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‘Loving a challenge:’ Leon Spies lives life on the edge of the seat of the courtroom as Iowa City criminal defense attorney

Leon Spies, a criminal defense attorney in Iowa City, poses for a portrait in his office. Spies attended the University of Iowa for both his undergraduate degree and for law school. His firm was originally called Mellon & Spies, but is now called Spies & Pavelich law firm. Spies will be covering the upcoming trial Roy Browning, who's accused of murdering his wife, UI employee JoEllen Browning.
Alexandra Skores, Managing Editor December 15, 2020

Never afraid to face any obstacle, Iowa City Attorney Leon Spies has lived a storied career on the edge of his courtroom seat as a criminal defense attorney. “I have that reputation for loving...

Trial for man accused of killing Mollie Tibbetts delayed for third time

Mollie Tibbetts
Rachel Schilke, News Editor December 10, 2020

The trial for the man accused of killing University of Iowa student Mollie Tibbetts has been delayed again because of COVID-19. Christian Bahena Rivera is accused of stabbing Tibbetts to death in...

Blotter: December 8

Blotter: December 8
Samantha Murray, News Reporter December 8, 2020

Joshua Lee Beard, 39, was charged Dec. 8 with operating while under the influence, second offense.  Johnathan Andrew Jolley, 24, was charged Dec. 8 with eluding.

Blotter: December 4 – 6

Blotter: December 4 - 6
Rylee Wilson, News Editor December 6, 2020

Gretchen Ruth Happel, 30, was charged Dec. 3 with third-degree theft.  Paul Thomas Ludvicek, 62, was charged Dec. 3 with domestic abuse assault and third-degree harassment.  Christopher Brent...

Blotter: Dec. 2

Blotter: Dec. 2
Samantha Murray, News Reporter December 3, 2020

Tyler Ryan Albert, 29, was charged Dec. 2 with violation of a no contact order.  Paige Kristin Anderson, 22, was charged Dec. 2 with operating while under the influence, second offense.  Chase...

Fort Madison man charged with theft

Fort Madison man charged with theft
Samantha Murray, News Reporter December 3, 2020

A Fort Madison man was charged with theft for stealing power tools from an Iowa City pawn shop.  Julian Paul Menke, 38, was charged Dec. 1 with second-degree theft.  According to the arrest...

Blotter: December 1

Blotter: December 1
Samantha Murray, News Reporter December 3, 2020

Melissa Ann Collins, 51, was charged Dec. 1 with fourth-degree theft.  Austin Lewis Cottrell, 24, was charged Dec. 1 with fifth-degree theft and two counts of possession of a controlled substance.  Robert...

Coralville man charged with burglary

Coralville man charged with burglary
Samantha Murray, News Reporter December 3, 2020

Dustin Roy Martin, 31, was charged Dec. 1 with third degree burglary, possession of a controlled substance, and armed with a 5 to 8 inch blade.  According to the arrest affidavit, the victim reported...

North Liberty man accused of sexually abusing child

North Liberty man accused of sexually abusing child
Rylee Wilson, News Editor December 3, 2020

A North Liberty man has been accused of sexually abusing a juvenile.  Trumell Alexander Roberts, 38, was charged Dec. 1 with two counts of third-degree sexual abuse, indecent exposure, and lascivious...

Blotter: December 1

Blotter: December 1
Rylee Wilson, News Editor December 1, 2020

Vy Nhat Dinh, 20, was charged on Nov. 30 with extortion.  Austin Robert Hudson, 32, was charged on Nov. 30 with driving while barred – habitual offender.  Laron William Johnson, 19, was charged...

University of Iowa student accused of extortion

University of Iowa student accused of extortion
Rylee Wilson, News Editor December 1, 2020

A University of Iowa student has been accused of extortion.  Vy Nhat Dinh, 20 was charged with extortion for allegedly telling the victim she would accuse him of sexual assault unless he paid her...

Blotter: November 29

Blotter: November 29
Samantha Murray, News Reporter November 30, 2020

Draper David Lavarr Lewis Sr., 37, was charged Nov. 29 with interference with official acts and eluding. 

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