Lee Hermiston

Cops and courts reporter for The Gazette



Iowa City police investigating slashed tires

IOWA CITY - Iowa City police said they've seen a rash of slashed tires this week.

According to a department news release, officers have responded to more than 20 incidents of slashed tires on recent nights. Many of those incidents have occurred in ... »

Minor in custody after Instagram threat to ‘shoot up’ Liberty High School

NORTH LIBERTY - Threats on social media to #x201c;shoot up the school#x201d; and target a specific student caused classes at Liberty High School to be canceled Friday while a juvenile behind the warning was taken into custody, authorities said.

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Two face attempted murder charge after Cedar Rapids shooting

CEDAR RAPIDS - Two men face attempted murder charges after a shooting incident Thursday evening.

According to a Cedar Rapids police news release, officers were dispatched at 6:15 p.m. for a report of a shooting. Officers found a 21-year-old man su ... »

Police say Cedar Rapids woman stabbed man

CEDAR RAPIDS - A Cedar Rapids woman is accused of stabbing a man.

Cedar Rapids police said the assault happened around 3:40 a.m. Thursday at 1215 20th Ave. SE. Police said Athena V.M. Scheetz, 37, used a knife to stab the man in the side. The man ... »

Linn County Sheriff, Cedar Rapids police participating in seat belt enforcement project next week

CEDAR RAPIDS - The Linn County Sheriff's Office and Cedar Rapids Police Department are among the agencies taking part in a traffic enforcement project that kicks off on Sunday.

The Iowa Governor's Traffic Safety Bureau special Traffic Enforcement ... »

U.S. Marshals warn about nationwide scam

CEDAR RAPIDS - The U.S. Marshals Service is warning citizens about a phone scam involving people posing as marshals and other law enforcement officials.

According to the Marshals Service, the scam involves someone calling, posing as a law enforcem ... »

Makeshift weapons used in Iowa Medical and Classification Center attack

CORALVILLE - An Iowa Medical and Classification Center inmate attacked another inmate and a guard last month using two makeshift weapons, police said.

According to Coralville police, around 7:30 a.m. Oct. 30, 19-year-old Derrick E. Reimers attacke ... »

Cedar Rapids police: man pistol whipped, gun thrown into day care playground

CEDAR RAPIDS - Police said a man was pistol whipped in the Wal-Mart parking lot Monday and the weapon was tossed into a playground.

Cedar Rapids public safety spokesman Greg Buelow said officers were called to the parking lot at Wal-Mart, 3601 29t ... »

Cedar Rapids police confirm identity of homicide victim

CEDAR RAPIDS - Even though Tarrence Newman didn't live with his children, he always made time for them, his daughter said.

#x201c;My dad, he was always around,#x201d; said Jada Newman, 18. #x201c;He and my mom weren't as close as they were 18 year ... »

Cedar Rapids unveils new traffic speed camera

CEDAR RAPIDS - The parents of about 60 Prairie High School students should expect to soon receive speeding violations in the mail, Cedar Rapids police Sgt. Mike Wallerstedt said Tuesday.

Last week, the police department got its new speed camera, t ... »