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

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

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

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

Elkport Man Killed in Clayton County Crash

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

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

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

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

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

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

Eastern Iowa Bar Owner Gets Over 8 years in Drug Case

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

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

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

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

Clinton Wastewater Discharge

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

Monticello Man Faces Charges Following High Speed Chase

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

Inmate briefly Escapes Delaware County Jail

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

Dyersville Man Sentenced for Distributing Meth near Playground

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

Three Injured in Clayton County Crash

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

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

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

Contract Awarded for WDHS Vocational Building Project

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

Dubuque County Mobile Home Fire

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

Dubuque County Zoning Board Advances Shooting Range Plans

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

Highway 20 Crash

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

Delaware County Supervisors Schedule Second Vote for Jail Project

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


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