Wapello County, IA

GOP candidate for Congress talks to voters in Ottumwa

OTTUMWA, Iowa — A Republican candidate for Congress visited Ottumwa to meet with voters, Friday. Gary Leffler, of Blakesburg, is vying for a chance to run against incumbent Congresswoman Cindy Axne in the race for Iowa’s 3rd Congressional District. Leffler and his family have lived in Wapello County...
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Gov. Reynolds talks about labor challenges for small businesses

AGENCY, Iowa – Governor Kim Reynolds was in Wapello County Tuesday touring small businesses to get a better idea about the struggles they face finding workers. Reynolds made a visit to Mrs. Bosner’s Egg Noodles in the town of Agency. The family-owned business has supplied grocery stores with its noodles for nearly half a century. […]
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Ottumwa League of Women Voters Announces Forum

A forum featuring the six candidates for the two open seats on the Wapello County Board of Supervisors will be held next week. The Ottumwa League of Women Voters, the event’s sponsor, announced the forum will be on Monday, May 16 at 6:30 PM. The forum will take place in the Council Chambers in Otttumwa’s City Hall.
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2 candidates running for newly formed Senate District 13

OTTUMWA, Iowa — Two candidates are vying for a chance to serve Iowans in the newly formed Senate District 13. District 13 represents voters in Wapello, Davis, Monroe, and in the majority of Appanoose County. Republican Cherielynn Westrich and Democrat Matt Greiner will appear on the November ballot. Greiner...

Ottumwa Man Faces Firearms Charges

An Ottumwa man is facing several charges related to a disturbance last Friday on the city’s south side. According to court documents, at around 1:35 p.m. on April 29, Ottumwa Police and Wapello County Sheriff’s deputies responded to a call of an armed disturbance on Glenwood Avenue. According to the incident report, 36 year old Marcos Antonio Curiel-Navarro was in his shed on his property and fired a gun multiple times through the shed door, which also caused damage to a neighbor’s property. After taking Curiel-Navarro into custody, an investigation showed him to be in possession of a .40 caliber Springfield pistol and a 9mm SCCY pistol. As Curiel-Navarro is a convicted felon (most recent felony conviction 7/11/2017) he is prohibited from owning firearms.

Ottumwa man charged with attempted murder

OTTUMWA, Iowa — Police say Jaime Aguilar of Ottumwa shot Tyler Vandivier in the stomach Tuesday morning at an apartment complex. Vandivier is now being treated at a hospital. Aguilar is charged with attempted murder and has been booked into the Wapello County Jail.

Iowa Heartland History Connection celebrates grand opening

OTTUMWA, Iowa — The Iowa Heartland History Connection, formerly known as the Wapello County Historical Society, is now open to the public. A ribbon cutting ceremony was held to celebrate the grand opening of the museum, Saturday. Board members have been working for the past couple of years, to...

Daisy Award 2022 Set For May 6th

Ottumwa Regional Health Center will be holding their DAISY Award ceremony honoring nurses next week. The DAISY Foundation (an acronym for Diseases Attacking the Immune System) is a non-profit organization, established in memory of J. Patrick Barnes, who died at the age of 33 in late 1999 from complications of Idiopathic Thrombocytopenic Purpura (ITP), a relatively unknown but not uncommon auto-immune disease. The care Patrick and his family received from nurses while he was ill was the driving factor in establishing the foundation and the awards. Nurses may be nominated by patients, families, and colleagues and the award recipient is chosen by a committee at ORHC. Each honoree receives a certificate commending them as an “Extraordinary Nurse”, a DAISY Award pin, and a hand-carved statue known as “A Healer’s Touch”, crafted by members of the Shona Tribe in Zimbabwe.

Ottumwa Man Charged with Burglary After Kicking in Door to Home

An Ottumwa man was arrested after authorities say he kicked in the door of a home he intended to rob. Daniel Vandello, 38, has been charged with third-degree burglary, a Class D felony. According to the Wapello County Sheriff’s Office, on April 22 at approximately 3:50 PM, Vandello forcibly entered...

Ex-BP Employee Accused of Stealing More Than $10,000 from Company

An employee that worked at the BP in Eddyville for over 30 years is accused of stealing more than $10,000 from the company. 60-year-old Kimberly James of Kirkville faces charges of ongoing criminal conduct, a Class B felony, and first-degree theft, a Class C felony. According to the Wapello County...

Ottumwa Officials to Conduct Controlled Burn in Memorial Park

According to officials, the city of Ottumwa will have a controlled burn at Memorial Park sometime over the next two weeks. A press release says the burn will occur in the northern part of the park. Signs will be set out around the park on the day of the burn. The public should be cautious of smoke, which may cause short-term visibility issues on nearby roadways, and refrain from performing any outdoor tasks if there is smoke in their area.

Ottumwa planning to conduct prescribed burn in the next two weeks

OTTUMWA, Iowa (KYOU) - Ottumwa city leaders say they’re preparing for this spring’s prescribed burn. It’s part of a project to restore 9.5 acres of Oak Savannah in the northern portion of Memorial Park. “Maintenance of the oak savannah requires periodic prescribed burns,” city leaders said in...

Ottumwa alcohol sting operation results in charges

OTTUMWA, Iowa (KCRG) - On April 15th and 16th officers from the Wapello County Sheriff’s Department and Ottumwa Police Department conducted an alcohol sting operation at businesses in Ottumwa. Over the span of the two days, police found that Fine Liquor and Tabacco on Albia Road sold alcohol and...