KBUR.com » Breaking News http://www.kbur.com News & Talk for Burlington and Southeast Iowa Mon, 03 Aug 2015 18:52:53 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.3 One Injured Following Valley Street Shooting http://www.kbur.com/2015/05/26/one-injured-following-valley-street-shooting/ http://www.kbur.com/2015/05/26/one-injured-following-valley-street-shooting/#comments Tue, 26 May 2015 11:22:07 +0000 http://www.kbur.com/?p=53715 Burlington Police say that a person was shot last night in the 1300 block of Valley Street.

Police responded to a report of shots fired at around 9:59pm. Upon arrival, they found shell casings and blood, indicative of a shooting. Shortly after police arrived on scene, they were informed by staff at Great River Medical Center that a man arrived at the hospital with a gunshot wound to the neck. He was airlifted to University of Iowa Hospital for further treatment.

The victim’s condition, and identity are unknown as of 1:10pm Tuesday.

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Body of Missing Boater Found http://www.kbur.com/2015/05/25/body-of-missing-boater-found/ http://www.kbur.com/2015/05/25/body-of-missing-boater-found/#comments Mon, 25 May 2015 22:09:47 +0000 http://www.kbur.com/?p=53607 The body of a boater who was missing since his small boat went under the roller dam at Lock and Dam 18 on the Mississippi River north of Burlington on Sunday has been found.

The body of Christopher Corson, age 33, was found shortly before 11:30am Monday.

Corson and Anthony Zurmuehlen, age 30, both of Burlington, were fishing near Lock and Dam 18 when their boat was pulled under the dam, causing it to roll over. Zurmuehlen managed to stay alive by grabbing onto a log below the roller dam and working his way to the surface and, eventually, to shore, where he was found by a Department of Natural Resources Officer around 3:00pm. After being taken to Great River Medical Center, he was discharged without injury.

Neither man was wearing a life jacket.

The search for Courson was suspended Sunday evening as daylight waned. It picked back up at sunrise, and Courson was discovered a few hours later.

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One Boater Rescued, Another Missing After Boat Goes Over Roller Dam Near Burlington http://www.kbur.com/2015/05/24/one-boater-rescued-another-missing-after-boat-goes-over-roller-dam-near-burlington/ http://www.kbur.com/2015/05/24/one-boater-rescued-another-missing-after-boat-goes-over-roller-dam-near-burlington/#comments Mon, 25 May 2015 01:55:40 +0000 http://www.kbur.com/?p=53481 One boater is still unaccounted for after a small boat went over the roller dam at Lock and Dam 18 on the Mississippi River north of Burlington.

Iowa Department of Natural resources officials say that one person was rescued from the river after the boat overturned. The rescued boater was found clinging to a log before he was rescued late Sunday afternoon.

The second occupant has yet to be found. Search efforts have been called off until Monday morning, when there is more daylight.

The names of the boaters have not been released. The incident remains under investigation

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Donnellson Police Chief Arrested on Domestic Assault Charges http://www.kbur.com/2015/05/19/donnellson-police-chief-arrested-on-assault-charges/ http://www.kbur.com/2015/05/19/donnellson-police-chief-arrested-on-assault-charges/#comments Tue, 19 May 2015 22:01:00 +0000 http://www.kbur.com/?p=52677 Lee County Correctional Center Officials have confirmed that the head of the Donnellson Police Department has been arrested on domestic assault charges.

William “B.J.” Sackett was arrested by Lee County Sheriff’s Deputies on Monday Afternoon. Lee County Sheriff Jim Sholl says that the alleged domestic violence occured on Sunday morning at around 3:30 am. The violence was reported by Sackett’s wife, who showed visible marks of abuse.

Sackett was released on bond following an initial appearance in front of a judge.

Sackett has been in charge of the small town’s police department since 2013.

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Montrose Landowner Alleges Pipeline Agent Offered Prostitute in Return for Land Rights http://www.kbur.com/2015/05/11/montrose-landowner-alleges-pipeline-agent-offered-prostitute-in-return-for-land-rights/ http://www.kbur.com/2015/05/11/montrose-landowner-alleges-pipeline-agent-offered-prostitute-in-return-for-land-rights/#comments Mon, 11 May 2015 17:36:04 +0000 http://www.kbur.com/?p=50960 A landowner from Montrose says he has recorded proof that a land agent for the proposed Bakken Pipeline offered to get him an 18-year-old prostitute if he’d grant access rights to his property so the pipeline may pass through. The company has not yet responded to the allegations. Hughie Tweedy of Montrose says he recorded two of his conversations with the land agent.

“On these recordings you will hear evidence of my senior pipeline representative offering me not once, not twice, but three times the sexual services of a woman,” Tweedy said, “the last time being a $1200 teenage prostitute.”

Tweedy held a news conference on the steps of the statehouse Monday to make the allegations. Tweedy told reporters he had planned to hand copies of the recordings to reporters, but his lawyer advised against it, since Tweedy may file a lawsuit against the company. But Tweedy says he’d turn the recordings over to the state’s attorney general if the Iowa Department of Justice plans to launch a criminal investigation of the company.

“If an old junkyard dog like me was offered the sexual services of little girls to get my hackles down, I wonder what was offered to the powerbrokers of this state to gain their support for silence,” Tweedy says. “Shame, shame, shame.”

Tweedy says he decided to go public with his allegations to spur legislators to pass a bill that would make it more difficult for the pipeline to seize property for the project. The bill is eligible for debate in the Iowa Senate. It would require the pipeline’s developers to pick up the legal tab for landowners who can’t afford to hire a lawyer to go over land lease contracts.

This month the pipeline company twice asked deputy sheriffs to accompany land surveyors to Tweedy’s property in Lee County and Tweedy says they told him it was because they’d heard his property had been “booby-trapped.” Tweedy calls it “intimidation”.

Messages left for a spokesperson for Energy Transfer Partners were not returned Monday.

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Local Photography Studio Owner, Ex-Councilman Arrested; Allegedly Sexually Abused Customers http://www.kbur.com/2015/05/06/local-photography-studio-owner-ex-councilman-arrested-allegedly-sexually-abused-customers/ http://www.kbur.com/2015/05/06/local-photography-studio-owner-ex-councilman-arrested-allegedly-sexually-abused-customers/#comments Wed, 06 May 2015 21:53:56 +0000 http://www.kbur.com/?p=50474 Christopher King. Courtesy: Des Moines County Sheriff's Department

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

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.

Search warrants conducted on King’s home and business turned up items that police say corroborate with the victim’s reports. King was arrested at his home on Wednesday without incident.

He served on the Burlington City Council between 2002 and 2005.

Multiple victims have been identified and additional charges are pending.

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6 Baltimore Police Officers Charged in Death of Freddie Gray http://www.kbur.com/2015/05/01/6-baltimore-police-officers-charged-in-death-of-freddie-gray/ http://www.kbur.com/2015/05/01/6-baltimore-police-officers-charged-in-death-of-freddie-gray/#comments Fri, 01 May 2015 15:30:51 +0000 http://www.kbur.com/?p=50002 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.

“No one is above the law,” Mosby said at a news conference.

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Intruder Alarm Triggers Lockdown, Evacuation at Dallas City Elementary School http://www.kbur.com/2015/04/16/intruder-alarm-triggers-lockdown-evacuation-at-dallas-city-elementary-school/ http://www.kbur.com/2015/04/16/intruder-alarm-triggers-lockdown-evacuation-at-dallas-city-elementary-school/#comments Thu, 16 Apr 2015 19:06:59 +0000 http://www.kbur.com/?p=48516 Illinois State Police Troopers, armed with assault rifles and bulletproof vests, guard the perimeter of Dallas City Elementary School on Thursday.

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

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. According to scanner reports, one teacher apparently had brought her students to her house close to the school when the alarm was triggered.

Hancock County Sheriff Scott Bentzinger says that armed police from at least five different agencies swept the building. It was determined that the building was clear and that there was no intruder inside.

Bentzinger told reporters, “There was an alarm activated from the school and law enforcement responded…law enforcement arrived, searched the building and found that everything was secure.”

It’s not clear who exactly signaled the intruder alarm, or if there was ever a threat in the first place.

There was a lot of intial confusion regarding the incident. Dallas City Elementary School officials were planning an armed intruder drill later this month, and had sent home a memo with children informing their parents of that drill. Many parents believed that the incident was that drill, but Superintendent Ryan Olson says that it was just an unfortunate coincidence.

“This was not a drill,” said Olson, “There was a report of an intruder in the building, so we activated our emergency response plan. Law enforcement was called, they searched and cleared the building. Students and staff followed the emergency response plan very well. At no time were they in any danger.”

Classes resumed just before 12:30 pm. Every single on duty State Trooper from Illinois State Police District 14 responded along with Sheriff’s deputies from Hancock and Henderson Counties, and police from as far away as Oquawka.

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Arrest Made in Illinois; Victim Identified in Fatal Wednesday Shooting http://www.kbur.com/2015/04/16/arrest-made-victim-identified-in-fatal-wednesday-shooting/ http://www.kbur.com/2015/04/16/arrest-made-victim-identified-in-fatal-wednesday-shooting/#comments Thu, 16 Apr 2015 10:39:56 +0000 http://www.kbur.com/?p=48489 Maurice Green. Courtesy: Knox County Jail

Maurice Green. Courtesy: Knox County Jail

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.

The Hawk Eye reports that several people close to the investigation say that the shooting occured over a dice game.

The murder is the second to occur in Burlington this year.

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Former Patriots Star, Aaron Hernandez, Found Guilty of First Degree Murder http://www.kbur.com/2015/04/15/former-patriots-star-aaron-hernandez-found-guilty-of-first-degree-murder/ http://www.kbur.com/2015/04/15/former-patriots-star-aaron-hernandez-found-guilty-of-first-degree-murder/#comments Wed, 15 Apr 2015 14:44:04 +0000 http://www.kbur.com/?p=48440 Aaron Hernandez. Credit: Fox News

Aaron Hernandez. Credit: Fox News

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.

Hernandez’s lawyer acknowledged during closing arguments that he was there when Lloyd was killed. But he pinned the shooting on Hernandez’s two friends, saying his client was a 23-year-old kid who didn’t know what to do.

Prosecutors said Hernandez planned the killing and then helped cover it up.

The conviction carries a sentence of life in prison without the possibility of parole.

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