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Local nonprofit hosts first annual Heavenly Birthday Bash to raise suicide awareness

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DAVENPORT,  Iowa-- In an effort to raise awareness for mental illness and suicide prevention, Foster’s Voice, a local nonprofit organization hosted their first annual Heavenly Birthday Bash, at CASI in Davenport.

The event was held in honor of Foster Atwood, an East Moline native who committed suicide last July.

His father, Kevin Atwood, founder of Foster’s Voice says Foster would have turned 20-years-old on Wednesday, November 1.

Related: East Moline Family launches nonprofit organization to promote suicide awareness

“We knew we wanted to do something centered on his birthday… its day 107 since my son passed away. Our mission, our son’s mission is to create awareness through his name to save others,” says Atwood.

The event included a silent auction and raffle.

The money raised will go towards a scholarship fund that will be awarded to an United Township High School student.

Dozens of pumpkins thrown from ledge at Family Museum

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BETTENDORF, Iowa-- The Great Pumpkin Drop at the Family Museum drew a large crowd of families this year.

People brought in their old Halloween pumpkins to be dropped over a ledge and splattered into pieces.

As a goodbye each pumpkin got a name before it was smashed into bits of goo.

 

 

 

Some families celebrate second adoption at Scott County Courthouse

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DAVENPORT, Iowa-- November is National Adoption Month and adoptive families are celebrating across the country including Scott County.

An adoption celebration was held at the Scott County Courthouse November 4th.

Just before the celebration some parents, grandparents and siblings welcome the newest members of their families.

Scott County Judges finalized the adoptions of six children.

Some of the families were adopting for the second time.

"We're just so thankful that god gave us the opportunity and provided us the means to have this beautiful baby boy and finalize our adoption today. It's just overwhelming and...incredible," said second time adopter, Leslie Butler.

The celebration is also meant to raise awareness and the need of foster and adoptive families across the nation.

Firefighters remind people to check smoke alarms

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DAVENPORT, Iowa-- As you turn your clocks back for daylight saving time make sure to check your smoke alarm batteries.

Davenport firefighters met with residents at Hayman's Hardware to talk about smoke alarm safety and sign up for free dectectors.

The smoke detectors are for those who do not currently have them in their homes.

Lt. Soliz says to contact the Davenport Fire Department to set an appointment for them to install the alarms.

 

Illinois National Guard troops heading to Puerto Rico to join Hurricane Maria relief effort

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PUERTO RICO– Hundreds of members of the Illinois national guard will join the relief effort in Puerto Rico, nearly two months after Hurricane Maria first hit the island.

Governor Bruce Rauner (R-Illinois) joined other members of the National Guard to make the announcement today. More than 150 troops are on their way, and Rauner says another 300 are ready, if Puerto Rico needs them.

Half of the island is still without power, six weeks after the storm.

Illinois National Guard members are trained to help keep order while people try to piece their lives back together. They will join the 60 members of the Illinois Air National Guard already in Puerto Rico.

No timetable has been set for how long the troops will stay or when they’ll return.

24 members of the Iowa National Guard have been stationed in Puerto Rico since September, when the hurricane hit the island.

Fog and showers are back in the picture for Sunday

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What a dreary weekend it has been so far! The fog and drizzle will be staying put tonight, and temperatures will stay steady in the mid 40s.  Don’t forget to turn your clocks back one hour before heading to bed! Daylight Saving Time will be ending at 2 AM Sunday morning.

We’ll keep the fog and drizzle on Sunday morning, and a few showers will be passing through that morning and afternoon. A rumble of thunder is possible, but storms are much more likely south and east of the Quad Cities. Highs will climb only into the low to mid 50s. Once a cold front passes through that evening, some clouds will clear and lows will fall near freezing.

Chilly weather will return for most of the work week. Highs Monday through Wednesday will only warm up into the 40s.

Meteorologist Taylor Graham

Counterfeit cash being passed in Henry and Warren counties

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HENRY COUNTY, Illinois — The Henry County Sheriff’s Office is investigating several cases of altered currency being used at local businesses.

According to the Henry County Sheriff’s Office, the counterfeit bills are actual currency that has been altered to look like a larger denomination. The cash will likely pass a pen test, because it is an actual bill. However, closer inspection will reveal irregularities in serial numbers and pictures. Deputies say holding a bill up to the light may also detect a fake.

On its Facebook page, the Monmouth Police Department said it has received numerous reports of a man passing counterfeit $100 bills. According to the Woodhull Police Department’s Facebook page, a man passed a fake $100 bill at the Dollar General in Woodhull on Friday.

The suspect is a black man, around 50 years old, who walks with a limp.

The sheriff’s office is asking all businesses to alert employees and report anything suspicious.

Anyone with information is asked to contact local police or Crimestoppers.

Henry County – 800-227-2324

Quad City Area – 309-762-9500

Warren County – 309-734-9363

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