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BY DI STAFF | MARCH 24, 2009 7:30 AM

Man charged with robbery

An Iowa City man is accused of assaulting an ex-girlfriend and attempting to steal her car, authorities said.

James Dampier, 41, 902 N. Dodge St. Apt. B12, was charged Sept. 6, 2008, with second-degree robbery.

According to Iowa City police, an argument started after Dampier arrived at the woman’s residence. He pulled her hair and bit her left cheek, officers alleged.

As he allegedly assaulted her, Dampier reportedly took the woman’s house and car keys from her hand.

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

— by Regina Zilbermints

Man charged with 3rd OWI

A Swisher man was arrested March 21 after allegedly driving drunk.

Kevin Hartin, 41, was charged with third-offense OWI and driving while revoked.

According to the Johnson County Sheriff’s Office, deputies following the vehicle saw Hartin drive off of the road and onto the shoulder twice before pulling him over.

When deputies pulled Hartin over, he reportedly had slurred speech and bloodshot, watery eyes. Hartin refused field sobriety tests and breath tests.

Third-offense OWI is a Class D felony, punishable by up to five years in prison and a maximum fine of $9,375. Driving while revoked is a serious misdemeanor, punishable by one year in jail and a fine of $1,000.

— by Regina Zilbermints

2 N. Liberty businesses fail alcohol check

Two Johnson County businesses failed alcohol compliance checks conducted by the Johnson County Sheriff’s Office on March 19.

Eggy’s and Casey’s General Store, both in North Liberty, were found to be noncompliant.

Eggy’s employee Joseph Fitzgerald and Casey’s General Store employee Tamara Elliott were both charged with providing alcohol to a person under the legal age. That charge is a simple misdemeanor, punishable by a fine of $715.

Nineteen businesses, none of which were in Iowa City, were found to be compliant with the law.

— by Regina Zilbermints

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