LCNTF Arrest and Other News

The Lee County Narcotics Task Force reports the arrest of a Fort Madison, Iowa woman on a felony drug charge.

Kristina Nicole Boe, 32, of Fort Madison, Iowa was arrested on Jan, 2nd, 2018 on a felony drug charge. Boe is charged with delivery of more than 5 grams of methamphetamine, a class B felony.  If convicted, Boe faces up to 25 years in a state correctional facility.

The arrest of Boe stems from an investigation by the Lee County Narcotics Task Force into allegations that she was involved in the distribution of illegal drugs in the Lee County area.

The Lee County Attorney’s Office, Iowa Division of Narcotics Enforcement, Fort Madison Police Department, and the Lee County Sheriff’s Office, assisted the Lee County Narcotics Task Force in this investigation.

The defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.

Lee County Leadership Program is requesting applications from nonprofit organizations throughout Lee County for community projects.

The eleven participants of this year’s Lee County Leadership Program will use their new skills and expanded network in leading three community projects proposed by Lee County community organizations. Applications for community projects are due Friday, Jan. 18.

Contact the Keokuk Area Chamber of Commerce or Fort Madison Area Chamber of Commerce to learn more and receive a project application.

Shelley Oltmans can be reached by phone at 319-524-5055 and by email at while Savanna Collier can be contacted over the phone at 319-372-5471 or by email at Chosen projects will be announced Jan. 23.

Nominations are now being accepted for the 2019 Spirit of Keokuk Awards.

Do you know an individual, business, or organization that has made significant contributions of their time, talent, and expertise toward economic vitality in Keokuk? Nominate them. Nominations are due Monday, Jan. 21, 2019.

The awards will be presented at the Spirit of Keokuk Awards ceremony on Thursday, Jan. 31, 2019.

City sanitation crews will be picking up Christmas trees the week of January 13th. Residents should have their tree out to their trash pickup spot on their regular trash collection day. Remove all metal and plastic from the tree and do not place the tree in a plastic bag.

From Chuck Vandenberg and the Pen City Current, an early morning fire has destroyed an unoccupied house in the 1400 block of Avenue I in Fort Madison. City firefighters were called to 1418 Avenue I at about 5:15 a.m. Monday to find the house fully engulfed in flames. LeeComm dispatch put out an “all-call” for the department at about 5:25 a.m. No one was in the home at the time of the fire.  Witnesses said the home was abandoned, had no utilities connected, and may have had squatters living it.  The 2-story structure had a taxable building value of $10,557 and is listed as being owned by Janet Krogmeier.

No cause of the fire was available Monday morning.

In sports news, the Keokuk boys basketball team played their first game of the new year on Saturday in the first contest of the 99th Annual West Hancock Boys Basketball Invitational.

In a game played in the Bill Rogers Memorial Gymnasium at Hamilton High School, Keokuk matched up against the Illini West Chargers.

The Chiefs dominated the game from the very beginning, getting out to a 24-5 lead after the first quarter and went into the halftime break up 39-19.

The game ended with a 70-35 win for Keokuk, their highest scoring output since Dec. 4, 2017 when they beat Danville, 74-73.

Junior Tyjai Mueller led the way with 23 points and was named the John Hawkinson State Farm Player of the Game. Sophomore Anthony Potratz also contributed 17 points and the team recorded double digit steals with 17 for the game.

Keokuk will continue in the West Hancock Invitational with games on Monday, Tuesday and Saturday against Unity, Southeastern and the host Titans team, respectively.

The Keokuk wrestling team was also in competition this week with a varsity invitational.

In the 120 weight class, Tres Merydith placed eighth after receiving a bye in the first round and went 0-4 on the day. Levi Boudewyn won his first match in the 132 weight class with a pin but then lost three straight before winning the seventh place match.

For the 138 weight class, Ashtin Tibbits won by major decision in the first round before getting pinned in three straight matches to finish eighth.

Dakota Haage, Kolbe Barnes and Jordan Salyers lost all of their matches on Saturday and finished in 12th place in the 145, 170 and 285 weight classes, respectively.

Corey Skinner went 3-2 on the day against 160 pound competition and finished in 9th place for the Chiefs.

Dylan Jeffers was the top finisher for Keokuk in third place thanks to pins over wrestlers from Burlington, Albia and Des Moines, Abraham Lincoln. He was pinned in the semifinal match, but won his third place match due to disqualification.

Finally, at 195, Zach Glasscock finished in 11th place after going 0-4 on the day.

The Iowa Hawkeye men’s basketball team picked up their first Big Ten win of the season with a 93-84 win over the #24 Nebraska Cornhuskers.

Iowa received a big performance from junior Jordan Bohannon, who scored a season high 25 points and hit five three pointers. He also went 10-10 from the free throw line as part of a game where the Hawks shot 29-32 as a team.

Tyler Cook chipped in 16 points and seven rebounds while Ryan Kriener got the start for Luka Garza and poured in 14 points and blocked three shots as well.

Five Hawkeyes were in double figures as Iowa defended their home court.