Baseball Broadcast Schedule
Monday, June 20 -- Beckman @ West Delaware (DH 5:00/7:00)
Monday, June 27 -- Cascade @ Monticello (DH 5:30/7:30)
Tuesday, July 5 -- Solon @ Western Dubuque (DH 5:00/7:00)
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.
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.