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911 call: “Oh, my God, I’m stuck in a building. Help me please.”

BURLINGTON, Iowa – The first call into the Des Moines County Communications dispatch center seemed routine.

But moments later, the next call was anything but...

"How can I help you?" asked dispatcher Kevin Newberry.

On the other side of the line, a frantic voice.

"Oh, my God, I'm stuck in a building... help me please."

"What's your address?"

"I don't even know.  Please help me."

When the downtown Burlington Tama building caught fire on August 4th, 2018, dispatchers Roger Cook and Kevin Newberry were working the overnight shift at the County's Communications Center.

It was Kevin Newberry who received the call from a woman trapped inside a rapidly growing fire scene.

"What's going on?" asks Newberry, trying to keep a conversation going.

"The building's on fire and I can't get out."

24 year old Sara Zeller of Fairfield was on the person on the phone calling for help.

The third floor of the building and the fire was getting hotter.  She spotted an officer below but he didn't see her.

"He turned the wrong way," she tells Newberry.

"Does he see you?" he asks.

"No I don't think so."

"You're kinda there on somebody's worst day of their lives so it's your job to take that panic and turn it into something the responders can use," Newberry told News 8.

The proof of the professionalism is on the recording.

"Listen to me," he tells Zeller.  "I need for you to stay calm for me, okay?"

For the next ten minutes, Newberry used his training to keep Sara calm and help direct rescuers to where she was trapped.

"Okay, they see you okay?"  he asks.   "So as soon as the fire department gets there they're going to get a ladder up to you."

Fire crews arrived at the Tama building just two minutes after that first call.   But the fire was spreading quickly.

"Our initial priority was the rescue of the female from the third floor," said Burlington firefighter Todd Van Scoy, among the first responders at the fire that night.

From where Sara was trapped, she could see the flames of the fire get closer and closer.

And Newberry wanted to make sure she was ready.

"If the smoke fills, I want you to get as low as you can."

His priority was to  stay on the phone with Zeller as long as he could.

"Yes," he told us.   "Any big call we're going to stay on the phone until the phone disconnects, basically."

And he told Zeller just that on the night of the fire.

"I understand. I'm on the phone with you. We'll get through this."

As fire crews tried to stop the fire in the back, rescuers reached Sara and brought her out from the third floor window where she had called for help.

"Okay, the ladder's over here," Zeller told Newberry on the phone.

"I'm getting off the phone.  Thank you, thank you so much."

"Obviously we're not the responders, we're not the heroes, those guys are, the ones that put their lives on the line," Newberry told News 8.

"We do the very best to help you out and we really felt that we helped the community that night."

Zeller was not hurt that night.   Four firefighters were treated for minor injuries.

Both Kevin Newberry and Roger Cook have received commendations for their work that night.

 

Memorial service to be held in honor of Davenport’s late fire marshal

DAVENPORT, Iowa — The Davenport Fire Department and community members planned to celebrate the life of their former fire marshal, who passed away in 2017.

Chief Mike Hayman died unexpectedly in mid-October, 2017, after suffering “a serious medical issue,” according to a Davenport spokesperson.

On Friday, October 5, the department and community will have a memorial stone dedication service in his honor.

“Davenport fire will commemorate his lasting legacy of loyalty and passion for the fire service and celebrate the contributions he made to the City of Davenport Fire Department, the community and State of Iowa,” said a spokesperson from the city.

The service will be at 10 a.m. at Davenport Central Fire, 331 Scott Street.

Dog floats on couch for nearly a week before being rescued

PENDER COUNTY, N.C. – When the owner of a small dog had to evacuate her North Carolina home due to flooding caused by Hurricane Florence, she had to leave her beloved pet behind.

The woman ended up in another city but reached out to the Humane Society of Missouri’s Disaster Response Team – one of several groups who helped rescue animals following the flooding – to check on her dog.

The first two times rescuers went to the neighborhood, they couldn’t locate the house because the water was so high. But the third time ended up being the charm.

A video posted to YouTube, showed two rescuers from the group swim up to the house and reach a door that was just a few inches above water.

They kicked in the door and found the dog, named Soshe, floating on a couch.

One rescuer grabbed the dog and they took him to safety.

He quickly devoured a bowl of food – likely his first in a week – and then they gave him a good bath.

Soshe’s owner asked her cousin to pick the dog up. She thanked the rescuers for their work.

“I want to thank the Humane Society so much for doing all that they’ve done for everybody during the storm and for rescuing all the animals and making sure that Soshe is okay,” she said.

Toddler shreds over $1000 parents had saved to pay debt

HOLLADAY, Utah – A Utah family is figuring out how to replace more than $1,000 in cash that their 2-year-old son sent through the shredder.

Ben and Jackee Belnap said they had been saving up cash to pay Ben’s parents back for University of Utah football season tickets. They had $1,060 in an envelope ready to go, when that envelope disappeared over the weekend. Ben and Jackee started searching the house.

“I’m digging through the trash and she hollers and says, ‘I found it,’” Ben said. “She’s holding the shredder and she says, ‘I think the money is in here.'”

Jackee said their 2-year-old son, Leo, is familiar with their shredder.

“Leo helps me shred junk mail and just things with our name on it, or important documents we want to get rid of,” she said.

Leo apparently sent the envelope through the shredder sometime when they weren’t looking.

“We just, for like five minutes, we just shuffled through it, not talking. We didn’t know what to do and then I broke the silence and I’m like, ‘Well, this will make a great wedding story one day,’” Jackee said.

It turns out the couple might not be out all that money. There is a government office that deals with mutilated cash.

“I called the guy the next morning and he said, ‘Oh, we might be able to help you here,’ and I was shocked,” Ben said. “He said, ‘Bag it up in little Ziploc bags, mail it to D.C., and in one to two years, you’ll get your money back.’”

Two years might be a long time to wait, but when that money does come back, little Leo will probably still be banned from going anywhere near their shredder.

Dying patient gets to see her beloved dog one more time

LEAWOOD, Kan. - A Kansas doctor went out of his way to grant the wish of one of his dying patients.

"Mary," was in her 80's. Her lungs were failing, and the one thing she wanted more than anything was to be with her 11-year-old rat terrier Herman.

“She had what we call respiratory failure, and in this situation, it just so serendipitously happened to be something that we could really do," said Dr. Ryan Sears of Kansas City Medicine Partners.

Herman was taken to State Line Animal Hospital, which also serves as a shelter, after Mary was hospitalized.

Sears thought he could make Mary’s request happen, so he went to the animal hospital and brought him to her.

Herman with Mary for one last visit

“The instant that she saw him, she was wanting to pet on him, and you could see the change in her face that she was so happy to see her dog,” Sears said.

Sears and nurses had the challenge of keeping Herman calm, as he was excited to be reunited with his owner.

“He wanted to be right up next to her,” Sears said. “We had to wrap him up in a blanket because he was just so much energy, and we had so many things going on at the time.”

Mary died the next day, and Herman was taken back to the shelter.

“I think the big thing for her was that she wanted Herman to have a good home and get adopted,” Sears said.

On Friday, a family adopted Herman, but they returned him on Wednesday after realizing they couldn’t give him the attention workers at the shelter said he needs.

“He’s got some separation anxiety, which we would expect because his owner’s gone,” said Cindy Pugh, the manager at State Line Animal Hospital. “He’d do better with somebody that was either retired or home a lot.”

Pugh said pets like Herman often wind up in shelters when their senior owners die. Family and friends don’t always step up to care for them.

Herman, the 11 year-old terrier needs a new home.

“We have a disposable society, and when it becomes a problem, a lot of people give up,” Pugh said.

Pugh said Herman may have a bit of anxiety, but he's also a ball of energy.

“He’s very social and loves the people that he meets,” she explained. “He’s just very sweet, affectionate dog.”

Sears and the staff at State Line Animal Hospital are now hoping someone will grant their wish and give Herman the love and life he had from the start.

“I’d love for him to find a forever home and really be with a family that can support him,” Sears said.

“He just needs the chance to live the rest of his years in a loving environment,” Pugh added.

Pugh said Herman appears to be in good health, understands commands and would do well with another dog in the home. He also has been good with cats at the shelter, according to staff.

For more information in adopting Herman, call the State Line Animal Hospital at 913-381-3232 or check his profile out on Petfinder.

Bettendorf begins construction on new Mark Twain Elementary School

BETTENDORF -

Kids are cheering a lot at Mark Twain Elementary School on Thursday, October 4.  That's because they'll be the final students in the current building and first to attend the new school in  late 2019.

It fits right into Bettendorf's vision to make all of its schools 21st Century ready.

"For us to have a healthy community, we have to have great education," said Bettendorf Mayor Bob Gallagher.

The $16.5 million dollar project will replace the current school and bring a brand new look to the site.

Community visioning activities offered plenty of input from parents and students.

"They got to play with little blocks to build the shape of the school," said Jerod Engler, Bush Construction.  "Through that process, we came up with the design we're using now."

Some of those same kids and grownups joined forces on Thursday to break ground on the year-long project.

"It will be a challenge making sure we keep construction and everything going but also keep it safe for students," Engler continued.

Teachers and students are making the most of their 62-year-old school, but it's clear that the building is outdated.

"We just have been very limited as far as having areas where students can collaborate and work on 21st Century skills," said Principal Caroline Olson.

Since students from Jefferson Elementary will also make the move, it represents an expansion for education.

"We will be stronger together," she said.

As fifth graders launch balloons during the ceremony, it looks like a new beginning for this school.

"There's a bit of sadness in seeing it go," Olson concluded.  "But there's a lot of excitement about having a brand new facility."

 

13 girls ask high school boy to homecoming after he was turned down, laughed at on video

GRAY, La. -- A Louisiana high school boy took a leap of faith, asking a close friend to the homecoming dance. Unfortunately, the proposal didn't end so well with a video gaining thousands of views on Facebook of kids laughing at him.

Sophomore Dakota Nelton goes to school at H.L. Bourgeois in Gray, Lousiana, and says the school is supposed to stand for bravery, care, and happiness. But when Dakota did a scary thing and asked a girl to be his first date ever to the homecoming dance, he was devastated.

"It was actually a pretty tough moment standing in a small circle with that one shake of the head and you just got to find your way out of that circle. It's hesitating," Dakota told WGNO.

It's a video that is gaining thousands of views on Facebook, a homecoming proposal gone wrong, the girl saying no, the laughs of dozens of kids looking on, even stepping on his poster he made himself.

"That's what made me walk away. I didn't want to be a part of it," Dakota said.

The next Monday, something extraordinary happened.

"We're going to make sure he dances, like we're going to make sure he is on the dance floor dancing."

It came from an unexpected group in the school.

"Let's get a group of girls together and ask him to show him that he's loved and worthy and deserves to be going to homecoming with somebody," Alyssa Buckley said.  Thirteen girls, including cheerleaders, held up posters and proposed to Dakota to ask him to go to the homecoming dance.

"I felt like one of the popular kids in school which I'm really not," Dakota says.  He now knows that he does have friends that have bravery, care, and happiness.

October is National Bullying Prevention Month which is the reason why the girls wanted to do something. The dance is in early October.

More rains on track for the upcoming weekend

From shorts to a warm jacket!  A definite chill in the air compared to yesterday as temperatures will not get out of the 50s for most of us the rest of the afternoon.

A developing warm front across the southern plains will slowly push north this evening and overnight. This will bring an increase in clouds followed by another round of steady showers.

These showers will continue Friday morning before we see a brief break heading into the afternoon.  This break might be enough to climb temperatures near 70 degrees. That evening a small cluster of showers and even a few thunderstorms will track in from the southwest.  This could put a damper on some Friday Night Football games.  We’ll keep an eye on it.

Most of the weekend will remain a bit soggy at times as this southwest to northeast flow remains fixed across the area allowing for a few more  rounds of showers and thunderstorms to sail along it.  Keep that umbrella handy!

Chief meteorologist James Zahara

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‘Soulful’ Lauren Anderson to play at the Redstone Room

DAVENPORT, Iowa — A “soulful, rockin’ female, originally from Chicago.” That’s how River Music Experience describes Lauren Anderson.

Anderson will play at the Redstone Room this Friday to an audience that has seen her go from college student to full-time musician. Though she now lives in Nashville, Anderson got her undergraduate degree at Augustana.

According to an article by Augustana, she’s promoting her recently released EP, “Game,” at her show on Oct. 5 at 8 p.m. She’s also speaking at the college at 3:30 p.m. about careers in music.

Anderson graduated from Augustana College with degrees in music and pre-music therapy, according to the article.

News 8 will be at the venue for the performance. We’ll chat will Anderson before her set and shoot video of her performance.

You can find our music coverage on our Facebook Group, “QC Music News – Studio 8.”

Who: Lauren Anderson

What: Soulful rock

Where: Redstone Room at RME

When: Friday, Oct. 5

Doors open at 7 p.m., show starts at 8 p.m. with the Avey/Grouws Band

Popeyes celebrates 3,000th store with 24 Karat gold wings today

For one day only, you can have your fried poultry dipped in 24 Karat gold at Popeyes restaurants nationwide.

The Louisiana chicken chain is celebrating its 3,000th store opening with 24 Karat Champagne Wings, the company announced Thursday.

The latest restaurant opened in Elizabeth, N.J.

Popeyes is breaking out the champagne and using it to hand batter their boneless chicken wings before tossing them in edible 24 Karat gold flakes, to celebrate the milestone.

You only have today to purchase the gold-dipped wings.

The 24 Karat Champagne Wings will be available as part of the company’s Boneless Wing Bash, which includes six boneless wings, choice of side and a warm biscuit.

 

 

New poll gives J.B. Pritzker 22-point lead in Illinois gubernatorial race

CARBONDALE, Illinois — If the election were held last week, J.B. Pritzker would be elected governor – easily.

A new poll from the Paul Simon Public Policy Institute at Southern Illinois University says the governor is behind by 22 points.

John Jackson with the Simon Institute said the new poll showed Pritzker with 47 percent of the vote while Gov. Bruce Rauner got 27 percent.

“I don’t think I’ve seen a poll this lopsided in a governor’s race recently,” Jackson said. “Pat Quinn was down against Rauner in the last polls in 2014. But he was never as far down as the governor now seems to be.”

The poll was conducted in the last week of September, which was 40 days from Election Day. That was before a report from a Cook County watchdog that shed more light on Pritzker’s questionable property tax savings. The report found that Pritzker and his wife “schemed to defraud” taxing authorities when they had the toilets removed from a Gold Coast mansion just days before an inspection in a move that saved them more than $330,000 in property taxes. After details of the leaked report were published, Pritzker said he would return the money amid questions about the legality of the tax dodge.

“It would be difficult [for the governor] to climb out of that hole in the time that is left. But there is a month left,” Jackson said. “The other problem for him though, is that we found only 17 percent of voters undecided.”

The poll gives both Conservative Party candidate Sam McCann and Libertarian candidate Kash Jackson four percent of the vote.

Jackson said the poll also measured voter enthusiasm. Democrats have a lead there as well.

Recalled eggs linked to salmonella cases in seven states including Iowa

(CNN) -- Eggs from Gravel Ridge Farms in Cullman, Alabama, have been linked to 38 cases of salmonella in seven states, the US Food and Drug Administration said Tuesday.

The cage-free large eggs, which were sold in grocery stores in Georgia, Tennessee and Alabama, were recalled in September after illnesses were confirmed. The recalled eggs have a UPC code of 7-06970-38444-6 and best-by dates of July 25 through October 3. A full list of locations where the eggs were sold can be found on the recall announcement.

Ten people have been hospitalized, but there have been no reported deaths, according to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Twenty-three salmonella cases have been reported in Tennessee, seven in Alabama, four in Ohio and one case each in Colorado, Iowa, Kentucky and Montana. The illnesses began between June 17 and August 16.

Many of those infected reported eating dishes containing eggs at restaurants supplied by Gravel Ridge Farms.

The CDC advises that the eggs should not be eaten, sold or served. They should be thrown away or returned to the store where they were purchased.

The places where the eggs were stored should be cleaned and sanitized, and eggs should be handled and cooked safely to avoid the potential for illness.

Symptoms of salmonella infections include fever, diarrhea and abdominal cramps that appear 12 to 72 hours after infection, according to the CDC.

In some cases, people may have diarrhea so severe that they need to be hospitalized, but most recover without treatment after four to seven days.

The FDA says infections can be serious and sometimes fatal in certain populations, including young children, frail or elderly people and those with a weakened immune system.

The CDC, the FDA and state officials are investigating the outbreak.

Man held for 2014 fire in downtown Rock Island is released

ROCK ISLAND, Illinois -- The man who was in custody of the Department of Human Services because of a 2014 fire downtown Rock Island has been released.

The fire on September 27, 2014 damaged multiple apartments and businesses.   Jason Earl Anderson was charged with arson and residential arson, but was found unfit to stand trial.

A trial court found that Anderson was "not not guilty."

Fire damage, downtown Rock Island. WQAD photo, September 2014

Court documents show that the Illinois Appellate Court reversed that ruling, acquitting Anderson of both charges.  The court determined that there wasn't enough evidence.

"The conclusion that arson was committed and that it was committed by defendant was based on a probability, which is not proof beyond a reasonable doubt," read the Illinois Appellate Court docket.

Click here to see the full docket. 

John Deere Road moves to final stage of construction

UPDATE: MOLINE, Illinois — Construction crews will begin work on switching over to the last stage of the John Deere Road project earlier than originally predicted.

In order to avoid the rain predicted for early tomorrow morning, the McCarthy Improvement Company will begin switching traffic signs starting at 8 p.m. tonight instead of 10 p.m., which was planned originally. The company is warning all drivers to be careful during the switch, which is now expected to last until 1 p.m.

EARLIER: After two and a half years of construction, John Deere Road moves to the final stage starting tonight, weather permitting.

According to a statement from McCarthy Improvement Company, crews will be moving westbound traffic signals over to the westbound side starting at 10 p.m. on Oct. 4. The move will last until 5 a.m. the next day.

Westbound traffic has been sharing eastbound lanes while crews worked on paving the westbound roads and intersections.

The actual switch will begin at 5 a.m., according to the statement. Traffic will be stopped at 41st Street, 53rd Street, 60th Street and 70th Street for 15 minutes. After the switch, both sides will have two open lanes. The third lane on both sides will be opened after the final stage of construction.

All of these updates depend on if the weather cooperates.

According to the statement, the ramp from westbound I-74 to eastbound John Deere Road will remain closed until late October.

The company is shooting to be completely finished with construction by November 21, 2018.

6.5 million pounds of beef recalled over salmonella outbreak

Arizona-based meat producer JBS Tolleson, Inc. is recalling 6,500,966 pounds of “various raw, non-intact beef products” due to an outbreak of salmonella, the United States Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced Thursday.

The recalled products may be contaminated with salmonella.

The recall was issued after health officials identified JBS as the common supplier of raw ground beef products found to be the “probable source” of reported salmonella illnesses.

Fifty-seven cases of salmonella illness linked to this outbreak were reported in 16 US states between August 5 and September 6.  The USDA’s report did not specify which states the beef was sold in.

The USDA’s FSIS was first notified of the possible outbreak in September. Receipts and shopper cards from eight patients helped investigators identify the source of the outbreak.

Symptoms of salmonella usually begin 12 to 72 hours after consuming contaminated food. These can include diarrhea, abdominal cramps and fever that last between four and seven days. Most people recover on their own but those who experience persistent diarrhea may need to be hospitalized.

Those at most risk for severe illness include people with weakened immune systems, babies and elderly individuals.

The recalled products were packaged between July 26 and September 7 and were sold nationwide under brand names Walmart, Cedar River Farms Natural Beef, Showcase, Showcase/Walmart and JBS Generic.

The USDA inspection mark on the packaging of the recalled products contains the establishment number “EST. 267.”

“FSIS is concerned that some product may be frozen and in consumers’ freezers. Consumers who have purchased these products are urged not to consume them. These products should be thrown away or returned to the place of purchase,” the agency said in announcing the recall.

The USDA also reminded consumers to cook all ground beef to an internal temperature of 160 degrees Fahrenheit.

“The only way to confirm that ground beef or other cuts of beef are cooked to a temperature high enough to kill harmful bacteria is to use a food thermometer that measures internal temperature.”

Pay It Forward salutes sweet philosophy at Davenport’s Sugar Shack

DAVENPORT –

Inside the Sugar Shack, 1939 W. 4th Street, a line is stretching to the cash register.

That’s where owner Michael Stratford is busy – making sales, delivering a positive message and changing lives.

It’s clear that this modest set-up is much more than a store that’s open seven days a week.

“It is a light for the community,” Stratford said recently.  “A place where they can come to know that whatever comes from here for them will be goodness.”

Dozens of photos decorate the walls, and there’s a story with every face.  His mission is to turn the sadness into smiles.

“The minute you go in the store, it just brings smiles and tears to your eyes to see the love and compassion that he has towards others,” said Marty Hesseling, who nominated Stratford.

That’s why Ascentra Credit Union is stopping by the neighborhood near Monroe Elementary School.

“Marty, thank you for nominating Michael,” said Victoria Keninger, Ascentra Credit Union.  “He is a true example of what we believe in at Ascentra Credit Union – listening, caring and doing what’s right.  On behalf of Ascentra, we would like to present you with $300.”

Moments later, Hesseling delivers a surprise that literally leaves Stratford speechless.

“On behalf of WQAD News Eight and Ascentra Credit Union, we want to present you with a Pay It Forward of $300,” said Hesseling.  “You’re a special guy, and you mean the world to everyone.”

The store is a safe haven for kids visiting before and after school. He’s quick to get them off to classes.

In this at-risk neighborhood, there’s a chance for artistic expression, spiritual development and even a meal.

“I just want the best for every single person that walks through these doors,” Stratford said.

Working quietly to improve lives for more than a decade, he remains dedicated to making his neighborhood a better place.

“I know, in some type of way, it’s going to benefit somebody,” he concluded.  “Just the message that’s sent here today.”

That’s a sweet outcome at the Sugar Shack.

 

 

Heavy rainfall returns Friday

Several ingredients are coming together to produce heavy-rain producing thunderstorms beginning Friday morning through the first part of the upcoming weekend. By Saturday morning, some locations could pick up close to two inches of rain!

The cold front that brought an early round of thunderstorms Thursday morning will return northward as a warm front late Thursday night. Lift combined with moisture streaming back into the region will come together to produce showers and thunderstorms, especially after midnight. These storms will continue Friday morning with some heavy downpours likely.

After experiencing a break early in the afternoon, more showers and thunderstorms will be developing by the early evening hours. As moisture levels continue to rise, this will be the time frame where flash flooding will begin to become a concern.

A line of thunderstorms, some of which main contain gusty winds, will line up over parts of the area, especially north of I-80 Friday evening continuing into the early morning hours of Saturday, sending additional heavy rains to the area.

One of the ingredients we look at when assessing the potential for heavy rainfall is the amount of moisture available or precipitable water. Anytime this value approaches the two-inch mark, heavy rainfall rates can be realized, and that is what will occur late Friday night into Saturday. Any storms that move over the same areas repeatedly will also be capable of producing flash flooding. Remember, never cross a flooded roadway, no matter how shallow the water may appear to be.

-Meteorologist Andrew Stutzke

They went in to serve a warrant and were met with a barrage of bullets

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(CNN) — Officer Terrence Carraway rushed to respond when a gunman opened fire from a home in Florence County, South Carolina. As the barrage of bullets kept coming, he and his colleagues had to be rescued.

Carraway was among seven law enforcement officers who were shot Wednesday evening during an hours-long standoff that began when deputies attempted to execute a search warrant.

The 30-year veteran of the Florence Police Department was minutes away when he got the call to help fellow officers. He later died on his way to the hospital, city of Florence spokesman John Wukela said.

Fighting back tears, Florence police Chief Allen Heidler called Carraway a good friend and “the bravest police officer” he’s ever known.

An autopsy will be performed at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston, CNN affiliate WBTW reported.

Authorities are continuing to investigate the shooting Thursday, but many questions remain.

The gunman, who was not identified, was arrested Wednesday night, officials said. He surrendered after talking to a negotiator and was taken to the hospital for treatment, Florence County Sheriff’s Office Chief Deputy Glenn Kirby told WBTW.

It’s unclear if he’s facing any charges and whether authorities have determined why he opened fire.

The conditions of the three other Florence officers and three deputies who were wounded were not immediately known.

An eighth person, a 20-year-old man inside the house, was shot during the standoff, Kirby said. His condition is also unknown.

An armored vehicle had to shield officers

The gunman initially shot at the Florence County deputies and kept shooting when more law enforcement officers arrived, officials said.

“These officers went there unknowing the firepower this suspect had,” Florence County Sheriff Kenney Boone said.

The seven officers who were wounded could not get away, he said.

“He had an advantage, and the officers couldn’t get to the ones that were down,” Boone said.

As the suspect barricaded himself in the home with children, authorities used a mine-resistant ambush protected, or MRAP, vehicle — something usually associated with war zones — to get all the wounded officers to safety, Boone said.

Video footage after the shooting shows a bloody police vest and blood spatter on the ground as yellow tape goes up around the scene.

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President Donald Trump and South Carolina lawmakers offered prayers for the victims.

“My thoughts and prayers are with the Florence County Sheriff’s Office and the Florence Police Department tonight, in South Carolina. We are forever grateful for what our Law Enforcement Officers do 24/7/365,” Trump tweeted.

“This is simply devastating news from Florence. The selfless acts of bravery from the men and women in law enforcement is real, just like the power of prayer is real,” Gov. Henry McMaster said on social media.

Pole impales SUV after coming loose along Missouri highway

CLAY COUNTY, Missouri – A driver walked away with only minor injuries Wednesday after a pole passed through an SUV in Clay County, Missouri.

The Clay County Sheriff tweeted photos of the scary incident, which happened before 11 a.m. near 92-Highway at DD-Highway.

Investigators told WDAF they think a truck pulling a trailer with a load of poles was making a turn and the load came loose.

The photo shows the pole, apparently suspended in air by the frame of the vehicle, protruding through the windshield and rear, right passenger window.

"AMAZINGLY this crash only resulted in minor injuries," the Clay County Sheriff's Office tweeted.

No one was hospitalized, and a spokesman for the sheriff's office, Capt. Will Akin, told The Kansas City Star, "The pipe missed the driver almost completely."

Authorities said Wednesday that an investigation was ongoing.

AMAZINGLY this crash only resulted in minor injuries at 92 Hwy & DD Hwy #DriveSafe pic.twitter.com/Yg5imuRF1D

— Clay County Sheriff (@SheriffClayCo) October 3, 2018

10 Rock Island cars broken into in one night

ROCK ISLAND, Illinois — Ten vehicles were broken into between 5 p.m. Tuesday and 12:45 a.m. yesterday leaving some people with missing property.

Rock Island police responded to 10 incidents on the morning of Oct. 3. All the reports came between 24 Avenue and 25 Avenue from 42 Street to 45 Street.

Police say all the cars were unlocked.

It’s not clear at this time what was stolen. Seven of the incidents were criminal trespasses, meaning the car was opened up but nothing was stolen. Three incidents included stolen property.

This isn’t the first time this has happened in the Quad Cities. On Jan. 15, 2018, Moline police responded to two stolen vehicles caught on surveillance cameras. The keys were inside the vehicles.

In 2016, Davenport police responded to a string of car thefts including a stolen truck. Police said all of the crimes happened because cars were left unlocked.

“PLEASE lock your doors!! These are crimes of opportunity. Please do not give criminals the opportunity to steal your belongings or personal property. More importantly, please do not risk endangering your family,” Davenport police said on their Facebook page.

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