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Drowning Victim

A 17-year-old died after drowning at Lake Delhi Friday. The Delaware County Sheriff’s Office said they received a call about a possible drowning around 7 p.m. Friday. The caller reported that someone had jumped into the lake and did not resurface. The Delhi Fire Department divers located the victim, 17-year-old Teige Hunt, in about forty feet of water near a landmark known locally as “injun Joe” after a brief search. The victim was taken to Regional Medical Center by ambulance and was then flown to U of I Hospitals, where he was pronounced dead Saturday. The incident remains under investigation.

Five Flags Vote

Plans for a major expansion and renovation at the Five Flags Center in Dubuque will likely wait until at least 2022 because of COVID-19. In a memo released ahead of Monday’s city council meeting, Dubuque City Manager Michael Van Milligen warned the financial situation from the pandemic is no time for a vote on a bond. The city council had earlier approved a September vote on the $74 million project. That would include demolishing the current Five Flags Center to build a new, larger venue. The city delayed that vote at the onset of the pandemic. Van Milligen is recommending adopting a  resolution postponing the referendum date to a date not certain and table the issue until January 18, 2022.

Jule Free Student Ride Proposal

The Jule bus service in Dubuque is proposing going back to offering free rides for students as part of an effort to boost ridership, something it stopped doing in 2016. In 2016, the city started charging school-aged children an annual fee for an unlimited bus pass. That fee is now $15 a year. However, the Jule said since then, ridership of school aged kids has fallen by 100,000 even before the COVID-19 pandemic. Now, it’s proposing going back to offering a free student annual pass to kids age 12-18 with a valid school ID. The Jule is also proposing a reduced fare for students at Dubuque’s colleges (Clarke, Loras, University of Dubuque, Emmaus and NICC) and a reduced rate for veterans. The Dubuque City Council will set a public hearing on the proposed rate changes at its meeting on Monday.

 

UPDATE: Dubuque Police ID Fatal Shooting Victim

Dubuque police have identified a man who was shot to death Thursday evening. The victim is identified as 25 year old Curtis Smothers. He was shot in the chest at around 6 pm in the 400 block of Loras Blvd. Smothers was transported to Mercy Hospital where he was pronounced dead. So far no one has been arrested. Police say traffic camera footage showed Smothers arguing with another man. The argument turned physical and the man pulled a handgun from his waistband and shot Smothers. The suspect  then fled into an apartment at 419  Loras. Police obtained a search warrant and went into the residence at around 9 Thursday night, but no one was arrested. If you have information about this shooting contact the Dubuque Law Enforcement Center or Crime Stoppers.

Dubuque Shooting Victim

Dubuque Police say one person is dead following a shooting in Dubuque Thursday evening. Officers responded to the 400 block of Loras Boulevard, near the intersection with Bluff Street, shortly before 6 p.m. Investigators said 25-year old Curtis Smothers Jr. of Dubuque had been shot  in the chest and was taken to Mercy Hospital where he was pronounced dead. Traffic cameras showed the offender running into 419 Loras Blvd. following the shooting. The Dubuque Police Department’s Tactical Unit executed a search warrant at 419 Loras Blvd. #1 as part of the investigation. All parties involved have been identified. The investigation remains active.

Salvation Army Hy-Vee Bag Program

The Salvation Army of Dubuque has been selected as a beneficiary for the month of July in the Hy-Vee Reusable Bag Program that supports local non-profits. The Dubuque corps will receive a $1 donation every time a $2.50 red “My Heart” Reusable Bag is purchased at the three Dubuque area Hy-Vee store locations during July, unless otherwise directed by the customer through the Giving Tag attached to the bag.

Unity Point Finley Visitor Restrictions

With COVID-19 cases increasing in Eastern Iowa and Dubuque County, UnityPoint Health – Dubuque is returning to restricted visitors at Finley Hospital. Effective 6 p.m. on Thursday, July 2, no visitors will be allowed with few exceptions. All patients and visitors will be screened at the valet and emergency entrances and have their temperature taken. The decision to restrict visitors was difficult and made only after careful consideration of increasing numbers of asymptomatic positive COVID-19 cases in the county.

Reward Being Offered For Info On Killer’s Whereabouts

A reward is being offered for information leading to the arrest of man who shot and killed a Dubuque woman in April of 2019. 44 year old Jennifer Miller was shot in East Dubuque and later died from her injuries. Authorities have now charged 31 year old Joseph Wright with first degree murder. Wright is also charged with a number of other felonies. If you know the whereabouts of Wright, you are encouraged to contact the Jo Daviess County Sheriff’s Office or Crime Stoppers. Anyone providing information that leads to Wright’s arrest may be eligible for a reward of up to $2,000. Callers providing information may remain anonymous.

Oktoberfest In Dubuque Cancelled

Organizers of the annual Dubuque Oktoberfest have canceled this year’s event due to concerns about COVID-19. It was scheduled to be held at Q Casino and Hotel’s Back Waters Stage on September 19th. Money raised from the event goes to Camp Albrecht Acres in Sherrill, a residential camp for people with disabilities. You can still make a donation by visiting http://www.albrechtacres.org/how-to-help.html. Next year’s event has been scheduled for September 18th.

Dubuque County Thursday COVID-19 Update

There have been 47 additional positive cases of COVID-19 in Dubuque County since Tuesday afternoon at 2pm, bringing the county’s total to 553. No additional deaths were reported so the county total remains at 22. The increase in new cases in Dubuque County is likely due to several factors, including local health care providers testing more patients based on exposure and prior to surgeries, procedures and hospital admissions, and risk factors. Also, as more people are out in the community visiting retail establishments and attending events/activities with no or fewer restrictions, greater transmission and community spread is possible. As of Wednesday, 10,612 Dubuque County residents have been tested for a positive rate of 5 percent. 1 in 9 Dubuque County residents have now been tested. The free TestIowa Clinic is being held today in Dubuque from 9 am to 1 pm at Epic Health and Wellness Clinic, 1075 Cedar Cross Road. Anyone who would like to be tested for COVID-19 at this location must first complete the Test Iowa assessment at www.testiowa.com.

Follow Up COVID Testing At Jail

Last Saturdays follow-up COVID-19 testing was completed on all inmates at the Dubuque County jail who had previously tested negative. Sheriff Joe Kennedy says 54 tests were done and only one came back positive. That inmate has been placed into medical segregation. Inmates who previously tested positive are now in the process of being medically cleared for return to general population status. Kennedy says during this time one staff member tested positive and was placed in isolation at home. The staff member has since been medically cleared to return to work. An additional round of testing will take place on Monday for all remaining inmates who previously tested negative.

Warrant Issued For Man In Fatal Shooting Of Dubuque Woman

Investigators in Jo Daviess County have issued an arrest warrant for a man accused of killing a Dubuque woman over a year ago in East Dubuque. Jo Daviess State’s Attorney John Hay says a Bill of Indictment was returned in September of last year charging 31 year old Joseph Wright with five counts of first degree murder, which are special class felonies. The murder charges stem from an incident that took place in East Dubuque in April of last year on Sinsinawa Avenue. 44 year old Jennifer Miller was shot and later died from her injuries. The court order the Bill of Indictment to remain sealed until Wright was arrested or given bail, but that never happened. Wright is still at large, and authorities now need your help in locating him. He’s described as a black male, around 6 feet-one inche tall and weighing about 205 pounds. He has black hair and brown eyes and has the word “Passion” tattooed on his right jaw and the word “Prince” and a crown tattooed above his right and left eyes. If you know the whereabouts of Joseph Wright, do not take action yourself, but instead contact the Jo Daviess County Sheriff’s office or your nearest law enforcement agency.

IBM Leaving Dubuque

The IBM Dubuque center is expected to close its’ doors later this year, leaving hundreds of people without a job. The company informed workers of its’ decision Wednesday morning. KDTH has learned that the company will be offering some of those employees the option of relocating to their sister facility in Columbia, Missouri. Greater Dubuque Development Corporation President and CEO Rick  Dickinson says although the news is disappointing, if the city had it to do all over again, it would welcome IBM with open arms. Employment numbers peaked at IBM in 2011, when the company employed a little over 1,300 workers. But over the years those numbers have declined significantly. Dickinson says they’ll be doing everything they can to keep those people working in Dubuque who live within a 50 mile radius of the city. IBM plans to shut-down its’ Dubuque operations by November.

July 4th City Offices Closed

City of Dubuque offices will be closed on Friday, July 3rd, for the Independence Day holiday. The City is also reminding residents of several related service changes. The Jule Transit will not operate any routes on July 4th. The Dubuque Metropolitan Area Solid Waste Agency Landfill will be open regular hours on July 3rd, and closed on July 4th. Bunker Hill Golf Course will be open and hosting special events during the week of Independence Day. Refuse, yard debris, and curbside recycling will be collected by City crews on their regularly scheduled day.

Warrant Issued For Man In Fatal Shooting Of Dubuque Woman

Investigators in Jo Daviess County have issued an arrest warrant for a man accused of killing a Dubuque woman over a year ago in East Dubuque. Jo Daviess State’s Attorney John Hay says a Bill of Indictment was returned in September of last year charging 31 year old Joseph Wright with five counts of first degree murder, which are special class felonies. The murder charges stem from an incident that took place in East Dubuque in April of last year on Sinsinawa Avenue. 44 year old Jennifer Miller was shot and later died from her injuries. The court order the Bill of Indictment to remain sealed until Wright was arrested or given bail, but that never happened. Wright is still at large, and authorities now need your help in locating him. He’s described as a black male, around 6 feet-one inch tall and weighing about 205 pounds. He has black hair and brown eyes and has the word “Passion” tattooed on his right jaw and the word “Prince” and a crown tattooed above his right and left eyes. If you know the whereabouts of Joseph Wright, do not take action yourself, but instead contact the Jo Daviess County Sheriff’s office or your nearest law enforcement agency.

IBM Leaving Dubuque

One of Dubuque’s major employers is leaving town. IBM made the announcement Wednesday. Mayor Roy Buel says it’s sad news for the city. The Mayor says IBM has been a great community partner. Buel says the Roshek Building that IBM occupied was the start of major downtown growth. IBM confirmed it is consolidating its Dubuque operations and moving most of the jobs to its office in Columbia, Missouri effective in November. A company spokesman says employees were notified Wednesday morning that they would be leaving the Roshek building. The spokesperson says most workers will have the opportunity to take positions in the Missouri facility. Some employees will remain in the Dubuque area but will work remotely from home or client offices.

City Buildings Remain Closed

Due to the continued increase in new positive COVID-19 cases in Dubuque County and to protect the public and employees, the City of Dubuque is extending the closure of most City buildings to the public. Facilities remaining closed to the public include: City Hall, City Hall Annex, the Leisure Services Department, the Housing and Community Development Department, the Intermodal Transportation Center, the Municipal Services Center, and the Multicultural Family Center. City staff will continue to monitor new positive case counts, review public health guidance, and assess the situation in late July to determine when the buildings will reopen.

Central Avenue Paving Projects Nears Completion

Over the past few weeks, motorists traveling down Central Avenue in Dubuque have had to take detours to get to their destinations, and in some cases traffic has been backed up at times because only one lane is open. That’s because construction crews have been working on the Central Avenue HMA Resurfacing Project. The project which started in August of 2019, runs from 9th to 21st Streets. Nate Steffen, a civil engineer with the city of Dubuque, says the project is going well and should be finished early next week. The total cost of the project is 1.3 million dollars, with the Iowa DOT paying $637,000 of that. The primary contractor is River City Paving. City leaders have discussed turning Central, which is currently one way, into a two-way traffic street, but no decision has been made at this time.

Meth Ring Operator In Dubuque Sentenced

A Fort Dodge man, who prosecutors say ran a large meth ring operation in Dubuque 7 years ago, is going to prison. 48 year old Brian Ausborn was sentenced to 25 years behind bars. He earlier pleaded guilty to conspiracy to distribute and possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine after having been previously convicted of a serious drug felony. Court records say that in 2013 and 2014, Ausborn worked with others to make multiple trips to purchase large quantities of methamphetamine. The drugs were then distributed in the Dubuque area. Ausborn had previously been convicted of drug crimes in several other counties in Iowa.

Dubuque Woman Charged With Domestic Assault

A Dubuque woman was arrested Monday afternoon, after police say she struck her boyfriend with a hatchet, or ax. 26 year old Kaitlyn Wyss is charged with domestic assault with a weapon and possession of drug paraphernalia. Police were notified about the incident after her injured boyfriend showed up at Finely Hospital to be treated. Officers went to Wyss’ home in the 1400 block of Central Avenue where she told them she had been involved in an altercation with her boyfriend and at some point struck him with the weapon. Blood could be visibly seen on the doorway to their apartment.

Dubuque Man Headed To Prison On Gun Charges

A Dubuque man, who pleaded guilty to being an unlawful user of controlled substances while in possession of firearms is headed to federal prison. 42 year old Henry Haas the third was recently sentenced to one year in prison. Dubuque police searched Haas’ home and found several guns that Haas admitted were his. Police also found hundreds of shotgun shells and handgun magazines in his bedroom. During this time Haas was smoking marijuana while he was in possession of the weapons. He was also fined $2,000.

Eagle Point Fishing Barge Damaged

The Grant County Sheriff’s Office is asking for the public’s help in finding out who caused significant damage to property at the Eagle Point Fishing Barge on Eagle Point in Jamestown Township. The damage, estimated at $1,000, occurred sometime between the evening of June 25th and the morning of June 26th. Unknown individuals took a porta-john located on barge property and broke the structure to the point where human feces and urine were thrown throughout the property and inside the porta-john. If anyone has any information about this incident please contact the Grant County Sheriff’s Office or Grant County Crimestoppers at 1-800-789-6600.

July 4th City Offices Closed

City of Dubuque offices will be closed on Friday, July 3rd, for the Independence Day holiday. The City is also reminding residents of several related service changes. The Jule Transit will not operate any routes on July 4th. The Dubuque Metropolitan Area Solid Waste Agency Landfill will be open regular hours on July 3rd, and closed on July 4th. Bunker Hill Golf Course will be open and hosting special events during the week of Independence Day. Refuse, yard debris, and curbside recycling will be collected by City crews on their regularly scheduled day.

Pets in Parks

Beginning on Wednesday, leashed dogs and cats will be permitted in most Dubuque parks, parkways, trails, and open spaces. Unleashed dogs are permitted in the Pet Park. To view the complete ordinance and parks that are excluded, visit www.cityofdubuque.org/petsinparks. The Dubuque City Council created a Pet-Friendly Working Group after setting a council goal of a more pet-friendly community.

 

 

Salvation Army Summer Activities

Things are busy at the Salvation Army of Dubuque right now. Captain Matt Phelps says the need for their food pantry has grown with the coronavirus pandemic. There are new safety precautions in place for people using the service and there will soon be fresh garden food. They are currently giving out free box fans for elderly and low-income residents of the community. Captain Emily Phelps says their Sunday church services are now open for people to attend but they are still streaming online on Facebook as well.  If you would like to donate a new fan for giveaway, call ahead and you can drop it off at the Salvation Army office at 1099 Iowa Street.

2 Vehicle Accident Life Flights

A 2 vehicle accident late Saturday night in Lafayette County resulted in several serious injuries. A northbound vehicle, driven by 21-year old Cameron Doyle, of Shullsburg, WI, crossed over the centerline of CTH O, just north of Dry Bone Road, around 11:20 pm hitting a southbound vehicle driven by 34-year old Heather Mick, of Shullsburg, WI. Other passengers in Mick’s vehicle were 61-year old Twyla Mick, of Shullsburg, WI and two male children.  All four occupants in Mick’s vehicle were transported to Memorial Hospital where three were later airlifted to Madison and one was released. Doyle was airlifted from the scene to Madison and his passenger, 20-year old Hunter  Alt, of Plain, WI, was transported to Memorial Hospital and was later airlifted to Madison. Speed does not appear to be a contributing factor to the crash. However, further investigation is ongoing to determine other contributing factors.

Dubuque Regional Airport Name Suggestion

A Dubuque woman has filed an application through the Airport Commission to get the terminal of the Dubuque Regional Airport named after one of the first African American pilots in the U.S. military who fought in World War II. Dawnelle Gordon had not heard of Captain Robert Martin until last year when she saw that a post office in Chicago would be named after him. She says that it is time he gets some recognition in his hometown of Dubuque since he was a decorated war hero who earned the Congressional Medal of Honor as part of the Tuskegee Airmen. The commission formed a sub-committee to evaluate the application and consider options. Todd Dalsing, Dubuque Regional Airport director, said he believes Martin checks many of the boxes. Dalsing says discussions are already taking place. If the Airport Commission approves naming the terminal after Captain Robert Martin, there would be costs involved that the Commission said it would not cover, but it said it would help Gordon fundraise through donations, grants or other options.

Jo Daviess County Small Business Grants Extended

The Jo Daviess County Board has extended the Jo Daviess County Small Business Stabilization Grant Program. Applications for round three of the Program will be accepted until Friday, July 10th at 4 pm. The purpose of the $250,000  program is to help “non-essential” small businesses in Jo Daviess County pay expenses not covered by the federal governments “Paycheck Protection Program” or other sources of State or Federal COVID-19 relief funding. The maximum award a business can receive is $5,000 for one-month of qualifying expenses. Since May 20th, 37 small businesses in Jo Daviess County have received over 58,000 in funding from the program.

Dupaco Top-Rated Forbes List

For a third year in a row, Forbes named Dupaco Community Credit Union one of the top-rated credit unions in America in its ranking of in-state financial institutions. Forbes partnered with market research firm Statista to survey nearly 25,000 U.S. consumers about their opinions on current and former financial relationships. Banks and credit unions were rated on overall recommendations and satisfaction, as well as five subdimensions: Trust, Terms and conditions, Branch services, Digital services, and Financial advice. Forbes recognized only 317 U.S. banks and credit unions, including three in Iowa, in its June 25th report.

Free Dubuque Test Iowa Clinic

The free TestIowa Clinic being held in Dubuque at Epic Health and Wellness Clinic, 1075 Cedar Cross Road, has been extended into this week. Any Iowan who would like to be tested for COVID-19 at this location must first complete the Test Iowa assessment at www.testiowa.com. Testing will be conducted from 9 am to noon and 2 pm to 5 pm, today and Tuesday, and from 9 am to 1 pm on Wednesday and Thursday.

Monticello Nurse Headed To Prison

A nurse who worked in an intensive care unit, and stole pain medications from an unconscious patient in 2018 has been sentenced to 4 months in federal prison. 43 year old Kelly Postel of Monticello pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court in Cedar Rapids to two counts of acquiring morphine and fentanyl on multiple occasions from October 2018 to December of 2018. Postel admitted to stealing an excessive amount of the pain medications from the hospital pharmacy where she worked in Cedar Rapids and administering only the prescribed amount to patients. She then used the rest of the medications while still working as a registered nurse. She also admitted to using a syringe to remove fentanyl and other drugs from a patient’s IV line and then using the drugs while still on duty. In addition Postel was fined $5,500 and ordered to forfeit her nursing license and pay restitution.

Mayor’s Address Focused On Racial Equality

Dubuque Mayor Roy Buol’s annual “State of the City” address this week focused on advancing racial equality and reducing racial disparities in Dubuque and throughout the country. The Mayor says he wants people in the community, especially black and brown residents, to know that he and the city council hears them, see them and they care about all citizens. Dubuque has a forum for complaints against the police department. You can contact the Human Rights Department at 563-589-4190 for more information, or support for filing a complaint.

Flood Control System Weed Control

Starting today, the City of Dubuque Public Works Department will spray weed control in various areas of clean stone and rip-rap on Dubuque’s flood control system, weather permitting. Signs along the flood control system will identify the area being sprayed. With no weather delays, the land side of the levee is expected to be completed by July 2nd. The rip-rap on the river side is expected to be completed by July 31st. The Public Works Department cautions people to keep their children and pets out of direct contact with the sprayed weeds for 24 hours after application.

Graduations Set For Hempstead, Senior And WD

The Dubuque and Western Dubuque school districts plan to have graduation ceremonies this weekend. Because of COVID-19, both events will be held outside. Dubuque superintendent Stan Rheingans says the ceremonies for Hempstead and Senior will be held inside Dalzell Field on Saturday, and the number one priority will be social distancing. Students have been issued passes which allows them to bring four guests to the ceremony. The Hempstead ceremony starts at 10 am followed by Senior at 3. Western Dubuque Superintendent Rick Colpitts says likewise, social distancing will be practiced at their ceremony, which will be held at 10 am, weather permitting at Buckman Field. Like Dubuque, each student at Western Dubuque received four tickets to give to their guests. Both the Western Dubuque  and Cascade ceremonies will be livestreamed. The Cascade graduation is set for Sunday at 1 pm in the gymnasium.

Graduation Parties COVID-19 Safety

With many people holding graduation parties this weekend in the Tri-State area, Dubuque Public Health Specialist Mary Rose Corrigan is reminding everyone to try their best to stay safe. Corrigan says the more people are at a party and the longer it lasts, the better the chances are they could catch COVID-19. Low and high risk options make a big difference when people are planning a gathering. If you are planning to have a medium or larger graduation party, try to maintain social distancing and avoid inviting people from other areas if possible. Corrigan says outdoor gatherings and wearing masks when in close contact with people are ways to better the odds of staying safe. Corrigan says if elderly people or people with underlying health issues plan on attending graduation parties or other gatherings take extra precautions to keep them safe.

 

Jackson County Fair Cancelled

Due to the recent COVID-19 spikes in Jackson County and per the Jackson County Board of Health position statements, the 2020 Jackson County Fair will be postponed with all events to be held on their respective dates in 2021. The Jackson County Fairboard has decided to follow the position statement as presented by the Jackson County Board of Health which limits large crowd gatherings to 2,500 people or less. With this guidance they feel that they are unable to maintain the crowd and follow CDC guidelines at their music events, Night of Destruction and other fair events.

Grant County Sheriff Food Pantry Drive

The Grant County Sheriff’s Office invite people to join them on July 1st as they work to help out local food pantries. Law enforcement agencies have joined together in order to provide the opportunity for the community to purchase items for their local food pantry. People can stop by one of the locations on Wednesday, July 1st from 3 pm-7 pm at the Piggly Wiggly’s in Lancaster, Boscobel, and Platteville, Bender Foods in Muscoda and Kieler’s Grocery in Dickeyville.

Sunnycrest Employee Tests Positive For COVID

Another employee at a long-term health care facility in Dubuque has tested positive for COVID-19. A press release issued by Sunnycrest Manor interim board executive director Ed Raber says on Wednesday they learned that a second worker tested positive for the virus. The employee last worked on Saturday, and will self-isolate for 14 days. Residents of Sunnycrest, their families and employees have been notified of the positive test. Test collections for employees and residents began within 24 hours of the second positive test. Back on June 5th an employee tested positive for COVID and all employees and residents were tested, and all of those test were negative.

Leisure Services Facilities

The City of Dubuque Leisure Services Department will open additional park and recreation facilities to the public over the coming weeks. The Bunker Hill Golf Course Pro Shop and Snack Bar will open for limited use starting today. All park restrooms will open to the public on June 29th, and will be cleaned daily.  The public restrooms at Fifth Street and Bluff Street, as well as the Port of Dubuque Marina, will also open to the public Monday. Park water fountains will remain off. The tollbooth at Eagle Point Park will also open and begin charging admission for vehicles entering the park on July 3rd. Pavilion rentals at Flora Park, Murphy Park, Eagle Point Park, and all other parks and areas with pavilions will resume effective July 6th.

Will Yankees Play White Sox In Dyersville

The baseball game between the New York Yankees and the Chicago White Sox is still on at the Field of Dreams movie site in Dyersville this summer.….at least Major League Baseball officials haven’t said that it would be cancelled. But organizers of the game are hoping to get the skinny on the game from MLB soon. MLB has announced that it will play a shortened 60 game schedule. The question now is whether the Field of Dreams game fits into that schedule. Roman Weinberg, director of operations for Go the Distance Baseball, the group that runs the Field of Dreams site tells our coverage partners at KCRG TV that the decision isn’t theirs to make. He says all the talk about the game however, is leading to more interest about the movie site. Crews continue working to construct a temporary 8-thousand seat stadium for the game, and Keith Rahe with Travel Dubuque says they expect the game to bring in a lot more visitors than that. Rahe believes the game will happen eventually, even if it’s not this year. The game between the Yankees and the White Sox is scheduled for August 13th.

Evening of Light/Luncheon of Light

Community members who would like to support Riverview Center can help the cause by participating in their online auction to support survivors of sexual assault and domestic violence, now through July 10th. The Evening of Light/ Luncheon of Light series of events that were scheduled for June 24th and 25th with keynote speaker Michelle Knight had to be canceled due to the current recommendations of the CDC and concerns for the health and safety of the community. Go online to the Riverview Center Facebook page for details on how to give. Riverview Center looks forward to hosting next year’s Evening of Light event series with Michelle Knight on April 21st and 22nd of 2021.

 

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Maquoketa Man Dies After Being Hit By Truck

A Maquoketa man was killed after he was struck by a pickup truck in Maquoketa Tuesday morning. The incident happened at around 9 am in the downtown area. Police say 74 year old James Arterberry had the right-of-way and the walk sign when he attempted to cross the street at the intersection of Platt and Main Streets. A pickup driven by a 15 year old boy from Lost Nation, made a left turn onto Main and struck Arterberry with the front of the truck. Arterberry was transported to Jackson County Regional Health Center where he died. The teen was cited for failure to yield to a pedestrian within an intersection and violating the limitations of an instruction permit.

Dubuque Man Sentenced On Drug Charge

A Dubuque man will be spending the next 15 months behind bars after pleading guilty to a crack cocaine charge. 32 year old Christopher Emory pleaded guilty earlier this year to selling crack cocaine to a confidential source on two separate occasions in November of 2018. Emory was charged with one felony count of distribution of crack cocaine near a protected area. Those sales took place near a school and a park. Prosecutors say in all Emory sold two grams of crack to the informant.  Also in November of 2018, police searched Emory’s home as part of a recent shots fired investigation, and during the search they found over 300 dollars in cash, ecstasy and a .380 caliber handgun magazine. He sold the crack while he was on probation for domestic abuse assault. When he is released Emory will be placed on six years of supervised release.

Dubuque Man Pleads Guilty To Firearm Charge

A Dubuque man faces up to ten years in prison for being a prohibited person in possession of a firearm. 33 year old Tobias Sarazin pled guilty to the felony charge in U.S. District Court in Cedar Rapids this week and was immediately convicted. Sarazin admitted his guilt during a plea hearing. He said that in December of last year he carried a pistol, while using methamphetamine and marijuana. In addition to the ten year prison sentence Sarazin could be fined 250-thousand dollars and be placed on three years of probation once he is released. For now he remains in the custody of the United States Marshal.

Free Dubuque Test Iowa Clinic

A reminder, a free Test Iowa Clinic is being held in Dubuque through noon on Friday, at Epic Health and Wellness Clinic, 1075 Cedar Cross Road. To take an assessment or request a test, visit www.testiowa.com. Residents without internet access or who need assistance completing the assessment should contact the Dubuque Visiting Nurses Association for assistance at 563-556-6200. Testing will be conducted from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. and 3 pm to 5 pm, today and from 9 am to noon on Friday.

Dead Fish Found In Aftermath Of Spill In Dubuque

Officials with the Iowa Department of Natural Resources report finding elevated ammonia levels and dead fish in the southeastern corner of Bee Branch Pond in Dubuque. The dead fish and elevated levels of ammonia were discovered Monday during a follow-up check by DNR officials at the site of the fertilizer spill on Kerper Blvd. that happened last Wednesday. High ammonia levels were found in rainwater running off the Gavilion Grain parking lot. Although the spill has been contained, the DNR believes recent rains may have washed fertilizer into the pond. Gavilion is working with an environmental contractor to ensure storm water is contained and pumped up. They are also checking for underground piping that may drain to the pond. So far DNR fisheries and law enforcement are conducting a fish count, and they’ve found mostly game fish, including dead bluegill, walleye, large mouth bass, northern pike and channel catfish. The spill occurred after a pump was left running while transferring fertilizer from a barge. The DNR will continue to monitor cleanup and consider appropriate enforcement action.

COVID-19 County Jail

The Dubuque County Sheriff’s Office is reporting that 28 inmates have tested positive for COVID-19. The inmates were tested after one inmate tested positive on June 19. All staff and inmates were tested later that night. So far no staff have tested positive. The Dubuque County Sheriff’s Office says the 28 inmates are being placed in medical quarantine and will be tended to by jail nursing staff.

Dundee Man Charged With More Sex Crimes

A  Delaware County man, who has already pleaded not guilty to dissemination/exhibition of obscene materials to minors, now faces two additional sex crimes against children. 51 year old Kevin Limkemann is charged with lascivious acts with a child and possession of child pornography. In the latest case, the child was younger than 16. The first charge was filed against Limkemann in December of last year.

Cascade Pool Closed

The City of Cascade has closed its pool through at least today due to concerns with an employee possibly exposed to COVID-19. The city announced the closure on its Facebook page Tuesday, saying an employee was getting tested for COVID-19 but awaiting test results. According to the CDC, anyone who is tested for COVID-19 should consider themselves positive until the test result comes back negative. The city did not include any other details about the potential exposure. Cascade opened its pool to the public just this past Saturday with restrictions on who was allowed in.

Mainstreet Downtown Outdoor Dining

Last weekend kicked off Dubuque Mainstreet’s new promotion, outdoor dining. Program Specialist, Michaela Freiburger, says  blocks on Main Street, 11th Street and in the Historic Millwork District will be closed off Thursday and Friday to increase restaurant square footage by expanding capacity onto the streets. This week will feature different venues and artists from noon to 7:30 pm. Each restaurant will practice social distancing and work to provide sanitary measures. For more information and complete schedule, go to www.downtowndubuque.org.

Dubuque County Tuesday COVID-19 Update

There have been 7 additional positive cases of COVID-19 in Dubuque County in the past 24 hours, bringing the county’s total to 424. No additional deaths were reported so the county total remains at 22. As of Monday afternoon, 7,608 Dubuque County residents have been tested for a positive rate of 5.5 percent. One in 13 Dubuque County residents have been tested.

Jo Daviess COVID-19 Test Site

A COVID-19 testing site has been set up in Jo Daviess County, and you don’t even have to leave your vehicle. The drive-thru site opened Monday and is located in the parking lot of the Elizabeth Village Hall in the 300 block of North West Street. It will only be open this week from 9 am until 5 and no appointment is necessary. The free testing is being done by a team that is traveling throughout Illinois. Results are expected in about 48 hours after the test is administered. You should bring your insurance cards, but if you don’t you will not be refused a test.

Baker Reaching Out To Black Community

A  Dubuque County supervisor wants to do what he can to help African Americans and people of color in Dubuque. Dave Baker says he plans to reach out to Anthony Allen, the head of the Dubuque Chapter of the NAACP, to see if he would be willing to put together a community discussion group. Baker says before forming the discussion group, he would like to meet privately with Allen. There have been several peaceful protest in Dubuque over the past few weeks since the death of George Floyd at the hands of a Minneapolis police officer on Memorial Day.

Dubuque Museum of Art Opening

The Dubuque Museum of Art will be opening this month with limited hours and updated COVID-19 policies to keep staff, volunteers, and patrons safe. The museum will open this Saturday. The new hours for now will include being open Wednesday to members only with reservations, open to the public from Thursday thru Saturday from 10 am-Noon and 1 pm-4 pm. The Museum will be closed Sunday-Tuesday. The month of July will feature free admission to all patrons.

Operation New View Free Tax Preparation

Operation New View has announced the resumption of a free income tax preparation  service in Dubuque. Taxpayers will need an appointment to leave documents at the Operation New office at 1473 Central Avenue. The returns will be prepared off-site by former AARP Tax-Aide volunteers and available for pick-up by the taxpayers in 10 to 14 days, in time to meet the extended filing deadline of July 15th. The service will prepare federal and state returns but will be limited to 2019 tax year returns. Electronic filing will be available. To make an appointment to drop-off tax documents, contact Beverly Maas at Operation: New View: 563-556-5130 extension 33; or bmaas@operationnewview.org.

Pizza Ranch Fundraising Opportunities

A local restaurant is doing their best to assist non-profits raise funds during the coronavirus pandemic. Tony Powers, General Manager of the Pizza Ranch, says so many fundraisers have been cancelled the past 3 months they are bringing back their popular Community Impact events. Groups can also fund raise by purchasing take and bake pizza orders. Something new are the Roundup Cards that include 3 different offers with separate price values. As of June 12th, people can serve themselves at the Pizza Ranch buffet table instead of having employees get the food for you.

Jo Daviess County COVID Response Fund

The Freeport Community Foundation is awarding $100,000 in Illinois COVID-19 Response Fund grants to nine non-profit organizations based in Jo Daviess County. The emergency needs grants awarded include funding for emergency food and basic needs. They include interim housing and shelter, primary healthcare services, utility and financial assistance, nonprofit emergency operations assistance, and support for children, seniors, the disabled, and other at-risk populations as related to COVID-19 losses.

Dubuque County Monday COVID-19 Update

There have been 2 additional positive cases of COVID-19 in Dubuque County in the past 24 hours, bringing the county’s total to 417. No additional deaths were reported so the county total remains at 22. As of Sunday afternoon, 7,555 Dubuque County residents have been tested for a positive rate of 5.5 percent. One in 13 Dubuque County residents have been tested.

City Financial Assistance Program

The City of Dubuque is offering financial assistance to renters and homeowners who lost their income due to COVID-19. People in Dubuque who lost at least some of their income due to the pandemic can get money to pay their rent, mortgage, and utilities. Ryan Feller, Housing Self-Sufficiency Coordinator, says around 200 people have already applied for the Short-Term Assistance Program. Applicants must have lost at least half of their income due to the pandemic. That income also includes social security and unemployment benefits. The program can give renters and homeowners up to a thousand dollars a month for up to three months. Feller says the city is looking for ways to help people as soon as possible. Feller said the deadline to apply is the end of November but says that is a loose date and could change depending on how many applicants qualify for the grant. To apply, visit https://www.cityofdubuque.org/618/Housing-Community-Development.

Dubuque Reduced Utility Fee Program

A reminder, effective July 1st, the City of Dubuque will expand its reduced utility fee program for income-qualified residential customers to apply for utilities provided by the city: water, sanitary sewer, refuse collection, and storm water. Residents who apply for and are approved for the program may receive a discount of up to 50 percent of the established base or minimum rate for each utility. For more information, or to apply for this program, visit www.cityofdubuque.org/utilitybilling.

Dubuque County Sunday COVID-19 Update

There have been 4 additional positive cases of COVID-19 in Dubuque County in the past 24 hours, bringing the county’s total to 415. No additional deaths were reported so the county total remains at 22. As of Friday afternoon, 7,437 Dubuque County residents have been tested for a positive rate of 5.5 percent. One in 13 Dubuque County residents have been tested.

Dubuque County Inmates Test Positive For COVID-19

Several inmates at the Dubuque County jail have tested positive for COVID-19. Sheriff Joe Kennedy says on June 10th, 5 prisoners were transported to the Iowa Medical Classification Center in Coralville. Before being transported the inmates were tested for COVID-19, and all 5 were negative. Kennedy says yesterday his office learned that 3 of the prisoners tested positive while incarcerated at IMCC. He says an inmate that is in the country jail and who was waiting to be transported to IMCC has tested positive for the virus. The sheriff says they have added additional quarantine measures to the measures that are already in place to prevent further exposure.

City Short-Term Assistance Program

The City of Dubuque is offering financial assistance to qualified Dubuque renters and homeowners whose income has been reduced due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Applications are being accepted for the City of Dubuque’s Short-Term Assistance Program for rent, mortgage, and utilities from Dubuque residents whose income has been reduced 50 percent or more due to COVID-19. The program is a grant program so residents who qualify and receive the assistance will not have to pay back any funds they receive. This is a short-term assistance program and can assist with a portion of approved households’ rent or mortgage for up to $1,000 for three months. In addition to rent or mortgage, the program may be able to assist with utility payments. To apply for the Short-Term Assistance Program for rent, mortgage, and utilities, please call 563.564.7489, email go@cityofdubuque.org, or visit www.cityofdubuque.org/housing.

Dubuque County Fair FFA Youth

The Dubuque County Fair will be 2 days shorter than usual this year, running 4 days  instead of 6 over concerns about COVID-19 spreading, but the ISU Extension and Outreach Dubuque County 4-H are committed to showcasing the hard work of 4-H members. They are currently finalizing the 2020 Dubuque County Fair schedules and are making decisions based on guidance from federal, state and local public health agencies, Iowa State University and the National FFA Organization to keep everyone safe. This year’s fair runs July 30th through August 2nd.

Dubuque County Friday COVID-19 Update

There have been 6 additional positive cases of COVID-19 in Dubuque County in the past 24 hours, bringing the county’s total to 402. No additional deaths were reported so the county total remains at 22. As of Wednesday afternoon, 7,186 Dubuque County residents have been tested for a positive rate of 5.5 percent. One in 13 Dubuque County residents have been tested.

COVID-19 Testing Site To Open In Dubuque

Hundreds of thousands of Iowans have been tested for COVID-19, but more tests are still needed according to Governor Kim Reynolds. The Governor says three more state-run Test Iowa Clinics will open in the state beginning Monday. One will be at the Dickinson County Fairgrounds in Spirit Lake, Cass County Health Systems in Atlantic and the Epic Health and Wellness Clinic in the one-thousand block of Cedar Cross Road in Dubuque. So far nearly 240,000 Iowans have been tested for COVID-19. Yesterday was the Governor’s final televised news conference on COVID-19, and she became emotional when she thanked the people who have supported her plans and efforts to minimize the spread of the virus. The Test Iowa Clinic in Dubuque will be open from Monday through Friday of next week. Monday and Tuesday hours will be from 8 am to 7 pm and Wednesday through Friday from 8 am to 5 pm.

Bagley Man Serious Injured In Cycle Crash

A Bagley man was seriously injured after he was thrown from his motorcycle in Grant County last week. According to a press release issued by the sheriff’s department yesterday, 54 year old Craig Homuth was traveling south on County Road P in Wyalusing Township at around 9:30 last Friday night, when he lost control after failing to negotiate a left-hand corner. Homuth lost control and was thrown from the bike. The cycle then went into the gravel shoulder of the road and flipped several times, before going airborne over a fence and coming to rest in a field. A motorist who was behind Homuth stopped to check on him and then called 911. Homuth was first taken to a hospital in Prairie Du Chien before being airlifted to a Madison hospital with serious unknown injuries. Homuth has been cited for failure to keep a vehicle under control.

Hotel Gas Causes Evacuation

A gas leak near a hotel in Dubuque Thursday morning caused guests to temporarily evacuate the building.  Fire crews were called to Days Inn in the one-thousand block of Dodge Street/Highway 20. The leak happened when a construction crew working nearby struck a gas line in the area. Some of the hotel’s guests were force to leave while crews from Black Hills Energy capped off the leak. After the scene was cleared, they were able to return. No injuries were reported.

Student Agriculture Scholarships

With so many county and state fairs being cancelled, FFA members and other agriculture students who raise livestock are fearful they will lose thousands of dollars without being able to show their animals. Casey Welch is the CEO of Tallo, a company that is teaming up with Agricultural Experience Tracker to provide $10,000 scholarships to help out. The scholarship money can go a long way towards helping replace the money lost by not showing and selling their livestock. There will be a total of 10 scholarships awarded over the summer. For more information and to apply, go to https://tallo.com/aet/.

 

 

Chemical Spill Kerper

The Dubuque Fire Dept. reports a spill with liquid flowing from a storage tank at the Gavilon facility this morning. The small spill appears to be the result of an overflow while filling the tank. Fire department Haz Mat team is on site and working to contain the spill. The material is a liquid fertilizer and the hazard is environmental. Kerper Blvd and the general area will be closed off for most of the morning.

Dubuque County Fair To Be Held After All

The Dubuque County Fair will be held this year, but instead of six days, the fair will run 4 days beginning July 30th through August 2nd. Fair manager Kevin Kotz says the reason for the shortened dates is concerns about COVID-19 spreading, and the unavailability of a carnival this year. On the opening day of the fair gates will open at 3 pm and the evening entertainment will consist of sprint car and stock car racing. On Friday evening there will be a demolition derby. On Sunday there will be a “Fun Day”. Kotz says the fair board gave the OK to put on an event this year to give people some sort of release from the bondages of COVID-19. During all four days of the fair there will be live music in the festival garden. The bands that will perform are both local and from outside of Dubuque. Kotz says they had to cancel the concerts for this year, but he says Chris Lane, Queensryche and Skid Row have been rebooked for next year.

Dubuque Man Pleads Guilty In Fatal Overdose Case

A Dubuque man has pleaded guilty to selling drugs that led to the death of a woman in Dubuque last summer. 29 year old Carl Watkins pled guilty in federal court in Cedar Rapids to distribution of controlled substances resulting in death. Prosecutors say in August of 2019, Watkins received a call and a text from a woman looking to buy heroin. He then met up with the woman and her boyfriend in the 700 block of Wilson Avenue, where Watkins sold her drugs. The woman took the mixture home, used it and was later found by her boyfriend unconscious and not breathing. EMS crews arrived but were unable to revive the woman who was pronounced dead at the scene. An autopsy revealed that the woman had fentanyl and analogue in her system. The day after the woman’s death the Dubuque Drug Task Force set up a meeting with Watkins on Wilson Street to buy heroin from him. He was placed under arrest. At the time he was carrying a baggie containing drugs. When he is sentenced, Watkins faces between 20 years and life in prison and a one million dollar fine.

Dubuque County Thursday COVID-19 Update

There have been 2 additional positive cases of COVID-19 in Dubuque County in the past 24 hours, bringing the county’s total to 395. No additional deaths were reported so the county total remains at 22. As of Tuesday afternoon, 7,065 Dubuque County residents have been tested for a positive rate of 5.6 percent. One in 14 Dubuque County residents have been tested.

Dubuque Reopens Parks And Playgrounds

City officials in Dubuque have reopened all parks and playgrounds effective immediately. In addition to reopening the playgrounds, the 50-percent capacity restriction has also been lifted at Flora, and Comiskey Parks and McAleece Recreation Area Skate Parks. Leisure services department has some recommendations for people to follow. First be sure and take along hand sanitizer and wear a mask when you can’t social distance from others outside your household. Park patrons should also increase hand washing and cover coughs and sneezes, bring your own reusable water bottle, bring table covers for picnic tables, go to the bathroom before leaving home, and when places are very busy, or people are not social distancing, change your plans and choose an alternative location. The park pavilions and restrooms remain closed and water fountains at the parks are also not available at this time.

United Way Over The Edge

People who would like to learn more about the United Way of Dubuque Area Tri-States’ Over the Edge fundraiser can meet this Friday in one of two ways, in person or on Facebook Live. President/CEO, Danielle (Duh-neel) Peterson, says they will be meeting by the Town Clock Plaza at 11:45 am where staff and past Edgers will be there to answer questions. The Over the Edge event itself has been moved to September 4th and again will take place in the Hotel Dubuque parking lot. Paula Paider Licht, the United Way’s new Director of Community Building & Impact, says the funds raised are vital to the dozens of non-profits they support. United Way of Dubuque Area Tri-States  has allocated $850,000 to 31 nonprofit partners this year, all helping support local health, education and income programming.

Single Vehicle Rollover

A Scales Mound, Illinois man suffered injuries when his vehicle left the road Tuesday. The Jo Daviess County Sheriff’s Office responded to a single vehicle rollover around 7 pm on East Stagecoach Trail in rural Apple River. 24-year old Christopher Runbergs’ vehicle drifted onto the gravel shoulder of the south edge of the roadway. Runberg over corrected multiple times before veering off the south edge of the road and entered a cornfield before overturning. Runberg was ejected from the vehicle and transported to a Monroe, Wisconsin hospital for further medical treatment. This crash remains under investigation.

Grand Harbor Resort and Waterpark

With Dubuque’s municipal swimming pools remaining closed for the summer, people are going to be looking for alternatives for some fun in the water. The Grand Harbor Resort and Waterpark plans to capitalize on that. Steve Geisz, general manager at the resort, tells our coverage partners, KCRG TV, they reopened the waterpark this past weekend. Geisz said they booked more than 20 rooms almost immediately and now they are preparing for more guests with public pools staying closed. Geisz said their lifeguards cannot ensure everyone stays six feet apart, so it is up to every visitor to practice social distancing.

Layoffs At Diamond Jo Inevitable

No one knows exactly what the lingering effects of COVID-19 will have on the local economy, but for one of Dubuque’s casinos, the future of some of its’ employees hangs in the balance. Boyd Gaming, the parent company of the Diamond Jo recently sent a letter to Mayor Roy Buol indicating that between 25 and 60 percent of its’ workers will lose their jobs. At its’ peak the Diamond Jo employs around 450 people. Mayor Buol says the company gave him a range of 110 to 270 employees that could have their jobs permanently eliminated. Buol realizes the struggle that lies ahead for gaming facilities, hospitality and entertainment industries. Both the Diamond Jo and Q Casinos have had to scale back on some of their offerings in order to maintain a safe environment for their customers and their staffs. The Mayor says there’s a lot of uncertainty looking ahead over the next six months as to when casinos will be able to offer full services again. Boyd plans to announce how many workers will be affected at the Diamond Jo  sometime before mid-July. At this time, Q Casino has no plans to permanently eliminate positions.

Man Airlifted After Motorcycle Crash

A Wisconsin man was seriously injured after he crashed his motorcycle in Jo Daviess County Sunday afternoon. It happened at around 12:40, on Cole Street, just south of Stateline Road in rural Warren. The sheriff’s office says 32 year old Joshua Bridgewater of Waukesha was traveling north on Cole, when he veered off the road, causing the motorcycle to crash onto its’ side and skid through a grassy area. Bridgewater was first taken to a local hospital before being transported to UW—Madison Hospital.  His condition is unknown at this time.

Dubuque County Wednesday COVID-19 Update

There have been 2 additional positive cases of COVID-19 in Dubuque County in the past 24 hours, bringing the county’s total to 391. No additional deaths were reported so the county total remains at 22. As of Monday afternoon, 6,905 Dubuque County residents have been tested for a positive rate of 5.6 percent. One in 14 Dubuque County residents have been tested.

DBQ County Sheriff’s Office Reopening

The Dubuque County Sheriff’s Office is announcing the reopening of additional services beginning July 1st. Due to concerns regarding COVID-19 transmission, jail visits were provided via Skype, fingerprinting for employment was suspended, and individuals with a mittimus to serve jail time were not allowed to schedule their time. Effective July 1st, at 8 am, they will resume normal scheduling for these services. The inmate visitation kiosks will reopen, and Skype will no longer be provided free of charge for inmate visits.

Federal Grant Housing Counseling

Housing agencies in Dubuque that help with tenant and homeowner counseling services will be getting a boost with a federal grant. The Eastern Iowa Regional Housing Authority in Dubuque will receive $12,231. The grant from the Department of Housing and Urban Development’s Housing Counseling Grant Program will allow the agency to provide counseling and advice to tenants and homeowners on property maintenance, financial literacy and management.

NICC Peosta Groundbreaking

Northeast Iowa Community College hosted a Virtual Groundbreaking Ceremony on Monday to celebrate the beginning of construction and renovations at the Peosta campus. VP of Operations, Rhonda Seibert, says the upgrade will lead to a better learning environment for students.  This is Phase 1 of 4, with the next phase beginning next summer. Plans include connecting buildings, upgrading classrooms and labs and a new cafeteria. School President, Dr. Lee, said the improvements will allow more access and faculty to better serve their students. The construction is funded by district voters’ successful passage of the $39 million bond levy in September 2018 and is expected to be substantially completed by July of 2022.

 

 

City Council Pools Stay Closed

After a 6-1 vote last night by the Dubuque City Council, the Dubuque’s municipal swimming pools will remain closed this summer. The council voted to keep Flora and Sutton pools closed amid concerns related to the COVID-19 pandemic. Public Health Specialist Mary Rose Corrigan told the council even though most restrictions have been lifted, the pandemic continues. At-large councilman David Resnick said the risk is too high to open the pools. Second Ward councilwoman Laura Rousell agreed, saying safety should come first. Brett Shaw, First Ward councilman, voted in favor of opening the pools. Had the council voted to open the pools there would have been many amenities that would have stayed shut down including the slides, high dive, playground, and lockers.

National Mississippi River Museum Full Capacity

Starting last Friday, museums, aquariums, and zoos in Iowa were allowed to reopen at full capacity, and at least one venue said it experienced an increase in traffic over the weekend. The National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium in Dubuque says its staff and animals were glad to have more visitors back after reopening at 50% capacity two weeks ago. Until then, the museum had been closed more than two months because of the coronavirus. Museum Store Manager Mark Girardy tells KCRG TV they have markers on the floor to encourage groups to space themselves apart, and staff said they’re frequently cleaning and wiping down the areas of the museum that people like to touch. In the two weeks it had been limited to 50% capacity, the museum had used a timed entry system to limit how many people could come in each half-hour, but Girardy said they never had to turn anyone away.

 

Grant County Click It or Ticket

The Grant County Sheriff’s Office is joining law enforcement agencies throughout Wisconsin during the Click It or Ticket seat belt campaign from June 22 to July 5. Sheriff Nate Dreckman says despite advances in vehicle technologies, wearing a seat belt remains the most important and effective step motorists can take to prevent being injured or killed in a traffic crash. Currently, Wisconsin’s seat belt use rate stands at 90.2 percent – the highest ever. Still, 44 percent of the car and light truck occupants killed in Wisconsin traffic crashes last year were not buckled up. Last year in Wisconsin, there were 41,654 traffic convictions for failure to wear a seat belt.

Dubuque County Monday COVID-19 Update

There has been 1 additional positive cases of COVID-19 in Dubuque County in the past 24 hours bringing the total to 385. No additional deaths were reported so the county total remains at 21. As of Saturday afternoon, 6,742 Dubuque County residents have been tested with a positive test rate of 5.7 percent. One in 14 Dubuque County residents have been tested.

Dubuque Man Shot In The Leg

A Dubuque man was injured after police say he was shot in the leg early Friday morning. Police were called to Mercy Hospital, after a man came there to be treated for a gunshot wound. Police say 28 year old Marcus Phillips had been admitted at around 3:40 to be treated for a non-life threatening gunshot wound. The incident happened in the two-thousand block of Jackson Street. Police are looking at street camera footage, but so far no arrests have been made.

Fair Status In the Tri-States

This year’s Dubuque County Fair is scheduled for July 28th through August 2nd, but whether or not it will take place is still unknown. The fair board was expected to make an announcement Thursday, but that announcement won’t happen before the end of next week. The board will meet on Tuesday and a decision is expected at that time. Meantime, officials with the Delaware County Fair have decided to cancel this year’s event because of concerns over the coronavirus pandemic. That event was to be held July 13th through the 19th. Other fairs that are cancelled this year in the Tri-State area are Jo Daviess in Illinois and Grant and Crawford in Wisconsin. The Great Jones County Fair in Iowa announced last week that it would not be offering grandstand entertainment this year. The only fairs in our listening area that will go on as planned this year are the Jackson County fair in Iowa and the Lafayette County fair in Wisconsin.

Carnegie-Stout Reopens Monday

After being closed for two-and-a-half months because of the coronavirus, the Carnegie-Stout Public Library is set to reopen its’ doors to the public on Monday, with limited services. Library director Susan Hendricks says they’ll reopen safely, by implementing social distancing practices and other guidelines for their staff and visitors. All services inside the library will be available, with the exception of program attendance, and the ability to sit, relax and read. Hendricks says it’s time to return all check-out materials, so starting Monday, the wavier on past due items and hold fees will end. Because some of their patrons might not feel totally safe going back into their building, Hendricks says they’ll continue to offer curbside pickup service for the foreseeable future.

Fatal Vehicle Accident Update

The names have now been released of those involved in a fatal vehicle accident that happened Friday afternoon south of Dubuque. The Dubuque Police report that 78-year old Margaret Coble died in the accident. Authorities had been called to the area of Highways 151/61 and Lake Eleanor Road for the collision about 3:45 Friday. Coble is reported to have been crossing the southbound lanes of the highway from Lake Eleanor Road when she collided with a southbound vehicle driven by 58-year old Scott De Young of Hazel Green. Coble was pronounced dead at the scene. De Young was transported to MercyOne in Dubuque and treated for non-life threatening injuries. The accident remains under investigation.

Jackson County Farm Accident

A farming accident claimed a life Saturday afternoon in rural Maquoketa. The Jackson County Sheriff’s Department reports that 63-year old Stephen Lee Miller died in the accident. The department says that they were sent to a location on 150th Street shortly after 1:30 pm. It was determined that Miller was filling up a fertilizer tank applicator that was hooked to a farm tractor when it slipped into gear causing it to drive forward. Miller was run over by the rear wheels of the tractor and the fertilizer applicator. Miller was pronounced dead at the scene by the Jackson County Medical Examiner.

Carnegie-Stout To Reopen Monday

 

After being closed for two-and-a-half months because of the coronavirus, the Carnegie-Stout Public Library is set to reopen its’ doors to the public on Monday, with limited services. Library director Susan Hendricks says they’ll reopen safely, by implementing social distancing practices and other guidelines for their staff and visitors. All services inside the library will be available, with the exception of program attendance, and the ability to sit, relax and read. Hendricks says it’s time to return all checked-out materials, so starting Monday the wavier on past due items and hold fees will end. Since the library was forced to close, Hendricks says she and her staff have seen some positive come from the pandemic. Because some of their patrons might not feel totally safe going back into their building, Hendricks says they’ll continue to offer curbside pickup service for the foreseeable future.

Dubuque Man Shot In The Leg

 

A Dubuque man was injured after police say he was shot in the leg early this morning. (early Friday morning) Police were called to Mercy Hospital, after a man came there to be treated for a gunshot wound. Police say 28 year old Marcus Phillips had been admitted at around 3:40 to be treated for a non-life threatening gunshot wound. The incident happened in the two-thousand block of Jackson Street. Police are looking at street camera footage, but so far no arrests have been made.

2020 Delaware County Fair Cancelled

Fair officials announced today that the 2020 Delaware County Fair has been cancelled due to Coronavirus concerns. The fair will be working with Delaware County Extension as they move forward with a plan to try to provide 4H/FFA kids with a livestock and static exhibit show that tries to help them showcase their hard work. The fair had been scheduled for July 13-19th in Manchester.

Wisconsin Grant Programs

Two significant grant programs for farmers and small businesses to receive assistance from Federal CARES Act funding will be open for applications on  June 15th. The Wisconsin Farm Support program will provide $1,000–$3,000 grants for farms. The application opens on Monday, June 15th and closes Monday, June 29th. The program will send $50 million in direct aid payments to Wisconsin farmers who have experienced losses due to COVID-19. Apply online at revenue.wi.gov. If you are unable to apply online, please call 608-266-2772. The We’re All In grant program is for small businesses and will provide $2,500 grants to 30,000 small businesses. The program is designed to help with the cost of business interruption, health and safety improvements, wages and salaries, rent, mortgages and inventory. The application opens on June 15th and closes on June 21st and can be found at www.wedc.org.
Both of these grant programs have very short deadlines and those who are eligible should apply right away.

 

 

Boscobel Man Strangulation Charge

A rural Boscobel man is facing numerous charges after the Grant County Sheriff’s Office received a 911 call of a physical domestic dispute at Cozy Acres Trailer Park in Marion Township. The incident happened Saturday around 9 am when Sheriffs Deputies, along with Boscobel Police and Wisconsin State Patrol responded. Upon the arrival, 22-year old Lucas Noble refused to comply with the officers. As officers were attempting to take Noble into custody, he physically resisted arrest and pepper spray was deployed by one of the officers. Noble was arrested for Strangulation, two counts of Battery, resisting arrest, and disorderly conduct.

Grant County COVID-19 Testing

A community COVID-19 drive-through testing site will open June 17th from 9 am to 4 pm at parking lot 28 on the UW-Platteville campus. Walk-through testing is also available for those without transportation. This testing site is open to anyone, regardless of residency, with the only restriction that all to be tested must be over the age of 5. Those wanting a COVID-19 test should call 608-723-1604 to schedule a time. A limited number of unscheduled walk-in openings will be available, so calling ahead will ensure the ability to be tested. Testing will be conducted using the nasal swab method and is free of charge.

Pizza Ranch Fundraising Opportunities

A local restaurant is doing their best to assist non-profits raise funds during the coronavirus pandemic. Tony Powers, General Manager of the Pizza Ranch, says so many fundraisers have been cancelled the past 3 months they are bringing back their popular Community Impact events. Groups can also fundraise by purchasing take and bake pizza orders. Something new are the Roundup Cards that include 3 different offers with separate price values. As of today, people can serve themselves at the Pizza Ranch buffet table instead of having employees get the food for you.

 

 

 

Union Pharmacy COVID-19 Testing

People looking to get tested for COVID-19 in Dubuque now have another option: Union Family Pharmacy. Eric Nightingale, co-owner of Union Family Pharmacy, tells our coverage partners, KCRG TV, that when they first heard about the offer for testing for coronavirus from their wholesaler, they had concerns. Nightingale says that the staff was initially scared, but that they were much more at ease after everyone sat down to discuss the logistics. Now they are proud of being able to offer this service to the community for free. Pharmacy tech Kim Hammel, says like many other testing sites, walking in and getting tested is not an option. Here are the steps:

 Go to https://doineedacovid19test.com/ to register and pick a time for an appointment. There is a screening process, so not everyone will be eligible to get tested.

  • Drive into the pharmacy’s parking lot during your appointment time. Leave your window up. Staff will meet you there with signs to communicate via flashcards.
  • You will be required to show identification and the voucher made available to you after registering.
  • Staff will ask you to roll down your window three inches and hand you the test kit. This is the moment to ask questions regarding the procedure.
  • Unlike other testing sites, you will need to collect your sample yourself. The procedure consists of pushing a swab up your nose.
  • Once the test is collected, you will place everything sealed-tight in a hazard bag and place it in a receptacle outside.

 The testing was made possible because of a partnership between the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, testing company eTrueNorth, and the pharmacy’s wholesaler McKesson.