A truck driver called the Mahaska County 911 Center at 2:15 pm on Tuesday afternoon, stating he observed a person jump off the bridge into the South Skunk River along Highway 92. Mahaska County deputies were on scene within minutes where they began the search for the individual. Footprint evidence on the bridge that indicated there were at least two people on the bridge. Mahaska County Sheriff Russ Van Renterghem said that deputies couldn’t find any evidence of where those individuals may have gotten out of the river. There were no vehicles or bicycles, or anything else around. An extensive search, which included numerous boats and a helicopter from Mercy Medical Center, came up empty handed – thankfully Van Renterghem reports that his department has spoken to a 17-year-old male who is the one that jumped off the bridge and then swam safely back to shore.
A vehicle fire shortened Dale Ozinga’s lunch Tuesday. Luckily, the fire was put out quickly. Ozinga was eating a sandwich in his truck, parked near Caldwell Park, when he heard something come from his hood. He got out of his truck to investigate, but couldn’t open the hood. As soon as he saw smoke, he left the truck as quickly as he could, he said. The front half of his truck caught on fire for a brief period of time before the Pella Fire Department swiftly put it out. The cause of the fire is unknown, and thankfully no one was injured.