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BY DI STAFF | DECEMBER 02, 2013 5:00 AM

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Police investigate Arby’s robbery

Iowa City police are investigating an armed robbery that occurred around 11:30 p.m. Nov. 30.

According to a city press release, police officers responded to Arby’s, 3 Highway 1 W., after receiving a report of an armed robbery.

Employees at the restaurant stated a black male with an average build who was approximately 5-10 entered the business displaying a handgun.

He was wearing a gray hooded sweatshirt, blue jeans, tennis shoes, and a black mask covering his face.

The suspect left the store with an undisclosed amount of cash. No one was injured during the robbery; the investigation continues.

Iowa City Area Crime Stoppers encourages anyone with information to call its tip line at 358-TIPS (8477).

In addition, a $1,000 cash reward is available for information leading to the arrest.

UI names fellows for advancement of science

Two University of Iowa faculty members from the Carver College of Medicine were awarded fellows for the 2013 Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

They are among 338 recipients selected this year. The fellows are chosen based on their efforts in the science field are deemed scientifically or sociably distinguishable.

Paul McCray Jr., one of the fellows, is the professor and vice head of research in the UI Pediatrics Department and is a professor of microbiology and internal medicine. McCray conducts a wide amount of research including looking at the process and treatment of the disease cystic fibrosis.

David Price, the second fellow selected, is a UI professor of biochemistry. Price has made discoveries in a variety of things, including regulation of HIV gene expression.

Some financial information now restricted to UI faculty

The UI has restricted some off-campus access to financial information in light of a recent email “phishing” scam.

The UI has undergone a series of email “phishing” scams that have attempted to fool employees into providing HawkIDs and passwords, which would allow their personal and financial information to possibly be exposed to fraud.

Full paycheck information will only be allowed to UI employees who have logged into university computers while limited earning information will still be available to UI staff for off-campus access.

Suspect arrested in old homicide

Iowa City police investigators along with St. Paul police arrested John Richard Bloomfield in the 1997 slaying of his wife.

Bloomfield, 73, was arrested at his St. Paul home in connection with the death of 57-year-old Frances Bloomfield in September 1997, according to a press release.

Bloomfield called Iowa City police September 1997 and reported he had just returned home from a business trip and found his wife missing at their home, 38 Wakefield Court. He also said the residence had been burglarized.  

Police later found the body of Frances Bloomfield near Rockford, Ill., bound with ligatures and wrapped in plastic.

According to the release, the investigation has been ongoing since 1997; with the advancements in forensic technology, police were able to link material used to bind the body with John Bloomfield’s DNA.

Political candidacy

Des Moines resident Joe Grandanette announced his intentions to run against Rep. Tom Latham, R-Iowa, in Republican primary next year.

"The citizens of Iowa’s Third Congressional District need someone who will represent them and not Washington, D.C., Republicans,” said Grandanette in a release."

The 59-year-old Grandanette taught elementary-school physical education for 26 years and has owned and operated Say Hello to Joes’s, a sports nutrition store for 14 years in Clive.

Grandanette previously won a primary for the Iowa House in 2004 but lost in the general election.
Staci Appel, a resident Ackworth, and a former Iowa House representative is currently seeking to the Democratic nomination in order to challenge Latham.


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