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UPDATE: Bank Robbery in Coralville

Thursday afternoon, April 20, 2017, at approximately 3:15 PM, Coralville Police responded to a reported robbery at Bank of the West, 800 22nd Avenue, Coralville. A lone male entered the bank and demanded money. The offender fled with an unknown amount of cash and was last seen on foot headed north from the bank. No one was injured.

During the investigation police received information about a suspicious gray colored Ford Crown Victoria with Missouri license plates seen leaving the area immediately following the robbery. An attempt to locate the car was broadcast to all Iowa police agencies.

At 4:01 PM, the Scott County Sheriff’s Office located the car eastbound at the 287mm and took both occupants into custody without incident.  Property believed to be related to the robbery was visible in the vehicle. Coralville detectives are on their way to the scene of the stop and more information will be released as it becomes available. The investigation is continuing.

The following individuals are currently in custody and being returned to Johnson County:

Peter Alam Lundberg, age 60, of St. Louis, Mo.

Bridgett Diane Durborow, age 48, of St. Louis, Mo.

Both are being charged with Robbery 2nd Degree (C Felony).

The Johnson County Joint Emergency Communications Center, Scott County Sheriff’s Office and the Iowa State Patrol assisted in this investigation.

Arrestees are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.


Bank Robbery in Coralville

Thursday afternoon, April 20, 2017, at approximately 3:15 PM, Coralville Police responded to a reported robbery at Bank of the West, 800 22nd Avenue, Coralville. A lone male entered the bank and demanded money. The offender fled with an unknown amount of cash and was last seen on foot headed north from the bank. No one was injured.

During the investigation police received information about a suspicious gray colored Ford Crown Victoria with Missouri license plates seen leaving the area immediately following the robbery. An attempt to locate the car was broadcast to all Iowa police agencies.

At 4:01 PM, the Scott County Sheriff’s Office located the car eastbound at the 287mm and took both occupants into custody without incident.  Property believed to be related to the robbery was visible in the vehicle. Coralville detectives are on their way to the scene of the stop and more information will be released as it becomes available. The investigation is continuing.

The Johnson County Joint Emergency Communications Center, Scott County Sheriff’s Office and the Iowa State Patrol are assisting in this investigation.


Community Foundation names new executive director

Dave_LewisTrainer to direct philanthropy in Johnson County

IOWA CITY – The Community Foundation of Johnson County announced Dave Lewis will join the organization as executive director effective May 2, 2017.

In his new position, Mr. Lewis will guide policy and strategy for foundation activities, provide management and leadership for all committees, lead fundraising initiatives, ensure a high-quality grant making process, and help provide a lasting legacy for the philanthropic desires of contributors.

"We are thrilled to welcome Dave to the community foundation," CFJC Board President Sarah Maiers said. "He will be instrumental in advancing and developing our strategies to ensure an effective and efficient foundation operation for our Johnson County community."

Mr. Lewis succeeds the community foundation’s inaugural executive director, Mike Stoffregen, who is retiring in June.  Mr. Stoffregen has led the foundation since its founding in 2000 to a $26 million organization that has distributed more than $11 million in grants.

Mr. Lewis said, “I am very excited to join the Community Foundation of Johnson County working to help people achieve their dreams to make an impact. Something magical happens when we find what is most meaningful to a donor and match the perfect project or activity to affect an important change in the world. The community foundation is a wonderful fit to help others make their philanthropic dreams come true.”

Most recently, Mr. Lewis was a senior associate for Advancement Resources where he trained fundraisers, boards of directors and academic leaders specific to philanthropy. He brings extensive management experience, strategy development, fundraising execution and expertise to the foundation.   

Mr. Lewis served in the Iowa National Guard. Before retiring as Lt. Col., he was deployed in the Agriculture-Business Development Team to Afghanistan. During his long military career, he was head of Military Science Department at Coe College and Senior Military Science Instructor for the University of Iowa Military Science Department, Army ROTC.

The Red Oak, Iowa, native earned a Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degrees, both from the University of Iowa, and taught junior high science in the Iowa City Community School District.

Mr. Lewis and his wife, Mary, have lived in the Iowa Creative Corridor for many years. The couple has two adult daughters, Melissa, who lives with her husband and family in Atlantic, Iowa, and Alyson, who lives with her husband and family in South Dakota. They have four grandchildren and two great grandchildren.

The Community Foundation of Johnson County is a catalyst to grow endowment through philanthropy. Since its founding in 2000, the Community Foundation has distributed more than $11 million to benefit others. To date, CFJC has raised $26 million in endowed assets and nearly $7 million in bequests. The Foundation serves 200 nonprofit organizations at a cost of less than 2 percent. The Foundation works to accomplish its goals – grow endowment and distribute grant funds for the greater community good . . . for good  . . . forever.


Road Construction - Old Capitol Criterium Race Course Repairs

Weather permitting, beginning on Friday, April 21, 2017, street maintenance and repair will be performed on the Old Capital Criterium Bicycle Race Course. The streets will remain open while the maintenance is performed. Street Division staff will assist motorists and transit around the areas as they are repaired. It is anticipated the work will be completed by Tuesday, April 25. The repair limits are as follows:

  • Jefferson Street from Madison Street to Clinton Street
  • Clinton Street from Jefferson Street to Iowa Avenue
  • Iowa Avenue from Clinton Street to Dubuque Street
  • Dubuque Street from Iowa Avenue to Washington Street
  • Washington Street from Dubuque Street to Madison Street
  • Madison Street from Washington Street to Jefferson Street

Old Capitol Criterium Race CourseMotorists 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 http://www.iowa-city.org/works/roadconstruction.


Road Construction - Mormon Trek Boulevard

Mormon TrekREVISED DATES

Due to rain last week, this work was postponed.  The new work dates are Monday, April 24th through Friday, April 28th.

Weather permitting, beginning on Monday, April 10, 2017, northbound traffic on Mormon Trek Boulevard will be reduced to one lane of traffic between West Side Drive and Plaen View Drive.  This lane reduction will allow for the installation of fiber optic lines in the area.  It is anticipated that normal traffic will resume by Friday, April 14th.

Motorists are to take note of this road construction 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 the City of Iowa City's website at http:www.iowa-city.org/works/roadconstruction

 


Lanes on Clinton Street to close intermittently for cross-walk repair

Crews will need to close Clinton Street, one lane at a time, to repair the brick crosswalks at the intersection of Clinton and Washington Street, beginning Thursday, April 20, 2017.

Repairs should be completed and the road opened to full traffic by the end of the day Friday, April 21.

The work is part of the Washington Streetscape Project, which is expected to be completed by the end of May.

To receive project news and updates, sign-up for City of Iowa City e-subscriptions and follow the City of Iowa City on Facebook and Twitter. To learn more visit icgov.org/downtownstreetscape


Learn how to launch your own business at upcoming Building Business Basics workshop

Have you ever dreamed of starting your own business? Sign-up for the City of Iowa City's Building Business Basics workshop and learn how to make your dream a realty. 

This workshop is free to those who register early, and will take place from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, May 20, 2017 at the Iowa City Kirkwood Community College Campus, 1816 Lower Muscatine Road, Room 137. Lunch will be provided. 

Participants will learn the nuts-and-bolts basics of launching a business through five workstations that people will rotate to every 20 minutes. Business topics range from marketing and sales to analysis, financing and resources. A roundtable lunch with small business owners will close out the day where attendees will be invited to sit with a business owner most aligned with their own goals to discuss ideas and ask questions. 

To take advantage of free admission, register early by emailing neighborhoods@iowa-city.org or call Neighborhood Services at 319-356-5230. You can also RSVP to the event on the City of Iowa City Government Facebook page. The workshop will cost $5 for walk-ins on the day of the event. 

Residents of all ages, backgrounds, levels of education, income, and experience are encouraged to attend. If you need translation services, please contact Tracy Hightshoe at 319-356-5230 or neighborhoods@iowa-city.org by May 10. We will do our best to accommodate your request. 


Home Invasion - Grant Wood Neighborhood

The Iowa City Police Department is investigating a reported home invasion and sexual assault that occurred on April 15, 2017.  The sole female occupant of a house in the Grant Wood neighborhood reported she was assaulted in her home by a male suspect in the early morning hours.  At this time, the Iowa City Police Department is not releasing any additional information regarding the attack so as to not compromise the ongoing criminal investigation.

This appears to be a random attack by a suspect with no known ties to the victim.  Iowa City residents, especially Grant Wood neighborhood residents, are encouraged to be vigilant. 

Iowa City Area CrimeStoppers is offering a reward of up to $1000 for information leading to the arrest of these suspects. Anyone with information about this crime is urged to contact CrimeStoppers at 358-TIPS (8477). All calls are held in strict confidence and anonymity is guaranteed. Individuals providing information do not have to reveal their identity to collect a reward.