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BY DI STAFF | AUGUST 28, 2014 5:00 AM

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Watchdog campaign nears

In partnership with the state and federal governments, the University of Iowa is working to launch the “If You See Something, Say Something” social-awareness campaign.

The campaign, which is nationwide, will focus on public safety by placing emphasis on encouraging people to “say something” in the event of witnessing suspicious behavior.

Messages advertising the campaign will be displayed on digital boards across campus.

Ethnicity, national origin, or religious affiliation are not considered to be suspicious factors.

— by Lily Abromeit

Lectures announced

The University of Iowa Lecture Committee announced the lecture lineup for the upcoming school year, starting off with actor Jeffrey Tambor today.

On Oct. 8, there will be a film screening of “Dirty Business: “Clean Coal” and the Battle for Our Energy Future*.

“Meeting the Renewable Energy Challenge” Expo will be held on Oct. 15 and Oct. 16 in the IMU Main Lounge.

Mark Jaboson of Stanford University and Robert Bryce of the Manhattan Institute for Policy Research will be featured in a debated titled “Resolved: That the U.S. Congress should implement a plan to achieve 100 percent renewable energy by 2030” on Oct. 15

James Hansen, formerly director of the NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies and adjunct professor at Columbia University’s Earth Institute, will deliver “Speaking Truth to Power: Lessons from Iowa and Relevance to Global Climate Policies” on Oct. 16

— by Lily Abromeit

Man charged with criminal conduct

Authorities have accused a North Liberty man of stealing several items.

Deandre Davis, 18, was charged July 20 with ongoing criminal conduct.

According to online court documents, during July 20, Davis along with two juvenile codefendants, committed numerous vehicle burglaries.

The three reportedly stole electronics, firearms, and other items.

Davis and the codefendants allegedly sold or traded the property for financial gain.

Ongoing criminal conduct is a Class-B felony.

— by Rebecca Morin

Man charged with endangerment, domestic abuse

Authorities have accused a Chicago man of throwing his daughter against a wall.

Steven Piggott, 33, was charged Oct. 8, 2011 with child endangerment and domestic-abuse assault.

According to Iowa City police complaint, Piggott was attacking his daughter’s mother, and Piggott’s daughter was yelling for him to stop.

The girl grabbed a steak knife in an attempt to defend her mother, but her mother told her to put the knife down, which she did.

She continued to yell at father, and he went after her.

The girl ran into her bedroom, where Piggott allegedly grabbed her and threw her repeatedly into a wall and bunk-bed frame.

According to the complaint, the girl said the top of her head hurt from it hitting the wall.

Child endangerment is a Class-D felony. Domestic-abuse assault is a simple misdemeanor.

— by Rebecca Morin

Man charged with going armed, robbery

Authorities have accused a Marion man with assaulting two people and then stealing more than $100.

Daquan Jefferson, 19, was charged with going armed with intent and first-degree robbery.

According to online documents, Jefferson entered an Arthur Street Apartment, where he assaulted a male victim.

A woman attempted to stop Jefferson, and he reportedly pulled out a small black handgun.

Jefferson allegedly punched the woman in the face and pushed her into a closet. He reportedly stole $120, a pack of Newport cigarettes, and a pack of Swisher Sheets.

Going armed with intent is a Class-D felony. First-degree robbery is a Class-B felony.

— by Rebecca Morin

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