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Van Wall Equipment Lawn Mower Giveaway Sweepstakes 2018 – Official Rules

Van Wall Equipment Lawn Mower Giveaway Sweepstakes 2018

Official Rules

NO PURCHASE NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN, NOR WILL A PURCHASE IMPROVE ONE’S CHANCES OF WINNING. 

ALL FORMS MUST BE FILLED OUT COMPLETELY AND TRUTHFULLY. FAILURE TO COMPLETE THE ENTRY FORM AND PROVIDE TRUTHFUL AND PERTINENT INFORMATION MAY RESULT IN DISQUALIFICATION FROM THE SWEEPSTAKES. DISQUALIFICATION IS IN THE SOLE DISCRETION OF SPONSOR (defined below).

WQAD News 8 (“Sponsor”) will conduct the Van Wall Equipment Lawn Mower Giveaway Sweepstakes (“Sweepstakes”) in accordance with these Official Rules (“Rules”).  Participation in the Sweepstakes constitutes entrant’s full and unconditional agreement to, and acceptance of, these Rules.  The Sweepstakes is intended for participation in the United States only and is void where prohibited and outside the Sweepstakes Area set forth below.  Do not participate if you are not eligible and located in the United States at the time of entry.

  1.  Eligibility:  Entrants must be legal US residents, at least 18 years old or above, as determined by Sponsor and reside in the Davenport, IA – Moline, IL – Rock Island, IL Designated Market Area as defined by The Nielsen Company (the “Sweepstakes Area”). The Sweepstakes Area includes 17 counties in Iowa and Illinois.  In Illinois – Jo Daviess, Carroll, Whiteside, Bureau, Henry, Rock Island, Mercer, Knox, Henderson, Warren and Knox. In Iowa – Jackson, Clinton, Scott, Muscatine, Louisa, Des Moines, and Henry. Employees of WQAD, Van Wall Equipment (“Sponsor”), and Tribune Media Company, employees of other television or radio stations, and members of the immediate families of such persons are not eligible to participate and win.  The term “immediate family” includes spouses, siblings, parents, children, grandparents and grandchildren, and any other person residing at the same household whether or not related.  Winning a prize is contingent upon fulfilling all requirements set forth herein.
  2. Sweepstakes Period: The Sweepstakes begins on Monday, July 9, 2018 at 9:00 a.m. CT and runs through Monday, July 30, 2018 at 11:59 p.m. CT (the “Sweepstakes Period”).
  3.  Sweepstakes Entry:  There are two methods of entry. Viewers can fill out the entry form found in the contest section of WQAD.COM. They can also fill out an entry form in person at Van Wall Equipment located at 2800 46th Ave, Rock Island, IL 61201. One entry per person per method of entry.

Received entries become the property of WQAD News 8 and will not be returned.  Entrants will also be given the option to opt in to receiving additional information from WQAD and from the Sweepstakes prize providers.  Incomplete entries will be disqualified. Multiple entries by means of software-generated or other automated processes will be disregarded.  Detection of said automated entry will lead to such entries being voided in Sponsor’s sole discretion.  Only one registered account per entry.  If multiple accounts are detected for a single entrant, the accounts will be voided and the entries will be disqualified in Sponsor’s sole discretion.  In the event of a dispute as to any registration, the authorized account holder of the email address or account used to register will be deemed to be the registrant.  The “authorized account holder” is the natural person assigned an email address by an Internet access provider, online service provider or other organization responsible for assigning email addresses for the domain associated with the submitted address. Potential winner may be required to show proof of being the authorized account holder.  Sponsor reserves the right to use any and all information related to the Sweepstakes, including information on entrants obtained through the Sweepstakes, for marketing purposes or any other purpose, unless prohibited by law.  Sponsor reserves the right to contact entrants and all other individuals whose email address is submitted as part of this promotion.

  1. Winner Selection and Notification:  On or about Tuesday, July 31, 2018, Sponsor will select three winners by random drawing from among all eligible entries. Odds of winning depend on the number of eligible entries. Sponsor will attempt to notify the Sweepstakes winner via telephone or email on Tuesday, July 31, 2018. Winner must have a valid email address where he or she can be notified.  If the potential winner: (a) is unreachable after seven days, (b) is not in compliance with these Rules, (c) does not meet the eligibility requirements, (d) does not provide required documentation and sign any required documents by the deadline established by Sponsor, or (e) is unavailable for prize fulfillment, Sponsor reserves the right to award the prize to another winner selected by random drawing from among remaining eligible entries. Sponsor will conduct up to two alternate drawings. If Sponsor cannot find an eligible winner for the prize, the prize will not be awarded.  All results are unofficial until winners are verified.
  2.  Prize:

There is one winner and one prize.

Honda’s HRR2110VKA Self-Propelled 3-in-1 Variable Speed Lawn Mower features auto choke and a simple, adaptable, and reliable design. It adapts the mowing speed to match your stride for ultimate comfort. Now you can easily mulch, bag, or discharge without the use of tools – just use a simple clip director knob.

The approximate retail value of the prize is $350.

  1.  Prize Acceptance/Restrictions:   Winner is subject to verification by WQAD of the winner’s name, age, address, phone number, and Social Security number (where the prize value is equal to or greater than $600.00). In order to claim his or her prize, winner must appear in person at the business offices of WQAD News 8, located at 3003 Park 16th Street, Moline, IL during regular business hours by no later than 5 p.m. on Friday, August 31, 2018. Prior to receipt of prize, winner will be required to sign an Affidavit of Eligibility/Release of Liability and Publicity, and may be required to provide a completed W-9, per Section 9 below.  Prize cannot be redeemed for cash or substituted for any other items by any winner.  Prize is non-assignable and non-transferrable.  Sponsor reserves the right to substitute a comparable prize of like or greater value, including cash, for prize, for any reason.  Costs of transportation and accommodations, where applicable, and any other cost not specifically included in the prize are the sole responsibility of the winners.  Properly claimed prize will be awarded, provided a sufficient number of eligible entries are received, but in no event will Sponsor award more prizes than are provided for in these Rules.
  2. Publicity Release: By participating in the Sweepstakes, each entrant acknowledges that his/her entry in the Sweepstakes constitutes that entrant’s consent to use, publish, reproduce and for all purposes, including publicity, promotion and advertising, in any media (including without limitation, the Internet, television or offline promotions), winner’s name, likeness, photograph, voice, opinions, and/or hometown and state, and any portion thereof, each extending throughout the universe and in perpetuity without further compensation, credit or right of review or approval, except where prohibited by law.
  3. Taxes: Any valuation of the prize stated above is based on available information provided to Sponsor, and the value of prize awarded to a winner may be reported for tax purposes as required by law.  All taxes, including federal, state, and local taxes, are the sole responsibility of the winner.  Any person winning over $600.00 in total prizes will receive a 1099 form from Sponsor at the end of the calendar year and a copy of such form should be filed with the IRS.  Winner must provide Sponsor with valid identification, and a valid taxpayer identification number or Social Security number for total prizes valued at $600.00 or more, before prize will be awarded.  Sponsor will have the right, but not the obligation, to require winner to complete and submit an IRS form W-9.  Sponsor reserves the right to withhold prizes until the completed W‑9 form is received.
  4. Conditions: Sponsor reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to cancel, terminate, modify or suspend this Sweepstakes or any portion hereof, or to disqualify any individual implicated in any of the following actions, if for any reason:  (a) infection by computer virus, bugs, tampering, unauthorized intervention, actions by entrants, fraud, technical failures, or any other causes which, in Sponsor’s sole opinion, corrupt or affect the administration, security, fairness, integrity or proper conduct of the Sweepstakes, (b) the Sweepstakes or any website associated therewith (or any portion thereof) becomes corrupted or does not allow the proper processing of entries per these Rules, (c) the Sweepstakes becomes corrupted due to interruption in wireless calling devices or wireless service for any reason, or (d) the Sweepstakes is otherwise not capable of running as planned.  By entering, entrants represent that they are eligible and agree to be bound by and comply with the Rules and the decisions of any judges, which are final on all matters pertaining to the Sweepstakes.  Any entrant who attempts to tamper with this Sweepstakes in any way or use fraudulent means to participate in and/or win the Sweepstakes will be disqualified.  Sponsor reserves the right to disqualify any entrant at any time, for any reason, including, without limitation, language, activities or behavior deemed inappropriate. Sponsor and its advertising and promotion agencies are not responsible for cancellations, postponements, or delays.  Other than the prize received by the winner, no entrant will be entitled to receive any wages, benefits, fees or other compensation whatsoever as a result of participating in the Sweepstakes.  Sponsor will have the sole discretion to administer the Sweepstakes and interpret and apply the Rules.  This Sweepstakes is not intended for gambling.  Neither the failure of Sponsor to insist upon or enforce strict performance of any provision of these Rules nor the failure, delay or omission by Sponsor in exercising any right with respect to any term of these Rules, will be construed as a waiver or relinquishment to any extent of Sponsor’s right to assert or rely upon any such provision or right in that or any other instance. If there is any conflict between any term of these Rules and any marketing or entry materials used in connection with the Sweepstakes, the terms of these Rules will govern.
  5. Indemnification/Hold Harmless: By participating, entrants agree: (a) to release, discharge, and hold harmless Sponsor, Tribune Media Company, prize providers, and their respective affiliates, parents, subsidiaries, advertising and promotion agencies, and all of their officers, directors, employees, representatives, and agents (the “Released Parties”) from all liability, injuries, losses or damages of any kind to persons, including but not limited to invasion of privacy (under appropriation, intrusion, public disclosure of private facts, false light in the public eye or other legal theory), defamation, slander, libel, violation of right of publicity, infringement of trademark, copyright, or other intellectual property rights, death or property damage resulting in whole or in part, directly or indirectly, from the acceptance, delivery, possession, misuse or use of a prize (including any travel or activity related thereto), or from participation in and/or entry into or creation of an entry for the Sweepstakes and/or the broadcast or exploitation or use of entry or any other Sweepstakes-related activity; and (b) that the Released Parties have neither made nor are in any manner responsible or liable for any warranty, representation or guaranty, expressed or implied, in fact or in law, relating to prize.
  6. Limitation of Liability: The Released Parties are not responsible or liable for: (a) any incorrect or inaccurate entry information or other errors in the printing, offering or administration of the Sweepstakes or in the announcement of the prize(s), (b) any error, omission, interruption, defect or delay in operation or transmission at any website, or wireless calling service, interrupted or unavailable network, server or other conditions, (c) failure of any entry to be received by Sponsor due to technical problems, telephone service problems, human error, or wireless calling service, (d) mechanical, technical, computer, hardware or software errors, malfunctions, or failures of any kind, including but not limited to failed, incomplete, garbled, or delayed transmission of entries, traffic congestion, viruses, sabotage, satellite failures, electrical outages, on telephone lines, on the Internet, at any website, or application or lost or unavailable network connections or natural disasters or acts of God or man, which may limit an entrant’s ability to participate in the Sweepstakes,  (e) communication line, hardware and/or software failures, malfunction of phones (including wireless phones/handsets), phone lines, other communications malfunctions, unavailable network connections, cellular equipment towers, telephone systems or wireless service, (f) damage to any computer (software or hardware) resulting from participation in the Sweepstakes, or damage to mobile phone or other PDA device, (g) theft or destruction of, tampering with, unauthorized access to, or alteration of entries and/or entry information, (h) entries that are late, lost, stolen, damaged, illegible, and/or unintelligible (or any combination thereof), or (i) any change of email address, mailing address, telephone number and/or any other contact information provided by entrant.  Any expenses incurred by the entrant during the entry process are the sole responsibility of each entrant and the Sponsor will not issue reimbursement for any expenses.
  7. Dispute Resolution: By entering the Sweepstakes, entrants agree that: (a) any and all disputes, claims, and causes of action arising out of or connected with the Sweepstakes, or any prizes awarded, will be resolved individually, without resort to any form of class action; (b) any and all claims, judgments and awards will be limited to actual out-of-pocket costs incurred, including costs associated with entering the Sweepstakes but in no event attorneys’ fees; and (c) under no circumstances will any entrant be permitted to obtain any award for, and entrant hereby waives all rights to claim punitive, incidental or consequential damages and any and all rights to have damages multiplied or otherwise increased and any other damages, other than for actual out-of-pocket expenses. All entrants agree, by participation in the Sweepstakes, to submit to the personal jurisdiction of the courts of Illinois.  Illinois law will govern this Sweepstakes, without regard Illinois’s choice of law rules.  The courts of Illinois will be the exclusive forum for any dispute regarding any Rule or activity associated with the Sweepstakes.
  8. Official Rules: To request a copy of the Rules, send a self-addressed stamped envelope to WQAD News 8, located at 3003 Park 16th Street, Moline, IL by 7/30/18.  Written copies of these Rules are also available during normal business hours (Monday – Friday, between 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.) at WQAD’s business offices or online at http://www.wqad.com.
  9. Name of Winner: For the name of the prize winner, send a separate, self-addressed, stamped envelope to WQAD News 8, located at 3003 Park 16th Street, Moline, IL, or appear in person at that location between normal business hours (Monday – Friday, between 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.) after 7/31/18. Requests for winner’s name must be received by October 1, 2018.
  10. Rights Reserved: The content, information, data, designs and code associated with the Sweepstakes and Sweepstakes website are protected by intellectual property and other laws. Any unauthorized use of copyrighted materials, trademarks, or any other intellectual property of Sponsor.

 

  1. Sponsor: WQAD, 3003 Park 16th Street, Moline, IL 61265

Van Wall Equipment, 2800 46th Ave, Rock Island, IL 61201

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Van Wall Equipment Lawn Mower Giveaway

Keep your lawn looking its best this summer.  Register to win a Honda Self-Propelled 3-in-1 Variable Speed Lawn Mower from Van Wall Equipment in Rock Island.

Two ways to enter!  Fill out the form below to register to win and get an EXTRA entry by filling out an entry form in person at Van Wall Equipment located at 2800 46th Avenue in Rock Island, IL.

Deadline for entry is Monday, July 30, 2018.

For complete contest rules, click here.

Illinois Republican congressman wants to see results from Trump’s tough trade negotiations

A central Illinois congressman said the tariff tiff between the U.S. and other countries is hurting America’s breadbasket and that he wants to see results the administration’s policies.

President Donald Trump said Thursday in Montana that he’s being tough on trading partners because the U.S. has been taken advantage of for years with massive trade deficits.

“The [trade] war was lost many years ago,” Trump said. “You know, when they’re saying ‘not a free-trader,’ I said ‘no, no,’ the war was lost, but now we’re going to win it because we have all the cards.”

Trump said in particular China has been abusing U.S. companies by demanding they hand over intellectual property before doing business in that country. He also said even some of the United States’ greatest allies have taken advantage of the U.S. and all he’s asking for is reciprocal trade deals.

Friday morning American tariffs on billions of dollars of Chinese imports were met with tariffs on billions of dollars of American exports to China. Two major American products China is now taxing are corn and soybeans, which affect Illinois farmers.

U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis, R-Taylorville, said Friday in Springfield, Illinois, that while he has concerns about the impact tariffs have on Illinois farmers, he has been told by his constituents to have patience.

“If they feel that this is the best way to negotiate, let’s see what those results are,” Davis said. “And if you talk with many of the farmers that I represent they will tell you they are worried, but they still support this president.”

Trump also recently leveled tariffs on steel and aluminum imports which lead to other countries responding in kind.

Roland Machinery in Springfield customizes heavy equipment for resale. President Matt Roland said he’s already getting letters about increased steel prices of up to 25 percent for things like backhoe buckets, and that’s hitting his business.

“The larger manufacturers probably level it out a little bit better than smaller manufacturers,” Roland said. “So it will affect us, but as long as the economy is strong we can probably handle it.”

Roland, who has one modified backhoe being sold to the state for over $200,000, said they pass the increased cost to the customer.

Davis said he wants to trust the Trump administration and give the administration the opportunity to make good trade deals “but I need to see some results.”

“Our families and our farmers and our manufacturers here in central Illinois need to see those results pretty quickly too,” Davis said.

“It’s always helpful when you don’t have the little ones sniping at your heels,” Trump said at Thursday’s rally in Montana. “Because it’s easier to negotiate when you have support.”

This story was originally published on the Illinois News Network.

 

16-year-old driver and 18-year-old passenger injured in Stockton accident

STOCKTON, Illinois — A 16-year-old male driver and his 18-year-old male passenger sustained minor injuries after the vehicle they were in rolled over in Stockton, Illinois shortly after 6:30 p.m. on Friday, July 6th.

The vehicle was traveling westbound on East Airport Rd. when the driver lost control while attempting to negotiate a curve. The vehicle began to slide on the gravel before entering the ditch and overturning.

Both driver and passenger were transported to Freeport Memorial Hospital with minor injuries.

The driver was cited for failure to reduce speed to avoid accident.

The incident remains under investigation.

Out of prison and heading to Stanford, Illinois man pushes for criminal justice reform

An Illinois man on his way to Stanford University with a full ride after having served 15 years of a 30-year prison sentence for marijuana trafficking hopes his story will help others and spur on criminal justice reform in his home state.

Jason Spyres, now 36, was caught with 38 pounds of marijuana back in 2001 in Macon County.

Court documents show Spyres was arrested after Decatur police were contacted by law enforcement from Red Bluff, California, about a package of marijuana they intercepted that was addressed to a Decatur residence. Police in Illinois got the package, repackaged some of the marijuana along with a transmitting device, and had an undercover officer dressed as a UPS employee deliver the package. Spyres was later arrested. He was eventually convicted and sentenced to prison.

Spyres said he was told time and again that he wouldn’t amount to anything.

“When I was told that I was legally un-rehabilitatable due to Class X sentencing, when I was told that I’m considered more heinous than a second-degree murder conviction, I said ‘this is not right,’” Spyres said.

Prison wasn’t the only punishment.

“While I’m locked up, I found out I was given over $200,000 in fines,” Spyres said. “Because I was so disillusioned in court with all the prison time I was getting, I didn’t pay attention to the fines.”

A Class X felony is the most serious category of felony in Illinois. Someone convicted of second-degree murder can be sentenced to probation.

Spyres said if he could go back in time to when he was 19 years old, he would have slapped himself and said “be a man.”

After getting out of prison, Spyres said he was accepted to the University of Illinois, but he was told he’d be on permanent academic probation. Instead, he chose Stanford University. The private university confirmed Spyres will be a student this fall. Spyres provided documentation showing grant and scholarship awards.

He said it is his mission to show others they can get past a criminal conviction.

“I didn’t want them to think that they couldn’t go open up their own mechanic shop, that they couldn’t go out and be a great father to their kid, that they couldn’t go be a landscape entrepreneur,” Spyres said.

He also wants his story to spur on criminal justice reforms such as expanding jobs skills programs at the Department of Corrections and addressing what he said are excessive fines.

“If you want a person to move forward and put their past behind them and rise above it and be a better person, quit weighing them down with ludicrous fines which you do not expect them to pay,” Spyres said.

Spyres said he’s going to Stanford for engineering management and science. In the meantime, he said he’s an operations manager for Woz-Ken Inc., which operates video slot machine outlets around central Illinois. He also travels to share his story and press for reforms.

This article was originally published on the Illinois News Network.

McConnell chased from Kentucky restaurant by protesters

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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell was followed to his car Saturday by protesters who hurled both personal insults and political rhetoric at him while he left a Kentucky restaurant.

The encounter, which took place in a parking lot outside of a Louisville restaurant, was captured on camera by one of the protesters. In the video, you can hear the group of protesters chanting “vote you out!” and “abolish ICE!” to the Republican senator from Kentucky. One man can be heard calling the senator “turtle head” and repeatedly saying “we know where you live” as the senator and two dining companions climb into their parked vehicle.

McConnell did not respond to the protesters’ comments. The Washington Post was first to report the video Sunday.

The encounter was the second one to occur to McConnell in the last two weeks. In late June, the senator and his wife, Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao, were confronted by protesters in Washington, DC, while leaving an event at Georgetown University.

According to the Post, hundreds of people were protesting Saturday outside Louisville’s Immigration and Customs Enforcement Office, just a few miles from the restaurant. Among the protesters were members of the local chapter of the Democratic Socialists of America. When someone noticed McConnell at the restaurant, they called on the protesters to confront the senator.

“If the Leader comments on being called a fascist and a supporter of ICE by a small handful of extremist protesters then I will let you know,” McConnell’s spokesman, David Popp, told the Post after the incident.

Popp repeated the remark in a statement to CNN.

Like the group of Washington protesters, the Louisville group took aim at McConnell for his support of the Trump administration’s detention of families who illegally cross the border. McConnell does not, however, support the administration’s now-reversed policy of separating immigrant children from their parents.

“Where are the children?” one protester asked McConnell. “Where are the babies, Mitch?” another said.

But the democratic socialists of Louisville told the Post that although three members were in the crowd, the organization was not associated with the man who shouted about knowing where the senator lived.

“This person is not a DSA member, nor do we know who he is or what he meant by that statement,” the chapter wrote in an email to the Post. “We believe it is a reference to peacefully protesting in front of McConnell’s house, which is a regular occurrence in Louisville. However, we cannot speak more to the comment because it did not come from our organization or our members.”

Anti-violence protesters shut down part of Chicago freeway

CHICAGO (AP) — Thousands of anti-violence protesters marched along a Chicago interstate on Saturday, shutting down traffic to draw attention to the gun violence that’s claimed hundreds of lives in some of the city’s poorest neighborhoods and pressure public officials to do more to stop it.

Marchers chanted, “Stop the killing,” and carried signs reading, “We need jobs,” and other messages. Some stopped to scrawl on the road with chalk: “Enough is enough” and “Peace.” Toward the front of the march the Rev. Michael Pfleger, a Roman Catholic priest on the city’s South Side who organized the protest; Chicago police Supt. Eddie Johnson; and the Rev. Jesse Jackson linked arms.

“The people won today because the people showed up. They saw this many people out here, black and white and brown and young and old, and saying, ‘We’re tired of the damn violence in Chicago,'” Pfleger said after completing the roughly 1.5-mile (2.4 kilometer) route.

“We want the governor, the mayor, the elected officials and the community all to come together and say, ‘We want peace now.'”

The march took place along the northbound lanes of Interstate 94, known as the Dan Ryan Expressway, after a roughly hourlong standoff between police and the protesters. The expressway was fully reopened less than 90 minutes later, after the protest ended.

Illinois State Police, which had warned earlier in the week that any pedestrian entering the expressway would face arrest, said early Saturday that an agreement had been reached for protesters to march on a portion of the roadway. Officers and vehicles lined up, forming a barrier to keep protesters in two northbound lanes, allowing some traffic to pass in other northbound lanes.

But Pfleger and protesters insisted there was no agreement and that they would shut down the entire northbound roadway, with Pfleger noting the city closes major roads for parades and other occasions. The crowd began creeping into other lanes — a situation Pfleger said had the potential to become dangerous.

Illinois State Police, which has jurisdiction over expressways, announced around 11:30 a.m. that they were shutting down all northbound lanes of the expressway. Protesters then began walking northbound along the route.

Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner took to Twitter to call the shutdown “unacceptable,” saying there had been parameters set to allow protesters to march while “respecting law and order” but that protesters instead chose “chaos.” The Republican also said he was “disappointed” in Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel.

“I am calling on the Mayor to take swift and decisive action to put an end to this kind of chaos,” Rauner wrote.

Emanuel, a Democrat, responded in a tweet : “It was a peaceful protest. Delete your account.”

Pfleger said the next step is accomplishing the actual goal — an “aggressive plan” to address the violence . Among the demands the protesters listed were more resources, jobs and better schools for their communities as well as stronger gun laws.

There’s a historical significance to marching along the Dan Ryan Expressway — a roadway some believe was built in the early 1960s to separate white communities and poor, black ones. To the west of the new interstate were Comiskey Park, home of the White Sox, and neighborhoods such as Bridgeport, home to then-Mayor Richard J. Daley and his clan. To the east rose the Robert Taylor Homes, a high-rise public housing complex that became notorious for its violence.

It was the kind of racial and economic segregation that still exists in Chicago today.

Chicago police said the city had 252 homicides and 1,100 shootings in the first six months of this year, a decrease from the same period last year. But those crimes have been heavily concentrated in predominantly black, low-income neighborhoods.

Former Gov. Ray, who helped relocate refugees to Iowa, dies

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Former longtime Iowa Gov. Robert D. Ray, who helped thousands of Vietnam War refugees relocate to the state and defined Iowa’s Republican politics for years, has died. He was 89.

Ray, who never faced a serious election challenge during his 14 years as governor, died Sunday morning at a nursing home in Des Moines, said his former chief of staff David Oman. Ray had been battling Parkinson’s disease for several years, Oman said.

Ray once said that his approach to governing was simple: leave politics out of the decision-making process.

“I used to tell the staff, whenever we would talk about something like that, that you don’t start talking about politics at all,” Ray told The Associated Press during an interview in November 2011. “Let’s just decide what the right thing to do is, and then we’ll decide how to promote it.”

During his 14 years as governor, Ray never faced a serious election challenge before he decided not to again seek re-election in 1982.

Recalling his time at the state’s helm, Ray said he was especially proud of his work beginning in 1975 to resettle refugees from the Vietnam War in Iowa. The state became one of the largest resettlement locations in the U.S., and Ray dismissed any notion that relocating thousands of people fleeing Vietnam to his largely rural Midwestern state would carry political risks.

“It was saving the lives of refugees,” Ray said. “People would say that you might not get re-elected and I would say I can make more money if I don’t get re-elected.”

He was born Robert Dolph Ray in Des Moines on Sept. 26, 1928. Ray graduated from the Drake University law school in 1954, and became active in Republican politics while practicing law. He eventually was considered a leader of the party’s moderate wing.

He became chairman of the Iowa Republican Party and was credited with rebuilding it after the devastating GOP losses in 1964, when Barry Goldwater headed the party’s national ticket and lost in a historic landslide to President Lyndon B. Johnson.

Ray was rewarded for his efforts with his gubernatorial win. He also served as chairman of the National Governors Association, the Republican Governors Association, the Midwestern Governors Association, the Education Commission of the States and the Council of State Governments. And in 1976, he and his wife, Billie, and their three children were the first family to live in the governor’s mansion in Terrace Hill.

Although Ray was a strong Republican throughout his life, some of his decisions seemed to run counter to GOP leanings at the time.

He signed into law the state’s bottle deposit system, which encouraged recycling by tacking a fee on soda and beer bottles that was repaid upon their return. He also created the Iowa Commission on the Status of Women, which advocates for policies that benefit women and girls. He also signed executive orders promoting civil rights and energy conservation.

“Obviously he was intelligent and a good politician, but he also had this compassion and forward thinking,” veteran Republican activist Becky Beach said in 2011. “To be a conservative Republican and talk about women’s rights was not something that everybody looked favorably on.”

But she noted that Ray “always had such a presence and generosity that kind of transcended whatever the chaos of the day was.”

Jerry Fitzgerald, who served as Democratic House majority leader during part of Ray’s tenure, said the former governor was reasonable and wanted to solve problems.

“He was an honorable man who did a lot of good things for the state,” Fitzgerald said a November 2011 interview.

Current Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds praised Ray’s leadership.

“His civility, courage and common-sense governing set a high standard for those who followed,” Reynolds said Sunday.

Ray remained active in public life after leaving the governor’s office, including serving as interim mayor of Des Moines in 1997, the same year he helped form the Institute for Character Development at Drake University. A year later, he served as the university’s interim president.

What attracted him to politics, he said, was the chance to work with people and improve their lives.

“There’s an excitement about being able to help other people, particularly in the governor’s office,” Ray said. “Money isn’t the only reason you exist.”

One person injured after Saturday morning shooting at Bettendorf Village Inn

BETTENDORF, Iowa -- One person was hospitalized in an early morning shooting at Bettendorf's Village Inn on State St. on Saturday, July 7th.

Bettendorf police responded to a disturbance call at 4:22 a.m. and found one person shot when they arrived.

The victim was taken to the hospital. Their condition is unknown.

No one has been arrested, but an investigation is underway.

Country music singer performs live on Good Morning Quad Cities

DAVENPORT- Eric Dodd is performing Monday, July 9 at the Triple Crown Whiskey Bar.

Before he does that though, he’s performing live on Good Morning Quad Cities Monday morning.

Dodd has a new single out called, ‘The Reason,’ and it’s already been added to the playlists for Amazon and Apple Music’s Breaking Country and Cool Country. Dodd co-wrote ‘The Reason’ with Michael Whitworth and Dan Fernandez.

Dodd is performing with Matt Van at 7 p.m. at the bar, at 304 East 3rd Street downtown. Doors open at 6 p.m. Tickets costs $17. To buy them, click here. 

 

 

Thai cave rescue update: Another boy rescued on Monday, 8 still inside cave

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Rescuers working at a cave site in northern Thailand brought at least one boy out of the flooded cave system Monday, according to a witness working with the rescue team.

The boy, who was seen on a stretcher just before 4.30 p.m. local time (5.30 a.m. ET) joins four others who were rescued from deep inside the Tham Luang Nang Non cave complex by a team of international and Thai dive experts on Sunday. He’s expected to be flown to hospital by helicopter.

The boys, all part of a youth soccer team known as the Wild Boars, first went missing more than two weeks ago. Last Monday they were discovered huddled on a narrow rock shelf deep within the flooded cave system.

At a news conference Monday, former Chiang Rai governor Narongsak Osotthanakorn said the second rescue involved many of the same divers who brought the four boys out on Sunday.

The second evacuation attempt started at 11 a.m. local time (12 a.m. ET) after rescue workers got some rest and refilled supplies.

Five ambulances were seen driving toward the Tham Luang Nang Non cave complex on Monday afternoon, and at least one helicopter was also seen heading towards the cave entrance.

Officials said late Sunday they’d need to pause the operation for at least 10 hours to fill oxygen tanks that had been depleted during the first phase of the rescue mission.

The four boys rescued Sunday are recovering in a nearby hospital and are yet to see their parents. A family member told CNN Monday that they hadn’t been told which boys had been pulled out, and who is still trapped in the cave.

A relative of one of the Wild Boars soccer team said that the boys’ families had agreed to remain at the cave until all of the boys and the coach are brought out.

Authorities have refused to confirm names reported in local media, but in the small town of Mae Sai where the cave is located, it’s all anybody is talking about it.

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Mission paused for oxygen

Officials said Sunday that it may “take days” to bring all 12 boys and their coach to the surface. Each boy is being accompanied by two divers and it takes hours to negotiate the flooded tunnels through the dark, murky water.

Those still inside the cave are perched on a small muddy ledge 4 kilometers (2.5 miles) from the entrance, surrounded by floodwater and with a limited supply of oxygen.

The most dangerous part of the journey out of the labyrinth cave system is the first kilometer, during which they are required to squeeze through a narrow flooded channel.

Rescuers need to hold the boys’ oxygen tanks in front of them and swim pencil-like through submerged holes. Having completed this section, the boys are then handed over to separate, specialist rescue teams, who help assist them through the remainder of the cave, much of which they can wade through.

Rescuers are racing to beat the next downpour which could further complicate efforts to remove the boys, aged 11 to 16, and their 25-year-old coach.

On Monday, skies were largely clear over the site but rain has been forecast for at least the next three days.

‘A very smooth operation’

The boys who were pulled from the cave late Sunday are recovering from their ordeal in a newly converted isolation ward at Chiang Rai Prachanukroh hospital.

Osotthanakorn said the boys were hungry and asking for a Thai dish of beef with basil and chilli.

“This morning they said they are hungry, and they wanted Phad Kra Pao,” he said. “We have to quarantine them for a little while due to fear of infection.”

Doctors are monitoring them for any illnesses they may have picked up in the cave, and supervising efforts to build up their strength after more than two weeks with little food and no natural light.

“The next step is to make sure those kids and their families are safe because living in cave has a different environment which might contains animals that could transmit any disease,” a hospital statement said.

Thailand’s Health Secretary said last week that on arrival at hospital the boys would need to be quarantined for one to two days before being allowed to see their families. Visitors would need to wear sanitized clothes and stay two meters away from the children.

Complex operation

Late Sunday, nine hours after they entered the cave, elite divers emerged carrying four teenage soccer players who were quickly transferred to waiting ambulances to be taken to hospitals.

The cave rescued mission went faster than practice drills over the last few days, according to Osotthanakorn. Previously, the entire round trip through the cave network was thought to take about 11 hours.

While the governor would not confirm the identities of the four boys, he said the first one emerged at 5:40 p.m. local time (6.40 a.m. ET), followed by the second boy 10 minutes later. Two other boys came out at 7:40 p.m. and 7:50 p.m.

Shortly after, ambulances were seen racing towards the nearby city of Chiang Rai down roads that had been cleared of traffic to smooth the journey. Onlookers were seen watched and cheering as they drove by.

As they are rescued, focus shifts to health of boys on Thai soccer team

Recharging tanks

Twelve boys and their coach were discovered four kilometers into the cave complex by two British divers on July 2, nine days after they abandoned their bicycles and ventured inside only to become trapped by flood water.

The rescue mission has been a huge operation, led by the Royal Thai Navy’s SEAL unit, and supported by a cast of hundreds.

Among those are US military partners, British cave diving experts — including the two men who first located the boys a week ago — and rescue workers from Australia, China and other countries.

US Embassy Bangkok spokesman Steve Castonguay said that “The US will remain here to continue to support this operation until all the soccer players and their coach have been rescued.”

Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop, in an interview with CNN affiliate Nine News Australia Monday, said that the remainder of the boys were also expected to be extracted in batches.

“Next couple of evacuations, I think they are going to bring the boys out in groups of four, so there will be two more groups, plus the soccer coach of course.”

Severe drought conditions expanding this week

It seems that last week we were talking about flooding! While flood conditions are subsiding on the Mississippi River, drought conditions are now developing.

While there could be a very isolated storm north of the Quad Cities from dinnertime through about midnight tonight, that's pretty much our only chance for any rain through Friday as high pressure remains the dominant feature on the weather map.

We've only had two half-inch rain days since Summer began on June 21st. Typically, we should see about a half inch of rain every few days!

While the timing could be better, rain chances will be around for the first few days of tournament play at the John Deere Classic with the highest chance of storms Saturday at about 40%.

-Meteorologist Eric Sorensen

JDC Preview Show – Hear From Bryson DeChambeau, Clair Peterson, Field Breakdown and Weather

Our John Deere Classic Preview Show gets you set for the 48th John Deere Classic. We sit down with defending champ Bryson DeChambeau on his mentality to defend for the first time in his career.  Tournament Director Clair Peterson talks about how the field gets selected and what it takes to prepare for this week. TPC Deere Run Golf Professional Ron Scheyd and Sports Writer Tom Johnston from the Dispatch/Argus take a closer look at this years field.  Plus, we find out what the weather will be like for the 48th john Deere Classic.

Beryl Weakens to Low Pressure System as it Moves Toward Puerto Rico

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Tropical Storm Beryl, the first Atlantic hurricane of the 2018 season, was downgraded Sunday to a remnant low pressure system, the National Hurricane Center said.

As of 8 p.m. Sunday, the remnants of Beryl were moving across the Leeward Islands. It is expected to drift south of Puerto Rico by Monday, bringing squally rains and occasional breezy conditions.

Puerto Rico is not currently under any warnings or watches from the hurricane center. Such advisories were discontinued Sunday afternoon for Guadeloupe, Martinique, St. Martin, St. Barthelemy, Saba, St. Maarten and St. Eustatius.

A tropical storm watch remains in place for Dominica, which was torn apart by Hurricane Maria last September. The government announced earlier Sunday that a curfew and state of emergency will go into effect at 4 p.m. on Sunday. The water system will also be shut down at 2 p.m.

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Rainfall amounts are expected to reach between 2 to 3 inches across the Leeward and Virgin Islands, as well as Puerto Rico. Local amounts of up to 5 inches are possible, according to the hurricane center.

“While we don’t expect a direct hit to take place on Puerto Rico, even some of those outer bands … have the potential to knock out power” on the US territory, CNN meteorologist Allison Chinchar said.

Puerto Rico Gov. Ricardo Rossello declared a state of emergency for the island on Friday.

Puerto Rico preps

Though the storm was far from the strength of major Hurricanes Maria and Irma last year, Beryl still posed a threat of wind and rain to areas that have not fully recovered from those destructive storms. Hurricane Maria destroyed Puerto Rico’s electrical grid and caused the deaths of an untold number of people.

The US commonwealth was ordered to turn over to CNN and another news organization a database of information on all deaths that occurred after Maria pummeled the island. An academic report has estimated that 4,645 people died due to Maria’s destruction.

News of Beryl’s approach was enough for Puerto Ricans to flock to stores to stock up on water and dry goods.

Frances Colon, a Miami resident who was on the island for a wedding, shared a photo Friday morning of a line of people that spread to the parking lot of a Costco in the city of Bayamón.

“People are very aware, and they want to be prepared,” Colon said.

“No one taking a chance with Beryl,” she tweeted. “It’s all anyone talks about wherever we go. I don’t blame them.”

Others shared photos of the crowds lining up to buy supplies.

Gabriel Rivera-Cruz, a resident of San Juan, went to the same Costco on Thursday night with his family and was surprised to see long lines of people already there.

“I think the memories from (last year’s) hurricanes are so fresh that we have a clear idea of the effects and which items can be scarce or hard to find,” he said.

“Most people I know are aware that this storm doesn’t seem to be a second Maria, but is simply a wake-up call that the hurricane season is here and we are still extremely vulnerable,” Rivera-Cruz added.

California Mother Runs From Hospital With Infant After Boy Tests Positive for Drugs

MARYSVILLE, Calif. – A Northern California mom and her two kids have been found after police say she fled a Marysville hospital after her baby tested positive for drugs.

Witnesses told KTXL that Tina Baiz and her two kids were found near a Motel 6 in Linda.

Baiz and her kids were missing since July 4 when she brought her baby Zeke in for an emergency to Rideout Hospital in Marsville.

"We believe Tina may have overheard a conversation outside of the room discussing the positive result the child had for drugs in his system," Yuba City police spokeswoman Shawna Pavey said.

Baiz left, while baby Zeke still had an IV inserted.

Police would not comment on how the kids are doing now, but they say they are questioning Baiz -- who will likely face charges.

"We need to know exactly what has happened with Zeke and Zoe since the time she left Rideout Hospital until we found her this afternoon," Pavey said.

But police say they could not have found Baiz and the kids without the community's help.

"In cases like this, folks that are out in the community, along with the press, are so important in helping us get the information we need in the timeliest manner possible," Pavey told FOX40.

Police would not say what type of drugs for which baby Zeke tested positive.

The history inside the old Rock Island County Courthouse

Rock Island, Illinois-- The old Rock Island County Courthouse hasn't been used in nearly two years. The building is outdated and costs a lot of money to maintain.

The County has proposed to tear it down but it won't be coming down without a fight.

A group of local preservationists have stepped in to keep the building intact. The community is getting involved too.

Diana Alm has lived in Rock Island county for forty seven years. Until recently she didn't see the history hidden inside.

Earlier this year she went through the courthouse and photographed a staircase, specially made doorknobs, tiles, but something else stuck out to her.

"On this plaque are all these names of the people that were considered early settlers. They were from 1816, when George Davenport first came, all the way to 1846 when he died. All the people that came to this county during those years have their name on this plaque carved in marble," said Alm. As soon as she saw it she thought they can't tear this down.

While some people see the history inside the courthouse others love the architecture.

"You don't see buildings like this anymore," said Bill Handle. Handle is a retired architect and has learned everything he can about the work that was put into the old courthouse back in the late 1800s.

"The care and the love with which it was built just needs to be respected," said Handle. Handle believes the space inside the courthouse could be re-purposed as an office space for Rock Island County.

"I'd like to see it become something else, a museum, a restaurant, offices, stores. If somebody had the vision of what it might become I would think they could figure out a way to make into something else," said Alm.

The Rock Island Preservation Society is raising money for renovations on the courthouse if they are given the chance.

The County building commission will vote on what to do with the old courthouse by July 18th.

Rescuers Up Against ‘Water and Time’ to Save Remaining Teammates Trapped in Thai Cave

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THAILAND  —  The operation to rescue the remaining boys and their coach from a flooded cave in northern Thailand was expected to resume Monday morning, but heavy rain threatened to further complicate the mission.

Four of the 12 boys were extracted from the Tham Luang cave network in the Chiang Rai province Sunday evening, before the operation was suspended overnight to allow oxygen tanks to be refilled before rescue teams begin the next phase.

The four boys, who were taken to a Chiang Rai hospital for further medical examination, are said to be in good health, with their condition described by officials as “not that bad.”

But rescue teams don’t have an abundance of time. Rain began to fall on Sunday, and more rain is forecast throughout the coming days, which could undo the ongoing efforts to drain the flooded caverns where the other boys remain trapped.

“We have two obstacles: water and time,” said Chiang Rai Gov. Narongsak Osotthanakorn earlier Sunday, as rain began to fall across the site near the cave entrance.

“This is what we have been racing against since day one,” he said. “We have to do all we can, even though it is hard to fight the force of nature.”

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‘A very smooth operation’

Sunday’s mission went quicker than it had in drills over the last several days, according to Osotthanakorn.

Previously, the entire round trip through the cave network was thought to take about 11 hours. But the first of the four boys emerged from the cave entrance about nine hours after a team of 18 international cave diving experts went in to retrieve them.

The boys wore “full face masks and the rescue divers carried them out through the passage in the cave complex,” Osotthanakorn said in a news conference after the rescue.

“It was a very smooth operation today,” he added.

While the governor would not confirm the identities of the four boys, he said the first one emerged at 5:40 p.m., followed by the second boy 10 minutes later. Two other boys emerged from the cave at 7:40 p.m. and 7:50 p.m.

Twelve boys — aged between 11 and 16 — and their coach, were discovered by two British divers on July 2, nine days after they abandoned their bicycles and disappeared into the Tham Luang Nang Non cave complex.

Pressure mounting as rain dominates forecasts

Rescuers have a dwindling window of opportunity, with forecasters predicting the return of heavy monsoon rains in the coming days, effectively sealing off the cave until October.

It was the rain that stranded the boys and their coach inside the cave to begin with, after they ventured into the cave network last month.

“The heaviest rain has yet to come,” said CNN meteorologist Allison Chinchar.

Rescue teams have been helped by the fact that the rain stopped for several days, Chinchar said, allowing water to be pumped out of the cave and making it possible for the four boys and specialist rescue teams to make the final leg of the journey on foot.

But that could change in the coming days, Chinchar added. Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday each have an 80% to 90% chance of rain.

“And really when you look at the long-term forecast, it really extends the next seven to 10 days,” she said.

Osotthanakorn told reporters there would be a meeting Sunday evening to plan next steps, and that authorities want to ensure conditions are stable before beginning the next phase of the rescue.

A dangerous journey

Those still inside the cave are perched on a small muddy ledge 4 kilometers (2.5 miles) inside the cave complex, surrounded by floodwater and with a limited supply of oxygen.

For the boys — some of whom can’t swim — the most dangerous part of the journey out of the labyrinth cave system remains the first kilometer, in which they are required to pass through a flooded channel no wider than a person.

During this process, rescuers need to hold the boys’ oxygen tanks in front of them and swim pencil-like through submerged holes. Having completed this section, the boys are then handed over to separate, specialist rescue teams, who help assist them through the remainder of the cave, much of which they can wade through.

Initially, officials said the strongest boys would be taken out of the cave first.

But Osottanakorn said on Sunday it would be up to boys and a doctor inside the cave with them to determine the order in which they would exit. That decision would also depend on a medical examination by the doctor.

“I don’t know who will come out first,” the governor added.

Divers have previously described conditions in the cave network as some of the most extreme they have ever faced.

The decision to move the boys using divers has not been taken lightly. On Friday, a former Thai Navy SEAL died while returning from an operation to deliver oxygen tanks to the cave.

Finnish volunteer diver Mikko Paasi, a long-term resident of Thailand, said the death of the Thai Navy SEAL had changed the mood on the ground and made real for rescuers just how dangerous the mission had become.

“Definitely, you can feel it that it has an effect, but we’re moving on. Everyone is a professional so we’re trying to put it away and avoid it happening again,” he said, adding: “Everybody is focusing on getting these boys out — keeping them alive or getting them out.”

Families remain vigilant, hopeful

In the hours preceding the rescue, a letter the boys had sent to their families was published on the Thai SEALs’ Facebook page. The letter shows the boys in good spirits despite their ordeal.

In neat blue handwriting, 11-year-old Chanin Viboonrungruang, the youngest of the group, told his parents not to worry, and said he was looking forward to eating fried chicken.

His parents, along with other families, have maintained a constant vigil at the site since the boys became trapped.

On reading the letter Saturday evening, Chanin’s father, Tanawut Viboonrungruang, said he felt a great sense of relief. “I had been worried about my son, that he would be exhausted, he would be tired,” he said.

The aunt and grandmother of one of the boys, Prajak Sutham, said earlier in the day they learned the rescue effort was underway via Facebook, and were anxiously awaiting news that Prajak had made it out safely.

“It’s like I’m counting every second,” said Salisa Promjak, the aunt. “I want to see his face. I want to see how he gets out, how they get him out … I am so happy.”

Asked what she would say when she first sees her grandson, Kiawakham Chantaphoon said, “Grandma loves you the most in the whole world.”

They also wanted to express their gratitude to the rescue teams working to free Prajak and his teammates.

“As a cousin and as a representative of all 13 families, I cannot find words to explain our feelings and how glad and grateful we are,” said Promjak. “Just the words ‘thank you’ is not enough to explain all the feelings we have for them.”

Rescued boys begin the recovery process

Now that the first of the boys have been taken to a nearby hospital, doctors there will begin evaluating the impact to their long-term health.

One of the primary concerns will be the boys’ exposure to a lack of oxygen, said Dr. Darria Long Gillespie of the University of Tennessee. “As soon as they get out, that’s what they’ll be checking: their oxygen levels and their breathing.”

Thai officials said Friday that oxygen levels inside the cave plummeted to a dangerous 15% — shy of the US Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s “optimal range” of oxygen, which is between 19.5% and 23.5%.

As oxygen drops below the lower threshold of the optimal level, the body begins to undergo changes and may face the serious risk of hypoxia, the condition that causes altitude sickness, according to OSHA.

The boys will also be checked for malnutrition, dehydration and an array of other health effects.

Van Found Embedded ’15 Feet Off the Ground’ in Side of Wisconsin Home

Alva Richards

NEWBURG, Wis. – A man is facing charges after a van was found lodged in the side of a Newburg, Wisconsin home on June 28th.

Homeowners Ken and Annette Bienlein said they're thankful to be alive after receiving a 55th wedding anniversary gift they didn't ask for and weren't expecting.

"I was going to get out of bed, and there was glass all over," said Ken Bienlein.

Alva Richards, 35, of Waubeka, faces one count of second degree recklessly endangering safety and one count of possession of THC.

According to a criminal complaint, a deputy was dispatched to a home on West Hawthorne Drive near Main Street in Newburg after a homeowner reported hearing "a loud bang" around 3:15 a.m. The homeowner found a vehicle "embedded into her neighbor's house, approximately 15 feet off the ground."

A deputy discovered a gray minivan, approximately 15 feet up in the air.

Ken Bienlein said he was asleep in his bedroom when he heard a loud crash. The deputy said he noticed motor oil and other vehicle fluids covering Bienlein's upper body.

Bienlein was sleeping inches from where the van's rear bumper ended up. The front bumper was in the attic.

"I was grateful that he wasn't hurt. Very grateful that I wasn't hurt," said Annette Bienlein.

Annette Bienlein just happened to be in the bathroom at the time.

"If I'd been in the bed, I probably wouldn't be here now," said Annette Bienlein.

"We were glad to see each other. Then I looked back in and there's a bottom of a car looking at me," said Ken Bienlein.

The complaint says Richards was found in the driver's seat of the vehicle, and he appeared unconscious. He eventually fell out of the vehicle, landing on the ground. The complaint says he appeared disoriented and under the influence of something. He allegedly told the deputy he smokes marijuana every day, but couldn't say when he last smoked it. He was taken to the hospital for a blood draw.

"Every time you think you may have seen it all, something like this happens and it resets," said Jamon Ingelse, of Lanser Garage and Towing, the company that removed the van the next day.

"For everyone to walk away with minor to no injuries is just a miracle," said Ingelse.

When he was questioned, the complaint says Richards indicated he suffers from seizure disorder and last had a seizure on May 10. He said he takes CBD gummies shipped from Florida, and he didn't believe they contained any THC. He said he smoked a bowl of marijuana earlier in the day on June 28. The complaint says a grinder and .6 grams of marijuana were found in a backpack in his vehicle.

The complaint says the crash appeared to have been caused by Richards' vehicle leaving the road at a significant rate of speed and hitting some landscaping embankment, which launched the vehicle into the air -- and into the home.

Richards was in court on June 28 for a bail/bond hearing. Cash bond was set at $5,000. A status hearing was set for Aug. 8.

Meanwhile, Ken and Annette Bienlein said they're happy they can continue toward 56 years married -- together.

"The 29th was our 55th anniversary. We probably are a little closer and we believe more in guardian angels," said Ken Bienlein.

The heat and humidity will be returning this week

Hopefully we were all able to enjoy the gorgeous weather this weekend! We’ll stay nice and dry tonight, but it won’t be getting quite as cool with lows in the mid 60s.

You’ll notice a nice warm-up tomorrow as we reach the low 90s for our Monday afternoon. The sunshine will be back along with some of the humidity. However, a weak cold front will move in Tuesday, dropping our temperatures a bit. Look for highs in the upper 80s on Tuesday and Wednesday.

The brief cool down will be short lived. Hot and humid air will return on Thursday and Friday with highs back in the low 90s. We’ll be keeping a close eye on the sky late this week for any rain that may disrupt play at the John Deere Classic! There is a chance for a few showers and storms on Friday, with a better chance for rain on Saturday.

Meteorologist Taylor Graham

JDC Sponsor Exemptions, Pleasant Valley Softball Wins, North Scott SB Falls, YMCA Rowers Advance to Championship

John Deere Classic is always looking for the next big name in golf.  Tournament Director Clair Peterson looks to use his sponsor exemptions to give some of those golfers a chance to make a name for themselves.

Pleasant Valley beats Davenport Central 11-0 in 5 innings to advance to the Regional Championship.

North Scott falls to Keokuk 9-6 in the Regional Semi-Final.

Rowers from the YMCA continue to impress at the Royal Henley regatta in England.  They advanced to the Championship round.

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