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Body of missing Iowa woman found

LOCKRIDGE, Iowa — On Tuesday afternoon, the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office received a call for a missing person in Lockridge, according to a news release. A search party consisting of members of the Lockridge Fire Department, CARE Ambulance and citizens was able to locate the body of Doris Dian Crocker that evening.
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Missing southeast Iowa woman's body found

LOCKRIDGE, Iowa — The body of a southeast Iowa woman reported missing since Tuesday afternoon has been found in a field in Jefferson County. According to a release, the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office received a call about a missing person in Lockridge, Iowa. Doris Dian Crocker, 72, was believed...
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Police: SE Iowa Man Arrested after Encountering Homeowner, Dog in Attempted Burglary

Authorities say a man is in custody after he and other individuals attempted to rob a home Tuesday night in Fairfield. Jefferson County Attorney Chauncey Molding says officers from the Fairfield Police Department were called to a house on West Hempstead Avenue at approximately 11:32 PM. When they arrived at the scene, they saw a man involved in a physical altercation with an unknown subject.

Missing Lockridge Woman Found Dead

A missing Lockridge woman was found dead after what authorities believe was prolonged exposure to the extremely hot weather earlier this week. On Tuesday afternoon, the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office received word that 72-year-old Doris Dian Crocker reportedly left her residence and never returned. Crocker suffered from mild dementia and the heat index for that day reached 110 degrees.

Episodes of storms with heavy rainfall possible

OTTUMWA, Iowa (KYOU) - Rounds of showers and storms are likely over the next couple of days, bringing the threat of heavy rainfall to the area. Tonight is the first set of storms, with activity expected to develop well after dark. Storms may repeatedly move over the same area, which could lead to some especially high rainfall totals. Heavy downpours are likely with any storm due to the moisture content in the air. A Flood Watch is in effect for part of the area, including Ottumwa, early on Thursday for the threat of flash flooding. Pay attention to any warnings that may come out, and heed them accordingly. Remember: don’t drive through flooded areas, avoiding them could save your life!

City Program Offers $10,000 Grants For New Single Family Homes

A recently approved city program will provide grants for homebuilders building new single family homes. According to a press release, the City of Ottumwa will now provide $10,000 to homebuilders or homeowners who complete a new single-family home. The Build Ottumwa program, approved by the City Council in June, will provide anyone building a new single-family home valued at least $125,000 a $10,000 economic development grant at the time a certificate of occupancy is issued. The Legacy Foundation contributed $150,000 to the program.

Red-Hot Nikes End Eagles Season

Peaking at the right time is exactly what the Burlington Notre Dame baseball team is doing and it came at the expense of Keota’s season on Tuesday after an 11-1 Nike win in a class 1A second round district game. Fresh off of a 17-1 win in the opening...
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Crusaders' season ends with loss at Sigourney

SIGOURNEY - After the first two innings, you'd have had trouble telling the 11th ranked team in Class 1A from the 10-11 Holy Trinity Catholic Crusaders. But a big 3rd inning from Sigourney set a tone that wrapped up the Crusaders' season that saw Head Coach Loren Menke's squad reached both of their preseason goals.

J-Hawks Open Post-Season Thursday Against Ottumwa

The Urbandale Softball Team opens post-season play on Thursday when Ottumwa visits Gary Page Field. Game time is set for 7:00pm. All tickets must be purchased online here: Purchase Post-Season Softball Tickets.

Otters are thriving in … Iowa?

A few years ago, a friend said he had spotted river otters just outside of Fairfield, a small town in southeast Iowa where I grew up. For most of my life, I thought Iowa was boring. It’s the land of cornfields and hog farms. One of the state’s only claims to fame is that it’s home to the world’s largest truck stop (with 900 truck parking spots, 24 private showers, and an onsite chiropractor and dentist).