Iowa City, IA Crime & Safety


IC convenience store employee accused of illegally voiding hundreds of dollars in purchases

An Iowa City convenience store employee faces charges that he illegally voided hundreds of dollars in purchases. According to arrest records, 21-year-old Semaj House of East Court Street was working at the Muscatine Avenue Kum & Go between July 23rd and August 27th when he voided an estimated $775.34 in transactions. The incidents were caught on surveillance video, and House allegedly admitted to the acts to Kum & Go loss prevention. Kum & Go officials were able to provide the ICPD with specific dates and times of the alleged thefts and a copy of the video evidence.
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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 follows other vehicle home after traffic incident on I-380, gets punched in the face

Following another driver home to North Liberty after a traffic incident had a less-than-ideal outcome for a man who was punched in the face as a result. North Liberty Police were called to an assault in the Holiday Lodge manufactured housing community just after 4pm Wednesday. The alleged victim reported following another vehicle to Holiday Lodge after a traffic incident on I-380. Once the other vehicle pulled into a residential driveway, the alleged victim wrote down the license plate number. As he was leaving, an associate of the other driver, 18-year-old Omar Ramirez Aguilar of Holiday Lodge, confronted the man and allegedly punched him in the face as he was sitting in his vehicle. Police say Ramirez Aguilar was not involved in the initial traffic incident.
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Former Wellman Man to Serve Probation for Sex Offender Registry Violations

A former Wellman resident was recently given a suspended prison sentence for two counts of violating his sex offender registration – second or subsequent offense, a class D felony. Court records show that through a plea agreement 50-year-old Steven Michael Davis was ordered to serve a probation period of 2-5...

Kalona Woman Arrested on Drug Charges

A Kalona woman was arrested on a local warrant Thursday. Washington County Sheriff’s deputies executed the warrant in the 500 block of 5th Street at 4:04 p.m., according to the Washington County Communications Center. Thirty-five year-old Pamela Jo Sinn was taken into custody on charges of possession of a controlled substance – third or subsequent offense, a class D felony, hemp inhalation, a serious misdemeanor, and possession of drug paraphernalia, a simple misdemeanor. Bond is set at $6,300 cash only. KCII will bring you more information as it becomes official.

Man paralyzed after Iowa police shooting sues officer, city

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — A man who was paralyzed when an Iowa police officer shot him in April is suing the officer. Marcelino Alvarez-Victoriano contends the shooting was not justified. Authorities say a Waterloo police officer shot Alvarez-Victoriano after he pointed a pellet gun that looked like a shotgun at two Black Hawk County sheriff’s deputies. But 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. Waterloo Police Chief Joel Fitzgerald says the officer has been cleared internally.

Coralville man convicted of 28 charges of lascivious, indecent contact with child

IOWA CITY — A Coralville man was convicted by a jury this week on 28 charges of lascivious conduct and indecent contact with a child for over a year. A Johnson County jury deliberated about five hours Monday before finding Robin A. Castillo Fuentes, 38, guilty of 14 charges of lascivious conduct with a minor, each a serious misdemeanor; 14 charges of indecent contact with a child, each an aggravated misdemeanor; and one count each of child endangerment, an aggravated misdemeanor, and assault, a simple misdemeanor.

Two hurt in single-vehicle rollover crash in Linn County

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (KCRG) - Two people were taken to the hospital after an early Wednesday afternoon crash outside of Ely, according to law enforcement officials. At around 1:20 p.m., the Linn County Sheriff’s Office was sent to a report of a crash involving a 1996 Honda Civic in the 3800 block of Hoosier Creek Road. Deputies believe that the driver of the vehicle lost control and overcorrected, leading to the car entering the ditch and flipping over onto its roof in a nearby field.

Cedar Rapids Police need help identifying individual for questioning

The Cedar Rapids Police Department is looking for the public's help in identifying an individual for questioning in a false use of credit card case. If you have any information please contact the Cedar Rapids Police Department at 319-286-5454 extension 1177. You can also send them a personal message on...

Remove police from Cedar Rapids public schools

Ongoing Cedar Rapids school district conversations and data analysis have made it increasingly clear: School resource officers (SROs) do not belong in our public schools. The Des Moines School District and other districts in Iowa are moving toward ending their SRO programs and Cedar Rapids should do the same. There’s no evidence SROs make anyone more safe, but there is plenty of evidence that their presence wrongly feeds students into the juvenile justice system, creating what has been called the school-to-jail pipeline.