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The Burlington Police Department and the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation kept confidential numerous documents related to a fatal officer-involved shooting that occurred in January 2015. An administrative law judge said that action violated Iowa's Open Records Law.

Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation

The Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation (DCI) has identified the body found along a gravel road south of West Point, Iowa Sunday morning as Sadie Alvarado, 20, of Muscatine, Iowa. The agency announced Monday that criminal charges have also been filed in connection with her death.

Pahntom Regiment

The Phantom Regiment Drum and Bugle Corps will hold its summer camp at Western Illinois University this year.  The group of 150 high school and college aged musicians plus 50 staff members will be on campus for three weeks as they rehearse for their summer tour around the country.

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Ben Trane sat inside the 2nd floor courtroom of the south Lee County Courthouse, Monday morning, wearing a brown Lee County Jail jumpsuit and shackles. He was there to request the court release him from police custody while his criminal case proceeds.

The Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation (DCI) reported Wednesday that the suspect in the robbery of a Fort Madison bank was shot and killed by officers as he tried to escape.

It will be up to a judge to decide whether government and law enforcement agencies in Des Moines County violated Iowa’s open records law during an investigation into the shooting death of a Burlington woman last year.

The Burlington Police Department is saying little about the death of a teenager whose body was discovered late Wednesday night.  Kedarie Johnson, 16, was a student at Burlington High School.

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There are still many more questions than answers regarding the investigation into allegations of sexual abuse at Midwest Academy, a southeast Iowa boarding school for teens. The path to finding some of those answers appears to be the legal system as the last week has been filled with court filings and hearings regarding the school.

Search Warrants Executed at SE Iowa Boarding School

Jan 28, 2016

The Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation (DCI) said Thursday afternoon it is involved in an investigation of alleged sexual abuse involving a Midwest Academy staff member and a former student. Midwest Academy is a therapeutic boarding school located outside Keokuk that serves national and international students.

The Burlington Police Department is investigating a fatal shooting that happened Wednesday night as a homicide.

Des Moines County Attorney Amy Beavers expects to decide within the next 30 days whether to file charges in connection with a fatal shooting by a Burlington police officer.

The Iowa Division of Criminal Investigations has identified Karl Judd as the police officer who shot and killed a Fort Madison man early Sunday morning.

A quick look at news from around the tri-state region.

The Iowa Department of Criminal Investigation (DCI) continues to look into an officer-involved shooting in Van Buren County Tuesday morning.

The third day of the murder trial of Keokuk resident Adam Pitman wrapped up early due to scheduling conflicts.

Judge Cynthia Danielson is presiding over the case at the South Lee County Courthouse in Keokuk.

Pitman is accused of killing his mother, Rosa Pitman, in her home in the early morning hours of August 30, 2011.  He allegedly confessed to the crime after being pulled over for a traffic violation several hours later.

1st Degree murder carries a maximum sentence of life in prison without the possibility of parole.