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BY DI STAFF | MAY 05, 2014 5:00 AM

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Woman charged with burglary

Authorities have accused a local woman of helping to steal tires from a local business.

Trisha Stokes, 32, was charged April 10 and April 14 with three counts of second-degree burglary.

According to an Iowa City police complaint, authorities were dispatched to Iowa City Tire for a report of ongoing theft of tires from a storeroom.

An employee who reviewed surveillance video from the previous month reportedly observed a former employee enter the business on three occasions through an unlocked backdoor and remove tires.

On one occasion, Stokes reportedly drove the codefendant, the former employee, to Iowa City Tire in a 2012 Nissan Versa. Stokes parked the vehicle next to the storeroom door and opened the back door of the vehicle for the codefendant to place the stolen tires in.

After the tires were placed in the vehicle, Stokes drove away with the codefendant, the complaint said.

Second-degree burglary is a Class-C felony.

— by Rebecca Morin

Man faces several charges

Authorities have accused a local man of trying to take a police officer’s gun.

Steven Willard, 50, was charged May 1 with assault causing injury, disarming a peace officer, and interference with official acts using a dangerous weapon.

According to a University of Iowa police complaint, Willard walked away from the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics EMT after he was court-committed because he was determined to be a danger to himself or others.

Authorities located Willard several hours later on Highway 6, and appeared to be attempting to hitchhike. He gave officers a false name, and upon confirming the name, Willard attacked the officer.

Willard pushed the officer and reached for the police officer’s handgun and told the officer he was not going back to prison, the complaint said. Willard was unable to un-holster the officer’s weapon.

The officer took Willard to the ground with the help of an off-duty Iowa City police officer and a civilian, the complaint said.

Willard’s hands were forced behind his back after he had been taken to the ground. He later told officers he reached for the weapon because he did not want the officer to shoot him.

The officer sustained several cuts to both of his hands during the altercation, the complaint said.

Assault causing injury is an aggravated demeanor. Disarming a peace officer is a Class-D felony.

Interference with official acts using a dangerous weapon is a Class-C felony.

— by Rebecca Morin

Man charged with eluding, OWI

Authorities have accused a Cedar Rapids man of evading the police after a traffic stop was attempted.

Gavin Jones, 19, was charged May 2 with OWI and eluding.

According to an Iowa City police complaint, authorities observed a red Pontiac Grand Am speeding on Gilbert Street.

The officer turned on the vehicle’s lights and siren to attempt a traffic stop. The vehicle proceeded to speed up and ran a stop sign and did not yield.

The vehicle started pulling away from the officer and made a serious of turns making it difficult for officers to keep up with the vehicle, the complaint said.

Officers lost the vehicle; however, they found it at a dead end on Van Buren and Brown Street. There was damage to the vehicle, the complaint said.

Jones had bloodshot, watery eyes and slurred speech, the complaint said. Jones allegedly told authorities he saw the officer trying to stop him but evaded him. He said he traveled speeds of 80 mph in a 25 mph zone.

OWI is a serious misdemeanor. Eluding is a Class-D felony.

— by Rebecca Morin

Man charged with extortion

Authorities have accused a local man of stealing several items.

Kevin Hughes, 23, was charged Dec. 30, 2013, with third-degree theft and was charged May 2 with extortion and second-degree theft.

According to an Iowa City police complaint, Hughes sold several items to Money and More after stealing them earlier that morning.

Hughes pawned Garmin Nuvi 5000 GPS worth $150, Garmin 40LM GPS worth $80, DeWalt reciprocating saw worth $180, DeWalt multi-use drill bits worth $60, Fluorescent handheld work light worth $20, jumper cables worth $20, and 25 other miscellaneous tools worth $85.

All items were stolen earlier that morning from three different unoccupied vehicles parked near Westwinds Drive.

The total value of stolen goods was around $595.

— by Rebecca Morin

Man charged with not registering as sex offender

Authorities have accused a man of not registering as a sex offender.

Ronnie Seals, 31, was charged April 21 with sex-offender-registration violation.

According to an Iowa City police complaint, on March 26, Seals registered as a sex offender with Johnson County, but did not comply to report to the sheriff of Johnson County within five business days.

Authorities checked the address Seals was thought to be living at, and officers were unable to locate him. A subject came to the door but would not answer the door, but stated that a “Ronnie” does not live at the residence.

Sex offender registration violation is a Class-D felony.

— by Rebecca Morin

2 women charged with robbery

Authorities have accused two area women of attacking a woman and taking her phone.

Jalisa Williams, 22, and Shkila Holder, 20, were charged May 4 with second-degree robbery.

According to an Iowa City police complaint, Williams and Holder were identified as being involved in an assault. They came up behind the woman on the street and grabbed her by her hair and pulled her to the ground.

Once on the ground, the victim was punched numerous times in the face. She sustained injuries to her elbow and pain her face.

The victim recognized Williams and Holder from a party on 13 S. Linn St., the complaint said.

Upon locating Williams and Holder, authorities recovered the woman’s phone from the vehicle they were riding in.

The phone, which was a white iPhone 4, is valued at $400.

Second-degree robbery is a Class-C felony.

— by Rebecca Morin


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