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Police arrest man after ISU women’s golfer found dead on course

AMES, Iowa — Police have arrested 22-year-old man and charged him with the murder of an Iowa State University golfer.

Collin Daniel Richards has been charged charged with first-degree murder. He was arrested on Sept. 18 according to the Story County website. He was posted with no bond.

The arrest came after after a body was found at a golf course near Iowa State University’s Jack Trice Stadium.

Police were called to Cold Water Links Golf Course on the morning of Sept. 17 after receiving reports of a suspiciously unattended golf bag. When they investigated further, they found the body of Celia Barquin Arozamena “a good distance away.”

According to an article by the Des Moines Register, police said Arozamena was assaulted before she died. Police are not saying where the body was found or what the injuries were.

Police are calling the death “suspicious” and are asking for any help in understanding what happened.

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The Des Moines Register article said Arozamena was called one of the most accomplished golfers in ISU’s history. She earned the 3018 Big 12 Championship in April and was the third ISU women’s golfer to play in the U.S. Women’s Open Championship in Tulsa over the summer.

The golf course is closed for the time being.

Court upholds Illinois nuclear power subsidy law

CHICAGO (Illinois News Network) — A federal appellate court ruling upheld Illinois’ law directing hundreds of millions of dollars in subsidies to nuclear plants and other green energy incentives.

The ruling from the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals says that Illinois’ Future Energy Jobs Act, a 2016 law providing Zero Emissions Credits to Exelon, the owner of several nuclear plants in the state, doesn’t unfairly manipulate the multi-state energy market that establishes rates.

The challenge was brought by the Electric Power Supply Association, a trade group for power plant owners that includes Dynegy, which has since been acquired by Vistra Energy. Vistra owns coal-fired plants in Illinois. Vistra wasn’t immediately available to respond to the ruling or say whether it will appeal the decision.

In Vistra’s lawsuit, the company claimed the subsidies allowed Exelon to submit unfairly low rates in the wholesale auction.

The panel ruled that “the Commerce Clause does not cut the states off from legislating on all subjects relating to the health, life, and safety of their citizens…”

Exelon released a statement Friday saying the company was “pleased to see that the Seventh Circuit Court affirmed dismissal of the ZEC complaint, thus supporting the continued operation of Illinois’ ZEC program and the clean, resilient and affordable electricity nuclear power provides.”

State Rep. Sue Rezin, R-Morris, who has two nuclear plants in her district, said it was good for clean and renewable energy.

“Many states are trying to figure out what to do to keep the nuclear plants online,” she said. “This opinion that just came out sounds like a step in the right direction.”

Both sides had said Illinois jobs were on the line as they looked to influence lawmakers.

Exelon warned in 2016 that it would likely have to close two Illinois plants, one near Clinton and another near the Quad Cities, and cut 1,500 jobs if the subsidies weren’t signed into law.

Dynegy said its Illinois-based plants face an uncertain future if the courts upheld the FEJA. This would mean 1,000 jobs in southern Illinois, an area facing a dearth of higher-paying jobs.

The Future Energy Jobs Act will charge utility customers an average of $2 per month over the next decade, sending $236 million to Exelon annually. In turn for the credits, ComEd, Exelon’s energy retailer, would invest in green jobs training and provide discounts to needy ratepayers.

Trump administration will impose tariffs on $200 billion in Chinese goods

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(CNN) — President Donald Trump is sharply escalating the American trade war with China.

The United States will impose a 10% tariff later this month on $200 billion worth of Chinese goods, increasing to 25% at the end of the year, the Trump administration announced Monday.

The additional tariffs are on top of penalties enacted earlier this year on $50 billion worth of Chinese goods. Taken together, it means roughly half of the products that China sells to the United States each year will be hit by American tariffs.

In July, the administration published a list of thousands of products that would be subject to the latest round of trade penalties. More than 300 products were removed from that list — including smartwatches, health and safety devices and children’s playpens.

Trump had urged his advisers to press forward with the $200 billion round, even as Washington and Beijing worked to restart trade talks.

“China has had many opportunities to fully address our concerns,” Trump said in a statement released Monday evening by the White House. “Once again, I urge China’s leaders to take swift action to end their country’s unfair trade practices.”

Trump also threatened to inflict more economic pain in the form of additional tariffs if Beijing takes any retaliatory action.

China’s Ministry of Commerce promised to hit back against the latest tariffs in a statement on Tuesday.

“In order to safeguard our legitimate rights and interests and the global free trade order, China will have to adopt countermeasures at the same time,” the ministry said. It did not elaborate on what the countermeasures would be, but China has previously threatened to retaliate with tariffs on an additional $60 billion of US goods.

Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin had invited the Chinese negotiators to Washington this week to resume talks. But Beijing said Tuesday that “the US insistence on imposing tariffs brings new uncertainties” to those negotiations.

“We hope that the US could recognize the possible negative consequences of such actions and take convincing measures to rectify them in a timely manner,” the Chinese Commerce Ministry added.

Larry Kudlow, the White House economic adviser, said earlier on Monday that the US was still willing to continue its dialogue with China.

“We stand ready to negotiate with China anytime, if they are willing to engage in serious talks,” Kudlow said at the Economic Club of New York.

Earlier Monday, Trump previewed the announcement at the White House: “It will be a lot of money coming into the coffers of the United States of America. A lot of money coming in,” he said.

In remarks from the Roosevelt Room, he said he was confident an agreement could eventually be reached with China, but stressed such an accord must do right by American workers.

“They want to make a deal,” Trump said. “But from our standpoint, it has to be fair. It has to take care of our workers.”

The tariffs are meant to punish China for alleged unfair trade practices, including intellectual property theft. China has accused the United States of trade bullying and, to this point, has responded dollar-for-dollar with tariffs of its own.

The new round of American tariffs takes effect September 24.

US trade officials held public hearings in late August on the proposed escalation, hearing from dozens of American businesses hoping to be exempted. Businesses will be scouring the final list to find out whether their appeals were heard.

In a letter to the US trade representative, Dell, Cisco, Juniper Networks and Hewlett Packard Enterprise said that tariffs on of their networking equipment could hurt their bottom lines and lead to possible US job losses.

But despite their lobbying efforts, some of those products will remain on the tariff list. While consumer electronic products were generally removed, network and router items will be covered by the tariffs, senior administration officials said on a call with reporters Monday.

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce criticized the tariffs, saying Monday that the decision “makes clear that the administration did not heed the numerous warnings from American consumers and businesses.”

“Both countries should stay at the negotiating table, and the U.S. should continue working with its allies to seek alternative solutions,” president and CEO Thomas Donohue said in a statement.

“The new tariffs are bad news for the retail sector,” said Neil Saunders, managing director at GlobalData Retail, a consulting firm. He said companies will be forced to choose between raising prices on goods or absorbing the hit to their profit margins.

Saunders predicted that some retailers will try to shift their production out of China, but he warned that quickly changing supply chains can be costly and pose a new set of challenges.

On the call with reporters, senior administration officials declined to comment on when talks might restart with their Chinese counterparts.

“China needs to come to the table and address the concerns that have been raised,” said a senior administration official.

They warned, however, if Beijing decides to execute its own round of tariffs on American goods, the president will unleash further measures.

“To the extent they remain unwilling to work with us, the president has other options and those will be considered at the future time,” said a senior administration official.

Trump has floated the idea of slapping a third round of tariffs on $267 billion in goods on China.

Think twice before starting to take daily aspirin

If you're one of the millions of US adults taking aspirin daily as a preventative measure, two new studies have bubble-bursting news: Doing so may not do any good—and could actually cause harm.

Researchers in both studies found that even low-dose aspirin carries a risk of internal gastric bleeding, and the newer study also found that older patients who were not at high risk of cardiovascular disease saw no health benefits from taking aspirin daily.

"We knew there would an increased risk of bleeding," a study co-author tells NBC News (aspirin is a blood thinner). "But not only did it not decrease risk of disability or death, it did not decrease the risk of heart attack and stroke, and there was an increase in the rate of death."

Aspirin has been widely used in healthy older adults to protect against cardiovascular disease and cancer.

But the new international study followed 19,114 seniors for an average of 4.7 years. It found similar survival rates as well as rates of disability, dementia, coronary heart disease, heart attacks, and strokes for the half taking 100mg of aspirin daily and the half taking a placebo.

But internal bleeding (hemorrhagic stroke, bleeding in the brain, gastrointestinal bleeding, and other bleeding) was found in 3.8% of patients taking aspirin versus 2.7% of those taking a placebo.

There was also a small increase in the number of cancer deaths in the aspirin-treated group, the New York Times reports. One cardiologist not involved with the study notes that in the time since the original research on aspirin was done, patients can now take other medications to lower cholesterol and blood pressure, and suggests it's time to "phase out" the broad use of preventative daily aspirin.

In the Kitchen with Fareway: A mushroom blend for National Mushroom Month

MOLINE, Illinois -- When you “blend” you cut calories, fat and sodium AND add potassium vitamin D, and B vitamins. Tuesday, September, 18 Fareway Food Stores' Caitlyn Ferin showed us how to make mushroom and meat tacos on Good Morning Quad Cities. She says to, 'try the “blend” in sloppy joes, chili, burritos, and tacos.'

SERVINGS: 6 servings (2 tacos each) TOTAL TIME: 40 minutes

* 2 tbsp vegetable oil, divided

* 1/2 pound white button mushrooms, ground or finely chopped

* 1/2 pound ground beef, pork, turkey or chicken

* 1 dash salt

* 1 cup diced onion

* 1/2 tbsp minced garlic

* 1 tbsp chili powder

* 1 tbsp chopped fresh cilantro

* 1 dash black pepper

* 2 tbsp fresh lime juice

Heat a frying pan over medium heat and 1 tablespoon add oil. Add mushrooms to pan and season with salt, to taste. Cook, stirring occasionally until most of the moisture has evaporated, about 8 to 10 minutes. Add ground meat and season with salt, if desired. Sauté until the meat is cooked through, about 10 minutes. Remove mushrooms and meat from pan and add remaining 1 tablespoon of oil to the pan. Sautee onions over medium heat until golden brown, about 5 to 7 minutes. Add garlic and cook until fragrant. Add mushroom and meat mixture back to pan and season with chili powder, cilantro, pepper and lime juice. Serve with tortillas, salsa, avocados, cheese, shredded cabbage and fresh cilantro, if desired.

NUTRITION 122 calories; 8 g fat; 1.6 g saturated fat; 27.9 mg cholesterol; 438.8 mg sodium; 5.2 g carbohydrate; 1.4 g fiber; 2.1 g sugar; 8.8 g protein.

Wethersfield VB, Annawan VB, Illinois prepares for Penn State, Hawkeyes hoops expect big things this year

Wethersfield Volleyball sweeps Princeville to improve to 15-1 on the season.  Annawan wins a hard fought 3 set match against Rockridge.  Illinois Football prepares for Penn State and their Quarterback Trace McSorely.  Iowa Basketball has high expectations and they hope Muscatine Alum Joe Wieskamp will provide a spark for the offense.

Pleasant Valley High announces 4 National Merit Scholarship semifinalists

QUAD CITIES- Four Pleasant Valley high school students have been announced as National Merit Scholarship Semifinalists in the 2019 National Merit Scholarship Program.

The Students are:

Regan E. Breen, daughter of Tom and Shelley Breen of Bettendorf.

Kaitlyn G. Ryan, daughter of Patrick and Stacey Ryan of Bettendorf.

Justin R. Sehlin, son of Scott and Christy Sehlin of Bettendorf

And Sarah A. Warner, daughter of Frederick and Lian Warner of Bettendorf.

According to the press release:

“To become a Finalist, the Semifinalist and his or her high school must submit a detailed scholarship application, in which they provide information about the Semifinalist’s academic record, participation in school and community activities, demonstrated leadership abilities, employment, and honors and awards received. A semifinalist must have an outstanding academic record throughout high school, be endorsed and recommended by a high school official, write an essay, and earn SAT® scores that confirm the student’s earlier performance on the qualifying test.”

The Merit Scholarship winners of 2019 will be announced beginning in April and concluding in July. These scholarship recipients will be among 338,000 others who have earned the Merit Scholar title.

Officer Mark Dallas gets royal send off to Chicago as honorary football captain

DIXON, Illinois-- Dixon resource officer Mark Dallas was honored at Soldier Field in Chicago as Honorary Captain as the Bears took on the Seattle Seahawks. He got there in a 44-seater bus filled with his biggest fans from the Dixon community.

The Chicago Bears owner asked Officer Dallas to lead the team out on prime-time Monday night.

Officer Dallas is credited for stopping an active shooter in his tracks back in May at graduation practice.

People gathered in the Walmart parking lot in Dixon, all to load onto a bus to the game, and Officer Dallas personally greeted every person that got on. When Officer Dallas was honored on the field, his fan club supported him from the end zone, cheering on their hero who potentially saved dozens of lives in the Dixon High School gym back in May when a student opened fire.

"I did exactly what any of our police personnel would have done. I work with a lot of heroes. I get that title, but I work with a lot of them. Our department's full of them. Everyday they are out serving our community," says Officer Mark Dallas.

Dallas was honored at Soldier Field before the game started.

 

Moline Fire Department grows to respond to a higher call volume

MOLINE, Illinois  --  The Moline Fire Department has finally hired 11 new recruits.

This comes after the department has been struggling to find anyone to fill open positions. They put out a recruitment video earlier this year. They credit the video for bringing in these new applicants.

" It is a unique job and it takes unique personalities and unique people to be able to do this with some of the things we have to do and see,"  Training Officer Jamie Hudson said. "So it's not for everybody, but it's a wonderful career."

The 11 new recruits were sworn in on September 11, 2018. They are now training with the department so they can be ready for the job.

Five of the recruits will spend two months getting certified. Two of the new recruits are currently completing EMS training. Four of the recruits came to the department certified, so they do not have to go to training school. The department hopes to have them on the shift by October 1, 2018.

The department responds to an average of 18 calls every day. Hudson says they are seeing a 5% increase in the number of calls each month so the new recruits will help prevent overworked firemen.

"We're going to have fully staffed, fully functional ambulances and fire trucks," Hudson said. "We won't have to worry about the impact of having our guys work multiple shifts in a row."

The 11 new recruits include the department's first African American firefighter. There are also two more women firefighters joining the team.

New Crime Stopper app allows anonymous reporting

QUAD CITIES, Ill,- Crime Stoppers of the Quad Cities is launching a new school safety app called “P3 Campus” which will be available to all Illinois and Iowa public schools, Kindergarten through 12th grade.

According to the press release:

“Crime Stoppers of the Quad Cities has partnered with Illinois and Iowa law enforcement and Illinois and Iowa school districts to bring an anonymous reporting program to parents and students K-12. P3 Campus will soon be available in every school district in the Quad Cities to make anonymous reports about concerns of safety or student wellness. Crime Stoppers of the Quad Cities wants to increase campus and student safety, and provide students and parents with a safe, completely anonymous outlet to share concerns.”

 

Students can use the free P3 Campus app to report anything from bullying, suicide concerns, and depression to sexting, stealing,  fights, or alcohol and weapons. Each report will be sent to and addressed by school administrators and the school resource officer.

When you have something that needs to be reported simply go to P3Campus.com or download the app on Android or iPhone.

Roseanne Barr says her character will die of opioid overdose on ‘The Conners’

Roseanne Barr said her namesake character will be killed off during the upcoming spinoff ‘The Conners’ in the wake of the controversy surrounding Barr’s derogatory tweets.

Barr said in an interview on Brandon Straka’s YouTube show Walk Away that her character will die of an overdose

“Oh ya, they killed her,” she said. “They have her die of an opioid overdose.”

Barr called the decision  “cynical and horrible.”

“She should have died as a hero or not at all,” Barr said in the interview. “It wasn’t enough to [fire me], they had to so cruelly insult the people who loved that family and that show.”

John Goodman, who played Roseanne’s husband on the show, previously had implied Barr’s character would be killed off.

“I guess he’ll be mopey and sad because his wife’s dead,” Goodman said about his character’s role on the new show.

ABC cancelled its “Roseanne” reboot after Barr tweeted about Valerie Jarrett, Chelsea Clinton and George Soros. ABC has not confirmed how Barr will be written off the show.

“The Conners” will premiere on Tuesday, October 16 at 8 p.m. on ABC.

YOUR HEALTH: A new “mini pump” for active diabetics

MIAMI, Florida – Like most teenagers, Colton Smith is extremely active.

"I play outside linebacker."

So it was quite a shock when Colton was diagnosed with Type One Diabetes at the age of 14.

"It was kind of out of the blue."

Dr. Miladys Palau says the diagnosis changes families forever.

"When you have Type One Diabetes you actually have to think like you're a pancreas," said Dr. Palau, Pediatric Endocrinologist at Nicklaus Children's Hospital

The challenge is regulating blood sugar levels.   Colton was getting up to eight shots of insulin a day.

His mom was concerned about him playing football.

"My worry was OK he's going to lay flat on the field and he's going to be out, you know," explained Jean Smith.

Dr. Palau says exercise can have an effect on blood sugar levels up to 12 hours later.

A new pump for people with "Type One" Diabetes has just been FDA approved for use in kids starting at age seven.

The Medtronic 670G system has a glucose sensor that measures blood sugars every five minutes.

"The pump has a computer algorithm that can calculate the rate of rises and drops in blood sugar and deliver the insulin," said Dr. Palau.

So Colton can set it and forget it when he hits the field.

"I just disconnect it from me and give it to my trainer to hold onto during the game," he explained.  "Then when it's over I just reconnect and I'm good to go."

And because the system is able to adjust the amount of insulin the patient is getting, there's no more worries overnight.

"It will send an alert to the parents and let them know that the blood sugar is low and they need to come fix the problem," said Dr. Palau.

NEW TECHNOLOGY:   The new closed loop hybrid insulin pump system, the MiniMed 670G, was designed for continuous delivery of insulin for the management of Type 1 Diabetes.   The system monitors and trends the levels of glucose under the skin and can be programmed to automatically adjust delivery based on the sensor's glucose values.   Patients under the age of 14 who have been using the system have reported it working very well and it is giving parents peace of mind throughout the night.  This system responds if there is a risk of low blood sugar numbers. (Sources: https://www.medtronicdiabetes.com/blog/important-new-fda-approval-pediatric-patients-type-1-diabetes)

Colton says the pump has been a game changer.

"I don't find myself worrying about it and I get to enjoy life a lot better."

Helping to make this disease more manageable for families.

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

7 dead pit bulls, including puppy, found dumped in trash bags in New York

NEW YORK — Seven dead pit bulls were dumped in garbage bags in a sump on Long Island, authorities in New York said. Now they are asking the public for help finding whomever did it.

The grisly scene was discovered Wednesday at Dietz and South Franklin streets in Hempstead at the location of a New York State Department of Transportation sump, according to the Nassau SPCA.

Inside the bags were four females, two males and a 3-month-old puppy. All were pit bulls.

The Nassau County SPCA is offering a $5,000 reward for information that leads to an arrest and conviction of whomever killed the animals and dumped their remains.

“We feel that it is necessary to use every available tool in fighting animal cruelty to ensure that the abusers face the maximum penalty under the law,” the organization said in a news release Thursday.

Anyone with information is urged to call the Animal Cruelty Stoppers Hotline at 516-THE-SPCA. All calls will be kept confidential.

Increase in animal abuse calls prompts Clinton to hire protection officer

CLINTON, Iowa--  An animal advocate in Clinton says the city is facing an extreme number of animal abuse calls. City workers said they get more than 10 complaints a month.

As of September of 2018, Clinton police officers, legally, are the only ones that can respond to animal abuse calls. 

Recently the city has decided to hire an animal protection officer to better serve the community.

“I'm actually stunned at the level and amount of incidents that continue to occur around here,” said Donna May. Donna runs a dog training camp in Clinton,  and for the past few months she has been handling animal abuse concerns.

“Right now what we're trying to do is fill in the gaps and help people out,” said May.

Clinton hasn't had an animal control officer since 2016, after the city eliminated the position.

Donna said she believes the community is suffering because of it.

Just last year, WQAD reported on Sammy, an eight-year-old cat that was found covered in duct tape on his paw and tail.

RELATED: Scared and wrapped in duct tape, abused cat in Clinton finds his way home

That is just one of several high profile animal abuse cases in Clinton.

“When we looked at it it was the policies and procedures that we need to adjust, who do you call if there's a stray dog and who goes and gets it,” said Matt Brooke. Brooke is the city administrator in Clinton. He has been working closely with concerned community members on the issue.

He believes he has found the answer. A new type of officer, who can dedicate more time to these cases.

“We can't have dogs just running a muck we have some really good people who are behind making sure the animal welfare is taken care of and this is the best way for the city to have an animal protection officer to be able to do that,” said Brooke.

It's giving the community and Donna the help they have been asking for.

“We're really happy to have someone dedicated to caring to animal welfare in our city and our county,” said May.

The city administrator says he hopes the new hire will become a full time police officer within the next two years. Until then, that person won't be able to give tickets.

‘Presidential alert’: Trump text slides to October 3

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(CNN) — You’ll soon be getting a message on your phone from the President of the United States — whether you are a supporter or not.

It’s not a political message, but an emergency test message sent from President Donald Trump as part of the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s system to warn the public in cases of national emergencies.

A majority of cell phone users will receive an alert on Wednesday, October 3, with the header “Presidential Alert” and the message, “THIS IS A TEST of the National Wireless Emergency Alert System. No action is needed.” The alert was initially scheduled to occur Thursday, September 20, but FEMA spokesman Mark Peterson tells CNN the test has been postponed, and October 3 was the alternate date for the test.

WEA was technically launched in April of 2012, but this will be the first time FEMA has tested the system on the presidential level in hopes to work out the kinks, the agency said in a press release this week.

The presidential alert is one of three kinds of alerts in the FEMA’s WEA system, which also notifies the public about extreme weather or missing children, also known as AMBER alerts.

You can expect to see the alert pop up on your phone at 2:18 p.m. ET so long as you have your phone turned on, are within range of a cell tower, and if your wireless provider is part of the WEA system.

The WEA test will be broadcast over the course of about 30 minutes and sound the same as an AMBER Alert. Users can’t opt out of the presidential alert test, according to FEMA.

More than 100 carriers, including the largest carriers (Verizon, AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile), will participate in the emergency alert test, FEMA said.

FEMA will also run a test of its Emergency Alert System (EAS) for radio and television broadcasters the same day, beginning two minutes after the WEA test.

In its news release, FEMA said it could postpone the national test to October 3 if the agency is dealing with a major weather event, but it has not yet made that determination. FEMA is currently handling the response to Hurricane Florence which hit the Carolinas on Friday, causing heavy winds and rainfall in the region.

FEMA officials told CNN on Saturday morning that they are still planning to conduct the test this week.

The agency is required by law to conduct a nationwide test of its public alert systems no less than once every three years.

FEMA is also tasked with ensuring that the President can alert the public under all conditions in cases of national emergencies, including natural disasters and terrorist threats.

Ice cream truck strikes and kills 2-year-old Missouri girl

WENTZVILLE, Mo. — Family members are grieving after an ice cream truck struck and killed a 2-year-old Missouri girl Sunday afternoon, according to KTVI.

Felicity Karam (GoFundMe)

The girl, identified as Felicity Noelle Karam, was among a group of adults and children in front of her home near the intersection of Rocky Mound Drive and Summer Rain Drive in Wentzville when the truck hit her.

Wentzville Police Officer Jacob Schmidt said Felicity stepped in front of the vehicle just as it began accelerating. CPR was started instantly but Felicity was pronounced dead at the hospital.

"She was very spunky, always had a smile on her face," Felicity's aunt, Rachel Zeik, told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. "She was unique. She was very independent."

Zeik, who told the paper she was visiting the Karam family with her own daughter, said the toddler's death was a "freak accident."

"My sister and [brother-in-law] lost their most amazing two-year-old today. She will be missed by so many," Zeik wrote on a GoFundMe page set up for Felicity's funeral expenses. "She was the 4th girl out of 5 ... Her smile and personality will be forever remembered."

Police continue to investigate, and, as of Monday afternoon, it wasn't clear if the truck driver would be charged. He remained at the scene.

The company, Cool Times Ice Cream, said in a statement to the Post-Dispatch that the veteran driver, described as a "middle-aged" man, had just served ice cream to the family and is "terribly distraught."

ICE agent in Oregon arrested on sodomy charges

MEDFORD, Ore. (AP) — The Oregon State Police says that a U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agent has been arrested on multiple counts of sodomy, the Oregonian/oregonlive.com reported.

Officials said a statement that Blake V. Northway, a 55-year-old who lives in Medford, was taken into custody Thursday after a joint investigation between the immigration agency and state police, the newspaper reported.

The state police says Northway has been “relieved of all authority” and will be on leave until the investigation is complete. The Oregonian reports that court documents say Northway is accused of sexually abusing an underage female relative between 2009 and 2013.

The newspaper reports that officials said the charges were not related to Northway’s work with ICE. He is in custody at the Jackson County Jail in lieu of $1 million bail.

Dashcam video shows traffic stop that led to Moline police chief’s OWI citation

The Iowa State Patrol has released the dashcam video from when Moline's police chief was cited for speeding and operating while intoxicated.

The video shows that it was shortly before 6 p.m. on Friday, September 7 when Chief John Hitchcock was pulled over.

Court documents show that Hitchcock was pulled over on Highway 61.

Hitchcock was initially clocked speeding in a black Chevy Silverado, traveling 90 mph in a 65 mph zone.  The speed was later dropped to 75 mph.

Click here to read the full court document from Scott County court.

According o the affidavit, Hitchcock failed a series of sobriety tests.  His blood-alcohol level was tested with a breathalyzer and registered as .185%.  Hitchcock was taken to the Eldridge Police Department for further testing and his blood-alcohol level registered as .201%.

Hitchcock was cited with operating while intoxicated and speeding.  His license was taken away and was set to remain revoked for 180 days.

A lawyer appeared in court the following Monday morning, on Hitchcock's behalf for a first appearance.  An arraignment was set for Thursday, October 11 at 8:30 a.m.

Davenport shots fired leads to high speed chase

DAVENPORT, IA,- Police have arrested two women and one man after a high-speed chase ended with officers disabling the fleeing vehicle.

Police responded to a shots fired call on 14th and Iowa around 2 p.m. A chase ensued.

As a result of the shots fired call  Central High School was placed on lockdown, however, the lockdown has since been lifted.

The chase ended at Rusholme and Harrison, with Harrison closed by police temporarily, the street is now open to traffic again.

According to Major bladel, the vehicle was a red Honda and several officers disabled the vehicle, by running it off the road, with one squad car rear-ending the Honda and 2 other squad cars pinning it in place on the sidewalk.

No officers were hurt but the suspects were taken into custody complaining of minor injuries.

This is a developing story: WQAD will keep you updated on the latest.

 

Governor’s race could determine if state’s income tax stays flat or turns progressive

SPRINGFIELD, Ill, (AP)-Should lawmakers tinker with the state’s income tax rates and scale them higher for people who make more money and lower for those who make less? That’s a question voters could answer in the governor’s race when they vote Nov. 6.

Democratic gubernatorial candidate J.B. Pritzker wants a progressive tax, though he hasn’t revealed what the rates would be or what income levels might trigger higher taxes. He has said the rich should pay more and that he would work with lawmakers to determine a rate and income structure for the progressive income tax.

Pritzker told the State Journal-Register editorial board in Springfield last week that it would take a couple years to implement a progressive tax because there would need to be a state constitutional amendment to change the existing flat tax to a system with graduated rates. To get more revenue to spend on programs in the short-term, Pritzker has proposed legalizing sports betting, marijuana for recreational use and implementing service taxes. His campaign later walked back the candidate’s comments on looking at taxes on services.

Rauner told the Chicago Tribune Editorial Board on Friday that what Illinois needs to do is to follow the federal government’s cue.

“Cutting tax rates, simplifying the tax code, has had a huge positive benefit,” Rauner said of the federal tax cuts enacted in December. “Wages are rising faster, tax rates are lower and the American economy is pretty close to red hot and Illinois has benefited from that.”

While the the national average wage growth since the Great Recession has been 1.6 percent, Illinois was second to last in the country with wage growth of 0.7 percent. Illinois’ unemployment rate also remains above the national average.

Rauner said there needs to be structural reforms to state spending and policies to grow the economy, not tax increases, so that economic growth will outpace government spending.

Leonard and Associates Certified Public Accountant Michael Leonard said the federal tax cuts are helping Illinois families.

“A family of four that is renting right now, and they weren’t able to itemize, all of a sudden they double their [standard] deduction, that’s really going to help them out,” Leonard said.

If Illinois were to implement a progressive tax, Leonard said the more a taxpayer makes, the higher the rates they’ll pay.

“The flat tax is going to help your medium income people,” Leonard said. “As you progress out of that and you have higher taxes, that will ultimately not be good for the people who are making more money.”

Rauner has said Pritzker’s plan would increase taxes on middle-income earners. Pritzker denies that but hasn’t released his proposed rates.

Leonard said with more than 60 percent of Illinoisans making $50,000 a year or less, he expects politicians are aiming their tax plans at the middle class.

So far, Pritzker has not released an income tax plan, making it impossible to determine who would pay more or who would pay less. Although Pritzker has been vague, he has said he wants to lower income tax rates for the majority of people and higher rates for wealthy people. When he talks about wealthy people, he often mentions himself and Rauner. However, Pritzker hasn’t defined what amount of income qualifies as wealthy.

One piece of legislation filed at the statehouse had specific rates and income levels for a progressive tax. Democratic state Rep. Robert Martwick’s House Bill 3522 proposed changing the tax rates to: 4 percent for income up to $7,500, 5.84 percent for income up to $15,000, 6.27 percent for income up to $225,000 and 7.65 percent for income over $225,000. That measure was tabled. Pritzker has said he doesn’t support Martwick’s plan.

Illinois’ existing flat tax rate is 4.95 percent, after being increased from 3.75 percent last summer. Under Martwick’s plan, anyone earning more than $15,000 a year would see a tax increase.

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