Greene County Sheriff’s Report February 29, 2024
2:26am: A deputy and the Jefferson Fire Department responded to a structure fire in the 1500 block of 320th Street. An outbuilding was a total loss. The fire is under investigation. 3:03pm: A deputy and Scranton Fire responded to a field fire in the 2300 block of E Avenue. The...
Traffic Stop Turns Into Arrest for Alleged Drug Possession for Perry Woman in Jefferson
A Perry woman was arrested in Jefferson for allegedly possessing drugs. Jefferson Police Chief Mark Clouse says an officer was pulling out the temporary stop signs near the Greene County Middle School after 3pm on Wednesday, when a vehicle heading south on Highway 4 went through the area and the officer noticed the driver, Tammy Tolsdorf of Jefferson, had a suspended driver’s license. Clouse tells Raccoon Valley Radio, the officer finished setting the stop sign in place on the highway and stopped the vehicle near 270th Street and Highway 4.
Reminder: District FFA Contest is Today and Greene County is Participating
A reminder that today is the district contest for FFA. The Greene County Chapter is sending several students to compete, including “Experience the Action” which was a Jeopardy style competition with FFA themes. Seventh grader Rylan Hosteteler talks about why he chose to be in that category. “Leah...
Reminder: Paton Fire Department Fundraiser is Tonight
A reminder that tonight is a fundraising opportunity for one local Greene County fire department. The Paton Fire Department Annual Firemen’s Stag is tonight starting at 5:30pm at the fire station. The event includes a smoked pork chop dinner with sides and a drink for $20 per person and then everyone can enjoy casino-style games. Fire Chief Jonathan Marshall says the proceeds will go back to the fire department to continue to update their bunker gear. He points out the bunker gear is what firefighters wear when they respond to fires and that equipment has a shelf life, which they will always need to update.
New Building Owner in Jefferson Receives Grant for Storefront Facade Improvements
A downtown business owner in Jefferson recently received a grant to help with renovations to a newly purchased building. Jen Badger is the owner of ShineOn Design/More Time and she was awarded a $1,000 matching grant from Jefferson Matters and the facade grant program for the recent exterior renovations to the building next door to her business. She currently leases the space in the building she is in now, but purchased the building next door from Ken Bose in April of 2022. Since then, Badger points out the history of the building has been her most enjoyable aspect.
Jefferson Police Report February 29, 2024
12:08am: Chris Edwards requested a Welfare Check on a female in the 500 Block of North Oak Street. The officer was unable to make contact with the subject. 5:20pm: Steve Scheffler reported two vehicles going to race each other on South Elm Street. The officer did not locate the reported vehicles.
Reminder: Perry Performing Arts Features Jukebox Variety Show Tonight
A fun musical show is set to take the stage tonight at the Perry Performing Arts Center. The Performing Arts Center is hosting the Jukebox Variety Show tonight at 7pm. The theme will revolve around “Nashville Nights” with a special guest band of “Stranger Than Fiction” will play music, while also hearing performances from Perry High School choirs, solos & duets, student band, middle school student singers, and preschool, kindergarten through fifth grade kids camp.
More Details On The Fire That Destroyed A Glidden Home Thursday Afternoon
More details have been provided on the structure fire that occurred yesterday (Thursday) afternoon in Glidden. The Glidden Fire Department was dispatched at approximately 2:40 p.m. to 526 E. Fourth St., owned by Timothy Willey, and upon arriving on the scene, flames were observed coming out of the garage. The Carroll, Ralston, Lidderdale, Lanesboro and Dedham Fire Departments assisted at the scene, as well as the Glidden EMS and Carroll County Sheriff’s Office. Crews were on site for four hours, fighting extreme winds to diminish the flames and keep the fire from spreading. All occupants inside the house managed to exit the dwelling without injuries during the fire. An investigation is still ongoing, but initial reports indicate a wood burning stove in the garage to be the cause of the fire. Willey’s house is deemed a total loss, and the neighbor’s house to the east of the residence also received damage.
Indiana Woman Sentenced to Probation for Her Role in a Series of Thefts in Greene County
The second suspect in a series of thefts that happened in the Scranton area was recently sentenced in Greene County District Court. According to court documents, 23-year-old Najaee Harrell of Indiana pled guilty to a Class D Felony for second degree theft and an aggravated misdemeanor for third degree burglary. She had her seven year prison sentence suspended and was placed on probation for three years with the Iowa Department of Correctional Services.
1 dead, 1 hurt in a NW Iowa Car-ATV collision
(Knieram, Iowa) – The Iowa State Patrol has released information about a fatal car and ATV collision that occurred Thursday afternoon in northwest Iowa’s Calhoun County. Authorities say a 2020 John Deere ATV operated by 84-year-old Michael Donald Leith, of Manson, was traveling north on Zearing Avenue, and failed to yield the right-of-way to a 2007 Ford Taurus that was traveling east on Highway 20. After the car struck the ATV, both vehicles came to rest in the median, east of the intersection.
A Boone Man was Arrested for an Alleged Incident in Greene County on Saturday
A Boone man was arrested this past Saturday in Greene County for allegedly speeding and drug possession. According to court documents, an Iowa State Patrol Trooper was heading east on Highway 30 in Greene County and at 11pm on February 24th, the trooper clocked a westbound vehicle going 70 miles per hour in a 55 mph zone. The trooper pulled the vehicle over and as the trooper was talking to the driver and passenger, he noticed the odor of marijuana coming from the vehicle.
Ram A.D. anticipates strong Spring #s
Greene County Activities Director Dave Wright is looking for a lot of participation in Spring sports for grades 9-12. Track & field practices have been going on for the last 10 days and Coach Chad Morton’s boys’ team has more than 40 out, while Coach Derek Merk’s girls’ squad numbers are in the low 30’s.
Eddie Diaz Honored With DMACC Distinguished Service Award
The Des Moines Area Community College (DMACC) recently recognized Eddie Diaz, of Perry. Diaz serves as the Director of the DMACC Perry Vankirk Career Academy, and according to Perry Schools, he was presented with the DMACC Distinguished Service Award on Wednesday. Diaz tells Raccoon Valley Radio that he was surprised to be nominated, but expresses his gratitude for the community.
Perry, Iowa couple welcomes Leap Day baby
She joins around 5 million people worldwide who were born on Feb. 29, roughly .06% of the world population.
An Executed Search Warrant Leads to Arrest of Churdan Man
A Churdan man was arrested for an alleged drug incident. According to court documents a search warrant was executed at a home in the 900 block of Head Street in Churdan on February 20th. Drug-related items were recovered, along with a gun magazine with live .380 caliber rounds. When thirty-eight-year-old Justin Downs was questioned about the items being in his possession, he denied possessing them. Drug test results from the Iowa Division of Criminalistics Laboratory were positive for methamphetamine on one of the glass smoking pipes.
Scranton resident elected president of Iowa Board of Regents
Sherry Bates has been elected president of the Iowa Board of Regents, taking over from former president Mike Richards. The board elected Bates at its meeting Wednesday, with Richards nominating her for the role. She was named interim president after Richards stepped down from the role in January. Richards at that time announced his plans to resign from the board April 30 in order to spend more time with friends and family.
New schedule for Perry Schools approved
PERRY, Iowa – Nearly two months after the deadly Perry High School shooting, district leaders have agreed on a plan that brings students back to class full-time. The shooting happened on January 4th. Longtime principal Dan Marburger and sixth grader Ahmir Jolliff died from injuries received in the shooting. All high school classes were canceled […]
Iowa school district looks to state to help with teacher retention after deadly shooting
DES MOINES, Iowa — Striving to keep teachers on staff after a tragedy is one of the many challenges the Perry Community School District is working through in the wake of the deadly school shooting in January. Thursday, Iowa lawmakers began the process of helping the Perry CSD retain...
Man chokes to death in Iowa nursing home listed among the nation’s worst
A troubled Iowa nursing home that has been repeatedly cited for failing to provide residents with a safe environment has now been cited for contributing to a man’s death. Since October 2022, the Aspire of Gowrie nursing home in Webster County has been cited by the state for 116 quality-of-care violations and been the focus […] The post Man chokes to death in Iowa nursing home listed among the nation’s worst appeared first on Iowa Capital Dispatch.
Greene County is Under a Burn Ban
Greene County is under a burn ban. Greene County Emergency Management Coordinator Doug Hawn was in consultation with the local fire chiefs in the county and then the application for the burn ban was approved by the State Fire Marshal’s Office. No open burning is allowed in the county while the burn ban is in effect, unless a permit is obtained through Iowa Code 100.40(3).