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Homeless Man Receives Hotel Room Thanks to Burl. Taco Bell

Life threatening cold hit the area yesterday, and the employees of Burlington’s Taco Bell went out of their way to see to it that one of their regulars, who happens to be homeless, had a warm place to stay. Yesterday evening the owner of the Quality Inn in Burlington, Dan Patel, received a phone call… “He didn’t have anything. The manager knows me very well, as a business person. She told me all the employees at Taco Bell wanted to contribute something to pay for a hotel room. Continue Reading

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Breathalyzer Couldn’t Measure Iowa Mans BAC

A 28-year-old Iowa man made national news this weekend when his blood alcohol level couldn’t even be read by a breathalyzer. Levi Carter was found in his basement at around 2am Friday by police, after a witness alleged he was speeding and crashed into a street sign in Iowa City. Carter told authorities he only had two beers, but wasn’t able to stand to take a physical sobriety test. When police tested him with a breathalyzer, the machine first read .467 (which is almost six times the legal limit), but then immediately changed to the word “HI”. Carter was charged with driving while intoxicated. Continue Reading

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Monday School Closings

SCHOOL CLOSINGS DUE TO WEATHER

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Dallas City Elementary District (Dallas City) No school Monday, 1/6/14. Danville Community Schools (Danville) Mon 1/6
Great River Christian (Burlington) No school Monday, 1/6/14. Hamilton Schools (Hamilton) Mon 1/6
LaHarpe Elementary District (LaHarpe) No school Monday, 1/6/14. Notre Dame (Burlington) No school Monday, 1/6/14. Waco Schools (Waco) Mon 1/6
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Local Man to Enter Iowa R&R Hall of Fame

The 2014 inductees into the Iowa Rock-n-Roll Hall of Fame are being announced while the induction ceremony is scheduled for Labor Day weekend in northwest Iowa. Jenna Hardy Pedersen, executive director of the Iowa Rock-n-Roll Music Association, says this will mark the 18th year of inductions into the hall and there will be plenty of fantastic live music. Some of those to be inducted are:  Bob Saar of Burlington, Instant Blues Machine from Sioux City, Tom Gilman and Ronnie Meek from Sioux City and the band Silver Laughter from Davenport. Individual musicians selected for induction into the Hall of Fame include: Michael Cutsforth of Waterloo, Mick Staebell of Waterloo, Cliff Berinobis of Waterloo, Steve Streit of Milford, Rich Webster of Des Moines, and Del “Saxman” Jones of Des Moines. Continue Reading

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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