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Dubuque teen injured in crash near New Vienna

A Dubuque teen was injured in a crash Thursday evening north of New Vienna.   The state patrol says 18-year-old Caleb Snyder was southbound on Hickory Valley Road when his vehicle entered the west ditch and rolled.   Snyder was taken to Unity Point Health-Finley Hospital in Dubuque for treatment.   That crash happened at 5:15 p.m. Thursday.

Former Anamosa Guard Sentenced

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) — A former Anamosa correctional officer has been sentenced in U.S. District Court to over four years in prison for smuggling contraband and being a drug user while possessing a firearm on duty. U.S. Attorney Kevin W. Techau announced Wednesday that 29-year-old Garrett Barton received a 57-month prison term. He received the sentence after pleading guilty in October to accepting bribes to smuggle contraband into the Anamosa State Penitentiary.

Legalized Fireworks Making Progress in Legislature

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Legislation that would legalize the sale of fireworks in Iowa is once again advancing through the Iowa Legislature, though it may face some challenges from lawmakers. The Senate State Government Committee voted 10-5 Wednesday in support of the bill, which would allow the sale and use of consumer fireworks such as firecrackers and roman candles. Current law allows the sale of novelties like sparklers.

Trump Disputes Caucus
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) —Donald Trump is continuing to dispute his second-place finish in Iowa's kickoff caucuses earlier this week.  Trump told a crowd of thousands in Little Rock, Arkansas Wednesday night, "Actually, I think I came in first."  Trump is taking issue with false rumors, allegedly circulated by backers of rival Ted Cruz on caucus night, that Ben Carson had decided to drop out of the race.

Dyersville Council Tables Sidewalk Action

The Dyersville City Council has tabled action on a sidewalk project.  During Monday's meeting the council voted to table the re-pass resolution awarding a contract for the project to connect Dyersville Elementary with Westside Park.  They also tabled a resolution for an amended agreement with IIW for project engineering and a public hearing on a budget amendment.   Those items will be discussed again at the next regular council meeting.   In other business, the council by a 3-2 vote approved the first reading for an ordinance to rezone property from R-2 Residential to C-2 Commercial in Westridge Estates along 12th Avenue SW for an office building.

Iowa DOT to Reconstruct Highway 20 Near Peosta

DUBUQUE, Iowa (AP) — A dangerous stretch of U.S. 20 is set to be reconstructed in the next few years to improve traffic safety near Dubuque.  The Iowa Department of Transportation plans to smooth out a curve of the four-lane highway at an intersection near Peosta beginning in 2019.  The $26 million project will also add a wider median, enabling turning vehicles entering U.S. 20 to cross only one direction of traffic at a time.  The department's data shows that wrecks in the area led to 18 injuries in the past five years.  Property damage is estimated at more than $366,000.

The department's transportation planner for the area, Sam Shea, says that in the upcoming fiscal year, the department will begin acquiring some right-of-way properties, including a few established homes and undeveloped land.

Tom Hancock Passes Away Sunday

DUBUQUE, Iowa (AP) — Dubuque County Supervisor Tom Hancock has died at the age of 67.   Hancock, who passed away early Sunday, served with the Epworth Fire Department for 45 years, including 16 years as chief.   He was also a state Senator for eight years and was a past president of the Iowa Firefighters Association.   Iowa Senate President Pam Jochum says Hancock was a good public servant and man of his word.

 

Dyersville Mayor, Council Hold Work Session to Discuss Sidewalk Project

A work session was held Wednesday to discuss the sidewalk project connecting Dyersville Elementary and Westside Park.  Mayor Dan Willenborg and council members Mark Breitbach, Mark Wagner and Teresa Bockenstedt were able to attend the session.  The consensus was to change the proposed route to run on 9th Avenue to 7th Street up to 12th Avenue.  It was explained that Mayor Willenborg will veto awarding the contract that was approved last week and have the engineer speak with the contractor about an extension on the project due to the route change.

 

Iowa Ethanol Executives Charged with Federal Tax Violations

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) — Managers of an eastern Iowa ethanol company face multiple charges of federal tax violations.

U.S. Attorney Kevin W. Techau announced Wednesday a Cedar Rapids grand jury on Jan. 21 indicted Randy Less and Darrell Smith on multiple counts of willfully failing to pay federal taxes. Prosecutors allege they withheld federal income, Social Security, and Medicare taxes from employees but didn't pay those taxes to the Internal Revenue Services.

The indictment says Less was majority owner and general manager of Permeate Refining in Hopkinton when he didn't pay more than $116,000 from 2009 to 2010.
Smith was a corporate officer and manager of Algae Energae, which bought Permeate in 2009.

They're charged with not paying over $307,000 in 2011 and 2012.

 

Farley woman Leads Authorities on Chase from Galena to Dubuque

A Farley woman faces charges after leading authorities on a high-speed chase through two states Tuesday morning.  Galena police stopped 28-year-old Michelle Brandenburg at 9:53 a.m. Tuesday.  She was wanted on a warrant out of Dubuque County charging pretrial violation on existing charges for theft and interference with official acts and eluding.   As officers approached the vehicle, Brandenburg refused to exit and fled.  Jo Davies County Sheriff's deputies deployed stop sticks near the Julien Dubuque Bridge, but Brandenburg continued on with a flat tire.  The chase ended in Dubuque, where she was arrested without further incident.  Brandenburg was arrested by Galena police for drug charges, driving with a suspended license, fleeing and attempting to elude, failure to yield to an audible signal, reckless driving, speeding, improper lane usage and failure to signal. She also faces multiple new charges in Dubuque County.

 

Two Men Charged Following Break-in Near Graf

Two Dubuque men face charges after allegedly breaking into a home near Graf on Monday.  Asbury Police responded to a burglary in progress at 15166 Five Points Road last Monday morning.  The resident said he was home at the time and confronted 22-year-old Logan Ball who was gathering items after forcibly entering the residence.  Balla nd the homeowner wrestled outside the house before Ball was able to escape and flee in a vehicle with 22-year-old Andrew Hochberger.  Police located the vehicle near Asbury Road and Twin Springs Drive and arrested both men.  They are charged with first-degree burglary.

Tauke Motors Named Business of the Year at Chamber Dinner

The annual Dyersville Area Chamber of Commerce meeting and dinner was held Wednesday night in Petersburg.  Tauke Motors was named Business of the Year during last night's event.  Other nominees were Plum Creek Archery, Prier Brothers, Theisen's and Jam Systems.

Dyersville Council News

A sidewalk/trail connection between Dyersville Elementary and Westside Park was again a major item on the city council agenda.  Following public comments last night, the council voted 3-2 to award a contract for that project to Eastern Iowa Excavating & Concrete of Cascade for $254,000.  In other business, the council approved a resolution amending fees for Park and Rec programs.  Under that resolution, many of the program fees will increase by $5 for the 2016 seasons.

Strawberry Point Restaurant Destroyed by Fire

A Strawberry Point business was destroyed by fire early Sunday morning.  Fire crews were called to Back Home Country Cookin’ around 12:15 am.  Officials say the fire started in the back of the building.  No one was injured.  Firefighters were on scene until around 5:30 a.m. and were called back later in the morning for a flare-up.

Five Injured in Hartbecke Road Crash

Five people were injured ina one-vehicle crash Thursday night in Dubuque County.  According to the state patrol, 29-year-old Marquita Robertson, of Epworth, was northbound on Hartbecke Road when she failed to negotiate a curve.  Her vehicle left the roadway and went into a ditch before going over an embankment. Robertson and her four passengers were taken to Unity Point Health-Finley Hospital in Dubuque for treatment. That crash happened around 9:45 p.m.

Dubuque Police Charge Ex-Wife in Man's Murder

DUBUQUE, Iowa (AP) — Dubuque police have arrested the ex-wife of a 72-year-old man who was found dead last week. Officers on Monday afternoon arrested 62-year-old Dolores A. Flynn on a warrant charging her with second-degree murder.

Officers found Gary Breckenridge dead inside his Dubuque home on Jan. 4. The State Medical Examiner's office determined the cause of death was blunt force drama, consistent with being struck with a baseball bat. Police say Flynn told a family member that she struck Breckenridge with a bat that she hid in a ditch. Investigators have found the bat believed to be used in this crime.

Delaware County Farmer Dies in Accidental Shooting Incident

DUNDEE, Iowa (AP) — Authorities say a Delaware County man has been killed by an accidental shotgun blast. The Delaware County Sheriff's Office says 57-year-old Randall Kelchen died Monday afternoon at his farm near Dundee. The Sheriff's Office says Kelchen had just used the shotgun to euthanize an aggressive bull. He was climbing a gate out of his barnyard when the shotgun went off.

NWS Confirms EF-1 Tornado near Luxemburg in December

The National Weather Service has determined that two areas of damage from thunderstorms on December 23 were caused by tornadoes, including one near Luxemburg.  Officials say an EF-1 rated tornado began at 5:38 p.m. a mile west of Luxemburg.  It was on the ground fora little more than one mile, lifting at 5:40 p.m. two miles northwest of Luxemburg.  Its maximum width was 25 yards, with winds estimated at 90 MPH.  Trees and outbuildings on two farms were damaged, and some debris from one of the outbuildings struck a farmhouse.

Iowa Farmer Gets 3 Months for Hiring People in US Illegally

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) — An Iowa dairy farmer has been given three months in prison for employing people who authorities say were in the United States illegally.

Michael Millenkamp of Earlville was sentenced last week in U.S. District Court in Cedar Rapids. Millenkamp also was ordered to forfeit $245,000. He'd pleaded guilty to harboring, encouraging and inducing someone living in the U.S. illegally.

Prosecutors say the 48-year-old Millenkamp, of rural Earlville, employed several people residing in the U.S. unlawfully between 2007 and 2011. Some of the employees were allowed to live at one or more of the farms owned by Millenkamp.

Former Anamosa Guard Sentenced

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) — A former guard at the state maximum-security prison in Anamosa has been sentenced to 17 months behind bars for being a drug user in possession of a firearm.

Ethan Darrow will surrender later to begin serving the sentence issued Monday by U.S. District Judge Linda Reade, who also ordered a $5,000 fine.

Federal authorities announced charges against the 29-year-old and three others this fall.

Darrow pleaded guilty after admitting that he was a regular user of marijuana and cocaine in 2014.

Former officer Garrett Barton is awaiting sentencing on federal charges of extortion and being a drug user in possession of a firearm. Two other guards were sentenced to two days of jail on state drug charges.

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