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Motorcycle Injury Crash

A South Wayne, Wisconsin man suffered severe injuries after a one vehicle accident Sunday in Lafayette County. Deputies responded to a one vehicle accident on Larse Road, Wayne Township at 5:51 pm. 29-year old Dusty R. A. Weber was northbound when he lost control of his motorcycle causing him to leave the roadway and enter the east ditch, re-enter the roadway, overcorrect, and come to rest in the west ditch. Weber was transported to the hospital with severe injuries.

East Dubuque Woman Arrested

An East Dubuque woman was arrested on warrant charges following a 2 vehicle crash on Friday. Around 4:45 pm. Belmont Fire and Belmont EMS responded to STH 81, Elk Grove Township for a two vehicle accident. 62-year old Deborah Symons was traveling eastbound when she was struck from behind by 28-year old Nicole Wiegel, of Darlington. As a result, Symons’ was arrested on 3 valid warrants and she was transported to Lafayette County Jail and booked on her charges. She later posted bond and was released.

Dubuque Man Charged After Assault

A Dubuque man was arrested this week, after police say he assaulted another man. The incident happened Thursday night in the 2700 block of La Motte Drive. 36 year old Robert Riddell is charged with willful injury and public intoxication. It all started when Riddell went to a residence on La Motte and started pounding on the door. He was confronted by another man, who told him to leave. As Riddell was walking away, the man began following him. Documents say Riddell then turned around and tackled the man and began punching him in the face multiple times. At one point he choked the victim. A nearby resident heard the commotion and called police. When they arrived the victim’s face was badly swollen, but he refused medical treatment. He later went to Mercy Hospital, where it was determined that he suffered multiple broken bones in his face and a “brain bleed” from the assault. The victim was flown to U. of I. Hospitals for treatment. His condition is not known at this time.

Dubuque Woman Faces Drug Charges

A Dubuque woman faces drug charges after police say she sold crack cocaine to a confidential informant over the summer. 35 year old Antionette Baker was arrested Wednesday and charged with five counts of possession of crack with intent to deliver. The sales took place in June and July at various locations in Dubuque, including Baker’s residence in the 2100 block of Rhomberg Avenue. Authorities say the sales were documented with a covert recording device and a covert camera that were hidden on the informant.

MercyOne Dyersville Senior Care COVID Outbreak

Iowa has hit a new, all-time high for the number of outbreaks at long term care facilities, including 1 in Dubuque County. As of this morning, there’s now outbreaks at 50 facilities across the state, with 10 added in just the last 24 hours. In eastern Iowa, there’s now a total of 13 facilities with outbreaks. One just added was MercyOne Dyersville Senior Care. The Governor’s Office says because of the additional testing, more staff at facilities are coming back with positive cases. Currently, the state’s coronavirus website does not indicate whether positive cases at a facility are among staff or residents. For a facility to reach outbreak status, at least three residents or staff must test positive.

Jo Daviess County Injury Accident

A Moline, Illinois man was injured after he lost control of his vehicle Wednesday afternoon. The Jo Daviess County Sheriff’s Office responded to a one vehicle crash around 12:48 pm that was located on North Mill Creek Road approximately 3/10 of a mile south of East Brandt Road. The driver, 67-year old Benjamin Sparks, was driving a  tanker truck that was hauling water, southbound when the vehicle veered off the roadway to the west into a steep ditch causing the vehicle to overturn. Sparks was transported to the Midwest Medical Center for treatment. The crash remains under investigation.

Marita Theisen Free Childcare

The Marita Theisen Childcare Center at Steeple Square is now offering free four-year old pre-K for up to 17 children starting immediately. Board president, Judy Wolf, says they are excited to be able to further their mission of offering high-quality childcare in the downtown community. Wolf says they still have some room for 10 more children but the deadline is coming soon for parents to enroll their kids. Extra safety measures have been put in place to keep children and staff safe. The free child care hours will run Monday – Friday, 8:30 – 11:30 a.m. with wrap-around care available during center hours of 6:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. To enroll call 563-587-8830 or email childcare@steeplesquare.com.

 

Hills & Dales Dreams Quilt

A local non-profit that builds meaningful lives for individuals with disabilities is selling raffle tickets for a chance to win a very special quilt. Marilyn Altoff, CEO of Hills & Dales, says the Dream Quilts was dreamed up by their Human Resources Director, Carol Boge. The quilt represents the dreams and desires of all 59 children and adults living at the Residential Center. Program Staff helped create the design and Seamstress Jane Berns donated her time and talent to create the Dreams Quilt. The drawing will be held on Wednesday, September 30th. To purchase the $10 tickets by cash, check, or credit card send to Hills & Dales, 1011 Davis Street, Dubuque or by calling 563-556-7878. Check their Facebook page for more information.

U of Dubuque SSS Grant

University of Dubuque has been awarded a federal Student Support Services (SSS) grant of about $1.3 million, or just over $254,000 each year for the next five years, to help more students succeed in and graduate from college. In its 10th year, UD’s TRIO-SSS program serves around 140 students each academic year. SSS helps college students who are low income, first generation, or students with disabilities. The grant will help provide academic tutoring, financial planning advice, career and college mentoring, help in choosing courses, and other forms of assistance.

Another COVID Testing Site In Dubuque

Starting next Monday, people will have another location in Dubuque to get tested for COVID-19. Grand River Medical Group will start offering testing through the Test Iowa Initiative at its’ Respiratory Clinic at 1400 University Avenue. The hours of operation will be Monday through Thursday from 12 noon until 7 pm and Friday from noon until 5 by appointment only. You can schedule an appointment through the Test Iowa website by going to Testiowa.com and completing the questionnaire. After the questionnaire is completed you will receive a QR code and may request an appointment at a local clinic. If you choose Grand River Medical Group as your location, you will be asked to schedule your appointment utilizing the online tools. No appointments will be scheduled by phone. GRMG will not be offering drive-up testing at its’ location.

Dubuque Man Arrested On Meth Charges

A Dubuque man was arrested on meth related charges this week, after police say he threw two baggies containing the drug into the Mississippi River as police were pulling him over. 39 year old Jason Woods was arrested Wednesday morning on the Dubuque-Wisconsin Bridge. He is charged with possession of methamphetamine with intent to deliver and possession of drug paraphernalia.  Acting on a tip, an officer attempted to pull over a car driven by Woods on East 16th Street. But he continued onto the bridge, where the officer says he saw Woods throw two baggies out of the passenger side of the car into the river. The fire department used its’ boat to take officers to retrieve the baggies that were floating on the river.

Dubuque Man Convicted Of Selling Heroin

A Dubuque man has been convicted of distributing heroin near a playground. In a plea agreement, 26 year old Jerome Greenwood admitted to selling the drug in Dubuque between 2016 and 2018. In August of 2018, Greenwood sold heroin to two women. After using the drug, one of the women lost consciousness and started having trouble breathing. She was rushed to the hospital by family members and given Narcan, which saved her life. Greenwood also admitted that he sometimes asked for sexual favors from his customers, in exchange for the drug. When he is sentenced, Greenwood faces between one and 40 years in federal prison and a 2-million dollar fine.

Dubuque Woman Sentenced To Federal Prison

A Dubuque woman will be spending the next four years in federal prison, after pleading guilty to aiding and abetting in the distribution of a controlled substance that led to one person’s death. Prosecutors say 23 year old Jacqueline Birch,her boyfriend and another person, whose name does not appear in court documents, went to a residence in Dubuque in May of 2019, and bought heroin. The three then went to a hotel and used the drugs. The unnamed person then began to overdose, but Birch and her boyfriend did not immediately call 911, although Birch occasionally administered CPR.  The person never regain consciousness. They finally called 911, but removed drug paraphernalia from the hotel room before police arrived. When they did arrive, the pair gave officers false information about what had happened to the person, who was pronounced dead at the scene. Her boyfriend was sentenced to 21 months in prison earlier this year, and another man who was connected to the death by providing illegal substances to three people who died from overdoses, has pleaded guilty. 39 year old Travis Jones of Dubuque faces between 20 years to life when he is sentenced.

Dyersville Man Sentenced On Gun Charge

A  Dyersville man, who has been convicted of multiple felons, has been sentenced for another felony he committed. Court documents from Cedar Rapids say 29 year old Allen Osterkamp was sentenced to 5 years in prison yesterday. Osterkamp had previously pleaded guilty to being a prohibited person in possession of a firearm. He admitted to having a stolen gun in March of 2017. Osterkamp had previously been convicted of multiple felony offenses, including possessing a precursor with intent to manufacture meth, operating a motor vehicle without consent, and theft. He also had two prior convictions for domestic abuse.

Veteran’s Memorial Plaza Sculpture

The biggest step in the renovation process for Dubuque’s Veteran’s Memorial Plaza happened Wednesday: installing a 24-foot sculpture honoring Chaplain Aloysius Schmitt, who died in Pearl Harbor while helping his comrades escape a sinking ship. Veteran Steven Olinger traveled two and a half hours from Altoona to deliver the sculpture. Doug Adamson is a landscape architect with RDG Planning and Design. He played a big part in coming up with the idea for the sculpture. Adamson says they wanted to make the structure something people could walk into. Adamson describes working on this project as a once in a lifetime opportunity. The entire project is expected to be completed by November.

 

Inspiration Stables Power of the Herd Raffle

An area non-profit is adapting to the COVID-19 landscape for its fundraising efforts. Inspiration Stables is a therapeutic horseback riding program that works with children with special needs. You still have time to help out with their virtual fundraiser, Power of the Herd Ride-A- Thon by buying raffle tickets for a wide variety of prizes. The money raised through the fundraiser and raffles will go back into the program. The fundraiser runs thru the end of the month. To contribute or for more information go to inspirationstables.org or their Facebook page.

 

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District Has Not Exceeded 15-Percent Positivity Rate

Dubuque County has now joined several other counties in the state that have surpassed the 14-day COVID-19 positivity rate of 15 percent. As of 9 o’clock Wednesday morning the county’s positivity rate stood at 15.5 percent. The state uses the 15-percent threshold to determine if school districts can move from in-person to remote learning. But Dubuque Superintendent Stan Rheingans says there are two components to those metrics to determine if districts can request a temporarily move to remote learning. He says the absentee rate also plays a factor. Rheingans the district’s absentee rate is no-where near 10-percent. As of 3:40 Tuesday afternoon, the Dubuque district reported a total of 41 active COVID cases. 29 students and 12 staff members. Western Dubuque has a total of 16 active cases, while Holy Family reports 10.

Farley Bar Break-In

Police in Farley are looking for the person who burglarized a bar this week. The burglary took place at Brick Haus Bar and Grill sometime between 10 o’clock Sunday night and 10 Monday morning. The burglar is a man and was captured on several photos. If you have any information contact Farley police or the Dubuque County Sheriff’s Office.

Lafayette County Rollover Crash

A Benton man was injured after he rolled his vehicle in Lafayette County Tuesday afternoon. 32 year old Timothy Johnston was traveling west on Lafayette County West in Benton Township at around 2:40, when he lost control. The vehicle then rolled. Johnston was transported to a local hospital where he was treated for non-life threatening injuries.

Asbury Cancels Halloween Parade

The city of Asbury has cancelled trick-or-treating and its Halloween Parade citing recent guidance from the CDC. If you as a resident wish to participate, the City has no authority or desire for the enforcement. Please exercise caution and if you do participate, be aware the hours of trick or treating could occur at any time that night. The CDC on Tuesday announced new guidance encouraging people to avoid trick-or-treating, wearing costumes masks, holding indoor costume parties, or going to haunted houses, saying those are all high risk activities.

Dubuque Law Enforcement Grant

The city of Dubuque is getting nearly $20,000 in federal funding to assist law enforcement. The city will receive a Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant totaling $19,563 for crime prevention efforts. The grant may be used for a wide range of law enforcement initiatives including policing, prosecution and court programs, crime prevention and education, community corrections programs, drug treatment and enforcement programs, crime victim services and mental health programming.

Dubuque County Sheriff Phone Scam

There is a new scam in the Dubuque area that is spoofing the Dubuque County Sheriff’s Office admin phone number. With this scam, the suspect claims to be a lieutenant with the Sheriff’s Office who states the victim has warrants. They then switch to a different caller who claims to be Captain Dale Snyder (Captain Snyder is a real person who is not affiliated with the scam). The suspects then attempt to entice the victim to obtain several thousand dollars in vouchers to satisfy the warrants. A reminder, the Sheriff’s Office does not accept vouchers, gift cards, or even personal checks, as forms of payment for bond. They also do not call people to advise them they have warrants, unless that was discussed by the offender in an interview with an investigating officer/deputy.

Dubuque Mid-Week Market

Dubuque now has two Farmers’ Markets every week on Iowa Street: the Saturday morning market and the Wednesday afternoon market. Michael Breitbach, owner of the Food Store, says many people can’t make it to the Saturday market so it was decided to bring back the Wednesday version at 11th and Iowa Streets. Breitbach says having the Wednesday market in the same location as the Saturday Farmer’s Market has been a great choice. Breitbach teamed up with a local brewer located around the corner from his store and they are now able to serve beer on Wednesday’s during the market. All the produce and food sold at the Mid-Week Market is organic and natural. The Mid-Week Market runs through October 28th from 4-8 pm.

 

 

NICC Natural Resource Conservation Service Agreement

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) is partnering with nine Midwest community colleges, including Northeast Iowa Community College, to support hands-on student learning about conservation and to foster conservation-minded farmers and ranchers. Members of the Community College Alliance for Agriculture Advancement (C2A3) held a virtual ceremony Monday to sign a national memorandum of understanding. Tracy Kruse, Chair of C2A3, says they provide more ongoing education, training, and demonstration projects for future farm producers and agricultural service providers. Kruse says she is excited about the new partnership to address regional and statewide challenges and to support student internships and other training opportunities for college faculty, producers, and NRCS employees. NCRS Acting Chief, Kevin Norton, says the partnership will help to accelerate training and adoption of technologies and best practices for improved agricultural productivity and natural resources stewardship. Norton says they are partnering with member institutions of the alliance to support hands-on student learning in the field, to develop future conservation-minded farmers and ranchers and to cultivate more graduates interested in pursuing careers with NRCS. NICC faculty and students are working with NRCS field office staff to implement a conservation plan, install practices on the ground, and help inform current and future producers. Research will include testing for soil health and the impact of crop rotations on healthy water, soil, and food sources.

 

Drive By Shooting Arrests In Dubuque

Two Dubuque men were arrested Monday after police say they were involved in a drive-by shooting. 23 year old Friday Gardner and 21 year old Diangelo Washington face a half-dozen charges ranging from intimidation with a dangerous weapon to interference with official acts. Washington was also arrested on a warrant charging him with voluntary absence from custody. He failed to return to the correctional facility on Elm Street in early June. Court records say the incident happened in an area near West Locust and West 17th Streets. Police found Fragmented bullets and bullet holes in the area. No one was injured and more arrests are possible.

Edgewood Men Seriously Injured In Construction Accident

Two Edgewood men were seriously injured in a construction accident in Dubuque County Tuesday morning. The sheriff’s office says it happened in the 22000 block of Basswood Lane in Sherrill. 22 year old Adam Hershberger and 22 year old Raymond Strutzman were working on the wall of a building a few minutes  before 9, when a mechanical lift carrying 2x 4s tipped into the wall causing it to fall. Both men fell about 15 feet to the ground before the wooden structure frame fell on top of them. Both Hershberger and Strutzman were transported to Mercy Hospital. Hershberger was then airlifted to U. of I. Hospitals in Iowa City. The condition of both men is not known at this time. The incident remains under investigation.

Two Jo Daviess Men Arrested In Shooting Incident

Two Stockton men were arrested Sunday for their involvement in a shooting incident in Savanna. Matthew Love and Tylor Disney face one felony count each of aggravated discharge of a firearm. Police responded to a report of shots fired early Sunday morning in the 1000 block of Main Street in Savanna. When officers arrived they found that numerous rounds of ammunition had been discharged. No one was injured and more arrests are expected.

Grant County Accident

A Prairie Du Chien, WI woman suffered injuries in a two vehicle accident Saturday afternoon. The Grant County Sheriff’s Office was dispatched at 1:36 pm to Hwy 35 west of Lancaster in South Lancaster Township near Rusty lane for a two vehicle accident involving a rollover with a farm tractor pulling a baler. After arriving it was determined 68-Irene Kluth drove into the rear of a tractor pulling the hay baler, driven by 69-year old Steven Schneider of Lancaster WI. Kluth’s vehicle rolled end to end before coming to a rest in the ditch. Kluth stated she didn’t see the tractor until after hitting it. Kluth was transported to Grant Regional Hospital for treatment. Schneider refused transport. Kluth was cited for Inattentive Driving.

Jones County Shooting

A Wyoming, Iowa man was shot by law enforcement they said he brandished a firearm on Monday. A 911 call was received by the Jones County Sheriff’s Office at around 7:33 p.m., about a firearm complaint at 9073 County Road E45. Jones County deputies, Delaware County deputies and a trooper with the Iowa State Patrol responded to the call. Officials on scene said 51-year-old James Orval Bartram was brandishing a firearm when the Iowa State Patrol trooper and a Delaware deputy fired at him, hitting him in the upper torso. Bartram was taken to the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics where he is still receiving medical care. No law enforcement personnel were injured. The Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation are investigating the incident.

City Council Upholds Mask Mandate

The Dubuque City Council Monday night voted unanimously to receive and file a petition brought by a group that wants the city’s mask mandate immediately terminated. The vote effectively upheld the mandate despite the opinions of Nichole Weber, with UnMask DBQ, a local group that opposes the mandate in Dubuque and presented the petition with 560 signatures. Weber says the Mayor and council have overstepped their authority by enacting the mask mandate. Weber says despite the city of Dubuque being identified as a “red zone” for elevated dangers of spreading COVID-19 in the latest report from the White House Coronavirus Task Force, the lack of crowded hospitals and deaths are good signs. Fourth Ward councilman Brad Cavanaugh says he has no heard no good reasons to terminate the mask mandate right now. Laura Roussell, who represents the Second Ward, says she supports the CDC guidelines and masks are a big part of keeping others safe. The mandate enacted in early August, requires wearing a mask in public settings like grocery stores, retail stores, and pharmacies. It also mandates wearing a mask outside when not able to social distance.

UnMask DBQ City Council Petition

A local group that opposes the current mask mandate in Dubuque is presenting a petition with 560 signatures at tonights Dubuque City Council meeting. UnMask DBQ’s petition asks the city council to immediately terminate the unlawful mask mandate. The group believes the Mayor and council have overstepped their authority and abused their power by enacting the mask mandate. The petition request is listed in the council’s Consent Agenda. The council meets virtually at 6:30 pm and the meeting will be  streamed live on the City’s Facebook page.

Grant County Free COVID Tests

Free COVID-19 testing will be held on Wednesday at the Grant County Fairgrounds from 10 am-5:30 pm. Appointments are not required, but they request that all visitors pre-register at https://register.covidconnect.wi.gov. Testing is open to anyone (age 5+) who feels they have a need to be tested. Minors must be accompanied by a parent or guardian with consent. Those who might visit a community testing site include:
* People who have had close contact with someone who tested positive for COVID-19.
* People with COVID-19 symptoms
* People who have regular exposure to a large number of people (e.g., people who work in grocery stores)
* People who work closely with high-risk populations (e.g., healthcare workers, people who work with people who are incarcerated, people who work in long-term care facilities)

AA Flights From Dubuque To Be Suspended Next Month

Last month, the Dubuque Regional Airport announced that American Airlines would be temporarily suspending service to Dubuque and other select cities beginning October 7th.  Airport Manager Todd Dalsing says since the announcement, nothing has changed. He says a number of factors were involved in the airline’s decision to suspend service for now. Dalsing says at this point, it’s hard to say when American will resume service to Dubuque, but they, along with their travel partners will continue to monitor passenger demand in their catchment area through their air service consultant using a passenger demand analysis. Dalsing says the Dubuque airport is a diverse airport, and they just don’t rely on the air carriers to sustain operations. The other carrier at the airport is Sun Country, which provides destinational charter flights.

Test Iowa Clinic, Hartig Drug, Union Family Free COVID Tests

The Dubuque Test Iowa Clinic, operated by Epic Health and Wellness, continues to offer free COVID-19 testing for any Iowan. To be tested at this location, you must first take the assessment at www.testiowa.com. All testing at this location is by appointment, Monday through Thursday. After taking the assessment, appointments can be made by calling 563-583-6595 or scheduled online. Hartig Drug Company pharmacies and Union Family Pharmacy in Dubuque also continue to offer free COVID-19 test collections by appointment. The cities across the tri-states that will be offering testing can be found at DoINeedACovid19Test.com. On the website, people can make an appointment to get a test. Anyone is eligible to get a test and does not have to be experiencing COVID-19 symptoms.

Police Looking For Driver Who Caused Crash

Dubuque police are looking for the person who caused a three vehicle crash that left two people injured. The incident happened Thursday night at the intersection of White and East 16th Streets. A crash report says that 23 year old Savonna Williams of Dubuque was driving north on White, when an unknown driver cut in front of her. Williams then abruptly turned onto East 16th and struck a westbound vehicle driven by 23 year old Olivia Leslein of Dubuque. Leslein and her passenger, 22 year old Madison Westhoff also of Dubuque complained of injuries, but neither was taken to the hospital. Police say the driver who cut in front of Williams is responsible for the crash. Williams was cited for driving with a suspended license.

Mercy Restricting Number Of Visitors

As COVID-19 cases continue to climb in Dubuque County, one hospital is limiting the number of visitors. Until further notice Mercy is prohibiting all visitors, except for people  who have children that have been admitted, the maternity unit, parents receiving end-of-life care and patients undergoing a qualifying medical procedure. Mercy will help make virtual connections between patients, families and friends by using videoconferencing technology.

Dubuque COVID Red Zone Designation

The White House Coronavirus Task Force has again designated the state of Iowa, Dubuque County, and the city of Dubuque as COVID-19 “red zones.” Red zones are areas with both new cases above 100 per 100,000 population and lab test positivity rates above 10 percent over the last week. The task force’s report is dated September 13th. Dubuque County is one of 17 red zone counties in Iowa and Dubuque is one of five red zone metro areas.

Jo Daviess County Scam

Jo Daviess County Sheriff Kevin Turner is warning the public about a possible telephone scam occurring in Jo Daviess County. The scammer telephones a resident and will impersonate an officer with the Social Security Office. The scammer will then attempt to convince the victim that someone was using their social security number fraudulently and will want you to verify your name and social security number.  In some cases, the scammer will want funds wired to clear up your social security number. Sheriff Turner urges the public to exercise extreme caution if they receive telephone calls of this nature, and to not to wire money or give out personal information to anyone unless they are absolutely certain of the identity of the recipient. If anyone has experienced this, or a similar scam, please contact the Jo Daviess County Sheriff’s Office or your local police department.

Miscommunication About Bomb Threat At Walmart

A miscommunication about a bomb threat at the Dubuque Walmart yesterday afternoon had police and fire units on scene. Fire chief Rick Steines says they were dispatched to the Walmart a few minutes before 2:30. Dubuque police Lt. Ted McClimon says an employee at Walmart had miscommunication with the rock quarry behind the business which led to the bomb threat confusion. The scene was cleared about ten minutes later.

Sexual Abuse Charges Leveled Against Dubuque Man

A Dubuque man faces a sexual abuse charge, for allegedly fondling a woman against her will last month.  30 year old Jason Voshell was arrested early Wednesday morning and charged with 3rd degree sexual abuse. Authorities say Voshell forcibly fondled a 21 year old woman in early August at a residence in Dubuque.

Dubuque Residents Injured In Crash

Two Dubuque residents were injured after their vehicles collided in Dubuque County this week. According to the sheriff’s office a vehicle driven by 63 year old Jill Vondran had been stopped at a stop sign at the intersection of Humke Road and Seippel Road. As she pulled away her vehicle was struck by a southbound vehicle on Seippel driven by 57 year old Kevin Herman. Herman was transported to Finley Hospital, while Vondran was taken to Mercy. She was issued a citation for failure to obey a stop sign/traffic control device.

Dubuque Man Injured In One Vehicle Crash

A Dubuque man was transported to U of I Hospitals after authorities say he crashed his vehicle in Dubuque County early Tuesday morning. A few minutes after 6:30, deputies responded to a vehicle in a ditch along U.S. Highway 52 South. When they arrived the vehicle was unoccupied. But an investigation revealed that the driver, later identified as 45 year old Eldon Lemer had crashed into a culvert and some trees before going down an embankment into the ditch. Authorities located Lemer at Finley Hospital, before he was transported to Iowa City. The accident remains under investigation.

Regional Collection Center Opening

The Dubuque Metropolitan Area Solid Waste Agency will be resuming operations at their Regional Collection Center for household hazardous wastes and electronics to residents of Dubuque and Delaware County the week of September 22nd. Appointments are required and will be scheduled on select dates and times. Appointments can be made by visiting dmaswa.org. To maintain social distancing and the health of employees and residents, residents will be required to unload all items without assistance from staff and face coverings will be required.

Kraft Heinz Sale Wisconsin

Kraft Heinz says it is selling its natural cheese business — including its Cracker Barrel brand — to French dairy company Lactalis Group as part of a larger restructuring. The $3.2 billion sale includes Kraft Heinz production facilities in Wisconsin, California, and New York that employ about 750 people. Kraft Heinz will retain the Philadelphia cream cheese brand, Kraft singles and the Velveeta and Cheez Whiz brands. The company has been struggling as consumers seek out fresh, less processed food. It says the sale will help it focus its resources on other brands. The sale is expected to close in the first half of next year.

Work Nearly Complete On Julien Dubuque Bridge

Work on the Julien Dubuque Bridge is almost complete. Crews from the Iowa Department of Transportation are installing a new fence along the pedestrian walkway across the bridge. The work began on June 1st and was expected to be done by Labor Day. But Hugh Holak, resident construction engineer at the DOT Manchester office says it will now be a couple of weeks before the work is done. Holak says the old fence had run its’ course and had to be replaced this year. Since the work began the eastbound lane of the bridge has been closed from 6 am to 3 pm Monday through Friday. For now, eastbound traffic is being detoured through Wisconsin. Last year crews replaced the lights on the bridge.

Dubuque Schools No-Cost Meals

The Dubuque Community School District is pleased to announce that beginning Monday, Sept. 21, ALL STUDENTS in the Dubuque Community School District will receive 𝗡𝗢-𝗖𝗢𝗦𝗧 𝗠𝗘𝗔𝗟𝗦 at school thanks to an extension of the USDA Summer Food Service Program. This includes all meals served at district schools, and also includes the district’s four meal Grab n’ Go locations. The four meal pick-up locations will also now operate as open meal sites and will serve any individual 18 or under (with no infant formula or food served) at no-cost regardless of whether or not they are enrolled in a district school.

Dubuque Street Closures

The Dubuque engineering departments says that Main Street, between 8th and 9th Streets will be close for most of the morning today for private construction work. The closure will occur between 6 am and 10 am. Also the alley between Locust and Main and 8th and 9th will be closed from 10 am until noon today. Motorists will need to use an alternative route during those times.

Salvation Army Christmas Campaign

The Salvation Army nationally started its Christmas Campaign on September 14th, earlier than ever before to ensure it can be a beacon of hope. While the Dubuque kettles won’t physically be out until November, The Salvation Army will be working in a variety of new ways to not only collect funds but to spread the idea of ‘Rescue Christmas’ – this year’s campaign theme. To kick the Dubuque campaign off, The Salvation Army will have a live ‘Call to Prayer’ event on Thursday, September 17th at noon. The event will be held on the Dubuque Salvation Army’s Facebook page. Captain Emily Phelps says the annual Toy Store is gearing up early this year. She says that toys are already arriving. For more information go to SADubuque.org or their Facebook page.

Hit and Run Suspect Arrested

The Dubuque Police Department have arrested the driver of a vehicle that hit a pair of vehicles that left two people injured on Tuesday afternoon. Around 3:18 pm officers initiated a traffic stop at 16th/Central and 32-year old Christopher Evans fled resulting in a pursuit through the downtown & north end. Evans vehicle struck two other vehicles in the 1900 block of Jackson. Evans then fled the scene on foot before being arrested in the 1700 block of Jackson Street. An adult female and juvenile from one of the other vehicles were transported to the hospital. The severity of their injuries are unknown at this time. Evans is facing multiple charges including, Drug Possession Controlled Substance, Interference with Officials Acts while in Possession of a Firearm, Felon In Possession Of A Firearm, 4th Degree Theft for Possession of Stolen Property, and Eluding From Police.

Two Vehicle Crash Injures Dubuque Man

A  Dubuque man was taken to the hospital Monday after he was involved in a two vehicle crash. A police crash report says 69 year old Jon Furlong was traveling west along Dodge Street near its’ intersection with JFK Monday afternoon, when he attempted to turn right onto JFK. Furlong lost control and struck a vehicle driven by a 16 year old male from Asbury, who was stopped at the red light. Furlong was transported to Mercy Hospital, where he was treated. He was then given a citation for failure to maintain control.

Man Arrested For 2 Assaults In Dubuque

A man was arrested by Dubuque police this past weekend for assaulting two Dubuque residents. The first one happened Saturday near Queen and Henry Streets, while the other took place in March. 44 year old Tyrone Watson faces nearly a half-dozen charges ranging from domestic assault with strangulation to fifth degree criminal mischief. In the first assault, police accused Watson of beating up a 36 year old woman. In the second one he is accused of assaulting a 23 year old man, breaking his jaw.

Dubuque Casinos Making Comeback From Virus

Since they were given the OK from the Governor to reopen in June amid the coronavirus pandemic, both the Diamond Jo and Q casinos are seeing some positives, but they also realize there is a ways to go. Q general manager Brian Rakestraw says in the month of August the Dubuque market saw a decline of almost 13 percent. 33 percent of the gaming markets in Iowa fared well in August. Rakestraw says even with a decline in overall gaming, hotel and restaurant revenue, there was a positive growth in net income last month. Q President and CEO Jesus Alvies says since they reopened they have brought back 96 percent of their employees. Some employees have been reassigned to other duties. Q chief financial officer Bill Eichhorn says their gross gaming revenue was down 7.8 percent last month, and total revenue was down 16.2 percent. Net income from operations was up 31.7 percent, while overall net income was up 32.9 percent compared to the same time last year.

Board Approves Budget For Senior Phase 2

The Dubuque Community School Board has approved a budget of around 33.9 million for phase 2 of renovations at Senior High School. That price tag is about 1.2 million more than what architectural fire Straka-Johnson estimated a few months ago. Despite the COVID-19 pandemic, Superintendent Stan Rheingans says they have the funds to do the project, and once the work is done, Senior, like Hempstead, will be completely renovated.  Board member Jim Prochaska says the renovations will be extensive. There will also be improvements made to the industrial tech area at the high school. The board also approved an amendment to the agreement with Straka-Johnson for the  project for around $408,000. The project will go out for bids early next year.

Natural Gas Leak In Dubuque

Dubuque fire fighters responded to a natural gas leak Tuesday morning. It happened a few minutes before 10 in the 2000 block of Admiral Street. Authorities say the gas line was struck in front of 2010 Admiral, and the area was isolated by fire crews. A crew from Black Hills Energy was called in to cap off the leak.

Admiral Street Closed

The Dubuque Fire Department reports a natural gas line was struck in front of 2010 Admiral Street. Fire crews have the area isolated. Black Hills Energy is working to shut off the leak. Admiral Street will be closed for about an hour.

Dubuque County Car Thefts

The Epworth Police Department is reminding people to lock your car doors and remove the keys from the ignition. On Sunday, between the hours of 2 and 6 am, several vehicles were unlawfully taken throughout Dubuque County, including two from the City of Epworth. All vehicles taken were unlocked with the keys left in the ignition. This has been an ongoing problem throughout Johnson County for the past several weeks and seems to have migrated into Dubuque County. If you have any camera footage of any suspicious events during this time frame, please contact the Epworth Police Department.

Dubuque County Injured After Crash With Semi

A Dubuque County man was injured after a semi pulled into his path Sunday morning. The sheriff office says 45 year old Benjamin Hanten of Peosta was driving south on Peosta Street at Enterprise Drive in Peosta, when a semi driven by 59 year old Michael Dodock of Waterloo attempted to turn left and struck Hanten’s vehicle. Hanten was taken to Mercy Hospital by a family member, where he was treated. Dodock was cited for failure to yield while making a turn.

Free COVID-19 Testing At UWP This week

The Grant County Health Department will be offering free COVID-19 tests to students at UW-Platteville this week. The tests will be conducted on campus Wednesday and Thursday from 10 am until 5:30 pm. Those wanting to be tested should enter at Greenwood Avenue and Circle Drive. Tests will be available on a first come-first serve basis. Appointments are not necessary, however pre-registration, though not required, is encouraged and available online at register.covidconnect.wi.gov.

 

https://register.covidconnect.wi.gov/en-US/

Dubuque Woman Seriously Injured In Crash

A Dubuque woman was transported to the hospital with serious injuries following a crash in Dubuque Sunday morning. According to a police report the accident happened a few minutes after 6 am in the 2500 block of Central Avenue. 34 year old Joe Jormelu was traveling south, when he crossed the centerline and struck a vehicle driven by 32 year old Samantha White. Jormelu then struck two parked vehicles. White was taken to Mercy Hospital to be treated. Her condition has not been released. J0rmelu was charged with improper use of lanes, leaving the scene of an accident, failure to provide proof of financial liability and driving while suspended.

Fire Damages House In Dubuque

Fire damaged a house in Dubuque Monday morning. Crews responded to a report of a house fire at 2288 Central Avenue at around 8:45. It apparently started in the kitchen area, after one of the residents was cooking and left the stove unattended. The fire spread to the rafters of the two story addition. Someone attempted to extinguish the blaze with the sprayer hose from the kitchen sink and a bucket of water. Fire crews were able to put out the fire, and remained on scene until almost 10 o’clock. No one was injured, but four people were displaced. There is no damage estimated at this time.

Report: Spiegel To Sell Bellevue Properties

Developer A.J. Spiegel has reportedly sold several of his riverfront properties in Bellevue, including a restaurant that’s been closed for over a year. The sale of the Baymont Hotel, the RV campgrounds, the Events Centre and the Off-Shore Restaurant are pending. The new owners are the same group of investors who own and operate the Dubuque Marina and Coconut Grove Resort in Wisconsin. Dave Heiar, Senior Advisory at Jackson County Economic Alliance says while he hasn’t spoken directly with Spiegel, they were aware that the properties had been sold. Heiar says he would be happy to talk with the new owners, should the sale actually proceed, about what other projects they may have in mind for the riverfront property. Spiegel, creator of MTM Corporation in Peosta, has invested more than 18 million in Bellevue projects over the past 20 years, which includes condominiums on North Riverview. There’s a little bit more paperwork to complete before the sale of the properties is final.

Dubuque Woman Charged After Hitting Man With Car

A Dubuque woman was arrested Sunday night after police say she struck a man with her car, breaking his leg. Traffic cameras captured the entire incident. Police say at around 2:50 pm, 22 year old Larissa Greer could be seen driving south in the 2-thousand block of Elm Street with a man in the vehicle. The man got out and Greer drove towards him. The man kicked the car as it went by, but the incident continued at a gas station parking lot on Rhomberg Avenue. Footage shows Greer driving towards the man again, this time hitting him with the hood, before parking. Police responded to a man calling for help a few minutes later. The victim was transported to Mercy Hospital, where he was treated for a broken leg. When police arrived Greer had fled the area, but was arrested a few hours later and charged with domestic assault with injury, willful injury and driving while barred.

River Paddling Trip

The Dubuque & Jackson County Conservation departments have teamed up to offer people a chance to enjoy fall colors and educational programs while taking in the sights and sounds of the Mississippi River. The multi-day paddling trip takes place September 29 – October 1 from Dubuque to Bellevue. Participants will learn about many aspects of the river community and they can bring their own vessel or borrow a canoe or kayak from the county conservation departments. Cost is $10 per day or $25 for all 3 days, which includes the education programs and guided trip. Participants need to provide their own food and shuttling and camping is available both nights. Participants must register for this event online at MyCountyParks.com, click on Jackson County, then events. Participants are asked to practice social distancing with other participants. Participants should bring a mask for instances when social distancing might not be able to be maintained. This event is for adults, ages 18 and up.

 

https://www.mycountyparks.com/County/Jackson/Park/Hurstville-Interpretive-Center/Events/15707/Fall-Paddling-Trip-on-the-Mississippi-River.aspx

 

 

Airport Tuskegee Airman Captain Martin

A group in Dubuque is continuing its efforts to honor Tuskegee Airman Captain Robert L. Martin by naming the local airport’s terminal after him. In July, the Dubuque airport commission unanimously approved naming the terminal at the airport after Captain Martin, but the airport cannot put any money into creating monuments or plaques. Dawnelle Gordon, who started the movement, says she got together with many members of Captain Martin’s family to create a fundraising sub-committee. As of Friday, they had raised over $12 thousand, but the goal is to raise at least $80 thousand. Gordon explains the money will go into hiring an architect to design a monument honoring Captain Martin at the entrance of the airport. The team would also like to put together an Aviation Hall of Fame inside. Anyone interested in donating can do so on Gofundme: gf.me/u/ydrcs2 or at: Captain Robert L. Martin Memorial fund, c/o Dubuque branch of the NAACP, P.O. Box 1012, Dubuque, IA 52004.

Two Dubuque Residents Injured In One Car Crash

Two Dubuque teens were injured in a one vehicle crash in Dubuque Thursday evening. Police say 18 year old William Brown was driving south on West 32nd when he failed to negotiate a curve. The vehicle then crashed into a ditch. Brown and his passenger, 18 year old Jenna Gibson were injured. Brown was transported to Mercy Hospital and treated, while Gibson was not taken to the hospital. Brown was cited for failure to maintain control and failure to provide financial liability.

East Dubuque Students Return To In-Person

The superintendent for the East Dubuque school district says students will return to in-person learning on Monday. In a message to families in the district T. J. Potts wrote that all students planning to return to in-person learning are no longer under quarantine. Earlier this month the district switched to remote learning after a number of positive COVID cases were reported among students and staff. Potts says two staff members remain quarantined.

Dubuque Man Arrested In Shooting Incident

A  Dubuque man was arrested Thursday after police say he was one of the people involved in a shooting in which two vehicles boxed in another vehicle and shot it up last month. The incident happened on August 4th in the 2200 block of Washington Street. 24 year old Javarise Jackson is charged with intimidation with a dangerous weapon, going armed with intent, carrying weapons and reckless use of a firearm causing property damage.

Bloomberg Grant Asphalt Art

The City of Dubuque’s Office of Arts and Cultural Affairs, in partnership with Green Dubuque has been awarded a $25,000 national grant from Bloomberg Philanthropies. The Asphalt Art Initiative is a new program created to help cities use art and design to improve street safety, revitalize public spaces and engage their communities. This project will enhance 14 bus shelter locations throughout Dubuque with painted murals on the sidewalk surface under and around the shelters to draw attention to the City’s extensive and accessible public transit system while encouraging residents to actively partner in the City’s Climate Action Plan and celebrate those that already do. Feedback from the users of Dubuque’s public transit will be collected throughout the Fall of 2020 to inform a call for artists to be launched in Spring 2021. Community members will be invited to take part in project installation and celebration in the Summer and Fall of 2021 in anticipation of the Growing Sustainable Communities Conference slated for October 12-13, 2021 in Dubuque.

Dubuque’s Walk To End Alzheimer’s

The annual Walk to End Alzheimer’s is this weekend in Dubuque, and because of COVID-19, this year’s event will be done a bit differently. Briget Meyer is the walk manager for Dubuque. She says opening ceremonies will start at 10 on Saturday morning at Washington Middle School. Meyer says they are asking participants to take all of the safety measures recommended by local and state health officials and the CDC. This year’s walk will be done with three components in mind. The first one being that all teams are invited to view the walk opening and “promise garden” ceremony in the Walk to End Alzheimer’s app. Meyer says people have been collecting donations throughout the year and everyone that has registered a team has their own personal Facebook page that lets them track all of their donations, which have to be turned in by the end of the year. Meyer says they hope to raise $138,000, but she understands the financial burden that has been placed on people as they deal with the coronavirus pandemic. If you’re not able to participate in Saturday’s event, you still have until December 31st to register and raise money for Alzheimer’s. To register, visit alz.org/walk. You can also help spread the word by joining the Dubuque “Walk to End Alzheimer’s Facebook group.

Mullis To Appeal Life Sentence

As expected, a Delaware County man who was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole after being convicted by a jury last September of first degree murder, is appealing his sentence. 44 year old Todd Mullis of Earlville as sentenced last Friday for the murder of his wife, Amy Mullis on the family’s farm in November of 2018. Mullis’ attorney says he will appeal his case to the Iowa Supreme Court. Prosecutors say Mullis stabbed his wife to death with a corn rake, and then said she had an accident, denying that he killed her. He had been experiencing marital problems with his wife, and prosecutors say he accused her of having an affair.

Road Rage Incident Results In Armed Robbery

A road rage incident in Dubuque this week resulted in one man being robbed at gunpoint. A police report says the incident took place Tuesday afternoon at the intersection of Francis and West 23rd Streets in the downtown area. 50 year old Troy Rambousek of Dubuque told officers he was involved in a road rage altercation with another man, who pulled out a handgun and robbed him of over $650 in cash. Rambousek was not injured and the investigation continues.

Dubuque Housing Assistance Applications

The City of Dubuque is concerned over lack of housing assistance applications amid pandemic.  Catholic Charities Archdiocese of Dubuque is a non-profit with a mission to reduce poverty. Its executive director, Tracy Morrison, said they have seen many people struggle because of the COVID-19 pandemic. They have been able to help people pay some of their rent by partnering with other non-profits, but Morrison recognized it is a problem that needs to be addressed quickly. Alexis Steger, the city of Dubuque’s Housing Director, says about 50 percent of the people in Dubuque were cost-burdened before the pandemic. This means they spent more than 30 percent of their gross income in housing. Steger says 25 percent were severely cost-burdened, which means between 40 and 50 percent of their gross income goes towards housing. The Centers for Disease Control and Protection eviction moratorium makes it illegal for landlords to evict tenants who can’t pay their bills. However, there is a catch. Steger said that, to get this protection, tenants must prove they have done their best efforts to receive government assistance. This could be a problem in Dubuque. The city’s Short-Term Assistance Program can assist with a portion of approved households’ rent, mortgage, or utilities for up to $1,000 for three months. Applicants’ income must have been reduced by at least 50 percent because of the pandemic in order to qualify. Steger said she met with City Council to discuss marketing and campaign strategies to spread the word about the program. Anyone interested in applying for the Short-Term Assistance Program should visit https://www.cityofdubuque.org/618/Housing-Community-Development.

 

 

United Way Digital Kickoff

The United Way of Dubuque Area Tri-States held their 2020 digital kickoff Thursday morning on Facebook Live and YouTube. Campaign co-chairs this year are Bob Woodward and Jan Powers. Powers says over 30 area non-profits depend on the United Way and people who give. Powers says funded partners include the local Salvation Army and Catholic Charities. Fountain of Youth is a relatively new non-profit and United Way assists them in their fight against generational poverty. For more information about the United Way 2020 Campaign and how to give, go to www.dbqunitedway.org or their Facebook page.

Maquoketa EDA Flood Control Grant

A northeast Iowa city is getting federal help to assist in flood control. The City of Maquoketa is receiving a $2.3 million grant for critical stormwater infrastructure improvements. The grant from the Economic Development Administration will fund 75 percent of a $2.9 million stormwater pumping station construction project. The project will improve flood control in Maquoketa’s industrial and commercial areas, while creating seven new jobs and preserving 88 existing jobs. The project is meant to make Maquoketa more resilient against major flooding events like the one that occurred in 2019, in which heavy rain caused the Maquoketa River to rise to 17 feet, flooding streets, highways and commercial zones.

Maquoketa Death Lawsuit

The City of Maquoketa has agreed to settle a wrongful death lawsuit with the family of Drew Edwards for $4.5 million. Lawyers for the family say the city will also agree to review the policies and procedures that led to Edwards’ death. Edwards died in police custody in June 2019 from cardiac arrest with meth, ecstasy, and marijuana in his system after officers used a taser on the man. Lawyers for Edwards’ family say the body camera footage in this case was critical to Edwards’ family receiving a lump sum payment of 4.5 million dollars from the city of Maquoketa and Jackson County. The city says the settlement is still not final because of one additional court hurdle and will not comment until that process is complete.

Buol Denounces Racist Voicemail Left At Dream Center

Dubuque Mayor Roy Buol says a racist voicemail, like the one left at the Dream Center, will not go without a response. The Dream Center, a community venue that serves youth and their families, recently reported the racially charged voicemail to the city’s Human Rights Department. Part of the voicemail tells the Dream Center to “get out of town.” Buol says the message upset a lot of people, especially him and he calls it a “cowardly act”. During its’ recent goal setting session, Buol says the city council doubled-down on equity and inclusivity in an effort to make all races feel like they are welcomed in the community. Buol says looking ahead, it’s only a matter of time before white people in this country become a minority. Buol says a lot of people of color in Dubuque are the products of generational poverty. He says any resident who experience discrimination or bias should contact the Human Rights Office.

Jackson County Man Charged With Possessing Explosives

A Jackson County man has been charged with possession of an explosive device with intent, after the sheriff’s office says he placed a homemade explosive device near a woodshed owned by his neighbor this past weekend. 45 year old Aaron Hinke of La Motte was arrested Sunday night. Court records say that Hinke placed the device near the woodshed at around 3 pm, but it wasn’t reported to authorities until almost four hours later. Officials from the state fire marshal’s office were called to the scene and were able to defuse the device. Following his arrest Hinke admitted to making the explosive device and placing it near the woodshed. It’s not known at this point why he committed the crime.

Dubuque County Man Arrested For Hanging Dog

A Dubuque County man was arrested this week after authorities say he hung his dog on a ladder in a barn. The incident happened on Labor Day. A woman told the sheriff’s office that she walked into her barn and saw 59 year old Mark Meneguin hanging his dog from a ladder. The animal survived. Deputies found Meneguin and the dog walking along a road a short time later. He told them that he lost his cool, because his dog was not listening to him. Meneguin is charged with animal torture. While he admitted to hanging his dog, Meneguin says the  animal’s back legs never left the ground.

DALH Food Giveaway

The Dubuque Area Labor Harvest will have a food giveaway Saturday for low income and elderly families in Dubuque County. The food giveaway will be held at the Dubuque Area Harvest building, 423 West Locust Street, starting at 7:30 am and will continue until 9:30am or while food supplies last. Recipients are asked to bring identification and a box for the food. These food giveaways are funded by grants from the Dubuque Racing Association and the Federal Emergency Management Agency which requires that food recipients be residents of Dubuque County.

Grant County Injury Crash

A Highland, Wisconsin teen was injured after a car vs tractor crash last Thursday. Around 12:54 pm on September 3rd, the Grant County Sheriff’s Office responded to a crash at the intersection of Hwy 80 at Stub Rd located in the Township of Lima. 55-year old Tim Withrow, from rural Platteville, was traveling southbound on Hwy 80 in a tractor. At the same time 19-year old Alexis Miura was traveling southbound on Hwy 80. Withrow was pulling a hay rake and turning left into a field when Miura went to pass Withrow on the left, in a double yellow, on a hill. The front passenger side of Miura’s vehicle struck the front driver’s side of the tractor and her vehicle careened off of the tractor and went into the ditch on the east side of the roadway. Miura was wearing her seatbelt but was injured in the crash. She was transported to Southwest Health Center in Platteville by ambulance. Withrow was not injured in the crash. Miura was cited for Passing on a Hill and Passing Farm Equipment in a No Passing Zone.

Loras’ Statue Removed from Campus

The statue of Loras College’s founder has been removed from campus after school officials learned new information about Bishop Mathias Loras’ slave ownership.Loras College President Jim Collins wrote in a letter today that the statue will be placed in storage “until we have convened as a community to discuss the impact of this knowledge about our founder and, specifically, whether and in what context the statue could or should be displayed in the future.”

Loras, the first bishop of Dubuque, in 1839 established the seminary that would eventually become Loras College.A member of Loras College’s history faculty researched the revelation and confirmed the researcher’s findings. Click on link below to read Loras College President Jim Collins’ full letter to the campus community

https://myweb.loras.edu/loras/FounderResearch.pdf

Boating Accident

DNR Conservation Officers continue to investigate a boating incident that left two people injured around 4:30 pm Saturday on the Mississippi River in Clayton County. The boat is believed to have hit a large wake causing the passenger to be ejected into the water and injuring both the passenger and the operator. The operator of the boat was airlifted to the U of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics with serious injuries and the passenger was taken by ambulance to a Wisconsin hospital where he was treated and released for his injuries. Both men, whose names have not been released, are from Cassville, Wisconsin.

DC Mask Mandate Vote Set For Tuesday

The Dubuque County Board of Supervisors will meet this morning at 10 am to consider a county-wide mask mandate, following recommendations from the board of health. But 14 Mayors in the county are opposed to a mandate. One of those is Epworth Mayor Sandy Gassman. Gassman says it’s practically impossible to enforce a mask mandate in her community. She says in Epworth, other safety guidelines to prevent the spread of COVID-19 make more sense. Supervisor Jay Wickham says even though the board welcomes the debate on the mandate issue, they still have a job to do. According to County Attorney C.J. May, the supervisors have three options. They can adopt the resolution and the mandate would go into effect, they can revise the resolution, or they can ignore or reject the resolution.

 

Jo Daviess County Man Injured In Motorcycle Accident With Deer

A Scales Mound man was injured after he struck a deer with his motorcycle in Jo Daviess County Sunday afternoon. The accident happened on West Council Hill Road, just west of North Road in rural Scales Mound at around 2:45. 69 year old Dennis Werner was traveling on West Council, when a deer ran in front of him. Werner tried to avoid hitting the animal, but could not. His motorcycle overturned after he struck the deer. Werner was transported to a local hospital and treated for his injuries.

Dubuque Man Injured In Motorcycle Crash After Hitting Deer In Jo Daviess County

A Dubuque man was injured after he struck a deer with his motorcycle in Jo Daviess County early Sunday morning in rural Stockton. The sheriff’s office says 37 year old Isaac Redmond was driving his motorcycle south on Illinois Route 78 a few minutes  after 1:30 am, when h struck a deer.  The impact caused the motorcycle to overturn. Redmond was taken to Freeport Memorial and treated for his injuries. The accident is under investigation.

Stockton Man Injured In ATV Accident

A Stockton man was treated for inures he suffered in an ATV accident in rural Stockton Sunday afternoon. Authorities say 43 year old Harold Scace Jr. was traveling east on East Evans Road, about a mile west of Highway 20. Shortly after cresting a hill, Scace came upon a large tree that had fallen across the road. He crashed into the tree, and was transported to Freeport Memorial for treatment.

UPDATE: Delaware County Man Going To Prison For The Rest Of His Life

An Earlville man will be spending the rest of his life behind bars, after a judge sentenced him to the mandatory term for 1st degree murder today. The judge sentenced 44 year old Todd Mullis to life in prison without the possibility of parole in the stabbing death of his wife nearly two years ago on the family’s farm in Delaware County. Prosecutors say that Mullis stabbed his wife, 39 year old Amy Mullis with a corn rake in November 2018. Mullis claimed that it was an accident and his wife fell on the rake. Mullis had accused his wife of having an affair. A jury convicted him last September. Mullis must also pay victim restitution in the amount of 150-thousand dollars. Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, only immediate family members were allowed to attend the sentencing in Delaware County Court.

Epworth Woman Pleads Guilty To Sexual Exploitation Of A Child

A  Dubuque County woman has pleaded guilty to one federal count of sexual exploitation of a child. As part of a plea deal, prosecutors agreed to drop two other related charges against 36 year old Gina Urbain of Epworth. Urbain is accused of sexual abusing a girl younger than 12 in November of 2018. Urbain faces up to 20 years behind bars. There is no parole in the federal system. Urbain still faces state charges for 2nd degree sexual abuse. A hearing on those charges is scheduled for September 28th.

Mullis Sentencing Scheduled For This Afternoon In Delaware County

An Earlville man convicted of 1st degree murder in the death of his wife is scheduled to be sentenced today. 44 year old Todd Mullis faces a mandatory sentence of life in prison without the possibility of parole. Mullis was convicted last September of stabbing his wife, 39 year old Amy Mullis, to death with a corn rake on the family’s farm in Delaware County in November of 2018. Mullis claimed that she fell on the rake, but a jury didn’t believe his version of the events leading up to his wife’s death. Because of the COVID pandemic, only immediate family members will be able to attend the sentencing, which is scheduled for 1 o’clock this afternoon in the Delaware County courthouse.

Grassley Meets With Business Owners At Grand River Center On What Effects COVID Has Had On Their Operations

Iowa Senator Charles Grassley held a town hall meeting today (yesterday) with local business owners at the Grand River Center in Dubuque. A number of topics were discussed, including the Paycheck Protection Program, what effects COVID-19 have had on the airline industry and farmers, when a vaccine would be available to Americans and what could be in the next CARES package. Another topic that was discussed was the Reviving the Economy Sustainably Towards A Recovery in Twenty-Twenty or the RESTART Act.  The bipartisan bill would address the shortcomings of the Paycheck Protection Program. It would extend the covered period for the government to deploy PPP funds, offering loans for up to a year and granting partial loan forgiveness for an expanded list of business expenses. Grassley was asked if he would support the bill, but he says he hasn’t had a chance to review it yet. Grassley wants to know if the Congressional Budget Office has figured out how much the bill will costs. Corey Jacobson owns Phoenix Theaters, which has venues located inside Kennedy Mall. He says the RESTART Act would help businesses like his stay afloat during the pandemic and he’s just glad that Grassley is now aware of the legislation. The bill has the support of 52 U.S. Senators. Since its’ introduction in May, there has been no movement on the legislation.

DuMA Has New Leader

There’s a new man in charge of the Dubuque Museum of Art. The board of trustees has named Gary Stoppleman as the new executive director. Stoppleman replaces David Schmitz. Stoppleman worked in Indianapolis, Indiana, where he held the position of deputy director for marketing and external affairs at Newfields among other jobs. Over his 25 year career, Stoppleman led teams through periods of strategic change and transformative growth at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Museum of Modern Art and the Art Institute of Chicago. Most recently Stoppleman has worked an independent consultant. He and his wife will relocate to Dubuque by the end of the month.

Asbury Man Charged With Assault

An Asbury man faces assault charges after police say he struck his girlfriend in the hand with a hammer and kicked her in the back in front of her 3 children. 35 year old Ronald Welp was arrested early Wednesday morning and charged with assault with injury, fifth degree criminal mischief and three counts of child endangerment. The incident happened on August 11th at a residence that Welp shared with his girlfriend. He also destroyed her cellphone.  A couple of days later the woman told police that Welp punched her in her head and back.

Dubuque Man Charged With Domestic Assault

A Dubuque man was arrested Wednesday morning for a domestic incident involving his wife earlier this summer. 47 year old William Mick faces charges of domestic assault while displaying a weapon and domestic assault causing injury. The incident happened back in July. Mick’s wife told police that her husband became upset with her for coming home from work late and grabbed her wrist and twisted it. He then pointed an unloaded gun at himself and then at her in a threatening manner. Mick told officers there was a time that he and his wife pointed guns at each other just for fun.

Dubuque Student Is First Positive COVID-19 Case In District

A student in the Dubuque Community School District is the first confirmed positive case of COVID-19. An update on the district’s dashboard says the infected student is in prekindergarten at Carver Elementary School. The district’s dashboard tracks COVID-19 cases and officials say cases are no longer considered active 10 days after symptoms began and 10 days after a positive test for asymptomatic individuals. There are a small number of people who have tested positive for the virus, but haven’t attended school this year. Holy Family, which updates its’ rolling 14 day count each weekday, has so far reported no positive cases.

City of Dubuque Labor Day Closures

City of Dubuque offices will be closed on Monday, for Labor Day. The City is reminding residents of several related service changes. There will be no trash, yard debris, or curbside recycling collections by City crews on Labor Day. Instead, these Monday collections will be made on Saturday, September 5th. The Dubuque Metro Landfill will also be closed on Labor Day. The Jule’s fixed route and mini-bus services will not operate on Labor Day. Regular fixed route and mini-bus services will resume on Tuesday morning.

Sups To Meet With Mayors To Discuss Mask Mandate

The Dubuque County Board of Supervisors will have a work session next week to discuss a proposed county-wide mask mandate with Mayors throughout the county as well as health officials. Last week the Board of Health approved a resolution that calls for a mask mandate. The final decision rests with the supervisors. Chair Dave Baker says they’ll more than likely take action on the Board of Health’s recommendation one way or the other. Baker says one major sticking point is that businesses in the county don’t want to play the role of enforcing a mask mandate. He says he’s tired of the state trampling on the counties rights to make decisions that are in the best interest of their citizenry. Tuesday’s meeting will be conducted via zoom, but the public is welcome to attend in-person as long as they adhere to the safety protocols in place at the courthouse. Tuesday’s meeting will be held on the 4th floor of the courthouse beginning at 10 am.

East Dubuque Schools Remote Learning

Due to the East Dubuque School District having positive cases of COVID four of the last five days and a number of students and staff having to quarantine, they will move to Remote Learning for all students until Monday, September 14th. At that time they will return to In-Person learning for all students that have not opted in to full remote learning. Today will be a Remote Learning Day for all students at the Junior High and High School. It will be a Remote Planning Day for Elementary Students and their Remote Learning starts on Thursday.

Drive Sober Or Get Pulled Over

A number of law enforcement agencies in southwest Wisconsin are once again part of the “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” campaign. The campaign last through Labor Day. The purpose of the campaign is to remove impaired and distracted drivers from the roadways. Last year there were 6,058 alcoholic-related deaths in Wisconsin that injured nearly 3,000 people and resulted in 140 deaths. The participating law enforcement agencies include the Lancaster, Platteville, UW-Platteville, Muscoda and Boscobel police departments and the Grant and Lafayette County Sheriff Departments.

Drive Sober Grant County

Multiple Grant County Law Enforcement agencies are joining law enforcement agencies across Wisconsin during the “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” campaign running now through Labor Day. Participating agencies include: Lancaster Police Department, Platteville Police Department, UW-Platteville Police Department, Muscoda Police Department, Boscobel Police Department and the Grant County Sheriff’s Office. Last year in Wisconsin, there were 6,058 alcohol-related crashes that injured 2,918 people and resulted in 140 deaths which was about one-quarter of all traffic fatalities.

East Dubuque Bus Driver COVID

The East Dubuque School District is making adjustments to school for today after they reported this weekend they have one bus driver out for testing positive for COVID-19. The district now has reason to believe that they may have more bus drivers that will have to quarantine. So as not to put any students or staff into a situation of being in contact with these drivers, or to have kids get to school with potentially no ride home, the district is NOT running their school buses this morning. They are still having school today for all students that can arrange a ride to school.