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BY DI STAFF | OCTOBER 20, 2014 5:00 AM

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Flood Center to install more sensors

The Iowa Flood Center recently introduced an installation program designed to prevent potential flooding.

The Flood Center at the University of Iowa, along with the Iowa Department of Natural Resources, will expand the existing sensor network by 50 new stream sensors.

The increase in the number of sensors will help officials watch waterways during flood season.

The addition of these sensors will mean 200 will be in use across the state.

The sensors read and record measurements every 15 minutes, which are then documented on the Iowa Flood Information System website.

The center is based at the UI College of Engineering.

— by Lily Abromeit

IC man charged with burglary

Officials have accused an Iowa City man of breaking into someone’s residence.

Dion Gaeta, 33, was charged with second-degree burglary on Aug. 20.

According to online court documents, Gaeta broke into a home but was soon scared away by the resident.

A few minutes later, Gaeta was stopped near the location of the burglary, but he denied having anything to do with the burglary.

Officials located a window screen that had been removed from the frame, and used it for fingerprints. Testing reportedly showed that the fingerprints belonged to Gaeta.

Second-degree burglary is a Class-C felony.

— by Alyssa Guzman

Local man charged with forgery

Authorities have accused an Iowa City man of cashing a forged check.

Dale Novak, 52, was charged with forgery on Aug. 27.

According to online court documents, Novak cashed a $2,100.40. check he knew to be forged.
Forgery is a Class-D felony.

— by Alyssa Guzman

Woman charged with 3rd OWI

Authorities have accused a Coralville woman of driving while under the influence of alcohol.

Shannon Schafer, 39, was charged with a third-offense OWI on Oct. 16.

According to online court documents, Schafer was pulled over for speeding. She reportedly had bloodshot, watery eyes, was slurring as she spoke, and was unable to maintain proper balance.

She failed the sobriety tests.

Schafer allegedly admitted to authorities to having several drinks throughout the night.

Third-offense OWI is a Class-D felony.

— by Alyssa Guzman

Chicago man charged with forgery, theft

Authorities have accused a Chicago man of cashing a forged check.

Michael Haythorn, 24, was charged with forgery and second-degree theft on March 16.

According to online court documents, Haythorn cashed an altered U.S. Treasury tax refund check at Walmart.

The check, which had a value of $6,229, was altered to say it was made payable to Haythorn.

Forgery is a Class-D felony. Second-degree theft is a Class-D felony.

— by Alyssa Guzman

Man charged with domestic-abuse assault

Officials have accused an Iowa City man of attacking a woman.

Brandon Pittman, 26, was charged with domestic-abuse assault impeding air/blood flow on Oct. 18.

According to online court documents, Pittman pushed the woman to the ground, got on top of her, and choked her for about two minutes.

The woman’s son was finally able to push Pittman and the woman against the wall to stop the choking, the report said. Pittman then left in the woman’s vehicle, according to the report.

Domestic-abuse assault impeding air/blood flow is a Class-D felony.

— by Alyssa Guzman

Authorities arrest suspect in Oct. 18 IMU shooting

Authorities arrested a man who allegedly shot at a vehicle outside the IMU early on the morning of Oct. 18.

Fabian Miniel, 25, was charged with dominion/control of firearms/offensive weapon by a felon and reckless use of a firearm on Oct. 18.

According to online court documents, Miniel shot at a silver 2008 Honda Accord around 1:32 a.m.

Both the front and back driver side tires were flat and numerous 9-mm shell casings were scattered near the rear of the vehicle.

Witnesses told authorities Miniel had been in the vehicle with them, but then he exited the vehicle, and the witnesses said they heard loud popping sounds.

No one was injured.

The witnesses told authorities they saw Miniel in possession of a Glock 9-mm handgun.

A Hawk Alert was not issued because officers involved with the incident determined there was not an ongoing threat to the campus community.

Authorities later found Miniel at his residence, lying in bed with a handgun reportedly on his bedside table.

Miniel was previously charged and convicted of aggravated battery/great bodily harm in Illinois. He served two months in an Illinois prison before being released on parole.

Dominion/control of firearms/offensive weapon by felon is a Class-D felony. Reckless use of a firearm is an aggravated misdemeanor.

— by Alyssa Guzman

3 charged in early morning robberies

Authorities have accused three men of numerous armed robberies in the early morning of Oct. 18.

Brandon Monroe, 20, and Lamont Monroe, 24, of Iowa City, and Shamontierre Johnson, 23, of Chicago were charged with first-degree robbery on Oct. 18.

According to online court documents, Brandon Monroe approached his victims at three different locations, pulled a gun from his waistline, and demanded that the victims empty their pockets and throw their things on the ground.

The victims complied, and Monroe grabbed the things and fled the scene in a vehicle that was occupied by Lamont Monroe and Johnson. They were later pulled over and identified by officers as the suspects.

First-degree robbery is a Class-B felony.

— by Alyssa Guzman

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