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Ample Training Videos Now Available to Library Cardholders Ample Training Videos Now Available to Library Cardholders
JOHNSTON, Iowa – January 3, 2018 — The Johnston Public Library is continuously adding free services to benefit patrons. The recent addition of Lynda will provide members access to a library of engaging, top-quality courses taught by recognized industry experts to develop their creative, business, or technology skills.
City Reports $99+ Million in New Taxable Valuation in 2017 City Reports $99+ Million in New Taxable Valuation in 2017
JOHNSTON, Iowa – January 3, 2018 – The City of Johnston is proud to report 2017 as a solid growth year for our community, led by $99.1 million in new taxable valuation. This includes 68 new single family homes and $27.8 million in commercial projects, which ranks as the fifth best year on record for commercial development.
Officer Townes Will Serve as the School Resource Officer at  Johnston Middle School Officer Townes Will Serve as the School Resource Officer at Johnston Middle School
JOHNSTON, Iowa – December 21, 2017 – The Johnston Police Department is pleased to announce that Police Officer Bryan Townes will begin as the School Resource Officer (SRO) at Johnston Middle School, January 3, 2018.
Johnston Police Department Will Give Back During  Second Annual Blue Dragon Shopping Event Johnston Police Department Will Give Back During Second Annual Blue Dragon Shopping Event
JOHNSTON, Iowa – December 15, 2017 – The Johnston Police Department will be giving back this holiday season as they shop with children on Tuesday, December 19, beginning at 5:00 p.m. at the Walmart Supercenter in Grimes. This is the second annual shopping event and the department takes great pride in helping families by giving back and putting a smile on the faces of children.
Community Affairs Officer Position to Create Added Outreach Opportunities Community Affairs Officer Position to Create Added Outreach Opportunities
JOHNSTON, Iowa – December 13, 2017 – The Johnston Police Department will be adding a Community Affairs Officer (CAO) position to their department starting in January. This new position will act as a catalyst in bringing neighborhoods together, creating stewardship among residents by embodying the collaborative spirit of community policing and focusing primarily on crime prevention, community outreach and education initiatives.
Water Quality Monitoring Process Completes Fifth Year Water Quality Monitoring Process Completes Fifth Year
JOHNSTON, Iowa – December 8, 2017 – The City of Johnston closely monitors water quality throughout the year to ensure stormwater utility funds are used effectively, and water quality improvements are being made.
Johnston Officer McClain Promoted to Sergeant Johnston Officer McClain Promoted to Sergeant
JOHNSTON, Iowa – December 4, 2017 – The Johnston Police Department’s newest supervisor, Cale McClain will move up the ranks to receive his Sergeant badge during the City Council meeting on Monday, December 4, 2017.
Town Center Redevelopment Plan Could Create Downtown Feel for Johnston Town Center Redevelopment Plan Could Create Downtown Feel for Johnston
JOHNSTON, Iowa – November 27, 2017 – Since the fall of 2016, the City of Johnston has been conducting a planning study for the redevelopment of the Merle Hay Road Town Center Area. This area is defined as generally east of Merle Hay Road between NW 62nd Avenue and NW 63rd Place.
Johnston Police Hosts Training to Help Those Who Serve Johnston Police Hosts Training to Help Those Who Serve
JOHNSTON, Iowa – October 18, 2017 – The Johnston Police Department is hosting two Peer Support Foundation (PSF) training courses to help those who serve across Iowa. It is specifically designed for law enforcement, firefighters and EMS personnel and focuses on assisting individuals in crisis and group crisis intervention.
Johnston Police Work to Combat Opioid Epidemic Johnston Police Work to Combat Opioid Epidemic
JOHNSTON, Iowa – October 17, 2017 – Join the Johnston Police Department on Saturday, Oct. 28 as we work to combat the opioid epidemic during “National Prescription Drug Take Back Day.” This day allows Iowans to safely dispose of unwanted and unused prescription drugs on Saturday, Oct. 28 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the Public Safety Building, located at 6373 Merle Hay Road in Johnston.
Precautionary Procedures Taken to Ensure Community is Kept Safe Precautionary Procedures Taken to Ensure Community is Kept Safe
JOHNSTON, Iowa – October 4, 2017 – The Johnston Police Department continues to work in conjunction with state and federal law enforcement partners to investigate what has been deemed a cyber-threat incident that began on Monday, Oct. 2, 2017 involving Johnston schools. Chief McDaniel states, “As our investigation continues we are making progress in identifying the source of these threats. I want to reassure the Johnston community that our schools are safe. This investigation is now being treated as a cyber-crime and involves hackers preying upon our worst fears in a day and age where school violence has become all too real.”
Update Regarding Threat Based Incident Update Regarding Threat Based Incident
JOHNSTON, Iowa – October 3, 2017 – The Johnston Police Department continues to work in conjunction with state and federal law enforcement partners to investigate the threat-based incident that began on Monday, Oct. 2 involving Johnston schools. Cooperative resources at the federal level have been brought in on this investigation to dedicate additional personnel and provide specific expertise in cyber-crimes.
Johnston Police Make Child Endangerment Arrest Johnston Police Make Child Endangerment Arrest
JOHNSTON, Iowa – September 28, 2017 – On September 28, 2017 the Johnston Police Department arrested and charged 30-year-old Johnston resident Erin Lee Macke with four (4) counts of child endangerment and one (1) count of making a firearm available to a person under the age of 21.
Four Charged in Sexual Assault  Four Charged in Sexual Assault
JOHNSTON, Iowa – September 28, 2017 – On September 18, 2017 the Johnston Police Department received a complaint regarding a 15-year-old victim who had been assaulted at a residential home in Johnston. After further investigation, the Johnston Police Department has arrested and charged four individuals in connection with the reported incident.
Johnston Police Seek Public’s Assistance in Locating Male Involved in Attempted Robbery Johnston Police Seek Public’s Assistance in Locating Male Involved in Attempted Robbery
JOHNSTON, Iowa – September 25, 2017 – On Monday, September 25, 2017, at approximately 9:16 a.m., the Johnston Police Department responded to Bank Iowa, located at 5525 Merle Hay Road in an attempted robbery.
Johnston-Grimes Metropolitan Fire Department Improves Insurance Rating for Property Owners Johnston-Grimes Metropolitan Fire Department Improves Insurance Rating for Property Owners
JOHNSTON, Iowa – September 19, 2017 – The Johnston-Grimes Metropolitan Fire Department was recently awarded a Class 3 rating by the Insurance Service Office (ISO). The new designation goes into effect December 1, 2017.
Henderson Has Been Taken into Custody Henderson Has Been Taken into Custody
JOHNSTON, Iowa – September 14, 2017 – On the early morning of Thursday, September 14, 2017, James Henderson was taken into custody by the Des Moines Police Department after tips received through Crime Stoppers of Central Iowa.
Johnston Police Seek Public’s Assistance in Locating Male Involved in Armed Robbery Johnston Police Seek Public’s Assistance in Locating Male Involved in Armed Robbery
JOHNSTON, Iowa – September 12, 2017 – The Johnston Police Department is seeking assistance from the public in locating the whereabouts of seventeen-year-old, James Casterlando Henderson. James Casterlando is wanted in relation to armed robberies in Des Moines and Johnston.
Grand Opening of Fishing Pier at Terra Park Grand Opening of Fishing Pier at Terra Park
JOHNSTON, Iowa – September 7, 2017 – The City of Johnston is excited to announce the grand opening and “First Cast” ceremony for the new Fishing Pier at Terra Park on Thursday, September 14 at 5:30 p.m. The public is invited to attend and to participate in the “First Cast” along with Johnston Mayor Paula Dierenfeld and other City officials.
Armed Robbery at Convenience Store Armed Robbery at Convenience Store
JOHNSTON, Iowa – September 1, 2017 – The Johnston Police Department is seeking assistance in identifying two suspects that committed an armed robbery at Kum & Go, located at 6130 NW 86th Street in Johnston on Friday, Sept. 1, 2017, just after 1:00 a.m.
Community Mourns Loss of Tragic Accident Community Mourns Loss of Tragic Accident
JOHNSTON, Iowa – August 30, 2017 – On Tuesday, August 29, 2017, the Johnston Police Department responded a vehicular/bicycle accident in the 6600 block of Merle Hay Road, which resulted in the death of a young teenager.
Fatality Accident Fatality Accident
JOHNSTON, Iowa – August 29, 2017 – On Tuesday, August 29 at 5:58 p.m., the Johnston Police Department was called to a vehicular accident in the 6600 block of Merle Hay Road involving a motor vehicle and a bicyclist. The accident has been confirmed to be a fatality. The driver of the vehicle is a 36-year-old Granger resident and the bicyclist victim has been identified to be a 13-year-old Johnston resident.
Apparatus Changes at Johnston-Grimes Metropolitan Fire Department Apparatus Changes at Johnston-Grimes Metropolitan Fire Department
JOHNSTON, Iowa – July 17, 2017 – The Johnston Grimes Metropolitan Fire Department recently made changes on where apparatus is located within each of the three stations. Last summer, the Johnston and Grimes Fire Departments consolidated and are now operating as one department with three stations.
Terra Park Amphitheater to be Unveiled at Jazz in July Terra Park Amphitheater to be Unveiled at Jazz in July
JOHNSTON, Iowa – July 17, 2017 – On Sunday, July 23, the Jazz Page will perform from 6:30 - 8:00 p.m. at Terra Lake Amphitheater as part of the Metro Arts' Jazz in July Concert Series. Johnston High School Junior Jazz will perform from 5:30 - 6:00 p.m.
S&P Gives Johnston AA+ Rating for the Tenth Consecutive Year S&P Gives Johnston AA+ Rating for the Tenth Consecutive Year
JOHNSTON, Iowa – July 14, 2017 – Standard and Poor’s (S&P) Global Ratings has assigned its AA+ long-term rating to Johnston’s general obligation (GO) bonds, series 2017D for the tenth consecutive year. This rating is the second highest in S&P’s long-term rating and reflects upon Johnston’s strong economy, management and budgetary flexibility.
Johnston-Grimes Metropolitan Fire Department to Present Lifesaving Awards Johnston-Grimes Metropolitan Fire Department to Present Lifesaving Awards
JOHNSTON, Iowa – July 4, 2017 – The Johnston-Grimes Metropolitan Fire Department (JGMFD) will recognize six individuals for their noble service on Wednesday, July 5, 2017 at the City Council meeting, beginning at 7:00 p.m.