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Guilty of Second Degree Murder

Guilty of second degree murder.  That’s the finding a Mahaska County jury reached Monday afternoon (4/15) in Luke Van Hemert’s murder trial.  The jury of nine women and three men deliberated for about an hour…
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Defense rests in Van Hemert trial

The defense has rested its case in Luke Van Hemert’s murder trial in Oskaloosa.  Van Hemert is charged with second degree murder in the death of William Penn University basketball player Marquis Todd in March…
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Van Helmert Trial Update

The defense began presenting its case Thursday afternoon (4/11) in Luke Van Hemert’s murder trial in Oskaloosa.  Van Hemert is charged with second degree murder in the death of William Penn University basketball player Marquis…
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Van Hemert jury impaneled, Opening Arguments Given

A jury of ten women and four men, including two alternates, was selected Tuesday (4/9) in Luke Van Hemert’s murder trial.  The 24-year-old Van Hemert is charged with second degree murder in the death of…
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Van Hemert murder trial starts today

Jury selection begins Tuesday (4/9) in an Oskaloosa murder trial.  24-year-old Luke Van Hemert is charged with second degree murder in the death of William Penn University basketball player Marquis Todd in March 2018.  Van…
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O'Rourke, Sanders to campaign in area this weekend

Two Democratic candidates for President will be in the area this weekend.  Former Texas Congressman Robert “Beto” O’Rourke will hold a town hall meeting Friday night (4/5) at 6 at Drake Library in Grinnell.  Then…
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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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