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Burlington Shooting Update

Press Release from Iowa Department of Public Safety… Burlington, IOWA — Autumn Mae Steele, 34, died while being treated for an apparent gunshot she received when officers of the Burlington Police Department responded to a domestic call in the 100 block of South Garfield Ave. An autopsy will take place on Thursday, January 8, 201,5 at the University of Iowa Decedent Care Unit.  Initial findings indicate Officer Jesse Hill fired his weapon twice with one round striking Steele in the mid torso.  Officer Hill was taken to the Great River Medical Center and received treatment for dog bite(s) and then released.  Officer Hill has been employed as an officer for the Burlington Police Department since August 13, 2013. The Burlington Police Department and the Iowa of Division of Criminal Investigation (DCI) recognize the impact this incident has on the Steele family, Officer Hill, fellow officers of the Burlington Police Department, and the community alike.   With that said, the Iowa DCI continues to conduct interviews and examine all physical and forensic evidence to ensure a thorough and impartial investigation. No additional information will be released until all parties are interviewed and the findings of the autopsy are known. Continue Reading

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School Bus Rollover in Louisa County

At around 7:45 this morning, the Louisa County Sheriff’s Office was notified of a school bus rollover accident on County Road X61 near the intersection of Avenue H.

According to a press release, the bus contained ten elementary and high school students from the Louisa-Muscatine School District, eight which were transported by ambulance to Trinity Hospital in Muscatine for non-life threatening injuries. The driver of the bus was 58-year-old Ricky Hines. Hines lost control of the bus and exited the roadway to the right, which led to a rollover. The incident is still under investigation. Continue Reading

OBITS for 09/15/2014

Mrs. Barbara Jean Purdy, 87, of LaHarpe, IL passed away at 6:00 a.m. Sunday, September 14, 2014 at the LaHarpe-Davier Health Care Center, LaHarpe, IL. Arrangements are pending at Banks & Beals Funeral Home in LaHarpe. Condolences may be left at banksandbeals.com

Jon Owen Newberry, 71, of Dallas City, IL passed away at 7:20 AM Sunday, September 14, 2014 at his home. Jon was born on September 19, 1942 in Quincy, IL the son of Quentin and Marie Wolf Newberry. On January 31, 1965 he married Carolyn Hendricks in Dallas City, she survives. Continue Reading

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ISU gets a Warning

An internal audit report has warned that Iowa State University was out of compliance with federal law for years in the limited way that students were informed about sexual assaults and other crimes on campus. The June 17 report says the school’s recently-abandoned practice of issuing crime alerts on the campus police website didn’t meet Clery Act requirements. The report says administrators must issue “timely warnings” required by the law through mass emails and other formats that don’t require individuals to search out the information. Continue Reading

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Burlington Google Doodle Winner Could Become National Finalist

A Burlington High School student’s Google Doodle could become a national finalist, and she could win a scholarship, with your help. The theme of this year’s Google Doodle contest is “If I could invent one thing to make the world a better place.” The contest was open to artists in gradees K through 12. Guest judges chose a Google Doodle by Amy Carlson, a senior at Burlington High School, as the winner among all entries submitted in Iowa. The winning Illinois entry came from Yina Wang, a student at Peterson Elementary in Chicago. Continue Reading

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Mosquito Virus has made it to Iowa

Iowa has its first confirmed case of the mosquito-borne Chikungunya virus, state public health officials said Wednesday, removing Iowa from the list of six U.S. states that had not reported a case of the disease. Iowa Department of Public Health, said a central Iowa adult male in the 18-40 age range who recently returned from a trip to the Caribbean became ill with the mosquito-borne Chikungunya (pronounced chik-en-gun-ye) virus. He was not hospitalized and is recovering. Continue Reading

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Branstad Spends Day in Mt. Pleasant

Iowa Governor Terry Branstad spent a good chunk of his day in Mt. Pleasant yesterday, as his tour of all 99 Iowa counties wrapped up. His first stop in the Henry County town was at West Liberty Foods for a tour. He then went to Old Threshers, and eventually made his way to Union Block, which is where we caught up with him for the ribbon cutting… We asked the governor after his speech how the campaign was going… Continue Reading

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Mother Charged in Connection to Daughter’s Death

Police say a western Illinois woman has been charged in connection to the death of her 19-month-old daughter. The Quincy Herald-Whig reports  33-year-old Jody Price was charged Thursday in Hancock County court with endangering the life or health of a child. Nauvoo Assistant Police Chief Mike Boley says the investigation is ongoing into the death of Price’s daughter in July. He says the Iowa Office of the State Medical Examiner conducted an autopsy but hasn’t determined the cause of death. He says morphine was found in the girl’s body and morphine pills were found near her bed and play area. Continue Reading

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Iowan Selected for “The Bachelor”

A farmer from northeast Iowa will be the next star on the reality TV show “The Bachelor.” The announcement was made this morning on A-B-C’s Good Morning America. Thirty-two-year-old Chris Soules grew up on a family farm near Arlington in Fayette County and graduated from Iowa State University. He’s hoping to find his bride-to-be on the popular TV series. Soules, who gained fame as a “suitor” on the most recent season of The Bachelorette, was asked how he felt when he was asked to star in 19th season of The Bachelor… Continue Reading

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Bats Invading Iowa Homes

Many Iowans are finding unwelcome visitors in their houses, and it’s not out-of-town relatives arriving early for the Labor Day weekend. Mark Langan, at the Humane Society office in Omaha/Council Bluffs, explains… “We’ve had over 100 calls for bats in people’s houses this week,” Langan says. “Every year, about this time, our calls increase.” Typically, the furry winged creatures start making surprise appearances in our homes in late summer and early fall. Continue Reading