Burlington Council to Try Again Later with Toy Gun Ordinance

The Burlington City Council is going back to the drawing board with its proposed replica gun ordinance. It would cover BB and pellet guns, paintball guns, and any others that look like real weapons. Mayor Shane McCampbell began his comments at Monday night’s council meeting by saying groups like the Iowa Gun Owners Association are spreading misinformation about what the City is discussing. But one man who spoke at the public hearing says REAL guns now come in all kinds of TOY colors and Police Chief Doug Beaird explained why he feels an ordinance regulating how the toy guns are carried is needed. The Council decided to send the proposal back for more discussion among the city and county attorneys’ offices and the police department. Continue Reading


HenryCo. Cops Bust Winfield Man

Henry County authorities wrapped up a year-long investigation into area marijuana sales yesterday(Wed), with the arrest of a Winfield man.  

58-year old Jerry Brown of 301 Maple Street, Trailer-7, will face felony charges of possessing a controlled substance with the intent to deliver and a drug tax-stamp violation. He was taken to the county jail in Mt. Pleasant.  

Henry County deputies, along with Winfield and Mt. Continue Reading


UPDATED: Home-Built Copter Crashes in Henderson County Cornfield

A 68-year old Oquawka man was injured when his home-made, single-seat aircraft took a short dive into a cornfield, about a mile south of Oquawka. Henderson County deputy Steve Henshaw was one of the first on the scene and says the call came in around 6:30. Henshaw and Oquawka Police Chief Keith DeJaynes say the pilot, Steven Richmond of Oquawka, was wearing a helmet when the small aircraft went down. He was taken by Oquawka Ambulance to Great River Medical Center, and then transferred to the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics in Iowa City. Continue Reading


Citizens Against Crime Plans Next Step

They didn’t have the turn out they had a couple weeks ago for their first Crime Prevention meeting, but 10 very concerned citizens attended a planning meeting last night at the Heritage Free Methodist Church in Burlington for the group that is now called “Citizens Against Crime”. The group’s main focus is to bring the community together and implement ideas that will help curb crime in certain areas of town. John Horton spoke at the beginning of last night’s meeting about the need for diversity within the Citizens Against Crime group… Many assumptions have been that the crime is only going on in the Maple Street area, but according to recent police reports, that’s not the case. Burlington resident Mike Westfall stated that we can’t just focus on one area of Burlington anymore… Continue Reading

Committee Calls for One LeeCo Seat… Montrose!

No action was taken, but an ad hoc committee recommended last(Tue) night that Lee County consolidate its government operations at one location.  

No, not in Ft. Madison and not in Keokuk. The citizens committee is calling for just one courthouse to serve the whole county and it would be built near the Sheriff’s office & jail, just outside of Montrose. The committee says the cost would be about 8 1/2-million dollars and some of the money could be used to turn the North County Office Building in Ft. Continue Reading


Tom Teesdale, Renowned Bike Designer, Dies During RAGBRAI

An internationally-known bicycle designer who grew up in Niota and attended Western Illinois University died while riding on RAGBRAI Monday. Sixty-three-year-old Tom Teesdale of West Branch built custom frames for bicycles. University of Iowa professor Steve McGuire taught design classes with Teesdale and says a cyclist who got a Teesdale bike frame was like a violinist who got a Stradavarius. Some of Teesdale’s innovations are now standard components of mountain bike frames. A bicycle Teesdale built is in the Mountain Bike Hall of Fame in Europe and there’s one in the U.S. Mountain Bike Hall of Fame, too. Continue Reading


Sweet-16’er Takes DMCo Crown

16-year old Savannah Keitzer is the new Des Moines County Fair Queen. The Mediapolis Junior (in a few weeks) was chosen last night after some public speaking. Michaella Beckman won the Miss Fair Spirit Award…and Kaitlyn Hess is the new Fair Princess. Continue Reading


Des Moines County Scam

The Des Moines County Recorder’s office is warning residents about a scam that’s been making its way through the area. It involves mailings from a company called “Record Transfer Service,” in which the firm offers to obtain your property deed and send it to you for $83. The scam is the fact that you can do the same thing yourself, through the Recorder’s office at the courthouse, for one-to-three dollars. Continue Reading


Tie vote to censure Tim Scott

The Burlington City Council came to a tie vote last night on a proposal to censure member Tim Scott. Scott apologized to Councilwoman Anderson, who he had hit with a pile of papers two weeks ago. He also apologized to the black community, for comments he made at that same meeting and two days later to a Des Moines TV reporter, and to transplanted Chicagoans, for calling them part of the problem with local crime… Scott says it’s been his intention all along to apologize….. Many in the standing-room-only crowd last night were there to comment on Scott’s behavior, including Debbie Smith of West Burlington, a Chicago transplant, who said you have to give respect to get it….. Continue Reading