Pella Chronicle

CNHI/Southeast Iowa

May 10, 2013

Police officer wins appeal, discipline reduced

OTTUMWA — An Ottumwa police officer will not have a permanent stain on his record from his involvement in a collision with a garbage truck four months ago.

Officer Josh Kobes filed an appeal of his two-day suspension at an Ottumwa Civil Service Commission meeting Thursday afternoon, and commission members decided to reduce disciplinary action against him to a written reprimand, which will leave his record after one year. A two-day suspension would have remained on his record for the rest of his career.

Kobes was cited in January after colliding with a Bridge City Sanitation truck at West Main and South McLean Streets. He was responding to several calls of a drunken driver when he slammed into the truck in the middle of the intersection.

Attorney Michael Moreland, representing the city, and attorney Jill Hartley, representing Kobes, presented arguments regarding the circumstances surrounding the accident.

As video prior to and of the accident was played, Ottumwa Police Sgt. Chad Farrington described the scene. Kobes left the garage going east on Gateway Drive, picked up speed, secured his seat belt, turned onto McLean, put on his sunglasses, crossed the railroad tracks and dropped his gaze several times, looking for his microphone.

Throughout the approximately minute-long video, Kobes reached 63 mph on Gateway, 50 mph on McLean prior to the railroad tracks and was driving 31 mph when he collided with the truck.

"He said while he was traveling he thought there was something he needed to say and the microphone was not there, which is why he was down looking for it," Farrington said.

But it was Kobes' responsibility to make sure that microphone was secure and his seat belt and sunglasses on before leaving the garage, Farrington said. And with a 23-second wait for the garage door to open, he said Kobes "had ample time to locate his microphone and put his seat belt on."

Text Only
CNHI/Southeast Iowa
  • Affirmative action ruling challenges colleges seeking diversity

    The U.S. Supreme Court's support of Michigan's ban on race-based affirmative action in university admissions may spur colleges to find new ways to achieve diversity without using racial preferences.

    April 23, 2014

  • A 'wearable robot' helps her walk again

    Science is about facts, numbers, laws and formulas. To be really good at it, you need to spend a lot of time in school. But science is also about something more: dreaming big and helping people.

    April 23, 2014

  • Cuba is running out of condoms

    The newest item on Cuba's list of dwindling commodities is condoms, which are now reportedly in short supply. In response, the Cuban government has approved the sale of expired condoms.

    April 23, 2014

  • The waffle taco's biggest enemy isn't McDonald's. It's consumer habits.

    Gesturing to Taco Bell, Thompson said McDonald's had "not seen an impact relative to the most recent competitor that entered the [breakfast] space," and that new competition would only make McDonald's pursue breakfast more aggressively.

    April 23, 2014

  • Screen Shot 2014-04-22 at 4.42.47 PM.png VIDEO: Leopard attacks crowd in India

    A leopard caused panic in the city of Chandrapur when it sprung from the roof of a house and charged at rescue workers.

    April 22, 2014 1 Photo

  • The top 12 government programs ever

    Which federal programs and policies succeed in being cost-effective and targeting those who need them most? These two tests are obvious: After all, why would we spend taxpayers' money on a program that isn't worth what it costs or helps those who do not need help?

    April 22, 2014

  • In cuffs... 'Warlock' in West Virginia accused of sexual assault

    Police in West Virginia say a man claiming to be a “warlock” used promises of magical spells to lure children into committing sexual acts with him.

    April 22, 2014 1 Photo

  • Cats outsmart the researchers

    I knew a lot had been written about dogs, and I assumed there must be at least a handful of studies on cats. But after weeks of scouring the scientific world for someone - anyone - who studied how cats think, all I was left with was this statement, laughed over the phone to me by one of the world's top animal cognition experts, a Hungarian scientist named Ádám Miklósi.

    April 22, 2014

  • McCain 1 House Republicans are more active on Twitter than Democrats

    Your representative in the House is almost certainly on Twitter. Your senator definitely is. But how are they using the social network? Are Democrats more active than Republicans, or vice versa? Who has the most followers on the Hill?

    April 22, 2014 1 Photo

  • Do your genes make you procrastinate?

    Procrastinators, in my experience, like nothing better than explaining away their procrastination: General busyness, fear of failure, and simple laziness are just a handful of the excuses and theories often tossed around. Now researchers from the University of Colorado Boulder have added another option to the list: genetics.

    April 21, 2014

Features
Facebook
AP Video
SKorea Ferry Toll Hits 156, Search Gets Tougher Video Shows Possible Syrian Gas Attack Cubs Superfans Celebrate Wrigley's 100th Raw: Cattle Truck Overturns in Texas Admirers Flock to Dole During Kansas Homecoming Raw: Erupting Volcanoes in Guatemala and Peru Alibaba IPO Could Be Largest Ever for Tech Firm FBI Joining Probe of Suburban NY 'Swatting' Call U.S. Paratroopers in Poland, Amid Ukraine Crisis US Reviews Clemency for Certain Inmates Raw: Violence Erupts in Rio Near Olympic Venue Raw: Deadly Bombing in Egypt Raw: What's Inside a Commercial Jet Wheel Well Raw: Obama Arrives in Japan for State Visit Raw: Anti-Obama Activists Fight Manila Police Motels Near Disney Fighting Homeless Problem Michigan Man Sees Thanks to 'bionic Eye' S.C. Man Apologizes for Naked Walk in Wal-Mart Chief Mate: Crew Told to Escape After Passengers
Hyperlocal Search
Premier Guide
Find a business

Walking Fingers
Maps, Menus, Store hours, Coupons, and more...
Premier Guide
Obituaries