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BY DI STAFF | JULY 10, 2014 5:00 AM

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Man charged with burglary

Authorities have accused a North Liberty man of stealing lumber.

Jeffrey Vedepo, 33, was charged Tuesday with third-degree burglary.

According to online court documents, Vedepo was reportedly observed running from a business in the Frog Hollow Business in North Liberty.

According to reports, Vedepo was seen ducking into a bush. Authorities yelled and advised him to stop.

Once authorities crossed the road, Vedepo fled from the bush, ran across the parking lot of Heart to Heart Bridal Store, and into a cornfield.

Around 40 minutes later, Vedepo went back to the parking lot and allegedly admitted to authorities that he was the person who fled. He reportedly admitted that he took lumber from a business.

Third-degree burglary is a Class-D felony.

— by Rebecca Morin

Man charged with substance violation

Authorities have accused an Iowa man of possessing marijuana.

Keith Maide, 19, was charged Tuesday with a controlled-substance violation.

According to online court documents, Maide’s vehicle was stopped as a suspect vehicle in a burglary in Iowa City.

Upon a K9 check, the vehicle was searched, and officers allegedly found a large bage of green leafy substance in the center console.

They also reportedly found a scale was found under the driver’s seat.

Maide reportedly told authorities that the marijuana in the center console was his. Officers also reportedly discovered pipe in the driver’s door of the vehicle, which smelled of burnt marijuana.

Controlled-substance violation is a Class-D felony.

— by Rebecca Morin

Man charged with forgery

Authorities have accused a local man of possessing fraudulent identification cards.

German Leon-Lopez, 36, was charged Tuesday with forgery.

According to online court documents, Leon-Lopez allegedly  possessed a fraudulent Social Security card and a fraudulent Texas ID card.

The name on both cards was John P. Fenster.

Leon-Lopez reportedly admitted to authorities that he bought the forged documents and using them numerous times. The photo on the ID card was Leon-Lopez’s.

Forgery is a Class-D felony.

— by Rebecca Morin

Man faces drug charge

Authorities have accused an Iowa man of possessing marijuana in a vehicle.

Caleb Barnes, 23, was charged Tuesday with controlled-substance violation.

According to online court documents, Barnes was a passenger in a vehicle that was stopped.

Barnes was sitting in the rear seat on the driver’s side of the vehicle. Upon a K9 check and search of a vehicle, two large bags of marijuana were reportedly found within his reach behind the passenger-side rear seat in the trunk of the vehicle.

The rear passenger seat was able to be pulled open to access the contents of the trunk. Next to Barnes, officers allegedly found a scale located under the passenger seat.

Controlled-substance violation is a Class-D felony.

— by Rebecca Morin

UI flood response improves

Though flooding is still a concern, the UI’s improved response is a good sign for the floods to come.

“For better or worse, we’re becoming experts at this,” said Rod Lehnertz the director of planning, design, and construction for UI Facilities Management.

UI officials were able to prevent significant damage to university property with 3.95 miles of HESCO barriers, compared with the 7 miles used last year.

The barrier surrounding Art Building West was constructed in only 18 hours by local contactors this year, instead of the three days it took them last year, he said.

Though all buildings are protected at this point, they are still under 24-hour surveillance by Facilities Management employees to ensure their safety.

An important lesson the university has learned in recent years is to depend on contractors to erect barriers rather than its own employees.

Doing this allows the UI to more easily be reimbursed by the government for its expenses and is safer for the employees.

Meanwhile, the university continues to improve its buildings and hopes to have almost all of them equipped with permanent flood protection by 2016.

“Hopefully, we will never have FEMA on our campus again,” Lehnertz said.

— by Michael Kadrie

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