The Platteville Police Department is warning residents about a recent phone scam that is using the department’s phone number. The people who’ve received the scam calls say the Caller I-D shows the Police Department’s number (348 – 2313). The caller identifies himself as being affiliated with the IRS and tells people they have an outstanding debt with the IRS or unpaid taxes which must be paid immediately. Sometimes the caller identifies himself as a police officer and threatens that due to unpaid fines, warrants for the arrest of the person receiving the call will be issued. The caller sometimes uses threats and abusive language during the call. Contact the Platteville Police if you receive a call related to this scam. Do not give the caller any personal, bank, or credit card information.

 

Platteville School Superintendent Connie Valenza says the district will need to add staff at the high school to meet revised state graduation requirements. Starting with the class of 2017, or this year’s sophomore class, students need at least 3 credits of math and 3 credits of science in order to graduate. Of this year’s graduating class at Platteville High School, about one-fourth won’t have 3 credits of math and about one-fifth won’t have 3 credits of science. The district is reviewing ways to address the added credit requirements for the class of 2017 and beyond. They hope to have more options in place this fall.

Monday night, Dubuque School Board members opted to delay their decision on a 2015-2016 calendar until their 1st March meeting, in hopes that between now and then Iowa legislators will pass a bill which would allow classes to start as early as Aug. 23, instead of the required week of Sept. 1. The Iowa Department of Education’s no longer grants waivers that allow districts to start earlier. Superintendent Stan Rheingans says if legislation is approved, the district would seek public input on a proposed calendar before the boards early March meeting.

Tom Nall and Angie Donovan will square off in the April 7 general election for an at-large seat on the Platteville Common Council being vacated by Dick Bonin.

The Platteville School Board race was narrowed down to 6 for the April 7th election, Steve Obershaw (i) – Eric Fatzinger (i) – Colleen McCabe – Matt Zielinski – Curt Timlin – Jamie Brogley all advanced to vie for the 3 seats available.

Four challengers will move on to the April 7 general election to compete for two seats on the River Ridge School Board. Cory Reisbeck – Emmie Mumm – Jason Drone – – Justin Campbell, will all be on the River Ridge ballot in April.

The 2 Candidates vying to be the next Lafayette County Circuit Court Judge will be  Duane M. Jorgenson and  Kate Findley. Winner in April will replace retiring Judge  William D. Johnston.

 

Police are investigating an armed robbery that happened at a home in Platteville on Thursday. According to the police department, three masked men entered a residence on Fox Ridge Road about 11:30 Thursday night. One of the men had a handgun and another had a rifle. Police say five people were inside the home during the robbery. Victims were told to lie on the floor while the suspects took their wallets and other belongings. A statement from the Platteville Police Department says they believe the home was targeted by the three men based on past relationships. The investigation is ongoing. Anyone with information is asked to call Platteville Police at 608 – 348 – 23-13.

Becker’s Hospital Review, a monthly publication on business and legal news and analysis relating to hospitals and health systems, recently named Grant Regional Health Center President & CEO Nicole Clapp in its list of “50 Rural Hospital CEOs to Know”.

The Review’s editorial team selected leaders through an editorial review process which considers a number of factors, including awards received; local, regional and national leadership positions held and their organizations’ recent performance.

Nicole Clapp, a University of Iowa Graduate, became the president and CEO of Grant Regional Health Center in April 2006. Her leadership positions throughout the community & state include representing Grant Regional Health Center as a board member for Wisconsin Hospital Association, Rural Wisconsin Health Cooperative, Wisconsin Hospital Association Workforce Development Council, the Lancaster Chamber of Commerce and Vice President of the Grant County Economic Development Corporation.

 

Several .380 caliber pistol bullets were discovered Wednesday in a boy’s bathroom at Dubuque’s Bryant Elementary. Officials say a police sweep of the building found no evidence of additional ammunition or weapons.

After the bullets were discovered, students were kept in their classrooms for the rest of the day, and coats were checked prior to dismissal. Students were also asked to leave their backpacks and personal belongings in the building. Principal Vicki Sullivan said an explanatory note was sent home for parents, describing the incident.

Classes are being held today at Bryant

Officials are saying one railcar is still burning this morning following yesterday’s train derailment about 10 miles north of Dubuque.

Canadian Pacific Railroad is now saying that 15 cars and 2 engines derailed just before noon yesterday and that 14 of the 15 cars were carrying ethanol.

Dubuque Fire chief Rick Steines said ethanol was going into the Mississippi but the amount is unclear as a lack of access to the scene prevented DNR crews from analyzing the full extent of contamination

CPR sent emergency crews to the scene by7 p.m. and more continue to arrive.

No injuries have been reported.

 

This afternoon at the Grant County Courthouse, Judge Robert VanDehay sentenced 26 year old Timmy Johnson Jr to 50 years in prison in relation to the 2014 kidnapping and homicide of 79 year old Merle Forbes of Platteville.

The 50 year sentence means that Johnson will not be eligible for supervised release until he is 76 years old.

Timmy Johnson Junior Sentencing 2

Around 6:30 this morning, 48 Year old Robert Kuhn of Fennimore, WI was killed in an accident on HWY 61, north of Lancaster, WI. Authorities report that 60 year old Donald Martin of Bagley, WI was traveling south on HWY 61 from Circle Road pulling a goose neck trailer with large round bales of hay. The load was not secure and two of the bales fell off and into the southbound lane. Kuhn was headed south on HWY 61 and struck one of the bales and then traveled into the northbound lane where his vehicle struck, head on, a vehicle driven by 42 year old Nathan Harris of Lancaster. Harris was taken to Grant Regional Health Center and then transferred to a hospital in Madison. There are no reports on Harris’ condition at this time. Martin was not involved in the accident and left the scene. He was located a short time later. The incident remains under investigation