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IC man accused of photographing woman under dressing room door

Police say an Iowa City man took photographs of a woman from under the door of a dressing room without her consent. Iowa City Police say video surveillance from The Crowded Closet on Highway 6 East shows 58-year-old Juan Nunez of Wakefield Court walking up to a dressing room while a woman was inside, crouching down and sticking his cellphone under the door. Nunez is then seen standing up, looking at his phone, and walking off. The woman told police she saw a phone come under the door while she was changing. She also said she could see her image on the screen.
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OWI suspect found with semi-automatic rifle in his vehicle

Johnson County Sheriff’s deputies say a drunk driving suspect had a semi-automatic rifle in his vehicle at the time of his arrest. 50-year-old Jamie Washburn of Landon Road in North Liberty was pulled over on southbound Interstate 380 south of the Swisher exit just after 8:00 Friday night after reports he was driving recklessly at Sandy Beach Road and Curtis Bridge Road south of Shueyville.
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Walk-In Tickets are Available for Today’s GOP Dinner

The Washington County Republican Lincoln Dinner will be today, at the Riverside Casino and Golf Resort, with the dinner beginning at 5:30 pm. There will be multiple guest speakers, including Secretary of Agriculture Mike Naig, Iowa Representative Marionette Miller-Meeks, Iowa House District 92 Candidate Heather Hora, and Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds.

Coralville traffic stop yields gun, multiple drugs

An early Saturday morning traffic stop in Coralville reportedly yielded a gun and multiple drugs. Coralville Police say they pulled over 28-year-old Jazavier Turner of Westside Drive in Iowa City at 1am near 1st Avenue and 2nd Street for a speeding violation. Turner had a suspended driver’s license and no proof of insurance. A probable cause search of his vehicle allegedly turned up a Taurus pistol under the driver’s seat, as well as approximately 103 grams of marijuana, 415 grams of THC edibles, two suspected MDMA pills, packaging material, and a digital scale.

Chief Lester Confirms Second Meeting to Address Homelessness in Washington

The Washington Public Library hosted a downtown forum with Main Street Washington and the Washington Police Department on August 22nd to discuss downtown safety and homelessness in Washington. Several groups that assist the homeless population attended the meeting, including the Lighthouse Center, which provides its users with emergency housing, a food pantry, clothing, and transportation.

Transient fined after pouring shots of whiskey into cups of pedestrians outside Shelter House

A local transient has been fined after police say he was caught pouring shots of whiskey into the cups of passing pedestrians outside Shelter House. Iowa City Police were called to the Southgate Avenue facility just after 7:15 Tuesday night for a trespassing compliant. Arriving officers say they observed 30-year-old Jeffrey Jimenez Morales standing on the sidewalk pouring shots of Jack Daniels Tennessee Honey into the cups of passersby.

North Liberty man accused of stealing items meant to be shipped from his place of work

A North Liberty man working at a UPS store is accused of stealing items meant to be shipped and selling them for his own profit. Police say that an individual brought items to the North Liberty location of the UPS Store the morning of April 4th to be shipped out. According to the criminal complaint, 27 year-old Jeremy Brooks of Zeller Road instead mailed an empty box to the intended recipient. He then sold the items intended to be shipped to an unidentified Iowa City retail store.

50th Annual Kalona Fall Festival to Take Place This Weekend

Kalona’s Fall Festival is set to reach a major milestone this week. The annual event, taking place Friday, September 23, and Saturday, September 24 hits the half-century mark in 2022. The Fall Festival, which began as a fundraiser for the Kalona Historical Society offers live music, great food, like...

Sheriff’s Office Arrest Brighton Man for Probation Violation

The Washington County Sheriff’s Office served a warrant at the Jail for forty-one-year-old Brett Allen Wulf of Brighton for two warrants for probation violations. Wulf was arrested Wednesday after a family member had called in that Wulf was causing a disturbance at the house high on methamphetamine. Wulf was spotted walking on Highway 1, and when the deputy confronted him, Wulf said that he drove his truck to the house and was walking to the Jail to turn himself in on his warrants. Wulf also admitted that he had been using meth non-stop for close to a week.

Wellman Craft & Vendor Fair Held Last Weekend

The town of Wellman hosted its first ever Craft & Vendor Fair Friday, September 16 and Saturday, September 17. Located at the Wellman City Hall, the event offered delicious foods and drinks, along with beautiful crafts for all patrons. Sandra Klopp, a Wellman native, organized the event in an effort...
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Rough part of Hawks' schedule behind them

WELLMAN — There is time, Central Lee coach Chuck Banks said, for the Hawks to turn around their football season. Friday’s 51-0 loss to Mid-Prairie, though, was another night when, while the Hawks occasionally showed the ability to move the ball, they also turned it over. “Right now,...

Iowa versus Rutgers point total trending for potential record low

It’s no secret that Iowa has had its fair share of offensive problems to start 2022. The good news is that the Hawkeyes did find some offense in their 27-0 shutout win over Nevada. Spencer Petras tossed a 21-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Arland Bruce IV and Kaleb Johnson rumbled for touchdown runs of 40 and 55 yards. Even following the improved offensive day, the Hawkeyes still check in with the dead last total offense unit in the Football Bowl Subdivision. Iowa is currently averaging 217.7 yards of total offense, 125.3 yards per game through the air (tied-124th nationally) and 92.3...

Homecoming Heartbreak for Demons Against Tigers

A heavily contested dog fight teetered the road team’s way last night at Case Field when Grinnell spoiled Washington’s homecoming by downing the Demons 28-21 in a class 3A district 5 opener. As heard on KCII, both teams had reservations for six on their opening drive with Washington...

Motor Vehicle vs. Horse-Drawn Buggy Collision In Johnson County

Tuesday, a collision was reported to the Johnson County Sheriff’s Office. At approximately 7:06 a.m. 63-year-old John Mast,was driving his vehicle eastbound near the intersection of 540th Street SW and Eagle Avenue SW when he collided with a horse-drawn buggy. The buggy was operated by 75-year-old Simon Borkholder, who was traveling in the same direction. Both individuals are residents of Kalona.

Sheriff’s Office Responds to Severe Rollover Crash

The Washington County Sheriff’s office responded to a report of a single-vehicle rollover accident with unknown injuries at Spruce Ave. and 220th Street in rural Washington County. Prior to emergency personnel arriving on the scene, it was advised that no person was located within the vehicle and that the vehicle was on its top in the north ditch.

Mid-Prairie Starts District 2-0 with Dismantling of Central Lee

The Mid-Prairie Golden Hawk football team was dominant in all three phases of the game Friday in a 51-0 blasting of Central Lee on a damp night in front of the fans at Dwight G. Sattler Field in Wellman. The Golden Hawks took the game’s first possession and marched the ball 61 yards on 11 plays, finishing with a Collin Miller one yard quarterback sneak for six. It was Miller’s first rushing touchdown of the year, and would be his first of three in the first half. Central Lee started the game with a turnover as Dylan Henry grabbed the first of his two interceptions on the night on the fourth play from scrimmage and returned it to the Hawk 38 yard line. Six plays later, Miller called his number again, from five yards out, to make it 14-0 Golden Hawks. After a Central Lee turnover on downs, the Mid-Prairie sprint out of the gates continued, a five play 50 yard drive ended with a four yard Miller scoring run, his third, to put the Golden Hawks up 21-0 after one.

Downriver boat launch dredging underway, boat harbor starts next week

Dredging of the downriver boat launch area in Riverside Park began Thursday, September 22, and the launch area is now closed for public use. The upriver boat launch is available for public use, however. Braun Excavating has begun removing mud and debris from the launch area with the piles of...

Area transient accused of breaking into Iowa City home and taking ladies underwear

An area transient has been arrested on an outstanding warrant stemming from an alleged incident where he broke into an Iowa City residence and stole women’s underwear. According to the criminal complaint, the Bowery Street residents set up a surveillance camera in the basement of the house, next to a washing machine and dryer. A little after 6am on September 7th , 27-year-old Jerome Brooks was observed entering the basement and looking around. The video shows him then noticing a laundry basket on top of the dryer, which he rummages through. Brooks reportedly removes several pairs of women’s underwear, smells them, and puts them in his pocket. The victims, who were home at the time, reported having three pairs of underwear and one t-shirt stolen.