Trish Mehaffey

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



Jury finds Waterloo man guilty of sending threatening tweets to Sen. Joni Ernst

CEDAR RAPIDS - A federal jury on Wednesday found a Waterloo man guilty of sending threatening tweets to U.S. Sen. Joni Ernst in August.

The jury deliberated more than four hours before reaching its verdict, which followed a one-day trial that took ... »

Prosecutors say the law required Chris Soules to stay at the fatal crash to talk with law enforcement ‘face-to-face’

INDEPENDENCE - Prosecutors filed a motion Tuesday saying #x201c;Bachelor#x201d; star Chris Soules, who crashed his vehicle into a tractor that resulted in the death of an Aurora farmer, should have remained at the scene until law enforcement officers ar ... »

FBI agents testify Waterloo man admitted sending threatening tweets to U.S. Sen. Joni Ernst

CEDAR RAPIDS - Federal Bureau of Investigation agents testified Tuesday that a Waterloo man admitted to sending three tweets #x201c;that could be perceived as threatening#x201d; to U.S. Sen. Joni Ernst in August.

Special Agent Thomas Reinwart tes ... »

Kenyan man convicted in federal court for illegally possessing firearm

CEDAR RAPIDS - A Kenyan national who had been living in Cedar Rapids was convicted by a federal jury Monday for illegally possessing a firearm as a felon and undocumented immigrant.

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Cedar Rapids man sentenced to 37 years in prison on voluntary manslaughter charge

CEDAR RAPIDS - Lois Webb told the man who struck her sister in the head and left her to die in a fire last year that she hopes God can forgive him, because she cannot.

At one point while giving her victim's impact statement on Monday, Webb demand ... »

Curtis Jones, charged with killing Iowa City cabdriver, withdraws all pending motions

IOWA CITY - With new lawyers representing him, a man accused of fatally shooting an Iowa City cabdriver in June withdrew all his pending motions during a hearing Friday, including one that asked for a taped interview he gave to police to be suppressed a ... »

Man charged in Cedar Rapids fatal shooting claiming self-defense

CEDAR RAPIDS - A man charged in the fatal shooting of Andrew Meeks Jr. on July 2 will claim self-defense, his attorneys said Thursday.

Quarzone E. Martin, 25, is charged with first-degree murder, attempted murder, going armed with intent and will ... »

Marion man pleads guilty to collecting nearly $70,000 in unemployment benefits while employed

CEDAR RAPIDS - A Marion man, who collected nearly $70,000 in unemployment benefits over the course of six years while being employed at a Hiawatha business, pleaded guilty to a lesser charge Thursday in Linn County District Court.

Robert McCorkle ... »

Judge sentences mother to 2 years probation for child endangerment, assault during “street brawl” that led to shooting

CEDAR RAPIDS - The woman who brought four of her children and another teen to a #x201c;street brawl#x201d; that resulted in one man's death received a suspended jail sentence and two years probation Thursday for her actions.

Saresa Keith, 39 ... »

Accused abuser wants girl’s confidential records

CEDAR RAPIDS - The attorney for a man charged with sexually abusing a girl when she was between the ages 5 and 9 asked a judge Wednesday to let him see the girl's confidential medical, mental health and school records.

Mark Brown, an attorney for ... »