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Woman kills 3 at Rite Aid distribution center in Maryland, officials say

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(CNN) —  A woman killed three people at a drugstore distribution center Thursday in Harford County, Maryland, before shooting herself twice, officials said.

A law enforcement official who had been briefed on the incident provided the casualty toll for CNN. The fate of the shooter was not clear.

The shooting occurred at a Rite Aid support facility about 30 miles northeast of Baltimore.

“What I understand is the location is secure,” said Rite Aid spokeswoman Susan Henderson. Roughly 1,000 employees work there.

“The distribution center is where products are received and processed for delivery,” she said. “The shooting happened adjacent to the primary building.”

Colleen Hendrickson, who lives and works in the area, said she was waiting on the bus when someone told her there had been a shooting nearby.

“I, of course, thought it was far off or, that’s like down the road or something, right?” she told CNN affiliate WJZ. “No, it’s right outside. It’s right on the doorstep.”

She saw emergency vehicles, including ambulances, and helicopters, which were out of place for the “sleepy” part of the county, she said. The area is home to many warehouses and plants, some belonging to major brands, including makeup and bleach companies.

“It’s really just usually very calm, and this is the most chaotic I’ve ever seen it,” she told the station. “It’s very scary when it’s just right there on your doorstep because you can see a billion news reports about shooters, about emergency instances, and it still doesn’t make it real to you.”

People were being asked to avoid the area just outside the city of Perryman. Homes, churches and a cemetery are in the vicinity. Railroad tracks run alongside a business park.

Based on what we know, thus was a lone suspect. The suspect is in custody and in critical condition at the hospital

— Harford Sheriff (@Harford_Sheriff) September 20, 2018

We do not believe there is any further threat to the community

— Harford Sheriff (@Harford_Sheriff) September 20, 2018

Third mass shooting in a day’s time

Deputies were dispatched at 9:09 a.m. ET, the sheriff’s office tweeted.

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives sent agents from Baltimore. The FBI’s Baltimore office is also assisting.

“We are closely monitoring the horrific shooting,” Gov. Larry Hogan tweeted. “Our prayers are with all those impacted, including our first responders. The state stands ready to offer any support.”

This marks the third mass shooting in the country in the span of a day. A shooting at an office complex in Middleton, Wisconsin left three people injured Wednesday, and a gunman injured four people at the Masontown Borough Municipal Center in Pennsylvania later in the day.

Police killed the shooters in both Wednesday incidents.

One E. coli death reported in recall of 132,606 pounds of ground beef

One death and 17 illnesses were identified before a nationwide recall of potentially E. coli-contaminated ground beef by Cargill Meat Solutions, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

The death and illnesses happened from July 5 to July 25. The ground beef products were produced and packaged on June 21.

As a result, on Sept. 19, Cargill Meat Solutions announced a nationwide recall of about 132,606 pounds of ground beef made from chuck possibly contaminated with Escherichia coli O26.

The Food Safety and Inspection Service cited concern that customers may have frozen the contaminated meat in their freezers and advises customers to check to see if their ground beef could be part of this recall.

The USDA considers this a high risk situation.

The FSIS learned of the E. coli investigation on Aug. 16. The FSIS, Centers for Disease Control and other state public health and agriculture partners found that the beef was the probably source of the illnesses.

The ground beef products, produced and packaged on June 21,  have the number “EST. 86R” printed inside the USDA mark of inspection.

This recall follows a previous recall of Cargill Meat Solutions ground beef for E. coli was announced on Aug. 23, naming only one possibly contaminated product:

  • 10-lb. chubs of “EXCEL 93/7 FINE GRIND GROUND BEEF” with “Use/Frz. By Sep 05” on the chub label and a “PACK DATE 08/16/2018” on the box label.

At that time, no adverse reactions had been reported.

The following products have now been recalled due to possible E. coli contamination:

  • 3-lb. chubs of “OUR CERTIFIED 73/27 FINE GRIND GROUND BEEF” with a USE
    OR FREEZE BY JUL/11/18 and case code 00228749057646.
  • 3-lb. chubs of “OUR CERTIFIED 73/27 FINE GRIND GROUND BEEF” with a USE
    OR FREEZE BY JUL/11/18 and case code 00228749002653.
  • 10-lb. chubs of “EXCEL 73/27 FINE GRIND GROUND BEEF” with a Use/Frz. By Jul
    11 and case code 00228749089098.
  • 10-lb. chubs of “EXCEL 73/27 FINE GRIND GROUND BEEF” with a Use/Frz. By Jul
    11 and case code 90028749002751.
  • 10-lb. chubs of “EXCEL 81/19 FINE GRIND GROUND BEEF” with a Use/Frz. By Jul
    11 and case code 90028749003536.
  • 10-lb. chubs of “EXCEL GROUND BEEF 81/19 FINE GRIND” with a Use/Frz. By Jul
    11 and case code 00228749003568.
  • 10-lb. chubs of “EXCEL CHUCK GROUND BEEF 81/19 FINE GRIND” with a
    Use/Frz. By Jul 11 and case code 90028749402773.
  • 20-lb. chubs of “EXCEL 81/19 FINE GRIND GROUND BEEF COMBO” with a
    Use/Frz. By Jul 11 and case code 90028749073935.
  • 10-lb. chubs of “Sterling Silver CHUCK GROUND BEEF 81/19 FINE GRIND” with a
    Use/Frz. By Jul 11 and case code 00228749702416.
  • 10-lb. chubs of “CERTIFIED ANGUS BEEF CHUCK GROUND BEEF 81/19 FINE
    GRIND” with a Use/Frz. By Jul 11 and case code 90028749802405.
  • 10-lb. chubs of “CERTIFIED ANGUS BEEF CHUCK GROUND BEEF 81/19 FINE
    GRIND” with a Use/Frz. By Jul 11 with case code 00228749802413.
  • 10-lb. chubs of “Fire River Farms CLASSIC GROUND BEEF 81/19 FINE GRIND”
    with a USE/FREEZE BY: 07/11/2018 with case code 90734730297241.

Pay It Forward salutes Foster Hope program in Atkinson, Illinois

ATKINSON, Illinois -- With more than 400 runners on the move, a small community sends a big message.  In Atkinson, it's all about Foster Hope.

"You can tell she has a passion for it," said Melissa Beard.  "She loves the children."

Longtime foster parent Lola Rahn started Foster Hope nearly two years ago.  It provides crucial supplies and support groups for foster families.

"We've had children for a couple days and children for a couple years, but you can always make a difference in the life of a child," Lola said.

That's why Megan Guldenpfennig from Ascentra Credit Union is stopping by.

"Lola is someone with such a big heart and is constantly giving back to others," she said.  "Her selflessness is a true example of what it means to be listening, caring and doing what's right - our core values at Ascentra Credit Union.  For that reason, I would like to present you with $300, so that you can Pay It Forward to her."

Moments later, Melissa Beard is ready to make an emotional delivery.

"On behalf of WQAD News Eight and Ascentra Credit Union, we're going to Pay It Forward to you," she said.

Inside a former school, Foster Hope is doing just that for families.

"I find it very peaceful and calming," Lola said.  "I'm pretty proud of this space."

It also helps foster parents to respond.  And what's good for families is great for this community.

"It's very humbling," Lola said.  "I'm blessed to be able to do this."

The race, in memory of her late son, Jordan, continues to be a step in the right direction.

"Show her that it's a bigger picture," Melissa concluded.  "A lot of people are watching and seeing all that she does."

Foster Hope will host a family celebration on Sunday, October 7, 2018, in Geneseo Park.

For more information on it and other activities, check the group's Facebook page, Foster Hope - Q.C. Area.

57 Detroit schools have high levels of lead and copper in drinking water

(CNN) — At least 57 Detroit public schools have tested positive so far for high levels of copper, lead or both in drinking water.

The Detroit Public Schools Community District said Wednesday that it’s awaiting results for 17 more schools, which means the total number of schools with tainted water could go up.

The school district said it initiated water testing last year to ensure the safety of students and employees.

“This (testing) was not required by federal, state, or city law,” it said. “This testing, unlike the previous testing in 2016, evaluated all water sources from sinks to drinking fountains.”

Last month, the school district turned off drinking water inside all school buildings after some schools showed high levels of copper and/or lead.

At the time, Superintendent Nikolai Vitti said recent testing found “higher than acceptable levels … (of) copper and/or lead” in at least one water source — such as a fountain or sink — at 16 of 24 schools.

“Out of an abundance of caution and concern for the safety of our students and employees, I am turning off all drinking water in our schools until a deeper and broader analysis can be conducted to determine the long-term solutions for all schools,” Vitti said last month.

The Detroit Public Schools Community District has more than 100 schools. Of the 86 schools whose test results have been released, 57 of them — about two-thirds — have tested positive for elevated levels of copper and/or lead, the school district said.

It has not said what may have caused the high levels of copper and lead. But the city’s water department has said the schools’ aging plumbing systems are to blame, adding that the issues don’t extend to the rest of the city.

Lead and copper can enter drinking water when plumbing pipes corrode.

Consumption of the metals can lead to a range of health problems, and the Environmental Protection Agency mandates fixes to water systems when lead and copper concentrations exceed certain levels.

Lead consumption can be particularly harmful to children, leading to health effects such as impaired cognition, behavioral disorders, hearing problems and delayed puberty.

The Detroit schools’ move comes in the wake of a lengthy water crisis involving dangerous lead levels in Flint, about an hour’s drive to the northwest.

Police dogs from all over the country compete to be ‘Top Dog’

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. - Police K-9s and handlers from across the country are competing in the National Police Dog Trials. 87 teams from across the nation are battling to see who is top dog, according to WHNT.

"As far away as Minnesota, South Florida, New York, Maryland," said Joe Jenkins, the K-9 Sergeant with the Huntsville Police Department. "To compete to be the top dog of the nation."

The dogs are judged on their obedience, agility, and criminal apprehension among other things.

"When the handler tells the dog to do something, he needs to do it," Jenkins said.

Each dog went through a series of tests, similar to what they do on the job. They test false starts and recalling the dogs.

"It's just a matter of training and how much time you put into it and your dedication," Jenkins said. "It's just a long process, takes a long time. Takes a lot of discipline to get here."

He said the dogs are trained for about five to eight years to get to this level.

"We have ten dogs at the Huntsville Police Department. Used for a variety of things; narcotics searches, building searches, tracking. We can find lost kids with them, and we also have two bomb dogs, two explosive detections dogs," he said.

The National Police Dog Trials have been going on all week and will culminate with a public demonstration Thursday night. The dogs will show off their obedience, agility and will perform fun skits for the whole family.

GMQC Hosts End-of-Summer Luau With Special Guest

Summer is almost over and since today is the last hot day of the season, Good Morning Quad Cities decided to host an end-of-summer luau with Kona Ice out of Davenport!

Owner Paul Fuller brought the Kona truck - complete with music and lights - to WQAD News 8 on Thursday, September 20th. He walked us through how to make a Kona Ice, how many flavors they have, plus the way they're giving back to our community. Click the video above to learn more.

Crash on I-74 stops Iowa-bound traffic

UPDATE: I-74 BRIDGE, Iowa — One lane is open after a crash temporarily closed down both lanes this morning.

A car crash brought both lanes of north-bound traffic to a halt Thursday morning, Sept. 20. Police are working to get traffic moving again.

EARLIER: A car crash on the bridge heading into Iowa has stopped traffic.

You can see in the photo that cars are backed up spanning the bridge, and police are at the scene. No other information is known at the time.

The accident happened on the I-74 State Street off ramp.

Traffic is backed up past the River Drive on ramp in Moline.

Please plan your travels accordingly and avoid the bridge at this time if possible.

This story will be updated as more information is available.

Related: River Drive in Moline will be partly closed for most of September

Storm-ravaged Carolinas brace for even more Florence flooding

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(CNN) — Water appears to have receded in some areas of the Carolinas, but more flooding from Hurricane Florence could arrive through the weekend, officials say.

More than a dozen rivers in North and South Carolina already have overflowed their banks and the water — particularly the Waccamaw River, which spans both states — is expected to swell putting additional residents in harm’s way. Officers were going door-to-door along the river in Brunswick County, North Carolina encouraging residents to evacuate.

President Donald Trump met with first responders in Conway, South Carolina on Wednesday and warned them of the danger of rising rivers.

“It’s going to get rough for South Carolina,” he told them.

“You’re going to have a rebuilding process, and we are behind you from day one,” Trump said, calling this the “calm before the storm, because you’re going to have a lot of water.”

Conway’s city spokesman Taylor Newell said water could be “4 feet higher” there than when Hurricane Matthew struck in 2016.

In North Carolina, Gov. Roy Cooper warned residents to “stay alert” as water rises.

“People in flood prone areas or near waterways need to remain alert as rivers crest and stay above their banks in coming days,” Cooper said.

Bodies of women trapped in flooded police van recovered

There are still unanswered questions surrounding the deaths of two mental health patients who drowned Tuesday in a prison transport van swept away by rising floodwater in South Carolina.

The victims, whose bodies were recovered by divers on Wednesday, were identified as Windy Newton, 45, and Nicolette Green, 43, the Horry County Sheriff’s Office said.

The women were being transported by sheriff’s deputies from a hospital in Loris and from the Waccamaw Center for Mental Health in Conway to McLeod Health Darlington, CNN affiliate WPDE reported.

The two deputies escaped the vehicle but were unable to open the doors to get the women out, authorities said. They have been placed on administrative leave, the sheriff’s office said.

“We are sorry,” Horry County Sheriff Phillip Thompson told reporters Wednesday. “We take a lot of pride in what we do. We work hard to protect and to serve our citizens. We are just very sorry that this event has taken place.”

The investigation has been handed over to the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division and the sheriff’s office has launched an internal investigation, officials said.

The women are among at least 36 people who have died because of the storm.

Thousands remain in shelters

More than 8,100 people are taking refuge at dozens of shelters across North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia, according to the Red Cross.

Of those, approximately 7,800 are in shelters in North Carolina.

Some residents are waiting until the floodwater recedes from their homes. Others can’t get to their neighborhoods because the extensive road closures or simply because they don’t have a ride home. And some who went home have returned after finding out they don’t have power, CNN affiliate WRAL reported.

Roads have been so impassable in Kinston, North Carolina, the National Guard has used helicopters to distribute water.

In Conway, South Carolina some residents were heading home Wednesday but only to collect their belongings and evacuate again after officials say more flooding could be on the way.

“We are cautioning everyone not to be overconfident,” City Administrator Adam Emrick said. “The water is going to come back up. We are worried about Friday.”

Chris Ross has been staying at a shelter since he fled his Fayetteville home about a week ago when the National Guard pulled people out of his neighborhood.

“People can only take so much,” Ross told WRAL. “It’s wearing on a lot of people here, trying to keep their sanity together.”

Farmers hit hard

Even after farmers moved thousands of animals to higher ground ahead of the storm, many have suffered losses.

North Carolina farms lost an estimated 3.4 million poultry birds and 5,500 pigs, the state Department of Agriculture & Consumer Services said.

Allison Cavenaugh and her husband, who own a home and a poultry farm with 80,000 chickens in Wallace, North Carolina, returned home for the first time this week on a boat just to find out that their chickens have drowned.

“It’s all gone,” Cavenaugh told WRAL.

North Carolina Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler, who conducted an aerial survey of damage on Tuesday, said the flooding has affected the top six agricultural counties in the state.

“This was an unprecedented storm with flooding expected to exceed that from any other storms in recent memory,” Troxler said in a statement. “The footprint of flooding from this storm covers much of the same area hit by flooding from Hurricane Matthew in 2016, which only worsens the burden on these farmers.”

In South Carolina, farmers face damage to cotton, peanut and hemp crops, the state said.

Childhood cancer survivors marry 25 years after meeting as hospital patients

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Joel and Lindsey Alsup got married at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital 25 years after they first met as cancer patients, according to WREG.

"I get teary-eyed thinking about it," Joel said.

Turns out there was no better place for Joel and Lindsey Alsup to get married than at St. Jude on September 1st.

"[It} was the first day of National Childhood Cancer Awareness Month, because all of these pieces have come together to give us our 'happily ever after.' Now it's our turn to pass that gift on," Lindsey said.

Their journey started some 25 years ago. That's when Lindsey was diagnosed with acute Leukemia.

"And at the age of 10, I went from being a kid who had her whole life ahead of her to thinking that this cancer was a death sentence for me. But fortunately, our family found hope and support through St. Jude Children's Research Hospital," she said.

Joel was 7-years-old when he was diagnosed with a cancerous bone tumor.

"They discovered a tumor in my right arm. It had grown large enough that it broke a bone in my arm near my shoulder."

Joel would eventually lose his right arm.

The pair developed a friendship during their time at St. Jude, which grew stronger.

"When I met this guy when I was in treatment, I admired him. I looked up to him, I thought he was such an incredible person. We grew in our friendship over the years," Lindsey said.

Several years later, when they both started working at the hospital, Joel decided to take their friendship to another level.

"I was finally brave enough to tell her that I liked her, not only that I loved her. Luckily she felt the same way," he said.

"I could have never fathomed that I would be sitting here today at his side as his wife, having the privilege to be married on the grounds of the place that saved our lives," Lindsey said.

Lindsey and Joel hope their story of survival and love will help others in their fight against cancer.

Davenport Police search for stolen pieces of a veterans’ memorial

DAVENPORT, Iowa-- Police are asking for help identifying the person who stole pieces of a veterans’ memorial in Davenport.

Police say the aluminum pieces missing are from a memorial bridge over the I-74 bridge just south of the Rhythm City Casino.

Police say several aluminum panels and support posts were taken over the past several weeks.

The bridge is etched with the American Flag to honor men and women who paid the ultimate sacrifice.

Anyone with information should call the Davenport Police Department.

Judge Brett Kavanugh’s alleged sexual assault accuser has until Friday to testify

WASHINGTON, D.C.-- The Senate Judiciary Committee must decide who to believe, Supreme Court Nominee Brett Kavanaugh or Dr. Christine Ford, who says he attacked her at a high school party about 30 years ago.

Ford’s attorney says he client will not testify against Judge Kavanaugh until a full FBI investigation is complete.

“Where I’m focused right now is doing everything we can to make Dr Ford comfortable with coming before a committee, in a open session or a closed session, in public or a private interview,” says Iowa Senator Charles Grassley, who chairs the Senate Judiciary Committee.

Dr. Ford says she sent a letter about Judge Kavanaugh’s alleged behavior to democratic Senator Dianne Feinstein back in July, but nothing was done.

“Dr. Ford said I want to put this letter in the record, but I don’t want my identity disclosed. This has to be done privately so Senator Feinstein was in an impossible position,” says Senator Richard Durbin.

Sen. Grassley says he’ll give Judge Brett Kavanugh’s accuser until the end of the week to decide her next move.

 

Almon Incorporated expands in Quad Cities

QUAD CITIES, Ill,- Almon Incorporated, the technical communications company is expanding into the Quad Cities.

It's opened a new location in Milan just south of Interstate-280.
The company specializes in making operator and technical manuals and videos for companies like John Deere and General Motors.

Company leaders say they saw an increase in business and wanted to expand close to their east Moline location.

 

Vigil will honor Iowa State athlete killed while golfing

AMES, Iowa (AP) — A vigil is planned to remember an Iowa State University student-athlete who was killed this week while playing golf on a course near the college campus in Ames.

Celia Barquin Arozamena, a 22-year-old engineering student from Spain, was the Big 12 women’s golf champion this year. The vigil will be Wednesday evening.

Barquin’s body was found Monday near the ninth hole at Coldwater Golf Links in Ames. Soon after, police charged a homeless man who had been camping nearby with murder in her death.

All are invited to the vigil at a green space just north of the university’s Campanile. Friends will have a chance to share memories about Barquin and write messages to her family in Spain.

“Fine help yourself” – Family fights Iowa mental health system for 10 years

CLINTON, Iowa -- Gracie Nelson has a binder filled with her family's struggles from the past 10 years. The documents that don't fit in the binder go into one of several crates stashed underneath her living room coffee table. Collectively, these papers represent years doctors' notes, rejection letters, and other records all in an effort to get her son, Tyler, the mental health treatment he needs. Yet, Gracie said the system that was designed to help them has fallen short.

Some of Gracie's frustration is with Iowa as a whole. Some of it is more specifically with Clinton County. This case is complicated, but between the state's Medicaid program and the county's Department of Human Services office and the County Attorney's Office, the Nelsons have fallen through the cracks.

Mental health is a tricky subject. Some mental health facilities won't take some people depending on the severity of the diagnosis. Other facilities need special court orders. Ultimately, it comes down to finding the best place for the child and finding the money for that treatment.

Tyler Nelson

"He held the knife to my throat," Gracie said. "At that point, I knew I was seriously in trouble."

Gracie was held at knife-point by her own 15-year-old step-son, Tyler. Last year, he threatened to rape and kill her. He injured her other children, and he tortured the family dog. Now, the family fears they will have to try to live through this again.

Tyler is a child with an illness. He's not a monster. According to Dr. Thomas Millard at the Cornerstone Wellness Center, Tyler suffers from multiple mental health disorders stemming from birth. Among these are Autism Spectrum Disorder, Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder, Paraphilic Disorder and Conduct Disorder with severe sexual aggression toward others. Dr. Devin Borgman at Life Connections also said Tyler suffers from Conduct Disorder and sexual aggression.

When Gracie married Aaron 10 years ago, all they knew was his Autism diagnosis. However, things really changed in 2012.

"One day he just decided he was going to take me out physically," Gracie said. "He owned me, he could do whatever he wanted to me... he raised his fist to me."

Tyler was sent to Tanager Place, a Psychiatric Medical Institute for Children (PMIC), in Cedar Rapids in 2013. However, Gracie said the government-funded institution does not handle severe cases, and Tyler was able to slide through the system.

"He got discharged in August in 2015, and October 15 is when he told his doctor he wanted to slit my throat," Gracie said.

Aaron Nelson, Tyler's father, said they just want to get him the help he needs.

"I love my son," Aaron said. "I want to get him help, but at the same point, I have to protect society from him as well because he's going to hurt someone if he's not treated properly."

Finding the right mental health facility

After Tyler was discharged from Tanager Place, few facilities would even accept him. Although the Nelsons have searched for the proper place for Tyler, they have been rejected from almost every facility.

Boys and Girls Home Residential Treatment Centers, Inc., wrote, "Since he has already been in a PMIC before, I do not believe he would benefit much more from our program."

Tanager Place denied a second admittance, saying "Due to his ongoing sexualized behaviors, it appears he is in need of a program specializing in that area of treatment."

Another PMIC, Orchard Place in Des Moines, recommended The STOP Program or Woodward Academy. Those places, along with Tyler's current housing at Piney Ridge in Waynesville, Missouri, all specialize in Sexually Aggressive Youth (SAY) programs.

Medicaid

Tyler's SAY treatment at Piney Ridge used to be covered by AmeriHealth, one of Iowa's three Medicaid providers. When AmeriHealth left Iowa in 2017, Tyler's treatment was rolled into another provider, Amerigroup. His needs were re-assessed by the new company, and funding stopped in late June 2018.

It was either bring Tyler home, where he was an active threat to his family or get charged for child abandonment in Missouri.

"Amerigroup's language would be that they look at medical necessity," Paul Smith, director of Piney Ridge, said. "Depending on how SAY issues are represented, it may or may not meet what they use to consider a medical necessity for psychiatric treatment."

Most SAY programs require private pay or state backing. Tyler had state backing with AmeriHealth, but now that Amerigroup is representing him, he doesn't qualify. Even though the Nelson family has private insurance, these institutions want the money up front or mandated money from the state.

We tried talking to Amerigroup through several calls and emails, but the company has not returned any questions.

After a few harrowing days, Amerigroup decided to fund Tyler temporarily. The Nelsons are still unsure if Amerigroup will continue to help or suddenly drop them. On a middle-class income, the Nelson's only have one option - they need state help.

Iowa Department of Human Services

"We've literally had DHS tell us that the only way they're going to help us is if my wife is in a hospital or in a body bag," Aaron Nelson said.

One way to get state-backed funding is having the Department of Human Services (DHS) to take the case in front of a judge. If the judge says yes, then Amerigroup would have to help pay, and a place like Piney Ridge would keep Tyler.

In order to decide if a case should be taken to a judge, the DHS files a Child in Need of Assistance (CINA) report. There are several ways that a CINA could be approved, all of which are found in Iowa code chapter 232.2, section 6. Three of these include:

  1. Who is in need of medical treatment to cure, alleviate, or prevent serious physical injury, or illness and whose parent, guardian, or custodian is unwilling or unable to provide such treatment.
  2. Who is in need of treatment to cure or alleviate serious mental illness or disorder, or emotional damage as evidenced by severe anxiety, depression, withdrawal, or untoward aggressive behavior toward self or others and whose parent, guardian, or custodian is unwilling to provide such treatment.
  3. Whose parent, guardian, or other custodian for good cause desires to be relieved of the child’s care and custody.

First, let's unpack the circumstances.

In the first case, a family would need to prove the possibility of "serious physical injury." Dr. Thomas Millard, a psychologist at Cornerstone Wellness Center in Clinton, wrote in a report, "In my opinion, [Gracie] is at risk for an attempted homicide or rape by Tyler."

The second case talks about "serious mental illness," which has already been established by Dr. Millard as well as the rejection letters from mental health facilities.

Although the Nelsons are not "unwilling," they are "unable" based on the level of payment required and the necessity of having state-backed funding. The second case does not include the word "unable," so it is possible the code only allows for "unwilling" parents for mental health issues.

Finally, the third case has been made apparent by Dr. Millard's report.

"It is inexplicable to me that since that since that time he has not been placed for a long-term treatment," his report states. "It is imperative that all caretakers, agencies and other professionals working with TJ understand that failure to provide intensive residential treatment for him is putting Gracie, and potentially others, in danger."

Matt Highland, public information officer for the Iowa DHS, was unable to talk about this code. He forwarded us to Vern Armstrong, division administrator of field operations.

"CINAs are usually for child abuse. Kids who need treatment," Armstrong said. In response to a child's on-going mental health issue, he said "We've used a CINA as a last resort."

Nonetheless, the code shows circumstances in which a child would need assistance due to their own mental health issues or violent tendencies.

The Nelsons have attempted a CINA with the Clinton County DHS twice.

The first time, they were rejected over the phone. According to the Nelsons, the caseworker, Melissa Housenga, told them because they were parents, they couldn't be victims.

A second attempt led to a home visit from Grace Oldsen, another caseworker. The Nelsons said Oldsen told them it was typical adolescent behavior, and from what Gracie said, "that I should just buck up or leave."

"She actually looked at me and said I should choose between my wife and my son," Aaron Nelson said.

The CINA was denied a second time, even though they meet three possible criteria. When they finally got assigned to the Scott County office after intervention from the Iowa Attorney General's Office, their case was immediately processed.

"It doesn't necessarily happen very often," Armstrong said about switching DHS county offices.

Clinton County Attorney's Office

According to state code, the county attorney does not have to be involved in a case like this. Chapter 232.87, section 2, states, " A petition may be filed by the department of human services, juvenile court officer, or county attorney."

"(Every interaction) has been negative," Gracie said. "Fine help yourself. You have insurance. Period."

The Clinton County Attorney is Mike Wolf, and the assistant attorney, who the Nelsons have spoken most with, is Cheryl Newport. Newport did not comment when contacted, and Mike Wolf responded: "out of respect."

"I can't acknowledge that such a case even exists," Wolf said. "It's too dangerous to talk about anything."

After several attempts, the Nelsons contacted the Iowa Attorney General's Office. They will have a representative process their case.

"I would say it's relatively rare," Armstrong said about getting the attorney general involved in a county issue.

What the family faces now

After a decade of increasing danger and little assistance, a hearing is finally set for September 20. The Nelson's case has moved forward, but only after working with a DHS office outside of their county and the state's attorney general office.

"I didn't file the CINA so I could get rid of a bratty kid," Gracie said. "we're not trying to pass him off on someone else and make them their problem. He needs long-term care."

The hearing will determine if the Tyler gets that care or will have to come home.

YOUR HEALTH: Using microbubbles to improve radiation treatments

PHILADELPHIA, Pennsylvania – When it comes to treating illnesses it's often not only the medicine you're getting.   It's how you're getting it.

They're called microbubbles: small bubbles with a solid shell and a gas inside.

Doctors have found a way for them to work in tandem with radiation treatment.  It's new hope on the horizon for the millions suffering from advanced liver disease.

"By getting access just to the tumor with the blood supply by the catheter and depositing beads only within the tumor, the hope is we're cooking those tumors, but not the surrounding liver. Not the healthy tissue," explained medical researchers John Eisenberry.

Liver cancer is one of the most deadly cancers, largely due to Hepatitis "C".   In addition, an increase in fatty liver disease can cause further complications.

"Someone who has obesity, diabetes, may not appreciate any symptoms, so it's very important that they're checked by their primary care physician and referred to a hepatologist," said Dr. Jesse Civan, director of the Jefferson Liver Tumor Center.

Because liver cancer is so deadly, researchers are testing the microbubbles.

Glass radiation beads are inserted into the liver, then the microbubbles are infused into the blood.

"We can focus our ultrasound beam only on the liver tumor while the bubbles are circulating everywhere in the body, the ultrasound focuses just on the tumor itself and pops the bubbles only within the tumor itself," said Eisenbery.

When the bubbles pop, they boost the radiation.

Getting them into the body is similar to other types of medical procedures.

"For the patients it's like having an angiogram done and for those patients who've had cardio catheterizations, it would be similar, so you can access the blood vessel either in the wrist or in the groin," said Dr. Colette Shaw, interventional radiologist.

NEW TECHNOLOGY:   Microbubbles were originally developed to help improve ultrasound imaging.   However, being able to 'pop' oxygen-filled microbubbles within tumors using beams of ultrasound presented researchers with an opportunity.   Most solid tumors are oxygen-deficient, in part because they quickly outgrow the supply of oxygen-carrying blood vessels that can penetrate the tumor mass.   That lack of oxygen also makes tumors more resistant to radiation, which is why trying to flush tumors with oxygen became such a prized goal in the field.   In this study, John Eisenbrey, Ph.D., and colleagues showed that popping the microbubble with ultrasound immediately prior to radiation treatment could triple sensitivity of the cancer to radiation.   It also nearly doubled the survival times in mice from 46 days with placebo, nitrogen-filled microbubbles, to 76 days with oxygen-filled microbubbles. (Source: https://www.jefferson.edu/university/news/2018/01/29/oxygen-microbubbles-may-improve-radiation-for-breast-cancer.html)

The early findings, still in clinical trials, show good response.

"So the hope with a lot of these therapies is you first destroy that blood supply and that eventually starves the tumor and then it begins to shrink over time," said Eisenbery.

If this story has impacted your life or prompted you or someone you know to seek or change treatments, please let us know by contacting Jim Mertens at jim.mertens@wqad.com or Marjorie Bekaert Thomas at mthomas@ivanhoe.com.

Liggins trial continues after jurors don’t reach verdict

WATERLOO, Iowa - A jury of six-men and six-women will return to deliberations in the morning, after no verdict was made, to decide the guilt of accused child murderer, Stanley Liggins.

This is Liggins’ third trial for the murder of nine-year-old, Jennifer Lewis.  Liggins, age 56, was on trial for the same case in 1990. He was charged with first-degree murder.  The case was overturned twice since the investigation began on September 17th, 1990.

The state and defense gave their closing statements at the Blackhawk County courthouse this morning.  The state provided detailed evidence for their closing statement, which was then followed by the defense.  The state then gave a rebuttal.

Jennifer Lewis’ mother, Sheri McCormick, was present and attempted to hold back tears after images of her daughter were put on screen.

This is the fourth week of the trial.  The jury will continue deliberations in the morning at 9a.m.

House set on fire aimed to be diversion from Kewanee gas station burglary, investigators say

KEWANEE, Illinois -- Three people facing burglary charges were also charged with arson, accused of setting a house on fire before committing a burglary at a gas station.

Two adults, 19-year-old John T. Sterling, and 28-year-old Shawna M. Jeanguenat, and a 16-year-old boy were charged in connection to a burglary at JoJo's Gas Station on North Main Street in Kewanee, according to a statement from the Kewanee Police Department.

Police said early on Tuesday, September 18, authorities were called to a house on fire in the 300 block of 5th Avenue.   While first responders were on their way to the fire, officers were called to a burglary happening at the gas station.

When they arrived at the gas station, police said officers saw 19-year-old John T. Sterling fleeing the scene and arrested him.  Police said they also arrested Jeanguenat and the 16-year-old for their roles in the burglary.

Both Sterling and Jeanguenat were taken to the Henry County Jail; the 16-year-old was released to a guardian. Sterling was being held on a $150k bond.  Jeanguenat was held on $50,000 bond.

All three were also charged with arson.  Police said the house that was on fire belonged to one of Sterling's family members.

"It was later determined that the house was set on fire to cause a diversion during the burglary,"

According to the police statement, detectives also tied Sterling and the 16-year-old to a rash of burglaries over the last six weeks.  The burglaries happened at the following Kewanee businesses: Patty's Barber Shop, Center City, Northeast Park, Dairy Queen, the Red Apple, the Station House, Cernovich's Scrap Yard, and JoJo's Gas Station.

The 16-year-old was charged with eight counts of burglary, eight counts of theft and arson.

Sterling was charged with eight counts of burglary, six counts of theft, arson, possession of burglary tools, criminal damage to property, and resisting a peace officer.   He was also facing drug charges from late August, filed in connection to the burglary investigation.

Jeanguenat was formally charged with burglary, arson, and theft.

Sterling and Jeanguenat were expected to be in Henry County court on October 1.

Social Security number phone scam resurfacing in the Quad Cities

MOLINE, Illinois  -- A Milan woman said she was nearly duped by a scam phone call because the caller knew her Social Security number.  The Quad City Better Business Bureau said it's part of a two-year-old phone scam that is resurfacing in the area.

Trisha Brooks, from Milan, Illinois,  received a call Tuesday, September 18, while she was at work. The caller knew her Social Security number and demanded $1,800. The caller said she wrote a bad check and was going to be served papers if she didn't pay.

"They told me I owed money from eight years ago," Brooks said. " They said I needed to be in court and they were going to serve me papers for fraud and theft of services."

The call came from Chicago, Illinois and when the scammer said her Social Security number, Brooks was convinced it was a legitimate call.

"My mind was just spinning," Brooks said. "I thought I was in big trouble, so I asked them if I could just pay it." That is when the scammers told her the dollar amount and Brooks saw the red flags. She knew that was off and told the scammers she needed a bill to be mailed to her, then she hung up. After the call, Brooks searched the numbers online and found nine pages of people who received calls just like her.

The Quad Cities Better Business Bureau said that just because a caller knows your Social Security number, does not mean it is legitimate.

"If somebody calls you and wants money over the phone and you don't know who they are, don't give them any money, " Better Business Bureau Director Sandra Bowden said. "I don't care how they threaten you, I don't care what they say to you, don't do it."

The Better Business Bureau says that all legitimate businesses must provide billing and documents by mail and in writing. You can track popular scams in your area on the BBB Scam Tracker.

 

Oreo to release cake-flavored cookie in celebration of Mickey Mouse’s 90th birthday

Happy Birthday,  Mickey Mouse! Disney’s iconic mouse turns 90 this year and to celebrate, Disney has teamed up with Oreo for a special birthday treat.

According to ABC News, Oreo is releasing limited-edition, birthday cake-flavored cookies to mark the 90th anniversary of Mickey Mouse.

.@Disney and @Oreo are celebrating Mickey Mouse's 90th birthday with limited-edition BIRTHDAY CAKE-FLAVORED Oreos and our dreams are coming true! https://t.co/AM8HBYIm7e pic.twitter.com/CHF9O7G6f8

— Good Morning America (@GMA) September 19, 2018

There are reportedly three different Mickey-themed designs on the chocolate wafers themselves.  ABC News said these designs include a party horn, a big 90, and Mickey Mouse himself.

These special, celebratory cookies will be available nationwide starting September 24, while supplies last.

Couple reunited with dog, Jeep stolen from hospital parking lot

TACOMA, Wash. — A Washington state couple whose Jeep was stolen from a Tacoma hospital parking lot – with their dog in the backseat – have been reunited with their dog and vehicle.

Ivey, a 70-pound beagle lab mix, was in the backseat of a Jeep Cherokee when the vehicle was stolen from a Tacoma hospital parking lot.

Ivey, a 70-pound beagle lab mix, was in the backseat of a Jeep Cherokee when the vehicle was stolen from a Tacoma hospital parking lot. (Courtesy: Samantha Worley)

Samantha Worley said their white, 1991 Jeep was recovered Tuesday afternoon in a parking lot, less than 24 hours after it was stolen from MultiCare Allenmore Hospital’s parking lot. But Ivey, the 70-pound beagle/lab mix that was in the backseat when it was taken, was nowhere to be found.

Worley suffered a severe panic attack at work Monday night and ended up in the emergency room after paramedics detected a slight sinus arrhythmia. Her husband, Richard, arrived at the hospital to check on her and left Ivey in the backseat. About an hour later, the Jeep — and Ivey — were gone.

Worley and her husband, Richard, left a blanket in the parking lot where the Jeep was recovered on Tuesday afternoon. Wednesday morning, they went back to the same lot. There was Ivey, sitting near the blanket.

Tacoma Police are investigating the theft. Anyone with information is asked to call Tacoma PD.

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