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Ottumwa fire leaves family without a home

OTTUMWA, Iowa — A fire Saturday night leaves an Ottumwa family with very little belongings left. Hailey Kopp describes Saturday night as another normal night for her and her family. After returning home from bowling at around 9:30 p.m., she came home to police officers and firetrucks surrounding her house.
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Ottumwa teen last seen Dec. 1

OTTUMWA, Iowa — The Ottumwa community is asking for help in searching for a missing teen. Jade Mackenzie Heckethorn, 16-years-old, was reported missing on December 1. According to Iowa's missing person information clearinghouse, she is described as being 110 lbs. 5 feet 6 inches. She is Caucasian and has black hair, with blue eyes.
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Ottumwa man with 20 past criminal convictions gets probation in drug case

OTTUMWA, Iowa — A southeast Iowa convict with 20 past criminal convictions gets probation in a drug case. Robert Large, 56, of Ottumwa, was charged as a habitual offender with possession of methamphetamine - third offense and possession of marijuana - third offense. During a trial on October 25, 2021,...
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S.E. Iowa judge gives child porn suspect probation

OTTUMWA, Iowa — A southeast Iowa judge on Thursday gave a Heartland man probation in a child pornography case. In July 2020, Jacob Mason, 38, of Ottumwa, was arrested and charged with six counts of sexual exploitation of a child. Prosecutors say Mason possessed 15 photos depicting child pornography. The...
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TRIAL DATE SET FOR FAIRFIELD TEENS ACCUSED OF MURDERING A TEACHER

A trial date has been set for the two Fairfield teens accused in last month’s murder of Fairfield High School Spanish teacher Nohema Graber. A pre -trial hearing for Willard Miller and Jeremy Goodale will be held March 21st, with the actual trial scheduled for April 19th. Last week, attorneys for Miller and Goodale appeared in court to argue for a reduction of their $1 million bonds to $100,000. The state, meanwhile, asked if the bond can stay as it is or be raised to $2 million. Prosecutors say the families aren’t capable of monitoring the teens…as the crime was committed while the 16-year-olds were living at home. Judge Joel Yates has not yet made his decision on the bond review hearing but has stated we should get his decision sometime within the week.
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Police: Packages have a higher chance of being stolen when they are left out to be seen

OTTUMWA, Iowa (KYOU) - A crime of opportunity is what the police call it. According to Lieutenant Jason Parmenter, if someone can see your package on your porch or through the window of our home, you could be at risk of your items being stolen. “Especially the Christmas holiday, you know, we do have an increase of people getting those items stolen off of their front porch.”
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Judge Refuses to Lower Bond For Teens Charged in Fairfield Teacher’s Death

(Fairfield, IA) — The two southeast Iowa teenagers charged with killing a teacher in Fairfield likely will not be released on bail before trial. A judge denied a request to lower the bonds of the teens accused in the November 2nd murder of Fairfield Spanish teacher Nohema Graber. Sixteen-year-olds Willard Miller and Jeremy Goodale asked that their one-million-dollar bond be reduced due to their age and lack of criminal history. Prosecutors were seeking two-million dollars bond. The two teens pleaded not guilty to the murder of Graber. They are scheduled to stand trial on April 19th.
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Judge declines lower bond for Fairfield teens

FAIRFIELD — Bond will stay at $1 million cash only for two Fairfield juveniles accused by police of killing a high school Spanish teacher. Judge Joel Yates, in a ruling filed Thursday afternoon but made public Friday, was not persuaded by arguments for lower bond amounts from defense attorneys for Jeremy Everett Goodale and Willard Noble Chaiden Miller. They are currently being held on charges of first-degree murder and conspiracy to commit murder. Both teens have pled not guilty.
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Judge denies bail reduction for Fairfield teens in teacher’s death

The two southeast Iowa teenagers charged with killing a teacher likely will not be released on bail before trial. Judge Joel Yates has denied the request of two Fairfield teens accused in the November 2nd murder of Nohema Graber, the Fairfield High Spanish teacher. Willard Miller and Jeremy Goodale, both 16, asked that their $1 million bond be reduced due to their age and lack of criminal history.
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Bond will not be lowered for Fairfield teens in murder case

OTTUMWA, Iowa (KYOU) - An Iowa judge has decided bail for the two Fairfield, Iowa teenagers accused of the murder of a teacher will not be lowered. In this ruling, Judge Joel Yates said “the court finds that bail shall remain as previously fixed in the amount of $1,000,000.00, Cash Only. In addition to the posting of the required bond, the defendant shall be subject to pretrial-release supervision by the 8th Judicial District Department of Correctional Services. The defendant shall sign a supervision contract with the Department within 24 hours of the defendant’s release.”
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