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BY DI STAFF | APRIL 20, 2015 5:00 AM

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Valet pilot program coming to downtown

The Iowa City Downtown District is looking into a downtown valet program in partnership with Keck Parking.

The Downtown District will implement a valet pilot program from May through June 2015. The drop-off location for Keck services will be at the U.S. Bank parking lot, 21 S. Lin St., at the intersection of Washington and Linn Streets.

At first, the program will operate 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Fridays and noon to 10 p.m. on Saturdays.

Participating businesses will fund the pilot. If successful, the Downtown District will look into putting in place a full valet program.

— by Chris Higgins

Joint meeting to be held today

Several local governmental bodies will hold a joint meeting at 4:30 p.m. today at the Coralville City Hall.

Topics of discussion will include an update on Iowa City School District diversity policies and school boundaries, county affordable housing, RAGBRAI, and discretionary busing.

— by Chris Higgins

Week stresses local food, drinks

Eat Drink Local Week will run from Sunday until April 26 and will feature downtown businesses featuring Iowa-sourced ingredients.

Participating restaurants will offer meals priced from $10 to $30 that feature Iowa ingredients.

Eighteen central businesses are participating ranging from Aspen Leaf Frozen Yogurt to the Linn Street Café.

A full participant list, menu, and map can be found on the Iowa City Downtown Distrcit website, downtowniowacity.com

— by Nick Moffitt

Iowa City police investigate dog bite

Police are seeking information on a dog that bit a small child, police say.

Authorities reported they responded Sunday afternoon to the 2400 block of Whispering Meadow Drive after a 5-year-old was bitten. They describe the dog as being medium-sized and brown colored with a small tail.

The girl was transported to a local hospital for non-life-threatening injuries to her mouth.

Police encourage anybody with relevant information about the dog to the Iowa City Police Department at 319-356-5276 or CrimeStoppers at 319-358-8477.

CrimesStoppers is offering a $1,000 reward for information leading to criminal charges.

— by Chris Higgins

Man charged with domestic-abuse assault

Authorities have accused an Iowa City man of abusing a woman.

Robert Tharrington, 54, was charged with domestic-abuse assault impeding air/blood flow on April 18.

According to online court documents, Tharrington was involved in an argument with his girlfriend of six years. The two live together and share custody of three young children, who also live with them.

A verbal argument turned physical when the couple started wrestling and fell onto a nearby couch.

Tharrington admitted to hitting the woman in the face, pulling her hair, and choking her.

The woman had injuries on her neck and a very raspy voice.

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

— by Alyssa Guzman

Man faces 3rd OWI charge

Authorities have accused a Lone Tree man of driving while intoxicated.

Ronald Popham, 45, was charged with third-offense OWI on April 18.

According to online court documents, Popham was seen driving by officers who knew he had a revoked license.

Upon contacting Popham, officers smelled alcohol and gave him a breath test, which showed Popham’s blood alcohol concentration to be .210.

Third-offense OWIs are a Class-D felony.

— by Alyssa Guzman

Area woman faces drug charges

Authorities have accused an Oxford, Iowa, woman with possession of methamphetamines.

Theresa Vance, 57, was charged with three counts of controlled-substance violation and failure to affix drug stamp on Oct. 24, 2014.

According to online court documents, Vance met with a customer and provided the customer with an eighth of an ounce of methamphetamine in exchange for $310.

The transaction was observed by police officers.

Controlled-substance violation is a Class-C felony, and failure to affix drug stamp is a Class-D felony.

— by Alyssa Guzman

Man charged with burglary

Authorities have accused a Coralville man of breaking into a residence.

Jahmai Jones, 21, was charged with first-degree burglary on March 20.

According to online court documents, Jones broke into a residence with four other accomplices and assaulted the resident of the home.

The subjects left the residence with the victim’s money, cell phone, and television.

Jones was wearing a white mask during the time of the burglary, which was later found by authorities in the back of his car.

First-degree burglary is a Class-B felony.

— by Alyssa Guzman

Man charged in dorm thefts

Authorities have accused a Davenport man of stealing from dorm rooms.

Jacob Odean, 19, was charged with 12 counts of second-degree burglary and first-degree theft on Feb. 1.

According to online court documents, Odean and two other accomplices went into 12 unlocked dorm rooms in Quadrangle and stole property.

The total value of property stolen was more than $13,000.

Second-degree burglary and first-degree theft are both Class-C felonies.

— by Alyssa Guzman

Man faces burglary charge

Authorities have accused a Coralville man of stealing cell phones.

Tywon Stanton, 35, was charged with third-degree burglary on Sept. 15.

According to online court documents, officers reported to Beepcell Communications for an alarm.

Officers found the door had been forced open and around 20 cell phones had been stolen.

Stanton’s fingerprints were found at the scene of the crime, and officers located a pry bar and other tools to assist in burglaries in his car.

Third-degree burglary is a Class-D felony.

— by Alyssa Guzman

3 accused in robbery

Authorities have accused two Coralville men and a North Liberty man of robbing a woman.

Cordaryl Taylor, 19, Trevon Banks, 19, and Jamaal Brooks, 18, were charged with second-degree robbery on April 16.

According to online court documents, officers responded to a report of a robbery.

Several witnesses reported seeing a group of black males involved in a robbery.

Banks wrestled a purse away from a victim.

The three men were located a short distance away, acting very nervous.

A witness identified the men in being involved in the robbery.

Second-degree robbery is a Class-C felony. 

— by Alyssa Guzman

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