KCRG TV9 FIRST ALERT FORECAST FOR TUESDAY, OCTOBER 6, 2015
TODAY: PARTLY SUNNY. HIGH 70. LIGHT WEST WIND.
TONIGHT: PARTLY CLOUDY. LOW 52.
TOMORROW: PARTLY CLOUDY. HIGH 72.
EXTENDED OUTLOOK THURSDAY THROUGH SATURDAY:
SHOWERS LIKELY THURSDAY, DRY FRIDAY AND SATURDAY. HIGHS IN THE 70'S THURSDAY AND SATURDAY, THE 60'S FRIDAY. LOWS IN THE 40'S & 50'S.
MISSISSIPPI RIVER STAGE AT DUBUQUE: 6.9-FEET & FALLING
Dubuque and TriState
Council OKs New Cameras
The Dubuque City Council has given their approval to a half-million dollar plan to try to improve security in areas of the city that have seen recent violence. The council last night voted in favor of a plan that will add more than 200 new LED streetlights and nearly one hundred security cameras in targeted areas. According to City Manager Mike Van Milligan, a 25-member committee of city staff will continue to evaluate proposals related to public safety. He says this will be just the first step in a plan to help make Dubuque a safer place. The council voted 6-1 in favor of adding the cameras and lights. Councilwoman Lynn Sutton voted against, saying the cameras may not be as effective as thought. Councilman Ric Jones says the crime problem in the city is something that impacts everyone, so everyone will have a role to play in stopping it. Mayor Roy Buol says he hopes that everyone in Dubuque gets on board with helping reduce the city's crime. The council also set a work session for October 19 to discuss additional issues about neighborhood security.
Shooting Victim Identified
Dubuque police have released the name of a man who was shot and killed on the city's North End Sunday night. 21 year-old James D. "Jimmy" Richardson of Freeport, Illinois was shot at around 11:00 in the 700 block of Rhomberg Avenue. When police arrived on scene, they attempted to render aid to Richardson, but were unable to save him. Police recovered a firearm and found additional evidence of gunfire at the scene. Witnesses told police they heard between six and ten gunshots. The investigation is ongoing and police believe Richardson and the other person involved knew each other, meaning this was not a random act of violence. No arrests have been made.
Dubuque Gas Leak
Crews from the Dubuque Fire and Police departments were at the scene of a gas leak late yesterday afternoon. A gas line was hit in the 26-hundred block of Mineral Street, just west of University Avenue, around 3:45 PM. Police partially closed several streets in the area and asked residents of the neighborhood to stay away while crews investigated the leak. At least one household was evacuated. It's not clear what caused the gas leak. Crews from Black Hills Energy also responded to the scene to help fix the leak.
Michel Firing Fails
Dyersville's City Administrator will be keeping his job. A motion before the Dyersville City Council to terminate administrator Mick Michel died after not receiving a second. The lack of action came after a nearly three-hour long meeting at the Beckman High School auditorium. The council seemed to be split on the issue, with several members taking issue with Michel's job performance. Councilman Ray Sauser accused Michel of using his office to "play politics." Councilman Mark Wagner accused Michel of talking over council members and "being too much of a lawyer," a claim that he repeated when Michel declined to answer a direct question. Councilman Mark Breitbach said he was expecting a much larger case to be made against Michel. Councilwoman Teresa Bockenstedt had asked that Michel's termination be considered. She said she was confident she had taken appropriate action. After Bockenstedt's motion failed, Michel addressed the Council, saying he hopes their working relationship can improve. The meeting was moved to Beckman due to a large expected crowd. Nearly two dozen citizens spoke during a public comment period that lasted almost a full hour. In other action, the council accepted the resignation of the City Attorney, who said that his position had become "politicized."
Branstad Coming to Dubuque Wednesday
Iowa Governor Terry Branstad has announced that he'll be attending a handful of events in the Dubuque area on Wednesday. That morning, the governor will take part in the Healthiest State Initiative's "Walk at the Whistle" at Briggs Elementary School in Maquoketa. From there, he'll travel to Dubuque, where Branstad will attend a lunch at the National Mississippi River Museum and Aquarium. Following the meal, Branstad will tour the expanded EB Lyons Interpretive Center at the Mines of Spain Recreation Area. Then at 4:30 Wednesday afternoon, Branstad will host a town hall meeting with Jackson County residents at Water Street Market in Bellevue.
Santorum Tours Farley Biodiesel Plant
Republican Presidential candidate Rick Santorum paid a visit to the Western Dubuque Biodiesel plant in Farley yesterday. The former US Senator from Pennsylvania wanted to learn more about the industry and its impact on the economy. Plant officials told Santorum that they have had a hard time competing in the open market because of rules and regulations were put in place by the Environmental Protection Agency. Santorum says the US imports biodiesel from countries in Europe, instead of getting it from facilities right here in America. Santorum says the Obama Administration claims to be protectors of the environment, yet they allow biodiesel companies overseas to pollute the air without any consequences. Santorum says the answer to the setback in the American biodiesel industry is to elect a new president. Santorum says he's not advocating the elimination of the Environmental Protection Agency, but says the abusive record of the Obama Administration has elevated politics over science.
Plane Crash Anniversary
Questions remain nearly a year after a single-engine plane crashed and killed its pilot on the outskirts of Dubuque, including why the aircraft went down. Dubuque physician and Libertarian US Senate candidate Doug Butzier was killed in the crash October 13 of last year. The National Transportation Safety Board hasn't determined the probable cause of the crash. Butzier was headed home from a campaign event in West Des Moines. A preliminary report on the crash says he was relying on instruments rather than sight during his approach at Dubuque Regional Airport, possibly due to rainy conditions. The plane crashed during a second landing attempt. Butzier's widow, Ann, says she has accepted that the cause of the crash might never be known.
Church Raising Money for Foster Mom’s Roof
A Dubuque church is raising money to buy a new roof for a foster mother whose estranged husband stabbed her more than 50 times after murdering their two children in 2003. Karen Fox's newfound church family is helping to fix her leaking roof. Fox attends Hope Church in Dubuque. She was introduced to the congregation through one of her foster children about six years ago. Church members say the campaign is in its early stages. Fox says she was humbled by the church's response. She says her roof is too steep to fix safely with volunteer labor, and an insurance agent recommended that she not have an adjuster inspect the roof because the company would likely drop her policy.
Here is the latest Iowa news from The Associated Press
(Information in the following story is from: The Des Moines Register, http://www.desmoinesregister.com)
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Iowa lawmakers are considering a proposal to expand tax breaks for manufacturers. Current law exempts certain items used during manufacturing from taxation and instead taxes the final product. The new proposal would expand the number of items qualifying for exemption.
GLENWOOD, Iowa (AP) - A former city clerk in Pacific Junction is facing theft and other charges. Authorities say Kari Williams gave herself unauthorized Christmas bonuses and vacation and sick pay worth about $32,000. State auditors uncovered improper payments earlier this year. Williams resigned in March.
RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) - Cherokee has hired a former South Dakota mayor as its new city administrator. Sam Kooiker is an Iowa native who lost his re-election bid in Rapid City in June. Cherokee is about 50 miles from Boyden, where Kooiker grew up.
(Information in the following story is from: The Messenger, http://www.messengernews.net)
LEHIGH, Iowa (AP) - A Lehigh firefighter has lost his own home to a fire. Cody Frazier was one of the first responders after the home caught fire Monday afternoon. No one was home at the time and there were no injuries. The fire department is now taking donations for him.
Here is the latest Illinois news from The Associated Press
CHICAGO (AP) - Illinois has stopped providing free testing for sexually transmitted diseases. That means local health clinics and jails will have to work through private labs or local hospitals. State health officials say the change will save money but it's not related to the budget stalemate.
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - A longtime Illinois state representative is on his way to becoming the state's next auditor general. A bipartisan panel is recommending that Spring Valley Democrat Frank Mautino replace William Holland, who's retiring at the end of the year. A three-fifths vote of the Illinois House and Senate is needed to approve Mautino.
CHICAGO (AP) - Chicago's top cop is facing aldermen who are demanding that the mayor fire him. Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy is talking at an afternoon budget hearing. Some black aldermen say McCarthy hasn't done enough to reduce street violence. Chicago's murder rate this year is up 21 percent.
WAUKEGAN, Ill. (AP) - Ford and a suburban Chicago car dealer are named in a wrongful death lawsuit. They're being sued by the family of a Highland Park couple in their 70s who died from carbon monoxide poisoning in June. The couple's car had a keyless ignition that critics say makes it too easy to leave a car running without realizing it.
Here is the latest Wisconsin news from The Associated Press
(Information in the following story is from: HTR Media, http://www.htrnews.com)
MANITOWOC, Wis. (AP) - Four communities along the shores of Lake Michigan say a national marine sanctuary would have a large economic impact on the region's tourism. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration announced it would begin the designation process for the proposed Lake Michigan National Marine Sanctuary off the shores of Two Rivers, Manitowoc, Sheboygan and Port Washington.
MADISON, Wis. (AP) - Wisconsin Attorney General Brad Schimel and a group of Republican legislators have proposed a package of bills designed to crack down on child abusers. Schimel and the Republicans introduced four bills during a news conference Tuesday. One bill would give victims of sexual assault, human trafficking or child abuse the right to have a victim advocate accompany them during examinations and interviews with police. Another bill would require social service agencies to report any instances of child abuse or neglect to police. The remaining two bills would make repeated acts of physical abuse to a child or child neglect formal crimes.
(Information in the following story is from: Press-Gazette Media, http://www.greenbaypressgazette.com)
DE PERE, Wis. (AP) - A De Pere nursing home caregiver is charged with sexually assaulting a patient. A judge on Monday ordered 33-year-old Theodore Schartner held on $50,000 bond. Prosecutors say Schartner assaulted a 76-year-old patient at Rennes Health and Rehab Center last month.
MADISON, Wis. (AP) - Wisconsin lawmakers are set to discuss a Republican bill that overhauls the state's 110-year-old civil service system affecting about 30,000 state employees. The Senate Labor and Government Reform Committee will hold a public hearing on the measure Tuesday. Democrats and unions representing state workers oppose the bill, saying it will make it easier to hire political cronies.
Commander: Obama should change Afghan plan...Abbas ready to talk...Stocks end mostly lower
WASHINGTON (AP) - As fighting continues between Afghan troops and the Taliban in the northern Afghan city of Kunduz, the top U.S. commander in Afghanistan is recommending that President Barack Obama change his plan to draw down the U.S. troop presence there to 1,000 by the end of next year. Gen. John Campbell told a Senate panel today that conditions have changed on the ground. He says the emergence of Islamic State fighters has further complicated the conflict.
RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) - Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas says he has no interest in an "escalation," and that he is ready to talk with Israel. The remarks came at a meeting of top Palestinian officials today over the latest surge in violence. But Abbas also added that "at the same time, we will protect ourselves." Four Israelis were killed last week in shooting and stabbing attacks in Jerusalem and the West Bank, while Israeli forces have killed four Palestinians, including a 13-year-old boy, amid violent protests.
WASHINGTON (AP) - If he had been at the shooting rampage in Oregon last week, Ben Carson says he would have called on people to fight back. The Republican presidential candidate tells Fox News, "He may shoot me, but he can't get us all." In a new book, Carson says Americans must be able to possess assault rifles and "armor-penetrating ammunition" to defend themselves from what he calls "an overly aggressive government."
NEW YORK (AP) - A rally in energy stocks hasn't been enough to lift the broader market today, leaving indexes mostly lower at the closing bell. Energy companies rose sharply as the price of crude oil jumped five percent. Biotechnology companies had another tumble. Investors are worried about pushback against the industry's drug pricing practices. The Dow gained 13 points. The S&P fell seven, and the Nasdaq lost 32 points.
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) - With the help of lower energy prices and warmer weather across most of the country, some U.S. households can expect to save hundreds of dollars this winter on heating costs. That's the prediction today from the U.S. Energy Department. The biggest savings are forecast for those who use propane or oil to heat their homes.
Yankees face Astros tonight in AL wild card game...Suzuki coming back for another year...Bills lose Williams
NEW YORK (AP) - The American League wild card game is being played this evening in New York as the Yankees square off with Houston. To the winner goes a spot in the AL Division Series against Kansas City, with the first game of that series this Thursday in KC. The pitching tonight has 20-game winner Dallas Keuchel facing 12-7 Masahiro Tanaka.
PITTSBURGH (AP) - Preparations are under way for tomorrow night's National League wild card game. That contest features the Pirates and Cubs in Pittsburgh. You can't get a much better pitching matchup with 22-game winner Jake Arrieta getting the ball for the Cubs against 19-game winner Gerrit Cole.
MIAMI (AP) - Ichiro Suzuki is coming back for another season. The soon-to-be 42-year old has signed a one-year contract to play for the Miami Marlins next year. He is tied for 33rd on the hits list with 2,935 with an eye on 3,000 and had 91 in 153 games for the Marlins this year.
ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) - Buffalo Bills running back Karlos Williams sustained a concussion in Sunday's loss to the Giants. That means Williams is following the NFL's concussion protocol and must pass a series of tests before being cleared to play. The 2-2 Bills play at Tennessee on Sunday.
UNDATED (AP) - The season hasn't even started and the Pittsburgh Penguins have lost a player as Pascal Dupuis will miss 4-5 weeks with a lower body injury. The 36-year old was limited to 16 games during the 2014-15 season because of blood clots and missed the second half of the 2013-14 season with a knee injury.
NATIONAL FOOTBALL LEAGUE
Final Seattle 13 Detroit 10
Bears place Will Montgomery on injured reserve
LAKE FOREST, Ill. (AP) - Chicago Bears center Will Montgomery will miss the remainder of the season because of a broken left fibula. The team placed Montgomery on injured reserve Tuesday. He broke his leg early in Sunday's 22-20 win over the Oakland Raiders, forcing the Bears to juggle an already short-handed line. Matt Slauson shifted from left guard and spent most of the game at center. Newly acquired Patrick Omameh came in at Slauson's regular spot. The Bears already were without starting left tackle Jermon Bushrod because of a concussion and shoulder injury. Montgomery has appeared in 110 games and made 75 starts - 58 at center - for Carolina (2006), the New York Jets (2007-08), Washington (2008-13), Denver (2014) and Chicago (2015).
Here is the latest Illinois sports news from The Associated Press
CHICAGO (AP) - The Cubs visit Pittsburgh on Wednesday night for the NL wild-card game. It's the first playoff appearance for the franchise in seven years. The emergence of several young players helped turn the Cubs into one of the best teams in baseball even though they finished third in their division.
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) - Interim Illinois coach Bill Cubit says he doubts injured running back Josh Ferguson will be able to play Saturday against No. 22 Iowa. Illinois lost Ferguson in the first quarter of last Saturday's 14-13 win over Nebraska. The senior has 397 yards and three touchdowns on 71 carries.
ROSEMONT, Ill. (AP) - The Big Ten officials' organization says a third-quarter officiating mistake cost Illinois a down in its 14-13 win Saturday over Nebraska. Collegiate Officiating Consortium Coordinator of Officials Bill Carollo says replay officials should have given Illinois another down when they reviewed a situation in which field officials lost track of the down and distance. Illinois defensive end Dawuane Smoot says the mistake motivated the crowd and defense.
Here is the latest Wisconsin sports news from The Associated Press
MILWAUKEE (AP) - The Brewers are letting five coaches go in what is likely the first step in the franchise's offseason overhaul. Only hitting coach Darnell Coles and third base coach Ed Sedar will return from the previous staff in 2016 under manager Craig Counsell. He was hired in May following the firing of predecessor Ron Roenicke (REHN'-ih-kee).
EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. (AP) - The Minnesota Vikings showed plenty of resilience and potential during their loss at Denver. But the Vikings have a lot to fix to become a playoff team. The offensive line is iffy. The defense surrendered a devastating 72-yard touchdown on Sunday. They've started their bye week now. Their next game is October 18th against Kansas City.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - The Minnesota Lynx missed eight free throws, turned the ball over 15 times and were outscored by the Indiana Fever 22-12 on second-chance points to drop Game 1 of the WNBA Finals. Lindsay Whalen and Seimone Augustus combined for 13 points on 4 for 14 shooting in the loss on their home court. Game 2 of the best-of-five series is Tuesday night in Minneapolis.
SEATTLE (AP) - The Seattle Seahawks held on for a 13-10 win over the Detroit Lions on Monday night. Kam Chancellor punched the ball free from Detroit wide receiver Calvin Johnson at the 1-yard line when it appeared the Lions were going to take the lead. Russell Wilson was sacked six times and pulled numerous escape acts.
District Golf Meet
A pair of area high school boys golfers have earned a spot in this weekends Iowa High School State golf meet. At yesterday District Meet in Bettendorf, Ben Schmidt of Wahlert Catholic and Jack O'Hea of Western Dubuque both carded a 73 to tie for district medalist runner-up and advance. Wahlert and Senior both totaled 313 which tied for fourth and just two strokes from qualifying. Western Dubuque finished in 8th shooting 333, and Hempstead finished 11th with a 346. The Fall State Meet will be Friday and Saturday at Elmcrest in Cedar Rapids.
MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBAL PLAY-OFFS
AMERICAN LEAGUE WILD CARD
Houston at New York, 7:08 p.m.