Trial Date Set for Alleged Coralville Mall Shooter

CORALVILLE, Iowa (AP) – Trial has been set for a North Liberty man accused of shooting and killing a woman inside a busy Iowa mall. The Iowa City Press-Citizen says the first-degree murder trial of 22-year-old Alexander Kozak will begin Oct. 6. He is accused of shooting 20-year-old Andrea Farrington multiple times June 12 at the Coral Ridge Mall in Coralville. Kozak worked as a mall security guard but quit his job earlier in the day. Continue Reading

IL Lawmakers Deadlocked Over Budget Fight With Governor

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) – Illinois lawmakers continue action in Springfield Wednesday with fewer options to break a budget impasse with Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner. Senate Democrats pushed Tuesday to override Rauner’s rejection of a $36 billion spending plan. Chances of that succeeding faded because the House would have to follow suit and two Democrats who hold necessary votes to override there remain opposed. Lawmakers and the first-year governor have been deadlocked for weeks over a spending plan that was supposed to be in place by July 1 to pay bills for the new fiscal year. Continue Reading

Judge Dismisses Case Against Poop-Mailer

BURLINGTON, Iowa (AP) — A judge has dismissed harassment charges that were filed against a Burlington woman after she admitted sending cow manure to a neighbor. The Hawk Eye reports Des Moines County Attorney Amy Beavers filed a motion Monday to dismiss criminal harassment charges against Kim Capdevilia. The charges were filed after Capdevilia acknowledged to Burlington police that she paid a company to send the manure to her neighbor in December. The action was prompted by a dispute over a barking dog. A judge dismissed the case after receiving Beavers’ motion, which explained that the state might not be able to prove the allegations. Continue Reading

Burlington Fire Department Wants New Engine

A new fire truck might be on the horizon for the Burlington Fire Department. Fire Chief Matt Trexel said that the department is looking to add a new fire engine after forming a team to research the future needs of the Fire Department. One bid came within the Fire Department’s budget: a $543,000 bid from Pierce Manufacturing. If approved at the next city council meeting, it should take about 10 months to arrive at the Fire Station. Continue Reading

Stephan N. Gonzalez. Courtesy: Warren County Jail

Man Arrested After Allegedly Kidnapping Monmouth Woman

The man who was wanted in Warren County was Arrested and details of his crimes have been released. According to a press release sent by the Warren County State’s Attorney, 25 year-old Stephan N. Gonzales was taken into custody at 3 p.m. yesterday. Sister station WGIL in Galesburg reports that Gonzales was wanted for abducting a 32 year-old Monmouth woman from her home, sexually assaulting her and locking her in the back of his car. The woman was able to escape when Gonzales left to get a truck and she ran to a nearby farmhouse and called police. A Warren County Sheriff’s Deputy was approaching the farmhouse when he saw a pickup truck approaching from a field. Continue Reading

Iowa DOT Officials to Meet in Burlington

The Iowa Transportation Commission will hold a public input meeting in Burlington Tuesday, Aug. 11, to hear about transportation matters from representatives of local government, interest groups, and individuals. Items that may be discussed at the meeting include the Iowa Transportation Improvement Program; transportation policies; and highway, aviation, rail, river, bicycle, pedestrian, and public transit issues. A brief business meeting will begin at 8 a.m. with the public input meeting to immediately follow. The public input meeting will be held at the Comfort Suites Hotel and Conference Center, 1780 Stonegate Center Drive, Burlington. Continue Reading


City of Burlington Launches New Website

The City of Burlington’s new website launched this month, and it’s hoping to prove itself as a much more streamlined experience than the city’s previous online home. “It launched about two weeks ago. It’s a big redesign of our old website and hopefully a lot more use friendly for the community,” said Annette Crowner, who worked on the website. The site uses the “Civic Plus” platform, utilized by Des Moines County and the City of Fort Madison. It includes a much-demanded feature: Online Bill Pay. Continue Reading

Patricia Martin

Fort Madison Restaurant Robbed at Knifepoint, Woman Arrested

Fort Madison Police have arrested a woman who they say robbed the La Casa Salsa Restaurant at knifepoint yesterday. 25 year old Patricia LeAnn Martin allegedly robbed the store at 10:06 pm Monday night, walking up to the cash register and demanding the money inside before taking off on foot. At around 3:00 am Tuesday morning, police received a tip that Martin was staying with a friend in the Fort Madison Park Apartments on 48th Street. Officers searched the apartment and located Martin, hiding underneath a bed. Also arrested were 29 year old Kady Lynn Fink on a Missouri Probation Violation warrant, and 26 year old Patrick Ray Allen for possession of Drug Paraphernalia. Continue Reading

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County Officials Concerned about MHI Closure

County Officials say that the closure of the Mount Pleasant Mental Health Institute will have a negative effect on dealing with the mentally ill in Southeast Iowa. “We, we have no other community-based services that will meet the needs like the MHI did.” Des Moines County Community Services Director Ken Hyndman told KBUR, “For people with mental health needs and dual-diagnosis treatment needs where they have mental health needs and substance abuse needs at the same time. Often times, people were court ordered to get treatment at the MHI for up to 30 days, and we don’t have anything like it.” Hyndman says that medicaid, as of right now, will not cover long term stays at the two community residential care facilities in Southeast Iowa (one in Burlington, the other in Keosauqua). Continue Reading