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Sterling boxing club sees outpouring of support, still searching for new location

STERLING, Illinois-- The owner of a boxing club in Sterling says he's seen an outpouring of support after he had to move out of his old location.

Al Silva has been a boxing instructor for decades but had to move Silva's Boxing Club after a rent increase.

The GoFundMe set-up for the boxing club has gotten more than $3,000 in donations since the move, but Silva is still looking for a new location. The money raised so far will go towards rent once he finds a new location.

"I haven't given up yet," Silva says. "What I'm focusing on more than anything else if finding a building."

Silva says he's been working with multiple departments and agencies, from the mayor to police, to try and find an affordable location.

The boxing coach says he needs somewhere convenient and close to the city so kids can walk or ride their bikes there if they don't have any other transportation.

It’s national dress your pet day, let’s celebrate

USA- National Dress Up Your Pet Day is observed each year on January 14. nationaldaycalendar.com says this day was created to make it a special day for our pets, and to support the pet fashion community.

“National Dress Up Your Pet Day was founded in 2009 by Celebrity Pet Lifestyle Expert and Animal Behaviorist, Colleen Paige.” Share pictures of your dressed up pets and pooches with us below! Missing Attachment Missing Attachment Missing Attachment Missing Attachment Missing Attachment Missing Attachment Missing Attachment Missing Attachment Missing Attachment Missing Attachment Missing Attachment Even our Pet of the Week was dressed up today!

Win a Chicago Weekend Getaway Sweepstakes – Official Rules

Win a Chicago Weekend Getaway Sweepstakes

Official Rules

NO PURCHASE NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN, NOR WILL A PURCHASE IMPROVE ONE’S CHANCES OF WINNING. 

ALL FORMS MUST BE FILLED OUT COMPLETELY AND TRUTHFULLY. FAILURE TO COMPLETE THE ENTRY FORM AND PROVIDE TRUTHFUL AND PERTINENT INFORMATION MAY RESULT IN DISQUALIFICATION FROM THE SWEEPSTAKES. DISQUALIFICATION IS IN THE SOLE DISCRETION OF SPONSORS (defined below).

Sponsors will conduct the Win a Chicago Weekend Getaway Sweepstakes (“Sweepstakes”) in accordance with these Official Rules (“Rules”).  Participation in the Sweepstakes constitutes entrant’s full and unconditional agreement to, and acceptance of, these Rules.   The Sweepstakes is intended for participation in the United States only and is void where prohibited and outside the Sweepstakes Area set forth below.  Do not participate if you are not eligible and located in the United States at the time of entry.

  1.  Eligibility:  Entrants must be legal US residents, at least 18 years old or above, as determined by Sponsors and reside in the Davenport, IA – Moline, IL – Rock Island, IL Designated Market Area as defined by The Nielsen Company (the “Sweepstakes Area”). The Sweepstakes Area includes 17 counties in Iowa and Illinois.  In Illinois, the counties include Jo Daviess, Carroll, Whiteside, Bureau, Henry, Rock Island, Mercer, Knox, Henderson, Warren and Knox. In Iowa, the counties include Jackson, Clinton, Scott, Muscatine, Louisa, Des Moines, and Henry. Employees of WQAD,  Quad City Regional Auto Show, (collectively, WQAD and Quad City Regional Auto Show will be referred to as “Sponsors”), Tribune Media Company,  promotional agencies and their advertising agencies, employees of other television or radio stations, and members of the immediate families of such persons are not eligible to participate and win.  The term “immediate family” includes spouses, siblings, parents, children, grandparents and grandchildren, and any other person residing at the same household whether or not related.  Winning a prize is contingent upon fulfilling all requirements set forth herein.
  2. Sweepstakes Period: The Sweepstakes begins on Monday, January 14, 2019 at 12:00 p.m. CT and ends Sunday, February 10, 2019 at 11:59 p.m. CT (the “Sweepstakes Period”).
  3.  Sweepstakes Entry: 

To enter, go to the contest section of WQAD.COM and fill out the form located on the website.

Limit one entry per email address. Entries in excess of this limit are not eligible. All received entries become the property of WQAD and will not be returned.  Entrants will also be given the option to opt in to receiving additional information from the Quad City Regional Auto Show. Incomplete entries will be disqualified. Multiple daily entries by means of software-generated or other automated processes will be disregarded.  Detection of said automated entry will lead to such entries being voided in Sponsors’ sole discretion.  Only one registered account per entry.  If multiple accounts are detected for a single entrant, the accounts will be voided and the entries will be disqualified in Sponsors’ sole discretion.  If there is a dispute as to any entry, the authorized account holder of the email address or account used to register or enter online will be deemed to be the registrant.  The “authorized account holder” is the natural person assigned an email address by an Internet access provider, online service provider or other organization responsible for assigning email addresses for the domain associated with the submitted address. Potential winner may be required to show proof of being the authorized account holder.  WQAD reserves the right to use any and all information related to the Sweepstakes, including information on entrants obtained through the Sweepstakes, for marketing purposes or any other purpose, unless prohibited by law.  WQAD reserves the right to contact entrants and all other individuals whose email address is submitted as part of this Sweepstakes in connection with the Sweepstakes.

  1. Winner Selection: One winner will be randomly selected from eligible entries on or about 2/11/19. Odds of winning will depend on the number of eligible entries received.
  2. Winner Notifications:  Sponsors will attempt to notify winners by email and/or phone on Monday, February 11, 2019. Winners must have a valid email address where they can be notified. If a winner: (a) is not in compliance with the Rules, (b) does not respond within 48 hours of initial contact attempt, (c) is unwilling or unable to accept the prize, (d) does not sign and return any required documents or provide required identification to Sponsors by deadlines set by Sponsors, or (e) does not meet the eligibility requirements, Sponsors may elect to either not award the prize at all or award the prize to another winner by randomly selecting another entrant from the remaining pool of eligible entries for that drawing, time permitting. If Sponsors cannot find an eligible winner for the prize, that prize will not be awarded.  All results are unofficial until winners are verified.
  3.  Prizes: There is one grand prize. One winner will 4 tickets to a game at Wrigley Field on 6/22/19 (Cubs vs Mets). Date is subject to change and dependent on ticket availability. Plus a VISA gift card to use towards gas and lodging.

ARV=$1000

All entrants receive a $2 coupon off an admission ticket to the 2019 Quad City Regional Auto Show, February 8-10, 2019 at the RiverCenter in Davenport, IA.

  1.  Prize Acceptance/Restrictions:  Only one winner per household. Winners are subject to verification by Sponsors of the winner’s name, age, address, phone number, and Social Security number (where the prize value is equal to or greater than $600.00). Winners will be required to sign an Affidavit of Eligibility/Release of Liability and Publicity prior to participating in the Live Shopping Event, and may be required to provide a completed W-9, per Section 9 below.  Failure to do so will disqualify the winner.  Prizes cannot be redeemed for cash or substituted for any other items by any winner.  Prizes are non-assignable and non-transferrable.  Sponsors reserve the right to substitute a comparable prize of like or greater value, including cash, for any prize, for any reason.  Costs of transportation and accommodations, where applicable, and any other cost not specifically included in the prize are the sole responsibility of the winners. All properly claimed prizes will be awarded, but in no event will Sponsors award more prizes than are provided for in these Rules.
  2. Publicity Release: By participating in the Sweepstakes, each entrant acknowledges that his/her entry in the Sweepstakes constitutes that entrant’s consent to use, publish, reproduce and for all purposes, including publicity, promotion and advertising, in any media (including without limitation, the Internet, television or offline promotions), each winner’s name, likeness, photograph, voice, opinions, and/or hometown and state, and any portion thereof, each extending throughout the universe and in perpetuity without further compensation, credit or right of review or approval, except where prohibited by law.

ANY ATTEMPT BY AN ENTRANT TO DELIBERATELY CIRCUMVENT, DISRUPT, OR DAMAGE ORDINARY AND NORMAL OPERATION OF THIS SWEEPSTAKES, TELEPHONE SYSTEMS OR WEBSITE, OR UNDERMINE THE LEGITIMATE OPERATION OF THE SWEEPSTAKES MAY RESULT IN DISQUALIFICATION. 

  1. Taxes: The value of any prize awarded to a winner may be reported for tax purposes as required by law.  All taxes, including federal, state, and local taxes, are the sole responsibility of the winner.  Any person winning over $600.00 in total prizes will receive a 1099 form from Sponsors at the end of the calendar year and a copy of such form should be filed with the IRS.  Each winner must provide Sponsors with valid identification, and a valid taxpayer identification number or Social Security number for total prizes valued at $600.00 or more, before any prize will be awarded.  Sponsors will have the right, but not the obligation, to require any winner to complete and submit an IRS form W-9.  Sponsors reserve the right to withhold prizes until the completed W‑9 form is received.
  2. Conditions: Sponsor reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to cancel, terminate, modify or suspend this Sweepstakes or any portion hereof, or to disqualify any individual implicated in any of the following actions, if for any reason:  (a) infection by computer virus, bugs, tampering, unauthorized intervention, actions by entrants, fraud, technical failures, or any other causes which, in Sponsor’s sole opinion, corrupt or affect the administration, security, fairness, integrity or proper conduct of the Sweepstakes, (b) the Sweepstakes or any website associated therewith (or any portion thereof) becomes corrupted or does not allow the proper processing of entries per these Rules, (c) the Sweepstakes becomes corrupted due to interruption in wireless calling devices or wireless service for any reason, or (d) the Sweepstakes is otherwise not capable of running as planned.  By entering, entrants represent that they are eligible and agree to be bound by and comply with the Rules and the decisions of any judges, which are final on all matters pertaining to the Sweepstakes.  Any entrant who attempts to tamper with this Sweepstakes in any way or use fraudulent means to participate in and/or win the Sweepstakes will be disqualified.  Sponsor reserves the right to disqualify any entrant at any time, for any reason, including, without limitation, language, activities or behavior deemed inappropriate. Sponsor and its advertising and promotion agencies are not responsible for cancellations, postponements, or delays.  Other than the prize received by the winner, no entrant will be entitled to receive any wages, benefits, fees or other compensation whatsoever as a result of participating in the Sweepstakes.  Sponsor will have the sole discretion to administer the Sweepstakes and interpret and apply the Rules.  This Sweepstakes is not intended for gambling.  Neither the failure of Sponsor to insist upon or enforce strict performance of any provision of these Rules nor the failure, delay or omission by Sponsor in exercising any right with respect to any term of these Rules, will be construed as a waiver or relinquishment to any extent of Sponsor’s right to assert or rely upon any such provision or right in that or any other instance. If there is any conflict between any term of these Rules and any marketing or entry materials used in connection with the Sweepstakes, the terms of these Rules will govern.
  3. Indemnification/Hold Harmless: In consideration for his or her participation in the Sweepstakes, each entrant agrees: (a) to release, discharge, and hold harmless Sponsors, Tribune Media Company, the participating retailers in the Retail Method of entry, and their respective affiliates, parents, subsidiaries, advertising and promotion agencies, and all of their officers, directors, employees, representatives, and agents (the “Released Parties”) from all liability, injuries, losses or damages of any kind to persons, including but not limited to invasion of privacy (under appropriation, intrusion, public disclosure of private facts, false light in the public eye or other legal theory), defamation, slander, libel, violation of right of publicity, infringement of trademark, copyright, or other intellectual property rights, death or property damage resulting in whole or in part, directly or indirectly, from the acceptance, delivery, possession, misuse or use of a prize (including any travel or activity related thereto and including participation in the Live Shopping Event), or from participation in and/or entry into or creation of an entry for the Sweepstakes and/or the broadcast or exploitation or use of entry or any other Sweepstakes-related activity; and (b) that the Released Parties have neither made nor are in any manner responsible or liable for any warranty, representation or guaranty, expressed or implied, in fact or in law, relating to any prize.
  4. Limitation of Liability: The Released Parties are not responsible or liable for: (a) any incorrect or inaccurate entry information or other errors in the printing, offering or administration of the Sweepstakes or in the announcement of the prize(s), (b) any error, omission, interruption, defect or delay in operation or transmission at any website, or wireless calling service, interrupted or unavailable network, server or other conditions, (c) failure of any entry to be received by Sponsors due to technical problems, telephone service problems, human error, or wireless calling service, (d) mechanical, technical, computer, hardware or software errors, malfunctions, or failures of any kind, including but not limited to failed, incomplete, garbled, or delayed transmission of entries, traffic congestion, viruses, sabotage, satellite failures, electrical outages, on telephone lines, on the Internet, at any website, or application or lost or unavailable network connections or natural disasters or acts of God or man, which may limit an entrant’s ability to participate in the Sweepstakes, (e) communication line, hardware and/or software failures, malfunction of phones (including wireless phones/handsets), phone lines, other communications malfunctions, unavailable network connections, cellular equipment towers, telephone systems or wireless service, (f) damage to any computer (software or hardware) resulting from participation in the Sweepstakes, or damage to mobile phone or other PDA device, (g) theft or destruction of, tampering with, unauthorized access to, or alteration of entries and/or entry information, (h) entries that are late, lost, stolen, damaged, illegible, and/or unintelligible (or any combination thereof), or (i) any change of email address, mailing address, telephone number and/or any other contact information provided by entrant.  Any expenses incurred by the entrant during the entry process are the sole responsibility of each entrant and the Sponsors will not issue reimbursement for any expenses.

UNDER NO CIRCUMSTANCES WILL THE RELEASED PARTIES BE LIABLE FOR INDIRECT, INCIDENTAL, CONSEQUENTIAL, SPECIAL OR EXEMPLARY DAMAGES, ATTORNEYS’ FEES, OR ANY OTHER DAMAGES. 

  1. Dispute Resolution: By entering the Sweepstakes, entrants agree that: (a) any and all disputes, claims, and causes of action arising out of or connected with the Sweepstakes, or any prizes awarded, will be resolved individually, without resort to any form of class action; (b) any and all claims, judgments and awards will be limited to actual out-of-pocket costs incurred, including costs associated with entering the Sweepstakes but in no event attorneys’ fees; and (c) under no circumstances will any entrant be permitted to obtain any award for, and entrant hereby waives all rights to claim punitive, incidental or consequential damages and any and all rights to have damages multiplied or otherwise increased and any other damages, other than for actual out-of-pocket expenses. All entrants agree, by participation in the Sweepstakes, to submit to the personal jurisdiction of the courts of Illinois.  Illinois law will govern this Sweepstakes, without regard Illinois’ choice of law rules.  The courts of Illinois will be the exclusive forum for any dispute regarding any Rule or activity associated with the Sweepstakes.
  2. Official Rules: To request a copy of the Rules, send a self-addressed stamped envelope to WQAD News 8, located at 3003 Park 16th Street, Moline, IL 61265 by March 15, 2019.  Written copies of these Rules are also available during normal business hours (Monday – Friday, between 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.) at WQAD’s business offices or online at http://www.wqad.com.
  3. Names of Winners: For a list of prize winners, send a separate, self-addressed, stamped envelope to WQAD News 8, located at 3003 Park 16th Street, Moline, IL 61265 or appear in person at that location between normal business hours (Monday – Friday, between 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.) after February 11, 2019. Requests must be received by no later than 60 days after the end of the Contest Period.
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    WQAD, 3003 Park 16th Street, Moline, IL 61265;
    Quad City Regional Auto Show, 21110 Holden Avenue, Davenport, Iowa

Landscaper asked if he could bury his cat in their backyard – but it was really his dead baby girl

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — An Albuquerque man says his landscaper asked to bury his dead cat in the man’s backyard, but it was really the body of the landscaper’s 1-year-old daughter.

“He pulled the weeds, mows the yard, he takes care of the bushes of everything and lately he’s been acting a little strange. We noticed that before Christmas holiday,” Thomas Dunn, who lives in the home where the body was found.

But Thurman Dunn said he and most of his roommates went on vacation at the end of December.

He says while they were gone, their landscaper, David Zuber, called them for a favor.

“It was a cat that had died, one of his cats, and he needed to bury it,” said Dunn.

Dunn says it wasn’t a strange favor for Zuber to ask because they use their backyard as a pet cemetery.

“Basically, this is where we have buried all of our dogs that have passed away,” said Dunn.

But when they got back at the beginning of January, Dunn says they got a knock on their door.

“Homeland security, investigation teams, dig sites…everybody’s here,” said Dunn.

Albuquerque police say Zuber and his girlfriend, Monique Romero, were arrested last week and charged with child abuse resulting in death after the body of their 1-year-old daughter, Anastazia Romero, was discovered buried in Dunn’s family backyard.

“It was buried in the backyard underneath the remains of a dead dog. The body was inside two layers of a white plastic trash bag inside of a black duffel bag,” said Dunn.

He tells me they had no clue Zuber buried the child’s body in their home and didn’t expect it from him.

“It’s truly devastating, to be honest with you. Every time I see this, I wonder why,” said Dunn.

Win a weekend getaway to Chicago from the Quad City Regional Auto Show

New cars, trucks and SUVs will fill The RiverCenter for the 2019 Quad City Regional Auto Show!  Friday, February 8 through Sunday, February 10, 2019.

Tickets are $8 are for adults 13 and over.  Senior citizens 62 and over are $6, and children 12 and under are FREE.

Show hours are Friday 10 am – 9 pm, Saturday 10 am – 9 pm and  Sunday 10 am – 5 pm.   Family Day is Sunday, February 10! All children 12 & under admitted FREE on Family Day when accompanied by a paying adult.

Enter to win a Chicago Weekend Getaway to see a game at Wrigley Field on 6/22/19 and a $600 VISA gift card.  Just fill out the form below to enter to win.  Deadline for entry is Sunday, February 10, 2019.

Everyone who enters receives a coupon for $2 off admission to the Quad City Regional Auto show.

For contest rules, click here.

Man convicted of murdering 8-year-old girl found dead in prison cell

An inmate serving a life sentence for the first-degree murder of his 8-year-old neighbor was killed in his prison cell Friday, according to the Oklahoma Department of Corrections.

The corrections department identified the inmate killed as Anthony Palma.

“His cellmate is believed to be responsible for his death,” the corrections department said in a statement.

Palma was serving life without parole for the murder of Kirsten Hatfield, who was abducted from her Midwest City home in 1997.

He had lived two doors down from the Hatfield family and was arrested for the cold case murder in 2015 after a DNA sample matched evidence from the investigation into the girl’s abduction.

Palma was found unresponsive at the Oklahoma State Penitentiary about 7:30 p.m. Friday during a routine security check, the corrections department said. He could not be revived and was pronounced dead. His cellmate was also serving a life sentence for first-degree murder.

How the cold case was solved

In 2015, police said authorities had been led to Palma after a new investigator assigned to Hatfield’s case in 2014 realized the FBI or the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation had never tested some of the evidence.

Using DNA technology more advanced than it was in 1997, lab technicians discovered blood from the window sill and the girl’s underwear came from an unknown male, Midwest City Police Chief Brandon Clabes said in 2015. Investigators ran that DNA through a national database and didn’t find a match.

Authorities then tracked down about 10 men who’d previously been questioned and asked for DNA samples, Clabes said.

One of them was Palma, who lived just two doors down from the Hatfield house and had been interviewed twice in 1997, Clabes said.

His sample matched the DNA on the underwear and the window sill, the chief said.

3 children dead after becoming trapped in chest freezer outside Florida home

SUWANNEE COUNTY, Fla. — Three children in Florida have died after climbing inside a chest freezer that was recently brought to their home.

WCTV reported that the children, ages 1, 4, and 6, were found unresponsive and taken to a hospital where they were pronounced dead.

The children were playing outside in the yard when they climbed inside a chest freezer that had not been plugged in or brought inside, according to authorities.

A woman at the home who was with the kids said she went inside to use the bathroom and could not find the children when she returned.

She said she opened the freezer and found the children inside not breathing. The woman then called 911.

Authorities believe the freezer’s lid closed and a hasp fell shut, trapping the children inside. Authorities do not suspect foul play.

Chilling new details emerge in kidnapping of Jayme Closs

BARRON COUNTY, Wis. -- Jake Patterson confessed to killing James and Denise Closs and kidnapping Jayme Closs, according to a criminal complaint released Monday by the Barron County District Attorney.

The complaint said that Patterson, 21, first spotted Jayme while on the way home from work when he was stopped behind a school bus and watched Jayme get on the bus.

Patterson told police he had no idea who Jayme was, but "the defendant states, when he saw (Jayme) he knew that was the girl he was going to take."

The startling criminal complaint comes on the same day that Patterson will make his first court appearance in Barron County to face charges of intentional homicide, kidnapping and armed burglary.

Last Thursday, Jayme was found alive and well about 70 miles from her home in rural northwestern Wisconsin. Patterson is accused of shooting and killing Jayme's parents before abducting the 13-year-old from her home on October 15.

But after going missing for 88 days, Jayme was rescued while walking down a road in Gordon, Wisconsin in frigid weather without a coat and gloves. She had fled the home where law enforcement says she was being kept, and found a woman walking her dog. That woman then took Jayme to a nearby home and called police.

The complaint features the first details from Jayme's perspective of what happened to her. She told investigators that she got up on October 15 to learn why her dog was barking and saw Patterson driving up their driveway. The suspect then shot and killed her father at the door as she and her mother hid in the bathroom, she told investigators.

The suspect forced her mother to put tape over Jayme's mouth and then fatally shot her, and then taped Jayme's hands and ankles together and he dragged her out to the trunk of his car, the complaint states.

Once she was in captivity, the suspect "made it clear that nobody was to know she was there or bad things would happen to her," the complaint states.

Jayme told detectives that Patterson would make her hide under his bed in his bedroom when he had friends and/or relatives over.

"When he made her hide under his bed, (Jayme) stated he stacked totes and laundry bins around the bed with weights (like weights for barbells) stacked against them so she could not move them without his being able to detect it if she did," the complaint states.

"One time, (Jayme) stated she accidentally moved one of the totes when she was told to hide under the bed and Patterson told her something bad would happen if she did it again."

Jayme also told detectives "Patterson would turn music on in his room so she couldn't hear what was happening if there was anyone else in the house with him."

According to Jayme, Patterson "hit her 'really hard' on her back with what she described as a handle for something used to clean blinds..." once when he got mad at her.

Suspect expected in court on Monday

Aunts, cousins and more of her family members will be in court in Wisconsin when Patterson makes his first court appearance, family member Angela De Andriano told CNN.

De Andriano, who is the niece of Jayme's aunt, Sue Allard, told CNN in a phone interview that Sue, her sister Jennifer and Sue's son Jake Allard are all expected to be in court for Patterson's appearance.

According to De Andriano, the family wants to be in court because "they want justice."

The court appearance and criminal complaint are likely to add more details to some of the remaining unanswered questions in the case, such as why Jayme was targeted and how she managed to escape.

Amid those unanswered questions, Barron County Sheriff Chris Fitzgerald told CNN Monday morning he knew one thing for sure.

"I did meet with Jayme last night, and that shy 13-year-old girl that we've been describing for 88 days has got a big smile on her face," he said.

Sheriff Fitzgerald said that the case was still very active and that he could not share details of what Patterson had told authorities. He did say that Patterson acted alone and that he had a "very targeted approach and planned out attack" on the family.

Investigators are working to piece together what happened over the last three months, including the conditions of the house and how she escaped.

Nearly three years ago, Patterson worked for one day at the same meat products facility where Jayme's parents worked -- the Jennie-O Turkey Store plant in Barron -- the company's president said. Patterson quit, saying he was moving from the area, according to the company.

Authorities have said they don't believe Patterson crossed paths with Jayme's parents there.

Fitzgerald said that he did not believe there was a connection between Patterson and the Closs family, and there was no social media contact or digital footprint connecting them. Detectives have been searching the suspect's home for clues and evidence that could help explain what happened.

"All I know is that she was able to get out of that house and get help and the people recognized her as Jayme Closs right away," Fitzgerald said over the weekend.

Closs was released from a Minnesota hospital Friday and is staying in Barron, Wisconsin, with an aunt.

Jayme "had a pretty good night sleep," her aunt Jennifer Smith posted Saturday to Facebook.

"It was great to know she was next to me all night," and "what a great feeling to have her home," she wrote.

Bullets in killing of Davenport community activist came from Glock 9mm, expert testifies

DAVENPORT, Iowa -- A ballistics expert testified in a Davenport murder trial that evidence recovered after the shooting death of Jason Roberts, 46, in downtown Davenport last June came from one weapon.

Deondra Thomas, 37, is charged with the first-degree murder of Roberts. Prosecutors argue that Thomas was in an altercation outside the MVP sports bar on June 9, 2018, and shot Roberts who was trying to  tried to break up the fight.

Victor Murillo, a criminalist with the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation Criminalistics Lab, told jurors he had examined cartridges and bullets recovered from the crime scene by Davenport Police, including markings, directions and patterns left by the bullets. In all, 13 fired 9-millimeter cartridge cases and three bullets and bullet fragments were found. One of the jacketed bullets came from the victim's back and one from his pelvic area.

Murillo said the evidence from the cartridges point to a single weapon, while evidence of the bullets show they came from the same class rifling.

If the cartridges and the bullets came from the same weapon, "it had to be a Glock 9mm pistol," he concluded.

Another witness who was outside MVP in the early hours of June 9, 2018, Elizabeth Williams, took the stand in the morning. She had retrieved Roberts' mobile phone as it was dropped to the ground in the shooting’s aftermath. Her fiancee Chad Murray, who testified Friday, said, in a panic he had wrapped it in toilet paper and buried it outside. He told jurors he could not find it when he later attempted to retrieve it for police.

Davenport police detectives are testifying Monday afternoon.

 

Homeless man gets AFC Championship tickets after helping Chiefs player who got stuck in snow driving to playoff game

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Eight inches of snow fell around Arrowhead Stadium before Saturday's playoff home game. It created a bit of an obstacle for players trying to make it to the stadium. But thanks to one man, Chiefs offensive lineman Jeff Allen was there.

If you were on Twitter after the game looking at posts from players you may have heard of a guy named Dave. Thanks in part to Dave, the Chiefs won their first home playoff game in more than 20 years.

Allen posted about David Cochran and offered him tickets to Sunday's AFC Championship game. Cochran said he likes helping people when he can.

"My old lady is always mad at me, because I help everybody before I help myself, but I told her one day it would pay off," Cochran told WDAF.

His act of kindness to Allen paid off in a way he could never imagine.

"I helped two people, and I didn't even know it was a football player," Cochran said. "Everyday you don't just run into a football player."

Cochran says on Saturday he found Allen's car stuck in the snow before the Chiefs took on the Colts.

"I pulled out a brand new BMW I didn't know what to do. I was hoping I didn't mess it up," Cochran said. "At that time I didn't even know he was a football player either."

Allen thanked him and went on to help the Chiefs win at home in the playoffs for the first time in 25 years. He took to Twitter that night to thank "Dave." A "nice guy" who drove a "97 or 98 black suburban" with tickets to the AFC Championship game against the New England Patriots.

"I started crying," Cochran said. "I swear to God I started bawling. I've never been to a football game, ever. We've been homeless for about eight months now. I mean, we live in the back of a Suburban. If it wasn't for my mom we wouldn't have it, but we make do."

Since Saturday night Dave's life is changing. He got his own phone that won't stop ringing, a sports experience of a lifetime, and a newfound hope about life.

"That man he kept is word," Cochran said. "He did something for me. He said I'm going to do something for y'all when he took my name and stuff and I wasn't expecting anything, but he did."

Now Cochran is just counting down the days until he can watch the Patriots lose.

"We're going to going to crush, Tom Brady you got to go down," Cochran said. "On my words. You're going down. KC is taking you."

Dave said he can't wait to see Kansas City win and head to the Super Bowl, and Tom Brady better not inflate any footballs for the big game.

Update: Despite the recent influx in people changing their name to Dave in the KC area lol, I was actually able to track down the Dave that helped me thanks to the power of social media and #ChiefsKindgom. Thanks for your kindness https://t.co/e4OkEg6AAw

— Jeff Allen (@JeffAllen71) January 13, 2019

The Score Sunday – Moline Basketball, Bettendorf Basketball, FCA

The Score Sunday features the Moline Basketball team. They have won 9 straight games to improve to 16-2 and are ranked 9th in the state.

Bettendorf Basketball is off to a 10-1 start, ranked 5th in the polls.  The bulldogs are coming off another big win against state ranked Davenport Central.

The FCA story of the week features a Black Hawks Basketball player who took a leap of faith to play with the Braves.

Davenport issues 2nd snow emergency to clear covered roads

DAVENPORT, Iowa — The city has issued another snow emergency for specific parts of the city to help with snow removal.

The second Snow Emergency is specific to the Downtown and Hilltop areas and will go into effect at 10 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 14. This snow emergency is effective until 6 a.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 15. During a snow emergency, parking on posted snow routes is prohibited.

People can park for free in the city’s ramps beginning 5 p.m. on Monday through 7 a.m. on Tuesday, according to the city.

See the snow plow routes on the city’s website.

An egg just cracked the world record for most-liked Instagram photo

Think about your favorite photo of all time. Is it colorful, inspiring, entertaining? Now guess what the rest of the world must like to see. Maybe a new celebrity baby or a basketball trick shot?

With so many photos on Instagram, one must rise above the rest: The most-liked Instagram photo.

The record was just cracked and it's more egg-citing than you could guess... An egg. No, that's not a yolk.

A photo posted by @world_record_egg on Instagram just beat the world-record for the 'Most Liked Image on Instagram,' surpassing the last record holder Kylie Jenner, with 18 million likes on the photo of her birth announcement.

This awe-inspiring egg has received over 26 million likes on Instagram. And with the entire profile being dedicated to this one photo, you could say they put all their eggs in one basket.

Doesn't that just crack you up?

Guinness World Records verified the achievement on Jan. 14, 2019.

So if you're wanting to get in on this egg-streme world-record, you may want to scramble and like the egg-splosive viral photo.

Watching late week system for more snow potential

Some locations are still digging out from this weekend's snow system while we have our eyes set on another potentially snowy system for the end of this week.

The energy for our next snow maker is currently sitting in the Pacific Ocean, some 5,000 miles from the Quad Cities. Several social media pages have posted doomsday snowfall total maps for this particular system before it has even had a chance of reaching our observation network on the west coast of the U.S. While the maps may look impressive, they are far from accurate. The storm system from this past weekend is a good example of that. Many of the computer guidance we look at pointed to lower snowfall totals here locally, and when things were said and done by Sunday morning, we actually ended up seeing more snowfall than originally expected. Those projections were just some 24 hours before the impacts were felt!

Here's the timeline that I'll be following as we track this energy in the next several days. As of last Saturday, we began to see signs that another winter system may certainly be possible for the following weekend. Today, confidence is growing that there will be a storm system somewhere in the general region, but specifics as to where and how much precipitation it will contain remain a mystery.  As we inch closer to the middle of the week, especially by Wednesday, we'll know the specific timing and impacts, including whether we will see more snow or rain and how much wind the system could bring with it. By Thursday we will have enough data to get a firm grip on the potential snowfall totals we will be faced with. Until then, there are far too many unknowns to accurately say what will fall and where.

The bottom line: A significant storm system is certainly possible somewhere in the Quad Cities region later this week and into the first part of next weekend, but the exact impacts and precipitation totals are not yet known.  Use extreme caution regarding any snowfall maps you may see before Thursday.

Meteorologist Andrew Stutzke

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Stopped vehicles cause delay on I-74 bridge, Iowa-bound

Update (8:40 a.m.) MOLINE, Illinois — Both lanes are moving again on the Iowa-bound side of the I-74 bridge.

Earlier (7:55 a.m.) Two vehicles are stopped in the left lane of the I-74 bridge heading into Iowa, backing up traffic past 12th Avenue.

Iowa Department of Transporation cameras show two gray vehicles, a truck and a car, stopped in the left lane. Traffic is slowly merging into the right lane to pass.

Commuter should expect delays on the bridge until the issue is resolved.

This is an ongoing story and will be updated as more information is available.

$2 billion Illinois rail project falls behind high-speed targets

(Illinois News Network) — Amtrak riders are still waiting for higher train speeds along the Chicago-to-St. Louis route.

Officials promised travel at up to 110 mph along the line as part of a nearly $2-billion dollar project largely funded by federal economic stimulus dollars awarded under then-President Barack Obama.

Recent projections had trains reaching 90 mph on a portion of the trip in 2018, but the timetable now has been pushed into this year. Installing and testing new federally-mandated safety technology is the main reason for the delay, said Guy Tridgell, a spokesman for the Illinois Department of Transportation.

“What happened during the course of the project was a federal mandate out of Washington that requires positive train control to be installed on lines that haul passenger trains,” he said. “What that does is allow a train to be controlled from a remote location if an engineer becomes incapacitated.”

IDOT is dependent upon Union Pacific, Amtrak, and the Federal Railroad Administration to complete work on that project. In the meantime, Tridgell said trains should be traveling at 90 miles-per-hour on portions of the track later this year. Reaching even higher speeds will take more time.

“It’s coming,” Tridgell said. “We’re confident [110 miles-per-hour] will be reached. Just when exactly, we’re not sure at this point, but hopefully soon.”

State Rep. Tim Butler, R-Springfield, isn’t pleased with the new timetable.

“I’m going to continue to hold IDOT’s feet to the fire on this,” he said. “I’m not happy this has gotten pushed down the road. This is a massive federal investment that’s been made with state assistance. We have to make sure it’s as advertised.”

The total cost of the project was $1.95 billion, with the federal government paying a majority of the costs. However, Tridgell said the state was required to chip in about $300 million of the total. He does not expect any additional state money will be required.

“A lot of focus has been on speeds, of course, but there’s really been a whole host of improvements up and down the line,” Tridgell said. “Tracks and ties were replaced and new stations were built in Dwight, Pontiac, Alton, Lincoln and Carlinville. More than 200 crossings have been upgraded with the latest safety equipment, new locomotives started to be delivered in 2017 and we’ll see new cars in 2020.”

Tridgell said public surveys show riders would love faster speeds, but they’re even more interested in better, reliable service.

“Prior to this project starting, trains were on time on that route roughly half the time,” Tridgell said. “With the improvements being made, we will have guaranteed on-time performance of 85-percent. That’s substantial and if people can get on a train and know they can arrive at a certain time, that’s what we’ve been told is the most important factor.”

IDOT previously said speeds of up to 110 mph would take about an hour off the commute time between Chicago and St. Louis. Topping out at 90 mph would save about 15 minutes on the average trip.

“We need to make sure we’re working together and we need to solve this problem to make sure these trains are doing what they are supposed to be doing,” Butler said. “We’ve got new locomotives that were purchased earlier this year, which I think are very good, but we need to make sure the people get what they invested in Amtrak.”

YOUR MONEY With Mark: Today Could Decide the Future of Sears, Kmart

Today is an important day for Sears Holdings, its Sears/Kmart stores and thousands of its employees.

A bankruptcy auction is being held today to determine if a $5 billion bid from the Chairman of Sears to buyout the company is going to be approved.

On Monday, January 14th during Good Morning Quad Cities, Investment Advisor Mark Grywacheski talked about why that bid may not be good enough:

"This is the only bid that’s been received to save the company, but the creditors are against this bid." he explained. "They believe they could recover more of their money if the company is liquidated and scrapped."

Click the video above to see how many people will be impacted by today's decision, as well as Mark's analysis of the December employment report and an update on trade talks between the United States and China.

Woman who sheltered Jayme Closs realized alleged kidnapper was her former student

There was a loud knock at the door. Kristin Kasinskas opened it to find her neighbor and a skinny girl with unkempt hair and oversized shoes.

The girl was Jayme Closs, a 13-year-old who had vanished after her parents were found dead more than two months ago, the neighbor told Kasinkas. And her alleged kidnaper was still out there, likely hunting for her.

"Get a weapon," Kristin Kasinskas remembered her neighbor, Jeanne Nutter, saying after Kasinskas ushered them inside her home in rural Gordon, Wisconsin -- about 70 miles north of where Jayme was last seen.

Kasinskas and Nutter called 911, passing the phone back and forth between them, while Kasinskas' husband stood at the front door with the gun, in case Jayme's alleged abductor came into the yard before the police arrived. "We were armed and ready," Kasinskas said in an interview Sunday.

"My neighbor and I ... legitimately thought someone was coming for her," Kasinskas said. "We didn't even really have time to be scared, it was happening quickly."

Then, as the teenager the whole state was looking for was sitting in her living room, Kasinskas made a startling realization: she knew the man Jayme identified as her kidnapper.

'I think he was my student'

"I'm lost, and I don't know where I am, and I need help," Nutter recalled Jayme saying before she brought the girl to the Kasinskas' home.

The teenager said she was being held captive by someone in a home nearby who "killed my parents and took me," Kasinskas told CNN last week.

"When I was on with 911, I was asking the questions. Jayme wasn't really talking on her own. I asked her, 'Who had you?' and 'Where did they have you?' I asked her about the vehicle, she said 'red car, Jake Patterson,'" Kasinskas said.

Kasinskas said she told the 911 dispatcher: "Jake Patterson, Jayme, this is real."

When Jayme said the name, Kasinskas said she immediately recognized it. She teaches science to middle and high school students, and she remembered one middle schooler named Jake Patterson.

"In my mind, I said, 'oh, that can't be the same person,'" she said. But Jayme said he was 21, and Kasinskas realized the ages lined up, too.

"I think he was my student," she recalled saying.

Nothing in particular stood out about Patterson in middle school, Kasinskas said.

"He was very quiet, not a troublemaker that I can remember. Just a quiet, very smart kid," she said. "He wasn't super active in student body life. He did well in class, he was a good student. I wouldn't say the most popular kid, but he had friends."

'He was in the neighborhood'

Jayme told them Patterson wasn't going to be home until midnight, Kasinskas recalled. But they were still concerned he might be after her.

Kasinskas said she and her husband put their two children in the basement with the dogs, "and told them to watch the TV until we said it was OK to come back upstairs."

The two women hovered around Jayme as they waited for the police to arrive. Police showed up about 20 to 30 minutes later.

"The officer told us to get away from the windows and get downstairs," Kasinskas said. "An officer sent my husband to the back door and told him to stand there with the gun in case he comes that way."

Minutes later, the police radio crackled: Patterson had been apprehended. He wasn't very far away when police found him, Kasinskas said.

"We were kind of terrified when we heard that," Kasinskas said. "We realized he was in the neighborhood coming back for her."

The suspect, Jake Thomas Patterson, a 21-year-old Gordon resident, was arrested shortly after Jayme was discovered last Thursday. He faces two counts of first-degree intentional homicide for killing Closs' parents and one count of kidnapping, Barron County Sheriff Chris Fitzgerald said Friday.

CNN has reached out for comment to Patterson's lawyers and is waiting to hear back.

Threat causes delay at Dubuque community schools

DUBUQUE, Iowa -- The Dubuque Community School District has delayed the starts of their school day after a threat was made to Jefferson Middle School.

Multiple students reported threats made to the middle school on social media on Jan. 13, a statement from the district said.

According to the statement, police have been investigating the threats throughout the night.

"As a district, we take any potential threat to our schools seriously. In this case, we believe it is the most appropriate action to delay this morning to allow the police additional time to investigate," the statement said.

See the full statement, here.

This evening, multiple students reported receiving a threat to Jefferson MS for tomorrow morning, 1/14. No other schools were referenced. We are working closely with the Dubuque Police Department to investigate and will share additional info as it becomes available.

— Dubuque Schools (@dbqschools) January 14, 2019

ALERT: Dubuque Schools will run on a 2-hour delay TODAY, Monday 1/14, to allow additional time to investigate a social media threat to Jefferson Middle School. District-run morning preschool is canceled. More at https://t.co/S5WxRyNNGe

— Dubuque Schools (@dbqschools) January 14, 2019

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