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CHRIS ZOELLER, The Globe Gazette 

Mason City police respond to the scene of a shooting on the 200 block of 12th Street Southeast on Saturday in Mason City. One victim with one gunshot wound was transported to Mercy Medical Center North Iowa.


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Police seek information about Saturday shooting in Mason City (with photos)

MASON CITY | Police are seeking information related to a shooting Saturday night in Mason City.

About 4:50 p.m. Sunday, officers located a vehicle that may have been involved in a shooting that occurred in the 200 block of 12th Street Southeast, police said in a press release.

Photos: Shooting in southeast Mason City

A CodeRED warning, which was later canceled, was issued Sunday for the area surrounding the 600 block of South Carolina Avenue. Officers believed that a suspect from the shooting was located inside of a residence there.

The CodeRED system allows police to send a phone message to targeted areas of the community via phone messages. It is used locally by Mason City police, Clear Lake police and the Cerro Gordo County Sheriff's Office.

The system gets phone numbers from county data and public records. 

People also can sign up online or download the app to receive alerts. 

“Because the investigation involved the use of firearms, officers took appropriate precautions to notify neighbors of the potential public safety risk,” the release said. “The occupants of a residence in the 600 block of South Carolina Avenue were evacuated from their location.”

The North Central Iowa Narcotics Task Force Special Operations Group was called to assist Mason City police in securing the residence.

One additional person left the residence after communicating with police, who were outside.

Police said there is no ongoing threat to the public.

The Mason City Police Department executed a search warrant for the vehicle and the residence. The incident remains under investigation.

Saturday shooting

The man shot Saturday evening sought help from neighbors across the street after the victim came to their house, according to a witness.

Mason City Police Chief Jeff Brinkley said later Saturday night that there was no threat to the public, but he declined to release information about the suspect.

Mason City Police responded to the call at 6:47 p.m. on the 200 block of 12th Street Southeast.

Jeff Beebe, a neighbor across the street from where the shooting took place, said the victim was shot in a home and then crossed 12th shirtless to another neighbor's home. Those residents then called 911.

Police said the victim suffered a single gunshot wound "to his upper body." He was transported to Mercy Medical Center-North Iowa by fire medics. They characterized his injuries as non-life threatening.

Police and detectives were at the scene, searching sidewalks and walking through the second level of a home. They also looked into vehicles with flashlights.

Brinkley said officials believe "the incident is contained to the household." Officials were waiting for a judge to sign a warrant before executing a search of the house.

Beebe works the third shift and was trying to sleep when lights filled the neighborhood.

When asked if he heard any gunfire, he said, "Lights woke me up before anything else."

The 12th Street was also taped off between South Pennsylvania and South Georgia.

Anyone with information about the shooting is asked to call Lt. Rich Jensen at the Mason City Police Department at 641-421-3636. 


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Mason City woman 'in desperate need of assistance' turns to Cheer Fund (with donations from Dec. 11)

A Mason City woman whose husband was in a car crash this summer is asking the Christmas Cheer Fund for assistance over the holidays.

The woman, 50, said because of the crash that “almost took his life,” her husband hasn’t been able to return to work.

“We are in desperate need of assistance,” she wrote in her Cheer Fund application.

According to the application, there are nine people residing at the Mason City home, including five full-time and part-time dependent children between 1 and 17 years old.

The applicant said she and her husband take care of their nephew the past three years and their three grandchildren “whom I nor their mother has money for gifts for them.”

Their grandchildren are unable to receive gifts from Toys for Tots because their mother is attending school and working, the application said.

“I need to give for kids and maybe something for husband and daughter who lives with me and son-in-law,” she wrote.

The woman, whose family hasn’t applied for funding within the past three years, said if awarded Christmas Cheer Fund assistance, it would be used for Christmas presents, dinner and clothing.

Since the Cheer Fund began in 1927, more than $3 million has been raised.

This year’s goal is $125,000.

The Christmas Cheer Fund was established by Globe Gazette Publisher Lee Loomis in 1927 so every child could have a present on Christmas morning. In the years since it has come to mean a little help at Christmastime to people of all ages.

Donations may be dropped off or mailed to the Globe Gazette office, 300 N. Washington Ave., Mason City, IA 50402-0271.

Any remaining funds not distributed for the holidays will be given to local nonprofits. The Christmas Cheer Fund balance will return to $100 in January to maintain the checking account.

Those in need can apply for help from the Cheer Fund at the Globe Gazette between 9 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. weekdays. Applicants must use the 2017 request form. Applications will close at noon Dec. 21.

Cheer Fund donations: Monday, Dec. 11

MONDAY'S TOTAL: $15,320

TO-DATE TOTAL: $52,708.17

TO REACH GOAL: $72,291.83

Roger and Debra Tack, in memory of Kristie Hestness, $20

Roger and Debra Tack, in memory of Jerry Hestness, $20

Sally Harris, in memory of Ray and Alice Harris, Karen Naber Harris and Don and Charleen Sivwright, $150

Craig Remmen, $100

David and Georgia Johnson – Merry Christmas, $20

Merry Christmas – in memory of loved ones, $20

Leon and Irene Caspersen, $50

John and Sue McLaughlin, in loving memory of our parents, $100

Julie Jensen, $50

Mildred Evans, in loving memory of my husband Darrell, my son David and my daughter Terry Renee – miss you. Also to honor my son Mike and daughter Lori. Blessings to all, $50

Leland Hummel, in memory of Beulah, Hugh and Alice Hummel, Paul and Erma Goll and Marie Perkins, $100

Danny and Lynne Lunstrum, $125

Joan Strickler, in loving memory of Bob Strickler, Jerry Hartwell and Ruth and Leland Hartwell, $15

Kim and Susan Pleggenkuhle, in memory of our son Cade, our parents, sister and other loved ones. Merry Christmas, $250

Anonymous, in memory of Walter F. Cooper, $25

Shirley Rasche, in memory of Karl Rasche and Syl and Helen Malek, $25

Donavon and Shirley Baker – thank God for Christmas, $25

De Etta Pearce, in memory of Vernon "Bud" Pearce, $25

Linda Graham, in memory of Leona Graham Currier, $50

Esther Rasmussen, in loving memory of Dave, $50

Lois Reinsmoen, in beloved memory of departed loved ones, $25

Grace Long, in memory of husband Warren, $25

Joseph and Lark Trygstad, $100

Virgil and Ruby Munsell, $100

Carol and Kevin, in memory of Richard Losee, $25

Sherley Katuin, in memory of loved ones, $200

Her family, in memory of LizAnn Hempe, $40

Jack and Mary Jo Fisher, $100

Julie Wiebenga and Lena Peyton, in honor of my friends and customers of the Hair Shanty. In memory of my family in heaven, Clancy Wiebenga, Max, Roger, Michael, Zirbel and grandparents. May God bring peace. My life has brought many wonderful family and friends. Blessings to all, $50

Larry and Ellen Niebur, $50

David and Marion Dunn, in memory of Ray and Pearl Faulk, $50

Robert and Deloris Ruter, $25

Mike and Donna, $50

Maxine Worsley, $50

Mason City Evening Lions Club, $400

Hank and Eileen Steinwandt, in honor of our grandchildren, $25

Jim Polsdofer, in memory of my wife Geraldine and our son Eddie Polsdofer, $25

Kyle and Pierson, in memory of Grandpa Kent, $20

Kenton, Malcolm, Pryor, Odin, Harper, Eve and Knox – we miss you Big Papa, $20

Kelly, Shelly and Mindy – thank you Dad for everything, $10

Elvira Kuhlers, in memory of loved ones, $25

Leota Chase, in memory of Joel, $50

John and Sherry Kinney, $50

Dee, in memory of Ron and parents, $30

Bob and Pat Martin, in memory of son Todd, $100

Matt and Ben, in memory of Grandpa and Grandma Levenhagen and Grandpa and Grandma Braun, $25

Haines Insurance Inc., $250

Gene and Marie, in memory of Kristie and Jerry Hestness, $50

Rock Falls Church 20-30 Club, $10

Carrie and Brian McKigney, in memory of Bill, Lucille, Ron McKigney and Brian Pofahl, $50

Norma Schroeder, in loving memory of my sister Lucile Martin and my cousin Philna Miller. May they rest in peace, $25

Timothy and Betty Cross, $250

Ron and Kathy Muff, $100

Bonita and Dean Weber, in memory of Mindy and Caleb, $50

Florence Beek, in memory of my husband Gary and daughter-in-law Jessica Beek, $100

Ken and Cyndi Chizek, in memory of Arthur Chizek, $50

Ken and Cyndi Chizek, in memory of Richard Dole, $50

Gail Brown, $5,000

Brown, Kinsey, Funkhouser & Lander, PLC (Scott D Brown, Kaitlyn J Ausborn, John P Lander, Kim R Snitker and Travis M Armbrust), $100

Alyce Bailey, $50

Anonymous, $50

John and Mary Murphy, in memory of the Boyd and Murphy families, $25

Rose McCarthy, in memory of my granddaughter Mallory Newton, $200

Robert and Maria Hubbard, $50

Marilyn Holland, in memory of parents William and Esther Gentz and in memory of Kloose family, $25

Anonymous, in memory of Libby Luecht, $25

Florence and Eugene Ferden, in memory of our parents, $100

Lloyd and Carol Tinkey, in memory of our parents, $50

Gene and Kathy Hinrichs, $100

Dale Rasmussen, in memory of Janice, $50

Frank Weiss, in loving memory of my wife Ellen, $100

Gene and Nancy Kuehn, $50

Verna Smeby, in memory of all my loved ones, $50

Michael and Jane Connor, in memory of George Pagel, $20

In memory of Lori Hart dance partner, $20

Gary and Deloris Faught, in memory of daughter Deb Faught and grandson Nathan Quail, $50

God's Blessings to all, $20

Gerald and Karen Schultz, in memory of aunts and uncles, Art and Elsie Bussa, George and Eva Kimble, Buster and Myrtle Lowe and Earl and Irene Miller, $25

Stuart Schultz, in memory of grandparents Bob and Addie Hanley and Carl and Mary Schultz, $25

Bernadine Marzen, in memory of Leo and family, $50

Lowell and Ellamae Butler, in memory of our parents, $100

Mervin and Ann Sletten, in memory of Don Hudson, $20

With love, John, Becky, Ellene, Ronda, Alex and families, in memory of our mom and dad, Ardyce Nodtvedt and Harold Nodtvedt, $25

With love from Colton Ray and Carlie Renae Shoor, in memory of Grandma Ardyce Nodtvedt, $25

Don and Cathy Yadon, $1,000

Deland and Darlene Behr, $50

Jeff and Vicki Hensley, $50

Phyllis Hrubetz, in memory of family and friends, $40

Heartland Asphalt Inc., $1,200

Janet Dockstader, in memory of Darrell and William John Dockstader, $50

The Lyle Hullinger family, in memory of Lyle Hullinger, $30

Laura and William Jinkinson, $150

Roger and Marian Jennings, $50

Brian, Amanda, Haley, Sammie, Zack, Brayton, Anna and Ryleigh, in memory of Grandpa Nort and Tara, $50

Mark, Lori, Bill, Jeff, Laura and wife Marilyn, in memory of Dad, $50

Barbara Johnk, $50

His family, in loving memory of Raymond Nedved, $25

Mabel Welch, $25

Joan Bartel, in remembrance of family and friends, $50

Lloyd and Cynthia Heinselman, $100

Cheryl Zrostlik, in loving memory of my husband Vince and all other deceased family members, $25

Gene Brass, $25

Mary Franzen, for family members deceased, $25

Leon Anderson, $100

Roxann, Jeff, Tyler and Kayla Newell, in memory of Ben Newell, $100

Joseph and Mary Jill Thoreson, $250

Arthur and Kathleen Mahon, $250

Judy Nielsen and all my family, in memory of our loved ones, $400

Pete and JoAnn Merfeld, $50

Roger Obrecht in memory of my wife Leah Obrecht, $50

Anonymous, $20

Joyce Diedrich, $200

William and Debra Robinson, $100

Anonymous, $25

The Athenian Study Club, $15

Anonymous, in memory of Gayle Evans, $25

Anonymous, in memory of Bernice and Chuck Colbey, $25

Skip and Shirley, in memory of our loved ones, $25

First Christian Church, $100

Tom and Jo Wilder, in memory of loved ones, $25

In memory of Bill Nelson, $20

Susan Chapin, in memory of Kermit and other family members who have passed away, $75

W G and Marilyn Davison, $30

Rich and Gail Schurtz, $100