Metro Briefs

BY DI STAFF | APRIL 07, 2009 7:30 AM

Police look for intruder

Iowa City police are investigating a report of an intruder in a local residence, authorities said.

Officers responded to the call around 1:30 a.m. Monday. According to the alleged victim, she heard the door of the residence open and saw the intruder in the hallway, police said.

After being confronted, the suspect grabbed a purse and fled the residence, police reports show.

Officers and a K9 unit unsuccessfully attempted to locate the intruder.

The suspect is described as a black male, 6-4, 200 pounds, with an athletic build. He was wearing a black coat with red stripes on the sleeves, police said.

— by Regina Zilbermints

Man reports assault on Ped Mall

A 28-year-old man reported Monday he had been assaulted on the Pedestrian Mall in the early morning hours of April 4.

According to Iowa City police, the victim reported he had been knocked unconscious by an unknown assailant. He awoke to bystanders sitting him up on a planter on the Ped Mall.

The alleged victim went to his residence, but when he discovered the extent of his injuries he sought medical attention. He suffered a broken jaw as a result of the assault.

Police said they believe the man was assaulted along 100 East College Street between 1:30 and 2 a.m.

— by Regina Zilbermints

Senate passes education bill

The Iowa Senate passed its version of the state education budget — which would cut the state Board of Regents’ budget by roughly 12 percent — on Monday night.

The budget passed down party lines, 31-18. Both area senators, Joe Bolkcom, D-Iowa City, and Bob Dvorsky, D-Coralville, voted for the bill.

Gov. Chet Culver has indicated he will use federal stimulus money to avert some of the most austere budget cuts. Consequently, the regents’ budget will likely shrink by less than many other education areas, which are facing 8.3 percent cuts.

Overall, the Senate’s version appropriates roughly $360 million less for fiscal 2010 than for last year’s budget.

While Republicans filed a flurry of amendments — which ranged from expanding the definition of textbooks to limiting the movies teenagers can rent at public libraries — they all ultimately failed.

The bill now goes to the House Appropriations Committee, and it will likely hit the House floor in a few days.

— by Shawn Gude

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