A single car accident yesterday afternoon in Jefferson County sent a Henry County man to the hospital. Preliminary reports are that around 3:30 Tuesday, a car was westbound on Highway 34, approximately 4 miles east of Batavia when the driver lost control, entered the ditch and landed in a culvert. No official details have been released and the condition of the driver is unknown. The Iowa State Patrol is investigating.
Yesterday, two car/deer accidents were reported in Henry County. The first occurred around 3:30 am with Dustin Forquer of New London in the 1600 grid of 235th Street in Mt. Pleasant. The second occurred around 6:15 am on Highway 34 near Nebraska Avenue, east of Mt. Pleasant with Theodore Moravec of New London. With both of these incidents, no injuries were reported and there were moderate damages.
On Monday the Lee County Narcotics Task Force arrested a Fort Madison man on felony drug charges. Joshua Hayes was arrested and is charged with Conspiracy to Manufacture Over Five Grams of Methamphetamine, a Class B felony. This could lead to 25 years in prison. The arrest comes after a citizen discovered items in a wooden area near their home in rural South Lee County. The found items were the type that is used to manufacture methamphetamine.
Often times, Summer equals mischief and yesterday proved to be no exception as the Henry County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the theft of four mailboxes and the damage of two others. All mailboxes were located between Salem and Hillsboro on Salem Road. Two mailboxes and their posts were recovered on 335th Road, just east of Salem Road. Also recovered was a hanging flower basket. That was determined to be one of the five taken from the South Main and Jackson area in Salem. It was also observed at the recovery site that a vehicle was driven into a corn field and spun around, damaging standing corn. There is a possibility that the offending vehicle will have green corn stalks attached to it. Anyone with information about the stolen items or the offenders is asked to contact the Sheriff’s Office at 385-2712.
There’s also another phone scam to be aware of in the area. The Henry County Sherriff’s Office reports that a person calls and offers medical information and assistance and then asks you to verify your name and address. Then asks for your bank account number for their records and billing. The resident who received the call states that the caller had a heavy accent but this is not always the case for these scam calls. They are attempting to make themselves sound legitimate but they are scams. As always, beware of calls that are requesting your personal information. Many recent calls have targeted the elderly. Do not give out any personal information over the phone.