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1700 Block of West Burlington Avenue to be Off-Limits Sunday

The Burlington Fire Department needs a stretch of street on which to do some training exercises and they’ve chosen the 1700 block of West Burlington Avenue. This Sunday from 6 am until 8 pm that section of roadway will be closed to all traffic, so that firefighters will have a safe area in which to practice their craft. Continue Reading

Evans Will be Laid to Rest Monday

MOLINE, Ill. (AP) — The funeral for former longtime U.S. Rep. Lane Evans will be Monday in Moline. Evans died Wednesday at age 63 after a long battle with Parkinson’s disease. Visitation will be from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. at Esterdahl Mortuary in Moline both Saturday and Sunday. Evans’ funeral will be Monday at 10 a.m. at Sacred Heart Church in Moline. Continue Reading

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Iowa Prison Population to Grow

Iowa’s prison population is forecast to grow by 39-percent over the next decade, according to a new report from the Iowa Department of Human Rights’ Division of Criminal and Juvenile Justice Planning. Iowa Department of Corrections spokesman Fred Scaletta says although the report estimates Iowa’s inmate count at 11,317 by mid-2024, it’s unlikely to actually reach that level. There are currently just under 82-hundred (8,200) inmates in Iowa prisons that are designed to accommodate 7,276 prisoners. Scaletta says his agency has been working with lawmakers and the Board of Parole to improve the community-based corrections system and reduce recidivism for inmates who are freed. The 34-page Prison Population Forecast report is schedule to be presented to the Board of Corrections at its meeting today (Friday) in Des Moines. Continue Reading

DMCo Board to Vote on Firings

It’s been re-confirmed now by the Des Moines County Board agenda — Supervisors will be asked Monday afternoon at 1:30 to affirm several firings

Senior Assistant County Attorney Lisa Schaefer…County Attorney’s Office Investigator William “Deke” Dideriksen…and Office Receptionist Kay Hagen…..got the “boot” Wednesday from just-elected County Attorney Amy Beavers, who says she’ll also promote County Attorney Collections Clerk Robbie Ford, from part-time to full-time. Beavers said she’d promote one of her other assistants…hire someone to replace him…and turn the receptionist position into part-time. Continue Reading

Monmouth PD Seeks Public’s Help

In Monmouth, police are on the lookout for two, 20-something men…one white and the other Hispanic…who grabbed a Monmouth-Roseville High School student by her legs and midsection. The victim told police she was able to get away by kicking at the men. The assault occurred around 3:15 Wednesday afternoon. Continue Reading

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Two Men Strong-Arm Burlington Woman, Take Purse

A woman told Burlington police that two men stopped her at 6th and Maple…around 2:15 this(Fri) morning…and stole her purse…containing cash, her cell-phone, and assorted other items.

Authorities say the victim was not hurt and couldn’t provide detailed descriptions of the robbers. The investigation continues. Continue Reading

Keokuk Man Arrested on Drug Warrants; 20 Years Possible

Lee County’s Narcotics Task Force has picked up a Keokuk man on felony drug warrants. 25-year old Christopher Vradenburg Jr. is facing counts of Delivering Marijuana and Delivery of a Schedule-2 Controlled Substance Within 1,000 Feet of a Day Care. If convicted of both charges, he could get up to 20 years in prison. Continue Reading

Two More Men…Eight Total…Have Now Filed for Empty Burlington City Council Seat

Tomorrow’s(Fri) the deadline and two more people have filed nominating papers to run for Becky Shockley’s former seat on the Burlington City Council. Eight men have now turned their petitions in to the Des Moines County Auditor’s office and here’s the whole list of who has filed so far: Jim Davidson…Marcques Derby…Leo Hallowell of 20-18 South 13th Street…Kevin Long of 1909 Orchard(both of whom filed yesterday)…Chris Reed…John Sandell…Tracey Watts and Dan Wischmeier. Whatever the final total is, there’s be a December 2nd primary to narrow the field to two.  That pair will then face off December 30th. Continue Reading

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Busy Beavers Fires Three Staffers on First Day After Election

She did say there’d be changes.  She didn’t say she’d be firing three members of her staff…  

But that’s what Des Moines County Attorney Amy Beavers did…dismissing Senior Assistant Attorney Lisa Schaefer…Receptionist Kay Hagen…and Investigator “Deke” Dideriksen. Yesterday(Weds) was their last day. Beavers…who had been appointed County Attorney by the Board of Supervisors when Pat Jackson went on medical leave and then retired…was elected to the post Tuesday by beating Trent Henkelvig. She’s quoted in the Hawk Eye…a local newspaper…as saying she’ll hire a replacement for Assistant Justin Stonerick, who will be promoted to Schaefer’s position…she’ll advertise for a new, part-time, receptionist to replace Hagen…and she’s working with the Sheriff’s office to hire an Investigator. Continue Reading