Lee Hermiston

Cops and courts reporter for The Gazette



How Amana ended up on a hate map: Neo-Nazis met there last year for lunch — or did they?

AMANA - Iowa County officials said this week they were shocked to learn that Amana is shown on the Southern Poverty Law Center's nationwide map of hate groups, a designation that apparently came about after neo-Nazis made plans to host a #x201c;book clu ... »

Friday morning crash near Robins sends one to hospital

ROBINS - One man was injured in a two-vehicle crash Friday morning.

According to the Linn County Sheriff's Office, first responders were called to the crash site at County Home and North Troy roads around 10:33 a.m. Authorities said Phillip Cummin ... »

Registration open for Cedar Rapids Police Department’s Citizens Police Academy

CEDAR RAPIDS - Registration is open for the Cedar Rapids Police Department's Citizens Police Academy.

The 10-week academy starts on Wednesday, Sept. 13, and meets for three hours every Wednesday. Topics include use of force, defensive tactics, nar ... »

Alleged Iowa City Pancheros thief arrested in connection with McDonald’s theft 24-year-old facing four felony charges

IOWA CITY - An Iowa City woman accused of stealing more than $3,500 from Pancheros has been arrested i ... »

Cedar Rapids man accused of burglary, harassment

CEDAR RAPIDS - A Cedar Rapids man is accused of breaking into a home and threatening to kill people inside.

According to the Linn County Attorney's Office, on Wednesday, Terry Hoskins Jr., 30, forced his way into a home in the 900 block of N Stree ... »

Authorities investigating stabbing at Iowa State Fair Teen taken into custody following incident Tuesday night

DES MOINES - A man is in stable condition and a teen is in custody following a stabbing Tuesday night at the Iowa State Fair.

According to the Iowa State Patrol, Tay Ronce Denton, 21, was stabbed around 10:30 p.m. Tuesday near the southwest corner ... »

Sneaker expo coming to downtown Iowa City

IOWA CITY - Growing up in Atlanta in the 1990s, Demetrius Perry can remember seeing a shoe store next to every grocery store.

#x201c;My mom would go to the grocery store and I'd go to the shoe store,#x201d; said Perry, 30, now of North Liberty.

Iowa City police: Gun used in July 30 shooting was stolen from Cedar Rapids

IOWA CITY - The gun used in a shooting in Iowa City last month was stolen from Cedar Rapids, police said.

Deondre J. Handley, 25, was arrested ... »

Authorities identify woman killed after being hit by train in Cedar Rapids

CEDAR RAPIDS - A woman was hit and killed by a train Monday night.

According to the Linn County Sheriff's Office, deputies, the Cedar Rapids police and fire departments and Area Ambulance responded to a report of a person hit by a train on the Uni ... »

Cedar Rapids man accused of stealing 118 vases from Cedar Memorial Cemetery

CEDAR RAPIDS - A Cedar Rapids man is accused of stealing brass vases from more than 100 gravesites at Cedar Memorial Cemetery.

According to the Linn County Attorney's Office and Cedar Rapids public safety spokesman Greg Buelow, officers pulled ov ... »