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BY DI STAFF | APRIL 24, 2015 5:00 AM

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Davenport man charged with theft, burglary

Authorities have accused a Davenport man of stealing property.

Alec Leibold, 19, was charged with first-degree theft and 10 counts of second-degree burglary on Feb. 1.

According to online court documents, Leibold and two other people allegedly entered 12 rooms in Quadrangle and stole more than $13,000 worth of property.

Leibold admitted to having the intention of driving the other two suspects back to his apartment.

First-degree theft and second-degree burglary are both Class-C felonies.

Man allegedly tried to smuggle drugs into jail

Authorities have accused an Iowa City man of trying to sneak drugs into jail.

Ollie Mitchell, 56, was charged with possession of contraband in a correctional institution on Tuesday.

According to online court documents, the Iowa City police brought Mitchell to the Johnson County Jail on Tuesday.

He was taken into booking and asked to empty his pockets. While he was emptying his pockets, he brought his hand up to his mouth.

An officer tried to open Mitchell’s hand, but Mitchell refused. He also refused to open his mouth.

He also tried to resist officer’s attempts to handcuff him by refusing to put his hands behind his back.

After a search of Mitchell’s property, a white, circular pill with the imprint 319 was found on his person.

The pill was identified as tramadol hydrochloride, a narcotic.

Possession of contraband in a correctional institution is a Class-D felony.

— by Alyssa Guzman

Supervisors award grants

This year, the Johnson County Board of Supervisors approved slightly more than $1.3 million in block grants for social services and quality of life in Johnson County, Lynette Jacoby, the social services director, reported.

Rather than completing an application, Jacoby said, grants this year were automatically renewed as long as the organization met the contract standards and there were funds available.

There were no issues with the grantees, so the funds are the same.

The largest grant awarded was $155,000 to Prelude Behavioral Services for treatment services.

The smallest grant was to the Arc of Southeast Iowa for $1,000.

The joint application for 2017 grants will go out late this summer, Jacoby said.

Social Services:
Community Coordinated Child Care: $78,000
Big Brothers Big Sisters: $42,500
Crisis Center: $43,720
Crisis Center Food Bank: $31,500
Domestic Violence Intervention Program: $63,500
Elder Services: $40,000
Extend the Dream/Uptown Bill: $2,000
Four Oaks: $20,000
Free Lunch Program: $2,000
Free Medical Clinic: $105,000
Hawkeye Area Community Action Program: $7,750
Housing Trust Fund of Johnson County:  $24,000
Neighborhood Centers of Johnson County:  $74,000
Prelude Behavioral Services
Prevention Services: $112,240
Treatment Services: $155,000
Rape Victim Advocacy Program:  $16,325
Shelter House:  $55,000
Table to Table:  $20,000
Arc of Southeast Iowa:  $1,000
United Action:  Youth:  $105,000
Visiting Nurse Association:  $109,000

Economic Development/Quality of Life:
City of Iowa City: Senior Center:  $59,224
Iowa City Area Development Group:  $50,000
Iowa City UNESCO City of Literature:  $3,000
Johnson County Agricultural Association:  $95,000
Johnson County Historical Society:  $25,000
Rural Health and Safety Clinic of Greater Johnson County:  $17,000
Solon Senior Advocates Inc:  $2,500
Kirkwood Community College Foundation for Workplace Learning Connection: $6,544

— by Ben Marks

Staff Council cofounder dies

Jean Joy Kistler Kendall, 90, died at home peacefully on Tuesday.

Kendall served 38 years at the University of Iowa, starting as a secretary to the head of the Physical Education for Woman Department. She also served as director of events for the IMU, director of union services and campus programs, and director of the IMU.

She retired in 1998.

In 1967, she cofounded the UI Staff Council, which represents the interests of staff members in the UI’s shared governance system.

Kendall was a charter member and head of the University Council on the Status of Women and the Women’s Resource and Action Center Advisory Board.

She is survived by three children, three grandchildren, and her sister.

Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. on April 27 at the Lensing Funeral and Cremation Service. Visitation will be from 3 to 5 p.m. April 26 at the funeral home.

— by Chris Higgins

Public-health bachelor degrees approved

The state Board of Regents approved new B.A. and B.S. degrees in public health on Thursday in Council Bluffs.

Though the courses required for each are yet to be determined, Mary Lober Aquilino, the University of Iowa associate dean for master’s of public health and undergraduate programs, said both degrees are tuned for different types of students.

She said more than half of the UI’s peer institutions have created undergraduate degrees in public health.

Students in the B.A. program would have a fuller liberal-arts education, while B.S. students would take more science-related courses and fewer electives.

The cost of the program is estimated at $285,000 in the first year, which is set to increase to $1.4 million in the seventh year of the program.

In the second year, officials expect 25 undergraduate majors with 500 by the seventh year.

Department name changes

The regents approved a name change of the Department of Psychology to the Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences.

The department’s request said the name change was needed because major changes made in the field of psychology over the last 30 years, proposing it did not “accurately represent the current state or the future direction of the department.”

Degrees students receive through the department will continue to say “psychology.”

Student financial-aid report received

The regents received their annual student financial-aid report.

Of financial aid awarded for 2013-14 at the three regent universities, 52.3 percent came from federal funds. Next closest were state funds at 36.7 percent and institutional funds at 10.4 percent.

At the UI, student borrowing overall was down 6.5 percent from 2012-13 to the 2013-14 academic year.

The report attributed the decrease to students better understanding their loans and being presented with the option to reduce or decline a loan at anytime.

For 2013-14, 68.7 percent of residents and 47.2 percent of nonresident students graduated with debt.

The UI hired two full-time financial-literacy specialists to reduce the amount students borrow in loans. 

Retention rates steady

For the UI’s entering class of 2013, the one-year retention rate was 86.1 percent. The UI has remained within 1 percentage point of this number for the last five years.

Some efforts by the UI include Living-Learning Communities in the dorms as well as first-year seminars, which have increased from 114 to 141 classes.

Students may also participate in the Courses in Common option in which they take two to three courses with the same group of incoming students. 

Meanwhile, the UI’s six-year graduation rate for 2008, the most recent year it could collect data for, was 70 percent.

The report said time to graduation can be influenced by a number of factors including the student’s major, parents’ education, changing majors, and grade point average.

— by Carly Matthew

Church opposes Chauncey tower

Trinity Episcopal Church filed a formal objection Thursday in response to Iowa City’s possible rezoning that would make way for the Chauncey tower project.

“The church reluctantly took this step, only after a great deal of thought and deliberation,” said Ann Holton, a member of Trinity’s vestry, the church’s elected lay leadership body in a press release.

Trinity’s historic building is located adjacent to the proposed Chauncey tower. "This is not merely a question of height. We have concerns about the impact of density on the neighborhood and its potential for causing parking and traffic problems. We are opposed also to the use of more than $15 million in public funding for a private development, particularly the use of $1 million in affordable housing funds to buy luxury apartments."

The city’s Planning and Zoning Commission split 3-3 on whether to recommend the rezoning, with one member absent, and the proposal will soon go to the City Council for a vote.

The proposed site is on the northeast corner of College and Gilbert Streets.

Local attorneys Rockne Cole and Christopher Warnock represent the church.

— by Chris Higgins

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