Public Safety

Driver killed in accident at Hawkeye Downs Speedway

CEDAR RAPIDS — Cedar Rapids police confirmed Sunday morning a driver at Hawkeye Downs Speedway was killed after a crash in Saturday night’s “Race ‘Em or Wreck ‘Em” event.

Cedar Rapids Police D [...]

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Fire Bowl raises money for pediatric burn survivors

CEDAR RAPIDS — Next summer a few dozen Eastern Iowa children will spend a week at burn camp thanks to the hustle of area first responders and medical staff during the fifth annual Fire Bowl.

The Cedar Rapids Firefighters Foundation ho [...]

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Injuries, BWI citations decrease on Iowa waterways

DES MOINES — Fewer recreational boaters in Iowa are getting injured on the water or being arrested for boating while intoxicated than in recent years, state data shows.

Yet there is no clear reason for the lower numbers, law enforceme [...]

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Judge rules charge related to repealed HIV offense can be amended

CEDAR RAPIDS — A judge will allow a prosecutor to amend a charge, initially filed as felony criminal transmission of HIV, to a misdemeanor with a lesser penalty. Sixth Judicial District Mary Chicchelly said in her order that after reviewing [...]

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Roche guilty of all charges in Cedar Rapids attack

CEDAR RAPIDS — A 22-year-old Marion man faces two life sentences in prison after a jury convicted him Friday of kidnapping, sexual assault and stabbing a 20-year-old woman in 2013.

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Driver in fatal Epworth crash charged

EPWORTH — The man whose vehicle struck and killed four teens at a rural road intersection near Epworth last month is now facing a host of charges stemming from the crash.

Joseph Michael Connolly, 24, was arrested on a warrant Friday c [...]

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Iowa City woman accused of manufacturing meth

IOWA CITY — An Iowa City woman faces 25 years in prison for allegedly manufacturing meth in her home.

According to criminal complaints, members of the Johnson County Drug Task Force served a search warrant at 1257 Slothower Ave. in Io [...]

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Oelwein man wanted for attempted murder in custody

OELWEIN — Officials from the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation confirmed Friday that Abel Quijas Jr. is in custody after a shooting incident Thursday night.

Quijas, 33, of Maynard, was wanted for one count of attempted murder of [...]

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Thefts from vehicles surge in Cedar Rapids

CEDAR RAPIDS — Thefts from vehicles have skyrocketed during the summer months in Cedar Rapids.

Through May of this year, there were 284 reports of thefts from vehicles. By the end of August, the number climbed to 631.

Even more [...]

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LIVE COVERAGE: Deliberations in Bryan Roche case

A Linn County jury resumes deliberations 9 a.m. Friday in the kidnapping, sex assault trial of Bryan Roche.

Roche, 22, of Marion, is charged with first-degree kidnapping, first-degree sexual abuse, attempted murder and willful injury causi [...]

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Iowa City Police seek approval for 84 body cameras

IOWA CITY — The Iowa City Police Department is requesting approval to purchase 84 body cameras, enough for each officer in the department to have one.

The Iowa City Council will consider the request to spend $211,000 for the digital c [...]

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Iowa corrections agency seeks increase in funding, staff

DES MOINES — The Iowa Board of Corrections on Friday approved a 4 percent boost in spending for fiscal 2016 that would add 176 new staff positions in the $394 million request that would fund Iowa’s prison system and community-based f [...]

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Bryan Roche guilty of lesser charges, defense says in closing argument

CEDAR RAPIDS — Bryan Roche is guilty as charged, Linn County Attorney Jerry Vander Sanden said Thursday in his closing argument.

The crimes charged — first-degree kidnapping, first-degree sexual abuse, attempted murder and will [...]

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Coralville man accused of assaulting woman, holding her against her will

CORALVILLE — A Coralville man is accused of assaulting a woman and holding her against her will last month.

According to Johnson County Sheriff’s Office criminal complaints, deputies were called to the area of Isaac Walton Road [...]

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LIVE COVERAGE: Closing arguments in Bryan Roche trial

CEDAR RAPIDS — Closing arguments start at 9:30 a.m. in the kidnapping, sex assault trial of Bryan Roche in Linn County District Court.

Roche, 22, of Marion, is charged with first-degree kidnapping, first-degree sexual abuse, attempte [...]

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