ROBERT “BOB” WARREN, 85 of rural Eldon Funeral services will be 1 p.m. Friday at Hickory Grove Community Church. Burial will be private. Visitation begins after 11 a.m. Thursday at Reece Funeral Home with the family present from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Hickory Grove Community Church Missions.
The board of trustees of Hillcrest Family Services voted Aug. 28 to cease operation of Highland Place, its adult mental health residential care facility near Ottumwa, Iowa, effective Oct. 31. The decision came after a year and a half of study, deliberation and negotiations with the owners of Highland Place, and public funding and regulatory sources for mental health and developmental disability sources. The building and grounds of Highland Place are owned by The Heartland Group, a public authority of Jefferson and Wapello counties. Hillcrest pays a substantial rent toRead More
Ottumwa, IA, September 2, 2014 – Leila Disburg, Pastor of Willard Street United Methodist Church, has been named the first recipient of the Andy Hansen Legacy Scholarship for Ottumwa Leadership Academy. “I am excited to be a part of the Ottumwa Leadership Academy and the recipient of this year’s scholarship,” stated Disburg. “Learning more about Ottumwa and Wapello County will help to broaden my understanding of the needs of the community and the services available. I believe this will also broaden my connections as I meet my class and hear fromRead More
(Ottumwa)— A 42 year old Ottumwa is facing charges following his arrested by Ottumwa Police. Billy Ray Snow has been charged with Trespassing after he was discoveredTuesday in the basement of a home at 805 Clinton Avenue. Police say Snow was discovered by the homeowner who called police and held snow until police arrived. Snow has been released on bond.
(Update) – An investigation into an early morning house fire in Ottumwa is under way. Shortly before 5:30 Wednesday morning firemen were called to a house fire at 1921 East Main Street. When firemen arrived on the scene the house was fully engulfed in flames. The house was unoccupied and had been recently sold by the city to an Ottumwa couple . There were no utilities connected to the house. Firemen say the fire appears to be suspicious. There were no injuries. ————————————————————————————————- Ottumwa firemen were dispatched early this morning to a house fire onRoemer avenue. Officials say the houseRead More
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
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, 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, 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, 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.
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
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
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, 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, 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, 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, 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, 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, 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, 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, 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, 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
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
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
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