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Four kids steal parent’s car and run away on 600-mile road trip

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Four adventurous children aged between 10 and 14 packed a stolen family car with fishing rods and took off on an epic 600-mile road trip along the Australian coast, authorities have said.

One of the children left a goodbye note for their parents before leaving for the mammoth journey, which ended several hours later when police tracked down the parked car along a highway in New South Wales, authorities told CNN.

The kids likely shared driving responsibilities during the 930-kilometer (578-mile) trip from Rockhampton in Queensland to Grafton in New South Wales, police added, after taking a four-wheel-drive Nissan Patrol car belonging to one of their parents.

The runaways were taken into custody at 10:40 p.m. on Sunday evening (8:40 a.m. ET) and could now face charges.

“It’s a pretty big journey. It’s a long way for a person to do it, but I suppose a couple cans of Red Bull and you’re likely to do anything,” inspector Darren Williams told CNN affiliate Nine News.

Police triangulated a cell phone signal to find the vehicle, Williams said. “When we got there, they wouldn’t open up … they’ve come under notice because of illegal behavior, doing drive-offs at petrol stations,” he added.

Missing person appeals were made by police in Queensland after the children were reported missing.

The journey made by the youngsters usually takes more than 10 hours, hugging the eastern Australian coast line and crossing through the cities of Brisbane and the Gold Coast.

Rock Island – Milan schools to continue free food program

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Kids and parents in the Rock Island – Milan school district will continue to enjoy free school meals for the upcoming school year.

In a release sent out by the district, school officials confirmed that all schools from elementary through senior high will be able to continue in the Community Eligibility Provision (CEP) program and serve students free meals at no extra cost to them.

The district first entered this program in 2015 when the amount of students eligible for reduced-cost lunches, about 70% of the student body, allowed it to receive the CEP grant for the first time. The grant would last for four years, after which the school had to re-apply.

With the 2019-2020 school year approaching, the district was able to successfully renew the grant, with reduced-cost meal eligibility still above the program’s required 40%, and will keep all of its students fed without breaking their families’ banks.

Adults who vape are more likely to quit cigarettes, study finds

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(CNN) -- Adult smokers who vape are more likely to quit using cigarettes, according to a study released Monday. But e-cigarettes also increase the risk of relapse in some former smokers, the researchers found.

"This study is the first to point out that even if smokers may succeed in stopping smoking with the aid of electronic cigarettes, they still need to be monitored by doctors and health professionals to prevent a relapse in the long term," said Ramchandar Gomajee, the paper's lead author and a researcher at France's Pierre Louis Institute of Epidemiology and Public Health.

The findings suggest that e-cigarette use may affect current and former smokers differently: helping people addicted to cigarettes kick the habit, perhaps, but also drawing some who had already quit back to smoking.

The study, published in the medical journal JAMA Internal Medicine, tracked more than 5,000 daily smokers for an average of two years in France. It found that smokers who vaped used fewer cigarettes per day and were more than one and a half times as likely to quit completely.

But researchers also looked at more than 2,000 former smokers and found that those who used e-cigarettes were more likely to relapse back to smoking. "Thus, while [e-cigarette] use can help persons reduce their smoking levels in the short term," the researchers wrote, "there is no evidence that it is an efficacious smoking cessation aid in the long term."

Newer e-cigarettes may reduce the risk of relapse

The study did find that the heightened risk of relapse disappeared in those who quit smoking more recently, which the researchers said may be due to improved e-cigarette technology.

For example, the study as a whole considered anybody who quit smoking from 2010 onward and found that, in that sample, vaping increased the risk of relapse. But when researchers only considered people who quit cigarettes as of 2013, former smokers were not more likely to relapse if they vaped.

The researchers noted in their study that "measures of plasma nicotine levels have shown that, compared with older models of [e-cigarettes], the new generation delivers higher levels of nicotine to the bloodstream," which may make them more satisfying.

Other "technical improvements in [e-cigarettes] over time," they said, may also explain why people who recently quit smoking and switched to e-cigarettes were less likely to relapse than those who quit earlier.

Gregory Conley, president of the American Vaping Association, said that e-cigarettes have undergone drastic changes in recent years. "Prior to technological advancements made around 2013, e-cigarette devices were difficult to use and only effective for the most dedicated of would-be quitters," he said.

Devices used years earlier "bear no resemblance to current technology," he said, "so using ancient data is not particularly helpful to understanding whether vaping products can help smokers quit today."

The great vape debate

It's unclear why vaping heightened the risk of relapse in some former smokers, but Gomajee noted that "[people] who are using electronic cigarettes are still addicted to nicotine." If they have withdrawal symptoms but can't vape, or if their vape isn't satisfying, then "they are likely to smoke again," he said.

Prior research has highlighted some of those same risks while also showing that e-cigarettes may be an effective tool to quit smoking.

Earlier this year, for example, researchers in a separate study found that e-cigarettes were almost twice as effective at helping smokers quit cigarettes than traditional nicotine-replacement therapy, such as nicotine patches. But 82% of people who vaped didn't quit smoking after a year. Among those who did quit cigarettes, 80% continued vaping.

That's consistent with other research on "dual users," which suggests that vaping may temporarily lead to lower cigarette consumption without convincing users to quit smoking entirely. For example, one study published in 2017 found that a majority of dual users abandoned e-cigarettes and continued to smoke only tobacco after two years.

And while smoking fewer cigarettes may reduce exposure to cancer-causing chemicals, new research also suggests that vapes can pose significant long-term risks to heart and lung health.

study published this year in the Journal of the American Heart Association, for example, found that vaping and smoking were both linked to a similar increase in the risk of heart attacks. Using both, the study found, was riskier than using either alone.

The research comes at a time of intense scrutiny for e-cigarette companies.

On Friday, a US district judge placed a ten-month deadline on e-cigarette companies to apply to the US Food and Drug Administration for public health review. Products that don't submit applications by the May 2020 deadline can be removed from the market by the FDA, while those that submit applications can stay on the market for up to one year while under review.

Critics say aggressive marketing tactics have fueled an epidemic of teen vaping, but manufacturers maintain that their products are an alternative for adult smokers.

To Dr. Robert Jackler, founder of the group Stanford Research into the Impact of Tobacco Advertising, that alternative comes at a cost.

"While e-cigarettes may be a potential off ramp for adult smokers," he said, "they have proved to be a heavily traveled on ramp to nicotine addiction among youth."

Video shows pendulum ride breaking at amusement park, killing 2 and injuring dozens more

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AHMEDABAD, India – A broken ride at an amusement park in India killed two people and injured more than two dozen, according to the Times of India.

The incident occurred Sunday evening at Ahmedabad’s Kankaria lakefront.

(WARNING: Graphic video below. Viewer discretion advised.)

#Ahmedabad video two dead more than fifteen injured as pendulum ride broke down at Kankaria Lakefront @MumbaiMirror pic.twitter.com/rLl3xYcu6Q

— Vinay Dalvi (@VinayMIRROR) July 15, 2019

Police are investigating how the ride was operated, maintained and inspected, the Times reported.

Enter to win tickets to Sister Act at Quad City Music Guild

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Sister Act will premiere at the Quad City Music Guild August 9th through the 11th, and August 15th through the 18th. The show begins at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday and show time is 2:00 p.m. on Sunday. Tickets are $16  for adults and $11 for children. To make reservations call 309-762-6610.  The show will be held at Prospect Park Auditorium in Moline, Illinois.

The feel-good musical comedy smash based on the hit 1992 film that has audiences jumping to their feet! Featuring original music by Tony- and eight-time Oscar winner, Alan Menken this uplifting musical was nominated for five Tony Awards, including Best Musical. When disco diva, Deloris Van Cartier, witnesses a murder, she is put in protective custody in the one place the cops are sure she won’t be a found: a convent!

Disguised as a nun, she finds herself at odds with both the rigid lifestyle and uptight Mother Superior. Filled with powerful gospel music, outrageous dancing and a truly moving story, Sister Act will leave audiences breathless. A sparkling tribute to the universal power of friendship, Sister Act is reason to REJOICE!

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ICE has begun raids to round up undocumented immigrants, official says

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(CNN) -- Immigration authorities have begun conducting raids, a senior administration official said Sunday, in an operation expected to target about 2,000 undocumented immigrants ordered by courts to be removed from the country.

The raids, which will focus on recent arrivals to the country, are slated for Atlanta, Baltimore, Chicago, Denver, Houston, Los Angeles, Miami, New York and San Francisco, a senior immigration official said. New Orleans is also on the list, but the city tweeted last week that US Immigration and Customs Enforcement said it would suspend operations through the weekend in areas hit by Tropical Storm Barry, which weakened to a tropical depression Sunday.

As of early Sunday evening, there weren't any confirmed reports of migrants being apprehended in Baltimore, Chicago or New York, immigrant advocacy groups in those cities told CNN.

"For the most part, it's quiet," Cara Yi, a spokeswoman for the Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights said. "We've been dispatching rapid response teams out to meet with people who have reported ICE activity over our hotline. None have been confirmed as of yet."

Most of the reports were about sightings of government vehicles, Yi said, but advocates had confirmed they were not ICE.

The American Civil Liberties Union of New York said earlier on Twitter that it had received "some reports of ICE at subway stations, but none have been substantiated."

Acting US Citizenship and Immigration Services director Ken Cuccinelli took issue with referring to the targets of the raids as undocumented.

Mayors 'in the dark' on raids

"They're not undocumented. They've got a court order on a piece of paper -- federal order -- that says they've gotten due process, and (there are) over a million people with removal orders. That's the pool that ICE is drawing from," he told CNN.

ICE will not comment on operational details of the raids, Cuccinelli said, adding that the priority will be apprehending violent criminals and aggravated felons. ICE agents are not "utilizing" allegations of crossing the border illegally, a misdemeanor, as cause for arrest in the raids, he said.

Explaining the raids

Asked if children would be separated from their parents, Cuccinelli said that information constituted an operational detail. But he did say families are among the 1 million people facing removal orders.

Immigrants have been hunkering down

News of the raids has left many undocumented immigrants frightened. They've been stocking up on groceries and making plans to stay in their homes with the lights off and the blinds down. Some are staying home from work. Others are posting signs inside their homes reminding them what to do if ICE agents show up. Unsure of where to turn, they're flooding hotlines with calls.

In some cities, local governments and advocacy groups were assisting the immigrants. Supporters in the Chicago neighborhood of Pilsen were posting "know your rights" fliers and encouraging residents to post the fliers, which say, "The family that resides in this home knows their legal rights," at their homes.

Advocates with the Georgia Latino Alliance for Human Rights in Atlanta on Sunday were at a popular Latino shopping center, handing out fliers that read, "ICE free zone."

The fliers also asked immigration authorities to present a signed warrant if they wanted to come inside, adding "This is OUR Constitutional Right!"

Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee of Texas said Sunday that immigration law experts would be on hand at her office in Houston to provide legal resources to individuals looking for information regarding the raids, which she called "draconian."

In New York City, staff members with the mayor's office of immigrant affairs are also informing immigrants of their legal rights and of city resources that are available in the event they encounter an immigration enforcement official.

"In the face of heartless raids that would tear families apart, we remain steadfast in our commitment to support and defend immigrant communities," Bitta Mostofi, the office's commissioner, said in a statement.

Cuccinelli characterized the raids as normal ICE business and pointed to statistics showing ICE has deported fewer people under President Donald Trump than it did under President Barack Obama.

"This is their job every day. We've got compassionate, loyal ICE agents who are just doing their job," he said. "It shows you how far we've fallen in that it's become news that they would actually go deport people who have removal orders."

Raids were postponed from last month

ICE had planned to arrest and deport families with court-ordered removals in late June, according to the senior immigration official, but Trump delayed the raids to give Congress time to "work out a solution" on what he said were asylum and loophole problems with the country's immigration policy.

Mark Morgan, acting commissioner for US Customs and Border Protection who was acting ICE director at the time, said the raids were postponed because operations details had been leaked. Former acting ICE director John Sandweg also expressed concern.

"You never want the target to know you're coming. You want that element of surprise because it keeps you safe," he said. "From an effective perspective, that's why you don't announce these things."

While Trump has repeatedly tweeted about the impending operation, he hasn't jeopardized officer safety, Cuccinelli said, explaining that the situation in June was different than what is happening now.

"The level of detail in the information that came out publicly (last month) was way beyond these general comments the President is making," he said.

In February, ICE sent around 2,000 letters to families who already had received final orders of removal by judges in absentia, asking them to self-report to ICE offices by March. The upcoming operation is expected to target approximately 2,000 people, the senior immigration official said.

Despite reports of overcrowding at some ICE detention facilities along the southern border, Cuccinelli said ICE has made preparations in anticipation of the raids.

"ICE plans these things superbly," he said.

According to Immigration and Customs Enforcement statistics, 256,085 people were deported in fiscal year 2018, up from 226,119 removals in fiscal year 2017.

Boxing legend Pernell ‘Sweet Pea’ Whitaker dies after being hit by vehicle in Virginia Beach

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Pernell Whitaker at the 1984 Summer Olympics. (Photo by Walt Disney Television via Getty Images)

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. – Norfolk native and boxing legend Pernell “Sweet Pea” Whitaker, 55, died Sunday evening after being hit by a vehicle in Virginia Beach.

A family member confirmed to WTKR that the Olympic gold medal winner and four-weight world champion was killed in the 10 p.m., crash.

Police said the driver of the vehicle that allegedly struck Whitaker stayed at the scene and is cooperating with officers.

Whittaker graduated from Booker T. Washington high school before excelling globally as an amateur and professional boxer.

Whitaker would find a name for himself, along with international boxing recognition, by winning an Olympic gold medal at the 1984 Olympic Games and winning gold at the 1983 Pan American Games.

His time as a professional would see him fight and become a champion in four different WBC weight classes including, Lightweight, Light welterweight, Welterweight and Light middleweight.

Professional bouts for Whitaker would include matches against the likes of Oscar De La Hoya, Greg Haugen, Jose Luis Ramirez and Julio Casar Chavez.

By the time he retired in 2001, Whitaker would post a professional record of 40 wins (17 by knockout), four losses and one draw. All of this on top of 214 recorded amateur fights, according to sportreference.com.

Just as important as his career, Whitaker would help inspire local boxers. He also helped promote and train boxers in the later years of his life.

The boxing publication Ring Magazine in 2002 ranked Whitaker as the tenth greatest boxer of the last 80 years.

Whitaker was inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame in 2006.

The investigation into Whitaker’s death is ongoing.

REST IN PEACE CHAMP!

Pernell “Sweet Pea” Whitaker pic.twitter.com/gBNKt3gfgS

— Aaron Rouse (@AaronRouseVaBch) July 15, 2019

Munchie Mondays: Gelato Burger

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MOLINE, Illinois -- We went back in time for this week's "Munchie Mondays" on "Good Morning Quad Cities" Monday, July 15.

News 8's Jonathan Ketz, Angie Sharp and Storm Track 8 Meteorologist Eric Sorensen tried the Gelato Burger.

You may remember watching it on GMQC back in April, but if you don't, the burger is mainly found at the Amorino ice cream shop in Europe. Side note: If you click on this link, you can change the website's language by clicking the square on the top right of the page.

If you don't want to travel all the way to Europe, you can find the gelato burger at Amorino's New York City location.

The official sweet treat features a soft bun made with chocolate, two scoops of gelato and your choice of caramel, dark chocolate or hazelnut chocolate sauce. You can also make it however you want, as long as it has a hamburger bun, gelato and dessert sauce.

The gelato burger will cost you around seven dollars if you stop at the restaurant.

It's unclear if it's a limited item.

Road work in two areas may impact your commute in Muscatine

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MUSCATINE, Iowa — Drivers in Muscatine may have a longer commute as road work gets underway.

Starting on Monday, July 15, crews will be performing sealing operations on Cedar Street between Wood Creek Lane and the roundabout at Logan Street.  In this area, traffic will be down to one lane, so expect delays, according to Kevin Jenison with the city of Muscatine.

That project should be done by the middle of the week.

Another project that could cause delays is asphalt laying at the intersection University Drive and Highway 22.   Crews were expected to start this on Monday as part of a project that started in 2018.

Jenison said that eastbound traffic on University Drive will be detoured to Colorado.  If you’re driving on Highway 22, you may see lane restrictions throughout the day.

The intersection will remain closed until the asphalt has cooled.  Expect delays and take other routes if possible.

American Airlines extends Boeing plane flight cancellations

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WASHINGTON (AP) — American Airlines said Sunday that it will keep the Boeing 737 Max plane off its schedule until Nov. 3, which is two months longer than it had planned.

In a statement, American said the action will result in the cancellation of about 115 flights per day. It said it "remains confident" that the Boeing plane will be recertified this year. But some airline executives are growing doubtful about that timetable.

United Airlines announced Friday that it was extending its cancellations until Nov. 3, a month longer than it had planned.

United has 14 Max jets while American has 24 of them. Southwest Airlines, which has 34 Max jets — more than any other carrier — is canceling about 150 flights per day.

The plane was grounded in March following two deadly crashes.

The announcement Sunday marked the fifth time that American Airlines has pushed back the expected time that the Max would resume flying.

"American Airlines remains confident that impending software updates to the Boeing 737 Max, along with the new training elements Boeing is developing in coordination with our union partners, will lead to recertification of the aircraft this year," the airline said.

In its previous announcement of further flight cancellations last month, American Airlines had said it had expected the recertification to be accomplished "soon."

In a recent interview with The Associated Press, Ed Bastian, CEO of Delta Airlines, said, "I expect it's going to take longer than people expect" before the Max is certified to fly again. He said he could not venture a guess as to when that might occur.

Delta does not fly the Boeing Max plane and has not had to contend with the flight cancellations faced by other airlines that do fly the Max. In late 2007, Delta was considering ordering the Max plane but ended up ordering 100 Airbus planes with an option to buy 100 more.

Federal Aviation Administration has said it is following a thorough process but has no timetable for when the recertification will be completed.

The Wall Street Journal reported Sunday that fixing the 737 Max's faulty flight-control software and completing other steps to start carrying passengers will likely stretch into 2020.

Unnamed officials at the FAA and pilot-union leaders were quoted as saying that no firm timeline has been established, but one scenario anticipates the plane could return to the air in January 2020.

We need your vote! Who has the best Pork Tenderloin in our area?

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The crew of Good Morning Quad Cities decided to celebrate the best tenderloin sandwich in our region. The problem: we all had our favorites. So last week, we asked you to give us your favorite spot. Below are the top 13 finalists.

And now it’s your turn to vote so we can get the top spots. And if you see your favorite on the list, be sure to tell the restaurant so they can do some campaigning with customers!

Later this week when we know the top spots, we’ll coordinate some live shots to show our viewers who has the best Pork Tenderloin in the region so stay tuned!!!

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Judges to decide on bond hearings for R. Kelly indictments

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CHICAGO (AP) — Federal judges will decide how to proceed with bond hearings in two separate federal indictments against R. Kelly.

The 52-year-old singer was arrested Thursday night while walking his dog on a 13-count indictment that includes sex crimes and obstruction of justice. A New York federal indictment was also unsealed Friday that charges him with racketeering and sex-related crimes.

Kelly remained in federal custody over the weekend following his arrest. His attorney denied the allegations Friday.

A case status hearing scheduled for 1 p.m. Monday in Chicago will determine if a federal judge Tuesday will rule on Kelly’s bail in both federal criminal cases.

Federal prosecutors have requested Kelly stay in custody, saying he is a flight risk and dangerous.

Prime Day: Amazon gives first glimpse of its deals

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(CNN) -- Amazon has revealed what's on sale for Prime Day.

The annual sales extravaganza begins Monday, July 15 and will run for 48 hours. Similar to previous Prime Days, Amazon is slashing prices and offering more than one million deals as a way to drum-up spending during a typically slow summer sales period. Amazon also wants to drive people to subscribe to its Prime membership service.

Unsurprisingly, Amazon is emphasizing the deep discounts on its own gadgets and in-house brands in its deals preview, which it released Friday.

For example, an Amazon Echo will cost $49.99, which the company claims is half off its normal price of $99.99. But the discount is not as drastic as it might appear: The smart speaker is selling for $69.99 ahead of Monday's event.

The better deal is the Echo Show, its smart speaker with a screen and premium speakers. That will cost $159.99 — $70 off its current list price of $229.99.

Other Amazon gadgets on sale include the Fire TV Stick with Alexa for $14.99 (Right now, it's $39.99) and the Fire TV Cube for $69.99. That's $50 less than its current price of $119.99.

Amazon Fire tablets are also getting reduced. It's most advanced version, the Fire HD 10, will cost $99.99 — $50 less than its current price of $149.99.

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These prices are similar to the deals Amazon offered on Black Friday of last year.

Amazon is discounting its in-house line of products, which its rapidly expanding. Men's and women's clothing from Amazon's lines like Goodthreads and Amazon Essentials, will be up to 50% off. Its home goods brands, such as Presto! and Solimo, will be up to 30% off.

And its AmazonBasics brand, which encompasses everything from kitchenware to small electronics, will be up to 30% off.

Amazon is emphasizing its new Lady Gaga makeup brand, HAUS Laboratories. Prime members will be able to preoroder her new products for the first time.

But there are several name brands on sale, too. Some Under Armour clothing will be 40% off, Lacoste clothing will as much as 30% off and Eddie Bauer clothing will be as much as 60% off.

Electronics that aren't from Amazon will also be discounted. For example, some Sony LED Smart TVs will be half off, Facebook's Portal device will cost $79 (It usually runs for $199) and the Nintendo Switch will also be discounted.

Amazon's biggest rivals are also offering Prime Day-like discounts on their websites. Target is mimicking the idea with "Deal Days," a two-day event featuring similar deals. eBay has also rolled out sales for the entire month of July.

It's not a surprise that other retailers want to chip away at Amazon on Prime Day. Although the company doesn't disclose revenue from previous Prime Days, Amazon said last year's sale was its "biggest global shopping event ever."

"Prime Day has changed the terrain of the summer for retailers," Adobe Digital Insights director Taylor Schreiner previously told CNN Business. "Retailers need an effective strategy to address it. The only guaranteed losing play is to ignore it."

Couple says botched floor installation forced child to spend final days in hospice instead of at home

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BRIGHTON, Colorado — A Brighton couple says a botched floor installation forced their 14-year-old daughter to spend her final days in hospice instead of at home.

A year after the 14-year-old’s death, they still haven’t reached any resolution with the companies responsible for the floor.

Kelly Kniss said it’s a struggle every time she discovers another blemish in her floor.

“It’s just a reminder of how awful it was a year ago.  It’s just a trigger,” she said.

She and her husband, Kevin, had invested in new floors at their new Brighton home, just over a year ago, to better accommodate their daughter’s needs last summer.

Their daughter, 14-year-old Sierra, was born with VACTERL, a disorder that affects different organ systems.

They moved to Brighton to be closer to Children’s Hospital Colorado, and a new floor was their top priority.

“That meant needing to have a solid floor that went throughout all the rooms of the house, so that the wheelchair could easily get around the house,” Kniss said.

They purchased the material through Floor and Decor, which referred them to “Installation Made Easy,” who told the family they could finish the job in three days.

“Installation Made Easy subcontracted to a subcontractor, that subcontracted to another subcontractor, and they all started to fight amongst each other," Kniss said.

Those two subcontractors were RMM Subcontracting and 2nd Chance Flooring.

Kniss recalled and one point during the installation, one of the crew members was searching on YouTube “how to install flooring.”

“Maybe it’s naive, but when people tell us this is what they’re going to do and they make a promise, we assume they’re going to follow through on it," she said. "And they promised us they’d get it done in three days. It would have been understandable if it were five days. I think we could have lived with that.”

Sierra was terminally ill, and things had taken a turn for the worst.

She wanted to spend her final days at home, but the floor wasn’t finished after three days.

They still tried to get her home, anyway.

“They had covered all of the heater/air conditioner vents, and it was July, and she couldn’t be here in the heat," she said. "So she spent one night here.”

Sierra died at Denver Hospice a couple days later.

“She had two regrets,” Kniss said. “One was that she didn’t go to Japan, and the other was that she didn’t get to leave any memories in this house.”

The family halted the remainder of the installation after Sierra’s death, telling KDVR it was so poorly installed it would need to be entirely replaced.

They say one of the subcontractors was fired, and the other continued to harass them about finishing the job — including the day of their daughter’s funeral.

“We had asked to be left alone on the day of the funeral," Kniss said. "We got phone calls 60 seconds before the funeral started.  We got phone calls between the funeral and the burial, we got phone calls at the burial, we got phone calls after we got home.”

They chose not to pay the final estimated $1,800 to finish the flooring—after discovering the installation was done so poorly, they’d need to entirely replace the floor.

Kniss said the product they purchased was damaged, and in some areas, destroyed, during installation.

“Over the last year, the pieces have pulled apart or broken. There’s no way to make it right, or even salvage enough material to add more material into it to redo the floor,” she said.

But the family said they can’t afford to replace the floor.

“We didn’t have extra money after going through burial costs, and bills, and moving," Kniss said.

They reached out to both Installation Made Easy and Floor and Decor to help recoup the costs.

“I tried to negotiate some way we could come to an agreement getting the floor fixed," she said.

But Kniss said both companies refused.

“Each time it came down to, ‘We’re not going to do anything.  We don’t have to,'" she said. "And I get that maybe, legally, they don’t have to, but I don’t see how you can destroy $5,000 worth of something and not be responsible for it.”

KDVR also reached out to both companies, seeking comment, but our emails went unanswered.

Kniss admitted she and her husband were in a hurry to get the floor installed and didn’t do their homework first.

“Time was of the essence,” she said.

The couple chose to reach out to KDVR in hopes of preventing others from going through what they did.

“I wish there were people that had let us know—that if we had done any research, we would have known," Kniss said. "I was just incredibly naive.”

Kniss said Installation Made Easy didn’t give them the option to choose the subcontractor.  She said in hindsight, they should have asked who it would be and researched them, before allowing them to step foot into her home.

“It wasn’t a fly by night company.  They have multiple stores.  We should be able to trust them,” she said.

Florida man caught hiding heroin, crack in his buttocks, deputies say

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FLAGLER COUNTY, Florida — A Florida man was arrested after deputies reportedly found him hiding drugs in a very personal place.

According to the Flagler County Sheriff’s Office, a deputy pulled Derick McKay over for speeding July 11.

When he started talking to McKay, he noticed that he seemed nervous and that there was a smell of marijuana. McKay claimed he didn’t have anything illegal in his custody, but deputies investigated further.

Photo: Flagler County Sheriff’s Office Facebook

After he was brought to jail for driving on a suspended license, McKay confessed to hiding narcotics in his buttocks, deputies said.

He then proceeded to remove more than a dozen small baggies from his behind, including a small baggie of crack, eight small baggies of heroin, two small baggies of Molly, a small baggie of marijuana, 12 Lortab pills and 12 Oxycodone pills.

McKay is now facing multiple charges and is currently being held without bond.

The sheriff’s office said he has a criminal history dating back to 2008.

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