Burlington Trash Pickup Holiday Schedule

Burlington Solid Waste Crews will be off work on Friday, July 3rd for the holiday weekend. Thursday and Friday Trash Pickup will be picked up instead on Thursday, July 2nd. Other routes will remain the same, but crews may come earlier or later in the day than usual. Continue Reading

City of Burlington Working to Pick up Trees, Limbs in Wake of Storms

The City of Burlington is working to clean up tree and limb damage as a result of this weeks severe weather. A Press Release from the City of Burlington says that city crews are hard at work picking up limbs and branches from city right-of ways. Homeowners are reminded that they are responsible for picking up and disposing trees that are on their private property. The City will be picking up small limbs and branches left on the curb through the end of next week, but will not pick up trunks or larger branches. Continue Reading

Vigil for SC Church Shooting Victims to be Held in Burlington

A vigil for the nine people murdered in a South Carolina Church Shooting will be held this weekend in Burlington. South Hill Neighborhood Association Coordinator Carol Bartles says that the vigil service will take place at 6:00pm at the Faith Temple on Maple Street on Friday. Burlington mayor Shane McCampbell will speak at the service. Nine people were killed last Thursday when a gunman opened fire in the historically black church in Charleston, South Carolina. The gunman was apparently motivated by racial hatred. Continue Reading

Muscatine Co. Attorney: Louisa County Sheriff’s Deputy Was ‘Justified’ in Shooting Suspect After Car Chase

A county attorney has ruled a Louisa County Sheriff’s Deputy was justified in his shooting of a motorist earlier this month. The incident in Muscatine County on June 9 involved Louisa County deputy David Perley, who shot 55-year-old Richard Spurling after a chase. Spurling was hit in the right shoulder. The gunfire happened after the chase ended and Perley was approaching Spurling’s vehicle. Spurling has disputed claims that he drove his vehicle in the direction of Perley. Continue Reading

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Strong Early Morning Storms Sneak Up On Burlington

Strong storms took just about everyone by surprise this morning. “We had a large complex of showers and thunderstorms. A lot of widespread 1 to 3 inch amounts [of rain]. There were some isolated strong storms, including one that hit the Burlington area with reports of 60 mile an hour winds, and possible a little bit higher,” said National Weather Service Meteorologist Bill Nichols. Even the National Weather Service was blindsided by the storm, which hit around 12:30 am. A Severe Thunderstorm Warning was never issued for the storm. Continue Reading

Fort Madison Man Facing 40 Years on Marijuana Charges

A Fort Madison Man is facing 40 years in prison if convicted on drug charges. 37 year old Adam Ray Sutton was arrested by Lee County Narcotics Task Force at a home in Denmark, Iowa, on felony and misdemeanor drug charges. Sutton is charged with Possession with Intent to Deliver Marijuana within 1000 feet of a Public Park, Drug Stamp Tax Violation, Child Endangerment, Maintaining a Drug House, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, and Possession of Marijuana. The arrest stems from an investigation into the illegal drug trade in the Lee County Area. He faces 40 years in prison due to previous drug convictions. Continue Reading

Light Plane Crash in Northern Iowa, No Injuries

CHARLES CITY, Iowa (AP) — No injuries have been reported in the crash of a light plane that lost power while flying over northern Iowa. The Floyd County Sheriff’s Office says the Piper PA-24 Comanche was being flown by David Priebe, of Sumner, when it lost power a little before 7 p.m. Tuesday. Priebe had 6,500 feet of altitude to work with as he maneuvered his single-engine aircraft toward the Charles City airport and tried to set down there. The Sheriff’s Office says the plane overshot the landing and ended up in a ditch that runs alongside U.S. Highway 18. The office says Priebe and his wife, who was flying with him, were not hurt. Continue Reading

Aaron Shelley. Courtesy: Des Moines County Jail.

Man Arrested After He Allegedly Sold Cocaine to Undercover Cops

Burlington Police have arrested a man after he allegedly sold crack cocaine to undercover officers. 29 year old Aaron Shelley was arrested by members of the Southeast Iowa Narcotics Taskforce on Monday. Burlington Police Lt. Jeff Klein. “Over the course of several months, we conducted four separate narcotics transactions with Mr. Shelley,” said Burlington Police Lt. Jeff Klein, “We were able to establish probable cause to obtain a search warrant for his residence… Mr. Shelley was not present when we first executed the search warrant, shortly thereafter, we observed him driving in the area, a traffic stop was executed, and he was arrested without incident.” Continue Reading

Board of Supervisors to Hold Off on Financial Assistance Against Des Moines Water Works Suit

The Des Moines County Board of Supervisors will not pledge financial support to the ongoing legal battle between Des Moines Water Works and Calhoun, Sac, and Buena Vista Counties over nitrate runoff, at least, not yet. The board met with members of the Two Rivers Drainage District board during a Tuesday morning work session. Members of the Drainage District told the supervisors that the lawsuit has wide ranging implications, and that the board should keep a close eye on ongoing developments in the case. Scott Power is a lawyer who works with the district. “It’s a federal court suit that will affect every farm in the State of Iowa,” Power said. Continue Reading