Melissa Lambrecht


Des Moines River, missing person

On Monday June 20th, 2014 @ approximately 7:40 p.m. the Wapello County Sheriff’s Office received a 911 call that an adult male had gone into the Des Moines River near the Cliffland Park River Access and had not resurfaced. The adult male was at the river with several other individuals that had been jumping into the river from a rope that was attached to a tree. A search was conducted last night until approximately 9:40 p.m.  The search is currently underway again this morning. The Wapello County Sheriff’s Office isRead More

Marine with ties to Ottumwa Killed in Afghanistan

A Marine from Cedar Rapids, with family ties in Ottumwa, has been killed in combat in Afghanistan. Television station KCRG in Cedar Rapids reports, according to the Department of Defense, 25 year old Lance Cpl. Adam F. Wolff was one of three Marines who were killed Friday in Helmand Province. He was assigned to the 2nd Combat Engineers Battalion, 2nd Marine Division, Second Marine Expeditionary Force based out of Camp Lejeune , North Carolina. The Ottumwa Courier reports Wolff has an aunt Dawn Harward who lives in Ottumwa. Sources reports Wolff was a combat engineer who joined the Marines in December of 2012Read More

Stolen property search warrants

On the evening of June 19th, 2014 Sheriff’s Deputies received information, stolen property was possibly located at an address in Ottumwa & 1 address in Chillicothe. Sheriff’s Deputies obtained a Search Warrant at 1539 Mable & 325 High St. Chillicothe.  During the execution of Search Warrants numerous items had been reported stolen on June 15th, 2014 have been recovered. Charges are forth coming in the case but no arrests have been made at this time.

Fatal plane crash in Fairfield

(Update) – Authorities in Fairfield have now identified the pilot killed in a light plane crash Sunday morning at the Fairfield airport. Jefferson County Attorney Timothy Dille says the experimental plane was owned and operated by Robert L. Bollinger of Fairfield.  Dille says it’s believed Bollinger was flying the plane at the time of the crash.  Upon investigation, it was determined the plane caught fire at some point and the pilot was killed.  The exact cause of death is pending results of an autopsy being performed by the State Medical Examiner’s office. The Fairfield Police Department, FireRead More

Bloomfield fire

(Bloomfield)— No on was injured following a fire in Bloomfield Thursday afternoon. The fire was reported shortly before 1:00 p.m. on Davis Street in Bloomfield.  The property is owned by Deb Hornaday.  When firemen from several departments arrived on the scene the garage was completed engulfed in flames. Firemen say no one was home at the time of the fire.  As firemen from several departments arrived on the scene they were hampered by strong winds from a thunderstorm.  Firemen were able to keep the flames from spreading to an adjoining house.

Wapello County Fair Queen

The Wapello County Fair has new queen.  During ceremonies held last night at the fairgrounds McKenzie Jenson was crowned this year’s fair queen.She was among six contestants vying for the title. McKenzie is the daughter of Joel and Carol Jenson of Ottumwa.  She will be attending Indian Hills Community College this fall.  She is involved in SALT, fellowship of Christian Athletes, FFA,  Anti bullying club and helps with food drives. Her school activities include volleyball, basketball, track, softball, Dance Team, Speech just top name a few things she does in her spare time. McKenzie will reignRead More

Mahaska teen back in custody.

An 18 year old Mahaska County teen is back in custody following an incident that occurred Wednesday afternoon in Oskaloosa. Sheriff deputies say Martell Lamar Tillman Hollinshed attempted to assault jailer J.R. Drawn with a fire extinguisher while at a doctor’s office. Hollinshed was apprehended in a neighboring yard, after a scuffle with Drawn.  Drawn, Dr. Karen Spare and members of her staff restrained Hollinsshed.  During the scuffle Drawn and the doctor were assaulted. Drawn and Hollinshed were treated and released.  Hollinshed is back in custody in the Mahaska County Jail.

Dora Knierim

DORA KNIERIM, 105, formerly of Ottumwa Graveside services will be 3 p.m. Saturday at Shaul Cemetery Memorials may be made to First Lutheran Church of Muscatine History and Industry Center/Pearl Button Museum Reece Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements

Charlene Christy

CHARLENE CHRISTY, 83, formerly of rural Ottumwa Funeral services will be 10 a.m. Friday at Reece Funeral Home with burial in Shaul Cemetery Visitation will be open at 11 a.m. Thursday Memorials may be made to the American Diabetes Association

Jerry Stocker

JERRY STOCKER, 72, of Cedar Rapids, formerly of Eddyville Visitation begins at 10 a.m. Thursday (today) at Reece Funeral Home with the family present from 4 to 6 p.m. Thursday Cremation will follow the visitation In lieu of flowers, memorials to Eddyville First and Rescue

United way hosts annual day of action

Volunteer projects will address food security in Wapello County Ottumwa, IA, June 18, 2014– The Day of Action is held on the longest day of the year, providing the most hours of daylight in which volunteers can serve their community. This year United Way of Wapello County is hosting its annual Day of Action on Monday, June 23rd. The project focuses on improving food security in Wapello County. According to Feeding America, 14.2% of households in Wapello County were food insecure in 2012. This means that over 5000 people didRead More

Oskaloosa Rides Hits the Streets on Monday

Need to get somewhere in Oskaloosa but don’t have a car?  Starting Monday, you’ll have a new option.  Oskaloosa Rides begins service on a one-hour fixed bus route, taking passengers to places like Mahaska Health Partnership, Walmart and the downtown square.  The bus will run Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 9AM to 5:30PM. The service comes as a community response to a need in Oskaloosa.  The bus is intended to help people without transportation options get to local retail, health care and other community services. “If you don’t have aRead More

More Mammoth bones found

Scientists have apparently found more mammoth bones at a site in Mahaska County.  The scientists returned to the site this past weekend to continue their search for more bones of the large creatures that roamed earth millions of years ago. The Oskaloosa Herald reports while sifting through dirt last weekend, scientists found another mammoth bone.  Researcher Homes Semken said the bone showed evidence of fractures and was either a leg or an arm. Researches returned to the site last Saturday to clean out dirt and debris that accumulated over the winter atRead More

Council Gets upbeat report on BVC

The executive Director of Bridge View Center says Ottumwa is still in the running to host a Mumford and Sons concert sometime in 2015. During Tuesday’s City Council meeting, Larry Gawronski told the council, officials from Mumford and Sons will make a site visit to Ottumwa this fall.  Gawronski says Ottumwa is still in the hunt as a concert site.  Specifically Gawronski says officials are looking at a site that could accommodate 10-thousand campers. He says several sites in Ottumwa could be considered including the Ottumwa Regional Airport.  The Bridge View Center Director says officials from Mumford and Sons likeRead More

Fairfield man arrested on numerous charges

A 26 year old Fairfield man is facing several charges following his arrest Sunday. Fairfield police say early Sunday morning officers stopped a vehicle for an equipment violation.  Following an investigation, Nathan Patrick Ford was arrested and charged with driving while suspended, operating while intoxicated, possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance – marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia and an open container in a motor vehicle. Ford is being held in the  Jefferson County Jail.

Betty Fuller

BETTY FULLER, 83, OF 10163 Lupine Trail, Bloomfield Visitation with the family present will be 5 to 7 p.m. Friday at Reece Funeral Home Memorials may be made to Ottumwa Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses

Robert J. Orr

Robert J. Orr, 34, of Keosauqua died at 9:15 P.M. Sunday June 15, 2014 at University Hospital, Iowa City. He was born July 15, 1979 in Ottumwa. Robert graduated from Van Buren High School and worked as a nurse aide at Good Samaritan Society –Van Buren and at Village Cup & Cakes both in Keosauqua and at Hy-Vee in Fairfield. Surviving are his parents, Larry E. and Darlene Brown Orr of Keosauqua, a sister, Christina Peck (Mathew) and a niece Kaylee Peck of Luray, MO, his grandmother, Donna Brown ofRead More

Strong winds move through Ottumwa

Southeast Iowa missed out on the severe weather that hit other parts of the state over night.  Severe storms moved from Nebraska into northwest Iowa Monday afternoon and continued marching across the northern and northeastern part of Iowa over night. A storm with a wind guest of 54 mph moved through the Ottumwa area about 2:30 Tuesday morning. A spokes person for the NWS told Ottumwa radio new the 54 mph wind guest was recorded at the Ottumwa Regional airport. However wind gusts may have been stronger on the southwestern edge of Ottumwa.   A spokesman for the Ottumwa Police Department told Ottumwa RadioRead More

Ottumwa’s Roundabout Closed several hours

There were some tense moments on the City’s east side following an accident early this morning . The accident occurred shortly after 7:00 a.m. at the city’s one and only roundabout.  Officials say a semi tanker loaded with ethanol rolled over while coming around the roundabout. The Ottumwa Fire Department, the Wapello County Rural Volunteer Fire Department and the Southeast Iowa Response Group responded to the scene.  As  a precautionary measure a large area around the scene was closed off to traffic as crews transferred the load of ethanol to another tanker.Read More

Guy Martz

GUY MARTZ, 77, formerly of Ottumwa Funeral services will be 10:30 a.m. Monday (today) at Reece Funeral Home. 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 Memorials may be made to Wounded Warrior Project

Jean Smith

JEAN SMITH, 79, of Ottumwa Graveside services and burial will 10 a.m. Thursday at Shaul Cemetery. Visitation will begin 10 a.m. Wednesday at Reece Funeral Home with the family present from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Hospice of Davis & Wapello Counties or Heartland Humane Society

Examining the security of the voting system in Wapello County

The League of Women Voters of Ottumwa has invited the Wapello County Auditor meet with the public and League members to discuss the integrity of the voting process in our County. This informal learning experience will be held on Monday June 16th at the Market on Main, 331 E. Main Street, beginning at 5:30PM and ending at 7PM . Please use the “green doors” off the Green Street Parking lot. Voters can participate in part or all of this experience. League has asked Kelly Spurgeon, County Auditor, to speak toRead More

3 arrested in Ottumwa drug bust

An investigation by several law enforcement agencies has resulted in the arrest of three Ottumwa residents. Lt. Jason Bell from the Southeast Iowa Inter-Agency Drug Task Force says on Monday officers from the Wapello County sheriff’s Department, Ottumwa Police Department, United states Drug Enforcement Administration, Iowa Department of Public Safety Division of Narcotics Enforcement and the Southeast Iowa Inter-Agency Drug task Force executed search warrants at the Brian Dean Rork home located at 438 South Willard. As a result of the search at Rork’s house officers items consistent with the distribution of controlled substances,Read More

Hoarding dog case found in Ottumwa

Another case of animal hoarding came to light in Ottumwa Wednesday afternoon. In today’s edition of the Ottumwa Courier its reported officials responded to a house at 210 North Sheridan after a routine follow up investigation. Jeff Williams the city animal control officer says officers found large amounts of animal waste and a strong smell of ammonia coming from the house. In addition the city’s inspection department placarded the house due to conditions………preventing anyone from living in the house. Williams says charges are pending against Mark Teater owner of the dogs. In addition Williams saysRead More

Weekend crash kills Southeast Iowa woman

A 40 year old southeast Iowa woman was killed over the weekend following an accident Sunday night in Appanoose County. Officers say 40 year old Heather Wiebe (Y-be) of Numa was southbound on 153rd Avenue when she lost control of her SUV causing it to go out of control.  The SUV went off the west side the road and went into a ditch landing on it’s top.