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Unrest, disorderly behavior follow funeral-goers Wednesday


This news story was published on April 10, 2014.
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A Mason City police officer patrols the block at the Methodist church April 9, 2014

A Mason City police officer patrols the block at the First United Methodist church on April 9, 2014

MASON CITY – There were some problems Wednesday in Mason City related to a large group of people who attended a funeral.

The problems began Wednesday when a fight was reported at about 1 PM at the intersection of 1st Street SE and Georgia Avenue – directly between Mason City police headquarters and First United Methodist Church, where a funeral was being conducted for a well-known Mason City man.

A citizen called police and reported that two males, approximate ages of 16-19, were fighting near the intersection. Police responded and encountered a large group of people there. Some reports said up to 60 people were at the scene.

“Several in the group appeared upset about something and were becoming disorderly,” a police officer told NIT. “Police arrived to keep the peace and find out what the problem was. No one in the crowd was forthcoming on what or who the problem was. Police remained until the crowd dispersed.”

An officer was seen patrolling the area in a squad car as the funeral was conducted inside the church.

Following the funeral proceedings, many of the funeral-goers went to East Park for a cook out.

Police were either dispatched to or observed problematic behavior in East Park at three different times Wednesday afternoon following the funeral that involved the same group(s) of people, police said. The last call to police came at around 6:05 PM.

Mason City police and Iowa State Patrol were reported to be at the park.

“Police dispersed the group(s) due to the ongoing disorderly behavior in the park,” police said.

There were no arrests associated to the day’s events.

MCPD and Iowa State Patrol at East Park on April 9, 2014, following reports of disturbances

MCPD and Iowa State Patrol at East Park on April 9, 2014, following reports of disturbances

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14 Responses to Unrest, disorderly behavior follow funeral-goers Wednesday

  1. Anonymous Reply Report comment

    February 22, 2016 at 5:56 pm

    NIT too scared to list the name?

  2. jl.herr Reply Report comment

    April 10, 2014 at 8:23 pm

    People need to get to some other cities once in a while Mason City overall is not that bad.I’ve seen a lot worse in my travels.People want too complain,but did you vote.If it is so bad,what then would you change?Is’t easy to be part of the problem hard to change people that all they can find is to be negative about most everything.Dare you people to come up with some positive ideas.Here is one get rid of all the unskilled crankheads.(METH)Then maybe some employers would take chance on us.

  3. Iowaviking5 Reply Report comment

    April 10, 2014 at 6:30 pm

    Feel bad for the family of the deceased.

  4. Allen Reply Report comment

    April 10, 2014 at 4:46 pm

    What a shame, they can’t even be respectful at a funeral for one of their own. Who they going to blame this on.

  5. Cretin Hall Reply Report comment

    April 10, 2014 at 3:04 pm

    My wife and I spend most of our time in Phoenix, Arizona. When we do come back later this month, we will lock our doors at night and put everything in the yard away. Over the past 5 years, the town has become exceedingly run-down expect for a small patch downtown where the rich play their games.

    • Rastamon Reply Report comment

      April 10, 2014 at 5:25 pm

      Ya, there’s no crime in Phoenix, it’s all in small town Iowa. Maybe you should try getting offline so it doesn’t cloud your judgment.

  6. sad but true Reply Report comment

    April 10, 2014 at 12:42 pm

    Its so embarrassing to be in this town. I would like to call anywhere else home.

    • Anonymous Reply Report comment

      April 10, 2014 at 12:53 pm

      Do you need help packing or do you just like complaining?

      • Anonymous Reply Report comment

        April 10, 2014 at 2:01 pm

        Perfect example of why its so sad to call this place home

    • Get it Right Reply Report comment

      April 12, 2014 at 1:44 pm

      If you are going to be so ignorant, quit running your mouth.

    • Tim56andgoing Reply Report comment

      February 16, 2016 at 12:58 pm

      I agree Scot, law enforcement has lost control

      • Anonymous Reply Report comment

        February 16, 2016 at 1:21 pm

        No, there’s just more poor trash than before. You know, the people who didn’t adapt after the slaughterhouses and other blue collar jobs were shipped away yet lacked the ambition to do anything else.

      • LVS Reply Report comment

        February 16, 2016 at 3:15 pm

        Old article. Dead issue.