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Officials decide on a candy-less Halloween parade in Dubuque

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DUBUQUE, Iowa -- Halloween parade-goers in Dubuque may notice something is missing this year - the candy.

City leaders, police, and YMCA organizers made the decision that throwing or handing out candy would not be allowed this year due to safety concerns.

Police say they've seen kids run out in the street to gather candy, almost being hit by floats or cars.

Barricades or caution tape to keep kids out of the street were considered but it was ultimately decided that would be too expensive.

 

Moline Police looking for bar burglar targeting video gaming machines

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MOLINE -- Police are looking for the man behind a string of burglaries at Moline bars and taverns.

On Thursday, October 19, officers were called to Bottoms Up on Seventh for a break-in. Around 2:30 a.m., surveillance video captured a man forcing his way into the empty bar and taking the money from four video gaming machines.

The burglar appears to wear gloves and pants, and he used a shirt to cover his face, leaving only a small strip of skin exposed.

"He dressed like a white mummy, yeah," said bar owner John Winterbottom.

Detectives believe the burglar knew exactly what he was doing, and he's likely responsible for other break-ins where video gaming machines were targeted.

"This guy's been hitting several businesses and taverns in Moline over the last three or four years, and we'd love the community's assistance in capturing him," said Det. Michael Griffin. "Somebody's going to know what this guy is doing. You're going to know when he shows up in the morning and has a couple extra thousand dollars that is unaccounted for, there's no reason he should have it."

Police said the gaming machines were emptied, but they could not confirm how much money was taken.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Moline Police Department or Crimestoppers.

Judge moves trial for man charged in slaying of Iowa teen

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BURLINGTON, Iowa (AP) — The trial for one of two men charged with killing a gender non-conforming teenager will be moved from Mount Pleasant to Keokuk.

District Judge Mary Ann Brown said Thursday she's changing the venue for Jorge Sanders-Galvez as a "proactive step" to confront implicit racial bias.

Brown says data indicates that South Lee County will likely produce a more diverse jury pool than Henry County.

Sanders-Galvez is set to stand trial Tuesday in the March 2016 slaying of Burlington High School student Kedarie Johnson, who alternated between male and female personas. Another man is also charged but will stand trial separately.

Sanders-Galvez is Latino and black. His defense asked to move the trial out of Henry County, where only 11 out of 2,100 potential jurors in the last four years identified as either race.

QC International Airport sees drop in passengers

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MOLINE-- The Quad City International Airport board members are seeing a drop in passengers flying out from the area.

Several things have caused the numbers to drop, including airfare prices, losing Airtran, and people choosing to fly out of Chicago.

"It's all fare driven at the end of the day, it was down to what a person pays for airfare," says Bruce Carter, Director of Aviation.

During a meeting on October 19th, QCIA board members discussed ways to keep people flying out of the Quad Cities.

"We want to work with the airlines to have them study whether or not they can do some type of fare reduction in comparison with Chicago," says Carter.

A 2010 study shows that 19% of Quad City Area residents chose to fly out of Chicago. In 2017, that number increased to 31%.

Along with that, the airport has seen a drop of 150,000  passengers since the exit of Airtran in 2010.

Airport officials also say they are looking to make upgrades from a 50 seat airplane to a 70 seat airplane with first class sections.

At the boards next meeting they will continue to come up with strategies to implement for the next 5 to 10 years.

 

 

 

 

Police: four individuals kidnapped at gunpoint in Davenport, driven to Clinton apartment

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CLINTON, Iowa — On Thursday, October 5, witnesses reported to Clinton Police that multiple people were being held at gunpoint in an apartment complex at 417 5th Ave. South.

When officers arrived on scene, the suspects had already left the area.

According to police, the initial investigation determined that the incident began in Davenport, when several subjects forced four people at gunpoint into a vehicle and drove them to the apartment complex in Clinton.

Police say multiple suspects had connections to the Madison, WI area. Two suspects were taken into custody by Wisconsin authorities and remain in custody in Wisconsin during the extradition process.

The suspects in custody were identified as Tyrese B. Tripplett, 26, of Madison, WI, and Aubrey N. Davey, 21, of Madison, WI. They have both been charged with 1st and 2nd degree kidnapping.

The incident is still under investigation.

Truck driver arrested for firing gun at Illinois rest stop

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EAST MOLINE, Illinois — Around 9:45 p.m. on Wednesday, October 18, Illinois State Police Troopers and Henry County Deputies responded to a call of shots fired at the West bound Krisdala Baka Rest Area.

According to witnesses, a man was seen shooting into the ground before getting in a Semi truck and leaving the area. The man would later be identified as Khalid R. Hunter, 22, of Savannah, Georgia.

Police say a witness followed the truck until troopers were able to stop it on I-80 in Rapid City, Illinois.

Troopers and deputies on scene removed the Hunter and a passenger from the truck and secures a gun from the vehicle. It was determined that passenger Luther Mellville, of Sumter, South Carolina, was not involved in the incident.

Hunter was arrested and is currently being held in Henry County on $25,000 bond for Aggravated Unlawful Use of a Weapon, Unlawful Use of Weapon, and Unlawful Possession of Ammunition without a valid FOID card.

The case remains under investigation.

 

80 farmers come together to help Avon neighbor

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AVON, Illinois - Two months ago Andy Pecharich could barely stand, let alone take care of his farm.

He's recovering from a double lung transplant.

"I`m making pretty good headway I think," said Pecharich.

Pecharich has learned if you need help, you don't have to look far to get it, or even ask for it.

"Great guy. He`d do the same thing if somebody else had a problem, he`d be there to help too," said farmer Andy Schmalshof.

On Thursday, October 19th, 80 farmers, 20 Semis and 15 combines gathered on Percharich's farm to harvest 500 acres of crop.

"We`ve got people combining the corn and hauling it to the rail shuttle and then people will combine beans this afternoon," said neighbor Dave Serven, who organized the gathering.

Normally harvesting would take Percharich two weeks or more to finish, but with the help from this group of farmers, it took them only one day.

"This is the end product you worked all year to raise your crops and harvest it and get it to the elevator so this is a great feeling to get it all done," said Serven.

Even though Percharich is eager to get back to farming, "I would love to be in one of those combines right now, that's my favorite job," he says it's comforting to know his friends will lend a hand.

“Its almost been to the point of overwhelming response that we’ve gotten, certainly quite humbling," said Percharich.

With the work today Percharich won't have any major farm work to do until Spring.

A bullied Whopper Jr.? Burger King uses social experiment in eye-opening campaign

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MIAMI – Scrawny. Short. Ugly. Fat. Weird.

Those are some of the words heard by almost one third of children each year – that's the number of school children worldwide who experience bullying, according to NoBully.org.

Burger King is speaking up against bullying during National Bullying Prevention Month with an eye-opening campaign called “Bullying Junior.”

The spot shows an experiment that took place in a Los Angeles-area Burger King restaurant.

First, a high school junior is bullied by friends (all actors), and then a Whopper Jr. sandwich is bullied – punched, smashed, destroyed and then served by a staffer (also an actor).

The point of the experiment was to see if more people would report the bullies picking on the boy, or on the Whopper Jr.

The numbers prove a point despite a seemingly goofy premise – 95 percent of the real-life customers who received a bullied Whopper Jr., reported the sandwich was badly roughed-up.

However, only 12 percent said something about the high school junior who was being noticeably bullied right in front of customers’ faces.

“We know that bullying takes on many forms, physical, verbal, relational and online. But the first step to putting an end to bullying is to take a stand against it,” saidNo Bully CEO and Founder Nicholas Carlisle.  “Our partnership with the Burger King brand is an example of how brands can bring positive awareness to important issues. You have to start somewhere and they chose to start within.”

Woman turns herself in after robbing man suffering seizure inside Utah 7-Eleven

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SALT LAKE COUNTY, Utah -- Police have arrested a woman who was caught on camera taking a credit card from a man as he was suffering a seizure inside a 7-Eleven.

28-year-old Alexandra Dewsnup was booked into the Salt Lake County Jail on charges of felony theft and unlawful possession of a credit card, according to a police press release.

Police received numerous tips identifying Dewsnup, including from her relatives, according to a statement of probable cause. Police say Dewsnup contacted police and arranged to turn herself in.

Police state that Dewsnup told police she was under the influence of Xanax at the time but takes full responsibility for the theft, according to KSTU.

The case gained widespread attention after video of the incident was circulated to the media. The video shows Dustin Malone suffering a seizure on October 4th at a 7-Eleven in Salt Lake County.

As the man is helpless on the ground, the video shows a woman taking his wallet and removing some cards before leaving. Police say the credit card stolen from Malone was used in an online purchase a short time later.

Malone spoke to Fox 13 about the theft, saying he has epilepsy but rarely suffers seizures in public.

“I go completely stiff, my eyes go back, I lose consciousness and I collapse,” Malone said.

A $550,000 winning lottery ticket drawn in Milan, IL.

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MILAN, Illinois — You may want to check your lotto ticket if you recently bought one from a gas station in Milan, IL.

A $550,000 Lucky Day Lotto winning ticket, sold at the Shell station at 111 E. 10th St., was drawn during the Thursday midday drawing. The ticket matched all five numbers – 11-12-14-25-35.

The Illinois Lottery urges the lucky winner to immediately sign the back of the ticket and keep it in a safe place until they visit one of the Lottery’s five Prize Centers in Chicago, Des Plaines, Rockford, Springfield or Fairview Heights. Winners have one year from the original drawing date to claim their prize.

 

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