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Burlington Family Arrested for Child Endangerment and Child Porn

Burlington Police have arrested three members of the same family on sex abuse charges involving children. 20-year-old Andrew Wells of 532 Summer Street turned himself in Monday evening, telling detectives that he had molested children and downloaded hundreds of videos and photos of children engaged in sexual acts with adults and other children. He was charged with two counts of Sexual Exploitation of a Minor and is being held in the Des Moines County Jail on a $100,000 bond. Upon further investigation, police yesterday charged Wells’ parents, 49-year-old Brian and 39-year-old Janelle Wells of the same address, with two counts each of Child Endangerment. They allegedly allowed younger children in the home to be molested repeatedly by an older sibling over the last 8-9 years, without trying to stop it, even though the children asked for help. Continue Reading

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4th Person, Homeless Man, Charged in Check Scam

POLICE ARRESTED THREE SUSPECTS LAST WEEK…AND NOW, A FOURTH PERSON HAS BEEN CHARGED WITH PASSING PHONY PAYROLL CHECKS FROM FAIRFIELD TO DUBUQUE AND FROM MT. PLEASANT TO THE QUAD-CITIES. 20-YEAR OLD DIAMOND COLEMAN…WHO AUTHORITIES SAY IS HOMELESS…HAS BEEN CHARGED WITH FELONY FORGERY AND IS BEING HELD IN THE DES MOINES COUNTY JAIL ON 5-THOUSAND DOLLARS BOND. Continue Reading

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Montrose Area Farm Shed Burns

FIRE DESTROYED A FARM STORAGE BUILDING AT 35-01 270TH AVENUE IN LEE COUNTY EARLY THIS(WED) MORNING.  

CREWS FROM JACKSON TOWNSHIP…DES MOINES TOWNSHIP… MONTROSE…AND KEOKUK…WERE CALLED TO FIGHT THE FLAMES…BUT AT LEAST TWO OF THE ENGINES AT THE SCENE FROZE UP WHEN FIREFIGHTERS TRIED TO USE THEM.  NO WORD YET ON INJURIES…DAMAGE ESTIMATE…OR CAUSE. Continue Reading

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Board Gets Serious About a 4-Lane Highway 61

Des Moines County Board Chairman Bob Beck announced this morning that the Highway 61 Coalition has decided to get serious about making their voices heard in the state capital… “The coalition has money in its treasury and decided to hire a lobbyist to work on 61, and letting the name be known. We’ve had word come down that people in the governor’s staff didn’t even know there was a 61 Coalition. So we are going to do that…” The need for a 4-lane Highway-61 heading north from Burlington has become a more pressing matter with the impending opening of the Iowa Fertilizer Plant south of Wever, and all the truck traffic that will involve. Continue Reading

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Financial Talk at City Council Meeting

THERE WERE SOME FINANCIAL MATTERS DISCUSSED AT LAST(MON) NIGHT’S BURLINGTON CITY COUNCIL WORK SESSION. ADMINISTRATIVE SERVICES DIRECTOR STEPHANIE STUECKER WAS ASKED IF THERE’S ANY NEWS YET ON THE CITY’S BOND STATUS FROM THE  MOODY’S RATINGS SERVICE AND SHE SAID THEY’RE EXPECTING A CALL TOMORROW(WEDS) MORNING. LAST WEEK, VETERAN CITY SPENDING CRITIC LEON SHAHAN WANTED TO KNOW HOW MUCH IN TAX ABATEMENTS THE CITY HANDED OUT TO DEVELOPERS AND STUECKER PULLED THOSE NUMBERS TOGETHER.  ALL TOLD, THE CITY IS ABATING MORE THAN $438,000. STUECKER FILLED IN LAST(MON) NITE FOR CITY MANAGER JIM FERNEAU. Continue Reading

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Miller-Meeks to Campaign in WB, Mt. Pleasant Wednesday

MARIANNETTE MILLER-MEEKS IS HOPING THE THIRD TIME IS A CHARM. THE OTTUMWA OPTHAMOLOGIST AND FORMER DIRECTOR OF THE STATE’S DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC HEALTH HAS DECIDED TO SEEK THE REPUBLICAN NOMINATION FOR CONGRESS FROM IOWA’S SECOND DISTRICT…AND, IF SHE WINS, TO FACE INCUMBENT DEMOCRAT DAVE LOEBSACK…JUST AS SHE DID IN 2008 AND AGAIN IN 2010. MILLER-MEEKS WILL MEET WITH SUPPORTERS TOMORROW(WEDS) MORNING FROM 7:30 TO 8:30 AT THE IVY BAKE SHOPPE IN WEST BURLINGTON…THAT’S AT SHOTTENKIRK’S…AND THEN AT 9:15 IN THE MT. PLEASANT HY-VEE.  

SHE’S THE SECOND REPUBLICAN TO ANNOUNCE FOR THE SEAT; THE OTHER IS STATE REPRESENTATIVE MARK LOFGREN OF MUSCATINE. Continue Reading

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BHS May move Graduation to SCC Gym

There wasn’t much to report at tonight’s Burlington School Board Meeting, but Superintendent Jane Evans did mention a possible venue change for BHS Graduation. Normally, if the weather is nice, graduation takes place at Bracewell Stadium. If it rains, they move it to the Burlington High School Gym, which can be uncomfortable on a hot, muggy summer day when there is no air conditioning. Evans informed the board tonight of possibly moving graduation to Southeastern Community College’s Gym…. “This year, depending upon future board action, we might be in the beginning stages of the press box construction on Sunday, May 25th.” Continue Reading

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Dead Animals Found in Van of Southeast Iowa Man

A Drakesville man has pleaded not guilty to charges related to the discovery of more than 20 animals in a van. 45-year-old Roger Blew entered his plea Friday in Wapello County district court. He was charged with improperly confining animals and three counts of animal cruelty after an officer responding to a complaint found the animals in the van owned by Blew. One animal in the van was dead, one died while police were inspecting the vehicle and another had to be euthanized. The animals prompted police to check Blew’s home, where they found at least 100 goats, pigs, mice, turtles and other animals living inside. Continue Reading

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What the Spray Paint on Your Ash Tree Means

One by one, Ash Trees around Burlington are being cut down due to the infestation of the Emerald Ash Borer. If you’ve noticed colored markings on a tree near your sidewalk, chances are you have an Ash Tree. Administrative Assistant for Burlington’s Parks Department, Tabetha Miller, says it’s part of a tagging system the city has started since the Emerald Ash Borer was discovered in Burlington this past summer… “If you have an orange or red mark on your tree, which could just be a dot, an “X”, or an “R”, it means that tree will be coming down this year. If you have a blue marking on your tree, which should just be a dot, it will be treated. Continue Reading