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Cedar Rapids man convicted in investment scheme violated no-contact order, judge rules

CEDAR RAPIDS — A judge recently found a Cedar Rapids man in contempt for violating a protection order that prohibited him from having contact with investors he defrauded last year.

Sixth Judicial District Judge Nancy Baumgartner said [...]

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Iowa development lawsuit headed to trial

DES MOINES — An advocacy group’s request for records detailing communication between the state and a developer who is being sued by investors is headed to trial.

A Polk County District Court judge on Tuesday set a Dec. 18 trial [...]

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Cedar Rapids man accused of sex abuse found incompetent to stand trial

CEDAR RAPIDS — A 44-year-old Cedar Rapids man charged with sexually assaulting a 13-year-old girl last year has been found incompetent to stand trial.

Sixth Judicial District Judge Mary Chicchelly said two psychiatrists who evaluated [...]

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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 [...]

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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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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 [...]

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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 [...]

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$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 [...]

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Cedar Rapids man indicted on federal firearms charge

CEDAR RAPIDS — A man previously convicted in Linn County District Court was charged Friday in federal court for possessing six firearms.

Dustin Kirkpatrick, 34, of Cedar Rapids, was indicted on one count of possession of firearms by a [...]

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Kalona lawyer accused of harassing juror

CORALVILLE — A Kalona attorney who was convicted of disorderly conduct earlier this year is accused of harassing a juror in that case.

According to Coralville police criminal complaints, officers responded to an address in Coralville [...]

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Fairfax man pleads guilty to sexually abusing two teen girls

CEDAR RAPIDS — An 18-year-old Fairfax man pleaded guilty Thursday to sexually abusing two girls, ages 13 and 14, in Marion last year.

Isaac David Hall, who was 17 at the time of the offense, pleaded guilty to two counts of third-degre [...]

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Cedar Rapids man accused of strangling wife will stand trial in September

A Cedar Rapids man accused of strangling and killing his wife last month pleaded not guilty Wednesday and his trial is set for Sept. 8 in Linn County District Court.

Shawn Crowley, 43, pleaded not guilty to first-degree murder. He is accuse [...]

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Closing arguments postponed in Tajh Ross murder trial

Closing arguments in the Tajh Ross murder trial were postponed this morning and reset to 9 a.m. Tuesday in Linn County District Court.

Ross, 20, is on trial for first-degree murder, intimidation with a dangerous weapon, conspiracy to commi [...]

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Replay live coverage: Tajh Ross murder trial In Linn County District Court

The defense begins its case at 9 a.m. Friday in the murder trial of Tajh Ross, 20, who is accused of shooting and killing Latasha Roundtree, 19, of Cedar Rapids, Sept. 22, 2012.

Join Gazette Reporter Trish Mehaffey's continuing live covera [...]

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Replay live coverage: Tajh Ross murder trial, day 8

The prosecution continues its case 9 a.m. Thursday in the murder trial of Tajh Ross, 20, who is accused of shooting and killing Latasha Roundtree, 19, of Cedar Rapids, Sept. 22, 2012.

Join Gazette Reporter Trish Mehaffey's continuing live [...]

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