March 8, 2014
To: Mayor & Councilmembers, City of Oelwein residents
From: Jamie Letzring, City Administrator
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
INFORMATION REGARDING FROZEN WATER LINES & ROAD CONDITIONS
Current Status: At this point we are experiencing only a handful of frozen water service lines, many of which are a result of frozen water mains. This is a much more significant problem and not as easily resolved.
Water is available by contacting the Police Department, 20 2nd Ave SW from 10:00 – 11:00 am or 6:00 – 7:00 pm. Bring your own container. An officer will assist you. Showers are available at the Williams Wellness Center, 318 8th Ave SE. Hours vary, check City website. Bring your own towel and toiletries. Must register at City Hall first, 319-283-5440 before either service is available.
Running Water: Those residents and businesses that are running water may continue to do so until further notice. Much of the timing depends on water temperature, which is contingent upon ground temperatures increasing. Warmer outdoor temperatures do not necessarily translate into warmer ground temperatures and many people will still see water temperatures below 40 degrees. If you are running water and have not already contacted City Hall, please do so. 319-283-5440.
Water Bills: Our crews have been inundated with work related to frozen water services and water main breaks. Lack of available time for reading meters lead to many of the bills being an average of the months of Dec-Jan-Feb. Water customers will likely see an average bill for the next two billing cycles, there will not be any impact associated with running water to prevent freezing until we have adequate time and information to address this issue properly.
Road Conditions: Due to digging as a result of several dozen water main breaks and frozen water services, as well as near-record frost levels, it is important for residents to understand that road conditions this spring will be very poor. We will begin to address these issues as soon as we are able, which may not be until the frost is completely out of the ground.
Des Moines, IOWA --The Governor’s Traffic Safety Bureau is reminding the motoring public that speed is your enemy not only during the cold weather months but throughout the year. Far too often the driver who is hurrying to get to work, going to the grocery store or traveling to an out of town destination can’t react fast enough to a situation and a crash occurs. It can be one of the most deadly mistakes a driver can make.
As part of the 2014 sTEP program, the Governor’s Traffic Safety Bureau is teaming up with city, county and state law enforcement officers who will be out in force beginning March 14 – 17th looking to crackdown on those motorists who aren’t buckled up, speeding or operating while intoxicated. Remember to Buckle Up and Arrive Alive! and Friends Don’t Let Friends Drive Drunk!
The traffic enforcement event held last year during the four days of the St. Patrick’s Day holiday had 205 agencies reporting 352 OWIs, 5,154 speed and 2,393 seat belt violations with almost 17,000 combined total traffic violations.
The Governor’s Traffic Safety Bureau continues to stress to the motoring public the importance of buckling up, slowing down and to drive sober to increase the odds of preventing or, at least, surviving a crash. Be safe and enjoy your St. Patrick’s Day. The next sTEP enforcement event will be May 19th – June 1st.
Randy Hunefeld, sTEP Coordinator
Iowa Governor’s Traffic Safety Bureau
215 East 7th Street
Des Moines, IA 50319-0248
(515) 725-6124 or (515) 447-8041
On March 10,2014 at 3:30 a.m., Oelwein Officers were advised of a disturbance in the area of the 200 block of 2nd Avenue NW in Oelwein. Upon arrival officers encountered the suspect leaving the area. Nathan Gabriel Kirby was arrested and charged with Interference With Official Acts, Violation of a Domestic Abuse No Contact Order, and Criminal Mischief 5th Degree, all Simple Misdemeanors.
On March 8, 2014 at 2:37 a.m., Oelwein Officers performed a traffic stop in 900 block of 1st Ave SW in Oelwein. Officers arrested Jake Dakota Garlow, age 18 and Nathan Scott Brown, age 19, both of Fairbank. Garlow was cited for Possession of Alcohol under Legal Age and Zero Tolerance .02 both Simple Misdemeanors. Brown was cited for Open Container as a Passenger a Simple Misdemeanor and a written warning for Failure to Wear a Seatbelt.
On March 7, 2014 at 11:22 p.m., Oelwein Officers performed a traffic stop in 300 block of 2nd St NW in Oelwein. Officers arrested Michael John Hempstead, age 53, of Oelwein for Driving While License Revoked a Serious Misdemeanor. During the stop officers identified and arrested Barbara Ann Griffiths, age 33, of Oelwein who had a valid arrest warrant from Ottumwa Police Department for the original charge of Identity Theft.
On March 7, 2014 at 12:30 pm Oelwein Police Department responded to a two vehicle collision in the 10 block of South Frederick Ave in Oelwein. When officers arrived on the scene it was determined that Eugenia Marie Wright from Oelwein was operating a 2003 Chevrolet Malibu which collided with Michelle Marie Walter from Arlington who was operating a 2008 Chevrolet Trailblazer. Wright was cited with No Valid Driver’s License and Walters was cited with No Valid Driver’s License and Unsafe Start – Entry into Traffic.
On March 7, 2014 at 2:37 a.m., Oelwein Officers performed a traffic stop in 100 block of East Charles St in Oelwein. Officers arrested Stephanie Patricia Arteaga, age 23 of Sioux City for Driving While License Suspended and No Insurance both Simple Misdemeanors.
Oelwein Police are investigating a theft complaint in the 800 block of North Frederick Ave. Oelwein Police received a theft complaint at 6:55 p.m. on March 6, 2014. This incident remains under investigation.
On March 6, 2014 at 12:40 p.m., Oelwein Officers performed a traffic stop in 200 block of 7th St SE in Oelwein. Officers arrested Shawn Paul Hansen, age 28, of Dunkerton for Interference with official acts an Aggravated Misdemeanor, Escape from Custody a Serious Misdemeanor, and Violation of Domestic Abuse No Contact Order a Simple Misdemeanor.
On March 6, 2014 at 9:51 a.m., Oelwein Officers arrested Matthew Richard Flower, 39, of Oelwein. Flower was arrested on a Fayette County Warrant for an original charge of Failure to Appear in the 10 block 2nd Ave SW.
On March 4, 2014 at 1:00 a.m., Oelwein Officers performed a traffic stop on two snowmobiles travelling in the 600 block of 8th St SW in Oelwein. Officers subsequently arrested Bradley Richard James Cue, age 34, of Hazleton for Driving While License Barred, an Aggravated Misdemeanor and Adam Dean Nichols, age 23, also of Hazleton, for Driving While License Suspended, a Simple Misdemeanor.
On March 1, 2014 at 2:30 pm Oelwein Police Department responded to a two vehicle collision in the 10 block of 1st Ave NE in Oelwein. When officers arrived on the scene it was determined that Joshua Dean Eckhoff from Oelwein was operating a 2002 Chevrolet Pickup which collided with Melissa Lynn Steil from Oelwein who was operating a 2002 Pontiac Grand Prix.
On February 26, 2014 at 12:44 p.m., Oelwein Officers performed a traffic stop in 700 block of 1st Ave NE in Oelwein. Officers arrested Graig Thomas Bemiss, age 34 of Oelwein for Driving While License Barred an Aggravated Misdemeanor and Failure to File Proof of Financial Responsibility a Serious Misdemeanor.
On February 26, 2014 at 9:43 am Oelwein Police Department responded to a two vehicle collision at the corner of 1st Ave NW and West Charles St in Oelwein. When officers arrived on the scene it was determined that Mary Frances Meera Mahoney from Oelwein was operating a 2004 Ford F150 Pickup which collided with Bonnie Lynn Nus from Arlington who was operating a 2008 Pontiac Torrent. Mahoney was cited with Improper Unsafe Backing.
(Pictured above: Chief Jeremy Logan presented the Citizen Service medal and certificate to First Baptist Church Pastor Tim Schoepf)
Oelwein Police Chief Jeremy Logan presented the First Baptist Church with the Citizen Service Medal for 2013, on Sunday, February 23rd. The Citizen Service Medal is presented to any citizen, not employed by the Oelwein Police Department, who significantly assists the Oelwein Police Department and its members with accomplishing the department’s mission.
The First Baptist Church has significantly assisted the Oelwein Police Department by hosting the annual Cookin’ Up Cash 4 Cops police fundraiser. Not only has the fundraiser helped raise money for the department to purchase equipment and life-saving tools, but they have created a wonderful event that helps the Oelwein Police staff interact with the community in a positive atmosphere. “The members of the First Baptist Church continuously provide financial and moral support to the employees of our department. Their faith and trust in us empowers us to work towards our mission” stated Chief Jeremy Logan. “These great people not only assist us with the annual fundraiser, but they year round provide us with kinds words and encouragement.”
On February 22, 2014 at 5:25 a.m., Oelwein Officers were called to the 400 blk of East Charles for a domestic disturbance. Officers arrested Duane Allen Fowlkes, age 21 on charges of Domestic Abuse Assault, a Serious Misdemeanor and Criminal Mischief 5th Degree, Interference with Official Acts, and Obstruction of Emergency Communications, all Simple Misdemeanors.
On February 23, 2014 at 8:00 p.m., Oelwein Officers made contact with a vehicle at City Park, stuck in the snow. Officers assisted the driver in contacting a tow truck and the driver was cited and released on charges of Driving While License Suspended, Careless Driving, and Failure to Carry Proof of Insurance.
At 10:05AM on February 19th, 2014, Oelwein police arrested Henry Ray Maxwell, 39 yrs old, of Oelwein. Maxwell was arrested in the 10 block of 2nd Ave SW on a Fayette County warrant for an original charge of theft in the 5th degree.
On February 20th, 2014, at 9:17AM, Oelwein police arrested Joseph Robert Hedgman, 20 yrs old, of Oelwein. Hedgman was arrested in the 200 block of 2nd St SE on a Fayette County warrant for an original charge of driving with suspended license.
On February 20th, 2014, at 10:46AM, Oelwein police arrested Bruce Lee Miller, 20 yrs old, of Oelwein. Miller was arrested in the 200 block of East Charles Street on a Fayette County warrant for an original charge of burglary in the 3rd degree and criminal mischief in the 4th degree.
The Oelwein Police Department was established in 1903
Currently the Oelwein Police Department employs:
7 Reserve (Volunteer) Police Officers
The Oelwein Police Department is located at 501 Rock Island Road, Oelwein, Iowa 50662.
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