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Metro Briefs

BY DI STAFF | FEBRUARY 16, 2009 7:50 AM

Child-porn trial set

An Iowa City psychologist accused of possessing child porn is set to attend trial on April 6.
Online court records show the date was set last week after 60-year-old Howard Weinberg requested a continuance. Reports show he needed more time to prepare for the federal trial.

Police arrested Weinberg in April last year. His case was transferred to federal court in October 2008. He is charged with possession of child pornography and forfeiture.

An employee at a local computer business contacted authorities last year after allegedly finding illegal images on Weinberg’s computer. Police reported the images were of children under the age of 5 engaged in sex acts.

Police seized Weinberg’s computer, hard drive, sales order, three backup disks created by the computer store employee.

— by Olivia Moran

Police probe armed robbery

Iowa City police are investigating an armed robbery of a convenience store on Sunday, authorities said.

Just after midnight, officers responded to the Suburban Amoco, 370 Scott Court, police reports show. The clerk told officers two men entered the store together. Then one reportedly displayed a handgun and obtained money from the store, police said.

Both suspects then fled the store on foot. They were last seen running westbound from the business, officers said.

Officers searched the area, and a K-9 unit was used, but they did not locate either of the men, Iowa City police said. The clerk was not injured during the robbery, they added.

The first suspect is described as a black male in his late teens to early 20s, around 5-2 to 5-3 with a thin build, wearing a gray hooded sweatshirt with a blue coat over it and blue jeans.

The other suspect, who was reportedly armed, is described as a light-skinned black male in his late teens to early 20s, between 5-4 and 5-5 with a thin build, wearing an orange hooded sweatshirt with a coat over it.

— by Regina Zilbermints

Police arrest robbery suspect

Iowa City police arrested a man they say is responsible for robbing two taxi drivers this year.
Jordan Wallace, 19, 711 S. First Ave., was charged Feb. 14 with two counts of second-degree robbery.

According to Iowa City police, the robberies reportedly occurred Jan. 1 and Feb. 5. Both times, Wallace reached over the front seat and grabbed the driver by the throat while demanding money, authorities said.

Officers had identified Wallace as a suspect and had been attempting to locate him for questioning, police said. On Feb. 14, Wallace was arrested on two unrelated traffic warrants, police reports show.
He admitted to committing both robberies during an interview with a police investigator, authorities said.

Second-degree robbery is a Class C felony, punishable by up to 10 years in prison and a maximum fine of $10,000.

— by Regina Zilbermints


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