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Man Found Dead on Y-Camp Road

Des Moines County Deputies and the Burlington Fire Department and Ambulance were called to 12457 Y-Camp Road yesterday evening in reference to an older male that had shot himself. When officials arrived at the scene they found 84-year-old Jack Crawford of Burlington. Crawford was pronounced dead at the scene. The incident remains under investigation by the Des Moines County Sheriff’s Office. Continue Reading

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Bicyclist Shot in Burlington this Afternoon

There aren’t many details yet, but a young black man riding a bicycle was shot at the corner of S. Gunnison and Aetna this afternoon. At the scene, officials told us the man had a single gunshot wound to the stomach. Neighbors told us they had heard at least three gunshots. The victim, whose name has not been released, was sent to Great River Medical Center. His condition is not known. Continue Reading

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Officer’s Name Released in Fatal Fort Madison Shooting

Authorities have released the name of a Fort Madison police officer involved in a fatal shooting. The state Division of Criminal Investigation said today that Officer Karl Judd remains on paid administrative leave following the Aug. 3 death of 27-year-old Ryan Swearingen.

Police say Swearingen confronted Judd with a knife as the officer responded to a call about an individual who had been slashing tires in Fort Madison. Judd shot Swearingen, who later died. An autopsy determined Swearingen died from multiple gunshots. Continue Reading

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Local Drivers Ed Teacher Arrested

An local Iowa driving instructor has been accused of stealing another instructor’s identity to teach a class. The Des Moines Register reports 65-year-old Frederick Donald Bindner, of Mount Pleasant, was arrested Tuesday in Johnson County. He faces a charge of felony identity theft. Bindner is accused of using the driving instructor’s personal identification information to teach a class over several days in June. Bindner is prohibited from teaching minors through August 2015 under an agreement signed in April with the Iowa Board of Educational Examiners. Continue Reading

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Smoke Scare at St. Johns

The fire was minimal, less than $100 damage, but 10 Burlington firefighters spent about 40 minutes clearing smoke from St John’s Church on Division yesterday morning. Apparently, as the priest was preparing for morning mass, he lit charcoal for the censer used for incense and it’s believed that one or more of the embers from the charcoal fell into a plastic trash can, that had paper and other flammable material in it. Damage was limited to the trash can and a small area of carpet. No one was hurt. Continue Reading

New Crisis Intervention Center in Burlington

Des Moines County supervisors approved an agreement yesterday with Hope Haven, which will pay just under $34,000 a year to lease a new crisis intervention center at 910 Cottonwood Court. The five bed and one office facility, designed primarily for those with mental health crises, actually opened July 1st, according to Hope Haven Executive Director Bob Bartles….. County Community Services Director Ken Hyndman says the new transitional center will serve a large part of the new, 8-county mental health-care region and it should save the County money by keeping people with immediate mental health needs out of hospitals and jails, which is where they’re usually put when there’s a crisis. Continue Reading

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Buy Propane while it’s Cheap

While many Iowans have their air conditioners running during the heat of early August, one expert suggests they look ahead to wintertime and their home heating needs. Harold Hommes, a fuels analyst with the Iowa Department of Agriculture, says a very rapid rise in liquid propane prices last winter left many Iowans stunned and facing tough financial decisions… “We’re encouraging people to be prepared. Last year was truly an unusual situation that caught a lot of people off guard. We had prices bumping up in that $4 and $5 level and we certainly don’t want to see a repeat of that.” Continue Reading

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Target Backs Same-Sex Marriage

Target Corp. is adding its name to a legal defense of gay marriage, joining other large companies that have taken a stand on same-sex unions. Target says it signed a court brief backing marriage equality in a pending case. Starbucks, Intel and Apple have publicly backed gay marriage advocates in court cases or ballot issues. Nearly all of Minnesota’s biggest corporations declined to take a position on the 2012 state referendum to ban gay marriage except for General Mills, which opposed the ban. Continue Reading

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Obama Approves Disaster Declaration for Des Moines and Lee Counties

22 Iowa counties were approved for a Presidential Disaster Declaration today, according to a press release from Iowa Governor Terry Branstad’s Office. In our area, Des Moines and Lee are two of those 22 counties that were impacted by severe weather in June and July. The declaration will provide federal funding under the Public Assistance Program. According to the press release, the funds can be used for emergency work, replacement of disaster-damaged facilities, debris removal, repairing public property and more. This is Iowa’s third Presidential Disaster Declaration in 2014. Continue Reading

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Muscatine Voter Farud

A Muscatine woman has pled guilty to voter fraud. Mayra Lopez-Morales will pay a 750-dollar civil penalty and the judge gave her a deferred judgement of two years unsupervised probation. Lopez-Morales entered a plea last month to Fraudulent Practices in the Third Degree, an aggravated misdemeanor. She had registered and voted in the 2012 election while she was a non-citizen. Continue Reading