Properties Auction June 14th
Thursday, 29 May 2014 06:42
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
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
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
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
IOWA DNR- Free Fishing Weekend
Wednesday, 28 May 2014 06:39
Iowans May Fish Free June 6-8
residents may fish without a license on June 6, 7 and 8 as part of the
Iowa Department of Natural Resources free fishing weekend.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
Information on the first fish program is available in the Iowa Fishing Regulations and online at http://www.iowadnr.gov/
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
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,
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
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
Democratic Forum in Prep for Primary
Tuesday, 27 May 2014 07:03
CANDIDATE FORUM FOR
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
The candidates, Tom
Rubel and Steve Siegel, have been invited and both plan to
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
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
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
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
*Ottumwa Transit Authority buses will not be operating
Monday, May 26th.
* Ottumwa Water and Hydro Offices will be closed Monday, May
* 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
Wapello County Offices and Services are closed Monday, May 26th as well.
Civil War Monument Dedication Monday
Friday, 23 May 2014 06:32
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."
SOUTHEAST IOWA Fishing Report
Friday, 23 May 2014 06:29
SOUTHEAST IOWA FISHING REPORT-IOWA DNR
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
Lake Belva Deer
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
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.
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
Skunk River (Rose Hill to Coppock)
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
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.
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.
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
- Good: Good numbers of fish are being caught around rock and wood.
Crappie - Good: Look for spawning fish around shallow wood and rock.
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
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.
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
- 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
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.
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.
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
Iowa River (Coralville Lake to River Junction)
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
- 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.
- 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.
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.
- 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.
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
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.