News for Saturday, November 20

On the afternoon of November 16 Mt. Pleasant Police Department was dispatched to a motor vehicle accident in the 1000 block of West Washington Street. Upon investigation, it was determined that a van operated by Tonee Collier of Iowa City, attempted to enter the roadway from a parking lot located at 1000 West Washington Street. Collier failed to yield to a car operated by Kenneth Sackman of Keokuk traveling eastbound on West Washington Street. As a result of the investigation, Collier was cited for failure to yield upon entering through highway.


A Burlington man, Jacob Robert Hogberg, was sentenced Thursday in United States District Court to 148 months in prison for Possession with Intent to Distribute Methamphetamine and Felon in Possession of a Firearm and Ammunition. According to court documents, Hogberg was identified in December 2019 when law enforcement officers were dispatched to the Super 8 Motel in Burlington. Officers made contact with Hogberg and two other individuals. During a search of a vehicle associated with Hogberg, officers located methamphetamine, a loaded shotgun, and shotgun shells. The Burlington Police Department investigated the case.


An analysis by American Farm Bureau Federation surveying grocery shoppers across the United States has revealed the average price tag for this year’s Thanksgiving meal for 10 people is $53.31, up 14% from 2020. Turkey at $1.50 per pound—up 24% from last year’s survey—was the largest contributor to the overall price increase and represents the highest priced item in the survey. Other items in the Farm Bureau survey include frozen pie crusts, pumpkin pie mix, whipping cream, dinner rolls, fresh cranberries, rolls, whole milk, frozen peas, sweet potatoes and stuffing. Pandemic-related supply chain challenges have resulted in higher retail food costs for consumers.  Labor shortages, both on the farm and throughout the supply chain, have been a significant contributing factor.  Surging fuel and energy costs over the past year have increased the cost to bring food to market, which is reflected in higher retail costs for consumers at the grocery store.


This Thanksgiving holiday, the U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is joining the State Highway Safety Offices in Arkansas, Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, and Nebraska to share an important lifesaving reminder: Buckle Up — Every Trip. Every Time. Because the Thanksgiving holiday is one of the busiest for America, more drivers will be on the roads than usual, increasing the likelihood of a motor vehicle crash. During this kickoff to the holiday season, it’s more important than ever to stress the importance of seat belt safety. During the 2019 Thanksgiving weekend 279 people were killed in motor vehicle crashes nationwide – more than half were unrestrained. Nighttime proved even more deadly, with 52% of Thanksgiving weekend crashes occurring at night.