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BY DI STAFF | JANUARY 29, 2015 5:00 AM

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Man faces drug charge

Authorities have accused an Iowa City man of possessing drugs.

Steve Leffers, 48, was charged with possession of a controlled substance — third offense on Jan. 27.

According to online court documents, officers were asked to speak with Leffers, who was reportedly trespassing. He was then arrested for an unrelated warrant. Upon searching him, police found a syringe containing what Leffers allegedly admitted to be meth, as well as a container containing rocks of what Leffers said were also meth.

There were also reportedly several pipes and bags containing marijuana residue.

Possession of a controlled substance — third offense is a Class-D felony.

— by Alyssa Guzman

Man charged with burglary

Authorities have accused a Coralville man of breaking into another person’s home.

Cordero Beriling, 18, was charged with third-degree burglary on Jan. 24.

According to online court documents, Beriling was let into the residence after an accomplice broke in from the back deck.

The two then allegedly looked through drawers and found keys to a vehicle, which they later reportedly stole.

Third-degree burglary is a Class-D felony.

— by Alyssa Guzman

AIB merger moves forward

The University of Iowa’s plan to merge with a private business school is one step closer to fruition.

The UI is creating 10 working groups to help absorb AIB Business College in Des Moines. Officials say the school is planned to become the UI’s Des Moines campus by June 2016, and incoming fall 2015 students will be considered part of the UI.

Working groups in areas such as student life, communications, academic programs, and distance education will look at how to address transition issues and make the process smooth.

The move will add roughly 1,000 students to the UI and comes during a time of targeted university growth.

The university has expanded efforts this academic year to recruit in-state students in light of the state Board of Regents’ new funding model, which ties 60 percent of state appropriations for the three public universities to their number of resident students.

The UI stands to lose nearly $13 million during the first year of the new model, but the regents requested the state Legislature provide that additional amount in appropriations for the next fiscal year.

— by Chris Higgins

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