Burlington Council to Consider Earlier Curfews

If you have a problem with Burlington’s curfew being made earlier, today(Mon) is your opportunity to complain. The City Council will hold a public hearing this(Mon) afternoon on a proposal to require those 15-and-younger to be home by 9 pm on school nights and by 10 on non-school nights. for those 16 and 17, they would have to be in by 11 on school nights and midnight on non-school nights.  Today’s(Mon) meeting begins at 5:30 and the public is invited.  

The West Burlington School Board meets tonight(Mon) at 7 and will appoint a new member (to replace Nate Prickett) before reorganizing, as state code requires. Continue Reading


Henry County Judge Suspended for Working Drunk

The Iowa Supreme Court has suspended a Henry County judge 30 days for showing up to work drunk in May of 2012. 

The Supreme Court took the action following an investigation by the Commission on Judicial Qualifications which found District Associate Judge Emily Dean had been drinking before arriving at the Henry County Courthouse in Mount Pleasant. Her court reporter and others persuaded Dean to leave, and she was driven back to her home in Fort Madison. Dean was later hospitalized for severe alcohol intoxication. The investigation also found several instances where the judge missed work, or at times seemed confused while at work. Dean admitted she has a problem with alcohol and to failed attempts to deal with the situation. Continue Reading

Former Burlington Man Quits R.I. Co. Sheriff Job Over Harassment Charge

CHICAGO (AP) — A western Illinois sheriff accused of cyberstalking and threatening a woman he met at a gym pleaded guilty to attempted misconduct and resigned from office on Thursday, Attorney General Lisa Madigan said. Rock Island County Sheriff Jeffrey Boyd, 48, also withdrew from the November ballot and will forfeit the pension he earned during his nearly four years as sheriff, Madigan’s office said. Boyd was accused of using his position as sheriff to intimidate and threaten a woman he met at a Rock Island gym. He also allegedly pursued the woman, in this country without permission, via repeated text messages. Prosecutors said the woman asked Boyd to leave her alone, but he used his law enforcement position to continue to intimidate and harass her. Continue Reading


GRHS Opens Keokuk Women’s Clinic

Great River Women’s Health is now seeing patients in Keokuk every Monday from 9 to 4. The clinic is at 16-03 Morgan Street. Besides complete health exams, Dr. Carl Hays will provide a wide range of evaluations of…and treatments for…women. Call 319-768-2750 for more information or to schedule an appointment. Continue Reading


Growing Season Winds Down; Farmers Market to Hit Streets

Burlington’s Riverfront Farmers Market will celebrate the end of the season with a street market next Thursday evening from 5 to 7 in the downtown, specifically in the 400 and 500 blocks of Jefferson.  

Downtown Partners says the market will feature the usual fare, including ready-to-eat meals & drinks and free family entertainment. Continue Reading


Investigation Complete: Local Woman Busted on Drug Charges

It’s taken nearly five months to build the case, but Southeast Iowa’s Narcotics Task Force yesterday(Thur) arrested a Burlington woman at her home on drug charges. 43-year old Heather Boyd of 128 Golf Lane…behind Sunnyside Elementary School…faces counts of Possessing a Controlled Substance with intent to Deliver, within 1,000 feet of a School…and Maintaining a Drug House. Last April, task force agents executed a search warrant and reported finding suspected bath salts…K2…hallucinogenic mushrooms, meth, marijuana, pills…drug paraphernalia and cash in the Boyd home. The items were sent to the state crime lab for analysis. Boyd was taken yesterday to the county jail and a judge set her bond at $55,000 cash or surety. Continue Reading


“Sinkhole That Swallowed Burlington” Returns

The sinkhole on Main Street…just north of Valley in downtown Burlington…is sinking again…the 4th time it’s done so this year. (The picture is of the first sinkhole)

Streets & Sewer Maintenance Director Chris Clements says they’re doing the only thing they can do — locate the problem (last time it was some old steam lines that had collapsed), dig up the last patch and get back to work filling in the hole. Even though Burlington has had other sinkholes, Clements says he’s lost some sleep…and possibly some hair…over this one, because it keeps returning. No one’s been hurt so far on the busy stretch of street.   Continue Reading