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BY DI STAFF | OCTOBER 06, 2014 5:00 AM

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Sexual misconduct reported

University of Iowa officials received a report of sexual misconduct this past weekend.

The UI police issued a warning to students, faculty, and staff early Oct. 3 of sexual misconduct reported on campus.

According to the warning, on Sept. 30, a student reported she was sexually assaulted by an acquaintance in a residence hall on Sept. 26.

This is the sixth reported sexual assault during the 2014-15 school year.

During the 2013-2014 academic year, there were 12 sexual assaults reported to officials.

Earlier this year, UI President Sally Mason announced the UI created its first-ever sanctioned guidelines to combat this issue on the UI campus. The consequences range from probation to expulsions, depending on factors that would lead to harsher consequences, including intimidation or the use of force.

— by Lily Abromeit

Woman charged with identity theft

Authorities have accused a Coralville woman of buying numerous items using stolen credit card information.

Andrea Willis, 34, was charged Aug. 20 with identity theft.

According to an Iowa City police complaint, Willis obtained stolen credit-card information from a co-defendant and purchased gas, tires, brakes, and rotors for her vehicle.

Willis also allegedly attempted to purchase a stereo. She used the victim’s name when she called to order the parts or make appointments.

The purchases were made at businesses in Iowa City and Coralville. The sales manager at which Willis attempted to purchase a stereo recognized Willis’ voice and identified her by photo.

Willis reportedly admitted to authorities to obtaining and using the stolen credit-card information to make the purchases.

The total purchased was $1,129.79.

Identity theft is a Class-D felony.

— by Rebecca Morin

Woman charged with robbery

Authorities have accused a woman with threatening another woman at knifepoint for money.

Darline Taylor, 19, was charged with first-degree robbery on Oct. 2.

According to online court documents, Taylor went to the woman’s house to ask for $300 for an apartment. Taylor began to get aggressive and told the woman she was not leaving until she got what she wanted.

Taylor then got a knife from the kitchen, followed the woman around the house, and threatened to kill her. The woman then drove Taylor to the bank to get some money, but sheinstead immediately told a bank employee what happened. 

The knife was found in a bag in Taylor’s car.

First-degree robbery is a Class-B felony.

— by Alyssa Guzman

Man faces charges after car chase

Officials have accused a Tiffin man with driving recklessly and under the influence.

Jason Roling, 43, was charged with eluding, third-offense OWI, and driving while barred on Sept. 27.

According to online court documents, Roling was driving a silver Volkswagen when it was stopped for a traffic violation and suspicion of an OWI.

The officer observed Roling drinking alcohol in his car at a Kum & Go. As a result, authorities pulled Roling over.

Once Roling pulled over, the officer exited his squad car, and Roling proceeded to drive away at approximately 100 mph in a 65 mph zone.

Roling ignored traffic lights and sirens as the officer attempted to stop him a second time.

Soon, the officer stopped trying to stop Roling, and he was involved in a single vehicle traffic accident in Iowa City.

Eluding is Class-D felony. Third-offense OWI is a Class-D felony. Driving while barred is an aggravated misdemeanor.

— by Alyssa Guzman

Man charged with domestic-abuse assault

Authorities have accused an Iowa City man of threatening to kill a woman and her friend.

Curtis Seals, 50, was charged with third-degree domestic-abuse assault on Oct. 4.

According to online court documents, Seals saw the woman walking with a male friend on the 2200 block of Taylor Drive.

Seals and the woman had been in a romantic relationship for four years.

Seals got angry when he saw the woman with another man, and he confronted the woman until the she and her friend went into her home on 2250 Taylor Drive.

Seals began banging on the victim’s door and threatened to kill the woman and shoot her friend.

The woman and her daughter asked Seals to leave several times, but he refused.

Seals has two prior domestic-violence convictions.

Third-degree domestic-abuse assault is a Class-D felony.

— by Alyssa Guzman

Man charged with endangerment, bodily injury

Authorities have accused a North Liberty man of child abuse.

Shawn Albright, 39, was charged with child endangerment and bodily injury on Oct. 3.

According to online court documents, the abused child’s mother went to the police to file a report.

The mother stated Albright was the only person overnight while she was at work. When she saw her son the next morning, she noticed a large red mark on the left side of his face.

Authorities spoke to the 5-year-old son, and he confirmed that his father had hit him with an open hand across his face. The son’s left side of his face was bruised and swollen, and there is also a handprint mark.

Child endangerment is a Class-D felony.

— by Alyssa Guzman

Sheik to perform at Homecoming

Duncan Sheik will co-headline at the Oct. 10 Homecoming Show, SCOPE announced Oct. 3. 

Sheik will join the Wallflowers on the Pentacrest following the parade and coronation. Both alternative acts are best known for 1990s Top-40 hit singles: Sheik for “Barely Breathing” in 1996 and The Wallflowers for “One Headlight” in 1998.

Sheik won two Tony Awards in 2007 for his work on the composition for the musical Spring Awakening.

SCOPE hosted country singer Dustin Lynch late last month, and hip-hop artist Mike Stud is scheduled to perform Nov. 7.

— by Chris Higgins

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