Maquoketa Police Officer Shot (UPDATED)

The Iowa Department of Public Safety says a police officer has been wounded during a traffic stop in eastern Iowa. The department says the Maquoketa officer was shot after making a traffic stop around 2:50 a.m. today. The shooter fled the scene and was later found dead in his overturned pickup truck. Police identified him as 30-year-old Aaron Scott of Wyoming, Iowa. Injuries to the police officer were not life-threatening. Continue Reading

Golf Carts on Fort Madison Streets May be Legal

Fort Madison is considering whether to allow golf carts on city streets. The City Council will discuss the issue tonight. City Manager Byron Smith says at least two council members and some residents are receptive to an ordinance. He also says that several cities in the area have adopted similar ordinances since 2011. If approved, a registration fee would generate some revenue. Continue Reading


Burlington School Makes $440,000 in Reductions

The Burlington School Board approved to publish their proposed 2014-2015 fiscal year budget. During the work session, before their regular meeting tonight, each member got another chance to voice their opinions on the proposed cuts, which total around $440,000. Member Tammy Darnall felt that they weren’t provided enough information about some of the positions they had to cut or decide to restore. Board member Linda Garwood was upset that they have to cut the Communications and Assessment Director they just hired…. “Like I’ve said before, I think anybody that does anything anymore, does it online, and I think he’s done a phenomenal job in making our district look welcoming. Continue Reading


Dumping Ground Catches Fire in Burlington



The only thing hurt in a backyard fire this afternoon was someones pride. Fire crews were called to a home along Golf Course Road in Burlington at around 4:30pm. The fire was located in a backyard in a portion of their wooded area they use as a dumping ground. Homeowner Laverne Neal took the blame… “I emptied a burning barrel this morning that I burned Saturday. Continue Reading


Free Weather Spotter Class Tomorrow

A reminder that Des Moines County Emergency Management will host a severe weather-spotter course tomorrow night. The class is from 6:30-9 at Aldo Leopold Middle School in Burlington, located at 3075 Sunnyside. No pre-registration is required, there’s no charge, and two National Weather Service Meteorologists will conduct the class. Everyone is welcome to come.   Continue Reading


Big Hollow Open House

A reminder that Des Moines County Conservation is holding an Open House today from noon-4 at it’s first rental cabin at Big Hollow. Staff will be there to answer questions and take reservations for available dates this year. The cabin is at the east end of the park. Turn left at the 4-way stop at the entrance and follow the signs. For more information go to¬† Continue Reading

Burlington Bees Open House Sunday

The Burlington Bees are hosting their annual open house this Sunday from 1-4 at Community Field. Fans can tour the facilities, buy concessions, souvenirs, tickets, and audition to sing the national anthem. Next Tuesday is the traditional Bees vs. SCC scrimmage at 5:30pm. Wednesday is “Meet the Bees” at 6 at the Pzazz Convention Center. Continue Reading


Body in Mississippi River in Keokuk Identified

The body that was recovered in the Mississippi River near Lock and Dam 19 Wednesday has been identified as 45-year-old Thomas Newcomb. Thomas jumped from the Norbert Beckey Bridge in Muscatine this past December and was presumed dead. His body was found by employees of the power plant in Keokuk Wednesday afternoon at around 1:30pm. Continue Reading


Wapello Resident Guilty of Child Porn

A former Wapello resident was sentenced today to 120 months of prison time after pleading guilty to possession of child pornography. The investigation started in July of 2011 when a Scott County Deputy and member of the Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force participated in an online investigation of the possession of child porn. During their search they discovered images on a computer belonging to 39-year-old Shannon Watson of Wapello. A search warrant was conducted at Watson’s home and the computer was taken in for a forensic examination where they found over 300 images of child pornography. After serving 120 months in prison, Watson is ordered to serve 15 years of supervised release and to pay $100 towards the Crime Victims Fund. Continue Reading


Farmer Wins $2,500 for Mediapolis School

A Des Moines County farmer has won $2,500 through “America’s Farmers Grow Communities” Campaign, sponsored by the Monsanto Fund. Joyce Stover is this year’s winner and she selected the Mediapolis Education Foundation to receive that money. At this morning’s ceremony, it was announced that the money will go towards the school’s outdoor classroom. Julie Schnedler, who teaches 6th grade science, social studies, and language arts at Mediapolis, showed us the outdoor classroom they’re building, and explained what they hope to do with it… “Another future project we hope is whole classroom seating, so where it’s more of an auditorium type set up with rocks. Continue Reading