Amber Meyers and Jeremy Rourke. Courtesy: Henry County Jail

Burlington Residents Arrested on Meth Charges in Mount Pleasant

A call reporting a domestic dispute led Henry County Sheriff’s Department Officials to discover a large cache of meth lab supplies on Saturday. Two Burlington Residents, 34 year old Amber Meyers and 42 year old Jeremy Rourke were arrested after being stopped by deputies while leaving the parking lot at 1700 East Washington Street in Mount Pleasant in which the alleged domestic dispute occurred. Inside their vehicle, deputies discovered a supply of methamphetamine precursors. A search warrant was obtained for the couple’s hotel room. Inside they found further methamphetamine precursors designed for use in a “Shake and Bake” Meth Lab. Continue Reading

Branstad Predicts Legislature Will Be In Session Until June

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Gov. Terry Branstad predicts the divided Iowa Legislature will negotiate the overall state budget until early June. Branstad told reporters Monday he expects lawmakers won’t adjourn until at least the first week of June. Lawmakers’ daily expense payments ended on May 1. The Democratic-controlled Senate and the Republican-led House are at odds over how much to spend during the fiscal year that begins July 1. Senate Democrats and Branstad have proposed an overall general fund budget of about $7.34 billion. Continue Reading

Storms Blow Through Central Iowa

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Strong storms damaged farm buildings across central Iowa, knocked down trees and toppled dozens of empty railcars. The storms caused damage in Decatur, Clarke, Dallas, Boone and Madison counties as it moved across the state early Sunday morning. The National Weather Service plans to send out teams to survey the damage on Monday. No major injuries were reported. Some of the most significant damage was reported west of Osceola where the empty coal cars were knocked over by wind. Continue Reading

$1 Million Ticket Sold in Iowa Lottery, No Winner Yet

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Someone purchased a Powerball ticket worth $1 million at a Des Moines supermarket before Saturday’s drawing. Iowa Lottery officials say the ticket purchased at Cash Saver matched five of the six numbers in the game. No one won Saturday’s jackpot of $110 million, so the prize will grow to $121 million for this Wednesday’s drawing. The ticket holder will have to contact Iowa Lottery officials to claim their prize. Continue Reading

Rand Paul speaks at the event.

Rand Paul Visits Burlington: First Presidential Candidate of the Season

The first official presidential candidate of the 2016 Electoral Campaign visited Burlington on Saturday. Kentucky Senator Rand Paul stopped by the Comfort Inn and Suites to speak to a capacity crowd of more than 150 supporters as part of a trip across the state. Paul is a fourth-year senator and eye doctor, and hopes to ignite a younger, more Libertarian-tinged group of conservatives with a message of small government and low spending. “Some of the Liberal Pundits will say ‘You don’t believe in any Government!’, and I say, ‘I believe in $3.3 trillion worth of Government, what’s coming in,'” Paul told the crowd, “I’ll spend what comes in, I just won’t spend what’s not coming in. I don’t think we get stronger as a country when we borrow money from China to send it to Pakistan. Continue Reading

Krieger with his family.

Danville School Teacher Wins Community Basket Drawing

It was a particular good day for one Danville School teacher, Adam Kreiger, on Sunday. Not only did the Burlington Bees win at Community Field–but he won big, too. He won $10,000 cash and $10,000 worth of prizes in the 13th Annual Community Basket Drawing. His ticket was only one out of the 24,000 tickets sold for the event, which benefits more than 30 local charities. Continue Reading

Middletown Boil Order Lifted

The Boil Order that was in effect for the City of Middletown has been lifted as of Friday. Last Friday, crews were working to repair a broken water main and realized that a second main had broken. A boil order had been in effect for roughly 20 people Friday as they fixed that main. Crews had the water shut off overnight to make remaining repairs. A Middletown Official confirmed the boil order was lifted around 1:00pm on Friday. Continue Reading

Sheriff Mike Johnstone speaks in front of the photographs of the two Burlington Police officers who died in the line of duty in the early 20th Century.

Officers Honor Fallen Comrades During Police Memorial Service

Police from across the region gathered at the Burlington Memorial Auditorium Friday afternoon in order to pay tribute to peace officers across the country who have fallen in the line of duty. The event, organized by Des Moines County Sheriff Mike Johnstone and Burlington Police Chief Doug Beaird (Beard), contained performances by the Burlington High School Bass Choir, the Notre Dame Trio, and Ed Hart, Kent Strabala, and Alan Mehaffy. Burlington Police Officer Jim Ruberg spoke at the event. “Today, in the United States, there are over 900,000 law enforcement officers that put their lives on the line every day for the safety and the protection of others and they serve with honor, distinction, great courage, and success,” Ruberg said. Burlington has had two officers die in the line of duty: Captain Joseph Feely died in 1926 while responding to a domestic dispute, and Captain Frederick Sauer died in 1934 while interrupting a burglary in progress. Continue Reading