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Safety Precautions for Heat

The heat and humidity the area has had lately looks to get even worse as this week moves into the weekend. City of Dubuque Public Health Specialist, Mary Rose Corrigan, says folks over 65 and young children are most at risk but everyone needs to keep hydrated. Corrigan says not all fluids are created equal, alcohol and caffeinated bverages don’t help, water is the best way to avoid dehydration. Corrigan says wearing hats and applying sunscreen can also help your body stay cooler. Public cooling centers have been established for this week at the Carnegie-Stout Public Library, the Multicultural Family Center, Mystique Community Ice Center, Bunker Hill Golf Course Clubhouse, and Operation New View.

Health Services Seek Man Biting Dog

The City of Dubuque Health Services Department is seeking information regarding a dog involved in a biting incident that occurred early Sunday morning, July 14, 2019, at approximately 12:40 AM on Fengler St, near Garfield Ave. The dog is described as a dark-colored Pit Bull Terrier or Mix. The dog was running loose at the time of the incident and was not accompanied by anyone. The Health Department needs the public’s assistance in finding this dog to verify the dog’s health status and vaccination history. Anyone with information about this incident is asked to contact the Health Services Department at 589-4185 between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. or the Law Enforcement Center at 589-4415 after hours or on the weekend.

Greater Dubuque Development Annual Mtg

The Board of Directors and Investors of Greater Dubuque Development Corporation will hold their 2018-2019 Annual Meeting on Wednesday, at Q Casino. The event will begin at 5:30 p.m. with a cocktail reception. The presentation will begin promptly at 6:00 p.m. with a program highlighting the successes of the past year as well as reviewing the goals for the upcoming year. The event will also present the 2019-2020 officers and board members.

Man Charged After Crashing Into Parked Vehicles

A Wisconsin man faces a laundry list of charges after crashing into two parked vehicles in Grant County late last month. According to a press release issued by the sheriff’s office this month the incident happened on the night of June 26th on Canal Street in Bloomington. A van driven by 28 year old James Steines of Mount Hope was traveling east on Canal at a high rate of speed, when he lost control and crashed into a legally parked rental car. The impact pushed that vehicle into another parked vehicle that smashed into a garage. The van then struck a guardrail, which ended up getting pushed through the bedroom of a residence on Canal where the occupants were sleeping. Steines admitted to driving between 75 and 80 mph in a 25 mph zone. He was arrested and charged with operating a motor vehicle with a detectable amount of a controlled substance, possession of a prescription medication without a prescription, failure to have control and operating a motor vehicle without insurance. Steines was also cited for driving 75 in a 25 mph zone.

Aune To Retire Next Year

For over 30 years, his face has been familiar to viewers in eastern Iowa, but next year he will call it a career. News anchor for our coverage partners at KCRG TV Bruce Aune announced plans to retire Monday. The 70 year old Aune joined KCRG as a news anchor in March of 1986. Over the years his assignments have taken him across the country and around the world, including trips to China, Russia and Japan. He has also traveled and reported on several presidential campaigns. Aune has interviewed three sitting presidents, including presidents Obama, Clinton and George H.W. Bush aboard Air Force One. His work has garnered him the prestigious Jack Shelley Award, the highest individual honor bestowed by the Iowa Broadcast News Association. Aune will anchor his last newscast on March 6th. A replacement will be named at a later date. In all, Aune has logged 45 years in the broadcasting business.

Dickeyville Woman Seriously Injured

A Dickeyville woman was seriously injured after she struck a parked truck along Highway 151 late last week. In a released issued by the Grant County sheriff’s office Monday, a car driven by 28 year old Kelsey Leibfried was traveling north on 151 at around 12:45 Friday afternoon, when she struck the rear of a truck that was parked along the side of the road. The driver of the truck, 52 year old Terry Phillips of Evansville was retrieving traffic signs. The impact caused the truck to move forward and strike Phillips. The press release doesn’t say if Phillips was injured. Leibfried had to be extricated from her vehicle. She was first transported to Mercy Health in Dubuque before being transferred to Iowa City. The nature of her injuries were not released, nor was her condition. The investigation continues.

East Dubuque Man Apologizes For Incident Involving Mayor

An East Dubuque man is taking responsibility for his actions involving an altercation with that city’s mayor last week. Scott Montgomery took to the podium just prior to the start of last night’s city council meeting to clear the air. Montgomery says he and Mayor Kirk VanOstrand were at the Other Side bar last Thursday evening, when he inadvertently grabbed the mayor in an “inappropriate manner”. The next day Montgomery says he and the mayor met and talked about what happened the night before. VanOstrand says the incident was unfortunate. He says the altercation was over a minor disagreement between the two men that escalated further than it should have. The mayor says he will use the incident as a learning tool for his future behavior.

“Mr. and Mrs. Lincoln Visit Dubuque”

John Pregler from TheLensofHistory.com will be presenting, “Mr. and Mrs. Lincoln Visit Dubuque” in the Grande Ballroom of Hotel Julien Dubuque on Wednesday. Pregler says last year they confirmed the fact that Lincoln did indeed visit Dubuque. In 1859, Abraham Lincoln, legal counsel for the Illinois Central Railroad Company, hosted an inspection tour of over 705 miles of the company’s railroad properties. Joining Lincoln were a group of state and railroad officials and their families. Pregler says the group included some notable names in history. Pregler says that tour brought the group to Dunleith (present-day East Dubuque), Illinois and Dubuque, Iowa, where the travel party stayed at the Julien House hotel. This July 17th event tells the story surrounding their journey. RSVP is encouraged, but not required. To RSVP, call 563-588-5563, email Chrissy at dmmhoteljuliendubuque.com or select “Going” on this event page on Hotel Julian Dubuque’s Facebook page.

Shooting in Dubuque-Juvenile Arrested

Monday morning at around 12:55 am, the Dubuque Police Department responded to the area of 515 Pickett St for a report of shots fired. Officers arrived on scene and found 18-year old Randy Jackson, of Cascade, IA, with a gunshot wound to his back. Jackson was transported to Mercy Hospital by the Dubuque Fire Department for treatment. His injuries are not considered life-threatening. Officers observed bullet holes in the windows and siding of the residence and found several 9-mm shell casings across the street. Prior to the shooting, Jackson and several other subjects were picked up from an apartment building in Dubuque and they stopped in front of 515 Pickett St at the request of a 17-year old juvenile passenger. The juvenile exited, fired several rounds at the residence, and then got back in the car. No one at the occupied residence was struck by gunfire. The juvenile told the driver to leave and they drove to the area of W. 16th and Cornell St. While in the vehicle, the juvenile suspect accidentally discharged his firearm and shot Jackson in the back. The juvenile then got out of the vehicle and fled the area on foot while the occupants of the vehicle called 9-1-1. Officers located a 9-mm shell casing in the vehicle during the investigation. The juvenile suspect is known to police and is facing the following charges: Intimidation with a Dangerous Weapon, Reckless Use of Firearm causing Bodily Injury, and Going Armed with Intent.

Weed Control Spraying on Floodwall

As weather permits starting today, the City of Dubuque Public Works Department will spray weed control in various areas of rip-rap on the river side of Dubuque’s flood control system. Sprayers will start south of E. 16th Street on Monday, and work will continue until all rip rap along the flood control system is treated. Signs along the flood control system will identify the area being sprayed. With no weather delays, the project is expected to be completed by Friday, August 2nd. 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.

Outdoor Skate Park Flora Park Opens

Dubuque’s long-awaited, new, outdoor skate park at Flora Park will open for use at noon today. The concrete skate park features security lighting, drinking fountain, ADA parking space, storm water management features, security cameras, and landscaping. The park may only be used for skateboards, in-line skates, bicycles, and non-motorized scooters. The park may be used 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily. The use of protective equipment including helmets, knee pads, elbow pads, and wrist guards is strongly recommended. A ribbon-cutting celebration is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, August 29th. The event is being planned in coordination with Kids in Dubuque Skate (KIDS) and will acknowledge the volunteers and donors who supported the project.

Sunday Dubuque Multiple Fires

The Dubuque Fire Department responded to several fire calls in rapid succession on Sunday. Units were called to a structure fire on Prince Street. While on the scene more calls for fires came in, including another structure fire on Adair Street, a vehicle fire on Dodge Street, and a vehicle rollover on Loras Blvd. Units from Dubuque responded and contained the fire on Prince to a small area. Other units from Dubuque arrived at Adair Street and extinguished a small fire in the residence. In both cases there were no injuries and both fires are still under investigation. Neither residence is habitable at this time due to smoke and electrical damage. The vehicle fire and rollover were responded to by Dubuque Fire units as well as being assisted by apparatus from both Key West and Asbury fire departments.

12 Year Old Killed In Rollover Accident

A 12 year old boy from rural Clinton was killed after a suburban rolled over in Jackson County late Saturday afternoon. According to the sheriff’s office, a 15 year old boy from Bryant was driving the suburban, which was customized for off roading, when it rolled twice coming to rest on the passenger’s side. 12 year old, Gavin Milder, was a passenger in the rear third row seat. After the vehicle rolled, the boy was ejected and pinned underneath. He was pronounced dead at the scene by the Jackson County medical examiner. The driver and two other passengers were not injured. The investigation continues.

Working To Reduce Prescription Costs

Iowa’s Senators say voters consistently talk to them about the rising costs of prescription drugs. So Senators Joni Ernst and Charles Grassley are working on bills to make these drugs more affordable. Grassley has pushed for legislation to make commercials include the costs of drugs. The Department of Health and Human Services decided to do this. But a federal judge says the department doesn’t have that authority. Grassley says he’s discouraged but he’s going to keep pushing for legislation to make price information more public. Grassley and Ernst are also working on a bill together that would direct the Federal Trade Commission to examine anti-competitive behavior, like mergers in the prescription drug market. And Ernst is working on a bill that would eliminate loopholes in the drug patenting process and could eventually make generic drugs more available. Both Senators say the cost of prescription drugs comes up at almost every town hall they hold.

Housing Vouchers In Dubuque Limited

Over one thousand people applied for housing vouchers in Dubuque this week, but only 50 people, for now, will end up getting help. The city opened its’ Housing Choice Voucher program, also known as Section 8, waiting list on Tuesday for the first time in more than a year. The last time it was opened was in February of 2018. At that time the city received more than 15-hundred applications and placed one thousand people on a waiting list. This week the city received nearly 12-hundred applications. Housing and Community Development Director Alexis Steger says they have anywhere between 8 and 9 hundred vouchers to hand out. She says it’s clear the city is not meeting the need.  She says the high number of people applying highlights the need for affordable housing in Dubuque. The waiting list will open again next month. Steger says the city is going to open it on the second Tuesday of each month. However there will only be a select number of spots available.

Motorcycle Crash Injures Illinois Woman

An Illinois woman was taken to the hospital following a motorcycle crash in Jo Daviess County Saturday afternoon. A press release from the sheriff’s office says the crash happened at around 12:40 on Highway 20 West in rural Elizabeth. The motorcycle, which was driven by 36 year old Chad Render of Oswego was attempting to pass two vehicles, when he lost control and crashed. Render’s passenger, 35 year old Amanda Render was transported to Midwest Hospital for treatment. Her condition has not been released. The accident remains under investigation.

Drug Bust In Jo Daviess County

An Apple River resident was arrested on drug charges this week in Jo Daviess County. Shortly before 10:30 Monday night, a deputy pulled over a car for running a stop sign at the intersection of East Canyon Road and North Fielder Road in rural Warren. The deputy detected the odor of marijuana coming from inside the vehicle. A search was conducted and the deputy found a plastic bag containing marijuana, a digital scale, psilocybin mushrooms, LSD, nearly 500 dollars in cash and numerous other drug related items. The driver, 18 year old Alexis Mengwasser was arrested on felony charges and transported to the county jail. A passenger was cited for an open alcohol container and released at the scene. Another juvenile passenger was also released.

Truck Driver Charged In Rear-End Crash

A truck driver from New Vienna has been charged after he rear-ended a vehicle in rural Galena Monday night. A release from the Jo Daviess County sheriff’s office says a vehicle driven by 60 year old Bret Jones of Hanover was turning left onto Norris Lane near its’ intersection with U.S. Highway 20, when he was rear-ended by a semi-truck driven by 69 year old Gary Willenborg. Jones and his passenger were transported to an area hospital and treated for their injuries. Willenborg was not injured. He was issued a citation for failure to reduce speed to avoid an accident.

Domestic Battery with Machete

Jo Daviess County Sheriff’s Deputies were dispatched to 202 Peace Pipe Lane in East Dubuque, in regards to a domestic battery with a gun on Thursday around 9:18 a.m. Just prior to the Deputies arrival the aggressor, 33-year old Joshua Glenn of East Dubuque left the scene in his vehicle. Glenn committed several traffic violations while fleeing and drove through several yards attempting to elude Law Enforcement. Glenn then drove back to his residence where he was taken into custody. After further investigation it was discovered that the victim received several lacerations from a machete and was transported to Iowa City Hospital due to the injuries. Glenn is being charged with Aggravated Domestic Battery, Aggravated Battery, Unlawful Restraint, Interference of Reporting a Domestic Battery, Resisting Peace Officer, Fleeing and Eluding Police Officer and several additional charges are pending. The machete and a Ruger Handgun were recovered from the scene and the incident remains under investigation.

Free Food-Dubuque Area Labor Harvest Building

The line will form early Saturday morning at the Dubuque Area Labor Harvest Building on West Locust Street, as needy residents of Dubuque County attend another food giveaway. The giveaway will start at 7:30, and conclude at 9:30. Recipients are asked to bring their identification card and a box for the food. The monthly food giveaways are sponsored by the Dubuque Area Labor Harvest, and the United Way Labor’s Community Services, and funded by grants from the Dubuque Racing Association and FEMA.

Buchholtz-1st Female National Guard Infantry Soldier

A Platteville high school student that graduated this spring has been sworn in as Wisconsin Army National Guard’s first female infantry soldier. Pvt. Emily Buchholtz says she was able to work towards that goal during her senior year by using the online eAchieve Academy. Buchholtz says at first she wanted to join the Marine Corps but her father knew the Platteville’s National Guard recruiter and so she went to visit him and changed her mind. She says she owes 2nd Lt. Britney Fischer her gratitude for making her goal possible. Buchholtz says she gotten a lot of support from both family and her friends. Buchholtz, who works as a package handler in Dubuque, will go through basic training at Fort Benning, Georgia this fall.

Police Still Dealing With Fireworks Calls

The 4th of July period for buying and shooting off fireworks has ended in Iowa and the Dubuque police department hopes to see a decrease in the calls about fireworks usage after a busy first week in July. While it’s now legal to buy and sell fireworks in Iowa, Dubuque has banned the use. Lt. Joe Messerich says he doesn’t think people are lighting fireworks because they don’t understand the laws in Dubuque. Messerich says the department received 224 fireworks calls for service between July 1st and the 8th. So far this year the department has received a total of 337. That’s a drastic increase before the state legalized the sale of fireworks. Between 2012 and 2016, Messerich says the department averaged 180 calls for an entire year.

Dolphin Retires From Day Job

Friends and colleagues gathered at U.S. Bank in Dubuque this week to celebrate the “Voice of the Hawkeyes.” Gary Dolphin officially retired from his day job. Dolphin spent 32 years at U.S. Bank, 28 of which he was vice-president of business development. He says he never thought he would see the day he retired, saying it will be an adjustment for him. But now he will have more time to focus on the Hawkeyes and his other passions. Dolphin tells our coverage partners at KCRG TV his banking career has made him a better broadcaster. Dolphin says he also looks forward to continuing his community involvement and spending more time with his three grandchildren.

Downtown Street Closure

A special event in downtown Dubuque today will force the closure of a busy street for several hours. A release from the city says West 8th Street, west of the premier Bank drive-thru banking entrance and east of the Iowa Street Parking ramp will close beginning at 5 pm. The entrance to the parking ramp on West 8th will be open. The southern part of the alley between Main and Iowa and West 8th and West 9th will also be closed. The street and the alley will reopen at around 11 pm.

Q Casino Sold Out Concert-Shuttles

The Kane Brown show Sunday night at 7 pm at the Q Casino’s Back Waters Stage is sold out and they are providing additional parking for concert goers. In additon to the parking lot in the main casino lot, there will be additional parking available at McAleece Park as well as the Bee Branch area on 16th Street. Shuttles will begin running at 5:30 pm from the parking locations to the concert area. The gates will open at 6 pm.

Dubuque Adds Five More Pesticide-Free Parks

The City of Dubuque Leisure Services Department has designated five more parks as pesticide-free, bringing Dubuque’s total to 15 pesticide-free parks. No chemicals are used to manage the landscape in the entire footprint of these parks. The new pesticide-free parks are Washington Park, Jackson Park, Granger Creek Nature Trail, Grant Park, and the Pet Park. New signs have been installed in each of these parks showing their designation as pesticide-free parks. No chemicals are used to manage the landscape in the entire footprint of the pesticide-free parks. Instead, staff create maintenance-friendly landscapes that reduce the need for weed management and employ mechanical techniques such as mulching, mowing, string trimming or hand-weeding to manage weeds.

Three Charged with Forgery

The Dubuque Police Department has arrested three men for forgery and other charges. On July 10th, around 1:48 pm, officers were dispatched to Kohl’s, on N.W. Arterial, for a subject attempting to pass a fake $100 bill. A plainclothes officer attempted to make contact with the suspect in the parking lot as he entered a vehicle. The suspect and two others then fled in the vehicle from the parking lot, driving recklessly onto the N.W. Arterial and then onto Dodge St. Traffic cameras were used to follow the suspects as they drove recklessly and dangerously eastbound on Dodge St. An officer successfully deployed Stop Sticks near Grandview Ave, which caused the vehicle to stop near Dodge and Locust St. The three subjects then fled into the wooded area on the south side of Dodge St. All three were apprehended a short time later without incident. 38-year old Willie Cokely of Milwaukee, was charged with Interference with Official Acts, Reckless Driving and numerous traffic violations. 22-year old Khiry Wade, of Milwaukee, was charged with Interference with Official Acts and 19-year old Oari Chatman, of Milwaukee, was charged with Forgery and Interference with Official Acts.

SW Wisconsin Man Warden Of The Year

A Cassville native is the 2019 “Warden of the Year.”State Conservation Warden Dale Hochhausen, with the Wisconsin Department of National Resources Bureau of Law Enforcement recently received an engraved gold watch for being selected “Warden of the Year”, also known as the Haskell Noyes Efficiency Award. Hochhausen is also a safety and regulation expert who works with municipal and area elected officials to ensure as much volunteer compliance as possible. Hochhausen is a 21 year veteran of the warden service. In addition he serves as a field training officer, academy instructor and background investigator. The award was presented to Hochhausen during a ceremony in La Crosse last month.

Man Charged In Crawford UTV Crash

A Wisconsin man has been charged after he rolled his utility vehicle injuring one of his passengers in Crawford County over the weekend. A press release from the sheriff’s office says deputies and authorities with the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources were called to Graham Hollow Road at around midnight Saturday. Four people were in the UTV when it rolled. 22 year old Daniel Dombrowski of Muskego was driving the UTV, when he lost control and rolled the vehicle. One of his passengers, who was not wearing a seatbelt suffered a laceration to his forehead and was transported to an area hospital for treatment. A field sobriety test was given to Dombrowski, which he failed. He was arrested and transported to the county jail. Dombrowski is charged with operating an ATV while intoxicated causing injury.

DDS Wants Ward System For School Board

Members of the Dubuque Democratic Socialists want the school board to have a ward system, much like the city council. The group is currently petitioning the to have the question placed on the November 5th ballot for the school board elections. School board member Tom Barton says the notion of turning the district into wards is a “terrible idea”. The group claims that Title One schools, like Fulton and Lincoln, which consists mostly of low-income students, are not getting their fair-share of resources. Barton says that’s completely inaccurate. According to Barton, the Title One schools in the district are doing great and making strides every year. Barton believes the push by the group to have the district converted to wards stems from a vote by the board last year to not renew “charter status” at Prescott. We have reached out to Dubuque Democratic Socialists, but have not yet heard back from the group. They need 3,300 signatures to have the issue placed on the November ballot.

Epworth Fire Department Fundraiser

On Friday, supporters of the Epworth fire department will gather at the station for the annual Picnic and Silent Auction. Fire chief Tom Berger says they’ll kick things off at 6 pm with a silent auction. The fundraiser is a family-friendly event that has something for everyone. If you can’t find a suitable parking space, shuttle service will again be provided to and from the fire station. For shuttle pickup call 563-876-3321. This is year 71 for the annual picnic and silent auction.

“Mr. and Mrs. Lincoln Visit Dubuque”

John Pregler from TheLensofHistory.com will be presenting, “Mr. and Mrs. Lincoln Visit Dubuque” in the Grande Ballroom of Hotel Julien Dubuque on July 17th. Pregler says last year they confirmed the fact that Lincoln did indeed visit Dubuque. In 1859, Abraham Lincoln, legal counsel for the Illinois Central Railroad Company, hosted an inspection tour of over 705 miles of the company’s railroad properties. Joining Lincoln were a group of state and railroad officials and their families. Pregler says the group included some notable names in history. Pregler says that tour brought the group to Dunleith (present-day East Dubuque), Illinois and Dubuque, Iowa, where the travel party stayed at the Julien House hotel. This July 17th event tells the story surrounding their journey. RSVP is encouraged, but not required. To RSVP, call 563-588-5563, email Chrissy at dmm@hoteljuliendubuque.com or select “Going” on this event page on Hotel Julian Dubuque’s Facebook page.

Names Released In Motorcycle vs Car Crash

Authorities in Jo Daviess County have released the names of the two people who were airlifted to Iowa City after the motorcycle they were riding was struck by a car Sunday afternoon in rural Elizabeth. They are 68 year old Gary Dangelser and Constance Pixley-Dangelser both of Bellevue, Iowa. According to a crash report, Gary Dangelser pulled off of South Derinda Road onto Highway 20E and was struck by a car driven by 18 year old Allison Hoeger of Port Barrington, Illinois. The Dangelsers were airlifted to U. of I. Hospitals and Clinic in Iowa City. Their conditions have not been released. The accident is still under investigation.

Tax Credits For Historic Preservation Projects

The future location of Dupaco Community Credit Union’s operations has received a financial shot in the arm from the state. The former Carr, Ryder and Adams Company building in the Historic Millwork District is currently being renovated by Dupaco Voices. DV applied for a grant and has been awarded 8.5 million dollars in state historic preservation tax credits by the Iowa Economic Development Authority. Dupaco’s project is one of eight in the state to receive nearly 30 million dollars in tax credits from the authority.

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.