Des Moines County Attorney Amy Beavers gives the Oath of Office to new Assistant County Attorney Chris Scarborough.

New Assistant County Attorney Sworn In

Des Moines County has a new Assistant County Attorney. Chris Scarborough was sworn into the position during a Tuesday board of Supervisors meeting by County Attorney Amy Beavers. He replaces Andrew Mahoney, who left the office in March. Scarborough began work on Tuesday. Continue Reading


Councilman Wants to Crack Down on Parking Violators

A Burlington City Councilman is looking to crack down on parking on sidewalks and city right-of-ways between street curbs and the sidewalk. Councilman Tim Scott says that the parking is becoming endemic in the City, and that it’s time to start cracking down. “They can’t park in the right of way by code, not by criminal code, by city zoning code,” Scott said, “We want to be a little prouder of the community than we are. If people aren’t proud, I understand. Some people are like that, but you’re not dragging us down with you.” Continue Reading

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Two Shootings in Less Than 24 Hours: Shots Fired on Smith Street, None Injured

Police are investigating a possible connection between a shooting that occurred Monday evening and a second that occurred Tuesday afternoon in Burlington. Burlington Police say that around 3:43 pm on Tuesday, officers were dispatched to the 1500 Block of Smith Street in response to a report of a shooting. Upon officers’ arrival, they located several shell casings and found that a bullet had struck the residence at 1510 Smith Street. Officers searched the residence and did not find injuries to anyone inside. Witness accounts indicate that a small SUV traveled westbound past the residence and fired several rounds from inside of the vehicle, toward an individual on the sidewalk and then fled the area. Continue Reading

Fort Madison Parents Arrested on Child Endangerment Charges

A Fort Madison couple was arrested by police last week after a Department of Children and Family services investigation revealed that their 16 month old child had two fractures as a result of unknown trauma. Grant and Belinda Shallcross’s son was brought to the hospital on May 13th, apparently with a black eye. The Shallcrosses told doctors they believed the black eye was the result of an allergic reaction. Doctors from Iowa City medical center evaluated the boy, and determined that he had suffered both a radial fracture and a fracture on his left arm, each occurring within the past 10 days, ruling out the allergic reaction claim. The Shallcrosses, of Avenue G in Fort Madison, were arrested on charges of felony Child Endangerment on Thursday, May 21st. Continue Reading

Alexandra Malnar. Courtesy: Des Moines County Jail

Burlington Woman Gets Into Car Chase With Police After Running Stop Sign

A Burlington woman led police on a chase through town on Monday after failing to stop at a stop sign. 18 year old Alexandra Malnar allegedly chose to speed off when police attempted to pull her over after witnessing the traffic violation. After the chase speeds exceeded 25 miles over the speed limit, police broke off pursuit. Shortly afterwards, staff at Kenny’s Roller Ranch just south of Crapo Park reported that a woman stopped her car in near the business and took off running towards Crapo Park, where she was found discovered. Upon seeing police approach on foot, Malnar allegedly ran again from the police, but was apprehended and arrested. Continue Reading


Small Fire Contained to Oven at Case Plant

A paint burn off oven burned off a little more than it should have, causing a small fire at the Case New Holland plant in Burlington this morning. Burlington Fire Officials say that the oven contained too much fuel, causing the fire. The blaze was contained to the oven, no part of the building caught fire. The fire call came in at around 5:30 am. Case workers are expected to report to work today, Fire Officials say. Continue Reading

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One Injured Following Valley Street Shooting

Burlington Police say that a person was shot last night in the 1300 block of Valley Street. Police responded to a report of shots fired at around 9:59pm. Upon arrival, they found shell casings and blood, indicative of a shooting. Shortly after police arrived on scene, they were informed by staff at Great River Medical Center that a man arrived at the hospital with a gunshot wound to the neck. He was airlifted to University of Iowa Hospital for further treatment. Continue Reading

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Body of Missing Boater Found

The body of a boater who was missing since his small boat went under the roller dam at Lock and Dam 18 on the Mississippi River north of Burlington on Sunday has been found. The body of Christopher Corson, age 33, was found shortly before 11:30am Monday. Corson and Anthony Zurmuehlen, age 30, both of Burlington, were fishing near Lock and Dam 18 when their boat was pulled under the dam, causing it to roll over. Zurmuehlen managed to stay alive by grabbing onto a log below the roller dam and working his way to the surface and, eventually, to shore, where he was found by a Department of Natural Resources Officer around 3:00pm. After being taken to Great River Medical Center, he was discharged without injury. Continue Reading

Racers move up the winding road in the Women's pro category. Photo by KBUR Contributor Theresa O'Neill.

A Photo Finish at the Snake Alley Criterium

The Snake Alley Criterium on Saturday was one to remember. It was one of the closest finishes in race history in the men’s pro division as Christopher Uberti of South Carolina edged out Australian Chris Winn by merely two inches to take the championship title. Winn had led Uberti for most of the race, up until the last lap. “We were working well together the entire time, and we both put in little attacks on the hill, so we knew it was going to come down to a sprint,” Uberti told KBUR, “It was just a drag race.” It was Uberti’s fifth Snake Alley Criterium, but his first win. Continue Reading