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Dubuque Man Charged in Hit and Run

A Dubuque woman suffered what are being called ‘serious’ injuries after begin struck by a car downtown yesterday afternoon. Emergency responders were called to the 1500 block of Central at around 1:15 yesterday after receiving a report that a woman had been hit by a car. Upon arrival, they found 40 year-old Colleen Bartels suffering from leg injuries. Bartels’ truck had also received significant damage on its driver’s side. Bartels told authorities that she had been hit by another car after she had gotten out of her truck, and the other driver had left the scene. Police were eventually able to locate the other car involved in the crash. Its driver, 34 year-old Anthony Goodman of Dubuque, was arrested and has been charged with operating while intoxicated and causing serious injury by vehicle. Police say that Goodman’s car had front-end damage consistent with the damage sustained by Bartels’ truck.

Study Highlights ‘Leakages’ in Dubuque Retail Market

A new study shows that Dubuque has significant room for improvement in its retail sector. Alabama-based consulting firm Retail Strategies recently wrapped up a 90-day survey of Dubuque's retail market, and finds that the area is losing out on about 150-million dollars in retail sales every year. Lacy Beasley of Retail Strategies says they identify dollars lost as "leakages," which include money being spent in other cities as well as online. According to Beasley, Dubuque's retail market is weakest in sectors including department stores, clothing, and sporting goods. She says Retail Strategies' goal is to attract stores that will meet those needs to Dubuque's market, rather than diminish any existing stores. In addition to bringing in more retail stores, Beasley says encouraging shoppers to keep their money local is another vital way to increase Dubuque's retail market. According to Beasley, about 330-thousand people live in Dubuque's trade area. That's more than three times the population of Dubuque County. Beasley discussed all of Retail Strategies' findings at a meeting last night at Mystique Casino.

Klein: Gas Tax Good for County

The chair of the Dubuque County Board of Supervisors says the ten cent increase in Iowa's gas tax is a good thing for the county. Darryl Klein says that the additional revenue from increasing the gas tax will provide the county with sorely needed funding for road projects. Klein says that although the county is expected to receive an additional 800-thousand dollars from the gas tax increase, that still likely won't be enough to cover all of the infrastructure needs. Klein made his comments during a recent edition of "Voices of the Tri-States," which airs weekdays at 12:30 here on KDTH.

No Injuries from Overnight Fire

There are no injuries being reported after an overnight fire on Dubuque's North End. Firefighters were called to the home 15 West 28th Street at 9:30 Tuesday night after a neighbor reported seeing flames coming through the roof of the home. The cause of the fire is not known at this time, as the Fire Marshall is still investigating. It's believed that the blaze began in either the attic or the basement. The home did suffer both smoke and water damage, but there's no dollar estimate on the damage as of yet. Firefighters were on scene until about 2:30 this morning.

UnityPoint CEO Retiring

The top executive at the company that oversees Finley Hospital is retiring. UnityPoint Health President and CEO Bill Leaver announced Wednesday that he will step down in January of next year. Leaver has been UnityPoint Health’s President and CEO since January of 2008. UnityPoint’s Board of Directors says that his successor will be Kevin Vermeer, who is currently an Executive Vice President and the company’s Chief Strategy Officer. UnityPoint Health was formerly known as Iowa Health System. Finley Hospital became and Iowa Health System affiliate in 1997.

Meth Child Endangerment Charge

A Dubuque woman is accused of exposing a pair of children to meth. 51 year-old Paula Barton has been charged with child endangerment. According to a criminal complaint, a Dubuque County Sheriff's deputy and an investigator from the Department of Human Services spoke to Barton late last year after receiving a report that two children were exposed to meth in her apartment. Barton reportedly told the investigators that while she was a past meth user, she denied any recent use of the drug. But hair samples from Barton and both children tested positive, according to the complaint.

Wisconsin Suspect Arrested in Jones County

A suspect in a Wisconsin homicide was arrested in Iowa's Jones County yesterday. 29 year-old Bryce Anderson of Holmen, Wisconsin, called the Jones County Sheriff's Department after driving into a ditch northwest of Onslow Tuesday morning. The sheriff's office had already been alerted by the Iowa State Patrol that Anderson was wanted in connection with the death of his girlfriend in Wisconsin. When authorities arrived at Anderson's vehicle, he reportedly surrendered without incident. He was taken to the Jones County jail, where he is still being held awaiting extradition back to Wisconsin. A jailer in Jones County says it could be Monday before Anderson is able to go before a district court judge for an extradition hearing. When he is returned to Wisconsin, Anderson will face one count of first-degree murder.

Viking Cruises Coming to Dubuque?

A company known for their European cruise liners may soon be travelling the Mississippi River as well. Viking River Cruises has announced plans to begin taking passengers up the Mississippi in 2017. Their trips would begin in New Orleans, and while the full itinerary has not yet been finalized, it's expected Dubuque will be one of their stops. Julie Kronlage of the Greater Dubuque Convention and Visitors Bureau says that Dubuque doesn't currently have any special promotions in mind for the Viking cruises, should they decide to stop in Dubuque. Kronlage says that even with larger cities like Memphis, St. Louis, and St. Paul among the stops on the proposed cruises, she's confident that Dubuque would distinguish itself. Viking's announcement comes on the heels of the news that the new owners of the Delta Queen steamboat also plan to begin taking it back up the Mississippi in 2016.

Regional News

Here is the latest Iowa news from The Associated Press:

NORTH LIBERTY, Iowa (AP) - A man who helped his neighbor escape flames that destroyed a mobile home in eastern Iowa says he's no hero. Jerry McBride Junior says he merely answered a call of duty in aiding 71-year-old Fred Steven. The septuagenarian says he awoke from a nap Monday afternoon to find that tubes from his oxygen tank were on fire inside his North Liberty home. Oxygen tanks began exploding by the time he reached a doorway.

MANNING, Iowa (AP) - Officials say one woman died in a house fire in rural Iowa last weekend. The Carroll County Sheriff's Office said yesterday that 47-year-old Julia Schlichte of Manning was found dead inside the home located about three miles northeast of town. No other injuries were reported.

SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) - A religious discrimination lawsuit filed against Sioux City's Bishop Heelan Catholic school system has been dismissed. The Journal reports that in a ruling filed last week, U.S. Magistrate Judge Jon Scoles said David Newbrough couldn't proceed on his claim that the system fired him because he wasn't Roman Catholic. Newbrough was the system's chief financial officer.

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) - University of Iowa officials are ready to begin planning a steam production plant on the west side of the school's campus. The Iowa City Press-Citizen reports that officials have asked the Iowa state Board of Regents for permission to begin planning the $75 million production plant that will be adjacent to the school's new backup power facility.

Here is the latest Wisconsin news from The Associated Press:

MADISON, Wis. (AP) - A Democratic state senator says taxpayers shouldn't have to foot the bill for Republican Gov. Scott Walker's State Patrol bodyguards on trips to address conservative powerbrokers. Sen. Jon Erpenbach told Department of Transportation Secretary Mark Gottlieb during a hearing before the Legislature's budget committee he believes Walker's recent trips are political and his campaign, not taxpayers, should cover his guards' expenses.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) - Republicans who control the Wisconsin Assembly Labor Committee have rejected four attempts by Democrats to make changes to a right-to-work bill. Republican Assembly Speaker Robin Vos says that no changes will be made to the bill before it passes and is sent to Governor Scott Walker.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) - A Democratic lawmaker on the Legislature's finance committee isn't happy with Republican Governor Scott Walker's plans for a new economic development agency. Walker's state budget calls for merging the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation and the Wisconsin Housing and Economic Development Authority into the new Forward Wisconsin Development Authority. But Senator Jon Erpenbach told WEDC and WHEDA officials during a hearing Wednesday the set up offers no accountability.

BAYFIELD, Wis. (AP) - The popular ice caves in northwestern Wisconsin are set to reopen after a temporary closure. Apostle Islands National Lakeshore Superintendent Bob Krumenaker says the ice caves will reopen at 7 o'clock this morning after being closed due to high winds and blowing snow Tuesday evening.

Here is the latest Illinois news from The Associated Press:

CHICAGO (AP) - Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel says Republican Governor Bruce Rauner's proposed budget is the "wrong approach" for Illinois. Emanuel says he spoke to Senate President John Cullerton and House Speaker Mike Madigan regarding the spending plan. Emanuel says the governor should instead incorporate reforms.

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - A federal court-appointed monitor has recommended that the Illinois Department of Transportation clean up its hiring rules. A preliminary report was filed yesterday in a lawsuit by anti-patronage activist Michael Shakman against IDOT. It targets previous administrations' improper hiring of politically connected candidates.

CHICAGO (AP) - The family of a man fatally shot by Chicago police last summer has filed a federal lawsuit alleging the victim wasn't armed when he was shot. The wrongful death lawsuit on behalf of Roshad McIntosh's 3-year-old son against the city of Chicago and unnamed officers says McIntosh's death was the result of the city's failure to adequately train, supervise and discipline officers who shoot civilians.

WAUKEGAN, Ill. (AP) - A suburban Chicago girl has been sentenced to juvenile prison for the fatal stabbing of her younger half-sister in January 2014. The girl will be eligible for parole after five years. The girl pleaded guilty to first-degree murder in January and admitted she killed her 11-year-old sibling. Prosecutors had said the girl stabbed her sister more than 30 times.

National News

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) - The U.S. ambassador to South Korea is in stable condition after being attacked with a knife by a man demanding a unified North and South Korea. Media images show a stunned Ambassador Mark Lippert with blood on his left hand and a cut on the right side of his face. A hospital official in Seoul says 80 stitches were needed to close the facial wound. A suspect has been detained by police.

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Obama administration has become entangled in a controversy surrounding former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton's use of private email while serving in President Barack Obama's Cabinet from 2009 to 2013. Since the revelation surfaced this week, the White House has been hit with endless questions about Clinton, who is likely to run for president next year. For her part, Clinton said in a late-night tweet Wednesday that she wants her emails released to the public.

PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Could it be the last gasp of a long winter? People living across a wide swath of the country stretching from Texas to New England hope that the storm bringing icy rains, sleet and snow is only a prelude to spring. West Virginia, Kentucky and southeastern Ohio are expected to get 8 to 10 inches of snow, while Baltimore and Washington are looking at 6 to 8 inches. The federal government in Washington has closed its offices today.

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Justice Department has delivered a scathing criticism of law enforcement in Ferguson, Missouri, where an unarmed black 18-year-old was fatally shot last August by a white police officer. But at the same time, the department concluded that it could find no basis to prosecute officer Darren Wilson. The federal authorities did call law enforcement practices in Ferguson discriminatory and unconstitutional and called for wholesale changes.

SINGAPORE (AP) - Singapore has sentenced two German men to three strokes of the cane and nine months in prison after they were found guilty of vandalizing a public train carriage. According to The Straits Times and other media reports, the pair entered a Singapore train depot at night in November and sprayed paint on a parked train.


Western Dubuque Girls State Tournament

The Western Dubuque girls basketball team took another step in its bid to return to the Class 4A championship game yesterday in Des Moines. The second-ranked Bobcats got double-doubles from Rose Simon-Ressler and Megan Maahs in beating No. 7 Indianola 51-30 to complete first-round action in the class. Simon-Ressler scored 15 of her 17 points in the first half and grabbed 10 rebounds. Maahs added 10 points and 11 rebounds and Morgan Pitz scored 13 points for Western Dubuque. Western Dubuque, which is 47-3 over the past two seasons, will play No. 6 Sioux City Bishop Heelan in the semifinals at 8:30 p.m. tonight.

East Dubuque Boys Basketball

The East Dubuque Warriors boys basketball team had their fantastic season end last night in the Class 1-A Sectional Semi-Finals. The Warriors lost to Forreston 57-45 to finish the season with a record of 29-and-4. Forreston advances to the Sectional Final tomorrow night to face Freeport Aquin.


Final Indiana 105 New York 82

Final Phoenix 105 Orlando 100

Final Charlotte 115 Brooklyn 91

Final Cleveland 120 Toronto 112

Final Boston 85 Utah 84

Final Denver 100 Minnesota 85

Final New Orleans 88 Detroit 85

Final Miami 100 L-A Lakers 94

Final Memphis 102 Houston 100

Final OT Oklahoma City 123 Philadelphia 118

Final San Antonio 112 Sacramento 85

Final Golden State 102 Milwaukee 93

Final OT Portland 98 L-A Clippers 93


Final Ottawa 3 Winnipeg 1

Final OT Detroit 2 N-Y Rangers 1

Final Anaheim 3 Montreal 1

Final Colorado 3 Pittsburgh 1


Final ( 3) Duke 94 Wake Forest 51

Final (12) Notre Dame 71 (16) Louisville 59

Final (23) Ohio St. 77 Penn St. 67

Final (24) Providence 79 Seton Hall 66

Manning returning...Vikes speak to Peterson...Bills to get Cassel...No Allen comeback yet

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) - Peyton Manning will return for a fourth season in Denver and 18th in the NFL. A person with knowledge of the situation tells The Associated Press that Manning will reduce his salary from $19 million to $15 million in 2015. The five-time MVP mulled retirement after the Broncos' playoff loss to the Indianapolis Colts.

UNDATED (AP) - Vikings general manager Rick Spielman and head coach Mike Zimmer spent about four hours at Adrian Peterson's home north of Houston yesterday. This was the first meeting they've had with Peterson since the running back was placed on the exempt list in mid-September following his indictment in a child abuse case involving his 4-year-old son. Peterson is still under contract with the Vikings, and the team has said they'll welcome him back once he's fully reinstated by the NFL, but only if Peterson wants to be there.

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - The Buffalo Bills will acquire quarterback Matt Cassel (KAS'-uhl) from Minnesota next week for an undisclosed draft pick. The Vikings made the announcement, six days before NFL transactions can begin with the start of the new league year. Cassel spent two years with the Vikings, taking over in 2013 after Christian Ponder struggled to keep the job. Cassel lost the starting job to injury last season.

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) - Alex Rodriguez made his return to the playing field on Wednesday, going 1-for-2 with a walk in an exhibition game between the Yankees and Phillies in Tampa, Florida. The game was his first in 17 months following a drug suspension for the entire 2014 season. He was greeted by a 10-second mixture of cheers and boos.

MIAMI (AP) - Ray Allen says he will not play this season but will consider returning to the NBA next season. It had been rumored that the Cleveland Cavaliers were among several teams wooing the NBA's all-time leading three-point shooter to return for the rest of this season. The 39-year-old has made 2,973 shots from 3-point range in his 18 NBA seasons, 413 more than anyone else in league history.

Here is the latest Wisconsin sports news from The Associated Press

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) - Stephen Curry shook off a rough shooting night to help the Golden State Warriors beat the Milwaukee Bucks 102-93 last night. Draymond Green had 23 points and 12 rebounds on his 25th birthday. Giannis Antetokounmpo and Michael Carter-Williams scored 16 points each for the Bucks.

MILWAUKEE (AP) - Rysheed Jordan scored 23 points and led four players in double digits as St. John's beat Marquette 67-51 last night. Jordan was 6 of 11 from the field. D'Angelo Harrison added 21 points, six rebounds and three assists for the Red Storm. Matt Carlino led the Golden Eagles with 17 points.

HOFFMAN ESTATES, Ill. (AP) - April Wilson scored an uncontested layup with 3.7 seconds left as Purdue rallied to beat Wisconsin 58-56 last night in first round of the Big Ten Women's Basketball Tournament. The Boilermakers move on to face Minnesota in a quarterfinal matchup today. The Badgers' Jacki Gulczynski tossed up a leaning 3-pointer at the buzzer. It was first called good but was ruled too late after review.

MARYVALE, Ariz. (AP) - Former closer Jim Henderson threw a scoreless inning in his first outing since May as the Milwaukee Brewers beat the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee 8-0 yesterday. Henderson walked one and struck out two in the second inning. Khris Davis and Juan Centeno each had a two-run single for the Brewers.

Here is the latest Illinois sports news from The Associated Press

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) - Rayvonte Rice scored 23 and led Illinois to a 69-57 win over Nebraska yesterday. The Illini have won two straight as they look for a way into the NCAA tournament. Rice had a quiet six-point first half but scored 17 in the second 20 minutes. Kendrick Nunn and Leron Black added 11 each for Illinois.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - The Eastern Illinois Panthers fended off SIU-Edwardsville 78-66 to win their first post-season game since 2010. Cornell Johnston hit 5 of 6 from long range to finish with 22 points. Carr led the Cougars with 15 points. Eastern Illinois faces Belmont tonight.

GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) - Jose Quintana pitched two perfect innings as the Chicago White Sox beat the Los Angeles Dodgers 6-4 yesterday in the exhibition opener for each team. Alexei Ramirez, Jose Abreu, Adam Eaton and Avisail Garcia had two hits apiece for the White Sox. Adam LaRoche had a two-run double in his first game with his new team.

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - Russell Westbrook became the first player since Michael Jordan in 1989 to have four consecutive triple-doubles. He also became the first since Jordan to have back-to-back triple-doubles with at least 40 points. Westbrook set career highs with 49 points and 16 rebounds and added 10 assists last night. Jordan had seven straight triple-doubles and 10 in an 11-game span in 1989 for Chicago.

MVC All Conference Basketball

The Mississippi Valley Conference has announced the members of the All Divisional boys basketball teams and both Divisional Players of the Year are from Dubuque. In the Valley Division; Senior's Luke McDonnell was named the Player of the Year while McDonnell was joined on the first team Valley Division squad by Wahlert's Cordell Pemsl. Second team choices included Wahlert's Nolan Timp and Josh Carter. In the Mississippi Divison; Hempstead Robert Duax was named Player of the Year and coach Curt Deutch was named Coach of the Year. Joining Duax as a first team selection was Avery Butler. Ryan McDonough was named a 2nd team choice.