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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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Senator Ernst tours No Coast Brewery

Iowa US Senator Joni Ernst was in Oskaloosa Thursday (3/21) for a tour of the No Coast Brewery.  While there, she sampled some of their products and talked about an issue affecting No Coast: the Craft…
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Van Hemert claims "Stand Your Ground" law in murder trial

An Oskaloosa man accused of stabbing a William Penn University basketball player to death now says he should be immune from prosecution because of Iowa’s Stand Your Ground law.  24-year-old Luke Van Hemert is charged…
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Flooding affects USDA Sigourney office

The USDA Farm Service office in Sigourney has been dealing with flooding and a sewer backup in their office.  A combination of sewage and storm water affected the building’s wiring and filing cabinets.  Amy Krapfl, the…
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Mahaska County Board asks for bypass

At a special meeting Tuesday (3/19), the Mahaska County Board voted to send a letter to the Iowa Department of Transportation asking that a bypass be built from Highway 63 north of Oskaloosa to Highway…
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Agency woman sought in weekend shooting

Wapello County law enforcement is looking for a suspect in connection with a shooting Sunday morning (3/17) that injured a man. Shortly after 6am, a man had come to the Ottumwa Regional Health Care Emergency…
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SKUNK RIVER STILL UNDER FLOOD WARNING

There is still a flood warning for the North Skunk River near Sigourney.  As of early Monday morning (3/18), the North Skunk was measured at 18.77 feet.  Flood stage is 16 feet.  The National Weather…
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