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Hit and Run Leaves Bicyclist In a Ditch Near West Point

A West Point woman was arrested Friday night after hitting a man on a bike with her car and leaving the scene without contacting authorities. 49-year-old Tammy Yates was traveling ¬†about one mile east of West Point on 400 North, and struck 33-year-old Jason Newberry of Carthage who was riding a Mongoose bike. Newberry was found lying in the ditch 20 minutes after the crash and had to be flown to Blessing Hospital. Yates was arrested later at her home for Leaving the Scene of a Personal Injury and Driving Under the Influence. She was taken to the Hancock County Jail where her bail was set at $50,000. Continue Reading

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Pair Arrested in Burlington on Drug Charges

Southeast Iowa Narcotics Task Force investigators found marijuana, packaging materials, and a large amount of money at a Burlington home on Higbee Street. During the course of the search warrant, detectives encountered 25-year-old Reginald Elliot of Burlington. Elliot was found to be wanted in another county in Iowa on charges of 3rd Degree Sexual Abuse. A short distance from the residence, officers also found 31-year-old William Trotter, who also goes by the name “Dizzy” of Burlington. Trotter was arrested for three counts of Delivery of a Controlled Substance. Continue Reading

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Rash of Catalytic Converter Thefts

Police in Burlington, West Burlington, and Henderson County are investigating a rash of catalytic converter thefts from cars. All nine of them were stolen during the day yesterday and were from Chevy Cavaliers. Two of the units were stolen from the Lowe’s Parking lot, one from Comfort Suites in Burlington, two from the Great River Medical Center Property, and one from 411 West Agency in West Burlington. There were also three cut out of cars parked at West Central High School near Biggsville. West Burlington Police Chief, Frank Newberry, says they have surveillance video of what appears to be a green vehicle at the scene of at least one of the thefts. Continue Reading

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Deery Brothers Nominated for Prestigious Award

A West Burlington car dealership is getting some nationwide recognition. Deery Brothers in West Burlington has been nominated for the “2014 TIME Dealer of the Year Award”. Deery’s is one of a select 57 dealer nominees from across the country who will be honored at the 97th annual National Automobile Dealers Association Convention in New Orleans in January. Recipients, such as owner of Deery Brothers, Brad Deery, are considered some of nation’s most successful auto dealers and demonstrate a long-standing commitment to community service. Deery was nominated for the TIME dealer of the year award by Bruce Anderson, President of the Iowa Automobile Dealers Association. Continue Reading

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GE Employees Not Backing Down

General Electric employees and supporters had one message tonight for the company, and that was to “KEEP YOUR PROMISE”. Three years ago, GE threatened to close down the West Burlington manufacturing plant if workers didn’t agree to nearly $8-million in cuts. Besides that, West Burlington, the state of Iowa, and Des Moines County threw in $2.4-million in tax incentives to keep the plant open for another 3-5 years. It’s been 3 years, and the public is wondering where all the money went. Cherie Mortice is with the Iowa CCI Action Fund…. Continue Reading

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Tour of Forgotten Basements in Burlington

This Saturday is a chance for people to get a deeper look at Burlington history by going underground. A tour hosted by Executive Director of Downtown Partners, Steve Frevert, will take people into long forgotten basements of Downtown Burlington. One basement that will be shown was once a morgue… “River Park Place use to be Mercy Hospital, and what is now Smith Engineering’s Lab Testing offices in the basement, was originally the morgue area. But you know, they’ve taken out all the tables and cabinets where they use to keep the bodies. Continue Reading

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UPDATE: Burlington Trailer Park Shooting

Burlington Police are searching for a blue 2001 Jeep Cherokee Sport, with a license plate of BGG773. A person in the vehicle was allegedly involved in an early morning shooting at Congers Mobile Home Park, the 2400 block of Division Street. When authorities arrived at the scene they found 37-year-old Charles Campbell of Robbins, Illinois with a gunshot wound to his upper body. He was transported to Great River Medical Center and then airlifted to Iowa City Hospitals. If you have any information on the shooting please contact Burlington Police. Continue Reading

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Hydro-Power Still Possible for Lock and Dam 18

A hydro-power installation on the dam in Quincy was once a possibility, but was voted down by their city council. Now it may be a possibility for Burlington’s Lock and Dam 18. Burlington’s Renewable Energy Committee met today and discussed where the city is with the potential project. Board Chairman Jerry Parks, says what the city needs to do now is obtain a license… “So we have this three year period to apply for a license to do a project at Lock and Dam 18. Continue Reading

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Convicted Felon Arrested for Stolen Weapons in Burlington

A 22-year-old man from Chicago was arrested yesterday in Burlington after authorities found stolen firearms, items taken from a burglary over the weekend, and an offensive weapon, at 1409 Jefferson Street, #2. 22-year-old Anthony Herron, has been charged with harassment, second degree burglary, two counts of possession of firearms by a convicted felon, and possession of an offensive weapon.   Continue Reading

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Enrollment Up at WB; Year-Round-Schooling Still Being Discussed

Enrollment numbers are in, and the West Burlington School District is looking good. Superintendent David Schmitt says the increase in students is manageable growth… “We’re up a total of 25 students. 9 resident students and 15-16 open enrolled students.” There is one student, a BHS freshman Megan French, who’s enrollment application was tabled and will be voted on next school board meeting. Continue Reading