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April 2017

Iowa City Police arrest two following robbery investigation

On April 27, 2017 the Iowa City Police Department (ICPD) Investigations arrested two people on multiple charges including robbery, burglary, and kidnapping. 

According to the victim, on April 23 Christopher L. Bertling, 21, and Joseph M. Williams, 20, entered the victims residence while displaying a knife and informing the victim he was being robbed. Bertling and Williams then assaulted the victim, fled the residence with the victim’s wallet and a large amount of prescription medication.

Over the course of the investigation it was determined that on April 26, Williams made contact with another subject over a money dispute. According to the victim, Williams pushed her to the ground and took the victim's cell phone. Williams then demanded the victim take him to the bank to give him money from her checking account.

Bertling and Williams were both charged with Burglary in the First Degree and Robbery in the First Degree (both class B felonies) for the incident on April 23.

Williams was charged with Kidnapping (class B felony), Robbery in the second Degree (class C felony), and Theft in the Third Degree (Aggravated misdemeanor) for the incident that occurred on April 26.

The ICPD continues to investigate these incidents to determine if there is a connection to the Jonathan Wieseler homicide investigation.

As with any criminal case, a charge is merely an accusation and the defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.

Roads to close downtown Sunday for Old Capitol Criterium

Several downtown roads will close Sunday, April 30, 2017 for the 40th annual Old Capitol Criterium. 

The bike races loop around the historic Old Capitol using Washington Street, Madison Street, Jefferson Street, Clinton Street, Iowa Avenue, Dubuque Street and connects again on Washington Street. Races begin at 9:30 a.m. and finish in the afternoon around 4 p.m.

Road Closures 

Several downtown roads will close or limit traffic starting at 2 a.m, but should reopen by 5 p.m. 

  • Clinton Street from Jefferson to Washington Streets
    (southbound to eastbound traffic will be permitted at the intersection of Jefferson and Clinton)
  • Iowa Avenue from Clinton to Dubuque Streets  
  • Dubuque Street from Iowa Avenue to Washington Street
    (southbound to eastbound and westbound to northbound traffic will be permitted at the intersection of Dubuque Street and Iowa Avenue) 
  • Washington Street from Dubuque to Madison Streets
  • Madison Street from Washington Street to Iowa Avenue
  • Northbound traffic on Madison Street from Iowa Avenue to Jefferson Street
    (southbound will have one lane available)
  • Jefferson Street from Madison Street to Clinton Street 


Street parking will be prohibited on the listed above blocks starting at 2 a.m. 

  • Vehicles parked overnight will be towed 
  • On-street parking will remain available on all other downtown blocks
  • Ramp parking will remain open and accessible 


Designated pedestrian crossings with course marshals will be marked and must be used at major downtown intersections.

For more information on the criterium and route visit

Coralville Accepting Applications for Volunteer Firefighters

The City of Coralville is accepting applications for volunteer firefighters. All training is provided and a new Fire Academy class begins June 18. Applications are available at

The Coralville Fire Department provides training to become Firefighter I certified and will pay for training to achieve certification of EMT-B. Training in hazardous materials response, vehicle extrication, and confined space rescue is also available.

Completed applications may be submitted via email to Nic Pruter at or by mail to the Coralville Fire Department, 1501 5th Street, Coralville, Iowa 52241. Call 319.248.1848 for more information. The City of Coralville is an equal opportunity employer.


CEC receives BICSI Presidential Eagle Award

Each year, the Presidential Eagle Award is given to those who have exhibited leadership in BICSI and the industry as whole.

Hiawatha, IA – CEC, a nationally recognized systems and technology integrator, received BISCI’s annual Presidential Eagle Award for its BICSI Authorized Training Facility (ATF).

Accredited since 2015, CEC’s Authorized Training Facility offers training on the proper methods for installing data, voice, and video cabling in commercial buildings to CEC staff as well as customers and other industry professionals.

“Two years ago, CEC envisioned a program that allowed people to develop in their career through levels of certification,” said Brian Morrow, director of PMO and BICSI certified trainer. “We now have a program that not only trains on best practices, it empowers participants with the resources to find answers for the rest of their career.” 

“The BISCI Authorized Training Facilities embody the criteria of the Presidential Eagle Award ensuring the highest degree of excellence for BICSI training,” said BICSI President Brian Ensign, RCDD, NTS, OSP, RTPM, CSI. “It is important to recognize all they have done for BICSI and the Information and Communications Technology (ICT) cabling installation industry.”

The Presidential Eagle Award is presented to individuals who have exhibited leadership, sacrifice, faith in the BICSI association, and dedication to the industry.

For more information about BICSI training contact CEC training at 319-731-4811.  

About CEC

With offices in the Midwest serving local and national customers, CEC offers solution design, integration, and technical services specializing in audio/video, safety and security, IT, structured cabling, and two-way communications. Focused on the customer experience, the CEC teams partner with clients to understand their business, tailor solutions, and plan for future technology needs. To learn more, visit or contact CEC at 800.377.0721.


BICSI is the worldwide association for cabling design and installation professionals. BISCI strives to provide information, education, and knowledge assessment for individuals in the information and communications technology (ICT) community. For more information visit

News and Notes from the City of Coralville, April 27, 2017

Upcoming Events

Check out the upcoming events, meetings, activities, and performances at the City of Coralville. Highlights for the next two weeks include:

  • Family Storytime (April 29 & May 6)
  • Meetings: Library Board of Trustees (May 3), Planning & Zoning Commission (May 3), City Council (May 9)
  • Tiny Tykes Play Date: "May the fourth be with you" (May 4)
  • Kid’s Night In: Cinco de Mayo (May 5)
  • Teen bake sale at the library (May 6)

View all upcoming events


Kids Can Give the Police a Hand

"Week of the Young Child" event

Saturday, April 29 | 10:00 am-4:00 pm

Celebrate the “Week of the Young Child” at the Iowa Children’s Museum at Coral Ridge Mall. The Coralville Police Department will be inside the mall with a squad car, registration information for Safety Village, and badge stickers. Kids and adults can give the police a hand and put their handprints—using real fingerprint ink—on the hood of a squad car! Learn more


Spring Cleaning Events in Coralville

Shop the City-Wide Garage Sale

Saturday, May 6 | 8:00 am-noon

Throughout Coralville

Find a bargain! Starting at 8:00 am on Saturday, stop by the Coralville Recreation Center to pick up a map of participating sales and grab a first come, first served continental breakfast. Learn more


Recycle Swap Day

Saturday, May 6 | 8:00 am-noon

City Hall parking lot

Whether you want to declutter and donate items or just look for treasures, Recycle Swap Day keeps usable items out of the landfill. Donations of clean, working items are welcome. Food donations for the Coralville Community Food Pantry are accepted. Learn more


Community Shred Event

Saturday, May 6 | 10:00 am-noon

Aquatic Center parking lot

Thin out your files and bring up to two boxes of personal papers to shred in the mobile shredding truck, courtesy of the Coralville Police Department and Heartland Shredding. Learn more


Mayor’s Clean up Week

May 8-12


Throw away big, broken items (such as broken furniture or bathroom fixtures) for free pickup on trash day. 
Unwanted (but usable) building and housing materials and appliances can be donated to ReStore. Free pickup is available, donations are tax-deductible, and ReStore sells the items to support Iowa Valley Habitat for Humanity. Learn more


Coralville Accepting Applications for Police Officers

We're hiring!

Coralville is accepting applications for police officers through 5:00 pm on Wednesday, May 3. Applicants will complete written and physical tests on May 20, as well as oral interviews in the days following. Learn more


4thFest Parade & Vendor Opportunities

March in the 4th of July parade

Entries are now being accepted for Coralville's 4thFest parade, the area's largest 4th of July parade. March on! Learn more

Be a vendor

Apply now to be a vendor at 4thFest in S.T. Morrison Park on July 3 and 4. Thousands of people attend Coralville's annual 4th of July celebration! Learn more


On Stage at the Center for the Performing Arts

Annie Get Your Gun

April 28-30 & May 5-7

Presented by City Circle Acting Company. Sponsored by the University of Iowa Community Credit Union. This musical tells the fictionalized story of sharp-shooter Annie Oakley’s days as a performer in Buffalo Bill’s Wild West Show.

90 Ideas in 90 Minutes

Tuesday, May 3 | 7:30 am

Presented by the Corridor Business Journal. This will last just 90 minutes, but attendees will walk away with the collective knowledge of nine of the Corridor’s top leaders.
Learn more


What’s Happening at the Library

"May the fourth be with you" crafts (K-6)

Thursday, May 4 | 2:30 pm

On Star Wars Day, school-aged kids are invited to enjoy activities inspired by Star Wars. Learn more

Free film screening: Star Wars: The Force Awakens (PG-13)

Thursday, May 4 | 6:00 pm

Celebrate Star Wars Day by watching Star Wars: The Force Awakens. May the fourth be with you! Learn more

Friends of the Coralville Library book sale

Friday, May 5 | 1:30-5:30 pm
Saturday, May 6 | 9:00 am-3:00 pm

Find over 7,000 used books with a broad range of reading material at bargain prices. Proceeds benefit the library and the community. Learn more

LitFlicks free movie for adults:
Murder on the Orient Express (PG)

Thursday, May 11 | 6:00 pm

Hercule Poirot is on the Orient Express when the train becomes caught in a snowstorm. When a passenger is murdered, his investigation begins. Based on the novel by Agatha Christie. Learn more


Stay Informed!

Connect with the City of Coralville and subscribe to City updates on anything from agendas and minutes to community events and more. Sign up and select the topics that interest you at


Road Construction - Lindemann Drive

Weather permitting, beginning on Monday, May 1, 2017, Lindemann Drive, between Phyllis Place and Gustav Street, will be closed to through traffic. This road closure is necessary to facilitate pavement repair in the area.  Access to homes in the area will be maintained.  It is anticipated Lindemann Drive will re-open to normal traffic on Friday, May 5th.

Motorists are to take note of this construction and to seek another 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

Lindemann drive

Road Construction - Kimball Road

Weather permitting, beginning on Monday, May 1, 2017, Kimball Road, between  Gilbert Street and  Governor Street, will be reduced to one lane of alternating traffic.  This lane reduction is necessary to facilitate multiple pavement repairs in the area. It is anticipated that Kimball Road will reopen to normal traffic by early evening on Wednesday, May 3rd.

Motorists are encouraged to allow extra travel time or to 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 the City of Iowa City's website at

Kimball Road