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Wanted Man Found with Cocaine, Marijuana, Several Types of Pills

A Dubuque man wanted on several charges was found with multiple varieties of drugs when he was taken into custody this week. 35-year-old Andrew Gansemer was pulled over by a Dubuque Police officer on Monday afternoon. The officer recognized Gansemer and knew he had outstanding warrants for burglary, criminal mischief, and child endangerment charges. As Gansemer was being arrested, the officer found a small bag of cocaine in Gansemer’s shorts. Police searched the vehicle and found more cocaine, multiple containers of marijuana, and at least five different kinds of prescription drugs. In addition to his previous charges, Gansemer has had five new charges added against him, including counts of Possession of Marijuana, Possession of Cocaine, and Unlawful Possession of a Prescription Drug. Those new charges alone carry a maximum penalty of more than four years in prison.


Iowa News

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) – Missouri has revoked the peace officer license of a former highway patrol trooper who was driving a patrol boat when a handcuffed Iowa man fell out and drowned. The Kansas City Star reports Anthony Piercy’s peace officer license was permanently revoked after the Missouri Department of Public Safety reviewed evidence in the death of 20-year-old Brandon Ellingson, of Clive, Iowa, on the Lake of the Ozarks in 2014.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – Former Iowa first lady Mari Culver says she’s been diagnosed with breast cancer. A family spokesman confirmed the diagnosis Tuesday. She’ll start treatment Thursday. Culver shared the news to encourage women and men to seek regular screenings.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – New data shows Democrats recently outraised Republicans in two closely watched Iowa congressional races, though those GOP incumbents have more available cash to spend. Fundraising totals released this week for Iowa’s 1st Congressional District in northeast Iowa shows Democrat Abby Finkenauer raised more than $605,000 between May 17 and June 30. U.S. GOP Rep. Rod Blum raised about $266,000 during that period. The general election will be Nov. 6.

PANORA, Iowa (AP) – An Iowa prosecutor says a west-central Iowa police officer was justified in killing a man who charged him holding a knife. Guthrie County Attorney Mary Benton says in a report released Tuesday that Panora Officer Rock Armstrong tried repeatedly to calm 26-year-old Joshua Reed, of New Virginia, on July 1 as he sought to talk the raging man out of an apartment. Benton says Armstrong had no choice but to shoot when Reed came through the door and charged the officer wielding a knife.


Wisconsin News

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – A spokesman for Gov. Scott Walker says he did not accept a gift from a woman who was charged Monday with being a covert agent for Russia inside the U.S. A photo taken from the National Rifle Association convention in April 2015 shows the woman, Maria Butina, talking with Walker. He is shown holding a circular, decorative object and examining what looks like a piece of jewelry in a small box. The woman is smiling with her hands out as Walker looks at the items.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – Madison Mayor Paul Soglin says he will not seek re-election to that post next year, but he’s staying in the race for governor. No one has served as mayor of Madison longer than the 73-year-old Soglin, who was first elected in 1973 at age 27 and has been in and out of office since then. He was most recently elected in 2011 and re-elected in 2015. He’s been mayor for 22 years.

EAU CLAIRE, Wis. (AP) – Eau Claire’s police chief says an officer will not be disciplined for fatally shooting a man last year. The Eau Claire Police Department’s administrative review found Sgt. Jesse Henning followed the department’s policies and procedures. Henning shot and killed Eau Claire resident Michael Caponigro last July after Caponigro fired a shotgun at officers checking on his welfare. The DA earlier ruled the shooting was a justified use of deadly force.

KIMBERLY, Wis. (AP) – Police say a couple found dead in a house in Kimberly were shot. Authorities on Tuesday identified the man and woman as 42-year-old Gregory Colon and 38-year-old Laurie Colon. Preliminary autopsy results show the couple died of gunshot wounds. Police say the two were getting a divorce. Their bodies were found Friday. Police continue to investigate but are not looking for any suspects.


Illinois News

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) – Gov. Bruce Rauner has signed into law measures aimed at replacing troublesome housing units at the Quincy veterans’ home. The Republican took action Tuesday to speed up the process for rebuilding dormitories and replacing plumbing that breed bacteria that causes Legionnaires’ disease. It allows the state to combine the processes for designing and building with one firm instead of seeking bids separately. Legionnaires’ has contributed to the deaths of 13 residents since 2015.

WADSWORTH, Ill. (AP) – Fire has damaged a celebrated house in northern Illinois that is known to attract tourists from around the world. No injuries were reported when fire burned part of the Gold Pyramid House in Wadsworth on Tuesday. The Lake County Sheriff’s Office reports firefighters from several departments battled the blaze, which did it says did not appear suspicious. The extent of the damage wasn’t immediately known. The Gold Pyramid House was built in 1977 as a private residence

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) – Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner has vetoed a bill that would end the state’s participation in a multistate voter registration system critics say is inaccurate and vulnerable to hackers. The Interstate Voter Registration Crosscheck Program is run through the Kansas secretary of state’s office and is aimed at flagging duplicate voter registrations across state lines. In his veto message Tuesday, Rauner said the legislation hinders Illinois’ efforts to combat fraudulent voting.

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) – Gov. Bruce Rauner says he was “deeply troubled” by President Donald Trump’s seeming support for Russia and President Vladimir Putin in public comments. The Republican governor told reporters Tuesday that “we should not be defending the Russians’ behavior” and that “Putin is a brutal dictator.” Trump on Tuesday clarified his comments in Helsinki. He says he misspoke when said he didn’t believe Russia interfered with the 2016 U.S. election and dismissed U.S. intelligence officials’ findings.