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BB shot results in minor injury at Skateboard Park

Fourth Incident At New Skate Facility

May 9, 2014
By John Speer - Editor ( , Toledo Chronicle, Tama News-Herald

Stern warnings had been issued two weeks ago by Tama Mayor Dan Zimmerman. Police Chief Jeff Filloon was seeking a ban on troublemakers.

About 15 minutes before the start of the Monday night, May 5, Tama City Council, police and an ambulance were sent to the Tama Skateboard Park for the report of someone shot in the head by a pellet.

In what police said was a drive-by shooting of sorts, a 17-year-old boy was found to have been grazed by a BB fired from a passing car. Tama Police Sergeant Jason Bina said the boy suffered a laceration which bled but it was not necessary for him to be transported. His father was summoned to the scene.

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Tama Police and ambulance personnel confer with boys at the Tama Skateboard Park after a 17-year-old received a laceration from a BB reported shot from a passing car on Monday about 5:14 p.m. Charges are being filed against three males in connection with the incident.
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Bina was then able to locate a silver Dodge Neon which was described as a suspect vehicle nearby at 8th and State streets.

There were three occupants identified so far as only two adult males and a minor male. The adult driver is facing charges of intimidation with a dangerous weapon, contributing to the delinquency of a minor and harassment of a public official. The juvenile was charged with intimidation with a dangerous weapon and assault with a weapon. The second adult male was charged with harassment of a public official.

No motive was determined by Tuesday afternoon, police said.

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Police Chief Jeff Filloon and Bina said the BB rifle was confiscated and this type of weapon should not be taken lightly. It has a black stock and forearm and is equipped with a chrome scope. The weapon is stamped with a warning improper use can cause death.

In the meantime, the council wasted no time acting upon the recommendations of Police Chief Filloon which were already on the agenda.

On a 5-0 vote, it was mandated anyone convicted of a crime on city property - the Public library, Tama Civic Center, Cherry Lake, Oak and East 3rd Street parks or the Skate Park - will be banned from all city property for one year.

The council also plans to consult with the Tama-Toledo Family Aquatic Center Board about extending the policy to that facility.

Filloon reported assault charges had previously bee filed in three incidents at the Skateboard Park located at 9th and McClellan. "Public property should be a safe place to go and enjoy," he wrote in making the recommendation.

Council members also authorized Filloon to seek two new part-time officers to supplement the five-member department.

He reported the current part-time officers on the department are often unable to work weekends and holidays making it difficult at tiems to cover those item slots.

Tama also does have three reserve officers on the force.

In other business Monday, the council:

learned Tama police officers have not been covered by the Social Security System since 1984, one of only 11police or fire departments identified in Iowa by the Iowa Public Employees' Retirement Ssytem (IPERS) as not covered. City Clerk Judy Welch said provisions have been made to possible extend this coverage if the officers vote for it. She said the move involves approval by the Governor as part of a lengthy procedure. She said the city match of 6.2 percent of officers' contributions would have a definite effect on the city budget.

learned the Eagles Club may allow beer consumption in a fenced, outdoor area during the Lincoln Highway Bridge Festival if sales are not made and beer is the only alcoholic beverage consumed.

approved Jacob Rosenberger and Steve Dolash as new firefighters and Jim Plantz as a member of the Board of Adjustment.

approved an nnaul sludge hauling arrangement with FFC Enterprises, LLC, Dysart.

approved an over-the-counter liquor sales license renewal for Aqui Te Espero Bar and Grill.



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