Tips help in trail incident

By JESSE MAJOR

jmajor@messengernews.net

Fort Dodge police have received tips about the attack on Snell Crawford Trail on Tuesday and are “working on all the leads,” Chief Tim Carmody told Webster County Crime Stoppers Friday morning at Buford’s Steak House & Barbeque.

“We’ve gotten tips about seeing that person around town and we’re getting the other half of the story,” Carmody said.

A 34-year-old Fort Dodge woman was running on the Snell Crawford Trail Tuesday morning, about a mile east of Snell Crawford Park, when a man came up behind her and attempted to put his hand over her mouth.

“The trail attack scared a lot of people and rightly so,” Carmody said. “We need to take affirmative action to make sure that we use those trails together.”

He suggested not wearing both earbuds while listening to music, knowing the surroundings, carrying a cell phone and paying attention.

Before Carmody concluded his comments to the civic group, he told them that it was likely his last meeting.

“It’s truly been a privilege to be here and to work with all of you. I wish you the best,” he said.

Carmody accepted the job of police chief in Council Bluffs. His last day of work in Fort Dodge is Aug. 22, the same day as his going away party.

“It’s rare when people come and inspire you,” Iowa State Patrol Lt. Kelly Hindman said of Carmody. “I told the mayor down there, ‘You can hire Tim Carmody, or you can get it wrong.’ Tim, God bless you, take care my friend.”

To underscore his point, Hindman said an ISP trooper was involved in a pursuit of a motorcycle rider after he did a wheelie on U.S. Highway 20 on Aug. 4.

“He did what we like to see, when it got to the point where it was endangering other people, he called the pursuit off,” Hindman said.

The motorcycle rider went as fast at 152 miles per hour, Hindman said.

Rewards

Over the last two months, Webster County Crime Stoppers has given $1,650 in rewards to vigilant citizens.

Crimes Stoppers received 77 reports in June and July and helped facilitate the arrest of 29 people on its most wanted list.

“It’s a phenomenal program,” Fort Dodge Police Sgt. Anita Guthrie said. “They’re asking the right questions.”

One caller reported suspicious activity, which led to the arrest of Alan J. Dornhuber, 64, of Las Vegas, Nev.

Dornhuber was wanted on warrants in the state of Nevada for fraud. He was held on $3 million bond.

Other calls led to two arrests of a man who was charged with driving while barred and open container.

To contact Webster County Crime Stoppers, call 573-1444, go online at www.wccrimestoppers.com or text “LEC” and the tip to CRIMES (274637).