Trucker Cuts it Too Close D-town

He tried to make a U-turn while northbound on Main Street…at Valley…in downtown Burlington and that’s where he made his mistake. It was a few minutes before 6 o’clock Saturday evening and semi driver Dennis Kopp of Blue Grass clipped the front door awning at the former Hub Towne House. No one was hurt, but there’s also some damage to the front of the building itself, now owned by Mac Coffin. Continue Reading

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Burlington Man Stuns Wife at Howard Johnson Inn

Police arrested a Burlington man yesterday(Sat), after he allegedly argued with, then repeatedly assaulted, a co-worker at the Howard Johnson Inn on Mt. Pleasant Street with a stun-gun. The co-worker happened to be Andre Jones Sr’s wife and he’s now facing charges of Aggravated Domestic Abuse-Assault and Unlawfully Carrying a Weapon. Continue Reading

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Local Man Suffers Gunshot Wound

A New London-area man was injured yesterday(Sat), when he reportedly shot himself…accidentally…while cleaning a 22-caliber rifle. 21-year old Hayden Chapman was taken from 22-99 260th Street to the Henry County Health Center in Mt. Pleasant, where no information is being released about his condition. Henry County deputies…New London Police and Fire & Rescue…and a Health Center ambulance crew all responded to the scene. Continue Reading

“Operation Dry Water” is Here

It’s “Operation Dry Water” weekend and Iowa, Illinois & Missouri authorities are conducting extra patrols on the states’ lakes, rivers and reservoirs. Steve Reighard of the Iowa Department of Natural Resources is one the officers who patrols the Iowa Great Lakes region in northwest Iowa and he says the effects of alcohol can be intensified when combined with the wind and wave action on the lake, as well as extended time in the sun.  

Last year during Operation Dry Water, the Iowa Department of Natural Resources and its partners made contact with more than 426 vessels containing 1,613 boaters — and 90 citations or warnings were issued. According to the “Operation Dry Water” organization, “alcohol use is the leading contributing factor in recreational boater deaths in the United States.” Continue Reading

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Wet, Stormy Weekend Weather

Thunderstorms may dampen the weekend plans of many Iowans who had hoped to attend outdoor concerts, baseball games, bike rides and art festivals.  

Meteorologist Kevin Skow at the National Weather Service, says heavy rain will likely carry right on into Monday. Along with the additional rain, there’s also the chance for tornadoes this weekend. Skow says things are expected to dry out by Tuesday and into the first few days of July next week. Continue Reading

Fort Madison City Mgr. Resigns; Smith Going to Oregon

The City of Fort Madison is in-need of a new chief administrator. City Manager Byron Smith has announced that he’s leaving August 15th to become the new City Manager in Hermiston, Oregon. Smith is resigning after about 5 1/2 years at Fort Madison City Hall and he’s given the City Council proposals from several recruiting firms. Members will be asked to choose one at Tuesday’s meeting and Mayor Brad Randolph will serve as Interim City Manager until Smith’s successor is hired. Continue Reading

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School Board Picks New Superintendent

The Burlington School Board has made its choice of a new superintendent, but it won’t announce who the winner is until details of the contract are worked out. The two finalists, Patrick Sweeney of the Paradise Valley District in Phoenix, Arizona and a native of Dubuque, and Patrick Coen of the Winfield-Mt. Union District, who was born and raised in Burlington, answered questions at a public forum last(Fri) night. Both men have been teachers, building principals and district administrators. Coen also served for 21 years with the Iowa National Guard, part of that time in Afghanistan. Continue Reading

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Bikes for Rent at Welcome Center

A new feature has been added in Downtown Burlington. If you visit the Welcome Center you’ll see a rack of bicycles, and if you want, you can take one for a ride according to Steve Frevert with Downtown Partners… Frevert says people have been asking for them… They’ve already started renting bicycles. They are available at the Welcome Center 7 days a week 9am-4pm. Continue Reading

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