New Bird Flu Case Discovered, Outbreak Actually Lowering Chicken Prices

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — After a six-day break with no new bird flu cases, the Iowa Department of Agriculture says another egg-laying chicken farm has tested positive. A farm in Wright County with 1 million chickens has experienced increased deaths among the flock and a preliminary test indicates the presence of the bird flu virus. The frequency of new cases has slowed dramatically with no new cases in Minnesota in 11 days. Iowa’s last reported case was June 9. The bird flu has cost Minnesota, the leading turkey producer, 9 million birds. Continue Reading

14 Year Old, 16 Year Old, Arrested After Being Found Driving Stolen Car

Two Juveniles are in custody after a Burlington Police officer spotted them driving a car that was reported stolen on Sunday. At around 3:00 am on Tuesday, an officer discovered 14 year old Alan Thomas and 16 year old Trayvon Ashby driving a stolen 2006 Chevy Malibu. When the officer attempted to pull over the car, the juveniles stopped the car and fled on foot near Central and Valley. After a brief foot chase, both boys were taken into custody. The younger Thomas, who was driving the car, is charged with operating a motor vehicle without consent, having no valid drivers license, and interference with official acts causing injury after a Des Moines County Sheriff’s deputy received a minor injuring during the foot chase. Continue Reading

Criminals Criminalizing Criminals: Man in Des Moines Robbed After Robbing Gas Station

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A Des Moines man has been arrested after he told police he was robbed by someone after he had robbed a gas station. The Des Moines Register reports a 24-year-old man was arrested Monday night. Police say they responded to a report of a robbery of a gas station and found a man who matched the description of the suspect while on their way to the scene. Police say the suspect told them he had robbed the gas station convenience store so he could go drink at a nearby bar. He told police a black car that was in the gas station’s parking lot during the robbery followed him to the bar. Continue Reading

Five Irish Students Killed in Berkeley, California Balcony Collapse

Police say they received a noise complaint about a loud party about an hour before a balcony collapsed at a Berkeley, California, apartment building, killing five Irish students in the U.S. on work visas. Eight other people were injured in the incident that occurred during a 21st birthday party. Officer Byron White, a spokesman for the Berkeley Police Department, says officers had not yet responded to the complaint before the collapse at 12:41 a.m. PDT

The balcony, estimated to have been 5 feet by 10 feet, separated completely from the building and landed on a lower balcony. Continue Reading

Bird Flu Started With Wild Bird Populations, USDA Report Says

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Bird flu that’s devastated Midwestern farms likely spread by several means, including on machinery and workers, by rodents and possibly even by the wind. That’s according to a U.S. Department of Agriculture report released Monday. The agency studied genetic properties of virus samples on more than 80 turkey and chicken farms.

USDA scientists say wild birds introduced the virus onto farms, but it appears the virus spread in other ways once there. The scientists found lapses in biosecurity on farms and environmental factors likely contributed to the spread of the disease. More than 49 million birds died or were euthanized in 15 states this spring as the virus spread from the Pacific Northwest into Midwest farms. It’s the nation’s worst outbreak of bird flu. Continue Reading

Appeals Court Upholds Protest Restrictions at State Capitol

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — In a free speech ruling, an appeals court has upheld restrictions on the public’s ability to protest overnight on the Iowa Capitol grounds. Attorney Sally Frank said Monday the decision was a blow for free speech and assembly, pledging an appeal to the Iowa Supreme Court. Frank represents Basil Hill, one of two dozen Occupy Iowa protesters arrested for trespassing in 2011 for staying on the Capitol grounds after an 11 p.m. closing time. To hold protests overnight, groups need advanced permission from the Department of Administrative Services. Frank argued protesters’ free speech rights should trump the restrictions. Continue Reading

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Grove Street Residents Seek Parking Relief

Residents on Grove Street in Burlington say that an attempt to alleviate a confusing and difficult to navigate parking situation has backfired, causing more problems than it solved. Grove Street residents Cindy Bragg, Cameron Capps, and Doug Ita all spoke during the public comment portion of Monday Night’s Burlington City Council meeting. The City Council at a previous meeting restricted parking on the street to one side, but Bragg says that not only is parking more inconvenient for people without driveways, it’s having another effect as well: drivers have been speeding down the road. “Since you’ve put parking on only one side, it’s been a raceway,” Bragg said. The City Council moved to make parking on the narrow street restricted to the south side after a Grove Street resident petitioned the council to change their original plans, which was to restrict parking on the north side. Continue Reading

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Henry County Sheriff: Man May be Impersonating Police Officer, Pulling Over Drivers

Henry County Sheriff’s Deputies are on the look out for a man who they believe is impersonating a police officer. Deputies say that on Monday afternoon a female driver was pulled over by a man driving a car with police-like markings and flashing lights, near the Big Creek Bridge on Old Highway 34. The driver of that vehicle was described as a white male, standing approximately 6’4″, with light brown hair and a thin build. The subject apparently asked the female driver about expired registration, and when she pointed out that her registration was up-to-date, the man returned to his vehicle and followed the female driver to the Edge of Mount Pleasant, where she then lost sight of him. The male was driving a car similar to a Ford Crown Victoria. Continue Reading

Three Month Old Infant Found Dead in Burlington, No Evidence of Foul Play

Foul play is currently not expected in the case of a three month old Burlington infant found dead Sunday. Burlington Police say that at around 9:17 am, police and emergency personnel were dispatched to 804 North 8th Street to a report of an unresponsive infant. Upon arrival, they found three month old Zeke Alexander Youngwolf, dead. The incident is still under investigation. It’s not clear what led to the child’s death. Continue Reading