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BY DI STAFF | DECEMBER 16, 2013 5:00 AM

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Iowa City man charged with robbery and theft

An Iowa City man has been accused of breaking into a woman’s locker at the Campus Recreation & Wellness Center.

Police charged Jacob Leazer, 27, on Dec. 12 with second-degree robbery and fifth-degree theft.

According to a University of Iowa police complaint, Leazer was observed on video going through a woman’s personal belongings on the second floor of the Rec Center.

As seen on tape, the woman confronted Leazer, and he gave her her wallet back by taking it out of his duffel bag and throwing it at her.

She asked for Leazer not to move while she called the police, but he left the scene.

According to the complaint, the woman followed him and stood in front of the exit door, but he pushed her against a glass wall of the building.

She sustained a scratch and redness to her arm.

Leazer left the area before officers arrived, but witnesses on scene wrote down his license-plate information.

Officers spoke with him and he said he found the victim’s purse and was going to turn it into lost and found when she confronted him. Lezer also stated he might have bumped into her when he left.

Leazer was also seen on tape going through two others’ belongings. The third person has not contacted the police.

The first person told police she had 50 $1 bills in her wallet.

Second-degree robbery is a Class-C felony. Fifth-degree theft is a simple misdemeanor.

— by Megan Sanchez

Iowa City felon charged with possession of firearm

An Iowa City man has been accused of controlling firearms as a felon.

Antoine Clemons, 36, was charged June 25 with dominion/control of firearm/offensive weapon by a felon.

According to an Iowa City police complaint, officers responded to 2842 Whispering Hills Drive for a report that Clemons had pulled a gun on another person.

Upon investigation, detectives learned he was living at the residence with another person.

Clemons had control of two firearms — a 9-mm Jimenez handgun and a Mossberg Zombie pump shotgun.

Clemons admitted to handling the 9-mm while at a range and firing the handgun. He admitted to handling the shotgun as well.

Clemons is a felon, according to his criminal history. He was convicted for a felony on or about March 4, 2008, in Iowa.

He was in possession of these firearms well after his felony status.

Dominion/control of firearm/offensive weapon by a felon is a Class-D felony.

— by Megan Sanchez

Iowa City woman charged with theft

An employee of Hawkeye Waste Systems has been accused of endorsing checks that were not hers and depositing them in her bank account.

Julie Taylor, 44, was charged Oct. 10, 2011, with first-degree theft.

According to an Iowa City police complaint, Taylor was an employee of Hawkeye Waste Systems and had access to customer payment checks.

Taylor allegedly took the checks, endorsed them with her name, and deposited them in her own bank accounts. Between Oct. 10, 2011, and Feb. 20, 2013, she reportedly endorsed and deposited 126 checks that she was not authorized to take.

Taylor allegedly deposited a total of $58,262.75 in her accounts.

She reportedly admitted to “taking a few checks” during an interview with the police.

First-degree theft is a Class-C felony.

— by Megan Sanchez

Coralville man charged with domestic-abuse assault

A Coralville man has been accused of choking his girlfriend.

Brandon Ruiz, 22, was charged Dec. 13 with domestic-abuse assault impeding air.

According to a Coralville police complaint, Ruiz and his girlfriend were arguing when he allegedly pushed her against a wall and then another wall.

He then reportedly put both of his hands at the bottom of her neck and pushed up, making it difficult for her to breathe.

While doing this, the complaint said, he threatened to kill her and used profane language.

The girlfriend complained of pain where he grabbed her on her arms and she had redness on her arms and the left side of her neck.

Ruiz and his girlfriend have lived together for three months.

Domestic-abuse assault impeding air is a Class-D felony.

— by Megan Sanchez

Iowa City woman charged with forgery and theft

An Iowa City woman has been accused of depositing three fraudulent checks.

Alisa Anderson, 18, was charged Sept. 17 with forgery and second-degree theft.

According to an Iowa City police complaint, an employee at the Federal Employees Credit Union/VA Hospital reported Anderson deposited three checks for a total of $10,000 into her bank account through an ATM.

The employee said Anderson took out $3,500 from the account, but the checks came back fraudulent. The employee said there is no legitimate account in regards to the checks deposited.

Anderson has failed to stay in contact with police during the investigation and reportedly told her mother that she was in trouble. The credit union reportedly has her on video making the deposits.

Anderson called the credit union and apologized. She did not repay the credit union for its monetary loss, according to the complaint.

The total loss to the credit union was $3,500.

Forgery and second-degree theft are Class-D felonies.

— by Megan Sanchez

More information released about 1997 homicide case

The Iowa City police have released more information about John Bloomfield’s murder charge.

John Bloomfield, 73, of St. Paul, Minn., was charged in November with first-degree murder in the death of his wife.

According to an Iowa City police complaint, on Sept. 20, 1997, Bloomfield killed the his wife. The body was recovered along a road near Rockford, Ill.

Bloomfield had an interest in another woman, the complaint said, and he was reportedly in the Chicago area during the time his wife was killed.

However, the police cannot account for his whereabouts for a length of time sufficient to drive to Iowa City and commit the homicide.

A forensic analysis of one of the ligatures used to bind the victim’s body revealed DNA from a male source.

The DNA was forensically analyzed using Y-STR DNA analysis and then compared to Bloomfield’s Y-STR DNA.

The Y chromosome profile is consistent with Bloomfield’s Y chromosome, the police said.

In addition, a hair was located on the “sticky” side of the tape located on the body and was found to be microscopically similar to Bloomfield’s hair, according to the police report.

In the period immediately after the crime, as well as in the intervening years, Bloomfield has given inconsistent accounts of time leading up to the murder and his discovery that his wife was missing.

Bloomfield made his first court appearance on Dec. 13, and his preliminary hearing is set for Dec. 23.

First-degree murder is a Class-A felony.

— by Megan Sanchez

North Liberty woman charged with theft

A North Liberty woman has been accused of taking large sums of cash from Walmart.

Kissamee Hunter, 29, was charged Dec. 6 with second-degree theft.

According to a Coralville police complaint, Walmart, 2801 Commerce Drive, undertook an internal investigation, and investigators reportedly discovered Hunter had taken large sums of cash in six separate transactions.

This occurred between Nov. 22 and Dec. 6. According to the complaint, Hunter admitted to taking the money under Miranda.

Second-degree theft is a Class-D felony.

— by Megan Sanchez

Iowa City man charged with controlled substance violation and domestic abuse assault

An Iowa City man has been accused of possessing marijuana and trying to strangle his girlfriend.

Edward Dembry, 21, was charged Sunday with controlled-substance violation and domestic-abuse assault impeding air or blood and causing bodily injury.

According to an Iowa City police complaint, officers responded to a call from a woman stating Dembry had assaulted her while at their residence. She stated following an argument over property, Dembry held an electrical cord to her neck and threatened to strangle her.

He punched her several times in the face and grabbed her by the neck with his hand and strangled her to the point where she could not breathe.

Dembry also had a knife against her face causing a small laceration. The woman also suffered bruises and a broken nose.

Upon arrival, officers made contact with him and searched his person for the knife, but he did not have it on him.

Officers found a black stocking cap, and inside they reportedly discovered 17 grams of marijuana labeled “green crack,” a small digital scale, and several empty plastic baggies.

The woman admitted to knowing Dembry sells marijuana for money.

The two have been together in an intimate relationship since June and have lived together for about five days.

Controlled-substance violation and domestic-abuse assault impeding air or blood and causing bodily injury are Class-D felonies.

— by Megan Sanchez

Iowa City man gets numerous charges after allegedly hosting marijuana gathering

An Iowa City man has been accused of allowing a group of people in his residence to smoke marijuana, among other allegations.

Clyde Snow III, 20, was charged Nov. 5 with gathering for use of marijuana, second-offense possession of a controlled substance, controlled-substance violation, possession of a controlled substance in a structure or vehicle, and failure to affix a tax stamp.

According to an Iowa City police complaint, officers executed a search warrant at Snow’s residence, 720 E. Market St. Apt. 3. When they entered the residence, Snow and six others were in the living room allegedly smoking marijuana.

The group allegedly had fresh marijuana, pipes, burnt marijuana, bongs, and other paraphernalia throughout the room.

Several of the codefendants admitted everyone was smoking. One admitted he got a Xanax tab from Snow. Officers reportedly located a pill bottle with approximately 88 Xanax tabs where Snow was seated.

Snow has a prior possession of a controlled-substance conviction from March 6, 2012.

Gathering for use of marijuana and second-offense possession of a controlled substance are serious misdemeanors. Controlled-substance violation and possession of a controlled substance in a structure or vehicle are aggravated misdemeanors. Failure to affix tax stamp is a Class-D felony.

— by Megan Sanchez


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