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Friday, July 19th, 2019

WQAD.com Firefighters battle flames, extreme heat at Davenport house fire WQAD.com

Firefighters battle flames, extreme heat at Davenport house fire

DAVENPORT, Iowa -- On Friday, Davenport Firefighters tackled a house fire with heat index values above 110 degrees. It happened in the 1400 block of West 3rd Street in Davenport just after 1:00 p.m. Heavy smoke could be seen coming from the backside of the two-story apartment building. "They went at it pretty fast and they got it stopped pretty quick," said District Fire Chief, Neil Gainey. But that home is one of many Davenport firefighters will respond to as temperatures climb higher into the 90s. And as temperatures rise, so does the risk. "They're working harder, they're breathing faster and your air bottles deplete quicker," said Chief Gainey. Davenport firefighter, Nathan Numkena, said temperatures as high as today's is a little more concerning. A risk much larger than the flames they fight - and it begins before they even head out the door. "You're getting in your gear and it's been sitting out in the station and it's already hot when you put it on," said Numkena. "You're sweating just sitting on the fire truck, heading out the door, and we got the windows down and it's hot no matter where you go." An intense heat firefighters are fighting by staying hydrated. Emergency Medical Technicians on scene, standing by with water, ready to treat anyone in need of help -- even those in uniform. "You're not going to last as long in there," said Numkena.  "Your heart rate starts going up a lot faster, it's just some of the natural processes for your body when it gets hot." Chief Gainey said on days with high heat, he rotates his crew every 5-10 minutes. "Their core temperature goes up real fast," said Chief Gainey. "So as soon as possible if we could get their jackets off and get them down to just their pants or their boots and allow the heat to dissipate off of them." And for newcomer, Nate King, even on his third shift ever with the department, he has learned quickly how to stay cool. "I just try to maintain thinking normally, breathing normally, and just trying not to get too hyped up," King said. "Just try to calm my nerves." Nerves that could weigh heavy on those who put their lives on the line in this heat. "If you do get hit with heat stroke or heat exhaustion - you're more prone to it," said Numkena. "So kind of it will effect your career not just today, but down the road. But you know, we're never thinking of that stuff. We just go in to do what we have to do." No firefighters or residents inside the building suffered heat-related injuries. The cause of the fire is still under investigation.


Providing support: Family Resources steps in to help North Scott survivors, victims of other crimes

Next month marks one year since a student brought a gun to North Scott Junior High School, and as the anniversary approaches, people are still coping with the emotions from that day.


"We thought about what our last words would be." North Scott student opens up

Anna Hodge was inside the same classroom where Luke Andrews pulled out a gun, pointed it at his teacher, and pulled the trigger. She recalls her experience.

Quad-City Times Quad-City Times Bix 7 Memories: Stephanie Sayles, Gretchen Carruthers, Cory Lenger, and Jim Swales Quad-City Times

Quad-City Times Bix 7 Memories: Stephanie Sayles, Gretchen Carruthers, Cory Lenger, and Jim Swales

Stephanie Sayles

Quad-City Times Restoration of historic stained glass begins at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Moline Quad-City Times

Restoration of historic stained glass begins at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Moline

Work began this week to remove the first of 38 historic stained glass windows from Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Moline, as part of an estimated $769,000 project to restore them.

Quad-City Times Free bus rides, water fountains and pools: Here are some tips to beat the heat this weekend Quad-City Times

Free bus rides, water fountains and pools: Here are some tips to beat the heat this weekend

Temperatures will continue to soar into the weekend, as the heat index reaches well above 100 and several parts of the Midwest remain under an excessive heat advisory through Saturday.

Quad-City Times At Summer Agriculture Institute, teachers become the students Quad-City Times

At Summer Agriculture Institute, teachers become the students

At the beginning of the course, teacher Jay Solomonson asked his pupils a question: what do you think agriculture looks like?

Quad-City Times Davenport North High graduates create sports league named after Quad City Times sports editor Quad-City Times

Davenport North High graduates create sports league named after Quad City Times sports editor

What started out as an idea to keep two-on-two basketball interesting has turned into a way for friends to stay connected and feel like a “community” after leaving for college.


Smart diapers by Pampers: Because the old-fashioned way isn’t working

The company says its “Lumi by Pampers” line will keep tabs on when your child pees and identify their patterns.

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RI-Milan school board approves two new principals

Rock Island-Milan school board members met in special session Thursday to approve two elementary principal appointments.

QCOnline.com Three Riverdale students beat the heat and complete large mural in Port Byron QCOnline.com

Three Riverdale students beat the heat and complete large mural in Port Byron

PORT BYRON — Combining history and community beautification, three Riverdale High School students and their art teacher, Kiscena Minteer, have worked through sweltering heat this week to complete Port Byron’s first ‘village’ mural, located on two exterior walls of Village…

QCOnline.com Captain's Table groundbreaking finally on the horizon QCOnline.com

Captain's Table groundbreaking finally on the horizon

MOLINE — The long-awaited return of the Captain’s Table could be as early as the spring of next year.

Quad-City Times Quad-City Times Bix 7 Memories: Elena Davis, Lora Zalesny, Marianne Schroeder and Kimberly Kuehl Quad-City Times

Quad-City Times Bix 7 Memories: Elena Davis, Lora Zalesny, Marianne Schroeder and Kimberly Kuehl

Elena Davis

WQAD.com Putnam Museum uses anniversary of Apollo 11 to teach kids about flight WQAD.com

Putnam Museum uses anniversary of Apollo 11 to teach kids about flight

DAVENPORT, Iowa - The Putnam Museum is using the 50 year anniversary of the Apollo 11 mission as an opportunity to teach a younger generation about the history of the lunar landing. On Friday, July 19, the children participating in the museum's Flight Academy summer camp had a chance to learn about space, and flight. Among those students was 10-year-old Anessh Narmeta. He is heading into 5th grade and was building his own rocket that he would launch over the moon. To be clear, it was a stomp rocket that he was launching over a whiteboard with a moon drawn on it. Still, he says the activity reminds him how important it is to learn about space. "I wouldn't know anything about space if it wasn't for the people who went to mars, who went to the moon," he said. These are the types of lessons that leaders at the Putnam Museum say will help shape the future of the Quad Cities community. "It's the 50th anniversary of, I’d say, one of man’s biggest achievements and these children weren’t alive at the time. They don’t know about it," said Michele Darland, Relationship Advancement Director at Putnam Museum. "We can teach them what happened, we can teach them about the technology and the science behind it." Narmeta said he has no plans to become an astronaut. "I want to stay on earth," the 10-year-old said while considering the demands of the job. "I'm not scared of heights but I am scared of going far away from my family. I get homesick very easily." However, it's still a lesson he and his fellow campers appreciate. And, it's one that will help them understand the limits of mankind. The Putnam will commemorate the 50th anniversary of the lunar landing with a party on July 20. Anyone 21-years-old or older can attend a party that will spark over-the-moon nostalgia. The event starts at 7:00 p.m. Also on July 20, the Putnam will host The Day We Walked on the Moon on the Giant Screen. The documentary, produced by the Smithsonian Channel, tells the story of the historic moon landing through interviews with key figures in mission controlm contemporary astronauts and the families of Buzz Aldrin and Neild Armstrong. The movie will offer a glimpse into the dangers that existed with the Apollo 11 mission. The movie will also run on July 21. For more information, click  HERE.


US kids more excited about being YouTube stars than astronauts

American children were about three times more likely to want to be a YouTuber than a space cowboy.

WQAD.com To Fix the Problem, Fix your Pets; simple message after almost 80 cats rescued from Monmouth home WQAD.com

To Fix the Problem, Fix your Pets; simple message after almost 80 cats rescued from Monmouth home

MONMOUTH, Illinois-- A cat rescue situation in Monmouth, Illinois is getting my extensive by the minute. The number of felines that need help is growing. Earlier this week, 79 cats were pulled from a home after neighbors reported the situation to police. The rescues are now being treated at a number of different animal hospitals and shelters in the area, but some were too sick and had to be euthanized. Take a step inside the Warren County Animal Control Center. Every single crate and stall is filled with cats rescued from one home. "Today we're in the process of evaluating. We have several at the vet right now,m" says Monmouth Animal Control Officer Robbin Avery. After the animals are medically cleared, they can be moved to different shelters to be put up for adoption. "Some have eye problems, upper respiratory, they have wounds from fleas biting them," says Dan Porter from the Western Illinois Animal Rescue. But with every step forward, rescuers have taken steps back, finding more cats that need care. "We do keep coming across more and more that are pregnant, and so the number of 79 is already going to climb probably quite high," says Avery. Avery sees how a situation like this could get out of control quickly. "One cat can have hundreds and hundreds of cats over five years, and that's a huge problem," says Avery. Now in order to move forward, Avery says it's going to take the help of pet owners everywhere. "Spay and neuter, I wish I could tell you how many times I've repeated that," says Avery. To fix the problem, fix your pets. Police have sent an investigation report to the Warren County State's Attorney to consider charges against the people who live in the house where the cats were rescued.

WQAD.com Parents told children with school lunch debt could end up in foster care WQAD.com

Parents told children with school lunch debt could end up in foster care

KINGSTON, Pa. – A Pennsylvania school district sent letters to parents threatening that their children could end up in foster care if the students' lunch tabs aren't paid. Five of the nine members of the Wyoming Valley West School Board criticized the letter, WNEP reports, but the district's solicitor has doubled down, claiming some parents need the threat of losing their kids to get them to pay up. School officials said the district has collected more than $500 of the $22,000 owed in lunch money since the controversial letter was sent. Some anonymous donors have chipped in. Board members said they were blindsided by the letter's threatening language. Wyoming Valley West School Board Vice President David Usavage said he cringes at the letter's warning: "the result may be your child being taken from your home and placed in foster care." "The foster care issue, that just had me," said Usavage. "I couldn't believe that that's what it said." Four other Wyoming Valley West School Board members agree, as does school administrator Joe Muth who signed that letter sent out to about 1,000 parents. "It could have been toned down. I don't know how to describe it other than I think in writing, it could have been toned down a notch," Muth said. Wyoming Valley West solicitor Charlie Coslett stands by the letter. Coslett said he's forced 50 families to dependency court for truancy where parents risked having their children placed in foster care because their kids kept skipping school. "Failure to properly provide for your minor child's nutritional needs, certainly on the scale of relativity, seems to be a more serious offense," said Coslett. Critics say if a parent doesn't pay a child's lunch bill, it doesn't mean kids are malnourished. By law, the schools must feed them no matter how much their families owe. "This to me is terrorizing children and families. And it was just so unnecessary," Luzerne County Children and Youth Services director Joanne Van Saun said. Van Saun says the letter wrongly assumes all families can pay. She pointed to a letter sent to a mother who owed $75. "Where did that $75 go? Is it going to cigarettes? Is it going to alcohol? We don't know. That's right, we don't know that," Coslett added. Wyoming Valley West board members believe the district should continue efforts to collect more than $22,000 that is still owed. Usavage says future letters will be less threatening. "If someone saw it before it was sent out, someone would have red-lined it and said, 'let's take these two lines out,'" Usavage said. The Wyoming Valley West School Board now qualifies for enough money to provide free lunches to all students for the upcoming school year. This year, the district gave free lunches to four elementary and middle schools, and officials think some parents did not pay as a form of protest.

WVIK Bucktown is Back WVIK

Bucktown is Back

Another casualty of the flood in downtown Davenport is finally able to welcome customers again. On Wednesday, the Bucktown Center for the Arts on East Second Street re-opened.

WVIK Trigger Interactive Receives IEDA Loan WVIK

Trigger Interactive Receives IEDA Loan

A new company in Le Claire will get help from the state of Iowa to develop its products. Trigger Interactive will use the $25,000 loan to pay for product and consumer testing.


How hot is it? Watch as we try to melt crayons as the temperature rises

The forecast in most of the country calls for extreme heat and humidity, with temperatures rising to 100 degrees. Time to melt some crayons in Nebraska.

WQAD.com Nebraska woman claims Spider-Man sculpture is ‘a hate crime against the church’ WQAD.com

Nebraska woman claims Spider-Man sculpture is ‘a hate crime against the church’

LINCOLN, Neb. – A Nebraska woman is calling for the removal of a statue she says is demonic in nature. The subject of the statue in question – Spider-Man. According to the Lincoln Journal Star, the woman believes the six-foot tall statue of the Marvel hero’s hands shooting webs is both “anti-Christian” and “demonic.” The sculpture contains traditional Spider-Man imagery: hands pointing forward with the middle and ring fingers pressed to the palms, shooting webs. The woman sent an email to the city’s mayor, saying in part that it was “a sculpture of two hands open, painted Red & Black, and formed into Devil Horns.” To make matters more interesting, the statue is not even a city issue, according to KOVR. The statue is reportedly part of a public art display called “Serving Hands Lincoln;” the project will benefit a nonprofit, faith-based organization in the area. The sculpture is supposed to evoke Spiderman slinging webs. But not everyone sees it that way. "It is a sculpture of two hands open, painted Red & Black, and formed into Devil Horns," a Lincoln woman wrote, calling it a "hate crime against the church." https://t.co/G2VFQ2RCH5 pic.twitter.com/JZdoUGaSpG — Lincoln Journal Star (@JournalStarNews) July 17, 2019

WQAD.com Parents buying toddler his first basketball say they were racially profiled, accused of stealing WQAD.com

Parents buying toddler his first basketball say they were racially profiled, accused of stealing

SANTA MONICA, Calif. – Two African American parents are upset, alleging they were racially profiled when a store manager falsely accused them of shoplifting a $12 basketball from the Nike store in downtown Santa Monica, California. The heated dispute was captured on cellphone footage as police were called to the Third Street Promenade on July 5. Joel Stallworth told KTLA on Wednesday that he had already paid for the ball and left the store but a manager followed him out and demanded to see a receipt. He said the whole experience was humiliating. Stallworth said he decided to buy the ball after his 18-month-old son, Sammy, picked it up inside the store and began carrying it around. It was to be Sammy's first basketball. A short time after they completed their purchase and left, Stallworth said a manager called the police and demanded to see his receipt. They showed it to her to prove they paid for the ball. "To accuse somebody of stealing, you need to have evidence, right? So she just accused me. She had zero evidence that I stole anything. She couldn't have evidence because I bought it. She discriminated against me," Stallworth said. "She planted an evil seed in the officer, so as soon as the officer came up to me, he said, 'Sir, give me the stolen ball.'" Stallworth said the manager never apologized. The family has hired an attorney. "What we're hoping to do is to get Nike to have some sort of understanding and meeting of the minds to find out if this was an isolated act, or is this something that is more pervasive within the society of the employees that they hire," attorney Stephen King said. Stallworth said he is a business owner and he would never accuse someone of stealing without evidence. In a statement emailed to KTLA Thursday, Nike said it has apologized to the family and is investigating. “We are taking the recent situation at our Santa Monica store very seriously, and we are currently investigating the facts," wrote KeJuan Wilkins, the vice president of North America Communications. "We have reached out to the family to express our deepest apologies, and we will continue to work with our teams to ensure we deliver on our expectations for consumer experiences.” KTLA also reached out to the Santa Monica Police Department, but has not heard back.

WQAD.com Hundreds of classroom ducks being abandoned at New York City parks WQAD.com

Hundreds of classroom ducks being abandoned at New York City parks

NEW YORK CITY — As schools let out and summer vacation begins, hundreds of classroom ducks in New York City are abandoned at parks, according to WPIX. A new bill is looking to ban classroom hatching projects. Ducklings hatched in an incubator are easy to spot: they have smaller wings, they can't fly and they are larger than most. They're less likely able to protect themselves, making them easy targets for predators. "They are well-meaning and they think they are instructing the kids, you know, on biology and how chicks are born, but it really ends up being a lesson in cruelty," Assemblywoman Linda Rosenthal, who sponsored the bill, said. For now, teams of people rescue the ducks abandoned at parks.

WQAD.com Video shows Mississippi man running for his life as possible tornado closes in on him WQAD.com

Video shows Mississippi man running for his life as possible tornado closes in on him

VICTORIA, Miss. — A man says he ran for his life after he encountered a possible tornado on Tuesday. It was part of a storm system that left a trail of damage in Marshall County. Tennail Richard was on his Marshall County property working in his shed when the powerful storm hit, according to WREG. Four security cameras were rolling and clearly showed Richard's concern as the wind and rain moved in. He knew he had to come up with an escape plan. "I had seconds to think about how I was going to survive this storm. I kept thinking about the lake. I can't swim, but I got to go to the lake," he said. That's right. The body of water would end up being Richard's safe haven, but first he'd have to get there. Video shows Richard getting into his pickup truck. Perhaps he was planning to drive to safety, but instead he took off as fast as he could and ran toward the lake. A huge tree then fell and narrowly missed him. "I was saying to myself, 'I wasn't going to make it. You ain't gonna make it.' I could hear the voices saying it, and I made it." Once he jumped into the lake he struggled to hold on to the other downed trees so that he could stay afloat until the storm passed. He didn't get a scratch, but his car was crushed by the same tree that nearly took him out. Richard admits the experience left him emotionally drained, but very thankful.

WQAD.com Woman furious after man who raped her gets 45-day sentence WQAD.com

Woman furious after man who raped her gets 45-day sentence

DENVER - A plea deal has left a Denver rape victim feeling victimized twice, first by her attacker, then by the judge, according to KDVR. Denver District Court Judge John Madden sentenced Jared Bates to 45 days in jail last Friday after the 29-year old man agreed to plead guilty to attempted sexual assault. But since Bates had already served 47 days after his initial arrest, the judge released him for time served. "I want women to know his face, I want them to know his (Bates') name. I want them to know the judge's name, I want them to know that he (Madden) decided how this was going to go," said Maria Crow. The 31-year-old was drinking with Bates in her apartment on June 23, 2018, when she blacked out. Her brother Michael Crow walked in and said he saw his sister lying unconscious with Bates standing over her with a knife. "I saw my best friend Jared Bates standing over my sister and he was putting his private parts back into his pants, zipping up his pants," Michael Crow said. Michael Crow said he realized immediately his sister had been raped while she was passed out. "She wasn't breathing. That really freaked me out and so I called the police," he said. Denver police arrested Bates within minutes and the district attorney charged him with six counts, including sexual assault of a helpless victim. Maria Crow felt her case was as strong as they get. "I had DNA on my clothes. I had DNA on my face. I had residue all over my body. My pants were down... And my brother walking in and he was the witness to the crime," she said. But just before the trial, prosecutors struck a plea deal. Bates would plead guilty to attempted sexual assault and register as a sex offender. In an email to KDVR, a spokeswoman for the Denver District Attorney's Office wrote, "Our office negotiated a plea agreement - that the victim approved - and which called for Jared Bates to serve up to three years in prison. At sentencing, we requested a three-year prison sentence." Instead, Madden gave Bates 45 days and 5 years probation. Investigative reporter Rob Low spoke to Bates at the front door of his apartment. Bates refused to answer as to whether he thought the sentence was too lenient and initially said he couldn't offer Maria Crow an apology but eventually did. "If she were to listen to this, I’m sorry. I’m sorry for everything. I’m sorry for anything and everything," said Bates, who said he was trying to move on with his life. Maria Crow's family says it hasn't been easy for them to move on, especially because of the judge's sentence. "He shouldn't be a judge no more if he's going to give out sentences like this," said Michael Crow. Maria Crow, referring to Judge Madden said, "An explanation would be nice." She doesn't blame prosecutors but in hindsight wishes, she had taken her chances with a jury at trial, where Bates would've faced more serious felonies. "After hearing all the details of this case, I cannot see 12 people looking at me [and saying] I deserve something like this," Maria Crow said. On Thursday evening, Colorado Judicial Department spokesman Rob McCallum said that under the Judicial Code of Conduct, Madden is prohibited from discussing cases and rulings. Maria Crow's father tells the Problem Solvers he intends to start a recall effort against the judge.

WQAD.com Excessive Heat Warning continues… Scattered thunderstorms, cooler temps to follow WQAD.com

Excessive Heat Warning continues… Scattered thunderstorms, cooler temps to follow

Excessive Heat Warning in effect through Saturday evening. What a scorcher!!  Temperatures are already in the 90s with heat index values approaching 110 degrees!! Like last night, temperatures will be extremely warm with overnight lows around 80 with heat index values around 90 most of the night! The last chapter to all this extreme heat takes place on Saturday with daytime highs well into the 90s again and heat index values around 110. That night into Sunday is when we end the heat as a cold front charging out of  Canada slides through carrying a broken line of showers and thunderstorms.  A few showers may trail behind this line as late as Monday morning before skies quickly improve that day.  The major highlight will be the dry and refreshing summer temperatures all next week with lower 80s the first few days before climbing in the upper 80s by the following weekend. Chief meteorologist James Zahara Download the News 8 Weather App — for iOS, click here and for Android, click here Download the free News 8 App — for iOS, click here and for Android, click here

WQAD.com Dozens of beachgoers helped save a pod of beached whales WQAD.com

Dozens of beachgoers helped save a pod of beached whales

Dozens of beachgoers stepped in to help several pilot whales that beached on a coastal Georgia island on Tuesday, according to local authorities and videos shared on social media. Dixie McCoy, who witnessed the rescue and posted live footage of it on Facebook, told CNN at least 20 whales came near the shore of St. Simons Island's East Beach. About five or six whales from the pod beached themselves, and bystanders worked to push the animals back to sea, Georgia Department of Natural Resources (DNR) spokesman Tyler Jones told CNN in an emailed statement. "As we arrived at the beach, we noticed a group of people in the water. At first we thought they had dolphins doing some sort of show," McCoy said. "As we got closer, we couldn't believe what we saw." "It was so sad to see so many whales on the beach," she continued. "Everyone was trying so hard to get them back in the water. " It is unclear why the animals beached on the island, although pilot whales "are among the most likely species of whale to beach," according to the DNR. "They are highly social animals and will frequently follow leaders and attempt to congregate around sick or injured individuals," the DNR said. "While stranding is a known natural occurrence, the only thing we can do is to continue pushing them out to sea," wildlife biologist Clay George said in a separate statement that the DNR released Wednesday. Thanks to the volunteers and first responders, the majority of whales made it back to the water to continue their journey, the DNR said. Two of them died -- one on East Beach, and the other about half mile south of St. Simons Pier on private property, the department said. The corpses of the two animals are slated for removal and will be taken to a wildlife management area for necropsy. Glynn County's emergency management agency called the incident "an unusual occurrence" on a Facebook post, adding that events like these "can really show the level of care and support from our community." Pilot whales are members of the dolphin family and second in size only to the killer whale, according to the American Cetacean Society.

WQAD.com Man escapes high-rise fire by climbing down ‘Spider-Man’ style WQAD.com

Man escapes high-rise fire by climbing down ‘Spider-Man’ style

Did Philadelphia’s friendly neighborhood “Spider-Man” just escape an apartment fire? The fire department responded to an apartment fire around 9:30 p.m. Thursday in West Philadelphia, according to CNN affiliate WPVI. When they arrived at the 19-story high-rise, they saw a truly shocking sight: a man climbing down the outside of the building to escape the fire. Video shows him grappling down the balconies and railings of several floors until he got to the ground level, where anxious authorities jumped in to lend a hand. The fire was believed to have been started by a trash compactor, said WPVI. The building was evacuated, and while some residents were unaccounted for, no injuries have been reported, the station said.

WQAD.com Tiger takes catnap on bed in Indian home after fleeing huge floods WQAD.com

Tiger takes catnap on bed in Indian home after fleeing huge floods

A family in India found a wild tiger “relaxing on a bed” in their house following a deadly monsoon which flooded parts of South Asia this week, according to Indian conservationists. In an image released by India’s Wildlife Trust, the massive predator can be seen lounging on a bed in the unnamed family’s home in the village of Harmuti, in the northeastern state of Assam. #JustIn our vet @samshulwildvet is making plans with #AssamForestDepartment @kaziranga_ to tranquilise a #tiger that has entered a house and is relaxing on a bed! #AssamFloods bring in unusual guests! #Kaziranga Zoom in to see #OMG wish them luck! @action4ifaw @deespeak pic.twitter.com/SX2FoYOB6K — Wildlife Trust India (@wti_org_india) July 18, 2019 The tiger is believed to be have come from the neighboring Kaziranga National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage site, home to tigers, elephants, bears, and the world’s largest population of one-horned rhinoceroses. “Our vet is making plans with Assam Forest Department to tranquilize a tiger that has entered a house,” the group said in a social media post Friday. “Assam floods bring in unusual guests!” Rohini Ballave Saikia, Deputy Director of Kaziranga National Park, said that there had been attempts to move the tiger but eventually it left of its own accord. “This is the time for their regular activities as it is cooler,” he said. Saikia said that the animal was ultimately not tranquilized because “it was calm and did not pose a danger.” With only 3,900 tigers living in the wild, the animals are considered endangered, according to the World Wildlife Fund. The tiger wasn’t the only creature who had fled the flash floods. The Wildlife Trust said the park had lost track of deer, rhinos and elephants during the recent disaster. Response to the survival question. Rhinos taking shelter in one of the natural High grounds of Kaziranga National Park.#AssamFloods #Kaziranga #Flood #Rhino #AssamForest #Highlands #Wildlife #Worklife #Foresterlife #IFS pic.twitter.com/nP1pH2Bcxf — Arun Vignesh C S, IFS (@arunvigneshcs) July 17, 2019 Officials estimated that more than 95% of Kaziranga National Park was underwater due to the incessant rains. On Friday, Arun Vignesh of the Indian Forest Service tweeted a shocking image of rhinos seeking shelter from rising water. In another video, a rescue team is shown pulling a small rhino calf into a raft. “The animals seek higher ground once the rains begin on their own, but they have to cross a national highway to get to higher ground,” said Saikia. “Animals that are left behind if they are injured while crossing the highway are assisted by park staff.” Field staff of Kaziranga are one of the sincerest and I am proud of working with him.#AssamFloods #Kaziranga #Floods #Rhino #Rescue #AssamForest #Conservation #GuardiansOfNature #Wildlife #KazirangaNationalPark pic.twitter.com/mjd5mrUilZ — Arun Vignesh C S, IFS (@arunvigneshcs) July 16, 2019 Between July 13 and 18, a total of 83 animal deaths in the sanctuary were recorded by the Assam State Disaster Management Authority. The tiger itself was spotted near the highway yesterday at 8.30 a.m. moving away from the park, according to Wildlife Trust India. The organization said the animal was “probably disturbed (and) jumped across the wall of a scrap garage and took refuge in the dark room.” More than 227 people have died since the rains in southeast Asia began in mid-July. Over 10.3 million people have been affected in total.

WQAD.com ‘America: Love or leave it’: Sign outside Virginia church sparks support, criticism WQAD.com

‘America: Love or leave it’: Sign outside Virginia church sparks support, criticism

APPOMATTOX, Va. – “America: Love or leave it.” That’s the message on a sign outside a church in Virginia. Images of the sign spread on social media this week. You’ll find it outside Friendship Baptist Church in Appomattox, Virginia. Pastor E.W. Lucas, founder of the church, said the message was meant to be a commentary on politics, according to WSET. As you can imagine, he’s received a lot of feedback—both negative and positive. “Since we’ve had favorable comments on it, I thought I’d just leave it alone,” Lucas said. “Preachers, by and large today, are afraid they’re going to hurt somebody’s feelings. And when I get into pulpit, I’m afraid I won’t hurt somebody’s feelings.” Lucas has been placing messages in front of the church since its founding in 1979. While some have taken exception to the sign—especially the “leave it” part—Lucas said people should take a step back. While he understands the U.S. faces challenges, he believes Americans have it better than people in many other countries. “People that feel hard about our president and want to down the president and down the country and everything, they ought to go over there and live in these other countries for a little while,” Lucas told WSET.

WQAD.com He tried for years to join his 13-year-old daughter in the US. Now they’re finally reunited – at her deathbed in Queens WQAD.com

He tried for years to join his 13-year-old daughter in the US. Now they’re finally reunited – at her deathbed in Queens

Manuel Gámez clutches the hand of his only child, her dark eyes partly open and her motionless body blanketed by intravenous lines and a breathing tube. His 13-year-old daughter, Heydi Gámez García, lies in a raised bed in a Queens, New York, pediatric hospital room. A pair of stuffed animals sit by her side. Gámez hadn’t seen Heydi since he sent her away with a hug and kiss from their violent hometown in Honduras four years ago. He says he feared for her safety after her grandfather was gunned down by MS-13 gang members. Since then he’s tried repeatedly to join her in the US, only to be rebuffed by immigration authorities. But this is not the reunion he and his family imagined. Heydi, who had been despondent about being separated from her father, attempted to hang herself earlier this month in the suburban Long Island home of one of her aunts. Doctors say she is brain dead and won’t recover. Immigration officials released Gámez from a Houston detention center last week on a 14-day humanitarian parole “to tend to the matters of his daughter’s passing,” according to an order from US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). He is to return to Texas July 27 to face deportation. Now the 34-year-old father and his sisters face a wrenching decision. They plan to take Heydi off life support Thursday and bury her early next week in a Long Island cemetery, nearly 2,000 miles from the town in northwest Honduras where she grew up. “Please forgive me for failing you,” Gámez says he will tell his daughter. “I’m sorry I couldn’t be there… I never meant to leave you.” They sought a safer life in the U.S. Heydi’s short life — a story first reported by The New York Times — is yet another reminder of the human toll of the ongoing immigration crisis at the US-Mexico border and beyond. Gámez says Heydi’s mother walked out on the family when the girl was less than two months old. They have not seen her again. He says he moved to New York as an undocumented immigrant when Heydi was about one, leaving her behind with his parents in Honduras. He worked for several years on Long Island, where his sister Jessica had settled after being granted asylum. In 2014, he says he was forced to return to Honduras after MS-13 members, angered over his father’s refusal to make extortion payments they called “war taxes,” shot and killed the 59-year-old man in the street. With the health of Gámez’s mother rapidly deteriorating, he said he worried about who would look after Heydi and his younger sister, Zoila. The following year he sent Heydi to the United States with an uncle, followed by Zoila, now 21, to protect them from MS-13. Heydi was granted asylum in June 2016. ICE documents show Zoila was granted asylum the following year. Heydi’s aunt Jessica Gámez, 32, says the girl adjusted quickly to her new life in the United States. She learned English in less than a year, did well in school and loved listening to music and visiting a local Chinese buffet. Heydi spoke with her father almost every day, teaching him new words in English and correcting his pronunciation, he recalled, his eyes welling with tears. She spoke of one day becoming a nurse or a pediatrician or even a Hollywood actress. “She was a normal kid — happy and mischievous, like most children,” Jessica Gámez says. “She had many dreams. She was very smart.” But she longed for her father to join her. Three times he crossed the US-Mexico border. The first two times he was detained and sent back to Honduras. The third time was just last month. Gámez kept promising Heydi they would soon be together. “Heydi was always asking, ‘When is papi coming?'” Jessica Gámez says. “I would tell her to be patient. We’re doing all we can.” A father’s struggle to rejoin his family Gámez’s quest to join his daughter in suburban New York predates the Trump administration’s hardline stance on immigration enforcement, including family separations at the border and forcing some asylum seekers to remain in Mexico while their cases make their way through immigration courts. In April 2016, Gámez was picked up by US Border Patrol agents near McAllen, Texas. He was ordered removed in September, and deported to Honduras early the following month, ICE said. Gámez and his lawyer, Anibal Romero, said immigration authorities concluded the basis of his asylum claim was not credible. CNN has not been able to verify this with ICE. He tried again in September 2017 but was detained near Santa Teresa, New Mexico, ICE said in a statement. Gámez was convicted of illegal re-entry in late October of that year and sent back to Honduras a second time in November, ICE said. US Citizenship and Immigration Services, which screens most asylum applications, declined to comment on Gámez’s case, citing privacy concerns. Romero, his attorney, says Gámez is just one of many immigrants in the US who are good people and only asking for an opportunity to become legal residents. “How is it possible that man who is running away from his country with his kid and his sister gets sort of caught up in this broken immigration system where his daughter is granted asylum, his sister is granted asylum and he ends up getting deported?” Romero wonders. Every failed attempt by her father to reach the US seemed to plunge Heydi into a deeper depression, her relatives say. Gámez worried about making promises he couldn’t keep, such as vowing to be by Heydi’s side for her quinceañera, or 15th-birthday celebration. “She was losing faith that I would be with her,” he said. Gámez recalls a phone call with his daughter shortly before his final border crossing. According to ICE, immigration authorities apprehended Gámez June 1 near Sarita, Texas. “She was crying, ‘Papi, you’ll never make it. They always catch you,'” he says. “I promised her, ‘Daughter, this is the last time I try and God will grant me the opportunity.’ But I got caught again.” Heydi’s fading hopes In recent months, Heydi’s dream of a reunion with her dad began to fade. Heydi lamented to her aunts that, unlike her classmates, she did not have a father or a mother to visit her school. In December, she tried to cut her wrist at school and was taken to a hospital for a psychiatric evaluation, Jessica Gámez says. Heydi also was seeing a therapist until about two months ago, she says. Jessica Gámez, 32, says Heydi even talked about returning to Honduras to be with her father. The girl said her “life had no meaning” without him. “I feel I didn’t take proper care of her. Like I failed her in some way,” says Jessica Gámez, who lived with Heydi at her home in Bay Shore, New York, about an hour and a half east of New York City. “I was suppose to be protecting her,” she says. “I would never send her to Honduras. But I never thought something bad would happen to her here.” One night in early July, Heydi broke down in tears to Zoila and said she no longer believed the stories about being reunited with her father. She talked about becoming a lawyer to help him win his freedom. Heydi then said she wanted to be alone. Two hours later, Zoila Gámez discovered her niece had gone into a closet and tried to take her own life. She did not leave a note, relatives say. One week later, doctors at Cohen Children’s Medical Center in Queens declared Heydi brain dead. “Heydi arrived in a neurologically devastated state and there was no hope for recovery,” Dr. Charles Schleien, a senior vice president at the hospital, said in a statement. “We’ve worked with this family and supported them through their anguish with our multidisciplinary team. In the end, they chose to turn tragedy into the gift of life. Heydi is an organ donor and her final act will be to save others.” Wearing a GPS-monitoring ankle bracelet, Gámez has been holding a bedside vigil with his siblings at the hospital. Sometimes he and his sister Jessica take Heydi’s hands in theirs and weep. “We love you,” Manuel Gámez whispers to his mute daughter. “Don’t leave us.” Outside the hospital, Jessica Gámez struggles with her own grief. “I tried to give Heydi all she needed,” she says. “But her only dream was to be with her father.” If you or someone you know is considering suicide, contact the U.S. National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 800-273-TALK (8255) . It is a free, 24/7 service that offers support, information, and local resources. You can also click here for additional hotlines within your state.  Depression and suicidal thoughts are often exhibited in many ways. Warning signs for suicide can include, but are not limited to, talking about wanting to die; conveying feelings of hopelessness, worthlessness or being a burden; and displaying extreme moods.  If someone you know exhibits warning signs of suicide, the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention advises that you do not leave the person alone, call a prevention hotline, and take the person to an emergency room or seek help from a medical or mental health professional. For more information on suicide prevention, including additional resources and warning signs, you can visit the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention’s website.

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Boy fighting to recover after losing hand to firework on 10th birthday

COMPTON, Calif. – Aaron Carreto was playing outside his Compton home on his birthday earlier this month when his life changed forever. Two neighbors tossed a lit homemade firework at the 10-year-old boy, which exploded, claiming the child's left hand, his family said. After undergoing four operations, the young patient is still fighting to recover from injuries that also included burns to his face and stomach, older sister Adriana Carreto wrote on an online fundraising website. He initially lost all the fingers on his left hand due to the injuries in the July 6 incident, according to KTLA. The men tossed the firework at Aaron just before it exploded, leaving no time for the boy to react, she said. "This incident changed his life, (his) way of living, but not his spirits," Adriana Carreto wrote. "He’s very caring and aware of other people’s needs." Aaron loves riding his bike around the neighborhood with friends and playing video games, she said. "Now, without his hand, he won’t be able to live a normal life like any other kid would." At least two more operations are planned, Adriana Carreto said. In addition to his physical injuries, the experience has also been psychologically traumatic, the sister said. "He tells his family how he feels betrayed by those people around us and wants to start a new life far away from where he grew up," she said. One of the men believed to be involved in the incident has been arrested, family members said. The second remains under investigation. "Those guys who did this, I don’t want to see them no more," Aaron said. "I just wish that they could be in jail." A fund has been established online to help the boy's family.


Tom Cruise surprises Comic-Con with ‘Top Gun’ sequel trailer

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Former WIU Student Charged with Amtrak Scam

Trial is now set for September for a former student at Western Illinois University accused of cheating Amtrak. Federal prosecutors say 23 year old Ryan Minter from Calumet City, Illinois used stolen credit card information to buy Amtrak tickets online, sold them to students at a discount, and then kept the money.

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Noon update: Very hot and very muggy this afternoon

Here is the afternoon forecast from the National Weather Service.


Bud Light offers free beer to any alien coming out of Area 51

Anheuser-Busch, the maker of Bud Light, is offering free cans of its brew for any alien that emerges from the mysterious military base.


Fran Riley Features: Helping dogs with massage therapy

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Highway closed for road work in Rock Island County

Officials say the road will be closed on Monday, July 22 at 9 a.m and will remain closed until Friday, July 26 at 3 p.m.


Oklahoma man arrested; charged after 4-year-old is raped at McDonald's

Joshua Kabatra is charged with sexually assaulting the child in a bathroom at a McDonald's play area in Midwest City, Oklahoma.

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Post-flood: Iowa officials assess need for additional federal disaster funding

Iowa officials are seeking information from residents and communities that were affected by flooding in an effort to request additional federal disaster funding from Congress. The state is gathering feedback, comments and observations on unmet needs residents are facing post-flooding from the Mississippi River in April and May of this year. Officials aim to request more grant money for recovery and clean-up efforts. Residents being are asked to fill out a “Post Disaster Unmet Needs Questionnaire” by August 1, 2019. Specifically, the Scott County Emergency Management Agency is requesting details on any and all housing damages due to the floods. In June, Davenport city leaders said the city has already spent more than two million dollars fighting the flood, not including costs of repairs. Flooding from the Mississippi River in Davenport, Iowa in 2019.


Week-long inspection on Centennial Bridge to begin Monday

Commuters are asked to slow down and use extreme caution while driving through all work zones.

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Mississippi Valley Fair - 99 or 100 Years Old

On Midwest Week, a major annual summer event in the Quad Cities may be 100 years old this year.


Making the most of this heat wave safely

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Muscatine firefighters battle extreme heat during apartment fire

MUSCATINE, Iowa — No injuries were reported in an apartment fire Thursday night in Muscatine as firefighters battled not only the fire, but the extreme heat.

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Sanders Coming to QC

Bernie Sanders will campaign in Iowa this weekend, including a stop in the Quad Cities.

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2 burned when tractor rolls over, catches fire in rural Illinois City

The Rock Island Sheriff's Office is investigating a Thursday afternoon tractor rollover in rural Illinois City.

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When it’s this hot, fans actually make your body hotter

As temperatures near the 100-degree mark over the next few days, a special alert for those who don’t have air conditioning and will rely on fans. Fans should only be used when the outdoor air temperatures are cooler than they are indoors. Fans in windows can blow cooler air into a room from outside. Since fans don’t actually cool the air, the air currents flowing over the body must be cooler than your body to control core body temperature. When air temperatures reach 95 degrees, fans can actually make you hotter! In situations like this when there is more humidity, the evaporation off your skin is slower than normal. Fans make it even more difficult for the body to lose heat by sweating. In order to make fans effective, it’s important to wet the skin. Blowing the air over the damp skin will encourage evaporation which will cool the surface of the skin. It’s also important to stay hydrated. If the body doesn’t have enough moisture, it won’t produce enough sweat. That will put the body at more risk of heat exhaustion and heat stroke. -Meteorologist Eric Sorensen

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Rick's Six: Miserable heat, road work, old cars, and Deere technology on display

A good Friday to all. Take a deep breath before venturing out today. The heat and accompanying humidity will hit hard. And before anyone asks, "yes, it is hot enough for me."

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Heat index impacts how crews battle attic fire

MUSCATINE, Iowa-- Just after 8 p.m. Thursday, July 18, crews were called to a home in the 100 block of East 4th Street for reports of smoke coming from an apartment building. The attic was filled with smoke and visible flames. The heat index at the time, was 108 degrees, so more crew members were called in. They were able to extinguish the fire quickly, but due to the heat and smoke build up, the building was ventilated. No one was hurt. A cause has not been determined, but it does not appear intentional. Muscatine Fire Department officials say the six unit apartment building is managed by the Muscatine Center for Social Action (MCSA). All the tenants, and their animals were ale to make it out safely. The Salvation Army is helping those who were displaced.


Due to high heat index Muscatine Fire calls additional resources to fight apartment fire

The Muscatine Fire Department responded to an apartment fire last Thursday evening. No injuries have been reported.


Below Normal Temps Next Week!!

If you've been waiting for the heat to break, you won't have to wait for much longer!

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Births for Friday, July 19, 2019


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Baseball fans brave the heat to support mental health and the players

The heat didn't stop baseball fans from attending the Quad City River Bandit's game on Thursday night. Although it felt like over 100 degrees at night, hundreds showed up to watch the River Bandits play, and support a special cause.


Doctors say with heat index of 110 stay indoors

Doctors say with a heat index of 110, it's best to stay inside. But if you absolutely have to be outdoors, TV6's Sarah Jones has some tips from Dr. David Kavanaugh the D.O. Emergency Department Medical Director at MercyOne Medical Center Clinton.

WQAD.com Veteran, Purple Heart recipient sworn in as newest West Liberty police officer WQAD.com

Veteran, Purple Heart recipient sworn in as newest West Liberty police officer

WEST LIBERTY, Iowa -- A wounded war veteran and Purple Heart recipient is now sporting a new badge of honor as a West Liberty Reserve Officer. On Thursday, during a dedication ceremony for the new Veteran’s Memorial area on the Muscatine County Fairgrounds, the West Liberty Police Department welcomed a highly-decorated veteran, Keyan Brown. "I was like 'Chief, we can go into your office and you can swear me in there,'" Brown laughed. "And he's like 'No, no I want to do this." Brown said he has dreamed of joining the military since he was just a kid, playing with G.I. Joe toy soldiers in his backyard. "I actually had that dream accomplished," Brown said "April 19th, 2010 is when I enlisted in the United States Army." Unfortunately for Brown, that dream was cut short just a year later while touring in Afghanistan. "One night we actually received incoming. We received mortars, RPGs and rifles fired from three different locations at us in a complex attack," Brown said. "When I was coming back in the tent, a RPG hit about 15 feet away. Put scrap metal in me from head to toe. Picked me up and threw me about 15 feet across the tent." That attack leaving him with a traumatic brain injury, facial and hearing damage, anxiety and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. To better cope with his trauma, Brown now leans on his service dog Galilee. "Gali’s just been my go-to," Brown said "She’s been my helper. She’s such a blessing to me." Brown said now he will have others to rely on as he joins a brotherhood with men who know what he has been through. "I'm a veteran myself," said Chief Kary Kenworth of West Liberty Police. Chief Kenworth said he knows what it is like to struggle as you re-enter society. "You went from a hostile, combat situation and now you’re expected to just blend right in and go on with your life," Chief Kenworth said. But the West Liberty Police Department is no stranger to veterans. "We’re a small department and five of my six (full-time) officers are veterans," Chief Kenworth said. "So it’s a big deal for us to help and support our veterans." Chief Kenworth said departments gain a huge advantage by hiring veterans. "At one point they signed a check payable to the United States for their life," Chief Kenworth said. "You’ve got somebody that's willing to give their life for other people and then we can bring them into our profession; it’s a huge deal." A department, Keyan Brown said, he is humbled to be apart of. The West Liberty Police Department is also selling a special-edition Military Appreciation police patch to benefit veterans. All proceeds will be split equally between Puppy Jake Foundation, a non-profit organization aimed at partnering veterans with service dogs, and the Patriot Guard Riders, a group that supports fallen and active veterans. Patches can be bought for $20 at West Liberty City Hall. Those from out of town can send a Self Addressed Stamped Envelope (SASE) with a check or money order for $20 to: WLPD – Military Patch 409 N Calhoun Street West Liberty, Iowa. 52776


Too hot to rain? Maybe!

Sometimes it can be too HOT to rain!


Florida man tries to steal car, can’t drive stick shift

A would-be car thief in Florida was thwarted by his own inability to drive a stick shift.


Ignoring co-workers might help you feel less tired, avoid burnout

Psychologist says distractions are costly


One year anniversary of University of Iowa student Mollie Tibbetts' disappearance

Investigators later found her body in a cornfield in rural Poweshiek County on August 21.


Police looking for man wanted in Scott County; considered armed and dangerous

He is considered armed and dangerous with violent tendencies.


Pres. Trump to nominate Eugene Scalia for labor secretary

President Donald Trump says he will nominate lawyer Eugene Scalia to be his new labor secretary.


Moline police searching for woman wanted for possession of meth; considered armed and dangerous

She is considered armed and dangerous with violent tendencies.


Police asking for public's help in finding man accused of assaulting bus driver in Rock Island

Have you seen this man?


Police searching for man accused of stealing knives from Menards in Moline

The knives are valued at $160.

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WIU Cross Country Cyclists Stop in QC

Riding a bike from California to Washington, D.C. is a daunting task, but that’s just how some members of Pi Kappa Phi Fraternity are spending their summer.


Veteran sworn in as reserve police officer

A gathering to celebrate an Army Veteran as he becomes a volunteer reserve police officer.


Police looking for man accused of theft at Key Auto Mall in Moline

The man is described as being bald and heavy set and was wearing a blue jacket, black pants and black shoes.

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Quad-City Times Bix 7 Memories: Pat Moss

My family and I were slogging back to our vehicles after the race party. I was leading the group, with a multitude of slackers behind me. My only focus was to get to the Court House parking lot to give…

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Have you heard that bagpipe music along the Davenport riverfront? It's coming from a Quad-City newcomer who was drawn to the river

A sound reminiscent of the Scotland highlands began filling the Mississippi riverfront when floodwaters subsided in June.

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National softball tournament deals with summer scorcher in the Quad Cities

BETTENDORF, Iowa - As a heat wave invades the Quad Cities, The TBK Bank Sports Complex is hosting the United States Specialty Sports National Softball Tournament. The tournament started July 18 and runs through the weekend. Teams comes from all over to bring the heat to the field. At the same time, the temperature continues to rise and in the coming days, temperatures are expected to hit near the 100 degree mark or higher. That means families, staff, coaches and players have to get creative when thinking of ways to beat the heat. Some bring fans and coolers full of ice water and Gatorade, while others bring umbrellas to shade themselves. One group of children even decided to have a midday water gun fight to try and stay cool. Cara Nevdal and her daughter Rachel say they sometimes use ice cold rags to help lower their body temperatures. Athletic Trainer Brianna Barnes with Genesis Health Systems was on the scene in Bettendorf on Thursday. She said there had been no reports of heat-related injuries at the tournament on July 18. Those injuries include heat exhaustion and heat stroke. Still, the heat must be taken seriously. Rico Navarro, an assistant softball coach, brought a wagon full of fans to keep his players cool in the dugout and an assistant manager at the concession stand said he saw an uptick in sales of water, sports drinks, and ice cream. As temperatures continue to rise, families say they're prepared to do what it takes to keep cool, even if that means taking a break in the air conditioning.

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Beef quality assurance transportation training set for Welton

Training for Beef Quality Assurance Transportation (BQAT), a new program that provides information for farmers and professional truckers who are involved with transporting cattle, will be held in Welton, Iowa.

WQAD.com Former deputy arrested with gloves, knife, zip ties after allegedly going to meet young girl WQAD.com

Former deputy arrested with gloves, knife, zip ties after allegedly going to meet young girl

CANADIAN COUNTY, Okla. – Oklahoma authorities say a former sheriff’s deputy drove nearly two hours to meet who he thought was a 14-year old girl he befriended on social media. The Canadian County Sheriff's Office identified the man as 45-year-old Cullen Jones, and confirmed that he did work for the Pushmataha County Sheriff's Department. “During the conversation, it went downhill quick, talking about various sexual acts,” Capt. Adam Flowers, with the Canadian County Sheriff’s Office, said. “Things that go to 50 Shades of Gray-type, like bondage. You know it, he was wanting to do it.” Jones also told the girl that he wanted to act out a “Daddy-daughter” sexual relationship. Instead of a teenage girl, however, Jones was met by two deputies and was arrested quickly. In his truck, investigators say they found gloves, a knife, and zip-ties. ”I have no reason to believe this wasn’t Jones‘s first time, and believe there could quite possibly be real live victims out there,” said Chris West, Canadian County Sheriff. Investigators say Jones allegedly had plans to do more than just have sex with the underage girl. “He also wanted to film and video everything,” Capt. Flowers said. “He wanted to take photos and have me pose in different ways. He was very dominant in this type of conversation and the sexual acts he wanted.” For one Canadian County family, this scary situation hits close to home. Valarie Williams has two teenage daughters, and she says she regularly checks their phones. “I let them know how serious so many things are, so they know my mom needs this peace of mind. She needs to see and know,” Williams said. “Yeah, we’ve definitely had to delete some apps, it is scary.” Valarie’s daughter, Olivia, understands why her mom needs to check her phone. She says she actually wishes more parents did the same. “It scares me because some of my other friends, they have no problem and they talk to older guys. It scares me for them because it’s so dangerous,” Olivia said. “ I don’t think they understand how dangerous, and they can be taken so quick and never see anybody they love ever again.”

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United Way day of action making sure kids are ready to go back to school

QUAD CITIES-  United Way Of The Quad Cities is making sure kids are ready to go back to school in the fall. The organization hosted a drive Thursday, July 18 in Rock Island and Davenport to collect school supplies. United Way says they surpassed their original goal of collecting 50,000 supplies and more than $10,000. According to the final figures, they collected more than 91,000 supplies and more than $13,000!


Mobile Food Pantry in Rock Island

The River Bend Foodbank will hold its next mobile food pantry in Rock Island on Saturday.


Small albino porcupine spotted in Maine

Upon their discovery, Seashore Trolley Museum in Kennebunkport took to Facebook to try and identify the animal.


Mother and son burned after rolled over tractor caught fire in rural Illinois City

Officials say the operator of the tractor was a juvenile and sustained burns, along with his mother, who removed him from the fire.

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Tractor rollover in Illinois City burns mother and son

ILLINOIS CITY, Illinois- A mother and son were flown to Iowa City hospitals after a tractor rollover left them both severely burned. July 18 around 3:15 p.m police responded to a tractor that had rolled over and caught fire in rural Illinois City. Police say the juvenile boy was driving the tractor and was pulled from the flames by his mother. The mother and son were burned in the process and the mother drove them to Unity Point. After arriving they were flown to Iowa City for treatment. Their names have not yet been released.

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Dixon man says justice was not served after man who beat his wife to death gets plea deal

DIXON, Illinois-- A Dixon man says justice was not served after his wife, a DCFS worker, was beaten to death on the job. Last week 26-year-old Andrew Sucher admitted to killing Pam Knight. But the case never went to trial. Instead, Sucher took a plea deal and received 21 years behind bars. Pam Knight was checking on the welfare of a 2-year-old when Sucher hit her, knocked her down to the ground, and then kicked her repeatedly in the head. Pam's husband, Don Knight, says he never had a say in how her killer's case was handled. Looking back, Don Knight would have wanted things done differently. "They already plea bargained this before I even knew about this," says Knight. He wanted a jury to decide the fate of Andrew Sucher, the man who beat his wife to death. "I would want to go to trial. I think if we would have went to trial, I think we would have got 60 years for him," says Knight. Instead Sucher took a plea deal and 21 years in prison. "It's very devastating because it's not even justice," says Knight. Now Don is dedicating his life to try to keep other Department of Children and Family Services workers safe. Don says workers like Pam are at risk every time they do child welfare checks. "When a policeman goes to a house, they have a taser and a gun. When a DCFS worker goes to a house, they have a paper and a pencil," says Knight. Right now the penalty for someone who harms a DCFS worker like Pam on the job is 2-5 years in prison. Don says that's not enough. Illinois State Representative Tony McCombie is pushing for a law that would bring harsher penalties for assaulting a DCFS worker. "To have these workers feel the state doesn't have their back is mind blowing," says McCombie. McCombie says the sentence handed down last week is proof this change needs to be made. "They've agreed to a plea because of this loophole," says McCombie. It's change for the next worker protecting a child. And it's justice for the woman who died doing it. "I made her a promise that night. If it took the rest of what I had and the rest of my life, I would protect the workers, and I'm not going to stop until I do," says Knight. This legislative session, Pam's Bill passed in the House but it died in the Senate. McCombie says she'll try to push it through during a veto session in October, and if that doesn't happen, she's ready to start back at square one. Sucher will serve the next 19 years behind bars. He has already served two of his 21. He also had three felony aggravated battery charges against him. As part of the plea deal, when he gets out, those will be wiped clean.

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Court records for Luke Andrews case to be sealed in juvenile court

DAVENPORT, Iowa — Court records will be sealed for a 13-year-old who was convicted of assault with intent to commit serious injury at North Scott Jr. High School. After being tried in adult court, Luke Andrews’ case has been moved back to the juvenile court system.  According to the clerk of courts, at a hearing on Thursday, July 18, a judge granted a request from the teen’s lawyers to seal the juvenile court records. Andrews was 12 years old when he was accused of trying to fire a gun inside his school back in August of 2018.  During testimony in July of 2019, a teacher and a former student teacher said Andrews held them at gunpoint inside a classroom. The student teacher said Andrews pulled the trigger but the gun didn’t go off because the safety was on. After two days of deliberation, a jury found him guilty of assault with intent to commit serious injury, which is a lesser offense than the attempted murder charge he was initially facing.  Andrews was also found guilty of assault while displaying a dangerous weapon and guilty of carrying weapons on school grounds. A Deeper Dive: Defense argues teen was seeking attention when he brought a loaded gun to North Scott Jr. High School


University of Illinois student sentenced to life in prison for murder of Chinese scholar

The jurors returned their decision on Thursday after deliberations in the sentencing of 30-year-old Brendt Christensen.


Alliant Energy activating AC cycling program in Iowa to reduce costs

The program reduces peak energy use on the overall energy grid, which lowers costs for customers.

WQAD.com Man arrested after allegedly raping 4-year-old inside Oklahoma McDonald’s WQAD.com

Man arrested after allegedly raping 4-year-old inside Oklahoma McDonald’s

MIDWEST CITY, Okla. – A man was arrested after he allegedly raped a 4-year-old inside an Oklahoma McDonald’s bathroom while the little girl was on a field trip with her daycare Tuesday. Joshua Kabatra (Midwest City Police Department) Midwest City police said they responded to the restaurant near SE 15th and Air Depot to investigate a call about a disturbance. When officers arrived, they spoke with daycare employees who said a 4-year-old girl had gone to the bathroom in the play area and they went to check on her after noticing the child had “been gone for a while.” The daycare employee said the door was locked, and, after knocking for a while, a man answered and came out with his arms raised, saying “I was just washing my hands.” The 4-year-old was asked if she was touched by the man and she said “yes,” pointing to her genital area, police said. The man, identified as 37-year-old Joshua Kabatra, said he was in the playground area when he started to feel sick and went to the bathroom, knocking on the door, according to police. He said when he opened the door, a female was sitting on the toilet. He says he then threw up in the sink, washed his hands and left the bathroom. After speaking with the 4-year-old, police arrested Kabatra on two complaints of Rape 1 and one complaint of lewd acts with a child in connection to the incident.

WQAD.com Living arts to once again liven up Rock Island`s Establishment Theater WQAD.com

Living arts to once again liven up Rock Island`s Establishment Theater

ROCK ISLAND, Illinois -- The Establishment Theater in Rock Island has new tenants. The Center for Living Arts, a studio theater space owned by husband and wife team Dino and Tina Hayz, is preparing to move in. On Thursday, Creative Director Dino was still rehearsing with dozens of students at the center's old location on 4th Avenue. High School Students from around the Quad Cities area were gearing up for their big summer production of the musical "Legally Blonde." The couple just celebrated the theater's thirteenth anniversary, and the move just a few blocks away to 220 19th Street, the location known until recently as "The Establishment," was a long-awaited milestone. "We are going into our 14th season with 200 students," Dino said. That number grows to about 300 when the center hosts the Penguin Project, a program that includes young performers with special needs. "It’s bittersweet knowing that this will be the last performance here," he said. But Dino and Tina said they and the students were excited about the move. "Most of them are excited. We took them over to the new space last week," he said. "It’s a real theater, it’s historic." "I’d be lying if I didn’t say, I’m a little bit scared. This place (on 4th Avenue) we built, we built completely at our own whims, not having to worry about the history." The new space first opened as Rocket Cinemas 80 years ago and last housed ComedySportz. "I can’t tell you how moving it is to be tenants of that space and stewards of that space moving forward, Dino said. "To know that it was a real theater in its beginning and we’re going to continue that, bringing live theater to that area." Dino and his wife and managinig director Tina have big plans for their new space. They plan to double the stage square footage and the number of seats to about 300. "Right now with our limited seating, we pretty much sell out to our families and friends of our cast members. Now we'll be opening up our seating to community as well," Tina said. The family is just imagining the possibilities: "We want to make our off-show nights, to have a location where kids can come, have some drinks and snacks, and do theater karaoke and just hang out, have a place for them to go and geek out with their other theater friends," Dino added.  

WQAD.com City blares ‘Baby Shark’ on repeat to drive homeless from pavilion at night WQAD.com

City blares ‘Baby Shark’ on repeat to drive homeless from pavilion at night

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. – A Florida city is trying to keep homeless people from sleeping near a posh waterfront patio by playing popular children’s songs “Baby Shark” and “It’s Raining Tacos” on a loop. The director of Parks and Recreation, Leah Rockwell, told The Palm Beach Post the city took the unorthodox approach to protect the Lake Pavilion, an event space that is expected to generate more than $240,000 this year. “People are paying a lot of money to use the facility,” Rockwell said, adding that staffers and guests shouldn’t have to navigate between sleeping bodies as they come and go. Rockwell said the music is a temporary measure while the city works to formalize official hours for Lake Pavilion, which would allow officers to enforce trespassing laws. “Music is also played overnight on a loop by our pavilion to discourage congregating and, if appropriate, to encourage people to seek safer, more appropriate shelter through the many resources that are available,” a city spokesperson said in a statement to CBS News.  “The music volume complies with City code, and we are exploring the possibility of having set hours for the Great Lawn and pavilion.” Some are speaking out as news of West Palm Beach’s tactic spreads. “(It) shows a lack of concern for our community members who are struggling through a very tough time,” said Megan Hustings, interim director of the National Coalition for the Homeless. It’s apparently not the first time the city has tried this approach, the paper reports. Fifteen years ago West Palm Beach police experimented with piping classical music onto a street frequented by drug dealers. The experiment came to a sudden end when someone reportedly destroyed the electrical source to the speakers.

WQAD.com A Utah woman died after her blood was drained into a garbage can, lawsuit says WQAD.com

A Utah woman died after her blood was drained into a garbage can, lawsuit says

MILLCREEK, Utah – The family of a Utah woman is suing a hospital after they say doctors left an open tube in her body, causing her heart to drain into a garbage can, according to the Salt Lake Tribune. Donnamay Brockbank had surgery at St. Mark’s Hospital in June 2018 to remove a medical device causing an allergic reaction, according to court documents. During the procedure, Brockbank had a cardiopulmonary bypass – blood left her body through a tube in her neck and re-entered in her femur. After the surgery, as the equipment was being broken down and Brockbank’s heart was beating on its own, the re-entry tube to the femur was closed; the needle draining blood from the woman’s neck, however, was not, according to the lawsuit. At that time, blood was pumping directly from Brockbank’s heart into a medical garbage can, the lawsuit stated. When Brockbank’s blood pressure dropped, transfusions were performed and live-saving measures were taking, but, according to the Salt Lake Tribune, nobody addressed the tube in her neck still leaking blood into the trash can. Two days after the surgery, hospital employees told Brockbank’s family a “reservoir of blood” had been found in a medical garbage can, according to the Salt Lake Tribune. The family Brockbank left behind, as well as their lawyers, have been working through what they call some of the worst medical records they have ever seen in order to figure out what went wrong.


Waste Management meets biggest little fan in 3-year-old girl

Three-year-old Sage goes to the curb every Wednesday to wave at the garbage men.