Courts

Wisconsin man indicted for taking 14-year-old girl across state lines to have sex

A judge ordered home detention Tuesday for a 30-year-old Wisconsin man indicted last week in federal court for transporting a 14-year-old Iowa girl across state lines to have sex.

Christopher Heath-Lowther of Platteville, Wisc., is charged w [...]

continue »

Linn County trial involving HIV-related charge on hold  

CEDAR RAPIDS — A judge granted a motion of stay and delayed a trial set to start Monday for a man accused of sexually abusing a 15-year-old boy in 2011, which will allow his attorneys to file an interlocutory appeal with the Iowa Supreme Co [...]

continue »

Judge rules charge related to repealed HIV offense can be amended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 [...]

continue »

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.

continue »


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 [...]

continue »

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 [...]

continue »

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 [...]

continue »

Bryan Roche confesses during police interview

CEDAR RAPIDS — Bryan Roche said during a police interview that he thought the 20-year-old woman he sexually assaulted and stabbed in the neck and stomach was going to die April 21, 2013. 

Cedar Rapids police Investigator Douglas [...]

continue »

Cedar Rapids woman suffered serious stab wounds, doctor testifies

CEDAR RAPIDS — A 21-year-old Cedar Rapids woman testified Tuesday that Bryan Roche, a man she regarded as a friend, repeatedly sexually assaulted her, choked her and stabbed her twice in 2013.

She said Roche, 22, came to her apartmen [...]

continue »

Kidnapping, sex assault trial starts Monday in Linn County

CEDAR RAPIDS — Jury selection begins Monday for the trial of a 22-year-old Marion man who kidnapped, sexually assaulted and stabbed a woman he met through social media last year.

Bryan Roche is charged with first-degree kidnapping, [...]

continue »

Opening statements begin Tuesday in Linn County kidnapping, sex assault trial 

CEDAR RAPIDS — A Linn County jury was seated at the end of the day Monday and testimony will start Tuesday in the trial for a 22-year-old Marion man accused of kidnapping and sexually assaulting a woman he met through social media last year [...]

continue »

17-year-old receives deferred judgment for sex abuse

CEDAR RAPIDS — A judge told a 17-year-old she was giving him a second chance Friday, after granting him a deferred judgment for sexually abusing a 9-year-old girl.

Sixth Judicial District Judge Mary Chicchelly said she was deferring [...]

continue »

Iowa Supreme Court will not eliminate bar exam requirement

The Iowa Supreme Court will not adopt a proposed amendment to eliminate the bar exam requirement for law graduates in Iowa.

Chief Justice Mark Cady announced Friday the court will take no action at this time on the recommendations after hea [...]

continue »

$1 million bond set for suspect in Cedar Rapids homicide

CEDAR RAPIDS — A judge set a $1 million bond Friday for a 23-year-old man accused of killing Clifton Sparks last February.

Robert Louis Nash IV of Cedar Rapids was formally charged Friday in Linn County District Court with first-degre [...]

continue »

Cedar Rapids man to serve over 3 years in federal prison for bank robbery 

CEDAR RAPIDS — A Cedar Rapids man who robbed the Solon State Bank in Ely, last September was sentenced Tuesday in federal court to more than three years in prison for taking $6,751. 

continue »