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Tree Debris Due to Storms

Cedar Rapids, Iowa – The Cedar Rapids Parks and Recreation Department’s Forestry Division is experiencing higher than normal requests for service following the weekend storm. The City does not remove private debris/limbs unless a tree state of emergency has been issued. The City of Cedar Rapids will only issue a tree state of emergency when an area has received extensive damage to public trees which has not been the case for this storm. Timing of tree debris removal will be prioritized and could take several days. 

For removal of City owned, right-of-way/parkway trees:

  • Complete a removal request at http://bit.ly/CRreporttree.
  • If tree limbs are small put them near the curb for pickup. It is not necessary to cut the debris for parkway trees.
  • If a City tree, limb or debris has fallen into a street, move the limb to the side of the road if possible and contact Forestry (319-286-5747). The City will first clear the street and then return at a later time to pick up any debris or leftover city limbs.
  • The City will clear alleys but not remove private debris.

Homeowners are responsible for removing private tree debris and limbs on their property. The Solid Waste & Recycling yard waste collection services accepts unlimited yard waste as long as it meets these requirements:

  • Put debris and limbs in your Yardy cart first. The lid must close for it to be picked up and emptied.
  • Then, cut limbs into 3 foot pieces, no larger than 5 inches in diameter, and secure those pieces into bundles no longer than 2 foot in diameter with biodegradable twine. Bundles can not weigh more than 40 pounds.
  • Please refer to Solid Waste(319-286-5897) with more questions.

You can also haul the debris to the landfill at the A St location, 2250 A St SW, or call a tree service to come and dispose of the debris or limbs. Find instructions at www.solidwasteagency.org/compost-yard-waste.


Shooting in 100 Block of Curtis Street SW Update (Victim Name Released)

CEDAR RAPIDS, IA – On Sunday, July 13, 2020 at 3:54 a.m. Cedar Rapids police officers received a report of shots fired in the Summit View Village in the 100 block of Curtis Street SW.  Officers arrived on scene to find a 19-year old male who had sustained multiple gunshot wounds.

Police officers, firefighters, and Area Ambulance Service personnel provided emergency medical care at the scene.  Shortly thereafter, the victim was pronounced deceased at the scene.

The victim has been identified as Keyshawn Vondale Allers, DOB/05-31-2001, age 19, of Palo, IA.  Allers has been transported to the Iowa Office of the State Medical Examiner in Ankeny, IA for an autopsy. 

There is an active homicide investigation.

Anyone with information is requested to contact the Cedar Rapids Police Department at (319) 286-5491 or Linn County CrimeStoppers 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.  Please reference case #2020-09574.

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.


Traffic Alert - Ferson Avenue

IOWA CITY -- Weather permitting, on Wednesday, July 15, 2020, Ferson Avenue will be closed to traffic between McLean Street and River Street to accommodate the removal of trees in the area.  It is anticipated that normal traffic will resume by late afternoon.

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, visit www.icgov.org/travelalerts


Citizens’ Fire Academy Postponed

CEDAR RAPIDS, IA – The Cedar Rapids Fire Department is postponing the Citizens’ Fire Academy that was scheduled to begin in September due to the ongoing COVID-19 public health emergency.  The tentative date for the next Citizens’ Fire Academy will be in June 2021.

The Citizens’ Fire Academy is a unique way of experiencing the firefighting career with the Cedar Rapids Fire Department. The Academy includes 15 hours of instruction and practical experience. The goal of the Academy is to create a better understanding of firefighting activities. Citizens will find that firefighting is more than putting out fires, but also includes rescue operations, emergency medical services, fire prevention and education. Activities in which citizens may participate include Vehicle Extrication, Emergency Medical Services, Firehose Handling, Urban Search & Rescue and Live Fire Burn.

For more information, please contact Firefighter/Paramedic Julie Popelka at 319-286-5277 or email j.popelka@cedar-rapids.org.  Additional information will be posted on the Fire Department’s website at www.cedar-rapids.org/fire.


Shooting Incident at 1500 Oakland Road NE

CEDAR RAPIDS, IA – Cedar Rapids police officers responded to a shooting incident at Oakland Court and Gardens, 1500 Oakland Road NE, at 8:38 a.m. on Sunday, July 12.  Officers arrived on scene to find a 23-year old female who had sustained a gunshot wound.  The victim was transported to a local hospital.

Based on preliminary information, the victim and a 24-year old male were engaged in an argument.  The male subject is believed to have shot the victim and fled the scene.  He remains at large.  

The incident appears to be a domestic-related disturbance and shooting.   There is no update on the victim’s condition at this time. 

The Police Department still has an active investigation. Anyone with information about this incident is encouraged to contact the Cedar Rapids Police Department at (319) 286-5491.

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.


Coralville Postpones 5th Street Social

CoralvilleCoralville’s 5th Street Social, a block party-style festival celebrating the end of the summer, has been postponed and will not be held on August 8, 2020, as previously scheduled. The City will look at a fall date and assess COVID-19 conditions later this summer before making a decision about rescheduling. Updates will be posted at www.coralville.org/5thstreetsocial.


Counterfeit $50 Bills Being Presented at Area Businesses

CEDAR RAPIDS, IA – Cedar RapidsThe Cedar Rapids Police Department has been investigating several incidents of counterfeit $50 bills being passed at businesses this week.  Several fast food establishments and convenience stores have received counterfeit currency. 

The Police Department would like to remind businesses and the public to take a moment to look at the bills upon presentation to help combat this crime and reduce loss significantly.  

When accepting any bills, look for red and blue fibers embedded throughout the bill. Also, look for watermarks that can be seen when the bill is held up to the light that indicates that the currency is real.  The currency will be spelled out in the watermark. Sometimes the feel of the counterfeit money is different as well.

The current design $50 note first entered circulation on September 28, 2004 and features subtle background colors of blue and red. The $50 note includes an embedded security thread that glows yellow when illuminated by UV light. When held to light, a portrait watermark of President Grant is visible from both sides of the note. In addition, the note includes a color-shifting numeral 50 in the lower right corner of the note. 

The Police Department also encourages use of counterfeit currency pens.  These pens will either cause the ink to run or react to the starches of paper in counterfeit money. 

If you suspect a counterfeit note or have information about counterfeiting activity, please report it immediately to the Cedar Rapids Police Department.  If someone presents what you suspect to be a counterfeit note to you or your business, please consider the following safety reminders that are available on the United States Secret Service website:

  1. Do not put yourself in danger.
  2. Do not return the bill to the passer.
  3. Delay the passer with some excuse, if possible.
  4. Observe the passer's description - and their companions' descriptions - and write down their vehicle license plate numbers if you can.
  5. Contact the Cedar Rapids Police Department at (319) 286-5491.
  6. DO NOT handle the counterfeit note. Place it inside a protective cover, a plastic bag, or envelope to protect it until you place it in the hands of a police officer.  Surrender the note or coin only to a properly identified police officer.

For more information about how to detect counterfeit money, please see the United States Currency website at https://uscurrency.gov.