Melissa Lambrecht


Glen Klyn

GLEN KLYN, 81, of Ottumwa Funeral services will be 10:30 a.m. Wednesday (today) at Trinity Lutheran Church. Burial will be in Shaul Cemetery with military services conducted by O.B. Nelson Post #3 American Legion and Walter B. Schafer Post #775 Veterans of Foreign Wars. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Trinity Lutheran Church Reece Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements

Merle Clingman

MERLE CLINGMAN, 94, formerly of Hedrick Funeral services will be 1:30 p.m. Wednesday (today) at Hedrick-Martinsburg United Methodist Church with burial in Brooks Cemetery near Hedrick. Memorials may be made to the American Lung Association or to the National OI Foundation. Reece Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements

Janet Everman

JANET EVERMAN, 90, of Ottumwa Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Thursday at Reece Funeral Home. Burial and graveside services will be 2 p.m. Thursday in Corydon Cemetery. Visitation begins at 10 a.m. Wednesday at Reece Funeral Home with the family present one hour prior to the service on Thursday. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Tenco Foundation.

Robert King

ROBERT KING, 54, formerly of Ottumwa Funeral services will be 10:30 a.m. Saturday at Reece Funeral Home with burial in Memorial Lawn Cemetery. Visitation with the family present will be one hour prior to the service. Memorials may be made to the family to be designated at a later date.

Major Alfred Crawford (Ret)

Major ALFRED CRAWFORD (Ret), 84, of Ottumwa Funeral services will be 3:30 p.m. Saturday at Reece Funeral Home. Graveside services and burial will be Monday at Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery in Elwood, Illinois Visitation begins at 9 a.m. Saturday with the family present one hour prior to the service Memorials may be made to Wounded Warrior Project or Hospice serving Wapello and Davis Counties

Elbow Room discussions put on hold

Plans for the Ottumwa City Council to discuss the Elbow Room in downtown Ottumwa did not take place during Tuesday’s city council meeting. Councilman J.R. Richards made a motion to turn the item over to the City’s administrative team.  The team is being asked to come up with a legitimate  solution and present it’s decision to the council at it’s next regularly scheduled meeting  to be held on December 16th. City attorney Joni Keith told the council she is in the process of dealing with the owner of the establishment but declinedRead More

Ottumwa Schools-Internet Safety Presentation

OTTUMWA— The Iowa Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force will present an internet safety presentation to all Ottumwa parents and interested community members on Wednesday, December 10 in the Ottumwa High School auditorium at 6 p.m. The task force, in partnership with the Iowa Attorney General’s Office, is a strong community resource in the effort to educate the general public and law enforcement about the risks and potential hazards that are present while on-line. Their goal is to increase awareness of the recommended safeguards that can help to prevent the victimization ofRead More

Semi owner arrested

A man accused of stealing his own semi from a repair shop in southeast Iowa has been arrested and charged in connection with the case. Charlie Shanebrook is charged with First degree theft and is being held in the Mahaska County jail. Surveillance video shows a man overnight inside the business for hours before he drove out of the shop with his semi.  The business owner said the man never paid a 15-thousand dollar bill to have the semi’s engine rebuilt. After the story went public, the business owner says he received many tips fromRead More

Fire damages Schafer Stadium concession stand

An investigation continues into a fire that occurred over the weekend at Schafer Stadium. The fire was reported to the Ottumwa Fire Department shortly after 6:00 a.m.  The fire occurred at the concession stand located on the South end of the stadium. The building received considerable damage in the fire.  The stadium has been the scene of several fires over the past year or so. Fire department officials are hoping some living in adjacent houses to the stadium may have seen something that will help solve the case.

New Fire Truck

Ottumwa Fire Chief Tony Miller said today that Ottumwa’s new one-million dollar fire truck will probably NOT be delivered until January 2015. The truck is an aerial vehicle that will reach the top of Ottumwa’s tallest building, WestgateTowers, and will be adaptable to deal with the uneven landscape of North Ottumwa, when battling fires. Miller said that the construction and assembly of the new firetruck has been pushed back about a month, due to delays. Miller said that members of the Ottumwa Fire Department will be traveling to the assemblyRead More

Lind facing felony charges

The Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office has filed a number of charges against Tyler Craig Lind, 28 years old, of Batavia.  On November 23, 2014 a Deputy Justin Smith responded to a complaint of someone spotlighting deer.  Deputy Smith found a truck being driven by Lind that matched the description in the report and attempted to stop the vehicle.  Lind did not stop and led the deputy on a chase that ended with both vehicles in the ditch off of 190th Street in rural Jefferson County.  When Lind got out ofRead More

Morning Shooting

Ottumwa Police responded to a 911 call from John Deere Ottumwa Works this Morning around 6:25 AM. A victim, apparently shot in the head on Madison Avenue, was brought to the John Deere Ottumwa Works, then taken to the Ottumwa Regional Health Center. Details are rather sketchy at this time, and no names are available as yet. Apparently, a John Deere Worker had just left the Riverside Restaurant, and was traveling on Mary Street to Madison, where he observed a person being chased by another person. The person being chasedRead More

Arrest Made in Teeter Murder Case

At approximately 7:16 a.m., Monday August 11th, 2014 the Wapello County Sheriff’s Office received a 911 call of a death at 529 W. Elm St., Eldon, Iowa which is the Main Street Bait Shop in Eldon.  A male who was identified as Darrell Teeter, age 64 of 529 W. Elm St., Eldon was found deceased. An autopsy was performed at the Iowa Office of the State Medical Examiner on the body of Darrell Teeter on August 12, 2014, by Dr. Dennis Klein.  The manner of death was certified as aRead More

Ottumwa Transit has a new bus

Ottumwa Transit Director Dave Silverio notes that the transit system has a new, smaller, red, white, and blue bus that is being used for some “off peak” transit services on Ottumwa’s fixed routes. Silverio said that the new unit is sort of “an experiment” in using more efficient vehicles during low rider-ship times on the bus routes, in place of the larger fixed route buses. Silverio noted that the future of Ottumwa Transit will most likely include smaller and more efficient buses. However, Silverio noted, Ottumwa is pretty much stuckRead More

Elliott Oil Grand Opening

Midwest Arms Gun & Knife Show – Nov. 21, 22 & 23, 2014

Suspect wanted in high speed chase

(Update) –  Jefferson County Iowa – At approximately 9:15 this morning, deputies with the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office took Tyler Lind into custody.  He is no longer at large and there is no danger to the public. ______________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Early Sunday morning, a Jefferson County Sheriff’s deputy became involved in a high speed pursuit with an individual shortly before 3:00 a.m.An investigation continues into  an incident that occurred early Sunday in Jefferson County. The pursuit ended when the suspect crashed his truck.  The suspect then turned a long gun on the deputy and shots were fired. Officials sayRead More

Weekend Hit and Run

An 18year old teen is hospitalized at University of Iowa Hospitals in Iowa City following a hit and run accident Saturday night. Ottumwa Police Chief Tom McAndrew says shortly before midnight Saturday night police received a report of a pedestrian being struck by a vehicle just north ofJefferson Street and East 2nd street.  Upon arrival officers determined that Logan Fleeman had been struck by a vehicle…….that fled the scene. Fleeman was transported to Ottumwa Regional Heather Center and later transported to Mercy Medical Center in Des Moines and is listed in serious condition. So far no arrests have been made and the investigation is continuing.  Anyone having information concerningRead More

Vision Iowa makes awards to Ottumwa and Washington

(Radio Iowa) – November 21, 2014 By Pat Curtis The Vision Iowa Board on Thursday awarded grants to a couple of big projects in Ottumwa and Washington. The board is providing a $125,000 Community Attraction and Tourism (CAT) grant to help a group in Ottumwa construct a Highway 34 underpass that will be part of an existing 10-mile trail system. The Wapello County Trails Council reports the more than $650,000 project will provide for a safe crossing to an area along the Des Moines River that will be utilized for hosting large outdoorRead More

Fate of Pickwick School and Walsh Building

The Pickwick School Building in Ottumwa is set for demolition in the future, perhaps next Spring, while the fate of the Old Walsh Building on McCarroll Drive is less certain. Superintendent of the Ottumwa Community School District, Davis Eidahl said today that it is highly likely that the old Pickwick School Building will become a 9-Acre parcel of “Green Space” in the near future, to be considered for sale to private enterprises, or perhaps as a park in Ottumwa. Pickwick, Eidahl said, would be much too expensive to renovate orRead More

Herbert Wayne “PoDunk” McClure

Herbert Wayne “PoDunk” McClure, 83, of Ottumwa, and formerly of Eldon, IA passed away Wednesday, November 19, 2014 at Mercy Hospital in Des Moines.  Funeral services will be held Monday, November 24, 2014 beginning at 10:30 a.m. at the Living Hope Bible Church in Eldon.  Visitation will be held Sunday, November 23, 2014, with the family present to greet friends from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. at the Kremer Funeral Home in Eldon.  As were his wishes his body will be cremated after the service with a private family burial to be held at a later date.  In lieu of flowers, memorialRead More

Green Waste Fee

A change for Commercial Contractors who remove trees and other Green Materials  for Ottumwa Residents. Ottumwa City Council Member Matt Dalbey said that in the future, there will be a tipping fee at the Ottumwa/Wapello County Landfill, for disposal of what Dalbey called “Green Waste”. Dalbey said that the Ottumwa/Wapello County Landfill Commission has initiated these new tipping fees because it is costing the landfill about $70,000.00 Per year to dispose of materials brought to the landfill by commercial tree removal services. The new fee, Dalbey said, will help coverRead More

Woman charged with Hit and Run

A Fairfield woman who was involved in a hit and run accident in Fairfield in October has been charged with Leaving the Scene of an accident resulting in an injury. On October 8th the Jefferson County Law Center received a call that a child on a bicycle had been hit by a female driver in a black 4 door car onFairview street. An investigation was initiated by the Fairfield Police Department. During the investigation, an individual came to the Jefferson County LawCenter and stated she was the driver of the vehicle involved in the accident.  The individual was identified as Nicole Wheeler of Fairfield. DueRead More

Intersection of Penn and Jeff Opening

November 19, 2014  – Ottumwa, Iowa –  The City of Ottumwa will be opening the intersection of Pennsylvania Avenue and Jefferson Street to regular traffic on Thursday, November 20.     There will a temporary four-way stop at the intersection.  Motorists should be aware of the change and watch for the flashing red light. Workers will continue be in the area.    Painted turning lanes and full traffic signals will be installed as scheduling and conditions permit.   Work on Phase 2 and 3 of the $2.4 million project will begin in the spring.

Food for Fines

The Director of the Ottumwa Public Library is reminding the Public that you can exchange canned goods or dry packaged food for overdue book fines at the Ottumwa Public Library, now through November 29th. Sonja Farrell said that Library patrons with overdue fines can erase those fines by donating one canned food item or one packaged  item, in exchange for each dollar of overdue book fines. The food will then be donated to the Food Bank of Southern Iowa, to help the hungry. Farrell reminds folks that no glass containers,Read More