2 Students Hospitalized after Eastern Iowa School Bus Crash
STRAWBERRY POINT, Iowa (AP) — Officials say two students have been taken to a hospital after an eastern Iowa school bus was involved in a crash.
Television station KWWL reports the crash happened just before 8 a.m. Monday on Iowa Highway 3, west of Strawberry Point.
Starmont Community School District officials say a car driven by a student crashed into the back of the bus carrying 35 students.
The driver of the car and a student on the bus were taken to a hospital.
Officials have not released the identities of the injured students, but Iowa State trooper Jon Stickney says the driver of the car was seriously injured.
Three Rivers to Host Site Plan Public Forum
ThreeRivers FS will hold a Site Plan Public Forum to discuss a proposed facility along Highway 136 north of Dyersville. That facility would include two 30,000 gallon storage tanks for Anhydrous Ammonia. A re-zoning request for the property is currently being considered by Dubuque County officials. The forum will be held from 4 to 7 p.m.this Tuesday, May 3rd at 14372 Highway 136.
Barn on Farley Road Destroyed by Fire
Fire destroyed a barn in Dubuque County Saturday, April 30th. Crews with the Farley, Epworth and Worthington fire departments were called to the Roger Simon residence at 8695 Farley Road at 3:45 p.m. Officials say a barn containing animal feed was destroyed in the blaze. Damage was estimated at$70,000.
Lawmakers OK Tax Rebates to Benefit 'Field of Dreams' Site
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa lawmakers have passed legislation to offer tax rebates that could benefit construction of a sports complex at the "Field of Dreams" movie site.The Republican-controlled House voted 77-18 Monday for legislation that would provide sales tax rebates to owners who spend at least $10 million on a baseball and softball complex. There's $5 million available in total and a single recipient could receive up to $2.5 million.The Democratic-majority Senate passed the bill and it now heads to Gov. Terry Branstad.The bill is expected to benefit a pending sports complex near Marion. It is also expected to benefit a future sports complex at the "Field of Dreams" movie site in Dyersville. Owners of the site previously missed out on similar tax incentives from the Legislature.
Dubuque County Fairgrounds Pavilion Receives Repairs
The Delaware County Fairgrounds reports that repairs have been made to the Fairgrounds Pavilion. During annual maintenance of the facility this spring, an inconsistency to the structure of the building was observed. Further inspection revealed some cracking to the rafters in several locations. Multiple structural engineers and contractors were consulted and a repair was designed to mitigate the cracking. Several large metal plates were installed to the rafter system to reinforce the structure. Additional supports will be made this fall to enhance the current repairs and ensure the longevity of the facility. Jeannie Domeyer, Manager of the Fair and Facilities says they have received a post construction inspection giving permission to use the building. Domeyer stated all current rentals will be honored.
Dyersville Woman Injured in Delaware County Crash
One person was injured in a crash Wednesday morning in Delaware County. According to the state patrol, 48-year-old Kim Althoff, of Dyersville, was eastbound on D22 east of X47 when she struck an Anhydrous tank being pulled by 73-year-old Paul Palmer of Manchester. Troopers say Palmer had slowed to make a left turn into a farm field drive when Althoff struck the rear of the tank. No product was released. Althoff was taken to mercy in Dubuque for treatment. That crash happened at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday.
Cross Burning in Dubuque
DUBUQUE, Iowa (AP) — Dubuque police are investigating an apparent cross burning and are treating the incident as a possible hate crime.
Police say Dubuque dispatchers received a report early Wednesday of burning items at the intersection of 22nd and Washington streets, but authorities did not initially find anything in the area.
Police were notified again around 9:30 a.m. of burned objects in the same area. They found what appeared to be two crosses damaged by fire.
Authorities are now investigating the incident as a possible hate crime.
Dubuque Police Chief Mark Dalsing says the crosses were in an area fenced off due to a construction project.
Dalsing says no one has been charged in connection with the incident. Police have notified the U.S. Attorney's Office and FBI.
More info will be provided Thursday.
Dempster Sentenced to Probation
A Delhi man charged in connection with a fatal crash more than two years ago has received a suspended prison sentence. 25-year-old Dean Dempter III was sentenced Tuesday in Delaware County District Court to a suspended 10-year prison sentence and five year probation. Dempster was on Delaware County Road D22 near Earlville on December 21, 2013 when he lost control and crashed. One of his passengers, 23-year-old Brittany Honkomp, died in the crash. Dempster was originally charged with vehicular homicide by intoxicated driving but pleaded guilty in March to a lesser charge of vehicular homicide by reckless driving. Honkomp's parents encouraged the county attorney to recommend a sentence that would not include jail time, saying that is what their daughter would have wanted. The judge also ordered $150,000 in victim restitution, as required by law, and suspended Dempster’s driver’s license for one year.
Western Dubuque School Board Approves New Budget
The Western Dubuque School Board has approved the budget for the 2016-2017 school year. Total expenditures will be just under $52.3 million. The tax rate will be $12, a decrease of $1 from the current budget year.
Cascade Council News
The Cascade City Council met Monday night. They approved a resolution for Notice to Proceed with the Waste Water Treatment Facility project. The council will hold a public hearing at their next meeting concerning a loan and other funding for the $9.1 million project. In other business the council approved the purchase of a new ambulance and approved entering into an agreement with Lynch-Dallas of Cedar Rapids for city attorney services. The Cascade Council also held initial discussion on potential annexation plans. That item will appear on future agendas for continued discussions.
Shigellosis Cases Reported in Dubuque County
County and State health officials are investigating an outbreak of Shigellosis cases in Dubuque County. That disease is caused by the bacterium Shigella, and symptoms include diarrhea, fever, nausea and vomiting. Health officials say it typically goes away without treatment after four days to a week, but if the infection is severe or the person has a weak immune system, treatment may be needed. They remind people to thoroughly wash hands and take other precautions to avoid the disease. Those who are infected should avoid work, school or child care. For more info, you can contact the Dubuque County VNA at 556-6200.
Dubuque County Supervisors Consider Rezoning for Three Rivers FS
Dubuque County supervisors will take more time before voting on a request to rezone property north of Dyersville for a Three Rivers FS facility. After a lengthy public comment session on Monday, the board voted to continue the public hearing for at least one more meeting. The company has purchased about 10 acres of land along Highway 136 and wants it rezoned for industrial use. Company officials say they plan to install two 30,000 gallon anhydrous ammonia tanks at the site and could add a propane tank in the future.
Farley Council Election
The vote total from the special council election in Farley has been verified. The votes were canvassed on Monday, and the result remains 80 votes for Joe Erion and 79 for Janet Hintgen. They were vying for an open seat on the Farley Council that has been vacant since the 2015 election.
Murphy, Vernon Prepare for Upcoming Debates in Democratic Congressional Primary
The two Democratic candidates vying for the party's nomination in Iowa's First Congressional District will take part in two debates this month. Monica Vernon and Pat Murphy will participate in a debate this Wednesday night at Loras College beginning at 7. Doors open at 6 p.m. A second debate is scheduled for 1 p.m. on Saturday, April 23 at Monticello City Hall. Both debates are free and open to the public. The winner of the primary between Vernon and Murphy will face Congressman Rob Blum in the general election this fall.
Senator Ernst to Hold Meeting in Anamosa
Senator Joni Ernst has announced she will hold a meeting in Jones County later this month as part of her 99 county tour. Senator Ernst will beat the Anamosa Library and Learning Center on Friday, April 29th, to meet with the public beginning at 1 p.m.
Bond Set for Sherrill Man Who Lead Authorities on Chase
Bond has been set for a Sherrill man who lead authorities on a chase on Highway 20 Tuesday night. 25-year-old Kyle Schmitt appeared in Delaware County District Court Wednesday. Schmittis charged with assault on a peace officer, OWI, eluding, driving while under suspension and two speeding violations. The Manchester Police Department has also charged Schmitt with 2nd degree Theft and 2nd degree Criminal Mischief. His bond was set at $10,000 cash-only. According to court documents, Schmitt stole about $1,000 worth of merchandise at the Manchester Walmart and fled out one of the store’s emergency exits at 8:12 p.m. Tuesday. Store employees were able to obtain a license plate number for Schmitt’s truck, and he was stopped by authorities just four minutes later. Schmitt refused to exit his vehicle and fled, leading authorities on a chase heading eastbound on 20. Delaware County Deputies and Manchester Police attempted a rolling road block, but Schmitt rammed a patrol vehicle twice. The pursuit continued to Dyersville where officers had deployed spike strips. Schmitt's vehicle struck the spike strips then crossed the median into the westbound lanes near the intersection with Highway 136. Delaware County Deputy Clayton Miller pursued and struck the rear of Schmitt's pickup. Both vehicles came to rest in the north ditch. Miller and Schmitt sustained minor injuries.
Coppola Named Woman of the Year
Jeanne Coppola was named Woman of the Year during last night's Women's Night Out event at Total Fitness in Dyersville. Other nominees this year were Joyce Bries, Julie Bries, Martina Bockenstedt, Kaleann Means, Judy Westemeier and Judy Wilhelm. Congrats to Jeanne and all the nominees.
Sheriff's Deputy, Suspect Injured in Crash Following High-Speed Chase on Highway 20
A Delaware County Sheriff's Deputy and a suspect were injured Tuesday night following a high-speed chase on Highway 20. According to the sheriff's office, deputies stopped 25-year-old Kyle Schmitt of Sherrill after he was suspected of shoplifting at the Manchester Walmart. Schmitt refused to exit his vehicle and fled, leading authorities on a chase heading eastbound on 20. Delaware County Deputies and Manchester Police attempted a rolling road block, but Schmitt rammed a patrol vehicle twice. The pursuit continued to Dyersville where officers had deployed spike strips. Schmitt's vehicle struck the spike strips then crossed the median into the westbound lanes near the intersection with Highway 136. Delaware County Deputy Clayton Miller pursued and struck the rear of Schmitt's pickup. Both vehicles came to rest in the north ditch. The chase started at approximately 8:20 p.m. and ended at 8:40. Miller was taken to Regional Medical Center in Manchester while Schmitt was transported to Mercy in Dubuque. Both men had minor injuries. The Delaware County Sheriff's office has charged Schmitt with assault on a peace officer, OWI, eluding, driving while under suspension and two speeding violations. The Manchester Police Department charged Schmitt with 2nd degree Theft and 2nd degree Criminal Mischief.
Maquoketa Valley Voters Approve Revenue Purpose Statement
Voters in the Maquoketa Valley School District approved a required Revenue Purpose Statement on Tuesday. That document outlines how the district will use money it receives through the state's one-cent sales tax. It was approved by a vote of 166 to 18.
Farley Special Election Results
According to the unofficial results, there was a one-vote difference in a special election for a Farley City Council seat. Joe Erion received 80 votes and Janet Hingtgen had 79 in Tuesday's election. The results won’t be official until they are canvassed on Monday. That seat on the Farley council has been vacant since the end of 2015.
Lake Delhi Update
Crews are busy as work continues at the Lake Delhi Dam. Steve Leonard updates us on the project.
Leonard also talks about when the lake would re-open.
Leonard says they are planning a grand opening celebration for later this year. For more details on the Lake Delhi project and to view photos, go to lakedelhi.org.
Farley Council Election
Farley voters head to the polls today (April 5) to select a new City Council member.Janet Hintgen and Joe Erion are running for that council seat, which has been open since the end of 2015. The polls will be open from noon to 8 p.m. at Farley Memorial Hall. Write-in votes are also accepted for that election.
Dyersville City Council News
The Dyersvile City Council took action on multiple items last night. One of those was a resolution to appoint a new Ward 3 council member, but they voted to table that action until the April 18 meeting. In other business, they approved an ordinance rezoning property for an office building at the intersection of 8th Street and 12th Avenue SW, approved a development agreement with Hageman Homes, and approved ordinances revising water and sewer connection fees. The Dyersville Council also discussed a Three Rivers FS Company application to rezone property just north of the city. The Dubuque County Board of Supervisors will consider that rezoning at their meeting next Monday.
Dubuque Man Sentenced to 10 Years in Prison for Fatal Crash
DUBUQUE, Iowa (AP) — A Dubuque man has been sentenced to prison after he pleaded guilty to charges related to a car crash that killed his fiancé's brother.
A judge on Monday sentenced 26-year-old Alexander Engling to 10 years in prison. He pleaded guilty earlier this year to charges of vehicular homicide by reckless driving and drunken driving as part of a plea agreement with prosecutors.
The crash occurred in April 2015. Court documents say Engling was driving near Holy Cross when he lost control of his vehicle, which entered a ditch and overturned.His passenger, 30-year-old John Cook, was ejected from the vehicle and pronounced dead at the scene. Deputies found Engling was intoxicated while driving.
Colin Rea on Padres Opening Day Roster, Scheduled to Pitch Friday
The San Diego Padres have announced that Colin Rea has earned a spot on their Opening Day roster. Rea will be part of the Padres starting rotation and is scheduled to pitch Friday at Colorado. Colin went 2-2 in six starts last year for San Diego.
Dyersville Council 4/4/16 Meeting
The Dyersville City Council meets in regular session tonight. Action items include the third reading for an ordinance to rezone property at the intersection of 8th Street and 12th Avenue SW for an office building, a resolution approving a development agreement with Hageman Homes, ordinances revising water and sewer connection fees, and discussion and possible action regarding Three Rivers FS Company application to rezone property. The Dyersville City Council is also expected to appoint a new Ward 3 council member to replace Ray Sauser. Four people have filed an application for that post; Tom Westhoff, Lora Gravel, Tom Klaren and Mike Oberbroeckling. Tonight's meeting starts at 7.
Key West Shooting Death
Authorities have identified a man who was shot to death at a mobile home park in Key West. According to a press release, authorities believe multiple suspects forced their way into a trailer home on Noonan Street early Saturday and shots were fired, fatally injuring 21-year-old Collin A. Brown. Brown’s body is being sent to the state medical examiner’s office in Ankeny for an autopsy to determine the “cause and manner of death." The investigation is ongoing by the Dubuque County Sheriff's Office, which is being assisted by Dubuque Police and the DCI. Anyone with info about this incident should call the sheriff's office or Dubuque/Jo Davies County Crime Stoppers.
Two Injured in Clayton County Crash
Two people were injured in a crash Tuesday afternoon in Clayton County. According to the state patrol, 28-year-old Robert Twining of Dubuque and 27-year-old Schuyler White of Manchester were northbound on Highway 13 when Twining's motorcycle struck the rear of White's motorcycle. Twining was taken to University Hospitals in Iowa City by Air Care Helicopter. White was transported to the Elkader Hospital for treatment. That crash happened at 2:18 p.m. Tuesday at the intersection of Highway 13 and Emerald Drive in Clayton County.
Cascade Council News
The Cascade City Council met Monday night. They discussed the results of last week's open house about plans for the pool. The council decided to develop a 3-to-5 year plan to build a new pool, which was supported by the majority of those who attended the open house. In other business, the Cascade council approved the first reading for an ordinance increasing the sewer services fees. Two more readings are needed for approval. The council also decided to proceed with a Community Pride Day, which will be held April 23rd. That event will similar to the Cascade High School Cougar Pride Day, and all are encouraged to participate to help clean up the city. For more info, contact city hall.
Dyersville Council Special Meeting
The Dyersville City Council has scheduled a special meeting for tonight. They will vote on an ordinance that would rezone property from R-2 Residential to C-2 Commercial at 830 12th Avenue SW. That property would be used for an office building for Farmer's Mutual Insurance Association. If the ordinance is approved, the council would then consider a building permit for that project. Tonight's meeting starts at 7 p.m.
The Cascade City Council meets in regular session tonight. Agenda items include the first reading for an ordinance that would enact new charges for sewer services. City officials say the rate increase is necessary to meet debt obligation due to the waste water treatment facility project. In other business, the Cascade City Council will review the results of the open house for the pool project and discuss how to proceed. The Cascade council meets at 6 p.m.
Eastern Iowa Man Charged in Death of Woman Found Near Truck
SHELLSBURG, Iowa (AP) — An eastern Iowa man has been charged in the death of a woman whose body was found near a stolen truck.
The Iowa Department of Public Safety says Thursday that 32-year-old David Miller has been charged with first-degree murder in the October 2015 death of 25-year-old Sabrina Hustad.
An autopsy showed she died of multiple stab wounds and strangulation. Police found her body when they arrived at Miller's residence in Shellsburg. Her body was near a stolen truck.
Authorities say Miller has been in the Benton County Jail since October on a no-bond parole violation and for operating a vehicle without the owner's consent.
Online court records don't list the name of an attorney for Miller.
Iowa Lawmakers Reach Deal over K-12 Education Funding
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa lawmakers have reached a compromise over how much the state should spend on additional funding for K-12 education for the upcoming fiscal year.
Lawmakers from the Democratic-majority Senate and Republican-controlled House voted in a special committee Tuesday for legislation that would increase spending for K-12 schools by 2.25 percent for the next academic year.
Leaders from both sides say the deal was the best option given limited funding for the upcoming budget. Some Democratic lawmakers and education groups say the proposed funding will not be enough to prevent financial hardship for school districts.
The legislation will require formal approval in both chambers before Gov. Terry Branstad can review it. Lawmakers in the split Legislature disagree often over how much money is available for K-12 education.
Fayette County Authorities Probe Suspected Murder-Suicide
WEST UNION, Iowa (AP) — Authorities say they're investigating a murder-suicide in Fayette County.
The county sheriff's office said Tuesday that deputies were dispatched a little before 9 p.m. Monday to investigate a report of gunshots at a West Union apartment complex. Deputies found the body of 27-year-old Morgan Kaye on the ground outside the complex. Fayette County Sheriff Marty Fisher said she was killed by a single gunshot.
The sheriff's office said a man seen leaving the scene in a pickup was found shot to death in the truck about 16 miles north along Iowa Highway 150, south of Calmar.
Officers identified him as 27-year-old Anthony Hebert.
Fisher told the Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier it was a murder-suicide. Fischer added, "He took her life (and) fled the scene."
Dyersville Council News
The Dyersville City Council met Monday night. They discussed how to proceed with filling the 3rd Ward council vacancy. The council voted to fill the vacancy by appointment, which must must done by May 9th. Citizens in Ward 3 could also request a special election by filling a petition. In other business, the council approved plans for the North Utilities project. Bids will be taken through April 14th. The council approved the first reading of an ordinance to rezone property in Westridge Estates from R-2 Residential to C-2 Commercial. That property would be used for an office building. In other actions, the council tabled a resolution for a development agreement with Hageman Homes and approved the first readings for ordinances revising the connection charge for water and sewer service. The council tabled the second readings for both ordinances.
Maquoketa Valley School Board News
The Maquoketa Valley School Board has received the budget estimate for the 2016-2017 school year. It includes a proposed property tax rate is $14.69, which would be a 60-cent decrease from the current year tax rate. The Maquoketa Valley School Board will hold a public hearing on the budget at their next meeting.
Monticello School Board to Interview Superintendent Finalists
The Monticello Community School District’s Board of Education is pleased to announce that they have selected two candidates to interview for their superintendent vacancy. The candidates selected for interviews are:
Mr. Ken Crawford, currently the High School Principal/Athletic Director at Wilton Schools in Wilton, Iowa. Mr. Crawford will be interviewing on March 21, 2016.
Dr. Brian Jaeger, currently the Executive Director of Secondary Schools at Gilbert Public Schools in Gilbert, Arizona. Dr. Jaeger will be interviewing on March 22, 2016.
The Monticello Community School District retained the services of McPherson & Jacobson L.L.C. to assist in conducting their search. The consultant reviewed, screened, and conducted extensive background checks on 27 applicants. The board selected 6 applicants as semi-final candidates and those candidates were interviewed by the board on March 19, 2016. From those interviews, Mr. Crawford and Dr. Jaeger were selected as final candidates. Both candidates will interview with Administration, Staff and Community Members in addition to the Board of Education. The Board intends to make their selection by March 25, 2016.
Tom Stecher Announces Run for State Representative in District 57
Peosta resident Tom Stecher has announced that he will run for House District 57. The Democrat says he is running for the post because he feels it is critical that the state invest in our schools. Stecher is currently an independent training specialist at Heartland Financial USA in Dubuque and a part-time counselor for the Iowa Small Business Development Center. He has also been an instructor at NICC and Clarke University.
Dunkel Will Not Run for Re-election
State Representative Nancy Dunkel, Dyersville, announced today that she will not seek re-election this year because she wants to pursue starting her own business. Dunkel, a former banker, said she will continue to reside in Dubuque County and plans to complete her term in office, which ends January 2017.
"I'll be in session full time, and continue to help the people I represent in House District 57," Dunkel said. Along with her duties in Des Moines, she also serves as Executive Director of the Dyersville Area Community Foundation. "The Foundation work is very rewarding because I connect donors with community needs. In terms of personal satisfaction, this job is wonderful."
Dunkel was first elected in 2012 and has served two terms. Her district includes Dubuque County, but not the City of Dubuque, nor the City of Cascade.
When asked about her decision to not seek re-election, she stated, "I ran the first time because my heart has always been in Iowa and I felt I was a good listener and problem solver. I feel I have served my time in public service and now look forward to a new chapter in my life."
Iowa Senators, Congressmen Introduce Legislation to Honor Anamosa Native
U.S. Senators Joni Ernst and Chuck Grassley are introducing legislation to name a Cedar Rapids post office in honor of an Anamosa native who was killed in action in Afghanistan. The bill would designate the postal facility located at 615 6th Avenue SE in Cedar Rapids as the “Sergeant First Class Terryl L. Pasker Post Office Building”. This is the Senate companion to Congressman Rod Blum’s bill, cosponsored alongside Dave Loebsack, David Young and Steve King. Pasker enlisted in the US Army in 1990, and joined the Iowa National Guard in 1995. SFC Pasker gave the ultimate sacrifice to his county when he was killed in a green-on-blue attack in Panjshir Province, Afghanistan on July 9, 2011, near the end of his tour.
Cascade Council Awards Contract for Wastewater Treatment Facility
The Cascade City Council has awarded a contract for the Wastewater Treatment Facility project. During Monday's, meeting they approved the contract with Staab Construction of Wisconsin for $7.7 million. A start date for the project was not announced, but work is expected to begin in about a month. The council has also schedule an open house to discuss plans for a pool improvement project. That open house will be held Wednesday, March 23 from noon to 7 at Kalmes Club 528. There will be light refreshments and drawings for Cascade Chamber Bucks.
Last week the Cascade City Council approved the Fiscal Year 2017 budget. The tax rate was set at $8.56 per $1,000 assessed valuation. That is an increase of 17-cents from the current year.
Dyersville Ward 3 Councilman Ray Sauser Resigns, Council Approves Budget
The Dyersville City Council has approved the Fiscal Year 2017 budget. The new budget includes $12.8 million in expenditures, with estimated revenue at about $12.6 million. The tax rate will be $8.89 per $1,000 valuation on regular property, and $3 on ag land. In other business last night, the council voted to accept the resignation of Ward 3 Councilman Ray Sauser, effective immediately.
Guns Stolen from Northeast Iowa Police Department
MARQUETTE, Iowa (AP) — Authorities in northeast Iowa are looking for stolen guns and whoever took them from a police department.
Chief Jason Bogdonovich of the Mar-Mac Unified Police Department reported the theft to the Clayton County Sheriff's Office, which is handling the investigation. Bogdonovich says the guns were taken sometime between Feb. 8 and Feb. 17 from a Marquette city garage attached to the Police Department building while the building was being renovated.
Clayton County Sheriff's Sgt. Brent Ostrander says the number of guns taken and details about them aren't being disclosed, and he won't say whether someone forced entry into the garage to steal them.
The Mar-Mac department serves the cities of Marquette and McGregor.
Trial Delayed for Iowan Charged in Collision with School Bus
MANCHESTER, Iowa (AP) — A trial has been delayed for an Iowa man accused of being intoxicated when his vehicle ran into a school bus.
Forty-one-year-old Monte Klink was scheduled to begin trial March 23. On Wednesday a Delaware County district judge granted Klink's request to delay the trial. Court records say the new trial starting date is June 8.
Klink is charged with operating while under the influence, second offense, and other crimes. Authorities say Klink failed to yield at an intersection near Manchester on Oct. 1, 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.
Buchanan County Man, 78, Seriously Injured in Grass Fire
INDEPENDENCE, Iowa (AP) — A man has suffered life-threatening injuries after trying to burn a small grassy area in Buchanan County.
Seventy-eight-year-old Norman McMurrin was trying to burn the area northwest of Independence when the fire began to spread quickly around 12:30 p.m. Monday.
A family member was able to pull him from the flames.
McMurrin was taken to a hospital in Waterloo and then air-lifted to a hospital in Iowa City.
Firefighters put out the fire a short time later.
An investigation into the burn is ongoing.
Cascade Defeats Osage, Advances to Boys 2A Semi-Finals
The Cascade boys basketball team will play two more games in Des Moines this week. The Cougars defeated Osage 60-to-27 in Monday's quarterfinal round. Osage tied the game at 5 in the first quarter, but Cascade controlled the remainder or the half to build a 35-12 lead at the break. The Cougars went 22-43 from the field while holding Osage to 10-for-42 shooting. Cascade will face Pella Christian in the semi-finals at 2 pm Thursday. The Eagles defeated top-seed Dike New Hartford 59-52. You can hear Thursday's game on 99-3 and online at www.kdstradio.com. In today's 2A action Anamosa plays Des Moines Christian at 10:30 and Western Christian faces Carroll Kuemper.
Jay Wickham appointed Dubuque County Supervisor
The Dubuque County Board ofSupervisors has a new member. A committee consisting of County Auditor Denise Dolan, County Treasurer Eric Stierman and County Recorder John Murphy announced this morning that they have appointed Jay Wickham to the board. He replaces Tom Hancock, who passed away in January. Wickham will hold the seat until the November election,when the position will be on the ballot.
Iowa DOT Working on Plans to Resurface Highway 136 in Dyersville
The Iowa DOT is working on plans to resurface Highway 136 through Dyersville next year. Sam Shea with the DOT says they are in the early stages of planning for the project, which would include milling and replacing the top three inches of pavement from the railroad tracks to 15th Avenue. They would also address some Americans with Disabilities Act issues with the sidewalks along 136. Shea said they are working on funding details, but money for the project will likely come from Road Use Tax Funds.
US Judge Upholds Hate Crime Charge in Iowa Man's Beating
CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) — A federal judge is upholding a hate crime charge against a white Iowa man who viciously attacked a black man at a Dubuque bar.
U.S. District Judge Linda Reade rejected a motion Wednesday to dismiss the charge by Randy Metcalf, who argued the law was an unconstitutional exercise of congressional power.
Reade says that Congress rationally determined that racially motivated violence is a "badge of slavery." She says the hate crime law therefore complies with Congress's power under the 13th Amendment.
Metcalf is charged in the January 2015 beating of a 31-year-old man at the Northside Bar in Dubuque. Surveillance video from the bar shows Metcalf kicking and stomping on the man's head, even while he lay motionless on the floor.
Trial is set for March 28 in Cedar Rapids.
Mason City Defeats Western Dubuque in Girls State Tournament
Mason City used strong free throw shooting to defeat Western Dubuque 47-39 in the girls state tournament quarterfinals. The Bobcats lead the Mohawks 33-32 with 3:16 left in the 4th before back to back threes by Marci Wolters gave Mason City the lead. The Mohawks then sealed the game at the line, where they finished 18-21 for the game. Megan Maahs lead the Bobcats with 20 points and 14 rebounds while Morgan Pitz added 12 points. Western Dubuque ends the season at 24-1. Mason City will face Keokuk in the semi-finals. Keokuk defeated Ballard 42-31. In class 4A action today Lewis Central plays Pella and Marion faces Harlan.
Dyersville Council Holds Work Session on Sidewalk
A large crowd attended Monday's Dyersville City Council work session to discuss a sidewalk project connecting Dyersville Elementary and Westside Park. They council is still working to determine a consensus on the best route for that sidewalk. 13 people along with the council spoke during last night's work session. There was no decision announced as to when the item will be included on a future council agenda.
Cascade Cougars Earn 8th Trip to State Basketball Tournament
The Cascade Boys Basketball team is headed to state for the 8th time. The Cougars will face Osage in the 2A quarterfinals at 6:35 p.m. on Monday, March 7th. You can hear that game on KDST and online at www.kdstradio.com. Anamosa will join the Cougars in the 2A bracket. The Blue Raiders are the 6 seed and will play Des Moines Christian at 10:30 a.m. on March 8th.
Judge Orders Evaluation of Man Charged with Murder, Rape
DUBUQUE, Iowa (AP) — A hearing will be held this spring to determine whether a Dubuque man is competent to stand trial on sexual assault and murder charges.
A judge decided scheduled a hearing on April 4 for 20-year-old Helmon Betwell.
Betwell's attorney, Thomas Goodman, said in his motion for the hearing that a mental disorder is keeping Betwell from understanding the charges against him. Betwell is charged with first-degree murder and first-degree sexual assault for the death of 66-year-old Nancy Krapfl, of Dubuque. He is also charged with two counts of third-degree burglary.
Betwell Attorney Seeks Hearing on Client's Competency
The attorney for a man charged with killing a woman in Dubuque says his client has a mental disorder that makes him unable to understand the charges. A public defender for 20-year-old Helmon Betwell is requesting a hearing to determine Betwell's competency to stand trial. He is charged with first-degree murder and first-degree sexual assault in death of 66-year-old Nancy A. Krapfl of Dubuque last fall. A motion requesting the hearing for Betwell was filed this week.
Western Dubuque Girls headed back to State Tournament
TheWestern Dubuque girls basketball team is headed back to Des Moines. The Bobcats defeated Grinnell 55-51 in Tuesday's regional final. Western Dubuque, which improved to 24-0, earned the top seed in the 4A field and will face Mason City in the quarterfinals at 6:45 p.m.next Tuesday. You can hear that game on KDST.
Beckman, Cascade & Anamosa Boys Claim District Titles
In boys basketball last night, Cascade, Beckman and Anamosa won district titles. The Cougars edged Monticello 62-57 as they won their sixth consecutive district title. Cascade scored the first 8 points and lead by as many as 15 in the second half before holding on to defeat the Panthers, who ended their season at 17-6. Beckman shot 25-for-31 in a 53-point first half and defeated MFL MarMac 85-54. The Blazers will play Cascade in the sub-state final Saturday night at Dubuque Senior. You can hear that game on KDST. Anamosa also advanced to the sub-state round, beating Northeast 70-50. The Blue Raiders play Regina Saturday night at North Scott.
TheWestern Dubuque girls bowling team placed fourth in Tuesday's statetournament in Des Moines. Emily Benn lead the Bobcats, rolling a 181 in her first game and a 196 in the second game. Waterloo East junior Leah Frost won the individual title with a 500 score, that included a 290 in the first game.
State Bowling Tournaments underway
The High School State Bowling Tournaments are underway in Des Moines. In class 1A action on Monday, the West Delaware girls placed second. Hawk junior Miranda Axline was fourth in the individual standings with a two-game total of 426. Class 2A schools, including Western Dubuque, hit the lanes today.
State Wrestling Results
Area wrestlers brought home some hardware from the state wrestling tournament. In Class 3A, Western Dubuque's Max Lyon finished a perfect season with the title at 182, Aaron Costello finished second at 285, and Dain Gansen placed 8th at 138. In class 2A,West Delaware senior Coy Rousell placed 6th. And in class1A, Maquoketa Valley's Alec McDowell placed third at 182.
One Injured in Crash on Highway 52 in Dubuque County
One person was injured in a crash in Dubuque county that shut down a portion of Highway 52 and knocked out electricity to more than 100 customers. According to the sheriff's office, 44-year-old Greg Torrance, of Dyersville, was driving a cement truck on 52 when he failed to negotiate a curve near Midway Road, causing the truck to roll on its side. Torrance was taken to Mercy in Dubuque for treatment. Authorities say both lanes of Highway 52 were shut down for about 30 minutes. The truck hit two utility poles, knocking out electricity to more than 140 Maquoketa Valley Electric customers. That crash happened around 12:50 p.m.Thursday.
Anamosa Man Dies after Falling from Cell Tower
ELLSWORTH, Iowa (AP) — An Anamosa man has died after falling from a cellphone tower in Hamilton County.
The Hamilton County Sheriff's Office says 28-year-old Stefan Watermann fell to his death while working at a construction site. It happened just before 5 p.m. Wednesday near Ellsworth.
The death is under investigation.
Dyersville Council News
The Dyersville City Council has awarded a contract for the Wastewater Treatment Facility Phase 3 expansion project. That contract was awarded to Staab Construction Corporation of Marshfield, Wisconsin, in the amount of $3.9 million. In other business, the council again discussed the sidewalk project that would connect Dyersville Elementary with Westside Park. They plan to hold a work session on Monday, February 29th as they work to reach a consensus among the council for a sidewalk route. The city will be sending out a notice for that work session to all property owners who could be impacted by the sidewalk.
Committee Will Appoint Person to Dubuque County Board of Supervisors
A special committee has decided to fill a vacancy on the Dubuque County Board of Supervisors by appointment. That committee, which includes the county auditor, treasurer and recorder, approved the appointment and application process during a meeting on Monday. Those interested in the position can apply through noon on February 26. Eric Manternach, who was on the board for 12 years before retiring in 2014, says he will apply for the opening. The appointed person will replace Tom Hancock,who passed away on January 31.County residents still could request a special election by submitting a petition.
Slaying Trial won't be Moved out of Dubuque County
DUBUQUE, Iowa (AP) — A man charged with murder has lost his bid to move his trial out of Dubuque County. On Wednesday a judge denied Eddie Hicks' motion for a change of venue. Hicks is accused of fatally stabbing his girlfriend, Kahdyesha Lemon, on June 17 in Dubuque. His motion said extensive media coverage would make it difficult to pick a fair jury in Dubuque County, and his attorneys provided Judge Thomas Bitter with copies of media stories and documents from online media.
The judge wrote in rejecting the motion that a change of venue is warranted when coverage is pervasive and inflammatory. Bitter says he doesn't think the media coverage of Hicks' case has reached that point. The trial is set to begin March 29.
Asbury Woman Sentenced for Insurance Fraud, False Report
DUBUQUE, Iowa (AP) — An Asbury woman has been sentenced for insurance fraud and filing a false report. Stephanie Settle was given two to five years of probation, 30 days in jail, suspended, and a deferred judgment. Under a deferred judgment, the convictions will be wiped from Settle's record if she completes probation. She must also pay restitution. Investigators say Settle told officers a man armed with a knife broke into her home in January 2015, attacked her and stole about $15,000 worth of jewelry. On March 4 she reported that a man had attacked her in her garage and cut her face, neck, arms and chest. Authorities say the investigation revealed inconsistencies in Settle's stories, prompting the charges.
Committee Begins Process to fill Dubuque County Supervisor Post
A special committee likely will appoint someone to fill a vacant Dubuque County Board of Supervisors seat, rather than hold a special election. The committeeis comprised of the county auditor, Denise Dolan, county treasurer, Eric Stierman; and the county recorder, John Murphy. On Tuesday they discussed options to fill the position formerly held by Tom Hancock, who died Jan. 31. Committee members reached a consensus to move forward with an appointment. The committee will meet again Monday to vote to begin that process. The appointee would serve until the November general election, when the position would be on the ballot.
Iowa Lawmakers OK Bills to Raise Speed Limit on Rural Roads
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa lawmakers have advanced bills that would raise the speed limit on rural roads despite warnings that the change could lead to more fatal crashes.
The Des Moines Register reports a three-person subcommittee approved two bills Monday that would raise the speed limit on rural, two-lane roads. One bill would increase the speed limit from 55 mph to 60, and another would bump it up to 65 mph.
The bills now go to the full Transportation Committee.
Steve Gent, with the Iowa Department of Transportation, cautioned that increased speed limits are linked to a higher number of fatal crashes. He also noted it would cost roughly $5 million to implement changes including new mileage signs and road markings.
Man Pleads Guilty to Charges Stemming from April Fatal Crash
DUBUQUE, Iowa (AP) — A Dubuque man has pleaded guilty to charges stemming from a fatal car crash. 26-year-old Alexander Engling entered guilty pleas Monday in Dubuque County District Court to charges of vehicular homicide by reckless driving and drunken driving as part of a plea agreement with prosecutors.
The crash occurred the afternoon of April 5 in Holy Cross. Engling lost control of his vehicle, which entered a ditch and overturned. His passenger, 30-year-old John Cook, was ejected from the vehicle and pronounced dead at the scene. Deputies found Engling was intoxicated while driving. The prosecutor is recommending a 10-year prison sentence for the vehicular homicide charge. A sentencing hearing was set for April 4.
Pattison Sand Co. Seeks Re-Zoning for Expansion
GUTTENBERG, Iowa (AP) — Clayton County officials have commissioned a study to determine the environmental and aesthetic effects of a proposed expansion of a northeast Iowa silica sand mine. Pattison Sand Co. has petitioned the county to rezone 746 acres of agricultural land for heavy industrial use. Company officials say expansion is needed to build underground sand reserves and help with long-term planning. Opponents have questioned the expansion, noting the company has more than 15 years' worth of sand reserves. Opponents also point to decreased demand for hydraulic fracturing. Silica sand is a prime ingredient used hydraulic fracturing, a technology that injects a well with chemically treated water and sand to fracture shale and release trapped gas or oil.
Dubuque teen injured in crash near New Vienna
A Dubuque teen was injured in a crash Thursday evening north of New Vienna. The state patrol says 18-year-old Caleb Snyder was southbound on Hickory Valley Road when his vehicle entered the west ditch and rolled. Snyder was taken to Unity Point Health-Finley Hospital in Dubuque for treatment. That crash happened at 5:15 p.m. Thursday.
Former Anamosa Guard Sentenced
CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) — A former Anamosa correctional officer has been sentenced in U.S. District Court to over four years in prison for smuggling contraband and being a drug user while possessing a firearm on duty. U.S. Attorney Kevin W. Techau announced Wednesday that 29-year-old Garrett Barton received a 57-month prison term. He received the sentence after pleading guilty in October to accepting bribes to smuggle contraband into the Anamosa State Penitentiary.
Legalized Fireworks Making Progress in Legislature
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Legislation that would legalize the sale of fireworks in Iowa is once again advancing through the Iowa Legislature, though it may face some challenges from lawmakers. The Senate State Government Committee voted 10-5 Wednesday in support of the bill, which would allow the sale and use of consumer fireworks such as firecrackers and roman candles. Current law allows the sale of novelties like sparklers.
Trump Disputes Caucus
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) —Donald Trump is continuing to dispute his second-place finish in Iowa's kickoff caucuses earlier this week. Trump told a crowd of thousands in Little Rock, Arkansas Wednesday night, "Actually, I think I came in first." Trump is taking issue with false rumors, allegedly circulated by backers of rival Ted Cruz on caucus night, that Ben Carson had decided to drop out of the race.
Dyersville Council Tables Sidewalk Action
The Dyersville City Council has tabled action on a sidewalk project. During Monday's meeting the council voted to table the re-pass resolution awarding a contract for the project to connect Dyersville Elementary with Westside Park. They also tabled a resolution for an amended agreement with IIW for project engineering and a public hearing on a budget amendment. Those items will be discussed again at the next regular council meeting. In other business, the council by a 3-2 vote approved the first reading for an ordinance to rezone property from R-2 Residential to C-2 Commercial in Westridge Estates along 12th Avenue SW for an office building.
Iowa DOT to Reconstruct Highway 20 Near Peosta
DUBUQUE, Iowa (AP) — A dangerous stretch of U.S. 20 is set to be reconstructed in the next few years to improve traffic safety near Dubuque. The Iowa Department of Transportation plans to smooth out a curve of the four-lane highway at an intersection near Peosta beginning in 2019. The $26 million project will also add a wider median, enabling turning vehicles entering U.S. 20 to cross only one direction of traffic at a time. The department's data shows that wrecks in the area led to 18 injuries in the past five years. Property damage is estimated at more than $366,000.
The department's transportation planner for the area, Sam Shea, says that in the upcoming fiscal year, the department will begin acquiring some right-of-way properties, including a few established homes and undeveloped land.
Tom Hancock Passes Away Sunday
DUBUQUE, Iowa (AP) — Dubuque County Supervisor Tom Hancock has died at the age of 67. Hancock, who passed away early Sunday, served with the Epworth Fire Department for 45 years, including 16 years as chief. He was also a state Senator for eight years and was a past president of the Iowa Firefighters Association. Iowa Senate President Pam Jochum says Hancock was a good public servant and man of his word.
Dyersville Mayor, Council Hold Work Session to Discuss Sidewalk Project
A work session was held Wednesday to discuss the sidewalk project connecting Dyersville Elementary and Westside Park. Mayor Dan Willenborg and council members Mark Breitbach, Mark Wagner and Teresa Bockenstedt were able to attend the session. The consensus was to change the proposed route to run on 9th Avenue to 7th Street up to 12th Avenue. It was explained that Mayor Willenborg will veto awarding the contract that was approved last week and have the engineer speak with the contractor about an extension on the project due to the route change.
Iowa Ethanol Executives Charged with Federal Tax Violations
CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) — Managers of an eastern Iowa ethanol company face multiple charges of federal tax violations.
U.S. Attorney Kevin W. Techau announced Wednesday a Cedar Rapids grand jury on Jan. 21 indicted Randy Less and Darrell Smith on multiple counts of willfully failing to pay federal taxes. Prosecutors allege they withheld federal income, Social Security, and Medicare taxes from employees but didn't pay those taxes to the Internal Revenue Services.
The indictment says Less was majority owner and general manager of Permeate Refining in Hopkinton when he didn't pay more than $116,000 from 2009 to 2010.
Smith was a corporate officer and manager of Algae Energae, which bought Permeate in 2009.
They're charged with not paying over $307,000 in 2011 and 2012.
Farley woman Leads Authorities on Chase from Galena to Dubuque
A Farley woman faces charges after leading authorities on a high-speed chase through two states Tuesday morning. Galena police stopped 28-year-old Michelle Brandenburg at 9:53 a.m. Tuesday. She was wanted on a warrant out of Dubuque County charging pretrial violation on existing charges for theft and interference with official acts and eluding. As officers approached the vehicle, Brandenburg refused to exit and fled. Jo Davies County Sheriff's deputies deployed stop sticks near the Julien Dubuque Bridge, but Brandenburg continued on with a flat tire. The chase ended in Dubuque, where she was arrested without further incident. Brandenburg was arrested by Galena police for drug charges, driving with a suspended license, fleeing and attempting to elude, failure to yield to an audible signal, reckless driving, speeding, improper lane usage and failure to signal. She also faces multiple new charges in Dubuque County.
Two Men Charged Following Break-in Near Graf
Two Dubuque men face charges after allegedly breaking into a home near Graf on Monday. Asbury Police responded to a burglary in progress at 15166 Five Points Road last Monday morning. The resident said he was home at the time and confronted 22-year-old Logan Ball who was gathering items after forcibly entering the residence. Balla nd the homeowner wrestled outside the house before Ball was able to escape and flee in a vehicle with 22-year-old Andrew Hochberger. Police located the vehicle near Asbury Road and Twin Springs Drive and arrested both men. They are charged with first-degree burglary.
Tauke Motors Named Business of the Year at Chamber Dinner
The annual Dyersville Area Chamber of Commerce meeting and dinner was held Wednesday night in Petersburg. Tauke Motors was named Business of the Year during last night's event. Other nominees were Plum Creek Archery, Prier Brothers, Theisen's and Jam Systems.
Dyersville Council News
A sidewalk/trail connection between Dyersville Elementary and Westside Park was again a major item on the city council agenda. Following public comments last night, the council voted 3-2 to award a contract for that project to Eastern Iowa Excavating & Concrete of Cascade for $254,000. In other business, the council approved a resolution amending fees for Park and Rec programs. Under that resolution, many of the program fees will increase by $5 for the 2016 seasons.
Strawberry Point Restaurant Destroyed by Fire
A Strawberry Point business was destroyed by fire early Sunday morning. Fire crews were called to Back Home Country Cookin’ around 12:15 am. Officials say the fire started in the back of the building. No one was injured. Firefighters were on scene until around 5:30 a.m. and were called back later in the morning for a flare-up.
Five Injured in Hartbecke Road Crash
Five people were injured ina one-vehicle crash Thursday night in Dubuque County. According to the state patrol, 29-year-old Marquita Robertson, of Epworth, was northbound on Hartbecke Road when she failed to negotiate a curve. Her vehicle left the roadway and went into a ditch before going over an embankment. Robertson and her four passengers were taken to Unity Point Health-Finley Hospital in Dubuque for treatment. That crash happened around 9:45 p.m.
Dubuque Police Charge Ex-Wife in Man's Murder
DUBUQUE, Iowa (AP) — Dubuque police have arrested the ex-wife of a 72-year-old man who was found dead last week. Officers on Monday afternoon arrested 62-year-old Dolores A. Flynn on a warrant charging her with second-degree murder.
Officers found Gary Breckenridge dead inside his Dubuque home on Jan. 4. The State Medical Examiner's office determined the cause of death was blunt force drama, consistent with being struck with a baseball bat. Police say Flynn told a family member that she struck Breckenridge with a bat that she hid in a ditch. Investigators have found the bat believed to be used in this crime.
Delaware County Farmer Dies in Accidental Shooting Incident
DUNDEE, Iowa (AP) — Authorities say a Delaware County man has been killed by an accidental shotgun blast. The Delaware County Sheriff's Office says 57-year-old Randall Kelchen died Monday afternoon at his farm near Dundee. The Sheriff's Office says Kelchen had just used the shotgun to euthanize an aggressive bull. He was climbing a gate out of his barnyard when the shotgun went off.
NWS Confirms EF-1 Tornado near Luxemburg in December
The National Weather Service has determined that two areas of damage from thunderstorms on December 23 were caused by tornadoes, including one near Luxemburg. Officials say an EF-1 rated tornado began at 5:38 p.m. a mile west of Luxemburg. It was on the ground fora little more than one mile, lifting at 5:40 p.m. two miles northwest of Luxemburg. Its maximum width was 25 yards, with winds estimated at 90 MPH. Trees and outbuildings on two farms were damaged, and some debris from one of the outbuildings struck a farmhouse.
Iowa Farmer Gets 3 Months for Hiring People in US Illegally
CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) — An Iowa dairy farmer has been given three months in prison for employing people who authorities say were in the United States illegally.
Michael Millenkamp of Earlville was sentenced last week in U.S. District Court in Cedar Rapids. Millenkamp also was ordered to forfeit $245,000. He'd pleaded guilty to harboring, encouraging and inducing someone living in the U.S. illegally.
Prosecutors say the 48-year-old Millenkamp, of rural Earlville, employed several people residing in the U.S. unlawfully between 2007 and 2011. Some of the employees were allowed to live at one or more of the farms owned by Millenkamp.
Former Anamosa Guard Sentenced
CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) — A former guard at the state maximum-security prison in Anamosa has been sentenced to 17 months behind bars for being a drug user in possession of a firearm.
Ethan Darrow will surrender later to begin serving the sentence issued Monday by U.S. District Judge Linda Reade, who also ordered a $5,000 fine.
Federal authorities announced charges against the 29-year-old and three others this fall.
Darrow pleaded guilty after admitting that he was a regular user of marijuana and cocaine in 2014.
Former officer Garrett Barton is awaiting sentencing on federal charges of extortion and being a drug user in possession of a firearm. Two other guards were sentenced to two days of jail on state drug charges.