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Dubuque Man Injured In One Vehicle Crash

September 17, 2020

A Dubuque man was transported to U of I Hospitals after authorities say he crashed his vehicle in Dubuque County early Tuesday morning. A few minutes after 6:30, deputies responded to a vehicle in a ditch along U.S. Highway 52 South. When they arrived the vehicle was unoccupied. But an investigation revealed that the driver, later identified as 45 year old Eldon Lemer had crashed into a culvert and some trees before going down an embankment into the ditch. Authorities located Lemer at Finley Hospital, before he was transported to Iowa City. The accident remains under investigation.

Regional Collection Center Opening

September 17, 2020

The Dubuque Metropolitan Area Solid Waste Agency will be resuming operations at their Regional Collection Center for household hazardous wastes and electronics to residents of Dubuque and Delaware County the week of September 22nd. Appointments are required and will be scheduled on select dates and times. Appointments can be made by visiting dmaswa.org. To maintain social distancing and the health of employees and residents, residents will be required to unload all items without assistance from staff and face coverings will be required.

Kraft Heinz Sale Wisconsin

September 17, 2020

Kraft Heinz says it is selling its natural cheese business — including its Cracker Barrel brand — to French dairy company Lactalis Group as part of a larger restructuring. The $3.2 billion sale includes Kraft Heinz production facilities in Wisconsin, California, and New York that employ about 750 people. Kraft Heinz will retain the Philadelphia cream cheese brand, Kraft singles and the Velveeta and Cheez Whiz brands. The company has been struggling as consumers seek out fresh, less processed food. It says the sale will help it focus its resources on other brands. The sale is expected to close in the first half of next year.

Work Nearly Complete On Julien Dubuque Bridge

September 17, 2020

Work on the Julien Dubuque Bridge is almost complete. Crews from the Iowa Department of Transportation are installing a new fence along the pedestrian walkway across the bridge. The work began on June 1st and was expected to be done by Labor Day. But Hugh Holak, resident construction engineer at the DOT Manchester office says it will now be a couple of weeks before the work is done. Holak says the old fence had run its’ course and had to be replaced this year. Since the work began the eastbound lane of the bridge has been closed from 6 am to 3 pm Monday through Friday. For now, eastbound traffic is being detoured through Wisconsin. Last year crews replaced the lights on the bridge.

Dubuque Schools No-Cost Meals

September 17, 2020

The Dubuque Community School District is pleased to announce that beginning Monday, Sept. 21, ALL STUDENTS in the Dubuque Community School District will receive 𝗡𝗢-𝗖𝗢𝗦𝗧 𝗠𝗘𝗔𝗟𝗦 at school thanks to an extension of the USDA Summer Food Service Program. This includes all meals served at district schools, and also includes the district’s four meal Grab n’ Go locations. The four meal pick-up locations will also now operate as open meal sites and will serve any individual 18 or under (with no infant formula or food served) at no-cost regardless of whether or not they are enrolled in a district school.

Dubuque Street Closures

September 17, 2020

The Dubuque engineering departments says that Main Street, between 8th and 9th Streets will be close for most of the morning today for private construction work. The closure will occur between 6 am and 10 am. Also the alley between Locust and Main and 8th and 9th will be closed from 10 am until noon today. Motorists will need to use an alternative route during those times.

Salvation Army Christmas Campaign

September 16, 2020

The Salvation Army nationally started its Christmas Campaign on September 14th, earlier than ever before to ensure it can be a beacon of hope. While the Dubuque kettles won’t physically be out until November, The Salvation Army will be working in a variety of new ways to not only collect funds but to spread the idea of ‘Rescue Christmas’ – this year’s campaign theme. To kick the Dubuque campaign off, The Salvation Army will have a live ‘Call to Prayer’ event on Thursday, September 17th at noon. The event will be held on the Dubuque Salvation Army’s Facebook page. Captain Emily Phelps says the annual Toy Store is gearing up early this year. She says that toys are already arriving. For more information go to SADubuque.org or their Facebook page.

Hit and Run Suspect Arrested

September 16, 2020

The Dubuque Police Department have arrested the driver of a vehicle that hit a pair of vehicles that left two people injured on Tuesday afternoon. Around 3:18 pm officers initiated a traffic stop at 16th/Central and 32-year old Christopher Evans fled resulting in a pursuit through the downtown & north end. Evans vehicle struck two other vehicles in the 1900 block of Jackson. Evans then fled the scene on foot before being arrested in the 1700 block of Jackson Street. An adult female and juvenile from one of the other vehicles were transported to the hospital. The severity of their injuries are unknown at this time. Evans is facing multiple charges including, Drug Possession Controlled Substance, Interference with Officials Acts while in Possession of a Firearm, Felon In Possession Of A Firearm, 4th Degree Theft for Possession of Stolen Property, and Eluding From Police.

Two Vehicle Crash Injures Dubuque Man

September 16, 2020

A  Dubuque man was taken to the hospital Monday after he was involved in a two vehicle crash. A police crash report says 69 year old Jon Furlong was traveling west along Dodge Street near its’ intersection with JFK Monday afternoon, when he attempted to turn right onto JFK. Furlong lost control and struck a vehicle driven by a 16 year old male from Asbury, who was stopped at the red light. Furlong was transported to Mercy Hospital, where he was treated. He was then given a citation for failure to maintain control.

Man Arrested For 2 Assaults In Dubuque

September 16, 2020

A man was arrested by Dubuque police this past weekend for assaulting two Dubuque residents. The first one happened Saturday near Queen and Henry Streets, while the other took place in March. 44 year old Tyrone Watson faces nearly a half-dozen charges ranging from domestic assault with strangulation to fifth degree criminal mischief. In the first assault, police accused Watson of beating up a 36 year old woman. In the second one he is accused of assaulting a 23 year old man, breaking his jaw.

Dubuque Casinos Making Comeback From Virus

September 16, 2020

Since they were given the OK from the Governor to reopen in June amid the coronavirus pandemic, both the Diamond Jo and Q casinos are seeing some positives, but they also realize there is a ways to go. Q general manager Brian Rakestraw says in the month of August the Dubuque market saw a decline of almost 13 percent. 33 percent of the gaming markets in Iowa fared well in August. Rakestraw says even with a decline in overall gaming, hotel and restaurant revenue, there was a positive growth in net income last month. Q President and CEO Jesus Alvies says since they reopened they have brought back 96 percent of their employees. Some employees have been reassigned to other duties. Q chief financial officer Bill Eichhorn says their gross gaming revenue was down 7.8 percent last month, and total revenue was down 16.2 percent. Net income from operations was up 31.7 percent, while overall net income was up 32.9 percent compared to the same time last year.

Board Approves Budget For Senior Phase 2

September 16, 2020

The Dubuque Community School Board has approved a budget of around 33.9 million for phase 2 of renovations at Senior High School. That price tag is about 1.2 million more than what architectural fire Straka-Johnson estimated a few months ago. Despite the COVID-19 pandemic, Superintendent Stan Rheingans says they have the funds to do the project, and once the work is done, Senior, like Hempstead, will be completely renovated.  Board member Jim Prochaska says the renovations will be extensive. There will also be improvements made to the industrial tech area at the high school. The board also approved an amendment to the agreement with Straka-Johnson for the  project for around $408,000. The project will go out for bids early next year.

Natural Gas Leak In Dubuque

September 16, 2020

Dubuque fire fighters responded to a natural gas leak Tuesday morning. It happened a few minutes before 10 in the 2000 block of Admiral Street. Authorities say the gas line was struck in front of 2010 Admiral, and the area was isolated by fire crews. A crew from Black Hills Energy was called in to cap off the leak.

Admiral Street Closed

September 15, 2020

The Dubuque Fire Department reports a natural gas line was struck in front of 2010 Admiral Street. Fire crews have the area isolated. Black Hills Energy is working to shut off the leak. Admiral Street will be closed for about an hour.

Dubuque County Car Thefts

September 15, 2020

The Epworth Police Department is reminding people to lock your car doors and remove the keys from the ignition. On Sunday, between the hours of 2 and 6 am, several vehicles were unlawfully taken throughout Dubuque County, including two from the City of Epworth. All vehicles taken were unlocked with the keys left in the ignition. This has been an ongoing problem throughout Johnson County for the past several weeks and seems to have migrated into Dubuque County. If you have any camera footage of any suspicious events during this time frame, please contact the Epworth Police Department.

Dubuque County Injured After Crash With Semi

September 15, 2020

A Dubuque County man was injured after a semi pulled into his path Sunday morning. The sheriff office says 45 year old Benjamin Hanten of Peosta was driving south on Peosta Street at Enterprise Drive in Peosta, when a semi driven by 59 year old Michael Dodock of Waterloo attempted to turn left and struck Hanten’s vehicle. Hanten was taken to Mercy Hospital by a family member, where he was treated. Dodock was cited for failure to yield while making a turn.

Free COVID-19 Testing At UWP This week

September 15, 2020

The Grant County Health Department will be offering free COVID-19 tests to students at UW-Platteville this week. The tests will be conducted on campus Wednesday and Thursday from 10 am until 5:30 pm. Those wanting to be tested should enter at Greenwood Avenue and Circle Drive. Tests will be available on a first come-first serve basis. Appointments are not necessary, however pre-registration, though not required, is encouraged and available online at register.covidconnect.wi.gov.

 

https://register.covidconnect.wi.gov/en-US/

Dubuque Woman Seriously Injured In Crash

September 15, 2020

A Dubuque woman was transported to the hospital with serious injuries following a crash in Dubuque Sunday morning. According to a police report the accident happened a few minutes after 6 am in the 2500 block of Central Avenue. 34 year old Joe Jormelu was traveling south, when he crossed the centerline and struck a vehicle driven by 32 year old Samantha White. Jormelu then struck two parked vehicles. White was taken to Mercy Hospital to be treated. Her condition has not been released. J0rmelu was charged with improper use of lanes, leaving the scene of an accident, failure to provide proof of financial liability and driving while suspended.

Fire Damages House In Dubuque

September 15, 2020

Fire damaged a house in Dubuque Monday morning. Crews responded to a report of a house fire at 2288 Central Avenue at around 8:45. It apparently started in the kitchen area, after one of the residents was cooking and left the stove unattended. The fire spread to the rafters of the two story addition. Someone attempted to extinguish the blaze with the sprayer hose from the kitchen sink and a bucket of water. Fire crews were able to put out the fire, and remained on scene until almost 10 o’clock. No one was injured, but four people were displaced. There is no damage estimated at this time.

Report: Spiegel To Sell Bellevue Properties

September 15, 2020

Developer A.J. Spiegel has reportedly sold several of his riverfront properties in Bellevue, including a restaurant that’s been closed for over a year. The sale of the Baymont Hotel, the RV campgrounds, the Events Centre and the Off-Shore Restaurant are pending. The new owners are the same group of investors who own and operate the Dubuque Marina and Coconut Grove Resort in Wisconsin. Dave Heiar, Senior Advisory at Jackson County Economic Alliance says while he hasn’t spoken directly with Spiegel, they were aware that the properties had been sold. Heiar says he would be happy to talk with the new owners, should the sale actually proceed, about what other projects they may have in mind for the riverfront property. Spiegel, creator of MTM Corporation in Peosta, has invested more than 18 million in Bellevue projects over the past 20 years, which includes condominiums on North Riverview. There’s a little bit more paperwork to complete before the sale of the properties is final.

Dubuque Woman Charged After Hitting Man With Car

September 15, 2020

A Dubuque woman was arrested Sunday night after police say she struck a man with her car, breaking his leg. Traffic cameras captured the entire incident. Police say at around 2:50 pm, 22 year old Larissa Greer could be seen driving south in the 2-thousand block of Elm Street with a man in the vehicle. The man got out and Greer drove towards him. The man kicked the car as it went by, but the incident continued at a gas station parking lot on Rhomberg Avenue. Footage shows Greer driving towards the man again, this time hitting him with the hood, before parking. Police responded to a man calling for help a few minutes later. The victim was transported to Mercy Hospital, where he was treated for a broken leg. When police arrived Greer had fled the area, but was arrested a few hours later and charged with domestic assault with injury, willful injury and driving while barred.

River Paddling Trip

September 14, 2020

The Dubuque & Jackson County Conservation departments have teamed up to offer people a chance to enjoy fall colors and educational programs while taking in the sights and sounds of the Mississippi River. The multi-day paddling trip takes place September 29 – October 1 from Dubuque to Bellevue. Participants will learn about many aspects of the river community and they can bring their own vessel or borrow a canoe or kayak from the county conservation departments. Cost is $10 per day or $25 for all 3 days, which includes the education programs and guided trip. Participants need to provide their own food and shuttling and camping is available both nights. Participants must register for this event online at MyCountyParks.com, click on Jackson County, then events. Participants are asked to practice social distancing with other participants. Participants should bring a mask for instances when social distancing might not be able to be maintained. This event is for adults, ages 18 and up.

 

https://www.mycountyparks.com/County/Jackson/Park/Hurstville-Interpretive-Center/Events/15707/Fall-Paddling-Trip-on-the-Mississippi-River.aspx

 

 

Airport Tuskegee Airman Captain Martin

September 14, 2020

A group in Dubuque is continuing its efforts to honor Tuskegee Airman Captain Robert L. Martin by naming the local airport’s terminal after him. In July, the Dubuque airport commission unanimously approved naming the terminal at the airport after Captain Martin, but the airport cannot put any money into creating monuments or plaques. Dawnelle Gordon, who started the movement, says she got together with many members of Captain Martin’s family to create a fundraising sub-committee. As of Friday, they had raised over $12 thousand, but the goal is to raise at least $80 thousand. Gordon explains the money will go into hiring an architect to design a monument honoring Captain Martin at the entrance of the airport. The team would also like to put together an Aviation Hall of Fame inside. Anyone interested in donating can do so on Gofundme: gf.me/u/ydrcs2 or at: Captain Robert L. Martin Memorial fund, c/o Dubuque branch of the NAACP, P.O. Box 1012, Dubuque, IA 52004.

Two Dubuque Residents Injured In One Car Crash

September 13, 2020

Two Dubuque teens were injured in a one vehicle crash in Dubuque Thursday evening. Police say 18 year old William Brown was driving south on West 32nd when he failed to negotiate a curve. The vehicle then crashed into a ditch. Brown and his passenger, 18 year old Jenna Gibson were injured. Brown was transported to Mercy Hospital and treated, while Gibson was not taken to the hospital. Brown was cited for failure to maintain control and failure to provide financial liability.

East Dubuque Students Return To In-Person

September 13, 2020

The superintendent for the East Dubuque school district says students will return to in-person learning on Monday. In a message to families in the district T. J. Potts wrote that all students planning to return to in-person learning are no longer under quarantine. Earlier this month the district switched to remote learning after a number of positive COVID cases were reported among students and staff. Potts says two staff members remain quarantined.

Dubuque Man Arrested In Shooting Incident

September 13, 2020

A  Dubuque man was arrested Thursday after police say he was one of the people involved in a shooting in which two vehicles boxed in another vehicle and shot it up last month. The incident happened on August 4th in the 2200 block of Washington Street. 24 year old Javarise Jackson is charged with intimidation with a dangerous weapon, going armed with intent, carrying weapons and reckless use of a firearm causing property damage.

Bloomberg Grant Asphalt Art

September 11, 2020

The City of Dubuque’s Office of Arts and Cultural Affairs, in partnership with Green Dubuque has been awarded a $25,000 national grant from Bloomberg Philanthropies. The Asphalt Art Initiative is a new program created to help cities use art and design to improve street safety, revitalize public spaces and engage their communities. This project will enhance 14 bus shelter locations throughout Dubuque with painted murals on the sidewalk surface under and around the shelters to draw attention to the City’s extensive and accessible public transit system while encouraging residents to actively partner in the City’s Climate Action Plan and celebrate those that already do. Feedback from the users of Dubuque’s public transit will be collected throughout the Fall of 2020 to inform a call for artists to be launched in Spring 2021. Community members will be invited to take part in project installation and celebration in the Summer and Fall of 2021 in anticipation of the Growing Sustainable Communities Conference slated for October 12-13, 2021 in Dubuque.

Dubuque’s Walk To End Alzheimer’s

September 11, 2020

The annual Walk to End Alzheimer’s is this weekend in Dubuque, and because of COVID-19, this year’s event will be done a bit differently. Briget Meyer is the walk manager for Dubuque. She says opening ceremonies will start at 10 on Saturday morning at Washington Middle School. Meyer says they are asking participants to take all of the safety measures recommended by local and state health officials and the CDC. This year’s walk will be done with three components in mind. The first one being that all teams are invited to view the walk opening and “promise garden” ceremony in the Walk to End Alzheimer’s app. Meyer says people have been collecting donations throughout the year and everyone that has registered a team has their own personal Facebook page that lets them track all of their donations, which have to be turned in by the end of the year. Meyer says they hope to raise $138,000, but she understands the financial burden that has been placed on people as they deal with the coronavirus pandemic. If you’re not able to participate in Saturday’s event, you still have until December 31st to register and raise money for Alzheimer’s. To register, visit alz.org/walk. You can also help spread the word by joining the Dubuque “Walk to End Alzheimer’s Facebook group.

Mullis To Appeal Life Sentence

September 11, 2020

As expected, a Delaware County man who was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole after being convicted by a jury last September of first degree murder, is appealing his sentence. 44 year old Todd Mullis of Earlville as sentenced last Friday for the murder of his wife, Amy Mullis on the family’s farm in November of 2018. Mullis’ attorney says he will appeal his case to the Iowa Supreme Court. Prosecutors say Mullis stabbed his wife to death with a corn rake, and then said she had an accident, denying that he killed her. He had been experiencing marital problems with his wife, and prosecutors say he accused her of having an affair.

Road Rage Incident Results In Armed Robbery

September 11, 2020

A road rage incident in Dubuque this week resulted in one man being robbed at gunpoint. A police report says the incident took place Tuesday afternoon at the intersection of Francis and West 23rd Streets in the downtown area. 50 year old Troy Rambousek of Dubuque told officers he was involved in a road rage altercation with another man, who pulled out a handgun and robbed him of over $650 in cash. Rambousek was not injured and the investigation continues.

Dubuque Housing Assistance Applications

September 11, 2020

The City of Dubuque is concerned over lack of housing assistance applications amid pandemic.  Catholic Charities Archdiocese of Dubuque is a non-profit with a mission to reduce poverty. Its executive director, Tracy Morrison, said they have seen many people struggle because of the COVID-19 pandemic. They have been able to help people pay some of their rent by partnering with other non-profits, but Morrison recognized it is a problem that needs to be addressed quickly. Alexis Steger, the city of Dubuque’s Housing Director, says about 50 percent of the people in Dubuque were cost-burdened before the pandemic. This means they spent more than 30 percent of their gross income in housing. Steger says 25 percent were severely cost-burdened, which means between 40 and 50 percent of their gross income goes towards housing. The Centers for Disease Control and Protection eviction moratorium makes it illegal for landlords to evict tenants who can’t pay their bills. However, there is a catch. Steger said that, to get this protection, tenants must prove they have done their best efforts to receive government assistance. This could be a problem in Dubuque. The city’s Short-Term Assistance Program can assist with a portion of approved households’ rent, mortgage, or utilities for up to $1,000 for three months. Applicants’ income must have been reduced by at least 50 percent because of the pandemic in order to qualify. Steger said she met with City Council to discuss marketing and campaign strategies to spread the word about the program. Anyone interested in applying for the Short-Term Assistance Program should visit https://www.cityofdubuque.org/618/Housing-Community-Development.

 

 

United Way Digital Kickoff

September 10, 2020

The United Way of Dubuque Area Tri-States held their 2020 digital kickoff Thursday morning on Facebook Live and YouTube. Campaign co-chairs this year are Bob Woodward and Jan Powers. Powers says over 30 area non-profits depend on the United Way and people who give. Powers says funded partners include the local Salvation Army and Catholic Charities. Fountain of Youth is a relatively new non-profit and United Way assists them in their fight against generational poverty. For more information about the United Way 2020 Campaign and how to give, go to www.dbqunitedway.org or their Facebook page.

Maquoketa EDA Flood Control Grant

September 10, 2020

A northeast Iowa city is getting federal help to assist in flood control. The City of Maquoketa is receiving a $2.3 million grant for critical stormwater infrastructure improvements. The grant from the Economic Development Administration will fund 75 percent of a $2.9 million stormwater pumping station construction project. The project will improve flood control in Maquoketa’s industrial and commercial areas, while creating seven new jobs and preserving 88 existing jobs. The project is meant to make Maquoketa more resilient against major flooding events like the one that occurred in 2019, in which heavy rain caused the Maquoketa River to rise to 17 feet, flooding streets, highways and commercial zones.

Maquoketa Death Lawsuit

September 10, 2020

The City of Maquoketa has agreed to settle a wrongful death lawsuit with the family of Drew Edwards for $4.5 million. Lawyers for the family say the city will also agree to review the policies and procedures that led to Edwards’ death. Edwards died in police custody in June 2019 from cardiac arrest with meth, ecstasy, and marijuana in his system after officers used a taser on the man. Lawyers for Edwards’ family say the body camera footage in this case was critical to Edwards’ family receiving a lump sum payment of 4.5 million dollars from the city of Maquoketa and Jackson County. The city says the settlement is still not final because of one additional court hurdle and will not comment until that process is complete.

Buol Denounces Racist Voicemail Left At Dream Center

September 10, 2020

Dubuque Mayor Roy Buol says a racist voicemail, like the one left at the Dream Center, will not go without a response. The Dream Center, a community venue that serves youth and their families, recently reported the racially charged voicemail to the city’s Human Rights Department. Part of the voicemail tells the Dream Center to “get out of town.” Buol says the message upset a lot of people, especially him and he calls it a “cowardly act”. During its’ recent goal setting session, Buol says the city council doubled-down on equity and inclusivity in an effort to make all races feel like they are welcomed in the community. Buol says looking ahead, it’s only a matter of time before white people in this country become a minority. Buol says a lot of people of color in Dubuque are the products of generational poverty. He says any resident who experience discrimination or bias should contact the Human Rights Office.

Jackson County Man Charged With Possessing Explosives

September 10, 2020

A Jackson County man has been charged with possession of an explosive device with intent, after the sheriff’s office says he placed a homemade explosive device near a woodshed owned by his neighbor this past weekend. 45 year old Aaron Hinke of La Motte was arrested Sunday night. Court records say that Hinke placed the device near the woodshed at around 3 pm, but it wasn’t reported to authorities until almost four hours later. Officials from the state fire marshal’s office were called to the scene and were able to defuse the device. Following his arrest Hinke admitted to making the explosive device and placing it near the woodshed. It’s not known at this point why he committed the crime.

Dubuque County Man Arrested For Hanging Dog

September 10, 2020

A Dubuque County man was arrested this week after authorities say he hung his dog on a ladder in a barn. The incident happened on Labor Day. A woman told the sheriff’s office that she walked into her barn and saw 59 year old Mark Meneguin hanging his dog from a ladder. The animal survived. Deputies found Meneguin and the dog walking along a road a short time later. He told them that he lost his cool, because his dog was not listening to him. Meneguin is charged with animal torture. While he admitted to hanging his dog, Meneguin says the  animal’s back legs never left the ground.

DALH Food Giveaway

September 9, 2020

The Dubuque Area Labor Harvest will have a food giveaway Saturday for low income and elderly families in Dubuque County. The food giveaway will be held at the Dubuque Area Harvest building, 423 West Locust Street, starting at 7:30 am and will continue until 9:30am or while food supplies last. Recipients are asked to bring identification and a box for the food. These food giveaways are funded by grants from the Dubuque Racing Association and the Federal Emergency Management Agency which requires that food recipients be residents of Dubuque County.

Grant County Injury Crash

September 9, 2020

A Highland, Wisconsin teen was injured after a car vs tractor crash last Thursday. Around 12:54 pm on September 3rd, the Grant County Sheriff’s Office responded to a crash at the intersection of Hwy 80 at Stub Rd located in the Township of Lima. 55-year old Tim Withrow, from rural Platteville, was traveling southbound on Hwy 80 in a tractor. At the same time 19-year old Alexis Miura was traveling southbound on Hwy 80. Withrow was pulling a hay rake and turning left into a field when Miura went to pass Withrow on the left, in a double yellow, on a hill. The front passenger side of Miura’s vehicle struck the front driver’s side of the tractor and her vehicle careened off of the tractor and went into the ditch on the east side of the roadway. Miura was wearing her seatbelt but was injured in the crash. She was transported to Southwest Health Center in Platteville by ambulance. Withrow was not injured in the crash. Miura was cited for Passing on a Hill and Passing Farm Equipment in a No Passing Zone.

Loras' Statue Removed from Campus

September 8, 2020

The statue of Loras College’s founder has been removed from campus after school officials learned new information about Bishop Mathias Loras’ slave ownership.Loras College President Jim Collins wrote in a letter today that the statue will be placed in storage “until we have convened as a community to discuss the impact of this knowledge about our founder and, specifically, whether and in what context the statue could or should be displayed in the future.”

Loras, the first bishop of Dubuque, in 1839 established the seminary that would eventually become Loras College.A member of Loras College’s history faculty researched the revelation and confirmed the researcher’s findings. Click on link below to read Loras College President Jim Collins’ full letter to the campus community

https://myweb.loras.edu/loras/FounderResearch.pdf

Boating Accident

September 8, 2020

DNR Conservation Officers continue to investigate a boating incident that left two people injured around 4:30 pm Saturday on the Mississippi River in Clayton County. The boat is believed to have hit a large wake causing the passenger to be ejected into the water and injuring both the passenger and the operator. The operator of the boat was airlifted to the U of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics with serious injuries and the passenger was taken by ambulance to a Wisconsin hospital where he was treated and released for his injuries. Both men, whose names have not been released, are from Cassville, Wisconsin.

DC Mask Mandate Vote Set For Tuesday

September 8, 2020

The Dubuque County Board of Supervisors will meet this morning at 10 am to consider a county-wide mask mandate, following recommendations from the board of health. But 14 Mayors in the county are opposed to a mandate. One of those is Epworth Mayor Sandy Gassman. Gassman says it’s practically impossible to enforce a mask mandate in her community. She says in Epworth, other safety guidelines to prevent the spread of COVID-19 make more sense. Supervisor Jay Wickham says even though the board welcomes the debate on the mandate issue, they still have a job to do. According to County Attorney C.J. May, the supervisors have three options. They can adopt the resolution and the mandate would go into effect, they can revise the resolution, or they can ignore or reject the resolution.

 

Jo Daviess County Man Injured In Motorcycle Accident With Deer

September 7, 2020

A Scales Mound man was injured after he struck a deer with his motorcycle in Jo Daviess County Sunday afternoon. The accident happened on West Council Hill Road, just west of North Road in rural Scales Mound at around 2:45. 69 year old Dennis Werner was traveling on West Council, when a deer ran in front of him. Werner tried to avoid hitting the animal, but could not. His motorcycle overturned after he struck the deer. Werner was transported to a local hospital and treated for his injuries.

Dubuque Man Injured In Motorcycle Crash After Hitting Deer In Jo Daviess County

September 7, 2020

A Dubuque man was injured after he struck a deer with his motorcycle in Jo Daviess County early Sunday morning in rural Stockton. The sheriff’s office says 37 year old Isaac Redmond was driving his motorcycle south on Illinois Route 78 a few minutes  after 1:30 am, when h struck a deer.  The impact caused the motorcycle to overturn. Redmond was taken to Freeport Memorial and treated for his injuries. The accident is under investigation.

Stockton Man Injured In ATV Accident

September 7, 2020

A Stockton man was treated for inures he suffered in an ATV accident in rural Stockton Sunday afternoon. Authorities say 43 year old Harold Scace Jr. was traveling east on East Evans Road, about a mile west of Highway 20. Shortly after cresting a hill, Scace came upon a large tree that had fallen across the road. He crashed into the tree, and was transported to Freeport Memorial for treatment.

UPDATE: Delaware County Man Going To Prison For The Rest Of His Life

September 4, 2020

An Earlville man will be spending the rest of his life behind bars, after a judge sentenced him to the mandatory term for 1st degree murder today. The judge sentenced 44 year old Todd Mullis to life in prison without the possibility of parole in the stabbing death of his wife nearly two years ago on the family’s farm in Delaware County. Prosecutors say that Mullis stabbed his wife, 39 year old Amy Mullis with a corn rake in November 2018. Mullis claimed that it was an accident and his wife fell on the rake. Mullis had accused his wife of having an affair. A jury convicted him last September. Mullis must also pay victim restitution in the amount of 150-thousand dollars. Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, only immediate family members were allowed to attend the sentencing in Delaware County Court.

Epworth Woman Pleads Guilty To Sexual Exploitation Of A Child

September 4, 2020

A  Dubuque County woman has pleaded guilty to one federal count of sexual exploitation of a child. As part of a plea deal, prosecutors agreed to drop two other related charges against 36 year old Gina Urbain of Epworth. Urbain is accused of sexual abusing a girl younger than 12 in November of 2018. Urbain faces up to 20 years behind bars. There is no parole in the federal system. Urbain still faces state charges for 2nd degree sexual abuse. A hearing on those charges is scheduled for September 28th.

Mullis Sentencing Scheduled For This Afternoon In Delaware County

September 4, 2020

An Earlville man convicted of 1st degree murder in the death of his wife is scheduled to be sentenced today. 44 year old Todd Mullis faces a mandatory sentence of life in prison without the possibility of parole. Mullis was convicted last September of stabbing his wife, 39 year old Amy Mullis, to death with a corn rake on the family’s farm in Delaware County in November of 2018. Mullis claimed that she fell on the rake, but a jury didn’t believe his version of the events leading up to his wife’s death. Because of the COVID pandemic, only immediate family members will be able to attend the sentencing, which is scheduled for 1 o’clock this afternoon in the Delaware County courthouse.

Grassley Meets With Business Owners At Grand River Center On What Effects COVID Has Had On Their Operations

September 3, 2020

Iowa Senator Charles Grassley held a town hall meeting today (yesterday) with local business owners at the Grand River Center in Dubuque. A number of topics were discussed, including the Paycheck Protection Program, what effects COVID-19 have had on the airline industry and farmers, when a vaccine would be available to Americans and what could be in the next CARES package. Another topic that was discussed was the Reviving the Economy Sustainably Towards A Recovery in Twenty-Twenty or the RESTART Act.  The bipartisan bill would address the shortcomings of the Paycheck Protection Program. It would extend the covered period for the government to deploy PPP funds, offering loans for up to a year and granting partial loan forgiveness for an expanded list of business expenses. Grassley was asked if he would support the bill, but he says he hasn’t had a chance to review it yet. Grassley wants to know if the Congressional Budget Office has figured out how much the bill will costs. Corey Jacobson owns Phoenix Theaters, which has venues located inside Kennedy Mall. He says the RESTART Act would help businesses like his stay afloat during the pandemic and he’s just glad that Grassley is now aware of the legislation. The bill has the support of 52 U.S. Senators. Since its’ introduction in May, there has been no movement on the legislation.

DuMA Has New Leader

September 3, 2020

There’s a new man in charge of the Dubuque Museum of Art. The board of trustees has named Gary Stoppleman as the new executive director. Stoppleman replaces David Schmitz. Stoppleman worked in Indianapolis, Indiana, where he held the position of deputy director for marketing and external affairs at Newfields among other jobs. Over his 25 year career, Stoppleman led teams through periods of strategic change and transformative growth at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Museum of Modern Art and the Art Institute of Chicago. Most recently Stoppleman has worked an independent consultant. He and his wife will relocate to Dubuque by the end of the month.

Asbury Man Charged With Assault

September 3, 2020

An Asbury man faces assault charges after police say he struck his girlfriend in the hand with a hammer and kicked her in the back in front of her 3 children. 35 year old Ronald Welp was arrested early Wednesday morning and charged with assault with injury, fifth degree criminal mischief and three counts of child endangerment. The incident happened on August 11th at a residence that Welp shared with his girlfriend. He also destroyed her cellphone.  A couple of days later the woman told police that Welp punched her in her head and back.

Dubuque Man Charged With Domestic Assault

September 3, 2020

A Dubuque man was arrested Wednesday morning for a domestic incident involving his wife earlier this summer. 47 year old William Mick faces charges of domestic assault while displaying a weapon and domestic assault causing injury. The incident happened back in July. Mick’s wife told police that her husband became upset with her for coming home from work late and grabbed her wrist and twisted it. He then pointed an unloaded gun at himself and then at her in a threatening manner. Mick told officers there was a time that he and his wife pointed guns at each other just for fun.

Dubuque Student Is First Positive COVID-19 Case In District

September 3, 2020

A student in the Dubuque Community School District is the first confirmed positive case of COVID-19. An update on the district’s dashboard says the infected student is in prekindergarten at Carver Elementary School. The district’s dashboard tracks COVID-19 cases and officials say cases are no longer considered active 10 days after symptoms began and 10 days after a positive test for asymptomatic individuals. There are a small number of people who have tested positive for the virus, but haven’t attended school this year. Holy Family, which updates its’ rolling 14 day count each weekday, has so far reported no positive cases.

City of Dubuque Labor Day Closures

September 2, 2020

City of Dubuque offices will be closed on Monday, for Labor Day. The City is reminding residents of several related service changes. There will be no trash, yard debris, or curbside recycling collections by City crews on Labor Day. Instead, these Monday collections will be made on Saturday, September 5th. The Dubuque Metro Landfill will also be closed on Labor Day. The Jule’s fixed route and mini-bus services will not operate on Labor Day. Regular fixed route and mini-bus services will resume on Tuesday morning.

Sups To Meet With Mayors To Discuss Mask Mandate

September 2, 2020

The Dubuque County Board of Supervisors will have a work session next week to discuss a proposed county-wide mask mandate with Mayors throughout the county as well as health officials. Last week the Board of Health approved a resolution that calls for a mask mandate. The final decision rests with the supervisors. Chair Dave Baker says they’ll more than likely take action on the Board of Health’s recommendation one way or the other. Baker says one major sticking point is that businesses in the county don’t want to play the role of enforcing a mask mandate. He says he’s tired of the state trampling on the counties rights to make decisions that are in the best interest of their citizenry. Tuesday’s meeting will be conducted via zoom, but the public is welcome to attend in-person as long as they adhere to the safety protocols in place at the courthouse. Tuesday’s meeting will be held on the 4th floor of the courthouse beginning at 10 am.

East Dubuque Schools Remote Learning

September 2, 2020

Due to the East Dubuque School District having positive cases of COVID four of the last five days and a number of students and staff having to quarantine, they will move to Remote Learning for all students until Monday, September 14th. At that time they will return to In-Person learning for all students that have not opted in to full remote learning. Today will be a Remote Learning Day for all students at the Junior High and High School. It will be a Remote Planning Day for Elementary Students and their Remote Learning starts on Thursday.

Drive Sober Or Get Pulled Over

September 2, 2020

A number of law enforcement agencies in southwest Wisconsin are once again part of the “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” campaign. The campaign last through Labor Day. The purpose of the campaign is to remove impaired and distracted drivers from the roadways. Last year there were 6,058 alcoholic-related deaths in Wisconsin that injured nearly 3,000 people and resulted in 140 deaths. The participating law enforcement agencies include the Lancaster, Platteville, UW-Platteville, Muscoda and Boscobel police departments and the Grant and Lafayette County Sheriff Departments.

Drive Sober Grant County

September 1, 2020

Multiple Grant County Law Enforcement agencies are joining law enforcement agencies across Wisconsin during the “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” campaign running now through Labor Day. Participating agencies include: Lancaster Police Department, Platteville Police Department, UW-Platteville Police Department, Muscoda Police Department, Boscobel Police Department and the Grant County Sheriff’s Office. Last year in Wisconsin, there were 6,058 alcohol-related crashes that injured 2,918 people and resulted in 140 deaths which was about one-quarter of all traffic fatalities.

East Dubuque Bus Driver COVID

September 1, 2020

The East Dubuque School District is making adjustments to school for today after they reported this weekend they have one bus driver out for testing positive for COVID-19. The district now has reason to believe that they may have more bus drivers that will have to quarantine. So as not to put any students or staff into a situation of being in contact with these drivers, or to have kids get to school with potentially no ride home, the district is NOT running their school buses this morning. They are still having school today for all students that can arrange a ride to school.

Cassville Man Injured In One Vehicle Crash

September 1, 2020

A Cassville man was flown to UW Hospitals in Madison after he crashed his vehicle in Grant County early Sunday morning. The crash happened about six hours before deputies and EMS could locate the accident scene. At around 6:30, dispatch received a call from a man with very poor cell phone reception. The man, later identified as 35 year old Dustin Hampton, could not tell authorities his location, but he did tell them he had been in an accident and was injured. The call was dropped and a search and rescue was organized. About an hour-and-a-half of searching the roads in Beetown and Cassville, the crash scene was finally located on Highway 81 near County Road Y in the Township of Cassville. Hampton was traveling east on 81, when he lost control of his vehicle, which left the road, went down an embankment and struck several large rocks and trees and overturned end-over-end several times. Hampton was partially ejected from the vehicle. The sheriff’s office says speed and Hampton’s condition are suspected factors in the crash, which remains under investigation.

Motorcycle vs Deer Accident

September 1, 2020

A southwest Wisconsin man was critically injured after his motorcycle struck a deer in Grant County Sunday afternoon. According to the sheriff’s office 54 year old Tony Coy of Montfort was driving his motorcycle on Highway 133 in Woodman a few minutes before one, when he struck a deer that ran out in front of him. Coy lost control of the motorcycle and was ejected. A Med Flight crew was called to the scene and Coy was flown to UW Hospitals in Madison. Coy was not wearing a helmet. His condition is not known at this time.

Parking Fees To Be Reinstated At Dubuque Ramps And Lots

September 1, 2020

If you utilize ramps and parking lots owned by the city of Dubuque, starting today you will have to pay the full parking fee to use them. Hourly and daily parking lot and ramp fees as well as monthly fees will be fully reinstated. The fees were reduced to 50 percent in late March to help people cope with the coronavirus pandemic. Street parking regulations that were suspended due to the virus have already been reinstated.

Dubuquer Charged With Sexual Abuse

September 1, 2020

Dubuque police arrested one person on a rape charge Sunday Morning. 19 year old Griffin Oliver was taken into custody at around 8:30 and charged with one count of third degree sexual abuse-forcible rape. Court records say Oliver sexually assaulted a teenager younger than 19 in late January of this year.

Beloit Woman Injured In Motorcycle Crash

September 1, 2020

A Beloit woman was injured in a motorcycle mishap in Lafayette County Sunday morning. The sheriff’s office says 43 year old Jessica Crall was trailing a group of fellow bikers at around 11:20 on County Road F in Fayette Township, when her brakes locked up. Crall’s motorcycle tipped over and slid into another motorcycle that was being driven by 51 year old Anthony Bradt also of Beloit. Bradt was not injured.

Car Versus Pedestrian Accident

August 31, 2020

A Dubuque man escaped serious injuries after he was struck by a vehicle Sunday evening. A vehicle driven by 57-year old Gregory Foley was travelling east on Dodge Street at 7:48 pm and passing through the intersection of Dodge St./Wacker Drive while 67-year old Bruce Krebs was crossing Dodge Street southbound through a non-marked crosswalk. Witnesses told authorities that Foley had a green light and that Krebs stopped for one vehicle while he walked through the intersection but then continued walking when he was hit by Foley’s vehicle. Krebs was transported to Mercy Hospital with non-serious injuries and was held for observation. Foley was cited for an expired registration and no proof of financial liability and Krebs was cited for not properly yielding when in an unmarked crosswalk.

DBQ Community Schools COVID Dashboard

August 31, 2020

The Dubuque Community School District is providing a COVID-19 Dashboard on its website in an effort to give transparent, accurate data regarding positive cases of COVID-19 related to the school environment. As of Friday, out of an estimated 8,000 students and 2,000 staff, there was only 1 positive test result, a staff member. The online data represents the number of active, positive COVID-19 cases in district schools and buildings as officially confirmed and reported to the district by Dubuque County Public Health Department, Visiting Nurse Association or Iowa Department of Public Health. The data is updated daily Monday through Friday and a case is removed from the list once it is no longer considered active. Contact tracing occurs following each positive test result and any individual in close contact will be notified and instructed to self-quarantine for 14 days.

Vandalized Mailboxes

August 31, 2020

Dubuque County Deputies are looking for any information regarding multiple mailboxes being vandalized over the past few days. Mailboxes in the Balltown / Sherill area as well as Schueller Heights and Mitchel Mill Rd area and others in Jackson County have been vandalized or destroyed. If you live in this area and have security cameras please check them for any suspicious vehicles in the Balltown area on the night of August 26th to the 27th and the Schueller Heights area the night of the 27th to the 28th. If you have any information or videos please contact the Dubuque County Sheriff’ Office.

Alliant Community Grants Deadline

August 31, 2020

Tuesday is the deadline for community and nonprofit organizations to apply for Alliant Energy and its Foundation community grants. The grants typically range from $500 to $5,000 and are available for local programs and projects that benefit residents in the communities Alliant Energy serves throughout Iowa and Wisconsin. Go to alliantenergy.com under the tab Community & Stewardship to apply and for more information about the grants and community programs. The Alliant Energy Foundation will communicate all grant decisions by November 1st.

UTV Fatal

August 30, 2020

A Darlington, Wisconsin teen has died after a UTV crash in the Town of Belmont Saturday night. Around 10:09 pm, the Lafayette County Sheriff’s Office Dispatch Center was notified of a UTV crash that occurred on private property at 18848 County Road G. The UTV was being operated by 14-year old Jordan Beesecker and 16-year Mikayla Stephens, of Darlington was a passenger. The UTV was being operated in a pasture on the property when Beesecker appears to have lost control and overturned the UTV, ejecting both occupants, neither of which were wearing a seatbelt. Beesecker was deceased upon arrival of first responders. Stephens was seriously injured and was entrapped beneath the UTV, and after being freed, she was airlifted to the University of Wisconsin Hospital in Madison.

Dubuque Man Charged With Child Sex Crimes

August 30, 2020

A Dubuque man faces child sex abuse charges after police say he sexually abused two children younger than 14. 33 year old Erik Vo was arrested this week and charged with three counts of second degree sexual abuse and lascivious acts with a child. One of the incidents allegedly happened between 2011 and 2019 and the other between 2015 and 2016. Police were tipped off by a person who told police about the incidents. The girls were interviewed and told authorities they were too embarrassed to come forward earlier. Vo has denied the allegations.

Maquoketa Man Sentenced For Vehicular Homicide

August 30, 2020

A Maquoketa man will be spending the next ten years in prison after a judge sentenced him for the 2018 vehicular homicide of another man. 22 year old Andy Ahrens pleaded guilty Friday to one felony count of homicide by vehicle-reckless driving. In exchange for the guilty plea, prosecutors dismissed a charge of homicide by vehicle-operating under the influence. In October of 2018, Ahrens was driving on U.S. Highway 52 near Bellevue, when his SUV veered off the road and crashed into a tree. Ahrens’ passenger, Alex Behr of Sabula died in the crash. In addition to the prison sentence, Ahrens was also ordered to pay 150 thousand dollars in victim restitution.

Dubuque Man Charged With Thefts And Break-ins

August 30, 2020

Two Dubuque men were arrested this week and now face a laundry list of charges. 23 year old Jacob Paulsen and 32 year old Charles Hyde were arrested Thursday. They face charges ranging from second and third degree burglary to second, fourth and fifth degree theft. Police executed a search warrant at Paulsen’s residence and found numerous items that were reported stolen from homes, vehicles and a construction business in Dubuque County in May.

Person Jumps From Bridge, then Swims Ashore

August 30, 2020

East Dubuque police are investigating why someone jumped from the Julien Dubuque Bridge Thursday night, and then swam ashore. The incident was reported at around 8 o’clock. Authorities are not saying if the person was a male or a female, but they were taken to Mercy Hospital in Dubuque. No other information is available at this time.

Q Cancels Final Two Back Waters Concerts

August 30, 2020

Q Casino in Dubuque has postponed one Back Waters concert scheduled for next month and cancelled another because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Collective Soul was to perform on September 11th, but will now appear on July 1st next year. Brantley Gilbert was set to take the stage on September 12th, but that concert has been cancelled. All tickets purchased for Collective Soul will be automatically transferred to the new show date. Refunds are also available and can be requested through Ticketmaster by the original form of payment. Tickets purchased for Brantley Gilbert will be refunded through Ticketmaster by the original form of payment. Due to the unprecedented volume of cancellations nationwide, refund requests may take up to 30 days to process once requested.

Illinois Man Sentenced For Removing Evidence

August 30, 2020

A Rockford man who removed evidence from an opioid overdose death scene at a Dubuque hotel, instead of calling 911, has been sentenced to nearly two years in federal prison. 29 year old Mateusz Syryjczyk pleaded guilty earlier this year to one count of misprision of a felony. Authorities say Syryjczyk and his girlfriend and another person went to a resident in Dubuque in May of last year to purchase heroin. They then went to a hotel in Dubuque where they all used the drug. The third person began to overdose in the room. Syryjczyk and his girlfriend did not immediately call 911, but over the course of several hours the girlfriend would occasionally perform CPR, but the person never regained consciousness. When they finally decided to call 911, the two removed the rest of the drug paraphernalia from the room before police arrived. The person was pronounced dead at the scene.

MercyOne Dubuque Allowing Visitors

August 28, 2020

Due to the declining number of active COVID-19 cases in the community, effective immediately, MercyOne Dubuque Medical Center is currently allowing one visitor per patient, per day, between the hours of 7 a.m. – 8 p.m. Certain exceptions will apply on a case-by-case basis, including children admitted to the hospital, maternity unit and NICU and patients receiving end-of-life care. Visitors will not be allowed for patients diagnosed with COVID-19. Visitors are still required to wear masks at all times, must be 18 years ofage or older, and all visitors must follow screening procedures. Anyone with symptoms of a respiratory infection will not be permitted to enter the facility. Anyone diagnosed with COVID-19 within the last 10 days or pending a COVID-19 test will also not be allowed to enter.

Former Dubuque Bank Vice- President Sentenced

August 28, 2020

The former vice-president of a Dubuque bank, who prosecutors say conspired to lie to the bank for years, has been sentenced to probation. 66 year old Dan Raduns of Dubuque pleaded guilty last month to one count of conspiracy to make false statements to a financial institution and was sentenced to three years of probation yesterday in federal court in Cedar Rapids. Between 2007 and 2009, Raduns worked as a vice-president at a bank in Dubuque. During that time he conspired with another person to lie to the bank about how much money the bank was loaning to the other person and how it was being used. The pair claimed the money was being used on a construction project, when in fact it was being used for something else. The bank ultimately lost over $320,000 on loans made on the project. Raduns was ordered to pay back the money to the bank.

Reynolds: Bars To Close In 6 Counties

August 28, 2020

Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds has ordered that all bars, taverns, breweries and nightclubs be closed in six of the state’s largest counties in response to surging numbers of confirmed coronavirus cases blamed in part on young people ignoring mask and social distancing recommendations in such establishments. Reynolds ordered the action in Black Hawk, Dallas, Linn, Johnson, Polk and Story counties effective at 5 pm Thursday on a day when the state saw nearly 1,500 confirmed cases, a new high that topped levels recorded in the spring. As she has been saying for months, the Governor is strongly encouraging all Iowans, age 2 and older to wear a mask or other face covering when in public settings. The Governor’s latest declaration for the six affected counties remains in effect until September 20th.

Reynolds: “Mask Mandate Not Enforceable”

August 28, 2020

Iowa’s Governor says issuing a state-wide mask mandate to help slow the spread of the coronavirus is not enforceable. On August 9th, the White House Coronavirus Task Force recommended that Governor Kim Reynolds consider mandating masks in areas where COVID-19 cases were wide- spread. During her twice weekly news conference on Thursday, Reynolds was asked why she didn’t act on the recommendation at that time. She says the cities that have adopted a mask mandate, like Dubuque, know that it’s not enforceable. The other Iowa cities that have passed a mask mandate are Muscatine and Iowa City. Johnson County has also adopted a mask mandate. Dubuque County could soon join, as the board of health passed a resolution this week recommending the board of supervisors approve a mask mandate.

Northeast Iowa Health Centers Federal Grants

August 27, 2020

Three Northeast Iowa health centers, including one based in Dubuque, will be receiving grants totaling nearly $750,000 to support delivering affordable, accessible and high-quality healthcare. Crescent Community Health Center will get $244,343 in grant funding from the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services. Cedar Rapids-based Eastern Iowa Health Center and Waterloo-based People’s Community Health Clinic will also receive grants.

Illinois Man Arrested After High Speed Chase

August 27, 2020

An Illinois man, who led Dubuque police on a high speed chase in a rented car last month, was arrested Tuesday in Dubuque. 25 year old Jaren Walker faces numerous traffic violations. The incident happened during the early morning hours of July 10th. Police attempted to pull Walker over for speeding on Dodge Street a few minutes before 4 am. Walker sped away reaching speeds in excess of 87 mph. Police used traffic and gas station cameras to identify Walker, who made several illegal U-Turns and ran red lights on Dodge Street/Highway 20, before fleeing across the Julien Dubuque Bridge into Illinois.

Dubuque Man Sentenced For Possessing Firearm

August 27, 2020

A Dubuque man, who has three prior felony and three domestic abuse convictions, faces up to ten years in prison after pleading guilty to illegally possessing a firearm following a New Year’s Day shooting in Dubuque. 27 year old Katwan Brown pleaded guilty Tuesday in federal court in Cedar Rapids to being a felon and domestic abuser in possession of a firearm. Court records say that on New Year’s Day of this year, video evidence showed Brown handing a pistol to another man after the man had been in an argument in the street with someone else. The man then shot multiple times from the doorway of a home, striking one person. Afterwards, Brown left the house and ran to an alleyway, returning moments later. Officers later found a pistol in the alleyway as well as a cell phone and identification belonging to Brown. His fingerprints were found on the magazine inside the pistol. Brown will be sentenced after a pre-sentence report is prepared by the judge.

Phoenix Theatres Reopening

August 26, 2020

The Phoenix Theatres at Kennedy Mall has announced they will be reopening on Thursday, August 27th. According to Joe Cork, Phoenix Theatres Director of Marketing, they will incorporate both CDC and local government standards on how a theatre should safely operate. They have installed a new reserved seating program in their computer system that allows guests to select their seat in advance either on their web site or newly developed mobile app. The computer will automatically remove two seats between each pair sold, creating a checkerboard style pattern. This will provide six feet of separation between guests to safely social distance while watching a film. Other safety protocols in place include having each employee wear masks and other protective equipment, guests will be required to wear face masks when moving about the theatre, streamlined transactions at the ticketing and concession stand to further minimize touch points. The theatre will also use a food grade disinfectant spray on all seats that removes 99.99% of all viruses on surfaces within 30 seconds and will be using this spray on high touch points throughout the building, including the restrooms and concession areas. To view Phoenix Theatres re-opening video plan and a complete listing of safety protocols, visit their web site in advance at: www.phoenixmovies.net/covid.

Dubuque Man Who Persuaded Teen To Send Nude Photos Sentenced

August 26, 2020

A Dubuque man, who prosecutors say persuaded a teenage girl to send him nude photos and videos, has been sentenced to federal prison. 60 year old Mark Curtis Sr. was sentenced this week to 15 years behind bars, after pleading guilty to one count of sexual exploitation of a child and one count of receipt of child pornography. Between August 2018 and October 2018, prosecutors say Curtis persuaded a 15 year old girl, who lived out of the state of Iowa, to send him nude photos and videos of herself. Curtis knew the girl was a minor. In total, investigators found approximately 44 files containing images sent between the girl and Curtis.  Once he is released Curtis must serve five years of supervised release.

Weekend Crash In Dubuque Injures One

August 26, 2020

A Dubuque woman was injured in a two vehicle crash over the weekend. Police say 21 year old Stephanie Brown was traveling north on Elm Street at around 1:15 Sunday afternoon, when a car driven by 73 year old Teresa Hadro of Dubuque ran the stop sign at the intersection of Elm and East 29th and t-boned Brown’s vehicle. Brown was able to transport herself to Finley Hospital, where she was treated. Hadro was cited for failure to obey a stop sign and operating with a suspended license.

Law Enforcement Phone Scam

August 26, 2020

Dubuque law enforcement is warning people of the latest phone scam. Dispatch has received multiple reports from residents who received phone calls from scammers claiming to be from the Dubuque Police Department and Dubuque County Sheriff’s Office. The scammers are telling residents they have a warrant for their arrest and must make payment immediately to satisfy the warrant. Local law enforcement are NOT making these calls, and they would never ask for payment to satisfy any type of charge over the phone. If you receive a call do not provide any of your personal information. If you have questions about this scam or others you can contact Lieutenant Ted McClimon at (563) 589-4473.

Police ID Apparent Drowning Victim

August 26, 2020

Dubuque police have identified a man who drowned in the Mississippi River Saturday night. The body of 31 year old Taylor White of Platteville was recovered Tuesday morning near the Port of Dubuque Marina. Police say White was in a boat near Schmidt Island at around 6:30 pm Saturday, when he dove into the river and never resurfaced. White’s body is being sent to the Iowa Medical Examiner’s office in Ankeny for a positive identification.

DMS Puttzin’ Around Downtown

August 25, 2020

Dubuque Main Street (DMS) is holding the 19th Annual miniature golf tournament, Puttzin’ Around Downtown on Friday. The annual outing and fundraiser for DMS will meander through the city center and has been adapted to accommodate social distancing measures through the nine-hole golf course from noon to 5 pm, with a virtual After Party starting at 6pm on the Dubuque Main Street Facebook Page. Puttzin’ was created as an opportunity for golfers to explore and enjoy downtown businesses over the course of an afternoon, as well as raise funds for the downtown program. For those choosing to participate virtually, raffle tickets are on sale on Facebook and on downtowndubuque.org.

 

Body in River Found

August 25, 2020

Dubuque authorities have located the body of a man who fell in to the Mississippi River Saturday night from a boat near Schmidt Island around 6:30 pm. According to Lt. Ted McClimon, the body was found at 6:53 am this morning near the Port of Dubuque. Authorities have not released the man’s name yet.

County Board of Health Mask Public Hearing

August 24, 2020

The Dubuque County Board of Health will hold a public hearing Wednesday on a proposed resolution requiring masks be worn in Dubuque County. The resolution, if passed, would require every person in Dubuque County 3 years of age or older to wear a face covering that covers the person’s nose and mouth when in a public place, when one cannot stay 6 feet away from others. The resolution would also include requiring a face covering inside of any indoor public settings, such as grocery stores, pharmacies, and retail stores. The resolution states that no business that is open to the public may provide service to a customer or allow a customer to enter its premises unless the customer is wearing a face covering. The Public Hearing Wednesday will be at 6 pm via Zoom. Citizens wishing to participate in the meeting must register to obtain the Zoom link. To provide written comments or register for the meeting, citizens can email comment@dubuquecounty.us.

Boyd Gaming Red Cross Relief

August 24, 2020

Boyd Gaming and its two Iowa properties, Diamond Jo Casino in Dubuque and Diamond Jo Casino in Northwood, announced they will contribute $50,000 to the American Red Cross Iowa Region in support of ongoing relief efforts following the devastating storm that recently swept through the state. The $50,000 contribution will assist the American Red Cross Iowa Region with providing additional shelter, food and health services to Iowans who have been directly impacted by the derecho storms.

Two by Two Fundraiser

August 24, 2020

An area non-profit is gearing up for a big fundraiser in September. Kristin Woodward-Vaassen, Founder and CEO of Two by Two Education, says Barnyard Bash September 24th will be part in-person and part virtual. There will be live music and food served and a live and silent auction. Woodward-Vaassen says a local jewelry store is donating a chocolate diamond pendant with a strawberry gold chain for a special duck race as part of the activities. All proceeds will go to the Two by Two Kindhearted Kids program, which will look a little different this year. For more information, go to www.twobytwoeducation.org or their Facebook page or to register for the fundraiser email cassie@twobytwoeducation.org.

Search For Man in River Continues

August 24, 2020

Dubuque authorities are still searching for a man who fell in to the Mississippi River Saturday night between the 16th Street boat dock and the railroad bridge shortly after 6 pm. Authorities have not released the 31-year old man’s name as of this morning. Several departments were assisting in the search including the Iowa DNR, the   Dubuque and East Dubuque fire departments, Dubuque County Conservation, and the U.S. Coast Guard.

Judi Chandlee Tribute to Teacher Award Winners

August 21, 2020

On Wednesday, just shy of $6,800 in classroom grants were awarded to 16 public school teachers throughout the Dubuque Community School District thanks to the Judi Chandlee Tribute to Teachers Endowment. These grants will impact thousands of students in the public schools. The gifts will provide much needed funding for supplies, equipment, and innovative educational experiences throughout the district. DCSD Teachers were invited to submit classroom grant applications to the Foundation for Dubuque Public Schools. Requests were reviewed by a panel of board members, current and former educators, and community volunteers. The grants are funded by the family and friends of Judi Chandlee, a beloved Eisenhower Elementary teacher, who passed away in 2011.

YMCA Child and Adult Care Food Program

August 21, 2020

The Dubuque Community YMCA/YWCA will be be participating in the United States Department of Agriculture’s Child and Adult Care Food Program. CACFP helps the Y ensure that nutritious meals are provided at no separate charge to children enrolled in the several programs: Dubuque Y Early Learning Center – Finley and Booth locations, Before and After School Care at 9 school sites (which includes Bryant, Carver, Eisenhower, Epworth, Irving, Kennedy, Sageville, Table Mound, Hoover), and their School Day Out program. The Dubuque Community YMCA/YWCA’s Child Care receives partial reimbursement based upon the income information provided by the children’s parent or legal guardian.

Golden Knights Jumping In the Tri-States This Weekend

August 21, 2020

Eight members of the Golden Knights Parachute Team will be making several jumps throughout the Tri-State area this weekend. The Golden Knights have been part of the July 3rd Dubuque Jaycees Fireworks and Airshow for years. But because of the current pandemic that event was cancelled. The Knights first jump will happen on Friday morning at 11 o’clock near the Church of the Nativity parking lot on Alta Vista, right next to the Radio Dubuque stations. Sgt. First Class Mike Koch will be taking the leap with his colleagues this weekend. The Knights will be jumping from an Iowa National Guard Chinook helicopter that will land next to the church however, there will be no tours. After the Nativity jump, the group will jump into the parking lot at Kennedy Mall at 7 pm tonight. On Saturday morning at 10:30 am they’ll be jumping in Hazel Green. They’ll wrap up their jumps with one in Guttenberg Sunday afternoon at 2. And how difficult is it to hit the target when making a jump? Sgt. Koch says it takes a lot of skill, but mostly practice. All of the events are free and open to the public. People are being asked to wear a face covering and practice social distancing during the events.

 

Asbury Man Faces Child Sex Charges

August 21, 2020

An Asbury man was arrested Wednesday morning and now faces child sex related charges. Police arrested 36 year old Gilbert Castillo. He is charged with lascivious conduct with a minor, sexual exploitation and invasion of privacy. Court documents say Castillo took partially nude photos and videos of a girl younger than 15 without the girl’s permission. Authorities found the deleted photos on Castillo’s smartphone and a video by conducting a forensic search of the phone.

Dubuque Church Food Giveaway Saturday

August 21, 2020

A Dubuque church will be giving away free food this weekend. The drive-thru giveaway takes place at Westminster Presbyterian Church on Saturday from 9 until noon or until food supplies run out. The free food giveaway is in partnership with the St. Stephens Food Bank. The church is located at 2155 University  Avenue.

Iowa Medical Director COVID Data Flaw

August 21, 2020

Iowa’s medical director says she was aware of widespread inaccuracies in the state’s coronavirus data when her agency used it to release flawed calculations that helped guide decisions on school openings and enrollment this month. Dr. Caitlin Pedati, the state epidemiologist, says she became aware in late July of a problem in Iowa’s disease surveillance reporting system that backdated thousands of new test results. Nonetheless, Gov. Kim Reynolds on Aug. 6 released 14-day county positivity rates on the state’s coronavirus website that she said would help school officials and parents decide how to proceed with the upcoming school year. The Governor says became aware of the inaccuracies only just last week. The state announced Wednesday that because of the backdating problem, those positivity rates had been erroneous for two weeks.

 

Dubuque Man Arrested After Argument Over Cat

August 21, 2020

A Dubuque man faces several charges after police say he struck his neighbor with a baseball bat after accusing the neighbor of stealing his cat. The incident happened Tuesday afternoon in the 1800 block of White Street. A police report says 32 year old Matthew Oberman struck his neighbor with a small silver baseball bat after accusing him of swiping the animal. The neighbor denies the accusation. While being arrested, Oberman struggled with officers, causing an abrasion to one of the officer’s knees. Oberman is charged with assault while displaying a weapon, interference with official acts and probation violation.