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Montrose Teen, Keokuk Couple Injured on Southbound 61

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Two Keokuk residents and a Montrose teen were injured shortly after 8:30 this(Thur) morning when their pickup and van…respectively…collided on Highway 61 where it meets Highway 218 south of Montrose.  

The driver of the Chevy truck…18-year old Morgan Westermeyer of Montrose…had to be airlifted to Blessing Hospital in Quincy…while the two occupants of the Grand Caravan…61-year old Larry and 58-year old Patricia Randall of Keokuk…were both taken by ambulance to Ft. Madison Community Hospital. The State Patrol says the Randall’s van was southbound on 61, when Westermeyer apparently pulled away from a stop sign…hoping to go north…and the Randalls hit the truck in the driver’s side door. The accident is still under investigation. Continue Reading

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Feds Bust Four in Henderson County Meth Conspiracy

Four people have been arrested on federal indictments for Conspiracy to Manufacture Meth in Henderson County.  

Marvin Kaywood Jr…Catherine Williams…Andrew Bruner…and Chelsea Forrester were taken into custody on the 9th by agents from the West Central Illinois Task Force and Henderson County Sheriff’s deputies. Authorities say the investigation continues and more indictments are being issued. We’ll have more information as it becomes available.   Continue Reading


Shockley Resigns from Burlington City Council

The Burlington City Council will soon be one member short. At the end of tonight’s work session, Councilwoman Becky Shockley announced that she’s been offered an unspecified business and educational opportunity that will require travel, and she’ll no longer be able to properly serve the needs of her constituents nor attend council meetings.   She didn’t give a resignation date, but said her new job will begin this December.  It’ll be up to the remainder of the Council to decide when and how to fill the seat. Shockley, who along with her husband owned and operated the former Tom’s Market & Meats, used the occasion to challenge the citizens of Burlington to demand that their city become a place to be proud of. Continue Reading

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Year-Round School Closer to Being Dropped in WB for Now

An update on the so-called “balanced calendar” concept in the West Burlington School District. Supt. Dave Schmitt recommends in his notes to the School Board for tonight’s(Mon) special meeting that members make it clear to the public that they won’t pursue the change for the 2015-16 year.  

Schmitt goes on to say that the Board needs to decide if it wants to continue collecting data and communicating with focus groups and stakeholders. Tonight’s(Mon) meeting is at 7 o’clock in the Great Prairie AEA’s 21st Century Classroom. Continue Reading

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Governor to Walk in FM Rodeo Parade, Speak at Reviewing Stand

It had only been a rumor, but now it’s been confirmed — Governor Terry Branstad will walk in tomorrow morning’s Tri-State Rodeo Parade in Ft. Madison. Organizer Gene Enke says the annual parade will step off around 9:30 and Branstad will get to the reviewing stand, at the corner of Avenue G and 8th Street, about an hour later, and will speak til about 10:45. At 11, there’s an hour-long public reception scheduled at Lee County GOP headquarters, across from the Ivy Restaurant, at 619 7th Street. Continue Reading


Drowning Victim has been Identified

The man who drowned in a pond near Sperry Monday night has been identified as 69-year-old Richard Duane Dowell of Burlington. According to the Des Moines County Sheriff’s Department, Dowell had stopped to see a friend at 180th Street, entered the pond to clean off, but did not resurface. His body was found by the Mediapolis Fire Department. He was then transferred to Great River Medical Center where he was pronounced dead. Autopsy results are currently pending. Continue Reading


FM Officer-Involved Fatal Shooting Probe Turned Over to A-G’s Office

The Iowa DCI’s investigation into the August 3rd fatal shooting of a Ft. Madison man by a local police officer has been turned over to the state Attorney General’s office for review.  

Authorities say they were chasing 27-year old Ryan Swearingen as a suspect in a tire-slashing, when he ducked into the house at 15-27 Avenue E. When officer Karl Judd arrived to search for him, Swearingen allegedly came out of a closet holding a knife and Judd shot him.  

He was pronounced dead at Ft. Madison Community Hospital and an autopsy determined that he was killed by multiple bullet wounds. Continue Reading


Alleged Stabber Strikes Again after Posting Bond

46-year-old Elmer Donaldson of Burlington was arrested again this afternoon after posting bond at the county jail. Donaldson posted bail at 12:40am today. He was arrested yesterday in connection with a stabbing and threats with a gun near the 800 block of S. 9th in Burlington. He was again apprehended this afternoon at around 12:40pm in the 500 block of Vine Street. He had went to the 800 block of S. 9th Street, where he was arrested yesterday, and began threatening occupants regarding retaliation for his previous arrest. Continue Reading


Bond Set for Alleged Shooter

Bond has been set at $200,000 cash for a Florida man accused in an early Sunday morning crime spree in Burlington. 26-year old Donald Watkins of Miami allegedly shot and injured two people in the Fun City parking lot, he took part in a drive-by shooting in the 200 block of Hayes in which the bullets struck several vehicles and an apartment building, and helped to set a car on fire near the corner of Oak & Ashmun Streets. He’s charged with two counts of Willful Injury, Intimidation with a Dangerous Weapon, and 2nd Degree Arson. He’s a resident of the Des Moines County jail. His alleged partner-in-crime, 30-year old Virgil Griggs, also of Miami, is charged with Arson and Intimidation with a Weapon, but not with Willful Injury; jail officials say he bonded out. Continue Reading