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BY DI STAFF | SEPTEMBER 22, 2014 5:00 AM

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Man charged with domestic-abuse assault

Authorities have accused an Iowa City man of assaulting his partner.

Lorenzo Jones, 29, was charged Sept. 18 with domestic-abuse assault.

According to online court documents, Jones choked the woman until she lost consciousness by constricting the nose or mouth and causing bodily injury.

Jones and the woman have been in an intimate relationship for three years and have a 3-year-old son.

The woman is pregnant with their second child.

Domestic-abuse assault is a Class-D felony.

Woman, man charged with forgery

Authorities have accused a North Liberty woman and a local man of stealing a credit card.

Rayanda Bell, 29, and Arthur Spearman, 19, were charged Sept. 18 with forgery. Bell was also charged with possession of marijuana.

According to online court documents, Bell and Spearman obtained the credit card of the victim while the victim provided them a ride to Walmart in Coralville.

Bell and the Spearman reportedly admitted under Miranda to using the victim’s Discover card to obtain merchandise and hotel room without the victim’s permission.

The two allegedly charged $458.22 to the card.

In a separate court document, Bell was also charged for possession of marijuana.

While in the Super 8 Motel, Bell and Spearman were in a room that smelled strongly of marijuana.
According to online court documents, when asked if there was still marijuana in the room, Spearman said yes.

The marijuana was found in the safe. Three grams, which Bell identified as marijuana, were found.

2 women face controlled-substance charges

Authorities have accused two women with possessing synthetic marijuana.

Shanice Burks, 21, and Olivia Forrest, 31, were charged July 17 with controlled-substance violation.
According to online court documents, Burks and Forrest were approached while inside an illegally parked vehicle.

Officers noticed a wooden box typically used to carry marijuana in the passenger’s seat in plain sight.

Authorities searched the box and allegedly found 12 small, individually sealed plastic bags filled with synthetic cannabinoids, as well as two large bags containing synthetic cannabinoids.

Burks and Forrest reportedly admitted to purchasing the larger bags and selling them for a profit of about $50 a day to individuals in Iowa City.

Controlled-substance violation is a Class-D felony.

— by Alyssa Guzman

Man charged with 3rd OWI

Authorities have accused an Iowa man of driving while under the influence.

Robert Thompson, 53, was charged Sept. 19 with third-offense OWI.

According to online documents, Thompson was driving a red 1991 Chevrolet Lumina with Iowa license plates when he was stopped for traffic violations.

Thompson’s eyes were red and watery and he smelled of alcohol. He reportedly admitted to authorities to drinking.

He had a blood-alcohol concentration of .162. His first OWI was in 2003, and the second one was in 2009.

Third-offense OWI is a class-D felony.

— by Alyssa Guzman

Man faces eluding charge

Authorities have accused a Cedar Rapids man of not pulling over during a traffic stop.
Trevor Mills, 30, was charged Sept. 19 with eluding.

According to online court documents, Mills was driving a red 2002 Ford Windstar van on a public roadway with no headlights.

After being pursued by an officer with emergency lights and sirens activated, Mills failed to pull over.

As a result, Mills’ license is suspended.

Eluding is a Class-D felony.

— by Alyssa Guzman

Man charged with domestic abuse

Authorities have accused a man of choking and striking a woman.

Robert Dartz, 47, was charged Sept. 12 with domestic abuse.

According to online documents, Dartz admitted to authorities that he abused the victim while she was sleeping in the Super 7 motel.

Officers were called to the Super 7 motel by a front-desk staff member concerned that domestic assault was taking place in one of the guest rooms.

Authorities met with the woman who had obvious injuries to her face. According to online court documents, the woman reported that Dartz struck her multiple times in the face, choked her, kicked her in the ribs, and pulled her hair.

Domestic abuse is a Class-D felony.

Woman charged with criminal conduct, theft

Authorities have accused a North Liberty woman of spending more than $30,000 of someone else’s money at casinos.

Nancy Salisbury, 66, was charged Feb. 11 with ongoing criminal conduct and first-degree theft.

According to online documents, Salisbury repeatedly withdrew and spent money from the victim’s account for her personal use at local casinos.

The victim did give Salisbury consent to oversee the victim’s day-to-day finances, but Salisbury spent the victim’s money in a way that was inconsistent with the established trust, according to the documents.

Salisbury reportedly spent more than $30,000 at the casinos.

Ongoing criminal conduct is a Class-B felony; first-degree theft is a Class-C felony.

CR man charged with forgery

Authorities have accused a Cedar Rapids man of cashing a forged check for more than $2,000.

Norvell Currie, 47, was charged Aug. 22 with forgery.

According to online documents, Currie cashed a check that he knew was forged.

The check amounted to $2,886.66.

He then split the money with several unknown people.

Forgery is a Class-D felony.

Man charged with burglary, theft

Authorities have accused a local man of stealing a laptop.

Abdiqani Haji Mohamud, 32, was charged Sept. 20 with second-degree burglary and second-degree theft.

According to online court documents, Haji Mohamud went into 505 E. Burlington St. and entered apartment 15C.

A resident was awakened by a noise.

When he left his room, he noticed that his laptop was missing and saw Haji Mohamud re-enter his house.

The resident told Haji Mohamud that he needed to leave, and Haji Mohamud left the building before officers arrived.

He was later found in a parking lot, and the resident positively identified him as the person who was in his apartment. He was not in possession of the missing laptop, which had a $2,000 value.

Second-degree burglary is a Class-C felony. Second-degree theft is a Class-D felony

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