Four people were injured when a vehicle struck an ambulance near Middle Road in Bettendorf. According to a release from the City of Bettendorf, the driver of a Chevrolet Aveo, a 24 year old woman from Moline was traveling westbound near the intersection of Middle Road and Parkway Drive when the Aveo struck a Medic EMS ambulance that was traveling westbound. The ambulance did not have its emergency lights. The driver of the Aveo was transported to Genesis East with serious injuries as was a three year old child who was restrained in a child seat at the time of the accident. There is no word on the child's condition. Three people were in the ambulance at the time of accident including one patient and two Medic EMS employees. The patient in the ambulance was transported to UnityPoint in Bettendorf while the pair of Medic EMS employees were taken from the scene to Genesis East. Middle Road was closed to traffic for 50 minutes while members of the Bettendorf Fire and Police Departments, Medic EMS employees and City of Bettendorf public works employees worked to clear the scene. The accident remains under investigation.
Bettendorf Police have released information regarding a car theft and car chase that began in Davenport and ended in Bettendorf early on Wednesday morning. According to a release from the City of Bettendorf, 5 juvenile suspects were arrested after leading Davenport Police, Bettendorf Police and the Scott County Sheriff's officers on a chase that began in Davenport and ended in Bettendorf. The chase began when Davenport Police attempted a traffic stop of an alleged stolen vehicle. The driver of the vehicle attempted to flee from police at approximately 1:04 Am on Wednesday morning in the area of Eastern and Locust in Davenport. The vehicle began speeding in the direction of Bettendorf and that is when Davenport Police coordinated with Bettendorf to slow the chase. Bettendorf Police did manage to use spike strips to damage the vehicle's tires but the driver continued on until the vehicle was finally brought to a stop in the area of Devil's Glen Road and Field Sike Drive. Upon investigating the vehicle, officers found a .45 Calibur Pistol and many keys and key fobs for other vehicles. The juveniles, ranging in age from 15 to 17 years old were taken to the Scott County Youth Detention Center. Charges are listed below.
Theft 1st, Carrying Weapons, Felon in Possession of Firearm, Felony Eluding, Possession of a Controlled Substance Driver, age 17, Davenport
Theft 1st, Carrying Weapons, Felon in Possession of Firearm, Possession of a Controlled Substance Age 17, Davenport
Theft 1st, Carrying Weapons, Possession of a Controlled Substance Age 15, Davenport
Theft 1st, Carrying Weapons, Possession of a Controlled Substance Age 15, Bettendorf
Theft 1st, Carrying Weapons, Possession of a Controlled Substance Age 14, Davenport
Moline High School and Seton Catholic School were placed on a brief lockdown this morning just after 8:30 Am. According to a release from the Moline Police Department, officers responded to the area of 1900 Block of 12th Street following a call to 911 that stated a male suspect was threatening the mother of his child with a handgun. As police arrived on the scene two men appeared to exit a car and begin a foot chase near the intersection of 12th and 19th street. Police were later able to catch up with 19 year old Freddie M. Bass of Cordova, Illinois and arrest him for Aggravated Unlawful Use of Weapons. The other suspect who fled from police was also captured but was determined by investigators to not have been involved in the initial assault. Moline High School and Seton Catholic School were placed on lockdown as a precaution because the suspect was so near each of the schools but neither school was under a direct threat.
5 term Bettendorf City Council Alderwoman Debe Lamar has passed away. The City of Bettendorf sent out this press release:
It is with great sadness that the City of Bettendorf announces the passing of 3rd Ward Alderman Debe LaMar, who died on November 29, 2018 following a brave battle with cancer.
“With Debe‘s passing, we lost a dear friend and tireless community advocate. Until her last day, Debe continued to fight for what’s right and represent not only her ward, but the entire community with passion, dignity and respect. She will be sorely missed,” said Mayor Bob Gallagher.
City Administrator Decker Ploehn adds, “Debe was a great grass roots council member, serving the community that she grew up in. She also fought hard for the “little guy.” I was inspired to watch Debe grow through the years to become a seasoned Alderman, serving her constituents with pride and devotion.”
Ms. LaMar has been on the City Council since 1998, serving five terms. She served under three mayors and was Mayor Pro-tem for seven years. One of her proudest accomplishments was the splash pad at Lincoln Park, which was dedicated to her in June of this year.
Ms. LaMar is survived by her son Hunter, sister, Sandra, and father, Ronald. She was 61 years-old.
Funeral arrangements will be announced at a later date.
A 22 year old Moline man is dead following a morning shooting in downtown Moline. According sources at the Moline Police Department, the shooting occurred just after 10 Am this morning not far from Moline City Hall. Other news outlets are reporting three vehicles involved, including the victims vehicle and another vehicle found at the scene. A third vehicle, a small black SUV is said to have multiple suspects inside. Illinois State Police are investigating the scene of the shooting while Moline Police continue the search for the suspects. A press conference is set to be held Wednesday evening with further details.
Dozens of high school students from across the 36th Senate District participated in a unique, hands-on experience in public policy, state government, and leadership Oct. 29 in Moline, as part of State Sen. Neil Anderson’s Youth Advisory Council.
“The passion, knowledge, and enthusiasm from these students is awesome and refreshing,” Anderson said. “Whether these students have an interest in public policy, representing their community in some fashion, or are simply interested in learning more about government, this experience – I hope – fuels their desire even more.”
Anderson spoke about how Illinois government works, shared his experiences at the Statehouse, and explained how public policy can shape the students’ everyday lives.
Students also spent time in small groups discussing and debating policy issues and how any new proposal could face challenges or become successful legislation. During these discussions, Sen. Anderson spent time with each small group, asking students questions about their proposed policy changes and how they would advocate for their issues.
“I am thinking about going into law, so this is an opportunity to learn more,” said Josh Hammer from Erie High School. “At our school, a lot of us have the same beliefs. So here, we can discuss the opposite views, and that is great for us because we are kind of secluded where we’re at.”
“I am really interested in politics, especially state and local politics, so I thought this would be a great option and experience for me,” said Emily Buikema from Rock Falls Township H.S. “A lot of students at my school are not as politically interested as I am, so it’s great to get to know students that share my interests.”
“I came here because I can’t shut my mouth up about politics,” said Grant Jacobs from Moline High School. “I thought this would be a great opportunity to engage with other students that are deeply interested and want to be involved in politics. I hope to one day have a future career in politics.”
Students also heard from Quad Cities Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Paul Rumler, Communications Manager of Deere and Company Lori Bippus, Hungry Hobo President and CEO Pryce Boeye, and Rock Island Mayor Mike Thoms. The panel shared stories of their experiences in the workforce and provided first-hand knowledge about public policy, leadership, and how to be successful.
Sen. Anderson hosted the all-day Youth Advisory Council in Moline at the Western Illinois University Quad Cities campus. Students were selected by their principals and teachers from United Township High School, Moline High School, Rockridge High School, Fulton High School, Erie High School, Riverdale High School, East Moline Christian School, Rock Falls Township High School, Quad Cities Christian School, and Newman Central Catholic High School in Sterling.
In the spring, Sen. Anderson’s Youth Advisory Council continues when students visit the Statehouse in Springfield. There, they will tour the Capitol, experience the legislative process up-close, be active participants in a mock committee hearing, and hear from legislative leaders about what it’s like to do their job.
The Davenport Fire Department has earned a $5600 grant from the Scott County Regional Authority. According to a release from the City of Davenport, the grant will be dedicated toward new safety equipment and protective gear to be used in an active shooter situation. According to Davenport Fire Training Officer, District Chief Rob MacDougall the grant will go to purchasing ballistic helmets and armored vests for 6 firefighters.
A Moline woman is wanted in Galesburg after escaping from custody. According to the Galesburg Police Department Facebook page, 31 year old Chantelli D. Pendleton-Perez of Moline is wanted in Galesburg on a charge that she escaped from a Penal Institution. No information has been released regarding how Pendleton-Perez made her escape. If you have information on the whereabouts of Chantelli D. Pendleton-Perez, please contact Galesburg Police at 309-343-9151 or Galesburg Crimestoppers at 309-344-0044. A tip to Crimestoppers that leads to an arrest could earn you a financial reward.
Moline Police have released the name and photo of a 16 year old wanted in a Sunday night shooting. According to Moline Police, 16 year old Saidaiyah Lynn Kirk of Davenport is wanted in the shooting of her 18 year old ex-boyfriend Sunday night in the 2300 Block of 31st Street A in Moline just after 9 Pm. Kirk is said to be armed and dangerous and a 1 million dollar bond has been set for once she is captured. Moline Police are asking anyone with information regarding the whereabouts of Saidaiyah Lynn Kirk to contact Moline Police at 309-524-2140 or Crimestoppers of the Quad Cities at 309-762-9500 if your tip to Crimestoppers leads to an arrest you could be entitled to a reward.
Moline Police are searching for a 16 year old girl, wanted for a shooting that took place on Sunday. According to the Moline Police Department a warrant is out for the arrest of a 16 year old girl who is accused of shooting a man in the stomach in the 2300 Block of 31st Street in Moline, just after 9 Pm on Sunday night. The victim in the shooting has not been identified but according to Moline Police the victim will recover from the wound. No other details are being released at this time though Moline Police are seeking an adult warrant for the suspect which could lead to the release of the name of the shooter later today.
A Davenport man is under arrest on charges related to Burglary at a residence in Davenport. According to Davenport Police, 29 year old Bryant Downing of Davenport was arrested on Thursday night when he was found in the parking lot of McKinley Elementary School in the immediate aftermath of a break in nearby. It's alleged that Downing had broken into a home wearing a mask, a hooded sweatshirt and a backpack containing a baseball bat and .50 calibur handgun. When Downing was confronted by a resident of the home he fled, taking a purse and wallet with cash and credit cards. Downing was picked just yards away from the home that was robbed and wearing the same hooded sweatshirt, carrying the same backpack as the reported suspect. Downey stands charged with 1st Degree Burglary, 2 counts of 3rd Degree Burglary of a Motor Vehicle, Felon in Possession of a Firearm and Carrying a Firearm on School Grounds. Downey was arrested and taken to the Scott County Jail where he remains in custody on a $39,000 bond.
There will be a nationwide test of the Wireless Emergency Alert System next week. Some have called it a text message from the President, after President Donald Trump discussed the new alert system that would allow the federal government to alert all wireless communication devices at once in the event of an emergency. The first test of this National Wireless Emergency Alert will take place on Wednesday, October 3rd at 1:18 Pm Central time and will end at 1:20 Pm Central time. The alert is a coordinated effort between the White House, FEMA, the FCC, and state agencies across the country including, here in Illinois, the IEMA, the Illinois State Police, and the Illinois State Board of Education.
Davenport's legendary Col Ballroom is closing its doors. The legendary Quad Cities concert venue, which played host to everything from Jimi Hendrix in 1968 to professional wresting to weddings and birthday parties to mixed martial arts, will close for good on October 29th. Owner Leigh Macias-Reitz made the sad announcement via the Col Ballroom Facebook page. The final show at the Col Ballroom will be October 26th, Soul-Fest featuring Soul Storm, Funktastic Five, Smooth Groove and 10 of Soul.
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.