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Monday, June 14th, 2021

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Over 4,000 tattered flags burned in Moline for Flag Day

American Legion Post 246 and Wendt Funeral Home put on the ceremony to properly dispose of the old flags

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Police went to home where shooting death occurred multiple times in past 5 years

Police responded several times during the past five years to a home where an Eldridge woman’s death remains under investigation. Officers continue to investigate the shooting death of Jessica Bostrom, 28, in the 300 block of West Davenport Street on Thursday. A preliminary investigation led to the arrest of 34-year-old Shane Bostrom, of the same address, on drug-related and child-endangerment charges, but not in connection with the shooting death. In response to a Freedom of Information Act request from WHBF/www.ourquadcities.com, Eldridge Police say they responded to the home on these dates: Jan. 30, 2015: Domestic disturbance. Shane Bostrom was arrested for disorderly conduct and interference.Nov. 4, 2017: Domestic disturbance. No arrest.Nov. 17, 2017: Domestic disturbance. No arrest.Nov. 17, 2017: Domestic disturbance. No arrest (these were two calls, 30 minutes apart.)April 26, 2019: Domestic disturbance. Jessica Bostrom arrested for public intoxication.Nov. 20, 2020: EMS.Dec. 6, 2020: EMS. Shane Bostrom faces felony charges of having no drug-tax stamp and possession with intent to deliver, along with misdemeanor charges of child endangerment, obstructing prosecution and possession of drug paraphernalia. On Monday, he waived a preliminary hearing and is scheduled for arraignment July 8 in Scott County Court. Shortly after 3:45 p.m. Thursday on the 300 block of West Davenport Street, Eldridge, Bostrom was found to have eight live marijuana plants growing in pots, along with two growing tents with lights, weight scales, humidity scales and “baggies for delivery of marijuana” inside his residence, arrest affidavits say. Bostrom’s 5-year-old daughter, who lives at the home, “had access to the growing areas and plants inside of the residence,” the affidavits say. Multiple glass pipes commonly used to smoke marijuana that smelled of burned marijuana were in the residence and were accessible to the child. During the investigation, video surveillance showed Bostrom removing the eight plants and placing them outside on the back side of the residence “in attempt to conceal the evidence for any prosecution,” the affidavit says. Bostrom remains in Scott County Jail on a $25,000 cash-only bond.

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Multiple cars were broken into in Le Claire

A warning from Le Claire Police, lock your car. Police are responding to multiple calls about break-ins. According to the department there were around 15 reports of vehicles that had been broken in to. They say it started Friday morning between approximately 3 a.m. to 6 a.m. Two vehicles were stolen and 2 fire arms were also taken from seperate cars. One neighbor spoke about what was stolen from their car. "They got in the center console, got in the glove box empty all that stuff there was a bunch of change and everything that they left but there was nothing really valuable inside the car that they could really have taken," said Hunter. The Le Claire Police Department says every vehicle broken into was left unlocked and they're reminding people to remember to lock up their vehicles.

WQAD.com Watch: Dozens of American flags line the Quad Cities' Centennial Bridge for Flag Day WQAD.com

Watch: Dozens of American flags line the Quad Cities' Centennial Bridge for Flag Day

The "Fly the Flag High" event was held to show gratitude and respect for the military and veterans.

WQAD.com Burning service held to properly dispose of over 4,000 American flags on Flag Day WQAD.com

Burning service held to properly dispose of over 4,000 American flags on Flag Day

American Legion Post 246 partnered with Wendt Funeral Home to hold the 5th annual service on Flag Day

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COVID-19 claims two over weekend in Quad-Cities though new cases remain low

Though new positive cases of COVID-19 remain low, the virus is still claiming victims in the Quad-Cities.

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Bettendorf Police searching for auto shop hit-and-run suspect

BPD is looking for a man who reportedly crashed into a Bettendorf auto shop and fled the scene.

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Bettendorf Police searching for auto shop hit-and-run suspect

BPD is looking for a man who reportedly crashed into a Bettendorf auto shop and fled the scene.

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Two days of basketball and family fun, all to raise awareness for a good cause

It's summer time and unlike last year, most places are actually open. The Mississippi Valley Fairgrounds is looking to make up for lost time and have a fun event coming up that will also raise awareness on a good cause. Nicole Cruz from the QC Jamz 3v3 Feel Good Fest joined Local 4 News at 4 to tell us about the upcoming fun filled event to help bring awareness to mental illness and suicide. For more information, visit the QC Jamz 3v3 Facebook page or QC Jamz 3v3 Feel Good Fest Facebook event page.

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Maintenance shed catches on fire in rural Henry County

Firefighters were able to run three tanker shuttles to get water on the fire. A total of 25 firefighters from three departments responded.

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Maintenance Shed Catches on Fire in Rural Henry County

A total of 25 fire fighters from three departments responded to the fire.

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It's Flag Day in the Q-C

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Propane tank causes explosion and fire at Scott Co. Recycling Center

That includes a small fire and explosion from a propane tank that was tossed into a recycling cart.

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Illinois National Guard deployed to help at manufacturing plant fire

The fire started around 7 a.m. on Monday, June 14 at Chemtools Incorporated in Rockton, Illinois - about 130 miles northeast of the Quad Cities.

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ImpactLife pushes for blood donations after record-low week

Anyone who registers during the week of June 14 will get a free voucher for a $10 gift card.

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Bettendorf Police give ice cream citations

Bettendorf police are cracking down this summer.Giving citations to those out and about for bike rides.Kids who follow safety guidelines while riding their bikes this summer may be pulled over and given a ticket.It's a reward for positive behavior.Local 4's Sierra Krug went along with police to see how the program bridges the gap between officers and residents of the community, watch the video above to hear more.

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ImpactLife pushes for blood donations after record-low week

Anyone who registers during the week of June 14 will get a free voucher for a $10 gift card.

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Family escapes house fire in Camanche

Two adults and a child were able to escape from a house fire on Sunday night. Around 9:45 p.m., the Camanche Fire Department responded to a structure fire in the 500 block of South Washington Street. When they arrived, they found a one story home with moderate smoke coming from the front door. The three individuals home at the time were ale to get out safely. One guinea pig was rescued from the home. Crews were able to put the fire out using one line off the truck. The fire appears have started in a craft room in the basement and was accidental. The damage to the house is estimated to be $75,000 to the structure and $25,000 to contents. The home was insured. The house had working smoke detectors which helped alert the family to the fire and escape safely. The Red Cross was brought in to provide assistance to the family. The Camanche Fire Department was assisted by the Camanche Police Department, Clinton Fire Department, Alliant Energy, and MidAmerican Energy.

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Police looking for suspect after hit-and-run crash damaged used car business in downtown Bettendorf

The car hit several used vehicles before hitting the Premier Picks Auto building.

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The Grey Wolf Band Takes the Stage in Rock Island

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Davenport Police respond to shots fired incident Monday morning

Police got a call about two cars exchanging gunfire near the corner of West Pleasant Street and North Main Street.

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FBI report juvenile kidnapping out of Peru, Illinois

The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) released information of a juvenile kidnapping out of Peru, Illinois. Law enforcement was informed of the abduction around 5:30 a.m. on Monday. The victim is described as at 14-to 16-year-old female. Several witnesses said they saw two men forcing the victim into a white pick-up truck with a topper near the intersection of Plum and 7th Street in Peru. Witnesses also reported hearing screaming or yelling. The Peru Police Department is leading the investigation into the kidnapping with assistance from the FBI. If anyone has any information about the , contact the FBI at 312-421-6700 or directly with the Peru Police Department at 815-223-2151.

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Guilty plea in case of man killed, dumped in Mississippi

On Thursday, Daneille Heidenreich, 39, of Hanover, Illinois, pled guilty as part of a plea agreement to concealment of a homicidal death and was sentenced to five years in prison followed by one year of mandatory supervised release. The charges are related to case in March 2021 in which Keith Heidenreich of Freeport, Illinois, was killed and his body was dumped in the Mississippi River near Savanna, Illinois. Heidenreich was arrested along with Levi T. J. Meyer, 35, of Freeport in early April 2021 for the crime. Meyer is still in custody on five counts of first degree murder. The case was investigated by the Northwest Illinois Critical Response Team and the Hanover Police Department with the assistance of the Carroll County States Attorney's Office, Illinois State Police, Jo Daviess County Coroner's Office and Winnebago County Coroner's Office.

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'It's like they've been trying to give Black people a chance to make it': Black business owners feel supported by Quad-City community

Black business owners in the Quad-Cities are feeling intentional support from customers a year after social media and other efforts gave them additional exposure to the community.

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Davenport Police respond to shots fired incident Monday morning

Police got a call about two cars exchanging gunfire near the corner of West Pleasant Street and North Main Street.

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One dead after car and motorcycle accident

One person was killed when a car and motorcycle collided on Sunday around 6:30 p.m. at the intersection of West 4th Street and East Avenue in Sterling. Two people suffered minor injuries and were treated and released. One person had major injuries and was later pronounced dead at the hospital. No other information about the accident has been released at this time. The Sterling Police were assisted at the scene by CGH Ambulance, Sterling Fire Department, Illinois State Police Crash Reconstruction Unit, and Slim & Hanks Towing. The crash remains under investigation.

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Heavy police presence after reports of gunfire in Davenport

Davenport Police are investigation reports of several shots fired in the area of Main and Pleasant streets on Monday. The report came in around 9:30 a.m. Local 4 News saw at least 15 evidence markers at the scene. Heavy police presence at Main St. and Pleasant St. in Davenport for shots fired. At least 15 evidence markers on the ground. pic.twitter.com/Nv1qjh456A— Zack Winiecki (@zackwiniecki) June 14, 2021 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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Rockton Fire Department issues mandatory evacuation due to early morning fire at Chemtool

Multiple fire crews are at the scene of a structure fire at Chemtool on Prairie Hill Road in Rockton this morning.

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Explosion, massive fire at chemical plant in Rockton

ROCKTON, Ill. — Emergency crews are on the scene of a massive fire at a chemical plant in Rockton, Illinois. The fire started around 7:30 a.m. Monday at Chemtool Incorporated, located at 1165 Prairie Hill Road.  The company manufactures fluids, lubricants and grease products which are distributed worldwide. According to WTVO, residents within a one mile radius of Chemtool are being asked to evacuate due to possible dangerous chemicals being released in the fire. A large emergency presence is on the scene and assisting. This is a developing story. Check back for details.

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"Pickle Gate" hits Quad Cities

Who has the best pickle wraps in the Quad Cities?

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Dubuque homeless shelter rolls out food truck to combat food insecurity

The Dubuque Rescue Mission has opened up a food truck to feed families facing food insecurity for free.

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Cones for Kids: When you can eat ice cream for a good cause

Half of all ice cream cone sales will go to Bethany for Children & Families

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One killed in car versus motorcycle crash Sunday in Sterling

Police were dispatched around 6:30 p.m. Sunday to West 4th Street and East Avenue.

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Linda Cook review: Loud, slapstick 'Peter Rabbit 2' is average family fare

It’s not as mean-spirited, obnoxious or quite as violent as the first movie. Those aspects of the first “Peter Rabbit” made me, well, hopping mad. “Peter Rabbit 2: The Runaway” isn’t quite as annoying, which makes it an average family flick. The human characters from the first movie, Thomas (Domhnall Gleeson) and Bea (Rose Byrne) have been married. Peter (voice of James Corden) isn’t so sure he and the other rabbits are truly family. Author Bea, who writes about the adventures of the rabbits and the other creatures, is approached by a major publisher (David Oyelowo) who wants her to change the tone of the stories to make them more commercial. Bea thinks she might be selling out if she signs a contract. Peter makes the acquaintance of Barnabas (Lennie James), a streetwise rabbit who leads a group of thieves (think “Oliver Twist” and the Fagin character.) Peter, whose character is vilified in Bea’s writings, joins the gang that plans to steal fruit from a farmers market. The idea of pandering to an audience already has happened, of course, with the gentle books of Beatrix Potter springing to feature films full of shouting, screaming and slapstick. I don’t know why the screenplay focuses on this – to appear self aware? To pretend it’s not happening? Iris doesn't see the humor in "Peter Rabbit 2." I’ve seen worse films for kids, but sometimes the way the animals are treated here made me cringe, especially when they are picked up by the ears and put in terrifying situations (admittedly, as a member of the House Rabbit Society who is allowed to share my home with Iris the Wonder Bunny, I’m hyper-aware.) Because the animals are made to look realistic this bothered me a lot more than an animated feature would have. Sometimes the characters are comical – I like the idea of an energetic, jogging fox, for example. Also, the animal characters never lose their lifelike appearance, so they’re fun to see. You’d do much better sharing the original Beatrix Potter books with your family, then going to the theater to enjoy the excellent “Spirit Untamed.” 2 stars Rated: PG for violence and coarse humor. Running time: One hour and 33 minutes. At Cinemark, Davenport; Regal, Moline; and Palms 10, Muscatine.

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Moline Breakfast Optimist Club hosts annual Flag Day fundraiser

Selling flags is the Optimist Club's main fundraiser each year. The group is putting out more than 1,000 flags this year.

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Moline Breakfast Optimist Club hosts annual Flag Day fundraiser

Selling flags is the Optimist Club's main fundraiser each year. The group is putting out more than 1,000 flags this year.

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Hike, Sip Wine & Listen to Music With Goats in Illinois This Summer

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Iowa City Barn Converted Into An Amazing Airbnb

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Rick's Six: Dry and cooler, road work update and a gun, meth arrest in Davenport

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Spotlight Theatre ends first show back since pandemic

After a two-week run, the Spotlight Theatre closed its first production since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, "You're A Good Man Charlie Brown."

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Spotlight Theatre closes first show back since the pandemic

The show ended a two-week run with the same number of attendees.

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"Pickle Gate" hits Quad Cities

Who has the best pickle wraps in the Quad Cities?

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Strawberry Stampede returns to Long Grove for races, family reunions

This year’s races had over 300 entrants

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Rock Island house fire

Rock Island Fire Department responded to a house fire near the intersection of 25th and 18th Street on Sunday around 6:30 p.m.

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Henry Vargas, Quad Cities civil rights leader, dies at 92

Henry Vargas helped found the Davenport Civil Rights Commission which was the first such commission in the state of Iowa.

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City of Moline commemorates Flag Day

WATCH: Video shows the U.S. Flag flying on River Drive in Moline

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AmeriCorps awards MercyOne facilities $160,000 grant

MercyOne has been awarded a $160,000 grant from AmeriCorps, the federal agency for national service and community volunteerism. The funding, awarded through Volunteer Iowa, will extend MercyOne’s community health worker program, allowing eight AmeriCorps members to be trained as community health workers to serve communities of Clinton, Sioux City and Waterloo, a news release says. Two community health workers also will nbe deployed in the MercyOne Des Moines Medical Center emergency department. Community health workers are frontline public health workers who are trusted members of and/or have a remarkable understanding of the community they serve. Community health workers will support screening for social determinants of health, connect patients and their families to community-based organizations, and facilitate enrollment in available federal, state and local programs to increase access to health care support services. “It has become increasingly clear that improving the health outcomes of our patients means extending our focus beyond the clinic and hospital walls and into the communities where our patients live, learn, work, play, and worship,” said Derek Novak, president of MercyOne Population Health Service Organization. AmeriCorps grants are awarded on a competitive basis to projects that support organizational capacity-building, education, healthy futures, environmental stewardship, veterans and military families, economic opportunities, public safety, disaster preparedness/response, and other identified community issues in Iowa. MercyOne is one of just 19 programs to receive funding for the 2021-2022 program year.

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WIU revives decades old student teaching program at Wisconsin tribal schools

Students accepted into 16-week program will spend four weeks at three different tribal schools

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Crews battle house fire Sunday evening

Firefighters fought a fire in a two-story home shortly before 6:30 p.m. Sunday on the 2500 block of 18th Ave., Rock Island. We do not know the cause of the fire or whether anyone was injured. 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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Cooler temps, lower dew points through the middle of the week

A break in the dew points has made it more comfortable in the Quad-Cities, but for a few days it’s going to become cooler, too, relatively speaking, Meteorologist Timothy Gunkel said Sunday.

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1 in custody, others flee after police find stolen car

One person was in custody shortly before 5:30 p.m. Sunday after Davenport Police stopped a suspicious vehicle in the area of Scott and Locust streets, Davenport. Officers told Local 4 News, the only station at the scene, the driver stayed with the Hyundai while several other people ran from the vehicle. There were no injuries, police said. Although police did not say where the Hyundai had been stolen, Bettendorf Police arrived on the scene, where the Hyundai sat with its doors open, a few minutes later. Officers are on the scene and 1 is in custody after police find a stolen car in the area of Scott and Locust streets, Davenport. pic.twitter.com/ERmfHfmmJR— Linda Cook, reporter, film critic. (@CookWHBF) June 13, 2021 Officers are on the scene and 1 is in custody after police find a stolen car in the area of Scott and Locust streets, Davenport. Bettendorf police have arrived too. pic.twitter.com/5yPBgMsllU— Linda Cook, reporter, film critic. (@CookWHBF) June 13, 2021 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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Davenport Police seek help: $2,000 reward offered for info on June 6 shooting

A $2,000 cash reward is being offered for information about a shooting in downtown Davenport early Sunday, June 6. The reward is offered by the Crime Stoppers Board of Directors from its Gun Crime Initiative enhanced reward fund, the Crime Stoppers website says. Gunfire erupts At 1:30 a.m., the area of the Figge Art Museum and Skybridge in downtoiwn Davenport were peppered with bullets that caused extensive damage. "Thankfully no one was hurt," the website says. "Davenport Police are asking for the public’s help in determining who was responsible. Crime Stoppers of the Quad Cities would like to help with that by offering a $2,000 cash reward for the information that leads to arrests in this case." Police said about 80 rounds flew on the Redstone parking ramp and caused up to $100,000 in damage to an iconic downtown landmark. Local 4 News was the only station at the scene after Davenport Police were called to the Redstone parking ramp at the intersection of 2nd and Brady streets. Police saw a large group of people on the top level. Authorities say 10 windows on the museum and three on the Skybridge were hit. The damage Ten museum windows were completely shot out, leaving possibly $100,000 worth of damage to a work of art and iconic landmark in Davenport. “It’s awful,” said Figge Chief Financial Officer Todd Woeber. “Luckily it’s on a side of the building that is not quite as visible to our visitors, but yeah, it’s disappointing. It’s very sad.” Ten windows need to be replaced. And getting the replacements is easier said than done, “Some of them are pretty high, so it’s going to take special equipment to get up there,” Woeber said. “It’s going to take a special glass run. This is custom glass, so we don’t have this much in stock.” The process for getting the special glass made and reinstalled is very lengthy. “First, we’ve got to get the glass made,” Woeber said. “It’s custom glass so we’ve got to go to the glass manufacturer to see what kind of run we can get in. I don’t know what kind of queues they have in their time frame.” “Then the frames of the panels need to come out,” he said. “The new glass needs to be installed. All of that is done off sight and then and then they need to be brought back in and reinstalled.” As for when everything will be fully repaired, Woeber expects it to be a while. “Unfortunately, we’re looking at many months,” he said. “It could be late fall. We’re hoping by the time snow flies we’ve got it taken care of. So it’s logistically gonna be a challenge.” Woeber estimates the damage from $75,000 to $100,000. Fortunately for the Figge, insurance will cover most of the repairs. Woeber says the facility has had some previous damage to that side of the building, but never anything to this extent. To help the investigation Crime Stoppers asks anyone with information to call Davenport Police or the Crime Stoppers Tip Line at 309-762-9500.  Also, tips can be submitted using the free app P3 Tips.  People who submit tips can remain anonymous.

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Moline City Council approves purchase of security cameras downtown

Manis says he’s consulted with downtown Moline businesses.

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THIS WEEK: Challenging the Democrat's map

Illinois' new redistricting map is drawing criticism and lawsuits

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Police: Suspect with meth, loaded gun, punched two women

A 27-year-old Burlington man is in custody after police say he punched two women and had a loaded gun and methamphetamine in Davenport. Julian Black faces felony charges of having no drug-tax stamp, felon in possession of a firearm, possession with intent to deliver and two intrastate detainers, along with misdemeanor charges of assault with injury, assault while displaying a weapon, domestic assault with injury, and possession of drug paraphernalia. At 4:15 a.m. Saturday, Davenport police responded to the 700 block of West 16th Street for a disturbance. A victim said Black punched her in the face multiple times while he was inside a vehicle outside the residence. “He then continued to punch her in the face while they were outside of the vehicle in the back yard of the residence,” the affidavit says. A witness said he pushed the victim down and was standing over her. The victim had multiple injuries, police said. A co-victim tried to stop the assault, and Black punched the co-victim in the right eye. She, too, was injured, police say in the affidavit. Police say Black had a bag with a loaded pistol and baggies, with 27.9 grams of methamphetamine in one and 20.55 grams in the other. Inside the bag with the meth and gun was a box of clear plastic baggies, along with a digital scale., police said. Additionally, $800 cash was found in denominations of $20 and $100 bills. Further proceedings for Black, held on a total of $65,000 bond in Scott County Jail, will be Tuesday and June 22 in Scott County Court.

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Harms named Firefighter of the Year

Firefighter Kyle Harms,with the Galesburg Fire Department (GFD) has been named the department's Firefighter of the Year. The annual GFD Firefighter of the Year Award recognizes the significant contributions, achievements, character, and long-term dedication of a firefighter or fire captain, a news release says. Selection is based on the candidate's skill and ability as a firefighter, performance of duties in the station, motivation, teamwork, leadership, creativity, professionalism, and customer service. The example set by the nominee off-duty, such as volunteering and community service, may also be considered. Nominees are chosen by the firefighting shifts and final selection is made by consensus of the management staff, union president, and staff captain. "Firefighter Harms was an easy choice even among stiff competition," states Battalion Chief Derek Perry. "Kyle has stepped up and worked tirelessly on important departmental projects which include: the business self-inspection program, replacement of the aging Galesburg Regional Fire Training Site Tower, and a much needed remodel of the central station dormitory to improve firefighter health and comfort and ready it for female firefighters.” Additionally, Harms was involved in two rescues: The first as an acting captain during a structure fire, rescuing a 23-year-old woman and her dog; the second was a 66-year-old man who had fallen through the ice about 75 yards offshore at Lake Storey.     Harms has been with GFD for just over nine years. He has an associate degree in fire science from John Wood Community College and a bachelor degree in aoology from Western Illinois University. Harms has his Fire Officer I certification and has been taking classes in fire prevention.

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Video showcases Downtown Quad Cities and regional collaboration

A new regional video project is shining the spotlight on Downtown Quad Cities and all they have to offer residents and visitors alike. The fast-paced short video promotes the vibrancy, fun and uniqueness of Quad-City downtowns with scenes from their signature events and festivals, venues and their businesses, a news release says. Watch the video here: https://youtu.be/ojBA-4sDgcg The video features seven cities, which were coordinated by Downtown Bettendorf Organization, Downtown Davenport Partnership, East Moline Main Street, City of LeClaire, Moline Centre, Development Association of Rock Island, Silvis Main Street. The combined effort was also a collaboration with Quad Cities Chamber and Visit Quad Cities. “This video is the result of forward-thinking cooperation,” said Kyle Carter, the Chamber’s vice president of placemaking. “It helps to share the flavor and individuality each downtown has to offer.” The video marks another cooperative project for the downtowns. Over the past two years, regional downtown leaders have met to discuss everything from development best-practices to housing studies and event coordination.  The messaging tells it all: “Visit Downtown Quad Cities, an experience for everyone. Eat. Play. Shop. Stay.” The video was produced by the Quad Cities Chamber and dphilms.

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Road Buckled on John Deere Road Saturday

Happened just before the I-74 west-bound onramp

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The week in COVID-19: Illinois opens, new cases fall across the Quad-Cities

COVID-19 has not disappeared.

Saturday, June 12th, 2021

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Grace Lynn Keller named Miss Iowa 2021

Grace Lynn Keller, 22, of Island Lake, Illinois, was crowned Miss Iowa 2021 to wrap up the competition held this weekend at the Adler Theatre in Davenport.

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Burlington family holds vigil for Gun Violence Awareness Month

The family hopes to make the event annual

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Horses rescued after semi-trailer brakes ignite

Six show horses were rescued Saturday afternoon after the brakes of a semi-trailer hauling them caught fire. David Dunham, Coal Valley fire chief, said the animals were being transported from Nebraska to a horse show in Springfield when the truck's brakes locked up and sparked a fire near the Interstate 74/280 eastbound scale. Someone at Crabby's Bar & Grill nearby grabbed a fire extinguisher and put out the fire, Dunham told Local 4 News. "It was out upon our arrival," he said. "We're lucky the hay didn't catch fire." Two Hillsdale firefighters brought horse trailers to the scene, and the horses, which were rescued, were transported to the Rock Island County Fairgrounds until other transportation could be arranged, Dunham said.

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Grace Lynn Keller named Miss Iowa 2021

Grace Lynn Keller, 22, of Island Lake, Illinois, was crowned Miss Iowa 2021 to wrap up the competition held this weekend at the Adler Theatre in Davenport.

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Two men assaulted with a weapon in Rock Island

Rock Island Police are searching for a suspect who they say assaulted two victims with a firearm early Saturday morning.

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Ground-breaking ceremony to celebrate high-school renovation

The Clinton Community School District invites the public to a ground-breaking ceremony celebrating the start of the renovation to the Clinton High School at 4 p.m. June 28 on the east side of the campus. The bond issue to fund the majority of an estimated cost of $62 million received strong community support on March 3, 2020, with 74.7% voting yes, a news release says. The passage of the bond issue, 1-cent sales tax, and PPEL will pay for the renovation. The project will include a new three-story academic building, a new CTE and fine-arts wing, along with renovation of historic Yourd Gymnasium. The project should be completed by spring 2025. Tricon Construction, Dubuque, is the general contractor and FRK is the architectural firm out of Des Moines.

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'Look, there's a rhino here!' Donors, including 8-year-old, meet Kito at Niabi Zoo

"You helped get a bunch of donations and now look, there's a rhino here!" Saturday was a very special day at Niabi Zoo after years of planning. The zoo was able to bring a rhinoceros to its exotic family, and donors gathered to learn about and meet the rare animal. There were hundreds of donors, including one 8-year-old boy who went out of his way to write a letter and then united his neighborhood to donate and help bring Kito to the Quad Cities. Kito is a 2-year-old White Southern Rhino who met donors to the rhino campaign at a special event. it was a long campaign for the zoo, but the community raised more than $109,000 to make it a success. "I donated money for the White Rhino for the Niabi Zoo by going to people's houses and showing them the note and then they put money in the donation, and they sent it to the Niabi Zoo,” said 8-year-old Sean Gould, who says his love for rhinos was the driving force for him wanting to have a rhino at Niabi Zoo. "Do you love rhinos?" Joel Vanderbush, the zoo's curator of conservation and education, asked Sean. "Yes.” "Do you think rhinos are so awesome that you wanted to have one right here in the Quad Cities?" Vanderbush asked. "Yes." As Sean was going around his neighborhood asking for donations so Kito could come to the Quad Cities, Niabi Zoo suddenly started to receive a lot of mystery donations of cash and checks for the rhino campaign. "We at first couldn't figure out where these checks were coming from until someone finally sent us this letter with the donations,” Vanderbush said. “We learned through this letter that Sean here drew this cool rhino and came up with this letter based on our campaign and then went around to his neighborhood." Sean says he is a little shy about asking people for things, but he felt confident trying to raise money for the rhino. "I was a little nervous, but as I kept doing it, it became not that scary,” he told  Local 4 News. When the zoo staff launched the rhino campaign, Vanderbush said, they didn't know what to expect. But Quad Citizens like Sean are what helped make this campaign incredibly successful. "What I think what is so exciting about this campaign... it was just average Quad Citizens who really believed in the campaign too and said, ‘Hey, let's bring a rhino to the Quad Cities,’” Vanderbush said. “So we can learn more about this endangered species so we can help protect those rhinos. And that's what Sean did and that's what I call conservation action right there." As a reward for his efforts, Sean's name is on a plaque that recognizes all other donors who made it a reality to have a rhinoceros at Niabi Zoo. Donors to the rhino campaign greet Kito on Saturday at Niabi Zoo. pic.twitter.com/T4DwnkOxed— Linda Cook, reporter, film critic. (@CookWHBF) June 12, 2021 Kito, a Southern White Rhino, has arrived at Niabi Zoo. Coal Valley! pic.twitter.com/vQiRK85L2I— Linda Cook, reporter, film critic. (@CookWHBF) June 12, 2021 Lee Jackson, Niabi Zoo director, tells Ryan Risky, Local 4 News, about the arrival of Kito, the Southern White Rhino, at Niabi Zoo, Coal Valley. pic.twitter.com/GFPzCRk917— Linda Cook, reporter, film critic. (@CookWHBF) June 12, 2021

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Mohan set to take over U. S. Army Sustainment Command

Maj. Gen. Christopher O. Mohan will take command of the U.S. Army Sustainment Command at a ceremony at Rock Island Arsenal on Tuesday. ASC Headquarters is on Rock Island Arsenal, and the commanding general of ASC is designated as RIA’s senior mission commander. Mohan replaces Maj. Gen. Daniel G. Mitchell, who retired from the Army last month. Matthew Sannito, a civilian member of the Senior Executive Service, has served as ASC’s executive director in the interim. Mohan will become ASC’s 11th commanding general since the command was established in October 2006. Mohan comes to ASC from Kaiserslautern, Germany, where he served as commanding general of the 21st Theater Support Command. A native of Carthage, North Carolina, Mohan was commissioned as an officer in 1989 following his graduation from Appalachian State University in Boone, North Carolina. His assignments include overseas deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan, as well as assignments at Fort Bragg, North Carolina; Fort Lewis, Washington; Fort Hood, Texas; Tooele Army Depot, Utah; and Scott Air Force Base, Illinois. Mohan also has served at Department of the Army Headquarters and at the headquarters of the U.S. Army Materiel Command, ASC’s higher headquarters. Along with the bachelor’s degree he earned at Appalachian State, Mohan holds master’s degrees from both the U.S. Naval War College and U.S. Army War College.

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Iron + Grain Coffee House opens in Davenport’s Hilltop Campus Village

With more business in the Hilltop, organizers say the economic boost is also a benefit to residents.

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Prosecution asks court to deny request to dismiss dragging-death charges

The Scott County State’s Attorney’s Office has asked the court to deny a motion to dismiss charges involving a driver accused of a pedestrian’s dragging death. Mark Blackwood, 63, of Davenport, accused of dragging pedestrian Eric Johnson to death, asks through his attorney to dismiss charges in a document filed June 3 in Scott County Court. He faces felony charges of homicide by vehicle – reckless driving and leaving the scene of an accident – death. Amy K, DeVine, assistant county attorney, says in court documents filed Monday the state’s theory of recklessness is not based on the fact the defendant merely “moved his car” after the crash. “It is based on the fact that the defendant drove with the victim under his car after striking him for almost three thousand feet. And that was after the defendant carried the victim on the hood of his car for approximately 140 feet,” she writes. “That is reckless. And that caused the victim’s death,” she says in the document. “The motion to dismiss is not appropriate because it is a factual question for a jury to decide – not a matter of law.” She adds amended legislation does not take effect until July 1. It does not change the facts of the case and the state’s ability to move forward with the charge of leaving the scene of an accident resulting in death, she says. “All the jury will have to do is look at the hood of the defendant’s vehicle – which the State intends to request a jury view in order for them to do so," DeVine writes. A hearing on the motion to dismiss is set for July 7. The incident Shortly after 7 p.m. Jan. 18, Davenport police responded to the area of 2600 Fillmore Lane to an unresponsive man in the road, an arrest affidavit says. Police say Blackwood was driving a 1999 Chevrolet Blazer when he hit Eric Johnson, who was walking in the 1900 block of Washington Street. After the Blazer hit Johnson, he was carried on the hood/front of the vehicle for about 140 feet. Blackwood, the affidavit says, “knew or should have reasonably known he struck a person.” After the initial contact with the vehicle, Johnson fell from the hood and became tangled in the undercarriage of the Blazer. Blackwood, police say, didn't stop and dragged Johnson nearly 3,000 feet headed north on Washington Street, then east on Central Park Avenue and finally north on Fillmore Lane. Johnson became dislodged from the Blazer in the 2600 block of Fillmore Lane, where Blackwood did not stop, but continued home. Blackwood, the affidavit says, “never reported this crash to police or medical personnel.” Johnson, who was dragged for seven blocks, was pronounced dead that evening. Blackwood was identified as the driver after law enforcement reviewed video from the area and through his own statements. The Blazer was located at his residence the next day with damage from the incident.

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Trooper: Motorcyclist drove more than 120 mph during chase

A 28-year-old Coal Valley man faces a felony charge of eluding after a state trooper says he drove a motorcycle at more than 120 mph during a pursuit. Dalton Armstrong also faces misdemeanor charges of driving under suspension, having no registration, operating while intoxicated – second offense and speeding. Shortly before 11 p.m. Tuesday, Iowa State Patrol saw an orange sports bike – a 2008 Honda CBR60 - traveling at a high rate of speed on Interstate 74 near the Lincoln Street overpass, the arrest affidavit says. The trooper followed the motorcycle, which reached speeds of 80 mph in a posted 55 mph construction zone. Armstrong began to look back at the trooper and began to make nervous movements before the trooper activated the emergency lights on the squad car, the affidavit says. The bike began to pull off onto the median side before accelerating at speeds of more than 120 mph and “actively eluded” the trooper. The trooper chased the bike west on I-74 until it exited on 53rd Street, failing to obey a traffic device, swerving through traffic and accelerating east at speeds of more than 100 mph. The motorcycle turned left onto Barcelona Street. Armstrong, unable to maintain control, put the bike down on its side, then was transported to UnityPoint Health - Trinity Bettendorf and treated for minor injuries. Armstrong, who was released on bond, is set for Scott County Court proceedings on June 17 and June 30.

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Augustana signs White House COVID-19 Challenge

Augustana College has joined more than 340 colleges and universities in the COVID-19 College Challenge, a White House initiative to get 70% of the adult population vaccinated by July 4. President Steve Bahls signed the College Challenge on behalf of Augustana, a news release says. “The Augustana community has worked tirelessly to maintain the robust in-person experience that we are known for,” said Bahls. “This national challenge is one we are readily prepared to commit to.”  Augustana has signed the pledge to be a Vaccine Champion College and commits to the three primary actions outline in the challenge:                Engage students, faculty and staff               Organize the college community               Deliver vaccine access for all  Bahls launched the Augustana Strong task force in the spring of 2020 and charged the team with developing a plan to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 on campus. The task force shared a comprehensive plan to address the educational, residential, social and health needs of the Augustana community.  The college also adopted its own #VikingsTakeCare campaign through the 2020-2021 academic year to encourage COVID-19-concious behavior among students, faculty and staff. Augustana was able to maintain a hybrid model of learning. Both  in-person and online courses were taught. About 90% of students lived on campus throughout the school year. “We know our students are global learners, compassionate and curious community members, and we want to reflect that commitment on campus through the COVID-19 College Challenge,” Bahls said. “Vaccines are an important next step to life after COVID-19 and are critical in our return to a lively, intelligent, connected community." “We know our students want to get back to normal, and this is an important step in that process.” In April, the college hosted a vaccination clinic in partnership with Community Health Care and administered nearly 500 doses of COVID-19 vaccine to students, faculty, staff and community members.  Preliminary survey results indicate that 87% of the Augustana student population to respond to the survey were fully vaccinated by May 23, 2021. An additional 5.7% were partially vaccinated at the time of the survey.

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Births for Saturday, June 12, 2021

UNITYPOINT HEALTH-TRINITY MOLINE

Friday, June 11th, 2021

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Galesburg Police Department kicks off "Chief's Corner" community discussion program

Chief Idle and other officers visited a Galesburg Hy-Vee to talk and build relationships with the community in what's planned to be an ongoing program.

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An open Illinois means the races are on in Mercer County

Illinois officially reopened on June 11th - 447 days after it first closed. In Viola, that means bigger crowds and more drivers at the brand new go kart track.

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Galesburg Police Department kicks off "Chief's Corner" community discussion program

Chief Idle and other officers visited a Galesburg Hy-Vee to talk and build relationships with the community in what's planned to be an ongoing program.

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Go Kart racing comes to Mercer County

Illinois officially reopened on June 11th - 447 days after it first closed. In Viola, that means bigger crowds and more drivers at the brand new go kart track.

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Miss Iowa Competition announces preliminary winners in Friday's competition

The Miss Iowa Competition kicked off at Davenport’s Adler Theatre on Friday and the preliminary winners have been announced.

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THIS WEEK: Challenging the Democrat's map

Illinois' new redistricting map is drawing criticism and lawsuits

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Lottery numbers drawn Friday, June 11

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Jeopardy Will Air Saturday Morning at 3

Set your DVR for 3 a.m. June 12th for Friday's episode of Jeopardy.

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Self-hosted craft retreat venue opens in Davenport

Grandma's house isn't just over the river and through the woods anymore. Now Grandma's House at Circle K Farm is helping people come together

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U. S. Army Col. Gardner promoted to brigadier general at ceremony

 U.S. Army Col. Gavin Gardner, commander of Joint Munitions Command, was promoted to brigadier general during a promotion ceremony Thursday. Gen. Gustave “Gus” Perna, chief operating officer for Operation Warp Speed, hosted the ceremony at historic Quarters One on Rock Island Arsenal amid a limited number of family members, friends and distinguished visitors because of COVID-19 restrictions, a news release says. Perna, under whom Gardner served multiple times throughout their military careers, highlighted Gardner’s leadership abilities and the manner in which he treats his Army teammates. “People are ready to follow him anywhere,” Perna said. “Why? Because they trust him. They believe in him. He cares for them. He takes responsibility for people, for his Soldiers, for their families. He knows how to lead an organization to solve problems, not symptoms.” A member of a third-generation Army family, Gardner commissioned as a second lieutenant in the Ordnance Corps in 1992. He attributed much of his success to his parents’ support. “As Ralph Emerson stated, ‘the task ahead of you is never as great as the power behind you.'" Gardner said. “I cannot think of a better quote that represents how I’ve attained this incredible responsibility to serve as a general officer. It really starts with the parents. For me, it’s my mother and father. Both have served as a role model for me in my life.” He also recognized the invaluable service and encouragement of Lisa, his wife of 29 years, and their two sons, Bryce and Pierce. Gen. Ed Daly, Army Materiel Command commanding general, attended the ceremony virtually. Gardner graduated from the University of Georgia with a bachelor of business administration and earned the honor of Distinguished Military Graduate. He also earned a master of science in logistics management from the Florida Institute of Technology and a master of Arts in National Security and Strategic Studies from the U.S. Naval War College. Throughout his almost 30 years of service to the U.S. Army Gardner received various accolades including one Joint Meritorious Unit Award, one Valorous Unit Award, two Meritorious Unit Commendations, the Legion of Merit (1 Oak Leaf Cluster), the Bronze Star Medal (1 Oak Leaf Cluster), the Meritorious Service Medal (6 Oak Leaf Clusters), the Combat Action Badge and Parachutist Wings.

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Habitat for Humanity faces increased housing costs in light of rising lumber prices

Starting prices for homes raised nearly 40 percent in the last five years.

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Some restaurants decide to delay opening up as Illinois reopens

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'We're invested in this community': New Silvis city administrator looking to build on growth

Silvis' new city administrator knows how to juggle dozens of things at once. She's mom to eight kids in a blended household and has worked between departments in the City of Davenport.

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Galesburg Police Department starts ‘Chief’s Corner’ community conversations

Chief Idle says this is something he was wanted to start since being appointed in 2019. He hopes locals will voice concerns and suggestions.

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Habitat for Humanity housing costs increase

The starting cost for housing raised 40 percent in the last five years.

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Augustana accepts White House's July 4th vaccination challenge

The Rock Island college took a pledge to work towards a 70% adult vaccination rate nationally.

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Iowa man dies after getting stuck in manure tank

The New Liberty Fire Chief says the man was doing work in the tank when he got stuck.

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The history behind the Juneteenth holiday

Saturday, June 19th marks the annual holiday celebrating the emancipation of those who had been enslaved in the United States.

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Free outdoor summer movie series returns to downtown Burlington

Free family friendly outdoor movies return to downtown Burlington starting Friday, June 18. Everyone is invited to bring a lawn chair to the 5 & V outdoor cinema, located at the corner of 5th and Valley streets in Burlington, for the free event suitable for all ages. There will be snacks and drinks available for purchase. The movies will start at dusk with the following schedule: Friday, June 18: The IncrediblesFriday, June 25: Raya and the Last DragonSaturday, July 31: CarsFriday, August 6: The Lorax Visit the Downtown Burlington, Iowa Facebook page to follow each 5 & V Facebook event.

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Davenport's Schuetzen Park will host sesquicentennial celebration

As was the case with numerous events in 2020, the event celebrating the sesquicentennial of the opening of Davenport’s Schuetzen Park, was postponed until Saturday, June 12, 2021.

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Alliant Energy: How to cut down on cooling bills

Taking these steps can increase savings and help customers avoid surprises on their bills.

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Quad-Cities' weekly COVID-19 numbers buoy hopes of ending pandemic

Low numbers are good in golf. And COVID-19.

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Augustana College signs COVID-19 College Challenge

The college in Rock Island has signed-on to the White House goal of having 70-percent of all adults vaccinated by July 4th.

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Islamic Center holding monthly food distribution

The Islamic Center of the Quad Cities is holding its monthly drive-thru food giveaway on Sunday from 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Anyone is welcome to stop by the Islamic Center at 6005 34th Avenue in Moline to receive one box of food.

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Grand opening for new outdoor event space in Davenport

Quinlan Court is located off River Drive and Brady Street in downtown Davenport.

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Rebulding Together Henry County

The saying that “good things come to those who wait,” does hold true for the Rebuilding Together Henry County organization. After three years of planning and fundraising, RTHC staff volunteers moved into their new home, a newly-constructed building in Atkinson.

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Portion Of Rock Island’s Levee Bike Path Will Close Monday

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