Lee Hermiston

Cops and courts reporter for The Gazette



Iowa City police: Dog in car at McDonald’s drive-through bit employee

IOWA CITY - Iowa City police are trying to identify a dog they say bit a McDonald's employee Wednesday morning.

Police said the dog was in a vehicle going through the drive-through at McDonald's, 1861 Lower Muscatine Road, around 10:15 a.m. when i ... »

North Liberty man accused of fondling young boys

NORTH LIBERTY - A North Liberty man is accused of sexually abusing several young boys when he served as a mentor and youth leader for a local church.

According to North Liberty police criminal complaints, Benjamin C. Tweedt, 32, had four victims. ... »

Police: Jonathan Wieseler was shot to death

IOWA CITY - Jonathan Wieseler, 34, the bail bondsman found dead in his office Sunday morning, was shot to death, according to police.

The Iowa City Police Department on Wednesday released the preliminary results of Wieseler's autopsy. The cause of ... »

Audio: 'Bachelor' star Chris Soules called 911 from scene of fatal crash

AURORA - Chris Soules called 911, speaking with a dispatcher for about five minutes, before leaving the scene of a crash that killed one man.

The Buchanan County Sheriff's Office on Wednesday released the audio of a 911 call Soules made to dispa ... »

Mount Vernon firefighter set to run 24 hours for Relay for Life

MOUNT VERNON - By the time the Relay for Life event at Cornell College kicks off Saturday morning, Casey O'Connor plans to have warmed up with a few extra miles.

At least 60 miles, if not more. In full firefighting gear.

O'Connor, 43, a fir ... »

Iowa City pet groomer faces animal neglect charge

IOWA CITY - The owner of an Iowa City pet grooming business faces an animal neglect charge.

According to an Iowa City police criminal complaint, on April 20, police responded to By George Pet Grooming, 264 Scott Court, after Iowa City Animal Contr ... »

Meth, other drugs found after Cedar Rapids traffic stop, foot chase

CEDAR RAPIDS - Meth and other drugs were found on a Cedar Rapids man following a traffic stop and foot chase.

Cedar Rapids public safety spokesman Greg Buelow said Cedar Rapids police saw 38-year-old Tramond E. Franklin driving in the area of E Av ... »

'Bachelor' star Chris Soules arrested for leaving scene of fatal crash

AURORA - Chris Soules, who brought national prominence to the small town of Arlington as a star on "The Bachelor" reality television show, struck and killed a farmer riding a tractor Monday evening and then fled the crash in another vehicle, according t ... »

Cedar Rapids police warn about dangers of leaving children in car

CEDAR RAPIDS - As summer approaches and temperatures creep up, Cedar Rapids police are reminding parents and caregivers not to leave children unattended in a vehicle.

Cedar Rapids public safety spokesman Greg Buelow said heatstroke is the leading ... »

Death of Iowa City bail bondsman being treated as homicide

IOWA CITY - The death of a man found dead in an Iowa City bail bonds office - identified by friends as a local bail bondsman - is being treated as a homicide.

Iowa City police responded to Lederman Bail Bonds, 518 S. Capitol St., at 11:11 a.m. Sun ... »