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Police pursuit in Davenport following fired shots overnight Sunday

DAVENPORT, Iowa — Police entered into a chase with a vehicle after responding to fired shots early on Sunday, October 20th.

At approximately 12:36 a.m., Davenport Police responding to a call of shots fired in the 1700 block of Calvin Street. While officers were en route, dispatchers obtained a description of a suspect vehicle. Officers discovered the vehicle in the area of Central Park and Clark Street, and then pursued it once the vehicle began to flee. Officers were able to stop the car in the area of telegraph Road and Pine Street.

Two male juveniles were apprehended. The driver, a 17-year-old male was charged with several traffic violations. A search of the related areas produced one firearm and many spent cartridges. No injuries were reported, but one squad car sustained damage as a result of stopping the fleeing vehicle.

The investigation is ongoing. No further information is available at the time.

Anyone with information is encouraged to call the Davenport Police Department at 563 326-6125 or submit an
anonymous tip via the mobile app entitled “CityConnect Davenport, IA” or “CrimeReports by Motorola”.

Public, election officials may be kept in the dark on hacks

WASHINGTON (AP) — If the FBI discovers that foreign hackers have infiltrated the networks of your county election office, you may not find out about it until after voting is over. And your governor and other state officials may be kept in the dark, too.

There’s no federal law compelling state and local governments to share information when an electoral system is hacked. And a federal policy keeps details secret by shielding the identity of all cyber victims regardless of whether election systems are involved.

Election officials are in a difficult spot: If someone else’s voting system is targeted, they want to know exactly what happened so they can protect their own system. Yet when their own systems are targeted, they may be cautious about disclosing details. They must balance the need for openness with worries over undermining any criminal investigation. And they want to avoid chaos or confusion, the kind of disruption that hackers want.

The secrecy surrounding foreign hacks is not a hypothetical issue. The public still doesn’t know which Florida counties were breached by Russian agents in the 2016 election. Rick Scott, Florida’s governor in 2016 and now a U.S. senator, was not told at the time and didn’t learn most of the details until this year.

And the threat to electoral systems is real. Federal officials believe Russian agents in 2016 searched for vulnerabilities within election systems in all 50 states. And the nation’s intelligence chiefs warn that Russia and other nations remain interested in interfering in U.S. elections.

Meanwhile, experts worry the White House hasn’t highlighted the threat as President Donald Trump argues it’s OK for foreign countries to provide damaging information on his political rivals, a matter now the subject of an impeachment inquiry led by House Democrats.

In general, it’s up to electoral agencies to disclose when they’ve been hacked. That, plus the federal policy protecting the identity of cyber victims, could mean that state election officials might not be told immediately if one of their local election offices experiences a breach. In addition, the whole situation could be considered classified as part of a federal investigation.

At least two states — Colorado and Iowa — have implemented policies to compel local officials to notify the state about suspected breaches involving election systems.

“Every American in this nation deserves to have a democracy they can believe in, and when there is not good communication on cyber incidents … it does create a lack of confidence in the system,” said Colorado Secretary of State Jena Griswold. “Luckily we have been able to work around the void of federal policy that has been leaving our nation in a precarious spot.”

But Department of Homeland Security officials say privacy is needed to ensure that officials come forward and share valuable threat information, such as suspect IP addresses.

Some election officials could be hesitant about public disclosures, concerned their agencies would be portrayed in a negative light. They could opt to handle any breach alone.

That could create dangerous delays in sharing information, said Jeanette Manfra, assistant director for cybersecurity at Homeland Security’s new cyber agency.

Homeland Security acts as the middleman between the intelligence community and the states. In general, communication and coordination on election security have improved in the last two years.

“We’ve worked over the years to be able to declassify even more and to do it faster,” Manfra said. “It’s still not a perfect process.”

Due to the criminal nature of cyber breaches, law enforcement officials may seek to withhold releasing certain information long after the incident. When Florida’s current governor, Ron DeSantis, was briefed this year on the 2016 cyber breaches, he said he signed an agreement preventing him from identifying the affected counties.

The secrecy surrounding Florida helped spur bipartisan legislation that would compel reporting among federal, state and local officials and to voters potentially affected by a breach. Rep. Stephanie Murphy, a Florida Democrat, co-sponsor of the bill, said she believes voters are the victims, not the election office, and that not disclosing information about election-related breaches could undermine public confidence.

In June, a majority of Americans expressed at least some concern that voting systems are vulnerable to hackers, according to a poll from The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research.

“It’s hard for me to assess if what people are doing in response is sufficient when I don’t know the full scope of the problem,” Murphy said. “And I think that’s the same issue with voters: How can they feel comfortable or confident that this next election will be free and fair?”

Yet election officials want to ensure they have a good understanding of what happened before going public so they don’t contribute to the confusion that the hackers may be trying to achieve.

Cyber intrusions are inherently complicated, taking time to understand and contain. There is also a concern of inadvertently releasing information that could invite further compromises or undermine an investigation.

“It is important to be as transparent as possible, but as with any crime, the full details of an investigation are not discussed,” said Paul Pate, Iowa’s Republican secretary of state. “It’s a balancing act that needs to be measured on a case-by-case basis.”

In 2017, California election officials quickly disclosed the state had been notified by federal officials that its election systems were among those scanned by Russians the year before. Five days later, they had to correct the announcement after discovering the scans involved a non-election system. Secretary of State Alex Padilla, a Democrat, said it was an important lesson in making sure all the facts were there, especially considering the public is not familiar with cybersecurity terminology.

In the summer of 2016, hackers accessed Illinois’ voter registration database, and officials moved fast to shut down the system and isolate the threat. State officials knew the move wouldn’t go unnoticed and felt it was important to notify the public.

It became clear only later that Russian agents were involved, and the breach was part of an unprecedented campaign to interfere in U.S. elections.

Matt Dietrich, spokesman for the Illinois State Board of Elections, said it would be hard to imagine that any election office would try to keep something like that quiet today.

“In 2016, it was a story and then it was dealt with and then it kind of went away for a year,” Dietrich said. “That is not going to happen this time. It will be a national and a worldwide story. We all know this. We all know we are going to be under the microscope.”

Man named Tupac Shakur arrested in Tennessee for meth possession and other charges

Police in Tennessee arrested a man named Tupac A. Shakur, 40, after they say he pulled a knife on them and was found with methamphetamine.

Officers with the Johnson City Police Department, about 25 minutes from Bristol, received calls Friday about Shakur who had active warrants for his arrest from another department, according to a news release from Johnson police.

When officers arrived at the scene, they saw a car with Shakur inside. Officers attempted to arrest Shakur, but he pulled away and reached for his waistband, the release said.

Shakur then turned toward officers with a knife before officers took him down. Officers found a syringe and baggies of meth on Shakur, the release said.

Shakur was charged with aggravated assault, simple meth possession and having unlawful drug paraphernalia. He is being held at the Washington County Detention Center on a $18,000 bond. He is set to be arraigned Monday, the release said.

It was not clear Sunday whether Shakur has legal representation.

Shakur shares the same name, even the same middle initial, as the late rapper Tupac Shakur who was killed in September 1996 at age 25.

Chicago’s teacher strike heads into another week, with no end in sight. Here’s what’s at stake

(CNN) -- Marathon talks to end the Chicago teachers' strike stalled again, meaning 300,000 students are missing a third day of classes Monday.

The Chicago Teachers Union and city officials negotiated through the weekend but couldn't reach a deal. So no one knows when 25,000 educators in the country's third-biggest school district will return to school.

"These negotiations must move more swiftly so that we can get students back into school as fast as possible," Mayor Lori Lightfoot said.

"Our team has been turning around thoughtful counteroffers at a rapid pace. We are hopeful that CTU will meet that pace ... so we can bring this process to a fair and responsible end."

The union's demands echo what teachers across the country are fighting for: smaller class sizes, more support staff, higher raises and more school funding.

But the mayor and Chicago Public Schools say it's just not realistic to fund everything the union wants.

"CPS is not flush with cash," the mayor said. "The fact is there is no more money. Period."

'Tragedies waiting to happen'

Chicago teachers say they're fighting for students who often face dire challenges.

About 75% of their students qualify for free or reduced lunch. In some neighborhoods, gangs and violence permeate the streets, forcing children to grapple with grief at a very young age.

Nine of 10 majority-black schools have no librarians, and there aren't enough bilingual teachers in a district that's "nearly half Latinx," the union said.

And many schools don't have a full-time nurse.

"There (are) just tragedies waiting to happen because we don't have enough staff in our schools," nurse Dennis Kosuth told CNN affiliate WLS.

Last year, Kosuth had to split his time among six schools.

"It was impossible for me to give the kind of care that I wanted to give to my students," he said.

This year, he's working at three different schools. "But I'm still just as busy."

Hiring more social workers, counselors, nurses, bilingual teachers and librarians is just part of of the union's demands.

Teachers also want smaller class sizes, higher pay for all school employees and more teacher prep time during the school day.

More than 41,000 Chicago elementary school students are trying to learn in classes with 30 students or more, the union said. Of those, 5,290 are in classes with at least 35 students.

And from the elementary to high school levels, CTU said, some classes have more than 40 students.

A bit of progress

Chicago Public Schools has offered to steadily raise teachers' salaries to an average of $97,757 by fiscal year 2024.

"We will also ensure every school has a full-time nurse by 2024," CPS said.

It said it would also commit another 200 social workers and special education case managers for the highest-need schools over the next three years.

A veteran teacher's aide makes less than $30,000 a year and must work other jobs

CPS' latest offer would also raise the salaries of teachers' assistants, nurses and clerks every year for the next five years.

But the challenge isn't just funding those new positions -- it's finding enough quality applicants.

"Social workers, nurses, counselors, and other similar positions are hard to hire," the school district said. "The candidate pool is limited, and hiring is competitive."

Last month, the union asked for "CPS to hire more than 1,000 new employees by October 1, 2019, across several hard-to-find specialties," the school district said.

"The (union's) proposal also calls for hiring approximately 3,000 more employees over the next two years at a cost of more than $800 million. Even if CPS could realistically afford such a commitment, it would be nearly impossible to meet those hiring goals."

After lengthy negotiations Saturday, the teachers' union said both sides are getting closer to an agreement -- but sticking points remain.

"We have tentative agreements on eight different items -- two in particular, I think, are huge," CTU Vice President Stacy Davis Gates said.

"One goes with the pipeline for teachers of color," which could help reverse "the precipitous decline of black teachers," she said.

"The other one that's huge is that over the life of the contract, we effectively have a charter (school) moratorium."

While many parents have joined teachers on the picket lines, some oppose the strike.

"To me, it's a whole distraction and interruption to the school year," said Liam Boyd, the father of a fourth grader at Blaine Elementary School.

"I don't support the union. I think the school district and the city has been more fair this time and (are) trying to be more fair."

The union's president, Jesse Sharkey, said he has two children in the school district.

"We understand that a strike is a disruption to the parents of the city," Sharkey said. "It's worth a short-term disruption if that puts in place over the long-term the conditions that make education better in this city."

Help WQAD Go Red for Women This Wednesday

We want you to help us GO RED on Wednesday, October 23rd!

In celebration of the Go Red for Women Dinner (info here) taking place on Thursday, October 24th – WQAD is helping raise money for the American Heart Association’s Go Red for Women Movement.

The Go Red for Women Movement is celebrating 15 years in 2019. The initiative’s goal is to bring people together across the country to raise awareness about the #1 killer of women – heart disease.

On Wednesday, October 23rd, WQAD is holding a day-long donation drive at our station – 3003 Park 16th Street, Moline, Illinois – from 7am to 6pm. As a thank you for your gift, Jewel Food Stores is donating red carnations to each donor. We hope to see you there!

WQAD is a proud sponsor of the Go Red for Women Event every year in the Quad Cities.

Sterling police searching for summer thieves; requesting public aid

 

STERLING, Illinois — The Sterling Police Department has put out a press release asking for the public’s help in catching two people involved in a store theft last July.

The two suspects went to Marshang’s Automotive at 2530 E. Lincolnway in Sterling on July 25th and stole an undisclosed amount of tools and other items from the store. The police department’s primary concern is identifying the two thieves.

Anyone with information regarding the theft or identity of the two individuals shown are asked to call the Sterling Police Department at 815-632-6640 or Whiteside County Crimestoppers 815-625-7867.

Annual Pumpkin Dash raises money in Blue Grass

BLUE GRASS, Iowa -- Heroes, villains, monsters, and kids all had one common goal on Saturday in Blue Grass: Make it to the finish line and nab some candy.

The City of Blue Grass Park held the 9th annual Pumpkin Dash on October 19th. An entry fee of $8 got kids up to 12 years-old a spot in the race and some extra Halloween candy courtesy of local businesses and organizations. Race participants were also treated to pumpkins, hot dogs, chips, and drinks. Many came in costume, but Halloween attire was not required.

The annual event raises money to benefit Blue Grass parks and programs, as well as help send kids to YMCA camp Abe Lincoln.

Police take precautions at Rock Falls High School amid possible threat

ROCK FALLS, Illinois — Students of Rock Falls High went to class under increased protection on the morning of Monday, October 21st.

On Sunday, Rock Falls High School officials and Rock Falls Police were made aware of a series of social media posts alleging a possible threat to the school for the following day. School and police officials spent the day identifying the person(s) involved and investigating the threat.

Through the search, officials determined that the threat was not entirely credible, but decided to take precautions, just in case. Rock Falls Police officers provided extra security to the Rock Falls High campus on Monday morning.

The incident is still under investigation, but at this time, police say there is no evidence of a credible threat to student safety on Rock Falls.

$3.5 million expansion allows for speech pathology graduate program at Augustana College

ROCK ISLAND, Illinois--  A new master's degree program at Augustana College could soon be joining campus once accreditation is approved.

A new building, named Bodahl, made room for the speech-language pathology program with more classrooms and space for students and clients.

"The ability to do more innovative things in our therapy sessions and new classrooms, that's one concern that our old building, had we had limited classroom space," Allison Haskill, Director of the Center for Speech and Hearing at Augie said. "Our new one has significantly improved facilities for that."

The $3.5 million investment was spearheaded by a$500,000 anonymous donation.

"Our center serves individuals of all age groups with a variety of communication impairments," Haskill said.

"From late talking children to adults who've had a stroke to individuals who need voice therapy, so having more space and improved facilities will just allow us to continue to grow that."

The building is set to open in the spring.

Once Augie receives accreditation for the master's program, the speech and hearing department hopes to enroll students by summer of 2020.

Wikileaks founder Julian Assange loses bid to delay hearing

Demonstrators hold banners and placards calling for WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange to be freed and not extradited to the US outside Westminster Magistrates Court in London on October 21, 2019 ahead of a case management hearing in Assange’s case. – WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange was ordered Friday to make his first in-person London court appearance to determine whether he can be released from prison as he fights extradition to the United States. The 48-year-old Australian has been in custody at the high-security Belmarsh prison in southwest London since being dramatically dragged from Ecuador’s embassy in April. (Photo by DANIEL LEAL-OLIVAS/AFP via Getty Images)

LONDON (AP) — WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange appeared in a U.K. court Monday to fight extradition to the United States on espionage charges, and he lost a bid to delay proceedings so that his legal team would have more time to prepare his case.

Assange defiantly raised a fist to supporters who jammed the public gallery in Westminster Magistrates Court for a rare view of their hero. He appears to have lost weight but looked healthy, although he spoke very softly and at times seemed despondent and confused.

Assange and his legal team failed to convince District Judge Vanessa Baraitser that a delay in the already slow-moving case was justified. The full extradition is still set for a five-day hearing in late February, with brief interim hearings in November and December.

Assange hadn’t been seen in public for several months and his supporters had raised concerns about his well-being. He wore a blue sweater and a blue sports suit for the hearing, and had his silvery-gray hair slicked back.

After the judge turned down his bid for a three-month delay, Assange said in halting tones he didn’t understand the events in court.

He said the case is not “equitable” because the U.S. government has “unlimited resources” while he doesn’t have easy access to his lawyers or to documents needed to prepare his battle against extradition while he is confined to Belmarsh Prison on the outskirts of London.

“They have all the advantages,” the 48-year-old Assange said.

U.S. authorities accuse Assange of scheming with former Army intelligence analyst Chelsea Manning to break a password for a classified government computer.

Lawyer Mark Summers, representing Assange, told the judge that more time was needed to prepare Assange’s defense because the case has many facets, including the very rare use of espionage charges against a journalist, and will require a “mammoth” amount of planning and preparation

“Our case will be that this is a political attempt to signal to journalists the consequences of publishing information. It is legally unprecedented,” he said.

He also accused the U.S. of illegally spying on Assange while he was inside the Ecuadorian Embassy seeking refuge and taking other illegal actions against the WikiLeaks founder.

“The American state has been actively engaged in intruding into privileged discussions between Mr. Assange and his lawyers in the embassy, also unlawful copying of their telephones and computers (and) hooded men breaking into offices,” he said.

He did not provide evidence of these charges, which likely would be part of Assange’s defense against extradition when the full hearing is held next year.

Summers said the initial case against Assange was prepared during the administration of former President Barack Obama in 2010 but wasn’t acted on until Donald Trump assumed the presidency. He said it represents the administration’s aggressive attitude toward whistleblowers.

Summers asked for a three-month delay to the full hear but was rebuffed after lawyer James Lewis, representing the U.S., said the U.S. opposed any delay to the proceeding.

The public gallery was jammed with Assange supporters, including former London Mayor Ken Livingstone, and outside the courthouse others carried placards calling for Assange to be released. There were chants demanding he be freed.

The judge said the full hearing will be heard at Belmarsh Court, which is adjacent to the prison where Assange is being held. She said this would be easier for Assange to attend and contains more room for the media.

Assange’s lawyers said the five days wouldn’t be enough for the entire case to be heard. They are expected to ask for more time at a later date.

Former Home Secretary Sajid Javid signed an order in June allowing Assange to be extradited.

Assange claims he is a journalist entitled to First Amendment protection.

A number of media freedom groups have said the use of espionage charges against Assange represents a threat to all journalists.

11-year-old breaks Guinness World Record at IMT Des Moines Marathon

It’s not very often a world record is broken in Des Moines, especially when the record-breaker isn’t even in high school.

That’s exactly what Des Moines got at the IMT Des Moines Marathon on Sunday- and it’s five years in the making.

11-year-old Aiden Jaquez is smaller than most of the other runners at the marathon, but what he lacks for in size, he makes up for in experience.

As of Sunday morning, he’s become the youngest person to run in a half-marathon in every state.

His first marathon was five years ago. He rode in a stroller while his grandma, Kathleen Taylor, pushed him along.

He’s been running ever since.

Vietnam veteran in hospice gets to see his beloved dog one last time

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – A Vietnam veteran living out his finals days was able to see his beloved dog one last time.

Albuquerque Animal Welfare shared the emotional story along with photos on their Facebook page.

John Vincent was admitted to the Hospice Center at the Raymond G. Murphy Veterans Affairs Medical Center last week. Since he has no family in the area, he had to surrender his dog Patch to the shelter.

“John Vincent may not have much time left,” said Amy Neal, a palliative care social worker and he had only one request. “Vincent wanted to see his dog one last time,” the shelter wrote in the post.

On Friday, the shelter’s director and team members made that happen and brought Patch in to see John.

“It was such a heart warming moment! They were so happy to see each other and to say their good byes. It was an honor to make this veterans final wish come true,” they concluded.

Patch is now back at the shelter and already has an interested adopter.

 

Residents of northeast Syria city pelt departing US troops

AKCAKALE, Turkey (AP) — Angry over the U.S. withdrawal from Syria, residents of a Kurdish-dominated city pelted departing American military vehicles with potatoes Monday as they drove through.

Defense Secretary Mark Esper said U.S. troops will stay in eastern Syria to protect Kurdish-held oil fields for at least the coming weeks and he was discussing options to keep them there.

A video by the Kurdish news agency showed a convoy of armored vehicles driving through the northeastern city of Qamishli. People in the street hurled potatoes at the vehicles, shouting, "No America," and "America liar," in English.

"Like rats, America is running away," one man shouted in Arabic. Another shouted obscenities and talked of babies in Kurdish-held areas who have died in the Turkish offensive.

The scene encapsulated the Kurds' feelings of betrayal and added a new indignity to an American withdrawal that has been rushed and saw several close brushes with Turkish-backed forces.

The Kurds were stunned when President Donald Trump two weeks ago abruptly decided to pull U.S. troops out of border areas, abandoning their allied Kurdish-backed fighters ahead of Turkey's invasion. After the assault began Oct. 9, Trump ordered a general withdrawal from Syria.

At another location, near the town of Tal Tamr, a group of protesters raised banners to departing US troops late Sunday, according to an Associated Press video.

One man blocked the way of a U.S. van with a poster reading: "Thanks for US people, but Trump betrayed us."

The Kurdish-led force were the U.S.'s ally in the long and bloody fight that eventually brought down the Islamic State group's rule over northeast and eastern Syria. Abandoned by U.S. forces, the Kurds agreed to a cease-fire deal brokered by Washington that requires them to leave a section of the border, handing it over to Turkish-backed forces.The Kurds were stunned when President Trump two weeks ago pulled U.S. troops out of border areas, abandoning their allied Kurdish-backed fighters ahead of Turkey's invasion.

Esper said he is discussing an option that would keep a small residual U.S. military force to secure oil fields located in eastern Syria and continue the fight against Islamic State militants.

Speaking during a visit to Kabul, he said he has not made a final decision on that option and has not yet presented it to Trump. He underscored the importance of protecting the oil fields from IS to ensure the militants don't profit from them

He said American troops who are working with Kurdish-led forces to guard the oil fields are still in place. The withdrawal could take weeks, he said, and troops around the town of Kobani on the border with Turkey are the first leaving.

As part of the cease-fire deal, Kurdish forces on Sunday pulled back from the border town of Ras al-Ayn on Sunday, paving the way for Turkish troops deployment in the area. Under the deal, the Kurds are to withdraw from a stretch of territory 120 kilometers (75 miles) along the border and 30 kilometers (19 miles) deep. Qamishli is east of that area.

A senior Kurdish official, Redur Khalil, said Monday his forces are complying with agreement and are preparing to complete the withdrawal. He called for an international mechanism to protect Kurdish civilians who want to stay in their towns after Kurdish-led fighters leave.

Most Kurdish civilians have fled Ras al-Ayn, fearing killings or repression by Turkish-backed forces, and any still in the territory that the Kurdish fighters are leaving are likely to do the same.

Khalil said Turkey continues to violate the cease-fire, accusing its troops of shelling a village at dawn and seeking to carry out military operations. He criticized the U.S. as guarantor of the cease-fire deal, saying it has not forced Turkey to adhere to it.

On Monday, Turkey's foreign minister, Mevlut Cavusoglu, accused the Kurdish-led forces of 30 live fire violations of the four-day-old truce, including an attack that killed one Turkish soldier. He said Turkey retaliated against these attacks.

Cavusoglu renewed warnings that his country will resume its military offensive in northeast Syria if Kurdish fighters don't vacate the region before the cease-fire is set to end Tuesday evening.

"If they don't withdraw, our operation will re-start," Mevlut Cavusoglu said speaking in Istanbul. He added, however, that Kurdish fighters were complying with the deal and withdrawing.

Turkey says it wants to return Syrian refugees to the areas evacuated. A crucial meeting between Turkish and Russian leaders is expected to further address arrangements along the Syria-Turkish border.

Man sprays bear repellent during California Trump protest

SANTA MONICA, Calif. (AP) — Authorities in Southern California say a supporter of Donald Trump was arrested after spraying bear repellent on a small crowd protesting the president at the Santa Monica Pier.

Santa Monica police say pro- and anti-Trump demonstrators were shouting at each other Saturday when a scuffle broke out.

video posted online shows a man wearing a "Make America Great Again" hat circling the crowd and then unleashing a torrent of spray from a canister. Officials say nobody was seriously hurt by the repellent, which is similar to pepper sprays used by police.

The Los Angeles Times reports authorities arrested a man who could face charges including violating the terms of his parole from a previous weapons violation. His name was not released.

Investigators are trying to determine whether a second man also sprayed the crowd.

Munchie Mondays: Trader Joe’s snacks

We went on a bit of a health kick Monday, October 21. News 8's Jonathan Ketz, Angie Sharp and Storm Track 8 Meteorologist Morgan Strackbein tried a lot of snacks from Trader Joe's.

It started a couple weeks ago, when Angie and Jon had their first store experience. Angie brought some different snacks, and she, Jon and Eric tried them on the air.

The closest Trader Joe's to the Quad Cities is a little more than an hour away, in Coralville, Iowa.

So, Monday, they tried some more snacks that they missed.

The first thing they tried was something similar to the celery snack "Ants on a Log:" Peanut Butter and Peppers. The combination is actually based off the name of a fitness blog. "Peanut Butter and Peppers" takes everyday food and makes it healthier to enjoy.

That's not the only thing they tried.

They enjoyed a jar of Speculoos Cookie Butter. Trader Joe's makes a version that's similar to the original Lotus Biscoff spread, which is from Belgium.

And, it's 5 o'clock somewhere, right? The anchors popped open a bottle of Charles Shaw wine, which only costs three bucks. It used to sell for a dollar cheaper. At the time, it was called "Two-Buck Chuck."

The last thing they tried was a box of Maple Leaf Cookies, which is also a customer favorite.

They didn't get to try all the snacks, but click on the video above to see what they thought of these snacks.

Man found alive a week after car careened into wooded area near Missouri highway

KANSAS CITY, Missouri (WDAF) – A Missouri man has been found alive after vanishing nearly a week ago.

Ryan Linneman, of Lee's Summit, was taken to the hospital in critical condition after an off-road dirt biker found his car crashed in a wooded area Wednesday near Interstate 470 and Raytown Road.

"He originally thought it was just an abandoned vehicle," Sgt. Bill Mahoney with KCPD said. "When he got up on it, he saw someone inside it. He initially thought he was dead and only realized he was still alive after a couple minutes."

Lee's Summit police said the 37-year-old was last seen on Oct. 9 driving a tan, 2004 Honda Accord.

Friends and family were concerned about his well-being. Investigators said there wasn't a trace of him anywhere and there weren't any "digital breadcrumbs." No cellphone or debit/credit card activity. License plate readers didn't pick up his car.

But then around 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Linneman was found inside his car that had traveled 175 feet off the south edge of the highway, struck a sign and fell down a 50 foot decline.

"We think he was injured by the crash, and he couldn't get out of the car, couldn't really help himself." Mahoney said. "Had that dirt biker not come upon him, I don't see how anyone would have found him."

Linneman's family said he's dealing with multiple medical issues, and they're asking for privacy at this time.

Rock Island musical duo coming home to perform at Rust Belt

EAST MOLINE, Illinois-- Two brothers from Sherrard are performing a homecoming show after moving to Nashville, Tennessee.

The Cerny Brothers are playing at the Rust Belt on Saturday, Nov. 2. The concert starts at 7 p.m.

Robert and Scott Cerny were raised in Sherrard, Illinois and went to college in Los Angeles. Pursuing their music career, they eventually moved to Nashville, performing in bars, living rooms and theaters.

They recently signed a contract with Cleveland International Records and have released several albums and singles over the years.

Tickets are available for the Cerny Brothers' concert next week. They're $15.

The Score Sunday – Mediapolis VB, Morrison FB, Jake Meeske, FCA

This week on The Score Sunday we talk with the 39-1 Mediapolis Volleyball Team.  The Bullettes are ranked 2nd in the State in Class 1A as they get ready for post season.  Morrison Football is off to an 8-0 start and ranked 4th in Class 4A.  Jake Meeske from East Moline is ready for his final year at St. Ambrose.  The FCA story of the week features Tevin Baker from Wethersfield H.S. who is leaving a lasting legacy.

Two Buffalo churches hit by vandals Saturday night, suspects unknown

BUFFALO, Iowa -- Two churches almost next door to each other were the subject of destruction when vandals reportedly broke into them Overnight on Sunday, October 20th.

St. Peter Catholic Church and Cavalry Lutheran church, only two doors apart, both sustained heavy damage, such as shattered glass, toppled statues, broken electronics, and destroyed tabernacles.

Jim Matthys, a parish member and finance council president of St. Peter's, says the vandals likely came in through a window just above an air conditioning unit, when they likely received cuts that are the probable source of blood stains found in the church. He also says St. Peters is not missing any valuables, but estimates that the damage could cost up to $40,000.

St. Peter's Sunday mass was moved to sister parish St. Alphonsus In Davenport, where the community expressed support for the small parish. "We were at mass this morning at St. Alphonso, and the priest and also the bishop of the diocese was there, he said we`re going to pray for these people because obviously that`s the only thing we can do to help them," says Matthys.

Police are investigating the incident.

Tracking storms and gusty winds for Monday

A strong storm system is cranking up this evening over Nebraska and the Dakotas that will bring rain, a few thunderstorms, and strong winds to the Quad Cities on Monday.

The area of low pressure will pass to our north meaning we'll be on the warmer side of the system with rain and a few thunderstorms overspreading the region after midnight Monday morning. Any severe storms will remain south of the area, but some heavy downpours will be likely. We'll see a couple waves of rain, with the heaviest being during the morning hours before a few showers takeover for the early afternoon. All rainfall will end by the evening hours with mostly cloudy skies expected for the evening as the winds continue to increase.

We'll see a few breaks in the clouds by mid-afternoon before another round of clouds and more robust wind gusts move into the region. Winds will begin gusting close to 40 MPH by Monday evening with higher gusts likely into the early morning hours of Tuesday. These strong winds will last through much of the day Tuesday before diminishing Tuesday night. If Tuesday is your trash day, make sure that garbage tote is weighed down!

Total rainfall amounts will average around half an inch to three-quarters of an inch total by Monday evening. Some localized one-inch amounts will be possible, especially east of the Mississippi River.

Behind this storm system, we will see briefly cooler conditions for Tuesday with highs returning to the 50s. A weaker system will pass by on Wednesday into Thursday bringing us a brief period of warmer conditions before we cool down by the end of the week.

Overall the pattern looks like it will be locked into cooler temperatures as we head into the Halloween Holiday and even right into early November. Average highs this time of year range from the upper 50s to lower 60s for reference.

Meteorologist Andrew Stutzke

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