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Engling Pleads Not Guilty

A Dubuque man accused of causing a fatal crash while driving drunk has entered a not guilty plea. 25 year-old Alexander Engling entered the written plea this morning. He faces two counts of homicide by vehicle. One of the charges is for drunk driving, the other for reckless driving. Both charges are felonies. According to a report from the Dubuque County Sheriff's Department, Engling was driving east of Holy Cross on Easter Sunday afternoon when he lost control of his vehicle, which went into the ditch and rolled over. Engling's passenger, John Cook of Holy Cross, was ejected from the vehicle and died at the scene. Sheriff's deputies say both a field sobriety test and a preliminary breath test showed Engling was over the legal limit at the time of the crash.

Rangers Investigate Mines Vandalism

Park Rangers at the Mines of Spain are trying to find out who's behind a recent string of vandalism. Someone has spray-painted over various rocks around the nature preserve, causing thousands of dollars in damage. Park Ranger Wayne Buchholtz says while the majority of the graffiti was left along Horseshoe Bluff, there are several sites around the area that have been hit. Buchholtz estimates the cost to clean the paint will be at least two thousand dollars. He says that a special kind of cleaning agent will have to be used on the limestone rocks. According to Buchholtz, the area that saw the most extensive damage is very remote and difficult to access. Park Rangers are relying on the public to help identify whoever is responsible for the vandalism. Buchholtz says if a suspect is located, they could face criminal charges as well as being forced to pay for the clean-up. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Mines of Spain office.

County Cracks Down on Illegal Dumping

Illegal dumping is an ongoing problem in many Iowa communities, and not only is it a crime, but it carries a large price tag. In 2014, over 150-thousand dollars was spent in Dubuque County alone to clean up illegal dump sites and litter. Bev Wagner, Education Coordinator for the Dubuque Metropolitan Area Solid Waste Agency says they are having problems with illegal dumping in the county, and in 2011 a county-wide task force was formed to meet the problem head-on. Wagner says people are illegally dumping anything from appliances to old tires. Wagner says anyone caught illegally dumping materials on county, city or private property will face a stiff penalty. Dubuque County's Dumping Enforcement Officer is Kurt Kramer. To report an illegal dump site, go to, and click on the link provided, or call (563) 589-4250.

Walker: Wisconsin’s Future Bright

Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker says the future continues to look bright for the state. Wisconsin's unemployment rate was down 4.6 percent in March, which is much lower than the national rate of 5.5 percent. Walker says there is also great news to report about Wisconsin's housing market. Wisconsin's year-over-year private sector growth rate of 2 percent ranks third in the Midwest, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics estimate.

Regional News

Here is the latest Iowa news from The Associated Press

MASON CITY, Iowa (AP) - Two men have been rescued after their raft became stuck on a river dam in Mason City. Police, firefighters and medics were dispatched to the Winnebago River dam yesterday afternoon. Rescuers threw the men a rope and then pulled the raft to shore. Authorities say Rusty Thorngren and Marc Ciska were cited for public intoxication.

NEWTON, Iowa (AP) - A California man accused of posing as an actor from the "Twilight" movies has pleaded guilty to sexual abuse in Jasper County. Thirty-three-year-old David LaVera entered his plea yesterday. Authorities say that while LaVera was in Jasper County last year, he posed as a "Twilight" actor and visited two Newton schools. Prosecutors say LaVera inappropriately touched a 14-year-old girl.

WEST DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Students at a West Des Moines high school have presented a petition to the school board to extend its nondiscrimination policy to those who rent the school district's facilities. Students from Valley High School presented a petition to revise policy to require renters to sign an agreement that they would abide by the district's policy regarding protection for sexual orientation and gender identity. The petition comes after officials at Dowling Catholic High school opted not to hire a substitute teacher full time after learning he was gay.

Here is the latest Illinois news from The Associated Press

ALTON, Ill. (AP) - An Alton woman has been sentenced to nearly three years in prison in a bank fraud case authorities say targeted senior citizens. Forty-five-year-old Cynthia Palmer also was ordered Monday to pay more than $100,000 in restitution. Authorities say Palmer made unauthorized debits on customer accounts while working at the U.S. Bank office at the Bethalto Airport.

DAMIANSVILLE, Ill. (AP) - Officials say an Iowa man has died after falling while painting a water tower in the southern Illinois town of Damiansville. The Clinton County coroner's office identified the victim of Monday's accident as 31-year-old Dustin Spilman. The Belleville News-Democrat reports he was part of a crew from Elgin, Iowa, hired to paint the water tower.

FREEPORT, Ill. (AP) - Authorities say dogs rescued from a Freeport animal hoarder will be available for adoptions. WREX-TV reports an effort is underway to reunite the more than 80 dogs with their owners through posting on Illinois and Wisconsin lost-dog Facebook pages. Tina McKinnon is charged with animal cruelty after investigators found 150 dogs and cats in her rental home last month.

TUSCOLA, Ill. (AP) - Farm land in eastern Illinois that a fertilizer company plans to turn into a $1.4 billion factory is being used to grow crops one last time. A spokesman for Cronus Chemicals says that by next spring, farming activity on the 240 acres will be replaced by equipment used to begin construction of the plant. Cronus spokesman Dave Lundy says about 2,000 people will be needed to build the factory.

Here is the latest Wisconsin news from The Associated Press

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GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) - Fire at a Green Bay apartment complex has displaced about 70 people. Authorities say all residents of the Sand and Sun apartments evacuated safely when fire broke out this morning. Fire officials say the building is a total loss. The Red Cross has set up a shelter at the Danz Elementary School gym.

MILWAUKEE (AP) - A Milwaukee teenager is accused of shooting a 53-year-old woman in the face during a carjacking last week. The 17-year-old is charged with several crimes, including armed robbery. The woman was taken to a hospital for treatment of her injuries.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) - Democrat U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin of Wisconsin is not returning $5,000 her 2012 campaign received from the leadership PAC of U.S. Senator Bob Menendez, who has been indicted on bribery charges. A Baldwin spokesman says she believes the charges against Menendez are serious but "everyone is innocent until proven guilty." The Wisconsin Republican Party is calling on Baldwin to return the money.

National News

More than 200 arrests...Survivors testify...'Partridge Family' actress dies

BALTIMORE (AP) - Police say one person was critically injured in a fire during yesterday's riots in Baltimore. They also say at least 20 officers were hurt during the chaos. Nearly three dozen juveniles and more than 200 adults were taken into custody after people set fire to cars and businesses and looted stores. Nearly 150 cars were burned. Even as police provided that update to reporters today, a group of demonstrators gathered on the streets, mostly peacefully. One person was taken into custody and police used pepper spray to keep protesters back when he became unruly.

CENTENNIAL, Colo. (AP) - Among the survivors of the Colorado movie theater shooting who've testified for prosecutors today is Caleb Medley -- who was an aspiring comedian until he was shot in the head and severely wounded. His speech is now barely intelligible, and he answered questions today by pointing to letters on a poster board. His wife, Katie, was the first to testify today against James Holmes -- who has pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity in the shooting that killed 12 people and injured 70 others.

BOSTON (AP) - Testimony at the trial of Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev today has focused on the wife of his late brother, Tamerlan. A computer expert testified that a computer belonging to Katherine Russell had been used, more than a year before the bombing, to try to find out what rewards would come to a woman whose husband dies as a martyr. Defense lawyers are trying to show that Tamerlan Tsarnaev was far more radical than his brother.

CHICAGO (AP) - Federal investigators have concluded that Chicago's transit agency bears part of the blame for an accident last year in which a driver fell asleep. The train crashed into a platform and part way up an escalator at O'Hare Airport. The National Transportation Safety Board is recommending that all U.S. transit agencies consider the effects of operator fatigue when preparing work schedules.

LAS VEGAS (AP) - The actress who played the youngest daughter on "The Partridge Family" has died. Suzanne Crough Condray was 52. A coroner says she died yesterday near Las Vegas. On the hit 1970s TV show, she played Tracy Partridge.


White Sox-Orioles postponed again in riot-ravaged Baltimore

BALTIMORE (AP) - The Baltimore Orioles postponed a second straight game against the Chicago White Sox after a night of rioting near Camden Yards. The team says it made the decision Tuesday after consulting with Major League Baseball, and state and local officials. A makeup date was not announced. The White Sox were in town for a three-game series that had been slated to start Monday. They were not scheduled to return this season.




Houston 9 San Diego 4


Kansas City 6, Cleveland 2

Boston 6, Toronto 5

N.Y. Yankees 4, Tampa Bay 1

Chicago White Sox at Baltimore, ppd., public safety

Seattle 3, Texas 1

Detroit 5, Minnesota 4


Cincinnati 9, Milwaukee 6

N.Y. Mets 3, Miami 1

Atlanta 8, Washington 4

Chicago Cubs 4, Pittsburgh 0

Philadelphia 4, St. Louis 1

Colorado 5, Arizona 4

L.A. Dodgers 8, San Francisco 3


Brooklyn 120, Atlanta 115, OT, series tied 2-2

Milwaukee 94, Chicago 88, Chicago leads series 3-2

Portland 99, Memphis 92, Memphis leads series 3-1


Tampa Bay 5, Detroit 2, series tied 3-3

Washington 2, N.Y. Islanders 1, Washington wins series 4-3

Bucks pull off road playoff victory...Nets tie up Hawks...Caps advance

CHICAGO (AP)- The Milwaukee Bucks, who were down 3-0 in their first-round NBA playoff series, now find themselves heading home needing a victory Thursday night to tie the series with Chicago at three games apiece. Michael Carter-Williams had 22 points, eight rebounds and nine assists in the Bucks' 94-88 road victory in Chicago last night.

NEW YORK (AP)- Deron Williams rebounded from two dismal games with 35 points, and the Brooklyn Nets pulled out a 120-115 overtime victory over the Atlanta Hawks to tie that series at two games apiece. Brook Lopez had 26 points and 10 rebounds for the Nets.

UNDATED (AP)- In the NHL playoffs, the Washington Capitals advanced to play the New York Rangers by beating the Islanders 2-1 in Game 7 of that first round series. And Tampa Bay got two goals from Tyler Johnson and beat Detroit 5-2 to force a Game 7 Wednesday night to decide that first round series.

ATLANTA (AP)- The Atlanta Braves handed the Washington Nationals their sixth straight loss, 8-4. Kelly Johnson hit a two-run homer. The Nationals, preseason favorites to win the World Series, made four errors and dropped into the basement of the NL East with a 7-13 record. They are eight games back of the Mets.

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) - Josh Hamilton is back with the Texas Rangers. The Los Angeles Angels wanted to get rid of him so much they are expected to pay most of the remaining $80.2 million on his contract. Hamilton, who has a history of drug and alcohol issues, never reported to the Angels this season after offseason right shoulder surgery.

Here is the latest Wisconsin sports news from The Associated Press

CHICAGO (AP) - Michael Carter-Williams had 22 points and eight assists as the Milwaukee Bucks avoided elimination again with a 94-88 victory over the Chicago Bulls last night in Game 5 of their first-round playoff series. The Bulls will try to close it out again Thursday at Milwaukee. Carter-Williams hit 10 of 15 shots while outplaying Derrick Rose.

CINCINNATI (AP) - A slumping Jay Bruce homered and drove in three runs last night to lead the Cincinnati Reds to a 9-6 victory over the Milwaukee Brewers. The Reds ended a three-game losing streak by beating the worst team in the majors. Manager Ron Roenicke left Ryan Braun out of the lineup yesterday to change things up.

GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) - The Green Bay Packers will give thanks to Brett Favre during their Thanksgiving night game. The Packers say Favre's dark green No. 4 jersey will be formally retired and unveiled on the north facade of Lambeau Field at halftime of their November 26th game against the NFC North rival Chicago Bears. Favre played for the Packers against the Bears 32 times in his storied career.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) - Corey Clement had such a good spring practice at Wisconsin that new coach Paul Chryst thought he didn't need carries at the spring game. Chryst has been consulting Clement on how to best implement his pro-style offense. He said Clement finished spring on a high note. Clement rushed for 949 yards and nine touchdowns last year as a sophomore.

Here is the latest Illinois sports news from The Associated Press

CHICAGO (AP) - Michael Carter-Williams had 22 points and eight assists as the Milwaukee Bucks avoided elimination again with a 94-88 victory over the Chicago Bulls last night in Game 5 of their first-round playoff series. The Bulls will try to close it out again Thursday at Milwaukee. Carter-Williams hit 10 of 15 shots while outplaying Derrick Rose.

CHICAGO (AP) - Kris Bryant drove in two runs as the Chicago Cubs beat the Pittsburgh Pirates 4-0 last night. Bryant got two hits as the Cubs won their third in a row. The prized rookie has nine RBIs in 10 games since being called up from the minors. Cubs rookie Addison Russell got a hit and scored a run in his Wrigley Field debut.

BALTIMORE (AP) - The Baltimore Orioles' home game at Camden Yards has been postponed because of safety concerns. The Orioles announced the decision about a half-hour before the scheduled start last night against the Chicago White Sox. About 1,000 fans were inside the stadium when the game was called off.

ST. LOUIS (AP) - Ben Revere's two-run double in the seventh inning was the go-ahead hit for the Philadelphia Phillies in a 4-1 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals last night. Cole Hamels won for the first time in seven starts dating to last September. Hamels had been 0-4 with a 3.23 ERA since September 23rd.

Peyton Named To Olerud Watch List

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- University of Iowa junior first baseman/right-handed pitcher Tyler Peyton has been named to the 2015 John Olerud Two-Way Player of the Year Award Watch List, it was released by the National College Baseball Hall of Fame. The award is presented to the nation's top player both on the mound and at the plate. As a pitcher, the Grimes, Iowa, native is 5-3 with a 2.60 ERA in 11 starts. Offensively, Peyton is Iowa's top hitter, posting a .357 batting average to rank fifth in the league, and he is among the top three on the team in runs (19) and RBIs (19). A total of 36 players from across the country are on the initial watch list.

College Baseball

Loras split with Buena Vista winning 2-1 then losing 7-1.

Clarke sweeps Grand View 1-0 and 11-4

Clarke meets Mt. Mercy at 5pm today with a win they will share the M.C.C. regular season title.

Dubuque split with Coe winning 4-3 then falling 10- 3

College Softball

Clarke 4, St. Ambrose 3 (10 innings)

High School Baseball

East Dubuque 6, Southwestern 3

Shullsburg- Benton 3, Belmont 2

High School Softball

Belmont 11, Shullsburg-Benton 0

Lancaster 10, Platteville 4

Potosi 13, Highland 10

Southwestern 16, Darlington 5

Cuba City 5, Boscobel 1



Kansas City at Cleveland, 5:10 p.m.

Toronto at Boston, 5:10 p.m.

Chicago White Sox at Baltimore, 6:05 p.m.

Tampa Bay at N.Y. Yankees, 6:05 p.m.

Milwaukee at Cincinnati, 6:10 p.m.

N.Y. Mets at Miami, 6:10 p.m.

Washington at Atlanta, 6:10 p.m.

Pittsburgh at Chicago Cubs, 7:05 p.m.

Seattle at Texas, 7:05 p.m.

Detroit at Minnesota, 7:10 p.m.

Philadelphia at St. Louis, 7:15 p.m.

Colorado at Arizona, 8:40 p.m.

L.A. Angels at Oakland, 9:05 p.m.

Houston at San Diego, 9:10 p.m.

San Francisco at L.A. Dodgers, 9:10 p.m.

NBA Playoffs

Dallas at Houston, 7p.m.

San Antonio at L.A. Clippers, 9:30 p.m.