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Area Students Nominated To Academies

Several Tri-State area high school students are among 50 kids from Iowa who have been nominated for consideration for appointments to the U.S. service academies. Emma Holesinger of Dubuque and Grace Ries of Asbury have been nominated for the U.S. Military Academy at West Point. Holesinger was also nominated for the U.S. Air Force Academy. Bryce Anstoetter of Dubuque has been nominated for the U.S. Naval Academy. And Keegan Eitter of Asbury has been nominated for the U.S. Air Force Academy.

Dubuque County Fatal

A Guttenburg man has died following a two vehicle accident in Dubuque County Sunday.  84-year old Robert Tyler died from injuries sustained in an accident that the Dubuque County Sheriff’s Office, Iowa State Patrol, and Key West EMS responded to on Highway 151 and Monastery Road. Around 11:36 am, 83-year old Bonnie Tyler of Guttenberg was attempting to cross the southbound lanes of Highway 151 to go onto Monastery Road when she was struck broadside by a vehicle driven by 42-year old Jeremy Bahl of Marion, IA. who was traveling southbound on Highway 151. Both Tylers were transported to Mercy Hospital where  Robert later died from his injuries. Bahl refused medical attention. The accident remains under investigation.

False Stolen Car Claim

A Platteville woman faces charges after falsely reporting her car was stolen. Monday at 10:53 am, the Darlington Police Department took a complaint of a stolen vehicle from an address on East Street in the City of Darlington. It was later learned the vehicle was not stolen, and that 47-year old Paula Perrin filed a false report to avoid being held accountable for wrecking the car in Green County. Perrin was arrested on a Probation and Parole hold and booked into the Lafayette County Jail. Perrin is also being referred for criminal charges for obstructing an officer and operating a vehicle without an ignition interlock device.​

One Vehicle Injury Accident

A Dubuque man was injured in a one-vehicle crash Monday night in Dubuque County. The Dubuque County Sheriff’s Office says 26-year-old Kevin Vaughn was eastbound on Old Highway Road, near Westmont Heights when he lost control of his vehicle. Deputies say the vehicle rolled and landed on its roof. Vaughn was removed from the vehicle and taken to Finley Hospital in Dubuque to be treated for injuries. The accident remains under investigation.

Dubuque Smart911

City officials are reminding people “Smart911” is available to all residents of Dubuque and Dubuque County. Mark Murphy, Emergency Communications Manager, says this free, optional service gives residents the opportunity to provide information to emergency responders prior to an emergency to enable faster and more informed responses.  Murphy says there is a wide variety of information you can provide and the service is not just for individuals. If a family member or friend does not have a computer or smart phone someone else can assist them in putting in their information. To subscribe to Smart911service, a safety profile must be created online at www.smart911.com.

CR Man Killed In Jones County Crash

A Cedar Rapids man was killed in a one vehicle crash in Delaware County south of Manchester Friday morning. The Iowa State Patrol says 60 year old Roger Scott was driving north on Iowa Highway 13 just after 9:30, when his vehicle left the road and came to rest in a field. Scott was transported to Regional Medical Center in Manchester where he was pronounced dead. The cause of the accident remains under investigation.

Man Gets Probation For Stabbing

A Dubuque man avoided jail time after reaching an agreement with prosecutors for his involvement in a stabbing incident earlier this year that injured another man. 32 year old Curtis Johnson-Jeffers was originally charged with willful injury causing serious injury and assault while displaying a weapon. He pleaded guilty to the lesser charge of offense of assault causing injury and was sentenced to one year of probation. The stabbing happened in late September in the 1400 block of Central Avenue. The victim, who was stabbed five times survived.

Crash Injures Two

A single vehicle crash in Grant County left two people injured Monday morning. The sheriff’s office says accident happened a few minutes before 8 am on County U, near Reynolds Ridge Road. A van driven by 31 year old Andrea Kelly of Lancaster was traveling north on County U, when she swerved to avoid a vehicle that was headed south in her lane. Kelly lost control on the frost covered road, left the road and overturned twice, with the van coming to rest in a ditch. Kelly and her passenger 41 year old Michael Brown of Potosi were transported to a local hospital where they were treated for non-life threatening injuries. The driver who caused the accident did not stop to help.

Loaded Gun in Bar

A Dyersville man was arrested Saturday night after police say he pointed a loaded gun at a man inside a bar. Officers were called to Joe’s 2nd Street Diner just after 10 p.m. for a report of a drunk man with a gun. Police interviewed witnesses who told them 58-year-old Brian Michael Wells was already drunk when he walked into Joe’s to use the bathroom. Wells was told to leave by owner Joseph Menge. Menge told police Wells then became confrontational and got into his face. There was a scuffle and Wells pulled a loaded .22 caliber Baretta he was carrying and pointed it at Menge’s chest and head. Wells is charged with carrying weapons, public intoxication and two counts of assault with a deadly weapon.

Drive Sober Or Get Pulled Over

In an effort to save lives and prevent needless tragedies, the Lafayette County Sheriff’s Department has joined law enforcement agencies across Wisconsin for the “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” holiday campaign. It runs from now through New Year’s Day. Chief Deputy Troy Loeffelholz says extra deputies are patrolling the roadways to make it safer for all motorists during the holiday season. Deputies are keeping an eye out for any variety of traffic violations. There will be a lot of Christmas and New Year’s Day parties, and Loeffelholz says if you are going to consume alcoholic beverages at those celebrations, make sure to hand your keys to a designated driver, or use other methods of transportation. Last year alcohol-related crashes resulted in 160 deaths and nearly 3,300 injuries in Wisconsin.

Kettle Campaign Last 2 Days

As the annual Kettle Campaign for the Salvation Army of Dubuque wraps up Tuesday the need for donations is still great. Captain Matt Phelps of the Salvation Army says as of late last week they are behind this time last year reaching their goal of$ 225,000.  Phelps says a very valuable gold coin was found at the kettle located at the Dubuque HyVee on Locust. Bell ringers are positioned at outlets throughout the community, including Walgreens, Hartig Drug Stores, Hy-Vee, Walmart, Theisen’s, and the Kennedy Mall. The kettle campaign runs through mid-afternoon Tuesday, while the mail appeal continues until mid-January.

Darlington Man Texas Charges

A Darlington man who lied to the Darlington Police Department about his identity is facing charges and is also in trouble in Texas. 26-year old Melvin Ramos-Gonzales was arrested on Saturday at 8:51 am for operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated and for operating a motor vehicle without a driver’s license after he passed an unmarked police car in a no passing zone on Galena Street.​ Ramos-Gonzales had originally given officers a different name, but Darlington Police learned he is wanted by Texas authorities for assault under his real name. As a result of the lie, Ramos-Gonzales has been charged with obstructing an officer and he remains jailed.  U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement has placed a detainer on him and will be coming to take custody of him.

Platteville Drug Bust

Three Platteville residents are facing several charges after Grant County Deputies were at 35 1⁄2 South Court Street Apt #4 Thursday morning serving an eviction on the residents living there. While serving the eviction, a meth pipe was discovered by Deputies. A search of the apartment was conducted and several other items of drug paraphernalia were discovered throughout the residence. 42-year old Katherine Deckert was arrested on a Probation Hold and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia; 47-year old Ryan Deckert was arrested on Possession of Drug Paraphernalia; and 32-year old Christopher Vinson was arrested on outstanding felony warrants through Lafayette County, multiple counts of Felony Bail Jumping, and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. All three were transported to the Grant County Sheriff’s Office where they remain waiting court proceedings.

City Holiday Hours

City of Dubuque offices will be closed on Tuesday, December 24th, and Wednesday, December 25th, for the Christmas holiday and on December 31st, and January 1st, for the New Year holiday. This includes City Hall and other City offices and facilities. There is no change to City curbside collection of trash and recycling on December 24th. Curbside collection for Christmas Day will instead be made on December 28th. There is also no change to curbside collections on New Year’s Eve Day. Curbside collection for New Year’s Day will instead be made on January 4th. The Dubuque Metropolitan Landfill will be closed on Christmas Day and New Year’s Day. The Jule Transit will not operate on Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Year’s Eve, and New Year’s Day.

Perpetual Motion Dubuque

On Christmas Day, CityChannel Dubuque will premiere a program that attempts to capture contemporary life in Dubuque with video shot from a camera that was constantly turning. “Perpetual Motion Dubuque” airs on CityChannel Dubuque (cable channel 8 or digital 117.2) on Christmas Day at 4 p.m. and repeats on New Year’s Day at 10 a.m.  The program will also stream live and be archived on the City’s website at www.cityofdubuque.org/media. The program presents dozens of scenes and sounds recorded around town during all 12 months of 2019. The camera will start turning at the beginning of the program and won’t stop until the very end.  Viewers will find themselves in the middle of the Tri-State Wind Symphony during a Thursday night concert at Eagle Point Park and in the pilot house of the riverboat Twilight as she arrives in Dubuque.  They’ll see festivals, farmers markets, storms, and bits of everyday life with the hope that, by the end of the program, they’ll have composite picture of what life is like in Dubuque today.

Gold Coin-Kettle Drive

The Salvation Army of Dubuque had a very special coin arrive in one of its kettles Thursday. Captain Matt Phelps of the Salvation Army says a 1979 Gold Krugerrand was donated. Phelps says that the coin is estimated to be valued at about $1,450. The coin was found at the kettle located at the Dubuque HyVee on Locust. The local Salvation Army is about 25-thousand dollars behind where total donations collected were at this time last year. The 2019 overall goal for the Kettle Campaign is $225,000, with a goal of $118,000 coming directly from the kettles.  The kettle campaign runs through December 24th, while the mail appeal continues until mid-January.

Manchester Man Murder Appeal

The Manchester man accused in the death of Michelle Martinko 40 years ago is asking to have DNA evidence used to arrest him removed from his trial. Police arrested 65-year old Jerry Burns in December 2018 for stabbing and killing then 18-year-old Martinko. An attorney for Burns filed a motion Thursday to exclude DNA evidence police lifted from a straw Burns had discarded last year. The motion says police didn’t have a warrant to seize the tossed-out straw.

Meth Charges

A Hanover couple is facing drug charges after a Jo Daviess County Sheriff’s Deputy stopped a vehicle Wednesday for failure to stop at a stop sign and expired registration. During the traffic stop around 10:08 pm on West Hanover Rd at South Steele Road, a K-9 indicated to the presence of a narcotic odor in the vehicle of Anthony and Adrianne Zito. During the following search of the vehicle and both occupants the Deputy located a drug kit including a glass pipe for smoking methamphetamine, a plastic straw, and a plastic bag containing a white crystal like powder which field tested positive for methamphetamine. The Zito’s were both arrested and transported to the Jo Daviess County Jail for Felony Drug possession. Anthony also received a citation for the invalid registration. The incident remains under investigation.

Felony OWI

A Darlington man is facing a felony after being arrested for felony OWI with children in the car on Wednesday. The traffic stop occurred at 3:46 pm at a business on Hwy 23 following a phoned-in complaint of a possible drunk driver with an infant and 11-year old child in the car. 31-year old Shayne Riley of Darlington, was arrested, it was his third offense for OWI. Having children in the car enhances the offense to a felony. Riley also faces charges of bail jumping since, at the time of his arrest, he was out of jail on bail for a separate charge. Riley also faces charges of threats to a law enforcement officer as he threatened to assault the arresting officer.​ Riley remains jailed.

Personal Injury Accident

A Stockton, Illinois woman is hospitalized after a one vehicle accident Thursday. Around 4:55 pm Jo Daviess County Deputies responded to an accident in the area of Highway 20 west of Williams Drive. Deputies arrived on scene and were informed by a witness who observed a vehicle parked on the shoulder of the east bound lane. The witness stated the vehicle began to reenter the east bound lane when the vehicle went off the right side of the roadway through a ditch. The vehicle continued on running through a barbwire fence, driving through a field, and crashing into an embankment coming to rest there. The driver, 51-year old Sandy Zink, was transported to Midwest Medical by the Galena Ambulance for her injuries. Zink was ultimately transported from Midwest Medical to Iowa City Hospital via AirCare. The accident remains under investigation.

Bike Ride Dubuque

Dubuque will be the starting point for the first ever “Iowa Ride.” The ride is an alternative to the Register’s Annual Great Bicycle Ride Across Iowa, or RAGBRI. The 416 mile route will travel across Iowa from east to west beginning in mid-July. Dubuque Mayor Roy Buol says the news could not have come at a better time. Buol says Dubuque is one of the premier cities along the Mississippi River. The ride opens in Dubuque and ends in Rock Rapids. There will be overnight stays in Monticello, Vinton, Eldora, Clarion, Sheldon and Emmetsburg. It will run from July 12th through the 18th.

Kettle Campaign Behind Goal

As the annual Kettle Campaign for the Salvation Army of Dubuque is less than a week from completion – the combined total for the kettle and mail appeal are currently $25,000 behind this time last year. The 2019 overall goal for the Kettle Campaign is $225,000, with a goal of $118,000 coming directly from the kettles.  The kettle campaign runs through December 24th, while the mail appeal continues until mid-January. Proceeds from the Kettle Campaign goes to their Christmas Toy give-away, the food pantry, the new fine arts programming for children, the Senior Center Activities, nutrition classes, community garden, and the Pathway of Hope program, among other programs.

Burglary Prevention Tips

With the arrival of the holiday shopping season, many of us will be leaving our vehicles unattended in larger parking lots while we shop, eat, or run errands. Lieutenant Joe Messerich with the Dubuque Police Department says it pays to make sure your vehicle’s doors are locked and the windows are secured. Messerich says with many packages being left on doorsteps it’s important to try not to leave them unattended too long. Home security systems and cameras are also a good way to foil any possible thefts. Some other tips include never leave your vehicle running and unattended with the keys inside. Do not leave valuables in a vehicle. If you must, at least hide them from public view, purses, bags, and electronics laying out make a vehicle an attractive target. While shopping after dark, if possible, park in well-lit areas.

 

Fry-Iowa Flags

Until Friday at sunset, flags in Iowa will be at half-staff to remember former University of Iowa Hawkeye football coach Hayden Fry. Governor Kim Reynolds made the order Wednesday morning. It means flags at the Capitol Building, the complex, as well as all public buildings, grounds and facilities throughout the state will all be lowered. Often times, other schools, businesses, counties and more will also lower their flags. Fry coached the Hawkeyes for 20 seasons from 1979 to 1998. His teams won Big Ten titles in 1981, 1985 and 1990. His teams also had three Rose Bowl appearances. Governor Reynolds called Fry a coaching legend who left “it all on the field.” Fry died Tuesday after a lengthy battle with cancer. He was 90 years old.

Conviction Overturned

An Iowa Appeals Court ruled the mental health history of a murdered Dubuque woman should have been allowed at the trial of her former boyfriend. The court cited that as its main reason to overturn the second-degree murder conviction of Fontae Buelow on Wednesday. Buelow was serving a 50-year prison sentence after his conviction in January 2018. Prosecutors say Buelow stabbed Samantha Link to death during a fight at a home on Kane Street in Dubuque in March 2017 after the two had returned from a night out at area bars. Buelow’s attorneys claim Link stabbed herself twice in the chest during the argument. In its ruling, the Iowa Court of Appeals ruled the evidence had important relevance to determining how Link died and whether Buelow had killed her and should have been allowed at trial. Buelow’s case will now go back to district court for a new trial. However, Link’s family plans to appeal this court’s decision.

Grant County Overdose Death

Two La Crosse, Wisconsin men have been arrested following an investigation of an overdose death in November. On November 21st, the Grant County Sheriff’s Office was dispatched to a residence on Cedar Road in Boscobel Township where 23-year-old Cierra Strametz had died from an overdose of heroin which contained Fentanyl. Detectives from the Grant County Sheriff’s Office arrested 23-year old Austin Janick and 29-year old Travis Heal for first degree reckless homicide in the death of Strametz. The case against Janick and Heal has been referred to the Grant County District Attorney’s Office. Janick is currently in custody at the Grant County Jail awaiting an initial appearance.  Heal is in custody at the La Crosse County jail and will be brought to Grant County in the near future.

Dubuque Shots Fired

A Dubuque man faces several charges after the Dubuque County Sheriff’s Office responded to the 9700 Block of Military Road for a report of shots fired early this morning. Around 12:07 am, a witness heard several gun shots and then observed a pickup truck leaving the area. Seven spent shell casings, including 9-millimeter shell casings, were located on the roadway in the 9700 block of Military Road. Traffic camera footage was utilized to track the suspect’s vehicle to the area of 3rd and Main St. in Dubuque. 33-year old Tobias Sarazin was found to have two outstanding warrants and he was placed under arrest. A 9-millimeter handgun was found on Sarazin as well as a spent 9-millimeter shell casing that matched those found on Military Rd. It’s not believed that the discharged rounds struck anything. Sarazin is currently being held in the Dubuque County Jail on Public intoxication, possession of drug paraphernalia, interference with official acts, control of firearm by prohibited person, carrying weapons, and reckless use of a firearm charges. The incident remains under investigation.

Ernst Impeachment

Washington is bracing for today’s expected vote to impeach President Donald Trump. Democrats are defending impeachment even if Trump isn’t removed from office. Republicans are denouncing the integrity of the constitutional process. Iowa Senator Joni Ernst says she thinks it should move quickly in the Senate. Senate Democrats are pushing for testimony from top White House officials during the rare impeachment trial but Ernst isn’t sure they are needed. She says facts in the case are scarce. Ernst says Iowans are telling her Congress needs to get to work not waste time on impeachment.

New Hotel At Schmitt Island

About six months ago, administrators at Q Casino in Dubuque began looking at ways to expand hotel occupancy at Schmitt Island. At yesterday’s meeting of the Dubuque Racing Association, plans were unveiled to build a new hotel adjacent to the Hilton Garden Inn. Matt Coen with RDG Planning and Design says it will be a stand-alone 75 room hotel, consisting of mostly suites. The price tag for the new hotel is around 22 million dollars and Coen says it will be a self-supporting facility, meaning it will pay for itself over the years. Hotel rooms will occupy six floors of the building. There will be entertainment and hospitality spaces, a space for events and a roof top space for patrons and other activities. Coen says the hotel will enhance what the island already has to offer. The DRA board approved plans for the hotel. Construction is scheduled to start next spring, with a completion goal of the spring of 2021.

Kennedy:”Stop Selling CBD Products”

Dubuque County is taking a stance against the sale of CBD products. Cannabidiol, or CBD is the second most prevalent active ingredient in marijuana. By itself it doesn’t cause a person to get high. Dubuque County sheriff Joe Kennedy says the Drug Task Force visited each business and bought its’ CBD products and they tested them for THC, which is the chemical in marijuana that does cause a high. Kennedy says only a few actually contained that chemical, however it is still illegal to sell the product, no matter its’ THC level. The sheriff tells our coverage partners at KCRG TV that Dubuque County attorney C.J. May sent letters to those businesses last week that are known to sell products that have CBD as a warning to stop. Kennedy is meeting with the county attorney this week to discuss how they should move forward with businesses who have not complied.

Fatal Jones County ID

The driver who was killed Monday in a single-vehicle crash in Jones County has been identified. 86-year old Mary Feltes, of Anamosa, was heading south on Highway 151, just south of Monticello,  when she crashed into a ditch near Amber Road/ Jones County X44. The Iowa State Patrol reports the accident happened around 8:30 p.m.

Crack Cocaine Sentence

A Dubuque man will be spending a considerable amount of time in lockup after he was sentenced on drug related charges this week. 33 year old Cory Dukes was handed a 15 year prison sentence after he pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court in Cedar Rapids to one felony count of distributing a controlled substance within one thousand feet of a protected area. As part of a plea deal, prosecutors dropped a second charge of distributing a controlled substance within one thousand feet of a protected area. Federal authorities say Dukes sold crack cocaine last December near Loras College, Avon Park and Rocco Buda Jr. Park. Once he gets out of prison, Dukes will serve six years of supervised release. He has prior convictions of drug related offenses in Dubuque and Linn Counties and Cook County in Illinois.

2 Vehicle Accident Highway Closed

STH 81 was closed for about 4 hours Monday due to a Semi vs pickup truck crash. Around 5:36 p.m., the Grant County Sheriff’s Office received a call of a two vehicle crash on STH 81 at CTH D involving a semi -tractor trailer and a pick up pulling a trailer. 29-year old Tyler Johnson of Platteville was driving west on STH 81 pulling a 12 foot trailer. 54-year old Daniel Stewart of Ham Lake MN was traveling east on STH 81 in a 2019 Freightliner pulling a trailer, both owned by Ruan Transport. Stewart’s semi- tractor trailer crossed the center line striking Johnson’s vehicle. Stewart’s Freightliner continued traveling across STH 81 crashing into the north ditch, through a fence coming to a stop in a pasture. Johnson was able to drive his vehicle to the side of the road and he and and his 6 year old passenger were not injured in the crash. Stewart was treated by Southwest EMS and released at the scene. Stewart will be issued citations for operating left of center and failure to maintain control of vehicle.

Dubuque Man Sentenced Child Sex Crimes

A Dubuque man has been sentenced to 30 years in prison and lifetime supervision by the Iowa Department of Corrections after a jury convicted him of sex crimes involving children in October. 36-year old Bryan Halfhill was convicted of second degree sexual abuse, lascivious acts with a child and lascivious acts with a child soliciting a person to arrange a sex act with a child. 35-year old Gina Urbain of Epworth has also been charged with second degree sexual abuse. The abuse took place between June of 2016 and December of last year. Images of child pornography were also found by investigators on Urbain’s cellphone.

Tranel To Meet With Constituents

Wisconsin 49th Assemblyman Travis Tranel will meet with constituents in his district when he holds office hours today. The Republican from Cuba City will be at the Boaz Community Building in Richland Center from 10:30 to 11:30. He will then head to Boscobel, where he will hold an office hour from 1:30 to 2:30 pm at the Hildebrand Memorial Library. Tranel will wrap up his day with a stop in Potosi from 4 to 5 pm at Potosi Village Hall.

COUNTRY UNPLUGGED-Five Flags Center

Three Country music icons will take the stage together for one unforgettable night of classic 90s country hits in Dubuque. Joe Diffie, Mark Chesnutt, and David Lee Murphy are bringing their COUNTRY UNPLUGGED tour to the Five Flags Center on February 20th at 7:30 pm. All three hit-makers will take the stage together, playing their hit songs, telling stories, and more. Tickets go on sale Thursday, December 19th at 10:00 AM and can be purchased at the Five Flags box office or online at www.ticketmaster.com.

Fatal Jones County

The Iowa State Patrol report one person died in a single-vehicle crash in Jones County Monday night. Around 8:30 p.m., troopers responded to the crash on Highway 151 at mile marker 63, just south of Monticello. Troopers said a 2012 Dodge Grand Caravan was heading south on Highway 151 when the driver crashed into a ditch near Amber Road X44. The name of the person who died at a hospital has not been released pending family notification.

DBQ Sheriff Body Cams

In an age when it seems everything is recorded, the Dubuque County Sheriff’s Office is rolling out body cameras for its deputies. Sheriff Joe Kennedy says he received the cameras in November and just completed training with his employees. For right now, only a handful of deputies are wearing the cameras to work through any issues. Kennedy tells our coverage partners KCRG TV that deputies will be required to hit record on the camera only during certain situations. Kennedy also purchased gear that allows the body cameras and squad car cameras to sync up so when one is recording, so will the other. Deputies will never have access to the videos. Kennedy explains the videos will be stored in the camera. It gets brought in, it gets downloaded, and goes straight into a server. The office will save videos for 45 days on a server and then transfer them to a Blu-Ray. Those will be destroyed after three years. Kennedy hopes to have all of his deputies wearing the cameras in a month. The equipment was paid for with a grant and internal funding.

Roshek Bldg. City Council

Monday night, the Dubuque City Council approved a development agreement with two major companies for the sale of the Roshek Building, which means the city will move ahead with spending $20 million to construct a new parking garage. Cottingham & Butler and Heartland Financial are committed to purchasing the building from Dubuque Initiative  but the deal is contingent on the city investing in parking. Dupaco President/CEO Joe Hearn spoke in favor of the project and said they will be needing more parking soon as well due to growth. Cottingham & Butler CEO David Becker says the Roshek building is a great opportunity for the companies and community. Mayor Roy Buol says this project differs a little from past ones because this one highlights some longtime Dubuque businesses that are experiencing good growth. Councilman Brett Shaw disagreed and voted against the proposal. He questioned why the companies were pushing the council to make a decision before the end of the year and had doubts about the company’s commitment to growth. The agreement passed with a 4-2 vote with Luis Del Toro also voting no. Councilman Jake Rios was not at the council meeting.

East Dubuque Man Sentenced

An East Dubuque man who was arrested in July for assaulting another person with a machete and trying to flee from officers has been sentenced. 33-year old Joshua Glenn has been sentenced to 15 years in prison and three years of supervised release after he pleaded guilty to felony aggravated domestic battery. On July 11th, Jo Daviess County sheriff’s deputies responded to a domestic incident in the 200 block of Peace Pipe Lane in East Dubuque. The victim of the assault told deputies that Glenn assaulted them with a machete. Fourteen charges were dropped as part of a plea deal, including two counts of being a felon in possession of a firearm and multiple counts related to aggravated fleeing.

Dubuque Caucus Education Event

A statewide non-profit that advocates for senior citizens will be hosting a caucus education event this morning in Dubuque. AARP says the event is designed to equip caucus-goers with the essential information about the caucus process. Spokesperson Julie Betts says representatives from both the Democrat and Republican parties will be in attendance. On the Democratic caucus side, there are a few changes. The Republican caucus process will essentially remain the same. Betts says Iowa’s 2020 Caucus will be Iowan’s chance to speak first in the nation on what matters most to them and who they want to lead the country. The event starts at 11:30 at the Grand River Center. The 2020 Iowa Caucus will take place on February 3rd.

Holiday Harmonies Concert for Opening Doors

An area musical group is sponsoring a special holiday concert this week that will benefit Opening Doors. Northeast Iowa School of Music sponsors Heartland Harmony Dubuque and member Terry Slade says the Holiday Harmonies concert will be unique way to give to Opening Doors. The evening will also feature music from a quartet of high school students called it’s Us 4am. Slade says Opening Doors, a nonprofit that helps women and children who are experiencing homelessness, seemed like a natural fit for Heartland Harmony Dubuque to assist this holiday season. The concert is Tuesday, December 17th at 7 pm at Westminster Presbyterian Church. In lieu of an addmission charge, patrons are asked to bring an item on Opening Door’s wish list, which includes 13-gallon trash bags, liquid laundry detergent, bath towels, paper towels, disinfecting wipes, dryer sheets and dish soap.

 

Dubuque Man Meth Charges

A Dubuque man is facing drug charges after being arrested in East Dubuque. Sunday around 2:30 am Jo Daviess County Deputies observed a female subject exit a vehicle who appeared visibly upset. Deputies made contact with the female and also the driver of the vehicle, who was later identified as 23-year old Jeremy Rohner. Deputies learned that Rohner was wanted out of Jo Daviess County. Deputies located a blow torch inside Rohner’s coat pocket and a K-9 was requested to conduct a free air sniff around the vehicle which yielded a positive alert to the odor of narcotics. A glass methamphetamine pipe with residue inside was located in the vehicle. Rohner admitted to the pipe being his and he was placed under arrest for Unlawful Possession of Methamphetamine, Unlawful Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, and In-State Warrant. The incident remains under investigation.

Bluff Street Lane

Both northbound and southbound lanes of Bluff Street between 1st Street and Jones Street are closed to traffic. Motorists should follow the posted detour.The street will reopen fully to both directions of traffic by 6:00 pm on Tuesday, weather permitting.

America’s River Festival Ending

The organization behind Dubuque’s America’s River Festival has decided to end the 15-year run of the event. America’s River Corporation has hosted the event in the Port of Dubuque since 2005. Travel Dubuque President and CEO Keith Rahe says the event started as the Grand Excursion and expanded the next year.  There was always much more than just the music concerts going on, including the Dock Dogs, food vendors, and various activities. Rahe says it’s time for the festival to make way for the new wave of events in Dubuque. The event was known to bring in more than 10-thousand people many years. Big-name artists such as Little Big Town, Lady Antebellum and Sam Hunt have performed at the festival throughout the years.

 

Public Comment Session On Mobile Homes

Law makers from across Iowa, including Dubuque, are inviting concerned citizens to a public comment session in Des Moines this weekend on the status of mobile home parks in the state. State representative Lindsey James of Dubuque says companies like Impact Communities, which bought Table Mound Mobile Home Park is engaging in predatory practices by increasing rents and other associated fees. She says the meeting on Saturday will focus on coming up with comprehensive reforms to protect the rights of mobile home renters. According to James, Impact Communities has raised lot rents at Table Mound to a point where the residents just can’t afford it. James says the people at Table Mound were not prepared to see their lot rents doubled overnight. The public comment meeting will be held Saturday from 1 to 3:45 pm in room 103 of the Statehouse, which is the original chambers of the Iowa Supreme Court.

Charged With Sending Porn To Minor

A Delaware County man has been charged, after authorities say he sent pornographic videos to a person younger than 18. Delaware County court records say 50 year old Kevin Limkemann is charged with dissemination/exhibition of obscene materials to minors. The incident was reported to Manchester police earlier this month. His next court appearance is set for December 26th.

Some Charges Dropped Against Dubuque Man

Some charges against a Dubuque man who threatened to kill President Donald Trump earlier this year have been dropped. Last month 25 year old Christian Delatorre pleaded guilty to a felony charge of threatening to kill Trump. Prosecutors agreed to drop two other felony charges against Delatorre. Those charges were made after Delatorre threatened to blow up Mercy Hospital, where he was being evaluated in the hospital’s psychiatric unit in April. A federal agent met with Delatorre at the time and he admitted to coming up with a plan to blow up the White by using drones and killing the President. Court records say Delatorre was infuriated by Trump’s comments and behavior. A sentencing hearing on the charge against the President has not been set.

America’s River III Campaign

As part of the Bee Branch Creek Restoration project residents in both the public and private sector in Dubuque and surrounding communities have an opportunity to honor family, friends and neighbors in a meaningful and visible way through the America’s River III campaign. You may contribute to the campaign by naming a bench, tree, brick paver or other amenity for a family member, friend or business. That’s Audrey Morey, campaign committee member and a resident of the north end of Dubuque. Kristin Hill, communications specialist for the Bee Branch says the project is for flood mitigation however it’s also a very nice linear park. Hill says contributions to the campaign will help to ensure that the flood mitigation project continues to support sustainable neighborhoods.

Unity Point-Finley Wilson Phillips

UnityPoint Health – Finley Health Foundation has announced a Grammy nominated band as the feature act for the annual Miracles on the Mississippi Gala. Wilson Phillips,  is an American vocal group consisting of Carnie Wilson, Wendy Wilson, and Chynna Phillips, the daughters of Brian Wilson of The Beach Boys and of John and Michelle Phillips of The Mamas & the Papas, respectively. Their 1990 debut album sold more than 10 million copies worldwide and placed three number-one singles on the Billboard Hot 100. Funds raised will remain local to benefit programs and services at Finley Hospital. The Gala will be held on May 2nd, 2020 at the Diamond Jo Casino. To purchase tickets, call (563) 557-2700 or email finleyhealthfoundation@unitypoint.org.

IUB Transmission Line Dubuque

The Iowa Utilities Board continued to hear arguments yesterday on a proposed transmission line that would affect some residents in the Dubuque area. The Cardinal-Hickory Creek line would span 100 miles from Dane County, Wisconsin through Dubuque County. Three companies are involved in this….ITC Midwest, Dairyland Power Corporative, and American Transmission Company. They say a new line would improve system reliability among other benefits. But some property owners in Dubuque County aren’t buying that. Mike Deutmeyer has been skeptical of the project since day one. He initially learned about it because the line would go on his property. Along with approving the line, the IUB will grant or deny eminent domain over seven properties, including Deutmeyer’s. Rod Pritchard, a spokesperson for ITC says the line will benefit rate payers. Pritchard can’t say how much the line will cost consumers. The Wisconsin Public Service Commission has already approved the project and the IUB will make its’ decision next year. Several federal agencies will also have to approve the plan because it crosses the Mississippi River.

Dubuque Schools On Exterior Lockdown

Several Dubuque schools were locked down for a short time Wednesday morning following an incident near Jefferson Middle School. The district sent an email to the parents of students at Jefferson and Audubon and Marshall elementary schools informing them of the reason for the lockdown. A district staff member at Jefferson was approached in the school parking lot by a person who told them they were threatened by someone several blocks away from the school and felt they were in danger. Police were called to the school and responded immediately. As a precaution, Jefferson Audubon and Marshall were placed on exterior lock down for about 30 minutes while police investigated. During the lock down students remained inside their buildings and instruction continued normally and visitors were restricted from entering or leaving any of the buildings. After the all-clear was given the schools returned to normal operations at around 11:35.

U-W-P Graduation

The University of Wisconsin-Platteville will mark its 203rd commencement on Saturday, December 14th. The three ceremonies will take place inside Williams Fieldhouse. The College of Business, Industry, Life Science and Agriculture ceremony will begin at 9 am. The College of Liberal Arts and Education and School of Graduates Studies will hold their ceremonies at 12:30 pm; and the College of Engineering, Mathematics and Science will hold its ceremony at 4 pm.

Q Holds Its’ Own In October

October proved to be a decent month for both the Diamond Jo and Q casinos in Dubuque. Gross revenue at the Diamond Jo was a little over 5.9 million for the month while Q had just over 3.9 million in gross revenue. Q casino president and CEO Jesus Aviles credited a couple of things that contributed to their revenue numbers in October. The Dubuque gaming market also attributed to the bottom line at both casinos. For the year, the Dubuque market has brought in over 100 million dollars in gross gaming revenue.

Transmission Line-Dubuque County

The Iowa Utilities Board is hearing arguments this week on a proposed transmission line that would affect some residents in the Dubuque area. The Cardinal-Hickory Creek line would span 100 miles from Dane County, Wisconsin through Dubuque County. Three companies are involved in this: ITC Midwest, Dairyland Power Cooperative, and American Transmission Company. Constructing the line will cost nearly $500 million. Ratepayers in the Midcontinent Independent System Operator region will have to pay for it. Here in Iowa, ratepayers will shoulder about 8 percent of the cost.  The IUB hearing is at the Hotel Julien in Dubuque and will resume today. Depending on how much time is needed, it could also take place on Thursday. The Wisconsin Public Service Commission has already approved this project, and the IUB will make its decision in 2020. Several federal agencies will also have to approve the plan because it crosses the Mississippi River.

Salvation Army Xmas Toy Shop

While Santa is putting the finishing touches on his gift list, the Salvation Army in Dubuque and its’ countless partners are making sure that needy kids throughout the community won’t be disappointed this Christmas. Earlier this year the Salvation Army signed up hundreds of low-to-moderate income families to receive toys and today is the day that they can pick them up. Captain Matt Phelps says over 800 children will receive toys thanks in part to “Toys for Tots”. Toys are not the only thing that kids and their families are receiving from the Salvation Army. Families that are signed up have already been given a time to come pick up their toys. Toys are being distributed to those families from 9 until 4 today at the Salvation Army on Iowa Street.

Old School Estates Open House

Old School Estates will be holding an Open House Thursday in Cuba City to showcase the apartments located at the site of the former Cuba City school gymnasium. Bob Jones, Economic Development Director for Cuba City, says the layout include seven 2 bedroom units on each of the two floors along with two 1 bedroom apartments for a total of 18 apartments. The cold spring and wet summer has delayed final construction but about half the units are already occupied. Each unit will have one underground parking space and the secure building is walking distance to downtown Cuba City. The Open House will be Thursday from 4:00-6:00 pm at 211 Yuba Street.

Dupaco Hearn CUES H.O.F.

The President/CEO of a Dubuque based credit union has been recoginized nationally. The Credit Union Executives Society (CUES), a national credit union education and development organization, has inducted Dupaco Community Credit Union’s Joe Hearn into its Hall of Fame. The CUES Hall of Fame recognizes a lifetime of achievement and dedication to the credit union movement and recipients were chosen for their contributions to their profession and the industry; involvement in community service; and education and history of self-improvement. Hearn joined Dupaco in 1986 as director of marketing, and later promoted to executive vice president. He was named chief operating officer in 2008. Hearn was named Dupaco president/CEO in 2012. In addition to his local, state, and national volunteer service, Hearn serves on the CUES board of directors, and is a past chairman.

Barton’s Last Day On The Board

One of the longest serving members of the Dubuque Community school board attended his final meeting last night. Tom Barton, who served a total of 13 years on the board was first elected in 2001 and then again in 2011. Barton was on the ground floor of the passage and implementation of the one cent sales tax. He says that was the catalyst that made the district’s infrastructure what it is today. Barton says from 2001 through 2019, the one cent local option sales tax has made a noticeable difference in the district. The tax also enabled the district to address the Americans with Disabilities Act in school buildings. Prior to every school board elementary kids throughout the district lead the board in the pledge of allegiance and ironically that’s one of things Barton will miss the most. Barton is president and CEO of Barton Wealth Management in Dubuque. In other business newly elected board member Kate Parks, along with incumbents Mike Donohue, Tami Ryan and Lisa Wittman took the oath of office and their seats on the board. Ryan was re-elected president, while Jim Prochaska was elected vice-president.

Grant County Rollover Crash

A Lancaster woman was injured in a single vehicle rollover crash in Grant County Monday morning. The sheriff’s office says a truck driven by 34 year old Alicia Martin was traveling north on Dry Hollow Road in Ellenboro Township at around 7:15, when she lost control after hitting an icy spot. The truck slid off the left side of the road, struck a guardrail, went down an embankment, overturned and rolled, finally coming to rest on its’ wheels in a creek. Martin and her 13 year old passenger were taken to Grant Regional Health Center where they received treatment for their injuries.

Cricket Hollow Zoo Animals

Animals from the Cricket Hollow Zoo near Manchester were removed Monday morning following an order from a judge. A Delaware County judge first issued an order that the exotic animals there be removed from their owners, Pamela and Tom Sellner, in late November. The Sellners appealed to the Iowa Supreme Court, which later denied their request to delay the animal’s removal, upholding the lower court’s decision. The animals were removed with the help of the Animal Legal Defense fund and their partner organizations, including the Animal Rescue League of Iowa. Activists with those organizations said there were around 100 that were taken away on Monday, including an alligator, donkeys, snakes, and many others. An attorney for the Animal Legal Defense Fund said the animals will be taken to sanctuaries and will receive veterinary care.

Scales Mound Man Killed In Accident

A hunting accident has claimed the life of a northwest Illinois man. According to the Illinois Department of Natural Resources 40 year old Brian Busker of Scales Mound was with other members of a hunting party that were hunting deer when he was shot once in the head. Busker was pronounced dead at the scene. The accident happened at around 12:45 pm Saturday afternoon near Tippett Road in rural Galena. Authorities are investigating to determine who fired the fatal shot. That investigation is being conducted by Illinois Conservation Police and the Jo Daviess County Sheriff’s Office.

Steeple Square-Dancing in December

The former home of St. Mary’s Parish is hosting a special event this month. The Steeple Square Community Event Center will be holding Dancing in December on December 14th from 6 to 10 pm. Melanie Bressler, Campus Manager, says the fun event will support the completion of the Steeple Square campus. The Steeple Square campus includes the Maria House and Marita Theisen Childcare Center and events like this allows them to better serve their mission in the surrounding neighborhood. The event will feature dance lessons by Adam Keiffer with Adam’s Dance Connection. Bressler says people can rent the space for a wide variety of private and corporate events. Dancing in December will feature light snacks and a cash bar. Tickets are $15 if purchased by December 10th, $20 at the door. To purchase tickets, visit the Steeple Square Facebook event or call 563-235-3584.

Buol Council Investigation

City of Dubuque Mayor Roy Buol is calling for an investigation into Councilman Jake Rios for releasing information shared in closed session meetings. In early November, Rios released several documents giving insight into why some city council members wanted to fire Dubuque City Manager Mike Van Milligen. Among those documents were audio recordings from closed sessions where Buol and council members debated whether to open an investigation into Van Milligen. Buol says Iowa Code bans releasing those recordings of closed sessions. Buol is calling for an investigation to determine if Rios should be removed from office or criminally prosecuted for “nonfelonious misconduct in office”. KCRG TV reports Rios maintains he had the right to disclose information as a whistleblower. He is specifically talking about his concerns with the way Van Milligen handled sexual harassment complaints from Dubuque Police Captain Abby Simon.

Jule Winter Items Giveaway

The Jule is offering a free Winter Items Giveaway from December 9 – 27. Winter hats, gloves, and socks will be available for anyone who needs them in the lobby of the Intermodal Transportation Center at 950 Elm St. open Monday – Friday, 7:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. To kick-off the giveaway, the Jule is hosting an open house at the Intermodal Transportation Center on Monday, Dec. 9, from 8 – 11 a.m. during which it will offer complimentary hot cocoa, warm apple cider, and donuts to all guests and passengers. The event is free and open to the public. Those who wish to donate new winter hats, gloves, and socks of all sizes are welcome to drop them off at the Intermodal Transportation Center during regular business hours. Donations will be accepted through December 27th.

Saints Raise Money for Vets

During Military Appreciation Month in November the Dubuque Fighting Saints, Hodge and Run 4 Troops got together and raised over $17,000 for the Veterans Freedom Center in Dubuque. The center provides a place for veterans to interact with fellow vets, network together and enjoy the camaraderie that all of them have shared while serving their country. Donations from Saints fans, through the 50/50 raffle last month and the post-game jersey auction helped to raise $17,340 for the center. The Saints have held a Military Appreciation Night every year since returning to Dubuque.

Boscobel Man Charged With Porn Possession

A Boscobel man has been charged after authorities say he was in possession of child pornography. Zachary Dresen is charged with five counts of possession of child pornography. Earlier this week, law enforcement officials executed a search warrant at Dresen’s residence and he was taken into custody. The investigation was conducted by the Wisconsin Department of Justice and the Grant County Sheriff’s Office.

Fire Chief NICC Alumni HOF

A city employee was officially recognized at the Dubuque City Council Monday night. Fire Chief Rick Steines was inducted into the Northeast Iowa Community Alumni Hall of Fame last month. NICC President, Dr. Liang Chee Wee, told the council that Steines has a long history of being a learner and being a leader to his fellow fire fighters. Dr. Wee noted that Steines embraces changes in technology and was key in getting the emergency responder training center up and running. Steines gave credit to his family and his fellow firefighters saying it’s always a team effort and joked about because he was a part-time student it took awhile to graduate. Steines is a 33-year veteran of the Dubuque Fire Department and became the Fire Chief in 2014 following Dan Brown’s retirement.

Elizabeth Woman Charged

An Elizabeth woman has been charged after police say she kept 11 horses in inhumane conditions on property in Jo Daviess County. That led to the death of three of the animals. 51 year old Amy Dehn is charged with three felony counts of aggravated cruelty to animals and misdemeanor cruelty to animals. Documents say the horses were kept in an enclosure of deep mud and there was no bedding or shelter for the animals. Three horses were found dead in the enclosure. Authorities determined that malnourishment was the cause of their deaths.

Eradication Of Poverty Day

Some people live in poverty for years, and at times it appears their situations will never change. But for the past few years a local non-profit has been doing its’ part to dispel that myth. Saturday is “Eradication of Poverty Day” and the Fountain of Youth, a non-profit that’s determined to change the mindsets of young people, by eliminating generational poverty, will observe the day by holding an event at its’ headquarters on Central Avenue. Fountain of Youth founder and executive director Caprice Jones says the sole purpose of his organization is to eliminate poverty, especially among minority residents in the community. ”
State and local leaders, including Dubuque Mayor Roy Buol have been invited to participate in Saturday’s event. The Foundation of Youth has been around for about three years, and Jones says he likes the direction they are headed in. Saturday’s event will be held from 1 to 3 pm. at the Fountain of Youth office at 1497 Central Avenue. Food will be served and it’s free for the public to attend.

Community Foundation-Restorative Strategies

An alternative to the juvenile justice system is helping set Dubuque County teens on a path to becoming productive citizens and finding future success. With a focus on middle and high school-age youth, Jim Jelinske, Program Director, says the Restorative Strategies program is a collaboration among civic institutions, service providers and volunteers that addresses accountability for rule-breaking, reparation, and reconciliation. The program provides a chance for youth responsible for committing harm to meet face-to-face with those impacted, the program fosters conversations and opportunities for youth to learn from their actions. Jelinske says the program has been going well so far. The Community Foundation of Greater Dubuque serves as Restorative Strategies’ support system. Paul Duster, Director of Community Initiatives, says they fully develop the program with the goal of transitioning ownership to another community organization that will sustain it. Once a case is referred, all parties meet to explain and discuss the process and invite them to a conference known as a restorative circle. Everyone then comes to an agreement for reparation, and youth receive follow-up support to help complete it.

Toys for Tots-Theisens

An annual toy collection is going on this weekend in Dubuque. The 10th Annual Theisen’s Stuff the Truck event to benefit Marine Corps Toys For Tots returns Saturday to Theisen’s Home • Farm • Auto. Radio Dubuque and Theisen’s have teamed up to help by promoting a fill the trailer campaign to help meet this year’s needs. Toys for Tots organizer for Dubuque, Bryce Parks, says people can bring in any new toy or cash to donate and the day includes treats and a special visit from Santa Clause from 11 am to 1 pm. Parks says Toys for Tots provides toys and a sign of hope to economically disadvantaged children at Christmas in four counties. Theisen’s store manager, Mitch Klepper, says it not just Dubque’s store participating, it includes all 24 Theisen’s stores. The collection runs from 8 am to 4 pm in Theisen’s parking lot and all donations stay local and are tax-deductible.

Probation For Dubuque County Woman

A Dubuque County woman who was accused of stealing more than $20,000 from her mother has been given a deferred judgement. 51 year old Corenna Marshall of Sherrill pleaded guilty earlier this year to dependent adult abuse-exploitation. She was also placed on two years of probation and ordered to pay restitution. In exchange for her guilty plea the county attorney’s office agreed to drop first and second degree fraudulent practice charges. When the investigation began, Marshall was her mother’s power of attorney. Bank records revealed several transfers from her mother’s account to her account totaling more than $21,000. Marshall’s daughter Crystal Hefel, also of Sherrill, pleaded guilty to third degree fraudulent practice in the case and was sentenced to two years of probation and given a deferred judgement. A deferred judgement means that if both women successfully complete their probation and make restitution their records in the case will be expunged.

Zwingle Man Accused Of Passing Bad Checks

A Zwingle man accused of passing numerous bad checks over a two year period in three different states faces charges in Johnson County for trying to buy a vehicle and some tools by using checks from a closed account. 44 year old Robert Barton is charged with one count of first degree theft, two counts of second degree theft and one count of money laundering-acquire property in Johnson County District Court. Documents allege that in May Barton attempted to buy a vehicle and some tools from a closed account at Fidelity Bank in North Liberty. All of the items were valued at over $23,000. From October of 2017 to May of 2019 authorities say Barton wrote over 50 checks from the closed account. Those checks added up to over $38,000 and were written in Iowa, Wisconsin and Illinois.

Fraudulent Texts Send To Parishioners

Last year they were sent in the form of emails, but this year scammers are trying a new way to dupe parishioners out of money at Nativity Catholic Church in Dubuque. KDTH has confirmed that at least two parishioners at Nativity have received text messages, which have been part of an international scheme over the past few years. The scammers are trying to trick-parishioners into believing that their pastor is asking for money or gift cards for various parish needs. One of the parishioners says she received a text Sunday night. It read “I need something from you, could you get back in touch with me as soon as possible.” It was signed with the pastors complete name. She replied that she was busy when the first text was sent, but asked “What can I help you with.” After not getting a reply that night, she says the next day she received another text that contained a long biblical quote. It also asked her for an Itune card for a friend. At that point she blocked the number and reported the incident to Nativity staff. A spokesperson at Nativity says at no time would their pastor or staff ever ask for money or gift cards by text or email. If you receive a text or an email of this nature, ignore it.

U of D Commencement Ceremonies

A local university will hold a pair of commencements this month. University of Dubuque’s Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies Commencement Ceremony will be held at 10 a.m. December 6th, in John and Alice Butler Hall, Heritage Center. There are 23 graduates this year. The December Commencement Ceremony will be held at 3 p.m. December 12th, in the same location. Over 150 students are eligible to participate in the ceremony, including 117 undergraduate students and 45 graduate students.

Paramount Wants Access To System

A private ambulance service in Dubuque wants to use the city’s traffic preemption service called “Opticom”, which allows first responders to change traffic lights in emergency situations. Paramount Ambulance recently wrote a letter to the Dubuque city council requesting it to direct the fire chief to rewrite the preemption policy. Currently the policy states only the Dubuque County Sheriff’s Department and other non-profit or governmental agency services are allowed to apply for use of the system. Fire chief Rick Steines says he understands why Paramount wants access to the system, but he says it’s something the city has never done with a private company. Paramount insist their request is only for public safety. Maria Ney, owner of Paramount, tells our coverage partners at KCRG TV she doesn’t understand why the city is excluding them from the system. Chief Steines says it’s a system that comes with a lot of responsibility. Steines says the city needs to figure out how to implement this before moving ahead. Ney says she would be happy to work with the city on quality assurance. She would use this as a way to attaining the city’s goal of being a safe and healthy community. The council did accept Paramount’s letter and discussions are expected to move forward.

Dubuque County Man Charged With Assault

A Sherrill man was arrested Tuesday morning after authorities say he attacked and assaulted his live-in girlfriend with a baseball bat and a wrench at the home they share in Sherrill. 57 -year old Loras Link is charged with assault with intent to inflict serious injury-violation of individual rights. According to the Dubuque County sheriff’s office, Link slapped the woman on Thanksgiving Day and swung a bat at her, but he didn’t hit her with the bat. The day before the woman told investigators that Link struck her hand with a wrench, which caused considerable pain. The woman was treated for her injuries at Mercy Hospital.

Lafayette County Assault Arrest

Two Argyle women were arrested Tuesday night on assault charges. At around 6:40 deputies from the Lafayette County Sheriff’s Department responded to an altercation in the Village of Argyle. Following a brief investigation, deputies took 39-year old Jennifer Moen into custody. She is charged with battery, strangulation and disorderly conduct. 34-year old Melissa Doescher was arrested and charged with battery and disorderly conduct. A release from the sheriff’s office did not provide details on what led to the women’s arrest. They were both transported to the Lafayette County jail.

Jo Davies County Conservation Foundation Clean Energy

The Jo Davies County Conservation Foundation is convening a meeting of interested residents to learn about forming a Clean Energy District in Jo Davies County. The meeting will take place at Woodbine Bend Golf Course & Restaurant Thursday at 10:30 am. County leaders are committed to strong communities by creating equitable access to local and clean energy. Clean Energy Districts are locally led nonprofit organizations currently defined by county lines, designed to accelerate the locally owned clean energy transition. You can RSVP at info@jdcf.org.

Former Hospital Executive Gets Probation

The former CEO at Regional Medical Center in Manchester who pleaded guilty to first degree theft in Delaware County District Court has been put on probation. 61 year old Lonnie Butikofer of Manchester, along with another former employee at the hospital, 53 year old Michael Briggs also of Manchester were accused of misappropriating more than $256,000 of the hospital’s money for their own personal use. The thefts took place over an eight period beginning in 2009. Butikofer faced up to 10 years in prison. A second felony charge of second degree fraudulent practices against Butikofer was dropped. He does have to pay a $10,000 fine. The final restitution hearing is scheduled for January 21, 2020.

Wisconsin Man Meth Charges

A Dodgeville, Wisconsin man is facing numerous charges after being stopped by authorities early Tuesday morning. Around 2:55 am, a deputy from the Dubuque County Sheriff’s Office conducted a traffic stop for speeding on Hwy 61 near Lake Eleanor Road. The driver of the suspect vehicle was identified as 33-year old Tyson Wahlen. During the stop, a Sheriff’s Office K-9 was deployed and indicated to the presence of illicit substances within the vehicle. A subsequent search of the vehicle yielded 1.27 pounds of methamphetamine, as well as a small amount of marijuana and drug paraphernalia. Wahlen was placed under arrest for Possession of Schedule II Controlled Substance with Intent to Deliver, Possession of Schedule I Controlled Substance, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, and Interference with Official Acts.

Camp Courageous Raising Money For New Bus

Camp Courageous in Monticello provides the respite and recreational care for people with special needs. The organization also goes on trips as part of its’ travel program. Now the non-profit says it needs a new bus to make sure all of the clients can go on trips. The group has visited places like Disney Land in the past, but the bus needs an upgrade. The seats are worn down and not comfortable and it’s not handicap accessible. The goal is to raise $150,000 for a new bus. Program director Rolando Morales tells our coverage partners at KCRG TV they want to make sure everyone can take part. Morales says their Courageous Travels program has grown over the years. Morales says they do have another bus that is handicap accessible, but it doesn’t have some of the features that the other bus has like a TV or DVD player. He says those are needed for long trips.

https://campcourageous.org/

The Price is Right Live Stage Show

The live stage show version of the longest running game show in television history is coming to Dubuque next spring. Five Flags Center will play host to The Price is Right Live™ stage show on March 10th. The Price Is Right Live is the hit interactive stage show that gives eligible individuals the chance to play classic games from the television game show. Contestants can win cash, appliances, vacations and possibly even a new car by playing favorites like Plinko, Cliffhangers, The Big Wheel, and the fabulous Showcase. Tickets go on sale Friday at 10:00 am at the Five Flags Box Office and online at FiveFlagsCenter.com.

Heartland Subsidiary Buys Rockford Banks

A subsidiary of Heartland Financial U.S.A. based in Dubuque has purchased a chain of banks in Illinois. A news release from Heartland says the subsidiary Illinois Bank & Trust recently purchased Rockford Bank & Trust for a little over 59 million dollars. Illinois Bank & Trust now has assets of around 1.3 billion dollars and 10 bank locations, which include the two it just bought. That means that Heartland now has 118 full-service banking locations in 12 states and around 13 billion dollars in assets.

Bellevue Students Return To Class

Students at Bellevue middle/high school returned to class Tuesday afternoon after a written threat was deemed not credible. The threat was found by a student in one of the bathrooms a few minutes before 11 am. Superintendent Tom Meyer posted on the school’s Facebook page that law enforcement had deemed the building and surrounding area safe and students went back to class. They were temporarily evacuated to two different facilities while a search of the building was conducted. The incident remains under investigation. This is the third such threat that has been investigated at the school since May. Last month a threat to the school was made on social media by a student who attends the school. That student was later identified and charged.

Celebrate Shelter Pet Day

As we get closer to a brand new year, the Dubuque Regional Humane Society, along with the Ad Council and others are encouraging people that have adopted a dog or a cat to celebrate their pets on social media. It’s all part of the annual “Celebrate Shelter Pet Days” on Thursday. Humane Society executive director Tonya Millard says the goal is to get more people to adopt a pet. One way to tell your story about your pet adoption experience is through social media. Millard says they constantly hear from people who support the humane society and its’ mission. Celebrate Shelter Pet Day” was launched 10 years ago and has grown to include all social platforms and involve hundreds of thousands of pets and their adopters.

https://www.dbqhumane.org/

Dubuque Man Sex Charges

A Dubuque man is facing felony charges after being arrested Tuesday morning. The Dubuque Police Department reports 34-year old Scott Jameson is charged with Sexual Abuse 2nd Degree – Forcible Sodomy and Lascivious Acts With A Child under the age of 10. Jameson turned himself in to law enforcement Tuesday.

Bellevue Middle School/High School Evacuation

A Bellevue school is being evacuated after a threat today. According to the Bellevue Middle School/High School Facebook page, there was a threat written in one of the bathrooms at the middle/high school. The school is evacuating the students and staff to make sure that everything is safe. Middle School students are being evacuated to the Community Center (across the street from the MS/HS building). High School students are being transported by school buses to Horizon Hall.

Dubuque Man Vehicle Pursuit

A Dubuque man is facing charges after he led law enforcement on a pursuit that covered three states. Around 9:30 pm Monday, a Dubuque County Sheriff’s Office deputy attempted to stop a vehicle for speed on Dodge Street near Devon Drive. The driver of the vehicle refused to stop, and the suspect proceeded across the Julien Dubuque Bridge and into Illinois before continuing to Badger Road and onto Highway 35 in Wisconsin. The pursuit continued along the Hazel Green area and onto Illinois Rt 84 with assistance from the Jo Daviess County Sheriff Office. Following stop stick deployment, the suspect’s vehicle was struck by a Dubuque County Sheriff’s Office patrol vehicle, causing damage to both vehicles. The suspect vehicle was finally stopped on 84 near Hwy 20. The driver was identified as 22-year old Adam Reinert. He was placed under arrest by Jo Daviess County and transported to their jail. Dubuque County charges are pending. Minor injuries were reported to his passengers, 18-year old Cheyenne Oyler and 18-year old Dakota Hoftender.

Education Licensing Reform Bills

Wisconsin Governor Tony Evers has signed two bipartisan education bills into law. Both bills were developed after local educators and school administrators in southwest Wisconsin identified problems that existed in the current licensing system and brought them to the attention of state representatives Howard Marklein and Travis Tranel. The bills were authored by the two Republicans and Tranel says they are common-sense legislation. Both Tranel and Marklein says the bills will give Wisconsin school districts improved tools to meet the needs of students.

U of D Advent Worship Service/Tree Lighting

University of Dubuque will hold an Advent Worship Service and Tree Lighting at 4 pm on Wednesday, December 4th, in Blades Chapel and on the Quad. Open to the public, the event will begin with an Advent Worship Service in Blades Chapel. The service will feature the preaching of Mark Ward, vice president for academic affairs and dean of the faculty, as well as the musical talent of several students including the UD Chamber Singers. A tree lighting and caroling will take place at 4:30 pm on the Quad. Refreshments will be served in the lobby of Blades Chapel. A tradition since 1997, the ceremony is a celebration where students, faculty, staff, alumni, and the community gather to welcome the season of Advent and prepare for Christmas.

Roshek Building-City Council

The Dubuque City Council Monday night voted to schedule a public hearing on December 16th on a proposed Development Agreement between two major companies in Dubuque who are prepared to buy the Roshek Building. Heartland Financial USA and Cottingham & Butler want to buy the building from the non-profit Dubuque Initiatives. Greater Dubuque Development Corp. President and CEO, Rick Dickinson, told the council it’s a great deal for all parties. The two companies want to buy the building due to growth and are committed to investing $2.8 million dollars into the building. Dickinson says it’s been a long process to get to this point. City Manager Mike Van Milligan says the city will identify a location for a 500-space parking structure to accommodate both the influx of employees in the downtown area and Millwork District workers. The money has already been set aside by the council for a large parking project. Heartland Financial USA and Cottingham & Butler would create 32 full-time positions and maintain those through June 2030. The two companies have formed a partnership entity, Roshek Property LLC, for the purchase.

Grant County Crash Injures Teen

A one vehicle crash in Grant County Saturday left one person injured. A few minutes after 7 pm Saturday, a car driven by 16 year old Jenna Cooper of Hazel Green was traveling south on Model Road in Smelser Township, when she lost control. The car then went into the ditch. Cooper over corrected, crossed over the center line and crashed into another ditch. She was transported to Midwest Medical Center and treated for her injuries. The release doesn’t say what cased Cooper to lose control of her vehicle.

RAGBRAI New Ride Director

RAGBRAI has a new ride director after the resignation of its previous director.Dieter Drake has 16 years of experience in competitive and non-competitive cycling events. He will move to Iowa from Colorado Springs, Colorado, with his family. He will replace TJ Juskiewicz who was with RAGBRAI for 16 years. He left RAGBRAI to start Iowa’s Ride, another bike ride across Iowa. Juskiewicz and the entire former staff of RAGBRAI resigned in October because of how its parent company, the Des Moines Register, handled a story about Carson King. Iowa’s Ride is scheduled to start July 12th, going east to west. It will start in Dubuque. RAGBRAI is set for July 19th.

Stray Bullet Through House

A Fennimore man is facing charges for firing a bullet through a home on Thanksgiving. Grant County Sheriff’s Office reports that around 11:30 am, a bullet went through a residence, owned by Joel Belstra of Fennimore, in Mount Ida Township during a family get together. The Grant County Sheriff Office and the Wisconsin DNR investigated the incident and found that a neighbor, 30-year old Kevin Zart, was out hunting with his young son and Kevin fired 3 rounds at deer, 2 rounds were in the direction of the Belstra residence. The direction Zart fired was consistent with the path of the bullet into and through the residence. No one was injured in the incident. Charges will be filed against Zart for endangering safety by use of a dangerous weapon.

East Dubuque Water Main Break

The City of East Dubuque will be repairing a water main break in the Indian Hills Subdivision today. People in this area will experience water interruptions until 3:00 pm.

JFK Lane Closed

The southbound lane of JFK will be closed just north of Pennsylvania Avenue for emergency storm sewer repair from 10 am today, to noon Tuesday. Traffic will be merged into the inside lane during this time.

United Way of Dubuque-Grants

A local non-profit will be looking for grant requests soon. Jessica Bleile, Director of Community Building & Impact for United Way of Dubuque Area Tri-States, says they have completed the design work and systems necessary for a competitive grant process for non-profits which opens in January of 2020. Bleile says there will be a pair of Community Training/Discussion meetings this week, one on Tuesday,  10 am-12 pm Keystone AEA (2310 Chaney Road) and one on Friday. Attendance one day is highly encouraged, Please RSVP jessica.bleile@dbqunitedway.org.  President/CEO, Danielle Peterson says they are assisting nearly three dozen organizations and any non-profit that aligns with their pillars are welcome to apply for funding. The United Way now focuses on needs around health, education and income/financial stability. For more information go online to dbqunitedway.org/community-impact-grant-application.

Hit and Run Amish Buggy

A Darlington woman is facing multiple charges after the Lafayette County Sheriff’s Office say she ran in to an Amish buggy Sunday evening and left the scene. A deputy responded to STH 126, Belmont Township for a hit and run report at 6:16 pm. 56-year old Jeanne Halvorson was traveling southbound on STH 126 when she struck the Amish buggy and failed to stop. Halvorson was cited for Operating a Motor Vehicle while Intoxicated, Hit and Run, Failure to Notify Police of Accident, Vehicle Owner’s Liability for Striking an Attended Vehicle and Resist or Obstruct an Officer. Halvorson was arrested for Criminal Damage to Property and was transported to the Lafayette County Jail where she remains in custody. The occupants of the buggy refused medical treatment, however, the horse had to be put down due to its injuries. The buggy was destroyed.