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(5/22) Police/Sheriff/Fire Log

David Lawrence Danneman, 30 of Denver, Colorado, was arrested at the Cider House and charged with theft 5th degree.
Report of Burglary/Breaking and entering:
Unknown person(s) took a silver iPod and a pair of Maui Jim sunglasses from the victim’s car in Vedic City.
Report of Vehicle Accident:
Driver was eastbound on Highway 34 and came upon a

(5/22) Summer Food Service Program

Summer is an exciting time for children to enjoy time with friends, a week at camp, a family vacation, or time at the pool. But for many children who receive free and reduced-price meals at school, summer can mean hunger. Just as learning does not end when school lets out, neither does a child’s need for good nutrition.
The Summer Food Service Program, administered by the Iowa Department

(5/22) Fairfield PD Warns Of Renters Scam

An email has been sent to an unknown number of people in Fairfield appearing to be an opportunity to rent a home at 1103 Liberty Drive. After speaking to the owner of the house, Fairfield Police have determined it to be a scam. Officials are warning residents that receive the email not to respond. The email is a short letter describing the house and the reasons the “owners” are

(5/22) Washington Police Bust Three

Washington police arrested three men following an accident early Sunday morning. Casey Hagans and Kerin Guardado were arrested for operating while intoxicated after officers responded to a two car accident on Highway 92. While attending to the accident, a third car driven by Felipe Godinez, struck a Washington Police Department vehicle and rolled into a ditch. Godinez was arrested on multiple

(5/22) Keeping Kids Connected To Family Is Key

New research shows that Iowa is falling short when it comes to the critical importance of family placement for kids in the child-welfare system. According to the report "Every Kid Needs a Family" from the Annie E. Casey Foundation, about 14-percent of those in the child-welfare system nationwide are in non-family care. In Iowa, it's nearly 20-percent. Anne Discher with the Child and

(5/21) Police/Sheriff/Fire Log

Citizen Contact: Motor Vehicle Accident
Subject was traveling South on North 4th Street and swerved to avoid hitting a vehicle that pulled out in front of him. As he did this, he was looking at the vehicle that pulled out in front of him and this caused him to rear end another vehicle. Damage estimated at less than $1500. Information exchanged.
Report of

(5/21) MUM To Graduate Record 391 Saturday

A record 391 students from 61 countries will graduate from Maharishi University of Management this weekend. The University will welcome former Japanese Prime Minister Dr. Yukio Hatoyama as commencement speaker and award him an honorary degree of Doctor of Laws. Hatoyama served as Prime Minister in 2009 and 2010 and is credited by Time magazine with helping Japan take steps toward a multi-party

(5/21) Ottumwa Considering Term Extension

The City of Ottumwa is looking to extend its Mayors term from its current two years to four. Tuesday night, the Ottumwa City Council voted 4 to 1 to move forward with the proposal saying that being Mayor has become more than just a part time ceremonial position and two years is just not long enough for the Mayor to effectively perform his duties. The lone dissent came from Councilman Mitch Niner

(5/21) Egg Prices On The Rise

Egg prices are on the rise. Since the bird flu was first reported in Iowa a month ago, the price of eggs has risen 58 percent to $1.88 for a dozen large eggs in the Midwest. Iowa, the nation’s leading egg producer has lost over 20 million egg laying chickens and according to the US Department of Agriculture, more than 34 million have died in 15 states. Agriculture economists say the

(5/20) Supervisors Approve CAFO

Despite comments from residents in opposition to the Concentrated Animal Feeding Operation, The Jefferson County Board of Supervisors unanimously approved Hill View LLC’s application Monday night and will recommend it to the Department of Natural Resources. Diane Rosenburg, executive director of Jefferson County Farmers and Neighbors urged the supervisors to rule against recommending the

(5/20) Pesticide Drift Danger

Iowa has one of the largest numbers of certified organic farming operations in the country, but this time of year can bring a real danger to organic crops due to the potential of pesticide drift. Allowing pesticides to drift is against the law in Iowa and it could take organic farmers up to three years to get through the required recertification process. Home gardens are at risk as well. The Iowa

(5/19) Suspected Vandalism Knocks Classic 96 Off Air

Suspected vandalism at the Classic 96 transmitter knocked KKFD off the air for the better part of the day Monday. Engineers got the station back up and running by 4:30 Monday afternoon. Anyone with any information regarding the suspected vandalism at the tower site Northwest of Libertyville is urged to contact the Jefferson County Sheriff office at 641-472-3576.

(5/19) Cardinal 11th Graders Rank High

According to the latest US News and World Report, Cardinal Community School District 11th graders rank in the 86th percentile in reading proficiency, the highest in the area.  Administrators say it’s not by accident.  The hard work put in by students and teachers is paying off. Students are motivated by teachers to take as many English language arts classes as possible and the

(5/18) MUM Welcomes Former Japanese PM

Maharishi University will welcome former Japanese Prime Minister Dr. Yukio Hatoyama as commencement speaker at this year’s graduation ceremony on May 23rd. Hatoyama who will receive an honorary degree of Doctor of Laws, served as Prime Minister in 2009 and 2010 and was instrumental in bringing a two party political system to Japan after years of single party rule. 391 students representing

(5/15) Buckle Up, "Click It Or Ticket"

May 18th through the 31st has been designated as “Click it or Ticket” by the Iowa Department of Public Safety. Data shows that passenger vehicle occupants are buckling up more during daytime hours than at night. Therefore, law enforcement officers will focus on the nighttime hours. Over the past decade, Memorial Day fatalities have averaged 5.3 in the state of Iowa and almost half of

(5/12) Four Fail Alcohol Compliance Check

The Fairfield Police Department, with the assistance of the Indian Hills Community College Criminal Justice Program performed compliance checks with several local alcohol retailers over the weekend. Twenty-five local businesses were checked to make sure they were not selling alcohol to minors. Of the twenty-five, four establishments failed. Kum and Go, Best Western’s Kokomo’s, The

(5/5) Greater Jefferson County Foundation Press Release

The Greater Jefferson County Foundation would like to announce the grant application period for the 2015 applications is now open. The current grant period is from May 1st to June 1st with a 4:00 p.m. deadline for the grant applications.  Grant applications can be found at the foundations web site, www.greaterjeffersoncountyfoundation.org.  The Endow Iowa funding along with the

(3/30) Former Fairfield Resident Could Be On His Way To Mars

Former Fairfield resident Najeeb Najeeb has been named one of 100 finalists from over 202,000 applicants worldwide for a chance to be awarded a one way trip to Mars. Mars One has plans to build a human settlement on the Red Planet and has developed a nonprofit foundation to raise funds and a For Profit corporation seeking investors by promising returns from media and intellectual property

(3/17) Fairfield Fire Crews Fight Two Fires

Fairfield Fire and Rescue, were called out on two grass fires yesterday. The first was around noon in city limits due to citizen Ramon Gonzales burning trash in city limits and that got out of hand. That fire was extinguisted in less than an hour.
Just two hours later around 2:00pm, north of MUM campus on Hwy 1 near B street nearly 60 acres were engulfed in