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3 Burlington Residents Arrested for Forgery

Three Burlington residents were taken into custody today for passing fraudulently issued payroll checks. The Burlington Police Department has been investigating the case for the past two weeks and today arrested 20-year-old Dabrielle Dixon, 24-year-old Demone Head, and 24-year-old Andre Kindrick. So far, detectives have determined that in excess of $7,500 has been obtained by the suspects in the Burlington area alone. All three young adults have been charged with two counts of forgery and are currently in the Des Moines County Jail. Additional arrests are expected. Continue Reading

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Vet Bills Increase for PAW After Puppies Diagnosed w/ Parvo

The medical bills are piling up fast right now at PAW Animal Shelter in Fort Madison. The shelter received a litter of puppies, and two of them have been diagnosed with Parvo. Shelter Director Sandy Brown says usually when this happens, it’s a life threatening situation for the animal… “Basically a dog sick with Parvo looks like a concentration camp victim. If you cant keep them hydrated, then they die.” Continue Reading

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As Frost Deepens, Oquawka Water And Sewer Lines Freeze

It’s not an uncommon problem this winter, but in a village the size of Oquawka, frozen water service and septic lines are giving residents fits. Certified water operator Jenna Link syas they ‘ve got a list of more than 20 homes already and are dealing with the situations one by one. Oquawka is a realtively small town of about 1,500 people, and Link says its two public works employees and small equiptment can’t do it all.  Link also says they have water for drinking and flushing available to those affected. The phone numbers to call for help are (309) 867-3481 and (309) 221-4096 Continue Reading

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2-Inch Rainfall Floods Burlington Streets, Turns Ditch into “Flint Creek,” for Local Motorist

There was a large amount of surface flooding in the area yesterday as about two inches of rain was added to a number of ice blocked gutters and sewers. As the snow continued to melt, culverts and ditches overflowed on to streets and roads, and a water main broke, causing flooding on Roosevelt Aveneue, Mason Rd, and Lawrence Dr, among other places. During the storm, a young Illinois woman lost control of her minivan on Highway 34 just west of the Roosevelt exit and drove down the embankment into about two feet of water, which she thought was Flint Creek.  19 year old Kim Russell of Sping Grove was not injured. Continue Reading

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Flooding In The Burlington Area

Rain this morning and afternoon mixed with melting snow has proved to be too much for Burlington area storm drains to handle.  Here’s a quick look at some flooding throughout the area. If you’ve got pictures of flooding around town, email them to news@kbur.com, or post them on our Facebook page. //

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Danville Schools Leaning Towards Balanced Calendar

West Burlington isn’t the only school district in our area looking at a balanced calendar. Danville has already held a couple informational meetings with the community to get their input on the change of schedule. Danville’s Superintendent Gary LeLacy told us that the school improvement advisory committee, which consists of parents, students, teachers, and school board members, have been talking about a balanced calendar for over a year now… “We talked about student achievement, how much we’re losing during the summer, and starting to explore a better use of our calendar.” DeLacy is working on a new calendar that would start August 11th this year. Continue Reading

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WB City Council Seeks 74-Cent PropTax Increase

THE WEST BURLINGTON CITY COUNCIL IS CONSIDERING A 74-CENT HIKE IN PROPERTY TAXES.  

DURING A WORK SESSION AFTER LAST(WED) NITE’S REGULAR MEETING, MEMBERS CHOSE THE INCREASE OVER TAPPING INTO THE RAINY DAY FUND…WHICH WOULD LOSE ABOUT 92-THOUSAND DOLLARS. IF THE CONSENSUS DECISION STICKS, WEST BURLINGTON’S RATE WILL RISE FROM 9-DOLLARS-AND-75-CENTS PER THOUSAND DOLLARS OF ASSESSED VALUE, TO 10-49. ONCE THE BUDGET IS PUBLISHED, THE CITY CAN LOWER THE RATE, BUT NOT RAISE IT. COUNCIL MEMBERS KARA STEWARD…DOUG ERVINE…AND THERESE LEES ARE IN FAVOR OF THE INCREASE, WHILE ROD CROWNER AND RICK RALEIGH ARE NOT. Continue Reading

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Burlington Woman Convicted of Pot Possession During Traffic Stop Will Get New Trial

The Iowa Court of Appeals has reversed the drug conviction of a Burlington woman that was the result of A noise ordinance violation. Officer Ryan Smith stopped Laura Loots in April of 2012, saying he could hear music coming from her car over 50 feet away and she had violated the noise ordinance. The officer found marijuana in the car and Loots was later convicted of violating the noise ordinance and possession of marijuana. Loots was given 30 days in jail, a 250-dollar fine and had her driver’s license suspended for 180 days. She appealed, saying the traffic stop was not justified. Continue Reading

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Trailer Fire Claims Two Lives in Salem, IA.

Two people are dead after a trailer home went up in flames this evening in Salem, Iowa, a town just 40 minutes from Burlington. According to Salem’s Fire Chief, there appeared to have been some sort of explosion that caused the trailer, which was located at 3207 James Avenue, to go up in flames at around 4:45pm. An investigation is currently being conducted. The names of the victims are not being released yet so authorities can notify the family. We’ll have more information as soon as it’s available. Continue Reading