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Free Christmas Dinner At Masonic

Low-income and elderly residents in Dubuque are being invited to come to the Masonic Temple Sunday and enjoy a free Christmas dinner. According to a post on Operation New View’s Facebook, Santa Claus will make an appearance and will have gifts for all of the children who attend. The dinner is being provided in part by the United Labor Participation Committee and Dubuque Area Labor Harvest and will be served between noon and 1:30 p.m. at the temple on Locust Street.

Man Steals Walmart Workers’ Wallet


Dubuque police are asking for the public’s help in identifying a man who stole a local retailer employee’s wallet last month. The incident happened at the Walmart on Dodge Street at around 11 p. m. on the night of November 25th. Surveillance images show the wallet was stolen from a checkout area in the store. It contained over 300 dollars and various cards and credentials. The suspect is a white male, with a larger build. He was wearing a camo hat and coat at the time of the theft. He left the store in a full-size truck, possibly a Chevy or GMC with a crew-cab and duel rear wheels. The vehicle was tracked using cameras and crossed the Julien Dubuque Bridge into East Dubuque. The Police Department has posted images of the suspect on its’ ID4PD website. Those same images along with this story are posted on our website, KDTH.com.

Work Release Inmate Accused of Stealing from Fast Food Job

An inmate out on work release has been accused of stealing more than $4,000 from a Dubuque fast food restaurant. On Monday morning, a manager at the Taco John’s on East 20th Street called police to report money had gone missing from the store’s safe. 43-year-old Cheryl Newcomer had been in charge of closing the store the previous night and had access to the safe. According to court documents, security footage showed Newcomer hiding bank bags under her coat. Those bags were later found empty in the restroom. A total of nearly $4,300 was taken. Newcomer got her job at the restaurant as part of her work release from the Elm Street Residential Facility. She did not return to the facility after her shift, so authorities issued a warrant for her arrest. Newcomer was apprehended following a traffic stop in Jackson County on Tuesday. She’s now been charged with 2nd Degree Theft, Escape, and violating her probation. She’s also facing several charges related to the traffic stop, including Possession of Methamphetamine.

Ernst Nominates Area Students for Service Academies

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A pair of Dubuque County high school students have been nominated for admission to the nation’s service academies. Iowa Senator Joni Ernst has given her support to the applications of Nathan Betts of Western Dubuque and Olivia Cowart of Senior. Betts is seeking admission to the Merchant Marine Academy, located on New York’s Long Island. Betts has been an Honor Roll student all four of his years at WD. In addition, he’s qualified for state competition in both cross country and wrestling. Cowart’s seeking admission to the Air Force Academy in Colorado. She’s a four-year member of the Senior band and has received numerous leadership awards. Earlier this fall, she was selected as the Tri-State area’s top youth leader at the Dubuque Area Youth Leadership Conference. She was also one of two Iowa students selected to attend the American Legion Auxiliary’s Girls State conference.

Galena, Hazel Green Residents Sentenced for Roles in Fraud Scheme

A pair of Tri-State area men will spend time in federal prison for their roles in a fraud scheme targeting the elderly. 26-year-old Michael Marcov of Hazel Green and 38-year-old Carlos Rodriguez of Galena received their prison sentences in US District Court in Cedar Rapids this week. Both men had previously pled guilty to one count each of wire fraud. They are among thirty local defendants accused of participating in a scam that asked victims to wire in bail payments to help get a loved one out of jail. Mostly elderly people were targeted, and federal authorities have identified victims in at least thirty states. Marcov was given a ten year prison sentence, while Rodriguez will spend about 6.5 years behind bars. Both men were looking a possible maximum sentences of twenty years.

‘Field of Dreams’ Added to National Film Registry

A movie filmed mainly in the Tri-States nearly 30 years ago is being called “culturally and historically significant.” ‘Field of Dreams’ has been added to the National Film Registry, a list of works that are preserved by the Library of Congress. Films are nominated for the registry by the public, and up to 25 are selected for inclusion each year. In order to make the registry, a movie has to be at least ten years old and must be determined to be “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant within the American film heritage.” ‘Field of Dreams’ was shot in the summer of 1988 at several locations around the Dubuque area, including the namesake field outside of Dyersville that exists to this day. Among the other films added to the registry this year are ‘Die Hard,’ ‘Spartacus,’ and ‘Titanic.’

Powerball, MegaMillions Jackpots Reach $200 Million

The two largest lottery games in the country are poised to give out huge Christmas bonuses. The jackpots in both the Powerball and MegaMillions games have climbed above the $200 million mark ahead of this weekend’s drawings. For MegaMillions, this is the second time in 2017 that the prize has gone north of $200 million. That game hasn’t been won since October, and the top prize in Friday’s drawing will be $208 million. As for the Powerball, the jackpot now stands at an even $250 million. That game hasn’t had a winner since October, either. This is the second time this year that both games have offered significant jackpots at about the same time. Back in August, the prizes for both games topped $350 million. The Powerball jackpot eventually reached $758 million, which was the second-largest prize in that game’s history.

Grassley Supports Ending Net Neutrality Rules

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One of Iowa’s US Senators is OK with the federal government scrapping rules requiring internet providers to offer equal speeds. The Federal Communications Commission is set to do away with so-called “Net Neutrality” requirements today. Under those rules, internet providers like Mediacom and CenturyLink have been required to offer all customers the same connection speeds. Without the regulation, those providers could charge customers for faster internet. But Iowa Senator Charles Grassley is supporting the move, which has been led by FCC Chairman Agit Pai. Grassley says “Net Neutrality” rules have kept broadband coverage from reaching rural areas. Eighteen state Attorneys General, including Iowa’s Tom Miller, have called on the FCC to delay its decision. That’s after New York’s Attorney General found more than two million of the public comments the FCC has received on the issue have come from stolen identities.

Salvation Army Campaign Lagging Behind

Christmas is now less than two weeks away, and the leaders of Dubuque’s Salvation Army chapter say they’re again in danger of failing to meet their fundraising goal. According to Major Kay Mason of the Salvation Army, they’re only about halfway to the goal of their Red Kettle Campaign with only a handful of bell-ringing days left. There are nineteen locations around Dubuque where Salvation Army bell ringers are stationed, but Mason says they sometimes have to prioritize high-traffic areas. Mason has seen an increase in families ringing together this year. Occasionally, there will be gold or silver coins valued at hundreds of dollars dropped in a Salvation Army kettle. That hasn’t happened here in Dubuque in a few years, but Mason is hoping that trend changes. The goal for the Red Kettle Campaign is about $152,000. The campaign runs through next Saturday, December 23.

Wrong Way Driver Arrested After Arterial Crash

A wrong way driver who crashed into two other vehicles on the Northwest Arterial faces charges for driving drunk and having a fake license. Dubuque police officers responded to a multi-car crash on the Arterial at 10:15 last night. 25-year-old Edgar Amaya of Dixon, Illinois, told officers he had gotten confused when turning onto the Arterial from Plaza Drive and ended up driving south in the northbound lanes. That’s where Amaya crashed into two other vehicles. Police say Amaya smelled of alcohol while they spoke to him. He failed field sobriety tests and registered a blood alcohol content of .2, which is about two-and-a-half times the legal limit. According to an arrest report, Amaya also admitted to officers that his driver’s license is a counterfeit. Amaya’s been charged with Operating While Intoxicated and Possession of a Fictitious License. If convicted on both charges, he could spend up to two years in jail. Neither of the other drivers involved in the crash were injured.

Bank, Convenience Store Robber Sentenced to 20 Years in Prison

A Dubuque man is headed to prison after admitting to robbing a convenience store and a bank on consecutive days last summer. 24-year-old Ryan Bandy was arrested just a few minutes after a robbery was reported at the American Trust branch on JFK Road back in June. As Dubuque Police were looking into the robbery, investigators determined that Bandy had also robbed a Big 10 Mart about a mile-and-a-half away the day before. Bandy was originally charged with 1st Degree Robbery in the American Trust case, and 2nd Degree robbery for the convenience store hold-up. He reached an agreement with prosecutors in late October to plead guilty to two counts of 2nd Degree Robbery. Bandy was sentenced Monday to a total of twenty years in prison…ten years for each of the counts against him.

Corbett Talks Mental Health Reform

Republican gubernatorial candidate Ron Corbett says the state’s mental health crisis must be addressed. The former Cedar Rapids Mayor says when then Governor Terry Branstad closed mental health facilities in Mount Pleasant and Clarinda, it left many families scrambling to find a place where their loved ones could receive adequate care and treatment…
If elected, Corbett says he will advocate adding more beds at the state level for mental health patients. ust recently, Corbett says a relative who was coping with mental health issues took his own life. That relative also had a substance abuse problem. He says mental health and substance abuse have to be part of the same conversation. According to Corbett, Iowa has one of the highest income tax rates in the country and it needs to be fixed. Corbett is challenging incumbent Governor Kim Reynolds in next year’s primary. The winner will face the victor of the Democratic primary for Governor in the fall of 2018.

Reported Increase in Flu Cases Not Being Seen Locally

Public health officials are reporting a nationwide increase in flu cases, but physicians here in the Tri-States say they’re not seeing the uptick. A report last week by the Centers for Disease Control shows influenza cases on the rise in many parts of the country. But Patricia Lehmkuhl, the Infection Preventionist at Finley Hospital, tells us that increase hasn’t reached our area. The cases the CDC monitors are the “diagnosable” flu, and not seasonal respiratory infections. So while you may have coworkers or friends who have gotten sick, they won’t necessarily be counted. Of the flu cases that have been reported in the Dubuque area, Lehmkuhl says they’ve typically come from one of the two main strains of the illness. Those are two of the strains that were included in this year’s flu vaccine. Despite the fact that we’re now into the flu season, it’s not too late to get vaccinated. Lehmkuhl says the flu season could actually begin to peak any time from now through February.

Dubuque Police Respond to 40+ Crashes During Monday’s Snow

Another round of snowfall brought another wave of weather-related traffic problems to Dubuque yesterday afternoon. Officially, the city received 1.3 inches of snow, though totals were higher in some areas. That snow created slick conditions on many city streets and county roads. Dubuque Police reported that they were “getting slammed” with crash reports by mid-afternoon. Through about 4:30, police had responded to about four dozen crashes. On top of that, county dispatchers took more than three hundred weather-related calls. According to police, vast majority of yesterday’s crashes were “property only” and did not involve any injuries.

Semi Rolls Near Peosta, Spilling Hundreds of Gallons of Ethanol

Likely the most notable weather-related crash of the day saw about 1,500 gallons of ethanol leaked onto a Dubuque County road. Just after 1:00 yesterday afternoon, a semi being driven by 54-year-old Carl Gravel of Dyersville was headed east on Old Highway Road outside of Peosta. The Dubuque County Sheriff’s Department says Gravel lost control of the semi trying to go around a curve. Both the semi’s cab and the tanker it was hauling rolled into the ditch, where the trailer began leaking ethanol. A HazMat team from the Des Moines area was called in to help with the spill. While they were en route, firefighters from Epworth were able to set up a containment zone for the ethanol to keep it from reaching any waterway. Damage to the semi is estimated at about $100,000. Gravel was taken to Mercy Hospital in Dubuque to be treated for a minor injury.

Police Alert Residents About Clarke University Scam

The Dubuque Police Department is alerting residents of yet another scam, this one involving a local college. Clarke University administrators recently reported complaints they’ve been getting from people about telemarketing calls. The caller ID makes it appear that the calls are coming from “Clarke College.” Clarke has been identifying itself as a university, rather than a college, for more than seven years. During the call, the scammer attempts to get credit card information from potential victims. If you receive a call of this nature, hang up and report the call to your local law enforcement agency.

Hitman Scam Reaches Dubuque County 

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A so-called “hitman scam” that’s been popping up around the county is now showing up here in the Dubuque area. Investigators from the county sheriff’s department took a report of an internet scam from a resident on Sunday night. According to the potential victim, she received an email from someone claiming to be a hitman with a contract to kill her. In the email, the scammer told the woman that if she wants to live, she has to pay thousands of dollars, and the “hitman” would also identify the person who had taken out the contract. County Sheriff Joe Kennedy says the woman recognized the email was a scam right away. Kennedy says many scams originate from outside of the country, which makes then harder to track. Kennedy says this “hitman” scam is slightly different from the “loved on in jail” scam that’s been used in the area in the past. The sheriff’s department is still looking into the latest scam.

First Snowfall Causes Slick Road Conditions, Several Crashes

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Drivers in Dubuque received a quick re-introduction to winter driving last weekend, and for some of them, it was literally a “crash course.” A tenth of an inch of snow fell on Dubuque on Friday night. Warm pavement temperatures meant much of the snow melted right way, but cold air temperatures caused the precipitation to freeze, making for some treacherous driving conditions. Dubuque Police responded to 27 crash reports that night and into the next morning, according to Lt. Scott Baxter. He says there is some truth to the idea that drivers need some time to get reacquainted with winter driving. Baxter says tires and windshield wipers are probably the pieces of vehicle equipment most vital to driving safe in the winter. Snow and ice can be especially dangerous on the hilly terrain found in and around Dubuque. If you have to drive up or down a hill, Baxter recommends changing your drive settings for an assist. While not an ideal option at other times of the year, Baxter says that during the winter, he’s most likely to be driving on Dodge Street. There is a slight chance of some additional snow in our forecast this afternoon. After that, we don’t have any other snow in the outlook through Sunday.

Man Involved in Cascade Standoff Dies

The Cascade man who initiated a standoff with police last week has died. 45-year-old Daniel Dossey succumbed to self-inflicted injuries on Saturday. Dossey had been being treated at University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics since suffering the injuries last Tuesday afternoon. That’s when authorities say he displayed what’s described as “a large handgun” at a convenience store in Cascade. Dossey had apparently gone to the store looking for his estranged wife, who works there. She wasn’t working at the time, and employees at the store called police to report Dossey’s behavior. Officers from several agencies tracked his vehicle to his home. As they were establishing a perimeter around the house, a gunshot was heard coming from the garage. Officers found Dossey unresponsive in the garage, but the Dubuque County Sheriff’s Department tells us that Dossey’s injuries not did not come from the gunshot that was heard. Dossey was initially transported to Mercy Hospital in Dubuque before being transferred to Iowa City.

Note: An earlier version of this story contained incorrect information about Dossey’s injuries. KDTH regrets the error.

Holiday Jar Sales Help Fund Opening Doors’ Shelters

Courtesy: KCRG

There are a lot of ways people around the Tri-States can be generous during the holiday season. One local non-profit tries to provide a sweet incentive for supporting their operation. Opening Doors, which operates shelters for women and their children in Dubuque, sells so-called “Just Like Home Jars” this time of year. Each jar contains a mixture that can be used to make cookies or hot cocoa. Along with volunteers, the residents of Opening Doors’ shelters help fill the jars. Candace Boots lives at the Maria House and can’t imagine how she would have gotten by without their help. She says it’s fundraisers like the jar sales that keep the shelters open for those who need help. Cookie mix jars cost $10, while the cocoa mix jars are just $6. Orders can be placed by visiting Opening Doors’ website.

UD Nursing Professor Named “Nurse of the Year”

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A professor at the University of Dubuque has been named northeast Iowa’s “Nurse of the Year.” Carol Chesterman, an Assistant Professor of Nursing at UD, recently received the honor from the Iowa Nurses Association. Chesterman has been a nurse for more than forty years, and has provided patient care in a number of areas. She’s also worked as a nursing educator for the past quarter-century. She’s taught at UD since 2011.

Assistant Dubuque Police Chief to Retire

Terry Tobin

A high-ranking member of the Dubuque Police Department is stepping down after nearly four decades on the force. Assistant Chief Terry Tobin will retire at the end of this month. He’s been with the department since July of 1980, giving him about 37-and-a-half years of service. Tobin began his career as an officer before earning the ranks of corporal and lieutenant on his way to the Assistant Chief role, which he was promoted to in February of 2003. The department has announced that current captain Jeremy Jensen will assume Tobin’s position as Assistant Chief. Jensen has been with the department for nearly 24 years. He’s currently a captain of the department’s Patrol Division.

Walker to Sign Nursing Compact in Platteville

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Nurses in Wisconsin will have an easier time getting approved to treat patients in other states, thanks to a bill that will be signed in Platteville today. Governor Scott Walker will sign a measure that enters Wisconsin into the Enhanced Nurse Licensure Compact this afternoon. The bill was approved by state lawmakers earlier this fall. It extends and updates an existing program allows nurses in participating states to practice in other states without having to wait to be licensed. As of this summer, twenty-six states were a part of the agreement, including Iowa. The bill signing is scheduled for 3:00 this afternoon at Southwest Health in Platteville.

Iowa’s High School Grad Rate Tops in the US

Iowa’s high school graduation rate is once again tops in the United States. According to data from the federal Department of Education, 91.3% of the state’s Class of 2016 graduated from high school in four years or less. That’s up from an even 91% the previous year. Iowa’s graduation rate has actually gone up three whole percentage points over the past six years. Iowa was one of just two states – along with New Jersey – to have more than 90% of its students graduate on time. Wisconsin ranked 10th in graduation rate for 2016 at 88.2%. Illinois fell right in the middle of the pack – 26th out of the fifty states and the District of Columbia – with a graduation rate of 85.5%.

Mistrial Declared In Key West Murder Trial

A man accused in connection with the death of a Key West man last year will be retried, after a judge declared a mistrial. District Court Judge Thomas Bitter granted a request by the attorney representing 32 year old Eric Campbell Jr. in Black Hawk County District Court yesterday. Campbell is charged with first degree murder and first degree robbery. The trial was moved to that county on a change of venue. Campbell is accused of planning a robbery that led to the death of 21 year old Colin Brown in April of 2016. Bitter declared a mistrial based on a statement made by a witness, who testified on the stand that she didn’t know Campbell when the crime was being committed, but mention his name as one of the people who got into her car just before they drove to the mobile home park where Brown lived. Two other men, 21 year old Tacari Minifee and 19 year old Imere Hall were both convicted on first degree murder and robbery charges and are serving life sentences. A new trial date will be set for Campbell.

DNR Budget Cuts Affect Dubuque State Park

Dubuque State Park is starting to feel the pinch of budget cuts from the Iowa DNR. Earlier this year, Iowa state lawmakers cut more than one million dollars from the organization. To make up for that, our coverage partners at KCRG TV tell us the DNR announced layoffs this summer. The cuts have had a huge impact on the operations at the Mines of Spain Recreation Area and Bellevue State Park. Jason Gilmore is the Park Ranger for both the Mines of Spain and the park. He says Park Manager Andy Roach and himself take care of over 25-hundred acres between the two parks. Gilmore says they’re especially concerned about keeping the E.B. Lyons Nature Center operating at normal hours when it gets warm again. There’s a position that recently opened up called the Natural Resources Technician. That person did much of the operations for the nature center. But that position has not been filled. Alex Murphy, a spokesperson with the DNR says they will determine if and when the position will be filled. There are currently over a hundred vacancies with the DNR. They do not plan to fill 80 of those vacancies.

Food Giveaway In Dubuque

Another food giveaway will be held this Saturday for low-income residents in Dubuque County. The giveaway will start at 7:30 at the Dubuque Area Labor Harvest Building on West Locust Street. It will last until 9:30. Recipients are asked to bring their identification card and a box for the food. The food giveaways are funded by a federal grant from the Federal Emergency Management Agency, which requires food recipients to be residents of Dubuque County.

Man Kicks Out Squad Car’s Window

A Colesburg man faces a laundry list of charges following an incident last month on an exit ramp along U.S. Highway 20 in Dyersville. Online court records say on the morning of November 10th 28 year old Augustin Mormann of Colesburg was attempting to flag down motorists on the exit 294 eastbound ramp. A Dubuque County Sheriff’s Deputy responded to the area to investigate. After arriving on scene, the deputy found Mormann standing in the road and he appeared to be under the influence of a stimulant. Mormann was placed in the back of the deputy’s squad car. While the deputy was interviewing a witness, Mormann kicked out the rear passenger side window of the squad car, climbed out and attempted to flee on foot. The deputy ordered Mormann to stop, and when he didn’t the deputy used his stun gun to take him down. Mormann was arrested this week and charged with fourth degree criminal mischief, fifth degree criminal mischief, disorderly conduct and interference with official acts.

Epworth Native Gansen to Challenge Lundgren for Legislature Seat

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A correctional officer from Epworth has announced plans to challenge for a seat in the Iowa Legislature next year. Leo Gansen will run as a Democrat in House District 57, which includes most of Dubuque County outside the Dubuque city limits. That district is currently represented by Republican Shannon Lundgren of Peosta, who will be seeking a second term in office. Gansen has lived in Epworth for much of his life and graduated from Western Dubuque High School in 1976. For the past 23 years, he’s worked as a guard at the Iowa State Penitentiary in Anamosa, where he now ranks as a Senior Correctional Officer. A release from the Iowa Democratic Party also indicates that he’s an active member of the Knights of Columbus and Western Dubuque Booster Club. Gansen is the second candidate to announce they’ll challenge Lundgren next year. Teacher Lucas Link will be running for the District 57 seat as a Libertarian.

Campbell’s Trial on Murder, Robbery Charges Begins in Waterloo

Eric Campbell listens to testimony during his trial on murder and robbery charges (Courtesy; Jeff Reinitz, Waterloo/Cedar Falls Courier).

The third murder trial stemming from an April 2016 robbery that left a Key West man dead is underway. Eric Campbell’s trial on 1st Degree Murder and Robbery charges began Tuesday in Black Hawk County District Court in Waterloo. The proceedings were moved there after Campbell’s lawyers successfully petitioned for a change of venue. Campbell is one of seven people who have faced charges in connection with the death of 21-year-old Collin Brown. During opening statements, the prosecuting attorney said that while Campbell didn’t shoot the victim or even plan to kill him, Campbell was the one who planned the robbery that brought the suspects to Brown’s mobile home. Prosecutors say Campbell and two other men broke into Brown’s trailer disguised in masks and holding guns. They demanded money and drugs. Brown eventually tried to escape, but was fatally shot by one of the other men as he reached a neighboring trailer. Those two other men – Imere Hall and Tacari Minifee – have both already been convicted on murder and robbery charges.

KCRG Fact Check: Anti-Blum Ad Makes Mostly Accurate Claims

Courtesy: Not One Penny

You’ve likely seen a new television ad criticizing Iowa Congressman Rod Blum for his recent vote on the Republican tax plan. The ad comes from a liberal-leaning group called “Not One Penny” and has been airing in Blum’s district for the past week or so. But are the claims it makes about Blum and the Republican tax plan legitimate? Our coverage partners at KCRG fact-checked the spot and found that, for the most part, they are. The first claim KCRG looked at is the idea that Blum basically gave himself a tax break. KCRG News Director Adam Carros says that claim holds up, based on the details of the plan. The ad also claims that while Blum will pay less on his taxes, the majority of middle class families will pay more. While some families will see their tax payments go up, KCRG found the number cited is an exaggeration. The third claim is that seniors will be hurt by the tax plan, because it does away with the medical expense deduction. Carros says the plan does eliminate that program. KCRG is getting away from giving entire ads letter grades for accuracy, but Carros says this one would score highly if they did. The tax bill passed the US House last week. The Senate has also passed its own version of the bill, and a compromise between the two pieces of legislation is now being negotiated.

McDonald’s Worker Accused of Theft Arrested Nearly 8 Months Later

A Dubuque woman has been arrested nearly eight months after initially being accused of stealing money from her job at a fast food restaurant. Police in Maquoketa apprehended 29-year-old Kayla Porter on Monday. She made an initial appearance in Dubuque County District Court Tuesday morning on a charge of 2nd Degree Theft. According to court documents, managers at the McDonald’s in Key West started noticing suspicious refunds during Porter’s shifts in April. Managers believed Porter was ringing up incorrect orders that were never placed, then pocketing the refunded money. Registers where she had been stationed reportedly showed a discrepancy of more than 35-hundred dollars during the months of February and March. When confronted about the missing money in April, Porter apparently submitted a written confession. Porter’s next court date has not been set.

License Revoked At Cricket Hollow Zoo 

A private zoo outside Manchester has lost their license and been fined. Our coverage partners at KCRG TV tell us that the Cricket Hollow Zoo has had multiple violations over the years, which were laid out in a 182-page court document. The document under the Animal Welfare Act says the Animal and Health Plant Inspection Service took multiple visits to the zoo, but did not prove every alleged allegation. The document also said the zoo did not have proper staffing for the animals. Other allegations listed in the document were from 2013 to 2015. Aside from revoking their license, the owners, Pam and Tom Sellner, will have to pay a 10-thousand dollar civil penalty. The order was issued late last month in Washington, D. C.

Man With Gun Prompts Standoff, School Lockdowns in Cascade

A man flashing a gun while looking for his estranged wife drew a heavy police presence and forced schools to lockdown in Cascade yesterday. According to the Dubuque County Sheriff’s Office, 45-year-old Daniel Dossey went to the Casey’s General Store in Cascade at around 12:30 PM looking for his wife, who works at the store. She wasn’t there, but the employees who were called police after Dossey displayed what’s described as a “large handgun.” He left the store before officers arrived. His vehicle was then spotted outside his home in the 500 block of 2nd Avenue Northwest. As officers were setting up a perimeter around the house, the sound of a gunshot came from the garage. That’s where officers found Dossey, unresponsive. He was initially taken to Mercy Hospital in Dubuque, then transferred to University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics in Iowa City, where his condition is not known. Dossey’s home is located mere blocks from both Aquin Elementary School and Cascade High School. The high school was put on a “level two” lockdown, which means students and staff had to stay in the room they were in at the time. Security measures were also taken at Aquin and its nearby daycare center. Cascade Elementary, which is located near the Casey’s, did not allow anyone to enter or leave its campus. Students and teachers could move between rooms within the building, though.

UPDATE: Documents Reveal Details of Dubuque Woman’s Murder

A chance meeting in a bar turned deadly for a Dubuque woman over the weekend. Court documents have shed a bit more light on what led to the death of 42-year-old Beverly Puccio, who was found dead in her home Sunday evening. 36-year-old Michael Piantieri has been charged with 1st Degree Murder in the case. According to investigators, Pucchio and Piantieri had no prior relationship before meeting at the Walnut Tap on Saturday evening. The two shared drinks and kissed at the bar before taking a taxi to Puccio’s home in the 900 block of High Bluff Street. Police believe the murder happened sometime between 8:00 and 11:20 Saturday night. According to court documents, Piantieri called his girlfriend sometime during those hours and asked her to pick him up in the Rhomberg area. He told her that he had been at a party in the area, but was kicked out after getting into a fight. After returning to their home on West 11th Street, he said he needed to return to the area. But police believe Piantieri was actually returning to remove or destroy evidence. Piantieri’s girlfriend reportedly told investigators some of the items taken from the scene were burned in her fire pit. But police say a pair of tennis shoes found in Piantieri’s bedroom tie him to the crime. He was interviewed by police on Monday afternoon, but made very limited statements. Piantieri made an initial court appearance this morning. He’s currently being held on a one million dollar bond.

Murder Suspect Served Less Than Half of 2012 Prison Term

Piantieri’s 2012 booking photo.

The suspect in a weekend murder is a man who is supposed to be serving a ten-year prison sentence, but was released early. 36-year-old Michael Piantieri was arrested by Dubuque Police Monday night and is charged with 1st Degree Murder in the death of Beverly Puccio. According to online court records, Piantieri was sentenced to ten years in prison in May of 2012. In February of that year, Piantieri was charged with Attempted Murder after stabbing a man outside a Clinton bar. He eventually reached a deal with prosecutors and pled guilty to a lesser charge, Going Armed with Intent. Piantieri was released from prison in September of last year, after serving less than half of his sentence. Piantieri has a rap sheet that dates back more than twenty years. He’s been charged with various degrees of theft nearly a dozen times. Other charges range from Willful Injury to Burglary to escaping from jail. Piantieri is currently being held on a one-million dollar bond in the Dubuque County Jail.

Council Approves Tax Financing Plans for MetX, Steeple Square

The Dubuque City Council has given the OK for property tax breaks for the owners of two downtown complexes. Tax Increment Financing plans for both MetX and Steeple Square were both unanimously approved by the council on Monday. MetX has purchased property near the intersection of 17th and Elm Streets, which will be the new home of the Crescent Community Health Clinic. City Manager Mike Van Milligen explained that the entire complex has a value of about nine million dollars. MetX also plans to install a trail that can be used by bicyclists and hikers which would connect with other city-owned trails. The Crescent clinic has already expanded beyond the space available in its current building, which is about a block away from the MetX complex. Under the agreement approved by the council MetX will receive ten years of property tax rebates. Steeple Square will be getting a similar rebate package for its complex at the site of the former St. Mary’s Catholic Church. That campus has been converted to a mixed-use area, including a daycare, event space, and outdoor amphitheater.

Police: Dubuque Man Threw Kitten to Ground, Causing Fatal Injuries

A criminal charge has been filed against a Dubuque man after a kitten he’s accused of injuring died. 23-year-old Jonathan LaHoud was arrested a few minutes after 5:30 Sunday morning. According to police, a local veterinarian alerted officers to the case early last month. A kitten LaHoud had brought in to her clinic had several injuries, including broken bones and a deep open wound. Court documents say that LaHoud admitted to officers that he’d thrown the animal to the ground. He says he came home one day to find that the kitten had defecated on the floor of his house. The animal then growled at him and scratched his neck, causing him to bleed. That’s when he says he threw the kitten to the floor. LaHoud has been charged with Animal Neglect Causing Death or Serious Injury.

Dyersville Woman Charged in Stabbing

A fight between a man and a woman ended when she stabbed him as he was sleeping. That’s according to Dyersville Police, who arrested 34-year-old Brandy Rausch Sunday morning on a charge of Willful Injury Causing Serious Injury. According to police, Rausch and a man had gotten into a fight at their home in Dyersville. Afterward, the man laid down in bed. That’s where police say Rausch stabbed him with a kitchen knife. The man was taken to a local hospital with two stab wounds to the chest, but he is expected to survive.

Dubuque Woman Found Dead, Suspect in Custody

Piantieri

A meeting at a bar turned deadly for a Dubuque woman last weekend. 42-year-old Beverly Puccio was found dead in her home late Sunday night, and the man police believe killed her is in custody. According to police, Puccio met 36-year-old Michael Piantieri at the Walnut Tap Saturday night. The two left the bar and went to Puccio’s home in the 900 block of High Bluff Street. That’s where it appears the two got into a fight. Investigators believe Puccio died as a result of the injuries she suffered in that fight. Piantieri was arrested a few minutes after 7:00 last night after being interviewed by police. He’s been charged with First Degree Murder. Puccio’s exact cause of death has not yet been determined. The State Medical Examiner will be performing an autopsy to help reveal that information.

Darlington Vying for National Designation from Polaris

A southwest Wisconsin town is in the running for a national designation from a snowmobile and ATV manufacturer. Darlington is one of five communities that have been selected as finalists the competition to be named “Ranger Country USA” by Polaris. According to Darlington Police Chief Jason King, the winner will be determined by an online vote. Voting is open through December 18th. The winning town will receive a naming celebration, complete with a concert by country music star Jake Owen and some variety of donation from Polaris. Darlington has the highest per-capita ownership rate of Polaris Rangers in the entire country. The other finalists Darlington is competing against are located in Arkansas, Nevada, Texas, and Wyoming.

Large Wooden Sculpture Planned for Maquoketa

A 55-foot wooden sculpture is planned for a green space in Maquoketa. The local city council members voted in favor of the project last month. The statue was designed by 2007 Maquoketa High School graduate Daniel Caven. The nearly 28-thousand dollar cost of the project will be paid through donations and grants. That includes funding from the Jackson County Community Foundation and the Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs. The sculpture, called “Gables,” is part of a larger project that includes 15 communities in Iowa. “Gables” is expected to be completed next spring or summer.

Another Bridge Emergency-Related Crash

For the second time in less than a week, an emergency situation on one of the bridges across the Mississippi River led to a car crash. According to East Dubuque Police, officers were called to the Julien Dubuque Bridge shortly before noon on Saturday after a person had fallen from the bridge. Emergency responders were able to pull the man from the river and take him to Mercy Hospital in Dubuque for treatment. While police were on the scene, 24-year-old Alejandro Jordan of Gays Mills was injured when he rear-ended another vehicle. Police say the car in front of Jordan’s had stopped because of the emergency on the bridge. Jordan was also taken to Mercy, and was cited for failing to reduce speed to avoid a crash.

New Opening Doors Director

Opening Doors, which operates Maria House and Teresa Shelter in Dubuque, has a new leader. Carol Gebhart comes to the organization after serving as the director of the Office of Protection of Children for the Archdiocese of Dubuque for the past seven years. Gebhart replaces Michelle Brown, who had been Opening Doors’ director since the organization was established nearly eighteen years ago. Brown will continue to work at the shelters two days a week during the transition.
Gebhart officially began her new duties on Monday.

 

City and Casino Differ on Fantasy Betting

The City of Dubuque and a local casino appear to have a difference of opinion on the possible regulation of fantasy sports gaming in Iowa. Bill to legalize fantasy gaming have been introduced into the Iowa Legislature in the past, and the idea is expected to received increased support in next year’s session. The city of Dubuque is in favor of the change. Assistant City Manager Teri Goodmann says it would mean more revenues for both the city and the state.But Q Casino President Jesus Aviles disagrees. With most fantasy leagues being played on the internet, he doubts the state would see much of a boost from the legalization. Legalizing fantasy sports gaming is one of the issues the city has listed among its legislative priorities for the 2018 session. Those priorities will be presented to lawmakers at a dinner later this month.

 

University of Dubuque on M.T. Best List

The University of Dubuque has been selected as one of the Military Times Best Colleges. Formerly “Best for Vets”, the distinction recognized UD for its’ commitment to providing quality educational opportunities to veterans and military-connected students. UD was ranked 18th out of 600 schools surveyed by Military Times. Best Colleges 2018 is an editorially independent news project that evaluates the factors that help make colleges and universities a good fit for service members, military veterans and their families. Three other colleges in Iowa made the list. They are Upper Iowa University, Iowa State and Hawkeye Community College.

Dubuque Man Charged With Felony

A Dubuque man faces a felony battery charge after authorities in Grant County say he punched an officer numerous times in the face last month. According to online court documents, the incident happened on the night of November 22nd in Hazel Green. A police sergeant was on routine patrol, when he spotted a a vehicle, whose owner he knew was barred from driving. The driver of car parked the vehicle on a dead end street and began walking away. When the officer asked the man, later identified as 23 year old Timothy Russett of Dubuque, to identify himself, Russett continued walking and denied driving the car. At about that time, the officer was called to the WigWam Bar and Grill to investigate a report of a fight, which turned out to be false. A short time later, the officer saw Russett again, but he still wouldn’t cooperate. When he tried to detain Russett, the officer says he was punched repeatedly in the face. The officer was eventually able to restrain Russett until help arrived. Russet was arrested and charged with felony battery to a police officer and resisting or obstructing an officer. The officer was treated for minor injuries and released from Grant Regional Health Center.

Half of Thanksgiving Tickets Written for Speeding

Exactly half of the tickets Dubuque County Sheriff’s deputies wrote out over the Thanksgiving holiday were for speeding. That’s according to data the department released this week. Over the eight days from November 19th through the 26th, the department issued just shy of ninety citations, with 44 of them going to drivers exceeding the posted speed limit. Speeding was far and away the most frequent violation recorded by officers, though multiple tickets were also issued for things like driving without a license or insurance. In addition to the 44 speeding tickets issued, deputies also gave 47 drivers warnings about their speed. The holiday enforcement project also saw officers assist with twelve crashes, five of which involved injuries. Of the more than 400 drivers that deputies observed over the eight-day period, nearly 96 percent of them were buckled up.

Dubuque YMCA Unveils Plans for New Facility

Two swimming pools. A gym large enough for a pair of full-size basketball courts. A second-floor balcony full of cardio equipment. These are just a few of the features proposed for the new Dubuque YMCA. Y leaders unveiled conceptual designs for their new facility during the organization’s annual meeting last night. Those images appear to show the Y more than doubling its footprint at its current location on Booth Street. But the organization insists that the new facility will be more than just a place to work out. Plans also include additional space for meetings and programming, including the Victim Services Shelter. The Y currently plans to break ground on the new facility in the spring of 2019, with an opening in the fall of 2020. A capital campaign will be launched to help pay for the new YMCA, though the final price tag for the upgrades have not been finalized.

Culvert Repairs to Impact Travel on Sundown Road

Traffic delays are expected on heavily-travelled Dubuque County road next week. A release from the Dubuque County Road Department indicates that culvert repairs are scheduled next week on Sundown Road. The repairs will be done between Sundown’s intersections with Raysford Lane and Callahan Road, which are about two miles north of where Sundown meets US Highway 151. Sundown Road will be open during the work, but will be reduced to one lane. The repairs are only expected to take a week to complete, but that depends on the weather.

Bankston Barn Fire Causes At Least $75,000 in Damage

A barn fire in rural Dubuque County caused at least $75,000 in damage last night. Firefighters from four area departments were called to a farm on Seymour Lane east of Bankston a little after 7:30 PM. By the time fire crews arrived, the barn was already fully engulfed in flames. After the fire was put out, the barn and all of its contents were deemed a total loss. Among the items inside the barn were farm machinery and about forty round bales of corn stalks. An estimate from the Epworth Fire Department puts the damage at about $75,000, while the Dubuque County Sheriff’s Office had it closer to $85,000. The cause of the fire is still under investigation, but the fire is not believed to be suspicious.

Salvation Army Campaign on Similar Pace to Last Year

The Dubuque chapter of the Salvation Army’s Red Kettle Campaign is now about two weeks old, and organizers say they’re on a similar pace as in the past. The campaign officially began the Friday prior to Thanksgiving, though bell ringers weren’t stationed at all of the participating sites until the following week. Major Kay Mason from the Salvation Army says, at this point, they’ve raised a similar total to the same time a year ago. This year’s goal for the kettle campaign is $152,000, while the target for the mail-in campaign is $86,000. Mason says there are several bell-ringing locations that do very well each year. Mason says they could always use more volunteers bell ringers. For the past two years, the campaign has failed to reach its goal, but Mason says she believes that the people in the Tri-State area will make it happen this year.

Grand River To Accept United Healthcare

Grand River Medical Group, a medical services provider in Dubuque, says it will now accept patients who are enrolled with United Healthcare. Grand River currently accepts members of Amerigroup. It had also accepted members who were enrolled with AmeriHealth Caritas, until that provider announced that it was leaving the state’s Medicaid program at the end of this month. Grand River is a combination of clinics formerly known as Dubuque Internal Medicine, Dubuque Pediatrics, and Dubuque Family Practice.

DCRTL Looking For New Director

Dubuque County Right To Life is looking for a new leader. That’s after the Board of Directors accepted the resignation of executive director Hanna Brehm this week. Brehm, who was installed as director in January says it was a difficult decision to leave the organization. Brehm says she’s enjoyed her time as director of Dubuque County Right To Life. Brehm is involved in the process to find her replacement. Before being named director, Brehm served as interim executive director following the retirement of Marian Bourke. She says she has family in the area and plans to remain in Dubuque.

Police: Man Beats Friend with Golf Club Over Stolen Cigarettes

A Dubuque man has been accused of beating a friend with a golf club, holding him against his will, and threatening to cut off his fingers…all over two stolen cigarettes. According to court documents, 21-year-old Robert Robey was hanging out with two friends at his home on East 26th Street late Monday night into Tuesday morning. The three men were all drinking, smoking cigarettes, and using meth. Robey became upset when he ran out of cigarettes, only to learn that one of the other men had taken two of them without asking. That’s when Robey took a golf club and began hitting the other man around his head and face, causing swelling and damaged teeth. Robey then ordered both men into the basement and held them at knifepoint. He threatened to shoot one man’s mother and cut his fingers. The second man eventually tried to take the knife from Robey, which is when the other man was able to run out of the house and report the incident. Robey is facing five charges, including two counts each of assault and false imprisonment.

Dubuque Woman Found with Eight Kinds of Drugs During Seventh Arrest of 2017

A Dubuque woman was found to be in possession of eight different kinds of drugs while being arrested for the seventh time this year. 30-year-old Amy Chase was apprehended at about 10:30 Sunday night after being spotted by an officer near her home in the 500 block of Almond Street. Chase was wanted on three local warrants and two more from outside of Dubuque County. While searching Chase, the arresting officer reports finding plastic baggies containing marijuana, LSD, and multiple kinds of prescription pills. A contact lens case filled with meth was also found. An additional search at the Dubuque County Jail turned up three more baggies, which contained more meth, additional prescription pills, and heroin. Chase has been charged with three counts of Unlawful Possession of a Prescription Drug, two counts of Possession of a Controlled Substance, and a single count of Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. That’s on top of other warrants for theft, trespassing, meth possession, and distributing pseudoephedrine, a material commonly used in meth production.

Following Shooting, Club Owner to Continue Prioritizing Security

The owner of a downtown Dubuque nightclub struck by bullets this week says he’ll continue working with authorities to increase the business’ safety. According to police, a concert promoter fired several shots at the front of Club Rise after a show early Monday morning. No one was injured, and the promoter was arrested less than an hour later in Galena. The club’s owner, Patrick Person, tells our coverage partners at KCRG-TV that security has been a priority at the club since it opened, and is something he’ll continue to work on. Dubuque Police Lt. Scott Baxter says he’s been impressed by the steps Person has taken at the club, but says some things can’t be avoided. The promoter, 32-year-old Ricardo Sanchez of Chicago, has been charged with Going Armed with Intent and Intimidation with a Dangerous Weapon.

Green Dot Training For Jefferson Students 

Students at Jefferson Middle School in Dubuque will be participating in Green Dot training tomorrow. For the past four years, students in the district have been involved in the violence prevention program administered through the Foundation for Dubuque Public Schools. The training addresses a number of issues, such as bullying, dating violence, sexual assault and stalking. Paula Baumann, a counselor at Jefferson says during the training session, a select group of students will be chosen to focus more deeply on understanding the issues they could be confronted with. The Green Dot training shows students how to respond do different behaviors from their peers when they see them. According to Baumann, the Green Dot program is making a difference in the district. The Dubuque district was the first in the nation to implement the Green Dot program. Tomorrow’s all-day training session will be held at Keystone AEA.

Man Crashes Into House Near Sinsinawa 

A Dickeyville man was injured after he crashed his van into a house Sunday. A release from the Grant County Sheriff’s Department says the incident happened Sunday morning on Grant County Z north of Hyview Road. 86 year old La Vern Kuhle was driving north, when he lost control while rounding a curve in the road. The van traveled more than 400 feet through a farm field and crashed into the corner of a house north of Sinsinawa. After crashing into the house, the van rolled and came to rest on the driver’s side. Kuhle was able to free himself from the wreckage by crawling out the rear door of the vehicle. He was able to make his way to the road, where he was assisted by a passerby. Kuhle told authorities he might have fallen asleep right before the accident. The house and its’ foundation sustained very severe damage. The release does not say if any charges would be filed.

Chaplain Schmitt to Receive Silver Star

Schmitt (Courtesy: Loras College)

The Silver Star

A Navy chaplain from the Dubuque area will receive one of the US military’s highest honors for the heroism he displayed during the attack on Pearl Harbor. Next week, Pentagon staffers will come to Dubuque to present the Silver Star to the family of Chaplain Aloysius Schmitt, who died helping fellow sailors escape a capsized battleship. Steve Sloan, Schmitt’s great-nephew, helped organize the efforts to upgrade Schmitt’s honors. He says they were originally hoping Schmitt would earn the Congressional Medal of Honor. Instead, Schmitt will receive the Silver Star, the third-highest honor the US military can award. That’s on top of several medals Schmitt received in the immediate aftermath of his death, including the Purple Heart. Schmitt’s medal upgrade comes after nearly four years of work by Sloan and several others. Their efforts included compiling a record of Schmitt’s heroic acts and submitting it to the proper review board. Schmitt is credited with saving a dozen sailors from the USS Oklahoma after it was attacked by Japanese bombers. Witnesses say he turned down several chances to escape in order to help additional men through a porthole. While Schmitt has received several other honors within the city of Dubuque, Sloan says it’s important to keep his story alive for additional audiences. A mass in Schmitt’s honor will be performed at his alma mater, Loras College, next Thursday, the 76th anniversary of the Pearl Harbor attack. Schmitt’s family will then receive the Silver Star in a small ceremony following the service. Both of those events are open to the public.

Platteville, Cuba City Police Receive “Reach Bags”

Two southwest Wisconsin police departments say they’ll be better equipped to help children thanks to a gift from a telephone company. AT&T has partnered with the “Reach a Child” program to give so-called “reach bags” to the Platteville and Cuba City police departments. Those bags contain books meant to comfort children who have been in an accident or a domestic dispute. Platteville Police Chief Doug McKinley says the books can also help divert kids’ attention in a crisis. Cuba City Police Chief Terry Terpstra says that in the past, officers had to rely on other methods to calm children down. Chief McKinley says the partnership between AT&T and the “Reach a Child” program has benefited first responders all across Wisconsin. The Platteville Police Department was given six bags, while Cuba City received four.

Public Meeting on Dubuque’s Next Roundabout Set for Thursday

Dubuque city staffers plan to give the public an update on the city’s next traffic roundabout this week. Starting next summer, the city will work with the Iowa Department of Transportation to transform the intersection of North Grandview and University Avenues into a roundabout. At a meeting on Thursday, city staff and a consultant for the project will hold a public meeting about the project, according to Civil Engineer Nate Kieffer. The final design of the project has to be submitted to the DOT by the end of the year. The intersection of Grandview and University sits just to the north of another roundabout, which was installed last year where Grandview meets Delhi and Grace Streets. It’s also near the intersection of Grandview and Loras Boulevard, where new traffic signals were placed this past summer. City Engineer Gus Psihoyos says the new roundabout is being designed to work in tandem with those improvements. Psihoyos says motorists have had very few problems adjusting to the roundabout at Grandview, Delhi, and Grace. Construction on the next roundabout is scheduled to start in June and will take about ten weeks. Nearly one million dollars have been budgeted for the project. About three-quarters of that cost will from state and federal funding. The informational meeting will be held Thursday evening at 5:00 at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church.

Driver Watching Rescue Operation Causes Crash on Iowa-Wisconsin Bridge

A man paying more attention to a rescue operation than his own driving caused a crash on the Iowa-Wisconsin Bridge yesterday morning. Shortly after 7:00 AM, emergency responders from both the Dubuque Police Department and Grant County Sheriff’s Office were called to the bridge, where a woman had climbed over the railing and was threatening to jump from the southbound lanes. Crews eventually reached the woman and took her to Mercy Hospital for evaluation. At about the same time, traffic continued to flow in the northbound lanes. The driver of one northbound vehicle was watching the rescue when he plowed into the back of another car. 23-year-old Eric Herbst of Dubuque admitted to police that he’d taken his eyes off the road to watch the rescue operation before the crash. Two of the people in the car Herbst collided with were injured. That crash caused additional traffic delays. Herbst has not yet been charged or cited for his role in the crash.

Police: Concert Promoter Fired Shots into Dubuque Nightclub

A concert promoter upset over a pay dispute fired multiple shots at a downtown Dubuque bar after closing early Monday morning. That’s according to Dubuque Police. Officers were called to Club Rise in the 18-hundred block of Central Avenue at about 3:40 AM. The club had hosted a concert earlier in the evening, but management and the show’s promoter got into a disagreement about money. Witnesses say the promoter, 32-year-old Ricardo Sanchez of Chicago, got a handgun from his vehicle and fired several shots into the building before leaving the area. Only a handful of people were still at the club, and no one was injured. Sanchez was arrested by police in Galena about 45 minutes later when his vehicle was found in the parking lot of the local Wal-Mart. Sanchez is facing two charges: Intimidation with a Dangerous Weapon and Going Armed with Intent. Both are felonies with a combined maximum sentence of 15 years in prison.

O’Mara: “La Nina” Likely to Bring Slightly Colder Than Normal Winter

Despite the warm weather we’ve had over the past few days in the Tri-States, winter will eventually arrive. And meteorologists say we can expect slightly cooler than normal temperatures with about normal snowfall. That’s because a classic “La Nina” pattern appears to be shaping up, according to KCRG meteorologist Kaj O’Mara. He expects our temperatures through the winter to remain close to normal most of the time, save for when we receive periodic bursts of cold air, which we’ve already seen some of in November. As far as snowfall goes, O’Mara says areas to our east could be looking at heavier-than-usual snow. As for our area, he’s currently predicting snowfall to stay pretty close to normal. On average, Dubuque receives about forty inches of snow between November and March.

East Dubuque Moving Ahead with Renovations to Water Plant

East Dubuque is moving forward with plans for renovations to the city’s wastewater treatment plant. The current facility was built more than thirty years ago, and City Manager Geoff Barklow says it is not nearly as efficient as it could be. Barklow says the city is still in the process of designing what the renovated plant will look like. But they’ve started applying for grants to help pay for the project. Additional funding could come from a forgivable loan from the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency. Barklow tells us that the project will likely cost at least $1.8 million.

Police: Fennimore Man Killed Cat with Pellet Gun

A Grant County man stands accused of killing a cat with a pellet gun earlier this month. According to a posting on the Fennimore Police Department’s Facebook page, officers received a report of a missing cat on November 9. The person who made the report believed the cat was already dead at that point. Police have since arrested 20-year-old Nathaniel Bonde of Fennimore, and he’s been charged with a felony count of Mistreatment of Animals. Police say Bonde killed the cat with a pellet gun. The post does not say exactly when Bonde was arrested.

Teen Driver Cited After Missing Curve, Going Airborne

A teen driver from Dubuque was cited after taking a wild ride that landed her in a person’s front yard on Thanksgiving Day. According to the county sheriff’s office, 19-year-old Aleece Stackis was headed west on Skyline Road a few minutes before 3:00 PM. As she approached a curve, the car drifted onto the shoulder and then went down a small embankment. When it came back up the embankment, Stackis’ vehicle went airborne, landing in the front yard of a nearby home. Stackis was cited for failing to maintain control of the vehicle and taken to Mercy Hospital to be treated for a minor injury. Deputies say she told them she wasn’t using her cell phone or otherwise distracted, but wasn’t sure what had caused her to veer so far off the road.

Local Suppliers: Don’t Wait to Buy Real Christmas Tree

Courtesy: KCRG

If you’re looking to buy a real Christmas tree for your home this year, experts and local suppliers say don’t wait. The National Christmas Tree Association reports supplies will be very low this year. Here in the Dubuque area, just two tree farms will try to meet all the demand. And the owners of East Dubuque’s Country Christmas Tree Farm expect to sell out by the middle of December. The Country Christmas Tree Farm is expecting an increased demand this year, with the Bahl family of Asbury not running their farm. That’s because a July windstorm destroyed the barn where the family stored their trees. But Joseph Bahl says they plan to be back in business next year. The East Dubuque farm started the season with a supply of about two or three hundred trees. They were open this past Friday through Sunday, and will be open Saturdays and Sundays until their supply runs out. A new tree farm in Kieler is also operating this year. The Bertjens Tree Farm is located on the northeast side of Kieler, across the street from The Village Bar Supper Club. Owners there report they were busy over the weekend as well.

Note: An earlier version of this story omitted the information about the Bertjens Tree Farm. KDTH regrets the error.

Near-Record Warmth Today

Today’s high temperature could push to a near-record here in Dubuque. Our coverage partners at KCRG-TV expect us to reach a high temperature of 61 degrees today. The record high for today is 67 degrees, which was set back in 1909. That’s nearly double the seasonal average for this time of year, which is only 38 degrees. Winds out of the south are expected to help bump up our temperature. They’ll be coming across at 15-25 miles per hour today. Looking ahead to the rest of the week, we’re expecting to slip into the middle 50s tomorrow, with a return to the middle or upper 40s Wednesday through Friday. But even those temperatures are still about ten degrees above normal. We’re also expecting dry conditions the rest of the week, with a slight chance of showers overnight Wednesday the only possibility of rain through Saturday.

6th Arrest of 2017 for Durrah

A Dubuque man already accused of selling drugs was arrested again on similar charges on Friday. 33-year-old Silvester Durrah was taken into custody at about 3:15 PM near the intersection of 22nd Street and Central Avenue. He’s been charged with Possession of Cocaine with Intent to Deliver, a felony. According to an arrest report, officers found more than four ounces of cocaine in a vehicle Durrah was riding in. This is the sixth time Durrah’s been arrested in calendar year 2017. He was scheduled to go on trial tomorrow on charges including Possession of Marijuana and Driving While Barred. Those charges stem from an arrest in August. Durrah was also arrested for possession and Driving While Barred in June. He pled guilty to those charges early last month and was sentenced to a total of three years in prison, according to online court records. Just last week, a felony count of Pimping was dropped from Durrah’s docket. That charge had been filed back in February.

Jackson County Crash Injures Two, One Seriously 

A two vehicle crash near Maquoketa Wednesday night injures two people. According to an accident report from the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office, a car driven by 17 year old Summer Arnold of Grand Mound was attempting to merge onto U.S. Highway 61 when she crash into a vehicle driven by 33 year old Cindy Brink of Eldridge. The impact caused Brink’s vehicle to spin and hit a guard rail. Arnold’s car went into a ditch. Arnold and her 19 year old male passenger were airlifted to University of Iowa Hospital. The passenger, identified as Richard Beltz of Maquoketa was treated and released. Arnold is listed in serious condition, suffering from several broken bones. Brink and her 7 year old passenger were treated at the scene. Authorities say charges are pending.

25th Straight Thanksgiving Without Snow Expected

We’re not expecting any snowfall on this Thanksgiving Day here in Dubuque, something that’s become the norm over the past quarter-century. If today’s forecast holds, this will be the 25th consecutive Thanksgiving where Dubuque did not receive any measurable snowfall. In fact, the last time Thanksgiving snowflakes fell in Dubuque was back in 1992, when only a tenth of an inch was recorded at the Dubuque Regional Airport. Over the last fifty years, Dubuque has only received Thanksgiving snow six times. The heaviest of that snowfall was forty years ago, in 1977, when the airport reported 2.4 inches of accumulation. Temperatures today will be slightly above the average for the past half-century. Since 1967, Dubuque has averaged a Thanksgiving high of 40 degrees, with a low of 23.

Dubuque City Offices, Library to Close for Thanksgiving Holiday

City offices here in Dubuque are among the places that are closed today for Thanksgiving. Those closures extend through the day tomorrow, as well. The city says that City Hall and other city-owned offices and buildings will be closed both today and Friday in observance of Thanksgiving. Also closing for the holiday is the Carnegie-Stout Public Library, which closed up at 5:00 Wednesday evening and won’t re-open until 9:00 Saturday morning. There will be no Jule bus service on Thanksgiving Day, but the Jule will run on its regular schedule – including the Nightrider bus – on Friday. City residents who usually have their garbage and recycling picked up on Thursday can instead set those items out on Saturday morning. There’s no change to the Friday morning garbage and recycling pickup because of the holiday.

AAA: Wednesday and Sunday Busiest Thanksgiving Travel Days

Weinholzer

Travelers can expect plenty of company on America’s roads this Thanksgiving. National auto club AAA expects nearly 51 million Americans to travel at least 50 miles for the holiday, which marks a twelve-year high for Thanksgiving travel. AAA spokesperson Gail Weinholzer tells us a variety of factors are contributing to the increase in travelers, including an uptick in consumer confidence. In terms of travel, Weinholzer says few other holidays compare with Thanksgiving. While AAA considers Wednesday through Sunday part the Thanksgiving holiday, those two bookend days will see the heaviest travel. With so many people taking to the nation’s roads and airports, Weinholzer says it’ll be hard to avoid the congestion. She instead advises travelers to allow themselves some extra time to get where they’re going. About 90% of the people travelling for Thanksgiving will be driving, which equals about 45 million people on the nation’s roadways.

Dubuque Bars Expecting Big Crowds on “Thanksgiving Eve”

Walsh, Boffeli

With an influx of holiday travelers hitting Dubuque today, tonight is expected to be a busy night for many of the city’s watering holes. “Thanksgiving Eve,” as it’s sometimes called, is often considered the busiest bar night of the year. Teresa Walsh, who bartends at The Lift in Lower Main, says the evening often starts out calmly, but ratchets up as the night goes along. Jeremy Boffeli is a part-time bartender at Lot One, which often attracts a younger crowd. He often sees college students or recent graduates who are home for the first time in a while taking advantage of what might be their only chance to socialize over the holiday. Boffeli manned Lot One’s upstairs bar by himself on the night before Thanksgiving last year. He says it was the most hectic night he’s ever had behind the bar. Walsh has bartended about ten Thanksgiving Eves. She agrees that the crowds can get overwhelming at times, but also says it’s one of her favorite nights to work. Dubuque Police made nine alcohol-related arrests on the night before Thanksgiving last year. Charges included Operating While Intoxicated, Public Intoxication, and having an open container of alcohol in a vehicle.

Toys for Tots Deliveries Begin

A charity toy drive in Dubuque has started making deliveries, but there’s still time to donate additional gifts. Toys for Tots organizers started dropping toys off at places like the Salvation Army this week. Locally, Toys for Tots provides presents for between 5,000 and 6,000 kids each year. Bryce Parks helps lead the effort, and says more inexpensive toys actually work better than ones with higher price tags. Parks adds that they always need more toys for older kids between ages 10-15. They typically want things like electronics, sports equipment, or art supplies.

Five Dubuquers Plead to Federal Charges in Elderly Scam

Five Dubuque residents have admitted their roles in a scam that targeted the elderly. 34-year-old Paul Chase, 20-year-old Morgan Cornell, 23-year-old Payton McCarville, 32-year-old Tiffany Reynolds, and 21-year-old Joshua Willis each pled guilty to federal counts of Wire Fraud in the past week. All five acknowledged that they served as “runners” in the scheme. Other individuals would call elderly people across the country and tell them that a relative was in jail and needed bail money. The victim was then instructed to wire the money via Western Union or MoneyGram. These five defendants were among those who would receive those transfers, then forward them on to the scam’s ringleaders. Wire Fraud carries a maximum sentence of 20 years in federal prison. A total of eleven people faced federal charges for their roles in the scam. Nineteen others were charged locally.

Brown Retiring from Opening Doors, Gebhart to Take Over

Brown

A Dubuque non-profit focused on assisting homeless women and children is getting a new leader. Michelle Brown, the Executive Director of Opening Doors, announced her upcoming retirement during the organization’s annual gala on Sunday. Brown has led Opening Doors since its inception back in 2000. That’s when Opening Doors created the Maria House, a homeless shelter specifically for women and their children. In the years since, the group has opened a second location – the Theresa Shelter – and now also offers transitional living in the Francis Apartments. Brown’s successor was also introduced during Sunday night’s event. Carol Gebhart will start her new position next week. She comes to Opening Doors from the Archdiocese of Dubuque, where she leads the Office of the Protection of Children.

Lukan to Head Iowa Veterans Affairs Department

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A former Dubuque County state legislator will head up Iowa’s Department of Veterans Affairs. New Vienna native Steve Lukan was appointed to take over as the department’s Executive Director by Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds on Monday. Lukan had been leading the state’s Office of Drug Control Policy. He’d been in that job for a little more than five years. Lukan will replace Jodi Tymeson at the VA. She announced her retirement last month. Prior to leading the Office of Drug Control Policy, Lukan had been a State Representative for nearly a decade. He represented much of Dubuque County outside the city of Dubuque. Lukan is a veteran himself, having served four years in the US Navy and achieving a rank of Petty Officer 2nd Class.

Dubuque Woman Drives Into Building for Second Time in a Week

A Dubuque grocery store was damaged yesterday after a woman backed her car into its entrance…the second time she’s driven into a building in less than a week. According to Dubuque Police, 65-year-old Margie Williams was in the parking lot of the Eagle Country Market on Elm Street yesterday morning. Williams went to pull out of her parking spot, believing that her car was in drive. In reality, the vehicle was in reverse, and she backed into the store’s main entrance. The crash caused about $10,000 in damage. One pedestrian who was leaving the store had to move quickly to get out of the car’s path. That person complained of hip pain, but was not taken to the hospital. Last week, Williams was cited after backing over a parking meter and into a building on Main Street in Dubuque. In that incident, she told police she was trying to move her car while sitting in the passenger seat. Her foot got stuck between the gas pedal and the brake. Williams is not expected to be cited for backing into the Eagle Country Market, since the crash happened on private property.

Council Considers Exempting Stadiums from Noise Ordinance

The Dubuque City Council last night discussed, but eventually took no action, on exempting high school and college stadiums from the city’s noise ordinance. The current ordinance does not give any allowance for noise that comes from venues like Dalzell Field or the Rock Bowl during sporting events or music performances. City Manager Mike Van Milligan says that means police can be called if a complaint is filed, putting officers in a tough spot. Police Chief Mark Dalsing says most people are compliant when contacted by police, though there’s sometimes little they can really do. But some council members pushed back against the proposed change. Councilman Luis Del Toro, who lives near the University of Dubuque, says some noise is to be expected, though it gets excessive at times. Council member David Resnick raised some of the complaints he’s heard from people who live near the stadiums. He says passing the exemption would eliminate any possible recourse for those residents. The council had enough votes to pass the first reading of the new ordinance, but instead voted to refer the matter to city staff with the intent being to draw up a more clearly defined exemption.

Police: Burglary Suspect Leaves Cell Phone at Crime Scene

A burglary suspect made it easy for investigators to identify him: He left his cell phone at the scene of the crime. Shortly before 5:00 Saturday morning, a woman babysitting at an apartment in the 13-hundred block of White Street reported a break-in. She told police she’d heard glass break in the kitchen. When she went to check on the noise, the woman found a broken window and the back door open. A big screen TV and video game system had been taken, but a cell phone that didn’t belong to the babysitter or the apartment’s resident was found. The owner of the phone, 36-year-old Robert Cole of Dubuque, was found sleeping in a minivan about five blocks away. The same vehicle had been seen on traffic camera footage near the site of the break-in earlier that morning. When an officer tried to wake Cole, they saw the TV and video game system in the van’s back seat. Cole’s facing charges of 2nd Degree Burglary, Interference, and Driving While Barred. He’d also been wanted on previous warrants for 3rd Degree Burglary and 3rd Degree Theft.

Dubuque County Considers Replacing Office Building, Road Shop

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Dubuque County leaders say they’re considering replacing the buildings the currently house county offices and maintenance vehicles, though they’re hoping to reduce the expected cost. Both the office building and road shop are more than 30 years old, and have already started to show their age, according to County Supervisor Daryl Klein. Initial estimates for replacing the two buildings have come in at about $17 million. Klein says it’s unlikely that the county would qualify for grants to bring that cost down. But he says the plans are still in the early stages and things could change. County employees say many of the vehicles that the road shop is supposed to house are instead being parked outside, putting them at an increased risk of damage.

“Reflections in the Park” Opens Thanksgiving Night

The Dubuque area’s largest holiday light show kicks off this week, and organizers are hosting a special preview again. “Reflections in the Park,” Hillcrest Family Services’ annual light display, opens on Thanksgiving night. But people wanting a sneak peek at the lights can once again walk through the park the night before it launches. This is the 3rd year that walkers have been allowed through the park on Thanksgiving Eve, and Hillcrest’s Darlene Bolsinger says the idea has really taken off. This is the 23rd year for Reflections in the Park. One new feature is an upgraded “Tunnel of Light.” Murphy Park will be open for the walk-through from 6:00 to 8:00 Wednesday night. The cost is 10 dollars per person, though kids ages three and under get in for free.

Eluding, Drunk Driving Charges Against Dyersville Man After Chase

A Dyersville man is looking at a felony charge after a high-speed chase in Clayton County late last week. 22-year-old Nicholas Houselog was arrested about a mile outside of Luxemburg early Friday morning. According to the Clayton County Sheriff’s Department, a deputy tried to stop Houselog’s vehicle after it was seen going the wrong way on a one-way street in North Buena Vista at about 1:30 AM. Instead of pulling over, Houselog took off on US Highway 52, eventually reaching a speed of 109 miles per hour. Houselog turned off of the highway just east of Luxemburg, and lost control of the car trying to make another turn. Deputies say Houselog failed field sobriety tests and registered a blood alcohol content of nearly twice the legal limit. He’s been charged with Eluding and Operating While Intoxicated. There were four passengers in Houselog’s vehicle at the time of the chase. Only one was injured, suffering a cut to the head.

Construction Complete on $167 Million Lafayette County Wind Farm

A new wind farm in southwest Wisconsin is expected to bring power to about 25,000 homes. EDP Renewables has finished construction on the $167 million Quilt Block Wind Farm in Lafayette County. Dairyland Power Cooperative has an agreement to purchase power from the wind farm for the next 20 years. That’s a move the cooperative says will diversify its energy resources and as it works to become less carbon intensive. EDP Renewables is paying pay landowners about $23 million to host the towers. The company will also make annual payments to the county as part of a revenue sharing agreement with the state.

New Sabula-Savanna Bridge Opens

Transportation officials from both Iowa and Illinois are celebrating the opening of a new bridge over the Mississippi river. The bridge connecting Sabula, in Iowa’s Jackson County, with Savanna, Illinois opened on Friday. The 2,400 foot span cost $80 million to build. It carries traffic on US Highway 52 as well as both states’ Highway 64. The previous bridge had opened back in 1932 as a private toll bridge. It was just 20 feet wide and had no shoulders, which meant that large vehicles often hung over the center line. The old bridge also had no room for bicycles or disabled vehicles. That bridge will be dismantled and removed next spring.

O’Mara: Weather Won’t Cause Any Thanksgiving Travel Problems

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Those hitting the road or taking to the skies for Thanksgiving shouldn’t have any weather-related delays. That’s according to meteorologist Kaj O’Mara from our weather coverage partner, KCRG-TV. He says it’s shaping up to be a fairly calm weather week, with only a couple of stray systems that could impact holiday travel. Temperatures here in the Tri-States will dip back to the mid-30s tomorrow and Wednesday, but O’Mara says that cold snap doesn’t come with any chance for precipitation. In fact, there’s no precipitation chance anywhere in our forecast through next Sunday.

Tranel Supports Standing For Anthem

A Southwest Wisconsin State lawmaker is behind a campaign launched by Governor Scott Walker to press NFL players to stand for the national anthem. The Governor has launched an online petition and digital ad campaign to build pressure on the NFL and its’ players to stop protesting the national anthem and flag. The players have long made it clear that they are not protesting the flag, but rather police brutality committed against people of color and racial and social injustice. State Assemblyman Travis Tranel of Cuba City says while he respects the players’ rights to protest In a peaceful manner, he would much rather have them stand during the national anthem.

Dubuque Police Investigate Attempted Burglary at Laundromat

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Dubuque Police are investigating an attempted burglary at a local laundromat. According to a posting on the department’s ID4PD website, authorities are looking for a white male who was seen on surveillance cameras trying to get into a secured part of the Last Load laundromat in the 500 block of Hill Street. Police say the man was also seen trying to break into the business’ ATM. Several thousand dollars in damage was done, but no money or property was taken from the business. Anyone with information about the suspect is asked to contact the Dubuque Police Department.

Car in River Causes Confusion in Clayton County

Courtesy: Clayton County Sheriff’s Dept.

Authorities in northeast Iowa are hoping the public can help solve the mystery of a car sunken in the Mississippi River. The Clayton County Sheriff’s Office is asking anyone with information on how the car got into the river to come forward. The vehicle was first spotted in the river near Marquette by a fisherman in mid-August. Earlier this month, the sheriff’s department partnered with a dive team from LaCrosse to try to get a closer look. But they say that conditions prevented them from learning much about the vehicle or pulling it out of the river. It’s still not known when, how, or why the vehicle ended up in the river. Another dive is planned for early next year, though authorities are asking anyone with information about the vehicle to pass it along.

Reward for Information About Bellevue Homicide Doubles

The potential reward for information about a Bellevue man’s murder has doubled. The family of James Remakel has provided an additional $2,000 that would go to anyone who provides information which leads to an arrest and conviction in the case. That’s on top of another $2,000 already being offered by Jackson County Crimestoppers. Remakel was killed inside his home on South Riverview Street in Bellevue on Christmas Day last year. Authorities say he died from multiple stab wounds and the Iowa State Medical Examiner’s Office has ruled the death a homicide. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Jackson County Crimestoppers tipline or the Bellevue Police Department.

Police Release Photos of Vending Machine Break-In Suspects

Dubuque Police have released pictures of two people suspected of breaking into a hotel’s vending machines, and are hoping the public can help identify the suspects. Security camera images of a man and a woman have been posted to the department’s ID4PD website. The pair are believed to have broken into several vending machines at the Holiday Inn Express near the Northwest Arterial earlier this month. If caught, police say the suspects would likely face 4th Degree Theft and Criminal Mischief charges. The thefts from those vending machines were part of a string of similar incidents reported this month. Police have not yet said definitively that the case are related.

Loras College to Launch Business School

Students at Loras College will soon have additional opportunities to develop their business skills. The school announced today that it is launching a specialized business school next fall. According to college president Jim Collins, the business school will incorporate undergraduate and graduate-level programs already in place, as well as developing new initiatives. Business is already Loras’ most popular field of study. At the request of alumni and donors, the school will be named for longtime faculty member Francis Noonan, retired from the school in 1991 after 43 years at Loras. Collins expects that having a business school will help set Loras apart from other, similar institutions. The funding needed to launch the business school was raised during Loras’ recent “Inspiring Lives and Leadership” campaign, which garnered a total of $106 million in contributions.

Drug, Weapon Suspect Accused of Punching Jail Staffers

A Dubuque teenager already being held on drug and weapons charges is now facing two counts of assault after reportedly punching to jail officers. 18-year-old Kayne Donath was arrested by Dubuque Police back on November 5 after trying to run from an officer. The officer reported finding both methamphetamine and a knife on Donath as he was being taken into custody. Donath has been held in the Dubuque County Jail since that arrest. On Thursday afternoon, he was ordered to lock down in his jail cell, but refused. Jail staff responded to the cell, where Donath punched two of them in the face, according to an arrest report. Donath has had two counts of Assault on a Peace Officer added to his rap sheet. This is the fourth time Donath has been arrested since turning 18 in September.

Wisconsin Gun Deer Season Opens Saturday

Wisconsin hunters will be out looking for deer starting tomorrow morning. The state’s nine-day gun deer season opens Saturday, but with a few changes to the laws. One of the most notable differences this year is that there is no longer a minimum age for hunters. Another change to the law removes the provision that limited a hunting mentor and mentee to just one gun between them. Martin Stone, a game warden with the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources says there have been some changes to tagging and validation laws as well. Overall, Stone expects hunters in the southwestern part of the state to fare well this season. The gun deer season closes a week from Sunday.

UPDATE: Man Killed in Farley Crash Identified

We’ve learned the identity of the person who was killed when they rear-ended a semi near Farley on Wednesday evening. The Dubuque County Sheriff’s Office reports that 75-year-old Kenneth Ehlinger died as a result of the crash. Ehlinger was westbound on US Highway 20, following a semi, at about 5:45 PM Wednesday. The semi took the exit toward Farley and began to slow down as it approached the end of the exit ramp. Ehlinger also took the exit, but did not slow down, and collided with the semi’s back end. He was unresponsive when paramedics arrived at the scene. They took Ehlinger to Mercy Hospital in Dubuque, where he was pronounced dead.

ED Woman Accused of Driving Drunk in Crash at River Museum

An East Dubuque woman has been accused of causing thousands of dollars in damage to a Dubuque museum after crashing into it while driving drunk. The crash happened at about 10:00 last Friday night at one of the entrances to the National Mississippi River Museum and Aquarium. According to police, 23-year-old Krista Walsh was driving south on Bell Street after leaving a wedding reception. She drove over a curb and crashed into the museum’s doors. Walsh failed field sobriety tests and registered a blood alcohol content of .25, which is three times the legal limit. She’s been charged with Operating While Intoxicated and Reckless Driving. It’s estimated that the crash caused $20,000 in damage to the museum.

Finkenauer Giving Franken Contribution to Riverview Center

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A Dubuque lawmaker says she’ll give away the campaign donation she received from a US Senator who’s been accused of sexual misconduct. State Representative Abby Finkenauer is running for Congress in Iowa’s 1st District. Earlier this year, she received a $1,500 donation from Minnesota Senator Al Franken, a fellow Democrat. This week, a Los Angeles TV anchor accused Franken of groping her and kissing her without her consent when they appeared together on a USO tour in 2006. In a statement, Finkenauer says she’ll be donating Franken’s contribution to the Riverview Center. That’s a Dubuque non-profit organization that provides services for victims of sexual assault. Franken has since apologized and is calling for a Senate ethics investigation into his behavior. Finkenauer’s full statement is posted below.

The Riverview Center has also issued a statement regarding Finkenauer’s donation:

Never before has sexual violence been discussed so freely in the public sphere.  With the #MeToo movement and high profile cases of sexual assault and harassment in politics and entertainment, more and more survivors are finding their voice, disclosing the trauma they’ve experienced, and detailing the impact it has had in their lives.

We must never lose sight, however, of the courage it takes to come forward. In telling their stories, survivors too often experience judgment, shame, blame, and disbelief.  They feel re-victimized by the social and legal response to their disclosure, and face a backlash from those for whom their disclosure creates unwelcome discomfort. Knowing this, far too many survivors remain too afraid to seek help.

At Riverview Center, we believe survivors. We stand ready to support them in overcoming the trauma-related challenges they face throughout the healing process.  All our services, including crisis response, advocacy, therapy, and violence prevention programming, are free of charge without regard to gender, race/ethnicity, English proficiency, immigration status, LGBTQIA identity, religion, veteran status, physical, mental, or developmental ability/disability, or incarceration status. 

We want to thank Iowa State Representative and Congressional candidate Abby Finkenauer for her generous gift and ongoing support of Riverview Center.  Like Rep. Finkenauer, we remain committed to hearing survivors, believing them, and taking action to eradicate sexual violence from our communities. 

Joey Taylor, Riverview Center Executive Director