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CEDAR RAPIDS, IA – On Monday, May 10 at 8:19 a.m. Cedar Rapids Police officers received a report that an individual had thrown a cat from the 3rd Avenue Bridge into the Cedar River. A Cedar Rapids Police officer located the cat attempting to get out of the river on a rocky incline near May’s Island. Linn County Sheriff’s Office deputies also arrived on scene and helped remove the cat from underneath a rock next to the water. The cat, a 7-year old spayed female orange Tabby cat, was transported to Cedar Rapids Animal Care and Control where she was examined and treated by a veterinarian.
Officers spoke with a witness who indicated it appeared an individual intentionally dumped the cat out of a pet carrier and into the river.
Shortly thereafter the owner of the cat, identified as Lloyd Wallace Baird, DOB/12-17-1934, age 86, arrived in the front lobby of the Police Station. He inquired whether officers had found his cat. Baird told an officer that he was driving near the river and decided that he wanted to look at the water. Baird claimed he had the cat in a pet carrier and wanted his cat to see the river. Allegedly, when he opened the pet carrier, the cat panicked and jumped into the river. He denied intentionally throwing the cat into the river.
Officers were able to obtain surveillance video of the incident. Baird is accused of leaning over the rail of the bridge, holding the carrier over the river with the door open and facing down. Baird then shook the carrier causing the cat to fall from the carrier and into the river.
Based on witness and surveillance footage, Baird was arrested this afternoon for Animal Abuse, an aggravated misdemeanor. He was transported to the Linn County Correctional Center and then released after signing a Consent to Delay of Initial Appearance.
The cat is currently at Cedar Rapids Animal Care and Control shelter recovering. The cat’s body temperature was 7 degrees below normal upon arrival on Monday. X-rays did not reveal any broken bones. The veterinarian is anticipating a full recovery.
Disclaimer: Any arrest and complaint information included above is based on the legal conclusion that, as with any criminal case, a charge is merely an accusation and a defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty in a court of law.
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In honor of Juneteenth, the Johnson County Juneteenth Planning Committee invite you to participate in a book discussion featuring “On Juneteenth” by Pulitzer Prize-winning historian and Texas native Annette Gordon-Reed.
Weaving together American history, dramatic family chronicle, and searing episodes of memoir, "On Juneteenth" provides a historian’s view of the country’s long road to Juneteenth, recounting both its origins in Texas and the enormous hardships that African-Americans have endured in the century since, from Reconstruction through Jim Crow and beyond. Read more here.
How to participate
A virtual (Zoom) discussion of the book will be held from 7-8:30 p.m., Tuesday, June 15, 2021. The discussion will be facilitated by Abena Sankofa Imhotep, Director of Sankofa Literary and Empowerment Group of Des Moines.
Complimentary copies of the book are available to the first 20 people to sign up.
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Iowa City Update is a weekly video featuring City of Iowa City projects, programs and events. Topics this week include the annual forum by the Community Police Review Board, the premiere of a new video project from the Senior Center, and more. Select the image below to watch Iowa City Update.
Learn how you can participate in this virtual forum to provide feedback on Iowa City Police Department policies, practices, procedures.
Don’t miss the premiere of this video project that highlights interviews between Senior Center members and local teenagers.
Attend this outdoor presentation to see what ideas are being considered for future upgrades at Glendale Park and provide staff with your input.
Volunteer this Saturday as part of a community effort to keep Ralston Creek clean and thriving.
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The Iowa City Parks and Recreation Department will be hosting a bicycle skills and family fun event designed to teach bicyclists the skills they need to be safe and courteous riders on community roads and trails. Learning bike handling and traffic skills can help riders enjoy bicycling more and reduce the chance of injury.
Pedal Power will take place at the Terry Trueblood Recreation Area on Sunday, May 23, 2021, from 1 to 3 p.m. This event is free and no pre-registration is required. Participants must have their own bike and helmet to participate. Bikes of all shapes and sizes are welcome, including Strider bikes and training wheels!
The following are some of the featured activities at Pedal Power:
- Bike Safety Skills Course – Series of stations, each dealing with an important aspect of safe cycling. Participants will have their bicycles and helmets inspected and will learn about and practice bike-handling skills and road/trail etiquette.
- Bike Decorating Station
- Scavenger Hunt around the Lake
- Strider Bike Skills Course – Participants (Ages 2-8) can test their skills on the course and qualify for our free Strider Bike Races to take place at 3 p.m. The race will occur on the same course. Strider bikes and helmets are required. Participants will be required to provide their own helmets. Strider bikes will be provided.
- Information and Demo Booths Include – Iowa City Parks and Recreation Department, World of Bikes, Bicycle Happiness, Iowa Coalition of Off-Road Riders (ICORR), Iowa Bicycle Coalition, and The Bike Library.
- Complete the Pedal Power Bike Skills Card by visiting all Bike Safety Skills Course stations and the Scavenger Hunt. Participants with a completed card will receive a bike bell, LED bike light, and an entry into a drawing for some other fancy bike prizes! Pick up your Pedal Power Bike Skills Card at any of the event’s information booths.
IOWA CITY -- Weather permitting, beginning on Wednesday May 12, 2021, Melrose Court will be closed to traffic between Brookland Park Drive and Melrose Avenue to facilitate work on storm and sanitary sewers in the area. A detour route will be posted and access to residencies will be maintained at all times. It is anticipated that normal traffic will resume by the end of August.
Motorists are to take note of this construction work and seek an alternate route during this time period. As always, caution should be exercised when driving through all construction areas.
For updated information on road construction in Iowa City, visit www.icgov.org/travelalerts.
Starting Monday, May 17, 2021 Iowa City Transit will begin operating a summer schedule. Schedule changes are listed below:
- Towncrest and Oakcrest routes will operate hourly service from 9AM until 3PM (Off-Peak), Monday through Friday for the summer. Service during peak hours (6AM-9AM & 3PM -6:30PM) will remain every 30 minutes.
- The Downtown Free Shuttle route will cease operating effective Friday, May 14, 2021. The last departure will be at 6:15PM.
Regular service on the Towncrest & Oakcrest routes as well as Downtown Free Shuttle service will resume on Monday, August 2, 2021 for the fall.
The newest member of the Iowa City Police Department, Maddi Friedrich, was welcomed and sworn-in during a ceremony on Monday, May 10, 2021.
Friedrich, from Alta Vista, graduated for Mount Mercy University with a Bachelors of Arts in Criminal Justice. Officer Friedrich previously served with the Sumner Police Department and the Clear Lake Police Department.
Cedar Rapids, IA – The Cedar Rapids Parks and Recreation Department is holding a Seasonal Job Fair at the ITC Pavilion in Noelridge Park (by the lagoon), 4900 Council Street NE, on Tuesday, May 18 from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. Department staff will discuss job openings at golf courses, parks, programs and pools; answer questions about the hiring process; and conduct interviews. Individuals will be able to complete applications at the site or apply online at http://bit.ly/CRSeasonalJobs.
The City hires applicants age 16 and above for golf and parks seasonal labor, and age 15 and above for lifeguards. Golf cashiers and Parks construction laborers must be age 18 and above. Hiring will continue through the first week of June.
Lifeguard hiring incentives are available. To qualify for the incentives below, the individual must be age 15 or older, submit an application, be hired by the City of Cedar Rapids, attend required trainings and work at least part-time through the month of June.
· Get a reimbursement of up to $120 on the lifeguard certification class fee.
· Have a friend to sign up and take the lifeguard certification class with you and receive a $50 reward.
· Wages increase by $2, $3, or $4 respectively for the last three weeks of the season, if the employee remains in good standing throughout the summer.