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OTTUMWA — The strongest tornado in Iowa thus far in 2019 hit Van Buren County, the National Weather Service said Wednesday.

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BLOOMFIELD — A Davis County man faces charges of kidnapping and multiple counts of sexual abuse after authorities said he tried to take a woman to Wisconsin.

KNOXVILLE — A Marion County judge last week declined to give Jason Carter a new civil trial, despite his criminal acquittal.

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DES MOINES — A Bloomfield man faces spending the rest of his life in federal custody after being sentenced to 120 years in prison for sexual abuse.

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OTTUMWA — A Man who already faced charges of dealing marijuana now faces additional charges based on what authorities say he did with the proceeds from those sales.

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ALBIA — The Albia High School Class of 2019 celebrated commencement on a wet Saturday evening. While some students' gowns were quickly dried with a hand drier, the weather couldn't dampen anyone's spirits. Click here to go to our photo purchase page.

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FAIRFIELD — The Jefferson County man authorities say was found naked in an alley with a 13-year-old has pleaded not guilty.

MORAVIA — Awards and diplomas were handed out to 27 Moravia High School students on Sunday at their graduation ceremony.

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Celebrate Mother’s Day weekend with a variety of community activities. Go dancing, support cancer research, take in some history or help build a playground.

WASHINGTON, D.C. — A Fairfield student’s art will hang in the U.S. capitol after winning the district competition in the Congressional Art Contest.

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Step into May with a variety of activities. Take a bike ride, paint a classic landmark or attend a show or two — or even three. Here’s a rundown of some of the weekend’s highlights.

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FAIRFIELD — A Richland woman faces charges after prosecutors said she issued a phony certificate of insurance to a customer who used it to back up a benefits claim.

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BLOOMFIELD — A Cantril man accused of sexually abusing a Davis County student while working as a teaching associate has demanded a speedy trial.

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OTTUMWA — While the recent rains have wreaked havoc on sports schedules, it’s good news for mushroom hunters.

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DES MOINES — The Iowa Supreme Court issued a very rare opinion in the case of a Mahaska County man: it split, and couldn’t reach a majority. The result means the case was “affirmed by operation of law.”

OTTUMWA — Surviving domestic or sexual abuse means dealing with issues most people never consider. Your life changes, down to the tiniest details. Basic things, like getting mail and even voting, become hurdles.

This weekend features many holiday celebrations. Most focus on Easter while others focus on Earth Day. And if you’re in the mood for some vintage Sinatra, head over to Bridge View Center.

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OSKALOOSA — Over the course of approximately two hours, a jury deliberated and returned with a unanimous decision: Luke Ryan Van Hemert is guilty of murder in the second degree.

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OSKALOOSA — Just before lunch Thursday the state’s case against Luke VanHemert rested laying the way for the defense to present its case.

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OTTUMWA — To Suzannah Schindler, there are two basic themes for the upcoming Pathfinders Resource Conservation & Development conference on rural Iowa housing. They sound contradictory.

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OSKALOOSA — Two former William Penn basketball players took the stand as the trial of Luke Ryan VanHemert, 24, the man charged with second-degree murder of William Penn student and player Marquis Todd. Mikeal Donaldson and D’Angelo Allen took the stand Wednesday morning.

OSKALOOSA — Presidential candidate Bernie Sanders visited Oskaloosa Sunday afternoon.

It’s going to be a weekend of performing arts with performances in Fairfield, Ottumwa and Eddyville. There’s also a chance for family fun and the opportunity to meet with the area’s legislators. Here's a glimpse of what’s happening this weekend:

FAIRFIELD — Fairfield’s art community has a vision for this summer’s installments on the square. But it’s a pipe dream.

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FAIRFIELD — Saturday was the Iowa Motion Picture Association’s first big event in Fairfield. There’s a very good chance it won’t be the last.

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There’s no shortage of entertainment this weekend in Ottumwa and beyond. From school plays to country music to a celebration of Iowa films, there’s no shortage of opportunities to take in the performing arts. If you’re looking to get outdoors, head over to Ottumwa Park for some trout or help…

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FAIRFIELD — When Kraigen Grooms was charged in January with failing to keep his registration with the state’s sex offender registry current, it led Wapello County authorities to seek revocation of his probation. Now, Grooms has pleaded guilty to the registry violation.

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HOMESTEAD [mdash]Dean Brain passed away March 10, 2019, at Baptist Hospital, Homestead, Florida. Masonic service is set for Sunday, June 23, at 2:30 p.m. at Hedrick-Martinsburg United Methodist Church, Hedrick, followed by a memorial service at 3 p.m.

BLOOMFIELD [mdash]Sheila Rae Early of Bloomfield, Iowa passed away peacefully Monday, June 10, 2019 at Hospice House in Ottumwa, Iowa. Sheila was born December 28, 1943, to Ray and Helen (Drennan) Beckett in Springfield, Illinois. Her family moved to Edina, Missouri and she graduated from Ed…