Muscatine residents urged to take precautions after non-treated wastewater discharged into Mississippi river

MUSCATINE - People who are out enjoying the Mississippi river should take precautions downstream from Muscatine.

The city releases about 4 million gallons of treated wastewater per day into the river, part of that is now untreated after a gate malfunctioned at the city's water pollution control plant.

"When there was this malfunction with the gate, we had to divert the flow away from the ultraviolet lights until we could get the gate fixed," said Kevin Jenison, Communications Manager, city of Muscatine.

The ultraviolet lights help the disinfection process, if people using the river drink or swallow the water they could get sick.

"The E. coli, which you can get from any type of run off or waste water, from any point along the river," said Jenison.

Warnings also went out to Burlington and Keokuk but city officials there said they don't believe it's a concern for them because the water is at acceptable levels for discharge into the Mississippi River.

"It's actually 98% pure, there`s just a little bit that the Iowa Department of Natural Resources would like to have eliminated," said Jenison.

For the people who will be out spending time in the water, they said they'll be more aware.

"Oh yeah, yeah definitely, I mean we do anyways, but it`s something you think they`d tell everybody, especially it being a holiday weekend a lot more people on the water," said Jol Taylor, boater.

The city said the hope is to have the system back up and running by Friday.

44 states and DC have refused to give certain voter information to Trump commission

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WASHINGTON, DC — (CNN) Forty-four states and the District of Columbia have refused to provide certain types of voter information to the Trump administration’s election integrity commission, according to a CNN inquiry to all 50 states.

State leaders and voting boards across the country have responded to the letter with varying degrees of cooperation — from altogether rejecting the request to expressing eagerness to supply information that is public.

Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach, vice chairman of the Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity, which President Donald Trump created by executive order in May, sent a letter to all 50 states last Wednesday requesting a bevy of voter data, which he notes will eventually be made available to the public.

The order came months after Trump claimed without evidence that millions had voted illegally in the 2016 presidential election. When states began to express concerns about the legality of his administration’s efforts to investigate voter fraud, Trump called them out on Twitter on Saturday, questioning whether they were hiding something.

“Numerous states are refusing to give information to the very distinguished VOTER FRAUD PANEL. What are they trying to hide?” Trump tweeted.

Numerous states are refusing to give information to the very distinguished VOTER FRAUD PANEL. What are they trying to hide?

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 1, 2017

The information the commission is seeking includes registrants’ full names, addresses, dates of birth, political parties, the last four digits of their social security numbers, a list of the elections they voted in since 2006, information on any felony convictions, information on whether they were registered to vote in other states, their military status, and whether they lived overseas.

The vice chairman’s letter twice requests only “public” voter information, and Kobach clarified the specifics of his request Friday: “Every state receives the same letter, but we’re not asking for it if it’s not publicly available,” he told The Kansas City Star. Kobach also told CNN’s Anderson Cooper last week, “Whatever a person on the street can walk in and get, that’s what we would like.” Kobach cited a Pew Center on the States study from February 2012 that called for revisions of state voter registration lists.

“The Pew Center estimated last year that 1.8 million deceased people are still on the voter rolls throughout the states,” Kobach told Cooper. “They said that’s an estimate. They think it’s a low estimate. Now, for the first time, we can actually bounce the states’ voter rolls against the Social Security administration’s own database to find out how many of those people actually are on the voter rolls.”

The Kansas secretary also addressed the criticism from several secretaries of state over the past few days that the commission might be seeking to legitimize Trump’s assertions that widespread voter fraud cost him votes last November.

“First of all, the commission is not to prove or disprove what the President speculated about in January,” Kobach said. “The purpose of the commission is to find facts and put them on the table. Importantly, it’s a bipartisan commission.”

But the commission, which is chaired by Vice President Mike Pence, seemed to misunderstand voter privacy laws nationwide. Every state that responded to the commission’s letter said it could not provide Social Security numbers, for example. Others said they consider information such as birth dates and party affiliations to be private.

What’s more, Kobach asked states to supply the information through an online portal. Many states have rejected this specific request, noting that the commission should file a voter information request through established state websites, as any other party would.

As of Tuesday afternoon, two states — Florida and Nebraska — are still reviewing the commission’s request. Another two states — Hawaii and New Jersey — have not returned CNN’s request for comment. And while six states are still awaiting a letter from the commission, four of them — New Mexico, Michigan, South Carolina and West Virginia — have already pledged not to provide voters’ private information. The other two of those six states, Arkansas and Illinois, have not released statements ahead of receiving the letter.

Just three states — Colorado, Missouri and Tennessee — commended Kobach’s attempt to investigate voter fraud in their respective statements

Bettplex breaks ground on regional sports complex in Bettendorf


Heavy equipment in action on Wednesday, July 5, symbolizes the start of Bettplex construction.

The regional sports center along the Interstate 80 corridor could be hosting its first games in about a year.

"It's pleasing, and yet, a little nerve-wracking because we want to get it done," said developer Doug Kratz.

Kratz pitched the idea for the $57-million project after researching other regional sports centers around the country.  Now, he's taking that idea and making it a reality.

"We asked a lot of other people that run these facilities what they would do differently," Kratz continued.  "What we were pleasantly surprised to find out is that a lot of what they told us they'd do differently, we had already accounted for in our planning," he continued.

Youngsters and adults from local teams joined Kratz and city officials to break ground on the project.  The site and location should attract a variety of teams and tournaments nearly every weekend of the year.

"They're looking for another central area around here," said Larry Miller, president of the Quad City Pickleball Club.  "We are right in the middle of that.  This is a great opportunity for pickleball here."

Bettplex will offer year-round activities on its 78-acre site.  The competitions should also spark demand for amenities like a hotel and restaurants nearby.

Bettendorf, which is offering TIF incentives, plans to make its money from the tourism.

"We will have thousands of visitors to the Quad Cities each and every weekend," said Bettendorf Mayor Bob Gallagher.  "We all win with this type of development."

This is all about the future of regional sports in the Quad Cities.  Construction is already moving along on schedule.

"It'll be exciting," said Kratz.  "I just hope we're not fully exhausted to the point where we won't enjoy it.  But it will be a wonderful thing."

For athletes and fans, a wonderful Bettplex that's preparing for all the action.


Des Moines area sees air pollution spikes on Fourth of July

WINDSOR HEIGHTS, Iowa — A rise in particle pollution is typical on the Fourth of July, but officials from the Department of Natural Resources said the Des Moines area saw an unusual spike in 2017.

The DNR released a statement Wednesday, July 5th that said fine particle pollution started around dusk on Tuesday, July 4th, and stuck around overnight.  It wasn’t expected to clear the area until around noon.

An air quality report generated by the Environmental Protection Agency listed the area as having “moderate” air quality.  Having a “moderate” status means air quality is “acceptable” but might have negative affects on people who are more sensitive to pollution.

A member of the DNR’s air quality staff explained that pollution spikes are detected in many places on July Fourth, but after midnight the levels will typically start to fall. That wasn’t the case for the Des Moines area this year; those heightened levels lasted through the night.

Davenport did see some spikes, the staffer explained, but fell back to normal levels in a reasonable amount of time.

Toasty Thursday… Strong thunderstorm may follow

The weather of late has been rather persistent with warm, humid conditions and a few stray thunderstorms passing briefly across the area.

A few clouds will be lingering around tonight, and so will the humidity.  Overnight lows will drop around the upper 60s.

Still expected to be a toasty Thursday with highs around the 90 degree mark. Throw in some of that high humidity and you’re looking at upper 90s on the heat index.   That night, a cold front will be approaching from the north popping a few strong thunderstorms along it. The main threats with one or two of these storms will be heavy rain and strong winds.

As planned, we’ll trim down the heat and humidity just in time for the upcoming weekend with highs in the lower 80s.  Not totally dry this weekend as I do see a passing shower on Sunday.

Chief meteorologist James Zahara

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Flint airport stabbing suspect indicted

(CNN) — A Canadian man has been indicted in a stabbing attack last month at the Flint, Michigan, airport.

Amor Ftouhi, 49, faces charges of committing an act of violence at an international airport and interference with airport security. Authorities say he stabbed a Bishop International Airport police lieutenant in the neck with a knife on June 21.

Ftouhi referenced killings in Syria, Iraq, and Afghanistan, and yelled “Allahu Akbar,” while stabbing the uniformed officer, said the United States Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Michigan.

The charges carry a maximum penalty of up to life in prison.

Ftouhi’s defense attorney, Joan Morgan, declined to comment.

On Wednesday, June 21, Ftouhi arrived at Flint’s Bishop International Airport carrying two bags, and he lingered for about 40 minutes in the airport’s public areas — including a restaurant and a bathroom where he dropped his bags — before the attack, a criminal complaint said.

Authorities said Ftouhi yelled “Allahu akbar” — “God is great” in Arabic — and used a roughly 12-inch knife with an 8-inch serrated blade to stab Lt. Jeff Neville.

After stabbing Neville, Ftouhi continued to yell “Allah” several times followed by something similar to, “You have killed people in Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan, and we are all going to die,” the complaint said.

“Lt. Neville got him to stop stabbing him,” said Chief Chris Miller of the Bishop Airport Safety Division, who was nearby during the attack and handcuffed Ftouhi.

An FBI special agent said Ftouhi then asked the officer why he did not kill him, the complaint said.

Ftouhi is scheduled to be arraigned in federal court Wednesday afternoon.

Area schools collecting school supplies for the First Day Project

Since 2006 Quad City area schools and volunteer groups coordinate a combined supply drive effort through the First Day Project: Quad City-Wide Student Supply Drive.

The First Day Project unites Quad City area school supplies drives to meet the needs of students who require help in obtaining school supplies. Approximately 24,000 students in Quad City schools are from families with incomes low enough to be eligible for Free & Reduced fee waivers for school meals and fees. Some of Quad City area school districts have an average as high as 70% of students qualifying for Free & Reduced. The First Day Project will supply thousands of Quad City students with the items they need to start their school year with confidence.

Serving Bettendorf, Colona, Carbon Cliff-Barstow, Davenport, East Moline, Hampton, Moline, Pleasant Valley, Rock Island-Milan, Silvis, and United Township school district students.


  • Crayons
  • Colored Pencils
  • Composition Notebooks
  • Loose-Leaf Paper
  • Pocket Folders
  • Spiral Notebooks
  • Pencils
  • Pens
  • Washable Markers
  • Watercolor Paints
  • Backpacks
  • Erasers
  • Glue Sticks
  • Pencil Boxes
  • Rulers
  • Scissors


Donation Locations

WQAD News 8 – 3003 Park 16th Street, Moline, IL
July 3 – 31, 2017

Monday – Friday from 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
SPECIAL DROP OFF DAY – Thursday, July 20, 2017


Ruhl & Ruhl

July 5 – 30, 2017

Bettendorf Office – 1228 Middle Rd, Bettendorf
Davenport Office – 4545 Welcome Way, Davenport
Moline Office – 1701 52nd Avenue, Moline
Corporate – 5403 Victoria Ave. #100, Davenport


Carpetland USA
July 5 – 30, 2017

4337 Brady St., Davenport
4201 44th Ave., Moline


IOWA – June 23 – July 31

Bettendorf Community School District
District Administration Center – 3311 18th St., Bettendorf

Davenport Community School District
Achievement Service Center – 1606 Brady St., Davenport
Monday through Thursday

Pleasant Valley Community School District
Pleasant Valley High School – 604 Belmont Rd., Bettendorf


ILLINOIS – July 1 – 22

Moline School District
District Administration Center – 1619 11th Ave., Moline

Rock Island/Milan School District
District Administration Center – 2101 6th Ave., Rock Island

Chris Elsberg State Farm Insurance Agency – 855 46th Ave., R.I.
Blackhawk Bank & Trust – 38th St.& Blackhawk Rd., Rock Island
Blackhawk Bank & Trust – 301 West 4th St., Milan
East Moline Area Schools (First Day Fund Inc.)

Christ United Methodist Church – 3801 7th St, East Moline
9:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.


Whitey’s Ice Cream Locations – CASH DONATIONS

July 1 – 14

  • 3515 Middle Rd, Bettendorf
  • 1230 West Locust St., Davenport
  • 2419 East 53rd St., Davenport
  • Northpark Mall, Davenport
  • 1601 Avenue of the Cities, Moline
  • 2601 41st. St, Moline
  • 2520 18th Ave., Rock Island
  • 1335 Ave. of the Cities, East Moline


Ascentra Credit Union Locations

July 3 – August 3, 2017

  • 1710 Grant St., Bettendorf
  • 2339 53rd Ave., Bettendorf
  • 1515 W. 53rd St., Davenport
  • 1710 W. 3rd St., Davenport
  • 1800 Brady St., Davenport
  • 949 Mississippi View Ct., LeClaire
  • 3005 7th St., Moline

Hy-Vee Pack the Bus

Sunday, July 23 from 11 am – 4 pm
Devils Glen Rd., Bettendorf

Sunday, July 30
Utica Ridge & 53rd, Davenport
11 am – 4 pm

Bikers for Backpacks QC
Biker ride to benefit Rock Island/Milan students in need
Sunday, July 30, 2017
Facebook – bikersforbackpacksqc

Donate Online: Go to www.cfgrb.org and click on “Our Funds” then select First Day Project
Checks: Community Foundation of the Great River Bend, 852 Middle Rd., Ste. 100, Bettendorf, IA 52722. Please write First Day Project Fund in the memo line.


WATCH: Governor Rauner makes statement on proposed tax hike

ILLINOIS — Governor Bruce Rauner took a few minutes Wednesday afternoon to express his thoughts on the proposed budget that includes a 32 percent tax hike. 

Rauner went as far to say that the tax hike was not just a slap in the face to Illinois residents but a “2×4 smacked across the forehead to the people of Illinois.”

You can see the governor’s full statement in the video below.



Chicago man dies after being struck in face by firework

CHICAGO -- A tragic end to an Independence Day celebration on the Chicago’s Southwest Side.

A 42-year-old man was lighting fireworks Tuesday night in an alley in the 2500 block of West 54th Street in the city's Gage Park neighborhood.

According to the Chicago police and fire departments, the man was hit in the face as the firework fired into the air.

The man has been identified as David Griffin, according to the medical examiner's office.

The incident reportedly happened in front of his son.

He was taken to Holy Cross Hospital where he was pronounced dead.

Did Amelia Earhart survive her flight? Newly-discovered photo could change history

A never-before-seen photo could rewrite history.

Eighty years ago, Amelia Earhart and her navigator Fred Noonan vanished without a trace, but investigators believe a new photo shows that Earhart may have survived the 1937 crash, according to the History Channel.

The photo was found buried in the National Archives and the History Channel says it could hold the key to solving one of history’s greatest mysteries.

During her pioneering flight, 39-year-old Earhart disappeared somewhere over the Pacific Ocean.

According to the History Channel, most experts believe she likely ran out of fuel and crashed, but no trace of Earhart, Noonan or her plane was found.

New evidence from U.S. government archives suggests Earhart may have crashed in the Marshall Islands, and was captured by the Japanese military where she died while being held prisoner, the History Channel reports

The newly-discovered photo reportedly shows Earhart sitting on a dock; a ship can be seen towing a barge with an airplane on the back.

Shawn Henry, a former executive assistant director of the FBI who worked with the History Channel on an upcoming documentary on Earhart, says “this absolutely changes history.”

“I think we proved beyond a reasonable doubt that she survived her flight and was held prisoner by the Japanese on the island of Saipan, where she eventually died,” Henry said.

The documentary airs Sunday night on the History Channel.

3-month-old puppy abandoned in airport bathroom with heartbreaking note

LAS VEGAS, Nevada -- A three-month-old puppy was abandoned in a restroom at a Las Vegas airport over the weekend, and a woman said the note his owner left behind broke her heart.

Chewy is a three-month-old miniature chihuahua. With him in the airport bathroom was a handwritten note, reading: "My owner was in an abusive relationship and couldn't afford to get me on the flight. She didn't want to leave me with all her heart, but she has no other option."

Someone found Chewy and he ended up in the hands of a a dog rescue.

"I cried," Darlene Blair with Connor and Millie Rescue said.

Blair said Chewy is doing much better.

"This one really got to me.  You could tell by the way the note was written that the woman was in dire stress and she didn't want to give him up and she couldn't take him with her," Blair said.

This case highlights the unintended consequences of domestic violence.

"There's absolutely an option out there," Lori Nelson with Noah's Animal House said.

Noah's Animal House is a safe place that works to keep sheltered women and children near their pets. The boarding house in Las Vegas has helped more than 1,000 pets over 10 years.

"The animal is equally a member the family as anyone else, and it's vital that when you're leaving a domestic violence situation, that your pet can come with you," Nelson said.

"I know it's hard when you're in that situation to trust someone, but there are good people out there -- and if you're in that situation and you need help to take your dog with you, try not to be too afraid to ask for help," Blair said.

Airport officials are reminding pet owners that the airport is no place to leave an animal, since you don't know when or who might pick it up.

Volvo moving to all-electric vehicles by 2019

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HONG KONG (CNNMoney) — Volvo is going all in on the electric car.

The Swedish automaker is slamming on the brakes on vehicles powered solely by internal combustion engines, announcing that every car it makes from 2019 onward will have an electric motor.

The move makes Chinese-owned Volvo the first traditional carmaker to fully embrace electric and hybrid production.

“This announcement marks the end of the solely combustion engine-powered car,” Volvo’s president Håkan Samuelsson said in a statement Wednesday.

Volvo said it would launch five fully electric cars between 2019 and 2021. Three of them will carry the Volvo brand, and the other two will come from the company’s high-performance unit Polestar.

The rest of Volvo’s fleet will consist of either plug-in hybrid cars or mild hybrid cars, which combine a small gas engine with a battery.

Starting in 2019, Volvo will only produce cars that have some form of electric motor — and no cars running purely on an internal combustion engine.

The shift is likely to have been influenced by Chinese auto company Geely, which bought Volvo in 2010.

China has been swift to adopt electric vehicles. The world’s second-largest economy, which is plagued by air pollution, wants 5 million electric cars on its roads by 2020.

More than half of the world’s electric cars are already sold in China, according to a report from the Center for Automotive Research at Germany’s University of Duisberg-Essen. In 2016, Chinese drivers bought 507,000 electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles out of 873,000 worldwide.

Volvo’s announcement comes just weeks after U.S. electric car firm Tesla said it was working with Shanghai officials to establish a manufacturing facility in the region to better serve China.

“Tesla is deeply committed to the Chinese market,” Tesla said.

Illinois House postpones vote to override budget veto

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — The Illinois State Capitol fell silent Wednesday for the first time in two weeks, but House Democrats pledged to continue their efforts to override Gov. Bruce Rauner’s budget vetoes to give the state its first spending plan in two years.

The respite gave Republican Rauner an opening. He scheduled an afternoon discussion with community leaders in a Chicago neighborhood to discuss a possible 32 percent increase in the income tax rate, which he has pinned squarely on Democratic House Speaker Michael Madigan.

Lawmakers were in session for 14 straight days, capped by a flurry of activity on Tuesday, when the Senate sent a $36 billion spending plan to the governor funded with a $5 billion income tax increase. Rauner rapidly vetoed it, only to have the Democratic-controlled Senate just as swiftly override him.

But the House, which had approved the fiscal blueprint Sunday night with veto-proof majorities, has failed to summon enough members the last two days to take action. Fewer than 60 of the House’s 118 members answered quorum calls on Tuesday or Wednesday.

Deputy Majority Leader Lou Lang, a Skokie Democrat, said the House intends to proceed with an override Thursday, but it depends on attendance.

“I can’t answer for every member who’s not here,” Lang said. “If they were all here, this would have been done already.

Lang mentioned instances in which members are dealing with a family member’s or a friend’s death and the terminally ill relative of another.

“Legislators are people, too,” Lang said. “I expect that we’ll gather the necessary people here” Thursday.

Illinois’ budget crisis is the longest in the nation since at least the Great Depression.

With a $6.2 billion annual deficit and $14.7 billion in overdue bills, disaster is around the corner. The United Way predicts the demise of 36 percent of all human services agencies in Illinois by year’s end. Billions of dollars in road construction work is shutting down. Public universities have been cut to the bone and face a loss of academic accreditation.

Although there’s no firm deadline, credit-rating houses have vowed to downgrade the state’s creditworthiness to “junk,” signaling to investors that buying state debt is a highly speculative venture. The bond houses predicted a downgrade without a fix by the July 1 debut of the fiscal year.

But Fitch Ratings and S&P Global Ratings gave Illinois some breathing room on Monday, issuing notices marking the House tax increase approval a day earlier and indicating they would not take immediate downgrade action.

Government has limped along for two years on the strength of court-ordered spending, but the state comptroller says the treasury will be $185 million short of what’s needed to cover basic services by August.

Two restaurants damaged by fire in downtown Galesburg

Photo courtesy of Steve Davis/The Register-Mail.

GALESBURG, Illinois — A fire downtown caused significant damage to two restaurants.

A passerby heading to work reported seeing smoke around 7 a.m. Wednesday, July 5th in the area of Main Street and North Prairie Street where The Cellar and Fig’s Italian Steakhouse are located, according to Galesburg Fire Chief Tom Simkins.

The Cellar and Fig’s are in the same building, downstairs and upstairs respectively, and have the same owners.

Chief Simkins said the fire appeared to be in the kitchen at Fig’s; that’s where most of the heavy burning was.

Firefighters were able to extinguish the fire and ended up putting a hole in the roof for ventilation, said Chief Simkins.  He said, fortunately, the department was in the middle of a shift change when they were called to the scene, which allowed them to maximize their attack on the fire.

With significant smoke and structural damage, firefighters ended up staying at the restaurant location until around 10 a.m., that’s when investigators started looking over the scene.

Some people in a neighboring building were evacuated as a precaution, Chief Simkins said. Crews also temporarily closed down a nearby street, but it has since been reopened.



A 14-year-old boy sneaks away with mom’s SUV, buys fireworks with friends — what could go wrong?

SKYWAY, Wash. — A 14-year-old boy took his mother’s SUV with friends to buy fireworks Tuesday — and all went according to plan, until someone decided to have a Roman candle fight back home.

Oh, and someone left a window down on the SUV.

The result — one big fire and one crispy vehicle.

No one was injured.

“This morning, a 14-year-old boy took his mom’s car without her knowing, picked up friends and bought fireworks,” King County sheriff’s Sgt. Cindi West said. “They … came home, parked the car in the driveway. One of the windows was open and during a Roman candle fight, a firework went into the window and lit the car on fire.”

As you can see from the photos tweeted out by Skyway Fire, the SUV appears to be a total loss.

West said the mother is not pressing charges, but the sheriff’s office is still investigating.

West said it is illegal to sell fireworks to anyone under 16 in King County.

Des Moines woman shot, killed by police

UPDATE:  DES MOINES -– A woman involved in a shooting with Des Moines police officers early Wednesday morning has died from her injuries.

Police say 29-year-old Tiffany Potter was involved in a chase with police, when she parked in the driveway at 1623 E. 14th Street around 2:00 a.m. and tried to run from officers. Police say she had no connection to the residence or those who live there.

Officials say Potter had a handgun and fired at least one round. One of the three police officers on the scene fired his handgun at Potter and she was hit. Officers provided emergency medical care to her until emergency crews arrived. She was taken to the hospital where she died.

Police have not released the names of the officers involved but say video recordings at the scene and witness statements back up the details of what happened.


DES MOINES -– A woman was injured in an officer-involved shooting in Des Moines early Wednesday morning.

The Des Moines Police Department says officers were involved in a shooting incident around 2:00 a.m. at 1623 E. 14th Street. A woman was injured and officials say she was taken to the hospital. There’s no word on her name or condition.

No officers were injured.

The Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation is looking into the incident, as is standard in officer-involved shootings.

Police say E. 14th between E. Washington Ave. and Osceola Ave. will be closed while they investigate, but by the time the morning commute begins all southbound lanes will be open and one lane of northbound traffic will be open.

Cops get complaint about slip-and-slide, end up going on it

(CNN) -- It was a telltale sign the party was coming to an end: The police showed up.

But when cops in Asheville, North Carolina, responded to a complaint about a giant slip-and-slide that had been set up for a Fourth of July block party, they did the unexpected: They took a ride themselves.

Resident Katlen Joyce Smith said one of the local dads decided to build a slip-and-slide for the neighborhood kids to enjoy during the annual block party.

In the middle of the party, two officers showed up. They had received a complaint from one of the neighbors that the DIY water slide was blocking the road, Asheville police said.

"When the police came, they quickly realized that wasn't the case and asked if they could take a turn," Smith said.

"We looked at it and determined it wasn't really an issue," Officer Carrie Lee said in a video the police department posted on Twitter. "So the first thing I said, I said I'm not here to break up your fun."

In videos of the event, Lee can be seen using a trash bag as her raft while Officer Joe Jones slides down in an inner tube with one of the neighborhood kids.

"I still can't handle the amazing-mess of it all," Smith wrote in a Facebook post. "I hope the neighbor who called them saw it all go down!!"

Jones said while going for a ride wasn't his idea, he didn't have much of choice.

"I thought I was going to be able to get out of it, because I'm too big to fit in a trash bag," he said. "But then when the kids pulled out this big raft ... I had no choice."

In the video, Jones' raft can be seen splashing into a small pool at the bottom of the slide.

"My butt is wet," he says to laughter.