Dubuque Police Department

Dubuque Police Department

Police in Dubuque are now investigating the latest in more than 100 cases of counterfeit money this year. 

Lieutenant Joe Messerich says store employees in Dubuque are getting good at spotting fake currency, but it's not so easy for people who don't handle money all the time.

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Be careful when you buy gas for your car. That's the warning from police in Dubuque after a second, suspected card skimmer was discovered at a gas station in the city.

  Officials from the U.S. Department of Justice will join local officials in Dubuque Wednesday night for a public forum on hate crimes and bias. This follows a police investigation into two burned crosses found in Dubuque in April.

Pauline Chilton is with the non-profit group "4 the People," which has worked with community leaders for several years to engage people of diverse backgrounds. Chilton organized the forum to identify and address key issues related to hate crime reporting, investigation, prosecution, and prevention. 

Burned Crosses Found in Dubuque

Apr 14, 2016
Dubuque Police Department

Dubuque Police are investigating two burned crosses found early Wednesday morning.  Around 4:30, officers responded to a call about burning items near 22nd and Washington streets, but did not find anything.

Later at 9:30, police responded to another report and found two makeshift crosses, damaged by fire, in the same area. 

Dubuque Police Department

Police have released the name and condition of a toddler shot in Dubuque last weekend. Police say two-year-old Jeremiah Horsley is in stable condition at the University of Iowa Hospitals.

On Sunday, police responded to Horsley's home on Main Street after a reported shooting. The toddler suffered a gunshot wound to the face, and was airlifted to Iowa City.

Police say several adults and children were present at the time, but no arrests have been made. Interviews with witnesses and family members are ongoing.

Dubuque Police Department

Police are investigating the shooting of a toddler in Dubuque over the weekend. Sunday, police responded to a residence on Main Street, where a two-year-old boy was found with a gunshot wound.

The child was air-lifted to the University of Iowa Hospital in Iowa City, and his condition is still unknown. Police say several adults and children were inside the residence at the time, but no charges have been filed.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Dubuque Police Department (563-589-4415).

Dubuque police will soon buy body cameras for the entire department. This month, the US Justice Department awarded the city a $61,000 grant to buy the cameras and other equipment, plus develop a comprehensive policy about using them. On today's WVIK News Focus, Michelle O'Neill reports many officers and prosecutors like bodycams; they help protect the public and police. And the recordings can be used as evidence.


Dubuque Police Department

A 23-year-old Dubuque man has died after being struck by a train. On Saturday, police responded to the railroad tracks near Key City Recycling on Dodge Street. 

According to Lieutenant Mike Schmidt, with the Dubuque Police Department, the train's engineer said the man came around the corner, got on the track, and was struck by the train. 

Upon arrival, officers determined the person was deceased. And later, identified him as 23-year old, Samuel Bettcher, of Dubuque. 

His body was transported to the State Medical Examiner's Office in Ankeny for an autopsy. 

A campaign has started in Dubuque to raise money to buy body cameras for police. Today the city's landlord association made the first donation - 2,500 dollars.