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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 Aug. 24, 2022 8:58 pm98d ago
A judge declared a mistrial this week after police officers, who were witnesses, recognized a juror as having associates connected to the defendant. The juror hadn’t revealed that during jury selection and also underreported her criminal history. She also posted on Facebook that she was on jury duty and wouldn’t convict “whoever” was on trial.
Crime and Courts Aug. 23, 2022 3:06 pm99d ago
A Cedar Rapids man was sentenced to three years probation after firing multiple shots at another man during a fight last year. Originally charged with attempted murder, he pleaded to two gun-related charges.
Crime and Courts Aug. 24, 2022 8:53 am98d ago
A retired University of Iowa music professor has been indicted in federal court on charges of distributing methamphetamine that resulted in a death and of possessing child pornography.
Crime and Courts Aug. 22, 2022 3:27 pm100d ago
A judge won’t dismiss charges against a Chicago man accused of sexually abusing a 15-year-old Iowa girl in 2015. The man argued the teen’s parents consented to their relationship, so he shouldn’t be charged.
Crime and Courts Aug. 19, 2022 3:19 pm103d ago
One of the Fairfield teens accused of killing a Spanish teacher last year is asking a judge to delay his Nov. 1 trial. His lawyer wants more time to complete pretrial work.
Environmental News Aug. 19, 2022 6:00 am104d ago
Jim Walters has been growing trees from acorn seedlings for many years and has planted about 40 in his College Hill neighborhood in Iowa City. Take his tree canopy tour Aug. 21.
Crime and Courts Aug. 14, 2022 6:00 am110d ago
An Oelwein man who testified against a meth dealer was brutally beaten in the Linn County Jail 12 days before the trial by convicted murderer Drew Blahnik and another cellmate. Federal and state authorities are investigating
Crime and Courts Aug. 11, 2022 3:46 pm111d ago
Police previously said they had surveillance video of the area where demonstrators gathered about 7:17 p.m. to protest the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling against abortion rights earlier that day.
Crime and Courts Aug. 7, 2022 8:19 am115d ago
Timothy Rush, who is already charged with killing his girlfriend at a club in April, will face more charges because a man seriously injured that night died in July from his injuries.
Crime and Courts Aug. 5, 2022 11:19 am117d ago
Property Holders rental permit for northeast house deemed nuisance is suspended for one year. The city made that decision following an administrative hearing officer’s ruling which upheld the city’s nuisance designation.
Crime and Courts Aug. 4, 2022 4:26 pm118d ago
A state medical examiner ruled the death of three Cedar Falls family last month at Maquoketa Caves State Park were homicides and the suspect died by suicide. "As far as what we think happened, Anthony Sherwin entered the Schmidt family’s tent and there was an immediate attack and struggle that resulted in the three members of the Schmidt family dying as a result of the attack," Mitch Mortvedt said.
Crime and Courts Aug. 4, 2022 10:00 am118d ago
A parents group is suing the Linn-Mar school district, superintendant and board members for policies that protect transgender students from discrimination. The petition claims the policies violate parents’ right to consent and students’ rights to express a different opinion.