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WEEKEND WEATHER:Saturday: PARTLY CLOUDY High: 56 / Low: 31

Sunday: MOSTLY SUNNY High: 58 / Low: 38

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Jazz at the Commons on March 28SOLON Everyone is welcome to enjoy Jazz at the

Commons presented by Solon High School at 5 p.m. on Saturday, March 28, in the Solon High School commons. Enjoy performances by Solon High School jazz bands and choirs. All proceeds from food and other donations will support the Solon High School jazz program.

175th Anniversary Committee seeks memorabilia and photos

SOLON The Solon 175th Anniversary Committee is seeking Solon memorabilia to display during the reunion on Sept. 18, 19 and 20. Items that specifi cally designate Solon such as old calendars, souvenirs, handbills, photos of buildings or gatherings at events or any items that depict Solon from the past are of particular interest.

Items may be taken to the library. The items will be cataloged with the name of the lender and will be re-turned following the September event.

The publics assistance in making this a memorable occasion is greatly appreciated.

Questions may be directed to 319-624-2710. We wish to display as much Solon history as possible during this three day celebration.

SOLON A 9-year-old girl allegedly tak-en from a Solon residence over the weekend has been has been returned safely. The man accused of taking her has been placed in cus-tody after a two-hour standoff in Davenport.

Law enforcement authorities issued an Amber Alert Saturday afternoon, March 7, after the Johnson County Sheriffs Offi ce responded to a domestic situation in Solon. According to the Amber Alert, 9-year-old Brianna Crane had reportedly been abducted her stepfather, Kenneth E. Johns, and a gray Ford Focus was being sought in connection with the case.

The car was subsequently located Sunday, March 8, near the intersection of Dubuque Street and North Liberty Road near North Liberty.

According to Capt. Gary Kramer of the Johnson County Sheriffs Offi ce, authorities negotiated with a third party for Cranes return at an undisclosed location in West Branch very early Sunday morning. Kramer said Crane appeared to be in good health when returned, and is currently in a safe location.

Johns, 48, of Coralville, was taken into custody by Davenport Police Department Tactical Unit at approximately 9:35 a.m. Sunday, at a residence on Farnum Street near Central Park Avenue in Davenport.

According to a report in the Quad-City Times, the Davenport Police Departments Emergency Service Team and negotiators were deployed, and police negotiated with Johns for over two hours. Police said his dialogue was becoming more threatening and violent before he was taken into custody without incident, according to the report in the Times.

Johns was charged with domestic abuse assault while displaying a weapon stemming from a January incident, and violating the terms of his parole.

A complaint fi led by the Coralville Police Department alleged Johns pointed a loaded handgun at his wife Jan. 22 in Coralville and threatened to kill her if she revealed information about his illicit activities.

Johns was transferred to the Johnson County Jail and was scheduled to make an initial appearance on the January charges and his parole violation Tuesday, March 10.

While held in Iowa City, Johns report-edly assaulted another inmate of the jail, resulting in an additional charge of assault causing injury.

According to a complaint fi led by the Johnson County Sheriffs Office, Johns

was observed shirt-less and agitated in a common room within the cell block. When inmates were ordered to their cells, Johns reportedly en-tered a cell and an altercation ensued with another inmate, during which Johns was accused of biting the inmate on the

upper thigh, causing bruising and slight bleeding. The victim was treated at a local hospital for minor injuries, according to in-formation released Monday by the Johnson County Sheriffs Offi ce.

Additional charges related to the March 7 incident are pending against Johns, Kramer said. He is currently being held without bond.

Amber Alerts are issued to aid in the lo-cation and safe recovery of missing children that a law enforcement agency believes have been abducted and are in danger of serious bodily harm or death.

Kenneth E. Johns.

Stepdad in custody; 9-year-old returnedCharges pending against Coralville man after Amber Alert in Solon

Jonathan Thomson drops a token into the Disk Drop, one of many games offered at the Solon Dollars for Scholars Bringing in the Green Carnival, held Sunday, March 1, at Lakeview Elementary in Solon. The carnival is an annual fundraiser which features childrens games, bingo, raffl es and food. Turn to page 10 for more photos by Doug Lindner)


Barefoot Becky and Irish Dancers at Old Gold Diner March 18

SOLON On Wednesday, March 18, at 11:30 a.m., Barefoot Becky and Irish Dancers will help celebrate two special days, St. Patricks and St. Josephs Days, at the Old Gold Diner in Solon. Come and join the celebration and make a reservation for lunch. Call 319-624-2251 by 1 p.m. on March 17 to make reservations. The music will set your heart and toes-a-tapping. Special desserts will be served that day.

What is the Buzz all about? Watch for the Buzz coming soon!

By Jen MooreSolon EconomistSOLON Walking into

his parents hardware store, Tom Trump wasnt quite prepared for the display of pink step stools, toolboxes and tools that greeted him in the front window. It seemed out of place for a store that sold lawn mower parts, plumbing supplies and other home improvement tools.

Immediately, he knew this was his mother, Carolyns, doing.

What are you going to do with that? he recalled asking her.

But Carolyn held her tongue, as she always did whenever her son or late husband, Dean, ribbed her about her product or display choices. She would let the stores sales do the talking.

And Ill be damned if she didnt sell the snot out of them, Tom admitted.

In the 40 years Solon Trustworthy Hardware has been in business, Carolyn Trump had always had an innate ability to know what

Carolyn Trump with her son, Tom Trump. The two own Solon Trustworthy Hardware, which Carolyn bought in 1975 with her late husband, Dean Trump. (photo by Jen Moore)

Solon Trustworthy Hardware celebrates 40 years of business

customers wanted, whether her family liked to admit it or not.

She recalled a time years ago, when her husband thought she wasnt paying attention, and told a friend

in a hushed voice that his wife had an inborn talent of knowing what people will want to buy. He added that he did his best to not inter-fere with her work.

And though there were

plenty of opportunities for Carolyn to gloat, not once, since the family purchased the store in 1975, did she

Solon Hardware: Continued on page A8

By Doug LindnerSolon EconomistSOLON There are still quite a few

details to iron out, but both sides have agreed to work together.

The City of Solon has given the So-lon school district permission to move forward with the construction of both a new middle school and an auditorium addition to the high school.

Solon City Council approves school site plansDetails yet to be worked out for pedestrian crossing

City council members approved site plans for both the middle school and a performing arts center at the councils March 4 meeting.

The move allows the district to proceed with the preparation of bid packages for construction of the two facilities, which were approved by voters as part of a September 2014 school bond election.

Council members approved the site plans contingent upon recommenda-tions made by City Engineer Dave

Schechinger, who noted in his written report that some areas regarding the overall development of the site are still up in the air.

Chief among those items are: the location of the sidewalk at the middle school site; the districts plan for an elevated or underground walkway between the middle and high school; the potential future traffi c impact for

Site plans: Continued on page A8

Trapshooting can drive March 28SOLON The Solon Trapshooting Team will be conduct-

ing a can drive fundraiser on Saturday, March 28, from 8 a.m. until 2:30 p.m. at the Solon Fire Department. For more information, contact Gerald Chaloupka at 319-624-2825.

Coralville Lake Eagle Watch and ExpoSee page B1.


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