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Man Killed in Burlington Shooting

Police are expected to issue a full statement on the Monday shooting death of a 24-year old man near South Hill Park in Burlington this morning. The Hawk Eye reports that police and medics found the man lying in the street with at least two gunshot wounds to his torso. He was taken to Great River Medical Center in West Burlington, where he died around 3:30 p.m.

Burlington Police Lt. Jeff Klein says officers have identified the dead man, but his name hasn’t been released. A full press release from the Burlington Police is expected before noon. Klein says no arrests have been made. Continue Reading

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Fire Season Rears its Ugly Head

$25,000 is the damage estimate from an apartment fire late last(Weds) night at 301 Maple Street in Burlington. The renter…Nicole Foster…was not home at the time and Burlington & West Burlington firefighters were able to knock the blaze down within 40 minutes, preventing it from spreading to the other half of the Maple Hills duplex. The Red Cross was called in to help out the tenant. The cause of the fire is unknown but still being investigated. Yesterday(Weds) afternoon around 3:40, firefighters were dispatched to 315 Marietta Street for a bathroom fire. Continue Reading

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Large Trailer Fire Hits Gulfport

Firefighters from several area departments are battling a big trailer fire in Gulfport this(Tues) morning. What we know so far is that Gulfport called Burlington for help at 6:23 am.  A Gladstone crew is also on the scene. We’ll have more information as it becomes available. Continue Reading

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Body Found Behind HyVee

Someone discovered a human body in the woods behind the Agency Street HyVee store in Burlington this(Thur) morning. Burlington police would only say that they were notified shortly after 8 am and that the body had been there “for some time.” We’ll have more information for you as soon as we know.   Continue Reading

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R.U.S.S. Split Becomes Legal

It’s on paper and it’s been signed. Southeast Iowa’s Rural Utility Service Systems board has adopted an exit agreement, whereby three of its member counties…Mahaska, Wapello and Washington…are being allowed to leave the cooperative if each pays past-due membership fees of about $64,000 by October 15th. The split leaves “RUSS” with seven counties…Des Moines, Lee, Henry, Louisa, Jefferson, Van Buren and Keokuk…who will continue to work together on group sewer…and individual septic…systems in small, unincorporated communities that don’t have them and would like them. Continue Reading

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New Fertilizer Plant Contributes Cash, Equipment to STEM Programs

Iowa Fertilizer south of Wever has announced that it’s donating $15,000 to Burlington Notre Dame and 15,000 to Ft. Madison High School, all in support of STEM.  

That’s science, technology, engineering and math…education. The monetary awards and other donations will be revealed at a news conference a week from today(Mon)…from 10-11am…in the welding shop at Ft. Madison High School. Continue Reading

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Burlington Shooting Update

Press Release from Iowa Department of Public Safety… Burlington, IOWA — Autumn Mae Steele, 34, died while being treated for an apparent gunshot she received when officers of the Burlington Police Department responded to a domestic call in the 100 block of South Garfield Ave. An autopsy will take place on Thursday, January 8, 201,5 at the University of Iowa Decedent Care Unit.  Initial findings indicate Officer Jesse Hill fired his weapon twice with one round striking Steele in the mid torso.  Officer Hill was taken to the Great River Medical Center and received treatment for dog bite(s) and then released.  Officer Hill has been employed as an officer for the Burlington Police Department since August 13, 2013. The Burlington Police Department and the Iowa of Division of Criminal Investigation (DCI) recognize the impact this incident has on the Steele family, Officer Hill, fellow officers of the Burlington Police Department, and the community alike.   With that said, the Iowa DCI continues to conduct interviews and examine all physical and forensic evidence to ensure a thorough and impartial investigation. No additional information will be released until all parties are interviewed and the findings of the autopsy are known. Continue Reading

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Cary Elected DMCo Board Chair; Comp. Bd. Recommends 4.13% Avg. Raises

The Des Moines County Board reorganized this(Tue) morning, right after re-elected Supervisor Tom Broeker and new County Treasurer Janelle Nalley-Londquist took the oath-of-office. Jim Cary is the new Chairman, with Broeker elected Vice-Chair. In other business, the County Compensation Board recommended raises ranging from 1.2% for Supervisors to 8% for the Treasurer, an average of 4.13% for the eight elected county officials. The Board of Supervisors, which has the final say, gave 1% raises last year (0% for themselves) and less than 1% the year before. This year, Supervisor Broeker is recommending 1% raises for everyone…and a 6% larger contribution by employees to their health insurance premiums. Continue Reading

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This Just In…..

Lee County is having technical problems with a circuit line…and as a result, the administrative phone lines to the Sheriff’s Department are not working. Lee County 911 is still operational, so if you need assistance while the other phone lines are down, you’re asked to dial 911, even if it’s not an emergency. Continue Reading