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Dubuque Man Pleads Guilty to Sex Crimes

A Dubuque man has pleaded guilty to a sex crime against a child. Thirty-four-year-old Billy D.W. Dotson recently pleaded guilty to one count of lascivious acts with a child by solicitation in Iowa District Court of Dubuque County. As part of the plea deal, charges of second-degree sexual abuse, enticing a minor under the age of 13 and a second lascivious acts charge were dismissed. Court documents state Dotson inappropriately touched a child under the age of 10 who he knew last year at an Asbury residence. The victim reported the incident to a school teacher shortly after, and it was forwarded to police for investigation. On September 1st , a jury found Dotson also guilty of third-degree sexual abuse, attempted second-degree burglary, assault while participating in a felony and assault with intent to commit sexual abuse in a separate incident. Sentencing for both charges is set for October 16th.

Dubuque Sexual Abuse

A man from Dubuque has been arrested after allegedly sexually abusing a child on multiple occasions. Officials say that on January 5th, police were dispatched to Mercy Hospital in reference to a report of sexual abuse. Officials interviewed the victim, who stated that 23-year-old Joy Langrine had also abused her back in December. They conducted a DNA test of the victim’s clothing which also came back positive with Langrine’s DNA. Following an investigation, Langrine was charged with two counts of Sexual Abuse in the Third Degree - Child Victim/Person 4 or More Years Old.

Monticello TPing

In a joint statement sent by Monticello’s Chief of Police and Monticello Community School District’s Superintendent, officials are warning that students and individuals who participate in illegal pastimes will see consequences.

The warning comes after incidents such as “throwing eggs and “TP’ing” have resulted in “personal injury and property damage.”

The full statement reads:

Parents, Students, and Staff,
Homecoming Week is always exciting in the Monticello Community. The school hosts a variety of activities for our students and families and we take pride in our community coming together for these events. In our community, one Monticello Homecoming tradition has been TP’ing. This is not a school sponsored activity, but has widely been observed as a harmless Homecoming ritual. Unfortunately, a few have taken things too far. Recently we have been made aware of incidents such as throwing eggs, pouring syrup, and putting cheese on personal property such as vehicles and houses. This behavior has resulted in a personal injury, and property damage. These incidents not only cause damage and injury but hard feelings in the community as well.

The Monticello Community School District has been in contact with the Monticello Police Department and effective immediately all TP’ing activities in the community will be suspended for the remainder of the 2023/24 school year. Law Enforcement will disperse individuals participating in these activities and individuals identified as possessing or utilizing additional items intended for damaging or defacing property may be prosecuted for criminal mischief and/or trespassing. In addition, students may be subject to school consequences for their participation in these activities.

I would like to apologize to anyone in the community who has been negatively impacted by recent events. If anyone has information regarding the individuals responsible for recent inappropriate activities, please report this to the Monticello Police Department.

Sincerely,
Brian Jaeger - Superintendent
Britt D. Smith - Chief of Police

Regional Medical Center Announces New Family Practice Clinic Building Coming in Hopkinton

Regional Medical Center in Manchester has announced that a new Regional Family Health clinic will be built in Hopkinton. The new clinic will be located at 133 SE 1st Street and will include four exam rooms, a procedure room and lab draw room. The new building will increase space to allow rooms larger in size than the current Hopkinton clinic offers. The new building will also have a centralized nursing station to provide greater efficiency for staff. Steve Dircks of Hopkinton donated the land for the new clinic.

Sports

Sports 9/25

NFL Scoreboard

Browns 27, Titans 3

Miami 70, Broncos 20

New England 15, Jets 10

Bills 37, Washington 3

Lions 20, Falcons 6

Houston 37, Jacksonville 17

Chargers 28, Vikings 24

Packers 18, Saints 17

Colts 22, Baltimore 19

Seattle 37, Carolina 27

Arizona 28, Dallas 16

Kansas City 41, Chicago 10

Steelers 23, Raiders 18

Monday Night Games – Eagles @ Buccaneers 6:15 ABC / Rams @ Bengals 7:15 ESPN

Georgia, Michigan and Texas remain the top three teams in the AP College Football Poll. The Bulldogs received 55 first place votes, Michigan got one and the Longhorns got two first place votes. Ohio State is up two spots to fourth and Florida State fell one spot to fifth. Penn State is sixth, followed by Washington, USC, Oregon and Utah.

MLB Scores

Baltimore 5, Guardians 1

Miami 6, Milwaukee 1

Reds 4, Pirates 2

Toronto 9, Rays 5

Nationals 3, Braves 2 (Game 1)

Braves 8, Nationals 5 (Game 2)

Arizona 7, Yankees 1

White Sox 3, Boston 2

Twins 9, Angels 3

Royals 6, Astros 5

Cubs 4, Rockies 3

Rangers 9, Seattle 8

Tigers 2, Oakland 0

Padres 12, Cardinals 2

Phillies 5, Mets 2

Dodgers 3, Giants 2

MLB Playoff Picture --

AL – Minnesota has clinched Central, Baltimore and the Rays have clinched playoff spots. Rays lead Wild Card Standings, Toronto is second and Houston third. Seattle is ½ back of Houston for third WC spot.

NL – Atlanta and Dodgers have won their divisions, Milwaukee has clinched a playoff spot. Phillies lead WC standings, followed by Arizona and Chicago. Miami is one game back of Cubs for the third WC.

Local School events scheduled for today;

Beckman – Junior High Volleyball hosts Aquin, JV Football hosts West Branch

Cascade – JV Football @ Ed-Co, Freshman, Sophomore & JV Volleyball @ Center Point-Urbana

Western Dubuque – Varsity Boys Golf MVC Divisional tournament @ Meadows Golf Club

Monticello – Freshman Volleyball @ Maquoketa

Anamosa – Freshman/Sophomore Football @ Bellevue, JV Football team hosts Benton Community

West Delaware – Sophomore Football @ Williamsburg, 7th grade Volleyball hosts Vinton-Shellsburg, 8th grade Volleyball @ Vinton-Shellsburg

Maquoketa Valley – JV Football hosts Lisbon

Ed-Co – Junior High Football @ Central Elkader, JV Football hosts Cascade, High School Volleyball @ Independence

Sports 9/22

Varsity Volleyball Scores from Thursday;

Beckman 3, Cascade 0 (25-18, 25-15, 25-13)

Ed-Co 3, Maquoketa Valley 0 (25-18, 25-17, 25-19)

The new volleyball rankings were released Thursday, and all top ranked teams keep their spot – Ankeny Christian in 1A, Dike-New Hartford in 2A, Western Christian in 3A, Clear Creek-Amana in 4A and Dowling leads 5A again this week. Ed-Co is 12th this week in 1A, down from fourth a week ago. West Delaware is 11th, Wahlert 12th and Anamosa 14th in class 3A, and Senior is up two spots to 10th in the 5A volleyball rankings.

The Western Dubuque varsity cross country teams competed in Dubuque on Thursday. The girls took 9th out of 12 teams with a 250. Senior won with 53 points, and Hempstead was second at 58. The Bobcat boys also placed 9th among 12 schools, compiling a score of 258. Cedar Falls won with 34 points, including four runners in the top 10. Pleasant Valley was second with 46 points.

Football continues tonight on KDST as Beckman hosts West Branch. Game time is 7 pm. Here are other week 5 games;

Cascade hosts Regina

Western Dubuque hosts Waverly-Shell Rock

Monticello hosts Northeast

Anamosa @ West Liberty

West Delaware hosts Maquoketa

Maquoketa Valley @ Clayton Ridge

Ed-Co @ Lone Tree

Starmont @ North Cedar

The 49ers beat the Giants 30-12 in the Thursday night game. Brock Purdy threw for 310 yards and 2 td’s as San Francisco improved to 3-0, while the Giants are 1-2.