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BY DI STAFF | APRIL 21, 2015 5:00 AM

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Lewis to run for School Board

Jason Lewis, the director of the writing and humanities program at the University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine, announced Monday he will attempt to gain a seat on the Iowa City School Board.

Lewis, who most recently was a part of the Iowa City School District Magnet School Task Force, has also served in other capacities for the district. His experience includes parent-teacher president at Mark Twain Elementary and design committee member for Alexander Elementary.

He is a parent of two children attending Iowa City schools.

Lewis previously ran for election in 2013 but failed to get enough votes.

“It’s time to elect leaders with fresh ideas and the knowledge and experience to advocate for all our children,” Lewis said in a release Monday. 

He said the district has failed to move on commitments to achieve better socioeconomic balance in schools.

Lewis said his qualifications for the board include 20 years professional experience as a teacher and administrator and previous positions he’s held in the community.

— by Nick Moffitt

Iowa average in Big Ten recycling

A recycling competition is over, and the University of Iowa is fifth in the Big Ten.

The UI finished the RecycleMania competition with a 37 percent cumulative recycling rate.

The rate has increased from 28.2 percent since 2013.

Rutgers won the competition with a 49.5 cumulative recycling rate.

The Dental Sciences Building had the most participants in the competition with 159.

The UI is trying to achieve a 60 percent recycling rate by 2020.

— by Nick Moffitt

CR man faces numerous charges

Authorities have accused a Cedar Rapids man of stealing a vehicle.

Quatron Cropp, 19, was charged with three counts of second-degree theft, eluding — injury, OWI, drugs, or participating in a felony, and second-degree burglary on April 19.

According to online court documents, an officer was attempting to locate a stolen vehicle.

Cropp was stopped at a Kum & Go and drove out of the gas station when he saw police.

He refused to stop after police initiated sirens and lights, and was driving at 25 mph over the speed limit.

The officer called backup and followed the vehicle. Once the vehicle stopped, the officer found Cropp as the driver of the vehicle.

The officer also allegedly found Cropp in possession of a stolen phone and electronics.

Second-degree theft and eluding — injury, OWI, drugs, or participating in a felony are Class-D felonies, and second-degree burglary is a Class-C felony.

— by Alyssa Guzman

Man charged with sexual abuse

Authorities have accused an Iowa City man of ejaculating on a woman without consent.

Joshua Lilley, 28, was charged with third-degree sexual abuse on March 29.

According to online court documents, the victim was sleeping on her couch while Lilley was video chatting another woman while masturbating.

He then ejaculated onto the victim’s side. In the chat logs, Lilley said, “I did that on purpose.”

The victim later read the chat logs and saw what happened to her.

Lilley admitted to ejaculating on the victim although she had not given consent, but he claimed it was an accident.

Third-degree sexual abuse is a Class-C felony.

— by Alyssa Guzman


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