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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.

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Cedar Rapids Headlines 12/25/12


Salvation Army’s Bells Go Silent As Goals Are Missed

The Salvation Army logo (Anglophone Version)

The Salvation Army

The Salvation Army bells heard outside of grocery stores across Eastern Iowa fell silent Monday evening. Salvation Army officials across the area say it’s been a “good” year, despite the fact that all of the areas biggest campaigns have yet to reach their goals.

Donations for the red kettle campaigns continue to be accepted into next month.

If you would like to donate visit Salvation Army at https://donate.salvationarmyusa.org/page.aspx?pid=207#location

What to do When You Need a Break From Christmas

Maybe Christmas isn’t your holiday all the talk of Christmas trees, even frosty the snow man is just too much for you, well there’s lots of things in the Corridor that you can do.

For starters how about a movie.  Then how about dancing under the disco to your favorite country tunes.

There may not be a lot of options but dancing and a movie seem like two that could bring some Christmas cheer.

Christmas Wish Granted for Corridor Woman

CEDAR RAPIDS, IA (KGAN/KFXA) – The daughter of a woman battling cancer made a very simple holiday wish. That wish was for a white Christmas. Thanks to last week’s blizzard, that wish has come true. The family said it’s a better present than any colorful package they could unwrap.
“I love snow, I love snow!”  Evelyn Nuehring, 65, gleefully explained from her hospital bed at Mercy Medical Center in Cedar Rapids. Her bed looks out onto 10th and McKinley Middle School.
While it may seem that a white Christmas is common in Eastern Iowa, The National Weather Service defines a white Christmas as one where there is an inch or more of snow on the ground. In Cedar Rapids, that only happens 47 percent of the time, “47 percent, that shocks me, but like I said, she’s got angels up there,” Rehak said.
For Evelyn a white Christmas means everything. “Because I don’t know if I’ll be here next year, so I enjoy every moment that God has given me to see the snow and to have special friends around me,” Evelyn said. Evelyn was diagnosed with sarcoma, a rare cancer in July of 2011, She had it removed that fall, but it came back a little more than two months ago, attacking her lungs. While Evelyn’s diagnosis is hard to take, she is filled with gratitude.In her beautiful way of viewing the world, Evelyn’s strength shines just like the glistening blanket of white she so lovingly gazes upon outside her hospital room window at Mercy Medical Center.“Don’t go for the material things; go for the things that reach out and touch you, that make you the happiest. This world is a good world,” she said.
Evelyn’s daughter, Lisa Gutierrez is working to help fight sarcoma. She’s created a local non-profit. To learn more visit www.curesarcoma.com or email IowaChapter@curesarcoma.org.  See the whole story here: http://www.cbs2iowa.com/shared/newsroom/top_stories/videos/kgan_vid_13538.shtml
my 2 centsI have lost a lot of loved ones to cancer. The last story touched my heart.  It’s Christmas! I hope everyone has a wonderful day and is doing something more meaningful than dancing under a disco ball to country music at some bar! I will be spending my Christmas with my in-laws first exchanging gifts enjoying our morning in each others company and then later in the afternoon eating Hors d’oeuvre and turkey around a traditional dinner table.  Reminds me of my childhood while creating new memories for my children to cherish in the future.
199802_1017833544968_2487948_nThe Salvation Army sounded pretty confident they were going to make their goal when I saw them on TV.  Some people in my community love the Salvation Army for feeding them after the 2008 floods.  They didn’t feed my neighbors or myself down here by the river.  Nonetheless, they helped me with rent after the 2008 flood and so I felt obligated to go shake a bell  next to the “red kettle”. I wouldn’t have needed that help though had the Local Option Sales Tax been used correctly but that’s another story for another day.


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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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.

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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)

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.


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.