Tenants escape a fire inside an East Moline apartment building

EAST MOLINE, Illinois - Sitting on the side of the street, Michael Unzel described the moments flames fully engulfed the apartment building in the 1100 block of 15th Avenue on Thursday, August 1st.

Unzel lives there and said he was sitting on the couch with his wife and their two dogs when he heard fire alarms blaring in the hallway.

"The hallways is full of black smoke and our landlord ran through," said Unzel. "Get out, now! Get out!"

Without a shirt on his back, Unzel said he grabbed his two dogs and he and his wife escaped using stairs on the backside of the building.

Both Unzel and his wife, Cari, are military veterans.

"So, I sit here right now trying to think about scrapbooks, our kids pictures, our military pictures. They're all gone."

Escaping without a scratch, Unzel said his service dog, Bella, and his greyhound, Zakara are okay. But, three cats were left behind. Their condition is unknown.

"When I met her we didn't have nothing," said Michael Unzel. "We are just getting ahead in life."

Michael's wife, Cari, was still shaking as firefighters knocked down the blaze.

"You see it on T.V. all the time. You never think it is going to happen to you," she told News 8. "It's like living in a nightmare right now."

Their neighbor Jeramie Hoyt was at work when he learned about the fire.

"I was on my lunch break and all I hear is people screaming and yelling and my wife yelling at the kids, trying to get them out of there," he said.

He was describing the moments his wife called him, telling him that she and their 5-year-old and 16-year-old kids were escaping the burning building.

One of the children didn't even have shoes on their feet as they rushed to safety.

"Everything I work for and everything that I have tried to build and get for us here, in a matter of minutes, is gone," said Hoyt.

Still, Hoyt says he is thankful. His wife and kids survived the flames and he says "other stuff can be replaced."

To learn more about the fire, click here.

Woman walks into humane society, asks for 2 dogs that had been there the longest

ASHEVILLE, N.C. – Every animal lover will love this story.

A woman named Leslie walked into a North Carolina humane society and asked to take home the two dogs that had been there the longest and the ones with the most special needs.

Leslie wasn’t joking, and the Asheville Humane Society knew just the pair for her.

According to a Facebook post, the humane society introduced Leslie to Sam, who had extensive medical issues and was returned to the shelter after being adopted — and 13-year-old Brutus, who has severe separation anxiety, and was originally surrendered to be euthanized.

“We vowed to find these two amazing dogs their second chance, no matter how long it took,” the Asheville Humane Society said. 

On July 26, Leslie brought the two dogs to her home, which has two acres of fenced-in yard for them to “spend their golden years.” The heart-warming moment Leslie walked them to her car was captured on camera.

The shelter had touching words as the adoption took place:

“As she walked them to the car, Leslie talked softly to these two sweet souls, with their creaky joints and grey muzzles, who have been through so much hardship. She told both Sam and Brutus that they now had a family to love them for the rest of their days. And Leslie assured Brutus especially, who panics when left behind, that he would never spend another moment alone ever again (Leslie, you have a heart of gold!!!) There wasn’t a dry eye in sight as staff, board members and volunteers gathered to say a bittersweet goodbye to two of our favorite furry friends!”

M&M’s releasing fudge brownie candies

MCLEAN, Va. — Good news for chocolate lovers!  A new flavor of M&M’s is hitting the shelves this fall and it’s reportedly “worth the wait.”

M&M’s announced on Wednesday they’ve “been working on something delicious” — new Fudge Brownie M&M’s.

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According to Instagram blogger @junkfoodleaks_, who says they “have the privilege of sourcing new and unreleased samples of junk before they become available to the general public,” the candies are larger in size and very tasty.

The blogger states the candies resemble a peanut M&M but are rounder.

“”These chocolate candies soften up quick, and the gooey texture of a warm brownie begins to take over your taste buds,” wrote @junkfoodleaks_. “For those who love the brownie aftertaste, this is a home run.”

The blogger also states that these decadent candies will be available this fall, if not sooner.

Additionally, the purple product bag doesn’t have a limited-edition indication anywhere, so it’s possible this flavor could be a permanent part of the M&M’s collection!

Man exposed himself to kids at lemonade stands, police say

DAVIS COUNTY, Utah - Two Davis County police departments are warning about a man who has apparently exposed himself to children at multiple lemonade stands.

Kids in one Kaysville neighborhood love nothing more than setting up their lemonade stand and playing outside during the summer.

"'Mr. Cheney, Mr. Cheney! You going to buy from us today?' 'Well you know I am,'" said neighbor Kerry Cheney, of how the kids come over to his house across the street. "I said, 'I can't wait!'"

Neighbors enjoy seeing the kids go from door to door, announcing the lemonade stand is open for business for the afternoon.

"How precious can you get?" Cheney told KSTU, "They're having so much fun with it, and they just can't wait. Their little eyes light up."

Doorbell camera video shows an afternoon of fun from last week, until a black Toyota pulled up an hour later and a man bought a cup of lemonade.

One parent said he stayed in his car, and her daughter walked up to the passenger side window with lemonade.

"At that time, he spilled the juice on an area and told my daughter, 'Can you go get a napkin? I spilled,'" said Megan Seegmiller. "And when my daughter looked down, he exposed himself to my daughter."

Seegmiller said her 7-year-old ran home to tell her what happened, clearly disturbed, and Seegmiller called the police.

She found out this isn't the first exposing incident in the area; Farmington Police took three reports in June where a man exposed himself at lemonade stands in different places.

Between the three incidents, eight children ages two to 12 years old were victimized, Farmington Police indicated.

All of the descriptions seem to match up to a single suspect.

"We have been communicating with Farmington PD, we understand maybe some similar incidents that have occurred down there, and we're working directly with them about their information to see if our cases are in fact the same person," said Lt. Paul Thompson with Kaysville Police.

Thompson said the suspect is a white male around 30 years old, possibly growing a beard. Farmington Police described the man as a white male around his 30s, with a dark beard and dark hair.

He was seen in a black car. Seegmiller said her daughter thought it was a Toyota Corolla.

Lt. Thompson added that a man with a similar description approached four girls on a trail in early July pretending to have a flat tire, before exposing himself.

Should they find the man, police said he could face serious charges of lewdness or lewdness involving a minor.

Seegmiller said she no longer lets her kids set up the lemonade stand. Their favorite summertime activity is ruined.

"It's so disturbing. It makes you so angry inside, because kids these days - they should be able to be outside to do lemonade stands," Seegmiller said. "It's just so infuriating."

Five suicides linked to one college student, lawsuit alleges

ST. LOUIS — A Missouri University, a fraternity, and a former student are being sued in connection with a series of suicides on campus at Truman State University.

Nicole Gorovsky is the attorney representing some of the parents of the deceased students. She told KTVI “He participated, aided and abetted these people in committing suicide.”

Gorovsky was commenting on Brandon Grossheim and five suicides that occurred at Truman State University between 2016 and 2017. Three of the deaths happened at the Alpha Kappa Lambada fraternity house. Brandon Grossman was a fraternity member at the time. Gorovsky says what he did was a crime, calling it manslaughter. She filed a lawsuit on behalf of the parents of Alexander Mullins and Joshua Thomas, two of the young men took their own lives.

The lawsuit claims student Brandon Grossheim told police he counseled, gave advice, step by step directions to people on how to deal with depression, and to do their own free will.

“Which of course has very strong implications that he was counseling them on how to commit suicide,” said Gorovsky.

Alex’s mother, Melissa Bottorff-Arey said, “I would want him (Brandon Grossheim) to face his day in court and be held accountable for the death.”

The attorney said the university and fraternity knew about Grossheim’s close relationships to the students and did nothing to stop him.

“There was clear foreseeability to the university that there was somebody dangerous on this campus and they didn`t do anything about it," Gorovsky added,

“He (Grossheim) was involved and kind of bending their ear, if you will, just kind of planting thoughts in their head,” said Melissa Bottorff-Arey.

The two other people who took their lives were apparently friends of Grossheim. The lawsuit says Grossheim was one of the last people to see each victim before their deaths and was reportedly seen wearing one of the victim's clothing. All the suicides were in the same manner.

“He needs to pay for what he’s done,” said Melissa Bottorff-Arey.

The university released a statement that says, “We strongly disagree with the allegations and will defend the suit vigorously.”

The school added that it will become clear the university is not responsible for the deaths of these students. A spokesman for the fraternity says they've yet to receive the lawsuit and had no comment.

Pit bull protects Tennessee woman from copperhead snake

DAVIDSON COUNTY, Tenn. (WTVF) — A pit bull killed a copperhead snake that was dangerously close to his owner.

Haley McCormack said it’s dark when she gets home from work; she didn’t see the snake lurking in a corner by the stairs leading to her door. Her dog, Arlo, did though, and he immediately jumped to defend her.

“It was in this leaf-like area over here, and it was recoiled back so it was going to strike, he got there before I could go any further, he grabbed it by the tail, and then just started kind of shaking it,” McCormack said, “While he was shaking it, it was biting his face, it got him three times for sure, possibly four.”

Arlo killed the snake, but he was seriously hurt. McCormack rushed him to BluePearl Pet Hospital in Nashville.

“His neck is super swollen,” McCormack said, “It made his eye almost completely swollen shut.”

Sometimes, copperhead bites can be fatal to pets. Bites can be more dangerous if the venom reaches their facial area. However, Arlo is a fighter and is expected to be okay.

“To think how much loyalty, and love he had for me, to risk his own life for mine, it’s really special. It makes me have more respect for him not just as a dog, but as a family member, somebody that protects me,” McCormack said.

Arlo is feeling much better after getting anti-venom, pain medication and CBD oil.

“We’re both lucky to have each other for sure,” McCormack said.

While McCormack was at the animal hospital, she said another dog came in with a snake bite too. According to Blue Pearl Veterinary Partners, they’ve treated more than a dozen snake bite cases this summer. Last year, they treated 17 snake bites cases in the Middle Tennessee area. McCormack hopes this serves as a warning to pet owners. Copperhead venom is rarely deadly to humans, but it can be fatal to small animals.

Copperheads mate in the spring, and usually give birth around the late summer or fall.

The great escape: Hundreds of goats run through Washington neighborhood

ISSAQUAH, Wash. - About 200 goats escaped and ran through the streets of an Issaquah neighborhood this week.

The goats' owner told The Seattle Times that the goats had spent about three weeks in the Issaquah Highlands clearing vegetation.

He believes one goat hit another, which likely knocked over a fence and set off the great escape.

You can see a dog running alongside the goats, clearly having the best day ever.

But that's not the dog that helped corral most of the goats to a nearby dog park and into a trailer. It took a border collie to tackle that.

The neighbor who shot the video says he spent an hour trying to help herd them back as well.

Nail salon employee accused of molesting 5-year-old boy as his mom got a manicure

MESA, Ariz. – An employee at a nail salon in Mesa is accused of molesting a 5-year-old boy Wednesday afternoon, KNXV reports.

The incident happened around 2 p.m. at Premier Nails & Spa near Ellsworth and Baseline roads.

According to police records, the boy’s mother had just finished getting her nails done when her son went to use the restroom.

As the boy was leaving the restroom, the suspect, 57-year-old Minh Hoa Truong, reached out and grabbed the boy and pulled him close to his body.

According to the report, the boy’s mother told police she thought Truong was being playful until she saw him putting his hand down the boy’s shorts. The boy’s mother went and immediately pulled her son away and called police.

When officers arrived on scene, they reviewed security camera footage which corroborated the woman’s story. The video shows Truong trying to pull the boy’s shorts down and then putting his hands inside. Video shows the boy squirming and then dropping to the floor to get away. When the boy’s mom approaches, Truong is seen removing his hand from inside the boy’s clothes.

During an interview with police, the boy told officers he tried to get away from Truong, but he grabbed his arm, stuck his hand inside his shorts, touched his genitals and “was moving it.”

Truong told police he worked at the shop and the “girl” came up to him and said “hi” and that’s when he pulled “her” and played with “her.” He then told police he wanted an attorney.

Troung is facing multiple charges including molestation of a child.

French’s creates mustard flavored ice cream to celebrate National Mustard Day

ROCHESTER, N.Y. — American mustard brand French’s has teamed up with a California-based ice cream company to create mustard flavored ice cream ahead of National Mustard Day.

French’s announced Wednesday that it would be bringing French’s Mustard Ice Cream to life for a limited-time run in both New York and Los Angeles to celebrate National Mustard Day, which is Saturday, according to a press release.

“This limited-edition ice cream was developed with Coolhaus Ice Cream to bring together two all-American classics, ice cream and mustard, in a surprising yet delicious offering,” the company said.

Those wishing to try the “sweet-and-savory” treat can grab a scoop at Coolhaus locations in L.A. between August 2-4 and 9–11.

They can also grab a taste in New York from the “French’s Mustard Ice Cream truck” at Rockefeller Center and Columbus Circle on August 1, Brooklyn Heights and Madison Square Park on August 2 and  Main Street in the Hamptons and East Hampton Main Beach on August 3.

French’s says they’re planning to serve the ice cream treat with a pretzel cookie, maximizing on the “sweet-and-savory” cravings.

The company has also released a do-it-yourself recipe for those who want to try mustard ice cream but cannot travel to NYC or LA. Click here for the easy-to-make at-home recipe.

There’s an emu on the loose in North Carolina, and nobody’s been quick enough to catch it

ORANGE COUNTY, N.C. – The skittish bird looks like a creature out of prehistoric times, but it’s popping up now in people’s front yards in central North Carolina.

An emu Orange County workers have dubbed Eno has been on the lam for at least five weeks, traveling back and forth between Orange and Chatham counties. But the feathery oddball is so quick that nobody’s been able to catch it.

Orange County Animal Services first got calls about an emu on the loose at the end of June, but every time it sends out staff to find the bird — which can run up to 30 miles an hour — it’s already fled the scene, spokeswoman Tenille Fox said.

Eno was last spotted Tuesday, meandering in a pasture near the town of Hillsborough. But by the time officials made it there, the emu had fled.

The evasive bird had been seen two days earlier, crossing a well-traveled road. A car stopped to watch him (or her; officials can’t get a look long enough to determine the sex), and a spooked Eno jumped on the vehicle’s roof before sprinting away again.

The car owner didn’t report any damage, Fox said. According to the San Diego Zoo, emus typically weigh less than 120 pounds and stand between 5 and 6 feet tall, far smaller than their more menacing relatives, the ostrich and cassowary.

The department’s been plotting Eno’s path based on the handful of sightings, Fox said, and it appears that it’s traveling north. If workers manage to track it down in an area with natural barriers or fencing, they can direct it to run toward a trailer and lock it in.

But it’s unlikely it’ll go that smoothly.

“Getting him is the hard part,” she said.

The bird’s easily spooked, but spotters should keep their distance

Eno’s been too quick for officials to examine its condition, but it’s clear that the bird is stressed after at least five weeks on the run, Fox said.

Emus aren’t aggressive by nature, and this one has seemed especially fearful when spotted. But Fox warns that cornering or chasing the bird can trigger its defenses: sharp talons and a fierce jump.

“We’re not particularly saying (it’s) generally dangerous, but we do say to keep your distance,” she said.

How did a bird indigenous to Australia wind up in North Carolina? Emu farms are sparsely scattered across the state, where farmers turn their herds into meal and oil products. But no one’s come forward to claim the animal since its first sighting in June.

Fox said officials are hoping for a happy ending.

“This is not the first time we’ve had an animal evade us for a long period of time,” she said. “It’s just usually not an emu.”

New Jersey will allow terminally ill patients to end their lives starting today

Terminally ill adults in New Jersey will now be able to ask for medical help to end their lives.

In April, Gov. Phil Murphy signed the Medical Aid in Dying for the Terminally Ill Act. It goes into effect Thursday.

It allows adults with a prognosis of six months or less to live to get a prescription for life-ending medication.

Other jurisdictions that allow physician-assisted suicide are: California, Colorado, Oregon, Vermont, Washington, Hawaii, Montana and the District of Columbia.

The law requires either a psychiatrist or psychologist determine the patient has the mental capacity to make the decision. The prescription is a series of self-administered pills that can be taken at home.

“Allowing residents with terminal illnesses to make end-of-life choices for themselves is the right thing to do,” Murphy said in a statement.

The bill narrowly passed in the Senate, and some who voted against it are apprehensive about its effects.

“The bill has lasting ramifications and lots of loopholes,” said Republican Sen. Robert Singer. “We are so concerned about opioids, and not trusting doctors with opioids. But now we are willing to trust them with this.”

New Jersey legislators have tried passing versions of this bill since 2014, but this was the first time the bill went to a vote in the Senate.

At least 19 other states are considering physician-assisted suicide bills.

Little breakdown in this latest summer pattern

Another winner of the day with plenty of sun, low humidity and daytime highs reaching the mid 80s .  Give the A/C a break again tonight with lows dipping around the 60 degree mark.

We’ll still on track to inch up those temperatures a degree or two this upcoming weekend, where at the same time adding a touch more humidity.   Temperatures will peak by Monday with highs around 90 degree mark.

Afterwards, these high temperatures will breakdown as a weak cool front slides in later Tuesday.  Coverage still looks isolated due to a lack of dynamics, so rainfall amounts look light.

Chief meteorologist James Zahara

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On A Mother Level: Ninja Feet


The patron saint of pregnant ambition, NaRhea Salzbrenner, joins Denise to talk about running a daycare business, working with your spouse and the time her son jammed a ninja foot up his nose. Denise explains why toddlers and porta potties don’t mix.


Doctors find 526 teeth in boy’s mouth in India

A 7-year-old boy complaining of jaw pain was found to have 526 teeth inside his mouth, according to the hospital in India where he was treated.

The boy was admitted last month in the southern city of Chennai because of swelling and pain near his molars in his lower right jaw.

When doctors scanned and x-rayed his mouth, they found a sac embedded in his lower jaw filled with “abnormal teeth,” Dr. Prathiba Ramani, the head of Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology at Saveetha Dental College and Hospital, told CNN.

While the surgery to remove the teeth took place last month, doctors needed time to individually examine each tooth before they could confirm their findings.

After discovering the sac, two surgeons removed it from the boy’s mouth. Then Ramani’s team took four to five hours to empty the sac to confirm its contents and discovered the hundreds of teeth.

“There were a total of 526 teeth ranging from 0.1 millimeters (.004 inches) to 15 millimeters (0.6 inches). Even the smallest piece had a crown, root and enamel coat indicating it was a tooth,” she said.

The boy was released three days after the surgery and is expected to make a full recovery, Ramani said.

Ramani said the boy was suffering from a very rare condition called compound composite odontoma. She said what caused the condition is unclear, but it could be genetic or it could be due to environmental factors like radiation.

The boy actually may have had the extra teeth for some time. His parents told doctors that they had noticed swelling in his jaw when he was as young as 3, but they couldn’t do much about it because he would not stay still or allow doctors to examine him.

Dr. P. Senthilnathan, head of the hospital’s Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Department and one of two surgeons who operated on the boy, detailed the procedure to CNN.

“Under general anesthesia, we drilled into the jaw from the top,” he said. “We did not break the bone from the sides, meaning reconstruction surgery was not required. The sac was removed. You can think of it as a kind of balloon with small pieces inside.”

Dr. Senthilnathan said the discovery showed it was important to seek treatment for dental issues as early as possible.

Awareness about dental and oral health was improving, he said, though access in rural areas remained problematic.

“Earlier, things like not as many dentists, lack of education, poverty meant that there was not as much awareness. These problems are still there.

“You can see people in cities have better awareness but people who are in rural areas are not as educated or able to afford good dental health.”

In Ravindrath’s case, all has turned out well; the boy now has a healthy count of 21 teeth, Dr. Senthilnathan said.

Woman wakes from coma to find legs, arms partially amputated after infection from dog saliva

CANTON, Ohio – An Ohio woman was hospitalized for more than 80 days and had multiple limbs partially amputated after catching a severe infection from dog saliva.

The last thing Marie Trainer remembers is feeling sick and lying down on the couch.  The Stark County wife and mother woke up from a coma ten days later with both arms and legs partially amputated.

“When I opened my eyes I didn’t know where I was,” said Marie. “It was very hard to find out that they had to remove my legs and my arms ... very hard to cope with.”

Marie and her husband, Matthew Trainer, had just returned home from a vacation in the Caribbean. They thought it was the flu because Marie felt nauseous and had a bad backache. But then suddenly her temperature spiked and plummeted.

“Her temperature went up then went down to about 93 degrees, that’s when we rushed her to the hospital,” said Matthew.

Aultman Hospital’s critical care team began aggressive treatments, but within hours Marie was developing sepsis and her condition continued to deteriorate.

“So we were getting new symptoms and worsening symptoms very rapidly,” said Gina Premier, Marie’s stepdaughter and a nurse practitioner at Aultman Hospital in Canton.

Premier said in just a couple days Marie was put into a medically-induced coma as her limbs began turning necrotic and then gangrenous.

Blood tests and cultures at both Aultman Hospital and the Cleveland Clinic confirmed the surprising diagnosis of capnocytophaga.

Dr. Margaret Kobe, Medical Director of Infectious Disease at Aultman, said capnocytophaga is a bacteria commonly found in the saliva of dogs and a smaller percentage of cats.

“Fairly common in the oral flora or the mouth of a dog and it can be transmitted through a bite or sometimes just contact with saliva,” said Dr. Kobe. “That organism is very virulent.  It has the ability to induce your immune system to do some pretty horrible things.”

The Trainers have two dogs at home and suspect they might have accidentally licked a small scrape on Marie’s arm.

The organism causes dozens of large blood clots, that restrict blood flow and lead to necrosis and gangrene.  Doctors repeatedly removed dozens of clots from Marie’s limbs, trying to save them, but too much damage was already done to the tissue.

Without the amputations, doctors told the family Marie would die.

“It was so rapid in progression ... there was nothing they could do,” said Gina.

Dr. Kobe said this type of severe reaction is very rare and only happens to roughly one in a million people. It’s also unpredictable. A person can be exposed to the bacteria and/or the dog for years and never have had a previous reaction.

In 2018 a Wisconsin man also had partial amputations on all four limbs after being licked by a dog, but the same year, a different local patient recovered.

“Their immune system handled it differently,” said Dr. Kobe.

Both Dr. Kobe and Marie still love dogs and don’t want to terrify owners.  However they are encouraging people to be careful; Dr. Kobe says it’s a myth that dogs mouths are cleaner than humans.

“If you get bit by a dog you definitely need to go on antibiotics and to wash your hands when playing with a dog, especially with an open cut.”

Additionally, if you notice redness or signs of infection seek medical treatment immediately and be sure to tell the attending physician that you have pets.

“I’m still amazed at what it is. We still love our animals,” said Matthew and Marie, who have no plans to get rid of their dogs and can’t wait to be back at home as a family.

Although right now they’re focused on Marie’s recovery.  After eight surgeries and being hospitalized more than 80 days, the hair stylist and salon owner faces intensive physical rehabilitation and an uncertain future.

But she is grateful to everyone who fought to save her life; especially her brother, children and husband of 32 years.

“He’s here every day for me ... every day he feeds me, and dresses me here every day,” said Marie breaking down in tears. “I mean what do you do? I had to learn how to sit up, roll over, it’s been just very hard.”

To help with the massive medical expenses and much needed prosthetic limbs, loved ones started “Trainer Strong” fundraising campaigns and they’ve created a GoFundMe page.

UPDATED: Apartment building on fire and water main break in downtown East Moline

EAST MOLINE, Illinois — Thick clouds of black smoke filled the sky as an apartment building burned and the streets flooded with water in the 1100 block of 15th Avenue in downtown East Moline.

Firefighters were working to put out the flames of the burning apartment building since around noon on Thursday, August 1. A main water break in the city also flooded the area near 12th street and 15th Avenue with water, according to the East Moline Police Department.

It is still unclear if the two incidences are related.

There are currently no reported injuries and there are no people inside of the building.

RIGHT NOW: Flames shoot out of an Apartment building in East Moline on 15th Avenue between 12th Street and 11th Street. (@wqad) pic.twitter.com/zF3MyvfXzI

— Ryan Jenkins (@RyanJenkins_TV) August 1, 2019


There are six units inside of the apartment building, but only five had residents, according to the landlord. About 10 people were living in the building at the time of the fire.

The water break will not be fixed until tomorrow, according to East Moline Assistant Public Works Director, Todd Strickler.

Strickler said fire crews should have enough water to fight the fire.

Check back for updates as we hear more. WQAD News 8 Ryan Jenkins is reporting at the scene.

Video from Quad City Fire Wire Facebook page.

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BREAKFAST WITH… Moline’s New Police Chief and His Plans for the City, Safety

There's a new leader in Moline, but he is not new to the Quad Cities.

Darren Gault was sworn in as Moline's new Police Chief on Tuesday, July 30th. 20 years prior to that, he was with the East Moline Police Department - serving as a Patrol Officer, Detective Sergeant, Lieutenant, and Captain. Chief Gault is now serving the city where he, his wife, and his three children have lived for the last two decades and he says he's ready to get to work:

"It's an exciting time to be part of law enforcement at one of the largest law enforcement agencies in the Quad Cities and I look forward to partnering with my fellow Police Chiefs in all the other cities to tackle the crimes that we face in the Quad Cities together," he told WQAD News 8 during his swearing in ceremony.

Those crimes include juvenile crime, car thefts, and gun violence. While having "Breakfast With..." Good Morning Quad Cities on Thursday, August 1st, Chief Gault talked about the best ways to tackle those issues and what he plans to do to regain confidence in the Police Chief position after a difficult year for the Moline Police Department. Click the videos below for a timeline of what's happened over the past year and Chief Gault's goals for the future:

‘Missing and Murdered’ podcast presents… Crime Chat: Trudy Appleby

CRIME CHAT: From the host that brought you the podcast, “Missing and Murdered in the Midwest,” WQAD News 8 Executive Producer Toria Wilson, sits down with those with direct knowledge to the cases that left the Quad City area asking questions.

EPISODE ONE: Toria sits down with Moline Police Detective Michael Griffin, to talk about the Trudy Appleby case. We talk about the initial investigation into Trudy’s disappearance, and in hindsight, how things could have been handled differently. Detective Griffin also discusses the credible and not-so-credible tips that are still coming in to this day.


The two talk about the latest in the investigation, specifically the boat that is linked to the person of interest, William “Ed” Smith, in this case.

Trudy’s case has never gone cold, according to Griffin, and he works to try to bring closure for the Appleby family. He’s been seen passing out fliers on Campbell’s Island, posting on social media, and helped add billboards along two busy roadways in Rock Island County.

Detective Griffin, has spearheaded the search in the last few years to try to find the answers to numerous missing persons cases in Moline, not just Trudy’s. He’s been quoted countless times, saying there are people in the Quad Cities harboring secrets, and hopes those who have the key in unlocking these cases, come forward.

If you do have information on the Appleby case, contact Moline Police’s non-emergency line at (309) 797-0401 or Quad City Crimestoppers at (309) 762-9500. You can also submit at tip through the P3 app.

After delays Superintendent Kobylski hired for Davenport Community School District

DAVENPORT, Iowa -- With the 2019-2020 school year starting in just three weeks, Davenport Community School District announced its new superintendent began Friday.

Robert Kobylski, Ed.D., finalized his paperwork before the August 15 deadline set by the Iowa Board of Education becoming the district's new superintendent on July 1. Kobylski follows Interim Superintendent T.J. Schneckloth.

Complications with Kobylski's certifications led to delay after delay as the board of education claimed "the classes he took in Wisconsin don't reflect Iowa's standards".

Kobylski formerly served as the superintendent of Nicolet High School and the Fox Point-Bayside School District in Wisconsin, according to a statement from the district.

Bettendorf Schools operations director dies in I-74 crash Wednesday

HENRY COUNTY, Illinois-- Bettendorf Schools Communications Director Celeste Miller confirms their operations director, Chris Andrus, 36, was killed in an Interstate 74 accident Wednesday.

Andrus stopped his car in the shoulder of the Iowa-bound lanes and walked out in front of two semi-trailers, just after 8:30 a.m. on July 31, Illinois State Police Trooper Jason Wilson confirmed. It happened on I-74 Iowa-bound, just south of The Big X.

Andrus was the Director of Operations for the school district from 2015 to 2019, but had resigned from his position in July and was on medical leave for the remainder of the month, according to Miller.

School leaders say they have, "arranged for a grief counselor to assist staff with their grieving. If you would like to visit with the grief counselor, contact the district administration center to learn more (563) 359-3681."

The crash is still under investigation.