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Worried about Panhandlers while Violent Crimes go Unsolved


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Seriously, we’ve had several shootings, a home invasion, a bank robbery right downtown and a carjacking that the media downgraded to “car stolen at gunpoint” and the City Council is talking about aggressive panhandlers?

The City of Cedar Rapids is revisiting the issue of panhandling tonight.  The City Council shot down a proposed ordinance to ban it three years ago.  Coming up on CBS 2 News at 10, Gabe Erickson talks with one man who panhandles to make ends meet.  What do you think? Does the city need to prohibit “aggressive solicitation”?  http://www.cbs2iowa.com/shared/newsroom/top_stories/videos/kgan_vid_13745.shtml

My post the other day, “Times are Hard” was merely to shed light on what one panhandler said about another panhandler (who in the past has acted aggressive towards me over “his spot”).  I want to make it clear right here and now I didn’t feel like either of them were being aggressive towards me at all in my video!  If the guy I talked to in my video is right then the man interviewed in the KGAN video owns a house and is saving up to buy land!


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

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Chief Jerman Comments on Linn County Attorney’s Findings

Contact

Sgt. Cristy Hamblin (319) 286-5439

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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 12/19/12


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!


Cedar Rapids Headlines 12/16/12


Armed Robbery at Casey’s General Store in Cedar Rapids

Around 1:20 a.m. at the Casey’s General Store, 1201 First Avenue SE, Cedar Rapids. Aman wearing dark clothing and a black ski-mask entered the store, showed a handgun and demanded cash from the clerk, officer said early this morning.

He then ran away with an unknown amount of money.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).

We have got to get a grip on the crime taking place in this city!

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Westdale Mall (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Westdale Mall Sale in Cedar Rapids Sets up Partial Demolition

Byers, a Realtor at Gibbs Lamb Drown Commercial in Cedar Rapids and developer of the successful Marketplace on 1st retail center across First Avenue East from Lindale Mall, cautioned that a few details need to be worked out before his investor group closes on the property purchase.

However, Frew, president/CEO of Frew Development Group and the project manager of the city’s downtown convention complex and hotel projects, said Friday that he and his group have signed the land lease deal with Byers, adding, “Our company is certainly expecting the project to happen.”

“I think it’s all going to come together,” Frew continued. “At long last we’re in a position to move this project forward.”

Frew, who is based in Denver, Colo., came close to buying the mall earlier this year before last-minute problems over existing tenant leases caused him to set his purchase offer aside.

Frew said the current redevelopment plan is the same as the earlier one. That is, to create a “multiuse destination” around the mall’s anchor stores with a development of apartments, condominiums, retail stores, offices, restaurants, a park and a hotel.

The site, he said, will come to be known as Westdale, not Westdale Mall, and he said it will not be unlike the transformation that turned Southglenn Mall in the Denver area into The Streets at SouthGlenn.

“It will be a city within a city, a place where people shop, eat, work, play and sleep,” Frew said

Interesting idea, wonder where they came up with it.

Thrift Store Raises Money For Senior Citizens In Linn County

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa – A new Cedar Rapids thrift store is using their sales to help seniors in need. Changing Hands Thrift Store will raise money for a organization called Seeds 4 Seniors. That organization was started by the Neighborhood Church in Cedar Rapids and provides food and medical supplies to needy seniors in Linn County.

The store is located at 2737 16th Ave. SW in Cedar Rapids, next to the Dollar General. If people would like to donate unwanted items they can drop them off at the store anytime during business hours. The store is open Monday – Saturday 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.. On Mondays and Thursdays, all senior citizens receive an additional 50 percent discount in the store.

Support our local seniors and check out the thrift store!


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?


Happy Veteran’s Day


Happy Armistice Day! AKA Veteran’s Day~Let’s thank every Veteran who has fought for peace and remember today that it is our governments that push for war.

I dedicate this blog to Joshua Casteel and all the conscientious objectors out there.



http://www.kcrg.com/news/local/Veterans-Family-Blames-Cancer-Death-on-Army-Burn-Pits-175852531.html


The Greg Hughes Campaign Office



The Greg Hughes for Congress Campaign has opened an office at 1917 Mt. Vernon Road SE. If you are interested in volunteering please give Greg a call at 319-651-3622 or come to the Greg Hughes for Congress Facebook page to discuss the issues or find out how you can help! Click here for more details!

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Greg Hughes for Congress ~ The Issues


It’s up to us to elect liberty candidates. When our court system is more about profit than doing its job, we have a problem. The only way we can fix it is to get the right people into elected positions. Only we can fix this! Take responsibility for your liberty and get involved today!

Families are being torn apart by the system and the courts are 99.9% of the problem. You can’t make this stuff up. There are too many stories to list on this blog but I will share a couple!

The stories make are enough to make one cringe!

A Iraq Veteran, a victim of the economy was late making his payments to the Child Support and a judge put him in jail over it! How is someone supposed to get caught up on Child Support if they can’t work? To make matters worse the veteran got caught up and even received a refund check but the judge didn’t care he ordered more jail time. That doesn’t make any sense at all. Why are judges wasting our resources to imprison people for debt? If people were going to be imprisoned for their debt then why isn’t Congressman Joe Walsh in prison for being $175,000 behind? Something just isn’t right.

Another Iowa father, Michael, is ordered by a judge to do supervised visits with his mother in-law. Even though she stated that she would “rather take a knife and stick it in his throat than look at his face”. What kind of judge puts a child that they are supposed to be protecting in a predicament like that? Iowa Judges that’s who!

Not only are our families under attack but our civil liberties are as well. We need a congressman who believes in the Constitution and internet freedom. Can we count on Bruce Braley to continue to vote against these attacks on our civil liberties? I don’t know. What will Ben Lange do? Who knows! They are both lawyers and we all know that lawyers aren’t going to stop madness in the judicial system!

It’s up to us to put the power of the people back into the people’s hands. It’s time to step out of the two party paradigm and really study the candidates. What has Bruce Braley done for us over the last six years besides vote against SOPA? He pretends to be a liberty candidate when the issue is high profile. Where does he stand on the Red Light cameras? Where does he stand on anything really? Greg Hughes is recognized as District 1’s “Liberty Candidate” by the Daily Paul

On the issues:

The Constitution:

Pro Second Amendment (against unconstitutional wars):

Obamacare/Medicare:

Abortion and Gay Marriage:

Civil Liberties:

Do you have an issue you’d like to talk to Greg Hughes about? Call him! His number is 319-651-3622 or message him on his Facebook page: Greg Hughes for Congress