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Local Police, Deputies Hold Five on Burglary Charges

Burlington police and the Des Moines County Sheriff’s Department are on a hot streak…arresting three local residents and issuing warrants for two others…all on burglary-related charges. County and City authorities yesterday(Tues) picked up two men in the 500 block of South Gunnison Street in Burlington. 39-year old Daniel Pace and 21-year old Trevor Heckenberg…both homeless…have been charged with Third-Degree Burglary…in Heckenberg’s case, two counts…Possession of Burglary Tools…again two counts against Heckenberg. Pace was also charged with Interference with Official Acts and was served with an Illinois warrant for a parole violation. The pair is accused of stealing a 4-wheeler…copper pipes…tools…and an antique toaster from a home in the 10,000 block of South Prairie Grove Road…and for another break-in in the 500 block of Gunnison. Continue Reading

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UPDATE: Lee Boughton Apparent Winner of WB School Board Seat

Two former mayors…Jim Davidson and John Sandell…are the winners of yesterday’s(Tues) Burlington City Council primary and the $6.75-million West Burlington School District bond issue went down in flames. In Burlington, Davidson came out on top with 430 votes or just under 37% of the ballots cast. Sandell placed second with 291 votes or just under 25%. In third place was former Councilman Chris Reed with 144 votes…newcomer Dan Wischmeier finished just one vote back with 143…Kevin Long had 69…Marcques Derby and Jeff Johnson each received 24 votes…Leo Hallowell was next with 22…and Tracey Watts placed 9th with 15 votes. In the West Burlington School District, the $6.75-million bond issue was voted down, 385 to 158; that’s a 71% to 29% margin. Continue Reading

City of Burlington to Seek More ($31.5-Mil.) for Flood Mitigation

At the request of City Manager Jim Ferneau, the Burlington City Council last(Mon) night postponed…for one week…formal approval of a state grant application for a number of flood mitigation projects. Ferneau says he’s been told by a consultant that the State may be willing to part with as much as $31,500,000 to help pay for Burlington’s master plan. ┬áIn other words, the City will be asking for close to double what the original grant application sought. Continue Reading


City Council Gives Airport Clear Runway for Rezoning

None of the complaining neighbors showed up at last(Mon) night’s public hearing…and the Burlington City Council voted unanimously to approve the Airport’s request to rezone 10 acres of land at 21-31 Summer Street…so Floyd’s EZ Way Container Service can keep operating legally. A number of area residents had said the business is open 24-7, is noisy and could be polluting the local environment, but Airport Manager Mary Beaird says most of the accusations are just not true. No one has been able to answer the question as to why Floyd’s…or its business predecessors…were all able to operate in an area zoned “residential.”  


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IUB, Dakota Access Informational Meeting Draws Big Crowd to FM

Several hundred people packed into a pair of meeting rooms at the Comfort Inn & Suites in Ft. Madison yesterday(Mon). They were there to learn more about a proposed, underground, crude-oil pipeline that would run from North Dakota to western Illinois through Jefferson,Van Buren and Lee Counties in southeast Iowa and Hancock and Adams Counties in west central Illinois. A spokesman for energy company Dakota Access told the standing-room-only crowd the timetable they’re following — more informational meetings this month…the pipeline permit request filed in January…the IUB’s permit decision in the 3rd quarter of next year…pipeline construction begins when the permit is issued…and the pipeline should be up-and-running in late 2016. Continue Reading


SCC Counts Big Bucks for Worker Training

A company that provides integrated CAD/CAM software for tool-making and manufacturing has donated more than $1.7-million worth of its products to Southeastern Community College. The CimatronE software…a CAD/CAM solution for tool-and-die making and mold-makers…will be used to provide training for students in design and advanced manufacturing. The agreement between SCC and Cimatron was facilitated by the Lee County Economic Development Group. Continue Reading

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WB School Plans, Burlington Council Finalists to be Decided Tuesday

There are two special elections in the area tomorrow(Tues). One is a Burlington primary, featuring nine men running for one seat on the City Council. The three polling places…Messiah Lutheran Church on West Avenue…Bethany Lutheran on Madison…and Oak Street Baptist…will be open from 7 am til 8 pm. The top two vote-getters will face-off in a December 30th election, with the winner to succeed Becky Shockley on the 5-member Council. The other local election tomorrow(Tues) is only for voters in the West Burlington School District, where a building-bond issue…the Physical Plant rate…and one board seat will be decided. Continue Reading

Local Man, Teen Meet by Accident in Front of Casino

A Wapello teen and a Burlington man were injured just before 7 last(Sun) night when their cars collided in front of the Catfish Bend Casino’s Roosevelt Avenue entrance. 17-year old Taylor Beeding was taken by private vehicle to Great River Medical Center, while 56-year old Steven Johnston went by Burlington Fire Department ambulance. Neither of their injuries was considered life-threatening. City police say Beeding was driving north when Johnston pulled out from the stop intersection to go south, and the two cars collided. Johnston was ticketed for not yielding. Continue Reading

Convicted Felon Walks Away from Work Release Center

Authorities have confirmed that a Burlington man in custody for Intimidation With a Dangerous Weapon failed to return to the work release center on Valley Street over the weekend. An escape warrant was issued yesterday(Sun) for 27-year old Ken Bowman, who was involved in a shooting at L-Treyns Sports Bar & Nightclub in Keokuk in August of 2010. Anyone with information about his whereabouts is asked to call Burlington police or Crimestoppers. You don’t have to give your name and you could be eligible for a reward of up to $1,000. Continue Reading