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Tammy Loos was celebrating birthday with fiancé when stolen car killed her, friends say

MOLINE-- 51-year-old Tammy Loos of Milan died of blunt force trauma to the chest and stomach, that's according to the Rock Island County Coroner. Police say it happened after her car was hit by a stolen car driving recklessly at John Deere Road and 16th Street in Moline on Wednesday, March 28, 2019.

Tammy leaves behind three children, a fiancé and friends. Two friends spoke exclusively with WQAD Channel 8, and they say Tammy had so much to look forward to before her life was taken.

That red van, that crinkled gray car, police say three people were arrested, one in the hospital, and one didn't make it.

"They purposely stole that van, they purposely ran that light, they hit them and killed her. Pay for it," says Aundrea Blum, she was friends with Tammy.

Tammy Loos had just turned 51, and she was out celebrating her birthday. She had just met the love of her life. They just got engaged in December.

"Tammy was on the brink of probably the best time of her life," says Lynne Bullock, another friend of Tammy's.

She was looking forward  to her future until she was hit and killed.

"I completely lost it. I was on the floor screaming because there's nobody this should happen to, especially not her, not on her birthday," says Bullock.

After a night celebrating, the happy couple was off to get ice cream when police say that van with three people inside driving recklessly, ran a red light and t-boned the car with Tammy and her soon to be husband inside.The car that hit her was reported stolen.

"This is rampant. There's no control over it. They get their hands slapped, then they steal another car in two days," says Bullock.

The friends Tammy left behind want justice.

"These people are charged with vehicular man slaughter. That isn't anything. Should be first degree murder," says Bullock.

They want the people to pay for taking away their dear friend's future.

"She brightened up a room with her smile, always up beat and positive, and everybody who knows her is going to miss her really bad," says Bullock.

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North Scott high school students help fill sandbags in Princeton

PRINCETON, Iowa -- Students from North Scott high school offered a helping hand to battle the floods in Princeton.

On Thursday March 28th, North Scott students arrived at the Boll's Community Center by the busload. Each one of them lending a helping hand to fill sandbags for Princeton's riverfront.

Princeton's Public Works Director, Josh Genz, said he has been keeping a close eye on the Mississippi River levels in Camanche and in LeClaire.

"We're hearing anything from 14 to up to 18 feet which breaks the record," Genz said.

Luckily, every student at North Scott was tasked with helping fill sandbags during  their usual gym period.

"I'm most definitely getting a workout," said Hailey Glover, student at North Scott High School.

"It really helps alleviate some of the man hours that we have to put into it," Genz said. "They're doing it a lot faster than just 6-7 guys can do."

It is a lesson on the front lines of the Mississippi River.

"I couldn't care less if this was a school day or not," said Katie Schelb, a student. "If it was a Saturday and I had time I'd come."

Mitch Larson, a student at North Scott, said most kids would see this as an opportunity to skip class. However, for him, it's more than that - it's about helping the community.

"They’ve probably been working here like hours on end each day," Larson said. "If we can come here for just 30 minutes and just take a load off them. So they can have a break."

Princeton's Public Works Director estimates students have helped fill nearly 8,000 sandbags since they began on Tuesday, March 28.

"There is a lot about teamwork here and I feel like this is just a way that, when we go back to school this will be an experience that we all have together," Glover said.

After Mueller report, Maddow and other MSNBC hosts see ratings drop, Fox up

NEW YORK (AP) — Rachel Maddow isn’t backing away from her coverage of President Donald Trump and any connection to Russia’s involvement in trying to influence the 2016 presidential campaign. The question is how much her fans want to listen.

Maddow’s audience has dipped on her two days back on the air since Attorney General William Barr reported that special counsel Robert Mueller had found no collusion between Trump and Russia’s efforts. Her audience of 2.5 million on Monday was 19 percent below her average this year, and it went down further to 2.3 million on Tuesday, the Nielsen company said.

Meanwhile, her head-to-head competitor on Fox News Channel, Sean Hannity, saw his audience soar on Monday to 4 million viewers, a 32 percent increase from his average. It slipped to 3.57 million on Tuesday. One of Trump’s most prominent media fans, Hannity was to interview the president on Wednesday’s show.

Hannity and Maddow have run neck-and-neck atop the cable news ratings this year, with Maddow having the slight edge.

Fox’s Tucker Carlson and Laura Ingraham also saw their audiences top their averages both days, while other prime-time hosts on MSNBC and CNN saw their audiences plunge.

The phenomenon isn’t unusual; political camps are more interested in watching news when it reflects well on their favorites, and vice versa. Maddow’s ratings dropped sharply in the immediate aftermath of the 2016 election, as many fans of Hillary Clinton couldn’t bring themselves to watch the news after Trump’s victory, but eventually rebounded. Similarly, Hannity saw some ratings weakness late last year as bad news piled up for Trump.

Maddow has been the most visible television personality taking on Trump during Mueller’s probe, her reports methodical and detailed. As a result, she’s a target of Trump supporters seeking vindication. The New York Post compiled a mock “Mueller Madness” bracket of Trump critics with Maddow the top-seeded cable news figure, and the chart was retweeted Wednesday by White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders.

Maddow devoted virtually all of Monday’s show to what she’s calling the “Barr Report,” listing a series of questions she wanted to pose. About half of Tuesday’s show was on the investigation.

She hasn’t engaged her critics, but fellow MSNBC personality Joe Scarborough took them on in an angry monologue on Wednesday.

He wondered aloud what journalists were supposed to do for the past two years as stories piled up about Trump and associates misleading Americans about contacts to Russians. He said he wasn’t just unhappy about political critics, but also some in the media who are “hand-wringing” about the amount of coverage.

He criticized unnamed people who had “sold their soul to a personality cult.”

And he promised that MSNBC wouldn’t abandon the story.

“We’re not going to divert our eyes,” he said. “Damn the torpedoes. Full steam ahead. Follow the story where it leads us.”

Spiderman folds towels at Morrison nursing home using “spidey-senses”

MORRISON, Illinois – One worker with “spidey senses” is known to some as “Spiderman” at the Resthave Home in Morrison where people see him as a true hero.

“He always comes in, he’s happy, he puts on his Spiderman shirt and he’s got a name tag that he wears,” says Rhonda Woods, one of Spiderman’s co-workers.

Rhen Huizenga can be found in the Resthave laundry room two days week on Tuesdays and Thursdays, folding towels and washcloths precisely and quickly.

“He’s an expert, in fact I think he’s better than I am,” comments Michelle Hook, Rhen’s co-worker.

Rhen’s mother, Dawn Huizenga, heard of the job at Resthave a couple years ago.  She thought it would be a perfect match for her son who suffers from a developmental disorder, had multiple seizures at a young age, and didn’t begin talking until the age of seven.

The job is now something he enjoys thanks to his two co-workers – Michelle and Rhonda.

“It makes us feel good that he’s helping us out and we’re helping him out,” says Rhonda.

But the dynamic trio of Rhonda, Michelle, and Rhen is coming to end this summer when Rhen begins his new job at a nearby bowling alley.

“We won’t have him next year,” says Rhonda. “We are going to be lost without him.”

His family is grateful for the experience Rhen has had at Resthave and knows the new job will be a transition.

“As a mom I always wonder how he is going to do with this different job,” comments Dawn.

But, Rhen knows he has friends he can forever rely on at Resthave and they can forever rely on him – their Spiderman or “Spider-Rhen”.

Rhen will be taking in these last few months at Resthave and is looking forward to prom with his date next month.

Governor Pritzker appoints six people to WIU’s Board of Trustees

MACOMB/ MOLINE–After weeks of waiting, Western Illinois University now has a full Board of Trustees.

Greg Aguilar of East Moline, Erik Dolieslager of Quincy, Kisha Lang of Maywood, Nick Padgett of Chicago, Polly Radosh of Good Hope, Doug Shaw of Peoria and Jackie Thompson of Macomb have been appointed as members of the Western Illinois University Board of Trustees by Gov. J.B. Pritzker.

The Illinois Senate must confirm the new appointments.

With these appointments, the board is now complete.

DEA looking for contractor to burn 1,000 pounds of marijuana per hour

HOUSTON — The Drug Enforcement Agency needs to clear its evidence vaults of marijuana that is no longer needed for evidentiary purposes, and they’re looking for a contractor in Texas that can incinerate a very high volume of pot.

According to a document outlining the DEA’s requirements, the incineration provider must be able to process at least 1,000 pounds of marijuana per hour, for eight hours a day.

The contractor must be able to accept tightly-compressed bricks or bales of pot in packages weighing up to 200 pounds each.

“The incinerator facility shall have a secured fence around it. The facility fencing should exceed a height to ensure prevention by the public from viewing the incineration process,” the document states.

The DEA would monitor the incineration process via closed-circuit cameras and require annual drug tests for all of the incineration facility’s employees.

The DEA sent the following statement to KHOU in response to apparent inquiries from eager volunteers:

“Although we appreciate local citizens’ willingness to offer their help, this is a complicated, large-scale government contract we’re required by law to bid every few years, and there are usually only a handful of companies with the necessary facilities and resources to help us dispose of this material. While it makes for an interesting headline, the truth is far more prosaic – our agents working across the Houston Division make a huge number of great cases, and as a result, we seize a tremendous amount of illegal drugs. Arranging for the safe and effective destruction of these drugs is just part of the job.”

Teen dies of tapeworm egg infestation in brain after complaining of seizures

FARIDABAD, India – An 18-year-old who complained of seizures in the emergency room of an Indian hospital turned out to have parasites in his brain, according to a case study published Thursday in the New England Journal of Medicine.

Drs. Nishanth Dev and S. Zafar Abbas of the ESIC Medical College and Hospital in Faridabad reported that the patient, who appeared in the ER with swelling over his right eye, was having tonic-clonic seizures. Formerly known as “grand mal” seizures, these neural disturbances cause stiffened muscles and a loss of consciousness.

His parents said that their son had felt pain in his right groin for a week. A physical exam revealed that he had confusion and tenderness in the right testis.

To learn more about his condition, the medical staff performed an MRI exam and saw damage caused by cysts in his cerebral cortex (the outer mantle of brain tissue) as well as the brain stem, including the cerebellum, which sits at the back of the head above the spinal cord.

Diagnosis: neurocysticercosis, a parasitic disease of the brain caused when someone swallows tapeworm eggs that have passed in the feces of someone who has an intestinal tapeworm. The larvae crawl out of the eggs and into muscle and brain tissues, where they form cysts.

The doctors also discovered cysts in the patient’s right eye and right testis.

Because of the number and location of the cysts, his doctors decided against treating the young man with antiparasitic medications. These can worsen brain bleeding and inflammation while leading to loss of vision. Instead, the patient was given an anti-inflammatory drug, dexamethasone, plus antiepileptic medications.

Two weeks after his arrival in the ER, the patient died, Dev and Abbas report.

Cysticercosis infections occur worldwide, though these parasitic invasions of the human body mostly occur in rural areas of developing countries where pigs are allowed to roam and where sanitation practices are poor, according to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Though these infections may be rare among people who live in countries where pigs do not have contact with human feces, cysticercosis can be acquired anywhere in the world, including the United States and other western nations.

Symptoms depend on the location of the cysts; sometimes, lumps form under the skin, and sometimes, confusion is the only sign of the damage occurring in the brain. Symptoms can appear months or even years after an infection, usually when the cysts start dying, causing swollen tissue.

Generally, these infections call for anti-parasitic drugs combined with anti-inflammatory medicines, but surgery may be necessary if a patient doesn’t respond or to reduce brain swelling. Symptoms may require care even if the paralytic infection itself no longer needs attention or treatment.

Patients with cysticercosis cannot spread their disease to other people; it is only people with a tapeworm infection in the intestine who can spread the potentially life-threatening eggs when proper hygiene is lacking or ignored.

Mom blasts ‘blackly naked’ butts of Notre Dame students in leggings

A woman who IDed herself as a “Catholic mother of four sons” called out “a problem that only girls can solve” in a letter Monday to the University of Notre Dame’s student newspaper—but her note is having the opposite effect of what she wanted.

In her note to the Observer, Maryann White addressed “the legging problem” on the private Catholic campus, saying she first noticed it while attending Sunday Mass. She reprimands young women who wear the “unforgiving garment” and show off their “blackly naked rear ends.”

White claims that female students who don such dress run the risk of tempting young men.

“Could you think of the mothers of sons the next time you go shopping and consider choosing jeans instead?”

“I’m fretting both because of unsavory guys who are looking at you creepily and nice guys who are doing everything to avoid looking at you,” she writes, imploring the women: “Could you think of the mothers of sons the next time you go shopping and consider choosing jeans instead?”

HuffPost notes her letter sparked instant outrage, as well as protests in which thousands were set to put on their own leggings to push back. One protest organizer tells Today she “wanted to … make sure that not only is this not about women taking responsibility [for] making men not sin, but also making sure that this doesn’t fall into the rhetoric of survivors who are ‘asking for it’ because of what they are wearing.”

Per the Washington Post, Heather Piccone, the mom of a young woman who attends Notre Dame, penned a note Tuesday to the Observer, chastising White to stop “sexualizing everything” and instead “raise your son to respect women and view them as valuable beyond their bodies.” Piccone adds she hopes White’s sons keep their shirts on at the beach, because “as a mother [White] should have properly raised her son not to tempt my daughter with his body.” (Read more University of Notre Dame stories.)

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Graphic video shows man running for his life before being gunned down in New York

NEW YORK — A 21-year-old man killed in New York City was chased for blocks by a group of at least 10 people who cornered him and gunned him down.

Police released surveillance video of the May 19 murder on Thursday. NYPD Chief of Detectives Dermot Shea described it as "tough to watch."

"Ultimately he's cornered, like an animal, in the back of a private residence, where he's shot multiple times," Shea said. "This is eerily similar to last June in the 48th Precinct in the Bronx when Lesandro Guzman was the victim of a mob chasing him through the streets in the Bronx."

In this instance, the man was walking down New Lots Avenue in Brooklyn by himself around 5 p.m. before he was killed, police said. The group of men was at the intersection with Cleveland Avenue. Someone from the group punched the victim in the face. Police said it was "totally unprovoked."

The group of men split up. Some chased him on foot and others chased him in a car.

"The victim is literally running up and down blocks trying to escape these individuals," NYPD Chief Mike Kemper said.

One of the men pulled out a gun and pointed it at the victim at close range.

"The victim is now literally running for his life," Chief Kemper said.

He hid behind a car as the attackers hunted for him. One of the men spotted him and the chase resumed.

The victim ran behind a private residence on Elton Street near Linwood Playground and scaled a 6-foot PVC fence, but he didn't see there was a chain fence with barbed wire behind it. The man was stuck when his attackers caught up.

One of the men threw a rock at the victim. A man shot the 21-year-old victim five times. The group ran out of the backyard and fled the scene.

"No less than 10 individuals were active participants in this brutal, brutal murder," Chief Kemper said.

Four of the 10 men have been identified, including the shooter and the person who threw the rock. The person who threw the rock is in custody and has been charged with murder.

Police have asked for help identifying the other men and finding them.

 

Chicago man linked to Burlington murder arrested

BURLINGTON, Iowa- A Chicago man will face 1st-degree murder charges for the slaying of Demarcus Chew.

Thursday, March 28 police extradited Caesar S. Davison, 30, to Burlington on charges of “murder in the 1st-degree”.

Police say Caesar Davison was involved in what they call the coordinated killing of Demarcus Chew in September of 2017. Investigators say Chew was shot to death outside his mother’s home.

Davison is being held in the Des Moines County jail on no bond, waiting for his day in court. Police say the investigation is ongoing.

Denver doctor arrested on child porn charges video recorded his patients, prosecutors say

DENVER -- Newly released court documents say a Denver doctor who was recently arrested on charges related to child pornography also video recorded his young patients.

Justin Bowen Neisler, 31, was arrested on March 13 after a search of his Cherry Creek apartment. Investigators found a number of cameras and storage devices in the residence.

Neisler worked at  the Family Residency Program at St. Anthony North Family Medicine 84th Clinic in Westminster. Centura Health said Neisler was terminated when the company learned of his arrest.

The court document obtained Wednesday is an order of detention issued by U.S. Magistrate Judge Scott T. Varholak. In the document, the judge agrees with prosecutors that Neisler should remain in custody until his next court appearance due to his threat to the community.

The document alleges that Neisler posted child pornography on the social media site Tumblr.

"After a Tumblr account would get shut down, the defendant would open a new account and resume posting child pornography," the document states.

After investigators searched Neisler's apartment, he admitted to secretly filming naked males as young as 11 years old during physical examinations. Prosecutors allege Neisler appeared to gain sexual gratification from the examinations.

The case is being investigated by the U.S. attorney's office for the district of Colorado and the Denver FBI office.

Anyone with information about the case is encouraged to call 303-629-7171 (ext. 1) or email denvermd@fbi.gov.

‘Die you little f—’: Utah woman behind bars after strangling son with disabilities, police say

PLEASANT GROVE, Utah — A Utah woman is behind bars after allegedly strangling her disabled 21-year-old son while screaming she wanted him to die, according to KSTU.

Pleasant Grove Police Department said their agency was responding to a domestic violence call at the Viewpointe Apartment Homes last Saturday, where a mother had thrown a pair of scissors at her 13-year-old son.

Police were told the mother, 42-year-old Gidget Quilter, had allegedly assaulted her adult son, who is mentally and physically disabled, earlier that day.

Six of Quilter’s children, who are between the ages of 2 and 17, witnessed the assault, police said.

“She was making statements to the account of, ‘die you, die,’ while the son’s airway was being cut off,” Captain Britt Smith with the Pleasant Grove Police Department told KSTU.

According to a probable cause statement, the 21-year-old , "had defecated and had thrown feces all over his room.”

“Mom was upset with the mess and had reportedly choked her handicapped son,” Smith said.

Quilter told police her 21-year-old son has Langer-Giedion Syndrome. She explained that the condition is secondary to severe autism and that he is not able to speak, according to the probable cause statement.

Quilter’s 17-year-old daughter told police she had gone into her brother’s room to help clean up the mess. She said when her mother sat on the bed next to where he was kneeling on the floor, he began to scream.

“Her mother then grabbed [her son] by the front of his throat with her right hand and the back of his head with her left hand before she pushed him to the ground and straddled his trunk and arms with her legs,” the daughter told police.

“[Quilter] applied so much pressure to [her son's] neck that the screaming stopped because she cut his ability to breathe off,” the statement continued.

An officer said he inspected the man's body and found a red mark on the upper right side of his back. He also found several red marks, one of which was bleeding, on the left side of his body, according to the probable cause statement.

“This individual is not verbal, not in the capacity to defend himself or fight back,” Smith said. “We have an obligation to make sure that they are safe in their environment because they can’t make themselves safe.”

Police said that daughter captured an audio recording – in it, the daughter and a 13-year-old brother can be heard yelling, “Stop, mom, stop!”

Later in the recording, you can hear Quilter yell “Die you – die you little f---,” the probable cause statement said.

“She had been confronted with the audio recording during her interview with police on Saturday, she obviously was made aware of where that recording had come from and then tried to get her daughter to change her story,” Smith said.

According to police, the mother was released from jail the following day. The daughter told police her mother asked her to meet at the Hyatt House (where Quilter and her husband checked in after she was released).

According to the probable cause statement, the daughter said: “her mother then told her that if she told the police that her statement and the recording were explained to say that it was a 'misperception' that it would help her, that she needed a doctor, not the police or jail."

Quilter is now being held in jail without bail, facing six misdemeanor charges of domestic violence in the presence of a child, a felony charge for tampering with a witness and a felony charge for aggravated assault committed with force/violence to injure.

Police said the family is no longer at the Viewpointe Apartment Homes. Gidget is still in jail but no longer has a home. Her kids are now in the custody of her husband and her other adult children.

Doorbell camera shows delivery driver sip milkshake before giving it to boy

STOCKTON, Calif. - A doorbell camera captured a DoorDash delivery driver appearing to take a sip of the very milkshake he’s about to deliver to a Stockton home, according to KTXL.

The Malhotras didn’t know what had happened until the next morning when they checked the footage.

"I looked at it, 'Hey, the guy who delivered the food was sipping out of my son’s Cold Stone,'" homeowner Rajesh Malhotra told KTXL.

Malhotra said he likes buying delivery items but now he’s going to think twice before placing his next order.

"(I thought), 'Whoa, that’s crazy.' I mean, how can someone jeopardize the product like that, especially the food?"Malhotra said.

It was Malhotra's 14-year-old son who answered the door.

"I felt really disgusted about what had happened," said Rishab Malhotra.

He told KTXL he enjoyed his cookies and cream milkshake until the next day when he learned he wasn't the only one who tried his drink.

"Then my dad told me to check out the video from last night and once I checked it out I brushed five, six times. I felt really disgusted."

"Then my dad told me to check out the video from last night and once I checked it out I brushed five, six times. I felt really disgusted," Rishab said.

The Malhotra say they’re glad no one got sick from the incident but the experience left them with a sour taste.

"We have trust between the company and the drivers," Rajesh Malhotra said. "Once that trust is broken, we can’t go back."

Now all they want is an apology from DoorDash and a promise it won’t happen again to someone else.

"They just need proper training and then an apology, 'Hey, what you did was wrong.' And we want to make sure he doesn't do that to other people," Rajesh Malhotra said.

The homeowner told KTXL he reported the incident to the company the next day and even provided a copy of the video. That was more than two weeks ago. The family is still waiting to hear back from DoorDash.

KTXL reached out to DoorDash as well and is waiting for their reply.

McDonald’s worker charged with battery for cheeseburger assault on co-worker

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – A McDonald’s worker was charged with battery after police say he threw a cheeseburger at his co-worker.

The cheeseburger incident occurred on Tuesday around 11 p.m. at a McDonald’s in Bloomington, Indiana.

An unidentified 21-year-old male employee allegedly became angry that his 18-year-old female co-worker was working too slowly, according to WXIN. She later told Bloomington police they got into an argument, and the man hurled a cheeseburger, striking her in the face.

She called 911 and said she wanted to pursue charges against the man. She reportedly said she wasn’t injured nor was she in pain.

The officer spoke with the manager who witnessed the argument. He confirmed the employee was working slowly, and the other employees were upset about it, police say.

The man left work and said he realizes he shouldn’t have gotten so angry.

Bloomington Police Department Lt. John Kovach said they will issue the man a summons to court on a misdemeanor battery charge.

Man with sword killed by police at Church of Scientology in California; two officers wounded

INGLEWOOD, Calif. - A sword-wielding suspect was fatally shot by police and two officers were struck by gunfire during an incident at a Church of Scientology in Inglewood Wednesday afternoon, police said.

The incident was reported at the church about 3:30 p.m. at 315 Market St., Inglewood Police Lt. Neal Cochran told KTLA.

A man pulled up to the church in a white Bentley and entered with what police described as a samurai sword, then began making a scene, officials said.

Police were called and there was a confrontation with the suspect in the lobby, police said.

The suspect was struck in the head by gunfire and the officers were shot, one in the hand and one in the arm.

It is unclear how the officers were shot and police are working to determine if the suspect was also armed with a gun.

The person, described only as an Asian man, was taken to a hospital in critical condition and later died, police said.

Both officers and the suspect were taken to Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center. The suspect's Bentley remained at the scene.

Later, Lt. Oscar Mejia said investigators were combing the scene for evidence and were reviewing video connected to the incident.

A woman read text messages from her friend who was inside the church at the time of the shooting. The witness described the suspect as a "weird guy" who was "acting crazy."

Detectives are now trying to determine why the man went to the church and whether he knew anyone there, Mejia said.

In a statement, the Church of Scientology thanked Inglewood police for their quick response and protecting its parishioners and staffers.

"These officers are doing a heroic job protecting the community and keeping houses of worship safe against hate crimes," the church wrote. "We have offered our full support to the authorities who are investigating this incident."

No two calls for service are the same, and most bring some inherent danger, but to the men and women that wear a badge, a call for service is a call of duty. The thoughts and prayers of the LAPD are with the 2 injured @Inglewood_PD officers tonight. (AP Photo/Reed Saxon) pic.twitter.com/89M14mXaeZ

— Chief Michel Moore (@LAPDChiefMoore) March 28, 2019

 

Care facility worker accused of feeding jalapeno peppers to dementia patient

OKLAHOMA CITY - A former employee at a senior care facility is accused of feeding one of the patients hot peppers in order to hurt him.

Kyra Johnson, 30, is charged with abuse by a caretaker, according to KFOR.

The allegations stem from an incident at The Village on the Park near S. Penn and Kingsridge Dr., where Johnson was still a caretaker at the time.

The victim was an 81-year-old man who police said suffers from dementia and relied on those working in the Memory Care Living Unit.

One morning, Johnson is accused of taking advantage of that trust.

According to the affidavit, other employees saw her chop up a jalapeño and mix it in with his eggs.

One witness stated, “I hope that is not hot,” to which Johnson allegedly replied, “I hope it is.”

Investigators reported Johnson was seen feeding him the eggs with the jalapeño in them, even though he was “not accustomed to eating spicy food,” and “did not need assistance feeding himself.”

The affidavit states he was seen “fanning and gasping for air to cool his mouth.”

Witnesses told investigators Johnson meant to cause him pain and suffering.

KFOR reached Johnson by phone, who declined to comment without a lawyer.

Multi-vehicle accident on I-74 bridge halts traffic

BETTENDORF, Iowa — Seven vehicles are involved in an accident on the I-74 bridge that has traffic backed up through downtown Moline.

News 8’s Elizabeth Wadas was caught in traffic. Her photos show several vehicles as a part of a chain reaction. At least one vehicle had to be towed away.

Iowa Department of Transportation cameras show police cars stuck in traffic on the bridge trying to get to the accident.

A long line of traffic can be seen backing up to 7th Avenue in Moline.

Bettendorf police are asking people on Facebook to stay clear of Iowa-bound I-74.

It’s unclear what caused the accident.

Victim and occupants of stolen van identified in Moline car crash

MOLINE, Illinois -- The woman who died and the occupants of the stolen van that crashed into her SUV have been identified

Tammy Loos, 51, of Milan died from blunt trauma of the chest and abdomen, Rock Island County Coroner told News 8.

Rock Island County authorities tell WQAD that the three people in the stolen van were:

  1. Amy Taylor
  2. Armand Cannon
  3. Alex Garrels

Taylor, Amy J. Age 27

Cannon, Armand Age 24

Garrels,Alexander Age 25

The three people in the stolen van face several charges, including reckless homicide.

The accident happened on March 27 when a stolen van crashed into the passenger side of an SUV. Loos was sitting in the passenger seat.

A man was pulled from the driver's seat. He's being treated for non-life threatening injuries, according to a statement from Detective Michael Griffin. His name has not been released.

An investigation is ongoing with the Moline Police Department and the RICO Coroner.

FBI presence, bomb squad on Route 84 in Whiteside County

WHITESIDE COUNTY, Illinois -- FBI agents and a bomb squad were deployed along Route 84.

News 8's Katherine Bauer saw one person with a hazmat suit and other wearing masks.

Route 84 was closed down for part of the day between Fulton and Thomson. The road opened back up around 1 p.m.

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Earlier, responders were seen near Great River Road Antiques, an employee told News 8.

The situation started yesterday, the employee said, but more officers were at the scene today. The employee did not want to be identified by name.

The employee told News 8 there was a large, green military-type vehicle and a bomb squad vehicle.

"I've never been around anything like this before," the employee said.

The employee said the officers were there by 9:30 a.m.

A Whiteside County Sheriff's Office dispatcher said they were assisting, but that there was nothing more they could say about the situation.

Janet Glazier sent in a video of a large police presence at a trailer on Route 84. It's believed this is part of the same presence seen near Great River Road Antiques.

This is an ongoing story and will be updated as more information is available.

April’s food stamps will be early in Illinois

People on food stamps in Illinois will once again get their benefits early.

Illinois has been distributing food stamps, officially known as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, early since the federal government closed late last year.

The state will once again send benefits out early in April.

Illinois Department of Human Services’ Spokesperson Patrick Laughlin said benefits will automatically hit LINK cards between April 1 and April 10.

“There is no need for customers to visit the local IDHS offices or call their caseworker,” Laughlin said. “IDHS staff will be working in the upcoming of days to implement the necessary changes to issue some SNAP benefits early.”

Laughlin said April is the last month for early SNAP benefit releases.

Next month, he said, the program will go back to its regular schedule.

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