Christopher King. Courtesy: Des Moines County Sheriff's Department

Local Photography Studio Owner, Ex-Councilman Arrested; Allegedly Sexually Abused Customers

The owner of a local photography studio was arrested Wednesday after police say he sexually molested several teenage customers. 40 year old Christopher Lee King, the owner of Daisy Frames Photography Studios in Downtown Burlington, is facing two charges of Sexual Abuse in the 3rd degree, and three counts of Providing Alcohol to a Minor. Several parents contacted Burlington Police in February, concerned that King had sexually abused their teenage daughters. Police say that King, on multiple occasions, contacted teenage customers through social media following their initial sitting, offering them “discounts” on their photo sessions if they came to the studio to “assist” King. King would then, allegedly, provide the teenage girls with alcoholic beverages and drive to locations in rural Des Moines county, where according to police, he would expose his genitalia, fondle the victims and force them to “play” sexually oriented games. Continue Reading

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6 Baltimore Police Officers Charged in Death of Freddie Gray

BALTIMORE (AP) — Baltimore’s top prosecutor announced criminal charges Friday against all six officers suspended after a man suffered a fatal spinal injury in police custody. The announcement came after nearly two weeks of growing anger over Freddie Gray’s death, and only hours after she received the results of a police investigation. State’s Attorney Marilyn J. Mosby announced the stiffest charge — second-degree depraved heart murder — against the driver of the police van. Other officers faced charges of involuntary manslaughter, assault and illegal arrest. Mosby said the switchblade officers accused Gray of illegally carrying clipped inside his pants pocket was in fact a legal knife, and no justification for his arrest. Continue Reading

Illinois State Police Troopers, armed with assault rifles and bulletproof vests, guard the perimeter of Dallas City Elementary School on Thursday.

Intruder Alarm Triggers Lockdown, Evacuation at Dallas City Elementary School

A report of an intruder triggered a massive police response, full scale evacuation, and a lockdown at Dallas City Elementary School in Dallas City, Illinois. Pam Tate, a reading volunteer at the school, was inside the building when the intruder alarm was signaled at around 9:15 am. “Over the loudspeaker they said ‘[intruder] in the school, lockdown’,” Tate told KBUR, “Once we got the kids all in one section [of the room] close to one of the windows, so that they could get out if they had to, the teacher barred all of the doors…and the kids each got one item, so that if something happened they could throw it at the intruder.” Students were evacuated from the school, escorted in groups by policemen armed with assault rifles and bulletproof vests. Students were loaded from the school onto buses, holding their hands in the air as they approached. Continue Reading

Maurice Green. Courtesy: Knox County Jail

Arrest Made in Illinois; Victim Identified in Fatal Wednesday Shooting

An arrest has been made and the victim identified in an early Wednesday shooting that killed a Burlington man. 28 year old Matthew Quinton Banks was shot multiple times at a house at 1204 Jefferson Street at around 1:23am yesterday Morning. Arrested and charged with first-degree murder is 43 year old Maurice Green, also of Burlington. Green was arrested after fleeing to Galesburg, Illinois. He remains in the Knox County Jail awaiting extridition to Iowa. Continue Reading

Aaron Hernandez. Credit: Fox News

Former Patriots Star, Aaron Hernandez, Found Guilty of First Degree Murder

Former New England Patriots player Aaron Hernandez has been found guilty of first-degree murder. A Massachusetts jury on Wednesday found Hernandez killed Odin Lloyd on June 17, 2013. Lloyd was dating the sister of Hernandez’s fiancee. He was found shot six times in an industrial park less than a mile from Hernandez’s home. At the time, Hernandez had a $40 million contract with the Patriots. Continue Reading