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  • 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

  • 0211 OTT Grant Wood color -L What snow?

    ELDON — Snow was in the air Saturday, but that wasn't enough to keep Eldon residents from supporting the American Gothic House. There was a party to attend. American Gothic artist Grant Wood was born Feb. 13, 1891, and American Gothic House Center Ad

    February 8, 2014 1 Photo

  • Chief Wapello waits … OTTUMWA — The statue of Chief Wapello will stay indoors a little longer. Wapello County Supervisor Jerry Parker has been looking after the chief since the statue was brought down by a wind storm in 2012. Winds estimated around 90 mph knocked the chie

    February 7, 2014

  • 0205 OTT Corrected entrepreneurial cupcakes -T -M -L Rewarding vision OTTUMWA — People who will take a risk, take advice and take action have what it takes to be a successful entrepreneur. And local economic development educators say they should be recognized. Indian Hills Community College’s Regional Economic Advancem

    February 4, 2014 1 Photo

  • 0204 OTT Legislative forum color photo -L -M Lots of priorities, wants in 2014 legislative session

    OTTUMWA — Roads, bridges, school funding and taxes were among the topics addressed by area legislators during the first League of Women Voter's political forums on Saturday morning at the Bridge View Center in Ottumwa. State Senators Mark Chelgren,

    February 3, 2014 1 Photo

  • Brighter days ahead

    OTTUMWA — Within the next several weeks, the outside of the Law Enforcement Center will seem much brighter. On Tuesday, the Wapello County Board of Supervisors approved spending $19,402.14 for new LED lighting with Integrity Electric of Ottumwa. Comp

    January 28, 2014

  • 0128OTTPilchercolorphoto-L-M-T.jpg Jury in Pilcher trial to return Tuesday morning

    OTTUMWA — After a weekend break from deciding on a verdict in the murder trial of Robert “Gene” Pilcher, the jury came back to the Wapello County Courthouse Monday to deliberate further but again could not come to a decision. Pilcher is being charged

    January 27, 2014 1 Photo

  • 0128 OTT Mark Chelgren mug -T -L Chelgren starts campaign by listening OTTUMWA — When told he’s made a politician mad, state Sen. Mark Chelgren’s first response has often been a quiet yet seemingly proud chuckle. It’s one of the messages Chelgren has repeated: He’s in Des Moines for constituents, not to make his party,

    January 27, 2014 1 Photo

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