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Man Cuts Girlfriend’s Arm With Broken Glass

A Dubuque man faces felony and misdemeanor charges after police say he used a piece of broken glass to cut his girlfriend’s arm. Online court records say the incident happened a few minutes after 4:30 Sunday morning. Documents say police responded to a residence in the 900 block of Cleveland Ave. There officers met a woman who told them she had just been assaulted by her live-in boyfriend. The woman identified her boyfriend as 32 year old Anthony Knautz. She says after she returned home, she and Knautz started fighting. At one point he threatened to kill her while shoving and choking her. Knautz allegedly broke a light fixture, grabbed a piece of broken glass from the fixture and held it to his girlfriend’s neck. He then cut a small laceration in the woman’s arm. There were several children present during the assault, including the couple’s one year old child. Knautz is charged with felony domestic assault and misdemeanor domestic assault. He is also charged with first degree harassment and child endangerment. His bond was set at $20,000.

Petersen-Brant Named Dubuque Arts & Cultural Affairs Coordinator

Jenni Petersen-Brant has been named as the Dubuque’s new arts and cultural affairs coordinator, effective July 15th. As the City’s arts and cultural affairs coordinator, Petersen-Brant will be responsible for providing support for the City’s arts and cultural affairs activities, including coordination of Arts & Culture Master Plan activities; promotion and administration of the arts and culture operating support and special project grants; promotion and management of Art on the River and other business/public engagement programs; and developing an inventory and conservation plan for existing public art.

Dubuque County Creates County Seal

Dubuque County is putting more work into complying with a change in state election law than it had originally planned to do. In May Governor Reynolds signed a bill that outlined new requirements for local elections. One of them says each county must print its’ seal on ballots. The Dubuque County auditor’s office quickly realized what it thought was a county seal, was actually a county logo. Deputy auditor Jenny Hillary says she spent about 10 weeks creating a new seal with other county officials. Seals also have to include the word “treasurer.” The Dubuque County board of supervisors has endorsed the seal. Hillary says she had already sent ballots with the seal to the printers.

Convicted Sex Offenders Moving To Darlington

Two convicted sex offenders will be moving into a southwest Wisconsin community. Darlington police chief Jason King says 47 year old Matthew Buman will be released from prison on July 9th and will be residing at 209 Main Street in the community. Buman’s criminal history includes 2nd degree sexual assault of an adult, battery, false imprisonment, theft and possession of methamphetamine. 55 year old Charles Martelle will be released on July 23rd and will be living in Darlington at the same address as Buman. His criminal background includes a conviction for 1st degree sexual assault of children. Both will be required to register as sex offenders. They will also be on electronic monitoring. Buman and Martelle cannot have unsupervised contact with children, cannot consume alcohol or drugs and cannot enter taverns, bars or any establishment that serves alcohol. Chief King says by law they are required to inform the public when convicted sex offenders are placed in the community. Neither man has ties to Darlington.

Vintage Cars Coming To Dubuque

Dubuque will be hosting a special event this week featuring vintage British road and race cars. Travel Dubuque Vice-President of Sales, Julie Kronlage, says the North American MGA Register is bringing their 44th annual gathering here July 10th-13th. Kronlage says attendees will get the chance to see the cars up close Friday, July 12th at Stone Cliff Winery and can even get a ride around the parking lot. Kronlage says Saturday the 13th, the public is invited to view the vehicles on display in the Port of Dubuque. She says Dubuque was chosen to host the event because of it’s beautiful sports car roads that wind along the bluffs along the Mississippi River, its rich history, and the wonderfully preserved homes and businesses. Car owners will also be traveling on routes on the other side of the river in Wisconsin and Illinois. The event is being organized by the Minnesota MG Vintage Riders and will also feature former British Formula 1 International race car driver David Hobbs, who the public can meet. All the activities are free to the public to attend.

Highway 20-Vehicle Strikes Motorcycle

An accident on Highway 20E and S. Derinda Road in rural Elizabeth Sunday afternoon resulted in two people being seriously injured. The Jo Daviess County Sheriff’s Office reports around 3:01 pm officers responded to an accident that involved a vehicle traveling eastbound on Hwy 20E driven by 18 year old Allison Hoeger of Port Barrington, Illinois. Hoeger’s vehicle struck a motorcycle driven by a male that had pulled off of S. Derinda Road onto Hwy 20E. Both occupants of the motorcycle, who remain unidentified, were transported by helicopters to the University of Iowa Hospital in Iowa City. The accident remains under investigation.

Toilet Paper Pyramid Donation Drive

Next month the Dubuque Hotel and Motel General Manager’s Association has come up with a very unique event to assist several area non-profits. The Association is hosting the first ever Toilet Paper Pyramid Donation Drive on August 14th at Honkamp Hall, located in Steeple Square. Comfort Inn Dyersville General Manager, Terry Drees, says the idea is to promote tourism and help out some great organizations at the same time. Lynette Montes, General Manager of Holiday Inn Express & Suites Dubuque West, says the novel idea came from Dwight Hopfauf, GM of the Hotel Julien Dubuque. Montes says from 9 am to 4 pm on August 14th, both private and public businesses, as well as individuals, an drop off toilet paper donations and help build a 20-foot high pyramid to be donated back to four local non-profits organizations. This year’s recipients are Opening Doors, Dubuque Food Pantry, Dubuque Rescue Mission and the Dubuque Dream Center. Steeple Square, the former St. Mary’s Catholic Church, is located at 101 E 15th Street.

Growing Sustainable Communities Conference

The 12th annual Growing Sustainable Communities Conference will be held Thursday and Friday, Oct. 24-25, at the Grand River Center in the Port of Dubuque. The conference, hosted by the City of Dubuque, is the largest and longest-standing sustainability conference in the Midwest. The conference offers innovation, education, inspiration, and collaboration on growing sustainable communities. Sessions will feature presenters with a wide range of expertise, including representatives from federal, state, and local governments, along with business and academic leaders from across the country. In addition to conference sessions, the agenda includes two keynote luncheons, mobile workshops, a breakfast plenary session, and more. Register by August 1st to receive the “early bird” two-day registration rate of $145, the one-day rate is $110. To register for the Growing Sustainable Communities Conference or for more information, please visit www.GSCDubuque.com.

FDA Recall-Eye Drops

Eye drops and ointment sold at Walmart and Walgreens are being recalled by the Food and Drug Administration. KCRG reports Altaire pharmaceuticals inc. issued voluntary recalls for various equate products including treatments for allergy relief, eye drops, solutions and gel drops. The FDA says the products may not be sterile. Altaire has recalled several over-the-counter and prescription eye drops and some ointments at Walgreens. Both Walgreens and Walmart have the products under their brand name.

Rollover Accident in Jo Daviess County

Jo Daviess County Sheriff’s Deputies were called to East Apple Canyon Road at Locust Lane for a single vehicle rollover accident Saturday around 7:10 pm. Authorities report 38-year old Aaron Killeen was driving north on East Apple Canyon Road when he swerved to miss an animal in the roadway and lost control of his vehicle. Killeen’s vehicle went off the roadway and struck the ditch, hit a culvert and then overturned coming to rest on the side of the vehicle. Killeen was transported to Midwest Medical Center and was treated and released. The accident remains under investigation.

Iowa Summer Meals for Kids

Iowa expects to serve more than one-million meals and snacks to 25,000 kids who are home from school for summer vacation. Twelve new sponsors have joined the program this year, bringing the total to nearly 200 serving food at more than 500 sites in communities across the state. Stephanie Dross oversees the state’s summer meal program and says any child under age 18 is welcome to participate. Dross says being able to count on the meals takes the stress out of summer for many families. And for kids, the socialization is equally important – with many sites hosting games and activities at playgrounds and neighborhood parks. Many Iowa school districts are adding more options for summer meals, according to Dross. Some are making meals available for parents to purchase so they can eat with their kids. And since transportation to get kids to meal sites is a challenge in some areas, the summer meals might come to them. Dross notes there are no requirements to qualify for the summer meal program, and any child can eat for free. To find a nearby location, kids or parents can text, “food” to 877-877 and enter their ZIP Code. The information is also online at ‘summerfoodrocks.com.’

Atlanta Woman Charged With Assault

An Atlanta woman faces assault charges following an altercation at a truck stop in Dubuque County. The sheriff’s office says 38 year old Lashonda Hall was arrested shortly after 1 am June 24th at Highway 20 Auto Plaza. Hall is charged with willful injury causing bodily injured and public intoxication. Deputies arriving on scene found Hall inside the truck stop with a cut on her hand. She told deputies she pulled a knife on her boyfriend, who she was traveling with, because he would not give her money. Hall’s boyfriend says she had been traveling with him for a couple of weeks before they pulled into the truck stop on that Sunday night. He says Hall left the truck and returned about three hours later while he was sleeping. Hall allegedly had a knife and as the two struggled she fell out of the semi onto the ground. Hall’s boyfriend also sustained a cut to his hand.

Over The Edge Dubuque

The United Way of Dubuque Area Tri-States held a spectacular fundraiser on June 28th that challenged participants to rappel down the side of the Hotel Julien. Jessica Bleile, Director of Community Building & Impact, was present and said a pair of local business people were the first to rappel down the side of the hotel for “Over The Edge Dubuque”. Bleile says the first time event asked participants to raise $1,000 in pledges to help fund several dozens of local programs through the organizations Community Impact fund. Plans are underway to hold “Over The Edge” again next year. More information about the event is available at www.dbqunitedway.org.

Iowa Medical Marijuana Public Meeting

The current status of and future prospects for Iowa’s medical marijuana program will be discussed at a public meeting on July 10th from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at the Dubuque County Fire Training Center. The facility is next to Seippel Road near the County Fairgrounds. Speaking will be Owen Parker of the Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) and Lucas Nelson, general manager of MedPharm Iowa. Parker is program manager for the IDPH Office of Medical Cannabidiol. MedPharm is the company authorized in Iowa to grow, manufacture and distribute medical cannabis. Health care professionals as well as current and potential users of the program are invited to attend, along with family members. The public is welcome. The presentation is sponsored by State Rep. Chuck Isenhart, State Rep. Lindsay James and State Senator Pam Jochum. It will follow the regular meeting of the Dubuque County Board of Health.

Hinson Raises Over $335,000

One of the Republican candidates for Iowa’s 1st congressional district has raised what her camp says is a record amount for a first-time GOP congressional candidate’s first quarter. Ashley Hinson of Marion raised more than $335,000. That figure comes ahead of the July 15th deadline for federal candidates to report their fundraising totals from the year’s second quarter. A release from Hinson’s campaign says 94-percent of the money came from donors in Iowa. Hinson is one of three announced candidates who are seeking to represent their party in trying to unseat incumbent Congresswoman Abby Finkenauer. The Dubuque Democrat is in her first term in office. She defeated Rod Blum last November.

AG Tom Miller- Presidential Candidate Bullock

Iowa Attorney General Tom Miller recently announced his support for Presidential hopeful, fellow Democrat, Steve Bullock. Bullock is Montana’s Governor and a former Attorney General. Miller says his past experiences with Bullock when he was an Attorney General in Montana shows he has the character and trust worthiness needed to make a great leader. Miller describes Bullock as a mainstream liberal who has the ability to really connect with people. Bullock recently filed a lawsuit to reverse a loophole in campaign “dark money”, which allows money groups to hide the source of their funding from the IRS. Miller says he fully supports the lawsuit that seeks to make the process more transparent. Bullock is the most recent Democrat to announce he is running for President, bringing the current field to 25 candidates.

Two More Enter Race In 1st District

Congresswoman Abby Finkenauer has been in office for less than a year, but already three Republicans have tossed their hats in the ring for a chance to run against the Dubuque Democrat next year. Earlier this year, former state representative Ashley Hinson of Marion announced plans to run for the 1st congressional district seat. Now Republicans Darren White of Bellevue and Thomas Hansen of Decorah say they will challenge Hinson in next year’s primary for the party’s nomination. White has run for several local offices in recent years, including the Dubuque County board of supervisors and the Dubuque school board. Hansen, a businessman and cattle farmer is currently the chair of the Winneshiek County GOP. He also served as a county co-chair for President Trump’s campaign in 2016.

Marijuana Still Illegal In Iowa

Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker last week signed a bill legalizing the possession and use of marijuana in Illinois. Consumers will be able to buy marijuana for recreational use from licensed sellers on Jan. 1, 2020. Dubuque County Sheriff, Joe Kennedy, says despite what or how residents feel about the issue, it is still illegal in Iowa and his deputies will be enforcing the law. Residents in Iowa are also purchasing the CBD oil – is a derivative of marijuana. Kennedy says problems have surfaced regarding the THC content in these products. He says if you can prove the product has no THC – the chemical that makes you high – it is legal to sell and use in Iowa. Kennedy says more than likely they will have to start strictly enforcing the law and letting the courts decide what is legal and what is not.

Record Numbers Hit The Road For The 4th

Lower gas prices and a strong economy add up to record-breaking travel numbers for the 4th of July. According to Triple A Iowa-Minnesota, nearly 49 million Americans are planning a holiday getaway, up more than 4 percent from last year. Lower gasoline prices are helping fuel the travel bug for the 41.4 million who will take to the roadways this week. About 4 million Americans will take to the skies for Independence Day, a 5 percent increase from 2018. The remaining 3.5 million are traveling by trains, buses and cruise ships.

Boat Landing To Remain Closed

A popular boat landing in southwest Wisconsin will remain closed for the time being. A release from the Grant County sheriff’s office says the Glen Haven Boat Landing, including the docks will be closed until today, or until a train derailment that happened on Monday is cleaned up. This means that people will not be able to dock coming off the Mississippi River and walk across the tracks. BNSF Railway is working to clear up the derailment caused by a mudslide. Heavy rain and flash flooding in the area caused nine empty cars to derail near Glen Haven, including one that plunged into the river. Officials say the goal is to have the boat landing open for the 4th of July weekend.

Dubuque Dealing With Tree Damage From Storm

Storms that blew through Dubuque Sunday left plenty of tree damage. Winds measured up to 76 mph knocked out power and left several roads impassable. Crews were out late Sunday night and all day Monday working to clear the roads. Public Works Director John Klostermann tells our coverage partners at KCRG TV with storms in the forecast for the next few days, the city is keeping its’ eye on several key things, including the Bee Branch and other areas for possible flooding.

Teen Injured After Falling From Moving Vehicle

A teenager suffered what authorities describe as “major injuries” after falling from a moving vehicle in Grant County this past weekend. The sheriff’s office says the incident happened Saturday afternoon on North Grand Street near the intersection of West Sampson Street in Livingston. A jeep driven by 17 year old Isaac Albaugh of Linden was traveling north on North Grand, when he lost control in the gravel. There were four passengers seated inside the jeep, but one, 17 year old Dalton Seyfferth of Dodgeville was standing on the rear bumper of the vehicle and holding onto the roll bars. After Albaugh lost control, Seyfferth was unable to hold on and fell off landing on the road and getting knocked unconsciousness. He was first taken to Upland Hills Health, before being airlifted to UW-Hospitals and Clinics in Madison. His condition has not been released.

Train Cars Derail-Glen Haven

A mudslide Monday morning caused about nine Burlington Northern Santa Fe train cars to derail just south of Glen Haven, Wisconsin. KCRG reports no one was hurt and the cars were empty. The Glen Haven area received about six inches of rain Sunday into Monday and the town is located in a valley, which makes it more susceptible to mudslides and flash flooding. Grant County Emergency Management Coordinator Steve Braun says he is concerned the storms predicted this week will lead to more of these conditions.

Tips For A Safe 4th Of July

The 4th of July is one of the biggest holidays of the year, and while the Dubuque Police Department wants you to have a good time, they also want you to stay within the law. A couple years ago Iowa lawmakers passed a bill that legalized the sale and the use of fireworks during limited dates. But the city council voted to maintain its’ ordinance, which prohibits the use of certain kinds of fireworks. Lt. Joe Messerich with the Dubuque Police Department says every year about this time there are a handful of accidents reported involving fireworks. The department will have additional officers out during the holiday period, especially at the Dubuque Jaycees Fireworks and Air Show. If you are traveling to any of the many fireworks events throughout the Tri-States, Messerich urges you to use caution and be aware of your surroundings. Messerich says mixing any kind of explosive with alcohol is a recipe for disaster.

MS Run Makes Handoff In Dubuque

A relay across the country made a handoff in Dubuque Sunday. “MS Run the US” includes 19 runners relaying across the country from April to August. The relay raises money for multiple sclerosis. Runner Lanna Niemann logged 194 miles from Des Moines to Dubuque. The University of Iowa Terry Wahls Research for MS Fund received a check for $30,000. Niemann passed the baton off Monday morning to a runner headed to Milwaukee.

July 3rd Airshow and Fireworks

The annual Radio Dubuque July 3rd Airshow and Fireworks will feature several returning favorites this year, including the US Army’s Golden Knights parachute team. Sergeant First Class Mike Koch says they will once again be jumping in several towns near Dubuque prior to the airshow Wednesday night. Koch says this is his 6th year with the team and says he was extremely nervous at his first jump in Dubuque and his role as narrator added to his anxiety. Koch says one of the special part of the big show is hearing the crowd cheering them on and the closer they get to the ground, seeing everyone waving the mini-American flags. For more information about the July 3rd events visit kdth.radiodubuque.com.

Safety Precautions for Heat

With the recent heat and humidity the area has been hit with, there are ways to stay cooler and safe in the sweltering weather. City of Dubuque Public Health Specialist, Mary Rose Corrigan, says one way is to simply wear lighter and lighter color clothing and try to schedule outdoor activities in the morning or evening. Corrigan says even applying sunscreen can help your body stay cooler and prevent dehydration.  Corrigan says the most important reminder is NEVER leave children or pets in your vehicle, even if the windows are cracked open. Corrigan says if the air temperature is 80-degrees outside, the inside of a car climbs to 99-degrees in only 10 minutes.

Dubuque Man Accused Of Sex Abuse

A Dubuque man is accused of sexually abusing a young girl over a period of time. Court documents from Dubuque County say 32 year old Brandon Finger is charged with second degree sexual abuse and lascivious acts with a child. A woman recently came forward and told police that she observed Finger touching a girl inappropriately younger than 10 years old in 2014. The woman says she knew Finger at the time. While being questioned by investigators Finger denied the allegation. Earlier this year, police spoke to the girl. She told investigators that Finger would bribe her with candy and ice-cream to keep quiet

City Providing Free Yard Debris Collection Service

The storm that passed through Dubuque on Sunday left many local residents with significant amounts of tree branches and yard debris. To assist residents in the disposal of tree branches and yard debris created by the storm, the City of Dubuque will provide free yard debris collection service from Monday, July 1st, through and including Monday, July 8th. Pickup will be on the customer’s normal day of collection, with the exception of Thursday, July 4th, which will be collected on Saturday, July 6th. Residents are encouraged to follow the regular requirements for setting out yard debris at the curb or alley line in containers or tied bundles: All yard waste must be set out by 6:00 a.m. and must not weigh over 40 pounds per container or bundle. Materials must be in paper yard waste bags, rigid containers not exceeding 35 gallons capacity, or tied in bundles that do not exceed five feet in length or 40 pounds in weight. The tied bundles of sticks, branches and limbs must not exceed 18” inches in diameter. Residents with debris that is too large to qualify for City yard waste collection should contact the Public Works Department to schedule a special collection at 563-589-4250.

Dubuque-Storm Damage

City of Dubuque staff are responding to the severe storm that produced strong winds and heavy rain in Dubuque Sunday evening. It resulted in downed power lines and tree damage throughout the city. City crews are clearing limbs and trees from roadways. Alliant Energy staff were notified and responded to areas where power wires were involved. Alliant Energy is reporting sporadic power outages in Dubuque County. As of early Monday morning, they were reporting 496 customers without power in Dubuque County. Residents are reminded to avoid downed power lines and to drive with caution in areas where downed trees are being removed. KCRG reports two people were injured after the storm destroyed a mobile home on Roller Coaster Road in Dubuque County Sunday night. A third person was hurt after being trapped inside a collapsed barn on Ryan Road. All three were transported to area hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

Marklein On Passage Of Budget By Senate

Wisconsin Senate Republicans have passed their version of the state budget after   spending the spring stripping Democratic Governor Tony Evers’ policy proposals out of it and reducing spending. Republicans are now pressing Evers to approve the budget. One of them is Senator Howard Marklein. He says their budget funds Wisconsin’s priorities. A middle class tax cut for working families is also included in the Republican version of the budget. Evers hasn’t revealed his plans. He can either sign the budget, veto it or use his partial veto powers to revise it.

 

Golf Cart Accident

A Missouri woman was injured in a golf cart accident on private property in Jo Daviess County Saturday  afternoon. The sheriff’s department reports that 75-year old Barbara Pope was flown from the scene to St. Anthony’s Medical Center in Rockford for treatment. Authorities were called to 3898 North Anderson Road in rural Scales Mound shortly after noon on Saturday. She was a passenger in the golf cart driven by 68-year old Mark Pope of Mount Prospect, Illinois. They and two other passengers were traveling down a steep grade when the driver lost control causing the golf cart to skid sideways and roll over. None of the other passengers were injured in the crash.

Delaney To Campaign In Jackson Co.

One of the many Democratic presidential hopefuls will be campaigning in Jackson County this weekend. On Sunday former Maryland Congressman John Delaney will hold a fundraiser at the Tabor Home Winery in Baldwin with Jackson County Democrats from 7 to 8 pm. Delaney also has stops planned for Linn and Jasper counties that day. The day before he’s scheduled to make stops in Des Moines, Mason City and Panora.

Grassley Town Hall In Jones County

As part of his tour of all of the state’s counties, Iowa Senator Charles Grassley will be holding a town hall meeting in Jones County next week. The Republican from New Hartford will be at the Anamosa Library and Learning Center on Monday from 8:30 to 9:30 am. Grassley is in his 39th year of holding meetings in every one of Iowa’s 99 counties.

Ernst To Tour Plant In Delaware County

Iowa Senator Joni Ernst is coming to Delaware County next week. Ernst has scheduled a tour of Stanley Black and Decker Paladin Manufacturing plant in Delhi. The tour will start at around 9:15 Monday morning. The event is not open to the public. From there she will travel to Cedar Rapids where she will speak at the downtown rotary club. Ernst will also make stops in Eldridge and hold a town hall meeting in Clinton later that day.

Sanford Health and UnityPoint Health Merging

South Dakota-based Sanford Health and Iowa’s UnityPoint Health have announced they have signed a letter of intent to form an $11 billion integrated health system. According to KCRG, the merger would create a sprawling health system in the Upper Great Plains and Midwest. The combined entity would span 26 states and nine countries, they would have 76 hospitals and employ more than 83,000 staff and 2,600 physicians. The new group would rank among the top 15 not-for-profit health systems by revenue. If the plans are approved by regulators, the merger could be finalized by the end of this year.

Boil Order For Area Of East Dubuque

Residents living in the Shore Acres area of Harbor Drive and Basten Road in East Dubuque are under a “boil order” until further notice. This means that people should boil their water before drinking, cooking, or brushing their teeth with it. City officials advise those affected residents to use bottled water until the boil order is lifted.

Dubuque Man Charged After High Speed Chase

A Dubuque man is in “hot water” after leading police on a high speed chase and almost running over two people in a hospital parking lot. Online court records say 27 year old Timothy Gremmel is charged with eluding, driving while barred and interference with official acts. On Monday an officer was patrolling the parking lot at Days Inn on Dodge Street looking for stolen vehicles. The officer noticed that one of the vehicles had license plates that were registered to another vehicle. A short time later, a man, later identified as Gremmel, got into the vehicle and began to leave the lot. When the officer attempted to pull the car over near the parking lot of MercyOne Medical Center, it took off at a high rate of speed, nearly striking two elderly people. After reaching speeds of 55 mph on Mazzucchelli Street the car broke down. Gremmel jumped out and fled on foot, but was later apprehended in the 600 block of Hill Street. Records say Gremmel was barred from driving.

Sanitary Sewer Overflow

City officials in Dubuque are urging people to keep their children and pets away from an area where a plugged pipe caused a sanitary sewer to overflow this week. The Public Works Department was notified of the plugged sewer line on Loras Blvd. at Walnut Street at around 11 o’clock Wednesday morning. Crews removed the blockage and flow was directed back into the pipe about 30 minutes later. Again the Iowa Department of Natural Resources cautions people to keep their children and pets away from the area for at least 48 hours.

Manchester Man Charged With Theft

The man who bought and reopened a can redemption center in Manchester now faces theft charges. A criminal complaint shows Greg Rodgers either did not pay customers for their cans or didn’t give them the correct amount of money for them. Court records show Rodgers stole $10,000 between October of last year and mid-April. Rodgers also owns Lighting Lanes. Authorities say they started to investigate after getting complaints from the public.

Village Of Hazel Green-Flags for July 3rd

The Village Board Of the Village Of Hazel Green has purchased 400 American Flags to decorate the town for the July 3rd event with the Army Golden Knights. Village Clerk, Sally Bauer, says the decision was made to purchase the flags, despite not being in the budget, because they were unsure if Larry The Flag Man would be able to attend as in the past to provide the flags. Bauer says the community is very grateful to host the event for 3 years running and there will be plenty of activities planned. Bauer says the village Board and the community is proud to show their support to all Veterans. Bauer says they will need volunteers to help put the flags up on Sunday, June 30th. She says the village is seeking donations from community members for the flags to defray the total cost of between $4,000 and $4,500. If you would like to help, please send donations to:
Village Of Hazel Green: C/O July 3rd Event
PO Box 367
Hazel Green, WI 53811.

Gas Leak on Central Ave.

The Dubuque Fire Department was dispatched to 2186 Central Ave Wednesday at 3:15 pm for a report of a natural gas line struck by a contractor who did not locate the gas line while working in the area. Several businesses in the immediate area were evacuated for several hours. Black Hills Energy crews repaired the leak and Central Ave. and White St. were reopened as soon as it was deemed safe. No injuries were reported.

Dubuque Wants To Be More “Pet Friendly”

Dubuque wants to be a more “pet friendly’ community and as a way to do that city staff sought and received input from residents on access to local pet services and amenities. Last year the city council identified “Pet-Friendly Community: Policy Direction and Actions” as a high priority. Assistant city manager Cori Burbach says an assessment that they are using from the U.S. Conference of Mayors considers four aspects of a community. Parks, shelters, homes and businesses. Over the past year, the committee has heard a lot about pets in public places and a lack of pet friendly housing in Dubuque, especially in rental units. Dubuque currently has one park for dogs on North Grandview Avenue, but more pet friendly spaces could be in the works. Burbach says once all the data has been analyzed, the committee will forward its’ recommendations to the council. The committee consists of city staff members, a representative from the Parks and Recreation Advisory Commission, someone with Friendly Intelligent Dog Owners and a rep from the Dubuque Regional Humane Society.

Ernst Continues Her Push To Help Flood Victims

Iowa Senator Joni Ernst continues efforts to assist businesses and homeowners impacted by flooding. The Republican from Red Oak says she encouraged President Trump to continue the “incident period” for Iowa’s federal disaster declaration while they were in Council Bluffs recently. She says that way, cities like Davenport that were ravished by recent flooding, are eligible for federal assistance. Ernst says the situation in Iowa is unique. Last month Ernst sent a letter to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers asking them to address communication issues with local communities and levee sponsors about problems that came to light during and after the Missouri River flooded. She has since heard back from the corps who said they will look into the problems immediately.

Vehicle/Shed Fire In Darlington

No injuries were reported following a fire that destroyed a vehicle and a shed outside of Darlington Monday night. According to a release from the Lafayette County sheriff’s office, fire crews from Darlington and Belmont responded to the 19-thousand block of Lafayette F, just west of Darlington at around 7:30. When they arrived the vehicle and shed were a total loss.

DRHS Gets Dogs Removed From Puppy Mill

The Dubuque Regional Humane Society has received five more dogs that were removed from a “puppy mill” in northern Iowa last year. The dogs were surrendered to the Worth County Sheriff’s Office with assistance from the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. The animals were being held in a commercial breeding facility, often referred to as a “puppy mill.” All of the dogs were living in overcrowded conditions, without food or unfrozen water. Most of them were found in filthy kennels in below freezing temperatures last November. The Worth County resident in charge of the mill has been charged with 17 misdemeanor counts of animal neglect. The DRHS is caring for the dogs it received and hopes to place them in an adoptive home. Earlier this year the humane society took in four dogs from the same “puppy mill.”

United Way of Dubuque Area Tri-States-Over the Edge

The Dubuque chapter of the United Way is hosting a unique fundraiser on Friday challenging participants to rappel down the side of the Hotel Julien. The event runs from 9 am to 5 pm and rappellers going over the edge will each have realized the personal goal of raising 1-thousand dollars for United Way of Dubuque Area Tri-States to reserve their spot on a rope. Funds raised through this event will go the organizations’ Community Impact fund which supports 36 local programs, impacting health, education, and income. For more information, go to dbqunitedway.org.

Family Of Deceased Inmate Want Answers

Friends and family members of an inmate who died at the Dubuque County jail want answers. 29 year old Alex Billmeyer died after spending about an hour at the jail on May 26th. Billmeyer’s death is being investigated by the sheriff’s office. Family members say Billmeyer was overdosing on meth and needed medical treatment instead of being taken to jail. Dubuque police initially arrested Billmeyer on a warrant for escape as well as new charges for criminal mischief and trespassing. Lt. Joe Messerich tells our coverage partners at KCRG that officers would have taken Billmeyer to the hospital before taking him to jail if there was any indication that he needed medical attention. Sheriff Joe Kennedy says jail staff check on inmates every half hour to make sure they’re ok. Billmeyer’s mother Carmen believes her son called out multiple times for help while he was in jail, but was ignored by staff. She also says he was showing obvious signs that he was high when officers arrested him well before he was taken to jail. Carmen and a group of supporters protested in front of the courthouse last Friday seeking answers about the death of her son. The case is also being investigated by the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation which is providing oversight. The state medical examiner is doing a full autopsy report.

Intersection-Central & Kauffman Opens

The intersection of Central Avenue and Kaufmann Avenue is now open. East 22nd St. between White Street and Central Avenue will remain closed for about three weeks. It is estimated that the water main work on Central Ave. between 17th St. and 18th St. will be finished July 2nd. Due to expected delays at 18th Street, semi trucks are encouraged to follow the posted truck detour route.

Dubuque Legislator-Special Session Medical Cannabis

A Dubuque State Representative has signed a petition calling for a special session of the Iowa General Assembly to increase access to medical cannabis for Iowans suffering from debilitating health conditions. Chuck Isenhart (D-Dubuque) says the overwhelming feedback he has received indicates that Governor Kim Reynolds made a mistake by vetoing a bill that passed the House of Representatives 96-3 and the Senate 40-7. Isenhart says the vetoed bill expanded the number of conditions that can be treated with medical cannabis, such as terminal illnesses, and allowed physician assistants and nurse practitioners to certify those conditions, expanding access to more Iowans, including in rural areas.

Low Flying Planes-Gypsy Moth Spraying

Low-flying planes will release a substance Wednesday in an effort to stop the spread of invasive gypsy moths in eastern Iowa’s Jackson County. KCRG TV reports the spraying is scheduled for more than 10,000 acres west and northwest of Bellevue. The planes will release what agricultural officials say is a “mating disruptor” that’s made of food-grade materials and is not harmful to people, animals, birds, plants or other insects. The gypsy moth is an invasive species that can cause extensive deforestation as its larvae eat leaves, particularly oak leaves.

Right Turn Lane Addition Project

A lane addition project on a well-traveled Dubuque street starts today and will impact motorists as well as pedestrians. A release from the city says crews will be adding a right-turn lane addition on Pennsylvania Avenue at its’ intersection with Northwest Arterial. Lane closures will occur on the southeast and southwest quadrants of the Pennsylvania and Northwest Arterial intersection. Traffic will be merged and maintained during the entire project. Pedestrians will be detoured and access to the Northwest Arterial Trail will be maintained. Access to businesses will also be maintained. Motorists and pedestrians should use caution in the area and expect some delays. Phase one of the project is expected to last six-to-eight weeks.

Man Found Sleeping In Observation Deck Arrested

A Bettendorf man was arrested on drug charges after police found him sleeping in an observation deck at the Jo Daviess County Conservation property. Deputies and officers with the Hanover police department were checking a report of a suspicious person on the property last week. There they found 34 year old Steven Earl asleep in an observation deck in the conservation area. Earl had a syringe that contained what appeared to be methamphetamine and 5-crystal-like rocks that resembled a controlled substance. Earl is charged with unlawful possession of meth and a hypodermic syringe or needle and unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia. The contents of the syringe and the crystal-like substance will be sent to the Illinois State Police Crime Lab for a positive identification.

Explosions Being Investigated In Asbury

Police in Asbury are investigating a report of explosions in the city. The most recent happened Thursday night in Maple Hills Park. At around 11 o’clock officers responded to the park and found a port-a-potty on fire. A press release says this was the second time that an explosion was heard in the area. Two teenagers were seen in the park area and on some walking trails nearby. If you have information to pass along about this incident or others call the Asbury police department.

Thousands Of Dollars In Fireworks Stolen

Dubuque police are looking for the person or persons responsible for stealing thousands of dollars-worth of fireworks from a tent in Plaza 20 this week. According to a police report, the theft happened between 2 and 8:30 Wednesday morning. Employees were staying in a vehicle next to the tent and had secured it at around 9 Tuesday night. In addition to the fireworks a cash register and about $7,300 was stolen. Police are reviewing camera footage as part of their investigation. If you have any information contact Dubuque police.

Dubuque-2019 All-America City

The National Civic League has named Dubuque a 2019 All-America City. The award recognizes communities that leverage civic engagement, collaboration, inclusiveness, and innovation to successfully address local issues. This is the fifth time Dubuque has received this distinction since 2007. The National Civic League said the 2019 All-America City Award celebrates examples of civic engagement practices that advance health equity in local communities. The competition sought projects that demonstrated inclusive decision-making processes to create healthy communities for all, and particularly for populations currently experiencing poorer health outcomes. Dubuque’s application focused on the civic infrastructure built on the Inclusive Dubuque network of over 60 partners working to advance justice and social equity, and Imagine Dubuque 2017: A Call to Action, the comprehensive planning process that collected input from 6,000 residents to identify a road map for Dubuque’s future.

Attempted Murder Charge-Dubuque Man

A Dubuque man has been arrested for attempted murder following a disturbance on June 16th around 10:23 pm, when officers responded to the 2400 block of White St. for a call of shots fired. Officers arrived on scene and located a 9-mm shell casing. During the same time frame, 35-year old Ricarddo Thomas was transported to Mercy Hospital with a single gunshot wound to the torso. Thomas underwent surgery and was ultimately stabilized and held for additional treatment & observation. Through witness statements and a review of traffic camera footage, officers were able to determine that a fight broke out in front of 2464 White St between Thomas and a subject later identified as 37-year old Fredrick Lyterrel Bateast, of 1804 Central Ave Apt 2A, Dubuque. Thomas was shot during the altercation while he was trying to run away. Traffic camera footage shows that Bateast appears to be in possession of a handgun which he fires at Thomas. Bateast left the area on foot and walked to a residence in the 2100 block of Washington and the footage shows Bateast standing near the trash can where a 9-mm handgun was found. On June 18th, a search warrant was executed at 1804 Central Ave Apt 2A. Investigators located clothing consistent with the clothing worn by Bateast before, during, and after the shooting on the 16t and they also located a box of 9-mm ammunition which was consistent with the casing located at the scene. Bateast was arrested on a warrant for Attempted Murder Saturday after turning himself in to authorities at the Dubuque Law Enforcement Center.

Jo Daviess Mail Scam

A fraudulent mail scam has hit Jo Daviess County. A release from the sheriff’s office says scammers are sending out letters to residents for various reasons. Some claim that a family member needs money or they are an attorney representing a family member who has legal trouble and needs money, or there is an unclaimed sum of money not collected from a lottery, lawsuit, “forgotten” or “secret” funds. The sheriff’s office urges people to use extreme caution if they receive one of the letters and never wire or send money or purchase gift cards to exchange to anyone unless you are absolutely certain of the person’s identity.

Flexsteel To Sell Properties/Dubuque Impact Unknown

Restructuring will mean job cuts at one of Dubuque’s largest employers, despite the company recently receiving millions of dollars in tax incentives to build a new facility. Flexsteel Industries announced this week plans to restructure the company following a 15 million dollar loss last quarter from a drop in sales. Flexsteel’s plan included right-sizing, saving 32 million through efficiencies and cutting employee-related costs, but a press release issued by the company doesn’t say how this would be done. The plan also included selling 45 to 55 million dollars worth of properties, but again did not specify which locations. In September of 2016 the company announced that it would be closing its’ facility on Jackson Street in Dubuque. The city of Dubuque, Dubuque County and non-profit Dubuque initiatives crafted an agreement to keep the company in Dubuque. Flexsteel received more than 10 million dollars in tax incentives to build a new facility. In return, Flexsteel agreed to retain at least 200 jobs. It’s unclear if the company is keeping up its’ end of that deal with this latest announcement. Some workers have confirmed to our coverage partners at KCRG TV that some employees in Dubuque have been laid off.

Platteville Police Asking For Assistance

Police in Platteville want to talk to two remaining people of interest who may have been involved in a recent robbery in Iowa County. Police want to speak with 21 year old Brook Minett and 19 year old Mitchell Floerke, both of Platteville. A press release says they may have been traveling in a vehicle that was found abandoned in the city. If you know the whereabouts of of Minett or Floerke get in contact with the police department or call 911. Initially police were looking for a third suspect, 19 year old Freddie Barner who was allegedly involved, but he has since been arrested.

Former Platteville Mayor Dies

A former mayor of Platteville and a popular political figure for decades in southwest Wisconsin has died. According to an obituary Nolan “Hoot” Gibson passed away last Thursday in Madison. Gibson was a member of the Platteville city council for 15 years and served on the Grant County board of supervisors for 13 years. He was 93.

Man Sentenced On Sex Trafficking Charge

A sex trafficking charge is sending a Dubuque man to federal prison. Online court records from Cedar Rapids say DeCarlos Matlock was sentenced to 17 years in prison after he pled guilty to one count of sex trafficking of children. In September of 2018, Matlock along with Alvin Harrison were indicted for allegedly trafficking four people between June of 2016 and January of 2017. In exchange for his guilty plea, prosecutors agreed to dismiss three other charges. Last year the U.S. Attorney’s office dropped charges against Harrison because a key witness, who was scheduled to testify at his trial, could not be found. But prosecutors say the charges will be reintroduced if the person is located. Matlock also faces state-level charges for two separate incidents of sexual abuse of underage girls. He has pleaded not guilty to those charges.

20 Month Old Seriously Injured On Farm

A 20 month old Platteville boy was seriously injured after he fell into a conveyor on the family farm in Platteville last night. A release from the Grant County Sheriff’s Office says James Zimmerman was working in the barn, when he turned to shut off the conveyor. At about the same time his 20 month old son Brandon fell into the conveyor. The boy suffered a serious injury to his right hand, right arm, right shoulder, left hand and chest. Emergency crews arrived on scene and were able to stabilize Brandon before he was flown to U-W Hospitals in Madison. His condition has not been released.

Dubuque Man Charged With Attempted Murder

A Dubuque man is charged with attempted murder after police say he intentionally hit his girlfriend with his car Tuesday afternoon following an argument about his car. In addition to the attempted murder charge court records from Dubuque County say 36 year old Jeremias Woodland also faces charges of assault while displaying a weapon, willful injury-bodily injury and driving while intoxicated. If he is convicted on all charges Woodland could be sentenced to up to 33 years in prison. The incident happened at around 2:30 in the 2100 block of White Street. When officers arrived they found Woodland’s girlfriend, who had been struck by a car, lying on the ground. She was transported to Finley Hospital and treated for her injuries. Woodland’s blood alcohol content at the time was 0.147 percent, almost double the legal driving limit. His bond was set at $100,000.

Human Trafficking/Refugees Forum

People throughout the Tri-State area are invited to attend a forum tonight on human trafficking and refugees. The forum is being hosted by state representative Chuck Isenhart of Dubuque. Isenhart will discuss the status of legislation he introduced with fellow representative Lindsey James. The bill provides incentives to lodging facilities that educate their employees on how to recognize signs of human trafficking. Suzie Wright of Set Free Dubuque and members of the Tri-State Coalition Against Human Trafficking and Slavery will talk about the work they are doing in Dubuque to address human trafficking. Gretchen Brown-Waech, victim rights and human trafficking coordinator for Attorney General Tom Miller will be the featured speaker. The forum will be held on Thursday from 6:30 to 8 pm at the NICC Town Clock Center.

Q Casino Sports Betting Station

Work continues on a new sports betting station at Q Casino in Dubuque. Earlier this year, Governor Kim Reynolds signed legislation legalizing sports betting in the state. Casinos have been authorized to take bets on sporting events once regulations are finalized by the Iowa Racing and Gaming Commission. Q President and CEO Jesus Aviles says the betting station is being constructed on the upper-level of the casino, to the left of the main entrance. Much like Las Vegas, there will be a counter set up in the station where patrons can place their bets and big screen TV’s will display the odds on what sporting events people are betting on. The IRGC has been working on regulations for sports betting ever since the bill was signed into law. Q is in the process of negotiating a contract with International Gaming Technology to handle the bets. Aviles says they could be taking bets at Q as early as September.

Dubuque Service Grant Program Applications

The City of Dubuque is accepting applications for its annual Purchase of Service Grant Program to support local human service programs. The purchase of service grant program provides support for human service programs in the city of Dubuque which further the City’s goals, objectives, and priorities. Not for-profit and faith-based organizations located in the city of Dubuque providing year-round human services programs are eligible to apply. Applicants are strongly encouraged to attend one of two application workshops to develop competitive applications. Workshop dates are Monday, June 24th, from 3:30-5:00 p.m. and Thursday, June 27th, from 5:00-6:30 p.m. Pre-registration is required as space is limited. Workshop registration, grant guidelines, and grant applications can be obtained on the City of Dubuque website at www.cityofdubuque.org/POSG. Completed applications must be submitted by 5 p.m. on Friday, July 12th.

Iowa County Woman Killed In Crash

A two-vehicle crash has claimed the life of a southwest Wisconsin woman. A release from the Iowa County Sheriff’s Office say 66 year old Cathy Dailey of Livingston was airlifted to U-W Hospitals in Madison following the accident early Monday morning and later died from her injuries. 17 year old Ashton Muira of Highland was driving west on Highway 18, near the Villiage of Monfort, when he crashed into Dailey. Muira was treated for his injuries at the scene. The accident is still under investigation.

Dubuque County Vehicle Pursuit

A vehicle pursuit in Dubuque County Sunday afternoon left two people injured. Our coverage partners at KCRG TV reports around 2:30 p.m. deputies were first called to the area near 27th and Jackson Streets. Authorities say 30-year old Dekota Redenbaugh crashed into another vehicle, causing about $2,500 in damages. The driver of the other vehicle was taken to a nearby hospital with non-life threatening injuries. Redenbaugh then left the scene, causing authorities to pursue him to near Route 5 West and Badger Road in Jo Daviees County, Illinois where he lost control of the vehicle and hit power lines. Redenbaugh was taken to the hospital where he was treated and released and then arrested. Redenbaugh is facing numerous charges including operating while intoxicated and driving with a suspended license. He was also arrested on an outstanding warrant charging him with voluntary absence from a correctional facility.

City Council- Bee Branch Awards

The City of Dubuque Upper Bee Branch Creek Restoration Project was recently awarded state and national engineering excellence awards. The project was awarded the 2019 Grand Prize Award in the Special Projects category along with the 2019 Grand Conceptor Award from the American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC) of Iowa. During Monday’s City Council meeting, Mike Jansen, CEO of IIW, an engineering, architecture and surveying firm headquartered in Dubuque, praised everyone involved for their leadership and vision on the project. IIW served as one of the architectural and engineering consultants for the project. Jansen says the awards are due to a great partnership with the city and a team effort. The project then went on to also achieve a National Recognition Award in the ACEC 2019 Engineering Excellence Awards competition. Mayor Roy Buol thanked everyone involved for the honors and says the project is admired throughout the state of Iowa. The Upper Bee Branch Creek Restoration is one of several infrastructure improvements the City of Dubuque is making as part of the Bee Branch Watershed Flood Mitigation Project to address severe and frequent flash flooding in the Bee Branch Watershed.

Car Train Crash In Delaware County

The Delaware County Sheriff’s office is investigating a crash involving a car and train Monday morning. It happened just before 11:30 at the crossing on 245th Avenue, which is east of the town of Delaware. A press release says the driver of the car refused treatment. Charges are pending. The crossing is in a low-traffic volume area and does not have arms or warning lights.

Dubuque Shooting Investigation

Dubuque Police are investigating a shooting that happened Sunday night. Officers responded to the 2400 block of White Street for a disturbance with shots fired. Officers located a 9-mm shell casing. Around the same time, 35-year old Ricardo Thomas was transported to Mercy Hospital by private vehicle with a single gunshot wound to the torso. Thomas is recuperating after surgery. Traffic cameras showed a vehicle leaving the scene and it was later located at 1300 block of Pine St. where a search warrant was executed at a residence. A .40 caliber handgun, which had been reported stolen out of Sauk County, Wisconsin was recovered but that weapon was not related to the shooting. 28-year old Cameron Hatcher was arrested and charged with Felon in Possession of a Firearm and Trafficking in Stolen Weapons. Officers reviewed traffic camera footage and observed a person of interest putting something in a trash can in the 2100 block of Washington. Officers then searcherd the area and found a 9-mm handgun in a trash can. A search warrant for additional evidence was executed at 2130 Washington. This person of interest is currently being interviewed and no charges have been filed at this time, related to the shooting.

River Levels Going Down In Dubuque

It’s been a record setting 85 days since the Mississippi River has been below flood stage in Dubuque. The National Weather Service says the river finally got below 17 feet Friday, which means the city’s levee system is about to get a break. Public Works Director John Klostermann says when the river gets to around 17 feet many of the city’s flood gates are able to open. However some can’t open until the river gets down to 13 feet. Those are located on the north end of town. The city must now complete an inspection of the levy within 30 days. That’s part of its’ agreement with the Army Corp of Engineers. Klostermann says they’ll also have to clean up the levy in certain areas.
The Port of Dubuque Marina opened this weekend for the first time this year. But Miller Riverview Park won’t be able to open until the river dips below 14 feet.

Road Work On Dodge Street Starts Tonight

Beginning tonight, crews with the Iowa Department of Transportation will be doing some road work on Dodge Street/Highway 20. The nighttime work will be done on Dodge from Devon Street to Old Highway Road. Crews will be pouring a couple inches of asphalt, plus 4-foot inside shoulders and 6 foot outside shoulders. One lane of traffic in both directions will remain open at all times. The project is scheduled for completion at the end of next month. The estimated cost is around 2.7 million dollars.

Jackson County Fatal Accident

Jackson County authorities have released the name of a man killed in a motorcycle accident Friday afternoon. The Jackson County Sheriff’s Department reports that 51-year old Lee J.W. Fersch of Davenport died in the accident. He was the operator of the motorcycle. The preliminary investigation shows that Fersch failed to negotiate a curve on the Sabula-Savanna river bridge causeway , about one mile north of Sabula. The bike went into a guardrail on the opposite side of the roadway. He was taken to Mercy Medical Center in Clinton where he was pronounced dead from his injuries.

Bridge Project Longer Than Expected

A lighting replacement project on the Julien Dubuque Bridge is taking longer than first anticipated. Since the end of May, the eastbound lane on the bridge has been closed from 7 am to 3 pm so that crews with the Iowa Department of Transportation can complete the work. DOT Engineer Hugh Holak says there were two projects that they have worked on. The bridge washing has been completed for some time and now the lighting replacement project is their focus. It was expected to be completed in four-to-six weeks, but because of some wiring problems the project won’t be done until sometime in early August. Despite some delays, Holak says crews are making progress..

 

 

Sewer Project Won’t Affect Fireworks/Air Show

Beginning Saturday, the Fengler Street overpass will be closed for work related to the Kerper Blvd. sanitary sewer reconstruction project. Dubuque City Engineer Gus Psihoyos says the Fengler project is scheduled for completion on June 29th. The sanitary sewer reconstruction project should be almost done at about the same time and Psihoyos says it shouldn’t have any effect on travel for one of Dubuque’s biggest events of the year. The Fengler project was slated to start on May 28th, but because of inclement weather and high water levels, it had to be delayed until now.

Veterans Freedom Center Ride

Motorcyclist from all over the Tri-States will take to the roadways this weekend to raise money for the Veterans Freedom Center in Dubuque. The 7th annual “Benefit and Ride” will start and end at Shenanigans. Co-organizer Gail Brimeyer says registration starts at 9:30 Saturday morning and cycles will roll out at 11am. The day will be filled with something for everyone. Every year, hundreds of items are donated for the silent and live auctions. Proceeds from the event benefit the Veterans freedom Center and director Jim Wagner appreciates the efforts of all of the businesses and people that support the center. If you haven’t already purchased a ticket, you can get one before you register at Shenanigans. Tickets are 10 dollars per person.

People for the Steeple Fundraiser

Steeple Square in Dubuque is soliciting the public’s help in reaching its’ fundraising goal. The public phase of the “People for the Steeple” campaign kicked off yesterday. Steeple board president John Schmidt says the campaign has raised nearly 12 million towards its’ goal of 13.1 million dollars. He says the hope is to reach the goal by the end of the year. The Frances Apartments were completed in August of 2017 and are occupied mostly by clients of Opening Doors. It is easy to make a monetary contribution to Steeple Square. Steeple Square is a non-profit organization and is listed on the National Registration of Historic Places.

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.