Lee Hermiston

Cops and courts reporter for The Gazette



Iowa City police employee to be recognized for 50 years of service

IOWA CITY - A man who has served the Iowa City Police Department in varying capacities for 50 years is being recognized next week.

Dave Harris is to be honored during Iowa City's annual Employee Service Awards on Friday, March 31.

Harris sta ... »

Second arrest made in connection with Iowa Memorial Union break-in

IOWA CITY - The roommate of a man accused of breaking into the Iowa Memorial Union earlier this month has been arrested in connection with the crime.

According to criminal complaints, Anthony M. Rickhoff, 18, faces one count of third-degree burgla ... »

Northwest Cedar Rapids home shot Thursday morning

CEDAR RAPIDS - A Cedar Rapids home was hit with bullets early Thursday morning, authorities said.

Cedar Rapids public safety spokesman Greg Buelow said a home at 1116 10th St. NW was shot multiple times around 1:28 a.m. A purple Saturn with loud e ... »

Firefighters save cat from burning Cedar Rapids home

CEDAR RAPIDS - Firefighters rescued a cat from a burning home Thursday morning.

According to a Cedar Rapids Fire Department news release, crews were called to 1335 Hinkley Ave. NW at 2:20 a.m. Thursday for a report of a kitchen fire. Responding ... »

Johnson County hosting training on combating human trafficking

IOWA CITY - The Johnson County Sexual Assault Response Team hosts a human trafficking training at the end of the month.

The organization - comprised of law enforcement, sexual assault nurse examiners, rape victim advocates, emergency room staff an ... »

Judge Edward McManus remembered for decades of service

CEDAR RAPIDS - Judge Edward McManus spent more than seven decades serving his country and state.

The Northern District of Iowa judge spent more than 50 years on the bench, served as lieutenant governor and in the Iowa senate, was city attorney for ... »

Marion home sustains heavy fire damage

MARION - A Marion home sustained considerable fire damage Wednesday morning, according to authorities.

Marion Deputy Fire Marshal Shawn Fluharty said crews were called to 966 13th St. at 2:25 a.m. for a report of a structure fire. Fluharty said al ... »

Suspect sought in Cedar Rapids hit-and-run

CEDAR RAPIDS - Cedar Rapids police are looking for the driver they say was involved in a hit-and-run that left a cyclist with life-threatening injuries.

Public safety spokesman Greg Buelow said first responders were called to the 700 block of Eigh ... »

Crisis intervention training underway in Johnson County

IOWA CITY - By the end of the week, more than 60 law enforcement officials and first responders are going to be trained in crisis intervention.

The inaugural session of the Johnson County Crisis Intervention Team Training kicked off Monday morning ... »

Heart attack victim’s ‘second shot at life’ thanks to Cedar Rapids first responders

CEDAR RAPIDS - Dan Clarahan probably shouldn't be here today.

The crash last December caused by a heart attack could have killed him. The passersby who saw the wreck could have kept on driving instead of stopping. The first responders who rendered ... »