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Stabbing at the corner of 9th and Cedar Yesterday

After a shooting early yesterday morning, more violence broke out later in the afternoon.  

Burlington Police last night arrested 46-year old Elmer “Buster” Donaldson of Burlington on felony charges of Willful Injury and Going Armed with Intent, after he allegedly threatened a woman with a gun near the corner of 9th & Cedar yesterday afternoon around 3:20. He allegedly chased her in his car, then left the scene, came back with a knife, and stabbed the woman’s boyfriend. Donaldson turned himself in last night at about 7 o’clock. Police have not released the names of the victims in any of the weekend’s incidents. Continue Reading

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2 Arrested in Connection with Early Morning Shootings in Burlington

More violent crime in Burlington early this morning, but police arrested two Florida men in connection with all four incidents. 26-year old Donald Watkins and 30-year old Virgil Griggs, both of Miami, will face felony charges of Intimidation with a Dangerous Weapon and 2nd Degree Arson. Watkins is also charged with two counts of Willful Injury. This is what detectives say they had to piece together:

At 1:37 am, officers were called to Fun City in response to a shooting in the parking lot. The investigation revealed that two people had been shot in the upper body and were taken to Great River Medical Center. Continue Reading

73-year-old receives Galesburg High School Dipolma

Fifty-five years after earning it, Alva Earley has received his Galesburg High School diploma. Yesterday, the 73-year-old Earley entered the Lincoln School to applause, and after a few moments of ceremony was given his diploma. District 205 Superintendent Bart Arthur called said it was sad that some things occurred in 1959. Earley was denied the diploma because he attended a picnic at North Lake Storey Park, which was then off limits to black people. Early said his lack of a diploma prompted two colleges that accepted him to later rescind their offers. Continue Reading

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Burlington Anti-Crime Block Party Sunday

With the recent shootings still fresh in everyone’s mind, one Burlington neighborhood has organized a special kind of anti-crime block party for this Sunday. Tammy King of 162 Indian Terrace is the organizer and will be holding the event at her home… And because crime can occur anywhere, King is thinking much bigger than just her neighborhood….. If you have any questions beforehand, call Tammy King at 671-1300 or Angie Houston at 759-1619. The block party begins at 2:30pm this Sunday at 162 Indian Terrace. Continue Reading

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Hundreds Gather for Vigil

Hundreds of people gathered at the corner of S. Gunnison and Aetna yesterday afternoon in Burlington. Many were holding candles and wearing the color red. Although officials have not confirmed a motive for the shooting of 50-year-old Eddie Martin of Burlington who was shot on that corner Wednesday while riding his bike, many believe it had something to do with him wearing the color red. Mayor Shane Mccampbell spoke fondly of Martin, who was also known as “Ed Lover”… One of Martin’s younger brothers, Kurstan Davenport, told us that’s he’s still in shock… Continue Reading

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Iowa 2014 Hunting Season comes with Changes

Summer is coming to an end and it has Iowa hunters itching to get back out into the timber. Willy Suchy with the Iowa DNR says there is one season that’s still fairly new. This will be the 4th year for dove season… The DNR is also introducing something new this year. It’s a special teal-only duck season. Continue Reading

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Candle Light Vigil for Bicyclist who was Shot

A Facebook event has been formed, inviting the public to a candle light vigil for 50-year old Eddie Martin of Burlington who was shot riding his bike Wednesday. The memorial will be held where Martin was shot, at the corner of S. Gunnison and Aetna. You’re encouraged to bring your own candles this evening. The vigil begins at 5pm. More than 200 people have already confirmed they will be present, according to the Facebook Event Page. Continue Reading

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Highway named after Warren Co. Deputy killed in line of Duty

A Warren County Sheriffs Deputy killed in the line of duty over 30 years ago is being honored with a stretch of highway being named after him. A ceremony was held today officially dedicating a one-mile stretch of U-S 67 about 7 miles north of Monmouth as “Deputy George V. Darnell Memorial Highway.” According to our sister station WGIL in Galesburg, Darnell was shot and killed in December of 1981 when responding to a call at the former F.S. facility north of Monmouth. -Darnell
Warren County Sheriff Martin Edwards says he hopes the dedication sends an special message to Darnell’s family. Now 60-years-old, David Eric Wolfbrandt is serving a 70-year prison sentence after being convicted in Hancock County in 1982 of Murder, Armed Robbery, Armed Violence, and Theft, but could be paroled in 2017, or discharged in 2020. Continue Reading

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No More Veishea Celebrations

AP- Iowa State University’s president is ending the annual Veishea festival saying it has become a week-long alcohol fueled party that places students at risk. President Steven Leath says the violence-marred festival over the years it has resulted in dozens of violent incidents, riots, property damage and two deaths. A late-night crowd disturbance in early April injured a student and the remainder of the festival was cancelled for this year. He says it has hurt Iowa State’s reputation as he announced Wednesday Veishea will end for good and the name will be retired. Leath says as university president his top priority is student safety and although he acknowledged ending a 90-year tradition will be criticized he’s convinced it’s the right thing to do for the university. Continue Reading

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Farmers Market Returns to Riverfront

After weeks of flooding and clean up, Burlington’s Riverfront Farmers Market is returning to the riverfront. It’s been held near the bandshell at Crapo Park for the past few weeks. Market Manager Peg Rosine Levinson says it’ll be nice to have it back downtown, but she heard from many that they really liked it in the park. She says that because they are part of Downtown Partners, it will remain down by the river. Because it’s the first Thursday of the month, Levinson says there will be carriage rides… Continue Reading