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Dubuque County man arrested in connection to child sexual abuse case

November 30, 2020

DYERSVILLE, Iowa – A Dubuque County man has been arrested in connection to a child sexual abuse case. David J. Lehmann, 63, of Farley, who is accused of sexually abusing three girls younger than 13 this spring in Dubuque County, was taken into custody Saturday on more than a half dozen charges, according to court documents. Lehmann’s initial court appearance is scheduled for Dec. 1.
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Man accused of 2019 murder in East Dubuque has been identified

November 30, 2020

EAST DUBUQUE, Ill. – The man accused of a 2019 murder in East Dubuque last year has been identified. Joseph L. Wright, 31, is charged in Jo Daviess County Circuit Court with five counts of first-degree murder, all related to the shooting death of Jennifer L. Miller, 44, of Dubuque, during an apparent domestic violence incident. Dubuque police said the case remains active and the investigation is continuing.
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Dubuque collecting old and unwanted holiday lights

November 30, 2020

DUBUQUE, Iowa (KCRG) -The City of Dubuque wants your old and/or unwanted holiday lights!. According to a release, The Dubuque Metropolitan Area Solid Waste Agency, is partenering with the Carnegie-Stout Public Library and City of Dubuque Public Works Department to offer drop off locations for residents to recycle used holiday lights.
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Fire burns Dubuque County residence to the ground

November 30, 2020

(KCRG) – No one was injured when a fire burned a Dubuque County residence to the ground Friday night. According to a release, when the Epworth Fire Department arrived at the Bethany Lane address crews reported the structrue was fully engulfed in flames. The blaze is being ruled as accidental, the release stated.
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As Iowans took a break for Thanksgiving COVID cases continued to climb

November 30, 2020

(KCRG) – As Iowans took a break for Thanksgiving COVID cases continued to climb. Over 2,000 more people were reportedly infected in the state by the novel coronavirus during the long holiday weekend, according to state officials. 15 more people also died from COVID-19 bringing the state’s death toll to more than 2,370.
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City Agencies Team Up for Holiday Light Recycling Program

November 28, 2020

The Dubuque Metropolitan Area Solid Waste Agency, along with the Carnegie-Stout Public Library and the City of Dubuque Public Works Department are teaming up to host drop off locations for people to recycle unwanted holiday lights.

Working or not, the lights can be dropped off in specially marked containers inside the Carnegie-Stout Public Library or outside the city’s Municipal Services Center starting now through January 15, 2021.

Dubuque Woman Facing Theft, Forgery Charges

November 28, 2020

A Dubuque woman was arrested on Friday, charged with the theft of more than $17,000 from a Dubuque couple last year through forged checks.

50-year old Victoria K. Conrad was arrested on a warrant charging her with first-degree theft and eight counts of forgery.

Officers were notified in November 2019 by a Dupaco fraud specialist that she had cashed three large checks belonging to someone else. Security footage showed Conrad cashing the checks at Dubuque Dupaco locations.

The victims told officers they had other checks stolen and cashed with their forged signatures for a total of $17,075.

Dubuque Woman Charged With Cashing $17K In Couple’s Checks

November 27, 2020

A Dubuque woman is charged with stealing more than $17,000 from a Dubuque couple last year through forged checks. 50 year old Victoria K. Conrad of 1122 Center Place, No. 3, was arrested early Friday at 607 Fenelon Place. She’s facing theft and forgery counts. Police say they video of Conrad cashing the couple’s checks.

Latest Dubuque County COVID Numbers

November 27, 2020

Dubuque County is reporting 23 new cases of COVID-19 with 117 new recoveries. Total confirmed cases to date = 9,083.
3,297 active cases (94 fewer than yesterday). No additional deaths. Total deaths to date = 91.

Black Friday kicks off one of the major shopping days of the year

November 27, 2020

While it’s not recognized as an official U.S. holiday, Black Friday kicks off one of the major shopping days of the year for millions of people even before the last of the Thanksgiving leftovers are gone! And, Black Friday 2020 will, undoubtedly, be one for the books, with several industries feeling the pains of the pandemic protocols on the busiest shopping weekend of the year slated to be a make-or-break for many retailers. Some brick and mortar stores are closed this weekend due to continued restrictions, and stores that are open are seeing less traffic than usual, according to recently released data.

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Officials say online competition is greater than it has ever been before thanks to the pandemic. This year the so-called “Cyber Week” (Thanksgiving through Cyber Monday) could turn into “Cyber Months,” according to a new forecast from Adobe Analytics, which expects the accelerated shift to e-commerce due to the pandemic will have a significant impact on Cyber Monday online holiday sales. Adobe Analytics predicts that U.S. online sales for the months of November and December 2020 will reach $189 billion, representing a 33% year-over-year increase and setting a new record.
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Dubuque County alternative care site for COVID-19 patients is in the works

November 27, 2020

A Dubuque County alternative care site for COVID-19 patients is in the works as COVID cases continue to climb. County Health Department officials said they are looking at one site in particular should they need extra beds amid the growing number of coronavirus patients, but stressed as of now, local hospital are maintaining as far as beds and staffing issues go. The most-recent data available Wednesday stated that 59 people remained hospitalized as of Monday.
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Woman serving time for ‘love triangle murder’ involving former Chicago Bear Shaun Gayle, wants new trial

November 27, 2020

The attorney for the woman serving time for a ‘love triangle murder’ involving former Chicago Bear Shaun Gayle, wants a new trial. Marni Yang was convicted nine years ago of murdering the pregnant girlfriend of Gayle, who she also was romantically involved with. Jed Stone recently filed a motion in Lake County Circuit Court asking a judge to reopen the investigation, saying Gayle’s alibi doesn’t hold up. The Lake County State’s Attorney’s office has sought to dismiss Yang’s petition for a new trial. Yang’s next court date is set for Jan. 12.
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Wis., man cited in two car crash in Dubuque

November 27, 2020

A Wis., man was cited in a two car crash in Dubuque. Police said two people were possibly injured in the wreck in which, Kala Steger, 26, ran a red light at the intersection of South Locust and Charter Streets and collided with an oncoming vehicle driven by, Katherine Sherlock, 63, of Texas. Neither driver was taken to a hospital for treatment, according to a crash report. Steger recieved a ticket for failure to yield the right of way.
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Platteville Public Library altering services

November 27, 2020

PLATTEVILLE, Wis. — Platteville Public Library announced it is altering its services due to the climbing COVID cases in Grant County. According to a press release, the library will switch to curbside pickup and public computer access only starting Saturday, Nov. 28. The announcement states that the library’s board will discuss the temporary service at its Dec. 2 meeting and future steps.
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More than 100 COVID cases reported in one day in Dubuque

November 27, 2020

More than 100 COVID cases were reported within one day in Dubuque County. An additional 134 people tested positive for the virus between Thanksgiving eve and Thanksgiving day, bringing the number of cases in the county to over 9,050, while deaths from COVID climbed to 91, as one person died yesterday. Statewide, over 3,000 new cases were confirmed between Wednesday and Thursday, pushing the total to more than 222,000. An additional 41 Iowans died from COVID in the same time period, bringing the state’s death toll to over 2,300, according to online updates.
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Dubuque Conservation hosts holiday Hunt

November 27, 2020

The Dubuque County Conservation Board is offering a holiday family friendly fun day to explore the great outdoors and work off those Thanksgiving dinner calories at a Gnome Hunt and a Turkey Trail. Gnomes will be located throughout the Swiss Valley Preserve for participants to find, according to a press release, and, familes can follow the trail to learn ten interesting turkey facts walking the Woodland Energy Trail at the Swiss Valley Preserve.
The program will be self-led anytime between 10 am and 2 pm Friday at the Swiss Valley Nature Center and Preserve.
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Driver leaves scene of Dubuque vehicle crash on Thanksgving morning

November 27, 2020

HENRY COUNTY, VA – Henry County rescue crews responding to a reported vehicle crash found no sign of a driver early Thanksgiving moring. Emergency services arrived the scene of an overturned SUV around 3:15 a.m. on Thursday and found a Ford Explorer upside down on Smith Lake Road near EC Upholstery of Martinsville but no one was in the car. The investigation is continuing, VSP said.
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Loras College Class Of 1979 Raising Money For School

November 26, 2020

Members of the Loras College Class of 1970 is raising money for the school as part of their 50th reunion. The Class of 1970 50th reunion committee has established the Class of 1970 Student Relief Fund in response to the worldwide COVID-19 pandemic that has altered life everywhere. The Class of 1970 Student Relief Fund will annually help four students, one from each class. To date, $75,000 has been raised.

Reflections In The Park Starts Thursday Night

November 26, 2020

Reflections in the Park begins Thursday night. All proceeds from the Hillcrest Lights Festival will go toward Hillcrest Family Services. The display runs from 5pm to 10pm each night, through January 3rd. The cost is $10 per car at the gate or $8 if pre purchased. Tickets can be purchased at any Hillcrest location.

Coronavirus pandemic causing stress and hampering holidays

November 26, 2020

According to a recent poll 78 percent of adults say the coronavirus pandemic is a significant source of stress that is hampering the holidays. The pandemic has forced family’s to cancel planned reunions during Thanksgiving.
But health experts say you can still join in family fun and stay safe, by conducting visits remotely, via zoom and other online meeting programs. Or, arrange a “driveway visit” with family or friends. Be sure all are wearing masks, sit six feet apart, and stay outdoors.
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If you’re flying home for the holidays you’ll have lots of company

November 26, 2020

If you’re flying home for the holidays you’ll have lots of company. More than 3 million airline passengers passed through U.S. airports this week, disregarding calls to avoid Thanksgiving trips and making it the busiest air-travel period since coronavirus lockdowns hit in mid-March. The Transportation Security Administration reported the traffic based on traveler numbers at airport security checkpoints, and said screenings are still nearly 60% lower than this time last year pre pandemic. The CDC urged Americans not to travel during this week’s Thanksgiving holiday to mitigate the spread of the virus amid ever climbing COVID cases.

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Iowa (KCRG) – If you’re hitting the road to head to grandma’s house for Thanksgiving dinner state troopers say they aren’t seeing nearly as many people travelling for the holiday, leaving the highways empty this year. Fewer cars on the road also means more families staying home for Thanksgiving dinner, and grocery stores say they’re as busy as ever helping people with their holiday shopping.
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Galena man injured in one car DUI roll over in Jo Daviess County facing charges

November 26, 2020

The Galena man injured in a one car DUI roll over crash Tuesday in Jo Daviess County is facing charges. Authorities say, Larcell M. Smith, 38, was intoxicated when he lost control of his vehicle on U.S. 20 in the Menominee area, went over the crossover road, and overturned. Smith faces charges of driving under the influence of alcohol, possession of adult-use cannabis in a motor vehicle, failure to reduce speed to avoid a crash, illegal transportation of alcohol and operating an uninsured vehicle, according to the Jo Daviess County Sheriff’s Department.
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Dubuque man convicted of dealing drugs near Loras College was sentenced

November 26, 2020

DUBUQUE, Iowa (KCRG) -A Dubuque man who officials say sold drugs out of his home near Loras College was sentenced to more than four years in prison Tuesday. In a news release, officials said 40-year-old Virgil Lee Hubbard pleaded guilty to possession of methamphetamine with intent to distribute near a protected location. Law enforcement also found a firearm at his residence. Additionally, the 40 year old was convicted of distributing heroin within 1,000 feet of an Iowa park.
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Tips to prevent cooking fires, which flare up this time of year

November 26, 2020

As you plan for your Thanksgiving feast local fire officials have some tips to prevent cooking fires, which flare up this time of year. If you’re deep frying your bird, officials say, keep away from buildings and other combustible items, and never leave the fryer unattended. When cooking in the kitchen make sure your smoke alarm and carbon monoxide detector are working. Cooking is the leading cause of fires, according to the National Fire Protection Association, escpecially during the holidays.
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Dubuques’ annual Reflections in the Park is still happening

November 26, 2020

DUBUQUE, Iowa (KCRG) – COVID has cancelled multiple holiday events, but Dubuques’ annual Reflections in the Park is still happening, with one or two changes. A walkthrough event scheduled on the eve of Thanksgiving that draws hundreds of people to the holiday tradition was squashed due to virus concerns. But organizers say the main attraction will officially open on Thanksgiving Day for people to drive by in their cars.
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Tis the season for porch pirates

November 26, 2020

Tis the season for porch pirates. Officials say having holiday packages delivered to your front door is an easy target for thieves. Statistically, four in ten people are said to have fallen victim to package theft at home, according to reports. Police say to better protect yourself from porch pirates, track your packages, be sure to bring them inside right away, or have them delivered to your neighbors if you know you’re not going to be home.
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he trifecta of the holiday shopping season is upon us

November 26, 2020

The trifecta of the holiday shopping season is upon us. Between, Black Friday, Small Business Saturday and Cyber Monday, holiday shoppers are gearing up to score door busting deals on cell phones, laptops, tv’s and more. And, while many major retailers are scaling back their hours due to the pandemic, a majority still plan to be open thhis holiday shopping season with hybrid measures in place, including extending availability of online sales and offering curbside pickup and delivery. According to AP, the National Retail Federation projects more than 60 percent of consumers plan to purchase the majority of their holiday items online, compared with 56 percent last year.
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Dubuque Man Sentenced For Drug Dealing

November 25, 2020

A Dubuque man who police say was peddling meth from his home, located near a college, is headed to federal prison for five years. 40 year old Virgil Hubbard pleaded guilty to possession of methamphetamine with the intent to distribute near a protected location. He also has to serve eight years of supervised release after his prison term.

Woman Charged After Rollover Crash In Jo Daviess County

November 25, 2020

A Warren woman was charged with failure to reduce speed after a rollover accident Thursday morning in Jo Daviess County. 52 year old Robin Fauser was taken to the hospital after the crash in rural Scales Mound. She was driving eastbound on Stagecoach when she lost control of her vehicle on a curve and entered the oncoming lane of traffic. She overcorrected, went into a ditch and overturned.

Dubuque County COVID Case Count

November 25, 2020

Dubuque County is reporting 106 new cases of COVID-19 and 115 recoveries. There are now 3,380 active cases, nine fewer than Tuesday. No additional deaths reported. The Death toll stands at 90. 59 people are hospitalized.

Two Iowa turkeys get presenditial reprieve

November 25, 2020

(KCRG) – Two turkeys from Iowa played a role in the White House Turkey Pardon in Washington D.C. Tuesday.
Tthe two birds, named Corn and Cob, were pardoned during yesterday’s ceremony and both were returned to Iowa State.
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Prescott Elementary School students salute first responders in drive by parade

November 25, 2020

Prescott Elementary School students were treated to drive-by visits from businesses, nonprofits and government agencies Tuesday during the school’s community helper parade. The first graders and their teachers waved as the line of officers drove past the Dubuque campus, along with a fire truck and ambulance following behind them. Teachers organized the school parade to help students learn about the people who make up their community.
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Medical emergency causes Dubuque man to crash into home

November 25, 2020

A medical emergency, police said, is what caused a Dubuque man to crash into a home Monday. The driver veered into the house near the intersection of Kaufmann Avenue and Hempstead Street after suffering a seizure, according to reports. Todd M. Tuecke, 43, was taken to MercyOne Dubuque Medical Center with suspected minor injuries, authorities said.
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Dubuque nursing home battling COVID outbreak

November 25, 2020

Dubuque long term care facilities continue to battle COVID-19 outbreaks. A representative with the Visiting Nurse Association says they are working closely with these facilities to provide public health guidance, including monitoring staffing and PPE practices to help prevent the spread of the deadly disease. As of Tuesday Dubuque County reported 123 positive coronavirus cases within longterm care facilities.

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IOWA (AP & KCIM) — Iowa reported 143 nursing homes with coronavirus outbreaks, and thousands of residents have tested positive for the virus. The state Department of Public Health says more than 4,500 residents of care centers are infected with the virus.
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COVID-19 outbreak reported at Prairie du Chien Correctional Institution

November 25, 2020

PRAIRIE DU CHIEN, Wis. — A total of 365 confirmed cases of COVID-19 have been reported in an outbreak at Prairie du Chien Correctional Institution. The state Department of Corrections reported that 300 of those infected are inmates. The Crawford County Health Department also reports that 65 prison staff have contracted the virus. Statewide, 8,150 COVID-19 cases were being reported in state correctional institutions as of Tuesday afternoon.
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Latest Dubuque County COVID Numbers

November 24, 2020

Dubuque County is reporting a new record for hospitalizations due to COVID-19. There are now 60 people hospitalized within the county. Also, 141 new cases are being announced with 163 recoveries and two more long-term care outbreaks. No additional deaths reported. The death toll stands at 90.

Deadline Extended For Iowa Residential Utility Disruption Prevention Program

November 24, 2020

Dubuque County Energy District announces an extension of the deadline to December 4 of the Iowa Residential Utility Disruption Prevention Program. It provides eligible households with up to $2,000 towards electric, natural gas and water bills if they are at risk of disconnection due to an inability to pay due to a COVID-19 related loss of income. There’s a link for more info on the City of Dubuque Facebook page.

COVID-19 cases on the rise

November 24, 2020

(KCRG) – The Iowa Department of Public Health reported 13 more COVID-19 deaths Monday, as positive cases surpassed 200,000 in the state. On a more encouraging note, hospitalizations continued to decline for the fifth day in a row.
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Manchester man accepted a plea deal in a weapons case

November 24, 2020

MANCHESTER, Iowa – A Manchester man accepted a plea deal in a weapons case. Michael T. Short, 55, recently was sentenced to two years probation for allegedly pointing a gun at another man, and then trying to get witnesses to lie about the March 13 incident, court documents state. He pleaded guilty to second-degree harassment, down from the original charge of assault with a deadly weapon.
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Police are following all leads in the robbery of a Dubuque man at his home

November 24, 2020

Police are following all leads in the robbery of a Dubuque man at his home Saturday. According to Dubuque police, James Morgan, 48, said the suspect confronted him at his University residence and took $70. No one was injred in the incident which remains under investigation, police said.
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Wisconsin’s 7-day coronavirus average dropped to its lowest level

November 24, 2020

Wisconsin’s 7-day coronavirus average dropped to its lowest level Sunday since late October. DHS data showed the positive test rate was 29.4%, down from October 29th numbers. Data from state and county health officials showed 32-hundred new cases of COVID-19 in the state – putting Wisconsin’s total since the start of the pandemic at more than 355-thousand cases. With 5 more deaths reported, there have been over 36-hundred COVID-related deaths in the state.
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Dubuque man on the run since an Oct.16 domestic violence incident was located

November 24, 2020

A Dubuque man who has eluded police since an Oct.16 domestic violence incident was located over the weekend. Joshua J. Walker, 40, was arrested Sunday in connection to the incident in which, Melissa Altman, 37, told police that Walker choked her at her residence in the Key West area, before chasing her and a friend with a hammer, documents state. She saiid Walker also chased her in a vehicle through downtown Dubuque. He is facing multiple charges.
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Man Says He Was Robbed At Gunpoint At His Home

November 23, 2020

A Dubuque man tells police he was robbed at gunpoint at his home Saturday night. Policesay 48 year old James Morgan of 611 University, No. 4, reported that a suspect displayed a firearm and took $70 in cash from him. No injuries reported and the incident remains under investigation.

Father Charged With Injuring Two Month Old Child

November 23, 2020

A Dubuque man faces charges that he caused multiple injuries to his 2-month old child. The infant was brought to the hospital on Saturday with multiple injuries including difficulty breathing and red eyes. It turns out the child had a fractured femur, a brain bleed and bruising to the neck and chest areas. 19 year old Luke Heim is charged in the incident.

Latest Dubuque County COVID Numbers

November 23, 2020

Dubuque County is reporting 57 new cases of coronavirus along with 35 recoveries. There are 3,411 active cases. Also, county health officials report testing hours will change at most free Dubuque County testing locations this week due to the Thanksgiving holiday. You can check for schedules on the City of Dubuque government Facebook page.

Jo Daviess swears in new circuit judge

November 23, 2020

GALENA, Ill. — Jo Daviess County State’s Attorney John Hay has been appointed as an associate judge on the 15th Judicial Circuit. Hay was appointed following a vote by the circuit’s judges, according to a press release from the Illinois Supreme Court. The 15th Circuit includes Jo Daviess County.
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New program aims to combat high unemployment in the Dubuque region

November 23, 2020

DUBUQUE, Iowa- A new Greater Dubuque Development Corporation and Northeast Iowa Community College (NICC) initiative will provide solutions to high unemployment in the Dubuque region resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic. The initiative builds upon the successes created through the Opportunity Dubuque partnership by focusing on essential employment skills training for individuals. The two organizations, with the support of the Community Foundation of Greater Dubuque, Dubuque Works, the City of Dubuque and the Dubuque County Board of Supervisors, developed Opportunity Dubuque in 2012. To date, the effort has trained nearly 700 people in advanced manufacturing, health care, transportation, construction and other careers, with an employment rate of 95 percent. There are currently 1,760 job openings on AccessDubuqueJobs.com, and officials said filling these jobs will be key to getting the local economy back on track as the area recovers from steep unemployment, according to a news release.
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Due to staff shortage at nursing homes sick workers asked to stay on job

November 23, 2020

(KCRG) – With a growing staff shortage at nursing homes due to COVID related absences, new guidelines will now allow health care workers to stay on the job even if they’re infected with the virus. The move is a last resort as care facilities face nursing shortages pre-COVID-19, and the pandemic has exacerbated the problem. Officials said this state change aligns more with Centers for Disease Control and Prevention directives.
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Hales Mill and Asbury Roads intersection could get re-makeover

November 23, 2020

Four years after initial improvements to ease congestion, the City of Asbury is once again seekiing public input on the intersection of Hales Mill and Asbury Roads. In October, 2016 a study was done to move the intersection, and the city approved a strip mall to be developed near the very busy Radford Road-Asbury Road intersection. Now council members are considering various combinations of stop lights, roundabouts, and realignment of one or both intersections to help lighten the traffic load. The input meeting will be held Tuesday night, November 24 at 5:30. To reserve a seat email info@city of asbury.com, or join the conversation via Zoom.
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19 year old Dubuque man facing child abuse charges

November 23, 2020

Dubuque, Iowa (KCRG) -A 19 year old Dubuque man has been accused of injuring his infant child. The mother of the 2 month old told police that when she picked up the baby Saturday from visiting the father, identified as Luke Heim, she noticed the infant was having difficulty breathing so they took the baby to the hospital. According to police reports, the child had,“a fractured femur, bleeding in both eyes, a brain bleed and bruising to the neck and chest area. The baby was airlifted to the University of Iowa Hospitals. Heim is charged with child endangerment and violating a no-contact order on both his children.
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