Melissa Lambrecht


Vernon Easton

VERNON EASTON, 80, of 1953 Chester Ave., Funeral services will be 2 p.m. Saturday at Reece Funeral Home with burial in Shaul Cemetery Visitation begins at 11 a.m. Friday (today) with the family present from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday Memorials may be made to the family

Henry County Dispatcher Charged with Theft

Des Moines, IOWA — In the fall of 2013, Henry County Sheriff Rich McNarnee discovered  financial discrepancies in his office. Sheriff McNarnee brought this to the attention of the Iowa State Auditor’s Office and they confirmed it during their annual audit. The  Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation was requested for assistance in January 2014. On March 20, 2014, the investigation was concluded.  As  result  of that  investigation, office employee Jami Mallonee was terminated from employment and charged with Theft 4th Degree.

Ottumwa teen arrested on Sex Abuse Charges

  (Update) –  There’s new developments in regards to a 17 year old Ottumwa teen arrested by Ottumwa Police Wednesday on a charge of Sexual Abuse in the 2nd degree. Arrested was Kraigen A. Grooms Ottumwa Police became involved in an investigation involving the sexual assault of a small child. NBC 5 News in Dallas, Texas says Grooms was wanted in connection to the sexual abuse of an infant in North Texas. Grooms was arrested after a 30 hour manhunt that began on Tuesday in Texas when federal officials detailed during a press conference the alleged sexual abuse of a toddler victim by the suspect.Read More

“Ruby” Doneen Coffin

  “Ruby” Doneen Coffin, 62, of Stockport died at 10:25 P.M. March 18, 2014, at Jefferson County Hospital, Fairfield. She was born September 2, 2013, at Leon, IA to Kenneth W.  and Donna J. Snyder Carrico and married Gary L. Coffin Aug 3, 1984.  He died September 1, 2011. Doneen lived most of her life in the Stockport area, graduated from Van Buren High School and worked at Casey’s General store in Fairfield as a manager. Surviving are a son Philip Ward (Carol) of Berthound, CO, two daughters, Jennifer Holthus of Stockport and DaylynRead More

Jeannette Smith

Jeannette Smith, 80, of Keosauqua died at 9:15 A.M. March 18, 2014, at Van Buren County Hospital, Keosauqua.  She was born October 14, 1934 at Memphis, MO to Theodor “Jerry” and Ethel Runquist Clapper and married Don Smith on March 17, 1952, in Missouri. He preceded her in death. Jeannette lived most of her life in Scotts Bluff, NE and worked for Nebraska Triple A as a supervisor.  After her retirement she moved to Phoenix, AZ and then to Keosauqua. Surviving are two sons, Donald Smith and David Smith (Sheryl) and a daughter,  KathleenRead More

Drug Task Force has busy year

2013 was another busy year for members of the Southeast Iowa Inter-Agency Drug Task Force. The task force was created in 1990 with a mission to identify, investigate, apprehend and prosecute drug related criminal offenders in a seven county region of southeast Iowa. A report just released by the Ottumwa Police Department shows the task force participated in the execution of 44 search warrants and seized 2 methamphetamine labs. During the year the unit initiated 37 distribution cases, conducted 7 manufacture investigations and 5 possession cases.  In addition, the Drug TaskRead More

Ottumwa Library to get a new librarian

(Ottumwa)The Ottumwa Public library will have a new librarian following action taken by the Ottumwa City Council Tuesday evening. A recommendation to create an additional 20 hour per week part time librarian was approved on a vote of 5 to zero. The library currently has a staff of 12 employees including 9 full time workers and 3 part time.  The library board of trustees approved adding another part time position.  Sonja Farrell head of the library says the addition of another part timer will help in three major areas including the factRead More

Doris “Mildred” Shaw

Doris “Mildred” Shaw age 99, of Oskaloosa and formerly of Hedrick passed away Tuesday, March 18, 2014 at Northern Mahaska Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Oskaloosa.  Arrangements are pending at Fremont Funeral Chapel.   Funeral services for 99 year old Doris “Mildred” Shaw formerly of Hedrick will be held Tuesday, March 25, at 10:00 A.M. in the Fremont Funeral Chapel. Burial will follow in the Abel Cemetery near Fremont. Visitation will begin Monday after 12:00 noon at the Fremont Funeral Chapel with family present from 6:00 until 8:00 P.M. toRead More

Ottumwa Housing Authority to receive funds from H.U.D.

Ottumwa – The Ottumwa Housing Authority will be the recipient of $377,884 from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s Capital Fund Program.  The Capital Fund Program grant will be used to accomplish modernization and management improvement activities for its Public Housing units in Ottumwa.  Activities to be accomplished during the next year will be focused on updating the elevators at Camelot Towers and replacement of stoves at Southoak Towers and Westgate Towers.    The grant funding also allows for the continuation of the C.O.P.S. partnership with Ottumwa Police DepartmentRead More

Donated items now being accepted for book sale

(Ottumwa) – Donated items are being solicited for the third annual Pages for Pennies Book Sale. Donations of gently used books, CDs, DVDs, LPs, board games, puzzles, and sheet music are being accepted now through May 9th. These items can be dropped off in the lobby of Bridge View Center during regular business hours. They can be left in two shopping carts draped in black located immediately inside the center’s main entrance. The book sale draws its inspiration from the former YWCA book sale with the proceeds benefiting the Friends of theRead More

Synthetic Drug Arrest

On 03/15/2014, after nearly a month long drug investigation, the Fairfield Police Department executed a search warrant at The Snack Shack, located at 102 N Court Street in Fairfield. Items seized included several packages of synthetic marijuana, which was being sold as “potpourri”, paraphernalia, and other synthetic drug related items. Johnny MacShane Kempf (34), of Ottumwa was arrested and charged with Delivery of Sythetics, an Aggravated Misdemeanor, punishable by up to two years in prison. THE FAIRFIELD POLICE DEPARTMENT CONFIRMS A CRIMINAL CHARGE IS MERELY AN ACCUSATION AND THE DEFENDANTRead More

Meetings for Landowners of Former Coal Mine Land

A series of informational meetings will be held across southeast Iowa to discuss Iowa’s Abandoned Mine Land (AML) reclamation program and landowner options for management of these sites after reclamation has occurred. The meetings will discuss what reclamation is, how properties qualify for reclamation, management options and protecting reclaimed land.   Assistance for improvement and maintenance of this fragile land will also be discussed.  Any landowner of land previously strip mined is welcome to attend. We especially encourage those with reclaimed sites to join us. Presenters include personnel from the IowaRead More

Lee Simmons

LEE SIMMONS, 90, of Ottumwa Funeral services will be 1 p.m. Monday at First Pentecostal Assembly of God with burial in Shaul Cemetery In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the family Reece Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements

Bill Overturf

BILL OVERTURF, 85, of 1319 Glenwood Funeral services will be 1 p.m. Wednesday at Reece Funeral Home with burial in Shaul Cemetery Visitation begins at 11 a.m. Tuesday with the family present from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Hospice serving Wapello and Davis Counties

Chief Wapello returns to the courthouse

(Ottumwa)— A familiar landmark is back in place.  To the delight of spectators, crews hoisted Chief Wapello back on to the roof of the Wapello County courthouse. The Chief Wapello Statute was removed from the courthouse roof following a storm that moved through the area in June two years ago. Officials were forced to remove the statute immediately following the storm due to concerns the statute would fall off the courthouse. Shortly after removing Chief Wapello from atop the courthouse, he was taken to Omaha, Nebraska where he was refurbished to the tune of 20-thousand dollars

Denny Robinson

DENNY ROBINSON, 70, of Ottumwa Funeral services will be 10 a.m. Monday 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. Visitation begins at 10 a.m. Sunday with the family present from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Helen K. Rossi House in Iowa City or Indian Hills Community College Foundation for a scholarship in the Microcomputer Technology program

Richardson’s Point dedication

For more than 165 years, wagon ruts have crisscrossed southern Iowa, evidence of one of the nation’s largest mass migrations ever.  For nearly as many years, stories were told about two graves tucked away in Van Buren County on land known as Richardson’s Point, where thousands of Mormons camped for two weeks as they waited for heavy rains to subside. The rumored graves, identified in the 1980s, drew occasional visitors from across Iowa and across the country. Property owners welcomed the guests and shared stories of the area but alwaysRead More

Louise Ridgeway

Louise Ridgeway, 102, of Silvis IL, died March 13, 2014 at Illini Restorative Care in Silvis, IL.  Louise was born December 9th, 1911, in Disco, IL to Leslie and Flora Lake St. Clair. She was previously married to Shelby Allard.  He preceded her in death. She married Roy Ridgeway on October 15, 1938. He passed away February 1, 2000. She had been employed at the Jefferson County Hospital, Fairfield and was a member of the First Christian Church in Fairfield and Keosauqua Christian Church. She is survived by children, Treva Hawbaker ofRead More

Drug investigations

Officers of the Fairfield Police Department (FPD) were involved in two related drug investigations on 03/12/2014. These investigations were a result of the good work of FPD officers using controlled substances (drugs) intelligence. This is a program where law enforcement personnel share criminal activity information with other officers and deputies in Fairfield, Jefferson County, and Iowa. This is due to the fact persons involved in criminal activity do not stay in one jurisdiction and there are several law enforcement agencies in Iowa with limited resources of investigative personnel and equipment.Read More

Open Burning Reminders

(Release from the City of Ottumwa) – Ottumwa, Iowa – All residents of Ottumwa are reminded of the community’s zero tolerance policy for anyone caught burning garbage.   If the fire department receives a burning complaint an engine company will respond, if it is determined that the fire is illegal the fire will be extinguished and a citation will be issued. If the fire is unattended the property owner will be issued a citation. First citation $250.00 + $85.00 court cost= $335.00 total Second citation $500.00 +$85.00 court cost= $585.00 total Third citation $750.00Read More

Georgia Geiger

GEORGIA GEIGER, 41, of Ottumwa Memorial services will be 2:30 p.m. Saturday at Reece Funeral Home Visitation with the family present will be noon to 2:30 p.m. Saturday In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Heartland Humane Society

Business Classes announced

Starting on March 27th 2014 monthly business classes will be held in Wapello County. The classes are designed to help educate existing businesses and new entrepreneurs on a diversity of topics. Classes will start in March of this year and will continue until June. The classes are the culmination of a process to determine new programs to address needs in the community regarding economic development. Classes will be held at the Ottumwa Legacy Academy at 113 East Main Street in Ottumwa, Iowa and each class has a cost of $10.00 to participants.Read More

Market on Main officially opens

(Ottumwa)— Members from the Ottumwa Ambassadors, City officials and others were on hand in downtown Ottumwa this afternoon for ribbon cutting ceremonies for the new Market onMain. The project was developed through a partnership with the City of Ottumwa, Indian Hills Community College, Iowa State University Extension, and Main Street Ottumwa. Market on Main in Ottumwa is only the second such facility inIowa.  The Market on Main will provide a year around outlet for fresh produce, encourage a flourishing economy and increase a healthy lifestyle. In addition the facility will be a multi-faceted entity equipped with a year round vendor market, a small scaleRead More

Larry W. Crockett

Larry W. Crockett, 67, of Milton died Sunday March 9, 2014 at his home.  He was born Dec. 24, 1946 near Perry, MO to Charles and Dorothy Misner Crockett.  He grew up and lived in the Davenport area and had lived the past several years in Milton.  Larry was a welder in a steel fabrication plant in Davenport. Surviving are a daughter, Dorothy Jean Irons of Miami, OK, two sons, Christopher Crockett of Sedalia, MO and Larry Crockett, Jr. of Iowa City, six grandchildren including Dalton, Andrew and Emily Wiley and Hailey Irons,Read More

Fairfield Police respond to general threats at Fairfield High School

Officers of the Fairfield Police Department (FPD) were involved with an investigation at the Fairfield High School. Fairfield High School (FHS) staff contacted FPD at approximately 8:30 AM, in reference to possible general threats made over the previous weekend. Fairfield Community School District personnel and FPD officers have attended training and meetings together to improve student safety and communication between the two agencies. Both agencies have agreed there will be zero tolerance when there is even a possible threat to our children’s safety. FPD officers immediately responded to the FHSRead More