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A Casino? Yes or No


Just Say No Casino, the group opposed to a Cedar Rapids casino

Vote Yes Linn County, the pro-casino campaign
One has to wonder if the investors of this casino did any research and exactly who these investors are!  After doing my own research I found the casino that Mr. Gray would like to emulate is losing money.

“Gray also singled out the Rivers Casino, a downtown casino in Pittsburgh, Pa., adding that he envisioned that a Cedar Rapids casino will be “”urban, metro and upscale” not unlike the Pittsburgh one.”
“Ira Schulman is one unhappy property owner.  A principal in the ownership of Rivers Casino, he has dubbed the North Shore gambling palace a “bad investment,” claiming it has lost $200 million in equity since it opened in August 2009.”  Read more: http://www.post-gazette.com/stories/business/news/key-owner-says-rivers-casino-is-terrible-investment-633146/#ixzz2Ij9KULYs

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.

Check out KGAN’s Facebook pic and comments regarding this story!

     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.


Cedar Rapids, Iowa Headlines 12/15/12


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Man Gets Additional Prison Time for Selling Pills for Candy

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) — A western Iowa man already convicted on federal fraud charges has been sentenced to more than two years in prison for selling his pain pills for candy.

Donald Washburn of Marion was given the sentence earlier this week in Cedar Rapids. The time will run concurrently to his separate sentence of more than 11 years in prison on various federal fraud charges.

Prosecutors say the 63-year-old sold his prescription Oxycodone medication to other inmates for candy bars while he was held in the Linn County Jail awaiting sentencing on the investment fraud case.

Washburn was convicted in February of bilking investors out of more than $800,000 in phony gambling and mining ventures.

Doesn’t seem to me like this guy even needs these pain pills if he is trading them for candy bars! 

 

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Local Therapist Offers Tips for Talking with Children About Connecticut Shooting

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa – The nation remains shocked and devastated after the Connecticut School Shooting that killed 27.

Some Cedar Rapids parents told TV9 on Friday they wanted to pull their kids out of school for the day when they heard the news.

“I just wanted to come get him and go to a movie or go shopping or something, just to spend time with him because other parents can’t do that tonight,” said Tracy Chambers, a parent.

Chambers, like many others, didn’t pull her child out of school in the middle of the day, but she had a big hug waiting when the dismissal bell rang. “I can’t wait to hug him,” she said.

Frank Ackley, of Cedar Rapids, was waiting to pick up his grandchildren on Friday and couldn’t help but wonder about their safety.

They weren’t the only parents who thought about picking their child up before school let out! I thought about doing it too!  We hugged our little one just a little tighter last night and spoke about the shooting and what she should do if anything like that happens in Cedar Rapids.  People don’t think things like this could happen here but forget the Ralston Foods shooting.  

 

Father Can’t Explain Massive Head Injury of His 17-month-old

 

childCEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa – Investigators testified Friday that Zyriah Schlitter, who is accused of killing his 17-month-old daughter Kamryn in 2010, changed his account of what happened the day she died in three different interviews and never could explain her severe bruising and massive head injuries.

Schlitter, 25, in the police interview said he didn’t notice the bruising on Karmryn’s face March 15 until a DHS employee told him after the daycare she attended reported it. He noticed it then but didn’t know how it happened.

Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation Special Agent Darrell Simmons told Schlitter he knew the doctors told him the injuries were not an accident. The injuries were inflicted by Schlitter or his ex-girlfriend Amy Parmer, he said.

“It didn’t happen from a trip and fall,” Simmons said. She was either shaken violently or dropped on her head or slammed down on her head, according to (doctors).”

Schlitter starts crying a few minutes later and says he didn’t think Parmer hurt her.

“I don’t know,” Schlitter said. “That’s why you’re investigating. I don’t appreciate this. We need to stop. Please.”

Schlitter is charged with first-degree murder and child endangerment resulting in death. If convicted, he faces life in prison without parole.

This case is still going on. I feel so badly for all the little children who are losing their lives to self-centered selfish adults.


Today’s Headlines in Cedar Rapids, Iowa December 11, 2012


Cedar Rapids Woman Hurt in Carjacking

Two people dressed in black carjacked and robbed a 21 year old woman in an apartment parking lot at 911 Old Marion Road NE Saturday December 9, 2012. The robbers demanded the woman’s keys and when she refused they assaulted her and took her car and credit cards. She was taken to St. Lukes where she was treated for a cut on her ear.
Anyone with information about the incident is encouraged to call police at (319) 286-5491. Tips can also be left anonymously by calling Linn County Crime Stoppers at 1-800-CS-CRIME (272-7463).
This would be frightening! I hope the perpetrators are caught!

Man Stole Pickup, Shot At Owner Before Police Chase, Police Say

Paul D. Hoff, 33, of 7100 Mount Vernon Rd. SE, was one of three people arrested Friday afternoon after a short police chase that ended when the stolen pickup crashed into a tree in an alley in southwest Cedar Rapids. No one was injured in the incident.
According to a criminal complaint, Hoff was driving the white pickup around 3:30 p.m. Friday when the owner, Joseph McDaniel, spotted it near the intersection of Johnson Avenue and Edgewood Road NW. The Ford F-150 had been stolen from McDaniel’s residence in Hiawatha on Nov. 21. Authorities said McDaniel pulled up alongside the pickup, and Hoff responded by firing at least one gunshot at the vehicle McDaniel was in.
Authorities recovered a .380-caliber handgun and a sawed-off shotgun from the pickup, according to court documents.
Hoff has been charged with first-degree theft, intimidation with a dangerous weapon, possession of a firearm by a felon, reckless driving, interference with official acts and driving with a suspended license.
The others who were in the pickup, identified as Holly L. Levelle, 37, and Jeremy L. McAtee, 34, both of Palo, also were arrested for running from police. Levelle also had a warrant out for her arrest for a probation violation, police said.

God help us all.

Future Holds Budget Cuts for Cedar Rapids School District

“We have to find authorized revenues or we have to reduce expenses, or a combination of those two things,” said Executive Director of Business Services Steve Graham as he presented preliminary budget assumptions for fiscal year 2014.
In Benson’s estimation, it’s time for the board to be proactive.
“We have bought all the time that we can reasonably buy and I don’t think that a rational person can look at Des Moines and think that we’re going to be saved by some infusion of new revenue,” he said.
Graham said it is “premature” to discuss where those potential cuts will come from in the district’s budget.
“We have not yet begun the process of looking at our overall programming,” he said.
State law mandates that districts certify their final fiscal 2014 budgets by April 15, 2013.

Can you believe this? It wasn’t enough to close schools now they want to cut programs! I think the next cuts should come from the top.

City Gives Flood Property Developer Deadline

Developer Baron Stark stepped in during the summer of 2011 with a plan to rescue the flood-damaged commercial building at 1501/1507 C St. SW in Czech Village and the flood-damaged former A & W Family Restaurant at 1126 and 1132 Ellis Blvd. NW from the wrecking ball.
However, the city’s Community Development Department has informed the City Council’s Development Committee that Stark’s company, Stark Real Estate Holdings Inc., is now in default of his development agreements with the city on the two properties for two reasonslack of project funding and the inability to start construction work as specified in the agreements.
In a report to the council committee, Caleb Mason, redevelopment analyst in the Community Development Department states that neither lending institution involved in the two Stark projects has provided a letter to the city committing funding for the projects. However, the lenders are continuing to work with Stark on the properties, Mason says.
The Community Development Department is recommending that the council committee and then the full City Council grant Stark a time extension on the two projects.
Meantime, The iconic A*W on Ellis Boulevard NW sits empty since the 2008 flood. There is strong community support for the A&W but bureaucracy has gotten in the way of progress. I wonder who the “lenders” are?