The Ottumwa Courier

Local News

February 5, 2013

Overall crime in Ottumwa down in 2012

Annual police report shows slight decrease in arrests, uptick in violent crimes, heroin, meth seizures


OTTUMWA — Notable crime of 2012:

Police Chief Jim Clark outlined some of Ottumwa’s major crimes of 2012 in his report:

• January: Eddie Ward was charged with first-degree robbery after allegedly robbing a patron at the Busy Bee Laundry Mat at knifepoint.

• January: Two juveniles were arrested for conspiring to shoot students at Ottumwa High School.

• February: Bruce Pollard was charged with second-degree burglary after he was caught on video by the downtown camera system entering Appanoose Rapids Brewing Company and then exiting moments later with an undisclosed amount of money. A month later, Pollard was charged with the armed robberies of Sonic Restaurant and Jefferson Street BP, as well as the murder of Cinema X Theater manager Kenneth McDaniel.

• March: Andre Flipping, 24, was charged with third-degree sexual abuse after an 18-year-old man reported being sexually assaulted at Stardust Motel.

• April: David Venegas, 18, was charged with willful injury following an investigation into the stabbing of Eden Guerra, 21.

• August: TNA Enterprises reported their heavyweight wrestling championship belt had been stolen during a show in Ottumwa. Joel Ryan Luke and Forrest Courtney Jamison were later charged with the theft of the belts.

• November: Curtis Bunnell was charged with first-degree robbery after he allegedly lured a local landlord to a home under the guise of showing a rental property to a potential renter.

• December: Abraham Barraza was charged with kidnapping following an investigation into the assault and forced removal of a 17-year-old girl from a home.

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