Freedom of Information Request – City of Newton – State of Iowa V Lambertus, Zachery Milo Case: 05501 SMAC015739 (JASPER) – #002

03 December 2021

MEMORANDUM

From: Michael J. Merritt
720 1ST ST S
Newton, IA 50208
(641)-840-9916
Active Duty Military Retired/Writer

To: Michael L. Hansen
1511 North Fifth Ave East
Newton, IA 50208
(641)-521-6755

City Administration
Administrative Services
101 W 4TH ST S
PO Box 399
Newton, IA  50208
641-791-0807

Office of the Attorney General of Iowa
Hoover State Office Building
1305 E. Walnut Street
Des Moines, IA 50319
Phone: 515-281-5164
Fax: 515-281-4209

Office of Auditor of State
Room 111
State Capitol Building
Des Moines, Iowa 50319

Office of Ombudsman
Ola Babcock Miller Building
1112 East Grand
Des Moines, Iowa 50319

Subj: FREEDOM OF INFORMATION REQUEST – CITY OF NEWTON – STATE OF IOWA VS LAMBERTUS, ZACHERY MILO Case: 05501 SMAC015739 (JASPER) – #002

Ref: 1. THE FREEDOM OF INFORMATION ACT, 5 U.S.C. § 552
2. Iowa Open Records Act – Iowa Code Chapter 22
3. Newton, Iowa City Administrative Manual
4. Newton News. “Man Sends a Series of Harassing Text Messages.” Newton Daily News, 15 Nov. 2020, www.newtondailynews.com/2020/08/28/man-sends-a-series-of-harassing-text-messages/a8r3nj5
5. Iowa Court Online

1. Requested Information

(a.) Newton Police Department incident report regarding STATE OF IOWA VS LAMBERTUS, ZACHERY MILO Case: 05501 SMAC015739 (JASPER).

(b.) All City of Newton end-user electronic mail/attachments regarding STATE OF IOWA VS LAMBERTUS, ZACHERY MILO Case: 05501 SMAC015739 (JASPER).

(c.) All City of Newton end-user electronic mail/attachments regarding the corresponding Newton Police Department incident number related to STATE OF IOWA VS LAMBERTUS, ZACHERY MILO case 05501 SMAC015739 (JASPER).

(d.) All City of Newton end-user electronic mail/attachments including the names Zachery Lambertus, Zachery M Lambertus, Zachery M. Lambertus, Zachery Milo Lambertus, Zach Lambertus, Zach M Lambertus, Zach M. Lambertus, Zach Milo Lambertus.

(e.) All files downloaded via an internet connection by employees of the City of Newton or the Newton Police Department related to STATE OF IOWA VS LAMBERTUS, ZACHERY MILO Case: 05501 SMAC015739 (JASPER) or its corresponding Newton Police Department incident number. Software utilized to facilitate downloading of data includes but is not limited to:

  1. Internet web browser
  2. Electronic mail client (Outlook or other desktop/mobile software)
  3. A portal, application, or other internal/external interface utilized for the collection of files or other data uploaded by citizens that have filed a complaint. That are downloaded by employees of the City of Newton, employees of the Newton Police Department, or an automated system requiring internet access provided by the City of Newton.

Newton, Iowa City Administrative Manual – 1-7 – Internet and Electronic Mail Acceptable Use; states the following:

“…Under the Iowa Open Records Act (Code of Iowa Chapter 22) and the Freedom of Information Act as interpreted by the federal courts, e-mail and electronic files obtained via the internet are public records and subject to inspection by the public in the same manner that paper document of a similar nature are preserved and made available. Certain rules promulgated by the Library pursuant to state laws regarding public internet usage may supersede this policy...”

(f.) The desired format of requested data: Portable Document Format/Thumb drive (at City of Newton published rate):

(g.) The originator of this request is not responsible for any costs generated by the production or organization of this data if the clerical, professional, clerical staff, legal fees, or any other required actions or cost exceed 10 hours or $1000 (whichever comes first) without prior coordination and approval from the originator of this request.

(h.) Distribution of Requested Data: Priority Mail sent to the originator of this request.

Respectfully,

Michael J. Merritt
720 1st St S
Newton, IA 50108
641-840-9916

PO BOX 294
Newton, IA 50208


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