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BY DI STAFF | APRIL 05, 2013 5:00 AM

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Man found with seven grams of MDMA

A local man has been accused of having seven grams of MDMA in his apartment.

Nathan Fowler, 22, was charged April 3 with possession of controlled substance, possession/distribution of a taxable substance without a tax stamp, controlled-substance violation, and unlawful possession of prescription drugs.

Iowa City police executed a search warrant at Fowler’s apartment. During the search, officials allegedly located several containers of marijuana in Fowler’s room, the police complaint said.

He reportedly admitted to having a quantity of liquid THC, which officials located. The complaint said officials also reportedly found one ounce of psilocybin mushrooms, more than two pounds of marijuana, seven grams of MDMA, several prescription pills, 100 empty capsules, several digital scales, packaging materials, and more than $900.

Possession of a controlled substance is an aggravated misdemeanor. Possession/distribution of a taxable substance without a tax stamp is a Class-D felony. Controlled-substance violation is a Class-C felony. Unlawful possession of prescription drugs is a serious misdemeanor.

— by Rebecca Morin

Man charged with possession of marijuana

A local man was accused of leaving baggies of marijuana in a RockTenn break room.

John Long III, 28, was charged Wednesday with possession/delivery of marijuana.

The Iowa City police complaint said management of RockTenn found a grocery bag in the break room that contained food and a substance believed to be marijuana. After checking the security video, they reportedly observed Long taking the grocery bag from the refrigerator and getting food from the bag.

Long proceeded to look at and move the grocery bag numerous times during the time he was eating. He left the room without the grocery bag, the complaint said. About an hour later, he returned to the break room and appeared to be looking for something.

The marijuana in the grocery bag was packaged into individual bags: 13 “dime” bags, four “nickel” bags, and four larger bags, the complaint said. Long said he was looking for his daughters he brought to work and didn’t know anything about what was in the bag.

Possession/delivery of marijuana is a class-D felony.

— by Rebecca Morin

Woman charged with possession of Xanax

A local woman has been accused of having Xanax in her purse.

Josie Schmuecker, 24, was charged Wednesday with controlled-substance violation.

Schmuecker went to 208 N. Governor St., where Iowa City police were executing a search warrant.

Schmuecker had previously texted the resident saying that she was bringing “Z,” or Xanax, to the house, the police complaint said.

The resident told police that Schmuecker was bringing the drugs. Schmuecker admitted to officials that had Xanax in her purse but denied consent for a police search, the complaint said.

Controlled-substance violation is a class-D felony.

— by Rebecca Morin

Trial reset for woman accused of interfering with correctional services officer

The trial for a Johnson County woman accused of interfering with the investigation of a Department of Correctional Services officer has been set, according to an online Courthouse document.

On Feb. 15, 2012, Natasha Kriener’s child was allegedly found with a .097 blood alcohol content.

Kriener was charged with child endangerment, a felony, and the felony of negligence, according to Courthouse documents. On Jan. 28, Kriener was sentenced to a 10-year suspended sentence and a three-year probation period. If she violated her probation, her prison sentence would become active.

On March 4, Kriener was allegedly found intoxicated in the home of Rakeem Eberhart, another probationer, in violation of her probation. She was also charged with the serious misdemeanor of interfering with a Department of Correctional Services officer’s investigation. She was taken into custody on a $2,500 bond.

The trial for the serious misdemeanor is set for 9 a.m. July 2. The pretrial conference is set for 9 a.m. June 17. She has waived her right to a speedy trial.

On April 2, the court ordered Kriener to obtain a jail-based substance-abuse evaluation prior to her counsel and the county attorney jointly recommending she be released with supervision to the Department of Correctional Services, according to Courthouse documents.

Documents indicate that while in the custody of Correctional Services, Kriener will receive substance-abuse treatment and await the hearing in the felony case and trial in the misdemeanor case.

— by Cassidy Riley

Iowa City to vote on West Side levee project

The Iowa City City Council will consider a resolution awarding the contract for a levee construction on April 9.

Bids for the construction of the West Side Levee Project, approved by the City Council on March 5, were received from eight construction companies. City staff recommends the city award the contract to Iowa Bridge & Culvert LC of Washington, Iowa.

Iowa Bridge & Culvert had a $4.5 million bid, more than $1 million lower than the city engineer’s estimate of $5.5 million.

The project is to be funded with Community Development Block Grants

— by Nick Hassett

Iowa City City Council to consider amplified sound ordinance

The Iowa City City Council will conduct a second consideration of an ordinance allowing amplified sound in city parks on April 9.

The ordinance allows the director of the Parks and Recreation Department to approve amplified sound in parks, which is currently not allowed for parades and public assemblies under City Code unless 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.

The councilors first voted 7-0 in favor of the proposal at their March 19 meeting, the first of three considerations.

— by Nick Hassett

Recreation Services announces Field House closures

University of Iowa officials have announced some closings as they move into the next phase of the Field House renovation.

Starting today, the west side of Main Street will be shut down permanently, according to UI Recreation Services. On April 8, the east side of Main Street and the northeast entrance of the Field House will close. The southeast and west entrances will open on April 9.

The renovation will improve access to the UI Hospitals and Clinics, especially as the university prepares for the new Children’s Hospital.

— by Kristen East

Iowa state auditor resigns

State Auditor David Vaudt announced his resignation today because he has been elected to be the new chairman of the Government Accounting Standards Board.

Vaudt has served as auditor from January 2003 to present.

“David Vaudt has been a dedicated public servant for the taxpayers of Iowa, and we will miss his incredible work as steward of our tax dollars,” Gov. Terry Branstad said in a statement. “David was an outstanding state auditor and will be very difficult to replace. I will look for a replacement who shares David Vaudt’s commitment to fiscal responsibility and knowledge of sound budgeting principles."

— by Kristen East

Supervisors continue discussion over Secondary Roads future

With in-depth investigations underway, the Johnson County Board of Supervisors discussed the future of the Secondary Roads Facility in a Thursday morning meeting. The building was damaged in a March 25 fire.

Contractors have been contacted to see whether the current building can be salvaged or if it is more cost-efficient to rebuild the structure.

The supervisors came to the conclusion that damaged county records relating to Secondary Roads should be immediately replaced.

Supervisor Rod Sullivan said that although the west side of the building, where county signage is stored, appears to be in “good shape,” he is worried about the future of four large all-weather vehicles.

“I’m concerned with some of these vehicles that were exposed to really high heat and cool downs,” he said. “Safety is absolutely a paramount, No. 1.”

— by Quentin Misiag

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