Author Archives: Mark Morris

Waterloo Man Stabbed in the Leg, has his Shoes Stolen

A Waterloo woman is facing charges, after police say she and a friend attacked a man with a knife and stole his shoes. 25-year old Miranda Casillas was arrested last Tuesday on a charge of first degree robbery.  She’s since been released on bond. Waterloo police say Casillas and a second woman confronted 21-year old…Read more »

Former Farmer Fleeces Feds, Going to Prison

A former farmer from the Elma area will spend 10 months in federal prison for misusing his USDA-backed line of credit. 36-year old David Pitz appeared Friday in Cedar Rapids before Judge Linda Reade, who also ordered him to spend three years on supervised release when he gets out of prison, and Pitz will have…Read more »

Waterloo, Cedar Falls School Boards Both Reorganize Tonight

The Waterloo School Board will consider contracting with another drivers’ education provider tonight(Mon).   In fact, it’s Hawkeye Community College that’s under consideration.   Last month, the board approved a one-year deal with Street Smarts to continue providing the service, but they can only do it after school.  And due to limited staff, they’re also having to…Read more »

Waterloo Teen Arrested after Early-Morning Chase

A 14-year old Waterloo boy has been arrested, after police say he stole a car and led them on a chase. It all began around 3:30 this(Mon) morning at West 8th Street and Bertch Avenue when authorities tried to pull the vehicle over. The teen and a female passenger went through neighborhoods, over lawns and…Read more »

Cedar River to Crest Tuesday in Cedar Rapids

Cedar Rapids officials will be considering additional flood protection measures as the Cedar River rises. The National Weather Service says the river is expected to crest tomorrow(Tues) at 5 1/2 feet above flood stage. On Friday the city completed work on protection for 4 feet over flood stage. Additional measures could include earth-filled barriers and…Read more »

NW Iowa Train Derails when Bridge Collapses

ALTON, Iowa (AP) – No injuries have been reported after a train derailed in northwest Iowa and 20 cars carrying soybean oil and sand fell into the flooded Floyd River. The bridge beneath the Union Pacific train collapsed as part of the derailment yesterday(Sun) morning. Officials say no hazardous materials leaked into the river. The…Read more »

Cedar Falls Loses Two More Career Firefighters

Two more Cedar Falls firefighters have called it quits, making it four who have resigned this month. Those who have already left or will soon be leaving are James Cook, Shane Farmer, Eric Jansen, and Captain Josh Lux.  Farmer and Cook cited personal safety concerns as reasons for moving on; Lux and Jansen have not…Read more »

Would-Be Developers of Proposed Waterloo Grocery Store Ask City for $500,000 More

The developers of a proposed grocery store, restaurant and community room adjacent to the CVS Pharmacy at Highway-63 and Franklin Street in Waterloo are asking the city for an additional $500,000 to help with the $8.9-million project.   The city council will consider the request at its meeting tonight(Mon). Central Property Holdings, represented by Rodney Anderson…Read more »

NWS Says Cedar River Will Crest Higher than Earlier Predicted

The National Weather Service has increased the estimated crests for the Cedar River. It’s expected to crest Sunday morning at 95.2 feet in Cedar Falls.   On Wednesday, estimates expected the river to reach moderate flood stage, rising to 91.9 feet Saturday evening. People near Waterloo should now expect water levels to reach 17.6 feet on…Read more »