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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
Mercy, University of Iowa bring advanced neonatal care to Cedar Rapids
CEDAR RAPIDS — A new collaboration between Mercy Medical Center in Cedar Rapids and University of Iowa Health Care aims to improve care for newborn babies and women with high-risk pregnancies in Cedar Rapids. Mercy and UI will share resources in the areas of neonatal care, maternal-fetal care and pediatrics so patients who need specialty care do no have to travel as frequently, said Dr. Tim ...
September 22 2014
Iowa man charged in death of man found on street
A Cedar Rapids man has been charged with first-degree murder in the death of a man found lying on a street.
September 22 2014
Man arrested for attempted murder in Cedar Rapids bonds out
CEDAR RAPIDS — Cedar Rapids Police Chief Wayne Jerman said he is concerned and frustrated by the release of an attempted murder suspect on bond before he went before a judge. However, Linn County Sheriff Brian Gardner said his staff was following the law as it relates to bond procedures and non-forcible felonies. According to the Linn County Sheriff’s Office, 18-year-old Brandon D. Gordon was ...
September 22 2014
Severe respiratory illness confirmed in Iowa
CEDAR RAPIDS — A severe respiratory illness that has infected children in about a dozen states has been confirmed in Iowa, state public health officials said Monday. The Iowa Department of Public Health sent samples from Central Iowa to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta, which were confirmed as Enterovirus 68, or EV-D68. Enteroviruses are common, the public health ...
September 17 2014
UI Hospitals and Clinics offering free skin cancer screenings
Cedar Rapids, Iowa
Dermatologists from the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics will be offering a free skin cancer screening Saturday, August 23 in Kalona as part of the 2014 Courage Ride.
September 17 2014
Man indicted in 4 separate slayings in Ohio town
Cedar Rapids, Iowa
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A man was indicted Monday on aggravated murder, aggravated robbery and other charges in the deaths of four men found at their residences in the small city of Bucyrus over…
September 12 2014
Ground Floor: From blogger to business owner
CEDAR RAPIDS — As the author of a green living blog, Katie Hamre decided to seek out healthier and more environmentally-friendly alternatives to her skin care regimen. What she found led to her new business, Thumbprint Handcrafted Soaps. “I started exploring skin care products that I could make at home and came across photos of other people’s beautiful homemade soaps,” Hamre said of her ...
August 28 2014
The Cedar Rapids Museum of Art appoints seven new board members
NEW HIRES Shoemaker & Haaland Professional Engineers, with offices in Coralville and Cedar Rapids, hired Greg Annis (see photo) as a civil engineer. UnityPoint Health — St. Luke’s Foundation has hired Amy McKelvy (see photo) as director of development and Jennifer Sweeney (see photo) as annual giving director. Both previously worked for Junior Achievement. Karen Martin (see photo), formerly with ...
August 28 2014
Cedar Rapids schools may shift models for mental health services
If Cedar Rapids school board members approve new agreements with the Iowa Department of Human Services (DHS) and the Abbe Center for Community Mental Health, school-based therapy largely will be replaced in favor of assessments and consultations. The vote will take place during the board meeting slated for 5:30 p.m. Monday. “At first we were trying to do everything for everyone, when money wasn ...
August 28 2014
Teen held after Linn County chase, carjacking
Linn County deputies have arrested a 17-year-old boy following a carjacking at St. Luke's Hospital in Cedar Rapids and a chase that reached speeds of 110 mph.
August 20 2014
Jury awards Cedar Rapids couple over $300,000 in negligence suit
CEDAR RAPIDS — A Linn County jury found in favor of a Cedar Rapids couple Tuesday, who sued Mercy Medical Center for negligence, and awarded the couple over $300,000 in civil damages. The jury, following a week long trial that ended Monday, found the hospital negligent for injuries Jill Fisher, 29, suffered during labor in 2011. The jury reached a verdict after seven hours, coming back about 10 ...
August 20 2014
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