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Library Free Food Pantry

The Carnegie-Stout Public Library has set up a free food pantry for the holiday season. The pantry is open now through January 2nd, 2020, during regular library hours. To help sustain the pantry throughout the holiday season, the library is asking for donations of canned goods and dry packaged foods. No glass, expired items, or perishable foods. Donations can be dropped off to a staff member at any library service desk.

Mullis Sentencing Pushed Back

The sentencing date for a Delaware County man accused of killing his wife with a corn rake last year on the family farm in Earlville has been moved to early next year. The sentencing hearing for 43 year old Todd Mullis will be held on March 17th. Mullis was convicted by a jury in Dubuque County in September of first degree murder. He was accused of stabbing his wife Amy Mullis to death last November. Prosecutors said he was angry that she was having an affair. Mullis has hired a new attorney who requested the delay in sentencing so he could become familiar with the case. The deadline for post-trial motions for attorneys was also extended to February 28th. A first degree murder conviction carries a mandatory life in prison sentence in Iowa.

Two Special Projects Grants Awarded By DRA

In its’ first year of existence the Dubuque Racing Association Special Projects Grant Committee has selected two local organizations for funding. During its’ monthly meeting yesterday the DRA board of directors voted to accept a recommendation from the executive committee to fund the Dream Center and the Dubuque Museum of Art to the tune of $150,000 each for their projects. Executive Committee chair Rick Dickinson says the money funded to the Dream Center will be used to make the building ADA compliant. The Museum of Art funding will be used for a major expansion in the downtown area. The process for selecting the special grant recipients started back in August. In all the committee sifted through 36 applications and narrowed it down to four. The 36 applications amounted to more than 7 million dollars in funding request. The special projects grant program is seperate from the regular grant program.

Pennsylvania Closure

A portion of a well-traveled road in Dubuque will be closed for some emergency work this week. Pennsylvania Avenue, between Seippel and Heacock Roads will be closed to through traffic for shoulder repairs. The work will begin at around 7 o’clock this morning and should be done by the end of the day on Friday. Motorists should follow the posted detour.

Peosta Mayor Special Election

An open mayor seat in Peosta will be filled with a special election. Former Peosta Mayor Larry Meschers’ resignation was officially accepted by the city council on October 21. The resignation happened too close to the local election held on November 5th, so the city was not able to put the seat on the ballot according to Peosta City Administrator Whitney Baethke. Baethke says her office received a petition with more than 130 signatures on Monday morning in favor of a special election. Only 45 were needed to trigger a special election. Baethke said her office sent the petition to the Dubuque County Auditor’s office which is in charge of organizing the election. It will likely be held on January 14th. If the council or county approves that date, the deadline to file for candidacy will be December 20th.

Attitude of Gratitude-Opening Doors

A local non-profit will be holding their long running fundraiser at the Grand River Center this weekend. Co-host Bobbi Earles, says Opening Door’s 18th annual Attitude of Gratitude will take place Saturday, from 4:30 pm to 9 pm and is a huge deal for the organization. There are a wide variety of prizes to bid on during the silent and live auctions. You don’t even have to attend the event to bid on items. Opening Doors Development and Marketing Director, Ann Lorenz, who says that the new Shining Star category features items valued at over $500. The gala also includes dinner, music by Tapestry, three raffles, and an inspiring story from one of their residents. For tickets and information, go to openingdoorsdbq.org.

E.D. Woman Human Trafficking Plea

An East Dubuque woman has accepted a plea deal after she was charged with human trafficking and other charges when she was arrested in Des Moines in July. A Polk County District Court official says 25-year old Brittany Walters was sentenced to two years of probation for the felony D charge of pimping and ordered to have no contact with the victims. Two counts of human trafficking and one count of pandering for prostitution were dropped and the five year sentence suspended. The crimes were committed at a hotel in Ankeny. According to court documents, Walters “knowingly and unlawfully engage in human trafficking by setting up and driving four females to Des Moines for the purpose of prostitution.”

Baby Shark Live! Five Flags

A popular global hit song about a family of sharks that has spawned a live concert experience is coming to Dubuque next spring. The live tour of the viral sensation of Baby Shark Live! will come to Dubuque’s Five Flags Center on March 13th at 6:00 pm. Tickets for the show will go on-sale this Friday beginning at 10:00 am. Ticket prices begin at $29.50, plus applicable taxes and fees. For tickets and additional information, visit babysharklive.com. The Baby Shark Dance video has over 3.8 billion views, making it the 5th most viewed video in the history of YouTube.

Merge LLC Project-City Council

The Dubuque City Council gave the go ahead last night for a developer to move forward with a proposed 20-million dollar, mixed-use building at the Port of Dubuque. Brent Dahlstrom, Merge Urban Development CEO, says the project will include 187 apartment units and retail space. Kristin Dietzel, Vice President of Workforce Solutions for Greater Dubuque Development, notes that Dubuque is attracting young professionals that need good rental choices. Dietzel says the Merge project creates the type of housing units that have been indentified as a need in Dubuque. Mayor Roy Buel says it’s a great project for the entire city. The city is also giving Merge a land acquisition grant of just over $485,000 as well as 10 years of Tax Increment Financing, or TIF, rebates. The project will be located along the corner of Fifth and Bell Streets, west of the Flexsteel corporate office building.

UD University Health Center Update

In May the University of Dubuque began construction on a health center that will be located near the intersection of Grace and Algona Streets. The center will provide students with a first point of access for outpatient and preventative medical care services. UD President Dr. Jeffery Bullock says the “Smeltzer-Kelly Health Center is the brainchild of UD grad “Campus Mom” Barbara Smeltzer, who is the school’s student resources advisor and her husband Jack. Bullock says they’re working on staffing for the health center right now. The center will also provide brain health care. UD’s partnership with Finley Hospital will continue even when the new center is completed. The 1.1 million dollar health center is scheduled for completion next fall. The Smeltzers contributed a half million towards the project.

Rear-End Crash Injures One

A Dubuque woman was taken to the hospital after she was rear-ended by another vehicle Friday evening in Dubuque. According to a police report the accident happened at around 5:10 in the 900 block of Central Avenue. 63 year old Lynne Feldermann of Galena was traveling south when she crashed into the back of a vehicle driven by 64 year old Patricia Gallogly of Dubuque. Gallogly was transported to Mercy Hospital where she received treatment for her injuries. Feldermann was issued a citation for failure to maintain control.

Bellevue Classes Held Amid Social Media Threat

Despite a social media threat which was later determined not a danger to students, classes in Bellevue were held yesterday. The threat by a student at the high school was discovered late Sunday night and immediately investigated by school officials, Bellevue police and the Jackson County sheriff’s office. The student has been temporarily suspended and charges are pending. A statement posted by school administrators says ” the safety of all students and staff is the priority for the Bellevue Community School District at all times, and we also want to keep parents and others aware of situations as warranted.”

Grant County Accident

A Platteville man faces charges after an accident in Grant County Friday night. The Grant County Sheriff’s office responded around 7:10 to a two vehicle accident. 20 year old Alec Kessel was driving northbound on Hwy 151 when he turned left onto Southwest Road from the far right lane. 32-year old Jennifer McDonough, of Davenport, was traveling northbound and Kessel turned in front of McDonough causing both vehicles to collide. McDonough was transported by Platteville EMS to Southwest Health Center due to minor injuries. Kessel was cited for Improper Left Turn and Operating While Suspended.

“Holiday Tag”-City Solid Waste Collection

The City of Dubuque is continuing its annual distribution of a complimentary “holiday tag” for extra garbage to its solid waste collection customers. The tags will be available until Jan. 3, 2020. The City of Dubuque is continuing its annual distribution of a complimentary “holiday tag” for extra garbage to its solid waste collection customers. The tags will be available until Jan. 3, 2020. Customers may pick up their holiday tag during normal business hours at the following locations: Municipal Services Center, Utility Billing Office, Multicultural Family Center, Housing and Community Development Dept., and Leisure Services Department office. The holiday tags may be used for refuse on any collection day in the future

Field of Dreams MLB Game

The excitement continues to build for next summers Major League Baseball game between the Chicago White Sox and the New York Yankees to be played next to the Field of Dreams iconic field in Dyersville. Keith Rahe, President and CEO of Travel Dubuque, says he is expecting far more people in the area for the game than just the 8,000 people who are lucky enough to get tickets. There may be future games scheduled at the site if everything goes as hoped. Playing on the newly constructed ballpark in a small Iowa town will be something the White Sox and Yankees will not be used to and Rahe thinks they will really enjoy it. The new field was built using the original Comiskey Park dimensions. The August 13th game will be broadcast nationally on Fox Sports, who ran a commercial promoting the game during this years World Series.

Ernst On USMCA

A U.S. Senator would like to see movement in Congress concerning a trade agreement President Trump announced nearly a year ago. Iowa Senator Joni Ernst says the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement has widespread support in Iowa. Ernst says the House of Representatives is holding things up and she thinks it’s to avoid giving the President a legislative “win”. According to the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative website, the goal of the USMCA is to support mutually beneficial trade leading to freer markets, fairer trade, and robust economic growth in North America.

Pothoff Running For Supervisor

A longtime veteran of the Dubuque County sheriff’s department has announced that he’s running for a seat on the county board of supervisors next year. Captain Harley Pothoff hosted a campaign kick-off event on Sunday at Breitbach’s Country Diner in Balltown. In a press release Pothoff says “he thinks the current board is wasting taxpayer dollars on “non-priorities” and things that are not the county’s responsibility. He goes on to say that the citizens of Dubuque and Dubuque county need to know where their tax money is being spent, why is it being spent, when can citizens expect to see a return on their investment, does spending fall within the guidelines of state code for tax money and does it meet the guidelines of the strategic spending plan.

Sundown Opened This Weekend

An early snowfall may not be good news for some in the Tri-States, but it’s sweet music to the ears of administrators at Sundown Mountain Resort in rural Dubuque and Chestnut Mountain Resort in Galena. Sundown opened its’ 46 season Saturday, while Chestnut plans to kick off its’ season on November 23rd. Sundown general manager Mark Gordon says this year is one of the earliest they have ever opened. Gordon says they start fielding calls from skiers and snowboarders in late October. The weather has been ideal for making snow at Sundown. Chestnut will open from 9 am to 4 pm on November 23rd and the 24th.

Lafayette County Crash With Injuries

A two vehicle crash in Lafayette County Thursday morning sends two people to the hospital. The accident happened on State Highway 11 in New Diggins Township at around 6:45. The sheriff’s office says a a car driven by 23 year old Autumn Unbehaun of Benton was traveling west on 11, when she lost control and crossed the centerline. Her vehicle struck an eastbound car driven by 37 year old Catherine Klang also of Benton. Unbehaun and a minor passenger were taken to an area hospital to be treated for their injuries. Klang refused medical attention at the scene. Unbehaun was cited for failure to maintain control.

Sexual Abuse Charges

A Hanover, Illinois man is facing charges for sexually abusing a teen under the age of 17. 45-year old Chuck Burcham has been charged with 4 counts of Criminal Sexual Abuse that Jo Daviees County authorities say happened between June 1st and September of this year. Each count carries a sentence of between 3 and 7 years and a maximum fine $25,000s each. Burchams next appearance in Jo Daviess County District Court is November 26th.

Polar Plunge Takes Place This Weekend

City, county and local law enforcement officials are prepared to brave the cold temperatures Saturday as part of a fundraiser for Special Olympics Iowa. They’ll be jumping into the frigid Mississippi River during the annual “Dubuque Polar Plunge.” The event will take place at the Schmitt Harbor Boat Ramp. Dubuque police Chief Mark Dalsing says his team has been preparing for the plunge for a long time. Dalsing says his department helps raise money for Special Olympics year-round, but the plunge is something they look forward to. The individuals who participate in Special Olympics Winter Games are very appreciative of all the support they receive. The winter games will be held in Dubuque in mid-January. The plunge starts at 11.

Dubuque Man Faces Felony Charge

A Dubuque man faces felony charges after authorities in Jo Daviess County accused him of asking for a woman’s permission to sexually abuse a pre-teen girl who was in the woman’s care. 39 year old Douglas Buttikofer is charged with three felony counts of unlawful grooming. The incident occurred in Jo Daviess County between September 20th and the 25th. If convicted on all three charges, Buttikofer could be sentenced to up to nine years in prison. He will next appear in circuit court on January 9th.

Hanover Man Seriously Injured In Crash

A Hanover man suffered serious injuries following a head-on crash in Jo Daviess County Tuesday afternoon. A crash report from Illinois State Police says a vehicle driven by 31 year old Thomas Trevarthen was traveling south on Illinois 84, when he crossed the center line and crashed head-on into another vehicle driven by 50 year old Maria Dreyer of Hanover. Trevarthen was transported to Finley Hospital with serious injuries. His condition has not been released. Dreyer was taken to Mercy with non-life threatening injuries. Two children in Trevarthen’s vehicle were also taken to Finley with non-life threatening injuries. The accident remains under investigation.

Fire Destroys Dubuque Garage

Fire destroyed a garage on Dubuque’s north end Thursday afternoon. Fire crews responded to a report of a fire inside a detached garage in the 2000 block of Garfield Avenue at around 12:45. The garage was fully engulfed when crews arrived. A live power line was on the roof of the structure, so fire crews had to extinguish the blaze from a distance until Alliant Energy arrived to disconnect power to the down power line. They were then able to enter the garage. No damage estimate is available at this time and the cause of the fire is being investigated. No injuries were reported.

Western Dubuque School Board Recount

A candidate for the district four Western Dubuque School Board race has asked for a recount. Jeff Wolf lost to Nancy Fett by a total of 5 votes on election day, 1, 227 to 1, 222. Dubuque County Deputy Commissioner of Elections, Jenny Hillary, says that Western Dubuque school district includes voters in 5 counties but Wolf is only requesting a recount in Dubuque County where Fett came out on top 1,174 votes to 1,141 votes. Over 3,800 absentee ballots will also be sorted thru and hand counted. Hillary says the recount will start Friday morning and should be completed by late Friday or sometime early next week.

Salvation Army of Dubuque Kick-off

The Salvation Army in Dubuque is kicking off its Red Kettle Campaign and with some new features this year. Salvation Army Captain Matthew Phelps says people will now be able to donate with their phones. All you have to do is scan a code on the kettle with your Apple or Android phone. Also new this year, people can sign up for volunteering online. Go to registertoring.com. Phelps is excited about these new features for Dubuque. He hopes it gets more people involved to help fund all of the Salvation Army’s programs. Phelps says people will start to see bell-ringers at Hy-Vee, Walgreens, Eagle, and at more places, starting today.

Barn Fire In New Vienna Kills 35 Calves

At least 35 calves were killed in a barn fire on a farm in New Vienna early Wednesday morning. Crews from the New Vienna and Luxemburg fire departments responded to the Mark McAllister farm in the 2700 block of North Bankston Road at around 3:40 am. The barn was fully engulfed when they arrived on scene. Crews were able to bring the blaze under controlled and remained on scene until around 10 am. The barn and all of its’ contents were destroyed. No damage estimate was available and the cause of the fire remains under investigation.

Search Continues For Gessner

The parents of a missing Dubuque man hope someone will step forward with information to help with the search for him. It’s been more than three weeks since Mark and Shelly Gessner saw their son Dan Gessner. He was last seen in the early morning hours of Monday October 21st in East Dubuque. That Sunday evening, Dan was seen at a couple of bars in downtown Dubuque. The Gessners know he went to East Dubuque at 2 am and private surveillance footage captured him at 3:15 am walking east on Sinsinawa Avenue. Mark tells our coverage partners at KCRG TV that a few people have come forward saying they saw a large male on the bridge around 4 am that Monday, but no one can confirm it was Dan. The East Dubuque police chief has just received a warrant to access Dan’s phone records after a delay from Verizon, and the Gessners are hoping that will help. Dan has a medical device in his back due to injuries he sustained from military training. If the device isn’t charged he can’t walk. Mark and Shelly thank the entire community as well as law enforcement as they continue the search for their son. If you have any information contact the East Dubuque or Dubuque police departments.

Road Closure Dangerous In Peosta

Some homeowners in Dubuque County subdivisions say an ongoing road closure is creating dangerous driving conditions. The road that’s closed is called “Ulyana Drive”, which connects Thunder Hill and Cox Springs Roads. It’s the only road that connects these neighborhoods, other than U.S. Highway 20. For nearly 400 homes on the east side of Peosta, they have to cross the busy highway multiple times a day. Typically motorists who live in the area would take the back road…Ulyana Drive. It can help people get into the center of Peosta without having to go onto the highway. It being closed has highlighted some concerns according to city administrator Whitney Baethke. She tells our coverage partners at KCRG TV the city doesn’t actually own the road. Now the city is hoping to gain control of the road, but it also wants to create a second access point. The city hopes to work with the Iowa DOT to make the Cox Springs and Thunder Hills intersection safer. Ulyana Drive is closed due to the construction of a new subdivision. Developers closed the road in the summer and were supposed to reopen it by the end of October. It is now expected to reopen by Thanksgiving. In the meantime developers have agreed to temporarily reopen the road by laying gravel on Ulyana Drive. But that won’t happen until the snow melts.

SW Tech Evacuated After Gas Main Break

Students, faculty and staff at Southwest Tech in Fennimore were evacuated yesterday following a gas main break near the main campus. There were some kids in the child care center, but they were relocated to the public safety building. That complex along with the Ag/Auto Center building remained open. All classes were cancelled for the day.

Sanford Health-UnityPoint Health No Merger

An expected merger between two health providers will not be happening after all. UnityPoint Health released an announcement on its potential merger with Sanford Health. After significant consideration, UnityPoint Health will not be moving forward with a formal partnership. The potential partnership with Sanford Health, a health system based in Sioux Falls, South Dakota was announced in June. UnityPoint is the parent company of UnityPoint Health-Finley Hospital in Dubuque.

Revenue Purpose Statement Re-Act

Last week voters in the Dubuque Community School district overwhelmingly passed the “revenue purpose statement.” That will allow the district to continue spending revenue generated from the state approved one cent sales tax on projects like the renovations at Senior and Hempstead High Schools. The passage of the RPS does not raise property taxes. School board president Tami Ryan says the board can now start planning for new projects for the district. Board member Mike Donohue says the community has always been passionate about student achievement, and the number of voters who adopted the measure shows that they have confidence in the board to select the right projects for the district. 5,564 eligible voters supported the “revenue purpose statement” while 1,125 voted against it.

Farley Man Arrested For Sexual Assault

A Farley man faces charges after police say he sexually assaulted a woman he knew. Dubuque County sheriff’s deputies took 37 year old Moises Suarez into custody early Tuesday morning. He is charged with 3rd degree sexual abuse-forcible rape and interference with official acts. The assault allegedly happened at a home in Farley Monday night. Authorities say Saurez lured the woman into a room, locked the door and sexually assaulted her. Saurez has denied the allegations and says while he did have sex with the woman he did not force himself on her. While being arrested, Saurez reportedly struck his head on some objects and said police were trying to hurt him.

Two Injured In Grant County Crash

Two people were taken to area hospitals with injuries after their vehicles collided in Grant County early Sunday morning. The crash occurred at the intersection of County Highways D and H in the Township of Smelser at around 6:30 am. A vehicle driven by 42 year old Adriano Ayres of Platteville was traveling south on County D, when he failed to stop for the stop sign at the intersection with County H. His car struck the front driver’s side of a vehicle driven by 54 year old JoAnn Harris of rural Cuba City, who was traveling east on County H. Both vehicles landed in a ditch. Harris was transported to Finley Hospital in Dubuque to be treated for her injuries, while Ayres was taken to Southwest Health Center and treated. Ayres was cited for failure to stop at a stop sign.

Dubuque Man Sentenced To 25 Years

A Dubuque man has been sentenced to 25 years in prison for shooting another man during a disturbance on the city’s north end in June. 37 year old Frederick Bateast pleaded guilty to willful injury and being a habitual offender in possession of a firearm. He was originally charged with attempted murder. The incident happened on the night of June 16th in the 2400 block of White Street. When police arrived, witnesses told them someone had been shot and was taken to the hospital. The victim was later identified as 35 year old Ricardo Thomas. He had been shot in the back as he ran away following an altercation with another man. Investigators used traffic camera footage to identify Bateast as the shooter. He later turned himself in at the law enforcement center. Thomas survived the shooting following surgery.

Five Flags-Theisen’s Wags at the Flags

The Five Flags Center in downtown Dubuque is bringing back Theisen’s Wags at the Flags this winter. It will be held on most Wednesdays from 4:30-8:00 pm from November to March, starting this Wednesday. Five Flags Center General Manager, H.R. Cook, says Wags at the Flags is an indoor dog park and a part of the proceeds go to the Dubuque Regional Humane Society.  Wags at the Flags is held in the Five Flags Arena and you don’t need to worry about the size of your dog and you can leave their toys at home, Theisen’s has that covered. The cost for admission will be $4.00 per dog. Humans get in free. There will be cleaning supplies available, as well as the Barka Lounge for pet owners to purchase refreshments & adult beverages. Rules for the indoor dog park closely resemble the City of Dubuque’s dog park rules.

City Council-City Manager

After a council member’s resignation, a divided Dubuque City Council halted an impending investigation into the city’s workplace culture. Last week, KCRG-TV9 detailed a letter showing four city council members advocating to fire city manager Mike Van Milligen, citing issues with secrecy, threats, and workplace culture. More documents reveal that the council was on the cusp of doing something about this behavior, only to have progress stopped when Kate Larson resigned. On August 19th, Larson announced at the end of a council meeting that she had to resign due to a move for a job change. Larson’s seat was left vacant which meant there was no longer a majority on the council willing to investigate the city manager. Mayor Roy Buol was very direct against the investigation. In the closed session he is quoted as saying, “It was a God-send that Kate left. It was. Because what this would’ve done to the city, I would hold all of you responsible for the rest of your lives because this would be disastrous.” After last week’s election, only one of the four council members who supported firing Van Milligen will still be on the council come January. Larson, Brett Shaw, Jake Rios, and Luis Del Toro wanted to fire Van Milligen, while Mayor Buol, Ric Jones, and David Resnick opposed.

Christmas Food/Toy Sign Up

Tis the season to be jolly, and once again the Salvation Army in Dubuque along with its’ many partners will make sure that needy families in the Tri-State area have a Merry Christmas. For the rest of this week and again on November 18th, people can sign-up for food and toys. Captain Matt Phelps says you need to bring at least one of the following items when you come to sign up…school records, birth certificate or social security card. You can also bring an EBT card, a Title 19 card or a check stub that establish your income. The people that signup and qualify will be able to pick up their toys and food on December 11th at the Salvation Army on Iowa Street. Captain Matt says they could never do what they do for families at Christmas time if not for their partners. The signup times are between 9 am and 4 pm. This year the Salvation Army expects to assist more than 1,500 people through its’ Christmas assistance program.

Dubuque Couple Pleads Guilty To Wire Fraud

A Dubuque man and his wife accused of stealing nearly $200,000 from his disabled mother have pleaded guilty to federal charges. 65 year old Howard Derby and his 51 year old wife Pattie recently entered guilty pleas to wire fraud. State charges were dropped after the federal charges were filed. Documents say Derby’s disabled mother moved in with the couple and that he had been given power of attorney for her finances and medical needs. The Derbys then took money from her accounts to buy cars and pay for vacations among other things. Federal records don’t list a sentencing date.

Manchester Man Going To Prison

A Manchester man is going to prison for his role in a stabbing incident that happened this summer. 38 year old William Holmes pleaded guilty in Delaware County to willful injury causing bodily injury. In two separate unrelated cases Holmes pled guilty to possession of a firearm by a felon, first degree harassment and possession of marijuana and methamphetamine. In exchange for his guilty plea in the stabbing case, prosecutors agreed to drop a charge of going armed with intent. A judge sentenced Holmes to 12 years behind bars. In late August police say Holmes stabbed his roommate in the arm after the two men got into a fight at the residence they shared. 20 year old Taneasha Gingerich is charged with one felony count of willful injury after police say she kicked the victim in the head while he was on top of Holmes while the two men fought. Holmes was convicted of felonies on four separate occasions from 2003 through 2009.

Mullis Seeking New Trial

A Delaware County man convicted of killing his wife on the family’s farm now wants a new trial. A Dubuque County jury found Todd Mullis guilty of first-degree murder back in September. He killed his wife, Amy Mullis, using a corn rake at their family farm in Earlville. During the trial, defense attorneys claimed someone else killed her. The state said Mullis killed his wife because she was having an affair. KCRG reports Mullis’ attorney filed a motion for a new trial. A hearing for the motion is set for December 17th, the same day as his sentencing. First-degree murder carries a mandatory life sentence.

Salvation Army of Dubuque

The Salvation Army of Dubuque is inviting Dubuque area residents to a kick-off of the annual bell-ringing season on Wednesday with a special event at 6:15 pm at the Dubuque Kennedy Mall. The event will take place at Center Court and include the announcement of the 2019 goal for the Kettle Campaign, a new promotion with the Kennedy Mall and an additional way to donate at the kettle this season. As a reminder, The Salvation Army of Dubuque will have its Christmas toy and food sign-up for low-income households November 12th – 15th, and the 18th from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at 1099 Iowa Street for Dubuque area residents. Those signing-up will need to bring a picture ID for adults registering and ONE of the following for each child: social security card, birth certificate, or school record. The toy distribution will be December 11th from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Highway 52 Fatal

A Bellevue woman is dead following a two vehicle accident Saturday night. The Dubuque County Sheriff’s Office says 20-year old Hannah Ruggeberg was killed in the crash. Authorities found two vehicles when they arrived on scene at Highway 52 South, near Bradel Cove Road around 6:30 pm. 69-year old John Hoffman of Dubuque received minor injuries, and a three-year-old girl was airlifted with serious injuries. The sheriff’s office says the crash happened when Hoffman was driving north in the southbound lane, and struck Ruggeberg’s vehicle head-on. The crash remains under investigation.

Gratiot Township Accident

A Gratiot woman suffered severe injuries in an accident early Saturday morning. The Lafayette County Sheriff’s Office reports deputies responded to a one vehicle accident on Dunbarton RD, Gratiot Township around 5:41 am. 47-year old Angela Goebel was eastbound when she lost control of her vehicle causing her to cross the center line, enter the opposite ditch, and come to rest striking a fence. Goebel was transported to the hospital with severe injuries. Green County EMS, Darlington, Gratiot First Response, Gratiot Fire Department, and UW Med Flight assisted on scene. Darlington Police Department assisted with traffic control.

Veterans Day-City Offices Closed

City of Dubuque offices will be closed on November 11th, in honor of Veterans Day. This includes City Hall and most other City offices and facilities. However, the City’s public works department will operate the regular Monday collection schedule for refuse, yard debris, and recycling. The Dubuque Metro Landfill will also be open on Veterans Day. The Jule’s fixed route buses, mini-buses, and downtown shuttle will operate their normal Monday schedule and routes on Veterans Day; however, the Dubuque Intermodal Transportation Center will not be open.

MILVET-MercyOne

Just two days before Veterans Day, officials at MercyOne Dubuque have officially launched a Military and Veterans Health program, or MILVET to improve access to high-quality and culturally sensitive health care for veterans and their families throughout Dubuque and surrounding communities. Christina Schauer, director of clinical and professional development at Mercy and MILVET Champion says they look forward to working with the new V A Clinic on Dodge Street and other veterans’ service organizations. Schauer says they’ll be in frequent communication with the new clinic, as they both strive to provide the services needed by veterans and their families. Ann Fessler is the clinic manager for the new VA clinic, which officially opened its’ doors in August. When she was first approached by Schauer about the MILVET program Fessler says she was impressed with her energy and enthusiasm. MercyOne President Kay Takes says when the VA clinic was located on their campus the two entities made it a point to collaborate with each other. MILVET also provides services for females who have very unique medical needs. There are over 200,000 active and retired military service members in Iowa. There are around 6,500 in Dubuque County and when you add Jackson, Delaware and Clayton counties in Iowa and Jo Daviess in Illinois and Grant County in Wisconsin that numbers grows to more than 15,000.

U of Dubuque Best for Vets: Colleges 2020 Rankings

University of Dubuque has once again been nationally recognized for its dedication to providing quality educational opportunities to veterans and military-connected students. For the third straight year, Military Times named UD to its Best for Vets: Colleges rankings. UD was the highest-ranked Iowa institution, placing 19th on a list of 134 four-year universities. UD’s commitment to service members and veterans dates back to World War II and continues to present day with the Sergeant Jeffrey B. Dodge Veterans Center. The center was built to provide student veterans a seamless transition from military life to civilian college life. UD also provides one-on-one counseling during the admission process for veterans, offers peer-to-peer mentoring and tutoring, and provides additional grant and scholarship opportunities.

Highway 52 Fatal

One person is dead following a two vehicle crash Saturday night. The Dubuque County Sheriff’s Office says is happened around 6:30 p.m. Authorities found two vehicles when they arrived on scenes at Highway 52 South, near Bradel Cove Road. One of the drivers was found dead and two others were taken to a nearby hospital with injuries. Names have not been released yet and the crash is under investigation.

Grant County Fatal

A Cassvile woman is dead following a one vehicle crash in Grant County. The accident happened on the morning of November 1st on Highway 81 and Rattlesnake Road in the Township of Beetown. The sheriff’s office says 60 year old Julie Kuenster was driving east on 81, when her vehicle left the road. Kuenster then over corrected and the vehicle slid across the highway in a counter-clockwise manor. Once on the north side of the highway, the rear passenger’s side struck a guardrail end and the vehicle spun. It then went head first into a rock wall embankment. Kuenster was entrapped and had to be extricated. She was transported to Grant Regional Health Center and then to UW Hospitals in Madison where she died Friday. Kuenster is the 10th person to die on Grant County roads this year.

March Of Dimes Prematurity Awareness Month

November is Prematurity Awareness Month and is a big March of Dimes focus for driving awareness of their mission. Prematurity Awareness Day is November 17th and Kaley Rigdon, Development Manager for the Dubuque chapter, says people don’t realize how many moms and families deal with babies born prematurely. Local partners, including the Fighting Saints, will have a special night to promote the cause this evening as they battle the Waterloo Black Hawks. You will notice something special about MercyOne in the month of November to support March of Dimes. There will be special food nights at several locations in Dubuque during November, including Pizza Ranch and Chipotle Mexican Grill, where a portion of food sales or tips will go to the local chapter.

Theisen’s More for Your Community Grants

Theisen’s Home • Farm • Auto has announced that 242 nonprofits in 24 Theisen’s store communities will receive a total of $350,000 in awards through the company’s 2019 More for Your Community grant program. Theisen’s corporate giving program is a partnership with the Community Foundation of Greater Dubuque, who administers the grant program. The Community Foundations Director of Donor Relations, Faye Finnegan, says locally the grants will help over two dozen organizations who will get close to $45,000. Successful grant applicants demonstrated that their projects would serve needs for children and families. Katie Decker, Community Foundations Grants Management Coordinator, notes it’s not just Iowa that Theisen helps with it’s giving but Illinois and Wisconsin too. The applications received this year numbered over 400 but got narrowed down to 25 nonprofits in the Dubuque area. Nonprofits will receive  grant checks at More for Your Community grants celebrations hosted by local stores throughout Iowa and Wisconsin on Monday, November 11th at 11:30 am.

 

Jones County Fatal Crash-Update

The Iowa State Patrol says a Hopkinton woman is dead following a crash between a semi and an SUV in Jones County. According to troopers, 39-year old Michelle Gray was driving a Dodge Durango eastbound on Old Dubuque Road at around 6:50 p.m. Wednesday. They say Gray stopped at the intersection with Highway 151, but pulled out into the path of a southbound semi driven by 50-year old Keith Ahles, of Medford, Wisconsin who was not injured.

Kwik Stop-Charitable Partnerships 2020

The largest, locally owned chain of convenience stores, Kwik Stop has announced a new philanthropic partnership. Tessa Fahey, Director of Retail Operations, says over the past decade Kwik Stop, Dairy Queen and Fazoli’s customers spare change has added up to well over 1-miilion dollars for local nonprofits. Fahey says it would not be possible without the community’s generosity. Heather Hamm, Kwik Care liaison, says during each partner’s designated month, all money collected from Kwik Care canisters is donated to the organization. Local nonprofits can now submit applications for the program in 2020. It’s an easy process to complete a Kwik Care partnership application form at gokwikstop.com. Non-profits need to submit an application on or before Tuesday, November 12th. Selected partners will be featured in Kwik Stop, Dairy Queen and Fazoli’s stores. The non-profits selected will be announced in early December.

Veterans Day Ceremony

Hundreds of area veterans and their families and friends will gather inside Mystique Ice Arena in Dubuque next week for the annual Veterans Day ceremony. The event starts at 10:30 Monday morning. All Tri-State veterans’ organizations and military units are encouraged to participate. This year’s guest speaker is retired Army staff sergeant Joey Crowley. Crowley, who is now the senior vice-president of operations at Hillcrest Family Services, was deployed to Iraq in 2004 during “Operation Iraqi Freedom.” For him it was both scary and exciting. Crowley says he hasn’t prepared a speech for the ceremony he’ll just be speaking from the heart. Crowley has some advice for people, especially young people that may be thinking about enlisting in the military. All veterans are encouraged to wear the uniform of their organization or a military uniform at the ceremony. Following the event you’re invited to the Chili Feed which will be held inside the American Legion club rooms on Delhi Street. That starts at 11:30 and a bowl of chili will only cost you $1.

Maquoketa Native At UIU On Vet Day

A Maquoketa native will be the guest speaker at Upper Iowa University’s Veterans Day program. Senior Chief Petty Officer Jason Berggren will address the public in the Student Center Ballroom at 12:15 Monday. Berggren enlisted in the Navy in 1990. After graduating from boot camp in San Diego, he reported to the Naval Technical Center in Meridian, Mississippi for “Storekeeper A” School training. He served on the USS Saginaw, where he was promoted to petty officer third class. He was honorably discharged from active duty in 1994. He then enlisted in the Naval Reserves at Rock Island, Illinois. Berggren was deployed in 2010 with the Defense Logistics Agency as a command senior enlisted leader in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. He retired in 2016.

Dubuque Man Faces Federal Charge In OD Death

A Dubuque man who was facing state charges in connection with a woman’s drug overdose death is now looking at a federal charge in connection with the same case. 29 year old Carl Watkins is charged with one felony count of possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance in U.S. District Court in Cedar Rapids. Two state charges have been dismissed. On the night of August 5th, police responded to an apartment in the 3700 block of Pennsylvania Avenue. Once inside they found 26 year old Cayla Mutert dead from an apparent drug overdose. Investigators then spoke with Mutert’s boyfriend who told them he had driven her to an area where they picked up Watkins, who goes by the nickname “Country.” Police used Mutert’s cell phone to connect her with Watkins. The two seemed to be talking about heroin in coded text messages. Investigators then set up a sting and arrested Watkins the following day. He admitted to selling other illegal drugs but not heroin.

Dubuque Man Hit While Crossing Street

A Dubuque man was injured after was struck by a vehicle Wednesday night. The accident happened at around 8:30 in the 1200 block of East 16th Street. Police say 60 year old Kenneth Fortunak was crossing the street outside the crosswalk, when he was struck by a car driven by 73 year old Maureen McPartland of Dubuque. Fortunak was transported to Mercy Hospital where he was treated for his injuries. He was later cited for crossing the street outside the crosswalk.

More Food To Giveaway

On Saturday the Dubuque Area Labor Harvest will conduct another food giveaway for low-income residents in Dubuque County. The food giveaway will be held at the Labor Harvest Building on Locust Street beginning at 7:30 am until 9:30, or while food supplies last. Recipients are asked to bring their identification card and a box for the food. The food giveaways are funded by a grant from the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

Jones County Fatal Crash

The Iowa State Patrol says one person is dead following a crash between a semi and an SUV in Jones County. According to troopers, a person driving a Dodge Durango was eastbound on Old Dubuque Road at around 6:50 p.m. Wednesday. They say the driver of the SUV stopped at the intersection with Highway 151, but pulled out into the path of a southbound semi. The driver of the semi was not injured and authorities have not released the name of the SUV driver.

Council Letter-City Manager

In August, four Dubuque city council members wanted to fire the city manager for his handling of sexual harassment complaints, among other reasons. The information is in documents council member Jake Rios shared with our coverage partner KCRG-TV9 this week. The letter is signed by Rios, Brett Shaw, Luis Del Toro, and Kate Larson. Larson has since resigned, Rios did not seek re-election, and Del Toro lost his council seat, leaving only Shaw on the council in January 2020 when new members take their seats. In the seven-page letter, the four council members list more than a dozen concerns with Mike Van Milligen’s leadership. Rios said the most troubling is how the city manager handled a Dubuque police Captain’s complaints of sexual harassment. The council members’ letter claims Van Milligen asked the council to approve a new police captain’s position in February 2018, specifically to appease Abigail Simon. According to the letter, Van Milligen handed out a paper memo to the council explaining why he wanted to create this new position. However, it was seven months after the council approved the new captain’s position, that Van Milligen informed the staff about Simon’s pending lawsuit. The council members also included quotes from city employee evaluations of the city manager. Those quotes highlight concerns about how Van Milligen treats female employees.

City Council Lead Healthy Homes

The City Council Monday voted 6-0 in favor of a pair of amendments designed to help people who rent in Dubuque. The Bee Branch Healthy Homes Administrative plan and Lead and Healthy Homes Work plan both require participating landlords to accept housing vouchers from qualified tenants for the duration of their forgivable loan agreement with the city. The council had postponed the two votes until staff had a meeting with the Dubuque Area Landlord Association Executive Board. Councilman Ric Jones says the association does a good job helping renters. Alexis Steger, Housing and Community Development Director, says the changes should help low and middle income renters stay in their home. Steger says only 17 of 57 landlords in the city do not accept housing vouchers so renters should have more choices on where to live. The amendments still need the Iowa Economic Development Authority and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development to adopt and approve the changes.

 

Potosi Man Ordered To Stop Insurance Business

A southwest Wisconsin man has been ordered to stop doing insurance business in Iowa. The Iowa Insurance Division this week ordered Darron Dean of Potosi to cease and desist doing insurance business in the state after it was discovered that he doesn’t have an insurance license and had failed to disclose past criminal convictions on his license application. He was doing insurance business in Iowa without appropriate licensing and authorization. He also improperly withheld a premium from an Iowa customer. Dean must also pay $2,000 in civil penalties and more than $900 in costs of the investigation and prosecution. In August Dean pled guilty to third degree theft and as a result was ordered to pay restitution and a fine.

Holy Family Community Showcase

Holy Family Schools in Dubuque will be opening their doors to members of the community today during the first annual “Community Showcase.” The event will be held on the Mazzuchelli and Wahlert Catholic campuses. Holy Family director of enrollment Rebecca Mueller says students and faculty will showcase the campuses, while offering hands-on demonstrations of the innovative educational opportunities available to students at Holy Family. Last month the school board voted to close Holy Ghost and St. Anthony elementary schools mainly due to declining enrollment numbers. But Mueller says enrollment numbers at Mazzuchelli are solid while numbers are down slightly at Wahlert. The Community Showcase takes place from 5:30 until 7 pm tonight. Registration is not required.

E D Water Main Repair

Residents living in the Flats, the 500 block of Menominee and the 500 block of Desoto in East Dubuque will experience periodic water interruptions today. That’s because crews will be repairing a water main break in the area. The water interruptions will be between 8 am and 3 p m. Other areas in the Flats could experience interruptions during those hours as well.

Prudential-Voluntary Severance Package

In response to reports of Prudential Financial offering all employee’s in the United States, including Dubuque, a voluntary severance package, the company has issued a statement. Bill Launder, Vice President, Financial and Corporate Communications, sent out the following press release. “We regularly review our organizational structure and operating models to ensure our business is well positioned to accelerate the execution of our financial wellness growth strategy, and to deliver the best possible experience to our customers. As part of this process, we recently introduced a voluntary separation program for segments of domestic (U.S.) employees, which is designed to give our people the choice to pursue their careers within or outside of the company.” The company had no comment concerning the deadline on when employees have to make their decision or when their last date working might be.

More Area City Elections

In other notable city elections, incumbent Robert Reisch kept his seat on the Asbury city council by defeating Curt Kiessling, 397 votes to 380. In Cascade incumbent mayor Greg Staner easily won re-election with 207 votes compared to challenger Marty Gadient’s 97 votes.

U of D Drone Safety Awareness Week

University of Dubuque will participate in the Federal Aviation Administration’s first National Drone Safety Awareness Week from 2 to 4 p.m. Thursday and Friday. The event will be held at the Ed Babka Aviation Learning Center to educate the public about drone regulations and showcase how drones are used in the community. The event will include representatives from UD’s applied aviation technology program, the Academy of Model Aeronautics Dubuque Chapter, Aerial Services Inc., the Dubuque Regional Airport, and the FAA on both days. In addition, the Dubuque Fire Department, Dubuque Police Department, and United States Air Force will be on hand Thursday, while the City of Dubuque Cable TV Division will be at the event Friday. In 2017, UD launched its bachelor of science in applied aviation technology to provide students an opportunity to learn how to operate unmanned aerial systems in the National Airspace System. Projects from students in the program will be displayed at the National Drone Safety Awareness Week event.

Kaufmann Ave. Storm Sewer Project

Work on the Kaufmann Ave. storm sewer improvement project will be wrapping up for the 2019 construction season soon. Over the next two weeks, crews will finish the water main installation. Weather permitting, crews will then pour curb and gutter and temporary pavement and, if possible, temporary hard-surfaced sidewalks will be installed. The road is expected to open in late November. The project will resume again in the spring. Work in 2020 will include final paving, permanent sidewalks, and landscaping.

UnityPoint Health-Variety Children’s Charity Grant

UnityPoint Health – Finley Health Foundation has received a $15,000 grant from Variety – the Children’s Charity to assist in the funding of the Pediatric Rehabilitation Expansion project for Finley Hospital. The Variety grant will support expansion of the pediatric rehabilitation program to a new location, allowing therapists to serve the growing number and needs of children in our region. Variety – the Children’s Charity is dedicated to improving the lives of underprivileged, at-risk and special needs children throughout Iowa. Grant funding is provided to programs and initiatives that directly impact the well-being of children.

Cavanaugh, Sprank, Roussell, Resnick Win

The makeup of the Dubuque City Council will look much different following last night’s election. Incumbent at-large representative David Resnick won easily over challenger Luke Schiltz. Resnick received 4,301 votes while Schiltz got 1,440. Resnick, who will be serving his 4th four-year term on the council, thanked the citizens for coming out to support him. Newcomer Laura Roussell defeated incumbent Luis Del Toro to capture the second ward seat. Roussell received 896 votes while Del Toro captured 741. Ward 4 will now be represented by Brad Cavanaugh, who defeated Jay Schiesl 974 to 377. Cavanaugh says he is ready to go to work. Newcomer Danny Sprank was able to stave off challenger Phil Atkinson in the 3rd ward by receiving 867 votes to Atkinson’s 353. Sprank says he believes his door-to-door campaign help voters get familiar with who he is. After the votes are canvassed by the board of supervisors next Tuesday, Sprank will be sworn-in during a special council meeting later that day. He is serving the remaining two years of former councilwoman Kate Larsen’s term.

New Dubuque School Board Members

All three incumbents won re-election to the Dubuque Community School Board yesterday. Board president Tami Ryan, Mike Donohue and Lisa Wittman will serve 4-year terms each. Newcomer Kate Parks actually received the highest vote total getting 5,208. Donohue finished a close second receiving 5,176, while Ryan got 4,883 and Wittman 4,795. Incumbent Tom Barton decided not to run. Voters also overwhelmingly passed the “revenue purpose statement.” That will allow the board to continue to spend money generated from the one cent sales tax on projects like Senior and Hempstead high schools. In Western Dubuque school board races it was incumbent Jessica Pape in district two winning over Michael Clasen, 1,687 votes to 760. In district four, Nancy Fett won with 1,174 votes over Jeff Wolf, who received 1,141. Incumbent Chad Vaske in district five ran unopposed.

Man Sentenced For Striking Girlfriend With His Car

A Dubuque man has been sentenced to nearly eight years in prison for hitting his live-in girlfriend with his car this summer. 36 year old Jeremias Woodland was originally charged with attempted murder in the incident that took place in the 21-hundred block of White Street in June. Woodland entered an Alford plea to domestic assault with a dangerous weapon, serious injury by vehicle and operating while intoxicated. He also pled guilty to probation violation. In exchange prosecutors agreed to drop the attempted murder charge as well as three other charges including violation of a no-contact order. Woodland’s girlfriend survived the attack. Traffic camera footage captured the entire incident. Woodland was also fined over $2,600 and must have no contact with his girlfriend for five years.

Man Injured In Farm Accident

A Dubuque County man suffered a serious arm injury after it was caught in a piece of farm machinery over the weekend. The sheriff’s office says 67 year old Gary Herbst of Sherrill was unloaded oats onto an auger on his farm in the 19,000 block of Durango Road late Saturday morning, when he slipped backwards. His clothing got caught in the shaft of the auger and his left arm became entangled in the mechanism. His wife called 911 and was able to partially free him from the machinery until emergency responders arrived to finish the job. Herbst was first taken to Finley Hospital before being airlifted to U of I Hospitals and Clinics in Iowa City for emergency surgery. His condition has not been released.

Board Approves R.P.S.

When voters in the Dubuque Community School District head to the polls today, they will not only be voting for school board members, but also whether or not they want the district to continue spending revenue from the one cent sales tax on projects, like the recent renovations at Senior High School. Earlier this year the board approved a Revenue Purpose Statement that will appear on the ballot. District Finance Director Kevin Kelleher says if voters approved the measure, it will allow the district to continue to fund projects from money generated from the state approved one cent sales tax. Board President Tami Ryan says she believes the district is investing in projects that voters want them to do with the revenue from the sales tax. Ryan says voters need to understand that if they approve the Revenue Purpose Statement it will NOT raise their property taxes. The last time voters approved a Revenue Purpose Statement was in 2009.

City Council Mobile Home Vouchers

The Dubuque City Council Monday night voted unanimously to allow Housing Choice Vouchers to be used on manufactured homes in an attempt to help the residents of a Dubuque mobile home park. During the public comment portion of the meeting several residents of the Table Mound Mobile Home Park spoke out against what they call predatory practices. Carrie Presley, president of the Table Mound Neighborhood Association, said since Impact Communities bought the park two years ago expenses to live there have soared. First Ward Councilman, Brett Shaw, says he fully supported the motion to allow the vouchers to be used on mobile homes. At-large councilman Ric Jones, said at least the vouchers could offer residents some stability during a tough time. If a mobile homeowner now receives a voucher, they could use it toward lot rent or paying off the home, although there is no guarantee that a landlord, including Impact Communities, will accept them.

Dubuque City/School Elections

Voters in communities throughout the Tri-States are headed to the polls today to cast their ballots in city and school elections. In Dubuque at-large incumbent councilman David Resnick faces newcomer Luke Schiltz, while incumbent second ward representative Luis Del Toro will try and stave off challenger Laura Roussell. In ward three newcomers Danny Sprank and Phil Atkinson will face each other. In ward four Brad Cavanaugh goes up against former school board member Jay Schiesl. Resnick, Schiltz, Roussell, Del Toro, Cavanaugh and Schiesl are all seeking four year terms on the city council, while Sprank and Atkinson are vying for two year terms. Dubuque school board president and incumbent Tami Ryan is running for one of the open seats on the school board as is incumbents Mike Donohue and Lisa Wittman. Newcomer Kate Parks is also vying for one of the open seats. Incumbent Tom Barton decided not to run again. Western Dubuque school board candidates are incumbent Jessica Pape in district two. She is being challenged by Michael Clasen. In district four Nancy Fett faces Jeff Wolf, while incumbent Chad Vaske in district five has no opponent. Polls open at 7 am and close at 8 pm.

More Area City Elections

In other notable city elections Curt Kiessling will try and win a seat on the Asbury city council. He faces incumbent Robert Reisch. Kiessling previously served on the city council. Most recently he ran for a seat on the Dubuque County Board of Supervisors. In Cascade incumbent mayor Greg Staner faces challenger Marty Gadient

Crawford County Fatality

A Gays Mills man was killed in a crash early Sunday morning in the township of Clayton. The Crawford County Sheriff’s office says at around 3:40 am they received a call about a single vehicle crash along State Highway 171 near Old 61 Road. The caller said the driver had been thrown from the vehicle. A crash report says 48 year old Steve Collins was driving east when his Jeep went off the right side of the road. The vehicle then reentered the road after hitting a fire number then went down an embankment. The Jeep went back into the eastbound lane before sliding across the highway and rolling. Authorities say Collins was thrown from the vehicle. He was taken to the hospital where he was pronounced dead. The sheriff’s office did not say what factors may have contributed to the crash.

3 Face Charges Following High Speed Chase

Three people were arrested after leading police on a high speed chase through three cities in Iowa and Illinois early Monday morning. At around 2:40 am, Dubuque police notified East Dubuque police of a high speed car pursuit and that the suspect vehicle was about to enter East Dubuque. Once the vehicle entered Galena, police were able to disable it with stop sticks in the area of Highway 20 and Red Gates Road. Three people inside the car got out and fled on foot, but were apprehended a short time later. Charged with one felony count of aggravated fleeing or attempt to elude a peace officer is 32 year old Jamelle Alexander. Alexander is also charged with resisting a peace officer. 24 year old Devonte Haley and 21 year old Isiah Galloway both face charges of resisting a peace officer. The incident remains under investigation.

Man Pleaded Guilty to Head Butting Officers

A man who was arrested by Dubuque police on July 26th has pleaded guilty to numerous charges that stemmed from him head butting two officers causing significant injuries. 22-year old Mathew Foxhood will be sentenced December 9th after pleading guilty to two counts of assault causing injury, interference with official acts, and voluntary absence from custody. Officers arrested Foxhood in July on a warrant for not returning to the correctional facility on Elm Street. After he was in custody, Foxhood told police not to touch him or they would be assaulted. As officers grabbed him, Foxhood head-butted the officers. One officer was head-butted in the forehead, which caused a deep laceration, while another officer suffered a possible fractured nose.

U of D Ed Babka Aviation Learning Center

University of Dubuque recently held a dedication ceremony for the Ed Babka Aviation Learning Center, which is about double in size of the former flight center. Chaminda Prelis, director of aviation programs, says student numbers are up this year. It doesn’t take long for students to actually get in the planes and helicopters. Students are finding pilots are in high demand now and even more are needed looking into the years ahead. Drones are an expanding part of the program with many options for graduating students. The facility houses a dispatch desk, three classrooms, multiple offices including an area for flight instructors, four flight simulators, flight review rooms, an unmanned aircraft system lab, a visitor lounge, and conference spaces.

RAGBRAI For Dubuque No Word

Officials in Dubuque are still waiting to hear from organizers of the Des Moines Register’s Annual Great Bicycle Ride Across Iowa, or RAGBRAI. Keith Rahe, President and CEO of Travel Dubuque, says the city has sent a letter of request along with an application to be the last stop for riders in the 2020 ride. Things are still not settled after the four staff members who worked full-time running RAGBRAI recently left to start their own bike ride next summer. Rahe says a visit by RAGBRAI riders is a big deal for Dubuque economic wise. The week long event in July draws thousands of cyclists from around the country and had been founded by Register employees in the 1970s. Dubuque last hosted RAGBRAI in 2010.

St. Mary’s Reunion-Steeple Square

All St. Mary’s alumni, former parishioners and friends of St. Mary’s Catholic Church are invited to join the St. Mary’s Reunion on November 9 from 1:00 to 4:00 pm in Honkamp Hall in the Steeple Square Community Event Center. Event is free to attend and will feature a walking timeline of St. Mary’s history, a brief Steeple Square presentation, light snacks and cash bar. R.S.V.P to eventssteeplesquare.com or call/text 563-235-3584.

Repeat Sex Offender Sentenced

A man who was registered as a sex offender in Iowa after being convicted on a sex abuse charge in Illinois eight years ago has been sentenced to seven years in prison. In August 28 year old Nathan Lantz agreed to a plea deal for sexually assaulting another young girl in Dubuque last year. Lantz was originally charged with second degree sexual abuse but entered an Alford plea in Dubuque County to lascivious acts with a child and violation of the sex offender registry. Lantz was accused of sexually abusing a girl younger than 13. During the time of the abuse, Lantz lived within one thousand feet of an elementary school, which was a violation. In addition to the prison sentence Lantz was assessed fines and given a 10 year special sentence which could land him back in jail if he is deemed a danger to the public.

Suspected Bank Robber Still Being Sought

Jo Daviess County authorities continue their search for a man suspected of robbing the Apple River State Bank late Wednesday morning. Police described the person of interest as a white male. They are also looking for the vehicle that may have been involved. If you have any information get in contact with the Jo Daviess or Lafayette County sheriff’s offices, the Apple River, Warren or Stockton police departments or Illinois State Police.

Asbury Road, Road Closure Extended

Due to recent inclement weather conditions, a well-traveled portion of Asbury Road in Asbury will be closed a little longer than first anticipated. Asbury Road between Radford and Hales Mills Roads will be closed until Tuesday to allow the concrete to cure in the area of 5080 Asbury. Last month crews began some utility work on Asbury. It was expected to be done by Friday but snow delayed the work. Motorists should follow the posted detours.

Jule Offers Free ‘Ride to Vote’ Service

The Jule, Dubuque’s public transportation system, is offering free bus rides for voters on November 5th, which is Election Day for the Dubuque City Council and the Dubuque Community School Board. Residents who wish to utilize this free service must request a “Ride to Vote” pass from The Jule by phone (563-589-4196), email (transitcityofdubuque.org) or from any Jule bus driver or from staff at the Intermodal Transportation Center at 950 Elm Street. “Ride to Vote” passes will be available through Election Day.

Easton Valley School Threat-Classes Cancelled

A Jackson County school is closed today after a student left a threatening post online. The Jackson County Sheriff’s office received a call from Easton Valley Administration Thursday shortly after 10 pm making them aware of a threat posted to social media by an Easton Valley student. The Sheriff’s office were able to identify the juvenile making the threat, based on Snapchat account information, as well as other information received from concerned community members that had observed the post. Authorities arrived at the student’s home around 11 pm and the juvenile was taken into custody. The weapon and mask portrayed in the social media post were found and taken into evidence. The student was transported to the Jackson County Regional Health Center. Easton Valley will have no classes Friday and the incident is under investigation by the Jackson County Sheriff’s office, Easton Valley Administration, and Preston Police Department. Charges are pending.

4th Annual Set Free March

A local group dedicated to educating people about human trafficking will be holding a special event on Saturday. Suzie Wright, Executive Director of Set Free Dubuque, says the 4th annual Set Free Walk is a free, silent, single file walk with a unique route. It is sometimes a shock to find out that local young people have suffered with modern day slavery themselves. Volunteer Casey Klein notes it’s important for youth to not let potential predators know they are an easy mark. Thanks to funds made available they will be able to bring their program information directly to schools. Registration begins Saturday at 9:30 am in the Roshek Building lobby with the walk beginning at 10:00 am. Informational booths will be available to learn more about human trafficking and they will also have t-shirts and Nightlight jewelry for sale.

Dubuque HIV Sentencing

A Dubuque man will be spending 30 days in jail for not telling his partner that he was HIV positive. 32 year old Frederick Moore pleaded guilty to criminal transmission of a contagious or infectious disease not resulting in infection. In July Moore’s partner took him to the hospital with a respiratory issue. The woman became alarmed when the attending physician asked Moore if he had been taken his HIV medications. When the doctor stepped out of the room Moore told the woman he didn’t know what the doctor was talking about, but later admitted that he had not been taking his HIV medications. He also told investigators he did not tell his partner that he was HIV positive. The woman was subsequently tested for HIV twice and the results came back nonreactive.

Julien Dubuque Bridge Accident Charges

A rollover accident just east of the intersection with Dodge and Locust on the Iowa side of the Julien Dubuque Bridge Wednesday shut down traffic for about 45 minutes. Dubuque Police responded at around 10:35 am to a two vehicle accident that resulted in 40-year old Russell Lewis of Dubuque being charged with Reckless Driving after he passed 41-year old Shannon Plowman of Dubuque while speeding. When Lewis passed Plowman in the no passing lane to go onto the bridge he lost control of his vehicle and struck the driver side of Plowman’s vehicle. The vehicle Lewis was driving overturned and slid onto its top in the westbound lane where it came to rest. Lewis’s vehicle was totaled in the crash and there were no injuries reported.

Early Voting Extended

Dubuque County voters will have additional opportunities to vote early leading up to the November 5th City/School election. Both the Election office in the Court House, 720 Central Avenue and the Election Annex, 75 Locust will be open for the additional hours. Voters will, have additional hours to cast an early vote, at both offices, until 5:00 pm on Friday, November 1st and Monday, November 4th.

City Budget Public Meeting

Dubuque residents and stakeholders are invited to share their input on the next City budget as City of Dubuque staff prepare the City’s budget for fiscal year 2021, which runs July 1, 2020 – June 30, 2021. The public will have the opportunity to provide input on November 13th. The meeting will begin at 6 p.m. in the City Council Chambers at the Historic Federal Building. City staff will provide general information on the budget process at this meeting and then meeting attendees will be asked to share their thoughts on what they would like to see funded in their neighborhoods and the community at-large. Those unable to attend are invited to provide input on the budget by submitting comments in the “Balancing Act” simulation tool available at www.cityofdubuque.org/budget.

East Dubuque Flood Control Aid

Two flood mitigation projects in East Dubuque will be getting a big boost from the Illinois Department of Natural Resources. City Manager Loras Herrig says over 4-million dollars of state aid has been designated to the city, and considering the layout of East Dubuque, it is much needed. Herrig says the DNR has been very responsive. A prior buyout program in the Shore Acres area was successful and the city will be doing it again. The goal is to remove the homes that keep getting flooded. Rain runoff has been a huge problem and the second part of the funding will be used to develop retention ponds. Herrig says it might take up to four years for the city to actually receive the funding and start the projects.

Halloween Safety Tips

Trick-or-treaters will be in a rather unusual predicament as they venture outdoors for their favorite treats later today. Mother Nature was kind enough to leave her calling card behind by dumping snow all over the Tri-State area overnight. Lt. Joe Messerich with the Dubuque police department says he’s not sure exactly what the road conditions will be, but it will be low-light. Parents should make sure their kids are visible to motorists. Messerich says they don’t want to see parents sending their kids to unfamiliar neighborhoods unsupervised. Parents should always make sure to check their kids’ candy stash before allowing them to eat it.

Drug Busts In Lafayette County

Two search warrants in Lafayette County resulted in the arrest of five people on drug charges this week. The first one was executed at a residence in the 100 block of South Mound Avenue in the Village of Belmont early Tuesday morning. 22 year Dakota Soppe was arrested and charged with possession of THC with intent to deliver, possession of drug paraphernalia and probation and parole violations. A 17 year old juvenile was also arrested and charged with possession of THC with intent to deliver and possession of drug paraphernalia. A third person, 42 year old Karen Womak was not at home at the time of the bust and charges of maintaining a drug dwelling and possession of a schedule two narcotic against her have been referred to the county district attorney’s office. A short time later a search was executed at a Belmont residence in the 200 block of Wood Street. Taken into custody were 25 year old Cody Vondran, 27 year old Faith Hoffman and 48 year old Rebecca Riechers. They face charges ranging from possession of methamphetamine with intent to deliver to maintaining a drug dwelling. 63 year old Lynda Forbes is being referred to the county attorney’s office for possession of drug paraphernalia.

Attempted Bank Robbery

The Jo Daviess County Sheriff’s Office and the Apple River Police Department are seeking information regarding a person and vehicle of interest that could have possibly been involved with an attempted bank robbery at the Apple River State Bank at 11:50 am Wednesday. Anyone who has information regarding the person and/or vehicle, is asked to call the Jo Daviess County Sheriff’s Office at 815-777-2141 or by email at investigations@jodaviess.org.

Greeley Man Sentencing Delayed

A sentencing hearing has been delayed for a Greeley man who agreed to a plea deal for his role in the death of an Edgewood woman more than 3 years ago. 31-year old Max Fenton pleaded guilty to involuntary manslaughter. Fenton was accused of illegally firing an “improvised cannon” made from the sawed-off barrel of a black powder rifle in July of 2016. A piece of shrapnel struck 55-year old Lori Heims in the head killing her. The judge filed an order recusing himself Tuesday. If the deal is eventually approved, the charge will be reduced from a felony to an aggravated misdemeanor.

Future Young Professionals-U of Dubuque

The University of Dubuque has a unique program that allows students a chance to get free professional clothing they may need for a variety of reasons. Sandy Jewett, Assistant Director of Employer Relations, says the Future Young Professionals (FYP) in the Center for Advising and Vocation, lets students at UD who can’t always afford these items to check them out and keep as their own. Students can get free clothing once a year that are donated from a variety of organizations and people throughout the community. Students can dress for success when they go out for job interviews or attend a formal gathering. The clothes available range from professional suits, ties, pants, shirts, shoes and women’s attire.

Dubuque Teen Gets Probation

A Dubuque teenager charged with attempted murder has been sentenced to probation. 18 year old Lamar Little was sentenced to two-to-five years of probation this week in Dubuque County Court. Little pleaded guilty to going armed with intent and intimidation with a dangerous weapon. In exchange for his guilty plea, prosecutors dropped the attempted murder charge. The incident happened on May 13th in the alley between the 1800 blocks of White and Jackson Streets. Just prior to the incident a car driven by 33 year old Sheonta Fountain of Dubuque drove through the area and parked. Little and another juvenile got out of the car and began walking through the alley. The pair approached another juvenile and charged the 15 year old. Several shots were fired, but the juvenile was able to flee inside the home at 1815 Jackson. Police were able to locate the suspect vehicle in the 2000 block of University Avenue. Little and the juvenile eventually came out and were detained. A search was conducted and police found a .22 LR pistol. Shell casings found at the scene were also .22 caliber. Fountain is charged with being an accessory after the fact.