Police: SE Iowa Man Stole Garbage Truck
A southeast Iowa man was arrested in Ottumwa after police say he stole a garbage truck. 19-year-old Kadyn Newcomer of Washington was charged with first-degree theft and third-degree burglary. Police say on February 9, Newcomer arrived at the Washington Street Apartments driving a 2002 GMC C-Series garbage truck that was...
Ottumwa Teen Crowned Miss Iowa Jr. Teen
Ottumwa, IA – This past weekend Ottumwa teen Analia Toloza was crowned the 2024 UMN Miss Iowa Jr. Teen. Analia won the UMN Miss Iowa Jr Teen title at the UMN Iowa/Nebraska pageant in Des Moines. Toloza, a freshman at Ottumwa High School, is the first to hold the...
House fully engulfed in flames causes damage to neighboring home Sunday night
OTTUMWA, Iowa — Just before 10:30 p.m. Sunday, Ottumwa firefighters were called to 706 West Fourth Street for a report of a house fire. When emergency crews arrived, they found the home fully engulfed. Firefighters were able to get the blaze under control around 4 a.m. Monday. No injuries...
Road Closure for Sewer Repair
Ottumwa, IA – Beginning Wednesday, February 28, 2024, Clarence Street between West Highland Avenue and Summit Street will be closed to through traffic for sewer repairs. Repairs are expected to last through Friday, March 1, weather permitting. Please exercise caution if driving in and around this area.
OFD Responds to Two Weekend Fires
The Ottumwa Fire Department responded to a pair of fires over the weekend, according to the city of Ottumwa. On Friday, crews from the Ottumwa Fire Department and the Wapello County Rural Fire Department fought a grass fire in an empty field near the Gray Eagle Wildlife Reserve Area. After approximately three hours, the blaze was extinguished with no injuries reported. The city reminds the public to exercise caution with fires over the next few weeks due to dry conditions and high winds.
City of Ottumwa Hires New Finance Director
Travis Lawrence, Public Information Officer for the City of Ottumwa, confirmed to Ottumwa Radio News that the city has hired its new Finance Director. Cole O’Donnell comes to the City of Bridges from Keokuk, Iowa where he was the City Administrator and Finance Officer for the City of Keokuk since 2018.
Ottumwa Radio to No Longer Carry Ottumwa Bulldog Sports
Ottumwa, IA – Ottumwa Radio was informed at 11:45 this morning, in an email from Landon Allen, Chief Information Officer of the Ottumwa Community School District, that we will no longer be carrying Ottumwa Bulldog Sports. After more than 50 years of broadcasting Ottumwa School Sporting events, live streaming games online, and supporting our Ottumwa Students in many other ways, we have been informed that we will no longer be in the broadcast booth or on the sidelines for Ottumwa baseball, softball, football or boys and girls basketball, due to a decision by the Ottumwa School Board and administrators.
UPDATED: Teen girl missing from northeast Missouri may have been in Columbia
UPDATE: Small has been located and is safe. A teenage girl, missing from northeast Missouri, may have been in Columbia. The Scotland County Sheriff’s Department is asking for the public’s help finding Hailey Small, 17, of Memphis. The Aware Foundation says Small was believed to have been in the company of an older man who reported that he dropped her off at Johnson Park in Memphis around 8:00 p.m. on February 24. But she never made it home.
Temperatures set to drop as cold front sweeps through later Tuesday
OTTUMWA, Iowa (KYOU) - A fairly big change in our weather is coming, at least for a little while. Temperatures start out mild today, mostly in the upper 40s, and will warm quickly into the 70s by early afternoon. We’ll be a little breezy during this time, but potentially a little less so than Monday’s windier conditions. It won’t be long before winds begin to pick up and become quite gusty, as a cold front moves through late in the afternoon toward the evening. As they do, expect gusts up to 45 mph from the northwest, bringing in colder air in a hurry.
New security measures put in place to improve safety near downtown Ottumwa
OTTUMWA, Iowa — The Greater Ottumwa Partners in Progress in collaboration with the City of Ottumwa announced the successful installation of security cameras behind the businesses located on Church Street. Owners of the businesses had expressed concerns about the safety of their customers, prompting this initiative. "One of the...
Governor Reynolds Visits Ottumwa Schools
The Ottumwa Community School District hosted Governor Reynolds, several state representatives, and area superintendents on Thursday, February 22 at Gateway High School. Engaging with superintendents from Albia, Burlington, Davis County, Fairfield, Fort Madison, and Van Buren districts underscores her commitment to collaboration and dialogue on recent legislative topics impacting education.
Albia Fire Destroys House
Albia, IA – A house fire last night in Albia resulted in a total loss for a local home owner. John Freshwater, Chief of the Albia Fire Department, said they were dispatched around 8:30 last night and that when his crew arrived at the house the entire upstairs was engulfed in flame.
Construction on Pioneer Ridge Campground expansion set to begin in March
WAPELLO COUNTY, Iowa — The Pioneer Ridge Nature Area campground will be closed for the summer of 2024 to work on upgrades made possible by a Destination Iowa Grant. The grant, worth half a million dollars, will allow the campground to expand from nine sites to 20. Plus full...
Warm, windy, with outdoor burning discouraged today
OTTUMWA, Iowa (KYOU) - Highs will headed toward record-setting territory today, which could help increase the risk of outdoor fires spreading out of control. A Red Flag Warning is in effect for all of us during the daytime hours, as a combination of stronger southerly winds, warm temperatures, and low amounts of humidity increases the risk of wildfires. Avoid outdoor burning today, and be cautious with things that may start a fire like machinery and cigarette butts.
Rathbun Lake to Conduct One-Day Test Release
Officials plan to conduct a one-day test release from Rathbun Lake later this spring. As part of the detailed design process for the Rathbun Lake Fisheries Section 1135 project, the information gathered during the test will assist in the design of critical project components aimed at reducing the outward migration of adult walleye and other fish species.
Wapello County Wildlife occupies The Bridge View Center for a day
OTTUMWA, Iowa — With an office overlooking the Des Moines River, Laura Carrell says that she and her team see bald eagles soaring through the sky every day. Bringing that experience to the public is part of what inspired Meet Ottumwa to partner with Wapello County Conservation for On Eagles’ Wings - Wapello County's Wildlife Weekend.
Sebastian Tyrese Husted, an 18-year-old also known as Ty, was last observed in Iowa on Jan. 22, 2018
In a small town in Iowa, the baffling case of Sebastian Tyrese Husted, an 18-year-old known as Ty, continues to perplex authorities and family members alike. Ty vanished without a trace on January 22, 2018, leaving behind a trail of unanswered questions and a grieving family desperate for answers.
City of Ottumwa addresses safety concerns in the Church Street business parking lot
OTTUMWA, Iowa (KYOU) - Ottumwa’s chamber of commerce, Greater Ottumwa Partners in Progress, in collaboration with the City of Ottumwa, worked together to install new security cameras. These cameras will be installed in the Church Street Business Municipal Parking lot. Property and Business owners within the Church Street business...
3 ARRESTS MADE DURING DRUG INVESTIGATION IN OTTUMWA
OTTUMWA — On Wednesday, February 21, 2024, officers from the Southeast Iowa Inter-Agency Drug Task Force, Ottumwa Police Department’s Emergency Response Team, and the Iowa Department of Public Safety Division of Narcotics Enforcement, executed a search warrant at 339 N. Moore Street in Ottumwa. As a result of the search, police seized 3 firearms, marijuana, and evidence of drug distribution. This investigation is ongoing and additional criminal charges are pending.
Much warmer air still on track for a few days
OTTUMWA, Iowa (KYOU) - Expect things to turn even warmer to wrap up the weekend, and extend into the start of the week. Low temperatures tonight fall toward the low 30s under mostly clear skies. Southerly breezes will keep things from falling quite as far, and give us a good position to warm up from. Highs head for the 60s area-wide with lots of sunshine.