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


Warm Winter Weather for Today and Tomorrow

Some warmer temperatures finally moved into Iowa yesterday and they’ll be hanging around today and tomorrow. National Weather Service Meteorologist Jim Lee says much of the snow that fell last weekend will be melting. Some areas of Iowa could even hit 50 tomorrow before a strong cold front pushes across the state Saturday night.. “There could be a little light snow with that, but more along the lines of flurries or light snow showers, just a dusting in most places,” Lee says. “It’ll be quite a bit colder on Sunday…in some areas, around 30 degrees colder than the day before.” Continue Reading


Fire Destroys Burlington Home

If you were in the area yesterday, chances are you heard a lot of sirens and saw a lot of smoke. A home at 5136 Summer Street in Burlington went up in flames yesterday afternoon at around 2:15. The house, owned by Mary McMillan, was fully engulfed when crews got there. No one was home when the fire started, and no one was injured. Several fire crews from around the area were called in to help with the blaze. Continue Reading


Dispose of Christmas Trees for FREE

With Christmas behind us now, the Des Moines County Regional Landfill is letting customers dispose of Christmas trees for free. All they ask is that you bring a current water bill that shows the line item labled “TRASH”. Christmas trees must be free of wire, tinsel, and ornaments. Wreaths may be set out with your garbage, and will also be picked up free of charge. Continue Reading