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New London Sex Abuse Lawsuit

The Iowa Supreme Court has ruled in favor of the New London school district in a sex abuse lawsuit. The student, called Jan Doe in court action, sued the New London district saying years of sexual abuse by former teacher and track coach Gina Sisk led to emotional problems.

The abuse began in 2000 when the student was 14 and continued through 2006. Doe did not file the suit until six years later, after she got counseling and determined her anxiety and depression were linked to the abuse. The school district asked the that the case be dismissed based on the statute of limitations, but the district court ruled the case should proceed. During the appeal, Doe’s lawyer argued the statute of limitations didn’t begin to run until 2011 when her client discovered her mental problems were related to the earlier abuse. Continue Reading

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Juneteenth Day Coming

Tomorrow(Sat) is the first day of summer and it’s also time for a celebration of freedom from slavery for African-Americans. The local N-double-ACP chapter marks the occasion with a Juneteenth party for the whole community at DeEdwin and Gladys White Memorial Park. . The theme of this year’s celebration is “Awakening the Dream.” Two scholarships will be awarded at tomorrow’s(Sat) celebration, which will be held from 10 to 4 at the park on Angular at 5th Street. Continue Reading

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Oquawka Woman Found

An Oquawka woman reported missing yesterday(Thur) has been found. Henderson County Sheriff’s deputies say 73-year old Vivian Palmer was located shortly before 10 last night in Smithfield, in Fulton County. Authorities say she’s okay and has reunited with her family. Continue Reading

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Rumble on South 7th Street

Three young Burlington men are in jail, after a neighborhood disturbance in the 100 block of South 7th Street yesterday(Thur) afternoon. The initial call came in just after 2:30 as “shots being fired,” and although there were guns displayed, police say it does not appear that any of them were discharged. In the end, within a short time of the first reports, 23-year old Calvon Miles was apprehended and charged with Intimidation with a Dangerous Weapon and Possession of a Firearm by a Felon. 20-year old Dwayne Jefferson was also picked up on the Intimidation charge and 16-year old Kijana Ivey was caught and will face counts of 2nd Degree Criminal Mischief and Carrying Weapons. City police say the suspects threatened residents of 101 South 7th with a gun and vandalized one of their cars, after the father of a woman who lives in the home went there to try and throw her boyfriend out. Continue Reading

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Donate Life at Community Field

After a successful event last year, it’s now time again for another Donate Life Night at Community Field in Burlington. The event circles around 10-year-old Garrett Brockway who passed away in February last year, and because he was an organ donor, saved several lives. His parents Tiffini and Bruce Brockway, have now held several community events to honor their son and to spread the word of organ donation. Tiffini says that this Saturday night at the ballpark will be a chance to become an organ donor and win prizes for already being one…. Last year’s event was all about signing people up to donate organs. Continue Reading

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Grinnell Gives Qualified “Yes” to Golf Carts on Streets

Fort Madison recently said “no,” but Grinnell has become the latest in a string of Iowa cities to allow golf carts on some city streets. The Grinnell City Council this week took final action on an ordinance that allows golf carts on city streets, however the slow-moving vehicles will not be allowed on either of the highways that pass through Grinnell, nor will carts be allowed in the city’s downtown area. The ordinance prohibits golf carts in the city’s parks, too. Grinnell residents who want to drive their golf cart within the city limits have to register the cart with the city. That’s common in many Iowa towns which allow residents to use golf carts off of the golf course. Continue Reading

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WB Council Passes Along Higher Utility, Trash, Recycling Rates

The West Burlington City Council last(Weds) night approved rate hikes for water, sewer, garbage and recycling. Mayor Hans Trousil says the city is simply passing along to residents the increases it’s been assessed and saving for some mandated upgrades to the wastewater treatment plant.   The Council also changed the due date for utility bills from the 15th of the month to the 20th and set a maximum penalty for late payments. On other fronts, Public Works Director Randy Fry says his staff continues to patch holes in the City’s alleys…and the parking lot will be poured within the next few days for the new Public Works Building on the west end of town. And it’s far from a “done deal,” but the West Burlington City Council agreed last(Weds) night to seek a state Department of Transportation grant for a new recreational trail along Gear Avenue, from Division to the Highway 34 interchange. Continue Reading

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DMCo Bd. Meets New C-T-C

Des Moines County Jail Administrator Duane Worthy introduced new Community Transition Coordinator Kristin Kramer to the Board of Supervisors this week. Kramer will work with county inmates…in particular those with mental health issues…connecting them with the appropriate outside care…in an effort to reduce the number of times they return to jail. In related developments, the new 8-county mental health care region…as mandated by the state…becomes official July 1st…and Des Moines County Maintenance Director Rodney Bliesener told the board that’ll coincide with the opening of the new mental health crisis center in Burlington. (The region will have a second center in Fairfield.)

Back on the personnel front, Acting County Attorney Amy Beavers announced the hiring of a new Assistant Attorney. Patricia Skeffington picks up where Lisa Schaefer left off when she recently resigned. Continue Reading

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New Scam Hits Henderson County

Henderson County authorities are warning people of a scam in our listening area. They say that today in the Biggsville area, two white males who were reportedly driving a white Chevy truck, stopped at the home of an elderly person and told he/she that their power box was sparking. The men then asked for a large amount of money. This is the first time authorities have heard of this sort of scam and are encouraging people that if you get a knock at the door from someone you don’t know, either don’t answer it, or ask for identification. Officials believe the suspects are from southern Missouri but are staying in our area for now. Continue Reading