Tyler Hobbs of St. Francisville, MO has been found guilty of 1st Degree Murder in the death of Shawn Wright of Kahoka, MO.
Wright was killed near a farmhouse in rural Lee County on November 6, 2010. He was hit in the head with a mallet multiple times.
His body was found on November 9, 2010 after being dumped near a levee in Gregory Landing, MO.
The jury of seven women and five men delivered the unanimous verdict to Judge Mary Ann Brown in Iowa District Court at about 2:15 P.M. this afternoon.
The panel deliberated for just over two hours.
Lee County has been called the “Poster Child” for unemployment in Iowa.
Help could be on the way with the possible development of a fertilizer plant, but that would be just the start of what is needed to reverse years of job losses.
A recently-released study highlights the county’s strengths and weaknesses, but taking advantage of that information requires community support and interest.
Phil Chancellor of Keokuk has more free time on his hands now that he has retired after a career in the field of high-tech telecommunications.
Lee County is pledging its support to an effort to land a new industry.
The Board of Supervisors has agreed to meet, or even exceed, the 20% local match required for Iowa Fertilizer Company to receive state funding.
The company is considering the county for a $1.3-billion fertilizer plant.
The Iowa Economic Development Authority Board has signed off on tax credits and $1.6-million in loans for the project, half of which would be forgiven if certain requirements are met.
The Lee County Board of Supervisors and the union representing employees of the Sheriff’s Office have each signed off on a new two year employment contract.
The deal includes a 3%wage increase on July 1and a 1.5%increase on July 1, 2013.
It also changes holiday pay calculations,requires quicker use of vacation time and increases deductibles and out-of-pocket maximums related to health insurance.
The new contract runs through June 30, 2014.
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One local mayor says Lee County would be better off making his community the home of county government.
The Park Ridge Workshop complex in Montrose features more than 30,000 square feet of space.
The price tag for the three steel buildings has been reduced to $385,000.
Mayor Bob Reid says they could house the Lee County Conservation and Health Departments as opposed to a brand new building along Highway 61.
In fact, he says the buildings are large enough to handle all of county government, especially with expansion capabilities.