Kahoka Auto Supply Store Fire Determined to be Arson

The man accused of burning down an auto parts store in Kahoka said he was a former employee of the store, according to court documents obtained by WGEM-TV in Quincy. Firefighters were called to Ott’s Auto Supply early Tuesday morning, and the building was fully engulfed when they arrived. Dominic Egley, 27, of Kahoka, was later arrested on charges of second-degree burglary, second-degree arson and felony stealing. The probable cause statement filed in the case states a witness told police he saw the side door of the building was open when he pulled up by the alley. Another person told police she heard two male voices talking in the alley next to her home. Continue Reading

Governor Branstad [Left] chats with plant officials while stopping by US Gypsum in Sperry.

Branstad Visits Southeast Iowa Businesses

Governor Terry Branstad continued his 99 county tour yesterday with stops throughout Southeast Iowa. First he headed over to Steffensmeier Welding in Pilot Grove before heading to Case-New Holland in Burlington, followed by a trip to United States Gypsum in Sperry. That’s where we caught up with him. “I go to every county every year. One of the things I’m trying to do is go to existing business and industry and see what’s working here in Iowa,” Branstad told KBUR. Continue Reading

Groups Submit Written Statements Against Pipeline Project

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Groups opposing plans to build an oil pipeline across Iowa say organizers have submitted more than 2,600 written statements against the project. Iowa Citizens for Community Improvement and the Bakken Pipeline Resistance Coalition gathered Thursday in Des Moines to submit paperwork to the Iowa Utilities Board. The board has authority to approve plans for the pipeline, which would transport up to 570,000 barrels of crude oil daily from North Dakota through South Dakota and Iowa to a distribution center in Illinois. The groups say the pipeline will affect the rights of landowners and hurt the environment. The project was proposed by Dakota Access, LLC, a unit of Dallas-based Energy Transfer Partners. Continue Reading

Carman Man Arrested After Demanding Overdue Rent with Gun

A Carman man who allegedly forced his way in to a rental property with a gun and demanded overdue rent from the occupying tenant was arrested yesterday by Henderson County Sheriff’s Deputies. 44 year old Charles L. Weinert was arrested without incident after being found sitting on the deck of a rural Carman home with a 9mm Pistol. Sheriff’s deputies say that Weinert endered the home and threatened the resident with the gun. He was transported to the Henderson County Jail and is facing charges of Home Invasion, Aggravated Battery with a Firearm, Aggravated Unlawful Restraint, Aggravated Unlawful Use of a Weapon, Aggravated Assault, and Possession of a Firearm without a Valid FOID card. His bail was set at $100,000. Continue Reading

James Adam Murphy. Courtesy: Des Moines County Jail

Three Arrested on Meth Charges in Burlington

Three Burlington men have been arrested on Methamphetamine charges following an investigation into illegal drug distribution in the area. Southeast Iowa Narcotics Task Force Officials say that they were investigating and gathering evidence that 44 year old James Adam Murphy was trafficking “large quantities” of crystal meth in Burlington. After conducting surveillance work and several controlled buys, officers obtained a search warrant for Murphy’s residence at 1515 Lincoln Street. At that residence, large quantities of crystal meth were discovered along with marijuana and US Currency. Two men at the home other than Murphy were also arrested during the raid. Continue Reading

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West Burlington Officials to Re-Bid Utilities Project

West Burlington Officials say that a mishandled bid process may have been the reason that a low project bid came in at almost twice the amount estimated by engineers. The five lots that the City of West Burlington carved out of the space formerly occupied by the Old Public Works Building have been sold with the promise that the City would install water and sewer systems on the property. Engineers with French, Reneker Associates of Fairfield originally came in at $34,500 for the project, but the low bid came in at $64,275. French, Reneker Associates Engineer Matt Walker told the West Burlington City Council that one of the reasons the bid came in so high is because the Council listed the bids for Water and Sewer Services separately, and the companies were taking into account having to work around other crews and included methods not originally in the engineer’s estimate. City Administrator Dan Giffords says that the City will re-bid the project. Continue Reading

Wastewater Discharge Monitored in Clinton

CLINTON, Iowa (AP) — Officials say a wastewater discharge in the eastern Iowa city of Clinton is reaching the main channel of the Mississippi River. The state Department of Natural Resources says the city began discharging about 2,000 gallons of untreated wastewater at about 12:30 p.m. Wednesday. The discharge continues about four hours later. It is unclear how much wastewater has discharged underground, but some if it is flowing directly to the main channel of the Mississippi River. The discharge happened during repair work on a pipe that’s used to move the wastewater. Continue Reading

West Burlington Appoints New Assistant Police Chief

West Burlington has a new Assistant Police Chief. Sergeant Shaun Ryan was promoted to the position during a Monday Night City Council Meeting. Police Chief Frank Newberry told the Council that Ryan has stepped up following the departure of Lt. Richard Hand, and has been going “Above and Beyond” in fulfilling his duties. Newberry said that even if they were to advertise outside of the department for the position, they wouldn’t find anyone more suited to the position than Ryan. Ryan has been with the department since 2001. Continue Reading

School Board Filing Date Closes July 20th

Anyone interested in running for school board in Des Moines County has until July 30th to file their paperwork at the Des Moines County Courthouse. Des Moines County Auditor Carol Copeland says that the filing period officially began on Monday. The election is September 8th. There are four positions up in the Burlington School Board. The positions of Tammy Darnall, Marlis Robberts, Mike Shinn, and Mike Warner are up for reelection. Continue Reading