Gosewisch Promoted to Head Cross Country Coach

Oskaloosa–William Penn University Athletics Director Nik Rule is proud to announce that Sean Gosewisch has been promoted to Head Cross Country Coach.

Gosewisch, who is also in his fifth year as Assistant Track and Field Coach, served as the program’s assistant coach the last four years.  He also served as a graduate assistant coach from 2011-2012.  As Gosewisch takes over the reins, Head Track and Field Coach Allen Friesen will now be his assistant.

“Coach Gosewisch has put a lot of time into the cross country program here and has shown he has the energy and passion to lead it,” Rule said.  “We are excited to see how he grows as a coach and how he is able to grow the program.”

Since joining the cross country staff, he has guided 13 individuals to all-conference laurels and one runner (Jamal Boma) to an All-America honor (the first in school history).  Six runners have qualified for nationals.

“I believe it is time for this move to be made,” Friesen said.  “It is a good move for the cross country team and no one deserves it more than Coach Gosewisch.  I cannot be more pleased to see him get this opportunity.”

Gosewisch is a 2010 graduate of Southern Illinois-Edwardsville with a degree in history. A national qualifier at the NCAA Division I and II levels, he was a captain of both the cross country and track and field squads as a senior.


Story by Wade Steinlage, WPU Sports Information Director

Possible Addition to Mahaska County Sheriff’s Department

The Mahaska County Board of Supervisors met on Monday morning to discuss issues and proposals within the county. During the appropriate section the representative of Mahaska County Sheriff’s Office, Sheriff Russ VanRenterghem, stepped forward.

Sheriff VanRenterghem inquired that the board seek out the possibility of granting the Mahaska County Sheriff’s Office with another deputy. VanRenterghem noted that the intended purpose of this deputy would be to investigate the growing drug problem statewide, as well as within Mahaska County.

VanRenterghem mentioned the use of a grant that could assist with either bringing back a deputy that was once laid-off or instating a new one to the department. He also noted that this position would be necessary after having four overdose deaths since the beginning of the 2017 year within the Mahaska County limits; two of those being in Oskaloosa city limits.

Oskaloosa Baseball Wins Big Over Washington

The Oskaloosa baseball team ended last week the wrong way, losing two games to conference foe Pella Christian. They bounced back nicely on Monday night, however, as they defeated Washington on the road, 10-2.

The action started quickly for the Indians, as they would plate two runs in the second inning on three hits in a two-out rally. Washington would scratch across a run in the bottom of the second, but Osky was far from building their lead.

The offense was clicking, rapping out nine hits, drawing seven walks, and getting hit by a pitch. The Indians also took advantage of three Washington errors and took several extra bases on wild pitches and passed balls. There was not a 1-2-3 inning against Osky, and they would add a run in the third and fourth and three runs in the fifth and seventh innings to lead 10-1. Washington would push one more across in the bottom of the seventh to get the final score to 10-2.

Charlie Bandstra led Osky going 3 for 4 at the plate with three runs scored. Alex DeJong went 2 for 4 and had three RBI. Seth Sarver picked up the win on the mound after four strong innings. Nick Harrington and Peyton Crouse both pitched well in relief.

Oskaloosa is now 21-12 on the season and will the July 4th holiday off before hosting Carlisle in a non-conference doubleheader on Wednesday night. The first varsity game is schedule to begin at 5:30 PM at the Oskaloosa High School Baseball Field.

Paul McCartney and Sony Settle Beatles Catalog Suit

Back in January of this year, Paul McCartney sued Sony over the rights to The Beatles catalog. McCartney did so to ensure he would not be in breach when he decided to reclaim his rights.

It appears that McCartney and Sony have settled the lawsuit, according to The Hollywood Reporter, though the details of the settlement are unknown.


“The parties have resolved this matter by entering into a confidential settlement agreement and jointly request that the Court enters the enclosed proposed order dismissing the above-referenced action without prejudice,” Michael Jacobs, McCartney’s attorney told U.S. District Judge Edgardo Ramos.

The rights to the Beatles catalog was famously fought over between McCartney and Michael Jackson in 1985, where the latter outbid him during the sale. Jackson bought ATV, the company that had owned the copyrights to the Beatles songs for $47 million.

Jackson would later share half of the rights to Sony for $100 million. After the King of Pop’s death in 2009, his estate sold the other half to Sony for $750 million.

McCartney’s case stems from Section 304(c) of the Copyright Act of 1976. Section 304(c) states that authors can reclaim their ownership interests in any works assigned by them prior to January 1, 1978, after 56 years. Under this law, McCartney’s songs, written with John Lennon, would become available to him in 2018.

Attorneys for both parties declined further comment.

Offbeat News for 06-30-17

Woman Gives Birth To A 16-Pound Baby
Just days after a woman in North Carolina gave birth to a 14-pound baby, we’re hearing about Waylon Cole Hallett’s super-sized entrance last month. On May 1st, Waylon was born in Seymour, Indiana and weighed a whopping 16-pounds.
Waylon’s mom says at her last ultrasound, doctors warned her Waylon was going to weigh around 12-pounds at birth.  The baby boy is now seven-weeks old and weighs in 17-pounds, seven ounces…the size of an average six-month-old.
You Can Buy A Bikini Made Of Pizza
Got plenty of expendable cash and don’t mind oil dripping down your down leg? You’re in luck. New York City pizzeria Villa Italian Kitchen is offering to make you a custom bikini made with, you guessed it, pizza.
It won’t come cheap though. Your custom bathing suit will set you back $10-grand. That price tag comes with an initial consultation and measurement session, topping preference, a final fitting, and the suit itself.
Villa Italian Kitchen came up with the idea in celebration of National Bikini Day, which turns out to be July 5th. If you want your pizza-kini, you’ll have to place your order then.
Guy calls in bomb threat from police station pay phone:
If you’re going to call in a bomb threat to a police station, at least get some distance. Michael Prince Myers didn’t even bother to leave the precinct before using the pay phone in the lobby to let the Muskogee Police Department in Oklahoma know he “placed a bomb at the police station” and that he was “a terrorist and wanted to turn himself in.” Authorities had no problem charging the 22-year-old with making the threat and keeping him behind bars.
Man gets in trouble for keeping wild deer in his house:
It seems crazy we have to say this, but it’s not okay to keep wild deer as pets. A man in Jamestown, New York found that out when a neighbor complained that the unnamed man has been harboring a wild animal. The homeowner explained to the cops he thought it was a-okay to keep the whitetail deer fawn in his house for up to six weeks before he had to release it. Officers explained that is not the case and issued the resident a ticket for illegal possession of protected wildlife. Fortunately, the deer is in good health and was released back to the wild.
Woman who was not supposed to be driving backs her car into a lake, does other dumb things:
Elizabeth Bergquist is a piece of work. The 24-year-old from Colorado had her license revoked back in 2014 after a DUI. This week, she accidentally backed her car into a lake, stole a hotel shuttle and crashed it. Oh, and she had marijuana on her at the time. Maybe the craziest part? She was actually sober during the whole incident. At no point did she report any of the accidents because she was “embarrassed and didn’t want to get in trouble.” Obviously, she did get in trouble and is now facing felony aggravated motor vehicle theft and plenty of misdemeanors including false reporting to authorities, driving with a revoked license, trespassing, two counts of failure to report an accident and two counts of striking another vehicle or property.

Area Softball and Baseball Scores for Thursday, June 29

In softball scores from Thursday:

Belle Plaine 5, Tri-County, Thornburg 3
Central Lee, Donnellson 9, Cardinal, Eldon 0
Clarke, Osceola 9, Eddyville-Blakesburg 2
Knoxville 4, Chariton 3
Melcher-Dallas 8, Mormon Trail, Garden Grove 1
Montezuma 4, BGM, Brooklyn 3 (10)
Murray 16, Twin Cedars 1
North Mahaska 12, Colfax-Mingo 11
Ottumwa 10, Fort Madison 0
Ottumwa 14, Fort Madison 0
Pekin 6, Lone Tree 3


In baseball scores from Thursday:

Eddyville-Blakesburg-Fremont 7, Clarke, Osceola 5
Gilbert 10, Pella 8
Interstate 35, Truro 4, Pleasantville 3
Moravia 6, Colfax-Mingo 2

Sex Abuse Investigation Leads to Multiple Charges Against Suspect

The Ottumwa Police Department has conducted an investigation involving 5 female victims who reported being sexually assaulted by the same suspect.

On Friday, June 23, 2017, officers from the Ottumwa Police Department and the Southeast Iowa Inter-Agency Drug Task Force executed a search warrant and arrest warrant at 753 N. Green Street, Apt. C, in Ottumwa, in reference to this investigation.

Armando Leyva, age 35, of 753 N. Green, Apt. C, Ottumwa, was arrested and charged with the following offenses:

 Kidnapping in the 1 st Degree, a Class “A” Felony

 Sexual Abuse in the 2 nd Degree, a Class “B” Felony

 Sexual Abuse in the 3 rd Degree, 3 Counts, all Class “C” Felonies

 Assault With the Intent to Commit Sex Abuse, an Aggravated Misdemeanor

Leyva is being held in the Wapello County Jail with a $157,000 cash only bond. This is an ongoing investigation. Anyone with additional information relating to these assaults are encouraged to contact the Ottumwa Police Department Investigations Unit.

Please note the following pursuant to recent Supreme Court rulings: “A criminal charge is merely an accusation and a defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty.”

Oskaloosa Fireworks – General Rules and Safety Guidelines

As the July 4th holiday approaches, the Oskaloosa Fire Department and Oskaloosa Police Department would like to remind the public of some general rules and safety guidelines regarding the use and discharge of Consumer Grade Class I and Class II fireworks. What are Class I and II fireworks?

Oskaloosa Municipal Code Chapter 8.04-Fireworks allows for the sale of Consumer Grade Class I and II fireworks within the corporate city limits of Oskaloosa by a licensed and insured fireworks retailer during the specified time frame to individuals 18 years of age or older as stated in the State of Iowa Code.

Oskaloosa Municipal Code Chapter 8.04-Fireworks does not allow for the discharge of any Consumer Grade Class I or II fireworks to be discharged within the City of Oskaloosa corporate limits. Violations of the provision can result in a simple misdemeanor charge with a scheduled fine of $250 in addition to court costs.


No person under the age of 18 is allowed to have in their possession or discharge Class I or Class II fireworks in the State of Iowa.

Any fireworks described as a novelty such as sparklers, snakes, and snap pops are allowed to be used.

Further clarification regarding firework sales and permitted use can be answered within Oskaloosa Municipal Code Chapter 8.04-Fireworks which is available for public viewing on the City of Oskaloosa website www.oskaloosaiowa.org and clicking on the City Code link or by calling the Oskaloosa Fire Department at 641-673- 3541 extension 2.

The Oskaloosa Fire Department and the Oskaloosa Police Department hope everyone has a safe and enjoyable 4th of July holiday.

June 29th: On This Day

On this day in 1984, Bruce Springsteen kicked off the first leg of his Born in the U.S.A Tour with a three night run at the Civic Center in St. Paul, Minnesota. Springsteen would play a total of 156 shows ending on October 2, 1985, in Los Angeles.

The tour was to support the Born in the U.S.A. album, which was inside the top 10 of the Billboard 200 during the entire tour. Springsteen played the album in its entirety during the tour. His previous album, Nebraska, was also played in full, as it did not have a tour to promote it.

It was his longest and most successful tour to date and grossed $80–90 million overall.


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