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Mount Pleasant Man Charged With Attempted Murder After Shooting at Car

A Mount Pleasant Man is in jail after allegedly shooting at a passing car. 29 year old Trumaine Hatchett is facing charges of Attempted Murder and Intimidation with a Dangerous Weapon among other charges. Police say Hatchett shot at a pickup truck driven by 33 year old Corey Robinson of Mount Pleasant on Monday evening at the Chesapeake Apartment Complex at 800 N. Palm Street. Upon arriving at the scene, Mount Pleasant Police Officers found broken motor vehicle glass and empty shell casings in a driveway leading out of the parking lot. Robinson’s truck was struck by several bullets, but Robinson himself was uninjured. Continue Reading

Fire Risk High Today, Says National Weather Service

Fire risk is especially high today throughout the listening area, according to the National Weather Service. Warmer tempuratures combined with a lack of precipitation and gusty winds means that any outdoor fire can easily blow out of control. Burlington Fire Chief Matt Trexel urges residents to be careful. “We urge people not to light any fires when it’s windy, dry, and warm, like it is right now,” Trexel told KBUR. The greatest fire danger will be between 1pm and 7pm Tuesday. Continue Reading

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Mayor Dissents on Police Department Renovation Bond Issue

The City of Burlington approved a $2.4 Million bond issue during a Monday night City Council meeting–but Mayor Shane McCampbell voted against the measure. McCampbell took issue with one section of the bond issue: $700,000 for renovations at the City’s Police Department building downtown. City Manager Jim Ferneau called the $700,000 a stop-gap measure to keep the older building up to code, but says that eventually, a more permanent solution to the problem–a new police station, or a large-scale renovation–will need to be addressed, probably to the tune of around $6 million. The $700,000 in renovations will keep the building usable for 5-10 more years. McCampbell says he would rather just find a permanent solution now. Continue Reading

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Around Two Dozen Take to the Streets to Protest Officer Hill Decision

A protest movement drew almost two dozen people to downtown Burlington yesterday, rallying against Des Moines County Attorney Amy Beavers’ decision not to indict Burlington Police Officer Jesse Hill on any charges related to the January 6th death of 34 year old Autumn Steele. “Amy Beavers thinks she can just clear this cop with no consequences,” said protester and activist Jeffrey Justice, “That’s not gonna happen.” Hill has been on paid leave since the January 6th incident that killed 34 year old Autumn Steele. Hill was responding to a domestic dispute between Steele and her husband when the couples dog apparently attacked Hill. While attempting to shoot the dog with his firearm, Hill slipped on the snow, accidentally firing and hitting Steele in the chest. Continue Reading

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Officer Hill Eventually Expected to Return to Burlington Police Department

The Burlington Police Officer who accidentally shot and killed a woman in January while attempting to put down an attacking dog plans to return to active patrol in the future. Burlington Police Chief Doug Beaird says that Officer Jesse Hill is still on paid administrative leave, but is checking into the department every day, helping inside the station. “He’s within the department now…helping with some administrative duties in the evidence room,” Beaird told KBUR after a Burlington City Council meeting, “He’s seeing a licensed psychologist, but once he’s approved to return to active duty, that’s what he’ll do.” Hill has been on paid leave since the January 6th incident that killed 34 year old Autumn Steele. Hill was responding to a domestic dispute between Steele and her husband when the couples dog apparently attacked Hill. Continue Reading

Keokuk Residents Slapped With Drug Charges

Three Keokuk residents have been arrested on a variety of drug charges following two separate investigations by the Lee County Narcotics Task Force. 47 year old Rhea Ann Humes and 56 year old Robert Merle Wrieden of Palean street in Keokuk were arrested at their residence on felony and misdemeanor drug charges. Humes and Wrieden are facing charges of maintaining a drug house and possession of drug paraphernalia. Wrieden’s charges are more severe, he’s also charged with delivery of less than five grams of methamphetamine–a crime he’s been convicted of before. Humes is facing up to 2 years in prison, Wrieden’s elevated charges make him eligible for up to 32 years in prison. Continue Reading

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Burlington City Council to Hold Public Hearings

The Burlington City Council will host a slew of Public Hearings at their regularly scheduled meeting tonight. Among the issues brought in front of the public are two loans totalling $2,400,000 in general obligation loan funds to finance improvements at the police station, a new fire truck, and various road projects. Also on the agenda are a consideration of sewer arch repair , road resurfacing on division street, and a sewer separation plan. The meeting begins at 5:30 Monday at the Burlington City Hall. Continue Reading

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Burlington Woman Apparently Leaves Cell Phone in Car…That She Had Just Broken Into

A Burlington woman is in jail after apparently leaving her cell phone inside of a car that she had just broken into. 41 year old Vicki Lynn McKim, who told arresting officers she lived at the Midtown Motel in Burlington, is facing two counts of Burglary in the 3rd degree for allegedly breaking into two cars–one at the Autumn Heights Apartment complex and the other in the parking garage at Catfish Bend Casino. McKim, allegedly, was witnessed breaking into both cars. While breaking into the car at Autumn Hills apartments, McKim apparently dropped her cell phone inside of that vehicle. At Catfish Bend, the owner of the car she was apparently looking through confronted her, and she fled the scene. Continue Reading