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Monday, July 6th, 2015

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Edgington continuing tornado clean-up

EDGINGTON, Ill. (KWQC) – Jeff Keller was in his four seasons room when a tornado hit Edgington two weeks ago. “I started hearing the room snapping and popping and I decided I better get out of the room,” Keller said. Ten minutes later, he and his wife came up from the basement to find the aftermath: a total loss to their camper, major roof damage, and more than 40 trees in their back yard destroyed. Financial representative at Country Financial, Brent Bigham said the cost of damages range from as little as a couple thousand dollars, up to hundreds of thousands of dollars. &…

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Trades professionals in QC region: Boycott Port Byron

A trades group has picked a fight with the village of Port Byron, according to village board president Kevin Klute. On Thursday, July 2, 2015, Klute said union representatives walked through Port Byron, handing out flyers asking “All tradespeople, our friends and business partners to not patronize Port Byron businesses.” The letter, which was issued by “Trades professionals in the Quad City Region” was in response to the village board voting 4-2 against the state’s prevailing wage increase. Click here to see the flyer In government contracting, a prevailing wage i…

KWQC-TV6 LogoJDC boosting the Quad City economy

JDC boosting the Quad City economy

  QUAD CITIES (KWQC) – Quad City businesses are getting a boost this week, thanks to the John Deere Classic. “It kind of makes or breaks our year,” said John Stopoulos owner of The Doc’s Inn Bar and Grill. The Silvis, Ill. restaurant is one of many who rely on business from the John Deere Classic. That’s why owner Stopoulos tries to monopolize on the weekend. “It’s a great time to showcase this side of town, Silvis,” Stopoulos said. His restaurant holds a party. That happens Thursday through Saturday. The live bands and other  entertainment brings him lots of c…

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How convict escaped from Fort Madison prison

Iowa Governor Terry Branstad called the escape of an inmate from the state’s maximum security prison “stupid” but “ingenious,” and he called for a total review of security at the facility. Justin Kestner, 25, pulled off an escape from a medical unit at the Iowa State Penitentiary in Fort Madison sometime on Sunday morning, July 5, 2015. According to prison officials, Kestner was able to climb up a pipe chase in a shower, and then through a vent to the roof. He used a rope made of torn bed sheets to climb from the roof to an unfenced area of the prison. “From…

KWQC-TV6 LogoIowa Democratic and Republican voters are split on major topics

Iowa Democratic and Republican voters are split on major topics

Davenport, Iowa (KWQC)- Democrats and Republicans differ on a variety of topics, but a Quinnipiac University Poll found what issues cause the biggest split between likely Iowa Democrat and Republican caucus participants. Democrats and Republicans disagree on income inequality, immigration and the battle against ISIS, but also disagree on what qualifications they would like to see in the next president. 91 percent of Democratic caucus goers say the federal government should try to reduce income inequality, while 70 percent of Republican caucus goers say the federal government should not pursue…

WQAD.com LogoPhotos: Storms dump heavy rain on QC area Monday, July 6

Photos: Storms dump heavy rain on QC area Monday, July 6

Missing Attachment Missing Attachment Missing Attachment Missing Attachment Missing Attachment Missing Attachment Missing Attachment Missing Attachment Thunderstorms with heavy rain moved through the Quad Cities area Monday afternoon, July 6, 2015. A 68-miles-per-hour wind gust was reported at 3:45 p.m. Monday afternoon at the Muscatine Municipal Airport according to the National Weather Service. A trained spotter reported some car windows were blown out in the parking lot at SouthPark Mall in Moline, Illinois, at about 4:20 p.m.  Roof and siding damage was also reported on the building tha…

WQAD.com LogoSevere Thunderstorm Warning: Washington County, Iowa

Severe Thunderstorm Warning: Washington County, Iowa

604 PM CDT MON JUL 6 2015 ...A SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 630 PM CDT FOR SOUTHEASTERN WASHINGTON COUNTY... AT 604 PM CDT...A SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WAS LOCATED OVER CRAWFORDSVILLE...OR 8 MILES SOUTHEAST OF WASHINGTON...MOVING NORTHEAST AT 30 MPH. HAZARD...60 MPH WIND GUSTS. SOURCE...RADAR INDICATED. IMPACT...EXPECT DAMAGE TO ROOFS...SIDING AND TREES. LOCATIONS IMPACTED INCLUDE... AINSWORTH...CRAWFORDSVILLE...COPPOCK AND NOBLE. PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS... FOR YOUR PROTECTION MOVE TO AN INTERIOR ROOM ON THE LOWEST FLOOR OF A BUILDING. …

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Two dead, one injured in crash on I-80

Alcohol, speed and loss of control appear to have led to an early-morning crash that killed two men in the eastbound lanes of Interstate 80, police said Monday afternoon. …

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Midnite Mausoleum Contest

“Midnite Mausoleum” is featured on WQAD My TV 8-3 and chronicles the wacky adventures of Marlena, Robyn, Wolfred, Franklin, and the Charley family as they watch whatever movies they can find and eat their own weight in popcorn in nearly every episode! Tune in every Friday and Saturday night at 10:30 p.m. on My TV 8-3, Mediacom Channel 3 or 716. Register to win your very own Midnite Mausoleum t-shirt and poster. Deadline for entry is July 19th. Two winners will be selected. Plus… get 5 bonus entries if you share the contest and your Facebook friends share Click here to register to wi…

WQAD.com LogoSoaking rain this evening to give way to another cool down

Soaking rain this evening to give way to another cool down

Showers and thunderstorms that impacted towns near the Quad Cities and point north through most of the day will redevelop to our west, advance and expand across the area this evening before ending around midnight.  The risk is there for a few of these storms to drop some heavy rain along with a good rush of wind that could reach near 60 mph. Cold front responsible for this activity will leave behind calmer skies for the rest of the night as overnight lows drop around 65 degrees. It will also leave behind some refreshing 70s the next several days with the only chance for a shower come Wednesd…

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Scott County, Iowa, third-highest for HIV

Scott County’s rating as third-highest in Iowa for residents living with HIV disease — 192 — comes from a point-in-time measurement, said Lashon Moore, a clinical services specialist with the ……

WQAD.com LogoAmazon says ‘Prime Day’ on July 15 will feature ‘more deals than Black Friday’

Amazon says ‘Prime Day’ on July 15 will feature ‘more deals than Black Friday’

NEW YORK — It’s Christmas in July for Amazon. Black Friday, the legendary shopping day that follows Thanksgiving, is more than four months way. But that hasn’t stopped Amazon from declaring a new sort of Black Friday on July 15: An online birthday shopaganza called “Prime Day.” “Step aside Black Friday, meet Prime Day,” Amazon announced on Monday, July 6, 2015, promising the day would be “filled with more deals than Black Friday.” The company said that when it turns 20 years old on July 15, Prime members “will find deals starting at m…

KWQC-TV6 LogoMan convicted in 6 Illinois deaths seeks new Missouri venue

Man convicted in 6 Illinois deaths seeks new Missouri venue

HILLSBORO, Mo. (AP) – A 35-year-old man serving life sentences for six Illinois slayings wants to move a Missouri murder trial that could lead to his execution. Nicholas Sheley’s request for a venue change says he can’t get a fair trial in Jefferson County south of St. Louis, where prosecutors intend to seek the death penalty if he’s convicted in the killings of Jill and Tom Estes of Sherwood, Arkansas. Police say the couple was attacked outside a Festus hotel after leaving a 2008 graduation party. Sheley was scheduled to make his first Missouri court appearance Monday,…

KWQC-TV6 LogoOne man injured, one man arrested after weekend shooting in Davenport

One man injured, one man arrested after weekend shooting in Davenport

Jonathan E. Moore DAVENPORT, Iowa (KWQC) – One man is recovering from a gunshot wound and another is under arrest after an Independence Day weekend shooting. Police tell us a 23-year-old Davenport man was shot on Sunday, July 5, 2015 at 3:25 a.m., in the 700 block of West 14th Street. They say the victim received a non-life threatening wound to their leg. A suspect was identified. Around 5:19 a.m., 28-year-old Jonathan E. Moore of Davenport was located by police. They say he tried to run but was stopped after a short foot chase in the 600 block of West 14th Street. Officers searched t…

WQAD.com LogoThe Sharp Side on Mmm! MONDAY: Good For You (And Your Bank Account)

The Sharp Side on Mmm! MONDAY: Good For You (And Your Bank Account)

Happy 6th of July! I know that’s a little anti-climatic after the 4th of July, but as many of you know, July is my favorite month of the year and every day of it is my favorite day of the year (the 21st especially!). For more on #whyilovejuly, I’m doing a fun photo project on Instagram, so feel free to follow me – @thesharpside. It was a really wonderful weekend. Zach and I (and Zuno, of course – the dog really needs to get a job) both had the 3rd off, so we decided to take advantage of the cooler-than-normal but perfectly-sunny weather and go on a quick road trip up…

WQAD.com LogoAldermen aren’t the only ones who will choose the next Davenport city administrator

Aldermen aren’t the only ones who will choose the next Davenport city administrator

A group of prominent citizens will be part of the team assembled to find and hire the next city administrator for the City of Davenport, Iowa. City ordinance requires the mayor to appoint an 11-member committee to find and screen applicants for the position.  Local religious and business leaders, three current aldermen, one former alderman and the president of the Quad Cities Chamber of Commerce were on the list of committee members presented Monday, July 6, 2015, by Davenport Mayor Bill Gluba. The committee is tasked with narrowing the list of qualified applicants to three names, which they …

WQAD.com LogoAnother shark attack along NC coast; 8th attack in less than a month

Another shark attack along NC coast; 8th attack in less than a month

SURF CITY, N.C. — A North Carolina hospital confirmed on Monday, July 6, 2015, there has been another shark bite along the North Carolina coast; it’s the eighth bite along the coast in less than a month. A spokesman for the Naval Hospital at Camp Lejeune told WITN News a shark bite victim was brought into the hospital on Saturday. The official said the bite happened in Surf City and the male victim was treated and released from the hospital. It is not known if the victim is a member of the military. The shark bite occurred during a month of shark attacks along the coasts of No…

KWQC-TV6 LogoTwo in critical condition after deck collapse in Emerald Isle

Two in critical condition after deck collapse in Emerald Isle

EMERALD ISLE, N.C. (WNCT) — A spokesperson for Carteret General Hospital says that 17 people have been released after a deck collapsed in Emerald Isle Saturday afternoon on Ocean Drive. 23 patients came to the hospital initially after the accident. 6 patients have been transferred to other hospitals. The condition of the patients that were transferred is unknown. Emerald Isle Police say a family was posing for a family photo when the deck collapsed around 7 p.m. One person has been taken to New Hanover Regional Medical Center in Wilmington. Carteret General Hospital says at least one of th…

Quad-City Times LogoMan convicted in 6 Illinois deaths seeks new Missouri venue

Man convicted in 6 Illinois deaths seeks new Missouri venue

HILLSBORO, Mo — A 35-year-old man serving life sentences for six Illinois slayings wants to move a Missouri murder trial that could lead to his execution.Nicholas Sheley's request for a venue ……

KWQC-TV6 LogoMayor announces search team to find new city administrator

Mayor announces search team to find new city administrator

DAVENPORT, Iowa (KWQC) – Mayor Gluba formally announced the search team to find the new Davenport city administrator. The announcement came from the city council chambers on Monday morning, July 6, 2015. The team will consist of four alderman and seven community members. The members of the team are as follows: Andermen Barney Barnhill, 5th ward; Alderman Ray Ambrose, 4th Ward; Alderman Bill Boom, 3rd Ward and Alderman Rick Dunn, 1st Ward. The seven community members include Greg Lundgreen, president of Ryan Companies; Caroline Ruhl, president and co-owner of Ruhl and Ruhl; Rory Washbu…

WQAD.com LogoIowa inmate escapes from work release facility in Waterloo

Iowa inmate escapes from work release facility in Waterloo

A man sentenced to 20 years, for willful injury and intimidation with a dangerous weapon, reportedly escaped from an Iowa work release facility in Waterloo. Darius Caston began serving his sentence May 29, 2010 after he was convicted in Black Hawk County.  He was transferred to work release May 1, 2015, according to a statement from Fred Scaletta of the Iowa Department of Corrections. Caston was reported escaped July 5, 2015, “following an unexcused absence from the facility,” Scaletta said. Caston is 23 years old; he is 5-feet 11-inches tall and weighs 223 pounds, and he has blac…

Quad-City Times LogoTrial in Aledo heroin death continued to next month

Trial in Aledo heroin death continued to next month

The federal trial for a Quad-City man accused in a heroin-related death in Aledo, Ill., has been pushed back to next month.

KWQC-TV6 LogoFatal crash on I-80 in Davenport; names of  victims released

Fatal crash on I-80 in Davenport; names of victims released

DAVENPORT, Iowa (KWQC) – Two people were killed and one critically injured after a single vehicle accident early Monday morning. Police say the accident happened just after 2 a.m. on eastbound I-80 between Northwest Boulevard and Brady Street. Police say the driver of a Dodge truck, 30-year-old Marcos Wheeler of Davenport and passenger Mario Obregon, age 29, of Muscatine died at the scene. Another passenger, 24-year-old Augustine Teneyuque of Muscatine was taken to University of Iowa Hospitals in Iowa City in critical condition. Police say the men were traveling eastbound when the driv…

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Poll reveals deep partisan divide in Iowa

DES MOINES – A new public opinion poll of Iowans confirmed what many already knew: Republicans and Democrats have diversely different views on policy problems and how to solve them.

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Coralville man arrested after woman found hiding in suitcase

CORALVILLE, Iowa  — A Coralville man has been arrested on suspicion of probation violation after an officer found a woman hiding inside a suitcase in his home.

Quad-City Times LogoNo charges filed in pedestrian's death at Davenport truck stop

No charges filed in pedestrian's death at Davenport truck stop

No charges were pending Sunday in the death of a Centerville, Tenn., woman who was killed Saturday at a Davenport truck stop. Mary LeMay, 74, has been identified as the woman who was standing ……

WQAD.com LogoPollution levels spike after Saturday night fireworks

Pollution levels spike after Saturday night fireworks

For generations, fireworks displays have been an American tradition around the 4th of July. While the smoke from exploding fireworks goes unnoticed due to the onset of nightfall, the chemicals leftover from fireworks last for many hours and days. The animation above shows the increase in pollution levels in the hours after the fireworks displays Saturday night. Notice how the air becomes unhealthy, especially around the Chicago area. This is due in part to an inversion in the atmosphere that allowed the particulates to stay in the lower parts of the atmosphere. In addition, Canadian wildfires …

WQAD.com LogoSevere storms possible later today

Severe storms possible later today

Be on the lookout for dangerous storms late this afternoon as a cold front sweeps in from the west. While a few isolated storms can’t be ruled out during the early afternoon, the main event will come around 5pm today with storms capable of producing 70 mph wind. Weather watches could be issued as early as 1pm as storms grow intense in Central Iowa. These storms will be quick-movers so we won’t get much advanced warning before the storms arrive. So if you have plans to be outside, please watch the western horizon closely and move to shelter, should you hear thunder. StormTrack 8 wil…

Sunday, July 5th, 2015

WQAD.com LogoAlcohol and speed blamed for crash that killed two men on I-80

Alcohol and speed blamed for crash that killed two men on I-80

Two men died and one was in critical condition after a pickup truck crashed on the eastbound lanes of Interstate 80 near Northwest Boulevard in Davenport, Iowa. The three men were in a Dodge truck when the driver lost control as he traveled on eastbound I-80 between Northwest Boulevard and Brady Street just after 2 a.m. Monday, July 6, 2015, according to Davenport Police. The truck overturned and two of the men were ejected from the truck. The driver and one other man were pronounced dead at the scene of the crash; the third occupant was taken by ambulance to a local hospital and later taken t…

Quad-City Times Logo2 dead in morning crash on I-80 in Davenport

2 dead in morning crash on I-80 in Davenport

UPDATE: From the Davenport Police Department:  At 2:09 a.m. Davenport Police/Fire and Medic EMS responded to the eastbound lanes of I-80 between the Northwest Boulevard and Welcome Way exits t……

WQAD.com LogoEarly morning fatal accident shuts down Eastbound I-80

Early morning fatal accident shuts down Eastbound I-80

Police are on the scene of an accident that killed two people early around 2:30 this morning. It happened on Interstate 80 between Northwest Boulevard and Brady Street. First responders say that three people were ejected from the vehicle. No other cars or trucks were involved. Eastbound traffic is being rerouted on I-280 and all traffic must exit at Northwest Boulevard. We will have much more information coming up in live reports on Good Morning Quad Cities. This is a developing story.  …

Quad-City Times LogoRoad work creates detours in Rock Island

Road work creates detours in Rock Island

The city of Rock Island reports that the intersection of 6th Avenue and 11th Street will be closed beginning today for road work.

Quad-City Times LogoMoline church aims to help health of kids

Moline church aims to help health of kids

A church near the Old Towne neighborhood of Moline will renew its role as a special place for youngsters during the Aug. 1 Children's Health and Wellness Fair.

Quad-City Times LogoRain returns to forecast

Rain returns to forecast

A very good Monday to all. Did you have a great Fourth of July holiday weekend? Now it's time shift gears from Fourth of July to John Deere Classic. And speaking of shifting gears, our weather……

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View from QCA: Don't turn your back on severely disabled

As a health-care professional, I have cared for many patients with many needs. One of the most rewarding, though, and sometimes the most challenging jobs for me is caring for my 15-year-old grandson, Terrence Huggins.

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View from the QCA: How Rocky grads can embrace private fundraising

(Editor's note: The following was signed on behalf of the Rock Island High School Class of 1961 Scholarship Fund by Mary Edstrom Prester-Stout, Pat and Maureen Valentine Brandle, Mike and Linda Moore Denoma,  Ray and Clara Henningfield Bulens and Dave and Paula Nelson Roberts)…

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Letter: Scott County needs child, adolescent psychiatric beds in our community

Scott County is in need of adolescent psychiatric beds in our community. There are currently no facilities in Scott County for adolescents ages 3 to 18 to go for an inpatient psychiatric stay. …

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Letter: Thanks E.M. for honoring those who helped build city

On behalf of me and my family, I would like to thank the mayor of East Moline, the Honrable John Thodos, the members of the city council, and Anthony Banazek, chair of special services committee, for the signage and banners recently installed in the city celebrating the accomplishments of many of those who worked to build and develop the city of East Moline.

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Addressing the fiscal mess in Chicago

We are in the lull before the storm in Springfield, as politicos watch intently -- and rather helplessly -- as the longstanding alpha male (Speaker Mike Madigan) is challenged for dominance of the pride by newcomer Gov. Bruce Rauner.

Quad-Cities Online Logo'Blockhead' has great memories of her photo op with Will Smith

'Blockhead' has great memories of her photo op with Will Smith

In her most professional voice and best grown-up tone, Wendy Sutter shot for the moon in her introductory greeting to superstar actor Will Smith.

WQAD.com LogoWhat to watch for at the 2015 John Deere Classic

What to watch for at the 2015 John Deere Classic

Hear from 2014 champion Brian Harman, Tournament Director Clair Peterson, get a breakdown of this year’s field with Andy Stoterau and Tom Johnston.

Quad-City Times LogoPolice investigating Davenport shooting

Police investigating Davenport shooting

Davenport police are investigating an early-morning Sunday shooting in which one person was being treated for injuries.

Quad-City Times LogoInmate who escaped from Iowa prison caught near Geneseo

Inmate who escaped from Iowa prison caught near Geneseo

An inmate who escaped from the Iowa State Penitentiary was apprehended Sunday morning just south of Geneseo, Ill.

KWQC-TV6 LogoFort Madison prison escapee caught in Geneseo

Fort Madison prison escapee caught in Geneseo

UPDATE 7-6-15: Iowa prison officials have released more information on how an inmate escaped from the Iowa State Penitentiary in Fort Madison. According to a news release, inmate Justin Kestner had removed the screws from a cover to a pipe chase in the cell shower and maneuvered up the chase and through a vent to the roof. He then used rope made of torn bed sheets and the drain pipe to make his way to the ground in an unfenced area. Ketsner was housed in the John Bennett Unit A-Pod, which is a secured housing unit for maximum security inmates. FORT MADISON, Iowa (KWQC) – Just after man…

KWQC-TV6 LogoThe Latest: US defeats Japan 5-2 for 3rd WWC title

The Latest: US defeats Japan 5-2 for 3rd WWC title

VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) — The latest from the Women’s World Cup final (all times local): 5:51 p.m. The United States has won its third Women’s World Cup title and first since 1999 with a 5-2 victory over Japan on Sunday behind a first-half hat trick by Carli Lloyd. The Americans became the first country with three women’s titles and got a measure of revenge for their loss in the 2011 final against Japan. Abby Wambach and Christie Rampone, the only player remaining from the 1999 title team, both came on as subs late in what’s expected to be their final World C…

Quad-City Times LogoIsraeli Scouts bring culture, fun, energy to Quad-Cities

Israeli Scouts bring culture, fun, energy to Quad-Cities

The Tzofim Friendship Caravan of Israel, with 10 Israeli Scouts, performed in song, dance and spoken word Sunday in front of an appreciative audience at the Tri-City Jewish Center.

Quad-City Times LogoWoman dies after being struck by RV

Woman dies after being struck by RV

A Fourth of July family outing turned into tragedy Saturday when an out-of-control recreational vehicle slammed into a car full of children at a Davenport gas station.

Quad-City Times LogoMoline sees  boom as young professionals fill new housing

Moline sees boom as young professionals fill new housing

The Mills at Riverbend Commons, Moline, is a full house this summer thanks to an influx of college interns and young professionals from every corner of country who are getting a taste of work ……

KWQC-TV6 LogoTipton honors veterans during Independence Day weekend

Tipton honors veterans during Independence Day weekend

TIPTON, Iowa (KWQC) – Patriotism continued in Cedar County Sunday, the day after Independence Day, to celebrate freedom and remember why we’re free. “This ceremony puts into perspective the price of freedom,” Col. Greg Hapgood with the Iowa National Guard said. “The freedoms we enjoy on the Fourth of July. We have picnics, we have celebrations, but the true meaning is the birth of this nation and what it took to keep this nation free, so you’re talking about a very relevant event on a very special day.” “Honoring Those Who Will Not Be Forgott…

WQAD.com LogoGreece declines Europe’s bailout offer

Greece declines Europe’s bailout offer

 LONDON (CNNMoney) — Greece has voted by a big margin against Europe’s latest bailout offer, raising the prospect of an economic disaster for the country and putting its future in the euro at risk. With more than 94% of the vote counted, Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras had 60% support for saying “no.” He hopes this will force Europe to hand over more money with less austerity attached, and cancel some of Greece’s enormous debt. Thousands of Greeks celebrated in the streets of Athens after the vote on Sunday. But the result sets Greece on an uncertain path that cou…

Quad-City Times LogoNext round of National Geographic meetings scheduled for August

Next round of National Geographic meetings scheduled for August

The next round of public meetings hosted by the National Geographic Society will be held next month at several sites in the Quad-Cities.

WQAD.com LogoHot dog eating champ edges out eight-year victor in annual contest

Hot dog eating champ edges out eight-year victor in annual contest

On Independence Day in 2015, Nathan’s held its 99th annual Hot Dog Eating Contest. Onlookers saw a huge upset when eight-year champion Joey Chestnut was beaten by Matthew Stonie. Stonie ate a personal-best of 62 hot dogs in 10 minutes. Chestnut at 60. “I just had trouble,” Chestnut said after the competition, which was aired on ESPN2. “I was slow and he was eating fast.” Stonie said he was honored to be part of such a long-standing tradition. “It’s the Super Bowl of competitive eating,” Stonie said. “Aside from having the biggest cash prize…

Quad-Cities Online LogoDonkeys, Kate Smith are perfect ending to trip

Donkeys, Kate Smith are perfect ending to trip

When do you know that a road trip was officially awesome?…

Quad-City Times LogoRun out now to volunteer for the Quad-City Times Bix 7

Run out now to volunteer for the Quad-City Times Bix 7

If you’ve ever considered running out to volunteer, now is the time.

WQAD.com LogoTerrifying video shows great white shark biting shark cage, divers screaming

Terrifying video shows great white shark biting shark cage, divers screaming

Mossel Bay, South Africa — A small group of tourists exploring the coast of South Africa got the experience of a lifetime when a great white shark attacked their shark cage. Hillary Rae Petroski uploaded the video, saying the encounter with 11-foot shark video was intense. “The round buoy attached to the side of the cage was bent in half. Some of the lining of the outside blue barrier bar was bitten through as well. It was quite the up close and personal experience!” Petroski wrote. No one was injured. Content distributed by Tribune Media Wire…

WQAD.com LogoMan poses as armored truck driver, steals $75k from Wal-Mart

Man poses as armored truck driver, steals $75k from Wal-Mart

BRISTOW, Okla. – Authorities said a man walked into a Wal-Mart, claimed to be an armored truck driver and convinced store employees to give him $75,000. Newson6.com reported that it happened at a Wal-Mart in Bristow, Okla. on Saturday after the man entered the store claiming to be there for a cash deposit. The suspect was apparently disguised as an armored truck driver with a bullet proof vest and a gun. Police said the real Loomis truck came to make a scheduled pick up about 30 minutes later, and that’s when employees realized their error. The suspect is said to have walked off with m…

WQAD.com LogoMan shoots off firework from top of his head, dies instantly

Man shoots off firework from top of his head, dies instantly

CALAIS, Maine — Authorities said a 22-year-old man died after he launched a firework off the top of his head on Saturday night. WCSH reported that 22-year-old Devon Staples and his friends were drinking at the time of the incident. It reportedly happened in the backyard of one of Staples’ friend’s homes in Calais, Maine. According to the state Department of Public Safety, Staples placed a fireworks mortar tube on his head and set it off. He died instantly after the firework exploded. The victim’s brother, Cody Staples, told the New York Daily News it was an accident. He said hi…

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College-age residents make presence known in Moline Centre

With hundreds of young professionals using Moline as their home address, Moline Centre is experiencing a new energy and liveliness, downtown advocates say.

Quad-City Times LogoGluba selects 11 for city administrator search

Gluba selects 11 for city administrator search

Davenport Mayor Bill Gluba has formed a search committee for Craig Malin’s permanent successor as city administrator.

KWQC-TV6 LogoInmate escaped from Fort Madison penitentiary

Inmate escaped from Fort Madison penitentiary

FORT MADISON, Iowa (KWQC) – UPDATE: An inmate who escaped from the Iowa State Penitentiary has been caught. The Iowa Department of Corrections said 25-year-old Justin Kestner was apprehended by Illinois State Police just south of Geneseo, Illinois, around 10 this morning. Kestner was discovered missing at 4:45 Sunday morning. He is serving a 10 year prison sentence for two counts of theft in the first degree.       The Iowa Department of Corrections said an inmate escaped from the state’s penitentiary early Sunday morning. 25-year-old Justin Kestner was last seen by …

WQAD.com LogoEscaped Iowa State Penitentiary inmate captured in Henry County, Illinois

Escaped Iowa State Penitentiary inmate captured in Henry County, Illinois

An Iowa State Penitentiary inmate who was found to have escaped overnight Sunday, July 5, 2015, was captured hours later in Henry County, Illinois. The inmate, 25-year-old Justin Kestner was accounted for during a 1:30 a.m. count, but was discovered missing during the 4:45 a.m. count, according to a statement from the State of Iowa’s Department of Corrections. The Illinois State Police were notified of the escape at 7:22 a.m. As the search for Kestner was on, the Henry County Sheriff’s Department in Illinois found an abandoned vehicle, said a statement from the Illinois …

WQAD.com LogoVideo shows ‘large volumes of water’ spilling onto River Drive in Davenport

Video shows ‘large volumes of water’ spilling onto River Drive in Davenport

River Drive in Davenport, Iowa was back open Sunday, July 5, 2015, but it was a pool of water there the day before. A water main break near Mississippi Avenue and River Drive caused traffic to be shut down on Fourth of July. The water main burst around 9 a.m. in the 800 block of Mississippi Ave., spilling “large volumes of water” onto the roadway, said Sergeant Michael Murphy in a statement. Several people reported the break to the Scott Emergency Communications Center. Iowa American Water crews went to the scene to repair the break and around 2:30 p.m., River Drive had been reope…

KWQC-TV6 LogoMan killed launching fireworks off his head

Man killed launching fireworks off his head

CALAIS, Maine – Maine State police say a man celebrating the Fourth of July died when he tried to launch a firework off the top of his head. Stephen McCausland, a spokesman for the Maine Department of Public Safety, says 22-year-old Devon Staples had been setting off fireworks with his friends on Saturday night. He says Staples placed a fireworks mortar tube on his head and set it off. He died instantly. Police say the friends had been drinking. McCausland says Staples’ death marks Maine’s first fireworks death since the state legalized fireworks several years ago. Calais is …

Quad-City Times LogoRain likely to return Monday but dry today

Rain likely to return Monday but dry today

A good Sunday to all. Our stretch of day weather continues for another day but the threat of rain returns with the start of the new workweek.

KWQC-TV6 LogoJohn Deere Classic Starts Monday!

John Deere Classic Starts Monday!

SILVIS, Ill. (KWQC) – The countdown is almost over for the start of the 2015 John Deere Classic. The event officially starts tomorrow (Monday), with the Pro-Am on Wednesday, and tournament play beginning Thursday. At the course, crews have been setting up for several weeks and are ready for opening day. Clair Peterson, Tournament Director, said, “We started right after Memorial Day, so it’s a five to six week process. We’re ready right now to open the front door and let all the guests in.” For those planning to attend, there is a bag policy. Only four types of bags are allowed: Bag…

KWQC-TV6 LogoRescue crews respond to sinking boat

Rescue crews respond to sinking boat

DAVENPORT, Iowa (KWQC) – Police, Fire and Conservation Police spent a busy 4th of July making rescues on the river. First responders responded to at least three river rescues Saturday. Just after 8 P.M. officers received a call that a boat was sinking between Credit Island and Buffalo Shores. The caller also stated there were not enough life jackets on board the boat. Everyone made it out of the water safely.

Saturday, July 4th, 2015

Quad-City Times LogoQ-C hotels, restaurants get ready for busy month

Q-C hotels, restaurants get ready for busy month

The economic impact of major sporting events in the Quad-Cities this month is expected to create a major boost for area retailers.

WQAD.com LogoDry streak coming to an end

Dry streak coming to an end

Today we will be seeing slightly warmer temperatures along with more humid conditions. Daytime highs will be warming up into the upper 80s, which is average for this time of year. Sunshine is in the forecast again today, and will last all throughout the day. Tonight will be warmer than last night with lows dropping into the upper 60s. A few clouds will move into the area, leaving us with partly cloudy skies. Tomorrow is when our dry and sunny streak will end. During the early evening hours is when we can expect to see the showers and storms roll in. A few storms could turn severe with the main…

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NASCAR's amiliar cross of stars not official flag of Confederacy

At a time when we are celebrating Independence Day with Old Glory on display across the nation, it is ironic that the banner making headlines is the “southern cross” of the Confederacy.

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Applause for Michelle Obama's second act

 WASHINGTON -- First-term first ladies are often shadows to their more-important husbands, dabbling in lite fare to avoid criticism and picking safe projects to shield them and their families from the inevitable slings and arrows.

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There’s money in same-sex marriage -- for opponents’ campaigns

The celebration began at 9 a.m. Friday.

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Declaration pulls nation in right direction

This weekend, we celebrate the birthday of our nation.

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Letter: Cheers to Supreme Court, boos to Rauner's real agenda

If you were to listen to the rantings of some people, you would think that the Supreme Court overthrew the government of the United States. One letter writer went so far as to say that it was our country's darkest hour.

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Letter: Thanks for outstanding salutes to Q-Cs special dads

I enjoyed the articles on “special dads.” The one by Eudell Watts III was excellent. Not only was his article good, the writing was outstanding. I don't know what he does for a living, but he could be a journalist.

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Cheers & Jeers

Cheers to the magic-makers at the John Deere Classic for scoring a major “get” for this year’s pro-am event at next week’s TPC Deere Run tournament.

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Showdown looming between Rauner, union

SPRINGFIELD -- The way Illinois has handled negotiations with the largest union representing state workers has always been political.

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Letter: Kudos to Bustos for voting to protect our planet

Climate change is a direct threat to the people and the economy of Illinois. It gives rise to extreme weather patterns and higher temperatures that are capable of devastating Illinois’ agricultural economy and way of life. But, instead of working on solutions to address climate change, the House of Representatives just passed a bill that completely guts the single biggest step we’re taking to address it.

Quad-Cities Online LogoOriginality, hard work key to 'making it' in music business

Originality, hard work key to 'making it' in music business

Photographer John Greenwood has shot the top musicians who have performed in the Quad-Cities over the past 30 years. While I was chatting with him for last week’s column on his retirement, he made a comment that got me thinking.

KWQC-TV6 LogoCampground safety during 4th of July weekend

Campground safety during 4th of July weekend

ROCK ISLAND, Ill. (KWQC) – At the KOA Campgrounds in Rock Island this fourth of July weekend, campers have one main goal for the weekend. “We’re just chillin’, having a good time,” Dave Thompson, a camper from Milan, Ill. said. As for the campground staff, they only want their guests to be safe. “We are looking at a balance, we want people to have a really good time,” John Downing, KOA Campground Co-Owner, said. “Needless to say, no one really likes rules enforced, but sometimes that’s what we have to do.” Downing said they haven&#…

WQAD.com LogoLocal Parades Help Quad Cities Celebrate 4th Of July

Local Parades Help Quad Cities Celebrate 4th Of July

Nothing says Independence Day like a 4th of July Parade. In Bettendorf, hundreds of people filled the sidewalks on State and Grant Street to watch the city’s 4th of July Parade. The event included dancers, musicians, floats, and more. “It’s a lot of fun,” said Lindsay Andersen. “We like to support the community and see all the different acts that are in the parade.” “I like coming here, because I get to spend time with my family and I like getting candy,” said Olivia Andersen. If you missed the parade or want to watch it again, a link to the even…

KWQC-TV6 LogoWitnesses to fatal RV accident speak out

Witnesses to fatal RV accident speak out

DAVENPORT, Iowa (KWQC) – UPDATE:  Police have identified the woman who was killed at the Flying J Truck Stop on Saturday afternoon. Police say 74-year-old Mary LeMay of Centerville, Tenn. was standing outside of the RV guiding her husband into a parking space at the time the accident took place. There are no charges pending at this time. ORIGINAL: One person was killed at an area truck stop just after noon. It happened at Flying J at I-80 and Northwest Blvd. Police say an RV driver hit a pedestrian, a gas pump, and two vehicles. The pedestrian died on scene. “We had an accide…

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Pedestrian killed in RV crash at Flying J

One person is dead after an RV struck a pedestrian. According to Davenport Police, an RV from Tennessee hit the pedestrian, a gas pump, and two vehicles at the Flying J Truck Stop, 8200 Northwest Boulevard, just after noon on Saturday, July 4th, 2015. Investigators say the pedestrian was pronounced dead at the scene. Nobody else was hurt. The driver of the RV was taken to the hospital for a “medical evaluation,” according to a press release. The name of the pedestrian is not being released at this time, but Davenport Police confirmed Sunday that the pedestrian was a female. Follow…

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Q-C celebrates Fourth of July with fun, fireworks and games

The fireworks took center stage Saturday at Red, White and Boom! The earlier the better to get the best views on either side of the Mississippi River. With hours to go before the main event li……

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Martin O’Malley finishes three-day tour in Clinton, Iowa

Following a three-day tour across the state of Iowa, democratic presidential candidate, Martin O’Malley, stopped in Clinton, Iowa to speak to voters on Saturday. During his visit, O’Malley talked about Social Security reform, immigration reform, and his climate change plan. “We must set a goal as a nation of being 100-percent clean energy powered by 2050. We can do it and create a lot of jobs along the way,” said O’Malley. O’Malley is polling third behind democratic candidates Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders, but O’Malley says he plans to break away…

KWQC-TV6 LogoBettendorf to light 900 shells, $26000 worth of Fireworks

Bettendorf to light 900 shells, $26000 worth of Fireworks

BETTENDORF, Iowa (KWQC) — The City of Bettendorf and J&M Displays are putting on a large fireworks show tonight. This is the biggest single-city fireworks show in the Quad Cities. J&M Displays crews set up about 900 shells, which is $26,000 worth of fireworks Saturday. They’re expecting to light it all up in 20 minutes. They event let KWQC’s Tiffany Liou give a preview of what tonight will sound like. Enjoy the video and Happy Independence Day!…

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Bettendorf celebrates the holiday with a parade and a festival

Floats. Candy. People. Fun. Sun. Saturday's annual Bettendorf Fourth of July Parade had everything a good parade needs, including great, sunny weather.

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Carbon Cliff man faces charges involving mobile meth lab

A Carbon Cliff man is facing multiple charges, including operating a meth lab out of his car, after East Moline police subdued him after a short foot pursuit.

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Three injured in three-vehicle crash in East Moline

Three people were injured Saturday afternoon in a three-vehicle crash on Avenue of the Cities and Kennedy Drive, East Moline.

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Q- C pools take a dip in attendance because of weather

 Persistent stormy weather has soaked attendance at Quad-City water attractions this summer.

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Rock Island native cooks for the pros at the John Deere Classic

It’s a quarter till 3 in the morning, and Mark Lehan is on his way to TPC Deere Run. He’s not much of a golfer, but this is his favorite week of the year. It’s tournament week, and this is the……

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One dead in accident at Flying J in Davenport

DAVENPORT (KWQC) – Davenport police have confirmed that one person is dead today after a fatal accident at the Flying J gas station in Davenport. The accident occurred sometime around noon. Iowa State Patrol, Davenport Fire, and Davenport Police and Crime Scene Unit are all on scene. An RV hit at least one car. No gas leaks occurred as a result of the accident. The gas station is currently closed. Police said they will be on scene for the next few hours. Stay tuned to KWQC-TV6 and kwqc.com for updates as we receive them.

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Another Sunny Day Ahead

Well I don’t think we could ask for a better Fourth of July! Another sunny day is in store for us along with temperatures topping off into the low 80s. Tonight will be cool, with overnight lows dropping in the low 60s. Tomorrow, the nice weather will continue. Another day full of sunshine is in the forecast! Temperatures will be slightly warmer with highs moving into the upper 80s. The streak of dry and sunny weather ends as we move into Monday. That’s when we will see our next round of wet weather move in. Have a great Holiday Weekend! Meteorologist Kelsey Woodard NEW! Download th…

WQAD.com LogoDeadly Henry County, Illinois intersection to close for safety improvements

Deadly Henry County, Illinois intersection to close for safety improvements

Construction crews will be closing a deadly Henry County intersection south of Colona, Illinois as they work to improve visibility in the area. Starting Tuesday, July 7, 2015, the intersection of U.S. 6 and Illinois Route 84 will be closed to traffic. According to the Illinois Department of Transportation, the intersection will be closed for 90 days and traffic will be detoured around the area. Intersection of IL 84 and U.S. 6 (WQAD photo) U.S. 6 traffic will be detoured onto Interstate 280 and Illinois Route 84 traffic will be detoured onto Cleveland Road and I-80. “The intersection is…

KWQC-TV6 LogoWater main break on Mississippi Ave. in Davenport

Water main break on Mississippi Ave. in Davenport

DAVENPORT, Iowa (KWQC) – UPDATE: Police said westbound traffic on River Drive in Davenport is back open. Traffic is still down to one lane due to ongoing repairs from a water main break on Mississippi Avenue. Lanes were closed due to an overflow of water from that main break. It happened around 9 a.m. this morning. Iowa American Water was able to get the water shut off. Mississippi Avenue remains closed at the 800 block where the water main break occurred.     UPDATE: Both lanes of westbound traffic on River Drive near Mississippi Avenue are closed due to a water main break. P…

Quad-City Times LogoA dandy holiday forecast — Get out and enjoy it

A dandy holiday forecast — Get out and enjoy it

 A good Independence Day to all. In addition to a dry, sunny and high in the lower 80s day, one can expect dazzling light shows in the night sky tonight in the form of fireworks.

Quad-City Times LogoActivities abound on Q-C Fourth

Activities abound on Q-C Fourth

 Betcha can’t choose just one … Fourth of July activity, that is.

Friday, July 3rd, 2015

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Save polar bears, murderers, but abort fetuses

More than 50 million fetuses have been aborted in America. Does anybody care?…

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Much to celebrate on Independence Day

The country was born on July 4, 1776, now known as Independence Day. …

Quad-Cities Online LogoDecision on athletic director was not rushed

Decision on athletic director was not rushed

The Rock Island-Milan School District has received several communications from citizens regarding the appointment of Bryan Stortz Thursday as interim athletic director and football coach. Concerns raised include: He has no athletic director experience, and he is incapable of performing both the athletic director duties and head football coaching duties. An editorial in Thursday's editions of The Dispatch and The Rock Island Argus asked: Why the rush? The editorial advocated that a seasoned athletic director be hired.

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Letter: On Independence Day, remember our freedom came at a cost

The United States of America declared its independence with a founding document which stated that all are equal and endowed with inalienable rights, and that the only legitimate government is that which derives its power from the consent of the governed. …





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