Man Arrested After Allegedly Dragging Woman to Buy Beer

A man who attempted to violently coerce a woman into buying beer for him was arrested by Burlington Police on Wednesday. Police say that a victim was walking down Maple Street when 42 year old Vincente Colon (Coh-Loan), grabbed her by the arm and asked her to buy beer for him at the nearby Circle K. When she resisted, the man gave her money and physically drug her to the Circle K.

Once inside, the victim informed the clerk of the situation and police were dispatched. Colon was arrested for assault and criminal trespass, having been previously banned from the Circle K. Continue Reading

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Royer’s Attorney to Seek New Trial, Could Be Sentenced Monday

A hearing is been scheduled for Monday for the man convicted of the August 2014 murder of Eddie Cooper Martin, and the defense team is expected to ask for a new trial for 39 year old Joshua Royer. Des Moines County Public Defender James Beres is expected to argue that Royer should not have been found guilty of first degree murder in the shooting of the 50 year old Martin because the prosecution did not properly prove that premeditation–a necessary factor in a first degree murder charge–occurred when Royer shot Martin as he sat on his bicycle on the corner of Gunnison and Aetna on August 6th. Should District Judge Mary Ann Brown not grant a new trial, Royer will be sentenced during the hearing. The sentance will most likely be life in prison without the possibility of parole, as required by Iowa law in first degree murder cases. During the trial, which concluded last month, assistant county attorney Ty Stonebrook successfully argued that Royer shot Martin after deciding that “For whatever reason…he did not like him”. Continue Reading

Iowa Insurance Commissioner Urges Consumers to Report Financial Scams

The Iowa Insurance Commissioner is urging the targets and victims of insurance or financial scams to report suspected fraudsters to the proper authorities. Commissioner Nick Gerhart appeared on the KBUR Talkshow on Thursday. He says that fraudsters, claiming to represent Government entities, Banks, or Medical Companies, are calling, emailing, and even snailmailing potential victims, attempting to trick them into giving out personal information. But you don’t have to be a victim. Gerhart says it’s easy to check with the Iowa Insurance Commission if you question the legitimacy of a group. Continue Reading

Rand Paul Coming to Burlington This Saturday, Clinton Heads to Iowa

Several presidential candidates are heading to Iowa. Kentucky Senator Rand Paul, a GOP contender, will be in Burlington on Saturday at the Comfort Inn and Suites for a meet and greet starting at 9:00am, it’s part of a day long road trip that includes stops in Fairfield, Oskaloosa and Des Moines. Hillary Clinton is scheduled to be back in Iowa next week. According to a campaign spokesperson, Clinton will spend Monday and Tuesday here. The events will similar to her stops in Iowa last month — small venues and small crowds. Continue Reading

Randall Payne. Courtesy: Des Moines County Jail

Rural Burlington Man Charged with Murdering Infant Son

A Rural Burlington man has been arrested and formally charged with the November killing of his 22 day old son. 23 year old Randall Thomas Payne was arrested Wednesday by Des Moines County Sheriff’s Deputies, the crux of a seven month long investigation into the death of his infant son, Carter Joseph Payne. The infant was found dead by emergency personnel on November 9th at Green Acres Mobile Home Court in rural Des Moines County, having suffered major serious injuries. Payne himself called 911, reporting that the child was not breathing. Payne is being held on $1 million bond, awaiting an appearance in court this morning. Continue Reading

Fuel Tax Money Will Be Used to Fund Four-Lane US-61

AMES, Iowa (AP) — Transportation officials say an increase in Iowa’s fuel tax will help support a five-year plan to improve roads and bridges in the state. The state Department of Transportation submitted a $3.2 billion proposal to an agency commission Tuesday. The commission will meet in June. A draft report of the plan states money from a law that increased Iowa’s fuel tax by 10 cents per gallon in March will be used “100 percent” on critical road and bridge construction projects. It also pledges to use some of that money for four-lane construction on parts of U.S. Highways 20, 30 and 61. Continue Reading

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Ed Fallon: Allegations of Misconduct By Pipeline Officials “Very Damaging”

Former state legislator, radio host, and notable anti-pipeline activist Ed Fallon says that he’s heard the taped conversations between Montrose landowner Hughie Tweedy and a representative from Energy Transfer Partners, the company behind the Bakken Oil Pipeline Project…the recording that Tweedy says contains proof that the representative offered him a prostitute in return for land rights. Fallon says that Tweedy’s allegations are true. “I have confidence that what was recorded was very damaging, specifically to the person who made the offer of prostitutes,” Fallon told KBUR on Wednesday. Tweedy claims that he’s been harassed by pipeline representatives for months, all of them seeking an easement through his property in order to install the pipeline. He says that a pipeline official offered him not once, but three times the services of an 18 year old prostitute in return for the land rights, and claims to have a recording of the pipeline official making that offer. Continue Reading

Mount Pleasant Man Facing Charges After Sexual Assault of 13 Year Old

A Mount Pleasant Man is in jail after police say he sexually assaulted a 13 year old. 20 year old Clayton Titus was arrested by Mount Pleasant Police yesterday after a search warrant was executed on his apartment at 709 South Main Street. Police say that they seized undisclosed items and evidence linked to the assault at that apartment. Titus is charged with 3rd Degree Sexual Abuse, a felony. The investigation is still ongoing. Continue Reading

Police inspect the damaged truck on Thursday, May 7th.

Iowa DOT Official: Support Girder Damaged When Truck Hit Overpass, Will Be Replaced

Iowa DOT Officials say that the damage done to the overpass carrying US Highway 34 through downtown Burlington to the Great River Bridge has damaged a support girder beyond repair. Norm McDonald, an engineer with the Iowa Department of Transportation, says that exit ramp 263 into Downtown Burlington will remain closed until a local contractor is hired to reinforce the damaged girder until a permanent replacement is purchased and installed. McDonald did not have an exact timeline on when the girder would be reinforced, saying that they hoped to get it done as soon as possible. The exit ramp has been closed since May 7th, when a truck pulling a car ramp struck the side of the US-34 overpass. The strike dented the side of the overpass, which had just been painted and repaired in April. Continue Reading