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Colorado Man Rolls Sports Car, Lands on Roof-Top!

A Colorado man was seriously injured early this(Fri) morning in Dallas City…and where he was found sounds more like a plot from a TV show than reality.  

State Police say 29-year old Eugene Roy of Pueblo was headed east on Illinois-96 around 1:40, when he lost control of his BMW…ran off the south side of the road and hit a concrete retaining wall. He veered back across the entire highway and ran off the north side, near Birch Street. Roy’s car rolled numerous times…he was ejected…and landed on the roof of a house, while the vehicle kept rolling.  

Once he was located, Roy was removed from the roof and airlifted to Blessing Hospital in Quincy. Continue Reading

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Good News for Burlington from Fire & Police Retirement System

Some good financial news for the City of Burlington — the State of Iowa’s Municipal Fire & Police Retirement System has lowered the employer contribution rate for 2015.  

City Manager Jim Ferneau put that in perspective, saying the new rate will be 27.7%…down from 30.41%, and that should save Burlington about $20,000 a year. Continue Reading

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BPD Corrals Car Burglars

Burlington police arrested two area teens yesterday(Thur) on Attempted Burglary charges, after several witnesses spotted the pair in the 200 block of Gertrude Street and near Garfield & Jefferson, breaking into vehicles.  

Authorities gave chase and caught up with 19-year old Travian Root of Media, Illinois and 17-year old Sonny Copeland of Burlington.  Root was escorted to the Des Moines County jail and Copeland was taken to the Lee County juvenile facility. Continue Reading

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Serious Accidents Abound as Weekend Approaches

Another fatal accident on the Illinois side of the river:

85-year old Shirley Bradshaw of rural Abingdon was killed, when she pulled out of her driveway on Berwick Road around 9 am yesterday and into the path of an eastbound car containing 25-year old Sharayah Snyder (also of rural Abingdon) and a 3-year old girl. Bradshaw died later of her injuries…Snyder was hurt, but it was not life-threatening…and State Police say the child did suffer a serious injury. All three were taken to hospitals in Galesburg.  
Three young-people were killed…a fourth seriously injured…early yesterday(Thur) morning in a one-car crash south of Macomb. The victims have been identified as the 21-year old driver…Gabrielle Yocum of Springfield & Macomb…and two of her passengers…Cassie Roberts, also 21 and from Macomb…and 23-year old Cedric Huffman of Bushnell & Macomb. Continue Reading

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Three Killed, One Injured in McDonough County Crash

Three young-people were killed…a fourth seriously injured…early this(Thur) morning in a one-car crash south of Macomb. The victims have been identified as the 21-year old driver…Gabrielle Yocum of Springfield & Macomb…and two of her passengers…Cassie Roberts, also 21 and from Macomb…and 23-year old Cedric Huffman of Bushnell & Macomb. A third passenger…23-year old Justin Beer…was taken to OSF Hospital in Peoria. Troopers say the 2010 Jeep was headed west on North 900th Road…just west of East 1000th Road…shortly after 2 o’clock this(Thur) morning when the SUV left the roadway on the north side…drove more than 200 feet through a ditch…and struck a tree, then an embankment. All four victims were wearing their seatbelts. Continue Reading

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Jeep Crashes South of Macomb; Three Dead

Three young-people were killed…a fourth seriously injured…early this(Thur) morning in a one-car crash south of Macomb. The victims have been identified as the 21-year old driver…Gabrielle Yocum…and two of her passengers…Cassie Roberts, also 21…and 23-year old Cedric Huffman. A third passenger…23-year old Justin Beer…was taken to OSF Hospital in Peoria. Illinois State Police say they don’t know where any of the victims are from.  
Troopers say the 2010 Jeep was headed west on North 900th Road…just west of East 1000th Road…shortly after 2 o’clock this(Thur) morning when the SUV left the roadway on the north side…drove more than 200 feet through a ditch…and struck a tree, then an embankment. Continue Reading

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WBCC Picks New Broker

The City of West Burlington switched health insurance brokers last(Wed) night, going with True North Insurance & Financial Strategies of Cedar Rapids and dropping Sagacity Benefits, whose agent…Steve Preader…used to work for Employee Benefits System, but formed his own company after Two Rivers Insurance…EBS’s corporate parent…was accused by Wellmark of overbilling. West Burlington City Administrator Dan Gifford told us his recommendation had nothing to do with cost — the bids from True North and Sagacity were the same.  He cited the fact that True North works primarily with cities of under 50 employees. The vote to hire True North was 3-1, with only Kara Steward opting for Sagacity. Mayor Hans Trousil had said he’d veto the resolution, if the Council had gone with Sagacity. Continue Reading

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Burlington to Try Experimental Parking Program

You know Old Man Winter can’t be far off, when the Burlington City Council is talking about where to park when it snows.  

That was one of the topics at this week’s work session and Public Works Director Steve Hoambrecker says they’ll be experimenting with a program based on the odd-even parking model.  

Hoambrecker says the pilot program will be tried on Orchard, Grove, South Adams, Barret, Sweeney, Acres and Denmark Streets. Public Works has been notifying residents of the affected neighborhoods. Continue Reading

Large-Scale Livestock Rules Take Effect October 22

New rules for monitoring the state’s large-scale livestock confinements have cleared a legislative committee and will go into effect October 22nd. The rules implement an agreement between the State of Iowa and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, so the state will continue to monitor how livestock operations in Iowa are complying with Clean Water standards. State officials have promised to inspect some eight-thousand operations once every five years. Iowa Department of Natural Resources attorney Randy Clark says they’ll have to pick up the pace to meet that goal. Cherie Mortice, a member of Iowa Citizens for Community Improvement, says there have been 55 manure spills in the past year in Iowa and only 11 operators have been fined. Continue Reading