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Christmas Food/Toy Sign Up

November 12, 2019

Tis the season to be jolly, and once again the Salvation Army in Dubuque along with its’ many partners will make sure that needy families in the Tri-State area have a Merry Christmas. For the rest of this week and again on November 18th, people can sign-up for food and toys. Captain Matt Phelps says you need to bring at least one of the following items when you come to sign up…school records, birth certificate or social security card. You can also bring an EBT card, a Title 19 card or a check stub that establish your income. The people that signup and qualify will be able to pick up their toys and food on December 11th at the Salvation Army on Iowa Street. Captain Matt says they could never do what they do for families at Christmas time if not for their partners. The signup times are between 9 am and 4 pm. This year the Salvation Army expects to assist more than 1,500 people through its’ Christmas assistance program.

Dubuque Couple Pleads Guilty To Wire Fraud

November 12, 2019

A Dubuque man and his wife accused of stealing nearly $200,000 from his disabled mother have pleaded guilty to federal charges. 65 year old Howard Derby and his 51 year old wife Pattie recently entered guilty pleas to wire fraud. State charges were dropped after the federal charges were filed. Documents say Derby’s disabled mother moved in with the couple and that he had been given power of attorney for her finances and medical needs. The Derbys then took money from her accounts to buy cars and pay for vacations among other things. Federal records don’t list a sentencing date.

Manchester Man Going To Prison

November 12, 2019

A Manchester man is going to prison for his role in a stabbing incident that happened this summer. 38 year old William Holmes pleaded guilty in Delaware County to willful injury causing bodily injury. In two separate unrelated cases Holmes pled guilty to possession of a firearm by a felon, fist degree harassment and possession of marijuana and methamphetamine. In exchange for his guilty plea in the stabbing case, prosecutors agreed to drop a charge of going armed with intent. A judge sentenced Holmes to 12 years behind bars. In late August police say Holmes stabbed his roommate in the arm after the two men got into a fight at the residence they shared. 20 year old Taneasha Gingerich is charged with one felony count of willful injury after police say she kicked the victim in the head while he was on top of Holmes while the two men fought. Holmes was convicted of felonies on four separate occasions from 2003 through 2009.

Mullis Seeking New Trial

November 11, 2019

A Delaware County man convicted of killing his wife on the family’s farm now wants a new trial. A Dubuque County jury found Todd Mullis guilty of first-degree murder back in September. He killed his wife, Amy Mullis, using a corn rake at their family farm in Earlville. During the trial, defense attorneys claimed someone else killed her. The state said Mullis killed his wife because she was having an affair. KCRG reports Mullis’ attorney filed a motion for a new trial. A hearing for the motion is set for December 17th, the same day as his sentencing. First-degree murder carries a mandatory life sentence.

Salvation Army of Dubuque

November 11, 2019

The Salvation Army of Dubuque is inviting Dubuque area residents to a kick-off of the annual bell-ringing season on Wednesday with a special event at 6:15 pm at the Dubuque Kennedy Mall. The event will take place at Center Court and include the announcement of the 2019 goal for the Kettle Campaign, a new promotion with the Kennedy Mall and an additional way to donate at the kettle this season. As a reminder, The Salvation Army of Dubuque will have its Christmas toy and food sign-up for low-income households November 12th – 15th, and the 18th from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at 1099 Iowa Street for Dubuque area residents. Those signing-up will need to bring a picture ID for adults registering and ONE of the following for each child: social security card, birth certificate, or school record. The toy distribution will be December 11th from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Highway 52 Fatal

November 11, 2019

A Bellevue woman is dead following a two vehicle accident Saturday night. The Dubuque County Sheriff’s Office says 20-year old Hannah Ruggeberg was killed in the crash. Authorities found two vehicles when they arrived on scene at Highway 52 South, near Bradel Cove Road around 6:30 pm. 69-year old John Hoffman of Dubuque received minor injuries, and a three-year-old girl was airlifted with serious injuries. The sheriff’s office says the crash happened when Hoffman was driving north in the southbound lane, and struck Ruggeberg’s vehicle head-on. The crash remains under investigation.

Gratiot Township Accident

November 10, 2019

A Gratiot woman suffered severe injuries in an accident early Saturday morning. The Lafayette County Sheriff’s Office reports deputies responded to a one vehicle accident on Dunbarton RD, Gratiot Township around 5:41 am. 47-year old Angela Goebel was eastbound when she lost control of her vehicle causing her to cross the center line, enter the opposite ditch, and come to rest striking a fence. Goebel was transported to the hospital with severe injuries. Green County EMS, Darlington, Gratiot First Response, Gratiot Fire Department, and UW Med Flight assisted on scene. Darlington Police Department assisted with traffic control.

Veterans Day-City Offices Closed

November 10, 2019

City of Dubuque offices will be closed on November 11th, in honor of Veterans Day. This includes City Hall and most other City offices and facilities. However, the City’s public works department will operate the regular Monday collection schedule for refuse, yard debris, and recycling. The Dubuque Metro Landfill will also be open on Veterans Day. The Jule’s fixed route buses, mini-buses, and downtown shuttle will operate their normal Monday schedule and routes on Veterans Day; however, the Dubuque Intermodal Transportation Center will not be open.

MILVET-MercyOne

November 10, 2019

Just two days before Veterans Day, officials at MercyOne Dubuque have officially launched a Military and Veterans Health program, or MILVET to improve access to high-quality and culturally sensitive health care for veterans and their families throughout Dubuque and surrounding communities. Christina Schauer, director of clinical and professional development at Mercy and MILVET Champion says they look forward to working with the new V A Clinic on Dodge Street and other veterans’ service organizations. Schauer says they’ll be in frequent communication with the new clinic, as they both strive to provide the services needed by veterans and their families. Ann Fessler is the clinic manager for the new VA clinic, which officially opened its’ doors in August. When she was first approached by Schauer about the MILVET program Fessler says she was impressed with her energy and enthusiasm. MercyOne President Kay Takes says when the VA clinic was located on their campus the two entities made it a point to collaborate with each other. MILVET also provides services for females who have very unique medical needs. There are over 200,000 active and retired military service members in Iowa. There are around 6,500 in Dubuque County and when you add Jackson, Delaware and Clayton counties in Iowa and Jo Daviess in Illinois and Grant County in Wisconsin that numbers grows to more than 15,000.

U of Dubuque Best for Vets: Colleges 2020 Rankings

November 10, 2019

University of Dubuque has once again been nationally recognized for its dedication to providing quality educational opportunities to veterans and military-connected students. For the third straight year, Military Times named UD to its Best for Vets: Colleges rankings. UD was the highest-ranked Iowa institution, placing 19th on a list of 134 four-year universities. UD’s commitment to service members and veterans dates back to World War II and continues to present day with the Sergeant Jeffrey B. Dodge Veterans Center. The center was built to provide student veterans a seamless transition from military life to civilian college life. UD also provides one-on-one counseling during the admission process for veterans, offers peer-to-peer mentoring and tutoring, and provides additional grant and scholarship opportunities.

Highway 52 Fatal

November 10, 2019

One person is dead following a two vehicle crash Saturday night. The Dubuque County Sheriff’s Office says is happened around 6:30 p.m. Authorities found two vehicles when they arrived on scenes at Highway 52 South, near Bradel Cove Road. One of the drivers was found dead and two others were taken to a nearby hospital with injuries. Names have not been released yet and the crash is under investigation.

Grant County Fatal

November 10, 2019

A Cassvile woman is dead following a one vehicle crash in Grant County. The accident happened on the morning of November 1st on Highway 81 and Rattlesnake Road in the Township of Beetown. The sheriff’s office says 60 year old Julie Kuenster was driving east on 81, when her vehicle left the road. Kuenster then over corrected and the vehicle slid across the highway in a counter-clockwise manor. Once on the north side of the highway, the rear passenger’s side struck a guardrail end and the vehicle spun. It then went head first into a rock wall embankment. Kuenster was entrapped and had to be extricated. She was transported to Grant Regional Health Center and then to UW Hospitals in Madison where she died Friday. Kuenster is the 10th person to die on Grant County roads this year.

March Of Dimes Prematurity Awareness Month

November 8, 2019

November is Prematurity Awareness Month and is a big March of Dimes focus for driving awareness of their mission. Prematurity Awareness Day is November 17th and Kaley Rigdon, Development Manager for the Dubuque chapter, says people don’t realize how many moms and families deal with babies born prematurely. Local partners, including the Fighting Saints, will have a special night to promote the cause this evening as they battle the Waterloo Black Hawks. You will notice something special about MercyOne in the month of November to support March of Dimes. There will be special food nights at several locations in Dubuque during November, including Pizza Ranch and Chipotle Mexican Grill, where a portion of food sales or tips will go to the local chapter.

Theisen's More for Your Community Grants

November 8, 2019

Theisen’s Home • Farm • Auto has announced that 242 nonprofits in 24 Theisen’s store communities will receive a total of $350,000 in awards through the company’s 2019 More for Your Community grant program. Theisen’s corporate giving program is a partnership with the Community Foundation of Greater Dubuque, who administers the grant program. The Community Foundations Director of Donor Relations, Faye Finnegan, says locally the grants will help over two dozen organizations who will get close to $45,000. Successful grant applicants demonstrated that their projects would serve needs for children and families. Katie Decker, Community Foundations Grants Management Coordinator, notes it’s not just Iowa that Theisen helps with it’s giving but Illinois and Wisconsin too. The applications received this year numbered over 400 but got narrowed down to 25 nonprofits in the Dubuque area. Nonprofits will receive  grant checks at More for Your Community grants celebrations hosted by local stores throughout Iowa and Wisconsin on Monday, November 11th at 11:30 am.

 

Jones County Fatal Crash-Update

November 8, 2019

The Iowa State Patrol says a Hopkinton woman is dead following a crash between a semi and an SUV in Jones County. According to troopers, 39-year old Michelle Gray was driving a Dodge Durango eastbound on Old Dubuque Road at around 6:50 p.m. Wednesday. They say Gray stopped at the intersection with Highway 151, but pulled out into the path of a southbound semi driven by 50-year old Keith Ahles, of Medford, Wisconsin who was not injured.

Kwik Stop-Charitable Partnerships 2020

November 8, 2019

The largest, locally owned chain of convenience stores, Kwik Stop has announced a new philanthropic partnership. Tessa Fahey, Director of Retail Operations, says over the past decade Kwik Stop, Dairy Queen and Fazoli’s customers spare change has added up to well over 1-miilion dollars for local nonprofits. Fahey says it would not be possible without the community’s generosity. Heather Hamm, Kwik Care liaison, says during each partner’s designated month, all money collected from Kwik Care canisters is donated to the organization. Local nonprofits can now submit applications for the program in 2020. It’s an easy process to complete a Kwik Care partnership application form at gokwikstop.com. Non-profits need to submit an application on or before Tuesday, November 12th. Selected partners will be featured in Kwik Stop, Dairy Queen and Fazoli’s stores. The non-profits selected will be announced in early December.

Veterans Day Ceremony

November 8, 2019

Hundreds of area veterans and their families and friends will gather inside Mystique Ice Arena in Dubuque next week for the annual Veterans Day ceremony. The event starts at 10:30 Monday morning. All Tri-State veterans’ organizations and military units are encouraged to participate. This year’s guest speaker is retired Army staff sergeant Joey Crowley. Crowley, who is now the senior vice-president of operations at Hillcrest Family Services, was deployed to Iraq in 2004 during “Operation Iraqi Freedom.” For him it was both scary and exciting. Crowley says he hasn’t prepared a speech for the ceremony he’ll just be speaking from the heart. Crowley has some advice for people, especially young people that may be thinking about enlisting in the military. All veterans are encouraged to wear the uniform of their organization or a military uniform at the ceremony. Following the event you’re invited to the Chili Feed which will be held inside the American Legion club rooms on Delhi Street. That starts at 11:30 and a bowl of chili will only cost you $1.

Maquoketa Native At UIU On Vet Day

November 8, 2019

A Maquoketa native will be the guest speaker at Upper Iowa University’s Veterans Day program. Senior Chief Petty Officer Jason Berggren will address the public in the Student Center Ballroom at 12:15 Monday. Berggren enlisted in the Navy in 1990. After graduating from boot camp in San Diego, he reported to the Naval Technical Center in Meridian, Mississippi for “Storekeeper A” School training. He served on the USS Saginaw, where he was promoted to petty officer third class. He was honorably discharged from active duty in 1994. He then enlisted in the Naval Reserves at Rock Island, Illinois. Berggren was deployed in 2010 with the Defense Logistics Agency as a command senior enlisted leader in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. He retired in 2016.

Dubuque Man Faces Federal Charge In OD Death

November 8, 2019

A Dubuque man who was facing state charges in connection with a woman’s drug overdose death is now looking at a federal charge in connection with the same case. 29 year old Carl Watkins is charged with one felony count of possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance in U.S. District Court in Cedar Rapids. Two state charges have been dismissed. On the night of August 5th, police responded to an apartment in the 3700 block of Pennsylvania Avenue. Once inside they found 26 year old Cayla Mutert dead from an apparent drug overdose. Investigators then spoke with Mutert’s boyfriend who told them he had driven her to an area where they picked up Watkins, who goes by the nickname “Country.” Police used Mutert’s cell phone to connect her with Watkins. The two seemed to be talking about heroin in coded text messages. Investigators then set up a sting and arrested Watkins the following day. He admitted to selling other illegal drugs but not heroin.

Dubuque Man Hit While Crossing Street

November 8, 2019

A Dubuque man was injured after was struck by a vehicle Wednesday night. The accident happened at around 8:30 in the 1200 block of East 16th Street. Police say 60 year old Kenneth Fortunak was crossing the street outside the crosswalk, when he was struck by a car driven by 73 year old Maureen McPartland of Dubuque. Fortunak was transported to Mercy Hospital where he was treated for his injuries. He was later cited for crossing the street outside the crosswalk.

More Food To Giveaway

November 8, 2019

On Saturday the Dubuque Area Labor Harvest will conduct another food giveaway for low-income residents in Dubuque County. The food giveaway will be held at the Labor Harvest Building on Locust Street beginning at 7:30 am until 9:30, or while food supplies last. Recipients are asked to bring their identification card and a box for the food. The food giveaways are funded by a grant from the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

Jones County Fatal Crash

November 7, 2019

The Iowa State Patrol says one person is dead following a crash between a semi and an SUV in Jones County. According to troopers, a person driving a Dodge Durango was eastbound on Old Dubuque Road at around 6:50 p.m. Wednesday. They say the driver of the SUV stopped at the intersection with Highway 151, but pulled out into the path of a southbound semi. The driver of the semi was not injured and authorities have not released the name of the SUV driver.

Council Letter-City Manager

November 7, 2019

In August, four Dubuque city council members wanted to fire the city manager for his handling of sexual harassment complaints, among other reasons. The information is in documents council member Jake Rios shared with our coverage partner KCRG-TV9 this week. The letter is signed by Rios, Brett Shaw, Luis Del Toro, and Kate Larson. Larson has since resigned, Rios did not seek re-election, and Del Toro lost his council seat, leaving only Shaw on the council in January 2020 when new members take their seats. In the seven-page letter, the four council members list more than a dozen concerns with Mike Van Milligen’s leadership. Rios said the most troubling is how the city manager handled a Dubuque police Captain’s complaints of sexual harassment. The council members’ letter claims Van Milligen asked the council to approve a new police captain’s position in February 2018, specifically to appease Abigail Simon. According to the letter, Van Milligen handed out a paper memo to the council explaining why he wanted to create this new position. However, it was seven months after the council approved the new captain’s position, that Van Milligen informed the staff about Simon’s pending lawsuit. The council members also included quotes from city employee evaluations of the city manager. Those quotes highlight concerns about how Van Milligen treats female employees.

City Council Lead Healthy Homes

November 7, 2019

The City Council Monday voted 6-0 in favor of a pair of amendments designed to help people who rent in Dubuque. The Bee Branch Healthy Homes Administrative plan and Lead and Healthy Homes Work plan both require participating landlords to accept housing vouchers from qualified tenants for the duration of their forgivable loan agreement with the city. The council had postponed the two votes until staff had a meeting with the Dubuque Area Landlord Association Executive Board. Councilman Ric Jones says the association does a good job helping renters. Alexis Steger, Housing and Community Development Director, says the changes should help low and middle income renters stay in their home. Steger says only 17 of 57 landlords in the city do not accept housing vouchers so renters should have more choices on where to live. The amendments still need the Iowa Economic Development Authority and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development to adopt and approve the changes.

 

Potosi Man Ordered To Stop Insurance Business

November 7, 2019

A southwest Wisconsin man has been ordered to stop doing insurance business in Iowa. The Iowa Insurance Division this week ordered Darron Dean of Potosi to cease and desist doing insurance business in the state after it was discovered that he doesn’t have an insurance license and had failed to disclose past criminal convictions on his license application. He was doing insurance business in Iowa without appropriate licensing and authorization. He also improperly withheld a premium from an Iowa customer. Dean must also pay $2,000 in civil penalties and more than $900 in costs of the investigation and prosecution. In August Dean pled guilty to third degree theft and as a result was ordered to pay restitution and a fine.

Holy Family Community Showcase

November 7, 2019

Holy Family Schools in Dubuque will be opening their doors to members of the community today during the first annual “Community Showcase.” The event will be held on the Mazzuchelli and Wahlert Catholic campuses. Holy Family director of enrollment Rebecca Mueller says students and faculty will showcase the campuses, while offering hands-on demonstrations of the innovative educational opportunities available to students at Holy Family. Last month the school board voted to close Holy Ghost and St. Anthony elementary schools mainly due to declining enrollment numbers. But Mueller says enrollment numbers at Mazzuchelli are solid while numbers are down slightly at Wahlert. The Community Showcase takes place from 5:30 until 7 pm tonight. Registration is not required.

E D Water Main Repair

November 7, 2019

Residents living in the Flats, the 500 block of Menominee and the 500 block of Desoto in East Dubuque will experience periodic water interruptions today. That’s because crews will be repairing a water main break in the area. The water interruptions will be between 8 am and 3 p m. Other areas in the Flats could experience interruptions during those hours as well.

Prudential-Voluntary Severance Package

November 6, 2019

In response to reports of Prudential Financial offering all employee’s in the United States, including Dubuque, a voluntary severance package, the company has issued a statement. Bill Launder, Vice President, Financial and Corporate Communications, sent out the following press release. “We regularly review our organizational structure and operating models to ensure our business is well positioned to accelerate the execution of our financial wellness growth strategy, and to deliver the best possible experience to our customers. As part of this process, we recently introduced a voluntary separation program for segments of domestic (U.S.) employees, which is designed to give our people the choice to pursue their careers within or outside of the company.” The company had no comment concerning the deadline on when employees have to make their decision or when their last date working might be.

More Area City Elections

November 6, 2019

In other notable city elections, incumbent Robert Reisch kept his seat on the Asbury city council by defeating Curt Kiessling, 397 votes to 380. In Cascade incumbent mayor Greg Staner easily won re-election with 207 votes compared to challenger Marty Gadient’s 97 votes.

U of D Drone Safety Awareness Week

November 6, 2019

University of Dubuque will participate in the Federal Aviation Administration’s first National Drone Safety Awareness Week from 2 to 4 p.m. Thursday and Friday. The event will be held at the Ed Babka Aviation Learning Center to educate the public about drone regulations and showcase how drones are used in the community. The event will include representatives from UD’s applied aviation technology program, the Academy of Model Aeronautics Dubuque Chapter, Aerial Services Inc., the Dubuque Regional Airport, and the FAA on both days. In addition, the Dubuque Fire Department, Dubuque Police Department, and United States Air Force will be on hand Thursday, while the City of Dubuque Cable TV Division will be at the event Friday. In 2017, UD launched its bachelor of science in applied aviation technology to provide students an opportunity to learn how to operate unmanned aerial systems in the National Airspace System. Projects from students in the program will be displayed at the National Drone Safety Awareness Week event.

Kaufmann Ave. Storm Sewer Project

November 6, 2019

Work on the Kaufmann Ave. storm sewer improvement project will be wrapping up for the 2019 construction season soon. Over the next two weeks, crews will finish the water main installation. Weather permitting, crews will then pour curb and gutter and temporary pavement and, if possible, temporary hard-surfaced sidewalks will be installed. The road is expected to open in late November. The project will resume again in the spring. Work in 2020 will include final paving, permanent sidewalks, and landscaping.

UnityPoint Health-Variety Children's Charity Grant

November 6, 2019

UnityPoint Health – Finley Health Foundation has received a $15,000 grant from Variety – the Children’s Charity to assist in the funding of the Pediatric Rehabilitation Expansion project for Finley Hospital. The Variety grant will support expansion of the pediatric rehabilitation program to a new location, allowing therapists to serve the growing number and needs of children in our region. Variety – the Children’s Charity is dedicated to improving the lives of underprivileged, at-risk and special needs children throughout Iowa. Grant funding is provided to programs and initiatives that directly impact the well-being of children.

Cavanaugh, Sprank, Roussell, Resnick Win

November 6, 2019

The makeup of the Dubuque City Council will look much different following last night’s election. Incumbent at-large representative David Resnick won easily over challenger Luke Schiltz. Resnick received 4,301 votes while Schiltz got 1,440. Resnick, who will be serving his 4th four-year term on the council, thanked the citizens for coming out to support him. Newcomer Laura Roussell defeated incumbent Luis Del Toro to capture the second ward seat. Roussell received 896 votes while Del Toro captured 741. Ward 4 will now be represented by Brad Cavanaugh, who defeated Jay Schiesl 974 to 377. Cavanaugh says he is ready to go to work. Newcomer Danny Sprank was able to stave off challenger Phil Atkinson in the 3rd ward by receiving 867 votes to Atkinson’s 353. Sprank says he believes his door-to-door campaign help voters get familiar with who he is. After the votes are canvassed by the board of supervisors next Tuesday, Sprank will be sworn-in during a special council meeting later that day. He is serving the remaining two years of former councilwoman Kate Larsen’s term.

New Dubuque School Board Members

November 6, 2019

All three incumbents won re-election to the Dubuque Community School Board yesterday. Board president Tami Ryan, Mike Donohue and Lisa Wittman will serve 4-year terms each. Newcomer Kate Parks actually received the highest vote total getting 5,208. Donohue finished a close second receiving 5,176, while Ryan got 4,883 and Wittman 4,795. Incumbent Tom Barton decided not to run. Voters also overwhelmingly passed the “revenue purpose statement.” That will allow the board to continue to spend money generated from the one cent sales tax on projects like Senior and Hempstead high schools. In Western Dubuque school board races it was incumbent Jessica Pape in district two winning over Michael Clasen, 1,687 votes to 760. In district four, Nancy Fett won with 1,174 votes over Jeff Wolf, who received 1,141. Incumbent Chad Vaske in district five ran unopposed.

Man Sentenced For Striking Girlfriend With His Car

November 6, 2019

A Dubuque man has been sentenced to nearly eight years in prison for hitting his live-in girlfriend with his car this summer. 36 year old Jeremias Woodland was originally charged with attempted murder in the incident that took place in the 21-hundred block of White Street in June. Woodland entered an Alford plea to domestic assault with a dangerous weapon, serious injury by vehicle and operating while intoxicated. He also pled guilty to probation violation. In exchange prosecutors agreed to drop the attempted murder charge as well as three other charges including violation of a no-contact order. Woodland’s girlfriend survived the attack. Traffic camera footage captured the entire incident. Woodland was also fined over $2,600 and must have no contact with his girlfriend for five years.

Man Injured In Farm Accident

November 6, 2019

A Dubuque County man suffered a serious arm injury after it was caught in a piece of farm machinery over the weekend. The sheriff’s office says 67 year old Gary Herbst of Sherrill was unloaded oats onto an auger on his farm in the 19,000 block of Durango Road late Saturday morning, when he slipped backwards. His clothing got caught in the shaft of the auger and his left arm became entangled in the mechanism. His wife called 911 and was able to partially free him from the machinery until emergency responders arrived to finish the job. Herbst was first taken to Finley Hospital before being airlifted to U of I Hospitals and Clinics in Iowa City for emergency surgery. His condition has not been released.

Board Approves R.P.S.

November 5, 2019

When voters in the Dubuque Community School District head to the polls today, they will not only be voting for school board members, but also whether or not they want the district to continue spending revenue from the one cent sales tax on projects, like the recent renovations at Senior High School. Earlier this year the board approved a Revenue Purpose Statement that will appear on the ballot. District Finance Director Kevin Kelleher says if voters approved the measure, it will allow the district to continue to fund projects from money generated from the state approved one cent sales tax. Board President Tami Ryan says she believes the district is investing in projects that voters want them to do with the revenue from the sales tax. Ryan says voters need to understand that if they approve the Revenue Purpose Statement it will NOT raise their property taxes. The last time voters approved a Revenue Purpose Statement was in 2009.

City Council Mobile Home Vouchers

November 5, 2019

The Dubuque City Council Monday night voted unanimously to allow Housing Choice Vouchers to be used on manufactured homes in an attempt to help the residents of a Dubuque mobile home park. During the public comment portion of the meeting several residents of the Table Mound Mobile Home Park spoke out against what they call predatory practices. Carrie Presley, president of the Table Mound Neighborhood Association, said since Impact Communities bought the park two years ago expenses to live there have soared. First Ward Councilman, Brett Shaw, says he fully supported the motion to allow the vouchers to be used on mobile homes. At-large councilman Ric Jones, said at least the vouchers could offer residents some stability during a tough time. If a mobile homeowner now receives a voucher, they could use it toward lot rent or paying off the home, although there is no guarantee that a landlord, including Impact Communities, will accept them.

Dubuque City/School Elections

November 5, 2019

Voters in communities throughout the Tri-States are headed to the polls today to cast their ballots in city and school elections. In Dubuque at-large incumbent councilman David Resnick faces newcomer Luke Schiltz, while incumbent second ward representative Luis Del Toro will try and stave off challenger Laura Roussell. In ward three newcomers Danny Sprank and Phil Atkinson will face each other. In ward four Brad Cavanaugh goes up against former school board member Jay Schiesl. Resnick, Schiltz, Roussell, Del Toro, Cavanaugh and Schiesl are all seeking four year terms on the city council, while Sprank and Atkinson are vying for two year terms. Dubuque school board president and incumbent Tami Ryan is running for one of the open seats on the school board as is incumbents Mike Donohue and Lisa Wittman. Newcomer Kate Parks is also vying for one of the open seats. Incumbent Tom Barton decided not to run again. Western Dubuque school board candidates are incumbent Jessica Pape in district two. She is being challenged by Michael Clasen. In district four Nancy Fett faces Jeff Wolf, while incumbent Chad Vaske in district five has no opponent. Polls open at 7 am and close at 8 pm.

More Area City Elections

November 5, 2019

In other notable city elections Curt Kiessling will try and win a seat on the Asbury city council. He faces incumbent Robert Reisch. Kiessling previously served on the city council. Most recently he ran for a seat on the Dubuque County Board of Supervisors. In Cascade incumbent mayor Greg Staner faces challenger Marty Gadient

Crawford County Fatality

November 5, 2019

A Gays Mills man was killed in a crash early Sunday morning in the township of Clayton. The Crawford County Sheriff’s office says at around 3:40 am they received a call about a single vehicle crash along State Highway 171 near Old 61 Road. The caller said the driver had been thrown from the vehicle. A crash report says 48 year old Steve Collins was driving east when his Jeep went off the right side of the road. The vehicle then reentered the road after hitting a fire number then went down an embankment. The Jeep went back into the eastbound lane before sliding across the highway and rolling. Authorities say Collins was thrown from the vehicle. He was taken to the hospital where he was pronounced dead. The sheriff’s office did not say what factors may have contributed to the crash.

3 Face Charges Following High Speed Chase

November 5, 2019

Three people were arrested after leading police on a high speed chase through three cities in Iowa and Illinois early Monday morning. At around 2:40 am, Dubuque police notified East Dubuque police of a high speed car pursuit and that the suspect vehicle was about to enter East Dubuque. Once the vehicle entered Galena, police were able to disable it with stop sticks in the area of Highway 20 and Red Gates Road. Three people inside the car got out and fled on foot, but were apprehended a short time later. Charged with one felony count of aggravated fleeing or attempt to elude a peace officer is 32 year old Jamelle Alexander. Alexander is also charged with resisting a peace officer. 24 year old Devonte Haley and 21 year old Isiah Galloway both face charges of resisting a peace officer. The incident remains under investigation.

Man Pleaded Guilty to Head Butting Officers

November 4, 2019

A man who was arrested by Dubuque police on July 26th has pleaded guilty to numerous charges that stemmed from him head butting two officers causing significant injuries. 22-year old Mathew Foxhood will be sentenced December 9th after pleading guilty to two counts of assault causing injury, interference with official acts, and voluntary absence from custody. Officers arrested Foxhood in July on a warrant for not returning to the correctional facility on Elm Street. After he was in custody, 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.

U of D Ed Babka Aviation Learning Center

November 4, 2019

University of Dubuque recently held a dedication ceremony for the Ed Babka Aviation Learning Center, which is about double in size of the former flight center. Chaminda Prelis, director of aviation programs, says student numbers are up this year. It doesn’t take long for students to actually get in the planes and helicopters. Students are finding pilots are in high demand now and even more are needed looking into the years ahead. Drones are an expanding part of the program with many options for graduating students. The facility houses a dispatch desk, three classrooms, multiple offices including an area for flight instructors, four flight simulators, flight review rooms, an unmanned aircraft system lab, a visitor lounge, and conference spaces.

RAGBRAI For Dubuque No Word

November 4, 2019

Officials in Dubuque are still waiting to hear from organizers of the Des Moines Register’s Annual Great Bicycle Ride Across Iowa, or RAGBRAI. Keith Rahe, President and CEO of Travel Dubuque, says the city has sent a letter of request along with an application to be the last stop for riders in the 2020 ride. Things are still not settled after the four staff members who worked full-time running RAGBRAI recently left to start their own bike ride next summer. Rahe says a visit by RAGBRAI riders is a big deal for Dubuque economic wise. The week long event in July draws thousands of cyclists from around the country and had been founded by Register employees in the 1970s. Dubuque last hosted RAGBRAI in 2010.

St. Mary's Reunion-Steeple Square

November 4, 2019

All St. Mary’s alumni, former parishioners and friends of St. Mary’s Catholic Church are invited to join the St. Mary’s Reunion on November 9 from 1:00 to 4:00 pm in Honkamp Hall in the Steeple Square Community Event Center. Event is free to attend and will feature a walking timeline of St. Mary’s history, a brief Steeple Square presentation, light snacks and cash bar. R.S.V.P to eventssteeplesquare.com or call/text 563-235-3584.

Repeat Sex Offender Sentenced

November 4, 2019

A man who was registered as a sex offender in Iowa after being convicted on a sex abuse charge in Illinois eight years ago has been sentenced to seven years in prison. In August 28 year old Nathan Lantz agreed to a plea deal for sexually assaulting another young girl in Dubuque last year. Lantz was originally charged with second degree sexual abuse but entered an Alford plea in Dubuque County to lascivious acts with a child and violation of the sex offender registry. Lantz was accused of sexually abusing a girl younger than 13. During the time of the abuse, Lantz lived within one thousand feet of an elementary school, which was a violation. In addition to the prison sentence Lantz was assessed fines and given a 10 year special sentence which could land him back in jail if he is deemed a danger to the public.

Suspected Bank Robber Still Being Sought

November 4, 2019

Jo Daviess County authorities continue their search for a man suspected of robbing the Apple River State Bank late Wednesday morning. Police described the person of interest as a white male. They are also looking for the vehicle that may have been involved. If you have any information get in contact with the Jo Daviess or Lafayette County sheriff’s offices, the Apple River, Warren or Stockton police departments or Illinois State Police.

Asbury Road, Road Closure Extended

November 4, 2019

Due to recent inclement weather conditions, a well-traveled portion of Asbury Road in Asbury will be closed a little longer than first anticipated. Asbury Road between Radford and Hales Mills Roads will be closed until Tuesday to allow the concrete to cure in the area of 5080 Asbury. Last month crews began some utility work on Asbury. It was expected to be done by Friday but snow delayed the work. Motorists should follow the posted detours.

Jule Offers Free 'Ride to Vote' Service

November 1, 2019

The Jule, Dubuque’s public transportation system, is offering free bus rides for voters on November 5th, which is Election Day for the Dubuque City Council and the Dubuque Community School Board. Residents who wish to utilize this free service must request a “Ride to Vote” pass from The Jule by phone (563-589-4196), email (transitcityofdubuque.org) or from any Jule bus driver or from staff at the Intermodal Transportation Center at 950 Elm Street. “Ride to Vote” passes will be available through Election Day.

Easton Valley School Threat-Classes Cancelled

November 1, 2019

A Jackson County school is closed today after a student left a threatening post online. The Jackson County Sheriff’s office received a call from Easton Valley Administration Thursday shortly after 10 pm making them aware of a threat posted to social media by an Easton Valley student. The Sheriff’s office were able to identify the juvenile making the threat, based on Snapchat account information, as well as other information received from concerned community members that had observed the post. Authorities arrived at the student’s home around 11 pm and the juvenile was taken into custody. The weapon and mask portrayed in the social media post were found and taken into evidence. The student was transported to the Jackson County Regional Health Center. Easton Valley will have no classes Friday and the incident is under investigation by the Jackson County Sheriff’s office, Easton Valley Administration, and Preston Police Department. Charges are pending.

4th Annual Set Free March

November 1, 2019

A local group dedicated to educating people about human trafficking will be holding a special event on Saturday. Suzie Wright, Executive Director of Set Free Dubuque, says the 4th annual Set Free Walk is a free, silent, single file walk with a unique route. It is sometimes a shock to find out that local young people have suffered with modern day slavery themselves. Volunteer Casey Klein notes it’s important for youth to not let potential predators know they are an easy mark. Thanks to funds made available they will be able to bring their program information directly to schools. Registration begins Saturday at 9:30 am in the Roshek Building lobby with the walk beginning at 10:00 am. Informational booths will be available to learn more about human trafficking and they will also have t-shirts and Nightlight jewelry for sale.

Dubuque HIV Sentencing

November 1, 2019

A Dubuque man will be spending 30 days in jail for not telling his partner that he was HIV positive. 32 year old Frederick Moore pleaded guilty to criminal transmission of a contagious or infectious disease not resulting in infection. In July Moore’s partner took him to the hospital with a respiratory issue. The woman became alarmed when the attending physician asked Moore if he had been taken his HIV medications. When the doctor stepped out of the room Moore told the woman he didn’t know what the doctor was talking about, but later admitted that he had not been taking his HIV medications. He also told investigators he did not tell his partner that he was HIV positive. The woman was subsequently tested for HIV twice and the results came back nonreactive.

Julien Dubuque Bridge Accident Charges

October 31, 2019

A rollover accident just east of the intersection with Dodge and Locust on the Iowa side of the Julien Dubuque Bridge Wednesday shut down traffic for about 45 minutes. Dubuque Police responded at around 10:35 am to a two vehicle accident that resulted in 40-year old Russell Lewis of Dubuque being charged with Reckless Driving after he passed 41-year old Shannon Plowman of Dubuque while speeding. When Lewis passed Plowman in the no passing lane to go onto the bridge he lost control of his vehicle and struck the driver side of Plowman’s vehicle. The vehicle Lewis was driving overturned and slid onto its top in the westbound lane where it came to rest. Lewis’s vehicle was totaled in the crash and there were no injuries reported.

Early Voting Extended

October 31, 2019

Dubuque County voters will have additional opportunities to vote early leading up to the November 5th City/School election. Both the Election office in the Court House, 720 Central Avenue and the Election Annex, 75 Locust will be open for the additional hours. Voters will, have additional hours to cast an early vote, at both offices, until 5:00 pm on Friday, November 1st and Monday, November 4th.

City Budget Public Meeting

October 31, 2019

Dubuque residents and stakeholders are invited to share their input on the next City budget as City of Dubuque staff prepare the City’s budget for fiscal year 2021, which runs July 1, 2020 – June 30, 2021. The public will have the opportunity to provide input on November 13th. The meeting will begin at 6 p.m. in the City Council Chambers at the Historic Federal Building. City staff will provide general information on the budget process at this meeting and then meeting attendees will be asked to share their thoughts on what they would like to see funded in their neighborhoods and the community at-large. Those unable to attend are invited to provide input on the budget by submitting comments in the “Balancing Act” simulation tool available at www.cityofdubuque.org/budget.

East Dubuque Flood Control Aid

October 31, 2019

Two flood mitigation projects in East Dubuque will be getting a big boost from the Illinois Department of Natural Resources. City Manager Loras Herrig says over 4-million dollars of state aid has been designated to the city, and considering the layout of East Dubuque, it is much needed. Herrig says the DNR has been very responsive. A prior buyout program in the Shore Acres area was successful and the city will be doing it again. The goal is to remove the homes that keep getting flooded. Rain runoff has been a huge problem and the second part of the funding will be used to develop retention ponds. Herrig says it might take up to four years for the city to actually receive the funding and start the projects.

Halloween Safety Tips

October 31, 2019

Trick-or-treaters will be in a rather unusual predicament as they venture outdoors for their favorite treats later today. Mother Nature was kind enough to leave her calling card behind by dumping snow all over the Tri-State area overnight. Lt. Joe Messerich with the Dubuque police department says he’s not sure exactly what the road conditions will be, but it will be low-light. Parents should make sure their kids are visible to motorists. Messerich says they don’t want to see parents sending their kids to unfamiliar neighborhoods unsupervised. Parents should always make sure to check their kids’ candy stash before allowing them to eat it.

Drug Busts In Lafayette County

October 31, 2019

Two search warrants in Lafayette County resulted in the arrest of five people on drug charges this week. The first one was executed at a residence in the 100 block of South Mound Avenue in the Village of Belmont early Tuesday morning. 22 year Dakota Soppe was arrested and charged with possession of THC with intent to deliver, possession of drug paraphernalia and probation and parole violations. A 17 year old juvenile was also arrested and charged with possession of THC with intent to deliver and possession of drug paraphernalia. A third person, 42 year old Karen Womak was not at home at the time of the bust and charges of maintaining a drug dwelling and possession of a schedule two narcotic against her have been referred to the county district attorney’s office. A short time later a search was executed at a Belmont residence in the 200 block of Wood Street. Taken into custody were 25 year old Cody Vondran, 27 year old Faith Hoffman and 48 year old Rebecca Riechers. They face charges ranging from possession of methamphetamine with intent to deliver to maintaining a drug dwelling. 63 year old Lynda Forbes is being referred to the county attorney’s office for possession of drug paraphernalia.

Attempted Bank Robbery

October 31, 2019

The Jo Daviess County Sheriff’s Office and the Apple River Police Department are seeking information regarding a person and vehicle of interest that could have possibly been involved with an attempted bank robbery at the Apple River State Bank at 11:50 am Wednesday. Anyone who has information regarding the person and/or vehicle, is asked to call the Jo Daviess County Sheriff’s Office at 815-777-2141 or by email at investigations@jodaviess.org.

Greeley Man Sentencing Delayed

October 30, 2019

A sentencing hearing has been delayed for a Greeley man who agreed to a plea deal for his role in the death of an Edgewood woman more than 3 years ago. 31-year old Max Fenton pleaded guilty to involuntary manslaughter. Fenton was accused of illegally firing an “improvised cannon” made from the sawed-off barrel of a black powder rifle in July of 2016. A piece of shrapnel struck 55-year old Lori Heims in the head killing her. The judge filed an order recusing himself Tuesday. If the deal is eventually approved, the charge will be reduced from a felony to an aggravated misdemeanor.

Future Young Professionals-U of Dubuque

October 30, 2019

The University of Dubuque has a unique program that allows students a chance to get free professional clothing they may need for a variety of reasons. Sandy Jewett, Assistant Director of Employer Relations, says the Future Young Professionals (FYP) in the Center for Advising and Vocation, lets students at UD who can’t always afford these items to check them out and keep as their own. Students can get free clothing once a year that are donated from a variety of organizations and people throughout the community. Students can dress for success when they go out for job interviews or attend a formal gathering. The clothes available range from professional suits, ties, pants, shirts, shoes and women’s attire.

Dubuque Teen Gets Probation

October 30, 2019

A Dubuque teenager charged with attempted murder has been sentenced to probation. 18 year old Lamar Little was sentenced to two-to-five years of probation this week in Dubuque County Court. Little pleaded guilty to going armed with intent and intimidation with a dangerous weapon. In exchange for his guilty plea, prosecutors dropped the attempted murder charge. The incident happened on May 13th in the alley between the 1800 blocks of White and Jackson Streets. Just prior to the incident a car driven by 33 year old Sheonta Fountain of Dubuque drove through the area and parked. Little and another juvenile got out of the car and began walking through the alley. The pair approached another juvenile and charged the 15 year old. Several shots were fired, but the juvenile was able to flee inside the home at 1815 Jackson. Police were able to locate the suspect vehicle in the 2000 block of University Avenue. Little and the juvenile eventually came out and were detained. A search was conducted and police found a .22 LR pistol. Shell casings found at the scene were also .22 caliber. Fountain is charged with being an accessory after the fact.

Fall Into Art Gallery

October 30, 2019

At least 12 downtown art installations will be featured during Dubuque Main Street’s annual “Fall into Art Gallery Tour next month. Main Street Program Specialist Michaela Freiburger says the free gallery tour will take participants through downtown Dubuque’s Cultural Corridor to view art exhibits created by local artists. A combination of gallery owners, curators, educators, students and working artists will be on hand to share their collections. This is year number 11 for the “Fall into Art Gallery Tour”. The “Fall into Art Gallery Tour” takes place on November 1st from 5 until 9 pm.

Blouin Endorses Biden

October 30, 2019

Former Iowa Congressman Mike Blouin of Dubuque is throwing his support behind Democrat Joe Biden for president. Blouin says Biden’s faith, experience and vision for a better future makes him the ideal person to defeat President Donald Trump. Blouin was a member of the U.S. House of Representatives, Iowa House of Representatives and the Iowa Senate and ran for governor of Iowa in 2006. He also served in the administration of President Jimmy Carter as the first-ever director of the Information Security Oversight Office.

K-9 Kilo Needs Your Help

October 30, 2019

K-9 Kilo has served the Darlington police department loyally for many years and now he needs your help. Kilo will be retiring in May and you can help him enjoy his retirement by casting your vote in an Aftermath Inc. competition. Between now and November 3rd you can visit aftermath.com/k9-grant-midwest-2019 and vote for Kilo. K-9 units with the most votes will receive cash, which would make Kilo’s transition into retired life and his replacement’s transition into public service as smooth as possible. You can vote daily.

Jill And Joe Coming To Dubuque

October 29, 2019

Former vice-president and now Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden and his wife Jill will be campaigning in eastern Iowa this week. The couple will first appear in Maquoketa at 11:45 tomorrow morning at the Jackson County Fairgrounds. From there the Bidens will rally supporters at an event at the Loras College Fieldhouse at 7 pm. Both events are free and open to the public but you must RSVP. They were scheduled to make appearances in Dubuque and Maquoketa last week, but cancelled to attend the funeral of a longtime Democratic activist in Delaware.

Gas Leak Causes Evacuation At Platteville School

October 29, 2019

A gas leak near the Platteville school building this morning caused the evacuation of students and faculty. Someone discovered the leak at around 9 am outside Neal Wilkins Learning Center in the 400 block of Broadway Street. The students have been bused to Westview Elementary School where classes resumed as normal. The police department is urging motorists to avoid Broadway Street while crews work to cap off the leak.

Aldi Fire

October 29, 2019

An early morning fire Tuesday at 2160 Holliday Drive in Asbury has left a grocery store damaged. Aldi sustained damage from the blaze that was called in around 3 am. On arrival the first crew of the Dubuque Fire Department found the building full of smoke. Crews forced entry and extinguished a fire in a display freezer on the sales floor. One sprinkler head activated during the fire and the fire damage was contained to the appliance and one other freezer, however smoke permeated the store. The cause of the fire is under investigation but appears to have originated in the freezer mechanism from a malfunction. No injuries reported and property damage is minimal. Health department representatives will be working with Aldi to determine damages to contents.

Multiple Vehicle Accident-Highway 61

October 29, 2019

A multi-vehicle crash closed southbound Highway 61 in Dubuque between the Mississippi River Bridge and Highway 52 this morning. It happened around 6:55 a.m. Tuesday. The Dubuque Fire Department confirms two people went to the hospital. Crews said slick conditions likely contributed to the crash. The Highway was open by mid-morning.

Feed the Need Luncheon and Silent Auction

October 29, 2019

The Community Foundation of Greater Dubuque and its youth grantmaking board, are holding a special fundraiser at the end of this month. Jenna Manders, Director of Strategic Partnerships, says YAPPERS is composed of 30 students from all three Dubuque high schools. They spend the academic year learning about community issues affecting local youth. The 15th annual Feed the Need silent auction and soup luncheon is a big fundraiser for the group, who have raised thousands of dollars for youth. Manders says each year the YAPPERS receive grant requests from local youth-serving nonprofit organizations. The high school students have the opportunity to review grants, go on site visits and make funding decisions to benefit local youth. The Feed the Need event will be held October 31st, in the Roshek Building lobby, 700 Locust Street. Between 11 am and 1 pm, the public is invited to stop by for lunch, including several varieties of soup and bread provided by local eateries. There will also be a silent auction, with items donated by local businesses. The cost is $10 at the door, and all proceeds will support 2020 YAPPERS grants.

Plows Ready For First Snow Fall

October 29, 2019

Although the first day of winter is nearly two months away, it will feel like it this week. Meteorologists with our coverage partners at KCRG TV are forecasting a little more snow on the way both Wednesday and Thursday. Dubuque Public Works Director John Klostermann says although crews are busy finishing up some summer projects, they’ll be ready. With the temperature hovering around the 28 to 30 degree mark over the next couple of nights, any precipitation we receive could re-freeze. Klostermann urges motorists to slow down and re-adjust their driving to the conditions. The public works department only uses salt on the streets and Klostermann says they have a full supply that should last throughout the winter.

Dubuque Man Faces Drug Charges In Wisconsin

October 29, 2019

A Dubuque man faces a laundry list of drug related charges after he and a woman were arrested in the parking lot of a Dickeyville motel last week. On Thursday officers from the Richland-Iowa-Grant Drug Task Force and the Dickeyville police department had 19 year old Tyler Asbell and 22 year old Fallon Murphy under surveillance in the parking lot as the two had outstanding warrants from Iowa. When officers approached the vehicle Asbell attempted to flee, ramming a task force vehicle in the process. Officers searched the car and the hotel room and found a large amount of meth, heroin, cocaine, marijuana, meth candy, scales, baggies, syringes and other items of drug paraphernalia. A handgun was also found in the room. Asbell was in possession of brass knuckles when he was arrested. He faces charges ranging from possession of meth, marijuana, cocaine and heroin with intent to deliver to reckless endangerment safety. It’s not known at this time if Murphy will be charged in the case.

Collection Nets Over 633 Pounds Of Prescription Drugs

October 29, 2019

The Dubuque Drug Task Force along with the Asbury police department took in over 633 pounds of prescription and non-prescription medications and a little over 143 pounds of sharps over the weekend. The collection was all part of “National Take Back Day.” Items collected included vitamins, herbals, supplements, syringes and other items. People were able to bring their unwanted and expired medications to the parking lot at Sam’s Club. The items will be incinerated at a later date. If you missed Saturday’s event the sheriff’s office has a prescription drop box located in the front lobby of the law enforcement center on Iowa Street.

Fire Damages Dubuque Apartment

October 29, 2019

Authorities are investigating the cause of a fire that damaged an apartment in Dubuque early Sunday morning. At around 12:05 crews from the Dubuque fire and police departments responded to a fire inside an apartment in the 3500 block of Pennsylvania Avenue. When crews arrived there was smoke coming from the 3rd floor of the complex. The fire was inside apartment 305, which was occupied by Myra Galloway. The fire was quickly extinguished and no injuries were reported. Damage has been estimated at around $23,000.

City of Dubuque Health Services Department Biting Dog

October 28, 2019

The City of Dubuque Health Services Department is seeking information regarding a dog involved in a biting incident that occurred on Friday, October 25, 2019, at about 3:30PM in the Dollar General Parking Lot at 605 W Locust St. The dog was with its owner and bit someone. The dog is described as a black and white Pit Bull Terrier or Pit Bull mix with missing patches of hair. The dog was wearing collar with tags. The dog’s owner is described as a white male wearing blue pants, gray shirt and baseball hat. 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.

Man Still Missing Update

October 28, 2019

Monday marks one week since a Dubuque man went missing. Police in East Dubuque are set to search the Mississippi River again. Security cameras caught Dan Gessner on the street near the “Other Side Bar” in East Dubuque last week. Family and friends organized a search for him last week. His friends say they have little information as to where he might have gone. They are concerned because Gessner uses a medical device to help him walk. Anyone with information on where Gessner might be should call East Dubuque or Dubuque police.

Dubuque Drug Bust Pleaded Guilty

October 28, 2019

A man found with large amounts of drugs and cash in a Dubuque hotel last December has pleaded guilty. 40-year old Brandon Seys of Delmar was arrested by officers from the Dubuque Drug Task Force. Seys had nearly $11,000 in cash on him at the time of his arrest. Inside his hotel room, officers found nearly 100 grams of cocaine and more than 180 grams of methamphetamine. Seys pleaded guilty to possession of a firearm by a felon and conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine in U.S. District Court. Seys is looking at at least 15 years in prison.

Shop with a Cop Program

October 28, 2019

The Dubuque Police Protective Association (DPPA) would like to thank the citizens of the Dubuque area and local businesses for making this year’s Shop with a Cop program a success for the eighth straight year. They also thank Target and its employees for helping with the event and Key Services for their fundraising efforts. With the generous donations received this year, the DPPA was able to take nearly 75 kids shopping for clothing and school supplies. The youth that participated were selected for their respectful behavior, hard work, and good character.

Domestic Battery and Strangulation Charges

October 28, 2019

A Benton man is facing multiple charges after the Lafayette County Sheriff’s Department responded to High Street in New Diggings Township for a harassment complaint Sunday at 6:53 pm. 39-year old Nigil Gregersen was arrested for Domestic Battery, Strangulation, Disorderly Conduct, Threats to Injure, Felony Eluding and a valid Probation Warrant. Gregersen was transported to the Lafayette County Jail where he was booked and remains in custody. Cuba City Police Department assisted on scene.

Disaster Preparedness Educational Session

October 27, 2019

The Community Foundation of Greater Dubuque and United Way of Dubuque Area Tri-States are hosting a Disaster Preparedness Educational Session. The session is presented by Dubuque COAD (Community Organizations Active in Disaster) Wednesday, October 30th from 11:30 am to 1 pm at Steeple Square. United Way’s Jessica Bleile says everyone plays a role in preparing for and responding to disasters. It’s not always easy for people to be reminded of the need for volunteers between disasters when they are needed. It will be an informal session and a free lunch will be available. Some of the topics covered will be fundraising for disaster response, efforts of emergency personnel and first responders, volunteer opportunities, cleanup and recovery and pet and animal rescue.

National Farm Toy Show

October 27, 2019

The 42nd annual National Farm Toy Show is taking place in Dyersville on November 1st, 2nd, and 3rd. Called the “Granddaddy” of all toy shows, this show hosts farm toy vendors in three locations: the National Farm Toy Museum, Beckman High School, and Dyersville Commercial Club Park. There is a free bus service to all the area highlights all three days. Annual events include a display contest, with builders showing off their skills on complex farm layouts, the Sanctioned Micro-Mini Pull, National Farm Toy Show Auction on Saturday at 10 am in the Beckman H.S. Auditorium, and Saturday’s Kids Sanctioned Pedal Pull at Commercial Club Park. Thirty dollars will get you in all three days and will enable you to enter early at 2:00 pm on Friday, and 8:00 am on Saturday and Sunday. General Admission is ten dollars for one day. For more information go to toyfarmer.com.

Police Looking For Tool Thief

October 27, 2019

Dubuque police are looking for the person or persons who stole tools valued at more than $30,000 from a storage shed. Police say the theft happened on October 18th at Alt’s Mini Storage on Tanzanite Drive. It was reported by Denis Faber of Dubuque. He told authorities that the stolen tools and items have historical significance. If you have any information contact the Dubuque County Sheriff’s office.

Opening Doors Receives Grant

October 27, 2019

A non-profit organization in Dubuque that provides shelter for homeless women and children has received a grant to help further their cause. Opening Doors got a $10,000 grant from Andersen Corporation Foundation. It is associated with Andersen Windows and Doors, a Dubuque based business. The money will be used to support Theresa Shelter. Since 2007 the foundation has given nearly $100,000 to Opening Doors, which also operates Maria House.

Semi Crash Injures Two In Lafayette County

October 27, 2019

A semi rollover crash in Lafayette County sends two people to the hospital. At around 1:45 Thursday afternoon deputies along with emergency crews responded to a semi-rollover accident on South Road in Wiota Township. 41 year old Shawn Frye of Janesville was driving west on West Church Road when he lost control rounding a curve. The semi rolled over on its’ side and struck a power pole. Frye and his passenger 34 year old Shayna Adcox also of Janesville were transported to an area hospital where they were treated for their injuries. The investigation continues.

Loras Bomb Threat Investigated

October 27, 2019

Dubuque police and first responders investigated a bomb threat at the library at Loras College Friday afternoon. The call came in at around 2:50. Dispatch tells KDTH that the library and surrounding facilities were evacuated while a search was conducted. Police found no signs of explosive materials and the all clear signal was given about an hour later. It’s not known if the threat was called in or done some other way. The investigation continues.

Maquoketa Cemetery Vandalism

October 25, 2019

Police are investigating who might have vandalized a Maquoketa cemetery. The Jackson County Sheriff’s Office Thursday reported that multiple tombstones were damaged and vandalized at the Buckhorn Cemetary. Officials believe this incident happened sometime in October. If you have any information on who could be defacing these tombstones, you are asked to contact the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office at (563) 652-3312.

Man Still Missing

October 25, 2019

It’s now been more than three days since anyone has seen a Dubuque man. Family and friends of Dan Gessner organized a search for him on Thursday in East Dubuque. Gessner was last seen around 3 a.m. on Monday in the East Dubuque business district. Security cameras caught Gessner on the street. But no one has heard from him since then and his phone is dead. Another concern for everyone is that Gessner has a medical device in his back that helps him walk. Friends say if he doesn’t get a charger for that soon, it will run out of battery and he won’t be able to walk. The East Dubuque and Dubuque Police Departments are investigating this together. East Dubuque officers searched the river on Wednesday and will do so again on Monday. They’d also like to use drones in their search. If anyone has information, you are asked to contact the East Dubuque Police Department at 815-747-3913 or the Dubuque Police Department at 563-589-4415.

Shullsburg Teen Charged With Hate Crime

October 25, 2019

A Lafayette County teenager is charged with a felony hate crime after he another teen allegedly spray-painted the word “deported” and scrawled a swastika on the door of an Hispanic family. The incident took place on September 29th. 17 year old Jason Leitzinger of Shullsburg is charged with one felony count of criminal damage to property. He will next appear in court on November 4th.

Domestic Assault Charges

October 24, 2019

An Arizona man is facing numerous charges after police say he assaulted the mother of his child in Dubuque. 25 year old Kawann Brown was arrested Tuesday afternoon on charges of False Imprisonment, two counts of Domestic Assault, Obstruction of Emergency Communications and Child Endangerment. Police responded to a report of a domestic assault in the 2-thousand block of Pasadena Road. A woman there told them Brown had been visiting for his son’s birthday. Brown and the woman began arguing and when she attempted to call 911, Brown grabbed the phone from her and slapped her several times. He then took her into a bedroom and punched her causing her to fall to the floor. He then put his knee on her back preventing her from getting up. He also choked her. The woman was able to flee the apartment and run to the manager’s office and call 911. When she returned with the manager, Brown was standing outside holding a knife to his neck and threatening to harm himself if she called police. Brown’s 2 year old son was present when the incident occurred.

St. Mark Youth Enrichment Sponsor Angels

October 24, 2019

Helping youth stay warm in the winter is the goal of one of St. Mark Youth Enrichment’s programs. Beth McGorry, Director of Donor Relations, says Sponsor Angels fill a big need in the community. Last year, over 200 kids were given winter clothing in Dubuque and Western Dubuque. St. Mark assists many children in and around Dubuque and gives parents a helping hand when they need it. To sign up as a sponsor, go to stmarkyouthenrichment.org and click on the community events tab. The deadline to sign up is Friday and you can return the winter clothing to St. Mark by December 6th.

 

Dance Marathon-Rake-A-Thon

October 24, 2019

As the leaves continue to fall from the trees, a lot of people are planning on how they will get rid of them. Some residents throughout Dubuque have plans to convert their leaves to mulch, while others rake them up and place them curbside to be picked up by the city. Unfortunately for some people, like the elderly and disabled, raking leaves is not an option. That’s where the Loras Dance Marathon Team comes into to play. Team member Lauren Krapfl says on November 2nd, team members will be going to homes throughout the community and raking yards in exchange for a free-will donation. The Rake-A-Thon will start at around 9 in the morning on November 2nd. Last year, the Rake-a-Thon turned into a Shovel-Thon, because of snow. All of the money raised will go to the University of Iowa Stead Family Children’s Hospital. To sign up to have your yard raked email dance.marathonloras.edu by Friday.

Missing Man

October 24, 2019

People are looking for a man in the Dubuque area who has been reported missing since early Monday. KCRG reports Dan Gessner was last seen at around 2:45 a.m. on October 21st outside of the Other Side Bar in East Dubuque. He was believed to be wearing a black Dark Chambers hoodie, a gray shirt, and blue jeans. Gessner uses a medical device that requires urgent attention. Friends and family of Gessner’s have organized a search in the Dubuque area. A separate search will begin at the Other Side Bar at 2:00 p.m. today in East Dubuque. Anybody with information about Gessner’s whereabouts is encouraged to call the East Dubuque Police Department at (815) 747-3913.

Two People Arrested On Drug Charges

October 24, 2019

Two people were arrested on drug charges following a traffic stop in the downtown area of Dubuque this week. 36 year old Holly Campbell of Dubuque and 38 year old Alan Julson both face charges ranging from possession of methamphetamine with intent to deliver to unlawful possession of prescription drugs. A little after 4 Monday afternoon an officer stopped a vehicle driven by Campbell in the 1600 block of Main Street. Julson was a passenger and the officer knew he had an arrest warrant for escape from custody and probation violation. Julson was placed under arrest. Officers found two plastic baggies in his front pants pocket that contained over 34 grams of meth. A K-9 unit was then brought to the scene and detected more illegal drugs inside the car. Executing a search warrant police found a backpack inside the car that contained 113 grams of meth and two more baggies that had 2.6 grams. A pouch belonging to Campbell was also found inside the vehicle. It contained 9 prescription tablets. Officers also found a digital scale, packaging materials, a pipe used to smoke meth and various drug paraphernalia items. Campbell was also cited for driving while barred.

City To Spend 1.4 Million On MCFC

October 24, 2019

Dubuque city leaders want to spend more than one million dollars to connect two buildings into one. The city plans to spend the money on a project for the Multicultural Family Center on Central Avenue. The former Colts building right next door sits empty, so the city plans to connect the two buildings. It would take the MFC’s footprint from 6,600 square feet to nearly 17,000 square feet. The total cost would be around 1.4 million dollars. Center Director Jacqueline Hunter says they need more space.
Hunter says they’ll expand the center’s programming by offering some leisure service activities and performing arts. The additional space will allow the MFC to set up a college access center, something Hunter says they wanted to do for a while. Right now the city has the project open to bids. It plans to award a contract on November 4th and have construction completed by the end of April 2020.

Galena School Super To Resign

October 24, 2019

The Galena school district will soon be looking for a new leader after the current superintendent announced his impending resignation this week. Greg Herbst submitted his letter of resignation to the school board Tuesday. The former superintendent for the East Dubuque school district was hired by the Galena school board in 2016. In the letter Herbst says “in my view, it is undeniably evident that the distinct roles of the board, the superintendent and the teacher’s union have become blurred.” The board has scheduled a special meeting for Thursday to acknowledge Herbst’s resignation. In the letter he says his last day will be November 11th.

Dubuque Area Landlords Association-Housing Vouchers

October 24, 2019

At the request of a member of Dubuque Area Landlords Association, the City Council this week voted to postpone voting on amendments to require rental property owners to accept housing vouchers from qualified tenants for the duration of their forgivable loan agreement with the city. Diane McClain asked the council for more time so the group could meet with staff for a better understanding of what the changes might mean. City Manager, Mike Van Milligan, noted that the city would need approval from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development before preceding anyway. Van Milligan said before another vote is taken by the council, city staff will meet with the Dubuque Area Landlords Association to lay out the ramifications if it were to be approved at a future meeting.

Hud Lead/Healthy Homes Grants

October 23, 2019

The East Central Intergovernmental Association based in Dubuque has been awarded a grant for nearly $3,000,000 from the federal government for its’ Lead Based Paint Hazardous Control program and $300,000 in Healthy Homes Supplemental funding. Both programs identify and clean up housing-based health hazards like lead, mold, electrical hazards, and pet issues. Mark Schneider, Community Development Director at ECIA says over the next three-and-a-half years beginning in December they’ll address lead hazards in 120 income qualifying properties with children six years of age or younger throughout Dubuque County. Properties must be built in 1977 or earlier. Qualifying units can be homeowners or rental properties, but the tenants must meet the income restrictions. The Healthy Homes funding will address water related hazards. Schneider says right now their objective is to get the word out to the public about the programs. If you live in Dubuque County with a family of two and your gross income is under $52,000 per year you would be eligible for the programs. On average a property would be awarded $15,000 for lead hazards and $2,500 for health and safety deficiencies.

Sageville Man Pleads Guilty To Sexual Abuse

October 23, 2019

A Dubuque County man who was arrested earlier this year for trying to sexually assault a young girl has pleaded guilty. 19-year old Patrick Henry of Sageville pleaded guilty to a single felony count of lascivious acts with a minor. Henry was originally charged with assault with intent to commit sexual abuse and third degree sexual abuse. In the plea deal prosecutors agreed to drop the third degree sexual abuse charge. Henry will be sentenced on December 16th and faces up to five years behind bars.

Davenport Woman Arrested For Prostitution

October 23, 2019

A Davenport woman faces prostitution and other charges after police say she was naked when she broke into a residence near Leisure Lake in Jackson County earlier this month claiming a man was trying to tie her up. 50-year old Stephanie Ratzlaff is charged with prostitution, indecent exposure and fifth degree criminal mischief. On October 12th deputies responded to a report of a naked woman and man who were attempting to break into homes. Ratzlaff allegedly broke into one home where she asked for help. When questioned by deputies Ratzlaff told them a bizarre story about a man she had been with who had two tongues. Records say Ratzlaff had consensual sex with a man identified in court records as John Hartley. He says he chased Ratzlaff outside trying to ‘talk some sense into her.” So far Hartley has not been charged in the case.