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Boo at the Zoo is back for another “spooktacular” year

Boo at the Zoo, one of the Quad Cities most popular “merry not scary” family-friendly Halloween events, returns to Niabi Zoo for two days on Oct. 28 and Oct. 29 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The trick-or-treat stations, manned by local businesses and non-profit organizations, will feature Halloween-themed decorations and backdrops that make the perfect setting for a family-friendly day. Special Zookeeper Chats will highlight interesting facts about zoo animals.

New this year, the Niabi Zoo is featuring nocturnal creatures that people can see during the day time!

The new exhibit, which features Seba’s short-tailed bats, uses lighting systems and other technologies to reverse day and night making the animals active and alert for visitor’s “night exhibit” experience.

The new bat exhibit is one of many initiatives at Niabi Zoo surrounding bats and you can see them at the Boo at the Zoo event.

“This is one of our most popular annual events,” said Lee Jackson, director of the Niabi Zoo. “It’s a great time for zoo guests, volunteers and staff to celebrate the fall season.”

Boo at the Zoo activities are included with paid zoo admission.  Admission prices:

$8.25 Adults

$7.25 Senior citizens (62+ years)

$6.25 Kids (3-12 years old)

(Member receive free admission and parking)

Boo at the Zoo is made possible by WQAD, Eye Surgeons Association, Zeglin’s Home TV and Appliance Inc., Sexton Ford, Ruhl&Ruhl REALTORS and RIA Federal Credit Union.

Niabi Zoo’s 2017 season will close Oct. 29.

Stalled truck on I-74 Bridge blocks Iowa-bound traffic

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A stalled FedEx truck has caused a slow-down on the Interstate 74 Bridge.

Drivers headed toward Iowa just before 8 a.m. were being forced down to one lane to get around the truck.  The stalled truck was causing vehicles to backup beyond Avenue of the Cities.

At 8:13 a.m. an emergency vehicle stopped traffic in both lanes right before reaching the truck on the bridge.  A tow truck was backing up from the off-ramp to reach the stalled truck.

Click here to see traffic in the area, anytime. 

Officers fired over removal of United passenger at Chicago O’Hare back in April

(CNN) -- Chicago aviation officials fired two officers and suspended two others involved in the forcible removal of a United Airlines passenger from a packed flight.

Cellphone footage showed security officers on April 9 dragging Dr. David Dao by his arms and legs down the aisle and off the Louisville, Kentucky-bound flight before it took off at Chicago O'Hare International Airport.

Dao was left bloodied and bruised in the incident that created a firestorm for the airline.

Three Chicago Department of Aviation security officers and a sergeant "mishandled a nonthreatening situation that resulted in a physically violent forcible removal of a passenger" aboard the flight, a City of Chicago Office of Inspector General investigation found, officials said Tuesday.

Employees made "misleading statements and deliberately removed material facts from their reports," the investigation found.

The aviation department, acting on the inspector general's findings and recommendations, fired the officer "who improperly escalated the incident," the inspector general's office said. The sergeant "involved in the deliberate removal of facts from an employee report" also was terminated, officials said.

Two officers were suspended, officials said. None of the four was named.

"The use of excessive force caused the passenger to hit his face on an armrest, resulting in a concussion, a broken nose and the loss of two teeth," officials said.

Dao's attorney: 'Lesson to be learned' for officers

In a statement, Dao's attorney, Thomas Demetrio, said: "It is unfortunate the conduct of these two city aviation employees has resulted in their losing their jobs."

"There is a lesson to be learned here for police officers at all levels. Do not state something that is clearly contrary to video viewed by the world," Demetrio said. "But for the video, the filed report stating that only 'minimal' force was used would have been unnoticed."

Other passengers offered compensation after incident

United Airlines settled lawsuit by passenger

The incident began when gate agents asked volunteers to give up their seats for a United crew that needed to meet another flight.

Dao and his wife initially agreed to take a later flight, a fellow passenger told CNN, but the couple changed their minds when they learned the next flight wouldn't leave until the following day.

United had offered compensation to anyone willing to give up their seats; Dao apparently was chosen at random when not enough people volunteered.

In a video shot by two passengers sitting behind Dao, he repeatedly refused to get off the flight, telling officers that he is a physician and must work in the morning.

Joya and Forest Cummings told CNN that Dao was not belligerent and got only mildly upset when a second officer arrived and demanded he leave the plane, they said. Dao never raised his voice, the couple said.

An officer was placed on leave after the incident.

Incident reports from the officers said Dao was swinging his arms and had his fists balled as they tried to pull him from his seat.

United conceded the flight was neither overbooked or oversold, despite its initial claims.

CEO Oscar Munoz later apologized, calling the encounter "truly horrific." Munoz pledged a "thorough review." Several weeks after the incident, United reached a settlement with Dao.

The dustup had repercussions across the industry.

Southwest announced it would no longer overbook flights, in an attempt to ensure ticket-holding customers will never be booted off flights. Delta said it would offer volunteers up to $10,000 to give up their seats on overbooked flights.

The 10 highest paying industries in the U.S.

Despite record low unemployment rates, American wage growth has remained fairly stagnant. Across all industries, real earnings have increased just 2.5% this year, only slightly outpacing inflation.

This is not good news for the average American worker who has been coping with stagnant wages for nearly 40 years. However, employees in certain industries are faring far better than average.

To figure out which industries are dishing out the largest paychecks, ConsumersAdvocate.org analyzed the latest BLS employment and wage report. It’s researchers found that average annual wages in the highest paying industries are roughly 3 to 5 times the national average of $53,515. So, whether you are just entering the job market or thinking of a career change, the below industries offer the greatest earning potential.

Here are the 10 highest paying industries in the U.S.

Methodology

To determine the industries with the highest wages, ConsumersAdvocate.org extracted information from the BLS Quarterly Census of Employment & Wages for 2016. Only private sector industries with over 100k jobs were considered. Industries were ordered based on their respective Average Annual Wages.

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10. Software Publishers

  • Average Annual Wage: $147,921
  • Average Weekly Wage: $2,845
  • Average Annual Employment: 354,290

Over the past five years, the Software Publishing industry has experienced robust growth, as businesses and consumers have increased their investments in software, computers, video games and mobile devices. This growth has been coupled with sizeable increases in wages. The average annual wage is $147,921 or $2,845 per week.

Over the past five years, the Software Publishing industry has experienced robust growth, as businesses and consumers have increased their investments in software, computers, video games and mobile devices. This growth has been coupled with sizeable increases in wages. The average annual wage is $147,921 or $2,845 per week.

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9. Semiconductors and Related Device Manufacturing

  • Average Annual Wage: $149,405
  • Average Weekly Wage: $2,873
  • Average Annual Employment: 182,569

Because of their value in the fabrication of electronic devices, semiconductors are an indispensable part of our lives. Without semiconductors, there would be no radios, TV's, computers or video games, and medical diagnostic equipment would be far less effective. In addition, its industry wages are generous. The average weekly wage is $2,873 or $149,405 per year.

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8. Biotechnology Research & Development

  • Average Annual Wage: $151,946
  • Average Weekly Wage: $2,922
  • Average Annual Employment: 171,188

The biotechnology research and development industry includes occupations involved in the biosciences as it pertains to human health. Professionals in this field may conduct research to discover new treatments, or invent new medical devices, or enhance the value of existing diagnostic tests. Also, this is an industry with ample wages. The average annual wage is $151,946 or $2,922 per week.

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7. Investment Advice

  • Average Annual Wage: $163,224
  • Average Weekly Wage: $3,139
  • Average Annual Employment: 190,719

Investment advisors are professionals within the financial industry who provide guidance to clients in exchange for fees. Typically, they provide investment recommendations or conduct securities analysis, either through direct management of client assets or through published channels. Average incomes in this industry are healthy - $3,139 per week or $163,224 annually.

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6. Crude Petroleum and Natural Gas Extraction

  • Average Annual Wage: $163,247
  • Average Weekly Wage: $3,139
  • Average Annual Employment: 167,698

This essential American industry is involved in the exploration, development, and the production of petroleum or natural gas from wells. It also includes the extraction of crude petroleum from shale or tar sands. Generally, these businesses operate oil and gas wells for themselves or for others on a contract or fee basis. In addition, average wages in this industry are generous - $3,139 per week or $163,247 annually.

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5. Electronic Computer Manufacturing

  • Average Annual Wage: $201,581
  • Average Weekly Wage: $3,877
  • Average Annual Employment: 105,420

The electronic computer manufacturing industry is primarily involved in manufacturing of electronic computers, such as personal computers, laptops, workstations, servers or mainframe computers. It also includes the assembly or integration of processors, co-processors, memory and storage into a final computer product. In this industry, the average wages are also considerable - $3,877 per week or $201,581 annually.

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4. Securities Brokerage

  • Average Annual Wage: $202,054
  • Average Weekly Wage: $3,886
  • Average Annual Employment: 279,695

A brokerage firm is a financial institution that transacts the buying and selling of financial securities between a buyer and a seller. These firms generally serve investor clients who trade in public stocks or securities, usually through the firm’s own registered stockbrokers. Financial professionals in this industry are well-compensated – the average annual salary is $202,054 or $3,886 per week.

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3. Internet Publishing and Web Search Portals

  • Average Annual Wage: $205,320
  • Average Weekly Wage: $3,948
  • Average Annual Employment: 202,896

This industry generally includes businesses that are involved in publishing or broadcasting content exclusively on the Internet, or operating search engine portals. The publishing and broadcasting businesses typically provide text, audio, and video content, while the portals provide other Internet services, such as search, email, auctions or news. The average wages in this industry are impressive - $3,948 per week or $205,320 annually.

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2. Investment Banking and Securities Dealing

  • Average Annual Wage: $255,115
  • Average Weekly Wage: $4,906
  • Average Annual Employment: 145,727

This industry is comprised of individuals and companies that offer a range of financial services, including investment banking and broker-dealer trading. They also offer banking and wealth management services, as well as securities underwriting and corporate financial services. Professionals in this industry are well-compensated – the average annual salary is $255,115 or $4,906 per week.

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1. Portfolio Management

  • Average Annual Wage: $266,718
  • Average Weekly Wage: $5,129
  • Average Annual Employment: 196,420

Portfolio management is engaged in creating the perfect balance in one’s investment portfolio – the exact combination of financial instruments in order to achieve defined financial objectives. Portfolio managers must consider all investment strengths, weaknesses, risks and opportunities in the effort to maximize a portfolio’s overall return. For this effort, they are generously compensated - $5,129 per week or an average annual wage of $266,718.

Davenport Police Investigating Early Morning Shooting

Davenport Police are investigating an early morning shooting that left one person hurt.

It happened around 12:30 a.m. on October 18, at the corner of East 2nd Street and Pershing Avenue, which is west of the Dam View and Great River Brewery.

Our WQAD News 8 photographer says there is a large perimeter set up along Iowa Street as police investigated the scene.

No word on the condition of the victim at this time.

This story is developing, we will bring you the latest as soon as it becomes available.

RICO approves Snowstar’s zoning request, nears finalization for Loud Thunder improvements

ROCK ISLAND COUNTY, Illinois -- At Tuesday night's board meeting, leaders in Rock Island County approved Ski Snowstar's request to operate year-round.

Snowstar asked for the zoning change to be able to hold weddings and other events during the summer. Owners say they also plan to add a zip-line and obstacle course.

There will be a one-year trial period to see if the change causes traffic issues in the area.

The board also decided to move forward to the final step regarding improvements to Loud Thunder.

Plans include repairs to the dam and spillway at Lake George, as well as camping upgrades and a new RV campsite.

The board will meet one more time next month to finalize the deal.

 

 

Illinois borrows $1.5B at reduced interest to pay down debt

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Illinois made a payment on a colossal bill backlog Tuesday, borrowing money at a relatively low rate despite its worst-in-the-nation credit rating.

Gov. Bruce Rauner's administration announced a sale of $1.5 billion in general obligation bonds, money borrowed specifically to put toward the debt. The backlog Tuesday stood at $15,979,212,107.30 .

The loan carries an interest rate of 3.5 percent — remarkable given Illinois experts expected the state's poor credit to drive interest as high as 6.5 percent. But, more importantly, it's far lower than taxpayers have to fork over in late-payment fees.

Scott Harry, director of the Governor's Office of Management and Budget, said in a statement that the result "bodes well for the state's financing coming next week," when officials will offer another $4.5 billion and aim to cut the backlog in half by June.

The red-ink figures, which tripled during Illinois' two-year budget stalemate — the longest of any state since at least the Great Depression — have become the symbol for Illinois' checkbook incompetence, representing IOUs to vendors, service providers, nonprofit programmers, and doctors who provide medical care for state employees and the impoverished.

Officials estimate that nearly $6 billion of that gets a 1 percent-per-month late charge tacked on after 90 days without payment. That costs taxpayers an additional $2 million a day, according to state Comptroller Susana Mendoza.

When Democrats adopted an income tax increase and budget plan in July over Rauner's vetoes, they included gubernatorial permission to borrow $6 billion at lower interest to pay off patient creditors. Republican Rauner, pushed all summer by Mendoza and other top Democrats, reluctantly agreed.

Mendoza said in a statement Tuesday finalization of the bond sale will prompt her to seek matching federal funds for programs such as Medicaid and to pay first bills with the highest carrying charges.

The state struggled with paying bills before Rauner took office in 2015. But as he did, a temporary income-tax surcharge expired and Rauner squared off with Democrats who control the Legislature over spending and taxes. The backlog skyrocketed and the state's credit rating sunk to the point that Wall Street threatened to label it "junk" without the budget deal sealed in July.

Davenport announces plan aimed at reducing juvenile crime

DAVENPORT, Iowa -- The City of Davenport has announced a new plan aimed at reducing juvenile crime.

City leaders accepted a $600,000 grant today to help pay for four new officers.

The city will hire two new school resource officers for it's middle schools and two more for community policing activities. Officials hope the additional officers will help police build a better relationship with youth and steer them from criminal activity.

Both sets of new hires are expected to be in place by July 2018.

 

“Me Too”: victims and offenders at the University of Iowa share their stories

IOWA CITY, Iowa - Two simple words became a movement on Facebook and Twitter to stand against sexual harassment and assault.

"Me too."

News 8 went to the University of Iowa where there is currently a lawsuit seeking to change the college's sexual assault policy to ask people to share their story.

"I was at Iowa Western Community College, and trusted somebody and they had their priorities and took advantage," said Mika Covington.

"I was sexually assaulted by a fellow student in my school, I was in eighth grade, I was assaulted in my middle school back of the auditorium," said Emmalyn Brown.

Some people shared a time when they were a victim, while others told of a time when they were on the other side.

"I was unconscious of what I was doing and I didn't pay attention to the person I was talking to and I scared her and I didn't find out about it till later," said Patrick Dolan.

Sexual assault and harassment is something these people still deal with in their every day life.

"For me, I still struggle with not making excuses for the other person," said Covington.

"I have to deeply understand what I did so I don't do it again and so that I can teach other men not to do it," said Dolan.

"Me Too" has a different meaning, for the survivors a sense of hope.

"I feel inspired when I see those, I feel like I'm not alone, often as a survivor you feel like you're alone, you feel betrayed you are isolated," said Brown

For the offenders,"I think we need men coming forward and talking about how they f***** up and then how they get to a place where they don't do it anymore," said Dolan.

A chance to stand up and speak out about what they did wrong.

Gov. Rauner earned about $90M in 2016, paid $23M in taxes

CHICAGO (AP) — Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner has released tax returns showing he earned about $90 million in 2016 and paid about $23 million in state and federal taxes.

The former private equity investor made public Tuesday the cover sheets from his federal and state returns.

Rauner and his wife Diana also said they made about $6.6 million in charitable contributions last year through their family foundation and other giving.

The Rauners’ income came from interest and gains on investments, according to the returns. Rauner has not disclosed any attachments, schedules or other documents that provide detail on his sources of income, business losses or deductions.

In last year’s returns, the Rauners earned nearly $200 million and paid about $50 million in federal and state income taxes.

Police: Man admits to drowning 6-year-old Washington boy, leaving body in dumpster

Dayvid Pakko

LYNNWOOD, Wash. — A 19-year-old man admitted to drowning a 6-year-old Washington state boy with autism and leaving his body in a dumpster, officials said Tuesday.

The suspect, from Kerville, Texas, but believed to be a family member, was booked into the Snohomish County Jail for first-degree murder. He is not being identified because he has not been formally charged with a crime.

The body of Dayvid Pakko was found early Tuesday at the apartment complex where the boy’s family lived in the 15700 block of 44th Ave. W in Lynnwood, Washington, according to the Snohomish County Sheriff’s Department.

During questioning, the unidentified suspect admitted to filling a bathtub and holding the child under the water, according to authorities. After several minutes, the 19-year-old allegedly changed his clothes, wrapped Dayvid in a blanket and placed him in a cardboard box which he took to the dumpster.

The official cause of death is still pending.

Ireton said investigators would be processing evidence at the scene for at least another 24 hours.

That is building 6-yr old Dayvid Pakko lived. The dumpster next to it where his body found. Waiting on search warrants for both #Q13FOX pic.twitter.com/q2wxlpFIa0

— John Hopperstad (@JohnHopperstad) October 17, 2017

Detectives, Search and Rescue personnel and volunteers began the search Monday night for the  6-year-old boy with mild autism.

Dayvid was last seen in his apartment around 2:30 p.m. Monday and was reported missing at 5 p.m., Ireton said. There was an adult inside the apartment at the time.

More than 40 volunteers helped with the search.

Ireton had asked people who live in the area to turn on their outside lights and look to see if the boy might be hiding in their bushes or around their home.

Neighbors who helped search for the boy say they are also looking for answers.

“I don’t want to ever feel what I am feeling again because it’s horrible what’s happened,” said neighbor Anthony Micallef.

Outside Beverly Elementary staff members put a message of mourning on the announcement board.

A message of mourning for a 6 YO Lynwood student.. Snohomish county detectives are investigating the child's death as a homocide #Q13FOX pic.twitter.com/XhQOQvtGiC

— Steve Fedoriska (@photog_feds) October 17, 2017

A memorial of flowers and candles has been growing outside of the Bristol Square apartment complex.

Boy falls into deep sleep for 11 days, baffling doctors

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — A 7-year-old Kentucky boy fell into a deep, 11-day sleep and doctors can’t explain why, WDRB reports.

Amy Shaw said she and her son Wyatt were at a wedding and Wyatt was the life of the party.

After the wedding, she expected the 7-year-old to be tired, but couldn’t have expected what happened next.

Wyatt fell asleep and wouldn’t wake up for 11 days. He has been a patient at Norton Children’s Hospital in Louisville since the first week of October.

Medication usually used to treat seizures woke the boy up, but doctors are still stumped, as every test on Wyatt came back clear.

“[The doctors] said, ‘We’ll probably never know, but we’re just going to treat him now with rehab to get him better,'” Shaw said.

Wyatt is having trouble walking and talking but seems to be improving, according to WDRB.

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‘Fearless’ goat-herding dog Odin refuses to leave flock amid California wildfires

SANTA ROSA, Calif. — A goat-herding dog is receiving attention after it stayed by a flock of goats amid the California wildfires last week.

The dog’s owner Roland Tembo Hendel detailed his courageous dog’s act in a lengthy Facebook post.

“By 11:10 we could see the first of the flames across the valley. By 11:15 they were growing larger and the winds went mad. We had loaded up the dogs and cats, but Odin, our stubborn and fearless Great Pyrenees would not leave the goats,” Hendel wrote.

Hendel said he made the decision to leave Odin, saying he was doubtful he could convince the dog to come along. “He just sat down, looked me square in the eye – and he wasn’t budging,” he told KTVU. “I didn’t have time to figure out what to do. He was determined to stay and he’s his own being.”

The decision to leave wasn’t easy, and Hendel said it brought him to tears.

“Later that morning when we had outrun the fires I cried, sure that I had sentenced Odie to death, along with our precious family of bottle-raised goats,” Hendel wrote.

When the family finally made it back to their property, every structure was in ruins and some trees were still burning, according to Hendel.

But miraculously…

“Yet, eight goats came running to see us and get cuddles and kisses. Dixon has a burn on his back the size of a nickel. Other than that they are perfectly fine. Odin’s fur is burned and his whiskers melted. He is limping on his right leg. And he has adopted several baby deer who huddle around him for safety and water from their trough, which is miraculously intact and full of relatively clean water,” Hendel wrote.

As of Hendel’s last Facebook update Monday, Odin is recovering well and was about to get a “a full grooming and shampoo later this afternoon! All after a steak brunch.”

LIHEAP applications available for qualified individuals

MidAmerican Energy is reminding customers that applications are now available for the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program, or LIHEAP.

The program helps customers pay their winter heating bills.

Applications for the elderly and disabled are being accepted right now, while all other qualified individuals can start applying November 1.

To apply, you can visit Iowa.gov or Illinois.gov.

 

Davenport man sentenced for distributing heroin, possessing a firearm

DAVENPORT, Iowa — A Davenport man with seven prior felony convictions was sentenced to over a decade in prison for distributing heroin and possessing a firearm.

On Monday, October 16, a United States District Court Judge sentenced Anthony McKinley Harris, 27, of Davenport, to 175 months in prison for conspiracy to distribute heroin and 120 months in prison for felon in possession of a firearm.

He was also ordered to serve three years of supervised release and pay $100 to the Crime Victims’ Fund for both counts.

McKinley plead guilty to the charges in March of this year after a months-long investigation into him selling heroin. According to officials, McKinley sold heroin to several people in the Davenport area, including a confidential informant working for law enforcement.

During the investigation, executed search warrants at McKinley’s residence and a hotel room where he was staying. They recovered six grams of heroin, a loaded .380 semi-automatic Lorcin, and approximately $1,900.

The case was investigated by the Davenport Police Department and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.

Burlington man arrested, charged in domestic violence incident

BURLINGTON, Iowa — Around 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday, October 17, Burlington Police Officers responded to a home in the 1600 block of Lincoln Street for reports of a domestic problem.

Once officers arrived, they encountered Garret Scott Selters, 29, of the same residence.

According to the Burlington Police Department, while checking on the welfare of the other person in the home, officers found an unresponsive female with life-threatening injuries. The victim was transported to Great River Medical Center before being air-lifted to University of Iowa Hospital.

Garret Selters was transported to Great River Medical Center to be evaluated before being arrested. Selters is currently charged with Willful Injury, a class C felony. There is no bond pending his initial court appearance.

The condition of the victim is unavailable at this time.

Advancing technology prompts new Iowa law to protect victims of domestic violence

DAVENPORT, Iowa---According to the Stalking Resource Center, 7.5 million people are stalked every year in the United States.

In the Quad City area alone last year, 383 people turned to Family Resources in Davenport to get away.

“It’s all about power and control and so knowing where a victim is or a survivor is, is one more tool in a perpetrator’s tool box,” says Nicole Cisne Durbin, program service manager at Family Resources.

Family Resources will be hosting several events throughout October to raise domestic violence awareness.

The idea is to show people how difficult getting away from a victimizer can be.

“It doesn’t allow the survivor to have any privacy to be able to start their lives over,” she says.

This year, Iowa lawmakers added the use of GPS trackers as a crime if used in cases of stalking or abuse for repeat criminals.

Private investigator, Darwin Rittgers says the addition to the law is essential, because stalkers are getting more high tech.

“Cell phones are being used to track people more and more all the time…That’s how technology has evolved here, you just have to stay a step ahead,” says Rittgers.

If convicted, repeat offenders will be denied parole or work release until they serve at least one year behind bars.

The maximum sentence for some cases of domestic violence is five years in prison.

In the meantime, Investigator Rittgers says there are a few things you can do to stay one step ahead of a stalker.

If you suspect someone may be using your cell phone to track you, take it to an expert.

If they can’t give you the answers you’re looking for…. I typically just tell (clients) to replace the phone,” says Rittgers.

He also suggests taking your car to a mechanic to look under your car for any hidden GPS trackers.

They can be as large as the palm of your hand, or as small as a garage opener.

And to always contact the police, if you ever feel threatened.

 Click here to find a private investigator in your area.

Stepdad of alleged 13-year- old attacker talks to News 8

DAVENPORT - A man who identifies himself as "like the step-dad" of a 13-year-old boy accused of helping to beat and rob a man now on life support , says the teen is a "great kid" and "normal child."

"Whatever's going on, it's the first time we've heard about it. I can't imagine him doing anything like that. He goes to school every day," said Beshar Goodwin, of Davenport, who lives in an apartment with the mom of Daryon Jackson.

Jackson and another 13-year-old, Christopher Shadrick of Davenport are accused of hitting and kicking a man on the bike path last week.

The victim, 47-year-old Lester Norton, underwent emergency brain surgery and is now on life support.

"If it's true, it's bad. I hope he pulls through, whether it was done by the teenagers or not, I want him to pull through," Goodwin said.

"He has an attorney, and we are gonna have to work this out, it's too early to really be commenting now. I support Daryon. I'm 49-years-old and I've been accused of doing a lot of things. Until that's proven, leave it at that," he said.

The two boys are being held in the Scott County Juvenile Detention Center. They are charged with  first degree robbery and willful injury.

Police say Norton was walking his bike on the Duck Creek Trail Parkway when the teens knocked him over and tried to steal his bike.  When Norton tried to get up, the teens allegedly attacked him and stole his cell phone and sweatshirt.

 

 

 

Henry County discussing township consolidation

CAMBRIDGE, Illinois - The Henry County Board is looking at ways to save money and run the county more efficiently.

"Our leaders are constantly telling us that there`s too many taxing districts and that`s whats killing the state," said county board chairman Roger Gradert

A new Illinois law allows residents to consolidate townships and that got the board thinking, what if they also combined school districts, or park districts and libraries? Right now, the county has 155 taxing bodies, 24 of those are townships.

"What can they eliminate? What do they think should be combined," said Gradert.

The county would look at all taxing bodies. For example, it wouldn't eliminate schools but instead, there would be one school district for all schools in the county.

"Do we need 14 different school districts or could one school district, one set of administration handle the schools? 55,000 people that`s not even the size of Rock Island County and Rock Island has one school district," said Gradert.

Gradert says consolidation could help the county save money on administrative costs and prevent some of the overlap taxpayers see on their bills.

"I live in a rural area by Andover I pay Cambridge school district, I pay Andover township, I pay Osco fire department so right there are three overlays now that you have in your area," said Gradert.

The county's executive committee will hold a special meeting to discuss what taxing bodies should be consolidated and how they should get the public's input. Whether it's a referendum on the November 2018 ballet or through a survey sent out.

A date for that meeting hasn't been set yet.

 

 

University of Iowa students patrol downtown Iowa City as part of new SHOUT program

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Some University of Iowa students are turning into security guards.

It's all part of the SHOUT program, or Students Helping Out. Students carry police radios and wear orange shirts but they're not officers and their job isn't to arrest people.

But it is to help keep people safe.

Nine SHOUT members walk and drive through downtown Iowa City on weekends, checking on people and making sure they get home safely. It allows actual police to respond to more serious calls.

After receiving positive feedback from Iowa City Police, University of Iowa's Department of Public Safety is already considering expanding the program.

 

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