Warren County Sheriff Warns about Scam

The Warren County Sheriff’s Office has received reports of residential owners being contacted by people offering to black top driveways. The person seeking work often claims to have left over materials from another job. Upon completion, the requested payment is much higher than the homeowner anticipated. Area residents are cautioned not to  enter into such agreements without first checking business backgrounds or references.  Any person suspicious of unsolicited requests for work or services, or feel they are being pressured to accept such work or services should immediately contact the Sheriff’s Office at 734-8383 . Continue Reading


Keokuk Couple could face Prison Time for Drugs

Lee County’s Narcotics Task Force has arrested a Keokuk couple on various drug charges. Tom Trent and Desiree Stinson were picked up yesterday in their apartment at 903 Concert Street. Trent will face counts of Maintaining a Drug House, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, and Child Endangerment. If convicted of all three, he could go to prison for more than four years. Stinson is also accused of Maintaining a Drug House, Possession of Paraphernalia, and Child Endangerment. Continue Reading


River Search Continues for Ottumwa Man

The search continues today for an Ottumwa man who, according to friends, didn’t resurface after jumping from a rope swing in the Des Moines River Monday evening. Crews are searching for Michael Chrisman.  

photo from the Please bring Michael Chrisman Home Safe facebook page.   Continue Reading

Ottumwa Officials Don’t Like You-Know-What Through a Goose

OTTUMWA, Iowa (AP) — Officials in Ottumwa plan to reduce the number of Canada geese in city parks. The Ottumwa Courier reports city officials asked the Iowa Department of Natural Resources to remove some of the geese after getting complaints about bird droppings. A roundup of geese will take place later this week at Ottumwa Park. Goslings will be taken to a wildlife area and adult geese will be taken to a location in southwest Iowa City Administrator Joe Helfenberger says it’s possible some of the adult male geese could fly back to Ottumwa. Continue Reading


SE Iowa Marine Killed in Action

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The U.S. Department of Defense says a Marine from Iowa has died in Afghanistan. A statement from the Marines says Lance Cpl. Adam R. Wolff, of Cedar Rapids, died Friday while supporting combat operations in Helmand province, an area in southern Afghanistan. The Ottumwa Courier reports Wolff was from Ottumwa but moved to Cedar Rapids to live with a sibling before deploying to Afghanistan. The newspaper says his aunt, Dawn Harward, of Ottumwa reports that Wolff’s mother is in Dover, Delaware, to meet her son’s body. The 25-year-old combat engineer joined the Marines in December 2012. Continue Reading


Fairfield Plane Crash Victim I-D’ed

The victim of a Sunday morning, home-built plane crash near the Fairfield airport has been identified as 63-year old Robert Bollinger of Fairfield. Authorities say the single-engine BD-4 crashed shortly after takeoff and caught fire at some point. The wreckage and Bollinger’s body were found in a cornfield southeast of the municipal airport. The FAA continues its investigation.  Continue Reading


Ottumwa Pork Plant Called #1 Chemical Polluter in State

A report released by the group Environment Iowa lists Cargill Meat Solutions’ pork processing plant in Ottumwa as the state’s number one disposer of toxic chemicals into waterways. In 2012, Cargill disposed of more than two-million-eight-hundred-thousand-pounds (2,800,000 pounds) of chemicals into the Lower Des Moines River. Cargill’s Director of Communications, Mike Martin, says his company takes environmental stewardship very seriously. Environment Iowa’s senior attorney, John Rumpler (Rump-ler), disagrees, saying discharge from companies like Cargill does hurt aquatic life by causing large blooms of algae. Of all industrial plants nationwide, Environment Iowa states the Ottumwa facility is the ninth largest polluter of watersheds. Continue Reading


Charging Station Tour This Week

CARTERVILLE, Ill. (AP) — Community colleges throughout Illinois are planning a three-day road trip to help promote electric vehicle charging stations. Lieutenant Governor Sheila Simon will help kick off the event on Monday at John A. Logan College in Carterville. It will end on Wednesday about 370 miles to north at College of Lake County in Grayslake. The car will stop at 11 community colleges that have electric vehicle charging stations. Continue Reading


And It’s Headed This Way…

DUBUQUE, Iowa (AP) — Officials in Dubuque have closed several floodgates as the National Weather Service predicts the Mississippi River will crest above flood stage in the coming days. The Dubuque Telegraph Herald reports that the city closed the Ice Harbor floodgates on Friday as the National Weather Service predicts the Mississippi River will crest at 17.9 feet this weekend. That’s nearly a foot above flood stage. Heavy rains Wednesday night led to the overflow of some sanitary sewers in Dubuque. Continue Reading