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Friday, December 15th, 2017

WQAD.com LogoChicago grandmother and granddaughter graduate from college together – with honors

Chicago grandmother and granddaughter graduate from college together – with honors

CHICAGO – Most grandparents hope to live long enough to see their grandchildren graduate college, but one got the unique chance to follow her granddaughter across the stage and pick up a diploma of her own. "When we started together we never intended on being finished at the exact same moment so this was actually a coincidence, but we are proud and excited to be doing it together," said granddaughter Karea Berry. The two graduated from Chicago State University Thursday. They've been doing things together for most of Karea's life. Belinda Berry raised Karea in their Englewood apartment from …

Quad-City Times LogoBettPlex to be named TBK Bank Sports Complex

BettPlex to be named TBK Bank Sports Complex

The sporting complex currently under construction at the corner of Middle Road and Forest Grove in Bettendorf will take on a new name.

WQAD.com LogoNew Illinois divorce law would give pet custody to better owner

New Illinois divorce law would give pet custody to better owner

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (ILN) — A new Illinois divorce law will let a judge decide who is the best owner for the family pet. Previously, companion animals were treated like furniture in a divorce. They were divvied up between the splitting couple as part of the value of the estate. But on Jan. 1, a judge will now be able to consider who walks the dog more or who cleans out the fish tank and award the pet accordingly. The law, sponsored by state Sen. Linda Holmes, D-Aurora, is meant to treat pets less like property and more like family. “It has feelings and emotions,” Holmes said. “They…

Quad-City Times LogoKraft: We'll retain 700 hourly employees

Kraft: We'll retain 700 hourly employees

Kraft Heinz said Friday that when it moves from its Rockingham Road factory in Davenport to its new facility at the Eastern Iowa Industrial Center, it will have a full-time hourly work force of about 700 people.

WQAD.com LogoNEWS 8 TRIO: White chocolate bark

NEWS 8 TRIO: White chocolate bark

Catch the NEWS 8 TRIO every Tuesday and Thursday night on “News 8 at 6:30” for three great ideas to make your life better and more interesting. Denise and Johnnie are in the kitchen to show us three yummy additions to white chocolate bark! Macadamia nuts & lime zest Rice cereal & peppermint Mango, pistachios & cranberries Join News 8's Denise Hnytka and Johnnie Jindrich every night for your top news, weather, health, and lifestyle ideas on "News 8 at 6:30".

WQAD.com LogoRubio a ‘yes’ on GOP tax bill in major boost

Rubio a ‘yes’ on GOP tax bill in major boost

Republican Sen. Marco Rubio will vote for his party’s $1.5 trillion tax bill. That gives a major boost to the prospects that GOP leaders will be able to push their prized measure through Congress next week. The Florida lawmaker had said he’d oppose the legislation unless his colleagues made the per child tax credit more generous for low-income families. On Friday, Republicans said the final legislation would do just that. Lawmakers said the bill would now let low-earners using the credit get up to $1,400 in IRS refunds if they owe little or no taxes. That’s up from $1,100 in …

WQAD.com LogoRock Island intersection shutdown while crews fix gas leak

Rock Island intersection shutdown while crews fix gas leak

ROCK ISLAND, Illinois -- Drivers are urged to avoid the intersection of 17th Street and 31st Avenue while crews work to fix a gas leak. Deputy Chief Jason Foy says MidAmerican Energy is on scene. It's unclear how long the intersection will be closed off but drivers will be required to take alternate routes until the leak is contained.

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Gas leak shuts down 17th Street at 31st Avenue in Rock Island

A gas leak has shut down 17th Street at 31st Avenue in Rock Island, according to Rock Island Deputy Police Chief Jason Foy.

Quad-City Times LogoHy-Vee raises more than $16,000 for Mr. Thanksgiving dinner

Hy-Vee raises more than $16,000 for Mr. Thanksgiving dinner

From the first time to the 47th, a lot has changed for the man affectionately known as Mr. Thanksgiving.

WQAD.com LogoAIM officially shuts down, but its influence lives on

AIM officially shuts down, but its influence lives on

(CNN Money) — Years before Mark Zuckerberg built Facebook, he was focused on another technical project: tinkering with his AOL Instant Messenger account. Like many who grew up in the 1990s and early 2000s, much of Zuckerberg’s social life revolved around AIM. It’s where the man who would enable billions to create online identities worked to establish his own. Zuckerberg labored over fonts, colors and quotes for his AIM profile. He even “hacked together a tool” to let him appear to be idle, rather than active, on the service to avoid unwanted interruptions from con…

WQAD.com LogoWatch: Sterling High School students make hilarious Christmas rap video

Watch: Sterling High School students make hilarious Christmas rap video

STERLING, Illinois — Three students in a broadcast class at Sterling High School threw a new spin on Christmas and made a Christmas rap music video. The song is called “Jingle Bars” and was made by three students as an assignment for their student broadcast.  Seniors Sean Gingrich and Nolan Sullivan paired up with junior Isaiah Ryan to create the song and video. Their teacher Jennifer Drew explained that the broadcast class, which just started last year, is based on a point system and all students have to contribute to their news broadcasts that they air every couple weeks.

WQAD.com LogoNAILED IT OR FAILED IT: Edible Christmas trees and a craft for the kiddies

NAILED IT OR FAILED IT: Edible Christmas trees and a craft for the kiddies

Friends... Christmas is coming! That means two things - 1) It's probably a good time to start shopping (Ahem, Jon...) and 2) We only have time for two Christmas-y Nailed It Or Failed It Segments! This week's theme is Christmas Trees. I found two crafts - one that's edible and one for kids. The first craft are these Pretzel Rod Christmas Trees from the blog, Frugal Coupon Living. All you need are a bag of pretzel rods, a bag of green candy melting chips, and some sprinkles or anything edible to decorate your tree. Click the video above to see how we made them. The second craft is this Magnetic…

WQAD.com LogoPay it Forward: Crocheting woman makes sure all kids are warm for winter

Pay it Forward: Crocheting woman makes sure all kids are warm for winter

DAVENPORT, Iowa -- A woman is making sure no child goes without a warm blanket after seeing a need for them at Buchanan Elementary School.  Each year she crochets blankets for students. Ginger Herbst and Sandy Laughlin have 30 years of friendship to look back on. "Sandy is my littlest friend with the biggest heart in the whole world," said Ginger. For the past four years, Sandy has been crocheting colorful blankets to give to children at Buchanan Elementary during the winter.  She's made more than 50 so far. Ginger nominated Sandy for a "Pay it Forward" because of her dedication to making s…

Quad-City Times LogoNoon update: Flurries, deadly accident on I-74, new bridge images, and the Fab 5

Noon update: Flurries, deadly accident on I-74, new bridge images, and the Fab 5

Quad-City Times LogoAfter pushing herself to the limit, ultracyclist pursues tamer adventures

After pushing herself to the limit, ultracyclist pursues tamer adventures

The summer of 2016 marked the peak as well as the downfall of a Davenport native's ultracycling career.

WQAD.com LogoA break from the winter cold until the Christmas weekend

A break from the winter cold until the Christmas weekend

The clouds we’ve been seeing today will linger into the night as temperatures only drop around the 30 degree mark. Fortunately, we get to enjoy the weekend’s brightest and warmest come Saturday as we’ll see plenty of sunshine and highs approaching 50 degrees. By Sunday, another system will move out the Plains and track just to our west.  This will not only bring more clouds back into the forecast but a passing cold, light rain shower will develop as well.  A southwest wind will still be enough to produce highs in the lower 40s. Temperatures will remain in the 40s through m…

WVIK LogoQC-Times 'Big Story': New Life For Shuttered QC Schools

QC-Times 'Big Story': New Life For Shuttered QC Schools

WQAD.com LogoHy-Vee donation helps Mr. Thanksgiving prepare for 2018

Hy-Vee donation helps Mr. Thanksgiving prepare for 2018

BETTENDORF - Hy-Vee customers are helping Bob "Mr. Thanksgiving" Vogelbaugh with a donation topping $16,000. Store directors made the presentation on Friday, December 15. The donation will help Vogelbaugh buy supplies for his 48th annual Thanksgiving Dinner at SouthPark Mall in Moline in 2018. Hy-Vee stores also cook much of the food served at the community dinner. "People have no idea of all the mechanics they go through to make this dinner such a success," Vogelbaugh said.  "It's not Bob Vogelbaugh.  It's Hy-Vee, the mall, anybody that's involved, the volunteers, and of course, the diners…

WQAD.com LogoDisney-21st Century Fox and the war with Netflix over streaming

Disney-21st Century Fox and the war with Netflix over streaming

(CNN Money) -- Odds are, if you're reading this story, you're a subscriber to Netflix. In two years, will you be a subscriber to Disney, too? That's what Disney head Bob Iger hopes. In fact, that's the premise of this week's $52 billion Disney-21st Century Fox deal. Executives at the two companies are talking openly about taking on Netflix, which is a fundamental change to how Disney and Fox currently operate. "When Disney pull all their -- and Fox -- pull their programs back, or stop selling anything to Netflix, it will be interesting how that affects them," 21st Century Fox patriarch Rupert…

WQAD.com LogoEnter the 12 Days of Christmas Sweepstakes Day 10 – Circa ’21

Enter the 12 Days of Christmas Sweepstakes Day 10 – Circa ’21

This holiday season WQAD News 8 and participating sponsors will bring viewers 12 Days of Christmas.  Find gift ideas for your loved ones and register to win a prize from each day’s sponsor! Starting December 4th, each weekday in News 8 at 11 a.m., WQAD News 8 will feature a business with gift ideas for the holidays. Starting at noon each day, enter to  win a prize or prizes from that day’s featured business. You will have 24 hours to register to win that day’s featured prize(s). Remember…  it is a new contest every day!  You must register each day for that day’s prize.  Contest…

WQAD.com LogoAlabama school facing backlash from parents after banning jackets

Alabama school facing backlash from parents after banning jackets

MOBILE, AL (WALA) — Parents are outraged after Chastang Fournier School in Mobile County banned jackets in school buildings. In an email sent out yesterday, Principal Veronica Coleman wrote “jackets will no longer be worn inside of Chastang-Fournier K-8!” This had parents furious Thursday afternoon, December 14th, after the rule was enforced that morning.  Parents say this is an unusual method of discipline and its unsafe and unfair. They say the good kids shouldn’t have to suffer for the bad. “Well why they can’t wear they jackets. I’m not understand…

WQAD.com LogoThose reindeer antlers on your car are a drag, literally

Those reindeer antlers on your car are a drag, literally

You’ve likely seen cars and trucks driving around this holiday season bedecked with antlers, bows or other Christmas-Y decorations. While there is no doubt these rolling signs of the season are festive, according to a report in USA Today, they aren’t so economical. The study shows that adding holiday items to a vehicle creates more surface for wind resistance, leading to poorer gas mileage. Specifically: •Reindeer antlers and Rudolph’s nose create about a 1-mile-per-gallon decrease in highway fuel efficiency and a 3% increase in drag coefficient — commonly understood as air …

Quad-City Times LogoMoline: Grant is autism center; Ericsson serves Floreciente

Moline: Grant is autism center; Ericsson serves Floreciente

Moline's former Grant Elementary School — one of eight buildings closed by the Moline-Coal Valley District during the tough economic times of the 1980s — is thriving as the Quad-Cities Autism Center.

WQAD.com LogoCouple adopts seven brothers and sisters who were split up in three separate foster homes

Couple adopts seven brothers and sisters who were split up in three separate foster homes

MARIANNA, Fla. -- A Florida couple just became a family of nine after adopting seven children - all brothers and sisters and all at once! Sofia and Dashoan Olds said they always knew they might adopt some day, according to Today. The Olds said once they saw a news story about the siblings, it just felt right to adopt. "I like to say I felt like it was a calling. Honestly, when I saw that picture, it was automatic.""There was no question, if they allow us to adopt these children, we will do it," said Sofia. "I like to say I felt like it was a calling. Honestly, when I saw that pict…

WQAD.com Logo22 serving prison sentences for meth distribution scheme in Marshalltown

22 serving prison sentences for meth distribution scheme in Marshalltown

MARSHALLTOWN, Iowa — Over the last year, 22 people have been sent to federal prison for being part of a meth and money laundering scheme. According to a statement from the U.S. District Attorney’s Office, the group of people involved “agreed with each other to distribute methamphetamine,” and it all started as early as the summer of 2013. The group was found to be responsible for selling hundreds of pounds of ice methamphetamine across northern Iowa, according to the district attorney’s statement.  The people involved in the conspiracy, who are mostly from Dubuqu…

Quad-Cities Online LogoBHC named military-friendly for eighth consecutive year

BHC named military-friendly for eighth consecutive year

Black Hawk College has been named a 2018 Military Friendly® School by Victory Media for the eighth consecutive year.

WQAD.com LogoCarl Sandburg college president leaving for job in Iowa

Carl Sandburg college president leaving for job in Iowa

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) — Kirkwood Community College in Cedar Rapids has hired a new president. Television station KCRG reports that 59-year-old Lori Sundberg, the current president of Carl Sandburg College in Illinois, announced Thursday morning that she had been hired by the Iowa college. Sundberg will continue to serve as the Illinois college’s president through June 30. She’ll take over at Kirkwood Community College on Aug. 1. The Kirkwood board approved Sundberg’s hiring Thursday night. Sundberg holds an MBA from Western Illinois University and a doctorate in business …

WQAD.com LogoFormer ‘Today’ staffer reveals alleged affair with Matt Lauer

Former ‘Today’ staffer reveals alleged affair with Matt Lauer

A former “Today” show staffer has revealed an affair she claims to have had with former host Matt Lauer. Addie Collins Zinone gave a first-person account of the alleged affair to Variety. Zinone, who is now married, said she was 24-years-old when she started working for NBC’s “Today” show following a summer internship. Watch: Interview with reporter who broke story of Matt Lauer allegations She said Lauer, who was fired last month amid sexual misconduct allegations, began messaging her just a few weeks before she was leaving NBC for a reporting job in We…

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Friday, December 15, 2017

WQAD.com LogoVideo shows coyote attacking dog in suburban Illinois backyard

Video shows coyote attacking dog in suburban Illinois backyard

NORTHFIELD, Ill. -- A suburban Illinois couple have a warning for fellow pet owners after their dog was attacked by a coyote in their own backyard. It happened so fast: just moments after Boozer stepped outside, a coyote rushed in and circled the cairn terrier briefly before rushing in and clamping down on his head, dragging the 14-pound dog around the yard. The couple's home surveillance camera captured the attack as the coyote dragged the dog around, until Barnaby Dinges' wife ran out of their Northfield home screaming, and the coyote ran from the backyard. "Literally we're on the phone a…

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Moline motorcycle accident under investigation

MOLINE -- A 24-year-old motorcyclist was critically injured Thursday afternoon in a vehicle collision in Moline.

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Snowstar opens Saturday

Snowstar will be opening this weekend Saturday and Sunday but only one slope, Big Dipper and one lift. It will be a reduced rate ticket of $10 for lift and $10 rental. Regular hours on Saturday Sunday.

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Scott County adds Park View streets to its jurisdiction

Four new streets and nine stop signs in Park View were added to Scott County secondary roads jurisdiction Thursday night by a unanimous vote of the county board of supervisors.

WQAD.com LogoDriver killed while walking across I-74 after collision

Driver killed while walking across I-74 after collision

One person was hit and killed walking across Interstate 74 after getting into a collision. The Illinois State Police said a Toyota Corolla driver got into a crash around 11:20 p.m. Thursday, December 14th after going off the road, over the center median, and hitting a Chevy SUV going the opposite direction. The Toyota driver got out of the car to talk with the SUV driver, and a short time later was hit and killed by a westbound Ford F750 while crossing the interstate, according to the police statement. The Chevy driver was taken from the scene with non-life-threatening injuries.  There is no…

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One person killed in I-74 crash Thursday night

WOODHULL -- One person is dead following a three-vehicle collision on Interstate 74 north of Woodhull Thursday night.

WVIK LogoMVC Tournament Tickets Go on Sale

MVC Tournament Tickets Go on Sale

Tickets for the Missouri Valley Conference Women's Basketball tournament go on sale Saturday. The tournament will be held March 8th through the 11th at the TaxSlayer Center in Moline.

WVIK LogoMidwest Week: Explaining Farming to an Urban Audience

Midwest Week: Explaining Farming to an Urban Audience

On Midwest Week, what can we learn from a farm in Scott County?…

Quad-City Times LogoHoliday Hunt: How to play

Holiday Hunt: How to play

The glassblowing artists at Hot Glass in Davenport are donating 30 multi-colored ornaments for the Holiday Hunt series, part of the Quad-City Times' inaugural 12 Gifts to Our Readers.

Quad-City Times LogoHoliday gift (and selfie) hunt

Holiday gift (and selfie) hunt

From my perch, I loom large,…

Quad-Cities Online LogoWill is home; everything else will work out

Will is home; everything else will work out

BETTENDORF — The young boy — age 7 and four months into a new heart — sits right leg over left at the Lego table in what used to be his bedroom.

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Dispatch-Argus Santa Fund reports first tally

The Dispatch-Argus Santa Fund has collected $7,487 of its $50,000 goal for its 110th season.

Quad-City Times Logo1 dead in I-74 crash in Henry County

1 dead in I-74 crash in Henry County

One person is dead after a crash Thursday night on Interstate 74 in Henry County.

WQAD.com LogoLast day to sign up for Obamacare is here

Last day to sign up for Obamacare is here

(CNN Money) -- Time is running out to sign up for Obamacare for 2018. Open enrollment ends at 11:59 p.m. on December 15 for residents in the 39 states that use the federal exchange, healthcare.gov. More people have signed up for policies than at this time a year ago, but Obamacare supporters fear that many potential enrollees may not realize that the Trump administration cut the sign-up season in half. In fact, 56% of those consumers shopping online for health insurance at eHealth said they are unaware that open enrollment ends Friday, the insurance marketplace said this week. There is one …

WVIK LogoEp. 8: 'Do You Know The Muffin Man?'

Ep. 8: 'Do You Know The Muffin Man?'

Katey Irwin Kiley invited her mother, Rosemary Irwin, of Austin, Texas, to the studios of WVIK to ask why she and her husband chose to move to Davenport over Rockford and Kansas City in the 1960s.

Thursday, December 14th, 2017

Quad-City Times LogoRick's Six: Warmup, gift hunt, motorcycle crash, and win stands

Rick's Six: Warmup, gift hunt, motorcycle crash, and win stands

A good Friday to all. Get ready for a slight weekend warmup when temperatures will jump back into the 40s. Here are the weather details from the National Weather Service.

WVIK LogoBettPlex Announces Naming Rights

BettPlex Announces Naming Rights

A sports complex under construction in Bettendorf has announced a naming rights agreement. The BettPlex will now be called TBK Bank Sports Complex.

Quad-City Times LogoRoosevelt Community Center sees ups, downs

Roosevelt Community Center sees ups, downs

Walk into the former Roosevelt Elementary School in west Davenport on a weekday, and the first thing you see are two classrooms, each occupied by more than a dozen 3- and-4-year-olds.

Quad-City Times LogoBig Story: Former Davenport school buildings fill new needs

Big Story: Former Davenport school buildings fill new needs

Schools closed over the years by the Davenport Community School District have found many new uses: apartments, a church, a massage school, a business and, with the recent opening of the J.B. Young Opportunity Center, three community centers.

Quad-City Times LogoRock Island: School demolitions in 2012, 2013 stirred debate

Rock Island: School demolitions in 2012, 2013 stirred debate

For historic preservationists, the demolition of two schools in the Rock Island-Milan School District — the former Lincoln in 2012 and Audubon in 2013 — was heart-rending.

Quad-City Times LogoChurch preserves Grant School memories

Church preserves Grant School memories

Every so often, someone stops the Rev. Renee Holm, pastor of Living Hope Community Church, and asks if they can look inside her church, the former Grant Elementary School at 216 W. Hayes St., Davenport…

WQAD.com LogoNorth Scott stays undefeated on the mats

North Scott stays undefeated on the mats

North Scott would open their match against Bettendorf with three straight pins.  The Lancers would beat the Bulldogs 43-22 to improve to 9-0 in duals.

WQAD.com LogoMoline GBB scores 12 point win over Galesburg

Moline GBB scores 12 point win over Galesburg

Moline would host Galesburg in a Western Big 6 contest, the Maroons would win 51-39.  Alannah Crompton woul dlead the way with a double-double 16-points and 13-rebounds.

WQAD.com LogoUnited Township use big second half to beat Quincy

United Township use big second half to beat Quincy

United Township Girls Basketball had a lead at the half, but really opened it up in the second half to beat Quincy 71-48.

WQAD.com LogoThree-car collision on HWY 61 in Davenport

Three-car collision on HWY 61 in Davenport

DAVENPORT, Iowa -- Crews responded to a three-car accident on Highway 61 and 110th Ave. in Davenport on Thursday, December 14. Initial reports say a van hit the back of a big rig before another truck crashed into the back of the van. Police have not said if there were any reported injuries. This is a developing story.  …

WQAD.com LogoWind farm Phase 3 well underway in Henry County

Wind farm Phase 3 well underway in Henry County

WOODHULL, Illinois-- Smack dab in the middle of this Henry County field, you'll find these massive modern marvels going up piece by piece. They're part of Phase 3 of the Bishop Hill wind energy project. It started with 133 turbines near Galva, Illinois, then 50 in Bishop Hill, and now the final 53 are going up in Woodhull. Each is as high as a 50 story building, and each blade is longer than four school busses. "All 53 of them are in the AlWood school district," says AlWood Superintendent Shannon Bumann. "It really is like winning the lottery," says Bumann. Woodhull will collect property taxe…

WQAD.com LogoSalvation Army of Clinton surprises woman with car

Salvation Army of Clinton surprises woman with car

CLINTON, Iowa - Walking up to the HyVee in Clinton, Estela has no idea that the shiny new car with a big red bow on the top is for her. "The winner of Salvation Army of Clinton Iowa's first ever 'Cruisin' with Care' and that person is Miss Estela Azevedo," said Lt. Justin Hartley, Salvation Army. Shocked and grateful, she bursts into tears of joy. Estela was nominated by her coworkers at Zion Childcare Preschool. "She'd do anything for you, you know she's worked for us for a long time and was a single mom and struggled all this time and was just so gracious through it all," said Kelly Bork, …

WQAD.com LogoBest. Pageant. Ever. Watch as pre-school brawl breaks out over ‘Baby Jesus’

Best. Pageant. Ever. Watch as pre-school brawl breaks out over ‘Baby Jesus’

WHITE PINE, Tenn –  An all-out pre-school brawl broke out over Baby Jesus at a Tennessee church’s Christmas pageant – and it just might be the cutest pageant you’ve ever seen. Two-year-old Teegan Benson was playing the role of the sheep in First Baptist Church of White Pine’s nativity scene. As the children’s choir was singing “Away in a Manger,” Teegan decided it was time to dance with the baby doll playing Jesus, so she grabbed the baby and starting busting some moves. However, the 3-year-old playing Mary took great exception to her c…

WQAD.com LogoIllinois Police officer shot son for swapping his vodka with water, prosecutors say

Illinois Police officer shot son for swapping his vodka with water, prosecutors say

INDIAN HEAD PARK, Ill. -- A suburban Illinois police officer charged with shooting his son during an apparent argument over a bottle of vodka. The judge in this case called the allegations "disturbing" and ordered 48-year old cop to be held with bail no bail, according to WGN. Prosecutors say the suspect, Indian Head Park Police Sergeant Ray Leuser, shot his son inside of his home on the Southwest Side. A neighbor who did not want to be identified called Leuser a good neighbor and said she was shocked to hear what allegedly happened. But in Cook County court Thursday, prosecutors painted a d…

Quad-City Times LogoChildren receive bicycles for Christmas

Children receive bicycles for Christmas

Christmas came early for about 25 Davenport children who received refurbished bicycles from Santa Claus, thanks to the efforts of the Scott County Sheriff’s Department’s jail inmate bicycle restoration program.

Quad-Cities Online LogoRally supports woman held on ICE detainer

Rally supports woman held on ICE detainer

A segment of the community is rallying behind an undocumented Scott County woman who was briefly taken into custody Thursday by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, or ICE.

WQAD.com LogoProtesters gather at Scott County Courthouse to support woman facing deportation

Protesters gather at Scott County Courthouse to support woman facing deportation

DAVENPORT, Iowa-- Protesters gathered at Scott County Courthouse and Jail to support an undocumented woman who was almost deported. Davenport Police arrested 31 year-old Maria Hernandez Calderon for shoplifting on Wednesday, December 13th. According to police reports, Calderon took merchandise valued at less than $100. She was taken to Scott County Jail where she was then turned over to immigration enforcement, or ICE. Scott County Sheriff Tim Lane says they have an agreement policy with ICE to turn in any undocumented immigrants. According to a Facebook post by Father Guillermo Trevino Jr., …

WQAD.com LogoDavenport Police respond to reports of a disturbance, find two cars damaged by gunfire

Davenport Police respond to reports of a disturbance, find two cars damaged by gunfire

DAVENPORT, Iowa -- Just after 2:30 p.m. on Thursday, December 14, Davenport Police responded to the 1500 block of W. 8th St. for reports of a 'disturbance involving a handgun.' According to the Davenport Police Department, once on scene, officers found two cars parked along the street had been hit by gunfire. Police say there were no injuries reported but that follow-up is being done on the incident. Anyone with information regarding these incidents is encouraged to “DO WHAT’S RIGHT” and call the Davenport Police Department at 563 326-6125 or submit an anonymous tip via the mobile app e…

WVIK LogoEvening News for Thursday, December 14, 2017

Evening News for Thursday, December 14, 2017

tonight's headlines: authorities conclude two Davenport police officers were justified in using deadly force, Carl Sandburg College president Lori Sundberg will take a new job next year, and Heritage Church begins planning how it will use the former Kone building in downtown Moline. Cloudy with flurries possible overnight, low 21. Cloudy on Friday, high near 35.

WQAD.com LogoBackstop Sports announces ‘Drills & Skills’ baseball camp

Backstop Sports announces ‘Drills & Skills’ baseball camp

MILAN, Illinois -- Calling all baseball players! Backstop Sports has announced a 'Drills & Skills with the Pros' baseball camp to be held at Fielder's Choice in Milan, IL, beginning Wednesday, December 27, through Friday, December 29. The 3-day camp, held for kids ages 6-14, will feature exercises to perfect hitting, fielding, and base running, as well as appearances from former local players, including Washington National Jake Scudder, New York Yankee Coach Tyson Blaser, and Arizona Diamondback Matt Brill. Check out the camp's flyer here before completing the registration form.  …

WVIK LogoDavenport Officer Justified in Fatal Shooting of Suspect

Davenport Officer Justified in Fatal Shooting of Suspect

Davenport police took lethal action that has been deemed reasonable and justified when two officers shot and killed a man last month.

WQAD.com LogoSUV and motorcycle involved in Thursday afternoon crash in Moline

SUV and motorcycle involved in Thursday afternoon crash in Moline

MOLINE, Illinois -- On Thursday, December 14, Moline Police and Fire responded to the 4800 block of 4th Avenue in Moline for reports of a crash involving a motorcycle and an SUV. According to the Moline Police Department, the driver of the motorcycle, a 24-year-old East Moline resident, was taken to Genesis-Illini before being moved by MedForce to OSF-St. Francis in Peoria for treatment of life-threatening injuries. Police say the driver is currently in critical condition. Police say one of the passengers in the SUV, an infant, was taken to Unity Point-Rock Island with non-life threatening in…

WQAD.com LogoBettPlex to be called ‘TBK Bank Sports Complex’

BettPlex to be called ‘TBK Bank Sports Complex’

BETTENDORF, Iowa -- TBK Bank, known locally for their 10 Triumph Community Bank branches here in the Quad Cities, and the BettPlex announced a naming rights partnership on Thursday, December 14. The complex, located at the northeast corner of Middle Road and Forest Grove in Bettendorf, will be called the TBK Bank Sports Complex, effective immediately. The full signage and branding changes will take place in 2018. City leaders say the TBK Bank Sports Complex is expected to bring in more than 750,000 visitors each year. “We’re thrilled that TBK Bank will be the naming rights partner with th…

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Public Building Commission approves courthouse demolition deadline

ROCK ISLAND — A deadline of July 18 has been set for the county courthouse to either be renovated or demolished.

WQAD.com LogoJury convicts Iowa woman of murder in teen’s starvation death

Jury convicts Iowa woman of murder in teen’s starvation death

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A jury has convicted an Iowa woman of murder in the starvation death of her 16-year-old daughter. Jurors reached their decision Thursday afternoon, finding 43-year-old Nicole Finn guilty of first-degree murder, kidnapping and child endangerment in the October 2016 death of Natalie Finn. The West Des Moines teen weighed only 85 pounds when she died. Jurors began deliberating Wednesday. In final arguments, the prosecution said Nicole Finn sought to kill and torment three of her children, including Natalie. The defense claimed Nicole Finn was detached from reality. She w…

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Rock Island County women can get women’s health services in Colona

COLONA -- Rock Island County women now have access to comprehensive birth control and reproductive health services at the Colona office of the Henry County Health Department.

WQAD.com LogoQuad City couple honors son with donation to mental health researchers

Quad City couple honors son with donation to mental health researchers

ROCK ISLAND, Illinois -- A Quad City couple is making sure their son's memory lives on by donating thousands of dollars for mental health research. On Thursday, December 14, George and Gloria Smith handed out three checks, totaling nearly $17,000, to the Robert Young Center, Rock Island County's Mental Health Court, and the University of Iowa Mood Disorders Center. The money was raised during a summer music festival called AdamFest. Since 2014, the Smiths have been organizing AdamFest in honor of their 26-year-old son, Adam, who took his own life after a battle with mental illness. "I don't t…

Quad-City Times LogoCrash closes 48th Street in Moline

Crash closes 48th Street in Moline

Moline Police are asking the public to avoid a portion of 48th Street at 4th Avenue because of a vehicle crash that resulted in serious injuries. The Traffic Investigations Division will complete a re-construction of the crash and the road……

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Heritage Church offers future for iconic KONE Tower in Moline

The tall,  iconic Moline landmark is preparing for a new role along the Mississippi River. Heritage Church, which bought the former KONE Tower in August 2017,  is aiming high with plans for the future. The church opened part of the structure on Thursday, December 14, for a rare look inside. The new owner is moving forward to create a community engagement center. "It's a historical landmark, really," said Pastor Steve Abel, who serves the Rock Island congregation.  "It's part of the skyline.  It has been, and we hope it will continue to be for the future." Heritage Church is working on a n…

WQAD.com LogoTemperatures still on track to improve in the coming days

Temperatures still on track to improve in the coming days

Today was not only the week’s coldest but is not expected get this cold until we enter the holiday weekend.  The arctic air mass responsible for several blast of cold air over the past week will be shifting further north and allow temperatures in the coming days to slowly improve. Lows overnight will drop around the 20 degree mark with highs Friday around the mid to upper 30s.  Keep in mind, the normal high for the rest of this month is in the lower 30s. Warmer winds will follow with mid to upper 40s expected on Saturday.  In fact, 40s are still expected to be common through most of …

WQAD.com LogoWalmart is letting workers get paid whenever they want

Walmart is letting workers get paid whenever they want

(CNN Money) — Walmart is teaming up with Silicon Valley to make payday come early for its employees. The company announced a new “Instapay” service for its 1.4 million workers. The service will allow Walmart workers to access, before payday, half of the wages they have already earned. They can withdraw that pay whenever they’d like to. Instapay is part of a personal finance app called Even, which lets hourly and salaried workers plan ahead for bills, make savings goals and helps them figure out how much is okay for them to spend. Financial tech company PayActiv is also …

WQAD.com LogoIllinois State Police search for answers in 2010 missing person case

Illinois State Police search for answers in 2010 missing person case

WOODSTOCK, Illinois — The Illinois State Police and Woodstock Police Department are looking for information in the 2010 disappearance of Benedetta “Beth” Bentley. Police say on May 23, 2010, a friend dropped Bentley off at an Amtrak Station in Centralia, Illinois. Bentley was reportedly taking a train home to Woodstock but never arrived and was subsequently reported missing. Police say they received information that led them to a rural location in Jefferson County, where, on December 4, 2017, suspected human remains were found. Investigators are working to identify the remain…

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Trax from the Stax at Bettendorf Library Dec. 21

BETTENDORF -- At 7:30 p.m., Dec. 21, local music expert Beej Dillard will share his knowledge and unique perspective on the local original music scene past, present and future!…

WQAD.com LogoDedicated donor really drives home the gift of life

Dedicated donor really drives home the gift of life

DAVENPORT -- Al Whitney knows his way around the Mississippi Valley Regional Blood Center. "It's my first time -- today," he joked, while donating platelets on Thursday, December 14. Whitney, who hails from the Cleveland area, started "Platelets Across America" a decade ago. He's already donated in all 50 states. "Somebody in the hospital needs it," he said.  "Somebody's just dying for it, literally." Now, Al is halfway done with a second lap around the country.  That's why the retiree made a stop in Davenport to roll up his sleeve. "People don't understand," he continued.  "I come to the …

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Bring in the Noon Year at the Family Museum

BETTENDORF — The grownups get to have their New Year’s Eve fun at night, so the Family Museum offers kids a chance to celebrate the arrival of 2018 during the daylight hours with Noon Year’s Eve, a countdown to 12……

Quad-Cities Online LogoHeritage shows additional signs of growth

Heritage shows additional signs of growth

MOLINE -- If more road signs were needed to direct people to Heritage Church sites, the locally based megachurch would need more than merging-left signs onto streets of gold.

WQAD.com LogoPerson ‘calling for help’ leads Clinton police to find man suffering from gunshot wound

Person ‘calling for help’ leads Clinton police to find man suffering from gunshot wound

CLINTON, Iowa — A man suffering a gunshot wound was taken to the hospital after police got word that someone was yelling from inside a home. It was around 2:30 a.m. when Clinton Police officers responded to the 2300 block of Garfield Street. “The first officer on scene heard someone inside the residence calling for help,” said a statement from the Clinton Police Department.  That’s when the officer went inside and found a man with a gunshot wound. He was taken to a hospital before being airlifted to Iowa City. Hours later police went to the 200 block of 21st Place look…

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Self-proclaimed nerds to turn video gaming into scholarships at Augustana College

ROCK ISLAND -- Students, faculty and even college President Steven Bahls are coming together to develop an organization dedicated to eSports at Augustana. The introductory meeting saw nearly 50 students in attendance and by the second meeting it was standing-room……

WVIK LogoSandburg President will Leave Next Year

Sandburg President will Leave Next Year

Kirkwood Community College in Cedar Rapids will soon have its first female president. Doctor Lori Sundberg will take office next August.

WVIK LogoChurch's Plans for the Kone Building

Church's Plans for the Kone Building

A multi-campus church in the Quad Cities is expanding again. After buying the former Kone building in downtown Moline last summer, Heritage Church has announced its plans for the 117,000 square foot building.

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Order enchiladas by Dec. 18; support Hero Street Monument

SILVIS -- Just in time for the holidays, an enchilada fundraiser has been organized by the Hero Street Monument Committee to support ongoing maintenance costs for the monument, located on the corner of 1st Avenue and 2nd Street.

WQAD.com LogoFCC votes to repeal net neutrality

FCC votes to repeal net neutrality

(CNN Money) -- The end of net neutrality may be here. The Republican-led Federal Communications Commission voted Thursday, December 14th to approve a controversial plan to repeal Obama-era net neutrality protections. The repeal passed 3-2, along a party-line vote. Related: The end of net neutrality: What it all means  The vote came amid mounting protests from the tech industry, consumer advocacy groups and even some Republican members of Congress who'd urged the FCC to delay or cancel the vote. In what may be a sign emotions running high on the issue, the net neutrality vote was briefly i…

Quad-City Times LogoNoon update: Weekend fun, teachers who made an impact, and no sidewalks

Noon update: Weekend fun, teachers who made an impact, and no sidewalks

WQAD.com LogoEnter the 12 Days of Christmas Sweepstakes Day 9 – Revell Jewelers

Enter the 12 Days of Christmas Sweepstakes Day 9 – Revell Jewelers

This holiday season WQAD News 8 and participating sponsors will bring viewers 12 Days of Christmas.  Find gift ideas for your loved ones and register to win a prize from each day’s sponsor! Starting December 4th, each weekday in News 8 at 11 a.m., WQAD News 8 will feature a business with gift ideas for the holidays. Starting at noon each day, enter to  win a prize or prizes from that day’s featured business. You will have 24 hours to register to win that day’s featured prize(s). Remember…  it is a new contest every day!  You must register each day for that day’s prize.  Contest…

Quad-Cities Online LogoGroup O to hire 60 in Q-C for customer service

Group O to hire 60 in Q-C for customer service

MILAN -- The growing Group O is hiring.

WQAD.com LogoCHEF SCOTT: Biscuits and gravy for dessert

CHEF SCOTT: Biscuits and gravy for dessert

BETTENDORF, Iowa – Chef Brad Scott says his wife believes he can't bake. But he's ready to prove all the doubters wrong. It's Biscuits and Gravy for Dessert. "Only with a sweet taste," says Chef Scott, director of Scott Community College's Culinary Arts and Hospitality Management Center. "Let's get started." 1. Dredge Baby Grand biscuits in a mixture of cinnamon and sugar (two per person) 2. Bake using directions for the biscuits 3. Add 1 cube of almond bark into a double boiler for the sauce 4. Add 2 Tbsp of margarine 5. Mix in 2 Tbsp flour 6. Add 1 1/2 cup of heavy cream 7. Add 1 cup of w…

Quad-Cities Online LogoLocal high school students explore public policy, leadership through Anderson’s Youth Advisory Council

Local high school students explore public policy, leadership through Anderson’s Youth Advisory Council

MOLINE — Dozens of high school students from across the 36th Senate District participated in a unique, hands-on experience in public policy, state government, and leadership recently in Moline, as part of State Sen. Neil Anderson’s Youth Advisory Council.

Quad-Cities Online LogoDavenport police's use of force in fatal November fight was justified

Davenport police's use of force in fatal November fight was justified

The fatal shooting in November of a Davenport man by a police officer has been deemed a justified use of force.

WQAD.com LogoRegal Cinemas to start serving Cheetos popcorn

Regal Cinemas to start serving Cheetos popcorn

Could there be a better combination than movie theater popcorn and Cheetos? Luckily for moviegoers everywhere, Regal Cinemas is pairing up with the popular snack to serve Cheetos popcorn. Regal operates the Regal Moline Stadium 14 theater in the Quad Cities. The snack is available in 32 oz. cups and will include both Cheetos-flavored popcorn and actual Cheetos. Humanity has peaked. pic.twitter.com/d4kKr0s2YY — Chris Branch (@cbranch89) November 16, 2017 “We’re excited to give moviegoers a chance to experience Cheetos in an unexpected and delicious new way through our first nation…

WQAD.com LogoSee tour of construction underway inside new courthouse

See tour of construction underway inside new courthouse

ROCK ISLAND - The new Rock Island County courthouse is ahead of schedule and under budget, with the majority of the construction being done by local labor. "We're about 98 percent local," said Phil Thiele, project manager with Gilbane Construction out of Chicago. "We're framing walls, hanging duct work, putting up conduit, piping, and plumbing," said Thiele. The 46,000 square foot structure is about a month ahead of schedule right now. "Originally mid November, now October 8. We've got a really good set of drawings, we've had good weather, real good participation with local companies," Thiele…

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Scholarship for Iowans seeking International Experience

Iowa Sister States is excited to announce the Jeff Zimpleman Iowa Sister States Scholarship. It is unique in that it is specifically for Iowa students to further their interest in the world of international relations via one of Iowa’s 9……

WQAD.com LogoPortillo’s actively looking at Quad Cities location

Portillo’s actively looking at Quad Cities location

“They’re coming. It just takes time.” That’s the word from Ray Forsythe, Director of Planning and Development for Moline, who appeared live on WQAD News 8’s Good Morning Quad Cities on Thursday, December 14th. “Portillo’s is coming to the Quad Cities at some point, whether it’s in Davenport or Moline,” he said. “We’re hoping for Moline since the CEO is from Moline. We’re going to work really hard to get them here, but maybe they’ll open two [locations].” Forsythe said the city is working with Portillo’s and their real estate…

WQAD.com LogoThere’s a lot happening in Moline in 2018

There’s a lot happening in Moline in 2018

2018 is going to be a BIG year for Moline. On Thursday, December 14th, WQAD News 8’s Good Morning Quad Cities had “Breakfast With…” Ray Forsythe, Moline’s Planning and Development Director at the Q, which is about to open to the public along with the Element Hotel, an energy-efficient transformation of the old Sears warehouse on the corner of 4th Avenue and 12th Street in downtown Moline. Click here to see a sneak peek: According to Forsythe, a ribbon cutting for The Q is set for mid-January 2018 and the Element will host its first guests on January 23rd, 2018. …

WQAD.com LogoWittenymyer youth counselor accused of having sex with minor, supplying him with drugs and gun

Wittenymyer youth counselor accused of having sex with minor, supplying him with drugs and gun

DAVENPORT, Iowa -- A 25-year-old counselor at the Annie Wittenmyer Juvenile Facility has been arrested and charged with multiple crimes after allegedly helping a 16-year-old client of the Family Resources-run center obtain a handgun, having sex with him and supplying him marijuana. Danielle Puls, of Rock Island, is facing charges of assisting a felon in obtaining a firearm, sexual misconduct with an offender, drug distribution to a person under the age of 18 and lascivious conduct with a minor. According to affidavits from Davenport Police, Puls supplied money to her 16-year-old boyfriend to …

WVIK LogoThursday, December 14, 2017

Thursday, December 14, 2017

Quad-City Times LogoTraffic alert: Downed power lines at Central Park and Marquette

Traffic alert: Downed power lines at Central Park and Marquette

Central Park Avenue is closed at Marquette and Filmore streets this morning, Davenport police report.





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