Judge Rules in R.U.S.S. Dispute

KBUR News has learned that Regional Utility Service Systems…RUSS, for short…has won its lawsuit against Mahaska County, which wanted to leave the organization.  

The 10-county cooperative…formed in 1999 to design, build and service sewer systems in small, unincorporated communities within its boundaries…has had its problems with finances and public relations…and Mahaska had refused to pay its dues and threatened to leave the group, even though it was organized legally under a 28E agreement.  

But a Mahaska County judge ruled that the agreement is binding and Mahaska must pay its share plus court costs. Continue Reading


Van fully engulfed; Man burnt and flown to Iowa City

At around 3am this morning, Des Moines County Sheriff deputies and the Mediapolis Fire Department were sent to the 4th pumping station campground in Oakville about a fire. When they arrived they found a van fully engulfed and a man who was burnt and unconscious. They haven’t released a name yet, but he was airlifted to Iowa City Hospitals. The van was completely destroyed. The cause of fire is under investigation. Continue Reading


Early Morning Cash Store Hijinks

An informed source says Burlington Police have arrested someone in connection with an apparent break-in at the Hometown Cash Advance store at 28-30 Mt. Pleasant Street, just before 4 o’clock this(Thurs) morning.  

We’ll have more information as it becomes available. Continue Reading


UPDATED: Chris Young in a Cast; Still Coming to SBD

There’s been a lot of talk about this Thursday night’s main stage act at Burlington Steamboat Days. County music artist Chris Young accidentally cut himself with a kitchen knife while making a late-night snack at home after attending his 13th annual fan club party aboard the General Jackson showboat in Nashville. The 28-year-old underwent two surgeries, including one to repair damaged tendons. Young will be in a cast for a while, and it has people curious if he will be performing this Thursday at Steamboat Days. According to a Steamboat Days official, they told us he will be here. Continue Reading


Londquist Wins DMCo Treasurer’s Primary; Beavers and Henkelvig Close for County Attorney

With only 7 1/2% of the registered voters casting ballots, Des Moines County residents have chosen Janelle Londquist as the Democratic nominee for County Treasurer. Londquist received 559 votes…or roughly 60% of the ballots cast…and Debra Moore got 369 votes…close to 40%. There were 37 write-ins on the Republican ballot, but no one has announced. The Democratic candidate for Des Moines County Attorney…Amy Beavers…received 799 votes. Her Republican challenger in November…Trent Henkelvig…got 783 votes. Continue Reading


Iowans Being Warned of Severe Overnight Weather

The National Weather Service is forecasting “significant” severe weather across parts of the state tonight into tomorrow (Tue-Wed) and Iowans are being urged to prepare for heavy rains, flash flooding, strong winds, and possible tornadoes. Dan Catald, with the American Red Cross in Des Moines, says it’s critical for people to have a reliable notification system, especially since the storms are expected to strike overnight. “That’s when tornadoes can often be the most deadly because people are sleeping. The outdoor warning systems are not necessarily designed to wake people up in the middle of the night.” He suggests purchasing a NOAA Weather Radio or downloading the free American Red Cross Tornado App for smart phones. Continue Reading


Polhans’ Bond Set at $500,000 for Sunday Shooting

Bond has been set at $500,000 for Ray Polhans. The 42-year-old Ft. Madison man is accused of riding his motorcycle to Burlington yesterday afternoon, confronting 35-year-old Marvin Sutton in the back yard at 1609 Green Street, and then shooting him in the chest as Sutton waved a hammer. Just before midnight, authorities in Ft. Madison apprehended Polhans and brought him back to Des Moines County to face a First-Degree Murder charge. Continue Reading

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Burlington Man Shot, Killed; FM Acquaintance Arrested for Murder

Another shooting in Burlington and this time it was fatal. The good news is that police have arrested a Fort Madison man and charged him with First-Degree Murder. The victim, 35-year-old Marvin Sutton, was shot in the chest about 3 o’clock yesterday afternoon in the back yard at 16-09 Green Street, between Leebrick and Garfield. He was pronounced dead at the scene with a hammer in one hand. Neighbors say they saw at least two people leaving the house on motorcycles, and late last night authorities in Ft. Continue Reading


12 Arrested for Illegal Documents in Wever

Twelve workers at the Iowa Fertilizer Plant in Wever were arrested today for using fake documents to get their jobs at the plant. No names have been released yet. The Lee County Sheriff’s Deputies made the arrest after they received a tip last night. An Immigration and Customs Enforcement Officer was also called in to help the deputies translate. Eleven were charged with possession of illegally obtained documents. Continue Reading