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Slick Hancock County Roads Claim One Life

The slick snow covered roads yesterday claimed the life of an Illinois man in Hancock County. According to a press release, 59-year-old Daniel Johnson of Belvidere was driving north on Illinois Route 96 , just south of Nauvoo, when he lost control on the slick roadway and slide off the right side of the street. He then struck a tree, veered back across both lanes, and drove off the left side of the road, and over an embankment. Johnson died from his injuries. The investigation also reveled that he was not wearing his seat belt. Continue Reading

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Burlington Water Main Break Woes Continue

Nothing’s official yet, but the man in charge of keeping Burlington’s water flowing says it appears that a 16-foot section of the “main” that went down two weekends ago is missing from it’s usual spot under Flint Creek. Waterworks Director Allen Borden didn’t want to speculate as to what may have happened, but he told us he hopes to have more information by tonight or tomorrow morning. In the meantime, the city’s water continues to be re-routed through a backup “main” that runs parallel to the other one.   Continue Reading

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Record Lows This Morning, Warm-up Coming!

After a February that was one of the coldest and snowiest in Iowa history, March is starting off much the same way as more record cold is gripping the state and more snow will soon be falling. Several Iowa cities report record or near-record low temperatures this morning according to meteorologist Brad Fillbach, at the National Weather Service… “In our area that we cover, we had five new record lows. Des Moines was 7-below, Waterloo 19-below, Ottumwa was 9-below, Lamoni 8-below and Mason City 15-below.” He says some of the low temperature records that were shattered go back decades — and more. Continue Reading

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FM Prison Documentary Could Win Oscar Tonight

Fort Madison prison officials will be closely watching the Academy Awards ceremony tonight. A short documentary film shot in 2006 at the prison is up for an Oscar. “Prison Terminal” by director Edgar Barens focuses on the hospice care given by inmates to fellow prisoners in their final days. The 42-minute long film is a nominee in the Best Documentary Short category. “Prison Terminal: The Last Days of Private Jack Hall” was produced in association with HBO and will premiere on the network March 31st. Continue Reading

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Burlington Man Arrested for Selling Meth

A 29-year-old Burlington man was arrested today on meth related charges. The Southeast Iowa Narcotics Task Force had received information about meth production occurring at a home in rural Des Moines County. Tyler Lees of 6529 115th Avenue in Burlington, was taken to the Des Moines County Jail after authorities found items consistent with meth production and sales in the home. During their investigation they determined that Lees was allegedly actively seeking meth precursors in exchange for finished narcotics product. Lees is being held on $100,000 bond, pending a court appearance. Continue Reading

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A Taste of New Orleans in Burlington Friday

It may be cold here, but tomorrow at the Art Center Gallery in Downtown Burlington, you can at least pretend to be somewhere warm, like New Orleans. President of the Art Guild Board of Directors, Tammy McCoy, says it will even taste like the Mardi Gras city… “We’re going to give you a taste of New Orleans food and drinks. There will be kings cake for dessert, and we’ll have live jazz and blues music.” The funds raised will go to the art center… Continue Reading

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Pot Holes Galore in Burlington

It’s a problem most people in the Midwest have to endure during the winter seasons: large pot holes. Chris Clements with Burlington’s Public Works Department says this year they’re filling more holes than last year due to the amount of snow we’ve had. He says there’s no telling how much money the city will have to spend… “I couldn’t really put a good number on it. Like this year, it’ll be much higher than last winter, with the little snow and fewer freeze cycles [last year]. Continue Reading

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Oquawka Needs Bottled Water

It’s been a rough winter so far for the Village of Oquawka. They’ve had a water main break and a number of homes have frozen pipes. Oquawka’s Volunteer Fire Department Chief Troy Jern says they are asking for bottled water for their residents…. “Due to frigid cold weather, some of the residents of Oquawka have frozen water lines. I think there are about 30 that don’t have water.” Continue Reading

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Burlington Family Arrested for Child Endangerment and Child Porn

Burlington Police have arrested three members of the same family on sex abuse charges involving children. 20-year-old Andrew Wells of 532 Summer Street turned himself in Monday evening, telling detectives that he had molested children and downloaded hundreds of videos and photos of children engaged in sexual acts with adults and other children. He was charged with two counts of Sexual Exploitation of a Minor and is being held in the Des Moines County Jail on a $100,000 bond. Upon further investigation, police yesterday charged Wells’ parents, 49-year-old Brian and 39-year-old Janelle Wells of the same address, with two counts each of Child Endangerment. They allegedly allowed younger children in the home to be molested repeatedly by an older sibling over the last 8-9 years, without trying to stop it, even though the children asked for help. Continue Reading

Obits for Feb 26, 2014

Patricia Ann Reynolds, 79, of Burlington, Iowa, died at her home under the loving care of Great River Home Hospice on Monday, February 24, 2014. Born on August 21, 1934 in Fort Madison, Iowa, she was the daughter of John and Hazel Wilson Junkins. She married Richard W. Reynolds on April 3, 1954 in Burlington, Iowa. Patricia was a seamstress at Burlington Tent & Awning for many years. She enjoyed short day trips to antique stores and garage or yard sales. Continue Reading