Marcus Williams. Courtesy: Lee County Narcotics Task Force

23 Year Old Arrested on Drug Charges Following Traffic Stop

A Fort Madison man was arrested by police following a traffic stop on Saturday. 23 year old Marcus Lamont Williams was pulled over by a Fort Madison Police officer on a moving violation charge when the officer detected evidence of marijuana in the vehicle. Inside the vehicle, the officer discovered not only marijuana, but a large quantity of ecstasy. Williams is charged with possession of ecstasy with intent to deliver, delivery of marijuana, possession of marijuana, and possession of drug paraphernalia. If convicted, he could spend 17 years in prison. Continue Reading

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Burlington Receives $26.2 Million in Flood Mitigation Funds

The Burlington City Council got some good news last night: $26.2 Million in Flood Mitigation Grant money is being awarded to the city through the Homeland Security and Emergency Management Flood Mitigation Fund. The decision by the Flood Mitigation board in Des Moines follows months of work by city staff. The grant money will help pay for part of a larger, $64 million Flood Mitigation project that includes Sewer Separation, flood walls, and creating additional greenspace near the riverfront to absorb floodwater. City Manager Jim Ferneau warns that the most visible aspects of the project still require a lot of work, and they won’t be happening overnight. “It’s going to be all design things that occur over the next year and a half,” Ferneau told the City Council on Monday, “We don’t see funds until towards the end of next year. Continue Reading

Burlington Fire Chief Gives Annual Report

Burlington Fire Chief Matt Trexel says that the Burlington Fire Department responded to 4201 calls in 2014, a serious jump from numbers a decade ago. In 2004, by comparison, the department responded to 3475 calls. The vast majority of calls to the department were EMS calls–fire calls were almost exactly the same, with 101 fire calls in 2014, compared to 102 in 2004. The department, which covers an area of around 200 square miles, has an average, in-town response time of 4 minutes and 15 seconds for structure fires and 5 minutes, 24 seconds for ambulance calls. In total, the department saved $17,741,675 worth of property in 2014. Continue Reading

Lee County to Offer Smartphone Voting Option

Lee County may be the first in the state to offer a new type of voting technology access through a smartphone. The county is purchasing about two-dozen new voting machines, and County Auditor Denise Fraise says the most interesting feature of the devices is the ability to offer “mobile voting.” Yes, voting on your smartphone. But the smartphone option doesn’t mean you can vote from home. “You still have to come to the polls to check in, but you can hold your smartphone up to the scanners that we will be purchasing, and it will just print out your ballot,” Fraise explains. Fraise hopes to have the new machines in time to show the public how they work before the school and city elections this fall. Continue Reading

Masked protesters claiming to be part of the internet group "Anonymous" hold signs in front of the Des Moines County Courthouse.

Protesters Take to the Streets Yet Again Over Autumn Steele Shooting

Yet another rally took to the streets of downtown last night to protest the decision not to indict Burlington Police Officer Jesse Hill on charges related to the accidental shooting of Burlington Resident Autumn Steele during a domestic dispute in January. “We feel that Officer Hill should resign. He should have been charged with the death of Autumn Steele,” said Marsha Soto, a Peoria, Illinois Resident who organized the rally. “If he’s scared of a dog, he shouldn’t be carrying a gun.” The protest is the second in the past six weeks. Continue Reading

Emails Show Iowa Corrections Chief, Consultant in Charge of New Fort Madison Prison were Friendly

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — As Iowa’s new maximum-security prison in Fort Madison faced delays, the state corrections chief showed nothing but warmth for an outside expert hired to help make the plan a reality. Emails show now-retired Department of Corrections director John Baldwin and consultant Curtiss Pulitzer shared meals, discussed vacations and passed on holiday greetings and praise. Baldwin has hung a placque at the new women’s prison in Mitchellville honoring Pulitzer’s late wife. Pulitzer sent Baldwin links to websites where he could get discounts on cruises. The department hired Pulitzer’s firm in 2008 to assist with the new Iowa State Penitentiary and the women’s prison. Continue Reading

Henry County Sheriff’s Department Looking for Accident Victims Who Fled Scene

The Henry County Sheriff’s Department is investigating a late Saturday night accident that sent one person to the hospital. Sheriff’s Department Officials say that after losing control of their vehicle, an unknown driver wrecked at the intersection of Salem Road and Perkins Road near Lowell. A passenger was injured and taken to Henry County Health Center. The driver and another passenger fled the scene. They weren’t located as of this morning. Continue Reading

L to R: Andre Kendrick, Demetrius Kendrick. Courtesy: Des Moines County Jail

Brothers Arrested After Allegedly Dragging Driver, Passenger From Car

The Burlington Police Department say that two people were assaulted after being dragged out of their car during a bold daylight attack at a busy intersection that Police are describing as a “road rage” incident. Ashley Rogers and a Juvenile passenger in her vehicle were stopped at a red light at the intersection of Agency and Roosevelt just before 6pm. Police say that two brothers, Demetrius and Andre Kendrick of Burlington, exited a grey SUV behind the Rogers car, approached Rogers, and began pulling Rogers and her passenger from their vehicle. Once out of the vehicle, the Kendrick brothers allegedly assaulted Rogers and the juvenile. At some point, the juvenile pulled a knife and slashed Demetrius on the arm, causing Andre to intervene. Continue Reading

Fort Madison Man Arrested on Marijuana Charges

A Fort Madison man could get four years in prison if convicted on Marijuana Charges. 44 year old Robert Louis Reed of Avenue I was arrested after a Lee County Narcotics Taskforce inverstigation into allegations that narcotics were being used in his home. Reed is charged with maintaining a drug house as well as possession of marijuana and drug paraphenalia. The possesion charge is elevated due to two or more previous convictions. Continue Reading