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Friday, April 19th, 2019


House fire early Friday morning in Davenport

Firefighters responded early Friday morning to a home on N. Myrtle Street near W. 14th.

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$4 million raised for Moline church, school projects

A $5 million capital campaign by two Moline Catholic churches and a school has raised slightly more than $4 million, with roofing projects at Christ the King already completed and tuck-pointing underway at Sacred Heart.


Two hopping Easter egg hunts get underway Friday

We have a lot of options to celebrate as we head into the holiday weekend, but if you're looking to get started in the Easter celebrations early, you're in luck. The Easter bunny is making his first ever stop at Davenport's Altitude Trampoline Park and at these hunts, kids can bounce around alongside the Easter bunny.


Machete-wielding Florida man attacks driver trying to merge in front of him, deputies say

As soon as the deputies approached, three of the men began yelling, “He’s got a knife! He’s got a machete,” while pointing at 38-year-old Michael Cittadino.


Losartan recall expands for fourth time, targeting dozens more products

The recall has targeted losartan potassium tablets and losartan potassium/hydrochlorothiazide tablets. The pills have been flagged for containing an impurity known as NMBA.


Sewer project unearths bones on family farm that have stayed hidden for 12,000 years

One week ago, Joe Schepman and his family members, Sue and Tony Nehrt, got a call. The crew out working on a sewer line project on their family’s farm had found bones.


Muscatine Fire crews respond to apartment fire early Friday

The Muscatine Fire Department responded to an apartment fire near the 400 block of west 3rd street early Friday morning. Officials would not confirm if there were injuries with TV6.

Thursday, April 18th, 2019

OurQuadCities.com It's skating, it's dancing, it's everything OurQuadCities.com

It's skating, it's dancing, it's everything

The music is non-stop at Skate City in East Moline, especially when the Quad City Cuttaz hit the floor."We're called Cuttaz because we cut through the crowd," said Leonard Kyle, better known as Gobs, who founded the group in 2011. The Cuttaz combine skating and dancing to create an art form all its own, but mastering new moves isn't their only goal. They say skating could heal the Quad Cities.The group has been together for almost a decade, practicing twice a week and traveling around the midwest for shows. The Cuttaz make skating look easy, but they'll be the first to tell you it's not. "In the beginning I fell constantly trying to learn spins and movements," said Cuttaz member Devante Mooney. "It takes a lot of time and a lot of effort and a lot of practice just to be able to actually get comfortable on the skates itself." For Mooney, skating has been a lesson in patience and it's one that's paid off. "[My favorite part is] the freedom. [It's] being able to express yourself whether people look at you a certain way or think of you as a certain character or look into you as your race, you put on a pair of skates everybody is the same," said Mooney.That's the main mission of the Cuttaz and a problem Gobs struggled with as a teen."I've been infamous. Real infamous. Now's my chance to do something positive." Gobs said. "I want to get other people skating ... To help bring skating to other communities and maybe help curb some of the violence or give youth something else they can do besides getting in trouble to being in the streets." For Gobs, skating is therapy on wheels. It helped him cope with the loss of his mom and manage his PTSD from his time in the Marine Corps. "I wouldn't go anywhere. I wouldn't communicate with hardly anyone because that PTSD keeps me in the house. Skating gets me out the house. It helps me bond with people that I wouldn't bond with," Gobs said. "I wouldn't talk to people hardly because that's what PTSD does to you. Yeah, you're like in your own shell -- in your own world. Keeps me sane."That's a feeling he wants to share with everyone no matter their age or experience level."It's a challenge because I'm a mom of two and I'm 28 so I kind of felt intimidated by that, but anybody can do it but anybody can do it no matter the age, the gender. It doesn't matter," said Alyssa Hesser, who only started skating eight months ago. "Just practice, practice, practice." "The worst thing you can do is not try," Mooney said. "If you don't try then you ain't never going to know you're going to be able to do it."The skaters said first timers are always scared of falling, but for this group bumps and bruises are just proof they're making themselves and the community better. You can skate with the Cuttaz twice a week at Skate City in East Moline. Practices are Wednesday from 8:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. and Saturday from 12 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. It costs $2.50 to get in, but the Cuttaz do have free passes available.


One person taken to the hospital after shooting in Davenport

One person is suffering from life-threatening injuries after a shooting in Davenport Thursday night.

WQAD.com Mississippi River flooding offers teachable moment for Western students WQAD.com

Mississippi River flooding offers teachable moment for Western students

MOLINE, Illinois-- Stepping outside the Western Illinois University campus in Moline, students, professors and visitors are greeted by feet of floodwater. It's been encroaching on the riverfront campus for weeks. But some professors are finding a silver lining in the historic flooding. Director of the Institute for Environmental Studies Roger Viadero has been taking his students outside to get their feet wet. "(When) people think about Ph.D., they think about lab work and stuff like that, but since we're environmental scientists, we do a lot of our work out here," he says standing along the water's edge. His students have traded books for rain boots. And they head a few feet into the floodwater to conduct research. "So with surface flooding like this, you notice it picks up a lot of debris, and there's a lot of sentiment coming up on the grass," doctoral candidate Victoria Livingston explains. "So if we know how fast the water is moving, we know what stuff it's capable of moving." Students aren't only getting real-world experience. Their research could have a real-world impact. "We can see if the water retention or the water management is sufficient for a type of flood like this," environmental studies student Jason Hunt says. The data will eventually be published online for anyone to access and use. As for the students' outdoor classroom, it's not expected to go anywhere soon. The water isn't receding quickly and could even rise later this week.  

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Teen injured in Davenport shooting

A 16-year-old boy was shot Thursday night in Davenport. It happened at about 9:10 p.m. in the area of 1500 block of Fillmore Street. Police found the teen with a gunshot wound. He was transported to Genesis Hospitals with life-threatening injuries.  Officers located a scene and conducted a canvass of the area. Detectives are following up.  No further information is available at this time. Anyone with information regarding this incident is encouraged to “DO WHAT’S RIGHT” and call the Davenport Police Department at 563-326-6125 or submit an anonymous tip via our mobile app entitled “CityConnect Davenport, IA.

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Scott County Emergency Management Agency appoints director, adds deputy

Dave Donovan was officially appointed as the first director to oversee both Scott County's Emergency Management Agency, EMA, and the Scott Emergency Communications Center, or SECC.

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Man whose car was damaged in Steak 'n Shake fight says restaurant isn't paying

A man whose car was damaged in last month's Steak 'n Shake fight says he feels like he's taking another hit after he says the restaurant is leaving him high and dry.The fight happened last month at the Steak 'n Shake on Elmore Avenue in Davenport and a diner caught it all on video. Nathan King's car was damaged when an employee threw a chair so he hoped the restaurant would cover the damage.King said the agent's reasoning was that the fight wasn't work related and Steak 'n Shake didn't authorize it. Repairs totaled more than $3,000 and insurance covered most of it, but now King has a ding on his record. King's next idea was to file a civil suit against the people who damaged his car, but he can't do that because Davenport Police have not made any arrests. King told Local 4 News it feels like no one is holding the vandals accountable. "For them to say, 'oh we didn't authorize the fight,' I was like, 'Well, I didn't authorize your employee to throw a chair, you know, at my vehicle,'" King said. "I mean to me that was the biggest insult right there was when they said that ... It sets a precedent. I mean, unless you commit a real bad crime like murder or something you can just pretty much get away with it it seems like."A spokesperson for Davenport Police said they issued four warrants relating to the fight. Local 4 News also called the agency handling the claim and they refereed us to their attorney, who did not contact us.

OurQuadCities.com From inmates to students, Kewanee Life Skills Re-Entry celebrates graduation for 60+ men OurQuadCities.com

From inmates to students, Kewanee Life Skills Re-Entry celebrates graduation for 60+ men

Ready for the first day of the rest of their lives. That’s what Thursday is providing for inmates at a prison with a different approach and focus. In the largest graduation ceremony at Kewanee Life Skills Re-Entry Center, they recognize more than 60 current and former inmates. It’s allowing the men to celebrate the ability to call themselves college grads or G-E-D recipients. Through a partnership with Lake Land College south of Champaign, it’s helping the center give inmates opportunities like no other prison to improve their odds of not reoffending. Since opening the prison two years ago that's been the primary goal, which is is why a melody Pomp and Circumstance is playing in one of the most unlikely places, but it's a theme song for these students looking to do and be better. Associates Degree graduate Robert Beard said, “The first in my immediate family to have a college degree.” Inside Kewanee Life Skills Re-Entry Center, Robert Beard is making the most of his time. He’s hitting all the right notes on electric guitar, but Thursday was an especially big day. His newest achievement is an Associates Degree. Beard said, “It makes me feel like I still have a chance. Like I’m not just going out there and hoping or going right back in with the same attitude I had before.” Six years into his sentence. Beard said, “The reason that I’ve here today is because of burglaries because of a heroin addiction.” He's found a support system to stay clean and enrolled in opportunities to learn.  A little roll of paper is a sign of hope and better days to come. Beard said, “Education is a stepping stone to want to do more when you get outside of these fences.” So eight months in at Kewanee and another year to go, he’s already planning for when freedom comes. “Ultimate goal is a four-year degree for structural engineering,” he said,  And he’s far from alone. Beard said, “You’re getting into study groups with other guys that are serious about their education, that are serious about getting back out there.” And back out there is where Lewis Lloyd will soon be. GED and manufacturing certificate graduate Lewis Lloyd said, “Tens days left.” He’s stepping to the podium to give one of the commencement addresses, earning not only he GED but a manufacturing certificate. Lloyd said, “Changing my life around, I got ahead start. You know I’m better off than some, worse than others but at the end of the day, it’s all about the choices I make.” And this choice to learn is being applauded by staff, parents, spouses and children. "Showing the world that anything is possible. That just because we're incarcerated doesn't mean that we don't have a future. You know, we going to be alright," said Lloyd.  This is an achievement that no one can take away and open the doors to more possibilities to a fresh start. "I didn't have a high school diploma, I really didn't care about getting it, but once I came to Kewanee, things changed for me. The people here care about you, and they look out, and they want to further your education," said Llyod. While also saying it's making amends and paying their debt to society. Beard said, "It takes that stereotype that you hear, that pictures what inmates are and gives them like a different perspective of what they really want to do with their lives." Beard said this isn't just about himself but his wife and three kids above all. Beard “Hope to get back into building homes and structures and just be stable. Be with my family.”   With this Graduation March propelling him into the first day of the rest of his life. The men told Local 4 News while to some people these degrees might not sound like a lot, these are opportunities they didn't have at other facilities or might not have even considered without the support of staff at the Re-Entry Center. To be allowed as inmates at the center, the men need to write an essay about why they want to come to Kewanee and how they're looking for a change. 


High-school students at Fulton work to de-stigmatize mental health through B.L.I.N.D.

The Iowa Senate voted this week to create the first statewide children's mental health system by 2020. The bill would establish a board to oversee core mental health services for children up to 18 years old. Across the river, in Fulton, Illinois some students are taking the fight to stigmatize mental health into their own hands. KWQC's Sarah Jones is here and earlier today she met with some of the members of this student club.

Quad-City Times 'You cannot have enough pancake breakfasts to cover what we have to cover': Scott County agencies lack funds for new radios Quad-City Times

'You cannot have enough pancake breakfasts to cover what we have to cover': Scott County agencies lack funds for new radios

Scott County's small towns and volunteer fire and ambulance departments cannot shoulder the costs of replacement radios as part of a new radio infrastructure project.

WQAD.com Shots fired on Fillmore Street in Davenport WQAD.com

Shots fired on Fillmore Street in Davenport

DAVENPORT, Iowa- Police are searching the area after confirming shots fired in Davenport. WQAD has a team on the streets as the events are unfolding. Around 9:30 p.m. Thursday, April 18 police were actively searching the area around 17th Street and Fillmore Street. They could not confirm any injuries but they are blocking the area. WQAD will update this article as we receive more information.

WQAD.com Winner of $20,000 Dooley Scholarship announced WQAD.com

Winner of $20,000 Dooley Scholarship announced

DAVENPORT, Iowa- A senior from West High School got a significant boost to help pursue her dreams of becoming a doctor. The Dooley Scholarship is awarded each year to a DCSD senior in the upper 10% of their class, who has shown a continued interest in the field of medicine, and plans to become a medical doctor. Four students applied for this year’s scholarship. The scholarship is worth $20,000. "The Dooley Scholarship began by the late Dr. Walter Neiswanger, has been awarded annually since 1965." Emma Bernick was surprised by her family and teachers Thursday, April 18. She was awarded the "Doctor Thomas Anthony Dooley memorial" scholarship. To win the award an applicant is judged on their ACT scores and Advanced Placement classes completed, as well as an interview by a panel of principals, counselors, director of curriculum, the president of the Scott County American Medical Association, and a local university official.

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Scott County Board tables motion to record meetings

In a 3 to 2 vote, the Scott County Board of Supervisors tabled a motion Thursday to buy the technology needed to record its meetings and post them online for public access.

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'Lose, lose, lose': Scott County opposes state legislature's property tax reform plan

The Scott County Board of Supervisors on Thursday unanimously approved a resolution opposing a property tax reform plan that's working its way through the Iowa legislature.

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Bettendorf High hosts trebuchet day

BETTENDORF, Iowa- Several local schools got together to see who had the best trebuchet at an egg flinging competition in Bettendorf. Pleasant Valley, North Scott, and Moline High school students competed in the annual trebuchet competition April 18 at Bettendorf high school. The goal was to hit targets that were 75,100, And 125 feet away. Other points were awarded for overall design presentations judged by Quad City Engineers. The winning team of the events gets a $1,000 scholarship individually. The school wins a traveling trophy with the most points.


Police: FL man pretending to be cop pulls over real cop

26-year-old charged with impersonating

OurQuadCities.com 'It's almost impossible to run from anymore': Gunfire in Rock Island ends with arrest in Davenport OurQuadCities.com

'It's almost impossible to run from anymore': Gunfire in Rock Island ends with arrest in Davenport

Neighbors are still feeling the shock from the chaos that broke out near 19th Street and 26th Avenue in Rock Island less than 24 hours earlier. "All of a sudden I heard a 'pow!' like a gunshot pow," said a neighbor, who asked to remain anonymous for safety concerns. "Before I could even get up from the side of my bed a car went screeking and a big 'pow!' like it hit something hard."   That's what the neighbor says they heard during the inital shots fired call in Rock Island around 7:45p.m. Wednesday night. According to police, the suspect, who police have now identified as 20-year-old Zaccheus Hayes, had rammed into another vehicle multiple times and then shot into it. Hayes then reportedly fled from the scene before police arrived. "After that I was just so shook up because nothing like that had I experienced...not over here," said the neighbor. "It's almost impossible to run from anymore." Police spotted Hayes in the suspected vehicle a few hours later, around 10:30p.m. That's when Hayes took off again, this time leading officers on a high-speed chase.  According to an audio recording obtained by Local 4 News, Hayes reportedly led police across the Centennial Bridge into Davenport, at one point driving around 80mph.  During the pursuit, Hayes also reportedly fled the wrong way down Brady Street, driving over 50mph.  A short time later, police caught up to him near River Drive. Hayes then lost control of the vehicle and crashed into the Redstone parking garage in downtown Davenport.  On Thursday, the neighbor in Rock Island says knowing her young grandson could've been caught in the crossfire is terrifying. They say normally at that time of night, their grandson would have been playing basketball outside with other neighborhood kids.  "This time nobody was around playing ball and he was in the house and I'm so thankful for that."

WQAD.com Two Geneseo men charged in Bettendorf robbery WQAD.com

Two Geneseo men charged in Bettendorf robbery

BETTENDORF, Iowa -- Two Geneseo men were arrested within 10 minutes of an armed robbery being reported at U.S. Bank in Bettendorf. Police were called to the bank's Middle Road branch just after 10 a.m. Thursday, April 18, according to a statement from the City of Bettendorf.  As investigators responded, a detective saw someone "throwing suspicious items into a dumpster" near Tanglefoot Lane and Golden Valley Drive. That person, identified as 41-year-old Christopher L. Schultz, then got into the passenger seat of a vehicle that took off on Golden Valley Drive, said the statement.  Police pulled that vehicle over in the 900 block of Golden Valley Drive and took Schultz and the driver, 21-year-old Benjamin D. Watkins, into custody. According to an affidavit, Watkins was charged with first-degree robbery, conspiracy to commit a forcible felony and third-degree theft.   Schultz was charged with first-degree robbery, second-degree theft, and conspiracy to commit a forcible felony. In addition, Schultz was charged with first-degree robbery for a robbery at IH Mississippi Valley Credit Union that happened on March 23. The Davenport Police Department has filed first-degree robbery charges against Schultz for a robbery that happened at DuTrac Credit Union on Kimberly Road in Davenport on February 16. During the investigation, some area schools were placed on lockdown. The FBI is working with area police departments where similar bank robberies have occurred.

WQAD.com Iowa puppy mill dogs get second chance at life in Moline WQAD.com

Iowa puppy mill dogs get second chance at life in Moline

MOLINE-- Last week an Iowa woman was found guilty of animal neglect after her Worth County puppy mill was shut down. What what happened to the more than 150 dogs there? Now some of those dogs are getting a second chance at life. Even a gambler feeling lucky wouldn't jump on these odds; that two-year-old Layla the Semoyed, with all her puppy energy, would get a sister. "This is Sadie. Sadie's about six maybe seven years old," says James Zahara. That bet gets even more risky when you find out where Sadie used to live. "We were heartbroken, absolutely heartbroken," says Zahara. In north central Iowa in the county of Worth, Sadie was one of 154 Semoyed dogs saved from an illegal puppy mill. "They had them crammed several small kennels, they were thin. It was just atrocious," says Humane Society of Scott County director Pam Arndt. The rescue was so intensive that Arndt and her team were called in as backup. Then Pam called backup of her own, Zahara. "We found out they were pretty much experts in Semoyeds and knew they would be a good fit," says Arndt. The fostering and adoption process wasn't easy. "When we first got Sadie, she had no personality. She didn't even know she was a dog," says Zahara. But with time and patience, Sadie started to change. "The tail starts waggling, the tail starts waggling. We were just like yeah! You're becoming a dog!" says Zahara. With that, the odds of this family growing again, those odds, in Layla and Sadie's favor. "Someone to adopt both of them? Perfect!" says Arndt. "We heard about Boo. We thought let's do this!" says Zahara. Two-year-old Boo is also a puppy mill product from Worth County. Signs of the past are still present; Boo's apprehension to new visitors and Sadie's shorter stature. "She never played with dogs before. All she did was breed, all she did was breed in a small environment," says Zahara. But with every passing day, for these fighters, the odds improve. Because in this game of life, everyone deserves a second chance. "It was mainly trust more than anything else, and knowing that it brought more love into this house than we could have ever imagined," says Zahara.

OurQuadCities.com Survivor support group has message after Augie's viral video OurQuadCities.com

Survivor support group has message after Augie's viral video

A viral video of some students from Augustana College is getting a response from a survivors support group.We first brought you this story on Wednesday. The three-year-old video resurfaced online recently with more than 70,000 views. It depicts students talking about sex and using profanity. College administrators condemn the video.Students we spoke with yesterday tell us the video is disturbing. Emily Gordon is the Illinois director for survivor services at Family Resources.She says she hasn't seen the video, but has heard about it.When hearing about students' reactions, she says she wants survivors as well as others troubled by the video to know there are people who will listen and help. Gordon says Family Resources has a staff member on Augustana College's campus regularly but says you can also seek help off campus or even over the phone. "You can go through your college campus and access services but you can also go the other direction if you feel that's not safe. There are lots of reasons people might not be comfortable, some of them are based in reality and some of them aren't-- it doesn't really matter, the fact is you want people to get the support they need," Gordon says.Family Resources has a 24/7 hotline available for survivors in both Illinois and Iowa. Illinois Crisis Line: 309.797.1777 Iowa Crisis Line: 866.921.3354 Augustana College also has a page dedicated to explaining how to get help and file a report.   

WQAD.com Man charged after body-slamming woman for unplugging PlayStation, police say WQAD.com

Man charged after body-slamming woman for unplugging PlayStation, police say

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — A Nashville man has been charged with domestic assault after someone unplugged his PlayStation, according to police. Police said Joshua Stone got into an argument with the victim while playing video games, WSMV reports. He told officers the woman unplugged the PlayStation, so he body-slammed her. The woman suffered injuries to her head.

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Davenport mayor appoints 4 new civil rights commissioners

DAVENPORT, Iowa- City of Davenport Mayor Frank Klipsch announced his appointments to the Davenport Civil Rights Commission. The 4 prospects are: Linda Gilman: Ms. Gilman has resided in Davenport since April 2017. She has a Master of Science degree in Gerontology and Counseling from National Louis University. Her professional work involves helping families who have individuals diagnosed with dementia and providing training to caregivers. Erie Johnson: Mr. Johnson has a Juris Doctorate from Northern Illinois University College of Law where he received many awards and honors. He currently works as a fiduciary advisory specialist and has previously worked in a legal office representing a variety of legal disciplines. Among various other groups, Mr. Johnson is a member of the Greater Quad Cities Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, Scott County Bar Association, and Salvation Army Advisory Board. Michael Liendo: Mr. Liendo was born and raised in Davenport. He is currently employed as a software engineer and an organizer of QC Coders where he presents free programming sessions to the community. Mr. Liendo also participates in Well Suited QC, a nonprofit organization founded by Tracy White, to bring together African-American boys and teenagers from disadvantaged neighborhoods in the Quad Cities with African-American men. Ruby Mateos: Ms. Mateos has a Master of Science in Health Sciences from Trident University International, a Master of Jurisprudence in Health Law and Policy from Loyola University Chicago School of Law, and is working on a Doctorate of Public Health in Advocacy and Leadership. She is employed as a public health manager where she has collaborated in a multicultural and multilingual environment to support health law and public policy including community and public health. “Erie Johnson and Ruby Mateos have been serving on Davenport’s Affirmative Action Commission and Housing Commission, respectively. They will vacate these seats concurrently with their confirmation to the Davenport Civil Rights Commission. The four new commissioners will be presented for confirmation at the April 24 City Council meeting.”

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UnityPoint Health unveils new SouthPark Pointe facility

MOLINE, Illinois -- The new SouthPark Pointe facility opened to patients in mid-March. UnityPoint Health held a ribbon cutting on Thursday, April 18th. The new facility, located at 3904 16th St. in Moline, is now home to Express Care, Family Medicine and Pediatrics are all under one roof. The facility also includes onsite x-ray and lab, more exam rooms,  and convenient parking. "It makes it more convenient for all the patients to get the services they need," said  Kate Cuellar with UnityPoint Health. "And we've got really wonderful feedback on that from our community." UnityPoint Health – Trinity Physical Rehabilitation was also relocated to the facility. The new rehabilitation location at SouthPark Pointe includes brand new equipment, a UV booth, adjustable parallel bars, specialized treatment rooms and an overhead track and harness system used to prevent falls.  

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Q-C's own Rollins, WWE champion, looks forward to big Sunday

Sunday will be a special day for Seth Rollins of Davenport, the new WWE Universal Champion, in more ways than one.

WQAD.com Victim of brutal taco shop attack says he’s standing up against bullying with the help of his family WQAD.com

Victim of brutal taco shop attack says he’s standing up against bullying with the help of his family

CHULA VISTA, Calif. - The 16-year-old victim of a brutal attack that started on social media spoke out against bullying Wednesday at a rally organized by his family. "As soon as I felt them come at me, I thought I was dead," Paul Martin told FOX 5. “I thought, one bad stomp to the neck or to the head and I wouldn’t be here right now.” Viral cell phone video showed six teens beating Martin inside a Chula Vista restaurant April 11. The teens were arrested the following week. “I just want to thank everyone for putting a situation like this in the spotlight where other people can focus on it and speak up," Martin said. Martin's father said it is a miracle his son is alive. “For some reason he survived this beating. So I’m going to turn a bad thing into a good thing," Margarito Martin told KSWB. The Martins organized a peaceful protest outside of the restaurant where the attack took place. Dozens of people attended, carrying posters and wearing T-shirts with anti-bullying messages. “We know there are so many cases out there and we want them to know that they’re not alone," Chula Vista resident Mari Parraza said. "It’s about time that we raise our voices and our voices need to be heard.” "We have teenagers as well," another protester said. "If it happened to them it could happen to us so that’s why we’re here supporting our community." Chula Vista Police Department Captain Vern Sallee also addressed the crowd, urging students to speak up and parents to intervene early on. He said students and parents can submit information directly and anonymously to law enforcement on a mobile app called P3 Tips. "We get tips on a daily basis," Sallee said. The Martins said they plan to work with Chula Vista schools to support other families dealing with the issue of bullying. "I'm not going to let it go," Margarito Martin said. “Our family is going to be available for anyone that wants help. We’re going to try to help them.”

WQAD.com Oklahoma man arrested after hidden camera discovered in women’s restroom WQAD.com

Oklahoma man arrested after hidden camera discovered in women’s restroom

SALLISAW, Okla. — A restaurant employee has been arrested after customers found a hidden camera in a women's bathroom while trying to connect to the WiFi. Edgar Leonel Moran-Carrera, 32 On Sunday, a customer at Roma's Italian Restaurant in Sallisaw logged into a WiFi account and saw a camera pointing at a bathroom stall. Sallisaw officers, with assistance from restaurant management, located a hidden wireless Bluetooth camera in the air vent above the stall in the women's bathroom. On Tuesday, Edgar Leonel Moran-Carrera, 32, was arrested after he reportedly confessed to placing the camera in the bathroom. He has been an employee since the restaurant opened over five years ago. According to a press release, this is the second time a camera has been found in the women's bathroom at the restaurant, but is the first time it's been reported to the police. Upon searching Moran-Carrera's residence, investigators seized several cellphones, laptops, data storage devices and computer equipment. This case is still under investigation.

WQAD.com Grand jury indicts Ohio man accused of pretending to be missing Illinois boy Timmothy Pitzen WQAD.com

Grand jury indicts Ohio man accused of pretending to be missing Illinois boy Timmothy Pitzen

CINCINNATI, OH (WCPO) – A federal grand jury Wednesday indicted an Ohio man who is accused of pretending to be a missing boy from Illinois, federal officials said. A grand jury indicted Brian Michael Rini, 23, on two counts of making false statements and one count of aggravated identity theft. When neighbors found 23-year-old Brian Michael Rini wandering the streets of Newport, Kentucky Wednesday, he told them he was Timmothy Pitzen, a 14-year-old boy who had been missing for years, according to federal officials. According to an affidavit filed in federal court, Rini said his name was Timmothy Pitzen, he’d been abducted when he was 6 years old and he just wanted to go home. After Newport police officers made contact with him April 3, Rini complained of abdominal pain and was driven to Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center. He also claimed he’d recently escaped from a hotel room where two men had been holding him captive, and that he’d been sexually and physically abused while in captivity, according to the affidavit. But a DNA test revealed his true identity. Rini has twice before made bogus claims about being a juvenile sex trafficking victim and only admitted to the hoax this time after being confronted with the results of a DNA test, the FBI said. A federal magistrate ordered Rini be detained pending his trial. Authorities have asked anyone with genuine information about the case to call Aurora police at 630-256-5000 or the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children at 1-800-843-5678. The FBI asked anyone with information about Rini’s activities over the past few months to call 1-800-225-5324. Rini is scheduled to appear in court for arraignment at 1:30 p.m. Friday.

WQAD.com Colorado neighborhood ‘Swastika Acres’ to get new name after unanimous vote WQAD.com

Colorado neighborhood ‘Swastika Acres’ to get new name after unanimous vote

CHERRY HILLS VILLAGE, Colo. — A neighborhood in the Denver suburb of Cherry Hills Village will no longer be called Swastika Acres. The Cherry Hills Village City Council voted unanimously Tuesday to approve a name change, hoping to prevent future controversy. The subdivision was named Swastika Acres decades before the symbol was adopted by the Nazis, according to KDVR. The subdivision’s name can’t be found on roadway welcome signs, but it can be seen on real estate closing documents. “Some buyers are savvy enough to read the documents and really dig in and understand what their legal description of their property is,” said Cherry Hills Village councilman Dan Sheldon. “That’s the only way you’d know.” Sheldon spearheaded the effort to change the name. He said the name comes from the old Denver Land Swastika Company. That was the company that divided the land into plots near the turn of the 20th Century. “There was nothing wrong with [the name] at that time,” Sheldon explained. Over the years, there’s been a desire to change the name of Swastika Acres, but the legal process to do so wasn’t easy — requiring 100 percent of property owners to be on board, according to city officials. Cherry Hills Village adopted a new ordinance requiring just 51 percent owner approval. Not everyone supported the name change. One woman voiced her opposition to the city. “She thought it was important to preserve that historical value of that symbol, the swastika, even though she herself lost family members in the Holocaust,” Sheldon said. But with a majority of residents wanting change — 74 years after World War II — Swastika Acres in Cherry Hills Village is no more. The new name of the subdivision is Old Cherry Hills.

WQAD.com Man falls asleep next to garage, accidentally shoots himself when homeowner wakes him WQAD.com

Man falls asleep next to garage, accidentally shoots himself when homeowner wakes him

LAKE TAPPS, Wash. — A 33-year-old man is in custody after reportedly falling asleep in his truck next to a stranger’s garage in Washington state, then accidentally shooting himself when the resident confronted him. According to the Pierce County Sheriff’s Office, deputies responded about 6:40 a.m. Thursday to reports of a man in a truck firing shots at a property in the 2800 block of 170th Avenue East. When deputies arrived, they found a 33-year-old man in the driveway area of the property in question. He was suffering from a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the leg and was taken into custody without incident. Deputies learned that sometime overnight, the suspect was driving to visit an acquaintance in the South Hill area, but got lost and decided to park his truck alongside a garage at the property on 179th Avenue. The suspect reportedly used methamphetamine and then fell asleep inside his truck. Thursday morning, the person who lives at the property noticed the unknown vehicle when she was pulling out of her driveway. The woman told deputies that she rolled down the window of her vehicle and verbally confronted the suspect. The suspect reportedly awoke screaming and began firing a handgun. Multiple rounds went through the windshield and window of the suspect’s truck in the direction of the victim and her vehicle. One round also struck the suspect in the leg. The woman was not injured. The man was taken to an area hospital and is under guard while he is receiving medical treatment for his gunshot wound. He’ll be booked for assault in the first degree when he’s released.


I-74 Bridge dismantled

The concrete deck to the bridge approach near downtown Bettendorf is gone--broken up over the past few days


Bear caught on cam shows they’re back in Iowa after 130 years

Iowa DNR confirms sighting

WQAD.com Bride-to-be cancels engagement shoot, opts for ‘first dance’ photos with dying father WQAD.com

Bride-to-be cancels engagement shoot, opts for ‘first dance’ photos with dying father

CULPEPER, Virginia — When Becky Carey learned her father was losing his battle with prostate cancer, the bride-to-be reached out to her photographer before the engagement photo shoot and requested a change of plans. Instead of posing with her fiance, Matt, Carey requested a photo shoot with her father. She knew there was a chance he wouldn’t make it to the wedding and wanted to document their first dance. When photographer Bonnie Turner learned that Carey’s father died late last month, she posted the images on Facebook and shared Carey’s emotional request to her. Here is a portion of Carey’s email: “My dad has been fighting Prostate cancer and his body is now at the point where it can’t handle more treatment. We found out yesterday that he starts hospice this week. We’d really love to use the deposit Matt gave you to do a family photo session. Matt and I will worry about our photos later, because this is more pressing with time. We haven’t had professional family photos taken since my brother and I were little, and this would mean so much to us. Of course this is a very difficult and dark time, but I know how you feel about love and capturing it so beautifully and meaningfully. This weekend (on Sunday) a good friend of mine who does videography is doing a really special favor for me – My dad and I are getting dressed up to film our first dance so that I can have it at my wedding. Dad is getting weaker by the day and unfortunately we have to do this as soon as possible. I wanted to see if you were able and willing to come and take photos at my parent’s house in Woodbridge on this really last minute request. We are throwing this plan together really fast because we don’t know how long we have before he won’t be able to.” Turner’s post was shared more than 33,000 times and has more than 4,000 comments. Many were from people who wanted to help pay for the engagement photos and the wedding. That’s when Turner decided to set up a GoFundMe page. “Not only could they use the help with the wedding,” Turner wrote on the GoFundMe page. “Her darling mom who stood right by his side and cared for her husband for years, could use some relief with any kind of medical, funeral, and/or home expenses. “Any help will be appreciated to this amazing family. Thank you for your sweet words, love and sincere hearts.”

Quad-City Times Integrity Integrated celebrates 20 years with leadership luncheon on May 20 Quad-City Times

Integrity Integrated celebrates 20 years with leadership luncheon on May 20

To celebrate its 20th anniversary, Integrity Integrated will host an Inspirational Leadership Luncheon on May 20.

WQAD.com Iowa population up in largest cities, down in 69 counties WQAD.com

Iowa population up in largest cities, down in 69 counties

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Census estimates show strong growth in the Des Moines metro area as well as the Cedar Rapids and Iowa City areas, but more than two-thirds of Iowa’s counties have lost population since 2010. Polk County remained the most populous, growing by 56,572 residents since 2010 to 487,204 people as of July 1, 2018. That’s an increase of 13.1%. Dallas County, which includes much of Des Moines’ western suburbs, grew by 36.4% to 90,180, making it among the nation’s fastest growing counties. Linn County, which includes Cedar Rapids, grew by 6.9% to 225,909 to remain the second-largest county, and Scott County, home to Davenport, was third with 173,203. Johnson County, which includes Iowa City, grew by 15.6% to 151,260. Of Iowa’s 99 counties, 69 lost population. Clinton County had the largest drop, losing 2,599 people. Emmett County lost 10.2% of its population for the state’s biggest rate decline.

WQAD.com Illinois officer drives man to job interview after pulling him over WQAD.com

Illinois officer drives man to job interview after pulling him over

CAHOKIA, Ill. – An Illinois officer came through for a man working hard to get a job. A police officer pulled over a man with expired plates Wednesday. The man told Officer Roger Gemoules  he also did not have a valid driver’s license, but had to risk the ride because he was on his way to a job interview. The officer would not let him drive away. Instead, Officer Gemoules took him to the interview. A post to Cahokia’s community Facebook page says, “He wouldn’t let me drive away cause my L’s suspended so the police gave me a ride to my interview  & I got it WONT HE DO IT ” The man got the job. Francella Jackson posted this message to Facebook, “On behalf of Mayor Curtis McCall Jr., I would like to thank Officer Gemoules for showing compassion and being a great example of how community-oriented policing actually works.”

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UnityPoint-Trinity hosts ribbon-cutting for new Moline facility

Quad-City business leaders, local politicians and hospital officials on Thursday celebrated the ribbon-cutting for UnityPoint-Trinity's newest location for patients in Moline.

WQAD.com Parents call for better anti-bullying measures after boy’s attack caught on camera WQAD.com

Parents call for better anti-bullying measures after boy’s attack caught on camera

WENTZVILLE, Mo. – Patrick Vining calls it “very disturbing.” A video that’s been shared on social media shows his son being repeatedly struck inside a classroom at Wentzville Middle School. Vining said a teacher was inside the classroom while one student recorded the video and the other assaulted his son. “I was appalled,” he said. Vining said it’s the second time his son was attacked inside the school and wants the district to do more to try and prevent bullying. “If we can make a change and be a catalyst for that change here in the community, that’s what we’re looking for,” he said. Tina Meier is a well-known advocate for victims of bullying. She started the Megan Meier Foundation in honor of her daughter, who was bullied and eventually died by suicide. “Bullying is everywhere,” Meier said. Meier said many districts need more counselors and social workers to help ensure students are safe. She believes school districts need more funding for resources related to anti-bullying efforts. “What we really want to look at is how can we make more of an effort within schools to provide the schools with the supports so that when these things happen, they can work with a counselor, they can work with groups and can work on conflict resolution,” she said. Vining is calling on the Wentzville School District to review its policies and look for ways to stop bullying. “As a community, we should come together and push the district to really review those policies and see if we can make a change,” he said. The Wentzville School District released the following statement: “The video referenced and shared on social media is disturbing and we take any harm to our students or staff very seriously. We regret that this situation occurred, and although we cannot share specifics with regard to students or disciplinary matters, we can share that the incident was investigated immediately and reported to local law enforcement. The safety of our students is always our primary concern and we are committed to providing a safe learning environment for all students.”

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Read the Public Version of the Mueller Report

Now that special counsel Robert Mueller's report has been released, at least in redacted form, retailers are trying to cash in on it. Teepublic.com is selling redacted T-shirts (left). And publishers are already selling it as a book. But you can read it now (see file below).

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Red Cross Assists At Campbell's Island

As flooding continues on the Mississippi River, there's plenty of water, but you can't drink it. So the local Red Cross is helping out an East Moline neighborhood.

WQAD.com Florida man impersonating police pulls over undercover detective WQAD.com

Florida man impersonating police pulls over undercover detective

HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY, Fla. – A Florida man is behind bars after pulling over a real police officer while pretending to be one, according to the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office. Matthew Joseph Erris, 26 was arrested for impersonating a law enforcement officer, according to WFLA. According to deputies, Erris turned on red and blue lights Tuesday night and pulled over an undercover detective. The detective called 911 to report the bizarre traffic stop, and Erris was arrested a short while later. WFLA reported deputies found a “realistic looking” airsoft pistol inside Erris’ Chevy Trailblazer. He was arrested and later released on bond.

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State Police Tell Drivers To "Move Over"

State troopers in Illinois are redoubling efforts to teach drivers to move over for everyone's safety. So far this year, 17 state police cars have been hit and 3 troopers killed.

Quad-City Times Presidential candidate Delaney to attend forum at St. Ambrose Quad-City Times

Presidential candidate Delaney to attend forum at St. Ambrose

Democratic presidential candidate John Delaney will attend a May forum sponsored by St. Ambrose University, the Quad-City Times and the Quad-Cities Chamber of Commerce.

WQAD.com Jason Momoa shaves his beard while promoting transition from plastic to aluminum WQAD.com

Jason Momoa shaves his beard while promoting transition from plastic to aluminum

A man whose beard has become almost iconic has gone under the razor, shaving it all off while talking about an important cause. Jason Momoa, more commonly known as Khal Drogo or Aquaman, recently shaved his beautiful beard, one he said he hasn’t shaved since 2012. Momoa recorded the buzz, all while discussing what kind of changes need to be made in order to preserve the environment for the next generation. His focus: trading out plastic for aluminum. In the YouTube video, Momoa said 75 percent of all aluminum is still in circulation, and an aluminum can that gets recycled can be back in circulation in 60 days. For these reasons, Momoa said making the switch from plastic water bottles to aluminum cans is a good call for the environment today and for the future of the planet. “I just want to do this to bring awareness that plastics are killing our planet and I think I have a solution. I don’t want to b**** about it, there’s only one thing that can really help our planet, save our planet, as long as we recycle — and that’s aluminum,” Momoa said.

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$336,000 bond payments keeps fight to save RICo Courthouse going

ROCK ISLAND, Illinois — A bond payment will keep the Rock Island County Courthouse in tact temporarily. Demolition of the century-old building was initially put on hold by a preservation group called Landmarks Illinois in late March 2019, when they filed an appeal.  The group needed to pay a $336,000 bond to keep the fight moving in court. According to Rock Island County State’s Attorney John McGehee, the group made their payment on Friday, April 12, days before the deadline.  Mcgehee said that money would cover the cost of the delays for the Rock Island County Public Building Commission. The hold continues and a judge will determine if the case will be expedited.

WQAD.com Liquid blood, urine found inside prehistoric 42,000-year-old foal WQAD.com

Liquid blood, urine found inside prehistoric 42,000-year-old foal

VERKHOYANSK, Russia – Russian researchers have found liquid blood and urine inside the frozen carcass of a foal that died 42,000 years ago in Siberia’s Verkhoyansk region. The animal’s body fluids were extracted during an autopsy and tested in the hope of cloning the extinct species, according to Semyon Grigoriev, director of the Mammoth Museum at Northeastern Federal University (NEFU) in Yakutsk. Mammoth tusk hunters discovered the ancient foal embedded in the permafrost of the massive Batagaika crater during the summer of 2018, on a day when the temperature had plummeted to -67.8 degrees Celsius (-90 degrees Fahrenheit). Grigoriev told CNN via email the foal appeared to have been just two weeks old when it died, likely by drowning in mud which then became part of the permafrost. “An autopsy showed the foal carcass was extremely well-preserved, the body even without deformation,” he added. “The hair cover also preserved most parts of the carcass, especially at the head and legs.” The preservation of the animal’s fur was extremely rare, Grigoriev said, before adding, “Now we can say what color was the wool of the extinct horses of the Pleistocene era.” The discovery of liquid blood and urine is rarer still. Grigoriev said he was aware of only one other case where liquid blood was found in an animal from the Pleistocene epoch, which lasted from around 2.6 million years ago until about 11,700 years ago. That was in the frozen carcass of an adult mammoth discovered by Grigoriev’s team in May 2013 at Little Lyakhovsky Island off the northeast coast of Russia. “As a rule, the blood coagulates or even turns to powder in the ancient remains of animals of the ice age, even if the carcass is preserved seems to be well,” Grigoriev explained. “This is due to mummification when moisture and other biological fluids gradually evaporate over thousands of years, even if the remains are in the permafrost. The remains are preserved best if they are in the ice, as it was with our mammoth.” Grigoriev said NEFU specialists were working with experts from the controversial South Korean Sooam Biotech Research Foundation in an effort to cultivate the foal’s cells for cloning, though he was pessimistic about their chances. Sooam is led by scientist Hwang Woo-suk, who claimed in 2004 he had successfully cloned human embryonic stem cells before admitting he had faked his findings. “I think that even the unique preservation [of] blood is absolutely hopeless for cloning purposes since the main blood cells – the red blood cells or erythrocytes – do not have nuclei with DNA,” Grigoriev said. “We [are] trying to find intact cells in muscle tissue and internal organs that are also very well-preserved.” The ancient horse will be exhibited across Japan from June to September 2020 as part of The Mammoth exhibition.


Crime Stoppers of the Quad Cities ask for help locating stolen motorcycle

Officials say it was stolen out of Davenport on April 2 in the west end near 2nd Street.


Midday Medical: Measles

Dr. Bill Langley with Genesis Hospital explains the symptoms, risks and how the measles spread.


Pledge of Allegiance may be required at public schools in Alabama

Republican Rep. Nathaniel Ledbetter of Rainsville said some children don’t know the pledge because they do not regularly recite it.

WQAD.com Brighter skies heading our way… Check out how warm Easter Sunday will be! WQAD.com

Brighter skies heading our way… Check out how warm Easter Sunday will be!

Flood warnings continue along several area rivers including the Mississippi and Rock. Crests are occurring now and will continue for the rest of the month. Be prepared for road closures and detours in these areas. For more information on river levels go to https://water.weather.gov/ahps2/index.php?wfo=DVN Clouds will continue to stream in from the south as we go through the rest of the day.  Combined with a steady northwest breeze and temperatures will not get out of the 50s.  May see a few more breaks come tonight with overnight lows around the 40 degree mark. Brighter skies are still on track heading into the upcoming Easter weekend with temperatures slowly improving each day.  Highs on Friday will average around the 60 degree mark with upper 60s come Saturday.  Easter Sunday will be blessed with the weekend’s warmest and highs well into the 70s. The new week is on track to bring more wet weather with scattered showers with a few embedded thunderstorms mixed in. Highs during this stretch will be in the 60s. 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


BMW adds nearly 185,000 vehicles to recall over fire risk

BMW is adding nearly 185,000 vehicles in the U.S. to a 2017 recall for possible engine fires.


Senate bill could keep Iowa colleges from banning stun guns on campus

House Republicans say it serves as a way to keep students safe, but Democrats say it would serve as a false sense of security.


WWII veteran celebrates 93rd birthday after getting more than 130,000 cards

He couldn't help but smile and laugh as people filled the room to help him celebrate his birthday.

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Iowa officials report 2nd confirmed measles case since 2011

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — State health officials say Iowa has confirmed its second case of measles since 2011. Iowa Public Health Department said Thursday that the unvaccinated person is a household contact with the person in the first case, who also unvaccinated. The department says the first person contracted measles while on a trip to Israel, where outbreaks have been reported. The department also says there’s no threat to the public because the second person has been isolated at home during the measles incubation period. U.S. officials say 90 measles cases were reported across the United States last week, and 555 cases have been reported in 20 states this year. Measles symptoms include fever, runny nose, cough and a rash. It’s highly contagious to the unvaccinated and can be fatal.

OurQuadCities.com Quad Citians can now fly through the air at Snowstar OurQuadCities.com

Quad Citians can now fly through the air at Snowstar

ANDALUSIA, IL -- A Quad Cities area winter sports park has added a new attraction. And you don't have to be a skier to enjoy.  People can zip line across Snowstar Winter Park on this high speed adventure. This will also be the first year the park will be open for all seasons. Their new SkyFlyer Zip Line tour includes four courses. Two of which are almost 1300 feet long. One of them is also one of the longest double line zip lines in the Midwest.  It all ends with riding the chairlift to the top to get a better view of the park. Participants must weigh at least 70 lbs. to take part in an adventure zip tour. Anyone under age 18 will need to have a signed release form if they're not accompanied by a legal guardian. It's $29 for the half tour or $39 for the full tour .The full tour takes about an hour to complete. Their grand opening is this Saturday from 12-5pm. There will be free hot dogs, chips and soft drinks offered with the purchase of a zip line ticket. You can call them at (309) 798-2673 to reserve a spot. For more information, you can click here or click here for their Facebook page. 


Des Moines announced as finalist for IRONMAN Triathlon

According to a tweet from the official Ironman Triathlon Twitter page, there are three other finalists including Memphis, Tennessee, Fayetteville, Arkansas, and Tulsa, Oklahoma.

OurQuadCities.com How you can help Veterans through Helmets of Hope OurQuadCities.com

How you can help Veterans through Helmets of Hope

Question 1: Your church's ministry to veterans is called Helmets of  Hope. What is Helmets of Hope and how does it serve veterans?       ---- Helmets of Hope provides essential household supplies such as  cleaners and laundry products to veterans who move off the streets and  into housing of their own with the help of VA housing subsidies. Question 2: How long have you been in operation and how did you get started?      ---- About four years ago we learned that there were veterans  moving out of homelessness, but without a source for basic household  supplies. That information basically gave birth to Helmets of Hope, and  we made our first supply deliveries in December 2015. Question 3: Tell us about your operation.          ---- We work with three partner agencies - two in the Quad  Cities and one in central Illinois - to provide supplies to veterans  [COUNTIES SERVED SLIDE] in a 36 county area.  We provide supplies in two  formats - in 20-item collections we call move-in kits, basically, one of  every item we provide; and in cases of product which our partners use to  give refills as the vets they serve run out. Our partners contact us,  tell us what they need, and then we deliver. Question 4: So what have you been able to accomplish in the last three  plus years?          ---- Working with three partner agencies, [SUMMARY SLIDE] we've  made 76 supply deliveries, which have provided nearly 16,000 items to  more than 400 veterans moving off the streets.  Question 5: And you have a fundraiser coming up near the end of the month.          ---- Yes. We're a very small church and so Helmets of Hope  operates solely on the basis of donations and fundraisers, our next one  of which will be a scavenger hunt for adults on [BASIC INFO SLIDE]  Saturday, April 27, starting at 6:00 p.m.  Four person teams will meet  at our church on 7th St in East Moline, receive a list of possible  objectives for them to accomplish - items to collect or settings in  which to take team pictures.  Then two hours later, they'll come back to  the church to show us the items or pictures they took, receive points  for each completed objective, and we'll announce the winning team. In  addition, we'll have some gift baskets to raffle off, and all proceeds  will support our Helmets ministry. One important detail - no  reservations are needed!


5 dead from carbon monoxide intoxication; juvenile being questioned

Officials say the location is located in Timberline Trailer Court and that upon arrival the trailer was fully engulfed.

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Five employees named Deere & Co. fellows

Five Deere & Co. employees have been named John Deere Fellows, the highest individual honor bestowed by the Moline-based company.

WQAD.com Photos show car owners’ creative hail covers as North Texas braces for storm WQAD.com

Photos show car owners’ creative hail covers as North Texas braces for storm

DALLAS – With North Texas under a severe thunderstorm watch through early Thursday, residents are doing everything they can to protect their property from potentially devastating hail. Social media photos show car owners taping, tying and stacking everything from inflatable mattresses to rows of pool noodles onto their vehicles. According to WFAA, the storm could pound the western part of North Texas with “very large hail, baseball size or larger” Wednesday evening. Tornadoes are also possible before the storm moves out of the area after midnight. But will the DIY car armor keep windshields, roofs and hoods unblemished? A test by WFAA suggests it may not, but you can’t blame these people for trying: When the garage is full and you live in Texas. And they say there is possible Softball size hail, you go REDNECK!! pic.twitter.com/5qlAQUemxX — Sherri VanCampen (@SherriVancampen) April 17, 2019 we heard there was going to be a hail storm and knowing Texas you cant ever be sure, so we gotta follow headass procedures just to make sure we keep the 240 and eg safe pic.twitter.com/hgGX0FnBdL — fran (@arentulike12) April 17, 2019 Chance of golf ball sized hail in central Texas. Going to do what I can to protect my truck. C'mon Weathertech! pic.twitter.com/5s9EC0jbrm — bulldog (@FloppedEarDog) April 17, 2019 Hail storms forecast this evening in #Texas. Be sure to protect your vehicles.#TexasHailStorm #EngineeredSolutions pic.twitter.com/WOVowJxnTV — Tiffany Villarreal, P.E. (@TiffanyEngr) April 17, 2019 When there’s the threat of hail in Texas… pic.twitter.com/JgVmJZZgoA — Bethany Evans (@bethanycevans) April 18, 2019


France honors Notre Dame firefighters; protects rose window

France paid a daylong tribute Thursday to the Paris firefighters who saved Notre Dame Cathedral from collapse, while construction workers rushed to secure an area above one of the church's famed rose-shaped windows and other vulnerable sections of the fire-damaged landmark.


New UnityPoint Health facility in Moline elevates patient care

UnityPoint Health will hold a ribbon cutting celebration at the new, collaborative health care facility known as SouthPark Pointe in Moline. Those attending the event on Thursday can expect to hear from UnityPoint Health-Trinity leadership team and also the Quad Cities Chamber.

Quad-City Times Preview of new 'Hero Street' documentary is Tuesday Quad-City Times

Preview of new 'Hero Street' documentary is Tuesday

Kelly and Tammy Rundle of Moline-based Fourth Wall Films will present a Humanities Iowa sneak preview of their new documentary “Riding the Rails to Hero Street” at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 23, at St. Ambrose University's Madsen Hall in the…


Officials respond to bank robbery in Bettendorf; school on lockdown

City officials tell TV6 there was a bank robbery and that more information would be released throughout the day.


Second case of measles confirmed in Iowa

Officials say the person was under a voluntary confinement order after the first confirmed case. This was to prevent further exposures.

Quad-City Times Where have the students gone? Western Illinois University enrollment dropped by 4,700 in the past decade Quad-City Times

Where have the students gone? Western Illinois University enrollment dropped by 4,700 in the past decade

MACOMB — Everyone is leaving. The office is a shamble of boxes and books, and employees will have to remove everything by the time their work ends in a few weeks.

OurQuadCities.com Bettendorf Schools go into lock down after police activity OurQuadCities.com

Bettendorf Schools go into lock down after police activity

A lockdown at three schools has been lifted after police activity in the area.Local 4 News is following police activity in west Bettendorf Thursday morning along Golden Valley Driver and Tanglefoot Lane. A spokesperson for the Bettendorf School District told Local 4 News Paul Norton and Hervert Hoover Elementary Schools and the Bettendorf High School were placed on lockdown, but it was lifted a short time later. Due to an event in the community, out of an abundance of caution, the Bett PD has directed BHS to go into lockdown procedures. There is NO danger at BHS; all staff and students are safe. This will be updated as we have more information. #bettpride— BettHS PRIDE (@u_bett) April 18, 2019 The nature of the police activity is unknown at this time. 


Uber unveils new safety measures to protect riders

Uber executives say the Uber app will also prominently display the new safety notifications with a banner saying "Check your ride every time."

WQAD.com Police activity prompts lockdown at Bettendorf High School in ‘abundance of caution’ WQAD.com

Police activity prompts lockdown at Bettendorf High School in ‘abundance of caution’

BETTENDORF, Iowa — Bettendorf High School was placed on lockdown Thursday morning, April 18. Police directed the school to lock down because of “an event in the community,” according to a tweet on the Bettendorf High School’s community Twitter account.   The tweet said the lockdown was being done “out of an abundance of caution.” “There is NO danger at BHS; all staff and students are safe,” read the tweet. Due to an event in the community, out of an abundance of caution, the Bett PD has directed BHS to go into lockdown procedures. There is NO danger at BHS; all staff and students are safe. This will be updated as we have more information. #bettpride — BettHS PRIDE (@u_bett) April 18, 2019 Updates were expected as information becomes available. WQAD News 8 reached out to Bettendorf’s Public Information Officer, but has not yet heard back.

Quad-City Times Viaduct between RI, Arsenal to close week nights Quad-City Times

Viaduct between RI, Arsenal to close week nights

More bridge closures are in the offing for the Quad-Cities.

WQAD.com ‘Cards for Kenzy’ to support Iowa teen with inoperable cancer WQAD.com

‘Cards for Kenzy’ to support Iowa teen with inoperable cancer

ALTOONA, Iowa — After years of battling cancer, an Iowa teen fight has changed completely. Mackenzy Larson was diagnosed with bone cancer as a child and has since fought it five different times. Kenzy has undergone multiple surgeries during treatment and had to have her left leg amputated. At the age of 17, Kenzy has been told that the cancer is now inoperable. Her friends and family are asking people to show her some support by sending a note or card. Those can be sent to: Kenzy Larson c/o Angels for Sam P.O. Box 185 Carlisle, IA 50047 Kenzy has planned to have a celebration of life she can attend with her family and friends, but a date has not been set.

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Chief Garrett Jahns was hired as a Blue Grass police officer in 2012. A story in Thursday's editions inaccurately said he was hired as police chief that year. He became the Blue Grass Police Chief in February 2018.

WQAD.com High speed chase across Rock Island, Davenport ends in crash, arrest WQAD.com

High speed chase across Rock Island, Davenport ends in crash, arrest

DAVENPORT, Iowa — A man was arrested last night, April 17, after leading police on a high speed chase and ultimately crashing into a parking garage. Davenport police responded to the Centennial Bridge at 10:40 p.m. to assist the Rock Island Police Department in a chase across the river, according to multiple criminal complaints. The suspect’s vehicle was seen going at least 90 mph going from the bridge to Gaines Street, which is a 35 mph zone. The suspect,  Zaccheus Nathaniel Hayes, 20, of Rock Island, was wanted in connection with battery with a firearm in Rock Island, the complaints state. The original call in Rock Island indicated shots fired. As the chase went on, Hayes discarded the firearm, a .357 magnum revolver in the 500 block of W Locust Street. The gun was found with one spent shell casing and five live rounds. Photo courtesy of Bridget Nicole – 4/18/19 The pursuit finally came to an end when the Hayes lost control of his vehicle on a wet street downtown Davenport, the complaints say. The vehicle crashed into Redstone Parking Ramp on 101 Main St. Hayes attempted to flee on foot, but police quickly arrested him. An onlooker captured this photo (left) of the accident. Hayes is charged with interference with a firearm and eluding police, both felony charges, as well as several misdemeanor charges. He is being held at Scott County Jail.

OurQuadCities.com Man charged in wrong-way chase down Brady, Redstone crash after gunfire OurQuadCities.com

Man charged in wrong-way chase down Brady, Redstone crash after gunfire

UPDATE: Zaccheus Hayes was charged with two felonies and multiple misdemeanors in connection with the chase that went the wrong way down Brady Street and ended with a crash into a parking garage.Hayes faces felony charges of eluding and interference with a firearm and several misdemeanors, including carrying weapons, driving without a valid license, failing to maintain control, felon in possession of a firearm, reckless driving and striking a fixture. The Davenport Police Department said they "responded to the Centennial Bridge to assist the Rock Island Police Department with a vehicle pursuit involving the suspect vehicle from a confirmed shots fired call."According to police, Hayes' charges "stem from failing to maintain control of his vehicle at a high rate of speed on wet pavement as it struck the corner of the Redstone parking ramp and operating a motor vehicle upon a public highway traveling the wrong direction for signage posted. The defendant then attempted to leave the scene without making notification of the accident."EARLIER UPDATEA chaotic scene in Davenport on Wednesday night after a chase comes to a crashing halt right in the heart of downtown.  Around 10:30 p.m., Rock Island police spotted a vehicle wanted in connection with a shots fired call earlier that evening.  Officers pursued the suspect over the Centennial Bridge into Davenport where police say it then tried to flee going the wrong way down Brady Street.  Police used a squad car to push the suspect vehicle off the road before it could crash into the flood waters on River Drive.  The suspect vehicle crashed into the Redstone parking garage just south of 2nd Street on Brady. The suspect was taken into custody and later transported by ambulance to a local hospital.  No word on his condition at this time. EARLIER UPDATEROCK ISLAND, Ill. - Gunfire in Rock Island Wednesday night followed shortly by a car accident.It happened around 8:00 p.m. at 9th Street and 26th Avenue.Neighbors tell Local 4/Fox 18 News they heard at least one gunshot before the crash near Frances Willard Elementary School.It's not clear yet if anyone was hurt.Police shut down about three blocks of 9th Street while officers worked the case.'

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WQAD.com Barnes & Noble is offering free download of the Mueller report WQAD.com

Barnes & Noble is offering free download of the Mueller report

Robert Mueller’s full report has yet to be released, but you can already order it online. Bookseller Barnes & Noble said Wednesday that it’s offering “The Mueller Report” for pre-order to customers. The highly anticipated report, which took two years to complete and is expected to provide an in-depth look at special counsel Mueller’s investigation into Russia’s interference in the 2016 election, will be released publicly Thursday. Mueller concluded his investigation nearly a month ago. So far, the public has been privy only to Attorney General William Barr’s four-page summary of Mueller’s report. On its website, Barnes & Noble said it is offering a “PDF/direct replica” of the nearly 400-page report – “Barr redactions and all.” It can be pre-ordered using the company’s Nook e-reader or app, and delivered upon release Thursday. The bookseller described the report as “essential reading for all Americans on both sides of the aisle.” “We’ve received strong demand from our customers for this report, and want to make it as easy as possible for them to access it for free as soon as possible,” Tim Mantel, the bookseller’s chief merchandising officer, said in a statement.


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WQAD.com Cave diver who helped save Thai soccer team rescued from Tennessee cave WQAD.com

Cave diver who helped save Thai soccer team rescued from Tennessee cave

GAINESBORO, Tenn. – A cave diver from the UK who was part of the crew involved in saving the Thai soccer team last year needed rescuing after becoming trapped in a cave in Tennessee. Josh Bratchley went missing Tuesday when he failed to exit a cave he was exploring with four others, according to the Jackson County Emergency Management Agency. The group of experienced divers dove into the cave in Gainesboro, north of Cookeville. Upon exiting, they noticed Bratchley was missing. They called 911 early Wednesday, according to the EMA. Specialized divers from Arkansas and Florida were called in to help with what officials deemed a “highly technical rescue.” By Wednesday evening, Bratchley was brought out of the water, according to the agency. He was awake, alert, and oriented when found. “His only request was he wanted pizza,” said Derek Woolbright, EMA spokesperson, during a press conference. Edd Sorenson, a rescue diver from Florida who flew into Tennessee to rescue Bratchley, described finding Bratchley in an air pocket in the flooded cave. “He said ‘Thank you, thank you. Who are you?’ ” Sorenson said. “We had a nice talk.” Officials said it took Cave Adventure diver Sorrenson 45 to 50 minutes to find the trapped diver. “This was a really small, nasty cave,” Sorrenson said. He said many similar missions have become recovery efforts rather than rescues, and he was surprised to find Bratchley alive. Both officials and Sorenson cited Bratchley’s calmness and mental strength as keys to his survival. The British Cave Rescue Council said Bratchley aided the effort in Thailand. Last year, Bratchley was one of the divers who helped rescue 12 schoolboys and their coach stranded on a ledge in a flooded cave in Chiang Rai, in northern Thailand. The world watched as the team of international cave diving experts led the mission to retrieve the boys. Bratchely was later recognized for his role. The Tennessee cave is about 3 miles off the main highway and in a very rural area. Ethan Burris of the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office said the group had been in the area for two to three days mapping the Mill Pond Cave. “You have to go underwater to get into the cave,” Burris said. “The maps that we have, we’re not rightly sure how deep it is right now,” The other members of the missing diver’s group stayed at the scene to offer and assistance in the rescue efforts. “They are our biggest asset as to getting us information about the cave, about how it’s laid out,” Burris said.


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WQAD.com Pay It Forward recognizes woman who is always there for those in need WQAD.com

Pay It Forward recognizes woman who is always there for those in need

DAVENPORT, Iowa-- Through strong gusts of wind, bitter cold winters and hot streaks during the summer, Carrie Hoover is always out working. For six years now, Carrie has been collecting items for her group 'Saving the Perfect Stranger'. She collects toiletries, clothes and blankets, all kept in her car until it's time to drop them off at Kings Harvest Shelter in Davenport. Her constant generosity is how she met Deb Bowen. "I was watching her all through the winter, the horrible cold, the horrible snow, she was out there everyday doing something and that so touched my heart," said Deb. Carrie stepped in a few months ago to help Deb collect items for local women in need. Deb is no stranger to the Pay It Forward contest sponsored by Ascentra Credit Union. Over a year ago she was awarded it for her work in the community, and after working with Carrie, she knew she had to nominate her. "Deb, thank you for nominating Carrie for the Pay it Forward. Carrie's passion for helping others is a true example of what it means to be listening, caring and doing what's right which our are core values at Ascentra Credit Union," said Megan Guldenpfennig, with Ascentra Credit Union. "For that reason on behalf of Ascentra, I would love to present you with $300 so that you may Pay It Forward to her congratulations!" Ready to go and surprise Carrie, Deb walked up to find Carrie hard at work outside King's Harvest. "Hello I'm surprising you today on behalf of Ascentra Credit Union and WQAD, I get to Pay it Forward to you for all you do for the homeless, so here's $300, girl," Deb said. Carrie couldn't believe it. "I'm used to helping others, and I never ask for anything in return, you know what I'm saying? I help others, so for somebody to say, 'hey, let's help you out,' that's overwhelming," said Carrie. This money gives Carrie the chance to continue her grandmother's legacy. "My grandma Cleo died, and she worked at the Salvation Army, and she loved the homeless, so I do this in honor of her... This will be my sixth year doing it for my grandmother, but there's a huge need out here. We have shifted from serving the homeless to advocating for the homeless." Carrie plans on using the money to buy more tents and sleeping bags for the homeless here in the Quad Cities.


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