Iowa City Police: North Liberty Woman Shoots Heroin with Her 4-year-old Present

A fourth offense for "possession of controlled substance"

A woman in North Liberty has been accused of shooting up heroin in a pharmacy bathroom in front of her 4-year-old child, according to a report by the Press-Citizen.

Iowa City Police responded to a report of a “person acting strangely” from Towncrest Pharmacy at 9:19 this morning.

Witnesses saw Tiffany J. Lewis, 30, go into a bathroom with her child for several minutes and came out appearing “to be under the influence of drugs" and then asked for a container to dispose the used syringes.

When officers tried to speak with Lewis, she backed away concealing a Crown Royal bag behind her back.

Police say they found a spoon with residue on it and some kind of powdered substance. Lewis wasn’t sure if it was heroin or methamphetamine; a presumptive test by police showed the substance was heroin.

Lewis was taken into custody and faces charges of possession of a controlled substance and child endangerment without injry. Police said Lewis has been convicted of possession of a controlled substance in 2006, 2009, and 2010.

Chris Liebig May 10, 2012 at 05:23 AM
I really hope the Patch will not follow the Press-Citizen's lead and try to generate page views by running the mug shots of everyone involved in local arrests, especially when the arrests are for non-violent drug offenses. This is closer to mean-spirited gossip than it is to news. Even if you run the article, there's no reason to run the mug shot, and no reason to feature the mug shot on the front page.
Stephen Schmidt May 10, 2012 at 03:00 PM
Chris, I have been debating (with myself) the mug shot policy for this website. What do you think would be some good guidelines for me to consider beyond what you mentioned? Why is it OK to run a mugshot of some crimes and not for others, for example? And why should featuring the story matter one way or the other? I'm not saying there's a right or wrong policy at this point, I would just be interested in your feedback as I consider what to do. Ultimately I want to create something that is consistent across the board. Running the mug shots for all crimes I choose to write about is one example of such consistency.
Expolwom May 11, 2012 at 03:40 PM
Personally, I don't have a problem with the pic. If you stop running mugshots based upon the type of crime you might ruffle more feathers because certain classes of crimes are generally committed by a specific economic group. For example, if you only show mug shots for violent offenders, you are never going to show mugshots of the wealthy man who embezzles thousands of dollars. There are many non-violent crimes that are more horrendous than an assault. I think this one fits the bill. Either show all of the mugshots or none of them.
Larry Newman May 14, 2012 at 04:34 PM
I would prefer mugshots of those convicted of a crime rather than those accused. It is all public record but if I ran the world, those who are convicted would then get their mugshots published along with the story. If they are found not guilty (such as the recent case of the mandatory reporter, being prosecuted for not reporting) then his/her picture should not be published when initially reporting the story. That's my opinion.


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