WQAD News

West Hollywood City Council calls for Trump’s Walk of Fame star to be removed

WEST HOLLYWOOD, Calif. - On the same day the City of West Hollywood voted to ask for President Donald Trump's Walk of Fame star to be removed, the person who'd most recently vandalized it was charged.

The resolution to request the removal of Trump's star's was unanimously adopted by the West Hollywood City Council but is not legally binding as the city has no jurisdiction over the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

Mayor John Duran said the vote was symbolic.

"The West Hollywood City Council did not pass the resolution because Donald Trump is a conservative or a Republican. Earning a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame is an honor. When one belittles and attacks minorities, immigrants, Muslims, people with disabilities or women - the honor no longer exists," he told CNN.

Duran said the council had never previously asked for a star to be removed: "Never have we intruded into our neighboring city's business like this. But the circumstances compelled us to make an exception to the rule."

The Hollywood Chamber of Commerce, which does have jurisdiction over the iconic tourist attraction, said Trump's star was safe for the time being.

"Once we receive a communication from the City of West Hollywood, it will be referred to our Executive Committee for consideration at their next meeting. As of now, there are no plans to remove any stars from the Hollywood Walk of Fame," President Leron Gubler said.

"The West Hollywood City Council does not have jurisdiction over the Hollywood Walk of Fame."

Gubler has previously said that once a star has been added it is considered "a part of the historic fabric of the Hollywood Walk of Fame" and no stars have ever been removed.

Pickax attack

Trump's star has repeatedly been the target of vandalism and protests since the reality TV star's turn to politics, most recently last month.

Prosecutors said Monday that the suspect in that case, a 24-year-old local resident, would be arraigned next week on a felony count of vandalism in the pickax destruction of Trump's star.

Austin Mikel Clay turned himself in one day after the July 25 incident, according to a statement from the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office. It was not immediately clear whether he has an attorney.

Hollywood division officers responded to a call at 3:33 a.m. (6:33 a.m. ET) to the tourist area.

Patricia Cox, a witness, told CNN affiliate KCAL/KCBS that she saw a man "going to town" on the ground "like it was his business just to be tearing up the ground," she said. "I thought it was work going on over here."

Los Angeles police Officer Ray Brown said Clay did not reveal a motive for the alleged vandalism, and the investigation continues. He was released on $20,000 bail.

In April 2016, a Superman impersonator on Hollywood Boulevard said he had seen visitors make obscene gestures next to the star, deface it with paint and allow a dog to relieve itself on the landmark.

"People often stomp with anger on the star, others kick their heels over the star, and some spit. The last time, someone put a sticker over the star," impersonator Francisco Javier said at the time.

A street artist constructed a tiny wall around Trump's star in July 2016, and that October Los Angeles police arrested a man who they said vandalized the star with a sledgehammer and a pickax.

If convicted as charged, Clay could face a possible maximum sentence of three years in jail, prosecutors said.

To get a star on the sidewalk, Trump or his representatives had to pay $30,000 for the creation and installation of the star in 2007 after the chamber approved his nomination. Anyone can make a nomination.

Gates returns for high-drama testimony against Manafort

Watch Video

(CNN) — Paul Manafort’s former deputy-turned-prosecutor’s witness Rick Gates returns to the courtroom Tuesday for a second day of testimony against the former Trump campaign chairman.

The testimony is poised to pack even more drama into the courtroom than the 78 minutes Gates was on the witness stand a day earlier, as Manafort’s defense team will get the chance to cross-examine Gates — and they’ve made clear the crux of their defense will be to blame Gates for Manafort’s alleged crimes.

Gates was a deputy to Manafort in his lobbying business and then on the Trump campaign, but after flipping and pleading guilty to charges earlier in February, he testified against Manafort on Monday that they had 15 foreign accounts they did not report to the federal government, and they knew it was illegal.

Gates also told jurors that he cheated Manafort out of “several hundred thousand” dollars, which is likely to be a threat Manafort’s attorneys pull on to try to undermine Gates’ credibility with the jury.

Manafort is charged with 18 counts of tax and banking crimes, and has pleaded not guilty to all charges.

Special counsel Robert Mueller’s team indicated it expects to question Gates for three more hours on Tuesday before the defense team will get its chance to grill him.

On Monday, Gates described his history of working with Manafort, his plea deal and how Manafort’s consulting business operated in Ukraine. But there are plenty more details that were laid out in the indictment against Manafort that Gates hasn’t yet discussed that will likely be raised on Tuesday.

Gates’ testimony is expected to be the key focal point of the Manafort trial, the first that Mueller’s team has brought before a jury as part of the broad investigation into Russian election interference in 2016.

Trump hasn’t tweeted about Manafort since the first day of the trial last week, and the trial itself is not about the work Manafort did on the campaign. But Gates’ testimony pits two former senior Trump campaign aides against one another. After Manafort left the campaign in August 2016 amid swirling questions about his Ukraine work, Gates stayed on the campaign and later helped found pro-Trump advocacy group, before he was ultimately forced out, too, as questions mounted about Manafort.

Jails, prisons slowly loosen resistance to addiction meds

GREENFIELD, Mass. (AP) — Four inmates sit silently in the library of the Franklin County House of Correction one summer morning. But these men aren’t here to read books.

Under the supervision of a nurse and two corrections officers, they’re taking their daily dose of buprenorphine. The drug, often known by the brand name Suboxone, is meant to control their heroin cravings and is commonly smuggled into jails and prisons.

“Suboxone for me is literally a Band-Aid,” said inmate George Ballentine, 26, after he completes the carefully regulated ritual that includes crushing up the medication, placing it under the tongue to dissolve for 15 minutes, rinsing and then spitting into a sink. “When you get a cut, what do you do? You put a Band-Aid on until it heals enough to take it off.”

Scenes like this could be the future at more jails and prisons, as resistance from corrections officials long skeptical of the efficacy and high cost of administering opioid addiction medications appears to be loosening.

Some 300 of the nation’s roughly 3,200 or jails and 1,900 prisons now offer some form of addiction medication to select inmates, according U.S. Department of Justice data.

About 290 are offering a relatively new monthly injection of naltrexone known as Vivitrol to inmates shortly before they’re released, with many using free samples of the roughly $1,000 injection provided by drugmaker Alkermes, a company spokesman said.

Only about 30 facilities widely offer the two other more proven federally approved medications for opioid addiction treatment — methadone and buprenorphine — but those numbers are growing, said Andrew Klein, a criminal justice analyst who has been tracking the programs.

Correction facilities in Illinois, Ohio, New Jersey and Washington state recently launched buprenorphine programs, joining New York City’s Rikers Island, Bernalillo County jail in Albuquerque, New Mexico, and a handful of others that have provided methadone to certain inmates for years, he said.

Franklin County, where 40 percent of its 220 inmates say they’ve used heroin, is so far the only correctional facility in Massachusetts widely offering buprenorphine. But state lawmakers this week approved legislation requiring medication-assisted opioid treatment at certain jails and prisons.

Neighboring Rhode Island and Vermont are already offering all three opioid addiction medications across its jails and prisons while Connecticut, which provides methadone at five of its facilities, is weighing a similar expansion, as is New York .

And Los Angeles County, with one of the world’s largest jail systems, is also preparing to widely offer buprenorphine and methadone.

“Jails are really America’s ground zero for the opioid crisis,” said Ed Hayes, an assistant superintendent at the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office, which oversees the jail. “It’s the perfect opportunity to make a public health intervention.”

Corrections officials have been slow to embrace addiction medications because many view them as simply substituting reliance on one drug for another. They also want the federal government to reimburse facilities for the costs.

But reluctance is starting to fade with newer medications and more scientific evidence, said Elizabeth Gondles, of the American Correctional Association, a trade organization that accredits jails and prisons.

“We understand this is a public health crisis,” she said. “We know what we need to do. We just need the resources.”

The legal system could also end up forcing the industry’s hand. The American Civil Liberties Union recently sued correctional institutions in Maine and Washington state, arguing they’re violating the Americans with Disabilities Act by not providing the medications, and the U.S. Department of Justice has been investigating Massachusetts along similar lines.

Since introducing buprenorphine two years ago, the Franklin County jail has treated roughly 240 inmates at a cost of about $12,500 per inmate per year.

Sheriff Christopher Donelan notes that the county saw a 35 percent drop in opioid overdose deaths from 2016 to last year and suspects the jail program may be at least partly behind it. He is seeking funding for a formal study.

Proponents note there’s years of research supporting the approach, including an April study that found Rhode Island’s corrections program contributed to a 12 percent reduction in the state’s fatal overdoses in the first half of 2017 compared with the same period in 2016.

Much of Franklin County’s costs are for staff critical to the program’s success, including those screening incoming inmates and others providing behavioral health counselling and post-release case management, said Hayes, the assistant superintendent.

“This is not a magic pill,” he said. “It works only when these other elements are in place.”

For Ballentine, the Franklin County inmate released soon after taking his daily medication last week, that personal attention was critical.

He had been hospitalized for three overdoses in as many months before his arrest for violating a restraining order and had every intention of using heroin once he got out of jail.

“The staff here decided not to give up on me even when I decided that I wasn’t worth it,” Ballentine said shortly before being released following his nine-month stint.

With his re-entry case worker at his side, Ballentine immediately checked in with his parole officer, picked up his buprenorphine prescription at a pharmacy and settled into a halfway home near the jail.

A week later, he reports his doctor hopes to soon take him off the medication he’d been on for about two months in jail.

“I feel like I’m ready for it,” Ballentine said, citing volunteer work at a soup kitchen and other activities with others in recovery. “I’ve got backup plan after backup plan. I know it’s no guarantee of success, but I’m doing everything possible.”

At least 8 people hurt, 3 animals killed by large hail at Colorado zoo

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. -- At least eight people were hospitalized after being hit by large hail at the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo in Colorado Springs on Monday afternoon.

The zoo said that one duck and two vultures were killed in the storm, according to KDVR.

Authorities said that the victims were being treated for traumatic injuries caused by the powerful hailstorm, but officials have not released the victims' conditions.

All guests from the zoo are being transported via public transit to the Cheyenne Mountain High School because the parking lot is full of vehicles that officials have deemed too damaged to drive.

#cheyennemountainzoo an idea of some of damage to vehicles at the zoo today. pic.twitter.com/fFWHFEjQcG

— CSFD PIO (@CSFDPIO) August 6, 2018

An Evacuation Center has been opened at#CheyenneMountainHighSchool, 1200 Cresta Rd. Colorado Springs to support the 100+ cars that were damaged due to the hail at the#CheyenneMountainZoo. Please go there for reunification, protection and refreshments. pic.twitter.com/PnwUeI8bl1

— CO & WY Red Cross (@COWYRedCross) August 6, 2018

 

What impact will US sanctions on Iran actually have?

Watch Video

(CNN) — Even before his shock win in 2016, US President Donald Trump was vocal in his criticism of the nuclear deal that the US, UK, France, Germany, Russia, and China signed with Iran in 2015.

Now that Trump has pulled out of the agreement to curb the country’s nuclear program, the first wave of unilateral US sanctions to “snap back” — or be reimposed — on Iran took force as of midnight Tuesday, with more to come later this year.

Tuesday’s round of sanctions affects, among other things, the Iranian purchase or acquisition of US dollar banknotes and of gold and precious metals, and will also weigh on significant transactions in the Iranian rial and have an impact on the country’s sovereign debt and its automotive industry.

What impact are they likely to have on the country and its population in the short and long term?

What are the most important sanctions snapping back at midnight?

While most of the world has been focusing on the sanctions on Iran’s vast oil and gas reserves that will be reimposed in November, this first wave of sanctions will hit Iran’s vulnerable economy harder than most are currently anticipating.

The collapse of the Iranian rial since Trump declared he would pull out of the nuclear agreement is the best economic indicator of the turbulence ahead.

Iran has been described as the “Germany of the Middle East,” the last major emerging market to open fully to the outside world, with more than 80 million consumers, a highly educated population and an array of natural resources — including precious metals.

The sanctions could torpedo Iran’s efforts — at least for the remainder of the Trump administration — to realize its full potential.

Iran needs access to foreign currency and Washington is applying the full weight of the US Federal Reserve to block efforts by Tehran’s new central bank governor to provide relief to Iran’s exporters and importers. That clearly is the most challenging repercussion from the reimposition of sanctions by Washington.

Since Iran is such a large consumer market in its own right, it is a formidable industrial player in the Middle East and North Africa: a market of more than 300 million consumers, similar in population to the United States. These sanctions are designed to hit the country’s steel, aluminum and auto sectors by limiting access to raw materials and essential parts.

Why is Iran’s economy in a state at the moment?

The mere mention of the reimposition of US sanctions in recent months have undermined any momentum built up after the signing of the 2015 nuclear agreement.

After a recession in 2015, Iran’s economy expanded by 12.5% in 2016 and carried on with solid growth the following year. Call it the post-sanctions boost.

Projections by the International Monetary Fund of over 4% growth this year were made well before the US pulled the plug on its role in the agreement.

The deal had sent European industrial giants racing in to sign a series of contracts worth billions of dollars, with names like Total, Peugeot, Renault, Airbus, Alstom and Siemens leading the charge.

But due to the weight of Wall Street — both in raising capital for European companies and the level of US institutional shareholder investment — they cannot subject their companies to the risk of secondary US sanctions.

Joe Kaeser, the chief executive of German industrial conglomerate Siemens, summed up the harsh realities of US economic influence during an interview with CNN in May after Trump walked away from the nuclear agreement. Kaeser said the company would stop all new deals in Iran.

“There is a primacy of the (US) political system. If that primacy is ‘This is what you are going to do,’ then that is exactly what we are going to do. We are a global company. We have interest and values and we have to balance both,” said Kaeser.

What could the long-term consequences be?

Many believe the US wants to drive a wedge between Iran’s leadership and the Iranian people with the potential goal of regime change, which Washington has denied.

The collapse of the rial is wreaking havoc on the average Iranian. Unemployment is shooting up, especially among the country’s youth, inflation is spiraling higher because of the cost of imported goods, and there have been water and power shortages due to a lack infrastructure investment after years of on-again, off-again sanctions.

There have been sporadic protests in the capital Tehran and throughout the country that started late last year and have persisted ahead of the return of the sanctions.

In a political structure where the Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, attempts to balance the power of the perceived moderates in government and a hard-line military apparatus, President Hassan Rouhani will probably continue to take the public pressure.

Iran’s parliament has called on Rouhani to answer questions about why more has not been done to buffer Iranians from the full force of US sanctions, since his American counterpart made crystal clear his intention to pull out of the accord.

This no doubt will embolden the hardliners who have a high level of mistrust toward Washington, including the offer a week ago by Trump to hold talks with Tehran.

The hardliners would also have the most to lose if Iran were to open fully to the global economy, since their tentacles reach far and wide at all levels of the country.

Grocery stores across Illinois are closing. Why?

(Illinois News Network) – In the past year, grocery stores in Clinton, Moline, Effingham, Kankakee and several Chicago suburbs have closed and two more in central Illinois are slated to close by the end of this month.

Two Kroger grocery stores are slated to close later this month, one in Decatur and another in Lincoln. Statements from Kroger corporate says the stores weren’t expected to return to profitability.

“Company leaders praised the stores’ associates, saying the closings are not a reflection on them or their work,” a statement from Kroger said. “The 76 members of the Kroger team in Lincoln have performed extremely well and have been committed to customer service in spite of the business challenges experienced by their store.”

A statement from Kroger about the Decatur closing said customers will still be able to shop, fill prescriptions and get fuel at two other locations in the central Illinois community.

“The HR team will strive to find other positions for the (95) store associates at the other Decatur Kroger stores,” the statement said.

Illinois Retail Merchants Association President Rob Karr said while each business is unique, there may be one commonality.

“No longer are companies willing to subsidize underperforming stores,” Karr said. “If stores aren’t meeting their targets, aren’t meeting what they need to meet the needs of the companies, then they are more likely to close them than to subsidize them with more profitable stores.”

Karr said people trending to eat out more could be another reason. But he said the grocery business lives on the narrowest margins where there’s very little room for error amid intense competition. But there’s another factor, he said.

“We can’t overlook the fact, and people tend to roll their eyes sometimes, but it’s real, the combined impact of local government and state government’s pressures on business also impacts them negatively,” Karr said.

State reports through the Illinois Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification (WARN) Act indicate since July 2017, at least 17 grocery stores or food retailers have closed throughout the state, impacting around 1,660 employees and countless consumers.

Snap Kitchen, billed online as a “one stop healthy meal shop,” closed seven locations in Chicago in December 2017 affecting 76 employees.

Several months ago, multiple Sam’s Club stores closed in the Chicago suburbs: Wheeling with 138 employees, Streamwood with 191 employees, Matteson affecting 166 workers, Naperville with 170 employees, Batavia with 150 employees, Moline with 155 and Romeoville with 167.

In other parts of the state, Walmart in Clinton with 80 workers is set to close by the end of the month. Martin’s IGA in Effingham closed, affecting 275 in January 2018. Ultra Foods in Kankakee closed in September 2017 affecting 92 employees.

While more urban areas may have access to other grocery choices, things get more difficult in rural areas where the Rural Health Information Hub says “access to food may be limited by financial constraints or other factors, such as transportation challenges.”

“Rural shoppers may rely on more expensive and less nutritious options, such as those available at gas station convenience stores, or face a long drive to a town with a grocery store that stocks fresh produce, milk, eggs, and other staples,” it said.

Best meteor shower of the year peaks this weekend

Get ready to look up this weekend! The Perseid Meteor Shower peaks across North America this weekend. The shower gets it's name from Perseus where the shower originates.

According to Sky and Telescope, Meteor showers usually peak during the predawn hours of the peak dates, though they're often active a few nights before and after the peak date. Note that the rates listed below are for ideal conditions: very dark skies free of moonlight or light pollution. If you're going to the Northwoods of Wisconsin or the Boundary Waters of Minnesota, you'll get this.

This is so cool! Meteor showers from space: https://t.co/3KiSlqrReT

— EricSorensen (@ERICSORENSEN) August 7, 2018

Most likely you'll see lower rates...but still worth a few hours of sky watching.

To see the Perseids, look to the north. Most of the "shooting stars" will be coming in from upper right to lower left.

Enjoy!

-Meteorologist Eric Sorensen

In the Kitchen with Fareway: 5 Ways to Save 100+ Calories

Did you know that cutting just 100 calories a day could help you lose over ten pounds a year and keep it off? Here are some tips from Fareway Dietitian, Caitlyn Ferin:

1. Make your sandwich open faced

2. Pick an orange over orange juice

3. Choose canned fruit in 100% juice, not heavy syrup

4. Replace sour cream with fat free Greek yogurt

5. Replace 1 soda or fruit juice with water

You can find more tips in Fareway's Centsable Health Magazine here.

Maddie Poppe to perform at the Rhythm City Casino as well

DAVENPORT- Tickets are now on sale for Maddie Poppe's 2019 performance at the Rhythm City Casino, hosted by Gilda's Club of the Quad Cities.

Poppe will also take part in a meet and greet dinner for a limited amount of guests before taking the stage Friday, March 15, 2019. Tickets are on sale now. To get yours or for more information on the event, click here.

Before she plays at Rhythm City, Poppe will play at the Wild Rose Casino in Clinton. For ticket information on that concert, click here.

Bettendorf School Board votes to close Thomas Jefferson Elementary

BETTENDORF, Iowa-- The Bettendorf Community School District unanimously voted in favor of a plan to close Thomas Jefferson Elementary School during its committee of the whole meeting Monday, Aug. 6.

Students enrolled at Thomas Jefferson will attend Mark Twain Elementary after it's renovated next year.

"This expansion of Mark Twain will allow the addition of the Jefferson students in to the new Mark Twain while continuing with the current number of sections and class size," Superintendent Mike Ramos said during Monday night's meeting.

Reports presented at the meeting indicated that the district would save $400,000 each year by closing Thomas Jefferson. By closing Thomas Jefferson, the district will have an additional $1.5 million for other repair projects.

However, some of the people attending the meeting felt the district was putting money over students.

"I don't see how you can vote to close a school that's in good shape, has full classrooms and has top-notch test scores," one man said during public comment.

Board members noted that it would cost $9.6 million to update and repair both Mark Twain and Thomas Jefferson. They said, in the long run, it makes more sense to spend $12.9 million on the Mark Twain expansion.

Some parents said it's not about the money or the building.

"There are so many different types of individuals that attend Jefferson," said Heather Wade, a parent of a Jefferson student. "And we all have the same goal which is to be part of something bigger than ourselves... I just feel like our voice is not valuable enough."

Wade said she feels betrayed by the school board's decision since many of the members said they would keep Thomas Jefferson open while they campaigned.

"All of them at various times promised that they would stand with Jefferson, that they wouldn't close Jefferson," Wade said. "And as time has progressed, they have all fallen away."

Several board members, including Andrew Champion, said they didn't want to close Thomas Jefferson, but financially it was best for the district's future.

During Monday's meeting, the board approved the construction plan for Mark Twain, which will start later this year and end in October 2019. Thomas Jefferson students would transition to Mark Twain for the 2019-2020 school year.

Excess pork supply, tariffs mean losses for Illinois pork farmers

SPRINGFIELD, Illinois (Illinois News Network) — Pork farmers across Illinois are gearing up for what may be one of the more significant financial losses in recent years.

Pork production across the country is expected to increase by 5 percent this year, an increase that will force lower prices, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

“Our farmers in the United States have gotten more efficient at raising hogs every year, and the bigger picture is those gains in efficiency have surpassed the gains in increased demand for pork products,” said Mike Doherty, senior economist and policy analyst for Illinois Farmers Bureau.

Due to the increased supply of pork this year coupled with the tariffs placed on pork exports to Mexico and China, prices are expected to drop significantly.

“They estimate that this will further decrease the price by about $9 per head,” Doherty said. “So, we are already looking at some kind of a loss per head going into late 2018 and then into 2019. Basically, it’s making a bad situation worse.”

The tariff on pork products to China is at an additional 25 percent since early July.

Doherty said the losses will be drastic.

“We have not had a price outlook this bad except for a couple times over the last 20 – 30 years. So, this is a particularly bad price cycle,” he said.

Illinois pork farmers were increasing their exports to China and Mexico, but with the tariffs in place, Doherty said profits from increased sales will likely be offset by the losses this year.

While many pork farmers may be eligible for farm aid, Doherty said it is unclear how any money will be distributed to help farmers absorb the loss.

“We just don’t have details yet,” he said. “But whatever it is, I doubt that it would be anywhere close to enough to make up for what’s going to happen by this fall.

Independent pork farmers will get hit the hardest because they do not have some of the benefits integrated producers have because they are not operating on a contract.

“We’d really like to see the Trump administration get an agreement locked in with Mexico because of all the countries we sell to, Mexico is the largest overseas buyer of pork from Illinois,” Doherty said.

The next step would be making a more favorable agreement with China to eliminate the tariff on pork products and then make other bilateral agreement with other countries, he said.

Video shows breaching great white shark startle researcher

WELLFLEET, Mass. – A shark was caught on camera breaching the water directly underneath a researcher who was trying to tag the animal.

The Atlantic White Shark Conservancy posted a video on their YouTube page of the close encounter with the great white shark while on a research trip in Wellfleet, Massachusetts.

The video shows the shark suddenly fly out of the water, headed straight for the researcher’s feet, sending him jumping backward.

The boat’s captain can be heard saying, “Holy crap! It dove right out of the water.”

The Boston Globe identified the man who was just inches from the shark’s mouth as a Massachusetts state biologist named Greg Skomal.

“It came right up, and opened its mouth right at my feet!” Skomal yells back to the captain.

The conservancy issued this statement about the video:

“While out on research trips, we’ve seen white sharks breach and we’ve received multiple reports of breaching white sharks this year from fishermen and boaters. While encounters like this one are rare, this video shows that they’re certainly possible. White sharks are wild and unpredictable animals. This is a good reminder of the importance of not becoming complacent and always staying vigilant when in or on the water.”

Burlington building destroyed by fire was months away from renovation completion

BURLINGTON, Iowa - Firefighters were back at the scene today of a fire that destroyed the historic Tama building in downtown Burlington on Saturday, Aug. 4.

The building was undergoing a multi-million dollar renovation when the fire started.  Tenants were two months away from moving into some apartment units in the upper levels.  Several businesses were set to move in to the lower levels as well.

Marcia Walker worked for an optometrist in the Tama building for seven years.  She remembers the street as the cornerstone of Burlington.

"They had this lovely counter where you could go in and get some floats and some lovely ice cream things," she recalls.

Burlington Fire Chief, Matt Trexel, reports the building is now a complete loss. "I don't think we will ever be able to go inside that bulding," he says. "We had it assessed by a structural engineer and he doesn't thin it will ever be safe enought to go back inside that."

For now, all investigations will remain outside.

Another fire occured in the same exact building back in 2010.  Since then, investors have been working to restore it for retail and some apartments.

Richard Poindexter owned a Taekwondo in the Tama building years back and remembers the fire in 2010.

This time was no different.

"It was kind of deja vu when I first heard it," he says.  "I couldn't believe it, so I came down at 3AM to watch it and we knew it was gone."

In 2010, the fire started in the basement.  However, this Saturday's fire began in one of the upper stories in the back building.

Tenants were set to move into the new apartments October 1st.  Those plans will now change.

"It's kind of like they say "the Phoenix rises," said Poindexter. "But this time it's not going to rise.  At least not right now."

Miller helps woman who has daily 2 p.m. beer celebrate her 100th birthday

Watch Video

MILWAUKEE (WITI) — A Milwaukee resident received beer and gifts from Miller in celebration of her 100th birthday! Clotilda Kort says one of her secrets as she’s grown older is her 2 p.m. Miller 64 beer, and she got to enjoy that on Saturday afternoon, Aug. 4 as she celebrated this big milestone.

“I don’t know, but everybody’s telling me I’m turning 100. I feel like I’m 25!” said Kort at her party.

Kort is originally from Blenker, in northern Wisconsin. She lived in the Wausau area for many years, and then moved to the Chicago area before eventually settling in Milwaukee.

“You know, I started out, I was a little baby, and now I’m over 100 years old. How did I do it? I don’t know. It just happens! You gotta ask the good Lord, because if not for him, I wouldn’t be here,” said Kort.

Kort is sharp as a tack, unfiltered and gets around without a cane. She loves a good party, and enjoys dancing to polka music and yodeling. She has two children, seven grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.

“She’s totally sharp. She’s funny. She has hardly any deficits. She’ll be polka-ing later. She is so healthful, and so full of life — and just a positive attitude, and we are just incredibly blessed to have that. We just adore her,” said Cherie Boldt, Kort’s granddaughter.

“The newest member of the family is Eleanor Grace, and she’s 3-months-old, so we have five generations here, which is really amazing,” said Kort.

“When you ask her, ‘what’s your secret Grandma,’ she’ll say, ‘every day at 2 p.m. I’ll have a Miller 64,’ and I thought, that’s golden,” said Boldt.

“Miller 64. That’s my favorite beer — because I like the taste of it,” said Kort.

MillerCoors officials sent a letter for Kort, reading:

“Hi Clotilda, to help you celebrate your 100th birthday, we want to show our appreciation to you for being a true fan by sending some Miller 64 T-shirts, hats, and of course, beer. Happy 100th birthday Clotilda! Cheers, your friends at Miller 64.”

“Thank you! Where’s my drink?” said Kort.

 

Fly fishing in Bath, Illinois takes on a whole new meaning for Asian Carp tournament

BATH, Illinois-- For one weekend every year, the small town of Bath, Illinois, northwest of Springfield, triples in size all because of a fishing tournament. But it isn't just any fishing tournament; you don't need a pole, you don't need bait, but you will need a helmet.

Grab your gear,and start your engines for fly fishing, of sorts, like you've never seen before.

For one weekend out of the year, leave your fish finders at home.

Thrill seekers like Heidi Browne, her husband Steve and friends come to the Illinois river to catch Asian Carp for the Redneck Fishing Tournament.

The contest pits about 20 boats per heat versus countless carp.

"We get in a group of people. The first group works on churning them up, and then they start jumping out, and we try to catch them and put them in a bucket," says Heidi.

The catchers try to rid the river of these slimy pests.

The Asian Carp destroy the habitat of the native creatures. And for the people, they're not just sore on the eyes.

"You've felt what it feels like when they hit you. They're dangerous," says Steve.

So that's why they're here, fishing and bobbing. Because on this day in this corner of the river, for Asian Carp, there are no limits.

This year the tournament brought in a grand total of 5,338 Asian Carp. The Carp Police team won. They added 370 carp to that total.

People can take the fish home, but most of them are used to make pet food.

The Department of Natural Resources creates new safety measure for boaters

MOLINE, Illinois  -- Boaters on the Mississippi River may notice new no- wake buoys in the water by the I-74 construction site.

The DNR has placed the buoys to keep both recreational boaters and crews working on the bridge project safe.  There are currently around 200 employees working on the bridge - with around 100 of them in and around the water every day - according to I-74Project Manager Danielle Alvarez of the Iowa Department of Transportation.

"Last we checked there are over 200 people working on the overall project on site everyday," Alvarez said.  "That's across the entire corridor. We expect that will increase as we get further into stage two westbound in the end of 2019."

As construction continues on the Illinois side, the site in the water is becoming more dangerous.

"As we continue through the project we want to make sure that everyone out enjoying the river is safe and everyone working on the river is safe," Alvarez said.

Boats going over five miles per hour cause the barges to move, making it hazardous for everyone working in the water.

Boaters are urged to think about where and when to recreate, said Jeff Harrison, a conservation officer with the Iowa DNR.

"People (can) still ski the back area and jet ski in the back waters,"  Harrison said. "It's just going to have them slow down when they're coming through the construction zone. It's for their safety and the workers as well."

These new buoys will be in the water until the construction on the new bridge is complete.

Harrison says the DNR is considering keeping the no wake buoys in while they destroy the old bridge as well.

President urged to stop tweeting on Trump Tower meeting

Watch Video

(CNN) — President Donald Trump has been urged to stop tweeting about the 2016 Trump Tower meeting between Trump’s top advisers and several Russians, a source familiar with discussions tells CNN.

The President was advised that his tweeting only gives oxygen to the topic, even if those around Trump do not believe there is any truly new development.

On Sunday, Trump tweeted an apparent response to stories by CNN and The Washington Post that said he is worried about Donald Trump Jr.’s legal exposure following the infamous 2016 meeting.

Calling the reported concerns a “complete fabrication,” the President acknowledged that the meeting was accepted on the premise that Trump Jr. would get dirt on Hillary Clinton.

“This was a meeting to get information on an opponent, totally legal and done all the time in politics – and it went nowhere. I did not know about it!” the President tweeted.

This is hardly the first time the President has reacted to a news story on Twitter and, as a result, helped give that story more attention.

There appears to be less concern among associates about other recent Trump tweets in which he’s gone after special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation, which, along with his legal team, he’s long sought to discredit. The New York Times reported last month that Mueller has been reviewing Trump’s tweets as part of his probe into whether the President obstructed justice.

However, a tweet Trump sent last week in which he appeared to ask Attorney General Jeff Sessions to stop the Mueller investigation was quickly downplayed by Trump’s lawyers as the President’s opinion, not an order.

Suspect sought in credit union robbery

DAVENPORT, Iowa — Police are looking for a suspect who robbed the RIA Federal Credit Union on Monday, Aug. 6 shortly after 12:30 p.m.

According to police, a white male aged around 40 entered the bank and demanded money. He is descrbied as balding, with some facial hair and wearing light colored clothing. Police did not indicate whether the suspect was armed.

The suspect fled after taking an undisclosed amount of cash. Anyone with information about the robbery is asked to call Davenport Police at (563) 326-6125 or to submit an anonymous tip.

Masked man enters radio station studio and shoots DJ in Madison

Watch Video

(CNN) — A man wearing a mask and hood entered a Wisconsin radio station early Sunday morning and opened fire on three disc jockeys in the broadcast studio, the station said.

WORT FM, a radio station based in Madison, said in a statement that witnesses said five gunshots were fired, injuring one DJ in the buttocks and shattering the glass between studios.

The injured DJ was transported to a hospital with non-life-threatening injuries and later discharged, WORT said. No major injuries were reported and no arrest had been made in the case early Monday.

Police secured the area and kept DJs off the premises during the immediate investigation of the shooting, leaving WORT off the air until normal programming resumed at 9:38 a.m., the station said.

Madison Police said mid-morning Monday that detectives were becoming confident this was a targeted act against a specific person and was not a random act of violence against the media.

“We understand and appreciate the interest in this case beyond the local level but do not believe it has any relation to the current national dialogue on media,” police said in a statement.

A motive for the shooting was still unknown and it’s unclear how the assailant entered the building, WORT said.

David Devereaux-Weber, WORT Radio Board president, told CNN affiliate WKOW that the shooting felt targeted.

“Somebody who had a beef about something … and we’re not quite sure whether it’s a personal issue or a music issue,” he said.

The station thanked its supporters in a statement on Sunday.

“We want to thank everyone for the support. Already, the phone calls and concerned messages are flowing into the station,” WORT said.

“Our station has faced many challenges over our 40 years on the Madison airwaves. And, as always, the community has responded to lend a hand. This is when the community in community radio shines.”

9-year-old boy’s lemonade stand robbed at gunpoint

UNION COUNTY, N.C. – Deputies are searching for a teenager accused of robbing a 9-year-old’s lemonade stand at gunpoint in a North Carolina neighborhood.

The Union County Sheriff’s Office told WSOC Sunday that the stickup happened near a traffic roundabout in Monroe.

Deputies say the young drink vendor reported that a male teenager with a camouflage hat and black shirt placed a black handgun to the boy’s stomach Saturday, demanded money and then fled on foot.

Sheriff’s spokesman Tony Underwood said less than $20 in cash was stolen.

Authorities found a camouflage hat, a black BB handgun and a stolen metal tin in some nearby woods. Deputies believe the suspect left a bicycle in the brush for his getaway and walked to the lemonade stand.

Pages