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Shoemaker sentenced to 58 years for crime spree that severely injured Buffalo police chief

DAVENPORT, Iowa -- A Davenport man convicted of attempted murder was sentenced to serve up to 58 years in prison.

The sentence was handed down in Scott County Court Thursday, August 9, by District Court Judge Thomas Reidel.

Logan Shoemaker was on trial in June for the September 2017 crash that left Buffalo Police Chief T.J. Behning seriously injured.    A jury found Shoemaker guilty of attempted murder, eluding, willful injury causing a serious injury, and first-degree robbery.

Previous reports indicate that Shoemaker had been on a high-speed chase with police. Chief Behning was standing outside his squad vehicle on Highway 22 and threw stop sticks to try and stop the chase.  That's when a garbage truck that Shoemaker was driving plowed into Chief Behning’s squad vehicle, seriously injuring the chief.

The sentence was close to the max of 60 possible on the charges and was handed down despite Chief Behning saying he held no anger or animosity toward Shoemaker, despite being seriously injured.

"I probably should be mad at you, but I’m not," Chief Behning said prior to the sentencing. "I feel terrible for everyone. Especially my family and your family. I want you to know I don’t have any resentment. We knew the rules and we both got hurt.”

Judge Reidel, however, said the fact Shoemaker had served prison time in the past, made poor choices while on probation and still participated in a multi-day crime spree that negatively impacted more than 100 people, meant a severe sentence was warranted.

"Your complete lack of concern for everyone but yourself shows a level of depravity I've seldom seen," he said. "You've not done well on probation, you've been in prison and despite this, you did not do anything to alter your behaviors."

Shoemaker's mother, Andrea Yates, said she knows her son deserves prison time, but asked the judge to take into account his addiction problems when handing down the sentence. She also told Chief Behning she has been praying for his recovery and his family.

"You're not the monster you are accused of being," she said, looking at Logan. "I hope T.J. and his family know I pray every day for his recovery."

Under the terms of the sentencing, Shoemaker will spend a minimum of 25 years in prison before being eligible for parole. He was also ordered to pay thousands of dollars in fines and victim restitution.

In leaked recording, key House Republican suggests GOP must keep House to protect Trump from Mueller

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(CNN) — In a newly leaked audio recording, House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes, a California Republican, suggests that his party needs to retain control of the House of Representatives to protect President Donald Trump from special counsel Robert Mueller.

“If (Attorney General Jeff) Sessions won’t un-recuse and Mueller won’t clear the President, we’re the only ones, which is really the danger … we have to keep all these seats,” Nunes can be heard saying on a recording from a private fundraiser aired by MSNBC on “The Rachel Maddow Show” on Wednesday. “We have to keep the majority

The remarks appear to be a blunt assessment from Nunes, a top Trump ally in Congress who Democrats accuse of trying to help the White House with the Russia probe, that Republicans must keep their House majority in the midterm elections to shield Trump from the special counsel investigation.

Jack Langer, a spokesman for Nunes, downplayed the comments in a statement to CNN, saying “it’s unsurprising to see the left-wing media spin Chairman Nunes’ routine observations as some nefarious plot, since these same media outlets spent the last year and a half touting non-existent Russia collusion conspiracy.”

Maddow said on Wednesday that the audio, which MSNBC described as a “secret audio recording,” was obtained by a progressive group called Fuse Washington after one of its members paid to attend a private fundraiser held last week for Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, a member of House GOP leadership.

The Nunes-led House Intelligence Committee conducted a yearlong investigation of Russia’s election interference. The committee’s Republicans issued a report that stated they found no evidence of collusion between Trump’s team and Russia, but Democrats accused Republicans of failing to interview witnesses and subpoena key documents in the probe in an effort to protect Trump.

Democrats on the committee have continued their own investigation and have made clear they will ramp up the probe again should they retake the House in November.

Nunes: Rosenstein impeachment push could put Supreme Court confirmation at risk

Nunes can also be heard on the recording arguing that any effort to impeach Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein could interfere with the confirmation process for Brett Kavanaugh, Trump’s nominee to fill the Supreme Court vacancy left by Justice Anthony Kennedy’s retirement.

“If we actually vote to impeach, what that does is that triggers the Senate then has to take it up,” Nunes said on the audio, adding, that the “Senate only has so much time.”

Rosenstein, who has overseen the special counsel investigation after Sessions recused himself from the probe, has faced harsh criticism from House conservatives who have accused the Justice Department of withholding key information from Congress and stonewalling congressional subpoenas. In late July, House Freedom Caucus Leaders Reps. Mark Meadows and Jim Jordan introduced a resolution to impeach Rosenstein in an escalation of long-standing tensions.

Nunes said he thinks Rosenstein “deserves to be impeached,” but noted that “the Senate would have to drop everything they’re doing and start to, and start with impeachment on Rosenstein. And then take the risk of not getting Kavanaugh confirmed.” He added, “so it’s not a matter that any of us like Rosenstein. It’s a matter of, it’s a matter of timing.”

Whip list: Where senators stand on Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh

Nunes’ comments on the timing of an impeachment fight echo what House Speaker Paul Ryan, who does not support the impeachment push, has publicly said.

Ryan said in July, “if this were to pass through the House, then what it would do is tie the Senate into knots … That means it would derail or largely delay a big part of our agenda … and it would clearly dramatically delay the confirmation of Brett Kavanaugh to go to the Supreme Court,” he said.

Ivanka Trump hears about workforce development in Illinois

GODFREY, Illinis (Illinois News Network)--President Donald Trump’s daughter said she’ll take what she heard about workforce development from a roundtable in the Metro East to the White House to help improve the administration’s efforts.

Ivanka Trump joined a roundtable discussion Wednesday at Lewis and Clark Community College in Godfrey, Illinois. The group heard from employers, a labor leader and students about what is being done to get workers trained for skilled jobs.

Welding student Charlie Umphrey was on the panel. She said she started going to a four-year school for business and engineering. Many of her friends were also going to four-year schools. After a few semesters, Umphrey said she knew she wanted something more hands on.

“I enrolled in the welding program at Lewis and Clark. Right away I loved it,” Umphrey said. “It was the most amazing thing that I have done with my life thus far.”

Trump said part of the goal of her father’s administration is to work toward rebranding education to get to what it’s really about.

“Obviously that’s to prepare people to be able to thrive and to be able to succeed and to be able to provide for themselves and ultimately their families if they chose to have one,” Trump said.

Springfield-area labor leader Brad Schaive was also on the panel and said his organization visits with prisons to tell them about the opportunities available for people getting out.

Trump took note. She said conditions are great for ex-offenders to get jobs.

“Having an economy such as we do today really enables them that chance, so those who have served their time, who have paid back their debt to society, they should be afforded that opportunity to thrive,” Trump said.

After the panel discussion, Schiave said not only does a job help ex-offenders become productive members of society, it also saves taxpayers.

“They would have maybe gone back [to prison], we pay for that,” Schaive said. "They would have been receiving healthcare on the state, we would have been paying for that. So now they're part of society and they're living the American dream and I think that’s what we should be doing trying to work toward that goal.”

Trump said prison reform and job training for ex-offenders is an important issue intersecting with workforce development her father’s administration is focused on.

Before the discussion, Trump toured Lewis and Clark’s new welding training facility, where she tried a virtual reality welding training machine and talked to a few of the program’s graduates.

Izabella Stockton, of Alton, got to talk one-on-one with Trump.

“It was pretty neat,” Stockton said. “She asked about my dad, if he was a welder, and I told her ‘no he was just kinda of like [doing it] on the side. I’ve got family who does it. I actually got my brother to go here for school. He graduated high school last year … he’s going to start welding. Pretty cool.”

Trump said she’ll take the stories she heard Wednesday with her back to D.C.

For now, Army suspends discharges of immigrant recruits

The U.S. Army has stopped discharging immigrant recruits who enlisted seeking a path to citizenship — at least temporarily.

A memo shared with The Associated Press on Wednesday and dated July 20 spells out orders to high-ranking Army officials to stop processing discharges of men and women who enlisted in the special immigrant program, effective immediately.

It was not clear how many recruits were impacted by the action, and the Pentagon did not immediately respond to requests for comment about the memo.

“Effective immediately, you will suspend processing of all involuntary separation actions,” read the memo signed by Acting Assistant Secretary of the Army for Manpower and Reserve Affairs Marshall Williams.

The disclosure comes one month after the AP reported that dozens of immigrant enlistees were being discharged or had their contracts cancelled. Some said they were given no reason for their discharge. Others said the Army informed them they’d been labeled as security risks because they have relatives abroad or because the Defense Department had not completed background checks on them.

Early last month, the Pentagon said there had been no specific policy change and that background checks were ongoing. And in mid-July the Army reversed one discharge, for Brazilian reservist Lucas Calixto, 28, who had sued. Nonetheless, discharges of other immigrant enlistees continued. Attorneys sought to bring a class action lawsuit last week to offer protections to a broader group of reservists and recruits in the program, demanding that prior discharges be revoked and that further separations be halted.

A judge’s order references the July 20 memo, and asks the Army to clarify how it impacts the discharge status of Calixto and other plaintiffs. As part of the memo, Williams also instructed Army officials to recommend whether the military should issue further guidance related to the program.

Margaret Stock, an Alaska-based immigration attorney and a retired Army Reserve lieutenant colonel who helped create the immigrant recruitment program, said Wednesday the memo proves there was a policy.

“It’s an admission by the Army that they’ve improperly discharged hundreds of soldiers,” she said. “The next step should be go back and rescind the people who were improperly discharged.”

Discharged recruits and reservists reached Wednesday said their discharges were still in place as far as they knew.

One Pakistani man caught by surprise by his discharge said he was filing for asylum. He asked that his name be withheld because he fears he might be forced to return to Pakistan, where he could face danger as a former U.S. Army enlistee.

The reversal comes as the Defense Department has attempted to strengthen security requirements for the program, through which historically immigrants vowed to risk their lives for the promise of U.S. citizenship.

President George W. Bush ordered “expedited naturalization” for immigrant soldiers after 9/11 in an effort to swell military ranks. Seven years later the Military Accessions Vital to the National Interest program, known as MAVNI, became an official recruiting program.

It came under fire from conservatives when President Barack Obama added DACA recipients — young immigrants who were brought to the U.S. illegally as children — to the list of eligible enlistees. In response, the military layered on additional security clearances for recruits to pass before heading to boot camp.

The Trump Administration added even more hurdles, creating a backlog within the Defense Department. Last fall, hundreds of recruits still in the enlistment process had their contracts canceled.

Government attorneys called the recruitment program an “elevated security risk” in another case involving 17 foreign-born military recruits who enlisted through the program but have not been able to clear additional security requirements. Some recruits had falsified their background records and were connected to state-sponsored intelligence agencies, the court filing said.

Eligible recruits are required to have legal status in the U.S., such as a student visa, before enlisting. More than 5,000 immigrants were recruited into the program in 2016, and an estimated 10,000 are currently serving. Nearly 110,000 members of the Armed Forces have gained citizenship by serving in the U.S. military since Sept. 11, 2001, according to the Defense Department.

Several hundred Iowa students still need meningitis vaccination before school starts

DAVENPORT, Iowa - Several hundred students from Davenport schools still haven't received their meningitis vaccine.

Last year, Iowa updated their immunization requirements for students to include the meningitis vaccine.  However, due to lots of families waiting until the last minute, lots of physicians and even the Scott County Health Department ran out of supply.

This is why the Davenport School District is encouraging parents and students to make their appointments now.  Currently, the Scott County Health Department has vaccines in stock as do many family doctors.

Meningitis is a serious disease that can cause brain damage or, in rare cases, death.

"We've seen a couple times this summer where children, young children, have died from meningitis," reports Gina Ekstrom, Head Nurse at Davenport School District. This is caused by older siblings not being immunized and brought into the household.

The state of Iowa requires students to get one dose of the meningitis vaccine before 7th grade and two before 12th grade.  While the state of Illinois requires one dose for entry into 6th, 7th, and 8th grade and two doses before 12th grade.

Think it’s been hot this Summer? You’re exactly right!

Get ready for some extreme heat! Temperatures will surge into the 90s this afternoon before a cold front arrives tonight, giving us more tolerable temperatures for the weekend. If it's seemed like a warmer-than-normal Summer season around here, you're exactly right. If you count today, we've had three full weeks of above 90-degree temperatures.

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Compare that to the number of days we normally get in the three months of Summer (June, July, and August), and we're well above normal.

Hot Summer so far and it sure looks like the trend will continue for the next 6-10 days. pic.twitter.com/OyQ267UuHu

— EricSorensen (@ERICSORENSEN) August 9, 2018

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As far as the forecast goes, it sure looks like our August will continue to be warm. We will probably add up several more 90-degree temperatures this month. And beyond the month of August, September usually yields a few thanks to the drying conditions (a drier atmosphere heats up more efficiently than one with lots of humidity).

-Meteorologist Eric Sorensen

 

Police chief’s son, 16-year-old arrested in brutal attack on 71-year-old Sikh man

MANTECA, Calif. – The 18-year-old estranged son of a California police chief and a 16-year-old boy are in custody following the brutal beating of a Sikh man that was caught on surveillance video.

Investigators say Tyrone McAllister and his teen accomplice kicked and spat on 71-year-old Sahib Singh Natt outside Greystone Park in the Northern California city of Manteca Monday morning.

The attack was caught on a neighbor's home surveillance, and Manteca police say McAllister's family was integral in the case.

Officers say McAllister is the son of Union City Police Chief Darryl McAllister.

"The relationship there has nothing to do with this case," Manteca Police Sergeant Steve Schluer said. "The family is devastated by the actions of their estranged son, who they haven’t seen in several months."

Tyrone McAllister (Courtesy: Manteca Police Department)

Darryl McAllister released a statement via the police department's Facebook page:

"Words can barely describe how embarrassed, dejected, and hurt my wife, daughters, and I feel right now. Violence and hatred is not what we have taught our children; intolerance for others is not even in our vocabulary, let alone our values. Crime has never been an element of our household, our values, nor the character to which we hold ourselves."

Investigators say the video led to many tips from the public, which helped identify the suspects.

"Outlandish and uncalled for and it really brought together the community," Schluer said.

Both suspects are facing charges of attempted robbery, elder abuse and assault with a deadly weapon, but they could also face hate crime charges.

"That is a hate crime," Natt's son-in-law Manjeet Singh Virk said.

Although Natt's family says he will no longer go on his daily morning walks around Greystone Park, they are touched by the community's support.

"You help us a lot and that’s really good for us too and that’s why they catch maybe sooner," Virk said.

Chief McAllister said in a statement that his son must be held accountable for his actions.

Tribune release: suing Sinclair for ‘breach of contract’

NEW YORK – The Tribune, Sinclair merger is dead, and with the funeral comes a lawsuit.

Here’s part of the press release from Tribune, which criticizes Sinclair for “breach of contract” and promises to “hold Sinclair accountable.”

August 9, 2018 — Tribune Media Company (NYSE: TRCO) (the “Company”) today announced that it has terminated its merger agreement (the “Merger Agreement”) with Sinclair Broadcast Group, Inc. (“Sinclair”), and that it has filed a lawsuit in the Delaware Chancery Court against Sinclair for breach of contract. The lawsuit seeks compensation for all losses incurred as a result of Sinclair’s material breaches of the Merger Agreement. A copy of the lawsuit will be posted on the Tribune Media website, http://www.tribunemedia.com, as soon as it has been made publicly available by the Court.

In the Merger Agreement, Sinclair committed to use its reasonable best efforts to obtain regulatory approval as promptly as possible, including agreeing in advance to divest stations in certain markets as necessary or advisable for regulatory approval. Instead, in an effort to maintain control over stations it was obligated to sell, Sinclair engaged in unnecessarily aggressive and protracted negotiations with the Department of Justice and the Federal Communications Commission (the “FCC”) over regulatory requirements, refused to sell stations in the markets as required to obtain approval, and proposed aggressive divestment structures and related-party sales that were either rejected outright or posed a high risk of rejection and delay—all in derogation of Sinclair’s contractual obligations. Ultimately, the FCC concluded unanimously that Sinclair may have misrepresented or omitted material facts in its applications in order to circumvent the FCC’s ownership rules and, accordingly, put the merger on indefinite hold while an administrative law judge determines whether Sinclair misled the FCC or acted with a lack of candor. As elaborated in the complaint we filed earlier today, Sinclair’s entire course of conduct has been in blatant violation of the Merger Agreement and, but for Sinclair’s actions, the transaction could have closed long ago.

“In light of the FCC’s unanimous decision, referring the issue of Sinclair’s conduct for a hearing before an administrative law judge, our merger cannot be completed within an acceptable timeframe, if ever,” said Peter Kern, Tribune Media’s Chief Executive Officer. “This uncertainty and delay would be detrimental to our company and our shareholders. Accordingly, we have exercised our right to terminate the Merger Agreement, and, by way of our lawsuit, intend to hold Sinclair accountable.”

The release goes on to say that, although Tribune is disappointed with the outcome, the company is “extremely pleased with our second quarter results.”

Although there is some speculation over what Tribune’s next steps will be in seeking another buyer, there is no information on that yet.

Pay It Forward salutes Davenport police officer who gave Heidi a home

BETTENDORF –

Inside Nelson Brothers Agency, there’s a four-legged friend making the rounds.

Heidi is a special needs Golden Retriever, age 8, with a heart of gold, too.

“She’s a very loving dog,” said Corp. Michael Greenleaf, Davenport Police.  “She’s perfectly happy climbing up on the couch, putting her head in your lap .  You pet her, and she goes to sleep.”

But when Heidi’s owner, Joleen Dalton, passed away unexpectedly, the friendly dog needed a new home.

Sadly, it isn’t easy for an older dog with epilepsy and big medical bills.

“We were Joleen’s friends,” said Kaitlyn Schepers, a co-worker at the insurance business.  “We were her family at work.  So, for us, it was hard to decide what to do.”

That’s why Jennifer Naeve from Ascentra Credit Union is making a special presentation.

“Kaitlyn, I want to present this to you for nominating Officer Greenleaf for the Pay It Forward,” she said.  “He’s an example of listening, caring and doing what’s right.”

Moments later, Schepers is about to Pay It Forward to Officer Greenleaf.

“Thank you for your great service, for taking Heidi in and honoring Joleen in such a tremendous way,” she said.

Corp. Greenleaf is donating the $300 to Project Delta.  The group trains rescue dogs to be companions for veterans with PTSD.

It was fate that brought Heidi and Michael Greenleaf together.

“She needed that forever home,” he said.

Corp. Greenleaf was on the police call after Joleen’s death.

“After about the second day, I kind of knew Heidi was going to end up coming home with me,” said the man who already has two dogs at home.

Adding a third, though, isn’t a problem.  One look at Heidi, and he was sold.

“She kind of came in, took control of the couch,” he recalled.  “That was it.”

While adopting the elderly dog is a great gesture, it also relieves Jolene’s co-workers at Nelson Brothers.

“He brought her in that first time, and you could tell right away he was hook, line and sinker in love with her,” Kaitlyn said.  “That was great for us to see.”

As they visit the office, it’s clear that Heidi is home with Corp. Greenleaf.

“It’s rewarding for me to see that they’re so happy that Heidi’s well-taken care of,” he concluded.

It will be a lasting bond with a loving dog.

As heat surges today, strong storms could flare up

We have a very warm and humid day ahead of us. Southwesterly winds will help temperatures quickly rise into the 80s late this morning with a high temperature in the lower 90s. On top of that, increasing humidity. 3-5pm heat index values could reach up to around 96 degrees! Spikes in temperature like these (when we're not used to them) can put extra stress on the body so please don't overdo it.

Storm chances will rise after 2pm today as storm energy ramps up. But the high-extreme levels will remain to our north. Cities like Dubuque, Galena, Mt. Carroll, and the Sauk Valley stand to get a chance of severe weather. Damaging wind will really be the only threat with these (along with brief heavy rainfall and lots of lightning).

Here's a timeline of the storm progression:

We'll watch for these around the Quad Cities area around 6pm today. The storms won't have major coverage on the weather map, so your chance of getting wet will only be around 30-40% today.

Thunderstorms will quickly move southeast, out of our area entirely by 9pm.

-Meteorologist Eric Sorensen

Trump administration slaps more sanctions on Russia after Skripal poisonings

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(CNN) — The Trump administration will impose more sanctions on Russia under a chemical and biological warfare law following the poisoning of a former Russian agent and his daughter in the UK earlier this year, the State Department announced Wednesday.

In a statement Wednesday, State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert said the US had made this decision on Monday, and accused Russia of violating international law. The statement anticipated the sanctions would go into effect around Aug. 22 in line with the Chemical and Biological Weapons Control and Warfare Elimination Act of 1991.

Sergei Skripal, a former Russian spy, and his daughter Yulia Skripal were hospitalized and treated for a nerve-agent attack in March. Yulia Skripal was discharged from the hospital in April, and her father was discharged in May.

The State Department notified Congress on Wednesday of the first of two potential tranches of sanctions required under the 1991 law. Unless Russia takes certain steps, a second set of penalties — more stringent than this first round — must follow, according to the law.

The first set of sanctions targets certain items the US exports to Russia that could have military uses — so-called dual use technologies. These are sensitive goods that normally would go through a case-by-case review before they are exported. With these sanctions, the exports will be presumptively denied.

A senior State Department official said there would be carve-outs however.

The US would then require Russia to assure over the next 90 days that it is no longer using chemical or biological weapons and will not do so in the future. Additionally, the criteria in the law call for Russia to allow on-site inspectors to ensure compliance.

The official said that if Russia did not meet the demands, the US “will have to consider whether to impose a second tranche of sanctions as specified by the statute.”

Dmitry Polyanskiy, first deputy permanent representative of Russia to the UN, dismissed the sanctions in a tweet on Wednesday responding to the news.

“The theater of absurd continues. No proofs, no clues, no logic, no presumption of innocense, just highly-liklies. Only one rule: blame everything on Russia, no matter how absurd and fake it is. Let us welcome the United Sanctions of America!” Polyanskiy tweeted.

The United Kingdom welcomed the move from the US on Wednesday. In a short statement, a government spokesperson said, “The strong international response to the use of a chemical weapon on the streets of Salisbury sends an unequivocal message to Russia that its provocative, reckless behaviour will not go unchallenged.”

Not the ‘last shoe to drop’

A former Defense Department official, Mark Simakovsky, said a second tranche would target Russian exports to the US and theoretically could include flights by the state airline Aeroflot as well as a downgrade of diplomatic relations. Simakovsky said he was highly skeptical a second round would be applied. That said, he added, “I don’t think this is the last shoe to drop” because of political pressure, criticism from Democrats and the looming midterm elections.

“I’m highly skeptical the administration will cut off a whole range of imports and exports, but that’s the interesting thing,” Simakovsky said. “What will the administration do in three months?”

Sanctions under this 1991 law have been applied in the past against Syria for its 2013 use of chemical weapons and against North Korea for its use of VX nerve agent in a Malaysian airport during the assassination of Kim Jong Un’s half brother.

A senior State Department official said the first tranche of the sanctions could impact “potentially a very great sweep of the Russian economy.” The official said firms affected account for 70 percent of the Russian economy and 40 percent of its workforce.

“It is possible the trade affected could reach hundreds of millions of dollars,” the senior official said. He added that “it also depends on what Russian entities apply to export.”

Simakovsky said he was “skeptical of the high amount” of that estimate.

Simakovsky said the sanctions were likely driven by the political climate, particularly pressures stemming from President Donald Trump’s performance in July at his summit in Helsinki, Finland, with Russian President Vladimir Putin.

“This clearly reinforces that the administration is tightening its sanctions approach to Russia,” he said. He noted that “they could have taken this step months ago. They were late in taking this step by several months. The fact that they’re doing it now showcases that they’re under increased political pressure to target Russia for its malign activities abroad.”

Previous denial, diplomatic expulsion

Putin has previously denied that Russia was behind the Novichok poisonings, saying in March that it was “unthinkable that we would do such a thing.”

Trump said in the wake of the attack that “it certainly looks like” Russia was behind it and then-Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said at the time that the US had “full confidence” in the UK’s investigation and conclusion that Russia was probably culpable. Wednesday’s announcement reaffirmed the accusation from the US that Russia had used Novichok against its own nationals.

In late March, Trump ordered 60 more Russian diplomats expelled from the US as part of a global response to the attack — a response that included similar expulsions of diplomats from other nations checking Russia. Moscow responded to the international action by ordering its own expulsion of foreign diplomats.

Top 20 cities with the worst drivers

Now that summer is in full swing, expect both traffic incidents and road fatalities to spike across the nation. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety recently reported that summer and early fall are the deadliest times of year on the country’s roads, attributing this to the increased number of road trips and miles driven. In fact, July and August see approximately 116 road deaths per day in the U.S., making these the deadliest months on record. With more vehicles in motion during peak vacation time, drivers face an elevated risk of getting in an accident.

But no matter the time of year, some municipalities see higher rates of traffic incidents than others. If you’re from a city with a reputation for poor driving, it’s possible that this reputation is corroborated by the data.

Interested in which cities are home to the worst drivers, the data scientists at Insurify, an auto insurance quote website, set out to identify the communities across the nation with the highest percentage of drivers with a history of at-fault incidents. The most common offenses cited in these communities were speeding offenses and at-fault collisions, with locales from the South and Midwest making up a slight majority. However, both major metropolitan cities and lesser-known rural towns made the list—suggesting that incident-prone driving is a problem that is not confined to any one type of community.

Methodology

Insurify provides car insurance quotes based on customers’ answers to questions about driving history, vehicle type, and other personal data. The rankings in this article are based on a set of 1.4 million car insurance shopper applications. Each shopper was asked whether any drivers on their policy application had been cited for a driving incident where they were at fault in the past seven years. At-fault incidents include accidents, DUIs, failures to stop, speeding, reckless driving, passing violations, and other causes for citation. Using this information, the data scientists at Insurify were able to calculate the percent of drivers in each city with a history of at-fault driving incidents. After determining the city in each U.S. state with the highest percentage of drivers reporting an incident, they ranked the top twenty. They also included city statistics on the two most common types of incidents in each city—speeding violations and at-fault accidents—against the national averages for these offenses. Information on city population was gathered from the U.S. Census Bureau.

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20. Milwaukee, Wisconsin
  • Percent of drivers with an at-fault driving incident: 24.28%
  • Population: 595,351
  • 40% more likely to receive a speeding ticket than the average driver
  • 2% less likely to get in an at-fault accident than the average driver

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19. Indianapolis, Indiana
  • Percent of drivers with an at-fault driving incident: 24.77%
  • Population: 863,002
  • 37% more likely to receive a speeding ticket than the average driver
  • 6% more likely to get in an at-fault accident than the average driver

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18. Buffalo, New York
  • Percent of drivers with an at-fault driving incident: 24.86%
  • Population: 258,612
  • 18% less likely to receive a speeding ticket than the average driver
  • 43% more likely to get in an at-fault accident than the average driver

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17. Apopka, Florida
  • Percent of drivers with an at-fault driving incident: 24.93%
  • Population: 51,564
  • 13% less likely to receive a speeding ticket than the average driver
  • 32% more likely to get in an at-fault accident than the average driver

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16. Denton, Texas
  • Percent of drivers with an at-fault driving incident: 25.22%
  • Population: 136,268
  • 25% more likely to receive a speeding ticket than the average driver
  • 29% more likely to get in an at-fault accident than the average driver

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15. Boston, Massachusetts
  • Percent of drivers with an at-fault driving incident: 25.75%
  • Population: 685,904
  • 44% more likely to receive a speeding ticket than the average driver
  • 21% more likely to get in an at-fault accident than the average driver

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14. Pasadena, California
  • Percent of drivers with an at-fault driving incident: 25.97%
  • Population: 142,647
  • 4% less likely to receive a speeding ticket than the average driver
  • 52% more likely to get in an at-fault accident than the average driver

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13. Jacksonville, North Carolina
  • Percent of drivers with an at-fault driving incident: 26.18%
  • Population: 72,447
  • 62% more likely to receive a speeding ticket than the average driver
  • 10% more likely to get in an at-fault accident than the average driver

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12. Loganville, Georgia
  • Percent of drivers with an at-fault driving incident: 26.44%
  • Population: 12,062
  • 37% more likely to receive a speeding ticket than the average driver
  • 27% more likely to get in an at-fault accident than the average driver

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11. Portland, Oregon
  • Percent of drivers with an at-fault driving incident: 26.61%
  • Population: 647,805
  • 40% more likely to receive a speeding ticket than the average driver
  • 25% more likely to get in an at-fault accident than the average driver

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10. Cincinnati, Ohio
  • Percent of drivers with an at-fault driving incident: 27.45%
  • Population: 301,301
  • 47% more likely to receive a speeding ticket than the average driver
  • 30% more likely to get in an at-fault accident than the average driver

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9. Boise, Idaho
  • Percent of drivers with an at-fault driving incident: 28.05%
  • Population: 226,570
  • 53% more likely to receive a speeding ticket than the average driver
  • 9% more likely to get in an at-fault accident than the average driver

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8. Des Moines, Iowa
  • Percent of drivers with an at-fault driving incident: 28.42%
  • Population: 217,521
  • 88% more likely to receive a speeding ticket than the average driver
  • 25% more likely to get in an at-fault accident than the average driver

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7. Norfolk, Virginia
  • Percent of drivers with an at-fault driving incident: 28.53%
  • Population: 244,703
  • 56% more likely to receive a speeding ticket than the average driver
  • 42% more likely to get in an at-fault accident than the average driver

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6. Littleton, Colorado
  • Percent of drivers with an at-fault driving incident: 28.53%
  • Population: 47,734
  • 66% more likely to receive a speeding ticket than the average driver
  • 24% more likely to get in an at-fault accident than the average driver

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5. West Jordan, Utah
  • Percent of drivers with an at-fault driving incident: 28.90%
  • Population: 113,905
  • 71% more likely to receive a speeding ticket than the average driver
  • 41% more likely to get in an at-fault accident than the average driver

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4. Spokane, Washington
  • Percent of drivers with an at-fault driving incident: 29.06%
  • Population: 217,108
  • 65% more likely to receive a speeding ticket than the average driver
  • 21% more likely to get in an at-fault accident than the average driver

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3. Omaha, Nebraska
  • Percent of drivers with an at-fault driving incident: 29.59%
  • Population: 466,893
  • 60% more likely to receive a speeding ticket than the average driver
  • 36% more likely to get into an at-fault accident than the average driver

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2. Dover, Delaware
  • Percent of drivers with an at-fault driving incident: 29.91%
  • Population: 37,538
  • 91% more likely to receive a speeding ticket than the average driver
  • 3% more likely to get in an at-fault accident than the average driver

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1. Greer, South Carolina
  • Percent of drivers with an at-fault driving incident: 33.62%
  • Population: 30,899
  • 103% more likely to receive a speeding ticket than the average driver
  • 63% more likely to get into an at-fault accident than the average driver

Davenport City Council holds off on proposal to replace the Civil Rights Commission

DAVENPORT, Iowa-- Tensions inside Davenport City Hall overflowed during Wednesday night’s board meeting August 8, between council members and members of the public about the future of the Civil Rights Commission.

Davenport Aldermen introduced the first reading of a proposal to replace the city’s independent Civil Rights Commission with a new Agency called the Human and Civil Rights Agency.

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The new agency would include a include a governing board with three members from city council. Those against the change argue it would strip the Civil Rights Commission of its independence from the city.

“When you have a governing board, that means you got your thumb on top of the people that are running the civil rights commission,” says Karene Nagel.

Nagel was one of about a half dozen protesters outside City Hall before the meeting.

“No one has explained why they think a change is necessary there is absolutely no explanation at all,” says protester Dennis Platt.

When we asked aldermen the reason behind the proposal they didn’t give an answer.

We were later referred to the City of Davenport’s agenda with an attached document which reads:

The general purpose of the ordinance change is twofold: 1) improve administrative oversight of the personnel, operations and budget of the agency while increasing accountability to the community; and 2) facilitate the restructuring of the commission for potential regional collaboration.

Some members of council disagreed with the proposal,

“I don’t support this I hope my colleagues will agree with me and vote this down,” says Alderman Mike Matson.

The board agreed to table the proposal giving the council time to address its issues with the Davenport Civil Rights Commission.

Karl Rhomberg, from the Riverfront Improvement Commission, formally known as the Levee Improvement Commission, says he see the council's move as a continuing power struggle between elected officials and appointed members of oversight agencies.

He remembers fighting with the city last year when it tried to merge the independent Riverfront Improvement Commission with the Parks and Recreation Advisory board.

“I think it’s a power grab by the city administration to consolidate power in themselves and to turn out citizen input," says Rhomberg.

The council will decide its next steps with the Davenport Civil Rights Commission in four weeks.

Monmouth couple celebrating 75th wedding anniversary

MONMOUTH, Illinois-- Rocking side by side in their chairs, Forrest and Mary Easum said they never thought they'd see this day.

"When you're young you don't ever give that a thought," Forrest said. "We respected our wedding vows and each other. So here we are."

Wednesday, Aug. 8 is they're 75th wedding anniversary. The couple met back in 1941.

"It was through a mutual friend. We were kind of in a group," Forrest explained.

He said Mary needed some convincing to go out with him.

"I had to keep after her," he said. "She finally decided she'd go out with me."

After they started dating, it didn't take long for Forrest to know he wanted to spend his life with Mary.

"I decided that she was the one," he said. "I guess after a while she decided the same thing about me. So here we are."

They said their wedding day back in 1943 was a hot one, and they had to take a day off from working on the farm.

"That's why we got married in August," Forrest said. "Couldn't interrupt corn harvest just to get married."

Mary recalled that the preacher forgot something very important that day.

"Oh he forgot his book," she said. "So he had to go back and get his book before he could marry us."

The newlyweds worked on their farm, growing crops, and they had a daughter Nancy.

"It was hard work," Forrest said. "It really was back then. That was before cabs on tractors and self-propelled combines. That made us hardy people."

Even in their mid-90s, the Easums live on their own in a retirement community.

"It takes a good partner, I guess. Couldn't do it on your own," Forrest said.

Mary and Forrest said they've had their share of good days and their share of bad days. But they've been able to overcome any problems they've run into.

"Just kind of smile. Grit your teeth and say, 'Yes, ma'am.' It takes care of that," Forrest joked.

Mary had a bit more practical advice for a long and happy marriage.

"Well, you don't get your own way all the time," she said. "You're just lucky to get along good together and be able to enjoy one another. Give a lot and take a lot."

Mary and Forrest have seen a lot of things change during their lives. They remember a time before television and when a hot dog cost you just a few cents, although Mary said that felt like quite a bit of money back then.

"When we were married, we just lived in a house with no running water or anything, and no furnace," Mary said.

"And paid a guy $10 a month for rent," Forrest added.

When asked how they spend their time now, the happy couple rocked in their chairs and Forrest said, "Right here."

Nonprofit faces possible closure if they can’t find a new location

PORT BYRON, Illinois -- Workers with a nonprofit serving the Riverdale School District said their store was potentially facing closure after they found out their lease would not be renewed.

Ann McCarrell opened "Ann's Helping Hands" in the 1990s, after seeing a need in the school district she worked at.

"I was school nurse," she said, "we started out giving Thanksgiving food baskets, then Christmas baskets with toys, and Easter baskets and back to school supplies and this grew out of it."

Related: Pay It Forward: Ann’s Helping Hands

They consider themselves a mission store. Offering basic necessities to families in exchange for a donation. They also step in when people find themselves in a troubling situation, like after a house fire or starting over after an abusive relationship.  In those cases, customers get whatever they need for free.

"It's a mission store first," said McCarrell.

In the 20 years the shop's been in business, they've moved nine times, most recently settling at the city limits of Port Byron on Route 84.

McCarrell said "it's been nice" because they're easy to find.  But their nine years in that facility hasn't been all sunshine and rainbows.

"Some of the people think it looks trashy and that's not the first thing they should see when they come into Port Byron," she said.

"It does get a little bit cluttered with our higher donation times," said volunteer Tina Vanquakebeke.

Related: Port Byron thrift shop targeted as ‘ugly’ in letter

After nearly a decade in that spot, they found out their lease would not be renewed.

"If we close it's going to be heartbreaking to a lot of people," said Vanquakebeke.  "We need the community to step up and say they're not going to let the people that need help in their community to go without."

As they search for a new location, workers hope they can continue serving the same community.

"I'm adamant about the Rverdale School District, which is what it started for," said McCarrell.

If they can't find a new location, they'll have to close, according to McCarrell.  February 28th will be their last day.  Before that, they're going to start cleaning out their inventory.  In January and February they're going to offer a $1 bag sale, meaning customers can fill a grocery bag with items for a $1 price tag. And in December the store will stop accepting donated items.

As "Ann's Helping Hands" packs up and looks at the options, they're holding fundraisers to help find a new facility.

On Tuesday, August 14th from 11 a.m. - 9 p.m. there will be a benefit night at "Your Pie" in Davenport.  They're also asking supporters to fill out a "Helping Hands Building Fund Pledge Card" for people wanting to make financial donations.

Click here to download a pledge card.

Click here to follow the store's journey on Facebook.

‘I warned him’: Grandmother says she shot man who exposed himself, tried to enter home

HOUSTON — A Texas grandmother shot a man accused of exposing himself and trying to enter her southeast Houston home, according to police.

The shooting happened in the 6600 block of Cherry Dale Drive around 6 p.m. Tuesday, KIAH reports. The man was riding down the street on a bike, exposing himself, when he approached the woman in her yard, police said.

"Some guy pulled off his pants and pulled his pants open, playing with his thing, and he ran up and I told him to get away from my door, or I will shoot him," the 68-year-old, who goes by Grandma Jean, told KTRK.

She said she went inside to grab her gun, and the man tried to follow her. That’s when Grandma Jean fired through the door, striking the man in the chest, police said.

"I don't get in nobody's business," Jean said. "Like I keep saying, I warned him."

The man hopped back on his bike and started riding down the street before he collapsed, police said.

Grandma Jean told police her grandchild was inside the home at the time, and she opened fire on the man in order to protect her family.

The 68-year-old, who has a sign next to her door that reads "Save the drama for your mama," had this message for anyone else who might decided to harass her family: "They better stay away."

Police said the 38-year-old suspect was currently out on bond for another incident a couple of weeks ago when he was found running down the street naked.

The man was taken to the hospital and will likely have to undergo surgery, but is expected to recover, according to KTRK.

Coal Valley family is safe after house fire

COAL VALLEY, Illinois - A Coal Valley family is safe tonight after their house caught on fire around 12:30 Wednesday afternoon.

The fire happened at a house off First Street.  It started in the rear of the house and spread to the garage and porch.

Family members say paper napkins blew onto a burning candle igniting the fire. None of the family members or their pets were injured in the fire.

Steve Perry, a witness working on a neighbors house, described the fire.

"I looked around the corner and the house was fully in flames," he recalls.  "Not what I expected when I came to do a little dry wall patch."

Four fire departments were needed to help battle the fire.

 

YOUR HEALTH: A cap that can detect trouble spots for epileptics

ORLANDO, Florida – Alina Esapovich has found her beat.

"My dance is basically like my go to place."

She's a dancer.

"When I start dancing I feel like just nothing matters."

Right now she's nursing an injury.  But Alina's dealt with epilepsy her entire life.

She can handle this.

But recently her epilepsy was ruining her rhythm. Medications and surgeries weren't keeping her seizures in check.

So Florida Hospital's Dr. Terry Rodgers-Neame used the new E-G-I Phillips Dense Array E-E-G machine to find exactly where the seizures were coming from.

"This is a very big breakthrough," said Dr. Rodgers-Naeme.

The patient wears a net over his or her head.  256-electrodes send images to cameras.

"This truly brings us into the 21st century in terms of being able to localize exactly where the seizures are coming from," explained Dr. Rodgers-Naeme.

Surgeons then use these precise pictures to remove the exact section of the brain that's causing the seizures.

"If we pinpoint that abnormal area we can take out a smaller portion of the brain and therefore decrease the risk of having serious complications from the surgery."

Now Alina is nearly seizure free.

"I'm going to keep on dancing no matter what."

And neither crutches nor seizures are going to get in her way.

TREATMENT:   Most people with epilepsy can become seizure-free by taking one anti-seizure medication, which is also called anti-epileptic medication.   Others may be able to decrease the frequency and intensity of their seizures by taking a combination of medications.   At least half the people newly diagnosed with epilepsy will become seizure-free with their first medication. If anti-epileptic medications don't provide satisfactory results, doctors may suggest surgery or other therapies.   Doctors usually perform surgery when tests show that seizures originate in a small, well-defined area of the brain or the area in the brain to be operated on doesn't interfere with vital functions such as speech, language, motor function, vision or hearing.   Apart from medications and surgery, potential therapies are Vagus nerve stimulation and a ketogenic diet. (Source: https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/epilepsy/diagnosis-treatment/drc-20350098)

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

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