thunderstorms Monday. High's in the 80's. Low's in the 60's.
Dubuque and TriState
Child Porn Charges
A man from Southwest Wisconsin who faces a total of 33 charges of sexual assault of children and possession of child pornography mad his initial court appearance yesterday in Grant County Circuit Court. According to information from Wisconsin Attorney General J. B. Van Hollen, criminal complaints have been filed against 32-year old Aaron Bouzek. He is accused of 15 charges of sexually assaulting and exploiting children from 2007 to April of this year. According to the information, Bouzak allegedly assaulted a total of four children. All of the victims were under the age of 10. He is also facing 15 charges of possession of child pornography. Bond for Bouzak has been set at 100-thousand dollars and he is being held in the Grant County jail. He is due back in court early next month. The case was investigated by the Lancaster Police Department and the Wisconsin Department of Criminal Investigation. In Wisconsin, charges of sexually assaulting a child can carry a prison term of up to 60 years, while charges of possession of child pornography can result in up to 40 years in prison.
Juvenile Tractor Accident
The Jo Daviess County Sheriff's Department says a juvenile was injured in a tractor accident Tuesday morning in a rural area of the county. Deputies say the 16-year old youth was driving the tractor across a bridge on Middendorf Lane, near North High Ridge Road. The left rear wheel of the tractor struck the end of the bridge rail causing the wheel to break away from the tractor. According to authorities, the tractor continued across the bridge before it came to a stop. The juvenile was taken by the Galena EMS squad to Mercy Health Center in Dubuque for treatment of his injuries. Deputies say the accident remains under investigation.
Sanitary Smoke Testing
If you live in the areas of Clarke University, West Locust Street, and Senior High School in Dubuque, the City wants to remind you that crews from the City's Engineering and Public Works Departments will be conducting sanitary sewer smoke testing today and tomorrow. City of Dubuque Environmental Engineer Denise Ihrig says the smoke testing is needed to inspect the sanitary sewer system for signs of excessive wear and tear, as well as structural defects and stormwater pipeline cross connections. She says the smoke is non-toxic, does not leave any residue, and it is not a fire hazard. Ihrig says since the smoke will be placed into the sewer system that is connected to homes in the areas, residents are encouraged to pour tap water into their floor drains and sinks, which creates a seal that will keep smoke out of the homes. Ihrig says dry traps, drains without traps and other plumbing defects will allow smoke to enter the dwelling connected to the sewer line that is being tested, but again she says the smoke is non-toxic and won't create a risk to your health.
Sales Tax Holiday
The now popular Iowa Sales Tax Holiday takes place this weekend. That's when back to school shoppers can take advantage of certain items that they can purchase, without having to pay the usual sales tax. Certain ietms of clothing and footwear with a price tag of under 100 dollars will not be taxed from 12:01 am. Friday through midnight Saturday. According to the Iowa Department of Revenue, items such as jewelry, roller skates and watches are not eligible for the Sales Tax Holiday. The Iowa Department of Revenue says all businesses open this Friday and Saturday are required to take part in the Sales Tax Holiday.
Loras Ranks High
Loras College, in Dubuque, is highly ranked according to information released this week by MONEY magazine. According to the publication, Loras is ranked the 8th best college in the state of Iowa and the 352nd best college inm the United States. To develop the rankings, MONEY magazine looks at things like graduation rates, educational quality, affordability, and alumni earnings. According to school officials 98-point 7 percent of the Loras College class of 2013 were either employed or continuing their education 12 months after graduation. In Iowa, the only schools that were ranked higher than Loras are: the four regent universities, Grinnell College, Drake University, Luther College and Dordt College.
Here is the latest Iowa news from The Associated Press
MASON CITY, Iowa (AP) - One of the lawyers for a Mason City murder defendant has been fined $400 for contempt of court. The judge found Letitia Turner in contempt on July 8th during the trial of Michael Cisneros, who was charged with killing a Mason City toddler in 1994. During cross-examination of the boy's father, Turner asked him about taking a polygraph test. The court had already ruled that the test was not to be discussed in front of the jury.
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - The Iowa Department of Public Health says there have been three reported cases of West Nile virus in the state. The agency says cases have been reported in Clay, Monona and Woodbury counties. Mosquitoes carrying the virus also have been detected in central Iowa.
STRAWBERRY POINT, Iowa (AP) - An Iowa government official says the state's plan to use goats to clear away vegetation is an initial success. Department of Natural Resources supervisor Mike Steuck says the 60 goats have been eating vegetation for two weeks at the Ensign Hollow state wildlife area near Strawberry Point. He says the goats have cleared more than three acres of giant ragweed, stinging nettles, poison ivy and other undesirable plants.
WEST BRANCH, Iowa (AP) - The Herbert Hoover Presidential Library and Museum is getting a temporary $600,000 exhibit that will include a simulation of a World War I trench. The exhibit will open in April 2015. The Hoover Presidential Foundation director says he hopes visitors will gain a better understanding of war history and the president's humanitarian work.
Here is the latest Illinois news from The Associated Press
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - Illinois State Fair officials say repairs to the grandstand roof won't be done by the time the fair opens, but the grandstand will be safe. Officials say there will not be "any rescheduling or displacement of events." In May, workers found wood debris from the roof had fallen into a section of seats.
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - Illinois officials say budget cuts will force them to consider cutting hours at some state historic sites after Labor Day. Illinois Historic Preservation Agency Director Amy Martin says her agency is working on specifics and will try to maintain hours as much as they can at popular sites. The agency's budget was cut 19 percent for the fiscal year that started July 1st.
QUINCY, Ill. (AP) - An Adams County Jail corrections officer is recovering after what officials say was an attempted escape by three inmates. Sheriff Brent Fischer says an officer was hit by an inmate with a homemade weapon on Sunday. The officer was treated at a local hospital and released.
CHICAGO (AP) - Energy watchdog groups are worried that Exelon's plan to buy one of its competitors will be bad for northern Illinois electricity customers. Exelon said Wednesday that it's buying the retail business of Integrys for $60 million. Environmental Law and Policy Center executive director Howard Learner says Exelon's acquisition of Integrys could reduce competition and lead to higher utility bills.
Here is the latest Wisconsin news from The Associated Press
MADISON, Wis. (AP) - The Wisconsin Supreme Court has upheld the 2011 law that effectively ended collective bargaining for most public workers. The court upheld the law today under a challenge filed by the Madison teachers union and a union representing Milwaukee public workers. They had argued that the law violated workers' constitutional rights to free assembly and equal protection.
MADISON, Wis. (AP) - The Wisconsin Supreme Court has upheld a requirement that voters show photo identification at the polls, but the law remains blocked in federal court. Today's rulings have no immediate impact given that the law was struck down in April by a federal judge. That ruling is under appeal, and a federal appeals court would have to overturn it for the law to take effect.
MADISON, Wis. (AP) - A 2009 law creating a domestic partner registry that provides limited benefits to same-sex couples has been upheld by the Wisconsin Supreme Court as constitutional. The ruling today keeps the registry active, but is likely to be overshadowed by a pending gay marriage case. A federal judge declared Wisconsin's ban on gay marriage unconstitutional last month, and an appeals court plans to hear arguments in the state's appeal on August 26th.
(Information in the following story is from: Wisconsin State Journal, http://www.madison.com/wsj)
LANCASTER, Wis. (AP) - A Prairie du Chien man is charged with 33 counts of sex crimes involving young children and child pornography. A criminal complaint says 32-year-old Aaron Bouzek told investigators he sexually assaulted a 2-year-old child beginning in 2007 until last April. Bouzek is also charged with assaulting a 1-year-old child and sexually exploiting an infant.
Israeli leader vows to keep destroying tunnels...Ebola is deadlier...Big win for Wisconsin governor
JERUSALEM (AP) - With or without a cease-fire, Israel's prime minister says his country's military will destroy the Hamas tunnel network in the Gaza Strip. The vow came as Israel called up another 16,000 reservists to pursue the ground campaign in Gaza. Benjamin Netanyahu says he won't agree to any cease-fire proposal that doesn't let Israel complete the mission of destroying the tunnels.
DAKAR, Senegal (AP) - The World Health Organization says the deadliest Ebola outbreak in history now has killed more than 700 people across West Africa. According to new figures released today, at least 57 deaths have been reported in recent days. Nearly half of the new deaths were reported in Liberia. Sierra Leone, where nine new deaths were reported, has declared a public health emergency and is trying to quarantine sick people at home who have refused to go to isolation centers.
MADISON, Wis. (AP) - There's a major court victory today for Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, a potential Republican presidential candidate. The state's highest court is upholding a law from three years ago that effectively ended collective bargaining for most public workers. The law is Walker's signature policy achievement. A federal appeals court had twice upheld the law as constitutional.
WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama will sign an executive order today requiring federal contractors to give their workers more rights in labor disputes. The move comes one day after House Republicans voted to sue Obama for allegedly misusing his presidential powers.
BEIJING (AP) - A gay Chinese man says he is suing a psychological clinic for carrying out electric shocks intended to turn him straight. He's also suing the search engine that advertised the center. A Beijing group that campaigns for gay rights says it's the first court case involving so-called conversion therapy in China. The country declassified homosexuality as a mental disorder in 2001.
Behind a three-run sixth inning, the second-seeded Dubuque Hempstead Mustangs rallied past the West Des Moines Valley Tigers, 4-2, in the Class 4A state quarterfinals at Principal Park on Wednesday night.
After loading the bases in the bottom of the sixth, the Mustangs responded and tied the game when Brett Bortscheller drove in Mitch Crimmins on an RBI single. Hempstead then took a 3-2 lead when Evan Kolker scored on the suicide squeeze by Alex Gross. The margin increased to 4-2 when Valley tried to get Bortscheller out at home on a Breitbach grounder, but Bortscheller beat the throw. The Tigers had the bases loaded with one out in the top of the seventh but failed to score.
Hempstead advances at 37-5 and will meet Southeast Polk on Friday night at 8 o'clock in the 4A semifinals.
Tonight at the state baseball tournament in Des Moines, Dyersville Beckman plays in the Final 4 of the Class 2A tournament. Beckman - seeking its third straight state title - will meet Van Meter (32-2) on at 8 o'clock with the winner to play the winner of the other semi-final game between North Polk and Roland Story for the 2A title on Saturday at 2 o'clock.
Milwaukee 5 Tampa Bay 0
Houston 8, Oakland 1
Baltimore 4, L.A. Angels 3
Cleveland 2, Seattle 0
Detroit 7, Chicago White Sox 2
Toronto 6, Boston 1
Texas 3, N.Y. Yankees 2
Kansas City 3, Minnesota 2
N.Y. Mets 11, Philadelphia 2
Arizona 5, Cincinnati 4
Washington 4, Miami 3
San Francisco 7, Pittsburgh 5
Colorado 6, Chicago Cubs 4, 10 innings
L.A. Dodgers 3, Atlanta 2, 10 innings
San Diego 12, St. Louis 1
Trade deadline nears... Kershaw goes for Dodgers...Tiger defends title
UNDATED (AP) - Baseball's non-waiver trade deadline is later today, giving contending teams an opportunity to strengthen their rosters for the post-season run. Among those considered possible trade material are Boston pitchers Jon Lester and John Lackey.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Major league ERA leader Clayton Kershaw takes his 12-2 record to the mound tonight in the Dodgers' series finale against Atlanta. The 12-2 lefty is coming off a 3-hit shutout win that lowered his ERA to 1.76.
MIAMI (AP) - Cincinnati is hoping that ace Johnny Cueto can help pull them out of post-All-Star funk that has seen the Reds lose 10 of their last 12. The right-hander is 11-6 heading into the series opener against Miami and has a 2.08 ERA that is third best in the National League.
PHOENIX (AP) - Pittsburgh stands to gain some ground on NL Central-leading Milwaukee when the Pirates open a series at Arizona tonight. The Bucs have moved to within two games of the idle Brewers heading into today's play.
AKRON, Ohio (AP) - Tiger Woods opens defense of his title at the Bridgestone Invitational today, hoping to make a last-ditch run at securing a captain's-choice spot on the U.S. Ryder Cup team. Woods' time off for back surgery earlier this year leaves him 215th in the FedEx Cup standings and only the top 125 make it into the PGA Tour's post-season events.
Here is the latest Wisconsin sports news from The Associated Press
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) - Yovani Gallardo gave up four hits in seven innings as the NL Central-leading Milwaukee Brewers avoided a three-game sweep by beating David Price and the Tampa Bay Rays 5-0 yesterday. Gallardo retired 13 in a row at one point. Price had his bid to win a team-record seventh consecutive start dashed after allowing four runs and seven hits over seven innings.
GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) - The Packers have signed longtime general manager Ted Thompson to a multiyear contract extension. Thompson is entering his 10th season as the head of football operations. The Packers have won four NFC North titles overall and the Super Bowl in the 2010 season since Thompson took over in Green Bay.
MILWAUKEE (AP) - The Milwaukee Bucks have signed second-round draft pick Johnny O'Bryant. O'Bryant averaged 8.2 rebounds and 5.4 rebounds in five NBA Summer League games in Las Vegas. O'Bryant averaged 12.7 points and 7.7 rebounds in three seasons at LSU before being selected with the 36th overall pick last month.
MILWAUKEE (AP) - Marquette guard Todd Mayo has decided to leave the program to pursue a professional basketball career. Mayo is leaving before his senior season and Steve Wojciechowski's first year as head coach. The guard played three seasons with the Golden Eagles under former coach Buzz Williams.
Here is the latest Illinois sports news from The Associated Press
CHICAGO (AP) - Brandon Barnes hit a tiebreaking RBI single in the 10th inning as the Colorado Rockies beat the Chicago Cubs 6-4 last night. Rob Scahill pitched a scoreless inning for his second major league win. Adam Ottavino got three outs for his first career save. Scahill was recalled from Triple-A Colorado Springs before the game.
DETROIT (AP) - The Detroit Tigers scored six runs in the first inning en route to a 7-2 victory over the Chicago White Sox last night. Nick Castellanos hit a three-run homer in the first and added an RBI single in the seventh for the Tigers. Max Scherzer allowed a run and five hits. He struck out six and walked one.
SAN DIEGO (AP) - Rookie Jesse Hahn held St. Louis to one run and four hits in seven innings to lead the San Diego Padres to a 12-1 victory last night. Yangervis Solarte had four hits. The Padres tied their season high with 16. The Padres fell one run shy of their season high.
BRIDGEVIEW, Ill. (AP) - Chicago goalkeeper Sean Johnson made a second half save to preserve the Fire's 0-0 tie with the Vancouver Whitecaps last night. It was Johnson's third shutout of the season and Vancouver goalkeeper David Ousted's fifth. They each made two saves. Chicago is 3-5-12. Vancouver 6-4-11.
Chicago White Sox at Detroit, 12:08 p.m.
Colorado at Chicago Cubs, 1:20 p.m.
St. Louis at San Diego, 2:40 p.m.
Philadelphia at Washington, 6:05 p.m.
L.A. Angels at Baltimore, 6:05 p.m.
Seattle at Cleveland, 6:05 p.m.
Cincinnati at Miami, 6:10 p.m.
Minnesota at Kansas City, 7:10 p.m.
Toronto at Houston, 7:10 p.m.
Pittsburgh at Arizona, 8:40 p.m.
Atlanta at L.A. Dodgers, 9:10 p.m.