The Ottumwa Courier

Local News

January 31, 2008

Police seek help with outstanding warrants

OTTUMWA — Are you wanted?

No, really. Is there an arrest warrant out for you?

Chances are there isn’t. But if you want to be sure, you can check the Ottumwa Police Department’s list on the Courier’s Web site.

Police Chief Jim Clark approached the Courier earlier this week about printing the list of 400-plus outstanding arrest warrants from his department. The Internet offers a chance to do that and make the list available to everyone. Visitors to www.ottumwa.com can download a PDF copy of the list onto their home computers. (Click here to download the list.)

Not everyone on the list is a hardened criminal, Clark said. In fact, that’s probably the exception.

“Some people don’t even know there’s a warrant out for their arrest,” he said.

An example is someone who believes an incident was resolved and are not aware they need to be fingerprinted. That person can check the list and make an appointment to be fingerprinted. It’s better to do that than be arrested at a traffic stop when the officer checks for outstanding warrants.

Other people know there is an arrest warrant, and they don’t want to be found. Clark hopes the public can help in those cases by pointing out where people are and giving that information to police.

Under no circumstances should anyone try to catch someone with an active warrant. Clark said people can help by calling police and letting them do their job.

There is precedent for the Ottumwa Police Department using the Internet to help track down people. The department established an Ottumwa’s Most Wanted section through the city’s Web site two years ago.

“That’s worked very well. We’ve received a lot of feedback,” Clark said. “With this I anticipate we’ll receive a number of calls from people.

Clark plans to send the Courier an updated list each week for publication.

Matt Milner can be reached at (641) 683-5359 or via e-mail at mwmilner@mchsi.com

1
Text Only
Local News
  • Seasonal forecast Cool summer leading to cool fall? OTTUMWA — By late July, the average daytime high temperature starts to drop. What is normally the hottest part of the year is over. Averages are still in the mid-80s, and it certainly wouldn’t be out of the ordinary to see days in even the upper 90s.

    July 28, 2014 1 Photo

  • Grant helps Hills keep students on track OTTUMWA — Thanks to a grant designed to improve graduation rates, Indian Hills Community College now has even more tools in its campuswide effort to help students with needs and give them the resources they need to stay in class. Indian Hills is one

    July 28, 2014

  • 0728 OTT ribs in eldon BBQ dinner with a hundred friends

    ELDON --- This year's Eldon Rib Cook-off was won by three BBQ chefs --- and about 150 hungry visitors. "I was down here last year, too," said Dwayne Yates from Floris, who was biting into his third smoked rib. "I never had a bad one yet." That's what

    July 27, 2014 1 Photo

  • Mediacom: Rural cable consumers and companies mistreated OTTUMWA --- You may want to add just a racing channel, a court channel or a nature channel to your cable line up. Unfortunately, you'll probably have to buy a "bundle," which, ironically, is what it will cost you here in Wapello County. That's accord

    July 26, 2014

  • Alternate juror could not have convicted Techel based on evidence DAVENPORT — An alternate juror who was dismissed before Seth Techel, 23, of Agency was convicted of killing his wife and the non-consensual termination of a human pregnancy says the verdict could have been different if she had been in deliberations.D

    July 25, 2014

  • Overcome testing fear, get a good job OTTUMWA — It's not who you know, it's what you know. That's what City leaders say about getting a good paying job in Ottumwa. "It seems like in the last year we've had a real reduction in the number of individuals who've applied," said Joni Keith, hu

    July 25, 2014

  • Water Pollution Control Facility gets OK to upgrade OTTUMWA — An emergency Ottumwa City Council meeting resulted in spending $140,583 for the Water Pollution Control Facility. Friday afternoon, council members listened intently as Ottumwa Water Pollution Control Facility Superintendent Kam Reeves told

    July 25, 2014

  • Quincy Ave. project starts Aug. 4 OTTUMWA — Updates on the Quincy Avenue project was given to residents and businesses residing between Albia Road and Hwy. 34 on Thursday night at Ottumwa City Hall. About a dozen people attended the meeting where City Engineer Dan Sturm gave an updat

    July 25, 2014

  • Silence continues on fatal shooting OTTUMWA — Law enforcement is exercising its right to remain silent about a shooting death that occurred south of town this week. The Wapello County Sheriff's Office, which had responded to the shooting, said most information on the case would now com

    July 25, 2014

  • 0726 OTT cedar creek Gone in a flash

    BLOOMFIELD — Bob Parker got about as close to lightning as you can Friday morning, and came out of it without injury. A line of thunderstorms started moving through southeast Iowa in the early morning hours. Parker was heading to work at about 7 a.m.

    July 25, 2014 2 Photos

Photo reprints


Obituaries

Facebook