Johnson County Wants In on Driverless Vehicles

Johnson County is trying to pull out into the fast lane and get ahead of the rest of the country when it comes to being the home for developing driverless cars. The Johnson County Supervisors unanimously passed a proclamation Thursday encouraging the testing of the vehicles — the first county in the nation to do so. Iowa City Area Development (ICAD) Group president, Mark Nolte, says the proclamation comes on the heels of a visit by a delegation to the “Automated Vehicle Symposium” in San Francisco last week. He says the I-CAD group will continue to set meetings with companies and organizations from the Automated Vehicle Symposium and they are working on establishing dates with local city councils for future proclamations to welcome driverless vehicles. Continue Reading

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Montrose man killed in ATV Accident

An 88-year old Montrose man was killed yesterday afternoon when an All-Terrain-Vehicle rolled on top of him as he was doing some yard work on his property. Lee County deputies say Dale Carter (of 30-57 205th Avenue) was found by emergency responders, still pinned beneath the ATV. He was taken by ambulance to Vigen’s Funeral Home in Keokuk. Authorities say it appears the vehicle rolled back and overturned as Carter was riding up a hill. Continue Reading

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Meth Arrest in Keokuk

A 31-year-old from Keokuk could face 25 years in prison. Carin Ison of 2298 Carbide Lane was taken into custody on Friday by the Lee County Narcotics Task Force on felony drug charges. Ison was charged with Manufacture of Meth in Excess of 5 Grams. During the investigation a search warrant was executed and items supporting the charges were located. Continue Reading

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RAGBRAI Riders Feeling the Heat Today

Air conditioners will be running full blast across much of Iowa the next few days as a heat advisory is posted from noon today through 7 o’clock on Tuesday night for more than 70 counties across western and central Iowa. Meteorologist Miles Schumacher, at the National Weather Service, says we will be in for some of the hottest weather of the season so far… “It’s going to be a typical real hot and humid Iowa summer,” Schumacher says. “Looks like we’ll see heat indices in the 100- to 110-degree range, at least for the next couple of days.” In Burlington tomorrow, we’ll see temperatures in the mid 90’s. Continue Reading

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WB Woman Killed at Lee. Co. Speedway

A West Burlington woman was killed Friday night at the Lee County Speedway in Donnellson. 70-year old Chong Cha Mathias was taken to Ft. Madison Community Hospital, where she was pronounced dead after being hit by a push-truck in the pits. According to the Donnellson Police Chief, it appeared to be an accident and no charges have been filed. As of this morning, the accident remains under investigation as they continue to gather information. Continue Reading

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3 Sent to Hospital after Warren Co. Rollover

Three people were involved in a vehicle rollover yesterday in Warren County on US 34. 33-year-old Eddy Ino of Galesburg was westbound when he over-corrected while going around a curve and lost control of the vehicle. It then traveled into the grassy median, struck an embankment and overturned, resting on it’s roof. Ino and his two passengers, 29-year-old Guellord Kiniangi and 27-year-old Mpangay Mpangayalain both of Galesburg, were all wearing seatbelts and were transported to St. Mary’s Hospital in Galesburg with non-life threatening injuries. Continue Reading

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Techel’s Ex-Girlfriend Testifies in Agency Man’s Murder Trial

DAVENPORT, Iowa (AP) — A woman who was involved romantically with an Iowa man charged with killing his pregnant wife says she thought he would ultimately leave his wife. Rachel McFarland testified Wednesday that she was in love with Seth Techel. She said she communicated with him electronically about their plans to be together. The Ottumwa Courier reports jurors saw and heard aloud dozens of text messages between McFarland and Techel. Some were sexual and involved racy photos. Continue Reading

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Oxygen Tanks Blow; Woman Escapes

PRINCETON, Iowa (AP) — A woman has escaped flames and explosions of oxygen tanks at her home in eastern Iowa. The fire was reported Monday afternoon in Princeton, between Clinton and Bettendorf. Princeton Police Chief Brian Carsten says seven or eight tanks exploded. Firefighters found 10 tanks inside the house, which was all but destroyed by the fire and blasts. The woman was taken to a hospital as a precaution. Continue Reading