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drug take back 2019Hamilton County' Sheriff's Office, Spring Drug Take Back this last Saturday at Hyvee in Webster City, Van Diest Medical Center Clinic in Stratford and at the EJS Police Department in Jewell collected 80 pounds of unwanted prescriptions. This event is aimed at getting unwanted prescription out of our homes, so they don't fall into the wrong hands. 
Over 100 pounds were collected since the last Take Back in the fall of 2018.
If you missed this event remember you can drop off any unwanted prescriptions, during business hours at the drop box in the lobby of the Sheriff's Office.
A special thank you goes out to Austin Lampman from HyVee pharmacy and Ben Rasmussen a Prevention Specialist from Community & Family Resources, Penny Osborn a provider from the Stratford Van Diest Medical Center Clinic and the EJS Police Department. For helping out with this event.


durgtakebackThe Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office is taking back unwanted prescription drugs April 27 at Hy-Vee in Webster City, VDMC Clinic in Stratford and EJS Police Department in Jewell

Webster City, IA – On Saturday, April 27, from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. the Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office and the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration will give the public its 17th opportunity in nine years to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs. Bring your pills for disposal to [site] at [address]. (Sites cannot accept liquids or needles or sharps, only pills or patches.) The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked.
Last fall Americans turned in nearly 460 tons (more than 900,000 pounds) of prescription drugs at more than 5,800 sites operated by the DEA and almost 4,800 of its state and local law enforcement partners. Overall, in its 16 previous Take Back events, DEA and its partners have taken in almost 11 million pounds—nearly 5,500 tons—of pills.
This initiative addresses a vital public safety and public health issue. Medicines that languish in home cabinets are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse, and abuse. Rates of prescription drug abuse in the U.S. are alarmingly high, as are the number of accidental poisonings and overdoses due to these drugs. The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s National Survey on Drug Use and Health shows year after year that the majority of misused and abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including someone else’s medication being stolen from the home medicine cabinet. In addition, Americans are now advised that their usual methods for disposing of unused medicines—flushing them down the toilet or throwing them in the trash—both pose potential safety and health hazards.

For more information about the disposal of prescription drugs or about the April 27 Take Back Day event, go to www.DEATakeBack.com 
The collection site will be as follows, Hy-Vee in Webster City in front of the store outside, VDMC Stratford in the alley behind the clinic and EJS Police Department, in the rear of Jewell City Hall.


ncsc pictureThe Hamilton County Sheriff's Office and the National Child Safety Council have partnered to supply child and drug safety materials to Hamilton County schools.
The materials given to the schools focus on, online safety, Bullying, Our Friendly Sheriff, Child Safety Manual with Safety Pup and several others. The objective of the handouts are to educate our children of safety concerns in today's world. 
This program wouldn't be possible without donations from local businesses in Hamilton County. 
Thanks you to the following businesses for their donations, S&K Trailers, Availa Bank, Ellsworth CO-OP Telephone Association, Classic Designs Cabinetry, Seamless Pros, Stanhope Cooperative Telephone Exchange, Marlin Pruismann Insurance Agent and Remington Seeds.  

2/28/19  During the last week the Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office has been extremely busy assisting motorists during the blizzard. During the blizzard Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office Communications Center received 200 plus calls requesting assistance.  The callers were stranded in the snow and requesting assistance from the Sheriff’s Office.

During this time travel was difficult to impossible, deputies were unable to reach multiple vehicles that were stranded. Many drivers and occupants had to ride out the storm in their vehicles. Some motorists spent over 12 hours in their vehicles till crews were able to reach them. Deputies tried reaching many vehicles and either became stuck themselves or drifting snow made the roads impassable.

Hamilton County Sheriff Office worked closely with Hamilton County Road Crew Supervisor Mark Scott coordinating rescues of stranded motorists. Without the cooperation between the two departments these rescues wouldn’t of happened. Road crews were able to plow a path to the stranded motorist so the Sheriff’s Office could get to the motorists. Not only did they rescue the motorist but several times they were needed to assist the Sheriff’s Office squad cars from being snowbound in a drift.

In Hamilton County we have 50 miles of four lane roadways this includes Highway 20 and Interstate 35. During the day Sunday Interstate 35 was closed both northbound and southbound. Then motorists ventured to our two lane state and county roadways to reach their destination. This caused numerous stranded motorist on the hard surfaced state and county roads. Causing road closures from vehicles being stranded in snow drifts in the roadways in turn making the road impassable for motorists and snow plows. When this happened motorist ventured out onto our gravel roads. Not only cars and trucks but semis and other vehicles of commerce. Then the gravel roads became blocked with vehicles stranded in the snow on the gravels and making those roads impassable.    

Callers were desperate and not always pleasant to our dispatchers. When the caller gave our dispatcher information on their predicament, we then prioritized their rescues.  We considered road conditions and our knowledge if the roadway was passable. Other considerations were age, health conditions and fuel levels.

Not only was travel difficult for motorists, travel was hard for the plow drivers. Many state and county plow drivers became stranded themselves and had to be rescued by other plow drivers. The plow operators are the unsung heroes of the blizzard. They made impassable roads passable and put their lives at risk to save those of others. Many thanks go out to them for the difficult job that they do.        

When the weather cleared the Sheriff’s Office along with the State Patrol were able to assist tow trucks to get the stranded vehicles off the roadway so the plows could make the roadways passable. The number of motorists rescued is estimated around 40.

During this time we only had one accident with minor injuries and one other property damage accident.

Let this all be a lesson for all. In the future if there is impending winter weather and it is predicted that travel is going to be difficult. STAY OFF THE ROADS.

Teamwork was they keyword for the Blizzard of 2019.  A huge thank you goes out Hamilton County Deputies, Dispatchers and  Jail Staff for getting shifts covered and pulling together to get the job done.  Many thanks to the Iowa State Patrol, plow drivers, tow truck operators, first responders and the citizens of Hamilton County for helping out.





FALL 2018 HY VEEWebster City, IA] – On Saturday, October 27th , from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. the Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) will give the public its 16th opportunity in 8 years to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs.  (The DEA cannot accept liquids or needles or sharps, only pills or patches.)  The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked. 

Last October, Americans turned in 366 tons (over 730,000 pounds) of prescription drugs at almost 5,200 sites operated by the DEA and more than 4,000 of its state and local law enforcement partners.  Overall, in its 14 previous Take Back events, DEA and its partners have taken in over 7.1 million pounds—more than 3,500 tons—of pills.  

This initiative addresses a vital public safety and public health issue.  Medicines that languish in home cabinets are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse, and abuse. Rates of prescription drug abuse in the U.S. are alarmingly high, as are the number of accidental poisonings and overdoses due to these drugs.  Studies show that a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including from the home medicine cabinet. In addition, Americans are now advised that their usual methods for disposing of unused medicines—flushing them down the toilet or throwing them in the trash—both pose potential safety and health hazards.

For more information about the disposal of prescription drugs or about the April 28 Take Back Day event, go to the DEA Diversion website . 

The address and location of the collection sites are as follows:

HY-VEE, 823 2nd Street, Webster City, IA.  The collection site will be outside the store by the front doors.

All of collection sites are weather permitting, we may be forced to move them inside the businesses. 





ncsc pictureThe Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office is partnering with the National Child Safety Council to raise funding for providing material rural Hamilton County schools. The Sheriff’s Office has mailed letters to business’ asking for their help to help in acquiring the materials. The National Child safety Council  (NCSC) is a  not-for-profit, federal-exempt  (501 c 3) organization. The FIN number is 38-6035290.

NCSC began the well-known Missing Children Milk Carton program in 1985.  Their "Safety pup" mascot has appeared on milk cartons with one-liners about safety and drug prevention. 

Most importantly the NCSC will provide the various materials used in teaching young children.   The program includes General Safety, Bicycle Safety, What to do in an Emergency, How to Prevent Abductions and Report Abuse, Drug Education (including smoking, peer pressure), the Friendly Police Officers, Pedestrian Safety.  The program begins at the kindergarten level and continues through 6th grade.  The NCSC also provides materials for parents and caretakers, to heighten involvement and reinforce the messages at home with the children.  

The program will be provided through the contributions of our area business, industrial, professional, military and civic organizations throughout the Hamilton County area.  In appreciation for their support, the sponsor's names are placed on the work study manuals distributed to the children. 



mason Reillly 2The Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office has arrested a man involved in two separate sexual assaults which occurred in July of this year.  Mason Reilly, 26, of Gilbert is charged with two counts of 3rd Degree Sexual Assault, which are Class C Felonies. Class “C” felonies are punishable by confinement for no more than 10 years and a fine of at least $1,000 but not more than $10,000.

 The incidents both occurred at the Little Wall Lake Campground. He is currently being held in the Hamilton County Jail on $50,000 bond.  The Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office was assisted in the investigation by the Hamilton County Conservation, Crisis Intervention Services and the Iowa DCI Crime Lab. 

The defendant is presumed innocent and is entitled to a fair trial at which the state has the burden of proving the defendant’s guilt beyond a reasonable doubt 

Don’t Become a Statistic


It is August in Iowa… State Fair excitement, schools beginning a new year, and then, right around the corner will be Labor Day – the traditional end of summer.  This is one of the busiest travel times of the year as many people try and squeeze in one more vacation destination. Others will host or attend end-of-summer social events where alcohol will be served.  However you decide to observe the end of summer remember this:  it is NEVER okay to drink and drive! If your plans include activities where alcohol will be served make sure you have a plan before you arrive on how you will be getting home. 

Last Labor Day’s three-day weekend resulted in 10 fatalities in Iowa.  That was the highest Labor Day fatality count since 1995.  Four of those 10 fatalities were alcohol related.  The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that during the 2016 holiday (the last year data is available) there were 433 crash fatalities nationwide with 36% involving drivers who were drunk.  Almost one in five children (14 and younger) killed in traffic crashes were killed in drunk-driving crashes and 54% of the time, it was the child’s own driver who was drunk. 

To combat end-of-summer alcohol related fatalities law enforcement agencies in Iowa and across the nation will be stepping up enforcement from August 17 – September 3, 2018.  They will especially be watching for impaired and unbelted drivers and there will be zero tolerance to noncompliant drivers. 

The Iowa Department of Public Safety and the Governor’s Traffic Safety Bureau remind you that drinking and driving is a choice, and it is a choice that should not be made.


National Night OutHamilton County's First Annual National Night Out was a success. A larger crowd than expected came together to take in the sights, pick up some of the free give aways and a free meal. 
Thank you to everyone that showed up and took in a great evening.
Special thanks to those that donated to make this event happen.
They include Webster City Custom Meats, Hy-Vee, Fareway, First State Bank, True Value Hardware, Stratford Grocery Store, Stratford Stride, Jodie Casey Photography, Casey's General Store, Hamilton County Cattleman's, Southfield Wellness Community and Music by Peter Amstalden and Matt Carter.
Also a big thank you to all the assisting agencies.
Which include Hamilton County Sheriff's Office, Webster City Police Department, Wright County Sheriff's Office K-9, Webster City Fire Department, Fort Dodge Fire Department, Hamilton County Emergency Management, Hamilton County Conservation, Van Diest Medical Center Emergency Services, Iowa Department of Natural Resources, Iowa Department of Motor Vehicle Enforcement, Iowa State Patrol, Iowa Department Criminal Investigation, Serving Our Servants, Building Families, Hamilton County Crimestoppers, Community and Family Resources, Mr Sadler and his old time Sheriff's squad car, and Special Olympics.
see something-say somethingWith all the current events happening in the world today we realize just how cruel the world can be. 

Too many are too trusting and not aware of how cruel minds work in our society. Predators are out there waiting to pounce on their next prey.
Kids, parents want to know who you are with and where you are going, not because they are snoopy or wanting to ruin your social life. They are doing this because they love you and they don't want anything to happen to you. 
If you see something, that doesn't seem right, whether a suspicious vehicle or person report it to your local law enforcement immediately. Don't assume someone else will or law enforcement already knows. We don't know if you don't report it. Get a detailed description of the vehicle or person and a license plate would be helpful. Use your phone and take a picture. Just don't put your safety in jeopardy!!!
Don't become the next victim, here are some tips to go by to remain safe:

1. Don’t be predictable. Take a different route to work. Leave a little earlier. Leave a little later. Go to the store on a different day. Go to a different store.

2. Be aware of your surroundings. First, notice your surroundings. When you know your surroundings, you can take better notice of the things that are out of the ordinary. Consider, whether you need to tell someone or react. Don’t presume changes in your surroundings are innocent or fine. (In other words, be just a little paranoid.) Just because you are at home, in your world, does not mean you can let your guard down.

3. Play the “what if” game. As you are taking your different route to work, ask yourself, what if that car pulls right out in front of you … where will you go? What if that truck doesn’t stop at its red light, do you have time to stop, someplace to go? What if the driver of the car in front of you slams on his brakes? Do you have time and distance to respond? You probably already do this, it is called defensive driving.

4. Be prepared. Mentally prepare yourself, believe and know that you can protect yourself and your family if you need to. In the training, we saw a video of a man who starts whacking a car that is sitting at a stop light with a large metal pipe. What would you do? Did you leave yourself enough room to maneuver away? Does it matter that the light is red? Would you go through it anyway? What if this was happening to the person in the car next to you? What would you do? By being mentally prepared, you can have the upper hand. Your aggressor will be surprised at your response, take advantage of that. But, if you are taken by surprise your ability to respond appropriately and adequately is limited. This does not mean to be provocative and ask for a confrontation. This is to be prepared and know how to respond if you are confronted.

5. Don’t make yourself vulnerable. Trust your gut. It has been said, your gut feeling is not just a guess, your gut feeling is your body reacting based upon knowledge or experience before your mind can fully process the information it is receiving. If you are out shopping and you notice someone frequently and they appear to be overly observant of or interested in, or acting out of normal (remember, point 4), trust your gut. Maybe he isn’t so innocent. Watch yourself when you would be most vulnerable … down the hall to the bathroom which is tucked way back in the corner or in the parking lot when no one else is around. If you feel vulnerable don’t be afraid to ask for assistance. I recently had a personal experience here. I was going into a store. A man standing a few stores down yelled and asked me for bus money. I told him I didn’t have any. He started yelling at me louder. I went into the store. When I was checking out, I noticed he was now standing in front of the store I had entered. I asked the clerk for someone to escort me out.

6. Be aware of who you are in the electronic world. A lot of information is out there about you. Public officials have records of where you live for tax and property ownership purposes. If you participate in any type of social media, are your settings the most secure they can be? What about your friends? Do they talk with you and then everyone can see? Be careful what you put out there and how much information you put out there about your family.


special olympicsThank you to everyone that showed up to support Special Olympics yesterday at Pizza Ranch in Fort Dodge. Law Enforcement Officer from Hamilton and Webster County bused tables to help raise funds for Special Olympics. A great time was had by both Officers and the Olympians.
cops and bobbersThe 1st Annual Cops N" Bobbers was a huge success. The idea behind this event is to start kids fishing and to keep them away from drugs and crime. We had 62 kids register for the event. Prizes were given out for the largest, smallest and most fish caught during the event.
Thank you to Deputy Ryan Rupiper who spearheaded this 
event and everyone that helped out. 
The biggest thank you goes out to all that donated to this great cause, without the donations it couldn't of been done. 
drug take backThe Spring 2018 Drug Take Back for Hamilton County was successful again this year.
The Hamilton County Sheriff's Office collected 80 pounds of unwanted prescriptions at the three collection locations.
Thank you to Webster City Hy-Vee, Van Diest Medical Center Clinic in Stratford, Ellsworth Jewell Stanhope Police Department and Webster City Police Department.
If you forgot about the event remember we have a drop box at the Sheriff's Office that you can drop off unwanted prescriptions during normal business hours. 
High five FridayAnother successful couple of "HIGH FIVE FRIDAY'S". One at Northeast Hamilton CSD and the other at Stratford Elementary School- We use 21st Century Skills!.

Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office received a 911 call about a reckless driver that was northbound on I-35 on 04/01/18 at 12:17 P.M..

Hamilton County Deputy’s located the vehicle and conducted a traffic stop on I-35 at the 135 mile marker northbound. The Deputy spoke to the driver briefly and determined the driver was possibly intoxicated, the driver then fled the traffic stop.

The pursuit went northbound on I-35 to the 153 mile marker where the driver lost control and enter the ditch and his vehicle was blocked in by law enforcement.

The driver Dwayne Richard Frosch-Machuta, 49 of Newton was taken into custody without further incident.

Frosch-Machuta was charged with Operating while Intoxicated 2nd Offense, Driving while Suspended, Eluding Law Enforcement, Driving While Revoked, Possession of a Controlled Substance, and Failure to Affix a Drug Tax Stamp.

Assisting the Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office was the Iowa State Patrol, Franklin County Sheriff’s Office and Van Diest Medical Center Ambulance.



train 2On March 29th at 9:30 A.M. Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office assisted the Iowa State Patrol investigate a train semi accident on McMurray Ave a quarter mile north of 220th Street.

A 2001 International truck tractor operated by Robert Mitchell of Webster City was southbound on McMurray Ave. and he collided with a Canadian National Railway train that was westbound.

Mitchell was transported to Van Diest Medical Center with minor injuries. The truck tractor and trailer were totaled. The train had only minor damage.

Mitchell was cited for failure to yield at a railroad crossing. A criminal charge is merely a accusation and the defendant is presumed innocent unless and proven in a court of law.

Also assisting at the scene was the Webster City Fire Department, Blairsburg Fire Department and the Canadian National Railroad Police Department. 


crime stoppers mar 18Need some extra money? It is very simply turn in a bad guy and collect the reward! 
If you know the whereabouts of any of the most wanted submit a tip and if they are arrested from the information you submitted you get the money. 
It's the right thing to do!
visitorsThe Sheriff's Office had some visitors yesterday. The students were kindergarteners from Pleasant View Elementary in Webster City. The kids were eager to learn about every division in the Sheriff's Office. Some of their favorites were the squad car with the lights going and touring the jail.

As people try to screen unwanted phone calls, unscrupulous telemarketers and scam artists have looked for new ways to lure people to answer calls.

One increasingly common technique scam artists use is to falsify or “spoof” their caller ID information with local phone numbers or information to make it look like the calls are from a nearby person or business. While the caller’s information may appear local, the calls are often placed by scam artists who are located outside the state or country.

Spoofing technology allows scam artists to trick caller ID into displaying false information. Scam artists realize many people no longer answer calls from phone numbers with unfamiliar area codes or that display no caller ID information, or “unknown,” on their caller ID. By spoofing local phone numbers or information into caller ID devices, scam artists hope their calls will appear familiar enough to entice the recipient to answer

If your phone rings and you look at the call ID and you don't recognize the number don't answer the phone. If it is important enough the caller will leave a message and you can return a call.

Cases of spoofing are impossible to see where the call originated. The best advice is to not answer the phone if you don't recognize the number. If you happen to answer the phone hang up on them and don't give them any of your person information.











luane-paper2/13/18 - Today marks a milestone for Luanne Paper, Luanne has been employed by the Sheriff's Office for 40 years. 
Paper has worked for four Sheriff's and has worked with countless other Sheriff's Office employees and has seen many changes over the years.
Paper's duties at the Office are numerous she is the Dispatch Supervisor, Office Manager and the Civil Process Server.
Her dedication to the Hamilton County Sheriff"s Office is inspiring and her knowledge is vast. 
Thank you for your years of dedication.
carry permitDue to a recent change to the Permit to Carry and Permit to Acquire, the state issued Cards are now available. If you had your Permit to Acquire or Permit to Carry issued in Hamilton County between July 1, 2017 and December 21,2017, you can bring your permit to the Sheriff's Office and exchange it for the State issued card. You may exchange your cards from 8:00AM to 4:00PMMonday through Friday at the Sheriff's Office.

Your Current permit is still valid until the expiration date. You don't have to exchange cards.
If you have any questions please call the Sheriff's Office during regular business hours.

Hamilton County Sheriff Douglas D. Timmons


Car in ditchLast night some areas of the county received freezing drizzle that made the roadways ice covered and travel was tricky. We received several calls of vehicles in the ditch. This is a reminder to use you winter driving skills.
If you happen to go into the ditch, call the Sheriff's Office and let us know, where and what your plans are to do with your vehicle. If your plan is to leave it till later, make sure you turn off all the lights and flashers. If not our dispatch will continue to receive calls about your vehicle.
If you see a vehicle in the ditch and it has yellow Sheriff's tape on it, that means it has been checked on by a deputy and there is no need to call in and report it.
crime stoppersHamilton County Crimestoppers Most Wanted list just came out this week and three have already been arrested from the list. 
Do the right thing and turn them in and collect the reward!!! 
scamAnother day another scam!!! A concerned citizen just called and reported to our office another scam.
The citizen received a friend request from an acquaintance on social media and they accepted the request. After some chit chat on messenger. The friend said she had been lucky and just received a check for $120.000 and had cashed it. The friend gave her a phone number to call so she could collect her money.
The number was called and she left a voice message and they did return her call . They told her they were from the Social Security Administration for retirement, disability and unemployment compensation (SSARC). Then they sent her a text message with information on how to collect her money.
The scammer's voice was of foreign accent and his grammar was terrible. 
This threw several red flags that this was a scam and it didn't proceed any further. After further investigation the friend that sent the message her accounted had been hacked and she wasn't aware that this message had even been sent out.
This is a reminder if it sounds too good to be true it is a SCAM!!

911Have you ever wondered, who answers the phone when I call 911? Who is responsible for dispatching Fire Departments, Ambulances or Law Enforcement in Hamilton County?
That question is easy for the Sheriff's Office to answer the dispatcher's pictured below.
Being a dispatcher in Hamilton County isn't a easy job and it is full of different responsibilities. You have to be a multi-tasker by answering 911 calls dispatching emergency responders and law enforcement and still answering general calls and running the radio.
Hamilton County Sheriff's Office is blessed to have some of the best dispatchers around and we aren't afraid to brag about it either.
Every so often we have a day or night that is extremely busy and they take the bull by the horns and get the job done with style.
Last Saturday afternoon was one of those days that challenged staff. Dispatch received a 911 call for medical services that required several departments to be paged and required a medical helicopter to be dispatched. Then while this was going on a Hamilton County Deputy was involved in high speed chase with a stolen vehicle. Then to add onto that they were receiving several more 911 calls in reference to several other situations that needed law enforcement's attention in the county. Then on top of that the regular phone lines were ringing with other citizens in need of help. 
Saturday we happened to have two dispatchers working and they got the job done and they did a wonderful job.
These two deserve some recognition as much as the others dispatchers.
Thanks You to Shilea Angstrom-West and Caleb Stensland for everything you did that day and excelling in your job!

On 12/02/17 a Hamilton County Deputy attempted to stop a vehicle, a Ford F150 on Interstate 35 that had been reported stolen out of Franklin County. A pursuit ensued and after the driver left the roadway and proceeded westbound, through several farm fields, damaging several fences along the way. The pursuit was then picked up again on 280th Street, west of Tollman Ave. and ended when the driver being pursued lost control near Poplar Grove Ave. on County Road D-41, entered the south ditch and rolled. The driver, identified as Daniel Ray Coonfield,32, of Des Moines, was apprehended and taken to the Hamilton County Jail after being treated for minor injuries as a result from the collision.

Coonfield faces numerous charges related to the pursuit and the theft of the Ford truck as well as charges in other counties related to other stolen vehicle and burglaries. The Sheriff’s Office was assisted by the Iowa State Patrol and Kamrar Fire and Rescue.


Crime StoppersOne more was arrested from Hamilton County Crime Stoppers Most Wanted poster. Keep up the good work, keep the tips rolling in and doing your part to make Hamilton County a safe place to live!!! 
The Hamilton County Sheriff's Office has seen an increase in thefts in the past several weeks.

Reminders to help you not become a victim.

  • Remove the keys from your vehicles and lock them up. 
  • When you leave your house make sure it also is locked up and have your outside security light in working order. Tell your neighbors you are leaving and they can keep a extra eye on your house. The Sheriff's Office does vacation/farm watches. Get on our website and download the form and get it back to the office and we will put you on our watch list. 
  • When you are gone on vacation don't post it on social media, this makes you easy prey for criminals.
  • With the holiday season coming up shortly we are ordering gifts off the internet to have delivered to our houses. Make alternative plans and have those packages delivered to your work or a family members houses that are around when the packages are to be delivered. Criminals see the packages on your doorstep and you become a easy target. 
Think Smart don't become a victim.
freedom rockToday was the Dedication for the Hamilton County Freedom Rock in Stratford. The Freedom Rock Committee did a marvelous job designing and seeing the project through.
Bubba Sorenson designed the artwork, which tells a story of Hamilton County Veterans through the years.
Thank you to all of our Veterans, those currently serving and to their families for their dedication.
God Bless America.
auto theftDo you remove the keys from your vehicle when you leave it unattended? If not you take the chance of having it stolen. 
We have experienced a increased number of stolen vehicles in the last couple of months. Remove your keys and secure your vehicle so you don't become a victim.
Webster City LynxGood Luck to the Webster City Lynx football team tonight on their first round play off game against Pella....
South Hamilton HawksGood Luck to the South Hamilton Hawks in the first round of the football play offs in Denver tonight. GO HAWKS!!!!!
DrillToday the Hamilton County Sheriff's Office participated in drill with Mortenson Construction at a turbine site by Blairsburg. The drill consisted of worker getting electrocuted inside of a turbine. After the electricity was shut off to the turbine, rescuers treated the injured. Rescuers simulated CPR on the patient and also simulated the use of a AED once the scene was secured. 
This was a great learning experience for all of those attending the training.
The agencies participating were the Hamilton County Sheriff's Office, Williams Fire and Rescue, Hamilton County Emergency Management and Life Flight out of Fort Dodge.
Drug take backHamilton County Sheriff's Office is hosting this years second Drug Take Back Event on October 28th from 10 A.M- 12 P.M. in three locations in Hamilton County.
Bring any of your unwanted Prescriptions and we will take them and have them properly disposed of. 

If you cannot make this event we have a permanent Take Back Box in the Lobby of the Sheriff's Office. 

If you have any questions contact Sheriff Douglas D. Timmons at 515-832-9500.
Stratford schoolThank you to Stratford Elementary for letting me speak to the students about the importance of staying drug free. This week is red ribbon week and this year's theme is "Your future is key so stay drug free".
Students were told what they can reach their dreams if they stay drug free. 

NSI - Timmons1Aurora, Colorado—Sheriff Douglas D. Timmons of the Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office completed participation in the 113th session of the National Sheriffs’ Institute (NSI) held in Aurora, Colorado, September 18-22, 2017.  The NSI is the only national executive development program designed for sheriffs.  This no-cost program is co-sponsored by the National Institute of Corrections (NIC) and the National Sheriffs’ Association (NSA).             

Sheriff Timmons joined 29 other sheriffs from across the country for training on contemporary challenges facing America’s sheriffs today.  In light of those challenges, the sheriffs explored the role of the local sheriff in providing effective leadership for the public good in such areas as public safety, criminal justice system policy, community relations, and organization effectiveness and efficiency.

Hilary Burgess, NSA Director of Professional Development, said, “SheriffTimmons is a leader with vision for the Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office.  It is an honor to have Sheriff Timmons join the more than 2,800 graduates of the NSI since 1973.” 

The NIC is a division of the U.S. Department of Justice, Bureau of Prisons.  It is the primary federal source of technical assistance, training, and information services for state and local corrections.  NIC provides a wide variety of services to the nation’s jails, most of which are the responsibility of sheriffs.

The NSA is a non-profit professional association located in Alexandria, Virginia.  NSA represents the nearly 3,100 elected sheriffs across the nation and has more than 20,000 members, including law enforcement professionals, state and federal government employees, concerned citizens, students, and others.  Since 1940, NSA has served as an information clearinghouse for law enforcement professionals.  NSA also provides management training for sheriffs and their personnel in court security, crime victim services, domestic violence, homeland security initiatives, jail operations, and traffic safety.  Additionally, NSA administers the highly successful National Neighborhood Watch and Triad programs.



On September 7th at 1448hrs Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office received a 911 call from Little Wall Lake. The caller stated there was a body in the lake and they believe the subject is deceased.

  When Emergency personnel arrived on scene they confirmed the subject was deceased. The body was taken to the State Medical Examiner’s Office in Ankeny for an autopsy. No foul play is suspected and the incident remains under investigation.

  Assisting the Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office was the Ellsworth Jewell Stanhope Police Department, The Iowa State Patrol, The Iowa Department of Criminal Investigation, Hamilton County Medical Examiner, Iowa Department of Natural Resource and Jewell Fire and Rescue.



On August 25, 2017 between the hours of 5pm and 8:30pm the Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office along with the Iowa State Patrol worked together on a multi-agency enforcement project.  These type of projects are sponsored by the Governors Traffic Safety Bureau.  On this date the project was conducted on Hwy 20 at the Williams exit, East of Interstate 35.  During the project Officers performed 36 different traffic stops.  These traffic stops resulted in numerous traffic citations and warnings.  

  Speed citations: 29

  Speed Warning: 7

  Other citations: 6

  Other warning: 2

  Open container citations: 4

One motor vehicle accident was also investigated during the project, a single vehicle roll over on Hwy 20 east bound, also at the Williams exit.


A second multi-agency project is scheduled to occur in September 2017 again with the assistance of the Iowa State Patrol, as with the first project this one will also be performed in the evening hours.
school_bus-passingWith school starting this week pay extra attention to all the extra activities that brings to the county. Children will be out in the communities going to their first day of school. They are our future take your time and pay attention to the areas around our schools.  School buses will be out and about on all of our roadways. Do you know the fines if your fail to stop for a school bus stop sign? First offense is over $500. Second offense is $1,000. The safety of our children is our number one concern. Slow down and concentrate on your driving!!!
missingHelp is needed to locate this female missing from Dayton. If you see her or the vehicle contact law enforcement immediately.
crime_stoppersWho has been arrested on the most recent Hamilton County Crime StoppersMost Wanted Poster. Remember do the right thing and turn them in and collect the reward!!! 

dropboxHamilton County Sheriff Doug Timmons announced Thursday the placement of a permanent Medication Dropbox located in the lobby of the Sheriff’s Office, 2300 Superior Street, Webster City.  Sheriff Timmons said the drop box is made possible through a small grant from the Governor’s Office of Drug Control Policy to address the increasing problem of prescription drug abuse.  The drop box will be accessible to the public during normal business hours. 

Steve Lukan, Director of the Governor’s Office of Drug Control Policy said “his office is pleased to partner with the Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office in providing citizens a secure and environmentally responsible option to dispose of unused prescription drugs, thus preventing their potential diversion and abuse.  Lukan added “Most prescription drugs that are abused come from friends or family, so cleaning out medicine cabinets can save lives.” 

Prescription drug abuse is Iowa’s fastest-growing form of substance abuse, and addiction to powerful pain relievers is also fueling more heroin use. Prescription pain pills and heroin are both opioid drugs. The combination is contributing to an increase in opioid-related overdose deaths in Iowa and the U.S. 

According to Sheriff Timmons, “many people become addicted to prescription drugs because they started using a family member’s leftover prescriptions. Once addicted some of these individuals may then eventually move to heroin to fulfill that addiction.” 

Additional information on prescription drug abuse/opioid abuse and properly disposing of unused medication can be found at:




Citizens wishing to utilize the medication drop box are asked to place all medications in sealed non-breakable containers and are requested to not include any “sharps” (syringes or lancets) or any other item that could cause injury to the Sheriff’s Office staff servicing the drop box.


move overDo you know the law when it comes to moving over for emergency vehicles and maintenance vehicles with flashing lights? 
You better, not just for getting a citation, but for saving lives of our law enforcement, Fire, EMS, Tow Trucks, State and County Maintenance workers!!
criminal-activityWe are seeking the public's assistance with identifying this subject of interest in criminal activity in the Jewell area. Not only do we want to identify him we would like to speak to him about this activity.

If you have any information and you want to remain anonymous, you can by using Hamilton County Crime Stoppers

Please share this post so we can identify this subject.
williams-paradeFun was had by all today at the 4th of July celebration in Williams.

It is great to see how the town of Williams pulls together and welcomes hundreds of visitors for their 66th annual 4th of July celebration 2017.

Hamilton County Crime Stoppers sponsored a nickel scramble for the young ones and they were successful in putting smiles on a lot of faces.
fireworksIowa has a new fireworks law.  You can learn more about it here, or click on this link to read the actual bill.
 Avoid online booking scams.  Learn more here.
Randall Burglary News Release

Stratford House Fire News Release

police-weekpolice-week2This week we honor the men and women of law enforcement, who have paid the ultimate price. Law Enforcement are the thin blue line who sacrifice to protect and serve our citizens everyday.

Last year 118 officer's died in the line of duty. This is unacceptable, we need the support of our citizens to put an end to this madness.

My greatest concern is for the safety of my staff, no matter what division you work.
Our goal at the beginning of every shift is to protect our citizens and fellow officers. 
Then to go home to our families after our shift.

Stay safe and we got your six!!

stanhope-stratford-fire-deptThanks to the Stanhope and Stratford Fire Departments for your quick action this morning. The two departments pulled together and worked as one to get the job done. Thank you for your service and dedication!!!!
thin-silver-line1thin-silver-line2The Hamilton County Sheriff's Office supports the thinsilverline. Thanks again to our Corrections Staff for the work they do day to day.
Seat belt myth busting.  Read more

 National-Correctional-Officers-WeekThis week is National Correctional Officers Week. Thank you to the Hamilton County Sheriff's Office Correctional Staff. They are the most unrecognized staff, they are behind locked doors and if you see them its not under good circumstances.

This week is to recognize our staff and let them know we appreciate the great job they do day to day. The job is challenging and has its risks, but our staff is up for the challenge.

If you know one of our Correctional Officers let them know we appreciate the great job they do and the sacrifies they make day to day.
Drug-takebackThe Drug Take Back Program this year was a success. The Hamilton County Sheriff's Office along with Hy-Vee of Webster City, Jewell Family Pharmacy and VDMC Clinic in Stratford took back over 100 pounds of unwanted prescriptions. Thank you to everybody who helped and participated. Sheriff Doug Timmons
Fallen-officerThe Hamilton County Sheriff's Office sends our condolences to the family of the fallen brother at The Pottawattamie County Sheriff's Office
Another brother taken from us, without just do.
Keep the family and his fellow officers in your prayers.
There was another deputy injured pray for his quick recovery.
Paul-WhitmoreCome out and support this great family. Show them we are behind them in this battle and that we appreciate his dedication when he was a Deputy for Hamilton County.  July 8th
Sat 8:30 AM · Briggs Woods Golf Course · Webster City
Caleb-StenslandCongratulations to Caleb Stensland for receiving APCO Telecommunicator of the Year.
Thank you Caleb for being dedicated, hard working, professional and always a team player.
I would also like to thank the rest of the dispatcher team. We have a great group of dispatchers that have a very difficult job.
Being Hamilton County Sheriff is more than just a job to Doug Timmons, of Stratford. It is also a family tradition of serving in law enforcement that began with his father, retired Webster City Police Officer Gene…
aedThe Hamilton County Sheriff's Office received four automated external defibrillators (AED) from Hamilton County Public Health Director Shelby Kroona this morning. 
This will bring the total to six AED' s being carried by Hamilton County Sheriff's deputies in their squad cars.
A big thank you to Hamilton County Public Health.