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BY DI STAFF | MARCH 15, 2013 5:00 AM

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UIHC doctor facing a hearing with the Iowa Board of Medicine

A hearing for a local physician charged with unprofessional conduct has been set for May 16.

The Iowa Board of Medicine has charged Domenico Calcaterra for an alleged patter of disruptive and unprofessional conduct.

According to an online court document, he was placed on probation during his third year of his residency in 2003-2004. In 2007-2008, Calcaterra was placed on administrative leave for two weeks during his aortic surgery fellowship training pending an investigation for alleged unprofessional behavior.

The court document also said he was placed on administrative leave from the University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics on Nov. 8, 2010, pending an investigation of the allegation that Calcaterra allegedly shoved another doctor in the chest during a cardiac crisis in an operating room.

On Dec. 14, 2010, Calcaterra completed a comprehensive professional assessment at the Professional Program in Elmhurst, Ill., according to the same document.

— by Cassidy Riley

Coralville man steals several backpacks at public library

A Coralville man was charged after allegedly taking a pink backpack from the Iowa City Public Library.

Cordaro Williams, 26, was charged March 12 with second-degree theft.

Iowa City police officials responded to a report of a theft at the Public Library, 123 S. Linn St. A female reported that her pink backpack had been taken from the library. The backpack contained an Apple MacBook Pro, which is valued at around $2,000.

The pink backpack was found near 320 E. Burlington St, with the female’s school notebooks and passport inside, according to a police complaint. The laptop was located at Williams’ apartment after a search warrant was administered.

Williams is also a suspect in the theft of another laptop that was pawned at a local business. Williams allegedly took a backpack containing textbooks, a calculator, and laptop computer on March 7, the complaint said. He reportedly took the laptop to Money and More two days later and pawned the item under his name. The value of the stolen items is $2,000.

Second-degree theft is a Class-D felony.

— by Rebecca Morin

Local man threatens girlfriend with knife

A local man was charged after threatening his girlfriend with a knife.

Dustin Deitrick, 20, was charged March 14 with domestic assault with display of a weapon.

Iowa City police officials responded to a call about an unknown problem that could possibly be a fight. When officials arrived at Dietrick’s apartment, they located Dietrick, a female, and a witness.

The police complaint said all three subjects had minor injuries, and there was blood at numerous locations throughout the apartment.

After police officials spoke to all three subjects, officials said Dietrick allegedly shoved the female against a door and threw her over a chair after a verbal argument over Dietrick’s abuse of prescription medication and alcohol.

The police complaint said Dietrick went to the back bedroom and obtained a knife after the witness intervened. Dietrick allegedly held a knife to the female’s wrist, causing a small laceration.

Domestic assault with display of a weapon is an aggravated misdemeanor.

— by Rebecca Morin

Iowa City schools operating over capacity

A report released this week indicates that schools in the Iowa City School District are more crowded than officials previously had thought.

There are 19 elementary schools, three junior high schools, three high schools, and three other facilities in the district. According to the district’s One Vision Facilities Master Planning report, both City High and West High are over capacity.

City’s capacity is around 1,300, and West’s is around 1,700, according to the report.

Also, enrollment is higher than capacity at nearly every elementary school.

The report said that enrollment has increased as mandates and associated space needs have grown in the past half-century, and student capacity is determined by function and utilization.

— by Kristen East

Iowa City officials to host public hearing on flood project

Iowa City officials will hold a public hearing on April 4 at Parkview Church to gather comments and opinions about the Iowa City Gateway project.

The Iowa City Gateway includes portions of Dubuque Street, Park Road, and the Park Road bridge over the Iowa River.

According to the project site, city officials have studied potential solutions in minimizing flood effects on Dubuque Street, reduce backwater created by the bridge, and make needed infrastructure improvements in the corridor.

— by Kristen East

Iowa City City Council to set public hearing on Crisis Center rezoning

The Iowa City City Council will consider a motion setting a public hearing for the rezoning of the Crisis Center on March 19.

The motion would set the public hearing for April 9. Approval of the measure will allow the former County Public Health Building to be converted to a general community-service use.

The Iowa City Planning and Zoning Commission recommended approval of the rezoning, with conditions regarding provision of sidewalks.

— by Nick Hassett

Iowa City will hold public hearing on Vine building

The Iowa City City Council will hold a public hearing on several measures regarding the Vine Tavern building on March 19.

The amendments would change rules regarding historic landmarks to allow apartments on or below the street level, as well as designating the Vine building as an Iowa City Historic Landmark.

The Planning and Zoning Commission recommended approval of the first amendment, and the Historic Preservation Commission joined the Planning and Zoning Commission in recommending approval of the historic designation.

— by Nick Hassett

Iowa City to have public hearing on shelter construction

The Iowa City City Council will hold a public hearing on the construction of a city park shelter at their meeting Tuesday.

The project would include the construction of an open outdoor park shelter in Lower City Park, including a prefabricated wood and steel shelter structure, with concrete footings and slab.

The estimated cost is $135,000 and would be funded through the Parks Annual Improvements account.

— by Nick Hassett

Iowa City may allow sound amplification in parks

The Iowa City City Council will consider an ordinance allowing amplified sound in city parks.

The ordinance allows the director of Parks and Recreation Department to approve amplified sound in parks, which is currently not allowed for parades and public assemblies under City Code, unless if the event is a community-wide event that reasonably expects to draw more than 500 persons or occupy a substantial area on the Pedestrian Mall.

An ordinance requires three considerations to pass; the March 19 reading will be the first.

— by Nick Hassett

Iowa City City Council to approve amended resolution

The Iowa City City Council will consider a resolution that rescinds a previous action by the council, because of a correction in cost.

The resolution would rescind the previous acceptance of work on Iowa City Fire Station No. 4 and recommend acceptance of the project with the revised final cost of $2.6 million, down from $3 million estimated cost.

— by Nick Hassett

Police review board asks for extension

The Iowa City City Council will consider a motion granting an extension to the Police Citizens Review Board for the filing of a complaint with the city.

The motion would give the board a 45-day extension if the board can demonstrate “good cause.” The Police Citizens Review Board requested the extension at its meeting March 6.

— by Nick Hassett

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