Burglary, theft victims asked to call police; Van Buren County OKs master matrix
Burglary, thef victims asked to call police
Fairfield Police Department conducted a search warrant Wednesday at 907 E. Broadway Ave., the address listed for Shawn Lynn Howard, 37, who was arrested Sunday on an outstanding warrant and in regard to recent burglaries in Fairfield.
The search warrant resulted in finding several more items from recent vehicle and house burglaries.
Police ask all residents with recent burglaries and thefts to make a detailed list of items missing before contacting the police.
At this time, items seized will be held as evidence until a later date.
Van Buren County supervisors OK master matrix
KEOSAUQUA — The Van Buren County Board of Supervisors unanimously approved renewing the county’s master matrix resolution Dec. 9.
The master matrix is a construction evaluation for livestock confinements. Confinements in counties with the resolution must meet higher standards than other permitted sites. They must earn points on the master matrix by choosing a site and using practices reducing impacts on the environment and the community.
Counties participating in the master matrix process can send staff to accompany Iowa Department of Natural Resources representatives on site visits to proposed locations, and the board of supervisors can appeal the DNR’s preliminary approval of a permit to the Environmental Protection Commission.
“The reason we support continuing the master matrix is that it does provide people living in areas a little more protection from large confinements coming into their neighborhoods. It allows supervisors to have input on the siting process,” said Lora Conrad of Keosauqua. “It also makes sure the law is being met.”
According to Conrad, 88 Iowa counties support the master matrix process.
Seven county residents, including Conrad, attended the meeting in support of the master matrix.
— Rusty Ebert, Ledger correspondent
Car stolen in 1999 found in pond
ORANGE CITY (AP) — A car stolen in 1999 has turned up in a northwest Iowa pond.
Sioux City television station KCAU says workers excavating a pond near Orange City found the car Dec. 5. A member of the Sioux County dive team got into the icy water to hook a cable to the vehicle so it could be pulled out.
Jim Pottebaum, of the Orange City Police Department, says investigators aren’t sure how the car got into the pond, but have learned that it was reported stolen at Dordt College in Sioux Center 14 years ago.
Saving Mitchell County cupola may be too costly
OSAGE (AP) — Mitchell County officials say it may be too expensive to save a cupola atop a courthouse that will soon be destroyed.
The Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier reported county supervisors informally agreed to save the cupola when they approved plans to destroy the rest of the 155-year-old courthouse. But since getting estimates that saving the cupola would cost $20,000 and that the structure might collapse before reaching the ground, they have indicated preservation might not be possible.
Officials might still work to save the cupola if others would share in the expense.