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Seeking Dog Involved in Biting Incident

August 18, 2019

The City of Dubuque Health Services Department is seeking information regarding a dog involved in a biting incident that occurred Thursday around 6:30 pm at the North Grandview Avenue Dog Park. The dog is described as a medium to large-sized chocolate lab. It was wearing a collar at the time of the incident. The Caucasian male accompanying the dog appeared to be in his 20’s with brown hair and facial hair. The Health Department needs the public’s assistance in finding this dog to verify the dog’s health status and vaccination history. Anyone with information about this incident is asked to contact the Health Services Department at 589-4185 between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. or the Law Enforcement Center at 589-4415 after hours or on the weekend.

Loras College Car Wash Fundraiser

August 18, 2019

A Dubuque college is continuing their fundraising to help an Iowa hospital. Lauren Krapfl, a member of the Loras College Dance Marathon executive board, says the group is best known for their local dance marathon. This week they are holding their annual car wash fundraiser and it will again be held in the Theisen’s parking lot. With their fundraising efforts, the students are getting close to their goal of $500,000. The car wash will be held Sunday, August 25th from 10 am to 3 pm and people are asked to give a free will donation. Their popular dance marathon will be held next April.

Dubuque Pool Closures-Doggie Dip Schedule

August 18, 2019

Dubuque’s Flora public swimming pool is scheduled to close this week for the 2019 summer season. Following the final day of public swimming, they will host a Doggie Dip. The last day for public swimming at the Flora Park swimming pool is August 23rd. Following the final day of public swimming, the family dog is invited to take a dip  on Saturday, August 24th. Dogs must be on a leash at all times until they are in the swimming pool. A $5 admission fee per dog includes access for immediate family members. The last day for public swimming at the Nicholas J. Sutton swimming pool was Friday and they had their Doggie Dip on Saturday.

Police Chase and Tear Gas

August 16, 2019

Two Savanna, Illinois, men are facing charges after leading Maquoketa Police on a chase that led to the use of tear gas. On Thursday, around 8:06 pm, Maquoketa Police conducted a traffic stop near the intersection of Ohio and Platt Street and the driver refused to identify himself. After officers attempted to arrest him the driver sped away and a vehicle pursuit ensued, during which the suspect’s car collided with another vehicle. The pursuit ended at 1010 German Street, where the two males, identified as 35-year old Dorie Thomas and 33-year old Derrick Thomas, barricaded themselves in Apt. #2. After multiple attempts to establish communication, the officers applied for and were granted a search warrent and Iowa State Patrol Tactical Team was called in to assist. Tear gas was introduced into the apartment and at approximately 11:53 pm both suspects were taken into custody. Dorie Thomas is charged with Assault on a Police Officer, Operation without Owners Consent, Interference with Official Acts, Eluding, Reckless Driving, Careless Driving, and No Valid License. Passenger Derrick Thomas was charged with Interference with Official Acts. Both subjects were booked into the Jackson County Detention Center.

City Council- Veterans Memorial Project Delay

August 16, 2019

City of Dubuque staff are recommending City Council reject the bids received for the Chaplain Schmitt Island Veterans Memorial Project so the project can be rebid to stay within the established project budget of $2.5 million after design changes are made. Kevin Lynch, Schmitt Island Task Force chair, says there will be a delay in the timeline. The lowest of three bids received for the project was more than 27 percent over the architect’s estimate. If the City Council approves the request at their August 19th meeting, City staff will work with the project’s advisory committee, partners, and design consultants to develop alternatives to create cost savings. Schmitt says the Dubuque Racing Association, who is funding the project, and Schmitt Island Task Force are totally committed to seeing that our veterans get the honor they deserve. The proposed improved and expanded Veterans Memorial Plaza is intended to facilitate formal and informal gatherings, ceremonies, and contemplation. Additionally, project includes the relocation of the Tri-State Vietnam Veterans Memorial, currently located by Miller Riverview Park, to the new Veterans Memorial Plaza.

City Council-Goal Setting

August 16, 2019

The Dubuque City Council completed its annual goal-setting sessions on Wednesday. Over the course of three evening sessions, City Council members identified top and high priorities for a 2019-2021 policy agenda as well as a management agenda for projects and initiatives. Top Priorities include Facilities & Programs for the Dream Center, Emerald Ash Borer Program, Revision of the Human Resources Policies & Handbook, Implementation of Imagine Dubuque, Project Priority & Funding of the Major Street Improvement Plan, and funding of Parking Ramp Maintenance. High Priorities include, Brain Health Strategy & Action Plan, Re-Affirmation of the Debt Reduction Plan, funding for Fountain of Youth, Four Mounds/HEART Program, and Transit Vehicle Replacement Funding, and increased funding for the Street Maintenance Program.

New VA Clinic Ribbon Cutting

August 16, 2019

Thursday was an historic day for veterans and their families in the Tri-State area. A ribbon cutting was held for the new VA Clinic inside the old Kmart building on Dodge Street. VA Clinic opened. Judith Johnson-Mekota, director of the Iowa City VA says the new facility is all about the “patient experience”. Veteran Jim Lewis of Dubuque says veterans and their families now have convenient accessibility to a clinic right in their own back yard. Jim Wagner, executive director of the Veterans Freedom Center in Dubuque, says the new clinic has been a long time coming, but it was worth it. The Freedom Center has a van it uses to transport veterans to Iowa City. With the added amenities at the new clinic Wagner says they won’t have to make as many trips to the Iowa City clinic. Over the next week, the equipment at the old VA clinic at Mercy Hospital will be moved to the new location and the clinic will officially start seeing veterans on August 26th.

Dubuque Woman Arrested For Burglary

August 16, 2019

A Dubuque woman was arrested after police say she and another person illegally entered a residence on the city’s north end last weekend and assaulted two people. Online court records made available Thursday say 21 year old Larissa Greer was arrested Thursday morning and charged with first degree burglary and driving while barred. A police report says Greer and 35 year old Bryant Terrell of Dubuque, along with another woman who hasn’t been identified, went to Terrell’s ex-girlfriend’s residence in the 2500 block of Jackson Street last Saturday evening and illegally entered through an unlocked door. Terrell and his ex-girlfriend got into an argument and that’s when police say Greer and Terrell assaulted the woman and another man who was at the residence. They both sustained minor injuries. A warrant has been issued for Terrell’s arrest. Documents don’t say if the other unidentified woman will be charged.

Jo Daviess Felony Drug Arrest

August 16, 2019

A Hanover man faces felony drug charges following a traffic stop in Jo Daviess County Wednesday night. A few minutes after 8 o’clock, a deputy pulled over a pickup truck for a registration violation on South Derinda Road. During the stop, a search was conducted and the deputy found methamphetamine, cannabis and drug paraphernalia. The driver of the pickup, 39 year old Arley Heinzman was charged with possession of meth, cannabis and drug paraphernalia. He was also charged with illegal transportation of alcohol. Two passengers, 31 year old Brady Stevenson of Hanover and 32 year old Nicholas Diaz of Elizabeth were cited for illegal transportation of alcohol. The incident remains under investigation.

Dubuque Pool Closures-Doggie Dip Schedule

August 15, 2019

Dubuque’s Sutton and Flora public swimming pools are scheduled to close soon for the 2019 summer season. Following the final day of public swimming, each pool will host a Doggie Dip. The last day for public swimming at the Nicholas J. Sutton swimming pool is Friday. The last day for public swimming at the Flora Park swimming pool is August 23rd. Following the final day of public swimming, the family dog is invited to take a dip in Sutton Pool on Saturday, and in Flora Pool on Saturday, August 24th. Dogs must be on a leash at all times until they are in the swimming pool. A $5 admission fee per dog includes access for immediate family members.

Established time frames by weight class include:

  • Dogs under 30 lbs.: 10-11 a.m.
  • Dogs between 31-60 lbs.: 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
  • Dogs 61 lbs. and larger: 1-2 p.m.

Over Two Decades Old Remains Identified

August 15, 2019

After nearly a quarter-of-a-century authorities in Grant County have identified the remains of a person who died in the mid-1990s. A release from the sheriff’s office says in the fall of 1995, the remains of a man were located in a small wooded area off Highway 151 near Maryville Heights. The body was severely decomposed and the Grant County Coroner at the time attempted to identify the body without success. The coroner did however determine that the man died of a heart related condition. The FBI was called in to try and obtain fingerprints, but was unable to get appropriate prints to check the databases. The body was labeled as “John Doe’ and was buried in a county owned cemetery in the spring of 1996. Earlier this year, Grant County Coroner Phyllis Fuerstenberg reopened the case and with new techniques and technology was able to get fingerprints. After a search of the database the body was identified as Gale Joseph Byers, a veteran of the military and originally from Boscobel. Byers was 57 at the time of his death. His family was then notified and told where he was buried. The family decided to leave Byers’ remains in the county owned cemetery. With his military service, the Grant County Veterans Service office is checking to see what military benefits may be available to place a headstone on the grave site. Once a headstone is set in place with proper identification the family will hold a graveside service.

Possible Data Breach At HyVee

August 15, 2019

HyVee is investigating a possible data breach involving its’ payment processing systems for some of its’ business properties. That’s according to a statement released by the company Wednesday. According to HyVee, they recently detected unusual activity on certain aspects of their payment processing systems. They are specifically looking at transactions on gas pumps at HyVee gas stations, drive thru coffee shops and their store-operated restaurants such as Market Grille, Market Grille Express and certain Wahlbergers locations. Those locations utilize a different card reading system than those in the main grocery stores, drug store locations or purchases made inside of HyVee gas locations rather than at the pump. The company currently believes that transactions using those card processing systems are safe from this potential breach. HyVee recommends that customers who are concerned to closely monitor their card statements and balances for unauthorized activity. If a customer notices something unexpected they should contact their financial institution.

Sports Betting Starts At Noon Thursday

August 15, 2019

Casinos in Iowa have the green light to take bets on sporting events beginning at noon today. A few weeks ago the Iowa Racing and Gaming Commission put the final touches on rules that regulate sports betting in the state. All but one of the state’s casinos did not apply for a license for sports betting. Dubuque’s two gaming facilities have acquired their license and will be taking bets. Q President and CEO Jesus Aviles, says their betting station is located on the upper level of the casino, just to the left of the main entrance. There is a huge counter set up in the station where patrons can place their bets. The station also has a number of angled big screen TVs that display the odds on what sporting events people are betting on. The sports betting bill passed by Iowa lawmakers earlier this year excludes betting on some events, like minor leagues and in-state college team players. You must be 21 or older to bet on sporting events.

Dubuque Man Sentenced On Sex Abuse Charge

August 15, 2019

A Dubuque man was sentenced to up to 25 years in prison this week on a sexual abuse charge. Online court records show that 36 year old Daniel Marcov entered an Alford plea to second degree sexual abuse and probation violation. In exchange, the county attorney’s office dismissed a charge of second degree sexual abuse in a separate case. Marcov was accused of having inappropriate contact with a girl younger than 13 and a boy younger than 18 dating back to 2011. In addition to serving at least 17 years of his sentence, Marcov was ordered to register as a sex offender once he gets out and be subject to a lifetime of supervision.

Cascade Lanes Fire

August 15, 2019

A Dubuque County bowling alley is a total loss after a fire early Thursday morning. Firefighters in Dubuque County responded to a fire around 2:40 a.m. at Cascade Lanes. Crews did not say why the fire started but they believe it began in the bar area and spread to the bowling lanes. The Cascade fire chief tells KCRG TV no one was inside at the time of the fire.

VA Clinic To Open This Week

August 14, 2019

The long anticipated grand opening of a new VA Clinic in Dubuque happens this week. The clinic is located inside the old Kmart building next to Plaza 20 on Dodge Street. The outpatient clinic replaces the current one at 200 Mercy Drive. Bryan Clark, Public Affairs Officer for the VA in Iowa City says the current location is about 5,400 square feet. The new location is around 22,000 square feet. The the new facility will also provide room for classes for veterans. A ribbon cutting ceremony will be held on Thursday afternoon at 1 pm. Clark says although the new clinic will open on Thursday, they won’t start seeing veterans until August 26th.

Whispurring Hope Animal Rescue-At the Hop

August 14, 2019

A Dubuque non-profit is turning back the clock Friday night to the 1950’s for their fundraiser. Proceeds from the “At the Hop” event which runs from 6 pm to midnight at Fast Freddies, 3130 Jackson Street, will go to Whispurring Hope Animal Rescue. Be sure to dress up in your finest 50’s gear and be ready to dance the night away. They will have prizes for couples and singles best dressed and best dance moves. There is a $10 per person registration at the door and registration from 6 to 8 pm to participate in the dance contest. There will raffle baskets, float themed speciality drinks and split the take games. The groups mission is to help animals that are lost, abandoned, abused, sick, injured or simply just can’t survive on their own and also work to help educate the public about the importance of spay/neuter and the proper care of animals. For more information on the organization, go to whispurringhoperescue.weebly.com.  or find them on https://www.facebook.com/whispurringhope

Dubuque County Bridge Replacement

August 14, 2019

The Dubuque County Road Department will start removing and replacing the bridge on Buncombe Road from Highway 61 to Lambe Road Thursday. The road will be completely closed at the location of the new bridge when the work begins at 7 am. The estimated duration of the culvert replacement project and road closure is 10 to 12 weeks, depending on weather.

Woman Struck and Killed

August 14, 2019

A vehicle hit and killed a pedestrian in Dubuque County Tuesday afternoon. The accident happened on Placid Road near Epworth around 4:40 p.m. 80-year-old William Conrad of Epworth was driving north on Placid Road when he hit 82-year-old Lois Smith who was crossing the road. Smith died from her injuries. The incident remains under investigation. The Sheriff’s Office did not list any charges.

Motorcycles Skid Crash

August 14, 2019

A pair of motorcycles wiped out after going through a slippery part of the highway in rural Galena. The Jo Davies County Sheriff’s Office responded to the area of Highway 20W, near Eagle Ridge Drive, at 2:53 pm Monday. Officers learned that two seperate motorcycles, driven by 37-year old Jeremy Hodges, of Beulah, Michigan and 40-year old Justin Hodges of Bellevue, Michigan, were travelling through a construction zone which has been recently laid with oil. Due to the rainy conditions, once both motorcycles struck the oil, they lost control causing them to lay down and skid across the road. Both units came to rest in the ditch on the south side of the roadway. Jeremy was transported to Midwest Medical Center for treatment of non-life threatening injuries. The accident remains under investigation.

Dubuque City Council Closed Session

August 14, 2019

The Dubuque city council is still weighing the future of its’ top employee. The council held a closed session Monday night to discuss professional evaluations. Our coverage partners at KCRG TV say the session was likely about City Manager Mike Van Milligan’s contract. In July of last year the council approved Van Milligan’s contract, but hasn’t done so this year. On August 5th the council failed to have a closed session when Mayor Roy Buol and council members Ric Jones and David Resnick voted against it. Iowa law states a super-majority is required to have a closed session. Council members Kate Larsen, Bret Shaw, Louis Del Toro and Jake Rios were frustrated. Those same four council members requested another closed meeting Monday night before the first goal setting session was set to begin. The meeting lasted nearly two hours and all council members voted in favor of having the session. Another meeting was scheduled for today.

Dubuque Crack Dealer Headed To Prison

August 14, 2019

A Dubuque man is headed to federal prison after pleading guilty to crack cocaine charges. Court documents from Cedar Rapids say 31 year old Mohamed Haidar was sentenced to 188 months this week after pleading guilty in April to distribution of a controlled substance. Documents say Haidar admitted to selling crack cocaine to confidential informants on at least three occasions, including one deal that went down near a park and an elementary school. Haidar, a convicted felon also admitted to having a handgun that had the serial number scratched off. In addition to his prison sentence, Haidar will be placed on six years of probation once he is released.

Toilet Paper Pyramid Donation Drive

August 13, 2019

The Dubuque Hotel and Motel General Manager’s Association unique event to assist several area non-profits will be held Wednesday. The Association is hosting the first ever Toilet Paper Pyramid Donation Drive at Honkamp Hall, located in Steeple Square. From 9 am to 4 pm, both private and public businesses, as well as individuals, can drop off toilet paper donations and help build a 20-foot high pyramid to be donated back to four local non-profits organizations- Opening Doors, Dubuque Food Pantry, Dubuque Rescue Mission and the Dubuque Dream Center. Steeple Square, the former St. Mary’s Catholic Church, is located at 101 E 15th Street.

Tenant Provisions Deemed Unlawful

August 13, 2019

A Dubuque County judge says 19 provisions that a rental company makes tenants sign are unlawful. According to our coverage partners at KCRG TV, a group of tenants sued Greg and Bridget Prehm, saying their leases were full of unlawful provisions. Those provisions include requiring tenants to “sign-off” that a home is habitable, charging damage fees that exceed the actual damage and requiring automatic carpet cleaning. The Prehms have been designated as priority category landlords. That means they’ve had more than three citations issued for their properties within the last 12 months.

Resources Unite/General Assistance

August 13, 2019

The Dubuque County Board of Supervisors has turned over responsibilities to a local non-profit to help people in need with general assistance. The county would normally handle that task, but that will now be done by Resources Unite. The supervisors voted yesterday to give Resources Unite $30,000. Executive director Josh Jasper says they’ve been talking about the transition with the county for several years. Jasper says the transition will allow them to better support people in need.
Qualifying individuals will still have to apply for assistance through the county. Resources Unite signed a one year contract with the county, with the possibility of having that contract renewed in the next fiscal year.

Ernst Continues 99 County Tour

August 13, 2019

Iowa Senator Joni Ernst continues her 99 county tour of the state this week. On Wednesday morning the Republican from Red Oak will pay a visit to the Hingtgen Farms in Jackson County and hear from local farmers. From there she will travel to Clayton County where she will stop at Kendrick Incorporated in Edgewood. On her last stop, Ernst will hold a town hall in Butler County. The meeting will be held inside the Aplington-Parkersburg high school auditorium at 2:30. The public is invited to attend the town hall.

Dream Center-City Priority

August 13, 2019

At the recent City Council meeting, the Executive Director of a Dubuque non-profit made the pitch for more city support. Robert Kimble asked the council to consider adding funding the Dream Center to their list of priorities. Kimble says the Dubuque Dream Center is making good on their goal of impacting youth and strengthening families. Teachers and parents attended the meeting and several spoke to show support for an organization that is doing great things in the community. Parents talked about their children getting higher scores in school, displaying better social skills, and having been influenced in a positive way from the center’s activities. One mother of five children said it is much more than an after school program and her kids love it.

Lafayette County Rollover

August 13, 2019

A teenager was injured following a one vehicle rollover crash in Lafayette County Friday night. According to a press release issued Monday by the sheriff’s office, a vehicle driven by 17 year old Bailey Rodebaugh of Argyle was traveling south on Apple Grove Church Road at around 6:30, when she lost control while rounding a curve. The car left the road, entered a ditch and rolled landing upside down. EMS and the Argyle fire department treated Rodebaugh for non-life threatening injuries. The release doesn’t say if any charges will be filed.

Gas Line Purging Happens Tuesday

August 13, 2019

Inclement weather conditions Monday prevented crews from Black Hills Energy from purging natural gas lines in Dubuque County. The purging instead has been rescheduled for today at 9 am. A press release from the company says the purging will be done in the area of U.S. Highway 20’s intersection with North Cascade and Cottingham Roads just west of the city. The work is unrelated to pipeline maintenance in Jo Daviess County yesterday.

Natural Gas Smell

August 12, 2019

The Dubuque Police Department is reporting dozens of calls asking about the natural gas smell from residents and businesses in the eastern and central part of Dubuque. Authorities in Jo Davies County report that the smell is coming from Precision Pipeline who are blowing out a pipe between East Dubuque and Galena. Please do not call Dubuque County 911 to report this smell as they are getting inundated with calls at this time.

Central Sidewalk Reconstruction

August 12, 2019

Crews will begin work on the Central Avenue sidewalk reconstruction project this week. Crews will install 28 new ADA-compliant sidewalk curb ramps on Central’s intersection between 9th and 21st Street. The sidewalk improvements are being made in preparation of Central’s pavement resurfacing next spring according to a release from the city. On Monday contractors will begin sidewalk curb ramp reconstruction at the intersection of 9th and Central and 14th Street. As the work progresses, the contractors will continue on to other intersections on Central. Traffic control will be set up during construction and will be staged in two phases. Central will be reduced to one lane while work is being done on the east side of the street and to one lane when work is being done on the west side. Pedestrian access will be maintained during the project. However on-street parking will be impacted.

Seat Belt Compliance Enforcement Project

August 12, 2019

On Thursday, the Dubuque Police Department, along with the Dubuque County Sheriff’s Department, conducted a joint traffic enforcement project focused on seatbelt compliance in downtown Dubuque. Among the citations or warnings officers gave were 29 Seatbelt, 10 Proof of insurance, and 8 Equipment citations/warnings. There was also one arrest for driving while barred.

Growing Sustainable Communities Conference

August 12, 2019

Dubuque will host the largest and longest-standing sustainability conference in the Midwest this fall. The 12th annual Growing Sustainable Communities Conference will be held Thursday and Friday, Oct. 24-25, at the Grand River Center in the Port of Dubuque. Gina Bell, Sustainable Community Coordinator for the City of Dubuque, says the conference offers innovation, education, inspiration, and collaboration. Sessions will feature presenters with a wide range of expertise, including representatives from federal, state, and local governments. Bell says there will be business and academic leaders from across the country. In addition to conference sessions, the agenda includes two keynote luncheons, mobile workshops, a breakfast session, and more. To register or for more information, please visit www.GSCDubuque.com.

Dubuque Preservation Fair

August 12, 2019

The City of Dubuque’s Historic Preservation Commission and Heritage Works are teaming up for a special two-day event next month. Duane Hagerty, President and CEO of Heritage Works, says the Dubuque Preservation Fair on September 6th and 7th will provide skills and resources for historic building owners. The second day will feature several classes to educate participants on topics related to historic preservation and restoration. Hagerty says for people interested in saving on energy costs, or own or are thinking of buying a historic building, will find a pair of classes on day two that will be informative. The two-day fair will take place at Steeple Square, 101 E 15th Steet. The event is free but RSVP’s are encouraged. For more information or to register go to heritageworksdbq.com.

UnityPoint-Finley Sleep Center

August 9, 2019

If you are tired of being tired, you are not alone. The Center of Disease Control has labeled sleep deprivation a public health epidemic-with over 70 million adults suffering from a sleep disorder. Melissa Walsh, Clinical Director of the Eastern Iowa Sleep Center, which manages the Finley Sleep Center in Dubuque, says if you are suffering from any number of sleep problems your doctor could refer you for an in-lab or home sleep study. An in-lab sleep study at the Finley Sleep Center usually requires 6 1/2 to 8 1/2 hours in a special room for one, up to three or four nights, where a team of experts monitor your sleep. If your sleep problems are not serious enough to be referred for a study, there are some easy steps to help sleep better. Walsh says the blue light that’s emitted from electronic screens can delay the release of sleep-inducing melatonin. Naps can help with daytime drowsiness, but make sure they are not too long, 10 to 20 minutes work best. For more information about the Finley Sleep Center and sleep disorders, visit www.unitypoint.org and click on the services tab.

Dubuque Non-Profit Transfers Preschool

August 9, 2019

A Dubuque non-profit has to transfer management of a federal preschool program due to financial troubles. Operation New View manages the head start preschool program for Dubuque, Jackson and Delaware counties. Head start is a federal program that promotes the school readiness of children from low-income homes. In a press release the organization says its’ faced several years of financial management issues with the program. Last year the board of directors brought in an interim executive director to make changes. It finally concluded that the funding was inadequate to support the interest the board had for the program. Board chair Steve Drahozal says they’re transferring the program to Community Development Institute. He says the transition will be seamless for children and families in the program. In addition current staff will be offered to keep their jobs.

Sanders To Play Softball Game In Dyersville

August 9, 2019

Presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders has scheduled at softball game with the media at the Field of Dreams in Dyersville later this month. According to a press release from the Sander’s camp, the U.S. Senator from Vermont will lead his campaign staff against a group of local media in the game which will be played at 7 pm on August 19th. Sanders campaign manager says “at a time when members of the press are demonized by the president we hope to show goodwill and sportsmanship on the Field of Dreams.” Admission to the iconic movie site will open at 5 pm with the pre-game beginning at 6:30. Admission to the event is free and people will be allowed on a first-come-first serve basis.

Peosta Farm Family Honored At State Fair

August 9, 2019

A family that raises cattle near Peosta will be honored at this year’s Iowa State Fair. The Rick Demmer family, which has a cattle operation just south of Peosta is one of six families to receive the “2019 the Way We Live Award.” The Demmers were nominated for the award by their niece. The family will accept the award this morning during a ceremony inside the Paul Knapp Animal Learning Center in Des Moines.

What's Next For Jackson County Jail

August 9, 2019

The Jackson County sheriff’s office isn’t sure what the county will do after voters again rejected a plan for a new jail. The county asked taxpayers to approve a six-and-a-half million dollar bond referendum for a new jail. It would have been 14,000 square feet with 28 beds. The measure needed a 60 percent majority approval, but failed by 105 votes. Chief deputy Steve Schroeder tells our coverage partners at KCRG it’s disappointing. He says the state jail inspector has told them they need a new facility. A local family also donated $300,000 to the county for the new jail. Schroeder says that money will now go back to the family.

Food Giveaway

August 8, 2019

Low-income residents in Dubuque County are being reminded of another food giveaway that will take place Saturday morning. The food giveaway starts at 7:30 at the Dubuque Area Labor Harvest Building at 423 West Locust Street. It will last until 9:30. Recipients are asked to bring their identification cards and a box for the food. The Saturday food giveaways are made possible through a grant from the Dubuque Racing Association and F.E.M.A..

Main Street Challenge Grant

August 8, 2019

Main Street Iowa has announced a partnership opportunity for Dubuque Main Street and local developers. Dan LoBianco, Executive Director of Dubuque Main Street, says downtown Dubuque historic rehabilitation projects often have funding gaps and these grants have helped several projects. There is both a maximum of $75,000 and minimum amount of $15,000 to be awarded per project. LoBianco says the process is pretty simple, with the first deadline of August 26th to submit a project summary. Eligible projects must be within the downtown project area. Interested parties should contact the Dubuque Main Street office at 563-588-4400 or dandubuquemainstreet.org for details.

Galena-Jo Daviess County Historical -Ice Cream Social

August 8, 2019

This weekend you can get a sweet treat and pay tribute to a long time supporter and contributor to an area historical society. The Galena-Jo Daviess County Historical Society will host an Ice Cream Social Sunday from 2 to 5 p.m.. Amy Alderman, Marketing Director, says the day will feature some cool events on the grounds of the Stillman Mansion. The Historical Society will honor its 2019 Heritage Hall of Fame Inductee, Ronn Toebaas, for his dedicated service to the organization. Alderman says Toebaas plays many roles at the Historical Society, including long-time writer, producer and director of the Cemetery Walk. Toebaas was not expecting the honor and say he considers his late wife, Alice, a big part of the reason he is being recognized. All are invited to this family-friendly event, which also includes $5 cups of Culvers, a bake sale and a 50/50 raffle. Casual or period attire are welcome. Bring your own lawn chairs or blankets. The Ice Cream Social is a fundraiser for the Galena-Jo Daviess County Historical Society. Learn more about the Galena & U.S. Grant Museum and the Historical Society at www.galenahistory.org.

Man Arrested After Heroin Overdose

August 8, 2019

A Dubuque man was arrested this week after a woman died from a suspected heroin overdose. Online court records say 28 year old Carl Watkins was arrested late Tuesday afternoon and charged with two felony counts of possession of heroin with intent to deliver. On Monday night police and paramedics found the woman dead of an apparent overdose from heroin. Watkins was arrested following a sting operation involving the woman’s phone. Investigators set up a buy with Watkins and he was taken into custody without incident in the 700 block of Wilson Street at around 4:20 Tuesday afternoon. He admitted to using drugs and selling marijuana and ecstasy on occasions, but not heroin.

Jackson Jail Vote Fails

August 8, 2019

Voters in Jackson County have again rejected a bond issue for a new jail. The 6.5 million dollar referendum needed 60-percent majority approval, but only received 57.5-percent. A total of 1,862 registered voters cast yes ballots, while 1,525 voted no. Last year voters rejected a similar referendum. Members of the county board of supervisors have been pushing to have a new jail built for several years. They say the current jail is outdated and has a number of deficiencies as well as safety concerns. The referendum called for the new 50 bed jail to be built on Main Street. In an unrelated issue voters chose a new auditor. Alisa Smith is the new Jackson County auditor. She replaces Brain Moore who resigned.

UPDATE: Dubuque Streets Reopen Following Gas Leak

August 7, 2019

Some streets that were closed on Dubuque’s north end because of a gas leak have reopened. Lt. Joe Messerich says the leak was reported at around 10:47 this morning in the 1800 block of Central Avenue. Police quickly closed access to Central at its’ intersection with 20th Street as well as 18th, 19th and 20th between Central and White Streets. The streets reopened shortly after noon.

Gas Leak On Central Avenue

August 7, 2019

Around 11 am this morning the Dubuque Fire Department responded to a report of a gas leak in the 1800 block of Central Ave. Area residents are being asked to evacuate until it’s deemed to be safe to returns to their residences. Central Ave. is closed at 20th Street and 18th and 19th Streets are closed between White St. and Central. White Street is open.

Dubuque Public Works Spraying

August 7, 2019

As weather permits starting Thursday, the City of Dubuque Public Works Department will spray weed control in various areas of rip-rap on the river side of Dubuque’s flood control system. Signs along the flood control system will identify the area being sprayed. With no weather delays, the project is expected to be completed by August 16th. The Public Works Department cautions people to keep their children and pets out of direct contact with the sprayed weeds for 24 hours after application.

Dubuque County Tornado

August 7, 2019

The National Weather Service has confirmed that a tornado touched down southwest of Dubuque. The service says the twister struck around 10:05 p.m. Monday. KCRG TV reports the tornado touched down three miles southwest of the Dubuque Regional Airport and was on the ground for more than a quarter of a mile. The tornado was 50 yards wide and had winds of about 100 m.p.h. making it an EF1 tornado. No injuries have been reported.

Finkenauer To Hold Vet Resource Fair

August 7, 2019

The Congresswoman who represents Iowa’s 1st district will be holding a Veterans Resource Fair in Dubuque this week. Abby Finkenauer will host the event on Friday from 3 to 6 pm at the Iowa National Guard facility on Old Highway Road. She says it will be an opportunity for all service members, veterans and their families to meet with agencies and organizations that provide services, support and job opportunities to veterans. Some of things veterans will receive assistance with include issues with Veterans Affairs benefits, scheduling appointments at the VA, information and applications for affordable housing in Dubuque, educational opportunities at area colleges and employment and career counseling. Participating organizations include the Veterans Freedom Center, Dubuque County Veterans Affairs, the Dubuque VA Clinic, the Small Business Development Center and area colleges and universities and senior living centers.

Center To Provide Domestic Violence Training

August 7, 2019

A domestic violence service center in Galena is offering domestic and sexual violence training this month for salon professionals in Illinois who want to have their licenses renewed. Robyn Davis, a domestic violence advocate at Riverview Center says a new state law requires all salon professionals to take a one-hour, one-time continuing education course to renew their cosmetology licenses. Some salon professionals may have been victims of domestic violence themselves. Davis says since the law went into effect, their center has been contacted by a number of salon professionals wanting to sign up for the training. She says you can call the center, or go on their Facebook page to learn more. Davis says Riverview can also come to a salon and provide training for the entire staff. The training dates are today, the 15th and two on the 19th. The cost is $20 per person.

Sonic Coming To Dubuque

August 7, 2019

Plans have been announced for a new Sonic restaurant in Dubuque. A release from Plaza 20 says the Sonic Drive-In will be built at the frontage road site in the 2600 block of Dodge Street, next to Harbor Freight Tools. Sara Kahle Hutchinson, vice-president of Plaza 20 says the restaurant will feature both traditional carhops, dine-in seating, a double drive-thru and outdoor patio. The Dubuque location will be owned and operated by Sonic franchisee Luke Flatin. In addition to the new Dubuque facility, Flatin owns three Sonic restaurants in Nebraska and one in Kansas. Flatin and his family recently moved from Nebraska to the Tri-State area. Construction will begin this month, with the restaurant slated to open in November.

Julien Lighting Project Completed

August 7, 2019

Two-way traffic on the Julien Dubuque Bridge is now open 24/7. For the past few months crews from the Iowa Department of Transportation have been installing new LED lights and poles on the bridge as part of its’ annual maintenance program. While the work was being done, the eastbound lane of traffic was closed to motorists from 7 am to 3 pm Monday through Friday. Crews completed the work late last week and both lanes are now open.

More Info Released On Golf Cart Incident

August 7, 2019

The Dubuque County sheriff’s office has released more information about a golf cart accident that left one man with serious head injuries over the weekend. 41 year old Bradley Wolfe of Dubuque was riding on the rear-facing seat on the back of a golf cart on 1ST Avenue NE in Epworth late Saturday night, when he fell off and struck his head on the pavement. Wolfe was initially taken to Mercy Hospital, before being transferred to U. of I. Hospitals and Clinics in Iowa City. He is currently in intensive care. When deputies arrived shortly after the incident, the golf cart and the driver had left the scene. Witnesses identified the driver as 40 year old Douglas Ernzen of Epworth. When located, Ernzen admitted to being the driver of the cart when Wolfe fell off. The press release doesn’t say if any charges have been filed yet. The investigation continues.

Grant County Motorcycle Wreck

August 7, 2019

A rural Lancaster couple was injured in a motorcycle crash in Grant County Monday afternoon. The sheriff’s office says 75 year old Leo Casper was traveling west on Highway 18 in Mount Hope, when traffic began slowing down in front of him. At the same time, his passenger, 69 year old Marlene Casper yelled “car”. But by this time, Leo had hit his brakes and the cycle went over the right side of the road, ejecting the couple. The motorcycle then slid about 150 feet and came to rest in the westbound lane traffic. The Caspers were taken to Grant Regional and treated for non-life threatening injuries. The accident is still under investigation.

Gun Store Owner Explains Iowa Laws

August 7, 2019

In the wake of two mass shootings that happened over the weekend, people may be wondering what are the gun laws in their state? In Dubuque, Gun Depot owner Ken Freiburger explains some firearms terms and what’s legal in Iowa. Among the items sold in his store are AR-15 style rifles. He says it’s a semi-automatic weapon, which means someone has to pull the trigger to fire each bullet. Freiburger says many people think the AR in AR-15 stands for assault rifle. That’s not true. He says assault rifles are something totally different. Freiburger says those rifles can be purchased in Iowa with special permits and licenses. Those guns can cost thousands of dollars, compared to an AR-15 that could cost less than 500. The rifles take what’s referred to as high capacity magazines. Those are also legal to purchase in Iowa. Freiburger notes that it’s illegal to modify a semi-automatic weapon to become automatic in Iowa.

Bee Branch Creek Railroad Culvert Project

August 7, 2019

The public is invited to attend a special kick-off on Thursday to celebrate the initiation of construction of the Bee Branch Creek Railroad Culvert phase of the Bee Branch Watershed Flood Mitigation Project. Mayor Roy Buol says the Bee Branch Creek Railroad Culvert is a critical phase of the larger project at the Bee Branch. The installation of the culverts under the Canadian Pacific Railway tracks along Garfield Ave will allow storm water to drain more efficiently from the upstream portion of the Bee Branch Creek to the downstream portion and 16th St. Detention Basin. The ceremony Thursday will begin at 4 p.m. in the Lower Bee Branch corridor at the end of the paved trail north of East 16th Street. The program will include remarks by City staff, project funding partners, and elected officials.

Finkenauer Dyersville Farm Visit

August 6, 2019

Congresswoman Abby Finkenauer and Federal Communications Commissioner, Jessica Rosenworcel, paid a visit to the Dyersville farm of Jeff Pape Monday to discuss the need to expand broadband access in Eastern Iowa. Finkenauer, who serves on the Rural Broadband Task Force, says it was exciting to visit a farm to learn firsthand how important it is to farmers to have good broadband access. Finkenauer says if you are not a farmer, you may not realize how precision agriculture tools help farmers like Jeff Pape grow their operations. Eastern Iowa farms, especially ones near the Mississippi River, have the bluffs to deal with that make broadband access tougher to rely on. FCC Commissioner Rosenworcel says the future of farming will be dependent on having the best broadband coverage possible in order to be successful. Finkenauer has introduced the Broadband Transparency and Accountability Act in Congress to address the digital divide through inproved broadband mapping.

Woman Seriously Hurt In UTV Crash

August 6, 2019

A northwest Illinois woman, who was a passenger on a UTV, was seriously injured after the driver rolled the vehicle in southwest Wisconsin Sunday night. The Lafayette County sheriff’s office say 54 year old Richard Montoya of Warren was driving east on Dunbarton Road in Shullsburg when he ran through a stop sign. He then over-corrected and rolled the vehicle several times, which came to rest on the passenger’s side. His passenger, 52 year old Candace Montoya also of Warren was seriously injured. She was transported to Southwest Health Center with serious injuries. Her condition has not been released. Richard Montoya was charged with OWI causing injury. He was also cited for careless operation of a UTV.

National Night Out In Dubuque

August 6, 2019

A large group of people are expected to gather at Comiskey Park in Dubuque, for National Night Out tonight. National Night Out is designed to shine a spotlight on neighborhood crime and crime prevention and bring the community together. Lt. Joe Messerich with the Dubuque police department says there will be food and games for all who attend. National Night Out has been held in Dubuque every year for over a decade, and mother nature is expected to cooperate according to the KCRG First Alert Forecast. Following the event, the movie Incredibles 2 will be shown outside the community center. The event runs from 6 until 8 pm.

Geisler Brothers Fire

August 6, 2019

Dubuque fire fighters were at the scene of a fire at Geisler Brothers Saturday morning. Fire Chief Rick Steines says crews responded to the fire at around 9 Saturday morning in the 1500 block of Radford Road. When crews arrived, the building was full of smoke. The fire was quickly extinguished and no injuries were reported. It’s reported that the fire began in an area in the rear of Dubuque Steel Manufacturing. Neither Dubuque Steel or Geisler Brothers was open at the time. Steines says the probable cause was some rags which ignited other combustibles in a trash can. There was no structural damage to Geisler, but there was significant smoke damage. The estimated cost of that damage is not known at this time and the investigation continues.

Man Charged With Assault After Racial Incident

August 6, 2019

A Dubuque man, who will be back in court today was arrested Friday after police say he yelled out a racial slur at a group of people and then pointed and fired off a roman candle at the group. Court documents say 48 year old John Daniel is charged with assault while displaying a dangerous weapon and violation of individual rights. The incident happened in early July in the 2300 block of Central Avenue. A group of people, including a 15 year old boy were shooting off fireworks in the area, when Daniel allegedly shouted a racial slur at the boy and told them to stop. The boy went inside an apartment and came back out with his mother, who asked Daniel to talk to her about the slur. Documents say Daniel refused to talk to the woman, flipped her off and shot a roman candle towards the woman and others. No one was injured as the group fled back into the apartment. After being questioned by police, Daniel admitted to shooting off the roman candle, but says he wasn’t intentionally trying to hit anyone.

Tranel Reacts To SWIGG Results

August 6, 2019

The most recent results from the Southwest Wisconsin Groundwater and Geology study found that waste from humans and livestock is contributing to well water contamination in that region of the state. 35 private wells were tested for disease and non-disease-causing microorganisms. 32 of those wells showed evidence of fecal contamination from humans, cattle and swine. State Assemblyman Travis Tranel of Cuba City says of the 35 contaminated wells that were tested, 30 of them had human waste in them, compared to 17 cattle and 5 swine contaminated wells. The SWIGG study results were presented to the Grant County Conservation and Sanitation Zoning Committee last week by a microbiologist with the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Three more rounds of private well samplings have been scheduled.

Freedom Center Fundraiser Results

August 6, 2019

During the entire month of July, Tri-State area Kwik Stops teamed up with Radio Dubuque to raise money for the Veterans Freedom Center in Dubuque. When motorists pulled up to the pumps and chose to get their gas from a pump that had a “freedom center sticker” on it, the center got 2 cents for every gallon sold. Center Director Jim Wagner says in all they were able to raise more than $16,000. Wagner says the fundraiser proved to be more successful than he ever imagined. Wagner was one of many veterans that help pump gas for the fundraiser.

Chestnut Mountain Drowning

August 5, 2019

Authorities in Jo Daviess County are investigating the accidental drowning of teenager at Chestnut Mountain Resort in rural Galena last night. A press release from the sheriff’s office says deputies responded to several 911 calls at around 9:20 about a 15 year old boy who had drowned at the resort. Once on scene witnesses told deputies that the boy had went under water in a swimming pool for an unknown period of time. The boy was pulled from the pool but he was unresponsive. Deputies administered CPR and the boy was transported to Midwest Medical Center, where he was later pronounced dead. The name of the boy has not been released at this time, pending notification of all relatives.

Golf Cart Accident-Head Injuries

August 5, 2019

Authorities in Dubuque County are investigating after a man reportedly fell off a golf cart he was riding in Epworth. According to KCRG-TV, the Dubuque County Sheriff’s Office report around 10:45 p.m. Saturday in the area of 501 1st Avenue NE, 42-year old Bradley Wolfe of Dubuque, was found lying in the shoulder of the road. Wolfe had been riding on the rear-facing seat on the back of a golf cart when he fell off and hit his head on the pavement. Paramedics took him to Mercy Hospital for serious head injuries. He was eventually taken to University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics in Iowa City.

DNR Scam Warning

August 5, 2019

The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources is urging the public to beware of online hunting and fishing license scams leaving purchasers with an empty hook and wallet. Kimberly Currie, DNR director of customer and outreach services, says various websites are trying to deceive people. These sites also collect sensitive personal data as part of their unauthorized transactions. Currie says the best way to make sure you don’t fall prey to these scammers is to purchase your license directly from the DNR. The official website is dnr.wi.gov. Wisconsin also has many service centers across the state if you don’t want to go online. Currie says paying close attention can help you figure out if you are on a scammers website. The DNR website also provides information about where to purchase licenses in person, links to free copies of Wisconsin regulations and helpful tutorials on the DNR website under Licenses and Regulations.

The Dubuque Museum of Art-Summer Events

August 5, 2019

The Dubuque Museum of Art will mark the closing weeks of summer and its current exhibits with two free community events in August. The 2nd annual Family Art Carnival takes place on August 10th, from Noon-4 p.m. The free event Saturday will be held on 7th Street, in front of the Museum, and will feature both indoor and outdoor art activities, an animal petting zoo, and a bouncy house for children. Admission to both the Family Art Carnival and museum will be free. The 4th annual Movie at the Museum will take place on Saturday, August 17th, in Washington Park. This year’s featured film will be the Iowa classic “Field of Dreams”, which marks its 30th anniversary this year. Field of Dreams Ghost Players will be on hand before the film from 7 to 8:30 pm for a question and answer session. The movie begins at dusk (approximately 8:30 p.m.). In the event of inclement weather, the movie will be cancelled.

Traffic signal repair

August 4, 2019

The City will conduct emergency repairs to the signalized intersection of JFK Rd. at Hillcrest Rd. starting mid-morning on Monday, August 5th. This intersection will be put into four-way stop control while the signal structures on the east side are repaired and/or replaced. We appreciate your patience during this repair.

Taste Of Dubuque Back At The Port

August 4, 2019

Dubuque took a bite out of Thursday night, as the Taste of Dubuque brought 17 vendors out to share their food with others at the Port of Dubuque. The free event asked for $5 donations at the gate to support the National Mississippi River Museum’s funding for conservation, STEM, and history education. Museum CEO Kurt Strand says Taste is all about highlighting some of the amazing parts about living in Dubuque. Water filling stations were provided at the event to encourage reusable bottles.

Local Food Grant Awards

August 4, 2019

The grant award winners for the Community Grant program have been announced. The awards were announced recently by the Dubuque County Food Policy Council and the county board of supervisors. The recipients are Dubuque Urban Farm, which received a grant for $890, Convivium Urban Farmstead which received a grant of $4,890 and Dubuque County Agricultural Extension District which got a grant for $720. Other recipients include the Dream Center, Society of St. Vincent DePaul, Dem Greenz, the Millwork Night Market and the Urban Bicycle Food Mission. In all, a total of $20,000 was awarded.

MDA Field of Dream Event

August 2, 2019

The Muscular Dystrophy Association of Iowa will be holding the first-ever Iron Horse Classic home run derby at the historic Field of Dreams movie site on Saturday, starting at 10 a.m. Development Specialist, Derek Harrigan, says all are welcome to participate, volunteer, or be spectators and there are multiple divisions in the home run derby. Saturday’s event in Dyersville gives people a unique opportunity to play on the historic Field of Dreams and there will be food available, as well as prizes, music and other games. The money raised will stay in eastern Iowa, including here in Dubuque and Camp Courageous in Monticello. Participant entry is $35 and includes an event t-shirt. For more information and to sign up go to Facebook and search MDA of Iowa.

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Tax Free Holiday Weekend

August 2, 2019

In less than 4 weeks, students in Dubuque will be back in the classroom for the start of a new school year, and to help reduce the cost of back-to-school clothing items parents can once again take advantage of Iowa’s sales-tax free holiday this weekend. The tax free holiday started a minute after midnight Friday and runs through midnight Saturday. Kristin McGrath is with Offers.com. There are some items that the tax holiday does not include. The sales tax free holiday has become popular not only in Iowa, but across the country. If you present a manufacturer’s coupon, it will not reduce the price of the item for the purpose of waiving the sales tax. The tax free weekend includes online purchases, as long as you place your order this weekend.

Transportation Director Likes Seat Belts

August 2, 2019

The transportation director for the Dubuque Community School District is OK with new rules adopted by the Iowa State Board of Education. One of the rules would require lap-shoulder seat belts on all new buses bought by districts and state-accredited non-public schools. Director Ernie Bolibaugh says anything they can do to improve the safety of kids on school buses is a good thing. In all, the district ordered eight new buses this year. Under the rules, districts wouldn’t have to retrofit their current fleets. The Dubuque district currently has 80 buses. A seat belt policy has been adopted by the school board that makes it mandatory for all students to wear the seat belts. Bolibaugh says they are in the process of sending out notifications to parents and guardians about the policy. Right now, the new rules don’t mandate that all districts have seat belts on their buses, but that could change when the Iowa legislature reconvenes in January.

AmeriCorps Partners in Learning Program-Dubuque

August 2, 2019

Dubuque youth will be getting a boost from a national service program. The AmeriCorps Partners in Learning Program, sponsored by the City of Dubuque, has been approved to receive $475, 453 in federal AmeriCorps funding from Volunteer Iowa and the Corporation for National and Community Service. Additionally, AmeriCorps Partners in Learning was approved for $89, 995 in state funding from Volunteer Iowa for a smaller grant focused on engaging teenage youth in after-school and summer programs. Here in Dubuque, AmeriCorps Partners in Learning supports Dubuque’s Campaign for Grade Level Reading with school year and summer tutoring programs, as well as teen programming through year-long after school programs and with mentoring opportunities.

Flexsteel Drop Off Suspended

August 2, 2019

If you’ve been dropping off recyclables in containers located at the old Flexsteel parking lot on Jackson Street, you will no longer be able to do so beginning today. The recycling drop off containers will be removed due to deconstruction of the buildings on the property. The Dubuque Metro Solid Waste Agency provided the containers so that people living in the area who didn’t have curbside recycling would have a place to take their recyclables. Flexsteel has since moved its’ operations to Dubuque Industrial Center South. The agency does have other drop off sites. They are located at All Seasons Trucking on Highway 52 South, the Cascade city garage, the Durango Heritage Trail parking lot, the Farley city shop, Theisen’s parking lot in Dyersville, Key West and Epworth.

Dubuque Police Seeking Help To Identify Suspect

August 1, 2019

Police are seeking assistance in identifying a subject who allegedly shoplifted merchandise from Best Buy, 801 Wacker Dr in Dubuque. The incident occurred on 06/28/19 at approximately 6:55 PM. The suspect is possibly associated with a dark blue Chevy Malibu. If you have information please submit it here. https://www.cityofdubuque.org/2135/ID4PD

 

 

14th Annual Art On The River

August 1, 2019

Ten new sculptures have been selected for the 14th annual Art On The River public exhibit Friday. The unique works of art will be installed around the Grand River Center and along the Mississippi Riverwalk at the Port of Dubuque. Economic Development Director, Jill Conners, says the opening reception for the exhibit will be held Friday, from 5:00-7:30 p.m. at the Grand River Center Terrace. The theme is “The Mississippi Magnified” and focuses on artists and artwork that draw inspiration from the people, culture, beauty, and magnitude of the mighty Mississippi River. Conners says there will a style show for the first time. Conners says there is a virtual reality piece that requires a smartphone app to experience from the Mississippi Riverwalk that attendees are encouraged to download the free 4th Wall app prior to the opening. The new exhibit will be displayed until July 2020 and all the sculptures are for sale and can be installed in both indoor and outdoor areas. The event is free, family friendly, and open to the public.

Man Leaves ID In Stolen Vehicle

August 1, 2019

If you’re going to steal a vehicle, it’s probably not a good idea to leave your calling card in the vehicle. That’s exactly what a Dubuque man did. Online court records say 33 year old Michael Fitzgerald is charged with 3rd degree burglary, operating a vehicle without the owner’s consent and possession of drug paraphernalia. The arrest stems from three separate incidents earlier this year. In one incident Fitzgerald is charged with stealing a van that was parked in the 50 block of South Locust Street in May. The van was recovered several days later. A few days later, the owner found Fitzgerald’s ID card between the front seats on the floor of the van. When police arrested Fitzgerald he had drug paraphernalia in his pocket.

Man Charged After Head Butting Officers

August 1, 2019

A man was arrested by Dubuque police last week, and after his arrested police say he head butted two officers causing significant injuries. On Tuesday, the attorney for 22 year old Mathew Foxhood filed a written not-guilty plea on behalf of his client. Foxhood is charged with two counts of assault on persons in certain occupations causing injury, interference with official acts, providing false identification information and voluntary absence from custody. Last Friday, an officer saw Foxhood walking near the downtown area. When the officer approached him, Foxhood gave the officer a false name, but the officer knew there was a warrant out for his arrest for not returning to the correctional facility on Elm Street. After he was in custody, documents say Foxhood told police not to touch him, or they would be assaulted. As officers grabbed him, Foxhood head-butted the officers. One officer was head-butted in the forehead, which caused a deep laceration, while another officer suffered a possible fractured nose.

Dubuque Teen Seriously Injured

August 1, 2019

A Dubuque teenager was seriously injured after being involved in a one vehicle crash in Dubuque County. According to a crash report released by the sheriff’s office Tuesday, 18 year old William Carpenter was driving southeast on Finley’s Landing Road Saturday night, when his steering failed due to a malfunction. Carpenter lost control as the vehicle left the road, traveled through a ditch and struck a tree. Carpenter was transported to Finley Hospital where he was treated for his injuries, which were believed to be non-life threatening. He was cited for failure to maintain control.

VNA New Clinic Opening Soon

August 1, 2019

The Visiting Nurse Association in Dubuque will soon be operating from its’ new location, but before that happens the clinic will be closed between August 2nd and the 11th and won’t be seeing any patients during that time. The current facility in the 14-hundred block of Iowa Street will close and the new facility at 660 Iowa Street will open on August 12th. The new building, which formerly housed Anytime Fitness Center, will result in more services and clinical care space for patients. An open house will be held later this fall.

FIDO Lobbies For New Dog Park

August 1, 2019

A local group of “dog lovers” want to see a second dog park in Dubuque. Friendly Intelligent Dog Owners of Dubuque, or FIDO have created an online petition to get a new dog park at the Port of Dubuque. FIDO President Lisa Johnson says a recent assessment concluded that Dubuque has a lot of work to do to make it a more “pet friendly” community. That assessment will be reviewed by the city council at its’ meeting on Monday. Being a “pet friendly” community is a high priority for the council. Johnson says her group’s main focus is promoting responsible dog ownership. Along with that she says a second dog park in Dubuque is long overdue.  Johnson and her group envision a second dog park on an ideal piece of city owned property at the Port. The park would also include a place for kids to play and a picnic area for families and groups. Johnson encourages people to go online and sign their petition. Johnson says they could raise money for the park, much like the supporters of the new skate park did. The city council is expected to bring up the issue during its’ goal setting session on August 13th at the Grand River Center.

New E.D. Police Chief

August 1, 2019

There’s a new man in charge of the East Dubuque police department. Monday night, the city council voted to hire Luke Kovacic. Kovacic joined the police department in 2009 as a part-time patrol officer, before being advanced to full-time two years later. He is also a detective in the department. Kovacic replaces Steve O’Connell, who retired earlier this year. Sgt. Mickey Huseman served as interim police chief while a replacement for O’Connell was sought. Kovacic will be paid an annual salary of $65,000. That includes a $5,000 stipend. A total of 80 applicants applied for the job.

Former Shopko Employee Joins Movement

August 1, 2019

A Dubuque woman is one of hundreds of former Shopko employees demanding severance pay after losing their jobs. Trina McInerney joined the efforts of United for Respect, a non-profit based in Washington D C. It brings retail workers together to improve working conditions. The private equity firm Sun Capital bought Shopko in 2005, and it closed all Shopko stores this year. Now McInerney and about 700 other former Shopko employees are demanding that Sun Capital set up a fund to pay employees for losing their jobs. McInerney blames that firm for Shopko’s closure and she tells our coverage partners at KCRG it needs to compensate 14,000 former employees. McInerney is still looking for a new job. In the meantime she has gone to Washington DC to advocate for a bill to limit what equity firms can do when they take over struggling companies.

Safety Enforcement Project

July 31, 2019

A multi-agency safety and enforcement project was conducted in Dubuque last week and targeted high impact call areas of the city. The project focus was on traffic violations, pedestrian contacts and animal contacts throughout the west end of Dubuque. Officers issued 30 total citations, mostly for speeding and pet owner contacts.

E.D. Woman Charged With Human Trafficking

July 31, 2019

An East Dubuque woman faces human trafficking and other charges after she was arrested in the Des Moines over the weekend. Documents from Polk County district court say 25 year old Brittany Walters was arrested Sunday and charged with two counts of human trafficking and two counts of pimping, all felonies. The crimes were allegedly committed Saturday and Sunday at a hotel in Ankeny. According to documents, Walters “knowingly and unlawfully engaged in human trafficking by setting up and driving four females to Des Moines for the purpose of prostitution.” When she was arrested Walters was carrying a large amount of cash. Her bond was set at $20,000. She will next appear in court on August 8th.

Spring Flooding Effects In Dubuque

July 31, 2019

Counties in eastern Iowa continue to feel the effects of flooding. In Dubuque, public local campgrounds are just getting opened, which means revenue is down. Park Ranger Ryan Petty says the Conservation Department is estimating its’ lost about $75,000 this year. That’s from lost revenue and the costs to clean up the parks. Petty says flood cleanup at the end of July is not typical. Mud Lake is one of three campgrounds impacted by flooding from the Mississippi River. The other two are Finley’s Landing and Massey Marina. Finley’s Landing and Mud Lake are up and running again, although Petty says there’s still more lingering projects to get done. Parts of Massey Marina are still underwater. Petty says the river starts to creep into the park once it hits 14 feet. Only about one third of the camping sites are open right now.

What's The Future For Sunnycrest?

July 31, 2019

Earlier this year, members of the Dubuque County board of supervisors held a work session with members of the county hospital board of trustees and the Sunnycrest advisory board to talk about the future of Sunnycrest Manor. Sunnycrest is asking the supervisors to help them develop a strategic planning process as some medical providers in the state face an uncertain future. The plan would examine strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and challenges facing the long-term care facility and establish longer-term goals. Supervisor chair Dave Baker says the facility needs some guidance, because if you’re standing still, you are losing ground. Baker says Sunnycrest used to be managed by an outside entity, which did not go very well. He says it is a service that is much needed in the county. Sunnycrest has provided services in Dubuque County for over a century. It is the only remaining county-owned long-term care facility in the state.

Kartman Passes Away

July 31, 2019

The founder of the Veterans Memorial Plaza in Dubuque has died. According to his obituary, Louis “Louie” Kartman passed away last Friday. He was 87 years old. Kartman served with the United States Marine Corps during the Korean War. He drove trucks for a number of companies in Dubuque and was an independent operator for over 40 years. Kartman was a member of the VFW, Marine Corps League, American Legion and Men’s Breakfast at Lord of Life Lutheran Church in Asbury. A second visitation will be held after 9 am Wednesday until the time of service at 10:30 at the church. Following the service there will be a procession to the Memorial Plaza with military honors by the Dubuque Marine Corps League and other veterans groups.

911 Outage

July 30, 2019

The Jo Daviess County Sheriff’s Office reports 911 Cellular service has been restored in Jo Daviess County as of 11:45 am this morning. Service had been out for several hours. The outage involves both the Verizon and US Cellular networks. Customers in Dubuque, Davenport and other parts of Iowa, as well as areas near Rockford, Illinois, were still reporting issues. Verizon officials said engineers have identified a hardware issue responsible for several network outages impacting the Upper Midwest.

Julien Bridge Project Near Completion

July 30, 2019

It won’t be long now before the Julien Dubuque Bridge is fully open to traffic 24/7. For the past couple of months crews with the Iowa Department of Transportation have been working on a lighting replacement project, which requires the eastbound lane to be closed from 7 am to 3 pm Monday through Friday. Dot Engineer Hugh Holak says the lights should be connected today, and if all goes as planned the project should be done by the end of the week. All of the lights on the bridge have been replaced, making for a safer drive across and fiber optic has also been installed on the south side of the bridge so the city can put in traffic cameras. The project is all part of the DOT’s bridge maintenance program. Earlier this year a bridge washing project was completed.

Dubuque Woman Sentenced To Jail

July 30, 2019

A Dubuque woman avoided significant jail time after pleading guilty to a drug possession charge. Online court records say 21 year old Ashleigh Jordan recently pled guilty to the lesser charge of unlawful possession of a controlled substance in Dubuque County district court. She was originally charged with possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver. A charge of possession of marijuana was dismissed. Jordan was sentenced to a year in jail, but the judge suspended all but 10 days of the sentence. She will also be placed on two years of probation. Jordan was a passenger in a vehicle that was stopped by a Dubuque County sheriff’s deputies in February. Deputies found over 200 ecstasy pills in Jordan’s pocket. The drugs were valued at more than $4,000. The driver, 23 year old Siobham Miles of Dubuque was in possession of more than 28 grams of crack cocaine and several small bags of marijuana. Miles has pleaded not guilty to drug possession charges. She will next appear in court on August 19th.

Vehicle Fire On University

July 30, 2019

Dubuque police are investigating a vehicle fire that backed up traffic on University Avenue early Monday morning. An email from Lt Joe Messerich says police and crews from the Dubuque fire department responded to an area between the 800 and 900 blocks of University just after 4 am on a report of a car on fire. The 2000 Chrysler Sebring convertible was fully engulfed when crews arrived. The vehicle is operated by the registered owner’s grandson, who lives in the area. The email did not contain the name of the grandson or grandfather. No injuries were reported.

6th Annual Lighted Boat Parade

July 29, 2019

The Port of Dubuque Marina will hold its sixth annual lighted boat parade on Friday, August 3rd. Boaters are invited to participate in, and the public is invited to attend. Dan Kroger, Recreation Division Manager, says this free, family-friendly event will begin at 6 p.m. with a free musical performance by the Mississippi Band and other activities before the evening parade. The theme for this year’s parade is “Just Be Creative” so boaters wishing to participate in the parade can be as creative as they like. According to Kroger, boat parade entries will be on display in the marina before the parade, which will begin at dusk. Kroger says the event is always popular with families and the City of Dubuque Leisure Services Department’s “Rec ‘n Roll” Trailer will be on site with a variety of activities for children. Boats of all makes, models, and sizes are encouraged to participate and prizes will be awarded. To register a boat for the parade, or for more information, please contact the Port of Dubuque Marina. Spectators choosing to watch the parade from the Mississippi Riverwalk are welcome to bring chairs.

Ernst Comments On Mueller's Testimony

July 29, 2019

Last week, former special counsel Robert Mueller testified before the House Judiciary Committee about any possible connection between Donald Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign and Russians. Mueller’s testimony concluded there was “considerable collusion” between the two sides and that Trump engaged in multiple acts of obstruction of justice. Iowa Senator Joni Ernst says although she was only able to catch bits and pieces of Mueller’s testimony, the American people have made up their minds and moved on. Mueller’s report has been made public and Ernst says people can read it for themselves if they haven’t already made up their minds. Meantime, the House Judiciary Committee was expected to file a lawsuit seeking secret grand jury material underlying Mueller’s report. Committee chair Jerrold Nadler says his panel will go to court to try to enforce a subpoena against former White House counsel Donald McGahn, a key Mueller witness.

Set Free Dubuque-World Day Against Trafficking Event

July 29, 2019

A local group dedicated to educating people about human trafficking is holding a local event on World Day Against Trafficking in Persons Day, a day the United Nations adopted in 2013 to raise awareness of the situation of victims of human trafficking. Suzie Wright, Executive Director of Set Free Dubuque, says they are doing something different this year on July 30th, holding an informational event. Wright says they are now teaming up with a state group to better educate motel and hotel owners and workers how to identify possible human trafficking in their establishments. Wright says Tuesday’s local event will help give people a better idea of what they can do themselves to stop modern day slavery and local resources that can help. The Set Free Dubuque event will run from 6:00 pm to 7:30 pm Tuesday, the 30th, and will be held at the Convivium Urban Farm at 2811 Jackson St.and light refreshments will be served. If you have questions, you can call 563-451-7914.

Rheingans & Kramer Honored TEAM Award

July 29, 2019

Stan Rheingans, Superintendent and Phil Kramer, the former Human Resources Director of the Dubuque Community Schools are the recipients of the 2019 Iowa State Education Association’s TEAM Award. The ISEA’s TEAM award stands for Together, Educators and Administrators Make it Happen and it honors school administrators who have worked to create collaborative, collegial working environments for staff in school buildings or districts. Rheingans and Kramer were nominated by the Dubuque Education Association’s executive board. They were honored at the ISEA Celebration of Excellence in Education Awards banquet on July 22nd in West Des Moines.

Mt. Hope Man Sentenced

July 29, 2019

A Mount Hope man is going to prison after being sentenced on drug charges. Court documents from U.S. District Court say 35 year old Dustin Caya was recently sentenced to more than six years in federal prison after pleading guilty to meth and gun charges. In June of 2018, investigators from the Grant County sheriff’s department found over 350 grams of methamphetamine, drug paraphernalia and a large amount of cash in Caya’s home. Several loaded guns were also discovered in the home. Caya is a convicted felon and not allowed to possess weapons. He pleaded guilty to possessing more than 50 grams of meth with intent to distribute and possession of a firearm as a felon.

Drownings-Teachers

July 26, 2019

Police say the drowning of two men in a backyard Davenport swimming pool occurred when one man tried to save the other. KCRG tv reports that surveillance video at the home where the men were house-sitting captured the Monday drowning of 60-year-old Mark Anderson, of Eldridge, and 57-year-old Kenneth Anderson, of Bellevue. Police say the men were friends and not related. The video shows Ken Anderson entered the pool and struggled in the water before Mark Anderson tried to rescue him. Another friend found the men in the pool Monday night. Police have declared the drownings accidental. Ken Anderson taught social studies and coached bowling at Bellevue Middle and High School. Mark Anderson was a retired science teacher from North Scott High School and used to work in Bellevue.

Microsoft Scam Hits Dubuque

July 26, 2019

For the past few weeks some residents in Dubuque have reported different variations of a scam involving people claiming to be with Microsoft and attempting to gain access to personal computers. Dubuque police Lt. Joe Messerich says this “tech support scam” is the latest in a number of scams to hit the city. Messerich says legitimate businesses will not call you or notify you out of the blue telling you that you need to pay them money. If you think you are, or have been scammed, contact your local financial institution. Messerich says other ways to sniff out a fraud is to remember that no legitimate business is going to accept a payment in the form of a gift card or ask you to mail or wire them money. Those transactions are done with credit cards or checks.