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Man shot in Davenport after “escalated argument”, police say

DAVENPORT, Iowa- A man was shot after what police describe as an escalated argument.

Davenport police say on October 17 around 3:42 p.m. shots were fired at the 1700 block of Iowa Street in Davenport.

Police say a 31 year old man was shot after an argument between several people. The unidentified man was rushed to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

Multiple units from the Scott County Sheriff and Davenport Police were in the area during the investigation.

Police also searched a home that was damaged by gunfire.

There was no other reported damage or injuries.

Anyone with information regarding this incident is encouraged to call the Davenport Police Department at 563-326-6125 or submit an anonymous tip via the mobile app entitled “CityConnect Davenport, IA” or “CrimeReports by Motorola”.

Here’s what we know about the Fort Worth police shooting

(CNN) — A concerned neighbor called police at 2:23 a.m. to check on the woman across the street because her front door was open. At 2:30 a.m., she would be dead.

Aaron Dean, a white police officer, shot and killed Atatiana Koquice Jefferson, a 28-year-old black woman, through her window early Saturday morning in Fort Worth, Texas. Police say Dean did not identify himself as an officer before shooting.

He was arrested on a murder charge Monday night, police said.

Activists and family members are calling for an independent investigation.

Here’s what we know about the shooting:

It began with a request to check on a neighbor

James Smith, Jefferson’s neighbor, told the Fort Worth Star-Telegram he called a non-emergency police number when he saw that her doors had been open for an extended period of time in the early morning hours. He said he knew Jefferson was home with her nephew, and was worried about them.

“I’m shaken. I’m mad. I’m upset. And I feel it’s partly my fault,” he told the newspaper. “If I had never dialed the police department, she’d still be alive.”

Smith placed the call at 2:23 a.m., and officers responded to Jefferson’s home at 2:28 a.m., according to a police incident report.

Police went around the outside of the home

Officers arrived and parked near but not in front of the residence, police spokesman Lt. Brandon O’Neil said Sunday at a news conference.

Jefferson was at home playing video games with her 8-year-old nephew when police arrived, said Lee Merritt, a civil rights lawyer representing Jefferson’s family.

A heavily edited body camera video released by police shows the lights of the house were on when officers first arrivedA front door and a side door were open, with the accompanying glass storm doors closed. No one can be seen inside.

The officers can be seen walking around the home in the dark, holding a flashlight. At some point, one of them quickly approaches a window with his weapon drawn.

An officer shot through the window after ‘perceiving a threat’

Within seconds, the officer yells, “Put your hands up! Show me your hands!” and fires through the window.

Police said that the officer drew his weapon and fired one shot after “perceiving a threat.”

Jefferson’s 8-year-old nephew was in the room with Jefferson when the shooting happened, O’Neil said.

The officers entered and rendered medical aid to Jefferson, but she died at the scene, police said in a statement.

The medical examiner said Jefferson died at 2:30 a.m. Saturday morning, in the bedroom of her home.

The child would later tell an investigator that Jefferson, after hearing noises outside, had taken out a handgun from her purse and pointed the gun toward the window, police said.

The officers found a firearm when they entered the room, police said. Video released by police shows two mostly blurred clips that appeared to be from inside the home, showing a firearm.

“It makes sense that she would have a gun if she felt that she was being threatened, or if there was someone in the backyard,” Fort Worth interim Police Chief Ed Kraus told reporters on Tuesday.

The officer who shot Jefferson was charged with murder

Dean posted bail Monday night, three hours after being arrested. He had been held in the Tarrant County Jail with bond set at $200,000.

The Jefferson family “is relieved” that Dean was arrested, Merritt wrote on Twitter.

“We need to see this through to a vigorous prosecution & appropriate sentencing. The City of Fort Worth has much work to do to reform a brutal culture of policing,” Merritt said.

The officer resigned from the department Monday morning, Kraus said. Dean was hired in August 2017 and commissioned as a licensed officer in April 2018.

Dean was served with a written administrative complaint Sunday, placed on detached duty and stripped of his badge and gun, Kraus said.

“My intent was to meet with him today to terminate his employment with the Fort Worth Police Department. However, the officer tendered his resignation this morning before we met,” Kraus said.

If Dean had not resigned, he would have been fired for several policy violations, including the department’s use of force and de-escalation policies, and unprofessional conduct, Kraus said.

As of Monday, Dean had refused to speak with detectives about what happened, an affidavit accompanying his arrest warrant said.

Dean’s attorney, Jim Lane, told CNN Tuesday that the former officer is remorseful.

“My client is sorry and his family is in shock, Lane said.

Police are investigating

The Fort Worth Police Officer’s Association said in a statement it is “deeply saddened” by the shooting.

“Any loss of life is tragic, but the reported circumstances surrounding this incident are heartbreaking,” the statement said. “We are urging the Fort Worth Police Department to conduct a thorough and transparent investigation, and through that investigation we hope to gain clarity and understanding of what transpired.”

Saturday’s shooting is the ninth in 2019 by Fort Worth police, seven of which were fatal, police said.

Fort Worth police presented a preliminary case to the FBI to review Dean’s actions for possible civil rights violations, according to Kraus.

But police had yet to formally present the case to the Tarrant County criminal district attorney’s office, officials said Tuesday.

There are calls for an independent investigation

Neighbors and activists told KTVT they’re calling for an independent federal investigation and that they want Kraus to step down.

“We don’t think that Fort Worth police should be investigating it on their own,” Merritt told CNN Sunday. He said police reached out to his clients, but they’d rather talk with independent investigators about the shooting.

Merritt also represented the family of Botham Jean, a black man who was fatally shot in his home by a Dallas police officer when she walked into the wrong apartment. Merritt said Jefferson’s family was following that trial, like much of the Dallas-Fort Worth area, and they reached out to him Saturday afternoon.

“It’s another one of those situations where the people that are supposed to protect us are actually not here to protect us,” Jefferson’s sister, Amber Carr, told KTVT. “You know, you want to see justice, but justice don’t bring my sister back.”

“The death of Black citizens by white officers has reached critical mass,” the National Black Police Association said in a statement. It called for “all law enforcement agencies to be responsible in hiring and training” so that a situation like this doesn’t happen again.

The Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, a nonprofit organization, called for the US Justice Department to investigate the Fort Worth police.

“In the weeks and months ahead, many African Americans across our country may harbor fear about the unintended and fatal consequences that can result from simply calling 911 for help,” said Kristen Clarke, president and executive director of the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law.

Jefferson was a pre-med graduate

Jefferson, known by family as “Tay,” was a pre-med graduate of the historically black Xavier University of Louisiana who was very close to her family, according to a verified GoFundMe page raising money for her family.

The Xavier community was “deeply dismayed” by the news of Jefferson’s death, University President Reynold Verret said in a statement Sunday.

Merritt said she graduated with a biology degree in 2014 and went on to work in pharmaceutical equipment sales. Jefferson moved into her sick mother’s home to take care of her at the beginning of the summer, Merritt said.

Jefferson has a brother and two sisters, the lawyer said. Merritt described her as the type of person who would play video games with her 8-year-old nephew until 2 a.m., which is what she was doing at the time of the shooting.

The 8-year-old was the first to tell his mother, Jefferson’s sister, about the shooting, family members said during a news conference Monday.

“We’ve noticed things about him that changed, but he’s a strong one,” said Adarius Carr, Jefferson’s brother. “We’ll get him the treatment he needs to make sure he’s good.”

Carr added the case has been “a whirlwind.”

“Slowly but surely, we are allowing ourselves to feel,” he said. “It’s been a lot.”

Randazzo’s Rants – 1 on 1 with Nicholas Baer

WQAD Sports Director Matt Randazzo goes 1 on 1 with Bettendorf’s own Nicholas Baer. The former Hawkeye talks about his pro future and looks back at a special 5 years in Iowa City. Baer also weighs in on “pay for play” after new legislation in California.

Clinton County Sheriff warns of Medicare cancer screening scam

CLINTON COUNTY- In a lengthy post on facebook, the Clinton County sheriff describes how a resident fell prey to a medicare scam.

In the post the sheriff says Medicare and other consumer protection agencies sounded the alarm about a DNA kit scam about six months ago, reporting some face to face solicitations at senior centers, and telemarketing aimed at seniors.

Medicare has labeled it a scam, saying its just a ploy to gain the Medicare numbers of seniors.

Sally fell victim to the latest variation of a long-running Medicare scam. This variation is a direct descendant of previous scams which featured offers of orthotic braces or other medical devices, free from Medicare, provided in exchange for your Medicare number.

Read the post yourself below.

Another Geneseo attempted murder suspect arrested and arraigned

GENESEO, Illinois- A man has been arraigned in connection with the Geneseo attempted murder plot.

According to the circuit clerk’s office, Justin R. Sexton was arraigned on October 17.

He was arraigned on two counts of attempted murder and two counts of conspiracy to commit murder.

His next scheduled hearing is October 21 at 1:00 p.m. Remains in custody at Henry County Jail on a $500,000 bond.

Person walking dog finds newborn baby wrapped in plastic bag

SEYMOUR, Ind. — Police are investigating after a baby was found in a plastic bag a short distance off a road in Seymour, according to authorities.

Just before 4 p.m. Tuesday, a person walking their dog along South Jackson Park Drive noticed a baby in a plastic bag alongside a fence about 20 yards off the roadway.

Police arrived to find that the baby was still alive. Jackson County EMS took the baby to the Schneck Medical Center for treatment.

A preliminary examination determined the baby was healthy, according to WXIN.

An investigation into the situation is ongoing.

SPD reminds the community that a Safe Haven Baby Box is located at Seymour Fire Station 3, at 605 Meadowbrook Drive.

Safe Haven Baby Boxes allow individuals to surrender newborn babies safely. When the box is opened, a 911 call goes out and an alarm is sounded. When the door shuts, the box is locked, and only fire and medical personnel can retrieve the child.

"When we installed the first Safe Haven Baby Box in Indiana in 2016, we were averaging two babies illegally abandoned every year. In 2019 so far, we've had seven Safe Haven surrenders where women surrendered their newborns safely and legally. But I am sad to announce that this is our first abandonment in almost four years in Indiana," Safe Haven Baby Boxes said in a Facebook post.

15-year-old sex trafficking victim commits suicide

HOUSTON - A family is asking for justice after a young girl, who was the victim of sex-trafficking, took her own life Saturday, KTRK reports.

Letty Serrano turned 15 in May. Her family says she couldn't live with her pain after going missing when she was 13.

"I wish we would have done more for her. And when I say 'we,' I mean the city. Us as a community," said Cynthia Rivera, her grandmother.

Letty was found drugged and abused in a park.

"She was taken by an older man. She was drugged. Her story is that she was abused by different men," Rivera said.

The family wants to spread awareness about how common sex trafficking of young women is in Houston.

Her father said Letty was a different person after she went missing and he wants the men who did this to her to go to jail.

"It is a very familiar story, unfortunately," said Micah Gamboa, executive director of Elijah Rising, an anti-trafficking non-profit that finds, counsels, and helps rehabilitate sex trafficking victims.

Though they didn't know Letty personally, they've heard stories like hers.

Gamboa says there are tens of thousands of trafficking victims in Houston and over 300,000 in Texas.

"Entire cities are becoming red-light districts. It's no longer just a centralized, isolated issue. It's actually spreading across the nation," Gamboa said.

They say suicide is common among sex trafficking victims.

In Letty's case, the man likely responsible for dragging her into the trade will never face charges for it.

"We see in Houston, a lot of times these pimps and these traffickers get off with just a misdemeanor or maybe deferred adjudication," Gamboa said.

She says the laws aren't strong enough and better legislation is needed but most importantly what will help girls and women like Letty is awareness.

Letty's loved ones are raising money on Facebook for her funeral expenses.

Company will pay you $1,000 to watch 30 Disney movies in 30 days

You don’t have to rub a magic lamp or wish upon a star to have a dream come true.

To create buzz around the launch of Disney+ on Nov. 12, Reviews.org wants to hire Disney fanatics to watch 30 Disney movies in 30 days.

Perks include a $1,000 payday, a one-year subscription to Disney+ and a Disney-themed movie watching kit.

“Do you sing along with your kiddos when they belt out “Let It Go”? (Or maybe when you’re alone in the shower?) Is Halloween the perfect time to live out your dreams of becoming a pretty princess or spectacular superhero? We think you’d be perfect for the job!” Review.org’s website says.

To apply, just fill out a questionnaire and submit a video review of your favorite Disney movies.

Applicants must be 18 or older and a U.S. citizen or permanent resident.

Applications are open from now until Nov. 7.

To read more about the position, click here. 

Barbie’s Malibu Dreamhouse will be on Airbnb for $60 per night

Call three friends, jump in the bubble gum pink Jeep, and hop on the Pacific Coast Highway. The Barbie Malibu Dreamhouse is available to rent.

It is beachy and dreamy, and it is very, very pink.

Better yet? It’s only $60 per night on Airbnb.

Panoramic ocean views and glamorous décor bring the plastic playset of your childhood to life.

The real house even has the iconic hot pink slide from the balcony to the infinity pool below.

It will be the first-ever stay for one lucky Barbie fan and up to three friends. The two-night special will be available to book starting October 23 at 11 a.m. PT and the stay itself must take place from Sunday, October 27, to Tuesday, October 29.

The house, of course, is absolutely stunning.

There’s an insane closet decked out in Barbie attire, a personal home movie theater, and a peaceful meditation terrace.

In addition to the once-in-a-lifetime chance to stay in Barbie’s Dreamhouse, some pretty inspirational women will be there, too.

The world-class fencing champion, Ibtihaj Muhammad, will offer one-on-one fencing lessons.

Pilot and aerospace engineer Jill Meyers will give a behind-the-scenes tour of the Columbia Memorial Space Center.

Chef Gina Clarke-Helm, founder of Malibu Seaside Chef, will cook farm-fresh food and give a hands-on cooking lesson.

And because Barbie is the ultimate glam girl, celebrity hair stylist Jen Atkin will provide makeovers. Yes, she’s the one who works with Kim, Khloe and Kourtney Kardashian, so be ready for that glow up.

It’s all in honor of the Barbie brand’s 60th Anniversary.

Don’t forget to tell Ken you’ve got plans.

Identical twin babies delivered by identical twin nurses at Georgia hospital

Tori and Tara delivered Addison and Emma on September 25.

ATHENS, Ga. – As a pair of identical twin girls entered the world, they were greeted in the delivery room by two people who had been there before: Tara and Tori, the identical twin nurses working in their delivery room.

After a serendipitous turn of events, the twin nurses at Piedmont Athens Regional Medical Center in Athens, Georgia were able to deliver Addison and Emma Williams on September 25.

Brannan Williams, the father of the newborns, said he was happy to hear there would be twins in the delivery room (in addition, of course, to his own).

“I was really nervous about the walk into the C-section room,” he told CNN. “And then learning that, I was like, oh, that’s pretty cool! It kind of relaxed me a little bit.”

His wife, Rebecca Williams, delivered the babies three minutes apart.

Sisters Tori Howard and Tara Drinkard have worked at Piedmont Athens Regional for years. Tori works in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) and Tara recently made the switch from being in the emergency room to working in the labor and delivery unit.

When the hospital delivers babies that need to go to the NICU, there are often nurses from both teams present to assist with the delivery. There must also be one nurse per baby. In the case of the twins, that meant that both Tara and Tori would be needed.

Though they’ve both worked at the hospital for years, Tara and Tori had never worked in the delivery room together, Piedmont Healthcare said. Just an hour before the delivery, the two figured out that they would finally get the chance to do just that.

While the novelty of twins being delivered by twins didn’t sink in for the nurses or the parents until after the delivery, Brannan and Rebecca have since found their relationship with Tara and Tori to be invaluable.

Brannan says he has been asking Tara and Tori for advice on how to raise his own daughters as twins. He said he hopes Addison and Emma will be able to appreciate the special relationship once they’re old enough.

“(Tara and Tori) have become our friends,” he says. “I look forward to letting the girls know about this one day, and hopefully they’ll get to meet them and keep carrying this thing on.”

The babies are scheduled to go home Thursday.

In yet another connection, Rebecca works at Piedmont Athens Regional as a recruiter, so Brannan said he is sure the family will keep in touch.

95% of tested baby foods in the US contain toxic metals, report says

Toxic heavy metals damaging to your baby’s brain development are likely in the baby food you are feeding your infant, according to a new investigation published Thursday.

Tests of 168 baby foods from major manufacturers in the US found 95% contained lead, 73% contained arsenic, 75% contained cadmium and 32% contained mercury. One-fourth of the foods contained all four heavy metals.

One in five baby foods tested had over 10 times the 1-ppb limit of lead endorsed by public health advocates, although experts agree that no level of lead is safe.

The results mimicked a previous study by the Food and Drug Organization that found one or more of the same metals in 33 of 39 types of baby food tested.

Foods with the highest risk for neurotoxic harm were rice-based products, sweet potatoes and fruit juices, the analysis found.

“Even in the trace amounts found in food, these contaminants can alter the developing brain and erode a child’s IQ. The impacts add up with each meal or snack a baby eats,” the report said.

The tests were commissioned by Healthy Babies Bright Futures, which calls itself an alliance of scientists, nonprofit organizations and donors trying to reduce exposures to neurotoxic chemicals during the first months of life.

Rice-based foods

Infant rice cereal, rice dishes and rice-based snacks topped the list of most toxic foods for babies.

“These popular baby foods are not only high in inorganic arsenic, the most toxic form of arsenic, but also are nearly always contaminated with all four toxic metals,” the report said.

Prior research has shown that even low levels of arsenic exposure can impact a baby’s neurodevelopment. A 2004 study looked at children in Bangladesh who were exposed to arsenic in drinking water, and it found that they scored significantly lower on intellectual tests. A meta-analysis of studies on the topic found that a 50% increase in arsenic levels in urine would be associated with a 0.4-point decrease in the IQ of children between the ages of 5 and 15.

Arsenic is a natural element found in soil, water and air, with the inorganic form being the most toxic. (“Inorganic” is a chemical term and has nothing to do with the method of farming.)

Because rice is grown in water, it is especially good at absorbing inorganic arsenic and, according to the Food and Drug Administration, has the highest concentration of any food.

And in this case, brown and wild rice are the worst offenders, because the milling process used to create white rice removes the outer layers, where much of the arsenic concentrates.

And you can’t rely on organic either. A 2012 study found that brown rice syrup, a frequent sweetener in organic foods, was also a source of significant levels of arsenic. One “organic” milk formula marketed to toddlers had levels of inorganic arsenic that were six times the levels currently considered safe by the US Environmental Protection Agency.

In the Healthy Babies analysis, four of seven rice cereals contained the most toxic form of arsenic in levels higher than the FDA’s proposed action level of 100 parts per billion (ppb).

Action needed

Urgent action is needed by major baby food companies and the FDA, the report said. While the FDA has been investigating how to reduce exposure and some levels of arsenic in rice and juice are lower than a decade ago, exposure is still too high.

“When FDA acts, companies respond. We need the FDA to use their authority more effectively, and much more quickly, to reduce toxic heavy metals in baby foods,” said study author Jane Houlihan, research director for Healthy Babies Better Futures, in a statement.

What can parents do

The analysis looked at which baby foods are highest risk, and offered safer alternatives.

Puff rice snacks and cereals

Rice cereal is the top source of arsenic in a baby’s diet because it is often used as a first food; rice puffs and other rice flour snacks also contain high levels. Healthy Babies suggested cereals low in arsenic, such as oatmeal and multigrain cereals, and rice-free packaged snacks.

Pediatrician Tanya Altmann, author of “What to Feed Your Baby” echoes the advice of the American Academy of Pediatrics, which advises parents to offer a wide variety of first foods including grains such as oats, barley, wheat and quinoa.

“Best first foods for infants are avocado, pureed veggies, peanut-butter oatmeal and salmon,” Altmann said. “They all provide important nutrients that babies need, help develop their taste buds to prefer healthy food and may decrease food allergies.”

She believes meats are a better source of iron and zinc for babies than rice cereal, “so I haven’t been recommending rice cereal as a first food for several years.”

If you do choose to cook rice for your toddler, Healthy Babies recommends cooking rice in extra water and pouring it off before eating. That will cut arsenic levels by 60%, they say, based on FDA studies.

“For the lowest levels, buy basmati rice grown in California, India, and Pakistan. White rice has less arsenic than brown rice,” the report said.

Teething foods

Teething biscuits can contain arsenic, lead and cadmium, the report said. Instead, soothe your baby’s pain with frozen bananas, a peeled and chilled cucumber or a clean, wet washcloth — but be sure to watch for choking.

Drinks

Juice is often the go-to drink for parents, but it’s not a good option, says the American Academy of Pediatrics. Juices are high in sugar, lack fiber, and can contribute to tooth decay and later obesity. Apple, pear, grape and other fruit juices can also contain some lead and arsenic, so frequent use is a top source of these heavy metals.

Instead, experts say water and milk are best choices, depending on the age of the child. Babies under six months only need breast milk and formula. The drinks of choice for a child’s second year of life should be water and whole milk. Between age 2 and 5 parents should move to skim or low-fat milk and keep pushing water to hydrate their children.

At all ages, juice should be kept to a minimum. One tip: add water to make the juice last longer and always be sure the drink is 100% juice.

Fruits and veggies

While sweet potatoes and carrots are great sources of vitamin A and other key nutrients, the report found they are also high in lead and cadmium. Go ahead and feed your child these veggies, but be sure to add many other colorful fruits and vegetables to add variety.

Off-duty sheriff’s deputy appears to pull gun on teen during dispute at California skate park

An incident involving an off-duty Orange County Sheriff’s Department investigator allegedly pulling a gun on a teenager during a dispute over loud music at a San Clemente skate park is under review, officials said.

The  caught-on-camera events unfolded Saturday evening as witnesses say the band Stink Inc. was performing at the park.

Teenagers began coming over as soon as the band started playing, skateboarder Nathan Scott told KTLA.

A man from a nearby baseball field also came by and began complaining about the noise.

“He’s like, my son can’t focus while playing baseball. Everyone started laughing and making fun of him,” Scott said.

Witness Logan Plier said someone then got pushed into the man and a second person lifted up a skateboard.

“The guy thought he was about to hit him with the board, so he pulled out the gun,” Plier said.

Video of the incident shows the man motioning with what appears to be a gun toward a boy who is down on one knee with his hands in the air.

The scene prompted reactions from others at the park.

“Are you f------ kidding me. There’s no need for that,” one voice can be heard saying on the video.

Witnesses said the man eventually identified himself as a member of the Sheriff’s Department and showed his badge.

The unidentified investigator has been placed on administrative leave while an internal investigation is conducted, Sheriff’s Department spokesperson Carrie Braun said in a statement.

“Orange County Sheriff’s Department employees are expected to conduct themselves with professionalism on and off-duty,” a portion of the statement read.

The findings will be turned over the Orange County District Attorney’s Office when the investigation is completed, the statement said.

Temperatures rebound, showers to dodge at the start of the weekend

Thursday is a beauty of a fall day with bountiful sun and less wind. Highs this afternoon will be approaching 60, though may feel a bit warmer given the lack of wind: Bonus!!

Mostly clear skies will prevail tonight with overnight lows dropping into the upper 30s.

Winds will return on Friday out of the south which will lead to a nice boost in temperatures with highs approaching 70.

Clouds will be on the increase that night as our next weather system pulls in for the west. Scattered showers are still on track for Saturday, especially later in the day. The amount of rain will stay under a tenth of an inch with highs in the lower 60s.

Sunday is still your weekend’s best with middle 60s under mostly sunny skies.

A more potent storm system arrives late that night into Monday with showers and even a few thunderstorms likely that day.

– Chief meteorologist James Zahara

Here’s a look at the hour-by-hour forecast from the StormTrack 8 Weather App!

Click on the links below to download the free app:

 

Missing and Murdered in the Midwest Episode 7: Dissecting ‘The Butcher of Galesburg’ case

MISSING AND MURDERED IN THE MIDWEST: A podcast looking into crimes that made the headlines, starting in the Quad  City area, and expanding throughout the Midwest. Podcast host and News 8 Executive Producer Toria Wilson, has dedicated her time into researching and looking back at stories News 8 has reported on, the murder cases that shocked us and the missing persons cases that left us with unanswered questions.

EPISODE 7: It was during the 1986 trial against Antonio Santamaria that he would be dubbed ‘The Butcher of Galesburg’.

The previous year, in August 1985, Antonio’s wife, Delia Santamaria, was ready to file for divorce. She told one of her six children she was planning on leaving her husband and their father. When their son later asked Antonio what he was going to do about it, he would tell his child he would rather kill himself and Delia, than get a divorce.

Antonio would then be seen working around the house, harder than ever before. He spent weeks working on digging a hole in the home’s basement floor and in the family’s garden. That sight was unusual to both family and nearby neighbors who had previously only seen Delia working in the garden.

Delia was last seen alive on August 10, 1985 after working a shift at the Applegate East Nursing home.

The next day, concerned co-workers called Antonio asking where his wife was. Antonio would only say that she had left to go to Chicago and hung up. On August 13, a missing persons report was filed and police obtained a search warrant for the home.

Antonio Santamaria, arrested on August 15, 1985.

Galesburg police officers found half of Delia’s remains buried in the hole that was dug in the basement. The other half was placed in the garden outside.

Officers arrested Antonio and, two days later during his interrogation, he would admit to killing his wife of 26 years.

Antonio said early on August 11, Delia woke him up by standing over him with a knife in hand, leading to a struggle from his bedroom, to her bathroom. It was there, over the tub that Antonio would kill his wife and dismember her.

He would later take her internal organs and run them through a hand crank meat grinder and a food processor that he had purchased around the time of the murder.

When the meat grinder didn’t achieve what he was aiming for, Antonio would admit to chopping up the organs and flushing them down the toilet. He would later get a refund for the grinder telling the clerk at the local Sears, “his wife didn’t like it [the meat grinder].”

On this week’s episode we break down what led up to this grisly murder, the crime itself and why Antonio Santamaria was able to avoid the death penalty.

Now streaming on all podcast services.

Click here to listen on Spotify.

COMING UP: Starting on October 28, 2019 ‘Missing and Murdered in the Midwest is breaking down not one, not two but FIVE episodes during the week of Halloween. All with a sort of “Halloween theme”. These cases, you won’t want to miss!

GOP presidential candidate, former Illinois congressman Joe Walsh says Trump should be impeached

MOLINE, Illinois-- Former Illinois congressman and longshot Republican presidential candidate Joe Walsh is joining the growing public opinion that President Donald Trump should be impeached.

Citing the Mueller Report and the Trump–Ukraine controversy as indicators that impeachment is necessary, Walsh said he originally began his campaign back in August because he believes Trump is "unfit" to lead.

"I don't think he gives a damn about the country," Walsh said in an interview with News 8.

"He's betrayed America. He actually told a foreign government, Ukraine, to screw with our elections. That's disloyal, that alone should be impeachable and that alone should piss off every American voter."

Walsh voted for Trump in the 2016 presidential election and said the current president "picked some good judges, gotten rid of some government regulations, he's done some good things right."

Creating a campaign to challenge Trump as the Republican nominee in 2020, Walsh is hoping voters agree with his thinking that Trump is "a danger to this country."

Walsh said if elected, he would focus on creating a stronger border and reducing the national debt.

The former congressman won a House seat back in 2010 representing Illinois's 8th congressional district, but lost a 2012 reelection bid. Since then Walsh has hosted a conservative talk radio show.

Pay It Forward recognizes Tiffany’s Treasures resale shop owner

DAVENPORT, Iowa-- Turning a hobby into a career, Tiffany Hunt left her desk job to fill a need in the community opening Tiffany's Treasures four years ago.

The resale store in Davenport provides necessities such as clothes, furniture and toiletries to people in need without breaking their bank.

"She gives back in anyway she can to her customers at Tiffany's Treasures and to the community around here," said Rochelle Hunt, Tiffany's mother-in-law.

Tiffany sometimes pulls from her own pocket in order to keep items in stock.

"She just asks that when they have an opportunity to pay it forward, they donate also," Rochelle said.

Rochelle nominated Tiffany for the $300 Pay It Forward award sponsored by Ascentra Credit Union.

"On behalf of WQAD and Ascentra Credit Union, I'm Paying It Forward for all of your work that you do in the community, for loving your neighbors, for being such a good business owner and just having love for everybody," Rochelle said. 

The money will help Tiffany fill the shelves and clean up some DIY projects before they find a new home.

"It's more than anybody in my position could ever expect in return," Tiffany said. "I try to avoid the landfill so anytime we can recycle, refurbish, re-purpose that's the best way to go. With a little TLC, everything deserves a second chance."

Tiffany said she is always looking for new items, to make a donation visit the store at 1314 Washington Street, Davenport, Iowa.

If you know of someone doing good things in your community, someone who shows the core values of Ascentra Credit Union, which are Listening, Caring and Doing What's Right, why not Pay it Forward?

Nominate them here.

Moline police ask for help identifying armed robbery suspect

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MOLINE, Illinois– The Moline Police Department is asking for help identifying the suspect of an armed robbery at a gas station in Moline.

A female suspect reportedly used a stun gun or other electronic device on a customer while stealing their wallet at a gas station in the 5200 block of 25th Avenue Ct on Tuesday, Oct. 15, 2019, according to a post on the Moline Police Department Facebook page.

The suspect is being described as a black female with short hair in her late teens to early 20’s, according to the post. At the time of the robbery, she is described as wearing a white t-shirt, a black or gray Nike jacket and black pants, the post said.

The suspect was last seen traveling southbound on 53rd Street as a passenger in a light colored Chrysler Town & Country minivan.

Police ask those with additional information to call the Moline Police Department at 309-524-2140 or Crime Stoppers of the Quad Cities at 309-762-9500.

Frost without a freeze: How it works

Frosty mornings don't always necessarily have to occur when temperatures drop below freezing. We can actually see frost when temperatures are well-above freezing, too!

Frost isn't limited to just one form either, but we'll get into that a little bit later. First, we look at how and why frost forms.

When it comes to the different air masses we experience on a weekly basis, each one is unique and different in that the density associated with it is always changing. We know that cold air is denser compared to warm air, even when you factor in the moisture associated with it. The reason? With cold air, more molecules are able to fit inside a set space. These same molecules expand in warmer air, leaving less space and fewer molecules to occupy that space.

So, on nights when the air temperature is just above freezing, say in the middle the to upper 30s, the temperature at ground level can actually be a bit colder, in some cases, below freezing! That thin layer of cooler air sinks to the ground because it is denser compared to the surrounding air. This can often lead to temperatures at or just below freezing at the surface. Varying amounts of water vapor are still left in the air, typically in liquid form to begin with then transforming to a frozen state once it sinks to the ground forming the frost.

Air temperature is always measured at a height ranging from five to ten feet above the ground since this is the level that we live within on a daily basis.  This makes sense because according to the CDC, the average height for males is 5'6" and 5'2" for females.

At night when that more dense, colder air sinks towards that surface, that's when the magic occurs. While the air temperature just above the surface remains above freezing, the surface temperature itself often falls below freezing, allowing the frost to form under these given conditions on the ground. Most elevated surfaces like car windshields and patio furniture will also be vulnerable to frost, too, especially when winds are calm.

There are also different types of frost, including hoar and rime frost that vary in their appearance and formation. This past winter we had quite a brilliant display of hoar frost, which is the spiky looking frost that sticks up quite a considerable distance from the surface it is attached to.

As we go through cool and even downright cold nights in the weeks and months ahead, see if you can spot the different types of frost as you venture out in the morning.

Meteorologist Andrew Stutzke

Joe Maddon returns to Los Angeles Angels as manager

Manager Joe Maddon #70 of the Chicago Cubs looks on from the dugout at Busch Stadium prior to playing the St. Louis Cardinals in what is the final game of his career with the Cubs on September 29, 2019 in St Louis, Missouri. (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Joe Maddon is back under the halo.

Maddon agreed to a three-year deal to become the Los Angeles Angels’ manager on Wednesday, reuniting the World Series-winning former bench boss of the Chicago Cubs with the organization where he spent the first three decades of his baseball career.

“We are thrilled that Joe is coming back home and bringing an exciting brand of baseball to our fans,” general manager Billy Eppler said.

“Every stop he has made throughout his managerial career, he has built a culture that is focused on winning while also allowing his players to thrive. We believe Joe will be a great asset for our club and look forward to him leading the team to another World Series championship.”

The Angels will formally introduce the 65-year-old Maddon at a news conference next week, but he already knows his way around Angel Stadium.

Maddon signed with the Angels as an undrafted catcher in 1975, and he spent the next 31 seasons working at almost every level of the organization as a player, coach and manager. He served as a big league assistant coach under five managers, and he had two stints as the Angels’ interim manager.

He was the Angels’ bench coach alongside manager Mike Scioscia during their championship season in 2002.

“I could not be more excited to come back home and manage this great organization,” Maddon said.

“I’d like to thank (owner) Arte Moreno, Billy Eppler and (president) John Carpino for giving me the opportunity to add another chapter to my Angels career. I was lucky enough to be a part of the first Angels team to win a World Series title, and I look forward to the opportunity to bring Angel fans their second championship.”

Maddon left to manage Tampa Bay in 2006 for nine mostly successful seasons, followed by a big-money move to Chicago to make history.

The three-time Manager of the Year left the Cubs by mutual consent last month after they missed the playoffs for the first time in his five-year tenure. He’ll still likely never have to buy a drink in Chicago again because of 2016, when he led the Cubs to their first World Series title in 108 years.

Maddon replaces Brad Ausmus, who was fired after one season when the Angels finished 72-90, their worst record since 1999. Ausmus was abruptly dismissed shortly after Maddon became available, and most observers assumed Moreno had his eye on a reunion with Maddon, the Angels’ bench coach when Moreno bought the club in 2003.

The Angels also interviewed veteran managers John Farrell and Buck Showalter and Padres hitting coach Johnny Washington for the job, but Maddon was the choice. Maddon was expected to be a valued candidate for other managerial openings around the majors, but he was clearly eager for a reunion.

Maddon kept a home in Long Beach during his 14 seasons away from Anaheim, and he has fond feelings for the organization that gave him his start.

That organization is experiencing hard times: The Angels have endured four straight losing seasons for the first time since the 1970s, and they still haven’t won a playoff game with Mike Trout and Albert Pujols on their roster, making just one three-game postseason appearance after winning the AL West in 2014.

The Angels also were rocked this month by revelations about the role of a team employee in procuring opioids for pitcher Tyler Skaggs, who was found dead in his hotel room July 1.

Maddon’s personal charisma and mild eccentricities have made him a popular figure in baseball, but his consistent success made him the highest-profile candidate on the managerial market. The Angels managed to bring him home in a much-needed boost for a beleaguered franchise.

The Angels’ problems didn’t deter Maddon from taking over a roster with Trout as its centerpiece. The probable three-time AL MVP is signed to a 12-year, $426.5 million contract that should keep him in Anaheim for the bulk of his career.

The Angels’ starting pitching was easily their biggest weakness in 2019, but the rotation will benefit next season from the return of Shohei Ohtani, the two-way star who spent this year solely as a designated hitter while recovering from Tommy John surgery. Eppler also will attempt to be active in the free agent market to supplement a roster finally starting to bear fruit from Eppler’s years of rehabilitating a barren farm system.

Maddon’s managerial career away from Anaheim began with two losing seasons in Tampa Bay, but has been impressive ever since. The Rays made a 31-game improvement and won the AL pennant in 2008, leading to the first of Maddon’s three Manager of the Year awards.

He had five 90-win teams in Tampa Bay and four more in Chicago, including the 103-win Cubs who went on to that historic World Series victory.

Maddon has received praise for his personable combination of old-school baseball passion and an eagerness to adapt to the new world of analytics and statistical decision-making.

Vacant Rock Island home catches fire

House fire in Rock Island, Illinois on Thursday, Oct. 17, 2019 just after 6:30 a.m.

ROCK ISLAND, Illinois– A vacant Rock Island house went up in flames early Thursday morning.

A house in the 1500 block of 12th Street was reported on fire just after 6:30 a.m. Oct. 17, 2019. Heavy flames were coming from the rear of the home.

The fire was under control just after 7 a.m.

There are no people currently living in the house and there were no reported injuries, according to the Rock Island Fire Department.

The cause of the fire is currently under investigation.

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