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Burlington Now An Official Regional Sports Authority District

Burlington, Iowa is now officially a Regional Sports Authority District. What this means, is that the city received a $50,000 state grant to market and promote sporting events in the community. Nine events have partnered with the Greater Burlington Sports Commission this year, and will receive a portion of the grant. Executive Director of Greater Burlington Convention and Visitors Bureau, Beth Nickel, says those events bring a lot of money to our area… “Those nine events have a combined attendance of over 2,500 people and the economic impact to our community based on those events is over $3.8 million. Continue Reading

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Man Sent to Prison (Again) for Taking Advantage of Elderly

A Wyoming, Illinois man is going back to prison for the third time for Aggravated Home Repair Fraud. According to the Hancock County Sheriff’s Office, 59-year-old Perry Porter took advantage of an elderly citizen by overcharging them on home repairs. The victim told authorities Porter tried to charge $1,000 per hour for the work he did on the victim’s home. After investigating, and consulting with a licensed Illinois roofer and renovation contractor, the Sheriff’s Office concluded that the material and work done to the home would have cost less than $500 total. Porter plead guilty today to the Class 2 Felony charge and was sentenced to five and half years in prison. Continue Reading

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Louisa County Food Pantries Desperate Need for Food

There’s only a couple weeks left before Thanksgiving is here, and Louisa County food pantries are still in desperate need of food. One way to donate is an event at Murphy’s Grub and Pub this Friday night in Letts, Iowa. Stars and Bars band will be there performing at 7:30pm, followed by country music star Jake McVey at 9:30pm. Organizer of the event Sandy Lang says not many have donated to the food pantries in Louisa County, but there have been a few, one in particular brought tears to her eyes… “There was a little girl, she’s handicapped, and she about broke my heart. Continue Reading

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S. Central Ave. Meth Lab, “Chemist,” Busted

A BURLINGTON MAN WILL FACE HALF-A-DOZEN CHARGES, AFTER A DRUG BUST AT 719 SOUTH CENTRAL AVENUE ABOUT 7:30 LAST(WED) NITE. SOUTHEAST IOWA NARCOTICS TASK FORCE AGENTS AND CITY POLICE DETECTIVES EXECUTED A SEARCH WARRANT AT THE HOME AND REPORTED FINDING THE COMPONENTS USED TO MAKE METHAMPHETAMINE. FURTHER INVESTIGATION LED THEM TO 47-YEAR OLD ROBERT WIXOM, WHO’S BEEN CHARGED WITH MANUFACTURING METH…SELLING IT…POSSESSING IT WITH THE INTENT TO SELL IT…RECEIVING METH PRECURSORS…AND POSSESSION OF PRECURSORS.  

AUTHORITIES ALSO SERVED WIXOM WITH A DES MOINES COUNTY WARRANT FOR FAILING TO APPEAR IN COURT. HE WAS TAKEN TO THE COUNTY JAIL ON A 215-THOUSAND DOLLAR BOND. Continue Reading

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Galesburg Woman Sentenced to Prison for Hit and Run

Nine years behind bars is what a Galesburg woman will be serving after a deadly hit and run last October. 34-year-old Lakeesha Shipplett was allegedly drunk driving last year when she hit and killed a Knox College student near campus. The victim, Tundun Lawani, was from Nigeria and was studying International Relations. Continue Reading

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GRMC Newborns Receive Purple Hats in Novemeber

Each newborn baby that has left or will be leaving Great River Medical Center this month will be wearing a handmade purple cap. The caps are a reminder to parents that all babies cry, and to be ready for it. Lactation Consultant for the hospital, Donna Corson, says more and more babies are suffering from Shaken Baby Syndrome… “It usually happens when babies are going through this period of Purple Crying. Parents get so flustered they don’t know what they’re doing, and before they know it, they are shaking the baby. Continue Reading

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Burlington Tourism Numbers are Up

Out of the 99 counties in Iowa, Des Moines County is ranked 13th in terms of tourism. Burlington tourism numbers are up from 2011, according to the Iowa Economic Development Authority. Greater Burlington generated $121.47 million in tourism expenditures, which includes lodging, food service, entertainment, and retail. Executive Director of Greater Burlington Convention and Visitors Bureau, Beth Nickel, says there are a few factors that have caused tourism to grow in Burlington, one being the economy…. “With the economy like it is, people are taking closer to home, frequent, affordable vacations with their families. Continue Reading

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15-year-old in Jefferson County Kills Newborn

The Jefferson County Attorney has decided to charge a Libertyville teenager as a juvenile — not an adult — in a child endangerment case. According to court records, the 15-year-old gave birth last month to a child in her room and then wrapped the infant in a towel before placing it in a clothes basket in a closet. The child was later found dead. Pat McAvan, Jefferson County Assistant Attorney, says as a youthful offender, the defendant can take advantage of services offered by the state for educational instruction and mental health in efforts to rehabilitate offenders then at the age of 18, a judge could render jail time. A motion was filed to close from public view the court hearings. Continue Reading

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Details Released on Fatal Y-Camp Road Crash

Authorities have released a few more details about the fatal car accident that took the life of 46-year-old Marc Buhmeyer of Burlington last Friday. According to the Des Moines County Sheriff’s Office, Buhmeyer was heading southeast on Y camp Road. Based on skid marks and impact marks, is appeared that the vehicle left the road on the right shoulder, began to skid sideways, the driver over corrected, and the vehicle did a 90 degree turn as it continued to slide sideways. The vehicle began to roll after it hit the guardrail. It came to rest on it’s top in the creek bed. Continue Reading

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UPDATED: Mt. Pleasant St. Overpass in Rough Shape

Repair it, replace it, or shut it down. Those are the options facing the Burlington City Council, whose members got a picture-book look at the Mt. Pleasant Street overpass last night. City Engineer Steve Hartman, began the report by putting things in a recent perspective… “About this time last year, that bridge had received 18 priority points in the states scoring system. Continue Reading