Burlington Man Arrested After Over 80 Child Porn Videos Found in Home

A Burlington man is facing 28 separate counts of sexual exploitation of a minor following a nearly five month long investigation by the Burlington Police Department and Federal Officials. 44 year old Roger Lee Osborn of South 13th Street in Burlington was first encountered by police after the Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force contacted Burlington Police about a large amount of Child Porn being downloaded from Osborn’s residence. A search warrant was originally executed on his home in early December. Inside, police discovered over eighty videos and over sixty images of children under the age of six engaged in sexual acts with adult men, adult women, and other children. Osborn was arrested after forensic investigation allegedly revealed that he was the one obtaining the pornography. Continue Reading

Bill Would Force Governor to Keep MHIs in Clarinda & Mt Pleasant Open Through June 30th

A subcommittee in the Iowa Senate has endorsed a bill that would force the two state Mental Health Institutes targeted for closure to admit patients through the end of June, but staff at the facilities in Clarinda and Mount Pleasant have been told layoff notices are coming soon. Senator Rob Hogg, a Democrat from Cedar Rapids, says the staff at the Mental Health Institute in Mount Pleasant told him they’ve already turned away more than three-hundred patients. “We appropriated the money. We expected these facilities to operate for the year,” Hogg says. “And for them to be unilaterally closed is unacceptable.” Continue Reading

Obituaries Monday December 22nd

Rikki Allan Powell, 62, of Burlington, died at the Florida Hospital, Orlando, Florida, on Thursday, December 18, 2014.  

Born on January 3, 1952 in Burlington, Iowa, he was the son of Chester and Barbara Jean Miller Powell. He was raised by his grandparents, Henry Clay and Minnie Bell Miller.¬† He married Pamela Pfadenhauer on February 11, 1978 in Burlington, Iowa.  

Rikki was a graduate of Southeastern Community College where he was a member of the college golf team. He worked as custodian for Edward Stone School and also worked at Pepsi Cola Bottling Company and Montgomery Wards for 29 years, mainly in the electronics department. Continue Reading

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And Those Candidates Just Keep on Coming…and Coming…

Possible 2016 Presidential candidate Chris Christie was in town last(Thur) night, campaigning on behalf of Governor Branstad and his ticket. Christie spoke to a crowd of 200-plus at the Winegard Companies’ new, Mt. Pleasant Street warehouse & plant, telling of his friendship with the long-time Governor and comparing being asked to help Branstad with being asked to take batting practice with Mickey Mantle. ¬†Branstad, who’s seeking his 6th, non-consecutive term, was there, as were Lt. Governor Kim Reynolds and 2nd District Congressional candidate Mariannette Miller-Meeks. Late this morning, Democratic gubernatorial candidate Jack Hatch and his running mate, Monica Vernon, made a stop at Des Moines County party headquarters in Burlington, giving the volunteers there a pep talk in a voice that’s showing the strain of a long campaign. Continue Reading


A Bacon-Lover’s Paradise

Bacon lovers from around the region are invited to join a bacon-loving celebration this Saturday at Burlington’s Memorial Auditorium. It’s the first ever Baconpalooza, which Executive Director of the Auditorium, Chewi Lockhart hopes to make an annual event… Lockhart says if you love bacon and beer, this is the place to be. There will be a variety of bacon foods such as bacon donuts, bacon cinnamon rolls, bacon mac and cheese, jalapeno wantons, and more. It’s a 21 and older event. Continue Reading