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Police investigate two alleged sexual assaults at Iowa State University

AMES, Iowa -- Police at Iowa State University are investigation two alleged sexual assaults.

One victim says she was assaulted last year, while the other says the assault happened Sunday in Linden Hall.

Both attackers have said their attackers were acquaintances but police say it's part of a larger problem. According to officials, there have been five reported sexual assaults this year, two more than were reported last year.

Police ask any victims to come forward but they also encourage them to seek out the campus abuse counselors if they need someone to speak to.

 

Local boy refuses to let cerebral palsy slow him down under the Friday night lights

BIGGSVILLE, Illinois-- There's something about those Friday night lights that makes people stand out. It's no different for Brian Vallero.

"I started reffing when I was 18-years-old," says now 22-year-old Vallero.

Every call he makes gets noticed.

There's another thing about Brian that makes him stand out a little more than the rest. Brian has a condition that makes moving certain muscles difficult, Cerebral Palsy.

He doesn't remember a time he didn't battle his disease.

"I had a stroke before I was born in the second trimester that affected the right side of my body," says Vallero.

He also doesn't remember a time he ever let CP define what he can do.

"There's some things you'll notice compared to the other refs that I do a little bit different," says Vallero.

"It isn't anything to worry about because he just does his job, and you just know he's going to be there," says the head of Brian's ref crew Jason Danner.

Sometimes being in the spotlight adds pressure.

"More than anything, it's a mind game. You have to be determined, and you have to say, you know what? Might look a little different out there, but I'm still doing it, and I'm not going to let this little thing stop me," says Vallero.

Not only does Brian manage his condition, he's beating it.

"The way the doctors explain it is just use your hand and leg as much as you possibly can," says Vallero. "My hand used to always be closed at all times, and now I can grip things and do stuff like that."

Even under the bright lights, it's something you might not even notice. This fan didn't.

"It just blows my mind, they go out there and do their job, and you can't even tell they have it. It's a good deal," says football fan Dalton Brokaw.

It's how Brian officiates his life. It's how Brian strives to be better. That's what makes him a standout who can teach us all a thing or two about the game we call life.

"Anything you do, it's worth giving your all. If you're going to go out there and do something, and you're only going to do it halfway, what's the real point in doing it?" says Vallero.

Brian is studying business management at Western Illinois University.

He is also working on getting his pilot license. After school, his goal is to become a pilot like his dad.

Moline man sentenced to 121 months in prison for receiving child pornography

ROCK ISLAND, Illinois — A U.S. District Judge sentenced a Moline man to prison on Thursday, October 19, for receiving child pornography.

William Tyler Burrows, 33, was sentenced to 121 months after pleading guilty in May of this year to receiving three child pornography videos over the internet between July 11 and August 18 of 2015.

The investigation was conducted by the United States Secret Service and the Moline Police Department.

How a man exonerated after 24 years behind bars is using his freedom to help others

KANSAS CITY, Missouri-- Darryl Burton spent 24 years in prison for a murder in St. Louis that he didn't commit.

When he got out, he had nothing: no money, no job offer, and no one to help him out.

"I couldn't believe it even when I got outside the prison," Burton said. "I just couldn't believe it. It was an unreal, abnormal feeling."

That was the start of Burton's journey in freedom. When he got out, he says the only thing he did have was God. He got a masters of divinity degree at St. Paul's School of Theology, and started working as an associate pastor at Church of the Resurrection.

Now, Burton says he's getting requests from all over the country for help in other wrongful conviction cases.

"I mean I've gotten calls, I've gotten texts, emails, Facebook requests," Burton recalls. "You know, 'Help my brother, help my husband, help my boyfriend.'"

He adds, "It's a tragedy all the way around: for the victims, for the wrongfully accused. No one wins in these situations. It's double tragedy."

Burton chooses to view his nine years behind bars as a blessing because he says it led him to the path he's on today. He says he knows there are many other innocent people still in prison, and he'll continue to fight for their freedom every day.

Father’s dying wish to walk daughters down the aisle comes true

MILLERSBURG, Ohio - As Willie Shelton fought terminal cancer, his wife says he always had the same wish.

"The one constant was always, 'I want to see my girls grow up, and I want to walk them down the aisle,'" Cheryl Shelton told WJW.

With seven daughters, the family realized it was unlikely the U.S. Army veteran would be able to accomplish that, so they came up with a plan to make his dream a reality. The Sheltons have a large, blended family that includes adopted daughters and children from a previous marriage.

With last-minute help from hospice, David's Bridal, Taylor Elchert Photography, a local hair studio and others, the plan came together in just days.

"We had this idea we put together in three days," said Cheryl. "We got all the wedding gowns for the girls and hospice helped us out a great deal with some of the planning."

"What girl doesn't want to get in a wedding dress and her hair and makeup done? So I was all in but more so for the reasoning behind it," said daughter Candice Talbot.

The plan was kept a secret from Willie who was asked only to give away Emily Flinn, the only one of his daughters who was already married, so she could renew her vows.

"We got maried at a courthouse so there wasn't the formality to it where he could actually give me away," said Flinn.

"He had no clue that this was going on and everybody got dressed, so I said, 'she is going to have all the girls be the bridesmaids and everything for her;' little did he know that they were all going to be brides," said Cheryl.

"Actually, it was my sister, Candice, that texted me and said, 'hey, you need to pick out a wedding dress and give me your measurements because we are going to pick one out for you; you are going to walk down the aisle on Saturday," said Jennifer Talbot.

Three days later, with Willie in his dress uniform in a backyard ceremony, each of his daughters came out of the house, one at a time, all in wedding gowns.

"He looked a little confused , and then it was just great to see everybody," said Flinn.

In a father-daughter ceremony performed by Millersburg Christian Church Pastor Wes McElravy, the girls got to see the gleam in their father's eye they would expect to see at their actual wedding.

"This was very touching for him and it was a dream that we could fulfill to the best or the closest we could possibly do," said Cheryl.

And Willie was helped out of his wheelchair to stand with his daughters and experience his greatest wish.

"I always assumed that my dad would be there to walk me down the aisle and when the possibility was there that he wasn't going to be able to -- this was everything," said Lindsey Shelton.

Less than two weeks after the ceremony, on Monday, October 16, Willie Shelton passed away.

The girls will each now also have something of their own to keep for their actual weddings.

All seven will have a locket in which they will have a photo of their father with them in a wedding dress, and the words, "a father's love never ends," engraved on the back.

"Even though part of the dream was fulfilled last week, when they get married, the rest of it will be because he will still be with them," said Cheryl.

Through their loss, the family says it is only fitting that they honor the life and the memory of Willie.

"He was the happiest person, the most giving person, and this was our chance to give him something," said Jennifer.​

Kindergartner empties piggy bank to pay for classmates’ milk

ISHPEMING, Mich. — A 5-year-old Michigan girl has made it her goal to make sure all of her classmates get milk, even if their parents can’t afford it.

Two weeks ago, Sunshine Oelfke emptied out her piggy bank onto the living room floor and began “counting” her money.

Her grandmother, Jackie Sue Oelfke, posted pictures of the beautiful moment on Facebook.

She wrote, in part, “After a few minutes, I see her bag up some of it and I asked her what she was doing with the baggy of money. Her response put me in tears…’I am going to give it to my friend at school because she don’t get milk for snack. Her mom don’t have any milk money and I do.'”

CBS News reported that half of the 20 students in Sunshine’s class do not get milk, which costs $0.45 for a carton. For every child to have a milk during snack time, it would add up to $180 per month.

So Jackie started a GoFundMe page to help her granddaughter raise milk money.

“Sunshine would like for all of her friends in her Kindergarten class to have milk for snack break every day with her,” the page reads. “She went started to count the money in her snowmobile bank and stated..my friends mom doesn’t have milk money but I do so her mission to help her friend began.”

As of Thursday morning, the GoFundMe has raised more than $9,600 — nearly $5,000 over its initial goal.

Lulu the dog flunks out of CIA bomb-sniffer school

Government agencies routinely make hiring and firing announcements, but a recent one from the CIA caught Gizmodo‘s eye.

A Twitter thread revealed the agency has laid off Lulu, a recruit in its K9 training program tasked with detecting explosives. Lulu, described in her CIA profile as being a “hyper and silly” black Lab with an “easygoing sweetness,” started “to show signs that she wasn’t interested in detecting explosive odors” not long after she started training.

The agency explains that dogs in this program often have an off day (or two), but that trainers can often figure out what’s wrong—maybe the pup just needs extra playtime or rest, or there’s a minor medical issue—and help the dog bounce back.

But for Lulu, it wasn’t temporary. “Even when motivated w food & play, she was clearly no longer enjoying herself,” the agency tweeted, noting they stopped Lulu’s training for her physical and mental health.

Lulu wasn’t interested in searching for explosives.
Even when motivated w food & play, she was clearly no longer enjoying herself. pic.twitter.com/puvhDk1tRX

— CIA (@CIA) October 18, 2017

But if Lulu was suffering from existential ennui on the job, she’s apparently not now. A post on the CIA site explains that when a canine leaves the K9 training program, the dog’s handler can choose to adopt the pup. And that’s exactly what happened in the case of Lulu, who now appears to be living her best life frolicking with her handler’s children, “sniffing out rabbits and squirrels in the backyard,” and whiling away the hours with “Harry,” who appears to be another black Lab.

HuffPost notes the happiness that Lulu’s reboot is bringing to people online, with one commenter noting: “This thread is the best thing I’ve seen on Twitter in forever.” Interested in the CIA’s other dog trainees? The agency has an entire section on this year’s recruits (the agency’s first all-female class), which features their bios and details how they’re selected for the coveted K9 jobs.

ICYMI:
Lulu is no longer training, but was adopted by her handler & currently living her best life in retirement.https://t.co/nPZl6YWNKb pic.twitter.com/V3yRv5Tna9

— CIA (@CIA) October 19, 2017

This article originally appeared on Newser: Bomb-Sniffing Dog Hates CIA Job, Opts for Early Retirement

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Officials decide on a candy-less Halloween parade in Dubuque

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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.

 

Jobless claims are the lowest since 1973

(CNN Money) — America’s job market is red hot.

Only 222,000 Americans filed jobless claims for the first time last week, the fewest since March 1973.

It’s another sign of a healthy economy. Millions of Americans have been hired in recent years, unemployment is at a 16-year low of 4.2%, and wages might finally be starting to rise meaningfully. Emphasis on “might.”

Related: U.S. unemployment hits lowest level since 2001

The economy did lose 33,000 jobs in September, but that was mostly because of Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria. Job growth is expected to rebound in October and later this fall. Until September, America had added jobs for 83 consecutive months, the longest streak on record.

Claims for unemployment insurance are one of the indicators most watched by economists as a barometer of the job market.

But collecting accurate figures on claims in Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands and Florida is more difficult than usual because of the hurricanes. Much of Puerto Rico is still without electricity.

Still, the overall picture is bright. When unemployment peaked at 10% in 2009, shortly after the Great Recession, initial jobless claims were over 650,000.

Warmest air yet to come! Showers still on track for the later weekend

Love these weather patterns! Or what I like to call the ‘What you see is what you get’ weather pattern.  Won’t be quite as cool overnight as temperatures will only dip around the lower 50s.

By sunrise, winds will pick up even more out of the south allowing temperatures to top around the upper 70s with lows that night only dropping in the upper 50s.

This will likely be the warmest air we see until spring as a front approaches from the west.  This will not only bring a few showers in the forecast later Saturday and Sunday but slowly drop our temperatures as well.  Highs in the lower 70s Saturday will be replaced with lower 60s on Sunday and Monday.  Still well above normal!  That will change in a big way in the days to follow as a strong polar front sweeps in for both Tuesday and Wednesday.  Brisk northwest winds will allow highs to climb just over the 50 degree mark with lows in the upper 30s.  Touch of frost still a good bet for towns especially north of the Quad Cities.

Chief meteorologist James Zahara

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Iowa special education student scores memorable touchdown in football game

ANKENY, Iowa  - Medical issues prevent Jack Downing, the team manager and junior special education student at Ankeny High School, from playing a sport he loves. "I have toe braces and I've had a couple surgeries and a shunt," he told WHO.

But heading into Ankeny's final home football game of the season, Jack knew his number might get called.

"If you are in a crummy mood, Jack will get you feeling good," Ankeny High School football coach Rick Nelson said.

"Thursday he came out with his gear on, and he might have slept with it on.  He didn't take it off," said Nelson.

When the Hawks sent Jack into the game late in the second half, he knew exactly what to do. "They made me an open gap and I just ran up the middle," he said.

Like any great running back, Jack improvised.

"We were just going to run a stretch play, but he cut it back. He's more an inside runner," said Nelson.

Jack also proved elusive in the open field. He said, "After I got done jumping over that guy, I kept on running and then I had an open gap to the end zone. And everybody came out and they were just surrounding me."

The 30-yard touchdown run ended with the perfect exclamation point. "It was a two-handed spike because I figured a one-handed spike wasn't good enough," said Jack.

The opposing team's sportsmanship added to the heartwarming highlight.  "I do want to thank Des Moines North for putting on a good fight," said Jack.

The Ankeny Hawks have a history of excellence on the field, but many in the stands Friday believe Jack's touchdown was one of the most memorable moments they have been a part of.

"I hope that kids look and see how much that meant to Jack and they understand that they get to go out there and play every snap, I mean just how important and how precious that is to them," said Nelson.

It is a feeling Jack said he will always hold onto.  "The feeling of scoring was awesome.  Everybody crowded me in the end zone."

Jack's favorite football team is the Iowa State Cyclones. He says the touchdown made him feel like Cyclone running back David Montgomery.

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