Shooting Incident in the 2200 block of C Street SW

CEDAR RAPIDS, IA – On Tuesday, July 20, 2021 at 6:19 a.m. the City’s Joint Communications Center received a report of a single vehicle accident at the Hawthorne Hills Apartment Complex located in the 2200 block of C Street S.W.  Officers arrived on scene and located a vehicle with extensive damage and a 15-year old female deceased, in the driver’s seat of the vehicle. The juvenile female also had what appeared to be a gunshot wound(s).  Final determination as to the cause of death is pending per an autopsy scheduled with the State Medical Examiner’s Office.

There is an active, ongoing investigation.  Based on the preliminary investigation, the shooting appears to be a targeted incident. No suspects have been arrested at this time.  The name of the victim is being withheld pending notification of family members.

Anyone with information about this incident is encouraged to contact the Cedar Rapids Police Department at (319) 286-5491 or Linn County Crime Stoppers at 1-800–CS-CRIME.

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.


Traffic Alert - Benton Street

IOWA CITY -- Iowa CityWeather permitting, beginning on Wednesday, July 21, 2021, lanes of traffic will be shifted on eastbound Benton Street near its intersection with Orchard Street to facilitate underground utility work in the area.  It is anticipated that normal traffic will resume by Friday, July 23rd.

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


Iowa City Police respond to shots fired on S. Scott Boulevard

On Sunday, July 18, 2021, at approximately 4:10 a.m., Iowa City Police responded to the 500 Block of S. Scott Boulevard for a report of multiple gunshots. Upon arrival, police found over 50 shell casings indicating multiple weapons were fired. Police located damage to vehicles and buildings in the area, but no injuries have been reported to police at this time.

No arrests have been made, and police do not believe this is a random event.


How you can help:

This incident is being actively investigated by the Iowa City Police Department and we are asking the public for assistance. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Iowa City Police Department at 319-356-5275. In addition, anyone in that area with security cameras is asked to review their recordings and contact the Iowa City Police Department with any potential footage or information about this incident.

Iowa City Area Crime Stoppers is also offering a reward of up to $1,000 for information about this incident that leads to an arrest. Crime Stoppers tips can be submitted via the P3 Tips app, online at iccrimestoppers.org, or by phone at 319-358-TIPS (8477). All tips and calls are held in strict confidence and anonymity is guaranteed. Individuals providing information are not required to reveal their identity to collect a reward.

CASE #: 2021005037


Traffic Alert - Various Locations

Weather permitting, beginning on Monday, July 19, 2021, pavement repairs will impact traffic at the following locations:

  • East Jefferson Street (Governor Street to Evans Street) – reduced to one lane of traffic
  • East Bloomington Street (Dodge Street to Lucas Street) – reduced to one lane of alternating traffic
  • Fairchild Street (Gilbert Street to Van Buren Street) – reduced to one lane of alternating traffic
  • Rochester Avenue (7th Avenue to Rochester Court) – lanes of traffic will be shifted

It is anticipated that normal traffic will resume by Friday, July 30th at each location.

Motorists are to take note of this construction work and allow extra travel time as delays may occur. As always, caution should be exercised when traveling in all construction areas.

For updated information on road construction in Iowa City, visit www.icgov.org/travelalerts


Traffic Alert - Garden Street Closure

IOWA CITY -- Iowa CityWeather permitting, on Monday, July 19, 2021, Garden Street will be closed to traffic between Friendship Street and Muscatine Avenue to facilitate the removal of a tree in the area.  It is anticipated that normal traffic will resume by the end of the day.

Motorists are to take note of this 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


Host a Neighborhood Block Party on August 3 for National Night Out

National night outOn Tuesday evening, August 3, all Coralville neighborhoods are invited to take part in the annual National Night Out.

Whether you know your neighbors or not, National Night Out is one night a year for neighbors to connect while strengthening ties with local law enforcement. This neighborly event helps make Coralville neighborhoods friendlier and safer places to live.

The Coralville Police Department invites neighborhoods to get together and host block parties on August 3. The block parties give neighbors a chance to meet through simple neighborhood events.  Neighborhoods can host a party in a way that safely suits their residents – whether it’s a backyard barbeque, driveway dinner, or music and kids’ activities. Representatives from the Coralville Police Department, Fire Department, and City Council will get out and visit as many registered parties as they can. 

National Night Out is a night for neighbors to get to know each other, and to get to know local law enforcement. Strong neighborhood ties can build community partnerships and create watchful eyes in neighborhoods, which help to promote crime prevention. 

Please follow current public health recommendations for mask wearing and social distancing for those who are not fully vaccinated against COVID-19.

Neighborhoods can register their block parties and get planning tips at www.coralville.org/NationalNightOut. Registrations are due by July 27. For more information, contact the Coralville Police Department at 319.248.1800 or visit www.coralville.org/NationalNightOut


Cedar Rapids Animal Care and Control Christmas in July Adoption Special

CEDAR RAPIDS, IA – Cedar Rapids Animal Care and Control has dogs and cats dreaming of the holiday season. Little do they know that Christmas is coming early! From July 17-30, 2021, you can find the pet of your dreams and pay just a fraction of the normal adoption fee.  Cat and dog adoptions are just $50.00.  Adoption fees include:

  • Spay or neuter
  • Initial vaccinations
  • Dewormer
  • Flea/tick treatment
  • Microchip

Currently, there are construction improvements ongoing around the front entrance and Animal Care and Control staff want to keep guests safe.  By calling (319) 286-5993 and scheduling an appointment, Animal Care and Control staff can meet with those wishing to adopt, surrender, or drop off a stray animal and escort them safely to the appropriate area of the building.

Those seeking to adopt an animal are also encouraged to compete an adoption application prior to arrival to help facilitate the process. Adoption applications are available at www.cedar-rapids.org/animal.

Cedar Rapids Animal Care and Control is located at 7241 Washington View Parkway SW on the Kirkwood Community College campus. Office hours are Monday through Saturday from Noon to 5:00 p.m. 

Go to Pet Finder at http://www.petfinder.com/shelters/IA125.html  to view all of the available animals ready to become part of someone’s family


1st Avenue Floodgate Construction Begins

CEDAR RAPIDS, IA – Construction on the 1st Avenue East floodgate is anticipated to begin on Monday, July 19, 2021. Designed to protect to the 2008 flood volume, the gate will be a roller gate similar to the one already completed on 16th Avenue SE in NewBo. The 1st Avenue floodgate is scheduled to be completed in 2022.

Work will begin north of 1st Avenue, where crews will excavate and pour a floodwall foundation where the gate will be installed. During this time, travel lanes on 1st Avenue near 1st Street will be restricted to one lane each direction. Temporary parking restrictions will also be in effect on the 1st Avenue bridge, near the 1st Street intersection. On-street parking will still be available throughout other areas of the 1st Avenue bridge. Parking in front of City Hall will remain available, with pedestrian access maintained.

Updates on other flood control projects in this area include: 

1st Street NE

The storm sewer work on 1st Street NE (between A Avenue NE – 1st Avenue East) has recently been completed. These improvements will help consolidate drainage outfalls to the Cedar River, will direct downtown storm water to a future pump station, and will help facilitate the construction of the floodgate across 1st Avenue.

Intersection of 1st Street and 1st Avenue

Also recently completed is the installation of temporary traffic signals at 1st Avenue and 1st Street East; crews continue with sidewalk ADA improvements. The temporary signals will help ensure additional curb, ADA, and future trail work can be completed. The signals will also allow for changing traffic patterns during construction of the 1st Avenue floodgate. Permanent signals will be installed once work on the 1st Avenue floodgate is completed.

To see more flood control projects currently underway, please visit www.cityofcr.com/floodcontrol.


TRAFFIC CONTROL FOR THE BRIDGE UNDER THE BRIDGE COMMUNITY BLOCK PARTY

Cedar RapidsCEDAR RAPIDS, IA – The Bridge Under the Bridge will be holding a Community Block Party this Saturday, July 17, 2021, from 2:00 p.m. (set up begins July 16, 2021 at 10:00 p.m.) until 9:00 p.m. (tear down ends by 11:00 p.m.). 

The following streets will be utilized for the event:

  • 1st Street SE from 5th Avenue to 7th Avenue
  • 6th Avenue SE from 1st Street SE to 170’+/- northeasterly

A “No Parking/Tow Away” zone will be enforced on these streets from July 16, 2021 at 10:00 p.m. to July 17, 2021 at 11:00 p.m. per Municipal Code Sections 61.094 and 61.094A.