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Dash cam video captures four-vehicle crash on Avenue of the Cities in East Moline

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The crash happens around 1 minute and 45 seconds into the video

EAST MOLINE, Illinois -- A dashboard camera captured a crash that happened at Kennedy Drive and Avenue of the Cities Thursday, January 17.

Police said two people in the crash suffered non-life-threatening injuries.  Four vehicles were involved.

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Brinkley the emotional support police dog celebrates her 2nd birthday

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STERLING, Illinois- Brinkley the Sterling PD emotional support dog turned two-years-old this month.

Wednesday, January 16, Brinkley was at PetSmart in Sterling Illinois from 5-7 p.m.

Why? for a birthday party of course! The first 100 dogs that helped Brinkley celebrate got free pupcakes and cake, along with ice cream and punch! Of course, Brinkley got lots of new toys!

Hazardous road conditions overnight… Season’s coldest this weekend

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A Winter Storm WARNING goes is in effect from now through noon Saturday.

A  strip of some light snow is already being noticed on the radar around the U.S. 20 corridor from Waterloo to Galena. Snow will overspread the rest of the area from west to east by sunset with moderate to heavy snow developing during the overnight hours.  Winds will be increasing during the overnight as well with gust around 30 mph.  Naturally, this will cause plenty of blowing and drifting resulting in limited visibility and hazardous road conditions.

Snowfall will taper off during the morning hours on Saturday with totals ranging from 4-8 inches. The higher amounts expected just north and west of the Quad Cities.

The departure of this system will allow temperatures to plummet during the day with teens in the morning to single digits heading into the evening hours.  Throw in the wind and wind chills could be as cold as the minus teens.

After a quiet and very cold Sunday comes another system still on track to arrive early next week. This will bring another round of shoveling snow Tuesday morning as well followed by another reinforcing shot of arctic cold.

Chief meteorologist James Zahara

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NAILED IT OR FAILED IT: It’s Girl Scout Cookie Season!

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Thin Mints. Samoas. Do-Si-Dos. Shortbread. No matter which Girl Scout Cookies you order, don't throw away the box!

You can up-cycle all those boxes (because who orders just one?) into some really cute crafts. On Friday, January 18th during Nailed It Or Failed It on Good Morning Quad Cities and WQAD News 8 at 11am, we transformed boxes of our favorite cookies into tiny purses and bookmarks! Click the video above to see how to make a little change purse (or click here if I went too fast!) and click the video below to see how we made bookmarks (or click here).

We continued the Girl Scout Cookie theme for our Cocktail of the Week. Here's the recipe for Thin Mint Shooters:

  • Cover Rim of Glass with Chocolate Frosting
  • Dip Glass into Bowl of Crushed Thin Mints
  • Shake Up 1/4 Cup Baileys Irish Cream, 1/4 Cup Creme de Cocoa, 1/4 Cup Creme de Menthe, and 3/4 Cup Milk
  • Pour Mixture into Glasses
  • Enjoy!

Teen pulls more than 50,000 golf balls from ocean near golf courses

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Two years ago, a central California teen began what NPR calls a “Sisyphean task”—hauling hundreds of pounds of golf balls off the ocean floor, only to have them reenter the sea as golfers from five nearby golf courses (including Pebble Beach) hit them right back in.

Alex Weber was just 16 when she first discovered the shocking sight while free diving. “You couldn’t see the sand,” she says, noting the seafloor was “completely white” from the sheer number of balls.

And thus began Weber’s self-appointed chore of removing the balls from the water—what calls akin to an “Easter egg hunt”—with the help of her dad, a friend, and even a scientist that got wind of her efforts. Their total haul hit the 50,000-ball mark in September, gathered in grueling, cold conditions with sharks nearby and an “aerial barrage” of new balls flying their way during the collection process.

What makes the golf ball-filled waters more than just a disturbing visual is the fact that not only do the balls contain potentially harmful zinc compounds, they’re also coated with a thin polymer layer that’s eroded over time by the rough waters.  As the balls degrade, they turn into microplastics that marine creatures can ingest.

Weber’s website documents the stages of golf ball degradation, from those “fresh off the golf course” to Stage Five, when they’ve lost their paint and dimples and their cores are exposed. Weber, now 18, says she wishes the balls would float, so everyone could see the extent of the pollution. “People would be outraged,” she told Vice last summer, adding she hopes laws are soon passed holding golf clubs responsible for cleanup. (Could there be golf balls in your … hash browns?)

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Legendary great white shark filmed swimming with divers off Hawaii

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A great white shark, believed to be one of the largest on the planet, has been spotted by divers as it fed on a whale carcass off the coast of Hawaii.

The divers, who captured remarkable footage of the encounter, say the shark is Deep Blue – a 20-foot-long female.

The creature approached the team’s boat to scratch herself on Tuesday, and was flanked by two “dancing” dolphins as she swam, diver Ocean Ramsey wrote on Instagram alongside a picture of the meeting.

And incredibly, the group got close enough to touch the shark as it passed.

“Deep Blue came up and brushed up against the boat, maybe she’s pregnant, maybe she’s itchy?” Ramsey wrote, adding: “She swam away escorted by two rough-toothed dolphins who danced around her.”

Deep Blue is over 50 years old, and was caught on camera five years ago in a video that quickly went viral.

Ramsey said her team had been monitoring tiger sharks feeding when the legendary great white made her surprise appearance. The divers “spent the entire day with her till the sun went down,” Ramsey wrote.

“I waited quietly, patiently, observing as she swam up to the dead sperm whale carcass and then slowly to me,” she said. “I gently put my hand out to maintain a small space so her girth could pass.”

Ramsey touched the shark as it swam by and, while noting that some divers frown upon this, added that “sometimes sharks seek touch.”

The species “are not the mindless monsters they are portrayed as,” she said.

But Ramsey later warned people that the creatures can be unpredictable, writing: “I highly discourage people from purposely jumping in the water with great white sharks or tiger sharks.” CNN has contacted Ramsey for further comment.

Eastern Iowa prisoner charged after trying to kill three witnesses with hit man

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MUSCATINE, Iowa — A man has been charged in the Muscatine County District Court for attempting to murder three witnesses set to testify against him.

Justin Lee Dewitt was sentenced earlier in Johnson County after trying to arrange four murders including two children, Muscatine County Attorney Alan Ostergren said in a statement.

While he was an inmate, Dewitt solicited another prisoner to have three witnesses in his Johnson County case killed to prevent them from testifying, according to the statement. That prisoner told authorities, who then began to investigate.

Dewitt then spoke to who he thought was an associate of a contracted killer, according to the statement. This person was actually an undercover agent with the Iowa Division of Narcotics Enforcement. Dewitt sent the agent a diagram of a residence where two of the witnesses live and identified the vehicle of another.

“The fact that the offender sought to kill witnesses against him made this case particularly serious,” Ostergren said.

Dewitt was sentenced up to 50 years in prison on top of the 35-year sentence he received in Johnson County.


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