Ottumwa Couple Convicted Of Tax Fraud
(Des Moines, IA) -- An Ottumwa man and woman have been convicted of tax fraud, after investigators say they duped hundreds of immigrants and refugees. Investigators say Thein Maung & Phyo Mi ran a tax-preparation business out of their home and catered to meat-packing employees who spoke little-to-no English. Investigators say without their customers' knowledge or approval, they included false credits and deductions to increase refunds. hey did more than 16-hundred tax returns and claimed millions in residential energy credits. They also defrauded Iowa Workforce Development out of benefits payments.
Southeast Iowa businessman sentenced to prison for failure to pay employment taxes
A Keswick man who faced federal tax and bank fraud charges and allegedly lied on applications for COVID-19 relief funds was sentenced to prison last week. Thomas Sieren, 60, served as the vice president of TCS Fabricating and was charged last year with allegedly failing to turn in more than $440,000 to the IRS between 2016 and 2020. The company was required by law to withhold taxes from employee wages and to pay the withheld amounts to the IRS.
Local Group Donates Quilts to Patients
The Helping Hands Quilt Group in Oskaloosa recently donated many beautiful handmade quilts to Mahaska Health. The quilts will be gifted to patients of the Serenity Hospice House, Cancer Care & Infusion Center, Emergency Services, and Inpatient Care. “We are so grateful for the generous donation of quilts from the...
Pella Food Shelf to Serve from New Location Tuesday
The Pella Community Food Shelf will be serving from its new location starting Tuesday. This week, pre-sacked items will be available to patrons on Tuesday from 8 to 9 a.m. and 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. at 1111 West 16th Street in Pella. A capital campaign to fundraise and support renovations is ongoing. Financial contributions–which can be designated for the fundraising campaign, can be sent on Venmo or to:
Two Fires in Knoxville
Last night shortly after 8:00 pm, the Knoxville Fire Department was dispatched to a reported residential fire in the 100 block of South Conrey. Crews arrived to find smoke throughout the main floor of the residence. They made entry to find a dryer on fire. Crews extinguished the fire and ventilated the structure.
A Walk Through Downtown
The Ottumwa Public Library is hosting local author and historian Leigh Michaels on Saturday, June 17, 2023 at 9:30 am for a historical walk through downtown Ottumwa. The walk will start at the Ottumwa Public Library. The walk will be approximately 1.5 miles and take around 90 minutes. Registration is required. Call the library 641-682-7563 to register or with questions.
Quiet weather likely today, cold front on the way
OTTUMWA, Iowa (KYOU) - Temperatures remain warm for a couple of days, but some modest improvement is likely by the middle of the week. Highs today reach well into the 80s, but there may be slightly lower dew points than what we experienced yesterday. An isolated storm cannot be ruled out, either, but the area with the highest risk for that looks to shift just outside of the area today.
Iowa Man Gets Prison Time For Tax, PPP Loan Fraud
(Des Moines, IA) -- A Keswick, Iowa has been sentenced to 18 months in federal prison for failing to pay over $700,000 in employment taxes for his business, and for making a false statement for purposes of obtaining a Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loan for the business. Court documents between...
Savage Softball Still Perfect After Weekend Tilts
The Sigourney Savages kept up their undefeated start to the softball season by winning games Friday against Colfax-Mingo and Saturday versus West Burlington. The Savages scored once in the first inning Friday and put up three runs in each of the next two frames, but Sigourney put Colfax-Mingo away with a nine-spot in the fourth, allowing the game to end early with a 16-0 final.
Fire at Courtside Bar
Courtside Bar and Grill had a fire in their kitchen Tuesday evening. Thanks to the quick actions of the staff and the rapid response by the Ottumwa Fire Department, it was contained to one area of the kitchen. Staff is left with a big mess to clean up and some items that need replaced. The front of the house is up and running and still able to serve up some cold drinks and they are currently opening daily at 5 pm.
Knoxville Rotary Fundraiser
The Knoxville Rotary Club has their next fundraiser scheduled. The Rotary Club of Knoxville is selling tickets for a chicken dinner. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased from a rotary club member or at Croghan and Russell, CPA; Johnson, Lane and Hughes Law Office: Knoxville Chiropractic; Sundance Realty and Treasured Portraits. Tickets may be purchased through the day of the event.
G71 Construction Starts
Construction on Highway G71 was scheduled to start Friday. Construction is expected to run from June 2 through June 30. The road will be resurfaced and a pilot car and flagger will be used during construction. Traffic will be down to one-lane and delays are expected. The length of the...
STEPHEN MEMORIAL ANIMAL SHELTER’S BARK-A-QUE IS NEXT WEEKEND
The Stephen Memorial Animal Shelter is hosting its 5th Annual Bark-A-Que fundraiser next Saturday (6/10) in the Mahaska Drug parking lot. The No Coast Network sat down with Shanna Smith, the director of the shelter, to hear about what’s new and what’s coming back for this year’s event.
Pella Softball Falls at Oskaloosa Tournament
A rough stretch continued for the Pella softball team at the Oskaloosa tournament Saturday, falling to #14 in 3A Chariton 4-0 and 11-6 to Eddyville-Blakesburg-Fremont. The Dutch offense could not solve Chargers’ starter Layne Braby, tallying just four hits in the contest. While the Dutch bats got going against the Rockets, they had to do so from behind after giving up five runs in the first inning. Payton Lyons was 3-for-3 in that game with a home run. Pella has dropped six games in a row and will try to find their footing Monday in a doubleheader against #1 in 4A Dallas Center-Grimes on the road.
BLOCKS TO NEIGHBORHOODS PROGRAM TO FUND NEIGHBORHOOD EXTERIOR PROPERTY UPGRADES FOR SECOND YEAR
OTTUMWA — The City of Ottumwa is continuing an exterior home improvement incentive program for the second year. The Blocks to Neighborhoods program will reimburse property owners up to $2,500 for exterior property upgrades. In addition, the program hopes to strengthen neighborhoods by bringing at least three neighbors together to complete the improvement projects.
Ottumwa Police a Have Busy May
During the month of May 2023, officers with the Ottumwa Police Department responded to approximately 3,097 calls for service. Additionally, officers conducted 313 traffic stops, 56 warrant services, and 171 follow-up investigations, for a total of 3,637 call entries. Officers issued 113 traffic citations, 47 parking/municipal citations, and filed 280...
Heat and storm chances remain
OTTUMWA, Iowa (KYOU) - No big changes in the weather pattern as we move through the end of the first weekend in June. A sunny to partly cloudy sky remains in place as does an afternoon/evening chance for an isolated shower and storm activity. A backdoor cold front is expected to move into Iowa late Monday from the east bringing much more comfortable air to the area for the middle of the week. Have a great day.
Families First of Pella Engaging Students, Parents
While Families First in Pella is in between their spring and autumn parenting classes, the organization is focusing on encouraging literacy activities and other ways to strengthen the bond between parents and children. Director Allison Kerndt says they are making some changes to the classes for parents they offer to...
A's produce 15 hits in win over Mudcats
(Chillicothe) -- The Clarinda A's were a 5-3 winner over the Chillicothe Mudcats on Monday. Paxton Terveen had five hits, a double and two RBI to lead an offense that produced 15 hits. Will Flanigan had two hits, doubled and plated two runs while Gavin Long accounted for two hits, doubled and scored twice. Junior Barajas chipped in three hits and scored once, and Cole Warehime had a double, one RBI and one run scored. Nick Jones contributed one hit and one RBI, and Terrick Thompson added one hit and scored once.
MAHASKA COUNTY YMCA NAMES NEW CEO
OSKALOOSA — The Mahaska County YMCA Board of Directors, after a nationwide search, partnering with the YMCA of the USA and the Heartland Alliance of YMCAs, announced today that Barry Martin will serve as the new Chief Executive Officer. Born in small town rural Kentucky, Barry Martin studied Mathematics...
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