Authorities Investigating Robbery at Delaware County Historical Society in Hopkinton
The Delaware County Sheriff's Office is investigating a robbery at the Delaware County Historical Society Doolittle Hall in Hopkinton. It happened sometime between Wednesday evening and this morning. Many Indian artifacts were taken, including arrow heads, moccasins and a vest. Anyone with info about this crime should contact the Delaware County Sheriff's Office.
US Marshals Arrest Fugitive on Army's 'Most Wanted' List
DYERSVILLE, Iowa (AP) — A fugitive who's on a list of the "most wanted" by the U.S. Army has been captured in Iowa. The U.S. Marshals Service says Daryl Grigsby was arrested Tuesday in Dyersville. The Army says the 57-year-old former infantryman is wanted on charges that include assault, attempted rape and attempted armed robbery. He left the Army in 1980. Investigators say Grigsby had evaded capture since 2000, when he violated his supervised release in Rhode Island stemming from a 1993 bank robbery. He allegedly used multiple aliases but was ultimately found hiding in plain sight. Investigators spotted him Tuesday at a Dyersville residence and arrested him without incident. He's being held at the county jail in Cedar Rapids.
Iowa State Wide Tornado Drill
The State Wide Tornado Drill will be conducted tomorrow (March 29th) in Iowa. It will begin with a test Tornado Watch at 10 a.m., followed by a test Tornado Warning with activation around 10:30. Schools, businesses and citizens are encouraged to participate. As part of Severe Weather Awareness Week, Dubuque County Emergency Management will host a weather spotter training session tonight. That free event will be held at the training center near the fairgrounds starting at 6:30.
Iowa Farmland Value up slightly
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A new survey suggests that farmland values in Iowa have inched upward in the past six months. A report from the Iowa Realtors Land Institute Chapter No. 2 says the farmland values climbed nearly 1 percent from September to March, hitting $6,545 an acre. The Des Moines Register reports that the increase was the first since September 2013. Despite that recent increase, farmland values are still 2.8 percent lower for the past 12 months.
Boy Leaps into Arms of Mother, Officer to Escape Fire
DUBUQUE, Iowa (AP) — Authorities say a police officer and a boy's mother coaxed the 7-year-old into jumping from a second-story window into their arms so he could escape a fire at their home in Dubuque. The fire was reported about 1:30 p.m. Tuesday. Fire officials say the mother was able to escape down the front stairs when the blaze erupted. Smoke prevented the boy from reaching the front or rear stairs. Officer Dane Clark and two others soon joined the mother below the window where the boy was standing. They persuaded him to push out the screen, drop his dog to one of the officers and jump into the waiting arms of his mother and Clark. The boy was taken to a Dubuque hospital for treatment of smoke inhalation.
DyersvilleSt. Patrick's Day Float winners:
1stplace Tauke Motors
2ndplace Dyersville Sportsman
HonorableMentions: Skid-Marks & Dyersville Airport.
1stplace Payless Foods (Lucky Charms),
2ndplace Dyersville Comic & Games (Super Patrick vs Dinosaur),
3rdplace Victory Ford (Max Mustang).
Honorablemention: Irish Dancers
Authorities Identify Monticello Child Involved in Wednesday Crash
Authorities have identified the Monticello child who died in an accident Wednesday afternoon. According to the state patrol, a minivan was southbound on South Cedar Street approaching the intersection with West Washington Street, and the child, 8-year-old Cassandra Rieken,was eastbound on West Washington Street when her tricycle struck the front of the minivan. That accident happened at approximately 3:52p.m. Wednesday. The investigation continues.
Maquoketa Bank Robbery Update
The man linked to a bank robbery in Maquoketa that led to a pursuit in Dubuque County has been charged in connection with the car chase. 40-year-old Donte Rhodes made his initial court appearance in Dubuque County on Thursday. He is charged with eluding, interference with officials acts and eight traffic violations. Maquoketa Police were notified at 1:46 p.m. Wednesday about an alarm at Fidelity Bank on Highway 64. Officers were then notified that the suspect left in an SUV and fled north on Highway 61. Investigators say the suspect handed a teller a note and implied he had a gun, but did not show one during the robbery. A Dubuque County Sheriff's Deputy later located the vehicle and attempted to make a stop, but Rhodes fled. The pursuit ended when he crashed into two vehicles. Rhodes then attempted to flee on foot but was quickly apprehended. Charges related to the robbery are pending as the investigation continues.
Jury Convicts Iowa Man of Murder in Trailer Park Shooting
DUBUQUE, Iowa (AP) — A 19-year-old Dubuque man has been convicted of first-degree murder in the robbery shooting of a man at a trailer park in the Dubuque County community of Key West.
Jurors took less than three hours of deliberation Tuesday before finding Imere Hall guilty. The mandatory life sentence is scheduled to be handed down April 3.
Prosecutors say Hall and two other men broke into the trailer of 21-year-old Collin Brown last April, intending to rob him. Brown was shot trying to escape the three.
The other two men are 31-year-old Eric Campbell, who is scheduled to go on trial Tuesday, and 20-year-old Tacari Minifee, whose trial is set to begin April 18. Both have pleaded not guilty to murder and robbery charges.
Regional Medical Center CEO Resigns over Travel Reimbursement Issues
The CEO at Regional Medical Center has resigned. RMC's Board of Trustees accepted Lon Butikofer's immediate resignation during a meeting on Monday. He had submitted his resignation last Friday. This move happened after the trustees identified a serious issue involving improper travel expense reimbursement submitted by Butikofer. In a press release, the board said they have notified the State Auditor and are working with the proper agencies to remedy the situation. In addition, the trustees will work with an independent auditing firm to further review the expense reimbursements. The Regional Medical Center board of Trustees also announced that Chief Financial Officer Danette Kramer has been appointed COO and will temporarily handle CEO responsibilities. They will be assigning a committee to conduct a search for a new CEO.
Pedestrian Struck on Highway 20 in Dubuque County
A Dubuque man was struck and killed on Highway 20 in Dubuque County late Saturday night. Authorities say an eastbound vehicle struck 34-year-old Jason Ehlerson the roadway just prior the Peosta exit shortly before midnight. Authorities say he was wearing dark clothing. The driver of the car and her passengers were not injured.