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BREAKING NEWS

Ely bank robber captured by authorities

Solon State Bank in Ely robbed Friday morning

ELY– The suspect in the Friday morning robbery of the Solon State Bank in Ely has been taken into custody, according to the Linn County Sheriff’s Department.
Robert David Dennis Melton, 50, of Cedar Rapids, has been charged with robbery in the second degree and remains in the Linn County Jail pending his court appearance, according to Linn County Sheriff Brian Gardner.
Linn County deputies and a Linn County Conservation officer located the suspect and his vehicle at the intersection of Ivanhoe Road and Jappa Road, where the suspect was taken into custody.

North Liberty’s library director announces retirement

Dee Crowner closes book as NL library head

NORTH LIBERTY– In most libraries, Dee Crowner’s next step could be found filed somewhere in the 332.024s. But, since the North Liberty Community Library switched to subject-based classification last year, here it would be simply under “retirement.” Crowner, who has been the North Liberty Community Library’s director since 1987, will be stepping down at the end of the year.
“Dee has been a valuable member of our staff for more than two and a half decades, and I’m thankful for her dedication and stewardship of the library,” said Mayor Tom Salm. “Her retirement is well deserved.”

Venenga named North Liberty police chief

Diane Venenga has been named North Liberty’s police chief by the city’s mayor, Tom Salm. The North Liberty City Council will vote on the appointment at its next meeting, scheduled for Tuesday, Sept. 24. Venenga, who has served as the interim chief since February, will take the post permanently following council’s approval.

Two arrested in meth lab discovery

Sugar Creek apartment targeted

NORTH LIBERTY– North Liberty police uncovered a meth lab in a North Liberty apartment building Thursday.
On Thursday, Aug. 8, at approximately 9:46 p.m., a North Liberty police officer made contact with a subject near a vehicle in the parking lot of 40 Sugar Creek Ln. in North Liberty. During the contact, officers discovered material used in the manufacture of methamphetamine. Additional pre-cursors were believed to be in the subject’s apartment at 40 Sugar Creek Ln. #202.

Tiffin issues boil advisory

TIFFIN – The city of Tiffin in Johnson County issued a boil advisory Friday after shutting off water to the older part of town and Deer View Estates, a newer section on the west side,.
The city was installing a new pipe connection Friday afternoon when they needed to shut off the water to complete the work. About 500 to 600 residents and businesses are affected.
The city expects to complete repairs, restore water pressure and flush the lines Friday evening. However, the boil advisory will remain in effect until the city can collect and test water samples.

Volunteers no longer needed to sandbag in Solon

wastewater plant out of jeopardy

Report To The Public Works Building