Attorney for man beaten by Baltimore officer says the cop had a history of ‘antagonizing’

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(CNN) — The Baltimore police officer caught on video punching a man for 12 seconds has “a history of antagonizing and aggravating” that victim, the man’s attorney told CNN on Monday.

Warren Brown represents Dashawn McGrier, who got pummeled by the police officer Saturday morning.

Brown said his client was arrested by the same officer in June and charged with assaulting the officer, disorderly conduct, obstructing and hindering, and resisting arrest. A trial date for the case has been set for later this month.

According to Brown, McGrier was trying to restrain a young lady the officer had encountered when the officer turned his ire to McGrier, grabbed him off a bicycle and threw him to the ground.

“This officer has a history of antagonizing and aggravating my client,” Brown said.

The Baltimore Police Department said in a press release that one of the officers was familiar with the man beaten in the video but did not elaborate. BPD has not corroborated the allegations by Brown.

BPD said the officer has resigned, but have not identified him. But James Bentley, spokesman for the Baltimore mayor’s office, said the officer who resigned is Arthur Williams.

CNN’s attempts to reach Williams have not been successful.

Digital records could be solution to recorder’s office move

ROCK ISLAND, Illinois - Rock Island county records could all soon be available digitally.

That is if the county board and the county recorder decide to hire U.S. Imaging to scan each record into a database.

The county recorder presented the idea to the board at a meeting on Monday, August 13.

The idea comes as the recorder is looking for ways to move her office out of the old county courthouse and into the county office building across the street.

The board voted to demolish the old courthouse last month, but until the recorder's office is moved, the building cannot be knocked down.

The issues is that the county's records books are too heavy for the county office building to structurally support.

"If we don't go ahead with the digitizing then we have to find some place else to go," said County Recorder, Kelly Fisher. "So the only way we can get into the county building is if we get the records digitized and move the books to the basement."

If the office and the board decide to digitize the records, a team of eight people would come to the office, and under the supervision of the Rock Island County Sheriff's Department and the Rock Island County Recorder's office, they would scan and digitize those heavy books into a database.

They would work 24 hours a day, seven days a week for two weeks.

This move would allow the 22-pound books to be stored away from the office, and get the County Recorder working alongside peers.

"It makes sense for the county because we could be in the county building with all the other county offices we work in conjunction with," she said.

The project could cost more than $1 million. For Rock Island County Administrator Jim Snider, he looks at the price tag as being less of a hardship than taking on a new piece of property.

"The operative word here is investment," he said, "not necessarily another burden to the tax payer with reoccurring costs, so we're hopeful."

Fisher said her office would be willing to pay the county back with revenue that her office generates.

She said that until her office is moved, the courthouse cannot be demolished.  Snider said the courthouse is expected to be torn down sometime in 2019.

Illinois inspectors climb over, under fair rides for safety

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — The legs of the carnival ride called “Downdraft” rise and spread before they start to spin, the empty cars on the ends leaning outward, as amusement ride safety inspectors Bill Szerletich and Brian Brown watch.

A bystander at the midway of the Illinois State Fair suggests that a true inspector would take the ride himself. They do, sometimes, Szerletich said last week. In fact, his boss, Labor Department Director Joe Beyer, had just been there a day earlier, testing a ride.

“He’s our crash-test dummy,” Brown joked.

The annual fair opens in about eight hours, but Szerletich, Brown and four other Labor Department inspectors continue their checking and rechecking of about 65 carnival rides at three different locations on the fairgrounds.

“They’re underneath this equipment, on top of it, they’re looking at every piece of it, every connection, every pin, everything,” said assistant Labor director Chris Wieneke. “Each ride, there’s a set time period for how long it takes — it takes exactly how long it takes to go over every inch of that ride and then wait for any fixes that have to be done to make sure it can operate safely.”

The inspectors crawl up, over and around about 4,000 rides a year at various amusement parks, street fairs, and carnivals, Wieneke said, looking for anything amiss that could lead to injury.

Incidents such as one in July 2017 at the Ohio State Fair, in which a car came loose from a whirling ride, killing one and injuring seven, are cataclysmic and make tragic headlines. But injuries on amusement-park rides are “a rare event,” said Ken Kolosh, statistics manager for the National Safety Council .

The National Safety Council has analyzed carnival injuries at fixed-site parks — Six Flags, for example — since 2003. Its latest report, of 2015 data , found about 1,500 injuries, or less than one per 1 million rides.

In other words, the council estimates there is a one-in-1.25 million chance you’d be injured if you step up and strap in.

Kolosh cautions, however, that the analysis is only of fixed-site attractions, not mobile ones like at county or state fairs that only operate for brief periods. No one has analyzed that data, Kolosh said. The reason, primarily, is that fixed-site operators have turnstiles that count attendance and even ridership. Festivals such as the state fair might count gate entrances, but there’s no way to count carnival riders.

That’s where experience plays a part. The Illinois inspectors aren’t reinventing the wheel each time they see a new octopus-shaped twirler.

That was evident when Brown stepped up on Chopper Charlie, another whirling ride with four-seat helicopter-shaped compartments. He spots a loose nut almost by intuition and carefully marks it in his notebook.

“We see these rides several times a year,” Szerletich said. “You get used to seeing things, know what to look for.”

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission reports that nationally in 2017, there were 29,400 emergency-room visits because of amusement-park attraction injuries. But “amusements” are broadly defined. Spokesman Thaddeus Harrington said they include fixed-site midways and mobile carnivals, water parks, inflatable slides and “bounce houses,” and coin-operated or free attractions at restaurants and shopping centers.

The fair is underway, but the inspectors aren’t gone. Wieneke said they’ll make unannounced inspections through Sunday’s close, not only of the equipment, but to ensure operators — and the riders — are following the rules.

Parents play a part, too. The Labor Department publishes guidelines for safe riding and the National Safety Council encourages fair-goers to aggressively report things that don’t look right and remember that age, height and weight restrictions are for safety. In short, council president and CEO Deborah A.P. Hersman said, “If you ever feel uncomfortable, do not go on a ride or down a slide.”

After all that, Wieneke acknowledged he still holds his breath until it’s over.

“A little,” Wieneke said. “We’re always afraid of the unexpected happening. That’s why we go through the trouble of doing full inspections on rides that maybe we’ve seen before during the year. That’s why we do the unannounced inspections as we go through the fair.”

Peter Strzok fired from the FBI

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(CNN) — The FBI has fired Peter Strzok, an agent who was removed from the Russia probe last year for sending text messages disparaging President Donald Trump, Strzok’s lawyer said Monday.

Aitan Goelman, Strzok’s attorney, said FBI Deputy Director David Bowdich ordered the agent’s termination on Friday. Goelman said that the deputy director’s decision comes after the head of the office that normally handles disciplinary actions decided Strzok should instead face a demotion and 60-day suspension.

“The decision to fire Special Agent Strzok is not only a departure from typical Bureau practice, but also contradicts Director (Christopher) Wray’s testimony to Congress and his assurances that the FBI intended to follow its regular process in this and all personnel matters,” Goelman said in his statement.

Strzok’s firing was earlier reported by The Washington Post.

Man charged with impersonating a cop said he was sent to “watch all the crazies”

DAVENPORT, Iowa – A man was arrested last night after impersonating a police officer and damaging hotel property.

Dimitri Martin, 29, was arrested at the Quad City Inn off of Brady Street in Davenport at 10:25 p.m. on August 12. Police filed two separate criminal complaints. He is not affiliated with Dimitri Martin, the comedian.

According to one affidavit from the Davenport Police Department, Martin willfully impersonated a police officer. He told the clerk at the front desk that he was sent to the location by the police department to “watch all the crazies.”

A separate affidavit filed at the same time also charges Martin with vandalism. This document says Martin ripped lights off of the walls and threw a chair off of the balcony, breaking it. It also says he smashed a large window. The damages add up to over $800.

Martin was officially charged with Impersonating a Public Official and Criminal Mischief in the Third Degree. He was taken to jail.

WQAD partners with RK Dixon to Make My Non Profit Run Better

This year, RK Dixon is focusing on helping Quad City area non-profits run better. By concentrating on a single region, we are able to increase the overall prize allocations and make a more dramatic impact for winning organizations.

Through the Make My Non-Profit Run Better program, RK Dixon has donated more than $570,000 to help 501(c)(3) non-profits in Illinois and Iowa. Over the course of 13 years, our contest has created positive changes that have helped countless people who benefit from the services these non-profits provide.

Non-profits based in the following counties are eligible for participation:

Jackson, Clinton, Scott, Muscatine, Louisa, Des Moines and Henry counties in Iowa and Jo Daviess, Carroll, Whiteside, Rock Island, Henry, Bureau, Mercer, Henderson, Warren and Knox counties in Illinois.

You can register your Quad City area non-profit starting, August 21st. For more information, click here to visit their website. 

Iran’s Supreme Leader: No war or talks with US over sanctions

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(CNN) — Iran’s Supreme Leader is standing firm against reimposed US sanctions, saying Monday there would be “no war, nor will we negotiate with the United States.”

“Beside sanctions, they [the US] talk about war and negotiations,” Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei said in a speech published on his official website.

“They talk about a spirit of war to frighten the cowards,” said Khamenei, adding that they US played a “poor game” when it came to negotiations.

His comments come after the Trump administration’s first wave of reimposed sanctions kicked in Tuesday, following the withdrawal of the US from the Iran nuclear deal earlier this year.

The 2015 Obama-era deal, agreed by the US, Iran, Britain, France, Germany, China and Russi, restricted Iran’s nuclear program in return for the lifting of international sanctions.

But Khamenei’s comments also appear to contradict Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, who last Monday said that Iran was willing to hold talks with the US to resolve the matter — something Trump’s national security adviser John Bolton dismissed as possible “propaganda.”

European partners stand by deal

European partners have stood by the deal, implementing measures to protect EU companies doing businesses in Iran, even as Trump warned in tweet they faced the fallout of US sanctions.

“Anyone doing business with Iran will NOT be doing business with the United States,” Trump tweeted Tuesday.

Some companies have already heeded that warning. Last week German carmaker Daimler announced it had suspended its activities in Iran “until further notice according to applicable sanctions.”

The collapse of the Iranian rial since Trump announced the US would pull out of the nuclear deal has already wreaked economic havoc, and the first wave of sanctions will likely hit the vulnerable economy further.

In Monday’s speech, Khamenei admitted that while the economy had taken a hit, this was largely due to domestic matters, rather than international sanctions.

Last week’s reimposed sanctions affect, among other things, the purchase or acquisition of US dollars by the Iranian government, the country’s auto industry and trade in gold or precious metals.

Another phase of US sanctions will be reimposed in November and will target Iran’s crucial oil industry.

Illinois Supreme Court rules city liable in trip-and-fall accident

DANVILLE (Illinois News Network) – The Illinois Supreme Court has ruled that a central Illinois city is liable for a woman injured on its uneven sidewalks, a precedent that could affect cities across the state.

The state’s high court said the city of Danville wasn’t immune from a lawsuit a woman filed after she tripped on an uneven seam in a sidewalk there.

Barbara Monson tripped on the sidewalk in 2012 and sued the city for not fixing it. Lower courts ruled that the city wasn’t liable but the Illinois Supreme Court disagreed, saying laws that give Illinois municipalities immunity weren’t as important as the common law requirement for them to keep their property in working order. The Supreme Court said in its ruling that it is “the common-law duty of a local public entity to maintain its property in a reasonably safe condition.”

Typically, state law grants cities a certain level of immunity from getting sued, which the two lower courts agreed with, but the Supreme Court said the common law responsibility for a city to maintain its structures was more important.

“I’m very disappointed in the Supreme Court’s ruling,” said Illinois Lawsuit Abuse Watch Director Travis Akin, who says this ruling could open the floodgates to people seeking paydays via lawsuits with cities.

“This could expose cities across the state of Illinois to unnecessary and absolutely ridiculous litigation moving forward,” he said. “These communities could be nickeled and dimed with these small claims that may be more beneficial to just settle than to pursue in court.”

Akin said that this could affect an Illinois municipality regardless of whether or not they face a lawsuit or not. Cities that carry liability insurance could see higher costs of underwriting since this poses a new risk for a claim.

The opinion said that the city may have been OK had they marked the spot in the sidewalk as damaged.

The court sent the case back to the lower court to be decided.

Officials with the City of Danville had left town for a conference and were not made available to comment on the ruling.

Your Money With Mark: The escalating trade war and the mid-term election impact

MOLINE- Every Monday on Good Morning Quad Cities, Investment Adviser Mark Grywacheski joins us live on the air to talk about a range of financial issues and topics.

Monday, August 13, Grywacheski talked about the escalating trade war with China and whether the mid-term elections will play any part in the country's policy with them. He also said he believed the country would need a fourth interest rate hike this year.

Your Money With Mark airs live on Good Morning Quad Cities every Monday between 5 a.m. and 5:30 a.mTo live stream our newscast from our website, click here.

Community throws vigil for two young lives lost

MUSCATINE, Iowa-- A grieving community gathered at Riverside Park in Muscatine to honor to young lives lost.

"It could be anybody at anytime it just really hit close to home and made me think," said Shanyna Stone. Stone helped organize this event.

They originally started planning  back in July after two-year-old Hawk Newberry fell into the Mississippi River near Schweibert Park. His body was found in Muscatine a few weeks later.

That same day, Sadie Alvarado was found in Lee County. Police say her boyfriend left her on the side of the road after she jumped out of his car during an argument.

"They were found on the same day. Sadie was from here so it just kinda made sense to include her family in the memories," said Stone.

The whole community was hit hard by the news. They didn't want either loss to go unnoticed.

Putting together candles, prayers and even torches on Brown's Island where Hawk was found.

"We've just been doing as best as we can to get everybody down here together to show these families our support," said McKaya Justos. Justos couldn't help but think of her own children when she heard the news.

"It warms my heart for the families that all these people came to show their support in this time of tragedy but it was definitely unexpected," said Stone.

They hope this helps both families heal knowing they have the community to lean on for support.

"We hope they know there are people standing behind them. I can't imagine the pain that they're going through and I can never put myself in their shoes but I want to support in anyway that I can," said Stone.


Small business owner gives back to the community

ROCK FALLS, Illinois  -- Kids in Rock Falls, Illinois celebrated going back to school today with a party. Ben Phillips, owner of Ben's Phresh Kutz, in Rock Falls, hosts the event with his wife. They provide free school supplies and discounted hair cuts to students of any age.

"We go to Walmart and we buy all the school supplies," Phillips said. "We also have personalizes book bags for the kids."

Phillips said this year, over 150 kids came to the event. They also had food, games, balloon animals, and a bounce house. They gave away prizes, like candy and toys.

"We're not going to end until everyone has school supplies," Phillips said. "Until the tables are empty."

This is the sixth year Phillips has hosted the event. He says he does this to give back to his community.

" I love living here," Phillips said. " I want to give to families."

The students in Rock Falls go back to school Thursday, August 16th.

Two Davenport women could face up to 25 years in prison after robbing homeowner at gunpoint

DAVENPORT-- Two women are in jail after police say they robbed a Davenport homeowner while pointing a long shot gun style firearm at them.

Police say 33-year-old Nancy Hoffman and 29-year-old Amber Woods ,both from Davenport, robbed a house on LeClaire Street in Davenport on Friday around 3:30 p.m.

Police say one of them stayed in the car as a lookout while the other entered the home and pointed a gun at the victim demanding money. Police say the woman holding the gun took a wallet o


ff the table and left.

If convicted both could face up to 25 years in prison.

A break from the heat arrives with some rain this week

It was another toasty afternoon! Thankfully, we’ll be cooling off quickly tonight due to a clear sky and calm wind. We’ll drop into the mid 60s by early Monday morning. You can still catch the Perseid Meteor Shower late Sunday night and early Monday morning! As expected, you have a better chance of seeing these shooting starts far away from city lights. However, some patchy fog may get in the way of your view.

Click here to learn where to look to see the meteor shower

We’re going to be back in the low 90s on Monday with another sun-filled afternoon. The sunshine will last into most of our Tuesday with highs pushing 90. However, we will be tracking some showers and storms late on Tuesday evening into the overnight hours.

More showers and storms are likely to pass through Wednesday morning and afternoon. Thanks to the rain, we’ll struggle to reach the low 80s on Wednesday. By Thursday, most of the rain will be gone with temperatures in the mid 80s.

-Meteorologist Taylor Graham

The Score Preview – Geneseo Football

Tradition is big for Geneseo Football.  The Maple Leafs have won five games or more for 55 straight years.  This years schedule will test that streak, but the Geneseo players are focused and ready to prove they have the talent and experience to get the job done on the field.

Illinois pulls home the win at TugFest

LECLAIRE, Iowa-- It's the only event that can shut down the Mississippi River.

The 32nd Annual Great River Tugfest. A giant tug of war contest between Iowa and Illinois.
A long rope stretches from LeClaire, Iowa all the way into Port Byron, Illinois.

Each team pulling to see who is the best.

"It's an adrenaline rush but it's also hell.I mean it's the longest three minutes you're ever going to feel," said Devin Ablee. Ablee has been apart of TugFest since the very beginning. He started out as pit crew but now is a tugmaster for his own team on the Iowa side.

Unfortunately for Ablee and his team, Iowa came up short.

"We did not win this year. Not overall. We won three or four pulls which is good for us. It's a real good feeling for us to win pulls but we'd like to win the whole thing," said Ablee.

The Iowa teams are taking home their improvements and are already thinking of next years competition.


The weather will cooperate for the Perseid Meteor Shower

After a toasty Saturday, we’ll be cooling off nicely into the mid 60s tonight! The sky will also clear out, which will be great if you want to catch the Perseid Meteor Shower that peaks this weekend! Your best chance at seeing any shooting starts will be away from city lights.

Click here to learn where to look to see the meteor shower

We’re sticking with the warmer and sunny weather on Sunday and Monday with highs near 90.

Highs will be getting back into the upper 80s on Tuesday, and we do have the chance for a few showers and storms that night. However, most of the rain will hold off until Wednesday. Hopefully we can pick up some much needed rainfall by the middle of the week. Thanks to the rain, highs will drop into the mid 80s by Wednesday.

-Meteorologist Taylor Graham

West Liberty Police Department teaches 150 women self defense


WEST LIBERTY, Iowa  --  150 women came together today to learn basic self defense at the West Liberty High School. The class was put on by six officers from the local police department.

West Liberty Officer Kim Halpain says that the recent disappearance of Mollie Tibbetts influenced the department to host the class.

" Today started as lets get together with some women from West Liberty and do a basic self defense course," Officer Halpain said. "It kind of exploded in our faces. We got more responses than expected."

West Liberty grandma Jodi Kelly said she attended the class to be able to protect her daughter and two young granddaughters.

"I think knowledge is power," Kelly said. "I think we as women need to stand together. I think we need to be strong. We need to be fierce and I hope thats what I am teaching my daughters and granddaughters."

Kelly's daughter Jessi Simon also attended the class.

"I came today because it seems like an extra crazy world right now," Simon said. " As a mother of two young daughters and a woman, I want to do anything I can to protect myself and keep my family safe."

Women of all ages attended the class. They got hands on experience of different ways to get out common attacks.

The West Liberty Police Department says that in seven out of ten sexual assaults, women will be the victims.

They say they hope to put on another class soon.