The Dubuque County Sheriff’s Department has reported that human remains were found this morning inside a car left burning on property owned by the Dubuque Regional Airport.

The remains were sent to the Iowa Medical Examiner’s Office for an autopsy and identification. Investigators believe they know the identity of the victim but are seeking forensic confirmation.

Airport Administrator Robert Grierson said the blaze did not impact flights in and out of Dubuque or other airport operations.

The fire is under investigation by the Iowa Fire Marshal’s Office and the Dubuque County Sheriff’s Department.


Two people killed in a weather-related traffic crash in southwest Wisconsin have been identified as 19-year-old Bridget Achenbach of Eastman, and 85-year-old Kenneth Eppers of Tomah. Crawford County sheriff’s deputies said Achenbach was driving a car that hydro-planed on a wet Highway 27 near Eastman on Sunday afternoon.  It spun into the opposite lane, where it collided with Eppers’ auto.  Achenbach died at the scene.  Eppers died at a Prairie du Chien hospital. His wife, who’s also 85, was taken to a La Crosse hospital where she was in critical condition at last word.

A woman from Boscobel is facing a number of charges including drunk driving after a one vehicle crash in Crawford County on Highway 60 near Pleasant Mound Road.  Authorities report 37 year old Shannon Starkey lost control after driving onto the gravel shoulder of the road.  Starkey was transported by the Wauzeka First Responders for treatment of her injuries.  The Boscobel Fire Department assisted at the scene.

A man from Dodgeville-29 year old Nick Freeman is facing a number of charges including 3rd offense drunk driving after a one vehicle accident late last (Tuesday) night.  Authorities arrived on the scene of the accident in Dodgeville to find the driver had fled. Freeman was located at a residence on Walnut Street and was also charged with violating parole, bailjumping, driving with no license, failing to install an ignition interlock and resisting arrest.

A woman from Hazel Green has been issued five tickets after the Wisconsin State Patrol completed their investigation into an accident earlier this month on Highway 80 at Mine Road North of Cuba City.  Authorities have charged 29 year old April Reuter with speeding, failure to yield, driving left of center, failure to have control and going to fast for conditions.  The accident report states Reuter attempted to pass several vehicles in a no passing zone and lost control trying to avoid oncoming traffic.

The vehicle struck an embankment, became airborne and rolling several times before coming to rest in a field. Reuter and a front seat passenger were both wearing seatbelts while two 9 month old girls from Hazel Green were not secured and one was ejected.  All four were transported to area hospitals.

Just after noon on Friday, Dubuque Senior High School Resource Officers attempted to take a student into custody for Assault.  The student, identified as Tanner L. Lukens, 16, of rural Dubuque, resisted officers’ attempts to take him into custody.  One of the officers radioed for assistance and patrol officers were dispatched to the school.  As back-up units were responding, the School Resource Officers were able to get Lukens into custody, only after being forced to utilize pepper defense spray.

As a direct result of Lukens’ resistance, one of the School Resource Officers suffered a rib injury requiring hospitalization.  The officer was later released from the hospital, but is expected to miss several days of work as the injury heals.

Lukens was transported to the Dubuque Law Enforcement Center where he was processed and ordered into Juvenile Detention, authority Juvenile Court Services.  He faces charges of Assault (Simple), Interference With Official Acts Causing Injury, and Harassment 1st Degree.  The investigation revealed Lukens allegedly threatened another student and disrupted a class prior to officers’ contact with him.  During this same time frame he also put a school staff member in fear by posturing in an assaultive manner while also disheveling the staff member’s work area.

Harassment 1st Degree and Interference With Official Acts Causing Injury are both Aggravated Misdemeanors punishable by a fine between $625 and $6,250, and imprisonment not to exceed 2 years.  Simple Assault is a Simple Misdemeanor punishable by a fine between $65 and $625, and up to 30 days in jail.

The City of Dubuque has joined communities across the country in proclaiming Saturday, May 16, 2015 as “Kids to Parks Day.”

The Leisure Services Department encourages families to be active and do something outdoors in one of the many free parks in the city or Dubuque County on that day.

In acknowledgement of the occasion, the Dubuque Park and Recreation Commission voted yesterday (May 12) to waive the vehicle entrance/admission fee to Eagle Point Park all day on Saturday, May 16. Eagle Point Park is open from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. on Saturdays.

East Dubuque officials said two women were hospitalized Tuesday night after a two-vehicle crash on the Julien Dubuque Bridge.

Police Chief Steve O’Connell said 31 y/o Kelly Schleicher of Dubuque was stopped at a construction when her vehicle was struck from behind by a vehicle driven by 18 y/o Maddison Hiland of Bellevue, Iowa.

O’Connell said both women suffered incapacitating injuries and were transported to a Dubuque hospital.

There are no reports on either woman’s condition

Hiland was issued citations for failure to reduce speed to avoid an accident and for not wearing a seatbelt.


Fire officials have not yet determined what caused a Wednesday morning fire at Camp Albrecht Acres in Sherrill. Camp officials now estimate damages around $100,000.

Dubuque County Sheriff’s Department deputies and Sherill and Asbury firefighters responded to the camp just before 8 a.m. yesterday.

No one was injured in the fire.

Camp Executive Director Eric Veltstra said he expects insurance will cover most of the damage. Anyone wishing to donate needed items or make a monetary donation can find information at AlbrechtAcres dot org

Campers are due to arrive at Albrecht Acres less than a month from now.


Around 8am Wednesday morning 5/13, the Dubuque County Sheriff’s office and the Sherrill and Asbury Fire Departments responded to a call of smoke in the main building at Albrecht Acres.

Upon arrival, a fire was located and extinguished in the basement area. Fire damage was limited to the basement area but smoke damage was reported throughout the building.

Damages are estimated around $20,000 and the cause of the fire is still under investigation

28 year old Jeremy Adams of Dubuque is facing multiple drug related charges after authorities said they were at his residence on Kaufman Ave in early March following a tip that a woman with a valid commitment order was at the residence.

Police reported finding nearly 2 pounds of marijuana,over  15 grams of meth, multiple pills, digital scales and drug paraphernalia

Adams has been charged with possession of methamphetamine, possession with intent to deliver marijuana, failure to affix a drug stamp, unlawful possession of prescription drugs and possession of drug paraphernalia.

His bond was set at $20,000 and he’s scheduled for a May 20 court appearance.