Black Hawk County in Iowa

Black Hawk County in Iowa

Waterloo in Black Hawk County

Waterloo in Black Hawk County

Cold Cases in Waterloo, Iowa

 

 

 

 

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Homicide
Friedrich Paul “Fred” Widmann
30 YOA
Waterloo, IA
Black Hawk County
October 11, 1908

Fred Widmann, a Waterloo Police Department patrolman, was shot at approximately 3:10 a.m. on October 11, 1908, when he discovered burglars trying to break into the Coburn and Son Bicycle and Gun Shop behind East 4th Street in Waterloo.

 

Melvin Gallagher

Melvin Gallagher

Homicide
Melvin James (Regan) Gallagher
22 YOA
Clark Super 100 Service Station
210 Falls Ave.
Waterloo, IA
Black Hawk County
January 3, 1959

At about 5:15 a.m. on a bitterly cold Saturday morning, January 3, 1959, Melvin Gallagher was killed by a shotgun blast to the head as he prepared to end his night-shift at the Clark Super 100 service station located at 210 Falls Ave. in Waterloo.

 

Steven Kirchhoff

Steven Kirchhoff

Missing Person:
Steven Dick Kirchhoff
Age at Report: 22
Missing From: Cedar Falls, IA
Black Hawk County
Date Reported Missing: February 5, 1978

Steven Kirchhoff was last seen at his Cedar Falls, Iowa home on January 24, 1978, and reported missing to the Waterloo Police Department on February 5. He is missing under unusual circumstances and is believed to have been taken against his will. Authorities think his disappearance may have been drug-related.

 

Willie Ann Rucker

Willie Ann Rucker

Missing Person: Presumed Homicide
Willie Ann Rucker
Age at Report: 27
Incident Type: Involuntary
Missing From: Waterloo, IA
Black Hawk County
Missing Since: April 8, 1979

On April 8, 1979, Willie Ann Rucker called her sister from a grocery store after working late and asked her to take Rucker’s three children to her apartment on West Donald Street in Waterloo, where she would meet them. She never arrived.

 

Richard Forsyth

Richard Forsyth

Missing Person:
Richard Neil Forsyth
Age: 27
Missing From: Waterloo, IA
Black Hawk County
Missing Since: October 18, 1979

Richard Forsyth was last seen in Waterloo, Iowa on October 18, 1979, leaving his apartment and carrying something wrapped in a rug. He has never been heard from again.

 

 

Viola Findley

Viola Findley

Missing Person
Viola Marie Findley
NamUS MP # 2914
Age at Report: 29
Date of Birth: December 17, 1954
Missing From: Waterloo, IA
Black Hawk County
Date Missing: September 1, 1983

Viola Marie Findley left Florida on September 1, 1983, to head back to Waterloo, Iowa where she lived with her children. She was never seen nor heard from again.

 

Missing Person
James H. Pretlow
Age at Report: 60
Missing From: Waterloo, IA
Black Hawk County
Incident Type: Endangered / physical
Missing Since: March 29, 1984

James Pretlow was reported missing to the Waterloo Police Department in Waterloo on March 29, 1984.

 

Jo Jo Zolliecoffer

Jo Jo Zolliecoffer

Homicide
Jeffery “Jo Jo” Zolliecoffer
23 YOA
Cedar River
Waterloo, IA
Black Hawk County
September 7, 1989

The body of 23-year-old Waterloo resident Jeffery “Jo Jo” Zolliecoffer — weighted down with concrete blocks — was pulled from the Cedar River north of Waterloo’s business district on September 15, 1989. Missing since September 7, Zolliecoffer had been shot three times, including once in the back of the head.

 

Missing Person
Daniel John Andersen
DOB: July 9, 1987
Age At Report: 4
Weight: 50 lbs.
Height: 3’00″
Race: White
Hair: Brown
Eyes: Brown
Sex: Male
Incident Type: Child lost/wandered away
Missing From: Waterloo
Black Hawk County
Agency: Black Hawk County Sheriff’s Office
Missing Since: January 25, 1992

Daniel J. Andersen, four years of age, was reported missing to the Black Hawk County Sheriff’s Office in Waterloo, Iowa, on January 25, 1992.

 

Cartha "Jack" Pearson

Cartha “Jack” Pearson

Homicide
Cartha “Jack” Pearson
26 YOA
Alley between 100 block of Sumner and Cottage Streets
Waterloo, IA
Black Hawk County
July 29, 1993

Cartha “Jack” Pearson, 26, of 714 South View Drive in Waterloo, Iowa, was found dead in his car Thursday, July 29, 1993, from bullet wounds to his stomach and chest.

 

Diane Courbat

Diane Courbat

Homicide
Diane Courbat
34 YOA
Cedar River Exchange Park parking lot
Waterloo, Iowa
Black Hawk County
Crime Date: Tuesday August 3, 1993
Date of Death: Friday, August 6, 1993

Diane Courbat, 34, was shot in the head in the early morning hours on Tuesday, August 3, 1993. Two Waterloo police officers on routine patrol found Courbat lying in the northwest parking lot of the Cedar River Exchange Park about 2:30 a.m.

 

Homicide
Gladys Dorothy Held
83 YOA
Walnut Court Retirement Home
315 Walnut St., Apt. 321
Waterloo, IA
Black Hawk County
December 8, 1993

Gladys D. Held, an 83-year-old retired personal secretary, was beaten and strangled at a Waterloo senior citizens home around 11 p.m. on Wednesday, December 8, 1993.

 

Homicide
Jacob “Jake” Biretz
87 YOA
311 Lafayette St., Apt. B
Waterloo, IA
Black Hawk County
December 10, 1993

Jacob “Jake” Biretz, an 87-year-old retired mechanic, was found dead in his apartment at a Waterloo retirement home on Friday, December 10, 1993. Biretz was found on his sofa, his arms crossed over his chest. He’d been suffocated with a pillow. According to his death certificate, it took several minutes for him to die.

 

Angela Buck

Angela Buck

Homicide
Angela Renee Buck
37 YOA
Waterloo/Dunkerton, IA
Black Hawk County
August 9, 1995

The body of 37-year-old Angela Renee Buck was found with a single gunshot wound to the chest on Friday, August 11, 1995 near a creek on North Pilot Grove Road, 1 1/2 miles east of Independence Avenue east of Waterloo and south of Dunkerton. The site was in a wooded area, just below a short bridge.

 

Hit-and-Run Homicide
Ruben Lara, Jr.
40 YOA
Highway 218
Waterloo, IA
Black Hawk County
December 8, 2000

Ruben Lara Jr., a 40-year-old construction worker who lived at 3450 Ellington St. in Waterloo, was killed in a hit-and-run homicide early Friday morning, Dec. 8, 2000, while walking along Highway 218 south of Shaulis Road.

 

Double Homicide
Martavious “Tay” DeShaun Robinson, 20
Calvin Maurice Rash, 28
408 Thompson Ave.
Waterloo, IA
Black Hawk County
September 21, 2002

On Saturday, September 21, 2002, Martavious “Tay” DeShaun Robinson, 20, of Waterloo, and Calvin Maurice Rash, 28, of Chicago, were shot to death as they left the home of an acquaintance at 408 Thompson Ave. in Waterloo.

 

Alonzo Quinn

Alonzo Quinn

Rhiannon Olsen

Rhiannon Olsen

Double Homicide
Alonzo Nakia Quinn, 27
Rhiannon Marie Olsen, 22
Full-term (9 months) unborn child
1001 Hartman Avenue
Waterloo, Iowa
Black Hawk County
January 3, 2003

On January 3, 2003, Waterloo police discovered the bodies of Alonzo Nakia Quinn, 27, and Rhiannon Marie Olsen, 22, inside Quinn’s home on Hartman Avenue. Olsen was nine months pregnant with Quinn’s child. Both Quinn and Olsen had been shot to death. The full-term unborn child did not survive.

 

Terence Currington

Terence Currington

Homicide
Terence Dwayne Currington
20 YOA
400 block of Adams St.
Waterloo, Iowa
Black Hawk County
August 7, 2003

Terence Dwayne Currington, 20, was shot about six blocks from his Waterloo, Iowa home after stopping his car to talk to friends. Currington, who lived at 1019 Adams Street, had stopped in the middle of the 400 block of Adams Street about 11:30 p.m. when another car pulled up beside him. Shouts between the two vehicles were exchanged and then shots rang out. Currington’s vehicle traveled a short distance down the block before hitting a tree on the parking strip of 415 Adams Street.

 

LC Matlock

L.C. Matlock

Missing Person:
L.C. Matlock
Age at Report: 37
Missing From: Waterloo, IA
Black Hawk County
Missing Since: July 5, 2004

On July 5, 2004, 37-year-old L.C. Matlock walked across the Mullen Avenue Bridge in Waterloo, Iowa, and was never seen nor heard from again.

 

 

Taveros Galloway

Homicide:
Taveros “Dino” DeShaun Galloway
29 YOA
500 block of Courtland St.
Waterloo, IA
Black Hawk County
February 10, 2009

Taveros “Dino” Galloway, a 29-year-old father of four, was shot in the head about 11:15 p.m. Tuesday, February 10, 2009, while driving his GMC Yukon in the 500 block of Courtland Street in Waterloo, Iowa. The SUV kept moving for about two blocks before coming to a stop in a yard.

 

John Parham, Jr.

John Parham, Jr.

Homicide
John Marvin Parham, Jr.
58 YOA
413 Ricker Street
Waterloo, IA
Black Hawk County
June 24, 2010

On June 24th, 2010, officers with the Waterloo Police Department responded to a report of a shooting in progress at 413 Ricker Street. Upon their arrival, they located John Parham Jr. shot in the front yard.

 

Rodricus Echols

Homicide
Rodricus Keith Echols (Jones)
aka Rodricus Keith Jones
23 YOA
912 Broadway St.
Waterloo, IA
Black Hawk County
September 12, 2010

Robert Keith Echols Jones, 23, was shot in the 900 block of Broadway St. in Waterloo, Iowa, about 2:15 a.m. on Sunday, September 12, 2010.

 

Martavious Johnson

Martavious Johnson

Homicide
Martavious Taveros Johnson
17 YOA
500 block Sumner St.
Waterloo, IA
Black Hawk County
January 5, 2012

Martavious Taveros “Tay Tay” Johnson, a 17-year-old former football player for East High School in Waterloo, was shot in the back on Thursday, January 5, 2012, after cracking a joke.

 

Becky Lawless

Becky Lawless

Hit-and-Run Homicide
Becky Simpson Lawless
59 YOA
Washington St. and W. Mullan Ave.
Waterloo, IA
April 9, 2012

Becky Simpson Lawless, 59, of Waterloo, was apparently walking home from a tavern in the early morning hours on Monday, April 9, 2012, when she was struck by a hit-and-run driver in the area of Washington Street and West Mullan Avenue.

 

Shantorio Evans

Shantorio Evans

Homicide
Shantorio Vashawn “Shaun” Evans
22 YOA
1600 Block of Broadway St.
Waterloo, IA
Black Hawk County
December 2, 2012

On Sunday morning, December 2, 2012, Shantorio Vashawn Evans, 22, was a passenger in a westbound minivan traveling in the 1600 block of Broadway Street in Waterloo when a second vehicle pulled up alongside the van and opened fire, hitting Evans multiple times.

 

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7 Responses to Waterloo

  1. Linda says:

    Ronald Butler was killed around 1973 over some alledged child molestation case. He lived on sumner st. and it was never solved as I know about. I can’t find anything on it.
    I’d like to know if they ever did solve it. thank you.

    • Jody Ewing says:

      Linda, on May 11, 2012, Captain Tim Pillack of the Waterloo Police Investigations Division reported to Iowa Cold Cases that Ronald Butler’s homicide was designated “closed” in June of 2006.

  2. Mike says:

    A cold case that’s not on your website is Martavis “Tay” Robinson.

    • Jody Ewing says:

      Thanks for letting us know, Mike. I’ll look into it and get a page for him added asap. Any other info you could offer (as well as photos) would be greatly appreciated. All best, Jody

  3. Linda says:

    How is a case “closed” when no one was found responsible for his death? Ronald Butler was a person and on that note the killer should be brought to justice. I thought they remained open until someone was sentenced. Is this a cover up or just not careing?

    • Jody Ewing says:

      Linda,

      According to Capt. Pillack, the prime suspect in Ronald’s murder committed suicide when he learned the Waterloo PD was going to file (murder) charges against him. The Waterloo PD was confident this particular individual was responsible, and closed the case once he committed suicide because they could no longer move forward with prosecution.

      Normally, unsolved murders “do” remain open until someone is convicted and sentenced, but officials will also “close” a case when it becomes clearly evident that the known perpetrator can no longer be tried for the crime (usually because he or she has since died). Were the suspect still alive and serving time in prison for another crime (even a life sentence) he or she could “still” be brought forward to stand trial on the new charges.

      The Waterloo Police Dept. cared very much about Ronald’s case, and investigators worked hard to compile the needed evidence to charge the person responsible for his death. It’s so unfortunate (for not just Ronald, but his family, friends and loved ones) that the suspect not only robbed Ronald of his life, but also stole the opportunity for Ronald’s loved ones to find some kind of closure in what very well may have been a successful prosecution and conviction.

      You’ve raised an important concern here, though, and I’m thinking perhaps our website should add a special section to include cases such as Ronald’s where they may be closed but where justice was not able to be served.

      I’m so very sorry for your loss, and thank you for taking the time to write — and to give me food for thought.

      All my best,

      Jody

  4. Jeremiah schimmel says:

    I personally knew the murder suspect John dewey Brannanand have known him for years. He did not commit suicide because of this. This Ronald Butler was not the innocent. He in fact was a pedophile. John.before he died went into great deal about what happened that day. Its unfortunate for Mr.butlers family that this happened. But Mr Butler should have been locked up long bfore this happen. Go to the black hawk county paper archives and query Ronald Butlers name we was arrested a couple times for crimes against children

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