<![CDATA[Marshall County Crime Stoppers - News]]>Fri, 18 Aug 2017 16:48:04 -0600Weebly<![CDATA[ Suspect at Large after Crashing into MHS Roundhouse]]>Sat, 05 Aug 2017 13:09:08 GMThttp://marshallcountycs.com/1/post/2017/08/-suspect-at-large-after-crashing-into-mhs-roundhouse.html
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T-R PHOTO By MIKE DONAHEY Trucks and staff from Marshalltown Community School District’s Buildings and Grounds Department are shown Friday morning on the north side of the Marshalltown High School Roundhouse. Staff were dispatched to the scene to make immediate repairs after a suspect or suspects crashed a stolen truck into the doors. Marshalltown police are requesting the public’s help in identifying perpetrators.
Police seek public’s help

The Marshalltown Police Department is on the lookout for a suspect or suspects who crashed a stolen truck into the Marshalltown High School Roundhouse north side doors early Friday morning.

Capt. Brian Batterson of the MPD said a passer-by reported a truck had crashed into the Roundhouse.

Personnel responded to the scene at approximately 4:15 a.m., discovered the truck, but reported a suspect or suspects were at-large.

“We are still investigating,” said Batterson. “We did confirm the truck was stolen. Part of our work will be viewing tapes from MHS video surveillance cameras.”

It was unclear at press time how much damage was done to the building, which has recenty undergone signigicant remodeling.

“It was an unfortunate incident and we are helping the MPD with their investigation,” said Marshalltown Community School District Communications Director Andrew Potter in an email to the Times-Republican. “We thank local law enforcement for their efforts and our buildings and grounds workers who were on scene promptly. The mess resulting from the damage to the doors has been cleaned and the area is secure, with a full replacement of the doors as soon as possible. The gym remains open for regular use by our athletes.”

Anyone with information on the incident is urged to contact the MPD, 641-754-5725 or the Marshall County Crime Stoppers. Tips can be submitted by telephone, text message or an Internet website.

The Crime Stoppers phone line is answered at all hours, seven days a week, at 641-753-1234. Calls are answered by Marshall County Communications Center operators.

Text messages can be sent to 247637 (CRIMES). Tips can be submitted online at www.marshallcountycs.com.

Courtesy of the Marshalltown Times-Republican, Mike Donahey, Staff


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<![CDATA[ A Community Coming Together]]>Wed, 02 Aug 2017 13:35:10 GMThttp://marshallcountycs.com/1/post/2017/08/-a-community-coming-together.html
The sound of chatter could be heard across the Marshalltown YMCA-YWCA parking lot Tuesday evening as local law enforcement officers and community members came together to eat food and mingle.

“We’re happy that they Y is a good partner with Crime Stoppers, we’re happy to see the support for local law enforcement,” said Marshalltown Y CEO Carol Hibbs the partnership with Marshall County Crime Stoppers in presenting the community’s first ever “National Night Out.”

The event’s purpose was to bring law enforcement officials and community members together to chat and get to know each other. Along with meeting police officers, visitors got to check out the nearby bike trail that runs near the YMCA-YWCA building.

“I think, for the first year, it was pretty good turnout,” said State Center Police Chief Jeff Bunn. “It’s a good way to get the community together with all the local law enforcement officers and get to understand what we do; it gives us a chance to communicate with them.”

Law enforcement officials from the Marshalltown Police Department and Marshall County Sheriff’s Office were also among the event’s guests.

Festivities that evening included giving away free Crime Stoppers tee shirts to the first 100 visitors to the event. Water bottles and fresh-cooked hot dogs were also available.

Several families could be seen among the gathered crowd, with small children playing and talking to officers. The only noticeable pause in conversation happened after hotdogs were served and people sat together to eat.

“I think it’s a great event,” said Marshalltown resident Chris Gustafson, who was curious about the Night Out event when she heard about it. “We came to see what it’s about.”

Her 9-year-old son Cole, who sported a silver police badge sticker on his forehead, said he was having a lot of fun.

“One of the successes of Crimestoppers has been the support from various sectors of the community,” Hibbs said. “We have business support and individuals supporting the non-profit organization, it’s really a community effort.”

Bunn said he hopes the event is the beginning of a tradition in the area. He handed out several badge stickers to eager kids and talked to them about being a police officer.

“I’m really happy with it, and hope this kind of thing keeps going and we can keep doing it for years to come,” he said.

National Night Out is a widespread community-building campaign, with events held throughout the United States and Canada, among other places.

Courtesy of the Marshalltown Times-Republican, Adam Sodders, Staff Writer.
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<![CDATA[Recovered Stolen Vehicle July 27]]>Thu, 27 Jul 2017 21:33:13 GMThttp://marshallcountycs.com/1/post/2017/07/recovered-stolen-vehicle-july-27.htmlOn 07/25/2017 at approximately 0817 hours, a witness in the area of Casey’s (111 North 3 rd Ave) observed what they believed to be a stolen vehicle (1966 Ford GT40 Replica) driving in the area. Marshalltown Police, with assistance from Marshall County Deputies, were able to stop the vehicle nearby without incident. During their investigation, Officers determined that the stopped vehicle was stolen and that the color of the vehicle had been changed since the incident was reported. Officers also located narcotics and narcotic paraphernalia in the driver’s possession at the time of their arrest. Officers arrested:   

Patrick Allen Chamberlin- Age 48
321 North 3 rd  Street
Marshalltown

  • Theft 1 st  Degree - Class “C” Felony
  • 2 Counts- Possession of a Controlled Substance 3 rd  or Subsequent Offense – Class “D” Felonies
  • Possession of Drug Paraphernalia – Simple Misdemeanor
  • 3 Miscellaneous Traffic Offenses – Simple Misdemeanors

Mr. Chamberlin is also being held on additional charges unrelated to the stolen vehicle stop
and part of an ongoing criminal investigation:

  • Ongoing Criminal Conduct-Unlawful Activity – Class “B” Felony
  • 13 Counts- Forgery – Class “D” Felonies
  • 4 Counts- Theft 4 th  Degree – Serious Misdemeanors
  • 9 Counts- Theft 5 th  Degree – Simple Misdemeanors
  • Miscellaneous Traffic Offense – Simple Misdemeanor
  • Mr. Chamberlin was taken to the Marshall County Jail.
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Patrick Allen Chamberlin
This  incident  remains  under  investigation.  If  anyone  in  the  community  has  information regarding  this  investigation,  they  are  asked  to  call  the  Marshalltown  Police  Department  at 641.754.5725 or Marshall County Crime Stoppers at 641.753.1234.

Questions  regarding  this  media  release  may  be  directed  to  Captain  Chris  Jones  by  calling 641.754.5758 or via email at cjones@marshalltown-ia.gov.

(A criminal charge is merely an accusation and the defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.)

Courtesy of the Marshalltown Police Department
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<![CDATA[Missing Vehicle]]>Wed, 26 Jul 2017 17:12:25 GMThttp://marshallcountycs.com/1/post/2017/07/missing-vehicle.htmlThe Marshalltown Police Department is looking for this vehicle.
 This is a 1966 Ford GT40 Replica. It was reported stolen on July 25. It has possibly been missing since July 21.

ADDITIONAL INFO:
One sticker on the back-Oval sticker, 3 inches in diameter that says CZ with a small flag of the Czech Republic in the center of the sticker.

The windshield has multiple stickers on it from tech inspection-Road America.

Real Spin Off Wheels.

If you have information about this stolen vehicle please contact Marshall County Crime Stoppers. Tips may be submitted by calling (641) 753-1234, via text by texting the word “marshall” followed by the tip to CRIMES (274637), or online at www.marshallcountycs.com. All tips are completely anonymous and could earn a reward of up to $1,000 if the tip results in an arrest.

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<![CDATA[Marshall County Crime Stoppers National Night Out August 1]]>Tue, 25 Jul 2017 16:26:53 GMThttp://marshallcountycs.com/1/post/2017/07/-marshall-county-crime-stoppers-national-night-out-august-1.html On Tuesday, August 1, 2017, Marshall County Crime Stoppers and the Marshalltown Y will be hosting the first annual National Night Out event from 5:30-7:00 p.m.  This event will be held in the Marshalltown Y parking lot located at 108 Washington Street in Marshalltown.  The area bike trail will also be in use for an informal community walk.  Area law enforcement will be on hand to interact with community members and answer questions regarding local efforts to combat crime.  Community partners and law enforcement will be grilling hot dogs.  There will be free t-shirts available for the first 100 attendees.

National Night Out is an annual community-building campaign that promotes police-community partnerships and neighborhood camaraderie to make our neighborhoods safer, more caring places to live. National Night Out enhances the relationship between neighbors and law enforcement while bringing back a true sense of community. Furthermore, it provides a great opportunity to bring police and neighbors together under positive circumstances.

Millions of neighbors take part in National Night Out across thousands of communities from all fifty states, U.S. territories, Canadian cities, and military bases worldwide on the first Tuesday in August (Texas celebrates on the first Tuesday in October). Neighborhoods host block parties, festivals, parades, cookouts and various other community events with safety demonstrations, seminars, youth events, visits from emergency personnel, exhibits and much, much more.

Marshall County Crime Stoppers is proud to support the first National Night Out event in Marshalltown.  Crime Stoppers is excited to work with community members, business partners and area law enforcement with the goals of enhancing community safety and promoting Marshall County communities as a safe place to live, work and raise a family.  Please join us on August 1!

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<![CDATA[Attempted Murder Suspect in Custody]]>Fri, 21 Jul 2017 13:27:20 GMThttp://marshallcountycs.com/1/post/2017/07/attempted-murder-suspect-in-custody.htmlThe man accused in a stabbing incident late last month is now in custody.

The Marshalltown Police Department reported that Vincent James Martinez, 24, turned himself in to the authorities early Thursday morning.

Police had been asking for the public’s help in locating Martinez, who they believe is responsible for a stabbing incident which left another man seriously injured.

According to the MPD, at about 10 a.m. June 29, officers responded to the UnityPoint Health-Marshalltown emergency room on a report of a stabbing victim seeking treatment. Upon arrival, officers discovered the victim was unable to provide any suspect information as they were undergoing medical treatment and surgery. A witness, who took the victim to the emergency room, provided officers with a possible crime scene location — South 5th Street and West Boone Street, and limited suspect information.

MPD Capt. Brian Batterson said according to the witness, the stabbing took place in an alley near the intersection, but officers were unable to locate a crime scene, in part, because heavy rains following the incident may have washed away any possible evidence. Over the next several days, MPD detectives conducted several more witness interviews, executed a search warrant and interviewed the victim after they were released from intensive care.

The follow-up interviews and investigation led to the identification of Martinez as the suspect and a warrant for his arrest was issued.

Batterson said the victim and Martinez were familiar with each other and an argument between the two apparently led to the stabbing. “This was not a random crime,” he added.

Martinez made his initial court appearance later Thursday morning, formally charged with attempted murder, a Class B felony. A preliminary hearing has been set for 1 p.m. July 31.

He is currently being held at the Marshall County Jail on a $100,000 cash-only bond.

Courtesy of the Marshalltown Times-Republican.


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<![CDATA[Crime Stoppers’ Goal: County-wide Security Cameras]]>Wed, 19 Jul 2017 14:41:29 GMThttp://marshallcountycs.com/1/post/2017/07/crime-stoppers-goal-county-wide-security-cameras.html$20,000 in donations being sought

In less than two years, Marshall County Crime Stoppers has helped take a number of criminals off the streets, with anonymous tips resulting in several arrests of high-profile crimes.

Now Crime Stoppers is asking for help from Marshall County businesses, individuals and organizations to do even more.

The crime-fighting organization established locally in September of 2015, has been contacting Marshall County businesses and individuals recently, asking them to help pay for the installation of security, not-traffic cameras throughout Marshall County to identify perpetrators and deter crime.

Crime Stoppers is closing in on its goal, with firm commitments of $20,000 each from the city of Marshalltown and Marshall County in hand.

Project cost

The cost of installing a basic system of cameras throughout the county is approximately $58,000, according to RACOM, Inc. of Marshalltown.

Crime Stoppers directors recommended the city and county commit $20,000 each, with Crime Stoppers putting up another $20,000.

“Safety cameras have been so successful in other Iowa cities our size, both in deterring crime and in identifying criminals, that Marshalltown and the surrounding cities need to install them,” said MCCS board member and Marshalltown Second Ward Councilor Joel Greer. “We need the community to contribute $20,000 to match the county and city grants for this project.”

Funding sources

Marshall County Sheriff Steve Hoffman believed so strongly in Crime Stoppers and the county-wide security camera project he took $20,000 from his 2016-17 department budget and applied it as the Marshall County share.

County supervisors Bill Patten, David Thompson and Steve Salasek officially supported Hoffman’s efforts at its June 28 meeting.

“Technology plays a significant role in crime-fighting,” Hoffman said.

In March, the Marshalltown City Council voted unanimously, 7-0, to pledge $20,000 contingent upon Crime Stoppers formally committing their share as well as Marshall County.

MCCS director and Times-Republican Publisher/GM Mike Schlesinger in two presentations to the city council, said the cameras would be for security only — and not traffic enforcement.

He additionally promised only law enforcement would have access to data.

Schlesinger said the Marshall County plan is modeled after Dubuque’s successful initiative.

Dubuque started with a basic system, and due to its popularity, has expanded significantly.

Dubuque’s basic system was installed by RACOM, and that company was also hired to provide equipment and installation expertise for several expansions.

Promotion

Crime Stoppers board members have been promoting the safety cameras to local governments and residents since last year.

Rural communities Haverhill, Melbourne and State Center recently endorsed the project, said MCCS board member and KDAO/AM/FM/TV owner Mark Osmundson.

Osmundson told the supervisors he and other board members hoped to visit other county towns.

About MCCS

Crime Stoppers is a national organization with local chapters offering cash rewards for information leading to an arrest and conviction.

The crime fighting initiative creates a cash incentive for tipsters to report information – and they can do it anonymously via an online form, text message or telephone call.

Tipsters can submit data pertaining to a potential suspect’s name, address, race, gender, height, weight, age, hair color, scars and marks, tattoos, clothing or animal ownership.

That information is sent to a third-party server before being rerouted to law enforcement, said Marshalltown Police Department Capt. Chris Jones.

“I have access and another police captain in our office has access and a series of other investigators that receive tips” he said.

Jones said he forwards promising tips to personnel assigned to the cases to which the tips pertain. Importantly, the cash incentives come completely from private donations.

Crime Stoppers tips can be submitted by telephone, text message or an Internet website.

The Crime Stoppers phone line is answered at all hours, seven days a week, at 641-753-1234. Calls are answered by Marshall County Communications Center operators.

Text messages can be sent to 247637 (CRIMES).

Tips can be submitted online at www.marshallcountycs.com.

The results, according to county law enforcement officials, are measured in the number of tips made and later, arrests and convictions.

“Crime Stoppers has exceeded my expectations, that is for sure,” said Marshalltown Police Chief Mike Tupper. “It has been helpful, and has made our community safer.”

MCCS officers are Osmundson, Chair;  Greer, vice chair; Schlesinger, treasurer; Tami Lichtenberg, secretary; and Larry Raymon, fund-raising. Board members are Todd Steinkamp, Ellen Bergman, Carol Hibbs, Mike Miller, Carlos Portes and Holly Reimenschneider.

Crime Stoppers is a 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization, and donations are tax deductible. Send to: 112 W. Church St., Marshalltown, 50158. For more information, visit marshallcountycs.com.

Courtesy of the Marshalltown Times-Republican, 
MIKE DONAHEY Staff Reporter mdonahey@timesrepublican.com

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<![CDATA[Police Seek Help in Locating Attempted Murder Suspect]]>Wed, 12 Jul 2017 13:18:58 GMThttp://marshallcountycs.com/1/post/2017/07/police-seek-help-in-locating-attempted-murder-suspect.htmlPRESS RELEASE: 07/12/17

On June 29, 2017 about 10:00 pm, the Marshalltown Police Department responded to UnityPoint Health emergency room on the report of a stabbing victim seeking treatment. Upon arrival, officers discovered the victim was unable to provide any suspect information as they were undergoing medical treatment and surgery. A witness, who took the victim to the emergency room, provided officers with a possible crime scene location, S 5th St. & W. Boone St, and limited suspect information.

According to the witness, the stabbing took place in an alley near the intersection, but officers were unable to locate a crime scene. Over the next several days, Detectives conducted several more witness interviews, executed a search warrant and interviewed the victim after they were released from intensive care.

The follow up interviews and investigation led to the identification of a suspect and an arrest warrant. Vincent James Martinez is wanted by police for attempted murder. Mr. Martinez is described as a 24 year old Hispanic male, 5’4” 125 pounds, brown eyes and black hair. Mr. Martinez has a tattoo on his right forearm “Martinez” and a tattoo on his left forearm “Juan Munoz”. The attached photo is approximately two years old, so Martinez’s appearance may have changed slightly.

If anyone knows the location of Mr. Martinez tips may be submitted by calling (641) 753-1234, via text by texting the word “marshall” followed by the tip to CRIMES (274637), or online at www.marshallcountycs.com. All tips are completely anonymous and could earn a reward of up to $1,000 if the tip results in an arrest.

For more information, please contact Captain Brian Batterson by calling 641.754.5729 or via email at bbatterson@ci.marshalltown.ia.us
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<![CDATA[KCCI-TV Reports on Safety Camera Project]]>Fri, 30 Jun 2017 02:28:56 GMThttp://marshallcountycs.com/1/post/2017/06/kcci-tv-reports-on-safety-camera-project.htmlKCCI-TV's  Lauren Donovan reports Marshall County Crime Stoppers Safety Camera project.

Here is the link to the video of her report.
MARSHALL COUNTY, Iowa — A hefty investment into safety cameras throughout Marshall County could pay off, county leaders and business owners told KCCI.

The roughly $58,000 program is part of the Marshall County Crime Stoppers’ efforts to install security cameras throughout the county, particularly in high-traffic areas, in order to thwart crime and apprehend criminals in the area.

Earlier this week, after the Marshall County Board of Supervisors examined how other Iowa communities use the cameras to solve crimes, it committed $20,000 to Crime Stoppers, a national organization that offers cash rewards for information leading to an arrest or conviction.

That’s in addition to the $20,000 from the Marshall County Sheriff’s Office and the $20,000 from the Marshalltown City Council.

The local Crime Stoppers board now has to raise $20,000.

Once the money has been raised, Marshalltown-based RACOM Corp. will provide a basic system of cameras throughout the county.

Marshalltown Mayor James Lowrance said his city is already safe and that the cameras will only be used as an investigative tool.

“This was really an effort just to stay up with modern technology and provide our law enforcement officers with the tools that they need to police the community and be prepared for the future,” Lowrance said.

If an incident were reported, police would be able to look back at security camera footage corresponding to the location and zoom in on the license plate to identify the would-be criminal.

It is unclear when county officials will pull the funds together, but they’re hoping the process will go swiftly because many area business owners said they are already on board with the program.

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<![CDATA[County Supervisors Commit to Safety Cameras]]>Wed, 28 Jun 2017 19:40:06 GMThttp://marshallcountycs.com/1/post/2017/06/county-supervisors-commit-to-safety-cameras.htmlMarshall County residents may soon rest easier knowing safety cameras are on the job.

With a $20,000 commitment by the Marshall County Board of Supervisors at Tuesday’s meeting, that body gave a huge boost to a Marshall County Crime Stoppers’ efforts to install security cameras throughout the county.

But it was County Sheriff Steve Hoffman who made it easier for the supervisors to participate, pledging $20,000 from his department’s 2016-17 budget.

Supervisors Bill Patten, David Thompson, and Steve Salasek all voted for the measure.

Hoffman said Crime Stoppers had enjoyed “incredible” success during its nearly two-year tenure, thanks to county residents, and believes the safety cameras will help deter crime and apprehend criminals.

Crime Stoppers is a national organization offering cash rewards for information leading to an arrest and conviction.

The crime fighting initiative creates a cash incentive for tipsters to report information – and they can do it anonymously via an online form, text message or telephone call.

Tipsters can submit data pertaining to a potential suspect’s name, address, race, gender, height, weight, age, hair color, scars and marks, tattoos, clothing or animal ownership.

That information is sent to a third-party server before being rerouted to law enforcement.

The cost of installing a basic system of cameras throughout the county is approximately $58,000, according to RACOM, Inc. of Marshalltown.

Crimes Stoppers board member and local businessman Mark Osmundson emphasized the cameras will be used for security and not traffic enforcement.

Earlier this year, the Marshalltown City Council pledged $20,000 from its budget contingent upon similar investments by the supervisors and Crime Stoppers.

Now it is up to the local Crime Stoppers board to raise their $20,000.

“We have money on hand, but it is specifically reserved for tips,” said Osmundson during his presentation to the supervisors where he requested their contribution.

“We will begin fundraising,” he said.

Crime Stoppers board members have been promoting the safety cameras to local governments this year and last.

Rural communities Haverhill, Melbourne and State Center had recently endorsed the project, said Osmundson.

The radio and television station owner said he and other board members hoped to visit other county towns in the near future.

Crime Stoppers board member and Times-Republican General Manager/Publisher and Mike Schlesinger made two presentations to the Marshalltown City Council.

Schlesinger told them the county plan is modeled after Dubuque’s successful initiative.

That city started with a basic system, and due to its popularity, has expanded significantly to include more than 1,100 cameras.

MCCS officers are Todd Steinkamp, chair; Joel Greer, vice chair; Schlesinger, treasurer; Tami Lichtenberg, secretary; and Larry Raymond, fund-raising. In addition to Osmundson, board members are Bettie Bolar, Ellen Bergman, Carol Hibbs, Mike Miller and Carlos Portes and Holly Reimanschneider.

Donations to Crime Stoppers are tax deductible, and can be sent to: 112 W. Church St., Marshalltown, 50158. For more information, visit marshallcountycs.com.

Courtesy of the Marshalltown Times-Republican, Mike Donahey, Staff Writer
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