While Iowans are seeing the first ash trees cut down to slow the spread of the emerald ash borer, yet another invading insect is causing a stir as it could threaten our walnut trees. Robin Pruisner, an entomologist with the Iowa Department of Agriculture, says the pest called the walnut twig beetle is being found in nearby states, but it hasn’t been found in Iowa — yet. “Research is ongoing on how to protect walnut trees,” Pruisner says. “We just don’t have a lot of answers. This is even newer than the emerald ash borer at this point in time.” Continue Reading
Lee County’s Narcotics Task Force has arrested a Ft. Madison man on felony and misdemeanor drug charges, and they are NOT meth-related. 33-year old Robert Gram (of 2314 Avenue I) was apprehended late last week at his home and charged with Possession of Marijuana with Intent to Deliver within 1,000 Feet of a School and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. If he’s convicted of both counts, Gram could go to prison for more than 10 years. Continue Reading
Due to the number of fires over the weekend, Des Moines County will remain under a burn ban until further notice. Gina Hardin with Des Moines County Emergency Management says that the amount of rain we are suppose to get today, won’t be enough. Hardin says the burn ban will remain in effect for at least another week and they’ll discuss what to do after the rain we are suppose to get Thursday. Lee County will also remain under a burn ban, with the exception of recreational fires within city limits. Continue Reading
For a short time, the burglaries had stopped in Mediapolis, but according to the daily activity log on the Burlington Police Department website, three burglaries were reported in Mediapolis early yesterday morning. One was a home burglary at 1214 Middle Street, and the other two were car burglaries. One took place at 803 Main Street and the other at 1111 Pine Street. All three occurred within an hour. Continue Reading
Easter is almost here, and with that, brings a number of Easter egg hunting opportunities for kids. For some children though, specifically those with disabilities, hunting for eggs may be a challenge. At Community Field in Burlington this Saturday, there’s a one of a kind opportunity for those individuals. Pastor of Journey Church and Organizer of the “Special Egg Stravaganza” Joe Chancellor, says there will be 4 different egg hunts…. There will also be a regular hunt and a magnetized hunt. Continue Reading
The Lee County Narcotics Task Force has been extremely busy lately busting people for drugs. We asked Task Force Commander Stacy Weber why there’s so much meth, in particular, in Lee County…..
Weber says many tips come from others who have been using and were arrested but a few others come from the public. Weber says his agents put the criminals in jail as quickly as they can, but the nature of addiction is such, that many of the users serve their time, get out and do it again. If you’d like to report meth use, you may call Weber at 319-376-1084. Continue Reading
Southeastern Community College has released its graduation numbers for next month. As of right now, there are 490 eligible graduates at the West Burlington Campus, which is down 66 students from 2013. 195 are eligible to graduate at the Keokuk campus and 214 for GED. SCC’s Graduation Day for West Burlington is May 15th at 7pm at the Burlington Memorial Auditorium. Keokuk graduates will have their ceremony the day before, which is May 14th at 7pm at the Grand Theater. Continue Reading
According to Lee County Emergency Management, the burn ban that was put into place last week could be lifted Monday, April 21st. According to a press release, the ban will only be lifted if there are no changes to the weather forecast. We’ll keep you up to date. For more information you can call Lee County Emergency Management at 319-372-4124. Continue Reading
It’s been a busy day so far for Lee County’s Narcotics Task Force. The first arrest reported today was a Keokuk man on drug charges,
24-year-old Austin Schuelka of Keokuk was arrested at his home this morning and charged with Possession with Intent to Deliver Marijuana while in Possession of a Firearm, a Drug Tax Stamp Violation, Maintaining a Drug House, and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. If convicted of all charges, he could face a little over 17 years in prison.
Also arrested, in an unrelated case, was an Argyle woman on misdemeanor drug charges. 23-year-old Addison McFerren has been charged with three counts of Prohibited Acts. Continue Reading
A portion of Mt. Pleasant Street in West Burlington by F&M Bank is blocked off due to a large sink hole. Officials say it was caused by a water main break. The side of the road that the large, deep hole is located on, technically belongs to Burlington, but West Burlington is helping out. There were no injuries. Continue Reading
Obama to announce new climate change plan
US President Barack Obama is to formally unveil the final version of his plan to tackle greenhouse gases from coal-fired power plants later this evening.