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LeeCo Man Killed, Passenger Uninjured, in Single-Car Crash

Lee County deputies have released details of a fatal accident early yesterday(Sun) involving a local man. 40-year old Chad Pumphrey of (704 Kilbourne) Denmark was killed when his vehicle slid on some ice on 303rd Avenue…just north of Ft. Madison…struck a guardrail…and rolled into the west ditch. Deputies say Pumphrey was not wearing a seatbelt and was partially thrown out, getting pinned under the vehicle. His passenger…44-year old Kristy Wagner, who lived with Pumphrey…was wearing a seatbelt and was not injured. Continue Reading

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Signs, Downtown Parking, Bus Service on Burlington Council Agenda

After a presentation by Todd Mayfield of AXIA Creative on a “way-finding” study his company did on signage in the town, the Burlington City Council will hold several public hearings this evening, the most important of which could be on a proposal to eliminate Saturday bus service. The Council will also consider several resolutions, one of which would increase parking limits in the downtown area…another which would award a contract for replacing the sewer plant roof…a third that would accept a state grant for a portion of the Flint River Trail…and a fourth that would raise some of the fees at Flint Hills Golf Course. Today’s(Mon) meeting is at 5:30 and the public is welcome. The West Burlington School Board meets tonight at 7 and will talk about the upcoming referendum…enrollment caps…and long range planning. Members will also be asked to accept the resignation of Cheerleading advisor Cindee Reed, after 30 years. Continue Reading

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Possible “Mediapolis Marauder” Skips Court Hearing; Warrants Issued

The man charged with a February 17th car burglary and possession of burglary tools following his arrest in Mediapolis this week, failed to appear in court this morning … so the judge issued two bench warrants…$25,000 cash each…for 27-year old Josh Melton. Sheriff Mike Johnstone says they’re also still looking for any burglary or theft victims in the Mediapolis area, which was hit hard earlier this year with dozens of break-ins. Call the Sheriff’s office to report anything that may have been stolen, no matter how small. Johnstone hasn’t said that Melton is believed to be the thief who came to be known as “The Mediapolis Marauder,” but informed sources have told us he is. Continue Reading

Bill Afoot to Honor Evans

GALESBURG, Ill. (AP) — A bipartisan effort to name a veterans facility in Galesburg, Illinois, after the late Lane Evans is underway. U.S. Sens. Dick Durbin and Mark Kirk and U.S. Rep. Cheri Bustos, who now represents west central Illinois’ 17th District, introduced legislation Thursday in Congress to name the Galesburg Veterans Affairs clinic after Evans. The former congressman from Illinois died last week at age 63 after a long battle with Parkinson’s disease. Continue Reading

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Baby’s Death Called Suspicious

State, Des Moines County and Burlington agencies are investigating what’s being called the suspicious death of a 22-day-old baby at his parents’ mobile home north of Burlington. Emergency crews were sent to the Green Acres Mobile Home Court along Des Moines County Highway 99 around 5:30 p.m. Sunday. Sheriff Mike Johnstone says the boy’s father had called 911. Johnstone says the child’s death at his home “does look suspicious.” He declined to name the baby’s parents. Continue Reading

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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