Nebraska planned for early September.
 
7/17/14 Cattle Feeders Summer Seminar Set for Aug.

(7/21) Economic Development Board approves awards to support the creation of 200


The Iowa Economic Development Authority (IEDA) board today awarded direct financial assistance and tax benefits to four companies for job creation and expansion projects. Today's awards will assist in the creation of 206 jobs and will result in $62 million in new capital investment for the state.
The board approved assistance for planned or proposed projects located in Des Moines, Sioux

(7/21) Wapello Man Arrested In Tipton After Running From Authorities


At about 2:30 a.m. Wednesday, a Cedar County deputy received a complaint of someone knocking on a residence door in Tipton. During the investigation, the deputy found a car sitting in the Red Oak public hunting area. After a short chase, the driver of the vehicle took off on foot. Authorities identified the man as Daniel Beeding, 32 of Wapello. On Thursday, the Cedar County Sheriff's Office

(7/18) Wapello Man Arrest In Tipton


At about 2:30 a.m. Wednesday, a Cedar County deputy received a complaint of someone knocking on a residence door in Tipton. During the investigation, the deputy found a car sitting in the Red Oak public hunting area. After a short chase, the driver of the vehicle took off on foot. Authorities identified the man as Daniel Beeding, 32 of Wapello. On Thursday, the Cedar County Sheriff's Office

(7/18) Office of the Attorney General: Judge Halts Company's Iowa Sales of Canc


 An Iowa judge Thursday barred a Las Vegas-based company from telemarketing health and nutrition-related products to Iowans, after an undercover phone line recorded telemarketers making unsupported, misleading and illegal claims about its oral spray’s effects on cancer, diabetes, arthritis and other serious diseases and conditions.
 
Polk County District Court Judge Michael D.

(7/18) Iowa’s Unemployment Rate Holds Steady at 4.4 Percent


Iowa’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate remained at 4.4 percent in June.  The state’s jobless rate stood at 4.8 percent one year ago.  The U.S. unemployment rate dropped to 6.1 percent in June from 6.3 percent in May.
 
   “Iowa’s economic expansion increased in June,” said Teresa Wahlert, director of Iowa Workforce Development.

(7/18) Court Date Set For Kinross City Clerk Charged With Theft


The arraignment for a former Kinross city employee is set for next week. Toni Miller is charged with 1st degree theft in connection with $20,000 worth of improper disbursements. According to a report from the Iowa State Auditor in May, between January 2008 and October 2013 found Miller issued over $17,000 to herself for payroll, reimbursements and mileage. Miller is set to be arraigned

(7/18) CDC Ad Campaign Complements IDPH Quit-Smoking Offer


The Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) is prepared for an expected increase in calls to the 1-800-QUIT-NOW phone line, as the CDC’s 2014 “Tips from Former Smokers” campaign begins. The television, radio, online, billboard, newspaper, magazine, and theater ads began running July 7 and will air into the fall.
 
When the first Tips campaign ran two years ago, Quit Lines

(7/18) Flags At Half-Staff


Gov. Terry Branstad has ordered flags to be flown at half-staff in Iowa from 5 p.m. Friday, July 18, 2014, until 8 a.m. Monday, July 21, 2014, in honor of U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Robert “Bobby” E. Howard, formerly of Moulton, Iowa. Flags will be at half-staff on the State Capitol Building and on flag displays in the Capitol Complex, and upon all public buildings, grounds, and facilities

(7/18) TRAFFIC UPDATE: 12th & Burlington, 4-Way Stop


Topping the news cast this hour with a traffic update, motorist be advised that the traffic signals at 12th and Burlington will be on four-way flashing red light today through Tuesday, July 22nd. This is in preparation for the installation of the left turn light for 12th Street. Again, treat 12th and Burlington like a four way stop until further notice. The motoring public should prepare for

(7/18) Youth Coaches and Referees Needed


Fairfield Parks and Rec is seeking Youth Coaches and Referees for Soccer and a Flag Football Instructor all for the fall. Programs run on Saturday mornings. For more information call Christy at 641 472 7088.
 

(7/18) Free Lunch For Area Youth


Free lunch continues at Fairfield Middle school for area youth. The summer food service program is open from 1130-1215 M-F for anyone 2-18years of age. Lunch will be served until Aug 8th.

(7/18) UPDATE: Ken Turner of Bloomfield, Sentenced


Here is an update on Ken Turner, 55 Bloomfield, he was sentenced yesterday to two years in prison on a misdemeanor assault charge, however, Judge Joel Yates has suspended that sentence and placed Turner on two years of probation under the Department of Corrections. Turner must register as a sex offender and pay a $4,700 fine. Bloomfield Police originally alleged that Turner had kept a teenage

(7/18) Winfield Mt Union School District Seeking A Superintendent


The Winfield Mt. Union School District is accepting applications for a superintendent through July 23. It was announced earlier this month Superintendent Pat Coen would be stepping down to take a position at another district. Although this is a full time position, the district will even share the position with another district or hire someone to work two days a week. Qualified candidates

(7/18) Apply For A Mini Grant Before Aug 1


A call is out to all non-profit organizations seeking grant funds for Fairfield entertainment or beautification. The Fairfield Cultural Alliance is accepting applications for mini grants. Apply for a multi cultural trust fund grant before August 1, 2014. Funds will be disbursed in September after applications are reviewed for acceptance. Further information and application forms are available for

(7/18) Fairfield Volunteer Center Movie Fundraiser


Fairfield Volunteer Center will host a movie fundraiser this weekend. Saturday and Sunday at 7pm at the Phoenix Rising Hall, 207 W Burlington. A showing of Say Amen, Somebody which is one of Roger Ebert’s Great Movies. Tickets are $10 and are currently on sale at three locations -- the Fairfield Public Library; Iowa State Bank, 55 South 4th Street (ask for Becky Hanna); and at Mohan

(7/18) Agricultural Education Opportunities Debut at the 2014 Iowa State Fair


The 2014 Iowa State Fair will feature expanded agricultural education including new activities focused on corn, soybeans, hydroponics and dairy cattle. This year's "Amazingly Amusing" celebration runs August 7-17.
This year, Fairgoers of all ages can learn about corn and soybeans at the John Deere Agriculture Building thanks to a new hands-on experience called Farm with Us. The

(7/18) Podcasts tell story of Iowa agriculture along RAGBRAI route


Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey announced that podcasts showcasing Iowa agriculture along the Register’s Annual Great Bike Ride Across Iowa ® (RABGRAI ®) route are available to listen and/or download.
 
The podcasts are available at www.iowaagcasts.com or through iTunes by searching for the keyword “Iowa Agcasts”.
 
“The beauty and

(7/18) Jefferson County Supervisors Agenda


Acknowledge July 14th minutes. Meet with County Engineer.
Consider Final Plat Replat of Prairie Lakes Subdivision Phase 2. Update on Mental Health programs. Consider liquor license for Jefferson County Fair. Discuss and consider ash trees on Courthouse lawn. Consider hiring part-time employee for County Treasurer. Make committee reports. Public comments. Allow

(7/17) Fairfield School Board Agenda


The regular monthly meeting of the Board of Directors of the Fairfield Community School District will be held at 7:00 p.m. on the third Monday of each month.  The meeting is open to the public and the public is encouraged to attend.  A time is provided in the meeting for public input.
 
The mission of the Fairfield Community School Board of Directors is to support students,

(7/17) City Officials: 12th & Burlington A Four-Way Stop


The traffic signals at 12th and Burlington will be on four-way flashing red beginning Friday, July 18 through Tuesday, July 22nd; in preparation for installation of the left turn light for 12th Street.
 

(7/17) FACT SHEET: Building a 21st Century Infrastructure: Increasing Public and


Today, the President will deliver remarks at the Port of Wilmington in front of the I-495 Bridge in Delaware. With 90,000 cars moving over it per day before repairs began, this bridge is a key example of the importance of infrastructure, which keeps the economy moving, spurs innovation, and bolsters our national competitiveness. At the port – and in this Year of Action – the President

(7/17) Police Reports


7/16 Lacey Price Burton reported a storage unit broken into, several items missing
7/16 7:44pm George Kelley pit bull was loose and was advised that he could get cited for dog at large
7/16 8:37pm Trish Helterbran reported a pit bull mix on the porch and wouldn’t leave, Kelley from previous report was contact to location and it was his dog
 

(7/17) 9 Arrested In Southeast Iowa For Sexual Exploitation of Minors


 A month long investigation into allegation of sexual exploitation connected Bloomfield Police Department with other area agencies. Authorities arrested 9 individuals in connection with sexual exploitation of minors. Wyatt Williams, 19, of Bloomfield, is charged with Sexual Exploitation of a Minor, Lascivious Acts with a Child, and Dissemination of Obscene materials to Minor. Stephen

(7/17) Sheriff's Office: Leads Needed For Concession Break-in


After vandalism and theft from the concession stand at the Batavia Little League stadium. Jefferson County Sheriff Deputies investigate the break-in and stolen money, a report that came in Monday evening with details of $100 missing and the steel entry door damaged. Anyone with information about the break-in at the Batavia Little League stadium please contact the Jefferson County Law Center

(7/17) Jefferson County Sheriff Release sTEP Stats


The Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office released the stats for the sTEP wave of enforcement for the Fourth of July holiday. With 7 Deputies on duty, the increased patrol lead to 9 speeding citations issued, 2 child restraint citations for children either not in appropriate seats or not fasten in. Deputies investigated 2 accidents and arrested one for OWI. Local authorities remind you of the

(7/17) Techel 3rd Trial: State Continues To Present Case To Jury


 The state continued presenting its case against Seth Techel in Davenport and Rachel McFarland is on the stand. McFarland provides the motive for Lisa Techel’s murder according to Prosecutors. She began testifying about the relationship that was somewhat physical with Techel. Jurors were then presented with video from a squad car that responded to the Techel's home on the

(7/17) Fairfield City Council Approves Salary Increase and Bonus


Fairfield Park and Rec Director Derik Wulfkuhle presented a request to the Ways and Means committee for a salary increase. Wulfkuhle who is one of the lowest paid City Department Head found additional funds in his budget this year to compensate an increase. Councilman John Revolinski told the full council that this type of situation is tricky because you don’t want to set a precedent with

(7/17) Highland Street Project Topic At Council


Highland Street project was a topic for City Council Monday night, Melanie Carlson, French Reneker, gave an update to the Council. Carlson dated the project on the radar years ago when then City Administrator Kevin Flanagan requested Water, Sewer and Street Departments design a 3 year plan on the project. Due to budgets things began to be fine tuned this past November with Highland, Iowa Ave and

(7/17) Wappello County Recorder Warns Residents About Recent Mailer


The Wapello County Recorder’s Office is asking residents to be cautious if they receive a piece of mail asking them if they want a copy of their deed and property assessment. The company, Record Transfer Service, is charging $83 for the service. The notice is designed to cause a homeowner to believe there has been a recently recorded document, which is often not accurate. Anyone

(7/17) Remarks by the President at Task Force on Climate Preparedness and Resili


REMARKS BY THE PRESIDENT
AT TASK FORCE ON CLIMATE PREPAREDNESS AND RESILIENCE MEETING
 
 
State Dining Room
 
2:24 P.M. EDT
 
 
     THE PRESIDENT:  Well, I want to thank everybody who has been participating in this very important task force.  We’ve got governors, we’ve got mayors, local and tribal leaders.

(7/16) MUM Vice President Signing and Reading


Join Dr. Pearson for a signing and reading @ Revelations book store and café on July 26th, 2014. Reading times begin promptly at 1:30 and 3:30p.m.
For more information, please call (641)472-7000 ext. 4138. In his new book, The Supreme Awakening, Dr. Craig Pearson, executive vice president of Maharishi University of Management, explores these and many more remarkable transcendent

(7/16) Blue Ribbon Foundation breaks Corndog Kickoff Fundraising Record for 4th


Iowa State Fair fans were "Rock'n Round the Grounds" on Saturday, July 12th at the Blue Ribbon Foundation's 18th annual Corndog Kickoff Benefit Auction and Fair Food Grazing Party. For the 4th consecutive year, the Corndog Kickoff has broken a record. Last Saturday's event raised a total of $424,000 for the renovation and preservation of the Iowa State

(7/16) Rep Hanson: Statehouse News, July 16, 2014



Skills Training Available to Iowans


Iowans looking to develop skills or a technical trade have additional opportunities after actions taken by the Iowa Legislature. The new opportunities are designed to address Iowa’s skilled worker shortage by streamlining the Iowa Jobs Training Program and expanding access to apprenticeship training throughout the state.

A new Apprenticeship

(7/16) 650 Volunteers Sought for AAU Junior Olympic Games


An additional 650 volunteers are needed for the AAU Junior Olympic Games, July 22 – August 2 in Greater Des Moines. Areas of need include event assistance, awards assistance and registration. Shifts are available for sign-up in four to six hour increments at catchdesmoines.com/aaujo.
 
The 2014 AAU Junior Olympic Games will include nearly 14,000 athletes and 40,000 total visitors in

(7/16) Highland Street Project Update For City Council


Highland Street project was a topic for City Council Monday night, Melanie Carlson, French Reneker, gave an update to the Council. Carlson dated the project on the radar years ago when then City Administrator Kevin Flanagan requested Water, Sewer and Street Departments design a 3 year plan on the project. Due to budgets things began to be fine tuned this past November with Highland, Iowa Ave and

(7/16) Search For A City Administrator For Fairfield


The council also approved a bonus paid per month to City Clerk Joy Messer while the City seeks to cover the vacant City Administrator position. Councilman Doug Flournoy has scheduled Callahan Search Firm to speak to the Council at the Aug 25th meeting to review the services and just what they can offer in the search for a new City Administrator. According to Flournoy, he will line up several

(7/16) City Council Approves Salary Increase To Keep Department Head


Fairfield Park and Rec Director Derik Wulfkuhle presented a request to the Ways and Means committee for a salary increase. Wulfkuhle who is one of the lowest paid City Directors found additional funds in his budget this year to compensate an increase. Councilman John Revolinski told the full council that this type of situation is tricky because you don’t want to set a precedent with other

(7/16) Police Reports


7/14 5:15pm report rec’d about a theft at the concession stand at Batavia Little League. $100 was stolen
7/15 2:03am Robert Horton was cited for expired registration
7/15 7:00am Shannon Kopp was w/b on 34 when she struck a deer crossing the roadway. The airbag deployed causing Kopp injuries.
7/15 11:04am Susan Rubis reported vandalism to her vehicle, the drivers side mirror was

(7/16) 15 Iowa Counties BlueZones Certified


Wellmark Blue Cross and Blue Shield, Healthways (NASDAQ: HWAY) and Blue Zones, LLC, today announced that Algona, Iowa, has been named a certified Blue Zones Community®. Certification recognizes Algona’s community transformation through successful implementation of the Blue Zones Project®, a first-of-its-kind population health program that brings the world's best practices in