The Ottumwa Courier


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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