Cedar Rapids Headlines 12/19/12

Blizzard Warning Issued, Conditions to Deteriorate Tonight

snowCEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa – Ready or not, here it comes. Heavy snow combined with strong winds will lead to blizzard conditions across much of Iowa tonight into tomorrow. A Blizzard Warning goes into effect for much of Iowa beginning this evening. Storm totals of 8-12” will be likely over much of the area, with isolated amounts over a foot in far northeast Iowa and southwest Wisconsin. Winds will increase to 30-40 mph in most spots, with gusts to 50mph, creating whiteout conditions and considerable drifting of snow.

Travel will be a nightmare so if you have things to get done the sooner you get them done the better! 

 

Cedar Rapids Council Ecstatic with Plan to Transform Westdale Mall

wdCEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa —CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa — Martians didn’t land, but you’d think they had after City Council members Tuesday night finished thanking and applauding Realtor Scott Byers and developer John Frew for jumping in to do the near impossible — bring new life to the long-failing Westdale Mall.

Byers, a Realtor at Gibbs Lamb Drown Commercial, is leading a group of local investors in buying the 72-acre, 33-year-old, half-empty mall from two out-of-state owners and Frew, president/CEO of Frew Development Group, will lead a $90-million effort to redevelop the site.

Council members Don Karr, Chuck Swore and Justin Shields are longtime west-side Cedar Rapids residents and they were particularly thrilled with the Westdale developments.

What about the “West Downtown”?

Trial Set for Man Who Attempted to Kill His Neighbors

jpCEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa – A man who attempted to kill his neighbors last summer was found competent and his trial is set April 1, in Linn County District Court.  Pham is charged with three counts of attempted murder and one count of intimidation with a dangerous weapon.

He is accused of shooting multiple times at Brian Wilson, 39, his daugther Jayde Wilson and Tracy Moses last June at Moses’ home. Brian Wilson was hit three times and seriously wounded. Members of Pham’s family told The Gazette after the shooting they have been subjected to racial harassment for years because they are Vietnamese, first by Moses’ ex-husband when he lived in the home, and then by Brian Wilson.

Cell Tower Plan in Cemetery Beginning to Stir Up Opposition

cemCEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa – The popularity of cell phones and portable electronic devices wouldn’t be possible without the cell towers that provide the wireless signal. But keeping the signal strong often involves wireless companies adding new towers. And that’s where the conflict can start.
The board operating the Czech National Cemetery, 2200 C St. S.W., is seeking permission to allow a tower for U.S. Cellular on cemetery ground. City staffers say it’s the first time they can remember a conditional use request for a cell tower in a cemetery.

Teri Petrzalek, who has family buried at the cemetery, only learned about the Planning Commission meeting a few days ago after a cemetery neighbor got a letter about the proposed zoning change. Petrzalek plans to attend the meeting to let the commission know not everyone is ok with the idea.  “I can understand they’re (cemetery board) looking for ways to generate income. But this is not an appropriate way to do it. It’s going to be intrusive, look terrible and it’s an affront to the people buried there,” Petrzalek said.

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About Ajai Dittmar

There is nothing 'radical' about wanting to save your historical neighborhood! There is nothing 'negative' for wanting an 'outside investigation' done a public service that has had a lot of embarrassing news, especially when they don't do their jobs! There is nothing 'odd' about wanting politicians to uphold the Constitution they swear to uphold when they are sworn into office! Follow @sibzianna View all posts by Ajai Dittmar

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