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BY DI STAFF | APRIL 21, 2014 5:00 AM

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Eat Drink Local arrives

The Iowa City Downtown District will partner with Edible Iowa River Valley and the Gazette’s “Here’s the Deal” to present the first Downtown Iowa City “Eat Drink Local Week” today through April 27.

President Elect of the Downtown District George Etre said he hopes Eat Drink Local Week will bring a lot of people downtown to shop, eat, and explore the area.

“It’s a way for local restaurants to showcase what they can do,” he said. “And for people to try different foods they ordinarily wouldn’t.”

Eat Drink Local Week is a promotional event for independent restaurants and bars in the Downtown District. The featured restaurants will offer prix fixe menus for $25 or less.

The Downtown District will highlight local ingredients in affordable food and drink menu specials from 30 local establishments that will vary from restaurant to restaurant.

Some of the featured restaurants include Bo-James, Donnelly’s Pub, Molly’s Cupcakes, Quinton’s, Formosa, and Takanami. The latter two are owned by Etre.

To participate, restaurant-goers should ask for the “Eat Drink Local Week” menu when they arrive. This will allow them to enjoy a three-course dinner or a two-course lunch.

— by Kaitlin DeWulf

Man charged with 3rd OWI

Authorities have accused an Iowa man of driving while intoxicated and running a red light.

Paul Jansa, 27, was charged April 19 with third-offense OWI.

According to an Iowa City police complaint, authorities stopped Jansa for running a red light at Gilbert and Washington Streets.

Upon making contact with the driver, an odor of alcohol was noted, as well as red, watery eyes and bar stamps on Jansa’s hands.

Jansa had two OWI convictions, in 2006 and 2010.

Third-offense OWI is a Class-D felony.

— by Rebecca Morin

Man charged with 2nd OWI, eluding

Authorities have accused a Lone Tree man of sparking a high-speed chase.

Tyler Dunlap, 25, was charged April 19 with second-offense OWI and eluding.

According to a Johnson County Sheriff’s Office complaint, Dunlap was operating a gray 1994 Nissan pickup and raced past deputies at about 50 mph in a 25-mph zone.

Dunlap continued through the southwest portion of Lone Tree at a high rate of speed, according to the complaint. Deputies were in marked patrol cars and had emergency lights and sirens activated, the complaint said.

Dunlap led deputies south on Wapsi, where speeds reached in excess of 90 miles per hour. The pursuit ended on West Avenue in Louisa County. Dunlap refused field sobriety tests, the complaint said.

Second-offense OWI is an aggravated misdemeanor. Eluding is a Class-D felony.

— by Rebecca Morin

Man faces drug charges

Authorities have accused an Iowa City man of possessing marijuana.

Mason Slota, 22, was charged April 6 with possession of marijuana with intent to distribute, possession of a taxable substance without a tax stamp, and possession of a controlled substance.

When officers arrived at Slota’s residence, they reported, they smelled marijuana. Slota allegedly admitted to smoking that day and allowed officers to search his bedroom. Slota said he had roughly two ounces of marijuana.

Officers found a glass jar with what appeared to be marijuana, which Slota said was for personal use. Officers also found a digital scale, 400 plastic bags, $660 in cash, a glass bong, glass pipes, and grinders.

Slota said he broke down marijuana for his roommate occasionally.

Possession with intent to distribute is a Class-D felony. Possession of a controlled substance is a Class-D felony. Possession of a controlled substance is serious misdemeanor.

— by Stacey Murray

Area man charged with 3rd OWI

Authorities have accused a West Branch man of driving recklessly.

Jaimy Sanchez Jr., 27, was charged April 18 with third-offense OWI.

According to an Iowa City police complaint, authorities made a traffic stop on a black 2006 Chrysler 300C for careless driving after it accelerated quickly from a stoplight, which caused what they labeled unnecessary squealing from the tires.

Once contact was made with Sanchez, officers noticed his red, bloodshot water eyes, slurred speech, and scent of ingested alcohol, the complaint said. Sanchez admitted to drinking two beers and to being at the Union Bar.

Sanchez had two prior OWI convictions from 2006 and 2011.

Third-offense OWI is a Class-D felony.

— by Rebecca Morin

Man faces variety of charges

An Iowa City man is charged after fleeing from police officers.

David Robinson, 37, was charged April 19 with third-offense OWI, interference with official acts causing bodily injury, and driving while barred as a habitual offender, assault causing injury to peace officers, fourth-degree criminal mischief, and presence in a park after hours.

Officers responded to a report that a green Chevrolet Cavalier had struck a parked car and two occupants had fled the scene on foot. A police service dog flushed Robinson from the woods.

Officers caught Robinson after a short foot chase where he ignored commands to stop running.

One officer received minor injuries and was spit on by Robinson, who refused all sobriety tests.

While in the back of the police car, Robinson kicked the rear driver-side door, causing $250 in damage. Officers pepper strayed Robinson to gain compliance. Robinson’s driving status was barred, and he has two OWI convictions within the past 12 years.

Third-offense OWI is a Class-D felony. Interference with official acts and causing bodily injury is an aggravated misdemeanor. Driving while barred as a habitual offender is an aggravated misdemeanor.  Assault causing injury to peace officers is an aggravated misdemeanor. Fourth-degree criminal mischief is a serious misdemeanor.  Presence in a park after hours is a serious misdemeanor.

— by Stacey Murray

Woman charged with theft

Authorities accused a Tiffin woman of taking $80,000 from cash sales of a beauty store.

Brittany Willman, 30, was charged June 2011 to November 2013 with first-degree theft.

Willman was manager of State Beauty Supply and was responsible for all deposits, according to a Coralville police complaint. However, upon comparing daily register sales with deposit tickets and bank statements, there were differences between cash sales and cash deposited.

The bank statements showed a cash shortage in excess of $80,000 compared to actual cash sales, the complaint said. Willman reportedly made statements to the owner about taking cash from the deposits.

First-degree theft is a Class-C felony.

— by Rebecca Morin

Man faces controlled-substance charge

Authorities have accused a local man of partaking in a party house.

Dalton Griebel, 21, was charged April 4 with controlled-substance violation and gathering for use of drugs.

According to an Iowa City police compliant, officers conducted a search warrant at Griebel’s residence and spoke with several people, including Griebel, who admitted the residence was used as a party house.

The house was used to allow people to smoke marijuana. During the search, authorities located marijuana, drug paraphernalia, baggies, cash, and a digital scale in the residence, the complaint said.

Griebel admitted to owning a quantity of marijuana, and sold marijuana to friends so he could smoke for free, the complaint said.

Controlled-substance violation is a Class-D felony. Gathering for use of drugs is a Class-D felony.

— by Rebecca Morin

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