|Due 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 4:00PM, Monday through Friday at the Sheriff's Office.
Your Current permit is still valid until the expiration date. You don't have to exchange cards.
Hamilton County Sheriff Douglas D. Timmons
|Last 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.
|Hamilton 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!!!
|Another 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!!
|Have 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.
|One 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.
|Today 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.
|Do 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.
|Good Luck to the Webster City Lynx football team tonight on their first round play off game against Pella....
"LET'S GO LYNX"
|Good Luck to the South Hamilton Hawks in the first round of the football play offs in Denver tonight. GO HAWKS!!!!!
|Today 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.
|Hamilton 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.
|Thank 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.
Aurora, 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.
|With 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!!!
|Help is needed to locate this female missing from Dayton. If you see her or the vehicle contact law enforcement immediately.
|Who 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!!!
Hamilton 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.
|Do 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!!
|We 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.
|Fun 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.
|Iowa 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
|This 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!!
|Thanks 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!!!!
|The 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 here.
| This 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.
|The 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
|The 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.
|Come 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|
|Congratulations 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…
|The 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.