Trish Mehaffey

Courts reporter/multimedia journalist. I live blog court trials, cover state and federal courts and write about legal issues.



Nicholas Luerkens asks court to move his murder retrial out of county based on pretrial publicity

CEDAR RAPIDS - Nicholas Luerkens, who will be retried in the 2015 fatal stabbing of his former girlfriend, is asking the court to move the trial out of Linn County based on #x201c;pervasive and prejudicial pretrial publicity.#x201d;#xa0;#xa0;

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Prosecutor appeals judge’s ruling in Tait Purk murder trial to Iowa Supreme Court

A Tama County prosecutor, in an appeal to the Iowa Supreme Court, says 6th Judicial District Judge Mitchell Turner #x201c;abused his discretion and manipulated the trial record#x201d; by overturning a jury's conviction of Tait Purk and granting him a ne ... »

Iowa City man sentenced to 10 years in prison for videotaping sex abuse of woman

IOWA CITY - A woman who was videotaped and photographed while being sexually abused said in a victim's impact statement Thursday that she wants everything to be normal again but knows it will be years before that happens.

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Wife of Walford man killed by drunken driver promoting Horizons fundraiser

Debbie Erenberger had dinner with her husband Greg in Ely before she left to #x201c;dog-sit#x201d; for their daughter the weekend of Aug. 5, 2016.

#x201c;We met that night for dinner before I went and when we went outside to leave, I remember, it ... »

On the Record: Shedding light on suicide in Iowa, and a HOPEwalk meant to raise awareness

This week's On the Record highlights National Suicide Prevention Week, Sept. 10-16. This is a departure from the regular program that focuses on crime and courts, but this is an important public health issue that affe ... »

Judge orders home confinement for Cedar Rapids man accused of interfering with train operations

CEDAR RAPIDS - A federal judge this week ordered monitoring and home confinement for a Cedar Rapids man, charged with using and interfering with radio transmissions for train operations, pending trial.

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Lawyers for a Williamsburg man accused of killing his girlfriend’s child ask for change of venue

MARENGO - Lawyers for a Williamsburg man, accused of killing his girlfriend's child, asked the court Monday to move his trial, scheduled for next year, out of Iowa County based on extensive pretrial publicity.

Johnson County Public Defender Peter ... »

Fayette County man faces 10 years in federal prison for gun charge, which led to death of 4-year-old

CEDAR RAPIDS - An Elgin man was convicted last week in federal court for illegally possessing a gun while being a drug user, which resulted in a 4-year-old boy finding that weapon and fatally shooting himself last year.

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Father sentenced to two years probation for endangering his four children

CEDAR RAPIDS - A father pleaded guilty to four counts of child endangerment and was sentenced to probation last week.

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Cedar Rapids woman sentenced to probation for embezzling funds from Marshalltown company

MARSHALLTOWN - A Cedar Rapids woman, who embezzled more than $10,000 over 10 years from a manufacturing company, has been sentenced to five years probation. #xa0;

Marcy A. German, 47, former office manager at Spread-All Manufacturing in Marshallto ... »