FORT MADISON, IA
The Lee County Narcotics Task Force has arrested six Fort Madison residents in connection with a methamphetamine manufacturing ring in the city. They range in age from 21 to 55.
They each face one count of felony conspiracy to manufacture more than five grams of meth. Several have also been charged with maintaining a drug house and a 24-hour pseudoephedrine violation.
If convicted, the six could each be sentenced to more than 20 years in prison. Three simultaneous search warrants were executed on Tuesday, March 13.
Warsaw could be forced to borrow money to get by while it waits for reimbursements from the state of Illinois.
Mayor Gary Treatch says the state owes the city $52,000. That represents five months worth of late payments.
He says Warsaw’s general fund is down to @$22,000, which would not cover March payroll.
Treatch says the city could be forced to borrow money against its future property tax revenue to get by until the state catches up.
He says the maximum Warsaw could borrow would be roughly $125,000.
The Iowa Department of Transportation is selling some of its property in Lee County.
Bids are due by 1:00 P.M. on March 14, 2012 on a nearly 52-acres piece of property located approximately six miles west of West Point.
The agency says the land has been appraised at $124,200.
The sale must be cash only.
The Lee County Auditor’s Office is looking for someone to help with Election Day preparations.
The department is seeking bids to pick-up and drop-off about 100 pieces of voting equipment, booths and signs.
The Southeast Iowa Regional Planning Commission is working on a Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy for its region: Des Moines, Henry, Lee & Louisa Counties.
Executive Director Mike Norris says the goal is to create a single plan for housing, economic development, transportation and infrastructure.
He says the commission received more than 300 online surveys and conducted another 60 interviews as part of the public input phase.
A 6th person has been arrested as part of a meth-making investigation in Keokuk.
Lindsay Riddle, 26, of 1813 Bank Street has been charged with conspiracy to manufacture methamphetamine near a city park and in the presence of a minor.
The Lee County Narcotics Task Force says she faces up to 35 years in prison.
Authorities discovered items used in the “shake-and-bake” method of meth production while executing a search warrant at Riddle’s residence last month.