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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

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Davidson, Sandell Survive City Primary; WB Schools Financial Issues Go Down

Two former mayors…Jim Davidson and John Sandell…are the winners of today’s(Tues) Burlington City Council primary and the $6.75-million West Burlington School District bond issue went down in flames. In Burlington, Davidson came out on top with 430 votes or just under 37% of the ballots cast. Sandell placed second with 291 votes or just under 25%. In third place was former Councilman Chris Reed with 144 votes…newcomer Dan Wischmeier finished just one vote back with 143…Kevin Long had 69…Marcques Derby and Jeff Johnson each received 24 votes…Leo Hallowell was next with 22…and Tracey Watts placed 9th with 15 votes. In the West Burlington School District, the $6.75-million bond issue was voted down, 385 to 158; that’s a 71% to 29% margin. Continue Reading

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School Bus Rollover in Louisa County

At around 7:45 this morning, the Louisa County Sheriff’s Office was notified of a school bus rollover accident on County Road X61 near the intersection of Avenue H.

According to a press release, the bus contained ten elementary and high school students from the Louisa-Muscatine School District, eight which were transported by ambulance to Trinity Hospital in Muscatine for non-life threatening injuries. The driver of the bus was 58-year-old Ricky Hines. Hines lost control of the bus and exited the roadway to the right, which led to a rollover. The incident is still under investigation. Continue Reading

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Mepo Marauder Caught?

Is it the one we’ve come to know as “The Mediapolis Marauder?” It could be.   Des Moines County deputies reportedly stopped a burglary in progress overnight and emergency radio traffic…along with informed sources…are pointing to the suspect as a person who may have committed dozens of break-ins and thefts in the Mediapolis area earlier this year. We’ll have more information as it becomes available. Continue Reading

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At Least One Dead in Early Morning DMCo Collision

The collision we told you about early this(Thur) morning at Mediapolis Road and 220th Avenue involved a fatality. First reports from the scene…just after 6:35 am…indicated that a semi collided with a car and the car then caught fire. No other details have been released yet by the Des Moines County Sheriff’s Department nor the District-15 Iowa State Patrol in Mt. Pleasant, which is handling the investigation. Continue Reading

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Chris Christie to Join Branstad, Reynolds in Burlington

Governor Terry Branstad will be back in the area later this week and he’ll have some well-known company with him. In addition to Lt. Governor Kim Reynolds, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie will join Branstad Thursday night at 7 at the Winegard Companies on Mt. Pleasant Street in Burlington. Branstad and Reynolds are calling the stop part of their “Building Iowa’s Future Tour.” Continue Reading