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Firefighters Union Urges April 7 Support

THERE’S NO BURLINGTON CITY COUNCIL MEETING TONITE(MON) BECAUSE OF THE EXTRA MONDAY THIS MONTH…BUT IN TWO WEEKS…AT THE NEXT REGULAR MEETING…THE CITY FIREFIGHTERS UNION IS URGING SUPPORTERS OF A NEARLY 500-THOUSAND DOLLAR FEDERAL GRANT FOR WHICH THE DEPARTMENT HAS QUALIFIED, TO SHOW UP IN-FORCE AND DEMONSTRATE THEIR ENDORSEMENT.  

IF YOU CAN’T ATTEND THE MEETING ON THE 7TH AT 6:30, LOCAL 301 IS ASKING THAT YOU CONTACT CITY COUNCIL MEMBERS SHANE MCCAMPBELL…BECKY ANDERSON…TIM SCOTT…BOB FLEMING…AND BECKY SHOCKLEY BY E-MAIL…AVAILABLE ON THE BURLINGTON WEBSITE AT “citycouncil@burlingtoniowa.org.” THE COUNCIL HAS TO OFFICIALLY ACCEPT THE GRANT BEFORE THE CHECK WILL BE SENT.  

MEANWHILE, THE BURLINGTON SCHOOL BOARD WILL HOLD ANOTHER WORK SESSION THIS(MON) AFTERNOON TO FURTHER DISCUSS THE BUDGET. THE DISTRICT IS IN THE PROCESS OF MAKING STAFF REDUCTIONS. Continue Reading

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It’s Severe Weather Awareness Week

With winter behind us, we hope, Iowans need to get in the mindset to be prepared for different potential weather dangers associated with spring — like hail, lightning, flash flooding and tornadoes. Jeff Johnson, the warning coordination meteorologist at the National Weather Service, says today (Monday) marks the start of Severe Weather Awareness Week in Iowa. One key element will be a statewide tornado drill on Wednesday morning. Each day this week will focus on different types of severe weather, including flash flooding, severe thunderstorms, developing a family emergency plan and how watches and warnings have changed in recent years. Johnson says 2013 was another unusual year as Iowa had very few tornadoes. Continue Reading

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Oquawka Woman Steals $100,000

An Oquawka woman was taken to the Henderson County Jail Thursday after officials received a criminal complaint alleging she stole more than $100,000 from the Day Break Gas Station in Oquawka. 40-year-old Tonya Cook was arrested and is currently awaiting her first court appearance. Continue Reading

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Henry Co. Dispatcher Fired for Theft

A former dispatcher for a county sheriff’s office in southeast Iowa has been charged with theft after officials reported discrepancies in financial records. The state Department of Public Safety says Jami Mallonee faces a fourth-degree theft charge following a three-month investigation. Court records do not list an attorney. Mallonee is a former dispatcher for the Henry County Sheriff’s Office. Sheriff Rich McNarnee reported problems in the fall of 2013 over the department’s financial records. Continue Reading

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Burlington Officer Stops Suicide Attempt

A Burlington police officer is credited with saving a man’s life early this morning. Officer Chris Chiprez was on a routine patrol in the Dankwardt Park area, when he saw a suspicious vehicle parked under a tree. As he got closer, he noticed a man standing in the bed of the truck, throwing a rope over a tree limb, and tying the other end around his neck. Lieutenant Adam Schaefer says Chiprez got there just as the 67-year-old man jumped, grabbing him, and then lifting him up and cutting the rope. A Burlington Fire Department Ambulance arrived on the scene a few moments later and took the man to Great River Medical Center for evaluation. Continue Reading

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Burlington Man Accused of Molesting Children

Burlington Detectives have arrested a 27-year-old man on two counts of second degree sexual assault.

Alex Moore of 905 Hayes Street is accused of molesting two children younger than 12 on a number of occasions over the past two years. Police entered the picture when they received a tip that a local resident had some child pornography. They executed a search warrant at 221 Argyle Street and then picked up Moore. They say more charges are pending.  

 

MOORE WAS TAKEN TO THE DES MOINES COUNTY JAIL AND A JUDGE SET HIS BOND AT 25-THOUSAND DOLLARS. Continue Reading

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Spring Has Sprung; What About Baseball?

TODAY(FRI) IS THE FIRST FULL DAY OF SPRING…SO BASEBALL CAN’T BE FAR BEHIND.  

BURLINGTON BEES GENERAL MANAGER CHUCK BROCKETT WAS HELPING PUT SOME FINAL TOUCHES ON COMMUNITY FIELD WHEN WE REACHED HIM…AND HE SAYS THEY’RE STILL LOOKING FOR A FEW HOST FAMILIES.  IN ADDITION TO THE EXPERIENCE OF LIVING WITH A PRO ATHLETE, BROCKETT SAYS THE FAMILIES GET A NUMBER OF GAME BENEFITS.  

 

THE BEES’ SEASON OPENS APRIL SECOND IN BELOIT AND THEIR HOME OPENER IS APRIL 8TH…A TUESDAY…AGAINST BOWLING GREEN…AT 6:30 PM.  BROCKETT SAYS THE CLUB IS OFFERING SOME MULTIPLE-GAME DISCOUNTS RIGHT NOW. Continue Reading

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Montrose Woman Who Voted Illegally Cleared of Perjury

A convicted felon from Montrose…who voted in a city election…has been found not guilty of perjury in Lee County. It’s the first trial stemming from Iowa’s two-year investigation into voter fraud. Kelli Jo Griffin voted in last fall’s city election in Montrose despite having lost her right to cast a ballot over a drug crime. The 40-year-old Griffin testified that she thought her voting rights were restored as soon as she completed a five-year probation sentence in early 2013. It took the jury just 30 minutes to reach a verdict of not guilty. Continue Reading

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NOAA Predicts Cool Iowa Spring and Delayed Flooding

Our area was mentioned in a national teleconference this morning by NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration) when speaking about the potential flood risk for this Spring. NOAA’s acting director, Robbert Hartman: “Specific rivers at risk include the Mississippi River between Davenport and Burlington, Iowa, the Illinois River between Beardstown and Henry Illinois, as well as many smaller rivers in this region.” He also said that our flooding will most likely be delayed… “The continuation of winter weather, along with the above average snow pack, frozen ground, and thick ice coverage on streams and rivers, will delay spring flooding into April in the upper Midwest.” Temperatures for our spring are predicted to be lower than normal. Continue Reading

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Mepo 3rd Graders Recognized for Science Project

Two 3rd Grade Mediapolis boys were recognized yesterday as Regional Winners of the 22nd Annual ExploraVision program, which is the worlds largest K-12 science competition. Mak Kennedy and Michael Beekman were two of the 24 selected winners. There were close to 5,000 teams total. Their science project was the “Tornado Trasher”. Kennedy Cross with Toshiba was there to explain what the invention would do… Continue Reading