The Ottumwa Courier

Ottumwa

June 10, 2013

Mistrial declared in case against former transit director

DES MOINES — Jurors could not come to a conclusion in the case against the former director of Ottumwa Transit Authority, resulting in a mistrial.

Pam Ward's trial, which began on June 3, was handed over to the 12-member jury Friday afternoon, who continued deliberations until approximately 1:30 p.m. Monday, when each juror was polled and a mistrial was declared.

At 10:40 a.m. Monday, the jury sent a question to U.S. District Court Chief Judge James Gritzner: "We are at a serious impass [sic] and decisions are not changing." Continue working, Gritzner responded, and come to a conclusion.

Two hours later, the jury sent its final question to the judge: "Despite our best efforts, we have firmly entrenched decisions on both sides of the verdict that we cannot overcome."

Ward has been accused of using inflated ridership numbers in federal grant applications, which resulted in four federal charges of willfully making “materially false, fictitious and fraudulent statements” in grant applications between 2007-10. Following a report from the Iowa auditor's office two years ago, Ward was fired from her position as director of OTA (now Ottumwa Transit) and 10-15 Transit.

According to court documents, prosecutors listed five witnesses they planned on calling to testify: Deb Applegate, Pam Lee, Brenda Stevens, Ray Wagner and James Wittenwyler.

The defense listed 15 planned witnesses: Tom Jones, Wes Regan, Ed Mosbey, Mark Hagist, Lee Dimmitt, Kim Hellige, Richard Hem, Bob Meyers, Jeremy Weller, Dave Silverio, Pat Piras, Autumn Wonderlin, Peter Hallock, Hannah Jo Kyhl and Jennifer Teamer.

Both prosecutors and defense presented their closing arguments Friday afternoon.

 

 

1
Text Only
Ottumwa
  • halo-5-guardians-concept_wallpaper-1920x1080-53cf9b0098ea45ada37dc0f66bc174f5.jpg The Art of Kong

    OTTUMWA — The Mona Lisa. Whistler's Mother. Donkey Kong? Don't be so surprised, said Walter Day, that video games and the surrounding memorabilia are being considered art. The creativity and artistic vision required to create a poster, said the found

    July 28, 2014 1 Photo

  • Urbandale comes back to beat Ottumwa Midwest BOONE — Ottumwa Midwest led by seven runs in the fourth inning, but Urbandale National put together a furious comeback to steal the victory, 12-11, on Friday at the 9-10 Year Old Little League State Baseball Tournament. The top of the first saw Ottum

    July 25, 2014

  • Parks Dept. has long list of projects

    OTTUMWA — The Parks and Recreation Department has approved a list of capital improvements for the next two years that includes the installation of handicapped-accessible swings and new park bathrooms.

    July 9, 2014

  • 0710 Farmers Market Color Photo 1 -L -M Fresh food improves community

    OTTUMWA — Every summer across the Midwest, food stands pop up on gravel roads, and farmers markets are filled with a variety of home-grown products. Finding a fresh selection of healthy greens and juicy fruits isn't as hard as you might think. Accord

    July 9, 2014 2 Photos

  • 0703 OTT Heart boy photo A Heartfelt Miracle OTTUMWA — It’s funny how wishes can change so completely in just a few weeks. But laughter wasn’t the reaction of Jeff and Mary Penrod.The Ottumwa couple’s son, Brandon, was 18 years old when, in February, Mary took him to the Pella clinic to get loo

    July 2, 2014 1 Photo

  • 0703 OTT River Hills parking lot color photo -L -T River Hills expansion progresses

    OTTUMWA — Expanding River Hills Community Health Center downtown continues to be a priority with the Ottumwa City Council. Earlier this week, the council authorized city staff to survey the property, prepare a draft developers agreement as well as pr

    July 2, 2014 1 Photo

  • Street repair program begins OTTUMWA — If you think roadwork projects in the city of Ottumwa are just about complete, think again. This week, the Ottumwa City Council awarded its preventative maintenance contract for sealing cracks in asphalt and concrete pavement roads througho

    July 2, 2014

  • A new look OTTUMWA — The 300 block of East Main Street in Ottumwa will be getting a facelift. During a public hearing earlier this week, the Ottumwa City Council gave its OK to the plans and specifications to renovate 15 buildings’ storefronts in downtown Ottum

    July 2, 2014

  • City won't tolerate bad behavior

    OTTUMWA — A newly designed policy to establish standards of behavior was presented to Ottumwa City Council on Tuesday night.The new policy’s introduction on Tuesday, demands city staff and elected officials exhibit professional behavior when they int

    July 1, 2014

  • 0702 OTT library grant color photo -T -L -M Ottumwa Public Library updates genealogy room

    OTTUMWA — The Ottumwa Public Library is the recipient of a Bright Ideas Community Enrichment Fund Grant from the Ottumwa Regional Legacy Foundation. The Friends of the Ottumwa Public Library group gave $5,520 to put toward a new microfilm reader. The

    July 1, 2014 1 Photo

Obituaries
Record
Facebook
AP National