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Pella Corporation HQ locked down Tuesday

The Pella Corporation’s headquarters in Pella were locked down for about two hours Tuesday (4/2) after an employee received a potential threat.  Pella Police say they were called around 10:20 about the threat. Corporation officials…
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Pella man charged with scamming millions from investors

A man from Pella is accused of scamming investors in a multi-million dollar Ponzi-like scheme.  Mark Alan Blankespoor was charged in federal court last week with 12 counts of mail fraud and 12 counts of…
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Oskaloosa City Council to Vote on Sewer Project

The Oskaloosa City Council will vote Monday night (4/1) on approving plans and contracts for the third phase of its sanitary sewer system improvements project.  The estimated $3.7 million project would rebuild sewer pipes and…
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Oskaloosa Water Board special meeting

The Oskaloosa Water Board is holding a special meeting Friday afternoon (3/29) to consider the resignation of general manager Chad Coon.  The Board will also consider hiring a search firm to find a new general…
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Maple Syrup Festival Saturday in Oskaloosa

The Environmental Learning Center in Oskaloosa will hold its annual Maple Syrup Festival Saturday morning (3/30).  Mahaska County Conservation Board naturalist Laura DeCook talks about the festival. "I will give a presentation about the process…
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Bahena Rivera murder trial moved to Sioux City

A Mexican national charged with first-degree murder in the abduction and killing of 20-year-old Mollie Tibbetts will have his trial moved from Poweshiek County to Woodbury County in northwest Iowa.  A judge on Wednesday (3/27)…
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No Immunity for Vanhemert, Trial to Commence on April 9

Judge Lucy Gamon has denied Luke Vanhemert's claim of immunity from prosecution under Iowa's "Stand Your Ground Law".   In overruling the Defendant's Motion to Force Immunity, Judge Gamon distinguished the Iowa law from a similar…
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Change of venue hearing for Bahena Rivera to be held Wednesday

A hearing will be held Wednesday (3/27) in Montezuma on whether Christian Bahena Rivera’s first degree murder trial will be moved.  Bahena Rivera is accused of killing 20-year-old Mollie Tibbetts of Brooklyn last July.  His…
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Ritenour's murder trial to stay in Mahaska County for now

The second trial of an Oskaloosa, Iowa, mother convicted of killing her daughter will stay in Mahaska County at least for now.. Alicia Ritenour is accused of killing her 17-month-old daughter, Ava, in January 2014.…
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Ritenour re-trial date set

Alicia Ritenour’s re-trial for murdering her 17-month-old daughter will still take place in Mahaska County—at least for now.  Ritenour is accused of killing her daughter, Ava, in January 2014.  She was found guilty at her…
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