Farley Man Faces Drugs Charges Following Traffic Stop in Dyersville
Farley man faces drug charges following a traffic stop in Dyersville
this week. An officer stopped 22-year-old Jacob Paul Schmitt on Tuesday
for a defective muffler on his vehicle. The officer, who detected a
scent of marijuana during the stop, found marijuana, meth and drug
paraphernalia in the vehicle. After further investigation, the officer
and the Dubuque Drug Task Force identified items used to manufacture
meth in the vehicle. Schmitt was arrested and charged with possession
of drug paraphernalia, possession of marijuana and possession of meth.
That incident remains under investigation.
Woman, Son Escape Eastern Iowa House Fire Unharmed
Iowa (AP) — Officials say a mother and her son escaped a fire that
destroyed their house in eastern Iowa.The Mechaniscville house was
engulfed in flames when firefighters arrived on the scene shortly after
4:15 a.m. Friday. The woman and her son told firefighters that they
woke up to the smell of smoke and went out the back door, escaping just
in time. Firefighters say as soon as the woman and son got down the
steps and past the door, flames spread up the stairs of the home. Fire
officials say both the mother and son would have been trapped upstairs
had they not left when they did.Officials say it took more than two
hours to get the flames under control.
Cascade Man Killed in Highway 151 Crash in Jones County
have identified those involved in a head-on collision Wednesday night
in Jones County. According to the state patrol, 90-year-old John
Talbert of Cascade was going northbound in the southbound lanes of
Highway 151 and collided head-on with 52-year-old Douglas Ninneman of
Reedsburg, who was southbound. Talbert died in the crash, while
Ninneman was flown to University Hospitals and Clinics in Iowa City.
That crash happened at 8:58 p.m. Wednesday at mile marker 68 between
Anamosa and Monticello.
5 Injured in Highway 20 Crash
people were injured in a two-vehicle crash Wednesday on Highway 20 at
Olde Castle Road east of Dyersville. According to the Dubuque County
Sheriff's Office, 81-year-old Glen Shaw, of Elizabeth, Illinois, failed
to yield when crossing Highway 20 and was struck in the passenger side
by 21-year-old Bradley Michael of Hazelton who was eastbound. Michael
and three passengers were treated at the scene for minor scrapes and
cuts. The later drove to Buchanan County Health Center for further
treatment. Shaw was taken to Mercy in Dubuque with minor injuries. That
crash happened at 5 p.m. Wednesday.
One Killed in Highway 151 Crash in Jones County
person was killed an another injured in a head-on collision Wednesday
night in Jones County. According to the state patrol, a vehicle was
going northbound in the southbound lanes of Highway 151 and collided
head-on with a southbound vehicle. The patrol says one of the drivers
died in the collision, and the other was flown to University Hospitals
and Clinics in Iowa City. Their names were not released. That crash
happened at 8:58 p.m. Wednesday at mile marker 68 in Jones County.
Monticello Voters to Consider Bond Referendum
board elections are less than a month away. In the Monticello School
District, the ballot will also include a bond issue. The district is
seeking voter approval for a $22 million dollar bond issue to pay for
renovation and expansion projects. Plans include an addition at the
high school for 6th through 8th grades, selling or tearing down the
Carpenter and Shannon Elementary buildings, and demolishing a portion
of the current middle school to build a Pre-k through 5th grade school
at that location. Officials say if the bond is approved, it would
increase property taxes by $3.67 per $1,000 assessed valuation.
Cascade native Colin Rea wins Major League debut
Rea has started his Major League career with a win. With a large group
of family and friends in attendance, the Cascade native allowed 3 runs
on 6 hits over five innings last night as the Padres beat the Reds
11-6. In addition to earning the victory, Rea also had a single in his
first at bat and scored a run.
Hartwick Huskys to hold 50th Anniversary Event this Saturday
Hartwick Huskys Ski Team will celebrate its 50th anniversary with “Jam
at Schram” this Saturday, August 15th. They will perform their award
winning ski show at 3 p.m., followed by music from 4 to midnight. They
will have activities for the family to enjoy, and food and drinks will
be available for purchase. Saturday's event will be held at Schram Park
in Manchester with free admission for all.
Dyersville Area Relay for Life Update
2015 Dyersville Area Relay for Life has surpassed its fund raising
goal. As of Friday night, organizers said the total was more than
$121,000. That figure did not include the proceeds from the auction or
the money raised through a Ford test drive program. This years goal was
Lawsuit over Manchester Zoo Conditions Heading to Trial
Iowa (AP) — A federal lawsuit over conditions at an eastern Iowa
roadside zoo is set to go to trial. A federal magistrate denied a
motion for summary judgment by those suing that would have declared
that Cricket Hollow Zoo in Manchester and its operators violated the
Endangered Species Act. Magistrate Jon Stuart Scoles denied the motion
Thursday, saying a jury must sort out the facts in the case.The Animal
Legal Defense Fund and Iowa residents Tracey Kuehl, Lisa Kuehl, Kris
Bell, Nancy Harvey and John Braumann sued the zoo and operators Pamela
and Tom Sellner, alleging federal violations over the treatment of
lions, tigers, gray wolves and lemurs in the zoo's collection. The
lawsuit seeks to keep the operation from possessing endangered species.
Earlville Farmer Pleads Guilty to Hiring People in US Illegally
RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) — A Delaware County dairy cattle farmer has pleaded
guilty in federal court in Cedar Rapids to one count of harboring,
encouraging and inducing someone living in the U.S. illegally.
According to a press release from U.S. Attorney Kevin W. Techau,
47-year-old Michael Thomas Millenkamp of rural Earlville was convicted
Wednesday for employing several people residing in the U.S. unlawfully
between 2007 and 2011. The release says some of the employees were
allowed to live at one or more of the farms owned by Millenkamp. As
part of his plea agreement, Millenkamp is required to engage in ongoing
compliance with employment eligibility verification laws, pay a total
financial sanction of $250,000 and make at least two public
presentations to statewide farm groups about his case.
Man Charged in Attack of Housemate with Hammer in Dubuque
Iowa (AP) — A Dubuque man has been charged after attacking his
housemate with a hammer. 40-year-old Ryan B. Collins was charged
with going armed with intent and operating while intoxicated. He
made his first court appearance Wednesday.According to court documents,
officers responded to a fight Tuesday night. 48-year-old Alan S.
Johnson told police Collins drove his car and returned from the gas
station with damage to the car. The documents say Johnson
confronted Collins, who went in the home and retrieved a hammer.
Johnson said Collins swung multiple times before Johnson managed
to disarm him. Johnson said Collins then took him to the ground
and punched him in the face repeatedly.
Iowa Cropland Value Declines 6 Percent from Year Ago
MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The U.S. Department of Agriculture says Iowa
cropland value dropped the sharpest in the United States in the past
year, falling 6.3 percent as low grain prices weakened the value in the
nation's leading corn producing state.
Cropland value fell to $8,200 an acre after climbing to $8,750 last year.
Cropland values declined in 10 states while the others remained static or grew.
saw the biggest jump at 9.5 percent to $1,840 an acre. Nationally,
cropland grew an average of 0.7 percent. New Jersey has the most
valuable cropland at $13,500 an acre after a 3.8 percent increase.
California is second at $10,690 and Arizona third at $8,320 an acre.
Iowa is fourth.
Canadian Man Pleads Guilty in Iowa to Role in Pot Smuggling
RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) — A Canadian man has pleaded guilty in Iowa to
helping smuggle thousands of pounds of marijuana into the United
States. 42-year-old Jason Boyachek, of Edmonton, Alberta pleaded guilty
in U.S. District Court in Cedar Rapids to conspiracy to distribute
marijuana. A money laundering charge will be dismissed.
say Boyachek was involved in a ring that smuggled more than 8,400
pounds of marijuana from British Columbia in 2005 and 2006. The pot was
hauled in trucks to a farm near Delaware, Iowa, and divided for
shipment to Boston, Chicago and New York.
A federal grand jury
indicted Boyachek in 2009. His extradition fight ended last fall when a
Canadian court ordered his transfer to the United States for trial.
Dubuque Police Searching for Woman who Escaped Custody
Iowa (AP) — Police are searching for a woman who escaped police custody
in Dubuque. 42-year-old Jennifer L. Williams escaped custody Monday
morning. According to Lt. Scott Baxter, officers responded to a
residence to arrest Williams. She was handcuffed behind her back and
placed in the back of a patrol vehicle. Williams managed to open the
squad car's back door and flee on foot while the arresting officer was
outside the vehicle talking to another person. She is described as
white, 5 feet, 7 inches tall and weighing 157 pounds, with dark hair
and blue eyes.According to Baxter, there will be an investigation into
how the security of the patrol vehicle was compromised.
Former Lawmaker Pat Murphy Plans Another Congressional Bid
Iowa (AP) — Former state lawmaker Pat Murphy is embarking on a second
Democratic bid for Congress, after a failed campaign in 2014.
55-year-old from Dubuque announced Thursday that he would seek the
Democratic nomination in Iowa's 1st Congressional District. In
November, Murphy lost a closely fought race to Republican Rod Blum, who
is now serving his first term in Congress. On election night, Murphy
declared his political career over, but he says he has since heard from
supporters asking him to try again. Murphy says he'll continue to
campaign on his record on progressive issues like raising the minimum
wage. The other Democrats seeking the seat are Cedar Rapids
Councilwoman Monica Vernon and Gary Kroeger, of Cedar Falls.
Dyersville Council Votes to Keep Meetings at City Hall
The Dyersville City Council will continue to hold meeting at City Hall.
A proposal called for moving those meetings to the social center, but
it was defeated by a vote of 3-2. In other business last night, the
council voted to refer a resolution amending the ordinance for RV
parking to the Planning and Zoning commission and passed a resolution
approving preliminary plans for paving and drainage improvements at the
20 West Industrial Center. The estimated cost for that project is
$652,000. The Dyersville City Council also reviewed in invitation to
become a host town for the 2016 RAGBRAI. They decided not to be a host
next year, but will consider it in future years.
Holy Cross Man Pleads Guilty in Connection with Crash that Killed Four Teens
Iowa (AP) — A man has pleaded guilty to charges in the death of four
teenagers, who were killed when a pickup truck slammed into a small
vehicle they were riding in last summer in eastern Iowa.
Joseph M. Connolly, of Holy Cross, pleaded guilty Friday to four counts
of vehicular homicide by reckless driving and one count of serious
injury by reckless driving.
Defense attorney Bob Rehkemper says he and the prosecutor recommend Connolly serve a prison sentence not exceeding 10 years.
Sentencing is set for Sept. 3.
The charges stem from an Aug. 2 crash at an intersection near Epworth that killed four teens
Two Injured in Highway 20 Crash
people were injured in a crash Tuesday afternoon on Highway 20 near
Dyersville. According to the State Patrol, 19-year-old Colin Meier, of
Maquoketa, was eastbound in the inside lane and transitioned to the
outside lane when he lost control. His vehicle entered the south ditch
and overturned. Two passengers, 15-year-old Bret Gebhart of Bellevue
and 19-year-old Wyatt Schiffer of Maquoketa, were taken to Mercy in
Dubuque for treatment. That crash happened at 2 p.m. Tuesday.
Dyersville Council Approves Payment to DED, Safety Committee Reviews RV and Golf Cart Issues
Dyersville City Council met this morning. They approved a payment of
$100,000 to Dyersville Economic Development as part of a 2008
development agreement. Following that meeting, the Public Safety
Committee reviewed RV parking and golf cart issues. Officials have
prepared a draft ordinance for RV parking regulations that will be
presented to the council at the July 20th meeting. The council is then
expected to refer that ordinance to the Planning and Zoning Committee,
which will review it and make recommendations to the council. A copy of
the draft ordinance can be obtained by contacting city hall. On the
golf cart issue, it was the consensus of the Public Safety Committee to
leave that ordinance as is.
Dyersville Council News
Dyersville City Council met Monday evening. They approved preliminary
plans for the Wastewater Treatment Facility Phase 3 expansion project.
The estimated cost for that project is $4.17 million. In other
business, the council approved adding two properties to the FEMA
Acquisition Project. They also tabled action on moving council meetings
to the Social Center so they can get estimates for audio equipment.
Dubuque County Sheriff to Retire
County Sheriff Don Vrotsos has announced he will not seek re-election
and will retire at the end of his current term on Dec. 31, 2016.
Vrotsos was appointed sheriff in 2010 after Ken Runde left the post to
join the U.S. Marshal's Office. He was then elected sheriff in 2012.
Vrotsos said in a press release that he is supporting Chief Deputy Greg
Egan to become Dubuque County's next sheriff. Egan, a 26-year veteran
of the department, has been chief deputy the past five years.
Hazardous Material Leak Near Cascade Closes Highway 151
hazardous material spill lead to the closure of Highway 151 near
Cascade Wednesday evening. Authorities say Joseph Moore of Oklahoma was
hauling the material when his truck sustained a load shift, causing
containers to rupture and begin leaking. Highway 151 southbound was
closed at Reiter Road as a precautionary measure. There were no
injuries invovled with this incident, which was reported around 5 p.m.
Emergency crews were on the scene late last night as cleanup continued.
Elkader Man Injured When Vehicle Hits Tractor
Elkader man was injured when his vehicle hit a tractor Wednesday
afternoon in Clayton County. According to the State Patrol, 27-year-old
Michael Podolsky was westbound on Gunder road when he attempted to pass
a tractor that was pulling a hay bine. His vehicle struck the rear tire
of the tractor, entered the ditch and rolled onto its top. Podolsky was
airlifted to University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics for treatment.
The driver of the tractor was not injured. That crash happened at 12:42
Three Injured in Buchanan County Crash
people were injured in a crash Wednesday morning in Buchanan County.
According to the State Patrol, 17-year-old Jenna Weber, of Brandon,
attempted to pull onto County Road V65 from D47 when she struck a
northbound vehicle driven by 25-year-old Jennifer Huber, of Marion.
Weber and two children, Ava and Madelyn Troyer, both of Independence,
were taken to Allen Hospital for treatment. That crash happened around
8 a.m. Wednesday.
Iowa Hog Inventory of 21 Million is Second Largest on Record
MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The latest report on the status of the Iowa hog
industry shows the state with 21 million hogs on Iowa farms as of June
That's the second highest number ever since records began in
1870. The highest figure was December 2014 when the state had 21.3
million hogs. The U.S. Department of Agriculture, which released the
report Friday, says the latest figure is a 10 percent increase over the
inventory of a year ago.
Iowa is the nation's leading pork
producer by far. The figures show Minnesota is second with just over 8
million hogs and North Carolina is right at 8 million. Illinois had 4.6
million, Nebraska 3.2 million and Missouri 2.9 million.
The national inventory is 66.9 million head.
One Person Dies Following Jackson County House Explosion
person had died following a house explosion in Jackson County.
Emergency responders were called to the home at 2236 312th Avenue
between Preston and Maquoketa at about 4:40 a.m. Thursday. While crews
were shutting off the gas at the location, deputies heard an individual
calling for help from the foundation. A deputy and firefighter located
the occupant, 73-year-old Stephen Brandenburg. He was taken Jackson
County Regional Medical center then airlifted to University Hospital in
Iowa City where he died. The State Fire Marshall's Office is
investigating the cause of that explosion.
Clean up Continues after Monday's Storms
up continues today after strong storms causes damage throughout the
area on Monday. The strong winds ripped off the roof at La Salle
Catholic School in Holy Cross. Staff went to the school to move
computers and other items to protect them from rain. In Dyersville,
there was some structural damage and multiple downed trees and
electrical lines. That included the home at 1207 3rd Street SW, where a
tree fell on the house and took down the power lines. Officials say the
electricity was shut off in the home, but once the main line was
re-energized, it sparked a fire at the home. No one was injured.
A wind gust of 80 mph was recorded in Peosta at 9:08 a.m. Monday, with
a gust of 78 reported in Dyersville at 8:55 a.m. Torrential rain lead
to flash-flooding threats in Clayton County. McGregor reported 3.32
inches of rain during Monday's storms.
Tony Orlando Among Father's Day Visitors at Field of Dreams
Orlando was among the visitors at the Field of Dreams on Father's Day.
The singer was on a road trip with his family, who decided to bring him
to the field. Orlando, who currently resides in Branson, said baseball
allowed him to connect with his son when he was busy touring.
Woman Dies After Being Struck by Lightning in Eastern Iowa
Iowa (AP) — State officials say a Hiawatha woman died after she was
struck by lightning at a recreation area in eastern Iowa.
state Department of Natural Resources says 42-year-old Rebecca McCarty
was camping with family and friends at Pleasant Creek State Recreation
Area near Palo when she was struck by lightning shortly after 5:30 p.m.
Saturday. She was pronounced dead at a Cedar Rapids hospital.
McCarty had been walking between camping spots at the time.
The National Weather Service says heavy rainfall and strong thunderstorms were recorded Saturday across eastern Iowa.
Dubuque Man Charged in Stabbing Death of Girlfriend
Iowa (AP) — Authorities say a Dubuque man accused of fatally stabbing
his girlfriend tried to convince officers at the scene to shoot him.
Eddie Hicks is charged with first-degree murder in the death of
21-year-old Kahdyesha J. Lemon. She was found outside the couple's
Dubuque residence Wednesday night with more than 20 stab wounds. She
later died at a local hospital.
Court records do not list an attorney for Hicks.
criminal complaint says officers responding to the scene first found
Hicks outside with injuries. Officers say Hicks repeatedly asked them
to shoot him. The report also says he tried to get into a squad car and
was pepper sprayed.
1 Person Fatally Stabbed, Another Hospitalized in Dubuque
DUBUQUE, Iowa (AP) — Dubuque authorities say one of two people hospitalized for stab wounds has died.
say officers were sent to check a disturbance around 10:30 p.m.
Wednesday on Arlington Street. They found the two injured people, who
soon were taken to a hospital. One of the people died there. Police haven't released the people's names or any other details about the stabbing.
Epworth a Finalist in PetSafe Bark for Your Park Contest
is among the finalists in the PetSafe Bark for Your Park contest. One
community will receive $100,000 and four others will win $25,000 each
to build an off-leash dog park. If Epworth wins, a dog park would be
built at Centennial Park. To vote in this contest, go to
petsafe.net/barkforyourpark or find them on Facebook. Voting will end
July 22nd, and the winners will be announced July 31st.
Community Savings Bank to Add Garnavillo Location Through Merger
Savings Bank will add a location in Garnavillo through a merger. CSB
officials announced they will merge with Garnavillo Savings Bank this
fall. CSB is chartered in Edgewood, and has offices in Manchester,
Earlville, Dyersville, Greeley, Robins and Cedar Rapids. The
anticipated merger date is Sept. 30.
Black Bear Found Dead Along Highway 20 Near Jesup
COUNTY — Authorities said a bear was apparently hit and killed on
Highway 20 near Jesup late Sunday night. The Buchanan County Sheriff’s
Office was notified around 10:15 p.m. Sunday about a dead black bear on
the side of the westbound lanes of Highway 20 near the Jesup exit.
Deputies says it appeared the bear was hit by a vehicle, but because
the driver never called to report the crash, no accident report was
completed. The bear was roughly a year and a half old. Officials say
there’s no way of knowing for sure if the bear is one that was spotted
in Dubuque and Delaware counties.
MANCHESTER, Iowa (AP) — Work recently was finished to convert a stretch of the Maquoketa River into rapids in Manchester.
Crews have completed installing six, 18-inch drops along a 900-foot stretch for the Manchester Whitewater Park.
say the $2 million-plus project isn't yet finished due to construction
costs exceeding project estimates. The addition of restrooms and
benches has been delayed.
A "soft opening" celebration is scheduled for this weekend.
Officials Report Breach in Temporary Dam at Lake Delhi
temporary dam used to divert the Maquoketa River while construction
crews work on the spillway at the Lake Delhi dam has sustained what
officials call “a small breach,”. Last weeks rains created a high water
flow event that broke the metal structure on Sunday. The breach was 10
to 12 feet wide, but officials say it didn't lead to any major effects
downstream. Lake Delhi Board President Steve Leonard said the breach
will likely cause a delay in their work to refill the lake.
Two Injured in Crash on West Side of Dyersville
people were injured in a crash at Highway 20 and 7th Street Southwest
at Dyersville Thursday afternoon. According to the state patrol,
51-year-old Michael Nerny, of Dyersville, was attempting to turn east
on to Highway 20 from 7th Street when he pulled into the path of a
westbound vehicle driven by 28-year-old Dennis Hill of Earlville.
Hill's vehicle struck the left front side of Nerny's vehicle, with both
vehicles coming to rest in the westbound lanes. Hill and Nerny were
taken to Mercy in Dubuque for treatment. That crash happened at at 4:07
Satellite in Dubuque has reported that they are receiving calls from
residents who have had salesmen come to their door claiming they are
from Busch Satellite and selling Dish & Direct TV services.
These individuals are providing inaccurate information and pricing and
are not from Busch Satellite. If you would like to contact Busch
Satellite directly for correct information, please call them at
portion of Highway 136 was closed Wednesday while authorities checked a
vehicle for drugs. An officer with the Dyersville Police
Department identified Jason Schroeder driving a vehicle at
approximately 5:37 PM. This officer confirmed with dispatch that there
was a valid warrant for Schroeder for possession of methamphetamine.
The officer followed the vehicle north on Highway 136 from city limits
until back-up officers were able to get to the area. The vehicle,
occupied by four adult males, was stopped just south of New Vienna on
Highway 136. Schroeder was arrested on the outstanding
warrant. During his arrest drug paraphernalia and what was
believed to be methamphetamine were found on his person.
The Clayton County Sheriff’s Department arrived on scene with their K-9
unit. The K-9 Unit indicated that narcotics where in the vehicle.
Officers began a search of the vehicle, and found items consistent with
a meth lab in the vehicle. As a safety precaution, Highway 136
was shut down briefly from Floyd Road to New Vienna. Fire and
Rescue arrived on scene. It was determined that there was no
danger to the general public, and the road was reopened.
Forty-year-old Jason J. Schroeder of Guttenberg was charged for
outstanding warrant, possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of
methamphetamine. Fifty Four-year-old Kevin F. Meder of Guttenberg was
arrested for possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of
methamphetamine. Alan Billmeyer and Douglas A. Pierce, both of
Guttenberg were charged with possession of drug paraphernalia. The
investigation is continuing and additional charges are pending.
Ex-Iowa Sheriff's Deputy gets 13 Years in Fire Fraud Case
RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) — A former sheriff's deputy in Jones County has been
given 13 years in prison for fraud linked to a fire he set at his
Prosecutors say 50-year-old James Plower, of Olin,
was sentenced on Wednesday in U.S. District Court in Cedar Rapids.
Plower had pleaded guilty to mail fraud and using fire to commit a
At his plea hearing, Plower said he made up a scheme to
defraud his insurance company. He said he set fire to his vacant home
in Martelle and submitted an insurance claim asserting the fire was
accidental. He collected more than $66,000 from the insurance company.
Camping Ban at Wildlife Area
Iowa (AP) — Camping at a wildlife area in eastern Iowa has been halted
after state officials say visitors were hosting parties and damaging
the space. The state Department of Natural Resources says the temporary
camping ban at Hawkeye Wildlife Management Area in Johnson County will
be in place to give officials time to address problems with littering,
drug use, underage drinking and unattended bonfires.
Iowa Highway Expansion
CITY, Iowa (AP) — The Iowa Transportation Commission has voted to
direct $286.4 million to finish expanding U.S. Highway 20 to four lanes
in northwestern Iowa. The commission voted for the fiscal year
2016-2020 plan at their monthly meeting on Tuesday. The expansion will
happen on stretches of the highway in Woodbury, Ida and Sac counties.
The work includes $68.3 million for 12 miles in Woodbury County to be
done by 2018, $138.1 million for 17 miles in Ida County for 2016 and
$80 million for 11 miles in Sac County in 2017. Highway 20 Association
President Shirley Phillips said the improvements will boost economic
development and improve safety.
Dubuque Police Arrest Man Accused of Killing Daughter, 27
DUBUQUE, Iowa (AP) — A 62-year-old man has been arrested in Dubuque, accused of fatally shooting his daughter.
say in a news release that Robert Stern admitted shooting 27-year-old
Kimberly Stern on Tuesday at the home they shared in Dubuque. He's been
charged with first-degree murder. Online court records don't list the
name of an attorney who could be contacted to comment on Robert Stern's
Officers were called to the Sterns' home at 10 a.m. to
perform a welfare check after Robert Stern called the Dubuque 911
Center. Police say Robert Stern told dispatchers that someone in the
residence may have died. Kimberly Stern's body was found in a bedroom,
and officers say she'd been shot several times.
Authorities Investigating Burglaries in Dubuque, Jackson Counties
are investigating burglaries throughout Dubuque County, the southern
part of Dubuque and northern Jackson County. Officials say the subjects
have been breaking into businesses and prying open juke boxes and
taking cash registers. They are also stealing ATV's and other off-road
vehicles to conduct these burglaries. In addition to thefts at
businesses, cars at parks and along trails in Dubuque County have been
broken into. Authorities urge people not to leave valuables in plain
sight while at those locations. Anyone with info about these crimes
should contact the Dubuque County Sheriff's Office
Hopkinton Man Sentenced after Pleading Guilty to Child Pornography Charge
Hopkinton man has been sentenced on child pornography charges. Paul
LeClere was sentenced Thursday by a federal judge to 135 months in
prison after pleading guilty to a charge of possession of child
pornography between June 2012 and August 2013. He was also fined
$10,000 and will have 10 years of supervised release after completing
his prison sentence. As part of a plea agreement, four other charges of
possession of child porn and a charge of receipt of child porn were
dismissed. LeClere was also ordered to pay $4,000 in restitution.
Dubuque High School's $30M Renovation Almost Complete
Iowa (AP) — Dubuque's Hempstead High School is nearing completion of
its $30 million renovation and addition project. The project, which was
funded by a 1 percent sales tax, began in May 2013. Construction
workers will use the summer break to complete work that includes new
science classrooms, a business office and improvements on the
gymnasium. The project will add 141,209 square feet to the existing
building. Construction is expected to be completed ahead of its January
2016 deadline. District buildings and grounds official Bill Burkhart
says Dubuque Senior High School is next in line for renovations.
Waterloo Man Killed in Buchanan County Motorcycle Crash
Waterloo man was killed in a motorcycle crash Wednesday night in
Buchanan County. According to the state patrol, 57-year-old Larry
Fangmann was northbound on County Road V65 near Jesup when he crossed
the center line and entered the ditch. Fangmann was thrown from the
motorcycle. That crash happened around 8:30 p.m. Wednesday.
Dyersville Begins Sanitary Sewer Cleaning Work
city will be performing sanitary sewer cleaning and maintenance in the
Northwest section, Northeast section, west of Highway 136,
and the Southeast section of Dyersville from June 4th thru June
24th. The cleaning process will cause a vacuum in the sewer which
will not affect most homes. However some homes may notice a sewer
smell that can be fixed by running water in the drains. It is
also recommended that you put toilet seats down and cover floor drains
during this time to minimize possible splashing of water. If you
have any questions, please call 875-7724. Thank you for your
Man Arrested After Leading Dubuque Officers on Vehicle Chase
Iowa (AP) A 25-year-old man accused of leading police on a chase
through several Dubuque neighborhoods has been arrested.
records say Jimmane Pittman, of Dubuque, was arrested Wednesday morning
and charged with eluding and other crimes. The records don't list the
name of an attorney who could be contacted to comment on Pittman's
Police say in a news release that an officer tried to
pull over Pittman because the officer knew Pittman had a five-day jail
sentence to serve in another case. The news release says Pittman sped
up and wouldn't stop and ignored traffic signals. Officers stopped the
chase when Pittman drove into a residential area. Pittman's vehicle
was later found parked. Police say Pittman was found walking in the
area and was captured after a brief foot chase.
Henderson Products to Open Missouri Location
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
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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
Dubuque Racing Association Announces 2015 Grants
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
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
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
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.
Albrecht Acres Building
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.
in Jackson County Burglary
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.
three are charged with Third Degree Burglary and Conspiracy to Commit
Third Degree Burglary. This incident remains under investigation and
additional charges are possible.
Pleads Not Guilty to Sexual Assault of Teen Girl
Iowa (AP) — An eastern Iowa man previously convicted of sexual assault
has pleaded not guilty to charges in a separate case involving a
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.
Fine for Dubuque Widow who Split Up Bank Deposits
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.
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.
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.
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.
Soybean Crops Expected to be Slightly Smaller
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.
Finalist for Top Cinematic Tourist Destination
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.
Animal Shelter and County Working on Deal for Stray Animal Care
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
Adjustment Tours Potential Dubuque County Shooting Range
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.
County Bond Issue Vote
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.
Mines of Spain
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.
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.
Named to All-American Wrestling Team
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
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.
Woman Injured in Dyersville Accident
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.
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.
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.
County Bond Vote Today
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.
National Park Service Official Says She's a Scapegoat
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.
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."
Police say Man, Woman Found Dead in Home Friday
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.
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
Baxter says investigators believe Birch was laid off from his job
Hit by Semi in Dubuque
DUBUQUE, Iowa (AP) — Police say a pedestrian was struck and killed by a
semitruck in Dubuque.
Dubuque Police Department responded Thursday morning to crash at the
intersection of Dodge and Locust streets in Dubuque, near the Julien
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
That investigation is ongoing.
Coach Beckman Boys Basketball
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.
- Sex Charges
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.
Pleads Not Guilty to Vehicular Homicide Charges
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.
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
says a preliminary breath test indicated Engling was intoxicated at the
in Jones County Crash
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
Killed in Single-Vehicle Crash near 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.
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.
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.
in Dubuque County Crash
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.
Eliminates Elementary Principal Position
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
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
Man Pleads Guilty to Trying to Persuade Child to Have Sex
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
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
He faces a mandatory minimum sentence of 10 years and possible maximum
sentence of life in prison.
He also faces a $250,000 fine.
Coinsider Eliominating Jail Time for Misdemeaners
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.
Accident in 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.
Investigating Fatal Crash near Luxemburg
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.
School Officials Remove Child who had Knife in Class
Iowa (AP) — Officials at a Dubuque elementary school say a student who
brought a pocketknife to class has been removed from the premises.
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
Dubuque Board Sets School Calendar
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.
Faces Vehicular Homicide Charges after Fatal Wreck
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
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
control of his vehicle, which entered a ditch and overturned.
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
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.
Being Treated after being Found Unresponsive in Car
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
Making First Campaign Trip to Iowa on Tuesday
MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Hillary Clinton is taking her newly announced
presidential campaign into the heart of small town Iowa this week.
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.
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
Emergency Landing Near
Iowa (AP) — A small, single-engine plane made an emergency landing on
a road near Peosta. No one was injured when the emergency
was executed Saturday morning on Cox Springs
Road. The pilot, Adam
California, said he was flying to Illinois when he saw smoke
the cockpit. In response, he shut off his avionics equipment.
That prompted Dubuque Regional Airport staff to alert
responders since they lost contact with the
plane. Maritz landed
the plane on the
road and then drove into a nearby parking lot.
Patrol: 5 Killed after Semitrailer Hits Vehicle
Iowa (AP) — The Iowa State Patrol says five people, including a
12-year-old, were killed after a semitrailer struck their vehicle in
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.
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.
Touched Down in Eastern Iowa
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Severe weather making its way across eastern
Iowa has produced at least one tornado.
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
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.
Accused of Reporting Robbery that Never Happened
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.
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.
Voters Defeat Bond Issue
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.
Jones County Sheriff's Office says deputies responded to a call Monday
from Exchange State Bank in Martelle, Iowa. They were told
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.
Man Dies in Single-Vehicle Crash
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
Machine Shed in Clayton County
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.
Dies of Asphyxiation Hours after Arrest
ANAMOSA, Iowa (AP) — Authorities say a female inmate died after being
found unconscious in the Jones County Jail.
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
The Jones County Sheriff's Office says Lekin
had been arrested earlier that morning on multiple charges, including
second-degree burglary and public intoxication.
conducted March 22 revealed the cause of her death was asphyxiation
from an article of clothing. Authorities say Lekin was found alone in
University Worker gets Nearly 5 years in School Theft Case
Iowa (AP) — A former Clarke University employee must serve nearly five
years in prison after pleading guilty to defrauding the school of more
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
Killed in Clayton County Crash
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.
Charged in Attempted Abduction of 11-Year-Old
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.
to a police complaint, Robbins said he intended to have sex with the
girl and that she was frightened throughout their interaction.
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.
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
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
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.
Man Faces Charges Following High Speed Chase
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
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
began around 2:15 a.m. Sunday.
briefly Escapes Delaware County Jail
inmate being returned to the Delaware County Jail following a court
appearance briefly escaped Tuesday. According to a press
as the restraints were being removed from inmate Michael Cole, he was
able to flee the jail through a walk in door. He was
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.
Man Sentenced for Distributing Meth near Playground
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.
in Clayton County Crash
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.
Dubuque's Spencer Haldeman named Gatorade Iowa Player of the Year
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!
Awarded for WDHS Vocational Building Project
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.
County Mobile Home Fire
responded to a report of a structure fire at 14674 North Cascade Road
unit number 419 at approximately 3:15 This morning. Upon
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
the kitchen stove. Murphy was able to get her four children
2 ½ 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
The cause of the fire is undetermined at this time.
injuries were reported. The Dubuque County Sheriff's office along with
Epworth and Centrailia Fire Departments responded to the scene.
County Zoning Board Advances Shooting Range Plans
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.
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
County Supervisors Schedule Second Vote for Jail Project
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.