Rattlesnake and radioactive uranium found during Oklahoma traffic stop

GUTHRIE, Okla. - Two people were arrested in Oklahoma after police stopped a stolen car and found a rattlesnake, radioactive uranium, and an open bottle of Kentucky Deluxe, according to KFOR.

Stephen Jennings is charged with possession of a stolen vehicle, transporting an open container of liquor, operating a vehicle with a suspended license, and failure to carry security verification form. Rachael Rivera is charged with possession of a firearm after a former felony conviction.

The traffic stop was made at 11 a.m. in a Guthrie neighborhood because the tag was expired. Jennings was in the driver's seat and Rivera was in the passenger seat. Police said a Timber rattlesnake inside a terrarium was in the backseat.

While Jennings was informing officers he had a gun in the console, police learned the vehicle had been reported stolen.

"So now he's got a rattlesnake, a stolen vehicle, firearm, and somebody under arrest," said Guthrie Police Sgt. Anthony Gibbs.

Police also found an open bottle of Kentucky Deluxe next to the gun. During a search of the vehicle, officers found a canister of radioactive powdered uranium.

"When that happens of course, we call in a company that deals with that specifically and it's taken safely into possession," Sgt. Gibbs said. "The uranium is the wild card in that situation."

Police are still working to determine why the suspects had uranium in the vehicle. Officers also said there were no charges related to the rattlesnake.

"It happens to be rattlesnake season at the time, so he can be in possession of this rattlesnake because he has a valid lifetime hunting and fishing license," Sgt. Gibbs said.

JDC Shot of the Day: Luke Chandler

SILVIS, Illinois -- The "Shot of the Day" during the Pro-Am comes from Kelly Kraft's group.

Luke Chandler, who is John Deere's chief economist, was looking like a pro on Hole 8.   His second shot landed just four feet from the cup, and knocked it in for a birdie.

TPC Deere Run, Home of the John Deere Classic, Celebrates 20 Years in 2019

The John Deere Classic is played on one of the greatest public golf courses in the United States right here in the Quad Cities and it all started 20 years ago.

On Thursday, July 11th during Good Morning Quad Cities, Past JDC Chair - Doug Hultquist - joined News 8's Angie Sharp and Storm Track 8 Meteorologist Eric Sorensen to talk about how TPC Deere Run was born back in the 1990s.

"Many thanks goes to John Deere," he said. "Then, the Hewitt Family - called the Rock River Trust - owned this property called Friendship Farm and they decided this was going to be a great place to put a TPC (Tournament Players Club) golf course that could host the tournament."

Professional Golfer D.A. Weibring, who grew up in Quincy, Illinois, designed the course in 1997, with a ground-breaking on April 2, 1997:

"D.A. didn't want to do it on April 1st, because he wasn't sure if people would think we was serious!" explained Hultquist.

He added that it's very rare to have this world-class course in our area:

"D.A. did a great job of taking advantage of the Rock River at a number of areas," he described. "The course is also very fair. Two of D.A.'s 'stakes in the ground,' if you will, were that when you looked at your next shot there weren't any hidden hazards. There wasn't a creek or a pond or a sand trap that you couldn't see. He didn't think that was fair. Then, so that players of all levels could play this golf course, he always believed there would be a bail-out area - so you didn't have to carry 200 yards over the water. There's another route you could take, so that beginners and newer players could come out and have a nice time."

That's still the case in 2019. While TPC Deere Run hosts PGA Tour Pros every July, the course is open to the public the entire year so that you can experience the magic that happens here as well.


Quad Cities Music Guild “Sister Act” Sweepstakes – Official Rules

Quad Cities Music Guild “Sister Act” Sweepstakes

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Live Blog: Teen accused of trying to open fire at North Scott Jr. High on trial

DAVENPORT, Iowa — A now 13-year-old boy is standing trial, charged with attempted murder after police say he tried firing a loaded gun at North Scott Junior High School.

The incident happened back in August of 2018.  Previous reports indicate that Luke Andrew pointed a .22 caliber gun at a teacher and pulled the trigger.

The gun didn’t go off because Andrews forgot to take the safety off, according to arrest affidavits.

A jury was selected on Wednesday, July 10 and trial began Thursday morning.

Follow along as Ryan Jenkins live tweets from the courtroom.

Who’s the Best Dressed at the John Deere Classic?

There’s another kind of competition taking place at TPC Deere Run this week.

JDC Tournament Director Clair Peterson and JDC Assistant Tournament Director Andrew Lehman are in a heated battle over who is the best dressed.

Click the video above to hear why each say they’re the winner and then submit your vote below!

Take Our Poll

Former NFL star Albert Haynesworth says he’s in dire need of a kidney

Former NFL defensive tackle Albert Haynesworth has put out a message for help.

“I’m in dire need of a kidney,” the former NFL All-Pro said Wednesday in an Instagram post that shows him in a hospital bed.

Haynesworth, 38, said he has been battling kidney disease for a few years. His kidneys failed him on Sunday, Haynesworth said in the social media post.

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Well this hard for me to say but my doctors said I should reach out to my family, friends and fans Some of you may know I’ve been battling kidney disease for a few years now the time has come family, friends and fans I’m in dire need of a kidney mine have finally failed me on July 7 2019. It’s hard to believe from being a professional athlete to only 8 season in retirement that my body has taken another major blow. First with the brain aneurism 3 seasons out of the NFL to now my kidneys failing me. But the bright side of this latest ordeal I can ask for help by asking for someone to generously donate a kidney. If you are interested in giving this precious gift please call Vanderbilt at 615-936-0695 and hit option 2. GOD BLESS thank you for your prayers and thanks for sharing this message. #VFL #TITANUP

A post shared by Albert Haynesworth (@haynesworthiii) on Jul 10, 2019 at 4:30pm PDT

“It’s hard to believe from being a professional athlete to only 8 season(s) in retirement that my body has taken another major blow. First with the brain aneurism(sic) 3 seasons out of the NFL to now my kidneys failing me,” he wrote.

Two brain aneurysms in 2014 nearly killed Haynesworth, he revealed in 2016.

Haynesworth played 10 seasons in the NFL, with Tennessee, Washington, New England and Tampa Bay, retiring after the 2011 season. He made it to the Pro Bowl when he was with the Titans, in 2007 and 2008. He also was named a first-team All-Pro in 2007 and 2008. He played in college at the University of Tennessee and was a first-round pick (15th overall) by the Titans in the 2002 NFL draft.

“If you are interested in giving this precious gift please call Vanderbilt at 615-936-0695 and hit option 2,” Haynesworth wrote. “GOD BLESS thank you for your prayers and thanks for sharing this message.”

The Team That Makes the Magic Happen at the JDC Every Year

The John Deere Classic is a well-oiled machine and that is thanks, in part, to the six people who work year-round to make the magic happen every year.

"We start prepping the golf course on our end about five, six weeks out," explained Andrew Lehman, Assistant Tournament Director. "We have folks running around running electrical lines, phone lines, and then our first vendors get in town and it's a seven-week build for them."

The small team in the Stone House also organizes more than 2,000 volunteers, as well as the Birdies for Charity Program, which raised a record-breaking $13,455,351 in 2018 for more than 500 charities across the area.

"We prepare all year for this and tournament week goes so fast for us and you try to stop and take in the little moments and enjoy it, but we've got 156 great tour players here," Lehman explained. "We have the community's support right here in the Quad Cities. It's going to be a great week. We know that our charity numbers are going to be off the charts again and I'm really excited to see our four sponsor exemptions - the young guns who are here."

Lehman is also known for his great fashion sense. In fact, he and Tournament Director Clair Peterson are in a heated competition right now and you can vote in it by clicking here!

Pay it Forward recognizes man who mentors kids in the Quad Cities

DAVENPORT, Iowa-- Matt McDowell is teaching kids how to become leaders, not followers.

"We talk with the kids and especially today it's about growth..it's all about growing when I was coming up you had wonder bread formative years 5-15 that's what we're doing teaching our young people here to grow," said Matt.

McDowell's worked with thousands of Quad City kids over the past thirty years. Volunteering at Friendly House, Family Resources and Camp Excel as well as inspiring others to get involved.

"He doesn't expect any kind of recognition whatsoever I know he works on a limited budget and he makes do with what he can," said Michael Doak. Seeing Matt's generosity gave Doak the idea to give back as well but this time to Matt.

"Mike, thank you for nominating Matt for Pay it Forward at Ascentra Credit Union our motto is listening, caring and doing what's right and Matt's generous spirit towards the youth in this community falls right into line with everything that motto stands for," said Travis Kershaw, with Ascentra Credit Union.  "That's why we at Ascentra are proud to give you $300 so that you can Pay it Forward to him."

While Matt is finishing up a hard day at work at Camp Excel we gave him a heartfelt surprise.

"On behalf of WQAD and Ascentra Credit Union and the whole community, I'd like to present you with $300 from the Pay it Forward program," said Doak.

Matt doesn't do this work to be rewarded he does it for a brighter future.

"The old saying is you know the kids are our future but it's reality they are our future but you know I'm hoping and investing in them now so twenty years from now instead of pushing me in front of traffic, they'll help me across the street," said McDowell. Working to set a good example for the kids he mentors with the help of the people in his corner.

"We need more cheerleaders in our lives so that's why I'm glad I got plenty of cheerleaders," said McDowell.

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, nominate them for the Pay it Forward Contest here.

“Breakfast With…” the volunteers at the John Deere Classic

SILVIS, Illinois – On July 11, WQAD News 8 joined forces with McDonald’s to provide some breakfast for the volunteers at the John Deere Classic.

More than 2,000 volunteers are working from morning until night at TPC Deere Run to make sure the John Deere Classic is a successful tournament.

McDonald’s franchise owner, Kevin Murphy, came out  and joined News Eight’s Madison Conner to explain why he felt he needed to give back to the tournament.

The John Deere Classic might be where magic happens, but it couldn't happen without the thousands of volunteers highlighted meet two of the thousands of volunteers out on the course everyday.

Photos: Out at the John Deere Classic

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SILVIS, Illinois — The John Deere Classic tee’d off its 2019 tournament on Wednesday, July 10 with a Pro-Am Round.

Rounds 1, 2, 3, and 4 span from Thursday, July 11 through Sunday July 14.

Defending Champion Michael Kim is back and playing the first round with fellow former champs Zach Johnson and Brian Harman.

Will you be out at the course? Share your photos with us!

Day Trippin: One man’s dedication creates a masterpiece for generations

DICKEYVILLE, WISCONSIN  -- Typically construction requires bricks and steel, but not for this monument. It's not too far from the Quad Cities, just a quick trip up North to Dickeyville, Wisconsin.

"It was unexpected," Nick Mataragas said as he passed through Dickeyville on his road trip. "When you see something unexpected, you kind of have to stop and look." It's an odd and colorful structure that catches the eyes of drivers. "It's so different, Mataragas said. "It's not something you'd expect. It catches you off guard. I just started walking around and it's amazing all the different rocks and minerals and shells." It's not your typical building. It's a hidden gem, made out of gems. "It's got stones from all over," Grotto manager Tammy Kunkel said. "There's pieces of glass, rocks, stalagmites, and stalactites." The structure is a shrine to Catholicism. It's a grotto built more than 90 years ago, out of pieces of the Earth. "You just don't see this stuff everywhere," Kunkle said. "Especially not in the little town of Dickeyville."    In 1925, german native, Father Matthias Wernerus began building what is now an historic work of art. "This was all someone's vision and they used their hands to make it happen," Kunkle said. There are seven different shrines, all with touches of Dickeyville families scattered throughout.  "A lot of the locals were involved with this," Kunkle said. "You will see broken dishes or whole dishes or tea cups." Those dishes and tea cups came from the Dickeyville locals who wanted to add pieces of their family into the grotto. "It's just unique with all the stones and the way they put it together," passerby John Wohlwned said. "I mean it's just unique." The grotto is rumored to be protecting the town from storms and dangers. "I always joke that a tornado missed us because of the grotto," Kunkle said. "A lot of people believe that it's protecting us. It's very sound."   The Grotto is still standing, generations later. It is okay to touch the grotto, but rocks and pieces will fall off due to aging. "It is beautiful," Kunkle said. "It's quit a work of art really. The patience alone that goes into stacking stones and little pieces of glass like this." The grotto pays tribute to more than just religious history, but also acknowledges American history. There are symbols and statues like The Liberty Bell throughout the grounds. "You could spend a long time here and still see new things and be amazed," Kunkle said. After five years of construction, Father Wernerus died. His vision for the grotto was incomplete. "I think that he wanted to carry on the legacy," Kunkle said. Two more shrines were constructed and finished by fellow fathers and the town of Dickeyville. "It kind of shows you how important this was to everyone involved, that they wanted to see it completed," Kunkle said.   "It's almost like a massive mosaic," Mataragas said. "It's not traditionally pretty. It's pretty because of all the thought and work that's put into it." The grotto offers guided tours seven days a week.

Great-grandmother says California boy who died suspiciously begged not to be reunited with birth parents

PALMDALE, Calif. – The great-grandmother of a Southern California boy who died under suspicious circumstances last week said Wednesday that she cared for the child for years between stints in foster care, and he had begged not to be returned to his parents.

Noah Cuatro, 4, was in his birth parents' care when he died last Saturday. The parents took him to a hospital after they say he drowned in a pool at their Palmdale apartment complex, but investigators say medical staff found trauma on the boy's body that was inconsistent with drowning.

Noah Cuatro is seen in an undated photo provided to KTLA by his grandmother, Eva Hernandez.

Eva Hernandez, the child's great-grandmother, told KTLA Noah was first taken from his mother at birth. After that, he was in and out of foster care until he was put in Hernandez's custody at 3 months old, she said.

The courts decided Noah should be returned to his parents at 9 months old, but he was again removed from their home about a year after that because of neglect and malnutrition, according to Hernandez.

After being placed in a foster or group home, Noah was eventually returned to Hernandez. He lived with her for more than two years in what she describes as very stable conditions.

But last November, the boy was again returned to his mother and father — despite his own protests, Hernandez said.

“I told the social workers, ‘Please, he doesn’t want to leave. He wants to stay here. He begged me,’ Hernandez told KTLA. “He would hold on to me and say, ‘Don’t send me back, grandma.’ I don’t know. I couldn’t do anything. I just had to send him back.”

After that, Noah's mother allegedly wouldn't let his great-grandmother see him until 3 months ago, when Hernandez says she saw the child for the last time.

“He was not the same little boy anymore," Hernandez said. "He looked so sad and withdrawn.”

Hernandez said she got the sense that Noah wanted to tell her something was wrong but was unable to.

“He didn’t have the chance. She was just looking at him, and he wouldn’t say anything,” Hernandez said of the mother. “He would say, ‘Grandma,’ then he would just shut down. I kept saying, ‘What’s wrong? Tell me baby,’ and he wouldn’t say it.”

Noah has an older brother who was also in an out of foster care, according to Hernandez.

Investigators say three children were removed from the home after the 4-year-old's death and placed into protective custody.

Noah Cuatro is seen in an undated photo posted to a GoFundMe page.

Hernandez claims she got a tip from other relatives that Noah was being mistreated after she last saw the boy 3 months ago.

The great-grandmother says that prompted her to file a complaint with the county's Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS), asking social workers to make an unannounced visit to the home. But when the agency called her back, they allegedly said they let the mother know they were coming and reported that everything was OK in the home.

In a statement released Wednesday, DCFS Director Bobby Cagle said the department is unable to provide any information on the case due to privacy restrictions.

"We join with the community in expressing our deep sadness over the tragic death of this child," Cagle said.

Noah's parents told authorities he drowned last Friday in the pool at their complex on the 1200 block of Avenue S before they took him to a Los Angeles-area hospital, where he was pronounced dead around 8 a.m. the next morning, according to the L.A. County Sheriff's Department.

But other relatives say the pool area at the building is locked, and Noah would have been too small to gain access on his own, according to Hernandez.

Detectives have not described the injuries found on Noah's body, other than to say they don't appear to be drowning-related.

The boy's parents have been questioned, but as of Wednesday afternoon neither had been arrested.

L.A. County Supervisor Kathryn Barger said Tuesday that reuniting a child with his or her birth parents is always the ultimate goal of DCFS intervention.

“When you look at what the county’s role is, family reunification is first and foremost,” she said.

Sheriff's investigators said Tuesday that they were still working to obtain Noah's case history.

Noah's is the third high-profile case involving an Antelope Valley boy who died in the home he had been placed in by DCFS, following Gabriel Fernandez and Anthony Avalos.

Avalos' mother and boyfriend are facing capital murder charges in the Lancaster boy's death, while Fernandez's mother received a lifetime prison sentence and her boyfriend was sentenced to death after a jury found they tortured and killed the boy.

The department is also facing a lawsuit from the family of a 2-year-old Westchester boy who was allegedly killed by his mother's boyfriend after relatives say social workers ignored evidence he was being abused. Josafat Bonifacio, 27, has been charged with murder in Damien Ventura's death.

Barger says county officials alone can't be answerable for the welfare of children in their care and the community must share in that responsibility, saying "Change happens from the bottom up."

‘God is what saved me’: Stray bullet shears off strands of driver’s hair, pinning them to headrest

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – A bullet narrowly missed a driver and her son as a gunman opened fire in a Sacramento-area neighborhood Tuesday night.

Sam Avila and her 3-year-old son, Logan, were driving along Greenback Lane in the area of Sunrise Mall in Citrus Heights when a gunman shooting toward businesses.

“That's when I heard like, pop, pop, pop and then just my windshield exploded,” Avila told KTXL.

Avila parked her vehicle and immediately looked down to see if she was hit. She wasn't.

"My second reaction was to turn my head and check on my son,” she said. "I didn't know what I was going to look back at because he was sitting directly behind me.”

Her toddler was a bit stunned but alright and concerned about his mother.

“He was fine,” Avila explained. “He is such a champion. He was even telling me, ‘Relax mommy.’”

It's when she turned back to see her son that she took notice of just how close a bullet got to hitting her in the head.

“I noticed hair, like, sticking out of my seat," she said. “And I seen the bullet hole."

The bullet narrowly missed her head but ripped some hair from her scalp, pinning it to her headrest.

Suddenly, she felt the pain on her arm and forehead from the shards of glass that hit her.

"It still burns. It's actually right here and it's warm to the touch," Avila said.

Police still don't know exactly what the gunman's motive was.

Although they haven't identified him publicly yet, they say they are familiar with him from a previous incident.

As for Avila, she said she's just grateful knowing the outcome could have been very different.

“I feel like God is what saved me," she said. "I don't know how it missed (my son) but thank God it did.”

Video shows girl licking tongue depressor, putting it back at Florida doctor’s office

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — A video posted to Facebook Tuesday appears to show a girl licking a tongue depressor before placing it back in a jar with the others at a Jacksonville, Florida area doctor’s office.

The video was originally recorded on Snapchat by the girl’s mother, according to WFOX.  The mother said it was supposed to stay among friends, but someone shared it publicly on Facebook. She said she’s now receiving death threats and regrets the incident, saying she “wasn’t thinking.”

The clip begins with a hand touching the inside of the canister holding the tongue depressors, twirling its fingers against multiple depressors.

Another hand is then seen removing one depressor from the container.  Then a girl is shown licking the entirety of the depressor before reinserting it into the container.

A banner on the video reportedly read “Don’t tell me how to live my life.”

Meanwhile, a piece of paper above the canister reads “Please do not touch medical supplies! Thank you.”

Another portion of the video shows three other children in the office with the caption, “When you are running late af this is how I’m gonna let my kids act,” WFOX reports.

The local news station decided not to identify the doctor’s office, but officials said they have thrown away the tongue depressors and re-sanitized the facility. The office are performing an internal investigation and have requested that law enforcement get involved as well.

‘They took away my little girl’: New York woman dies in Dominican Republic after cosmetic surgery

YONKERS, N.Y. — A heartbroken mother wants justice for her daughter, who died after undergoing cosmetic surgery in the Dominican Republic.

Alexandra Medina died after a cosmetic surgery procedure in the Dominican Republic.

Alexandra Medina, a 33-year-old New Rochelle mom, saved money for years to have liposuction in the country, where it costs much less than it would in the US. Over the objections of her mother, she went to a clinic where two patients has already died. The clinic where those patients and Medina had procedures has been shut down since Medina's death last week.

"She was beautiful and they killed her," mom Connie Toro said. "They took away my little girl."

Medina had concerns after she arrived and called her mom. Toro said there were a number of red flags: the clinic was dirty; Medina had to pay the surgeon right there and they wheeled her in at 8:30 p.m.

Dr. Felix Almanzar, a plastic surgeon, was supposed to perform the procedure. Medina's sister, Maxine David, says he didn't do the tummy tuck himself.

"He handed it off to an obstetrician, someone who is not a board-certified plastic surgeon," David said.

The death certificate lists Medina's cause of death as an embolism.

"How am I to believe that that was actually the cause of death and that she stopped breathing. It could be he punctured her lung," Toro said.

Her anguished mother said she hasn't come to terms with her grief.

"First it was shock, disbelief, The it was crying continuous, then it was becoming sporadic and now it's anger," she said. "I'm going to hold onto this until they get these people."

Toro has been in touch with Dominican authorities. She said the FBI is also investigating.

"I want my daughter's monsters to pay because they lured her in."

Drivers urged to return $175K that fell out of armored truck on Atlanta interstate

ATLANTA – An armored truck's door sprang open on Interstate 285 on the north side of Atlanta on Tuesday night, spilling cash across the highway.

While the truck was making it rain, drivers pulled over to join in a literal cash grab.

The armored truck company estimated the unintended gift at $175,000, according to the Dunwoody Police Department.

Those driving past got out their phones and shot video of cars and trucks pulling over, with people jumping out to try to scoop up bills blowing in the wind.

About 8 p.m., police responded to 911 calls that more than 15 vehicles had stopped on the busy interstate to pick up money that had fallen off an armored vehicle.

"The armored car crew said the side door came open while they were driving and money spilled out onto 285," Dunwoody Police said in a statement. "Officers and the truck crew gathered a few hundred dollars that was still there when officers arrived, but plenty was taken."

It's a crime to hold on to cash from the truck

The exuberant videos that people posted as the cash danced in the air are now doubling as evidence. Police are checking social media video to find the drivers with sticky fingers.

"We have plenty of social media video, some of which seems to have tag numbers, to follow up on, but we really want people to come in, turn in the money and go on about their life without worrying about when the police are coming to find them," said Sgt. Robert Parsons, a spokesman for the Dunwoody Police Department.

He noted that one man turned in $2,100, and another handed over $500 that he picked up on the highway.

"If the money is turned in, we will not criminally charge those who do the right thing," Parsons said.

For those who picked up cash and kept it for themselves, charges could include theft of lost or mislaid property and could be a felony or misdemeanor, depending on the amount.

Shooting outside Moline Hy-Vee, here’s what we know

MOLINE, Illinois- Police got a call for shots fired late Wednesday, July 10 outside the Hy-Vee location near John Deere Road.

According to our team at the scene, one vehicle had bullet holes.

As far as police know no one was hurt.

The suspect’s vehicle fled the scene and then fled from police.

Police caught up and two suspects are in custody.


22 year old Tyler Walker from Milan, Illinois has been arrested, following a shots fired call and chase with police.

In a press release, Moline Police say at approximately 7:54 p.m. on Wednesday, July 10, officers responded to a report of shots fired in the area of the Moline Hy-Vee, located off John Deere Road.

Several callers advised dispatchers they witnessed the occupants of one car, shooting at another, along with giving a vehicle description and direction of travel of the suspect vehicle.

Within 4 minutes of the first 911 call, Moline Police located the suspect vehicle traveling along the Milan Beltway. The officer attempted to initiate a traffic stop, but the suspect’s vehicle took off at a high rated speed, leading to a chase.

The suspect vehicle failed to maintain control as it entered on to the ramp for westbound Interstate 280, from Route 92, going off the road and into a field. The occupants took off on foot, but were later captured.

Walker has been charged with Aggravated Discharge of a Firearm, Felon in Possession of a Firearm, and Aggravated Fleeing/Eluding a Peace Officer.

A 14 year old juvenile was also detained, but at this time is not being charged with anything.

The victim vehicle had been struck by several shots, but no injuries were reported to the occupants of that vehicle.

Detectives will review the case tomorrow with the Rock Island County State’s Attorney’s office for formal charges.