- Associated Press - Wednesday, March 2, 2016

CLARION, Iowa (AP) - A 125-year-old, northern Iowa courthouse may be in store for some renovations as county officials look to sharpen security measures.

The Fort Dodge Messenger (https://bit.ly/1oZ67Wl ) reports that Andy Yackle, the Wright County director of buildings and grounds, has been working to raise $500,000 for a project intended to update safety features in the Wright County Courthouse.

Yackle says the changes are much needed, especially following 2014 courthouse gun incidents in Madison and Jackson counties.

The potential changes include adding video surveillance, audio recording of events, weapons screening and intrusion detection.

Additional walls would also be added around the courtroom witness stand and jury box.

Yackle says the county’s Board of Supervisors has already allocated $150,000 for the renovations, and he expects they will approve the project this year.

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Information from: The Messenger, https://www.messengernews.net

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