Non-jury trial set for IC restaurant owner in criminal mischief case


An Iowa City restaurant owner will face a non-jury trial next year on a criminal mischief charge
stemming from an incident last month involving a neighboring business.

46-year-old Brian Joens, owner of Joensey’s on North Dodge Street, was charged after an October 12th incident at the University of Iowa Quickcare clinic near his restaurant.

According to police, a roofer at Quickcare called dispatchers that afternoon and said that a man was mad at him and took his ladder. Various witnesses allegedly saw Joens take the ladder from the side of the building and bring it into his restaurant, then throw the ladder out the back. Joens told officers he didn’t take the ladder, but was able to point the roofer to its location. Joens allegedly caused about $30 in damage to the ladder.

On Monday, Judge Christine Boyer set a non-jury trial date of February 5th. If convicted, Joens could be sentenced to up to 30 days in jail.