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Saturday, May 26th, 2018


Cyclists pedal through Snake Alley Criterium

The Snake Alley Criterium challenged cyclists to a grueling hill climb cyclists say is unlike any course in the country.

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-Illinois Boys State Track -Bettendorf soccer bests PV -Assumption punches ticket to State -Central DeWitt sees season come to an end -Rockridge Softball earns Sectional title -Rock Island Softball wins Regional title -Hall ends Alleman's season -Rock Island baseball falls in Regional title…

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One dead in Whiteside County rollover crash

One person is dead after a rollover crash in Whiteside County.

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Morrison woman killed in rollover car accident

WHITESIDE COUNTY, Illinois– One woman is dead after a one vehicle rollover accident in Whiteside County, Illinois. The Whiteside County Sheriff’s office says they responded to an accident in the area of Mason and Henry roads just after 5 p.m. on Friday, May 25, 2018.  They say 24-year-old Adariana Willis from Morrison was driving west bound on Mason road in a Toyota 4Runner when she left the roadway and over-corrected causing the car to rollover. Willis was ejected from the car and pronounced dead on scene. The crash remains under investigation. Deputies with Whiteside County were…


One woman dead after crash in Whiteside County

Police say 24 year-old Adariana Willis of Morrision died on scene.

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More Evacuations Ordered on Hawaii’s Big Island as Volcano Activity Intensifies

HAWAII  —  Firefighters went door-to-door urging some residents of Leilani Estates on Hawaii’s Big Island to leave as lava from the Kilauea volcano continued to flow, threatening more homes. “Any residents remaining in the current affected areas should evacuate now,” said an emergency message from the Hawaii County Civil Defense. Thick waves of fresh lava from fissure 22 and 7 — which officials say are producing the largest amount of lava — are blazing down a mound of volcanic rock. “It’s just a matter of time,” resident Steve Gebbie say…

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Whitewater Junction opens for the summer

When Whitewater Junction opened its gate Saturday morning, kids filled the pool faster than the temperature passed the 90 degree mark.  "We've been preparing for this for a long time and finally the day is here and people are coming in swimming," said Whitewater Junction manager Ryan Ballard. "It's exciting."But there are some new rules to follow. You can't bring your own blow up floatation devices from home anymore. "Only Coast Guard-approved personal floatation devices are allowed," Ballard said.They are also using a wristband system to mark kids' height. Also new this year, if you are t…


Boots on the Ground addresses juvenile crime in city

Community members from the organization Boots on the Ground met today to discuss juvenile crime in Davenport.

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Rollover crash kills Morrison woman

A Morrison woman died Friday as a result of a rollover crash that evening in the area of Mason and Henry Roads in Whiteside County.

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For some, Hero Street remembrance really hits home

SILVIS — For at least three people in the audience at the two separate Hero Street Memorial Day events Saturday, the men they were honoring hit very close to home.

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Record breaking highs are possible this weekend

So far, it has been a toasty weekend! This muggy air will be sticking around tonight, and temperatures will only fall into the upper 60s. The sky will remain quiet and clear. Another big warm up is in store for Sunday and Memorial Day. Actual temperatures will climb into the mid 90s, but the humidity will make it feel more like the upper 90s. We could set or break record highs for both days. The record high for May 27th is 94, and the record high for May 28th is 95. There won’t be much of a chance to escape the heat with lots of sunshine and only a slight breeze. While there is the chanc…

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Q-C Times 'Big Story': Tunnels Of The Quad Cities

For this weekend's "Big Story" in the Quad-City Times , reporter Barb Ickes shares what she saw while touring tunnels beneath a number of area schools.

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Soldier Surprises Son at High School Graduation

ELKMONT, Ala. - A soldier flew home so he could surprise his son on stage during  the Alabama senior's high school graduation Thursday, according to WHNT. "I haven't seen my son in a year," U.S. Army Staff Sergeant Nate Owen said. "I missed his birth while I was at basic training 18 years ago by 12 hours. So, I didn't want to miss this." Owen said he was counting the days before he could get back for the ceremony. As the seniors donned their red and black and filed into Elkmont High School's gymnasium, Nate Jr. had no idea his dad was in the building. "Mum was the word, we couldn't say anyt…

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Florida customers asking for $5 million from McDonald's over Quarter Pounder

     Two people in Florida accuse McDonald's of forcing them to pay for a Quarter Pounder with cheese even though they order the sandwiches without it.      They accuse the restaurant of overcharging customers for burgers without the cheese and are asking for $5 million.   …

WQAD.com LogoA 6th Grade Teacher Wrote ‘Invite Me to Your Harvard Graduation!’ — 21 Years Later, the Student Did Just That

A 6th Grade Teacher Wrote ‘Invite Me to Your Harvard Graduation!’ — 21 Years Later, the Student Did Just That

Judith Toensing didn’t just teach her students, she inspired them. A sixth-grade teacher from Yuma, Arizona, Toensing made a strong impact on one of her students 21 years ago. At the end of the school year in 1997, Mrs. Toensing, wrote a note on the student’s report card: “It has been a joy to have you in class. Keep up the good work! Invite me to your Harvard graduation!.” This week, the student, Christin Gilmer graduated from Harvard as a doctor of public health. Gilmer who is now 33, was only 12 at the time, but she kept the message all these years. “It meant a…

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Social media petition asking to ditch NFL over anthem protest

     Fans are going to social media to express their thoughts on the NFL's new policy on kneeling during the national anthem. And now they're demanding some corporate sponsors cut ties with the league.

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Pregnant cat has priceless reaction

     A cat gets an ultrasound and finds out she's pregnant. And her reaction is breaking the internet. …

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Honoring America's veterans at Arlington this Memorial Day

     An American flag now decorates every one of the 243,000 gravesites at Arlington National Cemetery.  …

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Investigators hope 22-year Moline cold case gets solved

     A cold case resurfaces in Moline with hopes of bringing out a lead that solves the mystery. It's now been almost 22 years since Trudy Appleby disappeared.  …


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Gas prices climbing, how high will they go?

     Gas prices are climbing going into the summer driving season. An analyst at GasBuddy says you could see $3 a gallon on average by Memorial Day. At least 17 states are already there.

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How hot until cars become deadly in summer?

    It's well-known that a car parked outside on a hot summer day can turn into a scorching oven. But how fast does it take to heat up to deadly temperatures?…

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Illinois lawmakers moving forward with reinstating death penalty

     Illinois state lawmakers are moving forward with plans to reinstate the death penalty. The state put a stop to the practice seven years ago after research ranked Illinois second in wrongful executions.  …

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Beach Boys to play Taxslayer Center in August

MOLINE - You can catch the Beach Boys in the Quad Cities this summer. The band will play at the Taxslayer Center August 26th.

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Boating tips to keep safe on Memorial Day weekend

     People will be on the river this Memorial Day weekend. Whether you're boating or swimming, officials at the DNR are urging people to be safe. They said you need to remember your depth perception can be different in the water.     They also say don't forget your life jackets. It's important life jackets are the right size and they have the U.S. Coast Guard stamp of approval.

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Moms upset over Davenport's special needs program

DAVENPORT - It's been a month since Iowa's Education Department released its audit report critical of Davenport Schools' Special Education Program. Many parents are saying they're not seeing progress. Here are some of those federal violations the state found in April.      It found most educational placement changes for special education students were made without meeting with parents.      Auditors also concluded three-quarters of behavior assessments weren't done properly. And they determined students of color were more likely to be identified for special education, expelled, sus…

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One woman dead after fatal rollover in Whiteside County

     A 24-year-old woman is dead after her vehicle rolled over on Friday night. Whiteside County deputies responded to the area of Mason and Henry roads around 5 p.m. The victim has been named as Adariana A. Willis of Morrison. She was traveling westbound on Mason Rd. when she left the road and overcorrected, causing her SUV to rollover.     She was pronounced dead on the scene. The crash is still under investigation. …

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DCFS case reporting bill passes Illinois House after Pam Knight beating

     In response to the death of Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) investigative caseworker Pam Knight, who was severely beaten while doing her job, Rep. Mike Halpin, D-Rock Island, passed legislation Friday to improve DCFS case reporting aimed at reducing risk of injury.     “The death of Pam Knight, and other incidents of violence, have caused extreme concern for many caseworkers throughout Illinois,” Halpin said. “We have a responsibility to respond with action that will ensure that these workers, who are tasked with investigating serious cases every day, can per…

Quad-City Times LogoReady, set, cast: Share your 'Best Fish' photos this summer

Ready, set, cast: Share your 'Best Fish' photos this summer

After reeling in a big fish, it's basically second nature for anglers to snap a photo of their catch and share it on social media.


Maddie Poppe to perform at Market After Dark in Cedar Rapids

Our sister station, KCRG, announced the news before Poppe went on to win the contest.


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Fire crews battle overnight structure fire

According to the Blackhawk Fire Department, in the past the building has housed various businesses…

WQAD.com LogoHot, hot, hot! The heat is on this Memorial Day Weekend

Hot, hot, hot! The heat is on this Memorial Day Weekend

Mother Nature is bringing on the heat this Memorial Day Weekend! Highs will easily reach the low 90s today, and the humidity will make it feel like the mid to upper 90s. While an isolated shower or storm can’t be ruled out, most will see plenty of sunshine. The sky will remain clear tonight with lows in the upper 60s. Take it easy on Sunday and Memorial Day as highs rebound into the low to mid 90s. It’s imperative to drink plenty of water and wear loose, light colored clothing with the heat index in the upper 90s. The sunshine will stick around. We’ll drop a few degrees by Tu…

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Religion briefs

St. Peter's invites vendors for June 9 sale…


East Moline seeing community momentum

EastMomentum – it is a term the East Moline community is starting to coin, as it comes into a new era.

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Cooking with Boetje’s this Memorial Day

Just in time for Memorial Day, Boetje's stopped by our studios to talk about how to use their mustard in some of your favorite summer dishes. Boetje's Mustard is a national-favorite. Beginning in 1889, Fred Boetje began making stoneground Dutch mustard in his garage in Rock Island, Illinois. Using the same recipe today of water, mustard seed, sugar, salt and distilled vinegar, Boetje's tops all mustard sales in the local retail market. It even outsells the big three-French's, Kraft and Plochman-by 7 to 1. In a survey by Illinois Magazine published in its July 2002 issue, Boetje's was voted t…

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Moline grads urged to 'demonstrate integrity'

Moline High School principal Dan McGuire challenged the class of 2018 to "always demonstrate integrity" as they work toward positive change.


UPDATE: Police confirm accident at Cross Creek Apartment Complex

Fire and EMT were dispatched to the Cross Creek Apartment Complex on Friday Night, Units returned at 9:30 pm.


FIRST ALERT DAYS Through the holiday weekend

Combination of heat and humidity will bring a challenging heat wave to the area through the Holiday weekend…

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Police find intellectually disabled woman locked in bedroom

Residents of a Davenport neighborhood are in shock tonight after police say they found a intellectually disabled person locked in her bedroom. Now Davenport police are charging the couple living there with neglecting the woman.Kimberly Williams,47, and her husband Eugene Harris, 56, could get up to 10 years in prison if convicted. Police went to the home for a domestic disturbance Thursday night. Officers say Harris told them Williams kept her adult daughter locked away upstairs. When police unlocked the bedroom, they found a woman sleeping on a mattress, according to the arrest affidavit…

WQAD.com LogoDavenport inches towards goal to build Miracle Field for players with special needs

Davenport inches towards goal to build Miracle Field for players with special needs

DAVENPORT, Iowa--  The love for baseball keeps players from the Challenger League moving and for coach Craig Benisch, it is also the promise of what is to come to Prairie Heights Park in Davenport. “It is exciting to be able to look at what we are looking at today and know a year from now we will be playing baseball here,” says Benisch. A home field for players with special needs. Right now, the city of Davenport is working to raise almost one million dollars to build a Miracle Field. The field is about half the size of a standard baseball field, with softer turf and a completely even su…

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Muddy run for some tough cookies

     It's warm these days and a lot more things are happening outside. There are a lot of races on the schedule. One challenging and fun race to help girls is a week away.  …


Memorial Weekend visitors to Starved Rock State Park should expect heavy traffic

Visitors planning a trip to Starved Rock State Park are advised to expect travel delays and are encouraged to consider alternate routes to avoid congestion at the Illinois Rt. 178 bridge project.


New Bicycles for Rent at downtown visitor centers

New bicycles have arrived for the start of the season for bike rentals, at downtown visitor centers in Davenport, Moline, and Rock Island.


Campers get prepared for Memorial Day weekend at Scott County Park

Campers talk to reporter Austin Hansen about the activities they do at the Scott County Park, what they look forward to over the Memorial Day weekend, and how they are preparing for bugs.

Quad-City Times LogoIraq War vet remembers Tipton's Sgt. Sissel: 'The all-American kid'

Iraq War vet remembers Tipton's Sgt. Sissel: 'The all-American kid'

War creates harsh, unforgiving moments, and Spc. Miyoko Hikiji knew that going to the Middle East. But it did not hit home for her until the day after Thanksgiving in 2003.

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Eastern Iowa town mourns loss of Iraq War veteran

TIPTON, Iowa — War creates harsh, unforgiving moments, and Spc. Miyoko Hikiji knew that going to the Middle East. But it did not hit home for her until the day after Thanksgiving in 2003.

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EM salutes police officer who died in 1969

East Moline Police Chief John Reynolds wasn't born when the city's only police fatality happened.

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EasMomentum rally includes mural unveiling

Male and female representatives of each military branch stand in front of an American flag under a heading of "In Honor of Those Who Served" in a vinyl graphic unveiled Friday night.

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First Female Commodore of the Lindsay Park Yacht Club

The Lindsay Park Yacht Club has elected the first female Commodore in its history.Christy Ellenberg joins Local 4 News to share her vision for the future, and how the club is for more than just people with boats. It's an opportunity for people to socialize and enjoy all that the Mississippi River has to offer.To find out more about what's coming up for LPYC, click here.

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Galva dog breeder responds to recent criticism

A Galva man is responding to criticism after a recent Facebook Post sparked an investigation into his property on Thursday. Dina Crawford first spoke with Local 4 News on Thursday after her post went viral, being shared over 5,000 times in less than 24 hours. Crawford says her daughter accepted a job as a "puppy caregiver" but left in tears after her first day because she says she witnessed animal neglect, abuse and poor living conditions. Now Crawford says she won't stop until the dogs are safe.But on Friday afternoon the dog breeder, Ron Bombliss, responded to the uproar online, saying th…

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Threat prompts stronger security for Geneseo High graduation

  Another school makes changes after targeted by a threat before graduation. The Geneseo School District and Police Department said they're taking steps to ensure the safety of students and guests.Police said they learned of a threat last Friday, May 18.They said the threat of violence came from a student and said something could happen on Sunday, May 27 high school graduation. Geneseo Police said they'll be out in force before, during and after the ceremony.The Geneseo School Resource Officer, Tim Wise, said the police usually have a presence at the ceremony or sporting and other large…

WQAD.com LogoYOUR HEALTH: Keeping Zika from infecting the womb

YOUR HEALTH: Keeping Zika from infecting the womb

SAN DIEGO, California – Professor Alysson Muotri never thought he'd find a potential cure for Zika in his stem cell lab at the University of California San Diego. He started searching for a virus like Zika and he found one in early 2016. "When we aligned the genome or the genetic material from the Hepatitis C virus and the Zika virus, we noticed that they are from the same family and they share a region that is very similar between these two," explained Professor Muotri. It's the region the viruses use to replicate. Muotri tested the Hepatitis C drug Sofosbuvir on brain stem cell models he …


Steps to take after the #QCBigTable

Quad Cities Big Table conversations were filled with inspiration, challenges, innovation, and encouragement and the survey results are currently being analyzed.

WQAD.com LogoRenters return to burned Milan storage unit to see the damage

Renters return to burned Milan storage unit to see the damage

Missing Attachment Missing Attachment Missing Attachment Missing Attachment Missing Attachment Missing Attachment Missing Attachment Missing Attachment Missing Attachment MILAN, Illinois — The day after a storage facility burned to the ground, people came to assess the damage and see what’s left. Among the charred debris at Oak Grove Storage was farming equipment like tractors, a vehicle, and other personal belongings in totes.  The facility held about 30 units divided into about 16 rentable spaces. One woman said she owned multiple units at the facility.  She told WQAD News 8 …


DNR patrols rivers, advocates safety for Memorial Day Weekend

DNR will be patrolling the waterways all weekend checking boaters to make sure they're enjoying the unofficial kickoff to summer safely.

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East Moline police remember fallen officer

EAST MOLINE, Illinois—The East Moline Police Department honored one of its own Friday nearly 50 years later. On this day in 1969, Officer Richard Morton was called to an East Moline neighborhood. He was confronted by a man shooting a BB gun at children. The man pulled out a revolver, shot and killed Officer Morton. At a memorial service in Morton’s honor, Capt. Thomas Reagan said police have a dangerous job and it’s important to remember those who have lost their lives. “We have thousands and thousands of service personnel who are also killed for our country,” he said. “So, it’s…

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MHS grads challenged to 'always demonstrate integrity'

MOLINE — Moline High School principal Dan McGuire challenged the class of 2018 to “always demonstrate integrity” as they work toward positive change.

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Pools open in time for long weekend

ROCK ISLAND, Illinois— Area pools have been planning for a busy holiday weekend. Temperatures continue to climb upwards, and pools are opening just in time. Whitewater Junction Aquatic Center in Rock Island opens Saturday, May 26 at 10 a.m. It’ll be open on Memorial Day from 10 a.m.- 6 p.m. As the summer weather sets in, Whitewater Junction staff says to be extra careful outside. “Make sure you drink plenty of water either way,” pool manager Ryan Ballard said. “Stay in the air conditioning when you can. If you do come to the pool, we have a lot of shaded areas that you can relax und…


Neighbors react to Davenport couple arrested after keeping daughter locked in a room for a year

Two adults from Davenport are in jail after police say they were neglecting an adult woman with intellectual disabilities.

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Gun club banned from advertising on Facebook

Davenport Guns and Shooting Club is firing back after they say social media giant Facebook banned them from advertising. The shooting club said they have tried to post information about self-defense classes and education about firearms to their Facebook page and each time they get denied. They said Facebook has also reduced the amount of people who see their posts. "Facebook has denied a boosted post in support of our troops oversees, in support of liberty safes, to keep guns secured and they've denied the refuse to be a victim class teaching women mostly how to stay safe," said Jeanelle West…

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Swimming pools begin to open for summer

With plenty of summer heat forecast for the Memorial Day weekend, many people’s thoughts will turn to cooling off in a pool.

OurQuadCities.com LogoPolice: Speed 'a major factor' in motorcycle-SUV crash

Police: Speed 'a major factor' in motorcycle-SUV crash

Police say speed was a major factor in a motorcycle-SUV crash that left one person with life-threatening injuries Friday.Davenport Police, Davenport Fire, and Medic EMS responded around 10:54 a.m. to the crash at the intersection of Rockingham Road and Pine Street.The SUV was eastbound on Rockingham and turning north onto Pine Street and the motorcycle was driving west on Rockingham Road. The driver of the motorcycle was transported to Genesis East and was later airlifted to Iowa City with life-threatening injuries.According to police, witness interviews and physical evidence indicate that spe…


First female commodore elected to historic Davenport boat club

Christy Ellenberg will oversee a board of nine members, three of which are also women.

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Science teacher who tackled school shooter identified by students, parents

NOBLESVILLE, Ind. – The teacher who tackled a shooter at Noblesville West Middle School and swatted the gun away was identified by numerous parents and students as  seventh grade science teacher and middle school football coach Jason Seaman, according to WXIN. Photo of science teacher Jason Seaman from his LinkedIn page A seventh grader who was in the classroom where the shooting took place told WXIN the students were in class when the suspect asked to be excused. He later returned with two handguns and opened fire. Students said a 13-year-old girl was hit. That’s when Seaman bravely t…

WVIK LogoArsenal Island's Memorial Day Will Include Confederate Ceremony

Arsenal Island's Memorial Day Will Include Confederate Ceremony

Confederate soldiers buried on Arsenal Island will be honored on Memorial Day. Every year after the National Cemetery ceremony, the Sons of Confederate Veterans hold a service at the smaller Confederate cemetery located just down the road.

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World Oceans Day prep at the Niabi Zoo

COAL VALLEY, Illinois--  The Niabi Zoo is getting ready for World Oceans Day on June 9th. Last year the zoo debuted a new aquarium. This year's plans are still being organized, but zoo officials hope to remind the community of the importance of keeping the oceans clean. "On our planet oceans mean life," said zoo director Lee Jackson. "Without healthy oceans you don't have healthy humans." Jackson believes it's critical to pick a day to stop and remember what oceans do for us and what we do to oceans. "We create worldwide about 300 billion pounds of plastic and about eight billion pounds of t…

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QC bodybuilder talks about savage attack near Northpark Mall

DAVENPORT, Iowa --A Davenport bodybuilder who was beaten and left for dead says he remembers nothing about the attack, but says he is lucky to be alive. Trevor Bennett, 36, was released Wednesday from a hospital in Iowa City, nearly two weeks to the day of the savage attack near NorthPark Mall . "It's a nightmare. To purposely stomp on somebody and crush their windpipe. The doctors told me another millimeter, they probably wouldn't have been able to save me," Bennett said in an interview with WQAD-TV. He still has a metal tube inserted into his trachea to ensure he can breathe properly. That …


Jersey Ridge Rd closed for repairs after semi struck the I80 overpass

The accident caused structural damage to the bridge. The Iowa DOT estimates repairs to the bridge may take 3 to 4 months to complete.

WQAD.com LogoGolf Deals: An island green and a Nicklaus-designed course await at Fyre Lake

Golf Deals: An island green and a Nicklaus-designed course await at Fyre Lake

SHERRARD, Illinois -- It's only 10 minutes south of the Quad Cities, but golf a round at Fyre Lake Golf Club outside Sherrard and you might feel like you are playing a super exclusive championship course somewhere out east. With the only true island green of any public course in the surrounding area, this Nicklaus-designed layout is challenging, but without punishing golfers who aren't long-ball hitters, said course golf and grounds director WIlliam Starcevich. "At 6,500 yards and par 70, you might think you can overpower it, but you can't," he said. "It's about position golf." The course's s…


Judge declines to throw out Manafort charges

President Donald Trump's former campaign chairman, Paul Manafort, was handed a setback Friday as a judge rejected his attempt to throw out some of the criminal charges against him.


Decomposed remains found in Mississippi River at Keokuk

Boaters reported Thursday afternoon that they'd spotted the body near the Keokuk Yacht Club.


Civil rights activists rally outside of NFL headquarters

Civil rights activists gathered outside of NFL headquarters and called on team owners to overturn a new policy aimed at stopping player protests during the national anthem.

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Missing files slow Humane Society audit

KEWANEE, Ill. – Missing documents are preventing an audit of the Kewanee chapter of the Henry County Humane Society.

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Bettendorf population up, remaining Q-C drops

Davenport’s population shrunk a bit in 2017, according to new government estimates, while Bettendorf grew.


Illinois congressman wants jolt of certainty for nuclear power

Representative Adam Kinzinger (R-IL) is pushing for a House floor vote on his bill to boost the nuclear power industry.

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Knox College installs Memorial Day tribute for fallen soldiers

GALESBURG, Illinois - At the Ford Center for Fine Arts at Knox College, it's a roll call of honor. Knox College alumnus Jamie Bjorkman, Class of '57, reads each name. The names comprise "99 Lives: The Gold Star Memorial Project." "Knox College was in the fights," Bjorkman said.  "They were fighting their wars." 99 names represent soldiers from Knox College, who were killed during military service in 20th Century wartime. The exhibit opens at 11 a.m., on Monday, May 28, at the Ford Center.  It free, open to the public and continues through July 9, 2018. "See who they were," said Ben Hosto, 2…

Quad-City Times LogoI-74 work back on track after spring flood delays

I-74 work back on track after spring flood delays

The receding Mississippi River is especially good news for workers on the new Interstate 74 Bridge.

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Memorial Day services

Several events will be held during the Memorial Day weekend in the Quad Cities:…

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Therapy dog helps improve students' reading skills

GENESEO, Ill. – One by one, the third grade readers at Millikin Grade School in Geneseo shared with Dr. Dan Lommell and his therapy dog, Noel, why they loved reading to them.


Boating safety advocates show the latest technology

"A majority of the people that drown are on a beautiful perfect day, no waves and something happens."…


WWII veteran receives long overdue honor

It was a day filled with recognition and joy for one WWII veteran as he was honored for his time spent on the battlefield.


Dangers of DIY sunscreen

Experts warn against do-it-yourself sunscreens, saying store-bought sunscreen is safest for protecting against ultraviolet rays.


Mother-daughter duo is on a mission to stop bullying

Ameka Powell said she was bullied in middle school. Now, she is trying to help other kids going through the same thing.

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Beach Boys coming to Q-C in August

The Beach Boys, with special guests The Boat Drunks, will perform at 7 p.m. Aug. 26 at the TaxSlayer Center in Moline.


Motorcyclist seriously hurt in crash with SUV in Davenport

It happened Friday morning on Rockingham Road and Pine Street.

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Rock Island High School Students Pursue Entrepreneurial Passion

     It's a mission of the Quad Cities Chamber of Commerce to support entrepreneurship and help businesses get started. One example is the Incubatoredu program at Rock Island High School.

WQAD.com LogoCouple accused of keeping disabled daughter in deplorable conditions

Couple accused of keeping disabled daughter in deplorable conditions

DAVENPORT, Iowa — A domestic dispute between a Davenport couple turned into a disturbing investigation of neglect when officers discovered a intellectually disabled woman living in a locked room in squalid conditions earlier this week. Police responded to a home on Jenna Drive in Davenport on Tuesday after receiving reports of a couple fighting. When they arrived, the male half of the dispute – 56-year-old Eugene Harris – told police that the female half, Kimberly Williams, had kept her disabled daughter locked in a room for at least one year, where she was forced to drink fr…

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Unemployment Fell in April

Unemployment in the Quad Cities fell again in April - to 3.5 per cent, from 4.1 per cent at this time a year ago.


Gaza officials: 86 hurt by Israeli fire in border protest

Gaza's Health Ministry says dozens of Palestinians were hurt along the border with Israel.

WQAD.com LogoNo doubt!   A scorcher this Memorial Day weekend

No doubt! A scorcher this Memorial Day weekend

The added humidity in the air has pop a few showers and thunderstorms across the area as temperatures climbed well into the 80s.  May see another passing shower or storm later tonight, but after that, its all about the heat and humidity. Look for highs for the Memorial Day weekend in the 88-93 degree range with peak heat index values up near 100 Saturday, Sunday, and Monday.  This is the first long stretch of these high temperatures, so can’t stress enough for you to hydrate during times of long exposure to the heat and humidity. Better coverage of showers and storms will become more …

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First Army hosting 'The Longest Day' June 8

ROCK ISLAND ARSENAL – First Army’s outdoor Centennial Movie Night on June 8 will feature a free showing of "The Longest Day" at Memorial Field next to the Army artillery and tank displays.

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Geneseo readers awarded with Sammy smiles

GENESEO – One by one, the third grade readers at Millikin Grade School in Geneseo shared with Dr. Dan Lommell and his therapy dog, Noel, why they loved reading to them.

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East Moline police remember force's lone fatality

EAST MOLINE — East Moline Police Chief John Reynolds wasn’t born when the city’s only police fatality happened.


Iran seeks assurances on nuclear deal after US pullout

Iran will pull out of a landmark deal to stop the country from developing nuclear weapons unless it receives concrete guarantees that the economic incentives of the pact will be protected by the other parties.

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Griffith named principal at Wethersfield

GENESEO -- It’s been a whirlwind week for Carrie Griffith.

WQAD.com LogoNAILED IT OR FAILED IT: Celebrating National Wine Day

NAILED IT OR FAILED IT: Celebrating National Wine Day

It's the day I look forward to EVERY year... National Wine Day! On May 25th during our weekly Nailed It Or Failed It segment on WQAD News 8 at 11am, we tried out a craft and a cocktail with one things in common - wine! For the craft, we used wine corks to create this wine cork covered letter. This is super easy to do. The hardest part - is making sure you have enough wine corks! The only other things you need are a letter (check any hobby or craft store) and a glue gun (our favorite). The cocktail was a little more complicated. This Red, White, and Blue Frozen Sangria looks cool, but it's a l…

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Happy Joe's plans Hero Meals

BETTENDORF -- Happy Joe’s has launched a new program called Hero Meals that lets citizens, businesses and organizations to pre-purchase meals at Happy Joe's for police and fire departments, as well as EMTs and anyone in the military, past or……

Quad-Cities Online LogoMoline man wins $10,000; prize will help with kids' weddings

Moline man wins $10,000; prize will help with kids' weddings

MOLINE — Andrew Gengler, 44, of Moline, has won a $10,000 prize in the Iowa lottery’s “$250,000 Riches” scratch-off game.

WQAD.com Logo2018 SOAR SCHOLARSHIP: Bellevue High School Senior Excels Despite Family Tragedy

2018 SOAR SCHOLARSHIP: Bellevue High School Senior Excels Despite Family Tragedy

You can find Emma Kelchen at Bellevue Elementary School almost every Friday afternoon. She started "Kids That Kare" - a partnership with the local food bank that supplies food for students, making sure they have enough to eat on Saturdays and Sundays. "We've heard back from some of the students who say it's nice to have meals on the weekend," she said. "This is just something that's nice to do. Maybe they don't know who we are, but as a group we can help them." The project began through Bellevue Big - a program at Bellevue High School that pairs students with their passions. It was during one…

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