Homicide

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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$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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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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Cedar Rapids police arrest two men after shooting

Cedar Rapids police have arrested two men found in a vehicle near where one of the three shootings happened Sunday.

Cedar Rapids public safety spokesman Greg Buelow said charges have been filed against Alvionta D. Turner, 24; and Fabion H. T [...]

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Replay live coverage: Day 3 - Tajh Ross murder trial in Linn County District Court

The prosecution continues its case at 9 a.m. today 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 for live cove [...]

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Victim's sister hopes killer never finds peace    

Marlene O'Clair said that no words would ever bring her daughter Kerry O'Clair Jefferson back to life, but she asked the woman convicted of killing her if it was worth destroying two families. 

"This senseless tragedy was brought on by [...]

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California Police Say Prostitute Gave Fatal Heroin Overdose To Customer

Police in California have arrested a woman they described as a high-priced prostitute who is suspected of murdering a man by injecting him with heroin aboard his yacht in a Santa Cruz harbor, authorities said.

The Santa Cruz Police Departmen [...]

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Cedar Rapids woman was strangled to death, medical examiner says

A state deputy medical examiner confirmed Tuesday that Chantele Crowley died last week by strangulation and the manner of death was homicide.

According to a criminal complaint, investigators found a cellphone charging cord near the 39-year [...]

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Murder charge filed in Cedar Rapids stabbing death

The news moved Diana Hogan to tears.

“Thank god,” Hogan, 43, of Marion, sobbed. “Thank god.”

Hogan learned Friday morning that an arrest had been made in the April 4 stabbing death of her friend 37-year-old [...]

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Attorney asks for delay in Bloomfield’s first-degree murder trial

John Bloomfield’s first-degree murder trial, scheduled to begin next month, will likely be pushed back.

Leon Spies, Bloomfield’s attorney, filed an unresisted motion on Friday seeking to continue his client’s trial and p [...]

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Convicted Cedar Rapids murderer dies in prison

A Cedar Rapids man convicted of murder in 1992 died at the Iowa Medical and Classification Center in Coralville Sunday of natural causes.

Hani “John” Khouri, 80, was the fifth-oldest inmate in Iowa's prison system, which has mo [...]

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Grand jury indicts Tama County man for first-degree murder

A 20-year-old Tama County man was indicted by a grand jury for first-degree murder Thursday in federal court.

Jonathan Curtis Youngbear is accused of fatally stabbing Severn D. Jefferson several times in his home on the Meskwaki Nation Set [...]

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Teen accused in Latasha Roundtree shooting wants trial moved

An attorney for Tajh Ross, who is accused of shooting into a car and killing Latasha Roundtree in September 2012, asked a judge Friday to transfer the pending trial to another county because the “extensive” pretrial publicity would p [...]

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Model inmate granted freedom after 39 years

DES MOINES — After nearly 40 years in prison for a 1974 shooting outside a Waterloo pool hall, Rasberry Williams will soon be a free man.

The Iowa Board of Parole decided Wednesday to parole Williams, 68, after Gov. Terry Branstad c [...]

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