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Teen Pair Accused in Murder to Appear in Court

Two 18-year-olds will be back in court tomorrow (Monday @ 11am) in Galesburg after being arrested last week in connection with the shooting of 15-year-old Javon Butler, who died from his injuries. Brandon Kenny is being charged with four counts of First Degree Murder and one count of Aggravated Discharge of a Firearm, with a bail set at $1-million. The other teen, Alex Horton is charged with Possession of a Weapon by a Felon, and Possession of a Weapon without a FOID Card. His bond is $250,000.  

Kenny was assigned Public Defender Jim Harrell but said he’d be hiring a private counsel. Continue Reading

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Mother Nature Hits Listening Area Hard

THEY SAID IT WOULD SNOW AND THEY WERE RIGHT…3 TO 6 INCHES IN SOUTHEAST IOWA, WEST-CENTRAL ILLINOIS AND NORTHEAST MISSOURI…A BIT MORE IN SOME PLACES, A LITTLE LESS IN OTHERS.  

A WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 6 O’CLOCK TONITE(SUN)…AND THE CITY OF BURLINGTON’S AUTOMATIC PARKING PROHIBITION WENT INTO EFFECT AT 10 O’CLOCK LAST(SAT) NITE.  

 

BUT THE REAL DANGER IN ADDITION TO THE BLOWING & DRIFTING SNOW…THE LIMITED VISIBILITY AND THE SLICK ROADS…IS THE WIND CHILL INDEX:  READINGS OF 30 TO 45 BELOW ZERO ARE LIKELY FROM NOON TODAY(SUN) UNTIL AROUND NOON TUESDAY…AND THAT MEANS FROSTBITE IS POSSIBLE WITHIN 5 TO 10 MINUTES…HYPOTHERMIA AFTER THAT…AND THE POSSIBILITY OF DEATH, IF YOU DON’T TAKE THE PROPER PRECAUTIONS — DRESS WARMLY AND IN LAYERS, KEEPING YOUR HEAD, HANDS AND FEET WARM…EAT WELL AND DRINK LOTS OF WATER…AVOID ALCOHOL IF YOU HAVE TO GO OUTSIDE…KEEP EXTRA MEDICATION IN THE HOUSE…BE SURE YOUR FURNACE AND SPACE HEATERS ARE OPERATING PROPERLY…AND DON’T PLAN ON SHOVELING THE SNOW UNTIL THE WIND DIES DOWN AND IT WARMS UP.  

AS ALWAYS, CALL 911 IF YOU HAVE AN EMERGENCY. Continue Reading

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Dangerous Weather Coming

The National Weather Service is warning of life-threatening cold weather in Iowa over the next few days. Temperatures could plunge to minus 30 and wind chills could reach 60 below. Forecasters warn it will be the coldest air mass across the Midwest in nearly 20 years. Illinois Governor Pat Quinn says more than 100 warming centers will be available for
people who need shelter. Some cities
will use libraries, community centers and park district buildings. Continue Reading

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Summer Street Fire Investigation Closed

The investigation of the fire that completely engulfed a home at 5136 Summer Street in Burlington Dec. 26th, has been closed. Officials report that the most likely cause of the blaze was due to an electrical overload. The fire, which was reported by a passerby, took the work of 9 Burlington firefighters, and 5 off-duty firefighters to extinguish. Wever, Denmark, and West Burlington Fire Departments were also called to assist. Continue Reading

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Galesburg Teens Arrested for Death of 15-year-old

Two 18-year-olds from Galesburg have been arrested in connection with the shooting of 15-year-old Javon Butler, also of Galesburg, according to our sister station WGIL. Alex Horton was arrested yesterday evening at his mothers home and has been charged with Possession of a Firearm by a Felon. His bond was set at $250,000. 18-year-old Brandon Kenny was arrested early this morning and is charged with First Degree Murder. Butler was found dead in the 600 block of Monmouth Boulevard after police responded to a possible shooting incident December 22nd. Continue Reading

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-50° Wind Chills Heading Our Way

Parts of Iowa had wind chill levels of 25-below-zero this morning  and forecasters say it’ll get even colder in a few days. Meteorologist Kevin Skow, at the National Weather Service office in Johnston, says bitter cold air is in an approaching front… “Thankfully, we’ll see a little bit of a brief warm-up here for Friday but then we’re looking for another shot of cold air coming in Sunday into Monday.” While this morning’s wind chill indices were wickedly cold, unfortunately, it can always get worse… “Wind chills early next week look to be pretty frighteningly cold,” Skow says. Continue Reading

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Iowans Warned About New Scam

The Internal Revenue Service is warning Iowans about a sophisticated telephone scam targeting taxpayers. Christopher Miller, the I-R-S spokesman for Iowa, says anyone may be at risk for getting one of these calls, but the con artists are also singling out recent immigrants, who may be easier prey… “The victims are told that they owe money to the IRS and that the money has to be paid promptly through a preloaded debit card or a wire transfer,” Miller says. “If they refuse, they are threatened with arrest or deportation or suspension of a business or driver’s license.” The scam is being used on taxpayers in nearly every state in the country — and he says they are calling Iowans. Continue Reading

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New Rules for Young Drivers

Young drivers will now have to put in a little more learning time before they can take the wheel on their own and drive. D-O-T Motor Vehicle Division director, Mark Lowe, says the law changes with the new year. “In the past you could get an intermediate license after passing driver’s ed and having an instruction permit for six months. And that’s going to increase from six months to 12 months now,” Lowe says. “And the idea behind that is to make sure that young drivers have had more time driving with supervision, more time learning, hopefully more learning experience in all weather conditions.” Continue Reading

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Apartment Fire Sends Residents and Firefighter to Hospital

Once the New Years Festivities were coming to an end this morning, things were just beginning to heat up, literally, at an apartment complex in Burlington. Two people were trapped at 1115 Vine Street this morning at around 3am. According to fire officials, one person was rescued from the basement, and one was rescued from the main floor. Four residents and one firefighter were sent to Great River Medical Center. One other firefighter was also hurt, but treated at the scene. Continue Reading

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UPDATED: Burlington Man Abuses Wife with Gun

A Burlington man was arrested and released today after allegedly hitting his wife in the eye with a gun Sunday night. According to authorities, the victim was sent to Great River Medical Center’s ER with an injury to her left eye. It was swollen, discolored, and cut. She also had bruises on her arm. The victim told authorities her husband, 34-year-old Jessy Hulett, threw her onto the bed, pulled out a gun, threatened her, and then hit her in the eye with the weapon. Continue Reading