Marion County Sheriff’s Report 6/6/23
IN THE PAST TWENTY-FOUR HOURS MARION COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPUTIES RESPONDED TO 36 CALLS FOR SERVICE INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO: EIGHT PAPER SERVICE ATTEMPTS,FOUR MOTORIST ASSISTS, FOUR RETURN PHONE CALLS, TWO EXTRA PATROL CHECKS, TWO SUSPICIOUS ACTIVITY CALLS, TWO RESCUES, TWO FOLLOW UPS, ONE CIVIL CALL, ONE DOG, ONE JUVENILE CALL, ONE ACCIDENT, ONE INCOMPLETE 911, ONE CONTROLLED BURN, ONE INFORMATION, ONE FRAUD, ONE TRESPASS, ONE RECKLESS DRIVER, ONE MEET SUBJECT AND ONE WANTED PERSON.
Three injured in crash on Highway 5, one airlifted to Des Moines
An accident occurred early Monday afternoon, resulting in three individuals being injured, with one of them sustaining serious injuries. The incident took place approximately two miles south of Unionville. The driver identified as Randolph Reed, 57 years old and from Columbia, was airlifted via a medical helicopter to Mercy One...
Area Racing Tradition to Take Over Pella’s Central Park This Week
Thursdays In Pella is off to the races this week as race drivers from seven Central Iowa race tracks will be on hand to display their race cars and meet their fans. Lori Cutter and Tyler Weyers say the event is meant to connect the Pella community with the surrounding tradition of racing in the region.
MAHASKA COUNTY BOARD OF SUPERVISORS APPROVES 28E AGREEMENT FOR SOUTHERN IOWA MENTAL HEALTH
The Mahaska County Board of Supervisors met yesterday and approved a 28E agreement between the county and Southern Iowa Mental Health. The agreement involves 13 counties cooperating as a region to provide mental health and disability services to south central Iowa. Supervisor Steve Wanders said that the agreement has involved 14 counties in the past, but is otherwise similar to past agreements with the county. County attorney Andrew Ritland said that the agreement was above water, but advised the board that pending legislation at the governor’s office would make it so that the Southern Iowa Mental Health board cannot be majority represented by members of county boards of supervisors.
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:
Body of 76-year-old angler found after parkgoer hears cries for help, Iowa officials say
The fisherman was in a wheelchair, according to one local outlet.
Nelson Pioneer Farm Issues Community Challenge
Something new is coming to the Nelson Pioneer Farm & Museum. The Mahaska County Historical Society is currently fundraising for a massive exhibit renovation in the main museum building. The entire lower level that once displayed dolls, toys, and various historic room set ups is being transformed into two new exhibits. “A Legacy of Patriotism and Service” showcases Mahaska County’s veterans and military service since the county’s founding in 1844 to present. The artifacts and stories highlighted feature local residents who were involved in the Civil War, Spanish-American War, WWI, WWII, Korea, Vietnam, and more recent conflicts in the Persian Gulf, Afghanistan, and Iraq. “In addition to our robust collection of Civil War, WWI, and WWII artifacts, we are actively collecting documents, artifacts, and stories from veterans and active service personnel about more recent conflicts,” explains Director/Curator Margaret Spiegel. “Also featured in this exhibit is an interactive database of information about our veterans. Family members or veterans can submit a questionnaire to include basic information about their/their loved one’s service. We are very excited to have this element in the exhibit so it can continue to grow.”
Ridiculous Day in Knoxville is Saturday
Ridiculous Day in Knoxville returns this week with a combined effort from downtown merchants and the Knoxville Farmers Market. Denay Marsh, Assistant Farmers Market Manager, tells KNIA/KRLS News that the market will be located on the west side of the courthouse. Regular hours of the market are from 8 a.m. until noon on Saturdays.
Cordova New Office Building Nears Completion
There are still some minor details that need to be taken care of but the new $1.3 million building at Cordova Park is just about ready to be put to use. Steve Edwards, Executive Director of the Marion County Conservation Department, tells KNIA/KRLS News, “Out at Cordova Park we started back in May of 2022. So it’s been awhile, but it’s a new office building for our department as well as a classroom to help increase the programming for our environmental education sector and our Naturalist Marla Mertz.”
Marshalltown man identified as apparent drowning victim
The Jasper County Sheriff’s Department has identified a man who appears to have drowned at Rock Creek State Park. Deputies were called to the lake near Kellogg Sunday just after noon. Deputies say 76-year-old Larry Conner of Marshalltown was fishing near the boat ramp with another man and fell into the water. The other man got him out of the water, but deputies say he was unresponsive when they arrived and he died at the scene.
Milly 'loved all animals': Pella family honors daughter's love of animals with Humane Society benefit
PELLA, Iowa — Since their5-year-old daughter Milly was run over and killed by a pickup truck while she was sledding in February, Kristi and Andy Zellmer have received plenty of support from the Pella community. Now, they're honoring her and giving back to those who have supported them at...
De Waard, Fisher, Wares to be added to Central Athletics Hall of Honor
Three graduates who notched victories on the NCAA postseason stage are the newest inductees in the Central College Athletics Hall of Honor. Longtime football defensive coordinator Don DeWaard ’82, former NCAA Division III javelin champion and volleyball standout Alicia Whisner Fisher ’07 and George Wares ’76, the winningest softball coach in Division III history, will be inducted as part of Central’s homecoming activities this fall.
Eagle Scout Project Completed at Pella Public Library
The Pella Public Library announced the completion of an Eagle Scout service project to benefit the library. Life Scout Zander Riddle, of Pella Boy Scout Troop 373, recently finished building a series of six new cabinets. These cabinets are specially designed to hold the many art prints which were previously scattered throughout the library.
Let’s Talk Pella – Dutch Day Camp
Jessi Vos and Lisa Zylstra with Pella Historical Museums preview the annual Dutch Day Camp July 17th through 21st in the Pella Historical Village. Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Google Podcasts | Spotify | RSS | Subscribe to Let's Talk Pella.
DC-Grimes Baseball Ends Long Winning Streak Monday
The DC-Grimes baseball ended their long winning streak with a doubleheader split on Monday. The Mustangs were on a eight game winning before coming into their doubleheader against the Pella Dutch. The first game was decided by a four run sixth inning by the Mustangs and good pitching by Tate Perrin to close the 9 to 6 win over the Dutch. Additionally, Dayne Mauk accounted for five RBI’s in that win.
WHAT TO WATCH FOR: World of Outlaws Set For Two-Day Clash at Knoxville
The Sprint Car Capital of the World set for two nights of World of Outlaws action. Knoxville Raceway has hosted the World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Cars at least one night every June over the past 19 years – a tradition that continues this weekend (June 9-10).
Lady Dees continue strong season
Albia – The Lady Dees (4-0) kicked off their second week of the season with another strong defensive performance by blanking Pella Christian (4-2) by the score of 5-0. Albia didn’t need any offensive outburst but did score a run in the first inning and third through sixth innings. Addison Halstead continued her senior campaign by notching another gem, tossing a one-hitter across seven innings. Albia ended the day with two hits, relying on drawing five walks to help get runners in scoring position.
Knoxville Man Pleads Guilty to Two Counts of Stalking
A 38-year-old Knoxville man pleaded guilty to two counts of Stalking. Jacob Lee Baxter entered a plea of guilty to two counts of Stalking June 1. The stalking cases took place in the Spring of 2022. Baxter was sentenced to five years for each count of stalking for a total of 10 years.
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...
Central's Makenzie Garr talks winning state shot put title
At the Class 5 state track meet, Makenzie Garr cemented herself in Central track and field history as one of the best girls throwers the program has seen. At the Class 5 state meet roughly one week ago, Garr double dipped on her competition. Competing in both the shot put and discus, Garr may have walked away with first place in the shot put (13.76m), but also captured second place the discus throw (42.14m).
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