The Ottumwa Courier

Ottumwa

February 13, 2013

Police chief describes benefits of downtown surveillance

Crime reduced by 35 percent in four years

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OTTUMWA — Main Street Ottumwa director named; Hogs4Dogs USA donates bulletproof canine vest

MSO board president Fred Zesiger announced that the organization has hired its new executive director, Robert Untiedt. Untiedt has worked on planning and leadership in projects including the Czech Village/New Bohemia (New Bo) Main Street District in Cedar Rapids, Iowa Cultural Coalition and Mediation Services of Eastern Iowa.

He will relocate to Ottumwa from the Cedar Rapids metro area.

John Hartley of Hogs4Dogs USA also announced the nonprofit organization’s “big budget” donation this year was a bullet-proof vest for the Ottumwa Police Department’s canine officer.

The vests can cost anywhere from $1,500 to $2,000.

“After our hostage thing by the YMCA ... we noticed the dog was not wearing a jacket,” Hartley said.

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