Burlington Fire Department Wants New Engine

A new fire truck might be on the horizon for the Burlington Fire Department. Fire Chief Matt Trexel said that the department is looking to add a new fire engine after forming a team to research the future needs of the Fire Department. One bid came within the Fire Department’s budget: a $543,000 bid from Pierce Manufacturing. If approved at the next city council meeting, it should take about 10 months to arrive at the Fire Station. Continue Reading

Stephan N. Gonzalez. Courtesy: Warren County Jail

Man Arrested After Allegedly Kidnapping Monmouth Woman

The man who was wanted in Warren County was Arrested and details of his crimes have been released. According to a press release sent by the Warren County State’s Attorney, 25 year-old Stephan N. Gonzales was taken into custody at 3 p.m. yesterday. Sister station WGIL in Galesburg reports that Gonzales was wanted for abducting a 32 year-old Monmouth woman from her home, sexually assaulting her and locking her in the back of his car. The woman was able to escape when Gonzales left to get a truck and she ran to a nearby farmhouse and called police. A Warren County Sheriff’s Deputy was approaching the farmhouse when he saw a pickup truck approaching from a field. Continue Reading

Iowa DOT Officials to Meet in Burlington

The Iowa Transportation Commission will hold a public input meeting in Burlington Tuesday, Aug. 11, to hear about transportation matters from representatives of local government, interest groups, and individuals. Items that may be discussed at the meeting include the Iowa Transportation Improvement Program; transportation policies; and highway, aviation, rail, river, bicycle, pedestrian, and public transit issues. A brief business meeting will begin at 8 a.m. with the public input meeting to immediately follow. The public input meeting will be held at the Comfort Suites Hotel and Conference Center, 1780 Stonegate Center Drive, Burlington. Continue Reading


City of Burlington Launches New Website

The City of Burlington’s new website launched this month, and it’s hoping to prove itself as a much more streamlined experience than the city’s previous online home. “It launched about two weeks ago. It’s a big redesign of our old website and hopefully a lot more use friendly for the community,” said Annette Crowner, who worked on the website. The site uses the “Civic Plus” platform, utilized by Des Moines County and the City of Fort Madison. It includes a much-demanded feature: Online Bill Pay. Continue Reading

Patricia Martin

Fort Madison Restaurant Robbed at Knifepoint, Woman Arrested

Fort Madison Police have arrested a woman who they say robbed the La Casa Salsa Restaurant at knifepoint yesterday. 25 year old Patricia LeAnn Martin allegedly robbed the store at 10:06 pm Monday night, walking up to the cash register and demanding the money inside before taking off on foot. At around 3:00 am Tuesday morning, police received a tip that Martin was staying with a friend in the Fort Madison Park Apartments on 48th Street. Officers searched the apartment and located Martin, hiding underneath a bed. Also arrested were 29 year old Kady Lynn Fink on a Missouri Probation Violation warrant, and 26 year old Patrick Ray Allen for possession of Drug Paraphernalia. Continue Reading

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County Officials Concerned about MHI Closure

County Officials say that the closure of the Mount Pleasant Mental Health Institute will have a negative effect on dealing with the mentally ill in Southeast Iowa. “We, we have no other community-based services that will meet the needs like the MHI did.” Des Moines County Community Services Director Ken Hyndman told KBUR, “For people with mental health needs and dual-diagnosis treatment needs where they have mental health needs and substance abuse needs at the same time. Often times, people were court ordered to get treatment at the MHI for up to 30 days, and we don’t have anything like it.” Hyndman says that medicaid, as of right now, will not cover long term stays at the two community residential care facilities in Southeast Iowa (one in Burlington, the other in Keosauqua). Continue Reading

State of Emergency Declared in Quincy Following Storms

QUINCY, Ill. (AP) — The mayor of Quincy says his city will remain under a state of emergency for the time being after it was struck by a strong thunderstorm. Mayor Kyle Moore said Tuesday that the main streets in Quincy are blocked with fallen trees and live wires. He says those streets should be passable by Wednesday morning and neighborhood streets later in the week. A powerful thunderstorm with winds as high as 70 mph tore through the Quincy area Monday night damaging homes and knocking out power to tens of thousands in Adams County. Continue Reading

Branstad: Democrats Won’t Succeed in Convening Special Session

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Gov. Branstad says a Democratic effort to hold a special legislative session to override his budget vetoes will not succeed. Democratic leaders in the Iowa Senate announced Monday that they were formally reaching out to members to see if they will support a special session. Branstad vetoed several key budget compromises, including nearly $56 million in one-time funding for education. But Branstad said Monday that lawmakers will not be able to get the necessary support from two-thirds of members for such a session. He said Republicans would not want to come back for a fight on education funding. Continue Reading


Fire Burns 8th Street Apartment Complex

An afternoon fire caused around $20,000 in damages to an 8th street apartment complex on Monday. Burlington Fire Officials say that the blaze began at around 1:00pm at 255 South 8th Street. Upon the fire crews arrival, they found flames coming from the front door and window. Firefighters were able to make a quick knock down of the fire and confirm that the occupants were out of the building. The 4-unit wood frame apartment building, owned by Troy Wilson, sustained an estimated $20,000 in damages to the first floor apartment occupied by Edward Perkins. Continue Reading