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Masked bank robber steals money from Davenport credit union

DAVENPORT, Iowa -- Police are asking for help to catch a masked bank robber.

On Friday, November 23 around 5:30 p.m., a person walked into DuTrac Community Credit Union on Kimberly Road.  According to police, the person said he had a weapon and stole an undisclosed amount of money.

The suspect was wearing a full camouflage mask, green sweatshirt and jeans.

There were no injuries.

Anyone with information is asked to call CrimeStoppers at 309-762-9500 or call the Davenport Police Department.

Road conditions update southeast of the Quad Cities

The Warren County Sheriff's Office offered a road conditions update Monday morning, as crews worked to clear several inches of snow from the roadways.

As of 8:30 a.m., here are the latest conditions in the Mercer County, Warren County, Knox County area:

  • Illinois Route 164 still closed east and west of Monmouth
  • US 67 north of Monmouth is impassable
  • One lane is open north and south on US 67 south of Monmouth
  • One lane open east and west on US 34 between Galesburg and Monmouth
  • No report on Illinois Route 116 or county highways

US authorities fire tear gas to disperse migrants at border

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(CNN) — A major US-Mexico border crossing in San Diego was closed for hours on Sunday after a group of migrants on the Mexican side rushed the border area, leading US Border Patrol agents to fire tear gas at the group.

About 500 migrants on the Mexican side of the border overwhelmed police blockades near the San Ysidro Port of Entry Sunday afternoon, two journalists at the scene in Tijuana told CNN.

As the migrants tried to cross the border, authorities on the US side used tear gas to disperse them, the journalists said. Video of the scene showed a cloud of tear gas that sent people running and screaming, including families with young children.

US Customs and Border Protection said the migrants threw projectiles that struck several agents.

“Border Patrol agents deployed tear gas to dispel the group because of the risk to agents’ safety,” the agency said on Twitter.

The incident marked an escalation of tensions that have been mounting since groups of Central American migrants began arriving in Tijuana a few weeks ago on their journey to attempt to gain entry to the United States.

The migrants’ presence has drawn demonstrators — for and against them — and threats from President Donald Trump to close the US-Mexico border. Meanwhile, Tijuana’s mayor has called on the Mexican government and the international community for help.

The melee closed one of the world’s busiest international crossings, San Ysidro Port of Entry, to vehicle and pedestrian traffic for several hours. By Sunday afternoon, CBP reopened crossing lanes in both directions to pedestrians and vehicles.

Mexico’s Interior Ministry said federal and local authorities stopped the migrants Sunday from crossing the border illegally. Those identified as having tried to illegally cross will be processed for deportation to their home countries, the ministry said.

By Sunday night, Tijuana police had arrested 39 people, the agency said on Facebook.

The Interior Ministry described Sunday’s incident as “acts of provocation” and warned that far from helping the migrants’ cause, it could result in a serious incident on the border.

How the incident began

The incident began with a march to the border that organizers said would be peaceful. In response, CBP deployed additional personnel to San Ysidro on Sunday in expectation of demonstrations on both sides of the border.

In Mexico, the march started at the Benito Juárez Sports Complex — where most of the migrants are staying — and continued to the border.

As they reached the border area, some protesters split off toward multiple locations, CBP said. Some attempted to enter through San Ysidro and were turned away, the agency said. Others tried to enter “directly east and west of the border crossing.”

After they were prevented from entering the port of entry, some of the migrants “attempted to breach legacy fence infrastructure along the border and sought to harm CBP personnel by throwing projectiles at them,” Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen Nielsen said in a statement.

“DHS will not tolerate this type of lawlessness and will not hesitate to shut down ports of entry for security and public safety reasons. We will also seek to prosecute to the fullest extent of the law anyone who destroys federal property, endangers our front-line operators, or violates our nation’s sovereignty,” Nielsen said.

The mayor of Tijuana said on Sunday that he would not let the migrants’ actions damage the city’s relationship with its neighbors across the border. Residents of Tijuana work, study and visit the United States each day, and the border closures affect them, too, Juan Manuel Gastélum Buenrostro said on Twitter on Sunday.

The mayor previously said he will not commit city resources to the migrants, including money or public services. He called on the Mexican government — specifically, President Enrique Peña Nieto and his secretary of domestic affairs — to provide assistance.

“The people of Tijuana will not pay for the stay of these migrants. I will not send Tijuana into debt, just like I have been able to avoid the last two years,” he said in a November 22 Facebook post.

“We are dealing with a humanitarian crisis and the federal government must step up to its responsibility!!!”

Listeria outbreak prompts recall of Vietnamese pork rolls

(CNN) -- A multistate outbreak of listeria has been traced to a Houston manufacturer's Vietnamese ready-to-eat pork products, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced this week.

Long Phung Food Products has issued a recall of its ready-to-eat pork products, which were shipped nationwide.

Four people were hospitalized after eating Long Phung anchovy-marinated pork patty rolls manufactured between May 21 and November 16 and labeled with establishment number "EST. 13561." No deaths have been reported.

Listeria is the third leading cause of death from food poisoning in the United States, according to the CDC, and is especially dangerous for anyone with a weakened immune system, over age 65 or pregnant. Symptoms usually occur within four weeks of infection but can take as long as 70 days to appear. In some cases, the first signs of infection are diarrhea or other gastrointestinal symptoms. Typical symptoms that follow include headache, stiff neck, fever, muscle pain, confusion, loss of balance and convulsions.

Pregnant women are especially at risk. According to the CDC, they are 10 times more likely to get a listeria infection, and the odds are even higher for Hispanic pregnant women, who are 24 times more likely to get listeria.

Although pregnant women typically experience only flu-like symptoms, the danger to the developing fetus is high. Infections during pregnancy can lead to miscarriage, premature delivery or stillbirth.

Newborns with listeriosis can develop blood infections, meningitis and other serious and potentially life-threatening complications. Listeriosis is treated with antibiotics.

The illness has affected people in Texas, Louisiana, Tennessee and Michigan, but the US Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service said it is concerned that families and businesses may have stored frozen products. The full list can be found on its website.

The CDC advises consumers and retailers to throw away or return unused products to the place of purchase, even if they have been consumed without any sign of illness. Shelves and drawers where the pork patties were storied should be washed with warm, soapy water and sanitized.

Burlington apartment catches fire

BURLINGTON, Iowa — An apartment building sustained extensive damage after catching on fire.

Firefighters were called to the 1200 block of Koestner Street where heavy smoke and flames were coming from a chimney enclosure and the attic.  The four-unit building sustained extensive smoke, fire and water damage, according to a statement from Fire Marshal Mark Crooks.

Crews stayed on scene for about four hours, from 5:45 p.m. until 9:45 p.m. on Sunday, November 25.

Five people live at the apartment in three rented units.  Two people were there at the time of the fire, Crooks said.  There were no injuries.

Illinois State Police: ‘DO NOT TRAVEL!!’

The Illinois State Police put out a message on social media saying “DO NOT TRAVEL!!”

ISP took to Facebook Sunday evening, November 25 to urge drivers to stay off the roads.

“Emergency crews CAN NOT safely rescue those who choose to drive in this storm,” read the post. 

The blizzard warning was in effect until 6 a.m. Monday.

Dozens of area school districts planned to close MondayClick here for a list of other closings and cancellations. 

Area county sheriff departments were also reporting dangerous conditions for emergency crews.

Thousands without power southeast of the QC

Thousands of Ameren Illinois customers were without power southeast of the Quad Cities.

The outages were reported during the blizzard warning that was sweeping across the region on Sunday, November 25.

According to Ameren’s outage map, nearly 2,000 people surrounding Galesburg were without power and more than 1,500 in the Kewanee area were without.  The outages were reported in Henry, Knox, Mercer and Warren Counties.

Ameren customers without power can report an outage or check the status of their outage by clicking here.

Hundreds of flights canceled as Midwest braces for snowstorm

CHICAGO (AP) — A winter storm blanketed much of the central Midwest with snow on Sunday at the end of the Thanksgiving weekend, bringing blizzard-like conditions that grounded hundreds of flights and forced the closure of major highways on one of the busiest travel days of the year. "It's going to be messy," said Todd Kluber, a meteorologist for the National Weather Service who is based in suburban Chicago.With much of the central Plains and Great Lakes region under blizzard or winter storm warnings, around 1,200 flights headed to or from the U.S. had been canceled as of 6 p.m. Sunday, according to the flight-tracking website FlightAware.Most were supposed to be routed through Chicago or Kansas City — areas forecast to be hit hard by the storm.Strong winds and snow created blizzard conditions across much of Nebraska and parts of Kansas, Iowa and Missouri. The National Weather Service was warning those conditions would make travel difficult in places.By midday, the blizzard warning was extended to parts of eastern Illinois near Chicago, where snow is forecast to fall at a rate of about 2 inches per hour.Other parts of the central Plains and Great Lakes region were under a winter storm warning that could see a foot or more of snow dumped in some places by the end of the day.

In eastern Nebraska, part of Interstate 80 between Lincoln and Omaha was closed Sunday morning because of multiple accidents after snow blanketed that area. That included semitrailer trucks jackknifed across the highway. It was re-opened by Sunday afternoon.

In Kansas, Gov. Jeff Colyer issued a state of emergency declaration. The action came as a large stretch of Interstate 70, spanning much of the state, was closed between Junction City and WaKeeney.

Separately, a portion of Interstate 29 was shut down in Missouri, near the Iowa border.

As much as a foot was expected in Chicago. Between 4 to 6 inches of snow was expected in the Kansas City area. Forecasters predict more than a foot of snow is likely in southeast Nebraska, northeast Kansas, northwest Missouri and southwest Iowa.

By Monday morning, the storm was expected to hit parts of northern Indiana and southern Michigan.

Kluber said the storm was expected to hit the Chicago region sometime Sunday evening. He said rain will give way to heavy snowfall and "near whiteout conditions" that will make for dangerous travel.

Alabama mall gunman still at large after police say armed man killed by officer ‘likely did not fire’ shots

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(CNN) — An armed 21-year-old man killed by an officer at a mall in Alabama on Thanksgiving night “likely did not fire” the shots that wounded two people and sent terrified shoppers running for cover, police said Friday.

Authorities initially thought Emantic Fitzgerald Bradford Jr., known as E.J., had fired the rounds at the Riverchase Galleria in Hoover that left an 18-year-old and a 12-year-old hospitalized, Hoover police spokesman Capt. Gregg Rector said in a statement.

At first, police said Bradford opened fire after an altercation with the 18-year-old and an officer fatally shot him as he fled the scene.

But late Friday, police changed that story, saying that while Bradford was involved in “some aspect of the altercation” and was armed with a handgun, he likely did not fire the rounds that injured the two others.

“We regret that our initial media release was not totally accurate, but new evidence indicates that it was not,” Rector said.

Police: Altercation involved more people

The new information emerged after Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office investigators and crime scene experts spoke to witnesses and examined evidence, police said.

“Investigators now believe that more than two individuals were involved in the initial altercation,” Rector said. “This information indicates that there is at least one gunman still at large.”

Police provided no name or description of the gunman at large.

The officer involved in the shooting is on administrative leave pending an investigation, police said.

Bradford’s family said his death left them shocked and devastated.

“EJ was a devoted son and brother, who dedicated his life to serving his country and always doing the right thing. As we continue to grieve, rest assured, that we are working diligently with our legal team to determine exactly what happened and why this police officer killed our son. We will never forget EJ, and ask for your continued prayers during this incredibly difficult time.”

Members of the Bradford family have retained civil rights attorney Benjamin L. Crump, according to a release from the law firm.

The Jefferson County district attorney informed Hoover police Friday that the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency will take over the lead role in the shooting investigation from the county sheriff’s office, Rector said.

Hoover police will assist and cooperate in that inquiry, and will conduct its won internal investigation.

That police would so quickly rescind their account is unusual, CNN senior law enforcement analyst Tom Fuentes said Saturday. But because new information pointed to a gunman on the loose, they had to do so for the public’s sake, he said.

The initial report, Fuentes said, reflects the “pressure on police and authorities when there’s an officer-involved shooting to get out as much information as quickly as they can, even if it involves some kind of speculation or they’re jumping to a conclusion.”

Protesters demand justice outside mall

Several dozen demonstrators gathered Saturday outside the mall to demand justice, footage from CNN affiliate WVTM showed.

Holding signs reading, “Justice for E.J.” and “Black Lives Matter,” they compared Bradford’s case to those of other African-Americans shot dead by police in high-profile incidents, including Walter Scott, who was killed in North Charleston, South Carolina, in 2015.

“No justice, no peace,” they shouted as they walked slowly around the shopping center before entering it. “No racist police.”

One demonstrator drew attention to officers along the protest’s perimeter, blaming them for the fatal shooting of Bradford, then called for the arrest of the officer who shot the 21-year-old.

More than one speaker referred to Bradford’s military service. But while Bradford noted on his Facebook page that he was a US Army combat engineer, he never completed advanced individual training and did not serve, said Lt. Col. Manny Ortiz, an Army spokesman.

‘Freaking out,’ then escaping

The shooting at Alabama’s largest enclosed mall happened shortly before 10 p.m. (11 p.m. ET) Thursday.

Police do not know how the confrontation began but don’t believe the 18-year-old who was hurt was armed, they said. A gunman opened fire, shooting the teenager twice in the torso, according to police.

A Hoover police officer who was working security at the mall confronted an armed man running away from the scene and fatally shot him, authorities said.

A 12-year-old girl described by police as a bystander was shot once, but it’s unclear by whom, Rector said. Both of the injured were taken to hospitals.

Witnesses described chaotic scenes when gunshots rang out, with customers screaming and staff working to help people flee or hide.

“They (put) us in supply closets and locked the doors. And then we sat there for five to 10 minutes, all freaking out,” Lexie Joyner told CNN affiliate WBRC. “And then they opened the escape-route doors, and we escaped.”

Iowa State Police cruiser hit on I-80 while sergeant responds to crash

WALCOTT, Iowa — A squad car was hit on Interstate 80 while a sergeant was responding to a crash.

The squad car was hit Sunday afternoon, November 25 at the 284 mile marker near Walcott.  Police said a vehicle lost control and crashed into the cruiser.

Related: BLIZZARD WARNING in effect until 6am Monday. Dangerous travel likely.

There were no serious injuries, according to police.

A post on the Iowa State Patrol’s Facebook page advised drivers to “Slow down, put the phone down, and buckle up!!!”

BLIZZARD WARNING in effect until 6am Monday. Dangerous travel likely.

A BLIZZARD WARNING is now in effect until 6am Monday as areas of heavy snow and strong winds move in this evening.

Click here for warnings in your county.

A heavier band of snow mixed with sleet has already set up just north of the Quad Cities early this afternoon with another area of rain mixed with snow to the south. All precipitation will continue to change over to snow and intensify into the early evening hours. The heaviest snow band still appears it will set up between Mt. Pleasant, the Quad Cities, and Sterling/Rock Falls. This heavy band will be well established after 3/4pm this afternoon and last into much of the early evening hours. Visibility will be greatly reduced and roads will quickly become snow covered.

Generally, all locations will receive roughly 6-9 inches with isolated higher amounts, with the exception of areas to the northwest of the Quad Cities where the cutoff will be much sharper in terms of amounts.

As winds increase through the late afternoon and evening blowing and drifting snow will become likely, especially in open areas. Winds out of the north will occasionally gust over 40 MPH at times making travel on east/west roads difficult and dangerous.

Try to avoid travel if at all possible this evening through the pre-dawn hours on Monday.

Turkey Tournament Basketball, Bettendorf GBB, Score Standout

Turkey Tournaments wrap up as Monmouth-Roseville beats Orion for the 10 & 32 Tip Off Championship.  Erie-Prophetstown beats Alleman for 3rd place. Rock Island over Chicago Phillips 68-54.  United Township cruises past Kewanee.  Rock Falls edges Rockridge 48-46. Bettendorf runs past Cedar Rapids Jefferson in girls basketball.  MTI Score Standouts.

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Rock Island business owner turning trees into kitchen tools

ROCK ISLAND, Illinois  --  Wild Cherry Spoon Company opened Saturday, November 24th, at The Shoppes on 2nd in Rock Island.

Wild Cherry Spoon Co. is a small, artisan owned and operated business with hand crafted wooden spoons, spatulas, pizza cutters, and home products. The owner, Tim McGuire, has lived in Rock Island for the past 10 years and crafts all the pieces himself. All of the wood in the products comes from Quad Cities lumber. McGuire began wood carving in 2013.

"I really want to see Rock Island grow," owner Tim McGuire said. " I mean the community is great here, from the business owners to the people in our neighborhood."

McGuire says each piece is hand carved and finished with organic olive oil and beeswax. McGuire said he opened on Small Business Saturday to help encourage shoppers to support the local economy. He says he hopes his pieces inspire others.

"What I`m really hoping to see is that other creative people kind of see what we`re doing," McGuire said. " That they come up with ideas of their own and it creates this renaissance of retail in the Quad Cities and specifically in Rock Island. I would love to see that."

Wild Cherry Spoon Company also offers local paintings by co-owner Molly McGuire. The shop hosted a raffle that included a free $300 hand crafted table. They also donated 10% of their opening day proceeds to the Native American Coalition of the Quad Cities.

The owners also offer home and kitchen themed classes. For store updates and sales, follow Wild Cherry Spoon Co. on Facebook.

DEVELOPING: Police have one man in custody after police surround Moline home with armed vehicle

Update:  10:09 p.m. Police have one man in custody.

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Update: Moline Police say there is an armed gunman inside 1915 16th Street in Moline who came out of the house waving the gun.

We still don't know what lead up to the incident, and we still do not know how many other people are in the home.

Avoid the area.

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MOLINE-- The area of 16th Street and 19th Avenue in Moline are blocked off by first responders. Officers have guns drawn and shields out concentrated around a home at 1915 16th Street. The caution tape goes all the way out to the Uptown Convenience Store on the corner of 16th Street and 19th Avenue.

A News 8 crew on scene says officers have guns drawn and shields out concentrated around a home at 1915 16th Street. There are at least seven police cars, one fire truck and an ambulance.

We are gathering information right now, but avoid the area if you can.

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A fourth cancer battle brings friends and family together for Mercer County woman

ALEDO, Illinois – When it comes to battling cancer it’s good to know others are fighting with you.

“This is Alli’s fourth cancer now, she kind of surprised us,” says Missy Adams, mother of cancer patient Alli Adams.

“We are getting as many people together today to let her know she’s not alone and that we all care,” Missy explains.

Alli was diagnosed with cancer in November 2018 for the fourth time in her mouth.

“The day I saw her post on Facebook she had cancer for the fourth time, I got a hold of her mom,” says Morgan Welch who thought of the idea to bring Pink Heals of Sauk Valley Chapter to Alli’s house.

“We are all going to make Alli smile today,” comments Missy.

Alli was first diagnosed with cancer when she was two. It would eventually turn into a battle all her life after she was told she has Li-Fraumeni Syndrome – a gene passed on from her father who passed away from brain cancer when Alli was only one.  The syndrome can be passed from generation to generation.

Alli is ready to fight again, this time with her family, friends, and a surprise from the Pink Heals.  The group’s mission is to go around to women fighting cancer and boost their spirits.

And with friends and family by her side, it’s clear no matter how many battles Alli fights, she will always be supported.

“It means the world to me that so many people are behind me and love me and are hoping for the best,” says Alli.

Alli will be expecting her first child this December after being told repeatedly she could never conceive children.

If anyone is looking donate to Alli and her fight with cancer, they can donate at the Aledo “Circle K”.

To learn more about Alli’s back story click here.

Snow emergencies declared: Where parking is prohibited

Cities and villages around the Quad Cities are declaring snow emergencies ahead of Sundays projected snowfall.  Check back to see if your city is added to the list.

Albany, Illinois — A snow emergency is in effect from 7 a.m. Sunday, November 25 until 7 p.m. Tuesday, November 27.  Calendar parking will be in effect.  Neighbors are asked to remove garbage cans from roads so plows can remove snow.

Clinton, Iowa —   A snow emergency is in effect from 6 a.m. Sunday, November 25th until 7 a.m. Tuesday, November 27th.  Vehicles that have not been removed from city streets by 7 p.m. on Sunday may be ticketed or towed.   Calendar parking is in effect.

Garbage pickup and recycling will be delayed because of the snowstorm.  All collection days will be pushed back one day.

Any questions can be directed to the Clinton Police Department at 242-0261.

Coal Valley, Illinois — A snow emergency is in effect starting at midnight Saturday, November 24 until 5 p.m. Monday, November 26.  Parking is prohibited on village streets, avenues, alleys, cul-de-sacs or parking lots when there’s more than two inches of snow.   Violators may be towed.

Davenport, Iowa — A snow emergency is in effect starting 6 a.m. Sunday, November 25 through 6 a.m. Monday, November 26.  Parking on snow routes is prohibited during a snow emergency.  Vehicles in violation may be ticketed or towed.

Motorists can park for free in any of the city’s three parking ramps from 5 p.m. Saturday through 7 a.m. Monday.

Click here for more information on what a snow emergency means for Davenport. 

Geneseo, Illinois — Geneseo’s snow emergency is in effect from Sunday, November 25th at noon until Monday, November 26th at 8 a.m.  Residents are asked to NOT park on any city streets in Geneseo.  Click here to see more city ordinance reminders for snowfall.

Morrison, Illinois — A snow emergency has been declared starting early Sunday morning at midnight.   This means parking on snow routes is prohibited, until snow has been removed from the full width of the street.  Odd and even parking restrictions are in effect on all other city streets. On odd days of the week, park on the side of the street with odd-numbered addresses, and vice versa for even days. Violators will be ticketed and may be towed at the owner’s expense.

Parking restrictions will end when all snow has been removed, or when the city cancels it.

Homeowners are asked to help postal workers and neighbors by shoveling sidewalks and clearing snow around hydrants in your area.

Click here to watch the News 8 Snow Stick live as the snow comes down

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