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Henderson Products to Open Missouri Location

Manchester-based Henderson Products will open a facility in Missouri later this year. The company will lease the former Missouri Packaging facility in Fulton, Missouri to serve as an installation and distribution center for its Snow and Ice removal equipment. Henderson officials said the new facility will allow them to provide equipment to the Missouri DOT.  It is scheduled to be operational by the end of July and will employ around 30 people within two years


Body Found in Burning Car by Dubuque Airport

DUBUQUE, Iowa (AP) — Authorities say emergency crews have found a body in a burning car on property owned by the Dubuque Regional Airport.

Dubuque firefighters responded to the scene about 6 a.m. Thursday.

The body was taken to the Iowa Medical Examiner's Office for an autopsy and identification.

Investigators think they know the identity of the body but want confirmation.

The Dubuque County Sheriff's Department and Iowa Fire Marshal's Office are investigating.


ClearSpan “How It's Made” Episode will Air Tonight on Science Channel

The Science Channel's “How It’s Made” episode about ClearSpan products will air tonight (May 28th). A production crew for the show filmed footage at ClearSpan’s Dyersville facility in May 2014. The episode will air at 8 p.m. on the Science Channel.


Judge Rules in Favor of City in Field of Dreams Rezoning

A District Court judge has ruled the Dyersville City Council acted legally to approve a zoning change for the All Star Ballpark project. Judge Thomas Bitter this week released his ruling in favor of the City Council. He also announced that the Residential and Agricultural Advisory Committee, which filed the lawsuit, must reimburse legal costs for the suit. Attorney Susan Hess, who is representing the RAAC, says they plan to take the matter to the Iowa Court of Appeals. Bitter wrote in his decision that while it was obvious many City Council members saw the project as "a tremendous opportunity" for the city, he said it appeared the City Council kept an open mind and gave "ample opportunity for all voices to be heard." Denise Stillman, president and CEO of Go the Distance Baseball, said she is pleased with the ruling and says the group is still is moving forward with plans for the project.


Black Bear Makes Way to Dubuque

DUBUQUE, Iowa (AP) — Officials say there's evidence a black bear has made its way into Dubuque.

Nate Johnson with the DNR says tracks found behind a home on the south side of the city belong to a black bear weighing between 100 and 200 pounds. Police say a bear sighting was reported Monday morning.

Officials believe the bear likely came to Iowa from Minnesota or Wisconsin. There were sightings reported last year in nearby Illinois.


Two Injured in Dubuque ATV Crash

DUBUQUE, Iowa (AP) — Authorities say two people were injured in an all-terrain vehicle crash in Dubuque.

The Dubuque County Sheriff's Office says a 23-year-old man was operating the ATV Saturday when he lost control and the vehicle flipped. The department says the ATV was traveling at high speeds prior to the crash.

A 51-year-old passenger was sent to a local hospital with multiple broken bones. The driver was being treated for an ankle injury.


Final Day for St. Paul's School in Worthington

Students, staff and family members said goodbye to St. Paul's School in Worthington on Thursday. Students took part in the final “Olympic Day” at the current school building, which opened in 1955. The parish established its first school in 1874 before moving to a 9-room school house in 1889. Officials decided last fall to close the school, which this year was home to 31 students.


Unity Point Health to Open Clinic in Peosta

UnityPoint Health-Finley Hospital has announced it will open a walk-in clinic and pharmacy in Peosta. A groundbreaking ceremony for the $1.9 million clinic, which will open this fall, is set for Tuesday, June 2. The 7,500-square-foot facility will be located on Peosta Street near the roundabout. Officials say unscheduled walk-in visits will be welcomed, or patients can make appointments with family care physicians.


NICC Trustees Approve Tuition Increase

The NICC Board of Trustees has approved a tuition and fees increase of $4 per credit hour to $167. The rate increase, which will take effect July 1, follows three years of tuition and fees being frozen. Students enrolled full-time with 12 credits will see a net increase of $48 to their semester cost. According to a press release, the increase was prompted by uncertainty surrounding the legislature’s general aid allocation to community colleges and rising costs in higher education.


Cascade Council News   

The Cascade City Council met in special session Tuesday night. The council approved a real estate contract with Lammers Properties, LLC, to purchase land for the Waste Water  Treatment Plant, with a purchase price of $162,316. Other resolutions on the agenda included a real estate contract with Matthew Hosch and an easement agreement with Hosch for the treatment plant project, but the council did not act on those resolutions. In other business, the council decided they will still use the grant for the trail project, and plan to rebid that project this fall.


Manchester Man Pleads Guilty to Drug, Weapons Charges

A rural Manchester man has pleaded guilty to charges related to importing pseudoephedrine from Canada to make meth and for possessing unregistered gun silencers. 42-year-old Roger Hettinger entered the plea Tuesday on charges of conspiracy to import pseudoephedrine, possession of pseudoephedrine with intent to manufacture, and possession of four unregistered silencers. He faces up to 50 years in federal prison and fines up to $750,000. Hettinger was charged after a search of his home in rural Manchester. Authorities found 19 guns in his home and detached garage during the Jan. 12 search. Officers also found items that had been stolen during area burglaries.  Two other charges against Hettinger will be dismissed as part of the plea agreement.


Dubuque Racing Association Announces 2015 Grants

The Dubuque Racing Association has announced its 2015 grants. 176 area charitable organizations were awarded more than $1.1 million this year. Attached is a complete list of the 2015 recipients.  List


Dyersville City Council Approves Budget Changes, Amended Sidewalk Route

The Dyersville City Council has approved changes to the current budget which runs through June 30th. Council members initially voted 4-1 against the resolution to amend the budget, but approved a motion to reconsider. Following that, the council then voted 3-2 to approve the amendment, which adds $1 million to the revenues and $530,000 to the expenditures. In other business the council approved an amended sidewalk route between the Western Dubuque elementary school and Westside Park. The new sidewalk would run along the south side of 9th Avenue to just west of the ECIA housing property and across Mercy Medical Center property on the east side of Ellen Kennedy Center. The rest of the routing after that point would remain the same as the previous plan to cross 3rd Street and 7th Street. The council also approved a resolution for an amended contract with IIW for that project


Holy Cross Man Injured in Accident

A Holy Cross man was injured Monday when his fertilizer truck crashed.  24-year-old Christopher Powers was driving the Three Rivers FS truck west on Thunder Road near Holy Cross when he lost control of the vehicle, which rolled once before coming to rest in a ditch. Four tons of non-hazardous fertilizer
spilled onto the roadway. Powers was taken to Mercy in Dubuque with non-life threatening injuries.  He was cited with failure to maintain control. That crash happened just before noon on Monday.


Midwest Pride in Your Ride Raises $78,686 for Relay for Life

The Midwest Pride in Your Ride Truck and Tractor show has again raised thousands of dollars for the American Cancer Society Dyersville Area Relay for Life. Eldon Jaeger explains. Their newest project “Destination Unknown” was unveiled at the show. Jaeger talks about the truck.  They will be raising additional money for Relay for Life by selling special ribbons that will be placed on the truck. Eldon explains how this will work.  Midwest Pride in Your Ride organizers would again like to thank all the volunteers and those who attended for making the 5th annual show a big success.


NE Iowa Bank Robbery Suspect Arrested in Illinois

A Postville man wanted in connection with a bank robbery has been arrested. Authorities say 48-year-old Tyrone Wilson was taken into custody Wednesday in Rock Island, Illinois. Wilson is accused of robbing Security State Bank in Calmar Tuesday morning.


Fire Damages Albrecht Acres Building

Fire has damaged the basement in the main building at Albrecht Acres near Sherrill. The Dubuque County Sheriff's Office and Sherrill Fire Department were called to the building around 8 a.m. Wednesday. The fire was contained to the basement of the main building, with damage estimated at $20,000. The cause is under investigation. 


Three Charged in Jackson County Burglary

Three people face charges in connection with a burglary in Jackson County. According to the sheriff's office, multiple items, including a chainsaw, generator and air compressor, were taken from a rural Maquoketa residence. During their investigation on Wednesday, deputies found the items in a home, garage and vehicle in Maquoketa. They arrested three men, 26-year-old Nathan Haylock, 29-year-old Travis Haylock, and 29-year-old Matthew Lasley, all of Maquoketa.  All three are charged with Third Degree Burglary and Conspiracy to Commit Third Degree Burglary. This incident remains under investigation and additional charges are possible.


Iowa Man Pleads Not Guilty to Sexual Assault of Teen Girl

MANCHESTER, Iowa (AP) — An eastern Iowa man previously convicted of sexual assault has pleaded not guilty to charges in a separate case involving a 14-year-old girl.

29-year-old Michael Cole, of Manchester, entered his plea Tuesday to three counts of third-degree sexual abuse. He was arrested in April. The Manchester Police Department says investigators responded to reports of an inappropriate relationship between Cole and the teen. Police say the two had sexual contact at least three times. Cole was convicted of third-degree sexual assault in November 2008 for sexual interaction with a teen girl. His trial on the latest charge is scheduled for July 8.


Judge Orders Fine for Dubuque Widow who Split Up Bank Deposits

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) — A judge has ordered a $2,500 fine and probation for an Iowa grandmother who admitted to splitting up bank deposits of legally earned money in a flawed attempt to avoid IRS scrutiny.

U.S. Magistrate Jon Scoles imposed the sentence Wednesday on retired Dubuque real estate agent Janet Malone, who had faced up to one year in prison after pleading guilty to a crime called structuring.
Malone admitted she split up deposits of cash left by her late husband into increments below $10,000 to circumvent federal reporting requirements. She did so because, as a new widow, she was worried about facing an IRS audit.

Malone earlier forfeited $18,700 that the government seized from her bank account. Her attorney asked Scoles not to impose a fine, arguing the forfeiture was punishment enough.


US Corn, Soybean Crops Expected to be Slightly Smaller

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — US Ag officials say farmers are expected to grow 13.6 billion bushels of corn this year, about 4 percent less than last year's record crop.

The estimate released Tuesday by the U.S. Department of Agriculture assumes an average per-acre yield of nearly 167 bushels an acre, down from last year's record 171 bushels. Soybean farmers are expected to grow nearly 3.85 billion bushels, down 3 percent from last year's record crop. The soybean per-acre yield is projected at 46 bushels per acre, down 1.8 bushels from last year's record. The USDA says farmers have started well this growing season with 75 percent of the corn crop planted, ahead of the five-year average of 57 percent. Soybean farmers have planted nearly one-third of the crop, ahead of the average of 20 percent.


Dyersville a Finalist for Top Cinematic Tourist Destination

The City of Dyersville is a finalist in a USA Today poll to determine the top cinematic tourist destination in the world. Each of the 20 location are linked to a television show or movie. Fans of the destinations can vote once a day through June 8th. Other US locations include Albuquerque, Las Vegas and New York. Dyersville is currently third in the standings. To vote, go to http://bit.ly/1bKtz2j.


Dyersville Animal Shelter and County Working on Deal for Stray Animal Care

Dubuque county officials are negotiating with a Dyersville rescue shelter to take over animal control and transport services. Under the proposed agreement, the non-profit  Whispurring Hope would receive a $15,000 payment for one year to pick up and hold animals reported as vicious. The shelter would also keep all adoption fees for those animals. Currently, sheriff's deputies are responsible for picking up the animals. Officials say this deal would save the county money and free up deputies to focus more time on traffic enforcement and other patrol duties.


Board of Adjustment Tours Potential Dubuque County Shooting Range

The Dubuque County Zoning Board of Adjustment has toured a proposed law enforcement shooting range. Board members were joined by neighbors of the property near Graf for Tuesday's visit. The shooting range would be used by Dubuque County law enforcement officers, along with state officers who work in the area. Sheriff's Sgt. Gary Pape estimated the range would be used about 80 days a year for training. One of the main concerns of the property neighbors is the potential for their cattle being spooked by gunfire. Others worry about the impact on property values. The Board of Adjustment will meet at 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday, May 12th at the Dubuque County Emergency Training Facility to consider a permit for the shooting range. The board has the final say on issue.


Delaware County Bond Issue Vote

For the second time voters in Delaware County have defeated a bond issue to fund a project at the Delaware County Jail and Sheriff's Office. According to unofficial results from Tuesday's vote, the $4.9 million bond issue received 983 yes votes and 692 no votes. The yes votes represent 58.69 approval, but the measure needed a 60 percent majority. The votes will be canvassed on Monday.


Vandalism at Mines of Spain

DUBUQUE, Iowa (AP) — Volunteers are helping clean up the Mines of Spain State Recreation Area, where vandals extensively spray-painted rock formations. Park ranger Wayne Buchholtz says the vandalism occurred on rocks in areas that aren't easily accessible and that it was among the worst graffiti incidents at the state park in some time.

Volunteers on Monday used wire brushes and paint remover to help scrub away the graffiti. They plan to clean up the remaining vandalized rocks Friday. Buchholtz says they have a list of possible suspects. He says he'll investigate further and speak with the Dubuque County Attorney's Office about possible charges.

Ryan Parmely Named to All-American Wrestling Team

Maquoketa Valley senior Ryan Parmely was recently selected to the Wrestling USA Magazine High School All-American Team.  There were 96 All-Americans from across the country named to this years class which makes it a very "elite" honor.  Ryan's accomplishments which led him to this honor include: 203-6 career record, 121 falls, 3.022 GPA, 2 x time state champion and 3rd place and 4th place finishes.


Manchester Woman Injured in Dyersville Accident

A Manchester woman was injured in a crash Friday morning in Dyersville. According to police, 82-year-old Sally Nordstrom was southbound on 3rd Street Southeast and attempting to buckle her seatbelt when here foot became stuck between the brake and gas pedal. Nordstrom accidentally pressed the gas pedal, causing her to drive onto a lawn where she struck a tree. Nordstrom was taken to Regional Medical Center for treatment. That crash happened at 11:35 a.m. Friday.


Ideal Conditions Enable Iowa farmers to Plant Corn

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Ideal weather last week enabled Iowa farmers to make progress planting their corn and soybean crops.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture says as of Sunday, farmers had planted 68 percent of the state's corn crop and 11 percent of the soybean crop.

Both figures are better than the five-year average.

The USDA says 84 percent of farmland had adequate topsoil moisture, with 11 percent short and 5 percent in surplus.

Farmers reported 82 percent of subsoil moisture was adequate.

The state agriculture department says half of Iowa's corn acreage was planted last week.


Delaware County Bond Vote Today

Voters in Delaware County head to the polls today (May 5th) to decide the fate of a bond issue. The county is asking voters to approve a $4.9 million dollar bond issue for expansion and renovation at the county jail and sheriff's office. That bond issue needs a 60-percent majority for approval. Polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.


Fired National Park Service Official Says She's a Scapegoat

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — A former National Park Service official contends she was unfairly fired over illegal construction projects that damaged one of the nation's most sacred American Indian burial sites.
In an age discrimination lawsuit filed last week, former Effigy Mounds National Monument superintendent Phyllis Ewing says the park service made her a "scapegoat" to appease interest groups and protect others' reputations.

An investigation found that Ewing and a subordinate repeatedly ignored laws that required archaeological studies and input from tribes before building boardwalks, trails and a maintenance shed. The projects removed stone artifacts and impacted scenic views at the site in northeast Iowa, which contains mounds affiliated with 12 tribes.

Ewing claims she had no training on how to conduct the required reviews, and the problem "was epidemic in the agency."


Dubuque Police say Man, Woman Found Dead in Home Friday

DUBUQUE, Iowa (AP) — Dubuque police say they suspect murder-suicide in the deaths of a man and woman whose bodies were found in a home.

The bodies of 27-year-old Andrew Birch and 20-year-old Miranda Hogan were found in the home they shared late Friday afternoon.

Autopsies have been ordered.

Dubuque police were called to the home by a relative who went there to check on the couple and found the pair dead.

Police Lt. Scott Baxter says investigators have recovered a gun from the home but says police are not ready to speculate publicly on who the shooter was.

Baxter says investigators believe Birch was laid off from his job earlier Friday.


Pedestrian Hit by Semi in Dubuque

DUBUQUE, Iowa (AP) — Police say a pedestrian was struck and killed by a semitruck in Dubuque.

The Dubuque Police Department responded Thursday morning to crash at the intersection of Dodge and Locust streets in Dubuque, near the Julien Dubuque Bridge.

Police say the semitruck was stopped at a red light and a 45-year-old woman was crossing the street in front of it when the light changed to green. The driver began to turn and says he was unable to see the woman.

The woman was pronounced dead at the scene. Her name hasn't yet been released.

That investigation is ongoing.


Squiers to Coach Beckman Boys Basketball

Hall-of-Fame coach Jim Squiers will return to the high school basketball scene this winter. The long-time Bellevue Marquette coach has been hired as the Beckman Boys varsity coach. Squiers ranks fifth on Iowa's all-time boys basketball wins list with 653 victories in 42 seasons. He was inducted into the Iowa High School Athletic Association Hall of Fame in 2013.


Iowa Teacher - Sex Charges

Manchester, Iowa (AP) — A current West Delaware teacher accused of having a sexual relationship with a student at his previous school has been arrested following a two-year investigation. Police arrested 32-year-old Chad Osler, of Manchester, on Monday and charged him with two counts of sexual exploitation by a school employee and one count of lascivious conduct with a minor. Those incidents happened when he was a teacher in the Cherokee School District. Osler has been placed on paid administrative leave by the West Delaware School District.


Dubuque Man Pleads Not Guilty to Vehicular Homicide Charges

DUBUQUE, Iowa (AP) — A Dubuque man has entered a not guilty plea to two felony vehicular homicide charges.  Twenty-five-year-old Alexander Engling pleaded not guilty Monday to the homicide by vehicle charges, one for alleged reckless driving and the other for alleged drunken driving.  The crash occurred 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.  A criminal complaint says a preliminary breath test indicated Engling was intoxicated at the scene.


Two Injured in Jones County Crash

Two people were injured in a crash Friday morning in Jones County. According to the state patrol, 71-year-old Leo Simmons, of Monticello, was southbound on 200th Avenue when he failed to obey the stop sign at the intersection with County Road E16. His vehicle struck 18-year-old Ashton Van Alst, of Central City, who was eastbound on E16. Simmon's was taken to St. Lukes by lifeguard helicopter. Van Alst was taken to Jones Regional Medical Center. That crash happened at 7:13 Friday morning.


2 People Killed in Single-Vehicle Crash near Bernard

BERNARD, Iowa (AP) — Two people, including a 2-year-old boy, were killed in a single-vehicle crash near Bernard Friday evening. According to the state patrol, 20-year-old Ellen Edwards, of Bernard, was northbound on 86th Avenue when she lost control. Her pickup went through the guard rail and rolled, landing on its top in a creek. Her passenger, 2-year-old Joseph Edwards, also died in that crash.


Police Arrest Suspect in Woman's Death at Iowa Grocery Store

MARION, Iowa (AP) — Police arrested the man suspected of killing a woman in a grocery store parking lot in Marion.

Police said Sunday that Nicholas Luerkens, of Cedar Rapids, was arrested on a warrant for first-degree murder after he was released from the hospital.

Luerkens was treated for self-inflicted wounds after Tuesday's slaying of 29-year-old Lynnsey Donald of Marion.

Police have said Donald and Luerkens had previously lived together but Donald moved out months before her death.


Two Injured in Dubuque County Crash

Two people were injured in a crash in Dubuque County Wednesday afternoon. According to the state patrol, 15-year-old Madalyn Switzer, of Peosta, was eastbound on Highway 20 at mile marker 309 when she lost control and her vehicle rolled on the shoulder. Switzer and her passenger, 42-year-old Michael Switzer, who were both wearing seat belts, were taken to Mercy in Dubuque with non life-threatening injuries. That crash happened at 4:20 p.m. Wednesday.


Ed-Co Board Eliminates Elementary Principal Position

The Ed-Co School Board has decided the eliminate the elementary school principal position to cut costs. The board voted 3-2 this week to eliminated the job, citing declining enrollment and state funding issues. Current principal Paul Wenger, who has been with the district for 15 years, will leave at the end of the fiscal year. Ed-Co Superintendent Rob Busch will serve as elementary principal beginning in the new school year.


No More Jail Time for Simple Misdemeanors in Dubuque

DUBUQUE, Iowa (AP) — Those who commit a simple misdemeanor in Dubuque will no longer face jail time. The City Council on Monday voted to to eliminate jail time as a penalty for misdemeanor city crimes. Assistant City Attorney Maureen Quann said a recent state Supreme Court opinion prompted the 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. Quann says if you are entitled to a court-appointed attorney because of the possibility of jail time, then the city or the tax payers ultimately pay the fee for that attorney. The change only applies to misdemeanors prosecuted by the City of Dubuque. It will not have any impact on misdemeanors or more serious crimes prosecuted by the State or any other jurisdictions, including Dubuque County.


Monticello Man Pleads Guilty to Trying to Persuade Child to Have Sex

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) — An eastern Iowa man has pleaded guilty in a Cedar Rapids federal court to attempting to entice a 12-year-old to have sex with him.

Nineteen-year-old Colton Rickels of Monticello pleaded guilty Monday to one count of attempted enticement of a minor. He admitted that he used the Internet to persuade, induce, entice or coerce the child into sexual activity in October 2014.

He will remain in custody pending a sentence hearing, which hasn't yet been set.

He faces a mandatory minimum sentence of 10 years and possible maximum sentence of life in prison.
He also faces a $250,000 fine.


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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