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Marlin's Special Investigations, Inc. added to the Corridor Search business directory

The Coralville Courier is pleased to announce the addition of Marlin's Special Investigations to the 'Investigators & Investigation Services' category in the Corridor Search business directory.


MarlinMARLIN'S SPECIAL INVESTIGATIONS, INC. (MSI) is an Iowa Private Investigative Agency located in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Established in 1994, MSI offers a wide variety of Investigative Services for Attorneys, Insurance Companies, Businesses and Private Individuals. Although we are located in Cedar Rapids, we work with clients all over Iowa including Iowa City/Coralville, Dubuque, Cedar Falls/Waterloo, Bettendorf/Davenport, Des Moines, Ames and other surrounding cities. MSI also works with clients on a national basis depending on the case.

Our Investigators are licensed, bonded and Insured. (The State of Iowa requires all Private Investigators be licensed by the Iowa Department of Public Safety). All reports and correspondance with the client are kept confidential. The initial consultation is free so please call to see if we can assist you.

Over one thousand cases have been worked over the years, providing the necessary knowledge and experience to work successfully in a multitude of situations with various degrees of difficulty.  State-of-the-art video, camera and computer resources are used to meet most investigative requirements. 

Our investigators have testified on numerous cases and can testify for your case if needed.

Jeff Marlin, a former police officer is owner of MSI and has over 20 years of investigative experience. Mike Marlin, a retired Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation (DCI) Special Agent has over 40 years of investigative experience. Mike is currently retired from MSI but remains on as a consultant.

Please contact us to see if we can assist you with your case.

MSI can provide a wide variety of services that can be specifically designed to focus on the client's needs. Our investigative services are used by attorneys, corporations, other private investigators, small businesses and the general public.

Some of those services offered are:

  • General Investigations
  • Criminal and Civil Investigations
  • Surveillance
  • Domestic Investigations
  • Child Custody
  • Personal Injury Investigations
  • Background Investigations
  • Worker's Compensation
  • Criminal Defense
  • Process Service
  • Photo and Video Documentation
  • Professional and Punctual Reports
  • Trial Court Testimony
  • Activity Checks
  • Corporate Investigations
  • Missing Persons
  • Locate Witnesses
  • Witness Statements
  • Nationwide Skip Tracing
  • Court Records Research
  • Asset Searches
  • Criminal & Civil Record Searches
  • Driver License History
  • Marriage & Divorce Records
  • Address Searches
  • SSN Verifications
  • Corporate Records
  • Bankrupticies, Liens & Judgments
  • Real Property Records
  • Professional License Verifications

Marlin's Special Investigations, Inc.

PO Box 11183
Cedar Rapids, Iowa 52410-1183
Office: (319) 373-5025
Toll Free: 1-866-373-5440

Iowa flu hospitalizations double in a week

Flu cases continue to surge across Iowa, with hospitalizations doubling in a week, the state health department reported Monday.

The most recent report showed 130 Iowans were hospitalized in the week ending Dec. 20. That was up from 65 the previous week and 26 in the last week of November. Most of the hospitalizations continue to be among people 65 or older.


Bodies and debris found in AirAsia plane search

SURABAYA, Indonesia — Officials have confirmed that debris found in Indonesian waters is from AirAsia Flight 8501 that vanished on Sunday, the airline said.

In a statement Tuesday, AirAsia Indonesia said the country's National Search and Rescue Agency confirmed the debris of the aircraft was found in the Karimata Strait between Sumatra, Java and Borneo, a large island shared among Indonesia, Malaysia and Brunei. The announcement came as bodies were being recovered from the area where the flight disappeared.


The American Economic Crisis Remains

The United States may be “officially” out of the Great Recession, but the economy still faces serious structural problems. Most of these structural problems are a result of poor public policies that are placing an albatross over the economy. The problems of high unemployment, high national debt, massive increase in regulations, and other policies such as the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act are the direct cause of today’s poor economic recovery.
Americans are not only struggling to find fulltime jobs, but also with wages in decline there is a substantial increase in the number of individuals and families who are becoming dependent on government aid/welfare programs. Investor’s Business Daily noted that information from the Federal Reserve demonstrates “that only the top 10 percent of American earners have seen their incomes rise under [President] Obama.”
“Despite 0 percent interest rates, $7 trillion in added debt, more than $1.5 trillion in stimulus, and the Fed creating more than $4.5 trillion in new money out of thin air, our economy just stumbles along,” noted an Investor’s Business Daily editorial. Terence Jeffrey, Editor in Chief of CNSnews, recently wrote that the national debt is $17.6 trillion and since January 2009 when President Barack Obama assumed the presidency the debt has increased by $7 trillion. The debt situation represents a serious problem for not just the future of the national economy, but also represents a serious national security risk for the nation.
The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act is also contributing to the current economic crisis. Avik Roy, writing in Forbes, described three facts on how the Affordable Care Act is harming the national economy: “Obamacare is one of the largest tax increases in U.S. history; Obamacare increases the cost of employing workers; and Obamacare’s exchange subsidies encourage many workers to drop out.” “Over the next decade, Obamacare increases taxes by more than $1.2 trillion: one of the largest tax increases in U.S. history, and the largest in nominal dollars,” argues Roy. The mandate under the Affordable Care Act is also causing many businesses to pull back on hiring fulltime workers, and as Roy wrote, “16.9 percent of service firms and 21.6 percent of manufacturers said they would be reducing their workforce due to Obamacare.”
The economic crisis will continue unless Americans reject the current policies that are emerging and come to the realization that the welfare state must be trimmed back and reformed. Our most urgent need is a restoration of constitutional government as represented by lowering spending, paying down the debt, eliminating regulation, and lowering tax rates. These policies along with promoting a strong dollar and an American-first trade policy will resurrect a strong national economy. Our history has proven this during periods of economic prosperity and President Warren G. Harding, Calvin Coolidge, and Ronald Reagan formula for a strong economy.
The views expressed in this column are those of the author and not necessarily those of the Public Interest Institute.  They are brought to you in the interest of a better informed citizenry. 
John Hendrickson, Research Analyst, Public Interest Institute, 600 North Jackson Street, Mount Pleasant, IA 52641-1328. Ph: 319-385-3462, Web site:  Contact him at

Iowa City Police Arrest Homicide Suspect

Lorenzo JonesOn 12-26-14, the Iowa City Police Department was contacted by the Chicago, Illinois Police Department that Lorenzo Jones DOB# 03-21-1985 was allegedly involved in a shooting where one person was killed in Chicago on 12-25-14 and was possibly heading to the Iowa City area. On 12-27-14, the Chicago Police Department issued an arrest warrant charging Jones with Homicide. The information received indicated that Jones may be armed with an assault rifle.

On 12-29-14, members of the Iowa City Police Department were able to gather information that Jones was staying inside the residence of 810 Benton Drive #24. On 12-29-14, at approximately 430pm, members of the Iowa City Police Department Special Response Team and Crisis Negotiation team made contact with Jones and within minutes were able to take him into custody without incident. Upon verification of the homicide warrant, Jones was transported the Johnson County Jail where he remains pending extradition to Chicago, Illinois.

The Iowa City Police Department was assisted in this investigation by the Johnson County Multi-Agency Narcotics Task Force, the Johnson County Ambulance Service, the Johnson County Sheriff's Office, and the US Marshalls Service Fugitive Task Force.

Road Construction - N Dubuque Street

IOWA CITY, IA. -- Beginning today, Monday, December 29, 2014, northbound traffic on Dubuque Street is reduced to one lane of traffic from Kimball Road to Foster Road. This lane reduction is necessary to remove the temporary asphalt that was installed to accommodate the construction work at Mayflower dormitory by the University of Iowa. It is anticipated that normal traffic will resume by the end of the day on Wednesday, December 31st.

Motorists are to allow extra travel time when traveling in this area as delays may be possible. As always, caution should be exercised when traveling in all construction areas.

For updated information on road construction in Iowa City, visit the City of Iowa City's website at

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Iowa City shelter leader monitors construction | KCRG-TV9

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — The Iowa City Animal Care and Adoption Center has a new leader, and her first order of business will be to preside over the construction of the shelter’s new building.

The Iowa City Press-Citizen reports that Liz Ford, who has worked for years as a volunteer, fundraiser and staff member for the shelter, was recently hired to replace former director Misha Goodman.


Quotes of the year for 2014

The immigration problem is like a faucet Democrats don't want to turn off

The answer to the surge in illegal immigration going on at our southern border is to secure the border and stop the flow.  What are the President and Senate Democrats doing instead?  Looking to spend money on more processing centers, to provide legal services for illegals, to hire more immigration judges to hear cases, to spend more money on transporting these illegal aliens to various locations across the country, to give even more money to the Dept. of Health and Human Services to grow that dept.  Instead of turning off the water and fixing that leaking pipe, Democrats are leaving the water on and getting out the mop.  The floor is never going to dry that way, water is being wasted, the water bill is going to climb and most importantly, the floor is going to rot.  Leaving the faucet on = pain and damage. ~ Mike Thayer

A federally mandated minimum wage is not a proper role of the federal government

A mandated federal minimum wage is not a proper role for the federal government and we've been duped into believing it is via federal legislation...... Not to be confused with the Constitution. There's nothing stopping communities from raising wages, nothing stopping states from raising wages. I'm not advocating that, I believe in market forces and competition, but the minimum wage issue truly does not belong in the federal arena. ~ Mike Thayer

Obama is lying when he says he wants to fix the immigration problem

Democrats think throwing money at problems automatically fixes them right?  Then why is Obama throwing less than 2 percent of the $3.7 billion he requested from Congress at border security?  Less than 2 percent?  Hmmmmmm......   ~ Mike Thayer

Inventing an act of hypocrisy, exposes your own

When liberal-minded folks try to drum up an argument of hypocrisy, they point to their own.  ~ Mike Thayer

The ultimate hypocrisy

The ultimate hypocrisy: The government trying to interfere with religious freedom, in violation of the U.S. Constitution. And then the people who are OK with that, while claiming their freedoms are being infringed by a company they don't work for and are upset with that company for fighting for the First Amendment. ~ Mike Thayer on Hobby Lobby

Everything Barack Obama has done, has weakened America

Name an issue, any issue, be it the U.S. economy, spending, energy, debt, government oversight, national security, foreign policy.....    Every decision Barack Obama has made, has led to a weaker America.  Some would argue by design. ~ Mike Thayer

The most important thing to take away from the Lois Lerner/IRS tax scandal

That the IRS tax code is so huge, so complicated, so far-reaching, so obviously manipulated that the entire thing needs to be scrapped.  Yesterday isn't soon enough.   ~ Mike Thayer

Democrats are failing you with failed economic policy

China is going to overtake the U.S. as the #1 economy in the world later this year and how do Democrats respond to that?   They want to raise the minimum wage and extend unemployment benefits......   ~ Mike Thayer