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Tuesday, May 26th, 2015

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Mom allegedly leaves son alone for holiday weekend

SUFFOLK, Va. (WAVY) – An 8-year-old boy was allegedly left home alone for the Memorial Day weekend while his mother traveled out of state. Kionna Moret, 27, is now facing charges of child neglect and child endangerment after someone called police to report her son being left to fend for himself Saturday. “To leave an 8-year-old on their own for a weekend and go two states away, to me, is just mind blowing,” said the woman who filed the police report. The woman wished to remain anonymous to protect her family, but she said her teenage child was outside kicking a ball around Saturday aft…

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The Pledge from Mrs. Burger’s class at St. Mary’s School

First graders in Mrs. Burger’s class recite the Pledge of Allegiance at St. Mary’s School in Sterling, Illinois. Submit your school to participate in the Daily Pledge – click here.

WQAD.com LogoNew this morning: Record flooding inundates Houston

New this morning: Record flooding inundates Houston

Central Texas is beginning to pick up the pieces after record flooding over the past 48 hours. But new this morning, Southeast Texas is under water. Houston, the nation’s fourth largest city has been inundated by high water. KTRK-TV reports that some bayous are two feet higher than record levels this morning after 10-12 inches of rain fell Monday night into Tuesday morning. Flash Flood Warnings are in effect for more than 5 million people. A “Flood Emergency” is in place for Houston and Harris County. For a time early this morning, all freeways and tollways had some sort of c…

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Pedestrian hit by car in Davenport transported to Iowa City

A Davenport man was treated for non-life-threatening injuries after police say he was hit by a sports utility vehicle late Sunday. …

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Quad-City Times LogoOne injured in 2-vehicle crash in Moline

One injured in 2-vehicle crash in Moline

The driver of a car that was struck on the passenger side by a pickup truck Monday night at River Drive and 55th Street, Moline, was taken to a nearby hospital.

Quad-City Times LogoCoaltown Road lane to be closed

Coaltown Road lane to be closed

One lane of Coaltown Road in Moline, east of 38th Street, will be closed starting Tuesday, weather permitting, to accommodate work by MidAmerican Energy.

Quad-City Times LogoMore rain possible today

More rain possible today

A good Tuesday to all. After a holiday weekend that included rain and some severe weather, you'd think we had seen enough. Not so fast. The threat of more rain is again on tap for the region l……

Quad-City Times LogoResurfacing work begins in East Moline

Resurfacing work begins in East Moline

The Illinois Department of Transportation reports that weather permitting, construction work will begin today at the intersection of the Avenue of the Cities and 19th Street in East Moline.

Quad-City Times LogoJersey Ridge Road closes for road work

Jersey Ridge Road closes for road work

The city of Davenport is reporting that beginning today Jersey Ridge Road from Kirkwood Boulevard to Elm Street will be closed to through traffic for sewer repairs and asphalt pavement placement.

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Few storms could produce strong wind today

Parts of our area are in a slight risk of severe weather today. As an upper level disturbance approaches the region this afternoon, a few storms could grow tall enough to tap stronger wind in the upper parts of the atmosphere. As these stronger winds translate to the surface, some 60 mph wind will be possible. As far as hail goes, these storms will probably have a tough time producing much hail. That’s because of the fairly warm and humid atmosphere aloft. To produce large, damaging hail we really need some dry air above…that probably won’t be the case later today. Storms wil…

KWQC-TV6 LogoGlory lights surround Scott County Freedom Rock

Glory lights surround Scott County Freedom Rock

LECLAIRE, Iowa (KWQC) – Dozens of people gathered around the Scott County Freedom Rock on Monday for a debut of additions surrounding the significant boulder. The Freedom Rock was first unveiled last fall, serving as a memorial to soldiers, police officers, firefighters and other emergency responders. It is now illuminated with glory lights. Bricks have also been installed around the rock. They are called hero pavers in honor of veterans and honorary veterans whose names are engraved on them. So far, there are 180 names and more are expected to be added. Members of the military, city l…

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Obama, not Bush, to blame for Iraq mess

WASHINGTON -- Ramadi falls. The Iraqi army flees. The great 60-nation anti-Islamic State coalition so grandly proclaimed by the Obama administration is nowhere to be seen. Instead, it's the defense minister of Iran who flies into Baghdad, an unsubtle demonstration of who's in charge -- while the U.S. air campaign proves futile and America's alleged strategy for combating the Islamic State is in freefall.

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Letter: More gaming won't fix Chicago or Illinois budget problems

More gambling will not solve the budget problems for the state or for Chicago…

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Letter: Do the math, national debt biggest threat to America

President Obama told Coast Guard graduates that climate change is the single greatest threat to the nation that they face. That is just a diversion to occupy the thoughts of the public. A mathematical certainty is single greatest threat to our nation, not the unproven theory of climate change! That mathematical certainty is the interest on the national debt.

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Video gaming's good economic news for state

Illinois is in search of good economic news. With budget problems facing the state, many counties and cities that will be difficult to solve, video gaming is doing its part to help meet that need for success stories.

WQAD.com LogoBoy with cancer checks off bucket list dream, throws first pitch at River Bandits game

Boy with cancer checks off bucket list dream, throws first pitch at River Bandits game

A little boy with terminal cancer fulfilled one of his bucket list items on Memorial Day by throwing out the first pitch at the River Bandits game. Ty Sanford is five-years-old and has DIPG, an inoperable incurable brain tumor on his brain stem. Doctors diagnosed him with the tumor last month. “It’s been really overwhelming,” said Ryan Silvis, Ty’s Dad. “It’s very stressful for him too, he doesn’t understand why all these people are around all the time.” His parents are working fast to try to complete all of Ty’s bucket list items, like tak…

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New memorial honors vets in DeWitt

Land that was once a hole in the ground is now a beautiful memorial to veterans in DeWitt, IA.     The memorial took 7 years to plan and complete.     60,000 pounds of granite make up the centerpiece monument.  There are also markers for each branch of the military along with their flags.     The memorial is topped off by the largest American flag allowed, 10 by 15 feet.     Though not fully complete, everyone is welcome to check out the new memorial.

KWQC-TV6 LogoVolunteers step in to spruce up neglected cemetery areas

Volunteers step in to spruce up neglected cemetery areas

CLINTON, Ia. (KWQC) – A group of people in Clinton spent Memorial Day making sure not only the graves of soldiers got the respect that’s deserved, but that an entire cemetery got the attention they say has been lacking. When you go to visit a loved one’s resting place you don’t expect to trudge through tall grass, see graves overgrown by weeds, or even see headstones toppled over. “It breaks your heart when you see all these people that have families and this is what they gotta come out here to,” said Shane Ries. When word spread those were the conditions …

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Ceremony shines spotlight on Scott County Freedom Rock

A symbolic monument is now shining to help remember fallen heroes.Dozens gathered on Memorial Day evening for the Freedom Rock lighting ceremony in LeClaire.Iowa artist Ray Bubba Sorenson recently painted the 15,000 pound boulder.Spotlights that encircle it highlight the memorial to soldiers, police officers, firefighters, and paramedics.There are 99 Freedom Rocks in Iowa. One for every county. …

Quad-City Times LogoFamilies make watching Criterium a tradition; organizers pleased

Families make watching Criterium a tradition; organizers pleased

Families from both sides of the Mississippi River have made watching the annual Quad-Cities Criterium a tradition.

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River Bandits help boy battling brain cancer

Ty Sandford is a typical five-year-old.He enjoys Playdough and dressing up as Spiderman, but this young boy suffers from a terminal brain tumor.Doctors say he has up to a year to live, but Ty is making the most of every day.Ty spent his Memorial Day on the River Bandits baseball field throwing the first pitch... one of 17 things on his bucket list."It's something he wants to do," said Trisha Meyer, Ty's grandmother.Doctors diagnosed Ty less than a month ago with DIPG, Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Glioma, an inoperable and incurable brain tumor."They gave him six months to a y…

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River Bandits helping boy battling brain cancer

Ty Sandford is a typical five-year-old.He enjoys Playdough and dressing up as Spiderman, but this young boy suffers from a terminal brain tumor.Doctors say he has up to a year to live, but Ty is making the most of every day.Ty spent his Memorial Day on the River Bandits baseball field throwing the first pitch... one of 17 things on his bucket list."It's something he wants to do," said Trisha Meyer, Ty's grandmother.Doctors diagnosed Ty less than a month ago with DIPG, Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Glioma, an inoperable and incurable brain tumor."They gave him six months to a y…

OurQuadCities.com LogoIowa Red Cross heading to Texas for recovery efforts

Iowa Red Cross heading to Texas for recovery efforts

Four Iowa Red Cross workers are going to Texas to help them deal with severe weather and record flooding.The volunteers left Monday from Waterloo and Cedar Rapids headed for Dallas.They are driving down with Red Cross emergency response vehicles to bring food and supplies. They will be joining a couple from Ankeny who has already been in Texas since May 13th.

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Iowa DNR confirms black bear tracks

(AP) Officials say there’s evidence a black bear has traveled into Dubuque.Nate Johnson with the Iowa Department of Natural Resources says tracks found behind a home on the south side of the city belong to a black bear weighing between 100 and 200 pounds. Police say a bear sighting was reported Monday morning.Officials believe the bear likely came to Iowa from Minnesota or Wisconsin. There were sightings reported last year in nearby Illinois.

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IL Democrats introduce $36.3 billion budget proposal

(AP) Illinois Democrats are introducing a proposed 2016 budget they say calls for more than $3 billion more in spending than the state anticipates in revenue.House Speaker Michael Madigan says the roughly $36.3 billion spending plan avoids about $5 billion in cuts proposed by Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner.Madigan calls the proposed budget a “more balanced approach” that protects vulnerable and middle class residents.The Chicago Democrat says Democrats who control the Legislature are willing to work with Rauner to raise taxes to fill the budget gap.Rauner has said he won’t sup…

OurQuadCities.com LogoGov. Terry Branstad orders flags at half-staff to honor fallen police officer

Gov. Terry Branstad orders flags at half-staff to honor fallen police officer

 Gov. Terry E. Branstad has ordered all flags in Iowa be flown at half-staff Tuesday, May 26, 2015, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., in honor of Omaha, Neb., Police Officer Kerrie Orozco, 29, who was a Walnut, Iowa, native and resident of Council Bluffs, Iowa. Orozco was killed in the line of duty Wednesday, May 20, 2015, while attempting to arrest Marcus D. Wheeler on a felony warrant for first-degree assault.The governor’s directive applies to all U.S. and state flags under control of the State of Iowa.Flags will be at half-staff on the state Capitol building and on flag displays…

Quad-City Times Logo'A heritage of selfless sacrifice'

'A heritage of selfless sacrifice'

A large crowd of veterans, families and military supporters gathered Monday to honor those who died while serving their country during the Memorial Day observance at Rock Island National Cemetery.

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For WWII vet & 11-year-old boy,friendship prevails at Memorial Day ceremony

Hundreds gathered at Camp Butler National Cemetery in Springfield Memorial Day afternoon.Veterans and their family members were there to honor those who have served.But Local 4's Jessica Kunz found an unlikely pair of friends who watch the ceremony every year together- symbolizing what the day is all about.Emil Ramlow and Zach Noll are unlikely friends.They are separated by decades in age, but have one important thing in common.Every year, they honor those like Ramlow who have served in the military.The pair met six years ago at a Memorial Day ceremony."It was a shock - we were sitting h…

Quad-City Times LogoMoline puts part of city under precautionary boil order

Moline puts part of city under precautionary boil order

The Moline Water Division has issued a precautionary boil order after a water main break caused a drop in system pressure, according to a media release from the city.

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New bill wants open prayer in public schools

A new bill could set the stage for more open prayer in Illinois Public Schools. Schools are already required to have a moment of silence to start each school day.Students can use that time to pray and the bill would broaden that. Students would be allowed to organize prayer groups on school property. They could meet before school, during lunch, recess or after school.Representative Mary Flowers sponsored the bill. She said it's the same as letting students start a sports team or other club."If students want to pray at the flagpole, if students want to read their Bibles at the flagpole, i…

KWQC-TV6 LogoWWII Veteran keeping taps alive in the QCA

WWII Veteran keeping taps alive in the QCA

  ROCK ISLAND, Ill (KWQC)- An iconic part of many Memorial Day Ceremonies, or a solider’s funeral is the playing of taps. These days, it’s becoming harder to find those who can play taps live. John Adams, one of two players in the Quad Cities, says the recording just isn’t the same. It’s a song he’s been playing for years. “What goes through my mind? Don’t miss a note,” he said laughing. He played today at the Rock Island National Cemetery, but a live tribute is now often replaced by a recording, which is not music to Adam’s trained …

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Boaters survive accident in Muscatine

Four people survived a boating accident over the weekend in Muscatine.The group went over the spillway at Lock and Dam 16. Investigators said a speeding fiberglass runabount boat went over the spillway late Saturday night.All of the people on board survived without being seriously hurt. None of the boaters were wearing a life jacket.

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Clean-up begins after EF2 tornado hits Mercer County

ELIZA, Ill. (KWQC) – The National Weather Service confirmed an EF2 tornado touched down in Mercer County yesterday with winds reaching 115 miles per hour. The twister started its path near New Boston and Eliza moving northeast through the county. There are no reports of injuries. Family, friends and neighbors are out cleaning up the area hardest hit along Schrader Lane. A machine shed was one of the hardest hit. The roof, the walls, everything that was apart of this barn can be seen a quarter mile down the road scattered across fields. Despite all of this destruction, the family said i…

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Criterium races into Davenport

There was a whole lot of pedal pumping around the Quad Cities today. More than 650 bicycle riders took over the Village of East Davenport for the 50th Annual Quad Cities Criterium. There were 12 races, including a kids' race.Novice and professional riders tested their skills in races like the Hilly Course. It's the 2nd year for the races in the village."It's pretty cool," said Ethan Kopplin. "It's kind of cool to see the bikes go as fast as this. Whenever I see bikes, or when I'm on my bike. I am a turtle compared to them."A lot of the stores, restaurants and bars in the n…

WQAD.com LogoMemorial Day tradition at Rock Island National Cemetery bonds family

Memorial Day tradition at Rock Island National Cemetery bonds family

Every Memorial Day, a Quad City family teams up to honor their family members who served in the military. Beth Lam, Shellie Mooreguy and Mary Houston pace the Rock Island National Cemetery on Memorial Day, placing flowers on their family member’s grave sites. “It’s bittersweet,” said Mary Houston, the aunt of Lam and Mooreguy. “We get together and talk about the good times.” The tradition started decades ago, back when Lam and Mooreguy were children. Their father, who is now buried at the Rock Island National Cemetery, would join with family members and plac…

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Arsenal hosts Memorial Day ceremony

Memorial Day brought some emotional observances across the Quad Cities, including one at the Rock Island Arsenal's National Cemetery.Soldiers fired cannons to honor those who died serving the country. Hundreds of people showed up for the ceremony, complete with a 21 gun salute. Judy Walleser has been coming here for more than 60 years to honor her father who died when she was 9 months old."I was 5 when they brought his body back and buried him," said Walleser. "I'm very grateful they have kept his memory alive."Organizers at the Arsenal need volunteers to help remove the 3…

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RI Arsenal holds Memorial Day ceremony at National Cemetery

Memorial Day brought some emotional observances across the Quad Cities, including one at the Rock Island Arsenal's National Cemetery.Soldiers fired cannons to honor those who died serving the country. Hundreds of people showed up for the ceremony, complete with a 21 gun salute. Judy Walleser has been coming here for more than 60 years to honor her father who died when she was 9 months old."I was 5 when they brought his body back and buried him," said Walleser. "I'm very grateful they have kept his memory alive."Organizers at the Arsenal need volunteers to help remove the 3…

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Veterans salute Soldier's Monument

Davenport was the scene of another service outside the gates hosted by the Veterans of Foreign Wars.A smaller crowd showed up for the ceremony alongside the Soldier's Monument near Central High School at 12-th and Main streets.The clouds didn't stop VFW members from Davenport and Bettendorf from holding the event that's been going on for more than 40 years."It's always important to show respect to our foreign comrades and veterans," said Post Commander of VFW 828, Karl Nagel. "This is the best country to live in in my opinion I think, and we should always show our support."…

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Little damage reported with Mercer County tornado

An EF2 tornado that touched down in Eliza, Ill., in Mercer County on Sunday night mainly caused damage to trees and outbuildings, the National Weather Service reported Monday.

Quad-City Times LogoChannel Cat Talks, Riverine Walks feature history, nature, fun on river

Channel Cat Talks, Riverine Walks feature history, nature, fun on river

If Chuck Wester stumbles into a patch of stinging nettle while gardening or hiking in the woods, he knows how to stop the painful itch.

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More Storms Chances Late Tonight

Seeing plenty of sunshine this afternoon along with nice warm temperatures in the low 80s. Overnight lows will only drop into the mid-60s, leaving things feeling a little humid. Tonight we’ll see a few storms and showers make their way mainly after midnight. Majority of the system will begin to push through during morning hours Tuesday. This is when we can not rule out the chance for a few isolated storm turning severe. The main threats will be strong wind, heavy rainfall and possibly hail. The wet weather will last throughout the day, though staying very scattered. By Wednesday majority…

WQAD.com LogoScore Sunday- Alleman Pioneers Soccer

Score Sunday- Alleman Pioneers Soccer

Alleman Pioneers Soccer team makes history by winning the Sectional.  They talked to Matt Randazzo about the season, and the next step.

WQAD.com LogoScore Sunday- Moline Softball FCA Story of the Week

Score Sunday- Moline Softball FCA Story of the Week

Dan Pearson features the Moline Maroons softball team, as they prepare for the postseason.

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Body of boater recovered

BURLINGTON, IowaOne man is dead after a boating accident on the Mississippi this weekend.Two men were fishing near Lock and Dam 18 upstream of Burlington when they got too close to the roller dam.  Their 14-foot jon boat got pulled in by the current and capsized.One man was able to use a log to swim to shore where he was rescued by an Iowa DNR officer.  He was taken to an area hospital to get checked out and released.The second man's body was recovered this morning around 200 yards down river from the dam.  He has been identified as Christopher Corson, 33, of Burlington.Neither…

WQAD.com LogoScore Sunday- Assumption Girls Track and Field

Score Sunday- Assumption Girls Track and Field

The Assumption Lady Knights Track and Field team stop by WQAD to talk about capturing another State Championship.

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Score Sunday- PV Girls Track and Field

Pleasant Valley Girls Track and Field team stops by the WQAD studios to reflect on a great weekend in Des Moines, and a championship season.

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Izzy Has The Best Personality For Your Home

Learn more about the pets featured on News 8 at 11.  Click on the QCAWC link for all the information.

KWQC-TV6 LogoOfficials say Eliza, Ill. tornado was EF-2

Officials say Eliza, Ill. tornado was EF-2

ELIZA, Ill. (KWQC) — Officials say the tornado that touched down near the Quad Cities on Sunday night was rated an EF-2. In a preliminary report, investigators with the National Weather Service say the tornado moved northeast, damaging mainly trees and outbuildings along its path. They say the worst damage was near the beginning of the path, where a large machine shed was completely destroyed, garages were destroyed and a house was partially unroofed. According to investigators, witnesses described blinding rain accompanying the tornado that started around five miles north of New Boston,…

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Motorcycle accident on Middle Road in Bettendorf

BETTENDORF, Iowa (KWQC) — One person was hospitalized after an accident in Bettendorf that shut down a portion of Middle Road. It happened just before three, Saturday afternoon, May 23, 2015, near the Palmer Hills golf course. Police say a motorcycle hit the back of a Honda CRV that was stopped. The impact threw the driver into oncoming traffic. Police say they were not wearing a helmet.

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Boil order for parts of Moline

MOLINE, Ill.From the Moline Water Division:"The Moline Water Division has issued a precautionary boil order for the following area: From I-74 east to 38th Street and From 35th Avenue south to 38th Avenue.   This precautionary boil order has been issued in response to a system pressure drop that occurred in this area earlier today, when a significant 12-inch water main failure occurred. The failure occurred at about 7:35AM this morning and emergency crews mobilized and isolated the failed water main within about an hour. The emergency crew remains on-site in 3700 block of 35th St…

KWQC-TV6 LogoKimberly Road reopened after utility pole fire

Kimberly Road reopened after utility pole fire

DAVENPORT, Iowa (KWQC) — Some Davenport commuters had a tough time getting around early Monday morning. One lane of traffic on East Kimberly Road was closed while crews repaired a utility pole. Officials say the pole caught fire in the 3400 block of Kimberly Road and required crews to close down traffic to make the repairs. Residents of the Kimberly Club Apartments were able to access the complex from the Kimberly and Elmore side. Officials reported the road reopen just before 10 a.m.

Quad-City Times LogoQ-C Clown Troupe offering annual class

Q-C Clown Troupe offering annual class

If life is often a three-ring circus, then you can't have too many clowns. And the Quad-City Clown Troupe is certainly doing its part to fill that need.

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Boater missing after accident

BURLINGTON, IowaA boater went missing after an incident in Burlington yesterday.Two people were in a small jon boat when it went over the roller dam at Lock and Dam 18 on Sunday.One person was found hanging onto a log and was rescued.  The other is still missing.The search continues today after being called off last night because of darkness.  The names of the boaters are being withheld until family can be notified.

KWQC-TV6 LogoResponse to Moline fire delayed due to brown out

Response to Moline fire delayed due to brown out

MOLINE, Ill. (KWQC) — Investigators are trying to find out what caused a house fire in Moline. It broke out around noon Sunday, May 24, 2015, on 79th Street, just south of 34th Avenue. Firefighters say neighbors called 9-1-1. One person was home at the time, and was able to make it out okay. Captian Brian Vyncke said they started out behind the eight ball on this fire. “Our Engine 13, which would have been the first engine in this territory, was actually out of service today due to a brown out. So there was a delayed response and the first in engine arrived from East Moline.”…

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One missing after boat goes over roller dam near Burlington, Iowa

BURLINGTON, Iowa (KWQC) — One boater was rescued and another listed as missing after an accident Memorial Day weekend. The Iowa DNR says a small jon boat went over the roller dam at Lock and Dam 18, near Burlington late Sunday afternoon, May 24, 2015. Officers say they found one boater holding onto a log in the Mississippi River. A search for the second boater was started. The names of the boaters are being withheld pending notification of relatives. The incident remains under investigation by the Iowa Department of Natural Resources and the Des Moines County Sheriff’s Department.

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East Kimberly Road sees closure after fire

Parts of East Kimberly Road are closed down after a utility pole catches fire.The pole on the 3400 block of East Kimberly Road will need to be replaced.  Access to Kimberly Club Apartments will be limited.  Guests and residents are being asked to use the Kimberly and Elmore entrance. Crews have been working overnight and into Monday morning to restore power that was shut off in the immediate area. .

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Two hospitalized after McDonough County crash

Illinois State Police are reporting that at 8:48 PM, Sunday, a car crash in McDonough County sends two the hospital.92-year-old Pauline McMillan was driving south on County Road 600 East approaching Illinois Route 336, when she failed to yield at a stop sign. This caused a second car to strike McMillan's car on the driver side. McMillan sustained serious injuries as a result of the crash and was transported to McDonough District Hospital.The driver and passenger of the second car sustained minor injuries.All parties involved were wearing seatbelts.This crash is now under investigation and cha…

OurQuadCities.com LogoMarshalltown Police Department search for escapee

Marshalltown Police Department search for escapee

Marshalltown Police Department placed Llewellyn Roberts under escape status after he failed to return to the facility from Furlough. 51-year-old Roberts began his 5 year sentence back in 2013 for Domestic Assault-Third. He is 6’2”, 269 pounds with tattoos on his upper right arm, upper left arm, right forearm, left forearm, back, and chest.

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Sterling Police ask for help to find missing girls

STERLING, Ill. (KWQC) — Two girls are missing and police are asking the public for help. Police say 14-year-old Gabriell Cox and 15-year-old Britthany Mercedes Santos were reported missing on Wednesday, May 20, 2015. Police think they’re together and have contacts in Sterling, Rock Falls, and Fulton, Ill., as well as in Clinton, Iowa and Hutchinson, Kansas. Anyone with information is asked to call police.

Quad-City Times LogoWalnut Grove continues Heritage Days with enthusiasm

Walnut Grove continues Heritage Days with enthusiasm

The cowboy’s .45-caliber guns were visible on each hip under his leather duster, which was dampened by the rain. His boots clunked up the wooden stairs to the Bison Saloon, where he quenched h……

Quad-City Times LogoBettendorf looks to boost its façade program

Bettendorf looks to boost its façade program

After the Interstate 74 Bridge project forced Sue Fuller to relocate her salon out of downtown Bettendorf in 2013, she debated calling it quits after 36 years of styling hair in the community.

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The Pledge from Mrs. Gainey’s class at St. Mary’s School

Second graders in Mrs. Gainey’s class recite the Pledge of Allegiance at St. Mary’s School in Sterling, Illinois. Submit your school to participate in the Daily Pledge – click here.

Quad-City Times LogoAfter tornado sighted Sunday, chance of rain remains

After tornado sighted Sunday, chance of rain remains

After tornadoes were sighted in the Quad-City region Sunday, only chances of rain remain today.

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Hour-by-hour forecast for Memorial Day

Good morning, friends! Showers and storms were pretty widespread on Sunday, but I expect a little less coverage of the rain today. The more concentrated rains will be here this morning with more sunshine expected this afternoon. Above, you’ll find the hour-by-hour animation for temperatures and precipitation. Below is our StormTrack 8 Live Doppler Radar. Remember to download our brand new “WQAD StormTrack 8 Weather App” so you will have one-touch radar and weather alerts. No widespread severe weather is anticipated today. -Meteorologist Eric Sorensen …

Sunday, May 24th, 2015

Quad-City Times LogoBettendorf biker riding to thank Navy SEAL

Bettendorf biker riding to thank Navy SEAL

Bill Christman wants to make a sacrifice.

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Pedestrian struck by SUV

A man on foot who was struck by a sports utility vehicle late Sunday near Taco Bell, 1443 W. Locust St., Davenport, was transported by ambulance to a hospital.

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Four people survive spillway accident

MUSCATINE, Iowa (KWQC) – Iowa DNR officers are calling it a miracle. They say four people escaped serious injury when their boat went speeding over the spillway at Lock and Dam 16 in Muscatine just before 11 PM on Saturday. Pat Hepker has lived near the spillway for eight years. On Saturday, she woke up to someone pounding on her front door. “I was afraid to answer at first and he said, ‘Please call the police, hurry my friends are hurt, call the police, call the police,'” she said. She dialed 911 and later learned four people had gone speeding over the spillway. Cons…

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Letter: Pension jeer took page out of Obama's book

Never would I have expected to find the long arm of the Obama administration logic appear to me on the editorial page of The Dispatch/Argus.

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Letter: Choices matter -- Your future depends upon them

In Scott Reeder's world it doesn't matter what the voices of thousands of union members say. He is a…

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How to revive lost art of bipartisanship

Political wrangling in Washington is as old as the Republic itself, and partisan battles over ideas and power will surely be with us long into the future. But the current era of hyper-partisanship has frequently paralyzed congressional decision-making and led both Republicans and Democrats to fail the most basic tests of governance.

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An Illinois public union strike looming

From my distant vantage point, I foresee as inevitable a first-ever strike in July by state of Illinois public employee unions.

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View from QCA: Remember heroes of Iwo Jima this Memorial Day

The iconic flag raising on Mt. Suribachi during World War II’s Battle of Iwo Jima occurred 70 years ago.

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Augustana commencement speaker gives graduates the secrets to success

A recent study done by Gallup showed students who had six specific experiences in college were better prepared for their future endeavors. The Gallup “Big Six” experiences were whether they had a professor who made them excited about learning, whether they had a professor who cared about them as a person, whether they had a mentor who encouraged them to pursue their goals, if they worked on a project that took a semester or more to complete, if they had an internship or job that applied what they were learning in the classroom, and if they were extremely active in extracurricular a…

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Tornado Watch canceled early - May 24th

The Tornado Watch that was supposed to go until 1 a.m. in the Quad Cities has been canceled early for most of the Local 4 area.  As of 10:30 p.m. it is still in effect for Bureau, Stark and Knox counties.  …

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Backwater Gamblers are back

The weather is warming up and the Backwater Gamblers are back!This is their 36th season on the water.The non-profit water ski show team performs for free every Wednesday and Sunday at the Rock River in Rock Island and although Sunday was rainy, they still had a large crowd of spectators."It takes many many years to learn some of the tricks that we do, but have some much expertise on the club now that we have the ability to teach these young skiers faster so that they can get out in the show a lot quicker," said Dennis Heggen who has been the Backwater Gamblers all 36 years.The …

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Moline family escapes from house fire

A Moline family escaped safely after a blaze broke out in a two-story home shortly before noon Sunday.

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House fire to displace family for months

Around 11:30 a.m. on Sunday, a fire broke out at a home in Moline.According to the Moline Fire captain, a teenage boy was inside the home at the time.Neighbors noticed flames coming from the house and called police. The boy made it out unharmed with any injuries."The resident that was home didn't actually know that the structure was on fire," said Captain Brian Vyncke, with the Moline Fire Department.Fire officials say the home is not a total loss, but the family will be displaced for a few months. The Red Cross was on scene to assist."Moline had an engine, which…

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Preparing for a tornado

As we witnessed here in the Quad Cities Sunday night, storms can start small but have the potential to take a dangerous turn very quickly -- especially now, in the most active tornado month."You can never be too prepared," said Captain Terry Engle with the Illinois Police Department.Engle says preparing is usually an afterthought to everyday people, but he admits planning can be challenge."No matter how hard you try you'll never have it all figured out," Engle said. "You got to learn to think as thing evolve."Experts say if you have to ta…

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Services set for 3 of 4 accident victims in Jo Daviess County

Services are pending for three of four people who died in a head-on crash Thursday in Jo Daviess County, Ill.

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Tornado Warnings Issued in the QCA

This evening 2 tornado warnings were issued in the Quad Cities Area. At 7:04 pm on Sunday May 24 the National Weather Service (NWS) issued a tornado warning for Mercer & Rock Island counties. This was after issuing a tornado watch for the entire viewing area at 5:36pm. A line of strong thunderstorms was moving NE at 40 mph and a trained NWS spotter reported and confirmed a tornado that touched down at 6:55pm. The tornado was located 5 miles South of Illinois City and 9 miles SSE of Muscatine. The reported tornado destroyed an outbuilding and numerous trees at 65th street & County road.

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Your Photos: Stormy Sunday during Memorial Day weekend

A tornado watch is in effect for the entire viewing area until 1 a.m. Check watches and warnings here.  Missing Attachment Missing Attachment Missing Attachment Missing Attachment Missing Attachment Missing Attachment Missing Attachment Missing Attachment Missing Attachment News 8 viewers shared their photos as tornado warnings popped up early evening, Sunday, May 24, 2015.

Quad-Cities Online LogoQuit telling me the Cubs are good!

Quit telling me the Cubs are good!

It has come to my attention the Chicago Cubs are good and/or great.

OurQuadCities.com LogoTornado Watch Update

Tornado Watch Update

AP: BULLETIN000WOUS64 KWNS 250043WOU7TORNADO WATCH OUTLINE UPDATE FOR WT 207NWS STORM PREDICTION CENTER NORMAN OK743 PM CDT SUN MAY 24 2015TORNADO WATCH 207 REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 100 AM CDT FOR THEFOLLOWING LOCATIONSILC007-011-015-017-021-037-039-057-067-071-073-085-095-099-103-105-107-109-113-115-123-125-129-131-137-141-143-155-161-167-169-171-175-177-179-187-195-201-203-250600-/O.CON.KWNS.TO.A.0207.000000T0000Z-150525T0600Z/IL.    ILLINOIS COUNTIES INCLUDED AREBOONE                BUREAU              …

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Black Hawk offers mental health peer program

Black Hawk College is offering a free 10-week recovery-focused educational program for adults who wish to establish and maintain wellness in response to mental health challenges.

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Tornado sighted in Illinois City area

The Quad-Cities region remains under a tornado watch now until 1 a.m. Monday after a tornado was sighted in the Illinois City area in Rock Island County. The tornado warning expires at 7:30 p.m.

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Bustos wiill deliver 'Ready to Run' keynote speech

U.S. Congresswoman Cheri Bustos, representing Illinois’ 17th Congressional District, will deliver the keynote address for Ready to Run Illinois on Saturday, June 6, at the Western Illinois Uni……

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Hawkeyes' long NCAA tourney drought ends today

A 25-year wait ends today for the Iowa baseball program.

Quad-City Times LogoClarissa C. Cook legacy lives on in revamped facility

Clarissa C. Cook legacy lives on in revamped facility

Clarissa C. Cook likely would be proud.

Quad-City Times LogoNew technology network helps farmers share crop data

New technology network helps farmers share crop data

The technology know-how of Silicon Valley is meeting the expertise of today's farmers in a new tech start-up company with Quad-City roots.

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Tornado Watch issued for the Quad Cities - May 24th

The National Weather Service has issued a Tornado Watch for the Quad Cities and Local 4 area until 1 a.m.  This means conditions are favorable for some thunderstorms to be strong/severe and tornadoes are possible this evening.  As of 5:48 p.m. no warnings are in effect around the Quad Cities.  Hail will also be possible with storms as they move through the Local 4 area this evening.  A warm front is draped across our area and as storms encounter this front the potential is there for any storm to flare up.  Download our ourquadcities.com app to keep up to date with the…

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Suspect in Taylor Ridge Post Office robbery faces several firearms charges

The man accused of robbing the Taylor Ridge, Illinois Post Office is facing a charge of being a felon in possession of firearms. A statement from the Department of Justice says that 40-year-old Walker Hampton robbed two employees at the post office in January of 2015, brandishing a handgun in the process. Furthering the offense, on February 25, Hampton allegedly possessed stolen firearms and was a felon in possession of firearms, according to the statement. Previous reports indicate that Hampton also was facing a charge of attempted escape after scraping mortar away from the glass blocks of a …

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Preparing for the 50th Quad Cities Criterium

For 50 years, bikers have gathered in the Quad Cities for the annual Criterium races. Monday the tradition continues. The Village of East Davenport will be filled with bikers and spectators Monday, for the Quad Cities' 50th Criterium. The race will start and end at the intersection of Jersey Ridge Road and 11th Street. "We are just excited to be watching this year," said Kim Wessel, owner of Calla furniture store. The Village of East Davenport will be flooded with people enjoying the day's festivities."We are really excited to bring in some of our beer vendors, a…

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Patriot Guard attends Memorial Day services

It was all about honoring our fallen soldiers, as Patriot Guard riders attended several ceremonies across the Quad Cities. The men and women of the Patriot Guard honor the heroes of our area. They say they pay tribute to all of the people who risk their lives for others, including veterans, those still serving, and those who serve in our community, like police officers and firefighters. But on Memorial Day weekend, they say it's even more important to honor those who have fought for our freedom."It's a special day. All days we should remember, but this is a special day where we can gathe…

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Anti-bullying bill designed for Iowa schools is voted down in the House

A bill aimed at preventing bullying in Iowa schools was voted down in the Iowa House. The legislation outlines ways to reduce bullying in schools, like extra training, programs, and correctively responding to bullying incidents.  The bill prompts schools to create anti-bullying advisory committees that would be in charge of prevention, awareness and intervention of bullying. In addition to those methods of preventing bullying, the bill would allow schools to take corrective action even if bullying happened off school grounds or on the internet. Back in March of 2015, the Iowa Senate passed th…

OurQuadCities.com LogoQCA Memorial Day Events

QCA Memorial Day Events

Here's a list of some of the Memorial Day events around the Quad Cities:96th Annual Memorial Day Service at Summit Church, Utica Ridge Road and Blackhawk Trail, 9 AMRock Island Arsenal Memorial Day Ceremony, Rock Island National Cemetery, 10:45 AM.  Visitors older than 16 need a current photo I.D.Scott County Freedom Rock lighting ceremony, LeClaire levee, 8:30 PMMemorial Day Service, Milan American Legion, 515 W. 1st Ave.  11 AMGlendale Cemetery wreath laying, 598 S. 14th St. LeClaire, 10:30 AM  Bridgeview Elementary school ceremony and concert, 316 S. 12th St. LeClaire, 11 AM…

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How to stay safe on a jet ski this summer

  DAVENPORT, Iowa (KWQC)- The rain kept most boats on land this Sunday, but the boating season is just beginning. Iowa DNR officers say they gave out a handful of tickets and warnings to personal watercraft riders yesterday. Mainly for riding too close too one another and to beaches and swimmers. If you are heading out on a jet ski this summer, each rider must have a life jacket on and the kill switch attached to the driver. There must also be a horn and a fire extinguisher on board. If you and a friend are riding together, you must stay beyond fifty feet of each other, and one hundred fe…

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Juan Pablo Montoya wins 99th Indy 500

Juan Pablo Montoya has won the 99th Indianapolis 500. According to the Indianapolis Star, this is Montoya’s second career victory.  The racer’s week of practice leading up to the event was described as lackluster and the start of his race Sunday, May 24, 2015 was rough. Montoya fell back as far as 30th and will 10 laps to go he revved up the battle in third place. Will Power and Scott Dixon were duking it out in first and second. Both were finally passed by Montoya on lap 198.

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Hundreds participate in 5k benefiting Children’s Therapy Center

Racers had great weather during Memorial Day weekend for the First Step Riverfront 5k, benefiting the Children’s Therapy Center of the Quad Cities. There were more than 200 people participating in the race Saturday, May 23, 2015 and kids got to take part in a mini-mile. “The coolest thing is, being the Children’s Therapy Center, we do physical therapy for very young children and this is an opportunity for those little kids to be able to run a 5k race like everybody else,” said Chris Banspeyboroeck. Proceeds from the event will go to cover physical therapy costs for low…

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Film exposes ‘the true cost’ of the clothing you wear

NEW YORK (CNNMoney) — We buy too many clothes, and we pay too little for them. That’s the message of “The True Cost,” a new documentary on the perils of the fashion industry, which is being released next week. The film is a sweeping, heartbreaking and damning survey of the clothing economy. It covers malformed children of pesticide sprayers in India’s cotton belt, gruesome shots of the deadly 2013 Rana Plaza factory collapse in Bangladesh, Indian rivers frothing with chemicals, and mountains of discarded clothing in Haiti. “I believe these clothes are produ…

WQAD.com LogoFire in BBQ pit forces Jim’s Ribs in Rock Island to close for the time being

Fire in BBQ pit forces Jim’s Ribs in Rock Island to close for the time being

After a fire in the barbecue pit, Jim’s Rib Haven in Rock Island was forced to close. A spokesperson from the Rock Island Fire Department said the fire was called in just before 11 a.m. Sunday, May 23, 2015. There was no structural damage and the fire was contained to the restaurant’s barbecue oven. An employee at Jim’s Ribs said the restaurant was closed for the day and was expected to reopen in the coming days.





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