Metro Briefs

BY DI STAFF | MARCH 25, 2009 7:30 AM

Man ate marijuana, police say

North Liberty police arrested an Iowa City man after he admitted to eating marijuana, authorities said.

Lance Gant, 24, 331 N. Gilbert St., was charged Monday with obstructing prosecution and possession of contraband in a correctional facility.

According to North Liberty police, officers stopped a vehicle Gant was a passenger in for a traffic violation. Gant and the vehicle smelled strongly of marijuana, police said.

Gant had green leaves in his mouth and there were green leaves in and around the mouth of the bottle, police reports show. Gant admitted to eating the marijuana, officers said.

After arriving at the jail, a supervisor told Gant he would be charged for any drugs he did not immediately turn over, authorities said.

According to police reports, deputies discovered a small bag of marijuana on Gant’s person.

Obstructing prosecution is a aggravated misdemeanor, punishable by up to two years in prison and a maximum fine of $6,250. Possession of contraband in a correctional facility is a Class D felony, punishable by up to five years in prison and a fine of up to $7,500.

— by Regina Zilbermints

Coralville council OKs grant application for flood work

The Coralville City Council approved a grant application for an estimated $1 million for community disaster funding through the Iowa Department of Homeland Security at its meeting Tuesday night.
The council originally requested $500,000 for the grant, but City Administrator Kelly Hayworth asked the councilors to double that amount.

“We found out just a little while ago that the minimum has been changed,” he said. “I think we should go for the $1 million and see what we get.”

If granted, the money will go toward flood-mitigation projects, including water backflow protection and the purchase of properties, Hayworth said.

At the work session following the meeting, the council was updated on architectural plans for the parks and transit replacement facility, which will cost an estimated $53 million. The original facility was damaged during last summer’s flood.

“We think we have a plan that we’ll all be happy with,” Hayworth said.

The estimated 40,000-square-foot building will be certified by the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, making it an environmentally friendly building, said Kevin Monson of Neumann Monson Architects. Other aspects, such as geothermal heating or a “green” roof, could be added if more funding becomes available, he said.

“Neumann Monson has done all it can until FEMA gets back to us [with funding estimates],” Hayworth said.

— by Kassie Friedrichs

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