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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 Sep. 14, 2022 7:03 pm79d ago
Mother of Marion man on trial for murder says she suspected he killed his girlfriend and concealed it in a roll of carpet after seeing it on a trailer in her driveway.
Crime and Courts Oct. 14, 2022 3:56 pm49d ago
Prosecutor says a Marion woman was killed in “vicious attack and calculated cover-up” by her ex-boyfriend. He stabbed her 26 times and then concealed her body in a roll of carpet in 2017. This is his second murder trial. His conviction in 2018 was overturned.
Crime and Courts Sep. 12, 2022 6:30 pm81d ago
A Cedar Rapids man who’s accused of trying to kill his wife is competent to stand trial, a judge ruled on Monday. The court proceedings had been suspended since last year.
Crime and Courts Sep. 9, 2022 3:55 pm84d ago
He faces a little more than eight years in a federal prison for a firearms charge. He was previously convicted on state charges in the unintentional shooting of 18-year-old Marisa Doolin
Crime and Courts Sep. 9, 2022 2:26 pm84d ago
Arthur Flowers, 62, is charged with killing a woman by beating her with a board in April. A judge ruled he is incompetent to stand trial, putting his case on hold.
Crime and Courts Sep. 6, 2022 5:00 am91d ago
The new program manager for Foundation 2 emergency youth shelter came back to where she started her social work career. Shelby Holsapple enjoys connecting with kids and helping them learn to advocate for themselves.
Crime and Courts Sep. 3, 2022 2:03 pm90d ago
A Coralville man was finally returned to Iowa on a governor’s warrant and was charged Saturday with first-degree murder and other charges in the Taboo shooting.
Crime and Courts Sep. 2, 2022 3:37 pm91d ago
A Marion man, who had his conviction overturned on appeal, waived a jury trial for his retrial that starts Sept. 13 in Linn County District Court. He will claim insanity or diminished capacity.
Crime and Courts Sep. 2, 2022 12:36 pm91d ago
A Cedar Rapids man pleaded to a lesser charge of distributing meth and faces a mandatory minimum of 10 years and possibly up to life in federal prison. During a search last year, authorities found over 6 kilos of meth and over $460,000 in cash.
Crime and Courts Aug. 30, 2022 1:38 pm94d ago
Johnny Blahnik Church, formerly known as Drew Blahnik, was charged Tuesday for assaulting a drug informant in jail in an attempt to prevent him from testifying against a drug dealer.