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Properties Auction June 14th
Thursday, 29 May 2014 06:42


Police Auction

On Saturday, June 14, 2014 the Southeast Iowa Inter-Agency Drug Task Force and Ottumwa Police Department will be holding a police auction of forfeited property.  The auction will be held at the Bridgeview Center in Ottumwa, Iowa and will begin at 10:00 am with vehicles being sold at Noon. Auction items include (26) Cars, Trucks, and Motor Cycles, (5) ATV’s, Trailers, a John Deere 2520 Tractor, a Johns Deere 1018 (50A) Brush cutter, a John Deere 318 Riding Lawn Mower with Blade and Wheel Weights, (2) Mini Warrior Mini Bikes, Various Sizes of Flat Screen TV’s, Stereo Equipment, Numerous Power Tools, Furniture, Xbox’s, Wii, and Playstation 3, Baseball Card Collection, and Much More. Auction includes a 2013 Harley Davidson Motor Cycle with 374 miles, a 2008 Chevy Silverado with 15, 736 miles, a 2000 Chevy Silverado K2500 with 24,192 miles, a 2005 Susuki GSX1300, a 2001 Susuki GSX R600, and a Yamaha Grizzly 55 4 wheeler. The auction will be conducted by the Al Martin Real Estate and Auction Company and more information including pictures can be found on almartinauction.net or by visiting the city’s website at cityofottumwa.org.


OPD- Fugitives Being Sought
Thursday, 29 May 2014 06:41


On May 27, 2014 at 8pm, an Ottumwa Police Officer on routine patrol observed a SUV occupied by four individuals, one of which matched the description of Olen James Brown who has an outstanding arrest warrant for Theft 2nd Degree. The officer performed a traffic stop on the vehicle in the north alley of the 700 block of Clinton Street. An unknown male passenger in the vehicle fled on foot with the officer in pursuit. During the foot pursuit, two passengers exited the SUV and fled on foot. The driver of the vehicle exited the vehicle but did not flee.

The officer pursued the unknown male on foot around the block at which time the male entered the driver’s seat of the SUV which had been stopped.  The driver fled in the vehicle striking two garages and a parked car.  The driver was not apprehended after fleeing in the vehicle. During the incident the officer deployed his taser possibly striking the unknown male as he was fleeing the scene in the SUV.

One of the passengers in the vehicle was later identified as Beau Brandi Simpson, age 32, address unknown, who has arrest warrants for Pre-Trial Release – Original Charge Conspiracy to Commit a Forcible Felony of Arson 1st Degree and Simple Assault.

The first driver of the SUV identified as Deborah Ann Peneueta, of 705 Clinton Avenue was arrested and charged with Driving While Barred.

Anyone knowing the whereabouts of Olen James Brown, Beau Brandi Simpson or the unknown male who fled the scene are asked to contact the Ottumwa Police Department at 641-683-0661.


Evans Students Give Community Services
Thursday, 29 May 2014 06:40


 Forty-two 8th graders from Evans Middle School successfully completed 20 or more hours of community service during the 2013-2014 school year.   The teens participated in the Wyman Teen Outreach Program®, or TOP®. The program is facilitated by American Home Finding through a grant from the Iowa Department of Public Health.


Advisory groups were responsible for developing, planning and implementing various projects. Examples of advisory projects included: a care package sent to troops, spring decorations for the Hospice House, anti-bullying skits performed to all 8th grade classes, Evans Middle School clean-up, downtown clean-up, Thanksgiving cheesecakes for area nursing homes, donations to Heartland Humane Society, teacher appreciation gifts, May Day Baskets for kindergarten students, created a public service announcement about school violence, and activities with residents at Pennsylvania Place.

TOP participants with over 20 hours of community service include:  Joshua Enloe, Jacob Rupe, Manuel Rendon, Lorena Jimenez, Aaliyah Sytsma, Kaden Morris, Monico Requena, Pablo Alvardo,  Tyler Ward, Jorge Sigala-Garcia,  Alexis Peck, Cassie Bibby, Kaitlyn Thompson, Klayre Michel, Olivia Lunsford, Shelby Babcock, Haleigh Sly, Alexis Baker, Chase Feikert, David Veatch, and Trysten Ferguson. Also Drew Collett, Haley Grooms, Malea Beeson, Mariah Smith, Shayla Berry, Lauren Madren, Devon Batterson, Nallely Espinosa-Ochoa, Anahi Diaz, Alyssa Chen, Leslie Bahena, Kaylie Kaller, Alyssa Simmons, Chloe Hartley, Juan Carapia, Hannah Jeffery, James Walsh, Ian Terry-Boyenga, Jonathan Graf, Ian Terry, Ariel McVey and Maria Bahena.


IOWA DNR- Free Fishing Weekend
Wednesday, 28 May 2014 06:39


Iowans May Fish Free June 6-8

Iowa residents may fish without a license on June 6, 7 and 8 as part of the Iowa Department of Natural Resources free fishing weekend.

Free fishing weekend is the first weekend in June each year.  It allows Iowans an opportunity to try fishing without purchasing a license.  All other regulations remain in place.

“We are experiencing some excellent fishing across the state right now at Green Valley Lake, Little River Lake, Hawthorne Lake and our trout streams and our fisheries at Rice Lake, Silver Lake and Lake Miami are being improved to provide better fishing in the future,” said Joe Larscheid, chief of the Iowa DNR’s Fisheries Bureau.

“We hope that someone who gives fishing a try during free fishing weekend will enjoy the experience and want to go fishing more often and become a license holder,” Larscheid said. 

Free fishing weekend is scheduled during what is traditionally the time when bluegills are close to shore and aggressive.

“This is a great time to take kids fishing because the chance for success is pretty good,” he said.

The best way to catch bluegills, according to Larscheid, is to use small tackle – little hooks, a bobber no larger than a quarter, 4-pound test line and small bait. 

Anyone catching their first fish is encouraged to take a photo of it and send it in to receive the DNR’s first fish award. The DNR will commemorate the event with a certificate suitable for framing and the submitted photo.

Information on the first fish program is available in the Iowa Fishing Regulations and online at http://www.iowadnr.gov/ Fishing/MasterAnglerFirstFish. aspx

Qualifying fish caught during free fishing weekend are also eligible for master angler recognition.  For bluegills, the minimum length for master angler award is 10 inches.


IHCC All-Regional Members Selected
Wednesday, 28 May 2014 06:37


Indian Hills Community College had 13 players named to the All-Region baseball teams announced by the Iowa Community College Athletic Conference.  The Falcons had four first-team selections, six players on the second team and three honorable mention choices.

Of the four first-team picks this year, three of them – outfielder Joel Booker (Columbus, N.C.) and infielders Dario Polanco (Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic) and Junior Santos (Lynn, Mass.) – moved up from the second team spots they held last year.  The other 2014 first-teamer is freshman first baseman Mitch Langer (Fountain, Col.).

Named to the second team from IHCC were outfielders Edgar Lebron (Richmond Hill, N.Y.) and Caleb Ratzman (Winneconne, Wis.) and pitcher Jose Marin (Centerville, Ia.), all sophomores, along with freshman pitcher Nick Green (Fountain, Col.), freshman catcher/third baseman Paolo Montezuma (Caracas, Venezuela) and freshman catcher/first baseman Jake Lewis (Council Bluffs, Ia.).

A pair of sophs, catcher Luis Estevez (Corona, N.Y.) and pitcher Derek Kawlewski (Stevens Point, Wis.), and freshman pitcher Cody Hinson (Taylor Ridge, Ill.) were the Falcons’ honorable mention picks.

Booker had a tremendous season, raising his offensive numbers in every category.  He hit .403 with nine homers and 61 RBIs.  The University of Iowa-signee also scored 58 runs, had 75 hits (14 doubles and seven triples to go along with his nine HRs), stole 24 bases in 26 attempts and struck out only 14 times in 186 at-bats. 

Polanco and Santos solidified the middle infield for the past two years and were very productive offensively both seasons.  Polanco had a .361 batting average with 12 doubles, five triples and four homers while scoring 48 runs; Santos had 18 doubles and four homers among his 64 hits, scored 52 runs and led the region in steals with 38 in 43 tries.

Langer enjoyed a solid freshman campaign, slugging a team-high 10 home runs with 39 RBIs while hitting .355.

Batting averages for the Falcons’ second-team selections were .301 for Lebron, .330 for Lewis. .331 for Montezuma and .324 for Ratzman.  Lebron had five homers and 32 RBIs and was a perfect 20-for-20 in stolen bases.  Lewis contributed four HRs and 28 runs-batted-in; Montezuma slammed six round-trippers and drove in 35 runs; and Ratzman, the team’s leadoff hitter the past two seasons, scored 40 runs and was 22-for-24 in steal attempts.

Green fired a no-hitter against Marshalltown at the end of the regular season and posted a 3-1 record and 2.97 ERA.  Marin was the IHCC closer and was 1-0 with a region-best six saves and a 1.40 ERA.

Hinson, like Marin, pitched exclusively out of the bullpen, compiling a 2.62 ERA with a 1-2 record.  Kawlewski was 2-0 with a 4.50 ERA.  Estevez shared the catching duties with Montezuma and hit .236.

The Falcons finished the 2014 spring season with a 38-17 record and earned the top seed for the postseason Region 11 tournament.


Democratic Forum in Prep for Primary
Tuesday, 27 May 2014 07:03




The League of Women Voters of Ottumwa is sponsoring a candidate forum to allow citizens to meet both candidates seeking the nomination of the Democratic  party for the general election  in November 2014. 

The forum will be held on Thursday May 29th in the Council Chambers in City Hall at 105 E. Third Street in Ottumwa. The forum will begin at 7 PM.  The public may enter City Hall through the entrances on E. Third Street or East Fourth Street.  The entrance on E. Third Street is accessible.  The public is encouraged to attend.

GOTV, Channel 6 will broadcast the forum in its entirety; re broadcasts will occur on Friday May 30th at 1:30PM and Monday June 2nd at 3:30PM.     KBIZ will broadcast the forum live in its entirety.

The candidates, Tom Rubel and Steve Siegel, have been invited and both plan to participate.

The League will provide a moderator and a timekeeper.  Citizens attending the forum will be asked to submit questions, in writing. Questions must be signed. League reserves the right to edit questions for clarity, and redundancy.  Phone-in questions cannot be accommodated.  

Each candidate will have equal time to respond to all questions from the audience.

It is the mission of the League, nationally, statewide and locally to “promote political responsibility through informed and active participation of citizens in Government..”.  As an organization the League does not support or oppose any political party or candidate for office.  However, the League does take positions on issues that the members have studied and agreed upon.

Membership in the League of Women Voters is open to any citizen 18 years or older. 


Ballingall Park Fountain Dedication Thursday
Tuesday, 27 May 2014 07:02


Ballingall Park Fountain Dedication

  The City of Ottumwa invites the community to attend the dedication of the renovated Ballingall Park Fountain.   There will be a ceremony on Thursday, May 29th at 8:30 PM at the park adjacent to railroad depot.    The historic fountain in the park has been restored including extensive modernization of the piping and pump system and the addition of new lights. 

Major contributors to this community project include the FahrneyFoundation, the Wapello County Foundation, the Lions Club and FEMA.  

The Ballingall Park Fountain operates daily from 9 AM to 11 PM.  The lights run from 7PM to 11PM each night.


Memorial Day Closings/Changes
Friday, 23 May 2014 06:34


Memorial Day Notices

 Most City of Ottumwa offices will be closed for the Memorial Day Holiday on Monday, May 26th, and there are a number of changes in regular services. 

* City of Ottumwa departments and offices at City Hall will be closed Monday, May 26th, in observance of Memorial Day.

* The Ottumwa Public Library will be closed Monday, May 26th. 

*Ottumwa Transit Authority buses will not be operating Monday, May 26th

* Ottumwa Water and Hydro Offices will be closed Monday, May 26th.

* The Ottumwa/ Wapello Landfill and Recycling Center will be closed on Monday, May 26th. Both facilities will be open regular hours, 7 AM to Noon on Saturday, the 24th.

* City residential trash collection routes normally collected Monday will be postponed until Tuesday, May 27th due to the holiday.

* South side yardwaste and bulky item pick up day (normally Tuesdays) will be moved to Thursday, May 29th.   North and South side yardwaste and bulkys will both be on Thursday the week of the holiday only.    If residents need bulk pick up for bulky item pick up the week of the Memorial Day, they need to call Bridge City Sanitation at 641-682-1700 before 4 PM Wednesday the 28th for pick up on the 29th.

* The Ottumwa, Calvary and Jewish Cemetery office at 1302 N. Court will be closed through the weekend and on Monday, May 26th.   A ‘visitors center/help desk’ tent will be open 8 AM to 4PM on the cemetery grounds to assist cemetery visitors on Saturday, Sunday and Memorial Day Monday.

Wapello County Offices and Services are closed Monday, May 26th as well. 


Civil War Monument Dedication Monday
Friday, 23 May 2014 06:32


Civil War Monument Dedication Monday

  The community is invited to attend a Civil War Monument dedication on Monday, May 26th, at 1 PM at the Ottumwa Cemetery.   The ancient oak tree that stood at the main gate of the Ottumwa Cemetery has been carved into a sculpture of an American Civil War soldier and has been placed in the Civil War section of the cemetery.   Monday's ceremony will officially dedicate the sculpture as a monument in memory of local veterans that served in the war between the states. 

The ceremony will include military honors like the presentation of the colors and a wreath laying by the U.S. Army Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps (JROTC) from Ottumwa High School and a firing squad from the local chapters of the Veterans of Foreign Wars and American Legion. The Ottumwa High School Meistersingers will present the National Anthem and the Lowly Brass will be on hand to perform the "Civil War Suite."  


Friday, 23 May 2014 06:29



Lake Odessa

The gate for the Toolesboro road has been closed as the Mississippi River is flow in through the breach in the Iowa River levee and across the road there.  Sand Run is underwater now as well as the ramp at Schafer's.

Lake Belva Deer

The fishing really hasn't recovered from last week's cold weather.  If we would get more than a couple of warm days in a row I think it would pick right back up.   Bluegill - Fair: The cold weather has affected these guys too.  Largemouth Bass - Fair:  Pick one of the few nice sunny days and hit the warmer bays.  Also work the upper end of the lake. Crappie - Fair: The change in the weather has driven the crappies back out to the deeper 7-8 feet depths.

Lake of the Hills

Lake of the Hills is the only lake in West Lake Park where minnows may be used as live bait.  Rainbow Trout - Slow: Trout fishing is starting to taper off. Try in the areas around where Lambach Lake dumps into Lake of the Hills and the rocky areas around there. Largemouth Bass - Fair: Fishing continues to improve. Work the shallow structure in the warmer bays. Crappie - Good: Crappie fishing is picking up with the warmer temperatures work the rocky areas of the shoreline.

Railroad Lake

The use of live minnows as bait is not allowed on this lake. Bluegill - Fair: Bluegill fishing along the north side on the flat is picking up. Warmer weather would keep them there.  Largemouth Bass - Fair: Anglers are catching some bass off the old creek channel and along the rocks.  Crappie - Fair: Crappie fishing is starting to pick up. Work the flooded timber areas as well as the flat on the north side around the logs and stumps.

Skunk River (Rose Hill to Coppock)

The water level is about half bank full. Not too bad considering the rainy weather. Boat  access up and down through this section is pretty good.  Channel Catfish - Fair: Catfishing has been pretty good during our last stretch of warm weather but I sure that it has dropped off with this batch of cold weather, not many anglers out the last few days.

Big Hollow Lake

Just hasn't recovered after last week's cold weather. Fishing remains slow.  Bluegill - Good: Work the shallows and you can find the bluegills. Largemouth Bass - Fair: If we can get a nice sunny day, work the north shore shallow water around the trees and brush in the water and you will be hard pressed not to catch a bass. Crappie - Fair: Crappies remain in 7-8 feet of water.

For more information on the above lakes call the Lake Darling Fisheries Station at 319-694-2430.

Hannen Lake

Remember, no minnows are allowed here. Water clarity is excellent. Bluegill - Good: Bluegills are moving to the shallows, unfortunately size has been small.  Largemouth Bass - Good:   Crappie - Fair: Numbers are down but size is good with average fish being around 11-12 inches. There should be some fish shallow and some suspended in the lake basin.

Iowa Lake

The water here is very clear and water temp is about 70 degrees.  Channel Catfish - Fair:   Bluegill - Good: Bluegills are tight to the bank. Fish around any piece of wood lying on the shoreline.  Largemouth Bass - Fair: Cast reaction baits in the clear water. Some bass are beginning look for places to spawn. Crappie - Good: Some fish are being caught shallow and some are being caught drifting the main lake basin.

Kent Park Lake

Bluegill - Good: Good numbers of fish are being caught around rock and wood. Crappie - Good: Look for spawning fish around shallow wood and rock.

Lake Macbride

Water temps are approaching 70 degrees. The water clarity is excellent in much of the lake.  Largemouth Bass - Fair: The bass are beginning to move shallow for spawning. Crappie - Fair: Male crappies are right on the rocky banks now. Seems like morning has been best. The best reports are coming from the south arm. Walleye - Fair: Early and late in the day have been best for walleyes. During these low light conditions they can be caught shallower along rock. During the day, troll crankbaits or spinner rigs in 8-13 feet of water.

Central Park Lake

Bluegill - Fair: Bluegills are moving to the shallows to spawn. Try small jigs or worms around shallow pockets or wood.

Pleasant Creek Lake

White Bass - Fair: White bass are along the banks and spawning. Try small spinners, jigs, or crankbaits.  Muskellunge - Fair: There have been some muskies caught over the past week.

Diamond Lake

Remember, no minnows are allowed here. Bluegill - Good: Fish small jigs or worms around shallow brush or rock. Crappie - Fair: Fish around jetties and adjacent shorelines with a small jig for 8-10-inch crappies and an occasional larger one.

Otter Creek Lake

Bluegill - Fair: Try small jigs or worms around shallow rock or wood. Yellow Bass - Fair: Throw a small jig or spinner to shallow rock or sand.

Union Grove Lake

Channel Catfish - Fair:   Bluegill - Good: Fish around any shallow rock or wood. The upper end tends to be better. Crappie - Excellent: Fish in shallow pockets for spawners and off the ends of lay downs for those staging to spawn. The lower end tends to be better. Yellow Bass - Fair: Yellow bass should be up in shallow rock or sand in attempts to spawn. Throw small twisters or spinners.

Coralville Reservoir

The lake level is at normal summer pool of 683.4 feet.  Crappie - Good: Some nice 10-14-inch fish are being caught in shallow water on jigs.

Sand Lake

Sand Lake is on the east side of Marshalltown. Rainbow Trout - Fair: Some trout are being caught but catches are inconsistent. Crappie - Good: Fish with minnows under bobbers along the shorelines for fish up to 11 inches.

Iowa River (Coralville Lake to River Junction)

Outflow from the Coralville Reservoir are about 3,000 CFS on May 22, and is predicted to slowly drop over the next week. Channel Catfish - Fair:

For more information, contact the Lake Macbride Fisheries Station at 319-624-3615.

Red Haw Lake

Bluegill - Fair: Use jigs tipped with a chunk of nightcrawler under a bobber along the shorelines. Largemouth Bass - Good: Use rubber worms along the shorelines and around the rocky areas along the jetties and the dam. Crappie - Fair: Use plastic jigs or minnows fished under a bobber. Target areas with brush piles or other submerged structure.

Albia (lower)

Bluegill - Good: Anglers have had luck catching bluegills along the shorelines using nightcrawlers and small jigs. Boat anglers have also had luck using similar baits around areas with submerged structure.

Lake Miami

Lake Miami is currently undergoing a fisheries renovation and is 6-8 feet below normal. The fish population was removed last fall and fingerlings have been stocked. The boat ramps are difficult to use and angler acceptable sized fish are not available.

Lake Sugema

Bluegill - Fair: Use jigs tipped with a nightcrawler along the shorelines.  Largemouth Bass - Good: Target shorelines with submerged structure or rock. Use crawdad imitation baits or rubber worms. Crappie - Fair: Use a slip bobber and a minnow around brush piles or dead trees.  Try different depths until active fish are found. Currently, the most active fish are in 4-6 feet of water.

Rathbun Reservoir

The current lake level is 907.20 feet. The water temperature is 61 degrees. Crappie - Fair: Crappies are staging to move to shallow water to spawn. The warmer temperatures have helped to move the crappies into shallower water. Target areas with brush or other submerged structure in the 4-8 feet depth range. Try minnows fished under a slip bobber or casting tube jigs. Don't forget Lake Rathbun contains zebra mussels so make sure to clean, drain, and dry equipment before transporting to another water body.

Take your trash with you so your favorite fishing spot is clean and litter free. Contact the Rathbun Fish Hatchery at 641-647-2406 with questions regarding angling in south central Iowa.



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