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At least 16 people indicted on gun charges in Waterloo, Cedar Falls sweep

WATERLOO – Federal authorities have charged numerous Waterloo and Cedar Falls residents with gun crimes in a two-day sweep. Following grand jury sessions in U.S. District Court for Northern Iowa in Cedar Rapids, at least 16 people were indicted on weapons offenses beginning Wednesday. Some appeared in court on Thursday, and others are slated to appear on Friday.
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Man Suing Waterloo Police

A man who was paralyzed when a Waterloo police officer shot him in April is suing the officer, who has not been named. Marcelino Alvarez-Victoriano contends the shooting was not justified. Authorities say a police officer shot Alvarez-Victoriano after he pointed a pellet gun that looked like a shotgun at two Black Hawk County sheriff’s deputies. The lawsuit filed Thursday questions the official version of events. It notes that few details have been released months after the shooting. Black Hawk County Attorney Brian Williams says he’s still reviewing whether the officer’s use of force was justified. Williams said he would also forward his findings to the attorney general’s office for a potential second review. Waterloo Police Chief Joel Fitzgerald says the officer has been cleared internally. Alvarez-Victoriano was charged with misdemeanors for the incident. Police have declined to arrest him since his July 10 release from the hospital due to the care his paralysis would require with Williams saying the jail is simply not equipped to handle him.
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Iowa Falls Times-Citizen

Undetermined Cause - Investigation Complete in Ackley Fire

An investigation into the cause of a fire at JK Incorporated in Ackley on Aug. 20 has been completed. Ron Humphrey, Special Agent In-Charge, said the case was closed on Sept. 20 with the official cause listed as Undetermined.
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Waterloo man sentenced to prison in fatal bicycle beating of 72-year-old

WATERLOO – A Waterloo man has been sentenced to prison for beating a 72-year-old maintenance man to death with a child’s bicycle when he lost his temper in 2018. Martavis Tayshon Wise, 30, was originally charged with second-degree murder in the slaying of Johannes Rodenburgh, of Waterloo. On Friday, Wise...
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Police respond to fight outside Waterloo nightclub arrest man with gun

WATERLOO – Waterloo police arrested on man who was found with a gun following a fight outside a nightclub Wednesday night. Officers were sent to Club Legacy, 120 Sumner St., around 11:14 p.m. for a fight in the parking lot and three people with guns. Officers stopped people matching the...

Iowa father charged with the murder of his 6-month-old son

IOWA FALLS, IOWA — An Iowa Falls man is now charged with First Degree Murder for causing the death of his six-month-old son in March. 22-year-old Nicholas Cox was charged on Tuesday in Hardin County. Cox’s son died on March 2nd, 2021 after being found unresponsive at home. The child...

Waterloo man sentenced in beating death of maintenance man

WATERLOO, Iowa (AP) — A judge sentenced a Waterloo man to up to 60 years in prison for the beating death of a 72-year-old maintenance man. TheWaterloo-Cedar Falls Courier reports the judge sentenced 30-year-old Martavis Tayshon Wise, who had pleaded guilty to a reduced charge of voluntary manslaughter with a dangerous weapon and other charges in the 2018 death of Johannes Rodenburgh, of Waterloo. Wise must serve at least 14 years in prison before he is eligible for parole. Rodenburgh worked as a maintenance man at a Waterloo apartment complex. Prosecutors say Wise attacked Rodenburgh, beating and kicking him before slamming a child’s bike down on top of him. Rodenburgh died nearly a week later.Rodenburgh was severely injured and died nearly a week later at a hospital.
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Jurors weigh fatal 2020 shooting

WATERLOO – Jurors are weighing the evidence in a November shooting that claimed the life of Jada Young-Mills. Much of what happened isn’t in dispute. Young-Mills, 27, and her friends were involved in an argument and fight with 36-year-old LaSondra Annette Johnson outside the home of a mutual acquaintance on Dawson Street. Johnson retreated to the passenger seat of her SUV, retrieved a gun and fired once, striking Young-Mills in the chest and killing her.