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Iowa City Police Investigate Strong Arm Robbery

On April 30, 2017, at 2:24 a.m., Iowa City Police officers responded to the area of College St. and Van Buren St. on the report of a strong arm robbery that had just occurred.  The victims reported that they were walking on College St. when a group of African American males got out of a vehicle, assaulted them, and stole their wallets.  The suspects returned to the vehicle and fled the area.  Both victims sustained minor injuries and refused medical treatment.

Iowa City Area CrimeStoppers is offering a reward of up to $1000 for information leading to the arrest of the suspect/s.  Anyone with information about this crime is urged to contact CrimeStoppers at 358-TIPS (8477).  All calls are held in strict confidence and anonymity is guaranteed.  Individuals providing information do not have to reveal their identity to collect a reward. 


Road Construction - S Dubuque Street (Lafayette to Wright)

Weather permitting, beginning on Monday, May 1, 2017, S Dubuque Street will be reduced to one lane of alternating traffic between Lafayette Street and Wright Street.  This lane reduction is necessary to facilitate the installation of underground fiber optics in the area.  It is anticipated that normal traffic will resume by the end of the day on Tuesday, May 2nd.

Motorists are to take note of this work and allow extra travel time as delays may occur.  As always, caution should be exercised when traveling in construction areas.

For updated information on road construction in Iowa City, visit the City of Iowa City's website at http:www.iowa-city.org/works/roadconstruction

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Road Construction - S Dubuque Street (Prentiss to Harrison)

Weather permitting, beginning on Monday, May 1, 2017, S Dubuque Street will be reduced to one lane of alternating traffic between Prentiss Street and Harrison Street.  This lane reduction is necessary to facilitate the installation of a water service line in the area.  It is anticipated that normal traffic will resume by the end of the day on Wednesday, May 3rd.

Motorists are to take note of this work and allow extra travel time as delays may occur.  As always, caution should be exercised when traveling in construction areas.

For updated information on road construction in Iowa City, visit the City of Iowa City's website at http:www.iowa-city.org/works/roadconstruction

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This Iowa college town pizza joint named 'best in state'

A & A Pagliai's Pizza in Iowa City was named as having the best pizza in the state of Iowa by USA TODAY College. The article, written by Lauren Kruchten of North Carolina State University, first appeared in Spoon University, an online food publication that curates its content from student food journalists.

via www.desmoinesregister.com


Iowa City Police arrest two following robbery investigation

On April 27, 2017 the Iowa City Police Department (ICPD) Investigations arrested two people on multiple charges including robbery, burglary, and kidnapping. 

According to the victim, on April 23 Christopher L. Bertling, 21, and Joseph M. Williams, 20, entered the victims residence while displaying a knife and informing the victim he was being robbed. Bertling and Williams then assaulted the victim, fled the residence with the victim’s wallet and a large amount of prescription medication.

Over the course of the investigation it was determined that on April 26, Williams made contact with another subject over a money dispute. According to the victim, Williams pushed her to the ground and took the victim's cell phone. Williams then demanded the victim take him to the bank to give him money from her checking account.

Bertling and Williams were both charged with Burglary in the First Degree and Robbery in the First Degree (both class B felonies) for the incident on April 23.

Williams was charged with Kidnapping (class B felony), Robbery in the second Degree (class C felony), and Theft in the Third Degree (Aggravated misdemeanor) for the incident that occurred on April 26.

The ICPD continues to investigate these incidents to determine if there is a connection to the Jonathan Wieseler homicide investigation.

As with any criminal case, a charge is merely an accusation and the defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.


Roads to close downtown Sunday for Old Capitol Criterium

Several downtown roads will close Sunday, April 30, 2017 for the 40th annual Old Capitol Criterium. 

The bike races loop around the historic Old Capitol using Washington Street, Madison Street, Jefferson Street, Clinton Street, Iowa Avenue, Dubuque Street and connects again on Washington Street. Races begin at 9:30 a.m. and finish in the afternoon around 4 p.m.

Road Closures 

Several downtown roads will close or limit traffic starting at 2 a.m, but should reopen by 5 p.m. 

  • Clinton Street from Jefferson to Washington Streets
    (southbound to eastbound traffic will be permitted at the intersection of Jefferson and Clinton)
  • Iowa Avenue from Clinton to Dubuque Streets  
  • Dubuque Street from Iowa Avenue to Washington Street
    (southbound to eastbound and westbound to northbound traffic will be permitted at the intersection of Dubuque Street and Iowa Avenue) 
  • Washington Street from Dubuque to Madison Streets
  • Madison Street from Washington Street to Iowa Avenue
  • Northbound traffic on Madison Street from Iowa Avenue to Jefferson Street
    (southbound will have one lane available)
  • Jefferson Street from Madison Street to Clinton Street 

Parking 

Street parking will be prohibited on the listed above blocks starting at 2 a.m. 

  • Vehicles parked overnight will be towed 
  • On-street parking will remain available on all other downtown blocks
  • Ramp parking will remain open and accessible 

Pedestrians 

Designated pedestrian crossings with course marshals will be marked and must be used at major downtown intersections.

For more information on the criterium and route visit oldcapitolcriterium.com


Coralville Accepting Applications for Volunteer Firefighters

The City of Coralville is accepting applications for volunteer firefighters. All training is provided and a new Fire Academy class begins June 18. Applications are available at www.coralville.org/firefighter.

The Coralville Fire Department provides training to become Firefighter I certified and will pay for training to achieve certification of EMT-B. Training in hazardous materials response, vehicle extrication, and confined space rescue is also available.

Completed applications may be submitted via email to Nic Pruter at npruter@coralville.org or by mail to the Coralville Fire Department, 1501 5th Street, Coralville, Iowa 52241. Call 319.248.1848 for more information. The City of Coralville is an equal opportunity employer.

via www.coralville.org


CEC receives BICSI Presidential Eagle Award

Each year, the Presidential Eagle Award is given to those who have exhibited leadership in BICSI and the industry as whole.

Hiawatha, IA – CEC, a nationally recognized systems and technology integrator, received BISCI’s annual Presidential Eagle Award for its BICSI Authorized Training Facility (ATF).

Accredited since 2015, CEC’s Authorized Training Facility offers training on the proper methods for installing data, voice, and video cabling in commercial buildings to CEC staff as well as customers and other industry professionals.

“Two years ago, CEC envisioned a program that allowed people to develop in their career through levels of certification,” said Brian Morrow, director of PMO and BICSI certified trainer. “We now have a program that not only trains on best practices, it empowers participants with the resources to find answers for the rest of their career.” 

“The BISCI Authorized Training Facilities embody the criteria of the Presidential Eagle Award ensuring the highest degree of excellence for BICSI training,” said BICSI President Brian Ensign, RCDD, NTS, OSP, RTPM, CSI. “It is important to recognize all they have done for BICSI and the Information and Communications Technology (ICT) cabling installation industry.”

The Presidential Eagle Award is presented to individuals who have exhibited leadership, sacrifice, faith in the BICSI association, and dedication to the industry.

For more information about BICSI training contact CEC training at 319-731-4811.  

About CEC

With offices in the Midwest serving local and national customers, CEC offers solution design, integration, and technical services specializing in audio/video, safety and security, IT, structured cabling, and two-way communications. Focused on the customer experience, the CEC teams partner with clients to understand their business, tailor solutions, and plan for future technology needs. To learn more, visit www.cecinfo.com or contact CEC at 800.377.0721.

About BISCI

BICSI is the worldwide association for cabling design and installation professionals. BISCI strives to provide information, education, and knowledge assessment for individuals in the information and communications technology (ICT) community. For more information visit www.bicsi.org


Road Construction - Lindemann Drive

Weather permitting, beginning on Monday, May 1, 2017, Lindemann Drive, between Phyllis Place and Gustav Street, will be closed to through traffic. This road closure is necessary to facilitate pavement repair in the area.  Access to homes in the area will be maintained.  It is anticipated Lindemann Drive will re-open to normal traffic on Friday, May 5th.

Motorists are to take note of this construction and to seek another route during this time period.  As always, caution should be exercised when traveling through all construction areas.

For updated information on road construction in Iowa City, visit the City of Iowa City's website at http:www.iowa-city.org/works/roadconstruction

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