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BY DI STAFF | SEPTEMBER 15, 2014 5:00 AM

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CR man charged with criminal mischief

Authorities have accused a Cedar Rapids man of pouring his drink on an Apple laptop that was playing music too loud for his taste.

Jeffrey Happel has been charged with second-degree criminal mischief.

According to a police complaint, while Happel was tailgating, he told nearby tailgaters to turn their music down. When the music wasn't turned down enough to suit him, the defendant allegedly walked to the DJ table and poured his beer on the equipment.

Witnesses said the defendant purposefully poured his drink the Apple laptop playing the music.

The laptop is worth $2,000.

Second-degree criminal mischief is a Class D felony.

— by Lily Abromeit

Man charged with burglary

Authorities have accused an Ames man off breaking into an Iowa City apartment and starting a fight.
Mason Sury was charged with first-degree burglary on Sept. 13.

Officers were called to the location after he reportedly broke into the complainant’s residence and assaulted him.

According to witnesses, the defendant was at an apartment directly below the victim’s when he became upset and climbed up the balcony of the complainant’s apartment.

After entering the apartment, the defendant reportedly began to physically fight the complainant and others.

He then left the apartment and returned 20 minutes later with two unknown subjects, allegedly breaking down the door and physically fighting the complainant and others.

First degree burglary is a Class B felony.

— by Lily Abromeit

2 charged in burglary

Authorities have accused two Iowa men of burglary and theft.

Thomas Rice of West Des Moines and David Homan of Iowa City were reportedly found near the crime scene in an alleyway next to a safe that appeared to be broken into.

Both were charged Sept. 13 with third-degree burglary, a Class D felony, and second-degree theft, also a Class D felony.

Rice had previously resided in the building, according to the police, and knew how to gain entry. The defendants entered the residence by breaking in, searched the residence, and threw the safe out the south window before going into the alley to break into the safe, according to the police report.

Rice allegedly had the victim’s PlayStation and headphones.

Homan reportedly had the victim’s electric shaver, the safe, and cash from the safe.

— by Lily Abromeit

School District reports test scores

The Iowa City School District has reported data from the Iowa Assessment scores that show that the district is excelling nationally.

The students in all tested grades, third through 11th, excelled in all testing subjects, School Board President Chris Lynch said.

According to the report, all grades were in the 59th to 86th percentile in all of the subjects.

To continue this trend, which was also seen in 2011 and 2012, the district is implementing new programs.

One program is Leadership for Student Learning, which will help the students who may be falling behind in certain areas of study, Lynch said.

The district is also planning on observing classrooms to what other improvements could be made to optimize the learning environment, Lynch said. This plan will involve assessing student’s areas of improvement correlating to the faculty and technologies used in the classroom.

Iowa City high schools are also exceeding the national average for the ACT test. The average composite score for the class of 2014 was 22. While this is a slight decrease from last year, which averaged at 22.1, it is still higher than the national average of 21.

“We had more students take it than ever before,” Lynch said. “When more students take it, it is more likely that we will see success.”

This year, 68 percent of students chose to take the ACT, which is not required in Iowa. That is an increase from the 66 percent of students who took it in 2013.

“We see this growth as a step in the right direction,” Lynch said.

— by Danielle Schaefer

Man charged with 3rd OWI

Authorities have accused a Tiffin man of operating under the influence for the third time.

Heath Janssen on Sept. 13 was in a car with two passengers and pulled into a closed business before switching positions with the passenger in the front seat.

The defendant and passenger admitted the defendant had been driving the vehicle and the defendant admitted to having too much to drink.

After sobriety tests, the defendant showed a .266 blood alcohol concentration.

Operating under the influence for the third time is a Class D felony.

— by Lily Abromeit

Man faces drug charges

Authorities have accused a Montezuman, Iowa, man of possessing a controlled substance.

Tyler Vopava was charged on Sept. 11 with failing to affix a drug stamp and a controlled-substance violation.

Hillcrest Residence Hall staff reported the odor of marijuana from Room S122.

Upon being confronted, the defendant reportedly provided officers with 115 grams of marijuana, two pipes, a bong, and a grinder.

He allegedly admitted to owning the marijuana and paraphernalia.

Controlled-substance violation and failing to affix a drug stamp are Class D felonies.

— by Lily Abromeit

Woman faces drug charge

Authorities have accused an Iowa City of possessing a controlled substance.

Members of the Johnson County Multi-Agency Drug Task Force served a state search warrant on April 7.

Bobbie English was reportedly discovered to have “one pot” methamphetamine labs located during the search.

Various precursor items were also found.

The defendant allegedly admitted responsibility for manufacturing methamphetamine in the residence. She has been charged with a controlled-substance violation.

— by Lily Abromeit


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