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City of Iowa City earns Aaa bond rating

Moody's Investors Service has awarded the City of Iowa City the highest credit rating possible, an Aaa bond rating, for its upcoming 2017 general obligation bond issue. The City has maintained an Aaa rating since November 1973 on its general obligation bonded debt. The top tier Aaa rating ranks Iowa City among the most financially stable cities in the state of Iowa and the nation.

The Moody’s rating is used by banking authorities and investors to evaluate the potential risk of loans, bonds, and other financial transactions with municipalities and other governmental entities. A top rating by Moody’s, a global market rating agency, represents the least amount of risk to investors. For Iowa City, it also represents financial savings for the City and taxpayers due to lower interest rates on loans for municipal projects.

Moody’s Investors Service has also awarded the City of Iowa City an Aa2 rating, the third highest rating possible, for its upcoming 2017 water and sewer revenue bond issues.  Moody’s reported that the City’s water and sewer utilities have a stable service area, unlimited rate setting authority, strong system liquidity, and a modest debt profile. The Aa2 rating will assist the City in the issuance of refunding bonds to retire higher rate debt and achieve a net savings for the City.

For more information City of Iowa City Finance Director Dennis Bockenstedt  at 319-356-5053 or dennis-bockenstedt@iowa-city.org.


Preliminary autopsy results released in homicide investigation

The Iowa City Police Department is releasing the preliminary autopsy results in Sunday's homicide investigation. The Johnson County Medical Examiner’s office relayed that the cause of 34-year-old Jonathan Wieseler's death was the result of a gunshot wound and the manner of death was a homicide.  

The ICPD believes this incident is an isolated event and the department is actively investigating all leads. The ICPD is still seeking the public’s assistance in developing additional leads as well as persons in the general vicinity of 518 S. Capitol St., particularly between the hours of 10 p.m. Saturday, April 22 and 3 a.m. Sunday, April 23.  Anyone with information related to this case should contact Investigator Mike Smithey directly at 319-356-5452.

The Iowa City Area CrimeStoppers will offer a reward of up to $1,000 for information leading to the arrest of a suspect. Anyone with information about this incident 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.

The ICPD is being assisted in the investigation by the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigations (DCI) and the Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI).


The Iowa City Police Department is releasing the name of the victim in Sunday's homicide investigation. 

Police are identifying him as 34-year-old Jonathan Wieseler, of Iowa City. The autopsy is being completed by the Johnson County Medical Examiner's Office and is still ongoing. Police expect to release the preliminary autopsy results Wednesday, April 26, 2017.

There are no further details to release at this time. 


On Sunday, April 23, 2017 at 11:11 a.m. the Iowa City Police Department was dispatched to 518 South Capitol St., Iowa City to a report of an unknown problem. Upon officer’s arrival, a deceased male subject was located with multiple sources of trauma. Based on the evidence thus far discovered at 518 South Capitol St., and the known circumstances surrounding the death of the subject, the Investigations Unit is treating this case as a homicide.  Officers continues to actively investigate this matter and are pursuing all leads as developed. 

The autopsy is being conducted with the preliminary results expected on Tuesday, April 25. The release of the name of the deceased subject is being withheld pending official identification by the Johnson County Medical Examiner’s Office.    

The police department continues to seek the public’s assistance and encourages anyone with information regarding this incident, particularly between the hours of 9 p.m. Saturday, April 22 and 11:11 a.m., Sunday April 23, to contact Iowa City Police at 319-356-6800.

Iowa City Area CrimeStoppers will offer a reward of up to $1000 for information leading to the arrest of a suspect. Anyone with information about this incident is urged to contact CrimeStoppers at 358-TIPS (8477) or at 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.


Original message: On April 23, at 11:11a.m. Iowa City Police Department (ICPD) was dispatched to 518 South Capitol Street, Iowa City to a report of an unknown problem.  Upon officers arrival, a deceased male subject was located.  The circumstances surrounding the death of the subject is being treated as suspicious.  This matter remains under active investigation by the ICPD investigations unit. 

The identity of the deceased is not being released at this time pending official identity confirmation and notification of the family.

There will be no further information released at this time.  However, more information will be released on Monday April 2.

If this matter is determined to be a criminal act, the Iowa City Area CrimeStoppers will offer a reward of up to $1000 for information leading to the arrest of a suspect. Anyone with information about this incident 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.


Iowa City Police identify victim in homicide investigation

The Iowa City Police Department is releasing the name of the victim in Sunday's homicide investigation. 

Police are identifying him as 34-year-old Jonathan Wieseler, of Iowa City. The autopsy is being completed by the Johnson County Medical Examiner's Office and is still ongoing. Police expect to release the preliminary autopsy results Wednesday, April 26, 2017.

There are no further details to release at this time. 


On Sunday, April 23, 2017 at 11:11 a.m. the Iowa City Police Department was dispatched to 518 South Capitol St., Iowa City to a report of an unknown problem. Upon officer’s arrival, a deceased male subject was located with multiple sources of trauma. Based on the evidence thus far discovered at 518 South Capitol St., and the known circumstances surrounding the death of the subject, the Investigations Unit is treating this case as a homicide.  Officers continues to actively investigate this matter and are pursuing all leads as developed. 

The autopsy is being conducted with the preliminary results expected on Tuesday, April 25. The release of the name of the deceased subject is being withheld pending official identification by the Johnson County Medical Examiner’s Office.    

The police department continues to seek the public’s assistance and encourages anyone with information regarding this incident, particularly between the hours of 9 p.m. Saturday, April 22 and 11:11 a.m., Sunday April 23, to contact Iowa City Police at 319-356-6800.

Iowa City Area CrimeStoppers will offer a reward of up to $1000 for information leading to the arrest of a suspect. Anyone with information about this incident is urged to contact CrimeStoppers at 358-TIPS (8477) or at 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.


Original message: On April 23, at 11:11a.m. Iowa City Police Department (ICPD) was dispatched to 518 South Capitol Street, Iowa City to a report of an unknown problem.  Upon officers arrival, a deceased male subject was located.  The circumstances surrounding the death of the subject is being treated as suspicious.  This matter remains under active investigation by the ICPD investigations unit. 

The identity of the deceased is not being released at this time pending official identity confirmation and notification of the family.

There will be no further information released at this time.  However, more information will be released on Monday April 2.

If this matter is determined to be a criminal act, the Iowa City Area CrimeStoppers will offer a reward of up to $1000 for information leading to the arrest of a suspect. Anyone with information about this incident 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 - Rocky Shore Drive

Rocky-shoreWeather permitting, beginning on Wednesday, April 26, 2017 work will commence on the PCC Pavement Rehabilitation 2016 Project. This work includes street pavement repair along Rocky Shore Drive. To accommodate the repair work, Rocky Shore Drive will be reduced to one lane of alternating traffic between Highway 6 and Dill Street. It is anticipated that work will be completed along Rocky Shore Drive and normal traffic will resume by the end of the day on Wednesday, May 3rd.

Motorists are to take note of this work and use caution when traveling within this construction area.

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.


UPDATE: Iowa City Police investigate suspicious death

On Sunday, April 23, 2017 at 11:11 a.m. the Iowa City Police Department was dispatched to 518 South Capitol St., Iowa City to a report of an unknown problem. Upon arrival, officers located a deceased male subject with multiple sources of trauma. Based on the evidence thus far discovered at 518 South Capitol St., and the known circumstances surrounding the death of the subject, the department's Investigations Unit is treating this case as a homicide. Officers continues to actively investigate this matter and are pursuing all leads as developed. 

The autopsy is being conducted with the preliminary results expected on Tuesday, April 25. The release of the name of the deceased subject is being withheld pending official identification by the Johnson County Medical Examiner’s Office.    

The police department continues to seek the public’s assistance and encourages anyone with information regarding this incident, particularly between the hours of 9 p.m. Saturday, April 22 and 11:11 a.m., Sunday April 23, to contact Iowa City Police at 319-356-6800.

Iowa City Area CrimeStoppers will offer a reward of up to $1,000 for information leading to the arrest of a suspect. Anyone with information about this incident is urged to contact CrimeStoppers at 358-TIPS (8477) or at 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.


 

Original message: On April 23, at 11:11 a.m., the Iowa City Police Department (ICPD) was dispatched to 518 South Capitol Street, Iowa City to a report of an unknown problem. Upon officers arrival, a deceased male subject was located. The circumstances surrounding the death of the subject is being treated as suspicious. This matter remains under active investigation by the ICPD investigations unit. 

The identity of the deceased is not being released at this time pending official identity confirmation and notification of the family.

There will be no further information released at this time.  However, more information will be released on Monday, April 24.

If this matter is determined to be a criminal act, the Iowa City Area CrimeStoppers will offer a reward of up to $1,000 for information leading to the arrest of a suspect. Anyone with information about this incident is urged to contact CrimeStoppers at 358-TIPS (8477) or at 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.


Iowa City Police Investigate Suspicious Death

On April 23, at 11:11 A.M. the Iowa City Police Department (ICPD) was dispatched to 518 South Capitol Street, Iowa City to a report of an unknown problem.  Upon officers arrival, a deceased male subject was located.  The circumstances surrounding the death of the subject is being treated as suspicious.  This matter remains under active investigation by the ICPD investigations unit. 

The identity of the deceased is not being released at this time pending official identity confirmation and notification of the family.

There will be no further information released at this time.  However, more information will be released on Monday April 2.

If this matter is determined to be a criminal act, the Iowa City Area CrimeStoppers will offer a reward of up to $1000 for information leading to the arrest of a suspect. Anyone with information about this incident 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.


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.