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BY DI STAFF | MARCH 31, 2014 5:00 AM

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Bloomfield’s house-arrest conditions modified

A judge has granted a request made by a man accused of first-degree murder to modify his house-arrest conditions, according to court documents.

Former University of Iowa researcher John Bloomfield, 73, was charged with his wife’s 1997 slaying in November 2013. He was allowed to return to his St. Paul, Minn., home under house arrest in February to receive better care for prostate cancer and to prepare a defense.

Judge Paul Miller will now allow Bloomfield to walk within a one-block radius of his home daily. Bloomfield can also leave his home for four hours once a week, with travel restricted to two Minnesota counties.

Bloomfield’s attorney, Leon Spies, said Bloomfield has less than a year to live. He was previously detained in the Iowa Medical & Classification Center.

Bloomfield pleaded not guilty to the murder.

— by Chris Higgins

Man faces domestic-assault charge

Authorities have accused a man of attacking and choking a woman.

Donte Kent, 25, was charged March 27 with domestic assault impeding breathing or circulation with bodily injury.

Kent entered a residence of a female resident — who has a no-contact order against him — without consent. While at the residence, he allegedly choked her and remained on her property until the following morning.

Domestic assault impeding breathing or circulation with bodily injury is a Class-D felony.

— by Stacey Murray

Man faces weapon, drug charges

Authorities have accused a local man of carrying or possessing a firearm while intoxicated.

Ronald Ham, 26, was charged March 28 with possession or carrying of firearms while under the influence, third-offense OWI, and possession of a controlled substance.

According to an Iowa City police complaint, Ham was pulled over after entering an intersection as the stoplight turned red. Ham appeared nervous, and the police officer called a K9 unit to the scene. A search of the vehicle reportedly revealed marijuana, a glass pipe, a loaded Springfield XD handgun, and several knives.

Ham allegedly admitted to smoking a bowl of marijuana in the car while at work prior to being stopped.

Possession or carrying of firearms while under the influence is an aggravated misdemeanor. OWI is a Class-D felony. Possession of a controlled substance is a serious misdemeanor.

— by Stacey Murray

A local woman is charged with robbery.

Parish Bennett, 26, was charged Aug. 22, 2013 with second-degree robbery.

Last August, Bennett approached a man and demanded money. Bennett, along with another man, attacked the victim and beat him to a point where he required stitches.  A witness broke up the altercation, and Bennett ran away, the complaint said.

Robbery is a Class-C Felony.

— by Stacey Murray

Man charged with burglary in car incident

Authorities have accused a North Liberty man of attempting to assault women in their vehicle.

Julius Riley, 29, was charged March 29 with second-degree burglary.

Riley was reportedly traveling in a red Nissan at McDonald’s near the drive-through and was talking to a car with several females occupying it, according to an Iowa City police complaint.

He got out of the Nissan and opened the driver’s side rear door and reportedly gained access to the other vehicle. Riley lunged at the females, attempting to assault them, the complaint said.

The females feared being injured, the complaint said. Officers located Riley in the parking lot of a Kum & Go, 323 E. Burlington St., the complaint said.

All the women from the vehicle identified Riley.

Riley had difficulty walking and keeping balance, a heavy odor of ingested alcohol, and red, watery bloodshot eyes, the complaint said. Riley refused a breath test.

Second-degree burglary is a Class-C felony.

— by Rebecca Morin

Man charged with 3rd OWI

Authorities have accused a local man of driving under the influence for the third time.

Mark Owens, 51, was charged March 29 with third-offense OWI.

According to a Coralville police complaint, Owens was involved in an accident and smelled strongly of ingested alcohol.

Officers determined Owens had vertical Nystagmus after he took a Horizontal Gaze Nystagmus test. He refused all other tests including the DataMaster, the complaint said.

Owens has two prior OWI convictions.

Third-offense OWI is a Class-D felony.

— by Rebecca Morin

Man faces theft, forgery charges

Authorities have accused a local man of forging several checks.

Lennell Caldwell Jr., 23, was charged Dec. 29, 2013, with second-degree theft and forgery; he was also charged Jan. 3 with forgery.

According to an Iowa City police complaint, Caldwell was in possession of a blank check that was reported as having been stolen. The check was filled out, signed, and made payable to himself for $1,500.

Caldwell deposited the check into his account at the University of Iowa Community Credit Union outdoor ATM, allowing him to receive cash, the complaint said.

A camera observed Caldwell conducting the transaction, and his bank statement also confirmed the transaction, the complaint said.

Caldwell also made another check payable to himself for $1,000, the complaint said. He signed the victim’s name on the check, and then went to the credit union to deposit the check into his account.

Second-degree theft is a Class-D felony. Forgery is a Class-D felony.

— by Rebecca Morin

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