House of Hope Magazine Sales Scam

Waterloo Police would like to make the public aware of a possible local scam involving a person or persons attempting to sell magazine subscriptions on the belief that it is helping a legitimate organization. The suspect(s) are saying that they are attempting to raise money for House of Hope based in Waterloo, Iowa. This is false and no such fundraising is taking place at this time. This has been confirmed through representatives from House of Hope. If you encounter an individual or a group of individuals attempting to do this type of activity, please report it to the local authorities. Like always, please attempt to verify these types of sales through either the actual company, business, or group. You can also check with the City to see if a group or business have the appropriate permit(s) for such activities.


Sgt. Kye Richter

Waterloo Police Department  

Update on Shooting 08/30/15

The victim of the shooting that ocurred at the Porsches Theater of Arts, 1850 W. Airline Hwy, has been identified as 27 year old Justin Montravious Dollen of Waterloo, IA.  Johnson County Medical Examiners office confirmed that the U of I Hospital pronounced the victim deceased after being transported to their facility.   The incident ocurred outside of the business in the parking lot at approximately 0330hrs.  

The investigation is ongoing.


Sgt. Hector Camarin

Watch I Investigations 

Waterloo Police VCAT Unit Seizes 200th Firearm

On Wednesday August 19, 2015 around 1:30am Officers with the Waterloo Police Department’s Violent Crime Apprehension Team (VCAT) conducted a traffic stop with a vehicle for an equipment violation in the area of W. 4th St/Wellington St.  At that time, Officers observed the driver making suspicious movements as he reached down toward the floor board area.  The driver was eventually identified as thirty-one year old Edward Wadley Jr. of Denver Iowa. 

Officers ordered Wadley out of the car and detained him.  Officers observed a strong odor of marijuana emitting from the vehicle.  During the investigation Wadley admitted he had a handgun in the vehicle.  Officers located a loaded semi­auto handgun under the driver seat where Wadley was observed reaching.  The handgun was later determined to be reported stolen out of Pennsylvania. 

Wadley was charged with possession of a firearm as a felon, carrying weapons, possession of marijuana 2nd offense and possession of stolen property.  Wadley was booked into the Black Hawk County Jail.

Wadley’s stolen handgun marked the two-hundredth firearm that the VCAT Unit has taken off the streets since the unit began in 2010.  The unit originated from a four-year Federal grant and began being staffed in April of that year.  The unit became fully operational in August of 2010 while being comprised of five officers and a supervisor. 

During the past five years the VCAT unit has focused its efforts on combating violence, weapons violations, shootings and ongoing gang conflicts in the community.  VCAT Officers play a large role in the metro Gang Task Force and they work very closely with other Officers within the department and with other agencies in the Cedar Valley.  Most importantly, the unit relies heavily on the cooperation of concerned citizens and informants throughout the community who provide critical intelligence information used to take a proactive approach to ongoing violence. 

VCAT has used much of this intelligence to target those involved in shootings and those engaging in violent conflicts. As a result, the unit has successfully referred over thirty firearms cases to the U.S. Attorney’s Office to be prosecuted at the Federal level.   In the end, VCAT Officers hope to encourage more citizens to come forward and join others who have provided pertinent information needed to stop violence and create a safer community. 

Sgt. Matt McGeough

Waterloo Police Investigate Shooting on 8/30/15

On Sunday August 30th 2015, at approximately 0330hrs,  Officers of the Waterloo Police Department responded to  Porsches Theater of Arts located at 1850 W. Airline Hwy on a report of a shooting.  At that time a male victim, was located with multiple gunshot wounds.   The victim was transported to a local hospital and was later taken to U of I hospitals.  At this time his current condition is unknown.  The victims identification will not be released at this time pending notification of family.  No other information is available at this time.


Sgt. Hector Camarin

Watch I Investigations

Hwy 63 vehicle accident with injury

On Monday, August 17, 2015 at 7:37 A.M. the Waterloo Police Department and Waterloo Fire Department responded to a motor vehicle accident on US Highway 63 just north of Airline Highway. It was reported that a pedestrian from a stalled vehicle was struck by a vehicle.

It was determined that a vehicle being driven by Debra Fox of Sumner, Iowa was traveling southbound on U.S. Highway 63 in the outside lane. There was a stalled vehicle in that same lane that was operated by the pedestrian that was struck. At the time Fox was changing lanes and going by the stalled vehicle the driver/pedestrian entered her lane of traffic and was struck.

The pedestrian was transported to Allen Hospital and then transferred to University of Iowa Hospital and Clinics and is listed in Critical Condition. The name of the pedestrian is not being released at this time pending notification of family members.

Captain Dave Mohlis

Investigations Division