A security officer sweeps an incoming car with a bomb-detection device at the Iowa Fertilizer plant in Wever on 7-21-15. Photo by Joe Bates.

Bomb Threat at Iowa Fertilizer Plant Causes Traffic Nightmare

Traffic is backed up at the Iowa Fertilizer Plant in Wever in response to a bomb threat on the premises. A press release from the Lee County Sheriff’s Department says that a message was found Monday afternoon scrawled on the wall of a Port-A-Potty reading “A bomb will go off tomorrow at 12:00″. Multiple law enforcement agencies are searching cars on the way in to the plant, and workers are reporting several-hour long delays heading in to work. A safety team from the Iowa Fertilizer Company has searched the construction site, and have found no suspicious items or packages. The plant is not yet in operation, and no combustible materials are present in the storage tanks. Continue Reading

Kody Allen (Foreground) looks on from his disabled vehicle as Travis Winters' car begins smoking at the Henderson County Fair.

County Fairs Finish With a Bang

Neither rain nor heat could stop three county fairs from coming to a close over the weekend following a week of events. The Henry County Fair Tractor Pull pushed on, the Lee County Fair Demolition Derby, which was postponed a full week after the fair closed, went on Saturday night, and then Henderson County residents braved intense heat for the Figure 8 Demo Derby Races on Saturday. Chad Scott is a member of the Henderson County Fair Board, he said that all in all, the event went off without a hitch despite one rain-out on Thursday. “It’s been good. It’s been wet. Continue Reading

Donte James. Courtesy: Des Moines County Jail

Man Arrested in Connection with Robbery in Which Gun Was Stolen

Des Moines County Sheriff’s Deputies have made an arrest in connection with a July 12th assault and robbery where a man had his gun and phone stolen by three men who attacked him. Des Moines County Sheriff Mike Johnstone says that a coalition made up of a number of local law enforcement agencies executed a search warrant at 301 Maple Hills Apartment #15 in Burlington, where they found and arrested 18 year old Donte Marcus James on charges of 2nd Degree Robbery, a felony, in connection with the attack earlier this month. The victim told Sheriff’s Deputies that he met the three suspects at Gasland in Burlington and invited them out drinking after purchasing alcohol. At some point, the victim revealed to the men that he was a concealed carry permit holder and showed off his firearm. The group made their way to rural Des Moines County to find a place to shoot the firearm. Continue Reading

Stolen Camper Returned to Owner Completely Undamaged, All Contents Inside

A stolen camper was found on Sunday…in the same place it was reported stolen. The Henry County Sheriff’s Office says that a 33 foot Prowler Camper was stolen from a residence on Cocklebur Lane on Friday…and returned to it’s exact same location completely undamaged and with all of it’s contents intact and inside on Sunday. The camper was returned in the early morning hours. Continue Reading

From WGIL listener Kylie Stewart.

Cleanup Continues In Tornado-Hit Cameron

The Warren County Sheriff’s Office says that crews will be making their way through the tornado-devastated town of Cameron, IL, today, cutting up fallen trees and stacking up timber for pickup. Homeowners are still picking up the pieces of their homes and their lives after the small Illinois town just Southeast of Monmouth sustained a direct hit from an EF2 Tornado on Thursday. Remarkably, only two minor injuries occurred as a result of the tornado. Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner visited the town Friday. Persons wishing to make monetary donations are requested to coordinate with the American Red Cross. Continue Reading

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RAGBRAI Set to Kick Off in Sioux City

SIOUX CITY (AP) — Thousands of people are descending on northwestern Iowa’s Sioux City this weekend in preparation for an annual bike ride across the state. The Sioux City Journal reports the Register’s Annual Great Bike Ride Across Iowa — or RAGBRAI — is expected to draw as many as 30,000 people, including participating bicyclists and their relatives and friends. The bike ride begins Sunday in Sioux City. The event’s 468-mile route will pass through Storm Lake, Fort Dodge, Eldora, Cedar Falls, Hiawatha and Coralville before wrapping up July 25 in Davenport. With all of those people comes a boost to Iowa’s economy. Continue Reading

Photo by WGIL's Tyler Bachman.

Governor Rauner Visits Cameron, Assesses Tornado Damage

Strong thunderstorms moved through Warren and Knox counties last night producing not only heavy rain and lightning, but also tornadoes. Trained spotters confirmed tornado touchdowns in both counties, as well as 10 miles southwest of Galesburg, but the greatest damage was done in Cameron in Warren County. A tornado touched down near Cameron at 7:30 p.m, causing significant damage to many of the 50 or so homes and buildings, however no significant injuries or fatalities have been reported. Sister Station WGIL in Galesburg reports that Governor Bruce Rauner came to Cameron for a briefing and said the state will help in any way that they can. “We’re here today to assess the damage. Continue Reading

Former Maryland Governor Martin O'Malley talks with caucus goers at Diggers Rest in Downtown Burlington.

Democratic Presidential Candidate Martin O’Malley Builds Name Recognition in Burlington

The Former Democratic Governor of Maryland, Former Baltimore Mayor, and 2016 Presidential Candidate Martin O’Malley made his way to Burlington on Friday to try to step out of the massive shadow of the Hillary Clinton Campaign and start building name recognition with voters. O’Malley has served in an executive capacity for 15 years, something no other candidate on either side has done. He says he brings two things to the table. “Two things. New leadership… Continue Reading

Former Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum chats with a caucus goer at the Ivy Cafe in West Burlington.

Down in the Polls, Santorum Courts West Burlington Voters

Former Pennsylvania Senator and 2016 presidential hopeful Rick Santorum visited caucus goers to pitch the ideas that he hopes will set him apart of the 15 other candidates vying for the Republican Nomination. The 2012 winner of the Iowa Caucus met with about 15 residents at the Ivy Cafe in West Burlington as part of a trip around Southeast Iowa. Santorum says that it’s an emphasis on manufacturing and economic growth that sets him apart. “The focus of this campaign, from the very beginning, is about trying to provide opportunities for those in America who haven’t really seen either political party on their side to create jobs and opportunities,” Santorum said, “That are going to be supportive of families today.” Santorum elaborated his stance on the more hot-button issues of the campaign, calling himself the candidate with the toughest and best stance on immigration and criticizing his Republican opponents for “tough rhetoric” but what he called “weak stances”. Continue Reading