Journal Express, Knoxville, IA

Local News

December 7, 2012

Local prosecutors to receive donation

Knoxville — Pending the ratification of a hold harmless agreement by the Marion County Board of Supervisors on Monday, the County Attorney's Office will accept a donation of used bulletproof vests from the Pella Police Department. 

The City of Pella recently received a grant for new vests for its department. Vests that will be given to the County Attorney's Office have been in storage for some time, but have not aged beyond usefulness. Pella Police Chief Robert Bokinsky was approached by the prosecutors about using these vests when taking part in police "ride-along" events and search warrant executions. 

Bokinsky indicated that the Pella City Council passed a resolution to give the office the vests, as long as a hold harmless agreement between the City and Marion County was approved that absolved Pella of any liability if someone is injured while wearing one of them. 

Marion County Attorney Ed Bull said that every attorney in his office has taken part in a "ride-along." Bull said he has done multiple, including rides with police in Knoxville, Pleasantville, Pella and the Iowa State Patrol. The attorneys go out on warrants on a regular basis as well. 

Part of the reason the attorneys go out on search warrant executions is to be prepared if something is noticed that may require an additional warrant. The attorneys can create the documentation to request a warrant on scene, have it printed and get a judge's signature without losing any investigation time. 

Bull does not believe the prosecutor's presence at a crime scene creates a conflict of interest. He said he visits every crime scene before he goes in front of a jury. The physical visit to the site allows him to describe the sights, sounds and smells of a scene in a way that photographs cannot. 

As for the safety of the attorneys, Bull said that officers do a great job of offering protection. He hopes the office never has to face a truly dangerous situation while working with law enforcement.

Bokinsky said his department has a great relationship with the County Attorney's Office. 

1
Text Only
Local News
  • new street sign.jpg New sign installed

    A Knoxville crew installed the first of the new downtown street signs Tuesday afternoon. 

    July 22, 2014 1 Photo

  • Work on Robinson Monday morning

    Knoxville Public Works Supervisor Dennis Webb says that traffic may be congested on West Robinson this morning, between Casey's and Kent Street, for some manhole repairs. Be prepared for backed up traffic and single lanes this morning while the project is going on.

    July 21, 2014

  • Addie.jpg Team Addie benefit Aug 2

    Addie Brenden, age 3, has been diagnosed with Stage 4 Neuroblastoma. A benefit for her family is scheduled for Saturday, Aug. 2, at 10 a.m., at the North End Lounge in Pleasantville. 

    July 21, 2014 1 Photo

  • Patrick Edouard Supreme Court overturns Court of Appeals decision

    The Supreme Court of Iowa issued a ruling today which affirms a District Court ruling that sent a former Pella pastor to prison. 

    July 18, 2014 1 Photo

  • Nearwood Winery sign.jpg Nearwood Winery earns a bronze

    Nearwood Winery received a Bronze medal in the Eighth Annual Mid-American Wine Competition held at the Des Moines Area Community College campus in Ankeny.

    July 17, 2014 1 Photo

  • Knoxville Dental Center.jpg Knoxville Dental Center gets a new look

    A crew was in Knoxville Thursday, July 17, to install a new sign above the doors of the Knoxville Dental Center. 

    July 17, 2014 1 Photo

  • Dan Losada.jpg Three charged with forgery

    Three suspects were arrested in Knoxville last night for allegedly passing counterfeit bills. 

    July 16, 2014 1 Photo

  • JJ Dinner-Loebsack.jpg Loebsck rep to hold office hours

    Congressman Dave Loebsack's district representative will be at the Marion County Courthouse in Knoxville on Thursday, July 17, from 2-3 p.m. 

    July 15, 2014 1 Photo

  • CM office 2.jpg New office making progress

    Progress continues on the new City Manager's office inside Knoxville City Hall. 

    July 15, 2014 2 Photos

  • bricks July 15.jpg Brick crew will be here "until the work is done"

    The bricks for the downtown streetscape and infrastructure project remained a concern during Tuesday morning's streetscape meeting. Following a walk-through, during which every aspect of the masonry done thus far was reviewed and critiqued, the City of Knoxville was promised that workers will continue working on the project until the work is done. 

    July 15, 2014 1 Photo

Features
Facebook
AP Video
Judge Ponders Overturning Colo. Gay Marriage Ban Airlines Halt Travel to Israel Amid Violence NYPD Chief Calls for 'use of Force' Retraining VA Nominee McDonald Goes Before Congress Bush: Don't Worry, Sugarland Isn't Breaking Up US Official: Most Migrant Children to Be Removed Police Probing Brooklyn Bridge Flag Switch CDC Head Concerned About a Post-antibiotic Era Raw: First Lady Says `Drink Up' More Water Courts Conflicted Over Healthcare Law Holder Urges Bipartisanship on Immigration Raw: Truck, Train Crash Leads to Fireball US Airlines Cancel Israel Flights Obama Signs Workforce Training Law Crash Victims' Remains Reach Ukraine-held City Diplomatic Push Intensifies to End War in Gaza Cat Fans Lap Up Feline Film Festival Michigan Plant's Goal: Flower and Die Veteran Creates Job During High Unemployment
Hyperlocal Search
Premier Guide
Find a business

Walking Fingers
Maps, Menus, Store hours, Coupons, and more...
Premier Guide
Poll

Upon completion and reopening of Third Street, should the City of Knoxville wait to start the next stage of the Streetscape and Infrastructure project until 2015?

Yes
No
     View Results