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Water main break leaves dozens of Carbon Cliff homes without water

CARBON CLIFF- 35 homes are without water in Carbon Cliff after a water main break.

According to the city, water to Cliff Court and Cliff Drive has been shut off due to a water main break.

Around 35 homes are affected.

They say crews will be working overnight to repair the main, but don’t yet have an estimation as to when it will be repaired.

Camanche’s Crigger has sights set on ultimate goal

Camanche's Baylor Crigger recently earned his 150th career win.  But the Camanche senior has his eyes on a much bigger prize.  After 2 setbacks in the 2 straight years, Crigger wants his shot at a state title.  Crigger would also love to out do his dad, who took 2nd at State when he was young.

Brewer back with Rock, making impact from bench

Shavonne Brewer grew up a Rock so returning to her alma mater was a no brainer.  When Henry Hall was named Rock Island's head coach last spring Brewer was the 1st call he made.  Now an assistant coach, Brewer is back to making a big impact on her Lady Rocks.

Moline City Administrator leaving position “effective immediately”

MOLINE, Illinois- City Administrator Doug Maxeiner announced he will be leaving the employment of the City effective immediately.

Tuesday, January 22, City Administrator Doug Maxeiner announced that he was resigning.

According to the city, the decision was mutually agreed upon by the Moline City Council and Mr. Maxeiner.

Maxeiner was appointed as Moline’s City Administrator in May of 2017. Before working in  Moline, he worked as the village administrator in Wauconda, Illinois.

The Mayor announced that Moline Public Works Director J.D. Schulte will serve as the Interim City Administrator until a new administrator is hired.

Illinois’ Underwood impressed with Wieskamp from the start

Illinois' Brad Underwood had heard how good of a shooter Joe Wieskamp was.  Before Sunday's game the Illini head coach wanted to see first hand so he went out to watch warm ups.  The Iowa freshman hit 19 shots in a row in front of Underwood in warm ups and then hit all 8 of his shots in the game, scoring 24 points.  The later earned Wieskamp the B1G Freshman of the week honor.

Quad City boxing ready for big night

It's expected to be the biggest pro boxing event in the Quad Cities in over 20 years.  Destiny Live invades the Rhythm City Casino in less than 2 weeks.    It's a locally loaded pro boxing card with the main event featuring "Stunning" Stephen Edwards defending his Iowa State Middle Weight title against 16-3 Limberth Ponce.

Mother says 10-year-old who committed suicide was bullied over colostomy bag

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – A Kentucky mother says her 10-year-old son was bullied relentlessly at school before he took his own life over the weekend, according to WAVE.

Tami Charles said her son, Seven Bridges, was tormented over the colostomy bag he used after undergoing numerous surgeries that failed to completely repair a medical defect. Bullies reportedly targeted him over the smell from the device.

"Twenty-six surgeries from the day my son was born. Twenty-six surgeries," Tami Charles told WHAS. "He just wanted to be normal, that's all."

Charles said she came home from the grocery store Saturday morning to find Seven Bridges dead of an apparent suicide.

She said the fifth-grader loved to dress up as a superhero, but she always worried that his smile hid a deep sadness.

Tami and Donnie Charles told WDRB that they are considering legal action against Jefferson County Public Schools, saying that their son was routinely bullied at school and on the bus – including one instance when another student allegedly called Seven Bridges a racial slur and choked him until he nearly lost consciousness.

Communications Director Renee Murphy said the school district will conduct a "full investigation" into past complaints and added that "our hearts are breaking for this family."

Charles said Seven Bridges was already signed up to change schools the next year.

"We would talk to him about having new friends and a new start," she told WAVE. "He just had to get to the end of the year."

A GoFundMe page has been created to help pay for the boy's funeral.
If you or someone you know may be struggling with suicidal thoughts, you can call the U.S. National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 800-273-TALK (8255) any time day or night, or chat online.

Crisis Text Line also provides free, 24/7, confidential support via text message to people in crisis when they dial 741741.

Burlington teen accused of murder

BURLINGTON, Iowa- An 18-year-old will be facing murder charges after a stabbing lead to the death of a 23-year-old woman.

On Tuesday, January 22, around 2:19 p.m. the Burlington Police Department responded to the 1300-block of South Garfield Street.

Police say when they arrived they found a 23-year-old female victim who had been stabbed.

The 23-year-old was rushed to a local hospital where she was later pronounced dead.

"The name of the victim is not being released until the next of kin have been notified."

Kaylee Jane Wilson, 18,  of Burlington has been taken into custody and charged with Murder in the 2nd Degree.

Wilson is being held at the Des Moines County Correctional Center on no bond while she waits to see a judge.

Wilson is charged with murder 2nd degree, a class B felony.

Scott County Jail sees record number of inmates

DAVENPORT, Iowa — The number of inmates in the care of the Scott County Jail has hit a record and it’s putting a strain on deputies working the cell blocks and the streets.

“Our jail number today hit 369, which is the highest number I have ever seen in our jails,” Sheriff Time Lane told WQAD News 8,  adding that the jail averaged 300 inmates a day last year.

He is now asking the Scott County Board of Supervisors for 10 additional officers: Five correctional officers, three deputies for patrol, 1 deputy  for investigations.

The Sheriff’s Office is also asking for a sex offender registry specialist. That position is currently filled but temporary and the sheriff hopes to make it a permanent one.

At the jail, inmates milled around in orange jumpsuits in the intake unit.

The facility has capacity for 363 inmates, but some inmates, such as opposing gang members, juveniles tried as adults, or those tried in the same criminal case, must be kept separate.

Those dealing with mental health issues are housed in the jail’s special management unit.

“It’s very stressful,” says Major Bryce Schmidt, who oversees the jail.

” For example our special management unit, just two to three inmates can wear those officers down pretty thin. They’re in there for 12 hours a day, the officers are. That’s why we would like to put a second officer on there, just to have a break or handle those duties.”

Sheriff Lane hopes the additional full-time staff will alleviate the strain and cut down on overtime and turnover.

“They’re finding not enough fellow employees to support them in their job. Combined with overtime, it’s truly running them out the door.”

The training time for a correctional officer is three months. Sheriff Lane says that his office spends $375,000 a year in overtime at the jail alone. He wants that money to go towards full time employees instead.

The request for 10 additional employees for fiscal year 2020 translates to about $817,126. Scott County supervisors are mulling a tax increase to pay for additional requests from various departments and an anticipated revenue shortfall.

Sheriff Lane concedes supervisors will have to make a tough decision: “Of course nobody wants to vote for a tax increase, and for every employee that works for Scott County, that adds to the tax levy.”

But says he thinks he can keep costs well below the request by cutting overtime at the jail and putting them on patrol.

Scott County currently ranks at the bottom in Iowa in the ratio of sworn officers per county residents.

“We all know our crime rate has gone up in last few years, particularly with stolen cars. We’ve also noticed that the violent crime rate has gone up. "

"It would make perfect sense that we add sheriffs to the street," he said.

 

 

2019 JEFFERSON AWARDS: Davenport Yo-Yo Runner Makes Difference By Giving Food For Thought

No item describes his life better than a yoyo.

“For a good 10 or 15 years I was out on the streets just being a plague to society,” said Scott Searle, who is known as the “Yo-Yo Man” because he runs while yoyoing.

Today, he is bouncing back, but right after high school, Scott struggled with alcoholism.

“I’ve been in comas, seizures, hospitals, jails,” he explained. “I got a membership to the YMCA just so my parents would take me downtown and I would walk in the door of the YMCA and I’d walk out the back door and go to the bars.”

One day though, he stayed and decided to jump on a treadmill.

“That next morning I woke up and said – ‘Whoa, I’m sober,'” said Scott. “That doesn’t happen unless I’m in jail, rehab, anything like that. I need to be back at the Y again and so I went back to the Y and I did that daily, sometimes two or three times a day. It was kind of my alcoholics anonymous meeting – my program was the exercise.”

“It changed my life. Running actually saved my life. In fact, running is how Food for Thought came about.”

On a cold day in January 2016, Scott’s run took him right by a homeless man:

“I saw this gentleman in flip flops and some khaki pants and a light jacket with frost all over his face and a bottle of vodka and I thought to myself – ‘I am so blessed to be able to have come out of my addiction. What can I do today?'”

So, he cooked up a pot of chili and went to King’s Harvest Ministries in Davenport, where he served the homeless from a card table set up in the parking lot. That one meal became a monthly meal where volunteers come together to feed people in need.

“It made me realize that people actually have it worse than I do,” said Mary Sweetland, who decided to nominate Scott for the Jefferson Awards, a foundation that celebrates public service and the people in our communities who are changing lives. “That there are people out there who are really struggling and he makes such an impact on so many people and so many people who come through the lines every month – just to see Scott’s smile and just to tell him thank you because without them they wouldn’t have that meal.”

What’s more – Scott runs to where the people are to tell them about the meal, since many don’t have access to the internet or social media. He is a running advertisement as he tapes informational fliers on the doors of shelters, bus stations, and libraries. And he does it all with a yoyo in his hand.

“The yo-yo a lot is for me, but it’s kind of a lot more for other people,” explained Scott.

It causes people to look twice and that’s exactly what Scott wants and needs to help the people who are normally ignored and to help keep him accountable.

“You just never know when you’re going to be in that situation because it doesn’t discriminate.”

Life is full of ups and down, but Scott is now 10 years sober and on a road to redemption. “Give For Good” is a slogan of the Jefferson Awards Foundation and Scott, now a 2019 Jefferson Awards Nominee, is a result of how one person can make a difference.

“People say rock bottom is this or that well no – rock bottom is when you’re six feet under in a grave. because you can always change and you can always do better,” concluded Scott.

To learn more about Food For Thought, click here.

To learn more about the Jefferson Awards Foundation, click here.

Every Tuesday in January and February, WQAD News 8 is introducing you to our 2019 Jefferson Awards Nominees. Then, in April, we will announce our Jefferson Awards Finalist. That person gets to attend the National Jefferson Awards Ceremony in Washington, D.C. this June and meet other Jefferson Awards Finalists from across the country.

The Jefferson Awards are sponsored locally by Genesis Health System and Budget Blinds.

To see who was nominated in all four previous seasons of the Jefferson Awards on WQAD News 8, click here.

Krispy Kreme is giving away free doughnuts until January 27

If you want some free doughnuts, you’re in luck.

Krispy Kreme is giving away a free original glazed dozen with the purchase of any dozen.

In order to be eligible for the Winston-Salem-based company’s promotion, customers will need to sign up for the Krispy Kreme rewards program.

Want a FREE Original Glazed dozen with the purchase of any dozen? Sign up for Rewards today! https://t.co/kDGxQ6UJtJ pic.twitter.com/ZZNaCqTE96

— Krispy Kreme (@krispykreme) January 14, 2019

The promotion runs until Jan. 27, as does Krispy Kreme’s limited offer of their Chocolate Glaze Collection.

The all-chocolate versions of their beloved doughnuts include chocolate glazed cake batter, chocolate glazed raspberry filled, double chocolate glazed kreme filled and chocolate glazed Oreo cookies & kreme.

For those trying to stick to a New Year’s Resolution, Krispy Kreme promises that “some indulgences provides a break from normal dieting without sabotaging your results.”

Iowa Sen. Ernst says she turned down Trump during VP search

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — Sen. Joni Ernst says she turned down President Donald Trump after interviewing to be his running mate, according to a court filing that describes an “extremely painful journey” that led to her divorce from a man she alleges was abusive.

Ernst, a Republican from Iowa, wrote in an affidavit for her divorce proceeding that after Trump interviewed her in 2016 to be his vice president, “I turned Candidate Trump down, knowing it wasn’t the right thing for me or my family.” The filing doesn’t explicitly say whether Trump asked her to join the ticket.

Trump interviewed Ernst at his golf club in Bedminster, New Jersey, in July 2016 as he was considering potential running mates. Ernst told reporters later that she made clear she was interested in continuing to serve Iowa in the Senate, to which she was elected in 2014 after serving as a state senator and county official. Trump eventually chose Indiana Gov. Mike Pence, who is now vice president.

Ernst’s office, the White House and the Trump campaign didn’t immediately respond to requests for comment.

Ernst called her withdrawal from consideration a sacrifice for the good of the relationship with her husband Gail, a retired Army Airborne Ranger who she said wasn’t supportive of her fast-rising political career.

“I continued to make sacrifices and not soar higher out of concern for Gail and our family,” Ernst wrote in the affidavit in October. “Meanwhile, he hated any successes I had, and would belittle me and get angary any time I achieved a goal.”

The filing and several others were made public earlier this month, in accordance with court rules for Iowa family law cases, after Joni and Gail Ernst settled their previously contentious divorce. The couple had been married 26 years and have one adult daughter together.

A lawyer for Joni Ernst filed an emergency motion Monday seeking to seal some of the files after their existence was first reported by Cityview, a Des Moines alternative newspaper. A judge granted the request on Tuesday, which means the public can no longer access the affidavit.

Ernst filed the affidavit in asking the court to reject Gail Ernst’s request that she be required to make monthly alimony payments. She said that she had supported Gail Ernst during his military career, in which they moved several times before settling in Ernst’s hometown of Red Oak, Iowa, but that he hadn’t returned the favor when she entered politics.

“Although Gail seems to think he can live off my salary for the rest of his life, he is doing everything he can to destroy me and ruin my chances for re-election, which would end the gravy train he apparently plans to ride,” she wrote.

Ernst, 48, recently indicated that she will run for a second six-year Senate term in 2020. She alleged that her husband promised to divorce her if she did so — an allegation he denied.

Gail Ernst, 65, filed for divorce in August. In requesting alimony, he noted that he was retired and partially disabled from his military service, saying that his “standard of living” shouldn’t suffer from the split. Joni Ernst’s $174,000 salary as a senator was the couple’s primary income.

The settlement, signed in December and accepted by a judge earlier this month, doesn’t require either side to pay alimony. It granted Joni Ernst the couple’s condominium in Washington, D.C., and Gail Ernst their home in Red Oak.

Before the agreement, both parties made explosive allegations against each other.

Joni Ernst alleged that Gail Ernst had physically abused her following an argument while she was serving as Montgomery County auditor in the 2000s. She wrote that she told the county’s victim advocate, who suggested she seek medical treatment for her throat and head. But she said she was embarrassed and humiliated and kept the abuse quiet, even during marriage counseling sessions.

Ernst said that she was devastated after discovering email messages between her husband and another woman last summer.

“I started a downward spiral of not sleeping and eating and I rapidly lost 17 pounds about 13 percent of my body weight. My staff had to cancel two days of my appointments because I couldn’t function,” she wrote.

Gail Ernst said that he never had an affair and alleges in one filing that she was the one who was unfaithful. He accused Joni Ernst of exhibiting “very bizarre behavior” after he requested divorce, including accessing his email account and sending messages under his name.

A phone number for Gail Ernst was disconnected. His lawyer, Ivan Miller, declined an interview request through an aide.

Man killed in McDonough County crash

BUSHNELL, Illinois — One person was killed and several others were injured when a pickup collided with a van on Illinois Route 41.

The crash happened Tuesday, January 22 around 10:15 a.m., according to a statement from the Illinois State Police.  A 1998 Ford F-150 pickup was headed southbound when the driver lost control on an icy road, crossed the center line and collided with a 2003 Ford Econoline van, which was headed northbound.

Police said both the driver and passenger of the pickup were thrown in the crash. The passenger, 86-year-old Ray Etter from Bushnell was pronounced dead at the scene.

The driver of the pickup and everyone in the van sustained serious injuries, police said.  The van driver was airlifted to a Peoria hospital; everyone else was taken to another hospital in the area.

The pickup driver was cited for failure to reduce speed to avoid an accident, improper lane usage, and failure to wear a seatbelt, according to police. The passenger who died at the scene was also not wearing a seatbelt.

Judge strikes down Iowa’s restrictive ‘fetal heartbeat’ abortion law, says it violates state constitution.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Judge strikes down Iowa's restrictive 'fetal heartbeat' abortion law, says it violates the state constitution.

Previously:

The law was originally signed by Gov. Kim Reynolds on May 4, a day after it passed in the Republican-run Legislature. It would prohibit most abortions in the state once a fetal heartbeat is detected, which many medical professionals say is around six weeks of pregnancy. The law is considered one of the strictest abortion measures in the nation.

Although written to go into effect July 1, the legal challenge by abortion providers including Planned Parenthood and the Emma Goldman Clinic halted its implementation.

The providers and the American Civil Liberties Union of Iowa argued in court Friday that the law is "blatantly unconstitutional under clear Iowa law" and Judge Michael Huppert should order the matter settled without a trial in what is called a summary judgment.

Planned Parenthood attorney Alice Clapman said courts in several states that recognize abortion as a fundamental right — North Dakota, Arkansas and Mississippi included — have dismissed similar abortion bans before trial.

"You cannot recognize this right is fundamental and recognize how important it is to have that freedom and then allow the state to come in and ban it," Clapman said.

The Iowa Supreme Court in June struck down an earlier law that required a 72-hour waiting period for women seeking an abortion, ruling that the restriction was unconstitutional and that "autonomy and dominion over one's body go to the very heart of what it means to be free."

The court concluded that a woman's right to abortion is fundamental and the state may not restrict that right unless it can demonstrate that the restriction is narrowly tailored to a compelling state interest.

Attorney Martin Cannon argued for the state that the bill is extremely narrow in focus by saying a beating heart signifies life in a fetus and that human life must be protected once an abdominal ultrasound identifies a beating heart.

"Our position is an unborn child with a heartbeat is just as alive on the way into life as a person with a heartbeat is still alive when they're nearing death. The heartbeat is the defining thing whichever direction you're crossing the threshold from," Cannon said.

He contends the bill does not prevent an abortion, it just pushes women to do it sooner in the pregnancy. He argued there are too many disputed issues to be heard at trial and the judge should not end the lawsuit.

Clinton woman out $112,000 after looking for love online

CLINTON, Iowa-- A Clinton woman is out more than $100,000 because she fell in love. Police say she fell for a man online, and that man took almost everything she had.

You might think this could never happen to you or anyone you know. Police say don't be so sure. Police say the "romance scam" is one of the costliest scams out there.

"We just started emailing back and forth, and then it went to texting. Then after some time, I fell for him."

It didn't take long for an online dating profile to turn into love for a Clinton woman. For the purposes of this story, we'll call her Linda.

"[It felt] good that someone was out there for me, that I could find somebody," says Linda.

Without ever meeting in person, Linda went all in with her heart and her wallet.

"It was a factory he was building, and I believed him," says Linda.

The mystery man, supposedly named Mark, told Linda he needed money for this lucrative project, promising to pay Linda back with double the money she gave him.

The first check she wrote was money out of her retirement savings, $48,000. And it didn't stop there.

"I did several charge cards I had, and I maxed them out. He always liked good clothes, good quality clothes," says Linda.

They were separate charges to places like Best Buy, Von Maur, Verison and Federal Express landing Linda a grand total of $112,513.

After this went on for a year, Linda enlisted help from law enforcement who did some digging on her beloved Mark.

"Anybody who asks for money, it's always going to be a scam. No exceptions," says the head of Clinton County's Seniors vs. Crime unit Randy Meier.

Meier wanted to find out exactly who "Mark" really was.

"He responded by producing a passport. It looks really good, but it's fake. We know they're based in West Africa. We know the money went to Ghana or other west African countries in that vicinity. Other than that, it's difficult to identify the person," says Meier.

Broken-hearted, and just flat out broke, Linda has filed for bankruptcy.

"I just don't want anyone else to get in this situation," says Linda.

Not only is Linda a victim of the romance scam, Meier says if she sends "Mark" any more money or merchandise, she could go to federal prison for money laundering. Linda says she will never send "Mark" another penny.

Her love story is now a story of lies serving as a warning for others.

"Why are you doing this to people? You're wrecking their lives, you're wrecking their lives big time," says Linda.

Meier says the number one way to know if you're falling victim to a romance scam is if the person you are connecting with online asks you to send money. He says the people will be persistent, be hesitant to talk on the phone, and they will tell you anything and everything to get you to send money or merchandise. He says the best thing you can do if you're already in a scam is to stop sending things immediately and to contact police.

Here’s the #1 Valentine’s candy in each state, and why you’ll see less sweethearts

Ever wondered what to get on Valentine’s day? check the map below to see what every state likes most…

Valentine’s Day Candy sales are expected to exceed $1.8 Billion this year. Last year, the National Retail Federation predicted a decline in Valentine’s Day spending EXCEPT for the candy. Using sales data from the past 11 years  CandyStore.com has compiled sales data to determine the most popular Valentine’s Day candy.

 

Conversation hearts have always been a Valentine’s day staple. But those heart-shaped boxes of chocolate were more popular. That changed last year when conversation hearts finally became more popular than the heart-boxed chocolate.

Cupid corn (Candy corn) didn’t do as well.

This is a total reversal from the Christmas season where candy corn and its seasonal variants saw increased sales.

 

 

The ever-popular M&M’s did not claim any new #1 spots for any states, it did claim 3 more #2 spots and 5 more #3 spots.

Conversation hearts candies are the most popular candy for Valentine’s Day season. But if you’re a fan there’s bad news.

“Sweethearts were made by the New England Confectionery Company. Necco, for short. And despite the Great Necco Wafer Panic of 2018, the company was not able to be saved. Necco is dead, and so are SweetHearts for now.”

Candystore.com estimates that over 80% of the conversation hearts purchased are SweetHearts brand. So expect to see WAY less of them this year…

“Last year, based on the number of pounds sold, conversation hearts were the new #1 Valentine’s candy in America. Heart-shaped boxes of chocolates had been overtaken after a slow and steady rise of the little sugar hearts with cute sayings on them.”

In 2018, Necco announced they needed to sell the company, on July 24, 2018, the factory was shut down. Factory workers were told not to show up to work the next day.

To give you an idea of why that matters check the fast facts below.

 

What Candy will you be buying this Valentine’s day? Better make the right choice…

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