Metro Briefs

BY DI STAFF | MARCH 26, 2009 7:40 AM

Bicyclist hit by truck

An Iowa City man was transported to a hospital with non-life-threatening injuries after being hit by a truck while riding his bicycle Tuesday, authorities said.

According to Iowa City police, Ryan Dudgeon, 24, of Iowa City, was driving his pickup truck west on Benton Street when the glare of the Sun on the wet street blinded him. When Dudgeon shielded his eyes from the sun he drifted to the right into the bike lane and struck Christopher Goerdt, 48, also of Iowa City, police said.

Doctors at UI Hospitals and Clinics treated Goerdt for non-life-threatening injuries. Dudgeon was not injured and was charged with careless driving.

— by Regina Zilbermints

Council defers on sculpture

The Iowa City City Council voted unanimously during its meeting Tuesday night to defer action on a $80,000 sculpture for Waterworks Prairie Park.

Councilors voted 5-2 to reconsider the project, with Iowa City Mayor Regenia Bailey and councilor Ross Wilburn voting against it.

Budgetary concern was the major push behind those who voted for reconsideration of the project, Bailey said.

“I was quite comfortable with my initial vote,” Bailey said. “Had I been concerned about the concept of funding public art, I would have brought that up at the time we discussed the budget.”

Further negotiation needs to be made with artist Dale Merrill, who holds a contract with the city for the sculpture. The work consists of three free-standing components of trees designed to blow in the wind.

The council heard from plenty of local citizens regarding the issue, with a mix of attitudes toward whether the city should reconsider the project.

“Our decisions always reflect the concerns of local citizens,” Bailey said.

— by Lini Ge

Student busted for pot

A UI student was arrested Tuesday after police allegedly found large amounts of marijuana and cash in his dorm room, authorities said.

John Gehr, 18, 530 Slater, was charged with a controlled-substance violation.

According to UI police, officers executing a search warrant on Gehr’s residence found two jars of marijuana, $1,550 in cash, and a scale in the dresser.

The controlled-substance violation is a Class D felony, punishable by up to five years in prison and a maximum fine of $7,500.

— by Regina Zilbermints

No bomb discovered after threat at UIHC

Police responded to UI Hospitals and Clinics after reports of a bomb on Tuesday, though officers eventually determined the threat was unfounded, authorities said.

A person being escorted to the emergency room by a family member claimed he had a bomb in a vehicle, said Charles Green, the assistant vice president for UI police.

Police set up a perimeter and went in with a bomb-sniffing dog, he said. During the two-hour search, police and security had to keep people away from the area, though the emergency center was not evacuated.

Authorities did not find a bomb, and the person who said there was a bomb was released to family, officials said.

— by Regina Zilbermints

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