Ryan Duncan. Courtesy: Des Moines County Jail

Excuse Doesn’t Hold Up After Burlington Driver Runs Into Summer Street Home

‘I swear, Officer, I’m drunk’. ‘No, sir, you aren’t’. Those words were presumably spoken after a man ran into a house with his car on Summer Street Tuesday evening. Burlington Police Officers say that they responded to the 1000 block of Summer Street where they found that a vehicle driven by 28 year old Ryan Duncan had hit a house. When officers asked Duncan what happened, he told them that he was drunk. Continue Reading

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Mount Pleasant MHI Shuts Its Doors as Fight Wages On

The Mount Pleasant MHI is closed. Both the Mount Pleasant Mental Health Institute and the facility in Clarinda have been effectively closed, even though an aide says Gov. Terry Branstad is still reviewing whether to approve a legislative compromise to continue funding the facilities. Department of Human Services spokeswoman Amy McCoy says Wednesday that 81 employees at Mount Pleasant and Clarinda facilities were sent layoff notices with a June 30 effective date. There are no patients at either location. Danny Homan, president of Iowa Council 61 of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, says layoffs violate collective bargaining agreements and state law. Continue Reading

Benjamin Coop. Courtesy: Lee County Narcotics Taskforce

Missouri Man Facing Meth Charges in Lee County

A Missouri man is facing felony drug charges after police discovered Methamphetamine on his person while serving an arrest warrant. 32 year old Benjamin Joseph Coop was arrested Tuesday by Keokuk Police at 300 North Park Drive. He’s charged with Possession with Intent to Deliver Methamphetamine within 1000 Feet of a Park. Coop is a multiple offender, meaning he could get up to 90 years in Prison. Coop has a whole slew of previous offenses, including serious domestic abuse among other drug charges. Continue Reading

Eric Coleman Jr.

Inmate Listed as “Escaped” From Burlington Work Release Facility

Local and State Law Enforcement are on the lookout for a department of corrections inmate who failed to return to the Burlington Work Release Facility. On Tuesday, June 30, 2015, 23-year-old Eric Dewayne Coleman, Jr. was placed on escape status after failing to return to the facility from his job. Coleman was serving 10 years for robbery second degree. He started serving his sentence on August 29, 2009 and was transferred to work release on May 11, 2015. Coleman is described as having black hair, brown eyes, 5’7″ tall and weighing 156 pounds. Continue Reading

Burlington Man Arrested After January Meth Lab Discovery

Southeast Iowa Narcotics Task Force members have arrested a 45 year old Burlington man following a 6 month long investigation into a meth lab that was discovered in January. David Cavender is charged with Manufacture of Methamphetamine as a result of an active meth lab that was discovered back in January by Narcotics Task Force officials at 617 Durham Street in Burlington. The lab was dismantled upon discovery and parts were shipped off to the State DCI Crime Lab for analysis. Results of the analysis were obtained this week, and a warrant was issued for Cavender’s arrest. He was taken into custody yesterday and was taken to the Des Moines County Jail. Continue Reading

Burlington Man Robbed During Early Morning Hours

Police are looking for a person who they say robbed a man early this morning on Elm street. The victim told police that he was walking on Elm street between 4th and 6th streets when he was approached from behind by a man, who he did not see, and had an object pressed into the left side of his stomach. The man demand the victims cell phone, wallet, and tennis shoes, which the victim surrendered. Police have no description of the suspect. The incident occurred around 4:46 this morning. Continue Reading

Car Chase Winds Through Three States Before Crashing Into Illinois Bean Field

HANCOCK COUNTY, Ill. (WGEM) – A car chase that started in Missouri went through another two states before ending in a crash after deputies put down a tire deflation device, according to law enforcement officials. WGEM-TV reports that Clark County Sheriff Paul Gaudette says a deputy in his county tried to pull the driver over when he noticed the truck had no rear license plate. The chase began eastbound on 136. He says the driver got onto the on-ramp to 27 by the Flying J, and as he was getting on the highway, he started speeding up. Continue Reading

Protesters Demand Action Against Man Accused of Stomping Dog

More than a dozen protesters convened outside of the Warren County Courthouse on Tuesday, June 30, seeking legal action against a man who allegedly stomped a young dog to death. WQAD-TV reports that Cash was a pit bull puppy who was allegedly kicked and stomped to death by Chicago native and recent Monmouth College graduate, King Sami, 24. A neighbor witnessed the outdoor incident in early May, according to Warren County State’s Attorney Chip Algren. Monday, June 29, 2015, Sami was arrested during a routine traffic stop in Chicago, when officers noticed a Warren County warrant for his arrest. Sami has been charged with aggravated cruelty to an animal, a class 4 felony that carries a maximum penalty of one to three years in prison and a fine of up to $25,000. Continue Reading

Four Fort Madison Residents Arrested on Drug Charges

Four Fort Madison residents were arrested Tuesday following an investigation into a drug distribution ring. 20 year old Jeremiah Palumbo, 41 year old Tamara Palumbo, 47 year old Hope Houston, and 22 year old Talyssa Kos were arrested by Lee County Narcotics Task Force agents and charges on a slew of drug offenses, all related to the illegal distribution of Marijuana. Houston and Jeremiah Palumbo are charges with maintaining a drug house and possession of drug paraphernalia, Tamara Palumbo is charged with maintaining a drug house, Kos faces the most severe charges: Possession with intent to deliver Marijuana within 1000 feet of a school, as well as possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia. She could face 13 years in prison. Continue Reading