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Fort Dodge, IA

Gowrie girl dies

We are deeply saddened by this loss. Our prayers go out to this family.  (Oct 20, 2008 | post #2)

Fort Dodge, IA

Commission decision released in Ruby hearing | Messenger ...

Please notice that the Messenger is not allowing readers to post comments regarding this article on their web site.  (May 23, 2008 | post #2)

Fort Dodge, IA

Commission decision released in Ruby hearing | Messenger ...

Sure wish the Messenger would say a little more about the Commission's concerns that the "Sheriff's Department often failed to follow its own general orders, policies and procedures." Frankly I'm surprised they even put that much in. So Ruby is fired for "acts of insubordination and one violation for discourteous treatment of a fellow employee." It comes down to "Ruby hurt my feelings." A far cry from the 25 trumped up charges originally cooked up by Mickelson and O'Brien, but apparently enough to do the trick! Yet others will stay on the Department despite gross incompetence and putting the public in danger. Nothing political about that... What a crock!  (May 23, 2008 | post #1)

Fort Dodge, IA

Ruby case still pending

Well, the commission finally made its decision and upheld Mickelson's firing of Ruby. This is second hand, but apparently the commission sited the incident when Ruby did not answer his phone on his day off as their sole reason for upholding his firing. Obviously they ignored all the state and federal presidence and support local corruption. This isn't the end of Ruby's quest for justice. Not by a long shot!  (May 23, 2008 | post #6)

Fort Dodge, IA

Ruby Hearing Reveals Embarassing Facts About Sheriff's De...

It makes me wonder if Mickelson has something to hide.  (May 20, 2008 | post #4)

Fort Dodge, IA

Ruby case still pending

I've been told John Molseed, the author of the above article, and a paragon of unbiased journalism, is no longer working for the Messenger. I fully believe his libelous coverage of the hearings was sanctioned, if not ordered, by the Messenger. I wonder if the newspaper will now try to make him the scapegoat for their malicious actions. Of course, it's hard for them to argue that it was all Molseed's fault if they continue to refuse to print Ruby's press releases and our critical letters to the editor.  (May 20, 2008 | post #5)

Fort Dodge, IA

Ruby case still pending

I'm not so sure the commission members are so much considering the evidence as trying to figure a way to uphold Ruby's firing without starting a law suit. Anyone who read Conlin's opening brief can see the Sheriff's Department is completely in the wrong on what a deputy can be fired for. But since O'Conner is a friend of the O'Briens, and chose not to recluse himself, I have to think that at least that commission member is not seriously considering Iowa law.  (May 13, 2008 | post #1)

Fort Dodge, IA

Curt Ruby Firing

The Fort Dodge Messenger continues to show bias and malice in its coverage of the firing of Curt Ruby by the Webster County Sheriff's Department. The newspaper has pulled all reader comments from its website regarding its April 2nd article on Ruby's appeal to the Civil Service Commission.  (May 2, 2008 | post #1)