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Iowa City gives nod to first phase of minimum wage increase | TheGazette

IOWA CITY — Iowa City’s elected leaders concurred Tuesday they should let the first phase of Johnson County’s higher minimum wage rule go into effect, meaning that the wage threshold will increase to $8.20 an hour next month in the county’s largest city.

That said, Iowa City Council members also expressed a strong desire to conduct a comprehensive analysis on the county wage ordinance’s impact on area employees, employers and non-profit organizations — something several council members said was severely lacking.

“I think it’s agreed that we should do an analysis. It should have been done before this was passed,” member Susan Mims said.


Police to hold dodgeball tournament to raise funds for Special Olympics

Area law enforcement agencies, including the Iowa City Police Department, are continuing to show their support of the Iowa Special Olympics by organizing a dodgeball tournament fundraiser next month. The tournament will kick off at 10 a.m. on Sunday, Nov. 8 at the Grant Wood Elementary School Gym, 1930 Lakeside Drive in Iowa City.

Organizers are looking for as many as 36 teams to compete, with each team consisting of seven to 10 players who are at least 12 years of age.  Teams will have a six-match guarantee in this “pool play” style of tournament, leading to the championship game.

Food and beverages will be available on site. Teams are encouraged to wear costumes, and participants are urged to bring friends and family members to cheer their teams on.

The registration fee is $200 per team.  To sign up, visit Funds raised will be used to support the Special Olympics mission to provide year-round sports training and athletic competition for children and adults with intellectual disabilities.

In addition to the Iowa City Police Department, organizers include police departments from Coralville, North Liberty, and the University of Iowa. Four Iowa City businesses, Bo James, Deadwood, Joe’s Place, and Sports Column, are event sponsors. Additional sponsors are being sought.

To sign up as an event sponsor, or for more information on the event, contact Iowa City Crime Prevention Officer R.A. Mebus at 319-356-5276 or

Former Iowa City pipe shop owner convicted of manufacturing synthetic drugs | KCRG-TV9

CEDAR RAPIDS — The former owner of Pipe Dreamz in Iowa City, which was shut down after a Drug Enforcement Administration raid in 2014, pleaded guilty Monday in federal court to three counts of manufacturing and distributing illegal synthetic drugs.

Robert Carl Sharp, 37, of Cedar Rapids, pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to distribute a controlled substance — AB-Fubinanca, a synthetic drug — and two counts of possession with intent to distribute a controlled substance, also AB-Fubinaca.


Iowa City home under remodeling sustains $20,000 in fire and smoke damage | KCRG-TV9

An Iowa City home that was in the midst of receiving of makeover has received a significant setback.

According to a media release from the Iowa City Fire Department, on 4:03 p.m. Sunday, Iowa City firefighters were dispatched to a structure fire at a one-and-a-half story single family residence at 220 Richards Street.


Road Construction - Rocky Shore Drive

IOWA CITY, IA. -- Weather permitting, beginning on Tuesday, October 6, 2015, Rocky Shore Drive, between Park Road and River Street, will be reduced to one lane of alternating traffic. This lane reduction is necessary to facilitate pavement repair in the area.  It is anticipated that normal traffic will resume by Friday, October 9th.

Motorists are to take note of this construction and to allow for extra travel time as delays may occur. 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

Iowa City Fire Department responds to structure fire at 220 Richards Street

At 4:03 pm on Sunday, October 04, 2015, the Iowa City Fire Department was dispatched for a structure fire in a 1 ½ story single family residence at 220 Richards Street.  First unit arrived on scene within 5 minutes of dispatch and found smoke coming from second story windows.    

The residence is in the process of being remodeled; the owner had exited the structure prior to fire department arrival.  Fire crews entered the structure and had the fire under control within 11 minutes of arrival.

Seventeen firefighters responded to the fire incident.  Iowa City Police, Johnson County Ambulance and Mid-American Energy also assisted at the scene. 

No civilian or firefighter injuries were reported.  The structure sustained approximately $20,000 in fire and smoke damage.  The cause of the fire remains under investigation by the Fire Marshal’s office. 

For more information contact the Iowa City Battalion Chief’s office at 319-356-5255.