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Authorities Investigating After Fatal Motor Vehicle Accident

(OTTUMWA, Iowa) – On Monday, April 02, 2018, at approximately 12:50 PM, personnel from the Ottumwa Fire Department and the Ottumwa Police Department responded to a single vehicle car accident that resulted in a grassfire near the Vine Street exit off of Highway 34/63 bypass.

It was determined that the driver of the motor vehicle went off of the roadway and their vehicle came to rest in the ditch area by Vine Street. The driver of the vehicle was pronounced dead at the scene and the body has been sent to the state crime lab for an autopsy.

The name of the driver is not being released at this time pending confirmation of the identity at the autopsy.

-News release provided by the Ottumwa Police Department

Burn Scheduled for Memorial Park in Ottumwa

(OTTUMWA, Iowa) – In 2016, the City of Ottumwa initiated a water quality improvement project through a program with the Iowa DNR and the State Revolving Fund. Part of this project is the restoration of 9.5 acres of oak savannah in the northwest portion Memorial Park. Maintenance of the oak savannah requires periodic prescribed burns. Fire promotes the growth of native plants and controls the growth of unwanted woody and non-native vegetation.

According to a release sent by the City of Ottumwa, spring’s prescribed burn is scheduled for the morning of March 24, with a backup date of March 31. It will be conducted jointly by the Ottumwa and Wapello County Rural Volunteer Fire Departments.

The public is urged to be cautious of smoke, which may cause short term visibility issues on nearby roadways, and refrain from performing any outdoor tasks if there is smoke in their area. Homeowners downwind of Memorial Park should close their windows while the burn is being conducted.

Juveniles Arrested for Arson And Burglary On Davis Street

On Monday October 16, 2017 just before 10 AM a fire occurred at 219 N. Davis St. in Ottumwa. An investigation after the fire indicated that the fire was ignited as a result of arson. A burglary had also occurred.

As a result of a joint investigation between the Ottumwa Police and Fire Departments a 15-year-old male juvenile and Carlos Obed Morales, age 17, were both arrested and charged with the following.

Male juvenile, age 15, was charged with the following crimes:

  • Arson First Degree a class B felony
  • Burglary First Degree a class B felony
  • Possession of an Incendiary Device a class C felony
  • Criminal Mischief First Degree a class C felony.

Carlos Obed Morales, age 17, was charged with the following crime:

  • Burglary First Degree a class B felony

The 17 year old male juvenile’s charges were automatically waived to adult court since the Burglary 1st charge is a forcible felony.

Both Juveniles are being held in a juvenile detention facility.


Please note the following pursuant to recent Supreme Court rulings:   “A criminal charge is merely an accusation and a defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty.”


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