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News – City of North Liberty - January 28, 2020

North Liberty is a growing, thriving and young community. Proud to be a family-friendly small town in the heart of Iowa.
 
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Take a Virtual Visit to Warm New Mexico this Friday

Navajo Hosteen Klah, Franc Newcomb, and one of Newcomb's paintings

Roy R. Behrens, an emeritus professor and distinguished scholar of University of Norther Iowa, is scheduled to present his vibrant family history with the Navajo people in New Mexico on Friday, Jan. 31 at the North Liberty Community Center, 520 W. Cherry St., beginning at 12 p.m. This event – taking us to warmer weather in…

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As Super Bowl LIV Season Begins, Spread the Word: Fans Don’t Let Fans Drive Drunk

Cedar RapidsCEDAR RAPIDS, IA – Super Bowl LIV is right around the corner. This year, the U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is teaming up with the Cedar Rapids Police Department to remind football fans and Super Bowl partygoers that designated drivers are the best defense against the dangers of drunk driving. Super Bowl LIV falls on Sunday, February 2, 2020. If your Super Bowl celebration involves alcohol, plan for a ride home with a sober driver. If you’re hosting the party, take care of the designated drivers. We want to remind everyone that Fans Don’t Let Fans Drive Drunk.

“Everyone wants to have a good time on Super Bowl night, so we want our community folks to plan safe rides home if they plan to be out at a party,” said Sergeant Graham Campshure, Cedar Rapids Police Department Traffic Division, “Even one drink can impair judgement. You should never put yourself, or others, at risk because you made the choice to drink and drive. Even one drink can be one too many.”

Whether you’re attending a party, hosting a party, or going out to a bar, keep safety at the forefront of your night. When it’s time to leave, make sure your designated driver is actually sober. If he or she decided to drink, you should call a cab, or call someone else who you know hasn’t been drinking to get you home safely. Remember that walking impaired can also be dangerous, so designate a sober friend to walk home with you. If you are driving, remember that sober driving isn’t the only law that should be followed: Make sure you — and your driver — wear your seat belts.

If you’re planning to be a designated driver, know that you’re the night’s MVP. No matter what, do not drink any alcohol — people are relying on you. While at the party, enjoy the food, the company, and the non-alcoholic drinks. Encourage other designated drivers on social media using the hashtag #DesignatedDriver. Your positive influence could help keep other designated drivers on the right track. If someone you know has been drinking and tries to drive, take their keys and help them get home safely. Even if they make a fuss in the moment, they’ll thank you later. 

If you’re hosting this year’s Super Bowl party, prepare plenty of snacks and non-alcoholic beverages for your guests and the designated drivers. Get creative and try out some Super Bowl-themed snacks and beverages. Support your designated drivers by tweeting their names to @NHTSAgov to add their name to the Wall of Fame, and use the hashtag #DesignatedDriver. They are doing everyone a favor by keeping drunk drivers off the roads. Ask your guests to designate their sober drivers in advance, or help them coordinate with other partygoers’ designated drivers. Remind your drinking guests that they have a long evening ahead of them, and encourage them to pace themselves, to eat food, and to drink plenty of water. Another important reminder: Do not serve alcohol to minors. If an underage person drinks and drives, the person who provided the alcohol can be held liable for any damage, injury, or death caused by the underage driver. In fact, you can face jail time if you host a party where alcohol is served to people under the age of 21.

Drunk driving isn’t the only risk on the road: Drug-impaired driving is also an increasing problem, for men and for women alike. If drivers are impaired by any substance — alcohol or drugs — they should not get behind the wheel of a vehicle. It is illegal in all states to drive impaired by alcohol or drugs. Remember: Driving while impaired is illegal, period. The bottom line is this: If You Feel Different, You Drive Different. It’s that simple.

If you’re heading out for a night of Super Bowl fun, make a game plan and follow these simple tips for a safe and happy evening:

  • Remember that it is never okay to drive drunk. Designate a sober driver or plan to use public transportation or a ride service to get home safely if you plan to drink.
  • If you see a drunk driver on the road, contact the Police Department.
  • Have a friend who is about to drink and drive? Take the keys away and make arrangements to get your friend home safely.

Remember: If you drive drunk, you may lose money, your reputation, your car, and even your life. Everyone should know by now that it is illegal to drive impaired. Even still, thousands die each year in drunk-driving-related crashes. In 2018, there were 10,511 people killed in drunk-driving crashes. The costs can be financial, too: If you’re caught drinking and driving, you can face jail time, lose your driver’s license and your vehicle, and pay up to $10,000 in attorney’s fees, fines, car towing, higher insurance rates, and lost wages.

For more information on the dangers of drunk driving, visit https://www.trafficsafetymarketing.gov/get-materials/drunk-driving/buzzed-driving-drunk-driving/super-bowl.


Shooting in Parking Lot of Ashton Place Apartments Update

CEDAR RAPIDS, IA – The Cedar Rapids Police Department received reports of shots fired at the Ashton Place Apartments near 634 Ashton Place NE at 3:37 a.m. this morning.  Officers arrived on scene and found a 22-year old male in the parking lot who had sustained multiple gunshot wounds.

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, whose identity is being withheld pending notification of family members, was pronounced deceased at the hospital. 

Based on the preliminary investigation, this incident does not appear to be random.  There is an active, ongoing 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 #2020-01449.

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.


6TH STREET SW NOW OPEN

Cedar RapidsCEDAR RAPIDS, IA – 6th Street SW has re-opened to two-way traffic between Hawkeye Downs Road and 50th Avenue, following pipe installation. Lane reductions are currently in place and will continue for several more weeks as the project continues. This sewer capacity improvement project will serve future growth on the City’s southwest side, and will wrap up this spring with paving and restoration work.


Armed Robbery in Kennedy High School Parking Lot

CEDAR RAPIDS, IA – The Cedar Rapids Police Department School Resource Officer at Kennedy High School was notified of an armed robbery that occurred in the south parking lot of the school at 3:34 p.m. this afternoon.  Kennedy High School is located at 4545 Wenig Road NE.

An 18-year old female student was approached near her vehicle in the parking lot by a younger black male wearing a black zippered hoodie, black jeans, medium length coat, black boots, and a black baseball cap with gray bill.  The suspect displayed a handgun and robbed the victim of her cellular phone.  The victim was not injured.

Based on the preliminary investigation, including review of security cameras, it appears the suspect approached Kennedy High School on foot from the east near Lovely Lane United Methodist Church.  The suspect was in the south parking lot and approached the victim who was by herself.

After the robbery, the suspect left the high school parking lot on foot.  

Anyone with information is encouraged to contact Cedar Rapids Police at (319) 286-5491.

The Police Department has been working with Cedar Rapids Community Schools to inform students and staff at Kennedy High School of this incident.  The Police Department will have an increased police presence at the school.  

With regards to parking lot safety, the Police Department recommended students and staff walk to their vehicles in pairs or small groups.  Also, suspicious activity should be reported to the Police Department.

There is an active, ongoing investigation. 

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.


Video Update: Presidential Caucuses, Fire Department Survey, and more

Iowa City Update is a weekly video featuring City of Iowa City projects, programs and events. Topics this week include info on the presidential caucuses, a survey on Fire Department priorities, and rules for clearing sidewalks of snow and ice. Click the image below to watch Iowa City Update.


Iowa City Update


Presidential Caucus Details

Watch to learn how you can participate in the upcoming caucuses, including an option for our Spanish speaking community members.

Fire Department Priorities Survey

Let us know what services matter most to you by taking this short survey that will assist the Iowa City Fire Department with updating its community-driven strategic plan.

Snow Ordinance

When winter weather strikes, make sure you are aware of the City’s snow ordinance for clearing sidewalks.

Iowa City Update - Your source for Iowa City news and information.


Shooting in 3200 Block of Agin Court NE Update

Cedar RapidsCEDAR RAPIDS, IA – The Cedar Rapids Police Department responded to the 3200 block of Agin Court NE at 11:48 p.m. Friday, January 24 after receiving multiple reports of an altercation and shots fired. Police officers arrived on scene and found two individuals who had sustained gunshot wounds. 

Police officers, firefighters, and Area Ambulance Service personnel administered emergency medical care and transported both patients to a local hospital. 

One of the victims, identified as Andrew Dontae Gaston, DOB/10-31-2001, age 18, died at 12:39 a.m. Saturday morning at UnityPoint-St. Luke’s Hospital. 

The other victim, a 16-year old male, sustained a non-life threatening gunshot wound to the lower extremity.  

There is an active, ongoing investigation.  Based on the preliminary information, this appears to be a targeted incident.

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 #2020-01283.

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 - Burlington Street and Clinton Street

Iowa CityIOWA CITY -- Weather permitting, beginning on Monday, January 27, 2020, eastbound traffic on Burlington Street will be reduced to one lane between Capitol Street and Dubuque Street.  In addition, northbound traffic on Clinton Street will be reduced to one lane between Court Street and Burlington Street.  These lane reductions will facilitate curb and gutter repair work in the area.  It is anticipated that normal traffic will resume by the end of the day on Tuesday, January 28th.

Motorists are to take note of this work and allow extra travel time 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


Downtown towing begins at 2 a.m. on Jan. 25, 2020, for snow removal - Iowa City

Tow-away zone

Crews will remove snow in Downtown Iowa City overnight Saturday, Jan. 25, 2020, beginning at 2 a.m. Vehicles parked in tow-away zones will be removed.

Towing will impact Prentiss Street to Market Street, Madison Street to Gilbert Street, as well as N. Clinton Street from Market Street to Church Street. The parking in these areas are metered spots, which do not permit parking from 2 a.m. to 6 a.m. Follow all posted parking signs to prevent your vehicle from being towed.

Vehicles can be moved to a Downtown Parking ramp, or to on-street parking spaces outside of the area. Be sure to follow all posted signs.

If your vehicle is towed, contact the Iowa City Police Department at 319-356-5275. Do not call 911. 


Map of Downtown Iowa City tow area.

News – City of North Liberty - January 24, 2020

North Liberty is a growing, thriving and young community. Proud to be a family-friendly small town in the heart of Iowa.
 
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Help Prevent Melting Snow from Flooding Streets

Snow following above-freezing temperatures following snow. Welcome to winter in the Midwest. The rapid-fire weather changes could lead to streets flooding if storm drains aren't cleared as snow melts (and rain comes). Residents can help by clearing out storm drains near their homes so melting snow and rain can make it into our storm water…

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