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In the early hours of 10/18/14, Iowa City Police responded to reports of multiple armed robberies occurring in various areas of town. They were reported at 0008 hrs. at 1225 S. Gilbert St., at 0058 hrs. at the intersection of Bowery St. and Lucas St., and at 0144 hrs. at Wal-Mart - 919 Hwy 1 West. Each report included suspect information of multiple black males in a dark car. Officers located and stopped a vehicle matching that description in the 400 block of E. Burlington St. a short time after the last reported robbery. Several items that had been stolen in the robberies were recovered from within the vehicle and victims of the robberies positively identified some occupants as being involved. As a result of the investigation, the following subjects have been arrested and charged with Robbery - 1st Degree.
Lamont Monroe (11/14/89) of Iowa City Brandon Monroe (03/17/94) of Iowa City Shamontierre Johnson (7/16/1991) of Chicago (Juvenile)
This matter remains under investigation and additional charges are possible. Anyone with additional information is asked to call Investigators Kevin Bailey or Jeff Fink at the Iowa City Police Department.
As with any criminal case, a charge is merely an accusation and the defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.
On 10/18/14, at approximately 0132 hrs, Iowa City Police responded to the area of Market St. and Madison St. after hearing multiple gunshots. Upon arrival, officers found two females, who were uninjured, standing outside of a vehicle that had been shot multiple times. Officers were able to determine that the suspect, Fabian Miniel (4/3/89) of Davenport, had fled the area. With assistance from the Coralville Police Department, the suspect was located and arrested at 1330 2nd St in Coralville. A pistol and ammunition were also recovered from the residence.
Miniel was charged with Reckless Use of a Firearm and Possession of a Firearm as a Felon. Additionally, he was wanted on an outstanding arrest warrant from Illinois for a drug-related offense.
As with any criminal case, a charge is merely an accusation and the defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.
In today's hard copy edition of the Iowa City DePressed Citizen, they ran a little blurb of a story about Barack Obama appointing a guy named Ron Klain to the position of Ebola Czar.
The little story is one paragraph, front page, below the fold, bottom right corner. The headline reads, Obama names Ron Klain Ebola 'czar'. It leads to a bigger story with the suggestion of, "Read more, "8A." The story on 8A is by the Associated Press, it's sizeable, taking up nearly one-third of the page. That headline reads, Obama names an Ebola 'czar' as precautions expand.
Both stories failed to REPORT that Ron Klain has absolutely NO medical experience whatsover. That's a pretty significant piece of information to withhold don't you think? We're talking about Ebola here, a VERY contagious virus, and the guy Obama puts in charge has ZERO experience in the field of medicine. He's a lawyer. And what do lawyers get paid to do? They get paid to say, "No."
Obama made a political move, rather than a doing-the-right-thing move. This appointment was politically calculated, which is how Obama treats every decision he makes. Low information voters will ignorantly view this appointment as, good, Obama is getting serious about Ebola. But here's the reality: Ron Klain wasn't hired to fix anything, he was hired to obstruct.
Know that your local liberal paper failed to report the Ron Klain has no medical experience whatsoever. Know that your local liberal paper, knowingly fed you an AP story, that failed to provide that information. Know that your local paper, could easily have added that information, but decided not to. Know that DePressed Citizen editors have the authority to title AP stories as they see fit. Editors also have a tool called "Editor's Note" which unfortunately, is hardly used anymore.
What good is a paper, that doesn't give you all sides to a story?
City Hall and Police Administrative Offices, along with the Library, Parks, Water, Wastewater, Streets and Sanitation Departments, will be closed on Tuesday, November 11.
The City Council Meeting will be held as normal at 6:30 pm on Tuesday, November 11.
The Recreation Center will be open normal business hours, 7:00 am to 9:00 pm, on Tuesday, November 11. The Indoor Pool will be open normal business hours on Tuesday, November 11. A more detailed Indoor Pool schedule with lap swim and open swim times can be found at www.coralville.org/indoorpool.
Bus service will run normal routes and schedules and on Tuesday, November 11.
In honor of Veterans Day, Coralville Transit will offer free rides to veterans on Tuesday, November 11. Veterans will be asked to present their military ID when boarding the bus to receive a free ride. Eligible veterans using ADA paratransit service on Veterans Day will also be free.
Trash and recycling will be collected as follows for the week of November 10 through November 14: Monday’s route will be picked up Monday; Tuesday’s route will be picked up Wednesday; Wednesday’s route will be picked up Thursday; and Thursday’s route will be picked up Friday.
The Recycling Center will be open 7:00 am to 3:30 pm on Tuesday, November 11.
As always, trash and recycling should be at the curb at 7:00 am the day of collection. For questions on trash and recycling collection, please call 319-248-1740.
Thanks to the leaders and members of Boy Scout Troop 207 for visiting the Auditor’s Office Thursday night. The scouts toured our office and ballot room, voted mock election ballots, and saw our new high speed absentee ballot reader.
Youth groups are invited and encouraged to visit our office. We’re busy during election season, but we can always find time for future voters.
Young people 17 and older are also invited to apply to be election workers. Pay is $10.50 an hour.
iWireless is hiring now in our Iowa City and Coralville locations!
Do you have an outgoing personality and a passion for technology? Apply with iWireless now for one of our full and part time Wireless Consultant opportunities!
Our sales team members enjoy a flexible schedule, upbeat, fast-paced work environment, on the job training, and an excellent sales commission program! Apply now to join the iWireless sales team! Wireless Consultants earn an hourly base wage plus performance based commission.
Basic Job Function: Sales and customer service position responsible for sales activities within an assigned retail store.
Principal Duties and Responsibilities:
Sells wireless phone service plans, devices, and accessories to attain all current sales metrics and monthly sales goals.
Delivers outstanding customer service to gain and retain customers.
Punctual and regular attendance to scheduled shifts and meetings are required.
Demonstrates ability to receive direction from management and apply accordingly.
Consistent accuracy in cash register transactions, money handling, and inventory.
Communicates regularly with Retail Business Manager on areas of opportunity to increase sales.
Perform daily opening and closing procedures appropriately and must be able to work independently with little supervision at times.
Assists in maintaining an organized, attractive, and clean retail store.
Adheres to all company and retail department’s policies and procedures.
May be required to travel to locations outside the assigned home store.
Participates in outside sales events or promotions.
Other duties and special projects as needed.
Education, Certification and/or Training Qualifications:
High school diploma.
Minimum 1 year of retail and customer service experience.
Bilingual is a plus.
Strong desire to learn and stay up-to-date on industry trends and competition.
Strong computer skills and experience with Microsoft Word, Excel, and Outlook.
Strong organizational and communication skills.
Ability to maintain composure while completing variety of tasks and working with multiple customers in a fast-paced retail environment.
Must have valid driver’s license with record in good-standing and reliable transportation.
Ability to work long hours, including nights, weekends and holidays, with physical requirements of lifting 50 pounds, bending, walking, sitting and standing for extended periods of time.
* Please Note : Nothing in this job description restricts management's right to assign or reassign duties and responsibilities to this job at any time.
At 8:03pm, on 10-16-14 Iowa City Police officers were called to 1705 Prairie Du Chien Rd for a report of threats. Arriving officers received information that an individual had threatened to burn down his neighbor's trailer and had gone into his trailer to retrieve a gun. Officers unsuccessfully attempted to make contact with the individual via loud speaker but could see him moving inside the trailer. The individual eventually made contact via 911 and the Iowa City Police Department Crisis Negotiation Team continued communication. At approximately 1130pm the individual exited his trailer and was taken into custody without injury. The individual was transported to UIHC for mental health evaluation. Charges are pending in this case.
So I had this old file cabinet on hand, just sitting in my garage no longer being used for its intended purpose....
"How can I re-use this?" I asked myself.
I was thinking about storing power tools in it, but came up with a better idea!
A Sunday project, I turned an old four-drawer tall metal file cabinet, into a charcoal grill!
Here's the "How To" laid out like a recipe:
An old metal vertical filing cabinet (four drawers, three drawers, doesn't matter)
Black auto engine paint (it can take the heat), about three cans
About one dozen metal screws
A drill and drill bits
Remove all drawers and clean all cabinet parts, inside and out with warm soapy water. After it's dry, paint all parts black (or whatever color you wish). I used auto engine paint because it can take the heat. It's a bit more expensive, but you won't have to worry about paint peeling and flaking off later. After all parts are dry, you're now ready for assembly. Set the cabinet on the side with the drawer cavity openings facing the ground. You may want to do this where you're actually going to use the grill. I would recommend having it set on concrete blocks, decorative bricks or a bed of rock. Next, screw the cabinet drawers side-by-side to the 'new top' of the cabinet, with the tall end of the drawers being the 'back' of your grill area, two screws for each drawer to secure them to the cabinet base should do it. You're almost done. If you pre-measured your drawer size and bought some of those universal grill grates like I did, place those grates on your "new" charcoal bins - the drawers. The grates should fit snugly on top of the drawers at the tall end (the grill back), but you'll have to drill a couple holes and strategically place some screws to hold the grates in place at the business side of the grill. Do NOT drill the screws all the way in, you just want to keep the grill grates from sliding left to right and you'll want to be able to easily remove them for cleaning purposes.
That's it, you're done! I like the flat-top style layout of the grill. I can fire up one drawer when I grill for one or two, fire up a second drawer for family or small get-togethers or fire up the third and fourth drawers for parties! And the beauty of this design is, you don't have to put a grate over every drawer. For one of the drawer spots I purchased a stainless steel grill pan to use for veggies and fish, it didn't need any strategically placed screws to hold it in place either. You can put a butcher block cutting board over one of the drawers, it's easily placed and removed. Or, you can set up a permanent cutting station/counter space over one of the drawer spaces using a more permanent material like a couple tiles of marble or granite. My cost for this grill was just u$60. I'm real pleased with how this project turned out, it grills nice and should last for many a grilling season! In breaking it in and only using one drawer, I grilled up four pounds of skirt steak, a dozen hot dogs, five burgers and I still had plenty of heat left, I could have grilled more!
Do you have an idea for repurposing a file cabinet? Comment below!
Coralville Fire Department Hosts Chili Supper The Coralville Fire Department will host a chili supper on Saturday, October 18, from 4:00 to 8:00 pm at Fire Station #1; all proceeds go to the Muscular Dystrophy Association. Learn more
Electric Vehicle Test Ride in Coralville Learn more about electric vehicles and see public electric vehicle charging stations on Sunday, October 19, from 1:00 to 3:00 pm in Coralville's Iowa River Landing. Learn more
Fall Cleanup of Oak Hill Cemetery If those with loved ones in Oak Hill Cemetery have gravesite floral arrangements and decorations they wish to keep, the City encourages them to remove the items by November 1, prior to the City's annual fall cemetery cleanup. Learn more
Information for Voters Information about voter registration, early voting, absentee ballots, and the voting process for the November 4 General Election is available from the Johnson County Auditor’s Office at 319.356.6004. Learn more
Early voting is at the Coralville Public Library on Sunday, October 26, from noon to 4:00 pm; and Thursday, October 30, from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm.
Trick or Treating in Coralville Coralville’s city-wide Halloween trick or treating hours will be from 5:30 to 8:00 pm on Friday, October 31. Trick-or-treating safety tips are available on the City's website. Learn more
Give Back at the Coralville Blood Drive The City of Coralville and the University of Iowa DeGowin Blood Center are hosting a blood drive at City Hall on October 17. All successful donors will receive a free burrito gift certificate from Panchero’s!
Blood donations help patients at University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics and UI Children’s Hospital who have been diagnosed with cancer or sickle cell disease, had a trauma, or had major surgery such as a transplant. They are also used to help premature infants. Learn more