Lee Hermiston

Cops and courts reporter for The Gazette



Two hurt in downtown Cedar Rapids shooting

CEDAR RAPIDS - Two people showed up at Cedar Rapids hospitals Sunday morning with gunshot wounds.

According to Cedar Rapids police, officers were called to the 300 block of Second Avenue SE around 12:16 a.m. Sunday for a report of shots fired. Off ... »

One hospitalized after Cedar Rapids shooting

CEDAR RAPIDS - Cedar Rapids police are investigating a shooting that happened Saturday morning.

According to a Cedar Rapids police news release, officers were called to 53 Dartmouth St. SW at 11:40 a.m. for a report of a shooting. Responding offic ... »

Toddville man who fell asleep in stolen car faces additional charges

CEDAR RAPIDS - A Toddville man found asleep in a stolen car in September faces new weapons and theft charges.

Timothy J. Meier, 39, initially was arrested by the Linn County Sheriff's Office on Sept. 5 when they were called to a home in the 3400 b ... »

String of serious Iowa City crimes, homicides put police, prosecutors to the test

IOWA CITY - If Iowa City Police Chief Jody Matherly - who started with the department in January - had any questions about his new department's ability to investigate major crimes, 2017 has provided ample opportunities to put them to the test.

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Man who recorded women in Burge bathrooms violates probation, authorities find videos on phone

CORALVILLE - A Coralville man who pleaded guilty last year to charges related to breaking into and entering University of Iowa dorm rooms and recording women in the showers was found with more videos on his phone, a violation of his probation, authoriti ... »

Daughter of Michael Olson, Cedar Rapids motorcyclist who died after hit and run, waiting for justice

CEDAR RAPIDS - The daughter of the Cedar Rapids man, who was hit by a car while riding his motorcycle and later died, had ... »

Anamosa woman arrested after driving wrong way on I-380

CEDAR RAPIDS - An Anamosa woman faces charges after police say she drove the wrong way on Interstate 380 while intoxicated.

Cedar Rapids public safety spokesman Greg Buelow said officers were called to a crash in the northbound lanes of Interstate ... »

Victim involved in Oct. 1 Cedar Rapids hit and run dies

CEDAR RAPIDS - A motorcyclist involved in what police are calling a hit and run earlier this month has died.

Cedar Rapids public safety spokesman Greg Buelow confirmed on Wednesday that Michael A. Olson, 63, of Cedar Rapids, died on Tuesday.


Cedar Rapids man faces weapons, drug charges

HIAWATHA - A Cedar Rapids man was found with a stolen gun Wednesday morning, authorities said.

According to the Linn County Attorney's Office, Isaiah D. Patterson, 19, was found by Hiawatha police in Guthridge Park with three other people. Authori ... »

Men accused of shooting two vehicles in Lone Tree parking lot

LONE TREE - Two men are accused of shooting vehicles at their workplace in Lone Tree.

According to the Johnson County Sheriff's Office, around 2 p.m. Oct. 16, a witness saw Randy E. Mendoza, 21, of Muscatine; and Giovanni G. Mendoza, 20, of Columb ... »