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Mt. Carmel Bluffs Senior Living

The Sisters of Charity of the Blessed Virgin Mary along with officials from the city of Dubuque and others broke ground today for a new senior skilled and assistant living community on the Mount Carmel campus. The “Mount Carmel Bluffs Senior Living Community” is being constructed to meet the needs of the growing older population in the Dubuque area. BVM president Sister Teri Hadro (HAY-DROW) says the project will be built in two phases. The first phase will allow the sisters to remain on campus while construction is going on. Once completed, dining services will be part of the new units. Phase two of the project calls for the deconstruction of buildings just north of the Motherhouse to make way for over 100 apartments for seniors. A number of trees had to be removed for the project, but they will be replaced once it is done. Sister Teri says the trees have been donated to the Trappist Monks. The total cost of the project is estimated at around 60 million dollars. It is scheduled for completion sometime in 2022. The project is a collaboration of the Sisters of Charity of the BVM and Presbyterian Homes and Services.

Dubuque Dish Network Scam

The Dubuque Police Department is warning people about a scam that has surfaced in the community. Someone called the department this week and said they had received several phone calls from someone claiming to be with Dish Network. The scammer knew the person’s name and address and told the potential victim that their receivers were out of date and needed an upgrade. The caller ID showed the number was from Dish Network, however, it was later found to be spoofed. The scammer said the person needed to pay a company called “Sat-Pros” a one-time payment of nearly 200 dollars for the software update and then asked for the person’s credit card information to process the charge. The potential victim did not provide any additional information to the caller and contacted Dish Network’s Fraud Team. They said this was a scam. The Fraud Team says Dish never calls customers asking for personal financial information.

Dubuque Police Officer Lawsuit

Questions are being raised about possible gaps in how sexual harrassment is tracked in Dubuque city government. A lawsuit was filed last week by Captain Abigail Simon against the city and its police chief Mark Dalsing, claiming discrimination and sexual harassment. Our coverage partners at KCRG TV reports Simon’s complaints were not included in the records the City gave the station last year. Dubuque City Manager Michael Van Milligen told KCRG TV that he believes the city responded to the request appropriately, but did not elaborate. According to KCRG, they have obtained emails between Simon and city officials, including Van Milligen, that show the city knew of at least one other complaint over a seven year period than the one they reported. The emails from Simon to city officials describe a fellow officer talking about his plans to Google “boob jobs” after a female city employee went on medical leave. Other complaints involves the police chief allegedly using derogatory language to describe pink colored hats and Simon’s claim that a fellow officer used racist language.

Businesses Looking For Drop In River Level

After more than 80 days of the Mississippi River being above flood stage, businesses in Dubuque are excited to finally see that river levels are dropping. The Port of Dubuque Marina hasn’t had a boat in its’ docks yet this year due to the flood gates being closed. Facilities supervisor Dan Kroger says when the docks are empty the marina doesn’t make much money, but it also means it’s not spending money either.
The city of Dubuque subsidizes the marina each year. Kroger says the high water is actually saving the city money. The river needs to get down below 17 feet and continue to drop for the gates to be open. As of Monday night the river was at 18.5 feet, which is considered moderate flood stage. Kroger hopes the gates will open either Friday or Saturday.

Imagine Dubuque Action Toolkits

More than 6-thousand people have provided input to develop “Imagine Dubuque 2037: A Call to Action.” The plan, adopted by the city council nearly two years ago, calls for establishing partnerships with community members who have aspirations of developing projects and ideas that reflect the city. Some of the recommendations in the plan are already being implemented by a number of groups, organizations and individuals. An “Action Toolkit” with starter resources has been created to assist in the process. People interested in learning more about opportunities to get involved can stop by one of the “Imagine Dubuque” booths this week. One will be set up tomorrow from 5 to 9 pm at the Millwork Night Market. Others will be available at various locations Friday, including the Carnegie-Stout Public Library, the Multicultural Family Center and the Intermodal Transportation Center. On Saturday a booth will be set up at Farmer’s Market from 7 till noon and the Juneteenth Celebration at Comiskey Park.

Stolen Property Arrest

A Dubuque teenager faces charges in Lafayette County following an incident late last month. A release from the local sheriff’s office says at around 3:15 on the morning of May 31st, a deputy responded to a report of a vehicle in a ditch on County Highway W in Benton Township. The vehicle was owned by a Maquoketa woman and was damaged and towed from the scene. Authorities later located 17 year old Caleb Warner, who was arrested and charged with two counts of receiving stolen property and resisting arrest. Two other juveniles were taken into custody and charges against them are being referred to juvenile court. Warner was booked into the county jail and released.

Dubuque Police Dept-CBD Oil

The Dubuque Police Department is reminding people that CBD Oil is still illegal in the state of Iowa. Lt. Joe Messerich says unless you have a medical CBD registration card you are not allowed to possess or sell it. He says it can be confusing for people because each state has it’s own laws, including Iowa’s border states. Messerich says people don’t always mean to break the law and people should not alway trust what they hear when CBD Oil is marketed as legal everywhere in the country. Lt. Messerich says the department has been getting questions from the public about the legality of CBD Oil and he stresses that it remains a controlled substance in Dubuque and the state of Iowa. There are five legal dispensary locations in Iowa, the closest being Davenport, Waterloo, and Des Moines/Windsor Heights.

Teen Charged With Attempted Murder

A Dubuque teenager is charged with trying to kill another teen with a hand gun last month. A release from the police department says 17 year old Jamar Little is charged in adult court with attempted murder. The incident happened back on May 13th in the alley between the 1800 blocks of White and Jackson Streets. Court records say just prior to the shooting, a car drove through the area and parked in the 1800-hundred block of White Street. Little and another juvenile got out of the car and began walking in the alley. The two approached another juvenile who was standing behind 1815 Jackson. They then charged the 15 year old and several shots were fired. The victim was not hit as he fled the area. Police were able to locate the car that Little and the other juvenile fled in parked in front of a residence in the 2-thousand block of University Avenue. The suspects eventually came out and were detained. Police obtained a search warrant and found a .22 LR pistol. Shell casings located at the scene of the shooting were also .22 caliber. Little was arrested in Davenport Wednesday. Court records don’t indicate if the other juvenile or the driver of the car were charged. Attempted murder is a Class B felony, and carries a prison sentence of up to 25 years.

Bee Branch Banner Party

Dubuque city officials are inviting the community to attend a party this weekend. The Bee Branch Banner Reveal Party will be held Saturday on East 16th Street, between Elm and the railroad tracks. Following a short program which starts at 10 am, a 62-foot-long section of the banners will be unveiled. Mayor Roy Buol says they’ll be gathering input from the community about the type of programming they’d like to see in the future outdoor recreational space along the lower Bee Branch Creek. Last summer, artwork was gathered from over 150 residents, mostly youth, to be displayed on temporary vinyl banners being hung on the existing fence around the former scrape yard at 16th and Elm Streets. A maintenance facility is being planned at the scrape yard. As part of a grant requirement, the city is required to complete outreach initiatives including community engagement, partnerships with local organizations and signage at the site directing residents to sources of project information.

Food Giveaway Saturday 

Tomorrow there will be another free food giveaway. Dubuque Area Labor Harvest is in charge of the giveaways and reminds eligible residents of Dubuque County to bring their identification cards. They should also bring a box for their food. The food giveaway will be held inside the Labor Harvest Building on West Locust Street from 7:30am. to 9:30. They are funded by grants from the Dubuque Racing Association.

Dubuque To Receive Brownfield Funding

The city of Dubuque has been selected to receive a federal grant designed to address properties that may be contaminated, clean them up and revitalize those properties. The announcement was made by representatives with the Environmental Protection Agency, Mayor Roy Buol and other city officials yesterday. Dubuque will be getting 800-thousand dollars in EPA Brownfield funds through the Multi-Purpose, Assessment and Cleanup Grant program. The project’s target area is the city’s downtown district, which includes South Port and the Washington and North End neighborhoods. That includes manufacturing and industrial mixed-use land. There are over 100 sites in Dubuque that are potentially contaminated with pollutants or other hazardous substances. Dubuque is one of 149 communities across the country choosen to receive over 150 grant awards that total nearly 65 million dollars.

Public Works Flood Wall Work

Areas along the Culver Flood Wall will be off limits temporarily to children and pets while the City’s Public Works Department performs required maintenance. The City performs maintenance on the floodwall every year, including repair of rip-rap sections, removal of vegetation, and repair of damage caused by rodent burrows. The requirement applies to all vegetation except grass along the flood control system. Signs along the flood wall will identify the area being sprayed and weather permitting, the projectis expected to be completed by June 12th. The Public Works Department cautions people to keep their children and pets out of direct contact with the sprayed weeds for 24 hours after application.

Officer Sues City Police Department

A Dubuque police officer is suing the department and the city claiming sexual harassment, racism and discrimination. Our coverage partners at KCRG TV say officer Abigail Simon stated in court records that sometime around March 2010 she first complained to Chief Mark Dalsing that police Captain Jim Lembke was discriminating against her because of her gender, but no investigation was ever launched. Simon’s lawsuit mentions numerous allegations of impropriety within the department. Some of the allegations claim that Lembke was spreading rumors that female officers were colluding to get pregnant and that Chief Dalsing “smirked” when Simon reported that same officer to him for making comments about “midget porn” and midget tossing.” Simon’s daughter has “dwarfism.” Court documents say Simon was also passed over for a promotion for another officer that had allegedly been discipline for racist behavior and for using racist vulgarities.

Dubuque Teen Knocked Out While Fleeing

A Dubuque teenager accidently knocked himself out while fleeing officers this week. According to a police report, 18 year old Ernest Hunt Jr. stole a man’s debit card Sunday and used it to withdraw over 12-hundred dollars from Alliant Credit Union and made a transaction with the card at a store. Police pulled over a car driven by Hunt near the intersection of West 5th and Main Streets early Monday. Hunt told officers he had permission to use the card. Police told Hunt to get out of the car, but he instead drove off. Hunt then crashed into a parked vehicle. After crashing into the empty vehicle, Hunt jumped out and fled on foot. He then jumped a fence landing on his head and knocked himself out. Hunt was taken to an area hospital where he was treated and released. Hunt faces a laundry list of charges including unauthorized use of a credit card, interference with official acts, stop sign violations, speeding, leaving the scene of a crash and failure to maintain control.

Council Approves TIF Incentives

The Dubuque city council has approved more than 500 thousand dollars in tax increment financing or TIF, to help with affordable housing development. It approved 450 thousand dollars to Chris Richard for the rehabilitation of a building in the 200 block of West 17th Street. The building has 30, one bedroom rental units. According to a city document the rehab will cost somewhere in the neighborhood of 1.3 million dollars. Housing Development Director Alexis Steger says the city invests in these projects because they fill a need. The council is giving another project up to ten years of TIF rebates of property tax increases of up to 179-thousand dollars. It awarded that to a development group for renovating the former Sacred Heart School. It will have 28 units for seniors, 24 of which will be affordable.

Dubuque Low-Income Students And Suspensions 

New state data details chronic absenteeism and breaks down suspensions and expulsions for every school in the state and Dubuque’s data mirrors most of the state. According to the data, a disproportionate number of black and minority students in Dubuque miss at least 10-percent of school days. Those students are also suspended or expelled more often than white students. District equity liaison Mae Hingtgen says those students come to school with more trauma and risk factors than others and the district gives teachers training in how to better help those students. The data also shows that low-income students see the highest rate of discipline issues, accounting for 76 percent of all suspensions and expulsions in Dubuque.

Wittman Announces Bid for Re-Election

This fall four seats will be open on the Dubuque community school board, and at least one incumbent says she will run for a second term. Lisa Wittman, vice president of mortgage and consumer lending at Fidelity Bank and Trust was first elected to serve four years on the board in September 2015. She says she has always been passionate about education and extra-curricular activities. Wittman says the strategic plan that the board has for the district is designed to prepare students for life after high school. Wittman will complete her first term on the board in a few months and says her on the job training has prepared her for a second term. Board member Mike Donahue says he is leaning toward running for another term. Fellow members Tom Barton and board president Tami Ryan are still undecided about running again. The election is November 5th.

Statewide Traffic Enforcement Project

The Dubuque County Sheriff’s Office participated in a Statewide Traffic Enforcement Project beginning May 20th and running through June 2nd to cover the Memorial Day holiday. The focus of the project was to promote traffic safety by placing extra emphasis on speed, stop sign, seatbelt, and impaired driving violations. In Dubuque County, 69 motorists were given speeding citations along with an additional 58 warnings. Only 2 drivers were ticketed for not wearing seatbelts with another 17 motorists who got warnings and there were no citations given for improper child safety seats.

Gun Violence Public Forum

One of the most note-worthy public forums in the history of the Key City is taking place this evening. Weapons violence and gun safety will be the focus of a public presentation at the Carnegie-Stout Public Library. The event was organized by State Representative Chuck Isenhart of Dubuque. Sunday was “Gun Violence Awareness Day” and as part of that Isenhart thought it would be a good idea to have a more educational opportunity for people to voice their opinions and concern about gun violence and gun safety. Isenhart is hoping to get a cross-section of the community to attend the forum. He is especially hopeful that the event will attract young people. President Trump says he would support legislation that would allow teachers to carry concealed weapons on school grounds, but says that should be left up to individual states. Two representatives from the University of Iowa Injury Prevention Research Center will be at the forum focusing on research to inform state and local policy decision-making. The forum starts at 6:30 this evening at the library.

Dubuque County Fire

The Dubuque County Sheriff’s office is investigating a fire that caused thousands of dollars in damage to a residence in Cascade yesterday afternoon. The fire was reported just before 3 when crews arrived at the house in the 500 block of 2nd Avenue SW. No one was injured. The home is owned by Jamie and Lisa Manternach. The fire casued about 60 thousand dollars in damages. Authorities say although the cause of the fire remains under investigation, it does not appear to be suspicious.

Grant County Fatal ID

The Grant County Sheriff’s Office has released more information surrounding a fatal motorcycle crash that happened on U.S. 61/151 Saturday evening. A release from the sheriff’s office identifies the victim as 51 year old Tina Herramann of Freeport, Illinois. The motorcycle, driven by 51 year old Michael Belter also of Freeport was traveling south, when he lost control while rounding a curve. The bike entered the median and struck an embankment. Herramann, who was a passenger was pronounced dead at the scene. Belter was transported to Mercy Hospital in Dubuque. His injuries are not known. This was the 5th person killed in a motorcycle accident in Grant County this year.

Jackson County Drug Charges

A Jackson County man faces several drug charges as the result of an initial investigation of a dispute between neighbors Saturday night. The Jackson County Sheriff’s Department reports that Mark Edward Van Kampen, owner of property at 334 Ferry Road in Miles, Iowa has been charged with possession of controlled substances, keeping premises for controlled substances, unlawful possession of prescription drugs and trespassing. During a search, authorities found 7.98 grams of Methamphetamine, a meth pipe, a syringe loaded with meth, several prescription pills and $606 dollars in cash. Van Kampen is being held in the Jackson County Detention Center.

Fox News Coming To Dubuque

Fox News is coming to Dubuque this weekend for a town hall meeting. The hour-long town hall will be moderated by Fox News anchor Chris Wallace and will feature 2020 presidential candidate New York Senator Kirsten Gillibrand. (jill-I-Brand) It will focus on news of the day and issues important to voters. The event will be held on Sunday from 6 to 7 pm inside the Meyers Center on the University of Dubuque campus. You have to be 18 years of age or older to attend and you must present a government issued ID to get in. Doors open at 4:00pm and close at 5:30pm. If you are interested in attending the event you can register at EventBrite. If you are unable to attend you can watch the town hall live on the Fox News channel.

Safety Enforcement Project   

A multi-agency safety and enforcement project was conducted in Dubuque this week and targeted high impact call areas of the city.  Officers issued 55 citations, mostly for speeding and tinted windows. Seven people were also cited for not wearing their seat belts. The project’s focus was on the west side of the city.

Man Sentenced For Beating Girlfriend

A Dubuque man is going to prison for the next decade for beating his girlfriend so severely that she had to be hospitalized. Court documents from Dubuque County say 30 year old Pierre Springer recently pled guilty to willful-injury causing serious injury and was sentenced to ten years in prison. In exchange for his guilty plea, the county attorney’s office dismissed a charge of first degree robbery. Police records say officers responded to an apartment in the 400 block of Locust Street on February 21st to investigate a report of an assault, When police arrived they found Springer’s girlfriend who had “significant” facial injuries, which included a broken nose and cuts to her face. The woman was admitted to the intensive care unit at an area hospital. Springer fled the area before officers arrived, but was arrested and charged a few days later.

Delatorre Pleads Not Guilty To Fed Charges

The man who threatened to kill the president by blowing up the White House and a Dubuque hospital has pleaded not guilty to federal charges. Documents from federal court in Cedar Rapids say 25 year old Christian Delatorre entered a not guilty plea this week to one count of making threats against the president. In late April a U.S. Secret Service agent met with Delatorre at MercyOne Medical Center to question him about threats he make against the president to hospital staff. Delatorre allegedly told the agent that he was infuriated with President Donald Trump’s comments and behavior and he had been planning to kill the president for a year. Delatorre said he would use drones that would carry bombs that would be dropped on the White House. He even had a floor plan of the White House. Delatorre had reserved a bus ticket from Dubuque to Washington DC. After more than a week after being questioned by the agent, Delatorre was arrested at the psychiatric unit at Mercy. Delatorre also faces felony charges in Dubuque County for threatening to blow up Mercy Hospital and the White House. His federal trial is scheduled for July 22nd.

Police Looking For Vandal

Dubuque police need your help in identifying a person who may have been involved in multiple acts of spray painting graffiti in the downtown area earlier this month. The incident happened on May 7th at around 11:45 pm. A post on the department’s ID4PD website says the individual accused of committing the acts could face felony level charges. The department has posted an image of the suspect on the website. You can go to that site and submit any information about the incident anonymously.

Autopsy on Dubuque Man Inconclusive

An autopsy performed on a Dubuque man who died while in police custody this past weekend has come back inconclusive. 29 year old Alex Billmeyer was arrested by Dubuque police at around 4 pm Sunday on an outstanding warrant for escape and new charges of criminal mischief and trespass. Billmeyer was transported to the county jail. A short time later jail staff noticed that Billmeyer had become unresponsive. CRP was initiated by jail staff and Dubuque Fire and Ambulance was on scene by 4:15. Billmeyer was taken to Mercy ER where he was pronounced dead at around 5 pm. An autopsy was conducted by the Iowa State Medical Examiner’s office this week and according to a release from the sheriff’s office, the preliminary results came back inconclusive and could not pinpoint the exact cause of Billmeyer’s death. Toxicology results are pending and the incident remains under investigation. The release says final autopsy results may not be available for several months.

Grant County Construction Fatal

A Grant County teenager was killed after a large chunk of concreate fell on him late last week. The incident happened on Old Highway Road near US 151 in Paris Township. A release issued by the sheriff’s department yesterday identifies the victim as 15 year old John Kanagy of rural Platteville. Authorities say Kanagy was helping family members disassemble a concreate silo at around 4:20 last Friday afternoon, when a large piece of the concreate fell from about 50 to 60 feet and struck Kanagy in the head. He was transported to Mercy Hospital in Dubuque. The boy died just before 7:15 that night at the hospital.

East Dubuque Water Interruptions

Some residents living in East Dubuque can expect some interruptions in their water service today The interruption in water service will occur between 8 am and 3 pm and will affect residents living on Sidney, the lower portion of Montgomery and in the 100 block of Clinton.

Store Closures/ Retail Layoffs

The recent closures of numerous retail outlets and other stores in southwest Wisconsin has left a lot of people without jobs and many of those people lack the necessary skills to find employment elsewhere. In an effort to assist those workers, the Southwest Wisconsin Workforce Development Board has created the “Dislocated Retail Worker Program. SWWDB CEO Rhonda Suda says the program is for people who have been laid off from a retail store, a retail company’s corporate office, distribution center or call center. The Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development recently awarded a grant to the board to establish the program. To apply for the program, Suda says you need to stop by their office in Fennimore or at the Rock County Job Center in Janesville.

Inmate Death ID

The Dubuque County Sheriff’s office has identified a man who died while in custody over the weekend. 29 year old Alex Billmeyer died Sunday evening. Authorities report that shortly after 5 pm deputies at the jail observed Billmeyer who had become unresponsive. He had been arrested by Dubuque police at around 4 Sunday afternoon. Billmeyer was transported to Mercy Hospital where he was pronounced dead. An autopsy is being conducted by the Iowa State Medical Examiner’s Office.

Grant County Man Faces 100 Years

A Grant County man is facing up to 100 years behind bars after authorities say he abused two young girls over a long period of time. Online court records say 57 year old Kevin Pace of Lancaster pled not guilty earlier this month to charges of repeated first degree sexual assault of the same child, two counts of first degree sexual assault and multiple charges of exposing genitals to a child. In April police were made aware of the sexual assault when a female said she was sexually abused on numerous occasions by Pace from 2004 to 2007 when she was younger than 10. Pace admitted to investigators that he committed the sex acts and identified an earlier victim who he sexually abused from 1990 to 1994. If convicted of all of the charges Pace could be sentenced to more than 100 years in prison.

Car Strikes Horse In Lafayette County

A Platteville woman was injured after her car struck a horse in Lafayette County Sunday night. A release from the sheriff’s office says a car driven by 36 year old Tina Tree was traveling State Highway 81 in Elk Grove Township at around 10:15, when she struck a horse. Tree’s car left the road went into a ditch and struck a fence. Tree was injured but the release doesn’t describe her injuries. Tree’s car was severely damaged and had to be towed from the scene.

Dubuque County Inmate Dies

The Dubuque County Sheriff’s Department reports that an inmate in the county jail died Sunday evening.  Authorities report that shortly after 5 pm, deputies at the jail observed a recently admitted inmate had become unresponsive. The inmate had been arrested by the Dubuque Police Department and booked into the jail at 4 pm. The inmate was taken to Mercy Medical Center and pronounced dead. The body will be sent to the Iowa State Medical Examiner’s Office for an autopsy. The name is being withheld pending notification of family

Memorial Day Parade and Linwood Event Canceled

Officials with the Dubuque Memorial Day Parade have canceled the event due to possible rain and severe weather. The parade had been scheduled for 10 am Monday morning. In addition,the 9:45 Memorial Day event at Linwood Cemetery has also been canceled.

Memorial Day Road Travel

A record number of people will take to the roads, rail lines and airwaves this weekend for the Memorial Day holiday. Mark Peterson with AAA Iowa/Minnesota says nearly 43 million Americans will start the weekend off on a high note. Gas prices have increased across Dubuque and the state over the past few months, but lately they have been relatively consistent and in some cases prices have actually fallen. As long as gas prices stay below three dollars a gallon, Peterson envisions a lot of travel this summer. The average price for a gallon of self-serve regular is $2.65 in Iowa and $2.85 nationwide.

Memorial Day Law Enforcement    

A lot of people will be in good spirits, literally for the first major holiday of the year, and while the Dubuque police department wants you to have a good time they also want you to be safe. Lt. Joe Messerich says they won’t be adding any additional law enforcement for the holiday weekend, but officers will be monitoring the streets for impaired or distracted drivers. If you’re going to attend a party or a family get together for the holiday and you plan to consume alcohol, it’s always a good idea to designate a driver. Messerich says make sure you watch out for kids this weekend. Pools in Dubuque are scheduled to be open Saturday, Sunday and Monday.

Dubuque Felon Sentenced To Prison

A Dubuque felon who police say shot a man multiple times following an altercation nearly two years ago has been sentenced to federal prison. Records from U.S. District Court in Cedar Rapids say 33 year old Jevonne Coleman was sentenced to nine years in prison earlier this month after he pled guilty to one count of possession of a firearm by a felon. Court documents say Coleman had gotten into a verbal altercation with a man on August 9th 2017. Later that day Coleman and a friend were sitting on a stoop on Locust Street when the man approached the two. Documents say Coleman’s friend then “cold cocked” the man who began to run away. Coleman chased the man, raised a gun and shot him multiple times. The man survived the attack. As police arrived Coleman hid the gun in a bush, before hiding himself in a bluff. Police were able to locate Coleman and place him under arrest. According to a preliminary breath test, Coleman’s blood alcohol content was .315 percent at the time of the incident. In addition to the prison sentence, Coleman will be placed on three years of probation once he is released.

Woman Passes Counterfeit Money A Dubuque Grocery Store

Dubuque police are seeking the public’s help in identifying a woman who passed counterfeit bills at an area grocery store last month. The incident took place at around 11 am on April 29th at the HyVee on South Locust Street. The suspect is described as a black female, in her early 20s with long black hair. She was wearing a jogging suit and a baseball cap when she passed the fake money. If you have any information contact Dubuque police, or visit the department’s ID4PD website.

CR Man Charged With Assault In Dubuque

A Cedar Rapids man was arrested this week in Dubuque after police say he ordered a woman to undress at gunpoint. Court records from Dubuque County say 24 year old Daniel Rhone is charged with assault with intent to commit sexual abuse and assault while displaying a dangerous weapon. Rhone was arrested at his mother’s home in the 23 hundred block of Queen Street Monday. A woman told investigators that she was acquainted with Rhone, who asked her to come to his mother’s house Monday morning. Documents say when the woman made it to the residence she was under the impression that she and Rhone were going to talk or “smoke a blunt.” But when they went into Rhone’s bedroom he pulled out a gun, pointed it at the woman’s head and yelled “take off your clothes.” The woman says she ran out of the room and out of the house. Police searched the house and found a handgun in the upstairs area. Rhone was being held on a 10-thousand dollar bond.

Dubuque Landlord’s Appeal Denied

A Dubuque landlord’s appeal to have his properties removed from a “priority category” has been denied. The Dubuque Housing Board of Appeals yesterday upheld Scott Neuworhner’s priority category designation. It was created by the city to respond quickly to problem landlords and their properties. Neuwoehner appeared before the board and provided documentation that showed the infractions have been resolved and the 28 properties he owns should not be in the priority category. But the board denied his appeal. The Housing and Community Development Department placed Neuwoehner’s properties in the priority category after he received 3 citations within a 12 month period. Neuwoehner’s properties will be inspected every year for the next two years. He is the third landlord in Dubuque to have their properties placed in the priority category.

Dining Out For Public Schools

The Dubuque community is again being asked to support public schools by dining out at their favorite restaurant this week. “Dine Out for Public Schools” happens Thursday and is put on by the Foundation for Dubuque Public Shools. Foundation executive director Amy Unmacht says this year 25 restaurants are participating in “Dine Out. Unmacht says when you purchase your meal, be sure and tell your waitress or waiter that you are dining out for public schools. The money raised from “Dine Out” has funded projects significant to the district, like the “food initiative. Unmacht urges the public to spread the word by sharing photos of themselves dining out and tagging the Foundation for Dubuque Public Schools on social media.

Man Charged With Assault/Possession

A Dubuque man was arrested this past weekend after police say he assaulted his ex-girlfriend and had drugs and guns. Court records say 26 year old Anthony Smith lives at the Econo Lodge and was arrested there at around 6:30 Sunday morning. Smith is charged with domestic assault with injury, first degree burglary, a felon in possession of a firearm, possession of cocaine with intent to deliver and possession of drug paraphernalia. At around 2 am Sunday police were called to investigate an assault at a residence in Farley. Smith’s ex told officers that after she drove back to the residence, Smith reached into her car window and punched her in the face several times before fleeing in a vehicle. The woman says she and Smith lived together at the hotel, but she broke up with him Saturday. She says Smith had drugs and guns at the hotel. Police obtained a search warrant for Smith’s room and found nearly 26 grams of cocaine, over 800 dollars in cash, a loaded 9 mm handgun, ammunition and drug paraphernalia.

Landlord Placed into “Priority Category”

A third landlord has landed in Dubuque’s priority category for not fixing problems in rental units. The housing community development office has put Scott Neuwoehner in this category which the city created to respond quickly to problem landlords and their properties. Neuwoehner owns 28 buildings consisting of 43 units. Property owners end up in this category if they receive three or more citations in a 12 month period. So far the city believes this approach is helping to address problem landlords and properties. Housing Department Director Alexis Steger tells our coverage partners at KCRG TV that she thinks the priority category is working. Community activist Lynn Sutton has seen some of the landlord’s apartments first-hand. She believes the city is finally putting the spotlight on poor landlords after years of neglect. The city has thousands of landlords and just three are in the priority category. Neuwoehner is set to appeal his priority category designation at a housing board of appeals meeting this afternoon.

Dubuque Man Arrested at Gunpoint

A Dubuque man faces multiple charges for leading police on two seperate high speed chases last month. Online court records say 31 year old Zachary Brenner is charged with two counts of eluding, two counts of driving while barred, two counts of failure to appear in court, interference with official acts and numerous traffic violations. Records say on April 8th and the 21st Brenner was driving while barred. On both occasions officers attempted to pull him over, but each time he drove off leading police on a high- speed chase. Police suspended the chase during both incidents because of safety concerns. On Sunday investigators learned that Brenner was staying at an apartment in the 15-hundred block of Iowa Street. Officers entered the residence with guns drawn and took Brenner into custody.

Mississippi Recedes in East Dubuque

Some East Dubuque residents are finally able to get to their homes after more than two months of flooding. The river crested at around 23 feet at the end of April and now sits at just more than 17 feet. Ron Greve rents a home off Baston Road and just a few weeks ago he was boating to and from his home. Now he can actually drive up to it. Despite the river dropping, Greve and his neighbors are still without running water due to a main break. East Dubuque Mayor Kirk VanOstrand says the break kis still a few feet under water. Most of Baston Road is closed to the public and only people who live there are allowed on the road.

Another 4th Ward Council Candidate

The field of candidates for Dubuque’s 4th ward council seat is getting larger. The latest person to announce a run for that seat is 26 year old Nino Erba. He is a regular attendee of council meetings and says he’s running on a sustainability and environmentally friendly platform. He has been in Dubuque since 2012 and has a media studies major from Loras College. Other announced candidates are former school board member Jay Schisel and Loras College professor Brad Cavanaugh. The 4th ward seat is currently occupied by Jake Rios who says he will not run for another term. The filing period begins in August.

Jo Daviess High Speed Arrest

A Warren, Illinois man was arrested over the weekend following a high speed chase through Jo Daviess and Stephenson counties. A release from the sheriff’s office says just before 9 Saturday night a deputy attempted to pull over a vehicle on Route 78. The vehicle did not stop and took off at a high rate of speed. The driver, later identified as 29 year old Jarrett Hiatt, led the deputy down Route 20 and into Stephenson County. During the pursuit Hiatt’s vehicle reached speeds of 115 mph in a 55 mph zone. It also traveled the wrong way on the highway several times. Hiatt finally lost control of his vehicle and crashed on the ramp at Route 20 and 26. Hiatt jumped out of the vehicle and fled, but was apprehended a short time later. During a search of the vehicle the deputy found a crystal like substance, which field-tested positive for methamphetamine. Hiatt is charged with unlawful possession of meth and aggravated fleeing or attempting to elude a peace officer.

Dubuque Woman Injured In Crash 

A Dubuque woman suffered minor injuries after being involved in a two-vehicle crash on the city’s north end last week. According to a crash report from the police department a car driven by 37 year old Kathlyn Ellerbach was traveling east on East 14th Street last Wednesday afternoon when she ran a red light and was struck broadside by a vehicle driven by 54 year old Brad Hochhausern of Cassville. Hochhausen was driving south on Jackson Street. Ellerbach received minor injuries but was not transported to the hospital. Hochhausen was not injured. Ellerbach was cited for running a red light.

Arrest Made after Reports of Shots Fired on Rhomberg Ave

Dubuque Police were dispatched to the 800 block of Rhomberg Avenue Friday evening around 11:00pm after receiving multiple calls of shots fired. Officers located spent shell casings and impact marks from bullets on the front of 818 Rhomberg Ave. Officers were able to identify the suspect as 33 year old Culver Norris Wade of Dubuque, through witness statements and City of Dubuque traffic camera footage. The footage showed Culver walking across Rhomberg Ave and firing a gun in the direction of 818/820 Rhomberg Ave. Around 11:15pm, Culver exited the residence at 821 Rhomberg Ave and was stopped by police. He was arrested for Public Intoxication and Interference with Official Acts both simple misdemeanors. A search warrant was applied for and granted for 821 Rhomberg Ave. A .45 caliber handgun was located inside which matched the caliber of casings located on scene. Culver was additionally charged with Intimidation with a Dangerous Weapon, a class ‘C’ Felony and Possession of a Firearm as a Felon, a class ‘D’ felony.

Board Approves Pay Hike for Teachers

Teachers, nurses and counselors in the Dubuque Community School District will see a slight increase in their wages when the fiscal year begins on July 1st. During its’ meeting this week , the school board approved a 2.01 percent increase in salaries and benefits for those union employees. Human Resources Director Phil Kramer says the total package is an increase of 365 dollars on the base salary. Those changes to the insurance plan, according to Kramer were very minimal. This year, state lawmakers approved a little over a 2-percent increase in supplemental aid. Kramer says because of that they were forced to make changes in their insurance offering. Kramer says they still have four more union contracts to settle and are currently in negotiations. Non-union contracts will be negotiated over the next few weeks. Kramer says the hope is to have all of the contracts signed, sealed and delivered by the June board meeting.

Mayor Pete in Dubuque This Weekend

One of the many Democrat presidential candidates in 2020 is coming to Dubuque this weekend. Democrat Pete Buttigieg has made the Key City one of his campaign stops through the state today and Saturday. Mayor Pete, as he is known in South Bend, Indiana, will be in Dubuque Saturday for a community event at 7 Hills Brewing Company at 5:30 pm. Other stops include Adel, Solon and Des Moines. This will be Buttigieg’s second visit to the Hawkeye state since announcing his candidacy a month ago, and his fourth visit this year. The Dubuque event is open to the public.

Dubuque Man Accused of Touching Kids

A Dubuque man is facing charges after police say he sexually abused three children under the age of 12. Police say they were notified about the allegations surrounding 67 year old Dennis Topping in late April. An 8 year old girl told her parents that she would sit on Topping’s lap while at his home, and that’s when he would touch her. Court documents say the girl told investigators it had been happening since late 2017. Court records say Topping admitted to the girl’s father about the inappropriate touching. Topping said it was only “light rubbing.” He also admitted touching a 4 year old and another 8 year old. Authorities did not say what their relationship was to Topping. He is charged with three counts of second degree sexual abuse and three counts of lascivious acts with a child. Topping was being held in the Dubuque County jail.

Warrant Issued For Wisconsin Man

A nationwide warrant has been issued for a man who authorities say has mentioned suicide by a cop. A post on the Iowa County, Wisconsin Facebook page says 30 year old Jarrod Stocks has been seen around Highland and Mineral Point, but it’s not known where he is currently. The post says he is possibly armed. Anyone who sees Stocks should call 911 or 608 935-3314 with any information.

Flexsteel’s Restructuring Plan

The initial phase of a restructuring plan by Flexsteel Industries calls for the closure of its’ Riverside, California manufacturing facility. In a press release sent to KDTH, Flexsteel President and CEO Jerry Dittmer says 130 people will be laid off, but no employees at its’ Dubuque facility will be affected. In the release Dittmer says the commercial office and custom-designed hospitality product lines we are exiting represents about 7 percent of the company’s annual revenue and did not align with our strategic direction to focus on profitable core businesses. Flexsteel expects to incur approximately 4 million in one-time cash charges for employee severance and related costs and around 9 million in non-cash charges for inventory impairments due to the restructuring action. The Riverside facility is expected to close within the current quarter, which ends June 30th. The move comes about two weeks after the company reported a quarterly loss of 15.6 million dollars.

Tree of Life Memorial Service

As a way to honor the memory of loved ones, the Tree of Life will be lit next week in Dubuque. The tree is located in Washington Park and a memorial service will be held next Tuesday at 7:30 pm. near the Gazebo. Tiffany Stietz with Hospice of Dubuque says loved ones will be represented by a light on the tree display and named in the program if a donation to Hospice is received by this Friday. The Tree of Life will remain lit through Memorial Day. In case of rain, the ceremony will move to the Roshek Building in downtown Dubuque.

Dubuque Teacher Of The Year

The newest “teacher of the year” in the Dubuque Community School District is a social studies instructor at Hempstead High School. During its’ annual Educators’ Recognition Dinner last week, Adam Miller was selected as the “teacher of the year.” Miller has taught at Hempstead since 2005. A release from the district describes Miller as having “high expectations of his students, and they never balk at that, but rather understand and appreciate that he wants them to learn and rise to the challenge.” There were nine other finalists for the recognition. Later this year, Miller will be recognized by the school board and receive a plague that will hang alongside other past winner at the Forum on Cheney Road. Also during the dinner, Matthew Hull, principal at Table Mound Elementary received the (Team) or Together Educators and Administrative Make-it-Happen) award.

Police Investigating Shots Fired Report

For the second time in less than two months, and the fifth time this year Dubuque police are investigating a report of shots fired on the city’s north end. This latest incident happened in an alley near the intersection of East 18th and White Streets Monday night. No property was damaged and no one was injured. Back in mid-March police responded to a report of shots being fired inside a residence in the 22 hundred block of Jackson Street. No arrests have been made in either incident. If you have information contact the Dubuque law enforcement center.

Chicago Man Charged With Assault

A Chicago man was arrested last month, after police say he broke into an apartment in Dubuque and assaulted his ex-girlfriend and her mother. Online court records say 30 year old Richard Walton was arrested April 30th and charged with two counts of first degree burglary, two counts of child endangerment and one count each of domestic assault with strangulation, domestic assault with injury and first degree harassment. Records say Walton went to the home of his ex-girlfriend in the one thousand block of Bluff Street on April 28th and broke in. Once inside, police say Walton began chocking his ex-girlfriend and threatening to kill her. He then grabbed the woman by her hair and dragged her upstairs. Walton then assaulted the woman’s mother, breaking her nose and ankle. The ex-girlfriend was able to run to the Carnegie-Stout Public Library, where staff there called police. The woman’s mother was treated for her injuries at a local hospital. The ex-girlfriend’s one and two year old children were inside the apartment when the assaults took place.

Dubuque’s Climate Action Plan

Dubuque has big goals for reducing its’ impact on the environment. During its’ meeting last week, the city council gave the OK for staff to find a consultant to update its’ “climate action plan.” The city’s big goal is to cut its’ 2003 emissions in half by 2030. Sustainability Coordinator Gina Bell wants the action plan to act as a roadmap to that goal. The city budgeted 100-thousand dollars to pay a consultant to develop the plan. Bell says bringing in help is necessary to make change quickly. The council approved the plan on a 6-to-0 vote. Councilman Luis Del Toro was absent.

One Injured In East Dubuque Crash

One person was injured following a two vehicle crash in East Dubuque Monday evening. The accident happened at the intersection of North Frentress Lake Road and U.S. Highway 20 just before 6 pm. According to a release from the Jo Daviess County sheriff’s office a pickup truck driven by 21 year old Ty Cooley of Sulphur, Louisiana pulled from the intersection after stopping for the stop sign and collided with a car driven by 87 year old William Finnegan of Palos Park, Illinois. Finnegan was injured and transported to Mercy Hospital in Dubuque. Cooley and his passenger were not injured. Cooley was issued a citation for failure to yield at a stop intersection.

Hinson To Run For Congress

Democrat Abby Finkenauer of Dubuque now has a formal challenger in Iowa’s First Congressional District for the U.S. seat. Iowa Republican state representative Ashley Hinson filed paperwork this week to run for Congress. Hinson represents Iowa’s 67th House District, which covers parts of Marion, Hiawatha and Robins. She won her second term in the House last year.

East Dubuque Woman Takes Plea Deal

An East Dubuque woman has accepted a plea deal, after police say she stole her mother’s retirement payments. Court records from Dubuque County say 55 year old Lori Mejia recently plead guilty to dependent adult abuse-exploitation of more than 100 dollars. Documents say between April 26th and October 5h of last year, Mejia improperly spent retirement payments meant for her 92 year old mother. At the time Mejia’s mother was a resident at Stonehill Franciscan Services. After being there for four months Mejia’s mother had accumulated a bill that totaled over 27 thousand dollars, however only one payment of 15-hundred dollars had been made. Mejia claims she spent the money on her living expenses and entertainment while her mother lived with her. The county attorney’s office is recommending Mejia receive a deferred judgement and 2-to-5 years of probation. A sentencing hearing is scheduled for July 1st.

Iowa County Fatality

A Belmont woman was killed after she rolled her vehicle in Iowa County Sunday night. A press release from the sheriff’s office says 26 year old Heather Fishnick was pronounced dead at the scene. The sheriff’s office received a call at around 10 pm saying that Fishnick had rolled the car on Wisconsin 80, between Cobb and Highland. The release doesn’t provide details on what led to the crash. The investigation continues.

Crack Dealer Takes Plea Deal

A Dubuque man accused of selling crack cocaine to confidential informants on several occasions nearly two years ago is taking a plea deal. Online court records from Dubuque County say 28 year old Shelvin Naylor recently pled guilty to three counts of possession of cocaine with intent to deliver as a second or subsequent offense. In August and September of 2017, documents say Naylor sold crack cocaine to confidential informants working with the Dubuque Drug Task Force. Naylor was arrested last January while leaving his residence on Hill Street. At the time policer say he had 27 grams of crack and marijuana on him, which constitutes enough for distribution. The county attorney’s office is recommending a 20 years in prison for Naylor. He will be sentenced on July 1st.

LIHEAP Ends Monday

Tomorrow marks the end of the Low Income home Energy Assistant program for the season. It prevents people who qualify for the program from having their heat turned off during the winter months, even if they can’t pay their bills in time. Normally this period extends from November 1st to April 30th, but this year it was extended to May 13th. The Iowa Utilities Board is reminding people to contact their heating utility to discuss payment options to avoid disconnection. Those disconnections could start as early as Tuesday.

Person Injured In Bluff Fall

A person was injured after falling from the bluff at the Julien Dubuque Monument Friday night. A release from the fire department says the person fell from the bluff just before 9 pm and suffered minor injuries. The person, who wasn’t identified in the press release refused to be transported to the hospital and was treated at the scene. Several agencies assisted, including the Dubuque sheriffs’ and police departments, Dubuque County Conservation and the Iowa DNR.

Jackels Released From Hospital 

After nearly a week of being hospitalized following a heart attack, Dubuque Archbishop Michael Jackels was released yesterday. Jackels made known of his release from the hospital on his website. Jackels suffered a heart attack last Friday and was rushed to MeryOne Dubuque, where doctors inserted a pair of stents in the 65 year old Archbishop. Jackels was installed as Dubuque Archbishop in May of 2013.

Great Give Day Results

The annual Great Give Day proved to be another huge success for local non-profit groups and organizations. Great Give Day is hosted by the Community Foundation of Greater Dubuque. It’s a 24 hour online only giving event, which kicked off at midnight Wednesday and rapped up at midnight last night. This year people in a 7-county Dubuque region raised a little over 243 thousand dollars. Over 23-hundred people donated over a 24 hour period. This year 170 non-profits participated in Great Give Day, up from 157 last year. Throughout the day participating non-profits competed for over 28-thousand in bonus prizes. Since 2014, Great Give Day has raised over 1.7 million for area non-profits.

Man Arrested After Threats To Blow Up Hospital And The White House

A man with no permanent address was arrested by Dubuque police this week after he reportedly threatened to blow up a local hospital and had plans on how to kill the President by blowing up the White House. Court documents say 25 year old Christian Delatorre the second was taken into custody Wednesday morning at MercyOne Dubuque and charged with two counts of felony threat explosives or incendiary device. A federal warrant charges Delatorre with the threats he made against President Trump and the White House. Following an initial court appearance Thursday morning in Dubuque County a judge set bail at 5-thousand dollars, but informed Delatorre that he could not be released because he would be detained the feds. Dubuque police say Delatorre threatened to blow up MercyOne, the White House and President Trump on May 3rd. He has since been interviewed by a secret service agent. The agent says Delatorre had detailed plans to carry out his plot, which included floor plans of the White House. If convicted on the state charges, Delatorre could face five years behind bars. Following the hearing Delatorre was turned over to federal authorities.

Fire Destroys Asbury Home

A vehicle that caught fire is being blamed for a destroying a house in Asbury Thursday afternoon. A press release from the Dubuque County Sheriff’s Office says fire crews from Asbury and several surrounding communities responded to a residential fire in the 15-thousand block of Lore Mound Road at around 2:20. It took crews several hours to get the fire under control. The homeowner, 59 year old Arthur Wahlen Jr. told officials he was working on a car in his attached garage, when the vehicle caught fire and quickly spread to the home. Whalen was not injured. The fire caused an estimated 200-thousand dollars in damage. Authorities don’t consider the fire suspicious, but the investigation continues.

Gunfire Reported in Downtown Dubuque

Dubuque police are investigating a report of gunfire in the downtown area last week. A police report says officers responded to the area of west 15th and Central Avenue just before nine o’clock Friday night. When police arrived there was no one in the area, but officers did recovered a handgun and several shell casings. There was no damage and no one was injured. No arrests have been made. If you have any information contact the Dubuque law enforcement center.

Dubuque to Replace City Buses

Dubuque’s transportation department says it needs to replace buses with bad engines that are at risk of breaking down. The Jule has nine medium sized buses that are having engine problems. At its’ meeting on Monday the city council approved staff to send out proposals to potential bidders. The buses will cost around 1.8 million dollars, but a federal transit administration grant will cover 85 percent of the costs. Taxpayers will end up covering 270-thousand dollars. The city hopes to receive the buses by April of next year.

Ernst on Small Business Week 

This week is “National Small Business Week” and one of Iowa’s U.S. Senators is doing their part to strengthen those businesses. Senator Joni Ernst has reintroduced the “Prove It Act”, bipartisan legislation that she is co-sponsoring with one of her Democratic colleagues. Ernst says the bill will give small businesses a stronger voice in Washington’s complexed rule-making process. Ernst is a member of the Senate’s Small Businesses and Entrepreneurship Committee. She says small businesses made up nearly 99 percent of all businesses in Iowa.

Great Give Day

The annual Great Give Day in Dubuque is Thursday. It’s a 24-hour online only giving event that benefits non-profit groups and organizations in the Tri-State area. The event is hosted by the Community Foundation of Greater Dubuque. Communications Manager Jeff Danna says their mission is to strengthen communities and inspire giving. Wendy Sweeney is the Non-Profit Partnership Coordinator for the foundation, she says their region covers numerous counties in the northeastern and eastern part of the state. Great Give Day kicks off at midnight Wednesday and will last through midnight Thursday. Over 170 non-profits will benefit from the event. Over the past five years, more than 1.2 million dollars has been raised.

New Jail Approved For Delaware County

Voters in Delaware County have approved a 5.9 million dollar bond referendum for a new jail and sheriff’s office. The bond issue required a 60 percent super-majority to pass. There were two-thousand-167 yes votes or 85.5 percent, while 367 people voted no. County leaders say the current jail, which was built in 1967, is in bad shape and would likely not pass state inspections. If the referendum failed again, the state could have come and shut down the jail. The current jail can only hold about a dozen inmates leading to sheriff’s deputies having to spend time transporting prisoners to other nearby jails when numbers got too high. The new jail will house 38 inmates. The jail will be built near the industrial park on the southwest side of Manchester.

Longtime Wahlert Assistant Principal To Retire

Cynthia Wagner

For more than four decades, Wahlert assistant principal Cynthia Wagner has been a pillar in the Catholic school community, but at the end of the current school year she will be calling it a career. Wagner began her teaching career at McDonell Central Catholic High School in Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin, and just two years later in 1975 she returned to her alma-mater to teach chemistry and coach six-on-six basketball and track and field. In 1994 Wagner accepted a position to serve as a dean at the high school. She became assistant principal when Holy Family Catholic Schools was formed in 2001. Although she won’t be teaching anymore when school ends, Wagner will return to coach the women’s cross country team this year.

Grant County Cycle Fatality

A Cassville man has died from injuries he received after his motorcycle struck a car over the weekend in Grant County. According to a press release from the sheriff’s office 26 year old James Giesen died yesterday at UW Hospitals and Clinics in Madison. That’s where he was airlifted to following the crash Saturday morning. Authorities say Giesen was traveling south on Wisconsin 35/81 US/61 near Stage Road close to Lancaster, when he passed a truck and crashed into the second vehicle in line. That vehicle was driven by 66 year old Betty Ritter of Lancaster. Giesen was ejected from the motorcycle. He was first transported to Grant Regional Health Center before being flown to Madison. There have been three fatal crashes in Grant County this year. Four people died in those accidents.

Voting For New Jail in Delaware County

Voters in Delaware County are again being asked to approve a bond referendum for a new jail and sheriff’s office. The 5.9 million dollar bond issue would replace the old jail, which was built in 1967. County leaders say that is in bad shape, and if a new jail isn’t built soon, the state will shut the old one down, which could result in the loss of jobs. Right now the jail can only house about a dozen inmates. When overcrowding occurs some inmates have to be transported to other jails in nearby counties. The new jail would house nearly 40 inmates. If approved the project would be financed over a 12 year period and the supervisors would not have to increase the debt levy. Polls opened at 7 this morning and will close at 8 tonight.

Sword Wielding Man Charged

A Dubuque man faces charges after police say he displayed a sword and a knife during a disturbance this week. 35 year old David Muntz Jr. faces charges of domestic assault with the use of a dangerous weapon and possession of marijuana in Dubuque County court. Documents say officers responded to a report of a disturbance shortly before 11:30 Saturday night in the 60 block of Burns Street. A woman met officers and told them she had gotten into an argument with Muntz, her live-in boy friend, who pulled out a knife and displayed it in a threatening manner. She says Muntz also picked up a sword that she tried to take from him. While trying to take the sword from Muntz, the woman says she fell to the ground and cut her thumb. After being placed under arrest Muntz told officers he was carrying a small amount of marijuana in his wallet.

Moped Accident Injures Two

An accident involving a moped sends two people to the hospital. The accident happened late Saturday afternoon on Loras Blvd. near its’ intersection with Cummings Street. A police report says 21 year old Merrick Purcell of Des Moines was driving a moped along the 800 block of Loras, when a car driven by 22 year old Claire Cahill of Evergreen Park, Illinois turned onto Loras from an alley and struck the moped. Purcell and his passenger 20 year old Adam Valdez of California were ejected from the moped. Purcell suffered a groin injury and was transported to MercyOne Dubuque. Valdez refused treatment at the scene. Cahill was not injured. She was cited for failure to yield upon entering a through highway. Purcell received citations for failure to provide proof of financial liability, failure to provide a safety flag and unlawfully carrying a passenger on a moped.

Man Escapes Injury In Lafayette County Crash

A southwest Wisconsin man escaped injury after he crashed his car into a ditch in Lafayette County over the weekend. A deputy was on routine patrol shortly after 3:30 Sunday morning, when he came upon a vehicle in a ditch. There was no one in the car when the deputy approached. Following a short investigation authorities located the driver 23 year old Johnathon Timmerman of Argyle. Police determined that Timmerman was driving on State Highway 78 in Blanchard Township, wen he lost control. The car left the road and struck a ditch. Timmerman was cited for failure to notify police of an accident, failure to keep his vehicle under control and driving without insurance.

Jackels Recovering From Heart Attack

Bishop Michael Jackels

Dubuque’s Archbishop suffered a heart attack over the weekend, but according to social media posts from Catholic parishes throughout the community, Archbishop Michael Jackels is resting and recovering at MercyOne Dubuque today. Jackels suffered a heart attack Friday evening and doctors installed a pair of stents. The posts report that the 65 year old Archbishop is feeling better and in good spirits. It goes on to say that Jackels is spending a few days in ICU.

Police Continue To Investigate East Dubuque Shooting Death

Police say someone shot a video of a shooting that killed a woman outside a bar in East Dubuque o April 21st. The person who died was 44 year old Jennifer Miller of Dubuque. Jo Daviess County Sheriff Kevin Turner is asking anyone who might have that video or other information to contact authorities. The sheriff’s office is taking the lead in the investigation due to the retirement of East Dubuque police chief Steve O’Connell.

Grant County Crash Closes Road

A two vehicle crash involving a truck pulling an anhydrous ammonia tank forced the closure of a highway in southwest Wisconsin last month. The accident happened on April 25th at the intersection of Highways 18 and 80 in Monfort. A release from the Grant county Sheriff’s Department says a car driven by 32 year old Tyler Colburn of Highland was traveling south on County Highway 1 when he stopped for a stop sign. As Colburn turned west onto Highway 18, the front driver’s side of his car collided with the front passenger’s side of a truck driven by 71 year old Bradley Bishop of Cobb. The weight from the anhydrous tank spun Bishop’s vehicle into the eastbound lane of 18. The highway was closed for about an hour, while crews removed the vehicles. The anhydrous tank remained intact and was towed from the scene. Colburn and Bishop were not injured. Colburn received a citation for failure to yield the right of way.

Cedar Cross Road Reopens After Crash Closes A Portion For Nearly 7 Hours

A well-traveled street in Dubuque is back open after a crash involving a truck closed the road for nearly 7 hours yesterday. According to a crash report a truck driven by 35 year old Matthew Ryan of Dubuque was traveling south on Cedar Cross Road when he claimed his hand slipped off the steering wheel. Ryan lost control and the truck struck a utility pole near Lake Ridge Drive. The impact snapped the pole, sending live electrical wires over the truck and the road. Ryan and his passenger were not injured but were told to stay inside the vehicle until crews from Alliant Energy could address the situation. Cedar Cross Road was closed from the 700 block to Nighingale. It took crews nearly 7 hours to clean up the scene and restore power to the affected area. The crash caused more than 37-thousand dollars in damage. Ryan was cited for failure to maintain control. Cedar Cross Road was reopened at around 4 pm.

Former Dubuque Man Charged With Sex Abuse

A former Dubuque man has been charged with sexually abusing a child. The alleged incident happened in Dubuque nearly five years ago. According to court records 51 year old Larry Halligan, who now lives in Waterloo, was arrested this week (last week) and charged with second degree sexual abuse, indecent contact with a child and lascivious acts with a child. In August of 2014, police were notified about a child younger than 13 who had been sexually abused. Documents say the assault happened in the summer or fall. At the time Halligan was living in Dubuque. He made an initial court appearance and the judge set his bond at 30-thousand dollars.

Acquisition Of American Trust Complete

MidWestOne Financial Group based in Iowa City says it has completed the acquisition of a bank holding company in Dubuque. MidWestOne is now the owner of ATBancorp, which is the parent company of American Trust and Savings Bank in Dubuque and American Bank and Trust Wisconsin. A press release from American Trust says “immediately following completion of the acquisition, those banks were merged into MidWestOne Financial Group, a subsidiary of MidWestOne Bank. Over 40 bank positions in Dubuque will be gradually eliminated. The company now has assets valued at over 4.7 billion and 62 branch offices in Iowa, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Colorado and Florida.

Bellevue Threat Not Credible

Officials in the Bellevue school district have determined that a threat to the middle and high school this week wasn’t credible. According to our coverage partners at KCRG TV principal Jeff Recker made staff aware of a “vague” and “concerning” message inside the school at around 9:15 Wednesday morning. The building was evacuated so staff and law enforcement could do a sweep of the school. A few hours later superintendent Tom Meyer updated his Facebook page with status saying “We have worked with law enforcement and we have determined the threat to not be credible. We feel the students are safe. Recker says students and teachers handled the situation well.

Dubuque Kitchen Fire 

A fire that reportedly started in the kitchen of a Dubuque home Wednesday morning caused thousands of dollars in damage. A release from the fire department says crews responded to a house in the 12-hundfed block of Brown Street at around 8:45. A smoke detector in the home alerted a woman who was inside. The woman had taken in some smoke while trying to search for a dog that was inside. While she wasn’t able to locate the dog, emergency crews were. The dog was unharmed. The unknown woman was transported to the hospital as a precaution. Investigators say it appears the fire started near the stove. It caused an estimated 50-thousand dollars in smoke and fire damage to the home.

McGraw to Merge With Cengage

McGraw Hill Education says it will be merging with rival company Cengage Learning in an all stock merger. The New York Post is reporting that after the merger is complete the company will be called McGraw Hill and will hold about 3.16 billion in annual revenue. McGraw Hill says Cengage Learning CEO Michael Hansen will head the new firm. The merged companies, which could be valued at around 5 billion, would help both U.S. based educational publishers to compete better as the rise of digital books and course materials pressures their businesses. Once the merger is complete the new company would become the second largest providers of college textbooks and other higher education materials in the U.S. McGraw Hill has a location in Dubuque at 501 Bell Street in the Port of Dubuque. The report doesn’t say how the merger will affect employees at McGraw Hill or Cengage.

Sups Vote To Allow ATV’s/UTV’s On Roads

The Dubuque County Supervisors have voted to allow all-terrain and utility vehicles on county roads. The vote Tuesday night was 2-to-1, with supervisors Dave Baker and Jay Wickham voting in favor, while supervisor Ann McDonough voted against the ordinance. However the vote to create the ordinance does include some stipulations.  The ordinance would expire after a certain amount of time. The board’s decision has excited supports like Rom McCarthy who says this will boost the local economy. As expected the board’s decision upset opponents like Katherine Caitlin..
Supervisor Dave Baker believes the ordinance will be good for the county in the long run. Along with giving the ordinance an expiration date, both Baker and Wickham discussed exploring insurance and registration requirements, as well as excluding certain county roads from use.

Biden Visits Eastern Iowa

Former Vice-President and now Democratic candidate for President Joe Biden made several campaign stops in eastern Iowa yesterday, including Dubuque. Biden addressed a group of supporters at the Grand River Center last night. Before coming to the Key City, Biden pumped up supporters at a rally at the Veterans Memorial Building in Cedar Rapids. Just as he did in previous presidential bids, Biden made it known that he is a strong supporter of the middle-class Biden says we have to eliminate the 1.7 trillion dollars in loopholes that he says only benefit the wealthiest Americans, while leaving the middle-class behind. Biden is one of 20 announced Democratic candidates for President. All are seeking their party’s nomination in next year’s primary.

Roussell For Council

The senior community affairs manager for Black Hills Energy has announced her bid for a seat on the Dubuque city council. Laura Roussell is running for the seat in the second ward. Councilman Luis Del Toro currently represents that ward. He announced plans to run for re-election in January. Roussell, who will retire from her Black Hills position in June, earned her BA business management and an MBA from Clarke University. She currently serves on boards and commissions, including the Dubuque Zoning Advisory Commission and the Dubuque Area Chamber Business Advocacy Committee. Roussell is also the recipient of a number of awards, including the Women’s Leadership Network Women of Achievement Award. The city council election is November 5th.

Dubuque Police Seek Information On Shoplifters

Dubuque police are asking for the public’s help to identify a pair of thieves who stole merchandise from Target on Dodge Street. The suspects were captured on surveillance video stealing from the store on multiple occasions between May of last year and March of this year. One suspect is described as a white male in his 20s or early 30s with a beard and facial hair. He was wearing what appears to be a baseball cap. The other suspect is a white female in her late 20s or early 30s wearing glasses. If you have any information visit the department’s ID4PD website and submit information anonymously.

Two North Carolina Residents Injured In Crash In Jo Daviess County

Two North Carolina residents were injured in a one vehicle crash in Jo Daviess County early Sunday afternoon. A press from the sheriff’s department says a vehicle driven by 57 year old Linda Yeargin-Moquin of Pittsboro was traveling west on East Schapville Road, about a quarter mile west of North Salem Road, when she lost control shortly after noon. The vehicle left the road, traveled onto the shoulder, spun around, slid across the road into a ditch before striking an embankment. Yeargin-Moquin was transported to Midwest Medical Center in Galena to be treated for unknown injuries. Her passenger, 86 year old Laverne Thackaberry also of Pittsboro was injured. Thackaberry was transported to Mercy Health Care in Rockford.

Roussell Seeks Seat On Dubuque City Council

The senior community affairs manager for Black Hills Energy has announced her bid for a seat on the Dubuque city council. Laura Roussell is running for the seat in the second ward. Councilman Luis Del Toro currently represents that ward. He announced plans to run for re-election in January. Roussell, who will retire from her Black Hills position in June, earned her BA business management and an MBA from Clarke University. She currently serves on boards and commissions, including the Dubuque Zoning Advisory Commission and the Dubuque Area Chamber Business Advocacy Committee. Roussell is also the recipient of a number of awards, including the Women’s Leadership Network Women of Achievement Award. The city council election is November 5th.

Winter Storm Watch Expanded…..Now Includes Dubuque County

A winter storm watch that was issued earlier today for a number of counties in our listening area has now been expanded. The National Weather Service in the Quad Cities has now issued a winter storm watch for Dubuque, Delaware and Jackson Counties. The weather service is predicted between 3 and 6 inches of snowfall north of Highway 20. That will be accompanied by winds of up to 45 mph. The watch for the new counties goes from 1 to 10 pm Saturday. Counties included in the original watch are Clayton in Iowa and Grant, Lafayette, Iowa and Crawford counties in Wisconsin. That watch is in effect for those counties from 7 Saturday morning to 7 at night.

UPDATE: Anhydrous Ammonia Crash In Dubuque County


A crash involving a pickup truck carrying anhydrous ammonia forced the closure of a Dubuque County Road this morning. (Friday morning) A release from the sheriff’s office says 27 year old Austin Willenborg of Epworth was driving the truck south in the 7-thousand block of Olde Massey Road at around 8 this morning (Friday morning), when he lost control rolling over the tank that was carrying the anhydrous ammonia. Willenborg was not hurt, but was transported to MercyOne in Dubuque as a precautionary measure. Since the crash happened near a residence’s driveway, the people inside the home were told to stay inside while authorities worked the scene. The accident closed about a mile of Olde Massey Road for about 3 hours. It has since reopened. Charges against Willenborg are pending.