Lee Hermiston

Cops and courts reporter for The Gazette



Linn County law enforcement radio traffic to be encrypted

CEDAR RAPIDS - Beginning next month, the public will no longer be able to listen to most law enforcement radio traffic in Linn County.

in mid-July, all Linn County radio communications will be encrypted, according to a news release from the Linn C ... »

UPDATE: Death of Iowa City cabdriver being treated as suspicious

IOWA CITY - The death of a cabdriver, found dead in their vehicle early Wednesday morning, is being treated as suspicious.

Iowa City police officers were called to 520 Ernest St. around 3:42 a.m. for a report of a driver slumped over inside a Yell ... »

Four kittens rescued from Cedar Rapids house fire

CEDAR RAPIDS - A grease fire on a gas grill is the cause of a Tuesday night fire on Doubletree Road, authorities said.

Cedar Rapids public safety spokesman Greg Buelow said firefighters were called to 7007 Doubletree Road NE around 11:25 p.m. Tues ... »

Two arrested after gun incident in Cedar Rapids

CEDAR RAPIDS - Two Cedar Rapids men face weapons charges for an incident alleged to have occurred Tuesday morning.

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

Cedar Rapids armed robbery under investigation

CEDAR RAPIDS - Cedar Rapids police are investigating an armed robbery at an area fast food restaurant.

According to Cedar Rapids public safety spokesman Greg Buelow, officers were called to Wendy's, 1854 42nd St. NE, around 1 a.m. Monday for a rep ... »

Shooting near Marion Public Library under investigation

MARION - Marion police are investigating a shooting that happened Thursday night near the library.

According to a news release, officers responded to a report of a shooting near the Marion Public Library, 1095 Sixth Ave., around 11:55 p.m. Police ... »

UPDATE: Wednesday shooting ‘not a random act,’ authorities say

CEDAR RAPIDS - Wednesday's shooting on Fairway Terrace was #x201c;not a random act,#x201d; public safety spokesman Greg Buelow said Friday.

However, many of the circumstances of the shooting - which left two men injured - remain under investigatio ... »

Iowa City woman arrested after bank, credit union thefts

NORTH LIBERTY - An Iowa City woman is accused of stealing tens of thousands of dollars from North Liberty financial institutions via a series of bogus transactions.

According to North Liberty police criminal complaints, in October 2016, Amphai S. ... »

Protester arrested outside President Donald Trump’s rally accused of throwing an egg

CEDAR RAPIDS - A protester outside of President Donald Trump's campaign rally is accused of throwing an egg at and assaulting a man.

Cedar Rapids public safety spokesman Greg Buelow said a Cedar Rapids police officer heard a commotion in the 400 b ... »

Police investigating Iowa City robbery

IOWA CITY - Iowa City police are investigating a reported robbery.

According to police, the victim said they were in the 600 block of South Johnson Street when they were robbed by a skinny man wearing shorts and a gray T-shirt. The suspect had a b ... »