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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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Collision Claims Smithfield Man Talking on Phone

A SMITHFIELD MAN WAS KILLED…A COLCHESTER COUPLE INJURED…EARLY LAST(MON) NITE…IN A TWO-CAR CRASH NEAR VERMONT, IN FULTON COUNTY. 48-YEAR OLD DAVID JONES WAS PRONOUNCED DEAD AT THE SCENE…JIM & LANA FRICK WERE TAKEN TO MCDONOUGH DISTRICT HOSPITAL WITH NON-LIFE-THREATENING INJURIES. ILLINOIS STATE POLICE SAY JONES WAS EASTBOUND ON COUNTY ROAD 35 AND WAS USING HIS CELL-PHONE AT THE TIME. HE RAN THE STOP SIGN AT COUNTY ROAD 13 AND HIS FORD ESCORT WAS T-BONED ON THE DRIVER’S SIDE BY THE FRICKS’ MERCEDES, WHICH WAS HEADED SOUTH. TROOPERS SAY THE FRICKS WERE WEARING SEATBELTS, WHILE JONES WAS NOT.  NO CITATIONS WERE ISSUED. Continue Reading

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5th Time Not a Charm; VenuWorks Deal Still Tabled

IT’S STILL ON THE TABLE. THE BURLINGTON CITY COUNCIL FAILED AGAIN LAST(MON) NITE TO ACT ON A PROPOSED CONTRACT WITH VENU-WORKS OF AMES TO MANAGE MEMORIAL AUDITORIUM AND THE PORT.    CITY MANAGER JIM FERNEAU SAYS BURLINGTON STEAMBOAT DAYS OFFICIALS ARE STILL HOLDING UP THE PROCESS.  

CITY AND VENU-WORKS LAWYERS WILL MEET TODAY(TUE) TO TRY TO GET THINGS RESOLVED AND AN AGREEMENT READY FOR SIGNATURES. IN A RADICAL DEPARTURE FROM THE CURRENT TALKS, COUNCILMAN SHANE MCCAMPBELL PROPOSED CLOSING THE AUDITORIUM FOR THREE YEARS AND USING THE SAVINGS TO HELP PAY FOR A NEW POLICE STATION AT THE U-S BANK BUILDING.   MCCAMPBELL SAYS A 3-YEAR SHUTDOWN WOULD SAVE BURLINGTON TAXPAYERS ABOUT 300-THOUSAND DOLLARS A YEAR, BUT FERNEAU SAYS THE ACTUAL AMOUNT WOULD PROBABLY BE BETWEEN 150- AND 200-THOUSAND.   FERNEAU SAYS A TEMPORARY CLOSURE WOULD BE BAD FOR THE COMMUNITY AS A WHOLE. 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

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“More Women are Needed in Government” -Tom Courtney

These days it’s pretty common to see women in government and taking on political roles, however when talking with Iowa Senator Tom Courtney this morning, he feels there should be more… “I recruit for my caucus. When I recruit, I always recruit women. Women don’t think they have a place in government but they do, and it’s an important place. In Iowa we’re not very good. Continue Reading

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Ft. Madison Mayoral Candidate Feels Forum is Unfair

She’s still running for Mayor of Fort Madison, but she won’t be attending the candidate forum tomorrow night. Businesswoman Donna Amandus, who owns Yuppy Puppy Pet Parlor in Fort Madison, feels that the forum being hosted by the Fort Madison Area Chamber of Commerce is unfair because the candidates aren’t given the questions ahead of time… “I’ve been in forums before. I ran for State Senate last year. They always supply the questions so you can research and have informed answers. Continue Reading

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Tonight the Night for Deal with VenuWorks, BSD?

TONITE’S(MON) BURLINGTON CITY COUNCIL AGENDA SAYS ONLY THAT “EXHIBIT “A” WILL BE AVAILABLE AT A LATER DATE.” WHAT THAT REFERS TO IS THE DETAIL IN A PAIR OF PROPOSED AGREEMENTS — ONE WITH VENU-WORKS, TO MANAGE MEMORIAL AUDITORIUM AND THE PORT-OF-BURLINGTON…AND THE OTHER WITH BURLINGTON STEAMBOAT DAYS, FOR ITS VARIOUS EVENTS & CONCESSIONS THROUGHOUT THE YEAR AT THE PORT. THE ISSUE HAS BEEN TABLED FOUR TIMES AND CITY MANAGER JIM FERNEAU SAYS THE AUDITORIUM STAFF HAS SHRUNK TO AN UNWORKABLE LEVEL.  

TONITE’S(MON) MEETING IS AT 6:30 AND THE PUBLIC IS WELCOME TO ATTEND. IN WEST BURLINGTON, THE SCHOOL BOARD MEETS TONITE(MON) AT 7 AND WILL TALK ABOUT THE POSSIBILITY OF YEAR-ROUND SCHOOL. Continue Reading

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Burlington BPW to Host CC Candidates Forum

BURLINGTON’S BUSINESS AND PROFESSIONAL WOMEN’S ORGANIZATION WILL HOST A CITY COUNCIL CANDIDATES FORUM TOMORROW(TUE) NITE FROM 7 TO 9 ON THE THIRD FLOOR OF CITY HALL. ALL SIX “HOPEFULS” HAVE BEEN INVITED AND ORGANIZER DIANE LERUD-CHUBB SAYS AS OF YESTERDAY(SUN), THREE OF THEM…JIM DAVIDSON, BOB FLEMING AND TIM SCOTT…HAD RESPONDED, SAYING THEY’LL PARTICIPATE. THE PUBLIC IS ENCOURAGED TO ATTEND.  

((( KBUR WILL BROADCAST THE FORUM “LIVE” TOMORROW(TUE) NITE AND WILL RE-BROADCAST THE FIRST HOUR WEDNESDAY MORNING AT 10:05 AND THE SECOND HOUR THURSDAY MORNING, ALSO AT 10:05. ))) Continue Reading

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Burlington Man Hit By His Truck

A Burlington man had to be airlifted to Iowa City today after he was run over by his own truck. 45-year-old Bradley Shipley was driving westbound on Highway 16, about 1/2 mile west of the Highway 61 Junction, when a piece of construction equipment he was towing came loose while driving up the incline on the highway. Shipley got out of the truck, attempting to stop the piece of equipment, failed to put his vehicle in park, and was run over by the truck. Shipley received multiple injuries. Continue Reading

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Burlington Man Arrested on Meth Charges

The Southeast Iowa Narcotics Task Force arrested a Burlington man on several drug charges earlier today. Brandon Plowman of 1104 Jefferson Street was outside of his house when authorities took him into custody for having 3 active Class D Felony warrants. Two were for counts of Possession of Precursors-Lithium and the other for Possession of Precursors. He was also caught with one pot bottle in his hand. Authorities then searched his home and found additional evidence of meth manufacturing which resulted in several other charges. Continue Reading