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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


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


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


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

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Bicyclist Shot in Burlington this Afternoon

There aren’t many details yet, but a young black man riding a bicycle was shot at the corner of S. Gunnison and Aetna this afternoon. At the scene, officials told us the man had a single gunshot wound to the stomach. Neighbors told us they had heard at least three gunshots. The victim, whose name has not been released, was sent to Great River Medical Center. His condition is not known. Continue Reading


Officer’s Name Released in Fatal Fort Madison Shooting

Authorities have released the name of a Fort Madison police officer involved in a fatal shooting. The state Division of Criminal Investigation said today that Officer Karl Judd remains on paid administrative leave following the Aug. 3 death of 27-year-old Ryan Swearingen.

Police say Swearingen confronted Judd with a knife as the officer responded to a call about an individual who had been slashing tires in Fort Madison. Judd shot Swearingen, who later died. An autopsy determined Swearingen died from multiple gunshots. Continue Reading


Local Drivers Ed Teacher Arrested

An local Iowa driving instructor has been accused of stealing another instructor’s identity to teach a class. The Des Moines Register reports 65-year-old Frederick Donald Bindner, of Mount Pleasant, was arrested Tuesday in Johnson County. He faces a charge of felony identity theft. Bindner is accused of using the driving instructor’s personal identification information to teach a class over several days in June. Bindner is prohibited from teaching minors through August 2015 under an agreement signed in April with the Iowa Board of Educational Examiners. Continue Reading

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Smoke Scare at St. Johns

The fire was minimal, less than $100 damage, but 10 Burlington firefighters spent about 40 minutes clearing smoke from St John’s Church on Division yesterday morning. Apparently, as the priest was preparing for morning mass, he lit charcoal for the censer used for incense and it’s believed that one or more of the embers from the charcoal fell into a plastic trash can, that had paper and other flammable material in it. Damage was limited to the trash can and a small area of carpet. No one was hurt. Continue Reading