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Arrest warrant issued in Iowa City tire slashings

The Iowa City Police Department announced on Tuesday that an arrest warrant has been issued for Alexander Ruben Alvarado for the recent spree of tire slashings. According to an ICPD press release, Alvarado has admitted to slashing 42 tires in the southeast part of the city over three nights starting Nov. 14. […]

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Iowa City police issue warning about a sudden increase in tire slashings

More than 20 cars in Iowa City have had their tires slashed since Tuesday, according to a press release from the Iowa City Police Department (ICPD). The largest number of incident have occurred in southeast part of the city, “specifically in area of Miami Drive, Nevada Avenue and Union Road.” […]

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Iowa City Police chaplain program contested by national, local secular groups

The Freedom From Religion Foundation is raising constitutional objections to the Iowa City Police Department’s chaplaincy program, which the group argues is a violation of the legal barriers between church and state. […]

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How will the new texting while driving law be enforced, and what are your rights?

It’s been called a texting ban, but the new law impacting Iowa drivers and their phones goes beyond just texting. As of July 1, drivers are prohibited from viewing “images visible on the screen of a hand-held electronic communication device” including texts, instant messages, emails, games or websites. Viewing GPS information, as well as emergency traffic and weather alerts is still permitted. […]

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Iowa City fireworks complaints: a lot of noise, but little else

On Wednesday, Iowa City announced the city police department received 406 complaints about fireworks between June 1 and July 5, a massive increase from the 32 complaint calls the ICPD logged during the same period last year. But how many citations were actually issued? […]

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Iowa City wins $25,000 Amazon award for its Data-Driven Justice Initiative

Iowa City will receive $25,000 worth of cloud services for its Data-Driven Justice Initiative that works to keep individuals dealing with mental illness and substance abuse issues out of jail. The award is part of Amazon Web Services’ City on a Cloud Innovation Challenge.
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Iowa City police working to improve relationships with the community

The Iowa City Police Department is working to foster trust and improve relationships with the community by addressing racial profiling and bridging the gap between police officers and minorities, Iowa City Police Chief Jody Matherly said in an address to the Iowa City Council during its April 18 work session. […]

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Flag burning in downtown Iowa City led to confrontation, citations

Two citations were issued following a flag burning protest on the Iowa City Ped Mall on Thursday afternoon in which a FedEx delivery man intervened with a fire extinguisher to put out the flames and take away some of the flags. Protesters Kelli Ebensberger and Paul Osgerby received a citation for not having a permit […]

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New Iowa City police chief hosting Coffee with a Cop on Friday

Coffee with a Cop Bruegger’s Bagels (245 Iowa Ave.) — Friday, Jan. 27 at 9 a.m. Iowa City Police Chief Jody Matherly, who was sworn into his new position on Monday, will be at the downtown Bruegger’s Bagels (245 Iowa Ave.) tomorrow morning to meet with community members for a Coffee with a Cop event. […]

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