Melissa Lambrecht

 

Suspicious Death Investigation

FPD officials are updating information about the suspicious death investigation on 08/31/2014 at 1200 S. Main. The deceased has been identified as Christopher Freeman, date of birth of 08/21/1958, who shows an address in Washington, Illinois. The family has been notified so the name is now being released. Investigators suspect that Mr. Freeman forced entry into the abandoned residence at 1200 S. Main because it was his childhood residence. It is unknown what his intentions were but it appears he meant no harm to any person. A firearm was locatedRead More


Pit Bull incident in Ottumwa

Another pit bull incident was reported in Ottumwa over the past weekend. The Ottumwa Post is reporting the incident occurred Sunday afternoon at905 North Court after police received a report of a  disturbance a house. As police arrived on the scene an officer noticed a pit bull dog with no collar on the property. Police say upon their arrival the dog reportedly began to charge the officer and attempted to bite him.  As a result of the officer drew his service weapon and fired one shot at the dog. The dog was taken by the policeRead More


Marge Thomas

MARGE THOMAS, 75, of Ottumwa Graveside service & burial will be 10 a.m. Tuesday (today) at Shaul Cemetery. Memorials may be made to Good Samaritan Society-Ottumwa.


Dixie Thompson

DIXIE THOMPSON, 74, of #2 Oak Ridge Rd. Funeral services will be 10 a.m. Thursday at Reece Funeral Home. Cremation will follow services. Inurnment will be in Shaul Cemetery. Visitation begins after 11 a.m. Wednesday at the funeral home with the family present from 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday. Memorials may be made to Tenco Industries or Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.


Goldie Porter

GOLDIE PORTER, 98, of Renton, Washington and formerly of Ottumwa. Per her wishes, her body has been cremated. Graveside services and inurnment will be 10:30 a.m. Saturday, September 6th at Ottumwa Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the University of Iowa’s Carver Family Center for Macular Degeneration. Reece Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.


Labor Day Weekend death investigations

FPD officials are reporting the following. On 08/31/2014 at approximately 4:15 AM, Fairfield Police Dispatch received an emergency call from Burlington Northern – Santa Fe Railroad reporting a train had struck a person on the railroad tracks in the Fairfield city limits. The accident was a fatality. The investigation is ongoing. No names are being released, pending notification of family. On 08/31/2014 at approximately 1:38 PM, FPD officers received a report of a vehicle located in Fairfield belonging to a missing male from Illinois. It was believed the male mayRead More


Pot, Just Not McPot

On April 26, 2014, at approximately 9:22 p.m., the Ottumwa Police Department responded to South McDonald’s, located at 222 Richmond, Ottumwa, IA. Upon arrival, Cory Long and Brittany Songer reported to police that an order that they received at the business appeared to have an additional substance contained on the order. Ottumwa Police seized the food in question and initiated an investigation. The Iowa Division of Criminalistics Laboratory confirmed that the foreign substance on the food contained tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the controlled substance found in marijuana. As a result of the investigation, police found no evidenceRead More


Tuesday evening house fire

A house in Ottumwa was damaged following a fire  Tuesday evening.  The fire was reported at 122 Fellows. Fire Department officials say when firemen arrived on the scene flames were seen coming from several windows.  Fire Chief Tony Miller says when firemen arrived on the scene there ws heavy smoke and fire coming from the house. Miller says the fire started on the left side of the house and was contained to one room.  No one was home at the time of the fire.  There were no injuries. This morning guests atRead More


Joyce Masters

JOYCE MASTERS, 75, of 740 Grace St. Funeral services will be 10 a.m. Wednesday (today) at Reece Funeral Home. Burial will be in Ottumwa Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the family.


Mary Short

MARY SHORT, 84, formerly of 205 Taft Ave. Funeral services will be 1 p.m. Wednesday (today) at Reece Funeral Home. Burial will be in Shaul Cemetery. Memorials may be made to Heartland Humane Society, P.O. Box 1149, Ottumwa, IA 52501


Keith Pickrell

KEITH PICKRELL, 79, of 102 N. Johnson Funeral services will be 3 p.m. Wednesday (today) at Reece Funeral Home. Burial will be in Shaul Cemetery w/ military services conducted by O.B. Nelson Post #3 of the American Legion and Walter B. Schafer Post 775 Veterans of Foreign Wars. Memorials may be made to Ottumwa Girls Softball or Albia Rd. Baptist Church.


Bob Hammond

BOB HAMMOND, 59, of 24291 136th St. Graveside services and burial will be 10:30 a.m. Thursday at Thompson Cemetery, west of Unionville, MO. Visitation begins at 1 p.m. Wednesday (today) at Reece Funeral Home with the family present from 5 to 8 p.m. Memorials may be made to the family. Reece Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.


Ethel Jerred

ETHEL JERRED, 93, of Ottumwa Funeral services will be 1 p.m. Thursday, August 28th at Reece Funeral Home. Burial will be in Ottumwa Cemetery. Visitation begins after 1 p.m. Wednesday (today) at the funeral home with the family present from 6 to 8 p.m. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Ottumwa Saddle Club.


William “Bill” Griffiths

WILLIAM “Bill” Griffiths, 86, of 422 Forrest Ave. Graveside services and burial will be 3 p.m. Thursday 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. Open visitation begins after 11 a.m. Wednesday (today) at Reece Funeral Home. Memorials may be made to Hospice serving Davis and Wapello Counties, 927 E. Pennsylvania Ottumwa, IA 52501


Coty Ridgway

COTY RIDGWAY, 23, of Ottumwa Funeral services will be 10 a.m. Friday at Reece Funeral Home. Burial will be in Ottumwa Cemetery. Visitation begins after 11 a.m. Thurs. at the funeral home with the family present from 5 to 8 p.m. Thurs. Memorials may be made to the family for his brother’s education.


Ruth Replogle

RUTH REPLOGLE, 91 of Hot Springs, Arkansas and formerly of Ottumwa Graveside services and inurnment will be 10 a.m. Friday at Memorial Lawn Cemetery. Memorials may be made to First United Methodist Church in Hot Springs or The Caring Place of Hot Springs, Arkansas Reece Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.


OTTUMWA LEADERSHIP ACADEMY READY FOR NEW ACADEMY YEAR

Ottumwa, IA, August 25, 2014: Ottumwa Leadership Academy is busy preparing for its 2014-2015 academy class. “We are kicking-off our third year of Ottumwa Leadership Academy and couldn’t be more pleased with how the community is embracing our program,” stated Hollie Tometich, Executive Director. The Academy has accepted 23 participants this year. The first year the Academy had 18 graduates and the second year it had 20 graduates. “We have a great deal of diversity in this year’s class,” stated Tometich. Class make-up includes: · 48% Female/52% Male · AgeRead More


4-H Expo Odor addressed

Jeff Emery a spokes person for the Wapello County 4-H Expo says a number of steps were taken to eliminate odor from livestock during this summer’s 4-H Expo held at Bridge View Center. The subject came up during a special meeting of the Ottumwa City Council last evening………..after concerns were expressed about getting rid of the odor. Emery told the council steps were taken to reduce flies and to get the livestock out of the exhibit hall as soon as possible.  He said there was little moisture after the expo and said the staff at Bridge View Center used aRead More


City Live Streaming Council Meetings

August 22, 2014  – Ottumwa, Iowa –  The next Ottumwa City Council meeting is tentatively scheduled for Monday, August 25th at 5 PM at City Hall.   This meeting will mark the start of live streaming of the City Council.   The internet live stream allows the public to watch their local government in action on computers and mobile devices, anywhere there is an internet connection. City of Ottumwa Public Information Officer Tom Rodgers said, “The community has shown a keen interest in our televised meetings through Mediacom for a number of years.  With liveRead More


Driver License station moving

Ottumwa area motorists are being reminded The Iowa Department of Transportation’s driver’s license station located at 2830 North Court will close at 1:00 p.m. this afternoon.  The closure will allow staff to move equipment to its new location at 2849 North Court. The station will remain closed Saturday before reopening for normal  business hours at 8:30 Tuesday in the new location. While the station is closed, area residents are encouraged to utilize online services at www.iowadot.gov. The driver’s license station will remain close tomorrow and is normally closed on Sunday and Monday. Many residents can skip the trip altogether and renew aRead More


Trail system to receive improvements

The trail system in Ottumwa will received more improvements following action taken by the Ottumwa City Council this week. The council approved a resolution awarding a contract for the 2014 South Loop Trail improvement project. This project will complete the PCC trail from Gurley Avenue under highway 34 to the Rabbit Run Road.  The project will consists of three part.   The first project completes the south loop around John Deere.  It will connect the ends of the existing PCC trail starting near Gurley Avenue and under highway 34 then toRead More


Ottumwa Legacy Foundation asking for public input

The public is being invited to provide their imput and thoughts in regards to the future of the movie theaters in downtown Ottumwa. Officials from the Ottumwa Regional Legacy Foundation have announced an informational meeting is set for this weekend in an effort to get additional imput on the building located at the intersection of Main and Green Streets in downtown Ottumwa. Sunday afternoon from 3:00 until 6:00 p.m. the public is invited to take a tour of the two theaters and share they thoughts and ideas on potential useRead More


Fourth trial for Techel?

Could a fourth trial be in the works for Seth Techel?  Techel’s lawyers hope so. Court records indicate Techel’s attorney Gerald Feuerhelm has filed a motion asking for a fourth trail.  Techel was found guilty of First degree Murder by a Scott County district court jury last month. In two previous trials on in Wapello County and one in Henry county, jurors could not reach a guilty verdict. Techel is scheduled to be sentenced on September 8th. He remains in custody.


City Council receives annual report from BVC

The 2013-14 business year was a good one for Bridge View Center in Ottumwa. During last night’s meeting, the Ottumwa City Council received a financial report from Larry Gawronski executive Director of the events center.  Gawronski says total attendance during the year totaled 118-thousand, 183 up slightly over the previous year. Gawronski said there were 483 events during the year that resulted in an economic impact of 2.7-million dollars. The director also give the city council an update on efforts to bring  Mumford and Sons to Ottumwa in 2015.  Gawronski says serious talks are now on goingRead More


Council Agenda 8/19/14

The Iowa Avenue reconstruction project will be one step closer to reality following Tuesday night’s City Council meeting. The council is expected to approve a resolution awarding a contract for the project to Portzen Construction Company after submitting the best bid price of 2.5-million dollars. The project consists of full width, full depth reconstruction of Iowa Avenue from Highway 34 to Main Street. The city was awarded a RISE grant last year. The eligible portion for RISE funding is from highway 34 to K Avenue. From K Avenue to MainRead More