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La Porte City Police Log – August 2019

August 2019
44 Warnings
11 Citations
133 Calls for Service
19 Assist Black Hawk County
2 Assist Benton County
9 – No Registration
6 – Speed
1 – Failure to Obey Stop Sign
3 – No Driver’s License
2 – No Insurance
1 – Permitting Unauthorized Person to Drive
August 2019 Arrest Log
Benjamin Sullivan, 42, of La Porte City, Driving While License Suspended on 8/9/19.
Jeffery McCowen, 62, of La Porte City, warrant-2 counts of Harrassment in the 2nd Degree and 2 counts of False Reporting to a Communications Center, on 8/11/19.

Consumer Counselor – September 18, 2019

Is there a “best time” to buy or sell a vehicle?
The automotive industry is big business. According to the Statista Research Department, roughly 79 million cars and light trucks are expected to be sold worldwide by the end of 2019. When buying or selling a vehicle, many people wonder if there is a particularly advantageous time to buy or sell. The best time to sell is not necessarily the best time to buy, which can present problems for vehicle owners who need to sell their current cars in order to afford new ones. Industry insiders offer their input on key times to move vehicles.
When to sell. Cars depreciate quite a bit the moment they move off of the lot. Most lose upwards of 20 percent of their value within the first year, according to Edmunds, a leading automotive information company and pricing index. Certain things contribute to depreciation, including mileage, type of driving and whether the car was maintained or not. Sometimes the best times for a person to sell are when it no longer is financially prudent to keep the vehicle. For some, this may mean when the bumper-to-bumper warranty expires or if mileage starts to tick up, adversely affecting resale value.
The time of year to sell that is most favorable is between the months of March through August, offers U.S. News and World Report. When temperatures start to climb, people begin thinking about warm-weather and getting outdoors. This is a time of year when tax refunds are issued, and it is far enough away from the holidays to make big purchases more affordable.
When to buy. Kelley Blue Book says that most dealerships do their biggest “wheeling and dealing” toward the end of the calendar year. November and December are some of their most profitable months, and consumers who are able to budget for a new vehicle at this time of year can get great prices. Dealers want to carry over as little inventory as possible into the new year, so some are motivated to negotiate more on the current year models, enabling them to make room for new inventory and meet existing sales projections.
The financial resource Bankrate says the day of the week one chooses to buy also may be something to consider. Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday are slow days at many dealerships, which may make negotiating a deal easier.
Shopping holiday sales, such as those on Black Friday or New Year’s Eve, also can help consumers earn better deals.
Timing is everything in the vehicle market. Learn the best times to buy or sell a vehicle and reap the rewards.

Benton 4-H livestock judging teams excel at State

The Benton County 4-H Livestock Judging team capped off an exciting season with an eventful finish at the 2019 State 4-H Livestock Judging Contest.
Fifteen Benton County 4-H members traveled to Ames on August 24 for the contest on the campus of Iowa State University. When the day was over, the four local teams would prove their skill set and consistency with a host of outstanding results.
The Benton County Senior Division Team 1 of Gabe Hanson (La Porte City), Jacob Ludeking (Norway), Steiger Manson (Walker) and Josh Wiley (Walker) was named the champion team, with three members placing in the top 10 individually. Hanson was third, Ludeking fourth and Manson sixth, overall. Hanson also was recognized as top individual in oral reasons, fourth in beef and ninth in swine. In addition to winning the overall contest, the team was first place in beef, sheep and oral reasons, and fifth place in swine.
Benton County also was champion in the junior division, with a team of Olivia Hanson (La Porte City), William Kroneman (Luzerne), Colton Kroneman (Luzerne), and Andrew Pingenot (Vinton). William Kroneman was third overall individual, Colton Kroneman was second in the beef division; and Hanson placed third in the beef division. As a team, they also were first place in the beef and questions divisions.
Benton County Senior Team 2 was fifth place overall in the senior division, and fourth in beef and sheep. Team 2 was comprised of Mia Brecht (Belle Plaine), Ellie Karr (Newhall), Alex Ludeking (Norway) and Clayton McKenna (Mt Auburn). McKenna (Mt Auburn) was fourth individual in swine.
The Benton County Junior Team 2 of Jillian Hanson (La Porte City), Hannah Siek (Blairstown) and Samantha Zahradnik (Belle Plaine) placed third overall in the junior division, and was recognized as the third-place team in sheep judging.
The senior team’s first-place finish earned them a spot in a national contest. Benton County will be competing in the livestock judging contest at the National Western Stock Show in Denver, Colorado in January 2020.
4-H livestock judging helps youth to develop life skills in the areas of decision making, critical thinking, oral reasoning, self-confidence and problem solving. The young people spent the day in Ames evaluating and sorting seven groups of livestock from best to worst. There were classes of market and breeding livestock in areas of beef, sheep and swine, along with a class of breeding doe goats. The teams and individuals also had classes of breeding heifers and breeding ewes, in which they selected the best four of eight to keep and sent four animals to the cull pen. Finally, at the day’s conclusion, junior competitors were asked to answer ten questions each on a class of beef, sheep and swine respectively to test their knowledge and recall from the day. Senior competitors delivered three sets of individual oral reasons to defend their placings.
Benton County 4-H Livestock Judging operates under the oversight of Iowa State University Extension. All fourth through twelfth graders in the Benton County area are encouraged to participate.

County household hazardous waste drop-off event Sept 21

The Black Hawk County Solid Waste Management Commission is partnering with the City of Cedar Falls to sponsor a household hazardous waste (HHW) and electronics drop-off event. Black Hawk County residents can properly dispose of cleaning supplies, lawn and garden chemicals, LED and fluorescent bulbs, and related materials and electronic items. The event will be held on Saturday, September 21st (rain or shine) from 9 AM to 2 PM at the City of Cedar Falls Public Works Complex, 2200 Technology Parkway. Businesses are not permitted to participate. Fees may apply. Volunteers will unload your items for you.
Acceptable items include:
Household cleaners, mercury thermometers, LED/fluorescent bulbs, etc.
Liquid lawn and garden products including fertilizers, herbicides, and pesticides
Automotive batteries and chemicals such as engine cleaners, brake fluid, waxes, etc.
Hobby products including stains, varnishes, paint removers, adhesives, etc.
Propane tanks and other flammables
Electric items like vacuums, holiday lights, power tools, humidifiers, lamps, etc.
Flat panel TVs/computer monitors and other audio-visual equipment including stereos, VCR’s, DVD players, game systems and speakers
Computer equipment including towers, laptops, tablets and other handheld devices. All hard drives will be shredded after the event.
Each vehicle may bring two Cathode Ray Tube (CRT) containing devices for free; additional CRTs are $5 each (with no limit). CRTs are older TVs and computer monitors with a big bump in the back.
Please bring exact cash only. Bills larger than $20 will not be accepted.
Not accepted:
Laundry detergents, soaps, cosmetics, and medications
Alkaline batteries
Automotive oils, oil filters, and antifreeze
Grills, lawn mowers, tires, furniture, or non-hazardous waste
Fire extinguishers, smoke detectors, radioactive materials, asbestos, or ammunition
Any container larger than 5 gallons (no drums)
Appliances (including microwaves, dehumidifiers, air conditioners, water heaters, refrigerators, etc.)
Items from schools, businesses, farms, non-profits, or governmental entities
Tips for managing these materials (and more) can be found at .
Residents interested in participating should visit to view the list of accepted items or call the Waste Trac Education Team at 319-266-8722 before September 19th. You can also add this event to your Facebook Calendar at .

Unlimited garbage pick up Sept. 27

Citywide Clean Up Day in La Porte City is scheduled for September 27, 2019. With the exception of select items not allowed, residents may set out unlimited garbage for pickup BY 6AM ON FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 27. Black Hawk Waste will not be going back to pick up items set out after 6 AM. Small items should be placed in trash bags, if possible, with all items stacked or placed as neatly as possible at the curb.
For a list of ineligible items, logon to or contact City Hall at 342-3396.


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