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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

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Burlington Family Terrorized During Home Invasion

Police say three men broke into the home of a Burlington family and demanded money and drugs before tying up the family members individually. The home invasion occurred during the 12:00pm hour at 1606 South Street on Sunday. The perpetrators, described as black males, apparently tied the family up after the victims indicated they had neither money nor drugs, and then left the residence. One of the victims managed to free herself after the perpetrators left the home and contact police. Burlington police say the investigation is still ongoing. Continue Reading

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