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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 12/22/12


Father Found Guilty of Manslaughter, Child Endangerment in Toddler’s Death

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa – Zyriah Schlitter will spend up to 55 years in prison for killing his 17-month-old daughter Kamryn, who died of blunt force head injuries March 28, 2010.  A jury found Zyriah Schlitter, 25, of Cedar Rapids, guilty Friday of involuntary manslaughter, a lesser of the original charge first-degree murder, and child endangerment resulting in death. The jury deliberated two days, reaching a verdict about 8:30 p.m. Friday, following a two week trial.

State Supreme Court Upholds Ruling Employers Can Fire ‘Irresistible’ Workers

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa – The Iowa Supreme Court ruled on Friday that a Fort Dodge dentist acted within his legal rights to fire an employee that he and his wife perceived as a threat to their marriage.
In a 7-0 ruling, the court upheld a previous Webster County judge’s decision that Dr. James Knight fired Melissa Nelson not because of her gender but because of the relationship between Knight and Nelson.

“These judges sent a message to Iowa women that they don’t think men can be held

Lady Liberty, part of Strengthen the Arm of Li...

Lady Liberty, part of Strengthen the Arm of Liberty in Cedar Rapids, Iowa (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

responsible for their sexual desires and that Iowa women are the ones who have to

monitor and control their bosses’ sexual desires,” said attorney Paige Fiedler. “If they get out of hand, then the women can be legally fired for it.”

Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/us/2012/12/22/iowa-court-rules-boss-can-fire-employee-considers-irresistible-attraction/#ixzz2Fns4jWNp

Midwest disaster funds boost CRST project

A Cedar Rapids project will be among the last to get low-interest funding under a federal program adopted to help Midwest communities recover from 2008′s flood.

Linn County supervisors on Wednesday approved issuing $17.5 million worth of Midwestern Disaster Area Revenue Bonds for CRST International’s planned new headquarters in southwest Cedar Rapids.

The supervisors’ action means CRST will be able to finance its project at a lower interest rate because the 2008 federal law allows the bonds ‘ buyers a tax exemption on interest earned from them. The bonds ‘ purchasers pass along their tax-break savings as the lower interest rate.

SEEMS LIKE EVERYONE EXCEPT THE PEOPLE IMPACTED BY THE FLOOD IS BENEFITING FROM IT!

What if there were no FEMA, Historical Tax Credits, or other  special tax breaks from the government?


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!