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Monday, November 24th, 2014

WQAD.com LogoGalesburg handles opportunities and challenges in 2014

Galesburg handles opportunities and challenges in 2014

Galesburg is grateful for a year of progress in 2014. That’s the theme from Mayor John Pritchard’s State of the City Address on Monday. Transportation is key for Galesburg this year. BNSF grows railroad jobs.  The Amtrak station and new transit maintenance facility expand to serve more rail and bus passengers. Carl Sandburg College also offers a direct link to railroad careers. “This will be a huge thing for us,” Mayor Pritchard said.  “People will come here to obtain degrees in that program.” At The Galesburg Chamber’s Thanksgiving Luncheon on Monda…

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Small Drifting Continues As More Cold Blows In

Snowfall amounts may have been light, but in past experience it doesn’t take much to put our driving skills to the test as we learned earlier today.  Untreated roadways will remain tricky this evening as blustery winds slowly diminish overnight. Temperatures will dip around the 20 degree mark by daybreak with wind chills as low as 10 degrees.  Clouds overnight will depart quickly on Tuesday but not the cold as temperatures remain in the 20s all day. Clouds will quickly return that night as a disturbance races in from the northwest.  This will signal another round of snow on Wednesday.

Quad-City Times LogoPolice investigating fatal crash at 53rd, Brady

Police investigating fatal crash at 53rd, Brady

Police are investigating a fatal crash Monday afternoon between a semi and minivan at the intersection of 53rd Street and Brady Street.

WQAD.com LogoIllinois gag gift company gets reality TV show

Illinois gag gift company gets reality TV show

The rags-to-riches story of the owner of an Illinois company is now the center of a weekly reality television show. “Billy Bob’s Gags to Riches,” which airs on Tuesdays on the Discovery Channel, features Jonah White and his gag gift empire, the Billy Bob Teeth Company. The company is based in Hardin, in southern Illinois. White said the company started when he met Rich Bailey, a dental student, who had created a set of fake teeth. When White saw Bailey wearing the teeth, he asked for a set, and the Billy Bob Teeth Company was born. White went from traveling the world to pitch the fake t…

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Accident At 53rd and Brady In Davenport

Emergency crews are at the scene of an accident at 53rd and Brady streets in north Davenport. Traffic is being moved around the crash site, but use caution if you are headed in that direction.Look for more information on KWQC-TV6 and KWQC.com…

WQAD.com LogoFatality reported as crash closes part of intersection of 53rd and Brady

Fatality reported as crash closes part of intersection of 53rd and Brady

Crash at 53rd and Brady 11-24-14 (WQAD Photo by Andy McKay) ***Refresh this page for updates. Police were asking drivers to avoid the area after a serious crash that appeared to involve a semi and a passenger vehicle at 53rd and Brady streets in Davenport, Iowa. An officer at the scene confirmed one person was killed in the wreck that was reported around 1 p.m. Monday, November 24, 2014.  Snow was continuing to fall and roads were slick at the time of the crash. Westbound lanes of 53rd Street were blocked from Tremont to Brady as emergency workers remained at the scene nearly an hour after th…

OurQuadCities.com LogoRed Kettle Campaign gets first gold coin

Red Kettle Campaign gets first gold coin

The Salvation Army's Red Kettle Campaign has gotten it's first gold coin of the year.The half-ounce Royal Canadian gold coin was dropped in a kettle at the Moline Walgreen's on 16th Street.The Red Kettle Campaign runs through December 24th and bell ringers are still needed.  To volunteer call Patty Mixdorf at 563-570-2072.  To apply for a paid seasonal position as a bell ringer call 563-391-5325 in Iowa or 309-764-6996 in Illinois. …

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Red Kettle campaign receives gold coin, needs bell ringers

Red Kettle campaign receives gold coin, needs bell ringers: The first gold coin of this year’s The Salvation Army’s Red Kettle campaign was dropped in the kettles Friday, Nov. 21, at the Molin……

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Shop small in LeClaire

LeClaire merchants will be joining the Small Business Saturday movement this weekend.

OurQuadCities.com LogoSerious accident at 53rd and Brady

Serious accident at 53rd and Brady

Police and fire crews are on the scene of a serious accident at 53rd and Brady Streets in Davenport.The accident, between a semi and a minivan, is still blocking traffic in that area.  Drivers are asked to avoid the area if possible.CBS4 has a crew on scene and will have more information as it becomes available.

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Fatal accident at 53rd and Brady

Police and fire crews are on the scene of a serious accident at 53rd and Brady Streets in Davenport.The accident, between a semi and a minivan, is still blocking traffic in that area.  Drivers are asked to avoid the area if possible.One person was transported from the minivan to the hospital for medical treatment.  Their condition is not known at this time.  A second person in the vehicle has died.  Police are not releasing information on the victim's identity until family is notified.CBS4 has a crew on scene and will have more information as it becomes available.

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Rotary project distributes winter apparel

Rotary project distributes winter apparel: As part of the fifth annual Warm Hands from Kind Hearts initiative, members of the Moline Rotary Club donated 549 mittens, gloves, scarves and hats t……

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Grand Jury Reaches Decision In Ferguson, MO

An announcement by the St. Louis County prosecutor is expected later today in connection with a Grand Jury decision in an officer-involved shooting in Ferguson, MO.

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Local author Connie Corcoran Wilson presents at Bettendorf Public Library

Local author Connie Corcoran Wilson presents at Bettendorf Public Library:  East Moline author Connie Corcoran Wilson will feature her “Christmas Cats” series at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 10, at ……

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Who's in the news?

The National 4-H Congress is highlighting exceptional career work of three 4-H members from the Illinois Quad-City area. …

WQAD.com LogoShare your photos: November 24 snow

Share your photos: November 24 snow

Missing Attachment Missing Attachment Missing Attachment Missing Attachment Missing Attachment Missing Attachment Snow fell hard and winds howled during a pre-Thanksgiving snowstorm Monday, November 24, 2014. Get the latest forecast info – click here.  …

OurQuadCities.com LogoFederal prison time for Davenport man after deadly home invasion

Federal prison time for Davenport man after deadly home invasion

A Davenport man was sentenced to twenty years in a Federal prison for his role in a home invasion that left one man dead.  From the U.S. Department of Justice:"On November 20, 2014, Arthur Allen, Jr., age 25, formerly of Davenport, Iowa, was sentenced by Chief United States District Judge James E. Gritzner for conspiracy to interfere with commerce by robbery in violation of Title 18, United States Code, section 1951, announced United States Attorney Nicholas A. Klinefeldt. Allen, Jr. was sentenced to 240 months in prison. He was also ordered to serve three years of supervised …

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Winter weather advisory in effect until midnight

Good afternoon, Quad-Cities. Here is your National Weather Service forecast.

WQAD.com LogoDavenport man pleads guilty after arrest near White House

Davenport man pleads guilty after arrest near White House

A Davenport, Iowa man, whose conduct  near the White House raised suspicion from law enforcement, has pleaded guilty to misdemeanor charges in the District of Columbia. R.J. Kapheim was arrested Wednesday, November 19, 2014, after he reportedly approached a uniformed officer and claimed he had an appointment to see the president.   Initial reports indicated Kapheim said someone had sent him to the White House.  Police reported finding a 30-30 rifle, more than 40 rounds of ammunition and a knife in Kapheim’s car. Related:  Neighbor says Davenport man arrested by Secret Service was …

KWQC-TV6 LogoFormer Davenport Man Gets 20 Years For Deadly Robbery Attempt

Former Davenport Man Gets 20 Years For Deadly Robbery Attempt

A former former Davenport man has been sentenced to 20 years in prison for a 2011 attempted robbery where one man was shot and killed. Court documents show...

Quad-City Times LogoFirst significant snow falls in Q-C

First significant snow falls in Q-C

The Quad-Cities first significant snowfall didn't slow Vince Rangel of Silvis.

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Monday’s Weather Kid

Every morning, we’ll showcase a local youngster with a special school day forecast. Submit your photo to be considered as a Weather Kid – click here! …

OurQuadCities.com LogoDavenport man arrested with weapons near White House pleads guilty

Davenport man arrested with weapons near White House pleads guilty

The Davenport man arrested last week near the White House with weapons has pled guilty.RJ Renae Kapheim was arrested last Wednesday after he approached a uniformed Secret Service officer and told him that he had a rifle in his car.  Officers say Kapheim told them that the President himself had called him and requested that he come to Washington.  Police reports said that Kapheim was talking to himself and acting strangely.When officers searched Kapheim's car they found a .30-30 lever action rifle, a six inch fixed blade knife, and more than 40 rounds of ammunition.Today Kapheim appe…

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Tuesday’s Weather Kid

Every morning, we’ll showcase a local youngster with a special school day forecast. Submit your photo to be considered as a Weather Kid – click here! …

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Wednesday’s Weather Kid

Every morning, we’ll showcase a local youngster with a special school day forecast. Submit your photo to be considered as a Weather Kid – click here! …

WQAD.com LogoThursday’s Weather Kid

Thursday’s Weather Kid

Every morning, we’ll showcase a local youngster with a special school day forecast. Submit your photo to be considered as a Weather Kid – click here! …

WQAD.com LogoFriday’s Weather Kid

Friday’s Weather Kid

Every morning, we’ll showcase a local youngster with a special school day forecast. Submit your photo to be considered as a Weather Kid – click here! …

KWQC-TV6 LogoUPDATE: Davenport Man Accused Of Bringing Weapon Near White House

UPDATE: Davenport Man Accused Of Bringing Weapon Near White House

UPDATE 11/24/14: Kapheim pleaded guilty to felony charges in Federal Court on Monday morning. He is scheduled to be sentenced January 26, 2015 at 10:30 a.m.

Quad-City Times LogoFormer Davenport man sentenced in home invasion, robbery

Former Davenport man sentenced in home invasion, robbery

Arthur Allen, Jr., 25, formerly of Davenport has been sentenced in federal court to 20 years in prison for conspiracy to interfere with commerce by robbery…

Quad-City Times LogoQ-C man arrested near White House pleads guilty

Q-C man arrested near White House pleads guilty

The Davenport man arrested last week near the White House pleaded guilty to a weapons charge this morning.

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Correction

The Blessing Closet at Grace United Methodist Church, 2651 Telegraph Road, Davenport, will be closed Wednesday, Nov. 26, and Saturday, Nov. 29. Information about some of the dates on which the……

OurQuadCities.com LogoDavenport man charged with kidnapping

Davenport man charged with kidnapping

A Davenport man is accused of kidnapping a woman and attempting to rob her Friday night.Kendrick Jones, 25, is in the Scott County Jail, charged with Kidnapping, Operating a Vehicle without the Owners Consent, and Driving while Barred.Police say the victim was a passenger in Jones' car when, after an argument, Jones pulled out a box cutter and threatened to stab the woman.  He then forced her into the back seat and drove her to an ATM and attempted to get her to withdraw money, but the woman did not have her debit card.The woman told Jones that the card was at a friend's house in Davenpo…

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DeWitt celebrates Hometown Christmas

DeWitt celebrates Hometown Christmas: The DeWitt Chamber and Development Company has partnered with several community organizations to bring the third annual Hometown Christmas event to downto……

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EICC offers program for Plus 50 learners

EICC offers program for Plus 50 learners: Eastern Iowa Community Colleges, including Clinton, Muscatine and Scott community colleges, are joining with community colleges across the country in ……

WQAD.com LogoKmart workers fight for time off on Thanksgiving

Kmart workers fight for time off on Thanksgiving

NEW YORK (CNNMoney) — Somebody has to work on Thanksgiving, and Kmart says it does its best to staff stores with volunteers that day. But hundreds of workers say that’s not good enough. More than 600 employees have signed a petition asking that the store allow employees to at least put in a request to have the holiday off. Related:  Sears and Kmart to start holiday shopping earlier than ever It’s the latest group of retail workers to push back against the Black Friday creep. At least 10 companies will open their stores by 6 p.m. on Thanksgiving night this year, including K…

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Trivia night supports Safer Foundation

Trivia night supports Safer Foundation: The Safer Foundation’s Super Trivia Night will be Friday, Jan. 23, at the Knights of Columbus Hall, 1111 W. 35th St., Davenport. Doors open at 6 p.m.; p……

KWQC-TV6 LogoDefense Secretary Chuck Hagel to Step Down

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel to Step Down

According to NBC News, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel is stepping down from his position. The announcement comes amid criticism of the president's national security team...

OurQuadCities.com LogoTwo juveniles suspected after 79 YO man is assaulted

Two juveniles suspected after 79 YO man is assaulted

On November 22, 2014, the Kewanee Police Department received a call from a concerned neighbor on the City’s east side about her elderly neighbor’s garage door being left open and the interior lights of the residence being left on, both of which were  unusual for him.  Officers responded and upon approaching the residence could hear someone calling for help from the interior.  Officers entered the home and found a 79 year old male suffering from multiple cutting and stab wounds.  The male subject was transported to OSF St. Luke’s Hospital and then transfer…

Quad-City Times Logo8.3 million vehicles on Illinois Tollway this Thanksgiving

8.3 million vehicles on Illinois Tollway this Thanksgiving

DOWNERS GROVE, Ill. — Officials with the Illinois Tollway say they're expecting 8.3 million vehicles to travel on its 286 miles of roadways this Thanksgiving holiday.

KWQC-TV6 LogoIllinois State Police Warn Of Slick QCA Interstates

Illinois State Police Warn Of Slick QCA Interstates

The Illinois State Police are warning people to drive carefully this morning. They say there are reports of vehicles spinning out on the Illinois QCA Interstates. Due to the conditions...

Sunday, November 23rd, 2014

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Staying safe from identity theft this shopping season

It's a common crime that's hard to catch.According to two separate studies and polls released just this month, the thing that worries Americans most is identity theft."It’s the fastest growing crime in America," says Jamie McKenzie of the Better Business Bureau. "There’s tax identity theft, there's medical identity theft, there's social security identity theft."Identity theft affects more than 16 million Americans each year to the tune of $24.7 billion.Although the definition of identity theft is broad, experts say the most common and often most damaging type h…

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Rural Long Grove man killed in accident

A rural Long Grove man was killed Saturday when he pulled his car out of a driveway and was struck by a semitrailer in rural McCausland, Scott County Sheriff’s Sgt. Ryan Lage said.

Quad-City Times LogoValley Inn basement yields pieces of the past

Valley Inn basement yields pieces of the past

When he bought a down-at-the-heels Pleasant Valley bar, Curtis Blaum didn’t expect to be digging “treasures” from the dirt — thick, fat wooden beams with holes mysteriously bored into them; gl……

WQAD.com LogoWintry morning commute

Wintry morning commute

Snowfall will come down at a pretty good clip for the morning commute. This, combined with gusty wind to 40 mph, will create some blowing snow and reduced visibilities. Even though we’re not expecting much snow (on the order of an inch or so), the problems will be a-plenty as temperatures fall below freezing quickly this morning. This will cause the wet roads to turn icy. Visibilities will also go down during wind gusts. Allow some extra time to get to your destination! Click here to track the snow. Click here to see your accurate forecast for the week.

Quad-City Times LogoRauner team tells higher ed director to prepare for 30% budget cut

Rauner team tells higher ed director to prepare for 30% budget cut

SPRINGFIELD — The state's higher education czar issued a dire budget warning to the presidents of Illinois' public universities Friday, telling them to be prepared for cuts in state funding of……

Quad-City Times LogoAfrican travelers back in Iowa subject to Ebola monitoring

African travelers back in Iowa subject to Ebola monitoring

Federal Ebola guidelines that have been developed over the past several weeks now mean that travelers from West Africa are subject to monitoring procedures that continue for 21 days.

Quad-City Times LogoPolice identify man killed in I-280 crash

Police identify man killed in I-280 crash

Davenport police identified a 59-year-old Davenport man who was killed Saturday evening when his vehicle crashed on Interstate 280.

Quad-City Times LogoBill Maher brings his unfiltered show to the Adler Theatre

Bill Maher brings his unfiltered show to the Adler Theatre

Rebellious. Loud. Outspoken. Defiant. Offensive. I’m talking about the founding fathers of our country, but I could also be talking about Bill Maher, the long-controversial firebrand who blaze……

Quad-City Times LogoFirst significant snow falls in Q-C

First significant snow falls in Q-C

The Quad-Cities first significant snowfall didn't slow Vince Rangel of Silvis. He grabbed his shovel and headed over to the Hero Street monument site to clear the walks. As snow plows cruised……

KWQC-TV6 LogoLocal Lawmakers Weigh In On Illinois Pension Problems

Local Lawmakers Weigh In On Illinois Pension Problems

Illinois lawmakers are weighing in after a circuit judge ruled the state's pension overhaul unconstitutional. Now, the state's supreme court will make a verdict, and there is a lot riding on the decision.

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What is the future of Davenport high school's schedule?

The Davenport School board is expected to decide on the future of high school scheduling Monday night.Last week Superintendant Dr. Arthur Tate recommended the board keep block scheduling for next school year, but said switching back to traditional scheduling should still be considered for future school years.The district currently faces a budget dilemma needing to cut around 8 million dollars over the next three years. Switching from block to traditional would save around 1.1 million dollars. Monday nights board meeting is open to the public and scheduled to start at 6pm. …

WQAD.com LogoRainy weather at Run for Red 5k ‘an improvement’ from last year

Rainy weather at Run for Red 5k ‘an improvement’ from last year

The Red Cross held its 7th annual Run for the Red 5k. The race took place Sunday, November 23, 2014 at the Paul Skeffington Memorial Trail in DeWitt, Iowa. More than 100 runners and walkers showed up, despite the rain, to participate. “Runners are a hearty bunch so we’re glad to have everyone.  Not the ideal conditions, nice, cold rain but we’ll take what we get,” said Race Director Steve Schmit. The Executive Director, Amber Wood said it was “an improvement” from last year, where it was very cold and windy. David Zimmer of DeWitt was the overall winner finishi…

WQAD.com LogoA look at Illinois Football and Basketball on The Score Sunday

A look at Illinois Football and Basketball on The Score Sunday

The Score Sunday discusses Illinois Football and Basketball with Illini inisider Kedric Prince.  Find out the impact QC Elite AAU basketball has had on the area.  The FCA story of the week checks in on the Central DeWitt basketball team after the state runner up finish last season.

WQAD.com LogoLocal artists donate to Rocky scholarship fund in memory of Derek Jackson

Local artists donate to Rocky scholarship fund in memory of Derek Jackson

Almost a year after Derek Jackson was shot and killed in a Rock Island home, his friends and family held an event at Barrel House in Moline to raise funds for the scholarship made in his name. Jackson, a popular tattoo artist, died after he was shot December 18, 2013 at a home on 16th Avenue. He left behind a large circle of friends and family, including his three-year-old son. Shortly thereafter, police arrested 20-year-old Aaron Henderson, who was charged with first-degree murder, and 24-year-old Yolanduis McDuffie of Moline, charged with attempted armed robbery and two counts of first-degr…

OurQuadCities.com LogoMany Iowans not happy with proposed transmission line

Many Iowans not happy with proposed transmission line

Thousands of Iowans are not happy with a proposed transmission line that would cut across the state bringing electricity to Illinois. The proposed Rock Island clean line would cross 16 Iowa counties cutting through more than 15 hundred properties bringing electricity from wind turbines in northwest Iowa to customers in Illinois. More than 1,000 Iowans have formed a group opposing the project. The Houston based company clean line energy partners proposing the said landowners will receive easements and the state will get an economic boost from the $7 billion dollar investment. …

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Martin Luther King center celebrates annual Thanksgiving dinner

More than a thousand Quad Citians gobbled up a Thanksgiving feast at the Martin Luther King center's annual Thanksgiving dinner. The home-cooked meal was free for everyone to enjoy. More than 100 volunteers made it possible for meals to even be delivered to the elderly. Organizers say it's all about helping those in need and giving back to the community. "This is part of our community, this is part of our culture: to give and to be a blessing to a neighborhood to be a blessing to a community so, this is our time to share, this is our time to give back the community…

OurQuadCities.com LogoPolice in Southeast Iowa are searching for escapee who is armed and dangerous

Police in Southeast Iowa are searching for escapee who is armed and dangerous

Police in Southeast Iowa are searching for an escapee they say is armed and dangerous.  It all began around 3 a.m. in rural Jefferson county. A police chase ended with the suspect crashing his truck. Then pulling a gun and shooting at a deputy, before running into the woods and getting away.   Police said that man is 26-year-old Tyler Craig Lind , described as being 5'8 with hazel eyes and brown hair. He was last seen wearing a dark colored sweatshirt. Police said Lind is armed and dangerous if you see him do not approach, call police immediately. …

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'Toys for Tots' drive still needs your help

For nearly eight decades Santa has received helped from a group of proud Marines and thousands of generous helpers. Toys for Tots mission is to keep Christmas magical for every child.  It's a mission that still could use a lot of help this year here in the Quad Cities. That feeling on Christmas morning when you see Santa's handiwork.  It's what those first holiday memories are made of. But for families right here in the Quad Cities, that excitement is no guarantee. Nine-year-old Aidan Thurman is one of the youngest volunteers at Toys for Tots.  And …

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Moline church gives city million dollar road

A local church is helping pave the way to the future for the city of Moline and it's not costing the city a penny. On Sunday there was a dedication ceremony for the new street that city leaders say is a blessing for all. The street is not yet finished but church officials say they hope to have construction completed by next week. Then they'll hand it over to the city of Moline at no cost. "It's not an exciting thing to do for a church to spend a million dollars on a road. That’s kinda the way the system works,” said Pastor Tim Bowman, Calvary Church of t…

WQAD.com LogoMan involved in Davenport shootout sentenced to 20 years in prison

Man involved in Davenport shootout sentenced to 20 years in prison

A Davenport man has been sentenced to 20 years in prison following a robbery that turned into a shootout. Back in October 2014, two Davenport men received their sentences for a robbery they were involved in in October 2011 that ended with someone getting shot and killed. One month later the third man involved, 25-year-old Arthur Allen Jr., was sentenced. On October 17, 2011 a group of men, 28-year-old Louis Warren Jr., 32-year-old John Louis Hodges, and Allen, planned to rob planned to rob Alexander Hubbard, Sr. at his Davenport home, prosecutors said. On that day the three got into Hodges…

Quad-City Times LogoNew 'Afternoon Adventure' attracts children to Radisson

New 'Afternoon Adventure' attracts children to Radisson

More than 200 people enjoyed an afternoon of songs, stories and fun during a new Quad-City Arts Festival of Trees children’s event Sunday at the Radisson Quad-City Plaza, downtown Davenport.

Quad-City Times LogoChurch dedicates road in Moline

Church dedicates road in Moline

Rain couldn’t spoil a Sunday morning dedication for Moline’s newest road. Calvary Church of the Quad-Cities held a dedication service Sunday to signify the handing over of the right of way for……

KWQC-TV6 LogoMartin Luther King Center Hosts Free Thanksgiving Dinner For Community

Martin Luther King Center Hosts Free Thanksgiving Dinner For Community

Thanksgiving came early for some Quad Cities residents. Organizers at the Martin Luther King Center in Rock Island held its 25th annual Thanksgiving holiday dinner. When the tradition first started, organizers had a very small budget to work with, but now they've reach a $7000 budget that helps them feed close to 2,000 community members. "We're talking about turkey. We're talking about green beans, corn, mash potatoes, gravy, salad, desserts," said Kristia LeShoure, who is an organizer of the...

WQAD.com LogoViral Video: How deer celebrate Christmas when you’re not looking

Viral Video: How deer celebrate Christmas when you’re not looking

Deer in the snow have a captivating look, but did you know they can dance too? This hilarious video used special effects to depict someone’s idea of how deer celebrate the holidays… when you’re not looking of course. Girl’s life-changing story is heart-wrenching reminder not to text and drive Viral Video: Iowa family gets priceless surprise after soldier watches child’s birth on iPad Woman shocked by ultrasound revealing four babies has surgery to save them Viral Video: You may never see a hockey fight end like this again &nbs…

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Community shares MLK Center Thanksgiving

Toddlers so tiny they bumped into people’s knees made their way through the throng while senior citizens happily reminisced about the dinner they remembered from years past.

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More fun for families at Festival of the Trees

Christmas trees, Santa, and lights filled the River Center in Davenport. The annual Festival of the Trees is still going on, and this year there are even more activities for families. Event organizers added more crafts and games like a snowman toss, reindeer put put golf. A chance to decorate cookies and read holiday books. Organizers said it's really a chance to bring the whole family together. "It's the beginning of the holiday season we have lots of glitter lots of glam lots of excitement with Santa the kids are excited they are getting reved up for the holidays and all the good thing…

KWQC-TV6 LogoOfficials ID Victims of Two Fatal Crashes

Officials ID Victims of Two Fatal Crashes

Law enforcement officials have now released the identities of two men killed in two separate crashes in Scott County on Saturday.

KWQC-TV6 LogoMoline Church Dedicates Million Dollar Road

Moline Church Dedicates Million Dollar Road

It was a big day for a Moline church and the surrounding community. The Calvary Church blessed a brand new, $1 million road on Sunday and dedicated the right-of-way over to the city of Moline.

WQAD.com LogoSemi hauling pigs to Iowa crashes on I-74

Semi hauling pigs to Iowa crashes on I-74

West of Indianapolis, Indiana, more than 2,000 piglets spilled onto I-74 after a semi overturned. The semi was hauling piglets from a North Carolina farm and was headed to Iowa when it crashed on the ramp from northbound I-465 onto I-74, according to a report by WXIN. The crash happened Thursday evening, November 20, and there were 2,058 pigs aboard; about 700 died in the crash. The rest of the pigs had to be gathered by the Wayne Township Fire Department, a process which took more than three hours. According to the fire department, the hauler was a normal mode of transport for that amount of …

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Early Morning Shooting Kills Man In Davenport

UPDATE: Davenport Police have identified the victim of Saturday morning's deadly shooting as 28-year-old Daniel Mathew Labarre, of Davenport. They say he was found with life-threatening issues when they responded to the 1200 block of Bridge Avenue. He later died at the hospital.

WQAD.com LogoAnti-smoking group urges Hy-Vee to stop selling tobacco products

Anti-smoking group urges Hy-Vee to stop selling tobacco products

As they continue their mission to reduce tobacco use in Iowa, a group is calling on Hy-Vee to stop selling tobacco products in its stores. The Iowa Tobacco Prevention Alliance (ITPA) posted a petition online to get the West Des Moines-based grocery chain to stop selling tobacco products, including e-cigarettes, at any store that has a pharmacy or health clinic. ITPA, a non-profit organization in Iowa solely focused on reducing tobacco use and exposure to secondhand smoke said they are requesting that Hy-Vee quit selling these products because they are a sponsor of Iowa’s Healthiest State Ini…

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Snow expected Monday and Wednesday, holiday will be dry

Although Thanksgiving Day will remain dry, Quad-Citians can expect snow Monday and a little more on Wednesday before the holiday.

WQAD.com LogoDriver dies when vehicle goes airborne and overturns

Driver dies when vehicle goes airborne and overturns

A driver died after veering off a Davenport, Iowa highway, causing it to become airborne and land on its roof. The driver, 59-year-old Keith Robert Hentges from Davenport, was headed westbound on I-280, one mile south of West Locust Street at Exit 4, when his vehicle veered off the roadway and into the median, said Captain Paul Sikorski. “The vehicle impacted a cross over causing it to become airborne, it then impacted the ground, flipped and rolled to a stop on its roof,” Sikorski said in a statement. It happened at about 6:15 p.m. Saturday, November 22, 2014. Emergency responders “at…

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Winter Weather Advisory in effect for Monday morning

The official start of winter is less than a month away, but we've already been dealing with winter conditions throughout the month of November.A "Winter Weather Advisory" goes into effect at 3am Monday for Cedar, Johnson, Louisa, Muscatine and Washington counties in Iowa, and will expire at 6pm.A "Winter Weather Advisory" goes into effect at 6am Monday for Clinton, Jackson and Scott counties in Iowa; Bureau, Carroll, Henry, Jo Daviess, Mercer, Rock Island and Whiteside counties in Illinois, and will expire at 9pm.An area of low pressure continues to strengthen to our south…

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Winter Weather Advisory in effect Monday morning

The official start of winter is less than a month away, but we've already been dealing with winter conditions throughout the month of November.A "Winter Weather Advisory" goes into effect at 3am Monday for Cedar, Johnson, Louisa, Muscatine and Washington counties in Iowa, and will expire at 6pm.A "Winter Weather Advisory" goes into effect at 6am Monday for Clinton, Jackson and Scott counties in Iowa; Bureau, Carroll, Henry, Jo Daviess, Mercer, Rock Island and Whiteside counties in Illinois, and will expire at 9pm.An area of low pressure continues to strengthen to our south…

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QC under winter weather advisory as rain turns to snow

Rain turned into snow on Monday, November 24, 2014, placing the Quad Cities under a winter weather advisory. The National Weather Service says that for some counties, the advisory began Monday at 3 a.m. and lasts until 6 p.m. This includes Delaware, Linn, Jones, Johnson, Cedar, Muscatine, Washington, and Louisa Counties. For Dubuque, Jackson, Clinton, Scott, Jo Daviess, Stephenson, Carroll, Whiteside, Rock Island, Henry (Illinois), Bureau, Putnam, and Mercer Counties, the advisory was set to begin at 6 a.m. and last until 9 p.m. Monday evening. Click here to see specific weather warnings in yo…

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Davenport police ID shooting victim

Davenport police have identified the victim of a shooting death early Saturday.

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Rain Today, Snow Tomorrow

As we head into tonight, we will continue to see rain even some late night fog. These showers are going to last through tomorrow morning, when we will see them change from rain to snow. Temperatures tonight are going to drop down into the low 30s and remain that low throughout the day tomorrow. We will see snow falling  throughout day, moving out as we approach the evening hours. The total amount of snow expected tomorrow is from 1-3 inches. Our northern counties will be seeing more snow than our southern counties. We will have a strong West wind moving into the area as well with gusts up to …

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Festival of Trees opens 29th year

The lights were not the only things glowing Saturday at the Davenport RiverCenter as the Quad-City Arts Festival of Trees opened to the public for its 29th year.

Saturday, November 22nd, 2014

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Reclaiming Thanksgiving -- it's more than shopping

There has been a certain amount of talk lately about boycotting stores that are open on Thanksgiving.  Since I have never been in the habit of going shopping on Thanksgiving (or, for that matter, Black Friday), I don’t know if continuing this long-standing practice counts as participating in a boycott.  But nevertheless, I do think that there ought to be much more to Thanksgiving than jostling with a crowd of fanatical shoppers, all trying to find the best bargain.

Quad-Cities Online LogoHelp us tell SouthPark Mall story

Help us tell SouthPark Mall story

SouthPark Mall has unveiled its new look after extensive renovation and revitalization. It’s open and fresh – the perfect combination of new yet familiar. I’m excited about the opportunities.

Quad-City Times LogoThanksgiving paper stuffed with value

Thanksgiving paper stuffed with value

Surveys tell us, and you’ve told us, that reading the Thanksgiving Day newspaper for the large volume of ads it has is as much an American tradition as carving a turkey and watching football.

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Galena falls to Forreston in the final four

Galena jumped out to a 20-12 lead at the half, but Forreston would score the game winning touchdown in the final seconds to knock off the Pirates.

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Rollover accident on 280 leaves the driver dead

Update: Police identified the crash victim as 59-year-old Davenport Resident Keith Robert Hentges. -------  Davenport Police are investigating a car accident on 280 Saturday night that killed the car's driver. Police say the accident happened on 280 westbound near mile marker 4 around 6:15PM. The vehicle, occupied only by its driver veered off the roadway and into the center media. The car then flew over the median and rolled over.  EMS crews on scene tried to save the driver, but the driver not survive their injuries. Police are still investigating the crash.

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Festival of Trees means it's the Holidays in the QC

One hundred trees, hundreds of designers, and thousands of volunteers, the Quad City Art's annual festival of trees has taken over the Davenport RiverCenter.The fundraiser is in its 28th year, having raised more than $4 million for charity since 1986. each tree has its own sponsor and designers. Once that tree is sold, proceeds to go a specific charity.  More than 100,000 people stop by every single year.  For families who come year in and year out, the festival of trees has become a Quad City holiday staple."This is how we start off our holidays and we spend the day looking a…

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Lighting on the Commons kicks of holiday season

Kicking off the holiday season in Moline Saturday night the annual lighting on the commons took over downtown. The celebration featured half a million lights covering the John Deere Commons. Throughout the afternoon there were also fireworks, horse drawn wagon rides, carolers, Santa and Mrs. Clause even made an appearance. Quad Citians that came out say the festivities bring some holiday cheer to the streets of Moline. “It's definitely a festive thing to watch the lights come on and have everything just blossom in front of your eyes when the crowd is cheering when the lights come o…

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Augustana dance-a-thon raises money for children's hospital

Standing on their feet for children who can't.  That's the reason behind a dance marathon at Augustana College."We've been doing it for roughly about 10 years and this is by far the best one yet," says entertainment chair Ashley LaGrow, a senior at Augustana. "We have over a hundred more dancers than last year.  So last official count, I knew we had 321 dancers at most, but I know there's even more now."  Students started moving at 1 P.M. Saturday and went until 11 P.M.  Registration fees and donations go to the University of Iowa Children's Hospital. &…

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Moline girls basketball wins in a route

The Moline Girls basketball team jumps out to a big lead and never looked back in their win over Champaign Centennial.

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Geneseo’s football season comes to an end in the semifinals

Geneseo would fall behind early and could never get enough offense going to make a comeback. The Maple leafs end their fine season with a 12-1 record.

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Thanksgiving Preparations Keep Local Stores Busy

Thanksgiving Day is right around the corner and lots of families are busy getting ready for the big day, shopping for ingredients. The grocery stores themselves are also busy with stocking those items and taking orders for meals from families that won't be cooking this year.

WQAD.com LogoQuad Cities kicks off holiday season with array of events on Saturday

Quad Cities kicks off holiday season with array of events on Saturday

The annual festival of trees parade on Saturday, November 22 kicked off the holiday season, with area marching bands, helium balloons, and the WQAD News 8 team waving to spectators. Following the parade, people in the Quad Cities got to head over to Festival of Trees where dozens of Christmas trees lined the halls at the River Center in downtown Davenport. The event raised funds for the Quad city Arts while also giving people ideas for the holidays. “We like to get ideas for decorating our tree at home and the kids love this area for going around and doing the games and crafts,” said Shann…

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Winterizing Your Home

With winter weather upon us and more cold weather headed our way, homeowners are gearing up for it. They're winterizing their homes to keep the heat in and the cold air out...

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The wealth divide in the QC: How can residents help those in need

There is a growing divide between those who have and those who do not even right here in the Quad Cities. So what can be done to help those right here dealing with poverty? Residents and community leaders came out to Augustana earlier today to discuss the impact of poverty, and what can be done to help those right here in need. "I think it's an important issue and I feel I should do something to help.....knowledge is the first step," said Rita Coyne,Moline.  IT was the first year for the event. Speakers gave statistic and insight into the growing wealth divide. "…

WQAD.com LogoRepairs made to Burlington building after being evacuated for high carbon monoxide levels

Repairs made to Burlington building after being evacuated for high carbon monoxide levels

After a Burlington office building was evacuated because of high carbon monoxide levels, repairs were made making the building safe again. Carbon monoxide alarms starting sounding Wednesday afternoon, November 19, 2014, leading to an evacuation of the Peterson Building. Fire Marshal Mark Crooks said the repairs to the chimney for the boiler that were needed were completed on Thursday morning. “Alliant Energy turned the gas back on and the boiler was test fired with Alliant Energy and the City Inspection Department monitoring,” Crooks said. “The repairs were successful and the…

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Semi truck and car collide in Scott County killing one person

One person is dead after a semi truck and car collided in rural Scott County Saturday afternoon.It happened just after 1:30 on the 29000 block of 240th Ave in rural McCausland. The Scott County Sheriff's Office investigators determined that a semi truck heading south struck a 2005 Buick car. They also determined that the car had pulled out of a private driveway and was struck by the semi truck on the driver's side.The driver of the car was taken to Genesis East Medical Canter where he was pronounced dead. His name is not being released at this point, pending notification of the family.The Sco…

WQAD.com LogoCentral DeWitt basketball has championship in sight

Central DeWitt basketball has championship in sight

A local high school competed in the state championship and took second. This year, they’re going at it again and looking for a win. The Central DeWitt Sabers took second during their 2013-2014 season, and being just four months away from another state championship, they’re working harder than ever. Head coach Jeff Frick said the group is determined and motivated, and advised the team not to think about last year while working toward success this year. “We played great competition last year at state and during the season we expect it again,” said Guard McClain Steffans. “So hopefully …

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Driver arrested after leading officers through alleged multiple-county chase

An arrest has been made after one man led police on a high-speed chase through multiple QC counties. On Wednesday, November 19, 2014 police pursued a van that “drove recklessly through a construction zone near Calamus on Highway 30,” according to an Iowa State Patrol spokesman. Previous reports indicate troopers joined the pursuit after Clinton County deputies could not get the vehicle stopped near DeWitt. After continuing south on Highway 61 and then westbound on I-80, the driver was last seen in Davenport and Rock Island before being arrested in East Peoria. According to Iowa State Polic…

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Festival of Trees Parade Kicks Off Holidays

DAVENPORT, IA – Quad Citians kicked off the holiday season this morning with the largest helium-balloon parade in the Midwest. There were 18 massive balloons floating in Downtown Davenport. This was the 23rd annual Quad City Arts Festival of Trees Holiday Parade. Dance, music, bands, clowns and more – it's hard to pick a favorite part of this event.

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Festival of Trees parade

The annual Festival of Trees parade stepped off in downtown Davenport. "We love the holiday season and we're excited to come out and see the floats and the bands, It's just kinda neat,” said the Rasco family. Giant balloons made their way through the streets of Davenport this Saturday morning for the Quad City Arts, Festival of Trees parade. It's the largest balloon parade in the Midwest and thousands turned out, enjoying the warmer weather. Some say their 'favorite' part of the event is seeing the Quad Cities come together to get in the holiday spirit. "The spectators t…

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Habitat for Humanity celebrates finished home

Community donations helped Habitat for Humanity provide a home for a local family Saturday. The Wilkerson family and volunteers gathered to celebrate their finished home in davenport. Jami Wilkerson has worked more than 400 hours for the organization about double the normal hours that earns her the spot to purchase the home. She says it's been a lot of hard work but it was definitely worth it. "It is extremely important to give my daughters a home to live in a yard to play in and I’m just so excited,” said Jami Wilkerson, new homeowner. Jami Wilkerson and her two daug…





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