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FD suspect ID’d in Hamilton Co. burglary

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STRATFORD — The suspect in a Hamilton County burglary in August was identified Friday by the Hamilton County Sheriff. Sheriff Doug Timmons said that Daniel Shane Anthony, 30, has been charged with four counts stemming from the burglary of the Copperhead Saloon in Stratford during the early ...

To Protect and Serve

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Brandon Pritchard, Senior Patrol Officer, Webster City Police Department How long have you been in law enforcement? Almost 11 years. What other law enforcement positions/departments have you served in? I worked for the Webster County Sheriff’s Office as a deputy for a short time ...

A walk in the park

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There’s a new paved walking path in Webster City that will give walkers a shady stroll through the community’s history. The new walking path through Wilson Brewer Park, located at the corner of Superior and Ohio streets, was recently completed. The path and landscaping around the park ...

Vehicular homicide ends in plea deal

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By ELIJAH DECIOUS The Fort Dodge woman charged with vehicular homicide has agreed to a plea deal in which she could be sentenced to up to 10 years in prison and ordered to pay $150,000 in restitution for her role in a fatal 2018 crash. Aisha Ismail, 26, entered a guilty plea after fighting ...

FD man sentenced in burglary, kidnapping

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The Fort Dodge man accused of burglary and kidnapping a woman at knifepoint in May has been sentenced to up to five years in prison through a plea agreement. Through the agreement, Leon Drayton Sr., 34, pleaded guilty to false imprisonment, domestic abuse assault while using or displaying a ...

Keeping patients, staff safe

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Back in March and April, Van Diest Medical Center was working with other area health care professionals to prepare for the COVID-19 pandemic. They developed plans in the event of a surge of cases, along with procedures to keep patients and staff safe as they interacted in the clinic and ...

No outdoor movie this weekend

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The Webster City outdoor movies, which have been shown throughout the summer, will be taking a break this weekend due to the home Lynx football game and the Labor Day weekend, according to organizers. Officials with the Webster Theater said the movies at Availa Bank Plaza will return on ...

‘Farm to town, life retold’

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CLARION –Where can you find an original soda fountain, a replica of a 1950s kitchen, a small town garage, teddy bears, a hat collection and tractors all under one roof? The answer is the Heartland Museum in Clarion. Those displays and several more have been a part of the museum since it ...

Ernst gives coronavirus aid negotiation update

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EAGLE GROVE — Less than three weeks after Sen. Chuck Grassley said a compromise on the next coronavirus aid package is within reach, Iowa’s junior senator divulged the frustrations brought by a stalemate after weeks of negotiations. “I’m not as optimistic (as Sen. Grassley),” ...

To Protect And Serve

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How long have you been in law enforcement? 10 years. What other law enforcement positions/departments have you served in? I worked for the Iowa Falls PD to begin my career for 4.5 years and still work there currently in a part time officer role. What's an interesting fact about you that ...

To Protect and Serve

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How long have you been in law enforcement? 10 years. What other law enforcement positions/departments have you served in? I worked for the Iowa Falls PD to begin my career for 4.5 years and still work there currently in a part time officer role. What's an interesting fact about you that ...

New trial date set for Mulholland

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A new trial date for Leah Mulholland, the former Webster City Chamber of Commerce administrative assistant, has been set for Dec. 15 in Hamilton County District Court, according to online court documents. Mulholland, 40, is charged with ongoing criminal conduct – influence enterprise, a ...

Reclaiming her time

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FORT DODGE – By age 14, Lillie Weir’s best friend went by a few different names — Tina, Crystal and Ice, to name a few. You may know her former demon by its clinical name: methamphetamine. The child of parents who grappled with her own struggle in similar ways, Weir didn’t envision ...

Love a little

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It’s been a tough six months with the COVID-19 pandemic, severe weather and all of the related challenges for Iowa families. Many area families are struggling to pay utilities, bills, rent and mortgages, all while trying to put food on the table. A Jewell woman has started a program to ...

Open air performance

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Despite the pandemic, Webster City Community Theatre has found a new way to bring live performances to their audiences. Even though the performing arts center is shuttered right now, the troupe will move to an outside venue Sunday to perform three short plays. Billed as an "Outdoor Pop-Up ...

Outdoor movie set for Saturday

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This week's outdoor movie will be shown on Saturday instead of the usual Friday night screening. Officials with the Webster Theater said the move was made so as not to conflict with the Lynx home football game Friday night. This week, the classic musical "The Wizard of Oz" will be shown on ...

No mask ordinance for Hamilton County

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By ANNE BLANKENSHIP ablankenship@freemanjournal.net The Hamilton County Board of Supervisors was poised to vote on a county-wide mask ordinance Tuesday morning, but found that the ordinance would only have affected those in unincorporated areas of the county. Towns and cities in the county ...

McGlynn recognized for service

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Judge James McGlynn was recognized Tuesday morning by the Hamilton County Board of Supervisors for his years of service to the District Court. McGlynn plans to retire in September. However, he said that he had just received an appointment as senior judge which will take effect the day after he ...

Stakeys inducted into 4-H Hall of Fame

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A Hamilton County couple was recently inducted into the 4-H Hall of Fame. Doran and Cathy Stakey of Kamrar are a duo that have given endless support and opportunities to generations of 4-H'ers in Hamilton County, according to local 4-H officials. The Iowa 4-H Hall of Fame was established ...

Club members honored for service, contributions

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It was a celebration of service Monday when the Webster City Rotary Club met for a meeting at Briggs Woods Conference Center. With social distancing and face coverings in place, the group honored those who have made contributions to the Rotary International Foundation and have contributed ...