KBUR.com » News http://www.kbur.com News & Talk for Burlington and Southeast Iowa Fri, 31 Jul 2015 20:51:28 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.3 Apartment Complex Tenants Want to Keep Air Conditioning Units http://www.kbur.com/2015/07/31/apartment-complex-tenants-want-to-keep-air-conditioning-units/ http://www.kbur.com/2015/07/31/apartment-complex-tenants-want-to-keep-air-conditioning-units/#comments Fri, 31 Jul 2015 18:57:42 +0000 http://www.kbur.com/?p=64263 A typical AC unit at the Midtown Gardens complex.

A typical AC unit at the Midtown Gardens complex.

Tenants at the Midtown Gardens Apartment Complex in Burlington could spend the rest of the summer in sweltering conditions if the Burlington Housing Board of Appeals does not grant them more time to take down improperly installed air conditioning units that are currently in violation of Housing Code.

Midtown Gardens does not have central air conditioning, and the windows installed in the 60-unit complex are horizontally, not vertically sliding. In order to install window air conditioning units, which are purchased by the renter, a plywood board, provided by the company, is used to keep the unit in place.

However, the plywood board does not allow the window to be opened in case of an emergency, such as a fire, presenting an egress issue that violates Burlington Housing Code for rental properties. According to residents, Seldin Company, which owns Midtown Gardens, used to install the boards and air conditioning units themselves until being notified in January of the code violation. Once notified, residents have been required to install the boards themselves.

Earlier this month, however, a note was left on resident’s doors that they had to remove the window AC unites by no later than August 5th after the complex once again was notified by the city that the boards presented an egress issue.

Maria Martinez lives at Midtown Gardens, she says not having air conditioning in the dead-heat of summer is simply not reasonable.

“There’s a lot of kids who live here who have asthma and breathing problems,” Martinez told KBUR, “As for me, I’m really not supposed to be in the heat…I have two dogs, both inside dogs. It gets very hot.”

LJ Price is another tenant. He says that not having an Air Conditioner puts his 18 month old daughter and pregnant fiance in danger.

“It’s like living in a pizza oven if you do not have an air conditioner upstairs,” Price said, “I’m not a doctor, but I don’t believe that it’s good for her health to be in 90+ degree temperatures while she is trying to sleep or trying to live.”

Some residents say that they will refuse to comply with the order to take down the units until the heat of summer has passed.

Seldin Company has appealed the city’s order to take down the units. They’re scheduled for a hearing on August 12th at 5:30pm at Burlington City Hall.

On Friday, property manager Michala Cross informed tenants that they would be allowed to keep their AC’s installed through the appeals process.

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Branstad Appoints New Chief of Staff http://www.kbur.com/2015/07/31/branstad-appoints-new-chief-of-staff/ http://www.kbur.com/2015/07/31/branstad-appoints-new-chief-of-staff/#comments Fri, 31 Jul 2015 18:40:52 +0000 http://www.kbur.com/?p=64247 DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Gov. Terry Branstad has appointed a new chief of staff.

Michael Bousselot, current legal counsel for the governor’s office, will begin his new role on Aug. 8.

The announcement Thursday comes one day after current chief of staff Matt Hinch said he was resigning from the top post for a career in the private sector.

In a statement Branstad said Bousselot has been a policy adviser to the governor and lieutenant governor on issues regarding health, revenue, inspections and appeals and the public employee retirement system.

The 32-year-old Bousselot, a Davenport native, has a master’s degree from the University of Iowa and is a 2009 graduate of Drake University Law School.

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Loebsack to Meet with Voters in Southeast Iowa http://www.kbur.com/2015/07/31/loebsack-to-meet-with-voters-in-southeast-iowa/ http://www.kbur.com/2015/07/31/loebsack-to-meet-with-voters-in-southeast-iowa/#comments Fri, 31 Jul 2015 17:18:23 +0000 http://www.kbur.com/?p=64173 Congressman Dave Loebsack will be meeting with voters Saturday in Southeast Iowa.

Loebsack will be in Burlington at Laura’s Restaurant meeting with voters at 10:30 before heading to the Ivy Bake Shoppe in Fort Madison at 12:15. He’ll be in Keokuk at the Hawkeye Restaurant at 1:45 and in Keosauqua at 3:45 at First Street Grille.

All stops are free and open to the public.

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Interim University of Iowa Prez Says Reign Will be Short http://www.kbur.com/2015/07/31/interim-university-of-iowa-prez-says-reign-will-be-short/ http://www.kbur.com/2015/07/31/interim-university-of-iowa-prez-says-reign-will-be-short/#comments Fri, 31 Jul 2015 13:08:47 +0000 http://www.kbur.com/?p=64169 IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — Jean Robillard says he hopes his term as interim University of Iowa president will be short and free of controversy.

Robillard, the university’s vice president for medical affairs, takes over as the school’s temporary leader Saturday as President Sally Mason retires.

Robillard is leading a 21-member search committee that is helping find a slate of finalists to recommend to the Iowa Board of Regents. The committee is evaluating a pool of 44 candidates and will conduct closed-door interviews Aug. 11-12.

Robillard says he hopes the regents can pick the next president by early September, and that his replacement can be in place by the end of the calendar year.

He says he’s confident the search won’t get bogged down in political disputes like one that ended in failure in 2006.

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‘AK-47 Bandit’ Hits Mason City Bank http://www.kbur.com/2015/07/31/ak-47-bandit-hits-mason-city-bank/ http://www.kbur.com/2015/07/31/ak-47-bandit-hits-mason-city-bank/#comments Fri, 31 Jul 2015 12:10:35 +0000 http://www.kbur.com/?p=64164 The bandit, captured in security footage.

The bandit, captured in security footage.

MASON CITY, Iowa (AP) — Federal authorities believe a man who used an assault rifle to rob a credit union in Mason City is the “AK-47 Bandit” believed to have held up banks in several states and wounded a police officer in California.

Authorities say a man entered the Iowa Heartland Credit Union in Mason City on Tuesday wearing a black ski mask. He was armed with an AK-47 and left with an undisclosed amount of money.

A robber matching that description shot and seriously wounded a police officer during a holdup in Chino, California, in February 2012.

The FBI is offering up to $100,000 for information leading to an arrest in that case.

The FBI says the “AK-47 Bandit” also robbed banks in Idaho and Washington in 2012 and a Nebraska bank last year.

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Burlington Police Arrest One, Seeking Second in Robbery Case http://www.kbur.com/2015/07/30/burlington-police-arrest-one-seeking-second-in-robbery-case/ http://www.kbur.com/2015/07/30/burlington-police-arrest-one-seeking-second-in-robbery-case/#comments Fri, 31 Jul 2015 01:00:50 +0000 http://www.kbur.com/?p=64097 Tremaine Perine, who is still at large.

Tremaine Perine, who is still at large.

Burlington Police have arrested one following an early morning assault and robbery that hospitalized the victim on Thursday.

20 year old Keith Lashun Metz of Opelousas, Louisiana, was arrested after police say he and another man, 36 year old Tremaine “Donald” Dlanod Perine of Alabama assaulted and robbed a man following a dispute over property in the 2300 block of Vogt Street. The men were known to the victim.

Metz was charged with 2nd degree robbery. Perine is still at large. Police are asking the public to call 911 immediately if they know of Perine’s whereabouts. He is to be considered armed and dangerous and may have left the area.

Police do not believe that the attack was a random act.

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call (319) 753-8366 or call CrimeStoppers at 753-6835 to remain anonymous.

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Woman Arrested, Charged with Robbing Dry Cleaner http://www.kbur.com/2015/07/30/woman-arrested-charged-with-robbing-dry-cleaner/ http://www.kbur.com/2015/07/30/woman-arrested-charged-with-robbing-dry-cleaner/#comments Thu, 30 Jul 2015 17:45:08 +0000 http://www.kbur.com/?p=64055 Urealeen Weemas

Urealeen Weemas

Burlington Police have arrested the woman whom they believe is responsible for the July 25th knifepoint robbery of Burke Cleaners on Roosevelt Avenue.

47 year old Urealeen Orlanda Weemas, of Fairfield, allegedly walked in to the store at around 2:00pm wielding a knife and demanding money.

She was arrested Wednesday without incident and taken to the Des Moines County Jail, awaiting an appearance in court.

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Woman Arrested for LSD Distribution in Fort Madison http://www.kbur.com/2015/07/30/woman-arrested-for-lsd-distribution-in-fort-madison/ http://www.kbur.com/2015/07/30/woman-arrested-for-lsd-distribution-in-fort-madison/#comments Thu, 30 Jul 2015 13:46:26 +0000 http://www.kbur.com/?p=64051 Jessica Harwood

Jessica Harwood

Lee County Narcotics Task Force Officials have arrested a woman who they believe has been dealing lysergic acid diethylamide–LSD that is, in southeast Iowa.

“We see [LSD] probably a couple of times every two or three years,” said Lee County Narcotics Task Force Commander Stacy Weber, “We hear it’s out there, and sometimes we’re lucky enough to shut down a dealer.”

32 year old Jessica Ann Harwood was arrested at the Fort Madison Police Department and Charged with Delivery of LSD. If convicted, she could face 25 years in prison.

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New Charges for Man Who Ran From Police in Two Separate Car Chases http://www.kbur.com/2015/07/30/new-charges-for-man-who-ran-from-police-in-two-separate-car-chases/ http://www.kbur.com/2015/07/30/new-charges-for-man-who-ran-from-police-in-two-separate-car-chases/#comments Thu, 30 Jul 2015 13:08:43 +0000 http://www.kbur.com/?p=64049 Brandon Beach. Courtesy: Des Moines County Jail.

Brandon Beach. Courtesy: Des Moines County Jail.

The man who was arrested following a chase with Des Moines County Sheriff’s Deputies last week has been hit with new charges stemming from a chase that occurred earlier this month in which he successfully escaped police.

29 year old Brandon Beach was initially arrested by police on the Morning of July 23rd following a short chase, but two weeks earlier, Beach was allegedly involved in another car chase, this one, with West Burlington Police Officers. That chase wound through both Des Moines and Henry Counties before police lost track of Beach after he went into a corn field.

In addition to his previous charges, which included traffic violations and possession of drug paraphernalia as well as warrant charges, Beach has 12 new charges related to the chase earlier this month, including a charge of having an open container of alcohol in the car.

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Regent Schools Cost Saving Initiative May Not Happen as Soon as Hoped http://www.kbur.com/2015/07/30/regent-schools-cost-saving-initiative-may-not-happen-as-soon-as-hoped/ http://www.kbur.com/2015/07/30/regent-schools-cost-saving-initiative-may-not-happen-as-soon-as-hoped/#comments Thu, 30 Jul 2015 12:35:20 +0000 http://www.kbur.com/?p=64045 IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — Parts of a major cost-savings initiative at Iowa’s three public universities may not save as much or happen as fast as initially projected.

Last year, the Iowa Board of Regents and Deloitte Consulting predicted the universities would save $16-$40 million in two years by renegotiating purchasing contracts.

Mark Braun, who’s leading the cost-saving effort, said Wednesday that Deloitte’s purchasing recommendations were “more aggressive in their approach and their timeline” than will be reality.

A new report projects the universities will save $3.9 million to $7.8 million annually in buying items such as food and computers. Braun said additional savings could later be pursued in other areas.

A second report says the University of Iowa will save less than projected by restructuring its administration because the medical college will be excluded.

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