Lee Hermiston

Cops and courts reporter for The Gazette



Iowa City Fire Department announces promotions, new hire

IOWA CITY - The Iowa City Fire Department announced a series of promotions and a new hire on Tuesday.

According to a department news release:

Brian Platz has been promoted to the rank of Deputy Fire Chief. Platz, a 24-year veteran of the dep ... »

Gun bill seeks ‘stand-your-ground’ law in Iowa

Iowa would be the latest state to adopt a stand-your-ground law if a proposal for revisions in gun regulations filed this week comes to pass.

The self-defense measure introduced in the Iowa House is part of a study bill that would bring sweeping c ... »

House fire does $20,000 in damages to Iowa City home

IOWA CITY - A house fire did about $20,000 in damages to a home Monday afternoon.

According to the Iowa City Fire Department, crews were called to 120 N. Dodge St. around 4:48 p.m. for a house fire. Responding firefighters encountered light smoke ... »

Seven Iowa City businesses fail alcohol checks

IOWA CITY - Seven businesses failed alcohol compliance checks in Iowa City this weekend.

On Saturday, Iowa City police worked with underage individuals who attempted to illegally purchase alcohol at 31 businesses. Police said 24 of those businesse ... »

Man accused of sexually abusing a woman in Iowa City

IOWA CITY - A homeless man is accused of sexually abusing a woman last month in Iowa City.

According to an Iowa City police criminal complaint, officers responded to an unspecified address in Iowa City around 12:20 a.m. Jan. 16 after a man called ... »

Interactive: Linn County sheriff breaks down the diversity challenge

CEDAR RAPIDS - Over the past six years, the Linn County Sheriff's Office has had eight hiring periods, but none has resulted in adding a black deputy to the force.

It's not for a lack of trying, according to Sheriff Brian Gardner.

Using ... »

Diversifying most Corridor law enforcement agencies proves elusive

IOWA CITY - In December, the Iowa City Police Department did something virtually unheard of in this area.

It hired three black police officers.

How unusual is that? Of the nine law enforcement agencies that provide service to Linn and Jo ... »

Cedar Rapids man charged for 2016 accident that killed woman

CEDAR RAPIDS - A Cedar Rapids man faces prison time for a crash that killed a Cedar Rapids woman last year.

According to Cedar Rapids public safety spokesman Greg Buelow, on Nov. 19, 2016, officers responded to a two-vehicle accident with injuries ... »

Cedar Rapids Fire Department receiving a Resusci Anne CPR unit

CEDAR RAPIDS - The Cedar Rapids Fire Department will receive a new CPR training device next week.

On Monday, the fire department is to be presented with a Resusci Anne CPR unit. The donation was made by Randy Kuehl Honda in partnership with the Na ... »

Body recovered from Iowa River

HILLS - Police say a woman's body was recovered from the Iowa River Thursday afternoon.

According to the Johnson County Sheriff's Office, around 12:43 p.m., the sheriff's office took a report of a body floating in the Iowa River south of Hills Acc ... »