Melissa Lambrecht


Oktoberfest gets underway

The 41st annual Oktoberfest gets under way in Ottumwa today with a new look and a new location. Due to reconstruction of the Market Street Bridge, that’s been on hold the entire year due to high water on the Des Moines River, this year’s fall event is being held in the Jimmy Jones Shelter House in the southwest quadrant of Ottumwa Park. Oktoberfest kicks off later today with the 34th Annual Rotary Club Chicken Barbeque.  Through the day Rotary club members will be manning a large grill cooking up hundreds of pounds of chicken. Read More

Mary Ann Snyder

Mary Ann Snyder, 84, formerly of Eldon passed away Sunday, September 28, 2014 at the Ridgewood Nursing and Rehab Center in Ottumwa.  Funeral services will be held Thursday, October 2, 2014 at 10:30 a.m. at the Kremer Funeral Home in Eldon.  Visitation will be held on Wednesday, October 1, 2014 beginning atnoon, with the family present to greet friends from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. at the Kremer Funeral Home in Eldon.  As were Mary Ann’s wishes, she will be cremated following the service with a private family burial to be held at a later date.  In lieu of flowers, memorialRead More

Fred Alan Behner

Fred Alan Behner, age 68, passed away September 24, 2014 at Jefferson County Health Center. Funeral services will be 10:30 am, Monday, September 29, 2014 at First United Methodist Church, Fairfield, IA with Pastor Mike Metz and Pastor Todd Holman officiating.  Burial will at Evergreen Cemetery. Visitation for family and friends will be 2:00 pm – 7:00 pm, Sunday, September 28, 2014 at Behner Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to First United Methodist Church or Fairfield Trojan Athletic Booster Club.  Cards and memorials can be sent to: 1853 Brookville Road, Fairfield,Read More

Former Burlington Area Man Sentenced to 60 Months in Prison for Conspiracy to Distribute Cocaine

DAVENPORT, IA – On September 25, 2014, Christopher Ryan Walz, age 34, was sentenced by United States District Judge Stephanie M. Rose to 60 months imprisonment for conspiracy to distribute 5 kilograms or more of cocaine, announced United States Attorney Nicholas A. Klinefeldt. Walz was also ordered to serve five years of supervised release following the imprisonment and to pay $100 towards the Crime Victims Fund. From during or about 2009 and continuing until on or about April 24, 2013, Walz conspired with others to distribute at least 5 kilogramsRead More

Junk Vehicle Ordinance

FPD officials are reporting the following. The Fairfield Police Department soon will be enforcing the junk vehicle ordinance. All citizens are reminded that all vehicles in view, in the City limits, have to be in working order and have current registration in the State of Iowa. Vehicles cannot be used for storage or attract vermin of any kind. Officers will serve notice to any vehicles in violation and owners will have 10 days to remedy the situation.  If the situation is not remedied the vehicles may be cited and/or towedRead More

Nurse-CEO Sentenced to Federal Prison for Health Care Fraud and Money Laundering

DES MOINES, IA – On September 15, 2014, Angela Shae Ellison, age 47, of Centerville, Iowa, the former owner and CEO of Cornerstone Counseling Center, was sentenced by U.S. District Court Judge Stephanie M. Rose on charges of health care fraud and money laundering, announced U.S. Attorney Nicholas A. Klinefeldt. Ellison was ordered to serve one year and one day in prison, and was ordered to pay $724,359.26 in restitution, and pay $200 to the Crime Victim Fund. Ellison, who previously worked as a nurse, pled guilty to orchestrating aRead More

Oskaloosa Rides Offering Free Rides on Fridays in October

Good news for those looking to get around town this October: Oskaloosa Rides is free of charge on Fridays next month. Oskaloosa Rides, the new fixed-route bus service, began in July with a goal of meeting transportation needs.  Hundreds of people in Oskaloosa don’t have regular access to a vehicle and can struggle to get to places offering healthcare, retail and human services. Free Fridays is a way to make it even easier to use Oskaloosa Rides and gain the freedom that comes with increased mobility. “We have a longRead More

Woman charged for having a Pit Bull dog

A 26 year old Ottumwa woman is facing a number of charges following an incident with a pit bull dog on August 31st. Ottumwa Police Chief Tom McAndrew says Anita Marie Michel has been charged with restraint of an animal, possessing a pit bull,  which is prohibited in Ottumwa,  Animals that bite, and failure to have evidence of rabies vaccinations. Michel was arrested on the charges and released on a police citation.  The investigation was the result of an incident that occurred on August 31st that involved Michel’s pit bull that attacked aRead More

City approves electronic sign for Central Park

Area residents will have a better idea of events  occurring in the Ottumwa area as the result of action taken by the City Council last night. Two bids were received for the new electronic display sign for Central Park.  A total of two bids were received…………one from Champion sign of Oskaloosa and Cobler Sign and graphics of Ottumwa. Champion Sign submitted the best bid price of 14-thousand, 486 dollars.  The Cobler sign bid was 14-thousand, 850 dollars.  Because of the 3-percent local preference ordinance, the bid was awarded to Cobler Sign and Graphics. TheRead More

Sue Adamson

SUE ADAMSON, 58, of 832 W. Second St. Funeral services will be 1 p.m. Saturday at Reece Funeral Home with burial in Shaul Cemetery Visitation begins at 11 a.m. Friday with the family present from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday Memorials may be made to Southeast Iowa Food Bank

Pam Quigley

PAM QUIGLEY, 58, of Ottumwa Funeral services will be 10 a.m. Friday at Reece Funeral Home with burial in Shaul Cemetery Visitation begins at 1 p.m. Thursday with the family present from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Alzheimer’s Association

Agency man arrested on several charges

A 59 year old Agency man is facing several charges following an incident in Agency Tuesdayafternoon. The Wapello County sheriff’s Department says shortly after 4:30 Tuesday afternoon deputies responded to 201 East Main Street in Agency in reference to a 911 call of a female that had been stabbed. As a result of an investigation deputies arrested Patrick Murray of 201 East Main Street Apt. 7.  He was charged with Domestic Abuse with intent to inflict serious injury and uses or display of a dangerous weapon in connection with an assault. The female victim was taken to Ottumwa Regional Health Center for treatment of injuriesRead More

Drug charges filed against area residents

Three southeast Iowa residents are being in the Henry County Jail in Mt. Pleasant following a drug bust. Officials from the Henry County Sheriff’s Department say the three were arrested Tuesdayafternoon as the result of an investigation into illegal synthetic drugs being sold at a house in Henry County. When officers arrived on the scene they located a methamphetamine lab along with multiple controlled substance.  Several small children were also found inside the house. Charged are 41 year old Tina Ball, 20 year old Dillen Eaves and 20 year old Cheyenne Ball.  Tina Ball was charged withRead More

Myrna Rullman

MYRNA RULLMAN, 86, formerly of Agency Funeral services will be 1 p.m. Tuesday at Reece Funeral Home Memorials may be made to Hospice serving Wapello & Davis Counties or O.B. Nelson Post 3 American Legion Baseball

Michael McKenna

  MICHAEL McKENNA, 67, of Blakesburg Visitation begins at 10 a.m. Wednesday at Reece Funeral Home with the family present from 4 to 7 p.m. Wednesday. A Christian Wake will be held at 7 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home. Funeral Mass will be 2 p.m. Thursday at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Early, IA with burial in Sacred Heart Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials to Loving Shepherd Food Pantry or Wapello County Youth 4-H program

Juanita Brady

JUANITA BRADY, 93, of Ottumwa Funeral services will be 10 a.m. Thursday at Reece Funeral Home. Burial will be in Green Hills Memorial Park in San Pedro, California Visitation begins at 10 a.m. Wednesday with the family present form 7 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Hospice Serenity House in Oskaloosa

Evert Hart

EVERT HART, 73, of 1051 S. James Graveside and memorial services will be 1 p.m. Thursday at Eldon Cemetery with military services conducted by Walter B. Schafer Post #775 Veterans of Foreign Wars and O.B. Nelson Post #3 American Legion Visitation with the family present will be 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday September 17, at Reece Funeral Home In lieu of flowers, memorials to the family

Wildwood school sold

Wildwood Elementary school on the city’s south side will soon have a new owner. During a meeting Monday night the Ottumwa Board of Education approved a recommendation to sell the school to Frantz Community Investors located in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.  Again Monday evening the public was given an opportunity to speak for or against the sale. Among those speaking at Monday night’s meeting was Wapello County Supervisor Jerry Parker who expressed concerns over the future of the Frank Huston softball field. Frantz Community Investors plans to convert the school house,  that’s listed on TheRead More

Stabbing under investigation

A southeast Iowa man is facing charges following an incident that occurred early Sunday morning in Keosauqua. The Van Buren County sheriff’s department says shortly before 3:00 a.m. it received a report of an assault at the State Line rally at the Van Buren County fairgrounds. Upon arrival, deputies discovered two adult males were involved in an incident that resulted in one person being stabbed in the leg. Following an investigation a 27 year old What Cheer man Ivan Short was arrested at a house in Bonaparte and charged with willful injury.  He is being heldRead More

New sign coming to Central Park

There could be a new addition to central Park in Ottumwa.  When the Ottumwa City council meets in regular session tomorrow evening at 6:30 in the council chamber of City Hall, it will consider a departmental recommendation to purchase an electric sign for Central Park. Two bids were received for the new electronic display sign.  Champion Sign company of Oskaloosa submitted a bid of 14-thousand, 486-dollars, while Cobler Sign and Graphics submitted a price of 14-thousand, 850 dollars. Because of the 3-percent local preference ordinance, the bid should be awarded to cobbler sign.  SigntronixRead More

S.E. Iowa cheese factory to close

A southeast Iowa cheese factory is closing it’s doors.  Officials at Twin County Dairy has announced it will close immediately.  Known as the Kalona Cheese Factory, the company employed 50 people. Owners of the company John and Joanne Roltin says the cost of changes to food quality assurance and environmental regulations are the blame. Employees laid off will receive severance pay and compensation.  Officials say the Cheese House located in the factory will remain open.

Salvation Army to Close

The salvation Army in Ottumwa is apparently closing.  Officials with the Salvation Army in Chicago have announced the closing of the facility in Ottumwa. The Salvation Army says the chapter in Ottumwa has been in debt for almost 8 years.  The Salvation army in Ottumwa has been a part of the community for l100 years. In addition, the Salvation Army also cites a decline in the number of donations in recent years.

Day of Caring helps at the Lacey Complex

Thanks to the United Way’s Day of Caring’s volunteers from Gatton Realty and MidwestOne Bank, and to Paint Iowa Beautiful, MCRF got some painting and cleaning of equipment done at the Lacey Recreation Complex on Thursday September 11th. Midwest One Bank sent two teams totaling 13 people to paint the sports storage building with Diamond Vogel paint received by MCRF earlier this year from a Paint Iowa Beautiful grant. Gatton Realty sent a team of four to help clean youth sports equipment collected with the ‘bring old shoes to theRead More

Investigation completed in Fairfield death

Officials in Fairfield have completed their investigation into the death of an out of state man. Mark Kneeskern was found laying on the Burlington Northern Sante Fe railroad tracks in Fairfield several weeks ago.  The investigation indicated there is no evidence the death was caused by either a homicide or suicide. Kneeskern was observed laying on the southbound tracks partially on the tracks.  Crews from the train immediately activated the train’s emergency braking system and activated the train’s horn.  Kneeskern did not respond to the warnings and did not appear to move. Authorities sayRead More

Second Pilcher Trial gets underway

The selection of a jury in the 2nd Robert Eugene Pilcher murder trial is expected to continue today in Wapello County District Court in Ottumwa. Pilcher is charged in connection with the death of Mary Jayne Jones who was 17 years of age at the time of her death.  She was sexually assaulted and shot to death at a farm house west of Ottumwa in April of 1974. Last year a jury was unable to reach a verdict in the case. Pilcher was charged in connection with the case after DNA linked him to the case.