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BY DI STAFF | MARCH 23, 2015 5:00 AM

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Suspect charged in Craig’s List attempted robbery

After an investigation, authorities have arrested Dylan Marshall Phillips and charged him with first-degree robbery in connection with an incident that triggered a University of Iowa Hawk Alert last month.

The Hawk Alert was issued after Phillips allegedly attempted to steal a toy ruck from a man who wanted to sell the item on Craigslist on Feb. 8.

According to a police release, Phillips brandished a black handgun and attempted to steal the truck after meeting the owner near the intersection of Linn and Court Streets. A physical altercation between the owner and Phillips occurred, according to the police, and Phillips struck the owner with the gun.

According to the report, Phillips fled the scene but without the truck.

He is being held on a $50,000 cash-only bond. First-degree robbery is a Class-B Felony.

Iowa cancer report released

A new report released by the UI College of Public Health estimates around 17,000 new cancers will be diagnosed in Iowa in 2015.

The report, released yearly by the State Health Registry of Iowa, which is based in the public-health school, makes county-by-county statistics available for the number of, types of, and deaths from certain cancers in Iowa.

The projected number of new cancers for Johnson County is 520, and the projection for cancer deaths is 165.

The report also delves into cancer-research projects and takes a specific look at melanoma in Iowa.

The report is available on the public-health school’s website or by calling  319-335-8609.

— by Nick Moffitt

First search committee meeting scheduled

The first meeting of the UI Presidential Search Committee will be Wednesday from 1-3 p.m. in 1289 Carver Biomedical Research Building.

The meeting will be open to the public and will be live streamed on the presidential-search webpage. The audio will be recorded and accessible following the meeting.

The 21-member committee has been tasked with helping find a replacement for President Sally Mason in conjunction with Parker Executive Search, a national firm.

Mason will retire this summer.

— by Chris Higgins

Man faces drug charge

Authorities have accused an Iowa City man of possession of and intention to sell marijuana.

Thorne Ellis, 19, was charged with two counts of controlled-substance violation on Jan. 12.

According to online court documents, a search warrant was served on Ellis’ home. Upon searching the residence, according to the documents, officers discovered more than $2,000, a digital scale, marijuana, and marijuana wax.

Ellis allegedly admitted to selling marijuana and marijuana wax in Iowa City.

Controlled-substance violation is a Class-D felony.

Woman charged with burglary

Authorities have accused an Iowa City woman with breaking into a residence.

Mariah Mariner, 19, was charged with second-degree burglary on June 8, 2013.

According to online court documents, Mariner and an accomplice showed up at a person’s apartment, knocked on the door, and asked for cigarettes.

The resident was downstairs in the living room and told the defendants to leave, but they refused and cut the screen to the apartment window in order to enter the residence.

The defendants approached the resident on the couch and stole his cell phone, which was valued at $600, and his wallet.

The next day, the resident’s brother tried to retrieve his phone, but the defendants claimed not to have it.

Second-degree burglary is a Class-C felony.

Four charged with burglary

Authorities have accused two Chicago men, a Cedar Rapids man, and an Iowa City man with breaking into a residence and stealing property.

Kwain Crawford, 35, Milton Whitehead, 50, Quentin Eatman, 24, and Curtis Johnson, 29, were charged with first-degree burglary on March 20.

According to online court documents, the four men arrived at a residence and forced their way inside to search for a gun.

Once inside, the defendants stole a television, approximately $240 in cash, and a resident’s cell phone.

During the robbery, one resident was punched in the face, and the other was pushed on the floor.

First-degree burglary is a Class-B felony.

Woman charged with 3rd OWI

Authorities have accused a Burlington woman of driving while intoxicated.

Regena Brunk, 57, was charged with a third-offense OWI on March 20.

According to online court documents, an officer stopped Brunk’s vehicle for a headlight violation.

Upon approaching the vehicle, the officer was able to smell a strong odor of alcohol.

Once Brunk exited her vehicle, she admitted to drinking vodka-cranberry drinks four hours prior to being stopped.

During sobriety tests, Brunk demonstrated impairment including little to no balance, swaying while standing, and bloodshot, watery eyes.

Brunk had a blood alcohol concentration of .114, and had a BAC of .099.

Third-offense OWI is a Class-D felony.

Man charged with third OWI

Authorities have accused an Iowa City man with driving while intoxicated.

Shawn Aldeman, 33, was charged with third-offense OWI on March 21.

According to online court documents, Adelman was observed speeding and repeatedly weaving across lanes.

Once he was stopped, he was observed with smelling of alcohol, slurring his speech, and having poor balance.

Aldeman refused sobriety tests.

Third-offense OWI is a Class-D felony.

— by Alyssa Guzman


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