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Hanlontown City Council member arrested for domestic assault


This news story was published on April 10, 2012.
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by Matt Marquardt –

NORTHWOOD – A Hanlontown City Council member was arrested for domestic assault over the weekend.

Jacob J. Jackson, 38, of Hanlontown was arrested on April 1 after assaulting his wife at their home.

Sources close to the victim told NIT that the assault could have been prevented, as Jackson (pictured in 2011) had been with Worth County Sheriff Jay Langenbau prior to the incident and had told the sheriff he intended to harm his wife.

Sheriff Langenbau confirmed today that he was indeed with Jackson prior to the assault in the early morning hours of April 1 and that Jackson did tell him that he would harm his wife.  “I can’t arrest someone for that,” Langenbau said.  “If we arrested everyone for saying they were going to do something, we would have no place to put them, our jails would be past full.”

Jackson and his wife had been in Mason City the evening of March 31 and into the early morning of April 1, enjoying a night on the town.  Langenbau told NIT that Jackson called him on his cell phone at about 1:30 a.m. April 1st while Jackson was walking home “somewhere in Cerro Gordo County.”  Langenbau said that Jackson’s wife had “dropped him” somewhere on Highway B-2o after an argument in their car on the way home, and Jackson was walking home to Hanlontown.  Langenbau found Jackson and they had a conversation, during which Jackson said he wanted to harm his wife.

Langenbau also confirmed that Jackson had been drinking but could not arrest him because “he was doing nothing wrong.”  Langenbau confirmed that a Worth County Deputy was sent to “watch” the Jackson home in Hanlontown early that morning.

Cerro Gordo County Sheriff Kevin Pals also confirmed that a Cerro Gordo County deputy encountered Jackson at about 12:24 a.m. walking along Highway B-20.  The deputy took no action and allowed Jackson to continue walking.

Sources told NIT that Jackson made it to his home and “slipped by” the deputy and committed the assault.

Jackson was arrested after his wife called 911.  Worth County authorities responded in two minutes and arrested Jackson.  He was charged with domestic abuse assault causing bodily injury ( 708.2A(2)(B) ) a serious misdemeanor.

Jackson was convicted of felony 3rd degree burglary ( 713.6(A) )  in 1994 and served a number of years in prison for that offense.

The Worth County Attorney is Jeffrey H. Greve and he is so far handling the case, Greve confirmed on the phone Tuesday.  He also stated that he provides legal assistance for the city of Hanlontown when called upon.

Jackson is innocent until proven guilty.

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80 Responses to Hanlontown City Council member arrested for domestic assault

  1. LVS Reply Report comment

    August 4, 2014 at 9:59 am

    Can the sheriff legally ban the media (N.I.T.) from the courthouse without a warrant? I do not think so. It looks like a law suit waiting to happen.

    • Matt Marquardt Reply Report comment

      August 4, 2014 at 10:07 am

      My source – an extremely good source – told me point blank that the sheriff had the IT computer networking department block NIT from courthouse computers so no one that works there can read it. Problem is … his action only adds to the mystique of NIT. His effort to conceal makes his own employees wonder what else he is hiding. A sloppy, adolescent move on his part. Does the sheriff up north know that his employees have smart phones, home computers?

  2. Iowa Native Reply Report comment

    April 14, 2012 at 10:02 pm

    I can not believe that this was not avoided with just a phone call. Yes, I agree with everyone that this man should have been arrested for intoxication, but the mention of hurting his wife could not have been dealt with, as no act had been done as yet. BUT the sheriff thought there WAS threat enough to have an officer watch the house. In a small town everyone knows everyone else, so the sheriff knew his wife by either 1)just living there, 2)as a wife of a volunteer fireman, 3)or as the wife of a councilman, so why didn’t he call the wife to warn her? If not as law enforcement, as a friend or neighbor? All that would have been needed to say is that “you just saw him, he has been drinking & he said something that indicated you could be in harms way. Don’t know if it is due to his drinking, but wanted you to know in case you felt the need for you & the children to leave.” Everyone would have been safe then. The need is still there for him to get the help he needs, but the need of safety for his wife & children plus the avoidance of those children being in the middle of it would have been avoided. There should be no lack in the safety of individuals due to “being a friend of the perpetrator or not wanting to hurt his name”. There is plenty of misconduct to go around here.

  3. steve pelham Reply Report comment

    April 13, 2012 at 3:44 pm

    i’m wondering how a convicted felon is serving on the town council. just last nov., a mayor-elect was barred from taking office because he had a past felony conviction.

  4. carman Reply Report comment

    April 13, 2012 at 1:30 pm

    Please dont get me wrong anyone. I’m not striking out at Jacob, I’m certain he is a great guy that made some wrong decisions. I my self have made some very poor decisions in my life that landed me in Jail and caused harm to others around me. Jacob my heart goes out to you and you family. I just hope that if I’m found in the position of Public Intox it is nothing but a ride home.

    • Concerned Reply Report comment

      April 14, 2012 at 8:20 pm

      This is total BS – first, he should be removed as city council member, second, time to get the report of the “law enforcement” individuals that allowed this idiot to walk, intoxicated and do nothing about it. That means NOBODY should be arrested for public intox because you allowed him to do it. Makes me sick that this could have been prevented if the law enforcement would have done their job they took an oath to do – fire them as well!!!!!!!!!!!!

  5. Hanlontown citizen Reply Report comment

    April 13, 2012 at 12:46 pm

    I just don’t see alot of people here defending Jake and he should step down voluntarily from the council and if not the council should ask him to AND he should go to jail. But the laws of the country must be followed. I don’t agree with them and it may take an uprising to change them BUT people can not be arrested for saying they are going to do harm to someone, unless that threat is directed at the President of the United States. It is our laws, if we don’t like them we must rally to change them. That is why there are restraining orders, which we know don’t work, but its a step. I am not defending Jake, he needs to be off the council, he needs to go to jail and he needs to go to anger management or other classes likely along with an AA program, supervised visits with his children now that there is police documentation of his physical domestic violence. And hopefully his wife will get treatment for being a battered wife and the children will get counseling as well. Until he can prove he is a man, he should not reap the benefits of marriage and children as that takes a man.
    You can rant and rave as much as you want about the police, but there are people walking the streets and the roads and the bars and the casino’s all the time drunk. That is what it is, and if we are not happy with this law or others than rally together and contact your politicians at a state and federal level to change that. The Sheriff and the other officer did their jobs to the best of what the law offers, our justice system is not always fair and it does not always produce justice but it is what we have to work in. Usually public intox arrest is often a ticket and not jail anyway, and then usually the person needs to be involved at that time or previous to police arrival in some kind of disruption. So this would not have prevented anything anyway. And as a tax payer I don’t want to pay for everyone who is walking around the streets and roads of Worth county to spend a night in jail, mostly they just need to sleep it off. The police can not predict the behavior of any drunk. And we can not detain and arrest for something someone might or might not do in the future, we are not a police state.

    • carman Reply Report comment

      April 13, 2012 at 1:12 pm

      Tell that to my neighbor that was arrested and taken to Cerro Gordo jail about 2 month ago. She was about 100 feet from her front door in a small north iowa town. She will be the first admit she was drunk, but was taken to Cerro Gordo County Jail for walking home drunk from the bar which is about 3 blocks from the house. You can defend the actions of these Officers all you want. But on this night near Hanlontown, neither Protected or Served there fellow man. It is an outrage and I 100% certain if this was my-self or any adverage person they would have spent the night is Jail. If you really think that is not the case you are wrong! I would like to see public records of all Public Intoxication arrests for Worth County and Cerro Gordo County and have them all re-evaluated. Becasue from here on out in the Case of Jackson vs. Jackson or Jackson vs Worth County, it will be considered in a court of law, when anyone and I mean anyone is arrested for Public Intox or even running the stupid drunk mouth about beating someone up. This man expressed to a Peace officer his intend, and was also noted by this Peace officer that he had been drinking and it was totally dismissed. We can all be glad this didn’t turn out worse for his Family, or him get hit by a car while walking down a dark road at night. Shame on these Officers for there neglect, and also Thank You for opening the door for drunks everywhere to walk anywhere they want in Public.

    • Chuck Hughes Reply Report comment

      April 13, 2012 at 2:23 pm

      Harassment – Section 708.7 of the Code of Iowa lists a variety of behaviors that could cause annoyance or harm. There is no requirement that these behaviors occur as part of a pattern nor is there any relationship requirement between the harasser and victim. Harassment can include contact that is meant to threaten, intimidate or alarm another, and does not require physical touching or oral communication.

    • YouShouldBeAshamed Reply Report comment

      August 4, 2014 at 11:06 am

      You’re wrong there Hanlontown Hillbilly. Public Intoxication IS JAIL TIME…no if’s, and’s, or but’s about it. As far as the fact that this guy is a coward and a woman abuser merits no respect from my side of the coin. There is no two sides on this one. No fencewalking. It’s pathetic…a stumbling, bumbling councilman walking down the road to get home…wacked, twacked, and cracked. Now it’s time to knock his wife around??? Get real. One last thing,…he needs a haircut and a good trim.

      • LVS Reply Report comment

        August 4, 2014 at 3:50 pm

        @You-this was not about the article. You should read before commenting and look at the dates. This is about N.I.T. being banned from the Worth County Courthouse illegally.

  6. carman Reply Report comment

    April 13, 2012 at 11:53 am

    Alot of B.S. I think we should all get drunk tonight and organize a nice midnight walk down B20 carring signs indicating we are gonna beat our significant other when we get home. I’m sure none of us would get arrested because it’s legal, Right?

  7. Concerned... Reply Report comment

    April 13, 2012 at 10:53 am

    I seen that someone had made the comment of this sounding like a “good ole boys” club and I couldn’t agree more. If I am not mistaken Mr. Langenbau lives in Hanlontown (if he doesn’t now, he used to anyway) so it doesn’t surprise me in the least that NOTHING was done when this jack ass stated his intentions to him. I do not believe for one second that at that point there wasn’t even one thing that Jay couldnt have just atleast taken him in for the night for EVERYONE’s safety. Instead he looked the other direction, hoped he wasn’t being serious and let him go to protect his buddys name. For all of you defending him – those of us with a sound mind and that can see how what this scum bag did was incredibly wrong could care less what kind of a person you THINK he is or portrays to be. The fact of the matter is he BEAT HIS WIFE! Men who are domestic abusers are masters at portraying what charming “good” people they are. If he was really truly the “wonderful” citizen you say he is this would have never happened in the first place -intoxicated or not! It sickens me that in the same general community I live in, there are people so naive that they will turn the other way just because they don’t want to believe crap like this happens in their own backyards from people they supposedly trust. Wake up! Your not doing him any favors by defending his actions!

  8. carman Reply Report comment

    April 13, 2012 at 10:48 am

    I’m absolutley appauled that this guy was not hauled in for public intox WTF. The Cerro Gordo Sheriff and the Worth County Sheriff have got alot of nerve to ever arrest anyone for public intox in the Future. Complete neglect on there behalf. And to the comment of Jails being full (B.S.). What if you only arrested the drunk people at midnight walking down busy county roads threating to beat their wifes? I’m guessing it would only fill one cell a month or even a year.

  9. worriedINworth Reply Report comment

    April 13, 2012 at 1:22 am

    Intoxicated on a public highway, approached by 2 police officers. What would have happened if this dumbass had been hit by a car for walking drunk down the road? would you all be defending the cops for letting him continue to walk home without following HIM to make sure where he did or did not go if he’d been struck by a vehicle??? He posed a serious threat to anyone who was driving down that road, and THREATENED his wife’s well being to these officers! I’m disgusted and frightened that they let intoxicated people walk away after comments like that. Who’s protecting, whom, exactly?

  10. Hanlontown citizen Reply Report comment

    April 12, 2012 at 10:49 pm

    I voted for the current Sheriff of Worth county and will again in the next election. No Sheriff or deputy can arrest a person because they say something. This may not be what is best for our society but look at all the stalkers in the country and the people who make threats and nothing can be done by law enforcement until it is acted on. Jake may very well deserve to go to jail and if found guilty of domestic assault then he should and as citizens we should never tolerate domestic abuse BUT the Sheriff can not arrest someone for walking drunk on a gravel road nor can he arrest someone for for saying something. Are all of your that are laying our your opinion here free of NEVER being drunk in a public place? Hmmm.

    My other thought, if you don’t live in Worth County or Hanlontown but rather are a voting resident of Mason City: look at your own back yard with your current Mayor and Council members. Pot calling kettle black when your calling for resignations from a Sheriff for doing his job and for a Hanlontown councilman to be removed. The councilman should step down, the Sheriff has my next vote.

    • Chuck Hughes Reply Report comment

      April 13, 2012 at 9:48 am

      The Sheriff did NOT do his job!

    • carman Reply Report comment

      April 13, 2012 at 10:55 am

      It’s called being intoxicated in Public. IT’S AGAINST THE LAW. People are arrested everyday for this even when there just blocks from there homes in city limits. Why is this guy different?

    • Just an FYI Reply Report comment

      April 17, 2012 at 3:45 pm

      Just so you know in Iowa you can be arrested for threatening someone and be charged with assault. So you can in fact be arrested for saying something. Look it up if you dont believe me the wording on assault in Iowa says that if you threaten to do harm to someone and have the means to do so you can be charged

      • Iknowthewholetruth Reply Report comment

        April 27, 2012 at 7:55 pm

        According to Iowacourtsonline, this tool is going to attempt to have the NCO dropped or ammended on Monday, April 30th. Let’s hope and pray that Worth County does not fail to protect this woman and her children again.

    • hahaha Reply Report comment

      April 13, 2012 at 10:29 am

      I really hope his wife gave him the gash on his head while defending herself in the photo provided by the GG. Doesn’t even look like the same person in the photo with this one!

      • Chuck Hughes Reply Report comment

        April 13, 2012 at 2:28 pm

        She didn’t he gave it to himself and was screaming help when the cops finally showed up to make it look like she was the aggresor, that shows just what a low life scum bag he is. They should and could have held him for a psych. eval. for the comment he made to the Sheriff.

  11. BOTTOM LINE Reply Report comment

    April 12, 2012 at 1:51 pm

    Law enforecement encountered this man on a public highway and acknowledged he was intoxicated and making verbal threats against another human being. By law this is an automatic public intox and Harassement second degree. This man should have been cited on the spot and escorted to jail or emergency room for evaluation for stability. The law is the law. It does not matter who you are or who you know this is the law. Any law enforcement that was involved in this should be asked for their immediate resignation. The lady this was LET to happen to has legal grounds for a law suit against all officers and counties involved. I would advise checking on a lawyer. The law enforcement officers involved in this incident are a great liability to the human race and the county. They swear an oath to PROTECT and SERVE and if they are unable to do that because they feel they are above the law they are hired to protect then they should be removed immediatly. AND THAT IS THE BOTTOM LINE….THE LAW IS THE LAW. WE WILL AWAIT WHAT THE COUNTY DOES WITH THIS SITUATION AND THEIR INSUBORDINATE OFFICERS THAT PUT PEOPLE IN HARMS WAY. Maybe the county doesn’t care about the liability of a woman their officers LET this happen to.

    • wow Reply Report comment

      April 12, 2012 at 2:01 pm

      Prove he was intoxicated.

      • Iknowthewholetruth Reply Report comment

        April 12, 2012 at 2:17 pm

        His defenders are sheep and will believe what they want. I know the truth. Mr. Jackson will have his day in court and this time his wife will have support.

      • Chuck Hughes Reply Report comment

        April 12, 2012 at 2:37 pm

        Shouldn’t that have been the Sheriffs job? Just for your sake, let’s say he was stone cold sober. It is still a crime to threaten another person with bodily harm, what’s your comeback for that? And don’t forget the Sheriff admitted to that.

      • BOTTOM LINE Reply Report comment

        April 12, 2012 at 2:42 pm

        All law enforcement involved in from 2 counties said they encountered this individual intoxicated on the public highway. If the officers recognized he was intoxicated and making verbal harmful threats towards another human being and did not breath test this gentleman in or any other sobriety tests were not performed it is just more to add to the case that the law enforcement did not follow their job requirments. Sad that a person had to pay the price of bodily harm because this man was let to do this. There were MANY things the law could have, should have done to prevent this. Do you really think now the officers name is out their that ANYONE would want him to be involved in any way whats so ever in protecting and serving for them.

      • Chuck Hughes Reply Report comment

        April 12, 2012 at 2:43 pm

        His neighbor commented here and said that he was decent during the day in public, but says when he drinks his actions are “thouroughly wrong” and this is coming from his neighbor.

  12. BOTTOM LINE Reply Report comment

    April 12, 2012 at 1:32 pm

    I don’t think God inteneded for his verses to be posted to defend anyone who beats another or to defend law enforement that let it happen.

  13. NothingFace76 Reply Report comment

    April 12, 2012 at 8:07 am

    And at the same time they also learn to be idle, as they go around from house to house; and not merely idle, but also gossips and busybodies, talking about things not proper to mention.
    Luke 6:31

    • Iknowthewholetruth Reply Report comment

      April 12, 2012 at 10:26 am

      People like you are one of the reasons women stay in abusive relationships. Don’t talk about it? Will it go away then? Seems like you are worried about Mr. Jacksons reputation and not the wellbeing of his wife. How about you find a verse that talks about how no man should raise a hand to his wife? His wife needs to know that there are poeple standing beside her, supporting her. Not people telling her to keep quiet. She has been quiet for too long. There are many things I could reveal about Mr. Jackson, but I won’t. Why? Because I won’t stoop to his level. He will be judged and he will be found guilty. Why? Because he is guilty of this and so much more.

      • wow Reply Report comment

        April 12, 2012 at 10:42 am

        They did. Luke 6:31. You should look that one up.

      • Iknowthewholetruth Reply Report comment

        April 12, 2012 at 11:00 am

        Luke 6:31 Do unto others as you would have them do to you.
        What, exactly is your point?

  14. NothingFace76 Reply Report comment

    April 12, 2012 at 7:46 am

    Jake remember those that know you know what kind of guy you really are. Its a shame this is considered news. God bless you and your family

  15. htownmem Reply Report comment

    April 11, 2012 at 11:05 pm

    As a neighbor of Jake and his wife they have both been decent minded in public during the day. Often I do see Jake riding his bicycle around town with his children, also, (from both) they wave each time there’s an encounter while walking/driving by either one of them. Yes, his actions of what he does while intoxicated are thoroughly wrong, but on the other side they are both good shown town citizens during the day.

    • BOTTOM LINE Reply Report comment

      April 12, 2012 at 1:57 pm

      AND should that really matter if when their door closes it is a harsh and abusive environment? Look up Narcist… This man is a classic Narcist.

  16. Iknowthewholetruth Reply Report comment

    April 11, 2012 at 3:11 pm

    The domestic assault charge against his wife was DISMISSED not dropped. There is a HUGE difference. She, in fact, was the one to call the police that day, too. This is being reported as newsworthy due to the fact that Mr. Jackson is a public official and should be held up to a higher standard because of that. Mr. Jackson should be the one hanging his head in shame, not his wife. Mr. Jackson has certainly put on a good front and has made his wife out to be the bad guy. The city of Hanlonton should ask for Mr. Jackson’s immediate removal from the city council and from the Volunteer Fire Department.

  17. Chuck Hughes Reply Report comment

    April 11, 2012 at 10:33 am

    The Worthless Co. Sheriff should be typing up his letter of resignation as I write this comment. What a jackass. The defendant told you what he was going to do and you did nothing, you could have given him a public intox. Like I said Worthless!!!

    • wow Reply Report comment

      April 11, 2012 at 10:40 am

      Public Intox for someone who is not intoxicated in public… Brilliant.

      • MsAnneNY Reply Report comment

        April 11, 2012 at 10:50 am

        “Langenbau also confirmed that Jackson had been drinking but could not arrest him because “he was doing nothing wrong.””

        He was able to tell he had been drinking & was making threats of violence. Its called suspicion….take him in, drop the charge later. But for God sake do SOMETHING to protect the person the threats are being made against.

      • wow Reply Report comment

        April 11, 2012 at 11:07 am

        So you should not be able to drink in your own home on private property without the threat of arrest? Still no crime at that point. I am not defending the guy for what he allegedly did. I am trying to point out the fact that the issue, law, and policies are a little more complicated than “We should put all the bad people in jail.”

      • Chuck Hughes Reply Report comment

        April 11, 2012 at 11:23 am

        He wasn’t at home ya dumb ass. He was on a public roadway.

      • Chuck Hughes Reply Report comment

        April 11, 2012 at 11:31 am

        And if you think that a guys wife dumps him out of the car at 12:30 in the morning just because, your just as stupid as this Jackson guy and the Sheriff. After a night on the town and it was 12:30 in the morning?????? like I said your a dumb ass.

      • wow Reply Report comment

        April 11, 2012 at 12:00 pm

        Fact #1 he did not commit a crime outside of the home so he was not arrested outside of the home.

        Fact #2 the alleged assault occurred at his home.

        Fact #3 People who cannot read or spell the word “you’re” correctly should not call people “dumb ass”.

      • Chuck Hughes Reply Report comment

        April 11, 2012 at 9:54 pm

        Being drunk in public is a crime, and tell him to go to a cop that’s not his pal and tell them that he is on his way to assault his wife, you really think they would let him go? Your cluless and it really show when you are picking out grammatical errors. Also are you scared to use your real name on your comments? Hanlontown fireman perhaps, maybe work for the Sheriff himself? dumb ass and chicken shit.

      • wow Reply Report comment

        April 12, 2012 at 8:10 am

        The literate often to use pen names to cloak their identities from name calling, illiterate, illogical people who would threaten them.

      • Chuck Hughes Reply Report comment

        April 12, 2012 at 11:06 am

        Well according to you threatening to hurt someone is OK and not a crime, so what are you worried about? I am threatening no one, I guess Mrs. Jackson should have used a pen name, maybe it would have “hidden” her from threats. Go back and play with your corrupt pals Mr. Jackson, The Worthless Co. Sheriff Jay Lameass, and I’m sure your probably associated with the Northwood officer thats got his ass in a wringer too.

      • BOTTOM LINE Reply Report comment

        April 12, 2012 at 2:09 pm

        WOW do you really think you have valid point??? LOL. Read the article 2 not just one law enforecment individuals encountered this guy on a PUBLIC highway intoxicated making verbal threat towards another human being…DUH he was not at home drinking .. he was out for the night drinking got kicked out of the car for what ever reason..the reason does not matter at all the point is HE WAS INTOXICATED ON A PUBLIC HIGHWAY MAKING VERBAL THREATS TOWARDS A PERSON. YES HE WAS BREAKING THE LAW…2 OF THEM INFACT 1. PUBLIC INTOX 2. HARASSEMENT SECOND DEGREE. This man should have been cited and taken to jail not let to get home and follow thru with those threats. not only that the officers must have known it might happen cause they had an office “watch” the house, which is probably a coverup at this point trying to save their butts cause they..THE OFFICERS involved in this did not up hold the law they are sworn to protect. Also this man was NOT drinking in his own home… What are you not understanding about this that you keep defending this individual and misconstruding the facts of the case?? ahhh maybe some stake trying to defend YOURSELF be cause maybe your were involved in letting this happen to the lady???? ANYONE.. I MEAN ANYONE WHO DEFENDS A PERSON WHO BEATS ANOTHER IS A DISGRACE.

      • Iknowthewholetruth Reply Report comment

        April 12, 2012 at 3:23 pm

        It was Mr. Jackson’s birthday the night in question. He had had several drinks before going to the bar and at the bar. I am fairly certain there would be several witnesses to attest to the fact that Mr. Jackson was indeed intoxicated. Including, but not limited to, the people that were out on the town with them, patrons at the bar and the employees of the bar. Him being intoxicated is a moot point. Got anything else to try to defend his actions and the lack of action taken by local law enforcement that night?

  18. you have NO IDEA Reply Report comment

    April 11, 2012 at 9:00 am

    as for anonymous saying there is more to the story, you are just trying to cover your own sad ass because we all know who you are. Nice try, trying to cover up who you really arem you one bullet wonder, Jay Langenbau. Careful who you spout off too about what you posted on here. What you did is undescribeable. Yes you couldve done something about it. If you were such great friends, then you wouldve offered him a place to stay, and you knew he had a violent history. Just because he is a fireman, council, blablabla, dont mean crap. THEIR family knows the truth, and ones that are REALLY their friends know the truth. YOU dont know the full story, what is that saying? Dont bullshit a bullshitter…believe me, you have NO idea who jake really is.

  19. Anonymous Reply Report comment

    April 11, 2012 at 1:34 am

    I think there may be more to this story. Lets go back a couple years, I know that Jake’s wife recieved an OWI after she passed out and totaled her car on her way home from work to pick up there kids. This by far is the most scariest part to me. Shortly after that his wife wanted an end to there marriage. During this time she recieved a domestic assault charge for driving his own truck over him. The charges were dropped, the marriage seemed to turn a new leaf and they were together again. I was glad to see it was given a chance. I see Jake daily with his kids, waving to anyone that drives by, helping others, taking his kids to church, and volunteering in his community. I see none of this from his wife. I’m sure we don’t know the whole story, but I will continue wave when I see either of them as they need all of our support.

    • Chuck Hughes Reply Report comment

      April 11, 2012 at 10:11 am

      that’s a pretty shitty move trying to blame it on the victim. Your nothing but a piece of shit yourself, possibly Mr. Jackson???????

    • wowZERS Reply Report comment

      April 11, 2012 at 12:38 pm

      If you are going to sit here and defend a woman beater why don’t you at least use proper English and the correct THEIR. Furthermore I don’t think it is right AT ALL to post this “article” as you will because you are without stating her name identifying the VICTIM of domestic abuse! SHAMEFUL at best describes this and the people defending him!

  20. MsAnneNY Reply Report comment

    April 11, 2012 at 1:13 am

    He didn’t do it?! Are you effing kidding me? Did you drink a tall glass of stupid today?
    ~He fights with wife causing her to kick him outta the car.
    ~He told a cop he was going home to “harm his wife” & I seriously doubt that was how he said it.
    ~He sneaks past the cop waiting outside
    ~His wife calls 911 for help.
    ~They show 2 min later & arrest him.
    Let me guess, ya believe in the 2 min the real assailant escaped undetected & he arrived unseen just in time to take the blame.

    • Observer Reply Report comment

      April 11, 2012 at 3:31 pm

      Ms. Anne; Everyone knows the butler did it with the candle stick, in the Library! That’s why the deputy outside did not see anything, it was an inside job.

      • MsAnneNY Reply Report comment

        April 11, 2012 at 11:26 pm

        Perhaps the deputy was busy polishing his one bullet.

    • Concerned Reply Report comment

      April 16, 2012 at 9:28 am

      If the “cop” was supposedly sitting outside and this idiot snuck past him – why the hell did it take two minutes for the cops to respond to the 911 call? It should have taken SECONDS!

  21. A CLOSE FRIEND TO Jake Reply Report comment

    April 10, 2012 at 11:48 pm

    To all of u people that love to sit on your A$$ and talk about people should really stop and take a hard look at your self and your past before u past judgement because I am sure there is something that u have done that wasn’t so great either. jake has changed his life around and became one great person to Hanlontown. Also just because he was charged with this crime doesnt mean he did it.

    • Chuck Hughes Reply Report comment

      April 11, 2012 at 9:58 am

      Look at my life? I have never beat my wife, heck I don’t evan have a speeding ticket. You just sound so stupid, I’m wondering if your all there. He changed? He just got arrested for domestic abuse.

  22. Anonymous Reply Report comment

    April 10, 2012 at 11:44 pm

    708.7 HARASSMENT – IOWA CODE
    3. a. A person commits harassment in the second degree when the person commits harassment involving a threat to commit bodily injury,

    ‘Langenbau found Jackson and they had a conversation, during which Jackson said he wanted to harm his wife.

    Langenbau also confirmed that Jackson had been drinking but could not arrest him because “he was doing nothing wrong.”

    • BOTTOM LINE Reply Report comment

      April 12, 2012 at 2:18 pm

      THIS IS THE SMARTEST POST I HAVE SEEN ON HERE YET! EVERYONE CAN SAY THIS IS A NICE GUY OUT IN THE PUBLIC, HIS FAMILY WAVES TO EVERYONE, THE WIFE IS SO CALLED THE BAD ONE BUT NONE OF THAT MATTERS…THE POINT IS THIS MAN BROKE 2 LAWS AND 2 LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICERS THAT ENCOUNTERED HIM AND THE ONE THAT “SAT” OUTSIDE THE HOUSE DID NOT ARREST THIS LAW BREAKING CITIZEN. IF THEY HAD ARRESTED HIM FOR THE CRIMES HE WOULD HAVE NEVER MADE IT HOME TO CAUSE BODILY HARM TO ANOTHER PERSON. SHAME SHAME ON THE LAW ENFORCEMENT INVOLVED IN THIS AND THE COUNTIES WHO THESE OFFICERS WORK FOR. 2 WORDS…LAW SUIT.

    • Read Closely Reply Report comment

      April 12, 2012 at 2:24 pm

      There is a difference between “wanted to” and “going to”.

      • BOTTOM LINE Reply Report comment

        April 12, 2012 at 2:33 pm

        Nice try .. the law is the law he should have been arrested. At the very least taken to the nearest ER for mental eval for his unstable threats..and yes before you try to misconstrude that.. any threat wanting to or going to do is mental instability. Remember this nice citizen broke 2 laws and either one of the should have landed him in jail or the ER… Thus protecting the victim against any harm. Either way you look at it the law is responsible for this incident happening.

      • Read Closely Reply Report comment

        April 12, 2012 at 2:35 pm

        No laws broken. No arrests made. Drinking is not intoxicated.

      • R.I.F. Reply Report comment

        April 12, 2012 at 2:48 pm

        The difference between “wanting to” and “going to” can be illustrated by the fact BOTTOM LINE “wants to” spell correctly and use proper grammar but they are not “going to” do that anytime soon.

      • Chuck Hughes Reply Report comment

        April 12, 2012 at 2:52 pm

        Read closely, you had better read a little closer, Sheriff Langenbau confirmed today that he was indeed with Jackson prior to the assault in the early morning hours of April 1 and that Jackson did tell him that he would harm his wife. ”I can’t arrest someone for that,” Langenbau said. It doesn’t say he COULD hurt her, It says WOULD hurt her. Langenbau also confirmed that Jackson had been drinking but could not arrest him because “he was doing nothing wrong.” Being drunk in public is against the law, why didn’t he check to see how drunk he was, no where did he say that he gave him a breathalyzer and he passed. For that matter if this Jackass is so well liked why in the hell wouldn’t he call a friend that’s not in law enforcement? Shit just doesn’t make sense that you defenders are puting out there.

      • BOTTOM LINE Reply Report comment

        April 12, 2012 at 2:54 pm

        LOL BOTH LAW ENFORCEMENT AGENCIES THAT ENCOUNTERED HIM STATED THAT THIS INDIVIDUAL WAS INTOXICATED ON A PUBLIC HIGHWY… NONE THE LESS MAKING VERBAL THREATS OF BODILY HARM TO SOMEONE??? READ UP ON THE LAWS… AND NO NO NO YOU CAN NOT CHANGE THEM TO MAKE WHAT THEY LET HAPPEN ANY BETTER. YOU KEEP BELIEVING WHAT YOU WILL, MAYBE IT WILL HELP YOU SLEEP BETTER AT NIGHT. I REALLY DON’T CARE . I HOPE THE VICTIM OBTAINS A LAWYER AND DOES NOT LET THESE OFFICERS BULLY HER INTO THINKING THEY DID THEIR JOBS. IT WOULD BE AWESOME FOR A LAWYER TO TELL THESE OFFICERS THEY LACK WHAT IT TAKES TO PROTECT AND SERVE. LAST I KNEW PEOPLE WHO DID NOT DO THEIR JOBS USUALLY END UP FIRED OR ASKED TO RESIGN. THESE OFFICERS ARE SUCH A LIABILY TO ALL. IT’S FRIGHTENING THAT THEY CARRY GUNS AND THINK THEY ARE ABOVE THE LAW. VERY SCARY FOR ALL CITIZENS.

      • BOTTOM LINE Reply Report comment

        April 12, 2012 at 3:10 pm

        Lol… I think its getting pretty thick, the defenders are needing a shovel. Or up a creek needing a paddle.

      • Iknowthewholetruth Reply Report comment

        April 12, 2012 at 3:10 pm

        He told the sheriff more than once that he was going to go home to harm his wife. Not “wanted to”, but, “going to”. Mr. Jackson has ALWAYS counted on his wife keeping quiet about the things she has had to endure. She has never claimed to be perfect, but she has owned up to her mistakes and paid the price. It is time for Mr.Jackson to do the same. I actually hope he gets some help for his anger and control issues before he hurts anyone else. Just know, if I have anything to do with it, he will never be allowed to harm his wife again.

  23. A CLOSE FRIEND TO Jake Reply Report comment

    April 10, 2012 at 11:41 pm

    To all of u people that love to sit on the internet and talk about people and things that have 2 story’s to them, u all can and should just shut the hell up and f***k off. this man has changed is life around and became one great and out standing person in Hanlontown. Plus just remember that every time u judge someone u better make sure that you now and your past dont have any hidden dark secerts. thank you and have a nice day to all u haters

    • Anonymous Reply Report comment

      April 10, 2012 at 11:49 pm

      Great now it’s turning into NIM were all the criminals hop in the conversation thinking everybody is a convicted felon, opps I mean has a ‘hidden dark secert’. See they can’t even spell ‘secret’ and have to curse and act violent to express their opinion.

    • Chuck Hughes Reply Report comment

      April 11, 2012 at 9:52 am

      so your defending a man that beats his wife?

  24. h3LL-OH Reply Report comment

    April 10, 2012 at 11:04 pm

    think back to last summer when this same loaded gun followed a dude into his own home for wadding a McMuffin wrapper and dropping it in the McParking Lot… he’s got a temper that won’t quit, done time for 3rd degree burglary, and now abuse/assault on his wife. dude’s got issues, put him away

  25. Tammi Reply Report comment

    April 10, 2012 at 10:49 pm

    Sure sounds like a “Good Ole Boys” club to me. He should be put under the jail and the good ole sherriff should be in the cell with him.

  26. UStoleMyName Reply Report comment

    April 10, 2012 at 8:33 pm

    Encountered him walking in the middle of the night along a county highway and he’d been drinking. Sounds like a standard public intox charge to me. How many others have been arrested for doing the same thing? If they had put him in jail to sleep it off, I’m betting the assault wouldn’t have happened.

  27. Richard Cabeza Reply Report comment

    April 10, 2012 at 8:23 pm

    Worth County’s elected officials must think they must be exempt when they beat their wives!

    • BOTTOM LINE Reply Report comment

      April 12, 2012 at 2:25 pm

      I can’t beleive the count keeps these individuals employed, they are a huge liability risk for law suits and tarnish the reputation of what an officer of the law is suppose to be and do. Up hold the laws??? How come it is so hard for people to understand? Sometimes I wonder where the common sense in people went!!