Lee County Farmer Killed After Being Run Over By Own Tractor

A Lee County Man is dead following a Saturday farm accident. Investigators believe that 73 year old Daniel Joseph Mertens of Salem may have been trying to jump start his tractor with a screwdriver when the tractor slipped into gear, knocking Mertens to the ground, and running him over, killing him. A screwdriver was found in tire tracks nearby. A passerby notices that the tractor was spinning, driverless, in the middle of the field at 1087 140th Avenue with a plow attached. The passerby managed to jump in the tractor and cut it’s engine. Continue Reading

Justin Kester. Photo from the Iowa Department of Corrections

CAPTURED: Illinois State Police Capture Escaped Fort Madison State Prison Inmate

An Iowa State Prison Inmate who escaped from the facility in Fort Madison has been captured, according to Department of Corrections Authorities. DOC spokesperson Fred Scaletta says that 25 year old Justin Kestner was captured by Illinois State Police Troopers just south of Geneseo, Illinois just before 10:00 am. A press release from Illinois State Police say that Henry County, Illinois Sheriff’s deputies located a vehicle, that they believe was stolen by Kestner, abandoned at the side of a road. A State Police Trooper discovered Kestner walking on Illinois Route 82, south of Interstate 80. Kestner apparently ran from the Trooper through a corn field before being taken into custody. Continue Reading

Justin Kester. Photo from the Iowa Department of Corrections

Offender Escapes From Iowa State Prison in Fort Madison

An Iowa State Prison Inmate who escaped from the facility in Fort Madison has been captured, according to Department of Corrections Authorities. DOC spokesperson Fred Scaletta says that 25 year old Justin Kestner was captured by Illinois State Police Troopers just south of Geneseo, Illinois just before 10:00 am. A press release from Illinois State Police say that Henry County, Illinois Sheriff’s deputies located a vehicle, that they believe was stolen by Kestner, abandoned at the side of a road. A State Police Trooper discovered Kestner walking on Illinois Route 82, south of Interstate 80. Kestner apparently ran from the Trooper through a corn field before being taken into custody. Continue Reading

One Injured in Henderson County Crash

One man was injured following a single car accident in Henderson County. Illinois State Police say that Christopher M. Cooper of Gladstone was intoxicated when he was driving westbound on Highway 34. Cooper crossed the center line and ran off the south side of the roadway where he drove up an embankment and jumped a drainage ditch. His vehicle spun around, sliding into the drainage ditch. He was transported to Great River Medial Center with non-life threatening injuries and cited for Driving Under the Influence and Operating an Uninsured Motor Vehicle. Continue Reading

A photo of the accident scene.

Conflicting Reports Emerge on Highway 34 Accident, None Seriously Injured

Police aren’t exactly sure how the accident that closed a section of Highway 34 on Thursday occurred. What they do know is that somehow, a semi-truck driven by 40 year old Terry Groves of Creston and a pickup truck driven by 82 year old Paul Wilmesmeier of Wapello collided with one another while travelling eastbound near the Central Street off ramp. Groves claims that he first saw the Wilmesmeier vehicle as it was sliding sideways in front of his cab before hitting the retaining wall. Wilmesmeier claims that his vehicle was struck from behind by the semi-truck, causing him to lose control. There was no independent, third-party witness to the accident, thus, neither men were charged with any infractions. Continue Reading

Jennifer Rexroat in a mugshot photo from the Warren County Sheriff's Department.

Monmouth-Roseville Teacher Pleads Not Guilty to Indecent Solicitation

A Monmouth-Roseville Teacher arrested this past April for allegedly soliciting a 15-year old male student for oral sex has pleaded not guilty to the charges against her. 39-year-old Jennifer Rexroat appeared in Warren County Circuit Court with her attorney and a room full of supporters this morning. KBUR’s sister station, WGIL in Galesburg, reports that Rexroat is being charged with indecent solicitation of a child–a class two felony. If convicted, the junior high school teacher could face three to seven years in prison, and a fine of up to $25,000. Warren County State’s Attorney Chip Algren told WGIL in April that authorities discovered sexual text messages between Rexroat and the student. Continue Reading

Maurice Green. Courtesy: Knox County Jail

Murder Suspect Now Facing Assault Charges After Allegedly Slapping Fellow Inmate

A man facing murder charges after police say he murdered another man over a dice game is now facing another charge: assault.

Des Moines County Sheriff’s Department Officials say that 43 year old Maurice Green slapped another Des Moines County Jail inmate following an argument between them. The argument broke out over what to watch on television. Green has been jailed since mid-April on $2 million bond after authorities say he shot 28 year old Matthew Banks to death at a home on Jefferson Street, following a disagreement over a dice game. He’s plead not guilty to a charge of First Degree Murder. Continue Reading

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Walker, Bush in the Lead Among Iowa Republican Voters in KBUR/Monmouth College Poll

Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker maintains a lead among likely Iowa caucus attendees, middle age voters, and most music listeners. All of that is according to a new poll conducted by KBUR and Monmouth College Midwest Matters. Walker polled at 18% of poll respondents, six points ahead of former Florida Governor Jeb Bush at 12%. Several candidates were at or near the 10% level, including Kentucky Senator Rand Paul and former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee at 10%, Florida Senator Marco Rubio (9%), and Texas Senator Ted Cruz (8%). Billionaire businessman Donald Trump was next at 7%. Continue Reading

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