DMCo to Test Outdoor Warning Systems Tonight

Des Moines County Emergency Management will be testing the County’s outdoor warning sirens tonight(Wed) at 6 o’clock…all except Danville, which tested its system last week.  

The normal testing in Burlington, West Burlington, Mediapolis, Middletown and Yarmouth has been postponed the last two weeks because of the flooding in downtown Burlington. Continue Reading


Wayland Teen Busted for Car Thefts, Area Burglaries

Henry County Sheriff’s deputies have arrested a Wayland man on theft and burglary charges. 18-year old Tommy Morris is accused of stealing cars from the Wayland, Swedesburg and Olds areas in early June. A number of other vehicles were burglarized and authorities found stolen property in one of the stolen cars. Morris was taken yesterday(Tues) to the Henry County jail on three felony counts of Vehicle Theft, two of Aggravated Misdemeanor Burglary, and one count of Possessing Stolen Property, also a Serious Misdemeanor. Continue Reading


Accused Shooter Polhans to be Tried for 1st Degree Murder

Des Moines County Attorney Amy Beavers says she personally will prosecute a Ft. Madison man for First Degree Murder, for allegedly shooting a Burlington man in the chest June 1st at 16-09 Green Street. 42-year old Lenard “Ray” Polhans (of 1309 23rd Street) was arrested that same day and has remained in the Des Moines County jail since, unable to post a half-million-dollar bond…but a formal charge wasn’t filed until yesterday(Tues), the deadline for doing so. The victim, 35-year old Marvin Sutton of the Green Street address, was found in his backyard, a hammer he had apparently hit Polhans with, clutched in one hand. Polhans will be arraigned on the murder charge next Monday morning. Continue Reading


WB Schools Creating Sex Offender Policy

After the uproar about a sex offender attending the West Burlington Graduation this year, the school board is trying to work out a policy that would involve them in the decision process. Superintendent Dave Schmitt… The board talked about a possible policy that would require a 4-6 week notice before the school function and then board approval. Most board members were in agreement that if they do create a policy they would take it case by case… Superintendent Dave Schmitt told the board he will talk with their attorney, call other schools in the area and see if they have similar policies, and then present the board with some options at their August board meeting. Continue Reading

Damage Assessments, Then Cleanup, Follow Summer Floods

As state and federal disaster officials check out the area, looking for flood damage, ServiceMaster of Burlington is bidding on cleanup jobs.  

Dustin Bauman works with his dad and says there’s a tried-and-true method for restoring smelly basements once the water has all been pumped out. The Burlington post office had to shut down its entire operation til further notice because of floodwaters.  The basement of the Burlington Apartments building flooded as well, but Bauman says once the smelly water is gone, the air should follow suit…..  

If you have some cleanup of your own to do, Bauman suggests you go on-line and check out the “” website. Continue Reading


Four Local Teens Injured in Car Accident

Four area teens were injured Saturday afternoon when the car they were all riding in went out of control on 125th Street (about two miles east of Highway 99) and rolled, coming to rest on its top. None of the names have been released, but the driver, from Mt. Pleasant, and two passengers from the Burlington area, were taken by Burlington ambulance to Great River Medical Center, while the third passenger, also from Burlington, was taken there by private vehicle. All four were treated and released. Continue Reading


Man Shoots Himself in Hand

Details are limited, but a 29-year old man was shot in the hand at the Maple Hills Apartments late Saturday night. Burlington Police say the call came in at 10:55 pm from 300 Angular, Apartment 14. The victim, who authorities did not identify, was taken by private vehicle to Great River Medical Center. No other information has been released Continue Reading


Flood Damage to be Assessed

Some of the areas hit by flooding this summer are still underwater, so the numbers will be preliminary…but damage assessors will be in the area this week, looking at Burlington, Ft. Madison, the North Bottoms & Two Rivers Levee and Drainage Districts, and the Green Bay Bottoms area.  

Burlington and Des Moines County’s various public properties will be evaluated Tuesday…according to Des Moines County Emergency Management Coordinator Gina Hardin…but as her Lee County counterpart Steve Cirinna told us, at this point it’s just an estimate.  

Cirinna says the process will begin this(Mon) afternoon in his area.  Hardin says some of the assessors will meet in her office late this(Mon) morning. Continue Reading


Locals Face Pot, Other Charges

Two Burlington residents were arrested over night yesterday for possession of marijuana. 24-year-old Matthew Banks II was arrested on a Des Moines County Warrant for Criminal Mischief, Possession of a Controlled Substance, and another Criminal Mischief charge after he kicked out the squad car window, shattering it. His girlfriend, 18-year-old Haley Whalen was charged with possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver, interference with official acts, and carrying a weapon (spring loaded knife).   The two were arrested at around 11:20pm on the 400 block of N. Main Street in Burlington. Continue Reading