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Details Released in Mount Pleasant Fatal Crash

One person is dead following a Thursday morning accident in Mount Pleasant. The Henry County Sheriff’s Office says that at around 6:00 am, Emergency crews responded to the area of Goodyear road and 235th Street. Upon arrival, emergency crews found 20 year old Donald Randall of Wayland, Missouri, dead on the scene. Randall was a passenger in a vehicle driven by 19 year old Austin Burgess of Keokuk that apparently ran a stop sign in the foggy weather and collided with a pickup truck driven by 53 year old George Aplara of Fairfield. Randall was not wearing a seatbelt. Both Burgess and Aplara were transported to Henry County Health Center. Continue Reading

Lane Restrictions Announced on Division, Central, Mount Pleasant

The Public Works Directors Office announced today that starting at 7:00am, Monday, June 8th, 2015; the intersection of Division and Central will be reduced to one lane for both south bound and west bound traffic, controlled by signs and cones. This will create a safe work zone so the Street Department can do street repairs. The work is expected to take seven days, weather permitting. ———————————————–

The Public Works Directors Office announced today that starting at 7:00am, Monday, June 8th, 2015; Mt. Pleasant Street, from Curran to Dehn, will be reduced to one lane of traffic each direction, controlled by signs and cones. Continue Reading

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At Least One Dead in Fatal Mount Pleasant Crash

This story has been updated HERE. At least one person is dead following a Thursday morning accident in Mount Pleasant. The Henry County Sheriff’s Office says that at around 6:00 am, Emergency crews responded to the area of Goodyear road and 235th Street to a report of a two vehicle accident with injuries and one person trapped inside one of the vehicles. At least one of the victims was pronounced dead on scene. The names of those involved have not been released. Continue Reading

Senator Tom Courtney Talks Education Funding, MHI’s, Fort Madison Prison

Burlington State Senator Tom Courtney is hoping that Thursday will be his last day in Des Moines as the legislature wraps up the final few budget items that need finalized before the session wraps up for the year. Courtney, a Democrat, appeared on the KBUR talkshow live from the senate floor on Tuesday. He said that after months of negotiation, the legislature finally managed to work out compromises on key issues, most notably, education. How much allowable growth, or how much more money to give to schools, is among the largest items in the budget. It’s supposed to be decided upon over a year in advance of the school year, but is regularly delayed. Continue Reading

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Man Accused in Dice Game Shooting Wants to See His Children

The man accused of shooting and killing another man, allegedly over a game of dice, is asking the Des Moines County Court to allow his underage children to visit him in jail. 43 year old Maurice Green filed a handwritten, pro se motion, with proper formatting and all, asking the court to allow his 6 year old son and 3 month old daughter visitation rights while he awaits trial on a count of first-degree murder. Green has been jailed since mid-April on $2 million bond after authorities say he shot Matthew “Murda” Banks to death at a home on Jefferson Street, following a disagreement over a dice game. Green writes in his motion, “The defendant feels, to be taken out of his childrens lives, for a long period of time (6-12 months), will really damage the father-child bond he has, especially with his 3 month old daughter.” According to court documents, Assistant County Attorney Ty Rogers filed a resistance against Green’s motion. Continue Reading

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Legislature Votes to Keep Open Mount Pleasant, Clarinda Mental Health Institutes

Legislators of both political parties have voted to reverse Governor Branstad’s order to close the state-run Mental Health Institute in Mount Pleasant. Under the plan that cleared the House and Senate last night, the M-H-I in Clarinda also would remain open until mid-December and legislators are asking state officials to find a private company to run the unit there for 15 elderly patients. Representative Dave Heaton, a Republican from Mount Pleasant, got emotional during House debate last night. “We responded to the majority of Iowans who want to see these facilities remain open,” Heaton says. “…This is our last chance. Continue Reading

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West Burlington City Council Passes Rate Hikes, Will Take Effect July 1st

The West Burlington City Council officially approved a number of rate hikes during a Wednesday night meeting. Water rates in the city will see an increase of around 3%, matching an increase made by Burlington this year. Sewer rates will climb quite a bit, a 22% increase from last year. Garbage collection rates will jump a quarter, from $10.25 per month per house to $10.50 a month. Recycling costs will jump a dime to $3.45 per house per month from $3.35. Continue Reading

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Investigators Nab $4,500 Worth of Marijuana, Arrest Burlington Man in Drug Bust

Burlington Police say that extremely high-grade Marijuana was being sold out of a home in Burlington for several weeks before police raided the home on Wednesday. 34 year old Nathan Michael Moser was arrested after a search warrant was executed on his home at 730 Parkway in Burlington. Police discovered a large stash of Marijuana with a street value estimated at $4,500 along with packaging materials and drug paraphernalia. Moser was taken into custody without incident on one count of Possession of Marijuana with Intent to Deliver, Drug Stamp Tax Violation, and on two Des Moines County warrants, both for drug possession. He’s being held in the Des Moines County Jail on $7,300 bond. Continue Reading

Local Firemen Pitching in to Fight Bird Flu Outbreak

While the heart of the bird flu epidemic is still hundreds of miles away from Burlington, two Burlington Firefighters are working in Northwest Iowa to combat the virus. Burlington Fire Chief Matt Trexel told the Burlington City Council on Monday that Cpt. Scott Hoschek and Firefighter Nate Skifstad are currently on a two-week deployment to Northwest Iowa, assisting in Hazmat operations on bird flu stricken farms.

“They’re working around Shelton, Iowa…most they’re going to be supervising [loading the birds] into the vehicles, and they have to inspect them to make sure there isn’t blood dripping or feathers or anything that could spread the disease hanging off of the truck. They have to make sure it’s clean,” Trexel said. Trexel says that the deployment, as well as overtime pay at the fire department, is being paid for by the state’s emergency management agency. Continue Reading