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BY DI STAFF | APRIL 30, 2015 5:00 AM

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Police investigate WWI grenade

A device didn’t go off.

An Iowa city resident near Seventh Avenue and Glendale Road called police after a vintage grenade from World War I was found in a storage area of the person’s home. The resident said they were not sure whether it was a live grenade or simply a replica.

The Johnson County Metro Bomb Team determined the grenade was a World War I Model 24 Stick Grenade. Authorities removed the ordnance, which was later disrupted in a controlled environment and found to be live.

According to a police press release, the grenade was a war veteran’s souvenir that has been put away in the 1970s and went untouched for decades.

The Iowa City police, the Iowa City Fire Department, and the Johnson County Ambulance Service also participated in the investigation.

County Ambulance to receive $80,000

Rep. Dave Loebsack, D-Iowa, announced Wednesday that Johnson County is due to receive funds from the Department of Homeland Security’s Assistance to Firefighters Grants Program.

The grant money, totaling $80,590, will buy four mechanical chest compression devices and four complementary portable ventilator units. The devices will assist those in cardiac arrest.

Chauncey case dismissed

A district judge denied a rezoning application Wednesday that would have limited a possible 15-story building.

Rockne Cole, organizer of the Iowa Coalition Against the Shadow, applied two years ago to rezone the site of the proposed Chauncey Tower from public property to CB-5, which cap development heights at 75 feet. The site is on the northeast corner of College and Gilbert Streets.

The city denied the application. Sixth District Judge Paul Miller upheld the decision, finding that the coalition does not hold an appropriate interest in the property, whether legal, financial, residential, or proprietary.

The coalition disagrees with the decision. Organization attorney Christopher Warnock will appeal the decision.

The proposed mixed-use development would include apartments, a hotel, offices, and entertainment venues such as a bowling alley and a movie theatre.

The Iowa City Planning and Zoning Commission split on a vote earlier this month on whether to recommend rezoning the property to accommodate its construction. As a result, the plan will go to the Iowa City City Council without such a recommendation.

Members of the nearby Espiscopal Trinity Church have filed a formal objection to the rezoning owing to concerns over whether the tower could cast a shadow over the church, parking issues, and more. 

The tower would be Iowa City’s tallest.

by Chris Higgins

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