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Dubuque Felon Sentenced To Prison

May 23, 2019

A Dubuque felon who police say shot a man multiple times following an altercation nearly two years ago has been sentenced to federal prison. Records from U.S. District Court in Cedar Rapids say 33 year old Jevonne Coleman was sentenced to nine years in prison earlier this month after he pled guilty to one count of possession of a firearm by a felon. Court documents say Coleman had gotten into a verbal altercation with a man on August 9th 2017. Later that day Coleman and a friend were sitting on a stoop on Locust Street when the man approached the two. Documents say Coleman’s friend then “cold cocked” the man who began to run away. Coleman chased the man, raised a gun and shot him multiple times. The man survived the attack. As police arrived Coleman hid the gun in a bush, before hiding himself in a bluff. Police were able to locate Coleman and place him under arrest. According to a preliminary breath test, Coleman’s blood alcohol content was .315 percent at the time of the incident. In addition to the prison sentence, Coleman will be placed on three years of probation once he is released.

Woman Passes Counterfeit Money A Dubuque Grocery Store

May 23, 2019


Dubuque police are seeking the public’s help in identifying a woman who passed counterfeit bills at an area grocery store last month. The incident took place at around 11 am on April 29th at the HyVee on South Locust Street. The suspect is described as a black female, in her early 20s with long black hair. She was wearing a jogging suit and a baseball cap when she passed the fake money. If you have any information contact Dubuque police, or visit the department’s ID4PD website.

CR Man Charged With Assault In Dubuque

May 22, 2019

A Cedar Rapids man was arrested this week in Dubuque after police say he ordered a woman to undress at gunpoint. Court records from Dubuque County say 24 year old Daniel Rhone is charged with assault with intent to commit sexual abuse and assault while displaying a dangerous weapon. Rhone was arrested at his mother’s home in the 23 hundred block of Queen Street Monday. A woman told investigators that she was acquainted with Rhone, who asked her to come to his mother’s house Monday morning. Documents say when the woman made it to the residence she was under the impression that she and Rhone were going to talk or “smoke a blunt.” But when they went into Rhone’s bedroom he pulled out a gun, pointed it at the woman’s head and yelled “take off your clothes.” The woman says she ran out of the room and out of the house. Police searched the house and found a handgun in the upstairs area. Rhone was being held on a 10-thousand dollar bond.

Dubuque Landlord's Appeal Denied

May 22, 2019

A Dubuque landlord’s appeal to have his properties removed from a “priority category” has been denied. The Dubuque Housing Board of Appeals yesterday upheld Scott Neuworhner’s priority category designation. It was created by the city to respond quickly to problem landlords and their properties. Neuwoehner appeared before the board and provided documentation that showed the infractions have been resolved and the 28 properties he owns should not be in the priority category. But the board denied his appeal. The Housing and Community Development Department placed Neuwoehner’s properties in the priority category after he received 3 citations within a 12 month period. Neuwoehner’s properties will be inspected every year for the next two years. He is the third landlord in Dubuque to have their properties placed in the priority category.

Dining Out For Public Schools

May 22, 2019

The Dubuque community is again being asked to support public schools by dining out at their favorite restaurant this week. “Dine Out for Public Schools” happens Thursday and is put on by the Foundation for Dubuque Public Shools. Foundation executive director Amy Unmacht says this year 25 restaurants are participating in “Dine Out. Unmacht says when you purchase your meal, be sure and tell your waitress or waiter that you are dining out for public schools. The money raised from “Dine Out” has funded projects significant to the district, like the “food initiative. Unmacht urges the public to spread the word by sharing photos of themselves dining out and tagging the Foundation for Dubuque Public Schools on social media.

Man Charged With Assault/Possession

May 21, 2019

A Dubuque man was arrested this past weekend after police say he assaulted his ex-girlfriend and had drugs and guns. Court records say 26 year old Anthony Smith lives at the Econo Lodge and was arrested there at around 6:30 Sunday morning. Smith is charged with domestic assault with injury, first degree burglary, a felon in possession of a firearm, possession of cocaine with intent to deliver and possession of drug paraphernalia. At around 2 am Sunday police were called to investigate an assault at a residence in Farley. Smith’s ex told officers that after she drove back to the residence, Smith reached into her car window and punched her in the face several times before fleeing in a vehicle. The woman says she and Smith lived together at the hotel, but she broke up with him Saturday. She says Smith had drugs and guns at the hotel. Police obtained a search warrant for Smith’s room and found nearly 26 grams of cocaine, over 800 dollars in cash, a loaded 9 mm handgun, ammunition and drug paraphernalia.

Landlord Placed into "Priority Category"

May 21, 2019

A third landlord has landed in Dubuque’s priority category for not fixing problems in rental units. The housing community development office has put Scott Neuwoehner in this category which the city created to respond quickly to problem landlords and their properties. Neuwoehner owns 28 buildings consisting of 43 units. Property owners end up in this category if they receive three or more citations in a 12 month period. So far the city believes this approach is helping to address problem landlords and properties. Housing Department Director Alexis Steger tells our coverage partners at KCRG TV that she thinks the priority category is working. Community activist Lynn Sutton has seen some of the landlord’s apartments first-hand. She believes the city is finally putting the spotlight on poor landlords after years of neglect. The city has thousands of landlords and just three are in the priority category. Neuwoehner is set to appeal his priority category designation at a housing board of appeals meeting this afternoon.

Dubuque Man Arrested at Gunpoint

May 21, 2019

A Dubuque man faces multiple charges for leading police on two seperate high speed chases last month. Online court records say 31 year old Zachary Brenner is charged with two counts of eluding, two counts of driving while barred, two counts of failure to appear in court, interference with official acts and numerous traffic violations. Records say on April 8th and the 21st Brenner was driving while barred. On both occasions officers attempted to pull him over, but each time he drove off leading police on a high- speed chase. Police suspended the chase during both incidents because of safety concerns. On Sunday investigators learned that Brenner was staying at an apartment in the 15-hundred block of Iowa Street. Officers entered the residence with guns drawn and took Brenner into custody.

Mississippi Recedes in East Dubuque

May 21, 2019

Some East Dubuque residents are finally able to get to their homes after more than two months of flooding. The river crested at around 23 feet at the end of April and now sits at just more than 17 feet. Ron Greve rents a home off Baston Road and just a few weeks ago he was boating to and from his home. Now he can actually drive up to it. Despite the river dropping, Greve and his neighbors are still without running water due to a main break. East Dubuque Mayor Kirk VanOstrand says the break kis still a few feet under water. Most of Baston Road is closed to the public and only people who live there are allowed on the road.

Another 4th Ward Council Candidate

May 20, 2019

The field of candidates for Dubuque’s 4th ward council seat is getting larger. The latest person to announce a run for that seat is 26 year old Nino Erba. He is a regular attendee of council meetings and says he’s running on a sustainability and environmentally friendly platform. He has been in Dubuque since 2012 and has a media studies major from Loras College. Other announced candidates are former school board member Jay Schisel and Loras College professor Brad Cavanaugh. The 4th ward seat is currently occupied by Jake Rios who says he will not run for another term. The filing period begins in August.

Jo Daviess High Speed Arrest

May 20, 2019

A Warren, Illinois man was arrested over the weekend following a high speed chase through Jo Daviess and Stephenson counties. A release from the sheriff’s office says just before 9 Saturday night a deputy attempted to pull over a vehicle on Route 78. The vehicle did not stop and took off at a high rate of speed. The driver, later identified as 29 year old Jarrett Hiatt, led the deputy down Route 20 and into Stephenson County. During the pursuit Hiatt’s vehicle reached speeds of 115 mph in a 55 mph zone. It also traveled the wrong way on the highway several times. Hiatt finally lost control of his vehicle and crashed on the ramp at Route 20 and 26. Hiatt jumped out of the vehicle and fled, but was apprehended a short time later. During a search of the vehicle the deputy found a crystal like substance, which field-tested positive for methamphetamine. Hiatt is charged with unlawful possession of meth and aggravated fleeing or attempting to elude a peace officer.

Dubuque Woman Injured In Crash 

May 20, 2019

A Dubuque woman suffered minor injuries after being involved in a two-vehicle crash on the city’s north end last week. According to a crash report from the police department a car driven by 37 year old Kathlyn Ellerbach was traveling east on East 14th Street last Wednesday afternoon when she ran a red light and was struck broadside by a vehicle driven by 54 year old Brad Hochhausern of Cassville. Hochhausen was driving south on Jackson Street. Ellerbach received minor injuries but was not transported to the hospital. Hochhausen was not injured. Ellerbach was cited for running a red light.

Arrest Made after Reports of Shots Fired on Rhomberg Ave

May 18, 2019

Dubuque Police were dispatched to the 800 block of Rhomberg Avenue Friday evening around 11:00pm after receiving multiple calls of shots fired. Officers located spent shell casings and impact marks from bullets on the front of 818 Rhomberg Ave. Officers were able to identify the suspect as 33 year old Culver Norris Wade of Dubuque, through witness statements and City of Dubuque traffic camera footage. The footage showed Culver walking across Rhomberg Ave and firing a gun in the direction of 818/820 Rhomberg Ave. Around 11:15pm, Culver exited the residence at 821 Rhomberg Ave and was stopped by police. He was arrested for Public Intoxication and Interference with Official Acts both simple misdemeanors. A search warrant was applied for and granted for 821 Rhomberg Ave. A .45 caliber handgun was located inside which matched the caliber of casings located on scene. Culver was additionally charged with Intimidation with a Dangerous Weapon, a class ‘C’ Felony and Possession of a Firearm as a Felon, a class ‘D’ felony.

Board Approves Pay Hike for Teachers

May 17, 2019

Teachers, nurses and counselors in the Dubuque Community School District will see a slight increase in their wages when the fiscal year begins on July 1st. During its’ meeting this week , the school board approved a 2.01 percent increase in salaries and benefits for those union employees. Human Resources Director Phil Kramer says the total package is an increase of 365 dollars on the base salary. Those changes to the insurance plan, according to Kramer were very minimal. This year, state lawmakers approved a little over a 2-percent increase in supplemental aid. Kramer says because of that they were forced to make changes in their insurance offering. Kramer says they still have four more union contracts to settle and are currently in negotiations. Non-union contracts will be negotiated over the next few weeks. Kramer says the hope is to have all of the contracts signed, sealed and delivered by the June board meeting.

Mayor Pete in Dubuque This Weekend

May 17, 2019

One of the many Democrat presidential candidates in 2020 is coming to Dubuque this weekend. Democrat Pete Buttigieg has made the Key City one of his campaign stops through the state today and Saturday. Mayor Pete, as he is known in South Bend, Indiana, will be in Dubuque Saturday for a community event at 7 Hills Brewing Company at 5:30 pm. Other stops include Adel, Solon and Des Moines. This will be Buttigieg’s second visit to the Hawkeye state since announcing his candidacy a month ago, and his fourth visit this year. The Dubuque event is open to the public.

Dubuque Man Accused of Touching Kids

May 17, 2019

A Dubuque man is facing charges after police say he sexually abused three children under the age of 12. Police say they were notified about the allegations surrounding 67 year old Dennis Topping in late April. An 8 year old girl told her parents that she would sit on Topping’s lap while at his home, and that’s when he would touch her. Court documents say the girl told investigators it had been happening since late 2017. Court records say Topping admitted to the girl’s father about the inappropriate touching. Topping said it was only “light rubbing.” He also admitted touching a 4 year old and another 8 year old. Authorities did not say what their relationship was to Topping. He is charged with three counts of second degree sexual abuse and three counts of lascivious acts with a child. Topping was being held in the Dubuque County jail.

Warrant Issued For Wisconsin Man

May 17, 2019

A nationwide warrant has been issued for a man who authorities say has mentioned suicide by a cop. A post on the Iowa County, Wisconsin Facebook page says 30 year old Jarrod Stocks has been seen around Highland and Mineral Point, but it’s not known where he is currently. The post says he is possibly armed. Anyone who sees Stocks should call 911 or 608 935-3314 with any information.

Flexsteel's Restructuring Plan

May 16, 2019

The initial phase of a restructuring plan by Flexsteel Industries calls for the closure of its’ Riverside, California manufacturing facility. In a press release sent to KDTH, Flexsteel President and CEO Jerry Dittmer says 130 people will be laid off, but no employees at its’ Dubuque facility will be affected. In the release Dittmer says the commercial office and custom-designed hospitality product lines we are exiting represents about 7 percent of the company’s annual revenue and did not align with our strategic direction to focus on profitable core businesses. Flexsteel expects to incur approximately 4 million in one-time cash charges for employee severance and related costs and around 9 million in non-cash charges for inventory impairments due to the restructuring action. The Riverside facility is expected to close within the current quarter, which ends June 30th. The move comes about two weeks after the company reported a quarterly loss of 15.6 million dollars.

Tree of Life Memorial Service

May 16, 2019

As a way to honor the memory of loved ones, the Tree of Life will be lit next week in Dubuque. The tree is located in Washington Park and a memorial service will be held next Tuesday at 7:30 pm. near the Gazebo. Tiffany Stietz with Hospice of Dubuque says loved ones will be represented by a light on the tree display and named in the program if a donation to Hospice is received by this Friday. The Tree of Life will remain lit through Memorial Day. In case of rain, the ceremony will move to the Roshek Building in downtown Dubuque.

Dubuque Teacher Of The Year

May 16, 2019

The newest “teacher of the year” in the Dubuque Community School District is a social studies instructor at Hempstead High School. During its’ annual Educators’ Recognition Dinner last week, Adam Miller was selected as the “teacher of the year.” Miller has taught at Hempstead since 2005. A release from the district describes Miller as having “high expectations of his students, and they never balk at that, but rather understand and appreciate that he wants them to learn and rise to the challenge.” There were nine other finalists for the recognition. Later this year, Miller will be recognized by the school board and receive a plague that will hang alongside other past winner at the Forum on Cheney Road. Also during the dinner, Matthew Hull, principal at Table Mound Elementary received the (Team) or Together Educators and Administrative Make-it-Happen) award.

Police Investigating Shots Fired Report

May 15, 2019

For the second time in less than two months, and the fifth time this year Dubuque police are investigating a report of shots fired on the city’s north end. This latest incident happened in an alley near the intersection of East 18th and White Streets Monday night. No property was damaged and no one was injured. Back in mid-March police responded to a report of shots being fired inside a residence in the 22 hundred block of Jackson Street. No arrests have been made in either incident. If you have information contact the Dubuque law enforcement center.

Chicago Man Charged With Assault

May 15, 2019

A Chicago man was arrested last month, after police say he broke into an apartment in Dubuque and assaulted his ex-girlfriend and her mother. Online court records say 30 year old Richard Walton was arrested April 30th and charged with two counts of first degree burglary, two counts of child endangerment and one count each of domestic assault with strangulation, domestic assault with injury and first degree harassment. Records say Walton went to the home of his ex-girlfriend in the one thousand block of Bluff Street on April 28th and broke in. Once inside, police say Walton began chocking his ex-girlfriend and threatening to kill her. He then grabbed the woman by her hair and dragged her upstairs. Walton then assaulted the woman’s mother, breaking her nose and ankle. The ex-girlfriend was able to run to the Carnegie-Stout Public Library, where staff there called police. The woman’s mother was treated for her injuries at a local hospital. The ex-girlfriend’s one and two year old children were inside the apartment when the assaults took place.

Dubuque's Climate Action Plan

May 15, 2019

Dubuque has big goals for reducing its’ impact on the environment. During its’ meeting last week, the city council gave the OK for staff to find a consultant to update its’ “climate action plan.” The city’s big goal is to cut its’ 2003 emissions in half by 2030. Sustainability Coordinator Gina Bell wants the action plan to act as a roadmap to that goal. The city budgeted 100-thousand dollars to pay a consultant to develop the plan. Bell says bringing in help is necessary to make change quickly. The council approved the plan on a 6-to-0 vote. Councilman Luis Del Toro was absent.

One Injured In East Dubuque Crash

May 14, 2019

One person was injured following a two vehicle crash in East Dubuque Monday evening. The accident happened at the intersection of North Frentress Lake Road and U.S. Highway 20 just before 6 pm. According to a release from the Jo Daviess County sheriff’s office a pickup truck driven by 21 year old Ty Cooley of Sulphur, Louisiana pulled from the intersection after stopping for the stop sign and collided with a car driven by 87 year old William Finnegan of Palos Park, Illinois. Finnegan was injured and transported to Mercy Hospital in Dubuque. Cooley and his passenger were not injured. Cooley was issued a citation for failure to yield at a stop intersection.

Hinson To Run For Congress

May 14, 2019

Democrat Abby Finkenauer of Dubuque now has a formal challenger in Iowa’s First Congressional District for the U.S. seat. Iowa Republican state representative Ashley Hinson filed paperwork this week to run for Congress. Hinson represents Iowa’s 67th House District, which covers parts of Marion, Hiawatha and Robins. She won her second term in the House last year.

East Dubuque Woman Takes Plea Deal

May 13, 2019

An East Dubuque woman has accepted a plea deal, after police say she stole her mother’s retirement payments. Court records from Dubuque County say 55 year old Lori Mejia recently plead guilty to dependent adult abuse-exploitation of more than 100 dollars. Documents say between April 26th and October 5h of last year, Mejia improperly spent retirement payments meant for her 92 year old mother. At the time Mejia’s mother was a resident at Stonehill Franciscan Services. After being there for four months Mejia’s mother had accumulated a bill that totaled over 27 thousand dollars, however only one payment of 15-hundred dollars had been made. Mejia claims she spent the money on her living expenses and entertainment while her mother lived with her. The county attorney’s office is recommending Mejia receive a deferred judgement and 2-to-5 years of probation. A sentencing hearing is scheduled for July 1st.

Iowa County Fatality

May 13, 2019

A Belmont woman was killed after she rolled her vehicle in Iowa County Sunday night. A press release from the sheriff’s office says 26 year old Heather Fishnick was pronounced dead at the scene. The sheriff’s office received a call at around 10 pm saying that Fishnick had rolled the car on Wisconsin 80, between Cobb and Highland. The release doesn’t provide details on what led to the crash. The investigation continues.

Crack Dealer Takes Plea Deal

May 13, 2019

A Dubuque man accused of selling crack cocaine to confidential informants on several occasions nearly two years ago is taking a plea deal. Online court records from Dubuque County say 28 year old Shelvin Naylor recently pled guilty to three counts of possession of cocaine with intent to deliver as a second or subsequent offense. In August and September of 2017, documents say Naylor sold crack cocaine to confidential informants working with the Dubuque Drug Task Force. Naylor was arrested last January while leaving his residence on Hill Street. At the time policer say he had 27 grams of crack and marijuana on him, which constitutes enough for distribution. The county attorney’s office is recommending a 20 years in prison for Naylor. He will be sentenced on July 1st.

LIHEAP Ends Monday

May 12, 2019

Tomorrow marks the end of the Low Income home Energy Assistant program for the season. It prevents people who qualify for the program from having their heat turned off during the winter months, even if they can’t pay their bills in time. Normally this period extends from November 1st to April 30th, but this year it was extended to May 13th. The Iowa Utilities Board is reminding people to contact their heating utility to discuss payment options to avoid disconnection. Those disconnections could start as early as Tuesday.

Person Injured In Bluff Fall

May 12, 2019

A person was injured after falling from the bluff at the Julien Dubuque Monument Friday night. A release from the fire department says the person fell from the bluff just before 9 pm and suffered minor injuries. The person, who wasn’t identified in the press release refused to be transported to the hospital and was treated at the scene. Several agencies assisted, including the Dubuque sheriffs’ and police departments, Dubuque County Conservation and the Iowa DNR.

Jackels Released From Hospital 

May 10, 2019

After nearly a week of being hospitalized following a heart attack, Dubuque Archbishop Michael Jackels was released yesterday. Jackels made known of his release from the hospital on his website. Jackels suffered a heart attack last Friday and was rushed to MeryOne Dubuque, where doctors inserted a pair of stents in the 65 year old Archbishop. Jackels was installed as Dubuque Archbishop in May of 2013.

Great Give Day Results

May 10, 2019

The annual Great Give Day proved to be another huge success for local non-profit groups and organizations. Great Give Day is hosted by the Community Foundation of Greater Dubuque. It’s a 24 hour online only giving event, which kicked off at midnight Wednesday and rapped up at midnight last night. This year people in a 7-county Dubuque region raised a little over 243 thousand dollars. Over 23-hundred people donated over a 24 hour period. This year 170 non-profits participated in Great Give Day, up from 157 last year. Throughout the day participating non-profits competed for over 28-thousand in bonus prizes. Since 2014, Great Give Day has raised over 1.7 million for area non-profits.

Man Arrested After Threats To Blow Up Hospital And The White House

May 10, 2019

A man with no permanent address was arrested by Dubuque police this week after he reportedly threatened to blow up a local hospital and had plans on how to kill the President by blowing up the White House. Court documents say 25 year old Christian Delatorre the second was taken into custody Wednesday morning at MercyOne Dubuque and charged with two counts of felony threat explosives or incendiary device. A federal warrant charges Delatorre with the threats he made against President Trump and the White House. Following an initial court appearance Thursday morning in Dubuque County a judge set bail at 5-thousand dollars, but informed Delatorre that he could not be released because he would be detained the feds. Dubuque police say Delatorre threatened to blow up MercyOne, the White House and President Trump on May 3rd. He has since been interviewed by a secret service agent. The agent says Delatorre had detailed plans to carry out his plot, which included floor plans of the White House. If convicted on the state charges, Delatorre could face five years behind bars. Following the hearing Delatorre was turned over to federal authorities.

Fire Destroys Asbury Home

May 10, 2019

A vehicle that caught fire is being blamed for a destroying a house in Asbury Thursday afternoon. A press release from the Dubuque County Sheriff’s Office says fire crews from Asbury and several surrounding communities responded to a residential fire in the 15-thousand block of Lore Mound Road at around 2:20. It took crews several hours to get the fire under control. The homeowner, 59 year old Arthur Wahlen Jr. told officials he was working on a car in his attached garage, when the vehicle caught fire and quickly spread to the home. Whalen was not injured. The fire caused an estimated 200-thousand dollars in damage. Authorities don’t consider the fire suspicious, but the investigation continues.

Gunfire Reported in Downtown Dubuque

May 9, 2019

Dubuque police are investigating a report of gunfire in the downtown area last week. A police report says officers responded to the area of west 15th and Central Avenue just before nine o’clock Friday night. When police arrived there was no one in the area, but officers did recovered a handgun and several shell casings. There was no damage and no one was injured. No arrests have been made. If you have any information contact the Dubuque law enforcement center.

Dubuque to Replace City Buses

May 9, 2019

Dubuque’s transportation department says it needs to replace buses with bad engines that are at risk of breaking down. The Jule has nine medium sized buses that are having engine problems. At its’ meeting on Monday the city council approved staff to send out proposals to potential bidders. The buses will cost around 1.8 million dollars, but a federal transit administration grant will cover 85 percent of the costs. Taxpayers will end up covering 270-thousand dollars. The city hopes to receive the buses by April of next year.

Ernst on Small Business Week 

May 9, 2019

This week is “National Small Business Week” and one of Iowa’s U.S. Senators is doing their part to strengthen those businesses. Senator Joni Ernst has reintroduced the “Prove It Act”, bipartisan legislation that she is co-sponsoring with one of her Democratic colleagues. Ernst says the bill will give small businesses a stronger voice in Washington’s complexed rule-making process. Ernst is a member of the Senate’s Small Businesses and Entrepreneurship Committee. She says small businesses made up nearly 99 percent of all businesses in Iowa.

Great Give Day

May 8, 2019

The annual Great Give Day in Dubuque is Thursday. It’s a 24-hour online only giving event that benefits non-profit groups and organizations in the Tri-State area. The event is hosted by the Community Foundation of Greater Dubuque. Communications Manager Jeff Danna says their mission is to strengthen communities and inspire giving. Wendy Sweeney is the Non-Profit Partnership Coordinator for the foundation, she says their region covers numerous counties in the northeastern and eastern part of the state. Great Give Day kicks off at midnight Wednesday and will last through midnight Thursday. Over 170 non-profits will benefit from the event. Over the past five years, more than 1.2 million dollars has been raised.

New Jail Approved For Delaware County

May 8, 2019

Voters in Delaware County have approved a 5.9 million dollar bond referendum for a new jail and sheriff’s office. The bond issue required a 60 percent super-majority to pass. There were two-thousand-167 yes votes or 85.5 percent, while 367 people voted no. County leaders say the current jail, which was built in 1967, is in bad shape and would likely not pass state inspections. If the referendum failed again, the state could have come and shut down the jail. The current jail can only hold about a dozen inmates leading to sheriff’s deputies having to spend time transporting prisoners to other nearby jails when numbers got too high. The new jail will house 38 inmates. The jail will be built near the industrial park on the southwest side of Manchester.

Longtime Wahlert Assistant Principal To Retire

May 8, 2019

Cynthia Wagner

For more than four decades, Wahlert assistant principal Cynthia Wagner has been a pillar in the Catholic school community, but at the end of the current school year she will be calling it a career. Wagner began her teaching career at McDonell Central Catholic High School in Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin, and just two years later in 1975 she returned to her alma-mater to teach chemistry and coach six-on-six basketball and track and field. In 1994 Wagner accepted a position to serve as a dean at the high school. She became assistant principal when Holy Family Catholic Schools was formed in 2001. Although she won’t be teaching anymore when school ends, Wagner will return to coach the women’s cross country team this year.

Grant County Cycle Fatality

May 7, 2019

A Cassville man has died from injuries he received after his motorcycle struck a car over the weekend in Grant County. According to a press release from the sheriff’s office 26 year old James Giesen died yesterday at UW Hospitals and Clinics in Madison. That’s where he was airlifted to following the crash Saturday morning. Authorities say Giesen was traveling south on Wisconsin 35/81 US/61 near Stage Road close to Lancaster, when he passed a truck and crashed into the second vehicle in line. That vehicle was driven by 66 year old Betty Ritter of Lancaster. Giesen was ejected from the motorcycle. He was first transported to Grant Regional Health Center before being flown to Madison. There have been three fatal crashes in Grant County this year. Four people died in those accidents.

Voting For New Jail in Delaware County

May 7, 2019

Voters in Delaware County are again being asked to approve a bond referendum for a new jail and sheriff’s office. The 5.9 million dollar bond issue would replace the old jail, which was built in 1967. County leaders say that is in bad shape, and if a new jail isn’t built soon, the state will shut the old one down, which could result in the loss of jobs. Right now the jail can only house about a dozen inmates. When overcrowding occurs some inmates have to be transported to other jails in nearby counties. The new jail would house nearly 40 inmates. If approved the project would be financed over a 12 year period and the supervisors would not have to increase the debt levy. Polls opened at 7 this morning and will close at 8 tonight.

Sword Wielding Man Charged

May 7, 2019

A Dubuque man faces charges after police say he displayed a sword and a knife during a disturbance this week. 35 year old David Muntz Jr. faces charges of domestic assault with the use of a dangerous weapon and possession of marijuana in Dubuque County court. Documents say officers responded to a report of a disturbance shortly before 11:30 Saturday night in the 60 block of Burns Street. A woman met officers and told them she had gotten into an argument with Muntz, her live-in boy friend, who pulled out a knife and displayed it in a threatening manner. She says Muntz also picked up a sword that she tried to take from him. While trying to take the sword from Muntz, the woman says she fell to the ground and cut her thumb. After being placed under arrest Muntz told officers he was carrying a small amount of marijuana in his wallet.

Moped Accident Injures Two

May 6, 2019

An accident involving a moped sends two people to the hospital. The accident happened late Saturday afternoon on Loras Blvd. near its’ intersection with Cummings Street. A police report says 21 year old Merrick Purcell of Des Moines was driving a moped along the 800 block of Loras, when a car driven by 22 year old Claire Cahill of Evergreen Park, Illinois turned onto Loras from an alley and struck the moped. Purcell and his passenger 20 year old Adam Valdez of California were ejected from the moped. Purcell suffered a groin injury and was transported to MercyOne Dubuque. Valdez refused treatment at the scene. Cahill was not injured. She was cited for failure to yield upon entering a through highway. Purcell received citations for failure to provide proof of financial liability, failure to provide a safety flag and unlawfully carrying a passenger on a moped.

Man Escapes Injury In Lafayette County Crash

May 6, 2019

A southwest Wisconsin man escaped injury after he crashed his car into a ditch in Lafayette County over the weekend. A deputy was on routine patrol shortly after 3:30 Sunday morning, when he came upon a vehicle in a ditch. There was no one in the car when the deputy approached. Following a short investigation authorities located the driver 23 year old Johnathon Timmerman of Argyle. Police determined that Timmerman was driving on State Highway 78 in Blanchard Township, wen he lost control. The car left the road and struck a ditch. Timmerman was cited for failure to notify police of an accident, failure to keep his vehicle under control and driving without insurance.

Jackels Recovering From Heart Attack

May 6, 2019

Bishop Michael Jackels

Dubuque’s Archbishop suffered a heart attack over the weekend, but according to social media posts from Catholic parishes throughout the community, Archbishop Michael Jackels is resting and recovering at MercyOne Dubuque today. Jackels suffered a heart attack Friday evening and doctors installed a pair of stents. The posts report that the 65 year old Archbishop is feeling better and in good spirits. It goes on to say that Jackels is spending a few days in ICU.

Police Continue To Investigate East Dubuque Shooting Death

May 3, 2019

Police say someone shot a video of a shooting that killed a woman outside a bar in East Dubuque o April 21st. The person who died was 44 year old Jennifer Miller of Dubuque. Jo Daviess County Sheriff Kevin Turner is asking anyone who might have that video or other information to contact authorities. The sheriff’s office is taking the lead in the investigation due to the retirement of East Dubuque police chief Steve O’Connell.

Grant County Crash Closes Road

May 3, 2019

A two vehicle crash involving a truck pulling an anhydrous ammonia tank forced the closure of a highway in southwest Wisconsin last month. The accident happened on April 25th at the intersection of Highways 18 and 80 in Monfort. A release from the Grant county Sheriff’s Department says a car driven by 32 year old Tyler Colburn of Highland was traveling south on County Highway 1 when he stopped for a stop sign. As Colburn turned west onto Highway 18, the front driver’s side of his car collided with the front passenger’s side of a truck driven by 71 year old Bradley Bishop of Cobb. The weight from the anhydrous tank spun Bishop’s vehicle into the eastbound lane of 18. The highway was closed for about an hour, while crews removed the vehicles. The anhydrous tank remained intact and was towed from the scene. Colburn and Bishop were not injured. Colburn received a citation for failure to yield the right of way.

Cedar Cross Road Reopens After Crash Closes A Portion For Nearly 7 Hours

May 3, 2019

A well-traveled street in Dubuque is back open after a crash involving a truck closed the road for nearly 7 hours yesterday. According to a crash report a truck driven by 35 year old Matthew Ryan of Dubuque was traveling south on Cedar Cross Road when he claimed his hand slipped off the steering wheel. Ryan lost control and the truck struck a utility pole near Lake Ridge Drive. The impact snapped the pole, sending live electrical wires over the truck and the road. Ryan and his passenger were not injured but were told to stay inside the vehicle until crews from Alliant Energy could address the situation. Cedar Cross Road was closed from the 700 block to Nighingale. It took crews nearly 7 hours to clean up the scene and restore power to the affected area. The crash caused more than 37-thousand dollars in damage. Ryan was cited for failure to maintain control. Cedar Cross Road was reopened at around 4 pm.

Former Dubuque Man Charged With Sex Abuse

May 2, 2019

A former Dubuque man has been charged with sexually abusing a child. The alleged incident happened in Dubuque nearly five years ago. According to court records 51 year old Larry Halligan, who now lives in Waterloo, was arrested this week (last week) and charged with second degree sexual abuse, indecent contact with a child and lascivious acts with a child. In August of 2014, police were notified about a child younger than 13 who had been sexually abused. Documents say the assault happened in the summer or fall. At the time Halligan was living in Dubuque. He made an initial court appearance and the judge set his bond at 30-thousand dollars.

Acquisition Of American Trust Complete

May 2, 2019

MidWestOne Financial Group based in Iowa City says it has completed the acquisition of a bank holding company in Dubuque. MidWestOne is now the owner of ATBancorp, which is the parent company of American Trust and Savings Bank in Dubuque and American Bank and Trust Wisconsin. A press release from American Trust says “immediately following completion of the acquisition, those banks were merged into MidWestOne Financial Group, a subsidiary of MidWestOne Bank. Over 40 bank positions in Dubuque will be gradually eliminated. The company now has assets valued at over 4.7 billion and 62 branch offices in Iowa, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Colorado and Florida.

Bellevue Threat Not Credible

May 2, 2019

Officials in the Bellevue school district have determined that a threat to the middle and high school this week wasn’t credible. According to our coverage partners at KCRG TV principal Jeff Recker made staff aware of a “vague” and “concerning” message inside the school at around 9:15 Wednesday morning. The building was evacuated so staff and law enforcement could do a sweep of the school. A few hours later superintendent Tom Meyer updated his Facebook page with status saying “We have worked with law enforcement and we have determined the threat to not be credible. We feel the students are safe. Recker says students and teachers handled the situation well.

Dubuque Kitchen Fire 

May 2, 2019

A fire that reportedly started in the kitchen of a Dubuque home Wednesday morning caused thousands of dollars in damage. A release from the fire department says crews responded to a house in the 12-hundfed block of Brown Street at around 8:45. A smoke detector in the home alerted a woman who was inside. The woman had taken in some smoke while trying to search for a dog that was inside. While she wasn’t able to locate the dog, emergency crews were. The dog was unharmed. The unknown woman was transported to the hospital as a precaution. Investigators say it appears the fire started near the stove. It caused an estimated 50-thousand dollars in smoke and fire damage to the home.

McGraw to Merge With Cengage

May 1, 2019

McGraw Hill Education says it will be merging with rival company Cengage Learning in an all stock merger. The New York Post is reporting that after the merger is complete the company will be called McGraw Hill and will hold about 3.16 billion in annual revenue. McGraw Hill says Cengage Learning CEO Michael Hansen will head the new firm. The merged companies, which could be valued at around 5 billion, would help both U.S. based educational publishers to compete better as the rise of digital books and course materials pressures their businesses. Once the merger is complete the new company would become the second largest providers of college textbooks and other higher education materials in the U.S. McGraw Hill has a location in Dubuque at 501 Bell Street in the Port of Dubuque. The report doesn’t say how the merger will affect employees at McGraw Hill or Cengage.

Sups Vote To Allow ATV's/UTV's On Roads

May 1, 2019

The Dubuque County Supervisors have voted to allow all-terrain and utility vehicles on county roads. The vote Tuesday night was 2-to-1, with supervisors Dave Baker and Jay Wickham voting in favor, while supervisor Ann McDonough voted against the ordinance. However the vote to create the ordinance does include some stipulations.  The ordinance would expire after a certain amount of time. The board’s decision has excited supports like Rom McCarthy who says this will boost the local economy. As expected the board’s decision upset opponents like Katherine Caitlin..
Supervisor Dave Baker believes the ordinance will be good for the county in the long run. Along with giving the ordinance an expiration date, both Baker and Wickham discussed exploring insurance and registration requirements, as well as excluding certain county roads from use.

Biden Visits Eastern Iowa

May 1, 2019

Former Vice-President and now Democratic candidate for President Joe Biden made several campaign stops in eastern Iowa yesterday, including Dubuque. Biden addressed a group of supporters at the Grand River Center last night. Before coming to the Key City, Biden pumped up supporters at a rally at the Veterans Memorial Building in Cedar Rapids. Just as he did in previous presidential bids, Biden made it known that he is a strong supporter of the middle-class Biden says we have to eliminate the 1.7 trillion dollars in loopholes that he says only benefit the wealthiest Americans, while leaving the middle-class behind. Biden is one of 20 announced Democratic candidates for President. All are seeking their party’s nomination in next year’s primary.

Roussell For Council

April 30, 2019

The senior community affairs manager for Black Hills Energy has announced her bid for a seat on the Dubuque city council. Laura Roussell is running for the seat in the second ward. Councilman Luis Del Toro currently represents that ward. He announced plans to run for re-election in January. Roussell, who will retire from her Black Hills position in June, earned her BA business management and an MBA from Clarke University. She currently serves on boards and commissions, including the Dubuque Zoning Advisory Commission and the Dubuque Area Chamber Business Advocacy Committee. Roussell is also the recipient of a number of awards, including the Women’s Leadership Network Women of Achievement Award. The city council election is November 5th.

Dubuque Police Seek Information On Shoplifters

April 30, 2019


Dubuque police are asking for the public’s help to identify a pair of thieves who stole merchandise from Target on Dodge Street. The suspects were captured on surveillance video stealing from the store on multiple occasions between May of last year and March of this year. One suspect is described as a white male in his 20s or early 30s with a beard and facial hair. He was wearing what appears to be a baseball cap. The other suspect is a white female in her late 20s or early 30s wearing glasses. If you have any information visit the department’s ID4PD website and submit information anonymously.

Two North Carolina Residents Injured In Crash In Jo Daviess County

April 29, 2019

Two North Carolina residents were injured in a one vehicle crash in Jo Daviess County early Sunday afternoon. A press from the sheriff’s department says a vehicle driven by 57 year old Linda Yeargin-Moquin of Pittsboro was traveling west on East Schapville Road, about a quarter mile west of North Salem Road, when she lost control shortly after noon. The vehicle left the road, traveled onto the shoulder, spun around, slid across the road into a ditch before striking an embankment. Yeargin-Moquin was transported to Midwest Medical Center in Galena to be treated for unknown injuries. Her passenger, 86 year old Laverne Thackaberry also of Pittsboro was injured. Thackaberry was transported to Mercy Health Care in Rockford.

Roussell Seeks Seat On Dubuque City Council

April 28, 2019

The senior community affairs manager for Black Hills Energy has announced her bid for a seat on the Dubuque city council. Laura Roussell is running for the seat in the second ward. Councilman Luis Del Toro currently represents that ward. He announced plans to run for re-election in January. Roussell, who will retire from her Black Hills position in June, earned her BA business management and an MBA from Clarke University. She currently serves on boards and commissions, including the Dubuque Zoning Advisory Commission and the Dubuque Area Chamber Business Advocacy Committee. Roussell is also the recipient of a number of awards, including the Women’s Leadership Network Women of Achievement Award. The city council election is November 5th.

Winter Storm Watch Expanded.....Now Includes Dubuque County

April 26, 2019

A winter storm watch that was issued earlier today for a number of counties in our listening area has now been expanded. The National Weather Service in the Quad Cities has now issued a winter storm watch for Dubuque, Delaware and Jackson Counties. The weather service is predicted between 3 and 6 inches of snowfall north of Highway 20. That will be accompanied by winds of up to 45 mph. The watch for the new counties goes from 1 to 10 pm Saturday. Counties included in the original watch are Clayton in Iowa and Grant, Lafayette, Iowa and Crawford counties in Wisconsin. That watch is in effect for those counties from 7 Saturday morning to 7 at night.

UPDATE: Anhydrous Ammonia Crash In Dubuque County

April 26, 2019

 

A crash involving a pickup truck carrying anhydrous ammonia forced the closure of a Dubuque County Road this morning. (Friday morning) A release from the sheriff’s office says 27 year old Austin Willenborg of Epworth was driving the truck south in the 7-thousand block of Olde Massey Road at around 8 this morning (Friday morning), when he lost control rolling over the tank that was carrying the anhydrous ammonia. Willenborg was not hurt, but was transported to MercyOne in Dubuque as a precautionary measure. Since the crash happened near a residence’s driveway, the people inside the home were told to stay inside while authorities worked the scene. The accident closed about a mile of Olde Massey Road for about 3 hours. It has since reopened. Charges against Willenborg are pending.

Dubuque Woman Wins $30,000 on Crossword Scratch Game

April 24, 2019

Coulson (Courtesy: Iowa Lottery)

A Dubuque woman is $30,000 richer after hitting the jackpot on one of the Iowa Lottery’s scratch games. Lisa Coulson won the top prize in the ‘Bonus Crossword’ Game. She bought her ticket at the Tobacco Outlet Plus in Wacker Plaza last week and claimed her winnings at the lottery’s Cedar Rapids office on Friday. As for what she’ll do with the money, Coulson will use some of it to help out her two children, who are both graduating in coming weeks. Coulson says her biggest previous lottery win was $50.

UPDATE: "Powdery Substance" That Sickened Officer Was Meth

April 24, 2019

Court documents have revealed that the powdery substance which sickened a Dubuque police officer earlier this month was methamphetamine. A new charge of Possession of Meth has been filed against 46-year-old Nathan Chapman of Dubuque. Police were called to his apartment in the 2000 block of Central Avenue after receiving a report of an assault on April 3. As Chapman was being arrested, officers noticed several items of drug paraphernalia around the apartment. They obtained a search warrant and began to investigate further. That’s when Officer Jon Brokens came into contact with an “unknown powdery substance” and started to get sick. Fellow officers gave him NarCan, an anti-opioid overdose medication, when he began to lose consciousness. Brokens was taken to MercyOne Medical Center, where he was treated and later released. The powdery substance was collected and sent to the state crime lab, which confirmed that it was meth.

Portion of Dubuque's Main Street to Close for Film Fest Block Party

April 24, 2019

The annual Julien Dubuque International Film Festival is this weekend, and one of its events will force the closure of a block of a downtown Dubuque street. Main Street will be closed between 2nd and 3rd Streets beginning Friday morning. That’s because of the film festival’s “block party,” which will be set up in the 200 block of Main Street on Friday evening. The block party runs from 6:00 to 10:00 Friday night and features live music on the blocked-off street. The street closure will be in place until 8:00 Saturday morning. The closure will not affect Main Street’s intersections with 2nd or 3rd, and access to the 3rd Street bridge into the Port of Dubuque area will not be impacted.

$50,000 in Items Stolen From Dubuque Co. Home Under Renovation

April 24, 2019

A Dubuque County family’s “dream renovation” is on hold after thieves stole $50,000 worth of furnishings from their home. The Dubuque County Sheriff’s Office says the thefts happened last week at the home on Freedom Ridge Drive. That’s a short cul-de-sac just south of the Dubuque city limits and west of the Key West area. Sheriff’s office Captain Dale Snyder says the items stolen ran the gamut of household furnishings. Snyder says the department is pursuing all avenues in its investigation. Homeowner Lauren Peterson tells our coverage partner, KCRG-TV, that she took the news of the theft hard. The sheriff’s office is asking anyone with information about the thefts to come forward. Photos of the items that were taken have been posted to the department’s Facebook page.

Walgreens to Raise Tobacco Buying Age to 21

April 24, 2019

A pharmacy chain with locations in Dubuque is increasing the age required to buy tobacco products. Walgreens says it will no longer sell tobacco to anyone under the age of 21. The policy will apply even in states where the tobacco buying age is 18. The change will take effect at the beginning of September. It comes after a top federal official criticized the retailer for violating laws restricting access to cigarettes and other tobacco products. Former Food and Drug Administration Commissioner Dr. Scott Gottlieb said in March that Walgreens was a top violator of tobacco sales laws. There are three Walgreens locations in Dubuque: at the intersection of Asbury and JFK roads, on JFK near its crossing with Dodge Street, and at the intersection of 20th and Washington Streets near the Five Points intersection. There’s also a Walgreens in Platteville.

Ernst Schedules Appearances in Dubuque, Jones Counties

April 24, 2019

Ernst

One of Iowa’s US Senators will be stopping in the Tri-States this week. Senator Joni Ernst’s office says she’ll be making stops on her 99-county tour in both Dubuque and Jones counties tomorrow. In Dubuque, Ernst will host a town hall meeting at the University of Dubuque. The event will begin at 9:30 tomorrow morning at the Heritage Center. That event is open to the public. Ernst will also make stops in Anamosa and the Cedar Rapids suburb of Hiawatha on Thursday, though those events are not open to the public.

Finkenauer to Host Town Halls in Dubuque, Waterloo, Cedar Rapids

April 24, 2019

Northeast Iowa’s Congresswoman will hold a series to town hall meetings this weekend, including one in Dubuque. Democrat Abby Finkenauer of Dubuque will host three events, one each in Dubuque, Waterloo, and Cedar Rapids…the three largest cities in Iowa’s 1st Congressional District. The Dubuque event will be Saturday morning at 11:00 at the Hempstead High School auditorium. Finkenauer is a Hempstead alum. The first of the town halls will be on Friday at the UAW Hall in Waterloo. The series will wrap up on Saturday afternoon, when Finkenauer appears at Kirkwood Community College in Cedar Rapids.

McKean Switches Parties

April 23, 2019

McKean

A Tri-State area state lawmaker is switching parties. State Representative Andy McKean of Anamosa announced this morning that he is no longer a member of the Republican Party, but will instead caucus with Democrats from now on. McKean represents Iowa House District 58, which covers all of Jackson County, the southwestern corner of Dubuque County, and a little more than half of Jones County. McKean has already broke with Republicans on a couple of notable occasions this session. He was the only Republican to vote against a proposed constitutional gun rights amendment. He also joined Democrats in opposing a bill that would have allowed stun guns on college campuses. McKean’s time in state government dates back more than 40 years. He was first elected to the Iowa House in 1978 and served there until 1993, when he moved to the state Senate, where he served another decade. He returned to public office in 2016, winning election to the District 58 seat. He was easily re-elected last fall, winning 66 percent of the vote. With McKean’s switch, Republicans still control the majority in the House, but now only by three seats.

Man Accused of Abandoning Dogs Pleads Not Guilty

April 23, 2019

A Dubuque man accused of abandoning two dogs that officials say had injuries “consistent with dogfighting” has pleaded not guilty. 31-year-old Eric Tillis entered his pleas to charges of animal abandonment and neglect last week. Court documents say in late January, officers were sent to investigate a report of abandoned dogs. They found two animals in kennels without food or water. Both dogs had several scratches and scars police said were “consistent with dogfighting.” Investigators say Tillis and 21-year-old Alexia Ball had lived at the apartment with the dogs, but had moved out days earlier. Bottom of FormBall also has pled not guilty to charges of animal abandonment and neglect.

Sports Betting Bill Passes Iowa House, Awaits Reynolds' Signature

April 23, 2019

The state of Iowa is now just a single signature away from allowing gambling on sporting events. A bill that would legalize sports betting in the state passed the Iowa House last night on a 67-31 vote. The legislation had already cleared the state Senate, meaning it now heads to Governor Kim Reynolds for her signature or veto. Reynolds has not indicated whether she would sign a legalization measure. State Representative Bobby Kaufmann, a Republican from Wilton, was the bill’s floor manager in the House. He says it will allow the state to control activity that is currently happening outside of the law. The vote did not break along party lines, as nearly equal numbers of Republicans and Democrats were against the measure. One of them was Republican Tedd Gassman, who represents a portion of north-central Iowa near two casinos, believes allowing sports betting is a way to prop up a failing industry. Under the bill, the Iowa Racing and Gaming Commission would establish rules for betting on pro and college sports. The state’s licensed casinos would be in charge of taking and paying out the bets. If Reynolds does choose to sign the bill, it would take effect immediately.

Diamond Jo Pays State Penalty

April 23, 2019

One of Dubuque’s casinos has paid the state nearly $100,000 in penalties over issues with its system for registering gamblers who have banned themselves. The Diamond Jo Casino recently forked over $95,000 to the Iowa Racing and Gaming Commission. According to the commission, the Diamond Jo started investigating after finding a patron they thought should have been on the self-exclusion list. That investigation found that two dozen people who had signed up for self-bans had somehow not gotten their names in to the Diamond Jo’s system. A large portion of what the casino paid the state was jackpots those banned players won…money that would have initially gone to the state if the system worked properly. The casino traced the problem back to an employee who failed to enter some of the names on the state’s self-ban list.

UPDATE: East Dubuque Shooting Victim Identified

April 22, 2019

Police in East Dubuque have released the name of the woman killed in a shooting outside a bar over the weekend. 44-year-old Jennifer Miller of Dubuque died from a gunshot wound after being taken to MercyOne Medical Center in Dubuque. Police say the shooting happened at about 2:45 Sunday morning outside of The Cave, which sits at the intersection of Sinsinawa Avenue and 1st Street. Authorities are now asking anyone who witnessed the shooting to pass along what they know. They’re especially looking for anyone who might have video or pictures from outside the bar around the time of the shooting. Those with information can contact the East Dubuque Police Department, and can leave an anonymous tip on the Jo Daviess CrimeStoppers tipline.

One Person Killed in Early Morning Shooting Outside East Dubuque Bar

April 22, 2019

The Cave bar in East Dubuque (Courtesy: KCRG).

A weekend shooting at a bar in East Dubuque has left one person dead and authorities trying to piece together what happened. The shooting was reported at about 2:45 Sunday morning outside of The Cave, which sits at the intersection of Sinsinawa Avenue and 1st Street. A victim was taken from the scene to MercyOne Medical Center in Dubuque, where they later died. Authorities are not releasing the victim’s name. Police are asking anyone who witnessed the shooting to pass along what they know. They’re especially looking for anyone who might have video or pictures from outside the bar around the time of the shooting. Those with information can contact the East Dubuque Police Department, and can leave an anonymous tip on the Jo Daviess CrimeStoppers tipline.

NWS: Mississippi at Dubuque to Hit 23.2 Feet, 4th Highest Crest Ever

April 22, 2019

Courtesy: National Weather Service

The Mississippi River is on the rise again, and if projections hold true, its next crest will be one of the deepest in history. The river is being measured at 19.5 feet at the Dubuque Railroad Bridge this morning. According to projections from the National Weather Service, the river will begin a steady rise today. It’ll reach the “major flood” stage of 21.5 feet by Wednesday evening before topping out at 23.2 feet late Friday night or early Saturday morning. That would be the fourth-deepest river level ever recorded in Dubuque, falling behind only the significant flood events of 1965, 2001, and 1993. The river level would then hold at 23.2 feet until next Sunday morning, before beginning to fall. There’s no indication just yet of when it would drop below even the “major flood” stage, let alone the overall flood stage of 17 feet.

Central-Kaufmann Intersection Closing for Two Months

April 22, 2019

A significant intersection in Dubuque’s North End will be closing for two months, beginning today. The city says the intersection of Central and Kaufmann Avenues will be shut down today for as many as eight weeks. That’s due to storm sewer repairs being done in the area. The intersection with Central is where Kaufmann Avenue begins, as it moves west toward Grandview Avenue, Carter Road, and eventually JFK Road. To the east of the intersection, it’s marked as 22nd Street, which is one of the only through streets that connect the North End with the lower portion of the Central Avenue corridor. The city says the intersection will be blocked for eight weeks, weather permitting. Access to area businesses will remain intact. A detour around the closure will be in place. Northbound traffic will stay on White Street, rather than merging over to Central at 21st Street. Vehicles will continue on White until reaching the intersection with 24th Street, when they can head west for a block to Central. As for southbound traffic, the detour will begin at 25th Street, which will carry cars over to Jackson Street. Vehicles can take Jackson to 22nd Street if they are headed across the Bee Branch Creek; or continue on until 20th Street, where they can link back up with Central.

Finkenauer Wants Progress on Infrastructure Bill

April 22, 2019

Finkenauer

The Congresswoman who represents Dubuque wants to see progress on a bill to improve the nation’s roads and bridges when she gets back to work. Congress is currently in the middle of a two-week break for the Easter holiday. They’ll reconvene next Monday. When they do, Iowa Congresswoman Abby Finkenauer hopes to see a renewed focus on addressing infrastructure issues around the country. Finkenauer is a member of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee. She says improving infrastructure will help keep business moving across the country. Finkenauer will hold an open house at her new Dubuque office from 2:30 to 3:30 this afternoon. It’s located in the 1000 block of Main Street in downtown Dubuque, next door to L. May Eatery. She hopes to use the event as a way to highlight ways her staff can assist constituents.

Dubuque Company Wins Bid for Hamburg Levee Repairs

April 22, 2019

A Dubuque company will be in charge of fixing to a southwest Iowa levee that failed earlier this year. The US Army Corps of Engineers has awarded the contract to repair the levee near Hamburg to Newt Marine Services. That levee broke during catastrophic flooding last month, inundating the entire town of Hamburg with floodwaters. The contract is for 12 million dollars’ worth of work. The company says it can have the repairs done eighty days after they get started. Initial repairs will stop the flow of water through the levee so further action can be taken. That includes making repairs to the section of Interstate 29 which runs near Hamburg. It was also damaged during the flooding.

Prosecutors to Seek Maximum Sentence for Former Youth Basketball Coach

April 22, 2019

Prosecutors say they’ll push for the maximum possible penalty against a former youth basketball coach who admitted to taking sexually explicit photos and videos of boys. 43-year-old Greg Stephen of Monticello had been the director of the Iowa Barnstormers AAU basketball program. He pled guilty last year to multiple sexual exploitation of a minor and child pornography charges. He’ll be sentenced next week. Prosecutors are asking the judge in the case to sentence Stephen to the maximum penalty: 180 years in federal prison. In a filing submitted last week, they say that “would reflect the harm he caused his victims…and the danger he poses to the public.” As part of his plea, Stephen admitted to secretly recording players while they showered both at his home and on out-of-state trips. He also acknowledged that he posed as a girl on social media to trick boys into sending him sexually explicit images of themselves. Investigators seized electronic devices that had nearly 450 folders with the names of different boys, each containing at least one explicit photo or video of their genitals.

Columbine Survivor to Speak in Bellevue

April 22, 2019

Scott

Just days after the 20th anniversary of the Columbine High School shooting, one of the event’s survivors will speak in the Tri-States. Craig Scott was a sophomore at Columbine on the day that two students killed a dozen classmates and a teacher before taking their own lives. He’ll speak as part of a presentation at 6:00 Wednesday evening at Bellevue High School. Scott was one of more than fifty students in the school’s library, which is where the majority of the murders happened. Scott was not injured, and is credited with helping evacuate other students, including one who likely would have bled to death otherwise. His sister, Rachel, was the first student killed in the massacre. Scott’s appearance is being sponsored by the nonprofit organization Value-Up. Its founder, Mike Donahue, will also speak.

Johnson On Border Security/Asylum

April 21, 2019

Wisconsin’s Republican U.S. Senator says there needs to be consequences for people seeking asylum in this country who don’t have a valid asylum claim. Speaking on a national Fox News program this week, Senator Ron Johnson said only about 15 percent of those people claiming asylum actually have a valid claim. Johnson says since DACA was instituted in 2012, nearly 900-thousand unaccompanied children and people in family units have been let into this country, and they’re staying long-term. Johnson says human traffickers are making hundreds of millions of dollars off of people who are crossing over into the U.S. illegally by distracting U.S. custom and border patrol agents who are busy with people who say they have valid asylum claims

Ernst To Have Town Hall In Dubuque

April 21, 2019

As part of her tour of Iowa’s 99 counties, Iowa Senator Joni Ernst will be holding a town hall meeting in Dubuque this week. The event will be held on Thursday, April 25 at the University of Dubuque Heritage Center beginning at 9:30 am and it is open to the public.

Take Back The Night

April 21, 2019

Students at all three of Dubuque’s higher learning institutions will be taking part in a nationwide event aimed at combating sexual and domestic violence later this month. The annual Tri-College Take Back the Night will be held on April 25th at Catherine Byrne Hall on the campus of Clarke University. According to a news release,’Take Back the Night’ will feature speakers from Clarke, The University of Dubuque, Loras College and the Riverview Center. Survivors of sexual and domestic violence and their allies will have the opportunity to share their stories. The event is free and open to the public. It is being sponsored by Clarke’s Student Life Group and Social Work Club.

Dubuque Schools Eliminate End of Year Late Starts

April 19, 2019

The Dubuque school district is taking an additional step to make sure students meet the state requirement for time spent in class. The district announced Thursday it will eliminate the scheduled late starts on the final four Fridays of the school year. The district says the move is being made in anticipation of early dismissals that could happen because of excessive heat at the end of the school year. The district is trying to “bank up” some instructional hours to ensure that students meet the state requirement, even if there are some additional weather-related schedule adjustments. Iowa law requires that students attend school for 1,080 hours each school year. Beginning Friday, May 17, school will begin at its normal start time for the four remaining Fridays of the year. The district had already added 25 minutes to the end of each school day to try to make up time lost to delays and cancellations caused by winter weather.

BREAKING: Dubuque County Authorities Arrest One of the Area's "Main" Marijuana Dealers, Two Associates

April 18, 2019

Authorities in Dubuque say they’ve arrested one of the area’s most prominent marijuana dealers and two people who helped him move the drug. 19-year-old Devin Keller-Schueler of East Dubuque was arrested at a home in Asbury on Wednesday afternoon. He’s facing two counts each of Possession of Marijuana with Intent to Deliver, Use of a Minor in a Drug Trade, and one count of Distributing Drugs to a Person under 18. According to court documents, authorities began investigating Keller-Schueler last fall after receiving a tip from an informant that he was dealing marijuana and marijuana oil to a large number of people in Dubuque. Police learned that Keller-Schueler would receive large, weekly shipments of marijuana from legal dispensaries in California and Washington. He would sell the drugs around Dubuque, and ship cash payments back to the West Coast. Authorities say Keller-Schueler had several people assist with his scheme, using their names and addresses to ship the drugs and cash. Others would exchange large amounts of $20 bills for bigger bills at area banks. Keller-Schueler also had a juvenile drive him to the locations of his drug deals, which included the Hy-Vee and Taco Bell on South Locust Street, the Kennedy Mall parking lot, and the Hardee’s in Key West. In January, authorities say Keller-Schueler and his girlfriend, 18-year-old Payton Helling, traveled to the Los Angeles area to buy large amounts of marijuana and ship it back to Dubuque. Shortly after returning, officers from the Jo Daviess County Sheriff’s Office and Dubuque Drug Task Force raided Keller-Schueler’s apartment in East Dubuque. They reportedly found 14 pounds of marijuana plus $17,000 in cash. Helling was also arrested on Wednesday. She’s been charged with Possession of Marijuana with Intent to Deliver. Another person involved in the scheme, 18-year-old Michael Small, was arrested on Wednesday as well and is facing a similar charge. Court documents say he was one of the people who received the marijuana shipments for Keller-Schueler. If convicted of all the charges against him, Keller-Schueler could face up to 55 years in prison.

Mississippi to Begin Rising Again Next Week

April 18, 2019

Courtesy: National Weather Service

After falling by a foot the rest of this week, the Mississippi River level at Dubuque is expected to begin rising again early next week. That’s largely due to continued snow melt in Minnesota and northern Wisconsin. The Mississippi’s depth at the Dubuque Railroad Bridge was measured at 20.7 feet Thursday morning. It’s on the way down, and expected to drop to 19.7 feet on Saturday. The river will hold there for about a day before beginning to rise again. Projections from the National Weather Service have the river getting back to the “major flood” stage of 21.5 feet by the middle of next week, and continuing to rise from there.

Iowa Senate Passes Sports Betting Bill

April 18, 2019

Iowa is one step closer to legalizing sports betting, and putting the state’s casinos in charge of taking the bets. The Iowa Senate voted Wednesday night to advance a sports betting bill. The measure passed 31-18. Under the plan, betting on pro and college sporting events would be managed by the 19 state-licensed casinos. Gamblers will be able to use a smart phone app to place their bets. The bill also legalizes so-called “daily fantasy sports.” It’s currently illegal for an Iowan to claim winnings from FanDuel, Draft Kings, or other online “fantasy” sports game. The sports betting bill now moves to the Iowa House, where it is also expected to pass.

Crash Involving Semi Carrying Anhydrous Closes US 20

April 18, 2019

Courtesy: KCRG

We’ve learned a bit more about what led to a crash that closed a portion of a Dubuque County highway yesterday morning. The crash happened at about 8:00 on US Highway 20 about halfway between Farley and Epworth. According to the Iowa State Patrol, 53-year-old Phillip Brown of Farley was turning into the westbound lanes of the highway from Hartbecke Road. As he got onto the highway, his pickup was hit from behind by a semi hauling anhydrous ammonia. The semi, which was being driven by 57-year-old Jerry Radke of Dubuque, rolled over into the ditch. Due to the materials Radke was hauling, emergency responders closed the highway in both directions as a precaution. But no ammonia was leaking, so the eastbound lanes were reopened after about a half hour. The westbound lanes remained closed for several hours while crews worked to remove Radke’s semi from the scene. Radke was taken to Finley Hospital to be treated for injuries suffered in the wreck. The state patrol’s report says that Brown was also treated and released. 19-year-old Nicholas Knipper was also listed in the report as having been treated and released, but it’s not clear which vehicle he had been in.

Dubuque Man Arrested Nine Months After Knocking Out Girlfriend

April 18, 2019

A Dubuque man has been arrested more than nine months after reportedly punching his girlfriend so hard that she lost consciousness. 33-year-old Stephen Toliver has been charged with Domestic Abuse Assault. According to court documents, police were contacted by a woman wanting to report an assault last July. She met officers in an alley behind the home she shared with Toliver, who was still inside. Police say the woman was still bleeding from a cut above her eye. According to the woman, Toliver had accused her of stealing from him earlier that day. When she denied it, she says Toliver punched her in the face, knocking her out. Police say Toliver then went to the woman’s sister’s home to tell the sister that the woman “needed help.” If convicted, Toliver could face up to a year in prison.

Mullis Asks for Bond to Be Reduced

April 18, 2019

A Delaware County man accused of killing his wife with a farm tool is asking for his bond to be reduced. 42-year-old Todd Mullis is charged with 1st Degree Murder in the death of his wife, Amy. He’s currently being held on a $5 million bond. But this week, his attorneys asked a judge to lower that to one million dollars. If that would happen, Mullis would be able to pay a bail amount of $100,000 to be released from custody. He’s been held since his arrest in late February. Mullis’ wife was found dead on their farm outside of Earlville last November. Mullis initially told authorities he thought she had fallen onto a corn rake. That’s a farm tool similar to a pitchfork. But the State Medical Examiner ruled her death a homicide after finding that her wounds came from different angles, suggesting she had been stabbed multiple times.

Cavanaugh Launches Run for City Council

April 18, 2019

Cavanaugh

City elections in Dubuque are still more than six months away, but a candidate is already launching a run for the City Council. Brad Cavanaugh announced his bid for the Ward 4 seat on Tuesday night. Cavanaugh was one of the candidates in Iowa House District 99’s Democratic primary last year. But he lost to Lindsay James, who now holds that seat. That was Cavanaugh’s first run for office. Cavanaugh is a Dubuque native who currently works as social work professor at Loras College. The 4th Ward is mostly centered on the area of the city south of Loras Boulevard and east of Grandview Avenue. It is currently represented by Jake Rios, who has said he likely will not seek a second term. 2nd Ward Councilman Luis Del Toro’s and At-Large Council Representative David Resnick’s seats will also be up for election this fall. They have each said they do intend to run again.

Teen Takes Dad's Meth Pipe to School

April 18, 2019

A Fennimore man is facing drug charges after his son took a methamphetamine pipe to school and gave it to the principal. A release from the Grant County Sheriff’s Office says the incident happened last Friday morning. The student attends Fennimore High School. According to authorities, he found a meth pipe in a duffel bag while getting ready to go to school. When the boy got to school, he turned the pipe over to his principal. The boy told the principal he’d found the pipe and a digital scale while taking some of his father’s things out of the bag. The principal contacted local police, who turned the investigation over to the sheriff’s office. Officers went to 39-year-old Jeremy Koppen’s home to question him. But they say that Koppen was uncooperative and was placed under arrest. He is charged with Possession of Methamphetamine Paraphernalia and two counts of felony Bail Jumping.

Wahlert Wrestlers See Damage to Notre Dame Cathedral First Hand

April 16, 2019

The Wahlert wrestlers and coaches pose for a photo before departing for Paris. Boffeli is second from right.

A handful of Dubuque high school students got to see the aftermath of the Notre Dame cathedral fire up close. A group of wrestlers from Wahlert High School arrived in Paris on Monday to train for an upcoming competition in the Netherlands. They had planned to visit the cathedral as some of their sight-seeing, but what they saw was very different than what they anticipated. Jeremy Boffeli, one of the Wahlert coaches on the trip, says their group saw the smoke from the fire on their way into Paris, but didn’t realize the magnitude of what had happened until they were able to get connected to the internet and social media. Boffeli says the Paris residents he’s seen still seem to be in a state of shock. The Wahlert group includes three coaches, one parent, and five wrestlers. Boffeli says the high schoolers seem to have a good perspective on what they’ve seen, but only expects that to grow in the future. There’s not been a dollar figure put on the damage to the 850-year-old cathedral, though donations of more than $700 million have been pledged.

Council Approval Opens Door for UD Campus Projects

April 16, 2019

Artist’s Rendering of University of Dubuque South Common

The University of Dubuque has gotten the go-ahead to begin a series of projects on the southern end of its campus. The Dubuque City Council this week approved the school’s request to amend its Institutional District. Assistant City Planner Wally Wernimont outlined the school’s plans to the council. According to Wernimont, the plans received unanimous approval from the city zoning board after no opposition came from neighbors. UD Director of Construction Management Keith Wipperfurth says one of the main reasons from the project is to increase accessibility for those who have physical disabilities. The “South Commons,” as UD is calling it, would sit to the east of the Heritage Center between Grace and Bennett Streets. Construction is expected to begin this week, with completion expected this fall. The cost of the project is $1.7 million.

 

 

City Employees React to New Parental Leave Policy

April 16, 2019

City employees in Dubuque are happy that the city now offers paid time off for the birth or adoption of a child. The City Council last month approved a new policy that gives full-time employees up to twelve weeks of paid paternal leave. The policy applies to both mothers and fathers of children who are born, adopted, or are moved to their home from foster care. One employee who will be taking advantage of the new offering is Anne Schreyer. She began working in the City Manager’s office in February. At that time, the city offered no paid paternal leave. Schreyer says continuing to receive a salary while she’s off will make things a lot easier. City Personnel Manager Randy Peck believes the policy change will make the city a much more attractive employer. Dubuque’s offering is more generous than two other major cities in eastern Iowa. Iowa City offers four weeks of paid time off to city employees, while Waterloo doesn’t offer any.

Man Who Tried to Run Over Rival Gets Ten Years in Prison

April 16, 2019

A Bellevue man who crashed into a downtown Dubuque church while trying to run over another man with his truck is headed to prison. 35-year-old Eric Schmidt was given a ten-year prison sentence in Dubuque County Court on Monday. Back in February, Schmidt cut a deal with prosecutors to plead guilty to charges of Going Armed with Intent and 1st Degree Criminal Mischief. In exchange, an Attempted Murder charge was dropped. According to prosecutors, Schmidt and another man had been engaged in a feud that came to a head in May of last year. That’s when Schmidt spotted the man walking in the 12-hundred block of Main Street. Schmidt drove his pickup truck at the man, colliding with the concrete steps in front of St. Luke’s United Methodist Church in the process. The crash caused several thousand dollars in damage to the church.

Dubuque Leaders Against Property Tax Bill

April 16, 2019

Van Milligen

City leaders in Dubuque are among those from across the state of Iowa coming out against a proposed bill that would change how property tax increases are approved. The measure is House File 773. It would require city councils, county supervisor boards, and school districts to vote on any proposed property tax increase of more than two percent. Lawmakers supporting the bill say rising property values essentially let cities, counties, and school districts raise taxes without notifying the public. State Representative Lee Hein, who represents Jones County, says the measure would increase transparency in tax policy. The city of Dubuque on Monday sent a letter to state lawmakers, calling the bill an “unnecessary attack” on the longstanding state policy of local control. City Manager Mike Van Milligen added “there are already systems in place for residents to dispute budgets and promote government transparency.” The bill was approved by the House Ways and Means Committee last week. It now goes before the full Iowa House.

Measles Case Found in Northeast Iowa

April 16, 2019

The Iowa Department of Public Health says it has confirmed its first measles case eight years in the northeastern part of the state. Department officials aren’t giving an exact location for the case, saying that doing so could potentially lead to the identification of the patient. They also say that since there is no public health emergency, there’s no need to release additional details. Health officials say the person was not vaccinated and recently came back from Israel, where measles is spreading. Officials confirmed the case over the weekend through testing at the state hygienic lab.  A press release says the infected person is cooperating with the health department. Officials are following up with others who could have potentially been exposed. Measles symptoms include fever, runny nose, cough and a rash.

DCSO Warns of New Phone Scam

April 16, 2019

The Dubuque County Sheriff’s Office is warning residents to be on alert for a new phone scam. The scammer is claiming to represent the sheriff’s department and tells potential victims there a civil process that needs to be taken care of right away. They then give potential victims a phone number to call to resolve the issue. But the sheriff’s office says do not call the number. It is not associated with the department. The sheriff’s office is asking anyone living within the county who receives one of the calls to contact their office. Those outside the county can contact local law enforcement.