Soldiers Presumed Dead After Army Helicopter Crash in Florida

PENSACOLA, Fla. (AP) — A military official says the seven Marines and four soldiers aboard an Army helicopter that crashed over waters off Florida during a training mission are presumed dead. The Pentagon official said Wednesday that the 11 service members are presumed dead and that the Coast Guard found debris in the water. The official spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the official wasn’t authorized to speak on the record. Andy Bourland, a spokesman for Elgin Air Force Base outside Pensacola, says the UH-60 Black Hawk from the Army National Guard was reported missing around 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, and crews found debris around 2 a.m.

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Three Dozen Mount Pleasant MHI Employees Get Layoff Notices

A state senator is accusing Governor Terry Branstad of creating a “constitutional crisis” in Iowa with his decision to close the state-run Mental Health Institutes in Clarinda and Mount Pleasant without legislators’ approval. Senator Rob Hogg , a Democrat from Cedar Rapids, says it’s time for the legislature “to stand up and assert itself.” Over three dozen employees at the Mount Pleasant M-H-I got layoff notices on Thursday. “Thirty-seven Iowans told this morning they’ve lost their jobs at a Mental Health Institute that Iowa law requires to be open and operated and apparently the governor doesn’t understand we live in a state that is governed by the law,” Hogg said, his voice rising in anger. Senator Brad Zaun, a Republican from Urbandale, says he wants to find a way to ensure acutely mentally ill Iowans are able to get adequate care, but he says anger isn’t the answer. Continue Reading

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One Detained as West Burlington PD Investigate SCC Gunman Report

An anonymous tip to Southeastern Community College triggered a campus-wide search for two allegedly armed individuals at SCC’s West Burlington Campus on Monday. Campus officials say that a tip came in early Monday afternoon that two men on campus had guns in their backpacks. The West Burlington Police was notified and ended up detaining someone at a location off-campus. It’s not know if the person detained was arrested. SCC Spokesman Jeff Ebbing says the college has not been able to independently verify whether or not any firearms were located. Continue Reading

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Fire Destroys Lee County Home

The Wever and Denmark Fire Departments battled a large housefire in the early Monday morning hours. At around 3:40 am, the Fire Department received a report of a fully-engulfed housefire at 1950 295th Avenue in rural Lee County. Scanner reports indicated that everyone inside the house as well as their pets managed to escape the home safely. Denmark Fire Officials say the house was almost completely destroyed. The names of the owners have not been released. Continue Reading

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Maddison Lange Crowned Miss Burlington

Burlington’s representative at the Miss Iowa pageant has been selected. Maddison Lange, a University of Iowa Sophomore and Centerville native, took home the sash and crown over six other young ladies during the Sunday event at the Comfort Inn in Burlington. Lange says she’s excited to represent the people of Des Moines County. “I’m so excited to represent [Burlington] for the next year,” Lange said. “I can’t wait to spread my platform throughout the county and meet so many people.” Continue Reading

The blaze in progress. Photo by the Eastern Iowa Firegrounds Group.

Fire Damages Burlington Mobile Home

A mobile home on South Roosevelt in Burlington was damaged by fire Saturday evening. The mobile home at 601 South Roosevelt, lot 1, owned by Daniel Swanson, may not be a total loss. The fire marshal arrived shortly after firemen knocked down the fire to assess damage and determine exactly how the fire was caused. Burlington Fire Chief Matt Trexel told KBUR that firefighters managed to get a quick knockdown. Swanson was uninjured, having safely escaped from the home after discovering the fire around 6:00 pm. Continue Reading

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Burlington Police Locate SUV Connected to Monday Shooting Death

The Burlington Police Department has located a vehicle they say is linked to the Monday afternoon daylight shooting of 24 year old Deonte Carter. A BPD news release credits community tips made through Facebook, Crime Stoppers, and over the phone for the discovery. The black SUV located on Saturday was seen speeding away from the scene of Monday’s shooting. Police believe Carter may have been shot after a disagreement over a pair of shoes. University of Iowa Autopsy results indicate that Carter died following multiple gunshot wounds to the chest. Continue Reading

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Mount Pleasant Fire Department Fights House Fire

The Mount Pleasant and New London Fire Departments battled a structure fire on 272nd street south of Mount Pleasant Saturday afternoon, according to the Mount Pleasant Fire Department. A private residence was seriously damaged in the fire. There were no injuries and no one was inside at the time of the fire. The extent of the damage has yet to be tabulated. The cause of the fire is still under investigation. Mount Pleasant Fire Department has not yet released the name of the owner. Continue Reading

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Silgan Containers Gets Economic Development Assistance

A planned $125 million new facility for Silgan Containers is getting assistance from the Iowa Economic Development Authority, IEDA announced on Friday. IEDA awarded the company $550,000 in direct financial assistance alongside a slew of other tax benefits for the project, which is expected to create around 120 jobs in the Greater Burlington Area. Silgan is planning to build the facility in partnership with other packaged goods companies. Silgan produces metal containers used to package canned food. Continue Reading