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How will the new texting while driving law be enforced, and what are your rights?

Driver's Ed

It’s been called a texting ban, but the new law impacting Iowa drivers and their phones goes beyond just texting. As of July 1, drivers are prohibited from viewing “images visible on the screen of a hand-held electronic communication device” including texts, instant messages, emails, games or websites. Viewing GPS information, as well as emergency traffic and weather alerts is still permitted. […]

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Jerime Mitchell and wife sue city of Cedar Rapids, officer

Jerime “Danky” Mitchell of Cedar Rapids, who was shot during a traffic stop Nov 1, 2016 and consequently paralyzed from the neck down, and his wife Bracken filed a lawsuit against Officer Lucas Jones and the City of Cedar Rapids Feb. 24. A grand jury previously decided not to indict Jones. […]

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Not to worry, the sex toys have been disposed of

A report in The Gazette followed up on a lockdown last week of a Cedar Rapids school and daycare center, when a bomb squad was called in to deal with a suspicious package. The contents of that suspicious package did very well turn out to be incendiary in some more conservative circles, but not for […]

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Cedar Rapids Police warn of fake bills in Craigslist transactions

The Cedar Rapids Police Department has been investigating incidents in which counterfeit bills were received as part of Craigslist transactions, according to a press release sent out yesterday. The department warned people to look over any money received in order to avoid being bamboozled. Among the things to check for are watermarks, raised printing from […]

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Concerns about discrepancies in police account, dash camera video

Members of the Iowa-Nebraska NAACP and family members of Jerime “Danky” Mitchell, who was paralyzed following a Nov. 1 police shooting, voiced concerns Thursday over discrepancies they saw between the dash camera video released yesterday and the account provided by Linn County Attorney Jerry Vander Sanden during a press conference Tuesday. “We have great concerns […]

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Grand jury will not indict Cedar Rapids police officer in shooting

A Linn County grand jury will not indict Cedar Rapids Police Officer Lucas Jones following the Nov. 1 shooting that left Jerime “Danky” Mitchell paralyzed, according to a statement made by Linn County Attorney Jerry Vander Sanden at a public press conference on Tuesday. The grand jury heard the case Monday, reviewing information from the […]

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Grand jury to review Cedar Rapids police shooting

A grand jury will be convened to determine whether criminal charges are warranted following the use of deadly force by Cedar Rapids Police Officer Lucas Jones on Nov. 1, which left Jerime “Danky” Mitchell paralyzed. The decision, announced in a Friday press release by Linn County Attorney Jerry Vander Sanden, came after the Iowa Division […]

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Cedar Rapids Police Department continues to face criticism, questions about officer-involved shooting

The Cedar Rapids Police Department continues to face criticism after declining to release dashboard camera video from the Nov. 1 officer-involved shooting that left Jerime ‘Danky’ Mitchell paralyzed. During a Tuesday city council meeting, a mass of people gathered in the hallway to protest the lack of answers about what happened. Members of Mitchell’s family […]

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Man paralyzed following shooting by Cedar Rapids police officer

A man shot last week by a Cedar Rapids police officer during a traffic stop has been paralyzed from the neck down, according to published comments from his family. The incident is currently under investigation by the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation, but a number of questions remain including the reason for the traffic stop […]

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Officer-involved shooting and accident in Cedar Rapids

An officer-involved shooting stemming from a traffic stop in Cedar Rapids this morning is now under investigation by the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation. The shooting occurred shortly after 1:15 a.m. Tuesday near St. Luke’s Hospital, according to a press release. A police officer had stopped a 37-year-old man when an altercation began, during which […]

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Cedar Rapids police investigating fatal stabbing

The Cedar Rapids Police Department is investigating a fatal stabbing incident this morning that left an 18-year-old man dead. Police officers responded to a call around 2 a.m. at 6725 College Park Court SW, according to a press release. Emergency medical care was initiated at the scene and the victim was taken to Mercy Medical […]

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Some Cedar Rapids residents head home as water recedes

As the Cedar River began its slow descent from peak flood stage, a shrinking evacuation area meant some area residents were able to go home Wednesday. Cedar Rapids City Manager Jeff Pomeranz said during a Wednesday morning press conference that individuals were allowed to return to about 2,500 homes and businesses. Not everyone has been […]

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