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


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


-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


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


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


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


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


Garrett Brockway Featured in Rose Parade

It’s been a challenging, but rewarding year for one Burlington family. Tiffini and Bruce Brockway lost their 10-year-old son Garrett in a tree accident earlier this year, and have been raising awareness of organ donation ever since. Because of their efforts and the lives Garrett saved through his donations, his photo will be one of 81 featured on the Donate Life Float in the Rose Parade in Pasadena California New Years Day. The theme of the float this year is “Light Up the World with Organ Donation”, which makes Garrett’s Dad, Bruce Brockway, very happy… “For Tiffini and I, that’s a very appropriate theme. Continue Reading

Obits for Dec. 30th

Name: Paul Daniel “Dan” Hoschek Resident of: Burlington, Iowa

Died: Friday morning, December 27, 2013

Where: University of Iowa Hospital, Iowa City, Iowa

Survivors: Dan is survived by his wife Joyce of Burlington who recently celebrated 13 years together. One daughter, Shelby Hoschek of New London, Iowa and one son Nathan Hoschek also of New London, Iowa. Two step-daughters, Wendy (Kasey) Rider of Danville, IA and Megan Doyle of Burlington, Iowa. Two step-sons, Derrick (Jaleesa) Doyle of Danville, IA and Curtis (Candi) Doyle also of Danville, IA. Grandchildren and step-grandchildren. Continue Reading


Fire Victim in Need of a few Donations

The fire that completely destroyed a home on Summer Street Thursday in Burlington has left the owner of the home, Mary McMillan, without a lot of every day items, and donations are appreciated. Shes says she won’t be able to see what’s left inside the home until maybe next week… “We haven’t been able to go in yet.The insurance guy has been here and has released it for us to go in, but the Fire Marshall needs to check and see if it’s safe first.” McMillan has been living in the home alone since her father passed in November, but thankfully wasn’t home when the fire broke out.. “The fortunate thing was that I had my animals with me. Continue Reading