Jefferson County, IA

Judge Rules Second Accused Fairfield Teen Will Be Tried as Adult

A Jefferson County judge has ruled the second teenager accused of killing a Fairfield teacher last year will be tried as an adult. A day after 17-year-old Jeremy Goodale’s request to have his case moved to juvenile court was denied, 16-year-old Willard Miller saw his similar request rejected on Thursday.
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One of two Fairfield teens accused of murdering a high school teacher last November will stand trial as an adult. A judge in Jefferson County Wednesday (5/11) denied 17-year-old Jeremy Goodale’s request to have his trial moved to juvenile court. According to court documents, Judge Shawn Showers said “The juvenile court’s dwindling time to rehabilitate the defendant is simply insufficient for a crime of such magnitude.” Goodale and 16-year-old Willard Miller are both accused of first degree murder and conspiracy to commit murder in the death of 66-year-old Nohema Graber last November. Last Friday, Miller’s attorneys asked that his trial be moved to juvenile court; there’s been no ruling on that request. Goodale’s trial is scheduled to start August 23 at a location to be determined.

School districts brace for rising lunch prices

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Organization holds Diaper Drive to aid mothers in need

FAIRFIELD. Iowa — Jefferson County Right to Life hosted their third annual Diaper Drive in front of Fairfield's Walmart, Saturday. Fairfield residents could to support mothers in the community by donating diapers they purchased in the store. The Diaper Drive is one of several service projects and outreach programs...

Maasdam Barns hosts 'Babies at the Barn' day

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Fairfield Man Arrested on Drug Charges After Search of Home

A Fairfield man was sentenced Monday to 10 years in prison by Jefferson County District Court for charges stemming from an incident this winter. On February 16th 39-year-old Russell Allen Shirley was arrested at his home by Fairfield officers who had an active warrant for his arrest on unrelated charges. Officers knocked and announced themselves at the door and got no response. Shortly after, two individuals left the residence and were asked by authorities if anyone else was in the home, to which they answered that Shirley was. Officers then entered the home to execute the warrant. Shirley’s mother told officers that he was not home, but he was later found hiding in a bathtub.