Lee County Narcotics Taskforce Continues Crackdown With Fifth Drug Arrest in Five Days

The Lee County Narcotics Taskforce has arrested yet another person on drug charges–the fifth in five days. 30 year old John Edward Glasgow of Hamilton, Illinois was arrested at the Hancock County, Illinois, Sheriff’s Office on a felony drug warrant out of Lee County. He’s charged with Conspiracy to Manufacture Methamphetamine and faces up to 25 years in state prison. The arrest stems from a long investigation by the Lee County Narcotics taskforce into allegations that Glasgow was involved in local drug trade. Continue Reading

Darren Miller. Courtesy: Des Moines County Jail

Burlington Man Kicks, Tries To Bite Sheriff’s Deputies Following Car Chase

A Burlington man is in the Des Moines County Jail after Sheriff Deputies responded to a call of a man acting strange and ended up having to struggle with an extremely uncooperative suspect after a car chase on Thursday evening. Deputies first responded to a report of a man harassing a resident on 192nd Street, insisting on giving the residents dog water and constantly asking for a cigarette. When deputies caught up with 38 year old Darren Miller, he allegedly took off his in car, driving into a field and on top of a levy. He moved back on the road and quickly lost control of his vehicle, ending up in a ditch. Miller left his car after the accident and began moving towards police, allegedly shouting profane threats. Continue Reading

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Following Layoffs, Ads Being Run in Texas for Iowa Fertilizer Plant Construction

A southeast Iowa legislator is questioning why ads are being run in Texas to hire workers for the construction of the Iowa Fertilizer Plant in Wever. Orascom, an Egyptian company, is getting about half a billion dollars in local, state and federal incentives for construction of the plant. Senator Tom Courtney, a Democrat from Burlington, says over half of the 25-hundred construction workers on the site were laid off recently when Orascom fired the main subcontractor on the project. “In Texas, there’s a posting up down there from a non-union company that said come to Iowa, lots of great jobs at the fertilizer plant in Iowa from now until about probably Christmas,” Courtney says. Bond holders were notified last week that a company hired to work on electrical and mechanical elements in the fertilizer plant was fired on Friday, April 17th. Continue Reading

City Council Members (From L to R) Becky Anderson, Mayor Shane McCampbell, Bob Fleming, Tim Scott, and Jim Davidson place dots next to large lists containing the city's priorities on Thursday.

New Police Station, Improved Parking Downtown Among City Priorities

The Burlington City Council prioritized the building of a new police station and improving downtown parking during a Thursday night goal setting session. Mayor Shane McCampbell and members of the council met for around four hours with Jeff Schott, director of the University of Iowa Institute of Public Affairs. The Council looked at what they’ve been doing right over the past several years and what still needs to be done to improve the city of Burlington. Laying out a large list of concerns, the council selected two “high priority” concerns to tackle and several “medium priority” concerns. High concerns were building a new police station to replace the aging and deteriorating structure downtown, and improving overall parking in the downtown area to be more conducive to business and land development. Continue Reading

Maurice Green. Courtesy: Knox County Jail

Green to Face Trial in Dice Game Murder

Members of the press and public were barred from attending a preliminary hearing Thursday for the man who police say shot and killed 28 year old Matthew Banks earlier last month. James Beres, the Public Defender representing 43 year old Maurice Green, moved to close the hearing, arguing that press coverage and public attendence could hamper Green’s right to a fair trial. Without objection from Des Moines County Attorney Amy Beavers or assistant County Attorney Ty Rogers, District Associate Judge Michael Dieterich closed the hearing. Only after the nearly hour-long hearing adjourned, were the results clear: Green will be tried on first degree murder charges. He’ll be formally arraigned Monday. Continue Reading

Keokuk Man Arrested For Allegedly Selling Marijuana Next to Park

A Keokuk man who police say sold Marijuana at his home directly next door to a park has been arrested on drug charges. 37 year old Jody Everett Zohfeld of 302 South 21st Street was arrested Wednesday at his residence. He’s charged with two counts of Delivery of Marijuana within 1000 feet of a Park. A Multiple Offender, Zohfeld is eligible for up to 60 years in prison if convicted on the two felony charges. That arrest stems from an investigation conducted by the Keokuk Police Department and the Lee County Narcotics Task Force. Continue Reading

Ex-Lawmaker, Acquitted of Sex Abuse Charges, Visits Iowa Capitol

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A longtime state lawmaker who was recently acquitted of charges he abused his dementia-stricken wife visited the Iowa Capitol. Henry Rayhons said Thursday that he wanted to visit former co-workers who had supported him throughout his trial, which drew international attention. Last week, a jury found Rayhons not guilty of third-degree sexual abuse of his wife, Donna Lou Rayhons, who died in August. He was accused of having sex with her at a nursing home in May after being told by staff that she was no longer capable of consenting due to dementia caused by Alzheimer’s disease. Rayhons said he has received letters of support from people around the world, adding that he hoped others would not go through the same kind of prosecution. Continue Reading

John Smith (O'Neal) attempts to get Mary Smith (Luecke) out of his hair while he talks on the phone to his second wife, Barbara (Thompson).

“Run For Your Wife” Starts at Players Workshop this Weekend

A man will attempt to juggle two wives and a huge web of lies this weekend at the Players Workshop in Burlington. British Playwright Ray Cooney’s “Run for Your Wife” will be performed by a local troupe of actors directed by Paul Elledge starting this weekend. “It is about a London Cabbie who has managed to marry two different women, but keep them separate so that they don’t know about each other,” Elledge told KBUR, “One day, he helps fight off some muggers who try to rob this old lady, and is considered a hero, so he tries to convince people that it was someone else so that his face doesn’t end up in the paper and the wives don’t find out [about each other].” The play stars Wade Martin O’Neal as John Smith, Ashante Thompson as Barbara Smith, Amelia Luecke as Mary Smith, Mike Daly as Stanley Gardner, John Toney as Detective Sergeant Troughton, the “Mad Hatter” as Detective Sergeant Porterhouse, Jesse Whalen as the reporter, and Mike Bush as Bobby Franklyn. It starts tomorrow (Friday) May 1st, and runs May 2nd, 3rd, 7th, 8th, 9th, and 10th starting at 7:00pm. Continue Reading

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Burlington City Council to Set Future Goals

The Burlington City Council will try to determine what it’s future holds by looking at the past during a goal setting session tonight. The City is expected to review ongoing issues, concerns, and trends and reevaluate priorities, programs, and projects. There will be a chance for the public to weigh in on the direction of the City. The meeting begins at 3:00 Thursday Afternoon at Burlington City Hall. Continue Reading