A former Muscatine County judge who has served time in prison is charged with marijuana possession. Fifty-nine-year-old James A. Weaver, of Muscatine was arrested Sunday afternoon at the Sheraton Hotel in downtown Iowa City. That's according to the Iowa City Press-Citizen. Iowa City police officers were sent to evict a guest after his credit card was declined. Police say when they went to Weaver’s room, he refused to open the door when hotel management knocked. Officers say managers then used a key to enter the room and found Weaver lying on the bed intoxicated. Officers say they also detected a strong odor of marijuana and found a small plastic bag of marijuana in between the mattress and box spring. Weaver was an associate judge from 1982 to 2004. Since 2002, he has had three drunken driving convictions. 

The sentencing date is approaching for a former city of Muscatine accounting clerk. Diane Fry pleaded guilty to theft in a plea deal in February and will be sentenced April 12th. A felony misconduct in office charge was dropped in exchange for her plea.

The state auditor says more than $18,000 from the city's public housing fund and various city fees had not been deposited into city accounts. 

A Muscatine state representative is hopeful that a bill passed in the House regarding identity theft will fare well in the Senate. Mark Lofgren, a Republican, says the legislation raises the minimum sentence for committing identity theft to class D felony, punishable by up to five years in prison. Lofgren says House Republicans passed a different bill last session to combat identity theft but Democrats in the Senate failed to consider it. Underage kids who use a fake or stolen identification card to enter a bar, buy alcohol or cigarettes or purchase an R-rated movie ticket would be exempt from the felony rule.

A performance of traditional Mexican folkloric dance is set for 7 Saturday night at the West Liberty High School auditorium. The performance is open to the public, and admission is free. Sponsored by the Rotary Club of West Liberty, this is one of many events that celebrate the 175th birthday of West Liberty. 


A free Baseball Umpire Clinic is being offered by the Muscatine Parks and Recreation Department later this month. Though umpire certification is not available with this clinic, it’s designed to help parents and volunteers become more comfortable participating as umpires for youth baseball games. The clinic is 6 to 9 Wednesday night, April 24th. Pre-registration at the Muscatine Parks and Recreation Department is required. The deadline is 5 Friday night, April 19th.


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