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Boys basketball season tips off, Volleyball All-Star game, Bettendorf and Pleasant Valley signings

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Boys Basketball Season tips off with turkey tournaments around the area. In Orion at the 10 & 32 Tip Off Classic, Sherrard beats Ridgewood 51-47.

Iowa and Illinois Senior Volleyball players get one more game in the 4th annual all-star game. Iowa would sweep Illinois.

Bettendorf has 11 student-athletes sign to play a sport next season.  Six of the 11 are headed to the Division -1 Level.

Pleasant Valley sends 4 student-athletes to the D-1 level.

Some local businesses see a chance for revitalization after Kraft Heinz factory demolition

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DAVENPORT, Iowa-- Production is winding down at the Kraft Heinz factory along the Davenport riverfront. Right now, the plan is to have is demolished by 2021, according to the City of Davenport Economic Development.

Some local business owners say it's a chance to revitalize the Western Davenport neighborhood.

"Anything that's going to bring traffic down here that's going to benefit the business I would like to see," says Devin Jackson, owner of DJay's Fashion on 3rd Street.

Jackson says a strip mall could attract more people as well as new businesses and services to the area.

Another business owner just down the street says they need a superstore.

Stephen Edwards, owner of Stunning's Boxing Club, says the closest Walmart is still too far for some people who don't have reliable transportation.

"I know Walmart is hard for some of these youngsters (who box at the club) or some of their parents to get transportation or have the time to go up there," Edwards says. "I just want something that's productive, like a Walmart or a Kmart, something nice to have."

Under the current plan, the Kraft Heinz plant would begin demolish this coming spring and wrap-up within the next year. Davenport Economic Development says that plan could change if Kraft Heinz present an alternative plan. The plant is currently up for sale.

Police asking for help after gunman escapes with cash and cellphones

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MOLINE, Illinois- Police are asking for help finding a man who robbed a store at gunpoint November 19.

Moline PD say they are on the scene of the robbery at the 3100 block Avenue of the Cities as of 8:40 p.m. November 19.

The armed robbery occurred around 7:48 p.m. Moline Police are being assisted on the scene by the East Moline Police Department.

Police say the gunman:

 “Threatened the clerk with a handgun, stole an unknown amount of money and cellphones before he fled on foot.”

The Moline Police Department are asking for help identifying the man. If you have information you an contact them at 309-797-0401 or Crime Stoppers of the Quad Cities at 309-762-9500 to obtain a cash reward for your information.

Frozen Landing Family Ice Rink opening this week

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BETTENDORF, Iowa  --  Frozen Landing Family Ice Rink opens Wednesday, Nov. 21, 2018. The rink is located at Middle Road and 23rd Street in Bettendorf.

All ages and abilities are welcome at the rink. Skating is free to the public. Skate rentals are available at the rink for $2.00 for both kid and adult sizes. Snacks will be available for purchase.

The rink does not allow hockey, hockey sticks, or hockey pucks. Hockey skates are allowed to be worn on the ice. The rink will not remain open if it is raining.

Hours of operation are:
Monday through Thursday, 3:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Friday, 3:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.
Saturday, 10:00 a.m. - 10:00 p.m.
Sunday, Noon - 6:00 p.m.
Open at 10:00 a.m. on holidays and no school days.

West Liberty PD help clean up the streets, and the laundry

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WEST LIBERTY-West Liberty Police helped people take home some clean laundry on November, 19.

The Police Chief and other deputies stopped at two laundromats in West Liberty to pay for people to get their clothes cleaned.

The money was donated by West Liberty foods and the Muscatine Walmart.

Officers also passed out detergent, fabric softener and dryer sheets.

YOUR HEALTH: Using virtual reality to treat addictions

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NEW ORLEANS, Louisiana – 115-people die from an opioid overdose every day in the U.S.

But addiction and overuse were not even on Felicia Kleinpeter's radar when she was prescribed painkillers after a car accident.

"They made me feel very euphoric. I use to joke that they were my double cappuccinos."

But that quickly turned into a very heavy dependence.

"I lost my family, my husband, my children. I was declared an unfit mother in court."

Her partner, Christopher O'Shea, also struggled with alcohol addiction.

"I have been in long-term recovery for well over 30 years."

They are excited to be one of the first to use a virtual headset to help others struggling with addiction in their rehab facility.

During a therapy session, the headset places patients in realistic virtual situations that trigger cravings of drug and alcohol addiction.

"The therapist can accompany you while you're in a bar or a party setting and teach you skills in that therapy session," said Patrick Bordnick, the dean of Tulane University's School of Social Work.

Skills that can help with long-term sobriety.

COPING:   Some coping mechanisms that experts recommend to those dealing with addiction are:

  • Tell someone that you're having urges to use
  • Call a friend, a support, or someone in recovery.   Share with them what you're going through.
  • Distract yourself.   When you think about using, do something to occupy yourself.
  • Go to a meeting.  Get up and go for a walk. If you just sit there with your urge and don't do anything, you're giving your mental relapse room to grow.
  • Wait for 30 minutes.   Most urges usually last for less than 15 to 30 minutes.   When you're in an urge, it feels like an eternity.   But if you can keep yourself busy and do the things you're supposed to do, it'll quickly be gone.

For those just beginning their recovery, O'Shea says it's a struggle, but with practice it gets easier.

"This isn't a life sentence. This is just a today sentence."

From his research on using virtual reality for addiction, Professor Bordnick is now looking to use virtual reality to empower children and adults with autism with job interviewing skills and social interaction.

If this story has impacted your life or prompted you or someone you know to seek or change treatments, please let us know by contacting Jim Mertens at jim.mertens@wqad.com or Marjorie Bekaert Thomas at mthomas@ivanhoe.com.

 

Second man faces justice after killing of gender fluid Burlington teen

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BURLINGTON, Iowa- The second man convicted of killing a gender fluid Burlington teenager was sentenced to life behind bars.

In October 2018, a  judge convicted Jaron Purham of killing 16-year-old Kadarie Johnson in 2016.

Prosecutors say Johnson identified as gender fluid and was dressed as a female when Purham and Jorge Sanders-Galvez sexually assaulted  Johnson and then killed them in an alley.

Sanders-Galvez was sentenced to life in prison last year.

 

WIU violates open meetings act: Trustee Early resigns

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MACOMB, Illinois- A union representing workers at Western Illinois University wants the McDonough County State's Attorney to investigate the University's board of trustees.

The "University Professionals of Illinois" claims the board violated the Illinois open meetings act, by discussing public business and scripting public meetings.

The call comes after an audio recording was released of a closed-door meeting in June.

In one instance you can hear the now-former board of trustee chair, Cathy Early, laying out plans for a public meeting scheduled for later that day concerning staff reductions.

Early resigned the same day the recording was released. The board acknowledges it did not comply with the open meetings act.

The county prosecutor has yet to respond to the complaint.

 

Integrative Pain Center of America closes due to license suspension

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MOLINE, Illinois--“I got tired of waiting for an answer so I looked it up myself,” said Kelly Carlson.

One week after Integrative Pain Centers of America closed, Kelly Carlson and her husband Wayne are starting to get some answers.

“I think patients went to him trusting him,” said Carlson.

Wayne says he's been going to Doctor V.R. Karuparthy for fifteen years.  Now he is finding out the doctors license is suspended because of sexual misconduct in his office.

The Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation says it was suspended on November 7th. This is the fifth issue involving his license since 1991.

“Had we known previously that he`d been disciplined for other things before I don`t think my husband would have gone to him,” said Carlson.

Patients are now receiving these letters saying the center is no longer seeing patients and urging them to find a new clinic. Unfortunately, it will take months for patients to get a new referral.

“He has had a little bit of muscle twitching and skin crawling feeling that`s been the last couple of days so I am anticipating he is starting the withdrawal process,” said Carlson.

The Carlsons were able to get a hold of Wayne's records but they were incomplete.

“They only covered his last two appointments nothing else and there are inaccuracies on when they started him on the opioids,” said Carlson.

Working with what they have they will continue to search for help and hopefully find a new clinic.

With employee insurance savings and revenue growth, Galesburg looks to have a balanced budget in 2019

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GALESBURG, Illinois -- Officials in Galesburg planning next year's budget have said that in spite of expenditures growing faster than revenues, the city is in good shape.

Main Street is moving again as the city completes major road projects.

"A lot of people really appreciate the underpass," said Mayor John Pritchard. "It's really improved the ability to get around town quickly."

He said the project was completed just last week.

Meanwhile, city revenues are expected to grow by eight percent next year. That's partly thanks to one-time capital projects, but local tax revenues are growing as well according to City Administrator Todd Thompson.

"I'd say it's very good. I think we're seeing a pickup in the economy," said Thompson. "We're seeing retail and restaurant growth, and revenues for the city are good."

Tax revenues from gaming parlors are also part of that mix.

In another lucky break for the city, the mayor said personnel expenses will be much lower next year thanks to a switch in employee insurance providers.

"That's kind of a one-time win," said Pritchard. "So we will still have the fundamental structural deficit problem but this year we're only facing minor problems with the budget."

With the help of $170,000 from the city's reserves, the mayor says the city's 2019 budget will be balanced.

 

Man imprisoned for neglect of wife’s disabled daughter

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DAVENPORT, Iowa (AP) — A Davenport man whose wife’s intellectually disabled daughter was always locked in a bedroom has been given 10 years in prison.

The Quad-City Times reports that 56-year-old Eugene Harris was sentenced Friday. He’d been convicted of neglect of a dependent person, but the jury couldn’t reach an agreement on a charge of dependent adult abuse. It’s since been dropped.Harris’ wife, 48-year-old Kimberly Williams, has pleaded not guilty to the same charges. Her trial is scheduled to begin March 4.

Authorities say officers sent to the home May 22 to check a report about a domestic disturbance were led by Harris to a bedroom locked from the outside. That’s where they found Williams’ daughter. Nearby were soiled adult diapers, a mattress on the floor and a few other items.

Four who died in Iowa plane crash had carbon monoxide poisoning

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GUTHRIE CENTER, Iowa (AP) — Preliminary autopsy results show four people who died in a small plane crash in central Iowa earlier this month were suffering from carbon monoxide poisoning.

Television station KCCI reports that the Iowa State Medical Examiner’s Office report said all the victims died from “multiple blunt force injuries in the setting of carbon monoxide toxicity.”

The crash happened the night of Nov. 9 after passengers in the plane reported that the pilot had had an apparent heart attack and that a student pilot was going to try an emergency landing. Searchers found the wreckage the next morning in a cow pasture southwest of Guthrie Center, about 50 miles west of Des Moines.

Killed in the crash were the pilot, 49-year-old Edward Ralph Anderson, 36-year-old Patrick Kellen and 15-year-old Samantha Clark, all of Le Mars, and 28-year-old Tyler Douvia, of Merrill.

The National Transportation Safety Board is investigating the cause of the crash.

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