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One Injured in South 10th Street Shooting

Another man shot in Burlington in the early hours of Sunday morning. Police responded to a report of shots fired near 553 South 10th Street at around 1:24 am. There, they found a male victim who was shot at least once. That man was taken to Great River Medical Center for treatment and is expected to survive. The investigation is still ongoing. Continue Reading

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Drunk Driver Sends One to the Hospital

A drunk driver nearly caused a head on collision that sent one to the hospital early Sunday morning. At around 4:40 am, 52 year old Ana Berta Cisneros of Lomax was intoxicated and driving south on Carman road when their vehicle crossed into the northbound lane and sideswiped a vehicle driven by 48 year old David Stevens of Burlington. The collision sent both vehicles careening off the roadway. Stevens was taken to Great River Medical Center while Cisneros declined treatment. Cisneros was arrested for Driving Under the Influence and Improper Lane Usage. Continue Reading

Road Restrictions Announced on Main Street

The 600 Block of North Main street will be restricted to one lane in each direction starting Monday. The Burlington Public Works Department says that a private contractor will be repairing the US 34 overpass. Parking will be restricted to one side at a time. Continue Reading

Two Injured in McDonough County Crash

Two were injured in a two vehicle accident in rural McDonough County, Illinois. Illinois State Police say that a car driven by 86 year old Galen Olson of Macomb failed to yield at a stop sign at CR 1950 N and pulled in front of a truck driven by 47 year old Karen McCance of Good Hope, IL. Olson’s car flipped into a nearby ditch. He was flown by Quincy Air Evac to Peoria St. Francis Hospital. Continue Reading

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Large Layoff Reported at Iowa Fertilizer Plant; Construction Suspended Through Weekend

One of the large contractors at the Iowa Fertilizer Plant construction site in Wever has apparently pulled out of the nearly $2 billion project, and construction has been suspended through the weekend. Employees contracted under AECOM-URS, a multi-national contracting company, were laid off upon reporting to work on Friday. A large number of the 2,900 employees working on the plant were contracted under AECOM-URS . Some local employees say that they expect to be rehired next week under another company. “In construction projects this large, it’s common for sub-contractors to be exchanged,” Iowa Fertilizer Spokesman Alex Shaner wrote in an emailed statement to KBUR, “Many of the construction workers will continue working on the project through different sub-contractors.” Continue Reading

Legislature Passes Bill to Expunge Not-Guilty Verdict Records

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The Iowa Legislature has passed a bill that would expunge the records of people with not-guilty verdicts and dismissed criminal charges. The Senate voted 42-0 Thursday for the bill. The chamber already had approved the bill but had to vote again after the House made changes, including adding a 180-day waiting period for the records to be expunged. The House approved its version 96-0 Tuesday. Current law allows such information to remain on a person’s records indefinitely. Continue Reading

Government Oversight Committee May Tackle Civil Forfeiture

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Lawmakers in a government oversight committee say they may propose changes to an Iowa law that allows authorities to seize money and other items from people suspected of illegal activity. People in support of reforming what is known as civil asset forfeiture testified Wednesday that revising state law could ensure people are treated more fairly. The Iowa law allows authorities to seize assets like cash, cars or property from a person suspected of illegal activity. Law enforcement officials can keep the items, even if a case does not result in a conviction. Critics say the law makes it difficult for a person to recover seized items. Law enforcement officials disagree, though noted they were open to working with lawmakers to tighten guidelines in the law to better track seized items. Continue Reading

Bicycle Murder Trial Opens

BURLINGTON, Iowa (AP) — Prosecutors say a jury in the trial of a man accused of gunning down a Burlington bicyclist in August may never know why the man was fatally shot, but they’ll know who shot him. The Hawk Eye reports a jury was empaneled Wednesday and opening statements delivered in the trial of 39-year-old Joshua Royer, of Burlington. He’s charged with first-degree murder in the shooting death of 50-year-old Eddie Cooper Martin. Justin Stonerook, an assistant Des Moines County attorney, says evidence presented in the trial will show Royer shot Martin three times from his car as Martin was riding his bike in August. But Royer’s attorney, James Beres, says evidence will instead reveal poor police work and witnesses who didn’t actually see the shooting. Continue Reading

14 Year Old Arrested After Teacher Tracks Stolen Phone

Police say that a stolen cellphone resulted in the arrest of a Burlington Juvenile at Westland Mall. Burlington Police arrested a 14 year old juvenile after a teacher at Aldo Leopold Middle School reported that her cell phone was stolen while she was running an afterschool program. Surveillance footage from the school implicated the 14 year old. The teacher used a program loaded onto her phone that allowed her to track the stolen device from her home. She informed police that the stolen phone was detected by the program in the vicinity of Westland Mall. Continue Reading