Christopher King. Courtesy: Des Moines County Sheriff's Department

Accused Sex Abuser, Former Councilman Christopher King Released on Bond

A former Burlington city councilman and photographer accused of sexually abusing several teenage girls has been released on bond. Des Moines County Correctional Officials confirmed to KBUR Monday afternoon that 40 year old Christopher King posted bond and was released at around 2:40 pm Monday. His release comes after a friday decision by judge William Dowell that reduced 40-year-old Chris King’s bond from $83,500 to $42,000. King was arrested in early May on several counts, including sexual abuse, indecent exposure and providing alcohol to a minor. Police say they have identified more than three dozen girls between the ages of 13 and 18 who have said they were molested by King. Continue Reading

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Wiener Dog Races are a Burlington Classic

It was an intense weekend for racing. We had a particularly fast driver win the Nascar Race at the Pocono Raceway. We had a particularly fast horse win the triple crown at Belmont, and we had a particularly fast dog win the 12th annual wiener dog race at Cyn-a-palooza in Downtown Burlington. Missy is a 3 year old dachshund owned by Jenny and Bob Mitchell of Wapello, and she’s a back-to-back wiener dog racing champion filled to the brim with natural talent. “The funny thing about it is that there’s no training! Continue Reading

Maurice Green. Courtesy: Knox County Jail

Green Pleads Not Guilty to First Degree Murder

The man accused of shooting another man over a game of dice has pled not guilty in Des Moines County Court during an arraignment hearing on Monday. 43 year old Maurice Green’s trial has been scheduled for August 11th at 9:00am. It’s expected to go for five days. Green has been jailed since mid-April on $2 million bond after authorities say he shot Matthew Banks to death at a home on Jefferson Street, following a disagreement over a dice game. District Court Judge Michael Schilling also scheduled a hearing on June 22nd for two pro se motions filed by Green earlier this month. Continue Reading

Randall Payne. Courtesy: Des Moines County Jail

Man Accused of Killing 22 Day Old Son Pleads Not Guilty

The man accused of killing his 22 day old son has plead not guilty in Des Moines County Court to first degree murder. Attorneys for 23 year old Randall Thomas Payne filed the plea in writing last week. He was arrested in May following a seven month long investigation into the death of his infant son, Carter Joseph Payne. The infant was found dead by emergency personnel on November 9th at Green Acres Mobile Home Court in rural Des Moines County, having suffered major serious injuries. Payne himself called 911, reporting that the child was not breathing. Continue Reading

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One Dead Following Two Car Accident in Burlington

One person is dead and two others injured in a two car accident at Summer Street and Highway 61 in Burlington. Burlington Fire Department officials say that accident occurred at around 2:00 pm yesterday. A car driven by a 74 year old Fort Madison driver whose identity has not been released pulled into the intersection at Summer and 61 and was struck by a vehicle heading North on 61 driven by 55 year old William Poland of Burlington. The 74 year old was killed in the accident. Three others, including Poland and his wife Regina Poland as well as a 13 year old juvenile in the 74 year old’s car were transported from the scene to Great River Medical Center. Continue Reading

Five Shot in Davenport, Police Investigating

DAVENPORT, Iowa (AP) — Police in Davenport are investigating a shooting near an apartment complex that left five people with gunshot wounds. The Quad-City Times reports that the shooting happened around 5 a.m. Friday in the 900 block of West 3rd St. Christina Acosta, a resident at the apartment complex, says she heard several shots, then opened her door to see a crowd of 10 to 15 people “jumping and hollering.” Davenport police responded to the area and said none of those wounded suffered life-threatening injuries. Investigators traced the location of the shooter to an alley behind the apartment building next to Acosta’s. Continue Reading

Iowa Officials Hope Worst of Bird Flu Outbreak Behind Us

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa officials are optimistic after the growth of bird flu cases in the state slowed last week. Iowa Agriculture Secretary Bill Northey tells the Des Moines Register he’s hopeful the disease has been contained in the state. But officials are still working to dispose of millions of chickens and turkeys that were killed to limit the spread of the disease. Northey estimates that will take several weeks, if not months to complete. It’s important that poultry and egg producers remain vigilant about biosecurity measures at their farms. It’s possible that migratory birds could bring another round of disease outbreaks this fall when they pass through the region again. Continue Reading

The storm moves in over downtown burlington.

Strong Storms Blow Down Trees, Power Lines

Area residents are picking up fallen tree limbs and dealing with other minor damage from storms that moved through the area Sunday. The storms that moved across the state Sunday evening knocked down some trees in Lee County and power lines in Illinois. Winds gusted as high as 55 mph in some parts of the state. About a half inch of rain fell in Burlington. Continue Reading

Christopher King. Courtesy: Des Moines County Sheriff's Department

Christopher King Gets Reduced Bond in Sex Abuse Case

A former Burlington city councilman and photographer accused of sexually abusing several teenage girls has had his bond reduced. Court records indicate that judge William Dowell reduced 40-year-old Chris King’s bond from $83,500 to $42,000 cash bond on Friday. King was arrested in early May on several counts, including sexual abuse, indecent exposure and providing alcohol to a minor. Police say they have identified more than three dozen girls between the ages of 13 and 18 who have said they were molested by King. In most of the cases, police say, King met the girls through his photography studio, offered them alcohol, then drove them to remote areas in the county where they were attacked. Continue Reading