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
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
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
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
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
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
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
A number of area fire departments are on the scene of a grain-bin fire…at 21147 Agency Road near Danville. The Danville department has already requested tankers from West Burlington and Denmark. Continue Reading
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