Symphonic Blast Cancelled

It’s never happened before, but it did yesterday(Sat) — Organizers of the 19th annual Southeast Iowa Symphony Orchestra Symphonic Blast cancelled the event. The popular Crapo Park concert…featuring music and fireworks…had originally been scheduled for July 5th and was postponed til last(Sat) night…but it was called off because of the afternoon drizzle and the rain forecast for last(Sat) night. Again, there will be no Symphonic Blast this year; it will not be rescheduled. 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.

DMCo Judge John Linn Sets Royer’s Bond at $1,000,000 Cash

The man accused of shooting and killing a well-known local resident who went by the nickname “Ed Lover,” has had his bond increased to $1,000,000 cash. 38-year old Josh Royer has been formally charged with First-Degree Murder by Assistant Des Moines County Attorney Ty Rogers. “Ed Lover,” whose real name is Eddie Cooper Martin, was shot the afternoon of August 6th at the corner of Aetna and South Gunnision Streets, as he rode his bike. He was pronounced dead at the University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics in Iowa City. Police arrested Royer a short time after the shooting, crediting a number of tips from neighbors, who saw his car leave the scene. Continue Reading


Burlington Man gets 100 Months in Prison

A Burlington man was sentenced to 100 months in prison on Thursday. 23-year-old Anthony Herron was sentenced after pleading guilty to being a felon in possession of a firearm. He was also ordered to serve 3 years of supervised release. Last October Harron was arrested after he burglarized a home in Burlington. When officers searched his home, they found him in possession of a couple stolen handguns among other stolen electronic items.

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Lee County Drug Arrests

The Lee County Narcotics Task Force made two, unrelated, drugs arrests these past couple days. On Thursday, 44-year-old David Pennington of Alexandria, Missouri was arrested in Keokuk on felony drug charges. Pennington was charged with Receipt of a Precursor for Unlawful Purpose, Second or Subsequent Offense. If convicted he could get 15 years in prison. The second drug arrest was Friday. Continue Reading


Loebsack Receives Award in West Burlington

Congressman Dave Loebsack stopped in West Burlington today at the Community Health Center, the same stop Senator Tom Harkin made on Wednesday. At this meeting however, Loebsack was presented with the award by the National Association of Community Health Centers, the Distinguished Community Health Advocate Award. CFO of the health center, Rod Ramsey, brought up one issue that they are struggling with right now, and that’s funding for Behavioral Health.. Loebsack assured Ramsey he was on his side, and that there is bipartisan support for a solution in Congress, but Behavioral Health is something that needs to be made better aware of and it’s an issue that people need to start opening up about… After the award ceremony, we asked him about how his campaign was coming and about the recent poll that showed he and his opponent, Mariannette Miller-Meeks, are neck-and-neck in the race… Continue Reading


Burlington Crack Cocaine Dealer Convicted Again

A Des Moines County jury yesterday found a convicted Burlington drug dealer guilty again of Possession and Sale of Crack Cocaine. Bennie Lenoir was convicted of four counts of Delivery, one count of Possession with Intent to Deliver, and a violation of the Tax Stamp code. And because he had been convicted of selling “crack” in 2002, Iowa law allows the judge to tack more time onto his sentence. He could receive up to 120 years on the Delivery convictions, up to 75 years on the Possession with Intent to Deliver, and up to five years on the Tax Stamp conviction. Continue Reading


Symphonic Blast Returns Tomorrow

The Symphonic Blast that had to be rescheduled due to rain this summer, will take place tomorrow night at the Crapo Park Band Shell. The concert will begin at 7:45 and as always, will conclude with Sousa’s “Stars and Stripes Forever” and a fireworks display. Everyone is welcome to attend for free, but there is always an opportunity to make a free-will donation to the orchestra. Continue Reading


City at Crossroads with A-W-R

Nothing’s been decided yet, but at least two members of the Burlington City Council want to sever ties with American Water Resources, the company that mails out offers…containing the city’s logo…to insure residents’ sewer & water lines. Councilman Bob Fleming says the City shouldn’t be in the endorsement business.  Mayor Shane McCampbell doesn’t want anything to do with the firm, which he says is giving homeowners the wrong message. American Water Resources gives the City 5% of its premiums and has offered to double that…but Councilwoman Becky Shockley says they’re still making a pretty penny.  City Manager Jim Ferneau…whose name also appears on the mailings…says Burlington’s contract with AWR will automatically be renewed unless the City acts to end it….. Continue Reading


Pickup Hits and Kills Horse

A southbound half-ton pickup, driven by Tosha Clouse of West Burlington, struck & killed a horse early this(Fri) morning on Highway-61 at 121st Avenue near Summer Street, just south of Burlington. No one in the truck was hurt. Sheriff’s deputies say the owner of the horse was Jennifer Levins. There was also a second horse running loose, but it wasn’t struck. The horses were reported at around 2:15 this morning and the collision occurred about five minutes after that. Continue Reading