Rash of Break-Ins in Fort Madison

Fort Madison Police are investigating (what could be described as) a rash of break-ins and thefts. Areas hit over the weekend include the 1500 block of 18th Street, 1400 block of 39th, 1200 block of 35th, 600 block of Avenue G, 500 and 2300 blocks of Avenue E, 2200 block of H, and 2300 block of Avenue J.

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OBITS for Monday Feb. 24th, 2014

Robert Leroy Hand, 70, of Burlington, died at 1:20 AM Wednesday, February 19, 2014, in Marco Island, FL. Born January 19, 1944, in Burlington, IA, he was the son of Kenneth Leroy and Alberta Edna Warner Hand. On December 31, 1986, he married Sally Jo Schwerin in McAllen, TX. Bob worked at Winegard Company for 47 years and retired as the purchasing manager. He was a member of the Loyal Order of the Moose Lodge #579, Fraternal Order of the Eagles Burlington Aerie 150, and the Carthage Lake Club. Continue Reading


Hundreds of Animals Saved from SE Iowa Hoarder

A nonprofit animal group says it’s assisting authorities in the recovery of hundreds of animals from a small southeast Iowa city. The Animal Rescue League of Iowa said yesterday that nearly 300 living animals and more than 50 dead animals have been taken from Drakesville in Davis County. Many are barn animals and include 30 different species. Stephanie Filer with the rescue league tells The Des Moines Register that the situation appears to be in connection to a hoarder. Additional information was not released. Continue Reading


DCI Agent from Catfish Bend Shooting is Cleared

The Des Moines County Attorney has cleared a D-C-I agent of any wrongdoing in a shooting at the Catfish Bend Casino in Burlington. Special Agent James Jenkins fired three shots at a car after the driver drove toward him while Jenkins was investigating a report of vehicle break-ins at the garage of the casino on February 12th. The report says Jenkins was justified in firing his gun as he was trying to protect himself. The three shots hit the car, but the driver, 40-yearly David Cross, was not injured and got away. Cross was later arrested and charged with interference with official acts, assault on a peace officer and operating a vehicle without the owner’s consent. Continue Reading

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Mississippi River Spring Flooding Outlook is Positive

We’ve had plenty of snow this winter, and we’ll probably see more before the season is over. With all the precipitation, it’s got some people thinking ahead about summer flooding. Hydrologist Maren Stoflet at the National Weather Service in the Quad Cities said they just released their first spring flood outlook a couple days ago… “Right now we’re looking at the spring flood potential to be near to just slightly elevated for the Mississippi River. That includes upstream and downstream for our neck of the woods.” Continue Reading


Sexual Abuse of a Child Arrest Made in Burlington

A 48-year-old man from Poweshiek County, who was being investigated for sexual abuse of child, recently relocated to Burlington and was arrested today. Poweshiek County investigators learned of the recent move, teamed up with the Burlington Police Department, conducted interviews, which then led to an arrest warrant for Frank Mixell of South 3rd Street in Burlington. He’s been charged with Second Degree Sexual Abuse. Mixell is being held on a $50,000 cash only bond and has been transported back to Poweshiek County. Continue Reading


3 Burlington Residents Arrested for Forgery

Three Burlington residents were taken into custody today for passing fraudulently issued payroll checks. The Burlington Police Department has been investigating the case for the past two weeks and today arrested 20-year-old Dabrielle Dixon, 24-year-old Demone Head, and 24-year-old Andre Kindrick. So far, detectives have determined that in excess of $7,500 has been obtained by the suspects in the Burlington area alone. All three young adults have been charged with two counts of forgery and are currently in the Des Moines County Jail. Additional arrests are expected. Continue Reading


Vet Bills Increase for PAW After Puppies Diagnosed w/ Parvo

The medical bills are piling up fast right now at PAW Animal Shelter in Fort Madison. The shelter received a litter of puppies, and two of them have been diagnosed with Parvo. Shelter Director Sandy Brown says usually when this happens, it’s a life threatening situation for the animal… “Basically a dog sick with Parvo looks like a concentration camp victim. If you cant keep them hydrated, then they die.” Continue Reading


Entire Iowa Town Evacuated

You won’t find any residents in the Iowa town of Northwood right now. The town of 2,000 people, located along the Minnesota and Iowa border,  had to be evacuated today because of a chemical fire at the fertilizer plant. The facility contains sulfuric acid and is currently burning.  It’s considered a very dangerous situation. Iowa’s U.S. Representative Bruce Braley has already commented on the situation saying, “My thoughts and prayers are with the community of Northwood this morning as they respond to this incident. Continue Reading


Danville Schools Leaning Towards Balanced Calendar

West Burlington isn’t the only school district in our area looking at a balanced calendar. Danville has already held a couple informational meetings with the community to get their input on the change of schedule. Danville’s Superintendent Gary LeLacy told us that the school improvement advisory committee, which consists of parents, students, teachers, and school board members, have been talking about a balanced calendar for over a year now… “We talked about student achievement, how much we’re losing during the summer, and starting to explore a better use of our calendar.” DeLacy is working on a new calendar that would start August 11th this year. Continue Reading