Melissa Lambrecht


Sexual Assault Arrest

On Friday, August 15, 2014, at approximately 3:02 a.m., an Ottumwa Police Officer, observed a disturbance taking place in the 100 block of West 4th Street, between a male and a female.  While investigating the disturbance, the female reported being sexually assaulted by the male. As a result of the investigation, Glenn Curtis Lanphier, age 47, of 126 West 4th, Apartment 6, Ottumwa, was arrested and charged with Sex Abuse in the 3rd Degree, a Class “C” Felony.

2014/2015 City of Ottumwa Deer Season Set to Begin

As set by the Iowa Department of Natural Resources, the City of Ottumwa’s deer season for bow hunters will begin on September 13, 2014 and will run through January 10, 2015. The City’s deer hunting program was implemented in 2005 as a method to safely reduce the deer population within the city limits of Ottumwa. Hunters interested in participating in the City’s deer season must possess a State of Iowa hunting license, a DNR Ottumwa deer tag from the Wapello County Recorder’s Office, and register with the City of OttumwaRead More

Darrell Teeter

Funeral arrangements for 64 year old Darrell Teeter of Eldon, are currently pending at Kremer Funeral Home and Cremation Service in Eldon.

Sale of Wildwood School

(Ottumwa)— A number of Ottumwa residents got a sneak peek Wednesday as to what an apartment complex will look like if aCedar Rapids investment company purchases Wildwood Elementary School. Tom Frantz from Frantz Community Investors says his firm has visited with city and school officials over the purchase of the school which is listed on the National Register of Historical place. Frantz says there is a need for senior living facilities and the Wildwood building would fit that need.   Preliminary plans call for the school building to be turned into 16 apartments under phase one.  Phase twoRead More

Standoff ends peacefully

(Cincinati)— A stand off in Appanoose County Tuesday is under investigation. Shortly after 3:30 a.m. the Appanoose County Law Center received a report of two adult brothers arguing at 205 East Pleasant Street inCincinnati. The caller reported that during the argument gunshots were heard and one of the men had been shot. As law enforcement arrived on the scene, one of the males left the house and the second brother displayed a dangerous weapon and threatened a deputy sheriff.  The male then barricaded himself inside the house. During the standoff, the subject inside the house threatened to shoot law enforcement officers. Read More

Death ruled homicide

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 will be certified as Homicide. This is an ongoing investigation being conducted by the Wapello County Sheriff’s Office who is being assisted by the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation and the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation Crime Lab Team. The Wapello County Sheriff’s Office is requesting any and all information that the public might have regarding the investigation ofRead More

Kindergarten Transition

OTTUMWA—The beginning of the school year will look different for kindergarten students in Ottumwa. Students will be randomly divided into two groups. Depending on which group the student is assigned to, they will attend school from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. on either Wednesday, August 20 or Thursday, August 21. Their first full day of school will be on Friday, August 22. According to Sarah McGlothlen, Douma Elementary principal, this is not unique in the state of Iowa but is the first time it has been implemented in Ottumwa. TheRead More

Freshmen Orientation for OHS

OTTUMWA—Ottumwa High School freshmen will have the school to themselves the day before the first day of school. That day has been set aside for Freshmen Orientation. While not a new concept in Iowa, this is the first year it has been done in Ottumwa. OHS freshmen will attend school on Tuesday, August 19 from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Students who ride the bus will follow the two-hour delay schedule. Students will receive a free lunch, T-shirt and duffle bag. They will meet their advisor, find their locker, andRead More

Animal hording trial moved back

(Bloomfield)— The trial of a Bloomfield man charged with hoarding animals will not get under way for a while yet. Court records indicate the trial for Roger Blew has been pushed back. Blew faces 11 counts of failing to dispose of dead animals, six counts of animal neglect, and three counts of livestock neglect. Blew’s home in Drakesville was raided by Davis county authorities. Blew’s trial is not expected to begin until later this month.

Aug. 6 Council Meeting

(Ottumwa)—- In the very near future City Administrator Joe Helfinberger will be allowed to make purchases of materials, supplies, equipment and contractual services costing no more than ten thousand dollars. On a vote of 3 to 2, the city council approved a motion amending an ordinance that allow the city administrator to make those purchases. In discussing the motion councilman Mitch Niner said he disagrees with the move to increase  the amount of five thousand to ten thousand dollars.  Niner said the change does not have to have the approvalRead More

Oskaloosa woman killed in crash

(Oskaloosa)— A 51 year old Oskaloosa woman Robin ann Vos was killed following a two vehicle crash on highway 163 Wednesday evening. The Iowa state Patrol says a car driven by 51 year Robin Ann Vos failed to yield from a private drive on highway 163 and struck a semi driven by 27 year old Bradley Allen Nelson of Allison,Iowa. Vos was killed in the crash. The crash remains under investigation from the Iowa state Patrol and the Mahaska County sheriff’s Department.

Jackie Carlberg

JACKIE CARLBERG, 74, formerly of Blakesburg Funeral services will be 1 p.m. Thursday (today) at Reece Funeral Home with cremation following the service. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the family

Buddy Jones

BUDDY JONES, 80, of 933 W. Mary St. Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Friday at Ottumwa Baptist Temple with burial in Shaul Cemetery Visitation begins at 1 p.m. Thursday (today) at Reece Funeral Home with the family present from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday Memorials may be made to Ottumwa Baptist Temple

Royce W. Hem

Royce W. Hem, 76, formerly of Ottumwa Visitation begins at 10 a.m. Saturday at Reece Funeral Home with the family present from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Saturday. Burial will be 2 p.m. Saturday at Memorial Lawn Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Heartland Humane Society      

In trial #3, jury convicts Seth Techel of murdering pregnant wife

(Radio Iowa) – July 24, 2014 By O. Kay Henderson A jury has convicted the south central Iowa man who has gone on trial three times for the murder of his pregnant wife. Twenty-three-year-old Lisa Techel was shot to death in May of 2012 in the couple’s trailer home in Agency, a small town southeast of Ottumwa. A jury in Davenport has found her husband, Seth Techel, guilty of first-degree murder and non-consensual termination of a human pregnancy. Techel’s two previous trials on the same charges were held in Ottumwa and Mount PleasantRead More

William H. Helmick

William H. Helmick, 94 of Eldon, formerly of Ottumwa and Altoona, Iowa, went to be with his heavenly father on Sunday, July 20, 2014 at his home in Eldon.  Funeral services will be held Friday, July 25, 2014 at 10:00 a.m. at the Living Hope Bible Church in Eldon.  Burial will be at the Memorial Lawn Cemetery in Ottumwa following the service.  Visitation will begin at noon on Thursday, July 24, 2014 with the family present to greet friends from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. at the Kremer Funeral Home in Eldon.  In lieu of flowers, memorialRead More

OPD asking for public’s help

(Ottumwa)— The Ottumwa Police Department is asking for the public’s help in regards to an incident that occurred Tuesday afternoon. Police Chief Tom McAndrew says shortly after 3:30 p.m. Tuesday police received a report from a concerned citizen that a subject sitting in a car parked in the 100 block of East Third Str4eet was possibly in need of medical assistance.  When officers arrived on the scene they made contact with 36 year old Jason Andrew Tobeck. When Tobeck exited the vehicle he fled on foot into the Third Street Parking lot.  Officers pursuedRead More

Register today for Indian Hills Tech Camp

OTTUMWA – There are still slots available for the Tech Camp being hosted by Indian Hills Community College the week of July 28. Students entering seventh through tenth grades have until noon on Thursday, July 24, to sign-up. Camp participants will have the chance to take part in hands-on activities in many of the technical programs offered at Indian Hills. The four-day camp will run from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Advanced Technology Center on the Ottumwa Campus. The cost of the camp is $50 and includes lunchRead More

Loebsack Announces More than $1 Million for Flood Protection Project in Eddyville

Washington, D.C. – Congressman Dave Loebsack announced today that the City of Eddyville will receive $1,030,636 to improve the capacity of the stormwater system that drains to a levee to protect the city from the Des Moines River. The funding comes from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). “It is important that we ensure the reliability and safety of our stormwater systems and levees that protect our cities from flooding,” said Loebsack. “We have witnessed the devastating effects storms and flooding can cause, and I am pleasedRead More

Wapello County Shooting

At approximately 1:21 a.m., Monday July 21st, 2014 the Wapello County Sheriff’s Office received a 911 call of a shooting at 4367 91st Ave, which is approximately 4 miles southwest of Ottumwa.  Upon arrival responding deputies discovered an unresponsive male.  The man has been identified as Clinton Gus Leedom, age 49 of 11202 Nichol Ave., Bloomfield Iowa.  Clinton Leedom was found to have suffered a gunshot wound. The Wapello County Sheriff’s Office is being assisted by the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation and the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation CrimeRead More

Techel Trial Monday 7/21/14

Pam Credille Reports:

Third Techel murder trial opens in Davenport

(Radio Iowa) – July 14, 2014 By Pat Curtis The jury selection process is underway in the third trial for a southeast Iowa man accused of murdering his pregnant wife. Twenty-three-year-old Seth Techel is accused of shooting his pregnant wife, Lisa Techel, as she was sleeping in their rural Agency home in May 2012. Techel is also charged in the death of the unborn child. He has maintained an unknown intruder is responsible. Last year, trials in Mount Pleasant and Ottumwa both ended in mistrials as jurors were unable to reach unanimous verdicts.Read More

Techel trial slated to begin next week

Barring any last minute delays, the third 1st degree murder trial of Seth Techel of Agency is expected to get under way next Monday in Scott County District court in Davenport. The trial was moved to eastern Iowa after two previous juries could not a verdict.  Techel is accused killed his pregnant wife Lisa at the couple’s rural home in Agency. In the latest developments prior to the start of the third trial, District court Judge Dan Wilson was rejected a defense bid to delay the trail.  The motion for a delay inRead More

Van Buren County man sentenced

A Van Buren county man has been sentenced to 7 years in prison after pleading guilty to assault charges.  The charges were filed following an incident in Bonaparte in May. Dimetrious R. Royal appearing in court pled guilty is a lesser charges including aggravated assault and aggravated misdemeanor and willful injury causing bodily injuries. Court records indicate Royal reportedly was armed with and used an aluminum softball bat during the altercation.  Royal reportedly struck  the victim John Smith with the bat while Smith was standing and continued to hit SmithRead More

Tribune building collapse

At approximately 3:05 P.M. July 8, 2014, the Jefferson County Law Center received a call concerning a building collapse at 110 West Briggs Street Fairfield, Iowa.  The Fairfield Fire Department and Law Enforcement were dispatched to the site, as well as EMS units.  The Fairfield Fire Department arrived at approximately 3:11 P.M. and noted that the outside wall on the North side of the building was leaning quite heavily to the North.  Briggs Street from 2nd Street to Main Street was immediately closed to all vehicle traffic due to concernsRead More