Metro Briefs

BY DI STAFF | APRIL 01, 2009 7:40 AM

Man reports armed robbery

Iowa City police are investigating an alleged armed robbery Tuesday morning.

According to police reports, a 19-year-old male was robbed at gunpoint near the office of Dolphin Lake Point, 2401 Highway 6 E.

The man told officers he had been walking near the office when he was approached by two men, police said. One of the suspects reportedly pulled a black handgun from his pocket and demanded the his money.

The victim told the two men he didn’t have any money and threw an item he was carrying to the ground. Authorities said the suspects told the man to run, and he ran toward a pay phone. When he turned to look back, the suspects were gone, police reports show.

Police searched the area but were unable to locate the suspects, who are believed to have fled eastbound on foot through the complex near Building 18. The victim was not injured, police said.

One suspect was described as a black male, possibly in his late teens, approximately 5-8, medium build with no facial hair. He was wearing a skull cap or tight wrap, a black or dark colored hoodie, jeans, and was armed with a black handgun. The other suspect is described as a black male, around 5-10 inches with a medium build.

— by Regina Zilbermints

Police report finding weapons during bust

Iowa City police officers found an assault rifle and handgun when executing a search warrant during a narcotics investigation, authorities report.

Aaron Thomas, 24, 2444 Walden Road, was charged March 30 with a controlled-substance violation and possession of firearms.

According to police, officers found marijuana, packaging materials, a digital scale, ledger, an SKS assault rifle, and a 9-mm handgun. Both weapons reportedly had the serial numbers filed off.

Officers allegedly had previously conducted a controlled purchase of 21⁄2 ounces of cocaine at the same residence.

Controlled-substance violation and possession of firearms are Class D felonies, punishable by five years in prison and a maximum fine of $7,500.

— by Regina Zilbermints

City of Literature to be highlighted

Iowa City’s designation as a City of Literature will be spotlighted in a free public event at the Englert Theatre on April 7.

A number of community groups have taken the first step to establish a nonprofit entity as a central hub for City of Literature projects and connections to other cities in the U.N. Education, Scientific, and Cultural Organization’s Creative Cities Network.

The Creative Cities Network aims to honor and connect cultural centers for literature, cinema, music, design, media arts, gastronomy, crafts, and folk arts. It was designed to promote the social, economic, and cultural development of cities.

The event, which will start at 5 p.m., will be highlighted by comments from UI President Sally Mason, former Iowa City Mayor and current City Councilor Ross Wilburn, and Ali Bowden, the director of the City of Literature office in Edinburgh, Scottland.

Iowa City became part of this international network of cities last November, which includes cities such as Melbourne, Australia, Berlin, Kobe, Japan, Seville, Spain. and Santa Fe, N.M. The cities hope to promote their local creative scenes.

The UI Writing University committee organized and submitted the proposal on behalf of the city.

— by Chris Clark

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