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Marlin's Special Investigations, Inc. added to the Corridor Search business directory

The Coralville Courier is pleased to announce the addition of Marlin's Special Investigations to the 'Investigators & Investigation Services' category in the Corridor Search business directory.


MarlinMARLIN'S SPECIAL INVESTIGATIONS, INC. (MSI) is an Iowa Private Investigative Agency located in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Established in 1994, MSI offers a wide variety of Investigative Services for Attorneys, Insurance Companies, Businesses and Private Individuals. Although we are located in Cedar Rapids, we work with clients all over Iowa including Iowa City/Coralville, Dubuque, Cedar Falls/Waterloo, Bettendorf/Davenport, Des Moines, Ames and other surrounding cities. MSI also works with clients on a national basis depending on the case.

Our Investigators are licensed, bonded and Insured. (The State of Iowa requires all Private Investigators be licensed by the Iowa Department of Public Safety). All reports and correspondance with the client are kept confidential. The initial consultation is free so please call to see if we can assist you.

Over one thousand cases have been worked over the years, providing the necessary knowledge and experience to work successfully in a multitude of situations with various degrees of difficulty.  State-of-the-art video, camera and computer resources are used to meet most investigative requirements. 

Our investigators have testified on numerous cases and can testify for your case if needed.

Jeff Marlin, a former police officer is owner of MSI and has over 20 years of investigative experience. Mike Marlin, a retired Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation (DCI) Special Agent has over 40 years of investigative experience. Mike is currently retired from MSI but remains on as a consultant.

Please contact us to see if we can assist you with your case.

MSI can provide a wide variety of services that can be specifically designed to focus on the client's needs. Our investigative services are used by attorneys, corporations, other private investigators, small businesses and the general public.

Some of those services offered are:

  • General Investigations
  • Criminal and Civil Investigations
  • Surveillance
  • Domestic Investigations
  • Child Custody
  • Personal Injury Investigations
  • Background Investigations
  • Worker's Compensation
  • Criminal Defense
  • Process Service
  • Photo and Video Documentation
  • Professional and Punctual Reports
  • Trial Court Testimony
  • Activity Checks
  • Corporate Investigations
  • Missing Persons
  • Locate Witnesses
  • Witness Statements
  • Nationwide Skip Tracing
  • Court Records Research
  • Asset Searches
  • Criminal & Civil Record Searches
  • Driver License History
  • Marriage & Divorce Records
  • Address Searches
  • SSN Verifications
  • Corporate Records
  • Bankrupticies, Liens & Judgments
  • Real Property Records
  • Professional License Verifications

Marlin's Special Investigations, Inc.

PO Box 11183
Cedar Rapids, Iowa 52410-1183
Office: (319) 373-5025
Toll Free: 1-866-373-5440

Iowa flu hospitalizations double in a week

Flu cases continue to surge across Iowa, with hospitalizations doubling in a week, the state health department reported Monday.

The most recent report showed 130 Iowans were hospitalized in the week ending Dec. 20. That was up from 65 the previous week and 26 in the last week of November. Most of the hospitalizations continue to be among people 65 or older.


Bodies and debris found in AirAsia plane search

SURABAYA, Indonesia — Officials have confirmed that debris found in Indonesian waters is from AirAsia Flight 8501 that vanished on Sunday, the airline said.

In a statement Tuesday, AirAsia Indonesia said the country's National Search and Rescue Agency confirmed the debris of the aircraft was found in the Karimata Strait between Sumatra, Java and Borneo, a large island shared among Indonesia, Malaysia and Brunei. The announcement came as bodies were being recovered from the area where the flight disappeared.


The American Economic Crisis Remains

The United States may be “officially” out of the Great Recession, but the economy still faces serious structural problems. Most of these structural problems are a result of poor public policies that are placing an albatross over the economy. The problems of high unemployment, high national debt, massive increase in regulations, and other policies such as the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act are the direct cause of today’s poor economic recovery.
Americans are not only struggling to find fulltime jobs, but also with wages in decline there is a substantial increase in the number of individuals and families who are becoming dependent on government aid/welfare programs. Investor’s Business Daily noted that information from the Federal Reserve demonstrates “that only the top 10 percent of American earners have seen their incomes rise under [President] Obama.”
“Despite 0 percent interest rates, $7 trillion in added debt, more than $1.5 trillion in stimulus, and the Fed creating more than $4.5 trillion in new money out of thin air, our economy just stumbles along,” noted an Investor’s Business Daily editorial. Terence Jeffrey, Editor in Chief of CNSnews, recently wrote that the national debt is $17.6 trillion and since January 2009 when President Barack Obama assumed the presidency the debt has increased by $7 trillion. The debt situation represents a serious problem for not just the future of the national economy, but also represents a serious national security risk for the nation.
The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act is also contributing to the current economic crisis. Avik Roy, writing in Forbes, described three facts on how the Affordable Care Act is harming the national economy: “Obamacare is one of the largest tax increases in U.S. history; Obamacare increases the cost of employing workers; and Obamacare’s exchange subsidies encourage many workers to drop out.” “Over the next decade, Obamacare increases taxes by more than $1.2 trillion: one of the largest tax increases in U.S. history, and the largest in nominal dollars,” argues Roy. The mandate under the Affordable Care Act is also causing many businesses to pull back on hiring fulltime workers, and as Roy wrote, “16.9 percent of service firms and 21.6 percent of manufacturers said they would be reducing their workforce due to Obamacare.”
The economic crisis will continue unless Americans reject the current policies that are emerging and come to the realization that the welfare state must be trimmed back and reformed. Our most urgent need is a restoration of constitutional government as represented by lowering spending, paying down the debt, eliminating regulation, and lowering tax rates. These policies along with promoting a strong dollar and an American-first trade policy will resurrect a strong national economy. Our history has proven this during periods of economic prosperity and President Warren G. Harding, Calvin Coolidge, and Ronald Reagan formula for a strong economy.
The views expressed in this column are those of the author and not necessarily those of the Public Interest Institute.  They are brought to you in the interest of a better informed citizenry. 
John Hendrickson, Research Analyst, Public Interest Institute, 600 North Jackson Street, Mount Pleasant, IA 52641-1328. Ph: 319-385-3462, Web site:  Contact him at

Iowa City Police Arrest Homicide Suspect

Lorenzo JonesOn 12-26-14, the Iowa City Police Department was contacted by the Chicago, Illinois Police Department that Lorenzo Jones DOB# 03-21-1985 was allegedly involved in a shooting where one person was killed in Chicago on 12-25-14 and was possibly heading to the Iowa City area. On 12-27-14, the Chicago Police Department issued an arrest warrant charging Jones with Homicide. The information received indicated that Jones may be armed with an assault rifle.

On 12-29-14, members of the Iowa City Police Department were able to gather information that Jones was staying inside the residence of 810 Benton Drive #24. On 12-29-14, at approximately 430pm, members of the Iowa City Police Department Special Response Team and Crisis Negotiation team made contact with Jones and within minutes were able to take him into custody without incident. Upon verification of the homicide warrant, Jones was transported the Johnson County Jail where he remains pending extradition to Chicago, Illinois.

The Iowa City Police Department was assisted in this investigation by the Johnson County Multi-Agency Narcotics Task Force, the Johnson County Ambulance Service, the Johnson County Sheriff's Office, and the US Marshalls Service Fugitive Task Force.

Road Construction - N Dubuque Street

IOWA CITY, IA. -- Beginning today, Monday, December 29, 2014, northbound traffic on Dubuque Street is reduced to one lane of traffic from Kimball Road to Foster Road. This lane reduction is necessary to remove the temporary asphalt that was installed to accommodate the construction work at Mayflower dormitory by the University of Iowa. It is anticipated that normal traffic will resume by the end of the day on Wednesday, December 31st.

Motorists are to allow extra travel time when traveling in this area as delays may be possible. As always, caution should be exercised when traveling in all construction areas.

For updated information on road construction in Iowa City, visit the City of Iowa City's website at

Obama's golf game disrupts soldiers' wedding - Yahoo Finance

President Barack Obama reportedly issued a personal apology over the weekend after his golf game forced a pair of Army captains to relocate their wedding on a military base in Hawaii.

Bride Natalie Heimel and groom Edward Mallue Jr. actually invited Obama, who is on his annual vacation, to attend their Saturday wedding at Marine Corps Base Hawaii's Kaneohe Klipper Golf Course, according to a Bloomberg report published Monday morning. They received a letter in response saying the president would unfortunately be unable to attend the event.

The soon-to-be-married couple were separately told they would be forced to move their wedding, which was scheduled for the next day, because Obama would be golfing at that location.

"It was kind of ironic they got the letter from them and then, within hours, they were told they had to be moved due to him," Mallue's sister told Bloomberg. "It was emotional, especially for her — she's the bride and in less than 24 hours they had to change everything they had planned."


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The ever-divisive Rod Sullivan does it again

Johnson County Supervisor Rod Sullivan never seems to pass up an *opportunity* to be divisive or to just flat out disprespect anyone who disagrees with him.   His latest from his Sullivan's Salvos blog is below.  You have to wonder about a guy who chooses to make such a public comment dissing those who oppose the wet shelter, given he got the 5-0 vote he wanted......  Why not keep the entire message a positive one?   Isn't that what a true leader would do?   And say, doesn't Rod believe in the supposed separation of church & state...  but he used religion to scorn some people?   Isn't that just a bit hypocritical?

*No Room At The Inn?
This past Tuesday Johnson County voted 5-0 to approve $16,000 toward the new Shelter House-led effort to create a temporary "wet shelter" in Iowa City.
I am very proud of this long-overdue effort. We have needed such a space for decades. Now we need to ensure the long-term existence of such a shelter into the future.

While I certainly recognize that not all who read this are Christians, I cannot help but find a parallel between those objecting to this shelter and the folks who told Joseph and Mary there was no room at the inn.

"That which you do to the least among us, you do to me. " - Matthew 25.