FORECAST FOR DUBUQUE AND THE TRI-STATES, TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 1, 2015
TODAY: PATCHY FOG EARLY, THEN MOSTLY SUNNY AND WARM. HIGH 89.
SOUTHWEST WIND 5-10 MPH.
TONIGHT: PARTLY CLOUDY. LOW 68.
TOMORROW: MOSTLY SUNNY AND WARM. HIGH 90.
EXTENDED OUTLOOK THURSDAY THROUGH SATURDAY:
A SLIGHT CHANCE OF SHOWERS AND THUNDERSTORMS THURSDAY, DRY FRIDAY AND SATURDAY. HIGHS IN THE UPPER 80S. LOWS IN THE 60S.
MISSISSIPPI RIVER STAGE AT DUBUQUE: 8.3 FEET & FALLING
Dubuque and TriState
KDTH Hosts School Board Forum
KDTH hosted a candidate forum for those running for the Dubuque Community School Board last night. Five of the seven candidates participated, and spoke on a range of topics ranging from school budgets to improving district facilities to raising the graduation rate. In his closing statement, incumbent Tom Barton says he thinks voters know what they get from him. Fellow incumbent Tami Ryan says she will emphasize “common sense” if re-elected. One of the challengers seeking a seat on the board, former teacher Tim Pope, says his years in the classroom would give him a unique perspective on the board. Another challenger, RRS Stewart, believes the Dubuque district will see many changes in the coming years and wants to help guide Dubuque schools through them. Lisa Wittman says she wants to help the district continue to meet the needs of every student. In addition to the five candidates that participated in our forum, Mike Donohue and Bert Ament are also running for the four open seats on the board. The school board election is one week from today.
Courthouse Gets New Security Equipment
New security equipment has been installed at the Dubuque County Court House. County Supervisor Tom Hancock says a new x-ray machine and a new magnetometer were installed at the entrance to the courthouse two weeks ago. He says the old security equipment had reached its end-of-life. The equipment was paid for by money from the county's general fund. Hancock says it would have made sense for the state to pay for the equipment, since it is the state that requires all counties to provide security. Hancock says they were hoping that they would be reimbursed for the security equipment by the state, but that's not likely. The new x-ray machine and magnetometer cost around $65,000.
Connolly to Be Sentenced This Week
A Holy Cross man will learn his sentence this week after he pled guilty earlier this summer to playing a role in the deaths of four Dubuque County boys. 25 year-old Joseph Connolly is scheduled to be sentenced in Dubuque County Court on Thursday. In July, Connolly made a deal with prosecutors to plead guilty to four counts of vehicular homicide by reckless driving and one count of serious injury by reckless driving. In exchange, six charges, including four counts of vehicular homicide by operating while intoxicated, were dropped. Each count of vehicular homicide is punishable by up to ten years in prison, but prosecutors have said they will recommend a total sentence of ten years. The charges stemmed from a crash last August that claimed the lives of four boys: Bryce Wilwert, Mitchell Kluesner, Nicholas Kramer, and Sean Kenneally. Prosecutors originally accused Connolly of being drunk and running a stop sign before his pickup crashed into the ATV the boys were riding.
Shot Fired in Dubuque
Dubuque police are investigating another "shot fired" incident. This one took place early Monday morning in the 1500 block of Iowa Street. Police say an officer was patrolling the area at around 2:15 AM when he heard a single shot. A search of the area came up empty, as officers were unable to locate a shell casing. The investigation is ongoing.
Probation for Platteville Domino’s Robber
The man accused of putting shoe polish on his face and robbing the Domino's Pizza in Platteville late last year has been sentenced to probation. 39 year-old Ryan Barthel of Madison was sentenced to five years of probation by Grant County Circuit Court Judge Craig Day in August. Barthel had pled no contest to the charge of first degree robbery and threat of force. Court documents say he entered the Domino's in Platteville in the early morning hours of December 19th, armed with a kitchen knife. His face was covered in black shoe polish. He demanded money and threatened to harm one of the employees on duty if they didn't comply. After Barthel left the Domino’s, an employee at the Kwik Trip in Mineral Point called police and told them a man came into the store, went to the bathroom, and washed paint off his face. Barthel was pulled over by police and taken into custody after leaving the Kwik Trip. He was originally charged with felony armed robbery. The District Attorney's Office had recommended that Barthel be sentenced to ten years in prison.
Man Killed by Train Identified
Dubuque Police have identified the man that was struck and killed by a train over the weekend. 23 year-old Samuel Bettcher of Dubuque pronounced dead at the scene of the crash, which happened near Key City Recycling on Dodge Street. Police say the incident happened around 9:30 PM Saturday. Dubuque Police say the train's engineer said Bettcher came around the corner, got on the track, and was struck by the train. Bettcher's body has been transported to the State Medical Examiner's Office in Ankeny for an autopsy.
Here is the latest Iowa news from The Associated Press:
MOUNT PLEASANT, Iowa (AP) - Authorities say two people have died after being struck by a train in southeast Iowa. The Mount Pleasant Police Department says a Burlington Northern Rail train struck 31-year-old Thomas Riley and 39-year-old Lelania Gillon at a crossing Sunday morning. Riley, of Mount Pleasant, was pronounced dead at the scene. Gillon, also of Mount Pleasant, was taken to the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics in Iowa City, where she died overnight.
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Rick Perry's cash-strapped presidential campaign is set to keep going in Iowa with just one paid staffer and some volunteers. The former Texas governor's senior Iowa strategist, Robert Haus, says the Republican campaign will have one paid operative for now. Haus will stay on in an unpaid capacity. Haus says Karen Fesler, who served as Iowa co-chair of the campaign, is leaving to work for former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum's 2016 bid.
DAYTON, Iowa (AP) - A Dayton couple got a reminder of just how close they live to Skillet Creek when the stream quickly rose due to heavy rainfall, flooding their home and prompting a rescue by an inflatable boat. Jim and Shelley Garland say they're thankful to the firefighters who helped them and their three dogs to safety last week. The couple is staying with other family until they can return to their three-story log cabin home that they recently moved into.
IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) - A former IBM executive who wants to be the next president of the University of Iowa will be on campus Tuesday. J. Bruce Harreld's visit comes a day after another candidate, Ohio State provost Joseph Steinmetz, has a meeting in Iowa City. Tulane Provost Michael Bernstein and Oberlin College President Marvin Krislov had their meetings last week. The Board of Regents could make a decision on Thursday.
Here is the latest Wisconsin news from The Associated Press:
MILWAUKEE (AP) - Milwaukee's top development and financial officers have detailed the final part of a $500 million funding plan to build a new arena for the Milwaukee Bucks. The meeting began late Monday afternoon in front of an overflow crowd at City Hall. The arena has been the center of a debate over whether public funds should be used to subsidize professional sports teams.
IRON RIVER, Wis. (AP) - Authorities in northern Wisconsin say a 2-year-old boy has died after he was run over. The Bayfield County Sheriff's Office received a 911 call about 4:40 p.m. Saturday about a child being run over by a vehicle near Iron River. The woman's husband was moving an equipment trailer when the child was run over by the trailer tires. The sheriff's office says the boy - identified as Gavin Wade - was airlifted to a hospital in Duluth, Minnesota, where he was pronounced dead of head injuries.
JEFFERSON, Wis. (AP) - A jury has convicted a 33-year-old Wisconsin man of killing the mother of his child. A Jefferson County jury on Saturday convicted Michael Henderson of Waterloo on one count of first-degree intentional homicide. Henderson was convicted in the fatal shooting of 28-year-old Heather Stewart. Stewart's body was found last year in her car in a parking lot in Watertown. She had been shot in the head.
MADISON, Wis. (AP) - Scott Walker's presidential campaign spokeswoman says the Wisconsin governor is not advocating for building a wall separating Canada and the United States. Walker spokeswoman AshLee Strong says Walker's comments on the issue had been misinterpreted. Walker was asked Sunday on NBC's "Meet the Press" whether he supported building a wall. Walker said that he has heard about security concerns along the Canadian border, and "that is a legitimate issue for us to look at."
Here is the latest Illinois news from The Associated Press:
SWANSEA, Ill. (AP) - An East St. Louis man has been charged with first-degree murder in connection with a stabbing that left his ex-girlfriend dead and her son severely injured. St. Clair County prosecutors have charged Alvin Harris Jr. with killing Sharetta Day. He was also charged with attempted murder and aggravated battery to a child.
OAK FOREST, Ill. (AP) - The Cook County Department of Public Health says a man in his early 90s from the south Chicago suburbs has died after contracting West Nile virus. West Nile virus can spread to humans through the bite of an infected mosquito. Most people won't have any symptoms. But the virus can cause fever, nausea and headaches.
QUINCY, Ill. (AP) - The Illinois Department of Public Health is reporting two more deaths from Legionnaires' disease after an outbreak at a western Illinois veterans' home. The new cases increase the number of residents contaminated at the Quincy veterans' home to 29. Legionnaires' disease is a severe form of pneumonia. Most people get it from inhaling the Legionella bacteria.
NEW YORK (AP) - Pope Francis has asked a teenage girl from Chicago to sing for him during a talk via satellite with Americans ahead of his first trip to the United States. Valerie Herrera wept as she told Francis she'd been bullied because of a rare skin condition and had turned to music for comfort. He said in English he would like to hear her sing.
PHOENIX (AP) - No reports of deaths or serious injury after heavy storms hit the Phoenix area last night. High winds, lightning and heavy rain knocked out power to thousands, disrupted air travel, and stranded motorists in flash floods. Fire officials say crews received more than 400 calls for help in a two-hour period - a record number.
ATLANTA (AP) - A shooting involving police in DeKalb County, Georgia, has left an officer critically wounded, a homeowner shot in the leg, and the homeowner's dog dead. Authorities say gunfire broke out after three officers responded to a call of a suspicious person and showed up at the wrong house. It's not clear yet who fired, or whether the homeowner had a gun.
MOREHEAD, Ky. (AP) - Now that the U.S. Supreme Court has spoken, a Kentucky county clerk faces a choice: Whether to issue same-sex marriage licenses, or continue to refuse because of her religious beliefs. Kim Davis of Rowan County appears to have run out of legal options after the high court denied her last-ditch appeal late Monday.
BANGKOK (AP) - Thailand's prime minister says authorities have arrested a suspect in the bombing at a shrine in central Bangkok two weeks ago that killed 20 people. The man is described as a foreigner, and was arrested near the Cambodian border. The premier calls him the main person in the bombing, but did not directly say the man is suspected of actually planting the bomb.
MOGADISHU, Somalia (AP) - Islamic extremists have reportedly overrun an African Union base in southern Somalia after a firefight with troops early today. A Somali military official says the attack started with a suicide car bombing at the base's gate, followed by a firefight which lasted more than an hour. The African Union force in Somalia insists on Twitter that it is still in control of the base.
Final San Diego 7 Texas 0
Final Tampa Bay 6 Baltimore 3
Final Cleveland 4 Toronto 2
Final Boston 4 N-Y Yankees 3
Final Houston 8 Seattle 3
Final Oakland 11 L.A. Angels 5
Final Miami 4 Atlanta 0
Final N-Y Mets 3 Philadelphia 1
Final Cincinnati 13 Chi Cubs 6
Final St. Louis 8 Washington 5
Final Colorado 5 Arizona 4
Final L.A. Dodgers 5 San Francisco 4, 14 Innings
Cubs get Jackson from M's...Jags' Thomas could miss opener...Cousins gets starting nod
HOUSTON (AP) - The Chicago Cubs have added an outfielder for their playoff run, getting Austin Jackson from Seattle for a player to be named. Jackson was hitting .272 with eight homers and 38 RBIs in 107 games this season. He gives the Cubs' outfield depth and defense as the team tries to nail down its first postseason berth since 2008.
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) - Jacksonville Jaguars tight end Julius Thomas could miss multiple games to start the regular season because of an injured right hand. Thomas broke a bone in the back of his hand during the preseason opener against Pittsburgh. He initially was supposed to be back for the regular-season opener Sept. 13 against Carolina, but general manager Dave Caldwell says Thomas would be sidelined four weeks if he requires surgery.
ASHBURN, Va. (AP) - Washington coach Jay Gruden has announced that Kirk Cousins will be his starting quarterback for the season, saying the Michigan State product gives the Skins the best chance to win. Cousins was selected over Robert Griffin III, who was thought to have the job until he was held out of Saturday's preseason game because of a concussion suffered the previous week.
BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) - The Buffalo Bills are turning their offense over to Tyrod Taylor following a three-way quarterback competition. Taylor won the job over former starter EJ Manuel and Matt Cassel , a 10-year journeyman who was acquired in an offseason trade with Minnesota. The Bills have released 34-year old running back Fred Jackson, who spent nine seasons in Buffalo.
NEW YORK (AP) - A final decision on Tom Brady's punishment now rests in the hands of Judge Richard Berman after the Patriots quarterback and Commissioner Roger Goodell failed to reach an agreement yesterday. Berman says he expects to rule as early as today whether Brady must serve a four-game suspension to start the season for his alleged role in using underinflated footballs during the playoffs last season. Goodell upheld the suspension in July, and the NFL Players Association wants the punishment nullified.
Here is the latest Wisconsin sports news from The Associated Press
MILWAUKEE (AP) - Officials say the final piece of a financing plan for a new $500 million Milwaukee Bucks arena will rely heavily on special tax districts. Milwaukee Development Commissioner Rocky Marcoux has laid out how the city plans to generate its $47 million share of public funding for a new arena and entertainment district. Comptroller Martin Matson presented a fiscal analysis that concluded with support for Marcoux's plan.
MADISON, Wis. (AP) - No. 20 Wisconsin has settled on a starting offensive line after a training camp filled with injuries. Walker Williams will get the start at right guard when the Badgers face No. 3 Alabama on Saturday night. Hayden Biegel will start at right tackle. Redshirt freshman Michael Dieter is the new starter at left guard.
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) - Alabama's first depth chart of the year doesn't clear up the starting quarterback mystery at all. Jake Coker, Cooper Bateman and Alec Morris are all listed as possibilities for the third-ranked Crimson Tide's opener Saturday night against No. 20 Wisconsin. Tide coach Nick Saban says the coaches will make the decision when the time is right.
Here is the latest Illinois sports news from The Associated Press
CHICAGO (AP) - Eugenio Suarez and Adam Duvall hit two-run homers in a four-run sixth inning as the Cincinnati Reds took advantage of two late Chicago errors in a 13-6 victory over the Cubs on Monday night. Duvall snapped a 5-5 tie with his pinch-hit homer off Cubs reliever Justin Grimm. Grimm gave up the home run to Suarez that tied it.
ST. LOUIS (AP) - Jason Heyward hit a two-run, tie-breaking double in the seventh inning to key a five-run rally as the St. Louis Cardinals beat the Washington Nationals 8-5 on Monday night. St. Louis won for the eighth time in nine games. Kevin Siegrist picked up the win despite allowing three runs in the seventh.
HOUSTON (AP) - The Chicago Cubs have acquired outfielder Austin Jackson from the Seattle Mariners for a player to be named and an international draft slot. The Cubs also receive cash in the deal. They designated infielder Mike Olt for assignment to make room on the roster.
ST. LOUIS (AP) - St. Louis Cardinals right-hander Carlos Martinez has been scratched from his scheduled start on Tuesday with a sore back. Martinez suffered the injury in his last start Thursday in Arizona. Cardinals manager Mike Matheny said Martinez is expected to miss just one start.
Iowa/Wisconsin High School Football Rankings
The first Iowa Associated Press High School Football Poll has been released. In Class 4A; Dubuque Senior received one vote for top 10 consideratinon, West Des Moines Valley is top ranked this week. In Class 3A; West Delaware is ranked 2nd right behind Pella. In Class 2A, Dyersville Beckman is ranked 3rd, the top team is North Fayette Valley. In Class 1A, both Bellevue and Clayton Ridge received votes for top 10 consideration, Iowa City Regina is top ranked.
Just one area team is ranked in the Wisconsin poll. Darlington is ranked 3rd in the Small Schools, Cuba City and Lancaster received votes for top 10 consideration.
High School Cross Country
At the Bruess Invitational at Monroe yesterday, the Hempstead boys and girls took home the team championship in the 11 team field. The Wahlert boys finished 3rd and the Wahlert girls team finished right behind the Mustangs. Indiviually in the boys meet covering a 5,000 meter course, Jacob Berning of Wahlert placed 2nd in a time of 17.25, Hempstead's Ryan Strauss finished 3rd in 17.43. Individually in the girls field running 5,000 meters, Hempstead's Casey Nichols finished 2nd in 20.53 while Grace Herber of Wahlert was 3rd 21.00.