Oskaloosa, IA Crime & Safety

SE Iowa Man Faces Six Theft Related Charges

Ottumwa police say a Fairfield man with prior theft convictions stole a debit card and used it to withdraw money and buy items. 26-year-old Jedakyah Ponce has been charged with third-degree theft and five counts of unauthorized use of credit card, all aggravated misdemeanors. According to court records, during the...
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Pella Captain Haase to Attend FBI National Academy

Pella Police Captain Paul Haase is now undergoing special training over the next several weeks out of state. Haase is heading to the FBI National Academy for leadership training after applying for the prestigious program. Haase is thankful for the opportunity to bring back what he learns in December. In the meantime, many of the duties of Haase will be done by Chief Shane McSheehy and Lt. Shane Cox.
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Arrest made in 2020 unattended death investigation in Montezuma

MONTEZUMA, Iowa (KCRG) - The Poweshiek County Sheriff’s Office said it has made an arrest following an investigation into the 2020 death of a 28-year-old woman in Montezuma. In a press release, the sheriff’s office said the investigation started on January 28, 2020, when deputies were called to 200 East Harrison Street where a woman died.

Knoxville Fire Department Passes Inspection

The Knoxville Fire Department passed an inspection with high regard. Fire Chief Cal Wyman reported at the last council meeting that an inspection is held every three years. For the second time in department history the Knoxville Fire Department passed with no deficiencies again this year. Wyman said an Open House is set for the Knoxville Fire Department October 12 for Fire and Prevention Week.

Iowa man charged in his fiancee's 2020 overdose death

MONTEZUMA, Iowa — A Montezuma man is now facing involuntary manslaughter charges in the 2020 overdose death of his fiancee. Online court records accuse Chancy Grife of driving to the Iowa City/Cedar Rapids area to buy potent drugs which he provided to his fiancee Abby Owens. She was found...

Earlham man who struck and killed pedestrian on I-35 sentenced to probation

An Earlham man who struck and killed a pedestrian while driving last year was sentenced Tuesday to two years probation. Frank Alan Davidson, 21, of Earlham was charged in May 2021 with vehicular homicide while operating under the influence, vehicular homicide by driving recklessly and leaving the scene of an accident resulting in the death of Stephanie Waddell, 38, of Oskaloosa. On Tuesday, Davidson pleaded guilty to leaving the scene of the accident which resulted in a death, a class D felony, according to court records.

Knoxville Man Charged with Sexual Abuse of a Minor

A Knoxville man faces a charge for alleged sexual abuse of a minor. Heath Rein Authier, 40, was charged with Sexual Abuse – 2nd Degree, a class B felony, lascivous acts with a child, a class C felony, and indecent contact with a child on September 16,. law enforcement...

Traffic Violation Leads to Arrest in Henry County

On Wednesday at 10:15 p.m. the Henry County Sheriff’s Office conducted a traffic stop on US Highway 34 near mile marker 229 in Mount Pleasant on a vehicle for a traffic violation. It was discovered that 32-year-old Oscar Daniel Leyva Sandoval of Ottumwa currently held a suspended driving status...

Ottumwa resident arrested following traffic stop

Mt. Pleasant, IA- The Henry County Sheriff’s Office has announced the arrests of an Ottumwa resident as the result of a traffic stop. According to a news release, on Wednesday, September 14th, at about 10:15 PM, Henry County Deputies conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle on US Highway 34 in Mount Pleasant on a vehicle for a traffic violation.

Ottumwa man charged with murder following assault

Ottumwa, IA- Authorities have announced the arrest of an Ottumwa man for murder after a weekend assault. TV Station KTVO reports that at about 2 PM Sunday, September 11th, Ottumwa Police responded to a reported assault in a convenience store parking lot. When officers arrived, they found a man severely...

Iowa Woman Charged for Intent to Sell Meth Near Elementary School

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Pella Police Department Recognized for Excellence in Policy and Training

The Pella Police Department was recognized by the Lexipol Connect program for achieving Gold level for consistently and effectively disseminating policies to officers, issuing timely policy updates as laws. Last year, the Pella Police Department began the process of becoming an accredited agency through the Commission on Accreditation for Law...

Murder charges filed after Iowa man dies from parking lot assault

OTTUMWA, Iowa — Ottumwa police say an assault victim has died, and the person responsible has been charged with murder. According to police, Leon Stewart assaulted Grant Cochran in a Casey's parking lot on Sunday. Cochran was taken to an Iowa City hospital, where he died Wednesday morning. Stewart...