Curt Dierdorff

Baltimore, MD

#1 Apr 8, 2006
Amazing! I grew up in Wilton and remember when Art Giese was the only policeman in town. He worked full time at the cheese factory in addition to serving as police chief. There was practically no crime of note in town and if there was a need for backup the Muscatine County Sheriff or Iowa Highway Patrol was there to help. The relationship between the town and Art was respectful. When I read of the current crisis concerning the police and mayor/citizens I am amazed. Could this be a case of too many cops chasing non-existent crime? The officer who was suspended without pay sounds like a loose cannon who doesn't have the respect of the citizens. His explanation of the times he was required to use force such as pepper spray and tasers sounds like pretty petty stuff to me. Sounds like the sooner the city parts company with that individual the better.
Teri Carson

Wilton, IA

#2 Apr 8, 2006
Curt Dierdorff wrote:
Amazing! I grew up in Wilton and remember when Art Giese was the only policeman in town. He worked full time at the cheese factory in addition to serving as police chief. There was practically no crime of note in town and if there was a need for backup the Muscatine County Sheriff or Iowa Highway Patrol was there to help. The relationship between the town and Art was respectful. When I read of the current crisis concerning the police and mayor/citizens I am amazed. Could this be a case of too many cops chasing non-existent crime? The officer who was suspended without pay sounds like a loose cannon who doesn't have the respect of the citizens. His explanation of the times he was required to use force such as pepper spray and tasers sounds like pretty petty stuff to me. Sounds like the sooner the city parts company with that individual the better.
Curt:
Irregardless of which side of the issue you feel compelled to support, Wilton isn't the same town it was when Art Giese was on duty. Speaking from someone who had her home broken into this past December, and we had a rash of over 20 burgularies around that time, we have also been "blessed" with a couple of gang members moving into town, and increased drug marketing & use, etc. Don't get me wrong, Wilton is still a wonderful community compared to many, but things are not the same as 10, 20, or 30 years ago. Time has not stood still for any changes - good or bad. And there are two sides, not only to the main issue, but to all the incidents surrounding and leading up to it. And, ONLY those directly involved (and God) really will ever know the truth. But, at this time, I believe that most of us would like to just get past it all and move on, trying to reduce the conflict and uproar. The issue is mute at this point, the Officer has not returned to our Police Force, our Chief of Police has resigned, and we now have County coverage quite a bit of the time. County coverage is fine as long as things are quiet, and the County Officers are a good bunch, but they can't be in all parts of the county all the time. I just hope that if anything unfortunate occurs while there is no officer on duty, it doesn't happen at my house.
none of your business

Bettendorf, IA

#3 Apr 9, 2006
Curt Dierdorff wrote:
Amazing! I grew up in Wilton and remember when Art Giese was the only policeman in town. He worked full time at the cheese factory in addition to serving as police chief. There was practically no crime of note in town and if there was a need for backup the Muscatine County Sheriff or Iowa Highway Patrol was there to help. The relationship between the town and Art was respectful. When I read of the current crisis concerning the police and mayor/citizens I am amazed. Could this be a case of too many cops chasing non-existent crime? The officer who was suspended without pay sounds like a loose cannon who doesn't have the respect of the citizens. His explanation of the times he was required to use force such as pepper spray and tasers sounds like pretty petty stuff to me. Sounds like the sooner the city parts company with that individual the better.
the officer is not a loose cannon,he was doing what he was trained to do,and if i was out numbered 4 to 1, i would of put cuffs on all of them. Another thing,sometimes it can take county deputies between 8 to 15 minutes to get there, alot can happen in that time.Also for non-existent crime, theres no such thing.
tanya

Sumner, IA

#4 Jun 21, 2006
i am actually looking for an old friend who resides in muscatine county... lst i knew anyway... his name is matt bowers and i would very much like to get ahold of him... he is/ was a police officer,,, any help would be great... you can e mail me at [email protected] with any info, thanks
tanya brooks corning iowa

Sumner, IA

#5 Jun 21, 2006
i am not from afton... i am from corning
none of your business

Davenport, IA

#6 Jun 23, 2006
all i know is matt works for the muscatine police department.
tanya gray corning iowa

Sumner, IA

#7 Jun 23, 2006
none of your business wrote:
all i know is matt works for the muscatine police department.
if you knew how to get ahold of him that would be great. or even just tell him my e mail addy... i know his work phone number but i hate to bug him at work. and i have called information to get a home # and there is no listing for him... thank you!
Paul Revere

United States

#8 Aug 22, 2006
Does anyone know who the officers are in Corning,IA

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