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BY DI STAFF | MAY 04, 2015 5:00 AM

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Donley passed over

The executive director of the state Board of Regents was not selected to lead the North Dakota University System.

Bob Donley was among the finalists, but the North Dakota State Board of Education selected Mark Hagernott instead on April 30.

Hagernott is the deputy director and distinguished professor of cyber security at the U.S. Naval Academy.

The third candidate was Paul Turman, vice president for academic affairs at the South Dakota Board of Regents.

Donley has served as executive director since 2008. Previously, he was the chief of staff for the State University System of Florida.

He also held several administrative roles at Florida International University, suicide prevention nonprofit, the Rhode Island Department of State.

According to the state employee salary book, Donley made $164,400 in 2014.

— by Chris Higgins

Bird flu sparks emergency declaration

Gov. Terry Branstad has declared a state of emergency in Iowa because of an avian-influenza outbreak.

On May 1, Branstad said that while the outbreak doesn’t pose a risk to humans, declaring an emergency is the best way to make all resources available.

At the time of release on May 1, 21 sites in 10 counties have either been confirmed or presumed positive.

The state of emergency, unless extended will last until May 31.

— by Nick Moffitt

Man charged in Capitol Center camera case

A man has been arrested related to hidden cameras in a University Capitol Center bathroom.

According to the University of Iowa police online documents Nicodemus Hendrik, 46, was arrested on April 30 for 13 counts of invasion of privacy with nudity.

The Iowa Code defines the charge as a person who knowingly views, photographs, or films another person for the purpose of arousing or gratifying the sexual desire of any person.

The criminal complaint states that a camera was found in a suite at the Capitol Center on June 4, 2014.

Invasion of privacy with nudity is a serious misdemeanor.

— by Nick Moffitt

Man charged in hotel burglaries

Authorities have accused an Iowa City man of breaking into hotel rooms.

Dwaine Toran, 52, was charged with third-degree burglary on Sept. 13, 2014.

According to online court documents, Toran entered the Sheraton Hotel with two other people.
One of the accomplices reportedly served as a lookout as Toran and the other person broke into the housekeeping office to steal keys to the seventh floor.

Once on the seventh floor, they entered four rooms and allegedly stole at least $4,000 worth of property.

They then reportedly pawned the property at two local pawnshops.

Third-degree burglary is a Class-D felony.

— by Alyssa Guzman

Man charged with OWI

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

Darren Flynn, 30, was charged with third-offense OWI on April 30.

According to online court documents, an officer stopped Flynn for speeding.

Upon making contact with Flynn, the officer noticed he had bloodshot, watery eyes, and smelled of alcohol.

Flynn admitted to drinking alcohol earlier and failed sobriety tests. 

Third-offense OWI is a Class-D felony.

— by Alyssa Guzman

Area man charged with theft

Authorities have accused a Coralville man of stealing a car.

Frederick Armstrong, 18, was charged with second-degree theft and possession of a controlled substance on May 1.

According to online court documents, officers were called in for a reported motor-vehicle theft.

A man told police he went inside the gas station for a moment and came outside to find his vehicle gone.

His cell phone was in the vehicle, and officers used that to track the whereabouts of the vehicle.

It was eventually located in a dark parking lot at 1212 Highland Court.

Armstrong admitted to taking the vehicle and also dropped 4.75 grams of cocaine-based crack at his feet when he was taken into custody.

Second-degree theft and possession of a controlled substance are both Class-D felonies.

— by Alyssa Guzman

Man charged with going armed with intent

Authorities have accused an Iowa City man of trying to stab a person.

Elliot Smith, 53, was charged with going armed with intent on May 2.

According to online court documents, Smith was in a verbal argument with a person when he pulled off his belt and threatened the victim.

He was disarmed of the belt, and then continued to pull out a box cutter and hold it over his head in a stabbing motion, stepping toward the person.

A third party intervened, and Smith stopped his attack.

Going armed with intent is a Class-D felony.

— by Alyssa Guzman

Man faces forgery charge

Authorities have accused an Iowa City man of having fraudulent plate stickers.

Noli Mendoza, 49, was charged with forgery on March 22.

According to online court documents, an officer conducted a traffic stop while Mendoza was driving.

Upon checking the registration of the vehicle, the officer noticed the plates expired in January 2009.

However, there was a valid yellow sticker through 2016 on the rear plate, and the first six digits matched up with what they were supposed to be.

Because of this, the officer gave Mendoza the benefit of the doubt but later found out the plate sticker was fraudulent.

Upon further investigation, officers also found Mendoza had presented an altered vehicle registration to the Johnson County Treasurer’s Office.

According to police records, the registration had not been paid since 2008.

Forgery is a Class-D felony.

— by Alyssa Guzman

Man faces 3rd OWI charge

Authorities have accused a North Liberty man fo driving while intoxicated.

Timothy Manos, 34, was charged with third-offense OWI on May 3.

According to online court documents, Manos was observed driving a gray Land Rover.

An officer initiated a traffic stop and noticed Manos has bloodshot eyes, slurred speech, and smelled of alcohol.

Manos blew a .130.

Third-offense OWI is a Class-D felony.

— by Alyssa Guzman


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