KCRG TV9 FIRST ALERT FORECAST FOR THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 26, 2015
Today: Rain with patchy fog. High: 50. Winds: NE 5-15
Tonight: Rain/mix. Low: 32. Winds: N 15-25
Friday: Cloudy and windy. High: 36. Winds: N 10-15
Friday night: Partly cloudy. Low: 24. Winds: N 5-10
Saturday: Partly cloudy. High: 37. Low: 24
Sunday: Mostly cloudy. High: 39. Low: 26
Dubuque and TriState
Hohmans Deliver Thanksgiving Meals in Honor of Son
A Dubuque family delivered more than 100 Thanksgiving meals to needy families in honor of their son this week. 8 year-old Jackson Hohman died a little over a year ago from an undiagnosed intestinal problem. His mother, Angie, tells our coverage partner KCRG-TV that in addition to the traditional Thanksgiving foods, their deliveries also included a side dish of Jack's story. Hohman says this week's deliveries began with the idea to drop off three or four meals. But after posting to a Facebook page dedicated to Jackson, donations for more meals started to roll in. The Hohmans ended up dropping off 118 Thanksgiving meals.
Turkeys Bounce Back
More than one-million turkeys in Iowa didn't make it onto Thanksgiving dinner tables this year. They had to be destroyed due to an avian influenza outbreak earlier this year. But Gretta Irwin, who heads the Iowa Turkey Federation, says there is still an ample supply of turkeys for this holiday season, because the outbreak in the Midwest did not affect the rest of the US. More than nine percent of Iowa's annual turkey production was destroyed by the avian flu outbreak, but Irwin says the 35 farms that were affected will soon be back in business. Irwin expects all the farms that were affected to be fully repopulated by the end of the year.
Kidnapper Judged ‘Not Competent’
A judge says a man accused of trying to abduct a girl in Dubuque is not competent to stand trial. District Court Judge Thomas Bitter made the ruling Monday in the case of 20-year-old Robert L. Robbins. Bitter said he based his assessment on a report from the Iowa Medical and Classification Center. Another report this year also determined Robbins was incompetent. The judge is expected to rule on whether Robbins should continue restorative treatment at the center or if the case should be sent to the Iowa Attorney General's Office. Authorities say Robbins grabbed an 11-year-old girl in March in an attempt to sexually assault her. The girl was able to escape. Robbins has pleaded not guilty to third-degree kidnapping.
Woman Crashes Twice While Driving Drunk
Authorities in southwest Wisconsin say a woman crashed into two houses while driving drunk last weekend. The Grant County Sheriff's department says they received a call on Saturday evening of a possible drunk driver on South Main Street in Potosi. As deputies responded to that report, they received another call that a car had struck a house a couple of blocks away. Deputies saw a vehicle stuck in the front yard of a house in the 100 block of South Main. The driver, 57 year-old Anita Shea of Potosi, had been driving north when she tried pulling into a driveway. She struck the garage and tried to leave the scene, but her car became stuck in the front yard. During their investigation, deputies learned that Shea had been involved in another crash on Wisconsin Highway 133. That crash is still being investigated. Shea was arrested and charged with Operating While Intoxicated.
Jule Wants Public Input
As the Dubuque City Council prepares to listen to budget request from various city departments for the next fiscal year, Jule Transit is seeking input on future service from residents who use or consider using public transit services. Jule Transit Manager Candice Eudaley says they need information in hand, as they go forward seeking grants and other funding sources to adjust or increase service. A survey is available on line at the Jule website. Eudaley says once the input from the surveys is compiled, they'll put together a budget proposal that will be presented to the city council. The surveys will be available until December 4th.
City Offices Closed
City offices, including City Hall in Dubuque will be closed today and Friday for the Thanksgiving holiday. If your regular garbage pickup day is today, those pickups will be done on Saturday. There is no change in the schedule for curbside collections on Friday. The Metro Landfill will also be closed on Thursday, and the Jule Transit will not operate on Thanksgiving Day. The Jule will operate a regular route schedule on Friday, and a regular Nightrider schedule. The Intermodal Terminal ticket offices will be closed today and tomorrow as well.
Kennedy Mall Preps for Black Friday
Retailers are gearing up for the onslaught of customers on Black Friday, but one local mall is sticking to a tradition, by opening its doors a little earlier. Kennedy Mall in Dubuque will open its doors at 6:00 tonight. Joe Bell, communications director for the mall's parent company, says during the evening and early morning hours there will be plenty of activities going on to accommodate shoppers. He says the first 500 people through the mall's main entrance will receive holiday tote bags filled with discount coupons and reindeer gear. At around 2:00 AM on Black Friday, the Social Media Olympics will take place, followed by the Kennedy Mall Balloon Drop Spectacular at center court at 6:00 AM. Bell says shoppers tend to migrate to malls on Black Friday, because of the variety of retail outlets they offer. Our sister station KAT-FM will be broadcasting from the mall from 6:00 to 9:00 Friday morning.
Rotary Club Awards Grants
The Dubuque Rotary Club has awarded nearly 14-thousand dollars in humanitarian and philanthropic grants to local charities. The biggest grant for three thousand dollars went to ARK Advocates. That money will be used to purchase a trailer to transport equipment to those in need. The smallest grant for one thousand dollars went to Luther Manor Retirement Community. They'll use the money to purchase iPads for patient communication with loved ones. The other grant money went to the Multicultural Family Center, Dubuque Soccer Alliance, The Dubuque Packers Special Olympic Team, the Julian International Film Festival, Mount Pleasant Home, Manasseh Home and Epworth United Methodist Church. The Rotary Club solicited applicants for grants in June and accepted applications through August.
DuTrac Donates to Project Concern
DuTrac Community Credit Union has made a one-thousand dollar donation to kickoff Project Concern's Home for the Holidays campaign. The goal of the campaign, according to Project Concern Board Member Sherry Leeser is to raise 13-thousand dollars by January 15th. She says the money may be used to save a family from eviction, help a family transition from a shelter to permanent housing, or provide someone homeless with a warm place to sleep. Leeser says for a lot of homeless people in Dubuque, Project Concern is sometimes their last resort. To make a donation to the Home for the Holidays campaign, visit Project Concern’s website. If you or someone you know is homeless, or needs information, contact Project Concern by dialing 2-1-1 from any area telephone. Project Concern provides services to homeless and low-income individuals, families, children, senior citizens and people with disabilities in Dubuque, Delaware, and Jackson counties.
Here is the latest Iowa news from The Associated Press:
SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) - Several northwest Iowa colleges have turned to their communities to find families offering seats at their dinner tables for international students who can't make it home for the holidays. The Sioux City Journal reports that students are frequently able to find a home away from home through a host-family program, a campus-sponsored dinner or local students offering a seat at their own table.
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) - The National Weather Service says dangerous traveling conditions are likely to develop over southeast Nebraska and southwest Iowa on Thanksgiving Day. On Wednesday the service issued a winter storm watch. The service says a mix of freezing rain and sleet will move across the area late Thursday morning into Thursday evening. Any accumulation of snow likely will occur north of Interstate 80.
CENTRAL CITY, Iowa (AP) - Three people, including two firefighters, have been treated for injuries after a blaze that damaged a camper and house in Linn County. Fire trucks were dispatched just after 8 p.m. Tuesday to a residence about two miles west of Central City. The Linn County Sheriff's Office says an Alburnett firefighter required hospital treatment for a leg injury, and a Central City firefighter was treated at the scene for a dog bite.
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - A campaign spokeswoman for former Arkansas Governor and Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee says he's recovering after having knee surgery in Little Rock. Spokeswoman Alice Stewart says Huckabee injured his knee on the campaign trail three weeks ago and underwent surgery Wednesday morning at a Little Rock hospital.
Here is the latest Wisconsin news from The Associated Press:
MADISON, Wis. (AP) - Forecasters say a snowstorm that hammered south-central Wisconsin over the weekend might cause flooding over the Thanksgiving holiday. The National Weather Service says a combination of heavy rain and melting snow in the area could cause rivers to rapidly rise Thursday night into Friday to above flood stage. Rivers most susceptible to rapid rises, forecasters say, include the Pecatonica and Fox rivers. The State Journal reports about 1 to 1.6 inches of rain could fall Wednesday night through Thursday night.
DETROIT (AP) - The USS Milwaukee littoral combat ship has stopped in Detroit en route to duty in the South China Sea. The ship docked at the Port of Detroit Wednesday afternoon. It is scheduled to depart Thursday. The USS Milwaukee was built in Marinette, Wisconsin.
TOWN OF HAYWARD, Wis. (AP) - Authorities in northwestern Wisconsin say a suspect has turned himself in to the sheriff's office in connection with a fatal shooting. The Sawyer County Sheriff's Office was called about a gunshot victim in the Township of Hayward late Wednesday morning and Deputies and Lac Courte Oreilles tribal police responded.
MILWAUKEE (AP) - A former lawyer for a Florida sports betting pro facing federal extortion charges in Wisconsin has claimed the man worked as an informant and helped in the seizure of $750 million from offshore bookies. Calls made by the Journal Sentinel seeking comment from Adam Meyer's current attorney were not returned. Acting U.S. Attorney Gregory Haanstad declined to comment.
Here is the latest Illinois news from The Associated Press:
CHICAGO (AP) - Leaders of about a dozen community groups say protests they are organizing over the next few days will be about more than the black teen shot to death by a white Chicago police officer. The groups met Wednesday night to discuss a unified response to the killing of Laquan McDonald. Demonstrators say they've seen schools and mental health clinics in their communities closed, a lack of jobs and a high rate of unsolved murders.
CHICAGO (AP) - Officials of Chicago Public Schools say they're preparing for the fallout resulting from the video showing a police officer shooting Laquan McDonald. Parents have received a letter from Chief Education Officer Janice Jackson assuring them the video of McDonald's death won't be shown in schools. Jackson says it's likely students will discuss the video when the return to classrooms Monday.
CHICAGO (AP) - Chicago Public Schools officials have reversed course and will add dozens of teacher and aide positions for students with special needs.School officials announced the district would cut special education positions earlier this year. District officials say an unspecified "flawed funding formula" and an appeals process led it to restore some of its earlier cuts and add positions.
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - Governor Bruce Rauner has pardoned a man who spent seven years in prison but was later judged innocent of attempted murder. Rauner pardoned Robert Wilson. Wilson was convicted in December 1999 for using a box cutter to slash the face and neck of a woman at a Chicago bus stop. Rauner granted 10 and denied 200 clemency petitions Wednesday.
French president visits Moscow...British lawmakers asked to allow airstrikes on IS...4 arrested in Chicago protests
MOSCOW (AP) - French President Francois Hollande visiting Moscow today to push for a stronger coalition against Islamic State militants in Syria. His trip comes two days after he met with President Barack Obama in Washington, where both leaders vowed to escalate airstrikes against the Islamic State group and bolster intelligence sharing. Hollande is trying to unite France, the U.S. and Russia in the aftermath of the Paris terror attacks that killed 130 people.
LONDON (AP) - British Prime Minister David Cameron is trying to persuade reluctant lawmakers to back airstrikes on the Islamic State group in Syria. He says the Paris attacks have given the fight against the extremists new urgency and Britain owes it to key allies to act. Cameron says airstrikes should be part of a "comprehensive overall strategy" to destroy the Islamic State group, end the Syrian war and help rebuild the country.
BRUSSELS (AP) - Belgian authorities say no suspects have been detained in a raid today linked to the Paris attacks. It was carried out in a town south of Brussels, near the French border. Meanwhile, in the capital, a civil protection squad has decontaminated several people as a precaution at the main Brussels mosque after a parcel containing white powder arrived. The powder is being analyzed.
CHICAGO (AP) - Chicago police say four people have been arrested during the second night of largely peaceful demonstrations following the release of a video showing last year's shooting death of Laquan McDonald. The black 17-year-old was shot 16 times. Officer Jason Van Dyke, who is white, has been charged with first-degree murder in the killing. A total of eight people have been arrested during two days of marches and rallies around the city.
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - Some North Carolina state troopers say they're paid so little that they've been forced to get second jobs or go on food stamps. About 800 troopers have joined a class-action suit arguing that for several years they haven't been receiving regular pay increases the state promised them because of budget cuts. The troopers, who make up about half the force, are appealing after a trial court judge ruled against them.
Saints Fall at Green Bay
The Dubuque Fighting Saints went 0-5 on power plays as the Saints dropped a match-up for sole possession of first place in the USHL East Division last night. Green Bay scored an early power play goal and built on that lead to take down the Saints 3-0. The two teams were not exactly in the ‘holiday spirit,’ as they racked up nearly sixty penalty minutes combined. The Saints wrap up a four game road swing in Chicago on Friday night before returning home to face the Steel on Saturday.
Ford Added To U.S. Select Roster
USA Hockey has added Dubuque Fighting Saints defenseman, and captain, Keegan Ford to the U.S. Junior Select Team that will compete at the World Junior A Challenge in Whitby, Ontario in mid-December. Ford joins teammates Spenser Young and Willie Knierim to represent their country in the tournament. The tournament will take place between the dates of December 13 and December 19.
Iowa vs Dayton At Advocare Invitational
The Iowa basketball team plays the first of three contests tonight in at the Advocare Invitational Orlando, Florida. Iowa at 3-0 will face another 3-and-0 team in the Dayton Flyers. Iowa head coach Fran McCaffery says the Flyers are very quick. The winner will player Friday night at 7:30, while the loser will play Friday at 5 o'clock. Both teams will also play again on Sunday. Possible opponents for Iowa include Alabama, Notre Dame, USC, Wichita State, Xavier, and Monmouth. You can hear the game tonight with pregame at 6 o'clock and tipoff at 7 here on KDTH.
Spartans Keep It Close at UNI
In college basketball action last night, the University of Dubuque Spartans gave UNI a much better game than many probably expected, despite losing by a final tally of 83-63. The Spartans trailed by only six with just under ten minutes to play, but UNI closed the game with a 21-9 run. The Panthers improve to 3-1 with the win, while the game counts as an exhibition for the Spartans. Defending Iowa Conference Player of the Year Andre Norris led three UD players in double figures with 20 points. Jacob Mohlis hit a trio of three pointers on his way to 13 points. UNI’s Wes Washpun led all scorers with 22 points. The Spartans stay on the road for a pair of games at the Nebraska Wesleyan Classic this weekend. UNI will be at North Dakota on Saturday.
Koenig Leads Badgers Past Prairie View
Bronson Koenig scored 16 points to lead six players in double figures and Wisconsin beat Prairie View A&M 85-67 on Wednesday night. Zak Showalter scored 14 points for the Badgers. Bellinger led the Panthers with 21 points.
NCAA Basketball Scores
( 2) Maryland 86 Rhode Island 63
( 5) Kansas 70 (19) Vanderbilt 63
( 6) Duke 80 Yale 61
(10) Gonzaga 80 Washington 64
(12) Virginia 80 Lehigh 54
UNLV 72 (13) Indiana 69
(18) UConn 74 Michigan 60
(21) Oregon 91 Arkansas St. 68
(25) Texas A&M 84 Texas 73
Eagles at Lions, 11:30 (Fox)
Panthers at Cowboys, 3:30 (CBS)
Bears at Packers, 7:30 (NBC)
NCAA Football Today
South Florida at Central Florida, 6:30
Texas Tech at Texas, 6:30
Tomorrow: Iowa at Nebraska, 12:30 pregame on KDTH
Orlando 100 New York 91
Charlotte 101 Washington 87
Toronto 103 Cleveland 99
Detroit 104 Miami 81
Boston 84 Philadelphia 80
Minnesota 99 Atlanta 95
Oklahoma City 110 Brooklyn 99
Memphis 102 Houston 93
Sacramento 129 Milwaukee 118
San Antonio 88 Dallas 83
New Orleans 120 Phoenix 114
Utah 102 Clippers 91
Columbus 2 New Jersey 1
Carolina 4 Edmonton 1
Montreal 5 Rangers 1
Nashville 3 Buffalo 2
Islanders 3 Philadelphia 1
Pittsburgh 4 St. Louis 3 (OT)
Vancouver 3 Minnesota 2
Washington 5 Winnipeg 3
Boston 3 Detroit