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Rural Nauvoo Shooting: More Details Released, Believed to be an Accident

Police have released more details on a Thursday shooting in Nauvoo, Illinois that police are calling an accident. 67 year old Nanci Culp was shot once while inside of her residence at 1038 East County Road 2100. Hancock County Sheriff Scott Bentzinger says that four shots struck Culp’s home, fired from a rifle roughly 600 feet away from the home, and penetrated through the walls of the structure, with one of those bullets striking Culp. A juvenile suspect has been arrested, pending criminal charges. Police say the juvenile was shooting the rifle and do not believe they intended to harm Culp or even strike the home. Continue Reading

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Senator Grassley Visits Des Moines County

Iowa’s Senior US Senator visited West Burlington today for a townhall meeting with constituents. Republican Senator Chuck Grassley took questions from citizens as he continues his annual tradition of holding meetings in all of Iowa’s 99 counties. Grassley fielded questions on a huge range of topics. He opened by discussing the Trans Pacific Partnership, a trade agreement with a number of pacific nations that has come under fire for its secretive nature and the debate over giving the president “fast track” authority to negotiate trade deals without the possibility of amendment from the legislator. He says that “fast track” has been the way trade deals have been done for years. Continue Reading

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Bullets Strike Rural Nauvoo Home, Kill 67 Year Old Woman

A rural Nauvoo woman is dead following a Thursday morning shooting that might have been an accident. Hancock County Sheriff Scott Bentzinger says the victim was Nanci Culp of 1038 East County Road 2100. She died Thursday morning. The sheriff tells The Quincy Herald-Whig that investigators found Culp’s home was shot several times. An autopsy was scheduled Friday. Continue Reading

Three Car Accident Injures Fort Madison Man

A Fort Madison man was hurt in a three- car accident on Carman Road in rural Henderson County yesterday afternoon. A car driven by 19 year old Jamal Finley of LaHarpe was traveling southbound on Carman road when he failed to yield while approaching two vehicles stopped at a turn. Finley’s pickup ran into the rear of a car driven by 64 year old Ronald Todd, whose vehicle was pushed into the back of another vehicle, driven by 30 year old Brian Covert of LaHarpe. Todd was transported to Great River Medial Center for treatment of non-life threatening injuries. Finley was ticketed for Reckless Driving, Failure to Reduce Speed to Avoid a Crash, and Following too Closely. Continue Reading

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Burlington Police, Des Moines County Sheriff to Expand Digital Storage

The advent of the body-mounted camera is causing a new issue in law enforcement: a lack of digital storage. That’s why the Burlington Police Department and Des Moines County Sheriff’s Department are looking to expand digital storage for their respective departments. To do so, they’re using $19,400 between the two departments from an annual grant disbursement to purchase new server equipment. Burlington Police Chief Doug Beaird says that the department is looking to have the capacity to store videos that can be easily accessed for between 90-120 days before being permanently burned to a Blu-Ray disk. With the expansion of body worn cameras, now utilized by the entire Burlington Police Department, storage space for that video is at a premium. Continue Reading

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Burlington Man Arrested After Running From Traffic Stop

A Burlington man was arrested after running from police following a traffic stop. 20 year old Antoine Tellis of Angular Street was spotted driving by a Burlington Police officer at around 10:00pm on Tuesday. The officer knew that Tellis had active Des Moines County arrest warrants against him. When the officer pulled Tellis over, Tellis allegedly ran from the vehicle in an attempt to avoid arrest. Tellis was apprehended after a short foot chase. Continue Reading

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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

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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