Metro Briefs

BY DI STAFF | APRIL 19, 2013 5:00 AM

SocialTwist Tell-a-Friend

Officials to hold press conference on Salameh death

A press conference providing additional information about the March 10 shooting and death of Taleb Salameh will be held today at 1:30 p.m. at the Johnson County Sheriff’s Office.

Johnson County prosecutor Janet Lyness, Johnson County Sheriff Lonny Pulkrabek, and Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation Special Agent Bill Kietzman will present the information.

North Liberty police officials responded to the North Liberty Holiday Mobile Home Court for a call regarding a domestic disturbance on March 10, which eventually led to a standoff and the death of the 28-year-old University of Iowa graduate student.

Upon arrival, police officials made contact with a woman on the scene and Salameh. The situation resulted in a standoff, in which Salameh was found dead after reportedly engaging in gunfire with North Liberty police.

According to the Iowa City police log, Iowa City police also responded to a call regarding a domestic argument that same day at the mobile home court.

The log indicated that a male was jumping on the hood of a female’s car near a residence. The female drove away and attempted to head out of the trailer court.

A witness at the mobile home court told police officials that the male was yelling at a female about the location of their 1-year-old daughter.

Salameh applied for a gun permit in 2010, and UI Dean of Students David Grady recommended that the Johnson County Sheriff’s Office deny the application.

However, Salameh’s psychologist, Gregory Gullickson, said he supported Salameh’s application for a gun permit in a letter sent to Pulkrabek in 2010.

Pulkrabek approved Salameh’s gun-permit application; the permit expired in February 2011.

— by Rebecca Morin

UI Greek Week event to help Boston victims

As the annual Greek Week events wrap up at the University of Iowa, one fraternity hopes to use proceeds from Thursday’s charity event to help victims of the Boston Marathon bombings.

Ann Crary, the executive director of the Greek Week 2013 Council, said the week’s events had been a success in fundraising.

“They’ve gone really well; we raised 158 pints of blood on [Monday’s] blood drive,” she said.

Crary said the Order of Omega fraternity planned on sending funds raised from Thursday’s 5K relay to Boston for the victims of the bombings.

The Glow in the Dark 5K event, originally scheduled for Lower City Park on Thursday, was held in the Campus Recreation & Wellness Center after heavy rain.

“For the future, we shouldn’t plan a 5K when there’s a flood,” Crary said.

While the location may have changed, she said, the group planned to turn the lights off on the track, to fit the original glow in the dark theme of the event, as well as hold a moment of silence for the Boston tragedy.

— by Nick Hassett

Man accused of admitting to a sex act on a 2-year-old

A Coralville man allegedly admitted during an employment interview that he had performed a sex act on a 2-year-old.

Tristan Loughran, 21, was charged with second-degree sexual abuse.

During an employment interview, Loughran admitted to an Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation agent to have committed a sex act on a 2-year old child within the last month, the Iowa City police complaint said.

The incident took place in Iowa City at Loughran’s place of work.

According to the complaint, the investigation was turned over to the Iowa City police. Loughran identified the child, and officials confirmed that Loughran had access to the child and that he was alone with her at times.

Second-degree sexual abuse is a Class-B felony.

— by Rebecca Morin

Johnson County mulls local food policy and plans for Secondary Roads facility

The groundwork for expansion to a local food-policy group coupled updates regarding the fire-damaged Secondary Roads Facility during a Thursday morning meeting at the Johnson County Administration Building.

Supervisor Chairwoman Janelle Rettig said final cost  of the damage to the facility, 4810 Melrose Ave., is yet to be determined, despite nearly a month after a fire caused substantial damage to building structure and eight all-weather trucks. She said a total of eight trucks saw significant damage, three of which are have been deemed total. A meeting is scheduled for April 29 at 1 p.m. for a facility damage tour.

Kate Edwards, the head of the Johnson County Local Food Policy Council, told the board that if a few obstacles are removed from the local food fabric, the industry could flourish. She floated the idea of eventually including local, organic food in the Johnson County Jail system.

Supervisors Rod Sullivan and Terrence Neuzil likened the idea of an expanded local food industry, but other supervisors questioned its profitability and differentiation from a food cooperative.

“There are a lot of folks who are willing to spend more if it’s made locally,” Neuzil said.

— by Quentin Misiag

Iowa City to mull transit system replacement

The Iowa City City Council will consider a resolution awarding the replacement of a transit-fare collection system at its meeting on April 23.

The joint request for proposal with Iowa City and Coralville would replace the existing collection system, including 29 fareboxes, management software, pass-encoding equipment, and vault and fare media.

City staff recommends that the city award the contract to SPX Genfare Inc. at a cost of $504,284.

The project would be partially funded by a federal grant for 50 percent of the cost, with the remaining funding coming from a transit equipment replacement reserve.

— by Nick Hassett

Iowa City City Council may rezone Hawkeye Court

The Iowa City City Council may rezone the Hawkeye Court at their meeting on April 23.

The resolution would rezone the area from Institutional Public (P-2) to Institutional Public/Medium-Density Multi-Family (P-2/RM-20).

On March 21, The city’s Planning and Zoning Commission recommended approval of the rezoning by a 7-0 vote.

Approval of the measure would allow publicly owned land to be leased and developed for privately owned multifamily buildings.

— by Nick Hassett

Iowa City to consider housing rules change

The Iowa City City Council will consider a resolution defining rooming-house cooperatives in Iowa City.

The measure would amend the city zoning code to define rooming-house cooperatives as a type of fraternal group living use and to specify that fraternal group living uses are allowed in the RNS-20 zone, used for older neighborhoods that surround downtown Iowa City and the University of Iowa campus.

At its March 21 meeting, the city Planning and Zoning Commission recommended approval of the measure on a 7-0 vote.

— by Nick Hassett

Iowa City City Council will consider applying for transit funding

The Iowa City City Council will consider a resolution authorizing the city to ask for transit assistance and funding.

The measure would direct the city to file an application with the Iowa Department of Transportation for fiscal 2014 Iowa DOT State Transit Assistance and Federal Transit Administration funding.

Iowa City Transit will receive approximately $435,245 in state funds, and it is applying for $19 million in federal capital funding as well as $1.6 million in federal operating funds.

— by Nick Hassett

Iowa City may adopt voucher program

The Iowa City City Council will consider a resolution adopting a voucher administrative plan for the Iowa City Housing Authority.

The resolution would adopt the Housing Authority’s Housing Choice Voucher Administrative Plan, which establishes policies for issues not covered under federal regulations for the current voucher and Family Self-Sufficiency programs administered currently by the Housing Authority.

— by Nick Hassett

Iowa City City Council to clarify taxicab regulations

The Iowa City City Council will consider a resolution clarifying a taxi regulation in the city code.

The measure would clarify that a cab must have a calibrated taximeter in order to pass inspection and that rates must be based on time and/or distance.

The change was originally adopted in 2011 to make sure the fee charged was based on the actual distance traveled and time elapsed, not on the odometer and the driver’s watch.

According to city documents, a driver was recently charged with not using a meter, and he argued that it was unclear that he had to use a meter when measuring distance. The amendment clarifies that rule.

— by Nick Hassett

Man accused of stealing various items

A North Liberty man was accused of stealing several items after entering a residence without permission.

Nicholas Garner, 19, was charged Wednesday with assault while participating in a felony, first-degree robbery, first-degree burglary, and going armed with intent to use.

According to an Iowa City police complaint, Garner and a codefendant entered the victim’s residence without permission.

The codefendant was carrying a handgun, and he and Garner began demanding money and asking for the locations of the victims’ belongings.

A fight broke out between Garner and one of the victims. Garner’s codefendant joined the fight to assist Garner. The co-defendant used his gun to strike the victim on the head several times.

The victim received a laceration to his head and a cut to his hand during the fight.

Garner was wearing a mask, but during the fight, the victim pulled the mask off and recognized Garner.

Garner and his codefendant allegedly stole a backpack, shoes, cell phones, and wallets during the burglary, the complaint said.

Assault while participating in a felony is a Class-D felony, first-degree robbery is a Class-B felony, first-degree burglary is a Class-B felony, and going armed with the intent to use is a Class-D felony.

— by Rebecca Morin

Iowa Board of Regents to view tenure report

Tenure, tenure-track and non-tenure-track faculty increased slightly compared to last year, according to a report prepared for the state Board of Regents.

The total number of tenured faculty was 2,730 this academic year, an increase of eight faculty compared to last year. Tenure-track faculty increased by 24 in the last year, and the number of none-tenured-track faculty increased by 91.

Overall, the total number of faculty at the three regent institutions has increased every year for the last 11 years.

The University of Iowa had a total of 108 promotion and tenure actions for the 2013-2014 academic year.

Regents will consider the 188 recommendations for tenure and promotions at their next meeting at the University of Northern Iowa on April 24-25.

—by Brent Griffiths

UIHC requests rate increase

The University of Iowa Hospital and Clinics is requesting a rate request from the state Board of Regents.

UIHC officials are asking the Board of Regents to approve a 6 percent rate increase in charges.

According to the proposal, UIHC officials believe the levels are currently too low when compared to other hospitals, and believe it’s even reasonable to ask for rates above 6 percent.

However, some current contracts have a cap on rate increases, which makes 6 percent the preferred amount.

Regents will hear the proposal at their next meeting April 24-25 at the University of Northern Iowa.

—by Brent Griffiths

Regents to vote on UI Center for Child Health Improvement and Innovation

The Board of Regents will consider recommending approval of the University of Iowa’s request to establish a Center for Child Health Improvement and Innovation in the Department of Pediatrics in the Carver College of Medicine.

In partnership with Iowa Medicaid Enterprises and Magellan of Iowa, the proposed center would assist the state to integrate and improve children’s disability and mental health system in Iowa.

According to the Regents packet, Iowa currently does not have a well-organized children’s mental health system. Approximately 15 percent of about 67,900 children could not receive behavioral or emotional care due to limited resources.

The initial funding for the proposed center is expected to range from $4 million to $5 million over a four-year contract for development and support of the center’s model.

The funding for the center will be funded entirely though external sources. The proposed center costs for the first year would start at about $1.1 million and will reach up to $3 million by the seventh year.

After obtaining approval, the UI Carver College of Medicine is prepared to implement the UI Center for Child Health and Improvement and Innovation in Fall 2013.

—By Rebecca Morin

In today's issue:

Privacy Policy (8/15/07) | Terms of Use (4/28/08) | Content Submission Agreement (8/23/07) | Copyright Compliance Policy (8/25/07) | RSS Terms of Use

Copyright © The Daily Iowan, All Rights Reserved.