Adam Blythe. Courtesy: Des Moines County Jail

Traffic Stop Results in Meth Arrest

A Burlington man was arrested after a traffic stop turned up both Marijuana and Methamphetamine. 22 year old Adam Blythe was stopped for a simple moving violation at around 12:05 am Monday, when the approaching officer smelled Marijuana coming from the vehicle. The officer searched the vehicle and found both marijuana and a quantity of methamphetamine. Blythe is charged with possession of a controlled substance and possession of a controlled substance with intention to sell. Continue Reading

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Joshua Royer Gets Life in Prison in Killing of Eddie Cooper Martin

As expected, Joshua Royer was sentenced yesterday to life in prison without the possibility of parole for the August killing of 50 year old Eddie Cooper Martin. Judge Mary Ann Brown handed down the sentence as required by Iowa law for all First-Degree Murder convictions. In addition to the life sentence, Royer must pay the Martin family $150,000 in restitution. The Hawk Eye reports that as Royer was being led away in handcuffs to begin his life sentence, he denied killing Eddie Martin–the first time he denied his involvement. He did not testify at the two-week long trial that ended last month. Continue Reading

US Senator Joni Ernst chats with Burlington State Senator Tom Courtney on Ernst's 99 county tour of the state.

Senator Joni Ernst Makes First Visit to Burlington

Another senator also visited Burlington Saturday, one of our own. Iowa Junior US Senator Joni Ernst visited Burlington for the first time since her election last year. Ernst toured the downtown area with members of the Greater Burlington Partnership, State Senator Tom Courtney, and Mayor Shane McCampbell, examining facade improvements and development taking place downtown. “It’s a beautiful city. The point is to find out what kind of programs are available at the federal level and how they’re helping the local community,” said Ernst. Continue Reading

Amber Meyers and Jeremy Rourke. Courtesy: Henry County Jail

Burlington Residents Arrested on Meth Charges in Mount Pleasant

A call reporting a domestic dispute led Henry County Sheriff’s Department Officials to discover a large cache of meth lab supplies on Saturday. Two Burlington Residents, 34 year old Amber Meyers and 42 year old Jeremy Rourke were arrested after being stopped by deputies while leaving the parking lot at 1700 East Washington Street in Mount Pleasant in which the alleged domestic dispute occurred. Inside their vehicle, deputies discovered a supply of methamphetamine precursors. A search warrant was obtained for the couple’s hotel room. Inside they found further methamphetamine precursors designed for use in a “Shake and Bake” Meth Lab. Continue Reading

Rand Paul speaks at the event.

Rand Paul Visits Burlington: First Presidential Candidate of the Season

The first official presidential candidate of the 2016 Electoral Campaign visited Burlington on Saturday. Kentucky Senator Rand Paul stopped by the Comfort Inn and Suites to speak to a capacity crowd of more than 150 supporters as part of a trip across the state. Paul is a fourth-year senator and eye doctor, and hopes to ignite a younger, more Libertarian-tinged group of conservatives with a message of small government and low spending. “Some of the Liberal Pundits will say ‘You don’t believe in any Government!’, and I say, ‘I believe in $3.3 trillion worth of Government, what’s coming in,'” Paul told the crowd, “I’ll spend what comes in, I just won’t spend what’s not coming in. I don’t think we get stronger as a country when we borrow money from China to send it to Pakistan. Continue Reading

Krieger with his family.

Danville School Teacher Wins Community Basket Drawing

It was a particular good day for one Danville School teacher, Adam Kreiger, on Sunday. Not only did the Burlington Bees win at Community Field–but he won big, too. He won $10,000 cash and $10,000 worth of prizes in the 13th Annual Community Basket Drawing. His ticket was only one out of the 24,000 tickets sold for the event, which benefits more than 30 local charities. Continue Reading

Middletown Boil Order Lifted

The Boil Order that was in effect for the City of Middletown has been lifted as of Friday. Last Friday, crews were working to repair a broken water main and realized that a second main had broken. A boil order had been in effect for roughly 20 people Friday as they fixed that main. Crews had the water shut off overnight to make remaining repairs. A Middletown Official confirmed the boil order was lifted around 1:00pm on Friday. Continue Reading

Sheriff Mike Johnstone speaks in front of the photographs of the two Burlington Police officers who died in the line of duty in the early 20th Century.

Officers Honor Fallen Comrades During Police Memorial Service

Police from across the region gathered at the Burlington Memorial Auditorium Friday afternoon in order to pay tribute to peace officers across the country who have fallen in the line of duty. The event, organized by Des Moines County Sheriff Mike Johnstone and Burlington Police Chief Doug Beaird (Beard), contained performances by the Burlington High School Bass Choir, the Notre Dame Trio, and Ed Hart, Kent Strabala, and Alan Mehaffy. Burlington Police Officer Jim Ruberg spoke at the event. “Today, in the United States, there are over 900,000 law enforcement officers that put their lives on the line every day for the safety and the protection of others and they serve with honor, distinction, great courage, and success,” Ruberg said. Burlington has had two officers die in the line of duty: Captain Joseph Feely died in 1926 while responding to a domestic dispute, and Captain Frederick Sauer died in 1934 while interrupting a burglary in progress. Continue Reading