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Structure Fire, 306 West Third Street, April 13, 2018

Muscatine Fire Department – 11:45   At approximately 10:11 on April 13th, 2018 the Muscatine Joint Communications Center (MUSCOM) received a 911 call of “lots of smoke and flames” at the above residence. This is an apartment building with 10 units. Upon arrival fire crews found a heavy smoke coming from a basement apartment. Crews initiated a fire attack and ‘knocked down’ the main body of fire within a few minutes and had the fire under control by 10:22. The fire had already caused significant damage to apartment 6 and had extended to the apartment above. Once the main body of fire was extinguished crews worked to find any hidden fire and clear the building of smoke. All residents have been accounted for. The fire department remains on scene and crews continue to work to address smoke and hidden fire concerns. Once the scene is safe enough investigators will begin their work at determining the area of origin and the cause. Loss estimate is approximately $25,000. The American Red Cross was called to assist those displaced and will be providing support. There is smoke damage throughout and structural fire damage in the apartment where the fire began. All residents will be displaced for a period of time. There were no injuries to responders or bystanders. Two cats were rescued from a smoke filled apartment and provided emergency care on...

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Louisa Muscatine Pursuit Ends in Arrest

On April 9, 2018, at approximately 6:28 p.m., a Louisa County Sheriff’s Deputy attempted to stop a black chevy impala for an illegal pass while driving north on highway 61 in Wapello. The vehicle refused to pull over and continued north at speeds over one hundred miles per hour. The pursuit continued into Muscatine County and south onto highway 99 at speeds greater than one hundred miles per hour. A Des Moines County Deputy deployed tire deflation sticks near the intersection of SE Walker Road and Highway 99. While attempting to avoid the tire deflation sticks, the vehicle came to a stop at approximately 7:08 p.m. The driver, 30-year-old Ashley Roebuck from Davenport, was taken into custody.  A passenger, Jason Ringold, 19,  also of Davenport, was also taken into custody. Further investigation showed that Roebuck and Ringold were both suspects from a theft at a business in Burlington that occurred earlier that day. Over $500 worth of stolen property was recovered from the suspect’s vehicle. Ringold was turned over to the Burlington Police Department and Roebuck was transported back to Louisa County Jail for aggravated eluding as well as multiple traffic citations. There were no injuries reported and the only damage occurred to the suspect vehicle. The Louisa County Sheriff’s Office was assisted by the Muscatine County Sheriff’s Office, Des Moines County Sheriff’s Office, Iowa State Patrol, and Burlington Police Department....

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Louisa County Conservation offers summer camps for kids

By Alex Foltz Louisa County Conservation will host several summer nature camps this year. These camps teach children about nature and the great outdoors. According to the Louisa County Conservation website, “Summer Nature Camps provide your child with positive outdoor interactions, teach them to love the earth, and get unplugged for a few hours of fun!” Louisa County Nature Camps will feature nature exploration, hikes, games, activities, and crafts. The camps are open to children entering kindergarten through eighth grade. All camps, unless stated otherwise in the camp’s specific information, will be held at the Langwood Education Center and...

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Fifth Annual Community Baby Shower in April

  By Alex Foltz The United Way of Muscatine will hold a Community Baby Shower for the fifth year during the month of April. The Community Baby Shower is an event which encourages local area businesses to host baby showers in their workplace to collect baby items. These items are then taken to United Way of Muscatine and distributed to area organizations to help families in need. For those who wish to donate, but are not a part of a company hosting a baby shower, United Way of Muscatine will host a drop-off event from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on April 30. This event will be held in the lobby of Pearl Plaza at 208 W. 2nd St. All items are welcome, but the items that are in the highest demand are diapers and formula. Examples of items that can be donated are baby wash and shampoo, baby oil and lotion, lightweight blankets, infant Tylenol and Pedialyte, baby thermometers, baby wipes, bottles, onesies of any size, and even new car seats. The organizations that distribute these items to assist low-income families are local. They include Lutheran Social Services HOPES Program, Muscatine Center for Social Action, Muscatine Community YMCA Family Services, Muscatine Community Food Pantry, and Trinity Public Health. “Cupcakes and punch will be served for those who come celebrate with us,” said Nichole Sorgenfrey, the program manager at...

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Muscatine River Hawks ranked 17 in the nation

By Alex Foltz The Muscatine River Hawks, a semi-professional eight-man football team, is currently ranked 17th in the nation. The River Hawks, now in their fourth season, formed in 2015 by team owner Kyle Bass. Bass owns the team with his wife, Samantha. The team competes in the Mid American 8-Man Football League (MA8FL) and is ranked third in the league with a record of three wins and one loss. Eric Johnson, head coach of the River Hawks, is looking forward to the rest of the season. “I think we have a tremendous staff and coordinators to get the...

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