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Suspect in Several Armed Robberies

CEDAR RAPIDS, IA – The Cedar Rapids Police Department is investigating three armed robberies that have occurred since Sunday, November 12th.  The suspect may have also committed a robbery in Hiawatha this week. 

The suspect is described as a black male, between 6'0'' and 6'2", 200-240 pounds, wearing a hooded sweatshirt, white mask, and armed with a silver handgun.  The suspect is last seen leaving on foot from the robbery locations.

The robberies in Cedar Rapids have occurred at the following locations:

Surveillance photographs of the suspect are available for download from the Cedar Rapids Police Department's Facebook page at www.facebook.com/cedarrapidspolicedepartment.

Anyone with information on the identity of the suspect is encouraged to call the Cedar Rapids Police Department at (319) 286-5491 or Linn County Crime Stoppers at 1-800-CS-CRIME or text CRIMES (274637) and in the message/subject, type 5227 and your tip.  You can continue to trade information with an investigator.  Text STOP to opt out at any time. 

Disclaimer:  Any arrest information included above is based on the legal conclusion that, as with any criminal case, a charge is merely an accusation and a defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.


Road Closure - Washington Street

IOWA CITY -- Weather permitting, on Tuesday, November 21, 2017, Washington Street, between Lucas Street and Governor Street, will be closed to all thru traffic in order to repair a water main break in the area. Access will be maintained to all properties.  It is anticipated that Washington Street will reopen to normal traffic by late afternoon on the same day. 

Motorists are to take note of this closure and 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, www.icgov.org/travelalerts


Police warn of increased tire slashing incidents

The Iowa City Police Department has received a significant increase in tire slashing reports.

Over the last three nights, officers have responded to more than 20 incidents, many occurring on the southeast side of Iowa City, specifically in area of Miami Drive, Nevada Avenue and Union Road. Police are receiving calls during the day, with most incidents happening during the evening hours.  

Police do not have any witnesses or suspects at this time, but officers have increased patrol in and around the neighborhood.  

The Iowa City Police Department is asking for the public’s help in identifying a suspect. Anyone with information is asked to call police at 319-356-6800.   

Iowa City Area CrimeStoppers is offering a reward of up to $1,000 for information leading to the arrest of the suspect. Anyone with information about this crime is urged to contact CrimeStoppers at 358-TIPS (8477) or at www.iccrimestoppers.org.  All contacts are held in strict confidence and anonymity is guaranteed. Individuals providing information do not have to reveal their identity to collect a reward.


Road Construction - Burlington Street

IOWA CITY -- Weather permitting, beginning on Monday, November 20, 2017, eastbound traffic on Burlington Street, between Linn Street and Van Buren Street, will be reduced to one lane.  This lane reduction is necessary to facilitate repair work on a water main and the subsequent street and sidewalk pavement replacement. It is anticipated that Burlington Street will reopen to normal traffic by early evening on Wednesday, November 22nd. 

Motorists are encouraged to allow extra travel time or to seek an alternate route during this time period as delays will occur.  As always, caution should be exercised when driving through all construction areas.

For updated information on road construction in Iowa City, www.icgov.org/travelalerts


Thanksgiving schedule changes, includes transit & garbage

City of Iowa City administrative offices at City Hall and other facilities will be closed Thursday, Nov. 23 and Friday, Nov. 24, 2017, for the Thanksgiving holiday. 

Curbside garbage, recycling and yard waste will not be collected on Thanksgiving Day. 

Detailed schedule changes and other office closures are below: 

Airport: Administration office will be closed both days. Jet Air will be available Thursday from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. and regular hours on Friday. Jet Air will also be available after hours for callout at 319-248-1200 (fees apply). Self-serve Avgas and Jet-A available around the clock. 

Animal Care and Adoption Center: Closed both days.

Cemetery: Office closed both days. Artificial wreaths and flowers, or other decorations may be placed on graves for the holidays. These materials will remain in place through the end of February 2018. If not claimed by then, they will be removed by staff. 

Landfill and Recycling Center: Closed Thursday, but open regular hours on Friday from 7 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. 

Library: The Library will be closing at 5 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 22. It will be closed all day on Thanksgiving Day. Friday hours, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Parking: Office closed both days. Ramp and metered parking will not be enforced, Thursday, Friday and Saturday, to support Small Business Saturday on Nov. 25.  

Parks and Recreation: All facilities will be closed on Thanksgiving Day. On Friday, Nov. 24 the recreation centers will be open Sunday hours, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Pools at both facilities will be open 1 p.m. to 8 p.m. Administrative offices will be closed both days.

Police: Administration and records closed. Patrol and station masters will be on duty, and the Police Department front desk will be open.

Senior Center: Closed both Thursday and Friday. No senior meals. 

Solid Waste: No curbside garbage, recycling or yard waste collection on Thanksgiving Day. Operations will resume on Friday, when both Thursday and Friday routes will be collected. Residents on these routes should place materials at the curb by 7 a.m. on Friday, although the City cannot determine exactly what time the items will be collected.

Transit: There will be no free shuttle service from Monday, Nov. 20 through Friday, Nov. 24. Transit will not run on Thursday. It will run its Saturday schedule on Friday and Saturday at no cost to riders. 

Water: Office closed both days, for a water emergency, call the 24-hour emergency number at 319-356-5166.

City offices and operations will return to normal schedules on Monday, Nov. 27. 

For more information, contact Shannon McMahon, Communications Coordinator, at 319-356-5058. 


New Coralville Drop-Off Recycling Center Opens December 4

RecyclingThe Coralville Drop-Off Recycling Center is moving and offering convenient, new, expanded hours. Beginning Monday, December 4, Coralville residents can drop off recyclable items at 950 Hughes Street, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Acceptable items include paper, plastics #1-5 and 7, aluminum and tin, and cardboard.

The existing Recycling Center on E. 7th Street will close permanently on Saturday, December 2, at noon.

Access the new Drop-Off Recycling Center at 950 Hughes Street by turning east from 12th Avenue at 10th Street; follow the street as it continues in front of the City Parks, Transit, and Water Facility. The Coralville Drop-Off Recycling Center will be at the end of the street. Get directions

The following items are recyclable at home in your curbside container and at the Drop-Off Recycling Center:

  • Paper: chipboard, envelopes (remove plastic windows), junk mail, magazines, newspaper, newsprint, paper, phone books
  • Plastic: containers #1 through #5, #7, juice bottles, milk jugs, soda/pop bottles
  • Aluminum and Tin: food cans, aluminum foil
  • Corrugated Cardboard

Sorting is simple at the Drop-Off Recycling Center: corrugated cardboard in one bin; all other recyclable materials in another bin. Please follow bin labels and signs. Do not discard non-recyclables at the Drop-Off Recycling Center. The new location will be under camera surveillance.

At home, using your curbside container, continue to sort recyclables into separate bags for paper, plastic, and aluminum/tin.

For more information about Coralville’s recycling program, visit www.coralville.org/recycling or call 319.248.1740.

via www.coralville.org


Update on Wilson Avenue Closure

CEDAR RAPIDS, IA – Wilson Avenue SW is currently closed to thru traffic due to a water main break near 25th Street SW.  The road will remain closed over the weekend and while repairs are underway for safety of the traveling public. Repairs are anticipated to be completed by late next week, and will include utility and pavement repairs. Updates on the timeline will be ongoing.  


Shooting suspects arrested

CEDAR RAPIDS -- On November 16, 2017 at approximately 6:15p.m., Officers were dispatched to a subject that had been shot.  Officers located the victim suffering from a non-life threatening gunshot wound to the arm.  Victim advised officers the incident occurred at 2925 Johnson Ave NW, in Cedar Rapids. 

Officers responded to 2925 Johnson Ave NW and located the crime scene.  Officers also were able to locate the suspects involved in the incident.  As a result of the investigation two suspects were charged in the incident. 

Derek Morrison Jr., was charged with Attempted Murder, Robbery 1st, Intimidation with a Weapon, Reckless Use of a Firearm and Carrying Weapons.

Anthony Keith, was charged with Attempted Murder, Robbery 1st and Conspiracy to Commit a Felony.

The investigation is on-going and no further information will be released at this time.  There is no threat to the public.


Mayors visiting Iowa City for community panel discussion

Iowa City’s Mayor has invited the mayors of Cedar Rapids, Waterloo and Madison, WI for a reflective panel discussion.

The topic “What Four Mayors have Learned over the Past Year” will bring together Cedar Rapids Mayor Ron Corbett, Waterloo Mayor Quentin Hart, Madison Mayor Paul Soglin and Iowa City Mayor Jim Throgmorton.

"Serving as mayor of a small-to-medium sized city in ordinary times is no easy task. Cities are constantly changing, and in a well-functioning democracy those changes often generate spirited debate," Mayor Throgmorton said. "But the past year has been far from ordinary."


A graphic promtoing the Mayor Forum hosted by Iowa City Mayor Jim Throgmorton.


Policy has changed significantly at the federal level with a new administration, and at the state level with new laws that impact municipalities and public employees.

This panel will provide four mayors an opportunity to discuss the major challenges and opportunities confronting their individual communities, and what it’s been like to serve during the past year. 

The panel will take place from noon to 1:30 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 1, 2017, at FilmScene, 118 E. College St. The event will conclude with an open question and answer session.

There is no cost to attend and all are welcome.

RSVP to the Facebook event A Mayor's Perspective Panel Discussion for event details and reminders.

For questions, contact Mayor Jim Throgmorton at 319-621-9391 or jim-throgmorton@iowa-city.org.


Road Closure - College Street

IOWA CITY -- Weather permitting, beginning on Monday, November 20, 2017, College Street will be closed to through traffic from Gilbert Street to the Chauncey Swan Parking Ramp entrance.  Access to the Parking Ramp will be maintained from the east.  This closure will facilitate the construction of a building in the area.  Normal traffic will resume by mid-afternoon on Wednesday, November 22nd. 

Motorists are to take note of this closure and to seek an alternate route during this time period.  As always, caution should be exercised when traveling in construction areas.

For updated information on road construction in Iowa City, www.icgov.org/travelalerts