Protesters Demand Action Against Man Accused of Stomping Dog

More than a dozen protesters convened outside of the Warren County Courthouse on Tuesday, June 30, seeking legal action against a man who allegedly stomped a young dog to death. WQAD-TV reports that Cash was a pit bull puppy who was allegedly kicked and stomped to death by Chicago native and recent Monmouth College graduate, King Sami, 24. A neighbor witnessed the outdoor incident in early May, according to Warren County State’s Attorney Chip Algren. Monday, June 29, 2015, Sami was arrested during a routine traffic stop in Chicago, when officers noticed a Warren County warrant for his arrest. Sami has been charged with aggravated cruelty to an animal, a class 4 felony that carries a maximum penalty of one to three years in prison and a fine of up to $25,000. Continue Reading

Four Fort Madison Residents Arrested on Drug Charges

Four Fort Madison residents were arrested Tuesday following an investigation into a drug distribution ring. 20 year old Jeremiah Palumbo, 41 year old Tamara Palumbo, 47 year old Hope Houston, and 22 year old Talyssa Kos were arrested by Lee County Narcotics Task Force agents and charges on a slew of drug offenses, all related to the illegal distribution of Marijuana. Houston and Jeremiah Palumbo are charges with maintaining a drug house and possession of drug paraphernalia, Tamara Palumbo is charged with maintaining a drug house, Kos faces the most severe charges: Possession with intent to deliver Marijuana within 1000 feet of a school, as well as possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia. She could face 13 years in prison. Continue Reading

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Sperry Duo Arrested Following Unsuccessful Car Theft Attempt

Two Sperry residents were arrested Monday after unsuccessfully attempting to steal a vehicle in rural Des Moines County. At 4:40 Monday morning, Des Moines County Sheriff’s Department Officials say that 41 year old Daniel McCarty and 28 year old Natasha McCarty entered a black Toyota Camry that was parked on the side of the road in the 13000 block of Irish Ridge Road. The duo allegedly did extensive damage to the interior of the vehicle after apparently attempting to ‘hot-wire’ the vehicle, or, start it without a key. This attempt was not successful. The duo then used another vehicle to push the Camry for several miles before being discovered by the owner of the Camry. Continue Reading

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BPD Chief: Police Will Take ‘Zero Tolerance’ Approach Towards Fireworks

Burlington Police are going to be out in force this Fourth of July, and they’re taking a zero tolerance policy towards fireworks. Burlington Police Chief Doug Beaird says that fireworks are not legal to set off in Iowa without a specific permit. “If you are caught discharging fireworks, you are going to get a ticket with a minimum fine of $250.” Beaird told the council, “We will have a zero-tolerance approach from this day forward.” In previous years, lack of resources prevented police from enforcing fireworks restrictions to the degree they wanted to. Continue Reading

Burlington City Manager will Likely Get a Raise

Burlington City Manager Jim Ferneau will likely be getting a tidy raise following a closed session meeting in which his performance was evaluated. The raise does not come as a surprise to many. Burlington Mayor Shane McCampbell told the council that Ferneau is, as it stands, being paid far less than other city managers in cities of similar size. “It’s a travesty.” McCampbell said, “I see this happen all the time: you have a good employee, and they’re really worth their weight in gold, and we aren’t giving them what they’re worth. Continue Reading

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Burlington Officials Get Court Order Against Man Living in Tent Near Downtown

Burlington officials have successfully obtained a court order against a man who has been living in a tent on his property near downtown. Curtis Halverson has been camping on a vacant lot he owns since mid-April, building a large tent complex at the bottom of a hill on 8th Street. A judge yesterday in Des Moines County Court told Halverson he has a week to take the structure off of the property, or face a fine. Last month, city officials cited Halverson for violating a city ordinance that requires temporary structures to be removed within 30 days, and gave him until May 22 to take down the tent. Halverson says he’s been taking down his tent and camping by a river, and then returning to his property after about a week. Continue Reading

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City of Burlington to Reconsider Police Department Renovations, May Look for New Building

The City of Burlington may be holding off on renovations to the police department, at least, for now. That decision comes after scrutiny from citizens over the decision to spend $700,000 renovating the aging police department building. The Council was well aware that the building as it stands will likely not last more than 10 years without needing another renovation, and there was talk amongst the council of simply looking for another building to house the city’s police department. City Manager Jim Ferneau says that the city is currently not in a strong enough financial position to look into building a new facility, but says that options could be explored. “We’re not in an ideal [financial] time…but if there was a facility we could locate at the right price that’s a good deal because of timing, we could bring that up for consideration,” Ferneau said. Continue Reading

“Bacon, Beer, and BBQ” Festival is a Hit, As One May Expect

Bacon, Beer, and BBQ. Three of the best words in the English language came together on Saturday in Mount Pleasant for the Second Annual “Triple B” Festival in McMillan Park. But they didn’t just stop with those three words: they added a few more. Like “Car Show” and “Live Music” to the show, both brand new parts of the event. The event was sponsored by Main Street Mount Pleasant & the Henry County Tourism Bureau. Continue Reading

Burlington Faith Leaders Pay Tribute to Those Killed in Charleston Shooting

Faith leaders from across the City gathered Friday at Faith Temple on Maple Street to pay tribute to the nine people killed in a church shooting two weeks ago in Charleston, South Carolina. Among those faith leaders was keynote speaker, Local Pastor and Mayor of Burlington, Shane McCampbell. “I’ve come this evening to honor nine innocent people, not because they were black,” McCampbell said, “But because they were my brothers and sisters in Christ and they were taken away from us in an act of pure evilness and hatred.” McCampbell said that the shooter, 21 year old Dylann Roof, violated a sacred space. “One thing I remember about always being in Church was that I always felt safe,” said McCampbell, reflecting on his childhood, “And even now, in my time of need, I go to the Church. Continue Reading