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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

Taiwanese student accused of school threat to be deported

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A Taiwanese exchange student accused of threatening to “shoot up” his high school near Philadelphia was spared additional time in prison at his sentencing Monday, but he will be deported and barred from returning to the U.S.

A federal judge Monday after nearly two hours of testimony sentenced An-Tso Sun also known as “Edward” to time served and deportation. The judge did not impose a fine. Sun had been facing up to 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine for his guilty plea to a firearms-related charge.

Sun has been in local or federal custody since March after local school authorities were alerted that Sun talked about a May 1 shooting at Monsignor Bonner and Archbishop Prendergast High School in Upper Darby, about 7 miles (11 kilometers) west of Philadelphia. The 18-year-old student called the talk a joke, but authorities found more than 1,600 rounds of ammunition, as well as weapons, in the home of his host family.

Keller previously said Sun “had no intention or plans” to commit a school shooting and many items found were what he wore to school for a Halloween costume contest.

A military-style ballistic vest, ammunition clip pouches, a high-powered crossbow and live ammunition were found in Sun’s bedroom in Lansdowne, Upper Darby Police Superintendent Michael Chitwood said. A search of his school-issued iPad indicated searches on how to buy an AK-47 or an AR-15 semi-automatic rifle, police said.

He previously pleaded guilty to state terroristic threat charges and was sentenced to four to 23 months. He was immediately paroled and remanded to federal custody to face a charge of an alien in possession of ammunition.

“The judge considered a number of factors, the fact that he was very young, and very immature, was not from this country and did not appreciate the seriousness of the threat he made,” said Assistant U.S. Attorney Sarah Wolfe from the Eastern District of Pennsylvania. “I think also the fact that he is going to be removed from this country permanently, that’s a very significant consequence of this conduct. The defendant was hoping to attend Temple University for college and that is no longer going to happen. So that is a pretty substantial consequence.”

Sun agreed to the deportation as part of a plea agreement, and his attorney Robert Keller said it could take four to six weeks for him to be deported through Immigrations and Customs Enforcement. He will be transferred to the ICE detention center in York, Pennsylvania.

Keller said Sun’s parents, Taiwanese actor and assistant film director Sun Peng and actress Di Ying, will remain in the U.S. until their son is deported.

“They’re relieved and appreciative. They feel they were dealt with very fairly by the U.S. They’re relieved and very emotional still,” Keller said.

He added, “I think the judge was right on when she indicated that she was dealing with a young man who didn’t appreciate that words matter… He is paying a dear and appropriate price and it was a lesson learned.”

Keller said Sun will live with his parents and grandmother when he returns to Taiwan and plans to attend school. He said if the incident had occurred three months earlier Sun would have been considered a juvenile.

Reports of multiple people shot near Chicago’s Mercy Hospital, police say

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(CNN) — A Chicago Police officer has been shot in an active shooter incident at Mercy Hospital, the department said Monday.

The officer is in critical condition and receiving “excellent care,” chief communications officer Anthony Guglielmi said on Twitter.

“Please send your prayers,” Guglielmi said.

There are reports of multiple victims from the incident, Guglielmi said. At least 15 medic units were sent to Mercy hospital, Chicago Fire Department Public Information Officer Larry Merritt said.

At least one offender has been shot, Guglielmi said. It was not immediately clear if by “offender” he meant a suspect or someone else.

The incident drew a heavy police presence to the hospital. Police are asking the public to avoid the area of 26th and Michigan.

Reports of multiple victims from incident at 26th and Michigan. Please avoid area. pic.twitter.com/VtDIr5b2Ok

— Anthony Guglielmi (@AJGuglielmi) November 19, 2018

Police Activity: Reports of shots fired in the vicinity of 26th and Michigan near Mercy Hospital. Avoid area. Heavy police response incoming pic.twitter.com/yHe19SN8SY

— Anthony Guglielmi (@AJGuglielmi) November 19, 2018

 

Wombat poop: Scientists have finally discovered why it’s cubed


A team of scientists claims to have unraveled one of the animal kingdom’s more peculiar mysteries: why wombat poop is cube-shaped.

The wombat, native to Australia, produces about 80 to 100 cubes of poop each night. It is known to use the dung to mark its territory, depositing piles of the stuff outside burrows and on top of rocks and logs, according to Australian Geographic.

But how the wombat produces the cubed shapes is a phenomenon that has puzzled many observers of the furry marsupial.

Researchers, led by the Georgia Institute of Technology’s Patricia Yang, said they have uncovered the digestive processes behind the mystery and presented their findings at the 71st Annual Meeting of the American Physical Society’s Division of Fluid Dynamics in Atlanta on Sunday.

The wombat’s cubed faeces is a trait that’s unique in the animal world, the researchers said, as cubes are usually created by cutting or molding.

“In the built world, cubic structures are created by extrusion or injection molding, but there are few examples of this feat in nature,” authors of the project said in the study’s abstract.

To solve the puzzle, the team examined the digestive tracts of wombats that had to be euthanized following vehicle collisions in Tasmania, Australia.

The wombat takes about two weeks to digest its food and researchers found that as faeces move into the final 8% of the intestine, it changes from a liquid-like state into solid matter. At that stage the dung takes on the shape of separated cubes measuring about two centimeters in length.

By inflating the intestine with a long balloon, the researchers found that the wombats’ intestine walls stretch unevenly, allowing for the formation of the cube shapes.

“The local strain varies from 20% at the cube’s corners to 75% at its edges,” the team said. “Thus, the intestine stretches preferentially at the walls to facilitate cube formation.”

The study’s authors said the findings could have implications beyond the natural world, by helping to provide insight into new manufacturing techniques.

Mother’s request to a stranger: If the fire traps us, take my baby and run

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Just hours after Rachelle Sanders gave birth to a healthy baby boy via C-section at a hospital in Paradise, California, she had to prepare for a harrowing choice.

Amid the November 8 evacuation from the Camp Fire, she was placed in a wheelchair and rushed to a car driven by a hospital employee named David. They attempted to flee, but the flames were flanking and sometimes in the middle of the road, and her surgery left her unable to run or even walk if the fire overtook the car.

She and David were strangers, yes, but she still made a dramatic request, should they be trapped by the flames.

“I said I want you to take the baby and run,” Sanders said.

Sanders, speaking to CNN from Chico on Monday, said that it never did come to that point. She, David and baby Lincoln ended up driving the 20 miles to safety in about nine hours on the road.

“I thought I wasn’t going to make it, for sure. I wasn’t sure any of us were going to make it. It was very, very terrifying.”

Sanders’ story is just one of the many harrowing journeys for people across Butte County, where the Camp Fire rapidly engulfed the town of Paradise, leaving more than 77 people dead and hundreds unaccounted for. Adventist Health said its hospital, Adventist Health Feather River, will likely not be back in operation for many months.

Sanders said that the combination of fire and wind created what looked like a “windstorm of fire,” and she heard explosions of propane tanks and witnessed flames across the road many times on their evacuation.

They were forced to turn around several times when the fire cut off their route. During one retreat, they drove past her home — or where her home used to be. Now, there was just a chimney. Sanders, her husband, and their three children are now left homeless.

“It was like it never existed, except for the fireplace,” she said.

Because it was so soon after her surgery, she had intravenous lines still in. David, a hospital staffer with no medical background, hung it on the rear-view mirror and was able to get it dripping again.

After hours of turnarounds, gridlock and prayers, they eventually made it to another hospital in a different city. Sanders learned that David and his wife were safe — but she never did learn much else about his family.

“Never have I had a Thanksgiving come where I have had so little and felt more thankful and blessed,” she said.

School with high rate of vaccine exemptions faces state’s biggest chickenpox outbreak in over 20 years

ASHEVILLE, N.C. – A North Carolina school is facing the biggest chickenpox outbreak since the vaccine came out more than 20 years ago, according to the Asheville Citizen Times.

With 36 infected students by Friday, the varicella virus, more commonly known as chickenpox, is quickly spreading through the Asheville Waldorf School.

The school, which  teaches Kindergarten up through 6th grade, is also among North Carolina’s top 3 schools for the state’s highest rates of religious exemptions to vaccinations.

Out of 152 students, 110 have never gotten the chickenpox vaccine. That’s about 72 percent of the student population.

While some parents consider the itchy disease to be no big deal, doctors strongly disagree.

“People don’t think it’s a serious disease, and for the majority of people it’s not. But it’s not that way for everybody,” said Jennifer Mullendore, a doctor with the Buncombe County Department of Health and Human Services, told the Citizen Times. “Two to three out of every 1,000 children infected with chickenpox required care in a hospital.

“To me, that’s not a mild disease, and if you’re the parent of one of those children, you probably don’t think so either.”

According to the Center for Disease Control, the chickenpox used to cause 10,600 hospitalizations and 100 to 150 deaths every year.

The vaccine, given in two doses, is reported to be about 90 percent effective at preventing the disease.

Even with the vaccine, it is still possible to contract the chickenpox, but those people usually experience a milder form of the disease with fewer blisters and little to no fever, the CDC reports.

David’s Bridal files for bankruptcy

David's Bridal has been buried under a mountain of debt. It hasn't helped that fewer people are tying the knot lately.

The nation's largest bridal retailer filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection on Monday. It owes between $500 million and $1 billion to creditors, according to court records.

As part of the bankruptcy, David's Bridal reached a deal with lenders to reduce the company's debt by more than $400 million. The agreement will allow David's Bridal to continue to operate its more than 300 stores.

Unlike Alfred Angelo, which shut down last year without telling soon-to-be brides, David's Bridal customers won't be affected by the bankruptcy. Wedding dresses will arrive on time and bridal appointments won't be impacted, the company said.

"While David's Bridal used to be the dominant force in bridal outfitting, it gradually became less relevant," said Neil Saunders, managing director at GlobalData Retail."David's Bridal is a classic case of a retailer with too much debt and a challenged business model."

In 2012, a private equity firm bought David's Bridal for more than $1 billion. The high level of debt the company had to take on under the deal left it little room to invest in its digital business or marketing. David's Bridal skipped an interest payment last month.

David's Bridal also got battered by changes to the wedding dress industry. The company makes most of its sales from bridal gowns and bridesmaids' dresses, but a shift to more casual weddings made the company's traditional dresses and gowns less appealing, analysts say.

Sales and traffic have both fallen at David's Bridal, according to Moody's.

Upstart competitors such Floravere, Anomalie, and Urban Outfitters' Anthropologie also undercut David's Bridal.

"Retailers like Anomalie offer a much more modern and exciting service, which allows brides to create bespoke gowns," Saunders said. "Newer entrants feel fresh and contemporary. By comparison, David's Bridal appears stuffy and old-fashioned."

David's Bridal has also been hurt by the declining marriage rate in the United States. The number of marriages per 1,000 Americans fell from 8.2 in 2000 to 6.9 in 2016, according to the most recent CDC data.

"Cohabitation in lieu of marriage is increasingly culturally accepted," Moody's analyst Raya Sokolyanska said in a research report last year. "Couples pay down student debt and other obligations and pursue careers first."

Orient man must pay $40K after federal crop insurance fraud conviction

DES MOINES, Iowa- An Orient, Iowa man convicted of crop insurance fraud has been sentenced to three years of supervised release, with four months of house arrest in addition to paying over $40,000 in fines.

Carl Jeffrey Campbell, 71, of Orient, Iowa was sentenced on November 16, 2018. Campbell pleaded guilty to the offense on July 6, 2018.

According to the DOJ, in 2014, Campbell obtained crop insurance for two farms from an insurance company that was insured by the Federal Crop Insurance Corporation, which is a government corporation.

“The Federal Crop Insurance Corporation reimburses insurance companies for the payments made to policyholders under the Federal Reinsured Crop Program”

The DOJ says, Campbell, “crop shifted”. Crop shifting occurs when a farmer underreports production in one field in order to reach the percentage of loss required to receive an insurance payout from their crop insurance policy.

Campbell “shifted” production from one farm he owned to another by reporting that several thousand bushels of grain were harvested from one farm when he knew that those bushels were actually harvested from his other farm.

According to the DOJ Campbell also hid production by not reporting to the USDA or Federal Crop Insurance Corporation several thousand bushels of corn sold in his son’s name. He then received insurance payments fraudulently.

As a result, Campbell has been sentenced to:

“Three years of supervised release, with four months of home confinement for making a false statement in connection with federal crop insurance. Campbell was ordered to pay a $5,000 fine, $100 to the Crime Victims’ Fund, and $32,440 to the United States Department of Agriculture (“USDA”) as restitution. Campbell was also ordered to serve 160 hours of community service.”

Walt Disney World ® Resort Family Vacation Sweepstakes – Official Rules

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Sponsors will conduct the Walt Disney World ® Resort Family Vacation Sweepstakes (“Sweepstakes”) substantially as described in these Official Rules (“Rules”).  Participation in the Sweepstakes constitutes entrant’s full and unconditional agreement to, and acceptance of, these Rules.   The Sweepstakes is intended for play in the United States only, is void where prohibited, and is subject to all federal, state, and local laws and regulations.  Do not participate if you are not eligible and located in the United States at the time of entry.

  1.  Eligibility:  Entrants must be legal US residents, at least 18 years old or above, as determined by WQAD News 8 and reside in the Davenport, IA – Moline, IL – Rock Island, IL Designated Market Area as defined by The Nielsen Company includes 17 counties in Iowa and Illinois.    In Illinois – Jo Daviess, Carroll, Whiteside, Bureau, Henry, Rock Island, Mercer, Knox, Henderson, Warren and Knox. In Iowa – Jackson, Clinton, Scott, Muscatine, Louisa, Des Moines, and Henry. Employees of WQAD News, The Good Feet Store, Wallace’s Garden Center, and Tribune Media Company (collectively, the “Sponsor”), employees of other television or radio stations, and members of the immediate families of such persons are not eligible to participate and win.  The term “immediate family” includes spouses, siblings, parents, children, grandparents and grandchildren, and any other person residing at the same household whether or not related.  Winning a prize is contingent upon fulfilling all requirements set forth herein.
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One finalist will be randomly selected from all eligible entries each weekday (Monday-Friday) during the contest period (11/26 – 12/14/18) at noon each day from entries collected online at WQAD.COM.  Finalists will be announced each weekday during WQAD News 8 at 5PM.  15 finalists total.

Five finalists will also be selected from entries collected at The Good Feet Store and five finalists selected from entries collected at both Wallace’s locations on or about 12/14/18.

There will be 25 finalists total.  Finalists must be able to be present at Wallace’s Garden Center (2605 Devils Glen Road, Bettendorf, IA 52722) on Friday, December 21st at 5:45 p.m. for the grand prize drawing.  One winner will be randomly selected from all eligible finalists who are present with valid ID that evening.

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  1.  Prize: One winner will receive $7000 to use towards a Walt Disney World Family vacation. Trip must be booked by 12/31/19. Travel dates are final and will not be extended.   Trips are non-transferable and cannot be exchanged for cash.   Winner must be at least 21 years old.
  2. Winner Notifications:  The Sweepstakes winners will be notified by email after 5:00 p.m. CST on the day of each finalist announcement. The five finalists from The Good Feet Store and Wallace’s Garden Center will be notified after 12:00 p.m. on Friday, December 14, 2018. Winners must have a valid email address and phone number where they can be notified.  If a winner is unreachable after 48 hours, or if that winner is unavailable for prize fulfillment, Sponsor reserves the right to select another finalist. If Sponsor cannot find an eligible winner for the prize, that prize will not be awarded.  All results are unofficial until winners are verified.
  3.  Prize Acceptance/Restrictions:  Only one (1) winner per household. Winners are subject to verification by WQAD of the winner’s name, age, address, phone number, and Social Security number (where the prize value is equal to or greater than $600.00). In order to claim his or her prize, each winner must appear in person at the business offices of WQAD News 8, located at 3003 Park 16th Street, Moline, IL.  Winners will be required to sign an Affidavit of Eligibility/Release of Liability and Publicity, and may be required to provide a completed W-9, per Section 9 below.  Failure to do so will disqualify the winner.  No entries from individuals under the age of 21 will be accepted.  If a winner is disqualified, Sponsor reserves the right to determine an alternate winner or to not award that winner’s prize at all.  Prizes cannot be redeemed for cash or substituted for any other items by any winner.  Prizes are non-assignable and non-transferrable.  Sponsor reserves the right to substitute a comparable prize of like or greater value, including cash, for any prize, for any reason.  Costs of transportation and accommodations, where applicable, and any other cost not specifically included in the prize are the sole responsibility of the winners.
  4. Publicity Release: By participating in the Sweepstakes, each entrant acknowledges that his/her entry in the Sweepstakes constitutes that entrant’s consent to use, publish, reproduce and for all purposes, including publicity, promotion and advertising, in any media (including without limitation, the Internet, television or offline promotions), each winner’s name, likeness, photograph, voice, opinions, and/or hometown and state, and any portion thereof, each extending throughout the universe and in perpetuity without further compensation, credit or right of review or approval, except where prohibited by law.
  5. Telephone and Delivery Disclaimer: Sponsor disclaims all liability for the inability of a participant to complete or continue a telephone call due to equipment malfunction, busy lines, inadvertent disconnections, acts beyond Sponsor’s control, or otherwise.  Sponsor disclaims all liability for any delays, misdelivery, loss, or failure in the delivery of any item sent by mail, courier, express, electronic transmission, or other delivery method.  Sponsor is not responsible for mechanical, technical, computer, hardware or software errors, malfunctions, or failures of any kind, including but not limited to failed, incomplete, garbled, or delayed transmission of entries, traffic congestion, viruses, sabotage, satellite failures, electrical outages, on telephone lines, on the Internet, at any website, or application or lost or unavailable network connections or natural disasters or acts of God or man, which may limit an entrant’s ability to participate in the Sweepstakes, and any injury or damage to entrant’s or any other person’s computer related to or resulting from participating in or downloading any information necessary to participate in the Sweepstakes.

ANY ATTEMPT BY AN ENTRANT TO DELIBERATELY CIRCUMVENT, DISRUPT, OR DAMAGE ORDINARY AND NORMAL OPERATION OF THIS SWEEPSTAKES, TELEPHONE SYSTEMS OR WEBSITE, OR UNDERMINE THE LEGITIMATE OPERATION OF THE SWEEPSTAKES IS A VIOLATION OF CRIMINAL AND CIVIL LAW.  SHOULD SUCH AN ATTEMPT BE MADE, SPONSOR RESERVES THE RIGHT TO SEEK DAMAGES FROM ANY SUCH INDIVIDUAL TO THE FULLEST EXTENT PERMITTED BY LAW AND TO DISQUALIFY ANY SUCH INDIVIDUAL FROM PARTICIPATION IN THE SWEEPSTAKES OR ANY OTHER SWEEPSTAKES. 

  1. Taxes: Any valuation of the prize(s) stated above is based on available information provided to WQAD News 8, and the value of any prize awarded to a winner may be reported for tax purposes as required by law.  All taxes, including federal, state, and local taxes, are the sole responsibility of the winner.  Any person winning over $600.00 in total prizes will receive a 1099 form from Sponsor at the end of the calendar year and a copy of such form should be filed with the IRS.  Each winner must provide Sponsor with valid identification, and a valid taxpayer identification number or Social Security number for total prizes valued at $600.00 or more, before any prize will be awarded.  Sponsor shall have the right, but not the obligation, to require any winner to complete and submit an IRS form W-9.  Sponsor reserves the right to withhold prizes until the completed W‑9 form is received.
  2. Conditions: Sponsor reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to cancel, terminate, modify or suspend this Sweepstakes or any portion hereof, or to disqualify any individual implicated in any of the following actions, if for any reason:  (a) infection by computer virus, bugs, tampering, unauthorized intervention, actions by entrants, fraud, technical failures, or any other causes which, in Sponsor’s sole opinion, corrupt or affect the administration, security, fairness, integrity or proper conduct of the Sweepstakes, (b) the Sweepstakes or any website associated therewith (or any portion thereof) becomes corrupted or does not allow the proper processing of entries per these Rules, (c) the Sweepstakes becomes corrupted due to interruption in wireless calling devices or wireless service for any reason, or (d) the Sweepstakes is otherwise not capable of running as planned.  By entering, entrants represent that they are eligible and agree to be bound by and comply with the Rules and the decisions of any judges, which are final on all matters pertaining to the Sweepstakes.  Any entrant who attempts to tamper with this Sweepstakes in any way or use fraudulent means to participate in and/or win the Sweepstakes shall be disqualified.  Sponsor reserves the right to disqualify any entrant at any time, for any reason, including, without limitation, language, activities or behavior deemed inappropriate. Sponsor and their advertising and promotion agencies are not responsible for cancellations, postponements, or delays.  Other than the prizes received by the winner, no entrant shall be entitled to receive any wages, benefits, fees or other compensation whatsoever as a result of participating in the Sweepstakes.  Sponsor shall have the sole discretion to administer the Sweepstakes and interpret and apply the Rules.  This Sweepstakes is not intended for gambling.  If Sponsor determines that an entrant is using the Sweepstakes for gambling purposes, such entrant may be disqualified and reported to the authorities.
  3. Indemnification/Hold Harmless: By participating, entrants agree: (a) to the Rules and decisions of Sponsor, which shall be final in all respects; (b) to release, discharge, and hold harmless WQAD News 8, Tribune Company, and their respective affiliates, parents, subsidiaries, advertising and promotion agencies, officers, directors, employees, representatives, and agents (the “Released Parties”) from all liability, injuries, losses or damages of any kind to persons, including but not limited to invasion of privacy (under appropriation, intrusion, public disclosure of private facts, false light in the public eye or other legal theory), defamation, slander, libel, violation of right of publicity, infringement of trademark, copyright, or other intellectual property rights, death or property damage resulting in whole or in part, directly or indirectly, from the acceptance, delivery, possession, misuse or use of a prize (including any travel or activity related thereto), or from participation in and/or entry into or creation of an entry for the Sweepstakes and/or the broadcast or exploitation or use of entry or any other Sweepstakes-related activity; and (c) that the Released Parties have neither made nor are in any manner responsible or liable for any warranty, representation or guaranty, expressed or implied, in fact or in law, relating to any prize. In consideration for his or her participation in the Sweepstakes, each entrant agrees to hold harmless and indemnify the Released Parties from any and all claims, demands and/or causes of action of any nature or kind whatsoever, whether presently known or unknown, foreseen or unforeseen, that arise out of the entrant’s participation in the Sweepstakes, including attorneys’ fees.
  4. Limitation of Liability: The Released Parties are not responsible or liable for: (i) any incorrect or inaccurate entry information or other errors in the printing, offering or administration of the Sweepstakes or in the announcement of the prize(s), (ii) any error, omission, interruption, defect or delay in operation or transmission at any website, or wireless calling service, interrupted or unavailable network, server or other conditions, (iii) failure of any entry to be received by Sponsor due to technical problems, telephone service problems, human error, or wireless calling service, (iv) communication line, hardware and/or software failures, malfunction of phones (including wireless phones/handsets), phone lines, other communications malfunctions, unavailable network connections, cellular equipment towers, telephone systems or wireless service, (v) damage to any computer (software or hardware) resulting from participation in the Sweepstakes, or damage to mobile phone or other PDA device, (vi) theft or destruction of, tampering with, unauthorized access to, or alteration of entries and/or entry information, (vii) entries which are late, lost, stolen, damaged, illegible, and/or unintelligible (or any combination thereof), or (viii) any change of email address, mailing address, telephone number and/or any other contact information provided by entrant.  Any expenses incurred by the entrant during the application process, including but not limited to postage, are the sole responsibility of each entrant and the Sponsor will not issue reimbursement for any expenses.

UNDER NO CIRCUMSTANCES SHALL THE RELEASED PARTIES BE LIABLE FOR INDIRECT, INCIDENTAL, CONSEQUENTIAL, SPECIAL OR EXEMPLARY DAMAGES, ATTORNEYS’ FEES, OR ANY OTHER DAMAGES. 

  1. Choice of Law/Forum: All entrants agree, by participation in the Sweepstakes, to submit to the personal jurisdiction of the courts of Illinois.  Illinois law shall govern this Sweepstakes, without regard Illinois’s choice of law rules.  The courts of Illinois shall be the exclusive forum for any dispute regarding any Rule or activity associated with the Sweepstakes.
  2. Official Rules: To request a copy of the Rules, send a self-addressed stamped envelope to WQAD News 8, located at 3003 Park 16th Street, Moline, IL by 12/14/18.  Written copies of these Rules are also available during normal business hours (Monday – Friday, between 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.) at WQAD’s business offices or online at http://www.wqad.com.
  3. Names of Winners: For a list of prize winners, send a separate, self-addressed, stamped envelope to WQAD News 8, located at 3003 Park 16th Street, Moline, IL, or appear in person at that location between normal business hours (Monday – Friday, between 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.) after 12/17/18.
  4. Compliance with Law: The conduct of the Sweepstakes is governed by the applicable laws of the United States of America, which take precedence over any rule to the contrary herein. Sponsor shall follow the applicable laws for conducting Sweepstakes.

 

  1. Rights Reserved: The content, information, data, designs and code associated with the Sweepstakes and Sweepstakes website are protected by intellectual property and other laws. Any unauthorized use of copyrighted materials, trademarks, or any other intellectual property of Sponsors.

 

NO PURCHASE NECESSARY.

 

Sponsors:
WQAD News 8, 3003 Park 16th Street, Moline, IL  61265

The Good Feet Store, 880 Middle Rd, Bettendorf, IA 52722

Wallace’s Garden Center, 2605 Devils Glen Road, Bettendorf, IA 52722 or 6227 Northwest Boulevard, Davenport, IA 52806

 

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