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Burlington Man Arrested for Child Porn

A 22-year-old Burlington man was taken into custody today by police, and has been charged with 20 counts of Sexual Exploitation of a Minor. Joshua Manfredi allegedly downloaded pornographic images and videos of children engaging in sex acts with other children, as well as with adult males. The kids in the material range from age 5 to 10 years old. After detectives submitted Manfredi’s computer for forensic analysis, they discovered 30 video events of children engaged in sex acts, as well as nearly 100 images. Manfredi is being held in the Des Moines County Jail on $500,000 bond, pending a court appearance. Continue Reading

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Burlington’s School Bullying Calms Down

After months of hearing about the problem, the bullying issues in the Burlington Community School District have started to decrease, according to Superintendent Jane Evans… “It’s really calmed down tremendously. We now have an online bullying report form. Anyone can fill it out. You can find it at our district’s website. Continue Reading

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Gas Prices Expected to go Back Up

The holidays are over, and gas in Burlington is once again under $3 a gallon. Unfortunately, Senior Petroleum Analyst, Gregg Laskoski, says you can expect those prices to go back up… “This has really been the results of very little consumer demand in January, that has been magnified by the pretty severe weather that we’ve experienced. I don’t know if we should read too much into this. We still expect gas prices to probably start climbing during the first quarter of this year. Continue Reading

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Keokuk Meth Bust

Two Keokuk residents were arrested Monday on felony and misdemeanor drug charges. 29-year-old Christopher Matous and 21-year-old Eryn Eppel, of 3014 7th Street, Apt #2 in Keokuk were arrested at their home. Eppel has been charged with Conspiracy to Manufacture Meth in Excess of Five Grams and Maintaining a Drug House. If convicted, Eppel faces 27 years in prison. Matous was also arrested on those same charges in addition to Possession with Intent to Deliver Meth Less Than Five Grams (second or subsequent offense) and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. Continue Reading

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25 Accidents in less than 2 Hours this Morning

Many got a not-so-pleasant surprise this morning when they got onto the roadways. The streets were completely iced over and it kept police officers and firefighters very busy. Lieutenant Greg Allen with the Burlington Police Department, says between 6 and 7:30am the accidents were non-stop… “We had 24 property damage accidents and one personal injury accident.” Allen said that nobody was necessarily speeding either… Continue Reading

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County Attorney Moves to US Bank

It’s “goodbye” Burlington Police Building, and “Hello” US Bank. That followed a unanimous vote by the Des Moines County Board this morning to sign a lease for a new home for the county attorney’s office. Supervisor Tom Broeker… “This board’s primary concern is the safety of the county attorney staff. The US Bank offices are available almost immediately. Continue Reading

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Missing Burlington Boy

He’s been missing since Friday night, and has still not been found. 16-year-old Jakob Davis of Burlington escaped from Woodlands Treatment Center at around 8:50 that night from a second floor window. His mother, Mindy Rice, says she’s contacted authorities… “The authorities have been contacted. They have a “pick-up” alert on him. Continue Reading

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SCC Approves Plan to Renovate

Southeastern Community College can now move forward with their renovations to the West Burlington and Keokuk campus. The board of trustees approved the master plan concept tonight that President Ash presented. Ash explains the next step of the process… “We’ll be in touch with our architect and let them know that they have been tentatively approved by our board. Then we will begin negotiations on the actual fee structure.” Continue Reading

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Fire Destroys Home on Sullivan Slough Rd.

A home at 4801 Sullivan Slough Road, just south of Burlington, was destroyed by fire early this afternoon. Fire Chief Matt Trexel says it appears to have started in an outdoor wood-burner and spread to the inside of the home… “When we arrived at the scene we found it engulfed in fire. It’s been an exterior fire attack since we have been here. There is only one person who lives here and he wasn’t home at the time. Continue Reading

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USDA Report Will Not Affect Food Prices

Most assume the prices of corn and soybeans will affect the price of your food. Associate Professor of Economics at Iowa State University, Chad Hart, says that’s not the case… “When you look at the relationship between the grocery store prices and the corn and soybean prices, it’s actually a very small relationship. I like to point out cornflakes. You pay more for the cardboard, than the corn in the box. Continue Reading