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Iowa City Police looking for missing juvenile


JuvenileThe Iowa City Police Department is requesting the community’s assistance in locating a missing juvenile believed to be in the Iowa City area.

15-year-old Chloe Grace Mullen was reported missing from the Des Moines area on March 22, 2017. Mullen is described as a white female, approximately 5’6”, 175 pounds, with brown hair.

Anyone with information about the whereabouts of Mullen is asked to contact the Iowa City Police Department at 319-356-6800.  


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Community Garden Plot registration opens April 3

Sign up for your community garden plot on Monday, April 3 and enjoy homegrown produce.

The Iowa City Council identified community gardens as a top priority, and ICPR is excited to announce the addition of two new locations for this growing season at Reno and Kiwanis Parks. This year, there is a new benefit for returning garden plot renters. Patrons who rented a garden plot in 2016 will have the opportunity to reserve the same plot in advance of the open registration. Forms were sent out to previous renters in February with a return deadline of March 20 to save their spot.

The 2017 Iowa City Community Garden Plot program open registration begins at 7:30 a.m. on Monday, April 3 at the Robert A. Lee Community Recreation Center, located at 220 South Gilbert Street. Plots are available on a first-come, first-serve basis, and interested gardeners are encouraged to arrive early on the first day of registration. The Recreation Center building will open at 6 a.m. Numbers will be available on the lower level of the building near the customer service desk. Staff will call those numbers in order beginning at 7:30 a.m. These numbers are to hold your place in line only; they do not represent your garden plot number assignment. Registrants will be required to sign a lease agreement to maintain their plot through Oct. 1.

Garden locations, plot info and fees:

Chadek Green Park, 1920 Friendship Street

  • Fifty six (56) 10' x 20' plots
  • $15.75 rental fee for Iowa City residents
  • $20.75 rental fee for non-residents

 Kiwanis Park, 1519 Teg Drive

  • Twenty (20) 10' x 20' plots
  • $15.75 rental fee for Iowa City residents
  • $20.75 rental fee for non-residents

 Reno Street Park, 516 Reno Street

  • Sixteen (16) 10' x 20' plots
  • $15.75 rental fee for Iowa City residents
  • $20.75 rental fee for non-resident

Wetherby Park, 2400 Taylor Drive

  • Thirty seven (37) 10' x 50' plots
  • $25.75 rental fee for Iowa City residents
  • $30.75 rental fee for non-residents

  • Sixty eight (68) 10' x 23' plots
  • $15.75 rental fee for Iowa City residents
  • $20.75 rental fee for non-residents

For more information, visit www.icgov.org/gardenplots.

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Controlled burns scheduled for three city parks in the coming weeks

The City of Iowa City will conduct controlled burns at Iowa City Kickers Soccer Park, Terry Trueblood Recreation Area and Hickory Hill Park within the next several weeks.

A comprehensive burn plan was prepared and approved by the Iowa City Fire Department, and considerations will be made for wind direction and required weather conditions. Privately-owned land areas and structures will be protected, and fire breaks will be established along all sides of the burn area.

Seasonal burning of native vegetation in Iowa promotes species diversity, habitat and suppression of invasive species. Controlled burning is an established and powerful conservation management tool that, when utilized by professionals under strictly defined parameters, can be safely used for great benefit to natural areas.


UPDATE: Walk-away from Iowa City Mental Health Facility

Vanessa JonesUPDATE: For the last 24 hours, eight public safety agencies have searched for missing adult, Vanessa Jones. The search has utilized over 50 personnel and various specialized equipment but has turned up no sign of her. 

The Iowa City Police Department continues to ask for the public’s help in locating Jones and requests the residents of Johnson and surrounding counties check their property and buildings. 

If you have any information on the whereabouts of Jones, please contact the Johnson County Joint Emergency Communication Center at 319-356-6800.


UPDATE at 9:42 a.m. 03/20/17: Law enforcement and other responding agencies continued the search overnight for Jones and she was not found. The search for Jones is ongoing and anyone with information should contact the Johnson County Joint Emergency Communications Center at 319-356-6800. 


ORIGINAL MESSAGE at 7:58 p.m. 03/19/17: Law enforcement officials from several jurisdictions are currently looking for a female who walked away from Chatham Oaks, a treatment residence for individuals with chronic mental illness, located at 4515 Melrose Avenue. 

At 5:34 p.m., Vanessa Jones, 35, was reported to have left the facility and walked to the west and entered a field to the south. She is described as a white female with brown hair and green eyes, approximately 5'4" and weighing approximately 160 lbs. She was last seen wearing a red sweater, pants, and pink Crocs sandals. 

If located, please contact the Johnson County Joint Emergency Communications Center at 319-356-6800.


Walk-away from Iowa City Mental Health Facility

Vanessa JonesLaw enforcement officials from several jurisdictions are currently looking for a female who walked away from Chatham Oaks, a treatment residence for individuals with chronic mental illness, located at 4515 Melrose Avenue. 

At 5:34pm, Vanessa Jones, 35, was reported to have left the facility and walked to the west and entered a field to the south.  She is described as a white female with brown hair and green eyes, approximately 5'4" and weighing approximately 160 lbs.  She was last seen wearing a red sweater, pants, and pink Crocs sandals. 

If located, please contact the Johnson County Joint Emergency Communications Center at 319.356.6800.


Iowa City Police Repsond to Armed Robbery

On Sunday, March 19, 2017, at approximately 11:14p.m., the Iowa City Police Department responded to 525 Highway 1 West, Deli Mart, for an employee stating he was just robbed by a male who brandished a handgun.  The victim stated the suspect demanded property from him and he complied.  The Iowa City Police checked the area and didn't locate the suspect.

The suspect was described as black male, 6'2, lean build, wearing a grey sweatshirt and black sweatpants.  

Iowa City Area CrimeStoppers is offering a reward of up to $1000 for information leading to the arrest of the suspect. 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.


Iowa City Police Respond to Armed Robbery

On Saturday, March 11, 2017, at approximately 4:08a.m., the Iowa City Police Department responded to the 2600 block of Roberts Road for an adult male reporting he was just robbed by two males and one of the males brandished a handgun.  The victim stated the suspects demanded property from him and he complied.  The Iowa City Police checked the area and didn't locate the suspects. 

The suspects were described as black males and both were wearing dark clothing. 

The Iowa City Police Department was assisted in this investigation by the Johnson County Sheriff's Office and the University Heights Police Department. 

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.