A Columbus Junction man has been sentenced to three years of probation and a $3,000 fine for copyright infringement. According to a news release from United States Attorney Nicholas A. Klinefeldt, officers encountered 50-year-old Arturo Eduardo Cantu in July 2012 with more than 500 DVDs for sale in a parking lot in Muscatine. A subsequent search of Cantu’s residence revealed numerous computers, external hard drives, DVD burners, more than 8,000 blank DVDs and approximately 1,000 illegally copied DVDs. His case was investigated by Homeland Security Investigations and was prosecuted by the United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Iowa.


The Muscatine Compost Site is open tonight until 9. Saturday hours are 9 to 6, then it will be back to regular hours after that. Here is a reminder of the basic guidelines for storm cleanup from the Public Works Department:

1) Tree limbs do not need to be bundled.

2) Place tree limbs in orderly piles by the street.

3) If you have limbs next to the alley, please call the Public Works Department at 263-8933 to get on a list for pick up.

4) Residents with trees and very large limbs that have fallen on private property should contact a private tree removal company.


The Greater Muscatine Chamber of Commerce & Industry is preparing for Muscatine's "Futuristic 4th" Independence Day celebration. To ensure this year's event is a resounding success, the Chamber is asking for financial donations. The funding goal for this year is $20,000, which will allow for a brilliant fireworks display and cover additional expenses. As of a few days ago, the Chamber had reached 52 percent of its goal.


The Muscatine Area Farmers Market kicks off at 7:30 Saturday morning at the corner of Third and Cedar streets. It goes to 11:30. KWPC's Millie Morris will be broadcasting live. And you'll find vendors, Zumba demonstrations, massage therapy, summer recipes, free blood pressure checks, produce, baked goods, homemade jellies, pies and more. For more information, call Julie at 563-260-0950.


The Iowa Department of Public Safety’s Division of Narcotics Enforcement and other agencies participated Wednesday in eastern Iowa in “Project Synergy,” a nationwide crackdown on synthetic drugs. There is no word as to whether the effort led to any arrests.

If you've had enough flooding this year – and who hasn't – you'll be happy to know that area rivers will generally be cresting between now and Sunday.


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