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Grant Money Headed To Dubuque Historic House

September 21, 2021

A Dubuque historic site will get some upgrades thanks to a grant. The Dubuque County Historical Society has been awarded $20,000 for the Mathias Ham House at 2241 Lincoln Ave. The money will be used to help with preservation and maintenance of interior finishes and upgrading of mechanical and building systems at the house.

Dubuque Teen Charged In Cedar Rapids Shooting

September 21, 2021

A Dubuque teen is charged in connection with a Cedar Rapids shooting last month. 18 year old Timothy D. Christmas is charged with intimidation with a dangerous weapon, felon in possession of a firearm and other counts. The Telegraph Herald reports authorities say Christmas fired a handgun into a vehicle on Aug. 26 at 12th Street and I Avenue Northeast in Cedar Rapids. Three people were in the vehicle, though documents do not name the individuals or state if anyone was injured.

To mask or not to mask…

September 21, 2021

To mask or not to mask. That is the question that remains unanswered after more than four hours of heated public comments during the Dubuque Community School Board meeting Monday. Board members chose to wait on taking action on whether to enact a mask mandate in schools amid rising COVID infections, voting unanimously instead to revisit the issue at their October board meeting.
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Dubuque teen arrested as suspect in drive by shooting

September 21, 2021

A Dubuque teen has been arrested as a suspect in connection to a drive by shooting last month in northeast Cedar Rapids. Timothy D. Christmas III, 18, faces nearly a half dozen criminal charges stemming from the Aug. 26 shooting near 12th Street and I Avenue NE, where authorities said Christmas fired a handgun at least seven times at a vehicle that was occupied by three people. The investigation is continuing.
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Dubuque officer injured during drug bust at Dubuque Rescue Mission

September 21, 2021

A Dubuque Police officer is recovereing after he was injured during an incident at the Dubuque Rescue Mission. Officer Thomas Warner was wounded while apprehending 29 year old Miguel Linares-Nava Saturday night on multiple drug charges, including possession of methamphetamine, and interferring with official acts causing injury.
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Eastern Iowa woman identified as victim of fatal fall at Jackson County state park

September 21, 2021

UPDATE ; BELLEVUE, Iowa – The person who fell nearly 150 feet to her death at a Jackson County state park has been identifed as an eastern Iowa woman. The state Department of Natural Resources confirmed in a news release Monday that, Iris Merfeld, 36, of Zwingle, died in the early morning hours of Saturday after falling from an overlook known as Pulpit Rock in Bellevue State Park. Police say she landed on rocks below the bluffs.
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Grant County Supervisors give thumbs up to storage building construction

September 21, 2021

Work is expected to begin this fall on a storage building near the Grant County Community Services Building. The Grant County Board of Supervisors approved a $325,000 contract during their meeting last month for the 4,800-square-foot Grant County Aging and Disability Resource Center Building which was partially funded by the center.
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Dubuque woman accepts plea deal in traffic stop turned drug bust

September 21, 2021

GALENA, Ill. – A Dubuque woman arrested during a Feb. traffic stop on suspicion of drug trafficking pleaded guilty in the case in exchange for a lesser sentence. As part of the plea agreement charges of intent to deliver were dropped against, Passion U. Tookes. A Galena police K-9 sniffed out more than three pounds of marijuana in the 24 year olds vehicle when she was pulled over in East Dubuque earlier this year. She was sentenced recently in Jo Daviess County Circuit Court to one year of supersivision.
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Peosta working to address concerns about planned Burds Rd. development

September 21, 2021

PEOSTA, Iowa – Peosta is working to address concerns about a planned development. Annexed landowners expressed opposition to the proposed Planned Unit Development south of Burds Road. During a Peosta City Council meeting, officials said they will continue to work with the community.
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Hindsight is 20/20

September 21, 2021

Hindsight is 20/20. City of Dubuque officials say they’re looking ahead after challenges filling seasonal jobs last year. City officials struggled with staffing at pools and summer programs, but say now, they are already looking at ways to prevent a similar issue next year.
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New details released about fatal fall at Jackson County state park

September 21, 2021

BELLEVUE, Iowa (AP) – More details are trickling in about the fatal fall of someone off a bluff in a Jackson County state park. The Iowa Department of Natural Resources said in a news release the incident happened Saturday at Bellevue State Park along the Mississippi River in eastern Iowa. The victim was pronounced dead at the scene. The investigation is ongoing.
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One Hurt, One Charged After Dubuque Crash

September 20, 2021

One person hospitalized after a two-vehicle crash Sunday afternoon in Dubuque. 71 year old John M. Bubon, 71, of Dubuque, was turning east from Plaza Drive onto the Northwest Arterial at 2:51 p.m. when his vehicle was struck by a vehicle whose driver apparently ran a red light. 43 year old Dave Q. Farber of Dubuque was cited.

Woman Who Died From Fall At Bellevue State Park Identified

September 20, 2021

Authorities have identified the victim of a fatal fall at Bellevue State Park. The Telegraph Herald reports 36 year old Iris Merfeld was pronounced dead at the scene. Merfeld was visiting an overlook known as Pulpit Rock in the park during the early morning hours of Saturday when she fell an estimated 150 feet from the bluffs to rocks below. Alcohol may have been a factor.

Expect delays as construction begins on US-61 at Dubuque

September 20, 2021

Motorists are being warned to expect delays as intermittent lane closures begin today on US-61 at Dubuque in both directions due to road construction. The Iowa Department of transportation advises drivers to look out for flaggers. Construction hours are from 8:00AM to 6:00 PM. Work is expected to wrap up by September 27.
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Dubuque exploring creation of new industrial park

September 20, 2021

Dubuque city staff members propose a $4.2 million property purchase for the creation of a new industrial park. The property, located northwest of the Southwest Arterial and U.S. 61 intersection, consists of 156 acres of agricultural property that would become the city’s first land development along the Southwest Arterial corridor. Dubuque City Council members will be asked to approve a purchase agreement for the property at their meeting on Monday, Sept. 20.
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Unity Point Health-Finley Hospital set to receive ARP funds to fight COVID

September 20, 2021

DUBUQUE, Iowa (KCRG) – Like most hospitals, Unity Point Health-Finley Hospital in Dubuque has been hit hard by the COVID-19 pandemic. Barbara Potts, executive director of the UnityPoint Health-Finley Health Foundation, said Finley Hospital is one of many Dubuque County organizations that has requested American Rescue Plan funds. The hospital is expected to receive close to $19 million, money Potts said, is despearately needed for essential materials, as they continue to battle surging COVID infections.
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Investigation underway after one person falls to their death at Jackson County park

September 20, 2021

BELLEVUE, Iowa – The Iowa Department of Natural Resources says one person is dead after apparently falling from a bluff at Bellevue State Park in Jackson County. Authorities were alerted to the incident around 4:20am Saturday morning. The Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation is now assisting DNR officials with this case in Jackson County. The park remains open to visitors.
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Maquoketa venue cancels upcoming Disco Night

September 20, 2021

MAQUOKETA, Iowa – An event will be postponed at a Maquoketa venue due to rising COVID cases. Ohnward Fine Arts Center announced its disco night slated for Oct. 9 will be rescheduled at a later date.
Patrons who already have purchased tickets can contact the Arts Center to exchange for any upcoming show.
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Name of NC man injured in motorcycle crash in Jo Daviess County released

September 20, 2021

STOCKTON, Ill. – The name of a NC man hospitalized after a motorcycle crash Friday afternoon in Jo Daviess County has been made public. James Villa, 40, was injured, police said, after he apparently lost control of his motorcycle on U.S. 20 near Summit Drive in rural Stockton, skidded off the roadway and overturned. He was treated for what were described in police reports as non-life-threatening injuries, according to a Jo Daviess County Sheriff’s Department press release.
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Woman and child involved in fiery one vehicle crash in Jo Davies County miraculously walked away

September 20, 2021

NORA, Ill. – Authorities said a woman and child involved in a fiery one vehicle crash in Jo Davies County miraculously walked away. Jessica L. Voss, 36, and a 14-year-old both, both of Freeport refused medical treatment after police say Voss was driving drunk when she knocked over a railroad signal before her vehicle caught fire Saturday morning on North Stagecoach Trail and North Street in Nora, according to the Jo Daviess County Sheriff’s Department.
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Death of Dubuque man while in police custody in Linn County being investigated

September 20, 2021

The death of a Dubuque man while in police custody in Linn County is being investigated. Marshall Mosby, 39, died Friday night in the Linn County Correctional Center, according to a Linn County Sheriff’s Department press release which states that Mosby was having chest pains and then became unresponsive and was pronounced dead following failed lifesaving measures from medical personnel. His exact cause of death is pending an autopsy. Mosby had been in custody since Jan. 19, in connection to a 2020 drug trafficking case.
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Illinois Man Charged In Dubuque Domestic Assault

September 17, 2021

An Illinois man was arrested Thursday after police said he assaulted his girlfriend over multiple days and threatened to kill her several times at her Dubuque residence. The Telegraph Herald reports 32 year old Edward W. Moon was cuffed at 1814 White St. on charges of domestic assault, including display or use of a weapon, plus harassment, false imprisonment and two counts of interference with official acts. Police say the victim had a swollen left eye, swollen lip and lacerations on her neck.

Cascade City Council makes the switch to new communications provider

September 17, 2021

The Cascade City Council approved a switch from US Cellular to First Net for the city communication. The switch will include the installation of new antennas on ambulances and police cars, which will give them better phone and internet access when needing to tap into larger networks during emergencies, officials said.
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Board of supervisors give Jackson County sheriff thumbs up for new hire

September 17, 2021

The Jackson County Sheriff’s department garnered support from the board of supervisors to hire another deputy. Board members were expected to discuss the request from the sheriff at this weeks meeting and approve the hiring process for an additional officer to alleviate overtime and staff shortages. Sheriff Kilburg said the additional deputy will help them keep up with increased service calls.
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Man injured in one vehicle crash in Jo Davies County identified

September 17, 2021

WARREN, Ill. – The name of a 68 year old man injured Wednesday afternoon in a one vehicle crash in Jo Davies County has been made public. Police say Myron R. Eder, 68, of Warren, Ill., was hauling corn when he apparently lost control of his truck and overturned on East Winslow Road east of Stagecoach Trail. He was taken to Memorial Hospital for treatment of his injuries, according to a Jo Daviess County Sheriff’s Department press release. Authorities are investigating the crash.
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City of Galena seeking feedback on street repairs

September 17, 2021

GALENA, Ill. – While repair work is ongoing in the downtown area, the City of Galena now wants to assess sidewalks along nearby streets. City officials said they plan to conduct a survey in Galena this fall to determine areas in need of repair and hope to complete the work by next year.
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Playground equipment total loss after fire at Dubuque park

September 17, 2021

Authorities are investigating a fire that destroyed the playground equipment at a Dubuque park. According to Dubuque Fire officials, when crews arrived at Welu Park Wednesday they reported the plastic playground equipment was engulfed in flames. The playground set is considered a total loss, officials said.
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Driver ticketed for crash with Dubuque school bus

September 17, 2021

UPDATE; We’re learning more about a two vehicle crash involving a Dubuque Community Sschool District bus. A report made public Wednesday states that Derek J. Sutherland told police he did not see the bus stopped on John Deere Road at Charles Lane when he ran into the back of it Monday. The 48 year old was ticketed for the wreck.
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Dubuque’s greyhound racing park is heading to the finish line

September 17, 2021

Dubuque’s greyhound racing park is heading to the finish line. Iowa Greyhound Park announce they will permanently close after more than 35 years, with the next season the last for the park.
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Cascade residents choose top picks for potential new library home

September 17, 2021

CASCADE, Iowa – Cascade community members have selected their top choices for a potential new library site. Residents gathered Tuesday at the final library advisory task force meeting and chose from 30 prospective locations. The top three choices will later be presented to local officials for further consideration.
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Robberies ramping up at Dyersville farm equipment dealers

September 17, 2021

CORRECTION ; DYERSVILLE, Iowa (KCRG) – Robberies at Dyersville farm equipment dealers is ramping up. It only took 16 minutes for thieves to get away with $40,000 worth of equipment from one lot where three receivers and three monitors were stolen, according to police reports, which noted the dealer next door also got robbed. Authorities say dealers in Atlanta, Illinois also got hit recently. The Dubuque County Sheriff’s Office is in charge of the investigation.
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Robberies ramping up at Dyersville farm equipment

September 17, 2021

DYERSVILLE, Iowa (KCRG) – Robberies at Dyersville farm equipment dealers is ramping up. It only took 16 minutes for thieves to get away with $40,000 worth of equipment from one lot where three receivers and three monitors were stolen, according to police reports, which noted the dealer next door also got robbed. Authorities say dealers in Atlanta, Illinois also got hit recently. The Dubuque County Sheriff’s Office is in charge of the investigation.
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Darling Man Pleads Not Guilty To Charges Of Trying To Kill Girlfriend

September 16, 2021

Not guilty the plea from a Darlington man accused of trying to kill his girlfriend. 42 year old Gregory R. Frechette is charged with attempted first-degree homicide, strangulation, and other counts. The victim says as the two argued Frechette placed her in a headlock until she got lightheaded and could not breathe.

John F. Kennedy Road Lane Closure

September 16, 2021

The southbound lane of John F. Kennedy Road near Rosewood Drive will be closed for private utility repairs starting 8 a.m. Friday Sept. 17, to 5 p.m. Tuesday Sept. 21. A lane shift will be in effect for southbound traffic.

Dubuque church hosts free food distribution event Saturday

September 16, 2021

A Dubuque church will hold a free drive-thru food distribution event this Saturday, Sept. 18. St. Joseph the Worker Catholic Church, partnering with St. Stephen’s-River Bend Food Bank, will begin distributing food at 8:45 a.m., at the church. Food will be distributed on a first come first served basis.
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Peosta woman charged with assaulting her mother has accepted plea deal

September 16, 2021

A Peosta woman charged with assaulting her mother earlier this year has accepted a plea deal in the case. Morgan M. Quick was recently sentenced to two years of probation in connection to the domestic violence incident this summer in which court documents state that Quick assaulted bit her 57 year old mother’s arm, leaving teeth marks and bruising, and attempted to gouge her eyes. The 22 year olds toddler son was knocked over in his high chair during the incident, according to documents.
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Dubuque gathers feedback on public transportation needs

September 16, 2021

The city of Dubuque has begun developing a plan that could lead to improvements in the community’s transportation systems. Officials held public input sessions this week for a Dubuque infrastructure project to gather information about the city’s transportation options.
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Gov. Reynolds vows to stop COVID safety measures in schools

September 16, 2021

(Reuters) – A temporary order by a federal judge allowing Iowa schools to mandate masks is expeted to be appealed by the governor. Republican Governor Kim Reynolds tweeted this week [Monday] that.she will exercise every legal option to stop the public safety order to prevent the spread of COVID-19 which has killed more than 6,300 Iowans. The temporary restraining order will be in effect until the court orders a preliminary injunction.
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Medical emergency resulted in crash that injured Dubuque man

September 16, 2021

A medical emergency, police said, resulted in a crash that injured a 34 year old Dubuque man Tuesday evening. Patrick D. McAuliffe apparently lost control of his vehicle on JFK Road before slamming into a light pole at the intersection with Asbury Road, according to Dubuque police. He was taken to UnityPoint Health-Finley Hospital for treatment.
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Jackson man charged with putting homemade explosive at La Motte home sentenced

September 16, 2021

A Jackson County man accused of trying to set off a homemade explosive at a La Motte home has been sentenced. Aaron Hinke, 46, accepted a plea deal in the case and was sentenced to more than three years in prison. Officials say the homeowner’s five-year-old child found the device made up of a cigarette, and fireworks taped to a container filled with a gas and oil mixture. The State Fire Marshall was able to defuse it.
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Dubuque teen will now be charged as an adult in fatal July shooting

September 16, 2021

A Dubuque teen will now be charged as an adult for a fatal July shooting. Police say the 15 year old is accused in the death of Robert Powell-Moore who was found critically wounded in an alley behind Central Ave.. He later died at UnityPoint Health-Finley Hospital. Jaquez B.L. Pease has been waived from juvenile to adult court to face voluntary manslaughter charges, according to Dubuque police. A preliminary hearing in the case is set for next week [Sept. 23].
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Dubuque Man Hurt In Tuesday Evening Crash

September 15, 2021

Police say 34 year old Patrick D. McAuliffe of Dubuque, was hurt in a car accident Tuesday evening. The Telegraph Herald reports he was transported by ambulance to UnityPoint Health-Finley Hospital for treatment of his injuries after suffering a medical issue while driving north on JFK Road at 6:50 p.m., causing his vehicle to strike a light pole at the intersection with Asbury Road. McAuliffe was charged with operating without registration.

Holy Family Catholic Schools in Dubuque now has a forever home

September 15, 2021

DUBUQUE, Iowa (KCRG) – Holy Family Catholic Schools in Dubuque now has a forever home. The elementary Our Lady of Guadalupe Spanish immersion school will now be located on the central campus in the same building as the private Middle and High School. School staff said they started extensive renovations on the middle school building last year to accommodate younger children. About 150 people gathered at Holy Family’s Central Campus Tuesday for a ribbon cutting and open house.
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Concerns about COVID cancels concert at Jackson County venue

September 15, 2021

MAQUOKETA, Iowa – Concerns about COVID cancelled a concert scheduled for this week at a Jackson County venue. The show originally scheduled for Sept. 14, at Codfish Hollow Barnstormers has been rescheduled for May 28, 2022, according to a social media post by the venue which states the show was rescheduled due to rising COVID-19 cases across the Midwest.
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The search is on for a new Maquoketa city manager

September 15, 2021

The search is on for a new Maquoketa city manager. The Maquoketa City Council moved forward with advertising for the city manager’s job at last week’s meeting. The application deadline is Oct. 6 for the city manager postition and semifinalists will be notified Oct. 12. Virtual interviews will take place between then and early November. The council hopes to approve an employment contract in mid-November and have the new manager start in early January.
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Dyersville couple gets probations in 2020 child endangerment case

September 15, 2021

A Dyersville couple charged with child endangerment after their young son found a loaded gun and shot his mother in the leg last fall. Logan Keller, 24, and Meriah Carlyle, 22, both have been sentenced to probation after the November 2020 shooting in which police said the couple’s then 2-year-old son found a loaded 9 mm handgun on a bedside table and picked it up, causing it to discharge and hit Carlyle.
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Back-to-school celebration set for this weekend in Dyersville

September 15, 2021

DYERSVILLE, Iowa — A back-to-school celebration is set for this weekend in Dyersville. The event will be held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 18, at Commercial Club Park. Those attending the event will be able to see animals brought by the Swiss Valley Nature Center and National Mississippi River Museum.
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10 year old Dubuque girl struck by car recovering

September 15, 2021

A 10 year old Dubuque girl struck by a car while riding a scooter Sunday afternoon in Dubuque id recovering. Justice K. Owens, was treated at MercyOne Dubuque Medical Center for her injuries, according to Dubuque police, who said a 70 Dubuque driver was turning when she hit the child.
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Maquoketa man on probation for felony charge escapes jail time for domestic violence incident

September 15, 2021

A Maquoketa man already on probation for a felony charge has escaped jail time once again for a domestic violence incident. Vincent Anderson of Maquoketa was accused of threatening to shoot his ex-girlfriend in the head on January 19th in Maquoketa. The 25 year old was recently sentenced to two years of probation for possessing a firearm while on probation
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Chaplain Schmitt Island in Dubuque coluld soon be getting a facelift

September 15, 2021

Chaplain Schmitt Island in Dubuque coluld soon be getting a facelift. Dubuque City Council members say they plan to focus their attention on developing the location, paving the way for infrastructure and improvement projects at the island that holds Q Casino and the Mystique Community Ice Center.
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