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Mental Health Institutions necessary part of care continuum, advocates say
Part 2 in a series on Iowa's treatment issues. Read Part 1 . CEDAR RAPIDS — Kara Bradley spent most of the past 10 years in mental health institutions in Iowa, Texas and Oklahoma. She needed intensive treatment and supervision to control impulses to harm herself, often by swallowing objects such as pens and toothbrushes. Therapy, medication and strategies for staying busy have quelled those ...
March 02 2015
Health care firm to pay $5.6M to settle billing allegations
A home health care company will pay millions to settle allegations that it submitted false bills to Medicare and Iowa's Medicaid program. The Des Moines Register reportsthat ResCare Iowa will pay $5.6 million in a settlement announced Tuesday by the U.S. attorney's office in Cedar Rapids. The company is a subsidiary of ResCare Inc., based in Louisville, Kentucky. 
February 20 2015
Are hospitals benefiting from the Medicaid expansion?
CEDAR RAPIDS — A little more than a year into the Iowa Health and Wellness Plan — Iowa’s answer to Medicaid expansion — Cedar Rapids’s hospitals say they’ve seen a decrease in the number of uninsured patients to whom they’re providing care. And while it’s still too early to tell what kind of impact the Medicaid expansion, and even the Affordable Care Act (ACA), will have on their bottom lines ...
February 20 2015
Impact of potential Iowa mental health institute closings ‘terrifying’ for hospitals
Independence, iowa
DES MOINES — The prospect of a proposal to close two of four state mental health institutes (MHIs) is “terrifying,” mental health professional from Cedar Rapids told state lawmakers Wednesday. For Kent Jackson, administrative director of behavioral services at St. Luke’s UnityPoint, it’s a fear of the unknown. “I’ve simply been unable to see a plan and that’s part of the problem,” he said after ...
February 15 2015
May trial set for man accused of Cedar Rapids stabbing death
Cedar, Iowa
A May trial has been scheduled for a 33-year-old man accused of killing a woman in her Cedar Rapids apartment last year.
February 02 2015
Trials reset for Cedar Rapids man accused in fatal stabbing, theft
A Linn County trial for a man accused in the fatal stabbing of Shanna Beyhl last April will be reset. The court proceedings against Bobbie Little, 32, of Cedar Rapids, charged with second-degree theft, and first-degree murder, had been suspended pending his mental evaluation but he was found competent to stand trial in December and both trials were continued. His murder trial was reset to May 18 ...
January 29 2015
Youngbear prepared to plead guilty in federal murder case
CEDAR RAPIDS | Jonathan Youngbear will plead guilty Wednesday to second-degree murder, avoiding trial and possible conviction for the more serious charge of first-degree murder.
January 27 2015
Cedar Rapids secures $2-million federal grant to fund watershed fixes
CEDAR RAPIDS — City officials here, who have focused since the 2008 flood on building a flood control system inside the city, on Thursday showed that they also care about the Cedar River...
January 19 2015
OBITUARY: Pearl Schuldt
Cedar Rapids – Pearl Schuldt, 93, Cedar Rapids, passed away on Thursday, December 25, 2014 at St. Luke’s Hospital. Per her wishes she was cremated. Memorial service will be held on Friday, Jan. 2, 2015, at 10:30 a,n, at Concordia Lutheran Church in Cedar Rapids. Pastor Brad Brown will officiate. Pearl was born on March 7, […]
January 19 2015
One of the most violent years in Cedar Rapids history
Cedar Rapids, Iowa
CEDAR RAPIDS — The year 2014 will go down as one of the most violent in Cedar Rapids's history. Eight men and women were murdered in six incidents this year. The city had not topped three murders in a single year since 2006.
December 31 2014
A violent year in Cedar Rapids
Cedar Rapids, Iowa
CEDAR RAPIDS — The year 2014 will go down as one of the most violent in Cedar Rapids's history. Eight men and women were murdered in six incidents this year. The city had not topped three murders in a single year since 2006. And on 93 occasions this year, police responded to shootings throughout the city. There were 17 in July 2014 alone. The previous annual record for shootings in the city was ...
December 31 2014
Jury could get Lasley case today
CEDAR RAPIDS | Federal prosecutors, defense attorneys and Judge Linda Reade reviewed potential jury instructions this morning in Gordon Lasley Jr.'s murder trial. The court expects to move to closing arguments this afternoon.
December 16 2014
Testimony continues in Gordon Lasley Jr. murder trial
CEDAR RAPIDS | Federal prosecutors Monday resumed their procession of rebuttal witnesses in the murder trial of Gordon Lasley Jr., calling a number of health care professionals and a jailer who dealt with him in recent months.
December 15 2014
Time Machine: ‘Love is a fleeting thing at best ...’
(Second of two stories) CEDAR RAPIDS — Jury selection for the murder trial of Dr. Robert C. Rutledge of St. Louis began May 2, 1949, in a third floor courtroom of the Linn County Courthouse. In a trial that attracted national attention, presiding Judge J.E. Heiserman announced that the jury would be sequestered. The last jury to be isolated in Linn County had been in 1928. Rutledge, accused of ...
December 14 2014
Lasley trial begins with grisly descriptions of double murder with homemade machete
CEDAR RAPIDS — Gordon Lasley Jr. used a 3-foot homemade machete to stab and cut his parents to death on Feb. 5, a prosecutor told a jury in his opening statement Monday. Lasley Jr. first struck his father Gordon Lasley Sr. in the living room. He stabbed his skull on the left side, behind his left ear and down into the spinal cord, also causing a wound to his upper arm, Assistant U.S. Attorney ...
December 08 2014
Cedar Rapids on job opportunity list
CEDAR RAPIDS — Cedar Rapids and Des Moines are ranked in the top 10 metropolitan areas in the nation with the most job opportunities per capita in the third quarter. Des Moines is listed at No. 4 and Cedar Rapids is ranked No. 5, according to the list compiled by, an online career network that connects job seekers with employers. Iowa City is ranked No. 11 on the list, Sioux City is ...
December 08 2014
Air quality watch in Cedar Rapids over the weekend
On Friday, Dec. 5, Linn County Public Health (LCPH) sent a press release stating that they are observing elevated ambient levels of fine particulate matter that are above the daily air quality health standard of 35 mg/m3.
December 05 2014
CR accident leaves 2 in Mercy Hospital
On Saturday, Nov. 15, there was a two vehicle accident at 16th ave and 80th st SW in Cedar Rapids.
December 03 2014
Tama County murder trial continued over concerns about racial makeup of jury panel
CEDAR RAPIDS — Jury selection was halted before it resumed Tuesday in the murder trial of a Tama County man accused in his wife’s fatal stabbing last year because the defense asked for a continuance based on the “composition” of the jury panel. Sixth Judicial District Judge Stephen Jackson granted the motion to allow more time to investigate the matter before proceeding with the trial of Dustin ...
December 02 2014
Judge allows Null to hire expert witness for resentencing
Cedar Rapids, Iowa
A judge will allow a 20-year-old Cedar Rapids man convicted as a juvenile in a fatal shooting and robbery to hire an expert witness to testify at his re-sentencing. Sixth Judicial District Judge Ian Thornhill approved $10,000 — which will be paid by the state — for the expert who will testify at Denem Null's resentencing Feb. 27 in Linn County District Court. Mark Myers, attorney for Null, told ...
November 23 2014
100+ Men and Women Who Care groups have big impact in Corridor
CEDAR RAPIDS — In under two hours at a meeting earlier this year, a group of 150 men in Cedar Rapids almost doubled the yearly fundraising income of the Hawkeye Area Down syndrome Association...
November 17 2014
Health officials monitor Ebola, update preparedness plans
CEDAR RAPIDS — Officials stressed on Tuesday that it is highly unlikely that Cedar Rapids hospitals will have to treat a patient with Ebola. But in the off chance that they do, they’ll be ready. “We wish to ensure the community that hospitals are working in partnership with (public health departments) to address any issues,” said Pramod Dwivedi, Linn County Public Health director. “The ...
November 17 2014
Federal court releases potential evidence against Jonathan Youngbear
CEDAR RAPIDS | Federal court records recently filed include potential evidence prosecutors hope to use during Jonathan Youngbear's upcoming trial for first-degree murder.
November 13 2014
Could this drug prevent more overdose deaths?
CEDAR RAPIDS — Heroin overdose deaths in Iowa jumped from five in 2009 to 20 in 2013. During that same period, deaths from opioid overdoses — drugs such as oxycodone and hydrocodone — ranged from lows of 23 deaths in 2010 to highs of 45 in 2011 and 44 last year statewide. And in July, the Johnson County Department of Public Health reported that a record 10 heroin-related deaths had occurred in ...
November 06 2014
Doctors take the stage for musical fundraiser
CEDAR RAPIDS — A group of Eastern Iowa doctors will trade their stethoscopes for guitars and drumsticks on Saturday, all for a good cause. They’ll sing and strum onstage to raise money for the Ronald McDonald Family Room currently under construction at UnityPoint Health-St. Luke’s Hospital in Cedar Rapids. St. Luke’s Auxiliary and West Music teamed up to organize the “Sounds of St. Luke’s ...
October 28 2014
Serious violations of Animal Welfare Act doesn’t mean quick removal
CEDAR RAPIDS — Dog breeders in Iowa who repeatedly do not comply with the Animal Welfare Act are allowed to continue raising and breeding dogs, sometimes in unsanitary and unsafe conditions, while federal inspectors give the cited breeders time to correct violations. An IowaWatch review of inspection reports found it often takes many U.S. Department of Agriculture Animal and Plant Health ...
October 14 2014
Cedar Rapids, other Iowa law enforcement agencies stage active shooter drill
CEDAR RAPIDS — Though the Abbe Center closed last year, the facility still is proving itself useful today. On Wednesday, the former residential care facility was a stand-in for a middle school as area law enforcement agencies staged an active shooter drive. Located at Highway 13 and County Home Road and several miles outside of Marion, the facility provides an ideal location for a drill ...
October 12 2014
Competent for trial
Cedar Rapids, Iowa
LINN COUNTY — A murder trial and a sexual assault trial recently were put on hold because one defendant is being evaluated for a possible mental disorder and the other was found incompetent to stand trial. Troy Davenport, 44, was charged with third-degree sexual abuse and lascivious acts with a child. He is accused of sexually assaulting a 13-year-old girl in 2013. Diagnosed with a mental ...
October 10 2014
Joan Becker, convicted murderer’s mother, speaks out about undiagnosed mental illness
Cedar, Iowa
CEDAR RAPIDS — The mother of a man convicted of killing a popular high school football coach says families struggling with mental illness should not stay silent any longer. Five years ago, Mark Becker shot and killed Aplington-Parkersburg head football coach Ed Thomas. Since Becker’s trial and conviction for first-degree murder in 2010, Joan Becker has spoken out about the dangers of dealing ...
October 07 2014
Linn sheriff Gardner explains bond error on Cedar Rapids attempted murder suspect
CEDAR RAPIDS — Sheriff Brian Gardner said an error in his computerized bond system allowed attempted murder suspect Brandon Gordon to post bond before seeing a judge. Now, Gardner is trying to address that mistake and get Gordon back in custody, something he admits may be easier said than done. “If he knows we’re looking for him, he may not be too hot to be back in custody,” Gardner said. Gordon ...
October 04 2014
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