Four Keokuk residents have been arrested on drug charges, in two separate matters. The Lee County Narcotics Task Force arrested 31-year-old Kent Elder and 29-year-old Melissa Skinner in Alexandria, Missouri on felony and misdemeanor drug warrants. Elder is charged with Reckless Driving, Accessory After the Fact, and Conspiracy to Manufacture Methamphetamine Less Than Five Grams. If convicted Elder faces up to 17 years in prison. Skinner has been charge with Conspiracy to Manufacture Methamphetamine Less Than Five Grams. If convicted, she faces up to 10 years in prison. In an unrelated case, 59-year-old Terry Jarrell and 47-year-old Barbara Kay of 825 Concert Street were also arrested on felony and misdemeanor drug charges. Continue Reading
Authorities have charged an 18-year-old student accused of trying to carry a knife into Lone Tree high school. Online court documents say Daniel Jansen is charged with going armed with intent, a felony, and going armed with a knife, a misdemeanor. The charges stem from an incident at Lone Tree High School on Sept. 23.Authorities say Jansen was wearing a long coat and skeleton mask when he tried to enter the school. School officials confronted him at the entrance and he was detained after a struggle. Continue Reading
IT’S PRIMARY ELECTION DAY IN BURLINGTON…AND ONLY IN BURLINGTON. CITY VOTERS WILL GO TO ONE-OF-THREE POLLING PLACES…OAK STREET BAPTIST CHURCH FOR PRECINCTS ONE THRU THREE…MESSIAH LUTHERAN FOR THOSE IN PRECINCTS FOUR, FIVE AND NINE…AND BETHANY LUTHERAN FOR PRECINCTS SIX THRU EIGHT. AND THE HOURS ARE 7 AM TIL 8 PM.
YOU CAN REGISTER TODAY(TUE) IF YOU’RE A NEW VOTER, AT THE POLLING PLACE IN YOUR PRECINCT, BUT YOU DO HAVE TO SHOW A PHOTO I-D FOR PROOF OF IDENTITY AND THAT, OR SOME OTHER PROOF OF RESIDENCY. THE MISSION IS TO NARROW…FROM 11 TO SIX…THE NUMBER OF CITY COUNCIL CANDIDATES FOR THE NOVEMBER 5TH REGULAR CITY ELECTION. Continue Reading
BURLINGTON CITY MANAGER JIM FERNEAU ANNOUNCED AT LAST(MON) NITE’S COUNCIL MEETING THAT A TENTATIVE AGREEMENT HAS BEEN REACHED AMONG THE CITY…VENU-WORKS…AND BURLINGTON STEAMBOAT DAYS. VENU-WORKS IS BEING HIRED TO MANAGE MEMORIAL AUDITORIUM…THE PORT…AND THE PARKING AREAS ADJACENT TO BOTH.
ON ANOTHER FRONT, THE COUNCIL VOTED TO UPGRADE THE CITY HALL AND POLICE DEPARTMENT COMPUTER SERVERS. BPD CHIEF DOUG BEAIRD SAYS THE UPDATE WILL SOLVE A NUMBER OF PROBLEMS FOR HIS DEPARTMENT. THE TOTAL COST OF THE HARDWARE…SOFTWARE…AND HIRING A CONSULTANT WILL BE JUST OVER 124-THOUSAND DOLLARS. Continue Reading
Roads in Burlington may look a little “old school” when compared to major cities across the nation. The Southeast Iowa Regional Planning Commission is working to change that by persuading the Burlington and West Burlington City Council to approve a “complete street” policy. (“Complete streets” include features like better pedestrian crossings and bike lanes along main roads)
Planning Director Zach James, thinks having complete streets may attract younger people… “I hear a lot of things about improving the economy locally and attracting young professionals. I think these are the types of improvements that could make Burlington stand out from a lot of other communities similar sized that they are competing with across Iowa or the county. Continue Reading
The Burlington Capitol Theater is giving the community a chance to celebrate the season of Halloween almost every night of the week this month. Executive Director Tina Salamone says they’ll be showing some cheesy retro horror films… “It’s been really funny. You know what looked scary in the 50’s, is silly to us now. It’s been a lot of fun. Continue Reading
THREE TEENS AND A MIDDLE-AGED MAN WERE INJURED IN A 3-CAR COLLISION OVER THE WEEKEND IN MCDONOUGH COUNTY. TWO OF THE DRIVERS…17-YEAR OLDS DAVID CALDWELL OF MACOMB AND IAN TAYLOR OF COLCHESTER…ESCAPED INJURY…..BUT DRIVER-3…53-YEAR OLD RON BUNDY OF BURNSIDE…WAS TAKEN BY AMBULANCE TO MCDONOUGH DISTRICT HOSPITAL WITH MINOR INJURIES. THREE JUVENILES IN THE CALDWELL CAR…WHOSE NAMES WERE NOT RELEASED BY ILLINOIS STATE POLICE…WERE ALSO INJURED. TWO OF THEM HAD TO BE CUT OUT OF THE CAR AND WERE AIRLIFTED TO THE HOSPITAL; THE THIRD WAS TAKEN TO MCDONOUGH HOSPITAL, TREATED AND RELEASED.
TROOPERS SAY TAYLOR WAS DRIVING WEST ON ILLINOIS-9 AT 750-EAST JUST AFTER 9:40 SATURDAY NITE, WHEN HE SLOWED QUICKLY TO AVOID AN ANIMAL IN THE ROAD. Continue Reading
THE BURLINGTON CITY COUNCIL MEETS IN REGULAR SESSION TONITE(MON) AND IS EXPECTED TO GET AN UPDATE ON THE (FLINT HILLS) MANOR PROJECT. MEMBERS WILL ALSO BE ASKED TO APPROVE A TECHNOLOGY UPGRADE FOR CITY HALL AND THE POLICE DEPARTMENT. IF APPROVED, IT’LL BE PAID FOR OVER THREE YEARS…PARTLY WITH A LOAN FROM TWO RIVERS BANK. TONITE’S(MON) MEETING WILL BE HELD ON THE THIRD FLOOR OF CITY HALL AT 6:30 AND THE PUBLIC IS ENCOURAGED TO ATTEND. THE WEST BURLINGTON SCHOOL BOARD WILL HOLD A WORK SESSION TONITE (MON) AT 7, TO TALK ABOUT FINANCES AND OPEN ENROLLMENT. Continue Reading
THE INMATE WHO DIED AT MONMOUTH’S WARREN COUNTY JAIL OVER THE WEEKEND HAS BEEN IDENTIFIED AS 49-YEAR OLD ROBERT STAUFFER OF LITTLE YORK. AUTHORITIES SAY HE APPARENTLY COMMITTED SUICIDE BY HANGING HIMSELF, ALTHO THE RESULTS OF AN AUTOPSY PERFORMED YESTERDAY(SUN) ARE PENDING. WARREN COUNTY SHERIFF MARTIN EDWARDS SAYS STAUFFER HAD BEEN ARRESTED SATURDAY MORNING ON A WARRANT FOR FAILING TO REGISTER AS A SEX OFFENDER. AGENTS FROM THE WEST CENTRAL ILLINOIS TASK FORCE ALSO EXECUTED A SEARCH WARRENT AT HIS HOME ON 245TH AVENUE AND REPORTED FINDING A NUMBER OF METH-MAKING MATERIALS IN THE GARAGE. STAUFFER WAS AWAITING A BOND HEARING ON THE DRUG CHARGES AND THE WARRANT WHEN HE WAS FOUND DEAD IN HIS CELL. Continue Reading