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BY DI STAFF | JULY 20, 2015 5:00 AM

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E-cigs get cig treatment

The Iowa City City Council voted 6-0, with Councilor Jim Throgmorton absent, on an ordinance to ban electronic cigarettes where traditional cigarettes are also outlawed at their meeting July 15.

The council chose to waive second consideration on the ordinance and adopt the regulations. The ordinance prohibits the use of e-cigs where smoking tobacco is also illegal, such as indoors and on the Pedestrian Mall.

Before the ordinance was passed, there was no state law or city code stating where people could or could not use e-cigs.

E-cigarettes are often portrayed as a healthier alternative to smoking for people trying to stop using traditional cigarettes.

Director of Johnson County Public Health Doug Beardsley has told The Daily Iowan in the past that he supports the regulation of e-cigs because there is no proof they are any healthier then traditional cigarettes.

— by Bill Cooney

Woman charged with theft

Authorities have accused a Coralville woman of using her grandparents’ credit card to purchase more than $19,000 worth of merchandise, motel rooms, and Internet games.

Leslie Cady, 32, was charged April 30 with first-degree theft and unauthorized use of a credit card.
According to the Coralville police, Cady allegedly used her grandparents’ credit card without their knowledge sometime between Feb. 25 and April 30.

She reportedly purchased merchandise, motel-room rentals, Internet games, and used the cards for cash withdrawals, amounting to $19,265.11 spent.

Cady reportedly did not receive authorization to use or present the credit cards.

Bank surveillance videos allegedly show Cady using the cards for cash withdrawals.

First-degree theft and unauthorized use of a credit card are both Class-C felonies.

IC man charged with 3rd OWI

Authorities have accused an Iowa City man of driving drunk for the third time early on July 16.

Jeremiah Johnson, 40, was charged July 17 with third-offense OWI.

According to the Iowa City police, Johnson was pulled over for speeding and crossing the center line numerous times.

Johnson reportedly smelled of alcoholic beverages, had slurred speech, poor balance, and bloodshot, watery eyes.

His vehicle was allegedly littered with beer cans.

Johnson reportedly admitted to being intoxicated. He tested for a blood-alcohol content of more .08 and later refused a DataMaster test.

Third offense OWI is a Class-D felony.

Man charged with domestic assault

Authorities have accused an Iowa City man of choking a woman until she passed out.

Hector Gonzalez, 28, was charged June 29 with domestic assault impeding air/blood flow.

According to the Iowa City police, Gonzalez was arguing with the woman, who is the mother of their newborn child.

The woman told him to leave, and Gonzalez allegedly pushed her back on a couch and started choking her.

The woman tried to pry his hands off but was unable to because of his strength, according to the report.

The woman remembers her voice going away and things going fuzzy as she passed out, the report said.

Days later, her neck and throat area were still in pain, according to the report.

Domestic assault impeding air/blood flow is a Class-C felony.

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