Waterloo Officers Arrest Suspect on Gun Charges

On August 4, 2014 at approximately 9:21pm Officers with the Waterloo Police Department’s Violent Crime Apprehension Team arrested nineteen-year-old Otavious Donte Brown of Waterloo for interference with official acts while in possession of a firearm and carrying weapons.  Officers had attempted to make contact Brown and twenty-three year old Scottie Lyes who were riding bicycles in the area of Oaklawn Ave and W. Mullan Ave.  The suspects were operating their bicycles without any of the required lights or reflectors.  Upon ordering the suspects to pull over, Brown refused to comply and intentionally continued to ride away until he was able to conceal himself behind a parked vehicle.  Officers made contact with Brown behind the vehicle and eventually located a loaded .40 caliber semi-auto handgun on the ground where Brown had stopped.  Brown was taken into custody and booked into the Black Hawk County Jail at the conclusion of the investigation.

Sgt. Matt McGeough



Police Investigate Early Morning Shooting

Waterloo Police responded to a report of a man lying in the street in the 200 block of Jackson street just before 2 am Saturday morning, August 2, 2014. Responding officers found a victim who was later identified as 27 year old Gary Wilson suffering from an injury to his abdominal area.  Officers started CPR and Wilson was transported to Unity Point Allen Memorial Hospital by Waterloo Fire Rescue. Wilson succumbed to his injuries and was pronounced deceased at Allen. During the investigation it was determined Wilson was involved in some kind of altercation at 241 Jackson street and was shot shortly after leaving the residence.  An autopsy has been scheduled to be performed at the DCI lab in Ankeny Iowa.  This is an ongoing investigation and no further details are being released at this time.

Lt. Michael McNamee
Waterloo Police Department Investigation Division

Wanted Subject Arrested in Cedar Rapids

Around 1200 A.M. on July 4, 2014 Officers with the Waterloo Police Department’s Violent Crime Apprehension Team made contact with a subject acting suspicious in the area of W. 4th St. and Locust St.  The subject was identified as eighteen-year-old Queshandis Ramon Seals of Cedar Rapids.  During the investigation Officers completed a pat down of Seals and located a .22 caliber semi-auto handgun, which was later found to be stolen during a previous residential burglary in Waterloo.  Officers also located a distribution quantity of marijuana on Seals’ person. 

Seals was later released from the Waterloo Police Department with the investigation pending.  Officers obtained arrest warrants for Seals on July 7, 2014 for trafficking stolen weapons, possession with intent to deliver marijuana, carrying weapons and possession of stolen property (theft 4th degree). 

VCAT Officers coordinated with Officers with the Cedar Rapids Police Department during the investigation.  On July 13, 2014 Cedar Rapids Police Officers located Seals and took him into custody at his residence.  Seals is currently being held in the Linn County Jail.


***Please contact Linn County for an updated booking photo if needed***


Sgt. Matt McGeough

Waterloo Police Recruit Reserve Officers

Director of Safety Services Daniel Trelka announces the Waterloo Police Department will begin the process of recruiting citizens who would be interested in joining the ranks of the Waterloo Police Department Reserve Unit.  The unit is staffed by highly trained and certified volunteers that serve our community.

Those persons who are interested must be a resident of Blackhawk County Iowa, be at least 21 years of age, possess a High School Diploma/G.E.D. and a valid Iowa Driver’s License with no suspensions or revocations in the previous three (3) years, must be a United States Citizen, be able to speak and read the English language and have no criminal history.

Applicants who pass the application and Interview process and a thorough background check are responsible for obtaining a physical examination at their own expense.

Recruit Reserve Officers will receive over 200 hours of local training as mandated by the Iowa Law Enforcement Academy and 160 hours of Field Training.

Once the process is complete the applicant will be sworn in as a Police Reserve Officer and possess police powers and authority while serving under the supervision of the Waterloo Police Department.

Informational meetings have been scheduled for July 22nd 2014 at 6:30 p.m. and /August 12th 2014 at 6:30 p.m., at the Waterloo Police Department Training Center at 349 North Elk Run Road. Those interested in applying are urged to attend one of these sessions.

Any person who meets the qualifications is welcome to apply.  To do so, a letter of Interest and Resume should be sent to Lieutenant Al Carrier (Reserve Unit Liaison) at the Waterloo Police Department, 715 Mulberry Street, Waterloo, Iowa 50703, no later than August 29th 2014 by 5:00 p.m.


July 4th Shooting

On Friday, July 4, 2014 at about 9:36PM, Waterloo Police were dispatched to 735 Logan Avenue in Waterloo on the report of subjects shooting at each other.  Officers learned that there was one shooting victim in the 300 block of Wendell Ct and that the second shooting victim showed up at Allen ER.  Both victims received gunshots wounds are being treated at Allen Hospital for what appear to be non-life threating injuries.  The area was blocked off for some time but has now been re-opened.  The investigation in on-going and the identities of the victims is not available at this time. 


Sgt. R.L. Gehrke

Watch III Patrol