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Water main break leaves dozens of Carbon Cliff homes without water

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CARBON CLIFF- 35 homes are without water in Carbon Cliff after a water main break.

According to the city, water to Cliff Court and Cliff Drive has been shut off due to a water main break.

Around 35 homes are affected.

They say crews will be working overnight to repair the main, but don’t yet have an estimation as to when it will be repaired.

Camanche’s Crigger has sights set on ultimate goal

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Camanche's Baylor Crigger recently earned his 150th career win.  But the Camanche senior has his eyes on a much bigger prize.  After 2 setbacks in the 2 straight years, Crigger wants his shot at a state title.  Crigger would also love to out do his dad, who took 2nd at State when he was young.

Moline City Administrator leaving position “effective immediately”

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MOLINE, Illinois- City Administrator Doug Maxeiner announced he will be leaving the employment of the City effective immediately.

Tuesday, January 22, City Administrator Doug Maxeiner announced that he was resigning.

According to the city, the decision was mutually agreed upon by the Moline City Council and Mr. Maxeiner.

Maxeiner was appointed as Moline’s City Administrator in May of 2017. Before working in  Moline, he worked as the village administrator in Wauconda, Illinois.

The Mayor announced that Moline Public Works Director J.D. Schulte will serve as the Interim City Administrator until a new administrator is hired.

Illinois’ Underwood impressed with Wieskamp from the start

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Illinois' Brad Underwood had heard how good of a shooter Joe Wieskamp was.  Before Sunday's game the Illini head coach wanted to see first hand so he went out to watch warm ups.  The Iowa freshman hit 19 shots in a row in front of Underwood in warm ups and then hit all 8 of his shots in the game, scoring 24 points.  The later earned Wieskamp the B1G Freshman of the week honor.

Quad City boxing ready for big night

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It's expected to be the biggest pro boxing event in the Quad Cities in over 20 years.  Destiny Live invades the Rhythm City Casino in less than 2 weeks.    It's a locally loaded pro boxing card with the main event featuring "Stunning" Stephen Edwards defending his Iowa State Middle Weight title against 16-3 Limberth Ponce.

Mother says 10-year-old who committed suicide was bullied over colostomy bag

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. – A Kentucky mother says her 10-year-old son was bullied relentlessly at school before he took his own life over the weekend, according to WAVE.

Tami Charles said her son, Seven Bridges, was tormented over the colostomy bag he used after undergoing numerous surgeries that failed to completely repair a medical defect. Bullies reportedly targeted him over the smell from the device.

"Twenty-six surgeries from the day my son was born. Twenty-six surgeries," Tami Charles told WHAS. "He just wanted to be normal, that's all."

Charles said she came home from the grocery store Saturday morning to find Seven Bridges dead of an apparent suicide.

She said the fifth-grader loved to dress up as a superhero, but she always worried that his smile hid a deep sadness.

Tami and Donnie Charles told WDRB that they are considering legal action against Jefferson County Public Schools, saying that their son was routinely bullied at school and on the bus – including one instance when another student allegedly called Seven Bridges a racial slur and choked him until he nearly lost consciousness.

Communications Director Renee Murphy said the school district will conduct a "full investigation" into past complaints and added that "our hearts are breaking for this family."

Charles said Seven Bridges was already signed up to change schools the next year.

"We would talk to him about having new friends and a new start," she told WAVE. "He just had to get to the end of the year."

A GoFundMe page has been created to help pay for the boy's funeral.
If you or someone you know may be struggling with suicidal thoughts, you can call the U.S. National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 800-273-TALK (8255) any time day or night, or chat online.

Crisis Text Line also provides free, 24/7, confidential support via text message to people in crisis when they dial 741741.

Burlington teen accused of murder

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BURLINGTON, Iowa- An 18-year-old will be facing murder charges after a stabbing lead to the death of a 23-year-old woman.

On Tuesday, January 22, around 2:19 p.m. the Burlington Police Department responded to the 1300-block of South Garfield Street.

Police say when they arrived they found a 23-year-old female victim who had been stabbed.

The 23-year-old was rushed to a local hospital where she was later pronounced dead.

"The name of the victim is not being released until the next of kin have been notified."

Kaylee Jane Wilson, 18,  of Burlington has been taken into custody and charged with Murder in the 2nd Degree.

Wilson is being held at the Des Moines County Correctional Center on no bond while she waits to see a judge.

Wilson is charged with murder 2nd degree, a class B felony.

Scott County Jail sees record number of inmates

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DAVENPORT, Iowa — The number of inmates in the care of the Scott County Jail has hit a record and it’s putting a strain on deputies working the cell blocks and the streets.

“Our jail number today hit 369, which is the highest number I have ever seen in our jails,” Sheriff Time Lane told WQAD News 8,  adding that the jail averaged 300 inmates a day last year.

He is now asking the Scott County Board of Supervisors for 10 additional officers: Five correctional officers, three deputies for patrol, 1 deputy  for investigations.

The Sheriff’s Office is also asking for a sex offender registry specialist. That position is currently filled but temporary and the sheriff hopes to make it a permanent one.

At the jail, inmates milled around in orange jumpsuits in the intake unit.

The facility has capacity for 363 inmates, but some inmates, such as opposing gang members, juveniles tried as adults, or those tried in the same criminal case, must be kept separate.

Those dealing with mental health issues are housed in the jail’s special management unit.

“It’s very stressful,” says Major Bryce Schmidt, who oversees the jail.

” For example our special management unit, just two to three inmates can wear those officers down pretty thin. They’re in there for 12 hours a day, the officers are. That’s why we would like to put a second officer on there, just to have a break or handle those duties.”

Sheriff Lane hopes the additional full-time staff will alleviate the strain and cut down on overtime and turnover.

“They’re finding not enough fellow employees to support them in their job. Combined with overtime, it’s truly running them out the door.”

The training time for a correctional officer is three months. Sheriff Lane says that his office spends $375,000 a year in overtime at the jail alone. He wants that money to go towards full time employees instead.

The request for 10 additional employees for fiscal year 2020 translates to about $817,126. Scott County supervisors are mulling a tax increase to pay for additional requests from various departments and an anticipated revenue shortfall.

Sheriff Lane concedes supervisors will have to make a tough decision: “Of course nobody wants to vote for a tax increase, and for every employee that works for Scott County, that adds to the tax levy.”

But says he thinks he can keep costs well below the request by cutting overtime at the jail and putting them on patrol.

Scott County currently ranks at the bottom in Iowa in the ratio of sworn officers per county residents.

“We all know our crime rate has gone up in last few years, particularly with stolen cars. We’ve also noticed that the violent crime rate has gone up. "

"It would make perfect sense that we add sheriffs to the street," he said.



2019 JEFFERSON AWARDS: Davenport Yo-Yo Runner Makes Difference By Giving Food For Thought

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No item describes his life better than a yoyo.

“For a good 10 or 15 years I was out on the streets just being a plague to society,” said Scott Searle, who is known as the “Yo-Yo Man” because he runs while yoyoing.

Today, he is bouncing back, but right after high school, Scott struggled with alcoholism.

“I’ve been in comas, seizures, hospitals, jails,” he explained. “I got a membership to the YMCA just so my parents would take me downtown and I would walk in the door of the YMCA and I’d walk out the back door and go to the bars.”

One day though, he stayed and decided to jump on a treadmill.

“That next morning I woke up and said – ‘Whoa, I’m sober,'” said Scott. “That doesn’t happen unless I’m in jail, rehab, anything like that. I need to be back at the Y again and so I went back to the Y and I did that daily, sometimes two or three times a day. It was kind of my alcoholics anonymous meeting – my program was the exercise.”

“It changed my life. Running actually saved my life. In fact, running is how Food for Thought came about.”

On a cold day in January 2016, Scott’s run took him right by a homeless man:

“I saw this gentleman in flip flops and some khaki pants and a light jacket with frost all over his face and a bottle of vodka and I thought to myself – ‘I am so blessed to be able to have come out of my addiction. What can I do today?'”

So, he cooked up a pot of chili and went to King’s Harvest Ministries in Davenport, where he served the homeless from a card table set up in the parking lot. That one meal became a monthly meal where volunteers come together to feed people in need.

“It made me realize that people actually have it worse than I do,” said Mary Sweetland, who decided to nominate Scott for the Jefferson Awards, a foundation that celebrates public service and the people in our communities who are changing lives. “That there are people out there who are really struggling and he makes such an impact on so many people and so many people who come through the lines every month – just to see Scott’s smile and just to tell him thank you because without them they wouldn’t have that meal.”

What’s more – Scott runs to where the people are to tell them about the meal, since many don’t have access to the internet or social media. He is a running advertisement as he tapes informational fliers on the doors of shelters, bus stations, and libraries. And he does it all with a yoyo in his hand.

“The yo-yo a lot is for me, but it’s kind of a lot more for other people,” explained Scott.

It causes people to look twice and that’s exactly what Scott wants and needs to help the people who are normally ignored and to help keep him accountable.

“You just never know when you’re going to be in that situation because it doesn’t discriminate.”

Life is full of ups and down, but Scott is now 10 years sober and on a road to redemption. “Give For Good” is a slogan of the Jefferson Awards Foundation and Scott, now a 2019 Jefferson Awards Nominee, is a result of how one person can make a difference.

“People say rock bottom is this or that well no – rock bottom is when you’re six feet under in a grave. because you can always change and you can always do better,” concluded Scott.

To learn more about Food For Thought, click here.

To learn more about the Jefferson Awards Foundation, click here.

Every Tuesday in January and February, WQAD News 8 is introducing you to our 2019 Jefferson Awards Nominees. Then, in April, we will announce our Jefferson Awards Finalist. That person gets to attend the National Jefferson Awards Ceremony in Washington, D.C. this June and meet other Jefferson Awards Finalists from across the country.

The Jefferson Awards are sponsored locally by Genesis Health System and Budget Blinds.

To see who was nominated in all four previous seasons of the Jefferson Awards on WQAD News 8, click here.

Krispy Kreme is giving away free doughnuts until January 27

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If you want some free doughnuts, you’re in luck.

Krispy Kreme is giving away a free original glazed dozen with the purchase of any dozen.

In order to be eligible for the Winston-Salem-based company’s promotion, customers will need to sign up for the Krispy Kreme rewards program.

Want a FREE Original Glazed dozen with the purchase of any dozen? Sign up for Rewards today!

— Krispy Kreme (@krispykreme) January 14, 2019

The promotion runs until Jan. 27, as does Krispy Kreme’s limited offer of their Chocolate Glaze Collection.

The all-chocolate versions of their beloved doughnuts include chocolate glazed cake batter, chocolate glazed raspberry filled, double chocolate glazed kreme filled and chocolate glazed Oreo cookies & kreme.

For those trying to stick to a New Year’s Resolution, Krispy Kreme promises that “some indulgences provides a break from normal dieting without sabotaging your results.”


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