by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department,posted Dec 6 2013 10:36AM
A man linked to multiple robberies in Story County has been arrested. According to a release from the Story County Sheriff's Office, after an extensive investigation officers have arrested 34-year-old Jacob Clair of Collins.
Investigators believe that Clair entered several rural homes in Story County over the course of the last six months. While there he would focus on jewelry, precious metals, coins, and firearms.
When a search warrant was issued by Story County Sheriff's and the Central Iowa Drug task Force, officers recovered items, from Clair, believed to have been stolen from those homes in Story county along with some other items believed to have been stolen from Marshall County.
Under the terms of the arrest warrant, Clair was picked up for:
1 count of Ongoing Criminal Conduct
1 count of 1st Degree Theft (Class B Felony)
1 count of 3rd Degree Theft (Class C Felony)
6 counts of 3rd Degree Burglary (Aggravated Misdemeanor)
And various drug and weapons charges (Class D Felony)
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department,posted Dec 5 2013 12:28PM
Everyone wants a home for the holidays. Heidi Drager from the Marshalltown Animal Rescue League says there's no reason to exclude a shelter animal from that.
"We have the animals who are looking for homes," Drager says, "and they need a place to go and new families to take care of them."
There are a large variety of pets available at the shelter. From cats and dogs, to guinea pigs and rabbits, these animals are looking for love and a family to call their own.
She says there is a stigma that comes with shelter pets that needs to end. And the holidays are the best time to do that. As stated by Drager, "Just because they're at the shelter doesn't mean there is anything wrong with them."
And according to Drager, the whole adoption process is rather simple. The most difficult part is choosing who to take home as the newest member of the family.
"We ask that you come out and visit the animals and pick somebody out that interests you," she says, "We have an application process that is a 24-hour process."
But after that you, and your new pet, are home free.
"Then, the next day hopefully, we can get you sent home with a new puppy, kitten, full grown cat, or guinea pig even."
Overall, the need to adopt is so important. During the holidays or not. That's because, as Drager pointed out, "The pet over population is still a problem and if we don't adopt from shelters then that's just going to continue to be a problem."
Then she adds, "We just need to find places for these guys."
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department,posted Dec 4 2013 11:23AM
Police, Sheriff, and EMS personal were called out to Highland Acres Road on Friday night, November 29th, after two passersby found a woman lying unconscious on the side of the road. She was found lying beind her vehicles, an older model Dodge Pickup, on the shoulder of the road near the 2300 mile area of Highland Acres Road.
According to a police report from the Marshall County Sheriff's Office, the victim had reported seeing a vehicle stranded in a portion of the road. Thinking that the passengers could use a hand, the victim exited her vehicle. However, when she went to help, the male suspect then left his vehicle and assaulted the victim.
While knocked unconscious, the suspects then rummaged through the victims truck. They went through her belonging, including merchandise that she had purchased that day while shopping in Marshalltown.
In the report it stated, the male suspect is described as being Hispanic or darker skinned, and about 30 years of age. He had dark hair and mustache, medium height and build, and was wearing a dark baseball cap and jacket.
Another suspect, a female, was described as being white, also in her 30's, with dark hair, a heavy build and medium height.
The only description of the vehicle was it was either a dark blue or a black car, in good shape. There were no other distinguishing features given.
The victim was transported to the Marshalltown Medical and Surgical Center for treatment. She was released later that evening.
This case does remain under investigation. The Marshall County Sheriff's office does request if you were on Highland Acres Road that day, between 5:30 and 6:20 p.m., and saw anything suspicious, to please contact the department. You can reach them at (641) 754-6380, or by calling their communications center at (641) 754-5725.
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department,posted Dec 4 2013 10:42AM
Marshalltown`s Hy Vee store will soon be adding a restaurant and bar called "The Fresh Market Grill" according to Store Director Ric Anderson.
Anderson tells Marshalltown Broadcasting that plans are in the very preliminary stages, he says the store chain just granted approval to the idea, the operation must be designed and meet the approval of City of Marshalltown officials as well.
He says they hope to break ground in the spring.
Anderson says the "Fresh Market Grill" has been successful in other central Iowa markets such as Ankeny and Waukee and Marshalltown will be the first store that will add the operation to an existing store and they are excited about that.
He says the addition could mean some 50 to 60 more jobs for the area.
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department,posted Dec 4 2013 6:02AM
The Marshall County Conservation Board held an information meeting on the design concept for a campground at the Green Castle Recreation Area near Fergason. Mike Stegman is with the Marshall County Conservation Board.
Stegman says the design calls for 45 total sites, five would be pull through, 40 would be the back in type.
He says recently the lake there has been drained because of invasive species of fish in the water.
Green Castle Recreation area is just 11 miles from Marshalltown.
The area includes a Gander Lookout Shelter, a Trumpeter Swan Pen and an Observatory that is used by area Astronomers.
Stegman says progress on the campground will depend upon funds that are available and will likely be done in phases.
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department,posted Dec 3 2013 5:45AM
The Marshalltown School Board met in regular session at Hoglan Elementary School at the School Lunchroom.
Principal Amy Williams in her 6th year showed the board a video of students and then took them on a tour of the building.
School Board then led by President Sherman Welker met and conducted items of business for some 34 minutes.
The board signed off on a legal process that certified that work at Marshalltown High School on labs for Project Lead the Way were quote "Substantially Complete", the school board also approved a two year agreement with the Marshalltown Police Department to utilize officer Craig Lagaschulte as a School Resource officer.
Hoglan elementary school is on the south side of Marshalltown.
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department,posted Dec 2 2013 1:08PM
After the tragic deaths of two young boys in rural Adams County there are some important things to remember when it comes to dealing with ice.
The weather has been colder and many of the local waterways have started to form a layer of ice. However, just because there you can see a top layer of ice does not mean there is ice all the way through says Kim Elder who is the Marshall County Emergency Management Coordinator.
"It hasn't been cold enough," Elder says, "it's deceiving when you see a bit of ice which may hold someone for a little while until they get to a weak spot."
And she recommends if you don't know the area or water, stay away. This is the case especially if you are on a farm pond that you are not familiar with and she says then, "that you should definitely stay off of it."
And Elder says the type of ice that forms also depends on the body of water. And rivers and areas with running water make the potential for uneven ice even greater.
"It's unpredictable because of the streams and the and the way it runs. So, there may be areas that may be very thick and others that have no ice at all," Elder says.
She does say there is one great resource which will help gage the potential for safety.
"The DNR definitely has some great information on how thick the ice has to be," she says,"and that varies from pond to pond and from area to area, because of temperature."
Some of those tips from the DNR include:
4 inches of clear blue ice will hold one adult person
5-6 inches of clear blue ice will hold snowmobiles, ATV's, and groups of 3-4 people.
Drill a hole in the ice to gage the thickness and quality of the ice before using for recreational activities.
8 inches of black/honey-combed ice will hold one adult person
Avoid ice that appears "dark" as this could be "rotten ice" and can be "unstable"
Avoid areas of ice with objects protruding through. The objects absorb heat and can weaken the ice around the area.
Avoid big lakes, they can be the most unstable.
Elder does recommend waiting for colder temperatures to arrive before attempting to go on any icy body of water.
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department,posted Dec 2 2013 11:38AM
Get in the holiday spirit by donating blood with KIX 101.1 and LifeServe Blood Center on Friday, December 13, 2013! This special Holiday Hero Blood Drive will take place from 7 a.m. – 1 p.m. at the Marshall Town Center located at 2500 S. Center Street. There are no appointments necessary for this blood drive.
All donors will receive a free special-edition Holiday Hero Blood Drive t-shirt and a coupon to the Marshalltown Taco John's. Plus, donors will enjoy free samples from Heavenly Breads and treats from the local Kwik Star.
Blood donations are especially needed this time of year to help maintain a stable blood supply. Busy holiday schedules, poor winter weather conditions and the cold and flu season have a big impact on the local blood supply during the winter months. Donating blood now can help prevent a critical blood shortage this holiday season.
For more information, please visit lifeservebloodcenter.org or call 800.287.4903.
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department,posted Dec 2 2013 11:34AM
The Marshalltown Police Department reports that two people were hurt in a three vehicle accident that took place at South Center Street and East Ferner Street.
A police report indicates the drivers were identified as 30 year old Amanda Warnell Sanford of Marshalltown in a 2003 Ford Focus, 30 year old Norida Lopez De Barrera of Marshalltown in a 2003 Chrylser Town and Country and and 59 year old Linda Easton of State Center in a 1996 Buick Park Avenue.
It was a chain reaction type of rear ender accident at an intersection.
The injured are idenfitied as 5 year old Amya and 31 year old Clinton Sanford both of Marshalltown.
Amanda Sanford for cited for Failure to Stop within an assured clear distance and also a financial liability violation.
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department,posted Dec 2 2013 10:13AM
News From the Marshalltown School District and McFarland Clinic:
Jodi Faustlin, Executive Director McFarland Clinic, on behalf of the Marshalltown McFarland physicians, presented supplies needed by the school nursing staff in the Marshalltown Community School District.
Two nebulizers and tubing for breathing treatments and 8 pulse oximeter finger readers were given to the district.
Students with asthma often need to be assessed, treated and monitored while at school. Sometimes medication is administered using a nebulizer machine that is prescribed by the health care provider.
A pulse oximeter complements the school nurses assessment of respiratory illness, asthma and cardiac problems. It provides information that the school nurse will use to determine the students overall health status. Since the pulse oximeter rapidly detects oxygen concentration, it is a quick and very effective assessment tool to determine an appropriate treatment.
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department,posted Nov 27 2013 9:37AM
~DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - The issue of water fluoridation has bubbled up in Des Moines.
A period of public comment runs through Saturday for customers of Des Moines Water Works. CEO Bill Stowe says sentiment is running 3-1 against adding fluoride to water used by more than 500,000 people in the Des Moines area.
Dentists and some health experts say fluoridation dramatically reduces tooth decay. Opponents say fluoridation has harmful consequences and also amounts to forced medication of people. Des Moines has been adding fluoride since 1959.
The issue has been raised elsewhere in Iowa. In April the Hampton City Council decided to continue adding fluoride to city water. The mayor had raised objections to fluoridation, saying that adding such medicine infringed on the rights of residents.
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department,posted Nov 25 2013 4:03PM
Christmas Day is quickly creeping up on us and everyone will be looking for a tree for Santa to put his gifts under. And what’s better than getting one from a local Iowa Tree Farm?
Ryan Fox from Victorian Pines in State Center says more people come to them during the Holiday Season to get a tree than they have before.
"What I fid surprising," Fox says, "is every year more and more people are getting more trees."
That's not a bad trend for Fox and other tree farms across the state. He does say some recent trends have also helped support tree growers like Victorian Pines.
"You know there's a general push to go green or be organic."
Fox then adds it's the staying local movement this is really pushing this new trend.
And Fox says it’s easy to buy a tree from a store, but there is something special about going to the farm itself.
"I think people are searching for that tradition, you know, that niche."
Still, Fox says, it's more than that.
"It makes Christmas when families can go to a farm and find a tree. You can't get that at any big box store."
There is a whole website dedicated to help find Tree Farm near you all thanks to the Iowa Christmas Tree Growers Association. They have an interactive map that allows you to find each farm by name, distance from your zip code, or by county.
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department,posted Nov 25 2013 12:53PM
Forget Black Friday, Small Business Saturday is the best time to get great deals all while keeping your support and money in the local economy. The best way to keep our community strong is to stay and shop there, according to Lynn Olberding, Vice President of the Marshalltown Chamber of Commerce.
"This is the program that American Express started a number of years ago," Oblerding says, "as a way to highlight independently owned businesses and remind people to shop in our businesses during the busy holiday season."
And she does say that there will be an incentive to shop and stay local this Saturday. Shoppers who go to the designated stores will have the chance to win Chamber Bucks.
"It's just a little thank you for people, for shopping in their business."
Different stores will be holding drawing to win the Chamber Bucks. The participating stores include:
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department,posted Nov 19 2013 1:43PM
In the future, Marshalltown High School will be known for more than their roundhouse. MHS has been recognized for their advancements in progressing the STEM initiative.
MHS Principal Addiy Phomvisay addressed the large crowd that gathered in the hallways of the high school and said the ribbon cutting and carnival was more than just a way to show off.
"It is a culmination of the hard work of the staff, leadership teams, and our community's efforts," Phomvisay says," to give our students the very best education possible."
Paul Gregory is the Vice President of Fisher Technologies based here in Marshalltown. He says that a STEM education is the best way to help improve our community and beyond, saying, "We can only be as strong as the educational system in this community. But, we are about making the world a better place."
By telling the story of Fisher's founder, Gregory was able to explain why knowledge in STEM fields can change the way our world works. But he does say that it is our community that's making the push to STEM initiatives that will make the biggest difference.
"In this community we are about a lot of things," Gregory explained, "We're about collaboration; we're about bringing everyone along in the educational world."
And coming from a student’s perspective, MHS senior Michael Bloom said that a STEM education was more than sitting in a classroom.
"Project Lead the Way is not about listening to lectures, taking notes, and then taking quizzes and tests." No, Bloom says, " It's an experiential learning."
Governor Branstad was in attendance as well to observe the work at the high school and says what MHS students are doing is important to the community, state, and nations future.
"It's critical to young people to have a bright future. So, they can get a good job that supports themselves and their families staying here in Iowa," Branstad says, "And that they have the knowledge and skills necessary."
After the official ceremony parents, friends, and community members then roamed the halls of the high school learning from students participating in Project Lead the Way and from local companies that practice STEM initiatives.
By the numbers in the High School's Project Lead the Way program:
MHS Biomedical Program is the largest in the state
200 students are currently enrolled in the Biomedical Program and Project Lead the Way
46% of these students are female
53% are minority
The family of Verle and Ellen Hunt were also on hand to help present the school with a $100,000 check to help supports the school's efforts in promoting the STEM initiative.
--Article and Photos by KFJB Reporter Katherine Fritcke
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department,posted Nov 12 2013 3:33PM
Builders have been constantly working on the renovation to the Tall Corn Towers. As the construction comes to a close the plans for people moving in have progressed. And Michelle Sponheimer, Director of Marshalltown Housing a Community Development says it's a complete turn around from what the building once was.
"They are beautiful, they are a great change what they were many months ago," Sponheimer say, "We're very excited to see the progress happening."
She says that people have been very interested in living in the newly renovated building. After holding an initial application intake, Commonbond was able to be made aware of those interested to live in the facility. Sponheimer says she understands that there was a well attended turnout for those sessions.
And if you're interested there will be two more times when you can visit the location yourself. "There will be a presence during the holiday stroll," she says, "as well as an upcoming tour opportunity on December 4th from 5:00 to 7:00 PM."
That event will be open to any one who is interested. They have an expected move in date for February 1st, 2014. If interested you can go to the city's Facebook page to view a video and other images.
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department,posted Nov 12 2013 3:32PM
A new start-up food manufacturing company has opened it’s doors here in Marshalltown. Iowa Choice Harvest has opened it’s doors here in town and CEO Penny Brown Huber is ready to serve their mission.
"Our mission is to connect customers with Earth conscious Iowa farmers," Hughes says," who grow high quality fruits and vegtables."
She says Iowa Choice Harvest will help improve what we buy at our grocery stores and put on our table, all while keeping it local. They have a business model that will promote those who, literally, want to serve those in Iowa. The plan is focused on, "which processing method would be best to preserve Iowa fruits and vegetables and build a profitable food manufacturing business," a stated by Hughes at the ribbon cutting ceremony. And the focus is to remain positive about all the possibilities that our "own backyard" has in store for us.
Bill Menner is the USDA Rural Development State Director and he attended the ribbon cutting for the company. Menner says he excited what this new organization can do with the promotion of Iowa growers.
"This sort of a food hub," Menner says, "really is the future for expanding access to local foods."
Menner emphasized that facilities like this can help promote small food producers to reach their fullest potential. According to Menner," This gives them access to markets and to the sort of aggregation that's going to allow them to be successful."
Overall, the company’s main goal is to contribute to the dynamic local food system in Iowa.
--Photos and Story by 1230 KFJB Reporter Katherine Fritcke
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department,posted Nov 9 2013 6:20AM
The United States Chamber of Commerce has awarded the Marshalltown Chamber of Commerce with a Four Star accreditation.
The accreditation is seen as real feather in the cap for the Marshalltown Chamber of Commerce.
Chamber Vice Presidnt Lynn Olberding says the Marshalltown Chamber of Commerce has been accredited each year since 1973, they are pleased with the latest stature from the U-S Chamber of Commerce and pledge to move forward full speed ahead in the future in doing good for the Marshalltown area.
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department,posted Nov 7 2013 2:45PM
It’s time once again for the 3rd annual international Jean Seaburg film festival. Shannon Mitchell from the Orpheum Theater says there are big things in store for the weekend.
"Well, this year the highlight of the entire festival is the world premier of the Emmy nominated documentary from filmmakers Kelly and Tammy Rundel and Gary McGee," Mitchell says, "that movie is Movie Star: the Secret Lives of Jean Seaburg."
And Mitchell emphasized this is the first time “Movie Star” has been screened to the public and that brings great meaning to this festival. The film about the Marshalltown native, is the first one that focuses on the private life of the actress.
It will be a full weekend for festival goers when it comes to the films being shown.
"We are actually showing eight of her films," says Mitchell, " four that we've never shown here at the Orpheum before, and four that we have shown."
Mitchell does say you do have to pay to see the films, but there are a few free events for anyone who wants to learn about Seaburg.This incudes two symposiums and a round table which are open to the public, with no ticket necessary.
Events that you do need to pay for include a $5.00 charge for each screening of a Seaburg film. There will be an $8.00 charge for those who wish to see the documentary. But, if you do choose to see the Movie Star documentary on opening night, you will receive the red carpet treatment. For $25.00 you will be able to participate in the premier, as well as the premier party.
The whole festival takes place on November 15th, 16th, and 17th.
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department,posted Nov 7 2013 11:30AM
Criminals have become crafty when it comes to accessing your personal information. In a press conference Governor Branstad addressed the newest scam affecting Iowans. Branstad stated that the major electric companies in Iowa have collectively reported that more than 400 of their customers have said that this scam has happened to them.
According to Branstad the scammers are focusing on specific groups of people.
"These scams have been targeting Hispanics and other ethnic groups," Branstad says, "as well as small business customers."
And this is a rather detailed scam. It all begins when one of the scammers will call their victim and claim they are a company employee. From there they will tell the customer that they have fallen behind in paying their bill or that their system is in need more multiple, and expensive, repairs. However, instead of asking for payment on delivery, like legitimate companies would, they ask for immediate payment. From there Branstad says, "customers are then told to purchase a prepaid card to avoid having their electricity shut off." This then instill the fear in their scammers victims causing the problem.
Lt. Governor Kim Reynolds also spoke saying that Iowans need to stay one step ahead of the scammers saying, "Unfortunately they're getting smarter and more creative at finding new ways to convince consumers to turn over their personal information."
Both Branstad and Renyolds urged Iowans to remember that a legitimate will never contact you. If you have to question the legitimacy of a call like this, they recommend you hang up and call the company directly to check it was a real call.
If they type of scam has happened to you, you are asked to call 888-777-4590.
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department,posted Nov 5 2013 1:57PM
Marshalltown Medical and Surgical Center has announced plans for a 75-thousand-square-foot hospital replacement project. John Hughes, CEO of MMSC says improvements are needed.
"We're behind," Hughes says, "and we intend to move forward and become the modern healthcare facility that our community deserves."
The plans for the new 30-acre hospital at the southwest corner of highway 30 and highway 14 will help aid the patients that need the hospitals care. Hughes points out that, "We are limited by our facility." At the current location, the hospital staff feel like they cannot work to their fullest extent of patient hospitality. "A new facility will allow us a more efficient, patient friendly environment that people, quite frankly, have come to expect," Hughes says.
Accommodation is the key for Hughes. The inconvenience that the current MMSC facility has was confirmed by Hughes, as he pressed for the urgency for easier patient access ability. "The primary thing that we are focusing on is the efficient delivery of care," Hughes says," Some of out patients walk the length of two football fields from the time they leave handicapped parking to where they need to get the services they need."
And the idea for the new hospital was a collective effort. From the CEO to nurses, everyone has some form of input, as Hughes explained,"Staff had a lot of input in how this was done. We think it's important that the folks that are actually doing the work, help us in how best to do the work."
The first of three phases will cost an estimated 35-million-dollars. Groundbreaking is set for the spring of 2014.