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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. 

Iowa City's Northside Marketplace gets new development - Washington Times

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) - Business owners and Downtown District leaders agree that development at the city’s Northside Marketplace has built up the area’s vibrancy and atmosphere.

The Northside Marketplace, book-ended by the University of Iowa on the south and by other neighborhoods on the north, is connected to Iowa City’s more traditional downtown through a small portion of the Gilbert Street corridor at the Iowa Avenue intersection.


Iowa City Police Investigate Stolen Firearms

Within the last two days the Iowa City Police Department has taken reports of two separate vehicle burglaries where firearms have been stolen from parked unattended vehicles.  The areas of occurrence were within the 600 block of Wheaton and the 100 block of Leamer Court respectively.  The Iowa City Police Department strongly encourages firearm owners to consider storing their firearms in a secured location within their residence.  In the event that firearms have to be stored inside the vehicle it is recommended that the firearms be housed in the locked trunk area of the vehicle or the utilization of a lockbox with security cables attached to the inside of the vehicle.

Both of these incidents remain under investigation by the Iowa City Police Department.  The Iowa City Area CrimeStoppers is offering a reward of up to $1000 for information leading to the arrest of the suspect or suspects in these matters.  Anyone with information about this crime is urged to contact CrimeStoppers at 358-TIPS (8477) or at  All contacts are held in strict confidence and anonymity is guaranteed. Individuals providing information do not have to reveal their identity to collect a reward.

Fate of county's minimum wage raise for Iowa City still in doubt | TheGazette

CORALVILLE COURIER EDITOR'S NOTE: This isn't the first time a legal authority has said this ordinance probably wouldn't survive a legal challenge. The all Democrat board of supervisors ignored that advice.  

IOWA CITY — With Johnson County’s measure requiring a higher minimum wage taking effect soon, Iowa City’s attorney advised City Council members Thursday she does not believe the ordinance would survive a legal challenge.

Council members in the county’s largest community are set to discuss whether they will follow along with the rules or essentially opt out.


New Iowa City-based real estate firm opens

Thirty-five local Realtors have partnered to form a new real estate firm, which opened its doors Thursday in Iowa City.

Urban Acres, 1519 S. Gilbert St., is an independent, member-owned company specializing in residential, commercial and investment properties, as well as new and custom building. According to the company, it's the first independent and locally operated real estate firm to enter the local market in more than 30 years.