Fatal Accident 5800 block of Hwy 218/Washington Street

Waterloo Police Department responded to a motor vehicle accident in the 5800 block of Washington Street (Hwy 218), near Orange Road, on November 15th, 2014 at 2:45 P.M.

Upon arrival it was found that two vehicles had collided as a result of the icy road conditions.

During the investigation it was determined that a vehicle being driven by Paul J. Bader, age 89, of La Porte City was northbound on Hwy 218 when he lost control of his pickup truck and crossed the centerline striking a southbound vehicle being driven by James P. Coontz, age 66, of La Porte City. Both drivers and one passenger in the Coontz vehicle were transported to Covenant Medical Center.

Upon arrival at the hospital it was determined that Paul J. Bader had internal injuries and was taken to surgery. On November 16th, 2014 Bader died from those injuries.

Captain Dave Mohlis

Waterloo Officers Arrest Two on Weapons Charges

On Saturday November 15, 2014 at approximately 2000hrs Officers with the Waterloo Police Department's Violent Crime Apprehension Team attempted to make contact with twenty-four-year-old Shane Quinn Burt and subjects in a vehicle in the 100 block of Argyle St.  As Officers attempted to make contact with them reference an investigation, Burt fled on foot and ran into 118 Argyle St. where he locked the door on Officers.  Upon making entry Burt was taken into custody.  While in the residence Officers observed evidence in plain view and a search warrant was obtained.  During the incident Officers seized a loaded .45 semi-auto handgun, .44 caliber ammunition and a quantity of marijuana along with other items in the residence.  During the investigaiton Burt was charged with possession of a firearm as a felon, carrying weapons, interference with official acts involving a firearm and possession of marijuana third offense.  Forty-two-year-old Kendrick Donnell Bruce was taken into custody during the incident on an arrest warrant.  Bruce was also charged with for possessing ammuntion as a prohibited person.  Bruce and Burt were both booked into the Black Hawk County Jail.

Sgt. Matt McGeough



Three Armed Robberies Being Investigated

The Waterloo Police Department responded to three armed robberies on November 11th, 2014.

The first reported robbery occurred at Hellman’s Dairy Queen, 1304 W. 5th Street just after 7:00 P.M. where a lone male entered the store, displayed a handgun and demanded money. The suspect is described as a black male, 18 to 21 years of age, approximately five feet’ ten inches tall, wearing dark clothing, and fled the area on foot.

The second robbery occurred at Casey’s General Store, 1604 La Porte Rd just before 11:00 P.M. A lone male entered the store, displayed a handgun and demanded money. The suspect is described as a black male, about 18 years of age, wearing all gray clothing, and fled on foot.

The third robbery occurred in the 900 block of W 5th Street, just before midnight, where an employee of the West Side Liquor Store, 919 W. 5th Street, was robbed at gunpoint after he exited the business. The suspect, a lone male, described as a skinner black male, about 18 to 19 years of age, wearing all gray clothing, after demanding money, fled the area on foot.

On all three robberies the suspects had their face partially covered in an attempt to conceal their identity. There were no injuries reported.

Captain Dave Mohlis
Investigations Division  

11/10/2014 Shooting

On Monday November 10, 2014, at approximately 23:51 hrs, Waterloo Police responded to a call of shots fired in the 700 blk of Dawson Street.  One shooting victim was located and was transported by Waterloo Fire and Rescue to Allen Hospital for nonlife threating injuries.  Investigation is ongoing


Lt. Jason Feaker

3rd Watch 

Anthony A. Tronca charged with Murder 1st Degree

On Tuesday, November 4th, 2014, Murder in the 1st degree charges were filed in Black Hawk County District Court on Anthony Albert Tronca, age 43 of Waterloo.

On September 9th, 2014 the Waterloo Police Department received a missing persons report on 44 year old Ronald Dean Randall. During the investigation it was determined Randall’s disappearance was not voluntary and on September 12th, 2014 his body was located in a rural area of Black Hawk County, south of Washburn, Iowa.

An autopsy was completed by the State Medical Examiner’s Office and Randall’s death was ruled a homicide, the cause of death was multiple gunshot wounds.

As the result of the investigation it was determined that Anthony Albert Tronca shot Ronald Dean Randall multiple times while they were at 2014 Black Hawk Street in Waterloo. Randall’s body was then transported to the rural location where it was later recovered by members of the Waterloo Police Department.

Anthony Tronca has been incarcerated in the Black Hawk County Jail since September 16th, 2014 on unrelated charges.  

Captain Dave Mohlis

Investigations Division