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(5/24) Police/Sheriff/Fire Log


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Karina Good was arrested for DUS.

 

Citizen Contact:

Walk-in advised a fraudulent charge was made on her account by Direct Way. It appears the subjects information was leaked and used to make an electronic check.

A Google search shows this is a very common occurence with seniors and Direct Way.

 

Citizen Contact:

Assisted with K9 building

(5/24) Jefferson County Conservation Board Agenda



Jefferson County Conservation Board will hold its regular meeting on Tuesday May 31st at 4pm at the Nature Center in Jefferson County

(5/24) City Council Hears Housing Study



The need for affordable housing in Fairfield was addressed at Monday’s Fairfield City Council meeting. Students from the University of Iowa in cooperation with the Fairfield Economic Development Association presented their research into available parcels and the residents that need them. 42 parcels in Fairfield are vacant and ready, according to the report, that meet the demand for

(5/24) Supervisors Approve County Software Upgrade



The Jefferson County Board of Supervisors met Monday morning and heard from Ron Pieracci, a representative from Tyler Technologies with a proposal to replace county software programs. The Supervisors approved a contract with Tyler Technologies in the amount of $153,460 for the upgrades, including installation and training. The County will also pay an annual fee of $8086 for maintenance

(5/23) Police/Sheriff/Fire Log


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Derek VonEnde was arrested on a warrant from Wapello County.

 

Travis Reeves was arrested  and charged with assault.Jason Throckmorton was arrested on two outstanding warrants.

 

Citizen Contact:

Caller reporting vandalism to two of her outdoor flower boxes. Advising the flowers were ripped out of the boxes and thrown to the

(5/20) Iowa Unemployment Up Slightly


Iowa’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate increased slightly to 3.9 percent in April from 3.8 percent in March and up from 3.7 percent a year ago. The number of unemployed Iowans rose to 66,100 in April from 65,500 in March. The current estimate is 3,800 higher than the year ago level of 62,300.
The total number of working Iowans decreased to 1,647,200 in April. This figure was 2,300

(5/20) Gas Prices On The Rise



The national average price of gasoline increased slightly over the past week, and it is likely that prices are heading for a new 2016 high in the coming days. Gas prices are rising due to more expensive crude oil costs brought about by wildfires in Canada and supply disruptions in other oil-producing countries. Today’s national average price of $2.27 per gallon for regular unleaded

(5/20) Washington County Riverboat Foundation Awards Grants



The Washington County Riverboat Foundation recently awarded twenty-two grants in the amount of $798,585 to various worthy causes in Southeast Iowa. The largest grant was awarded to the City of Kalona in the amount of $300,000 for their community center project. Keota Schools received $8000 for baseball and softball renovations and the Lord’s Cupboard’s LOAF program was

(5/20) ConAgra Announces Recalls



ConAgra Foods has announced a recall of more than 84,000 pounds of two beef products, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety Inspection Service. The frozen beef items were reproduced between April 13 and April 14 and may contain anchovies an allergen not identified on the packaging. The products, the 14-oz. box of “Marie Callender’s Salisbury Steak with

(5/20) Police/Sheriff/Fire Log


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Nathaniel Colby was arrested and charged with driving while intoxicated and failure to maintain control.

 

Citizen Contact:

Report of a car being broken into. Items were taken.

 

Citizen Contact:

Report of an "out of control" female at Everybody's Whole Foods.

 

Derek Lee Haas was arrested and chraged with

(5/20) Keasling Found Guilty In Death of Eldon Man



26 year old Ricky Keasling, of Eldon, has been found guilty in the August 2014 shooting death of Eldon Bait and Tackle shop owner Darrell Teeter. The Wapello County Jury took less than five hours to find Keasling guilty of First degree murder and First degree burglary. The First degree murder conviction guarantees a mandatory life sentence. Sentencing has been scheduled for June 27th when it

(5/19) Fairfield Schools Superintendent Says, "All Students Are Safe"



Rumors of unrest at Fairfield High School due to the federal government’s guidelines regarding restroom use continue but Fairfield Community Schools Superintendent Dr. Laurie Noll says there have been no reports of bullying or trouble on campus. Noll says there are federal and state laws on the books that pertain to protected classes and with Fairfield High School’s Zero

(5/19) Noah's Ark Animal Foundation Shoe Drive Ends May 31


Time is running out. It’s time to put your best foot forward and help the Paws. Noah’s Ark Animal Foundation is participating in the 2016 Wolftrax Shoes for Shelters shoe drive and they need your new or gently worn shoes. When Noah’s Ark reaches 2500 pair, they receive $1000. The shoes will then be distributed to people in developing countries. Noah’s Ark Executive

(5/19) Police/Sheriff/Fire Log


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Citizen Contact:

Reporting 2 subjects breaking into cars. 2 white males in their early 20's.

 

Reporting finding a black bag in his girlfriend's car containing items that may be stolen. Witness statements were taken.

 

Arrest Warrant:

Roman Freese was arrested on two warrants for probation violation.

 

Citizen

(5/19) Fairfield High Principal Aaron Becker Resigns



After being at the helm of Fairfield High School since 2011, Principal Aaron Becker has resigned. He offered his resignation, effective at the end of the current school year, at a special School Board meeting Thursday. His tenure as principal was highlighted by a $14 million renovation project, completed last year that saw additions of a new band room, science wing, locker rooms and art

(5/19) IUB Denies Dakota Access Construction


The Iowa Utilities Board will not allow Dakota Access to begin construction on the Bakken Pipeline in Iowa this month without the approval of the US Army Corps of Engineers. In a ruling Wednesday, the board stated that the Corps must complete their review and issue the company permits before construction can begin. Dakota Access wanted to begin construction this month to get ahead of the

(5/18) Cardinal High Student Pranksters Identified



Cardinal Community Schools Superintendent Joel Pedersen has announced that the students that participated in Thursday’s Senior Prank at Cardinal High School have been identified. School officials have met with the 12 students involved and their parents and have made the recommendation that the seniors involved will be able to walk at Cardinal’s graduation ceremony on May 22nd.

(5/18) Police/Sheriff/Fire Log


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Business Contact:

Trespass has been served on a subject at Family Dollar. The manager advised an African - American man comes in most days and will use lotion on the shelf and not buy the lotion.

 

Traffic Accident:

Mailbox appears to have been struck by a southbound vehicle.

 

Caleb Granaman was arrested on FTA

(5/17) Gas Tax To Disappear



A one cent per gallon gas tax that the Iowa legislature put in place in 1989 will be no more, later this year, as Governor Terry Branstad has signed a bill removing it, saying the program has served its purpose and there’s no need to continue. The environmental protection charge has collected 1 cent per gallon on motor fuel and has generated approximately 21 billion dollars a year, which

(5/17) Graduation Day Approaches



Graduation day is fast approaching. Ceremonies acknowledging accomplishments will be held all over Southeast Iowa. Fairfield High celebrates the Class of 2016 at 2pm on June 5 at Trojan Stadium. In the event of inclement weather, the ceremony will move inside the Fairfield High School Gym. Maharishi School of the Age of Enlightenment holds their Commencement a week later, on June 12th in the

(5/16) Park & Rec Director Search Nearing End


T​he search for the new Park and Recreation Director is nearing it's end. Fairfield City Administrator Mike Harmon says the field has been narrowed to five and they have been invited to town for a tour and final interviews. Harmon says the new Park and Rec Director position should be filled by mid to late June.

(5/16) Wayland Man Pleades Guilty To Embezzlement and Obstructing A Bank Examina



52 year old Russell Edwin Wagler, of Wayland has pleaded guilty to embezzlement and obstructing a bank examination. Wagler, the former president of People’s Savings Bank of Crawfordsville was charged with originating a number of straw loans involving bank customers and keeping loan proceeds. Wagler also received unauthorized bonuses and salary increases bilking the bank out of just under

(5/16) HyVee Recalls Fried Rice Products


Hy-Vee, Inc., based in West Des Moines, Iowa, is voluntarily recalling its frozen Hy-Vee Vegetable Fried Rice and frozen Hy-Vee Chicken Fried Rice products across its eight-state region due to possible contamination with Listeria monocytogenes. Listeria monocytogenes is an organism, which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with

(5/13) Primary Election Is June 7th



The Iowa Primary election is slated for June 7th. Voters around the state will be asked to select US Senate candidates, along with state Representatives and local officials. Absentee ballot request forms are now available from the Jefferson County auditor’s office. Voters can pre-register to vote at the county auditor’s office through May 27th without providing proof of residence or

(5/10) Click It Or Ticket



For many, buckling up in a vehicle is second nature.  However, in 2014, 9,385 people nationwide lost their lives as a result of not buckling their seat belt; and in Iowa in 2014, 118 of the 322 crash fatalities were not buckled up.   In our rural state, it is important to note that nationally 61-percent of pickup truck fatalities were not buckled.  

Iowa’s seat

(5/10) FMS Students Of The Month



FMS Students of the Month

April 1016

 

Each school month, the Fairfield Elks Lodge sponsors the Fairfield Middle School “Students of the Month” award. The purpose of this award is to acknowledge positive contributions of FMS students at school. These positive contributions range from assisting teachers and peers in classroom activities to displaying characteristics as

(5/9) Supervisors Meet This Morning



The Jefferson County Board of Supervisors meets this morning in regular session. On the agenda, the Board will consider awarding Ash Avenue HMA resurfacing project to Norris Asphalt Paving Co. of Ottumwa and Discuss and Consider A Partial Tax Abatement for City of Fairfield. The Supervisors meet every Monday morning in the first floor meeting room of the Jefferson County Courthouse.

(5/6) Road Construction Update



This is an update about the bridge replacement projects underway, two being replaced on 220th Street, and one being replaced on 218th Way.  There is a contract with McCully Culvert Incorporated, of Barnes City, Iowa for replacing the three bridges with reinforced concrete double box culverts.

 

The twin box culvert on 220th Street, over Bonell

(5/4) Drop Off Expired And Unwanted RX's At Jefferson County Law Center


Saturday was national drug take back day, but the effort to get expired and unwanted prescription drugs out of your medicine cabinet and keep them off the streets continues. The Iowa Department of Public Health says there are 82 permanent drop off sites around the state, including the Jefferson County Law Center.  Jefferson County Sheriff Gregg Morton stresses the importance of proper

(4/21) IPPA Best Breaded Pork Tenderloin Contest



The Iowa Pork Producers Association has announced its 14th annual Best Breaded Pork Tenderloin Contest. Nominate your favorite for a chance to win $100. Nominations will be accepted through midnight, June 8th. The Belmond Drive-In….in Belmond was the 2015 winner. Three C’s Diner in Corning placed second. Rounding out the top five finalists was The Recovery Room in Ottumwa, the