A Muscatine County District Court jury has returned a guilty verdict on six counts of sexual abuse in the second degree against defendant Pedro Camacho Olea. The jury trial began on Monday. The evidence showed that the 45-year-old Olea had sexually abused two grade school-aged girls from 1998 to 2002. During the time period, Olea lived in both Muscatine and a trailer park in rural Muscatine County. Muscatine County Attorney Alan Ostergren thanked the young victims for testifying, sheriff’s Sgt. Ardyth Orr and the staff at the Child Protection Center in Muscatine. Olea is being held without bond pending a sentencing hearing set for May 24th.


The public is invited to attend a signing ceremony joining the cities of Muscatine and Zhengding, China, as sister cities. Muscatine Sister Cities is hosting a reception for the Zhengding mayor’s delegation and the Muscatine community from 6-7:30 on Monday night, April 1st, at the Muscatine Art Center. The signing ceremony occurs at 7. Deb Hutton is with the Sister Cities Committee.

Eastern Iowa Community Colleges’ paramedic program has received word that it has been officially accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs. Accreditation helps protect the public and ensures that students become qualified health care professionals. The nine-month paramedic program is part of EICC’s Emergency Medical Technician program that offers training for students just entering the profession as well as advanced training and certification for EMTs currently working in the field

KWQC reports that the Durant School District is facing budget problems and the superintendent plans to recommend nine positions be eliminated. The superintendent says the cuts are needed because of a drop in enrollment of 50 to 60 students next year.


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