DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The Iowa Supreme Court is considering whether to throw out the conviction of a former Iowa boarding school director found guilty by a jury of sexually and physically...
4 coal cars dump their loads upon derailing in Keokuk
KEOKUK, Iowa (AP) — Authorities say coal spilled from rail cars that derailed near Victory Park along the Mississippi River in Keokuk.
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KEOKUK, Iowa (AP) — A July trial has been scheduled for a man accused of killing his former girlfriend in the southeast Iowa city of Keokuk.
Lee County District Court records say 25-year-old...
Fire heavily damages city hall in southeast Iowa’s Keokuk
KEOKUK, Iowa (AP) — A fire has heavily damaged a city hall in southeast Iowa.
Authorities say no one was injured in the Keokuk City Hall blaze, which was reported a little after 7:30 p.m. Tuesday.
Man charged with murder after woman found in downtown Keokuk
KEOKUK, Iowa (AP) — A Fort Madison man has been charged with murder in the death of a woman who was stabbed in downtown Keokuk.
The Hawk Eye newspaper reports police were called to a stabbing Tuesday morning and found 27-year-old Calove Sackman on a downtown sidewalk. Sackman, of Keokuk, had multiple stab wounds to her torso and died later at a hospital.
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Iowa drops case against teachers accused of fraud, cheating
KEOKUK, Iowa (AP) — An Iowa oversight agency has dismissed its case against two teachers accused of cheating and fraud.
Keokuk officials consider development options for barge
KEOKUK, Iowa (AP) — The future for a former casino barge remains uncertain as officials in southeastern Iowa talk of turning it into an event center, a boutique bed and breakfast or a floating mall with a restaurant.
A seven-member commission in Keokuk meets twice a month to discuss plans for the barge, the Quad-City Times reported .
KEOKUK, Iowa (AP) — Authorities have identified a man whose body was discovered near the wastewater treatment plant in Keokuk.
The Hawk Eye reports that police identified the man as 34-year-old Jake Anthony Mason of Keokuk.
Mason's body was found Wednesday. Keokuk police and fire personnel removed his body from the water and took it to the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics Decedent Care Center in Iowa City for an autopsy.
KEOKUK, Iowa (AP) — Iowa authorities say they've recovered a body from the Mississippi River in Keokuk.
The Hawk Eye in Burlington reports that Lee County law enforcement officers pulled the body from the river shortly after 1 p.m. Wednesday. The body was taken to an Iowa City hospital for an autopsy.
KEOKUK, Iowa (AP) — Authorities are trying to identify the person whose remains were found in the Mississippi River at Keokuk in southeast Iowa.
Boaters reported Thursday afternoon that they'd spotted the body near the Keokuk Yacht Club. It was soon recovered.
Authorities say the body was so badly decomposed it wasn't clear whether the person had been injured in a crime or accident.
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KEOKUK, Iowa (AP) — A former Iowa boarding school director convicted of sexually and physically abusing students at the private school he once owned was sentenced to nine years in prison and will be required to register as a sex offender.
Man admits killing mother in Keokuk home they shared
KEOKUK, Iowa (AP) — A Keokuk man has pleaded guilty to killing his mother in the home they shared.
The Hawk Eye reports that 24-year-old Devan Williams described at his hearing Tuesday in Fort Madison how he smothered his mother with a pillow in January last year. He told the judge he did so to keep 54-year-old Lori Williams from screaming at him as they argued.
CARTHAGE, Ill. (AP) — Authorities in western Illinois say preliminary reports show Hancock County State's Attorney Jason Pohren has died after having a heart attack.
Hancock County Sheriff Scott Benzinger says 39-year-old Jason Pohren of Carthage died Monday after complaining of feeling ill. Hancock County Coroner Kendall Beals says preliminary indications are that Pohren died of a heart attack.
Board seeks licenses of teachers accused of cheating, fraud
KEOKUK, Iowa (AP) — An Iowa oversight agency is asking two teachers accused of cheating and fraud to surrender their licenses.
New trial site sought in slaying of southeast Iowa teen
KEOKUK, Iowa (AP) — A defense attorney wants to move the trial of a second man accused of fatally shooting a gender-fluid teenager in southeast Iowa.
The Hawk Eye reports that Jason Purham's attorney, Allen Cook III, filed the motion Thursday in Des Moines County District Court. Cook cited in part the extensive media coverage of the case. He didn't say where he wants the trial held.
Body found in basement after Keokuk house fire extinguished
KEOKUK, Iowa (AP) — Authorities say the body of a 54-year-old man was found after a fire at a southeast Iowa residence.
The Hawk Eye reports that firefighters were sent to the Keokuk home a little after 10:30 p.m. Saturday. The person reporting the fire told dispatchers that he thought another person could be trapped in the house basement.
Iowa boarding school director guilty of abuse charges
KEOKUK, Iowa (AP) — A southeast Iowa jury on Friday found a former boarding school director guilty of abusing students, days after he tearfully testified that he hadn't hurt any children.
Trial begins for former director of defunct Iowa academy
KEOKUK, Iowa (AP) — A mother testified this week at the trial of a former boarding school director that her son was kept in a small isolation room for long periods of time as punishment at a now-defunct school in southeast Iowa and was sexually assaulted by other students.
Sex abuse trial of former boarding school owner not moving
KEOKUK, Iowa (AP) — The sex abuse trial of a former boarding school owner will remain in South Lee County District Court.
On Tuesday Judge John Linn denied the prosecution's request for a change of venue regarding Ben Trane, who owned and operated the now defunct Midwest Academy in Keokuk. Linn says the prosecution's evidence and arguments regarding pretrial publicity and Trane's extensive community ties didn't convince him that an impartial jury couldn't be empaneled.
Boarding school owner doesn’t want sex abuse trial moved
KEOKUK, Iowa (AP) — A former boarding school owner wants his trial on sex abuse and other charges to remain in South Lee County District Court.
Ex-boarding school students win lawsuit over mistreatment
KEOKUK, Iowa (AP) — An Iowa judge has awarded a default judgment to parents and former students who sued a southeast Iowa boarding school, alleging it used isolation boxes and allowed sexual harassment and abuse.
Lee County documents say the owner of Midwest Academy, Ben Trane, and the other entities never responded to the lawsuit filed against them in March 2016. The judge granted the complainants' judgment motion last week.
New location sought for trial of boarding school owner
KEOKUK, Iowa (AP) — Prosecutors want to move out of Lee County the trial of a boarding school owner on sex abuse and other charges.
A motion filed Friday in Lee County South District Court cited pretrial publicity in seeking a new location for the trial of Ben Trane. He's pleaded not guilty to charges of sexual abuse, sexual exploitation and child endangerment. Court records don't list a date for a hearing or ruling on the motion. Trane's trial is scheduled to begin Dec. 12.
Man found guilty in death of gender-fluid Iowa teenager
KEOKUK, Iowa (AP) — A man was found guilty Friday of first-degree murder in the fatal shooting of a gender-fluid Iowa teenager that drew the attention of the U.S. Justice Department.
A jury convicted Jorge Sanders-Galvez, 23, in the death of 16-year-old Kedarie Johnson of Burlington, the Des Moines Register reported .
Prosecutor: Pair kidnapped, killed gender-fluid Iowa teen
KEOKUK, Iowa (AP) — Two cousins kidnapped, suffocated and executed a gender-fluid Iowa teenager whom they pursued for sex after a chance encounter at a grocery store, a prosecutor said Thursday as he outlined the murder case against one of them.
The men tried to conceal the slaying of 16-year-old Kedarie Johnson, but left behind a "trail of evidence" that would connect them to the crime, prosecutor Christopher Perras told jurors in his opening statement.
Defense tells jurors to ignore US intervention in Iowa trial
KEOKUK, Iowa (AP) — The lawyer for a man charged with killing a gender-fluid Iowa teenager is urging jurors not to treat the case any differently knowing that a prominent federal prosecutor is involved.
Curt Dial, attorney for 23-year-old Jorge Sanders-Galvez, said during jury selection Wednesday that the "law applies the same whether we have one prosecutor or three prosecutors."
Boarding school owner released on bond ahead of abuse trial
KEOKUK, Iowa (AP) — The owner of a boarding school for teenagers has been released from an Iowa jail while he awaits trial on sex and child abuse charges.
Former Midwest Academy director Benjamin Trane left the Lee County jail Thursday after a judge reduced his $500,000-bond to $50,000.
Trane had been jailed since surrendering last month to face charges of third-degree sexual abuse, sexual exploitation by a counselor and child endangerment.
Eastern Iowa city officials seek occupants for old barge
KEOKUK, Iowa (AP) — An eastern Iowa city is seeking business occupants for an old casino restaurant barge.
The Hawk Eye in Burlington reports that Keokuk accepted the old Davenport Rhythm City Casino restaurant barge as a donation in May, and now city officials are deciding what to do with it.
The barge was on the market for two years with a nearly $400,000 price tag, but no prospective buyers emerged.
Attorney leaves boarding school abuse case due to conflict
KEOKUK, Iowa (AP) — An attorney appointed to defend an Iowa boarding school owner against abuse charges says he can't take the case because he's sued him in related matters.
Curtis Dial was appointed last week to represent former Midwest Academy director Ben Trane, who's charged with sexual abuse, sexual exploitation and child endangerment.
Dial, a contract public defender, said Tuesday he's withdrawing due to his conflict, which was unknown to the judge who appointed him.
Boarding school owner charged with abusing teenage students
IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — The owner of a boarding school for teenagers coerced one student into a sexual relationship, had girls undress during "body image therapy" sessions and put some students in solitary confinement for days, Iowa prosecutors alleged Friday.
Owner of shuttered Iowa boarding school charged with abuse
KEOKUK, Iowa (AP) — The former owner of an Iowa-based boarding school that accepted students from all over the country has been arrested on sex and child abuse charges.
Former Midwest Academy owner Benjamin Trane was booked Thursday at the Lee County Jail in Montrose, Iowa. The sheriff's office says he is charged with third-degree sexual abuse, sexual exploitation and child endangerment. He is expected to appear in court Friday.
Assault charge against school board member dropped
KEOKUK, Iowa (AP) — A domestic abuse assault charge against a southeast Iowa school board member has been dismissed.
Court records say the Lee County charge against 40-year-old Carlita "Carrie" Steele was dropped Wednesday. She's a school board member for the Keokuk Community School District.
KEOKUK – Southeastern Community College in Keokuk will debut its automotive technology program this fall for Tri-State Area students seeking dual credit for their high school and postsecondary education.
“This gives them a flavor of what auto technology is going to be for them as a program,” said Susan Dunek, SCC’s dean of career and technical education. “We’re really excited about it. This is a group of students we’re really anxious to reach.”
A Keokuk man was arrested Wednesday on misdemeanor drug charges by the Lee County Narcotics Task Force.
Troy Allen Edmiston, 28, was arrested at 1301 Main Street in Keokuk .
He is charged with possession of methamphetamine, a serious misdemeanor; possession of marijuana, a serious misdemeanor; and possession of drug paraphernalia, a simple misdemeanor.
If convicted, Edmiston faces up to 2 years and 30 days in a state correctional facility.
A Keokuk man was arrested Sunday on felony arrest warrants and additional felony and misdemeanor drug charges by the Lee County Narotics Task Force.
Michael Wayne Land, 29, 1503 Concert St. was arrested in the 1500 block of Concert Street.
KEOKUK – Set sail for an evening of music and laughs with a special student production of Gilbert and Sullivan’s classic, “The Pirates of Penzance.”
There will be three free performances, including one Saturday, Aug. 12, in Keokuk. The curtain in the Grand Theatre will raise for the show at 7 p.m.
The show will be performed at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 8, and Friday, Aug. 11, at the Capitol Theatre in Burlington.
KEOKUK – Keokuk is hosting a Sister Cities group from Kai, Japan, for 10 days and nine nights.
Visitors arrived Thursday and will stay through Saturday.
According to the Keokuk Sister Cities Association’s Facebook page, the not-for-profit corporation’s purpose is “to acquire mutual understanding and friendship with people outside the United Sates, as individuals, as members of their communities, as citizens of their countries, and as part of the family of nations.”
Joyce Ann Dahlgren, 86, of Donnellson, died at 5:24 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 2, 2017, at the Donnellson Health Center.
She was born May 10, 1931, at Keokuk, the daughter of Ray and Madeline Fluke Jones. She married Harold “Hal” Dahlgren in Hamburg. He preceded her in death.
A Keokuk man was arrested Saturday by the Lee County Narcotics Task Force on felony and misdemeanor drug charges.
Tyrell Devon Smith, 23, of 307 Morgan Street, was arrested in the 500 block of Concert Street in Keokuk.
Trish Crank, Fort Madison, and formerly of Keokuk, has the soul of a dancer. She proved this when she danced her way to a second place finish during the 2016 Lee County Fair talent competition and then won the competition the next year – also dancing.
Crank, 34, has been dancing since she was a child. This began in grade school.
“I started out going to school in Keokuk,” Crank said. “Now I live in Fort Madison.”
After speaking with Aaron at the city offices regarding the historical Unitarian Church in Keokuk I am very hopeful in regard to the project and the property as it stands can be restored and put on the National Historical register.
KEOKUK – The Keokuk Community Concert Association is in its 92nd season.
“With the generous support of the community, we will continue to celebrate the rich heritage of music and performance by offering quality concerts to our members,” according to a news release from the group.
The 2017-2018 concert series includes performances by pianist Matt Ball; “Glee” lead guitarist Derik Nelson & Family; Branson, Mo.’s Forever Young; and traditional Celtic music group Cahersiveen.
Betty Jean Hagmeier, 82, of Montrose, Iowa died Saturday, July 29, 2017 in Fort Madison.
She was born on January 18, 1935, in Keokuk, the daughter of Raymond and Remona Bickel Soule.
She had been married to Wayne Hagmeier of Montrose.
How tough was the Southeast Conference in softball this year? The league had three state-ranked teams, and the Iowa Girls High School Athletic Union set up the regionals to make it possible for both Mount Pleasant and Fairfield to make it to state.
The Panthers finished sixth and the Trojans seventh.
Now the league has finished strong with individual awards, as four Southeast Conference were honored in the first team alone; seven over the three teams.
Janis Carter of Keokuk loves volunteering with the Lee County Retired School Personnel because the group has a definite purpose.
“The thing I like about it is, we just don’t meet and eat and visit – we have a goal,” Carter said. “We started the scholarship fund, and the first year or so we did one scholarship. (Now), we offer three $750 scholarships.”
The scholarship recipients are Lee County students who plan to pursue careers in the education field.
Three Keokuk men were charged July 6, with animal torture after a video appeared online in early May showing the men with an injured opossum.
KEOKUK – Beginning with the 2017-18 school year, Keokuk School District staff will pay a fee to use personal appliances in their classrooms and offices.
The school board on July 17 approved the Finance Committee’s recommendation to impose a monthly cost of $10 for a mini refrigerator, $3 for a coffee pot, $3 for a microwave and $12 for a space heater.