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  • Not guilty plea in animal cruelty case

    OTTUMWA --- A Drakesville man found with hundreds of living and dead animals in his home Friday has plead "not guilty" to the charges from last week that originally brought him to police attention. Roger Blew, 45, appeared in the Wapello County dist

    February 22, 2014

  • 0222 OTT Animal hoarding color photo 4 -L Animals seized amid carcasses

    DRAKESVILLE — Dozens of dead animals were laid out in neat rows on the lawn of a house swarming with police and animal rescue personnel Friday. "As far as dead animals, this is the worst I've ever seen," said Officer Jeff Williams, an Ottumwa Police

    February 21, 2014 4 Photos

  • 0221 OTT Emerald Ash borer color photo -L -M EAB found in Wapello County OTTUMWA — The Emerald Ash Borer has finally hit close to home for those in Wapello County. The Iowa Department of Natural Resources issued a press release Wednesday afternoon saying EAB has been positively identified in Eddyville, as well as in the t

    February 20, 2014 1 Photo

  • 0219 OTT Flooding photo color -L -M Threat of floods worrying some Ottumwans

    OTTUMWA — While springtime can’t come fast enough for most in the area, several Ottumwans are worried that melting snow could create a lake where their homes and businesses sit. Buddy Kelley, who lives on Samantha Street by Union Park on the city’s w

    February 18, 2014 1 Photo

  • Eyesore becoming eye candy OTTUMWA — Something good to eat could be a draw to Wapello County. The county board of supervisors Tuesday put $30,000 in support toward the opening of Market on Main in downtown Ottumwa. "I think this is a very necessary renovation," said Supervisor

    February 18, 2014

  • 0218 OTT Fire color photo 1 -M Firefighters save house CHILLICOTHE — A couple says they feel fortunate that firefighters arrived at their home when they did. "We noticed the fire at about 1:30 a.m. [Monday] morning," said Barbara Stevens. "A Wapello County Sheriff's officer was walking up to our deck as

    February 17, 2014 2 Photos

  • Slideshow: Pink Ball

    February 17, 2014

  • Attorney withdrawals alter two trials OTTUMWA — Defense shakeups are having an effect on two area trials. Allen Cook has been allowed to withdraw as attorney for Adem Anota. Anota is accused of kidnapping. He was arrested in September 2013. Cook heads the public defender’s office in Ottu

    February 12, 2014

  • Race grinds to a halt OTTUMWA -- One of Wapello County's largest charity events, with two to three thousand participants annually, has been cancelled for 2014. "Unfortunately, the Race Committee has determined that we cannot put on [a] quality event," said Gayla Harriso

    February 10, 2014

  • Deadlocked juries don't produce clear advantage in retrials OTTUMWA — Wapello County has always had a reputation as a tough place to get a conviction. Two mistrials in high-profile murder cases over the past 12 months have reinforced the reputation. Last spring, Seth Techel’s first trial ended in a hung jury.

    February 10, 2014

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