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  • Jury hears Techel name suspect DAVENPORT — The father of Lisa Caldwell Techel, who was slain by a single gunshot, testified today that he knew his daughter and her husband, Seth Techel, 23, had problems with a neighbor Seth Techel later named as a suspect in her killing. Techel fa

    July 17, 2014

  • Community asked to combat abuse OTTUMWA — Victims of domestic violence are not alone. But there have been changes to how services are delivered. As it has for 35 years, the Ottumwa agency now called the Crisis Center and Women’s Shelter/Rural Domestic Abuse Program stands ready to

    July 17, 2014

  • Bloomfield police make nine arrests BLOOMFIELD — Nine men, including two Ottumwans, are in jail after authorities charged them with sex crimes against children. About one month ago, allegations of sexual exploitation caused the Bloomfield Police Department to initiate an investigation.

    July 17, 2014

  • DCI Criminalist: Crime scene indicated no signs of a struggle DAVENPORT — In a recorded interview with Wapello County Deputy Jeff Layton, Seth Techel, 23, breaks down and sobs when he talks about his wife and their unborn child. Techel faces charges of first-degree murder and non-consensual termination of a hum

    July 17, 2014

  • 0718 OTT Miller-Meeks mug -T -L Congressional candidate competitive OTTUMWA — A local doctor running for a seat in the U.S. House of Representatives is "neck and neck" with her rival when it comes to fundraising. According to a release from Dr. Mariannette Miller-Meeks, an Ottumwa Republican, her second quarter suppo

    July 17, 2014 1 Photo

  • New VB Co. Engineer gives roads report KEOSAUQUA — Van Buren County Supervisors had a short meeting Monday, where they met with new county engineer Jeff Williams. His report and the committee reports were the only items on the agenda for the meeting. Williams told supervisors he would lik

    July 17, 2014

  • Suit: Nursing home not providing information KEOSAUQUA — Plaintiffs in a suit against an area nursing home have accused the defendants of dragging their heels in providing required information. The case involves the family of Mary Sprouse, who died after a fall at the Good Samaritan Society’s f

    July 17, 2014

  • 0718 OTT Five Things logo -L -T Five things to do in southeast Iowa this weekend OTTUMWA — You can tell it's summer in Iowa — everyone is hosting their outdoor events, fairs and movies. Add some of these traditional summer events functions to your weekend plans. 1. The Wapello County 4-H Expo is in full swing and continues throug

    July 17, 2014 1 Photo

  • Community involvement helps Ottumwa shine

    OTTUMWA — Citizen involvement is helping educate the community about Make Ottumwa Shine projects.Planning and Development Director Jodi Gates updated Ottumwa City Council members Tuesday night on two committees that are helping educate the community

    July 17, 2014

  • 0717 OTT Techel mug -T -L -M Murder weapon belonged to Techel's friend

    DAVENPORT — A shotgun that belonged to a friend of a Wapello County man accused of slaying his wife was the weapon that shot and killed Lisa Caldwell Techel. The owner of the gun as well as a crime-scene investigator discussed details of the murder w

    July 16, 2014 1 Photo

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