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BY DI STAFF | JULY 06, 2015 5:00 AM

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Coral Ridge shooting suspect pleads not guilty

Man accused of Coral Ridge Mall killing will plead not guilty

The North Liberty man accused of killing 20-year-old Andrea Farrington will enter a plea of not guilty in the case.

According to documents filed online, Alexander Matthew Kozak, 22, of North Liberty entered a plea of not guilty to the charge of first-degree murder.

Authorities contend that Kozak shot Farrington three times while she was working at the information desk in the food court on June 12 at the Coral Ridge Mall. She was pronounced dead at the University of Iowa Hospital and Clinics later that evening.

After the shooting, several witnesses reported seeing Kozak flee the scene in a blue Kia Optima.

Authorities apprehended Kozak around 8:30 p.m. June 12 on Interstate 80. He was taken into custody without incident and allegedly admitted to authorities he intentionally shot the victim, said Johnson County prosecutor Janet Lyness in a statement last month.

No trial date has been set for the case. Kozak is being held in the Muscatine County Jail on a $10 million bond.

If found guilty, Kozak will face life in prison, the mandatory sentence for first-degree murder.

— by Bill Cooney

UI presidential candidates increase

The University of Iowa presidential search pool is growing.

So far, the group of presidential candidates has grown to 11.

During a telephonic meeting on July 2, Parker Executive Search, the firm overseeing the presidential search, presented an update.

In addition to the eleven candidates who have submitted applications, 16 said they will apply, and 45 are seriously considering applying.

Parker President Laurie Wilder told the Search Committee the best candidates will usually wait until the last minute to apply and said she expects more names to come in.

Jean Robillard, the UI vice president for Medical Affairs and head of the Search Committee, said a pool of that number is quite encouraging.

The names of the candidates remain confidential; however, Wilder said they have been in touch with presidents and vice presidents, provosts, deans, and chancellors at many different universities around the country.

Wilder said there is also a chance a small number of people from outside academia will be attracted to the position.

So far, 115 names have been nominated by UI faculty, staff, and administrators.

— by Ben Marks

Man charged with theft, burglary

Authorities have accused an Atkins, Iowa, man of stealing a $8,200 mower, a five-horsepower Mercury outboard boat motor, numerous farm items, and a job trailer worth $9,315.95.

Jason Rose, 40, was charged June 9 with second-degree theft and third-degree burglary.

According to the Johnson County Sheriff’s Office, the sheriff’s deputies conducted a search on Rose’s property on June 9. They allegedly found numerous stolen items, including the mower, the job trailer, the boat motor, and various farm items. Officials contend that Rose and an accomplice stole the items.

Second-degree theft and third-degree burglary are Class-D felonies.

Man charged with theft

Authorities have accused an Iowa City man of stealing a van.

John Schoeffler, 36, was charged June 27 with second-degree theft.

According to online documents, Schoeffler started driving a van that was not his and attempted to flee the scene. An employee entered the van to try to stop him, but Schoeffler stopped and let the employee out. He was then arrested.

Second-degree theft is a Class-D felony.

CR man faces theft charge

Authorities have accused a Cedar Rapids man of stealing a moped he rented.

Dino Harrington, 29, was charged June 19, 2014 with second-degree theft.

According to the Iowa City police, Harrington rented an $1,150 moped from Moped U and signed a rental agreement to return the moped on May 30, 2014. Harrington reportedly did not return the moped, but then agreed to return it on June 6, 2014. He has still not returned the moped and attempts at contacting him have not been successful.

Second-degree theft is a Class-D felony.

Man faces criminal-mischief, theft charges

Authorities have accused a Webster City, Iowa, man of stealing three parking meters located outside the IMU.

Cameron Ausenhus, 18, was charged July 3 with second-degree criminal mischief and second-degree theft.

According to online documents, Ausenhus pulled three parking meters out of the ground in front of the IMU at about 1 a.m. July 3. Two of the meters were confiscated and one is still missing.

Second-degree criminal mischief and second-degree theft are Class-D felonies.

Man faces numerous charges

Authorities have accused a Palo, Iowa, man of assaulting a woman and stealing her phone and laptop from her dorm room.

Mark Spicer, 20, was charged Sept. 16, 2014, with second-degree burglary, trespass, providing false identification information, interference with official acts, operating a vehicle without the owner’s consent, driving while barred, malicious prosecution, stalking and violation of a no-contact protective order.

According to online court documents, Spicer entered the woman’s dorm room, where he allegedly assaulted her, took her phone, and spit in her face. He reportedly then stole her laptop as well.

Spicer then went across the street to sleep behind the wheel of the woman’s car, where he was in the direct vicinity of an individual who had a no-contact protective order put on him. He was also trespassing on University of Iowa property.

When a police officer asked for Spicer’s identification, he gave the officer someone else’s ID.

Second-degree burglary is a Class-C felony.

Woman faces drug charge

Authorities have accused a DeKalb, Illinois, woman of possessing marijuana.

Shanna Larson, 23, was charged July 3 with a controlled-substance violation.

According to the North Liberty police, Larson was discovered with marijuana during a disturbance call. She allegedly had numerous bags of marijuana, bongs with burnt marijuana residue, glass containers, marijuana grinders, and a small weight scale in a backpack.

Larson reportedly admitted the backpack and its contents belonged to her and her boyfriend.

Fewer than 50 kilograms of marijuana was found.

Controlled-substance violation is a Class-D felony.

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