Fort Madison, IA – The commission has denied officer William Bowker's appeal to return to the Fort Madison Police Department.
The panel issued a 19-page ruling Monday morning. In it, the commission said Bowker neglected his duty, disobeyed orders, committed misconduct & insubordination, and failed to properly perform his duties.
The Fort Madison Civil Service Commission said it heard enough testimony, during a 3-day hearing in May, to support all but one of the 13 charges against Bowker.
Macomb, IL – There are many ways to learn about local history. One of the more unusual ways is through old glass advertising slides.
Macomb-based artist Sam Parker owns around 300 of the slides from the Lark Theater, which was torn down years ago. The bright, colorful ads on the slides were shown before movies. Parker believes most of his slides are from the early 1950s.
Dallas City, IL – A nationally known spree-criminal may be on the loose in west central Illinois.
This week, police in Hancock County recovered a vehicle they believe was stolen by the "Barefoot Bandit," whose real name is Colton Harris Moore. The 19-year-old Moore escaped from a juvenile detention facility in Washington state two years ago and has been sought by authorities across the country ever since.
Moore is described as a white male, about 6'5" with very short or buzzed hair. He'd likely be carrying a backpack.