Dubuque man and woman charged in eluding, meth case

A Dubuque man and woman were arrested Tuesday morning in Eldridge after police say they eluded police and had methamphetamine in their vehicle.

Timothy Steven Dress, 28, last known address in the 2000 block of Fengler Street, faces felony charges of possession with intent to deliver and drug tax stamp violation.

He also faces charges of driving while barred (habitual offender), an aggravated misdemeanor, eluding, a serious misdemeanor, and possession of drug paraphernalia, a simple misdemeanor. He also was cited for failure to obey a traffic control device, careless driving, and improper car light.

Saphire Ann Lanhart, 21, last known address in the 17000 block of Peru Road, faces felony charges of possession with intent to deliver and drug tax stamp violation. She also faces charges of possession of drug paraphernalia and interference with official acts, a simple misdemeanor, and was cited for littering.

According to arrest affidavits filed by Eldridge police in support of the criminal complaint:

At 3:43 p.m. Tuesday, Dress was driving a tan 2004 Jeep Grand Cherokee near the North Highway 61 126 mile marker when an officer attempted to pull him over for a defective passenger-side tail light.

Dress tried to elude police, continued to travel about 1 1/2 miles and ran a red stoplight before stopping the vehicle.

Police searched the vehicle and found 15 grams of a white crystal substance which was discovered to be methamphetamine under the passenger seat where Lanhart was sitting.

Also under the passenger seat were small plastic bags, syringes and a glass “meth pipe” with white residue. A small digital scale with white residue also was discovered.

Police discovered that Dress is barred from driving in the state of Iowa and has 27 withdrawals in effect.

Lanhart gave police a false identity and admitted that she did so because she had active warrants, according to the affidavits.

Court records show that a bench warrant was issued for Lanhart in July on a probation violation in a 2016 forgery case.

Both remained in the Scott County Jail Tuesday afternoon.

— Tara Becker

Suspect in Colona shooting arrested Tuesday in Iowa

A man wanted in connection with a shooting in Colona last month was arrested Tuesday in Linn County, Iowa, Colona Police Department Chief Mike Swemline said in a news release Tuesday.

Swemline said that once Joshua Jones is extradited to Henry County, a preliminary hearing will be scheduled. The investigation into the shooting is ongoing.

Jones, 20, is wanted on two counts of attempted murder and one count of aggravated battery with a firearm.

At about 11 p.m. June 23, the police department received a report of possible gunshots and screaming on the south side of town. Officers also were notified that a woman was driving to the hospital with a man who had been shot in the chest.

Officers met with the man, who did have a gunshot wound to the chest, at the 7-Eleven in Colona. He was transported by ambulance to an area hospital.

Officers went to the location of the shooting and met with several people who were at the scene. Illinois State Police crime scene personnel processed the scene for evidence.

Several days later, police named Jones as a suspect in the shooting.

— Times staff

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