KDST 99.3 High School Basketball Playoff Broadcast Schedule

 

Monday, March 6 -- Boys State Tournament -- Cascade vs. Camanche 8:15 pm (pre-game show begins at approximately 7:45)

 

Boy Leaps into Arms of Mother, Officer to Escape Fire

DUBUQUE, Iowa (AP) — Authorities say a police officer and a boy's mother coaxed the 7-year-old into jumping from a second-story window into their arms so he could escape a fire at their home in Dubuque. The fire was reported about 1:30 p.m. Tuesday. Fire officials say the mother was able to escape down the front stairs when the blaze erupted. Smoke prevented the boy from reaching the front or rear stairs. Officer Dane Clark and two others soon joined the mother below the window where the boy was standing. They persuaded him to push out the screen, drop his dog to one of the officers and jump into the waiting arms of his mother and Clark. The boy was taken to a Dubuque hospital for treatment of smoke inhalation.

 

DyersvilleSt. Patrick's Day Float winners:

1stplace Tauke Motors

2ndplace Dyersville Sportsman

3rdExit Realty

HonorableMentions: Skid-Marks & Dyersville Airport.

Costumewinners:

1stplace Payless Foods (Lucky Charms),

2ndplace Dyersville Comic & Games (Super Patrick vs Dinosaur),

3rdplace Victory Ford (Max Mustang).

Honorablemention: Irish Dancers

 

Authorities Identify Monticello Child Involved in Wednesday Crash

Authorities have identified the Monticello child who died in an accident Wednesday afternoon.  According to the state patrol, a minivan was southbound on South Cedar Street approaching the intersection with West Washington Street, and the child, 8-year-old Cassandra Rieken,was eastbound on West Washington Street when her tricycle struck the front of the minivan.  That accident happened at approximately 3:52p.m. Wednesday.  The investigation continues.

 

Maquoketa Bank Robbery Update

The man linked to a bank robbery in Maquoketa that led to a pursuit in Dubuque County has been charged in connection with the car chase.  40-year-old Donte Rhodes made his initial court appearance in Dubuque County on Thursday.  He is charged with eluding, interference with officials acts and eight traffic violations. Maquoketa Police were notified at 1:46 p.m. Wednesday about an alarm at Fidelity Bank on Highway 64.  Officers were then notified that the suspect left in an SUV and fled north on Highway 61.  Investigators say the suspect handed a teller a note and implied he had a gun, but did not show one during the robbery.  A Dubuque County Sheriff's Deputy later located the vehicle and attempted to make a stop, but Rhodes fled.  The pursuit ended when he crashed into two vehicles. Rhodes then attempted to flee on foot but was quickly apprehended.  Charges related to the robbery are pending as the investigation continues.

 

Jury Convicts Iowa Man of Murder in Trailer Park Shooting

DUBUQUE, Iowa (AP) — A 19-year-old Dubuque man has been convicted of first-degree murder in the robbery shooting of a man at a trailer park in the Dubuque County community of Key West.
Jurors took less than three hours of deliberation Tuesday before finding Imere Hall guilty. The mandatory life sentence is scheduled to be handed down April 3.

Prosecutors say Hall and two other men broke into the trailer of 21-year-old Collin Brown last April, intending to rob him. Brown was shot trying to escape the three.

The other two men are 31-year-old Eric Campbell, who is scheduled to go on trial Tuesday, and 20-year-old Tacari Minifee, whose trial is set to begin April 18. Both have pleaded not guilty to murder and robbery charges.

 

Regional Medical Center CEO Resigns over Travel Reimbursement Issues

The CEO at Regional Medical Center has resigned.  RMC's Board of Trustees accepted Lon Butikofer's immediate resignation during a meeting on Monday.  He had submitted his resignation last Friday.  This move happened after the trustees identified a serious issue involving improper travel expense reimbursement submitted by Butikofer.  In a press release, the board said they have notified the State Auditor and are working with the proper agencies to remedy the situation.  In addition, the trustees will work with an independent auditing firm to further review the expense reimbursements.  The Regional Medical Center board of Trustees also announced that Chief Financial Officer Danette Kramer has been appointed COO and will temporarily handle CEO responsibilities.  They will be assigning a committee to conduct a search for a new CEO.

 

Pedestrian Struck on Highway 20 in Dubuque County

A Dubuque man was struck and killed on Highway 20 in Dubuque County late Saturday night.  Authorities say an eastbound vehicle struck 34-year-old Jason Ehlerson the roadway just prior the Peosta exit shortly before midnight.  Authorities say he was wearing dark clothing.  The driver of the car and her passengers were not injured.

 

Competency Hearing Set for Woman Accused of Killing Her Ex

DUBUQUE, Iowa (AP) — A competency hearing is scheduled Tuesday for a Dubuque woman accused of beating to death her ex-husband.  Attorneys for Dolores Flynn had obtained a second psychiatric evaluation of her after a judge ruled in December that she was sufficiently mentally fit to stand trial.  She was treated at a Coralville mental health center after the judge ruled in April that Flynn was not competent for trial. Flynn has pleaded not guilty to a charge of second-degree murder in the baseball-bat slaying of 72-year-old Gary Breckenridge.  Police found his body Jan. 4, 2016, in the home he shared with Flynn.  Her trial is scheduled to begin March 21.

 

Special Deer Hunt Planned for Clayton County to Test Animals for Chronic Wasting

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa officials are planning a second special deer harvest in northeast Iowa to test the animals for chronic wasting disease.

The state hopes to collect up to 300 samples from mature deer in Clayton County from this Saturday through March 5. The state wants hunters who will receive special scientific licenses to focus on an area about 10 miles west of Elkader.

Ten wild deer in Allamakee County tested positive for chronic wasting disease last year, bringing the total to 16 since 2013. Another infected deer was found during the first special collection earlier this month.

 

Brown Sentenced for Monticello Bank Robbery

A Monticello man who robbed a bank has been sentenced to 8½ years in federal prison.  45-year-old Brandon Brown was sentenced Tuesday in U.S. District Court in Cedar Rapids after pleading guilty last fall to armed bank robbery.  He was also ordered to pay restitution.  Brown admitted in his plea that he entered F&M Bank in Monticello on July 29 armed with a gun, pointed it at a bank employee and took more than $4,000.

 

Former Delhi City Clerk Accused of Stealing from City Pleads Not Guilty

The former Delhi city clerk accused of stealing more than $165,000 from the city has pleaded not guilty.  42-year-old Angela J. Billings of Anamosa was arrested Dec.20 after the state auditor released a report regarding unauthorized purchases, payroll and other items.  Billings was charged with two counts of first-degree theft and one count of second-degree theft,which are felonies.  The state auditor’s office launched a special investigation in April 2015 after city officials found irregularities in city finances.  Billings entered the not guilty plea on Monday

 

Western Dubuque School Board Votes to Close Bernard Elementary

The Western Dubuque school board has decided to close Bernard Elementary School.  With Board President Mark Knuth abstaining, the rest of the board voted 4-0 to close the building at the end of the current school year.  The 31 students who are enrolled at Bernard Elementary this year in pre-kindergarten, first grade and third grade will attend Cascade Elementary next year.  Students in kindergarten and second grade from Bernard already go to Cascade.

 

Man Arrested on Drug Charges Following Traffic Stop

A man faces drug charges following a traffic stop in Dubuque County Friday afternoon.  According to a press release, 41-year-old Scott Harry was stopped on Highway 151 near 12 Mile Road at approximately 12:51 p.m. Friday.  A Dubuque County Sheriff's Office K-9 indicated the presence of illegal drugs inside the vehicle.  During a search, officers found approximately 1 and a half pounds of meth, along with drug paraphernalia.  Harry was arrested for Possession of Meth with intent to deliver, which is a Class B Felony, and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, which is a misdemeanor.  He was taken to the Dubuque County Jail.

 

Train Derails in Eastern Iowa but Avoids Homes

DUBUQUE, Iowa (AP) — A train derailment shook several homes in rural eastern Iowa Sunday but the toppled cars avoided the buildings and no injuries were reported.

Kerry Rogers said it was scary when his house shook and a tree was uprooted during the derailment Sunday morning. Canadian Pacific spokesman Andy Cummings says 26 of the 99 empty cars in the train derailed around 6 a.m. Sunday. The incident happened southeast of Dubuque near the Mississippi. The Dubuque County Sheriff's office says the train of empty sand cars was headed north at the time of the derailment.

It wasn't immediately clear Sunday how long it would take to clean up the cars.

 

Linn County Shooting Update

COGGON, Iowa (AP) — Authorities have identified the man found shot to death in Linn County.

The Linn County Sheriff's Office identified him as 20-year-old Dylan Plotz, who lived in Cedar Rapids. An autopsy is scheduled for today.

Deputies and medics sent Wednesday evening to the scene about five miles southwest of Coggon found Plotz's body lying in a yard.

The Linn County Sheriff's Office says multiple people were detained for questioning and searches were conducted. No arrests have been reported.

 

Greeley Man Charged in Cannon Incident Pleads Not Guilty

MANCHESTER, Iowa (AP) — A Greeley man charged in connection with a homemade cannon incident has pleaded not guilty.   An attorney for 29-year-old Max J. Fenton filed a not guilty plea on Fenton’s behalf in Delaware County District Court.  Authorities say that on July 2, 2016, Fenton fired an "improvised cannon."  The rear portion of the cannon exploded and sent fragments toward spectators.  55-year-old Lori L. Heims was hit in the head.  She later died at University of Iowa Hospital and Clinics.  Fenton is charged with involuntary manslaughter and a fireworks violation.

 

American Trust Named Business of the Year at Chamber Meeting

American Trust was named Business of the Year at the Dyersville Area Chamber of Commerce Annual Meeting Thursday night in Worthington.  Pat Hogrefe comments on the award.

The other nominees were Big River United Energy, Happy Joe's, Steger Construction and Theisens.

 

IOWA CROPS-RECORD YEAR

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The U.S. Department of Agriculture says the 2016 crop season was record setting for Iowa farmers. Corn production reached 2.74 billion bushels, 9 percent above the previous record set in 2015.

The harvest averaged 203 bushels per acre, marking the first time Iowa's statewide yield surpassed 200 bushels per acre. The USDA says Iowa farmers are storing 2.4 billion bushels of corn beating the previous record high set in 1988. The state has led the nation in corn production for the last 23 consecutive years. Soybean production is at 572 million bushels, topping the previous record by 3 percent. The soybean yield was 60.5 bushels, also a new record.

 

Authorities Seeking Suspects in Attempted ATM Theft and Burglary Cases

Authorities are looking for suspects in connection with an attempted ATM theft in Luxemburg and a burglary in Dyersville.  According to the Dubuque County Sheriff's Office, two suspects attempted to break into the ATM at Fidelity Bank in Luxemburg on Sunday, January 15th.  Authorities believe those suspects were also involved in a burglary in Dyersville that same day.   Anyone with info about these incidents should contact the Dubuque County Sheriff's Office.

Greeley Man Charged in Death of Woman Killed by Cannon

MANCHESTER, Iowa (AP) — A Greeley man has been charged in the death of a woman who died after being injured by a homemade cannon.  29-year-old Max J. Fenton, of Greeley was charged Wednesday in Delaware County Court with involuntary manslaughter, a fireworks violation and discharging a cannon within Greeley’s city limits.  He posted bail and was released.  Authorities say on July 2nd, 2016, Fenton fired an "improvised cannon."  The rear portion of the cannon exploded and sent fragments toward spectators.55-year-old Lori L. Heims of Edgewood was hit in the head.  She later died at University of Iowa Hospital and Clinics.

 

Delaware County Authorities Ask for Help in Finding Missing Man

Delaware County Emergency Management is asking for help finding a missing man.  The 61-year-old white man goes by the name of Elmer.  He went missing from the Penn Center Residential Treatment Facility in Delhi around 4 p.m.Thursday.  He's described as 5'7", slight build and light brown hair.  He was last seen wearing a grey hooded sweatshirt and sweatpants.  He may be disoriented, but is known to be non-violent. If you have any info about Elmer, please contact Delaware County Emergency Management at 563-927-3355.

 

Peosta Fareway Now Open

The Peosta Fareway is open for business.  The new 18,500-square-foot store officially opened Wednesday morning.  Fareway officials say the Peosta location has 90 employees, with six full-time positions and 84 part-time workers.  It is located at 8400 NICC Drive and will be open 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Saturday.

 

Farley Speedway has New Owners

The Farley Speedway has new owners.  Keith Simmons recently announced he has sold the dirt track along with all the assets of Simmons Promotions.  The new ownership group is led by majority investor Joel Callahan, owner of Callahan Construction.  The ownership group also includes Jason Rauen and Roger Simon.  Simmons, who owned and operated the Farley Speedway for 16 seasons, will remain on as an adviser and will continue to oversee track preparation.

 

Authorities Investigating Shooting in Maquoketa

Three people faces charges in connection with a shooting in Maquoketa.  Police were called to 1205 East Platt Street Lot #121 at 9:28 p.m.Monday.  According to a press release, two men entered the residence and shot 31-yer-old Brian Filloon with a 22 caliber gun.  Filloon was transported to Jackson County Regional Health Center and then airlifted to University Hospitals in Iowa City with serious injuries.  Authorities say 20-year-old Desmond Reeves, who has lived the Dubuque and Chicago areas, is charged with 1st Degree Burglary.  18-year-old Andrew Combs and 22-year-old Alex Wright, both of Maquoketa are each charged with Conspiracy to Commit 1st Degree Burglary. The investigation continues.

 

Western Dubuque High School to Join Mississippi Valley Conference

Western Dubuque High School will be competing in a new conference in two years. The Western Dubuque School Board voted 3-2 Monday night in favor of Western Dubuque High School accepting an invitation to join the Mississippi Valley Conference, starting in the 2018-2019 school year.  WD activities director John Hlubek reacted to the change.

According to the 2015-2016 enrollment figures, WesternDubuque had 724 students, nearly 280 more than Clear Creek-Amana, which is the second largest school in the WaMaC.  With those enrollment figures, Western Dubuque would rank as the third smallest school in the current MVC, ahead of Cedar Rapids Xavier and Wahlert. With the addition of Western Dubuque and the new Liberty High School, the MVC will have 16 teams. The WaMaC, which currently has 16 teams, will likely drop to 14 in the 2018-2019 school year as Anamosa is expected to join the River Valley Conference, which includes Cascade and Monticello. That move would put the RVC at 14 teams.

 

Manchester Council Approves ATV/UTV Ordinance

Beginning next week, ATVs and UTVs will be allowed on many streets in Manchester.  The city council on Monday approved the third and final reading for that Ordinance, which includes many rules and regulations.  To operate and ATV/UTV in Manchester, the driver must beat least 18 with a valid drivers license, must adhere to all signs, signals and other traffic rules, and can't leave vehicle unattended on public property while the motor is running or keys are in ignition.  Also, ATVs/UTVs may only be operated on city streets between sunrise and sunset with limited exceptions. The ordinance will also prohibit the use of ATVs/UTVs on any street in Manchester with a posted speed limit greater than 35 or on certain streets, including Highway 13 and streets in the central business district, but they will be allowed to cross those streets.  In addition to those restrictions, ATVs/UTVs shall not be operated on any recreational, bike or walking trail or in city parks or other city owned land unless for a special event authorized by the city council. They will be allowed on sidewalks for snow removal or maintenance.  To view the ordinance, go to the the City of Manchester's website, which is www.manchester-ia.org.  The Manchester ATV/UTV Ordinance officially takes effect January 18th.

 

Beckman Catholic High School Holds Mass to Dedicate New Chapel

A special mass was held this morning to dedicate the new chapel at Beckman Catholic High School.  Principal Pat Meade comments on what this means for the school and community.

Meade talks about how they reached this point.

Meade says the new entrance and offices will help improve safety at Beckman.

With the chapel and entry-way completed, crews are now focusing on the new multi-purpose facility on the east side of the school.

Lundgren, Hein and Bowman Look Ahead to Iowa Legislative Session

The new representative for Iowa House District 57 begins her first term Monday. Shannon Lundgren talks about preparing for this year's legislative session.

Representative Lee Hein is preparing for his 4th term in the Iowa Legislature.  Hein, who represents House District 96, comments on working to set the state budget.

Republicans gained majority control of the Senate in the 2016 election, but Democrat Tod Bowman says being in the minority party entering his 4th term won't change his approach.

The2017 Iowa Legislative session begins Monday, January 9th.

 

One Killed, One Injured when run over by Tractor at Rural Durango Farm

Authorities have identified the two men who were run over by a farm tractor Monday afternoon at a rural Durango farm.  84-year-old Cletus Klein and 53-year-old Randy Klein, both of Durango, were working on the tractor when it slipped into gear.  Cletus Klein was pronounced dead at the scene.  Randy Klein was taken to a local hospital then transferred to University Hospitals in Iowa City for additional treatment.  That incident occurred at approximately 2 p.m. Monday.

 

Two Injured in Clayton County Crash

Two people were injured in a crash Thursday morning in Clayton County.  According to the state patrol, 21-year-old Ariel Laine, of Dubuque, was southbound on Highway 52 and turned right onto 205th Street. Laine then attempted to make a U-turn back onto 52 when her vehicle was struck by 31-year-old Belinda Werner of Prairie Du Chien, who was also southbound.  Laine was cited for Failure to Yield upon making a left turn.  Both were taken to the Guttenberg Hospital for treatment.  That crash occurred at 10:29 a.m. Thursday.

 

Iowa Woman Gets Back Class Ring Lost 30 Years Ago

MONTICELLO, Iowa (AP) — An Monticello woman says she's gotten back the class ring she lost 30 years ago. Theresa Martin says her sister called her a few weeks ago to say she'd seen a Facebook post about a ring that had been found. A man named Curtis Rose had posted about it, asking whether anyone knew a woman who'd gone to Monticello High School with the initials TKM, which he found on the ring. Classmates saw the post and put Rose and Martin in contact.

Martin says Rose told her he'd found it about two years ago while working at an ethanol plant job site in Cedar Rapids.

 

Bernard Man Dies in Rollover Crash

A Bernard man has died in a rollover crash. The Dubuque County sheriff's office says 61-year-old Daniel Melloy was traveling south on Highway 151 shortly before 7 a.m. Monday when he lost control and rolled his vehicle into the median near Cascade. Authorities say he was not wearing a seat belt, and was ejected from the SUV. Melloy was taken to Mercy Hospital in Dubuque, where he was pronounced dead. The accident remains under investigation.

 

Central City Woman who Misused Grandpa's Identity Sent to Prison

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) — A Central City woman has been given 14 months in prison for using her grandfather's identity to apply for credit cards that she used to make purchases.  Forty-one-year-old Jessica Roloson was sentenced Tuesday in U.S. District Court in Cedar Rapids.  She was ordered to make more than $27,000 in restitution to various credit card companies and merchants and told to serve three years of supervised release after she leaves custody.  She'd pleaded guilty to wire fraud.

 

State Auditor Releases Report on Special Investigation of City of Delhi, Former City Clerk Charged

Former Delhi City Clerk Angela Billings has been charged after Iowa's state auditor released a report on a special investigation into the City of Delhi.  The investigation was requested by city officials as a result of concerns regarding payments made to a credit card company from a city bank account.  The state audit identified more than $246,000 in improper and unsupported disbursements and unpaid and unbilled utilities.  The Delaware County Sheriff's Department today arrested Billings for theft charges.  On April 29th, 2015, the Sheriff's Office was contact by Delhi city officials after they discovered improper disbursements and questionable expenditures made by Billings. Authorities contacted the State Auditor to assist with the investigation.  Due to the volume of material to be examined the audit took 20 months to complete.  The investigation revealed that Billings had made numerous personal purchases with the city credit card, received unauthorized excessive payroll, and received goods and services from the city for utilities that were not billed or paid for. Billings has been charged with two counts of 1st Degree Theft, which is a Class C Felony, and one court of 2nd Degree Theft, which is a Class D Felony. Bail has been set at $25,000.

In addition, the audit found that the City of Delhi had overbilled sewer customers approximately $256,000 between 2010 and 2016 due to an incorrect rate. In 2010, the city had discussed increasing the base rate from $10 per month to $26, but the council didn't approve it. Despite that, the city began billing the new rate to all customers beginning in April 2010.

Link for full report.

 

Two Children Die in Jones County Crash

Authorities say two children were killed in a crash Sunday afternoon in Jones County.  According to the state patrol, 32-year-old Brandon Hunter of Monticello was eastbound on 215th Avenue at Anamosa when his SUV slid through the stop sign and was struck by a semi that was southbound on 151.  8-year-old Diamond Hunter and 6-year-old Donald Hunter died in the crash.  Brandon Hunter, 31-year-old Molli Hunter and 13-year-o old Hope Hunter were injured.  That crash occurred at 2:10 p.m. Sunday.

 

Pedestrian Killed in Clayton County

Authorities say a pedestrian was struck and killed in Clayton County Tuesday evening.  According to the state patrol, 36-year-old Abraham Cordero-Alvarado, of Postville, was west-bound on Highway 18 near Falcon Avenue when his vehicle struck the pedestrian who was crossing the roadway.  The name of the victim is being withheld pending notification of relatives.  That accident happened at 5:24 p.m.Tuesday.

 

WD Board Discusses Bernard Elementary School

BERNARD, Iowa (AP) — The Western Dubuque School Board held its regular monthly meeting at Bernard Elementary Monday night. Approximately 40 members of the Bernard community attended the meeting, which included a presentation of the top five reasons to keep Bernard Elementary open. Those topics included Transportation time, Rural location benefits, Length of school day, Number of Students and Community support. Approximately 13 community members spoke in favor of keeping the school open. Superintendent Rick Colpitts followed with a presentation that included enrollment history, number of school age children in Bernard Elementary School boundary, where these students are attending school, cost comparison of educating elementary students at the District’s public elementary schools, and programming issues at Bernard. District officials say it costs about $14,000 per student to keep Bernard Elementary in operation, while it costs about $7,000 per student at the district's other elementary schools. The school currently has 31 students enrolled in pre-kindergarten, first grade and third grade. Kindergarten and second grade students from the Bernard area currently attend Cascade Elementary. Colpitts and Board President Mark Knuth thanked those attending for their input and indicated a decision on the future of Bernard Elementary will be made in the next few months.

 

Iowa Supreme Court Upholds Rezoning of Field of Dreams Site

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — An Iowa Supreme Court ruling has cleared the way for a baseball complex to be built at the "Field of Dreams" site in Dyersville.

Friday's ruling upholds a lower court decision that the City Council acted properly when it rezoned the property from agricultural to commercial.

Some Dyersville residents had appealed the earlier decision because of their objections against the City Council approving the rezoning.

That move paved the way for the development of a 24-field youth baseball and softball complex where the 1989 movie was filmed, but petitioners feared the complex would disrupt farm operations and traffic.

Friday's opinion says the council "weighed all the information, reports and comments available to it in order to determine whether rezoning was in the best interest of the city as a whole."

 

Branstad's Move to China Means Iowa's First Female Governor

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The likely departure of the nation's longest-serving governor to accept an appointment as U.S. ambassador to China means Iowa could be led by its first female governor.

An aide to President-elect Donald Trump confirmed on Wednesday that Trump has offered to nominate Republican Gov. Terry Branstad for the ambassadorship, and that the governor is expected to accept.

If Branstad accepts and is confirmed by the Senate, Republican Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds would become Iowa's governor. She would hold the position until Branstad's term ends in January 2019, and she could run for governor in 2018.

The 57-year-old Reynolds was a first-term state senator when Branstad chose her to run for election as his lieutenant governor.

Reynolds has focused on economic development and education during her six years as lieutenant governor.

 

Iowa Mother of Toddler who Shot Himself gets Probation

DUBUQUE, Iowa (AP) — The mother of a Dubuque toddler who shot himself in the face has been given five year probation. Raven Harris was sentenced Friday. Online court records say she also was given a suspended prison sentence of 10 years and a suspended fine of $1,000. She'd pleaded guilty to two state charges of child endangerment. Police say the little boy was playing with the .45-caliber handgun Jan. 3 when it went off. The bullet went through his right cheek and through his left jaw before entering his left shoulder and exiting the back of his arm. The child's father, Willie Horsley Sr., has been sentenced to one year of probation. He, too, pleaded guilty to child endangerment.

 

LARGE FIRE-FIREFIGHTER

CENTRAL CITY, Iowa (AP) — Authorities say a firefighter responding to a fire in eastern Iowa has been hospitalized with a serious medical condition.

The Linn County Sheriff's Office says the firefighter was one of several emergency responders trying to put out a large fire Thursday morning at a building in Central City that houses an oil recycling business. The firefighter was transported to nearby St. Luke's Hospital. A press release says the firefighter is being treated for a "possible life-threatening medical issue" but additional information was not released. It took several hours to control the blaze.

 

BANK ROBBERY-MONTICELLO

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) — A man in eastern Iowa faces up to 25 years in prison for using a weapon to rob a bank in July. The U.S. Attorney's Office for the northern district of Iowa says 45-year-old Brandon Brown of Monticello plead guilty Wednesday at a federal court in Cedar Rapids to armed bank robbery. Brown admitted he took more than $4,000 from an F&M Bank in Monticello. He says he pointed a weapon at a bank employee during the robbery.

Brown will be sentenced at a later date. He could face a maximum prison sentence of 25 years and a $250,000 fine.

 

PUBLIC EMPLOYEES-WAGE

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa has proposed no wage increases and removed health insurance provisions in a contract with the state's largest public employees union. The contract released Wednesday by the Iowa Department of Administrative Services to the American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees Iowa Council 61 adds language that would give the state more control in determining health benefits. Danny Homan, Iowa Council 61 president, says the state is "shortchanging" public employees in anticipation of legislation next year that could change Iowa's collective bargaining laws.

Ben Hammes, a spokesman for Gov. Terry Branstad, says the Republican governor wants to provide health care that's more "financially sustainable."

 

Mumps Outbreak in Dubuque County

DUBUQUE, Iowa (AP) — Health officials are puzzled by an outbreak of the mumps among Dubuque County students that has now climbed to 30 cases, which is more than one-third of all cases statewide. According to Dubuque County Health Department executive director Patrice Lambert, the source of the outbreak has not yet been determined. Lambert says this is the worst outbreak in 10 years in the county.

Dubuque Community School District' health services coordinator, Rhonda Ramler, says officials haven't seen a pattern to the students who have been affected.

Precautions are being taken to try and halt the spread of the disease.

 

Highway 20 Crash

One person was injured in a crash that lead to a closure on Highway 20 Monday. According to the state patrol, 24-year-old Monica Cooey, of Delhi, was eastbound on 20 one mile east of Dyersville when she struck an Anhydrous tank and trailer being pulled by a truck. Cooey was taken to Regional Medical Center in Manchester for treatment. The driver of the truck was not injured. A portion of Highway 20 was closed as crews worked to contain the anhydrous and move the damaged tank. That crash occurred at around 9:45 a.m. Monday. Emergency crews were notified immediately after the crash and promptly responded to the scene.

 

Anhydrous Tank Accident

Traffic flow came to a halt on Highway 20 late this morning due to an Anhydrous tank rollover Just East of Wuchter Road, East of Dyersville. The Dyersville Fire Department was paged around 9:45 this morning to respond to the accident. Highway 20 East was closed for the rest of the morning and early afternoon. Highway 20 West bound was closed shortly after ten AM, then reopened, then closed again just after 12 Noon to load the damaged fertilizer tank. East bound lanes reopened just after 1:30 this afternoon. The Dubuque Hazmat team worked to contain and clean up the anhydrous ammonia tank rupture. East bound traffic was diverted at the Dyersville Highway 136 Exit. The leaking tank vented upward and kept fume drift to a minimum. Details of the crash or injuries have not been released.

 

Sentencing Set for Iowan who Crashed into Loaded School Bus

MANCHESTER, Iowa (AP) — A January sentencing has been scheduled for a man accused of being drunk when his vehicle ran into a loaded school bus near Manchester in eastern Iowa.

Court records show 42-year-old Monte Klink pleaded guilty Wednesday to second-offense driving while intoxicated and to two counts of causing serious injury by vehicle. His sentencing date is Jan. 18.

Authorities say Klink failed to yield at an intersection near Manchester on Oct. 1, 2015, and his sport utility vehicle collided with a West Delaware School District bus.
Authorities say all 32 students and the drivers were taken to a hospital. The students ranged from kindergarten through 12th grade. Most suffered minor injuries, and none had life-threatening injuries.

 

Western Dubuque School Board Holds Forum to Discus Bernard Elementary

The Western Dubuque School board held a forum Monday night to gather input on the future of Bernard Elementary.  Approximately 10-12 parents and community members attended the meeting, with five speaking in support of keeping the school open.  Comments included the benefits of a small school setting and suggestions to increase enrollment.  A petition with 61 signatures was presented requesting the board's best effort to keep the school open.  Board president Mark Knuth thanked attendees for the input and indicated a decision would be made at a later date.  Bernard Elementary currently has Pre-K, 1st and 3rd grade classrooms with 31 students total at the school.

 

2016 Iowa State Election Results

Senate District 48
*R (I) Dan Zumbach 20,037
D Scott Peterson 10,543

Senate District 50
*D (I) Pam Jochum 18,282
R John Hulsizer 10,602

House District 57
*R Shannon Lundgren 8,990
D Tom Stecher 8,227

House District 58
*R Andy Mckean 9,044
D Jessica Kean 6,290

House District 95
*R Louis Zumbach 9,847
D Richard Whitehead 7,033

House District 96
*R (I) Lee Hein 9,271
D Matt Hanlon 4,946

Dubuque County Supervisor(unofficial)
*D Dave Baker 23,022
R Kurt Kiessling 22,813

Delaware County SupervisorDistrict 2 (Open Seat)
*R Pete Buschmann 4,997
D Jim Diers 3,152

Jones County SupervisorDistrict 1
*R Wayne Manternach 5,774
D Andrew Bowers 4,051

Jones County SupervisorDistrict 5
*R Lloyd Eaken 4,885
D Cody Shaffer 4,655

 

Manchester Man Dies in Delaware County Crash

A Manchester man died in a crash Friday morning in Delaware County.  According to the state patrol, 72-year-old Eric Smith, of Manchester, was westbound on 165th street when his vehicle side-swiped an eastbound tractor that was pulling a manure applicator.  Smith's vehicle came to rest in the north ditch after colliding with the applicator.  The driver of the tractor was not injured.  That crash occurred at 7:10 a.m. Fridaynortheast of Manchester.

 

Jones County Chase

Three people were taken into custody following a chase through Jones County Friday night.  It started when Monticello officers tried to pull over a stolen vehicle from Missouri shortly after 10:30 pm.  The vehicle fled, leading officers on a chase through farm fields and ditches in rural Jones County.  The stolen vehicle then rammed a Jones County Sheriff’s Department vehicle and a Cascade Police vehicle after those agencies joined the pursuit.  Authorities say it then headed back into Monticello before being stopped at the intersection of North Maple Street and East Third Street.  The three people in the stolen vehicle were taken into custody.  The driver was transported to Jones Regional Medical Center with non-life-threatening injuries.  Authorities say numerous firearms were found in the vehicle.

 

OFFICERS KILLED-IOWA

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — a man charged in the killings of two police officers was facing intense money problems, had been found by a judge to hit and financially exploit his mother and was ordered to move out of her basement just before the shootings. Forty-six-year-old Scott Michael Greene was arrested Thursday afternoon after detectives questioned him at the Des Moines police station. He was charged with two counts of first-degree murder.

 

2 Killed, 3 Injured in Linn County Crash, Authorities say

ROBINS, Iowa (AP) — Authorities say two people have been killed and three more injured in a chain-reaction crash in Linn County. The crash occurred a little before 3:45 p.m. Thursday on the north side of Robins. The Linn County Sheriff's Office says a westbound pickup ran into the back of a car that was waiting to turn left. The impact knocked the car into the rear of a pickup that also was waiting to turn left. The Sheriff's Office says two people in the car were pronounced dead at the scene and three others were taken to a hospital in Iowa City. The Sheriff's Office says the two pickup drivers, who were alone in their vehicles, were not injured. The names of those involved have not been released. The crash is being investigated.

 

Dubuque Man Convicted of Killing Daughter Denied New Trial

DUBUQUE, Iowa (AP) — A judge has denied a request for a new trial by a Dubuque man convicted of killing his daughter. The District Court Judge on Thursday denied the request by 63-year-old Robert Stern. Stern was convicted earlier this year of first-degree murder in the June 2015 shooting death of 27-year-old Kimberly Stern. Prosecutors had argued Stern killed his daughter, who was autistic, because he was tired of caring for her. Authorities say he shot her 15 times with three different handguns.

In his motion, Stern argued there had not been enough evidence to convict him at trial. The judge on Thursday disagreed. Stern is scheduled to be sentenced later this month.

 

Iowa Judge Accused of Assaulting Husband takes Plea Deal

MANCHESTER, Iowa (AP) — An eastern Iowa judge accused of assaulting her husband has taken a plea deal. 49-year-old Stephanie Rattenborg, of Manchester, pleaded guilty to disorderly conduct. She'd pleaded no contest to the original charge of domestic assault. Rattenborg was given a deferred judgment at her sentencing last week. Under a deferred judgment, her record will be cleared if she abides by court-imposed restrictions for a year. Court documents say Randall Rattenborg told an officer June 24 that his wife threw a water bottle at him and began hitting him because she'd learned he was having an extramarital affair. Stephanie Rattenborg admitted throwing the water bottle but denied hitting her husband. She's an associate judge for Iowa's 1st Judicial District, which covers northeast Iowa.

 

2 Des Moines Cops Shot Dead

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Authorities say two police officers in the Des Moines area were shot to death in ambush-style attacks about 2 miles apart.  The Des Moines Police Department said in a news release that officers responded to a report of shots fired at about 1:06 a.m. and found an Urbandale Police Department officer who had been shot.  Des Moines officers responded to help.  About 20 minutes later, a Des Moines officer was found shot about 2 miles away.  Both were shot while sitting in their patrol cars.  During a press conference this morning, authorities said are developing suspect info, but there was nothing that authorities were ready to share with the public.

 

Hopkinton Bank Robbery Suspects Arrested in Florida

HOPKINTON, Iowa -- On Friday, October 21, 2016, two (2) armed male subjects wearing masks and dark colored clothing entered Citizens State Bank at 103 1st St SW, in Hopkinton, Iowa and robbed the bank of an undisclosed amount of money.  The subjects subsequently fled the area.

Through the investigation, the cooperation of local, state, and federal agencies, the assistance from the public, including information provided by witnesses to the robbery and by allowing law enforcement access to video surveillance camera footage in the area, law enforcement was able to identify Daniel Jackson, 27, and  Jason Centeno, 20, both of Yonkers, NY, as suspects in the robbery.

On Friday, October 28, 2016, the Delaware County Sheriff’s Office issued arrest warrants, charging Jackson and Centeno with 1st degree robbery.

On Saturday, October 29, 2016, officers with the Volusia County Beach Safety Ocean Rescue located Jackson and Centeno in Daytona Beach, FL.  Jackson and Centeno were taken into custody on the arrest warrants without incident.  Jackson and Centeno are currently at the Volusia County Jail awaiting extradition back to Iowa.

 

Gunshot Just Missed Dubuque Officers, Department Says

DUBUQUE, Iowa (AP) — The Dubuque Police Department says a gunshot fired downtown just missed three officers.

The shooting occurred around 4 a.m. Sunday, as the officers finished another call in the area. A police news release says the officers heard gunshots in the distance and then heard a single shot close to them, although they didn't see the gunman.

Lt. Scott Baxter says one of the officers thought the bullet went right by his head. Baxter says the officers took cover, and other officers responded to help search the area. A shooter was not found.

Baxter says there's no indication the call the officers had just completed was connected to the shooting.

 

Authorities Release Details about Truck Rollover on Highway 20

Authorities have released details about a truck rollover on Highway 20 at Dyersville Sunday afternoon.  38-year-old Michael Bonert, of Hopkinton, told authorities he was eastbound on Highway 20 pulling a cattle trailer when he noticed a vehicle in front of him had a chain dragging on the ground.  Bonert stated that he began to signal the driver by honking his horn. The other driver took the exit ramp to Highway 136. Bonert stated he as looking to his right side and off the ramp when he lost control.  The semi and trailer drifted right, hitting gravel before rolling onto its left side. There were 36 cattle in the trailer, three of which died in the accident, with two others injured.  Bonert was cited for Failure to Maintain Control.  That crash occurred at 3:45 p.m. Sunday.

 

Monticello Man Ddies inJones County Accident

The state patrol has released details about a fatal crash in Jones County last Friday morning.  38-year-old Aaron Litherland, of Monticello, was north bound on Langworthy Road when he attempted to pass a tractor that was pulling two grain wagons in a no passing zone.  The tractor began to turn left onto Military Road and Litherland lost control while avoiding a collision.  His vehicle rolled one and a half times and he was ejected.  That crash occurred shortly before noon last Friday.

 

Group Wants to Turn Former Dubuque School into Housing for Disabled Vets

DUBUQUE, Iowa (AP) A Chicago-based nonprofit group wants to turn a old school into affordable apartments for disabled veterans in Dubuque.  Full Circle Communities will ask the city zoning board Thursday to approve variances to the minimum lot size and parking requirements at the old St. Patrick Elementary School.  Full Circle Communities intends to buy the site from Four Oaks, which has been using the site to provide family support, child welfare and community treatment programs.  Full Circle plans to invest $6 million to turn the building into 36 one- and two-bedroom apartments that will accommodate people with disabilities.

 

Delaware County Sheriff's Office Looking for Individual Who may have Info about Hopkinton Bank Robbery

The Delaware Co. Sheriff's Office is looking for an individual who may have info about an armed robbery at Citizen's State Bank in Hopkinton last Friday.  The photo is posted here and on our Facebook page.  The person is a black male with dark hair and facial hair.  He was seen in a dark-colored car believed to be a Lincoln MKZ or Mercury Zephyr.  Authorities are still looking for the two suspects in the robbery.  Anyone with info about the person in the photo or the suspects should contact the Delaware County Sheriff's Office at 563-927-3135.

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Wagering Increases for Races at Iowa Greyhound Park in Dubuque

DUBUQUE, Iowa (AP) — Officials say wagering on races at the Iowa Greyhound Park in Dubuque has increased more than 35 percent in its second year under the ownership of the Iowa Greyhound Association. The track's total amount wagered in 2016 was $4.52 million, compared with $3.33 million in 2015.  Most of this year's wagering growth came from people at off-track facilities who bet on races at the greyhound park.  This year's racing season concluded Saturday.

 

Two Injured when Car Strikes School Bus on 151

Two people were injured when a car struck a school bus in Linn County Monday afternoon.  Linn County authorities say a Springville bus was stopped in the north lanes of U.S. 151 just east of Stone Road to let a child off when a car rear-ended the bus.  One student was taken to Mercy in Cedar Rapids for treatment.  The bus driver and other students were not hurt.  The driver of the car, who was not identified, was taken to St. Luke's Hospital with what authorities described as life-threatening injuries.  That crash occurred at approximately 3:45 p.m. Monday.

 

Owners of Field of Dreams Site to Offer Tours of House

DYERSVILLE, Iowa (AP) — The owners of the "Field of Dreams" movie site will allow tours of the house at the famous baseball field. Go the Distance Baseball announced in a press release Monday it would open the first floor of the house. Until now, it has been closed to the public. It will cost $20 for adults and $12 for those younger than 18 to see the house. A 100,000 people visit the field annually.

 

Search Continues for Suspects in Hopkinton Bank Robbery

Authorities are searching for two suspects in connection with a bank robbery in Hopkinton last week.  According to the Delaware County Sheriff's Office, two armed males wearing masks and dark clothing entered Citizens State Bank in Hopkinton at 8:42 a.m. Friday.  They displayed a knife and handgun before demanding an undisclosed amount of cash.  The subjects fled the bank on foot in an unknown direction.  No bank employees were injured.  The suspects were described as average height around 5'8'' with an average build.  One was wearing a jacket with“Illinois” printed on the back.  Anyone with info should contact the Delaware County Sheriff's Office at 563-927-3135.

 

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.

 

TRUCK CRASH-HOGS

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.

 

HARVEST UPDATE

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.

 

Heavy Rains

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.

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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.

 

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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.

 

 

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