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Iowa City Police Respond to Armed Robbery

On August 26, 2016, at approximately 11:12 p.m., the Iowa City Police Department responded to 2502 Bartelt Road for a report of an Armed Robbery.  According to the victims, two black males approached them, each pulled handguns, and they forced the victims to turn over an undisclosed amount of property and/or cash.  The victims complied and the suspects took off running to the west.  The victims were not injured during the robbery.  Both suspects were described as tall slender black males wearing black hoodies and dark clothing. 

A Police K9 Unit was summoned and conducted a scent track leading officers to 359 Willowind Place.  Investigation into the matter determined some or all of the stolen cash/property was inside that residence and a suspect police were familiar with lived at that location.  Officers set up a perimeter and ultimately ordered the suspect(s) out of the residence.  After approximately 30 minutes, the suspect eventually complied and came outside carrying his young child.  He was taken into custody without incident and the child turned over to the mother. 

The Iowa City Police Department’s Street Crimes Action Team (SCAT) obtained a search warrant and items stolen during the robbery along with two weapons were recovered from inside the residence.

The suspect taken into custody was:

Raekwon Daquan Shack  DOB:  09-06-96
359 Willowind Place
Iowa City, IA. 52246

Shack was charged with the following charges:

  • Robbery 1st Degree (Class B Felony)
  • Going Armed with Intent (Class D Felony)
  • Possession of a Firearm as a Felon (Class D Felony)
  • Theft 3rd Degree  (Aggravated Misdemeanor)
  • Destruction of Evidence (Aggravated Misdemeanor)

Investigators have reason to believe that one or two more suspects were involved in this robbery.  This incident remains under investigation and the Iowa City Police Department is requesting the assistance of the public.  The Iowa City Area CrimeStoppers is offering up to a $1000 cash reward for information leading to the arrest of this 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 Jamie Lane

Road Construction Iowa CityWeather permitting, beginning on Monday, August 29, 2016, S. Jamie Lane will be closed to traffic at its western most intersection with Wintergreen Drive. This closure is necessary to facilitate pavement repair in the area.  Access to properties on S. Jamie Ln., Pond View Ct., and Hannah Jo Ct. will be maintained via S. Jamie Lane at its eastern most intersection with Wintergreen Drive.  It is anticipated the work will be completed and normal traffic resume on Thursday, September 1st.

Motorists are to take note of this construction work and utilize the alternate access 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

City Circle Acting Company Announces Auditions for Next to Normal

City Circle Acting Company of Coralville will hold auditions for the musical Next to Normal on Friday, September 16 from 6 p.m. to  9 p.m. and Saturday, September 17 from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. at Coralville Center for the Performing Arts at 1301 5th Street in Coralville. Callbacks will be held Sunday, September 18 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Next to Normal, with book and lyrics by Brian Yorkey and music by Tom Kitt, explores how one suburban household copes with crisis and mental illness. Winner of three 2009 Tony Awards, including Best Musical Score and the 2010 Pulitzer Prize, it was also chosen as “one of the year’s ten best shows” by critics around the country, including The Los Angeles Times, The Washington Post, Rolling Stone and The New York Times. Next to Normal will be directed by Kathryn Van Meter with music direction by Janelle Lauer.

Auditioners should prepare 16 bars of a song that shows off your voice and your ability to tell a story. Bring sheet music. An accompanist will be provided. You should also be prepared to sing a song from the show which are listed at Copies of the show music will be made available at the CCPA if needed.

To schedule an audition, complete and submit the audition form at Once you submit the form, the producer will contact you with your appointment time. Walk-ins are always welcome, but those with appointments will take priority.

Next to Normal will be performed February 10-12 at the Coralville Center for the Performing Arts. Rehearsals will begin December 5. 

Iowa City police officer stresses bicycle awareness after collision with SUV | The Gazette

IOWA CITY — An Iowa City police officer said she is lucky to be alive after being hit by a truck earlier this month during a training ride.

“There was somebody watching out for me that day,” said Ashten Hayes, Crime Prevention Officer with the police department. “To come out alive is remarkable, but to come out with no broken bones is a huge thing.”


ICPL announces September Classes for Adults

The internet is a great tool for finding information, purchasing items and interacting with others. Understanding how to navigate and use the internet safely makes using this tool more effective and fun. In September, the Iowa City Public Library is offering a new internet basics class, as well as classes on internet and social media safety and privacy.

Join us for Internet Basics at 10 a.m. Tuesday, September 6. Learn about what the internet is, how it works, and how a web browser interacts with the internet. Get a brief overview about the strengths and weaknesses of the different web browsers. This class will be repeated on Saturday, September 24, at 10:30 a.m.

Wary of the threats lurking around online? Learn strategies and skills to protect yourself and your privacy during the Internet Safety: Protecting Your Privacy class at 10 a.m. Friday, September 16. Then, learn how to adjust your settings and learn techniques for discovering the information that is already out there online about you during our Social Media Safety: Protecting Your Privacy Online class. Held at 12:30 p.m. on Saturday, September 24, this class will discuss the advantages and disadvantages of using the privacy settings on several social networks.

Classes will be held in the Computer Lab on the second floor of the library. Classes are free, but space is limited, so patrons should register early. Visit to register online or by calling the Library at 319-356-5200


Volunteers sought to help persons with disabilities vote on Election Day

Persons with disabilities will now have new ways to get out and vote in the Nov. 8, 2016 national elections.

Because transportation to polling sites is a significant barrier to participation, Iowans with Disabilities in Action (ID Action) has offered a grant that will help provide voters with disabilities an Election Day pass for a ride to the polls on a SEATS bus. Riders must be pre-qualified, and passes may be obtained at local nonprofit service agencies.  Iowa City and Coralville municipal buses will also offer free rides all day on Nov. 8 to people with disabilities. 

In addition, the program will provide trained volunteers to assist voters with disabilities at voting sites around Iowa City and Coralville.

Volunteers, as well as coordinators who can recruit and oversee groups of volunteers, are now being sought. Participants will be required to attend a short training session in mid-October in Iowa City and Coralville. Contact Harry Olmstead at to sign up as a volunteer or volunteer coordinator.

In addition to ID Action, the program is being offered in partnership with the following organizations:  the City of Iowa City, the City of Coralville, SEATS, National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) of Johnson County, the ARC of Southeast Iowa, and the Iowa City Human Rights Commission.

For more information, contact Brianna Wills at 319-383-1025 or email

Temporary stop signs to be used while new traffic signal is installed at Washington and Clinton intersection

IOWA CITY, IA. -- Crews will be installing a new traffic signal at the intersection of Washington and Clinton Streets on Friday, August 26.

Drivers will notice temporary stop signs at the intersection as the new traffic signal lights are installed. Crews expect to begin work at 9 a.m. and to be finished by 3 p.m.

The traffic signal installation is part of ongoing work on Washington Street as part of a larger Downtown and Pedestrian Mall Streetscape Plan. The project will give Washington Street a fresh, updated look while also updating aging underground infrastructure.

People can access their favorite businesses on Washington Street throughout construction. All businesses are open.

To receive project updates, sign-up for City of Iowa City e-subscriptions and follow the City on Facebook and Twitter. To learn more about the project visit

North Liberty Treasure Hunt supports its Community Fund

NORTH LIBERTY - A treasure hunt, with a grand prize of four tickets to the Oct. 1 Iowa Hawkeyes’ football game versus Northwestern, is set to help raise funds and awareness of the North Liberty Community Fund (NLCF).

Entry fees for the Grow Our Community Treasure Hunt are $25. Participants will visit local businesses to collect stamps on a Community Fund card from Sept. 2 to 11, and then submit completed cards for a chance to win the prize drawing. To sign up and get your card with the first business stamp, visit Great Western Bank in North Liberty on Sept. 2.

“The Treasure Hunt will help raise funding so the Community Fund can continue to help meet the needs of this growing, vibrant community.” said Mary K. Mitchell, community fund board representative.

NLCF was established in 2007, as an affiliate of the Community Foundation of Johnson County, to help support the unmet needs of local organizations and to maintain a safe, vital, healthy quality of life for the community. Funds from the NLCF are distributed in the form of grants; up to 5 percent of the endowment fund can be granted to support local needs annually. NLCF supports local community causes, including the Veterans Dinner at the North Liberty American Legion Auxiliary, the North Liberty Community Pantry Gardening project and their new building, and the North Liberty Family Resource Center for its Parent University.

Donors of the NLCF are eligible for the 25 percent Endow Iowa Tax Credit. For more information or to give to the NLCF, visit www. communityfoundationofjohnsonco and look for North Liberty Community Fund under the Give section.

For more information about the NLCF contact NLCF Board President Lori Meyer, at 319-471-4581 or Community Foundation Director of Development Sheila Boyd, at 319-337-0483.