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United Way QC launches effort to increase equity and quality of life in Rock Island, Scott counties

Rise United aims to increase equity in education, healthcare and income in the Quad Cities.

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Work permits for DACA recipients are taking longer to get approved right now, which is raising concerns for Dreamers in the Quad Cities

Work permits for DACA recipients are taking longer to get approved right now, which is raising concerns for Dreamers in the Quad Cities. Undocumented immigrants brought to the United States as kids are protected under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals policy, DACA started during the Obama Administration. The pandemic has had an effect on businesses Including people who currently have a work permit here in the U.S. Due to low staffing It's taking longer for U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services to process applications for work permit. "it was like nail biting to know if i was going to recieve it or not." That's how a Dreamer from Moline felt when he wasn't getting his work permit renewal under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals. "I thought it was just going to be you know you already have your work permit you just pay the amount but i guess you have to give more proof that you're still living here that you're still working," said Daniel. Immigration Attorney Dolores Tapia says before the pandemic it would take about 3 months to get renewals, but now it's taking about 6 months for dreamers to receive their work permits. "With DACA it is crucial that the dreamers get their work permit on time because many times the employers want the proof of the work permit," said Tapia. Dreamers get worried because some aren't aware there's an extension given while your renewal application is being processed. "There's an automatic extension of 180 days on that current work permit and we ask the employers to give time to the government for the work permit to arrive," said Tapia. Daniel recieved his work permit just days before it was originally set to expire and didn't know he was under the 180 day grace period. "Well i was nearly close to the end to where it almost expired where i would have to tell my employer my work permit is about to expire but i did renew it," said Daniel. We reached out to U.S Citizenship and Immigration Services to learn why the delay has become an issue and the statement sent to us reads: "Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and other factors – including an increase in applications and petitions – USCIS is experiencing delays for some applications and petitions filed, with processing times affected by several variables including demand and capacity. USCIS is actively determining appropriate methods to minimize delays while prioritizing the health and safety of the agency’s workforce. Despite the challenges of operating during the COVID-19 pandemic, USCIS’s Historical Data shows the median processing time for DACA renewals through March 31 of FY2021 is 1.7 months.As noted in the DACA Frequently Asked Questions webpage, USCIS’ current goal is to process DACA renewal requests within 120 days. Requestors may submit an inquiry about the status of their renewal request after it has been pending more than 105 days by submitting an inquiry online at egov.uscis.gov/e-request. However, there may be factors that may affect the timely processing of a requestor’s DACA renewal request that could include, but are not limited to:Failure to appear at an Application Support Center (ASC) for a scheduled biometrics appointment to obtain fingerprints and photographs. No-shows or rescheduling appointments will require additional processing time.Issues of national security, criminality or public safety discovered during the background check process that require further vetting.Issues of travel abroad that need additional evidence/clarification.Name/date of birth discrepancies that may require additional evidence/clarification.The renewal submission was incomplete or contained evidence that suggests a requestor may not satisfy the DACA renewal guidelines and USCIS must send a request for additional evidence or explanationWe recommend DACA requestors complete a Form G-1145, E-Notification of Application/Petition Acceptance to receive an e-notification when we accept their form; and we recommend that requestors create a free USCIS online account to check the status of their case anywhere, anytime, using our case status online tool. It gives them the same information as they would get from speaking to a USCIS Contact Center representative, and it is available immediately, any time of day. People use an online account to ask questions about their case, including if their case is outside normal processing times, or they did not receive a card or notice in the mail, or their card or document has a mistake.  Information about Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, forms, and filing instructions may be found at www.uscis.gov/humanitarian/consideration-of-deferred-action-for-childhood-arrivals-daca. Our Frequently Asked Questions page has extensive information about DACA and the adjudication process."

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United Way QC launches effort to increase equity and quality of life in Rock Island, Scott counties

Rise United aims to increase equity in education, healthcare and income in the Quad Cities.

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COVID-19 claims two lives in Quad-Cities, including another resident in their 40s

The COVID-19 deaths come just days after local public officials and doctors warned the virus is hitting a much younger population — and in some cases, hitting younger people very hard.

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Trust me, I'm a nurse

Brandon Nickerson shares his experience as a Registered Nurse in the Neurology/Oncology Unit at Genesis Health System. Getting his Associates Degree in Nursing at Blackhawk College in 2009, Brandon has built a successful career in helping others during their most difficult times. Receiving multiple awards in recognition of his work, Brandon shares the real benefits of his job. Join Matt and Melissa for this episode of A Real Piece of Work . The Junior Achievement student question is provided by Paige Odefey from Pleasant Valley High School. A special thank you to The Moline Foundation for connecting us with Brandon.

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Post-Covid Outlook for the Midwest Economy

Aaron Renn, a leading urban analyst focused on the Midwest, talks about the region’s economic emergence from the Covid pandemic, competing Red and Blue state strategies for growth, and whether globalization will remain a force or be reduced as a result of the pandemic. He also outlines what city leaders should prioritize to lay the groundwork for growth.

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Solar surge reducing carbon footprint through home renovations

Renovation projects are still skyrocketing this year and the popularity of solar energy is growing . Becoming more common now in construction is a system of solar panels. Experts say, it will save the equivalent of 160,000 miles of vehicle emissions in its lifetime, or 1,600 trees cut down. That's reducing nine tons of carbon footprint yearly in the air. Iowa Solar says, installing them on homes can give you tax breaks and save on energy costs as well. Local 4 also spoke to Bush Construction about how they use energy-efficient approaches in their projects. You can find out the impact of solar energy by visiting the video above.

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Man given 20 year sentence for gun charge

Darvill Jimmy Joseph Bragg, 26, of Davenport, was sentenced by United States District Court Chief Judge John A. Jarvey to 240 months in prison for felon in possession of a firearm. Bragg was also ordered to serve five years of supervised release after his prison term and pay $100 to the Crime Victims' Fund. In October 2019, Davenport Police investigated a shots fired call in the 1300 block of East 37th Street. At the scene, police found several fired shell casings and bullet holes in a nearby apartment building. The person who was the target of the shooting told police that Bragg and another man shot at him as he drove through the parking lot. Bullet holes were found in the victim's vehicle. Later that night, police found Bragg in the front passenger seat in a vehicle in the area of the earlier shooting. A search of the vehicle turned up a Taurus Judge revolver in the door bin next to his seat. In August 2020, a jury found Bragg guilty of illegally possessing the firearm. At sentencing, Bragg was subject to the Armed Career Criminal Act due to prior convictions for armed robbery in 2011 in Rock Island County and willful injury in Scott County in 2015. The case was investigated by the Davenport Police Department and was prosecuted by the United States Attorney's Office for the Southern District of Iowa.

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Putnam Museum partners with diverse organizations to update history exhibit

Putnam Museum partners with Friends of MLK, Inc., LULAC, and Azubuike African American Council for The Arts to update the local history exhibit.

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IDPH reporting less people getting 2nd dose within timeframe

Local health departments say one reason is because some people may be wary of potential side effects from the second dose.

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Breaking the stigma of mental health through everyday living

Prior to the pandemic 1-in-5 American Adults say they had a mental illness. That number is now 1-in-3, and likely higher for vulnerable people.

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'We can't do the same things and expect different results.' United Way unveils 10-year blueprint to improve education, income and health in Quad-Cities

Quad-Cities leaders have sounded a call to action to advance racial equity and tackle the root causes of systemic barriers to success in education, income and health.

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Celebrate Mother's Day weekend with the Beaux Arts Fair

Looking for something fun to do with mom for Mother's Day weekend? If she likes art, food, and music, there's an art fair you might want to take her to. Sharon Larson with the Beaux Arts Fair joined Local 4 News at 4 via Zoom to tells us about the weekend event.

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Findings released in deadly Bettendorf officer-involved shooting from February

Authorities in Scott County plan to announce their findings on an officer-involved shooting that left a Bettendorf man dead.

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Three Moline residents arrested after days-long violent feud

Moline police have taken in three suspects after several days of fights that involved a playground fight, a hit-and-run, and a clash between about two dozen people.

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Davenport man sentenced to 12 years for receiving child pornography

On Tuesday, United States District Court Chief Judge John A. Jarvey sentenced Chad Michael Oxley, 38, of Davenport, to 144 months in prison for receiving child pornography. Oxley was also ordered to serve seven years of supervised release after his prison term, and pay $100 to the Crime Victims' Fund and $9,000 to the victims of his crimes. The investigation into Oxley started in January 2019 when Davenport Police received a CyberTip from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children about a video containing child pornography had been uploaded to Google in December 2019. With the information from the CyberTip leading to Oxley, police searched at his known residence in February 2019 and found several cell phones. An examination of the phones found several images and videos containing child pornography, as well as chat sessions where Oxley portrayed himself as a female and exchanged child pornography with others. During a plea hearing in November 2019, Oxley agreed his received over 600 images and/or videos of child pornography. The case was investigated by the Davenport Police Department and prosecuted by the United States Attorney's Office for the Southern District of Iowa as part of the U.S. Department of Justice's "Project Safe Childhood" initiative.

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Davenport man sentenced to 10+ years on child pornography charges

Officials said the information from the CyberTip traced back to Oxley.

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Thoracis surgery and lung cancer screening at UnityPoint Health- Trinity

Dr. Nicholas Yerkes explains different types of surgery and new screening guidelines for lung cancer.

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Lee County man arrested on multiple drug charges

Police were called for a welfare check regarding a man who was slumped over in a vehicle next to the railroad tracks.

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Governor Pritzker proclaims May Motorcycle Awareness Month in Illinois

In 2020, there were 1,193 traffic fatalities – 153 were motorcyclists, an increase of 16 from 2019.

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Bettendorf officer justified in deadly shooting, Scott County Attorney's Office says

The Scott County Attorney's Office says a Bettendorf officer was justified in a deadly shooting last February. They've released body cam footage from the night of February 7 at Georgian Square. Brian Scott fired at officers who were attempting to detain him. Officer Zachary Gish returned fire, striking Scott four times. "It's important to note Brian Scott fired his weapon first and then it was Officer Gish who had to fire his duty weapon. Once somebody has fired his weapon at officers, he has left him no choice but to fire," First Assistant Scott County Attorney Amy K. Devine announced. "A taser isn't going to do anything to somebody who is firing a gun at officers." A firearm was found in Scott's lap under his right hand, a shell casing from that gun was recovered inside the car he was in and forensics matched that casing to the gun in his possession. The Scott County Attorney's Office says it was reasonable and necessary for Gish to fire his weapon to prevent injury or death to himself, a female victim and others.

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Three arrested, four taken to hospital for disturbance at Spring Valley Apartments

Three individuals were arrested and four were taken to the hospital after a disturbance that took place at the Moline Housing Authority Spring Valley Apartments on Tuesday. The disturbance was the culmination of several incidents that occurred in the previous two days: Sunday at 5:51 p.m.: Moline Police responded to a report of a fight in the 1000 block of 42nd Street involving adults and juveniles in a parking lot. Police determined the fight began between two juveniles on a playground that escalated with the adults getting involved.Sunday at 9:02 p.m.: Moline Police received a report of an adult female who had been hit by a vehicle, which left the scene, in the 1000 block of 42nd Street. The incident involved the same group as the earlier call. The female was taken to the hospital for treatment of minor injuries. The suspect vehicle was not located by police.Tuesday at 2:52 p.m.: Moline Police got a call that the suspect vehicle from the hit and run was parked in a parking lot in the 4100 block of 11th Avenue and that the driver had gone in one of the residences. The caller gave police directions to the car at the Spring Valley Apartments.Tuesday at 3:06 p.m.: The same caller describing the car reported that a group of 20 to 30 people was escalating into a fight. The caller said subjects were "beating each other with golf clubs, baseball bats, and trying to run people over with a car." Another caller said several people were swinging baseball bats at each other. When officers arrived for the latest incident, they found several people fighting, including adults and a child as young as 9-years-old. Once police were able to control the situation, ambulances were called in to treat the injured. Several were treated at the scene and four individuals were taken to the hospital for treatment of non-life threatening injuries. Three individuals were arrested and charged by the Rock Island County State's Attorney: Giovanna Davis, 27, of Moline, is charged with reckless conduct and child endangerment with bond set at $10,000.Mary Davis, 31, of Moline, is charged with aggravated battery involving the use of deadly weapon and aggravated battery in a public place with a bond set at $30,000.Ratiya Beason, 31, of Moline, is charged with aggravated battery involving use of deadly weapon and aggravated battery in a public place with a bond set at $30,000. The Moline Police are continuing the investigation and further arrests are expected. Anyone with information about the incident is asked to call Moline Police Department at 309-524-2140.

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Man charged in death of Breasia Terrell makes first court appearance

The man charged in the death of 10-year-old Breasia Terrell made his first court appearance Thursday as a murder suspect. Dinkins has been charged with murder in the first degree and kidnapping in the first degree -- both Class A felonies with a maximum punishment of life in prison. Dinkins is accused of shooting and killing Breasia, who disappeared last July. Her body was found in a rural area near DeWitt in March. No bond was set for Dinkins today -- he has been in jail on unrelated charges since Breasia's disapperance. The judge set his next court hearing for May 10.

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Woman pleads guilty to voluntary manslaughter in connection with deadly shooting at Chuck E. Cheese

A Davenport woman pleaded guilty in connection with a deadly shooting at Chuck E. Cheese in Davenport last October. Treshonda Pollion, 25, admitted she killed 29-year-old Eloise Chairs. Pollion pleaded guilty to voluntary manslaughter on April 23, court documents show. She initially faced a second degree murder charge. She'll be sentenced on June 4 and could get 10 years in prison.

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4 people hurt, three others arrested in fight at Moline housing complex

When officers arrived, they found several people fighting, including adults and a child as young as 9-years-old.

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Quad Cities River Bandits offers incentive to getting vaccinated at Saturday’s clinic

The clinic will be May 8 and will be from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.

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5 Ways to Celebrate Mom in the Quad Cities

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Illinois to move to ‘Bridge Phase’ May 14, Pritzker announces

Governor J.B. Pritzker announced Thursday that Illinois will enter the “bridge phase” of reopening starting Friday, May 14. Pritzker said Phase 5, a full reopening of the state, could happen as soon as June 11. The bridge to Phase Five expands capacity to 60% for gyms, theaters, spectator events, zoos, offices, retail, museums and amusement parks. The “Bridge Phase” will bridge between Phase 4 restrictions and the “new normal” operations of Phase 5 and will serve as a transition period with higher capacity limits and increased business operations. “The light we see at the end of the tunnel is getting brighter and brighter,” said @GovPritzker, as he announced the easing of Illinois Covid-19 restrictions to the “bridge phase” on May 14. That’s the last step before a full reopening, which could come in early June. @WGNNews— Mike Lowe (@MikeLoweReports) May 6, 2021

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Man in his 40′s passes away due to COVID in Rock Island County

The death, a man in his 40′s, brings the county’s total of deaths to 315.

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Sterling police search for missing woman, still searching for murder suspect

Police say 24-year-old Olivia J. Sheley, of Sterling, was last seen on Sunday, May 2, in Sterling.

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Police: Woman wanted on aggravated battery charges in Galesburg

Pierce is wanted for failing to appear on original charges of aggravated battery.

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Man wanted on theft charges in Galesburg

Police say he is wanted for failing to appear on original charges of theft.

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Sterling Police looking for missing woman

The Sterling Police Department is asking for the public's help in locating a woman who last seen on Sunday in Sterling. Olivia Sheley, 24, is described as being 5-foot-6, weighing 160 pounds, with long brown hair and brown eyes. She has a cherry blossom tattoo on her torso and the date "11-22-2011" tattooed on her collarbone. Sheley may be with Michael T. Bennett, 35, of Sterling, who is wanted for first degree murder in Whiteside County stemming from a shooting on Saturday in Sterling. Sheley is not considered a suspect in the murder at this time. Police would like to locate Sheley, make sure she is safe, and speak to her about the circumstances of the murder. There is no known vehicle or means of transportation for either Bennett or Sheley. Anyone that has information about the location of Olivia Sheley or Michael Bennett are asked to contact the Sterling Police at 815-632-6640 ext. 5, Whiteside County Crime Stoppers at 815-625-7867, or their local law enforcement agency.

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Galesburg man wanted on possession of controlled substance charges

Police say he is wanted for failing to appear on charges of possession of a controlled substance.

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Findings released in deadly Bettendorf officer-involved shooting from February

Authorities in Scott County plan to announce their findings on an officer-involved shooting that left a Bettendorf man dead.

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Augustana's Summer Academy returns, gives high school students experience of college level courses

After a hiatus last year, Augustana College's Summer Academy returns for 2021 to give high school students the experience of college level courses. The program runs July 12 through August 13 and is open to high school juniors and seniors. After completion of the course, students will earn one college credit. “Students from all over the country register for this program for an opportunity to explore college classes,” said the program’s coordinator, Bonnie Jessee. “High school students are able to explore their interests and courses taught by actual college professors in a format fit for college bound students.” While students normally take the courses on the Augustana campus, this year they will be taught virtually through Google Meet. The five courses available are: Plagues and Poxes with Dr. Dara Wegman-Geedey: Discovering the lasting impacts there might be on human behaviors due to the COVID-19 pandemic by looking at past plagues and pandemics.Logic for Life with Dr. Deke Gould: Investigating the tools from a systematic study of logic in order to identify what makes good reasoning good, and how to identify and avoid fallacious reasoning in everyday settings.Afrofuturism: From Beyonce to Wakanda with Dr. Lauryn Lehman: Afro-futurism is a genre of storytelling in which creators imagine and re-imagine the past, present, and future lives of Black communities. Examining how Afro-futurism appears across a variety of popular culture media types, and how it challenges audiences' conceptualizations of race, gender, science, and history.“Everyone Has a Plan Until They Get Punched in the Face”: What Survival Movies Teach about Handling Adversity with Dr. Lendol Calder: The question: In difficult, life-threatening situations, why do some fail while others prevail? Explore lessons and truths from the films we watch that apply to living well at college.Are Sci-Fi Movies Based on Science? with Dr. Nathan Frank: Determining and judging confirmed science, plausible tropes, and debunking completely impossible science fiction. The cost for each class is $220. Registration is open now through June 15. For more information or to register, visit this website.

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Prosecutors: Fatal shooting of Bettendorf man by officer was ‘reasonable,’ ‘justified’

The shooting was investigated by the Iowa Division of Criminal Division.

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TV6 wins regional Murrow Award for overall excellence

KWQC-TV6 is honored to accept the Regional Edward R. Murrow Award for Overall Excellence 2021.

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Looking to get away? Check out an escape room

Escape rooms are a growing form of entertainment that combines problem-solving, lateral thinking and teamwork to solve puzzles and challenges to complete the challenge within a designated time limit, usually an hour.

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Read to a Dog returns to Davenport Library

The Davenport Public Library is bringing back its Read to a Dog program at the Eastern Avenue Branch. On Thursdays, May 20, June 17 and July 22, from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., children can practice their reading skills as they read to one of the Quad Cities Canine Assistance Network's (QC CAN) therapy dogs outside in the Story Circle. QC CAN's reading assistance dogs are specially trained, along with their handler, to provide an environment needed to help children improve their reading skills. The event is free and open to the public. The Eastern Avenue branch is located at 6000 Eastern Avenue in Davenport. For more information, visit the Davenport Public Library website or call 563-326-7832. To learn more about the QC CAN's reading assistance dogs, visit this website.

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United Way launches Rise United, community goal for ‘transformative change’

Rise United, the product of a broad spectrum of community partners, aims to advance racial equity in the areas of education, income and health.

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Judge: Dinkins to be held without bond in Breasia Terrell death

His next court appearance is on Monday.

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Flowers That Quad City Moms Want The Most This Mother’s Day

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Help family of 13-year-old boy killed in officer-involved bicycle crash

A couple in Moline is doing what many parents hope they never have to do: bury a child. Their son, 13-year-old Charlie Hubbard, died Tuesday after being struck by a squad car in an officer-involved bicycle crash. Rob Tevis, a pastor at Crossroads Assembly of God in East Moline, says a funeral can cost up to $10,000. "This means that they are not only facing one of our greatest fears of losing a child, but (they) have a huge bill coming their way," said Tevis. That's why he's asking for the community's help in making sure Charlie's family is able to cover the necessary expenses for a proper burial. "The family, as they're going through everything, they haven't asked for one thing," said Tevis. "But I know that we, as a people of this community of the Quad Cities and people of faith, have a duty to help those in need." Tevis and other members of the church set up a GoFundMe page on Wednesday. Within eight hours, they raised over $10,000 — more than enough to cover the expense of Charlie's funeral. "Amazing! We hit our first goal within eight hours of publishing this! I thought $8,500 was asking for too much," said Tevis in an update on the page Wednesday afternoon. "Let's see if we can hit a new goal of $11,000 to cover the varied expenses Jason and Ginna will face. Charlie was really loved!" Tevis aims to raise enough money to cover Charlie's headstone, the lot, loss of wages while mourning, as well as other expenses. In a video posted to the GoFundMe page, Tevis reads aloud a Bible verse from 1 John 3 about the importance of giving. "1 John 3 says, 'This is how we come to know love. Jesus laid down his life for us, so we should also lay down our lives for our brothers and sisters," said Tevis. "If anyone has the world's goods and sees a fellow believer in need but withholds compassion from him, how does God's love reside in him?'" said Tevis. "So, I'm asking for those who have God's love residing in them to go to this GoFundMe page and give, because I know that they (are) not going to ask for anything, but I know that they need help from the community." Tevis says all money raised from the GoFundMe page will go directly to the Hubbard family. "May God bless you, and may He bless your gift as you give," said Tevis. The Moline-Coal Valley School District confirmed Charlie attended Wilson Middle School for a short time last fall and released a statement in response to his death.

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Future Head of the Genesius Guild ?

Isabel Dawson, a 2020 graduate of Augustana College, wears many hats – with each taking advantage of her skills in theater and business. The 23-year-old, who did a lot of theater in high school in Normal, Illinois, is the new assistant executive director for the Genesius Guild and is helping assemble this summer’s abridged schedule of three productions outside, in Rock Island’s Lincoln Park. Doug Tschopp has been executive director for about 15 years, involved in Genesius for 25 years, and worked closely with Dawson at Augustana, where she majored in theater and business management. She was attracted to Augustana, in part, since the school opened the new $4.2 million Brunner Theatre Center in 2016. Dawson was involved in a lot of theater both at Augustana, including stage managing the summer 2018 season for the Mississippi Bend Players, and stage managing three plays at the QC Theatre Workshop. “What I really love about stage management is, I get to see all the parts and how they all

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The Quad Cities are being brought to life in a new gaming app

'Tha Come Up' is a kids game that is based in various Quad City locations. The game consists of obstacle courses and is a real organic experience. The music in the game is produced by Quad-City artists and the game has playable characters of Quad City icons. Over the past two weeks, there have been over 300 downloads. As of right now, the game is available on Google Play for Android users.

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Ballet Quad Cities Rescheduled For May 29th

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Good Morning from WVIK News for Thursday, May 6, 2021

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Explosions

This is Roald Tweet on Rock Island. The universe may lay claim to the first and the biggest bang, but the Upper Mississippi has witnessed some pretty good echoes ever since the first steamboat exploded in 1837. That year, with Iowa and Northern Illinois newly opened to settlement, the steamer Dubuque bound upstream from St. Louis, blew one of its boilers, throwing a sheet of scalding steam and water over the deck passengers, killing twenty-two of them.

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Local church starts Gofundme to raise money for family of 13 year old killed while riding his bike in Moline

Pastor Rob Tevis says Charlie was the kind of kid who had a smile that could light up any room.

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Births for Thursday, May 6, 2021

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Community mourns the loss of Rock Island County board member

People in Rock Island County are grieving over the death of a community figure. "It is with great sadness we announce the loss of our friend, brother and county board member, Scott Noyd," said the Rock Island County Democrats in a Facebook post late Wednesday. "He will be missed by many. Rest in peace." The UFCW Local 431 website says Noyd started his career at Oscar Mayer in 1987. In 2001, he began working for Local 431 as a union representative. Scott also served as the recording secretary of the Local 431 Executive Board until being elected secretary and treasurer. He was a delegate for the Quad City Federation of Labor, a committee member for the Labor Day parade and picnic and a board member for Rock Island County. According to the Rock Island County website, Noyd served as the county board representative for District 3 in Silvis on the committee of the whole and finance and personnel. Noyd's term was set to expire on Nov. 30, 2022.

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Distribution center and jobs possibly heading to Davenport

A thousand jobs would come to the area if the center is built.

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Monmouth College faculty votes "No Confidence" in school President

72% of Monmouth College faculty vote "yes" in a motion of "No Confidence".

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Local pastor starts Gofundme to help raise money for 13 year old boy that was hit and killed riding his bike

Charlie Hubbard was riding his bike on May 4th when he was hit and killed on 34th street in Moline

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Monmouth College faculty votes "No Confidence" in school President

72% of Monmouth College faculty vote "yes" in a motion of "No Confidence".

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Victim in deadly bicycle crash identified

UPDATE: Authorities identified the victim in one of two deadly accidents from Tuesday. He's 60-year-old Hugh Martin. Rock Island County deputies say Martin got hit while riding his bicycle around 12:09 a.m. on the Rock River Bridge, along Illinois Route 84, when a 2017 Chevrolet SUV hit him. The vehicle was driven by a 27-year-old man from Colona whose name has not been released. Hugh was pronounced dead at the scene by the Rock Island County Coroner. The Rock Island County Sheriff's Office was assisted at the scene by Colona Police Department, Colona Fire Department and Genesis Ambulance. There's still no indication if charges will be filed. EARLIER UPDATE: A man is now dead following a vehicle accident involving a bicycle that happened early Tuesday morning in Rock Island County. Deputies responded to the scene after midnight. They say a 60-year-old man was riding his bike on the Rock River Bridge, along Illinois Route 84, when an SUV hit him. The driver is a 27-year-old man from Colona. Names of both individuals have not yet been released, and there’s no indication if any charges will be filed. This was the first of two deadly bicycle accidents in the Quad Cities in less than 24 hours. The other one happened shortly before 3 p.m. Tuesday in Moline, where a squad car struck a 13-year-old boy on a bicycle. This is a developing story. Stay tuned to Local 4 News, Fox 18 News and OurQuadCities.com for updates. Got a news tip? Forward it to Local 4 on Twitter or Facebook or download our app on your iPhone or Android phone. 

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Scott Noyd, Rock Island County Board Member, passes away

Scott Noyd's current term was scheduled to end in 2022.

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Motorist pulled over on traffic stop in Sterling, arrested after active warrant discovered

Renee Thornhill, 22, was originally stopped for performing an Unauthorized U-turn.

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Concerns over speed limits follow fatal accident that left a Moline teen dead

Charles Hubbard was riding his bicycle when a police car responding to a call hit and killed him

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2 arrests made in apartment complex disturbance

UPDATE: Two arrests were made in connection with a fight Tuesday afternoon at Spring Valley Apartments in Moline. Police reports show 31-year-old Mary Davis is charged with battery and mob action. A 27-year-old, Giovonna Davis, is charged with reckless conduct, endangering the life of a child and also mob action. It was confirmed the officer involved in Tuesday's accident was responding to this disturbance when they struck and killed a 13-year-old bicyclist. EARLIER UPDATE: Police were on the scene after a fight in the area of Spring Valley Apartments, 42nd Street and 11th Avenue, Moline, shortly after 3:30 p.m. Tuesday. Neighbors, some visibly upset, gathered in the area where at least two ambulances were parked and one person was transported to a hospital, police said. Our Local 4 News crew saw a vehicle being towed from the area. We do not know whether this incident is related to an accident in the area of 34th Street near 12th Avenue that occurred shortly after 3 p.m. Tuesday. Local 4 News crews there saw a damaged bicycle in the road and an ambulance leave the scene. This is a developing story. Stay tuned to Local 4 News, Fox 18 News and OurQuadCities.com for updates. Got a news tip? Forward it to Local 4 on Twitter or Facebook or download our app on your iPhone or Android phone. 

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ISP moves forward with 9-1-1 system upgrades

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (WCIA) -- The state is overhauling its 9-1-1 system. The improvements are supposed to shorten response times while also giving police more information. The new system allows 9-1-1 operators to pinpoint the location of a call within five meters -- almost immediately. The current system relies on cell phone towers to triangulate where a call is coming from, and only gives a location within 40 meters of the call. "It's going to be great," Chris Mueller with the Sangamon County 9-1-1 Operators said. "Everything we have had to do so far to upgrade our shop has made us improve here locally. We have a list of projects we recently completed and that we are still working on to get ready for this huge change." The new system will soon also allow people to text and send videos to 9-1-1 operators. “This critical mission was given to the Illinois State Police because it is vital to public safety and we are getting it done. A whole generation of people grew up learning the three numbers that would bring help. With (Next Gen) 911, we’ll have expanded functionality to provide emergency response for the generation who grew up with the Internet,” said ISP Director Kelly.  

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School district: 13-year-old bicyclist hit, killed by squad car was former student

The Moline-Coal Valley School District is speaking out after a 13-year-old boy was hit and killed by a squad car while riding his bicycle Tuesday afternoon. The school district confirms Charles Hubbard went to Wilson Middle School for a short time last fall. Superintendent Rachel Savage issued a statement saying there is help for students trying to cope with the news: "On behalf of the entire Moline-Coal Valley School District, I would like to extend our deepest condolences to the family of the young man who passed away yesterday following a traffic accident. The young man was a former student at Wilson Middle School for a short period of time in the fall.  This loss is sure to raise many emotions, concerns and questions for our students and staff. The Moline-Coal Valley district has responded with our Crisis Team consisting of counselors and social workers to provide support to any student and staff at Wilson Middle School to help process this loss and express their feelings. This support is also available to any student, staff or school within our district. Families with a child in any of our schools can reach out to their school and/or school counselor or social worker to receive additional support and resources. We join our entire community in mourning this tragic loss of life."

WQAD.com Bicyclist hit and killed on Rock River Bridge in Colona identified WQAD.com

Bicyclist hit and killed on Rock River Bridge in Colona identified

A 60-year-old man riding a bike was hit and killed by a driver on the Rock River Bridge along Illinois Route 84.

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I-80 traffic near Brady Street interchange slowed for hours after semi-truck rollover

An semi-truck rollover on I-80 near the Brady Street interchange blocked both lanes of traffic for a time Wednesday afternoon before one lane was opened.

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The new I-74 Mississippi River Bridge is getting closer to being done

The new I-74 Mississippi River Bridge is getting closer to being done. Thursday morning the keystone completed the basket-handle arch for the Illinois-bound bridge.Construction of the new bridge started in July 2017. The Iowa and Illinois Department of Transportation have been using social media to keep the community informed on the project.

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New I-74 bridge on track to open to traffic by the end of the year after final arch piece installed on Illinois-bound side

Now, crews will focus on getting the rest of the project done, laying down the deck and pouring concrete on the Illinois-bound lanes.

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Teen hit and killed on a bike by a Moline police squad car identified

The Moline Police Department has revealed that an officer was responding to a call when a squad car hit a 13 year old bicyclist on 34th Street.

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Group in Moline watch bridge project from apartment balcony

A group of seniors at Overlook Village watched the last arch piece be set in place on Wednesday morning. Their set up even gave them a closer look at the progress.

WQAD.com New I-74 bridge on track to open to traffic by the end of the year after final arch piece installed on Illinois-bound side WQAD.com

New I-74 bridge on track to open to traffic by the end of the year after final arch piece installed on Illinois-bound side

Now, crews will focus on getting the rest of the project done, laying down the deck and pouring concrete on the Illinois-bound lanes.

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Two charged with Criminal Mischief after Gaines street vandalism

Two Iowa residents have been arrested after allegedly damaging eight buildings and two vehicles on Gaines Street in Davenport early Wednesday.

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Group in Moline watch bridge project from apartment balcony

A group of seniors at Overlook Village watched the last arch piece be set in place on Wednesday morning. Their set up even gave them a closer look at the progress.

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I-80 traffic near Brady Street interchange slowed for hours after semi-truck rollover

An semi-truck rollover on I-80 near the Brady Street interchange blocked both lanes of traffic for a time Wednesday afternoon before one lane was opened.

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Final Piece of the Basket-Handle Arch on I-74 Bridge Is In Place

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Semi rollover causes traffic delays

Traffic is being diverted after a semi rollover accident Wednesday afternoon in north Davenport. It happened around 2:15 p.m. on I-80 westbound, near the Brady Street exit. The driver reportedly came off the ramp from U.S. Highway 61 south to I-80 westbound when they lost control of the semi, flipping it over. Local 4 News gave a live look at the slow-moving traffic on I-80 just after 4 p.m. Scott County deputies, Iowa State Patrol troopers and Davenport Police could still be seen investigating and directing traffic away from the area. Photojournalist Mike Colón reports I-80 is completely shut down from mile marker 295 on Brady Street as crews work to remove the overturned semi. There is no word on the extent of injuries. This is a developing story. Stay tuned to Local 4 News, Fox 18 News and OurQuadCities.com for updates. Got a news tip? Forward it to Local 4 on Twitter or Facebook or download our app on your iPhone or Android phone. 

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Local non-profit Well Suited helping young Black males with United Way grant

Local non-profit, Well Suited, is helping young, Black males in the Quad Cities with help from the United Way's United for Equity fund.

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I-74 Bridge: Workers Install Top of Eastbound Arch

The second arch on the new I-74 bridge was set in place Wednesday morning, and ironworkers are securing it with more than 4,000 bolts.

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Manufacturing & STEM summer youth camp in Galesburg

Participants will learn about STEM (science, technology, engineering, math) and manufacturing through hands-on activities, guest speakers and more.

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Investing to improve children's literacy in the Quad Cities

A competition to help kids. Big money is up for grabs this weekend. It's suppose to help improve literacy among kids in the Quad Cities. Jerry Jones from the Martin Luther King Jr. Community Center joined Local 4 News at 4 via Zoom to talk about the Pitch.

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Quad-Cities COVID-19 hospitalization numbers back on the rise

The pandemic hasn't stopped putting people in hospital beds.

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Police make two arrests in Davenport vandalism case

The estimated cost of damage in total is over $10,000

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Semi overturned on Interstate 80 in Davenport

The accident happened between Exit 295A at Highway 61 (Brady Street) and Exit 292 Iowa Highway 130 (Northwest Blvd.)

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Boy on bike who died in crash with police officer on way to a call identified

We now know the name of the boy on a bike who lost his life after a Moline police officer hit him while on the way to a call. Rock Island County Coroner Brian Gustafson identified the boy as Charles Hubbard, 13, of Moline. The autopsy is pending for Thursday while the Illinois State Police and the coroner's office continue their investigation. The crash happened near 34st Street and 12th Avenue just before 3 p.m. Tuesday. First responders shut that street down for hours. The officer was headed to a disturbance just blocks away. Police say body cam and in-car video is being transferred to state police. That officer, who Moline Police say is distraught, is now on administrative leave.

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U.S. Sen. Durbin introduces bill to protect waterways from plastic pellets

Plastic pollution has become so prevalent, a recent study showed that the average person ingests the equivalent of a credit card each week.

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Bicyclist hit and killed in Colona Tuesday identified

The Rock Island County Sheriff’s Office responded to the crash just after 12 a.m. Tuesday on Route 84 and the Rock River Bridge.

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Woman pleads guilty in fatal Davenport Chuck E. Cheese shooting

Pollion will be sentenced on June 4.

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Pistols owned by Alexander Hamilton to be auctioned off by Rock Island Auction Company

The pistols could fetch up to $3 million, more than likely putting them in the top 10 most expensive firearms ever sold at auction.

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13-year-old identified after fatal traffic accident with Moline Police vehicle

The Rock Island County Coroner has identified the 13-year-old boy who was killed following a traffic accident with a Moline Police vehicle.

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Moline-Coal Valley School District offers counseling after death of teen killed in bicycle collision with squad car

Moline's superintendent confirmed the teen boy was a former student of Wilson Middle School.

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Statements from Moline Police Chief Darren Gault and Moline Mayor Sangeetha Rayapati

These statements were issued following the deadly crash between a 13-year-old on a bike and a police officer in a squad car.

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Two arrested for damaging business and vehicle windows

Two people were arrested after several business and vehicle windows were damaged in Davenport in the early morning of Wednesday. Davenport Police initially got a report of individuals breaking windows of businesses and throwing objects at vehicles driving by in the 300 block of Gaines Street just before 2:30 a.m. Police were searching for the suspects when officers witnessed the suspects break a window on the front of 312 West 3rd Street. Dustin E. Praucht, 35, of Wilton, and Tori M. See, 20, of Davenport, were arrested for the damage and admitted to breaking several windows while walking eastbound on East 3rd Street. After police spoke with witnesses and searched the area, they located damage to the following buildings and vehicles: 312 West 3rd Street - one window broken with estimated cost of damage $1,000316 West 3rd Street - one window broken with estimated cost of damage $500432 West 3rd Street - one window broken with estimated cost of damage $1,000502 West 3rd Street - one window broken with estimated cost of damage $700532 West 3rd Street - three windows broken with estimated cost of damage $3,000702 West 3rd Street - two windows broken with estimated cost of damage $1,000717 West 3rd Street - two windows broken with estimated cost of damage $1,000940 West 3rd Street - one window broken with estimated cost of damage $5002004 Subaru Legacy - broken front windshield with estimated cost of damage $5002015 Chevy Sonic - damage to front driver's side with estimated cost of damage $200 The total amount of damage was estimated at $10,300. Praucht and See were each charged with first degree criminal mischief with a $10,000 bond. Both were released on their own recognizance.

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Pistols used by Alexander Hamilton during Revolutionary War to be auctioned off by Rock Island Auction Company

The pistols could fetch up to $3 million, putting them in the top 10 most expensive firearms ever sold at auction.

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Pistols owned by Alexander Hamilton up for sale at the Rock Island Auction Company

The pistols could fetch up to $3 million, more than likely putting them in the top 10 most expensive firearms ever sold at auction.

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Suspect Charged in the Death of Breasia Terrell

Nine months after she disappeared, charges have been filed for the murder of a Davenport girl. 48-year-old Henry Dinkins is charged with first degree murder and first degree kidnapping for the death of 10-year-old Breasia Terrell. At a news conference this morning, Scott County Attorney Mike Walton said she was fatally shot, but declined to give any details that could influence the trial. “While announcing charges is a significant step in this case, it’s important to understand that bringing forth charges is not the end of the legal process, but just the beginning. The case will now proceed to court.” Terrell went missing from Davenport in July of last year. Her remains were found near DeWitt last month. Dinkins is a registered sex offender and the father of Terrell's half-brother. He's been in custody for unrelated charges since she went missing.

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Henry Dinkins charged with murder, kidnapping in Breasia Terrell case

Scott County Attorney Mike Walton explained the charges during the press conference. He said Dinkins is accused of shooting and killing Breasia.

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Davenport celebrates Military Appreciation Week

The City of Davenport will celebrate Military Appreciation Week Sunday, May 9–Saturday, May 15. Mayor Mike Matson will kick off the event at the Wednesday Committee of the Whole meeting with a proclamation to formally recognize the week as Military Appreciation Week in Davenport, a news release says. Throughout the week, the City of Davenport, along with several businesses and organizations, will offer a number of perks to active members of the military, veterans, and their families, including: Free green fees at its three golf courses - Emeis, Duck Creek, and Red HawkCitiBus will offer free ridesThe Putnam Museum and Science Center will offer free general admission to all military personnel (active duty and veteran) and their immediate families with proof of military ID.The Figge Art Museum offers free admission year-round to all active U.S armed forces and their families.Several downtown businesses will offer specials during Military Appreciation Week including Allied Barber Supply, 224 W. 3rd St., and Crafted QC, 221 E. 2nd St.) A full list of businesses and their offers can be found on the Downtown Davenport Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/downtowndavenport “Davenport is very proud to support our military members, families, and veterans,” said Matson. “We are very happy to have them in our community and we are thankful for their service to our great nation. They are loved, and Military Appreciation Week is one way we can express our love and gratitude to them.”

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'One of the most interesting things I've watched in a long time': Keystone placed in arch over eastbound side of the I-74 bridge in the Quad-Cities

A crowd gathered to watch as the keystone was placed in the arch of the I-74 bridge's eastbound span.

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Police: Man arrested after trying to grab child in Morrison

He was taken to the Whiteside County Jail.