Latest Cedar Rapids News

Mother of Iowa student who died in freezing temps sues

Aug. 8, 2020 2:59 PM EDT

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — The mother of an 18-year-old University of Iowa student who froze to death in January 2019 is suing the school for negligence. Michael Belz, of Cedar Rapids, was caught outside of his residence hall on the night of Jan. 29, 2019, when wind chills in Iowa City were 51 degrees below...

Man gets life with no parole in 1979 murder of Iowa woman

Aug. 7, 2020 5:58 PM EDT

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) — An Iowa man was on Friday sentenced to life in prison with no chance of parole in the 1979 murder of an 18-year-old high school student. Jerry Burns, 66, of Manchester, was arrested in Dec. 19 2018, 39 years to the day after Michelle Martinko was found dead in her parents’...

Man critically injured when explosion rocks Iowa house

Aug. 7, 2020 8:44 AM EDT

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) — A man has suffered life-threatening injuries in an explosion at a home just outside the Cedar Rapids city limits, authorities their said. The explosion occurred around 2 p.m. Thursday as Joshua Thomas, 24, of Marion, was working on the property, the Linn County Sheriff’s...

Ex-teacher who stole $54K from Iowa teachers union sentenced

Jul. 17, 2020 3:36 PM EDT

WATERLOO, Iowa (AP) — A former Waterloo teacher who stole tens of thousands of dollars from the local teachers union to feed a gambling habit was sentenced Friday to eight months in federal prison. Anthony Dehl, 59, was sentenced in U.S. District Court in Cedar Rapids, federal prosecutors for Iowa said in...

Police investigate fatal shooting in Cedar Rapids, Iowa

Jul. 12, 2020 11:42 AM EDT

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) — Authorities are investigating a fatal shooting in Cedar Rapids. Cedar Rapids Police say gunshots were reported around 4 a.m. Sunday in southwest Cedar Rapids. Officers found a person with a gunshot wound who later died at the scene. Police did not immediately release the victim's...

FILE - In this  June 6, 2020 file photo, Jerime Mitchell speaks to the crowd as his wife Bracken holds the microphone during a protest against police brutality at Greene Square in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. An Iowa officer who has faced protests for shooting Mitchell, an unarmed Black man in 2016 says he's being unfairly terminated for giving a break to a driver two days earlier. The Cedar Rapids Police Department fired Sgt. Lucas Jones last month, saying only that he had violated department policy. (Jim Slosiarek/The Gazette via AP File)

Cleared in shooting, Iowa officer fired for letting woman go

Jul. 2, 2020 2:34 PM EDT

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — As protests over the death of George Floyd grew in Iowa’s second largest city, activists demanded the firing of a white officer who shot and paralyzed an unarmed Black man during a 2016 traffic stop. On June 18, Cedar Rapids Police Chief Wayne Jerman seemed to give protesters...

Man drowns after going for swim while fishing in Linn County

Jun. 29, 2020 4:45 PM EDT

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) — A man drowned Sunday after going for a swim while fishing at a Linn County quarry, authorities said. Linn County sheriff's deputies were called about 9:30 a.m. to the Martin Marietta quarry, southeast of Cedar Rapids. Friends and relatives of a man told deputies he was fishing but...

Cedar Rapids prepares for possible storms, flooding

Jun. 26, 2020 4:10 PM EDT

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) — Authorities are closing some low-lying roads in Cedar Rapids because they are at risk of flooding as the Cedar River rises. The Gazette reports that the city said in a statement Friday that the Cedar River could reach moderate to major flood elevation. The release said there is...

Iowa nurse accused of taking drugs from patients sentenced

Jun. 26, 2020 1:23 PM EDT

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) — A Cedar Rapids nurse accused of taking painkillers from hospital patients’ intravenous lines and injecting herself has been sentenced to four months in federal prison. Kelly Postel, 43, of Anamosa, was sentenced Friday to the prison term and fined $5500, federal...

2 lawmakers, farmer say TestIowa mishandled their samples

Jun. 25, 2020 5:37 PM EDT

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — Two lawmakers said Thursday that Iowa’s coronavirus testing program mishandled their samples when they tried to get tested after the recent legislative session concluded. Sen. Zach Wahls and Rep. Dave Jacoby, both Coralville Democrats, said they traveled separately to Cedar...