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Iowa City Police respond to two incidents of shots fired over weekend

On Saturday, Nov. 21, 2020, at approximately 3:39 a.m., Iowa City Police were in the area of 3rd Avenue and I Street, after officers received reports of a group of people arguing and yelling about a gun. While on this call, officers heard multiple shots being fired to the east, followed by 911 calls reporting the same. There were no reports of injuries, property damage, and no additional information is available at that time. 

On Sunday, Nov. 22, 2020, at approximately 5:18 p.m., Iowa City Police responded to the 200 block of Myrtle Avenue in Iowa City, for a report of shots fired. Upon police arrival, a caller reported that just prior to hearing gunshots, they saw a white car with blackout, customized license plates, a white spoiler and silver rims, being driven by a dark-skinned male. After hearing multiple shots being fired, the caller saw the white car speed off. Officers located damage to a house that appeared to be caused by a BB gun, and are working to determine if the damaged sustained is related to this event. There were no reports of injuries during this incident, and no additional information is available at this time.

How you can help:

It is unknown if these events are connected, and both are being actively investigated by the Iowa City Police Department. We are asking the public for assistance with these investigations. Anyone with information is asked to contact the ICPD at 319-356-5275. In addition, anyone in these areas with security cameras are asked to review their recordings and contact the Iowa City Police Department with any potential footage or information about this incident.

Iowa City Area Crime Stoppers is also offering a reward of up to $1,000 for information about either incident that leads to an arrest. Crime Stoppers tips can be submitted via the P3 Tips app, online at, 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.

  • 3rd Avenue & I Street Case # 2020007592
  • Myrtle Avenue Case #2020007627

Fatal Car Versus Pedestrian Accident (Update)

CEDAR RAPIDS, IA – Accident reconstruction specialists have completed an investigation into the November 13 fatal accident involving a vehicle striking a pedestrian at Edgewood Road and 12th Avenue SW.  The driver of the vehicle, Karol Lenore Jones, DOB/05-27-1967, age 53, was charged with Driving While License under Suspension.  The pedestrian, Patrick Joseph Morrissey, DOB/10-29-1959, age 61, was determined to have been at fault for the accident.  Morrissey was wearing dark clothing and attempted to run west to east across Edgewood Road.  Witnesses indicated the vehicle had a green light.

Previous Media Release (November 16, 2020, 5:00 p.m.):

On Friday, November 13 at 5:57 p.m. police officers, firefighters, and ambulance personnel were dispatched to Edgewood Road and 12th Avenue SW for a car that struck a pedestrian.  

A 53-year old female driver struck a 61-year old male pedestrian. The driver of the vehicle was injured and transported to a local hospital with non-life threatening injuries.  The pedestrian sustained life-threatening injuries and was transported to the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics.

The Police Department has been notified by the Johnson County Medical Examiner’s Office that the pedestrian was pronounced deceased on Saturday, November 14 at 3:55 a.m. The victim was identified as Patrick Joseph Morrissey, DOB/10-29-1959, age 61.

The driver of the vehicle was identified as Karol Lenore Jones, DOB/05-27-1967, age 53.  

The accident remains under 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.

Fire Department Hoping to Keep the Wreath Red

Cedar RapidsCEDAR RAPIDS, IA – Firefighters are hoping to keep a wreath displayed over the front doors of the Central Fire Station, 713 1st Avenue SE, decorated in red bulbs through New Year’s Day.  The wreath display is a Community Risk Reduction program to remind citizens of the importance of fire prevention, particularly from Thanksgiving through New Year’s Day when the number of residential fires increase significantly throughout the United States.

The wreath is displayed prominently at the Central Fire Station entrance along 1st Avenue East where over 30,000 vehicles pass each day.  Firefighters will replace a red bulb with a white bulb for each residential fire that occurs during the holiday season.  The goal is to keep the wreath illuminated with all red bulbs. 

Firefighters hope that the wreath is a visual reminder that the period between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day can be a dangerous time for fires in the home.  Typically, there is a disproportionate number of cooking fires, candle fires, short circuits in holiday lights, and combustible holiday decoration fires during this time.  Further, because the temperatures continue to get colder, there are more chimney fires and fires caused by home-heating appliances like electric or kerosene space heaters. 

The “Keep the Wreath Red” campaign reminds citizens to be safe when it comes to holiday lights, candle use, chimney fires, space heaters, and power strips.  In addition, the Fire Department wants to make sure citizens are checking to make sure their smoke alarms and carbon monoxide alarms are working properly.

According to Firefighter Jason Aarhus, who was one of the firefighters who championed the “Keep the Wreath Red” campaign, “Thousands of people pass Central Fire Station each day and many of them will glance over to look at the wreath and will notice if any of the red bulbs have changed to white.  That action, even if just a fraction of a second, may subconsciously prompt a reminder to citizens of our holiday fire safety message. It also is a reminder that fires are always possible during the holidays, and the Cedar Rapids Fire Department will be there when needed.”

Updates to the “Keep the Wreath Red” campaign will be posted on the Fire Department’s Facebook page at

Video Update: Weatherize Your Home, Park Restoration Grant, and More

Iowa City Update is a weekly video featuring City of Iowa City projects, programs and events. Topics this week include tips to cut energy costs during winter, a grant to enhance ecological restoration at an Iowa City park, and much more. Click the image below to watch Iowa City Update.

Weatherize Your Home

Do-It-Yourself Weatherization Tips

Taking these simple, inexpensive steps can help save you money on energy costs and contribute to our community-wide Climate Action goals.

Restoration at Whispering Meadows Wetland Park

Learn how an Iowa DNR grant is going to be used for ecological restoration and enhancement of this recreational green space on the southeast side of town.

Small Business Saturday

This national celebration is designed to support small, local businesses. In honor of the day, Nov. 28, 2020, the City is providing free parking in all downtown parking ramps!

Thanksgiving Schedule

Discover which City departments and services will be impacted by the Thanksgiving holiday.

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

34th Street SE Bridge Completed

Cedar RapidsCEDAR RAPIDS, IA – The bridge replacement project on 34th Street SE just south of Cottage Grove Avenue SE has been completed and 34th Street is now open to traffic. Brief lane restrictions will occur while crews finish installing temporary erosion control and painting pavement markings.

The 34th Street project started in May and included bridge replacement at Spoon Creek, drainage improvements, utility replacement, and pavement repairs. Permanent seeding will take place in the spring with brief lane restrictions.

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Be Included in Coralville's Map of Outdoor Holiday Lights

Outdoor Holiday LightsGet Added to the Map
Do you know of outdoor holiday light displays or decorations in Coralville that others might enjoy? 

As the season shines bright, we're asking for the community's help locating festive holiday displays. We'll publish your recommendations soon for all to enjoy in an online map, which will be updated as addresses are submitted. From yards with simple decorations to displays bright enough to guide Santa's sleigh, we want to hear about them all!  This listing is only possible with community participation.

If you have—or know of—a holiday light display in Coralville: 

Please include:

  • Address (cross streets are helpful)
  • Description and photo(s) are welcome

View the Map
A map showcasing the holiday light displays throughout Coralville will be published right here beginning in December so you can take a self-guided tour of the decorations. Check back for updates!

City of Coralville Thanksgiving Holiday Schedule

The City of Coralville will observe the following hours and services during the Thanksgiving holiday:

City Offices
City Hall and Police administrative offices, along with the Parks, Water, Wastewater, Streets, and Sanitation Departments will be closed on Thursday, November 26 and Friday, November 27.

The Coralville Public Library will be closed Thursday, November 26 and Friday, November 27. The Library services will be available during normal hours on Saturday, November 28.

Recreation Center & Indoor Pool
The Recreation Center and Indoor Pool will close at 5:00 pm on Wednesday, November 25. The Recreation Center and the Indoor Pool are open by appointment only. View Parks & Recreation reservation information

Both the Recreation Center and Indoor Pool will be closed on Thursday, November 26 and Friday, November 27. 

On Saturday, November 28, the Recreation Center and Indoor Pool will be open by reservation. An Indoor Pool schedule with lap swim and open swim times can be found at

There will be no Coralville Transit service Thursday, November 26. Transit service will run a Saturday route and schedule on Friday, November 27 and Saturday, November 28. View bus schedules

Coralville Center for the Performing Arts
The Coralville Center for the Performing Arts box office will be closed on Thursday, November 26 and Friday, November 27. Tickets are available at

Trash & Recycling
Please note the following dates for trash and recycling collection for the week of Thanksgiving and the following week:

  • Monday, November 23-Wednesday, November 25: regular collection
  • Thursday, November 26 will be picked up Monday, November 30
  • Monday, November 30  will be picked up Tuesday, December 1
  • Tuesday, December 1 will be picked up Wednesday, December 2
  • Wednesday, December 2 will be picked up Thursday, December 3
  • Thursday, December 3 will be picked up Friday, December 4

The Drop-off Recycling Center at 950 Hughes Street is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, including Thanksgiving.

As always, trash and recycling should be at the curb by 7:00 am the day of collection. Appliances and electronics will be picked up by appointment on Thursday, November 19 and Friday, November 20. For questions about trash and recycling collection, please call 319.248.1740.

Traffic Alert - Various Locations

IOWA CITY -- Weather permitting, beginning on Monday, November 23, 2020, sanitary sewer cleaning work will require streets to be reduced to one lane of alternating traffic at the following locations:

  • Regal Lane
  • Amber Lane
  • Lakeside Drive between Amber Lane and Regal Lane
  • Farragut Lane
  • Aniston Street

Work will occur during daytime hours and normal traffic will resume, at each location, by the end of each work day.  It is anticipated that work will be completed at all sites by Friday, November 27th.

Motorists are to take note of this construction work and allow extra travel time as delays may occur. As always, caution should be exercised when traveling in all construction areas.

For updated information on road construction in Iowa City, visit