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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

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)

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

Drifting and blowing snow made unusual snow fo...

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 12/19/12


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.

What do you think of this?  Comments and feedback encouraged!