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Reporter covering state and federal courts, and whatever legal issues come my way. I also provide live coverage of criminal trials on Twitter @tmehaffey and welcome comments and questions from readers during the trials. Outside of work I love movies, tennis and my Kansas State Wildcats! Go Cats! Stay informed with the Public Safety newsletter.
Latest Articles by Trish Mehaffey
Crime and Courts 21m ago21m ago
A former Iowa City oral surgeon who extracted fentanyl from office vials in 2019 was sentenced this week to two years in federal prison. His license was indefinitely suspended in 2019.
Crime and Courts Mar. 29, 2023 6:18 pm1d ago
An Illinois man, who is accused of fatal crash in 2021, wants to court to toss out his blood tests that show he was intoxicated and had illegal drugs in his system at the time of crash. Accused is also charged with murder in Illinois.
Crime and Courts Mar. 24, 2023 2:46 pm6d ago
A Cedar Rapids doctor being sued for sex exploitation of a former patient is now being charged for having sex with a former patient. If convicted, he faces two years in prison.
Crime and Courts Mar. 27, 2023 10:57 am3d ago
Four individuals conspired to set up meet with 16-year-old Michael McCune to kill him, according to a criminal complaint. Only two two people have been charged at this time.
Crime and Courts Mar. 23, 2023 4:08 pm7d ago
A former Elgin city clerk was charged Wednesday for stealing over $131,000 from Oct. 1, 2017, through June 20, 2021, including giving herself an additional $104,000 in pay, according to a special investigation report released earlier this month.
Crime and Courts Mar. 23, 2023 11:37 am7d ago
An Oelwein drug informant who was beaten by two Linn County Jail inmates last year is suing the Linn sheriff and others. His civil trial is set for August 2024.
Crime and Courts Mar. 22, 2023 6:38 pm7d ago
A Cedar Rapids man pleaded to lesser charges for fatally shooting his girlfriend and another man last April in the Taboo Nightclub and Lounge. He faced up to 100 years on murder charges if convicted, but now only faces up to 30 years in prison.
Crime and Courts Mar. 22, 2023 4:37 pm8d ago
A Linn County woman is suing her former Cedar Rapids doctor for sex exploitation and negligence. According to court records, he regularly prescribed her medications for mental health issues for about two years.
Crime and Courts Mar. 21, 2023 1:28 pm9d ago
UI agreed to implement training and pay over $16,000 to resolve claims that X-rays submitted to Medicare didn’t meet requirements of having an attending physician review them.
Crime and Courts Mar. 21, 2023 2:22 pm9d ago
Amended lawsuit filed last year by parents of Anamosa prison nurse says officials had been warned of lack of staff, safety issues, attempted escapes and nurses being held hostage before 2021 slayings.
Crime and Courts Mar. 17, 2023 6:00 am14d ago
Renan Machado says as an advocate he may be a “punching bag” some days but doesn’t take it personally. His job is to support family and friends of a loved one lost in a violent crime.
Crime and Courts Mar. 24, 2023 9:14 am6d ago
A Tama man is charged in federal court for stabbing another man repeatedly during a fight on the Meskwaki Settlement last year.
Crime and Courts Mar. 16, 2023 1:35 pm14d ago
A charge of abandonment has been dropped against a mother who left her toddler and infant home alone while she went to work. The woman complied with DHS and juvenile court conditions.
Crime and Courts Mar. 16, 2023 12:54 pm14d ago
A former president and interim treasurer of Iowa City Pride will plead to stealing more than $35,000 from the group. He used the organization’s debit card for personal spending on hotels, travel, restaurants and made cash withdrawals.
Crime and Courts Mar. 15, 2023 2:24 pm15d ago
A Cedar Rapids woman and Davenport man will be tried together in the fatal shooting of a 19-year-old. Both cases have nearly all the same witnesses, a prosecutor said.