State Patrol Urges Smartphone Users to Keep AMBER Alerts On

Hundreds of thousands of smartphone users in Iowa were jolted awake around 2 o’clock this Wednesday morning by an AMBER Alert. It’s the second time in two weeks the emergency warning system has gone off in the wee hours and it’s left some Iowans vowing to disable the feature. Sergeant Nate Ludwig, of the Iowa State Highway Patrol, says those cell phone alerts are vital and he hopes people will reconsider. “I would advise them not to disable them,” Ludwig says. “If this was one of their kids or someone they knew or someone they might have clues about, they’re not going to be notified by this wireless alert.” Continue Reading

Bakken Pipeline’s Fate to Be Decided Later this Year

The Iowa Utilities Board has issued a schedule of deadlines for the controversial Bakken oil pipeline which would criss-cross the state from northwest to southeast. The schedule indicates the board will decide in December or January whether the project may proceed. Lawmakers adjourned the 2015 legislative session without passing a bill that would have made it harder for pipeline developers to forcibly acquire land by eminent domain. A group called the Preservation of Rural Iowa Alliance had lobbied for the bill and the group’s president, Carolyn Sheridan, says they’re hoping the legislature revisits the issue in 2016. “We thought we gained a lot of momentum,” Sheridan says. Continue Reading


Storm Blows Down Limbs, Trees, Knocks Out Power

Strong overnight storms caused some damage in Burlington. Justin Foss with Alliant energy says that storms knocked down 5-6 power poles on Main street. Crews worked through the night and managed to restore power to about 800 customers. Around 400 customers are still without power, but Foss says that power should be back on before the end of the day Thursday. Trees and Tree Limbs fell all across the area. Continue Reading

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Muscatine Man Shot By Louisa County Deputies Following Traffic Chase

A Muscatine man was shot by Louisa County Sheriff’s Deputy after Police say he fled from a traffic stop and allegedly began driving towards deputies with his car. A Press Release from the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation says that 55 year old Richard Spurling of Muscatine failed to stop for deputies attempting to pull him over for traffic violations. Spurling then allegedly took off in his vehicle and deputies gave chase before the pursuit came to a stop near the intersection of Fruitland Road and Crimson Road. As deputies approached the stopped vehicle, Spurling allegedly began driving towards the deputies, that when one of the deputies shot Spurling in the chest. Spurling was transported to a local hospital with non-life threatening injuries. Continue Reading

Identity of Woman Killed in Sunday Car Accident Released

The identity of the woman killed in a Sunday car accident on Summer Street and Highway 61 in Burlington has been released. 74 year old Sandra Waggoner of Fort Madison was killed after Burlington Fire Department officials say that she pulled into the intersection at Summer and 61 and was struck by a vehicle heading North on 61 driven by 55 year old William Poland of Burlington. Waggoner died after emergency crews arrived. Three others, including Poland and his wife Regina Poland as well as a 13 year old juvenile in Waggoner’s car were transported from the scene to Great River Medical Center. Iowa State Patrol is investigating the incident. Continue Reading

A missing person poster for Leasure. From KBUR Listener Frank Statler.

Police Find Bicycle Belonging to Missing Burlington Man

Burlington Police are hoping to find clues as to the whereabouts of a missing Burlington man after his bicycle was discovered near West Lake near Hope Haven. 53 year old Steven Leasure was last seen on May 2nd at the Maple Street Circle K, wearing a Dark T-Shirt and Jean shorts, riding a bicycle. The Hawk Eye reports that bicycle was found Monday by a resident at Hope Haven, and sonar-equipped boats have been searching through the lake. Burlington Police Detective Jeff Klein says the department is not ruling out foul play. Continue Reading

City, County Officials Receive Disaster Training Grant

City and County officials will be heading to Maryland next year for specialized disaster training, thanks to a grant from the Federal Emergency Management Agency. Des Moines County Emergency Management Coordinator Gina Hardin says that the group will focus on preparing for a very specific disaster scenario during the training. “We proposed that our scenario would be an EF4 or EF5 tornado coming through Burlington or West Burlington,” Hardin told the Burlington City Council during a Monday night meeting, “And, with that, they would put us through some training and talk about our planning and what we do locally, and then put us through an exercise for a few days.” Between 75-80 people from a variety of government entities will be taking part in the training, which runs between June 27th and 30th of 2016. The training will take place at FEMA’s campus in Emmitsburg, Maryland. Continue Reading

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

Accused Sex Abuser, Former Councilman Christopher King Released on Bond

A former Burlington city councilman and photographer accused of sexually abusing several teenage girls has been released on bond. Des Moines County Correctional Officials confirmed to KBUR Monday afternoon that 40 year old Christopher King posted bond and was released at around 2:40 pm Monday. His release comes after a friday decision by judge William Dowell that reduced 40-year-old Chris King’s bond from $83,500 to $42,000. King was arrested in early May on several counts, including sexual abuse, indecent exposure and providing alcohol to a minor. Police say they have identified more than three dozen girls between the ages of 13 and 18 who have said they were molested by King. Continue Reading