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Arrest Made in Iowa City Robbery Case

An arrest has been made regarding the Jan 7, 2018 robbery at Romantix in Iowa City.  

With the help of CrimeStoppers tips, investigators with the Iowa City Police Department identified William S. Porter (42) as the suspect in the case and an arrest warrant was issued for 1st Degree Robbery. 

On Jan 19, 2018 at 8:10 am, members of the North Liberty Police Department stopped a vehicle being driven by Porter near Kansas Ave. and West Zeller St.  Mr. Porter was taken into custody without incident.  

The Iowa City Police Department and Iowa City Area CrimeStoppers would like to thank the members of the community who provided information about this case, as well as the North Liberty Police Department and Johnson County Sheriff’s Office for their assistance. 

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


Iowa Valley Habitat for Humanity - Iowa City

Iowa Valley Habitat For HumanityIowa Valley Habitat for Humanity (IVHFH), a tax-exempt, nonprofit housing organization, unites diverse communities to build, rehabilitate and maintain safe, decent and affordable homes for hard-working families in Cedar, Iowa, Johnson and Washington counties.

We look to ensure the long-term success of our homeowners, offering monthly classes that cover a range of topics including: understanding insurance and taxes, home maintenance, banking and credit, personal finance and budgeting.

Each home Iowa Valley Habitat builds has a variety of aspects which makes our homes extremely energy efficient, thus helping the environment and ensuring that the new homeowner will save on on utility expenses.

We also advocate for fair housing practices in our community, expanding our reach beyond the scope of our home ownership program.

2401 Scott Blvd SE
Iowa City, IA 52240
(319) 337-8949

info@iowavalleyhabitat.org

via www.iowavalleyhabitat.org


ICPD awarded $450K grant for domestic violence response

Iowa City is one of six law enforcement agencies selected to serve as a demonstration site as part of a national initiative to address gender bias in response to domestic violence, sexual assault and stalking.

The initiative titled Integrity, Action, and Justice: Strengthening Law Enforcement Response to Domestic and Sexual Violence, will provide up to $450,000 in dedicated resources and technical assistance to the six selected agencies, and is being carried out by The International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP), supported by the Office for Victims of Crime and in partnership with the National Crime Victim Law Institute.

These organizations, with the help of subject experts, will work with the Iowa City Police Department to assess agency efforts and to strengthen response and investigations of sexual assault, domestic/intimate partner violence, and stalking. In a collaborative approach, the ICPD will engage in needs assessment, strategic planning, implementation, and partnership-building while receiving ongoing training and technical assistance.

Last year, Iowa City Police officers responded to more than 700 cases of relationship-oriented crime including domestic assault, harassment and others. 

“These resources will allow our department to create a better response to domestic crimes, including those committed against the LGBTQ+ community,” Iowa City Police Investigator Scott Stevens said. “Eliminating gender bias will ensure all officers are able to recognize microaggressions that come from implicit bias and understand how to address and re-work those issues.”


Click the image to play a video that details the Iowa City Police Domestic Violence Response grant.

Watch this video to learn more about the grant the Iowa City Police Department will receive to improve the Department's response to domestic and sexual violence. 


The Iowa City Police Department will also help to create strategies, tools, and models of success to serve as a guide for law enforcement agencies nationwide. Money received through the grant will be available through September 2019. 

“This is a great opportunity for the ICPD to become a leader and model department in responding to domestic violence and providing victim support,” Iowa City Police Chief Jody Matherly said. “We look forward to using the resources and experts provided through this unique experience to their full extent.”  

IACP will work with Iowa City Police to identify department strengths, raise awareness of implicit and explicit gender bias, create sustainable strategies, develop partnerships and build community trust, and implement trauma-informed, victim-focused procedures agency-wide.

This national demonstration initiative was created in response to the United States Department of Justice document designed to provide guidance to law enforcement agencies in their efforts to address and prevent gender bias in response to sexual assault and domestic violence. The document, Identifying and Preventing Gender Bias in Law Enforcement’s Response to Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence, focuses on the need for clear policies, comprehensive training, and responsive supervision protocols and accountability systems in order to effectively investigate these crimes and support victims.

The five other demonstration sites include the City of Shawnee Police Department (Oklahoma), the Clark County Sheriff’s Office (Ohio), Denton Police Department (Texas), Nampa Police Department (Idaho) and Vancouver Police Department (Washington). 


Would you use bricks from the Iowa City Ped Mall?

 

 


News and Notes from the City of Coralville, January 18, 2018

Upcoming Events

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

  • Kinder Club (January 19)
  • Family Storytime (January 20)
  • Meetings: Joint Meeting of Johnson County School Districts & Governments (January 22), Parks & Recreation Commission (January 22), City Council (January 23), City Council Goal Setting (January 30)
  • BrrrFest (January 27)

View all upcoming events

 

Understanding the City Budget 

Budget planning is open to the public

Tuesday, January 23 | 6:30 pm

Learn about the proposed City budget for the next fiscal year at a presentation at the City Council meeting on January 23. Join us in person, watch live, catch a rebroadcast, or stream the video later.

Detailed budget information will be in the latest Connection, scheduled to reach Coralville mailboxes in early February. A public hearing for the proposed budget will be on February 13. Budget information

 

Be in the Know About Snow

Let it snow, let it snow…but please clear your walkways. Remember to shovel your public sidewalks—including curb ramps on the corners—within 24 hours after the snowfall ends.
 
If you need to clear snow at night, remember that the City’s noise control ordinance doesn’t allow “motor-powered, muffler-equipped snow removal equipment” (such as a gas snow blower) between the hours of 10:00 pm and 6:00 am. Snow removal

 

Opening on the Library Board of Trustees

Application deadline is January 22

Are you a Coralville resident who enjoys community involvement? Coralville is accepting applications for a seat on the Library Board of Trustees; the Library Board of Trustees is tasked with helping to direct the funds and policies of the Library.  Library board

 

On Stage at the Coralville Center for the Performing Arts

Tonic Sol-fa

Friday, January 26 | 7:30 pm

This isn’t your grandpa’s barbershop quartet! Fans of all ages will love Tonic Sol-fa’s fun and funky arrangements of pop tunes.

 

Folk Songs & Horn Calls

Sunday, January 28 | 2:30 pm

Part of the Orchestra Iowa Showcase Chamber Series and featuring the works of Mozart, Bartok, and Brahms.

What's on stage

 

What's Happening at the Library

Winter Adult Reading Month Kicks Off

Thursday, January 25 | 10:30 am-2:00 pm & 4:00-6:00 pm

Join us for cocoa and cookies to kick off Winter Adult Reading Month! Sign up, read three books during February, keep a reading log, and get entered for a chance to win a tablet or gift certificates to a bookstore or New Pioneer Co-op. If you want to keep turning pages, check out the "Reading Without Walls" challenge.
Winter Adult Reading Month

 

Free Movie for Adults: Lion (PG-13)

Thursday, January 25 | 6:00 pm

Based on the book A Long Way Home by Saroo Brierley. A five-year-old gets lost on a train thousands of miles across India before being adopted. Twenty-five years later, he sets out to find his first family.
LitFlicks movie

 

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 www.coralville.org/notifyme.


"On the Case with Paula Zahn" Focuses on 1981 Cold Case Murder Investigation in Coralville

The Episode “A Murder in Coralville” Airs Sunday, January 21

Coralville Police DepartmentOn October 20, 1981, 22-year-old Vicky Lynn Klotzbach was reported missing after failing to report for work. Three days later she was found sexually assaulted and executed in a vacant field in rural Coralville.

Investigators from the Coralville Police Department, assisted by the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation and the Johnson County Sheriff’s Department, worked the case diligently for more than 18 months. The case led a team of investigators to Mt. Hood in Oregon to locate bullets fired 3 years earlier from a weapon associated with the primary suspect. The team consisted of DCI agent John Smith, Johnson County Sheriff Bob Carpenter, CPD Chief Don Ewalt, CPD Sgt. Terry Koehn, & CPD Det. Barry Bedford.

DNA testing became available in 1996. Samples from the victim were compared to the suspect and came back as a match, but the probability quotient was not high enough to be absolutely conclusive due to scientific limitations at the time. Johnson County Attorney J. Patrick White tasked Assistant County Attorney Janet Lyness to evaluate and eventually prosecute the case against Richard Dodd. In 2002, the samples were resubmitted due to scientific advances in DNA testing and came back with a conclusive match with Dodd. He was convicted on that charge in September of 2003 – 22 years after the murder.

“On The Case with Paula Zahn” is a true-crime docu-drama where award winning journalist Paula Zahn unravels shocking crimes by interviewing those closest to the case including lawyers, the victim's family, and detectives. County Attorney Janet Lyness, retired Agent John Smith, retired Chief Barry Bedford, and the victim’s brother and sister-in-law Kevin and Deb Klotzbach were interviewed by Zahn and assisted a film crew on location in Coralville during July and August of 2017. The episode “A Murder in Coralville” will air on the Investigative Discovery (ID) channel on Sunday, January 21, at 9:00 pm.

via www.coralville.org


Iowa City names Transportation Services Director

The City of Iowa City has a new Transportation Services Director.  

Darian Nagle-Gamm has worked with the Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPOJC) and the City of Iowa City for more than a decade, most recently as the Senior Transportation Engineering Planner.

“Darian has done outstanding work for the region in her career as a transportation planner. Her extensive experience in transportation planning will greatly benefit our community and its many transportation networks, ranging from bus to bike,” City Manager Geoff Fruin said. “We are thrilled to see her move into this position.”    


An image of Iowa City's Transportation Services Director Darian Nagle-Gamm

Darian Nagle-Gamm will serve as the City of Iowa City's next Transportation Services Director. 


During her time with MPOJC, Nagle-Gamm has overseen the development of the metro area’s Long-Range Transportation Plan, directed the development of multi-modal transportation studies, and provided technical transportation planning and traffic engineering services to Iowa City. 

She also served on the Technical Advisory Committees for the Bicycle Master and Parks Master plans.

Nagle-Gamm will oversee the Transportation Services Department, which includes Transit, Parking, and maintenance of the Central Business District.

She will officially begin her new position on Thursday, Feb. 1, 2018. 


ICPD announces new Public Information Officer

Public Information OfficerThere’s been a changing of the guard at the Iowa City Police Department.

Beginning Sunday, Jan. 14, 2018, Sgt. Derek Frank stepped into the role of Public Information Officer, replacing Sgt. Scott Gaarde.

Frank has been with the ICPD for nearly 20 years and has served in several roles, including a Field Training Officer, Neighborhood Response Officer and Patrol Sergeant. The Department is currently using Facebook and Twitter, and Sgt. Frank says he’s looking forward to continuing to grow their use.

“I’m excited to learn how to use social media in different ways that benefit the public and community,” Sgt. Frank said. “I’m jumping in with both feet.”

Sgt. Gaarde served as PIO for three years and has been with the department 21 years. He’s now the daytime Patrol Sergeant. 

The Police Department makes a practice of regularly rotating its PIO to expose more officers to the communication and research skills required of the position.

 

The ICPD’s Public Information Officer is the spokesperson for the Department and provides information to the news media and general public.