Former Burlington Man Quits R.I. Co. Sheriff Job Over Harassment Charge

CHICAGO (AP) — A western Illinois sheriff accused of cyberstalking and threatening a woman he met at a gym pleaded guilty to attempted misconduct and resigned from office on Thursday, Attorney General Lisa Madigan said. Rock Island County Sheriff Jeffrey Boyd, 48, also withdrew from the November ballot and will forfeit the pension he earned during his nearly four years as sheriff, Madigan’s office said. Boyd was accused of using his position as sheriff to intimidate and threaten a woman he met at a Rock Island gym. He also allegedly pursued the woman, in this country without permission, via repeated text messages. Prosecutors said the woman asked Boyd to leave her alone, but he used his law enforcement position to continue to intimidate and harass her. Continue Reading


GRHS Opens Keokuk Women’s Clinic

Great River Women’s Health is now seeing patients in Keokuk every Monday from 9 to 4. The clinic is at 16-03 Morgan Street. Besides complete health exams, Dr. Carl Hays will provide a wide range of evaluations of…and treatments for…women. Call 319-768-2750 for more information or to schedule an appointment. Continue Reading


Growing Season Winds Down; Farmers Market to Hit Streets

Burlington’s Riverfront Farmers Market will celebrate the end of the season with a street market next Thursday evening from 5 to 7 in the downtown, specifically in the 400 and 500 blocks of Jefferson.  

Downtown Partners says the market will feature the usual fare, including ready-to-eat meals & drinks and free family entertainment. Continue Reading


Investigation Complete: Local Woman Busted on Drug Charges

It’s taken nearly five months to build the case, but Southeast Iowa’s Narcotics Task Force yesterday(Thur) arrested a Burlington woman at her home on drug charges. 43-year old Heather Boyd of 128 Golf Lane…behind Sunnyside Elementary School…faces counts of Possessing a Controlled Substance with intent to Deliver, within 1,000 feet of a School…and Maintaining a Drug House. Last April, task force agents executed a search warrant and reported finding suspected bath salts…K2…hallucinogenic mushrooms, meth, marijuana, pills…drug paraphernalia and cash in the Boyd home. The items were sent to the state crime lab for analysis. Boyd was taken yesterday to the county jail and a judge set her bond at $55,000 cash or surety. Continue Reading


“Sinkhole That Swallowed Burlington” Returns

The sinkhole on Main Street…just north of Valley in downtown Burlington…is sinking again…the 4th time it’s done so this year. (The picture is of the first sinkhole)

Streets & Sewer Maintenance Director Chris Clements says they’re doing the only thing they can do — locate the problem (last time it was some old steam lines that had collapsed), dig up the last patch and get back to work filling in the hole. Even though Burlington has had other sinkholes, Clements says he’s lost some sleep…and possibly some hair…over this one, because it keeps returning. No one’s been hurt so far on the busy stretch of street.   Continue Reading

Lance Private Brands May Soon be Baking More than Snack Crackers at Burlington Plant

It all depends on state tax credits, but there may be dozens of new jobs coming to Burlington’s Lance Private Brands plant. Economic Development Director David Toyer revealed at tonight’s City Council work session that the corporate parent of Snyder’s-Lance, Shearer’s Foods, LLC, wants to build a $30,000,000 addition to the local factory, add a new line of baked goods and create 83 new jobs, at an average salary of $16.20 per hour. The Council gave its unofficial blessing to the Greater Burlington Partnership to apply for the tax credits. Continue Reading


Council “Tweaks” Curfew Ordinance; Public Hearing on Proposal Next Monday

There were some minor differences of opinion, but the Burlington City Council agreed by consensus tonight to make some small changes in the nightly curfew for young people. Under the current ordinance, those 17-and-younger must be off the streets between 11 pm and 5 am on school nights, and between 12:30 am and 5 am on non-school nights. Under the proposed revisions, those 15-and-younger will have to be off the streets between 9 pm and 5 am on school nights and from 10 pm to 5 am when there’s no school the next day.   In addition, those 16 and 17 have to be in on school nights from 11 pm-5 am and from midnight to 5 am on non-school nights. There’ll be a public hearing on the proposed changes next Monday evening at the regular City Council meeting. Continue Reading


Shockley Resigns from Burlington City Council

The Burlington City Council will soon be one member short. At the end of tonight’s work session, Councilwoman Becky Shockley announced that she’s been offered an unspecified business and educational opportunity that will require travel, and she’ll no longer be able to properly serve the needs of her constituents nor attend council meetings.   She didn’t give a resignation date, but said her new job will begin this December.  It’ll be up to the remainder of the Council to decide when and how to fill the seat. Shockley, who along with her husband owned and operated the former Tom’s Market & Meats, used the occasion to challenge the citizens of Burlington to demand that their city become a place to be proud of. Continue Reading