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University of Iowa police took fewer sex offense reports last year, report shows

After a week of uproar on the University of Iowa campus related to sexual violence and the administration’s response, new crime statistics released Tuesday show sex offense reports to UI police dropped by half from 2012 to 2013.

UI police to [...]

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Rail service halted after propane leak outside Iowa City

A propane leak shut down rail service in eastern Johnson County for about six hours on Tuesday.

Rick Rainey, spokesman for Enterprise Products, which owns Mid-America Pipeline Company, 5354 American Legion Road SE, said a leak on an above gr [...]

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One hurt in Marion bus-vehicle crash

Marion police said a school bus involved in a three-vehicle collision at highways 151 and 13 Tuesday morning was unoccupied except for the driver.

Police said a school bus and two cars were involved in the collision at 7:08 a.m. Tuesday. The [...]

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University of Iowa helmet policy is hands-off

IOWA CITY – The University of Iowa goes to great lengths to protect student athletes from concussions on the field, yet the Athletic Department doesn’t require student-athletes to wear helmets while riding mopeds.

Mopeds, or scooters, are in [...]

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Johnson County officials say inmate beat fellow Inmate during video visitation

A man with a history of legal issues in Johnson County is accused of beating and injuring another inmate at the Johnson County Jail on Monday.

Deandre Irby, 22, punched the inmate in the face and neck at least eight times before picking him [...]

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Linn County Sheriff's Office staff recognized for life saving efforts in 2013

Several members of the Linn County Sheriff's Office have been given Life Saving Awards by Sheriff Brian Gardner for their efforts to save the lives of citizens and inmates in 2013.

On March 4, deputy Austin Schmid and nurse Kelly Ehrisman pr [...]

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Overnight shooting reported in northwest Cedar Rapids

The Cedar Rapids Police Department is investigating an overnight shooting.

According to police, officers responded to a call of shots fired at 5620 Johnson Ave. NW at 1:11 a.m. Friday. Police said they found evidence of shots fired.

Th [...]

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Experts: More can be done to lower Iowa's traffic fatalities

Drivers made history on Iowa’s roadways in 2013.

You’d have to go back 70 years to 1944 — a time when fuel was rationed and assembly lines were churning out military equipment instead of cars to support the war effort — to find a year with f [...]

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Cedar Rapids streets iced over

Residential streets in Cedar Rapids are covered in ice this morning, the city warned.

According to Public Works Maintenance Manager Craig Hanson, the city's main streets have been treated twice, but some have refrozen. Residential streets re [...]

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Police say Iowa City man intentionally set fire to his garage

Police said an Iowa City man set fire to his own garage in November, then lied to authorities about the cause of the blaze.

According to Iowa City police criminal complaints, on Nov. 7, 33-year-old Kevin R. Grifhorst, of 1314 Carroll St., se [...]

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Fewer traffic deaths on Iowa roads so far this year

AMES – Iowa roadways continue to be safer places to drive.

Motorists traversing highways in Iowa are on track to post another year of below-average traffic deaths, possibly the lowest toll since 1943.

With seven weeks remaining in 2013 [...]

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Public Works employee publicly thanks rescuers who saved his life

Paul Phillips died on Aug. 13, 2013.

But, thanks to the quick actions of his coworkers and first responders, Phillips' life didn't end that day.

On Monday, Phillips, 23, a sewer laborer with the City of Cedar Rapids, was able to thank [...]

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Iowa City Fire Department announces promotions, new hire

The Iowa City Fire Department has announced a series of promotions and a new hire.

Three 12-year veterans of the department, Eric Nurnberg, Zach Hickman and Troy Roth, all received promotions. Nurnberg has been named battalion chief; Hickman [...]

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Cedar Rapids teen tells her drug abuse story at prescription awareness event

It started off with a pill at a party.

Taryn Erbes, a 17-year-old student at Kennedy High School, just wanted to get a little high. She figured the prescription pills were safer than illegal substances like alcohol and marijuana. And since t [...]

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Authorities identify Center Point man in fatal farming accident

A Center Point man was killed in a farming accident on Thursday.

At 6:33 p.m., Linn County sheriff's deputies, Linn County Rescue 57, the Troy Mills Fire Department and Center Point Ambulance Service responded to a fatality accident at 4922 [...]

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