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Oskaloosa woman arrested on drug charges and more

An Oskaloosa woman is facing several charges after she was arrested Wednesday night (10/21) in Wapello County.  The Wapello County Sheriff’s Office says 24-year-old Claudia Blizzard is charged with possession of a controlled substance--morphine--as well…
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Testimony ends in Kelsie Thomas retrial

Tuesday (10/20) was the final day of testimony in Kelsie Thomas’ retrial for first degree murder.  The Ottumwa woman is accused of killing her 5-year-old daughter Cloe Chandler in July 2018.  Thomas is facing trial…
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Parts of the state lagging behind in harvest

BY DAR DANIELSON The soybean harvest is entering the last lap — while the corn harvest is getting closer to being done after a week of good weather. The U.S.D.A. report shows just ten percent of…
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Oskaloosa Police investigate shooting

Oskaloosa Police are investigating a shooting that injured a juvenile.  Police were called to a residence in the 1900 block of 17th Avenue East around 8:30 last Thursday night (10/15) about a possible shooting.  When Police…
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Main Street Ottumwa receives grant

Main Street Ottumwa has been awarded a $75,000 challenge grant from the Iowa Economic Development Authority.  The grant money will be used to renovate the Southern Iowa Utilities Building at 307 East Main Street.
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Iowa Supreme Court upholds absentee ballot directive

Iowa’s highest court is upholding a state directive that was used to invalidate tens of thousands of absentee ballot requests mailed to voters pre-filled with their personal information. The Iowa Supreme Court issued its ruling…
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Kelsie Thomas retrial begins

The retrial for an Ottumwa woman accused of killing her 5-year-old daughter begins Tuesday (10/13) in Ottumwa.  Kelsie Thomas is accused of killing her daughter, Cloe Chandler, in July 2018.  Earlier this year, a Wapello…
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One arrested after Poweshiek County chase

Poweshiek County Sheriff’s Deputies were busy early Sunday morning (10/11) trying to flag down a stolen vehicle.  Around 12:45am Sunday, deputies spotted a brown Ford F-150 that had been reported stolen from Marshall County earlier…
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Task force finds many preventable COVID-19 deaths in Iowa

The White House Coronavirus Task force told Iowa officials in its most recent report released Thursday (10/8) that many virus-related deaths in the state were preventable. The report dated Oct. 4 was released to the…
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Van Hemert loses appeal

An Oskaloosa man convicted of murdering a William Penn basketball player has lost his appeal.  You’ll remember Luke Van Hemert was found guilty of second degree murder in 2019 for killing Marquis Todd in 2018. …
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