Tag Archives: 2012

No Criminal Charges for Police in Salvadar Death


Randi Shannon– A former Senate Candidate posted this story from KCRG on my Facebook wall  yesterday with this comment:  “Died from positional asphyxia? And he was handcuffed in their vehicle? And they aren’t guilty. I’ve not had any of my friends die from too much alcohol (not saying it doesn’t happen), and I’ve never known anyone to drink and then repeatedly slam their own head until they go comatose and then die. I think the factors are the ‘alone’ time he had w/the cop. Something stinks about this story and i think someone is getting away with murder that is walking around with a badge. I also noticed KCRG isn’t allowing any comments on the story which is interesting since they let me get slaughtered when i ended my race. Collusion. Be safe out there the cops are DANGEROUS to your health!”

my 2 centsCedar Rapids Police Department (CRPD) is liable in Salvadar’s death.  He was in their custody when he died.  It doesn’t matter how he died– they are liable. Salvadar’s family isn’t alone.   The family of Desirae Daniel. a woman shot and killed by Cedar Rapids police officers on December 4, 2012 also expressed frustration with the way  CRPD handled that investigation. Desirae’s mother learned about her daughters death from the Gazette. Why didn’t CRPD contact her?  I would hate to find out my child died by them!  I would also like to know if both incidents involved car #40.

I would like an outside investigation on both incidents and on internal affairs within the police department.  KCRG didn’t have an exclusive video with the Salvadar family but KGAN did!  We all know who KCRG caters their news to and it’s not the pioneers or lifelong residents of CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa.  Salvador’s brother is right, it will come out.

EXCLUSIVE: Saldivar Family Speaks, Says Paul’s Death No Accident

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CBS 2/FOX 28 — Paul Saldivar’s family is speaking out, saying they believe his death was not an accident.  CBS 2/FOX 28 first told you Wednesday that no criminal charges will be filed in Saldivar’s death.  Police arrested him in May for public intoxication, and on the way to jail, he became unresponsive.  Saldivar was taken to a hospital, where he later died.
The family said they feel shocked, but not surprised at the outcome of that investigation. Now, they are standing together after the report sent out Wednesday by Linn County Attorney Jerry Vander Sanden called Paul’s death an accident.
“It just don’t make no sense,” Paul’s brother John Saldivar said.  Seven months later, Paul’s brother John wants Cedar Rapids police held accountable.
“For the police chief to say, ‘Oh I’m going to clean things up’, he ain’t cleaning nothing up,” John said.
The report states Saldivar left Hazzard County Saloon, followed shortly after by an officer. The officer tried to talk to Saldivar as he walked toward the back parking lot. Instead, he started running south for about a block and a half, before eventually being arrested in an alley between 2nd and 3rd Streets SE.  Police said Saldivar thrashed around in the back seat and hit his head on an armrest.  The Saldivars have never believed that story. The read the attorney’s report and said if it is indeed accurate, Paul’s death was not an accident.
They should live to a higher standard and take responsibility criminally for somebody dying in their care,” John said.
The county attorney’s report did state Saldivar was drunk, with a .299 blood alcohol content level, nearly four times the legal limit.  It also adds the primary cause of death was positional asphyxia; that’s when a person’s posture doesn’t allow for proper breathing.
“If they say he was that messed up, that should have been their priority to either get medical attention or make sure he was okay,” John said.  Paul’s widow Rachel said it’s not like Paul. They have been married nearly four years and were raising four children together.  “No one there if they get into trouble to help. I was always able to call Paul,” Rachel Saldivar said.
John and Rachel said the family will continue to fight for justice.
“It’ll all come out. The officers involved will have to answer to what has taken place,” John said.
CBS 2/FOX 28 spoke with the police department Thursday. They said they still are not in a position to speak openly about the incident — although the criminal investigation is over, they still have to perform an internal investigation.
Thursday, December 27 2012, 09:56 PM CST

County Attorney: No Charges Filed In Paul Saldivar Death

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (CBS 2/FOX 28) — After seven months with no answers, family and friends of Paul Saldivar now have one.  Linn County Attorney Jerry Vander Sanden said Saldivar’s death was accidental and will not press charges against Cedar Rapids police officers involved that night.  Police arrested Saldivar back in May for public intoxication outside Hazzard County Saloon in Cedar Rapids.
Police have said all along Saldivar hit his head on an armrest in the squad car.
Vander Sanden’s report adds that what ultimately killed Saldivar was “positional asphyxia”; that’s when a person’s posture doesn’t allow for proper breathing.  The Iowa State Medical Examiner found Saldivar was very drunk, with a .299 blood alcohol content level, nearly four times the legal limit.
The report states the excessive alcohol slowed down his breathing, which was already a problem because of his posture.
“I do not believe this was an accident. I do not,” Paul’s sister Paulette Gandara said.  Paul’s family still doesn’t believe the story. They said it doesn’t line up with what doctors told them about Paul’s injuries the week before he was taken off life support.
“You do not get picked up for public intox and end up dead in the back seat of a police car,” Paulette said.  Even more frustrating for them after all this time — Paul’s brothers’ and sisters’ cry for justice has not been answered.  “It’s just heartbreaking to know that my brother’s gone, and they didn’t do anything about it. And it took this long. It took this long for them to do nothing,” Paulette said.  Cedar Rapids Police Chief Wayne Jerman said he appreciates the work done by all the agencies involved in this investigation.  He added that the police department “will continue to work with citizens, agencies and community groups to make Cedar Rapids a better place to live and work.”
To read the full report, click here.
Wednesday, December 26 2012, 08:44 PM CST

Date

12/27/2012

Title

Chief Jerman Comments on Linn County Attorney’s Findings

Contact

Sgt. Cristy Hamblin (319) 286-5439

Body

CEDAR RAPIDS, IA – December 26, 2012 – Today the Cedar Rapids Police Department was made aware of the findings of the Linn County Attorney’s Office regarding the death of Paul Saldivar. “The Cedar Rapids Police Department cooperated fully with the Division of Criminal Investigation and the Linn County Attorney’s Office,” said Chief Wayne Jerman. “We appreciate the work done and the thorough and exhaustive efforts by all agencies involved in this investigation. We at the Cedar Rapids Police Department will continue to work with citizens, agencies and community groups to make Cedar Rapids a better place to live and work.”

Attachments
12-26-12 Linn County Attny release.pdf

 

 


Cedar Rapids Headlines 12/21/12


‘Astonishing’ Lights Reported In Sky Over Cedar Rapids

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa — Eastern Iowa’s blizzard conditions are making for hazardous travel — and maybe even for unknown objects in the sky. A resident on Cedar Rapids’ east side reported alternating blue and green lights lighting “the entire horizon” early Thursday, according to Peter Davenport, director of the National UFO Reporting Center in Harrington, Wash.

ufpDescription: Awakened by loud hum. Hum lasted about 5 seconds. Hum immediately followed by a blue light which lit the entire horizon this light then immediately followed by a green light which also lit the entire horizon. Lights were NOT a flash radiating outward but were almost like enormous bars of light (horizon to horizon) radiating upward toward the heavens. This process was repeated at least 5 times and, we believe more as we heard it and could see our room lit from without before rising to look out the window – we personally witnessed at least 5 cycles.

Cedar Rapids police logs don’t list any calls reporting a UFO sighting this morning. Davenport invited anyone who may have seen the incident to call his group’s hotline: 206-722-3000.

The witness’ initial report:

Date: 12/20/12

Time: 3:15

Duration: 20 minutes

Sighting City: Cedar Rapids

Sighting State: ia

Sighting Zip: 52403

Sighting County: Linn

Witnesses: 2

Shape: Light

Description: Astonishing Sound and Changing Lights Seen North Of Cedar rapids, Iowa on December 20th 3:15 A.M.

With this kind of timeline I am wondering where the video documentation is! Does anyone have any video?

Blowing Snow Keeps Cedar Rapids Road Crews Busy

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English: Skyline of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, looking northward from the 8th Avenue bridge. Photographed by User:Iowahwyman on June 17, 2007. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa – Nearly all of the city’s residential streets will have been plowed and most arterials plowed anew by the time you get up on Friday morning. Even so, expect to see some snow on streets from blowing snow, says Craig Hanson, the city’s public works maintenance manager. The city had to close down 76th Avenue SW on Thursday when winds of 35 to 40 miles created a white-out condition. Late Thursday afternoon, Hanson reported that the city took on between 6 and 9 inches of snow, with the north side of the city getting more than the south side, though some of the worst drifting was on the south side, particularly on 76th Avenue SW and Wright Brothers Boulevard SW.

Among the assignments for city crews today, he added, is the cleanup 23 miles of city sidewalk.

Be patient and drive safe!

Lost and Stolen plates according to police is up 10 percent compared to this time last year

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Drifting and blowing snow made unusual snow formations (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

CEDAR RAPIDS, IA (CBS2/FOX28) — Thousands of cars travel Cedar Rapids roads everyday and Cedar Rapids Police say those cars are a hot item for thieves. “It happens all year long and a lot of time we’ve seen them more lately,” says Sgt. Cristy Hamblin. Police records show so far in 2012, roughly 200 vehicles have been reported stolen. The holiday season is prime time for a car thief and police want to make sure you don’t fall victim.

Lock your car when you’re not in it and never leave it running with the keys in it!


Doomsday Blizzard 2012 Time-lapsed video footage Cedar Rapids, Iowa


Time-lapse of the Doomsday Blizzard from the NW side of Cedar Rapids, Iowa

It wasn’t the big storm I anticipated it would be but I am happy we got some snow.

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Doomsday Blizzard 2012


Snapshot - 1Cedar Rapids, Iowa- I was pretty excited to get a package in the mail today. It was a dash camera, a DiGiJet Infrared Night Vision HD DVR – a gift from my friend Jeff.  I played with it for about 45 minutes before taking it out for a test run.  I have it plugged in now and am hoping to catch the whole blizzard on film overnight since that’s when it’s supposed to really start blowing the snow around! I will only catch the whole blizzard if the electricity stays on and the video turns out  I will speed it up and share a time lapsed doomsday blizzard video in the morning.  The video will be filmed from the West Bank of Cedar Rapids pointing towards Quaker Oats/Pepsi Co.

I realize most of these videos are dark but hey, it’s dark outside! 🙂

2 am

This post will be updated as the storm rolls in!

I had to drive in the blizzard to pick my son up last night. Jim Pate rode along and we discussed past close calls and road conditions.

I am working on a time-lapsed video from last night into the early hours of the morning that I will be posting.


Cedar Rapids Headlines 12/17/12


 Are You Dreaming of a White Christmas? You May Get Your Wish!

winterstorm7CEDAR RAPIDS, IOWA – Are you hoping for a white Christmas?  Get your shovels ready it just may happen! The KCRG-TV9 First Alert Storm Team is continuing to watch a potential winter storm, which would affect eastern Iowa late Wednesday through Thursday. The precise details are unclear because this system is still a few days away, but there is high confidence in snow, possibly heavy, in our area.

Second New Downtown Cedar Rapids Parking Ramp Coming in 2013

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa — The city is moving ahead on plans to build a second new downtown parking ramp, both of which should be in place in 2013.The second ramp, a six-story ramp with 618 parking stalls, will go up in the 600 block of Second-Street SE on city-owned land now used as a surface parking lot. Construction is slated to start in March and be complete in November, according to a city report.

English: Skyline of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, lookin...

English: Skyline of
Cedar Rapids, Iowa, looking northward from the 8th Avenue bridge.
Photographed by User:Iowahwyman on June 17, 2007. (Photo credit:
Wikipedia)

The City-Council this week will approve the plans for the ramp, which is estimated to cost $9.4 million to construct, according to the city report.

The city currently is building a new six-story, 460-stall ramp across First Avenue East from the city-owned convention complex and hotel. The First Avenue East parking ramp is costing $12.28 million and is expected to be complete next summer.

The city says parking revenue from users of the two ramps will pay off revenue bonds sold to finance the construction.

Serving Double Duty: Five Fire Chiefs on One Department

In a community with more than 40 unsolved fires we have Five Fire Chiefs on One Department!

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa – A fire department typically has one fire chief, but the Cedar Rapids Fire Department has a handful.Fire chiefs from across Eastern Iowa are finding themselves working on the same team. They are pulling double duty by working for both Cedar Rapids and their hometown volunteer fire departments.

Fire officials said at least 35 Cedar Rapids firefighters are members of a volunteer fire department in the area. For many, it’s the place they first discovered their love of fighting fires and took that step towards making it a career.


Relocating the Ellis Boat Harbor


What is going on here? Why is there even talk about relocating the Harbor? Wasn’t Governor Culver’s signature enough to keep it safe from the City Council? It doesn’t seem that anything is sacred in Cedar Rapids!

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Look at this image! Where would people park? What else does the east side of Cedar Rapids want to take? Most importantly HOW MUCH WILL THIS COST?

What about looking at the train bridges and the feasibility of keeping rail-cars filled with tons and tons of rocks on them during floods to stop the water from backing up into the Harbor in the first place! This is ridiculous! We need to vote these people out in November!


Cedar Rapids Headlines 12/13/12


DCI Completes Investigation into Fatal Officer-Involved Shooting in Cedar Rapids

“Desirae A. Daniel, 27, was shot by police on the morning of Dec. 4 following a police chase and died at a hospital a short time later. According to police, Daniel was sitting in the driver’s seat of a car in the 200 block of 27th Street NW after the chase when she pulled a gun as officers were approaching the car. Police said a handgun was later recovered from the car.”

The State Police have finished their investigation but they aren’t going to share any details. County Attorney Jerry Vandersanden is reviewing the case but doesn’t want to rush it. “Something like this, you don’t want to rush,” Vander Sanden said. For those of us who know how things work in Cedar Rapids this is a open and shut case that will find these police officers heroes in the end.

Attempted Abduction of Teenage Girl Reported in Cedar Rapids

According to police, a 17-year-old girl was walking in the 500 block of 12th Avenue SE around 11:20 a.m. Wednesday when she noticed a man in a gray car looking at her. The man had his window rolled down and was yelling at her to come over to talk to him, but she ignored him.

The girl told police the man got out of the car and chased her for a short distance, before he gave up and returned to his car. The girl, who was not hurt, had never seen the man before, police said.

Police said the girl and her mother went back to Metro High School, where she is a student, to report the incident before calling the police later in the afternoon.

The suspect was described as a black man in his 30s wearing blue jeans and a coat. No arrests had been made by Thursday morning.

Kudos to the teenager who ran from this stranger! We’ve had enough heartache this year! I hope the police find this person!

Linn County’s “15-In-5” Progress Slowed By Flood, Recession

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa – Think back seven years.

The 2005 “15 in 5” Project:

1. Jobs Goal – We should establish a goal to retain, expand, and attract jobs that pay living wages and health benefits, such as a net addition of 1,000 manufacturing and food processing jobs over five years.

2. Entrepreneurial Development Fund – We should establish a local $1 million-plus Entrepreneurial Development Fund to help promising new businesses that have a quality business plan with small grants of up to $20,000.

3. Business Incubator – In partnership with the University of Iowa, Iowa State University, and Kirkwood Community College, we should create a business incubator to provide a physical space for new businesses and non-profits using university research and technology or other public business assistance.

4. Early Childhood Education – We should support the Birth to Five Initiative led by Linn County Community Empowerment to end the current waiting lists and to make low-cost, quality child care and preschool available to all families, especially those families with incomes less than 200% of the federal poverty guidelines.

5. After-School Programs – To improve community safety and education, we should provide after-school programs – such as the “After School Academic Challenge and Enrichment Program” at Polk Elementary School – for every student who needs them, especially in our five core neighborhoods (Mound View, Wellington Heights, Oakhill Jackson, Taylor Area, and Northwest Area).

6. Summer-School Opportunities – In partnership with area businesses, retirees, and colleges (e.g., Kirkwood, Mt. Mercy, and Coe), we should make summer-school remedial and enrichment programs available in reading, math, science, computers, foreign language, business, and vocational education.

7. Student Community Service Goal – In partnership with area nonprofits and the Workplace Learning Connection, we should establish a goal that 50% or more of our high school students will participate in regular community service.

8. 211 First Call For Help – We should maintain and improve the 211 First Call For Help program, and the agencies that provide assistance through that program, to meet the basic needs of children, seniors, and others in need.

9. Housing Improvements – We should identify and reduce by 50% or more the number of vacant and dilapidated houses in the five core neighborhoods (Mound View, Wellington Heights, Oakhill Jackson, Taylor Area, and Northwest Area).

10. Energy Conservation And Efficiency – We should establish a goal of reducing energy use per capita by 10% over 5 years, develop measures to monitor progress toward this goal, and encourage conservation and efficiency to achieve the goal.

11. Highway 30 To Clinton And Ames – We should advocate a plan to expand Highway 30 to four lanes from Clinton to Ames for completion by 2015.

12. Light Rail Transit To Iowa City – Given the potential for congestion on Interstate-380 and rising gasoline prices, we should develop and begin implementing a plan to establish a light rail line from Cedar Rapids to Iowa City by 2015.

13. Joint Land Use Plan And Trust Fund For The Technology Corridor – We should develop a joint land use plan and environmental and recreation trust fund for Linn and Johnson Counties to identify, protect, and improve existing and future park land, recreational facilities, natural areas, agricultural land, and open space.

14. Recreational Trail For Cedar Rapids, Iowa City & Amana – We should complete a recreational bicycle trail to connect Cedar Rapids, Iowa City and Amana.

15. Cedar Bend Project – We should complete the Cedar Bend project, including recreational use of the Cedar Bend Lake, extension of the Sac and Fox Trail to the Cedar River Trail, construction of a new Witwer Senior Center to house senior organizations and activities, construction of a new market space, and conversion of the existing landfill to public open space.

What do you think of the goals?


Chemtrails for you


I was on my way home when I looked up and saw these chemtrails. I am so tired of this crap being sprayed into our skies without any explanation at all! What are the spraying and why?
Aren’t you at least curious?

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Mr. & Mrs. Rogers Downtown District Neighborhood


It’s a Beuuutifull Day In Their Neighborhood


Not So For the Rest of Cedar Rapids Taxpayers

“The thought behind the talk is to turn the downtown into a seven-day-a-week, 24-hour-a-day neighborhood to use and spend time in, not to rush into and then flee once the workday is done.”

http://thegazette.com/2012/12/12/two-way-streets-four-way-stop-intersections-proposed-for-downtown-cedar-rapids/

Those in Cedar Rapids Downtown District work hard. They work hard thinking up ways to make their neighborhood better and scheming to make all the other neighborhoods pay for their dreams.

When you are stuck trying to get across Cedar Rapids by four way stop signs and backed up cars along nearly vacant bike lanes, don’t get mad. Get justice on election day. Throw out those who consider the rest of Cedar Rapids second class in all but tax assessments.

Cedar Rapids will smell a lot better if you do.

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For CR Smells, truly it does.


FEMA denies the City of Cedar Rapids funding for the Time Check Recreation Center- Again


Well well, FEMA denied the City of Cedar Rapids funding for the Time Check Recreation Center, again. What is your opinion on this? Do you think it’s a good idea to give the city money to build a brand new recreation center in the 100 year flood plain after the city neglected to clean out the original recreation center for three years? These photos show the recreation center three years after the flood:
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The city wouldn’t clean this building that was blowing mold all over the city for three years until it was time to start discussing the replacement of the building! When the city finally did decide to clean it out they hired an out of state company even though nearby residents offered to clean it out for free.
Don Karr told FEMA Tuesday morning at a meeting, “You’re not helping us put the city back to the way it was before the flood, “said city council member Don Karr. “I’m asking you to stand by your word.”

Flood impacted people were told “not to expect FEMA to make us whole” yet, city officials expect just that! FEMA is expected to make things better than ever for the city. FEMA has done a lot for Cedar Rapids already! They paid for all the buyouts (after the houses were demolished- the city received $27 Million dollars just to acquire approximately 192 properties in the “green-way”), we have a new library, a new fire department being built, refurbished Sheriffs Department, the Paramount Theater has been rebuilt,and many other projects have all been built new and all better than they were before!

How much more will the city leaders demand from FEMA? Especially since city leaders are merely spending the money because it is there? This while disasters such as Hurricane Sandy is fresh in our minds. What about these disaster victims? What about the new FEMA recipients in California? One must ask why didn’t the city make due with what they had instead of expecting FEMA to buy and build them a brand new city? When will Cedar Rapids leaders consider the other disaster areas that will need that money to recover? Who is paying for all of this? Taxpayers need to know where their money is going in these hard times!
“We’re going to keep fighting it,” Karr said. “We’re going to keep fighting to get this built.” The city has 60 days to appeal FEMA’s decision. They say because the plan was rejected, rebuilding efforts may be pushed back another year.