FORECAST FOR DUBUQUE AND THE TRI-STATES, WEDNESDAY, JULY 29, 2015
TODAY: MOSTLY SUNNY. HIGH 81. NORTHWEST WIND 10-15 MPH.
TONIGHT: MOSTLY CLEAR. LOW 60.
TOMORROW: MOSTLY SUNNY. HIGH 84.
EXTENDED OUTLOOK FRIDAY THROUGH SUNDAY:
DRY FRIDAY, A CHANCE OF SHOWERS AND THUNDERSTORMS LATE SATURDAY INTO SUNDAY. HIGHS IN THE 80s. LOWS IN THE 60s.
MISSISSIPPI RIVER STAGE AT DUBUQUE: 8.3 FEET & FALLING
Dubuque and TriState
Escaped Woman Captured
The Dubuque woman who escaped police custody on Monday has again been captured. Dubuque Police say they arrested 42 year-old Jennifer Williams in the 1400 block of Locust Street yesterday afternoon. Williams was in the process of being arrested on multiple outstanding warrants on Monday morning when she escaped from a police vehicle. According to police, an officer handcuffed Williams behind her back and placed her in the back seat of a squad car. But Williams asked the officer to put the window down partway due to the day's hot and humid conditions. While the officer was speaking to someone else, Williams managed to free one of her hands from the handcuffs. She then used that hand to reach through the window bars and open the door using the outside handle. Police say that Williams could face additional charges for breaking out of police custody.
Police Investigate Downtown Shooting
Dubuque Police are looking into reports of a person being shot in the downtown area last night. Police were called to the 1800 block of Central Avenue shortly after 6:00 on a report of a person being shot in the stomach. Police say the individual was shot with a handgun. They were then taken to a local hospital to be treated for their injuries. There's no word on that person's identity or condition at this point. Police indicate they are having a difficult time getting a description of the shooter, as the victim has not been cooperating with their investigation.
Man Accused of Stealing from Disabled Grandfather
A Dubuque man has been charged with first degree theft after police say he stole more than $25,000 from his disabled grandfather. Court documents say 33 year-old John Pecora was the guardian of his grandfather, Earl Ingles, while Ingles was at ManorCare Health Services. Officials at the facility sued Pecora last year, saying he owed them almost 10-thousand dollars and had failed to pay out-of-pocket expenses for Ingles' care. Dubuque police then began an investigation, after being notified in April of a possible case of elder abuse. Investigators say they found a number of irregularities, including purchases made by Pecora in Iowa and neighboring states. In addition, more than $25,000 s had been withdrawn from Ingles' account over a two-year period. Pecora also took out a $25,000 life insurance policy on Ingles. Pecora made a court appearance on Monday, where his bond was set at 10-thousand dollars.
County Engineer Hire Close
The Dubuque County Board of Supervisors is getting close to hiring a new County Engineer. Supervisor Daryl Klein says the board interviewed two finalists Monday and are hoping to make an offer soon. Dubuque County has been looking for a new engineer since Bret Wilkinson was forced to resign in February. In the interim, Delaware County Engineer Anthony Bardgett has been helping Dubuque County with any issues it has faced.
Another School Board Candidate
Another candidate is in the running for a seat on the Dubuque School Board. R.R.S. Stewart filed her nomination papers for a four year term with the district Tuesday. Stewart is now one of seven candidates seeking the four open seats on the board. Other candidates include incumbents Tami Ryan, Tom Barton, and Mike Donohue, plus challengers Lisa Wittman, Bert Ament, and Timothy Pope. The election will be held on September 8th. The deadline for filing nomination papers is 5:00 PM tomorrow.
Reynolds: Special Session Unlikely
A number of Iowa legislators have signed on to a petition for a special session to override Governor Terry Branstad's veto of a one-time spending bill that would have provided $55.7 million for Iowa school districts. Lt. Governor Kim Reynolds was in Dubuque Tuesday and says a special session will not be called this year to vote again on the education spending bill. Senate President Pam Jochum, a Democrat from Dubuque, agrees that it's highly unlikely a special session will happen, because today is the deadline for the petitions to be submitted to the Chief Clerk of the House. Jochum says this was a time to show leadership and not partisanship. Both Jochum and Reynolds attended the Mixify Iowa Tour at Union Park YMCA Camp on JFK Road in Dubuque Tuesday.
“Getting By” Grant
Women living in transitional housing at Maria House and Teresa Shelter will soon have another tool to help them climb out of poverty. Opening Doors, which oversees the two shelters, will begin to offer business training at the shelters. The training comes from the "Getting Ahead in a Getting By World" curriculum, which has been used in other city departments in the past. That's Amy Schauer of Opening Doors. A 93-hundred dollar grant from Dupaco will allow Opening Doors to offer the curriculum on-site at Maria House and Teresa Shelter. Schauer says it is important for the women they serve to receive the training in a place where they're already comfortable. Women who complete the program will receive a small stipend provided by Dupaco. Schauer says the money will help the women take the first steps out of the shelter. According to Schauer, the combination of education and a financial benefit will help put women in the shelters on a path to independence. Opening Doors was founded in 2000. Since then, the group says it has helped more than 25-hundred women and children who stayed in transitional housing.
Here is the latest Iowa news from The Associated Press:
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Gov. Terry Branstad has extended a state of disaster emergency through Aug. 30 in response to the bird flu outbreak in the state. The virus has infected more than 31.5 million birds in Iowa, mostly egg-laying chickens, making the state the hardest hit in the nation. Branstad's declaration activates disaster response programs, allows the use of state supplies and makes other efforts to speed response efforts.
IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) - A former field hockey coach who was fired at the University of Iowa last year has filed a state civil rights complaint. Tracey Griesbaum's action is a step toward filing a lawsuit. Her attorney, Tom Newkirk, says he and Griesbaum have exhausted efforts "to get the university to investigate and remedy this without a lawsuit." Griesbaum has said gender bias under athletics director Gary Barta led to her firing.
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack says the federal government expects to pay chicken and turkey farmers $191 million to cover their bird flu losses. That's in addition to the $400 million spent on cleaning up dead birds and disinfecting barns. The government also is paying to research and stockpile a bird flu vaccine.
IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) - A lockdown is still in place at the Iowa State Penitentiary, more than three weeks after a dangerous felon escaped the maximum security lockup in Fort Madison and made it to Illinois. Inmates are mostly confined to their cells and there will be no visitors allowed this coming weekend.
Here is the latest Wisconsin news from The Associated Press:
BRISTOL, Wis. (AP) - Authorities have identified the two Kentucky men found dead in a plane crash in southeast Wisconsin over the weekend. The Kenosha County sheriff's office says 69-year-old William Lester Lanman of Louisville, Kentucky, was the pilot. The passenger was 43-year-old James Dan Arnold of Crestwood, Kentucky. Authorities say Arnold was a friend of Lanman and was studying to be a pilot. The wreckage was found Sunday.
GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) - The president of the Green Bay Packers says the team won't sell the naming rights to Lambeau Field under his watch. Mark Murphy says it doesn't make sense to put a corporate tag to the name of the historic stadium. One of the NFL's most popular and successful teams said last week it had another banner financial year in 2015 with $375 million in revenue.
PHILADELPHIA (AP) - The governor of the nation's top cheese-producing state has finished up a presidential campaign stop in the capital of cheesesteaks without committing any dietary gaffes. Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker got his sandwich orders right as he made a swing through Philadelphia on Tuesday. Walker is seeking the Republican presidential nomination. He stopped at rival landmark cheesesteak joints Pat's King of Steaks and Geno's, ordering a sandwich from each.
MADISON, Wis. (AP) - Wisconsin Attorney General Brad Schimel is asking the U.S. Supreme Court to hear his appeal of a federal court ruling that allows the Ho-Chunk Nation to offer video poker at its Madison casino. The 7th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals in April reversed a lower court ruling and said the video poker offered at the casino was legal.
Here is the latest Illinois news from The Associated Press:
CHICAGO (AP) - A top Republican fundraiser suggested that Illinois Senator Mark Kirk should abandon his quest for re-election but quickly backtracked. Businessman Ron Gidwitz said he didn't believe Kirk could win in 2016 and said he "could cause collateral damage." Gidwitz later asked if he could retract the statements.
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - Republican Governor Bruce Rauner is praising a vote by the Illinois House of Representatives to block a contentious pay raise for lawmakers. The bill would block the 2 percent cost-of-living increase that lawmakers are automatically due. The pay-raise issue has become a flashpoint in the budget stalemate between the Democrat-controlled Legislature and Rauner.
JOLIET, Ill. (AP) - Police say a boy is in critical condition after he was left in a hot car for about two hours in Joliet. The baby was found unresponsive in the car around noon Tuesday by his mother. Police say she had just left a meeting that began at 10 a.m. and that the boy's father had tried calling to ask where the boy was.
CHICAGO (AP) - A woman found dead in a Chicago home along with her three children earlier this month was strangled. The Cook County medical examiner's office says an autopsy determined that Latoya Jackson was strangled with a cord or something similar. Her death has been classified as a homicide. The bodies of Jackson and three children were found in a home in Chicago's Chatham neighborhood.
WASHINGTON (AP) - Once again, President Barack Obama is sending some Cabinet members to Capitol Hill to talk lawmakers into supporting the Iran nuclear deal. Secretary of State John Kerry, Defense Secretary Ash Carter and Joint Chiefs Chairman Gen. Martin Dempsey plan to testify today before the Senate Armed Services Committee. Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz is to join them. And leading the effort to round up Democratic support for the deal is House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, who, along with House Democrats, will meet with Obama at the White House.
WASHINGTON (AP) -White House officials say the planned release of convicted spy Jonathan Pollard is not intended as a concession to Israel, which continues to fight the nuclear deal the U.S. and other world powers reached with Iran. Pollard has spent nearly 30 years behind bars for spying for Israel, but he's being granted parole in November. Israel says it welcomes Pollard's release, but will continue to oppose the nuclear agreement with Iran.
MIAMI (AP) - The attorney for a man arrested for allegedly plotting to detonate a nail-filled bomb on a Florida beach says his client is no extremist. A criminal complaint unsealed yesterday charges 23-year-old Harlem Suarez of Key West with attempting to use a weapon of mass destruction in the U.S. Suarez made his first court appearance yesterday in Miami. Authorities say Suarez came to the FBI's attention through his Facebook posts praising the Islamic State group and containing extremist rhetoric.
ANKARA, Turkey (AP) - A government official says Turkish jets have hit Kurdish rebel targets in northern Iraq in a new raid against the separatist group. The warplanes pounded about half a dozen positions belonging to the Kurdistan Workers' Party, or PKK. Turkish jets have been attacking rebel positions in northern Iraq and in southeastern Turkey in a dramatic escalation of tensions that has left an already fragile peace process with the Kurds in shatters. The airstrikes came after the rebels claimed responsibility for killing two policemen
PARIS (AP) - The company that operates the tunnel between France and England says that since January, authorities have blocked more than 37,000 attempts by migrants to cross into England. For two nights in a row, thousands of migrants have camped in northern France, hoping to reach a better life in England. Eurotunnel has been under increasing pressure to demonstrate its efforts to police the tunnel. For the most part, migrants caught trying to enter the tunnel are immediately released.
Lehv Leaving Saints
Just six days after introducing their new Head Coach and General Manager, the Dubuque Fighting Saints are now in the market for a new President. The team announced Tuesday that Dan Lehv will be leaving the Fighting Saints to take a similar position with the Chicago Steel. Lehv has spent four seasons as the President of the Fighting Saints, joining the franchise just before the 2011-2012 season. He had previously worked for the Saint Paul Saints, and independent league baseball team in the Twin Cities.
Wahlert State Baseball
Continued rain showers in the Des Moines area yesterday washed out three of the four Class 3A quarterfinal games at the State Baseball Tournament, including Wahlert’s matchup with Harlan. That game has been pushed back to this morning at 11:30 and has been moved from Principal Park to Southeast Polk High School in Pleasant Hill. You will hear the Wahlert game here on AM 1370 KDTH later this morning. Coverage will begin at 11:10.
Wahlert’s game will follow another 3A quarterfinal between Pella and Dallas Center-Grimes, which will begin at 9:00. That game is also being played at Southeast Polk. Those games were moved to an alternate site in an effort to get the tournament back on schedule after rain delays the last two days. One other 3A quarterfinal will be played this morning at Principal Park. That game features Sergeant Bluff-Luton taking on Boone.
In State Baseball scores from yesterday:
3A: Waverly-Shell Rock 6, Vinton-Shellsburg 0
2A: Davis County 6, Roland-Story 0
4A Quarterfinals today:
11:00: Waukee vs. North Scott
1:30: Sioux City East vs. Southeast Polk
5:00: Cedar Rapids Kennedy vs. Davenport North
7:30: Iowa City West vs. Des Moines East
LeMahieu helps Rockies win 1st game after Tulowitzki trade
CHICAGO (AP) - D.J. LeMahieu had three hits and scored twice to help the Colorado Rockies get a win in their first game after trading Troy Tulowitzki, beating the Chicago Cubs 7-2 on Tuesday night. LeMahieu extended his hitting streak to 18 games with an RBI double as part of a four-run first, tripled in the fifth and singled in the ninth to help Colorado won for the third time in five games. Daniel Descalso, who started at shortstop in this game, made a leaping grab of a line drive by Kris Bryant to end the seventh inning and strand two runners. Nolan Arenado had a two-run double and Nick Hundley added a run-scoring groundout in the first against Dallas Beeler (0-1). Yohan Flande (1-1) got his first career victory, giving up a run and four hits while walking three and striking out four in five innings.
White Sox beat Red Sox 9-4
BOSTON (AP) - Jose Abreu and Geovany Soto homered and drove in three runs apiece and Jeff Samardzija pitched eight strong innings for the Chicago White Sox in a 9-4 victory over the Boston Red Sox on Tuesday night. The White Sox quickly spoiled Boston's pregame party for Hall of Fame pitcher Pedro Martinez by scoring five runs in the first inning. Chicago tagged Boston starter Wade Miley for 10 hits and seven runs, all earned, over 5 2-3 innings, and finished with 14 hits. The last batter Miley (8-9) faced was Abreu, who hit a shot deep to right-center field and sent Mookie Betts tumbling into Boston's bullpen. Betts grabbed the ball on the run and managed to hold on while twisting his body and hitting the wall with his lower back, but dropped it when he landed. Initially called the third out, umpires reviewed the play for nearly three minutes before overturning the call and allowing Abreu to round the bases for his 16th homer.
Votto's shot, Leake's arm pace Reds past Cardinals 4-0
ST. LOUIS (AP) - Joey Votto hit a three-run home run in support of Mike Leake, and the Cincinnati Reds beat the St. Louis Cardinals 4-0 on Tuesday night. Votto is the hottest hitter in the majors since the All-Star break, batting .561. He also walked, singled and doubled, giving him an NL-leading 37 multihit games. Leake (9-5) allowed four hits in eight innings to win his fourth straight start. He allowed just two earned runs in his last 30 innings for a 0.60 ERA. Jaime Garcia (3-4), activated from the 15-day disabled list earlier in the day, made his first start since June 2 and gave up three runs and four hits in six innings. He is 10-3 against the Reds, including 7-1 at home.
Wily Peralta returns for Brewers and shuts down Giants
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Wily Peralta returned from the disabled list and shut down one of baseball's hottest teams in his first start in more than two months, pitching the Milwaukee Brewers past the San Francisco Giants 5-2 on Tuesday night to snap the team's three-game losing streak. Peralta (2-5) retired the initial six batters on the way to winning for the first time since May 6, and he outpitched Matt Cain (2-2) as the Brewers also ended a seven-game skid to San Francisco - matching the longest in the series. Milwaukee got plenty of contributions from throughout the order on a night slugger Ryan Braun missed his second straight game because of back spasms that came on during pregame warmups Monday and forced a late lineup scratch.
Other MLB Scores
Baltimore 7 Atlanta 3
Philadelphia 3 Toronto 2
Pittsburgh 8 Minnesota 7
Arizona 8 Seattle 4
Oakland 2 L.A. Dodgers 0
Tampa Bay 10 Detroit 2
Kansas City 2 Cleveland 1
N-Y Yankees 21 Texas 5
Houston 10 L.A. Angels 5
N-Y Mets 4 San Diego 0
Miami 4 Washington 1
Wisconsin Assembly approves Milwaukee Bucks arena deal
MADISON, Wis. (AP) - The Wisconsin state Assembly has passed a bill to have taxpayers pay $250 million to help pay for a new Milwaukee Bucks arena. The bill passed on a bipartisan 52-34 vote Tuesday. The measure now goes to Gov. Scott Walker who has been working with lawmakers to reach a deal. Under the agreement, current and former Bucks owners will pay $250 million toward the cost of the arena. The taxpayer portion will eventually grow to about $400 million over 20 years. Supporters say the new arena will bring jobs to Milwaukee and help improve the economy of the state. They say a new arena will help the city and state continue to move forward. Bucks coach Jason Kidd watched the debate from the Assembly gallery.
Packers president: Naming rights off limits for Lambeau
GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) - The president of the Green Bay Packers says the team won't sell the naming rights to Lambeau Field under his watch. Mark Murphy says it doesn't make sense to put a corporate tag to the name of the historic stadium. Murphy made his remarks during the franchise's annual shareholders meeting on Tuesday at Lambeau. Murphy's predecessor, Bob Harlan, made similar comments during his tenure more than a decade ago. Still, stadium naming rights have become a lucrative revenue stream for professional sports teams. Not that the Packers are hurting for cash. One of the NFL's most popular and successful teams said last week it had another banner financial year in 2015 with $375 million in revenue. The team on Tuesday also unveiled its latest alternate jersey.