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Dubuque to Coinsider Eliominating Jail Time for Misdemeaners

DUBUQUE, Iowa (AP) — Those who commit a misdemeanor in Dubuque soon might not have to worry about bail money. Dubuque City Manager Mike Van Milligen and Assistant City Attorney Maureen Quann will ask the City Council on Monday to eliminate jail time as a penalty for misdemeanor city crimes. Quann says the city currently follows state law, which allows the option of jail time for vandalism, theft, disorderly conduct, public intoxication and other simple misdemeanors. Quann says a recent Iowa Supreme Court opinion prompted the proposed change. Earlier this month, the high court overturned a Polk County woman's conviction because she was not advised of her right to a lawyer to defend against a misdemeanor theft charge, which carried a possible jail sentence.

Small Plane Accident in Independence

INDEPENDENCE, Iowa (AP) — A small plane spun off the runway while landing in Independence over the weekend, but everyone aboard walked away unharmed. A strong crosswind may have been a factor in the Saturday morning crash. The Cessna 195 spun around as it touched down and veered off into the grass. The plane sustained damaged to its left wing and landing gear, but all four people aboard were unharmed.

State Patrol Investigating Fatal Crash near Luxemburg

The state patrol is investigating a fatal crash near Luxemburg. Emergency crews were called to the scene two miles west of Luxemburg on Highway 3 around 7 a.m. Other details were not yet available.

Dubuque School Officials Remove Child who had Knife in Class

DUBUQUE, Iowa (AP) — Officials at a Dubuque elementary school say a student who brought a pocketknife to class has been removed from the premises.

Marshall Elementary School Principal Joe Maloney sent an email to parents Monday, saying the knife was confiscated and the child was removed from the school. Details surrounding the incident and the age of the student weren't immediately available.

In his email, Maloney says school employees heard from students that another had a pocketknife. School administrators and resource officers plan to look into the incident. Disciplinary action will be taken pending the results of the investigation.

Western Dubuque Board Sets School Calendar

The Western Dubuque School Board has set the calendar for the 2015-2016 school year. The first day will be Thursday, August 27th, with the final day of school scheduled for June 3rd.

Iowa Man Faces Vehicular Homicide Charges after Fatal Wreck

HOLY CROSS, Iowa (AP) — A 25-year-old Dubuque man arrested and charged with drunken driving after his passenger was killed in a crash now faces two additional charges of vehicular homicide.  Online court records show Alexander Engling was charged Monday with felony counts of homicide by vehicle, one for alleged reckless driving and the other for alleged drunken driving. That crash occurred about 1:30 p.m. April 5 in Holy Cross.  The Dubuque County Sheriff's Office says Engling lost control of his vehicle, which entered a ditch and overturned.  His passenger, 30-year-old John Cook, of Holy Cross, was ejected from the vehicle. He was pronounced dead at the scene.Engling is scheduled to be arraigned in two weeks.

One of Two Teens Found in Car in Delhi Dies at Hospital
One of the two teen found unresponsive in a vehicle in Delhi late Saturday has died. According to the Delaware County Sheriff's Office, a deputy found 18-year-old Cole Haan of Epworth, and 17-year-old Nicole Lucas of Manchester in a parked vehicle that had been running. They were airlifted to University Hospitals in Iowa City where Haan died this morning. Investigation revealed defects in the vehicle's exhaust system and it's believed the teens were victims of accidental carbon monoxide poisoning.  Lucas remains at the hospital and is improving.

Two Teens Being Treated after being Found Unresponsive in Car

Two teens are being treated after they were found unresponsive in a vehicle in Delhi late Saturday. According to the Delaware County Sheriff's Office, a deputy was notified about a parked vehicle that had been running. The vehicle was located on South Street, adjacent to Maquoketa Valley High School. The deputy entered the locked vehicle and administered first aid on the two occupants, 18-year-old Cole Haan of Epworth, and 17-year-old Nichole Lucas of Manchester, who were taken to Regional Medical Center in Manchester and then airlifted to University Hospitals in Iowa City. Investigation revealed defects in the vehicle's exhaust system and it's believed they were victims of accidental carbon monoxide poisoning.

Clinton Making First Campaign Trip to Iowa on Tuesday

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Hillary Clinton is taking her newly announced presidential campaign into the heart of small town Iowa this week.

Clinton will tour Kirkwood Community College in Monticello on Tuesday and visit a produce distribution company in Norwalk on Wednesday. That's according to a schedule provided by her campaign Sunday.

Clinton announced Sunday that she'll seek the presidency for a second time. Her team has made clear that she wants to avoid big campaign events and instead focus on more personal interaction with voters in early voting states like Iowa.

Clinton's 2008 campaign faltered in Iowa, where she placed third in the caucuses.

Plane Makes Emergency Landing Near Peosta     

PEOSTA, Iowa (AP) — A small, single-engine plane made an emergency landing on a  road near Peosta. No one was injured when the emergency landing was executed Saturday morning on  Cox Springs Road.      The pilot, Adam Maritz of California, said he was flying to Illinois when he saw  smoke in the cockpit. In response, he shut off his avionics equipment. That  prompted Dubuque Regional Airport staff to alert emergency responders since they  lost contact with the plane.      Maritz landed the plane on the road and then drove into a nearby parking lot.

Iowa State Patrol: 5 Killed after Semitrailer Hits Vehicle

URBANA, Iowa (AP) — The Iowa State Patrol says five people, including a 12-year-old, were killed after a semitrailer struck their vehicle in Benton County.

The state patrol identified the deceased as 20-year-old Nicole Renee Jacobson, 19-year-old Quentin Ray Ary, 17-year-old Triston James-Ray Randall, 14-year-old Hunter William Tuttle and 12-year-old Zoey Lynnae Tuttle.

Troopers say Ary was the only one wearing a seatbelt. A crash report didn't list any injuries for the semitrailer's 56-year-old driver.

The report says the Thursday afternoon wreck happened after the vehicle, with the five people inside, was traveling west through an intersection and was then struck by a northbound semitrailer. Both vehicles came to a rest in a ditch, with the semitrailer blocking both lanes of Highway 150.

The state patrol says the crash remains under investigation.

NWS: Tornado Touched Down in Eastern Iowa

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Severe weather making its way across eastern Iowa has produced at least one tornado.

The National Weather Service confirms that a tornado was located around 5:25 p.m. Thursday in rural Donahue, which is about 15 miles north of Davenport.

Meteorologist John Haase says there were no reports of structural damage. He says the tornado caused some blown-over semitrucks and uprooted or damaged trees. Hail as large as ping pong balls was predicted in the area.

The Weather Service says it received multiple reports of tornadoes later Thursday evening in Scott and Clinton counties. There were no injuries reported. Damage included downed trees and power lines and an overturned semi-trailer.

Meteorologist Rich Kinney says storm survey crews will be headed to the area Friday morning.

Dubuque Man Accused of Reporting Robbery that Never Happened

DUBUQUE, Iowa (AP) — An 18-year-old man has been accused of reporting to police that he had been robbed and later saying the robbery never happened.

Jamal L. Gray, of Dubuque, turned himself in Thursday. He is charged with filing a false report to a public safety entity. Police say Gray reported he had been robbed at gunpoint on March 27, but investigation into the incident revealed several inconsistencies in his report. Police say they when they brought up the discrepancies to Gray, he admitted to filing the false report because he gave some people money to buy him marijuana and they didn't return.

Clayton Ridge Voters Defeat Bond Issue

Voters in the Clayton Ridge School District have voted against a $10 million bond issue.  The district was seeking those funds to pay for renovations and additions in Guttenberg. The project would have included a new gym. The proposed tax increase was estimated between $2.60 and $2.70 per thousand dollars assessed valuation. That bond issued needed a 60 percent majority, but was voted down by a margin of 892 to 224.

4 Arrested in Connection with Bank Robbery in Eastern Iowa

MARTELLE, Iowa (AP) — Authorities have arrested four people in connection with an eastern Iowa bank robbery.

The Jones County Sheriff's Office says deputies responded to a call Monday from Exchange State Bank in Martelle, Iowa.  They were told that two suspects entered the bank with long-necked guns, secured an undisclosed amount of money and escaped in a white Buick Lesabre without license plates.

Further investigation resulted in the arrests of 24-year-old Andrew Palmer, of Mechanicsville, and 22-year-old Shiloh Palmer on one count of first-degree robbery each.  Forty-one-year-old Peter Olinger and 25-year-old Elizabeth Olinger, both of Mechanicsville, were arrested and charged with aiding and abetting to robbery.

Online court records don't yet list attorneys for those charged to request comment on their behalf.
Authorities say the case remains under investigation.

Holy Cross Man Dies in Single-Vehicle Crash

A Holy Cross man died Sunday in a single-vehicle crash in Dubuque County. According to the Sheriff's Office, 25-year-old Alexander Engling of Dubuque was eastbound on Flannagan road at Holy Cross when he lost control, causing his vehicle to enter the ditch and overturn. His passenger, 30-year-old John Cook of Holy Cross, died at the scene. Engling was treated at Mercy in Dubuque and then transported to the Dubuque County Jail on a charge of OWI. The initial press release listed the driver as Austin Engling, but a correction was issued this morning. That accident, which happened around 1:30 p.m. Sunday, remains under investigation.

Fire Destroys Machine Shed in Clayton County

Fire destroyed a machine shed in Clayton County Wednesday afternoon. Firefighters with the Colesburg, Edgewood, Garber and Guttenberg fire departments were called to 37253 Imperial Avenue between Colesburg and Elkport around 12:50 p.m. Officials say windy conditions caused the flames to spread to nearby fields. Crews were on the scene until approximately 3:45 p.m. The machine shed and its contents were destroyed, with damage estimated at $200,000.

Iowa Inmate Dies of Asphyxiation Hours after Arrest

ANAMOSA, Iowa (AP) — Authorities say a female inmate died after being found unconscious in the Jones County Jail.

The Department of Criminal Investigation said Wednesday that the death of 41-year-old Tana Lekin remains under investigation. She was found unconscious around 10:30 a.m. on March 21 in her cell at Jones County Jail. Attempts to resuscitate her were unsuccessful and she was later pronounced dead.

The Jones County Sheriff's Office says Lekin had been arrested earlier that morning on multiple charges, including second-degree burglary and public intoxication.

An autopsy conducted March 22 revealed the cause of her death was asphyxiation from an article of clothing. Authorities say Lekin was found alone in her cell.

Ex-Clarke University Worker gets Nearly 5 years in School Theft Case

DUBUQUE, Iowa (AP) — A former Clarke University employee must serve nearly five years in prison after pleading guilty to defrauding the school of more than $300,000.

James Spaulding, a former bookstore manager at the eastern Iowa school, was sentenced Monday to four years and nine months in prison. He also was ordered to pay almost $319,000 in restitution and must serve three years of supervised release once he's released from prison. Spaulding pleaded guilty to mail fraud and filing a false tax return.

Authorities say Spaulding submitted invoices to buy books from a company he established with a friend. He was accused of issuing checks for several invoices between 2011 and 2012. He would later receive cashier's checks for books that were never delivered.

Elkport Man Killed in Clayton County Crash

An Elkport man was killed in a single-vehicle crash early Sunday morning in Clayton County. According to the state patrol, 20-year-old Kyle Sear, of Garber, was northbound on Glacier Road, north of 395th Street, when he lost control in a curve. Sear's vehicle left the roadway and overturned, partially ejecting his passenger, 22-year-old Zachary Lee, of Elkport, who died at the scene. Authorities say Sear was injured but did not list his condition. That crash happened at 2:34 a.m. Sunday.

Dubuque Man Charged in Attempted Abduction of 11-Year-Old

DUBUQUE, Iowa (AP) — Police say a Dubuque man has been arrested and charged in connection with the attempted abduction of an 11-year-old girl while she was walking home from school.

The Telegraph Herald reports (Link) 20-year-old Robert L. Robbins was arrested Wednesday and charged with third-degree kidnapping. He remains in custody at the Dubuque Law Enforcement Center on $50,000 bond.

Police say the girl walked past Robbins' house on her way home from school when he began following her, grabbed her by her coat and led her to a nearby shed.

According to a police complaint, Robbins said he intended to have sex with the girl and that she was frightened throughout their interaction.

Eastern Iowa Bar Owner Gets Over 8 years in Drug Case

BELLEVUE, Iowa (AP) — A Bellevue bar owner has been sentenced to more than eight years in prison following her drug conviction.

38-year-old Kaybe L. Bullock had pleaded guilty to a federal charge of conspiracy to distribute a controlled substance. Charges of possession with intent to distribute and felon in possession of a firearm were dropped as part of her plea agreement.

Bullock was sentenced in a Cedar Rapids federal court Monday and was fined $10,000.

Law enforcement officials executed search warrants at her Bellevue home and at Frontier Bar last fall. They say they found meth inside a vault in the bar's basement

Clinton Wastewater Discharge

Officials with the City of Clinton are trying to find the cause of a pumping station failure that lead to wastewater being pumped into the Mississippi River Tuesday. Two out of three main pumps in the Clinton wastewater collection system failed about 10 a.m. Tuesday, causing a discharge into the Mississippi River. City officials aren’t sure what caused the failure at the pumping station located at 20th Avenue North, but think a faulty valve is responsible. They removed the pumps to make repairs Tuesday and expect them to be working by Wednesday afternoon. The city pumped about 500 gallons per hour of untreated wastewater to the river until early afternoon on Tuesday, when a contractor began hauling it to the wastewater treatment plant. The city will collect water samples upstream and down from the discharge. The DNR continues to monitor the situation.

Monticello Man Faces Charges Following High Speed Chase

A Monticello man faces charges following a high speed chase on Highway 136 early Sunday morning. According to the Dubuque County Sheriff's Office, Deputies were called to a farm field south of Worthington where two people were sleeping in a vehicle.  Deputies say when they woke up 37-year-old Ryan Husman, of Monticello, he refused to open the door and sped off northbound on 136.  They utilized stop sticks to end the chase just south of Dyersville.  The Dyersville Police Department assisted in the pursuit and their squad car sustained $4,000 in damage when it was involved in a collision with the speeding car.  Husman was charged with OWI and Eluding.  That incident began around 2:15 a.m. Sunday.

Inmate briefly Escapes Delaware County Jail

An inmate being returned to the Delaware County Jail following a court appearance briefly escaped Tuesday.  According to a press release, as the restraints were being removed from inmate Michael Cole, he was able to flee the jail through a walk in door.  He was apprehended within a matter of minutes. Cole, who was being held on a Burglary Charge and for failure to comply with the Sex Offender Registry, now faces an Escape Charge.

Dyersville Man Sentenced for Distributing Meth near Playground

A Dyersville man has been sentenced after pleading guilty to a federal charge of distributing meth near a playground last June.  29-year-old Robert J. Mueller was sentenced Monday in U.S. District Court in Cedar Rapids to 10 years, 2 months in prison.  The indictment alleged that, on or about June 19 and June 26, 2014, Mueller knowingly and intentionally distributed a mixture and substance containing meth within 1,000 feet of Candy Cane Park.

Three Injured in Clayton County Crash

Three people were injured in a crash late Saturday in Clayton County. According to the State Patrol, 23-year-old Jordan Horns, of Monona, was eastbound on Highway 18 about four miles east of Monona when his vehicle left the roadway and entered the ditch. Horns' vehicle then re-entered the highway and struck 56-year-old Keith Hanson, of Elgin, who was also eastbound. Horns and Hanson, along with Hanson's passenger, were taken to the Prairie Du Chien hospital for treatment. That crash happened at 10:52 p.m. Saturday.

Western Dubuque's Spencer Haldeman named Gatorade Iowa Player of the Year

Western Dubuque Senior Spencer Haldeman has been named the Gatorade Iowa Boys Basketball Players of the Year. the 6-foot-2 guard averaged 24.3 points and 6 rebounds per game and led class 4A with 119 assists. Haldeman, who will continue his career at Northern Iowa, is a finalist for the Gatorade National Boys Basketball Player of the Year Award. Congrats to Spencer on this big honor!

Contract Awarded for WDHS Vocational Building Project

The Western Dubuque School Board has awarded a contract for the vocational building project at Western Dubuque High School. That contract was awarded to Conlon Construction with a bid of $2,065,100. The 10,000 square foot facility will include an automotive shop, metal shop and a classroom along with a mezzanine for storage space.

Dubuque County Mobile Home Fire

Authorities responded to a report of a structure fire at 14674 North Cascade Road unit number 419 at approximately 3:15 This morning.  Upon arrival, the fire was observed burning through the kitchen window and wall of a trailer home.  The resident of the trailer, 33-year-old Heidi Murphy says that she awoke to her dog barking and smoke in the trailer.  Murphy told authorities that she saw smoke coming from the kitchen stove.  Murphy was able to get her four children ages 2 to 14 years old and her dog out of the residence. The trailer sustained heavy damage to the kitchen area and smoke and water damage to the rest of the trailer.  The damage is estimated at $20,000.  The cause of the fire is undetermined at this time.  No injuries were reported. The Dubuque County Sheriff's office along with Epworth and Centrailia Fire Departments responded to the scene.

Dubuque County Zoning Board Advances Shooting Range Plans

The Dubuque County Zoning Board has approved an application for a law enforcement shooting range and training facility near Graf. The zoning board voted 4-2 on Tuesday to approve an application from the Dubuque County Drug Task Force to use 68 acres of county-owned property. That proposal now goes to the Zoning Board of Adjustment for final approval.

Highway 20 Crash

Authorities were called to a crash on Highway 20 in Dubuque County Tuesday morning. According to the sheriff's office, 57-year-old Lenyn Welsh, of Peosta, was eastbound on Highway 20 when he attempted to turn north onto Dutch Lane. As Welsh crossed the westbound lanes, he was struck by a vehicle driven by 16-year-old Brock Nemmers of Peosta. Welsh was taken to Mercy with non-life threatening injuries. Nemmers and his passenger sought treatment on their own. Welsh was cited for Failure to Yield and No Insurance.

Delaware County Supervisors Schedule Second Vote for Jail Project

A second vote will be held this spring on a bond issue to pay for a revnovation and expansion project at the Delaware County Jail. The Board of Supervisors has set a special election for May 5th, asking voters to allow the county to issue $4.9 million in bonds to pay for that project. That measure was on the ballot last fall, but fell short of the needed 60 percent majority.


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