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Iowa City Police Investigating Burglary

On July 13, 2019 at approximately 4:12 a.m., the Iowa City Police Department responded to 108 South Linn Street for a female reporting she awoke to a male inside her residence speaking to her. The male suspect then left the residence carrying a plastic bag and the victim found he had stolen an undisclosed amount of money and/or property and disturbed items in the apartment.  The suspect entered the residence through a door that appears to have been inadvertently left unlocked.

The suspect was described as a black male, approximately 5’10”, medium build, and in his early 20’s. He had shoulder-length dreadlocks and a dark blue tee-shirt.

The victim was shaken up, but not injured during this incident. 

This case is being actively investigated by the Iowa City Police Department and citizens are reminded to lock their doors and windows.

Iowa City Area CrimeStoppers is offering up to a $1000 cash reward for information leading to the arrest of this suspect. Anyone with information about this crime is urged to contact CrimeStoppers at 358-TIPS (8477). All calls are held in strict confidence and anonymity is guaranteed.  Individuals providing information do not have to reveal their identity to collect a reward.


Council Street NE Project Update

CEDAR RAPIDS, IA – Starting on Monday, July 15, the construction area on Council Street NE will shift to the north end of the project, primarily between Collins Road and 48th Street, for approximately three weeks. This work is for water main installation and pavement repairs. During this time, access to Noelridge Park amenities will be available by accessing Council Street via 42nd Street (the driveway entrance to the Noelridge Park greenhouse and farmer's market will remain open). Access to St. Pius is available via Ozark Street NE.

Project improvements include complete reconstruction of Council Street from Collins Road to south of 46th Street, drainage and utility improvements, sidewalk, and a trail extension along Noelridge park. The project is anticipated to be completed this fall, and is on schedule.


MOUNT VERNON ROAD SE LANE REDUCTIONS

CEDAR RAPIDS, IA – On Monday and Tuesday nights, July 15, 2019 and July 16, 2019, between the hours of 9:00 p.m. and 4:00 a.m. both nights, traffic will be reduced to one lane on Mount Vernon Road SE between 15th Street and 19th Street for utility work. Flaggers will be on site to alternate traffic flow.  Traffic may experience delays and should seek alternate routes.


Joint Meeting of Johnson County School Districts and Governments

This is a Joint Meeting of the Johnson County Board of Supervisors, City of Iowa City, City of Coralville, City of North Liberty, City of Tiffin, City of Hills,...… Read on

Date July 15, 2019
Time 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Location Coralville City Hall
1512 7th Street
Coralville, IA 52241

Update: Suspect named in Fairchild Street incident

James Stephon Joy, 34, has been charged with burglary in the second degree for the incident on East Fairchild Street. 

The Iowa City Police investigation found that on Wednesday, July 10, 2019, at approximately 10:10 p.m., the adult male victim, who is an acquaintance of Joy’s, asked him to leave the residence. Joy became upset and removed a handgun from his waistband, pointed it at the victim and said “I’ll blow you."

Joy then held the gun to the head of a female victim. Both victims were able to flee the residence and call police. Joy then barricaded himself in the residence for several hours while the Iowa City Police Crisis Negotiations Team were on scene.

At approximately 8:15 a.m. today, July 11, 2019, Joy walked out of the residence without incident and was taken into custody. A search of the residence located a BB gun that matched the description of the gun the victims had described. The BB gun and magazines were hidden in separate locations in the residence.

Burglary in the second degree is a Class C felony. Joy was transported to the Johnson County Jail. A criminal charge is merely an accusation and the defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.


Second news release: The situation in the 800 block of East Fairchild Street has been resolved.

An adult male has been taken into custody without incident. The investigation remains active. Information on criminal charges is not available at this time.

There is no longer a threat to public safety and people may return to the area.


Original news release: Iowa City Police are currently on scene at a residence in the 800 block of East Fairchild Street in response to an armed suspect there.

Police are asking the public to avoid the area as this is an active situation. 

At approximately 10:11 p.m. Wednesday, July 10, 2019, ICPD responded to the area after a resident reported an adult male houseguest threatened a man and woman with a handgun after a dispute. 

The two fled the scene and called 911. No other people are reported to be in the house besides the suspect. The Iowa City Police Crisis Negotiations Team has been communicating with the man throughout the night.


Weatherdance Fountain temporarily turned off for inspection

IOWA CITY -- The Weatherdance Fountain has been temporarily shutoff for an upcoming Iowa Department of Public Health inspection.

The expected date for the fountain to be turned back on for the season is Tuesday, July 16, 2019, if no major issues are discovered during the inspection.

For more information about the fountain, contact Scott Sovers are scott-sovers@iowa-city.org, or at 319-356-5142. 


Traffic Alert - River Street

IOWA CITY -- Weather permitting, on Friday, July 12th, Saturday, July 13th and Monday, July 15th, River Street will be reduced to one lane of alternating traffic between Lee Street and Blackhawk Street. Flaggers will be on site to assist with directing traffic. This lane reduction will facilitate the replacement of the parking lot entrance to Lincoln Elementary School and will occur during daylight hours only.

Motorists are to take note of this work and allow for extra travel time during this time period as delays may occur. 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