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One Injured Following Valley Street Shooting

Burlington Police say that a person was shot last night in the 1300 block of Valley Street. Police responded to a report of shots fired at around 9:59pm. Upon arrival, they found shell casings and blood, indicative of a shooting. Shortly after police arrived on scene, they were informed by staff at Great River Medical Center that a man arrived at the hospital with a gunshot wound to the neck. He was airlifted to University of Iowa Hospital for further treatment. Continue Reading

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Body of Missing Boater Found

The body of a boater who was missing since his small boat went under the roller dam at Lock and Dam 18 on the Mississippi River north of Burlington on Sunday has been found. The body of Christopher Corson, age 33, was found shortly before 11:30am Monday. Corson and Anthony Zurmuehlen, age 30, both of Burlington, were fishing near Lock and Dam 18 when their boat was pulled under the dam, causing it to roll over. Zurmuehlen managed to stay alive by grabbing onto a log below the roller dam and working his way to the surface and, eventually, to shore, where he was found by a Department of Natural Resources Officer around 3:00pm. After being taken to Great River Medical Center, he was discharged without injury. Continue Reading

Racers move up the winding road in the Women's pro category. Photo by KBUR Contributor Theresa O'Neill.

A Photo Finish at the Snake Alley Criterium

The Snake Alley Criterium on Saturday was one to remember. It was one of the closest finishes in race history in the men’s pro division as Christopher Uberti of South Carolina edged out Australian Chris Winn by merely two inches to take the championship title. Winn had led Uberti for most of the race, up until the last lap. “We were working well together the entire time, and we both put in little attacks on the hill, so we knew it was going to come down to a sprint,” Uberti told KBUR, “It was just a drag race.” It was Uberti’s fifth Snake Alley Criterium, but his first win. Continue Reading

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One Boater Rescued, Another Missing After Boat Goes Over Roller Dam Near Burlington

One boater is still unaccounted for after a small boat went over the roller dam at Lock and Dam 18 on the Mississippi River north of Burlington. Iowa Department of Natural resources officials say that one person was rescued from the river after the boat overturned. The rescued boater was found clinging to a log before he was rescued late Sunday afternoon. The second occupant has yet to be found. Search efforts have been called off until Monday morning, when there is more daylight. Continue Reading

DCI Now Investigating Prostitutes-For-Pipelines Allegations

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation is checking allegations that an agent working for a pipeline company offered to hire a prostitute for a landowner if he would allow access to his land. The 61-year-old Lee County landowner, Hughie Tweedy, has said he has recorded proof that the agent made the offer. The proposed underground pipeline would carry 450,000 barrels daily from production sites in North Dakota to a hub in Illinois. Division of Criminal Investigation spokesman Alex Murphy told The Des Moines Register that his agency was asked by the Lee County attorney to join an investigation. The company, Energy Transfer Partners, has said it is investigating the allegation about the agent, who the company said was working for a contractor. Continue Reading

The Snake Alley Criterium is internationally known as an extremely challenging, world class race. Photo By:

World Class Bike Racing This Weekend With Burlington Road Races, Snake Alley Criterium

It’s the annual Snake Alley Criterium and Burlington Road Races, a full weekend of world class cycling action right here in Burlington…and it starts today. The Burlington Road Race starts at 3:15 pm this afternoon. It’s a long distance race stretching for 95 miles. Heading from Burlington on highway 99, turning north on G56 to Grandview before returning on highway 99 back to Burlington for the finish on Main Street in front of the post office. Another distance race also taking place today is the Mediapolis-Burlington Road race between, of course, Mediapolis and Burlington. Continue Reading

Man Dead Following Rural Illinois Motorcycle Accident

A man is dead following a motorcycle accident near Gerlaw, Illinois, just north of Monmouth yesterday. Illinois State Police confirm that James C. Brinton, age unknown, was killed at around 3:15pm when he lost control of his motorcycle and went into a skid on 245th Avenue west of 140th street. Brinton’s motorcycle struck a guardrail, killing him. Illinois State Police say that the accident was caused due to wet road conditions that persisted at the time. Continue Reading

Alexander Shirts. Courtesy: Des Moines County Jail

Burlington Man Arrested After 3 Year Old Assaulted

A Burlington man was arrested Tuesday after police say he assaulted his girlfriend’s 3 year old son. Police say that 26 year old Alexander P. Shirts assaulted the child in February. The child showed signs of bruising and had two black eyes when his father picked him up from his mother’s home. Shirts and the child’s mother claim the boy fell off of a couch. Investigators say the child testified he was hit by Shirts. Continue Reading


West Burlington Sells Old Public Works Lots

The five lots that the City of West Burlington created out of the space formerly occupied by the City’s old public works building have been sold. Five bidders competed for the five lots, however, only three bidders walked away with a piece of land. With minimum bids set at $20,000, lots sold between $21,185 and $27,356. Lot one was sold to Valerie and Benjamin Franklin, Lot two sold to Brian Wooldridge. BK Land, LLC, purchased lots four, five, and six. Continue Reading