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Davenport Central Football player not letting hearing impairment hold him back

Iain Gronewold, a Davenport Central Junior, lost his hearing when he was 3 years old due to an ear infection.  That hearing loss has not kept Gronewold from participating in sports.  He is a corner back on the Davenport Central Football Team.  Gronewold has cochlear implants that helps him hear, but still has an interpreter with him at practice and games to help bridge the gap fro communication.

Family of Iowa boy who died of heroin overdose admits they were in denial, offers help to other addicts

INDEPENDENCE, Iowa– Nick Shonka was just 24-years-old when he died from a heroin overdose earlier this year. Like so many addicts, he was able to hide it from his family and girlfriend of five years.

“He was able to live a pretty normal life while using so it was hard. I was always questioning whether or not he was using, you know?” Nick’s girlfriend, Alyssa Wiest, explained.

And though she had suspicions, Nick’s loved ones admit they were in denial.

“He’d be kind of fumbling around and trying to communicate with us, where he’d be talking to us and falling asleep,” Nick’s mom, Kim Shonka, said.

But still, the denial, anger, and bargaining continues.

“How do they have access to something so hard?” Nick’s sister, April Dorman, asked. “Not my brother, not her son, not this young boy that has so much potential.”

The phone call came in February. Nick died from heroin mixed with Fentanyl, an opioid that’s now the leading cause of overdose deaths in the U.S.

Nick’s family is sharing their story to raise awareness that there is help out there, something they wish Nick had realized.

“I want them to feel like they are not being judged, that they are worth something, that they are somebody,” Shonka said. “There’s people out there to help everybody because they all deserve a chance.”

“Anyone coming up on their bottom, I am here to talk sense,” Dorman said. “I don’t know what you have done, or who you done it to, or what you did it for, but if you are here, I am here.”

Those haunting last words, from Nick’s sister, were actually his. She found them posthumously in his journal.

There are many places in the Quad Cities that offer help to anyone struggling with drug addiction.

Narcotics Anonymous holds ten meetings a week, in many locations throughout the Quad Cities.

UnityPoint Health Trinity offers a group-based outpatient treatment program to help people get and stay sober.

The Abbey Center in Bettendorf has both inpatient and outpatient options for people battling addiction.

Emergency crews respond to accident involving a school bus in Orion

ORION, Illinois — Officials are on scene of a two-vehicle accident at Knoxville Rd. and Sherrard Orion Rd. in Orion involving a car and a Kewanee Community school bus.

According to WQAD crew on site, there were children on the bus. Police say there are two individuals with minor injuries but have not released any names.

The accident is under investigation.

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What happened to missing 3-year-old forced to stand in alley? Answers may rest in family SUV

DALLAS - The disappearance of three-year-old Sherin Mathews is posing plenty of problems for Richardson Police and public, but Dallas-based lawyer Chad Ruback says one thing is a guarantee.

"Mr. Mathews is going to be convicted. Mr. Mathews is going to spend some time in prison for what he did," Ruback told KDAF on Monday. "The only question is how long he's going to be behind bars and what he's convicted of."

Wesley Mathews (Courtesy Richardson Police)

"He has stupidly admitted that he knew there were coyotes out in the area where he left her," Ruback said, referencing the arrest affidavit.

According to Ruback, leaving a child in imminent danger could mean up to 20 years for Wesley Mathews, but what about three-year-old Sherin, a little girl described as only three-feet-tall, 22 pounds, and with developmental problems?

What if she's still missing in a week, a month, or even a year?

We saw that scenario play out with Saginaw's Opal Jennings in 1999. The six-year-old's remains were found by accident five years later.

"It's going to be tough to find her," Ruback said. "If they haven't found her in the first few days, it's not going to be easy."

The Amber Alert that went out for little Sherin last Saturday only exists because of the disappearance of Arlington nine-year-old Amber Hagerman back in 1996. Twenty-one years later, the Alert just makes us aware. It doesn't locate this little girl.

Sherin Mathews (Courtesy Mathews family)

According to Ruback, one piece of evidence will be key to learning the truth and possibly finding Sherin Mathews. The family SUV that went missing about an hour after Sherin did. Her dad said he noticed she was gone at 3:15 AM. Police say that vehicle was gone from roughly 4:00 AM until 5:00 AM.

"They are going to find out where that SUV was, and when they find out where it was, likely that's going to give them a clue as to what happened to young Sherin," he said.

With the area canvassed and the Mathews family no longer cooperating with Police, it might be our best hope.

Woman learns dog is alive 5 months after she thought pet was put down

HOWELL, N.J. — A New Jersey woman thought her family’s beloved dog was dead only to learn that the animal had been living with an employee of the veterinary office where she’d taken the dog to be euthanized five months earlier.

Keri Levy brought her 15-year-old miniature pinscher to Briarwood Veterinary Hospital on May 17 to be euthanized “due to his declining health,” an official with the Howell Police Department told PIX11 News in a statement.

“She picked up the collar. And actually paid her bill and received, even, a letter from the veterinary offices stating their condolences on the loss of her pet,” said Monmouth County Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Chief Ross Licitra.

But the dog was never put down.

"She received an anonymous tip from someone that told her that her dog was still alive and in the care of a vet technician that worked at the hospital,” added Licitra.

This was allegedly allowed by Dr. George Menez, who was the veterinarian at the hospital but who no longer works there.

“This employee wanted to do so out of compassion for the dog and a desire to rehabilitate his health, albeit without the owner’s consent,” police said in a statement.

Levy called police on Monday after learning that her dog was still alive. Howell Township

Police ordered the vet technician to return Ceaser. He was briefly reunited with Levy before being euthanized.

“The animal was suffering with a life threatening illness,” said Licitra.

Levy was refunded the money she paid for the original procedure that was not done.

The Monmouth County SPCA and the Howell Police are investigating for possible charges of theft and animal cruelty. Police are also looking to find out if this had ever happened before at this animal hospital.

The SPCA said the veterinarian and employee involved no longer work at the animal hospital.

Iowa governor concerned over plan on fuels such as ethanol

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa's Republican governor says President Donald Trump and the head of the Environmental Protection Agency told her they're committed to a federal program mandating that biofuels such as corn-based ethanol be blended into gasoline and diesel.

The issue emerged after the EPA proposed a plan that could lower production targets for biofuels in the so-called Renewable Fuel Standard.

Gov. Kim Reynolds says she had phone calls Wednesday with Trump and EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt.

White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders says there's been no decision regarding the RFS. An EPA spokesman says Pruitt doesn't want to take any steps to undermine RFS objectives.

Reynolds says a reduction in biofuels production would lead to Iowa job cuts. The issue could test Trump's support in Midwest states where the industry flourished.

Wilton Police hand out safety vests as part of new ‘See the Investment’ campaign

WILTON, Iowa -- After a woman was hit by a car and critically injured while riding her bike to work on Friday morning, the Wilton Police Department has rolled out an effort to make rural roads safer for runners and bikers.

Police say Sylvia Hansen was riding down Highway 38 with a small light on the front and back of her bike but drivers could still not see her.

As part of the "See the Investment" campaign, officers are passing out brightly colored safety vest with hope that what happened to Hansen won't happen to anyone else.

It only took eight hours for their entire stock of vests to disappear, so they've ordered 100 more.

Sylvia Hansen is currently in critical condition in Iowa City. The community has raised more than $9,000 to help Sylvia and her family with medical expenses.

 

 

 

 

Palmer Hills Golf course to get two million dollars worth of upgrades

BETTENDORF-- Palmer Hills Golf course is getting a two-million-dollar makeover.

For both regulars and newcomers, news on the expansion and upgrades is well received.

"This course in my opinion is like a 9 out of 10...I'm not sure what else they can improve maybe the tee box," says golfer Kyle Anderson.

Eighteen-year old Kyle Anderson says he's been playing golf there with his grandfather for more than 10 years.

Over the next few years the project will be split into four phases, starting with driving range improvements and adding safety netting.

One of the biggest construction projects includes a new 60,000 square foot putting green. A new multi-purpose room building will also be added to the expansion.

The project will be funded by city's G.O. bonds.

Construction is currently underway and expected to be completed by the year 2021.

 

YOUR HEALTH: Thyroid cancer rates are quickly climbing

DALLAS, Texas – New studies show that thyroid cancer has more than tripled over the last four decades.   It especially affects young and middle-aged women, causing about two thousand deaths a year.

For eight years, Mitzi McCabe, now 48, felt like she had the flu all the time.

She had no energy and had trouble breathing.   Doctors discovered she had low thyroid levels.  She was treated with steroids and gained 120 pounds over four years.

Then, a potentially deadly discovery.

"They removed both lobes of the thyroid plus two nodules off of my thyroid," McCabe remembered.  "One of them was malignant, had cancer in it, and then they removed two parathyroid glands."

"We're seeing thyroid cancer in younger patients than what we typically think of when we think about cancer," explained Dr. Anand Shivani, radiation oncologist with Baylor Scott and White Health. the largest not-for-profit health care system in Texas.

Researchers say that obesity and environmental exposure to radiation as a child, as well as flame retardants in household objects may be to blame for the increase.

SYMPTOMS: Some signs and symptoms of thyroid cancer may include a lump in the neck which can sometimes grow rapidly, swelling or pain in the front of the neck; sometimes going up to the ears, voice changes that do not go away, trouble swallowing or breathing, or a constant cough that is not related to any cold or allergy. It can be found after a person goes to the doctor because of symptoms, or it might be found during a routine physical or other exams. If there is a suggestion a patient may have thyroid cancer, a health care professional will want the persons complete medical history. If someone in the immediate family has had thyroid cancer or tumors it is important to tell your doctor, as you may be at a higher risk for the disease.

After surgery, Mitzi was treated with iodine-131, a radioactive isotope in pill form.   It kills any cancer cells left behind after surgery.

But she had to be isolated.

"I was radioactive for 5 days."

"She's done great," said Dr. Shivnani.   "Her treatment went perfectly."

"I feel ten times better than I did," admitted McCabe.   "I feel so much better than I did before."

Now, Mitzi is losing weight and happy to be active again.

Doctors report Mitzi is now cancer-free.   Researchers say more advanced screening and diagnosis is helping catch these cancers at an earlier stage.

TREATMENT: Most cancers related to the thyroid are highly curable.  The most common types, papillary and follicular thyroid cancer, are the most curable.  In younger patients, curability ratings are about 95 percent of those with these two most common types when treated appropriately.  Usually these common ones are treated with complete removal of the lobe of the thyroid which harbors the cancerous cells, in addition to the removal or most of all the other side.  More aggressive forms may require complete thyroid removal plus a dissection to remove the lymph nodes from the sides and front of the neck.  The least common form of thyroid cancer, anaplastic, has a poor prognosis. It tends to be found after it has spread, and in most cases may be incurable.  It is very uncommon to survive anaplastic thyroid cancer, because often the operation cannot remove the tumor in its entirety. Patients may require a tracheostomy (an operative procedure that creates a surgical airway in the cervical trachea) and treatment is much more aggressive than for other forms of this cancer.   (Source: http://emedicine.medscape.com/article/865068-overview)

If this story has impacted your life or prompted you or someone you know to seek or change treatments, please let us know by contacting Jim Mertens at jim.mertens@wqad.com or Marjorie Bekaert Thomas at mthomas@ivanhoe.com.

 

Sessions defends Comey firing, ties it to Clinton email case

WASHINGTON (AP) — Attorney General Jeff Sessions on Wednesday strongly defended President Donald Trump's firing of James Comey, linking the FBI director's abrupt dismissal to his handling of the Hillary Clinton email server investigation. But he refused to discuss any private conversations he had with the president leading up to Comey's firing and would not say if he had discussed with the president an FBI investigation into potential coordination between Russia and the Trump campaign.

Sessions, appearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee, said it was "the first time I'm aware of" in which an FBI director had performed the traditional role of Justice Department prosecutors by announcing on his own the conclusion of a federal investigation — that no charges would be brought against Clinton.

He said he was further galled when Comey, one week before his firing, insisted to Congress that he would have taken the same actions again.

Sessions' insistence that Comey's firing was motivated by displeasure over the Clinton email case is consistent with the initial White House explanation. But Trump himself has at times appeared to undercut that explanation, saying he would have fired Comey even without the recommendation of the Justice Department and that he was thinking of "this Russia thing" when he dismissed him on May 9.

Trump has accused Comey of having prematurely exonerated Clinton, even though the Justice Department's own explanation for the firing cited his decision to effectively reopen the probe days before the November election.

The FBI's investigation is now being run by the Justice Department's special counsel, Robert Mueller. After initially balking at the question, Sessions said that he had not been questioned by Mueller's team of investigators. He has been seen as a possible witness in the case given his involvement in the firing of Comey.

Sessions stressed at the outset that he would not discuss any private conversations with the president and he largely abided by that principle, deflecting questions not only about the Russia investigation but also about the president's pardon of Sheriff Joe Arpaio, among other topics.

The Russia probe has shadowed much of Sessions' tenure as attorney general, even though he recused himself in March because of his role as a stanch Trump campaign ally. It was a central focus the oversight hearing, too, as lawmakers repeatedly pressed Sessions about his contacts with the former Russian ambassador to the U.S., his discussions with Trump about the investigation and his involvement in the firing of Comey.

Though he refused to say whether he discussed with Trump Comey's involvement in the Russia investigation, or his private conversations with Trump, Sessions did say that the president had asked him and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein for their recommendations about what to do with Comey.

"He did ask for our written opinion and we submitted that to him," Sessions said under questioning from Sen. Dianne Feinstein of California, the committee's top Democrat. "It did not represent any change in either one of ours opinions."

The routine oversight hearing is Sessions' first before the committee since his January confirmation, and it comes as has worked quickly to reshape the department with an intense focus on immigration, drugs, gangs and violent crime.

He also faced questions from lawmakers about his swift undoing of Obama-era protections for gay and transgender people and his rollback of criminal justice policies that aimed to reduce the federal prison population, among other changes he has made in nine months since taking office.

Sessions has tried to pressure so-called sanctuary cities into cooperating with federal immigration authorities by threatening to withhold grant money, and he was the public face of the Trump administration's decision to end a program benefiting hundreds of thousands of young people who entered the U.S. illegally as children. Congress is seeking a legislative solution to extend the protections before recipients' work permits expire.

It is standard policy for attorneys general to appear each year before the Justice Department's congressional overseers on the House and Senate judiciary committees. Yet, in a reflection of the extent to which the Russia investigation and his own role as a Trump campaign ally have dominated public attention, Sessions made his first appearance on Capitol Hill as attorney general before the Senate Intelligence Committee.

Democratic senators have already made clear they want Sessions to detail his private conversations with Trump, particularly in the run-up to the Comey's firing, or announce that Trump is invoking executive privilege to protect those communications. Sessions repeatedly refused to discuss his talks with Trump during his three-hour appearance before the Senate intelligence panel.

He did not say he was using executive privilege, but rather adhering to longstanding tradition of Justice Department leaders to refrain from revealing the contents of private conversations with the president. That explanation left many Democrats unsatisfied and is unlikely to put to an end demands for detailed accounts of those conversations.

These are 25 of the happiest cities in the U.S., study says

Regular dental checkups and vacation time may not seem related, but according to a survey measuring happiness in U.S. cities, they are both good indicators of overall well-being.

A study compiled by National Geographic, author Dan Buettner and Gallup used 15 factors that also include quality of diet, financial security, and daily learning, among others. The findings are based on 250,000 interviews done across the country from 2014 to 2015 as part of the National Geographic Gallup Special/Blue Zones Index.

Boulder, Colorado toped the list thanks to its proximity to nature, a strong feeling of community, a largely active lifestyle and sustainable development, among other qualities.

Half a million adults across the United States reveal who's happy and who's not https://t.co/0RFXT5HBon

— National Geographic (@NatGeo) October 18, 2017

Cities from other states included San Diego, Minneapolis-St. Paul, and Washington D.C.

Santa Cruz-Watsonville, California; Charlottesville, Virginia; and San Luis Obispo-Paso, California; were also in the top 5.

Other cities that did not make the list and ranked at the very bottom of the happiness scale were Charleston, West Virginia; Fort Smith, Arkansas; and Hickory-Lenoir-Morganton, North Carolina.

In general, Buettner found that people living in happy cities socialize more during the day, laugh and smile more often, feel financially secure and have access to green spaces.

After conducting 250,000 interviews across the country, these just might be the happiest places in the U.S. https://t.co/6ctcjHVAvM

— National Geographic (@NatGeo) October 18, 2017

Here is the full list:

    1. Boulder, Colorado
    2. Santa Cruz-Watsonville, California
    3. Charlottesville, Virginia
    4. Fort Collins, Colorado
    5. San Luis Obispo-Paso Robles-Arroyo Grande, California
    6. San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, California
    7. Provo-Orem, Utah
    8. Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk, Connecticut
    9. Barnstable Town, Massachussetts
    10. Anchorage, Alaska
    11. Naples-Immokalee-Marco Island, Florida
    12. Santa Maria-Santa Barbara, California
    13. Salinas, California
    14. North Port-Sarasota-Bradenton, Florida
    15. Urban Honolulu, Hawaii
    16. Ann Arbor, Michigan
    17. San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, California
    18. Colorado Springs, Colorado
    19. Manchester-Nashua
    20. Oxnard-Thousand Oaks-Ventura, California
    21. Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC Metro Area
    22. Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, Minnesota
    23. San Diego-Carlsbad, California
    24. Portland-South Portland, Maine
    25. Austin-Round Rock, Texas

 

Iowa American Water switches to ammonia-free chlorine in water main flushing program

DAVENPORT, Iowa — Iowa American Water announced a temporary adjustment to its treatment process in the Iowa Quad Cities as part of the regular, ongoing water main flushing program.

The company will now use a form of chlorine known as “free chlorine,” which does not contain ammonia, in its disinfection method. The temporary change will affect customers in Bettendorf, Davenport, LeClaire, Riverdale, and Panorama Park. It will NOT affect customers in Blue Grass, Dixon, or Clinton.

According to a statement released Wedneday, due to the change in the type of chlorine used, customers who are sensitive to chlorine may notice more of a chlorine taste or odor in their tap water. There is no reason for concern as the water will continue to be monitored closely by water quality experts and meet all state and federal water in quality regulations; the differences are due only to the switch in type of chlorine.

“The temporary switch in treatment is designed to make the routine flushing of water mains more effective and ensure we maintain our high quality water standards,” said Mary Jane Midgett, director of operations for Iowa American Water.

The company advises any customers with fish aquariums to take note of the change and make adjustments if necessary.

While crews are flushing nearby, customers may experience a drop in water pressure or some discoloration of their water. Iowa American Water recommends that any customers experiencing discolored water let their cold water run to clear before using it again and refrain from doing laundry. Any problems should only last a short period.

The flushing will take place on weekdays from 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. and will continue through November 18, 2017.

Customers experiencing persistent problems can contact Iowa American Water’s customer service line toll free at 1-866-641-2108.

 

Autumn warmth stays put until weekend rain returns

Lower 70s were common across the area again and will continue to be such right through Saturday.  During this period, even overnight lows will be in the upper 40s which is well above the lower 40s for normal lows!

Plenty of sunshine still expected through this period with the exception of Saturday when a front races on in bringing an increase in clouds.  Eventually later that day is when the rainfall returns before ending around sunrise on Sunday.

Both Sunday and Monday highs will be in the 60s before we chill temperatures quickly in the days to follow with highs just over 50 degrees.

Chief meteorologist James Zahara

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NEWS 8 TRIO: roasted pumpkin seeds

Catch the NEWS 8 TRIO every Tuesday and Thursday night on “News 8 at 6:30” for three great ideas to make your life better and more interesting.

Denise and Johnnie are back in the kitchen to share three amazing ways to add flavor to your roasted pumpkin seeds this fall!

  1. Pumpkin Pie pumpkin seeds
  2. Garlic pumpkin seeds
  3. Bar pumpkin seeds

Enjoy!

Join News 8's Denise Hnytka and Johnnie Jindrich every night for your top news, weather, health, and lifestyle ideas on "News 8 at 6:30".

Munson Hybrids adds Wisconsin distribution center

GALESBURG, Illinois — Munson Hybrids announced Wednesday the purchase of a partially-constructed building in Necedah, Wisconsin.

The long-desired Wisconsin warehouse distribution center will serves customers from Illinois, Iowa, Wisconsin, and Minnesota.

Altmann Construction, out of Wisconsin Rapids, will complete the construction of the building, that will contain offices, maintenance facilities, and plenty of warehouse space.

CEO & President of Munson Hybrids John Hennenfent says the company is looking forward to becoming a part of the Necedah community and helping to augment the beauty and industriousness of the area. “Our slogan is ‘Performance is Personal’ and this new warehouse distribution center means our performance will be improved for our customers with a better flow of seed into and out of both our Illinois and Wisconsin facilities,” said Hennenfent.

The building renovations are expected be done in time for a grand opening on December 1, 2017.

 

Federal employee accused of using popular app to seek child pornography

AURORA, Ill. - A federal employee has been using the musical.ly app to ask teenage girls to send him nude photos, officials say. He’s also accused of threatening to rape and kill them if they didn’t send him pictures, according to WGN.

Richard Barnett, 39, hid behind the username “davidbanks1014,” according to the Beacon-News.

Police arrested Barnett Monday at his home in Aurora.

According to his LinkedIn account, Barnett has spent 14 years in the U.S. military. He currently works at the Federal Aviation Administration in Des Plaines, and previously worked for the Department of Homeland Security.

In his messages to girls on the internet he often bragged about how many guns he owned. At one point, he sent a picture of a semi-automatic handgun with the words, “That’s mine; I can and will shoot you; keep talking crap; I’m sick of your crap; now your [sic] done.”

He later sent the message, “I can hurt you and then dump you where no one will find you. I carry a gun every day.”

He told some of his female victims he would kidnap, rape, and kill them.

The FBI said if you suspect your child could be talking to a predator online you must call police.

“You’ve got to have an open line of communication with your child. Know what they’re doing online,” Garrett Croon, FBI Chicago media coordinator, said.

Barnett is facing up to 30 years in prison. He’ll be in court for the first time on Wednesday.

3 killed, 2 wounded in shooting at Maryland office park, authorities say

(CNN) — [Breaking news update, published at 2:24 p.m. ET]

Radee Labeeb Prince, the suspect in Wednesday morning’s shooting at a business in Maryland, also is a suspect in a shooting that happened later in the morning in Wilmington, Delaware, said Jeffrey Gahler, sheriff of Harford County, Maryland.

Prince still is on the loose, and is believed to be driving a 2008 black GMC Acadia with Delaware license plate PC64273, Gahler said.

Gahler didn’t offer details about the shooting in Wilmington.

Prince worked at the Maryland business, Advanced Granite Solutions in Edgewood, for the last four months, and he was scheduled to work there Wednesday, Gahler said.

[Original story, published at 1:43 p.m. ET]

A gunman is on the loose after shooting five people — killing three — at a Maryland home-remodeling business on Wednesday morning, authorities say.

Radee Labeeb Prince, 37, is believed to have shot five people at Advanced Granite Solutions at the Emmorton Business Park in Edgewood, roughly 30 miles northeast of Baltimore, Harford County Sheriff Jeffrey Gahler told reporters in a news conference.

The five people shot are believed to be employees of the business, and the two injured were taken to a hospital Wednesday morning, Gahler said.

The shooting was reported to police at 8:58 a.m. ET, and officers arrived at the office park, located just south of an Interstate 95 interchange, four minutes later, Gahler said. Investigators believe Prince drove away in a 2008 black Acadia, with Delaware license plate PC64273.

“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,” Gahler said.

The two injured were in critical condition at Baltimore’s Shock Trauma Center, the center said on Twitter; Gahler told reporters the two were in serious condition.

Shooting appears targeted, sheriff says

The sheriff said a motive isn’t known, but that “this does appear to be a target attack limited to that business.”

Gahler said Prince is believed to be “associated with that business,” but he did not elaborate.

“We do not believe there’s an immediate threat to the community — we do believe that this was targeted, with the qualifier that there is an armed and dangerous suspect out there,” Gahler said.

Prince is believed to have shot the five with a handgun, said the sheriff, who added that investigators were speaking with witnesses. Gahler didn’t say what the witnesses saw or whether any of them were in the building when the shooting happened.

Advanced Granite Solutions designs, manufactures and installs granite, marble and engineered stone countertops, vanity tops and surfaces, in part serving people who are remodeling their kitchens, bathrooms and fireplaces, the company’s website says.

The office park includes a number of buildings housing various businesses. Four hotels are across the street and down the road from Advanced Granite Solutions.

Mike Sullivan, who works at a business located in the next row of buildings from Advanced Granite Solutions, told CNN affiliate WBAL-TV that a client with a CB radio warned him to take cover, citing reports of a shooter.

“Right now, it’s total chaos,” Sullivan told WBAL by phone, shortly after the shooting was reported. “We’re actually locked in right now with three of our clients.”

Aerial video Wednesday morning from WBAL showed numerous police vehicles at the office complex.

Special agents from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives were at the shooting scene to help the sheriff’s department, the ATF said.

Five schools in the Edgewood area were placed on lockdown — meaning students were kept in the buildings, and visitors weren’t permitted — in the morning as a precaution at the advice of the sheriff’s office, the county school system said on its website.

The lockdown eventually was lifted, according to a message on the site updated shortly after noon.

“We will proceed with all remaining activities today, including athletic events, as planned,” the message read.

Rugs donated to Franklin Elementary School

MOLINE, Illinois -- Five rugs are being donated to Franklin Elementary School after a fire damaged their building in September.

Moline's Superintendent Lanty McGuire and businessman David Williams were at Carpetland in Moline on Tuesday, October 17th picking out the most stain-resistant swatches.

"I'm so impressed with how many have already stepped up, and if a few more can do so, and see what we've been able to do, I'd be thrilled with that," said Williams.

Students hope to be back at Franklin Elementary School next fall.

Related: Franklin Elementary School students and staff settle in to temporary location after fire

‘Jeopardy!’ contestant loses nearly everything, wins with just $1

A “Jeopardy!” contestant eked out an unlikely victory Tuesday after losing nearly all of his money on the last question.

Manny Abell, a naval officer from Lacey, Washington was the first to answer Alex Trebek’s question: “What country bordered the Caspian Sea and the Persian Gulf?”

2017 keeps delivering. pic.twitter.com/8avr0zCZl9

— Jason Sparks (@sparksjls) October 17, 2017

Abell, the returning champion, lost $999 of his $1,000 with the incorrect guess “Iraq.”

With just a dollar left, things looked grim for Abell. Luckily for him, both of his competitors would bet everything on “Azerbaijan” and “Tibet,” respectively, wiping them both out. The correct guess was “Iran.”

Abell isn’t the first to win with just $1, but Trebek commented said afterward that it was the “smallest win in many, many years.”

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