Maurice Green. Courtesy: Knox County Jail

Murder Suspect Now Facing Assault Charges After Allegedly Slapping Fellow Inmate

A man facing murder charges after police say he murdered another man over a dice game is now facing another charge: assault.

Des Moines County Sheriff’s Department Officials say that 43 year old Maurice Green slapped another Des Moines County Jail inmate following an argument between them. The argument broke out over what to watch on television. Green has been jailed since mid-April on $2 million bond after authorities say he shot 28 year old Matthew Banks to death at a home on Jefferson Street, following a disagreement over a dice game. He’s plead not guilty to a charge of First Degree Murder. Continue Reading


Walker, Bush in the Lead Among Iowa Republican Voters in KBUR/Monmouth College Poll

Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker maintains a lead among likely Iowa caucus attendees, middle age voters, and most music listeners. All of that is according to a new poll conducted by KBUR and Monmouth College Midwest Matters. Walker polled at 18% of poll respondents, six points ahead of former Florida Governor Jeb Bush at 12%. Several candidates were at or near the 10% level, including Kentucky Senator Rand Paul and former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee at 10%, Florida Senator Marco Rubio (9%), and Texas Senator Ted Cruz (8%). Billionaire businessman Donald Trump was next at 7%. Continue Reading

Ryan Duncan. Courtesy: Des Moines County Jail

Excuse Doesn’t Hold Up After Burlington Driver Runs Into Summer Street Home

‘I swear, Officer, I’m drunk’. ‘No, sir, you aren’t’. Those words were presumably spoken after a man ran into a house with his car on Summer Street Tuesday evening. Burlington Police Officers say that they responded to the 1000 block of Summer Street where they found that a vehicle driven by 28 year old Ryan Duncan had hit a house. When officers asked Duncan what happened, he told them that he was drunk. Continue Reading

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Mount Pleasant MHI Shuts Its Doors as Fight Wages On

The Mount Pleasant MHI is closed. Both the Mount Pleasant Mental Health Institute and the facility in Clarinda have been effectively closed, even though an aide says Gov. Terry Branstad is still reviewing whether to approve a legislative compromise to continue funding the facilities. Department of Human Services spokeswoman Amy McCoy says Wednesday that 81 employees at Mount Pleasant and Clarinda facilities were sent layoff notices with a June 30 effective date. There are no patients at either location. Danny Homan, president of Iowa Council 61 of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, says layoffs violate collective bargaining agreements and state law. Continue Reading

Benjamin Coop. Courtesy: Lee County Narcotics Taskforce

Missouri Man Facing Meth Charges in Lee County

A Missouri man is facing felony drug charges after police discovered Methamphetamine on his person while serving an arrest warrant. 32 year old Benjamin Joseph Coop was arrested Tuesday by Keokuk Police at 300 North Park Drive. He’s charged with Possession with Intent to Deliver Methamphetamine within 1000 Feet of a Park. Coop is a multiple offender, meaning he could get up to 90 years in Prison. Coop has a whole slew of previous offenses, including serious domestic abuse among other drug charges. Continue Reading