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Inmate Attacked Anamosa Prison Guard
ANAMOSA, Iowa (AP) — An Iowa inmate who escaped from a maximum-security prison is at the center of another serious security incident at a second prison. The Iowa Department of Corrections says Justin Kestner used a "crude piece of metal" Wednesday to assault an officer at the state prison in Anamosa. The department says the assault came after Kestner was able to remove himself from a health services room. The officer suffered facial contusions and was treated at a hospital. Last year, Kestner managed to slither out of one of the state's most highly-secure cells at the Fort Madison prison. Kestner climbed through piping and a vent to reach the roof, then descended the downspout. He stole a car but was captured within hours.
The department said the assault will be referred for prosecution.
Highway 20 Interchange at Dyersville Ahead of Schedule
Work continues on the new Highway 20 Interchange on the west side of Dyersville. Hugh Holak with the DOT explains what crews are currently busy with.
Holak says the project is ahead of schedule.
Work on the new Highway20 interchange began in April.
Two Killed in Central City Crash
Authorities have identified two people who were killed in a collision in Central City Saturday night. According to the Linn County Sheriff’s Office, a pickup truck and a car collided in the intersection of Sawyer Road and Jordans Grove Road shortly before 8:30 pm. The driver of the car, 46-year-old Ronald Heiderscheit of Center Point, and a passenger in the pickup, 63-year-old Craig McIntosh of San Tan Valley, Arizona, died in the collision. The driver of the truck, 68-year old Craig DeMoss of San Tan Valley, Arizona, was taken to St. Luke’s Hospital, while a passenger in the car was transported to Mercy Hospital. The investigation continues.
Aurora Man Shoots at Officers During Standoff
AURORA, Iowa (AP) —Authorities say a 55-year-old Aurora man shot at officers after a domestic disturbance turned into a standoff with officers. Buchanan County sheriff's deputies were sent out late Saturday night to check a report that a man with a gun was threatening a woman at a home in Aurora. Deputies say the man fired at them during the standoff but they didn't fire back. The Sheriff's Office says a negotiator talked the man into surrendering. No injuries were reported. The investigation continues.
Plea Hearing Scheduled Forman Involved in Crash with West Delaware School Bus
A plea hearing has been set for an Arlington man accused of having meth in his system when he crashed into a West Delaware school bus last fall. 42-year-old Monte Klink previously pleaded not guilty to two counts of serious injury by vehicle and one count each of second-offense operating while intoxicated, failure to obey a yield sign and failure to provide proof of insurance. A plea hearing is scheduled for next Wednesday. The crash happened October 1, 2015 near Manchester. Authorities say Klink was driving on 200th Avenue when he failed to yield at the intersection with 195th Street and struck a bus that was carrying 32 students. Officials say many of the students sustained injuries in the crash.
ARLINGTON, Iowa (AP) — Authorities say about 60 hogs died when a truck hauling the animals veered off a highway in Fayette County and rolled onto its side. The crashed happened Sunday afternoon on Highway 187 south of Arlington. The sheriff's office says 45-year-old Scott Childers veered onto the shoulder and lost control. The trailer eventually came to rest on its side in a ditch. About 60 of the 200 hogs in the trailer were killed. Local and state emergency responders as well as neighbors helped round up the surviving hogs.
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Harvest is underway with 21 percent of soybeans and 10 percent of the corn crop already completed in Iowa. That's a day behind last year's progress at this time. The U.S. Department of Agriculture's weekly crop status report released Monday indicates there were muddy conditions and standing water in some fields from earlier storms. Iowa Corn and soybeans are rated at 81 percent good to excellent.
Crash on Beltline Road in Dyersville
One person was injured in an accident at the intersection of Beltline Road and 5th Street NW in Dyersville Monday morning. According to the police report, 48-year-old Dawn Conway, of Dyersville, was southbound on 5th Street. After stopping at the stop sign, Conway continued through the intersection and was struck by a crop sprayer that was eastbound on Beltline Road. Conway was extricated from her vehicle and taken for treatment of minor injuries. Her vehicle was totaled in the crash, while the crop sprayer sustained approximately $25,000 in damage. Conway was charged with failure to yield upon entering a through highway. That crash occurred at 9:33 a.m. Monday.
Man Convicted of Killing Grandparents as Teen is Resentenced
MANCHESTER, Iowa (AP) — A man convicted as a teenager of killing his grandparents in Manchester has been resentenced to life in prison with a chance of parole. A Judge last week resentenced 21-year-old Isaiah R. Sweet, who had been serving a life sentence with no chance at parole.
Sweet was convicted of fatally shooting his grandparents in 2012, when he was 17.He appealed his sentence to the Iowa Supreme Court, which in May banned life prison sentences without the possibility of parole for juveniles convicted of first-degree murder, prompting last week's resentencing.
Sweet is being held at the state prison in Fort Madison.
Dubuque Man Convicted of Murder in Death of Daughter
DUBUQUE, Iowa (AP) — A jury has convicted a Dubuque man of first-degree murder in the shooting death of his 27-year-old daughter.
The Dubuque County jury on Tuesday found 63-year-old Robert C. Stern guilty in the June 2015 death of Kimberly Stern.
It took jurors less than 3 hours to reach their verdict after a four-day trial.
Prosecutors had argued Stern killed his daughter, who was autistic, because he was tired of caring for her.
Stern's defense lawyer argued the state didn't prove he shot his daughter.
Stern will be sentenced Nov. 7. Those convicted of first-degree murder face a mandatory sentence of life in prison
DNR Seeking Source of Extensive Fish Kill in Dubuque and Jones Counties
MANCHESTER – DNR staff were in the field Sunday and Monday looking for the source of a fish kill in Whitewater Creek in Dubuque County.
Environmental staff from the Manchester field office found manure runoff and dead fish along several miles of stream Sunday. Joined by fisheries staff on Monday, dead fish were found from southwest of Peosta downstream to the North Fork of the Maquoketa River in Jones County, a distance of more than 20 miles.
The investigation continues with potentially multiple sources of the pollutant. DNR collected water samples for further testing and will continue to count dead fish on Tuesday. A variety of fish species were found, including shiners, smallmouth bass, suckers and stonecat.
Gas Main Leak Leads to Evacuations in Monticello
A gas main leak in Monticello lead to the evacuation of homes and businesses on Thursday. Officials say the main was damaged during construction on East South Street. Businesses and homes in the 400 to 700 block of South Main Street, 400 to 700 block South Maple, 500 to 600 block of South Haven Drive, and 200 block of East South Street had to evacuate as crews worked to repair the gas main. A total of 25 to 30 businesses and homes were affected. People were allowed to return to those areas around 6:30 p.m.
Dubuque Man Arrested in 3-year-old Assault in Wisconsin
DUBUQUE, Iowa (AP) — Police arrested a 34-year-old Dubuque man charged in Wisconsin with attempted murder and battery in the assault of another Dubuque man there three years ago. The Crawford County Sheriff's Department says it is has been investigating the July 2013 assault of 30-year-old Joshua Milligan with the Iowa DCI. The sheriff's office says the assault happened at a concert in Bridgeport, Wisconsin, where Milligan was found unconscious with head injuries. Investigators believe Anthony Runde attended the concert with Milligan and hit him in the head.
Authorities say Runde was arrested Tuesday in Dubuque, days after he was indicted by a Crawford County grand jury. Runde remained jailed Wednesday in Iowa awaiting extradition to Wisconsin.
Composting Facility to Make Changes
EPWORTH, Iowa (AP)- A composting facility along Highway 20 in Dubuque County is planning to stop composting certain materials by the end of March.
The Board of Supervisors approved amended rezoning for Hartbecke Road Property LLC, which houses Midwest Organic Solutions. Officials say the facility would stop composting animal products, food and drywall by March 31 if the DNR approves the changed zoning use.
The goal of the change is to eliminate odors. The company will still compost yard waste.
One Killed, One Seriously Injured in Jackson County Crash
One person was killed and another seriously injured in a two-vehicle crash in Jackson County Saturday afternoon. The state patrol says both vehicles were on County Road E17/150th Street east of Highway 61 when for unknown reason they collided head-on in a curve. 26-year Kristen Vogt, of Dubuque was pronounced dead at the scene. The other driver, 34-year-old Ricky Burnett, of Andrew, was airlifted to University Hospitals and Clinics in Iowa City with serious injuries. That crash occurred at approximately 3:30 p.m. Saturday.
Dyersville Police Release Details about Wednesday Morning Crash
The Dyersville Police Department has released details about a crash that occurred early Wednesday morning. According to police, 38-year-old Jane Schultz of Dyersville was southbound on 3rd Street Southwest and failed to negotiate the curve. Her vehicle left the roadway, crossed a lawn and went over a dirt pile then started down the embankment adjacent to highway 20 before striking a tree. Police were notified of the accident by a towing company later in the morning. Schultz was charged with failure to maintain control and leaving the scene. That accident occurred at 5 a.m. Wednesday.
Deputy Warden Reinstated at State Prison in Anamosa
A deputy prison warden who was fired in March has been reinstated and awarded $40,000 in back pay, a raise and additional vacation and sick time. The Department of Corrections fired Michael Kane as deputy warden of the maximum-security prison in Anamosa for alleged rules violations. But the state reversed its decision last month. Kane, who appealed his firing, says he's "glad for the outcome."
Garnavillo Man Killed in Crash on Great River Road
A Garnavillo man was killed in a crash on the Great River Road in Clayton County Thursday afternoon. According to the state patrol, 50-year-old Ronald Kephart was southbound when his motorcycle struck a school bus that was turning left onto Lace Avenue. That crash happened around 4 p.m. Thursday between Guttenberg and Garnavillo.
Iowa Parents of Toddler who Shot Self Sentenced to Probation
DUBUQUE, Iowa (AP) — The parents of a Dubuque toddler who shot himself in the face have each been sentenced to five years of probation.26-year-old Raven Harris and 30-year-old Willie Horsley Sr. were sentenced Monday in U.S. District Court. Each had pleaded guilty to being a prohibited person in possession of a firearm.
Police say the little boy, Jeremiah Horsley, was playing with the .45-caliber handgun Jan. 3 when it went off. He was flown to University Hospitals in Iowa City for treatment. Harris and Horsley still face trial on state charges related to the shooting.
House Panel Seeks Briefing on Scandals at Effigy Mounds
A U.S. congressional committee is seeking more information about decades of mismanagement at Effigy Mounds National Monument in northeast Iowa.
Rep. Rob Bishop, chairman of the House natural resources committee, sent a letter Tuesday to Interior Secretary Sally Jewell seeking a briefing by Sept. 9.
The Republican from Utah says it's troubling that mismanagement went on for two decades at the monument with "little to no oversight" by the National Park Service.
Bishop's letter comes in response to a National Park Service report that said the agency itself was "astonished" by what happened.
One superintendent oversaw an illegal $3.4 million building spree that erected a boardwalk system through sensitive American Indian burial sites. Another stole the monument's collection of ancient human remains and hid them in his garage for decades.
Clayton County Officials OK Rezoning for Sand Mining Plan
ELKADER, Iowa (AP) — Clayton County supervisors have unanimously rezoned land for a proposed sand mining expansion after months of study and debate.
The supervisors voted 3-0 on Monday to rezone the 746 acres from agriculture to heavy industrial. The approval is a key step for Pattison Sand Co.'s plan to expand its sand mining operation. The supervisors added restrictions requiring that mining be done underground, that Pattison implement a well-monitoring program and that the company be responsible for any well damage from the mining. The company also must file an emergency plan with county officials and set back any ventilated shafts at least 500 feet from adjoining property lines. Pattison still needs a conditional use permit from the county's Board of Adjustment.
Fatal Accident on Highway 61 in Jackson County
One person was killed in a crash in Jackson County early Monday morning. It happened at the intersection of Highway 61 and Hurstville Road. According to the state patrol, a passenger car was southbound on 61 and collided with the rear of a semi that had turned onto 61. The names of the drivers were not released. That crash happened around 5:30 a.m. Monday.
Lake Delhi Approaching Maximum Level
The re-birth of Lake Delhi has reached another milestone. Late Sunday afternoon, water began to flow over the new spillway at the Lake Delhi Dam. Officials say that means the lake is very close to its maximum depth, just more than six years after the dam was breached and the lake emptied. The re-filling process began in mid-June.
Woman Charged with Theft from Aunt Pleads Not Guilty
DURANGO, Iowa (AP) — A Durango woman accused of stealing more than $365,000 from a disabled aunt has pleaded not guilty in the case. 44-year-old Molly Bodish entered the plea Monday at her arraignment in Dubuque County District Court to one count of criminal conduct. Dubuque police say they began investigating the possible abuse of an 80-year-old woman in May 2015, after her death. Police say a search of the woman's bank records show Bodish wrote checks to herself or for her personal use from her aunt's account totaling more than $365,000 over several years.
Very heavy rains fell in parts of Eastern Iowa last night. Some areas of Cedar Rapids received over five inches of rain in the last 24 hours. Almost three inches were reported near Iowa City and Dubuque reports over an inch-and-a-half. Mill Creek in Solon is spilling out of its banks this morning, causing flooding and issues at the city's wastewater treatment plant. Solon Public Works Director Scott Kleppe is asking residents of Solon to limit water usage. Moderate showers are expected this morning.
Ernst in Delaware County
Iowa Senator Ernst will be in Delaware County on Tuesday, August 16th to tour XL Specialized Trailers as part of her 99 county tour. Her tour will start at 4:00. XL Specialized Trailers is located at 1086 South 3rd Street in Manchester. Senator Ernst will start Tuesday with a roundtable discussion in Cedar Falls with Iowa veterans and community leaders. The roundtable is open to the public and will be held University of Northern Iowa's Center for Energy and Environmental Education Auditorium on Jennings Drive in Cedar Falls. Veterans who are unable to attend the roundtable discussion and are in need of assistance in their dealings with the Department of Veterans Affairs can contact the Office of Senator Joni Ernst by calling the office at (515) 284-4574.
Fire Destroys Amish Sawmill near Edgewood
Fire has destroyed an Amish sawmill near Edgewood. That fire at 38217 Hilton Road was reported shortly after 2 p.m. Tuesday. Officials believe the fire was started when a spark from a saw ignited a diesel barrel inside the building, which is a total loss. Fire fighters with the Edgewood, Greeley and Garber Fire Departments assisted at the scene.
Cascade Council Takes Action on Utilities Board, Utility Discounts
The Cascade City Council has taken action following a utilities audit. State auditors recently released a report concerning utility payment exemptions and discounts. A special investigation was requested by the Cascade Municipal Utilities Board regarding penalties no tproperly charged to certain utility accounts. The audit found 16 accounts were exempted from paying a total of nearly $866 in penalties. Four others granted the exemptions incurred no penalties. 3 of the 20 accounts identified were CMU employees. During the investigation, auditors found the city provides a discount on charges for water, sewer, garbage, and recycling to qualified customers. Specifically, customers eligible for the senior discount receive monthly discounts for water, sewer, garbage and recycling. Officials say providing discounted utility service to certain customers based on age is considered a discriminatory rate and does not comply with state requirements. After reviewing the report, the council approved the first reading of ordinances to eliminate the senior discounts. They also authorized the city administrator to draft a resolution for dissolution of the utility board to be placed on the next election ballot.
In other business, the Cascade Council approved a five year garbage and recycling contract with Republic Services, and voted to adjust speed limits on 1st Avenue East and West from McKinley to Jack Oak. The speed limit in each zone will be reduced by 10.
Western Dubuque Board Awards Contract for Peosta Elementary Project
The Western Dubuque School Board has awarded a contract for the Peosta Elementary expansion project. Larson Construction had the low bid at $3.3 million. That addition project will include a cafeteria, six classrooms, a restroom and two small meeting rooms.
State Auditors Issue Report Concerning Cascade Utility Discounts and Penalty Exemptions
State auditors have completed a report concerning utility payment penalty exemptions and discounts in Cascade. A special investigation was requested by the Cascade Municipal Utilities Board regarding penalties not properly charged to the utility account of former Assistant Utility Clerk Sherrie Ries. The audit found 16 accounts with exemptions from paying a total of nearly $866 in penalties. Four others granted the exemptions incurred no penalties. 3 of the 20 accounts identified which were coded as penalty exempt were accounts of CMU employees. During the investigation, auditors found the city provides a discount on charges for water, sewer, garbage, and recycling to qualified customers. Specifically, customers eligible for the senior discount currently receive monthly discounts of $6.06 for water and sewer service, $2.45 for garbage service, and $1.50 for recycling service. Providing discounted utility service to certain customers based on age is considered a discriminatory rate and does not comply with statere quirements. Officials say the discounts have cost the city around $149,000 since July 2009. City officials say they were not aware the discounts were considered discriminatory rates. The Cascade City Council will discuss the issue at it's meeting on Monday, and the Cascade Utilities Board will review the audit during a meeting August 10th.
Authorities Investigating Armed Robbery in Monticello
Authorities are investigating an armed robbery in Monticello. At 9:34 p.m. Monday the Monticello Police Department responded to the drive thru of Citizens State Bank on West First Street. Two female employees were attempting to complete a night deposit drop for Fareway Grocery Store when a male subject approached on foot armed with a handgun ordered them to give up the bag. The male subject fled on foot with the money bag containing an undisclosed amount of cash. The subject was described as a small framed, 20 to 30 years of age wearing a black ski mask, black sweatshirt and black pants carrying a black pistol. Neither employee was injured. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Monticello Police Department at 319-465-3526.
Monticello Man Charged with Robbery at F&M Bank
A Monticello man has been charged in connection with a bank robbery there Friday morning. Authorities say the robbery occurred at 11:06a.m. Friday at F&M Bank on East First Street. Police officials say Brandon Brown was arrested at his residence on North Sycamore Street at 3:12 a.m. Sunday and charged with First Degree Robbery, a class B Felony. He was being held on a $50,000 bond.
Authorities Release Update on July 4th Crash at Durango
Authorities have released an update on a crash at Durango earlier this month. According to the Dubuque County Sheriff's Office, 60-year-old James Ernzen was northbound on Highway 52 when his vehicle left the roadway and struck a retaining wall. Ernzen was taken to Ankeny for an autopsy, and it was determined he died from a heart attack prior to the collision. That accident happened around 12:30 a.m. on July 4th.
Pleasantville Edges Beckman at State Baseball
The Pleasantville Trojans used solid pitching and timely plays to help defeat the second-seeded Beckman Blazers 3-1 in a Class 2A quarterfinal Monday night at Principal Park. Zeb Adreon worked six plus innings, allowing one un-earned run and three hits while he struck out 10. Adreon also had three hits and scored a run. The Trojans scored two runs in the third, but Beckman responded when Devin Driscoll scored on an error to make it 2 to 1. Pleasantville added a third run in the fifth. Beckman then threatened with runners at second and third in the seventh, but couldn't complete the rally. Pleasantville kept two runs off the board by throwing out Blazer runners at home plate – one after a wild pitch and the second on a line-out to center field. Pleasantville (29-9) advances to face Carroll Kuemper in the semi-finals. Beckman ends the season at 24-18 following a 17th trip to state. In other 2A action defending champ Clear Lake defeated Denver 10-5, Hinton beat Van Buren 9-1 and Carroll Kuemper defeated Collins-Maxwell-Baxter 3-2 in 8 innings.
3 Tornadoes Confirmed in Rural Eastern Iowa Saturday
DUBUQUE, Iowa (AP) — The National Weather Service has confirmed at least three tornadoes moved across eastern Iowa during Saturday's storms.
The tornadoes damaged some farm buildings, trees and crops, but mostly avoided towns.
One tornado was reported near Lake Delhi around 4:20 p.m. Saturday. It generated winds up to 80 mph.
The second tornado struck just north of Worthington along Highway 136. It generated winds up to 70 mph.
The third tornado was reported near Farley in Dubuque County. Details of that tornado are still being determined.
DOT Schedules Informational Meeting for U.S. 52/Iowa 3 Improvements
The Iowa Department of Transportation will hold a public information meeting next month to discuss the proposed improvements and right of way needs along U.S. 52/Iowa 3 from Luxemburg to Holy Cross and from Holy Cross to Rickardsville. All interested persons are invited to attend this meeting anytime between 4 and 6 p.m. Thursday, August 11th at the Holy Cross City. Iowa DOT officials will be there to informally discuss the proposed improvements. At 5 p.m. there will be a presentation on the proposed intersection improvements at U.S. 52 and Tollgate Road.
U.S. 20 traffic Pattern Changes in Dyersville to begin July 25
Construction on the new U.S. Highway 20 interchange at Dyersville will soon move to the second stage. According to the DOT's Manchester construction office, traffic will be shifted to the newly constructed eastbound lanes during the week of July 25, weather permitting. The width restriction for eastbound U.S. 20 will be removed; approximately 20-foot wide loads will be accommodated in each direction. The eastbound U.S. 20 exit ramp will be opened for southbound traffic. Industrial park traffic for westbound traffic will continue to use the frontage road to the Seventh Street intersection for access to U.S. 20. Officials say traffic should be returned to normal patterns by early November. This includes the opening of the ramps on the new interchange and closing Seventh Street and 320th Avenue.
Man Charged in Stabbing Death Seeks to Nix Statements
DUBUQUE, Iowa (AP) — A man accused of killing his girlfriend last year in Dubuque is trying to keep statements from three police officers and a hospital nurse out of his trial.
27-year-old Eddie Hicks has filed a handwritten motion saying police coerced him into talking while Hicks was injured and under the influence of drugs in a hospital. He also objects to any statements made on a recorder allegedly left in his hospital room.
Hicks is charged with first-degree murder in the June 2015 stabbing death of 21-year-old Kahdyesha Lemon. Hicks' trial has been set for Aug. 30, which is likely to change to accommodate a psychiatric evaluation for him.
Lake Delhi Re-Opening Celebration Event this Weekend
The Lake Delhi re-opening Grand celebration will take place this weekend. Steve Leonard talks about what they have planned.
In addition to those events, they will have a music fest at the Lakes End area from noon to 6 p.m., along with music in the new Nautical States housing development. Leonard says the fun will continue tomorrow evening by the dam and spillway.
This weekend marks the 6th anniversary of the breach at the Lake Delhi Dam.
Commercial Vehicle Group to Close Plant in Eastern Iowa
MONONA, Iowa (AP) — Another eastern Iowa manufacturer has announced it will close its doors. Commercial Vehicle Group will close its plant in Monona. Workers were informed on Tuesday.
The company says there are 146 employees at the plant, and some will remain to support purchasing, sales and other roles after manufacturing ends next spring. For now, production at the plant continues.
The company recently closed its plant in Edgewood, cutting 60 jobs.
CVG makes complete cab systems for heavy-duty trucks and construction and agricultural equipment.
Also Tuesday, crane and boom-truck maker Terex announced it was shutting down its plant in Waverly, leaving 175 people out of work.
Loss of Airplane Control Blamed for Candidate's Crash
DUBUQUE, Iowa (AP) — Federal investigators say the loss of airplane control in bad weather likely caused a 2014 crash that killed a Dubuque physician who was running for the U.S. Senate.
The National Transportation Safety Board report says no mechanical problems with the plane were found to have caused the Oct. 13, 2014, accident in which 59-year-old Doug Butzier died.
He was returning to Dubuque from a campaign trip and flying his single-engine Pipe Malibu on instruments because the bad weather prevented a visual approach to the Dubuque airport. Butzier missed on his initial approach and was circling for another attempt when his plane struck some trees.
The board report blamed the crash on "the pilot's loss of airplane control while attempting to fly a missed approach procedure in instrument meteorological conditions."
Iowan Accused of Trying to Kill Mother Sentenced to 45 years
ELKADER, Iowa (AP) — A 25-year-old Pella man accused of trying to kill his mother at her Elkader home has been given 45 years in prison.
Brandon Thoma was sentenced Tuesday. Thoma pleaded guilty to attempted murder, burglary, theft, and assault on a jailer. Police say he broke into Theresa Thoma's home Nov. 10, punched and kicked her, pushed her down a flight of stairs and attempted to choke her with a shovel.
Her husband returned from work several hours later and found her badly injured. Rory Thoma says she still requires therapy in recovering from her injuries.
Beckman, Ed-Co Qualify for State Baseball
The Beckman Blazers and EdCo Vikings have qualified for the state baseball tournament. The Blazers qualified for the 17th time in school history with a 2-1 victory against Cascade Tuesday night. The Vikings defeated Alburnett to qualify for the first time in school history. Due to many games being postponed, state pairings for 1A and 2A will not be finalized until those games are played.
DNR Investigating Fish Kill in Buck Creek Near Ryan
RYAN, Iowa (AP) — The Iowa Department of Natural Resources is investigating the cause of a fish kill in northeastern Iowa. The department said in a news release Tuesday that a person fishing in Buck Creek near Ryan reported the fish kill over the weekend.
Upon investigation Monday, the DNR found both dead and live fish in the stream. The kill affected mostly minnows, shiners and chubs, but also suckers, rock bass and sunfish. The department estimates there could be thousands of dead fish. The fish kill is spread over about 8 miles of stream. No source of the kill has yet been identified, but it appears the fish died around the middle of last week.
Dyersville Council Increases Water, Sewer and Garbage Fees
The Dyersville City Council has approved ordinances revising minimum charges for water and sewer rates. Under these changes, the water rate will increase to $5.95 per thousand gallons. The current rate is$4.15. The sewer usage rate will increase from $7.40 per thousand gallons to $8.90. The council also approved an increase for garbage collection from $12.50 per month to $15.
Fire Damages Dyersville House, No One Injured
Fire damaged a Dyersville house late Sunday night. Firefighters were called to 1601 1st Avenue East at 10:12 p.m. The rear of the home was fully engulfed when crews arrived. Officials say the probable cause was a grease fire caused by unattended food on the stove. There were two people in the home at the time. They escaped without injury. Damage was estimated at $120,000.
Dubuque Man Pleads Guilty to 2 Federal Tax Evasion Counts
DUBUQUE, Iowa (AP) — A Dubuque man accused of tax evasion has pleaded guilty to two counts in a deal with federal prosecutors. 69-year-old Patrick T. O'Dowd pleaded guilty Monday in a federal courthouse in Dubuque to two counts of income tax evasion. In exchange, four other counts of tax evasion and six counts of fraudulent practices were dismissed. Court documents say O'Dowd did not file tax returns from 2006 through 2011. A court filing states the Iowa Department of Revenue seeks $248,319.45 in restitution for unpaid taxes, penalties, interest and fees. O'Dowd would pay restitution, according to the plea deal. The prosecutor will also recommend two consecutive five-year prison sentences be suspended, although O'Dowd will seek a deferred judgment. Sentencing has been set for Sept. 6.
Iowa Man Dies after being Pulled from Mississippi River
CLAYTON, Iowa (AP) — A 60-year-old Dysart man has died after being pulled from the Mississippi River near Clayton after he fell from a boat.
The Iowa Department of Natural Resources says Charles Petersen was a passenger on a boat operated by his wife when he fell into the river from the rear of the boat Monday evening.
Authorities say Petersen was not wearing a life jacket, and that two other passengers in the boat threw him a life jacket before jumping into the water themselves to help him.
The department says they were not able to get Petersen back on board. A rescue boat from the Garnavillo Fire Department pulled him from the water. Peterson was taken to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead.
The investigation into the death continues.
One Killed, Two Injured in Dubuque County Crash
Authorities have identified those involved in a crash early Tuesday morning in Dubuque County. According to the sheriff's office, 60-year-old James Ernzen, of Luxemburg was northbound on Highway 52 at Durango when his vehicle went off the road on the curve and struck a retaining wall. Ernzen was pronounced dead at the scene. Two female passengers were extricated from the vehicle and transported to Mercy in Dubuque. One of those passengers, 56-year-old Mary Ernzen, of Luxemburg, was then airlifted to University Hospitals in Iowa City. 20-year-old Robin Ernzen, also of Luxemburg, was being treated at Mercy in Dubuque. That crash occurred at approximately 12:30 Tuesday morning.
Wellsburg Man Injured when Semi Crashes into Mississippi at Clayton, Iowa
A Wellsburg man was injured when his semi crashed into the Mississippi at Clayton Friday morning. According to the state patrol, 46-year-old Dean Hinton was eastbound on 228th street entering Clayton when he lost control on the steep hill. Hinton was unable to stop and struck and embankment near the intersection of Main and Front Street. His truck then vaulted over the railroad tracks and into the Mississippi. Hinton was taken to the Guttenberg Hospital for treatment.
Edgewood Woman Killed in Homemade Cannon Explosion Accident
An Edgewood woman was killed when a homemade cannon exploded at a backyard gathering. The Delaware County Sheriff's Department says 55-year-old Lori L. Heims of Edgewood was injured at the gathering with friends in Greeley late Saturday night. Investigators say the cannon was loaded and fired, and when it went off, the rear portion of the barrel blew out and sent fragments toward Heims. One of the fragments struck Heims in the head. She was taken to Regional Medical Center in Manchester then flown to University Hospitals in Iowa City where she was pronounced dead.
Two Injured in Delaware County Crash
Two people were injured in a head-on crash early Monday in Delaware County. According to the state patrol, 25-year-old Kyle Weber, of Epworth, was southbound on 330th Avenue north of C54 when he crossed the center line and struck 26-year-old Aaron Puccio, of Dubuque. Puccio was airlifted to University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics for treatment. Weber was taken to Mercy-Dyersville. That crash occurred at 6:55 this morning.
Guttenberg Man Dies in Motorcycle Crash
A Guttenberg man died in a motorcycle crash on Highway 52 at Millville on Saturday. The state patrol says 66-year-old Jimmy Hansel was southbound when he lost control attempting to avoid stopped traffic on 52. He entered the west ditch and was ejected from his motorcycle. Hansel was taken to the Guttenberg Hospital where he died. That crash occurred at 12:51 p.m. Saturday.
Manchester Girl dies in ATV Accident
A Manchester girl died in an ATV accident in Delaware County Friday evening. According to the state patrol, 13-year-old Anna Nefzger crossed Highway 20 going northbound onto 245th Avenue when she lost control and entered the east ditch. Nefzger was ejected and pinned under the vehicle. That accident occurred at approximately 6:45 p.m. Friday east of Delaware.
Officials Plan to Start Refilling Lake Delhi on Friday
DELHI, Iowa (AP) — Crews are working to close the floodgates today and start refilling Lake Delhi, now that the $16 million restoration project has been finished. Steve Leonard with the Lake Delhi Combined Recreational Facility and Water Quality District talks about what crews are doing today.
Leonard says they are planning a big celebration forJuly.
Leonard said the lake could refill in as little as four days or take three or more weeks, depending on rainfall and riverflow.
Aquin Little Angels Early Childhood Center to Hold Groundbreaking Ceremony June 23rd
Aground breaking ceremony will be held tomorrow for the new Aquin Little Angels Early Childhood Center in Cascade. The current center opened in 2000 in a convent that was built in 1966. Last year,officials decided it was time to plan for a new facility due to deficiencies with the current building. The “Building for our Future” committee started a fund-raising campaign, which has raised more than $1.1 million for the new facility. The ground breaking ceremony will begin at 5:30 p.m. tomorrow at 408 3rd Avenue NW in Cascade.
Judge Rules Man Charged in Dubuque Killing Not Competent
DUBUQUE, Iowa (AP) — A judge has ruled that a man charged with sexually assaulting and killing a woman last year in Dubuque is not competent to stand trial.
District Court Judge Monica Ackley on Monday ruled that 20-year-old Helmon Betwell, of Dubuque, wasn't mentally competent to face charges in the killing of 66-year-old Nancy A. Krapfl. She was killed while walking in Dubuque.
Betwell was charged with first-degree murder, first-degree sexual abuse and two counts of third-degree burglary.
During a brief hearing, Ackley said the charges would remain on hold until Betwell can be judged competent and understand the charges against him.
Prosecutors and defense attorneys agreed Betwell wasn't competent.
North Liberty Man Injured in Motorcycle Crash near Colesburg
One person was injured in a motorcycle accident near Colesburg Sunday morning. According to the state patrol, 56-year-old Patrick Wallace of Iowa City was eastbound on Highway 3 when he struck a deer. 54-year-old Kevin Wallace, of North Liberty, was also eastbound and lost control of his motorcycle while trying to avoid the collision. He was taken to University Hospitals in Iowa City by Aircare. That crash occurred at approximately 9 a.m. Sunday at mile marker 292 west of Colesburg.
Police: Elgin Boy Died after Accidentally Shooting Himself
ELGIN, Iowa (AP) — A tight-knit community in northeast Iowa has come together to honor a young child who police say accidentally shot himself.
4-year-old Jayden Phillips of Elgin died Friday after he was rushed to a nearby hospital with a gunshot wound to the head. Police believe he accidentally shot himself around 2:30 p.m.
Residents gathered in a community park for a candlelight vigil on Sunday.
Colletta Harnisch, who helped organize the event as a friend of the family, says that money collected at the vigil will go toward funeral expenses and whatever else the family needs.
Judge Orders New Homes for Endangered Manchester Zoo Animals
CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) — A federal judge has ordered endangered lemurs and tigers housed at a private Manchester zoo to be moved within 30 days.
The order signed Friday directs owners of Cricket Hollow Zoo near Manchester to move its lemurs to Special Memories Zoo in Hortonville, Wisconsin, and its tigers to the Exotic Feline Rescue Center in Center Point, Indiana.
The decision is related to a 2014 lawsuit filed by the Animal Legal Defense Fund, which alleged the zoo maintained deplorable living conditions. The fund's executive director said he's disappointed about the decision. The group had recommended other locations for the animals. Wells said the group is evaluating legal options.
Dyersville Man Injured in Motorcycle vs. Pickup Crash on Dyersville East Road
A Dyersville man was injured Friday when a pickup truck hit his motorcycle. 27-year-old Jared Wessels was riding eastbound on Dyersville East Road when 68-year-old John Rubly, who was westbound, turned in front of him. Wessels was taken to University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics with non-life threatening injuries. Rubly was not injured. That crash happened at 1:30 p.m. Friday in the 2900 block of Dyersville EastRoad.
Ethanol Plant Owner from Hopkinton Pleads Guilty to Tax, Water Violations
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Federal prosecutors say a northwest Iowa ethanol plant owner has pleaded guilty to failing to pay employment taxes and dumping ethanol into a stream.
Randy Less, of Hopkinton, was charged in January with failing to collect and pay to the government federal income, Social Security and Medicare taxes withheld from the wages of employees of Permeate Refining.
At his guilty plea hearing on Tuesday, Less admitted he failed to properly handle payroll taxes. He also admitted that in July 2013 he discharged ethanol into an unnamed tributary of the Maquoketa River violating the Clean Water Act.
A sentencing date hasn't been set. He faces up to five years in prison for the tax charge and up to three years for the ethanol discharge and fines of up to $500,000.
Epworth Residents Seek Action to Deal with Smelly Business
EPWORTH, Iowa (AP) — Officials in Dubuque County are considering cracking down on a smelly composting operation that for years has drawn complaints from residents of the city of Epworth. The county supervisors met Monday with Epworth's mayor, a council member and a resident to discuss the issue of odors from Midwest Organic Solutions. The business is on U.S. Highway 20, between Farley and Epworth. Council member Garry Gansen says the problem has continued for four years and it's time for the county to take action. Supervisor Daryl Klein asked the county attorney to research possible enforcement actions. Midwest's owners didn't attend the meeting. Co-owner Craig Kluesner earlier said the company was working to limit odors.
Manchester Police Investigating Two Suspicious Activity Calls
On June 8 the Manchester Police Department received 2 calls for suspicious activity. The first call came in at 3:46pm. A caller advised some children were playing outside when a younger black male driving a silver or gray 4 door car stopped and yelled at them. The subject told the children to get off the swing set and get in the car. The children ran to the house and told their caregiver, who contacted police immediately.
The second incident was reported to the police department just before midnight Wednesday. At 6 pm a 5’6” to 5’8” white male, husky build with blonde hair driving a white cargo truck (U-Haul type) stopped to ask an adult female if she needed a ride home. The female explained she only had a short walk and did not need a ride. The subject asked details of where she lived and asked more probing questions once he knew where she lived.
Anyone with information about these incidents is asked to call the Manchester Police Department at 563-927-3355. Both incidents are still under investigation by the Manchester Police Department.
Possible Child Enticement / Request for Assistance From The Public
The Dyersville Police Department would like to thank everyone that called in tips on the above incident. Both vehicle and driver were located.
There will not be any charges, as the actions are related to a medical condition.
There is no danger to the community.
Former Swiss Colony Warehouse Manager Admits to Fraud Scheme
CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) — A former employee of The Swiss Colony catalog sales company has pleaded guilty to an elaborate fraud scheme in which he stole and sold its merchandise online for years.
Chad Saeugling of Asbury, Iowa is facing a lengthy prison sentence after entering guilty pleas Wednesday to mail fraud and two counts of making false statements to financial institutions.
Based in Monroe, Wisconsin, Colony Brands, Inc. is one of the nation's largest direct marketers, selling everything from furniture to cheese. Sauegling was a manager at its warehouse in Peosta, Iowa that helps fill customer orders.
He acknowledged that from 2009 to 2014 he stole merchandise and sold it online to unwitting customers through eBay. The scheme cost the company at least $423,000, which it has recovered from insurance.
Jessica Pape to Lead Manchester Chamber
Dyersvile Area Chamber of Commerce Assistant Director Jessica Pape will have a new title later this month. Pape has been hired to replace Jack Klaus as Director of the Manchester Chamber. Klaus retired last week. Pape will begin her new job later this month.