Man Dead Following Rural Illinois Motorcycle Accident

A man is dead following a motorcycle accident near Gerlaw, Illinois, just north of Monmouth yesterday. Illinois State Police confirm that James C. Brinton, age unknown, was killed at around 3:15pm when he lost control of his motorcycle and went into a skid on 245th Avenue west of 140th street. Brinton’s motorcycle struck a guardrail, killing him. Illinois State Police say that the accident was caused due to wet road conditions that persisted at the time. Continue Reading

Alexander Shirts. Courtesy: Des Moines County Jail

Burlington Man Arrested After 3 Year Old Assaulted

A Burlington man was arrested Tuesday after police say he assaulted his girlfriend’s 3 year old son. Police say that 26 year old Alexander P. Shirts assaulted the child in February. The child showed signs of bruising and had two black eyes when his father picked him up from his mother’s home. Shirts and the child’s mother claim the boy fell off of a couch. Investigators say the child testified he was hit by Shirts. Continue Reading


West Burlington Sells Old Public Works Lots

The five lots that the City of West Burlington created out of the space formerly occupied by the City’s old public works building have been sold. Five bidders competed for the five lots, however, only three bidders walked away with a piece of land. With minimum bids set at $20,000, lots sold between $21,185 and $27,356. Lot one was sold to Valerie and Benjamin Franklin, Lot two sold to Brian Wooldridge. BK Land, LLC, purchased lots four, five, and six. Continue Reading

Des Moines County Supervisors to Consider Funding Effort Against Des Moines City Water Works Suit

The Des Moines County Board of Supervisors has been asked to contribute $5,000 a year to the legal team fighting a lawsuit from City of Des Moines Water Works against Drainage districts in Sac, Buena Vista and Calhoun counties. Des Moines Water Works filed the suit in February, alleging that nitrate runoff from farms in those counties were polluting the Raccoon River with increased nitrate levels. The lawsuit has statewide implications for farmers, drainage districts, and County Boards of Supervisors alike, threatening a costly regulatory burden on those counties and farmers. “The, suit, while filed against a small number of districts will, if successful, be applicable to all districts in Iowa, and in other states,” said Des Moines County Supervisor Tom Broeker, reading the correspondence sent by the Iowa Drainage District Association during a Tuesday meeting. The Board of Supervisors will meet with Des Moines County Drainage District Officials to get further insight on how the lawsuit would affect them at a later meeting. Continue Reading

Cody Bailey. Courtesy: Henry County Jail

Burlington Man Arrested in Mount Pleasant on Felony Theft, Drug Charges

Mount Pleasant Police have arrested a Burlington man on drug and theft charges following an investigation into a series of thefts from the Mount Pleasant Wal-Mart store. 30 year old Cody James Bailey was arrested by Mount Pleasant Police at around 6:20 pm on Monday. Bailey had been previously identified by police as a suspect in recent thefts at the Mount Pleasant Wal-Mart store dating back to early April, where Bailey was allegedly seen taking high end televisions and computers from the store. Police say that Bailey was spotted by police driving through town and was arrested when he stopped at a Mount Pleasant home. When searching his vehicle, police discovered several bags of methamphetamine in the car along with a drug pipe. Continue Reading