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Western IL Weather Claims Aledo Man

Searchers found the body of an Aledo man hours after a passerby reported seeing him walking from his stranded vehicle east of Andover, Illinois. WQAD-TV says Deputies were sent to the area of Route 81 and 900 E just before 9:30 p.m. last Friday, to investigate a report that a man was seen walking west toward Andover after the man’s Chevy Tahoe became stranded.   When deputies arrived, they found the vehicle but could not find the man, later identified as 35-year-old Jeremy Young of Aledo.   The Knox County snowmobile team was called to help with the search.  They arrived at about midnight, and found Young’s body about two hours later in the creek bottom of Camp Creek, north of Route 81, about 1/3 mile east of the Osco Blacktop. Continue Reading

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Breathalyzer Couldn’t Measure Iowa Mans BAC

A 28-year-old Iowa man made national news this weekend when his blood alcohol level couldn’t even be read by a breathalyzer. Levi Carter was found in his basement at around 2am Friday by police, after a witness alleged he was speeding and crashed into a street sign in Iowa City. Carter told authorities he only had two beers, but wasn’t able to stand to take a physical sobriety test. When police tested him with a breathalyzer, the machine first read .467 (which is almost six times the legal limit), but then immediately changed to the word “HI”. Carter was charged with driving while intoxicated. Continue Reading

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Teens Accused in Fatal Shooting Go to Court

Two 18-year-olds are back in court today (Monday @ 11am) in Galesburg after being arrested last week in connection with the fatal shooting of 15-year-old Javon Butler. Brandon Kenny is being charged with four counts of First Degree Murder and one count of Aggravated Discharge of a Firearm, with a bail set at $1-million. The other teen, Alex Horton is charged with Possession of a Weapon by a Felon, and Possession of a Weapon without a FOID Card. His bond is $250,000.  

Kenny was assigned Public Defender Jim Harrell but said he’d be hiring a private counsel. Continue Reading

How Cold Is It?

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) _ You know it’s going to be cold when an ice skating rink shuts down due to expected subzero temperatures. That’s what happened in downtown Des Moines, where officials have opted to close the outdoor Brenton Skating Plaza today and Monday because of the frigid weather. Temperatures are expected to plunge to 15 degrees below zero with highs near zero. The skating rink will reopen Tuesday, when high temperatures are expected to climb to the relatively balmy 15 degrees. Continue Reading

Local Man to Enter Iowa R&R Hall of Fame

The 2014 inductees into the Iowa Rock-n-Roll Hall of Fame are being announced while the induction ceremony is scheduled for Labor Day weekend in northwest Iowa. Jenna Hardy Pedersen, executive director of the Iowa Rock-n-Roll Music Association, says this will mark the 18th year of inductions into the hall and there will be plenty of fantastic live music. Some of those to be inducted are:  Bob Saar of Burlington, Instant Blues Machine from Sioux City, Tom Gilman and Ronnie Meek from Sioux City and the band Silver Laughter from Davenport. Individual musicians selected for induction into the Hall of Fame include: Michael Cutsforth of Waterloo, Mick Staebell of Waterloo, Cliff Berinobis of Waterloo, Steve Streit of Milford, Rich Webster of Des Moines, and Del “Saxman” Jones of Des Moines. Continue Reading

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Teen Pair Accused in Murder to Appear in Court

Two 18-year-olds will be back in court tomorrow (Monday @ 11am) in Galesburg after being arrested last week in connection with the shooting of 15-year-old Javon Butler, who died from his injuries. Brandon Kenny is being charged with four counts of First Degree Murder and one count of Aggravated Discharge of a Firearm, with a bail set at $1-million. The other teen, Alex Horton is charged with Possession of a Weapon by a Felon, and Possession of a Weapon without a FOID Card. His bond is $250,000.  

Kenny was assigned Public Defender Jim Harrell but said he’d be hiring a private counsel. Continue Reading

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Dangerous Weather Coming

The National Weather Service is warning of life-threatening cold weather in Iowa over the next few days. Temperatures could plunge to minus 30 and wind chills could reach 60 below. Forecasters warn it will be the coldest air mass across the Midwest in nearly 20 years. Illinois Governor Pat Quinn says more than 100 warming centers will be available for
people who need shelter. Some cities
will use libraries, community centers and park district buildings. Continue Reading

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Galesburg Teens Arrested for Death of 15-year-old

Two 18-year-olds from Galesburg have been arrested in connection with the shooting of 15-year-old Javon Butler, also of Galesburg, according to our sister station WGIL. Alex Horton was arrested yesterday evening at his mothers home and has been charged with Possession of a Firearm by a Felon. His bond was set at $250,000. 18-year-old Brandon Kenny was arrested early this morning and is charged with First Degree Murder. Butler was found dead in the 600 block of Monmouth Boulevard after police responded to a possible shooting incident December 22nd. Continue Reading

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Iowa Coalition Seeks State Money for EAB Fight

Iowa lawmakers will be asked to pump money into an effort to help landowners take action against destructive insects that kill ash trees.  

The Coalition for Iowa’s Woodlands and Trees is asking for three-point-eight million dollars in state funding for grants and matching money for federal dollars. Trees Forever is the lead group and president Shannon Ramsay says Iowa’s cities and towns are ill-prepared for the emerald ash borer and need help to inventory trees, remove threatened ash varieties, then replant. The coalition includes groups from nut growers to the National Wild Turkey Federation. Ramsay says a multi-billion dollar economy is at stake, including wood products, environmental benefits and tourism. Continue Reading