Lake Delhi Dam Wins National Engineering Award
WASHINGTON,D.C.- The Lake Delhi Dam reconstruction project has received a National Honor Award from the American Council of Engineering Companies. It was presented during a ceremony Wednesday in Washington DC. This award joins others the dam has received, including the 2017 Iowa Grand Conceptor Award, which is the highest honor in the state ACEC competition, as well as the Minnesota Society of Professional Engineer's Exceptional Engineering Award, the top award in its annual competition. The reconstructed Lake Delhi Dam, which was designed by Stanley Consultants, features a labyrinth spillway, the first of its kind in Iowa and one of the largest in the Midwest. The new dam and spillway was put into operation last fall.
Aurora Man Killed in Buchanan County Crash
The state patrol has released more details about a fatal crash in Buchanan County. It happened at 8:20 p.m. Monday. According to the accident reports, 35-year-old Chris Soules, of Arlington, was southbound on County Road W45 north of Aurora when he rear-ended a tractor. The driver of the tractor, 66-year-old Kenneth Mosher, of Aurora, died in the crash. Soules, who starred on the "The Bachelor", was booked early Tuesday on a charge of leaving the scene of a fatal accident.
Former “Bachelor” Star Arrested Following Crash in Buchanan County
An Arlington man who was a contestant on "The Bachelor" has been arrested following a deadly crash in Buchanan County. 35-year-old Christopher Soules was arrested early this morning on a charge of leaving the scene of fatal crash. That crash occurred at 8:20 p.m. Monday on Slater Avenue in Aurora. Authorities say Soules was driving a pickup that rear-ended a tractor. The tractor rolled in the east ditch, and the pickup went into the west ditch. The person who died in the crash is from Aurora. Their name was not released. The investigation continues.
Durango Woman Found Guilty of Stealing from Elderly Aunt
DURANGO, Iowa (AP) — A jury has found a Durango woman guilty of stealing more than $400,000 from an aunt who had dementia. The Dubuque County jury returned a guilty verdict against 45-year-old Molly Bodish for ongoing criminal conduct. Dubuque police say they began investigating possible abuse after 80-year-old Barbara Miller died in May 2015. Police say a search of the woman's bank records show Bodish wrote checks to herself and for vehicle purchases and loan repayments. Sentencing is scheduled for July 31st.
Boy Chained in Peosta
PEOSTA, Iowa (AP) — The parents and uncle of a 13-year-old Peosta boy are accused of chaining a weight to him to keep him from running away from home. Court records say Michael and Cynthia Kobusch, and her brother, Jeffrey Merfeld, are charged with child endangerment. The boy told investigators that once when his parents were away, Merfeld padlocked a chain around the boy's waist and attached a weight. The documents provide various assessments of the heft of the chain and weight, but don't describe how much it restricted his mobility. His parents were away for at least four days and he says they left the chain on for two days after they returned to Peosta.
NWS Confirms Tornado in Jones County
The National Weather Service says a tornado hit in Jones County Saturday night. The tornado was rated an EF-1, with wind speeds estimated at 100 miles per hour and a max width of 25 yards. It touched down shortly before 9 p.m. Saturday about four miles northeast of Anamosa and just east of Highway 151. Officials say the tornado was on the ground for about five minutes. It caused damage to trees and outbuildings. No one was injured.
Authorities ID Bicyclist who Died of Natural Causes in Dubuque
DUBUQUE, Iowa (AP) — Authorities say a Dubuque man whose body was found near his bicycle in a ditch died of natural causes.
64-year-old Paul Gorrell's body was found about 9 a.m. Sunday near Stonybrook Hill Children's Zoo on North Cascade Road.
The Dubuque County Sheriff's Department said in a statement that "there is nothing suspicious in nature about the death."
Iowa Governor Signs Wide-Ranging Gun Bill into Law
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad has signed a wide-ranging gun bill into law that includes a stand-your-ground provision.
Branstad signed the legislation Thursday. Portions of the bill go into effect immediately though most will be enforced starting July 1.
Democrats and gun safety advocates expressed concern over the stand-your-ground provision, which will allow people to use deadly force anywhere if they felt a risk to their life or safety. They say it will lead to racial tensions and increase gun violence.
Republicans say the bill will expand Second Amendment rights in the state.
The bill will also allow a person with a weapons permit to bring a concealed handgun into the state Capitol. Minors under 14 will be able to use handguns with parental or guardian supervision.
Child Shot - Iowa
ELGIN, Iowa (AP) — The owner of a gun that a 4-year-old boy accidentally shot himself with last year has been charged with illegally owning the firearm after telling police he uses marijuana. 29-year-old Daniel Henriksen pleaded not guilty Wednesday to being an unlawful drug user in possession of a firearm. He wasn't there when 4-year-old Jayden Choate shot himself in Henriksen's trailer in Elgin on June 17. An affidavit signed by an Iowa agent says the boy and his younger brother and sister were trying to nap while their mother and another individual were sitting on the deck. The agent says Jayden found Henriksen's handgun and unintentionally shot himself.
INDEPENDENCE, Iowa (AP) — A married couple have been sentenced for setting fire to their home in Independence in 2014. 32-year-old Brandon Dorsey and 28-year-old Jessi Dorsey were sentenced Tuesday in Buchanan County District Court. Both had pleaded guilty to second-degree arson. Their 10-year prison sentences were suspended and both were given probation. They also were ordered to repay more than $42,000 to victims —including local churches, individuals and a bank — that gave them monetary donations following the fire. Prosecutors say the Dorseys also received many donations of items, gift cards and assistance from the American Red Cross for which restitution could not be ascertained.
DUBUQUE, Iowa (AP) — A Dubuque woman accused of beating to death her ex-husband with a baseball bat has again been found not mentally competent to stand trial. The finding for 53-year-old Dolores Flynn was released Tuesday.
Attorneys for Flynn had sought a second psychiatric evaluation for her after a judge ruled in December that she was sufficiently mentally fit to stand trial. The results of that evaluation prompted her attorney to recently file a motion requesting another hearing. 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. Flynn has been committed to a Coralville psychiatric center to receive treatment.
Iowa Budget-University Centers
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A longtime Iowa research center for sustainable agriculture is on the chopping block in the Republican-controlled Legislature.
A GOP-led budget committee voted Tuesday for an education bill that includes cutting nearly $400,000 from the Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture at Iowa State University. The legislation will require more votes before it's finalized. The bill also includes cutting $1.5 million from the Iowa Flood Center at the University of Iowa. The center studies flood prevention.
Officials for both centers say the cuts would effectively end their work.
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa's Education Department says the state's high school graduation rate has increased for the fifth straight year, even as dropout rates increased slightly for the first time since the 2009-10 school year. In a news release Tuesday, the department said 91.3 percent of students in the 2016 graduating class graduated within four years, up from 90.8 percent from the previous year. Iowa's annual dropout rate was 2.8 percent last year, up from 2.5 percent the previous year. The latest dropout rate represents 4,154 students in grades 9-12.
Hoeger Leaving Western Dubuque to Become Superintendent at Montezuma
Western Dubuque High School will have a new principal later this year. Current principal Dave Hoeger has accepted the superintendent job with the Montezuma Community School District. He will start his new job July first. Hoeger became principal at Western Dubuque in 2010 after six years as assistant principal. Prior to that he was a teacher at the school. District officials hope to hire a new principal at the May 8th school board meeting.
Farley Police Chief Resignation
The Farley City Council will meet in special session tonight (April 5) to consider the resignation of Police Chief Rick Wagner. During Monday's regular meeting, the council and city officials raised concerns and issues with Wagner’s job performance. Later in the meeting, Wagner offered a verbal resignation. Tonight's meeting will start at 6:30.
Trailer Park Shooting Sentence
DUBUQUE, Iowa (AP) — A judge has sentenced a 19-year-old Dubuque man to life in prison without parole after his conviction of first-degree murder in the killing of a man at a Dubuque trailer park. Judge Thomas Bitter sentenced Imere D. Hall to the life term despite defense lawyers' argument that the sentence was unconstitutional for someone Hall's age. Hall also was sentenced to 25 years for first-degree robbery and ordered to pay $150,000 restitution to the heirs of Collin A. Brown. Prosecutors say Hall and two other men broke into Brown's trailer last April, intending to rob him. Brown was shot while trying to escape. Halls' attorneys say they will appeal the sentence
Authorities Investigating Robbery at Delaware County Historical Society in Hopkinton
The Delaware County Sheriff's Office is investigating a robbery at the Delaware County Historical Society Doolittle Hall in Hopkinton. It happened sometime between Wednesday evening and this morning. Many Indian artifacts were taken, including arrow heads, moccasins and a vest. Anyone with info about this crime should contact the Delaware County Sheriff's Office.
US Marshals Arrest Fugitive on Army's 'Most Wanted' List
DYERSVILLE, Iowa (AP) — A fugitive who's on a list of the "most wanted" by the U.S. Army has been captured in Iowa. The U.S. Marshals Service says Daryl Grigsby was arrested Tuesday in Dyersville. The Army says the 57-year-old former infantryman is wanted on charges that include assault, attempted rape and attempted armed robbery. He left the Army in 1980. Investigators say Grigsby had evaded capture since 2000, when he violated his supervised release in Rhode Island stemming from a 1993 bank robbery. He allegedly used multiple aliases but was ultimately found hiding in plain sight. Investigators spotted him Tuesday at a Dyersville residence and arrested him without incident. He's being held at the county jail in Cedar Rapids.
Iowa State Wide Tornado Drill
The State Wide Tornado Drill will be conducted tomorrow (March 29th) in Iowa. It will begin with a test Tornado Watch at 10 a.m., followed by a test Tornado Warning with activation around 10:30. Schools, businesses and citizens are encouraged to participate. As part of Severe Weather Awareness Week, Dubuque County Emergency Management will host a weather spotter training session tonight. That free event will be held at the training center near the fairgrounds starting at 6:30.
Iowa Farmland Value up slightly
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A new survey suggests that farmland values in Iowa have inched upward in the past six months. A report from the Iowa Realtors Land Institute Chapter No. 2 says the farmland values climbed nearly 1 percent from September to March, hitting $6,545 an acre. The Des Moines Register reports that the increase was the first since September 2013. Despite that recent increase, farmland values are still 2.8 percent lower for the past 12 months.