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More Snow, Cold Coming Soon

With more than a month of fall left on the calendar, a winter storm is approaching Iowa that threatens to dump several inches of snow on the state tomorrow (Saturday). It’s already prompting doom-and-gloom predictions about how we may be facing one of the worst winters since the 1800s. Meteorologist Jeff Zogg, at the National Weather Service, says to relax, for now, it’s not Snowmageddon. Some areas of the state could see isolated pockets of four or more inches of snow, while temperatures will remain well below normal, with highs mostly in the 20s. Strong winds blowing around the light snow may impact visibility while roads across much of Iowa will likely be quite slick. Continue Reading

A Thin Layer of Ice Topped by 1/2-Inch of Snow: Recipe for Disaster

The first time it snows each winter invariably turns into rough going for area motorists who aren’t used to it, and it was a nasty snowfall last(Thur) night, especially on the local streets. Burlington police say between 7 pm and midnight, they were called to 17 accidents…only one with injuries…and 12 motorist assists, most of them consisting of vehicles getting stuck…many on city hills…due to the snow- and ice-covered streets. Between 8 pm and 2 am, Des Moines County deputies were called out to at least four accidents in the country. Continue Reading

N. London Man Turns Himself In on Sexual Assault Charge

A New London man turned himself in to the Henry County Sheriff’s Office this week, accused in mid-June of sexually assaulting a woman just west of New London. 36-year old David Smyth is facing a felony charge of 2nd degree sexual abuse. If convicted, he could spend up to 25 years in prison. Henry County deputies took Smyth to the county jail and a judge set his bond at $100,000, cash only. Continue Reading

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LeeCo Task Force Busts Four

Lee County’s Narcotics Task Force has arrested a Ft. Madison man and three Keokuk residents on felony drug charges. 49-year old Eric Demuynck of 12-15 Avenue G in Ft. Madison is accused of two counts of selling marijuana within 1,000 feet of a school. If convicted, he could get up to 20 years in prison. Continue Reading

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Public Looks at Drawings While Consultants Describe “The Landing”

$21,500,000┬áto $28,000,000, give or take. That’s the price-tag attached to a comprehensive riverfront project that would prevent the downtown from flooding and turn the area into a destination for tourists — “The Landing,” they’re calling it. Leo Foley of consultant Veenstra and Kimm says the project will happen in increments, if it happens at all, and will require the whole community to buy into it. The City is shooting for some major grants to pay for much of the flood-prevention work and Foley says about 50% of flood prevention costs go to floodwalls, which they’re also recommending. Continue Reading

Mepo Marauder Identity Revealed?

Officially, they’re not calling him “The Mediapolis Marauder,” but informed sources say the man they arrested early yesterday(Weds) morning for a car burglary is the same man who committed dozens of Mediapolis area break-ins and thefts earlier this year. 27-year old Josh Melton was nearly caught in the act shortly after 2 am…and when Des Moines County deputies apprehended him a short time later and executed a search warrant at 324 Cedar Street…they found burglary tools and property that had been stolen in a February car break-in at 410 Park Street. Melton was charged with Possession of Burglary Tools and 3rd Degree Burglary. He was taken to the county jail and has already posted bond. Sheriff Mike Johnstone says the investigation continues and has already involved hundreds of man-hours, including a lot of overtime. Continue Reading

KBUR “Talking Politics” Host Robin Johnson to Dissect Mid-Term Elections

Regional political pundits will dissect the results of the mid-term elections tonight(Weds), as Monmouth College hosts its third “Midwest Matters,” post-election forum at Poling Hall. Monmouth political science lecturer Robin Johnson will moderate the free program, entitled “Goodbye Election 2014: Hello Election 2016,” at 7 o’clock in the Morgan Room. Continue Reading

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HenryCo Pair Busted for Drugs, Weapons and Burglaries

Two Mt. Pleasant-area residents will face weapons and drug charges, after Henry County deputies executed search warrants…after disarming one of the suspects…and found numerous stolen items…including guns…a marijuana-growing operation…pounds of marijuana…and various forms of meth and drug parphernalia. 39-year old Barry Wilson of 24-35 Sugar Shack Lane will face a laundry-list of felonies, including Going Armed with Intent…Trafficking Stolen Weapons…Burglary, while Armed with a Dangerous Weapon…Possession of a Controlled Substance with Intent to Deliver…a Drug Tax Stamp violation…and parole violations, from a previous meth-making conviction. He was taken to the Henry County jail on a $50,000 bond. 34-year old Jackie Wilson was arrested for Possession of a Firearm by a Felon…Possession of a Controlled Substance with Intent to Deliver…and a Drug Tax Stamp violation. Continue Reading

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Downtown Burlington Flood Followup Tonight; Public Encouraged to Go

There’s an important meeting at Burlington’s Memorial Auditorium tonight(Weds). It’s a combination information and public input session on the City’s efforts to fight future flooding on the downtown riverfront. ┬áCity Planner Charlie Nichols says time is of the essence, because Burlington is in a competitive race with other cities to get millions in grant funds. Much of the attention so far has focused on the parking lot between the auditorium and the Port-of-Burlington, an area that Burlington Steamboat Days depends on for its summer festival, but Nichols says the organization is on-board as long as they can get what they need. Tonight’s(Weds) information and input session will be held in Memorial Auditorium, beginning at 7. Continue Reading