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East Dubuque Police Investigate Residential Burglary

Police in East Dubuque are investigating a residential burglary that happened last week. A press release from the department says the break-in took place between the hours of 8 a.m. and 7 p.m. on August 7th. While it does not give the location of the home, it says a white vehicle was seen at the residence, and a large safe containing money and firearms was stolen. Anyone with information about this crime is urged to contact the East Dubuque Police Department or Crime Stoppers. Information leading to an arrest could result in a reward of up to 2-thousand dollars.


Former Iowa Governor Vilsack Campaigns For Fett In District 57 

Former Iowa Governor and U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack made a stop in the Tri-State area today (Tuesday) stomping on behalf of Democrat State Representative candidate Nancy Fett. Vilsack spoke to a group of Democratic supporters at the Peosta Community Center. He says this midterm election is not about Fett and her Republican opponent Shannon Lundgren, but rather two contrasting visions. Fett says Vilsack realizes that the state’s priorities have changed under Republican leadership and we need to get back to where we were when he was Governor. Fett agrees with Vilsack, that her opponent and she are on opposite sides of the fence when it comes to the state’s priorities. Vilsack says Fett has the background and experience to become an effective representative for the people. Vilsack believes that like-minded voters have a chance to change the course of the state in November. Vilsack is currently making appearances across the state to help raise money for Democratic candidates. Fett is challenging Lundgren for her House District 57 seat. The election is November 6th.


Prescription Bottle Left at Scene Leads Police to Robbery Suspect

A prescription bottle left at the scene of a robbery led Dubuque Police to the suspect. A few minutes before 4:30 Monday afternoon, officers were called to Beecher’s Beverage on Asbury Road. A clerk there told police that a man had come in to the store asking about the price of Grey Goose vodka. The suspect then picked up two bottles and walked out without paying. The clerk chased the man across the street. That’s where the man reportedly gave one of the bottles back, but pulled a knife on the clerk, saying “I don’t want to go to jail.” As police were investigating at the scene, they found a green bag that the suspect had left behind. A prescription pill bottle in the bag gave police the name of the suspect: 53-year-old Rodney Harderman of Dubuque. He was arrested at his home. During a search of the residence, police found a knife and marijuana. Harderman’s been charged with 2nd Degree Robbery, Possession of Marijuana, and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.


With No New Setbacks, Sabula Bridge Work Expected to Finish in Mid-September

Work on the bridge connecting Sabula to its main crossing over the Mississippi River has not suffered any additional setbacks and is expected to wrap up in about a month. That’s the word from Iowa Department of Transportation officials who visited the site of the bridge this week. Doug McDonald, a Construction Engineer from the DOT, says high Mississippi River levels prevented some aspects of the project from being done on time earlier this summer. But once the Mississippi dropped to a more normal level, crews were able to make good progress. Crews are replacing what was known as the “overflow bridge,” which took drivers from the northern tip of Sabula to the main span across the river. Among the recent work was placement of both the bridge’s beams and the structure that will hold the bridge deck. Once the bridge’s deck is poured, the concrete has to sit undisturbed for a full week. After that, McDonald says crews will put the finishing touches on the new bridge. McDonald says it’s clear that the people of Sabula are ready for the project to be finished. The “overflow bridge” has been closed since it was deemed unsafe in late February. Since then, drivers trying to go from Sabula to Savanna, Illinois, have had to take a nearly hour-long detour through Clinton.


Convicted Domestic Abuser Facing New Charges

A Dubuque man with a history of domestic violence is accused of beating up an ex-girlfriend several times this year. 24-year-old Thomas Bartell-Witter was arrested just before 9:00 Sunday night. He’s now facing four separate counts of Domestic Abuse Assault, in addition to individual charges of Harassment and False Imprisonment. According to Bartell-Witter’s ex, the two had argued over shared property on Sunday afternoon. During the argument, she says he pushed her down, dragged her across the floor by her hair, and knocked her into a cabinet, causing a cut on her forehead. While speaking with police, the woman shared details of three other incidents, dating back to January of this year. Among her accusations are that Bartell-Witter kicked her down a set of stairs, threatened to kill her, and choked her on multiple occasions. A friend who had witnessed one of the attacks backed up the woman’s version of events. If convicted on all of the charges, Bartell-Witter could face more than nine years in prison. He was previously charged with four counts of Domestic Assault in 2014. But in that case, he pled guilty to lesser charges and was sentenced to two years’ probation and a fine of just more than $300.


Dickinson: Dubuque Well-Positioned to Land Mystery Food Company

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Dubuque economic development officials are revealing just a bit more about what it might take to land a mystery company that is considering a move to the Key City. According to Greater Dubuque Development, the firm is a “fast-growing and increasingly significant player in food production. City leaders are now trying to lay groundwork to sway the company’s decision. The city has scheduled a public hearing on whether to spend more than $630,000 on grading work for a possible location for the company. The site is in Industrial Center West, next door to the Theisen’s headquarters on Chavenelle Road. Greater Dubuque CEO Rick Dickinson tells our coverage partner, KCRG-TV, that the work would have to begin soon. He believes Dubuque is well-positioned to land the company. Dickinson and city officials have remained tight-lipped on details about the company. But they have indicated that the business is looking to build a $350 million facility and hire about 450 employees over the next five years.


Dubuque Council Begins Goal Setting Sessions

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Dubuque’s mayor expects workforce issues to be a common theme as the city council sets its priorities for the coming year. The Dubuque council began its goal-setting sessions yesterday afternoon, with additional sessions to come today and tomorrow. During the discussions, the council will identify a handful of priorities from a long list of possibilities. Those priorities will then give city staff some guidance in putting together the annual city budget. While the priorities can come from a variety of different areas, Mayor Roy Buol believes they all need to push toward the same goal…solving the workforce shortage that’s been predicted to hit Dubuque in the coming decade. The final goal-setting session on Wednesday will be held at the Grand River Center beginning at 4:00 PM and is open to the public.


Dubuque School Leaders Consider Safety as New Year Begins

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With a new school year on the horizon, district leaders in Dubuque are hoping for many things. Possibly chief among them is that it’s a safe school year. The Dubuque Schools have been ahead of the curve when it comes to school safety. The district already has armed police officers inside their buildings. They’ve also increased the number of security cameras and installed automatically locking doors. Last year, Iowa lawmakers required districts to implement emergency plans to respond to an active-shooter situation or a natural disaster. Dubuque Superintendent Stan Rheingans says the district already had a plan in place, but is now looking at adopting a “threat assessment policy” as well. Rheingans says Dubuque Schools have had an emergency plan in place for years. That plan is revisited and updated on a regular basis, and is also the basis for training exercises with the Dubuque police and fire departments. The first day of school in Dubuque is next Thursday.


Sex Abuse Suspect Ruled Unfit for Trial

Trial proceedings against a man accused of sexually abusing a teenage girl have been suspended, after the judge determined that the suspect was not fit for trial. 27-year-old Ryun Ware was scheduled to go on trial today (Tuesday) on a single count of 3rd Degree Sexual Abuse. Instead, he’s been sent to the Iowa Medical and Classification Center in Oakdale. Ware will undergo treatment at the facility, and his trial will be rescheduled if he’s ever found to be mentally competent to stand trial. Ware had been accused of having a sexual relationship with a girl under the age of 15. Prosecutors said that both Ware and the girl had confirmed the relationship during questioning.


No Trial For Dubuque Man Accused of Sexual Abuse

A Dubuque County District Court judge recently suspended a trial for a Dubuque man accused of sexually abusing an underage teenaged girl, saying the man is not competent to stand trial. Judge Michael Shubatt instead ordered that 27 year old Ryun Ware be sent to the Iowa Medical and Classification Center in Coralville for treatment. Court documents say Ware was scheduled to stand trial tomorrow (on August 14th) on a charge of third degree sexual abuse. He is accused of having a sexually relationship with a girl younger than 15. The girl told police that she and Ware had been involved in a relationship since last summer. Ware also told investigators that he and the girl were having a sexual relationship.


NICC Bond Vote Approaching

It’s now less than a month until voters in the Dubuque area will decide whether to continue to support Northeast Iowa Community College. A vote on extending the school’s bond levy is scheduled for Tuesday, September 11th. NICC is asking voters to continue the bond that they initially asked for ten years ago. The extension would provide NICC with about $39 million to use for things like an addition to the campus’ main building. NICC President Dr. Liang Chee Wee says extending the bond levy would keep the current tax rate of roughly 29 cents per thousand dollar valuation in place. Voters in most of Dubuque, Clayton, and Delaware counties are eligible to vote in the bond levy election.


US 20 Near Stockton Reopens Ahead of Schedule

A portion of the federal highway that runs through Jo Daviess County has reopened more than a month ahead of schedule. US Highway 20 had been closed about three miles west of Stockton for bridge repairs back on July 23. At the time, officials from the Illinois Department of Transportation anticipated that the repairs would take nearly two months to complete, and estimated that the roadway would be closed until mid-September. But the highway reopened to traffic on Friday. A news release from I-DOT said progress on the repairs came together faster than anticipated. Beginning tomorrow, a nearly two-mile stretch of US 20 will be closing just east of Galena for pavement patching and resurfacing. That work is expected to last until mid-October.


Few Contested Primaries in SW Wisconsin

Primary elections to determine who will be on the ballot in November are being held in Wisconsin tomorrow, but there won’t be much action in the southwestern portion of the state. None of the area Congressional or statehouse races have contested primaries. At the federal level, Democratic Congressman Ron Kind is unopposed in the state’s 3rd District. His general election opponent, Republican Steve Toft, does not have a challenger either. As far as statehouse races go, District 49 State Representative Travis Tranel of Cuba City is not facing a Republican challenger. His likely opponent this fall, Democrat Mike Mooney is also unopposed in the primary. It’s the same story in State Senate District 17, where incumbent Republican Howard Marklein is already booked to face Democrat Kriss Marion in the general election. As far as statewide races, there is a Republican primary to determine who will face Senator Tammy Baldwin in November. Also, eight Democrats are vying for the right to oppose incumbent Governor Scott Walker in the general election.


Platteville High Speed Chase Leads to Drunk Driving, Eluding Charges

A Grant County man is accused of going well over 100 miles per hour as he led police on a chase through Platteville last week. The pursuit began shortly before midnight Tuesday, when a Grant County Sheriff’s deputy spotted a vehicle going 53 miles per hour in a 25 zone near the intersection of Water and Pine streets in Platteville. The deputy began to chase the vehicle, which initially sped up to about 80 miles per hour. The driver eventually pushed the car all the way up to 115 miles per hour. The deputy backed off when the car reached that speed. A few minutes later, other officers noticed tire tracks leading off of the roadway near the intersection of County Highway D and Southwest Road. The vehicle was found in a nearby field, having rolled several times after going off the road. The driver, 31-year-old Carlos Guerrero, was taken into custody and has been charged with Felony Eluding and a 1st offense of Operating While Intoxicated.


Darlington Man Charged After Car Crashes Into Dollar General

Courtesy: Darlington Police

A Darlington man is facing several charges after authorities reportedly found his vehicle crashed into the side of a local retailer. According to Darlington Police, the crash happened at about 8:30 Friday night. 62-year-old Robin Fries is believed to have lost control of his minivan while driving near the Dollar General store that sits at the intersection of Wisconsin highways 81 and 23. Fries’ van initially hit the store’s RedBox movie rental machine, destroying it. The van then continued through the concrete wall of the building, coming to a stop with its front end inside the store. Fries has been charged with Operating While Intoxicated, Reckless Driving, Failing to Maintain Control, Disorderly Conduct, Resisting Arrest, and Attempted Battery on a Law Enforcement Officer. The Dollar General was closed after the crash and did not reopen on Saturday.


Dubuque County Road Projects

Work continues on the re-alignment of Hales Mill Road’s intersection with Derby Grange Road in Dubuque County, just northwest of Asbury The one million dollar project is part of the replacement of the old bridge on Hales Mill with a larger, 100-foot bridge. County Supervisor Chair Jay Wickham says replacing the bridge will make it safer for motorists and pedestrians to cross. A number of paving projects have also been done this summer ,most notably just off of Peru Road near John Deere Dubuque Works and in the Key West area. Wickham says construction crews are right on schedule with the Southwest Arterial project as well.


Emerald Ash Borer In Delaware County

Iowa state officials have confirmed the presence of the emerald ash borer in Delaware County. The insect kills ash trees and are native to Asia. The bug was first reported in Iowa in 2010 and has since infested trees in 64 counties in the state included Dubuque, Clayton and Jackson counties. Trees attacked by the insect live 2-to-4 years after that. If you suspect that your ash trees have been infested contact the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship.

 


Darlington Sex Offender Notification

The Darlington Police Department is notifying residents in that community that a convicted sex offender is moving to town. The offender is 34 year old Alan Liphart. Liphart is a white male, 5 foot 9 inches tall, weighing 200 pounds with green eyes and blonde hair. His address in Darlington is not being released. Liphart was convicted in 2005 on a child enticement charge, in which he targeted minor boys. He is serving an 8 year prison sentence and will be placed on 5 years of extended supervision after he is released. Liphart will be released from prison on August 21st and must register as a sex offender. He is to have no contact with children unsupervised. He cannot use any illegal drugs or consume alcohol, or patronize taverns, bars or liquor stores. Liphart must also wear an electronic monitoring device 24 hours a day.


Stabbing Suspect Charged with Attempted Murder

A suspect is in custody following a stabbing in Dubuque last night. Police were called to an apartment in the 500 block of Loras Boulevard shortly after 6:30 PM. That’s where officers found a man with a stab wound under his armpit. The victim was taken to Finley Hospital, where he was diagnosed with a punctured lung. While talking with officers, the man said he had gone to 24-year-old Christopher Puccio’s apartment in the 400 block of Angella Street. The two argued, and then fought. The victim says Puccio stabbed him under his left arm. The man was able to run to his car and drive home, which is where police found him. Officers later located Puccio a couple blocks from his apartment. Police stopped him because he had two active warrants for his arrest. As officers were questioning Puccio, they noticed blood on his shorts and scratches on his neck and arm. After his arrest, officers searched Puccio’s apartment, where they found blood stains and the knife that’s believed to have been used in the stabbing. Puccio’s been charged with Attempted Murder. He’s also facing a new charge of Possession of a Controlled Substance, after police reportedly found marijuana on him while he was being arrested.


Dubuque Police, Sheriff's Dept. Reviewing "Place of Last Drink" Tracking Program

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Law enforcement leaders in Dubuque haven’t decided if they’ll participate in a new effort to track where intoxicated people are coming from. The so-called “Place of Last Drink” initiative is being spear-headed by the Iowa Alcoholic Beverages Division and a national non-profit. Under the program, police would ask those arrested for drunken driving or public intoxication where they were served their last drink. That information would be compiled and could lead to penalties for problem establishments. But the program is not mandatory, leaving it up to individual agencies whether to opt in or not. Dubuque Police spokesman Lt. Joe Messerich says the department is reviewing the program, but it’s too early to say whether they’ll participate. Dubuque County Sheriff Joe Kennedy also wants more information before making a decision on the program. “Place of Last Drink” tracking is already in place in a dozen states.


Scam Calls Increase in Dubuque Area

Scammers using the IRS to try to steal peoples’ personal information appear to have stepped up their efforts in the Dubuque area. According to Dubuque Police, more than 50 people reported receiving a phone call associated with the scam yesterday afternoon. Police say the call takes the form of an automated recording. It claims that a person has had charges filed against them by the IRS and will be arrested by “local cops” if the person doesn’t respond within 24 hours. Police urge those who received one of the calls to hang up immediately or delete the message if one is left. They also remind people that the IRS does not conduct enforcement operations by phone.


Grant Regional Health Center Names Smith New CEO

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The hospital in the seat of Grant County has a new leader. Grant Regional Health Center in Lancaster this week announced it has hired Dave Smith as its new President and CEO. Smith comes to Grant Regional from the central Illinois community of Spring Valley, where he has been the Vice President of Clinic Operations at St. Margaret’s Hospital. Smith was selected out of the three finalists for the position. A news release from the hospital says Smith’s experience, which includes a variety of roles at multiple hospitals, set him apart from the other candidates. Smith will begin his new position at Grant Regional just after Labor Day.


Suspect Facing Nearly a Dozen New Charges After Reportedly Skipping Court Dates

Dubuque Police this week finally caught up to a suspect who’s accused of skipping court dates ever since his arrest on theft and forgery charges late last year. 24-year-old Tanner Ramaker now faces eleven new charges for failing to appear for court dates and violating his pretrial supervision agreements. At about at about 7:20 Tuesday night, an officer spotted Ramaker walking near the intersection of 20th and Jackson Streets. The officer verified that Ramaker had outstanding warrants before detaining him. While questioning Ramaker, the officer saw Ramaker drop a clear baggie. The contents later tested positive for marijuana, and Ramaker was charged with possession. Ramaker was initially arrested last December on charges of forgery and theft. A bench warrant for his arrest had been issued in early July.


Blum, Finkenauer Campaigns Continue to Spar Over Debates

Blum, Finkenauer

The two candidates seeking the represent the Dubuque area in Congress are taking jabs at each other over debates…again. Republican Congressman Rod Blum’s campaign this week announced that he had accepted an invitation to a 7th debate to be held ahead of his showdown with Democrat challenger Abby Finkenauer. The invitation came from Cedar Rapids-based TV station KGAN for a debate that would be held a week from Wednesday, August 22. Blum’s camp says that’s one of two KGAN debates he’s agreed to, along with other invitations from KWWL-TV and KXEL radio in Waterloo and newspapers in Anamosa and Waverly. The release from Blum’s campaign says he wants to have a total of ten debates…one each week from now until Election Day. That’s down from the dozen debates Blum initially proposed. Finkenauer’s campaign, meanwhile, says that it is finalizing a debate schedule. In a statement, Finkenauer spokesman Kane Miller said Blum shouldn’t be “playing games and negotiating debates through the press,” but rather “getting out in public for a change and interacting directly with voters.”


Bond Issue Failure Could Mean Closure of Jackson County Jail

Courtesy: KWQC

Law enforcement officials in Jackson County say the failure of a bond issue to pay for a new jail could mean the current facility will be shut down. 52 percent of those who cast ballots in a special election on Tuesday were in favor of the 6.9 million dollar bond issue. But state law requires a 60 percent supermajority for passage. Chief Deputy Steve Schroeder says one of the biggest problems with the current jail is space. It has no room for female inmates, and its male population is usually over capacity. Those extra inmates are then sent to the jail in a neighboring county, at a cost at least $65 per day. With the bond issue failing, a state inspector could decide to close the Jackson County jail and have all of its prisoners sent elsewhere. Schroeder says that could cost close to a million dollars each year. Schroeder isn’t sure when the state inspector might make a decision on the jail’s status. He’s hoping that another bond issue will be put before the county’s voters again sometime next year.


Second Dubuque Roundabout Nearing Completion 

Traffic is expected to begin flowing through Dubuque’s second traffic roundabout by the end of next week. The new roundabout is being built at the former four-way stop at the intersection of University and North Grandview avenues. Construction on the roundabout began during the first week of June, with a goal of having the roundabout open by the time Dubuque schools began classes. City Civil Engineer Jon Dienst says the goal now is to be open about a week before school starts. According to Dienst, much of the work still to be done includes pouring concrete on the east side of the roundabout. Some of the concrete work that was recently finished included the pouring of sidewalks and curbs. This roundabout is being placed just a block from the first one that was installed in Dubuque, at the former five-way intersection near Finley Hospital. Dienst says the new roundabout will include some stone and plant features that are meant to represent Dubuque and the Grandview Avenue area. The city’s goal is to have the roundabout fully functional by August 17th. If that doesn’t happen, the contractor working on the project will be fined a thousand dollars each day until it is completed.


Early Voting For NICC Special Bond Issue 

Voters in Dubuque County who plan to vote early in the special bond election for Northeast Iowa Community College can now obtain ballots from the Dubuque County Election Office or by mail. Absentee ballots can be cast in the election office during office hours from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday through September 10th. Voters can also cast ballots at the office from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. on September 11th the day of the special election. The election annex on Locust Street will not be open for early voting for this election. The election office will be open until 5 p.m. on August 31st and September 7th and the 10th. Voters planning to cast an early ballot by mail can download a request form at dubuquecounty.org/elections. Request forms must be received no later than 5 p.m. on August 31st. Ballots must be postmarked by September 10th at midnight, or returned to the election office by the time the polls close at 8 p.m. on September 11th.


Dubuque Woman Admits Setting Up Drug Deal That Led to Fatal Overdose

A Dubuque woman could be headed to federal prison for up to 20 years after admitting to setting up the drug deal that led to an overdose death. 24-year-old Brianna Martin pled guilty in federal court to a single count of Distribution of Heroin this week. According to prosecutors, Martin set up a July 2016 transaction between a heroin dealer and a user. That person died after taking the heroin they bought from Martin’s connection. Later that month, Martin again acted as a “go-between” for the dealer, setting up another sale to a source working with Dubuque Drug Task Force officers who were investigating the earlier death. In addition, Martin also admitted that she was responsible for another overdose death in July of 2015. In that instance, Martin had sold the “take home” dose of methadone she received from a drug treatment program. One of the people who bought a portion of the dose died after using what they had bought from Martin. It’s not yet known when Martin will be sentenced.


Five Flags GM: City's Subsidy Continues to Decrease

The Five Flags Center is making strides toward reducing the amount of money it needs from the city to operate each year. That was the main message from Five Flags General Manager HR Cook as he delivered the arena’s annual report to the Dubuque City Council this week. While Five Flags more than doubled its income in Fiscal Year 2018 compared to the previous year, it still required almost $845,000 from the city to cover its operating deficit. At the same time as Five Flags’ income was increasing, the facility’s expenses also went up by 14%. Cook believes those expenses have leveled off. Five Flags boosted the value of its sponsorship agreements by nearly four times in FY18 and has a goal to continue the increase in the coming year. Cook expects increased sponsorships to play a major role in cutting into the city’s subsidy to the center. After Cook’s presentation, Councilman Brett Shaw commended him on his efforts, saying they are clearly working. Councilman David Resnick also applauded the center’s work to become more self-sustaining while staying accessible to the Dubuque community. Next year will mark the 40th anniversary of the opening of the Five Flags Arena.


Construction on US 20 Near Galena Begins Next Week

Construction which will force travel delays near Galena for a couple of months is set to begin next week. The Illinois Department of Transportation plans to start work on a portion of US Highway 20 on Tuesday. The work will be done on a 1.9 mile stretch of the highway between West Powder House Hill Road and West Mount Hope Road. That’s just to the east of the Galena city limits. The work will include patching the pavement and resurfacing the roadway. While the work is being done, lane closures on the highway will be common during working hours. Flaggers will also be in place to help direct traffic through the construction zone. Construction is expected to last until mid-October.


Manchester Man Killed in Crash on Rural Delaware County Road

One person was killed in a car crash at the intersection of two rural roads in Delaware County on Tuesday morning. The crash happened at about 11:15 AM at the intersection of 255th Street and 190th Avenue, about 3.5 miles south of Manchester. Iowa State Patrol reports that 51-year-old James Koopman of Manchester was pronounced dead at the scene. Troopers say Koopman was headed west on 255th Street. When he reached the intersection with 190th Avenue, he ran a stop sign and was hit by a vehicle driving north on 190th. Koopman was not wearing a seat belt. It’s not clear if the driver of the other vehicle was injured. The State Patrol is continuing to investigate the crash.


Diesel Spill Cleanup Expected to Take Weeks, Possibly Months

The cleanup of a diesel leak outside the Dubuque city limits could take weeks or even months. That’s the word from the Iowa Department of Natural Resources, which is monitoring the cleanup efforts. The leak was detected on Monday morning at a BP diesel storage facility that’s been described as being near Peosta. But in reality, the facility is just outside Dubuque’s western city limits, less than a mile from the county fairgrounds. It’s being estimated that about 20,000 gallons of diesel was spilled, and some of it ended up in Catfish Creek. Tom McCarthy, an environmental specialist with the DNR, says BP is now taking steps to retrieve the diesel and minimize its impact on the creek. McCarthy believes the leak will mostly impact birds and mammals that live near the creek, and not the fish in the water. But Brian Preston of the Dubuque County Conservation Board isn’t so sure. He says past diesel spills have affected local fish populations. Preston estimates it will be months before the creek is back to normal. McCarthy wouldn’t put a timeline on the cleanup, saying it will take “some time.”


Jackson County Jail Vote Fails

Voters in Jackson County have rejected a proposal that would have provided money for upgrades to the county jail. A $6.9 million bond issue failed to receive the 60% support needed for passage on Tuesday. A majority of voters supported the bond issue, as 52% of the votes cast were in favor of raising the money. But state law requires that a supermajority be in favor of a bond issue. County administrators had begun looking at improvements to the jail after two inmates escaped from the current facility in February of last year.


Boil Advisory Still In Effect For McGregor

A water main break in a Clayton County community has prompted city officials to issue a boil advisory. The break happened in McGregor early Monday morning in the 100 block of Main Street. It has since been repaired and water service was restored. The advisory is in effect until further notice. What it means is residents are being urged to boil their water for about a minute to kill any bacteria that may be in the water. It, as well as bottled water can be used for drinking, cooking and brushing teeth.


Alliant Energy Foundation Grants Available

Non-profit organizations in Iowa and Wisconsin that focus on families, education, or the environment are being urged to apply for a grant from the Alliant Energy Foundation. Grants average about $2,000 and applications will be accepted through September 1st. Past projects to receive grants include mentoring programs, meal and nutrition programs, reading and literacy initiatives, STEM camps, and nature trail restoration projects. Applications can be downloaded from the Alliant Energy Foundation website. Winners will be notified by November 1st.


New Hampshire Senator to Visit Dubuque

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A US Senator from New England who may harbor presidential ambitions is set to visit Dubuque. New Hampshire Senator Maggie Hassan will be in the Key City as part of an event sponsored by the Iowa Democratic Party later this month. The so-called “Back to Blue: Women for Iowa” fundraiser will be held two weeks from Sunday, August 26th at the Grand River Center. Hassan is in her first term in the US Senate. She previously spent four years as New Hampshire’s governor, making her one of just two women in US history to hold both those offices. The event will also feature State Representative Abby Finkenauer of Dubuque, who’s running in Iowa’s 1st Congressional District. State Senator Rita Hart, the Democratic nominee for Lt. Governor, and former Iowa First Lady Christie Vilsack are scheduled to attend as well. Tickets can be purchased through the Iowa Democratic Party at a cost of 25 dollars.

 


Diesel Leak Reported Near Peosta

The Iowa Department of Natural Resources is monitoring a leaking diesel tank northeast of Peosta. The leak was discovered at 9:20 yesterday morning. It’s coming from a 2.5 million gallon above-ground bulk storage tank at the BP facility on Old Highway Road. An unknown amount of diesel has reached a tributary of the South Fork of Catfish Creek. Sheen from the diesel can be seen downstream at Cottingham Road. The company has placed absorbent booms and vacuum trucks at several downstream locations to capture the fuel. They’ve also transferred a significant amount of the diesel from the leaking tank to another one, according to the DNR. The agency will monitor cleanup activities and assist in preventing additional impacts downstream. The DNR will also consider enforcement action, if necessary.


Final Meth Ring Defendant Pleads Guilty

The ninth, and final, defendant in a methamphetamine ring that operated out of Dubuque has pled guilty to federal charges. 41-year-old Samuel Taylor III was convicted of Conspiracy to Distribute Methamphetamine, Possession of a Firearm in a Drug Trafficking Crime, and Conspiracy to Commit Money Laundering. Prosecutors say that in February 2017, Taylor bought multiple ounces of ice methamphetamine from another defendant in Cedar Rapids. The second defendant later delivered several more ounces of ice meth to Taylor, who was living with a third defendant in Dubuque. A couple months later, the second defendant proposed mailing larger shipments of ice meth and to pay for the shipments by wiring money through Western Union. Taylor agreed and had other defendants wire thousands of dollars in drug proceeds to Mexico. Taylor faces a mandatory minimum sentence of 15 years in federal prison, with a possible maximum sentence of life imprisonment.


Dubuque Council Gives Preliminary Approval to Noise Ordinance Changes

The Dubuque City Council took a step toward amending the city’s noise ordinance with regard to sports games and practices last night. The council was considering a change to the ordinance that would have set allowable times for the noise that comes from sanctioned sports competitions held at local school and college stadiums. It would be permissible between 9:00 AM and 10:00 PM on school nights, and from 9:00 to midnight on weekends. But while the council would be adding allowable hours for games, practices would not receive the same exemption. Councilman Ric Jones said the new language was meant to give police direction when noise complaints are received. Councilman David Resnick pressed the issue when it first came to the council last fall. He calls it a quality of life issue for those who live near Dubuque’s schools and colleges. Councilman Luis Del Toro, who lives near the University of Dubuque, agreed, noting that many of Dubuque’s stadiums have been upgraded in the past 10-15 years. But Councilman Brett Shaw was opposed to the change, noting that only a couple of complaints had been received. Del Toro said that the updated ordinance would strike a balance between the concerns of citizens, police, and the schools. The council added an amendment to the changes which would allow school bands to practice as early ast 7:00 AM. The first reading of the updated ordinance passed on a 5-2 vote, with Shaw and Councilwoman Kate Larson opposed. The council will have to approve the changes twice more for them to take effect.


Asbury Man Dies Several Days After Being Hit by Car

An Asbury man who was hit by a car late last month has died. 81-year-old Donald Giesemann died Saturday at University Hospitals and Clinics in Iowa City. Dubuque Police say Giesemann was walking through the crosswalk at the intersection of Asbury Road and Holliday Drive at around 9:00 on the night of July 28th. That’s when he was struck by a vehicle turning left onto Asbury from Holliday. Police say the driver had a flashing yellow arrow at the time of the crash. No charges have been filed against the driver of the vehicle.


New Rainfall Record Set in Dubuque

This morning’s rainfall has already set a daily record for Dubuque. As of 10:00 this morning, the Dubuque Regional Airport had received 1.72 inches of rain. That shatters the previous record for August 6th. The old mark was 1.17 inches, which was set back in 1907. That rainfall is on top of another .86 inches of rain that fell last night, giving the airport a total for this storm of 2.58 inches. Locations within the city of Dubuque are receiving even more rain than the airport. Lock and Dam 11 and the KCRG StormNet weather station at Hempstead High School had caught just more than 3.1 inches by 9:00 this morning. Cascade is reporting the highest rainfall total since last night with 4.16 inches, which Dyersville has received 4.09 inches. Rainfall is expected to continue this afternoon and into the evening hours tonight.

Rainfall reports from across the Tri-States:

Asbury: 3.90

Bellevue: 2.47

Boscobel: 1.16

Cascade: 4.16

Dubuque (Airport): 2.58

Dubuque (Hempstead): 3.11

Dubuque (Lock & Dam 11): 3.17

Dyersville: 4.09

Elkader: 2.02

Fennimore: 2.32

Galena: 2.97

Monticello: 3.91


Tranel Pushes for More School Milk Options

Tranel

A state lawmaker from southwestern Wisconsin is asking the federal government to expand the milk offerings in a particular school lunch program. State Representative Travis Tranel of Cuba City recently sent a letter to federal Ag Secretary Sonny Perdue, requesting an expansion of the milk options be made available to schools participating in the Special Milk Program. That’s a government initiative that provides milk to schools that do not participate in other federal student nutrition programs. Currently, schools in the Special Milk Program can only offer non-fat, or skim, milk. But Tranel says students have been asking for more options. Tranel wants all milk options made available to schools in the Special Milk Program. That would include 1%, 2%, and even whole milk in addition to the non-fat that is currently served.


Cascade, Parts of Dubuque Considered "Child Care Deserts"

A recent survey has found Iowa residents, including many here in Dubuque, are struggling to find child care. Researchers with the Center for American Progress surveyed people in 22 states last year. They found that about half of the population that they studied lived in neighborhoods or communities that lacked child care services. Researchers say 24 percent of Iowa residents live in child care deserts, places where child care is scant. That figure jumps to 37 percent in rural areas. Portions of Dubuque are considered to be in one of those child care deserts. The study found that child care is also especially lacking in the Dubuque County community of Cascade.


Cities Struggle with Possible Plastic Straw Bans

As cities across the US consider placing bans on plastic straws, those who have physically disabilities want to be included in the discussions. Several large cities have passed bans on the straws, and a couple of large restaurant chains have said they’ll stop putting plastic straws in their drinks. Conservation leaders, including Bev Wagner from the Dubuque Metro Landfill, say that the discussion surrounding straws is part of a larger conversation people should be having about how much plastic they use. But some people say they need the plastic straws. Dubuque resident Rebekah Harvey helps care for her twin brother, Joel, who suffers from a rare genetic disease. It makes it hard for him to control his muscles, which can make holding onto a drinking cup difficult. That’s why he often uses a straw. Rebekah is hoping those pushing for straw bans will take a few more perspectives into consideration. San Francisco became the latest major US city to ban plastic straws late last month, joining Seattle, Miami Beach, and Berkeley.


Five Flags Reports Record-Breaking Year

Courtesy: KCRG

Del Toro

Operators of Dubuque’s downtown arena say it’s had a banner year. The annual report for the Five Flags Center will be presentedto the Dubuque City Council tonight. Among the highlights of the report is a 23% increase in attendance over Fiscal Year 2017. Ticket sales totaled $1.9-million, food and beverage sales were up more than 40%, and corporate sponsorships reached the highest level in the facility’s history. All that added up to see the arena require its smallest subsidy from the city since 2014. But that subsidy was still in excess of $800,000. That has at least one council member skeptical about the supposed progress that Five Flags is making. In a Facebook post written early Saturday morning, Second Ward representative Luis Del Toro noted that the reduction in the city’s financial coverage of Five Flags was largely due to an increase in sponsorships, and not a reduction in expenses for the facility. In fact, the cost to operate Five Flags nearly doubled in Fiscal Year 2018, going from about $77,000 to more than $144,000. The City Council will review the report during their meeting at 6:00 tonight in the Historic Federal Building.


SW Wisconsin Towns Receive Grants For Infrastructure And Community Improvements

Two communities in southwest Wisconsin are the recipients of a state grant to be used for infrastructure and community improvements. A release from Governor Scott Walker’s office says the Village of Montfort is getting a grant for a little over 433 thousand dollars for infrastructure and street improvements, while the town of Glen Haven will use a 420 thousand dollar grant to build a new fire station. In all 33 communities received grants totaling 15 million dollars. The money comes from the Community Development Block Grant Public Facility and Planning Funds. The release says “grants for planning will help rebuild and revitalize communities in Wisconsin through planned public infrastructure projects.”


Lafayette County Woman Arrested On Meth And Other Charges 

Authorities in southwest Wisconsin arrested a man on drug charges following a traffic stop this week. According to the Lafayette County Sheriff’s office, 30-year-old Brooke Nolte was spotted by a county detective while leaving Shullsburg shortly after 3:00 Thursday afternoon. The detective knew Nolte was wanted on an active child support warrant and had a suspended driver’s license. A few minutes later, a deputy pulled Nolte over just east of Benton. A K-9 unit indicted that there were drugs inside the car. A search of the vehicle turned up 42.5 grams of crystal methamphetamine. Police also searched Nolte’s home and found another 33.6 grams of meth, along with packaging materials. Nolte has been charged with Possession of Meth with Intent to Deliver and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. He was also issued several traffic citations.


Dubuque Council to Consider Adding Sports Practice Music to Prohibited Noises

The University of Dubuque’s Chalmers Field, one of the venues where the changes would apply (Courtesy: KCRG).

Dubuque’s City Council will consider barring local schools from playing loud music at outdoor athletic practices during their meeting next week. City Attorney Crenna Brumwell is recommending that the council update the city’s noise ordinance to add music coming from team or intramural practices to the list of prohibited noises. The issue first came before the council in November of last year, when a general exemption to the noise ordinance was proposed for local sports venues. Police Chief Mark Dalsing says that following the council’s discussion, city staff changed course. Football, soccer, and track teams from Dubuque’s public schools all utilize Dalzell Field for games and practices. Loras College and the University of Dubuque each have a half-dozen or more teams that would play or practice on their outdoor facilities. Dalsing says all those practices can add up. The ordinance does not outlaw all music, just what is considered excessive. Dalsing admits that can vary greatly from person-to-person. Enforcement of the ordinance would apply the same to stadiums as it does to a business or residence. The change in the noise ordinance would also set acceptable hours for music coming from athletic competitions. Excessive noise from those events would be allowed during all hours except from 10:00 PM and 9:00 AM on school nights, and from midnight to 9:00 AM on weekends.


Meeting to Appoint New East Dubuque Mayor Postponed

East Dubuque will be without a mayor for a week longer than expected. Last Thursday, Daniel Welp resigned as East Dubuque’s mayor. At that time, it was expected that the City Council would appoint a new mayor at its next meeting on August 6th. But that meeting has been postponed by a week, until the 13th. Until then, Second Ward Council Representative and Mayor Pro-Tem Steve Robey is handling the duties of the mayor. Whoever the council appoints to serve as Welp’s replacement would be in office for the remainder of his term, which expires in April.


Police Searching for Residential Facility Escapee

Walton

Police in Dubuque are looking for a work release prisoner who did not to return to a residential facility. 25-year-old Tremaine Walton, Junior, was convicted of Assault While Participating in a Felony among other charges. He was required to report back to the facility on Thursday morning, but did not. He had been admitted to the work release facility on July 17. Walton is a 25-year-old black male, standing 5’11” tall and weighing about 190 pounds. Anyone with information about Walton should contact local police.


Rural Dubuque Man Accused of Cashing Checks from Dead Man's Account

Cashing checks from a dead man’s account has led to a pair of felony charges for a rural Dubuque man. 33-year-old Zachary Vondran was arrested on Monday morning and is charged with two counts of Forgery. According to police, Vondran deposited a check in the drive-up at a local credit union branch in late February, using the deposit to cover a $250 withdrawal. The following day, the credit union got word that the account the check had been written from was closed after its owner died two years ago. Less than a week later, Vondran reportedly deposited another check from the account in an ATM. This time, the check wasn’t signed, but instead had “computer” written on the signature line. Surveillance images from the credit union were used to identify Vondran. Police say that during questioning, he admitted to depositing the checks, and to writing “computer” on the second one.


Documents: Suspected Attacker Made U-Turn to Chase Jogger

Court documents have revealed some additional information around the attack on a Dubuque jogger this week, including the detail that the suspected attacker pulled out of traffic to chase his victim. The attack happened on South Grandview Avenue at about 7:00 Sunday night. 22-year-old Greg Langel was arrested by Dubuque Police on Wednesday and has been charged with Assault. According to police, Langel was driving north on Grandview, approaching its intersection with Dodge Street. After the jogger ran by, police say Langel pulled “an immediate U-turn.” Langel then reportedly ran up to the victim and told her she was beautiful. He gave her a flower and asked for her phone number. When she wouldn’t give it, police say he grabbed her arm. The woman pulled away, and says that Langel then tried to grab both her arms. That’s when she kicked him and ran off. Police say the woman was later able to pick Langel out of a photo-lineup. If convicted on the Assault charge, he could face up to 30 days in jail.


Jo Daviess County Woman Dies In Lawn Tractor Accident

A Jo Daviess County woman was killed after being pinned underneath a lawn tractor this week. A little before 11:00 Monday morning, emergency crews from several communities responded to a residence about halfway between Elizabeth and Scales Mound. When they arrived, they found 79-year-old Concetta Ippolito under the lawn tractor. Paramedics planned to have Ippolito airlifted to the hospital, but whe was pronounced dead when they arrived at a landing zone. An autopsy performed Wednesday found that Ippolito died from injuries suffered in the accident.


Sales Tax Holiday Weekend in Iowa, Wisconsin

Back-to-school shopping won’t be such a strain on the pocketbook in Iowa and Wisconsin this weekend. Both states are giving shoppers a sales tax break on certain purchases this weekend. The so-called “Sales Tax Holiday” is today and tomorrow in Iowa, and runs through Sunday in Wisconsin. In Iowa, sales taxes will not be charged on clothing and footwear purchases of less than 100 dollars. In Wisconsin, the sales tax break is extended beyond clothing to school supplies, but purchases are capped at 75 dollars. Computer purchases of less than 750 dollars are also eligible in Wisconsin. This is the first year that Wisconsin has held a sales tax holiday, while Iowa’s dates back to the late 1990s.


Grant County Man Faces Drug And Gun Charges

A Grant County man has been indicted by a federal grand jury on drug and gun charges. 34-year-old Dustin Caya of Mount Hope is accused of planning to sell more than 50 grams of meth, being a felon in possession of a firearm, and using a gun during a drug trafficking crime. The indictment alleges that Caya had both the meth and a loaded rifle on June 1st. It also claims that he was in possession of a total of 17 loaded firearms, including nine rifles, three shotguns, and five handguns. Caya could be looking at anywhere between 20 and 55 years in prison. If convicted on the meth charge, Caya faces a mandatory sentence of five years in federal prison, with a possible maximum sentence of 40 years. The drug trafficking charge has a mandatory sentence of five years in prison, while the firearm possession count carries a ten year prison term.


Police: Dubuque Man Forced Girl to Perform Sex Acts for Several Years

A Dubuque man has been accused of forcing an underage girl to perform sex acts over a period of several years, dating back to when she was just six years old. 35-year-old Daniel Marcov was arrested by Dubuque Police Tuesday evening. He’s been charged with 2nd Degree Sexual Abuse, a Class B Felony punishable by up to 25 years in prison. According to police, a 14-year-old girl reported to them that Marcov had been making her give him oral sex about once a week since she was six years old. The girl told investigators that on the dates of the abuse, Marcov would call her school and say she would be out sick for the day. School officials at a Dubuque middle school were able to confirm that the girl was absent on the dates of the most recent incidents. In addition to the sexual abuse charge, Marcov also had nearly a dozen outstanding warrants for his arrest when he was taken in to custody.


Cascade High School Drama Director Retiring After 56 Year Career

Cascade High School Drama Director Bob Davidshofer (far right) talks with students following a rehearsal for their 2017 production of “Hairspray” (Courtesy: Molly Morreim).

After more than five decades, the curtain has fallen on the career of a Dubuque County theater director. Bob Davidshofer has been the high school drama coach in Cascade since 1962. Over a 56-year career, he guided more than one hundred productions that involved thousands of students. But after graduating a strong group of students this spring, and with a successor in place, Davidshofer believes the time is right to step aside. Davidshofer, known affectionately as “Coach” to his students, saw plays and musicals as another way to teach students how to work together. Davidshofer also hopes that being involved in drama gave students confidence they may not have otherwise gotten. While some of Davidshofer’s students went on to pursue careers in the theater, most did not. But he hopes he was able to instill an appreciation for the arts in them. Davidshofer frequently hears from former students who say that some of their fondest memories of high school come from participating in the drama program. While Davidshofer is setting aside his role as Cascade’s drama director, he will continue to coach both the boys and girls cross country teams, which he’s led to a total of 15 state championships.


UPDATE: Police Make Arrest in Jogger Attack

Dubuque Police have now made an arrest in the attack on a jogger earlier this week. 22-year-old Thomas Langel of Dubuque was taken in to custody shortly after 1:30 yesterday afternoon. He’s been charged with Assault. According to police, Langel tried to grab a woman who was jogging on South Grandview Avenue, near Fire Station #5, at about 7:00 Sunday night. A young woman says Langel began running alongside her, asking her several questions and offering her flowers before trying to grab her. She was able to free herself by kicking and punching him. Police say they used traffic cameras to identify Langel. A suspicious vehicle that’s registered to Langel was seen in the area around the time of the attack. Assistant Police Chief Jeremy Jensen says in light of other cases around Iowa, police wanted to get the case solved as quickly as possible. Reports and rumors about the attack spread quickly over social media on Sunday night and Monday morning, with some people questioning the victim’s story. Jensen cautions people against letting the hysteria that develops on social media from overcoming their better judgement. Langel could face up to a month in jail if found guilty on the Assault charge.


Contract Extension Will Make Collins Loras' Longest-Serving President

Collins

A contract extension will make Loras College’s president the longest serving executive in the school’s history. The Loras Board of Regents this week approved a five-year contract extension for President Jim Collins, which will keep him in the job through at least 2024. That would mark 20 years on the job for Collins, who became Loras’ youngest president when he took over the role in 2004. Collins has been employed at Loras since graduating from the school in 1984. He began as an Admissions Representative before moving on to roles such as Director of Alumni Relations, Assistant to the President, and Vice President for Institutional Advancement.


Midwest Scroll Saw And Woodworking Trade Show This Weekend in Dubuque

The Midwest Scroll Saw and Woodworking Trade Show takes place this weekend at the Dubuque County Fairgrounds. The show will feature demonstrations in the Scroll Saw Corral, a showcase that displays past accomplishments in woodworking and scroll sawing, classes, vendors, door prizes and much more. Co-organizer Karen Boleman has been scroll sawing for years, and she says it takes a lot of practice to hone your skill. This is the 20th year of the show, which started in Pontiac, Illinois, before moving to Richland Center, Wisconsin for nine years. This is the fourth year of the show being held in Dubuque. Charlie Brimeyer, former head of the Dubuque County Veterans Affairs Commission says he first found out about the show in a national scroll saw magazine, and he’s been hooked ever since. Brimeyer says the show is particularly stimulating for veterans, especially those who suffer from post traumatic stress disorder and other mental illnesses. The show will be held Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the fairgrounds.


Three People Treated For Chemical Exposure In Southwest Wisconsin

Three workers at a cheese factory in Darlington were treated at a local hospital after being exposed to a chemical at the plant. The incident happened at around 7:15 this morning at Wisconsin Whey Protein located in the 100 block of Christensen Drive. The employees were exposed after two cleaning solutions were inadvertently mixed and inhaled by the workers. They were taken to Memorial Hospital of Lafayette County where they were decontaminated. Members of the Darlington Fire Department assisted with the decontamination.


Dubuque Police: Suspect Identified in Grandview Jogger Attack

Dubuque Police have identified a suspect in the attack on a jogger earlier this week. But at this time, the man has not been arrested and no charges have been filed. According to police, the attack happened at about 7:00 Sunday night. A young woman was running by herself on South Grandview Avenue, near Fire Station #5, when a man began jogging alongside her. He asked her several questions and offered her flowers before trying to grab the woman. She kicked and punched the man and was able to free herself. Assistant Police Chief Jeremy Jensen says police are withholding the suspect’s name until he’s arrested or charges are filed. Jensen is confident that police saying they have identified a suspect will keep the individual from attempting any additional attacks. Another reason police are announcing that they’ve identified the suspect is to ease some of the community’s fears over the incident. Those fears have only been heightened by cases from other parts of Iowa. Reports and rumors about the attack spread quickly over social media on Sunday night and Monday morning, with some people questioning the victim’s story. Jensen cautions people against letting the hysteria that develops on social media from overcoming their better judgment.


Dubuque Man Dies Due to Injuries in Motorcycle Crash

A Dubuque man who had been seriously injured in a weekend motorcycle crash in southwest Wisconsin has now died. Dennis Hartke was 67. According to the Lafayette County Sheriff’s Office, Hartke was riding his motorcycle with a group of other riders on County Road F about five miles west of Blanchardville Saturday morning. A few minutes after 11:00, Hartke lost control of the bike, went into the ditch, and rolled the motorcycle. Hartke was airlifted from the scene of the crash to UW Hospital in Madison, which is where he died just before 9:30 Tuesday night.


Owners, Occupants of Fire-Damaged Buildings Plan to Rebuild

Courtesy: KCRG

The occupants of a couple of downtown Dubuque buildings are trying to figure out what’s next after a fire damaged their homes and businesses this week. Shortly after 1:30 Monday morning, Dubuque firefighters were called to the 11-hundred block of White Street, where they found “heavy fire” coming from the back of one of the buildings. Flames and smoke damaged two adjoining buildings as well. A dozen residents were evacuated from the apartment building where the fire began, including Sarah Goodall and her family. They’ve been temporarily forced from their home of three years. Richard Cunningham is one of the co-owners of Goodall’s building. He says the damage was mostly cosmetic and could have been much worse. Next door at Charlotte’s Coffee Shop, the damage was significant and a layer of soot has coated nearly everything in the business. Owner Cheryl Rusk spent three years renovating the building before opening in the fall of 2015. She plans to rebuild and hopes to be open in about a month. Fire investigators have determined that the cause of the fire was a set of hot charcoal briquettes that were dumped into a garbage can.


Drunk Driver Involved in Fatal Crash Sentenced to 25 Years

Doeppke

The Clayton County man who was behind the wheel when two of his passengers died has been sentenced to a quarter-century in prison. 20-year-old Kory Doeppke of Elkader received his sentence on Tuesday after agreeing to plead guilty to two counts of Vehicular Homicide. Prosecutors say Doeppke was driving northwest of Edgewood late on the night of February 16. As he approached an intersection, he ran a stop sign and was struck by a pickup. One of his passengers, 16-year-old Brady Edwards of Greeley, was ejected from the car and pronounced dead at the scene. Another passenger, 16-year-old Izaiah Drinkwater of Manchester, was taken to the hospital in Manchester before being transferred to University of Iowa Hospitals in Iowa City. Drinkwater died a little more than a week later. Prosecutors say alcohol was a factor in the crash, as Doeppke’s blood alcohol content at the time was close to 1.5 times the legal lime.


Plea Deal Reached in January Lake Delhi Death

Juengel

The Manchester man who escaped his sinking SUV while a passenger was still inside has reached a plea deal. 36-year-old Joshua Juengel has agreed to plead guilty to Vehicular Homicide, Leaving the Scene of a Fatal Accident, 3rd Degree Theft, and 5th Degree Theft. In exchange, charges of Filing a False Report and Reckless Driving will be dismissed. According to prosecutors, Juengel was driving across Lake Delhi last January when his SUV broke through the ice. Juengel was able to get out of the vehicle, but a passenger, 23-year-old Alex Salow of Delhi, did not. Authorities found Salow’s body sill inside the SUV when they were called the following morning. Originally, Juengel told officers that he hadn’t been in the vehicle. But investigators found a pair of frozen tennis shoes that smelled of lake water when they searched his home. As part of Juengel’s agreement with prosecutors, he will be sentenced to ten years in state prison. He could have faced up to 15 years.


"Get To Know Gaming Campaign" Thrives To Educate Iowans 

As part of its’ “Get to Know Gaming” campaign, the American Gaming Association recently played host to a panel of statewide business and gaming leaders in Des Moines, as well as area non-profit and small business partners that work with the industry. The discussions centered on how gaming benefits Iowa’s economy and beyond. Sara Slane, with AGA says the Dubuque Racing Association was formed in the mid-1980’s and since then the association has had a huge impact on not only the local economy, but local non-profits as well. There are about 60-thousand people employed by the casino industry in Iowa, with over 700 of them at Q. Casino and the Diamond Jo in Dubuque. Before 2011, the Iowa legislature required voters in counties with gaming operations to approve a referendum every eight years that allowed them to stay in business. That same year, Iowa lawmakers voted to remove the county referendum requirement. A bill to legalize sports betting is almost certain to be introduced in the Iowa legislature next year, after the U.S. Supreme Court voted to allow states to legally bet on sporting events. In 2017, casinos in Iowa generated over 2.5 billion dollars to the state’s economy.


RMAS Coverage Agreement With Green County EMS

Emergency medical services will continue to be provided to a district in southwest Wisconsin. That’s after a coverage agreement was reached between Rural Medical Ambulance Service and Green County EMS. It provides ambulance services to the district that includes the city of Darlington. The agreement comes as a result of Paramount EMS notifying the RMAS board earlier this year that they would no longer be able to provide emergency medical services to the district effective today. Green County EMS will be leasing RMAS’ property and start providing services tomorrow. Former RMAS volunteers have agreed to become members of the Green County staff and serve the district. In addition, all police officers in Darlington will be credentialed with the EMS in Green County, and the name “Rural Medical Ambulance Service will remain in place and both ambulances will be placed back in service. Anyone interested in becoming a Green County EMS volunteer should call 776-EMTS.


Dubuque Police Seek Info on Jogger Attack

Dubuque Police are investigating after a woman posted on social media that she was attacked while jogging along Grandview Avenue Sunday evening. The woman says she was running alone on South Grandview Avenue, near Fire Station #5 at around 7:00 PM. That’s when a man began running alongside her, asking her questions, and offering her flowers. The post goes on to say that the man “tried taking her away.” The woman says she was able to get away after punching and kicking the man. Dubuque Police describe the suspect as a white man in his 20s with wavy brown hair. Police are asking that anyone with information about the incident come forward. Assistant Police Chief Jeremy Jensen says that at that time of night on Grandview, there were probably other people around who saw something. People with information about the attack can call the police department’s non-emergency line. Those looking provide information anonymously can reach out to the local CrimeStoppers tipline.


Clarke University President to Retire After Upcoming School Year

Burrows

The upcoming school year will be the last for Clarke University’s President. A release from the school says Sister Joanne Burrows will retire at the end of May. Burrows has been Clarke’s since 2006, when she took over for Sister Catherine Dunn. This year marks Burrows’ 40th in higher education. She first worked in admissions, before moving on adult education, and later, student life. She has also served as a faculty member, department chair, and provost before becoming Clarke’s president. During her tenure, Clarke has moved from college to university status, expanded the school’s graduate and undergraduate programs, and upgraded multiple campus facilities. A committee comprised of trustees and faculty will be appointed to select Burrows’ successor. An executive search firm will assist with the process as well.


UnityPoint Data Breach Could Impact Millions

A second data breach at the parent company of a Dubuque Hospital may have exposed the private information of 1.4 million customers. UnityPoint Health, which operates Finley Hospital, says the breach stems from a phishing attack in late May. An investigation found the company received a series of fraudulent emails disguised to have come from an executive within UnityPoint. Some employees then provided their confidential sign-in information, giving attackers access to the workers’ internal email accounts. Some of those accounts included emails or attachments containing protected health information and/or personal information of patients. That information could include names, addresses, dates of birth, medical records numbers, and even Social Security or driver’s license numbers. This attack follows an April breach where approximately 16-thousand UnityPoint patients were targeted in a separate phishing email attack.


Diamond Jo Parent Company Reaches Sports Gambling Deal with MGM

A Dubuque casino appears poised to be one of the first in Iowa to offer sports betting. Boyd Gaming, the parent company of the Diamond Jo casino, has reached an agreement with MGM Resorts to bring sports betting to Boyd’s properties. A Supreme Court ruling this year cleared the way for states to allow sports gambling. Iowa lawmakers expect to consider legislation that would legalize sports betting during next year’s session. The agreement between Boyd and MGM would also pave the way for Boyd properties to utilize online platforms – such as a smartphone app – that would accept sports bets. Boyd Gaming operates 18 casinos in six US states, including the two Diamond Jo properties here in Iowa.


Dubuque Man Injured In Cycle Crash In Lafayette County

A Dubuque man was airlifted to UW Hospital in Madison after he crashed his motorcycle in Lafayette County over the weekend. A release from the sheriff’s office says 67 year old Dennis Hartke was driving his motorcycle with a group of other motorcyclists along Lafayette County Road F at around 11:10 Saturday morning, when he lost control, struck a ditch and overturned. Hartke was flown to Madison by UW Medflight suffering from serious injuries. His condition has not been released. Lafayette County was assisted by several other surrounding law enforcement agencies.


Burrows To Retire From Clarke University

The upcoming school year will be the final one for Clarke University’s President. A release issued today from the school says Sister Joanne Burrows will retire effective May 31st 2019. Burrows has been at Clarke since taking over for Sister Catherine Dunn in 2006. This year marks Burrows’ 40th year ministering in higher education, working first in admissions, then adult education and student life. She has served in the academic realm, as a faculty member, department chair and provost before becoming Clarke’s President. During her tenure Clarke has moved from college to university status, expanded the school’s array of graduate and undergraduate programs and enhanced a number of campus facilities. A committee comprised of trustees, faculty and an executive administrator will be appointed to select Burrows’ successor, with assistance from an executive search firm.


Increasing National Attention for Finkenauer's Campaign

Dubuque State Representative Abby Finkenauer is featured in “The Atlantic.”

Another week has brought yet another national publication profiling the Dubuque state lawmaker hoping to win a seat in Congress this fall. The Atlantic is the most recent national outlet to profile Dubuque Democrat Abby Finkenauer. Their piece comes about two weeks after Finkenauer was featured in an article published in the New York Times. Politico, the Washington Post, the Des Moines Register, and Huffington Post are just a few of the major publications who have put some focus on Finkenauer’s run against incumbent Republican Rod Blum. And while her campaign is drawing some increased attention, Finkenauer tells KDTH that hasn’t changed her focus. Finkenauer believes that some of the national attention comes from the trade disputes that have been spurred by President Trump. She says some of the people who helped Trump get into office are being hurt the most by his actions. Finkenauer launched her campaign in May of last year with a refrain of “it’s personal.” She says that motto has only become more accurate as the campaign has gone on. Nearly two months after her victory in the Democratic primary, and with about another three months to go until Election Day, Finkenauer hasn’t seen the energy surrounding her campaign waver. Finkenauer is running to represent Iowa’s 1st Congressional District, which covers 20 counties in the northeastern portion of the state. For the past four years, Finkenauer has represented a portion of Dubuque in the Iowa Legislature.


Fire "Heavily Damages" Downtown Dubuque Apartment Building

Courtesy: KCRG

A downtown Dubuque apartment building sustained significant damage in a fire early this morning. According to the Dubuque Fire Department, crews were called to the building in the 1100 block of White Street a few minutes after 1:30 this morning. Once on scene, firefighters found what they describe as “heavy fire” coming from the rear of the building. The flames were extending to neighboring buildings as well. Firefighters were able to contain the fire mostly to the original building, though the neighboring structures did receive some exterior fire and smoke damage. Firefighters say the original building was “heavily damaged” by the fire. The cause of the fire is currently being investigated. A dozen residents of the building had to be evacuated.


Authorities Investigating Golf Course Burglary in Platteville

Police in Platteville are investigating a burglary that happened at a local golf course last week. The break-in happened sometime last Wednesday evening. Investigators believe the suspect or suspects broke into the Platteville Golf and Country Club and stole property. The Grant County Sheriff’s Department is following up on leads as the investigation continues. Anyone with information about the crime is asked to contact the Grant County Sheriff’s Office or the local Crimestoppers tip line.


Police: Suspect Reaches 110 MPH During Pursuit Between Bellevue and Dubuque

The suspect in a police chase that reached speeds higher than 100 miles per hour is facing a handful of charges. According to police in Bellevue, the chase began at the Baymont hotel at about 2:00 yesterday morning. Police had been called to the hotel on a report of a large fight. As an officer was arriving, he says a pickup truck pulled into the parking lot, but sped off after seeing the officer. The officer followed the truck northbound on US Highway 52 toward Dubuque, reaching 110 miles per hour at one point. The chase ended outside of Dubuque when sheriff’s deputies used stop sticks to disable the suspect’s vehicle. 29-year-old Daniel Rodgers was arrested and is facing charges of Eluding, Operating While Intoxicated, Harassment, and drug possession. Authorities say he also had several warrants out for his arrest.


Milwaukee Man Arrested After Chase From Dubuque Into Wisconsin

A Milwaukee man was arrested late last week after leading authorities on a chase from Dubuque into Wisconsin. Shortly before 10:30 Friday morning, Dubuque Police say 24-year-old Garland Kennedy was able to drive away from officers, crossing the Wisconsin Bridge into Grant County. Sheriff’s deputies there tried to pull Kennedy’s vehicle over outside of Platteville, but Kennedy refused to stop. About four miles later, Kennedy exited US Highway 151 on the east side of Platteville and stopped his vehicle. Officers arrested Kennedy on a warrant out of Dubuque. He was cited for several traffic violations, including driving without insurance or registration. Two passengers in Kennedy’s vehicle, including a one-year-old child, were not injured in the incident.


Lafayette Co. Drug Arrests

Three people were arrested on drug charges in Lafayette County this week. (last week) The local sheriff’s department says a deputy pulled over a car on County Highway W in New Diggings Township a few minutes after 1:30 a.m. Wednesday morning. 23 year old Marcos Quiroz, 21 year old Mike Reid and 24 year old Aquil Parker all of Freeport were taken into custody. They all faces charges of possession of drug paraphernalia. Quiroz is also charged with possession with intent to deliver and having open intoxicants in a motor vehicle.


Hills And Dales Receives CARF Accreditation

An international accrediting body has awarded Hills and Dales in Dubuque a three-year accreditation to further the organization growth and expansion of services that meet the community’s needs. The CARF accreditation represents the highest level of accreditation that can be awarded to an organization. A team of CARF surveyors did an on-site visit to Hills and Dales, and afterwards talked about the organization’s commitment to offer programs and services that are measurable, accountable and of the highest quality. Hills and Dales has been providing residential and community-based services to people with disabilities and their families in Dubuque and surrounding communities since 1973.


Trump Talks Year-Round Ethanol Sales

Year-round E-15 ethanol sales are something farm groups and politicians have been pushing for quite some time, and during a roundtable discussion at Northeast Iowa Community College in Peosta this week, President Donald Trump talked about the possibility of allowing the sales of E-15 ethanol all-year long, but still hasn’t approved it. Trump says a deal with the European Union announced this week will open up European markets for farmers. A few weeks ago, the White House launched tariffs on 34 billion worth of China products, which brought retaliation from the Chinese against products such as soybeans, beef and pork. The roundtable was billed as a discussion about workforce development.


Judge Throws Out Proposed Plea Deal for Attempted Murder Suspect

A judge has refused to consider a man’s guilty plea to a charge of attempted murder after the man wouldn’t admit in court that he tried to kill his wife. 51-year-old Clifford Smiley is accused of stabbing his estranged wife in a Dubuque convenience store parking lot on Easter morning. A proposed plea deal would have dropped five other charges in exchange for Smiley admitting to attempted murder. But when Judge Michael Shubatt asked Smiley whether he was voluntarily pleading guilty during a hearing on Wednesday, Smiley said he didn’t have much choice, given the possible sentence of 52 years in prison without the deal. He then denied intentionally stabbing the woman, saying that if he had thought of killing her, “she would’ve been dead.” Shubatt has scheduled Smiley’s trial to begin on August 28.


Dubuque Man Arrested for Public Intox Twice in 40 Hour Span

Forty hours. For most people, it’s a workweek. But for one Dubuque man, it was the gap between his two arrests for public drunkenness earlier this week. 58-year-old Randy Snider was first arrested at about 7:30 last Saturday evening. A witness has asked police to check on a man seen lying in the alley near the Oky Doky on West 1st Street. An officer found propped up against a dumpster in the alley. The officer says Snider showed signs of intoxication and was taken into custody. Less than two days later, at 12:30 Monday afternoon, police were called to the Town Clock Plaza, where witnesses reported that a trio of people – including Snider – had been drinking out of a vodka bottle for the past few hours. Police say Snider’s blood alcohol content at the time of his arrest was measured at .357. That’s more than four times the legal limit to drive and a level of intoxication where unconsciousness is likely and there is a small chance of death.


Sabula Bridge Construction Meets Another Delay

Crews work on the Sabula overflow bridge in late April. (Courtesy: Iowa Dept. of Transportation)

Construction on the bridge that connects a Jackson County island community with Illinois has been delayed again. The Iowa Department of Transportation has announced that high waters on the Mississippi River have once again pushed back the work being done on the bridge between Sabula and Savanna, Illinois. DOT crews have been working to replace the so-called “overflow bridge” into Sabula, which dates back to 1933. According to the DOT, water levels have risen above the pier caps on the new bridge, which has prevented contractors from completing work on the bridge’s pier. That work has to be finished before other aspects of the project can get started. Those high waters are receding more slowly than expected, which is also factoring into the delay. Until this most recent delay, the overflow bridge was expected to be open by Labor Day. The DOT now expects that it work will be complete sometime in mid- or late September.


Betwell Trial Date Set for Sept. 17

The updated trial date for a Dubuque man accused of raping and killing a local woman has been confirmed. We told you earlier this week that 22-year-old Helmon Betwell’s trial on murder and sexual abuse charges had been delayed yet again. At that point, court officials had not yet set his new trial date. But it has now been confirmed for September 17. The trial will be held at the Scott County Courthouse in Davenport. A judge earlier this year ruled in favor of a motion from Betwell’s defense to move the proceedings due to pretrial publicity in Dubuque County. Prosecutors say Betwell attacked 66-year-old Nancy Krapfl while she was out for her morning walk in September 2015. He’s accused of beating her unconscious and sexually assaulting her. She died of her injuries later that day.


Marshalltown Mayor Meets With Trump

One of the people invited to meet President Trump after Air Force One touched down at the Dubuque Regional Airport was the mayor of an Iowa city damaged by a tornado last week. Marshalltown Mayor Joel Greer tells our coverage partner, KCRG-TV, that while his meeting with the president was short, he made it known that Marshalltown will be seeking federal recovery assistance. Prior to Trump’s arrival, Greer says he was able to speak Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds. Greer expects those discussions will yield a better chance at disaster aid for Marshalltown. An EF-3 tornado struck Marshalltown last Thursday, damaging much of its downtown area and toppling the spire from the local county courthouse.


Welp Resigns as ED Mayor

 

The Mayor in East Dubuque has stepped down. Daniel Welp resigned effective at noon today. KDTH contacted Welp, who said his resignation is due to health issues and has nothing to do with the council voting last week to not renew the contract of City Manager Geoff Barklow, who was the subject of an investigation by Illinois State Police. Welp says that second ward councilman and Mayor pro-tem Steve Robey will conduct the next meeting of the council on August 6th. That’s when they’ll select a replcaement among themselves to fill the remainder of Welp’s term which expires in April of 2019.


Trump Talks Workforce Development At NICC


President Donald Trump says he will sign a bill into law that will benefit community colleges across the country. Trump held a roundtable discussion today on workforce development at Northeast Iowa Community College in Peosta. The legislation called the “Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act” was first authorized in 2006. Ivanka Trump, the President’s daughter is traveling with her father and says the legislation will provide money for job training and other related programs for students who attend community college. Trump was led on a tour by NICC President Dr. Liang Chee Wee, and he came away impressed. The President plans to sign the Perkins Act into law next week. Dr. Wee praised the President for his support of community colleges. Also part of the roundtable was Congressman Rod Blum, Governor Kim Reynolds, Secretary of Labor Alex Acosta, Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross, Matt Geise of Geise Manufacturing and Wendy Knight of NICC.


White House Schedule Reveals Timing Details of Trump Visit

We know a bit more of what to expect from President Donald Trump’s visit to Dubuque and Peosta today. The White House has released the president’s official public schedule for today, which outlines how long Trump’s stops in Dubuque and Peosta are expected to last. According to the schedule, Air Force One will land at the Dubuque Regional Airport just before 10:30 this morning. From there, the president will make the 20-minute drive to the Northeast Iowa Community College campus in Peosta. A tour of the college is scheduled to begin at 11:00 and last about a half hour. At 11:30, Trump’s roundtable on workforce development will begin. That discussion is only slated to last about 35 minutes before the president leaves Peosta on his way back to the Dubuque Regional Airport. Air Force One is scheduled to be “wheels up” from Dubuque at 12:35, headed toward the president’s next stop in the St. Louis area.


NICC Ready ForTrump's Visit

Officials at Northeast Iowa Community College are looking at today’s presidential visit as a rare opportunity to showcase the school’s impact on the local workforce. President Trump will tour the Peosta campus before sitting down for a roundtable discussion on workforce development. Preparations for the visit have been underway since late last week. NICC Vice President Wendy Knight says the school is largely following the same “playbook” it used when then-President Obama visited the school in 2011. Knight says they hope to impress upon the president how important a community college is for workforce development. The United States is currently dealing with a shortage of skilled workers…a shortage that’s only expected to get worse in coming years. This morning’s roundtable discussion is by invitation only and not open to the public. Among those who are expected to be at the table are Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds, 1st District Congressman Rod Blum, Peosta state lawmaker Shannon Lundgren, NICC President Dr. Liang Chee Wee, and representatives from the Dubuque Area Chamber of Commerce and Greater Dubuque Development Corporation.


Traffic Enforcement Project In Dubuque Nets Over 80 Citations

The latest multi-agency traffic enforcement project in Dubuque netted over 80 citations. The project was conducted by Dubuque and Asbury police departments, the sheriff’s office, Iowa State Patrol and the city animal control department, and covered the 151/61 corridor, downtown and near the north end of Dubuque. A total of 86 citation were issued to motorist, mostly for speeding and tinted windows. Officers also made contact with 99 pedestrians. The project was operational from 3 to 7 p.m. on July 19th.


Miller-Riverview Park Re-Opening

After being closed for an entire month, a riverside park in Dubuque is back open. City officials have re-opened Miller-Riverview Park to visitors and campers. An email from the city says the gates to the park are back open and a park manager will be on-site beginning at 3:30 this afternoon. Miller-Riverview had been closed since June 22…a full 33 days ago. That’s when high water on the Mississippi River forced its closure, which extended through the Independence Day holiday. The river has been back below the “action stage” of 15 feet for the past 2.5 weeks and city crews have been working over that time to clean the park and get it ready for campers. This was Miller-Riverview’s second closure already this year. The park was also off limits from April 30 to June 8 due to an earlier round of flooding. In all, Miller-Riverview has been closed because of flooding about 2/3 of the days since it opened for the season on April 8.


Dubuque County Sheriff's Department Among Law Enforcement Agencies Assisting with Presidential Visit

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Officers from the Dubuque County Sheriff’s Department will be among the significant law enforcement presence necessitated by tomorrow’s presidential visit to Peosta. President Donald Trump is scheduled to hold a roundtable discussion on workforce development at the Northeast Iowa Community College Campus in Peosta at 11:00 tomorrow morning. Chief Deputy Dave Riniker tells KDTH that members of the department will be on hand to assist the Secret Service and provide traffic control. Trump will fly in to the Dubuque Regional Airport, then make his way to Peosta. While Riniker can’t comment on the route the president will take, he says that local authorities were able to provide some input about the best way to get from the airport to NICC. Riniker is trying to keep the Sheriff’s Department’s staffing limited to officers that were already going to be on duty. That means bringing in some more members of the department’s management team to minimize overtime. Many of the department’s officers have assisted with visits by high-profile political figures in the past, including former President Obama’s visits to Peosta in August of 2013 and Dubuque in August and November of 2012. But for those who have not been through the experience, Riniker will encourage them to stay focused. In addition to the Sheriff’s Department, the police departments in Dubuque and Peosta and the Iowa State Patrol will also be supplying officers to assist with Trump’s visit.


Ag Leaders Express Doubt Over Trump Aid Proposal

Agriculture industry leaders are skeptical about whether President Donald Trump’s aid proposal for farmers will actually make a difference, or be a temporary fix to a long-term problem. The federal Department of Agriculture announced Tuesday that the President had directed it to provide $12 billion in emergency relief to farmers who have been dealing with low commodity prices since Trump launched trade disputes with several nations, most notably China. Mark Recker is the head of the Iowa Corn Growers Association and a farmer based in Fayette County. He says that while it’s encouraging to see President Trump acknowledge that farmers are hurting, he doubts how effective the temporary aid will be. The head of a national soybean group agrees. John Heisdorffer is an Iowa farmer who leads the American Soybean Association. He says that instead of temporary aid, he’d rather see the president focus on strengthening the country’s trade partnerships. The money in the farm aid package will come from the federal Commodity Credit Corporation, which is a program that dates back to the Great Depression. Farmers are expected to be able to begin applying for the program toward the end of August.


Marshalltown Mayor to Meet with Trump During Dubuque County Visit

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The full list of guests for President Donald Trump’s visit to Dubuque County hasn’t been released, but we do know of at least one more attendee. Our coverage partners at KCRG-TV are reporting that Marshalltown mayor Joel Greer will be meeting with President Trump on Thursday. According to Greer, he’ll meet the president at the Dubuque Regional Airport after Air Force One touches down there tomorrow morning. The mayor wants to talk with Trump about all of the damage that an EF-3 tornado caused in his community last week. From the Dubuque airport, Trump will travel to Northeast Iowa Community College’s Peosta campus, where he’ll host a roundtable discussion on workforce development beginning at 11:00 AM. Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds, 1st District Congressman Rod Blum, and Peosta state lawmaker Shannon Lundgren are all expected to attend the roundtable as well.


Card Skimmer Found on Another Central Avenue Gas Pump

A second credit card skimmer has been located at a Dubuque gas station. According to police, the latest skimmer was found Monday on a gas pump at the Liquor, Tobacco, and Gas at the intersection of 14th Street and Central Avenue. An employee located the skimmer during an annual inspection. Police say the device is similar to the one found on a gas pump at another Central Avenue retailer earlier this month. Back on July 9, employees at the Fas Mart in the 21-hundred block of Central found a skimmer on one of their pumps. Police haven’t said whether the two skimmers may be related, or if it’s possible they were installed by the same person. It’s also difficult to determine how long the latest skimmer had been on the pump at the Liquor, Tobacco, and Gas. Anyone who’s used that retailer’s gas pumps recently is urged to keep a close eye on their accounts, and to contact Dubuque Police if anything suspicious turns up.


"Frequent Shoplifter" Apprehended Thanks to ID4PD Tip

A Cedar Rapids woman described as a “frequent shoplifter” has been caught thanks to the Dubuque Police Department’s ID4PD website. 52-year-old Kimberly Isaacson was apprehended on Monday morning. She had been wanted by Dubuque Police for a little more than a month after employees at the local Wal-Mart reported that Isaacson had stolen a computer and some bedding valued at more than $750. Police posted security camera images of Isaacson on the ID4PD website. Those images were seen by a Cedar Rapids police officer, who contacted Dubuque Police and identified Isaacson as the woman in the pictures. Dubuque Police then reached out to Isaacson’s parole officer, who confirmed Isaacson’s identity and said that Isaacson is a “frequent shoplifter at Wal-Mart stores.” Isaacson has been charged with 3rd Degree Theft. In the past year, she’s been convicted on five other theft charges. Isaacson’s total sentence from those convictions has been four days in jail, three years of probation, and fines totaling about $1,250.


6-Year-Old Girl Injured After Riding Bike Into Semi

A girl was seriously injured after riding her bicycle into a semi in downtown Dubuque yesterday morning. According to Dubuque Police, the 6-year-old girl riding east on 17th Street a few minutes after 7:00 AM when she rode into the intersection with Central Avenue and crashed into the side of the tractor-trailer. She did not roll underneath the semi, but still suffered a head injury. The girl was taken to Finley Hospital to be treated, but police haven’t released an update on her condition. Police say the girl rode into the intersection against a red light. It’s unclear if the crash caused any damage to the semi.


Republican Party Nominates Klein For Board Of Supervisors

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The lone Republican on the Dubuque County Board of Supervisors will be running for re-election after all. Supervisor Daryl Klein received his party’s nomination for one of the two openings on the Board of Supervisors at the county Republican Party convention earlier this month. That comes after Klein had initially declined to run for another term and chose not to file nomination papers prior to last spring’s deadline. But Klein now says he’s honored that the party is putting its faith in him again. Klein says the main reason he wants to continue serving is the future of Sunnycrest Manor. For years, he has pushed to privatize the county-owned retirement home. With the election a little more than three months away, Klein says he now plans to hit the campaign trail. Klein will be running for one of two open spots on the board. Other candidates are fellow Republican Curt Kiessling, incumbent Democrat Jay Wickham, and Democratic challenger Ann McDonough of Asbury. Election Day is November 6th.