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Dubuque County Burglary

Three men face burglary charges following a break-in at a home in Asbury Thursday morning. Captain Dale Synder, with the Dubuque County Sheriff's Department says shortly before 7 am., his office assisted the Asbury Police Department with a reported burglary in progress at 2448 Maplewood Drive. A neighbor reported that two men had walked into his home, and when they saw him they left. The man then observed the two men and a third man in a car go to 2448 Maplewood Drive and break into the residence. Officers were able to locate the car leaving the area, with two occupants and the third person was on foot, but was apprehended.

Charged with 3rd degree burglary a Class D felony and possession of burglary tools is 19 year old Brandon Lee Strub of 9176 Pheasant Lane. 18 year old Benjamin Taylor Sheldon of 2415 Coats Street is charged with 3rd degree burglary, a Class D felony while 19 year old Cody Michael Gaulke of 552 Chestnut, #1 faces a charge of accessory after the fact, an aggravated misdemeanor. All three were being held in the Dubuque County Jail pending a court appearance.

Harkin's Future

When the 113th Congress comes to a close at the end of this year, Iowa Senator Tom Harkin will leave Washington D-C after serving over 40 years in elected office. Harkin, who turned 75 years old on Wednesday says once he retires from the Senate he'll be leaving public office, but not leaving public service. He says he expects to be involved in public policy through the Harkin Institute on Public Policy and Civic Engagement at Drake University. While the Harkin Institute is non-partisan, the Senator says he will remain active with the Democratic Party by encouraging people to run for public office.

Reflecting on the recent mid-term election, Harkin says he feels the Democratic Party needs to get more young people involved, and also recruit strong candidates for local offices. Harkin says, despite the losses on November 4th, the Democratic Party is not broken… and it will bounce back.

Mazzuchelli Mock Trial Results

A group of eighth grade students from Mazzuchelli Catholic Middle School in Dubuque had a good showing, this week, in Des Moines at the state mock trial competition. The team, coached by Jackie Gonner and Cathy Decker, finished in the top four out of 172 teams from across the state of Iowa. As a result of their efforts, several students received individual honors. Evelyn Cook received an Outstanding Attorney award. Honorable mentions for their performances went to Isabel Shubatt for Witness, Kaitlyn Rokusek for Witness, Cara Sullivan for Attorney, Robin Leibold for Attorney and Isabel Shubatt for Attorney.

According to school officials, Mazzuchelli has had a successful competition team since the school's inception in 2006, and the school has been represented at state by either one or two teams every year since.

Paudel Appointment

Iowa Governor Terry Branstad has announced several appointments to Iowa's boards and commissions, and a City of Dubuque Employee is among them. According to the Governor's office, Branstad has chosen Manisha Paudel, a Human Relations Specialist in the Dubuque Human Rights Department to serve on the Commission of Asian and Pacific Islanders Affairs. Paudel's appointment to the unpaid position was effective Thursday, but is subject to Iowa Senate confirmation in the 2015 legislative session. In all, 7 people from across Iowa were appointed today to various state boards and commissions.

Regional News

Here is the latest Iowa news from The Associated Press

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) - The economic outlook for rural areas of Iowa, Nebraska and other Plains states improved in November. But the monthly survey of bankers doesn't suggest much growth. Creighton University economist Ernie Goss in Omaha says low grain and energy prices continue to limit the economy in rural areas.

URBANDALE, Iowa (AP) - Iowa Board of Regents member Nicole Carroll says she has resigned from the group that governs the state's three public universities. Carroll says in a news release that the resignation is due to her family's move out of Iowa. She says the decision was effective yesterday. Carroll says she wanted to make the announcement ahead of the board's next meeting.

WILTON, Iowa (AP) - Officials are assessing damage to a warehouse for an electric service provider in eastern Iowa following a small vehicle fire. The Muscatine Journal reports the Eastern Iowa Light and Power Cooperative says a vehicle fire inside the warehouse in Wilton was reported Wednesday morning. The fire was extinguished in 45 minutes and no one was hurt.

CHEROKEE, Iowa (AP) - A Cherokee man has pleaded not guilty to several charges in connection to a lengthy standoff with police on October 30th. The Sioux City Journal reports 35-year-old Joshua Allender entered his written plea Wednesday in Cherokee County District Court.

Here is the latest Wisconsin news from The Associated Press

KENOSHA, Wis. (AP) - A 34-year-old Kenosha man is charged with killing his 11-month-old daughter. The Kenosha News reports Russell Rose Junior was charged yesterday with first-degree intentional homicide, aggravated battery, strangulation, arson and recklessly endangering safety. He is being held on $1 million bond. Police say Rose was arrested Tuesday.

DULUTH, Minn. (AP) - The Minnesota State Patrol is trying to find whoever threw a large rock off a Duluth, Minnesota overpass over the weekend, seriously injuring a driver from Wisconsin. The patrol says the incident happened late Sunday at an overpass spanning Interstate 35. The Star Tribune reports the rock went through a car's windshield and struck a 22-year-old man form Superior, Wisconsin as he drove home.

ODANAH, Wis. (AP) - An American Indian band in northern Wisconsin is joining a government effort to return lands on reservations to tribal ownership. The U.S. Interior Department says the Bad River Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Tribe is among 21 Indian communities in 12 states that will join the land buyback program by 2017. That brings the number of locations in the program to 42.

L'ANSE, Mich. (AP) - U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service agents working undercover ran a fish business in Michigan's Upper Peninsula while investigating illegal catches of lake trout. The disclosure is in a document unsealed in Marquette federal court. WLUK-TV last week reported a search at a fish processor in Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin.

Here is the latest Illinois news from The Associated Press

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - Illinois Senate President John Cullerton says lawmakers are heeding Governor-elect Bruce Rauner's advice and won't extend the state's temporary income tax increase. Rauner advised lawmakers not to take up any substantive issues before he's sworn in. Cullerton was one of several top lawmakers who met yesterday with Rauner at the Capitol.

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - The chair of a state committee says lawmakers should wait for an outside study before considering plans to separate the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum from a state agency. Democratic state Representative Jack Franks says it's "prudent" to wait for the report experts will submit in January. Experts commissioned by Franks' committee are studying the issue.

SYCAMORE, Ill. (AP) - A DeKalb woman accused of killing a boy has been found mentally fit to stand trial. Jessica Breuer is charged with murder and aggravated battery in the death of John Hawks. She faces life in prison without the possibility of parole if convicted. Breuer is due back in court next month.

DANVILLE, Ill. (AP) - Vermilion County is celebrating the 100th anniversary of its five-story courthouse in downtown Danville. Tomorrow's event will also honor Walter Gunn and Rita B. Garman. Both served as chief justices on the Illinois Supreme Court. The Vermillion County Courthouse was dedicated in January 1914.

National News

Obama to Vegas for immigration rally...Kerry meets with counterparts on Iran...Roofs creak under weight of Buffalo snow

WASHINGTON (AP) - Expecting an outpouring of Republican criticism, President Barack Obama is firing up an effort to gain support for his executive actions on immigration. Obama is starting with a rally today in Las Vegas and the White House is enlisting the aid of immigrant advocacy groups. The plan would make nearly 5 million immigrants living illegally in the United States eligible for work permits and protection from deportation.

VIENNA (AP) - Secretary of State John Kerry is to meet with his British and French counterparts today for talks on pushing stalled Iran nuclear talks ahead. The meeting comes four days before a deadline for agreement. Negotiators from six powers are hoping to reduce the potency of Iran's nuclear program. Iran denies seeking nuclear weapons.

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) - More snow isn't a concern today in buried parts of Buffalo, New York, but roofs creaking from the weight of more than 7 feet of snow in some places is another matter. More than 50 people were evacuated from several mobile home parks because roofs were buckling. Officials say more than a dozen buildings and carports collapsed, as did a metal warehouse operated by a Christmas decorations company. And a weekend forecast for rain poses a flood threat.

UNDATED (AP) - A new poll finds that most employers still consider health insurance a priority, both as a recruiting tool and because they feel it's the right thing to do. But future coverage could become leaner. The poll from The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research finds that 86 percent of companies cite the cost of coverage as a main factor in picking a plan.

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) - A court decision is expected today concerning New Jersey's roll of the dice on sports betting, but an appeal is likely no matter which way the judge rules. A federal court has already rejected a slightly different plan but the governor and legislature modified the law on accepting sports bets in defiance of the nation's major sports leagues and the federal government.


Lancaster beats Amherst 41-21 for WIAA D5 crown

MADISON, Wis. (AP) - Tyler Glass ran for three touchdowns and caught another as Lancaster pulled away in the second half to snap a three-year streak of title-game defeats with a 41-21 win over Amherst in the Division 5 final of the state high school championships Thursday evening.

Lancaster (13-1) extended a 21-14 halftime lead to 35-14 early in the fourth quarter to avenge a 19-7 loss to Amherst in the 2012 final. It was the Flying Arrows' seventh state title, tying them with Stratford for the most championships. The high-powered offenses traded long first-half scoring drives before Glass' 2-yard run put Lancaster up 21-14 midway through the second quarter. Amherst (13-1) was on the verge of answering again, but fumbled on the Lancaster 3-yard line with 21 seconds left.

Undefeated Fond du Lac Springs wins WIAA D6 title

MADISON, Wis. (AP) - Zach Hintze connected on three field goals and Blake Bauer tossed a clinching 26-yard touchdown pass in the final minute to help undefeated Fond du Lac Springs rally for a 37-28 victory over Darlington in the Division 6 championship showdown between perennial small-school powers. Hintze connected on a 39-yard field goal with 4:19 remaining to put Springs on top 30-28.

After stopping Darlington (12-2) on downs, Bauer hit Luke Gellings with 51 seconds left for the final score. Darlington erased a 21-0 deficit in the final 2:09 of the first half to tie it at 21-21, but Hintze ended the half with a 49-yard field goal to put the Ledgers up 24-21. It was the fifth state title WIAA title for Springs (14-0), which also won eight private school titles.


Final Oakland 24 Kansas City 20


Final L-A Clippers 110 Miami 93

Final Sacramento 103 Chicago 88


Final Minnesota 3 Philadelphia 2

Final Ottawa 3 Nashville 2

Final Montreal 4 St. Louis 1

Final Toronto 5 Tampa Bay 2

Final Detroit 4 Winnipeg 3

Final Dallas 3 Arizona 1

Final Chicago 4 Calgary 3

Final Washington 3 Colorado 2

Final 2OT Anaheim 4 Vancouver 3 (SO Anaheim 2-0)

Final Los Angeles 3 Carolina 2

Final 2OT Florida 3 San Jose 2 (SO Florida 2-1)


Final (12) Kansas State 26 West Virginia 20

Final North Carolina 45 (25) Duke 20


Final (10) Texas 71 Iowa 57

Final (12) Villanova 72 Bucknell 65

Final (15) VCU 106 Md.-Eastern Shore 66

Final (16) San Diego St. 51 CS Bakersfield 27

Final (17) UConn 65 Coll. of Charleston 57

Final Indiana 74 (22) SMU 68

Final California 73 (23) Syracuse 59

Final (24) Michigan 71 Detroit 62

Raiders finally celebrate...Bills-Jets game moved to Motown...Pats reacquire Blount

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) - The Oakland Raiders have their first victory in more than a year after Derek Carr's nine-yard touchdown pass with 1:42 remaining gave them a 24-20 triumph over Kansas City. Latavius Murray ran for 112 yards and two touchdowns on just four carries to help the Raiders earn their first win since last Nov. 17 against Houston. Alex Smith threw for 234 yards and a pair of second-half touchdowns for the 7-4 Chiefs.

NEW YORK (AP) - The severe snowstorms in the Buffalo area have prompted the NFL to move the Bills' game against the visiting New York Jets to Monday night in Detroit. More than 5 feet of snow have fallen in the Buffalo area since Monday, and another 1 to 3 feet were projected to fall by today. The Bills have been unable to practice the last two days.

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) - The New England Patriots have re-signed running back LeGarrette Blount (bluhnt), two days after he was released by the Pittsburgh Steelers. Blount spent last season with the Patriots before signing a two-year contract with the Steelers. Pittsburgh cut him on Tuesday the day after he jogged toward the tunnel with time on the clock as Ben Roethlisberger lined up for the final snap in a 27-24 win over the Tennessee Titans.

NEW YORK (AP) - The head of the NBA Players Association says the suspension given to Charlotte's Jeffery Taylor by Commissioner Adam Silver is "excessive, without precedent and a violation of the Collective Bargaining Agreement." Executive director Michele Roberts adds that the union is ready to file an immediate appeal, but that the choice is Taylor's. Silver suspended Taylor for 24 games without pay on Wednesday after the forward pleaded guilty last month to misdemeanor domestic violence assault and malicious destruction of hotel property.

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - Rob Manfred has been given a five-year term as baseball commissioner when he succeeds Bud Selig in two months. Baseball owners voted the term at their first meeting since electing Manfred over Boston Red Sox Chairman Tom Werner on Aug. 14. Manfred, who has worked for Major League Baseball since 1998, will take over from the 80-year-old Selig on Jan. 25.

Texas Rallies To Beat Iowa

NEW YORK -- No. 10 Texas shot better than 60 percent from the field in a 47-point second half to rally for a 71-57 victory over the University of Iowa men's basketball team in a 2K Classic semifinals matchup Thursday night at Madison Square Garden.

The Hawkeyes started strong, jumping out to a 13-2 lead over the first 4 1/2 minutes, courtesy of three 3-point field goals -- two from Jarrod Uthoff and one from Josh Oglesby.

The Longhorns' limited Iowa to 34 percent shooting in the second half and 29.6 percent for the game. The Hawkeyes built their lead at the free throw stripe in the first half, making 11-of-13 attempts; Iowa finished 21-of-28 for the game.

Aaron White led all scorers with 23 points on 4-of-7 shooting, and he did most of his damage at the free throw stripe, making 14-of-16 attempts -- both career highs. Iowa will face Syracuse today at 4 o'clock with pregame at 3 o'clock AM 1370 KDTH.

Scherff Outland Semi-Finalist

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- University of Iowa senior offensive lineman Brandon Scherff is one-of-six semifinalists for the 2014 Outland Trophy. Three finalists will be announced this Monday. The Outland Trophy winner will be announced Dec. 11. Scherff is a 6-foot-5, 320-pound left tackle who has started all 10 games this season. He has 23 consecutive starts since missing the final five games of the 2012 season because of a major injury. He has started 33 career games.

Three Hawkeyes have previously won the Outland Trophy; Calvin Jones (1955), Alex Karras (1957), and Robert Gallery (2003). Mike Devlin was a semifinalist in 1992.

Fighting Saints

The Dubuque Fighting Saints take their eight game winning streak out West this weekend. The Fighting Saints skate at Sioux City tonight and at Sioux Falls tomorrow evening. The Saints have moved up to 2nd place in the Eastern Conference standings with a record of 11-and-3 and 22 points trailing first place Cedar Rapids by four points.

Loras Soccer Sweet 16

The Loras men's soccer team continues the NCAA Tournament trail on Friday in the Sectional Semi-Finals when they meet Trinity University at 7:30 Friday evening in Wheaton. Last season, Loras and Trinity met in the Sectional Final with the Duhawks winning 2-1 sending the Duhawks to the Final 4. The Tigers enter with a record of 23-1 on the year while Loras is 17-2-and-2 on the year. The winner will play Saturday against either Wheaton or Wartburg who play in the first semi-final.

Loras XC Team At Nationals

The No. 11 Loras College Men's Cross Country will compete Saturday at the NCAA Nationals in Mason, Ohio. Last week the team punched their ticket to the Championships by edging Central College, 78-82, at the Central Regional on Saturday for a 2nd place team finish and a qualifying birth. The Duhawks are led by Dubuque native Senior Ty Wittman led the men with a second place effort at the regional.