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Bill Cosby found guilty of sexual assault

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NORRISTOWN, Pa. (AP) — A jury has found Bill Cosby guilty on all three charges he faced for convicted of drugging and molesting a woman.

The panel began deliberating Wednesday around 11 a.m.

Cosby faced three counts of aggravated indecent assault. He is on trial for allegedly drugging and sexually assaulting Andrea Constand in 2004. The 80-year-old former comedian faces up to 10 years in prison on each count, but would likely serve them concurrently.

The case against Cosby centers on testimony from Constand, a former employee with Temple University women’s basketball team. She testified that Cosby, a powerful trustee at Temple, drugged her and sexually assaulted her when she visited his home to ask for career advice in a Philadelphia suburb in January 2004.

Cosby’s defense team has argued that their interaction was consensual. Constand is a con artist, they argued, who wanted a piece of Cosby’s fortune.

Moline man arrested for attacking ex-girlfriend with hammer

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MOLINE, Illinois -- A man from Moline allegedly attacked his ex-girlfriend with a hammer after breaking into her home around 4 a.m. Thursday, April 26th morning.

Jose Chapol-Polito, 27, was caught by Moline police in the 100 block of 37th St. after fleeing the home on Pine Ridge Ct.

The 31-year-old ex-girlfriend was transported to Unity Point-Rock Island for treatment of non-life threatening injuries.

Chapol-Polito is charged with Aggravated Battery and Aggravated Domestic Battery. Bond set at $75,000.

Teenage car thieves arrested in Davenport

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DAVENPORT, Iowa -- Three Davenport juveniles - including a 12-year-old female - were among four arrested by Davenport police for car theft on Thursday, April 26.

Officers were responding to a report of reckless driving on Vine Street just before 2:00 a.m. early Thursday morning. When police attempted to pull over the vehicle, four subjects ran from the car. They were quickly detained by police.

Police say the vehicle was stolen from Rock Island. One adult, 19-year-old Derrion Rhoden, was arrested and charged with 1st degree theft. The three juveniles - all female - were detained at the juvenile detention facility in Davenport. One is 14 and from Rock Island, another 16 from Davenport and the third a 12-year-old from Davenport.

There were no injuries or damage reported.

CHEF SCOTT: Spicy Chicken and Dumplings

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BETTENDORF, Iowa – Our chef loves one pot cooking.

But he has other loves as well.

"I just love Chicken and Dumplings," admitted Chef Brad Scott, head of the Culinary Arts and Hospital Management program at Scott Community College.

"But I thought, why not come up with something that's a little bit spicier?

And you don't dirty a lot of dishes in the process.

"We'll use chicken pieces that are already boned out," explained Chef Scott.

1.  Add 3 Tbsp of corn oil into a pot, turn up the burner after
2.  Spread out chicken pieces, spice with paprika
3.  Add garlic to the chicken
4.  Add black course pepper
5.  Place chicken into the pot
6.  Dice 3 Tbsp onions into pan
7.  Slice Shittake mushrooms, add to pan
8.  Cook the chicken, 4 minutes per side
9.  Add 2 Tbsp flour
10.  Add 1 to 2 Bay leaves

Make biscuits separately.

1.  Blend together 2 1/2 cups of biscuit mix with 1/2 cup of milk
2.  Add garlic to the batter
3.  Add black pepper
4.  Add 1 tsp paprika

Finish the meal by adding more ingredients to the pot of chicken.

1.  Add 4 cups chicken stock to the pot
2.  Bring to a boil, stirring
3.  Use a small ice cream dipper to make dumplings that are added to the boiled broth
4.  Place pot into the 350-degree oven for 25-minutes

Out of the oven, it's ready to serve.

Place on a plate complete with garnish.

"This is a meal that will stick to your ribs," said Chef Scott.

"Chicken and Dumplings, Cheffy Style.  Enjoy!"

Spanish woman bears uncanny resemblance to Donald Trump

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GALICIA, Spain – A freelance journalist went to a rural area in Spain looking for a story about the aftermath of a series of storms – and found President Donald Trump’s doppelgänger.

“My photo seems to have traveled far,” Dolores Leis Antelo told La Voz de Galicia. “I say it might be because of the color of my hair.”

The world has journalist Ana Vasquez to thank for the photo, which social media has since turned into an international phenomenon. Vasquez met Antelo, who doesn’t have a computer or phone, on the Cabana de Bergantiños farm in Galicia she’s lived on for 40 years.

“Dolores was going to her farm to pick some cabbages,” Vasquez told Faro de Vigo. “So I talked with her for a while, while a girlfriend was taking pictures of her, and I took the opportunity to take another photo with my cellphone.”

When La Voz de Galicia asked Antelo about the attention her photo is getting, she laughed it off, saying she looks at what her children show her but doesn’t have any interest in the digital world. “They say I’m going to be famous because of that photo, but I just don’t understand it.”

Antelo’s daughter, Ana, is a bit more excited – “Imagine if we were in Donald Trump’s family!” she told the paper.

Davenport police arrest one of two suspects in last month’s armed robbery of SNS gas station

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DAVENPORT, Iowa — Davenport police have arrested one of two suspects in an armed robbery that occurred March 25th at SNS Gas Station on West Kimberly Rd. They have not yet arrested the other suspect.

Yesterday, a month after the robbery took place, police conducting surveillance charged 18-year-old Montez McClain of Davenport with 1st degree robbery. They also charged him with possession of 0.4 grams of marijuana, discovered in his pocket during the arrest.

Around midday on Sunday, March 25th, McClain and the other suspect walked into SNS Gas Station. The other suspect, a black man wearing a bandana over his face, showed a handgun and demanded money from the clerk. Both men then fled with the cash. No injuries were reported.

Police arrest driver involved in two Davenport drive-by shootings

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DAVENPORT, Iowa — An 18-year-old Davenport man has been arrested and charged with two counts of intimidation with a dangerous weapon after admitting his role in two drive-by shooting incidents on March 11, 2018.

Allen Jimerson IV, who lives on Tremont Avenue, was arrested Thursday, April 26. He is accused of driving two armed co-defendants to a house in the 400 block of Dittmer Street shortly after 11:30 a.m. on March 11 who fired several shots into an occupied residence. On the same day, Jimerson drove the same co-defendants to the intersection of 13th and Brady Streets, where they fired nine shots at a van.

Davenport Police investigating the shots-fired calls later found Jimerson’s vehicle, towed it away and obtained a search warrant. Jimerson was interviewed by police on March 14, where he initially denied involvement in the shootings, but later admitted to both.

Digging deeper into the volunteer firefighter shortage

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It takes a special person... and our fire departments need more of them.

There is a shortage of volunteer firefighters across our area, states, and country - but it's something every community needs when there's not enough money to support a professional fire protection service.

"We can’t farm it out," explained Colona Fire Department Chief John Swan. "We can’t ask someone else to come in and take care of our emergencies, because minutes save lives and property, so we have to be able to take care of ourselves and our community."

We had "Breakfast With..." Chief Swan live on Good Morning Quad Cities on Thursday, April 26th. Click on the video clip above to hear why he says there's a volunteer firefighter shortage.

One of the reasons is a lack of incentives or benefits. Chief Swan said there's an active push to create more, but more help is needed from the state.

"We’re trying to provide benefits to the volunteer firefighters now," he explained. "There’s not very many in Illinois. We just passed the Tire Bill here last year, which allows the volunteer firefighter to buy a set of tires for his personal vehicle under the state contract, so we’re trying to develop things to help recruit and retain firefighters."

Another way volunteer fire departments do that is through cadet and explorer programs. Click the video below to hear from one of those cadets, as well as the Silvis Fire Department's Interim Fire Chief about why more firefighters are needed and what it takes to become a firefighter for your community:

Overall, volunteer firefighters not only save lives, but they save small communities a lot of money.

"In the state of Illinois, the volunteer fire service saves our resident $7 billion a year and I calculated this a few years ago that just on a local level, just a minimum amount of staffing on a $100,000 home, it would raise your taxes a minimum of $300 at least," explained Chief Swan.

What's more - 70% of Illinois' firefighters are volunteers and so he says more support is needed and needed now:

"We need to protect the volunteers and protect the fire service and I know the communities do all the best they can, but we’ve gotta do more."

The Colona Fire Department has eight openings right now. To contact Chief John Swan, click here.

Review finds Chicago police failed to report people mentally unfit to carry gun

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CHICAGO, Illinois — Chicago’s inspector general says the city’s police department has failed to report to the state of Illinois people it believes may be mentally unfit to carry a gun.

Inspector General Joe Ferguson says in a report released Wednesday the state Firearm Owners Identification Card Act requires law enforcement to notify Illinois State Police within 24 hours of determining a person poses “a clear and present danger.”

A review determined the Chicago Police Department only once in 37 incidents over a recent 3½-year period reported to the state it confiscated a gun from a person it transported to a mental health facility.

Ferguson recommended Chicago police officials train officers on the reporting requirements and make the forms accessible for officers.

Spokesman Anthony Guglielmi (goo-lee-EHL’-mee) says the department has adopted the recommendations.

RICO Board picks James Snider as the next county administrator

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ROCK ISLAND, Illinois--In an almost unanimous vote, the Rock Island County Board offered James Snider a job as the next county administrator, April 25.

Snider is currently the administrator in Stephenson County, west of Rockford, Illinois. He was also the past city administrator in Kewanee.

“I’m a little overwhelmed by the consensus and I appreciate the strong support,” says Snider.

Rock Island County has been without a county administrator since September, after the county’s first administrator accepted a job in Florida.

Since then the county’s financial problems have grown, barley paying bills, struggling to keep the nursing home afloat and borrowing money to pay workers.

“There are some challenging times ahead but with my experience we’re going to have some good days, better days then when I thought we would have…“I’m not superman I don’t have any magic bullets I think it’s a matter of doing what I can to bring discussion and collaboration between the elected officials and the board,” says Snider.

Snider will spend the next week or two reviewing the boards offer. If he decides to take the job it would be 30 days before he could start working in Rock Island County.

Jeremy Pickrel take sover Galesburg Baseball, PV Student-Athletes make college choices

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Jeremy Pickrel takes over the Galesburg Baseball Program after longtime coach Arnie Gonzalez retires.  Pickrel played for Arnie and is honored to be his successor.

Twenty Pleasant Valley Student-Athletes are taking their talents to the next level in a variety of sports.  Two are headed to the Division-1 Level, Caroline Sharris (Rowing) is going to Harvard University, Konnor Sommer (Track and Field) will run at the University of Iowa.

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