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15th Street Housing Veterans and Disabled

February 26, 2020

A non-profit based in Chicago has opened a housing opportunity for veterans and persons with disabilities at a former school in downtown Dubuque. Fifteenth Street Apartments features 36 one- and two-bedroom units at 180 West 15th Street. Jordan Bartle, project manager for Full Circle Communities, says they saw a need for affordable housing in Dubuque. Bartle says many older buildings and houses are not equipped for the disabled and the new apartments are all accessible or adaptable units. There is an open house each Saturday from 9 am to noon. Among the amenities the apartments offer, community room, computer lab, building security and a library. Services include healthcare referrals, job training, and financial education. For more information go to fccommunities.org/fifteenth-street-apartments.

 

 

 

Man Pleads Guilty To Sexual Assaults

February 26, 2020

A man who was arrested on a federal charge of conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine in the Dubuque area in 2019 has pleaded guilty to sexual assault charges after investigators connected him to those crimes from a DNA sample. 30 year old Martel Fountain Sr. pleaded guilty to four counts of third degree sexual assault this week. In exchange for his guilty pleas, the county attorney’s office agreed to drop four counts of first degree sexual assault. The assaults took place between 2011 and 2014. Prosecutors say Fountain forced his way into the homes of four different women and sexually assaulted them. He faces up to 40 years in prison, 10 for each guilty plea when he is sentenced in late March. In addition he must register as a sex offender for life and pay fines.

Man Leads Police On High Speed Chase

February 26, 2020

A man who led deputies on a high speed chase through parts of Grant County in a stolen vehicle is now in custody. The sheriff’s office says at around 7 this Tuesday morning they were attempting to locate a stolen vehicle which was last seen in the area of Pike Peaks Road. The vehicle was being operated by 35 year old Mitchell McAuliffe. A short time later a deputy driving north on West Banfield Road spotted the vehicle heading in the opposite direction. The deputy turned around and gave pursuit, while McAuliffe sped away. At one point the deputy lost sight of the suspect vehicle while rounding a curve near Dark Lane. After getting around the curve the deputy saw the vehicle stopped with no one inside. While conducting a search for McAuliffe with a K-9 unit, authorities received a report of a man matching McAuliffe’s description was on Kress Lane. He was finally apprehended in a nearby wooded area and taken to the county jail. McAuliffe is charged with fleeing an officer, operating a vehicle without the owner’s consent and criminal damage to property. McAuliffe is also on probation.

Dubuque Man Going To Prison

February 26, 2020

A Dubuque man will be spending the next decade-and-a-half behind bars after he was sentenced for his involvement in a shooting incident in Dubuque two-and-a-half years ago. As we told you last week, 34 year old Jevonne Coleman entered an Alford plea to a change of willful injury causing serious injury as a habitual offender. Coleman had originally been charged with attempted murder, going armed with intent and being a felon in possession of a firearm Coleman had already been sentenced to nine years in federal prison last May for being a felon in possession of a firearm in connection with the same shooting incident. Prosecutors say Coleman shot a man in August of 2017 near the area of West 16th and West Locusts Streets after the two had an argument earlier. Traffic camera video captured the entire incident.

Iowa Coronavirus Monitoring

February 26, 2020

The Iowa Department of Public Health confirms seven people are being monitored for coronavirus. According to the IDPH website, the patients are asymptomatic meaning they are not showing any symptoms. To date, 30 people in Iowa have completed a quarantine, according to the health department. Officials report two people tested negative for the coronavirus. So far, there have been no positive cases identified in Iowa. The Iowa Department of Health says the overall risk to Iowans is low.

YP Town Hall Governor Reynolds

February 25, 2020

Young Professionals Dubuque, a part of the Dubuque Chamber of Commerce, is hosting Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds this Friday. The town hall event is from 10:30 to 11:30 am and will be held at the Grand River Center. The Governor will be speaking about her Invest in Iowa program and her ideas about lowering the overall tax burden on Iowans, and investing significantly in mental health and water quality. The town hall is open to the public and all YP and Chamber members are welcome to attend the complimentary event. Please RSVP at business.dubuquechamber.com/events and scroll down to Friday’s event.

 

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New Honor Flight Hub

February 25, 2020

It’s been five years since honor Flight of Greater Dubuque was able to take veterans of World War II and the Korean War to Washington DC to see memorials built in their honor. Now Honor Flight of Dubuque and the Tri-States are announcing the creation of a new Honor Flight Hub. Hub director Perry Mason says as they have done in the past, veterans of World War II and the Korean War will have the opportunity to go to Washington in September. He says Honor Flight National has changed their mission statement to include all veterans, including Vietnam vets. The cost to send a veteran to DC is approximately $600, but money to provide the trip, which will be free to veterans that qualify, will come from the public via fundraisers and individual donations. No funds for the trip come from the federal, state or local governments. Mason credits the generosity of the community for making honor flights possible in the past, and he expects that they will come through for veterans again this time. Mason says to see the looks on the faces of veterans who have a chance to see their memorials and other war memorials is “priceless”. The tentative dates for the trips are September 21st and the 22nd, but that may change. To follow Honor Flight of Dubuque and the Tri-States visit honorflightdbq.org.

 

Burns Convicted

February 25, 2020

After just over 40 years of waiting and a guilty verdict, a cold case murder in Cedar Rapids has finally come to a close. 66-year-old Jerry Burns of Manchester was found guilty just after 4:00 pm on Monday. This came after the jury finished deliberations and came to a unanimous decision in less than three hours. Prosecutors proved to a jury that Burns stabbed teenager Michelle Martinko several times in her family’s car on December 19, 1979, outside Westdale Mall. Burns faces a mandatory life sentence. He has 45 days to appeal the verdict.

Sideswipe Incident In Grant County

February 25, 2020

Authorities in Grant County are asking for the public’s help in identifying the driver of a vehicle that ran another vehicle off the road Sunday night. The incident took place a few minutes after 10:30 just north of Arthur on State Highway 80 in Lima Township.  A 17 year old male from Monfort told investigators he was driving south of 80, when a vehicle traveling in the opposite direction appeared in his lane. The teenager swerved to the right to avoid a collision, but was swiped by the other vehicle. The teenager’s vehicle went off the road, traveled over an embankment and came to rest in front of a fence. The offending vehicle, described as a white SUV continued on without stopping. The teenager and his passengers were not injured. If you have any information about this hit-and-run contact the Grant county sheriff’s office or Crimestoppers.

Grant County Crash Injures Two

February 25, 2020

A three vehicle crash in Grant County Friday morning sent two people to the hospital. According to the sheriff’s office a vehicle driven by Steven Rizzo of East Chicago was stopped near the intersection of Highway 80 and 81 just before 11:30 waiting to turn onto 81, when he was rear-ended by a car driven by Denny Roling of Dubuque. The impact of the crash sent Rizzo’s vehicle into the northbound lane of traffic where it was struck by a tanker truck driven by Daniel Leahy of Shullsburg. The tanker went off the shoulder into a ditch and overturned. Rizzo and Leahy were transported to Southwest Health Center and treated for non-life threatening injuries. Roling was cited for inattentive driving

Barn Event Space Zoning Denied

February 25, 2020

Following  a 4-0 ruling from the Zoning Advisory Commission in early January to deny a rezoning request from a Dubuque couple who want to turn their barn into a possible event space, the Dubuque City Council last week voted unanimously to uphold that ruling. Kristin and Steve Vaassen wanted to rezone property located at 2319 Manson Road from R-1 Single-Family Residential Zoning District to C-3 General Commercial Zoning District. Kristin told the council last week they had good news about noise concerns of neighbors after holding a concert in the barn recently. Nine neighbors in the Creek Wood Drive and Manson Road area expressed concerns during the public hearing with noise, safety and increased traffic. Second Ward Councilwoman Laura Roussell said she understood the worries and agreed. At-large Councilman Ric Jones concurred with many of the speakers that once the property changed to commercial zoning it’s anyone’s guess what could go there in the future. A petition opposing the zoning change signed by 75 nearby residents was presented to the council. The Vaassen’s intent was to convert the barn into an event venue where gatherings such as weddings, reunions and anniversaries could be held.

 

Male Juveniles Injury Crash

February 24, 2020

A pair of male juveniles from Galena were injured Saturday night after a rollover accident. Around 8:36 pm, Jo Daviess County Deputies were dispatched to N Council Hill Rd about 3-quarters of a mile south of W Rocky Rd. A vehicle being driven north bound encountered icy road conditions and lost control, entered the ditch, struck a power pole snapping it in half, struck a tree, rolled over, and landed upright in a pasture. The driver and a male juvenile passenger were transported to Midwest Medical Center in Galena for treatment. The juvenile driver was cited for failure to reduce speed to avoid an accident. This accident remains under investigation.  Jo Carroll Energy had to be called to the scene for wires down on the roadway as a result of the damaged power pole.

Burns Closing Arguments

February 24, 2020

Jurors in the murder trial of a Manchester man will hear the first of closing arguments Monday. Jerry Burns is accused of killing Cedar Rapids teenager Michelle Martinko more than 40 years ago. Investigators used DNA to connect Burns to the crime. He was arrested in 2018. On Friday, Burns’ attorney called for a mistrial after a prosecutor asked the witness if it was Burns’ blood that connects him to the crime scene. His attorney argued the prosecution shouldn’t have said definitively that it was Burns’ blood. The judge rejected the request.

Manchester Fire

February 24, 2020

A house fire on Saturday night caused damage to a Manchester home, according to fire department officials. The Manchester Fire Department received a report about a house fire at 612 East Fayette Street around 7:45 pm. Firefighters arrived to discover an ongoing fire in the attic. They were able to contain the fire within the attic but removed part of the upstairs ceiling to do so. Nobody was injured in the fire. The occupants of the house were displaced and are receiving assistance from the American Red Cross. An investigation into the cause of the blaze is ongoing, though initial indications are an electrical issue may have sparked it.

Dubuque Shooting

February 24, 2020

A shooting at a gas station in Dubuque required hospitalization for the victim, according to law enforcement officials. At around 12:59 a.m. on Sunday, the Dubuque Police Department received a report of a man having been shot at a Kwik Shop location at 2335 University Avenue. Officers discovered 21-year-old Johnny Tyrone Webb. Jr. of Dubuque, was shot in the neck. He is believed to have been shot while in an alley behind the gas station by a person he said he knew, according to police. The man was taken first to Mercy Hospital in Dubuque and, later, to the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics in Iowa City. Officials said his injuries were non-life-threatening. Police are asking for anybody with information related to this incident to contact them by phone or tips can be submitted anonymously online at the department’s website.

Dubuque Meth Dealer Headed To Prison

February 24, 2020

A Dubuque meth dealer has been sentenced to federal prison. 36 year old Deshone Dobson pleaded guilty in October to possession with intent to distribute a controlled substance. Dobson was sentenced in federal court in Cedar Rapids to 130 months behind bars. In his plea agreement Dobson admitted to possessing over 94 grams of methamphetamine that he intended to sell. Dobson was a passenger in a car that was stopped by Dubuque police for not having working headlights at night. During the stop, officers smelled the odor of marijuana coming from the vehicle. A search was conducted and police found a grocery bag concealed in the trunk of the car behind the carpeted inlay of the driver’s side. Inside the bag was four individually wrapped clear plastic bags of meth. Dobson admitted to owning the meth. In addition to his prison sentence Dobson will be placed on five years of probation when he is released.

Holiday Lights Recycling

February 24, 2020

Residents in Dubuque County are being credited for keeping hundreds of pounds of holiday lights out of the landfill. The Dubuque Public Works Department and the Metro Solid Waste Agency served as drop off locations for people to recycle their non-working holiday lights during the recent holiday season. People dropped off around 1,500 pounds of lights at the locations. Non-working holiday lights and all other electronics can be recycled year-round by dropping them off at the landfill during regular business hours.

Grain Safety Week Demonstration-Peosta

February 22, 2020

As part of Grain Bin Safety Week, which takes place every third full week of February to promote grain bin safety on farms and commercial grain-handling facilities, there was a live grain engulfment simulation and rescue demonstration in Peosta Friday. Dan Neenan, Director of the National Education Center for Agriculture Safety, a part of Northeast Iowa Community College, welcomed FarmHer president and founder, Marji Guler-Alaniz, who was sunk in a grain bin and rescued. Neenan says this spring is expected to be a bad one for grain bin accidents. The biggest safety rule is having a second person with whoever may have to get inside the grain bin. Guler-Alaniz says once she was inside the state-of-the-art grain entrapment simulator it only took seconds to be up to her waste in corn. A real rescue would take much longer than the simulation and the more training emergency responders  have the better the chances of a rescue. At least 14 people were killed in grain bins between August and December 2019. Since 2014, grain bin rescue tubes that are donated to 111 fire departments in 26 states have saved 4 lives so far. Partners in the rescue demonstrations include Nationwide Agribusiness and Corteva Agriscience.

Kettle Campaign Final Tally

February 21, 2020

The final numbers are in and the 2019 Kettle Campaign for The Salvation Army of Dubuque exceeded its goal. The Salvation Army collected $231,797 surpassing the 2019 overall goal for the Kettle Campaign of $225,000. Of that total – $121,000 came from the kettles, beating the goal of $118,000. The kettle campaign finished collections on December 24th, while the mail appeal continued until mid-January. program. This Saturday The Salvation Army has scheduled a volunteer emergency disaster services training for its new EDS program. All of these programs are dependent on the Kettle Campaign. The EDS training will be held on Saturday, February 22 from 8 am – 3 pm at the Dubuque Corps – 1099 Iowa Street. Those attending will be given an introductory class that all Salvation Army EDS volunteers take, including skills training and what it takes to be a part of a team that brings disaster relief. Additional information on the training can be accessed through the Salvation Army of Dubuque’s Facebook page or by calling the corps office at (563)556-1573.

Manchester Murder Charges

February 21, 2020

A man has been charged with attempted murder after a shooting took place Thursday morning in Manchester. Officers were called to an apartment around 8:54 a.m. on North Brewer Street, where the property owner had requested assistance to enter the apartment. When the owner went into the apartment, 33-year Kenneth Wayne Noble of Manchester discharged a weapon almost striking the owner in the head. Noble then shot in the direction of the officer and the officer returned fire in defense. Noble was arrested and charged with attempted murder. No one was injured in the event. The incident is still under investigation.

CTE Academy Threat

February 21, 2020

The Jo Daviess County Sheriff’s Office received a call from the Jo Daviess Carroll Career Technical Education Academy, “CTE Academy”, in Elizabeth on Thursday at 12:18 pm reporting that a faculty member had received threatening messages on her work phone that pertained to a school shooting. It was discovered that the threats were coming from an account registered to a student who was in the building at the time. At that point the CTE Academy was placed on “hard lockdown” and deputies detained the suspected student without incident. The CTE Academy went off lockdown and students were released as scheduled. After a thorough investigation it was determined that there was no active or future threat to the CTE Academy. The student was released to a parent pending formal charges from the Jo Daviess County States Attorney’s Office.

Defense Wraps Up In Burns Murder Trial

February 21, 2020

After just one witness, attorneys defending a man accused of killing a Cedar Rapids teenager over 40 years ago finished presenting their evidence Thursday. 66 year old Jerry Burns of Manchester is charged with first degree murder in the stabbing death of then 18 year old Michelle Martinko. Her blood-stained body was found inside the family car in the parking lot of Westdale Mall in December of 1979. Burns will not testify in his trail, which is being held in Scott County District Court. Burns’ attorneys called on Dr. Michael Spence who talked about forensics surrounding DNA casework. Prosecutors wrapped up their testimony Wednesday. On Wednesday they showed a video of Burns in the back seat of a police car following his arrest in 2018. It was during this drive to Cedar Rapids that Burns talked about the possibility of someone’s memory being blocked. The police investigator testifying said Burns didn’t admit guilt during the ride, but he didn’t deny the accusation either.

Emmaus Bible College Leader Dies

February 21, 2020

The chancellor and former president of Emmaus Bible College in Dubuque has passed away. Daniel Smith died Wednesday morning. Smith began working for the school in 1959 as a teacher. His other roles at the college included dean of education, student dean, business manager and executive vice president. In 1976 Smith was chosen as the college’s fourth president. He held that position until 2000, when he became chancellor. Smith served in the United States Marine Corps before attending Emmaus. He was 86 years old.

Belmont Man Injured In Crash

February 21, 2020

A Belmont man was injured in a one vehicle rollover crash in Lafayette County Wednesday morning. According to the sheriff’s office 46 year old Brent Reddington was driving north on U.S. Highway 151 at around 6:45 in Belmont Township, when he lost control and went onto the shoulder. He then over corrected and went into a ditch, before crashing into a rock embankment and overturning. Reddington was transported to an area hospital to be treated.

Asbury Police Phone Scam

February 20, 2020

The Asbury Police Department is warning area residents of a phone scam. They report many people have reported receiving calls from their department phone number asking for social security numbers and other personal information. According to their Facebook page, these calls are fraudulent and not from them. The calls are a result of caller ID “spoofing”, which is the process of changing the caller ID to any number other than the actual calling number.

U of D Military Friendly Schools List

February 20, 2020

University of Dubuque’s commitment to military-affiliated students is being recognized with a Top 10 2020-21 Military Friendly® Schools designation. UD was ranked third in the nation for private schools offering a doctorate in the annual nationwide list. Over 145 military-affiliated students attend UD. The University’s commitment to service members and veterans dates back to World War II and continues to the present day with a vibrant U.S. Army ROTC program. Additionally, the Sergeant Jeffrey B. Dodge Veterans Center provides veterans a seamless transition from military life to civilian college life. In its 10th year, the Military Friendly® Schools list is the longest-running most comprehensive review of college and university investments in serving military and veteran students. This year, 625 schools from every state in the country earned the prestigious designation.

Prosecution Wraps Up In Martinko Murder Trail

February 20, 2020

Prosecutors have finished presenting evidence in the trial of a man accused of killing a Cedar Rapids teenager more than 40 years ago. Starting Thursday defense attorneys for Jerry Burns will begin stating their case. The 66 year old Manchester man is accused of stabbing 18 year old Michelle Martinko to death. Her body was discovered in the family car in the parking lot of Westdale Mall in December of 1979. Investigators used DNA evidence to narrow down Burns as a suspect in the case. Yesterday prosecutors played a video of Burns in the back of a police car following his arrest at his business in Manchester in 2018.  Tuesday jurors heard from an inmate Burns met in jail, Michael Allison. Allison also testified that however the trial ends Burns believes he has already won because he has gotten to spend all these years with his family. The defense questioned Allison’s credibility. Prosecutors did not offer him a deal for testifying. The trial is taking place in Davenport after a judge moved it out of Linn County because of pretrial publicity.

Fennimore Man Seriously Injured

February 20, 2020

A Fennimore man was seriously injured in a snowmobile accident in Iowa County Tuesday night. The accident happened a couple of minutes before 11 pm on Iowa County G near Wildcat Road. The sheriff’s office says 29 year old Johnathon Stivarius was operating the snowmobile along County G when he struck a ditch embankment. Stivarius was airlifted to UW Hospitals in Madison to be treated for his injuries. His condition has not been released. Investigators say alcohol played a factor in the crash.

Felony Drug Arrest

February 19, 2020

A Hanover, Illinois man is facing charges after Jo Daviess County Sheriff’s Deputies were dispatched for a domestic situation involving a person with an active warrant. Around 10 pm on Monday while searching for the individual, officers checked the Hangover Tap in Hanover where they spoke to 32-year old  Gary Pettera who was bartending and he stated he knew the wanted individual and that he was not at the bar. The officers discovered the wanted individual was seated in the bar in plain sight of Pettera. Pettera was arrested for Obstructing a Peace Officer and searched during the arrest. Officers located several prescription pills classified as a controlled substance that Pettera admitted he did not have a prescription for. Pettera was transported to the Jo Daviess County Jail and charged with Unlawful Possession of a Controlled Substance. This incident remains under investigation.

Beyond the Game Releases Schedule

February 19, 2020

Beyond the Game is an Iowa baseball experience, and as part of an historic event that will take place near the Field of Dreams movie site in Dyersville this summer, BG has announced a lineup of events that will take place between August 12th and the 15th in Dyersville and Dubuque County. Keith Rahe President and CEO of Travel Dubuque says there will be three interactive exhibits of baseball history. They include the Legends of the Game Museum, the National Baseball Hall of Fame, the Negro League Baseball exhibit and more. There will also be a “Fan Fest” and a “Kids” Zone” included in the four days of events. On August 13th the  Chicago White Sox and New York Yankees will play a baseball game at a stadium currently being constructed near the Field of Dreams, and Rahe says there are all kinds of day of the game activities in store. On that Friday August 14th there will  be a game between the USA Patriots, a group comprised of veterans with service related injuries and illnesses and the Ghost Players. Rahe is confident that Dubuque, Dyersville and surrounding Tri-State area communities will be able to accommodate the onslaught of people coming for the big game. Besides a $5 admission fee to the exhibits and autographs from players and celebrities Rahe, says everything else is free. To follow the schedule go to beyondthegameiowa.com.

Dubuque Man Injured In Accident In Jo Daviess

February 19, 2020

One person was injured after his jeep was rear-ended on Highway 20 West in Jo Daviess County Tuesday morning. A few minutes before 7 am a jeep driven by 88 year old Ben Hobbs of Dubuque was traveling east on 20, about a half mile west of Barge Terminal Road, when a vehicle behind him driven by 19 year old Jacobi McClure of Stanwood crashed into the back of the slower moving jeep. Hobbs was ejected from his vehicle. He was transported to Mercy Hospital where his condition is not available. McClure was not injured. The accident remains under investigation and so far no charges have been filed.

Man Faces Prison Time In Shooting Incident

February 19, 2020

A Dubuque man faces prison time after taking a plea deal related to a shooting incident two-and-a-half years ago. 34 year old Jevonne Coleman was originally charged with attempted murder, going armed with intent and being a felon in possession of a firearm. Coleman entered an Alford plea in Dubuque County Court yesterday to a charge of willful injury causing serious injury as a habitual offender. He faces up to 15 years in prison when he is sentenced on Monday. Coleman had already been sentenced to nine years in federal prison last May for being a felon in possession of a firearm in connection with the same shooting incident. Prosecutors say Coleman shot a man in August of 2017 near the area of West 16th and West Locusts Streets after the two had earlier gotten into an argument. Traffic camera video captured the shooting.

HyVee Changes

February 19, 2020

The employee and management structure of a major Iowa retailer and employer is undergoing changes, according to company officials. Hy-Vee, Inc., has launched a restructuring initiative called “Helpful Smile 2020,” which will make changes to the management structure at stores and potentially to the distribution or number of lower-level employees. The goal of the changes is to “become more efficient while continuing to elevate” shoppers’ experiences, Hy-Vee claims. The changes are multi-faceted. Some will happen as a result of the recent decision to reduce store hours overnight. The change in when and how stocking takes place in stores will lead to overall staffing changes, including moving employees within the store, some who could be promoted, and possible staffing reductions. There were no details released on which employees or positions could be eliminated or how many could be affected.

Independence Fire Soup Supper

February 18, 2020

Public safety funding typically makes up a large portion of city budgets, but for some small cities and towns, it’s still not enough to cover all expenses. The Independence Fire Department will have their new truck, known as a grass rig, that was mostly paid for from donations and grants on display at its Soup Supper tonight, one of its main annual fundraisers. Assistant Fire Chief Blake Hayward said they typically raise around $1,500 each year at the supper, and this year, they’re hoping to replace some of the nozzles on their fire engine and purchase new hand tools, which firefighters use on almost every call. The supper, featuring chili, soup, desserts and more, will take place at the Independence Fire Department at 113 4th Avenue SE from 5 to 7 pm. Firefighters will be accepting free-will donations.

Five Flags Referendum

February 18, 2020

Renovations to the Five Flags Center will be up to a public vote this fall. The Dubuque City Council Monday unanimously approved a September 8th date for a referendum to approve a 74.3 million dollar renovation plan. At-large Councilman David Resnick says all the information is now ready to go before the voters. The 20 year bond debt would add about $111 per year to taxes for the median house worth $146,000 starting in 2022. Councilman for the Fourth Ward, Brad Cavanagh, says the time spent on the projected project had been well spent and the voters can decide if it’s the right plan. If approved, the renovated Five Flags would open in the fall of 2024. In other business, the council unanimously approved the fiscal year 2021 Budget that calls for an increase of 12.26 percent, or $213.06 for multi-residential properties. Next up, six public meetings to go over city departments and divisions budget details. A final public hearing will be held on March 26th to adopt the budget.

Black Excellence Night At Loras

February 18, 2020

For the second year in a row, the Black Student Union at Loras College will play host to the annual “Black Excellence Night” this week. Steven Parker director of inclusion and advocacy at Loras says during the event the achievements of a select group of black student will be highlighted. Parker says attendees will also be eligible for giveaways and special food options. Last year’s event was well attended. There will be a VIP section set up inside the Academic Wellness Center for black students and their families. The event gets started at around 3:30 Wednesday with a women’s basketball game matching Loras against Wartburg, followed a men’s contest.

Manchester Woman Gets Probation For Assault

February 18, 2020

A Manchester woman avoided prison time, after a judge placed her on probation for assaulting her husband last month. 46 year old Felita Malone recently pleaded guilty to assault while displaying or using a weapon and violation of a no-contact order. A judge immediately placed Malone on one-to-two years of probation. She could have been sentenced to up to two years behind bars. Another charge of going armed with intent was dismissed. On January 23rd police were called to Malone’s home. A police report says that Malone assaulted her husband with a vodka bottle. He suffered a cut below his eye. She then went to the kitchen and grabbed a knife, but her husband fled the home with another person as she approached. As police arrived they found Malone trying to escape through a back door with a knife in her hand.

Mt. Carroll Woman Hurt In Crash

February 18, 2020

A Mount Carroll woman was injured over the weekend after she struck a guardrail along Highway 20 in Jo Daviess County. The sheriff’s office says a vehicle driven by 20 year old Carissa Mccolley was traveling near 20 West and Evergreen Lane a few minutes before 2 am Saturday morning, when she swerved to miss a deer and struck the guardrail. Mccolley was transported to Midwest Medical where she was treated for her injuries. The accident is still under investigation.

St. Mark Heroes Summer Academy

February 17, 2020

An area non-profit has opened registration for summer learning opportunities to elementary-aged students in Dyersville and Dubuque. St. Mark Youth Enrichment is working with community partners on the St. Mark Heroes Summer Academy. This summer program will be offered for 5 weeks, beginning June 29th through July 31st. Dubuque classes will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and  Dyersville will run 8 a.m. to noon. Students entering grades K-5th in the Fall of 2020 are eligible. All Dubuque slots for kindergarten and 3rd grade are currently filled and new applicants can be added to a wait list. The cost for all 5 weeks of these programs is $375 with limited scholarships available for families in need. The theme this year is Imagine Your Story and the program will be heavily focused on literacy and will also have components of weekly themes, physical literacy, snacks and enrichment activities. To register or learn more, visit stmarkyouthenrichment.org.

Burns Trial Week 2

February 17, 2020

The trial for the man accused of killing a Cedar Rapids teen more than 40 years ago enters its second week today. Prosecutors will call in more witnesses in the case against 66-year old Jerry Burns. The Manchester man is charged with first-degree murder in the death of Michelle Martinko. Prosecutors say he stabbed Martinko in her family’s car in the Westdale Mall parking lot in Cedar Rapids in December 1979. A DNA match led to Burns’ arrest in 2018. On Friday, the main topic of discussion related to how investigators maintained key evidence. The defense questioned if investigators did this properly between Martinko’s death and Burns’ arrest. Burns faces up to life in prison without parole if he’s convicted.

2020 Evening of Light Celebration

February 17, 2020

An area nonprofit that provides free, client-centered care for individuals affected by sexual violence will host a special speaker for their 2020 Evening of Light Celebration. The Riverview Center has announced that Michelle Knight will be their keynote speaker. Knight is one of the women who escaped from the Ariel Castro’s Cleveland home after 11 years of captivity, torture and abuse. Knight speaks openly about her experiences to share her empowering story to reclaim her life. She is an international and New York Times best-selling author. The event takes place April 16th at the Grand River Center in Dubuque. The night begins with a showcase of auction items from local businesses, followed by dinner and the inspiring message from Knight.

Collegiate Information Technology Fair

February 17, 2020

College students who have an interest in working in fields related to computer science and information technology will have an opportunity to learn how to launch their careers this month. Kristin Dietzel, Vice President of Workforce Solutions, says the Dubuque Collegiate Information Technology Fair will put students and employers together.  The morning kicks off with professionals from Creative Adventure Lab interacting with students on turning problems into solutions. Over lunch, students will hear from IT pros on what it’s like working in the Greater Dubuque area and there will be employer booths in the afternoon. The technology fair is February 25th at the Diamond Jo Casino Harbor Room from 10 am to 2 pm. The event is also open to high school students taking IT classes who have a teacher or staff sponsor.

Spring Flooding Forecast

February 17, 2020

The first of several flood outlooks have been issued by the National Weather Service regarding the spring flood season. Due to snow pack to the north, high soil moisture content and current stream flow conditions, the risk for minor flooding is above normal this year on all area rivers. The risk of major flooding on the Mississippi River is much above normal and long duration flooding is a potential, provided the current moisture conditions continue. These conditions have persisted since fall of 2019. Historical odds for moderate flooding in Dubuque from the Mississippi River is 35-percent, this year it’s 95-percent at this point.The risk of flooding on individual basins will depend on spring precipitation as well as the rate of snow melt. The next flood outlook will be issued on February 27th.

Escaped Sex Offender Captured

February 16, 2020

A registered sex offender from Darlington who police believe cut his GPS ankle bracelet off with a knife Thursday afternoon has been arrested. Darlington police chief Jason King says 48 year old Matthew Buman was apprehended at around 1:30 Friday morning at a local tavern, about a block away from his residence. Buman was transported to the Lafayette County jail on a Department of Corrections hold. The DOC had placed Buman in an apartment on Main Street under active community supervision after he was released from prison last July. Authorities had thought that Buman was with another man, 29 year old Timothy Fitzsimons, who is also wanted by the DOC, however Fitzsimons remains at large.

Burns Murder Trial Continues

February 16, 2020

The murder trial of a Manchester man accused of killing a Cedar Rapids teenager in December of 1979 continued Friday in Scott County. 66 year old Jerry Burns is charged with first degree murder in the stabbing death of 18 year old Michelle Martinko. Her body was found inside the family car in the parking lot of Westdale Mall. Yesterday every former police officer and the doctor who originally performed an autopsy on Martinko’s body are now retired from the jobs they had back in 1979. The defense casted doubt on whether or not the investigation was handled properly.

Belmont Woman Sentenced For Child Neglect

February 16, 2020

A Belmont woman will be spending the next couple of decades in prison after a judge sentenced her Friday for neglecting her two children. 27 year old Jamie Weigel pleaded guilty to felony charges of child abuse and chronic neglect of a child. As part of the plea deal the Lafayette County attorney’s office agreed to dismissed other child abuse and neglect related charges. In April of last year Weigel and her boyfriend 25 year old Dalton Hopper were arrested and charged after they took their four month old daughter to the hospital because of “excessive vomiting.” The baby was suffering from severe diaper rash, bed sores and other abrasions consistent with being left lying in one place without being picked up for hours on end. The child was so undernourished that authorities say she could have died in a week’s time. Prosecutors say Weigel and Hopper would leave the baby and her one year old sister in a room alone for extended periods of time. Hopper pleaded guilty and was sentenced to 15 years in prison earlier this month.

Alliant Energy Phone Scam

February 14, 2020

Alliant Energy is warning of a scam that threatens to cut off customers’ power if they don’t make an immediate payment. Alliant says it has received reports of the scam from customers in Iowa and Wisconsin. In some cases, the scammers make it appear they are calling from Alliant Energy, and they may give a different phone number which spoofs Alliant’s answering system and automated menu. Officials are reminding customers that Alliant does not call and demand immediate payment. Alliant said it will not ask customers to purchase prepaid credit cards, and does not ask for payment over email.

Disaster Services Team At SA

February 14, 2020

For years, the Salvation Army has provided support all over the world to emergency personnel and survivors of disasters, but that service has not been available at the Dubuque branch of the Salvation Army for years…. until now. Captain Matt Phelps says they are expanding their services by putting together an emergency disaster services team. Phelps says they will train people to become part of the emergency disaster services team, or EDS, at no cost. Once the training is complete, that person would be registered as a “Salvation Army emergency disaster services volunteer”. Ideally, Phelps would like to see between 10 and 15 people take the training course. If you are interested in becoming part of the disaster services team, call the Salvation Army or visit their website to register. The training will be held on February 22nd from 8 am to 3 pm at the Salvation Army.

Escaped Sex Offender

February 14, 2020

The Darlington Police Department is looking for the community’s help in locating a registered sex offender. 48-year old  Matthew Buman of Darlington is a white male, 6 ft tall, 272 pounds, has brown eyes, and sandy colored hair. Buman typically drives a gray colored 2005 Dodge Durango. Last July, Buman was released from prison and the Department of Corrections placed him in an apartment on Main Street in Darlington under active community supervision. Around  3:45 pm Thursday, Buman is believed to have cut his GPS ankle bracelet off with a knife. Buman may be in the company of another man who is wanted by the Department of Corrections, 29-year old Timothy Fitzsimons, a white male. He is 6 ft tall, 229 pounds, has hazel eyes, and brown hair. Please call 911 should you locate them.

Monona Train Accident

February 14, 2020

A city worker in the Clayton County town of Monona suffered serious injuries when a train crashed into a dump truck. It happened around noon Thursday on West North Street in Monona. The Clayton County Sheriff’s Office says the worker was involved in snow removal from the area when the train hit the truck. No one on the train was injured. Local authorities and the Canadian Pacific Rail are investigating.

Window Broken At Dickeyville Grotto

February 14, 2020

Authorities in Grant County are looking for the person that vandalized the Dickeyville Grotto in the 300 block of West Main Street this week. According to a social media post, someone broke a window at the main shrine and climbed in. The post goes on to say that “the incident left behind a large amount of broken glass and possible damage to the decorative stones, colored glass, gems and antique heirlooms. The suspect reportedly left behind an apple and a five dollar bill as a show of remorse. If anyone has any information they should call police at 608-568-7284.

Break In And Assault Results In Probation

February 14, 2020

A man who was involved in a break-in and assault in Dubuque last year has been sentenced to probation. 21 year old Cory Bryson pleaded guilty to one felony count of second degree burglary and was given two-to-five years of probation. As part of the deal, the county attorney’s office agreed to suspend a ten year prison sentence. In late September Bryson, 28 year old Domino Raggs and a juvenile knocked on the door of an apartment on East 14th Street. Once inside the three, who wore bandannas over their faces, assaulted a man, while his five month old was present. Bryson had a golf club, while the juvenile was armed with a BB gun. The victim was able to take the BB gun away from the juvenile during the incident which led to all three of the suspects fleeing the apartment. Raggs has since been arrested and charged with first degree burglary.

MercyOne Health Officials-Common Flu

February 14, 2020

While the death toll continues to rise from the Coronavirus, the common flu remains a higher threat to U.S. public health. The Center for Disease Control estimates this flu season has sickened at least 22 million across the U.S. and led to at least 12,000 deaths and 210,000 hospitalizations.  MercyOne Hospital’s Infection Preventionist, Gail Gates, says the very young and old are most at risk. Gates says getting a flu shot is vital and other basic precautions, like washing your hands often,  are a good way to avoid getting sick. The official flu season runs from October 1st though the end of March.

 

 

Burns Trial Underway

February 13, 2020

The trial for the man accused of killing a young Cedar Rapids woman more than 40 years ago is officially underway in Scott County. After taking two full days to pick a jury, Wednesday was the first opportunity for opening statements and testimony from witnesses. 66-year old Jerry Burns of Manchester, is accused of first-degree murder. Prosecutors say Burns stabbed 18-year-old Michelle Martinko in Cedar Rapids in December of 1979. Burns was arrested 39 years later after investigators say they matched his DNA to the crime scene. All of the witnesses that spoke Wednesday were either friends or classmates of Martinko, speaking to what they remembered about her and the night she was killed. It also marked the first time the legal teams had a chance to make their case to jurors.

 

 

Stay-At-Home Valentine Gala

February 13, 2020

Have you ever been invited to a fundraising event, but you don’t show up and the event still raises money? That’s exactly what the latest fundraiser by the Dubuque Regional Humane Society aims to do. The DRHS is hosting its’ first ever “no-show fundraiser event called a Stay-at-Home Valentine’s Gala today. Humane society executive director Tonya Millard says invitations to the non-event have been sent out to community members asking them to make a donation to the DRHS for the privilege of not attending the event. She says it’s an attempt to include those donors who may not be interested in buying an expensive ticket to attend a gala, but would still like to make a donation in a fun and unique way. Millard says people can make a donation of what they think they may have spent had this been an actual event by simply visiting their website, https://www.dbqhumane.org/. That mission is to support the nearly 3,000 lost, abandoned, surrendered or neglected animals the society cares for every year.

Jo Daviess Injury Accident

February 13, 2020

A Elizabeth, Illinois man suffered injuries after he hit a semi-tractor trailer Wednesday. Jo Daviess County Sheriff’s Deputies were dispatched to US Highway 20 and West Long Hollow Road around 4:39 pm and discovered that 49-year old Roger Wills was stopped in the roadway preparing to make a left turn. Wills failed to yield to oncoming traffic and made his left turn into oncoming traffic and crashed into the driver’s side of a semi-tractor trailer, driven by 57-year old Ronald Steger, who was not injured. Wills was first transported to Midwest Medical and treated for injuries and then transported to Finley Hospital in Dubuque for further treatment. Wills was charged with Failure to yield turning left.

Presidential Trivia Night

February 13, 2020

The 2nd Annual Cuba City Presidential Trivia Night will give people a chance to show their presidential knowledge. The event is hosted by the Presidential Museum Committee on February 20th at the Dead End Bar & Grill in Cuba City at 7 pm. Teams of up to 5 people will compete in a friendly trivia game competition for $50 cash prize. Admission for the night is $5 per person. Sign up ahead of time to receive a free drink ticket the night of the event. All proceeds for the night will go toward the Presidential Museum effort.

Youth Action Climate Workshop

February 13, 2020

The city of Dubuque is turning its eyes to the youth of the town for input on the city’s Climate Action Plan. Gina Bell, the city’s Sustainability Coordinator, says they are hosting a Youth Climate Action Workshop on Sunday from 1 – 5 pm at Westminster Presbyterian Church. This workshop is designed for ages 10-17 and encourages students to take action in the fight against global climate change and ensure that the voice of Dubuque’s youth is heard and reflected in the updated plan. Students will participate in group discussions to define the challenge, envision possibilities, prototype their designs and test them. Bell says parents or those who work with youth are welcome to attend. The workshop is free to attend and does not require prior design skills or knowledge. Registration is encouraged, but not required. To register or for more information visit sustainabledubuque.org.

Grassley Begins 99 County Tour

February 13, 2020

Iowa’s senior Senator Charles Grassley is set to kick off his annual 99 county tour of the state. The Republican from New Hartford will start with a stop in Johnson County Friday. From there he will make a stop in Cedar County and conclude the day with a question and answer session in Jones County. This year Grassley will complete his fourth decade of holding meetings in all 99 counties. He has held at least one meeting with Iowans in every county, every year since he was first elected to the U.S. Senate in 1980.

Maquoketa Residents Monitor Contamination

February 13, 2020

City officials plan to ask residents to enroll in a program to monitor vapor contamination from a carcinogenic chemical that’s spread from a factory site in the eastern Iowa city of Maquoketa. The contamination stems from the operations of Clinton Machine Co., which built small engines in Maquoketa from 1950 into the 1990s. The factory used trichloroethene, commonly known as TCE, as a degreasing agent. Federal authorities have since determined that TCE is carcinogenic. Shelly Nellesen with the Iowa Natural Resources Department says the TCE in groundwater also creates the potential for indoor contamination.

Snow Days Not Interfering With School Days

February 12, 2020

Last year at this time, students in the Dubuque Community School District had missed a total of eight days of classes because of snow and ice that made travel difficult. This school year students have been out only one day due to inclement weather conditions.  Superintendent Stan Rheingans says they have been very fortunate so far. The Iowa State Department of Education requires students to get 1,080 hours of classroom study in any given school year. Rheingans says not having to cancel school for a snow day makes it a lot easier on teachers and students. The last day of school was scheduled for Tuesday June 2nd, but because of a missed day due to snow, an extra day, June 3rd, has been added.

Darlington Man Pleads Guilty To Sex Crimes

February 12, 2020

After pleading guilty to a half-dozen sex related crimes, a Darlington man is waiting for his sentencing date to be set. 36 year old Elam Allgyer is charged with crimes ranging from first degree sexual assault of a child to attempted first degree sexual abuse of a child. Four other counts of first degree sexual abuse of a child have been dropped by the Lafayette County attorney. Records say that Allgyer and two other men committed numerous sex related crimes when they were in their teens. The crimes were discovered by the elders at the church where the three men attended. The other two are 25 year old Elmer Stoltzfus of Cuba City and 31 year old Benjamin Allgyer of Mineral Point. Benjamin Allgyer is charged with seven sex related crimes. He has pleaded not guilty and will next appear in court on February 26th. Stoltzfus has pleaded guilty to four sex crimes and has a sentencing hearing scheduled for May 5th.

KCRG New Anchor

February 12, 2020

Eastern Iowa television viewers will see a familiar face in the evening co-anchor chair starting next month. Veteran KCRG-TV9 news anchor and reporter Chris Earl joins Beth Malicki on our coverage partner’s evening newscasts starting March 9th. After 34 years at the anchor desk, long-time KCRG-TV9 News anchor Bruce Aune will anchor his final newscast on March 6th. Aune announced his retirement in July 2019. Earl has been at KCRG since April 2008 and currently co-anchors their weekday morning newscasts. Aune joined KCRG as a news anchor in March of 1986. His work has garnered him the prestigious Jack Shelley Award, the highest individual honor bestowed by the Iowa Broadcast News Association.

Social Media Threat Leads To Probation

February 11, 2020

A Dubuque man who faced up to two years in prison has been placed on probation for making fake threats of school violence on social media last month. 20 year old Curtavion Saunders recently pleaded guilty to a charge of first-degree harassment and was given two years of probation. The incident, which Saunders initially denied, happened on January 13th. The threat was directed at Jefferson Middle School on a local Facebook page. It was a warning from one person to another not to go to the school that day or “they would be in ashes, pure death.” All schools were delayed two hours while the threat was investigated, but it later proved to be not credible. Investigators linked Saunders to the threat through his cell phone.

Man Sentenced On Burglary Charge

February 11, 2020

A  St. Paul, Minnesota man who was wanted for questioning in 13 burglaries and thefts in several Midwestern states including Iowa, has been sentenced to prison for stealing money from a Dubuque County business over a year and a half ago. 48 year old Jeffery Krieger recently pleaded guilty to third degree burglary and was given a 5 year prison sentence. Prosecutors say in July of 2018 Krieger broke into an office inside Eichman’s Bar and Restaurant in Sageville and made off with three bags containing more than $14,500. Krieger was also sentenced to prison for burglaries and thefts that occurred in Minnesota and Wisconsin in those respective states.

Cannabis Ordinance In East Dubuque

February 11, 2020

It’s been over two months since the East Dubuque city council passed an ordinance establishing guidelines for recreational cannabis businesses. One part of the ordinance requires those businesses to be located at least one thousand feet from schools, day cares, nurseries, residential day cares and pre-schools. The other part is an initial $1,500 payment for a permit and $1,500 every year after that to renew the permit. City manager Loras Herrig says their ordinance follows guidelines established by the Illinois Municipal League, and if need be the ordinance could be tweaked a bit down the road. He says the first step for potential dispensary owners to take is to apply for a license with the state. The deadline to apply was December 31st. The state is now reviewing those applications and plan to issue conditional licenses sometime before May 1st. There will only be three licenses granted for northwest Illinois, which covers nine counties. The fee is $5,000 per license. Herrig says there will be a sales tax attached to the purchase of recreational marijuana in East Dubuque. Herrig says the city is currently operating with a deficit and the additional revenue will help manage that deficit in some areas.

DBQ Democratic Chair Caucus

February 11, 2020

On Monday, the Iowa Democratic Party announced two presidential candidates, Pete Buttigieg and Bernie Sanders, requested a partial recanvass of the results that came out of 143 precincts. Five of those precincts and two satellite locations are in Dubuque County. Steve Drahozal, the county’s Democratic Party chairperson, said that as far as he knows, he and his party don’t need to do anything to assist with recanvassing. But, he’s not certain, because Drahozal tells KCRG TV, he hasn’t received communication on this matter or on much else from the Iowa Democratic Party over the last week. Drahozal says that includes the news that multiple Dubuque County precincts were part of those recanvass requests. One of those, requested by Bernie Sanders’ campaign, is at a precinct where someone had already alerted Drahozal to a math error in the allocation of county delegates. No one from the IDP has told him what he’s supposed to do about this known error, if anything. At a press conference Monday in Des Moines, IDP chairperson Troy Price told reporters that no one should correct the math on those caucus worksheets.

 

High Speed Chase Arrests

February 10, 2020

Two Platteville men face multiple charges after a high speed chase Saturday night. Around 8 pm, Grant County Sheriff’s deputies were attempting to apprehend 23-year old Travis Aide on multiple felony warrants at a residence in Arthur, when Aide took off at a high rate of speed eastbound on Cushman Road, nearly striking one of the deputies. Shortly after the pursuit began, one of the deputies slid off the road, and the pursuit continued on rural roads for about 10 miles at speeds up to 100 mph. After a few loops through a corn field Aide’s truck became disabled and he surrendered and was placed under arrest. A passenger, 20-year old Taylor Rode, was also arrested for multiple felony warrants. Combined warrants included felony and misdemeanor cases out of Grant, Iowa and Lafayette counties for: Felony Bail Jumping and Possession with Intent to Deliver Methamphetamine, among others. New charges due to the pursuit will be forwarded to the State District Attorney’s Office. Nobody was injured as a result of the pursuit and the Grant County squad car sustained heavy damage.

Iowa Caucus Results

February 10, 2020

The Iowa Democratic Party is allocating projected national delegates from total results from all 1,765 precincts. The results also include 55 updated precincts. KCRG TV reports the party is awarding 14 national delegates to former Mayor Pete Buttigieg, 12 to Senator Bernie Sanders, 8 to Senator Elizabeth Warren, 6 to former Vice President Joe Biden and 1 to Senator Amy Klobuchar. None of the other candidates are projected to receive national delegates. 1,990 delegates are needed for a candidate to win the Democratic Party’s presidential nomination. The Associated Press has reviewed updated results of the Iowa caucuses provided Sunday evening by the Iowa Democratic Party and has decided that it remains unable to declare a winner based on the available information. The results, AP continues to believe, may not be fully accurate and are still subject to potential revision.

Meth Arrest

February 10, 2020

A Dubuque man was arrested Saturday after Jo Daviess County Sheriff’s Deputies received information he was in East Dubuque and had an active warrant. Around 3:45 am, 25-year old Timothy Russett was located at a residence and after being arrested for the warrant he was found to be in possession of a hypodermic syringe loaded with methamphetamine and a plastic bag containing methamphetamine. Russett was transported to the Jo Daviess County Jail and charged for the narcotics. This incident remains under investigation.

Burns Trial Starts

February 10, 2020

The trial for the man accused of killing a Cedar Rapids woman more than 40 years ago will begin Monday in Scott County. Jerry Burns, a 66-year-old man from Manchester, is accused of stabbing and killing 18-year-old Michelle Martinko outside Westdale Mall in Cedar Rapids. Burns has pleaded not guilty. Burns now faces first-degree murder charges after investigators connected him to Martinko’s death based on blood they found in the Martinko family car. Police covertly matched Jerry Burns’ DNA from a drinking straw that Burns used and left behind at a Manchester restaurant, which officers collected from the restaurant without a warrant.

Dubuque Deere Layoffs

February 10, 2020

More than 100 employees at John Deere Dubuque Works will be placed on indefinite layoff starting in early April. In an email to KDTH, Dan Bernick, Manager of Public Relations says the layoffs will become effective April 6th. He says each Deere factory balances the size of its’ production workforce with customer demand for products from their individual factory. A total of 105 workers will be affected.

Iowa Caucus Results

February 7, 2020

The margin between Pete Buttigieg and Bernie Sanders in the Iowa Democratic caucuses was small, but with 100% of precincts reporting, as of Thursday night, it shows a narrow victory by just two-state delegate equivalents for Buttigieg over Sanders. According to The Associated Press delegate count, Buttigieg and Sanders have each won at least 11 national delegates, with a handful of delegates still to be awarded. Elizabeth Warren has won at least five delegates, while Joe Biden has won at least two and Amy Klobuchar has at least one. Iowa will award 41 pledged delegates to the Democratic National Convention this summer. The Associated Press reported Thursday that they could not declare a winner of the 2020 Iowa Caucuses.

Iowa National Guard Deployment

February 7, 2020

The United States Army announced Thursday that Iowa Army National Guard ‘Ironman Battalion’ received orders for a deployment to the Mideast.The Iron Battalion will deploy 550 soldiers from Dubuque, Charles City, Davenport, Iowa City, Iowa Falls, Oelwein, and Waterloo. The mission involves security and force protection in 27 countries, including Afghanistan, Iraq, Kuwait, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates. Captain Tindall of the 133rd Infantry Regiment, says about 100 soldiers from Dubuque will be going. Before heading overseas the Guard will first get training in Texas at Fort Bliss. Sgt. Cain from the 133rd based in Dubuque, says they are working on send-off ceremonies, which will happen sometime towards the end of May. Once the mission is defined the deployment, which is expected to last around a year,  will be in 1 or 2 countries. This is the fifth mobilization order for the Iron Battalion since 2000.

 

Sexual Assault Charges

February 7, 2020

A Dubuque man has been arrested, accused of sexually assaulting a 6-year-old girl from Fayette County. 25-year old Scott Allan Marcov was arrested by Dubuque police on Tuesday and charged with sexual abuse by the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office. In July of 2019, deputies investigated a sexual assault involving a 6-year-old from Clermont that happened a few years prior to it being reported. Marcov is being held on a $15,000 bond in Fayette County.

Jo Daviess Phone Scam

February 7, 2020

Jo Daviess County Sheriff Kevin Turner is warning the public about a new telephone scam occurring in Jo Daviess County. The caller telephones a resident and spoofs the phone number 777-2141 which belongs to Jo Daviess County Sheriff’s Office. The caller then says they are calling from the Jo Daviess County Sheriff’s Office and tells the resident they need to obtain a gift card and forward the card number to the caller. The calls are NOT originating from anyone at Jo Daviess County Sheriff’s Office. If anyone has experienced this, or a similar scam, please contact the Jo Daviess County Sheriff’s Office, or your local police department.

Schmitz To Leave DMA

February 7, 2020

The executive director of the Dubuque Museum of Art is leaving his position at the end of next month. David Schmitz informed the board of directors of his decision this week. Schmitz, who has been in charge of the museum since 2015, is leaving to become administrator of the Iowa Arts Council, a division of the Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs. Board president Julie Steffen will act as interim director when Schmitz takes on his new duties on March 30th. A search to identify a permanent replacement will begin soon.

Council Passes Budget and Fiscal Policy Guidelines

February 7, 2020

The Dubuque City Council has voted to adopt the budget and fiscal policy guidelines for fiscal year 2021, which calls for a slight increase in property taxes for homeowners. According to city manager Mike Van Milligan, the budget and guidelines provide targets and parameters within which the budget recommendation is formulated. The guidelines include a one percent increase in the city’s portion of the property tax rate. In addition, the budget calls for an increase of 12.26 percent, or $213.06 for multi-residential properties. Van Milligan says since 1989, the average property owner in Dubuque has seen an annual increase in their property taxes of about $8.06. He says in this current fiscal year, Dubuque comes in with the second lowest property tax rate compared to the 11 largest cities in the state.  The council will hold a public hearing on the budget February 17th. At that time Van Milligan will present the recommended budget document to the council. There will then be six public meetings to go over city departments and divisions budget details. A final public hearing will be held on March 26th to adopt the budget. The state deadline for adoption of city budgets is March 31st.

DNA Evidence Allowed Burns Trial

February 7, 2020

DNA evidence will be allowed in the trial of the man accused of killing a Cedar Rapids teenager, Michelle Martinko, more than 40 years ago. On Thursday, a judge ruled prosecutors can use a straw police obtained in Jerry Burns’s trial. Police say they obtained the DNA from a drinking straw that Burns left behind at a Manchester restaurant. Investigators say the DNA links Burns to the crime scene. While the straw is allowed, a judge earlier this week ruled that Burns’s internet search history for pornography should not be allowed in the trial. Prosecutors believe Burns stabbed Martinko to death in December of 1979. Burns’s trial is scheduled to begin on Monday morning in Scott County.

Nurse Pleads Guilty For Taking Painkillers

February 7, 2020

A Cedar Rapids nurse accused of taking painkillers from hospital patients’ intravenous lines and injecting herself has pleaded guilty to federal charges. 33 year old Kelly Postel of Monticello entered her pleas Tuesday in Cedar Rapids District Court. Prosecutors say Postel obtained an excessive amount of fentanyl and morphine from the hospital pharmacy and administered patients’ prescribed amount and then injected herself while at work with the leftover drugs. Authorities also say Postel took fentanyl from a patient by using a syringe to withdraw it from an intravenous line and injected herself while still at work. Her sentencing hearing has not been scheduled yet.

Field Of Dreams Tourist Boom

February 7, 2020

The city of Dubuque signed an agreement with Major League Baseball this week. They’re promising to work together for the Field of Dreams baseball game this summer. The Chicago White Sox and New York Yankees are facing each other at a new stadium by the famous Dyersville field on August 13th. It’s not everyday Major League baseball plays a game in Dubuque’s backyard, and the city is preparing for the tourism and buzz that is sure to come with the game. Keith Rahe president and CEO of Travel Dubuque tells our coverage partners at KCRG TV the tourism boost that Dubuque will get from the game is incomparable to anything else. With construction ahead of schedule on the playing field, Roman Weinburg, director of baseball operations for Go the Distance says surrounding cities like Dyersville and Dubuque have made the process that much easier. The agreement signed by Dubuque and MLB outlines things like transportation, security, MLB approval for city sponsored watch parties and how cities can advertise the game.

Steger Rd Bridge Closure

February 6, 2020

The Dubuque County Road Department will be closing the Steger Rd Bridge for most of the day Friday. There will be a contractor drilling at the bridge on Steger Road west approx. 100 feet from Hwy 136. The road from Hwy 136 to Roling Road will be completely closed at the location of the bridge while this work is completed during daytime hours – approx. 9 am to 4 pm. The estimated duration of the project is 1 day depending on weather.

2020 Winter Arts Snow Sculpting Festival

February 6, 2020

The 2020 Winter Arts Snow Sculpting Festival will be held on Saturday, from noon to 4 p.m. at Washington Park. The free snow sculpting festival/competition will feature three professional teams and three student teams representing two local colleges – Clarke University and the University of Wisconsin-Platteville – will also participate. The community snow sculpting portion of the event offers community teams or individuals access to a number of designated blocks. Tools will be provided. The Dubuque Museum of Art will offer free admission and tours of the current exhibits during the event. The 6 teams of competitive snow sculptors have arrived and sculpting has begun in Washington Park.  Observers are welcome to stop by throughout the week to view the progress and learn from the artists as they work.

Ernst/Grassley Reacts To President’s Address

February 6, 2020

While the majority of Democrats on Capitol Hill think President Trump’s State of the Union Address missed the mark, Republicans, like Iowa Senator Joni Ernst are praising the President for the job he is doing. Ernst says the President has created a “blue collar boom” all across the country with the creation of tens of thousands of jobs. Democrats say for the past three years the Trump administration has failed to fulfill promises to lower prescription drug prices. But Ernst says he wants to address the issue in a bipartisan fashion. Iowa’s other Republican Senator Charles Grassley says the President is serious about lowering the price of prescription drugs, but first there has to be a bipartisan bill in order to do that. The House is controlled by Democrats, while Republicans control the Senate.

McKean Announces Re-Election Bid

February 6, 2020

The man who represents Iowa House District 58 says he will seek another term in the fall. Democrat Andy McKean of Anamosa, who switched from being a Republican to a Democrat last year says he decided to run again some time ago, but since campaigns can be long and drawn out, he decided to wait until now to make the announcement. McKean says his priorities have not changed. Another priority for McKean is campaign reform. He believes campaigns are much too long, too expensive and too unpleasant. He has introduced a bill that would take the “dark money” out of politics. The bill, which was passed by state lawmakers in Montana last year, currently has 30 co-sponsors, and McKean is hopeful it will make some progress this session. The 70 year old McKean is seeking his third two-year term, after coming out of retirement in 2002. House District 58 covers all of Jackson County, and most of Jones County as well as the city of Cascade and Whitewater Township in southern Dubuque County.

Grant County Crash

February 6, 2020

A medical condition is being blamed for a single vehicle crash in Grant County Monday morning that sent one person to the hospital. The sheriff’s office says at around 9:35 a pickup driven by 37 year old Joshua Schomacker of Cassville was traveling along Highway 35, just west of Porters Bridge Road in the town of Beetown, when he suffered a medical issue. The truck crossed over the center line into oncoming traffic. It then left the road, struck an embankment and went airborne before landing on the driver’s side. Schomacker was transported to Grant Regional for a medical evaluation. He was cited for operating after his license had been cancelled and driving without insurance.

Reflections in the Park Record Year

February 6, 2020

Hillcrest Family Services “25th Annual Reflections in the Park,” annual holiday festival of lights in Dubuque’s Louis Murphy Park, had yet another phenomenal year. The number of vehicles and people going through were record breaking with 13,225 vehicles and an estimate of 54,095 people going through its gates. The annual tradition helped to raise over $160,000 for Hillcrest’s many programs.  All proceeds raised from sponsorships and tickets help provide health and education services throughout Iowa.

DBQ Water Flouride Levels

February 6, 2020

Water department officials say that their latest testing of Dubuque’s water supply shows normal fluoride levels, meaning that it is once again safe for all ages to drink. The Dubuque Water Department announced late Wednesday afternoon that it had detected higher levels of fluoride than expected. However, as of 9:30 p.m., those concentrations were once again below 2.0 milligrams per liter, back into the safe category for all ages. The city’s testing Wednesday afternoon showed concentrations at 3.07 milligrams per liter. Concentrations of fluoride were well below the Environmental Protection Agency’s alert level of 4.0 milligrams per liter, which could cause an increased risk of bone disease.

3rd Person Arrested For Music Store Burglary

February 5, 2020

A third suspect has been arrested for his role in a burglary at a music store in Dubuque last year. Police arrested 45 year old Timothy Schlarman of Dubuque over the weekend. He faces charges ranging from first degree theft to possession of marijuana and ecstasy with intent to deliver. Two other Dubuque men, 36 year old David Muntz Jr. and 35 year old Chad Julson were arrested last month for their part in the burglary. Police records say on December 31st Julson and Muntz smashed a window at Uncle Ike’s Music and Sound on Radford Road with a cinder block and stole guitars valued at over $14,000. Traffic camera footage tracked the men who drove to Schlarman’s residence. Police obtained a search warrant and found the stolen guitars. Schlarman told investigators that he bought the instruments from the men for $1,500, but police examined Julson’s cellphone which revealed an earlier conversation he had with Schlarman where the two discussed the burglary and how to get rid of the evidence.

Senior High Fire

February 5, 2020

A fire on a cook top in the foods room at Senior High School Tuesday afternoon just after 4 pm was contained by the sprinkler system and confirmed out by the first Dubuque Fire Department crews to reach the area. All students were evacuated and no injuries were sustained. Students were allowed back into the school a short time later. The fire is under investigation at this time with the likely cause accidental. There is no damage estimate yet.

Main Street- Open 4 Business

February 5, 2020

For the fifth consecutive year, Dubuque Main Street in partnership with Main Street Iowa and the Iowa Economic Development Authority, will sponsor a competition for up to $28,500 to help fund business/entrepreneurial initiatives . DMS Executive Director, Dan LoBianco, says the OPEN 4 BUSINESS  competition is a chance to assist business innovation. Each applicant is required to complete a one-page summary/entry proposal, of their new venture. One business will be chosen and advance to the state competition and last year a local business advanced. Applicants must be an existing, for-profit business, and must be located within or planning to relocate within the Dubuque Main Street service area. Entries are due in the DMS office, 1069 Main Street, by March 23rd. One statewide winner will receive an additional $20,000.

 

 

“Re-imagine Comiskey”

February 5, 2020

The city of Dubuque is seeking public input to improve a large north end park that’s expanding. The City of Dubuque Leisure Services Department has launched a campaign called “Re-imagine Comiskey” to get input on how to improve Comiskey Park. The city has $1.2 million budgeted to improve the park and its amenities, which could include things like adding more basketball courts or grills. This Saturday’s free event, Hip Hop PARKitecture, is a music-infused event designed for youth ages 10-17. The kids will participate in hands-on activities and group discussions, create vision boards, and work in small groups to create a design concept for Comiskey Park. That event will be at Fulton Elementary School from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. lunch will be served and registration is required. Visit cityofdubuque.org/comiskey to learn more about the events and take the online survey.

Iowa Caucus Results

February 5, 2020

 The Iowa Democratic Party has released additional results from Monday night’s presidential caucuses. After a daylong delay, the party has now made public 71% of results from all 99 Iowa counties. The new numbers released late Tuesday do not change the state of play for the candidates. Pete Buttigieg, the former mayor of South Bend, Indiana, holds a slight lead over Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders. Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren, former Vice President Joe Biden and Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar trail behind. When the party earlier released results from 62% of precincts, Pete Buttigieg led with 26.9%, Bernie Sanders followed with 25.1% and Elizabeth Warren trailed with 18.3%. Earlier Tuesday, Buttigieg claimed on “CBS This Morning” that his performance in Iowa was “phenomenal,” especially given the fact that he had started his presidential campaign with little name recognition.

Party Chairs Caucus React

February 4, 2020

The chairs of the Democrat and Republican parties in Dubuque County are happy with the turnout in last night’s caucuses. Alexis Lundgren, chair of the Republican Party attended caucus night in Peosta, where there were five precincts, and while she was hoping for a larger turnout, things went really well. Lundgren says they added a couple more caucus locations, in anticipation of a larger turnout. Steve Drahozal, chair of the county Democratic Party was stationed at precinct 18 and he says for the most part he was not surprised by the top candidates who were viable at their precinct locations.  Candidates like Michael Bloomberg, Michael Bennett and Andrew Yang were not viable at a majority of the precincts in Dubuque County.

Caucus Night Wrap

February 4, 2020

Democrats in Dubuque County were out caucusing hard and heavy for their candidates last night. With the withdrawal of former U.S. Congressman John Delaney from the race last week, there were a total of 11 candidates on the precinct ballot, but only three were viable. At least that was the case at precinct 14 at Audobon Elementary School. Senator Bernie Sanders was the top vote getter, while Pete Buttigieg came in second and Senator Elizabeth Warren captured third place. Jill Pollock of Dubuque initially caucused on behalf of Minnesota Governor Amy Klobuchar. But when she was deemed not viable because of a lack of supporters, Pollock switched over to Warren. But she still had praise for Klobuchar. Emily Blue of Dubuque is a Buttigieg supporter, and she likes the message he’s been delivering to Iowans. Addison Aronson of Dubuque has supported the Bernie Sanders campaign from the get-go. He says Sanders is the only candidate that can beat President Trump in a head-to-head race. There are ads out now saying that Iowans won’t support a socialist for the White House, but Aronson disagrees. Precinct 14 selected three delegates who will represent Sanders at the county convention, while Buttigieg will have two and Warren one. That convention will be held on March 21st.

 

 

Caucus Glitch

February 4, 2020

It’s the crucial leadoff election with no results. The Iowa Democratic Party says results from the state’s first-in-the-nation caucus have been delayed indefinitely due to “quality checks” and “inconsistencies” in some reporting. Officials with the Iowa Democratic Party said in a phone call during the early morning hours Tuesday that they were manually verifying the results from all of Iowa’s precincts. It’s an embarrassing complication that adds a new layer of doubt to an already uncertain presidential primary season. The party says the problem was not a result of a “hack or an intrusion” and promises that final results will be released Tuesday. Across the state, Democrats balancing a strong preference for fundamental change with an overwhelming desire to defeat President Donald Trump had tried to be recorded.

Hy-Vee Hours Cut

February 3, 2020

A major grocery retailer is trimming back its hours starting toward mid-February, the company announced on Monday. Hy-Vee locations in Dubuque, Cedar Rapids, Marion, Iowa City, and Waterloo will be closed overnight starting on February 10th. Hours will vary somewhat by store and city, Dubuque hours will be 5 a.m.- Midnight. According to Christina Gayman, director of public relations for Hy-Vee, the stores are changing hours to reallocate several team members to be available to assist customers during busier shopping times each day.

Attempted Murder Charge

February 3, 2020

 Dubuque Police have arrested a 17-year-old for attempted murder after a shots fired incident from last spring. Emmanuel Fountain Jr. is charged as an adult with attempted murder. Police say the shots fired incident happened on May 13, 2019, in the alley between 18th and 19th streets. According to criminal complaints, Fountain along with his brother, Jamar Little, were in a car that drove through the alley past the victim. The car then parked and both Fountain and Little ran at the victim and fired three shots at the victim. The victim ran away and was not hurt.

Grant County Injury Accident

February 3, 2020

A rural Fennimore woman and Rural Cassville man suffered injuries Saturday in a two vehicle crash. Around 11:39 am the Grant County Sheriff’s Office responded to a report of an accident on Hwy 81 near Laufenberg Lane located in the Township of Beetown. 41-year old Christopher Cooley was traveling westbound on Hwy 81 and at the same time 26-year old Kelsey Borcherding was traveling eastbound on Hwy 81. Both vehicles were negotiating a sharp curve on a hill and Borcherding crossed the center line and struck Cooley’s vehicle. Cooley’s vehicle left the roadway, overturned, and came to rest on its driver’s side, hanging off of a 100 foot embankment by a few small trees. The Borcherding vehicle continued eastbound after the crash and came to rest in the south ditch. Borcherding and the three children in the vehicle and Cooley were transported to Grant Regional Health Center for non-life threatening injuries. Borcherding was cited for Operating Left of Center, Operating a Motor Vehicle without Insurance, and Non Registration of a Motor Vehicle.

Illinois Special Olympics

February 3, 2020

Last month hundreds of athletes competed in the Iowa Special Olympics Winter Games in Dubuque. This week it’s time for the athletes in Illinois to carrying the torch. More than 450 athletes from across the state will gather in Galena at Chestnut Mountain Resorts to compete in the games which start tomorrow  and run through Thursday. They’ll be competing in alpine skiing and snowshoeing. Mike Murphy is co-owner of Chestnut Mountain. Murphy says the slopes at Chestnut are holding up very well this season. The public is invited and encouraged to attend the winter games, and they could always use more volunteers. Opening ceremonies and a parade of athletes will be in downtown Galena beginning at 5:30 tomorrow evening.  A fireworks display will take place at the end of the ceremony. Chestnut  Mountain has been home to the winter games for more than 35 years.