Suspicious Macomb Death

It’s still unclear what killed a Macomb man yesterday. At around 8am Sunday, police received a call stating that 43-year-old Ramone Doyle of Macomb was not breathing. The caller also said Doyle had been involved in a fight. Authorities responded to the 500 block of East Pierce Street and took him to McDonough District Hospital, where he was later pronounced dead. The fatality has been labeled “suspicious” and is under investigation. Continue Reading


Burlington BOIL ORDER Morning Update

Burlington and West Burlington are still under a boil order, meaning residents should not drink the water without boiling it for one minute. Waterworks Superintendent Allen Borden told us this morning that the system is up and running, almost.. “The system is fairly well back to normal. We’re still low in some areas but we’re holding our own, and we’ve got a set of samples. We’ll take some more tonight. Continue Reading


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


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


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


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


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


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