Galesburg, IL – The federal government has awarded the Knox County State's Attorney's Office with a $431,800 grant from the Bureau of Justice Assistance. The money will be used to create a new prosecutor's position that will deal specifically with drugs and drug-related crimes in the county.
State's Attorney John Pepmeyer says this is a sorely needed position due to the prevalence of drugs in his county.
Fort Madison, IA – Fort Madison Police Chief Bruce Niggemeyer says two local fishermen discovered a body at about 10:33 a.m. on Thursday, April 15. They were hauling in lines from the Mississippi River near 20th Street.
Niggemeyer says the body turned out to be Ray Charles Newell Dean, 22, of Keokuk. He says the identification was made because of a photo ID in a billfold.
Dean had been missing since February 7. He reportedly fell through the ice on the Mississippi River just west of Fort Madison's Riverview Park.
Macomb, IL – Macomb Police say they received numerous calls from residents and law enforcement officers reporting a bright light in the sky. As it turns out, people across the Midwest saw the same thing.
Andy Ervin is a senior Meteorologist with the National Weather Service in the Quad Cities. NWS confirmed that it was indeed a meteor, but Ervin saw the event for himself. He says it was quite a sight to behold.