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Audit: Night of the Living Dead Horse 

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As you may or may not know, the auditors were here this week. Coincidentally, an article was released in the Highland Review regarding the 2013 special investigation (Audit). According to the article, County Attorney Shawn Showers contacted the Iowa Department of Criminal Investigations (DCI) and directed them to investigate for any possible criminal activity in the audit.  Thinking about how this came about again, and why it was even brought up, again

Why? Well,because I believe that the current Washington County District Attorney Shawn Showers was lobbied hard by interested powers to do so. Showers said he was informed by the DCI that they “had not been specifically asked to investigate the alleged crime by any prosecuting agency in Iowa until he requested so this year. The Department of Criminal Investigations said they do “not conduct investigations until [they] are asked to investigate whether by a city, county or another state agency.”

As you read in the last paragraph on the front page of the audit report, Brock apparently received a copy.  Auditor’s office affirmed that they did in fact send the report to all the agencies mentioned in the cover letter.

At the aforementioned meeting, Poch and Schneider harangued Brock about prosecuting in light of the audit report.  What you have here is a clear vendetta against people who were most likely harassed by the very people for whom they worked. I realized the same desperate pleas to persecute prosecute past employees had been renewed before the new DA had taken office

I see this as a clear case of personal vengeance. Mr. Poch is obviously all too eager to prosecute former employees over a report that stated nothing about criminal activity (i.e., theft). Lest we forget, remember actions taken by Mr. Poch…one of which could actually be considered theft

Had lunch with West Liberty big wigs trying to get their city clerk fired

Ignored the safety of the employees (re: Kasdorf), instead of calling the Sheriff, he drove to Mr. Simon’s house and spoke with him. The employees called the Sheriff (For background on this, see these related stories: Riverside City Council Meeting 5-7-2012Safety Concerns for Riverside city employees and the incident that lead to themKCRG TV9 pieceEditorial for May 14, 2012Editorial for May 21, 2012May 21, 2012 City Council Meeting for Riverside, IowaJune 4, 2012 Riverside City Council meeting )

Information was ‘removed’ from the office and taken offsite (Mr. Poch admitted to as much).

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Do we know why the mayor did this? The mayor said that he did it on the exit interview of the employees, acknowledging the fact that a download was made with the assistance of Iowa Solutions and said that the backup was in a “safe place.” He had removed it from the city hall and placed in his lockbox. He later repeatedly said he would move it tomorrow (Tuesday July 3, 2012) from his lock box to the city’s.

Some might even say this vendetta has extended from the previous City Administrator to her present employer and the city’s former City Engineer. In Hart-Frederick Corrects Riverside, we posted a letter in which H-F addressed statements made in a public meeting regarding communication between the city attorney and them (“…another instance where inaccurate information regarding HFC was discussed during Riverside’s public meeting.”), and stated that they expect corrections to be sent to the papers.

If for some reason you doubt his propensity for vengeance, remember his little tizzy he/they threw over yours truly and the Forum? (Read this post under headings The Destructive Apparatus, and Smell That? That’s Freedom!); over a year later with my removal from the Planning and Zoning Committee; and don’t forget the removal of our business from the city’s web site, eagerly acknowledging that it was because I disagreed with them and tried to charge them for the use of the Forum’s pictures on the city’s website (I was told by Mr. Rogerson that it would cost $100 if I wanted to leave the name on the site with a disclaimer).

I don’t believe that the appearance of the article the same week the auditors were visiting regarding the 2013-14 audit was a coincidence and it was because they know the audit could quite possibly not go well. We have elected officials using their positions as city officials to exercise personal vendettas for reasons we can only guess at. Ask yourselves…what have they really accomplished…now ask yourselves how much do you think might have been accomplished if effort was not expended on carrying out vendettas against past employees, local/out of town businesses?

Mr. Poch seems to have a skewed definition of the past. Mr. Poch pleads with people to move forward and to stop living in the past and chastises citizens for being negative, suggests to the Forum’s writers to stop bringing up the negative…

Think about this: Why would the Truth be negative?

 

For more ‘negative’ stuff on this topic:  Riverside, Iowa Audit/Special Investigation: Put on Your Big Boy Pants, Riverside!

 

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Missouri Valley Arson Arrest

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Press Release MISSOURI VALLEY, Iowa — On Thursday, April 16, 2015, Agents with the Iowa Department of Public Safety’s (DPS) State Fire Marshal Division (SFM) and Missouri Valley Police Department arrested Coty William Cates, 19, of Missouri Valley, and charged him with three (3) counts of Arson in the Second Degree.

These charges stem from three separate fires set to a vacant residence located at 1003 Granite Street, Missouri Valley. The first fire occurred at approximately 1:12 AM on October 4, 2014. The second fire occurred at approximately 3:24 PM, on October 9, 2014. The third fire occurred at approximately 9:57 PM, on October 10, 2014. The combination of the three fires caused extensive damage to the home.

The Missouri Valley Police Department and State Fire Marshal’s Office continue to investigate several other possible arson fires that have occurred in the Missouri Valley area over the past two years.
Anyone with information about the following fires reported in the Missouri Valley area are asked to call the Missouri Valley Police Department at (712) 642-2736, DPS’ State Fire Marshal Division at (712) 308-3977, Harrison County Sheriff’s Office at (712) 644-2244, or the Arson Hotline at (800) 532-1459 FREE.

  • An explosion at a vacant house that occurred east of Missouri Valley at 2279 Hwy 30 on October 27, 2013.
  • Numerous large hay bales set on fire in several locations outside of Missouri Valley on October 31, 2014.
  • A vacant house fire located at 105 West Superior, Missouri Valley on March 7, 2015.

A reward is being offered for information leading to an arrest and conviction from the Iowa Arson Reward Fund.

Coty Cates is currently being held at the Harrison County Jail.

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Screwed, Lesson 31 Part I

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PS_20140822114049Forced retirement and lost benefits for older teachers

BY NICK SMITH 

LETTERS TO CAL-EM

A PERSONAL HISTORY OF HIGHLAND

A child of five would understand this. Send someone to fetch a child of five.       —Groucho Marx

I don’t want anybody to feel sorry for me, or pity me. I lived my dream. A lot of people only get to dream their dream. I lived that dream. Now I have a chance to dream another dream and live that, too.  –New York Giant running back David Wilson

 

The other day I was talking to a teacher whose class is after mine at the Kirkwood academy. She had been a teacher at a local high school for thirty-six years. “I loved teaching,” she said, “It was my life and my passion, but the new superintendent wanted all the old teachers out—in order to save money in the district.” She went on to explain how she had endured horrible harassment, bullying and insults until she felt she had no other choice but to retire.   She went on to describe (teary-eyed) how she didn’t want to retire, how she’d never had a negative evaluation, how she’d given her life to the school and to the children, but none of that mattered because of her age and salary level. Finally, she explained, the pressure was simply too much, so she retired to escape the pain and humiliation. A nation-wide trend started in the nineties and continues to this day. That trend is the forced retirement of older employees, especially teachers. Highland was not immune to this trend; in fact, they relished the idea to the extent that administrators and board members went to extraordinary lengths to force certain teachers out of the system. Some teachers were harassed without mercy until they finally retired, took leaves, changed job classifications or just resigned to relieve their misery.

Age discrimination, or ageism, is defined as treating a person less favorably because of age than others are treated. This is often reflected in the hiring, promotion and forced retirement practices of a business or government employer. This activity was ever present at Highland during the years I taught there; in fact, I was a victim of age discrimination, retaliation, reprisals, harassment and bullying at the hands of several administrators and board members, but nothing was as difficult and demeaning as my last year at Highland where I suffered legions of assaults until I was finally forced into retirement. Of course, as the resident “Troublemaker,” I wore a target on my back for many years. I think the story of my removal is not unlike many such occurrences that happen continuously in schools across this nation. Age is not valued; no it is generally looked upon as something to be quashed in favor of younger teachers at a substantial cost savings. Quality of education is rarely the consideration, rather “a warm body in every room” philosophy seems to dictate most employee decisions. Yes, they talk a great game, but in reality, schools remove the older teachers to hire cheaper teachers, or an administrative friend or relative like, say, a sister or sister-in-law or spouse.

It is completely understandable why Highland forced me to retire. The school saved money, and maybe the school and students and parents prefer seeing a younger and more handsome face in the classroom. Just the same, I challenge the school’s ability to hire a younger teacher who was more dedicated, more experienced, and a better teacher than I was. I know they finally got rid of the “union troublemaker” who was constantly challenging the administration’s ability to deny civil rights to the teachers and students, to skirt the legal contract between the school board and the teachers, to discriminate against the employees, to sexually harass female employees, to coerce or to otherwise bully the teachers, students and staff of the Highland Community School District. I understand why they did it, their desire for revenge, their need to retaliate against me and their desire for retribution and reprisal was exceedingly great and motivational.   I have forgiven them for their actions, but I have not forgotten the way I was treated at their hands, the way I was made to suffer, the way I was blatantly denied my civil rights and the way the District used their money and power to exploit the loop holes in the law to force me out without benefits.

I will share my end with you, Cal-Em, because it is important that you know the true politics of education as I experienced it at Highland, and that you understand the failure of the law which is supposed to protect all employees, including teachers. If you should decide to fight the current destructive trends in education, especially in the areas of privatization reforms, you must understand that the crusade will come with a price both physically and mentally. I fear there are few people left who will stand up for the rights of others. I fear that we will all crawl into our private holes of poverty, allowing the wealthy to dictate our futures and the futures of our children until it is too late and our democracy is nothing more than a mockery. Anyway, Cal-Em, I will endeavor in my meager way to relate to you the events of my early retirement to the best of my ability and recollection.

When [redacted] became the school superintendent, things were fine for a while. I stayed on the management team and performed my extra duties. The climate changed; however, after the school administration and school board were discovered hiding money during negotiations. Actually, the mediator tipped the HEA off by mentioning the insurance savings the district would achieve. Although, the school negotiators swore that the hidden money was an innocent mistake, no one on the HEA team believed them. When negotiations were concluded, the retribution and retaliation started. First, I was released from my extra duties one at a time until finally, I had no extra duties. My responsibilities were transferred over to a new elementary principal. I lost about five thousand dollars with those reductions.

Early in 2xxx, the high school teachers became concerned about bullying in the school. Concerns were taken to the principal but no action was taken. Finally, after several weeks, the group was told that a program would be installed the next year. These concerned teachers requested an HEA meeting, which I called after school one day. The unanimous decision was that we needed to do something ourselves if the administration wouldn’t deal with the situation.   I was asked to develop a plan of action, since I was good at that sort of thing. I created the action plan, the HEA approved and we implemented the plan within a few days. It was successful; however, I was severely criticized and given a directive to never do anything again without specific administrative approval. The principal immediately gave me a surprise evaluation critical of my classroom management skills and suggesting that I might be getting too old for this job. We talked a few minutes about the evaluation, but I never got a copy, nor did I ever sign anything. I think it was done for the intimidation factor.

The 2xxx negotiations became a problem and a point of contention between the Highland school board and the HEA. The year before the Governor cut the state budget by ten percent across the board, affecting public schools greatly. Schools received information from the ISEA and the ECUU union support groups, that the state had plenty of money. Additionally, negotiators were to try to change how salary increases were reported, calculated and developed. Only teacher salaries include FICA, pension fund contributions and other employer costs in the salary increase. Most other businesses only report the actual salary increase percentage. In any event, negotiations became rather volatile and heated. In my 25 years of contract negotiations, the school has never had any money for teacher salaries. They are always broke and in the hole financially, but, of course, we know that they are not because we’ve found hidden money available for salaries many, many times.   The entire board showed up for negotiations. I insisted that it was illegal for the entire board to be present because their presence constituted an official board meeting. They stayed. We argued about money, the district’s ability to pay and the board’s attitude toward teachers and cost of living pay. During the discussion, I guess I became angry and said some things I shouldn’t have said, although I don’t remember what they were. I think I accused them of hiding money, not caring about teachers, being dishonest, etc.   When negotiations were over, the administration and the board were extremely angry. That is when the ignoring, the silent treatment started again. Emails were not answered or responded to in a terse or non-answer manner. During the heat of that negotiation, the newspaper ran an article from the superintendent revealing the wonderful shape the district was in and explaining how they were going to use money saving strategies to cover any loses and not raise taxes.

One of their strategies was to offer an early retirement incentive plan to the older employees.

I believe the Early Retirement Incentive Plan [ERIP] was deliberately developed to exclude me from participation as retaliation, retribution and reprisal for having upset and angered the school board members and the administration. I believe they knowingly conspired to deprive me of my civil rights. In February, the board approved an ERIP for Highland teachers. For the first time in history, it included a monetary stipend as well as insurance paid until Medicare. I was asked to inform all eligible teachers in the district. No one wanted the program. In March the program was changed to state that an ERIP would not be offered again until the 2xxxx-2xxxx school year; however, that statement was amended to say that someone could apply for the 2xxxx-2xxxx school year with insurance only, and everyone wanting to participate needed to do so by March 15 or else. Given only seven days to decide my situation was not enough time, and I was one half year short of qualifying. They (the administration) knew, of course, that I was short of the qualifying retirement age. By declaring that an ERIP would not be offered until the 2xxxx-2xxxx school year, I was effectively denied any possibility of early retirement benefits while younger workers got the benefit. By 2xxxx, I would not be eligible for benefits because I would be sixty- five years old. I believe the plan was deliberately designed to exclude me from the benefits as retaliation for my union activities.

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Four people took the early retirement package, and one person applied for the next year, but she was denied because she wouldn’t be old enough when she retired. I did not accept because I was short on the rule of 88 which allows for retirement, and I planned on teaching until the day I died. Unfortunately, my arthritic disability conspired against me, forcing me to retire in the spring of 2xxxx. I requested the same ERIP offered to the teachers in March of 2xxxx and tendered my resignation at the same time. I think my resignation ticked some people off and contributed to the decision to deny my request for early retirement incentives but accept the resignation. I looked up the guidelines for an ERIP, and since the board policy said the district would follow all state and federal guidelines, I was sure that my early retirement request would be approved. Even though I showed [redacted] the guidelines, clearly showing how I was eligible for the benefit, it was denied at the superintendent and [redacted]’s, the board president, urging. I pursued the policy book discrimination grievance policy, receiving stonewalling answers at steps one and two, and then being denied steps three and four because we had no committee and the board president denied my request—go figure. The ERIP was officially denied because it was dated for April 1st.

I started having pain in my hips, knees, ankles and feet a few years prior. Some mornings the pain was in my elbows and fingers. I began to drop things for no reason, and my grip weakened. One morning I awoke to such extreme pain in my left foot that I thought I had somehow broken a bone. I saw the doctor in the emergency room, and he determined that I had a severe sprain. He prescribed a brace of sorts for my ankle and a pair of crutches. I hobbled around the school for about a week, but the pain did not subside; in fact, it grew worse, moving to my right foot. The pain was excruciating. Touching either foot sent convulsions of pain coursing through my foot and leg.

The next doctor I visited determined that I did not have a sprain, but gout. He prescribed some medication that reduced the pain and, at least, temporarily cured the gout. I always believed that gout was due to eating rich foods, lots of meat and expensive cuisine.   Not so, said my doctor; in fact, he told me to avoid peas and asparagus—two foods my mother made me stay at the table after dinner to eat cold before I could leave. “There are starving children in China,” she would say, “that would love to have that food. You’re not going anywhere until you eat all of your peas.” I would have gladly given my peas and asparagus to those Chinese children—if I’d known any.

Later, I was diagnosed with gouty arthritis caused by the over production of uric acid by my body. The little razor sharp crystals that form move around, lodging in various joints in the body causing severe joint pain wherever they decide to stop. Some days my knees throbbed, some days my elbows couldn’t move without agony, other days my hips caused me to limp with each step and still other days I was unable to use my hands effectively. Also, rheumatoid arthritis was filling in most of the empty spots vacated by my bones and loosening joints. Some days I was in such pain that I could barely get out of bed, barely walk, barely move at all, yet I continued to school, enduring the pain because I knew my students needed me. Nothing, I thought, would stop me from teaching.

As I stated before, Cal-Em, I began to have some problems with the joints of my body. Various joints would become inflamed and painful. I attributed this condition to the aging process, but it continued to worsen. In 2xxxx, I often had to walk with a cane [sometimes two] in order to get around on certain days. By the spring of 2xxxx, the pain had become almost unbearable, and the joint roulette played every night created new and different joint pain every day. Sometimes, I had to leave school in the afternoon because the pain was so excruciating I was unable to function. Often, after sitting for a while at home, I regained better movement of my joins, especially in my hips, knees and feet. At the end of February 2xxxx, I asked my supervisor if I could sit during part of the day to relieve the joint pain in my legs. He said he would consult with the superintendent. I asked again a few days later, and he said there had not been a determination yet. The next week, I asked again, and he informed me “good teachers continuously walked around their room observing and helping the students.” This non-answer was a no to my request. I continued to suffer, walking at times with two canes. I think the worst part was the taunting I took from the administration and some of the other employees. I was asked constantly if I was going to retire, told I looked tired and told not to buy any green bananas, etc. I determined I had no other choice but to retire because my condition wasn’t going away, I couldn’t do my best work and the afternoon students deserved the same instruction as the morning kids. I do consider my retirement as an involuntary or forced retirement. If I could have sat for portions of the day, I would have been able to continue, but that was denied. I could still be teaching because my doctors found medication that helps me be functional without horrible pain.

Screwed will be continued/concluded in part II, next week

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RACC Meeting

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RACC Meeting reminder WED. APRIL 22 @7pm Riverside Community Bldg.

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$16 mil Awarded, Capital Investments

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BOARD ACTION: Economic Development Board approves awards to support almost 16 million in capital investments in Iowa

Posted on: April 17, 2015

For more information contact:

Tina Hoffman
Iowa Economic Development Authority
Phone: 515.725.3150, mobile 515.783.8225
communications@iowa.gov

Press Release April 17, 2015 (DES MOINES, IA) –  The Iowa Economic Development Authority (IEDA) boardtoday awarded direct financial assistance and tax benefits to three companies for job creation and expansion projects. Today’s awards will assist in the creation of 150 jobs, retention of six jobs and will result in almost $16 million in new capital investment for the state.

The board approved assistance for planned or proposed projects located in Sioux City, West Des Moines and Knoxville.

Google to Invest an additional $1 billion in Council Bluffs
In addition, the board approved an amendment request for additional tax incentives through the High Quality Jobs Program (HQJP) for Google’s Council Bluffs project that was originally approved in 2012. Google will create an additional 35 jobs and make an additional $1 billion of capital investment.

Sioux City processed meats producer receives assistance for expansion project
Curly’s Foods is a processed meats producer that supplies product to many national restaurants and grocery stores.  The company’s parent company is Smithfield Foods. Curly’s has proposed an expansion of its Sioux City facility with an overall capital investment of approximately $9 million to accommodate increasing demand for cooked product. The board awarded the company tax benefits from HQJP. The project is expected to create 30 jobs, of which eight are incented at a qualifying hourly wage of $20.66 an hour.

Software developer to lease space in West Des Moines
FunnelWise develops software that provides a unified view of a company’s complete revenue funnel, bridging the gap between marketing and sales with a powerful and easy-to-use tool that provides real-time insight into key performance questions. The company plans to lease space in West Des Moines.  The board awarded the company $150,000 in direct financial assistance through the HQJP for this $3.3 million project that is set to retain six jobs and create 14 jobs at a qualifying wage of $25.52 per hour.

Weiler set to create 106 jobs in Knoxville
Weiler began operations in Knoxville 15 years ago and manufactures a variety of heavy road equipment products that includes road graders, core saws, concrete mixers and compactors.  As a result of current product line sales growth, the company plans to make a capital investment of approximately $6.6 million for a building expansion for manufacturing purposes.   The company was awarded $600,000 in direct financial assistance as well as tax benefits via HQJP for this project that is expected to create 106 new jobs at a qualifying wage of $18.95 per hour.

Board awards 18 projects Brownfield/Grayfield Tax Credits
In other action, the IEDA board approved redevelopment tax credits for 18 brownfield and grayfield project across Iowa. The Redevelopment Tax Credit Program provides financial assistance for the acquisition, remediation and redevelopment of eligible Brownfield and Grayfield sites. Eligible Brownfield properties include abandoned, idled or underutilized industrial or commercial facilities where expansion or redevelopment is complicated by real or perceived environmental contamination. Eligible Grayfield properties include abandened public buildings, and industrial or commercial property that has been developed and has infrastructure in place but the property’s current use is outdated or prevents a better or more efficient use of the property.

Tax credits are available for up to 24 percent of a qualifying investment in a Brownfield, 30 percent if the project meets the requirements of a green development; or 12 percent of a qualifying investment in a Grayfield,15 percent if the project meets the requirements of a green development. The total tax credits available for FY 2015 is capped at $10 million, with a maximum of $1 million per project.

Projects approved include:

Project Name Location Qualifying Project Investment Tax Credit Amount
Madewell LLC Mediapolis $606,500 $145,560
Rowell Hardware Development LLC Cedar Rapids $2,582,241 $619,738
New Bohemia Station LLC Cedar Rapids $4,000,000 $960,000
KWWL Television, Inc. Waterloo $4,544,600 $545,352
Nexus at Gray’s Landing LLC Des Moines $23,400,000 $1,000,000
Station on First LLC Cedar Rapids $3,609,619 $433,154
Continental Lofts LLC Davenport $10,600,000 $500,000
Gold Coast Housing, LLC Davenport $6,249,400 $400,000
125 Broadway, LLC Council Bluffs $2,223,750 $266,850
Kingston Lofts, LLC Cedar Rapids $4,355,488 $522,659
Commonwealth SeniorApartments, LP Cedar Rapids $2,570,546 $308,465
The Clockhouse, LLC Cedar Rapids $4,171,346 $500,561
Northwest Iowa Mental Health Center Spencer $1,601,850 $192,222
Ho-Chunk Inc. Sioux City $8,380,951 $1,000,000
Culver’s Water Rock Properties, LLC Cedar Rapids $11,008,449 $1,000,000
Kretschmer Properties LLC Dubuque $3,640,357 $436,843
FB Algona, LLC Algona $2,755,997 $330,720
Riverwatch Place, LLC Davenport $12,615,292 $837,876

 

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Riverside Fire Dept. to be Audited

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Not much for this post. You might consider this an update of sorts. This Friday, I was told that the RFD was going to be audited because they are a department of the city.
The Auditors will be in town tomorrow.
We are in the process of completing the fiscal year 2013 financial statement audit and the fiscal year 2014 annual examination.  As part of that process, we may need to review financial activity of the Fire Department.   –Jennifer Campbell, Manager for the Iowa Auditor of State 
Tom McLaughlin
Co-owner, Verum Apparatus Publications, LLC
Editor/Administrator, Your Riverside Forum 

 

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DPS Unveils Facebook & Twitter Pages

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Press Release DES MOINES, Iowa – The Iowa Department of Public Safety (DPS) is proud to announce the addition of departmental Facebook and Twitter pages.

            – Like us on Facebook: IowaDPS

             – Follow us on Twitter: @IowaDPS

These new Facebook and Twitter pages will highlight the latest news, press releases, events, safety tips, need-to-know information, behind the scenes looks at how the Iowa Department of Public Safety operates. These pages will serve as a way for the public to learn more about the DPS and be able to ask questions and have an interactive channel to the DPS.

These two departmental social media pages will represent all six DPS divisions: Iowa State Patrol Division (ISP), Division of Criminal Investigation (DCI), State Fire Marshal Division (SFM), Division of Narcotics Enforcement (DNE), Division of Intelligence and Fusion Center (DOI) and Administrative Services Division (ASD) and many other areas of the DPS.

The Facebook and Twitter pages do not serve as a direct communication line for emergency response in critical situations.  The public is reminded to always call 911 for any emergency.

In addition, each of the thirteen Iowa State Patrol Safety Education Officers (SEOs) have their own Twitter pages that are constantly updated with road closures, crashes, safety tips and pictures of events in their respective areas.  To find the SEO in your area click here.

Other Divisions within the Department of Public Safety also have Facebook pages:

Division of Criminal Investigation
State Fire Marshal Division
Iowa State Patrol

For more information, please contact Alex Murphy, Iowa Department of Public Safety PIO, Public Information Bureau, at (515) 443-3014.

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Filched Chipper, Inside Job?

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Wood Chipper Discussion; Offer Reward and Rental Info City Administrator/Economic Development Director Rusty Rogerson said he has been tracking on the internet. The city’s insurance would provide $5,000 to rent in case of theft. To replace it is $35,000. Aero Rental charges $200/day to rent, weekly charge if there is a storm. City Council Member Ralph Schnoebelen said Jared Miller has 2 wood chippers. Would chip, including chipper and manpower for $300/hr. Schnoebelen said that would be much better than buying or renting.

Citizen Diane Poch asked if it was locked up, if not, why? $28,000 wood chipper. “Why didn’t the guys outside automatically lock it up,” asked Mrs. Poch. Mayor Bill Poch said that in a lot of towns, something like this is not locked up. “It’s almost like it’s an inside job, that somebody new something about it because it’s parked behind our maintenance building.” Inside Job because they would have to know where it is and when it was good to take it. It has always been housed in the lean to. Rogerson said the person who stole it is “someone who knew where it was…and when it was available.” [I’m sure they meant ALL employees and elected officials, not just specific individuals.] The Council voted 5-0 to hire Kalonial Lawn Care and Tree Service. The Council voted 5-0 approving $500 for reward and conviction.

04202015-2 Approving Revised employee handbook Just on the handbook, not on the employee job descriptions. Rogerson said they are still waiting on the employee committee to be done with them. Poch and City Council Member Bob Schneider, who are on the committee, said he thought they were done, because they asked employees if they have anything to mention anything. He added that as far as he was concerned they are done.

Rogerson said that was the exact opposite of what the mayor said at the last meeting. That the mayor said he was going to meet with the employees. Poch said that none of the employees came forward after the committee asked for them. Schneider said they wanted to talk to the employees regarding the handbook, not the descriptions. Passed, 5-0. 042015-3 Approval the hiring of the building inspector $35/hr. and is able to start immediately. 5-0. Stolke (sp). Increase Security at City Owned Buildings Rogerson recommended increasing the lighting at the maintenance shop. The Council voted to have Rogerson look into security, including lighting.

MMS Report/Recommendation for Robinson’s Sidewalk Robinson’s ditch is washing away, causing damage to his sidewalk. Motion was approved to follow MMS’s recommendation to restore the back slope, put down the matting and seed it (everything is the resident’s responsibility, said Rogerson); approved 5-0. Discussion concerning pump at wastewater plant City Employees Ron Hembry and Kevin Engel recommended repairing the pump. $3792 and it takes two weeks to repair. Motion to repair the pump was approved 5-0. Employee training reimbursement was done prior to council approval because the registration came in late. 04202015-1 Set a Public Hearing on Fire Department Ordinance was tabled prior to the meeting.

Council went into closed session.

 

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Community Meetings Results Heard

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4/20/2015 Sheriff ‘s Report

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4/13/2015 1502872 14:47 TRESPASS

Agency: Washington County Sheriff’s Office

Location: AINSWORTH, IA 52201

REPORTS A PURPLE DODGE RAM IS STUCK ON THE DIRT ROAD PART OF YUCCA AV SOUTH OF 262ND ST, AINSWORTH.

A COPY OF THE COUNTY ORDINANCE WAS GIVEN TO TYLER BEERS OF AINSWORTH. HE WAS

ADVISED TO WAIT UNTIL CONDITIONS ARE BETTER TO REMOVE THE VEHICLE.

4/13/2015 1502885 18:19 TRAFFIC ACCIDENT

Agency: Washington County Sheriff’s Office

Location:175TH ST & HWY 218 RIVERSIDE, IA 52327

REPORTS A SUBJECT IN VEHICLE LIC/xxxxxx STRUCK A PHEASANT, CRACKING THE WINDSHIELD.

VEHICLE IS A LOANER FROM BILLION AUTO. THEY HAVE A TOW TRUCK ENROUTE. DOCUMENTATION.

4/14/2015 1502908 10:50 ANIMAL COMPLAINT 

Agency: Washington County Sheriff’s Office

Location: HWY 218 & 130TH ST RIVERSIDE, IA 52327

REPORTS THERE IS A DOG ALONG HWY 218 ABOUT 1/4 MILE SOUTH OF HWY 22, SOUTHBOUND SIDE. SPANIEL TYPE DOG. POSSIBLY DUMPED THERE.

CHECKED THE AREA. UNABLE TO LOCATE THE DOG.

4/14/2015 1502916 14:38 TRAFFIC OTHER

Agency:

Location: HWY 218 & RAMP RAMP RIVERSIDE, IA 52327

REPORTS IHP 361 IS OUT WITH A BARRED DRIVER NORTH OF HWY 22 ON 218.92-8 RESPONDED TO ASSIST. IHP 361 ARRESTED/ male, DOB/19790317 ADR/xxxxxxxxx  BURLINGTON OFFENSE/DRIVING WHILE BARRED.

4/15/2015 1502928 1:10 DRUG/NARCOTICS VIOLATION

Agency: Washington County Sheriff’s Office

Location: RIVERSIDE, IA 52327

CALLER REPORTS HE WILL BE FILING CHARGES DUE TO DCI LAB RESULTS.|| CHARGES FILED FOR POSSESSION OF CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE.

4/15/2015 1502930 2:31 DISABLED VEHICLES 

Agency: Washington County Sheriff’s Office

Location: HWY 218 & 220TH ST AINSWORTH, IA 52201

Type of Call Changed from TRAFFIC STOP to DISABLED VEHICLES by Rourke, Mandy REPORTS BEING OUT WITH AN UNOCCUPIED DISABLED VEHICLE ON HWY 218 AT G36.

4/15/2015 1502946 14:47 SUSPICIOUS ACTIVITY 

Agency: Washington County Sheriff’s Office

Location: AINSWORTH, IA 52201

REPORTS A MENTALLY CHALLENGED SUBJECT, RIDING A BICYCLE, WEAVING IN AND OUT OF TRAFFIC ON HWY 92 IN AINSWORTH. SUBJECT WAS RETURNED TO HIS CAREGIVER.

4/16/2015 1502978 11:46 TRAFFIC OTHER

Agency: Washington County Sheriff’s Office

Location: HWY 218 & 160TH ST RIVERSIDE, IA 52327

1 M NORTH OF HIGHLAND SCHOOL ON 218 VAN PULLING A TRAILER ALONG THE SIDE OF THE ROAD SB

4/16/2015 1502998 16:20  DRUG/NARCOTICS VIOLATION 

Agency: Washington County Sheriff’s Office

Location: 1ST ST & HWY 92 AINSWORTH, IA 52201

REPORTS FILING CHARGES ON A SUBJECT AFTER RECEIVING DCI LAB RESULTS.

CHARGES FILED ON:28 year old male from KELLOGG, IOWA FOR POSSESSION OF CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE (METHAMPHETAMINE 1ST OFFENSE), POSSESSION OF MARIJUANA 1ST OFFENSE, & POSSESSION OF DRUG PARAPHERNALIA.

4/17/2015 1503013 10:32 DISABLED VEHICLES

Agency: Washington County Sheriff’s Office

Location: RIVERSIDE, IA 52327

WHITE VAN WITH NO PLATES IN THE PARKING LOT OF KUM AND GO RIVERSIDE BEEN SITTING THERE FOR SEVERAL DAYS || VIN/1D4GP25R03B328060 DODGE VAN VEHICLE WILL BE TOWED BY THE BUSINESS.

4/17/2015 1503029 15:38 TRAFFIC OTHER

Agency: Washington County Sheriff’s Office

Location: LOUISA WASHINGTON RD & 205TH ST AINSWORTH, IA 52201

REPORTS A FLATBED SEMI WITH A DETACHED TRAILER IS PARKED ON THE ROAD & IS RIGHT OVER THE CREST OF THE HILL. HE ALMOST STRUCK IT. 92-11 RESPONDED & WAS UNABLE TO LOCATE THE SEMI & TRAILER.

4/18/2015 1503073 10:57 ASSAULT

Agency: Washington County Sheriff’s Office

Location: 80 W 2ND ST RIVERSIDE, IA 52327

DOMESTIC SITUATION WOMAN ON THE ROOF MAN ON THE GROUND YELLING AT HER ACROSS THE STREET FROM THE OLD ICE HOUSE IN RIVERSIDE. FEMALE WAS UNCOOPERATIVE AND MALE HAD LEFT THE AREA. WILL CONTACT THE COUNTY ATTORNEY. COUNTY ATTORNEY ADVISED NO CHARGES WILL BE FILED.

4/18/2015 1503076 12:18 ANIMAL COMPLAINT

Agency: Washington County Sheriff’s Office

Location: RIVERSIDE, IA 52327

DOG IN THE BACK YARD COVERED IN MANGE / ONGOING ISSUE.|| 92-11 RESPONDED, SPOKE WITH THE OWNERS WHO PROVIDED RECENT VET BILLS (4/2015) SHOWING PROOF OF CARE FOR AN AUTO IMMUNE DISEASE. COMPLAINT UNFOUNDED.

4/18/2015 1503082 16:15 SUSPICIOUS ACTIVITY

Agency: Washington County Sheriff’s Office

Location: RIVERSIDE, IA 52327

10-37 VEH LIC xxxxxx BLK CHEVY CROSSOVER STOPPED FACING THE WRONG WAY FOR 1/2 HOUR IN THE 300 BLK ST MARY^S ST. DOES THIS ONCE A WEEK AT LEAST F OPR 25-35 YOA. MADE CONTACT WITH THE SUBJECT. IS LOOKING AT A HOUSE TO BUY AND WAS WAITING TO MEET A REALTOR. NOTHING SUSPICIOUS.

4/18/2015 1503086 18:04 TRAFFIC OTHER

Agency: Washington County Sheriff’s Office

Location: AINSWORTH, IA 52201

REQUESTS AN OFFICER MAKE CONTACT WITH A YOUNG DRIVER OF LIC/xxxxx, A BLACK IMPALA, DRIVER IN A NEON ORANGE SWEATSHIRT PASSED THE CALLER AT A HIGH RATE OF SPEED, ON 5TH STREET IN THE CITY LIMITS OF AINSWORTH. 92-9 RESPONDED AND SPOKE WITH THE REGISTERED OWNER, MAKING HER AWARE OF THE COMPLAINT. SHE ADVISED NO YOUNG PERSONS AT THE HOUSE AND NOBODY HAD DRIVEN THE VEHICLE RECENTLY.

4/19/2015 1503115 14:09 DISABLED VEHICLES

Agency: Washington County Sheriff’s Office

Location: 1178 ENTERPRISE DR RIVERSIDE, IA 52327

10-46 VEHICLE KUM N GO BLACK EQUINOX WITH FLAT TIRE// TIRE CHANGED

4/19/2015 1503118 14:37 WELFARE CHECK

Agency: Washington County Sheriff’s Office

Location: AINSWORTH, IA 52201

GREEN LINCOLN ON THE NORTH SIDE OF THE BUILDING FOR A COUPLE OF HOURS, MALE SUBJECT INSIDE. REQEUST WELFARE CHECK. || 92-3 ADVISED, AINSWORTH QRS RESPONDED, SUBJECT WAS FINE, JUST SLEEPING.

AT 1519 QRS ADVISED THEY WOULD LIKE THE AMBULANCE TO RESPOND FOR SUBJECT WHO IS HAVING A DIABETIC ISSUE. AD56 RESPONDED BUT DID NOT TRANSPORT.

4/19/2015 1503120 14:52 TRAFFIC ACCIDENT

Agency:

Location: HWY 218 & RAMP RAMP RIVERSIDE, IA 52327

TWO VEHICLE ACCIDENT, NO INJURIES VEHICLES ARE PULLED OFF THE ROADWAY WITH HAZARDS ON. IOWA STATE PATROL 77 HANDLED THE ACCIDENT.

4/19/2015 1503125 15:40 TRAFFIC OTHER

Agency: Washington County Sheriff’s Office

Location: RIVERSIDE, IA 52327

SILVER DODGE PICKUP MUD RUNNING ON 135TH ST || 92-11 RESPONDED TO THE AREA,

UNABLE TO LOCATE ANY VEHICLE.

4/19/2015 1503132 20:49 ALL OTHER OFFENSES

Agency: Washington County Sheriff’s Office

Location: AINSWORTH, IA 52201

CALLER REPORTS HER HUSBAND IS THREATENING HER || 92-7 RESPONDED, CALLER WILL STAY

ELSE WHERE FOR THE NIGHT.

4/19/2015 1503136 23:43 TRAFFIC OTHER

Agency: Washington County Sheriff’s Office

Location: 2943 HWY 22 RIVERSIDE, IA 52327

CALLER REPORTS HER HEADLIGHTS HAVE SHUT OFF AND SHE DOES NOT WANT TO CONTINUE ON || 92-10 RESPONDED. SUBJECT WAS ESCORTED HOME

4/20/2015 1503138 1:36 DISORDERLY CONDUCT

Agency: Washington County Sheriff’s Office

Location: RIVERSIDE, IA 52327

10-17 REPORTS THERE IS AN INTOXICATED FEMALE IN THE RESIDENCE CAUSING PROBLEMS AND ASSAULTING PEOPLE. || 92-18 AND 92-10 RESPONDED. FEMALE SUBJECT AGREED TO LEAVE FOR THE NIGHT.

 

 

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