THE DAILY IOWAN
DAILYIOWAN.COM WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 19, 2014
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Larry Slocum tears down an old building on North Linn Street on Tuesday. (The Daily Iowan/Callie Mitchell)
METRO/world Man charged with child endangerment causing injury A local man has been accused of striking his 5-year-old daughter in the face. Israel Acevedo-Joaquin Joaquin, 26, was charged March 22, 2012, with child endangerment/bodily injury. According to an Iowa City police complaint, Acevedo-Joaquin’s 5-yearold daughter climbed onto his bed. She began playing with her younger sister and did not touch, mess with, or try to wake up Acevedo-Joaquin, the complaint said. He was turned away from the girl while lying on the bed. He allegedly swung his arm and hand backward and struck the her in the face. Her nose started to bleed, and a large abrasion was visible across her cheek, the complaint said. The girl arrived at school with blood on her clothing and told several staff members that her father had hit her, the complaint said. Child endangerment with bodily injury is a Class-D felony. — by Rebecca Morin
Council backs departments’ merger The Iowa City City Council considered Tuesday an ordinance that would merge the Planning and Community Development and Housing and Inspections Services Department into a single Neighborhood and Development Services Department. The first consideration passed 7-0. The proposed ordinance would remove the director of planning and communication development office and director of housing and inspection services offices. The ordinance would replace them with the director of neighborhood and development services position. This change could potentially aid the city by improving internal and external communications and streamlining workflow procedures, according to a letter sent to the council by City Manager Tom Markus. This will also allow for a more comprehensive approach to the city council’s strategic plan of healthy neighborhoods and enhance resources dedicated toward economic development. Though the merger will lead to many day-to-day changes for employees, it would not result in any layoffs, Markus said. These new positions would be filled internally by the city, Markus said. Though there may be some cost to the city as a result of these changes, there is enough flexibility in the current budget to satisfy this need. If approved, Markus said he aims to have the new department organized by July 1. — by Daniel Seidl
Man faces theft, drug charges A North Liberty man has been accused of stealing two iPhones. Jonathan Gordon, 31, was charged Jan. 19 with second-degree theft and possession of a controlled substance. According to an Iowa City police complaint, police officials responded to 504 E. Burlington St. after receiving a report of a stolen iPhone 5s, which was valued at $710. The victim reportedly identified Gordon as the individual who took the iPhone. After activating a warning sound on the victim’s phone, Gordon was found to have the phone in his possession, the complaint said. Gordon was also found with a second iPhone 5s, which was also valued at $710. The second iPhone was also stolen, the complaint said. The second iPhone was returned to its original owner, and the victim described Gordon as the individual that stole the phone, the complaint said. Once Gordon was in custody, officials allegedly found a clear plastic bag containing 14 grams of marijuana inside his left coat pocket, the complaint said. Gordon reportedly admitted to providing a friend with money so they could jointly purchase the marijuana, the complaint said. Second-degree theft is a Class-D felony. Possession of a controlled substance is an aggravated misdemeanor. — by Rebecca Morin
Council approves mailbox ordinance The Iowa City City Council voted Tuesday to consider an ordinance that would amend the city code to remove distance limits on mailbox clusters and add ordinances to regulate the construction and placement of these structures. The consideration was approved by a vote of 7-0. The original ordinance limited mailbox clusters to being within one block or 600 feet of the residents it serves. The removal of this ordinance is in response to the U.S. Postal Service indicating it will no longer support distance limits of this kind. The two considered ordinances the council considered adding aim to make these mailbox clusters accessible and convenient for residents. The ordinances also state that installation and maintenance cost for these mailbox clusters would be the responsibility of the neighborhood’s homeowners association and/or the Postal Service. This amendment would not affect existing subdivisions. — by Daniel Seidl
Council schedules meeting on UI rezoning The Iowa City City Council voted
Tuesday to set public input meetings for two ordinances that would rezone areas for University of Iowa facilities. The rezoning was passed with a 7-0 vote. The first of these two ordinances would rezone 1.45 acres of property located west of Clinton Street and south of Burlington Street from central business support (CB-5) to institutional public (P-2). The second ordinance would rezone .54 acres of property located at 109 River St. from neighborhood stabilization residential (RNS-20) to (P-2). Both rezonings will acknowledge the UI owns the property. The UI intends to use the area, for new music and arts facilities. The date for both public input meetings is March 4. — by Daniel Seidl
Council moves on taxi ordinance The Iowa City City Council considered an ordinance Tuesday that would amend the City Code to change policies on taxis. The first consideration passes 6-1, with Councilor Jim Throgmorton casting the dissenting vote. He said he voted no because there was a lack of public input. “I doubt that there are more than five people in the city that even have a clue that we are considering these regulations,” he said. The proposed ordinance, which was proposed in response to a Feb. 4 meeting with taxi companies, would require taxi drivers to maintain manifest laws, require some uniformity of rate cards, require notification when a license plate number of a taxi is changed, eliminate taxi stands, allow taxis to be parked on residential streets, and authorize the city to suspend a taxi driver’s license. — by Daniel Seidl
Council to seek input on animal shelter
The Iowa City City Council voted Tuesday to set a public input meeting to further discuss the 2014 construction of the animal care and adoption center project. The vote was passed to a 7-0 vote. The city’s previous animal shelter was damaged in the 2008 flood, and the Federal Emergency Management Agency will partially fund the new construction. The budget for the project is $3.1 million. Of that, $1.4 million will come from FEMA, with the Friends of the Animal Center Foundation providing an additional $1 million to fund the project over the next five years. The remaining cost will be covered by Johnson County and cities within the county. The city has outlined several goals for the new facility, including durability and sustainability, as well as meeting the city’s animal care and capacity needs.
Though the city has looked to make the plans as energy-efficient and sustainable as possible, the new facility will not be Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design certified. The new facility would be located at 3910 Napoleon Lane. The date of the public input meeting is March 4. — by Daniel Seidl
Council moves on police, fire project The Iowa City City Council passed a resolution approving plans, specifications, contracting, and costs for the Police and Fire Departments’ heating, ventilation, and air conditioning replacement project at a Tuesday Meeting. The resolution passed with a vote of 7-0. The project’s purpose is to remove and replace two such units. The total cost of the project is estimated at $147,000. The resolution sets the bid security for the project at 10 percent of each bid. It also would authorize the city clerk to publish notice for the receipt of bids for the project and would set the deadline for project bids at 2:30 p.m. on March 3. — by Daniel Seidl
Riot police move in against Kiev protest camp
KIEV, Ukraine — Amid cries of “Glory to Ukraine” and with flaming tires lighting up the night sky, thousands of riot police armed with stun grenades and water cannons attacked the sprawling protest camp in the center of Kiev, following a day of street battles that left at least 18 people dead and hundreds injured. The violence on Tuesday was the deadliest in nearly three months of anti-government protests that have paralyzed Ukraine’s capital in a struggle over the identity of a nation divided in loyalties between Russia and the West, and the worst in the country’s post-Soviet history With the boom of exploding stun grenades and fireworks nearly drowning out his words at times, opposition leader Vitali Klitschko urged the 20,000 protesters to defend the camp on Independence Square that has been the heart of the protests. “We will not go anywhere from here,” Klitschko, a former heavyweight boxing champion, told the crowd, speaking from a stage in the square as tents and tires burned around him, releasing huge plumes of smoke. “This is an island of freedom, and we will defend it,” he said. Many heeded his call. “This looks like a war against one’s own people,” said Dmytro Shulko, 35, who was heading toward the camp armed with a fire bomb. “But we will defend ourselves.” — Associated Press
Correction In the brief “Officials outline 1105 Project concerns,” The Daily Iowan incorrectly reported that his project aims to renovate the building located at 1105 Gilbert Court. This was misleading, as the building opened for use in late December 2013. This brief also had reported that the Johnson County Salvation Army was part of the 1105 project, when in fact it is not. The DI regrets these errors.
BLOTTER Shane Cross, 26, 530 S. Summit St., was charged Tuesday with driving with a suspended/canceled license. David Flores-Vargas, 39, 2801 Highway 6 E. No. 383,
was charged Monday with OWI. Malcolm Harris, 18, Cincinnati, was charged Sunday with third-degree burglary and obstructing an officer.
Pedro Lagos, 19, 1208 Tracey Lane, was charged Tuesday with driving while barred. Kenneth Orr, 44, address unknown, was charged Monday with fifth-degree theft.
Evan Ross, 20, 12 E. Court St. 504, was charged Feb. 15 with PAULA. Daniel Wren, 56, address unknown, was charged Feb. 15 with public intoxication.
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