Operation Locate

Please cancel the Operation Locate on Alejandra Morales-Mendoza.  She has been located.  Thank you for your assistance.


Sgt. Brooke M. Carter

Waterloo Police Department


Operation Locate Alert

The Waterloo Police Department is issuing an Operation Locate for a missing youth.

Alejandra Morales-Mendoza

Age: 14
Race: White
Ethnicity: Hispanic
Height: 5’02
Weight: 125
Hair: Black
Eyes: Brown

Alejandra Morales-Mendoza was last seen around 0500 AM in the 500 Block of Montero Drive, Waterloo.

She was last seen wearing dark gray sweatpants with a black stripe down the sides, a medium blue zip-up Columbia fleece, burgundy Vans shoes, and carrying a black and white backpack with a flower design on it.


Please contact the Waterloo Police Department if you have any information or know the whereabouts of Alejandra Morales-Mendoza.

Re: W16-007615

Sgt. Melissa Ludwig

Arrest made in daycare death

On June 17, 2015, Waterloo Police Officers and Waterloo Fire personnel were dispatched to an in home daycare at 1415 Bertch Ave reference an unresponsive one year old.  The child was transported to Covenant Hospital and was determined to be deceased.  As a result of this investigation, Amy Hangartner was found to be the daycare provider at this residence during the time of the death.  She was arrested for Child Endangerment Resulting in Death on Wednesday, January 13, 2016.  Hangartner was subsequently booked at the Black Hawk County Jail for the offense.   

Increased Traffic Enforcement

January 22, 2016

Increased Traffic Enforcement

Beginning January 25th through February 15th the Waterloo Police Department will focus on impaired driving and stop sign/red light violations in the following intersections:

All intersections in the downtown Waterloo area bordered by 11th, Mullan, Franklin and Washington Streets.  

San Marnan and LaPorte Road

Martin Road and Ansborough Ave

Washington Street (218) and East Shaulis Ave

This special enforcement is being supported by the Govenernor's Traffic Safety Bureau and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.   The program targets impaired, distracted driving and traffic control violations. 

Please be aware that many accidents and injuries are caused by impaired/distracted drivers and drivers violating the traffic signals.   In the interest of improving safety in the community we ask that all drivers slow on yellow and stop on red, and don't drive distracted or impaired.


Drug Task Force locates marijuana grow

On January 11th, 2016 Investigators with the Tri-County Drug Task Force assisted by the Cedar Falls Police Department executed a search warrant at 3004 W. 4th street lot 50 in Cedar Falls, IA.  While searching the residence, Investigators uncovered a marijuana grow operation including numerous unprocessed marijuana plants and growing equipment.  Also located during the search was processed marijuana bagged up and packaged for sale.  The resident was located at the home and was identified as Joseph Michael Ackerson (34). 

After the search was concluded, Ackerson was taken into custody and transported to the Black Hawk County Jail where he was charged with Manufacture of Marijuana, Possession with Intent to Deliver Marijuana and Drug Tax Stamp Violations.


Sgt. R.L. Gehrke

Tri-County Drug Task Force