KDST State Baseball Broadcast Schedule

Monday, July 25 -- Beckman vs. Pleasantville 2A Quartefinals @ 5 p.m.

Thursday, July 28 -- TBD

Saturday, July 30 -- TBD

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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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