Melissa Lambrecht


Trail Council gets financial infusion

The construction of a pedestrian tunnel that would connect Wayside Park with Ottumwa Park got a financial infusion Tuesday. During the Wapello County Board of Supervisors meeting, the board approved a recommendation to provide the project with 5-thousand dollars.  Previously, the Supervisors had agreed to provide the project with one thousand dollars. Numerous entities have contributed funds for the project including 260-thousand dollars from the Ottumwa Legacy Foundation and 175-thousand dollars from the Wapello County trails Council. In addition, the Trails Council is applying for a 350-thousand dollar CAT grant.

House fire displaces Ottumwa family

An Ottumwa family is homeless following a house fire shortly after midnight on the City’s south side. The fire was reported at a house at 1120 South Milner. Firemen say when they arrived on the scene two people were seen coming from the house. In addition, firemen found the basement fully engulfed in flames. A female occupant of the house was treated for a broken leg. Cause of the fire remains under investigation.

Van Buren County Scenic Drive Festival

Candy Sue Carter

Candy Sue Carter, 44, of Batavia passed away Saturday, October 11, 2014 at her home. As were her wishes, she will be cremated with a Memorial Service to be held on Saturday, October 18, 2014 at 1:00 p.m. at the Kremer Funeral Chapel in Batavia. Visitation will be held Saturday, October 18, 2014 beginning at 11:00 a.m. and lasting until the time of service. The family will be present during this time to greet friends. Kremer Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements for 44 year old, Candy Carter.

Mary Lakin

MARY LAKIN, 93, of West Des Moines, formerly of Ottumwa Funeral Mass will be 10 a.m. Thursday (today) at St. Mary of the Visitation with burial in Calvary Cemetery. Memorials may be made to St. Mary of the Visitation or Heartland Humane Society Reece Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.  

Darrell Adams

DARRELL ADAMS, 68, of 1011 Ingersoll His body has been cremated. Graveside services and inurnment will be 10 a.m. Friday at Ottumwa Cemetery. Military services will be conducted by Walter B. Schafer Post #775 Veterans of Foreign Wars and O.B. Nelson Post #3 of the American Legion. Visitation with the family present will be 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday (this evening) at Reece Funeral Home. Memorials may be made to Hospice of Davis and Wapello Counties, 927 E. Pennsylvania, Ottumwa, IA 52501.  

Jeanette Curtis

JEANETTE CURTIS, 92, formerly of Ottumwa Arrangements are pending at Reece Funeral Home  

City hires new City engineer

The city of Ottumwa officially has a new engineer following action taken by the City Council Tuesday evening. Under the consent agenda, the council approved the appointment of Dwight Dohlman  as City Engineer. He had been City Engineer for Spirit Lake, Iowa since 2007 and prior to that was the engineering manager in charge of vertical infrastructure inCedar Rapids. He was hired on September 8th by the city for the position of Assistant Engineer with a salary of more than 73-thousand dollars.  However with the voluntary resignation of City Engineer Dan Sturm, Dohlman was hired as the new City engineer. Read More

Richland Bar and Grill destroyed by fire

A Keokuk County businesses was destroyed by fire over the past weekend. Officials in Richland say the Outfield Sports Bar and Grill was destroyed by fire early Saturday morning.  When firemen arrived on the scene, flames were seen coming from the building. The Richland Fire Department was assisted by several nearby fire departments in bringing the fire under control. Cause of the fire remains under investigation by the State Fire Marshall’s office.  No injuries were reported.

Truck vs. Pizza

Three people were injured following an accident early this morning. The Ottumwa Post reports a pickup truck drove through Domino’s Pizza shortly after midnight. Officers were just a few blocks from the scene of the accident and heard a loud boom that accompanied the crash.  Police say the truck was traveling northbound on highway 63 and did not make the curve and drove through the building. One employee was inside the building at the scene of the crash and was injured from broken glass.  That person was taken to Ottumwa RegionalRead More

Holly Carroll

HOLLY CARROLL, 29, formerly of Ottumwa Memorial services will be 11 a.m. Friday at Bridge View Center Visitation with the family present will be 9:30 a.m. until the time of the service In lieu of flowers, memorial to Living Legacy Foundation of Maryland Reece Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements

Helen Schmitt

HELEN SCHMITT, 90, of 118 N. Union Funeral services will be 1 p.m. Friday at First United Methodist Church with burial in Calvary Cemetery In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to First United Methodist Church or Good Samaritan Society-Ottumwa or Habitat for Humanity Reece Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements

Lloyd Shaw

LLOYD SHAW, 82, of 1205 E. Second Funeral services will be 10 a.m. Saturday at Reece Funeral Home. Burial will be in Calvary Cemetery with military services conducted by O.B. Nelson Post #3 American Legion and Walter B. Schafer Post #775 Veterans of Foreign Wars Visitation begins at 1 p.m. Friday with the family present from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday Memorials may be made to the family

Adam Mitchell

ADAM MITCHELL, 37, of 1007 S. Sheridan Funeral services will be 1 p.m. Monday at Reece Funeral Home with cremation following the service Visitation begins at 10 a.m. Sunday with the family present from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday Memorials may be made to the family

Oktoberfest Traffic Notices

October 2, 2014  – Ottumwa, Iowa –  Ottumwa’s annual Oktoberfest parade is this Saturday morning, October 4th.   The parade route goes down Church Street – from the South Ottumwa Savings Bank to Five Corners.   It is one of Ottumwa’s signature events and attracts a large number of spectators and participants every year. There are a number of street closures and on-street parking restrictions for the parade route and staging area.     This Saturday morning, there will be no on-street parking allowed on Church Street or on the section of Weller Street between Bardell and Church. Madison Avenue,Read More

Ottumwa man arrested on theft charges

A 31 year old Ottumwa man is facing theft charges. Officials from the Wapello County Sheriff’s Department say on May 14th, deputies took a report on the theft of an ATM card.  It was reported that the ATM card was used at locations in Ottumwa. Following an investigation, the Wapello County Sheriff’s Department arrested Eliseo Aguila Cerda on second degree theft and numerous other charges. He is being held in the Wapello County jail on bond set at 112-thousand dollars. Release from the Wapello County Sheriff’s Department: On May 14th, 2014 the Wapello County Sheriff’s OfficeRead More

Leadership Now to be held at IHCC

OTTUMWA — A regional leadership conference called Leadership Now will be held on the Indian Hills Community College Ottumwa campus on Nov. 7 from 9 a.m. to 4:15 p.m.  The conference will take place in the Rural Health Education Center at IHCC and is open to anyone who has an interest in leadership, particularly those interested in leadership in the college’s ten-county region. The day-long conference is a collaborative effort of four organizations active in promoting leadership in this area: ActionCOACH Heartland, Indian Hills Community College, ISU Extension and theRead More

Public invited to “Branching Out” tree planting

OTTUMWA—An award-winning partnership that has resulted in the planting of more than 1 million trees in Iowa is working on its second million. “Branching Out,” a Trees Forever and Alliant Energy program, will hold a tree planting event on Friday, October 10 at Douma Elementary. “By increasing the diversity of the tree populations in Iowa, we’re helping make sure the investment in these natural energy efficiency tools last a long time,” said Doug Kopp, President of Alliant Energy’s Iowa utility. “Branching Out reflects the commitment both Alliant Energy and Trees Forever have made to energy efficiencyRead More

City Council Meeting 9/29/14

The Ottumwa City Council took up a fairly light agenda during a special meeting Monday afternoon at City Hall. The Council approved a resolution approving the creation of a city zoning task force as a temporary city committee and specifically approving team volunteers. The council previously approved a Consulting Services Agreement with RDG Incorporated to assist the city in a zoning code rewrite.  However it was recommended to the council by staff and the consulting company that a temporary task force be created.  The task force would exist as long as itRead More

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