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04/18/2019 - 1:58pm
It took a jury of nine women and three men about two and a half hours Monday morning to deliver a verdict of guilty in the second-degree murder trial of Luke Ryan VanHemert, 24, of Oskaloosa. The verdict wrapped up three days of testimony and two days of attorney statements and brought some closure to the community in the death of Marquis Todd, a former William Penn student. As the jury and...
04/11/2019 - 11:02am
Thanks to a grant from Mahaska County Community Foundation Mahaska County Sheriff Deputies will have access to automatic electronic defibrillators in their vehicles as well as available at the county jail. In a press release from Tuesday, April 2, the department was granted $12,000 to aid in the purchase of the units. According to the release, the...
04/11/2019 - 10:41am
The Annual Meeting of Friends of Mahaska County Conservation is scheduled for Monday, April 22, at the Environmental Learning Center at Caldwell Park east of Oskaloosa on Hwy 92. A complimentary meal provided by Friends will be served at 6:30 p.m. followed by the meeting. The featured speaker is Steve Dixon, president of the Mahaska County...
04/10/2019 - 8:50pm
  Former Penn Players Testify   By RD KEEP The Sun Editor   Two former William Penn basketball players took the stand as the trial of Luke Ryan VanHemert, 24, the man charged with second-degree murder of William Penn student and player Marquis Todd. Mikeal Donaldson and D’Angelo Allen took the stand Wednesday morning. Much of...
04/09/2019 - 5:54pm
  By RD KEEP The Sun   More than six-dozen persons crowded into Mahaska County District Court Tuesday morning to select 12 jurors and two alternates for the second-degree murder trial of Luke Ryan VanHemert. Selection took about four hors followed by opening statements from both sides. VanHemert is accused to have stabbed William Penn...
04/04/2019 - 10:10am
Senator Ken Rozenboom, R-Oskaloosa, was presented on Tuesday with the Herbert Hoover Uncommon Public Service Award in the Iowa Senate. “It’s an honor to be part of a group of such distinguished and accomplished individuals who have received this award,” said Senator Rozenboom. “Each year when this award is presented I am...
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