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Harvey Man Facing Felony Charges

On June 14, Marion County Sheriff’s Detectives met with the Ottumwa Police Department in regards to a handgun located in their jurisdiction. Officers went to the 100 block of Cinder Avenue, where they spoke with 50-year-old Shawn Duane Gerdom of Harvey. Gordon told officers he had purchased a Chevy Silverado in May and a handgun was a part of the transaction. The truck showed up as stolen from Keokuk County. After running a check on Gerdom, officers found he had a conviction for domestic abuse assault. Gerdom was charged with Dominion/Control of a Firearm or Weapon by a Domestic Abuse Offender, a Class D Felony.
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Iowa man demolishes motorcycle in crash north of Kirksville

A motorcyclist from Moulton, Iowa was hurt Thursday morning when the motorcycle hit the rear of a sports utility vehicle north of Kirksville. Eighteen-year old Clayton Coffman refused treatment at the scene for minor injuries. The driver of the SUV, 44-year old Crystal Brown of Bloomfield, Iowa, was not reported hurt.
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Fire At First Church Of The Nazarene

A fire early Wednesday morning caused significant damage to an Ottumwa church. According to a press release, on Wednesday June 29, 2022 at 4:33 A.M., the Ottumwa Fire Department responded to a call of a building fire at 701 Ellis Ave, location of the First Church Of The Nazarene. All on duty firefighters responded with two fire engines; engine 2 located at Station 2 arrived four minutes after being dispatched and engine 3 from Central Station arrived six minutes after being dispatched.

Fremont-Mills shakes off slow start, rolls to 10-1 win over East Mills

(Tabor) -- Fremont-Mills softball shook off some nerves and used a six-run fifth to pull away for a 10-1 win over East Mills in Class 1A Region 3 First Round action on Friday. The Knights (15-14) finished a three-game season sweep of the Wolverines, getting a complete game effort from Malea Moore.

Pella Christian Begins Postseason Action Today Against Albia

The journey to the Class 2A State Tournament in Carroll begins today for the Pella Christian baseball team, as they travel to Indian Hills Community College in Centerville to take on Albia. The opening round district game between the Eagles and Blue Demons is the second meeting between the two...

6 Year-Old & 50-Year-Old Killed in Southern Iowa Accidents

Wednesday was a tragic day in southern Iowa. Two people were killed in the extreme southern part of the state in separate incidents. The first accident happened Wednesday afternoon at approximately 1 p.m. in rural Appanoose County. According to an accident report from the Iowa State Patrol, Roberta Leffler was...

Moravia woman killed in Wednesday afternoon crash

Appanoose County — A Moravia woman was killed in an afternoon crash north of Unionville, Iowa. It happened just after 1:00 p.m. Wednesday at the intersection of 415th Street and Highway T61. According to the Appanoose County Sheriff's Office, Robert Leffler, 49, of Moravia, Iowa, was driving northbound and...

Moravia Woman Dies in Crash

A single-car accident in Appanoose County claimed the life of a Moravia woman on Wednesday afternoon. According to officials, a 2018 Jeep Cherokee driven by 49-year-old Roberta Leffler was traveling north on Highway T61 around 1:00 PM when she lost control of the vehicle. The Jeep left the roadway and struck a bridge guard rail.

Ottumwa church heavily damaged in Wednesday morning fire

OTTUMWA, Iowa — A Wednesday morning fire at a Heartland church has left the building heavily damaged. Just after 4:30 a.m., crews with the Ottumwa Fire Department were called to the First Church of the Nazarene on Ellis Ave. in Ottumwa. All on-duty firefighters responded to the fire with...
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Hotel Ottumwa finds potential buyer in Davenport

The iconic Hotel Ottumwa, which has been for sale for almost two years, may have finally found a prospective buyer. The hotel announced on its Facebook page that it had entered a purchase agreement with Bush Construction of Davenport, pending the firm's approval for state historical tax credits, as well as Iowa Workforce Development tax credits.

Twin Cedars Diamond Clubs Play Important Games Today

The summer squads at Twin Cedars will be playing two rather important games today. The class 1A #7 softball squad will take on Pella Christian today in its final regular season game. The Sabers already know their road to Fort Dodge so this game really does not matter in seeding and who they will play. However Coach Zack Dunkin tells KNIA/KRLS Sports today gives his team another chance to be tournament ready when they start regional play next week. For the baseball Sabers, the district road begins tonight in Moravia against a team the Sabers are very familiar with. Twin Cedars played Southeast Warren earlier this week and lost 16-6. Neither team showed their number one or number two pitcher, so Coach Mark Schroeder hopes for a different outcome. He tells KNIA/KRLS sports that many in the district are overlooking Twin Cedars, and he wants his guys to play with that chip on their shoulder.


CONCORD, NC – The World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series continues the annual tradition of celebrating Independence Day by slinging mud, throwing sliders, and shooting fireworks this weekend at Cedar Lake Speedway. Back-to-back nights on Friday and Saturday, July 1-2 will bring The Greatest Show on...

2 injured in Iowa park shooting incident

OTTUMWA, Iowa (KCAU) – Police are investigating a shooting incident that happened at an Ottumwa park Tuesday afternoon. Officers were called to the area of East Main and Brick Row around 4:24 p.m. on a report of a man bleeding from his head and neck, according to the Ottumwa Police Department. The man was identified […]

Motorcyclist escapes serious injury after rear-ending SUV

NORTH OF KIRKSVILLE, Mo. — UPDATE: KTVO has now learned the names of those involved in Thursday morning's crash on Highway 63, two miles north of Kirksville. The Missouri State Highway Patrol says the motorcycle was operated by Clayton Coffman, 18, of Moulton, Iowa. The SUV that Coffman rear-ended...

Ottumwa Man Arrested After High-Speed Pursuit

An Ottumwa man faces numerous charges after an alleged pursuit that reached 100 mph and resulted in multiple damaged law enforcement vehicles early Sunday morning. Juan Harland, 18, has been charged with assault while participating in a felony, assault on persons of certain occupations, eluding, second-degree criminal mischief, possession of marijuana, and possession of drug paraphernalia.