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Cedar Rapids Gazette (Newspaper) - March 21, 2015, Cedar Rapids, Iowa Saturday, March 21, 2015 KCRG- TV9 FIRST ALERT WEATHER, 15C TODAY 54/ 28 Mostly sunny Sunday Monday 44/ 32 38/ 26 Eastern Iowa’s independent, locally owned newspaper www. thegazette. com $ 1.00 VOL. 133 NO. 71 © 2015 The Gazette INDEX • BUSINESS 380 ........ 10A • CLASSIFIEDS ............. 5C • COMICS ..................... 4C • DEAR ABBY ............. 16C • DEATHS ..................... 8A • LOTTERY .................... 7A • PUZZLES ................. 16C • RIVER LEVELS ........... 7A • SPORTS ..................... 1B • TV ............................ 15C • WEATHER ................ 15C Hawks run wild on Davidson Sports , 1B IN THE NEWS Daily © 2015 The Gazette Some employees feel unsafe in courthouses By Trish Mehaffey, The Gazette Larry “ Buck” Koos said he knows for everyone else, it was March. But every day for him still is Sept. 9, 2014, the day a man opened fire in the Jackson County Courthouse and Koos stepped up and wrestled him to the ground. “ I could never tell anybody else to do what I did that day,” Koos said last week from his home in Maquoketa. On that day, Francis “ Gus” Glazer, a former Maquoketa city manager who had been upset over his property taxes, pulled a gun from his briefcase and fired once at County Assessor Deb Lane, missing her, before Koos wrestled him to the floor. Another shot went off — no one one else was hurt, but the shot killed Glazer. Koos’ action likely prevented any further injuries. “ Now, it’s not a question of what if something happens here ( in the courthouse) — it has happened, and what can we do to prevent it” from happening again, Koos said. That is the question across the state as Iowa Supreme Court Chief Justice Mark Cady has made courthouse security a priority. The judicial branch conducted a survey last year of security measures at each of the 99 courthouses and had started looking into updating the 1999 security guidelines and employee training before the shooting in Jackson County. Survey results show the vast differences in security measures across the state. Jim Slosiarek/ The Gazette Jackson County Supervisor Larry “ Buck” Koos responds to comments from Lynn Bopes of Jackson County Case Management during a Board of Supervisors meeting in the board’s chamber at the Jackson County Courthouse in Maquoketa this past Tuesday. Koos wrestled Francis “ Gus” Glazer, a former city manager, to the floor after Glazer fired a shot at the county assessor during a meeting last year. MAQUOKETA — Larry “ Buck” Koos said he has fewer nightmares now, but he doesn’t understand why he can’t get past that September day of last year. “ I never thought of myself as a tough guy,” Koos, a Jackson County supervisor, said last Saturday from his home in Maquoketa. “ I’m just a farm boy. I guess it was divine intervention, but a plan came to me in a split second that day.” He knew Francis “ Gus” Glazer, a former city manager, was on the agenda that day, and Koos knew it might get heated. But Koos never expected a gun. For reporter Trish Mehaffey’s interview with Larry “ Buck” Koos, find this story at thegazette. com. ‘ I only remember seeing . . . the flash of the muzzle’ Joe Shearer Daily Nonpariel Pottawattamie County Courthouse security guard Logan Lieber ( right) oversees the X- ray monitor Wednesday as people enter the courthouse’s new secure access point. PUBLIC SAFETY Courts beef up security ; SECURITY, PAGE 9A Thousands support cause of father of 4 By Erin Jordan, The Gazette IOWA CITY — The deportation of an Iowa City pastor, whose cause drew thousands of supporters, violates President Barack Obama’s commitment to remove “ felons not families,” according to a national immigration lawyer. Max Villatoro, 41, of Iowa City was flown back to his native country of Honduras overnight Thursday after protesters in Iowa and across the country spoke out against the removal of the husband, father and Mennonite pastor. The deportation stops any legal efforts by supporters and gives Villatoro no legal way to be with his wife and four children in the United States, said David Leopold, a Cleveland, Ohio, lawyer involved in efforts to halt it. “ This is exactly what the I. C. pastor deported to Honduras IMMIGRATION Max Villatoro ; VILLATORO, PAGE 9A IOWA TODAY Iowan to set space record Peggy Whitson, 55, will be one of six astronauts going into space next year, Page 2A NATION/ WORLD Surge on Tikrit stalls Militias and Iraqi government disagree on tactics as they attempt to wrestle control of the city from the Islamic State, Page 4A BUSINESS 380 Iowa City MSA economy strong Ranked 38th among 381 MSAs nationwide by an independent economic research firm, Page 10A SPORTS Hawkeye women advance No. 3 seed Iowa pulls away from No. 14 seed American to advance to the second round of the NCAA tournament, Page 1B LIVING Time capsule marks 50th anniversary Taft Elementary students have fun imagining what the world will be like in 25 years, Page 1C Farmers prefer taking proactive approach to nutrient pollution By Orlan Love, The Gazette WASHBURN — Iowa farmers much prefer cooperative rather than confrontational approaches to improving water quality, several of them said Friday during a tour of conservation practices in the Middle Cedar River watershed. “ I really appreciate what Cedar Rapids is doing — being proactive, working with farmers” to lower nutrient pollution in the Cedar River, said Nicholas Meier, who farms in the Miller Creek subwatershed on the Cedar River. Meier, who demonstrated his strip- till practices during the tour, said the lawsuit filed recently by the Des Moines Water Works against ag tile drainage districts in three northwest Iowa counties, “ is not a good thing.” In marked contrast, the Cedar Rapids water utility has formed a partnership with farm- related agencies and organizations to invest $ 4.3 million in conservation practices Watershed effort by C. R. draws praise CONSERVATION ; CONSERVATION, PAGE 9A

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