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Thursday, April 15th, 2021

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Honor Flight QC making plans to resume flights

Honor Flight of the Quad Cities is making plans to resume flights to Washington, D.C., hopefully as soon as this fall. The initial plans are for flights for those veterans who served sometime during World War II, Korea, and Viet Nam conflicts. Veterans and guardians that are eligible will be contacted by phone with further instructions once plans are finalized. Honor Flight will provide masks and hand sanitizer for each flight. The hope is all veterans and guardians will be immunized by the time flights are resumed. Any veteran that served during these conflicts should fill out an application that can be downloaded from the Honor Flight of the Quad Cities website. Applications to be a guardian can also be found on the website.

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Tre Henderson loses appeal of first degree murder conviction

The Iowa Court of Appeals upheld the conviction of Tre Henderson for first degree murder in the death of a 5-year-old boy. Henderson was appealing the conviction based on a lack of evidence proving he did an act that caused the death of the child. The Court of Appeals found there was sufficient circumstantial evidence presented in the case to "prove beyond a reasonable doubt Henderson caused the injuries." The court also upheld Henderson's other convictions of multiple acts of child endangerment and child endangerment resulting in death. Henderson was found guilty of first degree murder by a Scott County jury in February of 2020 and sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole.

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Woman recognized for work with Davenport food pantry

Elizabeth VanCamp co-founded the Minnie Fridge in December 2020, and it continues to grow.

OurQuadCities.com Burlington man arrested in Florida for sexual battery of a child wanted for sexual abuse in Des Moines County OurQuadCities.com

Burlington man arrested in Florida for sexual battery of a child wanted for sexual abuse in Des Moines County

An arrest warrant for sexual abuse has been issued for a Burlington man who was arrested in Florida for sexual battery of a child. In October of 2020, the Des Moines County Sheriff's Department started an investigation after they were contacted by the Punta Gorda Police Department in Florida about a sexual assault that happened in Iowa between 2012 and 2018. Detectives with the Des Moines County Sheriff's Office were also told that the suspect, Nelson Percy Stegall, 72, of Burlington, Iowa, was already in custody in Florida and charged with "engaging in an act which constituted sexual battery by upon or with a child 12 years of age or older but younger than 18 years of age by a person in familial or custodial authority." A search was conducted at Stegall's home in Des Moines County. As a result of the investigation, the Des Moines County Sheriff's Office issued an arrest warrant for Stegall for second degree sexual abuse (Class B felony).

OurQuadCities.com From garage to kitchen: Davenport couple opens new restaurant amid pandemic OurQuadCities.com

From garage to kitchen: Davenport couple opens new restaurant amid pandemic

A Davenport couple made a bold move last year by opening a restaurant in the middle of the pandemic. Eddy's Snack Bar started in a garage in an old home on Locust Street. It's not only survived since then. According to Local 4's Ann Sterling and Photojournalist Mike Colón, it thrived. Follow Eddy's Snack Bar on Facebook.

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Virtual Fashion Show to Benefit Dress for Success Quad Cities

The Non-Profit's Annual "Recycle the Runway" Fundraiser is happening Thursday, April 22, 2021

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Vaccine clinic held in Macomb for WIU, Spoon River students

Faculty, staff, retirees, dependents (including students’ dependents), spouses and alumni are not eligible to participate at this time.

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Iowa State Patrol: Man led police on high-speed chase, crashed truck while children were in the back seat

At 2:44 a.m. Thursday, the Iowa State Patrol assisted the Scott County Sheriff’s Department with a traffic stop on a maroon 2006 Ford F250 on I-80 eastbound for improper use of lanes.

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Gov. Reynolds says 33 percent of Iowans are fully vaccinated

She also said there should still be enough of the other vaccines to go around.

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Families Food Box distribution Fridays at Credit Island

The United States Department of Agriculture Farmers to Families Food Box program is distributing free food at 10:30 a.m. Fridays through April at Credit Island in Davenport.

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Davenport Fire Department Is Helping Save Lives With “Sound The Alarm” Campaign

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A Quad Cities tree company is driving hundreds of miles to help those in need

Squirrel's Tree Care in East Moline has spent the past several months driving to storms across America, helping with clean up. Even for those who can't afford it.

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Vaccine Variations

If you get your Covid vaccine at the Rock Island County mass vaccination clinic in Milan, through May 20, there will be something special that’s literally music to your ears. Taking a cue from famous cellist Yo-Yo Ma’s recent impromptu performance during his Covid vaccine observation period, the Rock Island County Health Department and the Quad City Symphony Orchestra are partnering to bring live music to the mass vaccination site at Camden Centre in Milan. “Vaccine Variations” is an initiative that arranges for one-hour performances by QCSO musicians that started April 14 in the patient observation area of the vaccination clinic. Due to Covid precautions, the performances will feature string musicians only. All musicians will be masked and socially distanced during their performances. As a thank you for their decision to vaccinate, patients will receive a discount code valid for upcoming QCSO performances. Janet Hill, chief operating officer of the Rock Island County Health Department

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Joe Wieskamp Has Probably Played His Final Game For Iowa

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Quad-City Workers Need A More Than 40% Salary Increase To Be Happy [SURVEY]

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OurQuadCities.com Police: Suspect in earlier meth investigation drove stolen car OurQuadCities.com

Police: Suspect in earlier meth investigation drove stolen car

A 26-year-old Davenport man faces multiple felony charges after police say he stole a car and, earlier, officers found meth in his possession. Briar Land faces felony charges of second-degree theft, failure to have a drug-tax stamp and possession with intent to deliver. Shortly before 3 a.m. Tuesday, Land was driving a stolen 2000 Honda Civic when a Bettendorf officer saw it in the area of Spruce Hills Drive and Utica Ridge Road, an arrest affidavit says. Another officer saw the car heading south on 13th Street from the off ramp of Interstate 74 southbound. The vehicle stopped at 13th and Brown streets. Land, the only person in the car, has a warrant for failure to appear on another charge. Land told an officer he “took possession of the vehicle” from someone else at the Baymont by Wyndham, 400 Jason Way, and that he was going to pick up someone on 39th Street in Bettendorf when he was stopped. Inside the car, officers found several hypodermic needles. Earlier this month, the Scott County Sheriff’s Office and Bettendorf Police served a search warrant on the 1000 block of 39th Street, Bettendorf. An arrest affidavit says another person and Land are involved in that investigation. Officers found a total of 50 grams of methamphetamine, packaging materials, digital scales and drug paraphernalia. After he was read his Miranda Rights, Land admitted he traveled to Burlington with a person who got two ounces of meth. Land was being held Thursday in Scott County Jail on a total $32,000 bond. He is set to appear in Scott County Court later this month.

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About Town: A John Denver tribute, high school artists, wine with a story and more

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Chippiannock

This is Roald Tweet on Rock Island. "Chippiannock" is a Sauk Indian word meaning "city of the dead," a fit name for the city of Rock Island's first cemetery, ninety-five acres lying on a plateau not far from Saukenuk, where the war chief Black Hawk grew up. The place was originally called Manitou Ridge because of the Indians' belief that here the Great Spirit spread his wings among the hills to keep floods away.

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Davenport City Council approves $5 million in upgrades to Modern Woodmen Park

Under an updated lease agreement with the owners of the Quad Cities River Bandits, the city plans to invest the money in renovations and upgrades to the stadium.

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United Township students start bass fishing club

Bass fishing isn't always thought of right away as a typical high school sport, but two UT students have lured in their classmates to join their team.

OurQuadCities.com Maquoketa Art Experience is adding 4 new apartments to its second floor, a level that has been vacant for 35 years OurQuadCities.com

Maquoketa Art Experience is adding 4 new apartments to its second floor, a level that has been vacant for 35 years

Some local cities in Iowa are growing significantly while cities in Illinois are in decline, it's a trend that impacts the local economy on each side of the Mississippi River. Davenport saw its population grown by 1,800 people from 2010-2019. Bettendorf grew even more by 33,000 people. This is a different story for Illinois. Rock Island saw its population fall by 1,800 and Moline's population shrank by 2,000. Not all cities nearby in Iowa are seeing a jump in population. Maquoketa saw its population drop by 200. In the heart of Downtown Maquoketa is the Maquoketa Art Experience and it wants to be more than just a place to admire creativity. Bob Osterhaus is the owner of Maquoketa Art Experience and is adding 4 new apartments to its second floor. A level that has been vacant for 35 years. "Enjoy the amenities of downtown as you saw there's a lot of activity in the central district business these days," said Osterhaus. "Well the apartments will hopefully be comfortable and inviting and attractive they're going to be gear to one to two people." This plan has been in the works for awhile but like many other plans, the pandemic delayed the construction on the apartments. "There's some challenges that the state government approving things and so fourth construction actually started a couple of month ago and we hope to be finish by labor day," said Osterhaus. Although Maquoketa is a small town some people who leave as young adults find themselves coming back later in life. "They move back at about age 40 to 50 and they're bringing their work experience and their dedication to the community back with them," said Ted Strait, building owner liaison. The Maquoketa Art Experience plans to hold an open house for the apartments, they are expected to be finished around Labor Day.

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United Township students start bass fishing club

Bass fishing isn't always thought of right away as a typical high school sport, but two UT students have lured in their classmates to join their team.

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Davenport Alderman Patrick Peacock to step down at the end of April

The Alderman is moving out of the ward he currently represents

WQAD.com Davenport Alderman moving out of ward and stepping down, but says he's concerned about the way council handles matters of race WQAD.com

Davenport Alderman moving out of ward and stepping down, but says he's concerned about the way council handles matters of race

Alderman Peacock says his main goal on council was to advocate for those that he thought didn't have a fair voice

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Davenport trades lower lease payment for more control over baseball stadium renovations

The owner of the Quad Cities River Bandits will pay about $125,000 less in yearly rent to lease Davenport's minor league stadium under a new agreement city officials argue will give the city more control and influence over future stadium…

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New improvements coming to Modern Woodmen Park

The Davenport ballpark and home of the QC River Bandits will see improvements post 2021 season.

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Two assisted from 80-foot yacht taking in water on Muscatine riverfront

The Muscatine Fire Department and Muscatine County Search and Rescue team assisted an 80-foot yacht Wednesday that was taking on water while traveling upriver.

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Burlington Man Facing Sexual Assault Charges

Florida police tip leads to the arrest of a Des Moines County man on sexual assault charges.

OurQuadCities.com Window manufacturer offers advice on how to avoid falls like the one that killed a Rock Island 3-year-old OurQuadCities.com

Window manufacturer offers advice on how to avoid falls like the one that killed a Rock Island 3-year-old

It's something most people have in their homes, but not everyone knows how to use them safely. We're talking about windows. Last week was National Window Safety Week, and a leading window manufacturer has been trying to raise awareness by providing some safety tips. On a yearly average, more than 35 children die from a fall out of a window, and dozens more are injured. Back in January, a Rock Island 3-year-old died when she fell out of a second floor window. Nicolle Picray, a spokesperson for Pella Corporation, offers safety tips to parents. "Window screens are for keeping bugs out — not keeping children in," said Picray. "So, as you talk to your children about the amount of force or weight that a screen can withstand, consider letting your child know they are too heavy to lean on that screen." Pella also wanted to emphasize parents should keep furniture away from windows that are on the second floor or higher.

OurQuadCities.com Hawkeye fans happy to be back at Duane Banks Field OurQuadCities.com

Hawkeye fans happy to be back at Duane Banks Field

Hawkeye baseball got some extra motivation this weekend as fans were allowed back in for the first time in over a year. "It's so awesome having the fans back, the energy and the atmosphere is a lot of fun and we are getting back to normal hopefully" said Rush Nigut a Hawkeyes fan. "I just think it's so great to finally be out, to be able to watch them play baseball and to finally hang out with my friends. It's fun to finally watch the Hawkeyes play some baseball" said Chase Williams another Hawkeyes fan. With the crowd back behind them, the Iowa Hawkeyes came out with a lot of energy. Sweeping Minnesota 3 games to none and outscoring them 31-2. "Well I think on Friday night especially when Peyton Williams hit that huge homerun you can hear the fans and it was just so awesome to hear that energy again" said Nigut. Hawkeye Nation is just glad the players get a chance to get back onto the field after their season got taken from them last year. "Well it's certainly been taught for these kids during Covid so the opportunity to play and get back to normal and do what they love is really important" said Nigut. Iowa will allow fans to attend the Hawkeyes football spring practice next Saturday where they will also be celebrating the wrestling championship.

WQAD.com How you can get your vaccine and a live performance, out in Milan WQAD.com

How you can get your vaccine and a live performance, out in Milan

Performers from the Quad City Symphony Orchestra will rotate through, one at a time, on select days until May 20th.

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Quad City Symphony Orchestra providing live music entertainment at Milan vaccine clinic

Aside from entertainment, it’s also a way for the musicians to return to playing in front of a live audience.

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Wanted: Have you seen these fugitives?

It’s a Local 4 News exclusive. You can get an elevated reward for information on this week’s cases. Jordan Eldridge, 25, is 6-foot-1 and 140 pounds with brown hair and blue eyes. Eldridge is wanted in Rock Island County for probation violation on original charge of delivery of methamphetamine. He is considered armed and dangerous. Kylea Cartwright Jr., 24, is 5-foot-6 and 180 pounds with black hair and brown eyes. Cartwright is wanted by Rock Island Police for aggravated fleeing/eluding police. He is also wanted by Davenport Police for first degree theft. Cartwright is considered armed and dangerous. You have a week to contact police for an elevated reward. Call the tip line at 309-762-9500. All tips are anonymous.

WQAD.com How you can get your vaccine and a live performance, out in Milan WQAD.com

How you can get your vaccine and a live performance, out in Milan

Performers from the Quad City Symphony Orchestra will rotate through, one at a time, on select days until May 20th.

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Illinois coffee shop welcomes customers back for indoor dining after months-long closure

The owner of Cool Beanz Coffee House says she wanted to keep her dining room closed to customers until her staff had the opportunity to get vaccinated.

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Illinois coffee shop welcomes customers back for indoor dining after months-long closure

The owner of Cool Beanz Coffee House says she wanted to keep her dining room closed to customers until her staff had the opportunity to get vaccinated.

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Moline school superintendent's contract extended

Moline-Coal Valley school board members this week approved a contract extension for Superintendent Rachel Savage and appointed a new principal of Washington Elementary. Savage also shared a recommendation to use millions in CARES Act funding on HVAC upgrades to improve…

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'It really was a beautiful moment:' Music provides respite at COVID-19 vaccination clinic

The people gathered Wednesday inside the COVID-19 vaccination clinic at Milan's Camden Centre fell almost completely silent when Sabrina Tabby first drew a bow across the strings of her violin.

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'It really was a beautiful moment:' Music provides respite at COVID-19 vaccination clinic

The people gathered Wednesday inside the COVID-19 vaccination clinic at Milan's Camden Centre fell almost completely silent when Sabrina Tabby first drew a bow across the strings of her violin.

OurQuadCities.com Sperry man arrested for 'lascivious acts with a child' OurQuadCities.com

Sperry man arrested for 'lascivious acts with a child'

The Des Moines County Sheriff's Office arrested Kenneth Albert Crews, 72, of Sperry, Iowa, on Tuesday for lascivious acts with a child. On August 18, 2020, the Des Moines County Sheriff's Office got a report of a sexual assault that had taken place in the 9000 block of Sperry Road between 2015 and 2018. The victim, a child under the age of 12, reported being inappropriately touched by Crews. After an investigation, Crews was arrested and charged with the Class C felony of lascivious acts with a child.

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Two assisted from 80-foot yacht taking in water on Muscatine riverfront

The Muscatine Fire Department and Muscatine County Search and Rescue team assisted an 80-foot yacht Wednesday that was taking on water while traveling upriver.

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Pushing for equal rights for victims of violent crime

Right now Iowa does have some protections in place for Iowan victims, but according to advocates with Marsy's Law for all, it isn't equally enforced between counties

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Utility Closes Its Last QC Coal Plant

In January, MidAmerican Energy closed its 96-year-old power plant in the Quad Cities. Michelle O'Neill reports.

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Iowa bottle bill alive, but time running out to make changes

DES MOINES — Less than three weeks before the Legislature is scheduled to adjourn, lawmakers breathed new life into an attempt to change Iowa’s four-decade-old law that requires nickel deposits on pop and beer cans.

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Genesis vaccine clinic now open to all

Genesis announced, as of Wednesday, April 14, its COVID-19 vaccine clinic is open to both patients and non-patients. They are currently administering the Pfizer vaccine at the clinic located at the former Dick's Sporting Goods location at 5250 Elmore Avenue in Davenport. First dose appointments are available on Tuesdays and Thursdays, with evening hours. Appointments can be made at this website.

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Muscatine first responders called to assist disabled boat on Mississippi River

The fire department and county search and rescue team were called to assist an 80-foot yacht that was reportedly taking on water.

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Police: Man led Davenport police officers on high-speed chase following reported gunfire in East Moline

Robinson has a preliminary hearing on May 4.

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East Moline library

If you would like to drop off your donations at the library you can do so through the end of the month of April.

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Maquoketa looking for volunteers to help spread mulch at new Grove Street playground

The playground was recently assembled thanks to volunteers officials said in a Facebook post.

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Intermittent bike path closures expected as part of I-74 River Bridge progress

Intermittent bike path closures are expected in Moline and Bettendorf while crews work on the overheard I-74 structures.

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IDPH asks Iowans to monitor symptoms following J&J vaccine dose

IDPH is not aware of any cases occurring among the Iowans who have received this vaccine.

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Muscatine County pausing J&J, will replace those scheduled with Moderna

City officials in Muscatine announced the Community Health Care, Inc. (CHC) will be postponing all scheduled Johnson & Johnson vaccine clinics at this time.

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Expect nighttime lane closures for I-80 bridge washing

The Illinois Department of Transportation announced that the I-80 bridge over the Mississippi will undergo nightly washing starting on Sunday, April 18. During the bridge washing, traffic will be reduced to one lane in each direction. All lanes will be open during the daytime. Motorists should be alert for lane closures, reduce speed and use extreme caution when in the work zone. Delays are possible, so motorists should allow extra time for trips in the area or use an alternate route if possible. The washing project is expected to be completed in two weeks. There is another bridge washing planned for later in the fall.

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Man wanted on failing to appear on meth charges in Whiteside County

Anyone with information is asked to contact police.

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Hy-Vee to hold community vaccination clinic in Davenport

This will be located inside the former Gordmans location to vaccinate 2,200 individuals.

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I-80 bridge washing to begin on April 18

Bridge washing on Interstate 80 over the Mississippi River in the Quad Cities will begin Sunday, April 18, weather permitting, the Illinois Department of Transportation said Wednesday.

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Vaccine clinic to be held for students at Burlington High School

Students who are 16 and older on or before April 28 will be eligible to receive the vaccine.

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Illinois reports 3,500+ new COVID-19 cases, 31 deaths Wednesday

The new deaths reported by IDPH include a Carroll County man in his 70s and a Whiteside County woman in her 30s.

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Grassley to vote to move Asian-American hate crime bill for Senate floor debate

U.S Sen. Charles Grassley, R-Iowa, said Wednesday morning he intends to vote to push forward consideration of a bill confronting the rise of potential hate crimes against Asian Americans.

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Sheriff’s Office: Camanche man sexually abused 10-year-old

He will be arraigned April 29.

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Quad Cities Hy-Vee Hosts Community Vaccination Clinic This Weekend

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Hy-Vee hosting special vaccine clinic this weekend in Davenport

Hy-Vee announced they are hosting a COVID-19 vaccination clinic this weekend in Davenport. The clinic will take place Friday, April 16 through Sunday, April 18, inside the former Gordmans store located at 3860 Elmore Avenue. There are planning on administering 2,200 doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine to area residents. Individuals 16 years or older are eligible to get the vaccine. Appointments need to be made in advance at the following links: Friday, April 16 between 4 p.m. and 7 p.m., click here.Saturday, April 17 between 8 a.m. and noon, click here.Saturday, April 17 between noon and 4 p.m., click here.Sunday, April 18 between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., click here. Those getting a vaccine should wait in their vehicle until their appointment time slot and bring the following: Insurance card (if you have insurance)Medicare Part B red, white and blue card (if Medicare recipient)Photo IDFace mask to wear A second dose vaccine clinic will take place the weekend of May 7 - 9 for those that are getting their first vaccination at this clinic. Recipients will be contacted approximately five days before their second dose is due to schedule an appointment.

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Moline-Coal Valley district sets kindergarten registration, open house

A kindergarten registration and open house will be held at all Moline-Coal Valley elementary schools from 5:30-7 p.m. Thursday, April 22. Parents, along with their student(s) who will begin kindergarten in the 2021-2022 school year, should plan to attend, a news release from the district says. Children that will be age 5 on or before Sept. 1, 20121, are eligible to begin school in the 2021-2022 school year. Parents should call their child’s school ahead of time to begin the registration process before attending on April 22. Parents should also bring a certified birth certificate to registration. All buildings will follow mandated social-distancing guidelines and face coverings must be worn. Parents unsure about school their child should attend should call the district office at 309-743-8103 for more information.

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New Leader for Botanical Center

After working for Quad City Botanical Center since its beginning 23 years ago, Ami Porter is leaving the nonprofit in Rock Island, and the Quad-Cities. Porter – who joined as facilities manager in 1998 and has been chief executive since 2007 – is moving in May to northern Wisconsin, where she and her husband (Marshall Porter, who retired as general manager of WHBF-TV last year) bought a house. While staying with the Botanical Center in transition until May 14, a new director started on April 7. Ryan Wille, former marketing manager of the center, was selected by the board after a nationwide search. A 2009 graduate of Bradley University, Wille was the marketing manager at the center in Rock Island from 2016 to 2018, and since then has been development manager for the Humane Society of Scott County. Porter says the choice is perfect, since he started as a part-time educator and later was promoted to full-time, managing marketing and special events. “Ryan, he is just a great leader. He is

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Iowa Makers of Bug Soother Just Sold The Company

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Watch Now: French soldiers train alongside robot dog in combat exercise

Military training became high-tech for 80 French officer cadets who took part in drills along with robots in western France's Guer.

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Sterling Police looking for man wanted on drug charges

The Sterling Police is asking for help locating a man wanted on drug charges. A Whiteside County arrest warrant for failure to appear for possession of methamphetamine was issued for Craig H. Hartman, 34. The failure to appear warrant is related to an incident that occurred on March 7, 2021, in Sterling, where Hartman was arrested for possession of methamphetamine. If you know the whereabouts of Hartman, you're asked to contact the Sterling Police Department at 815-632-6606, or you can leave an anonymous tip with the Whiteside County Crime Stoppers at 815-625-7867.

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More Road Work in Davenport on Harrison Street

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Police: Suspect led officers on chase that reached 90 mph from East Moline to Davenport

A 20-year-old Davenport man faces a felony charge of eluding after police say he led them on a chase from East Moline to Davenport. Isaiah Robinson was released on bond after being held briefly Tuesday in Scott County Jail. Earlier Tuesday, officers chased a vehicle with Robinson, a suspect involved in a shooting earlier that day in East Moline. According to statement from police, East Moline Police responded to a call about gunfire on the 1300 block of 9th Avenue shortly after 10:15 a.m. After officers talked with witnesses and reviewed video surveillance, a vehicle was identified as being involved in the shooting incident. A description of the vehicle, a black 2020 Chevrolet Malibu, was shared with other law enforcement agencies. Davenport Police later identified a car that matched the description, but the driver – later identified as Robinson - sped away. Police pursued the vehicle until it was eventually stopped in a yard at the intersection of Gaines and Rusholme streets, Davenport. Robinson was the only person in the car, officer s said. During the pursuit, speeds reached 90 mph, the arrest affidavit says. After a search warrant was issued for the car, and officers found 32.7 grams of marijuana wax, $943 cash and two spent .380 shell casings on the driver’s side. Scott County Court proceedings for Robinson are set for April 26 and May 5.

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QC Heat Track Club gets helping hand from United Way grant

The Quad Cities Heat Track Club received a grant from the United Way's United for Equity Fund.

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Iowa reports 655 new COVID-19 cases, no deaths over 24 hours

Since the pandemic began, 358,139 people have tested positive for the virus and 5,857 people have died.

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How you can get your vaccine and a live performance, out in Milan

Performers from the Quad City Symphony Orchestra will rotate through, one at a time, on select days until May 20th.

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QC Hospitalizations Rise for Younger COVID Patients

The age of patients hospitalized from COVID-19 is now skewing younger. Genesis Health System reports higher hospitalizations in patients under 49. Scott County Medical Director Dr. Louis Katz says that’s because older patients were prioritized in vaccine rollouts, so less of them are being hospitalized. “While the proportion of younger patients in the hospital is higher, the absolute number of younger patients in the hospital is pretty stable, so the shift to younger hospitalization is more relative than real.” But Katz says Scott County’s test positivity rate is still triple what it was last month. “We believe that’s related to pandemic fatigue, bad behavior, lack of masking, and perhaps related to the dominant UK strain, that we know is about 50% more transmissible than the original strains. So, yeah, we’re not in a good place.” Katz urges those vaccinated and unvaccinated to continue wearing masks, washing their hands, and keeping their distance.

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Muscatine clinics offering Moderna in place of Johnson & Johnson vaccine

The Iowa Department of Public Health advised all vaccine providers within the state to pause the administration of the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 variant. This comes after the CDC and FDA recommended a pause of the vaccine early Tuesday in a joint statement following six reported cases of rare blood clots and platelet changes reported in six people who received it — out of just under six million doses given in the United States. Health officials in Muscatine County are responding to these announcements by postponing all scheduled Johnson & Johnson vaccines at this time. Community Health Care says appointments scheduled in Muscatine this week have been switched to the Moderna vaccine. They add those who already signed up for the Johnson & Johnson vaccine do not need to reserve an appointment again. "The pause in the distribution of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine will be in effect until the CDC and other organizations review the data and make a recommendation on safety," said Community Health Care in a news release. According to health officials, this pause in vaccinations does not impact administration of the other two COVID-19 vaccine variants. Community Health Care clinics will be held Thursday, April 15, at the Salvation Army of Muscatine County and on Friday, April 16, at UnityPoint Health – Trinity Muscatine. The required access code to view the above sign-up pages of both vaccination sites is CHC. For more information and updates related to COVID-19, visit the Emerging Health Issues — Novel Coronavirus page on the Iowa Department of Public Health's website and follow Trinity Muscatine Public Health on Facebook.

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Illinois is Ranked Pretty Low When it Comes to “Best States”

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Good Morning from WVIK News for Wednesday, April 14, 2021

Good Morning from WVIK News for Wednesday, April 14, 2021

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Davenport Good Neighbor Project connecting neighbors to local government and law enforcement

"Figuring out what works for each neighborhood and really being able to tailor it so there is some success for each one."

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The Quad Cities Symphony Orchestra will perform at the Camden Center in Milan

Performers will rotate through, one at a time, on select days until May 20th.

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Frank Schwatka

This is Roald Tweet on Rock Island. When Alexis de Tocqueville came to America in 1826 to study its new citizens, he was amazed at their restlessness—moving an average of once every five years—an average that still holds true today.

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Talking Art with Steve Banks

The exhibition “Construct/Destruct” by artist Steve Banks is on display through April 30, 2021 at the Beréskin Gallery & Art Academy in Bettendorf. Featuring large-scale mixed media works or “painted constructions” as well as smaller ceramic sculptures, the artist weaves together architectural, industrial, and road trip images in an homage to our past – what once was, and what has been repurposed. Examining the leaning, tilting towers of his ceramic works or carefully inspecting the layered images on his paintings, the viewer is forced to examine the transient nature of our current existence and to acknowledge the physical spaces of the past which we continue to inhabit.

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Bettendorf online teacher reflects on past school year, future of online learning

Berta started an online teaching company during the Pandemic

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Several pets rescued from fire late Tuesday afternoon

Several pets needed to be rescued in a fire that happened late Tuesday afternoon in Rock Island. Around 4:30 p.m., crews were called to a home located on 11th Street, near 19th Avenue. Firefighters say it appeared to start from food burning on a stove. 11th Street was closed for about an hour while crews cleared smoke from the house. The homeowner was able to get out of the house. Firefighters rescued two dogs and some birds. 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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Good Neighbor Project connecting community members to local government and law enforcement

The goal is to create trust and connections between the three groups

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Dr. Ngozi Ezike will give the 2021 commencement speech at Knox College

Dr. Ngozi Ezike is the Director of the Illinois Department of Public Health, and the first Black woman appointed to lead the 143-year-old agency.

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Lottery numbers drawn Tuesday, April 13, 2021

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Illinois becomes first state to extend Medicaid for new moms

Illinois extends Medicaid health coverage for new moms from 60 days after pregnancy to a full year.

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Moline teacher named new principal of elementary school

Washington Elementary School in Moline has a new principal for the 2021-2022 school year. She's new to the role but not to the school. Brenda Bussard is currently a fourth-grade teacher and has 19 years of education experience. She began her career as a substitute teacher for several local school districts. In 2012, she joined the Moline-Coal Valley School District as an elementary school teacher, instructing at both Hamilton and Washington elementary schools. In addition to classroom teaching, Bussard is involved in various roles atWashington, including building leadership support and oversight of the district’s studentbehavior program, student discipline and parent communication. She also facilitates a student teaching program at the school. Bussard was involved in the implementation of a one-to-one technology pilot withChromebooks, as well as “Class Dojo,” a schoolwide classroom management and familycommunication program. She also created and implemented the student-led daily video news, "Patriot News," and presented at the TECH 2019 conference in Springfield. Bussard earned a master’s degree in educational leadership in 2019, and a Bachelor of Science degree in elementary education in 2002, both from Western Illinois University inMacomb. The Moline-Coal Valley School District Board of Education approved an administrative recommendation to promote Bussard at Monday night's board meeting. “Ms. Bussard is a prepared leader, ready to focus on the academic and social-emotional needs of all Washington students," said Superintendent Dr. Rachel Savage. "Her collaborative and people-first approach will be instrumental in guiding students and staff confidently toward success." Bussard says she's proud, honored, passionate and grateful for this new role within the school district. “I have been so very proud to be a part of the Washington community as a teacher. I amhonored to continue serving the Washington and Moline-Coal Valley School Districtcommunities as the principal at Washington Elementary," said Bussard. "I am passionate about continuing our commitment of embracing our diversity and ensuring all students find academic and social-emotional success. I am so grateful for this opportunity!”

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Fun night out turns to disaster with flooded basement: 'The water was everywhere'

Rain over the weekend left a family without a working furnace or hot water. Almost three inches of rain fell on the Quad Cities over the weekend. Rachel McHugh and her husband got back to their home in Milan after the rain and found their basement flooded. A fun night out turned into a disaster when Rachel McHugh and her husband came back home. "We got home and our alarm's going off, we come to the stairs right there and we're like oh shoot,” she said. McHugh's basement had flooded and the water level was higher than the first two steps. "The water was everywhere, stuff was floating." This resulted in what would be a long few days of pumping out water. "My husband had to go to the store just to get extra things to make it to the ditch out there,” she said. Getting the water out was exhausting, but the damage that happened from the flooding added insult to injury. "My husband got all of the water out to find out that our furnace is done. It's shot. It's toasted,” she said. “Our hot water heater, there's evidently been a fire or some kind of shortage so we have no hot water." With temperatures getting into the 30s the next couple nights, not having a working furnace could get dangerous. "We're out and we have a 15-year-old child that lives here,” she said. McHugh still is waiting for the company they rent from to fix some of the problems.

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Bettendorf Senior Golf Cart Tours Return In May

Golf Cart Tours will show senior citizens the Bettendorf Recreation Trails on May 24th.

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Remembering a teen crime: Random act of violence nearly cost his life

A close look now at juvenile crime. We've been examining it for weeks, looking into what causes it and what's being done to try to stop it. Tonight, a man from Davenport shares his story about a violent run-in with a group of young people. He wants kids to know their actions have consequences. Noah Hambright was walking home from the Mississippi Valley Fairgrounds almost six years ago when he got to the corner of Cimarron drive and West 10th Street. That's where he was attacked and beaten with a baseball bat. Aug. 7, 2015. It was supposed to be a memorable evening for Hambright and his friends as they enjoyed watching the Styx concert at the Mississippi Valley Fairgrounds. His life changed. While they were walking home, they noticed a car that appeared to be following them. "They circled around one more time and two of the juveniles got out so I was distracted because I was looking at them and then this kid comes around and just blindsides me with a bat," Hambright said. Hambright was nearly knocked unconscious once he hit the ground. He remembers first responders arriving and trying keep him awake. "The next thing I remember was going to Genesis West and I woke up again and started throwing up blood and I was like just so unconscious and I was crying," he said. Then Hambright found out the severity of his head injury. "They were like, 'Well, your brain is hemorrhaged and you're just swallowing all of the blood.' So then I had to get rushed to Iowa City and the next thing I remember was waking up there with my whole family." "I was very worried because when I woke up in Iowa City they said 'You're gonna have to stick around awhile, we might have to do brain surgery.'" Fortunately, that ended up being unnecessary. But it ended up being a very close call for Hambright. "My scar is right here. The doctor said, 'If you would have went one inch lower' I probably would have died, because that's right where my temple's at." That would be just the beginning for a long recovery.  Tomorrow night we will hear from Hambright about what it was like when this went to court and he had to encounter the young man who nearly ended his life.

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Preventing frost from damaging your garden

Utilizing a sheet or light blanket can help keep your plants from getting frostbite.

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Graduation requirements changed by pandemic

In a split vote Tuesday, Rock Island-Milan school board members agreed to amend district graduation requirements for the class of 2021 due to the pandemic.

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Stepfather pleads not guilty to death of 15-year-old disabled son

There was a court appearance Tuesday by the stepfather of a 15-year-old boy who Moline Police say died of physical neglect. Justin Keim is charged with criminal abuse. The 32-year-old pleaded not guilty at his preliminary hearing and asked for a jury trial. Jennifer Keim is charged with first-degree murder. The 34-year-old is the boy's mother. Moline Police got a report in November about the severely disabled boy being taken to the hospital, and he eventually died. Doctors told investigators he was "extremely dehydrated with severe open wounds." Jennifer Keim is in the Rock Island County Jail on $2 million bond.

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How local health departments are handling the Johnson & Johnson suspension

The CDC and FDA are asking for a temporarily pause in the use of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine. This comes after six women experienced rare blood clotting. The Rock Island County Health Department was planning to administer 800 J&J doses this Thursday. Those with appointments will now receive Moderna. The Scott County Health Department was planning to administer 900 J&J doses this week. In the U.S., 6.8 million people have received the Johnson and Johnson vaccine. "The best vaccine is the one that's made available to you," said Janet Hill, Rock Island County Health Department chief operating officer. "The reason for that is all three have been shown to be highly effective in preventing serious illness and death and that is what we're most concerned about." Sophia Gugliotta received the Johnson & Johnson vaccine Saturday. "I was kind of freaking out, but at the same time I feel like if it was that bad they wouldn't have given it to so many people already," Gugliotta said. If you had an appointment for the Johnson and Johnson vaccine through the Rock Island County Health Department, your appointment will stay the same. Moderna will be given out.

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Route 6 bridge repairs to begin April 19 near Colona

IDOT announced that the Route 6 bridge over the BNSF Railroad and Briar Bluff Road will be beginning on April 19.