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September 17, 2010

UPDATE: Male body found near Rathbun Lake

CENTERVILLE — Appanoose County Sheriff Gary Anderson Friday afternoon confirmed a male body was found near Rathbun Lake.

Sheriff Anderson said drowning and homicide do not appear to be the cause of death and the investigation is ongoing.

The Ottumwa Courier is reporting a woman found the body and according to her daughter, she called for help at about 11:30 a.m. Friday after seeing a truck that had not moved since the previous day and a man laying nearby.

Rathbun Lake and much of the surrounding land is under the supervision of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Phil Brown, Rathbun Lake corp manager, said they "did have a report of a situation" and confirmed staff did contact law enforcement for assistance with a site on the shoreline near a campground.


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The Iowegian wants readers to think about the solicitation ordinance that will prevent groups or individuals from entering a roadway to solicit money. The Centerville City Council in June by a 5-0 vote passed the first reading of just such an ordinance. Public pressure and during a subsequent special meeting, the council voted 3-2 to table the ordinance. A second special meeting to discuss the solicitation ordinance is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 7 at City Hall. So, the question of the week is, "Do you or do you not support the ordinance to prevent solicitation of funds in city streets?"

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