Paint-a-thon Kicks Off 23rd Year

A local collection of volunteers hope to donate their time and paintbrushes yet again this year for the 23rd annual Paint-a-thon. The event, sponsored by Two Rivers Bank and trust, Community Action of Southeast Iowa, and Diamond Vogel paint, aims to paint the houses of the disabled or people over 55 who do not have the means to afford a commercial paint job, according to Two Rivers Vice President of Public Relations, Jim O’Neill. “The point of the whole project is to assist people who have financial or physical problems and want to stay in their home,” O’Neill told reporters Monday. Last year, 565 volunteers split into 30 teams to paint 14 hours. This year, they hope to do even more. Continue Reading

No Wrongdoing in IDPS Handgun Investigation

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The Iowa Department of Public Safety says internal investigations into the purchase of hundreds of handguns that were later returned has found agency employees did nothing wrong. In a Friday afternoon news release, the department announced the results of its internal investigation and said officials would make no further comment at this time. The investigation began in April after officials told employees to turn in nearly 800 newly issued Smith & Wesson handguns after some officers raised concerns about their functionality. The department didn’t specify the handgun problems. Three officials were placed on paid administrative leave during the inquiry. On Friday, the department said no “illegal or improper activities” occurred in purchasing the guns and no department policies were violated. Continue Reading

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Clinton Woman Selected as Miss Iowa

DAVENPORT, Iowa (AP) — A new Miss Iowa has been chosen to represent the state. Twenty-one-year-old Taylor Wiebers of Clinton won the title Saturday night at the pageant in Davenport. Wiebers was Miss Clinton County going into the state competition. She will now represent Iowa in the Miss America pageant in September. Wiebers called winning the Miss Iowa title unbelievable. Continue Reading

Family Remembers Girl Killed in Coralville Mall Shooting

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Friends and family are remembering the positive attitude exuded by the 20-year-old woman who was shot and killed in an eastern Iowa shopping mall. The Des Moines Register reports more than 100 people gathered Sunday outside the children’s museum where Andrea Farrington worked to remember her. The Cedar Rapids woman was fatally shot Friday in the Coral Ridge Mall. Officials have charged 22-year-old Alexander Matthew Kozak of North Liberty with first-degree murder. Museum director Deb Dunkhase says Farrington was an amazing, energetic person who cared about her co-workers and the kids. Continue Reading

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Missing 16 Year Old Winfield Girl Now Listed as Run Away

The 16 year old girl who police previously listed as abducted is now being treated as a runaway case. 16 year old Karyn Renee Mehaffy of Winfield was originally reported as abducted on Friday. Police now believe that she left on her own free will. Police still believe she’s in the company of Wilfredo Martinez Gonzalez of Burlington, her boyfriend. Officials no longer believe that Mehaffy is in danger. Continue Reading

Over 30 Grams of Meth Discovered Following Henderson County Traffic Stop

An early morning traffic stop ended in the discovery of over 30 grams of Methamphetamine in Henderson County on Sunday. Henderson County Sheriff’s Department officials say that while responding to a report of a suspicious vehicle parked in the roadway west of Stronghurst, a deputy narrowly avoided a head-on collision with a vehicle driven by 28 year old Kyle Ott of Lomax that crossed into his lane. The deputy stopped Ott in rural Stronghurst. A search of the vehicle turned up 37.5 grams of crystal meth, and Ott was arrested for Possession of Methamphetamine and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. He faces up to 4 years in prison. Continue Reading

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Dem. Presidential Candidate Hillary Clinton Visits Burlington House Party

Democratic Presidential Candidate and Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton visited the home of retired Burlington School Teachers Chris and Don Harter on Sunday as part of her 2016 presidential run. Clinton spoke for about 20 minutes to a crowd of about 70, all packed into the Harter’s living room. With not one, but two copies of her husband Bill’s autobiography “My Life” behind her, Clinton delved into specific policies she’s advocating for on the presidential trail. One of those policies? Mandatory, automatic voter registration. Continue Reading

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One Person Shot After Gunman Opens Fire At Coralville Mall

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At least one person has been shot during an incident at the Coral Ridge Mall in Coralville. A witness says a mall security officer who had been fired earlier in the day shot a teenage girl Friday night at the Mall. The Iowa City Press-Citizen reports that several shots rang out in the food court area near the carousel entrance about 7:30 p.m.

Ryan Ross, who works at a mall kiosk, said he recognized the shooter as a security officer in his mid-20s who had been fired earlier in the day. Ross said after he heard the shots fired, the shooter went past him. “He made eye contact with me, I saw the gun and he sprinted off” down the main corridor of the mall, Ross said. Continue Reading

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Iowa Supreme Court: You Have the Right to Remain…Drunk on Your Front Porch

The Iowa Supreme Court has ruled the front porch of a private residence is not a public place. The ruling comes in the case of a Patience Paye of Waterloo who was charged in 2013 with public intoxication after coming out onto her front porch to talk with police about a fight she had with her boyfriend. Paye appealed the conviction, saying her front steps were not a public place. The Supreme Court had ruled 12 years ago that the front steps and common hallway of an apartment house are public places because access is required by everyone. In this ruling the justices say while people can use Paye’s front stairs to approach her home for limited purposes — like selling a product or to borrow a cup of sugar — allowing them to do so is not a general invitation to the public to use the steps. Continue Reading