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Saturday Fourth of July Celebrations

Nauvoo, Illinois and Montrose, Iowa, both towns located along the Mississippi River, are hosting a fireworks show tonight. Starting at 5 p.m. until the fireworks show starts at about 9, Nauvoo is hosting a car cruise called Cruisin’ for the Kids Cruise to raise money for a scholarship fund for students hoping to further their education in an automotive program after graduating from high school. There is no entry fee for the cruise night that was organized by Warsaw High School student Michael McCarty. The fourth of July Celebrations aren’t over yet. Tonight in Burlington is the Symphonic Blast starting at 7:30 p.m. at the Crapo Park Band Shell. Continue Reading

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Henry County Reports Scam

The Henry County Sheriff’s Office is looking into another local scam. They received a call yesterday from a concerned citizen about a suspicious phone call. The caller offers people 60 years of age or older a “deal” on a medial alert device and offers savings coupons for signing up. The caller then asks the person to provide their credit card information. After receiving information about this type of call, the Sheriff’s Department indicated it to be a scam and fraudulent nature. Continue Reading

Many Iowa Parks Closed Due to Weather, Flooding

The term “happy campers” will not apply this holiday weekend as dozens of would-be Iowa campers are being told to look elsewhere for lodging.  

About a dozen Iowa state parks are closed due to storm damage and flooding. Mick Klemesrud, spokesman for the Iowa Department of Natural Resources, says some parks took a real beating during June. About a hundred campsites statewide that would ordinarily be populated with tent dwellers are either underwater or inaccessible due to downed trees. Klemesrud says some folks will be getting phone calls or emails. Continue Reading

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Muscatine Murder

One man is dead and another in custody after a Muscatine shooting yesterday afternoon. Authorities were called to the 2000 block of Lincoln Boulevard where they found 23-year-old Troy Ott who had been shot several times. He later died at the hospital. The man in custody is 23-year-old Jordan Daufeldt, and has been charged with first degree murder. He will appear in court today. Continue Reading

Zebra Mussels Found in Cornelia

The Iowa Department of Natural Resources has confirmed that an aquatic invasive species has been discovered in a north central Iowa lake. DNR fisheries biologist Scott Grummer says zebra mussels have made their way into Lake Cornelia, which is northeast of Clarion. Zebra mussels are native to the Caspian Sea region of Asia. They were transported into the Great Lakes in the 1980s and were first documented in Iowa in 1992 in the Mississippi River near Burlington. Since then, they’ve been reported in a few interior waters, such as Clear Lake and the Iowa Great Lakes in northwest Iowa. Continue Reading

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Alcohol Involved in Fatal Boat Accident

New details have emerged about the boating accident that took the life of 22-year-old Derrick Hull on Argyle Lake in Colchestor, Illinois back in May. According to an Illinois Boat Accident Report, Hull had been drinking and had a blood alcohol concentration of 0.119. His friend, 22-year-old Dustin Tangerose was able to swim to shore after the supposedly stolen jon boat capsized. The report concluded that Tangerose had also been drinking. He was cited for loaded firearms in his vehicle, trespass to watercraft, possession of alcohol and no personal flotation devices. Continue Reading

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Warren County Sheriff Warns about Scam

The Warren County Sheriff’s Office has received reports of residential owners being contacted by people offering to black top driveways. The person seeking work often claims to have left over materials from another job. Upon completion, the requested payment is much higher than the homeowner anticipated. Area residents are cautioned not to  enter into such agreements without first checking business backgrounds or references.  Any person suspicious of unsolicited requests for work or services, or feel they are being pressured to accept such work or services should immediately contact the Sheriff’s Office at 734-8383 . Continue Reading

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Keokuk Couple could face Prison Time for Drugs

Lee County’s Narcotics Task Force has arrested a Keokuk couple on various drug charges. Tom Trent and Desiree Stinson were picked up yesterday in their apartment at 903 Concert Street. Trent will face counts of Maintaining a Drug House, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, and Child Endangerment. If convicted of all three, he could go to prison for more than four years. Stinson is also accused of Maintaining a Drug House, Possession of Paraphernalia, and Child Endangerment. Continue Reading

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River Search Continues for Ottumwa Man

The search continues today for an Ottumwa man who, according to friends, didn’t resurface after jumping from a rope swing in the Des Moines River Monday evening. Crews are searching for Michael Chrisman.  

photo from the Please bring Michael Chrisman Home Safe facebook page.   Continue Reading