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Dead Macomb Man was Probably Strangled

Autopsy results show that the cause of death of a 43-year-old Macomb man is consistent with a “cause of death by strangulation”. At around 8am Sunday Macomb Police received a call that Ramone Doyle was not breathing. The caller also stated he had been in a fight. Doyle was pronounced dead at McDonough District Hospital. Police are in the process of conducting interviews with witnesses. Continue Reading

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Warm-Up Causing Roads to Flood

As the temperatures go up, the snow piles are beginning to melt and flood the streets. Henderson County Sheriff, Steve Haynes, is warning drivers of hydroplaning and is urging people to drive with caution through those flooded streets. Des Moines County Engineer, Brian Carter, says the freeze-thaw cycle we’re seeing is a recipe for disaster… “Drainage doesn’t work very well when you have this much snow and no where for the water to go. And to top it off, because gravel roads stay cold longer, some of that rain could turn to ice on the gravel roads also. Continue Reading

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Boil Order May End Tonight

An order that has Burlington and West Burlington residents drinking bottled water or boiling it before they consume it, may be lifted tonight. Allen Borden with Waterworks in Burlington, told us yesterday that they’ve called in a contractor for today to help fix the water transmission lines. In order to lift the boil order, more water samples will be tested today. If the samples come back clean, the boil order may be lifted late tonight. Continue Reading

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City Council to Deal with Financial Matters, Trees

THE BURLINGTON CITY COUNCIL MEETS TONITE(TUE) AND WILL DEAL WITH SEVERAL FINANCIAL MATTERS, INCLUDING AN AMENDMENT TO ITS BONDING AGREEMENT WITH THE PIPER-JAFFRAY UNDERWRITING COMPANY…A RESOLUTION APPROVING A 120-MILLION DOLLAR LIST OF URBAN REVITALIZATION TAX EXEMPTIONS…AND SETTING A MARCH 3RD PUBLIC HEARING FOR NEXT YEAR’S BUDGET.  

THE COUNCIL WILL ALSO CONSIDER A 32-THOUSAND DOLLAR BID FROM BOUGHTON’S TREE SERVICE TO TAKE OUT ABOUT FOUR DOZEN ASH TREES IN THE CITY’S RIGHT-OF-WAYS…AND MEMBERS ARE EXPECTED TO FORMALIZE A 5-YEAR SUSPENSION OF ITS 62-HUNDRED-DOLLAR-A-YEAR PAYMENT TO THE BURLINGTON BEES. ¬† TONITE’S(TUE) COUNCIL MEETING BEGINS AT 6:30 AND IS OPEN TO THE PUBLIC. Continue Reading

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Des Moines, Lee Counties Could Team Up in MH Plan

THE MAN WHO DEALS WITH THE NEEDS OF THE MENTALLY ILL IN DES MOINES COUNTY AND THE COUNTY’S JAIL ADMINISTRATOR HAVE TEAMED UP TO TRY AND HELP THOSE WHO END UP BEING PUT IN JAIL BECAUSE THERE’S NO OTHER ALTERNATIVE.  

JAIL ADMINISTRATOR DUANE WORTHY SAYS SOMETIMES, THEY’RE ARRESTED…RELEASED…AND ARRESTED AGAIN WITHIN DAYS BECAUSE THEIR MEDICATION WEARS OFF AND THEY DON’T…OR CAN’T…GET MORE. WORTHY AND CPC DIRECTOR KEN HYNDMAN ARE LOOKING FOR A SOCIAL WORKER WITH A MASTER’S DEGREE, TO EVALUATE THOSE WITH MENTAL PROBLEMS WHEN THEY’RE JAILED AND TO FOLLOW UP WHEN THEY GET OUT. Continue Reading

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Burlington BOIL ORDER Morning Update

Burlington and West Burlington are still under a boil order, meaning residents should not drink the water without boiling it for one minute. Waterworks Superintendent Allen Borden told us this morning that the system is up and running, almost.. “The system is fairly well back to normal. We’re still low in some areas but we’re holding our own, and we’ve got a set of samples. We’ll take some more tonight. Continue Reading

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Lee County Home Destroyed by Fire

An early morning fire today destroyed a Franklin man’s home. Taj Kite was in Burlington when the blaze was called in by a passing paper deliveryman around 5am. A West Point crew led the effort to knock it down, but the house and a nearby truck were almost fully involved by the time they got there. They had help from the Lee County Engineer’s Office, who spread sand on the road so the engine wouldn’t slide off. The Des Moines Township, Houghton, and Donnellson Departments also sent crews and equipment, and managed to save some adjacent propane tanks. Continue Reading

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Boil Order for Burlington

The City of Burlington is asking it’s customers to boil their water. This also includes the city of West Burlington. Earlier this evening there was a large water main break in a transmission line from the treatment plant to town. The break caused a portion of the water system to become depressurized. There is no indication that the water has been contaminated, but as a precautionary measure, the city is encouraging people in Burlington and West Burlington to follow this advisory until further notified. Continue Reading