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West Burlington to Sell Off Lots on Old Publics Works Land

The City of West Burlington will be selling off the land formerly home to the city’s old public works building. The five lots, zoned for residential housing, are located on Glasgow Street. A portion of that street will be extended in order to service all five lots. Sealed bids are due into the officers of the Lynch-Dallas Law Firm in Cedar Rapids on May 19th. Lots will be sold to the highest bidder. Continue Reading

Senator Ernst Visits Farmers Hit By Bird Flu

The Iowa Department of Agriculture announce two new probable cases of the bird flu Thursday in Osceola and Cherokee County, bringing the number of overall cases to 37. U-S Senator Joni Ernst says the Iowa delegation continues to be “in close contact” with the USDA and is encouraging the department provide as many resources as are necessary to help those chicken, egg and turkey producers hit by the bird flu. Ernst, a Republican, says she was able to talk first-hand with some of the Iowans who run egg-laying operations. Ernst says it has been very tough on the operators who find out the bird flu has gotten into their operations, and that addressing the current outbreak is just part of the issue. “We do have to figure out what is the underlying cause of this outbreak, where it’s coming from and how we prevent it in the future,” Ernst says. Continue Reading

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

Offramp Closed as Iowa DOT Inspects US34 Overpass Following Accident

A semi truck pulling a ramp struck the side of the US-34 overpass in downtown Burlington yesterday, and now the Iowa Department of Transportation has closed the eastbound main street exit ramp as they evaluate the damage. The strike dented the side of the overpass, which had just been painted and repaired earlier this month. A DOT news release says that crews will inspect the bridge for damage to it’s structural integrity. The truck, owned by Alter Metal Recycling, had it’s ramp seriously damaged. It’s driver, 65 year old Terriray Sanderson of Fort Madison, sustained minor injuries. Continue Reading

Christopher King. Courtesy: Des Moines County Sheriff's Department

As More Victims Come Forward, Former Councilman Allegedly Admits Molesting Girls

Court Documents allege that former Burlington City Councilman Chris King admitted to sexually molesting several teenagers following his arrest on Wednesday. The 40 year old King, the owner of Daisy Frames Photography Studios in Downtown Burlington, had bond set at $65,500 in a court appearance Thursday. He’s charged with two counts of 3rd degree sexual abuse, one count of assault with penetration of genitalia or the anus, dissemination of obscene material to minors, and indecent exposure. Police say that King, on multiple occasions, contacted teenage customers through social media following their initial sitting, offering them “discounts” on their photo sessions if they came to the studio to “assist” King. King would then, allegedly, provide the teenage girls with alcoholic beverages and drive to locations in rural Des Moines county, where according to police, he would expose his genitalia, fondle the victims and force them to engage in sexually oriented games. Continue Reading

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Water, Sewer, Garbage Rates to Rise in West Burlington

Water, Sewer, Garbage, and Recycling rates will likely be going up in West Burlington. The City Council gave first reading approval to a number of rate hikes during a Wednesday night meeting. Water rates in the city will see an increase of around 3%, matching an increase made by Burlington this year. Sewer rates will climb quite a bit, a 22% increase from last year. Garbage collection rates will jump a quarter, from $10.25 per month per house
to $10.50 a month. Continue Reading

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

Truck Strikes Freshly Painted US-34 Overpass

A truck pulling a car ramp struck the side of the US-34 overpass in downtown Burlington today. The strike dented the side of the overpass, which had just been painted and repaired earlier this month. The truck, owned by Alter Metal Recycling, had it’s crane seriously damaged. The accident occured during that 8:00 am hour. Continue Reading

Christopher King. Courtesy: Des Moines County Sheriff's Department

Local Photography Studio Owner, Ex-Councilman Arrested; Allegedly Sexually Abused Customers

The owner of a local photography studio was arrested Wednesday after police say he sexually molested several teenage customers. 40 year old Christopher Lee King, the owner of Daisy Frames Photography Studios in Downtown Burlington, is facing two charges of Sexual Abuse in the 3rd degree, and three counts of Providing Alcohol to a Minor. Several parents contacted Burlington Police in February, concerned that King had sexually abused their teenage daughters. Police say that King, on multiple occasions, contacted teenage customers through social media following their initial sitting, offering them “discounts” on their photo sessions if they came to the studio to “assist” King. King would then, allegedly, provide the teenage girls with alcoholic beverages and drive to locations in rural Des Moines county, where according to police, he would expose his genitalia, fondle the victims and force them to “play” sexually oriented games. Continue Reading

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Century Link Still Battling Service Outage

A third party contractor working on utilities in Burlington accidentally cut a fiber optic line owned by Century Link yesterday, affecting phone and internet services across Southeast Iowa. David Slinker is a spokesman for Century Link, he says that a large number of customers are still having issues with their service. “Currently we have telephone lines, some cellphones, and some internet services in the areas around Burlington, Fort Madison, and Keokuk that have been affected,” Slinker told KBUR, “Our technicians have isolated where that problem is and are working on-site to restore services.” The outage originally affected several key services, including the 911 dispatch center in Lee County and Great River Medical Center. Problems with emergency services have since been resolved. Continue Reading

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Some Phone Issues Continue Following Widespread Century Link Outage

UPDATE 10:00am: Crews are working on repairing remaining damage and additional crews have been called in. Estimated repair time is 5:00pm. Phone issues affected 911 services in the area along with residential phone and internet connections after a fiber optic cable was damaged in Burlington. No word yet on exactly how the damage took place or where the damaged cable was located. The outage affected several key services, including the 911 dispatch center in Lee County and Great River Medical Center. Continue Reading