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Whiteside County deputies find Rock Falls man dead in home

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ROCK FALLS, Illinois -- The Whiteside County Sheriff's Department reports that it found a dead body in a Rock Falls home early Sunday morning.

The department said that deputies made the discovery at about 1:30 a.m. when responding to a call reporting the death at a Rock Falls residence.

After the body of a male subject was found, preliminary investigation began and the death was ruled a homicide.

The Whiteside County Sheriff's Department is currently conducting an investigation into the homicide and does not have more information to reveal at this time. The department says that the incident appears to be isolated and that there is no immediate danger to the public.

The Whiteside County Sheriff's Office is being assisted by Sterling and Rock Falls Police Departments, Illinois State Police , Illinois State Police Crime Scene and Whiteside County Coroner Office


Half of voters support impeaching Trump and removing him from office, new poll finds

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(CNN) — Half of American voters want President Donald Trump impeached and removed from office, according to a poll released Sunday from Fox News that was taken as House Democrats unveiled two articles of impeachment against the President.

According to the poll, another 4% of voters surveyed nationwide say the President should be impeached but not removed from office, and 41% oppose impeachment altogether. Respondents were surveyed for the poll between December 8 to 11, and the results remain unchanged from the last two iterations of the poll, which were conducted in October as Democrats probed Trump’s dealings with Ukraine.

The latest poll comes the same week House Democrats are expected to pass two articles of impeachment against Trump, charging the President with abuse of power and obstruction of Congress. The full House vote is expected to set up a trial in the Senate.

According to the December poll, 53% of voters say Trump abused his power, 48% say he obstructed Congress, and 45% think that he committed bribery. Sixty percent of voters say it is generally wrong for Trump to ask leaders of foreign countries to investigate political rivals.

The House this week will consider a charge that Trump abused his power by withholding nearly $400 million in US military aid and a White House meeting while pressuring Ukraine’s president to investigate a potential political rival. The second charge accuses Trump of obstructing Congress by thwarting the House’s investigative efforts.

On Sunday, the poll showed that registered voters are split over whether Democrats in Congress are running the impeachment inquiry fairly, with 45% saying they are and 42% saying they are not. Republicans have criticized how Democrats have handled the impeachment proceedings, questioning the fairness of the process and demanding their own witnesses. Democrats, though, have dismissed those claims.

The President’s approval rating in the poll stands at 45%, while his disapproval rating is at 53% — a slight improvement since October’s 42% approval rating and 57% disapproval rating.

Biden leads Sanders and Warren

The new poll also surveyed registered voters on the 2020 Democratic presidential contest, finding that former Vice President Joe Biden is leading the pack of contenders with 30% of voters saying they want to see him as the party’s nominee. Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders is in second at 20%, while Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren came in third with 13%. Pete Buttigieg, the mayor of South Bend, Indiana, landed at 7%, while former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar were at 5% each.

Hawaii Rep. Tulsi Gabbard and entrepreneur Andrew Yang are at 3% each and New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker is at 2%.

Next week, Biden, Warren, Sanders, Buttigieg, Klobuchar, Yang and businessman Tom Steyer will participate in a Democratic debate in Los Angeles where the candidates will likely face tough questioning on their positions ahead of the start of the primary season.

Looking ahead to the general election, hypothetical matchups in the poll show Biden, Sanders and Bloomberg each topping Trump by a significant margin, while Warren and Buttigieg each run about even with the President.

The Fox News Poll was conducted by both landlines and cellphones from December 8 to 11 with 1,000 randomly chosen registered voters in the United States. The poll has a margin of sampling error of +/- 3 percentage points for all registered voters.

Davenport police collecting toys and money for annual Christmas drive through Sunday

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DAVENPORT, Iowa -- Davenport Police are gathering outside of North Park Mall to raise donations for children in domestic violence shelters this weekend.

The collection is part of the Davenport Police Association's annual Christmas Toy Drive, which has been running since 2002.

The drive raises money for and sends toys to children involved in Family Resources Domestic Violence Shelters, Child Advocate programs (victims of sex assaults and other at risk programs) and supports the Family Resources Adopt a Family Program.\

The association said that the Davenport Fire Department paid them a visit and made a hefty donation Saturday afternoon.

Officers will be accepting donations at their location in Davenport at North Park Mall near Firestone until 5 p.m on Sunday, Dec 15.

Good Samaritan, studying to be a paramedic, saves 20-year-old pinned by car

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PORTLAND, OR (KPTV) — Two young men brought together by a serious crash are now good friends.

On the night of Nov. 14, Miguel Vasquez’ Jeep stalled in the center lane of I-405 Southbound. Traffic slowed to weave around him. That’s when 20-year-old Jalen Williams, noticed the problem, pulled over, and offered to help.

“He was like alright man I got you,” Vasquez told FOX 12.

Williams offered to push his car to the shoulder, both pressed on with a sense of urgency worried about the traffic surrounding them. Suddenly, another driver impacts from behind, pinning Williams’s leg against the two vehicles.

“I blacked out, I honestly thought I died those two seconds I wasn’t there I was just…I didn’t feel there,” Williams said.

Williams was left lying on the pavement of I-405, suffering multiple broken bones and a large gash that cut his Femoral Artery.

“I could have bled out on the pavement in the middle of that interstate you know I’m so thankful that god, he spared my life that day,” Williams said.

Incredibly, the man he had just stopped to help, Vasquez, is studying to become a paramedic.

“I just knew. I just knew right there and then what I have to do,” Vasquez said.

With Williams losing blood fast, Vaquezl pulled off his own belt and applied a tourniquet to help slow the bleeding.

“Jalen’s best of intentions ended up being a blessing to him, that the person he was helping was studying to be an EMT. How amazing is that and knew what to do at the scene of the accident to save his life. That’s just phenomenal.” Jalen’s mother, Pamela Wall-Dover said.

Today, the two young men stay in contact, thankful for each other’s actions.

“It’s just crazy to me like how fast it all happened and how fast he reacted to the situation,” Williams said. “Had the roles been switched, had I let him push his own car and he had been hit, I would not have known what to do. I can tell you that for sure.”

A GoFundMe account has been created to help offset some of Williams’s medical expenses.


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