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April 2018

Homicide Investigation – 1814 I Street SW

CEDAR RAPIDS, IA Cedar Rapids firefighters and police officers were dispatched to 1814 I Street SW at 7:34 a.m. on Sunday morning when neighbors heard a loud boom and saw a garage fully involved with fire.  Emergency responders arrived on scene and found the detached garage fully engulfed in flames.  A police officer at the scene helped pull an adult female victim out of the burning garage.  Emergency medical care was rendered.  The victim died a short time later at a local hospital.

The victim has been identified as Gina Frederiksen, DOB/08-03-1979, age 38. 

The Iowa Office of the State Medical Examiner conducted an autopsy on Frederiksen.  The manner of death has been ruled a homicide and the cause of death is not being released at this time.

Anyone with information about this homicide is encouraged to call the Cedar Rapids Police Department at (319) 286-5491 or Linn County Crime Stoppers at 1-800-CS-CRIME. 

No further information is available at this time.


Product Review: Organizing the closet with a hanging shelf by Threshold - Bachelor on the Cheap

Threshold Closet Organizer
This thing makes getting dressed easier, seriously!

You almost don't need a dresser with one of these in your closet.....  Almost.

Even if you're already a neat freak, you can maximize/better organize your closet space with a 4 shelf organizer by Threshold.  With reinforced shelves that can take on a surprising amount of weight, the organizer easily attaches directly to your closet rod with three hooks. The unit also has its own hanging bar for, in my case, business casual pants for work.

via www.bacheloronthecheap.com


Death Investigation - 1814 I Street SW

CEDAR RAPIDS, IA Cedar Rapids firefighters and police officers were dispatched to 1814 I Street SW at 7:34 a.m. this morning when neighbors heard a loud boom and saw a garage fully involved with fire.  Emergency responders arrived on scene and found the detached two-stall garage fully engulfed in flames.

A police officer at the scene helped pull an adult female victim out of the burning garage.  Emergency medical care was rendered.  The victim was prounounced deceased a short time later at a local hospital.

Investigators are considering the death to be suspicious and are conducting an ongoing investigation. 

The name of the victim will not be released until family members can be notified.  The State Medical Examiner’s Office will be conducting an autopsy to determine the cause and manner of death.

No further information is available at this time.


Cubs pitchers are hot; now it's time for the hitters ... and the weather

The Cubs said goodbye to winter Sunday afternoon at Wrigley Field, hoping the transition to summer-like temperatures on Monday will set them on a prolonged run.

They’ve won four straight and nine of their last 13 after sweeping the Brewers with a 2-0 win on Sunday, and we’re still waiting for the offense to break out. 

For now the Cubs will take what they’re given. A win’s a win, so if the pitching is going to carry them for now, that’s fine.

via www.chicagotribune.com


O'Reilly Auto Parts vs. Advanced Auto Parts vs..... Walmart?

Mike Thayer 2016 (2)By Mike Thayer

I drive an old pickup truck, she's now an antique in vehicle years, I call her Ol' Nellie.  She's not the purdiest truck around, but she runs good.  She has 129,000 plus miles on her, she's paid for (No, she's not that kind of truck....) she's not nickle and diming me yet (If only something else was that cheap....) and she gets me from point 'A' to point 'B' just fine.  So I aim to keep her as long as I can, I see no need for a new truck, Ol' Nellie is fine by me. 

I do a few do-it-yourself things for my truck, top off the fluids for example and she does have a bit of rust on her, so lately I've been working on a few body repairs. 

So who has the best prices for that kind of thing?

O'Reilly and Advanced are auto parts specialty stores (obviously), but guess what, you pay a little extra at 'specialty' stores.

The Walmart price for the same product is significantly lower and bonus, the hours are better, with many Walmart locations being open 24 hours.

Rain-xJust check out the price difference on something as simple as windshield washer fluid.  The price for a gallon of Rain-X brand, 2-in-1 All Season Windshield Washer Fluid is $4.79 at O'Reilly Auto Parts.  It will cost you $4.49 at Advanced, but just $2.87 at Walmart.  O'Reilly is gouging you on the windshield washer fluid.

PrestoneNeed some power steering fluid?  The price for a 32 ounce bottle of Prestone Power Steering Fluid with Stop Leak will cost you $6.99 at Advanced Auto Parts.  It's 'on sale' at O'Reilly for $5.99, but it's only $4.27 at Walmart.  That's ouch on the wallet at Advanced!

And it would seem that the higher the dollar amount, the deeper the gouge....  When it comes to Bondo, the project I'm currently undertaking, a person can pay WAY too much for a one gallon container of Bondo Body Filler.  It will cost you a whopping $29.99 at O'Reilly.  It's 'on sale' at Advanced for $21.99.  You can get the very same thing at Walmart for just $15.44.  On sale at Advanced means you're still paying far too much!

BondoSo if you do light work on your vehicle, items needed for an oil change or topping off fluids like windshield washer fluid, get them at Walmart.  Doing some body work?  Buy your Bondo at Walmart.  But if you do more tasking things yourself, like replacing an alternator, you'll have to go to O'Reilly or Advanced for something like that.   I would wonder though, am I paying too much for that alternator?

Spend Wisely My Friends.....

via www.bacheloronthecheap.com


Cubs rotation finally delivering on its design to dominate

CHICAGO -- When the Cubs won the 2016 World Series, breaking a title drought for the ages, they did it on the backs of a dynamic starting rotation.

Yes, Kris Bryant was the MVP, and David Ross was on the most fun farewell tour of all time, and Anthony Rizzo drove in 109 runs, and Aroldis Chapman was throwing 103 mph out of the bullpen. But it was a rotation that sported a 2.96 regular-season ERA -- 64 points better than that of any other team in the majors -- that allowed Chicago to keep its pedal to the metal from March to November.

via www.espn.com


Milwaukee Brewers fall 3-0 to Chicago Cubs

CHICAGO — Jose Quintana pitched seven sharp innings to help the Chicago Cubs beat Milwaukee 3-0 on Saturday and continue his dominance of the Brewers.

Quintana (3-1) has thrown 24 straight scoreless innings against Milwaukee dating to July 28. The left-hander tossed six innings of three-hit ball in a 3-0 win at Miller Park on April 8.

via fox6now.com