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Cedar Rapids, Iowa 52401
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 Jul. 29, 2022 3:05 pm60d ago
Judge resets trial for Jeremy Goodale to Dec. 5 in Scott County. Goodale is one of the Fairfield teens accused of killing his Spanish teacher with a baseball bat last year.
Crime and Courts Jul. 28, 2022 4:06 pm61d ago
A former Tama County jailer has been charged with having sex with an inmate. A complaint states the deputy and offender had sex in a utility closet and the recreation yard.
Crime and Courts Jul. 27, 2022 4:27 pm62d ago
Two people have been indicted for marijuana robbery and illegally possessing firearms. One of the defendants was initially charged in state court for firing 24 rounds into a building last month.
Crime and Courts Jul. 26, 2022 3:40 pm63d ago
A Cedar Rapids man charged with attempting to kill a man in 2020 has been found incompetent to stand trial. He will be sent to a Coralville state hospital for treatment to restore competency.
Crime and Courts Jul. 25, 2022 4:55 pm64d ago
A former state trooper charged with using unreasonable force against a Davenport motorcyclist in 2017 will be retried Oct. 11 in federal court. His trial last week was declared a mistrial when jurors couldn’t reach a unanimous verdict.
Crime and Courts Jul. 22, 2022 4:15 pm67d ago
A federal judge on Friday declared a mistrial for a former state trooper who was charged with using unreasonable force causing injury against a Davenport motorcyclist in 2017. Jurors told the judge they could not reach a unanimous verdict.
Crime and Courts Jul. 22, 2022 11:17 am67d ago
Anastasia Basquin, the county’s chief victim liasison, proposed that sexual assault defendants go before a magistrate before making bail, so a no-contact order could be issued protecting the victim.
Crime and Courts Jul. 21, 2022 6:13 pm68d ago
A Cedar Rapids man posed as a police officer to get inside an older Coggon couple’s home and then robbed their safe by threatening them with a gun and assaulting them.
Crime and Courts Jul. 21, 2022 8:04 am68d ago
A former state trooper testified Wednesday that his use of force — drawing a gun and using a open palm strike — on a Davenport man in 2017 was reasonable because he had safety concerns after a high speed chase. A video of the stop showed to the jury showed the man was compliant after stopping, but the ex-trooper had a different perception of the incident.
Crime and Courts Jul. 19, 2022 6:51 pm70d ago
Testimony started Tuesday for a former Iowa State trooper who is accused of using unreasonable force on a motorcyclist during a 2017 traffic stop. Supervisors testified he didn’t follow policy about using force on a compliant motorist.
Crime and Courts Jul. 16, 2022 6:00 am74d ago
Two police officers who wrongly arrested a Coralville man for being an impaired driver without any evidence and locking him up in jail for nearly three months didn’t lose their jobs or face any consequences that were made public.
Crime and Courts Jul. 15, 2022 6:17 pm74d ago
The second teen accused in the killing of a Fairfield High Spanish teacher with a baseball bat is asking the court to move his trial out of Jefferson County. A judge previously moved the other teen’s trial to Council Bluffs.