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Around the Tri States: West Burlington pool reopens after shooting; Juneteenth events in the region; two dead of gunshots in Abingdon

Around The Tri States
Jane Carlson
Tri States Public Radio

A weekly roundup of news from around the region

West Burlington pool reopens after shooting

The West Burlington Municipal Pool reopened Friday after a shooting there earlier this week.

Officers responded Tuesday afternoon and found 28-year-old Devontae Richardson bleeding from a single gunshot wound to the face.

He was transferred to Southeast Iowa Regional Medical Center and later airlifted to the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, where he remains in stable condition.

A vehicle seen leaving the area was later seized by police and authorities continue to investigate, but no arrests have been made.

Because children were present at the time of the shooting, the city of West Burlington is making counseling services available for families. To make an appointment to speak with a counselor, contact one of the following:

  • West Burlington School District, (319)752-8747 (Select Option #2)
  • Burlington School District, (319)753-6791
  • Great River AEA 16, (319)753-6561

Juneteenth events around the tri states

Several Juneteenth events are scheduled around the tri states this weekend.

· Keokuk’s celebration will take place much of the day Saturday at Rand Park. It will Include a fishing derby, youth activities, and more starting at 9:00 a.m. Food and merchandise vendors will begin at 11:00 a.m. Entertainment at the Rand Park Pavilion will begin at 3:00 p.m.

· In Macomb, the festivities will take place on Saturday from noon to 4:00 p.m. at Mount Calvary Church of God in Christ. The event will include speeches, entertainment, food, and more.

· Burlington’s Juneteenth celebration will begin at 1:00 p.m. Saturday at DeEdwin and Gladys White Memorial Park. It will feature a theme of “Unity in the Community.”

· Galesburg will hold events on both Saturday and Sunday. The Saturday celebration will begin at 11:00 a.m. at Central Congregational Church. It will include readings in honor of Juneteenth and a community panel discussion. Sunday’s events in Galesburg will take place from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the Standish Park Pavilion. They will include songs and stories, and because Sunday is Father’s Day, they will also pay tribute to local fathers.

Two dead of gunshot wounds in Abingdon

Two people found dead in an Abingdon home died of gunshot wounds, according to Knox County Coroner Mark Thomas.

Ellen Renee Penn, 33, died of multiple gunshot wounds to the head, chest, and back. Ryan Stromson,36, died of a single gunshot wound to the head.

Abingdon police responded to a 911 call in the 200 block of North Snapp Street on June 10, then requested assistance from the Illinois State Police.

The investigation is ongoing.

Macomb street repair projects selected

The Macomb Public Works Department has chosen a dozen street repair projects to be paid for with federal funding.

The money comes from the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA). The city received more than $2.3 million in such funding and designated roughly $1.4 million for public works projects.

Repairs will be done on portions of the following streets: West Murray, West McDonough, West Piper, East Street, West Calhoun, North Charles, East Wheeler, East University Drive, South Charles, South Albert, North Riley, and Franklin.

Snake Alley Art Fair returns Sunday

Burlington’s Snake Alley Art Fair returns this Sunday with artists, live music, and food vendors.

A Father’s Day tradition in southeast Iowa, the festival runs from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. along the historic Snake Alley, the “crookedest street in the world.”

All art at the festival is handmade and original. The family-friendly event also has art-making activities for children.

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