Dubuque Fighting Saints Head Coach and General Manager Matt Shaw has been hired as an Assistant Coach at the University of North Dakota, announced today by the school via press release. Shaw, who spent two seasons behind the bench with the Fighting Saints, will join one of the top college hockey programs in the country that has appeared in the NCAA Tournament 30 times, made the Frozen Four 21 times and won seven national championships. Shaw will join North Dakota as his son Hayden, a defenseman for Dubuque last season, is set to skate for UND as a freshman this fall.

In Shaw’s time in Dubuque, the Fighting Saints have enjoyed success developing players on and off the ice. In the classroom, Dubuque players posted a cumulative 3.5 GPA this past year, and 22 players on Dubuque’s roster have accepted a NCAA Division-I scholarship. 11 players from the 2013-2014 team coached by Shaw played NCAA hockey last year including New Hampshire’s Shane Eiserman, who was selected in the 4th Round of the 2014 NHL Entry Draft by the Ottawa Senators.

The Fighting Saints have begun a search for Shaw’s replacement and expect to name the organization’s third coach (since the return to the USHL in 2010) in the coming weeks.

26 year old Eddie Hicks has been arrested and is facing charges of first-degree murder after Dubuque police were called to an address on Arlington Street late last night.

A Police report says just after 1030 last night Police responded to the alley between Loras Boulevard and Arlington Street on the report of a man who had fallen off a ledge and appeared to have been stabbed.

When officers arrived, the man fought with them and attempted to get into the driver’s seat of a police vehicle.

Officers got Hicks under control and he was transported to UnityPoint Health-Finley Hospital for treatment of his injuries.

Authorities located an unresponsive adult female on the ground on Arlington St. She was transported to Mercy Medical Center-Dubuque, where she succumbed to the injuries and was declared deceased early this morning. The female victim’s name will be released later today.

Hicks remains in police custody and faces charges of first-degree murder, a Class A felony punishable by life imprisonment.

Dubuque City Council members unanimously voted last night to oppose plans for a new high-voltage transmission line.

ITC Midwest wants to build a 125-mile transmission line from Middleton WI to Dubuque County. The Project would connect the American Transmission Company’s Substation in Middleton (Wis.) to the ITC Substation near New Vienna, Ia.

Council members said pursuing a line through Dubuque “would not be in the public interest.”

 

17 y/o Puja Patel of Lancaster was cited for failure to maintain control, following a crash Saturday night. Patel was driving south on Grant County K near Quarry Road around 5:45 p.m. when lost control of her vehicle and traveled into the ditch on the east side of the road. The vehicle rolled several times and landed on the driver’s side. Patel was transported to Grant Regional Health Center for treatment of her injuries.

 

Last Thursday morning, 60 year old Mary Chapman of Galena was injured in a one vehicle crash on Patch Rd in Platteville Township. Grant County Sheriff’s report says Chapman left the roadway into a corn field and rolled several times coming to rest on its roof. Chapman was taken to Southwest Health Center and then Med flighted to Madison. The crash remains under investigation.

Just after 10:30 Monday night, the Jo Daviess County Sheriff’s Department was called to the scene of a motorcycle accident  on N. Menominee Rd south of Route 5. 29 year old Matthew Kutsch of Dubuque failed to negotiate a curve and went into a ditch. Kutsch was taken to Finley Hospital for treatment of injuries and cited for DUI, failure to reduce speed to avoid an accident and violation of classification. His passenger, 27 year old Hannah Wemett of Dubuque was taken to Mercy Hospital and the flown to Iowa City for further treatment. The accident remains under investigation.

At their upcoming meeting on Monday, the Dubuque City Council is expected to approve a grant application to purchase Body Worn Camera’s for Dubuque Police.

The two year grant project amount is $120,000 and requires 50% local matching funds of the total project.

The money would allow for the purchase of 120 Body Worn Cameras over a two year period.

In the first year of the grant, the city says it would purchase 60 cameras, peripherals, and server space for the Patrol Division .

In year two the City would purchase an additional 60

cameras, peripherals, and server space, that will allow for a Body Worn Camera to be assigned to every other sworn officer in the department.

The Dubuque Police force has 109 officers.

The city said the 120 cameras would allow for spares to cover Community Resource Officers, other interns, and allow for spares for the replacement of damaged equipment.

Officials said Members of the Dubuque community have already stepped forward with donations to support

the Body Worn Camera initiative. Including the

Dubuque Area Landlords Association who donated $2,500 in late 2014.

25 y/o Jimmane Pittman was arrested this morning following a high speed chase on Dubuque’s west side.

Authorities say a Dubuque Police Officer attempted to conduct a traffic stop on Pittman who had a 5 day jail sentence to serve. The officer attempted to stop Pittman near Menard Ct and Crescent Ridge, but Pittman refused to stop and led the police on a chase that reached speeds of 55 MPH on Cedar Cross Rd and JFK.

Officials say police reduced their speeds once the chase reached a residential area of Asbury road.

Authorities later found Pittman’s vehicle on Parkway st and a foot chase ensued. Officers apprehended Pittman in the area of West 3rd and Glen Oak.

In addition to his previous  5 day sentence, Pittman now faces charges of Eluding, interference with official acts and numerous traffic citations. He is being held pending a court appearance which is scheduled for tomorrow.

The boys’ golf team qualified for state – they will be participating on Monday(June 8) and Tuesday(June 9) – you can watch their progress on both days from the WIAA website (wiaawi.org).  Since our last day is Thursday we will be doing the sendoff during the high school awards.  The sendoff will be the first item on the agenda – starts at 8:15 am in the auditorium.

 

 

The City of Dubuque will be conducting a pavement rehabilitation project on the section of Asbury Road between Matthew John Drive and J.F. Kennedy Road. The contractor, Iowa Erosion Control, Inc., plans to begin work on Monday, June 8.

The project is anticipated to be completed by August 7, 2015, weather dependent. No road closures or detours will occur for the majority of this time period, as one lane of eastbound traffic and one lane of westbound will flow at all times. However, near the end of the project, road closures and detours are anticipated for a short duration and the City will provide updates and notifications accordingly. City staff and Iowa Erosion Control, Inc. will work with businesses and residents on accessibility to their respective properties during construction. Any thru traffic is encouraged to use an alternate route during this time as delays will occur.

For more information, questions, or concerns, please contact the City of Dubuque Engineering Department at 563-589-4270.

The June 16, 2014 tornado caused $18.6 million in damages to University of Wisconsin-Platteville and UW-Platteville Real Estate Foundation property, according to the final numbers.

 An EF-2 tornado ripped through the campus on the night of June 16, damaging five buildings as well as the surrounding area and Memorial Park. The damage, which forced closure of the university on June 17-18, included broken windows, partial roof destruction, bent light towers at the Ralph E. Davis Pioneer Stadium, and downed trees. There were no fatalities or significant injuries that required medical attention on campus.

 The heaviest damage, in amount of dollars, was done to the following structures:

·      $7.3 million, Bridgeway Commons

·      $4.8 million, Rountree Commons

·      $1.8 million, Southwest Hall

·      $1.8 million, Engineering Hall

·      $1.7 million, Pioneer Stadium

 “It’s hard to believe it has just been a year since the tornado hit,” Chancellor Dennis J. Shields said. “Walking around campus, I see very few signs of the damage. That is a testament to all the hard work and extra hours that people put in to ensure we had a successful academic year.”

 The university will mark the one-year anniversary with an exhibit in the Harry and Laura Nohr Gallery, Ullsvik Hall on Tuesday, June 16 from 3:30-5 p.m. The free exhibit, open to the public, will include photographs, video, a book of first-hand accounts from the tornado and a Memorial Park display.

 

​Written by: Paul Erickson, UW-Platteville University Information and Communications