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One Person Shot After Gunman Opens Fire At Coralville Mall

Information from the Iowa City Press Citizen

At least one person has been shot during an incident at the Coral Ridge Mall in Coralville. A witness says a mall security officer who had been fired earlier in the day shot a teenage girl Friday night at the Mall. The Iowa City Press-Citizen reports that several shots rang out in the food court area near the carousel entrance about 7:30 p.m.

Ryan Ross, who works at a mall kiosk, said he recognized the shooter as a security officer in his mid-20s who had been fired earlier in the day. Ross said after he heard the shots fired, the shooter went past him. “He made eye contact with me, I saw the gun and he sprinted off” down the main corridor of the mall, Ross said. Continue Reading

BPD: Man Spits on Correctional Officer After Assault Arrest

A man arrested for domestic assault allegedly spat on a Des Moines County Correctional Officer while being booked in the County Jail on Wednesday. Burlington Police first responded to an incident on highway 34 at mile marker 262 at around 5:26 am, where they found 20 year old Dakota Poland arguing with a juvenile girl in the grassy highway median. Upon police arrival, Poland allegedly took off running and was eventually apprehended in the 2200 block of Burlington Avenue. Police say he was intoxicated. The juvenile girl told police she was assaulted by Poland. Continue Reading

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Burlington to Spend $1.1 Million on Parks in 2016 Fiscal Year

Burlington is getting ready to spend over $1 million for improvements to the city’s 14 parks starting next fiscal year. Development and Parks Director Eric Tysland spoke to the Burlington City Council on Monday. “Some of the needs [include] updated amenities because many of our parks are in core areas of town that were set up a long time ago. A lot of those amenities are aging and we’re working to update those,” Tysland said. About $531,000 will be set aside for park maintenance and $380,000 for forestry operations. Continue Reading

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Hillary Clinton to Visit Burlington on Sunday

Democratic Presidential Candidate and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will be in Burlington this weekend at a private event. Clinton will be visiting a “House Party” in Burlington on Sunday at around 3:15, but few specifics are available. The event is not open to the public. According to a campaign spokesperson, Clinton will make brief opening statements to the press before attending the event. It will be the second small “House Party” she’ll be attending on Sunday. Continue Reading

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Possible Tornado Touches Down in Mercer County as Storms Sweep Region

More Storms causing headaches throughout the area. Parts of Des Moines County were hit with about an inch of rain last night. The storms last night were less severe than those that blew through the area on Wednesday night, but still caused a Tornado Watch to be issued for McDonough County in Illinois. Storms were more severe around the Quad cities area. A possible tornado might have touched down in rural Mercer County, two miles outside of Reynolds, Illinois. Continue Reading

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Two Arrested Following Assault on West Burlington Officer

A West Burlington man is in jail after police say he assaulted a West Burlington Police Officer while that officer was attempting to arrest another man. Police initially came into contact with 32 year old Michael J. Hurka and 56 year old Kevin White while responding to a report of a vehicle burglary. While asking White for identification, police say he became uncooperative and did not comply with police orders. As the officer was attempting to arrest White, he allegedly resisted and thats when police say that Hurka attempted to grab and pull the officer to the ground. Hurka was arrested and charged with Aggravated Public Intoxication, Interference with Official Acts, Assault on a Police Officer, and Burglary of a Motor Vehicle after a witness told police she saw Hurka enter a vehicle and steal a purse. Continue Reading

State Patrol Urges Smartphone Users to Keep AMBER Alerts On

Hundreds of thousands of smartphone users in Iowa were jolted awake around 2 o’clock this Wednesday morning by an AMBER Alert. It’s the second time in two weeks the emergency warning system has gone off in the wee hours and it’s left some Iowans vowing to disable the feature. Sergeant Nate Ludwig, of the Iowa State Highway Patrol, says those cell phone alerts are vital and he hopes people will reconsider. “I would advise them not to disable them,” Ludwig says. “If this was one of their kids or someone they knew or someone they might have clues about, they’re not going to be notified by this wireless alert.” Continue Reading

Bakken Pipeline’s Fate to Be Decided Later this Year

The Iowa Utilities Board has issued a schedule of deadlines for the controversial Bakken oil pipeline which would criss-cross the state from northwest to southeast. The schedule indicates the board will decide in December or January whether the project may proceed. Lawmakers adjourned the 2015 legislative session without passing a bill that would have made it harder for pipeline developers to forcibly acquire land by eminent domain. A group called the Preservation of Rural Iowa Alliance had lobbied for the bill and the group’s president, Carolyn Sheridan, says they’re hoping the legislature revisits the issue in 2016. “We thought we gained a lot of momentum,” Sheridan says. Continue Reading


Storm Blows Down Limbs, Trees, Knocks Out Power

Strong overnight storms caused some damage in Burlington. Justin Foss with Alliant energy says that storms knocked down 5-6 power poles on Main street. Crews worked through the night and managed to restore power to about 800 customers. Around 400 customers are still without power, but Foss says that power should be back on before the end of the day Thursday. Trees and Tree Limbs fell all across the area. Continue Reading