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By paddle or by foot, Milltown Coffee will find a way to get you inside their doors

MOLINE, Illinois-- Coffee lovers at Milltown have nothing to fear despite a dreadful flood season looming.

The normal route to Milltown on River Drive is completely covered in water closing the road at multiple points but owners want to get the word out that whether it is by car, foot or by paddle they will find a way to get you here safely.

While most of River Drive remains closed due to water other routes to Milltown do exist, you just have to look for them

"Right now if you take 34th street there’s barricades up that you can’t get down to river drive but if you take a right down the back alley it leads you to the back of our building and right into our parking lot," said co-owner, Cameron Cartee. Cartee says the path might be a little hard to find but it is an easy way to get down without dealing with water or barricades.

Once flood season started and they got a glimpse of the rising waters, owners placed maps up throughout the back of the shop so employees can direct potential customers.

Creating a plan to combat the rising waters hasn’t been easy and it is taking a toll on business.

"I’ve never seen this place as empty as it is right now it’s not like the hustle and bustle that I’m used to which is part of the reason you come to a coffee shop is like the ambiance vibe," said Sylvia Salinas.

Despite the stress of a hard flood season looming Milltown employees are still able to have some fun.

"I’m going to rent some kayaks and we’ll put em down towards the light a little bit and you can paddle on in, thinking about giving piggyback rides for people that need it on the bike trail so they’ll be ways to get here," said Cartee.

Always making it work for their regulars, one espresso shot at a time.

Western Illinois right next door has been a huge help in getting customers in the door and surrounding businesses are sending people their way too. Making sure to support local throughout the flood.

Milltown has adjusted their hours to 8-4 everyday to better suit the slower schedule.

A college student got into a car she thought was her Uber. She was found dead in a field

(CNN) — Samantha Josephson decided to call an Uber around 2 a.m. Friday after being separated from her roommates during a night out in Columbia, South Carolina, police said Saturday.

The 21-year-old University of South Carolina senior hopped into a black Chevy Impala, thinking it was her ride, Columbia Police Chief W.H. “Skip” Holbrook said during a news conference.

About 14 hours later, turkey hunters found her body in a field 90 miles from Columbia, he said.

“What we know now is that she had, in fact, summoned an Uber ride and was waiting for that Uber ride to come,” Holbrook said, citing surveillance footage. “We believe that she simply mistakenly got into this particular car thinking it was an Uber ride.”

Holbrook said he spoke with Josephson’s family prior to the press conference.

“Our hearts are broken, they’re broken. There is nothing tougher than to stand before a family and explain how a loved one was murdered,” he said. “It was gut wrenching, words really can’t describe what they’re going through.”

Nathaniel David Rowland, 24, has been arrested on charges of murder and kidnapping in connection with Josephson’s death, Holbrook said. He is being held in jail in Columbia. CNN has not determined if he has a lawyer yet.

Rowland also faces two misdemeanor charges for failing to stop on police command and for simple possession of marijuana, Columbia Police Department Public Information Officer Jennifer Timmons said.

Police are also questioning a female acquaintance of Rowland, who was in his vehicle at the time of his arrest, Timmons said.

Timmons said the acquaintance is cooperating with law enforcement and that there is no indication at this time that she was in the vehicle when Josephson got in the car. She does not face any charges from Columbia police at this time.

Chief says student’s blood found in suspect’s car

Holbrook described how the case came together quickly.

Josephson’s roommates began to worry when they hadn’t heard from her later Friday morning. Holbrook said, and they called the police around 1:30 p.m. Friday.

While Columbia police were starting their investigation, turkey hunters found a body around 4 p.m. Friday about 40 feet off a dirt road in a wooded area in Clarendon County, southeast of Columbia, Holbrook said. It was identified as Josephson’s.

Police searched for the car Josephson had gotten into and around 3 a.m. Saturday a Columbia officer saw the Impala and stopped the vehicle, Holbrook said. When the officer asked the driver to get out the car, he ran but was quickly captured, the chief said.

Investigators searched the Impala.

Blood found in the car’s passenger side and trunk was matched to Josephson’s, the chief said, and her cell phone was found in the passenger compartment. Investigators also found a container of liquid bleach, germicidal wipes and window cleaner in the vehicle, he said.

Holbrook also said the child safety locks in the Impala were activated, which would make it difficult for anyone to open the back doors from the inside.

Police haven’t said how Josephson died and have not provided much information about Rowland, except to say he used to live in Clarendon County and knew the area where the body was found.

“Our investigators and agents have a lot more work to do,” Holbrook said.

CNN reached out to Uber Saturday, but the company declined to comment. Uber’s online safety tips advise customers to check that the license plate, driver photo and driver name match what’s listed in the app before getting in the car.

‘Searching for words of wisdom and comfort’

Josephson’s father, Seymour Josephson of New Jersey, confirmed his daughter’s death Saturday on Facebook.

“It is with tremendous sadness and of a broken heart that I post this! I will miss and love my baby girl for the rest of life. Samantha is no longer with us but she will not be for gotten (sic). It is extremely hard to write this and post it but I love her with all my heart. I could continue to write about her but it kills me. I sit here and cry while looking at the picture and write this,” his post read.

Josephson was a political science major, the USC College of Arts and Sciences said on Twitter.

“Our prayers are with Samantha’s family & friends, & we join the entire Carolina Family in this time of grief,” the college’s tweet said.

USC President Harris Pastides released a statement saying “our prayers are with the family and friends of Samantha Josephson following the devastating news of her death. Times like these leave me searching for words of wisdom and comfort.”

Pastides also advised students to “look out for one another, be active bystanders. Travel in groups and stay together.”

Columbia Mayor Stephen Benjamin said “nothing mitigates the pain of the loss of a child but I have full faith & confidence in the men & women of the Columbia Police Department & SLED as they ably investigate this tragedy.”

According to the Facebook page of Josephson’s father, the family lives in Robbinsville Township, New Jersey, about 10 miles east of Trenton, CNN affiliate WACH-TV reported. Robbinsville Township also released a statement on Facebook about Josephson.

“Mayor Dave Fried, B.A. Joy Tozzi and everyone in Robbinsville Township are devastated by the news that the Josephson family of Robbinsville have lost their precious Samantha. Our thoughts, prayers, boundless grief and endless support are with Seymour, Marci and Sydney at this unimaginable time,” the statement read.

Airline issues causes delays at Quad City and Eastern Iowa airports

MOLINE, Illinois — A programming issue with several airline companies is caused delays at the Quad City International Airport and the Eastern Iowa Airport in Cedar Rapids.

The airlines experienced issues on April 1 with a flight planning weight and balance program called Aerodata, which several airlines use, according to the Federal Aviation Administration. Mainline and regional operations are impacted.

Affected airlines include Southwest, United, JetBlue, Alaska and Delta airlines.

Southwest said in a statement that it had implemented a ground stop for about 40 minutes before the technical issue was solved.

Quad City International Airport

  • Delta Air Lines – 5068 to Atlanta – 5:54 a.m. – Delayed to 6:59 a.m.
  • United Airlines – 4632 to Chicago – 6:00 a.m. – Delayed to 7:10 a.m.
  • Delta Air Lines – 7436 to Detroit – 6:30 a.m. – Delayed to 8:00 a.m.

Eastern Iowa Airport

  • Allegiant Air – 2192 to Orlando/Sanford – 7:54 a.m. – Delayed to 8:10 a.m.

This is an ongoing story and will be updated if more flights are delayed.

Grammy-nominated rapper Nipsey Hussel killed in LA shooting

Grammy-nominated rapper Nipsey Hussle was killed and two other people were wounded in a shooting outside the artist's store in the Hyde Park neighborhood of Los Angeles Sunday afternoon, authorities said.

Officers responded to reports of a shooting at a clothing store in the 3400 block of West Slauson Avenue at around 3:25 p.m., Los Angeles Police Department Lt. Chris Ramirez said.

Nipsey Hussle performs at the Warner Music Pre-Grammy Party at the NoMad Hotel on Feb. 7, 2019, in Los Angeles. (Credit: Matt Winkelmeyer/Getty Images for Warner Music)

The 33-year-old rapper was shot multiple times and transported to a nearby hospital where he was pronounced dead, the Times reported, citing unidentified law enforcement sources.

Two additional male victims were also transported to a hospital and were in stable condition, police said.

Detectives were seeking a lone suspect in connection with the shooting, Ramirez said. A detailed description was not available. Investigators continued scouring the scene for evidence, interviewing witnesses and looking for surveillance camera footage on Sunday afternoon.

The recording artist was reportedly associated with the clothing store where the shooting took place.

The rapper, who was born Ermias Asghedom, was a Los Angeles native whose debut studio album "Victory Lap" was nominated for a Grammy in 2019.

Before his nomination, the artist released several mixtapes starting in the mid-2000s, including his well-known mixtape "Crenshaw."

The artist was tied to Epic Records during the end of the 2000s, but had recently partnered with Atlantic Records for the release of "Victory Lap," which reached Number Four on the Billboard 200, according to Rolling Stone magazine.

A man at the scene of shooting who said he grew up with the rapper, said the incident came as a shock, and that he didn’t know who would want to hurt him.

“He was always doing good in the hood even before he made it in the music business,” the man said. “For him to be gunned down like this right now was just messed up.”

In a 2018 interview with the Los Angeles Times, the rapper said he grew up in "gang culture."

“We dealt with death, with murder. It was like living in a war zone, where people die on these blocks and everybody is a little bit immune to it," Nipsey Hussle  told the Times.

Just before the shooting at 2:52 p.m., the rapper tweeted, "having strong enemies is a blessing."

Having strong enemies is a blessing.

— THA GREAT (@NipseyHussle) March 31, 2019

At the scene of the shooting, police were seen closing off the area as crowds gathered behind the yellow police tape, watching on as officers investigated the area.

Reports of gunfire at the scene shortly before 10 p.m.  prompted those gathered to run for cover. There were no reports of injuries.

A host of music industry figures paid tribute to Nipsey Hussle on social media.

L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti took to Twitter Sunday to express his condolences to the rapper's family.

Los Angeles County Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas said the artist was "a father, a businessman, an entertainer, and an inspiration to many."

“As South Los Angeles’ representative on the Board of Supervisors, I urge calm and a period of reflection. Violent retaliation for this event will not be tolerated. Our communities have lost too many young men and bright futures to the scourge of gun violence," he said in a written statement. "For healing to occur, even from this terrible incident, justice must be sought through legal means, and community peace must be found."

“I am in contact with law enforcement officials who will provide all the necessary assistance, and I ask members of the public to come forward with any information related to this incident or any emerging retaliatory response," Ridley-Thomas said.

UPDATE: The suspect in the shooting is described as a male black & LAPD South Bureau Homicide is conducting an investigation to locate him and anyone else involved. You can expect the area of Slauson & Crenshaw to be impacted by streets closures & heavy traffic for several hours.

— LAPD HQ (@LAPDHQ) April 1, 2019

Tonight's homicide in South LA represents the latest loss in a troubling surge in violence. Since last Sunday 26 victims have been shot & 10 homicides—that's 36 families left picking up the pieces. We will work aggressively with our community to quell this senseless loss of life. pic.twitter.com/1fsJXCcflS

— Chief Michel Moore (@LAPDChiefMoore) April 1, 2019

Our hearts are with the loved ones of Nipsey Hussle and everyone touched by this awful tragedy. L.A. is hurt deeply each time a young life is lost to senseless gun violence. My Crisis Response Team is assisting the families coping with shock and grief.

— Mayor Eric Garcetti (@MayorOfLA) April 1, 2019

Investors are in a holding pattern- here’s why

NEW YORK--- Wall Street is putting the finishing touches on its best quarter in nearly a decade. Friday, March 29 was the last trading day of the quarter, and markets closed higher Thursday, March 28.

As CNN pointed out though Monday, March 18, it's been mostly quiet on Wall Street otherwise. As Paul La Monica wrote, it appears investors want to see a deal actually come through between the U.S. and China. 

"Investors are in a holding pattern," said Suzanne Hutchins, global investment manager for Newton Investment Management. "They are waiting for a trade deal."

Investment Advisor Mark Grywacheski went more in depth into the weakness of the global economy. He joined us for Your Money Monday, April 1, on Good Morning Quad Cities.

Your Money with Mark airs between 5 and 5:30 a.m. every Monday on Good Morning Quad Cities. To live stream our newscast, click here.  

Davenport leaders confident in flood plan as Mississippi River continues to rise

DAVENPORT, Iowa - As the Mississippi River continues to rise, Davenport Public Works crews are working 24 hours per day, seven days per week, to monitor the flood's impact to the downtown area.

On Friday, additional barriers were set up along River Drive, near Union Station and the Freight House Farmer's Market.

The extra precaution comes as the river is expected to rise from about 18.4 feet on Monday, April 1st to about 20.2 feet by the following weekend.

According to Nicole Gleason, Director of Public Works for the City of Davenport, the current  flood plan in place is the same plan designed back in 2008.

After each flood, an after-action report is built to determine where improvements to the plan can be made.

"The highest flood (the current) plan has seen is around 20.5 (feet), so we are fairly confident in what will happen at 20.5 (feet)." Gleason told News 8. "I would say beyond that, 21.5, 22 foot area, the flood protection along River Drive would likely need to be elevated."

She also admitted to some uncertainty in what could happen if record-breaking flood were to impact the area.

"There`s other impacts that we maybe don`t even know because it is so much different than it was in 1993," she said.

In early March, meteorologists with the National Weather Service said the Mississippi River could bring record-breaking floods to the Quad City area this April.

Since then, the forecast has changed, and the river is no-longer expected to break the 1993 record of 22.6 feet.

"Because North of us is seeing some day time thaw, night time freezing still, it is essentially slowing down how quickly (the water) is coming so we are hoping that the crest will stay below record now," Gleason said.

That does not mean the Quad Cities is in the clear.

Instead of a record-breaking crest, the flooding is expected to stick around for a longer period of time, according to Gleason.

Flood barriers, which need to remain up until leaders are confident the Mississippi River in Davenport stays below 18 feet for an extended period of time, could remain in place until at least April 31.

It is a protective measure that will help protect people and property.

"Hopefully, the majority of residents won`t be impacted other than their commute, but we really want everybody to be safe."

Jeff Bezos investigator: Saudi Arabia obtained private information

(CNN) — An investigator working for Jeff Bezos to find out how evidence of his extramarital relationship with Lauren Sanchez was provided to the National Enquirer now claims that Saudi Arabia had access to information before the photos and texts were leaked.

“Our investigators and several experts concluded with high confidence that the Saudis had access to Bezos’ phone, and gained private information,” Gavin de Becker wrote in an opinion article for the Daily Beast that was published Saturday. He did not offer concrete evidence supporting his allegations against the Saudi government. De Becker said that his findings have been turned over to federal officials and that he won’t share details of the investigation out of respect to those officials, adding “I intend today’s writing to be my last public statement on the matter.”

He added that it is not clear whether the National Enquirer’s parent company American Media Inc., or AMI, “was aware of the details.”

AMI responded to de Becker’s allegation in a statement to CNN Business on Sunday saying that it relied on one source, Sanchez’s brother, Michael Sanchez, for its story.

“Despite the false and unsubstantiated claims of Mr. de Becker, American Media has, and continues to, refute the unsubstantiated claims that the materials for our report were acquired with the help of anyone other than the single source who first brought them to us … there was no involvement by any other third party whatsoever.”

Saudi Arabia denies any relationship to the Bezos story, according to de Becker. Saudi Arabian officials and de Becker did not respond to CNN’s requests for comment regarding the op-ed over the weekend.

De Becker’s article raises the stakes surrounding the National Enquirer’s tabloid exposé of a romantic relationship between the billionaire Amazon CEO and Sanchez, a former anchor for Fox’s local station in Los Angeles. Bezos has implied that AMI tried to extort him to please the Saudi government — which allegedly has links to AMI and is upset with Bezos-owned Washington Post’s coverage of murdered columnist Jamal Khashoggi —or President Donald Trump. AMI says that’s not the case.

In the Daily Beast, de Becker wrote that he and his team spoke with current and former AMI executives and sources, Middle East intelligence experts, Saudi whistleblowers and dissidents, as well as current and former advisers to President Trump, among others, before reaching the conclusion.

The National Enquirer tried to “strong-arm an American citizen whom[Saudi Arabia’s] country’s leadership wanted harmed, compromised, and silenced,” according to de Becker.

Both Bezos and the Washington Post have been criticized repeatedly by the president, who has his own links to American Media.

AMI chairman David Pecker is a longtime friend of Trump’s, and the Enquirer was one of Trump’s most reliable and enthusiastic media boosters during the campaign. The publisher has admitted to making a payment of $150,000 in cooperation with members of Trump’s presidential campaign to prevent former Playboy model Karen McDougal’s claims of an affair with Trump from being made public during the 2016 race. Trump denied the affair.

Federal prosecutors ultimately struck a non-prosecution agreement with the publisher, effectively ruling out charges for AMI over its role in securing hush money from Trump’s personal lawyer Michael Cohen.

De Becker believes that the texts and photographs sent from Bezos and Lauren Sanchez were shared with the National Enquirer by Michael Sanchez.

But de Becker claims that the National Enquirer knew about the messages before approaching Sanchez. Sanchez told CNN Business that AMI was already pursuing a story about the relationship when it came to him. He added that “de Becker’s latest smoke-and-mirrors distraction ” contained “zero evidence.”

In its statement, AMI said that “the fact of the matter is, it was Michael Sanchez who tipped the National Enquirer off to the affair on Sept. 10, 2018, and over the course of four months provided all of the materials for our investigation.” The spokesperson added that Sanchez’s “continued efforts to discuss and falsely represent our reporting, and his role in it, has waived any source confidentiality.”

De Becker argues that the first source is the Saudi Arabian government. He said that the Saudi leadership wanted to harm Bezos because of the Washington Post’s coverage of Khashoggi’s death. Khashoggi, who had been critical of Saudi Arabia and Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman, was killed and dismembered in the Saudi Arabian consulate in Istanbul in the fall.

The Saudis have presented shifting stories about Khashoggi’s fate, initially denying any knowledge before arguing that a group of rogue operators, many of whom belong to bin Salman’s inner circle, were responsible for the journalist’s death. Riyadh has maintained that neither bin Salman nor King Salman knew of the operation to target Khashoggi. US officials, however, have said such a mission — including 15 men sent from Riyadh — could not have been carried out without the authorization of bin Salman.

The Washington Post has been closely covering the incident, and Bezos was the target of a pro-Saudi campaign wielded by Saudi social media usersand a Saudi journalist in the wake of Khashoggi’s death that called for a boycott against Amazon and Souq, an e-commerce site owned by Amazon.

Bezos himself called attention to the connection between AMI and Saudi Arabia in an explosive blog post he published to Medium in Februaryaccusing AMI of trying to blackmail him with proof of the affair.

In the post, Bezos noted that AMI has been investigated “for various actions they’ve taken on behalf of the Saudi Government.”

He pointed to an Associated Press story about AMI’s publication of a glossy magazine celebrating Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s visit to the United States in April 2018. AMI denied that Saudis had directed the magazine’s production or paid for it, but the AP reported that three weeks before the prince’s arrival, the media company sent a copy to the Saudi embassy, where it circulated among officials who then shared it with Washington foreign policy contacts. AMI said it didn’t share an advance copy of the report with the Saudis, AP said in their story.

De Becker also referred to the story as evidence of a connection between AMI and the Saudi government.

Saudi Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Adel al-Jubeir has in the past denied any connection between his country and AMI to CNN.

Colorado sheriff says he’s willing to go to jail rather than enforce proposed gun law

WELD COUNTY, Colo. – Weld County Sheriff Steve Reams disagrees so strongly with a gun bill making its way through the Colorado legislature that he’s willing to go to jail rather than enforce it.

“It’s a matter of doing what’s right,” he said.

He’s not the only one who feels so strongly.

The controversial “red flag” bill aims to seize guns temporarily from people who are deemed to be a threat to themselves or others.

Colorado’s state Senate passed the bill Thursday by a single vote, without any Republican support, and the bill is expected to pass the House, possibly this week. With Democratic majorities in both chambers, state Republicans have too few votes to stand in the way.

But more than half of Colorado’s 64 counties officially oppose the bill. Many have even declared themselves Second Amendment “sanctuary” counties in protest.

Failure to enforce a court order to seize a person’s guns could mean sheriffs being found in contempt. A judge could fine them indefinitely, or even send them to jail to force them to comply.

Reams said it’s a sacrifice he’d be forced to make.

What is the bill?

Colorado’s “extreme risk protection order” bill would allow a family member, a roommate, or law enforcement to petition a judge to take someone’s firearms if they are deemed to be a danger to themselves or others.

The push for legislation followed the death of Zack Parrish, the 29-year-old Douglas County deputy killed in 2017 by a man with an arsenal of weapons who authorities said had a history of bizarre behavior, including threats to police.

Parrish’s former boss, Sheriff Tony Spurlock, has been one of the most vocal advocates of the bill and said he believes it could have prevented Parrish’s death. Democratic House Majority Leader Alec Garnett, one of the bill’s primary sponsors, agrees.

The other House sponsor is Rep. Tom Sullivan, whose son, Alex, was killed in the Aurora, Colorado, movie theater shooting in 2012.

Garnett said he won’t lose any sleep if Reams or any other Colorado sheriff opts for jail time instead of enforcement of a court order.

“What I’m going to lose sleep over is, if that’s the choice that they make, and someone loses their life, someone in crisis goes on a shooting spree, [or] someone commits suicide” because a gun wasn’t taken away, he said.

What’s so controversial?

Gun rights activists, and an increasing number of law enforcement leaders, said the bill goes too far.

David Kopel, a constitutional law expert who has written extensively about gun policy in the United States, said he thinks the bill is generally a good idea but that he has serious reservations about how it is written — in part because of outside influence.

“The gun ban lobbies are getting more and more extreme and aggressive,” he said.

The bill allows a judge to order a person’s guns to be seized before the person has a chance to appear in court. The bill does require a second hearing with the gun owner present to be held within 14 days, where the owner could make a case to keep the weapons — but if the owner is unsuccessful, a judge could order the guns seized for as long as a year.

Kopel said it would be difficult to prevent a nightmare scenario in which someone misuses the law to take guns away from a person they intend to target violently.

The burden of proof is low — “preponderance of the evidence,” which is the same standard used in civil cases, and a much lower bar than the criminal standard, “beyond a reasonable doubt.”

Reams said he also worries about the potential to aggravate an already volatile person by taking their weapons.

“Going in and taking their guns and leaving the scene, I can’t see how that makes them less of a risk. It just takes one tool away,” said Reams, arguing that a person bent on hurting someone could do it with a knife or a car.

In 2018, a man near Baltimore was killed after officers showed up to seize his weapons based on a court order and “he became irate,” police said.

Garnett dismissed concerns about the bill.

“The opposition is always there. It will always be there and there’s nothing, there’s no amendments or any changes that could be made to bring the sheriff from Weld County onboard,” he said.

He’s right. Reams concedes he would still never support the bill, even with amendments.

Counties fighting back

A total of 32 counties have declared themselves Second Amendment sanctuary, or preservation, counties or passed similar resolutions. Most vow support for their sheriffs and state no resources or money will be used to enforce unconstitutional laws. Another two counties already had similar resolutions on the books, and one other has sent a letter to the legislature declaring its opposition.

Even Douglas County, where Deputy Parrish was killed, passed a similar resolution pledging that no county resources would be used in the enforcement of the red flag law, despite Sheriff Spurlock’s support for the legislation.

“We’re putting a line in the sand for what we believe right now is support [for] constitutional laws,” said Douglas County Commissioner Roger Partridge at a contentious meeting in March.

“Why would you tell a law enforcement officer they could not enforce the law because you didn’t like it? That’s craziness,” Spurlock said.

“The idea of a sanctuary county is more of a political move than it is a legal move,” said John Campbell, a law professor at the University of Denver.

Campbell said he also believes there could be civil or even criminal liability for a defiant sheriff if they refuse to seize a weapon and that person goes on to commit a crime with it.

What happens next?

The bill wouldn’t officially come into force until next year, but El Paso County is planning to launch a legal challenge as soon as it is signed into law.

In a statement, Colorado Attorney General Phil Weiser said he is “confident that when and if the time comes, all law enforcement officials will follow the rule of law.”

But Reams is steadfast.

“I’ve explained that time and time again,” he said. “I’m not bluffing.”

This woman is handwriting letters to hundreds of women battling breast cancer.

LEHI, Utah – Although “snail mail” may seem archaic, Lisa Arrington-Radulovich is bringing back handwritten letters. Her goal is to send words of encouragement to those who need it most, according to KSL.

“I just love the act of creating, and I love the fact that I am changing someone’s life,” Arrington-Radulovich said.

Her newest passion started after looking for a way to serve over the holidays. “I googled ‘volunteer work you can do from home.’ The very first hit, the very first website was GirlsLoveMail.com.”

The California-based charity asks volunteers to write anonymous letters to women battling breast cancer across the nation.

Two letters turned into three, and three into three hundred. Each letter has a unique flare and uplifting messages — words of comfort that Arrington-Radulovich said hit close to home.

“All of a sudden it dawned on me that I was writing to myself,” she said.

Lisa is in her own fight to regain her health and is currently home-bound recovering from multiple surgeries. She hopes her personal message will impact each reader.

“Every day I think, ‘Can I get through another day?’ and I do … and you can too,” she said.

Her goal is to keep serving by writing hundreds more, one line at a time.

“A small thing can be a big thing you know make a difference for someone,” Arrington-Radulovich said.

Davenport “Fish Guy” charged for illegally “noodling” a Mississippi catfish

DAVENPORT, Iowa – You may have seen the countless photo of “The Fish Guy” lugging around a 50-pound catfish in downtown Davenport after he wrangled it out of the flooded Mississippi River with his bare hands.

Catching a fish with your bare hands is called “noodling” and is illegal to do in the state of Iowa, which Peter Robinson (“The Fish Guy”) found out.

Robinson is now an internet sensation after he was photographed by multiple Davenport onlookers Thursday afternoon, who saw him carrying the hefty catfish around the downtown streets.  After the Iowa Department of Natural Resources saw the photos, they issued him a fine of $93.75 for illegally noodling a fish

“We received several tip calls, several complaints of somebody taking a catfish from the Mississippi riverfront,” says Jeff Harrison, Iowa DNR Conservation Officer for Scott County.

Luckily, for Harrison, he didn’t have to cast too wide a net to catch Robinson.

“He called me yesterday and said, “Yes, I’m the catfish guy”,” Harrison recalls.

When Robinson hears the DNR was looking for him he decided to turn himself in and met with Harrison along the riverfront Sunday morning.

“I would rather do the good thing, the right thing,” Robinson comments.

Robinson ended up walking off with the fine and a warning to obtain a fishing license within 24 hours.

“We could have written multiple citations, but that’s not who we are,” says Harrison.

The DNR says if anyone comes across a fish and you aren’t sure if it’s legal to take it, give them a call to make sure.

A rare Harry Potter book just sold for almost $100,000.

LONDON – A London auction house sold a copy of “Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone” for almost $100,000 — but before you start ransacking your bookshelf in hopes of getting a huge stack of galleons, you should know this book was pretty rare.

The book was a first edition, first impression of the novel that introduced muggles to Harry, Hermione, Ron and the rest of the Hogwarts gang in 1997.

It’s one of about 500 copies that exists, according to the Bonhams auction house, and it once belonged to J.K. Rowling’s first literary agency.

The book also has a couple of typos that make it even more unique. The word philosopher is misspelled on the back cover, and Harry’s list of required school supplies includes “1 wand” twice.

Bonhams said the book sold for $90,074 (£ 68,812), so the new owner may want to take it to Gringotts Bank for safekeeping.

“Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone” — or the Sorcerer’s Stone, as it’s known in the United States — was the first of seven novels in the series.

Last year, Rowling’s Pottermore website announced that more than 500 million Potter books have been sold in 80 different languages.

Teen shot at peace rally receives award for speaking out against violence

EUCLID, Ohio - Josiah Watts was one of 200 people attending a peace rally in 2016, but he was one of only a handful shot that night.

"Out of nowhere I saw a gun fire, two or three shots and I just ran the other way and got hit," Watts said.

Watts was shot in the back and nearly paralyzed, but he beat the odds, recovering the ability to walk on his own after months of physical therapy.

On Saturday, the 14-year-old was presented with an award for speaking out against gun violence, committing to sharing his story and using his experience to help others.

Watts was given the award during "Fight to Unite Against Gun Violence," a boxing tournament hosted by the non-profit Little Giants where "gloves up, guns down" was one of the biggest takeaway messages. Proceeds from the event will be used towards preventing gun violence.

"They just want to be a part of something a lot of times. They come from broken homes where the structure isn't there," said Calvin Love of Little Giants. "The father isn't there, so they want to be a part of something big. That's what we offer, a sense of family."

 

Family Resource Center partners with community for Sexual Assault Awareness Month

DAVENPORT, Iowa-  Almost two-thirds of sexual assaults are not reported to the police, according to the NSVRC. Family Resources of the Quad Cities wants to help raise awareness about this issue during Sexual Assault Awareness Month.

Sexual Assault Awareness Month will be observed from April 1 through April 30.

Family Resources’ Survivor Services Department is partnering with local organizations to raise awareness about sexual abuse and educate people about prevention strategies, according to a press release.

On Tuesday, April 2, Family Resources staff will be out in the community for the Day of Action. People are encouraged to wear teal to show their solidarity for survivors.

On April 3 Family Resources will set up booths throughout the community to encourage people to stand with survivors. There will be booths at Clinton Community College, St. Ambrose University, Fareway Grocery in Muscatine and Jewel Osco in Moline. At the booths people can make a pledge to “start by believing” when someone says they have been a victim of sexual abuse.

Baked Beer and Bread Company will be donating 20% of all food sales on April 3 to aid sexual assault awareness efforts at Family Resources. Other fundraisers and awareness activities can be found by clicking here.

Family Resources’ Survivor Services Department offers services throughout a six county area to survivors of domestic and sexual abuse, sex and labor trafficking, homicide, and other violent crimes.

“As community members, we must change the culture and ensure generations do not grow up thinking sexual abuse is a part of life.  Sexual abuse is never okay.  We believe you,” said Family Resources’ Director of Survivor Services, Ashley Odom.

For more information on Survivor Services, please visit www.famres.org.  For 24-hour free and confidential crisis line response, please call 866-921-3354.

Armed robber takes cash from Burlington convenience store

BURLINGTON, Iowa- A man is on the run after robbing a Burlington convenience store.

At 11:46 a.m. on March 31 a black man wearing dark clothing and a surgical mask entered the Ayerco near Sunnyside Park, police say.

The man approached the store clerk with a pistol in hand. He took an undisclosed amount of money and left the store on foot. No one was hurt during the incident.

Police are still looking for the robber.

Anyone with information about the robbery is encouraged to call the Burlington Police Department at (319) 753-8375 or Crime Stoppers at (319) 753-6835.

Drunk driver injures two in Davenport accident

DAVENPORT, Iowa- A drunk driver injured two people early in the morning outside Madison Elementary School in Davenport.

At around 2:00 a.m. on March 31st a car ran a red light on Locust and Brady Street, according to a police affidavit.

The driver, Michael Coleman of Davenport, was allegedly going 55 mph in a 25 mph zone. The When he ran the intersection he struck an SUV with four passengers

The SUV was totaled in the crash, according to the owner of the car. One woman was thrown from the SUV and a backseat passenger was severely injured.

Both victims were seriously injured and taken to Iowa City for treatment.

Police say Coleman had bloodshot eyes and smelled heavily of alcohol. A breathalyzer showed he had a blood alcohol content over the .08 legal limit.

Coleman was charged with his second OWI, reckless driving, and running red lights.

Each day almost 30 people in the United States die in drunk-driving crashes. If you are out drinking plan your way home by designating a driver or using a ride sharing service.

Officials: Half-eaten rabbits, dead birds found on Wisconsin couple’s property

SHEBOYGAN, Wis. — A Sheboygan couple is facing charges after investigators said they found multiple dead and half-eaten animals on their property.

Investigators said Jerome and Lisa Doornek’s home was filled with animal feces, trash and mold.

A criminal complaint said Sheboygan County officials were called to Jerome and Lisa Doornek’s Hermann home Nov. 6 for a report of a pony believed to be in poor condition. A deputy searched the property and found a pony that had “extremely overgrown hooves.”

The criminal complaint said Lisa was aware the hooves were too long, but she and Jerome had recently moved, so the animals had been pushed to “the back burner.”

Months later, on March 28, deputies returned to the Doornek’s property for a follow-up investigation. This time, officials said they immediately noticed the condition on the property had “deteriorated significantly.”

According to the criminal complaint, a search of the property uncovered multiple dead animals and several animals that weren’t being taken care of properly.

Officials said a pen that previously contained multiple ducks, geese, and chickens only had one or two geese and one or two chickens in it. A deputy found two dead ducks laying on top of each other in the corner of a shed. It also appeared the live chickens and geese didn’t have much food in the feeder and the water dish was frozen solid.

Inside the home, deputies said things were no better.

According to the complaint, investigators were immediately hit with the smell of animal waste, garbage and moldy food. Authorities said they found numerous animal cages and aquariums.

The criminal complaint said the cages contained approximately six to eight quails, one parrot and one parakeet. Officials said their cages were covered in bird feces, dirt and moldy food and the aquariums were full of green, moldy water.

Investigators said the home contained piles of clothes, garbage and moldy animal food.

A large white dog was found in the living room, confined to a cage not much larger than its body. Three small dogs and a larger poodle-type dog were also inside the home. All the dogs, according to the criminal complaint, had long, matted hair, long nails and were breathing heavily.

Investigators said 12 to 15 cats were found inside the home, including a mother cat with a litter of young kittens. In one room, officials located several cages with chicks inside.

In the basement, officials said the smell was even worse. The entire floor, according to the complaint, was covered in a mixture of mud and animal waste. On top of that, officials said large spots of white mold were growing. A cage was found in the corner of the basement containing “several” dead ferrets. Also in the basement, officials found approximately five to seven dead chickens.

Authorities then moved to the barn, where they located multiple cages containing rabbits. Two of the rabbits were dead, and none of the cages had food. Officials said there were several dead and partially-eaten rabbits in two of the cages. The complaint said the rabbits were running back and forth frantically and jumping against the bars of the cage like they were “desperate for food.”

Authorities, along with the  Humane Society Of Sheboygan County, found a single bag of hay in the barn and fed it to the animals. All of the animals began drinking and eating immediately. Officials said some of the rabbits drank for several minutes straight after getting water.

While authorities were searching the farm, Lisa Doornek arrived home. When officials told her she was under arrest for mistreatment of animals and they were being seized, she informed them more chicks were in her vehicle. When investigators told Jerome about some of the dead animals on his property, he replied, “I didn’t realize there were that many.”

Jerome and Lisa Doornek have both been charged with three counts of mistreatment of animals.

The couple is due in court Monday.

NASA mission finds new planet, most promising stars to support life

NASA’s planet-hunting TESS mission has only been surveying the sky since July, but it’s already making incredible discoveries.

In January, three exoplanet discoveries were connected to the initial observations from TESS. Now, data collected by TESS has located a new Saturn-size planet.

TOI (TESS Object of Interest) 197.01 is considered to be a “hot Saturn.” It’s similar in size to that planet and orbits its host star at a close distance, circling it every 14 days. This tight orbit creates a high surface temperature on the planet. The planet is described in a paper that will be published in The Astronomical Journal.

Asteroseismologists discovered the planet by studying seismic waves called starquakes in stars where the brightness appears to shift. The astronomers can determine the age of the star, as well as its mass and radius. Combining that data with other observations reveals the properties of the exoplanets that orbit these host stars.

The exoplanet is a gas giant with a radius nine times that of Earth and about 60 times the mass of Earth. The host star is 5 billion years old and slightly heavier and larger than our sun.

“This is the first bucketful of water from the fire hose of data we’re getting from TESS,” said Steve Kawaler, study co-author and Iowa State University professor of physics and astronomy, in a statement. “The thing that’s exciting is that TESS is the only game in town for a while and the data are so good that we’re planning to try to do science we hadn’t thought about. Maybe we can also look at the very faint stars — the white dwarfs — that are my first love and represent the future of our Sun and solar system.”

The Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite launched in April to take up the planet-hunting baton from the Kepler space telescope as that historic mission ended.

TESS is surveying an area in the sky that is 400 times larger than what Kepler observed, including 200,000 of the brightest nearby stars. Over the course of two years, the four wide-field cameras on board will stare at different sectors of the sky for days at a time. This will enable scientists to survey nearly the entire sky.

This week, a team of astronomers identified a list of what might be the most promising stars to support planets in the habitable zone called the TESS Habitable Zone Star Catalog, which was published in the Astrophysical Journal Letters.

The catalog includes 1,822 stars TESS could observe where planets slightly larger than Earth would exist in the habitable zone of their star. The habitable zone, called the Goldilocks Zone, is when conditions are warm enough to allow liquid water to exist on the planet’s surface. Liquid water is the foundation of life as we know it.

“Life could exist on all sorts of worlds, but the kind we know can support life is our own, so it makes sense to first look for Earth-like planets,” said Lisa Kaltenegger, lead author and member of the TESS Science team at Cornell University, in a statement. “This catalog is important for TESS because anyone working with the data wants to know around which stars we can find the closest Earth-analogs.”

And 408 stars might support planets the size of Earth that receive a similar amount of radiation that we receive from the sun.

“I have 408 new favorite stars,” Kaltenegger said. “It is amazing that I don’t have to pick just one; I now get to search hundreds of stars.”

There’s also a subset of 227 stars in the catalog where TESS can conduct a wider search for cooler Mars-like planets to provide a bigger range of worlds in the universe.

“We don’t know how many planets TESS will find around the hundreds of stars in our catalog or whether they will be habitable,” Kaltenegger said. “But the odds are in our favor. Some studies indicate that there are many rocky planets in the habitable zone of cool stars, like the ones in our catalog. We’re excited to see what worlds we’ll find.”

TESS will look for exoplanets using the transit method, observing slight dips in stars’ brightness as planets pass in front of them. Bright stars allow for easier followup study through ground- and space-based telescopes.

NASA expects TESS to allow for the cataloging of more than 1,500 exoplanets, but it has the potential to find thousands. Of these, officials anticipate, 300 will be Earth-size exoplanets or double-Earth-size super Earths. Those planets could be the best candidates for supporting life outside our solar system. Like Earth, they are small, rocky and usually within the habitable zones of their stars, meaning liquid water can exist on the surface.

TESS is considered a “bridge to the future,” finding exoplanet candidates to study in more detail.

These exoplanets will be studied so that NASA can determine the best targets for missions like the James Webb Space Telescope. That telescope, launching in 2021, would be able to characterize the details and atmospheres of exoplanets in ways scientists have not been able to do.

A couple of shower chances we’re tracking for next week

Flood warnings continue along several area rivers including the Mississippi and Rock. Crests are occurring now and will continue next week. Be prepared for road closures and detours in these areas. For more information on river levels go to https://water.weather.gov/ahps2/index.php?wfo=DVN

Strong late-March sunshine and less wind will make for a pleasant afternoon with highs back in the upper 40s.

Some high clouds will sneak in overnight and into tomorrow as some slightly warmer air pushes in from the south to start the work week.  It will be a bit breezy too, with highs on Monday in the upper 50s.

50s for highs will be common in the days to follow as I see a couple of systems that I’l be tracking.  The first is a weak wave that will be crossing the area Tuesday morning.  This could lead to a passing light shower of sprinkle for most of the area.  The next is a bit more significant.   That tracks across the area by Wednesday night into Thursday with some scattered showers.

Once this system departs we’ll slowly warm our temperatures around 60 on Friday to warmer 60s on Saturday!  That day will be your weekend’s best as showers are possible on Sunday.

Chief meteorologist James Zahara

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Gene Shipley Track Invite, Alleman Baseball

Moline holds their annual Gene Shipley Track invitational.  Moline girls finish third in the team totals. Moline wins the boys meet.

Alleman beats Rockford Boylan 4-2.  Sam Mettecheck throws a 1 hit win.  Alleman has won12 straight games.

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