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Red Cross says they have just 3 days of blood left and they desperately need help

QUAD CITIES- The Red Cross is asking for help as they say there is about three days of blood left in their storage.

With less than a three-day supply of most blood types available, the American Red Cross is facing a blood shortage and has an emergency need for blood and platelet donors to give now to replenish the blood supply. The call for donations comes after a difficult July Fourth week for donations when hundreds fewer blood drives were organized by volunteer hosts than a typical week, compounding a shortfall of more than 24,000 blood donations in June.

Donors of all blood types, especially type O, are urged to make an appointment to donate using the Blood Donor App, at RedCrossBlood.org or by calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767). Donation appointments and completion of a RapidPass online health history questionnaire are encouraged to help reduce the time it takes to donate.

Upcoming blood donation opportunities July 9-31 Iowa

Clinton

7/9/2019: 1 p.m. – 6 p.m., Community Reformed Church, 747 N 12th Street

7/12/2019: 1 p.m. – 6 p.m., Prince of Peace Catholic School, 312 South 4th Street

7/23/2019: 8 a.m. – 1 p.m., Community Reformed Church, 747 N 12th Street

7/31/2019: 2 p.m. – 6 p.m., Community Reformed Church, 747 N 12th Street

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Lee

Donnellson

7/12/2019: 12 p.m. – 5 p.m., Pilot Grove Bank, 516 Main Street

Fort Madison

7/18/2019: 12:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m., Union Presbyterian Church, 719 Avenue F

Keokuk

7/11/2019: 12 p.m. – 6 p.m., Trinity United Methodist Church, 2330 Plank Road

8/1/2019: 12 p.m. – 6 p.m., Evangelical Free Church, 2315 S. 7th Street

Montrose

7/22/2019: 1:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m., Ivor Fowler Community Center, 710 Main Street (Hwy 404)

Illinois

Carroll

Mount Carroll

7/19/2019: 1 p.m. – 6 p.m., Church of God, 816 S. Clay

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Henry

Cambridge

7/25/2019: 2 p.m. – 6 p.m., St John’s Vianney Church, 313 S West Street

Geneseo

7/25/2019: 2 p.m. – 6 p.m., Geneseo First Presbyterian Church, 133 E North St

Kewanee

7/10/2019: 2 p.m. – 6 p.m., First Christian Church, 105 Dwight St.

7/12/2019: 11 a.m. – 4 p.m., Kewanee First United Methodist Church, 108 East Central Blvd.

7/24/2019: 2 p.m. – 6 p.m., First Christian Church, 105 Dwight St.

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Lee

Dixon

7/15/2019: 1 p.m. – 6 p.m., Dixon Post House, 100 W. Second Street

7/23/2019: 1 p.m. – 6 p.m., Elk’s Lodge, 1279 Franklin Grove Rd

7/30/2019: 12:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m., Knights of Columbus Hall, 506 West Third

8/8/2019: 1 p.m. – 6 p.m., St. Patricks Church, 612 Highland

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Mercer

Aledo

7/16/2019: 11:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m., VFW Hall, 106 SW 3rd Ave.

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Rock Island

Moline

8/2/2019: 9 a.m. – 2 p.m., Moline Hy Vee, 750 42nd Ave Dr.

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Whiteside

Morrison

7/18/2019: 12 p.m. – 6 p.m., United Methodist Church, 200 West Lincolnway

Rock Falls

7/17/2019: 9 a.m. – 2 p.m., Rock Falls Community Building, 601 W. 10th Street

Sterling

7/24/2019: 1 p.m. – 6 p.m., Morningside of Sterling, 2705 Avenue E

7/31/2019: 9:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m., Sterling Exceptional Care Training Center, 2601 Woodlawn Road

8/1/2019: 9 a.m. – 2:30 p.m., Sterling Bethel Reformed Church, 230 E. 23rd Street

8/1/2019: 1:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m., Sterling Bethel Reformed Church, 230 E. 23rd Street

Tampico

7/11/2019: 2 p.m. – 7 p.m., Tampico United Methodist Church, 202 Lincoln Street, PO Box 336

Dixon mother arrested for driving with her kids on the roof of her car

DIXON, Illinois- A Dixon mother was arrested after concerned residents noticed she was driving around with two kids on the roof of her car (inside) of an inflatable pool.

Police say Jennifer A. Janus Yeager,49, was driving westbound on Illinois Route 2, just west of Palmyra Road with a blue inflatable pool on the roof with two children inside of the pool.

Officials say that Yeager drove into town to inflate the pool at a friends’ house and had her two young daughters ride inside of the empty pool to hold it down on their drive home.

Yeager was placed under arrest for two counts of endangering the health or life of a child and two counts of reckless conduct. Yeager was also cited for failure to secure a passenger under the age of 8 and under the age of 16.

Yeager was transported to the Dixon Police Department where she was processed and released after posting bond.

It’s about to get hot in Rock Island: Nelly is coming to the Daiquiri Factory

ROCK ISLAND, Illinois- No this isn’t just a dream, The Daiquiri Factory will be hosting Nelly, time to relive those angsty junior high days.

According to their Facebook post, The St Louis rapper will be performing on Saturday, September 28th.

The doors open at 7:00 p.m and also features the Boy Band Review.

Advertised tickets range from $40 to $75. Put on your favorite grill and Order them here!

An exclusive look at Credit Island post 3-month flood shows extensive damage in some areas

DAVENPORT, Iowa -- Credit Island was hit hard after this spring’s record flooding, but one building on the island is still in good shape thanks to its design.

The island has been closed to pedestrians since mid-March.  The only way to get on the island is to sign a waiver from the City of Davenport to ensure safety protocols.

Now that water levels have receded on the island, it sits high and dry.  But the half-mile road to the mainland is one part of the island hit the worst.

“Basically, it was part of the river for 100 days,” says Betsy Tubbs, Davenport Senior Park Manager. “This is by far the worst damage we’ve seen on the road”

The trail to the island is completely uprooted, leaving potholes and chunks of concrete in the middle of the road, which is a hazard to pedestrians.  That’s why the island is closed for a fourth month this year.

But one place on the island was able to withstand damage – the Credit Island Lodge.

The lodge was renovated to include vents on the exterior nearly ten years ago.  The vents allow water to pass through and still have the building stand strong.  Currently, people are still unable to go in until a structural engineer inspects the building.

“It’s actually great,” says Tubbs. “If this didn’t happen you can imagine if water comes up, it hits the building and just continues to pound on the building.”

At first glance the boarded-up lodge looks like it needs a lot of work, but the three to four inches of river mud and silt sitting on the inside is the main repair.

“The island is known to come back fairly quickly once we can get access established and get crews in here," says Davenport Parks and Recreation Director, Chad Dyson.

To get the lodge back into top shape it’s going to take electricity, which right now can’t be found on the island.

“One of our biggest challenges for the first time that I ever recalled is we’ve lost power,” Tubbs explains.

Four power lines lining the road into the island are now lost in the river after flooding.

“Not unexpected, but a daunting challenge to clean up nonetheless,” Tubbs comments.

A timeline for when the repairs will start on the island is still up in the air.  It’s now up to the Mayor’s Task Force to decide what areas need the most attention.

Davenport Parks and Recreation, says they are still looking for a temporary way for people to get on the island.

It's still unclear how much repairs will cost the city.

Uber expands ‘no talking’ rides, launches helicopter service

Uber is turning down the volume — and looking to the sky — in its latest round of new services.

The company announced Tuesday it is expanding its conversation-free car trips to more rides and launching a helicopter service in New York City for a speedy (and expensive) trip to the airport.

Users will need to select a Comfort trip from its list of options, including Uber Pool, UberX, Uber Black and UberXL. The new Comfort tier of vehicles features mid-size cars, offers extra legroom and lets passengers request their ideal temperature.

Users nationwide will now be able to request car trips in which they won’t have to talk to drivers, allowing riders downtime “if you need to respond to emails or are in the mood for a nap,” according to the company.

In May, Uber first launched “quiet mode” on Uber Black and Uber SUV, its premium services.

But Uber’s new helicopter service, Uber Copterwill be so fast there won’t be time to squeeze in a nap. The 8-minute trips will be offered in Manhattan south of Houston Street to JFK International Airport on weekdays during afternoon rush hour. One-way tickets will cost about $200.

Uber envisions replacing the helicopter trips with autonomous electric flying cars that it expects will make transportation faster and safer. For now, Uber is starting with a limited helicopter schedule with the number of trips determined by demand. Not anyone can book a helicopter ride. Only Uber customers with the highest levels of status in its reward program, platinum, and diamond, will be eligible for the trips.

Uber doesn’t operate the flights itself; they’re handled by HeliFlite, a New Jersey-based charter helicopter company.

Uber users will see the helicopter option pop up in the app when they’re planning trips involving lower Manhattan, JFK International Airport or select areas with access to the West Side Highway. Trips must start or end in this designated zone to see the Copter option. Uber will coordinate with its car service to get passengers in lower Manhattan to the helipad. Trips to the airport can be booked the day of, like a typical Uber ride, or up to five days in advance.

Passengers on Uber Copter, which seats five people, can bring a carry-on bag and a personal bag. Tipping the helicopter pilots is not permitted.

Uber said it is open to expanding the Copter service to other areas. For now, it intends to use the flights to help learn about aerial ride-hailing and inform its future products.

The new service drew criticism from some New York leaders including Mayor Bill de Blasio and City Council Speaker Corey Johnson in June following a fatal helicopter crash that raised questions about air traffic safety in cities. Uber officials said they’ve teamed with HeliFlite because of its strong safety record.

Uber also said Tuesday its public transportation initiative in Denver led to 1,200 bus and rail tickets sold through the app since its May launch. The company wants to become the one-stop shop for transportation, whether a person travels by car, bike, scooter, bus, train or helicopter.

Two dozen Campbell’s Island homes tagged for damage inspection

CAMPBELL’S ISLAND, Illinois — Rock Island County inspectors are checking on individual homes to assess the damage left by floodwaters on Campbell’s Island. About two dozen homes received a red tag in the past few days on their front doors,  a notice by the county’s Office of Zoning and Building Safety, urging homeowners to schedule an inspection.

The notice reads, “Because this building is located in a floodplain and was damaged by flooding, a flood assessment must be conducted by the county.”

“Everything that’s been damaged requires a building permit to make repairs to a structure. Part of the ordinance is that if you exceed 50 percent value of the structure itself, then you have to comply with today’s floodplain ordinance. Less than 50 percent, you can just make repairs and move back in,” said Greg Thorpe, the director of Rock Island County’s Office of Zoning and Building.

For those homes with more than 50 percent damage, homeowners face four choices: They must other flood-proof, elevate or demolish the building, or relocate.

Thorpe said because Rock Island County did not meet the threshold for a federal disaster declaration, there is no FEMA assistance for individuals. Homeowners can apply for an individual buy-out option through the Office of Zoning and Building. Those with flood insurance may be able to get up to $30,000  to help elevate their homes, he said. But Thorpe estimated that 50 percent of homeowners on Campbell’s Island do not have flood insurance.

“They are pretty resilient people,” he said. “They have lived there for quite a while, they’ve gone through multiple floods, they have flow-through foundation. Their mortgages are paid off.”

“They are used to scraping the muck out of their lower level, hosing it off and moving on with life. There is a smaller percentage of that 50 percent who, water got on their first floor, now they have to comply with the ordinance and probably their only option is demolition.”

Mom allegedly put 4-year-old in hot car as punishment, admitted to using drugs

DRAPER, Utah - A woman was booked into jail and faces felony charges after police said she put her 4-year-old boy in a hot car as punishment.

Police also said the child was sitting within reach of a needle the woman had used to inject heroin, according to KSTU.

A statement of probable cause indicates police were called to do a welfare check at Draper City Park on July 2nd around 9 p.m. after someone reported a young boy was being held in "time out" inside of a vehicle.

The officers noted it was 82 degrees outside at the time and said the child's mother, 28-year-old Jessica Lee Brown, told officers she had put the boy inside with the windows up and the car turned off because he was "acting out."

One officer felt the boy's head, which was hot to the touch, and noted he was sweating and had puffy eyes.

Brown told officers she had used methamphetamine and heroin, the document states.  Police located a used syringe needle inside of a purse that was inside the car with the boy. Officers located various paraphernalia associated with heroin use during that same search.

The woman was booked into jail and faces charges of child abuse and child endangerment.

The child was given into the care of relatives.

Trump’s Twitter blocking violates Constitution, appeals court rules

An appeals court said Tuesday President Donald Trump violated the First Amendment by blocking users on Twitter.

The 2nd US Circuit Court of Appeals upheld a New York judge’s ruling and found Trump “engaged in unconstitutional viewpoint discrimination by utilizing Twitter’s ‘blocking’ function to limit certain users’ access to his social media account, which is otherwise open to the public at large, because he disagrees with their speech.”

“We hold that he engaged in such discrimination,” the ruling adds.

The judges on the appeals court concluded that “the First Amendment does not permit a public official who utilizes a social media account for all manner of official purposes to exclude persons from an otherwise-open online dialogue because they expressed views with which the official disagrees.”

The challenge to Trump’s unprecedented use of Twitter in office came from seven individuals he blocked, as well as the Knight First Amendment Institute, which argued the President’s personal account is an extension of his office.

The Justice Department argued in March the President wasn’t “wielding the power” of the federal government when he blocked certain individuals from his personal Twitter account, @realDonaldTrump, because while the President sends tweets in his official capacity, he blocks users as a personal matter.

But the appeals court disagreed with that view.

“The irony in all of this is that we write at a time in the history of this nation when the conduct of our government and its officials is subject to wide‐open, robust debate,” they wrote. “This debate encompasses an extraordinarily broad range of ideas and viewpoints and generates a level of passion and intensity the likes of which have rarely been seen. This debate, as uncomfortable and as unpleasant as it frequently may be, is nonetheless a good thing. In resolving this appeal, we remind the litigants and the public that if the First Amendment means anything, it means that the best response to disfavored speech on matters of public concern is more speech, not less.”

Tuesday’s ruling affirms the position taken last year by a New York federal judge, who ruled Trump had violated the Constitution when he blocked Twitter users.

US District Judge Naomi Reice Buchwald wrote in her ruling that “no government official — including the President — is above the law, and all government officials are presumed to follow the law as has been declared.”

See Saturn’s rings as it begins its closest pass by Earth

The rings of Saturn are shining bright this month.

Beginning Tuesday, Saturn will be at opposition, meaning it will rise opposite the sun in the Earth’s sky.

Opposition gives Earth-dwellers the best views of the gas giant and a number of its moons, according to NASA.

The planet will be visible to the naked eye, but you will need a telescope to spot the iconic rings, according to EarthSky.org. When we pass between the sun and a planet outside our own orbit, the other planet “is generally closest to Earth and brightest for that year,” EarthSky notes notes.

During this time Saturn, Earth and the sun will be in a straight line, with Earth in the center.

Saturn will be visible in the southeast sky Tuesday, according to EarthSky, and can be spotted in the “teapot” of the Sagittarius constellation.

It will appear highest in the sky about midnight but will be visible all night long, setting in the west as the sun begins to rise in the east.

Saturn’s opposition will provide good views of the planet during July, August and September.

On July 15 and 16, a full moon “scrapes by the ringed planet,” according to NASA. During this time, people in South America will be able to see the moon pass directly in front of Saturn.

This exciting celestial event happens to fall on the 50th anniversary of the historic Apollo 11 mission.

Known for a viral video, ‘Back it up, Terry’ Davis needs a new wheelchair

MEMPHIS, Tenn. – Annette Carter said she has an ordinary family, but you might know one member in particular: her son, Terry.

Forty-two-year-old Antario “Terry” Davis’s claim to fame is a viral video from a couple of years ago. In it, Davis lights a firework with family while his cousin Eldraco Wooten records the moment.

Carter said Davis’s hand shakes, symptomatic of the incident that left him wheelchair bound in the first place. She said Davis fell in a bathtub when he was in his late 20s, leaving him partially paralyzed.

“He was getting out of the tub and slipped backwards,” she said.

Despite the accident, Carter said Davis is full of life and wanted to set off fireworks that year.

In the time it took for Davis to light the fuse, Carter said his wheelchair shut down; when he tried to move away, it didn’t work immediately.

Carter said the whole family was screaming, worried Carter would get hurt.

“Put it in reverse, Terry!” Wooten shouted in the video.

Once they realized Davis was OK though, Carter only had one thing on her mind.

“I said, ‘Tell me somebody got that,'” she recalled.

Now, Carter said Davis needs a new wheelchair so he can stay independent. Davis lives with his grandmother in what Carter said is a very small house. So small, in fact, the first wheelchair Davis was recently sent was too big to maneuver there.

The chair Davis received couldn’t clear small corners or fit in the bathroom, allowing him the independence he wants. His grandmother, 81, wasn’t able to help him maneuver much either, Carter said.

So, she said returned the wheelchair and got a receipt for it. The receipt was supposed to prove to the insurance company Davis did not have a new chair and did need a replacement.

But, Carter said, she misplaced the paperwork. Without it, the family would have to wait five years to be eligible for another chair, something Carter said Davis’s therapist wouldn’t work.

Carter started a GoFundMe for Davis’s new chair and said strangers reaching out have surprised her most.

“So many people have been so nice, trying to reach out and help us out,” Carter said.

She said people tell her Davis’s video puts a smile on their faces and brings joy to their lives; they want to give back, and a donation is the best they can do for him.

“Back it up Terry is a household name for them now,” she said.

Carter said she thanks everybody who donates personally and by name; they are a part of her extended family forever.

And Davis said he can’t believe all the support he’s getting.

“I appreciate everybody,” he said. “I really appreciate everybody.”

Australian gender reveal party goes wrong as car bursts into flames

A gender reveal party on Australia’s Gold Coast took a dramatic turn as a car used to spew blue smoke suddenly ignited.

The Queensland Police Service released footage of the incident, which took place on April 18 last year, to warn about the dangers of ‘burnouts,’ an increasingly popular feature of gender reveal parties in Australia. On several occasions over the past year, gender reveal ‘burnouts’ – in which cars emit billowing clouds of pink or blue smoke – have resulted in flaming vehicles and arrests.

In the latest drone video released by police, the big reveal initially goes as planned, with celebrating guests filming as the car drives down a road, engulfed in blue smoke. After it comes to a stop, however, the car bursts into flames, and the driver and guests are forced to abandon it. It sits in the middle of the road on fire, amid plumes of smoke that are now black.

A 29-year-old man was subsequently convicted of dangerous operation of a motor vehicle, a spokesperson for the Queensland Police Service told CNN.

Dangerous gender reveal parties aren’t isolated to Australia. In November last year, the US Forest Service released a video of an April 2017 party in Arizona, which sparked a wildfire that burned almost 47,000 acres of land and caused more than $8 million in damage.

Expectant father Dennis Dickey, an off-duty US Border Patrol agent, shot a target reading “Boy,” which he had packed with the highly explosive substance Tannerite. The target emitted a blue cloud of smoke, but also ignited the surrounding brush. The flames spread to the Coronado National Forest, becoming the destructive Sawmill Fire.

In September last year, Dickey pled guilty to a misdemeanor violation of US Forest Service regulations. He was sentenced to five years’ probation and ordered to pay $8,188,069 in restitution.

A shark was swallowed whole during a rarely seen deep-sea feast

Perhaps the old saying is true: You are what you eat.

And in this case, a shark primed itself to be a decadent meal for a wreckfish that was casually passing by.

Researchers who were exploring the ocean depths to look for a World War II shipwreck shared a video of a rare shark sighting last month.

The NOAA Ocean Exploration and Research team recorded a school of deep-sea dogfish feasting on a dead swordfish about 1,476 feet below the surface off the coast of South Carolina. The video shows at least 11 of the sharks devouring a recently dead 8-foot swordfish.

Then comes an even bigger surprise.

A bony fish known as a wreckfish comes from behind the researchers’ remotely operated vehicle and snatches a shark into its mouth, leaving only the tail flailing between its lips.

Yes, that’s a lot of unpack. Let’s break down what these researchers are calling a “once in a lifetime event.”

It’s rare to see sharks like this in a group

The NOAA team said it’s uncommon for deep-sea sharks to be in a group unless there is some nearby patch of food.

Peter Auster, a senior research scientist at the Mystic Aquarium and research emeritus professor at the University of Connecticut, said these sharks probably traveled a long way to feed on this swordfish. Scientists call this a “food fall.”

“When a large food fall occurs, like a 250-plus pound swordfish, the ability to detect and locate the food, and then maximize food intake, is the key to growth and survival,” Auster wrote for one of NOAA’s mission logs.

That wreckfish reminded us of the fight for survival

Dinner was served, but there was little to no room for the wreckfish to get in on some of the swordfish feasting action.

So the large fish did what it could in the situation and ambushed one of the small dogfish sharks instead.

“Using the [remotely operated vehicle] for cover, it demonstrated the ability of large predatory fishes to feed on smaller sharks,” Auster wrote.

The video is giving researchers a lot to consider about the inner workings of the deep sea.

“This rare and startling event leaves us with more questions than answers, but such is the nature of scientific exploration,” Auster wrote.

Suspect passes gas so loudly law enforcement is able to locate his hiding place

LIBERTY, Mo. — Law enforcement in the Northland relied on some basic senses over the weekend to help them track down an alleged criminal.

A spokesperson for the Clay County Sheriff’s Office posted a photo on Facebook of the search and added that while officials were searching, the person passed gas. Loudly. So loudly, in fact, the sound gave up the suspect’s hiding spot.

“We’ve gotta give props to Liberty PD for using their senses to sniff him out!” the sheriff’s department added.

According to the sheriff’s department, the individual was wanted for possession of a controlled substance.

Butterworth Dog Park opens in Moline; here are some other places to take your pup

MOLINE, Illinois– The Quad Cities has several dog parks in the area, but play dates are about to get even easier with the latest addition.

A dog park opens in downtown Moline at 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday, July 9 at 15th Street and 8th Avenue. Butterworth Dog Park is 1.48 acres and features separated areas for large and small dogs.

The park is open from sunrise to sunset, is off-leash and there are no public restrooms. Owners must be at least 16 years-old and are required to pick up their own dog’s waste. For more dog park rules click here.

In Moline there is also the Greenvalley Dog Park, a 2 acre off-leash park at 6009 50th Avenue.

Outside of Moline there are a few other places you can take your pooch:

  • Rock Island: Renamed after a former park board member who wanted to open the QC’s first dog park in 1999, Eleanor Wallace Dog Park is located at 28th Street and 78th Avenue West. Donations keep the park running, according to the Rock Island Parks and Recreation Department website, and is normally closed from mid-April to the Friday before Memorial Day for upkeep.
  • Davenport: Besides Moline, Davenport is the only other city with two options. There’s an unofficial Facebook page for North Marquette Dog Park at 4411 North Marquette Street where owners share photos of their dogs after visits. Centennial Park also has a fenced-in, off-leash area at 315 South Marquette Street.
  • Bettendorf: Crow Creek Dog Park is located at 4800 N Devils Glen Road on the North end. For extremely shy dogs, pups under 25 pounds or elderly friends, the park features a Small Park for the Old Timid and Tiny or a “SPOTT”. A little over 7 acres, Crow Creek additionally boasts public restrooms and dog drinking fountains.
  • Muscatine: Opening last year through grass-roots efforts, the Muscatine Community Dog Park is a first for the city on 600 South Houser Street across from Kent Stein Park. The park features three separated areas for large dogs, small dogs and timid dogs.

Did we miss any? Let us know if there are more in the area by sending us an email at ‘news@wqad.com’ with “Dog Parks” in the subject line or send us pictures of your dog for a chance to get featured on this article!

Moline to announce new chief of police at 6 p.m. Tuesday

MOLINE, Illinois — A new chief of police for Moline is expected to be announced Tuesday, July 9.

Moline’s City Administrator Lisa Kotter plannned to present her candidate to the City Council at 6 p.m. in a Special City Council meeting.  The council will then have the opportunity to approve Kotter’s appointment for the position.

If approved, the chief will be officially announced right after.  City leaders expect the community to be able to hear from the chief for the first time at a press conference.

In 2018, Moline’s Chief of Police John Hitchcock retired from the force after pleading guilty to an OWI charge.

Tracking a few showers this evening… Storm possible during Pro-Am Day

A slightly warmer and more humid day as temperatures reach near the 90 degree mark.  We’re also noticing a disturbance drifting in from the west.  This will set off a few showers and even a thunderstorm or two by this evening.

Click here for interactive radar

The last of these storms should be ending by 11 pm for areas east of the river.  Otherwise, the rest of the night we’ll see partly cloudy skies and lows in the lower 70s.

That will lead to a hot but even more humid day come Wednesday with highs around 90 with heat index values near 100.  I still see an isolated coverage of thunderstorms just after lunchtime mainly for areas east of the river.  We’ll keep an eye on it.

Thursday is still your weekend’s best with sunshine, lower humidity and highs in the lower 80s.  Afterwards, temperatures start rising once again with temperatures 90 or better starting Saturday.

Chief meteorologist James Zahara

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What we know about the teen who police say nearly opened fire inside North Scott Jr. High School

DAVENPORT, Iowa – Luke Andrews, 13, of Davenport, Iowa,  is accused of trying to open fire inside of a classroom at North Scott Junior High School on August 31, 2018.

His trial is set to begin in July of 2019. Judge Marlita Greve said prospective jurors were still being selected on Tuesday, July 9.

Attorneys are expected to question a pool of prospective jurors before narrowing a group of 33 prospective jurors down to a group of 12 jurors and three alternates.

Andrews is charged with attempted murder, carrying weapons on school grounds, and assault while displaying a dangerous weapon.

The charges stem from an incident where police reports say Andrews walked into a classroom at North Scott Junior High School and Pointed a .22 Caliber gun in the face of a teacher a pulled the trigger.

The gun didn’t go off because Andrews forgot to take the safety off, according to arrest affidavits.

The gun was then wrestled away from Andrews by the teacher and the gun was secured by officers at the scene.

Police say they found the gun to be fully loaded with one round in the chamber and 11 rounds in the magazine.

Andrews was 12 years old at the time of the incident. He is now 13 years old, but he is being tried as a “youthful offender” in the adult court.

Andrews has pleaded “not guilty” to his charges.

Burger King is now selling $1 tacos for a limited time

Burger King is trying to get customers’ attention with something a little different: Tacos.

The burger chain started selling crunchy tacos on Tuesday. They cost $1 in most places, but are more expensive in Alaska and Hawaii, and will only be available for a limited time.

Burger King first tested out tacos in western states. “We’ve seen success with tacos in those restaurants and knew it was time to bring this west coast favorite nationwide,” Chris Finazzo, president of North America for Burger King, said in a statement. The new item adds “variety” to Burger King’s snack offerings, he added.

Fast food chains use limited-time offerings to build hype and keep their brands top of mind with consumers. And tacos in particular are a good way to attract customers, said Neil Saunders, managing director of GlobalData Retail, a research and consulting firm.

“Tacos remain very popular with consumers,” Saunders said, adding that fast food companies that wouldn’t traditionally sell tacos may be “keen to get a slice of that action.”

Jack in the Box in particular has had great success with its taco. The item has been “a #1 seller and a fan favorite for years,” Jen Kennedy, VP of product marketing at Jack in the Box, told CNN Business in a recent interview. She said the taco has been a “stand out distinction for us.” Jack in the Box also just started selling tiny, bite-sized tacos, but it’s too early to say how they’re doing.

Consumers are also flocking to Mexican chains for tacos. Taco Bell’s parent company, Yum! Brands, reported that in the first quarter, sales at US Taco Bell restaurants open at least a year grew 5%. And sales at Chipotle stores open at least a year grew 9.9% in the first quarter.

With its taco promotion, Burger King is likely trying to do more than just cash in on a specific, popular menu item, Saunders noted. It’s also trying to create buzz for the brand with something unexpected.

“Some of it is marketing,” Saunders said, adding that Burger King is adept at getting attention with creative menu innovations. For Halloween, the chain served a burger it claimed helped induce nightmares. More recently, to celebrate the third season of Netflix’s “Stranger Things,” it sold upside-down Whoppers in 1980s-era packaging.

There is a possible downside to attention-grabbing stunts, even successful ones. They could distract Burger King from focusing on creating growth within its main menu, Saunders said.

“They have to be careful with some of these promotions,” he warned. “Burger King can be very haphazard with the menu.” That can be a good thing because consumers like to try new things. But “sometimes you get the impression that Burger King chases after the shiny objects rather than focusing on the core business.”

Colona Police: Hazmat crew called to investigate claim of white powder expelled from bag, find nothing

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COLONA, Illinois — A Hazmat crew was sent into a home in Colona, after a resident said she opened a bag and white powder came from it, according to police.

The bag was from a former roommate, according to a spokesperson from the Colona Police Department.  Authorities were called to the 700 block of 4th Street after the resident opened the bag and said she was having trouble breathing afterward.

Police said the resident who opened the bag has severe asthma, which could have caused the breathing issues she was experiencing.

Around noon on Tuesday, July 9, two Hazmat technicians went into the house to investigate, but police said they found no powder or residue.  Police said the technicians suggested the powder may have been a cloud of dust.

There were no reported injuries, said police.

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