Summer Means More Scams

More scams to report in the area, one of them in Henry County, where a resident yesterday(Thur) received a call from a person with a foreign-sounding accent, who offered to sell the resident prescription medication.  

The caller said the person did not need to see a doctor before ordering the medicine and he then attempted to take an order and get billing information from the resident. Authorities again remind you to never give out personal information over the phone. In Warren County, Illinois, Sheriff Martin Edwards says several residents have been contacted by men offering to blacktop their driveways, usually at reduced rates…claiming to have leftover materials from another job. When they’re finished, the charge is much higher than was promised. Continue Reading

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Love Triangle Ends in Knife Fight, Overdose

Burlington Police were called to 1414 Washington Street shortly before 6:30 last night, after receiving reports of an unknown disturbance at the home and a man running around the neighborhood covered in red paint. The “red paint” turned out to be blood from stab wounds inflicted by another man, and the victim had done similar damage to the attacker, as they fought over a woman. No one wanted to press charges, but all three participants in the love triangle were taken to Great River Medical Center, the men for treatment of their injuries and the woman for an overdose. Continue Reading

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Alabama Man $10,000 Richer after Buying Scratch Ticket in Burlington

An Alabama pipe fitter who’s working at the site of the new fertilizer plant south of Wever is $10,000 richer this week. 47-year old John Kelley, of Florence, spent $20 on a “500 Grand” scratch ticket last Sunday at the Circle K on North Roosevelt in Burlington; it was the first Iowa Lottery ticket he had ever bought and was the last of 17 $10,000 prizes in the game. He cashed it in Monday at the lottery’s regional office in Cedar Rapids and says the money will help pay for his oldest son’s first semester at the University of Northern Alabama this fall. Continue Reading

Final Eagle View Health Insurance Workshop Tonight in Oquawka

They’re trying to generate more business, of course…but the members of the Tri-County Affordable Care Act Task Force are also answering some basic questions asked by those who now have health insurance.  

Melinda Whiteman, the Executive Director of Eagle View Community Health System, which operates clinics in Stronghurst and Oquawka, says many of the services now provided under “Obamacare,” are preventative. Eagle View has been conducting free workshops this week…the last one is tonight(Thur) in Oquawka…and Whiteman says many people who’ve never had medical insurance can’t believe what it now covers. For the record, Eagle View also offers dental care and their services…medical and dental…are also available to Iowans. Tonight’s workshop…the last in the series…starts at 5:30 at the Eagle View Community Heath Center in Oquawka. Continue Reading

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Capital Theater offers guaranteed seating for Next Free Show

The Capitol Theater had a full house this past weekend for a free showing of the musical “RESPECT”, and even had to bring out several folding chairs to fit more people. Because they had to turn so many people away, due to lack of space, the theater is offering guaranteed-seat tickets for the next free concert coming up August 14th, to anyone who has their “RESPECT” tickets and wasn’t able to attend. The show in August is a rock/pop musician named Scott Helmer. If you would like a guaranteed seat to this show, bring your “RESPECT” ticket to the theater’s box office between 2 and 5pm today though Friday to receive a replacement ticket. Continue Reading

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School Board selects final two candidates for Superintendent

The Burlington Community School District has announced the final two candidates for the Superintendent position. They narrowed their candidates to Patrick Coen, who has been the Superintendent at Windfield-Mt Union since 2009 and Patrick Sweeny, who has been the Assistant Superintendent for Instruction Support at the Paradise Valley Unified School District in Phoenix, Arizona since 2009. Both candidates will participate in a public forum at City Hall this Friday in the Council Chamber starting at 6:15pm. The public is encouraged to attend. Continue Reading

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Jackson’s Retirement Now Official; DMCo Bd. Advertises Position

As expected, Des Moines County supervisors yesterday(Tues) accepted the resignation of veteran County Attorney Pat Jackson, for medical reasons. One of his assistants, Amy Beavers, has been serving as an Acting County Attorney since April, when Jackson first went on medical leave. Now, in the interest of fairness, the Board will post the position until July 7.  It’ll be filled by election November 4 and Beavers’ name will be on the November ballot, running as a Democrat…and voters will choose between her and Republican Trent Henkelvig. In other business, Supervisors yesterday(Tues) swore in a new Assistant County Attorney. Continue Reading

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IL Man Now Faces Two Charges for Hit & Run at Burlington Motel

It’s official. The Des Moines County Attorney’s office has filed formal, felony charges against a St. Louis area man, who’s accused of striking and killing a 2-year old girl with his pickup in Burlington’s Midtown Motel parking lot on May 10th, and then leaving the scene. Acting County Attorney Amy Beavers says she filed counts of Homicide by Vehicle and Failure to Stop and Remain at the Scene of an Accident Involving Death or Personal Injury against 34-year old Phillip Evans of Wood River, Illinois. The victim, Dniyah Brider, was taken to Great River Medical Center, where she was pronounced dead. Continue Reading

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Decades without a tornado in Burlington

With the recent wind storm we had Sunday, it got us thinking back to the last tornado that swept through Burlington. Des Moines County Emergency Management Coordinator Gina Hardin says she thinks it was back in the 80’s…. Hardin says we’ve been very lucky as a community to have gone so long without seeing one and she’s aware of all the rumors about why Burlington hasn’t witnessed a twister in decades… She doesn’t think there’s much truth to those rumors and says we’re just lucky. Although we haven’t had a tornado in a while, we’ve seen pretty strong winds, which can be just as dangerous. The safest place during a tornado is in a basement. Continue Reading