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Geneseo parks employee accused of sexual assault on a minor

GENESEO, Illinois — A Geneseo man is facing predatory sexual assault and criminal sexual abuse charges for an assault on a person aged 13-years-old or less, according to police.

Seth A. Shipley, 38, was arrested on Wednesday, Oct. 18 following an investigation by the Geneseo Police Department.

Further details about the nature of the crime or number of victims is not being released at this time, because the crime is still under investigation, police said.

Shipley is an employee of the Geneseo Park District, according to a release from the district, but officials say the incident in question took place outside the park district. Police could not confirm or deny that claim, because of the ongoing investigation.

Below is the full transcript of the park district’s media release:

The Geneseo Park District has recently been informed that on Wednesday October 18, 2017 an employee of the Geneseo Park District was arrested for Predatory Criminal Sexual Assault and Aggravated Criminal Sexual Abuse for an incident that took place outside of the Park District.

At this time, the specific facts and circumstance surrounding this event have neither been fully substantiated nor confirmed. The Geneseo Park District will fully cooperate with the Geneseo Police Department during its investigation.

Out of respect for the investigative process and in fairness to the families and parties involved, we are unable to provide further details at this time. However, we are committed to providing further facts and developments as they become known and confirmed. In the interim, anyone wishing to provide further information should contact Officer Ben Sleaford or Officer Mike Chavez at the Geneseo Police Department 309-944-5141.

Dispute between two workers involving gun prompts lockdown of nearby Colona school

COLONA, Illinois — Police responded to a scene around I-80 Equipment in south Colona after a dispute between two employees involving a gun was reported.

According to Henry County Sheriff Kerry Loncka, police were called to I-80 Equipment around 10:30 a.m. on Thursday, October 19th for a dispute between two male employees.  One of the workers reportedly had a handgun and was using it to threaten the other person.

Both workers were taken out of the situation and detained without incident.  There were no shots fired, no injuries, and potential charges were pending.

East 550th Street was blocked while police handled the situation. That’s in the southeast corner of where Illinois Route 6 and I-80 intersect.

As of 1 p.m., police were still on scene. Officers from the Illinois State Police, Geneseo Police Department, Colona Police Department and the Henry County Sheriff’s Department responded.

Officials said a nearby school was placed on lockdown during the ordeal, but that is standard protocol.

Parents create awesome ‘Wheel of Fortune’ costume for son in wheelchair

MELROSE PARK, Illinois– The Alfano family in Illinois has created some pretty awesome Halloween costumes for their 8-year-old son Anthony, who has cerebral palsy.

This year, they have turned their son’s wheelchair into the popular game show, “Wheel of Fortune.”

Deanna Alfano told Inside Edition the game show is one of Anthony’s favorites and they watch it every night. “He loves hearing the alphabet, but he has a love for most game shows,” she said.

Alfano explained to Inside Edition that she used a PVC board and LED lights so the costume lights up.

The family has created costumes for Anthony since he was one. Some of his past costumes include the Lincoln Memorial, Pinocchio and a hockey goalie.

CHEF SCOTT: Ribs and Kraut

BETTENDORF, Iowa – We're taking a trip to Germany.

"You know not everybody likes sauerkraut but I think you'll love this dish when we get done," says Chef Brad Scott, head of Scott Community Colllege's Culinary Arts and Hospitality Management center.

It's a simple recipe:

1. Put sliced bacon into a frying pan
2. Cut back ribs (one slab for three people, two ribs per person)
3. Add salt and pepper
4. Put ribs into frying pan
5. Rough cut carrots, potatoes, celery, and onions
6. Add vegetables once the ribs are browned
7. Cut an apple into slices, add to the frying pan
8. Add 2 cups beef broth
9. Add 3/4 cup of cider vinegar
10. Add 4 cups of sauerkraut with juice
11. Cover and lower heat, simmering for three hours.

"I like to serve it with a little corn," admits Chef Scott.

"Enjoy!"

Mississippi Valley Regional Blood Center collects 190,000 units of blood yearly

DAVENPORT- It's the best time of the year to give blood, and a local organization wants you to give.

We had Breakfast With the leaders of the Mississippi Valley Regional Blood Center Thursday, October 19 on Good Morning Quad Cities. Their headquarters, north of 53rd Street and near the Bettendorf border, provides blood to patients who need it.

Hospitals like Genesis Health System and UnityPoint Health Trinity buy the blood that's drawn at the center, but leaders say their donations go further than just the Quad Cities.

"Urbana, Illinois, Springfield, St. Louis, we cover a pretty large territory," Donor Services Director Pete Lux said Thursday morning. "We have many great donors that come in and help do that."

MVRBC collects about 190,000 units of blood throughout the year, and it's free for donors. Ross' Restaurant provided breakfast for us Thursday morning.

If you love Halloween, circle November 17th on your calendar. Thursday, October 26, we are having Breakfast With... one of the co-founders of Horror Fest, which takes place at the Holiday Inn in downtown Rock Island. The Breakfast With... will take place at Skellington Manor. If you have a question for the co-founders, click here.

Iowa City bans smoking, chewing tobacco in all city parks

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — The Iowa City Council has voted to make smoking, chewing tobacco and e-cigarette use illegal in all of the city’s parks.

The Iowa City Press-Citizen reports the council voted 6 to 1 on Tuesday to finalize the ban.

Clay Claussen, chairman of the city’s Parks and Recreation Commission, says the ban was a public health issue. The city already had banned smoking in some city parks but hadn’t extended the restriction to chewing tobacco until now.

Mayor Jim Throgmorton opposed the ban, saying smoking was already prohibited in many parks.

More from WQAD: Iowa U.S. Senator Joni Ernst talks healthcare, gun control and Trump
Age to buy tobacco in Chicago goes up to 21 July 1st

10 hours on the run: How the suspect in the Maryland shooting got caught

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(CNN) — A massive manhunt that started with a man allegedly killing three people in Maryland ended with the suspect’s arrest hours later as he smoked a cigar near a high school in Delaware.

Police arrested Radee Labeeb Prince, 37, Wednesday evening, hours after he allegedly opened fire at his workplace in Edgewood, Maryland.

In addition to the three people killed in the shooting rampage in Maryland, an additional two others were wounded, authorities said.

But that was just the first incident in a deadly mayhem that started in Maryland and ended with another shooting about 40 miles away in Delaware.

In the 10 hours that Prince was on the run, he drove across state lines, shot a sixth person at a Delaware car dealership and led police on car and foot chases, officials said.

8:58 a.m.: Shooting rampage in Maryland

The series of shootings started shortly before 9 a.m.

Prince was working as a machine operator for Advanced Granite Solutions, a home remodeling business in Edgewood. The city is roughly 30 miles northeast of Baltimore.

He started working there about four months ago and was scheduled to work Wednesday, according to Harford County Sheriff Jeffrey Gahler.

But what could have been a regular work day turned deadly.

At 8:58 a.m., police were called to the business. When they arrived about four minutes later, they found several employees shot.

Three victims Bayarsaikhan Tudev, 53, of Virginia; Jose Hidalgo Romero, 34 of Aberdeen, Maryland; and Enis Mrvoljak, 48, of Dundalk, Maryland were killed.

Two others were injured and remained hospitalized in critical condition Wednesday night, officials said.

Prince shot the five victims with a handgun and acted alone, officials said. It was unclear why he did it.

“Unfortunately, like most suburban counties in America, we are not immune to workplace violence,” Harford County Executive Barry Glassman said after the shooting.

10:46 a.m.: A second shooting

Prince fled after the shooting, prompting a massive manhunt.

He drove about 55 miles away to a car dealership in Wilmington, Delaware. At 10:46 a.m., he opened fire on a man who knew him.

The victim was shot several times and took a gunshot to the head, police said.

Despite his injuries, the man was conscious when officers arrived and he gave them Prince’s name and a description of his vehicle, Wilmington Police Chief Robert Tracy said.

Police, who had received an earlier alert about Prince from Maryland officials, spotted the vehicle leaving the scene and briefly chased it, before losing it.

“This individual knew the people he wanted to go shoot,” Tracy said earlier of the six victims. “This wasn’t a random act of violence where the person went out indiscriminately and was shooting people up.”

The police chief said Prince and the Wilmington victim have “had beefs, and they’ve had history together,” but did not elaborate.

Prince has a lengthy criminal history, including 42 arrests, mostly for probation violations, and 15 felony convictions, Tracy said.

5:35 p.m.: A key tip

The search for the suspect quickly intensified.

Prince’s photo was put up on FBI billboards along Interstate 95 from Philadelphia to Washington, D.C. and over Atlantic City, CNN affiliate WBAL reported.

Schools in both Maryland and Delaware were locked down and photos of him and of his vehicle — a 2008 black GMC Acadia SUV — emerged on social media.

“There’s an individual out there on the loose who committed one of the most heinous acts we’ve ever seen in our county. Certainly, we consider him armed and dangerous,” Harford County Sheriff Jeffrey Gahler said.

Local, state and federal agencies searched for Prince’s SUV unsuccessfully for hours.

“We were everywhere. There was no stone that wasn’t unturned in what we had covered,” Tracy said.

Then at 5:35 p.m., a tip came, according to Tracy.

Prince had traveled about 15 miles from the scene of the second shooting and a bystander spotted him.

The tipster saw Prince leave the SUV and walk toward Glasgow High School in Newark, Delaware, according to Tracy.

7:05 p.m.: The arrest

Authorities set up a perimeter and desperately tried to find him.

Three agents with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives who were among other authorities searching for the suspect spotted Prince walking near the school and smoking a cigar, a law enforcement official involved in the investigation told CNN.

Agents briefly chased Prince before they arrested him at 7:05 p.m., Tracy said.

During the chase, he tossed a .380-caliber gun that matched the caliber of the shells at the Maryland crime scene, the law enforcement source said.

“This brings somewhat closure and conclusion to a brief manhunt,” Tracy said.

Prince never made it onto the high school grounds.

California restaurant ‘proudly’ serves Popeyes chicken as its own

LONG BEACH, Calif. — One California restaurant took the slogan “Love that chicken from Popeyes” quite literally after a Yelp reviewer accused the establishment of using the popular Louisiana kitchen’s chicken in several of its dishes.

Tyler H. called out Sweet Dixie Kitchen, a “southern inspired” restaurant in California, in a scathing Yelp review on Oct. 9.

Here’s the review:

“Before my friends and I got seated we saw them quickly bring in two large boxes of Popeyes to the kitchen. I wanted to believe that this was just a snack for the workers, but alas it was not. I ordered the Chicken and Waffles to see whether or not they were serving Popeyes to their customers. I thought the chicken tasted suspiciously like Popeyes and was also rather stale.ly like Popeye’s and was also rather stale. I kindly asked our waiter how they cooked their fried chicken. After checking he admitted that they do in fact use Popeyes.”

Sweet Dixie Kitchen owner Kim Sanchez responded to the review, saying the restaurant “proudly serves Popeyes’ spicy tenders.” She continued to say Popeyes has the “best fried chicken anywhere.”

“We promote usually small batch local producers in our menu,” she wrote. “The exception is Popeyes – we can’t fry at this location – and it the fried chicken I love so much and I ate a ton of it in the ATL. So I serve it.”

Sanchez told Fox News that she started using Popeyes chicken two months ago and claims she’s been upfront about it ever since.

“We wrote it on our board in the restaurant, ‘Imported from Louisiana this week, thank you Popeyes.’ It wasn’t a secret. We use the chicken as an ingredient in a menu item we made, we don’t use their sauces or anything else,” she said.

Sanchez posted on Facebook Tuesday morning a strongly worded response to people questioning her decision (the post has since been deleted). The post said:

“The owner of Sweet Dixie has a message to share with all our customers.On our menu- roughly 95% is house made- starting with a potato lets say- which we cut, season and cook- and make potato salad. We make quiche- as in crack each egg and measure spices and cream, and I put it in a pie crust that was made elsewhere (isn’t made here) We use the best product I can buy to make the items on the menu- some of them again, come from other companies, vendors, establishments just like any other place you eat at. Because that’s how the chicken works too. We use a ready made chicken – and always have – even before we decided to go with a certain chain as opposed to a food distributor brand fried chicken.Your local coffee place in Long Beach maybe selling you (does sell actually) Rossmore pastry or Babettes pastry and breads you had that lunch sandwich on and if you ask where it comes from they tell you- but it isn’t on their menu. We have sold biscuits to places and those places used them as their ‘made from scratch’ biscuits. Integrity- despite this wave of ‘Popeyegate’, is what my food is about – no matter what you want to say. I outsource very few items. Outsourcing is when a restaurant brings in a fully cooked or ready made product which if you count all the frozen things Sysco provides to pop in an oven and serve, is alot. The things we say we make from scratch, we do and that is most of what we serve. We always have said where we get the things we don’t make here- who ever is claiming we didn’t isn’t being honest. And we have never claimed we make each and every item. We do use some ready to go products as ingredients for items on our menu.The yelp person was not only told where we source our chicken from, when he said he didn’t like it, we bought his meal. As for ‘plastering it on the menu’, we don’t, just like every other place you eat – that doesn’t mean it isn’t transparent- we don’t list the ready made Kielbasa or hot links or puff pastry or pie shells or baguette- I could go on – because we bring the items in- ready made- and then use them as ingredients in a dish – like the chicken – and make something that is then made here – an original dish we thought up- like the chicken slider with a head of cabbage we grated to make the wasabi cole slaw and the raw tomatoes we cooked down for 3 hours to make the tomato jam and flour that went into a mixer and became a biscuit and the chicken we bring in to put with all that.And we charge for the ingredients and labor that goes into that dish. We will continue our business the same way we have always done- honest that we make nearly all from scratch, saying what we do make from scratch, and when we can’t, we will use the second best thing available to us. And we will be glad to let you know which is which- just like we always have.”

Illinois out of running for Toyota-Mazda manufacturing plant

ROCHELLE, Ill. (AP) — Illinois will not be the home of a $1.6 billion manufacturing plant the automakers Toyota and Mazda plan to build in the United States.

Intersect Illinois, the nonprofit economic development corporation set up by Gov. Bruce Rauner, informed Rochelle city officials of the news on Wednesday.

Related: Chicago submits formal bid to be home of Amazon’s HQ2

Sauk Valley Media reports Rochelle Economic Development Director Jason Anderson says Intersect Illinois CEO Mark Peterson noted no formal announcement of the decision has been made. But said the automakers’ decision was based largely on site readiness shortcomings and the state’s failure to institute a right-to-work law.

Toyota and Mazda are not commenting on the site selection process, including which states are still in the running.

Anderson said he was disappointed by the news, but not discouraged. Rochelle is working on two other significant manufacturing projects, and those companies are still requesting information.

4-mile trail added to the Muscatine Trail System

MUSCATINE, Iowa — Muscatine residents are getting a new trail to explore within the Muscatine Trail System.

On Friday, October 20th a ribbon cutting ceremony will be held to welcome the new trail, which enters Deep Lakes Park on 41st Street.  The City Council was expected to accept the new trail at their meeting Thursday.

The four-mile trail, “Kent Stein to Deep Lakes Park Trail,” will be available to all walkers, bicyclists, dog-walkers, and nature lovers. It will run from Kent Stein Park entrance on Houser Street through Deep Lakes Park, ending at 57th Street.

Trail highlighted in yellow is the new trail “Kent Stein to Deep Lakes Park”

According to the City of Muscatine, it took only two months to clear the trail, but it has been years in the making.

“Discussions and negotiations over various route plans took nearly 10 years to resolve with the chosen route extending the trail network south towards Louisa County,” read a statement from the city. “The $1.2 million project had approximately 30 route changes during the design phase.”

The city said that signs marking the trail will be added in the future.  They are also considering adding traffic warning lights where the trail crosses at Grandview Avenue, Dick Drake Way, 33rd Street and Stewart Road crossings.

Click here to see the full map of Muscatine’s Trail System

Two Moline students recognized for academic achievements

MOLINE, Illinois — Two student at Moline High School have been recognized by the 2018 National Merit Scholarship Program.

Seniors Mandeep Kaur and Kiya Ritchie have been recognized for their exceptional academic achievements and were named Commended Students, according to a statement from the Moline-Coal Valley School District.

About 34,000 students across the country each year are named Commended Students.  These are students who placed within the top 50,000 out of 1.6 million students who entered the competition by taking the 2016 qualifying test.

Pay It Forward: Sweet Treats Club

A group 7th graders in Aledo are on a mission to take something sweet and turn it into something even sweeter.

Showing somebody you care about them can come in many forms but for Malaynie McIntosh, Emi Bigham, Eden Mueller, Cora Whitenack and Jenna Ruh, caring comes in a very sweet yet girl powered way.

These girls have made it their mission to create a delicious snack for people in need. It’s called the Sweet Treat Club.

“That`s all we want to do is make someone’s day and help them out,” said Jenna Ruh, who created the Sweet Treats Club about a year ago.

Jenna started the club by herself then got her friends behind it.

Each girl is heavily involved in their community, church, and sports. Between all that and school plus family and a social life, the girls carve out time to meet once a month to make cupcakes for someone going through a tough time.

“My favorite part is when we go to their house,” said Cora Whitenack.

The girls find cupcake recipients though their churches. The pastors there give the girls names of people in the community who have lost a family member or just need some company and cheering up.

The girls’ parents help purchase supplies like, cupcakes, frosting, treats, sprinkles and boxes for the cupcakes and cards for an added touch.

For two hours every month the girls roll up their sleeves, tie back their hair and get to work. Each cupcake is pre-baked but frosted and decorated with an individualized touch by each girl.

Each layer of frosting, sprinkle and perfectly placed candy is made with love. The girls finish off their creation with a hand-written letter in bright colors, which transform into words of affirmation with a bible verse and finished with a touch of sparkle.

The girls then hop in the car and head to deliver the goodies to those who need it most. Instantly their mood changes and brightens when all five girls share their cupcake creations and kind cards.

“It makes me feel good to see them smile,” said Cora.

Their passion to bring happiness to strangers Inspired Kyle Lloyd to help them continue their selfless journey.

“You bake you have to have a lot of love in your hart to make them taste good and to give them to other people,” said Lloyd.

She nominated the girls for a Pay It Forward award. With the help of WQAD and Ascentra Credit Union, the girls were awarded $300 to pay it forward.

The girls plan to use the money for more supplies to help brighten the days of more people.

“I hope we encourage them to do something good for their community, too,” said Cora.

To see all the cupcake creations, follow the girls on Instagram @sweet_5_treats

Run the Milwaukee Marathon the last two years? No, you didn’t

MILWAUKEE -- Milwaukee Marathon officials have confirmed the city's marathon was short of "USATF Certification" markings due to the course being "set incorrectly." This marks the second year in a row of issues at the race, according to WITI.

Last year, it was too long. This year? Too short, by nearly a mile. Participants ran 25.4 miles, according to race officials.

Race officials said Tuesday an internal investigation was underway to determine whether the track was the regulation 26.2 miles.

Some runners said their GPS devices clocked the race at only 25.5 miles.

The race was advertised as a qualifier for the larger Boston and New York City marathons, but because the distance was off, this one won't count.  Heather Berken was among the hundreds taking on the Milwaukee Marathon. She said near the end, she thought something was odd.

"I passed (mile) 21 and I was like, 'what the heck?' We never passed 22, and the next one was 23, so I thought something was off," Berken told WITI.

Former state Rep. Mandela Barnes took part in the race. He pointed out last year, the race was too long -- 26.3 miles.

"It's unfortunate because it's two years in a row, and I know people who didn't run this year because of last year. I want to see it get right," Barnes said.

For those who may feel cheated, some said don't sweat it.

"My response to that is get over it. Run .5 miles to your car, and consider it a full marathon. You've got the medal. You've got the shirt. It's a marathon," Berken said. Both Berken and Barnes said they will run the marathon again.

The marathon was under new management this year.

Marathon officials issued the following statements, confirming the race was too short:

"After last year’s experience with vandalized cones in the 2016 Milwaukee Running Festival, course accuracy became our top priority for 2017 (right behind participant safety). Having said that, we took every precaution, hiring two separate course management companies – both experts in the space and highly respected by their peers and other large events — to ensure absolute accuracy.

Immediately after hearing about potential problems from some race participants, we began an all-hands investigation with the race director, route sector captains, and the professional firms employed to set up the course. In spite of these experienced professionals’ consistently successful track record working other races, we’ve come to the conclusion that the full marathon turnaround and 10K turnaround were set short of the USATF Certification markings.

Though we were assured that the course was checked and then rechecked to verify that all cones were in the proper place, our post-race investigation confirms that they were in fact set short. We deeply regret that this human error by experienced professionals happened and are notifying all concerned. Delivering this news is hard, but we believe it is our duty to thoroughly investigate all concerns on behalf of our participants. We are working to identify and implement additional, 'above and beyond' best practice processes that will prevent this issue from happening in the future." - Joe Zimmerman, president, Milwaukee Marathon

"Race Day Events worked closely with the Milwaukee Marathon and were made aware that the distance of the marathon was short. After a thorough investigation, it was determined that the company hired to race direct and manage the course mistakenly set the turnaround early. We are working with the event to make sure participants are made aware of the mistake and any effects it may have on their performance. We are also using the results of this investigation to make sure we have a best process in place for next year’s event to insure this does not happen again.” - Ryan Griessmeyer, Race Day Events

"Regrettably, the course for the marathon route for this past Sunday’s Milwaukee Marathon was set incorrectly. Misinterpretation of the route certification map caused the turnaround on the Hank Aaron State trail to be set in the incorrect spot, causing the route to be approximately 4200’ short. I was contracted by the event and it was my responsibility as the technical race director to ensure race staff and vendors clearly understand the route, its markings, and intricacies. I failed to make clear the key points with the layout of the course. I will work closely with the Milwaukee Marathon, staff, and vendors to develop safeguards to prevent this type of mistake from happening again.” - Chad Antcliff, race director

 

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15-year-old girl fighting for her life after brother accidentally shoots her in face

MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- A teenage girl is in the hospital after her brother accidentally fired a gun, shooting her in the mouth, according to WREG.

Police say around 1 a.m. Wednesday, a teen was playing with a gun outside of a home in Parkway Village when it went off.

A bullet went through the house's front door, hitting the teen's 15-year-old sister in the mouth.

She was taken to the hospital in critical condition. Her brother, whose age was not given, was taken into custody.

Police say the girl's brother asked to see her boyfriend's pistol and put his finger on the trigger not knowing the safety was off.

"You actually pulled the trigger and injured somebody, possibly could kill someone and who's to say, you know, she could die years from now from her injuries," said Dekisha Norwood, whose sister is a neighbor.

Norwood visits her sister on this street every day. She's big on gun safety and has carried one to protect herself for years.

She's had some close calls but hasn't had to use it. Norwood says the key to gun safety is knowing exactly how they work. It's something she's taught her 8-year-old son and 9-year-old daughter.

"If push come to shove, you know, if they have to use it, hey, to protect their family, do what you have to do."

Missouri teen says group of boys attacked her because she’s gay

ST. JOSEPH, Mo. -- A 16-year-old girl and her mother believe a group of boys beat her up for being gay, according to WDAF.

Nylea VanHoutan and her mom call the attack on the young girl a hate crime.

VanHoutan says minutes after she and her three female friends left a pumpkin festival at a park, a large group of teenagers began to antagonize them.

"It was like 20 to 30 of them. They were high school kids because one of my friends said something like she had seen them at school," VanHoutan said.

But when she and her friends refused to fight and tried to continue walking to her uncle's house, she says the boys suddenly hit her in the back of the head, then punched her in her face and gave her a black eye.

"It was like in shock, really in shock," she recalled. "And when they did it, they called me a 'wanna-be boy expletive.'"

The high school junior is convinced the boys attacked her because she's a lesbian.

"I'm pretty sure it happened because I was queer," she said. "It's not okay, it's wrong."

Her attackers ran off and she was treated at a hospital. Her mom, Sescha Hicks, contacted police.

"Super angry as a mother. I believe down to the core of my bones it was a hate crime," Hicks said.

According to the research from the 2015 national youth risk behavior survey, 34 percent of lesbian, gay and bisexual students said they were bullied on school property. Twenty-eight percent were bullied electronically, and 10 percent were threatened or injured with a weapon on school property.

Three days after the attack, VanHoutan's right eye is still purple and a little swollen. Police are asking anyone who knows anything about the assault on the teen to call the St. Joseph Police Department.

Woman stunned by $185K DirecTV bill after signing up for promotion

ORWELL, Ohio – Angela Mixon-Smith said she nearly had a heart attack when she opened her satellite television bill Monday.

“I mean, my chest got heavy,” she said. “I had to get some water. I don’t drink. I was ready to drink.”

The retired postal worker said her bill for DirecTV service showed a balance due of $184,530.67.

“I know I don’t have that kind of money,” she said. “And, since April? There’s no way.”

In April, Mixon-Smith said she began a promotional offer to bundle her existing DirecTV service with a new AT&T cellphone plan. In the months since, she said service problems and confusing bills have had the cancer survivor and Army veteran battling with AT&T, which merged with DirecTV in 2015.

Mixon-Smith said the outrageous bill was the last straw.

“They don’t have everything together,” she said. “AT&T, they just don’t have it together.”

AT&T spokesperson Holly Hollingsworth provided a statement to WJW:

“We apologize for the billing error that occurred. We’ve reached out to the customer to resolve the issue.”

She could not provide an explanation for the billing mix-up. However, by Wednesday afternoon, the account for Mixon-Smith’s DirecTV service had been credited.

However, Mixon-Smith said she was still confused over remaining service and billing issues.
“I just want them to straighten out my service,” she said.

She said she also reached out to the Ohio Attorney General’s Office about the problems.

We Need YOUR Questions About Horror Fest 2017

If you love Halloween, circle November 17th, 2017 on your calendar.

It may seem a few weeks late, but that's when Horror Fest 2017 is taking place at the Holiday Inn in downtown Rock Island.

On Thursday, October 26th, Good Morning Quad Cities is having "Breakfast With..." one of the co-founders of the event at a popular Halloween spot - Skellington Manor Event Center in Rock Island - with breakfast provided by QC Coffee and Pancake House in Rock Island.

If you have any questions/comments for Kelley Klemme - Co-Founder of Horror Fest 2017 - fill out the form below:

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This "Breakfast With..." comes after a visit to the Mississippi Valley Regional Blood Center, a special in-studio interview with Iowa U.S. Senator Joni Ernst, an on-campus talk with Augustana College's President, a sit-down with the Vice President of Western Illinois University's Quad Cities campus, and a tour of the newest residence hall at the University of Iowa.

To see all our "Breakfast With..." conversations, click here.

Clerk accused of shooting man to death over $1 bag of gas station candy

ST. LOUIS – A 39-year-old St. Louis gas station clerk is charged with shooting and killing a person he thought had taken a bag of candy from his store.

The shooting happened September 26 at a gas station in the 2800 block of N. Florissant Avenue, according to court documents.

The victim, Christopher Simmons, was a customer at the gas station when he got into an argument with the store clerk, identified as Taleb Rebhi Ali Jawher.

Jawher accused Simmons of stealing a bag of candy worth approximately $1.10 and pointed a handgun at him, prosecutors say. Simmons then left the store. Jawher followed him outside and allegedly shot Simmons in the back of the head.

Simmons did not steal or leave the store with the candy, police said.

“We’re just trying to find some peace,” Simmons’ mother, Dorothy Simmons, told the St. Louis Post Dispatch. “He was a wonderful young man who was taken from us too soon.”

Jawher was charged with first-degree murder and armed criminal action, according to the St. Louis Circuit Attorney’s Office.

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