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Man Charged with Hate Crime in Beating of Black Man at Dubuque Bar

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) — A felon suspected of having ties to a white supremacist group has been charged with a hate crime in the brutal beating of a black man at an Iowa bar.  Federal authorities arrested 40-year-old Randy Joe Metcalf on Tuesday.  He's expected to make an initial appearance Wednesday in Cedar Rapids.  A criminal affidavit signed by an FBI agent alleges that Metcalf repeatedly kicked and stomped on the face and head of a now 31-year-old black man during a fight in January at a Dubuque bar. The affidavit says Metcalf used racial slurs repeatedly toward the victim before and after the beating. It says Metcalf has a violent criminal history.  He has one tattoo of a swastika and another featuring the name of a prison gang known for white supremacist ties.

Pella Man Wanted on Attempted Murder Charges in Elkader Attack

ELKADER, Iowa (AP) — A 25-year-old Pella man has been accused of severely beating a woman at her home in northeast Iowa.  The Elkader Police Department said Monday it has an arrest warrant on a charge of attempted murder for 25-year-old Brandon Thoma.  He is in custody in Wisconsin and authorities plan to extradite him to Iowa.  Elkader Police Chief Marvin Duff says Thoma went to a home in Elkader on Nov. 10 and attacked a woman inside with repeated punches and kicks.  Duff says the attack was not random.  The victim was hospitalized, but details about her condition were not released.

Truck Rolls into Faust Millwork Showroom in Dyersville

A Dyersville business was damaged this morning when a semi rolled into its showroom. Officials say a driver with Steger Transport forgot to set the brake on a truck, which then rolled across the street and into Faust Millwork &Cabinetry.  Both the building the truck had substantial damage.  No one was injured.

Peosta Public Hearing Date

Peosta City Council members voted Tuesday to set December 8th as a public hearing date for a proposed voluntary property annexation. The public hearing is part of the council's scheduled meeting at 6 p.m. December 8th. The board will either approve or dismiss the voluntary property annexation with a future vote. Crosvik Development, LLC, of Dubuque, intends to develop 144 acres between Cox Springs and Thunder Hills roads into Thunder Valley subdivision. Preliminary plans call for the development of about 220 lots for homes, as well as additional commercial lots parallel to U.S. 20. If approved, the matter will go before the City Development Board, Part of the Iowa Economic Development Authority`s Growth Management division.

Regional Medical Center’s Phase I Expansion Project Nears Completion

Manchester and surrounding community residents will soon have improved access to healthcare as Phase I of the expansion project at Regional Medical Center nears completion. RMC’s 40,000+ square foot expansion project broke ground July 15, 2014, and is expected to be complete in December.

The River Ridge Pavilion will include an entirely new inpatient Medical/Surgical/Intensive Care Unit, as well as a large Specialty Clinic which may add more medical specialties. Also included is a covered carport, Gift Shop, welcome desk, public dining, family lounges/waiting areas, Solarium, and outdoor patio.  The new inpatient Medical/Surgical/Intensive Care Unit will be located on Level II of the new addition.  Inpatient rooms will include a view of the Maquoketa River and be nearly double in size from current rooms to better accommodate for patients, visitors, staff, and advanced technology.

There will be an open house for the River Ridge Pavilion Sunday, November 22, from 1-4 PM.

Iowa Deer

The Iowa Department of Natural Resources is warning drivers to be extra watchful for deer this week as breeding season nears and deer become more active. A recent State Farm Insurance report ranked Iowa as the third most likely state for drivers to hit a deer, up one spot from fourth last year. According to the report, The odds of a driver hitting a deer in Iowa are 1 in 68. The national average odds of hitting a deer are 1 in 169. The DNR reports deer numbers in Iowa remain relatively stable after hunters helped bring down the overall population about a decade ago. Over the course of various upcoming deer hunting seasons, hunters are expected to take around 75,000 deer. So far, hunters have killed about 25,000 deer this year.

Celebrate My Drive

Two area schools currently lead the votes in State Farm’s Celebrate My Drive competition. Beckman Catholic and Anamosa High School are vying to win a $100,000 grant and a private concert from the band Echosmith. To enter in Iowa’s small schools division, the schools had to submit a video about safe driving. The competition ends Friday at Midnight. To cast your vote and watch the videos submitted, go to celebrate my drive dot com. Both Western Dubuque and Cascade high schools are past winners of the Celebrate My Drive Competition.

Combine, Tractor and Graincart Destroyed in Fire in Dubuque County Field

Authorities say harvesting equipment was destroyed by fire in Dubuque County on Monday.  Local officers and firefighters responded to the area of 14483 North Cascade Road for an explosion and subsequent fire.  A combine, tractorand grain cart owned by Jeff Bradley were parked in a cornfield after a day of harvesting.  All were found fully engulfed when fire crews arrived and are considered a total loss.  Officials say nothing appeared to be suspicious.  Total damage is estimated at $750,000

Two Injured in Highway 136 Crash South of Luxemburg

Two people were injured in a crash Friday morning on Highway 136 south ofLuxemburg in Dubuque County.  According to the sheriff's office, 46-year-old Martina Gaul of New Vienna was was passing a south bound vehicle when she encountered a northbound vehicle, driven by 66-year-old Charles Fensterman of Colesburg.  Gaul attempted to return to the southbound lane but lost control and struck Fensterman's vehicle.  Both were taken to Mercy-Dubuqe following the crash.  Fensterman was then airlifted to University Hospitals in Iowa City with serious injuries.  Gaul sustained minor injuries and was treated at Mercy.  That crash happened at 9:42 a.m. Friday.

38th Annual National Farm Toy Show

The38th Annual National Farm Toy Show officially opens todayin Dyersville. Vendors will again be set up at Beckman, the NationalFarm Toy Museum and at Commercial Club Park. Vendors at Beckman andthe museum will be open 5 to 8 this evening, 9 to 6 on Saturday andthen 9 to 2 on Sunday. Commercial Club Park will be open 8 to 5today, 8 to 6 Saturday and 8 to 2 on Sunday. Other events for theweekend include a micro-mini pull, pedal pull, the toy show auctionand the Mercy-Dyersville Auxiliary Holiday Festival.

Dyersville Council Approves Sidewalk Project

The Dyersville City Council has approved a sidewalk and trail project. During Monday's meeting, the council held a public hearing on plans for the project that would connect Dyersville Elementary to Westside Park. Following multiple comments, Teresa Bockenstedt made a motion to approve the resolution on the project, and it was seconded by Mark Wagner. The council then voted 3-2 to approve the plans.

Text Message Alerts Monticello Police, School Officials to Possible Threat

Shortly after the start of school this morning, the Monticello Police Department received an anonymous text message through Text2Tell, advising a Monticello student may possibly bring a gun to the High School. Text2Tell allows users to submit tips via text message to law enforcement while remaining anonymous. It does allow law enforcement an opportunity to start a two way dialog with the tipster, in this case the tipster immediately opted out of the dialog, resulting in an inability to obtain any further info.  The Monticello district released a statement stating that while officials did not anticipate danger to high school students at the time, they do take all such threats seriously and followed procedure for this situation. That includes a police presence at Monticello High School throughout the day. You can read the full report from the school and police department on our Facebook page.

Farley Man Injured in Farm Accident

A Farley man was injured in a farm accident Friday afternoon. According to the Dubuque County Sheriff's Office, 46-year-old Gary Kluesner was working on tractor at a farm near Farley when he became entangled and injured. Kluesner was airlifted to University Hospitals and Clinics in Iowa City. His condition was not released. That accident happened around 3:44 p.m. Friday.

Man Faces Charges in School Bus Crash in Iowa

MANCHESTER, Iowa (AP) — A man faces multiple charges in connection with a school bus crash in eastern Iowa that sent 32 students to the hospital.

The Delaware County Sheriff's Office says 41-year-old Monte Klink of Arlington was served an arrest warrant Thursday on charges that include serious injury by motor vehicle and operating while intoxicated.

Authorities say Klink failed to yield at an intersection near Manchester on Oct. 1. His SUV collided with a West Delaware School District bus.

All 32 students and the drivers were transported to Regional Medical Center. Most students suffered minor injuries and none had life-threatening injuries.

Klink posted bail and was released. A preliminary court hearing is scheduled on Nov. 4.


ANAMOSA, Iowa (AP) — Two former guards at the Anamosa prison have pleaded guilty to state drug charges as part of an investigation into misconduct by correctional officers.

Marques Maryland pleaded guilty last week to possession of a controlled substance, and Seth Vogel entered a written guilty plea to that charge Wednesday.

Maryland was sentenced to two days in jail and a $315 fine, and Vogel is expected to receive the same punishment under terms of a plea agreement.

Two other former guards at the prison have pleaded guilty to federal charges in the case.

Investigators say guards used and traded marijuana and prescription drugs, and at least one smuggled cell phones to inmates in exchange for cash.

Greyhound Park in Dubuque Sees Decline in Wagering

DUBUQUE, Iowa (AP) — The Iowa Greyhound Park has seen a 33 percent decline in total wagering in its first year under new ownership.

Saturday was the park's final day of racing for the year. The park had fewer racing sessions per week this year than previous years, which led to the sharp drop in total wagering.

Racing director Brian Carpenter said he believes the park's first year under new ownership was a success despite the low figures. He said that the average per-session handle, or amount waged, was nearly 16 percent higher in 2015.

About $36,000 was wagered per racing session in 2015 compared to about $31,000 in 2014.

Clayton County Board Questions Auditor About Late Budget

ELKADER, Iowa (AP) — Clayton County supervisors have questioned the county auditor about late budget work and reports.

The board had Dennis Freitag placed under oath on Monday and asked about unfinished work on the fiscal 2015 budget year, which ended June 30, and about reports that hadn't been sent to the county's outside auditing firm.

Freitag has been working from home to care for his ailing wife, and he told the supervisors that they should be questioning his chief deputy auditor. He accused board members of badgering him by repeatedly asking the same questions.

Supervisor Larry Gibbs says the issue is not Freitag or his wife. Rather, he says, "It's about what we need to run the county."

Gibbs says supervisors will consult with the county attorney before deciding their next step.

Truck Driver Injured in Highway 20 Crash in Delaware County

An Earlville man was injured in a crash earlier today in Delaware County. According to the state patrol, 54-year-old Dale Schindler was westbound on Highway 20 when he lost control of his semi. The truck entered the median, crossed the eastbound lanes and rolled onto the passenger side, coming to rest in the ditch. Schindler was taken to Mercy-Dyersville for treatment. That accident happened at 10:36 this morning at mile marker 273.

Counterfeit Bills Creep into Dubuque Businesses

DUBUQUE, Iowa (AP) — Dubuque police say businesses have seen a slew of counterfeit bills over the past month. 22 transactions at local businesses have involved counterfeit money since Sept. 25. Lt. Scott Baxter says reports involve bills with values from $10 to $100. There have also been some reports of counterfeit cash in nearby Wisconsin counties. According to a Platteville Police Department crime alert, at least three businesses reported encountering counterfeit $100 bills. Surveillance images captured two women who may have been involved. Crawford County Sherriff Dale McCullick says his office received a few reports about counterfeit $20 and $100 bills two months ago. No arrests have been made.

Dubuque County Burn Ban Lifted

The open burn ban for Dubuque County has been lifted as of 9 a.m. Monday, October 26th.


Anamosa, Iowa (AP) — Nine employees have now been fired or resigned amid a widening investigation into security breaches at a maximum-security Iowa prison.

Four former tower guards at Anamosa State Penitentiary were charged this month as part of a federal investigation into the smuggling of cell phones and drugs inside the prison. A fifth person who didn't work at Anamosa is accused of supplying marijuana and prescription drugs that guards used and traded among themselves.

The tower guards had already left employment when U.S. Attorney Kevin Techau announced the charges against them October 6th. Since then, five others have departed as a result of the investigation.

Prison spokesman Matthew Eivins says the five others aren't charged with criminal activity but the investigation found serious violations of "work rules that relate to security practices."

4 People Sentenced in Eastern Iowa Bank Robbery

MARTELLE, Iowa (AP) — A judge has sentenced four people in connection with a bank robbery in eastern Iowa. 25-year-old Andrew Palmer and 22-year-old Shiloh Palmer, were sentenced to 12 years in prison. Both pleaded guilty to armed bank robbery, aiding and abetting and using a firearm in a violent crime.

Their sister, 26-year-old Elizabeth Olinger, was sentenced to 16 years in prison for her role in the robbery and her husband, Peter Olinger, was sentenced to 10 years in prison.

Prosecutors say the brothers entered a bank in Martelle with long-necked guns and stole an undisclosed amount of money. They say the sister and her husband were getaway drivers. Authorities also say Elizabeth Olinger came up with idea to rob the bank, and her husband helped plan the robbery.

Iowa Agency Purchases 37 Rifles for Park Rangers

DUBUQUE, Iowa (AP) — The Iowa Department of Natural Resources has purchased rifles for park rangers.  The AR-15 rifles were recently bought for the rangers' main responsibility of law enforcement.

State park rangers are certified peace officers with statewide jurisdiction.  They can be called upon to assist other law enforcement agencies when necessary.  The AR-15 rifles were purchased by the state for about $1,400 each.

Department spokesman Kevin Baskins said he was puzzled as to why people were surprised to learn rangers were issued guns. He said state park rangers are "full-fledged law enforcement officers" and "among the best-trained officers in the state."

Dubuque County Burn Ban

A burn ban has been declared for Dubuque County.  Dubuque County emergency management agency director thomas berger issued the burn ban this morning.  It went in to effect at 11:00 AM and will be in effect until further notice.

Fire Damages Farley Building

Fire damaged a building in Farley Thursday afternoon. Firefighters were called to 206   First Street Northwest near the fire station around 3:45 p.m. Officials say two of the three sections were burning when crews arrived. Those sections of the building were being used by a trucking company and a construction company. Firefighters were able to contain the flames to that building. The cause wasn't immediately known.

Skid Loader, Corn, Destroyed in Fire West of Dyersville

Fire crews from Dyersville, Worthington, Earlville and New Vienna responded to a farm west of Dyersville Thursday afternoon for a fire in a field. Crews were called to 1925 310th Ave. at about 3 p.m. The fire was caused by a baler malfunction while baling corn stalks. Officials say those working in the field were using a skid loader to try to smother the flames with dirt when the skid loader caught fire. About five acres of standing corn was also destroyed. 

Field Fire South of Colesburg

The Colesburg fire department responded to a field fire south of the city at about 2:30 p.m. Thursday. Officials said the fire started in one field, then jumped to a field across County Road X47 before spreading to a third field. That fire burned about 100 acres, including 20 acres of crops. It was extinquished by about 5 p.m.

Authorities Look into Rash of Burglaries in Eastern Iowa

DUBUQUE, Iowa (AP) — Authorities are investigating a rash of burglaries over the weekend at municipal offices and businesses in Dubuque, Delaware and Clayton counties.

city halls in Cascade and Worthington were broken into. The Delaware County Sheriff's Department says there was also a break-in at Delhi City Hall, where a small amount of cash was taken.

Similar break-ins were reported at businesses in Delhi and a health clinic in Cascade. The Clayton County Sheriff's Department is investigating burglaries in recent weeks at businesses in Guttenberg and Garnavillo, and the City Hall in Edgewood was broken into Sept. 30.

Investigators think the burglaries might be linked. Delaware County Deputy Eric Brooks says investigators have no leads but are talking with nearby communities.

Former Anamosa Prison Guard Pleads Guilty to Smuggling, Drug Charges

A former guard involved in smuggling cell phones into the state prison in Anamosa has entered a guilty plea. 29-year-old Garrett Barton, of Anamosa, pleaded guilty Tuesday in U.S. District court to violating the Hobbs Act – Extortion Under Color of Official Right, and being an unlawful user of controlled substances in possession of a firearm. Authorities say he smuggled cell phones into the prison, extorted money from inmates and traded illegal controlled substances with three other guards. He faces up to 30 years in prison and fines up to $500,000 on both charges.

Multiple Fire Departments Called in to Battle Blaze Near Jones/Linn County Line

Multiple Jones and Linn County fire departments were called in to help battle a blaze at Food Waste Solutions LLC near Anamosa that started Sunday night. Fire crews were first called to the building at 3822 Buffalo Ridge Rd. around 8 p.m. and remained there this morning. More than 10 departments assisted with hauling water to the building, which is located near the Jones/Linn County line. A cause had not yet been determined.

Ex-Iowa Prison Guards Accused of Illegal Drug Use at Work

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) — Four former guards at the state prison in Anamosa face charges after authorities say they used illegal drugs while armed at work.The U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Iowa said Tuesday that 29-year-old Garrett Barton, 29-year-old Ethan Darrow, 38-year-old Marques Maryland and 28-year-old Seth Vogel face different charges ranging from firearms possession to possession of controlled substances. Each man has agreed to plead guilty. Prosecutors say the men used illegal drugs while armed with assault rifles during guard tower duty at Anamosa in 2014. Barton is also accused of smuggling cellphones to inmates and trading controlled substances with correctional officers. A fifth man accused of providing Barton with drugs faces a charge. He was not employed at the prison.

Trial in Federal Lawsuit Against Manchester Zoo Opens

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) — A California veterinarian says all the animals at a northeast Iowa zoo at the center of a federal lawsuit should be removed and sent to sanctuaries. The Des Moines Register reports that veterinarian Jennifer Conrad's testimony came Monday in the opening of lawsuit's trial. The Animal Legal Defense Fund and several Iowa residents sued Cricket Hollow Zoo in Manchester and operators Pamela and Tom Sellner. The lawsuit alleges that lions, tigers, gray wolves and lemurs suffer physical and mental distress in the zoo and seeks to keep the operation from possessing endangered species. Conrad said the Sellners regularly fail to protect animals from disease and injury, noting that five tigers have died at the zoo since 2013. She says none were tested to find a cause of death.

Ex-Anamosa Prison Guard Pleads Guilty to Drug Charges

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) — A 29-year-old man has admitted to using drugs during the time he worked as a guard at the state prison in Anamosa. Ethan Darrow pleaded guilty Monday in federal court in Cedar Rapids to a felony charge of possession of a firearm by an unlawful drug user. Court records say Darrow had an assault rifle while he used marijuana and cocaine last year. The rifle was assigned to him for his job at the prison. Darrow faces up to 10 years in prison when he's sentenced at a later date.The Iowa U.S. Attorney is expected to announce criminal charges today in a case involving four other former Anamosa correctional officers.

Resolution to Terminate Dyersville City Administrator's Employment Agreement Doesn't Reach Vote

A resolution to terminate Dyersville City Administrator Mick Michel's Employment Agreement failed to reach a vote at Monday's council meeting. Following public and council comments, Teresa Bockenstedt made a motion to vote on the resolution, but it failed for lack of a second.  When pressed for a reason as to why she requested the issue be put on the agenda, Bockenstedt stated a lack of trust in Michel. Ray Sauser said he felt like Michel was politicizing the office and said he wishes they had worked it out before it got to this point. Sauser said he likes Michel and that it was a tough situation. Mark Wagner stated during his comments he had issues with how Michel provided info to him, the council and residents and they needed to work to improve the communication factor. Mike English said he feels Michel is performing his job as described in the current ordinance and hoped the council would make a decision based on what's best for all citizens and not personal feelings. Mark Breitbach urged the council to not terminate the contract and improve the working relationship with Michel. The resolution called for termination without cause, which would have led to a settlement around $100,000 plus the potential for future litigation.

Dyersville Council Approves Settlement in FEMA De-Obligation

The Dyersville City Council has approved a settlement in a FEMA funding de-obligation matter. It involves the buy-out of the Dave and PattI Bell property. FEMA de-obligated $231,272 in that buy-out. The city worked to reach an agreement, which calls for the Bell's and ECIA to each pay the city $77,090, with the city experiencing a loss in that same amount. Had they city chosen to go to court, it would have cost a minimum of $50,000 to $90,000 in legal fees.

Two Injured in Highway 151 Crash Involving Stolen Vehicle

Two people were injured in a crash involving a stolen vehicle Monday afternoon in Linn County. According to the Iowa State Patrol, 22-year-old Chase Secrist, of Tipton, was southbound on Stone Road and failed to yield while crossing Highway 151. His vehicle was struck broadside by 67-year-old Carol Ruedy, of Anamosa, who was eastbound on 151. After the collision, troopers say Secrist, who was driving a stolen vehicle, fled on foot. He was apprehended a short time later. Both were taken to St. Luke's for treatment. That crash happened at 2:46 p.m. Monday.

Dyersville Council to Consider Terminating City Administrator's Contract

The Dyersville City Council meets tonight. Agenda items include a resolution to terminate City Administrator Mick Michel's employment agreement without cause. It would take a majority vote by the council to do so. Michel's employment agreement, which was approved in 2012, runs through June 30, 2016. If the council votes to terminate the contract, Michel would receive pay and benefits set forth in the employment agreement. Tonight's meeting will start at 7 p.m.

Drivers, Students Injured in SUV vs. School Bus Crash in Delaware County

A West Delaware School Bus was involved in a crash Thursday afternoon northeast of Manchester. According to the Iowa State Patrol, 41-year-old Alan Klink, of Arlington, was northbound on 200th Avenue when he failed to yield for the bus, which was eastbound on 195th Street. Klink's SUV struck the bus, causing it to roll. Klink and the bus driver, 52-year-old Patrick Wiley, of Manchester, were taken to Regional Medical Center for treatment. The bus was carrying 32 students at the time. All students were taken to RMC to be checked out. There were a few minor injuries, while some students were not injured in the crash. That accident happened at 1:50 p.m. Thursday.

Illinois Woman Dies in Jackson County Crash

An Illinois woman died in a crash Sunday in Jackson County. According to the Iowa State Patrol, 51-year-old Marcia Atchison, of Alpha, Illinois, turned off of County Road Y31 onto E17 going eastbound when her motorcycle crossed the center line and was struck by a westbound SUV. That crash happened at 12:52 p.m. Sunday.

4 Injured in Clayton County Crash

Four people were injured in a crash Saturday afternoon in Clayton County. According to the state patrol, 19-year-old Deejay Staner, of Earlville, was eastbound on 390th Street at Skip Road when she crested a hill, lost control and left the roadway. Staner over-corrected and crossed the center line before entering the ditch, where the vehicle rolled, coming to rest on its side. Staner and three passengers, 16-year-old Gabriel McNamee, 20-year-old Kimberli McNamee, both of Evansdale, and 22-year-old Joshu Apgar, of Dubuque, were taken to the Guttenberg Hospital for treatment. That crash happened at 1:40 p.m. Saturday.

Potential Phone Scam Reported in Area

A potential phone scam involving John Deere has been reported in the area. A caller claiming to be with the John Deere-Waterloo parts store contacted a local resident Thursday night about a parts order. The caller said he had questions about the order and asked to speak with the woman's husband. She asked for the callers phone number, but he declined and said he would call back in the morning. If you receive a call that you feel is a scam, contact local authorities.

Maquoketa Valley, Starmont Might Share Superintendent

Maquoketa Valley and Starmont might be sharing a superintendent next year.

Maquoketa Valley Superintendent Doug Tuetken was recently asked about the possibility of also serving in that role for the Starmont district beginning in the 2016-2017 school year. The  Maquoketa Valley School Board will schedule an initial meeting to continue discussion on the matter.

Peosta Man Charged Following Assault

A Peosta has been charged after allegedly assaulting his girlfriend and holding a knife to her throat while threatening to kill her. 23-year-old Cameron K. Huseman is charged with domestic assault while displaying a weapon, domestic assault with strangulation and first-degree harassment. Dubuque County Sheriff’s Department deputies responded to Huseman’s residence late Wednesday night after he man called dispatchers and said he assaulted his girlfriend. Deputies said Huseman was found with blood on his hands, feet and body. The victim told deputies Huseman held a steak knife to her throat and threatened to kill her. She ran into a bedroom, and Huseman held her down and choked her. She then locked herself in the bathroom, but Huseman kicked down the door and threw her into the bath tub before choking her again. Bond was set at $20,000.

Swiss Valley Expanding Clayton County Facility

Swiss Valley Farms is expanding its cheese plant in Luana. Company officials held a groundbreaking ceremony on Thursday for the $20 million project. The plant, which currently produces 20 million pounds of cheese per year, will be able to increase that by 10 to 15 million pounds. The expansion, which will add 49,000 square feet, is expected to be completed in late 2016.

Greyhound Racing 

DUBUQUE, Iowa (AP) — A performance-enhancing drug has been found in a dozen greyhounds that compete at a track in Dubuque. Iowa Racing and Gaming Commission officials say testing on the dry food given to the greyhounds indicated contamination, leading investigators to believe that's how the drug was introduced to the dogs. The affected greyhounds are from two kennels owned by Iowa Greyhound Association officials. Those kennels currently aren't being allowed to enter dogs into races at Iowa Greyhound Park.

Iowa Pipeline

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The company proposing to build an oil pipeline across Iowa has awarded construction contracts for a portion of the work.

Dakota Access, LLC, a unit of Dallas-based Energy Transfer Partners, said Tuesday that Michels Pipeline and Precision Pipeline, LLC, both based in Wisconsin, would provide workers for construction of the pipeline.

The pipeline would transport crude oil daily from North Dakota through South Dakota and Iowa to a distribution center in Illinois. Critics say the pipeline could have negative effects on the environment.

Dyersville Council Denies Changes to Recreational Parking Ordinance

The Dyersville City Council has voted to not make any changes for recreational vehicle parking in the city. Following a lengthy public hearing Monday night, the council voted to deny the first reading for an ordinance that would have amended the those regulations. In other business, the council approved a contract with Portzen Construction for the Water Treatment Plant 2015 project in the amount of $1,088,000.

Betwell Enters Not-Guilty Plea in Murder Case

A written not-guilty plea was entered this morning for a Dubuque man accused in a murder earlier this month.  19-year-old Helmon Betwell is charged with first-degree murder and first-degree sexual assault in connection with the death of 66-year-old Nancy A. Krapfl of Dubuque.  Betwell also is charged with two counts of third-degree burglary.  Betwell demanded and was granted a speedy trial.  A final pre-trial hearing is scheduled for November 23 with the trial to begin December 1.

Dogs Test Positive for Banned Substance at Iowa Racing Track

Iowa regulators have suspended the licenses of two trainers after racing dogs at a Dubuque greyhound track tested positive for a risky performance-enhancing drug.

The Iowa Racing and Gaming Commission said Wednesday the dogs at the Iowa Greyhound Park tested positive for ractopamine, a drug that is used as a feed supplement to make farm animals increase their muscle mass. The drug poses health problems for dogs. Regulators are looking into whether the banned substance was mistakenly included in the dogs' food supply or administered deliberately in an attempt to fix races. Two kennels associated with the positive tests have been ordered not to enter dogs into races until additional testing can be done. The track has cut its number of races from 15 daily to 12 as a result.

Edgewood Man Dies in Crash on Highway 38

An Edgewood man died in a crash Monday evening in Delaware County. According to the Iowa State Patrol, 20-year-old Timothy R. Greene was northbound on Highway 38 and struck the rear of a silage chopper. Greene's car came to rest on the road and caught fire. He died at the scene. The driver of the silage chopper was treated at the scene and released. That accident happened at 6:10 p.m. Monday on the south edge of Greeley.

Man Accused in Rape, Murder of Dubuque Woman to be Arraigned

DUBUQUE, Iowa (AP) — A 19-year-old Dubuque man accused of sexually assaulting and beating to death a 66-year-old church secretary is scheduled to be arraigned later this month. Helmon Betwell was originally scheduled to appear in court Friday, but did not. Instead, his arraignment hearing was set for next Monday.Betwell is charged with first-degree murder and first-degree sexual assault for the death of Nancy Krapfl, of Dubuque. Both charges carry maximum sentences of life in prison upon conviction. Betwell also is charged with two counts of third-degree burglary.

Clayton County Authorities Investigating Break-ins in Garnavillo and Guttenberg

Clayton County authorities are investigating burglaries in Garnavillo and Guttenberg. According to the sheriff's office, the break-ins occurred Monday night or early Tuesday at Bob's Food Store in Garnavillo, Rausch Petroleum in Guttenberg and the Guttenberg Country Club. Anyone with info should contact the Guttenberg Police Department or the Clayton County Sheriff's Office.

UI Health Care to Base Medical Helicopter in Dubuque

Officials with Mercy Medical Center – Dubuque and University of Iowa Health Care have announced that AirCare will station the AirCare 3 helicopter at Mercy in Dubuque beginning in early 2016. Officials with UI Health Care say this will help provide health care to more people in Iowa, Wisconsin and Illinois, and will save more lives. AirCare began operations on April 1, 1979, with one aircraft based in Iowa City. AirCare 2 was placed in Waterloo in 1988. Since 1979, more than 30,000 patients have flown with AirCare. University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics averages 2,500 landings and takeoffs each year.

School Board Election News

Voters in the Monticello School District have defeated a bond measure. The district was asking voters to approve a $22 million dollar bond issue to pay for renovation and expansion projects. Plans included an addition at the high school for 6th through 8th grades, selling or tearing down the Carpenter and Shannon Elementary buildings, and demolishing a portion of the current middle school to build a Pre-k through 5th grade school at that location. That bond measure needed a 60% majority for approval, but was defeated 1,254 to 489. In the West Delaware School District, voters renewed the Physical Plant and Equipment Levy. Voters in the Ed-Co district elected Travis Gudenkauf and Ken Faust to the school board, while Donna Kunde and John Zietlow were elected to the Maquoketa Valley school board. In the Western Dubuque School District, there were three candidates running unopposed. Jessica Pape will represent District 1, John Lembezeder is the District 4 board member, and Chad Vaske is the board member for District 5.

Police: Pedestrian struck, Killed in Manchester

MANCHESTER, Iowa (AP) — A pedestrian has died after being struck by a vehicle in Manchester. According to Manchester police, officers responded to a call about a person who had been hit by a car shortly before 10 p.m. Sunday. Authorities say a preliminary investigation shows the victim, whose name has not been released, was trying to cross a street when the victim was struck. The victim was transported to Regional Medical Center in Manchester, where the person later died.

3 Killed in Jones County Crash

OLIN, Iowa (AP) — Three people were killed and one was injured in a two-vehicle crash in Jones County late Sunday night.

According to the state patrol, 18-year-old Alexis Cheyenne Taylor and 75-year-old Sharon Joy Taylor, both of Oxford Junction, and 11-year-old Jade Taylor died in the crash.

The State Patrol says the 60-year-old Michael Anthony Miller, of Madison, Wis., was westbound on Highway 64 near Olin when his van crossed the center line and struck Alexis Taylor's eastbound car. That crash remains under investigation.

Connolly Sentenced to 10 years in Prison

The man charged in connection with a crash that killed four teens in Dubuque County last year has been sentenced. Iowa District Court Judge Todd Geer sentenced 25-year-old Joseph Connolly, of Holy Cross, to 10 years in prison. Connolly had pleaded guilty to four counts of vehicular homicide by reckless driving and one count of serious injury by reckless driving. Geer said he chose to follow the terms of the plea deal, which recommended a sentence no longer than 10 years. Connolly must also pay $150,000 in restitution for each victim.

Police Identify Woman Killed in Dubuque

Police have identified the woman who died after being attacked in downtown Dubuque this week. 66-year-old Nancy A. Krapfl, of Dubuque, was attacked while walking early Tuesday morning. 19-year-old Helmon Betwell, of Dubuque, has been charged with first-degree murder, first-degree sexual assault and two counts of third-degree burglary. He is being held on a $1 million cash bond. Betwell told police that Krapfl “was in the wrong place and the wrong time” and he attacked her because “there was nothing better to do.”

Connolly Sentencing Hearing Today

A sentencing hearing will be held at 12:30 today (Sept. 3) for the Holy Cross man involved in an August 2014 crash that killed four teens. 25-year-old Joseph M. Connolly has pleaded guilty to four counts of vehicular homicide by reckless driving and one count of causing serious injury by reckless driving. The plea is part of a deal that recommended Connolly not be sentenced to more than 10 years in prison.

Dubuque Murder Suspect Makes Court Appearance

DUBUQUE, Iowa (AP) — A 19-year-old man accused of sexually assaulting and killing a woman in downtown Dubuque made his initial court appearance on Wednesday.

Police say Helmon Betwell, of Dubuque, reported that he attacked the victim because "there was nothing better to do." Betwell also said he didn't know the victim and that "she was just in the wrong place at the wrong time." He is charged with first-degree murder, first-degree sexual assault and two counts of third-degree burglary. Bail was set at $1 million. The woman still has not been publicly identified.

Man Charged in Woman's SLaying, Dubuque Authorities Say

DUBUQUE, Iowa (AP) — A 19-year-old man has been accused of killing a woman in downtown Dubuque. Authorities say officers were sent to the location just before 6 a.m. Tuesday to check on a disturbance call. The woman was found outdoors with facial injuries. She died later at a hospital. Police Capt. Scott Engleman says surveillance recordings helped lead investigators to Helmon Betwell, of Dubuque. He's been charged with murder and other crimes. The woman's name hasn't been released, pending notification of family members.

Officials Confirm Emerald Ash Borer in Dubuque County

DUBUQUE, Iowa (AP) — The trace of a pesky insect that slowly kills ash trees has been reported in Dubuque County in eastern Iowa.

The Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship said Tuesday that emerald ash borer was confirmed in Dubuque. The discovery means the insect has been confirmed in 28 Iowa counties.

Officials they discovered larvae from the insect in southern Dubuque and a rural area just outside of city limits.

The emerald ash borer is a small, metallic-green beetle. Its larvae chew into the layer of wood under the bark, cutting off the flow of water and nutrients to an ash tree.

Officials recommend landowners with ash trees within 15 miles of a known infestation to schedule preventative treatments for next spring.

Police: Man Dies After Being Struck by Train in Dubuque

DUBUQUE, Iowa (AP) — Dubuque police have identified the man who died after being struck by a train in Dubuque. Police say 23-year-old Samuel Bettcher was struck around 9:30 p.m. Saturday near Key City Recycling on Dodge Street. According to Lt. Mike Schmidt, the train's engineer said Bettcher came around the corner, got on the track and was struck by the train. That investigation continues.

Hotel Owners Ordered to Pay More than $1M in Harassment Case

PEOSTA, Iowa (AP) — The owners of an Iowa hotel have been ordered to pay two former employees who complained about sexual harassment more than $1.2 million.

An Iowa jury ruled Friday against the owners of a Quality Inn and Suites in Peosta, Iowa.

Sheila Oyler and Julie Schemmel had sued the hotel operators because they say a male coworker repeatedly made sexual comments.

The ownership group, Laxmee Inc., was ordered to pay Oyler $630,000 and pay Schemmel $500,000 in damages. For back pay, Oyler is slated to receive $16,484.01 and Schemmel will receive $446.25.
In addition to those damages, one of the individual co-owners, Vijay Patel, was ordered to pay Oyler $70,000.

Trial Delayed for Iowa Man Accused of Killing Daughter

DUBUQUE, Iowa (AP) — The jury trial for a Dubuque man accused of shooting his 27-year-old daughter to death has been delayed until November.

A judge on Friday ordered the trial for 62-year-old Robert Stern be continued to Nov. 10, based on a request from Stern's lawyer. The trial had been set to begin Sept. 1.

Stern has pleaded not guilty to first-degree murder.

Officers were called to the Sterns' home June 9 to perform a welfare check after Robert Stern called 911 and said someone in the residence may have died.

Kimberly Stern's body was found in a bedroom, and officers say she'd been shot several times.

Farley Man Faces Drugs Charges Following Traffic Stop in Dyersville

A Farley man faces drug charges following a traffic stop in Dyersville this week. An officer stopped 22-year-old Jacob Paul Schmitt on Tuesday for a defective muffler on his vehicle. The officer, who detected a scent of marijuana during the stop, found marijuana, meth and drug paraphernalia in the vehicle. After further investigation, the officer and the Dubuque Drug Task Force identified items used to manufacture meth in the vehicle. Schmitt was arrested and charged with possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of marijuana and possession of meth. That incident remains under investigation.

Woman, Son Escape Eastern Iowa House Fire Unharmed

MECHANISCVILLE, Iowa (AP) — Officials say a mother and her son escaped a fire that destroyed their house in eastern Iowa.The Mechaniscville house was engulfed in flames when firefighters arrived on the scene shortly after 4:15 a.m. Friday. The woman and her son told firefighters that they woke up to the smell of smoke and went out the back door, escaping just in time. Firefighters say as soon as the woman and son got down the steps and past the door, flames spread up the stairs of the home. Fire officials say both the mother and son would have been trapped upstairs had they not left when they did.Officials say it took more than two hours to get the flames under control.

Cascade Man Killed in Highway 151 Crash in Jones County

Authorities have identified those involved in a head-on collision Wednesday night in Jones County. According to the state patrol, 90-year-old John Talbert of Cascade was going northbound in the southbound lanes of Highway 151 and collided head-on with 52-year-old Douglas Ninneman of Reedsburg, who was southbound. Talbert died in the crash, while Ninneman was flown to University Hospitals and Clinics in Iowa City. That crash happened at 8:58 p.m. Wednesday at mile marker 68 between Anamosa and Monticello.

5 Injured in Highway 20 Crash

Five people were injured in a two-vehicle crash Wednesday on Highway 20 at Olde Castle Road east of Dyersville. According to the Dubuque County Sheriff's Office, 81-year-old Glen Shaw, of Elizabeth, Illinois, failed to yield when crossing Highway 20 and was struck in the passenger side by 21-year-old Bradley Michael of Hazelton who was eastbound. Michael and three passengers were treated at the scene for minor scrapes and cuts. The later drove to Buchanan County Health Center for further treatment. Shaw was taken to Mercy in Dubuque with minor injuries. That crash happened at 5 p.m. Wednesday.

One Killed in Highway 151 Crash in Jones County

One person was killed an another injured in a head-on collision Wednesday night in Jones County. According to the state patrol, a vehicle was going northbound in the southbound lanes of Highway 151 and collided head-on with a southbound vehicle. The patrol says one of the drivers died in the collision, and the other was flown to University Hospitals and Clinics in Iowa City. Their names were not released. That crash happened at 8:58 p.m. Wednesday at mile marker 68 in Jones County.

Monticello Voters to Consider Bond Referendum

School board elections are less than a month away. In the Monticello School District, the ballot will also include a bond issue. The district is seeking voter approval for a $22 million dollar bond issue to pay for renovation and expansion projects. Plans include an addition at the high school for 6th through 8th grades, selling or tearing down the Carpenter and Shannon Elementary buildings, and demolishing a portion of the current middle school to build a Pre-k through 5th grade school at that location.  Officials say if the bond is approved, it would increase property taxes by $3.67 per $1,000 assessed valuation.

Cascade native Colin Rea wins Major League debut

Colin Rea has started his Major League career with a win. With a large group of family and friends in attendance, the Cascade native allowed 3 runs on 6 hits over five innings last night as the Padres beat the Reds 11-6. In addition to earning the victory, Rea also had a single in his first at bat and scored a run.

Hartwick Huskys to hold 50th Anniversary Event this Saturday

The Hartwick Huskys Ski Team will celebrate its 50th anniversary with “Jam at Schram” this Saturday, August 15th. They will perform their award winning ski show at 3 p.m., followed by music from 4 to midnight. They will have activities for the family to enjoy, and food and drinks will be available for purchase. Saturday's event will be held at Schram Park in Manchester with free admission for all.

Dyersville Area Relay for Life Update

The 2015 Dyersville Area Relay for Life has surpassed its fund raising goal. As of Friday night, organizers said the total was more than $121,000. That figure did not include the proceeds from the auction or the money raised through a Ford test drive program. This years goal was $113,000.

Lawsuit over Manchester Zoo Conditions Heading to Trial

MANCHESTER, Iowa (AP) — A federal lawsuit over conditions at an eastern Iowa roadside zoo is set to go to trial. A federal magistrate denied a motion for summary judgment by those suing that would have declared that Cricket Hollow Zoo in Manchester and its operators violated the Endangered Species Act. Magistrate Jon Stuart Scoles denied the motion Thursday, saying a jury must sort out the facts in the case.The Animal Legal Defense Fund and Iowa residents Tracey Kuehl, Lisa Kuehl, Kris Bell, Nancy Harvey and John Braumann sued the zoo and operators Pamela and Tom Sellner, alleging federal violations over the treatment of lions, tigers, gray wolves and lemurs in the zoo's collection. The lawsuit seeks to keep the operation from possessing endangered species.

Earlville Farmer Pleads Guilty to Hiring People in US Illegally

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) — A Delaware County dairy cattle farmer has pleaded guilty in federal court in Cedar Rapids to one count of harboring, encouraging and inducing someone living in the U.S. illegally. According to a press release from U.S. Attorney Kevin W. Techau, 47-year-old Michael Thomas Millenkamp of rural Earlville was convicted Wednesday for employing several people residing in the U.S. unlawfully between 2007 and 2011. The release says some of the employees were allowed to live at one or more of the farms owned by Millenkamp. As part of his plea agreement, Millenkamp is required to engage in ongoing compliance with employment eligibility verification laws, pay a total financial sanction of $250,000 and make at least two public presentations to statewide farm groups about his case.

Man Charged in Attack of Housemate with Hammer in Dubuque

DUBUQUE, Iowa (AP) — A Dubuque man has been charged after attacking his housemate with a hammer.  40-year-old Ryan B. Collins was charged with going armed with intent and operating while intoxicated.  He made his first court appearance Wednesday.According to court documents, officers responded to a fight Tuesday night.  48-year-old Alan S. Johnson told police Collins drove his car and returned from the gas station with damage to the car.  The documents say Johnson confronted Collins, who went in the home and retrieved a hammer.  Johnson said Collins swung multiple times before Johnson managed to disarm him.  Johnson said Collins then took him to the ground and punched him in the face repeatedly.

Iowa Cropland Value Declines 6 Percent from Year Ago

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The U.S. Department of Agriculture says Iowa cropland value dropped the sharpest in the United States in the past year, falling 6.3 percent as low grain prices weakened the value in the nation's leading corn producing state.

Cropland value fell to $8,200 an acre after climbing to $8,750 last year.

Cropland values declined in 10 states while the others remained static or grew.

Texas saw the biggest jump at 9.5 percent to $1,840 an acre. Nationally, cropland grew an average of 0.7 percent. New Jersey has the most valuable cropland at $13,500 an acre after a 3.8 percent increase. California is second at $10,690 and Arizona third at $8,320 an acre. Iowa is fourth.

Canadian Man Pleads Guilty in Iowa to Role in Pot Smuggling

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) — A Canadian man has pleaded guilty in Iowa to helping smuggle thousands of pounds of marijuana into the United States. 42-year-old Jason Boyachek, of Edmonton, Alberta pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court in Cedar Rapids to conspiracy to distribute marijuana. A money laundering charge will be dismissed.

Prosecutors say Boyachek was involved in a ring that smuggled more than 8,400 pounds of marijuana from British Columbia in 2005 and 2006. The pot was hauled in trucks to a farm near Delaware, Iowa, and divided for shipment to Boston, Chicago and New York.

A federal grand jury indicted Boyachek in 2009. His extradition fight ended last fall when a Canadian court ordered his transfer to the United States for trial.

Dubuque Police Searching for Woman who Escaped Custody

DUBUQUE, Iowa (AP) — Police are searching for a woman who escaped police custody in Dubuque. 42-year-old Jennifer L. Williams escaped custody Monday morning. According to Lt. Scott Baxter, officers responded to a residence to arrest Williams. She was handcuffed behind her back and placed in the back of a patrol vehicle. Williams managed to open the squad car's back door and flee on foot while the arresting officer was outside the vehicle talking to another person. She is described as white, 5 feet, 7 inches tall and weighing 157 pounds, with dark hair and blue eyes.According to Baxter, there will be an investigation into how the security of the patrol vehicle was compromised.

Former Lawmaker Pat Murphy Plans Another Congressional Bid

DUBUQUE, Iowa (AP) — Former state lawmaker Pat Murphy is embarking on a second Democratic bid for Congress, after a failed campaign in 2014.

The 55-year-old from Dubuque announced Thursday that he would seek the Democratic nomination in Iowa's 1st Congressional District. In November, Murphy lost a closely fought race to Republican Rod Blum, who is now serving his first term in Congress. On election night, Murphy declared his political career over, but he says he has since heard from supporters asking him to try again. Murphy says he'll continue to campaign on his record on progressive issues like raising the minimum wage. The other Democrats seeking the seat are Cedar Rapids Councilwoman Monica Vernon and Gary Kroeger, of Cedar Falls.

Dyersville Council Votes to Keep Meetings at City Hall

The Dyersville City Council will continue to hold meeting at City Hall. A proposal called for moving those meetings to the social center, but it was defeated by a vote of 3-2. In other business last night, the council voted to refer a resolution amending the ordinance for RV parking to the Planning and Zoning commission and passed a resolution approving preliminary plans for paving and drainage improvements at the 20 West Industrial Center. The estimated cost for that project is $652,000. The Dyersville City Council also reviewed in invitation to become a host town for the 2016 RAGBRAI. They decided not to be a host next year, but will consider it in future years.

Holy Cross Man Pleads Guilty in Connection with Crash that Killed Four Teens

DUBUQUE, Iowa (AP) — A man has pleaded guilty to charges in the death of four teenagers, who were killed when a pickup truck slammed into a small vehicle they were riding in last summer in eastern Iowa.

25-year-old Joseph M. Connolly, of Holy Cross, pleaded guilty Friday to four counts of vehicular homicide by reckless driving and one count of serious injury by reckless driving.

Defense attorney Bob Rehkemper says he and the prosecutor recommend Connolly serve a prison sentence not exceeding 10 years.

Sentencing is set for Sept. 3.

The charges stem from an Aug. 2 crash at an intersection near Epworth that killed four teens

Two Injured in Highway 20 Crash

Two people were injured in a crash Tuesday afternoon on Highway 20 near Dyersville. According to the State Patrol, 19-year-old Colin Meier, of Maquoketa, was eastbound in the inside lane and transitioned to the outside lane when he lost control. His vehicle entered the south ditch and overturned. Two passengers, 15-year-old Bret Gebhart of Bellevue and 19-year-old Wyatt Schiffer of Maquoketa, were taken to Mercy in Dubuque for treatment. That crash happened at 2 p.m. Tuesday.

Dyersville Council Approves Payment to DED, Safety Committee Reviews RV and Golf Cart Issues

The Dyersville City Council met this morning. They approved a payment of $100,000 to Dyersville Economic Development as part of a 2008 development agreement. Following that meeting, the Public Safety Committee reviewed RV parking and golf cart issues. Officials have prepared a draft ordinance for RV parking regulations that will be presented to the council at the July 20th meeting. The council is then expected to refer that ordinance to the Planning and Zoning Committee, which will review it and make recommendations to the council. A copy of the draft ordinance can be obtained by contacting city hall. On the golf cart issue, it was the consensus of the Public Safety Committee to leave that ordinance as is.

Dyersville Council News

The Dyersville City Council met Monday evening. They approved preliminary plans for the Wastewater Treatment Facility Phase 3 expansion project. The estimated cost for that project is $4.17 million. In other business, the council approved adding two properties to the FEMA Acquisition Project. They also tabled action on moving council meetings to the Social Center so they can get estimates for audio equipment.

Dubuque County Sheriff to Retire

Dubuque County Sheriff Don Vrotsos has announced he will not seek re-election and will retire at the end of his current term on Dec. 31, 2016. Vrotsos was appointed sheriff in 2010 after Ken Runde left the post to join the U.S. Marshal's Office. He was then elected sheriff in 2012. Vrotsos said in a press release that he is supporting Chief Deputy Greg Egan to become Dubuque County's next sheriff. Egan, a 26-year veteran of the department, has been chief deputy the past five years.

Hazardous Material Leak Near Cascade Closes Highway 151

A hazardous material spill lead to the closure of Highway 151 near Cascade Wednesday evening. Authorities say Joseph Moore of Oklahoma was hauling the material when his truck sustained a load shift, causing containers to rupture and begin leaking. Highway 151 southbound was closed at Reiter Road as a precautionary measure. There were no injuries invovled with this incident, which was reported around 5 p.m. Emergency crews were on the scene late last night as cleanup continued.

Elkader Man Injured When Vehicle Hits Tractor

An Elkader man was injured when his vehicle hit a tractor Wednesday afternoon in Clayton County. According to the State Patrol, 27-year-old Michael Podolsky was westbound on Gunder road when he attempted to pass a tractor that was pulling a hay bine. His vehicle struck the rear tire of the tractor, entered the ditch and rolled onto its top. Podolsky was airlifted to University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics for treatment. The driver of the tractor was not injured. That crash happened at 12:42 p.m. Wednesday.

Three Injured in Buchanan County Crash

Three people were injured in a crash Wednesday morning in Buchanan County. According to the State Patrol, 17-year-old Jenna Weber, of Brandon, attempted to pull onto County Road V65 from D47 when she struck a northbound vehicle driven by 25-year-old Jennifer Huber, of Marion. Weber and two children, Ava and Madelyn Troyer, both of Independence, were taken to Allen Hospital for treatment. That crash happened around 8 a.m. Wednesday.

Iowa Hog Inventory of 21 Million is Second Largest on Record

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The latest report on the status of the Iowa hog industry shows the state with 21 million hogs on Iowa farms as of June 1.

That's the second highest number ever since records began in 1870. The highest figure was December 2014 when the state had 21.3 million hogs. The U.S. Department of Agriculture, which released the report Friday, says the latest figure is a 10 percent increase over the inventory of a year ago.

Iowa is the nation's leading pork producer by far. The figures show Minnesota is second with just over 8 million hogs and North Carolina is right at 8 million. Illinois had 4.6 million, Nebraska 3.2 million and Missouri 2.9 million.

The national inventory is 66.9 million head.

One Person Dies Following Jackson County House Explosion

One person had died following a house explosion in Jackson County. Emergency responders were called to the home at 2236 312th Avenue between Preston and Maquoketa at about 4:40 a.m. Thursday. While crews were shutting off the gas at the location, deputies heard an individual calling for help from the foundation. A deputy and firefighter located the occupant, 73-year-old Stephen Brandenburg. He was taken Jackson County Regional Medical center then airlifted to University Hospital in Iowa City where he died. The State Fire Marshall's Office is investigating the cause of that explosion.

Clean up Continues after Monday's Storms

Clean up continues today after strong storms causes damage throughout the area on Monday. The strong winds ripped off the roof at La Salle Catholic School in Holy Cross. Staff went to the school to move computers and other items to protect them from rain. In Dyersville, there was some structural damage and multiple downed trees and electrical lines. That included the home at 1207 3rd Street SW, where a tree fell on the house and took down the power lines. Officials say the electricity was shut off in the home, but once the main line was re-energized, it sparked a fire at the home. No one was injured.  A wind gust of 80 mph was recorded in Peosta at 9:08 a.m. Monday, with a gust of 78 reported in Dyersville at 8:55 a.m. Torrential rain lead to flash-flooding threats in Clayton County. McGregor reported 3.32 inches of rain during Monday's storms.

Tony Orlando Among Father's Day Visitors at Field of Dreams

Tony Orlando was among the visitors at the Field of Dreams on Father's Day. The singer was on a road trip with his family, who decided to bring him to the field. Orlando, who currently resides in Branson, said baseball allowed him to connect with his son when he was busy touring.

Woman Dies After Being Struck by Lightning in Eastern Iowa

PALO, Iowa (AP) — State officials say a Hiawatha woman died after she was struck by lightning at a recreation area in eastern Iowa.

The state Department of Natural Resources says 42-year-old Rebecca McCarty was camping with family and friends at Pleasant Creek State Recreation Area near Palo when she was struck by lightning shortly after 5:30 p.m. Saturday. She was pronounced dead at a Cedar Rapids hospital.

McCarty had been walking between camping spots at the time.

The National Weather Service says heavy rainfall and strong thunderstorms were recorded Saturday across eastern Iowa.

Dubuque Man Charged in Stabbing Death of Girlfriend

DUBUQUE, Iowa (AP) — Authorities say a Dubuque man accused of fatally stabbing his girlfriend tried to convince officers at the scene to shoot him.

26-year-old Eddie Hicks is charged with first-degree murder in the death of 21-year-old Kahdyesha J. Lemon. She was found outside the couple's Dubuque residence Wednesday night with more than 20 stab wounds. She later died at a local hospital.

Court records do not list an attorney for Hicks.

A criminal complaint says officers responding to the scene first found Hicks outside with injuries. Officers say Hicks repeatedly asked them to shoot him. The report also says he tried to get into a squad car and was pepper sprayed.

1 Person Fatally Stabbed, Another Hospitalized in Dubuque

DUBUQUE, Iowa (AP) — Dubuque authorities say one of two people hospitalized for stab wounds has died.

Police say officers were sent to check a disturbance around 10:30 p.m. Wednesday on Arlington Street. They found the two injured people, who soon were taken to a hospital. One of the people died there.
Police haven't released the people's names or any other details about the stabbing.

Epworth a Finalist in PetSafe Bark for Your Park Contest

Epworth is among the finalists in the PetSafe Bark for Your Park contest. One community will receive $100,000 and four others will win $25,000 each to build an off-leash dog park. If Epworth wins, a dog park would be built at Centennial Park. To vote in this contest, go to petsafe.net/barkforyourpark or find them on Facebook. Voting will end July 22nd, and the winners will be announced July 31st.

Community Savings Bank to Add Garnavillo Location Through Merger

Community Savings Bank will add a location in Garnavillo through a merger. CSB officials announced they will merge with Garnavillo Savings Bank this fall. CSB is chartered in Edgewood, and has offices in Manchester, Earlville, Dyersville, Greeley, Robins and Cedar Rapids. The anticipated merger date is Sept. 30.

Black Bear Found Dead Along Highway 20 Near Jesup

BUCHANAN COUNTY — Authorities said a bear was apparently hit and killed on Highway 20 near Jesup late Sunday night. The Buchanan County Sheriff’s Office was notified around 10:15 p.m. Sunday about a dead black bear on the side of the westbound lanes of Highway 20 near the Jesup exit. Deputies says it appeared the bear was hit by a vehicle, but because the driver never called to report the crash, no accident report was completed. The bear was roughly a year and a half old. Officials say there’s no way of knowing for sure if the bear is one that was spotted in Dubuque and Delaware counties.

Manchester Rapids

MANCHESTER, Iowa (AP) — Work recently was finished to convert a stretch of the Maquoketa River into rapids in Manchester.

Crews have completed installing six, 18-inch drops along a 900-foot stretch for the Manchester Whitewater Park.

Organizers say the $2 million-plus project isn't yet finished due to construction costs exceeding project estimates. The addition of restrooms and benches has been delayed.

A "soft opening" celebration is scheduled for this weekend.

Officials Report Breach in Temporary Dam at Lake Delhi

A temporary dam used to divert the Maquoketa River while construction crews work on the spillway at the Lake Delhi dam has sustained what officials call “a small breach,”. Last weeks rains created a high water flow event that broke the metal structure on Sunday. The breach was 10 to 12 feet wide, but officials say it didn't lead to any major effects downstream. Lake Delhi Board President Steve Leonard said the breach will likely cause a delay in their work to refill the lake.

Two Injured in Crash on West Side of Dyersville

Two people were injured in a crash at Highway 20 and 7th Street Southwest at Dyersville Thursday afternoon. According to the state patrol, 51-year-old Michael Nerny, of Dyersville, was attempting to turn east on to Highway 20 from 7th Street when he pulled into the path of a westbound vehicle driven by 28-year-old Dennis Hill of Earlville. Hill's vehicle struck the left front side of Nerny's vehicle, with both vehicles coming to rest in the westbound lanes. Hill and Nerny were taken to Mercy in Dubuque for treatment. That crash happened at at 4:07 p.m. Thursday.

Doorknocker Fraud

Busch Satellite in Dubuque has reported that they are receiving calls from residents who have had salesmen come to their door claiming they are from Busch Satellite and selling Dish & Direct TV services.  These individuals are providing inaccurate information and pricing and are not from Busch Satellite.  If you would like to contact Busch Satellite directly for correct information, please call them at 563-582-6465.

Drug Arrest

A portion of Highway 136 was closed Wednesday while authorities checked a vehicle for drugs.  An officer with the Dyersville Police Department identified Jason Schroeder driving a vehicle at approximately 5:37 PM. This officer confirmed with dispatch that there was a valid warrant for Schroeder for possession of methamphetamine. The officer followed the vehicle north on Highway 136 from city limits until back-up officers were able to get to the area.  The vehicle, occupied by four adult males, was stopped just south of New Vienna on Highway 136.  Schroeder was arrested on the outstanding warrant.  During his arrest drug paraphernalia and what was believed to be  methamphetamine were found on his person.  The Clayton County Sheriff’s Department arrived on scene with their K-9 unit.  The K-9 Unit indicated that narcotics where in the vehicle. Officers began a search of the vehicle, and found items consistent with a meth lab in the vehicle.  As a safety precaution, Highway 136 was shut down briefly from Floyd Road to New Vienna.  Fire and Rescue arrived on scene.  It was determined that there was no danger to the general public, and the road was reopened.   Forty-year-old Jason J. Schroeder of Guttenberg was charged for outstanding warrant, possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of methamphetamine. Fifty Four-year-old Kevin F. Meder of Guttenberg was arrested for possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of methamphetamine. Alan Billmeyer and Douglas A. Pierce, both of Guttenberg were charged with possession of drug paraphernalia. The investigation is continuing and additional charges are pending.

Ex-Iowa Sheriff's Deputy gets 13 Years in Fire Fraud Case

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) — A former sheriff's deputy in Jones County has been given 13 years in prison for fraud linked to a fire he set at his vacant home.

Prosecutors say 50-year-old James Plower, of Olin, was sentenced on Wednesday in U.S. District Court in Cedar Rapids. Plower had pleaded guilty to mail fraud and using fire to commit a felony.

At his plea hearing, Plower said he made up a scheme to defraud his insurance company. He said he set fire to his vacant home in Martelle and submitted an insurance claim asserting the fire was accidental. He collected more than $66,000 from the insurance company.

Camping Ban at Wildlife Area

OXFORD, Iowa (AP) — Camping at a wildlife area in eastern Iowa has been halted after state officials say visitors were hosting parties and damaging the space. The state Department of Natural Resources says the temporary camping ban at Hawkeye Wildlife Management Area in Johnson County will be in place to give officials time to address problems with littering, drug use, underage drinking and unattended bonfires.

Iowa Highway Expansion

SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) — The Iowa Transportation Commission has voted to direct $286.4 million to finish expanding U.S. Highway 20 to four lanes in northwestern Iowa. The commission voted for the fiscal year 2016-2020 plan at their monthly meeting on Tuesday. The expansion will happen on stretches of the highway in Woodbury, Ida and Sac counties. The work includes $68.3 million for 12 miles in Woodbury County to be done by 2018, $138.1 million for 17 miles in Ida County for 2016 and $80 million for 11 miles in Sac County in 2017. Highway 20 Association President Shirley Phillips said the improvements will boost economic development and improve safety.

Dubuque Police Arrest Man Accused of Killing Daughter, 27

DUBUQUE, Iowa (AP) — A 62-year-old man has been arrested in Dubuque, accused of fatally shooting his daughter.

Police say in a news release that Robert Stern admitted shooting 27-year-old Kimberly Stern on Tuesday at the home they shared in Dubuque. He's been charged with first-degree murder. Online court records don't list the name of an attorney who could be contacted to comment on Robert Stern's behalf.

Officers were called to the Sterns' home at 10 a.m. to perform a welfare check after Robert Stern called the Dubuque 911 Center. Police say Robert Stern told dispatchers that someone in the residence may have died. Kimberly Stern's body was found in a bedroom, and officers say she'd been shot several times.

Authorities Investigating Burglaries in Dubuque, Jackson Counties

Authorities are investigating burglaries throughout Dubuque County, the southern part of Dubuque and northern Jackson County. Officials say the subjects have been breaking into businesses and prying open juke boxes and taking cash registers. They are also stealing ATV's and other off-road vehicles to conduct these burglaries. In addition to thefts at businesses, cars at parks and along trails in Dubuque County have been broken into. Authorities urge people not to leave valuables in plain sight while at those locations. Anyone with info about these crimes should contact the Dubuque County Sheriff's Office

Hopkinton Man Sentenced after Pleading Guilty to Child Pornography Charge

A Hopkinton man has been sentenced on child pornography charges. Paul LeClere was sentenced Thursday by a federal judge to 135 months in prison after pleading guilty to a charge of possession of child pornography between June 2012 and August 2013. He was also fined $10,000 and will have 10 years of supervised release after completing his prison sentence. As part of a plea agreement, four other charges of possession of child porn and a charge of receipt of child porn were dismissed. LeClere was also ordered to pay $4,000 in restitution.

Dubuque High School's $30M Renovation Almost Complete

DUBUQUE, Iowa (AP) — Dubuque's Hempstead High School is nearing completion of its $30 million renovation and addition project. The project, which was funded by a 1 percent sales tax, began in May 2013. Construction workers will use the summer break to complete work that includes new science classrooms, a business office and improvements on the gymnasium. The project will add 141,209 square feet to the existing building. Construction is expected to be completed ahead of its January 2016 deadline. District buildings and grounds official Bill Burkhart says Dubuque Senior High School is next in line for renovations.

Waterloo Man Killed in Buchanan County Motorcycle Crash

A Waterloo man was killed in a motorcycle crash Wednesday night in Buchanan County.  According to the state patrol, 57-year-old Larry Fangmann was northbound on County Road V65 near Jesup when he crossed the center line and entered the ditch. Fangmann was thrown from the motorcycle. That crash happened around 8:30 p.m. Wednesday.

Dyersville Begins Sanitary Sewer Cleaning Work

The city will be performing sanitary sewer cleaning and maintenance in the Northwest section, Northeast section,  west of Highway 136,  and the Southeast section of Dyersville from June 4th thru June 24th.  The cleaning process will cause a vacuum in the sewer which will not affect most homes.  However some homes may notice a sewer smell that can be fixed by running water in the drains.  It is also recommended that you put toilet seats down and cover floor drains during this time to minimize possible splashing of water.  If you have any questions, please call 875-7724.  Thank you for your cooperation.

Man Arrested After Leading Dubuque Officers on Vehicle Chase

DUBUQUE, Iowa (AP) A 25-year-old man accused of leading police on a chase through several Dubuque neighborhoods has been arrested.

Court records say Jimmane Pittman, of Dubuque, was arrested Wednesday morning and charged with eluding and other crimes. The records don't list the name of an attorney who could be contacted to comment on Pittman's behalf.

Police say in a news release that an officer tried to pull over Pittman because the officer knew Pittman had a five-day jail sentence to serve in another case. The news release says Pittman sped up and wouldn't stop and ignored traffic signals. Officers stopped the chase when Pittman drove into a residential area.
Pittman's vehicle was later found parked. Police say Pittman was found walking in the area and was captured after a brief foot chase.

Henderson Products to Open Missouri Location

Manchester-based Henderson Products will open a facility in Missouri later this year. The company will lease the former Missouri Packaging facility in Fulton, Missouri to serve as an installation and distribution center for its Snow and Ice removal equipment. Henderson officials said the new facility will allow them to provide equipment to the Missouri DOT.  It is scheduled to be operational by the end of July and will employ around 30 people within two years

Body Found in Burning Car by Dubuque Airport

DUBUQUE, Iowa (AP) — Authorities say emergency crews have found a body in a burning car on property owned by the Dubuque Regional Airport.

Dubuque firefighters responded to the scene about 6 a.m. Thursday.

The body was taken to the Iowa Medical Examiner's Office for an autopsy and identification.

Investigators think they know the identity of the body but want confirmation.

The Dubuque County Sheriff's Department and Iowa Fire Marshal's Office are investigating.

ClearSpan “How It's Made” Episode will Air Tonight on Science Channel

The Science Channel's “How It’s Made” episode about ClearSpan products will air tonight (May 28th). A production crew for the show filmed footage at ClearSpan’s Dyersville facility in May 2014. The episode will air at 8 p.m. on the Science Channel.

Judge Rules in Favor of City in Field of Dreams Rezoning

A District Court judge has ruled the Dyersville City Council acted legally to approve a zoning change for the All Star Ballpark project. Judge Thomas Bitter this week released his ruling in favor of the City Council. He also announced that the Residential and Agricultural Advisory Committee, which filed the lawsuit, must reimburse legal costs for the suit. Attorney Susan Hess, who is representing the RAAC, says they plan to take the matter to the Iowa Court of Appeals. Bitter wrote in his decision that while it was obvious many City Council members saw the project as "a tremendous opportunity" for the city, he said it appeared the City Council kept an open mind and gave "ample opportunity for all voices to be heard." Denise Stillman, president and CEO of Go the Distance Baseball, said she is pleased with the ruling and says the group is still is moving forward with plans for the project.

Black Bear Makes Way to Dubuque

DUBUQUE, Iowa (AP) — Officials say there's evidence a black bear has made its way into Dubuque.

Nate Johnson with the DNR says tracks found behind a home on the south side of the city belong to a black bear weighing between 100 and 200 pounds. Police say a bear sighting was reported Monday morning.

Officials believe the bear likely came to Iowa from Minnesota or Wisconsin. There were sightings reported last year in nearby Illinois.

Two Injured in Dubuque ATV Crash

DUBUQUE, Iowa (AP) — Authorities say two people were injured in an all-terrain vehicle crash in Dubuque.

The Dubuque County Sheriff's Office says a 23-year-old man was operating the ATV Saturday when he lost control and the vehicle flipped. The department says the ATV was traveling at high speeds prior to the crash.

A 51-year-old passenger was sent to a local hospital with multiple broken bones. The driver was being treated for an ankle injury.

Final Day for St. Paul's School in Worthington

Students, staff and family members said goodbye to St. Paul's School in Worthington on Thursday. Students took part in the final “Olympic Day” at the current school building, which opened in 1955. The parish established its first school in 1874 before moving to a 9-room school house in 1889. Officials decided last fall to close the school, which this year was home to 31 students.

Unity Point Health to Open Clinic in Peosta

UnityPoint Health-Finley Hospital has announced it will open a walk-in clinic and pharmacy in Peosta. A groundbreaking ceremony for the $1.9 million clinic, which will open this fall, is set for Tuesday, June 2. The 7,500-square-foot facility will be located on Peosta Street near the roundabout. Officials say unscheduled walk-in visits will be welcomed, or patients can make appointments with family care physicians.

NICC Trustees Approve Tuition Increase

The NICC Board of Trustees has approved a tuition and fees increase of $4 per credit hour to $167. The rate increase, which will take effect July 1, follows three years of tuition and fees being frozen. Students enrolled full-time with 12 credits will see a net increase of $48 to their semester cost. According to a press release, the increase was prompted by uncertainty surrounding the legislature’s general aid allocation to community colleges and rising costs in higher education.

Cascade Council News   

The Cascade City Council met in special session Tuesday night. The council approved a real estate contract with Lammers Properties, LLC, to purchase land for the Waste Water  Treatment Plant, with a purchase price of $162,316. Other resolutions on the agenda included a real estate contract with Matthew Hosch and an easement agreement with Hosch for the treatment plant project, but the council did not act on those resolutions. In other business, the council decided they will still use the grant for the trail project, and plan to rebid that project this fall.

Manchester Man Pleads Guilty to Drug, Weapons Charges

A rural Manchester man has pleaded guilty to charges related to importing pseudoephedrine from Canada to make meth and for possessing unregistered gun silencers. 42-year-old Roger Hettinger entered the plea Tuesday on charges of conspiracy to import pseudoephedrine, possession of pseudoephedrine with intent to manufacture, and possession of four unregistered silencers. He faces up to 50 years in federal prison and fines up to $750,000. Hettinger was charged after a search of his home in rural Manchester. Authorities found 19 guns in his home and detached garage during the Jan. 12 search. Officers also found items that had been stolen during area burglaries.  Two other charges against Hettinger will be dismissed as part of the plea agreement.

Dubuque Racing Association Announces 2015 Grants

The Dubuque Racing Association has announced its 2015 grants. 176 area charitable organizations were awarded more than $1.1 million this year. Attached is a complete list of the 2015 recipients.  List

Dyersville City Council Approves Budget Changes, Amended Sidewalk Route

The Dyersville City Council has approved changes to the current budget which runs through June 30th. Council members initially voted 4-1 against the resolution to amend the budget, but approved a motion to reconsider. Following that, the council then voted 3-2 to approve the amendment, which adds $1 million to the revenues and $530,000 to the expenditures. In other business the council approved an amended sidewalk route between the Western Dubuque elementary school and Westside Park. The new sidewalk would run along the south side of 9th Avenue to just west of the ECIA housing property and across Mercy Medical Center property on the east side of Ellen Kennedy Center. The rest of the routing after that point would remain the same as the previous plan to cross 3rd Street and 7th Street. The council also approved a resolution for an amended contract with IIW for that project

Holy Cross Man Injured in Accident

A Holy Cross man was injured Monday when his fertilizer truck crashed.  24-year-old Christopher Powers was driving the Three Rivers FS truck west on Thunder Road near Holy Cross when he lost control of the vehicle, which rolled once before coming to rest in a ditch. Four tons of non-hazardous fertilizer
spilled onto the roadway. Powers was taken to Mercy in Dubuque with non-life threatening injuries.  He was cited with failure to maintain control. That crash happened just before noon on Monday.

Midwest Pride in Your Ride Raises $78,686 for Relay for Life

The Midwest Pride in Your Ride Truck and Tractor show has again raised thousands of dollars for the American Cancer Society Dyersville Area Relay for Life. Eldon Jaeger explains. Their newest project “Destination Unknown” was unveiled at the show. Jaeger talks about the truck.  They will be raising additional money for Relay for Life by selling special ribbons that will be placed on the truck. Eldon explains how this will work.  Midwest Pride in Your Ride organizers would again like to thank all the volunteers and those who attended for making the 5th annual show a big success.

NE Iowa Bank Robbery Suspect Arrested in Illinois

A Postville man wanted in connection with a bank robbery has been arrested. Authorities say 48-year-old Tyrone Wilson was taken into custody Wednesday in Rock Island, Illinois. Wilson is accused of robbing Security State Bank in Calmar Tuesday morning.

Fire Damages Albrecht Acres Building

Fire has damaged the basement in the main building at Albrecht Acres near Sherrill. The Dubuque County Sheriff's Office and Sherrill Fire Department were called to the building around 8 a.m. Wednesday. The fire was contained to the basement of the main building, with damage estimated at $20,000. The cause is under investigation. 

Three Charged in Jackson County Burglary

Three people face charges in connection with a burglary in Jackson County. According to the sheriff's office, multiple items, including a chainsaw, generator and air compressor, were taken from a rural Maquoketa residence. During their investigation on Wednesday, deputies found the items in a home, garage and vehicle in Maquoketa. They arrested three men, 26-year-old Nathan Haylock, 29-year-old Travis Haylock, and 29-year-old Matthew Lasley, all of Maquoketa.  All three are charged with Third Degree Burglary and Conspiracy to Commit Third Degree Burglary. This incident remains under investigation and additional charges are possible.

Iowa Man Pleads Not Guilty to Sexual Assault of Teen Girl

MANCHESTER, Iowa (AP) — An eastern Iowa man previously convicted of sexual assault has pleaded not guilty to charges in a separate case involving a 14-year-old girl.

29-year-old Michael Cole, of Manchester, entered his plea Tuesday to three counts of third-degree sexual abuse. He was arrested in April. The Manchester Police Department says investigators responded to reports of an inappropriate relationship between Cole and the teen. Police say the two had sexual contact at least three times. Cole was convicted of third-degree sexual assault in November 2008 for sexual interaction with a teen girl. His trial on the latest charge is scheduled for July 8.

Judge Orders Fine for Dubuque Widow who Split Up Bank Deposits

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) — A judge has ordered a $2,500 fine and probation for an Iowa grandmother who admitted to splitting up bank deposits of legally earned money in a flawed attempt to avoid IRS scrutiny.

U.S. Magistrate Jon Scoles imposed the sentence Wednesday on retired Dubuque real estate agent Janet Malone, who had faced up to one year in prison after pleading guilty to a crime called structuring.
Malone admitted she split up deposits of cash left by her late husband into increments below $10,000 to circumvent federal reporting requirements. She did so because, as a new widow, she was worried about facing an IRS audit.

Malone earlier forfeited $18,700 that the government seized from her bank account. Her attorney asked Scoles not to impose a fine, arguing the forfeiture was punishment enough.

US Corn, Soybean Crops Expected to be Slightly Smaller

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — US Ag officials say farmers are expected to grow 13.6 billion bushels of corn this year, about 4 percent less than last year's record crop.

The estimate released Tuesday by the U.S. Department of Agriculture assumes an average per-acre yield of nearly 167 bushels an acre, down from last year's record 171 bushels. Soybean farmers are expected to grow nearly 3.85 billion bushels, down 3 percent from last year's record crop. The soybean per-acre yield is projected at 46 bushels per acre, down 1.8 bushels from last year's record. The USDA says farmers have started well this growing season with 75 percent of the corn crop planted, ahead of the five-year average of 57 percent. Soybean farmers have planted nearly one-third of the crop, ahead of the average of 20 percent.

Dyersville a Finalist for Top Cinematic Tourist Destination

The City of Dyersville is a finalist in a USA Today poll to determine the top cinematic tourist destination in the world. Each of the 20 location are linked to a television show or movie. Fans of the destinations can vote once a day through June 8th. Other US locations include Albuquerque, Las Vegas and New York. Dyersville is currently third in the standings. To vote, go to http://bit.ly/1bKtz2j.

Dyersville Animal Shelter and County Working on Deal for Stray Animal Care

Dubuque county officials are negotiating with a Dyersville rescue shelter to take over animal control and transport services. Under the proposed agreement, the non-profit  Whispurring Hope would receive a $15,000 payment for one year to pick up and hold animals reported as vicious. The shelter would also keep all adoption fees for those animals. Currently, sheriff's deputies are responsible for picking up the animals. Officials say this deal would save the county money and free up deputies to focus more time on traffic enforcement and other patrol duties.

Board of Adjustment Tours Potential Dubuque County Shooting Range

The Dubuque County Zoning Board of Adjustment has toured a proposed law enforcement shooting range. Board members were joined by neighbors of the property near Graf for Tuesday's visit. The shooting range would be used by Dubuque County law enforcement officers, along with state officers who work in the area. Sheriff's Sgt. Gary Pape estimated the range would be used about 80 days a year for training. One of the main concerns of the property neighbors is the potential for their cattle being spooked by gunfire. Others worry about the impact on property values. The Board of Adjustment will meet at 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday, May 12th at the Dubuque County Emergency Training Facility to consider a permit for the shooting range. The board has the final say on issue.

Delaware County Bond Issue Vote

For the second time voters in Delaware County have defeated a bond issue to fund a project at the Delaware County Jail and Sheriff's Office. According to unofficial results from Tuesday's vote, the $4.9 million bond issue received 983 yes votes and 692 no votes. The yes votes represent 58.69 approval, but the measure needed a 60 percent majority. The votes will be canvassed on Monday.

Vandalism at Mines of Spain

DUBUQUE, Iowa (AP) — Volunteers are helping clean up the Mines of Spain State Recreation Area, where vandals extensively spray-painted rock formations. Park ranger Wayne Buchholtz says the vandalism occurred on rocks in areas that aren't easily accessible and that it was among the worst graffiti incidents at the state park in some time.

Volunteers on Monday used wire brushes and paint remover to help scrub away the graffiti. They plan to clean up the remaining vandalized rocks Friday. Buchholtz says they have a list of possible suspects. He says he'll investigate further and speak with the Dubuque County Attorney's Office about possible charges.

Ryan Parmely Named to All-American Wrestling Team

Maquoketa Valley senior Ryan Parmely was recently selected to the Wrestling USA Magazine High School All-American Team.  There were 96 All-Americans from across the country named to this years class which makes it a very "elite" honor.  Ryan's accomplishments which led him to this honor include: 203-6 career record, 121 falls, 3.022 GPA, 2 x time state champion and 3rd place and 4th place finishes.

Manchester Woman Injured in Dyersville Accident

A Manchester woman was injured in a crash Friday morning in Dyersville. According to police, 82-year-old Sally Nordstrom was southbound on 3rd Street Southeast and attempting to buckle her seatbelt when here foot became stuck between the brake and gas pedal. Nordstrom accidentally pressed the gas pedal, causing her to drive onto a lawn where she struck a tree. Nordstrom was taken to Regional Medical Center for treatment. That crash happened at 11:35 a.m. Friday.

Ideal Conditions Enable Iowa farmers to Plant Corn

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Ideal weather last week enabled Iowa farmers to make progress planting their corn and soybean crops.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture says as of Sunday, farmers had planted 68 percent of the state's corn crop and 11 percent of the soybean crop.

Both figures are better than the five-year average.

The USDA says 84 percent of farmland had adequate topsoil moisture, with 11 percent short and 5 percent in surplus.

Farmers reported 82 percent of subsoil moisture was adequate.

The state agriculture department says half of Iowa's corn acreage was planted last week.

Delaware County Bond Vote Today

Voters in Delaware County head to the polls today (May 5th) to decide the fate of a bond issue. The county is asking voters to approve a $4.9 million dollar bond issue for expansion and renovation at the county jail and sheriff's office. That bond issue needs a 60-percent majority for approval. Polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Fired National Park Service Official Says She's a Scapegoat

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — A former National Park Service official contends she was unfairly fired over illegal construction projects that damaged one of the nation's most sacred American Indian burial sites.
In an age discrimination lawsuit filed last week, former Effigy Mounds National Monument superintendent Phyllis Ewing says the park service made her a "scapegoat" to appease interest groups and protect others' reputations.

An investigation found that Ewing and a subordinate repeatedly ignored laws that required archaeological studies and input from tribes before building boardwalks, trails and a maintenance shed. The projects removed stone artifacts and impacted scenic views at the site in northeast Iowa, which contains mounds affiliated with 12 tribes.

Ewing claims she had no training on how to conduct the required reviews, and the problem "was epidemic in the agency."

Dubuque Police say Man, Woman Found Dead in Home Friday

DUBUQUE, Iowa (AP) — Dubuque police say they suspect murder-suicide in the deaths of a man and woman whose bodies were found in a home.

The bodies of 27-year-old Andrew Birch and 20-year-old Miranda Hogan were found in the home they shared late Friday afternoon.

Autopsies have been ordered.

Dubuque police were called to the home by a relative who went there to check on the couple and found the pair dead.

Police Lt. Scott Baxter says investigators have recovered a gun from the home but says police are not ready to speculate publicly on who the shooter was.

Baxter says investigators believe Birch was laid off from his job earlier Friday.

Pedestrian Hit by Semi in Dubuque

DUBUQUE, Iowa (AP) — Police say a pedestrian was struck and killed by a semitruck in Dubuque.

The Dubuque Police Department responded Thursday morning to crash at the intersection of Dodge and Locust streets in Dubuque, near the Julien Dubuque Bridge.

Police say the semitruck was stopped at a red light and a 45-year-old woman was crossing the street in front of it when the light changed to green. The driver began to turn and says he was unable to see the woman.

The woman was pronounced dead at the scene. Her name hasn't yet been released.

That investigation is ongoing.

Squiers to Coach Beckman Boys Basketball

Hall-of-Fame coach Jim Squiers will return to the high school basketball scene this winter. The long-time Bellevue Marquette coach has been hired as the Beckman Boys varsity coach. Squiers ranks fifth on Iowa's all-time boys basketball wins list with 653 victories in 42 seasons. He was inducted into the Iowa High School Athletic Association Hall of Fame in 2013.

Iowa Teacher - Sex Charges

Manchester, Iowa (AP) — A current West Delaware teacher accused of having a sexual relationship with a student at his previous school has been arrested following a two-year investigation. Police arrested 32-year-old Chad Osler, of Manchester, on Monday and charged him with two counts of sexual exploitation by a school employee and one count of lascivious conduct with a minor. Those incidents happened when he was a teacher in the Cherokee School District. Osler has been placed on paid administrative leave by the West Delaware School District.

Dubuque Man Pleads Not Guilty to Vehicular Homicide Charges

DUBUQUE, Iowa (AP) — A Dubuque man has entered a not guilty plea to two felony vehicular homicide charges.  Twenty-five-year-old Alexander Engling pleaded not guilty Monday to the homicide by vehicle charges, one for alleged reckless driving and the other for alleged drunken driving.  The crash occurred April 5 in Holy Cross.  The Dubuque County Sheriff's Office says Engling lost control of his vehicle, which entered a ditch and overturned.  His passenger, 30-year-old John Cook, of Holy Cross, was ejected from the vehicle.  He was pronounced dead at the scene.  A criminal complaint says a preliminary breath test indicated Engling was intoxicated at the scene.

Two Injured in Jones County Crash

Two people were injured in a crash Friday morning in Jones County. According to the state patrol, 71-year-old Leo Simmons, of Monticello, was southbound on 200th Avenue when he failed to obey the stop sign at the intersection with County Road E16. His vehicle struck 18-year-old Ashton Van Alst, of Central City, who was eastbound on E16. Simmon's was taken to St. Lukes by lifeguard helicopter. Van Alst was taken to Jones Regional Medical Center. That crash happened at 7:13 Friday morning.

2 People Killed in Single-Vehicle Crash near Bernard

BERNARD, Iowa (AP) — Two people, including a 2-year-old boy, were killed in a single-vehicle crash near Bernard Friday evening. According to the state patrol, 20-year-old Ellen Edwards, of Bernard, was northbound on 86th Avenue when she lost control. Her pickup went through the guard rail and rolled, landing on its top in a creek. Her passenger, 2-year-old Joseph Edwards, also died in that crash.

Police Arrest Suspect in Woman's Death at Iowa Grocery Store

MARION, Iowa (AP) — Police arrested the man suspected of killing a woman in a grocery store parking lot in Marion.

Police said Sunday that Nicholas Luerkens, of Cedar Rapids, was arrested on a warrant for first-degree murder after he was released from the hospital.

Luerkens was treated for self-inflicted wounds after Tuesday's slaying of 29-year-old Lynnsey Donald of Marion.

Police have said Donald and Luerkens had previously lived together but Donald moved out months before her death.

Two Injured in Dubuque County Crash

Two people were injured in a crash in Dubuque County Wednesday afternoon. According to the state patrol, 15-year-old Madalyn Switzer, of Peosta, was eastbound on Highway 20 at mile marker 309 when she lost control and her vehicle rolled on the shoulder. Switzer and her passenger, 42-year-old Michael Switzer, who were both wearing seat belts, were taken to Mercy in Dubuque with non life-threatening injuries. That crash happened at 4:20 p.m. Wednesday.

Ed-Co Board Eliminates Elementary Principal Position

The Ed-Co School Board has decided the eliminate the elementary school principal position to cut costs. The board voted 3-2 this week to eliminated the job, citing declining enrollment and state funding issues. Current principal Paul Wenger, who has been with the district for 15 years, will leave at the end of the fiscal year. Ed-Co Superintendent Rob Busch will serve as elementary principal beginning in the new school year.

No More Jail Time for Simple Misdemeanors in Dubuque

DUBUQUE, Iowa (AP) — Those who commit a simple misdemeanor in Dubuque will no longer face jail time. The City Council on Monday voted to to eliminate jail time as a penalty for misdemeanor city crimes. Assistant City Attorney Maureen Quann said a recent state Supreme Court opinion prompted the change. Earlier this month, the high court overturned a Polk County woman's conviction because she was not advised of her right to a lawyer to defend against a misdemeanor theft charge, which carried a possible jail sentence. Quann says if you are entitled to a court-appointed attorney because of the possibility of jail time, then the city or the tax payers ultimately pay the fee for that attorney. The change only applies to misdemeanors prosecuted by the City of Dubuque. It will not have any impact on misdemeanors or more serious crimes prosecuted by the State or any other jurisdictions, including Dubuque County.

Monticello Man Pleads Guilty to Trying to Persuade Child to Have Sex

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) — An eastern Iowa man has pleaded guilty in a Cedar Rapids federal court to attempting to entice a 12-year-old to have sex with him.

Nineteen-year-old Colton Rickels of Monticello pleaded guilty Monday to one count of attempted enticement of a minor. He admitted that he used the Internet to persuade, induce, entice or coerce the child into sexual activity in October 2014.

He will remain in custody pending a sentence hearing, which hasn't yet been set.

He faces a mandatory minimum sentence of 10 years and possible maximum sentence of life in prison.
He also faces a $250,000 fine.

Dubuque to Coinsider Eliominating Jail Time for Misdemeaners

DUBUQUE, Iowa (AP) — Those who commit a misdemeanor in Dubuque soon might not have to worry about bail money. Dubuque City Manager Mike Van Milligen and Assistant City Attorney Maureen Quann will ask the City Council on Monday to eliminate jail time as a penalty for misdemeanor city crimes. Quann says the city currently follows state law, which allows the option of jail time for vandalism, theft, disorderly conduct, public intoxication and other simple misdemeanors. Quann says a recent Iowa Supreme Court opinion prompted the proposed change. Earlier this month, the high court overturned a Polk County woman's conviction because she was not advised of her right to a lawyer to defend against a misdemeanor theft charge, which carried a possible jail sentence.

Small Plane Accident in Independence

INDEPENDENCE, Iowa (AP) — A small plane spun off the runway while landing in Independence over the weekend, but everyone aboard walked away unharmed. A strong crosswind may have been a factor in the Saturday morning crash. The Cessna 195 spun around as it touched down and veered off into the grass. The plane sustained damaged to its left wing and landing gear, but all four people aboard were unharmed.

State Patrol Investigating Fatal Crash near Luxemburg

The state patrol is investigating a fatal crash near Luxemburg. Emergency crews were called to the scene two miles west of Luxemburg on Highway 3 around 7 a.m. Other details were not yet available.

Dubuque School Officials Remove Child who had Knife in Class

DUBUQUE, Iowa (AP) — Officials at a Dubuque elementary school say a student who brought a pocketknife to class has been removed from the premises.

Marshall Elementary School Principal Joe Maloney sent an email to parents Monday, saying the knife was confiscated and the child was removed from the school. Details surrounding the incident and the age of the student weren't immediately available.

In his email, Maloney says school employees heard from students that another had a pocketknife. School administrators and resource officers plan to look into the incident. Disciplinary action will be taken pending the results of the investigation.

Western Dubuque Board Sets School Calendar

The Western Dubuque School Board has set the calendar for the 2015-2016 school year. The first day will be Thursday, August 27th, with the final day of school scheduled for June 3rd.

Iowa Man Faces Vehicular Homicide Charges after Fatal Wreck

HOLY CROSS, Iowa (AP) — A 25-year-old Dubuque man arrested and charged with drunken driving after his passenger was killed in a crash now faces two additional charges of vehicular homicide.  Online court records show Alexander Engling was charged Monday with felony counts of homicide by vehicle, one for alleged reckless driving and the other for alleged drunken driving. That crash occurred about 1:30 p.m. April 5 in Holy Cross.  The Dubuque County Sheriff's Office says Engling lost control of his vehicle, which entered a ditch and overturned.  His passenger, 30-year-old John Cook, of Holy Cross, was ejected from the vehicle. He was pronounced dead at the scene.Engling is scheduled to be arraigned in two weeks.

One of Two Teens Found in Car in Delhi Dies at Hospital
One of the two teen found unresponsive in a vehicle in Delhi late Saturday has died. According to the Delaware County Sheriff's Office, a deputy found 18-year-old Cole Haan of Epworth, and 17-year-old Nicole Lucas of Manchester in a parked vehicle that had been running. They were airlifted to University Hospitals in Iowa City where Haan died this morning. Investigation revealed defects in the vehicle's exhaust system and it's believed the teens were victims of accidental carbon monoxide poisoning.  Lucas remains at the hospital and is improving.

Two Teens Being Treated after being Found Unresponsive in Car

Two teens are being treated after they were found unresponsive in a vehicle in Delhi late Saturday. According to the Delaware County Sheriff's Office, a deputy was notified about a parked vehicle that had been running. The vehicle was located on South Street, adjacent to Maquoketa Valley High School. The deputy entered the locked vehicle and administered first aid on the two occupants, 18-year-old Cole Haan of Epworth, and 17-year-old Nichole Lucas of Manchester, who were taken to Regional Medical Center in Manchester and then airlifted to University Hospitals in Iowa City. Investigation revealed defects in the vehicle's exhaust system and it's believed they were victims of accidental carbon monoxide poisoning.

Clinton Making First Campaign Trip to Iowa on Tuesday

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Hillary Clinton is taking her newly announced presidential campaign into the heart of small town Iowa this week.

Clinton will tour Kirkwood Community College in Monticello on Tuesday and visit a produce distribution company in Norwalk on Wednesday. That's according to a schedule provided by her campaign Sunday.

Clinton announced Sunday that she'll seek the presidency for a second time. Her team has made clear that she wants to avoid big campaign events and instead focus on more personal interaction with voters in early voting states like Iowa.

Clinton's 2008 campaign faltered in Iowa, where she placed third in the caucuses.

Plane Makes Emergency Landing Near Peosta     

PEOSTA, Iowa (AP) — A small, single-engine plane made an emergency landing on a  road near Peosta. No one was injured when the emergency landing was executed Saturday morning on  Cox Springs Road.      The pilot, Adam Maritz of California, said he was flying to Illinois when he saw  smoke in the cockpit. In response, he shut off his avionics equipment. That  prompted Dubuque Regional Airport staff to alert emergency responders since they  lost contact with the plane.      Maritz landed the plane on the road and then drove into a nearby parking lot.

Iowa State Patrol: 5 Killed after Semitrailer Hits Vehicle

URBANA, Iowa (AP) — The Iowa State Patrol says five people, including a 12-year-old, were killed after a semitrailer struck their vehicle in Benton County.

The state patrol identified the deceased as 20-year-old Nicole Renee Jacobson, 19-year-old Quentin Ray Ary, 17-year-old Triston James-Ray Randall, 14-year-old Hunter William Tuttle and 12-year-old Zoey Lynnae Tuttle.

Troopers say Ary was the only one wearing a seatbelt. A crash report didn't list any injuries for the semitrailer's 56-year-old driver.

The report says the Thursday afternoon wreck happened after the vehicle, with the five people inside, was traveling west through an intersection and was then struck by a northbound semitrailer. Both vehicles came to a rest in a ditch, with the semitrailer blocking both lanes of Highway 150.

The state patrol says the crash remains under investigation.

NWS: Tornado Touched Down in Eastern Iowa

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Severe weather making its way across eastern Iowa has produced at least one tornado.

The National Weather Service confirms that a tornado was located around 5:25 p.m. Thursday in rural Donahue, which is about 15 miles north of Davenport.

Meteorologist John Haase says there were no reports of structural damage. He says the tornado caused some blown-over semitrucks and uprooted or damaged trees. Hail as large as ping pong balls was predicted in the area.

The Weather Service says it received multiple reports of tornadoes later Thursday evening in Scott and Clinton counties. There were no injuries reported. Damage included downed trees and power lines and an overturned semi-trailer.

Meteorologist Rich Kinney says storm survey crews will be headed to the area Friday morning.

Dubuque Man Accused of Reporting Robbery that Never Happened

DUBUQUE, Iowa (AP) — An 18-year-old man has been accused of reporting to police that he had been robbed and later saying the robbery never happened.

Jamal L. Gray, of Dubuque, turned himself in Thursday. He is charged with filing a false report to a public safety entity. Police say Gray reported he had been robbed at gunpoint on March 27, but investigation into the incident revealed several inconsistencies in his report. Police say they when they brought up the discrepancies to Gray, he admitted to filing the false report because he gave some people money to buy him marijuana and they didn't return.

Clayton Ridge Voters Defeat Bond Issue

Voters in the Clayton Ridge School District have voted against a $10 million bond issue.  The district was seeking those funds to pay for renovations and additions in Guttenberg. The project would have included a new gym. The proposed tax increase was estimated between $2.60 and $2.70 per thousand dollars assessed valuation. That bond issued needed a 60 percent majority, but was voted down by a margin of 892 to 224.

4 Arrested in Connection with Bank Robbery in Eastern Iowa

MARTELLE, Iowa (AP) — Authorities have arrested four people in connection with an eastern Iowa bank robbery.

The Jones County Sheriff's Office says deputies responded to a call Monday from Exchange State Bank in Martelle, Iowa.  They were told that two suspects entered the bank with long-necked guns, secured an undisclosed amount of money and escaped in a white Buick Lesabre without license plates.

Further investigation resulted in the arrests of 24-year-old Andrew Palmer, of Mechanicsville, and 22-year-old Shiloh Palmer on one count of first-degree robbery each.  Forty-one-year-old Peter Olinger and 25-year-old Elizabeth Olinger, both of Mechanicsville, were arrested and charged with aiding and abetting to robbery.

Online court records don't yet list attorneys for those charged to request comment on their behalf.
Authorities say the case remains under investigation.

Holy Cross Man Dies in Single-Vehicle Crash

A Holy Cross man died Sunday in a single-vehicle crash in Dubuque County. According to the Sheriff's Office, 25-year-old Alexander Engling of Dubuque was eastbound on Flannagan road at Holy Cross when he lost control, causing his vehicle to enter the ditch and overturn. His passenger, 30-year-old John Cook of Holy Cross, died at the scene. Engling was treated at Mercy in Dubuque and then transported to the Dubuque County Jail on a charge of OWI. The initial press release listed the driver as Austin Engling, but a correction was issued this morning. That accident, which happened around 1:30 p.m. Sunday, remains under investigation.

Fire Destroys Machine Shed in Clayton County

Fire destroyed a machine shed in Clayton County Wednesday afternoon. Firefighters with the Colesburg, Edgewood, Garber and Guttenberg fire departments were called to 37253 Imperial Avenue between Colesburg and Elkport around 12:50 p.m. Officials say windy conditions caused the flames to spread to nearby fields. Crews were on the scene until approximately 3:45 p.m. The machine shed and its contents were destroyed, with damage estimated at $200,000.

Iowa Inmate Dies of Asphyxiation Hours after Arrest

ANAMOSA, Iowa (AP) — Authorities say a female inmate died after being found unconscious in the Jones County Jail.

The Department of Criminal Investigation said Wednesday that the death of 41-year-old Tana Lekin remains under investigation. She was found unconscious around 10:30 a.m. on March 21 in her cell at Jones County Jail. Attempts to resuscitate her were unsuccessful and she was later pronounced dead.

The Jones County Sheriff's Office says Lekin had been arrested earlier that morning on multiple charges, including second-degree burglary and public intoxication.

An autopsy conducted March 22 revealed the cause of her death was asphyxiation from an article of clothing. Authorities say Lekin was found alone in her cell.

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

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

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

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

Elkport Man Killed in Clayton County Crash

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

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

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

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

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

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

Eastern Iowa Bar Owner Gets Over 8 years in Drug Case

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

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

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

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

Clinton Wastewater Discharge

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

Monticello Man Faces Charges Following High Speed Chase

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

Inmate briefly Escapes Delaware County Jail

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

Dyersville Man Sentenced for Distributing Meth near Playground

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

Three Injured in Clayton County Crash

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

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

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

Contract Awarded for WDHS Vocational Building Project

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

Dubuque County Mobile Home Fire

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

Dubuque County Zoning Board Advances Shooting Range Plans

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

Highway 20 Crash

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

Delaware County Supervisors Schedule Second Vote for Jail Project

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


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