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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

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Breaking News: Armed Robberies Continue in Burlington

Another armed robbery in Burlington. This one was committed yesterday(Sun) morning…a few minutes before 7…outside the Angular Street HyVee. A company semi driver told police he was unloading behind the store…and as he climbed into the cab of his truck, a man with a gun appeared and demanded money. He gave the robber what he had and the thief left. The driver got back on his route and called his dispatcher about two hours. Continue Reading

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Update: Escaped Sex Offender Captured



A sex offender who escaped from a southeast Iowa work release facility last weekend is back in custody. A spokesperson for the Iowa Department of Corrections says 40-year-old Shane Lieb fled a vehicle during a traffic stop on Saturday while being transported from the Mount Pleasant Correctional Facility to the Burlington Work Release facility. He was captured Thursday and taken to the Des Moines County Jail. Lieb is serving a “special” life sentence for third-degree sex abuse in Mount Pleasant. He began serving the prison sentence in July 2009 and was in the process of being discharged to the work release program at the time he escaped. Continue Reading

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Update: Drivers Named in LeeCo Truck vs. Truck Collision

The Lee County Sheriff’s Department has released more information about a collision…around 10:20 last(Weds) night…between a pickup and a tanker-truck carrying corn syrup…just south of Wever. The driver of the smaller truck…22-year old Brent Bonar of Wever…was injured and taken to Ft. Madison Community Hospital. Deputies say the westbound pickup pulled out from the stop intersection on 165th Street and Highway 61 and hit the semi…which was headed north. The force of the impact ignited a small fire, which was put out by the Wever Fire Department. Continue Reading

IL Comptroller Has Stroke, Dies

CHICAGO (AP) — Illinois Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka has died, less than 24 hours after having a stroke. A statement from her office says the 70-year-old Topinka died early Wednesday morning following complications from the stroke. She’d reported discomfort and was admitted to a hospital in Berwyn. After undergoing testing, she lost consciousness Wednesday and was pronounced dead shortly after 2 a.m.

Topinka, a Republican, won a second term last month in a tough race with Democratic challenger Sheila Simon, the former lieutenant governor. Topinka was a former state treasurer and Illinois GOP chairwoman. Continue Reading