Melissa Lambrecht


Fire in Centerville damages to buildings

An investigation is under way in Centerville to determine the cause of a fire that broke out shortly before 1:30 a.m. Saturdaymorning. The fire occurred at a building at the intersection of Main and Maple Streets.  Despite the efforts of area firefighters, two buildings were destroyed in the blaze. Fire investigators say they believe the fire started on the first floor of one of the buildings.  Firemen were able to keep the large fire from spreading to a third building. Firemen remained on the scene until late Saturday afternoon. There were no injuries.

Christmas in the Villages – 2014

Albia Victorian Stroll – 2014

Elbow Room Closed

The issue involving the Elbow Room in the 300 Block of East Main Street, and recent assaults and stabbings at the after hours drinking establishment has been resolved, at least temporarily, with the closure of the business. City Council Member John  (J.R.) Richards said today that, for a variety of reasons noted by the City, the business has voluntarily shut its doors for the time being. The Ottumwa City Council was to have discussed recent events in Ottumwa’s Northside Downtown  in the area outside the Elbow Room, one assault thatRead More

Donna Loeffler Murphy-Muir

Donna Loeffler Murphy-Muir, 73, of Keosauqua died at 9:49 P.M. Tuesday December 2, 2014 at Good Samaritan Society, Ottumwa.  She was born September 8, 1941 at Mt. Zion, Iowa to Darrell and Laura Reddick Loeffler. At age 2 1/2 her parents discovered she could play the piano by ear.  Music throughout the rest of her life was her goal. She played in many dance bands, supper clubs, other entertainment fields and was pianist at the Congregational Church in Keosauqua for many years. Donna graduated in 1959 from the Keosauqua High School.  In MarchRead More

Harold L Wiggins

Harold L Wiggins, age 87 formally of Packwood, passed away Wednesday, December 3, 2014 at Arbor Court, Mt. Pleasant, IA. Visitation for family and friends will be 9:00 am – 10:30 am, Saturday, December 6, 2014 at Behner Funeral Home. Graveside service will be 11:00 am, Saturday, December 6, 2014 at Packwood Cemetery with military rites and Pastor Frosty Van Voorst officiating. Memorials can be made to the family or Arbor Court Activity Fund.  Cards and memorials can be mailed to: 1771-170th, Mt. Pleasant, IA 52641. Harold was born July 27, 1927 in Hedrick,Read More

Ottumwa Transit Alters Commercial Route Service

December 3, 2014  – Ottumwa, Iowa –  Beginning on Monday, December 8th, Ottumwa Transit’s Commercial Route will service the K-Mart Store, Aspen Dental Office and the Ottumwa Regional Health Center Walk-In Clinic on a “request only” basis.  The bus will not be making regular stops at those locations, but will do so at the request of a passenger. Passengers wanting to get off at those destinations simply need to tell the driver.    Passengers needing to return from those locations will need to call the Ottumwa Transit Office at 683-0695 andRead More

Property Tax Abatement Applications Being Accepted

December 3, 2014  – Ottumwa, Iowa –  The City of Ottumwa Planning and Development Department is accepting applications for property tax abatement under two different programs.  Both programs were designed to encourage improvements and new development by reducing the additional taxes assessed on the improvement. The City provides an incentive for new construction and property improvements by reducing the additional new taxes on the improvements through these programs. The residential tax abatement program is available citywide and reduces property taxes paid on qualifying improvements to residential properties.  Property owners whoRead More

Bridge View Director moves on

The search for a new executive director at Bridge View center is under way. Officials from VenuWorks, the company that operates Bridge View Center, has announced Larry Gawronski will be leavingOttumwa to take a national sales position with the corporate offices in Ames.  He will continue to serve in his present position until a successor has been named. In making the announcement, Steve Peters President of VenuWorks says “Larry has done an outstanding job of creating new excitement and bringing new events to Ottumwa.  He says Gawronski has built a reputation for successfully developing sponsorships forRead More

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