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(8/3) Police/Sheriff/Fire Log

Report of an accident involving a deer. No injuries.
Report of an unknown person shooting a BB or pellet gun at his vehicle. Estimated damage, $150.00
BSNF Police advising a male subject was standing on tracks on 2nd street across from the fairfield Depot. White male wearing shorts. The train had to make an emergency stop and subject jumped off the

(8/3) School Board Seats Up For Election

Thursday was the last day to file candidacy papers to fill seats in local school board elections. Fairfield Community School has four seats open. Incumbents Jeremy Miller and Phil Miller filed along with newcomer, Paul Miller. Cardinal Community Schools also has four open seats. Incumbents Roger Davis and Carol Streeby will run again along with  Alan Campbell and Board appointee Bill Steele.

(8/3) Ottumwa Man To Face Jury In September

Michael Mancini, of Ottumwa, will face a jury beginning September 2nd. Mancini was charged on November 25th with attempted murder, torture, robbery, extortion, and felon in possession of a firearm related to a shooting that occurred in the 1100 block of East Mary Street. Further investigation revealed that Mancini held Allen Wright, 29 of Eldon, against his will, tortured him and forced him to

(7/31) Ottumwa Police Need Help To Find Fugitive

Ottumwa Police are looking for help finding a wanted fugitive.

Jason Michael Sines, 35, is wanted on charges of Harassment and Violation of a Restraining Order out of Wapello County. Sines  is also wanted out of Wisconsin for Failure to Report to Jail on a Felony. Sines is described as a white male, 6 feet tall, approximately 200 pounds, green eyes, and bald and has been seen

(7/31) Police/Sheriff/Fire Log

Citizen Contact: Misc. Complaint
Caller advising male subject with a beard and scruffy looking hair was inside his vehicle. Caller chased him out and tackled him but he ran off.
Traffic Accident:
Report of a non injury accident, not blocking traffic.
Caller advised that someone has stretched Saran wrap across the road between two telephone

(7/31) DNR To Restock Ottumwa Pond

An unbalanced fish population dominated by problem species in the pond in the Ottumwa campground, has led the Iowa DNR to a process of eliminating the problem and restoring game fish to the pond. The DNR met with Ottumwa residents Thursday in an effort to inform them of the process. The DNR has removed the game fish and soon will apply Rotenone, an organic chemical that will kill the unwanted

(7/30) Police/Sheriff/Fire Log

Business Contact: Theft
Caller from Kum and Go wanting to see if an officer can stop by sometime today and identify the individuals stealing alcohol from them.
Citizen Contact: Fraud
Caller reporting that he received a call from a guy claiming to be from the IRS.
Investigation: Theft
Subject found his gas cap off his vehicle and on the ground. Not

(7/30) Council Agrees To 50/50 Split On Recycling Center Fees

Saying they rejected what they had previously proposed, Fairfield City Council member Michael Halley expressed frustration at the recent City Council meeting when discussing the service agency’s reversal on fees paid to the recycling center. Halley, along with Council member Doug Flournoy and Jefferson County Supervisors Dick Reed and Lee Dimmitt make up the service agency and when

(7/30) Additional Charges Filed Against Langarcia

Additional charges have been filed by the Ottumwa Police Department against 21 year old, Lorenzo Langarcia, related to his arrest Monday after a three hour standoff. In addition to the Eluding and probation violation charges filed Monday, Langarcia has now been charged with possession of a firearm, a class D felony and Interference with official acts. He remains in custody in the Wapello County

(7/29) Grassley Urges Review Of Cargill Sale

Sen. Chuck Grassley of Iowa sent a letter Monday to the Department of Justice pressing the Antitrust Division to review JBS USA’s proposed acquisition of Cargill Inc.’s pork unit.
Grassley expressed concern that the merger will increase concentration and decrease competition in the U.S. pork

(7/29) Police/Sheriff/Fire Log

Report of theft from a farm property. Items taken include an antique vise, weed trimmer, shovels and a John Deere riding tractor. Estimated value $315.
Report of theft from a farm property. Items taken include a five wheel rake, a noble cart 24’ 4 section harrow and an anhydrous bar. Estimated value $4000.
Traffic Accident:
Report of a

(7/29) Fairfield City Council Releases Strategic Plan

The Fairfield City Council, in a move to strengthen communication between city officials and the public has announced and released its new strategic plan. Council members along with city department heads and superintendents attended two meetings in June, discussing the city’s mission statement, priorities, core values and improvement initiatives. Mayor Ed Malloy said the process was a way

(7/28) Iowa Home Sales Continue Upward Trend

If you’re looking to sell your home in Iowa, good news. Sale prices and number of homes sold continue their upward trend. Sales have increased almost ten percent and average days on the market reached a new three year low in June, according to the Iowa Association of Realtors. Homes are selling at a crisp rate in most communities. Sales are up 9.7 percent from a year ago and active listings

(7/28) City Council Places Sales Tax Measure On The Ballot

The Fairfield City Council met last night and voted to hold an election to determine how the sales tax revenue is used. Currently, the city applies one percent of the sales tax in areas such as streets and sewers. The city council is recommending that 25 percent of those dollars go toward property tax relief. Mayor Ed Malloy said that this is not a tax increase, but simply a reallocation of

(7/28) Arrest Made After Three Hour Standoff

An Ottumwa man was arrested Monday morning after officers responded to harassment calls from a house at 2202 E. Main Street. About 6:30 am, the officers arrived at the home and saw a man that was wanted on a number of outstanding serious warrants. Lorenzo Langarcia, 21, refused to comply with officers demands to surrender and retreated into the house. After a three hour standoff Ottumwa Police

(7/27) Bonnefield Lake Reopens

After being closed last week because of high E.coli readings, the beach at Bonnefield Lake has reopened. The Iowa Department of Natural Resources tested the lake Tuesday and discovered the number of colony forming units per 100 milliliters of water had dropped from 390 to 110, making the water safe for swimming. Swimming is allowed from sunrise to sunset at designated areas at Bonnefield Lake

(6/26) Fair Continues Today

The Greater Jefferson County Fair continues and today is Kid’s Day. Among the events on tap for day three, The Kiddie Pedal Tractor Pull is at 6pm, Quad Races in the Grandstand at 6pm and The Mitch Goudy Band takes the stage at the baseball field at 8pm and all you can ride between 6pm and 11pm wristbands are just $20. The Fair continues through Sunday at the Jefferson County

Tough Trucks at Jefferson Co Fair Canceled

Rain has forced the cancellation of tonight’s (Wednesday) Tough Truck Competition at the Jefferson County Fair. No makeup date has been announced.   

Jefferson County Farm Bureau Schedules Cook Off

This year at the Jefferson County Fair the County Farm Bureau is bringing back the Cookout Contest.  There is NO entry fee to compete and winners in each category will receive prizes and the chance to compete at the Iowa State Fair.  The only el

(6/23) Community Concerts Begin Tonight

The 29th annual summer band concert season opens tonight at 8pm on the bandstand on the Fairfield Square. Concerts are scheduled for June 23rd and 30th, July 14th, 21stand 28th and August 4th from 8 to 9 pm. Concerts will be moved to the Fairfield Arts and Convention Center in the event of inclement weather.  Lawn chairs and blankets are welcome for this fun, free community event.

(6/12) Local School Districts Participate in Summer Lunch Program

More children in Iowa and around the nation are benefiting from the Agriculture Department's Summer Nutrition Program, and that's expected to be the case again this summer. The latest report from the Food Research and Action Center (FRAC) shows about 20-thousand children in Iowa were served a free meal each day last summer, reflecting a nearly 20 percent increase from the year before. One

(3/17) Fairfield Fire Crews Fight Two Fires

Fairfield Fire and Rescue, were called out on two grass fires yesterday. The first was around noon in city limits due to citizen Ramon Gonzales burning trash in city limits and that got out of hand. That fire was extinguisted in less than an hour.
Just two hours later around 2:00pm, north of MUM campus on Hwy 1 near B street nearly 60 acres were engulfed in