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Lee County Home Destroyed by Fire

An early morning fire today destroyed a Franklin man’s home. Taj Kite was in Burlington when the blaze was called in by a passing paper deliveryman around 5am. A West Point crew led the effort to knock it down, but the house and a nearby truck were almost fully involved by the time they got there. They had help from the Lee County Engineer’s Office, who spread sand on the road so the engine wouldn’t slide off. The Des Moines Township, Houghton, and Donnellson Departments also sent crews and equipment, and managed to save some adjacent propane tanks. Continue Reading

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Boil Order for Burlington

The City of Burlington is asking it’s customers to boil their water. This also includes the city of West Burlington. Earlier this evening there was a large water main break in a transmission line from the treatment plant to town. The break caused a portion of the water system to become depressurized. There is no indication that the water has been contaminated, but as a precautionary measure, the city is encouraging people in Burlington and West Burlington to follow this advisory until further notified. Continue Reading

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Burlington Sees Tourism Grow

The Director of Burlington’s Convention & Visitors Bureau gave her annual report to the City Council this past week. Beth Nickel says tourism in the area continues to be a growth industry. For instance, more than 10,000 visitors passed through the Welcome Center in 2013, and they cam from every state except Connecticut and Rhode Island. Nickel says Des Moines County is ranked 13th out of 99 Iowa counties in the amount visitors spend on tourisim-related activities. She also reported that it’s an economic impact of $121-million last year. Continue Reading

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WB Counselor Charged with Sexual Exploitation

A state license has been suspended for a marital and family counselor in West Burlington, who’s been charged with sexual exploitation. The Des Moines Register says documents released by the Iowa Board of Behavioral Science say Scott Bair told a client that her therapy included hugs and kisses from him. The board says Bair and the woman had sexual contact several times last August and September. A friend of the woman grew suspicious and shared his concerns with the counseling center Bair worked for. Bair was arrested December 27th and has since posted bond. Continue Reading

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Car Crashes into School Bus Near Monmouth

At about 7 O’clock this morning on Highway-67 (2 miles north of Monmouth), a northbound car slid out of control on the snow-covered road. The car, driven by Caitlin Volz, then collided with a United school bus. The car slid off the highway while the bus remained upright on the road. Some students were complaining of headaches and back pains and were transported to the OSF Hospital in Monmouth. Volz had to be extricated by the Monmouth Fire Department and was taken by ambulance to OSF as well. Continue Reading

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Fertilizer Plant Writes FM YMCA $15,000 Check

Thanks to the new Iowa Fertilizer Plant in Wever, the Fort Madison YMCA has already reached more than half of its $23,000 goal through a match donation program. The money raised will be allocated to improvements and updates to the facility, including new flooring. Exectuiver Director of the YMCA, Ryan Wilson explains the match program… “Its a grant that we applied for through Fort Madison back in the fall of 2013. They came back to us saying that if we were to raise monetary donations up to $23,000, they would match that dollar for dollar.” Continue Reading

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Arrest Made in Catfish Bend Casino Incident

The man who allegedly stole a car and tried to run down a DCI Agent in the Catfish Bend Casino Parking Garage last night, has been identified as 40-year-old David Cross. Police received a call this morning from a Burlington resident who informed them that Cross was asleep in the back of a vehicle located in the 100 block of Shields Street in Burlington. The caller also advised police that Cross was involved in the incident at the casino the night before.Police responded to the location and arrested him. Cross has been charged with Interference with Official Acts, Assault on Peace Officer, and Operating a Vehicle without Owner’s Consent. He is currently being held at the Des Moines County Jail awaiting a court appearance. Continue Reading

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GrandView Drive-In May Close; Asking for Help

One of only four drive-in movie theaters left in Iowa may have to throw in the towel, unless they can come up with $75,000 by April 1st. Owner of the GrandView Drive-In, Kelly Daniels, says according to movie companies like Disney and Paramount, they are required to purchase a digital projector… “The reason they’re doing it, is that they say it costs them $2,000-$2,500 to make just one 35-millimeter print. The shipping on them is also very pricey. So they have decided to do this because these CD’s are easy to make and shipping is a lot cheaper.” Continue Reading

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City Says “NO” to Part Time SRO for WB Schools

It looks like the idea of a school resource officer patrolling the halls in West Burlington is dead, or at least on life-support. The City Council didn’t take any action on the matter last night, and in so doing, killed it for now. Mayor Hans Trousil says it’s simply not financially feasible… “I said from the beginning that, in order for it to work, it’ll have to be a full time position. We don’t have the personnel to split up into another 5-2 shift. Continue Reading

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Stolen Vehicle and Shots Fired at Catfish Bend Casino

Burlington Police have taken a suspect into custody in connection with an incident last night at the Catfish Bend Casino in Burlington. At around 9:10 last night, the Division of Criminal Investigation’s Special Enforcement Operations Bureau at the Casino recieved a report of someone breaking into vehicles in the casino’s parking garage. The subject was described as a black male wearing a heavy overcoat and stocking hat. A DCI agent responded to the location and was almost hit by the man who had stolen an employee’s vehicle. The agent moved out of the way and fired 3 shots at the vehicle. Continue Reading