After being sent back to deliberations early Monday afternoon, jurors still returned to Judge Marlita Greve's courtroom late Monday afternoon deadlocked, leading to a mistrial in the 1990 murder of 9 year old Jennifer Lewis of Rock Island. It was third time that Stanley Liggins has faced a jury charged with Lewis's murder, he was convicted and won on appeal two times previously on technicalities. Liggins will now be returned to Scott County, Iowa, where Lewis's body was found behind an elementary school in Davenport, after having been set on fire by her killer. Scott County Attorney Mike Walton stated that Liggins will be tried again.
Jurors in the trial of Stanley Liggins, charged with the horrific 1990 murder of Jennifer Lewis of Rock Island may be deadlocked. After spending the day deliberating, jurors spoke to Blackhawk County Judge Marlita Greve and stated that they were not certain they could reach a unanimous verdict in the case. Liggins has already been convicted twice of murdering Jennifer Lewis after kidnapping her from a friend's home in Rock Island and taking her across the river to Davenport where he's alleged to have sexually assaulted her, strangled her and set her body on fire behind a Davenport elementary school. Liggins' first conviction was overturned on appeal after it was ruled that the jury heard testimoney regarding Liggins' time as a cocaine dealer, evidence that was ruled irrelevant to the case. The second conviction in 1995 was overturned once again after an appeals court determined that the prosecution, Scott County, Iowa, states attorney's office, had not turned over some 77 pieces of document evidence and had not disclosed that a witness had been a paid informant. Just after 1 Pm on Monday, September 24th, Judge Marlita Greve sent the jury back into deliberation despite jurors stating that they felt they were completely deadlocked.
The famed Oscar Mayer Weiner Mobile is returning to the Quad Cities this week. The giant hot dog on wheels will be on display at Hy Vee in Davenport located at 1823 East Kimberly Road, on September 29th from 11 Am until 2 Pm. Fans can come by and see the famous vehicle and take photos with it during this time. There will also be games for the kids and free Hot Dog whistles for everyone when the Oscar Mayer Weiner Mobile returns to the Quad Cities on September 29th.
For the first time ever, Augustana and St. Ambrose will go head to head on the battlefield of E-Sports. According to joint release from each college, the school's E-Sports teams will go head to head in the game over Overwatch on Thursday, September 13th. The match will be best of 5 beginning at 7 pm at Paradigm located at 320 East 2nd Street in Downtown Davenport. The event will also be broadcast live on Twitch at Twitch.com/paradigm_true.
An Iowa teenager was stopped by a Henry County Sheriff's Deputy driving over 100 miles per hour. According to the Henry County Sheriff's Department, at approximately 12:38 Am on Tuesday morning, 18 year old Brandi Spitzig of Eldridge, Iowa, was stopped by a Henry County Sheriff's Deputy while driving a 2006 Hyundai at 109 miles per hour in a 70 miles per hour zone. A passenger in the car, 18 year old Theus Randolph, was arrested on an outstanding warrant from Rock Island County for numerous traffic violations. Randolph posted bail and was released.
Moline Police responded to a call regarding battery in the area of the 4600 Block of 47th Street. According to Moline Police, at the scene found a 50-year-old victim, beaten and with his arms and legs bound. A second victim, a 31-year-old male, was found with a laceration on his head. The 50-year-old victim was taken from the scene to a local medical facility with non-life threatening injuries. The other victim was treated at the scene and released. The suspect is said to be a white male in his 30's who attacked the victims with a handgun using the gun to assault the victims and steal several electronic items before fleeing the scene in a 2016 Blue Chevrolet Truck. If you have any information regarding this case, please contact Crimestoppers of the Quad Cities at 309-762-9500 or Moline Police at 309-524-2140.
Moline Police are investigating a fight on Wednesday evening involving students at Moline High School in the area of the 2500 Block of 16th Avenue. According to Moline Police, officers arrived at the scene of a large altercation and as they investigated the situation they found two injured Moline High School students who were taken to a nearby medical facility with non-life threatening injuries. As part of the investigation Moline Police looked into several social media posts that were believed to be threats of further violence between the two groups involved in the altercation. None of the social media posts however, were deemed credible threats. Moline Police and Moline High School are continuing to monitor the situation.
Help is a phone call away for opioid users and addicts and thousands have used the state’s service. New features are now available for callers to speak to trained specialists to discuss treatment options and to hear back from the person that you talked too. Danielle Kirby with the Department of Human Services says it’s a big upgrade.
If you need help or know someone that does dealing with opioid addiction you can call 833-2-FIND HELP.
Tributes continue to pour in for Senator John McCain, who passed away over the weekend from brain cancer. Among those are Illinois Congressman Mike Bost, who says they worked on the same conference committee a few years ago. Bost says he respected the late Senator.
Senator McCain's life will come full circle this week as he's laid to rest in the place where his service to the country began more than six decades ago. McCain's career began at the U.S. Naval Academy. He will be buried there on Sunday in a private service.
The death of 5 year old Ja'Shawn Bussel on May 1st of this year now has two people wanted on charges of First Degree Murder and Child Endangerment Leading to Death. Davenport Police and Crimestoppers of the Quad Cities are seeking your help in locating Tre Desean Henderson and Jaquline Rambert. Ja'Shawn Bussel died 10 days after he was allegedly beaten by Tre Desean Henderson, the boyfriend of the child's mother, Jaquline Rambert of Davenport. Initially, Henderson was the only suspect pursued but now Rambert is also wanted on the 1st Degree Murder Charge in the death of her son.
Governor Rauner has signed multiple pieces of legislation dealing with gun related issues. State Police Director Leo Schmitz notes the legislation adds protection to keep guns out of the hands of individuals with mental illness who have been deemed dangerous to themselves or others...
The new law clarifies the reporting standards for hospitals and requires they report all mental health admissions to the state’s Department of Human Services. Meanwhile, Gov. Bruce Rauner has signed a law that allows Firearm Owners Identification cards to stay active even if Illinois State Police renewal isn't completed by their expiration date. Rauner's action Friday gives the state police 60 business days to review and approve FOID card renewals. The previous law was 30 calendar days and FOIDs were invalid if expiration occurred during the process.
A threatening phone call about potential violent action against United Township High School in East Moline led to the lockdown that WKEI reported about on Facebook. According to the East Moline Police, via a press conference, the call came in this morning causing East Moline Police to place UT in a lockdown, no one was allowed into or out of the school for over an hour while East Moline Police searched the school perimeter. Wild speculation on social media ranged from reporting an active shooter to the capture of a suspect in the area. The reality is that East Moline Police are continuing to investigate the threat and where it came from but that no suspect was found at the school, no active shooter, indeed no gun or gunman whatsoever was found at the school.
Crimestoppers of the Quad Cities and the Rock Island Police Department are seeking your help in locating a suspect. 39 year old Joshua Neil Spurgetis is wanted on charges of Forgery and Illegal Use of a Credit Card in Rock Island County. According to Crimestoppers of the Quad Cities Spurgetis is accused of stealing and forging checks from a family member's account and stealing the debit card and using it to make unauthorized withdrawals and purchases. If you have any information on the whereabouts of Joshua Neil Spurgetis please contact Crimestoppers of the Quad Cites at 309-762-9500. If your tip leads to an arrest you could be entitled to a financial reward.
Crimestoppers of the Quad Cities is seeking tips in locating a suspect wanted on multiple DUI charges. 32 year old Earnest Charles Williams is wanted on 4 counts of Aggravated DUI in Rock Island County. Williams also has a warrant for his arrest in Scott County for a parole violation and 3rd DUI arrest there as well. If you have any information on the whereabouts of Earnest Charles Willilams please contact Crimestoppers of the Quad Cities at 309-762-9500. If your tip leads an arrest you could be entitled to a financial reward.
The following message was posted by the Moline Police Department Facebook page...
In the last few hours the Moline Police Department has received several calls from citizens who have received scam phone calls from persons claiming to be with the IRS. These scam calls demand money from the victim and claim the victim owes money to the IRS.
The IRS will never contact you by telephone and will never demand payment in this method! Simply hang up the phone if you receive this type of call.
The Bettendorf YMCA was briefly evacuated and closed due to a severe odor from the pool. According to witnesses, the pool at the YMCA was being cleaned and examined for too much calcium build-up. Cleaning materials used to combat the calcium began to create an odor not unlike a typical pool odor of Chlorine accept that the odor went all over the building in such a fashion that it made it nearly impossible to stay in the building. As of 12 noon, the building remained closed although investigators and were beginning to clear the building as of this writing at 12:13 Pm.
The Quad City Chamber of Commerce is teaming up with Iowa Workforce Development for a study of commuting patterns in and around the Quad Cities, known as a Laborshed study. Together the groups will poll business owners about where the workforce in the Quad Cities actually lives and where they work. The data will then be crunched to determine just how much Quad Citians are commuting to and from work in the area. The study will also help determine the size and availability of the Quad Cities workforce, a valuable asset in attracting new business to the Quad Cities, on top of the willingness and ability of Quad Citians to travel for work.
Illinois Department of Transportation has announced that one lane of Westbound traffic on I-74 between Illinois 17 at Woodhull and Illinois 81 at Lynn Center will be under construction. The lane closure is to accommodate cement patching on this area of road. The road closure will last from Tuesday, August 14th through Friday, August 17th.
A Davenport man was arrested over the weekend, charged with having done damage to a hotel room and impersonating a police officer. 29 year old Dimitri L. Martin of Davenport is alleged to have told employees at a hotel in the 6100 block of Brady Street that he was a Davenport Police Officer when he arrived at the hotel on Sunday night. After renting a room, it is alleged that Martin tore light fixtures from a wall, broke a balcony window and had thrown a chair from the second floor balcony to the ground outside. He was arrested on charges of Criminal Mischief and Impersonating a Public Official and currently remains in custody at the Scott County Jail.
Henry County Sheriff's Deputies have completed their investigation into a July 28th motorcycle accident near Geneseo and the results are all bad for a Davenport, Iowa Motorcyclist. Bruce Duncan of Davenport, Iowa was involved in an accident in the area of East 550th Street just outside of Geneseo. There is no word if Duncan was injured in the crash, what we do know is that Henry County Sheriff's Deputies have issued citations for Leaving the Scene of an Accident, Not Reporting an Accident to Authorities, Driving on the Shoulder, Improper Lane Usage, and a speeding citation for riding his motorcycle at 99 miles per hour in a 55 mile per hour zone.
The Illinois Republican Party has announced that they will not support 17th District Congressional District challenger Bill Falwell in his race to unseat incumbent Cheri Bustos. Social media posts by Falwell appear to be the last straw with the state Republican Party which pulled its support officially on Wednesday. Falwell has posted on various social media platforms regarding conspiracy theories regarding the Sandy Hook shooting, September 11th as inside job and various other conspiracies related to the assassinations of John F. Kennedy, Robert F. Kennedy and Martin Luther King. Henry County Republican Party Chairman Jan Weber spoke to RegionalDailyNews.com regarding Mr. Falwell.
The body of a small child pulled from the river near Muscatine this week is that of two year old Hawk Newberry of Rock Island. The Quad City Times is reporting that the Muscatine Medical Examiner has confirmed that the child found by a fisherman in the Mississippi River this week was Hawk Newberry. Hawk Newberry was on a fishing trip with his family on July 24th when he fell into the Mississippi River and was washed away.
August is the last full month of summer and although we likely won’t get fall-type temperatures in Illinois this month, there will be some moderation from the heat so says DTN chief agriculture meteorologist Bryce Anderson.
Crafted Quad Cities will play host to OMG BeckFest an independent arts show on August 25th. According to Crafted Quad Cities, OMG BeckyFest will be held at the River Center Great Hall and in the greenspace behind the River Center beginning at 10 Am on August 25th. The free arts festival will feature over 100 vendors from the Quad Cities and all over the Midwest. OMG BeckyFest is being put on to coincide with Downtown Davenport's Alternating Currents Festival.
Davenport Police have arrested a Davenport man accused of robbing a Credit Union on Monday. According to the Scott County Sheriff's Office, 52 year old Randall Williams of Davenport was arrested on Monday night, several hours after he allegedly robbed R.I.A Federal Credit Union at 3509 Harrison Street in Davenport. It is alleged that Williams went into the Credit Union and demanded a teller give him all of the $100 bills in the teller's drawer. No one was hurt in the robbery. Williams was booked at the Scott County Jail just before 9 Pm and at last check he remains in custody on a charge of 3rd Degree Robbery.
The struggle is real for some big box retailers across the country and the effect is being felt locally. Best Buy is the latest big box store to begin closing outlets in smaller and mid-sized markets like the Quad Cities. The company announced that the Moline Best Buy location at 4401 16th Street in Moline with shutter in November after nearly 30 years at the location. Best Buy decided not to renew their lease in Moline but did announce that they will remain in their Davenport location on Elmore Avenue with the hope that it will have increased traffic from the loyal Best Buy customers in Moline making the trip to Davenport. Meanwhile, the 35 full-time employees of the Moline Best Buy will be out of work just in time for the holidays.
Governor Bruce Rauner has signed new legislation to promote education regarding sexual harassment in the workplace and on college campuses. The new law will require Illinois High School students to be taught what is considered sexual harassment in the workplace and on their future college campuses via lessons created by state officials. The lessons will also cover the topic of what is considered consent. Kim Howard has more on this new law.
Sabrina Fawn Lin Gilmore has been bouncing in an out of Quad Cities area jails with an arrest a month going on three months in a row. In June, Gilmore was arrested following accident near New Windsor on June 25th. At that time, Gilmore was arrested by Mercer County Deputies for Driving Under Suspension and Driving While Under the Influence of Drugs. Just over one month later, on July 28th, according to the Scott County Sheriff's Office, Gilmore was arrested again, this time for Driving Under Suspension, Possession of RX Drugs and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.
Sabrina Fawn Lin Gilmore Mugshot July 28th
Then, on August 2nd, Gilmore was arrested a third time, and the charges tell quite a story. According to the Scott County Sheriff's Office records, Gilmore was arrested by Davenport Police on three counts of Forgery, one Count of Identity Theft, one Count of Conspiracy to Commit a Non-Forcible Felony, one count of 2nd Degree Theft and one count that is quite telling, Ongoing Criminal Activity.
According to the August 2nd Mugshot, Gilmore had changed her hair color in the days since her July 28th arrest.
As of this writing, Gilmore remains in the Scott County Jail on a $10,000 bond.
An 8 year old child was taken to the hospital after the child was hit by a car while riding a scooter. The accident occurred at around 6:45 Pm in the area of Hillside Drive and Crestview Drive. The condition of the child is unknown as of 11:00 Am this morning. Bettendorf Police are continuing to investigate the accident but at the moment there are no charges filed.
Congresswoman Cheri Bustos co-sponsoring the Gold Star Spouses Leasing Relief Act. The legislation allows surviving military spouses to break their leases without penalty in the aftermath of losing their spouse in the line of duty.
The bill has passed in the House with bi-partisan support. Companion legislation has also been introduced in the U.S. Senate.
Friends of the Bettendorf Parks will hold a For Sale by Owner Sale on Saturday, September 15th. The For Sale By Owner event will be from 8 Am to 5 Pm in the parking lot south of Faye's Field, 2850 18th Street. The sale will continue on Sunday from 12 Noon until 5 Pm. The cost to sell a vehicles at the For Sale By Owner event is $25.00.
In a blog post on the site Bleeding Heartland, Davenport Civil Rights Commission Director Latrice Lacey accused Davenport Mayor Frank Klipsch of sexual harassment. The accusation came in the midst of a post attacking the City of Davenport's proposed change to the oversight of the Civil Rights Commission, changes that would increase city council oversight of the committee. In the blog post, Lacey includes a screenshot taken from a YouTube video of the April 4th Committee of the Whole Meeting which does appear to show the Davenport Mayor's hand on or around the backside of Ms Lacey. For his part, Mayor Klipsch told the Quad City Times that he denies any accusation of harassment.
A Davenport man was arrested by Bettendorf Police on Tuesday on drugs and weapons charges. Martell LeSean Roberts of Davenport was arrested and charged with Trafficking Stolen Weapons, Possession with Intent to Deliver, Possession, and two counts of Felon in Possession of a Firearm. Roberts, at last check, was being held at the Scott County Jail on a $10,000 Bond.
Crimestoppers of the Quad Cities is seeking your help in locating a wanted suspect. 32 year old Emmanuel Berryman of Davenport is wanted on charges of Conspiracy to Commit a Felony and Drug Tax Stamp Violation. If you have any information regarding the whereabouts of Emmanuel Berryman please contact Crimestoppers of the Quad Cities at 309-762-9500. Berryman is no stranger to Davenport Police. In 2013 Berryman was arrested for assaulting his then-pregnant girlfriend.
Futurist Rebecca Ryan will deliver the keynote address at the annual Quad Cities Chamber of Commerce Annual Meeting. The headline of the event will be 'Think like a Futurist,' as Rebecca will tell Chamber members about spotting trends across several fields of business and how innovative companies see what is coming before it arrives at their business. The Quad Cities Chamber of Commerce Annual Meeting will take place at the Taxslayer Center in Moline on Thursday, August 23rd from 11 Am to 1 Pm followed by Business. Leadership and Innovation sessions around the Taxslayer Center from 1:30 to 4:15 Pm, immediately following the Annual Meeting.
The father of a 20-year-old college student missing from Brooklyn, Iowa is speaking out. Rob Tibbetts, the father of Mollie Tibbetts sat down for an interview with Fox News' The Story with Martha McCallum on Monday night and stated that investigators are not giving the media all of the available information but for a good reason.
New evidence has emerged that has altered the narrative first put forward by police that Mollie had gone missing after going jogging on July 20th. New information indicates that Mollie Tibbetts returned home after her jog and worked on homework on her laptop until late into the evening. Rob Tibbetts addressed the new information...
Audio courtesy of The Story with Martha McCallum on Fox news.
The Quad City Symphony will hold a wine tasting in the Village of East Davenport on Wednesday. According to a release from the Quad City Symphony Orchestra, Conductor Mark Russell Smith will be on hand at Wide River Winery in their East Village Tasting Room from 5 Pm to 8 Pm hosting the event. Wine, naturally, will be served and members of the Quad City Symphony Orchestra Brass Quintet will be performing. Admission is free.
The Bettendorf Police Department is investigating an accident involving a vehicle striking a pedestrian. According to the City of Bettendorf, the accident occurred at 4:53 Am, Thursday morning, in the area of State Street/US 67 and Shoreline Drive. A 2006 Ford Fusion travelling westbound on State Street/US 67 and driven by a woman from Bettendorf. The vehicle struck an as yet unidentified Davenport man. The victim was taken from the scene to Genesis Emergency before being taken to the University of Iowa Hospital with serious injuries.
Black Hawk College is teaming up with the Moline Fire Department to create a scholarship opportunity for future firefighters. According to Black Hawk College, the Black Hawk College Quad Cities Foundation has allocated $5000 for scholarship opportunities in the college’s paramedic and EMT programs, both of which are pathways to the fire science program. Students enrolled in the paramedic or EMT programs at Black Hawk College who are considering becoming fire fighters can apply for the Foundation Scholarship now by contacting the Black Hawk College Quad Cities Foundation at 309-796-5052.
At 4:05 a.m. this morning, Scott Emergency Communication Center received a call concerning a burglary in progress to a garage in the 25000 block of Valley Drive. The suspects left the area in a dark color Ford Explorer. The Explorer was located by police at State Street and Devils Glen Road. Officers used stop sticks to try to stop the vehicle in the 2500 block of Devils Glen Road. With two flat tires, the vehicle continued until it became disabled near the intersection of Jersey Ridge Road and East Kimberly Road in Davenport.
Eight suspects fled from the vehicle. All suspects, except for the driver, were apprehended a short time later. The seven suspects were juveniles from Illinois, ranging in age from 13 to 16. Six suspects were female and one male. All suspects were charged with Theft 1st Degree (Felony) and Interference with Official Act (Misdemeanor). All juveniles were turned over to their parents.
Because of the description of the vehicle and the license plate, it was determined that the 2014 Ford Explorer was originally stolen in Davenport. A second vehicle, a silver Chevy, was stolen at approximately the same time and the same area of Valley Drive. The Chevy has not been recovered at this time.
Crews in Rock Island will resume their search for a child that fell into the Mississippi River at Schweibert Park on Tuesday night. According to the Rock Island County Sheriff's Office, the search will continue at 7 Am for a 2 year old child that fell into the river at approximately 7:45 Pm in Schweibert Park. Rescue boats and a dive team worked late into Tuesday night encountering debris while attempting to recover the child but to no avail. More on this story as more information becomes available.
After a brief chase, Moline Police arrested a suspect in a stabbing incident in the 3000 Block of 4th Street on Monday night. According to a release from the Moline Police Department, 26 year old Joseph E. Ramos of Moline was arrested after leading police on a brief car and foot chase that ended in the 2000 block of 16th street. The victim was a 44 year old man who suffered multiple stab wounds in what witnesses as a fight in progress. The as yet unnamed victim was taken to UnityPoint Hospital with non-life threatening injuries. Ramos is being held at the Rock Island County Jail on charges of Aggravated Battery and Possession of Stolen Property, Ramos had been fleeing the scene in a stolen white Chevrolet Monte Carlo.
On July 17th Bettendorf Police issued a warrant for the arrest of 56 year old Robert William Thompson. On July 24th, one week later, Thompson was arrested by Bettendorf Police. Thompson was arrested early Tuesday morning in Bettendorf and taken to the Scott CountyJail on a pair of Felony charges including Assault with Intent to Commit Sexual Abuse and 2nd Degree Burglary. This isn't the first arrest for Thompson who has Scott County Sheriff's mugshots from 2007 and 2011 on his criminal resume. Thompson was taken to the Scott County Jail early Tuesday morning but as of this writing has been released on bond.
Moline Police are releasing more information about a brawl at QC Family Entertainment. According to Moline Police, on Thursday, July 19th, multiple people engaged in a brawl while at the Moline location of QC Family Entertainment, 4401 44th Avenue in Moline. The brawl ensued when an employee attempted to get a group, said to be between 15 to 20 people, to stop rough housing inside the facility. Security video shows one man pick up and slam down the employee before several others began kicking the employee while the employee was on the ground. Several other patrons came to the aid of the employee and called Police. The two men in the photo below are said to have been the aggressors in the brawl and Moline Police are asking for your help in identifying them. If you know the identities of the men in this photo please contact Crimestoppers of the Quad Cities at 309-762-9500.
The body of a LeClaire man found in the Mississippi River last Thursday has been identified. According to the Scott County Sheriff's office, the body of 29 year old Robert James Lamb was pulled out of the water on Thursday after witnesses reporting seeing a body in the water. The Scott County Sheriff's Office is investigating the death of Robert James Lamb but no details have been released as of 1 Pm Monday, afternoon.
One of the biggest scam trends is tied to the rise in shopping via social media. With the increasing use of the various platforms, scammers have found new ways to trick you into their traps, and the Better Business Bureau wants you to be aware of some red flags. When shopping online, and now especially on social media, the agency advises you to be wary of anything proclaiming to be a "limited time offer" as these often are tied to scams that enroll you in monthly billing agreements without the customer's knowledge. Better Business Bureau Investigator Don O'Brien says you should be wary of apps of unknown origin.
He says before making any purchase or downloading any app, Google the website or app name with the words “complaints”, “reviews”, and “scam” to see what other customers are saying.
On April 20th and 21st members of the Quad Cities Chamber of Commerce gathered more 5000 people from around the Quad Cities to discuss the best ways to continue to grow the area. Now, with more than 1700 respondents, the Chamber and Q2030 are preparing to release their findings. The Chamber will make the announcement on Tuesday, July 24th at 10 Am at the Figge Art Museum. Best recommended practices are expected to be made part of the Chamber's growth plans for years to come. Q2030 is set to be the defining project of recent time in the Quad Cities with it's vast array of ideas shared and responses tabulated from Quad Cities citizens.
The City of Bettendorf has announced that a water main replacement will shut down a portion of Central and 23rd St. According to the release from the City, work begins today in the intersection of Central and 23rd Street which means traffic will be closed and diverted.
Southbound traffic on 23rd Street will be detoured west on Lincoln Road and south on 18th Street to U.S. 67
Northbound traffic on 23rd Street will be detoured west on U.S. 67 and north on 18th Street to Lincoln Road
Eastbound traffic on Central Ave will be detoured south on 18th Street and east to U.S. 67
Westbound traffic on Central Ave will be detoured south on 27th Street and west to U.S. 67
If you would like more information regarding this particular road work please contact Iowa American Water at this time.
Some advocates and policymakers are hopeful Illinois will become part of a wave of national juvenile justice reform.
Vermont recently passed a law expanding juvenile jurisdiction to include youths up to age 20, and Massachusetts lawmakers are studying a similar measure as part of a new criminal justice reform law.
Here in Illinois, raising the age is an issue state Rep. Laura Fine has been working on for a few years.
The Glenview Democrat says brain science shows the brain doesn't fully mature until age 26.
"Somebody under the age of 26 might do something that they would never consider doing once their brain is fully developed," she states. "Based on this, we really feel like the age of a misdemeanor should be increased so that child in many ways who may commit a misdemeanor doesn't have to pay for that for the rest of their life."
Fine introduced House Bill 4541 earlier this year. If passed, it would allow 18, 19 and 20-year-olds charged with misdemeanors have their cases heard in juvenile court. The bill passed out of committee, and Fine hopes it will get a hearing in the full House.
Because young adults can vote and serve their country, some argue they should have to face the consequences of breaking the law as an adult.
But Garien Gatewood, director of public policy for the Juvenile Justice Initiative, counters there's a flip side to that, considering Illinois just raised the age to purchase tobacco products from 18 to 21.
"It's the same kid that you're talking about that you want to protect from tobacco, or you want to protect from moving out on your own at 18, 19 and 20 if you're a ward of the foster system," he states. "We should look at protecting their mental well-being, their physical well-being and emotional well-being."
Fine says the legislation calls for an incremental process to raising the age that includes yearly reporting from the Illinois Juvenile Justice Commission.
"It says that we could increase it to at first 19 or 20 and examine, how is it working," she explains. "Is it working well and we should go on, or it's not working and we should go back. So, we're really trying to do this carefully."
Illinois is among several states that in the past decade enacted laws raising the age of juvenile jurisdiction to 18.
The City of Davenport has announced changes to one Citibus route. According to a release from the City of Davenport, the Eastern Iowa Industrial Center Service Bus Route will be altered to add a pair of new stops. The new stops added to the route include two new industrial plants north of I-80 including Alorica, Sterilite, and Kraft-Heinz. See the map by clicking here.
The City of Davenport has announced that Chad Dyson has been hired as the new Davenport Director of Parks and Recreation. Dyson, the current Superintendent of the Iowa City Parks and Recreation Department is a Quad Cities native who decided he wanted to come home. In a statement released by the City of Davenport, Dyson stated:
“I am excited and honored at this tremendous opportunity to lead an outstanding parks department." “I am looking forward to working with the City of Davenport team to further enhance the parks system and the experiences that are offered and enjoyed.“
Chad holds a Bachelor’s degree in Sports, Health, Leisure, and Physical Studies from the University of Iowa, Iowa City, Iowa and a Master’s degree in Recreation Administration from Aurora University, Aurora, Ill. He completed the Community Leadership Program of the Iowa City Chamber of Commerce in 2017.
The Illinois Lottery Mega-Millions Jackpot is continuing to rise. With no winner on Tuesday, the Jackpot for Friday's Mega-Millions drawing has ballooned to $422 million dollars. That is the 6th largest Lottery jackpot in Illinois history and the 19th largest jackpot in Lottery history. Winners who take the cash option if they win the Mega-Millions would take home approximately, $254 million dollars.
Iowa Senator Joni Ernst was on hand for the release of the annual Citizens Against Government Waste Pig Book. Each year Citizens Against Government Waste tally up what they believe is wasteful government spending and put out a compendium of which Representatives and Senators endorsed said spending and what it was intended for. According to Senator Ernst, there's only one place where Iowans like to see pork...
Burlington Police and Burlington Area Crime Stoppers are seeking your help in tracking down a suspect. According to Burlington Police, they are seeking tips on the whereabouts of Shyhem Harris. Harris is wanted on multiple warrants. If you know the whereabouts of Shyhem Harris please contact Burlington Crimestoppers at 319-753-6835. If your tip leads to an arrest you could be entitled to a cash reward.
Davenport Police were called to the scene of a shooting mid-morning in Davenport. According to Davenport Police, shots were fired and struck a home and a vehicle in the area of Taylor Street and 7th Street. Thankfully, no one was hurt in the shooting though there was damage to a home and a vehicle. Davenport Police are continuing to investigate.
An 18 year old Davenport man is in jail as part of an investigation of a shooting earlier this month. 18 year old Jacob Antero Trujillo of Davenport was arrested on Wednesday on charges of Criminal Gang Participation and Intimidation with a Dangerous Weapon. Together, the charges could lead to up to 15 years in jail. Trujillo is suspected of shooting into a crowd of people in an incident on July 7th in the 200 Block of South Lincoln Avenue. One person was injured in the shooting.
Earl Johnnie Baugh is in custody in Scott County. According to the Scott County Sheriff's arrest report, Baugh was arrested on Tuesday morning by Davenport Police on multiple felony counts. Baugh faces charges for Going Armed with Intent, Assault with Intent to Commit Sex Abuse, and 1st Degree Burglary. No other details are being released at this time. Baugh remains in custody in the Scott County Jail with no bond set.
Aledo Rehab and Health Care Center may have conditions that led to the death of a patient. That from an affidavit released by the Illinois Department of Public Health. The state of Illinois assessed the Aledo nursing home a $50,000 fine for violations of the Nursing Home Care Act. Aledo Rehab and Health Care Center was rated AA by the Illinois Department of Public Health. “AA” violation is cited when there is a condition or occurrence at the facility that proximately caused a resident’s death. The citation, which you can read here, refers specifically to an incident in May of 2018 when staff members misunderstood a colour-coded system regarding advance directives and failed to perform CPR on a patient who then died. Also facing a fine for violating the Nursing Home Care Act is Rosewood Care Center in Moline which received an A violation and a $25,000 fine. An “A” violation pertains to a condition in which there is a substantial probability that death or serious mental or physical harm will result, or has resulted. Rosewood was also assessed a B violation and an additional $2200.00 fine.
You can read the citation issued to Rosewood Care Center Here.
A pair of teenagers turned themselves into law enforcement related to Monday night's reported Car-Jacking and Kidnapping in Moline. According to Moline Police, a 71-year-old woman was approached by two suspects outside a convenience store in the Avenue of the Cities. The suspects implied they had a weapon and entered the victim's vehicle with the victim in the passenger seat. The suspects then drove the vehicle across the river into Bettendorf where the victim was able to escape in the area of Duck Creek and flag down police. Moline Police circulated the photo of the suspects who then on Tuesday turned themselves in. A 16-year-old suspect from Silvis turned herself in to Silvis Police on Tuesday while the second suspect, a 17-year-old Moline woman, turned herself in to Moline Police. Both suspects were processed into Juvenile Detention on charges of Aggravated Vehicular Hijacking.
Singer-Songwriter Ray Lamontagne is coming to Davenport in October. Lamontagne is promoting his new record "Part of the Light" will be performing at the Adler Theater in Davenport on October 24th at 7:30 Pm. Tickets go on sale this Friday, July 20th at 12 Noon. The show is set to be part of a special acoustic tour that Lamontagne is mounting to promote his new record. Wilco's Joe Stirratt will join Lamontagne on the tour and play bass. Lamontagne's latest single, "Such a Simple Thing" was recently featured on an episode of Grey's Anatomy on ABC and Lamontagne recently performed in The Jimmy Kimmel Show.
The City of Davenport has announced that road work has begun on an area of 53rd Street in Davenport. According to the release from the City of Davenport, the westbound lane of East 53rd Street, between Elmore Circle and Lorton Avenue is closed for the construction of a right-hand turn lane for Costco. Work is expected to be completed by June 27th. The City of Davenport urges drivers to be cautious in the area and expect traffic delays until work is completed.
Two billboards are going up in Moline as Moline Police continue to press on in the investigation of the 1996 disappearance of Trudy Appleby. According to a press release from Moline Police spokesman Michael Griffin a pair of brand new billboards have been erected in hopes of unlocking the last few pieces of information that will help close the case of Trudy Appleby. Last year, Moline Police named William Edward Smith, now deceased, as a person of interest in the case but it is believed that two or more people participated in the cover-up and disappearance of Trudy. The billboards are located at 19th Street and 5th Avenue in Moline and on Highway 5 near Barstow Road in East Moline. The billboards were erected with the help of Crimestoppers of the Quad Cities and Lamar Billboards.
Moline Police are asking for your help in identifying a pair of suspects following a carjacking and kidnapping on Avenue of the Cities. According to Moline Police two female suspects with a weapon approached a 71 year old woman at a convenience store in the area of the 2700 Block of Avenue of the Cities and claimed to have a weapon. The suspects then got into the victim's vehicle with the victim in tow and drove to Davenport before letting the victim go unharmed. The vehicle is a 2011 Kia Soul with Illinois registration N60 7717. If you have information on the whereabouts or identities of the suspects in this photo please contact Moline Police at 309-524-2140 or contact Crimestoppers of the Quad Cities at 309-762-9500.
Downtown Davenport is going to be very busy on the weekend of July 27th and 28th. That is, of course, Bix 7 Road Race weekend and the weekend that Ragbrai will arrive in Downtown Davenport. That weekend will also boast the 47th Annual Downtown Davenport Street Fest. Street Fest will feature performances by a lineup including 15 bands over the two days. The lineup is listed below. The weekend will also feature food vendors, kids activities, and unique shopping opportunities.
The bands at this year’s Street Fest include:
- Class of ’82 - QC Rock Academy
- Soul Storm - River City 6
- Jordan Danielsen - Lojo Russo
- Hal Reed and Mississippi Journey - Crooked Cactus Band
- Dirt Road Rockers - Sidewinders, 34th Army Band
- Rude Punch - RME Blues All Stars
- Super Happy Funthyme Jug Band
- Breakdown- Jason Carl and the hits of Tom Petty
- River City Dixie Racing Marching Society, Good Time Brass Band
Freshly returned from a trip to South Korea, Western Illinois Congresswoman Cheri Bustos offered tentative praise for President Trump regarding his trip to North Korea last month.
Bustos was part of a congressional delegation that traveled to South Korea to meet with members of the military and visit the demilitarized zone as part of a follow-up to the President's historic meeting with Kim Jong Un.
Governor Bruce Rauner was in Dixon, Illinois on Monday to honor School Resource Officer Mark Dallas. Officer Dallas was the school resource officer at Dixon High School who, back in May, shot 19-year-old Mark Milby after Milby entered the school and began shooting at students and teachers. At the event, the Governor praised Dallas for his courageous work.
Governor Rauner took the opportunity to push for legislation in the next session at the Illinois statehouse that would allow for each school to have a school resource officer.
Senator Charles Grassley on Monday introduced a bill intended to end price fixing by OPEC. Joined by Senators Amy Klobuchar, Patrick Leahy, and Mike Lee, Grassley gave the following statement to the media.
“It’s long past time to put an end to illegal price fixing by OPEC. The oil cartel and its member countries need to know that we are committed to stopping their anti-competitive behavior,” Grassley said. “We, in the United States, have been working for years to develop our domestic clean, renewable and alternative energy resources. We’re also committed to reducing our reliance on foreign oil, especially when it’s artificially and illegally priced. Our bill shows the OPEC members we will not tolerate their flagrant antitrust violations.”
The City of Bettendorf has announced that resurfacing work has begun today on US 67. According to the release from the City of Bettendorf, work began today, July 16th and will continue through the month of August. The US Department of Transportation is responsible for the resurfacing project which may cause traffic issues in areas of US 67/State Street and 26th Street to Valley Drive in Riverdale. The majority of the work will be done between 7 Am and 5 Pm weekdays.
After nearly 35 years in the business, Primus is still going strong and they are coming to the Adler Theater on Wednesday, October 3rd. According to a release from the Adler Theater, Les Claypool and his band will bring their unique brand of thrash to Davenport with tickets going on sale this Friday, July 20th at the Adler Theater box office. The band is touring in support of their latest studio album "The Desaturating Seven" which was released last September.
Bluegrass Police arrested a man on 11 drug charges early Monday morning. According to the roster at the Scott County Sheriff's Office, 31 year old Zachary Paul White was arrested at approximately 12:37 Am on Monday and charged with Felony Drug Tax Stamp, Driving without Insurance, Speeding, 2 charges of Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, and 9 charges of Possession of a Controlled Substance. White was taken from Bluegrass to the Scott County Jail where he's being held with a $17,500 bond.
A pair of Geneseo teens are leading the way locally as part of a nationwide climate change protest. Emily and Elizabeth Yost of Geneseo are organizing a sister march to the nationwide Zero Hour Climate March set for July 21st in Washington D.C with sister marches around the country including one in Geneseo.
The march is aimed at teenagers who are demanding an end to Washington D.C's business as usual approach to climate change. For their part. the march being organized by Emily and Elizabeth will feature multiple speakers and be attended by teens from across Henry County. Elizabeth Yost tells us that several speakers at the march have been lined up...
What inspired Emily and Elizabeth to get involved with the Zero Hour Climate Watch?
Anyone who is interested is welcomed to attend the Zero Hour Climate March in Geneseo though the event is aimed at teenagers. If you'd like to attend and show your support the Zero Hour Climate Change March in Geneseo will be July 21st at 10 Am in Geneseo City Park on Pearl Street.