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Cedar Rapids Headlines 1/4/2013


Crash on I-380 in Downtown Cedar Rapids Causes Traffic Back-up

backupCEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa – A crash on southbound I-380 in downtown Cedar Rapids has led to a large traffic back-up on the interstate, extending up to the 42nd Street exit.  The crash happened just before 7 a.m. Friday near the 7th Street NE interchange in downtown Cedar Rapids. Several accidents were reported in the resulting traffic back-up. At one point, the back-up had extended to Collins Road in northeast Cedar Rapids.

NewsLine9 callers reported that traffic had returned to normal by 8:45 Friday morning.

Check back with KCRG.Com for updates.

Man Expected to Recover After Late-night Shooting in Cedar Rapids

images (17)CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa – A man is expected to recover after he was shot Thursday night in Cedar Rapids.

Officers responded around 10:14 p.m. to 720 1/2 Fourth Ave. SE and found a man who had been shot in the left arm. The man, identified as 35-year-old Joshua Spears of Cedar Rapids, was taken to St. Luke’s Hospital and later transferred to University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics in Iowa City. His injuries were not life-threatening, police said.  Investigators determined three men, two black and one white, entered the apartment through an unlocked door, and one of the men displayed a “long gun.” Some words were exchanged and Spears was shot. The three suspects then fled the area.

Police believe Spears was targeted, but are unsure about all the circumstances involved.  It was the first shooting of the year in Cedar Rapids after a sharp spike in gunfire in 2012.  Anyone with information about the crime is asked to call Linn County Crime Stoppers at 1-800-CS-CRIME (272-7463) or send a text message to CRIMES (274637) with 5227 in the subject or message area, along with the tip.

Reward money is available if the information leads to an arrest!

Search For Suspects After Christmas Morning Drug Bust

FAYETTE, Iowa – Nine days after a drug bust in the early morning hours of Christmas, the Fayette County Sheriff is hoping someone can lead them to two former Upper Iowa University football players.

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     Photo: The Fayette Co. Sheriff's Office is asking for your help in locating two men suspected of growing marijuana.  On Christmas Morning, deputies executed a search warrant at 106 Mechanic Street in Fayette.  They found numerous plants, equipment and chemicals.  They are now looking for 25-year-old Jerek Bowe and 21-year-old Duke Ewan.  Both face multiple drug charges.  If you have any information of were they may be located please contact the Fayette County Sheriff's Office at 563-422-6067. (Photo Courtesy: Fayette County Sheriff's Office)

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my 2 centsjailing our kids while his are let offHow many people will be made into criminals over these archaic marijuana laws? When will it be morally unacceptable to throw someone in prison for growing/using a plant that can be found growing all over Iowa in the wild?  Just remember, there is a market here for marijuana and where there is a market for illegal drugs there are always people willing to take the risk to fulfill that void.  Not everyone likes to go out and booze it up!  The war on drugs has become a war on American families and the resources we’re using to fight this so called war could be used elsewhere to solve real crimes with real victims! Legalizing the plant could save our economy! We will never get anywhere with this until we get rid of Branstad!

We aren’t even a week into the New Year and already someone was shot here in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.  Guns and gun laws have become a hot topic! Gun stores are reporting record sales since the mass shootings across the country took place.


City of Cedar Rapids News Text Alerts


Text Alert City of Cedar RapidsI signed up for the CR News Now Text Alerts yesterday, December 30, 2012, and received my first “text alerts” today.

2nd Street SE Parking Ramp at 7th Avenue (635120-20) is up for bid.  Addendum No. 2 posted: Project Description/Scope of Work:  The Work generally consists of construction of a new six-story, 618 stall cast-in-place concrete parking structure. Bids for four (4) separate contracts are being sought.  Each contract will be awarded to the lowest most responsive and responsible bidder.

Attendance at Pre-Bid Meeting is Mandatory For your convenience, plans and specifications will only be available to download and/or order for free at http://dfs.rapidsrepro.com/.  If you do not have an existing Rapids Reproductions account, you must create an account in order to log in and view/order plans

Bid Bundle Contract

Opinion of

Probable Cost

635120-20 (General Construction)

$8,298,120

635120-21 (Mechanical)

$410,000

635120-22 (Electrical)

$530,500

635120-23 (Elevator)

$181,600

Total

$9,420,220

Sixth Street SW Reduced to Two Lanes Beginning January 2, 201314th Avenue 6th Street SW

On Wednesday January 2, 2013, at 7 am, 6th Street SW between 14th and 15th Avenue will be reduced to one lane each direction for a water tap that will last approximately five days. 

For a complete list of road closures please check: http://bit.ly/cJupdw

Date

12/31/2012

Title

6th St SW Lane Closures

Contact

Mike Duffy, (319) 286-5802

Body

Starting at 7 a.m. on Wednesday, January 2, 2013, 6th Street SW between 14th Avenue SW and 15th Avenue SW will be reduced to one lane in both directions for a water tap. The work is expected to take five (5) days to complete, weather permitting. Traffic should seek an alternate route. For a complete list of road closures please check: http://bit.ly/cJupdw

We’re paying for the services so we might as well use them!  If you’re interested in receiving text alerts it’s easy to do! Just click on the the highlighted heading below and follow the directions!

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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 12/23/12


Christmas Dinner Serves Hundreds Annually at Metro High School

By Christy Aumer, Reporter   CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa – Several hundred people attended the annual free Christmas Dinner at Metro High School on Saturday.
For three hours today, volunteers served up a free meal while attendees had their choice to take home clothing, non-perishable food items and toys – all free of charge. Santa was also there to spread a little Christmas cheer and bring smiles to the faces of the little ones there.This annual event has helped hundreds of people since 1997 when Henry Davison began events like these.
“People need it,” Davison said. “They get to come in, eat, enjoy themselves and leave.”
Families that attended were able to give each child at least one book, one stuffed animal and another gift of their choice. Last year, the program served around 500 people.
“How many people do you see sleep under the bridge every day?” Davison said. “I’m not doing it for me, I’m doing it for them.”
86-year-old Davison started the HD Youth Center in the late 1990s to help members of the community. The center puts on several events during the year, including an Easter Egg Hunt, a Back to School program, a Thanksgiving dinner and an Adventureland trip that Michael Lewis said gives kids the opportunity to get out of the city and have fun.Lewis has been with Davison since he started the program and attended many speeches Davision gave around town in the 1990s in an effort to spread the word about the need for the neighborhood center.
“This really brings the community together,” Lewis said. “It’s a reminder that someone out there cares about you, even if just for a minute.”
HD Youth Center Christmas Coordinator Eric Hansen said the program has seen rough days, especially since the Flood of 2008 which involved a relocation of the center, and events., but Hansen said they’re hoping to open a new location on Mount Vernon Road in the next three months.
“Hoping,” Hansen reiterated. The program is seeking more volunteers to aid in projects and events like these to keep it moving forward.
26-year-old Brittany Hermon said this was one of the biggest events of the year for her and her four kids. Being her second time attending the Christmas dinner, she enjoys seeing familiar faces and plans on coming back again. The toys she selected will be the Christmas gifts for her children, besides two other toys she previously purchased.
“God got me through another Christmas once again,” Hermon said with a smile.
Anyone interested in volunteering can contact Henry Davison at (319) 329-8841.

Flood protection in Cedar Rapids remains top priority

Work goes on to bring it to reality

CEDAR RAPIDS — The flood gauge just upstream from the Eighth Avenue bridge here has the depth of the Cedar River these days at less than three feet.The river’s low flow and a distance of four and a half years from the city’s historic 2008 flood — when the river climbed to 31.12 feet — conspire to blur the need to build the city’s proposed $375 million flood protection system, acknowledges Mayor Ron Corbett.  I’s only natural, said the mayor. Finding public dollars to help in the aftermath of a flood or other natural disaster, he said, is always easier than finding those dollars to protect against what the future might hold.“Once the disaster is cleaned up, then you’re looking for long-term construction dollars, and you’re fighting with all the other aspects of government spending,” Corbett said. “The emotional piece has been lost.” Amphitheater progress
The most visible sign that the work of flood protection is inching ahead is the city’s towering outdoor riverfront amphitheater, now under construction on the west bank of the river across from downtown. This $8 million entertainment venue, which doubles as a flood levee, is a reminder of just how high floodwaters climbed in 2008. In recent weeks, as part of the amphitheater project, a set of concrete pillars have gone up, providing a first look at what a flood wall could look like elsewhere in the city’s flood-protection system.
For his part, Corbett said he is reserving judgment about the aesthetics of the wall until the work is complete, though Dave Elgin, the city’s public works director and city engineer, says the pillars will come with landscaping and other enhancements to make them look more appealing than they might look now.
The section of wall, Elgin adds, is one of many examples of a removable flood wall, which are designed so removable panels can be inserted between the pillars during the approach of a flood. Removable walls are in the city plan for much of downtown.
At first glance, 2012 would seem to have been a bad year for the city’s flood protection plans. After all, local voters in March — for a second time — defeated a measure that would have extended the city’s existing 1 percent, local-option sales tax to provide local dollars to help pay for flood protection.
Corbett, though, says the tax defeat didn’t change what he says is the widely held view in Cedar Rapids that flooding will recur and flood protection will be built.
Flood fund
The tax defeat aside, 2012 brought what Corbett calls a “significant” victory for Cedar Rapids flood protection when the Iowa Legislature created a new state flood protection fund based on an idea that Corbett and the city of Cedar Rapids came up with and spent two years pushing. The new law will direct a portion of the incremental increase in the state sales tax into a fund, which cities can make application to if they have local matching funds.
‘Preferred’ plan’
The city’s Elgin calls the city’s preferred plan a Chevy and not a Cadillac, a plan that provides protection but not extravagances.
With four years now passed since the City Council adopted the preferred plan, Elgin reports that the city now has asked one of the plan’s consultants, Stanley Consultants of Muscatine, to calculate the costs of a less-ambitious flood protection system for the west side of the city.
In the preferred plan, which protects to the elevation of the 2012 flood, the cost of west-side protection now is thought to be between $150 million and $155 million because about $30 million already has been spent to buy out and demolish flood-damaged properties in the way of a flood-protection system.
Stanley Consultants has put the price tag at about $125 million to protect the west side to the 100-year flood level and $140 million to build a foundation sturdy enough to provide 100-year flood protection and to allow the protection to be enhanced to the 2008 flood level in the future. In the end, Stanley has advised that it doesn’t cost that much more to go from 100-year protection to the preferred plan’s 2008 level of protection once the foundation for the latter is in place, Elgin says.

I have to wonder why the city continues to go on and on about “flood protection” when we all know that the reason we flooded as badly as we did was because we had trains sitting on bridges acting as dams! People I talk to in the community want the river dredged.

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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!

nonono

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!