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Iowa City Police Respond To Female Suffering From Gunshot Wound

On Sunday, September 20th, 2020, at approximately 09:55 am, Iowa City Police officers responded to a report of a gunshot heard near the 1100 block of Oakcrest St.  Upon arrival, investigating officers located a female victim suffering from a gunshot wound.  The female was transported to the hospital for treatment. There is no indication that the public is at risk. Case# 2020005999.

No arrests have been made and this incident is under investigation.

Iowa City Police are asking for the public's help to identify anyone involved with this incident. Anyone with information is urged to contact Sergeant Jerry Blomgren at 319-356-5276. Iowa City Area Crime Stoppers is also offering a reward of up to $1,000 for information about this incident, if an arrest is made. Crime Stoppers tips can be submitted via the P3 Tips app, online at iccrimestoppers.org, or by phone at 319-358-TIPS (8477). All tips and calls are held in strict confidence and anonymity is guaranteed. Individuals providing information are not required to reveal their identity to collect a reward.


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Fatal Shooting Incident in 1000 Block of Regent Street NE (Suspects Arrested)

CEDAR RAPIDS, IA – An ongoing investigation by the Cedar Rapids Police Department into the murder of Malik Sheets that occurred on Thursday, June 18 has resulted in the arrest of two suspects. 

With the assistance of the Linn County Attorney’s Office, the following individuals have been arrested:

  • Christian Dider Emedi, DOB/05-14-2003, age 17, is charged with Murder-1st Degree and Obstructing Prosecution.  Emedi is currently in custody at the Linn County Juvenile Detention Center on unrelated charges and has been served with charges for the murder of Malik Sheets.
  • Marshawn Ladarius Jeffries, DOB/10-03-2003, age 16, is charged with Murder-1st Degree and Obstructing Prosecution.  Jeffries was taken into custody in Davenport, Iowa and transported to the Linn County Juvenile Detention Center with charges for the murder of Malik Sheets.

According to the criminal complaint filed by the Linn County Attorney, peace officers were dispatched to the residence at 1058 Regent Street NE regarding a report of shots fired.  Upon arrival, officers found Malik Sheets on the floor of the living room suffering from multiple gunshot wounds.  He was transported to UnityPoint Health-St. Luke’s Hospital where he was pronounced dead and an autopsy revealed he died from gunshot wounds to his neck and chest.  Officers interviewed witnesses to the shooting and learned an argument had ensued between several people at the residence during which time subjects later identified as Christian Emedi and Marshawn Jeffries produced handguns. Based on witness accounts, investigators determined Christian Emedi initially fired several shots at Malik Sheets.  After Sheets fell to the floor, Jeffries fired several more shots into Sheets.  The defendants all fled the scene after the shooting.  A 24-year old male drove the two defendants, along with one of the defendant’s 17-year old girlfriend, to a residence in North Liberty where they took showers, changed clothing, and arranged to discard the clothing they were wearing at the scene of the shooting.  The two defendants and the 24-year old male were later apprehended together in Gurnee, Illinois.  When interviewed by police, all three initially denied being at the residence but later admitted they were present when Sheets was shot but denied doing the shooting.  Police also interviewed the 17-year old female (girlfriend of one of the defendants) who obstructed officers’ efforts to locate evidence and the defendants who had fled the state to avoid arrest and prosecution.

The investigation is still active and ongoing.

Previous Media Release (Sent on July 15, 2020, at 11:00 a.m.)

Linn County Crime Stoppers has received a donation of $7,600 to be awarded for information that leads to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for the murder of Malik Sheets.  Friends and family of Malik Sheets established a GoFundMe campaign to raise funds to help solve this crime and hold the offender or offenders accountable. The campaign started with an “In Memory of Malik Sheets” Facebook page (www.facebook.com/groups/607871263169026).

The $7,600 reward is in addition to up to $2,500 offered through Linn County Crime Stoppers for the arrest and conviction of person or persons responsible for the murder. Sheets was killed on Thursday, June 18, 2020. 

To submit a tip to Linn County Crime Stoppers, please call 1-800-CS-CRIME (1-800-272-7463) 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 #2020-08242.

Previous Media Release (Sent on June 19, 2020, 12:15 p.m.)

The victim in the Thursday, June 18 homicide has been identified as Malik James Sheets, DOB/12-09-1999, age 20.

Previous Media Release (Sent on June 18, 2020, 9:45 a.m.)

On Thursday, June 18 at 5:09 a.m. the City’s Joint Communications Agency received a report of a fight and shots fired inside a residence in the 1000 block of Regent Street NE.  Dispatchers were also advised that there was a victim who had sustained a gunshot wound.

Officers arrived on scene to find a 20-year old male inside the residence who had sustained at least one gunshot wound to the upper body.  Police officers, firefighters, and Area Ambulance Service personnel administered emergency medical care and transported the victim to UnityPoint-St. Luke’s Hospital.

Shortly thereafter, the victim was pronounced deceased at the hospital. 

Based on the preliminary investigation, there appears to have been a large party inside the residence, an argument ensued, and shots were fired.  The shooting appears to be a targeted incident.

There is an active, ongoing homicide investigation.

Anyone with information is requested to contact 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.  Please reference case #2020-08242.

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.


Reminder: 3rd Avenue SE Floodgate Begins Monday

CEDAR RAPIDS, IA – Cedar RapidsConstruction is scheduled to begin Monday, September 21, 2020 on the 3rd Avenue SE floodgate. Starting Monday, 3rd Avenue SE from 1st Street SE to the Cedar River will be closed to vehicular, cyclist, and pedestrian traffic.  Access to the CRST/Bankers Trust driveway on 3rd Avenue SE will remain available via 1st Street SE.  Parking on the 3rd Avenue Bridge will remain open and accessible via the west.

Work beginning Monday includes pavement removal and underground utility work. The completed floodgate will feature stackable, removable panels that slide into permanent columns on the sidewalk during flood threats. The floodgate will be deployed for a 22’ river elevation, and is designed to protect to the 2008 flood volume. Construction will consist of the installation of the foundation and vertical columns that will hold the removable panels. The project is scheduled for completion summer 2021.

Other flood control projects underway this year:

  • Lot 44 Levee in NewBo: The levee will stretch from approximately 9th Avenue SE to 12th Avenue SE. Parking restrictions will be in place during and after construction. The levee is scheduled for completion spring 2021.
  • Amphitheatre Floodwall: The facility includes a built-in floodwall to the 2008 flood volume, and includes a public restroom and storage for events. The facility is scheduled for completion spring 2021.
  • 16th Avenue SE Floodgate: The floodgate will roll across the road, protecting the community and neighborhood to the 2008 flood volume. The gate is scheduled for completion fall 2020. A similar gate is planned for the west side of the bridge.
  • Quaker Oats Floodwall: Construction of the 2,000 foot floodwall and pump station will be completed spring 2021, with the final phase completing the railroad closure gate at the Cedar River in fall 2021.

A full list of flood protection measures undertaken since 2008 can be found on the City’s website: www.cityofcr.com/floodcontrol.


Victims identified in suspicious death investigation - Iowa City

Update: The victims of a suspicious death investigation that began on Tuesday, Sept. 15, 2020, have been identified as Latoya Patrice Smith, 45, of 86 Aniston St. in Iowa City and Floyd Lowell Rush, 49, also of 86 Aniston St. Police believe this is an isolated event and remains under active investigation. No further information will be released at this time.


Issued 09/16/2020:

On Tuesday, Sept. 15, 2020, at about 8:35 p.m., emergency responders were dispatched to the 100 block of Aniston Street, in Iowa City, for a report of an unconscious female in the residence. Upon their arrival, a deceased adult female and a deceased adult male were found inside the residence.

The deaths are being treated as suspicious and are under investigation by the Iowa City Police Department, Johnson County Attorney’s Office, and Johnson County Medical Examiner’s Office. The names of the deceased are not yet being released, pending appropriate notifications.

No further information will be released at this time.


Financial assistance available to qualified households impacted by pandemic

Iowa City recently received additional Community Development Block Grant-CV (CDBG-CV) funds through the Iowa Economic Development Authority to assist in its response to the pandemic. This funding provides an additional $390,000 in assistance to help Iowa City households secure housing and prevent homelessness through CommUnity Crisis Services.

Funds are available to provide rent, mortgage, and/or utility assistance to those financially impacted by COVID. Since the pandemic began, the City has allocated over $748,000 to our area partners, including CommUnity Crisis Services, Shelter House and Center for Worker Justice, to prevent eviction or foreclosure in our community.

Funding programs available

There are various programs available to assist households financially struggling due to COVID. If you need housing assistance and your household income is below 80% of the area’s median income (eligibility chart available here), the City encourages you to do the following:

  • Apply to Iowa’s Eviction and Foreclosure Prevention ProgramThis program can provide up to four months of rent or mortgage assistance. Eligibility and available assistance information can be found online. The State allocated $20 million to this program and the City encourages you to apply for these housing benefits first.
  • If you are not eligible, or your application is denied by the State and you are an Iowa City resident, please apply to CommUnity Crisis Services and Food Bank. The program can assist with up to 6 months of rent, mortgage, or utility assistance. If you receive or have received State assistance, you can apply for this program after their assistance ends and there is no duplication of benefits. More information can be found here.
  • The City is also partnering with the Center for Worker Justice to provide additional funding through the From My Home to Yours program focused on those not eligible for unemployment or stimulus benefits. The program will make up to two payments of $600 within a 12-month period for rent, utilities, healthcare, childcare or food assistance for those under 80% of median income and financially impacted by COVID. To apply, contact Center for Worker Justice at 319-594-7593.

For more information about COVID resources, please visit www.icgov.org/coronavirus.


September 29 Special Coralville City Election & Early Voting Information

2020 Coralville Special ElectionVoters in Coralville will select a new City Council member on Tuesday, September 29, 2020, following the resignation of long-time City Councilor Tom Gill. The successful candidate will be sworn in after the canvass on October 6 and complete the remainder of the term, which ends December 31, 2021. Elections are managed by the Johnson County Auditor’s Office.

About the Candidates
Four candidates are seeking one at large seat on the Coralville City Council: Barry Bedford, Nick Burrell, Hai Huynh, and Heather Seitsinger.

A candidate forum was held on September 15, 2020, hosted by the League of Women Voters of Johnson County. Watch candidate forum video

The City of Coralville invited each candidate to record a brief statement video. Videos are available at www.coralville.org/cityelection 

Early Voting
In-person early voting is available weekdays from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm, September 14-28, 2020, at the Johnson County Auditor’s Office, 913 S. Dubuque Street, Suite 101, in Iowa City. Masks are required.

To vote by absentee ballot, the deadline to request an absentee ballot to be mailed to you is September 18, 2020 at 5:00 pm. When you return your completed absentee ballot by mail, the postmark deadline is September 28. Mailed absentee ballots may also be returned in person to the Auditor’s Office until 8:00 pm on September 29.

Voting on Election Day
Voters who wish to vote in-person on Election Day must vote at their polling place on September 29. Coralville polling places are open from 7:00 am until 8:00 pm on election day. Voters are asked to show a driver’s license, non-driver’s ID, passport, military ID, veterans ID, tribal ID, or Voter ID Card before they vote.

Polling places:

  • Coralville 1 (Senate District 37/House District 74): Coralville Public Library, 1401 5th St.
  • Coralville 2 (Senate District 37/House District 74): Brown Deer Golf Club, 1900 Country Club Dr.
  • Coralville 3 (Senate District 37/House District 74): Temporary location: Kirkwood Regional Center, 2301 Oakdale Blvd.
  • Coralville 4 (Senate District 37/House District 74): Coralville City Hall, 1512 7th St.
  • Coralville 5 (Senate District 37/House District 74): Northwest Junior High, 1507 8th St.
  • Coralville 6 (Senate District 37/House District 74): Wickham School, 601 Oakdale Blvd.
  • Coralville 7 (Senate District 37/House District 74): North Ridge Pavilion, 2250 Holiday Rd.

View polling places and look up where to vote

Voter Registration
If you are not registered to vote in Iowa, September 18, 2020 at 5:00 pm is the pre-registration deadline. Voters may still register after this date using the Election Day Registration procedure: you may register and vote on election day by going to the correct polling place for your current address on election day. Election Day voter registration information

If you are a registered voter who has moved, changed your name, or wish to change your political affiliation, you can still make changes with the county after the pre-registration deadline. Voter registration information

Learn More
To learn more about voter registration deadlines, early voting information, and polling places:

For more information, contact the Johnson County Auditor at 319.356.6004.


Iowa City Police seeking the public's assistance in identifying a person

Lemme ElementaryOn September 10, 2020 employees at Lemme Elementary School at 3100 E Washington St. in Iowa City discovered that the outdoor cameras on the building had been covered in spray paint. The cameras experienced damage that caused them to be inoperable.

The Iowa City Police Department is seeking the public’s assistance in identifying a person of interest who was captured on the school’s cameras prior to the damage.

Anyone with information about this this incident is asked to contact the Iowa City Police Department at (319) 356-5275.  In addition, anyone in that area with security cameras are asked to review their recordings and contact the Iowa City Police Department with any potential footage or information about this person. No additional details will be released at this time.

Iowa City Area Crime Stoppers is also offering a reward of up to $1,000 for information about this incident that leads to an arrest. Crime Stoppers tips can be submitted via the P3 Tips app, online at iccrimestoppers.org, or by phone at 319-358-TIPS (8477). All tips and calls are held in strict confidence and anonymity is guaranteed. Individuals providing information are not required to reveal their identity to collect a reward.

CASE #2020005747


Community Connection: Dr. Theresa Brennan shares lessons learned six months into COVID-19 pandemic

Community Connection: Dr. Theresa Brennan


Community Connection is a video series that highlights the different people and organizations in our community to discuss the issues that are important to our residents. In this episode, Mayor Bruce Teague speaks with Dr. Theresa Brennan, Chief Medical Officer for the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics. Now half a year into the COVID-19 pandemic, Dr. Brennan discusses lessons learned over the past six months and looks ahead to how a return to normalcy could look with potential vaccines in the works. Click here to watch.

You can watch previous Community Connection episodes on City Channel 4's YouTube page.


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