Keokuk Man Could Get 115 Years in Prison on Meth Charges

Another Meth Bust, this one the result of an investigation by the Lee County Narcotics Task Force. 54 year old Tony Lee Farmer of Keokuk was arrested earlier Tuesday morning at his home in the 1500 block of Morgan Street on multiple charges including three counts of Delivery of Methamphetamine with enhancements for previous offenses, and ongoing criminal conduct. Farmer faces 115 years in prison if convicted on all charges. Continue Reading

Snow Removal Pilot Program Reviewed

Attempts at improving snow removal on narrow city streets last year were scrutinized at a Burlington City Council Work Session last night. Between November of last year and April 15th, they instituted new parking rules for areas on Grove Street, Adams Street, and Orchard Street, all of them narrow streets where snow removal has, historically, been difficult, if not impossible. The rules made residents alternate which side of the street they park their car on–one side on even days, one side on odd days–in order to allow snow plows to remove snow from the entire street. Public Works Director Steve Hoambrecker broke down the numbers derived from surveys taken by residents. He said that while the majority of people said that it did indeed help with snow removal, it created some problems.

“The Orchard Street [residents] felt 70% that it created a hardship.” Continue Reading

Michael Carpenter. Courtesy: Henry County Jail

New London Man Arrested After Meth Labs Found in Car

A New London man was arrested on Meth Charges after New London Police allegedly found not one, but three meth labs in his vehicle during a traffic stop. 23 year old Michael Carpenter was initially stopped by police for a minor traffic offense on Highway 34 and Penn Avenue. Police immediately arrested him after seeing the one-pot labs inside the vehicle. Carpenter is charged with Manufacturing Methamphetamine, Driving Under Suspension, Obstructed Vision, Having No Insurance, and Conspiracy to Manufacture Methamphetamine. Continue Reading

Mathew Hogaboom. Courtesy: Des Moines County Jail

Suspect, Wanted on Warrants, Punches Burlington Police Officer

A Burlington Police Officer was punched in the face as he arrested a Burlington man who fled from police on Saturday. Officers first responded to the area of 7th and Spring to a report of shots fired in the vicinity. There, they found 26 year old Mathew Hogaboom riding a bicycle. They approached Hogaboom, hoping to ask him about the suspicious noises, and that’s when Hogaboom allegedly jumped off of his bike and ran from police. Police caught up with Hogaboom a few blocks away on Arch Street. Continue Reading

Union Troops line up before the reenactment.

Guns Fall Silent: Keokuk’s Final Civil War Reenactment Comes to a Close

The Civil War’s final battle was fought for the final time at the 28th Keokuk Civil War Reenactment over the weekend. The Battle of Appomattox Courthouse ended with the surrender of Confederate General Robert E. Lee to Union General Ulysses S. Grant. It happened 150 years ago, and it came to life in Keokuk’s Rand Park as around 150 reenactors took to the battlefield dressed in period uniform and wielding antique firearms and cannons. But those reenactors will not return to Rand Park next year. After 28 years, the Keokuk Civil War Reenactments are over. Continue Reading

Motorcycle Driver Airlifted Off of Fort Madison/Niota Bridge After Accident

A motorcycle driver was seriously injured in a Wednesday accident on the Niota/Fort Madison Bridge. 52 year old Ronnie Glisan of Pontoosuc (Pawnt-too-suk), Illinois, was apparently travelling on his motorcycle at an excessive rate of speed while travelling southbound towards Illinois from Fort Madison. Hancock County, Illinois Sheriff’s Officials say that Glisan was unable to stay in the southbound lane, and ended up drifting into oncoming traffic, sideswiping a pickup truck driven by 69 year old James Rea. Glisan lost control, fell off of his bike, and ended up getting pinned underneath it. Bystanders managed to lift the bike off of the seriously-injured Glisan. Continue Reading

Phone Scam Targets Henry County Residents

The Henry County Sheriff’s Office is warning residents about a phone scam that has targeted several in the area. The scam originates from a strange area code. The caller tells victims that they “have fraud cases” open on their social security number, and then ask for personal information–threatening the victim with legal trouble if they don’t comply. Legitimate companies and Governmental organizations will never ask you for your personal information over the phone. Continue Reading


Royer Found Guilty of First Degree Murder in August Shooting of Eddie Martin

The verdict is in: Joshua Royer has been found guilty of first degree murder in the August 2014 death of Eddie Cooper Martin. The jury reached its decision after roughly three hours of deliberation. The 39 year old Royer gunned down the 50 year old Martin while Martin was on his bicycle in early August of 2014. The attack was apparently without motive or provocation. Royer sat emotionlessly as the jury read their verdict. Continue Reading

MHI Employees Testify in Front of Senate

Four employees at the state-run Mental Health Institutes in Clarinda and Mount Pleasant testified before the Iowa Senate Oversight Committee Wednesday, disputing the governor’s assertion that their facilities are antiquated. Sue Rehwaldt-Hays is an occupational therapist who has worked at the Clarinda M-H-I since 1984. She says, just like the Iowa statehouse, the facility in Clarinda has been updated with recent renovations like new windows, new furniture and a fire alarm system that’s still being installed. “You can do a lot of treatment and you can care for a lot of people in an old building and you can make a lot of decisions in an old building,” Rehwaldt-Hays said. Anna Short worked as a drug abuse counselor at the Mount Pleasant M-H-I until last week. Continue Reading