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2 Arrested in Connection with Early Morning Shootings in Burlington

More violent crime in Burlington early this morning, but police arrested two Florida men in connection with all four incidents. 26-year old Donald Watkins and 30-year old Virgil Griggs, both of Miami, will face felony charges of Intimidation with a Dangerous Weapon and 2nd Degree Arson. Watkins is also charged with two counts of Willful Injury. This is what detectives say they had to piece together:

At 1:37 am, officers were called to Fun City in response to a shooting in the parking lot. The investigation revealed that two people had been shot in the upper body and were taken to Great River Medical Center. Continue Reading

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Burlington Anti-Crime Block Party Sunday

With the recent shootings still fresh in everyone’s mind, one Burlington neighborhood has organized a special kind of anti-crime block party for this Sunday. Tammy King of 162 Indian Terrace is the organizer and will be holding the event at her home… And because crime can occur anywhere, King is thinking much bigger than just her neighborhood….. If you have any questions beforehand, call Tammy King at 671-1300 or Angie Houston at 759-1619. The block party begins at 2:30pm this Sunday at 162 Indian Terrace. Continue Reading

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Hundreds Gather for Vigil

Hundreds of people gathered at the corner of S. Gunnison and Aetna yesterday afternoon in Burlington. Many were holding candles and wearing the color red. Although officials have not confirmed a motive for the shooting of 50-year-old Eddie Martin of Burlington who was shot on that corner Wednesday while riding his bike, many believe it had something to do with him wearing the color red. Mayor Shane Mccampbell spoke fondly of Martin, who was also known as “Ed Lover”… One of Martin’s younger brothers, Kurstan Davenport, told us that’s he’s still in shock… Continue Reading

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Candle Light Vigil for Bicyclist who was Shot

A Facebook event has been formed, inviting the public to a candle light vigil for 50-year old Eddie Martin of Burlington who was shot riding his bike Wednesday. The memorial will be held where Martin was shot, at the corner of S. Gunnison and Aetna. You’re encouraged to bring your own candles this evening. The vigil begins at 5pm. More than 200 people have already confirmed they will be present, according to the Facebook Event Page. Continue Reading

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IFA Housing Funds Coming to Area

The Iowa Finance Authority Board of Directors approved more than $2.5-million in homeless assistance grants for 28 Iowa agencies, a few of which are in our area. Community Action of Southeast Iowa will receive around $41,000 and the Domestic Violence Prevention Program that serves Des Moines, Henry, Lee, Van Buren and Washington counties will receive around $101,000.  

According to a press release from the Iowa Finance Authority, the purpose of the grants is to help Iowans and their families quickly regain stability in permanent housing after experiencing a housing crisis or homelessness. Continue Reading

Joshua Royer is seen in this April 2014 photo from the Iowa Sex Offender registry. Royer is on the sex offender list due to a 1995 assault conviction in California.

Royer Bail Set at $250,000 Cash

Bond has been set at $250,000 cash for 38-year old Josh Royer, the Burlington man accused of shooting & killing 50-year old Eddie Martin of Burlington Wednesday afternoon at the intersection of Aetna and South Gunnison. It happened a few minutes before 3 o’clock. The victim, who was riding a bicycle, was treated at Great River Medical Center, then airlifted to Iowa City, where he died. A number of neighbors saw the suspect’s car take off and tips lead detectives to the 700 block of Barret Street, where they spotted the vehicle. Further investigation led them down the street to the 400 block of Barret, where they arrested Royer on a First Degree Murder charge. Continue Reading

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Farmers Market Returns to Riverfront

After weeks of flooding and clean up, Burlington’s Riverfront Farmers Market is returning to the riverfront. It’s been held near the bandshell at Crapo Park for the past few weeks. Market Manager Peg Rosine Levinson says it’ll be nice to have it back downtown, but she heard from many that they really liked it in the park. She says that because they are part of Downtown Partners, it will remain down by the river. Because it’s the first Thursday of the month, Levinson says there will be carriage rides… Continue Reading

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Man Found Dead on Y-Camp Road

Des Moines County Deputies and the Burlington Fire Department and Ambulance were called to 12457 Y-Camp Road yesterday evening in reference to an older male that had shot himself. When officials arrived at the scene they found 84-year-old Jack Crawford of Burlington. Crawford was pronounced dead at the scene. The incident remains under investigation by the Des Moines County Sheriff’s Office. Continue Reading

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UPDATED: One Burlington Man Dead, A Second Charged with Killing Him

Bond has been set at $250,000 cash for 38-year old Josh Royer, the Burlington man accused of shooting & killing 50-year old Eddie Martin of Burlington yesterday afternoon at the intersection of Aetna and South Gunnison. -Royer

Martin was riding a bicycle when he was shot. He was taken to Great River Medical Center, then flown to Iowa City, where he died. Using leads provided by neighbors and others, the police department’s Division of Criminal Investigation, led by Lt. Jeff Klein, located the shooter’s vehicle in the 700 block of Barret Street. They then found the suspect in the 400 block of Barret. Continue Reading