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U.S. Marshals ask for help locating couple charged with drugs, gambling 

CEDAR RAPIDS — Federal authorities are seeking the public's help in locating two people who have been charged with drug, money laundering and gambling offenses in federal court. The couple, continue »


Man accused of stabbing ex-girlfriend had self-inflicted stab wounds, according to testimony

A former employer of Jerry Matthews, who is accused of attempted murder, testified Wednesday that Matthews called in after Jan. 5, saying he wouldn’t be at work because he had “self-inflicted” stab wounds.

Ken Matlack, [...]

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Woman testifies ex-boyfriend stabbed her multiple times

CEDAR RAPIDS — A 24-year-old woman testified Tuesday that after Jerry Matthews, her former live-in boyfriend, pushed her into a glass table she felt five “blows” to the back of her head Jan. 5.

At first, it felt like he [...]

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Disbarred Cedar Rapids lawyer pleads guilty to wire fraud in federal court

CEDAR RAPIDS — A Cedar Rapids disbarred attorney who stole more than $800,000 from clients pleaded guilty to one count of wire fraud Monday in U.S. District Court.

Susan Hense, 54, faces up to 20 years in federal prison and agreed in [...]

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Aplington man to serve over 16 years for child porn

CEDAR RAPIDS — An Aplington man who possessed child pornography was sentenced Monday to over 16 years in federal prison.

Jeremiah Romo, 21, pleaded guilty to one count of possession of child pornography in May. During the plea hearin [...]

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Couple accused of selling synthetic drugs fail to show up for court

A couple who agreed to plead guilty to selling synthetic marijuana and be arraigned on two new charges didn’t show up in federal court Monday.

U.S. Chief Magistrate Jon Scoles ordered that warrants be issued for Mohammad, 36, and Mel [...]

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Former Cedar Rapids council member’s comments go on trial this week

CEDAR RAPIDS — Mayor Ron Corbett and members of the City Council are among a long list of people slated to testify this week in what will be a rare event in Iowa: A slander trial against an elected official.

Eight Linn County jurors w [...]

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Couple accused of selling synthetic drugs face new charges in federal court

CEDAR RAPIDS — A couple who is set to plead guilty to selling synthetic marijuana Monday, will now face two new federal charges that involve paying for property with drug proceeds and operating an illegal gambling business.

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20-year-old pleads guilty to stabbing and killing Ronald Kunkle in 2013  

CEDAR RAPIDS — A 20-year-old admitted Friday to stabbing and killing Ronald Kunkle in 2013 for $2,000.

D Anthony Curd of Cedar Rapids, pleaded guilty to second-degree murder and second-degree robbery in Linn County District Court. He [...]

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Serial bank robber to serve 19 years for credit union heists 

CEDAR RAPIDS — A “serial bank robber” was sentenced Thursday to 19 years in federal prison for robbing two Cedar Rapids credit unions in 2009 and 2010.

Jeffrey Haydock, 58, of Watertown, Wisc., continue »


Cedar Rapids man resentenced to life in federal prison for drugs

CEDAR RAPIDS — A 38-year-old Cedar Rapids man convicted of distributing heroin and cocaine was resentenced in federal court Thursday in accordance with an 8th Circuit Court of Appeals decision, but it only changed one of the charges, not hi [...]

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Disbarred lawyer’s use of client funds is unusual

CEDAR RAPIDS — A Cedar Rapids attorney wants the public to understand most of the funds disbarred attorney Susan Hense was holding in client trust accounts should have never been in those accounts.

John Titler, with Howes Law Firm, sa [...]

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Trial starts Monday on slander claim against Cedar Rapids council member

CEDAR RAPIDS — A lawsuit accusing a former City Council member of slander during a council meeting is set to go to trial this month.

The issue began in 2011, when a couple of builders asked the city to allow homes to be built on pier [...]

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Jonathan Youngbear was intoxicated during police interview, motion claims

CEDAR RAPIDS — A 20-year-old man accused in the fatal stabbing of another man on the Meskwaki Settlement in February is asking the court to suppress his statement to police based on a warrantless search and violation of his constitutional r [...]

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Disbarred lawyer will plead guilty to wire fraud

CEDAR RAPIDS — Brad Huff said he was glad to see that his former attorney, who took over $79,000 from his mother’s estate, was finally charged in federal court after waiting two years.

However, he has no way of recovering the [...]

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