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Burn Bans Lifted

The burn bans for Des Moines and Lee Counties have now been lifted. Des Moines County Emergency Management Coordinator Gina Hardin lifted their ban at 10 am and Lee County cancelled its ban as of 8 am. The burn ban is still in effect in Henry County, Iowa and the Biggsville, Illinois Fire Protection District. Continue Reading


Details of 2-Wheeled Accidents Lacking

Unconfirmed sources say a car hit a bicycle around 8:30 this morning on Old Route 34 between Danville and Middletown.   


Des Moines County deputies haven’t released any details yet. Two men in their early 20’s were knocked out early this(Fri) morning when the dirt-bike-style motorcycle they were riding on crashed, near the corner of 14th and Locust in Burlington. City police say they got the call shortly after 2:35 and headed to the scene, along with a Burlington Fire Department ambulance. Both men were taken to Great River Medical Center with what authorities say are non-life-threatening injuries…but police were not able to talk to them because they were unconscious. Continue Reading


Get Rid of Unused Drugs Tomorrow

Local, regional and federal law enforcement will collect and dispose of all your expired, unused and unwanted prescription drugs tomorrow(Sat) at locations in Burlington and Montrose. The Southeast Iowa Narcotics Task Force will be set up from 10 to noon at Slumberland Furniture…next to Hy-Vee on Agency…..and the Lee County Sheriff’s Department will take your unwanted drugs…no questions asked…from 10 to 2 tomorrow(Sat) at the sheriff’s office near Montrose. Continue Reading


Update on Old JCPenny Building on Jefferson Street

A downtown building that has sat empty for 37 years is in the process of being transformed. Steve Frevert with Downtown Partners gave us an update on the renovation of the old JCPenny building that sits at 520 Jefferson Street… Frevert says it may become a new downtown restaurant… New windows will also be put in. They hope to have them installed before the Snake Alley Criterium. Continue Reading


Mini Riot on South Hill in Burlington

Police say two females were beaten by two males late yesterday afternoon on Burlington’s south side, and the assaults led to a mini crime wave and a large crowd gathering on Maple and South 9th Streets.  

City police are still trying to sort things out, but Sergeant Chad Zahn says what is known is that following the attacks, someone shot out a car window with what appeared to be a B.B. or pellet gun. After that, two houses in the neighborhood were vandalized, apparently in retaliation. Zahn says at its peak, the crowd numbered about 30 people, most of them watching what was going on. The initial call came in shortly before 4:30 yesterday afternoon and police continue their investigation. Continue Reading

Garrett Brockway Baseball Clinic this Saturday

Local boys and girls will learn about baseball from the pro’s this Saturday. The Burlington Bee’s are hosting their 2nd Annual Garrett Brockway Baseball Clinic. Garrett’s dad, Bruce Brockway, says he and his son attended these camps and always had a lot of fun… Manager of the Bees, Bill Richardson says they’ll have several stations set up around the ball park for the kids… The clinic is $25 for boys and girls ages 7-14. Continue Reading


Accused Meth-Maker Busted

It was a busy morning for Burlington Police today(Thurs) — They made a traffic stop at Agency and Osborn just after 3:45 and the passenger was a man they’d been looking for since early last month. 24-year old Chris Oberlander of Burlington was served with warrants for Manufacturing Methamphetamine, Possession of Meth Precursors, Criminal Mischief and Theft.  He’ll spend some time in the county jail.   Authorities say his mother, as she was evicting him from an apartment at 13-10 Jefferson on March 4th, found meth-making materials and called police.  

By the way, the driver of the car stopped this(Thur) morning was 45-year old Troy Phillips, who will face a laundry list of charges, including Possession of Marijuana and Other Dangerous Drugs and Driving Without a License. Continue Reading


Two More Locals Arrested for Passing Fake Checks

Two more people were arrested today for the passing of fraudulent checks in the Burlington area. The Burlington Police Department has been investigating this crime for the past two months, arresting six individuals. The latest arrests made today were of 20-year-old Kendall Buckley of Burlington and 31-year-old Brian Bruce of West Burlington. They have been charged with Ongoing Criminal Conduct and are being held in the Des Moines County Jail on $25,000 bond pending a court appearance. The fraudulent payroll checks these individuals are passing around are allegedly from businesses such as UPS, Target, Wal-Mart and Applebees. Continue Reading


Burglar Still on the Loose in Mediapolis

The town of Mediapolis is still dealing with a number of burglaries. The Des Moines County Sheriff’s Department has been working hard trying to figure out who is behind all the car and home break-ins, but have not found the individual yet. There was a burglary arrest made last week but Sheriff Mike Johnstone says, it’s not the person they’re looking for… Crime Stoppers is still offering a reward of up to $1,000 for any information that leads to an arrest. The Sheriff believes the burglar is a young male from descriptions he’s received, but has no further details because the man has only been seen at night. Continue Reading