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BY DI STAFF | DECEMBER 12, 2014 5:00 AM

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Man charged with forgery

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

Jerrell Clemons, 24, was charged Sept. 13 with forgery.

According to online court documents, Clemons cashed a check in Hy-Vee.

Clemons allegecdly wrote the check out to himself for $645 and forged the victim’s signature.

Forgery is a Class-D felony.

— by Alyssa Guzman

Man charged with theft

Authorities have accused an Iowa City man of stealing a vehicle.

Mozell McKee, 20, was charged Dec. 4 with second-degree theft.

According to online court documents, police were called in to investigate a 2005 blue Dodge Caravan that was reported stolen.

The vehicle had a value of less than $10,000.

After conducting an investigation, officers identified Mozell and two co-defendants as the suspects in the vehicle theft.

One of the co-defendants reportedly confirmed that Mozell had stolen the vehicle.

Second-degree theft is a Class-D felony.

— by Alyssa Guzman

Man charged with criminal mischief

Authorities have accused an Iowa City man of stealing while on duty at his job.

Juan Mendez, 35, was charged Nov. 29 with second-degree criminal mischief.

According to online court documents, Mendez and two of his coworkers were cleaning out a black 2003 Lincoln Navigator at an auto detail shop.

While they were cleaning the interior, one of Mendez’s coworkers allegedly cut out a 7-inch-wide touchscreen Alpine Model.

Second-degree criminal mischief is a Class-D felony.

— by Alyssa Guzman

Commencements announced

A series of commencement ceremonies on Dec. 19 and 20 will honor December 2014 graduates.

This year for graduating undergraduates, there are 98 in the College of Nursing, 750 graduates in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, 26 in the University College, 101 in the College of Engineering, and 198 in the College of Business. For graduate students, there will be 84 students graduating from the Tippie School of Management, 10 from the College of Law, and 279 from the Graduate College.

The College of Education teacher education convocation, the Tippie College of Business School of Management M.B.A. graduation, and the Graduate College commencement will take place Dec. 19.

One Dec. 20, the liberal-arts commencement ceremony, nursing commencement, and engineering commencement will take place.

All of the events, except for the School of Management event, will be streamed live online on IowaNow.

UITV will live broadcast the Graduate College, liberal-arts, and engineering commencements.

— by Lily Abromeit

Officials mull local IDs

Community IDs may be coming to Johnson County soon, but the final plan hasn’t been decided for the new form of identification.

The IDs would be offered for a nominal fee and provide identification for those unable to obtain state identification.

At the Johnson County Board of Supervisors’ and Iowa City City Council’s joint meeting Thursday, the idea was discussed as something that would meet a big need.

The supervisors said they have a backlog of 700 people who would be interested in the IDs but the final card hasn’t been put together.

The group members are still deciding whether they will try to use them for other uses, such as library cards, as well.

— by Nick Moffitt

Officials discuss courthouse upgrade

Since the Johnsont County Courthouse annex failed for the third time during the Nov. 4 election this year, officials have deliberated how they will go about upgrading a courthouse and jail that they said still need upgrading.

Supervisor Pat Harney said right now, the jail is getting some upgraded doors and locks to replace ones that are severely outdated, but it is a stretch on the county’s budget.

He spoke about the need for a secure entrance to the courthouse but said there isn’t enough room currently.

No decisions were made at a joint meeting held Thursday, but both the Johnson County Board of Supervisors and the Iowa City City Council said communication about the courthouse and jail and efforts to upgrade them need to be increased.

— by Nick Moffitt

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