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Serious violations of Animal Welfare Act doesn’t mean quick removal
Missouri
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
Iowa
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
Iowa
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
Iowa
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
Iowa
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
Iowa
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
Missouri
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
Iowa
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
Iowa
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
Iowa
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
Iowa
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
Iowa
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
November murder trial scheduled for Waterloo man
Cedar Rapids, Iowa
A November trial has been scheduled for a 36-year-old Waterloo man accused of killing his former girlfriend.
August 20 2014
Tajh Ross found guilty of 2012 murder of Latasha Roundtree
Cedar, Iowa
A man charged with killing a Cedar Rapids basketball standout two years ago was found guilty Friday.
August 10 2014
Fire now contained at CC Recycling in Cedar Rapids
Iowa
CEDAR RAPIDS — Officials with the Linn County Public Health Department say air quality on the southwest side of town should not be impacted now that responders have controlled a fire that broke out along 41st street this morning. Firefighters responded to reports of a large fire with thick, black smoke at CC Recycling, formerly known as K’s Acres at 11:26 a.m. The facility, located at 400 41st ...
August 08 2014
Cedar Rapids murder case now in judge's hands
Washington
CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) - A Linn County judge is considering the fate of a 20-year-old man accused of killing a former women's basketball standout from Cedar Rapids. Cedar Rapids television station KGAN says (http://bit.ly/1oKi8eC ) closing arguments were completed Tuesday in the nonjury trial of Tajh Ross. ...
July 30 2014
Man on trial in Cedar Rapids says he fired gun
Cedar, Iowa
A 20-year-old man on trial for first-degree murder in the 2012 shooting of a former women's basketball standout from Cedar Rapids, admitted at his trial he fire the gun that shot the woman but says he didn't intend...
July 26 2014
'Peter Pan Must Die': Case of the impossible murder
Cedar Rapids, Iowa
John Verdon's skillful melding of the puzzle mystery with the police procedural and the psychological thriller gives a unique spin to his series about retired NYPD homicide Detective Dave Gurney.
July 21 2014
Little pleads not guilty in Cedar Rapids stabbing death
Early, Iowa
Bobbie Little has pleaded not guilty in the stabbing death of Shanna Beyhl. According to online court records, Little, 32, of Cedar Rapids filed a written plea of not guilty on Tuesday. His final pretrial conference is scheduled for Oct. 9, 2014 and his trial has been slated to begin Oct. 20. Beyhl, 37, was found dead in her apartment at 228 Jacolyn Drive SW on April 4 after police conducted a ...
July 15 2014
Judge orders $1 million bond for Cedar Rapids man charged with murder
Cedar, Iowa
Petitions for protective orders reveal a history of stalking, physical abuse and harassment by Shawn Crowley who is accused of killing his wife Monday. According to court documents, the victim Chantele Crowley, 39, asked the court for multiple protective orders since 2009. Some were ordered by the court and others were dismissed because the couple requested it before it went to trial. The latest ...
July 04 2014
Cedar Rapids Bank & Trust hires four
Iowa
NEW HIRES ImOn Communications hired Kim Sieck (see photo), previously with The Financial Group Inc., as customer care manager. Geonetric has hired Erin Tiesman (see photo) as content strategist and Rob Schillinger as client advisor. Phelan’s Interiors, Cedar Rapids, hired Leah LeDuc (see photo) as an interior designer. Cedar Rapids Bank & Trust has hired Randy Frescoln (see photo), previously ...
July 03 2014
Faris graduates from statewide program
Iowa
The Iowa Association of Business and Industry Foundation Monday announced that 39 Iowans graduated from the renowned Leadership Iowa program during the recent annual ABI Taking Care of Business Conference in Cedar Rapids.Tod Faris, Appanoose Economic
June 26 2014
Free health fair promotes healthy living
Iowa
Physicians' Clinic of Iowa hosted the health fair at the Medical Pavilion in Cedar Rapids to provide preventative health tips, free screening, and information to the community on staying healthy over the summer months and all year long.
June 23 2014
Appeals court upholds Cedar Rapids man’s conviction for strangling his neighbor
Iowa
The Iowa Court of Appeals denied an appeal Wednesday for a Cedar Rapids man convicted of strangling and killing his elderly neighbor in 2010, ruling there was substantial evidence of the crime and the trial judge didn’t abuse her discretion regarding jury deliberation time. Jerome Power, 50, was found guilty of first-degree murder Nov. 20, 2012 for the strangulation death of his neighbor Doris ...
June 14 2014
Cedar Rapids library sponsoring autism awareness expo
Iowa
The first Corridor Autism Awareness Expo (CARE) sponsored by the Cedar Rapids Public Library will take place Saturday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. in Beems Auditorium.
June 11 2014
Murder charge filed in Cedar Rapids stabbing death
Cedar Rapids, Iowa
The news moved Diana Hogan to tears. “Thank god,” Hogan, 43, of Marion, sobbed. “Thank god.” Hogan learned Friday morning that an arrest had been made in the April 4 stabbing death of her friend 37-year-old Shanna Beyhl. Beyhl, a resident of 228 Jacoyln Dr. SW, April 13, was found stabbed to death in her apartment when police conducted a welfare check at the residence on April 4. On Friday, the ...
June 10 2014
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