Illinois Senate panel tentatively OKs plan to feed wild deer

SPRINGFIELD, Illinois (INN) — People are not supposed to feed wild deer in Illinois. Baiting deer for hunting is illegal, and the state’s Department of Natural Resources says feeding wild deer can spread disease.

But some people in some places in Illinois could soon give some deer something to eat.

State Sen. Chapin Rose recently told lawmakers in Springfield that there are veterinarians who say feeding deer outside of hunting season will help keep the animals healthy.

“The healthful benefits of supplemental feeding, to go with nutritional support, will be a net positive to the deer population,” Rose said.

The state’s Department of Natural Resources said no.

Dr. Paul Shelton with IDNR said many places that allow deer feeding see farmers or landowners toss out whatever is available. That’s often corn and it is not healthy for wild deer.

“Deer are a treasured natural resource, they’re wildlife,” Shelton said. “Let’s not try and treat them like livestock. They’re not livestock.”

Senators are cautiously moving ahead though. They voted to approve the plan, with the caveat that Rose look at a possible pilot program first.

via Illinois News Network

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Morning house fire in Coal Valley now under control

COAL VALLEY, Illinois -- A house fire broke out in Coal Valley around 3 a.m. Tuesday morning while a family of three and their dog was inside.

The family and dog exited the home at 3rd St. and W. 27th Ave. shortly after smoke alarms alerted them of the fire. There were no injuries.

Fire crews managed to get the fire under control. A portion of W. 3rd St. that was blocked off earlier has been re-opened to traffic as of 6:30 a.m.

The cause of the fire is still under investigation.

Here we go again! Snow shifts closer for tomorrow

Winter Weather Advisories will go into effect on Wednesday for Jones, Jackson, Jo Daviess, and Carroll County for accumulating snow.

If the cloudy days have gotten you down, never fear, the sun is here today! It will be chillier than normal though with temps only topping out around 50 degrees this afternoon. But we'll take what we can get, right?

Clouds will overspread the area tonight with a few sprinkles possible by Wednesday morning. Rain will change to snow as the day goes on with treacherous driving conditions likely for the Wednesday afternoon drive. 1-3 inches of snow is a good bet north of I-80 with 3-6 inches north of US-30.

The snow will melt off pretty quickly Thursday and Friday with a nice warming trend for the weekend. We could even see temps above 60 degrees as early as Sunday.

-Meteorologist Eric Sorensen

Two missing Clinton County boys now safe, Amber Alert canceled

UPDATE (3:40 a.m.): The two missing boys from Clinton County, Iowa have been found safe after an Amber Alert that went into effect early Tuesday morning, April 17.

A Deputy from the Clinton County, Iowa Sheriff’s Department says the boys were found somewhere in Illinois but would not specify where.

No word whether Millroy has been arrested.

ORIGINAL STORY: TORONTO, Iowa — Police have issued an Amber Alert after they say two children, Bryson Milroy (4), Braxton Milroy (2), were abducted in Clinton County. They say Taylor Jason Milroy took his two sons from their home around 9:00 p.m. Monday, April 16. He does not have custody of either of the boys.

Milroy is believed to be driving a silver 2006 Hyundai Sonata with the Illinois license plate number V809407. Police also say they believe he is heading to Colona, Illinois.

The missing boys are two and four years old.

Crews shut down U.S. Highway 34 for the next six months, impacts Galesburg and Monmouth drivers

MONMOUTH, Illinois-- Drivers going back and forth between Galesburg and Monmouth, Illinois will be detoured around U.S Highway 34 for the next six months.

Crews shut down both directions of the highway Monday, April 16, forcing drivers to use Illinois 164 instead.

In the meantime, crews will work to repair the pavement, drainage repair and complete resurfacing of the road.

But the extra traffic spilling on to Illinois 164 has drivers and people who live in the area concerned, because traffic that would normally travel on a two-lane highway both directions, will now be forced to squeeze down to one lane both ways.

“I worry a little bit having teenage drivers with the two lanes if they are going to Galesburg, but if you drive slow and careful you may have to add 5 or 10 minutes on to your trip,” says Monmouth driver Julie Russell.

“It was like someone opened up the faucet on your sink the traffic really started coming,” says Terry Griswold, who lives off Illinois 164.

Construction on that section of U.S 34 will cost more than $13 million and will reopen in October.

Student saves life just days after learning CPR at high school

NEW YORK — They are CPR heroes, albeit modest ones.

Student Anthony Rosa Compres and his CPR teacher Oswaldo De La Cruz have both saved lives because they know what to do when a heart stops beating.

“He is the bridge between the victim and 911 and he did a good job,” Oswaldo De La Cruz, the CPR teacher at International Community High School, told WPIX.

As mandated by New York State law in 2015, all public high school seniors in New York City must learn CPR before graduation.

Teacher De la Cruz was planning to teach CPR in late spring just before commencement, but because he had just saved a life through CPR in the fall, he knew he shouldn’t delay.

“You never know when they will save a life,” De La Cruz said.

When WPIX asked the 20-year-old senior if he felt like a hero, Anthony Rosa Compres remotely replied yes.

It was less than two weeks after Anthony learned CPR at International Community High School that he was able to put what he learned into action, just a block from school and east 140th street and Brook Avenue.

Anthony showed how he got down on his knees, did 30 compressions, then mouth to mouth, then 30 more compressions until EMS arrived.

“You really have to count out loud to help you breathe,” De La Cruz said.

And while Anthony and Oscar don’t know the name of the man he saved, they’ve gotten awards and accolades from the American Heart Association who pushed for 15 years for all high school students to be taught CPR.

“It’s great anytime,” Mark Hurley, an American Heart Association spokesman said. “You hear a success story like I just learned CPR two weeks ago and I used it to save someone and that proves that it works."

And for Anthony and Oswaldo, just knowing they saved a life is so satisfying.

“I feel very proud,” said Anthony.

Nationwide hunt for ‘cold-blooded killer’ grandmother after husband, look-alike found dead

FORT MYERS BEACH, Fla. – A nationwide search is underway for a Minnesota woman accused of killing her husband and a 59-year-old woman in two different states.

Lois Riess, 56, of Blooming Prairie, Minnesota is believed to have murdered her husband, David Riess, whose body was found March 23 on their property, according to the Star Tribune.

Authorities believe Riess fled Minnesota, traveling to Florida where she's suspected of fatally shooting 59-year-old Pamela Hutchinson. New video shows Reiss smiling and talking with Hutchinson at the Smokin' Oyster Brewery in Fort Myers Beach before she allegedly killed her, according to the Lee County Sheriff's Office.

Investigators found that Hutchinson's purse was in "disarray" with any cash, credit cards or identification missing.

"Further investigation revealed that Ms. Hutchinson was targeted due to the similarities in their appearance," Lee County Undersheriff Carmine Marceno said at a press conference Friday. "Riess' mode of operation is to befriend women who resemble her and steal their identity."

Authorities say Riess, a grandmother and mother of three, has a history of gambling addiction problems.

"It has been determined that Riess has fled southwest Florida and traveled through the gulf states to Corpus Christi, Texas."

Her current whereabouts are unknown and Marceno warned people not to approach Riess, who should be considered armed and dangerous.

"She smiles and looks like anyone’s mother or grandmother," Marceno told NBC on Sunday night. "And yet she’s calculated, she’s targeted and an absolute cold-blooded killer."

Authorities warned that, when she runs out of resources, she may kill again.

After investigators found Reiss' abandoned Cadillac, they think she may be driving Hutchinson' vehicle – a  white Acura TL with Florida license plate Y37TAA.

Anyone with information about Reiss' whereabouts is asked to call the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension’s tip line at 1-877-996-6222 or contact Southwest Florida Crime Stoppers at 1-800-780-TIPS. 

‘Night Court’ star Harry Anderson dies at 65

ASHEVILLE, N.C. – Actor Harry Anderson, best known for his role on the hit sitcom “Night Court,” died in Asheville, North Carolina Monday.

Asheville police confirmed that they responded to Anderson’s home at 6:41 a.m. and found him dead. Police said no foul play is suspected, but declined to give further details.

Apart from his role as Judge Harry T. Stone on “Night Court,” Anderson also appeared in “Cheers” and “Dave’s World.” The Newport, Rhode Island-born actor also made multiple appearances on “Saturday Night Live.

Anderson was 65 years old.

YOUR HEALTH: Using stem cells to help stroke victims fully recover

MIAMI, Florida – Julian Fowles was a busy entertainment lawyer who loved to dance.

"My wife just loves to salsa."

But the music stopped when Julian had a stroke about five years ago.

"I lost use of my legs and left arm, my face fell."

Experts say the effects of a stroke can be reversed if the patient gets to the hospital within a 24 hour window.   Julian didn't seek help till the next day.

"Speech can be slurred or lost, eyesight can be affected," said Dr. Dileep Yavagal, director of Interventional Neurology at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine.

Now there's new hope using stem cells.

"These are the building blocks of our bodies," explained Dr. Yavagal.

Researchers at the University of Miami are conducting a clinical trial, injecting stem cells from healthy donors into the damaged areas of patients' brains.

It`s called the ACTIsSIMA trial. patients should be between the ages of 18 and 85 and suffered a stroke in the previous six months to seven and a half years.  There are 60 clinical sites across the country including Peoria's OSF St. Francis Hospital.

"That we can actually get the brain to start to heal, regenerate neurons, and for the first time produce improvement in these patient`s symptoms," said Dr. Jonathan Jagid, a neurological surgeon at the University of Miami.

The minimally invasive procedure is done through a one inch incision in the skull.

"With the idea that the cells will stimulate repair of the stroke area," said Dr. Yavagal.

And strengthen weak limbs.

CURRENT TREATMENT:   There are two different kinds of stroke, ischemic or hemorrhagic and this will determine the best emergency treatment for the patient.   To treat ischemic stroke, blood flow must be quickly restored to the brain.  To treat a hemorrhagic stroke, focus is on controlling the bleeding and reducing pressure in the brain.   Surgery may also be performed to help reduce future risk.   A current option for treatment within the first 24 hour window after a stroke is a thrombectomy; however, only fifty percent of all stroke patients are eligible for this treatment and over fifty percent of the patients who get the procedure still remain dependent.   (Source: https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/stroke/diagnosis-treatment/drc-20350119)

Julian had the procedure last July.   Because it's a double blind study, he doesn't know whether he got the stem cells or not.

"I'm looking forward to some change."

He says he's feeling stronger every day, rowing as part of his rehab.   He hopes the stem cells are helping him and, some day, others recovering from stroke.

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.

Stolen SUV almost rams into Moline Police car, suspects flee at a high rate of speed

MOLINE, Illinois - Police shut down a portion of 19th Avenue in Moline today out of an "abundance of caution" while searching for two men who fled from them in a vehicle originally stolen from Rock Island.

Moline Police say they were notified of a stolen Toyota Rav 4 that was crossing the I-74 bridge at around 1:30 P.M. The suspects were fleeing from Davenport Police.

The stolen S.U.V. was spotted in the 1900 block of Avenue of the Cities in Moline, and that it almost struck a Moline Police car while attempting to flee again.

A short time later, police say the vehicle, which had several bullet holes in it, was located in the 1700 block of 2nd Street, but it was empty.

Police say they were led to a residence in the 100 block of 19th Avenue, and secured that home using the Moline-East Moline Crisis Containment Unit out of "an abundance of caution."

During this time, part of 19th Avenue was shut down.

A short time later, the home was found to be empty and Police say they believe the suspects were able to leave the area before Moline Police located the S.U.V.

Police say the incident, "once again", arises from residents leaving their vehicles with their keys in them.

"Leaving our keys in our keys and leaving them running gives these kids the opportunity to victimize all of us. These two individuals were going at a high rate of speed and driving recklessly which greatly endangers the public,' said Detective Michael Griffin.

Anyone with information regarding this incident should contact Police.



Driver in rollover accident caused by ice succumbs to injuries

SILVIS, Illinois -- A 19-year-old Carbon Cliff man has died after a vehicle he was driving skidded on a frozen overpass and struck a tree the evening of Sunday, April 15.

The Rock Island Sheriff's Department said the crash was one of several where Illinois 5 crosses over Rt. 84 near the Silvis and East Moline border. They are not releasing the name of the victim at this time.

The crash happened shortly after 8 p.m. and was caused to a sudden freezing of the road surface, police say.

The 19-year-old victim was transported to a nearby hospital for treatment, but was pronounced dead at the hospital.

The crash remains under investigation.

Iowa minor league baseball teams repair Field of Dreams

DYERSVILLE, Iowa--  If it needs repairing they’ll fix it. On Monday April 16, 2018  in Dyersville, Iowa, teams across the state braved the snow to fix the Field of Dreams.

Back in January police say a man vandalized the field, causing thousands of dollars in damage. They say someone drove a truck over the infield and outfield, putting deep gashes in the sod, destroying the sprinkler system along the way.

On Monday, snow or shine, they'll still come.


Teams from across the state including the Quad City River Bandits, Clinton Lumberkings, the Iowa Cubs, and Iowa Wesleyan University players all pitched in the manpower. And local businesses picked up the cost for the building materials.

"That's one of the amazing things about the community. Everyone's willing to step up help out however we can, and here's the result," says Bandits General Manager Andrew Chesser. "The silver lining to a bad situation with vandalism is that everyone realizes how important this is and how hard we will work to save it to make sure it's here for generations to come."

Work together so more can come and enjoy.


Lawmaker says bill for DCFS workers should be resurrected

MOLINE - An area lawmaker says a bill that enhances the penalty for attacks on DCFS workers should have the chance to be reconsidered in Springfield.

Pam Knight, a DCFS worker from Dixon , was brutally beaten on the job last September. She later died.

State Rep. Tony McCombie of Savanna says she and Knight's family will be in Springfield on Tuesday, with hopes of convincing  certain committee members of advancing the bill in Knight's honor.

The bill would boost the  penalty for a physical attack on a DCFS worker on the job, and make it punishable by four to 15 years in prison.

The bill died in committee last week, because McCombie says, right now the Democratic majority is not interested in hearing bills that will increase prison sentences. But, she says, this bill has nothing to do with criminal justice reform.

"It was a loud and clear message. It was completely political" she said.

"This is not a bill to make an example of," she said on Monday.

McCombie said she called Knight's family with the news.

"I had to call and give them the news that their bill wasn't going to be called.Pam Knight deserves so  much more than what she got. To have the state of Illinois treat them with such disrespect. It's a complete injustice, they are very disgusted, very discouraged, and mad," she said.


Let’s Move Quad Cities makes a pitch to prevent throwing injuries


We're starting to hear the call to play ball all over the Quad Cities.  That means more sore arms from pee-wees to the pros.

As the River Bandits begin the long season, it's the first professional stop for many young players.  Some are still in their teens.  That's why it's crucial to prevent arm injuries.

"Trying to make sure they're putting their bodies in safe positions," said Pitching Coach Graham Johnson.

Johnson, in his first season with the River Bandits after coaching at the college level, is a man in motion these days.

At the ORA Clinic in Davenport, he uses an indoor mound to teach a proper routine.

"How hard they're throwing," he continued.  "How many throws they're going to make."

That routine helps to prevent shoulder and elbow injuries at all skill levels.  Players learn that throwing starts from the ground up.

"The mound is a useful tool because it allows us to break down that technique all the way from the feet to the tip of the finger at release," said Dr. Ryan Dunlay, ORA Orthopedics, who also serves as the River Bandits' team doctor.

For Coach Johnson, routine, schedule and discussion with trainers and Dr. Dunlay help to develop a plan for each pitcher.

"It's what helps them feel like they've put themselves in the best position to be successful once they go out on the mound," said Johnson.

That mental edge also builds physical confidence on the hill.

"These guys are professional players," Dr. Dunlay said.  "Every little bit helps, and every edge that we can give them as an orthopedic community is going to help them."

For the River Bandits, it gives a purpose to each pitch.

"There's only so many throws you can make in a day," Johnson concluded.  "How we can be as efficient as possible to make sure that we're giving our guys what they need to be successful."

On indoor and outdoor mounds, it's a wind-up for wins and healthy arms.



Pilot, passengers, speak out on Allegiant Air investigation by “60 Minutes”


Passenger Rob Finney stepped off an Allegiant Air flight from Arizona just days before a critical "60 Minutes" report.

"It does give you pause to think that (Allegiant) may not be up to standards," he said, on Monday, April 16.

The airline plays a key role with regional service at the Quad City International Airport.  But according to "60 Minutes," the low-cost carrier had three times as many mechanical problems when compared to competing airlines.

"It doesn't surprise me at all," said passenger Diane Collar.  "They're always crowding people in."

"That's dangerous stuff," said Jerry Myhre, who flew an Airbus for United Airlines and corporate jets for Deere & Company over a 39-year aviation career.

"I never felt any of that kind of pressure at United," he said.

According to the investigation, pressure was placed on Allegiant Air pilots to cover up safety warnings.  Myhre compares it to buying a car.

"If a car doesn't meet safety standards, we don't buy them," he continued.  "The same philosophy should apply to airline travel."

Allegiant Air is defending its' safety record, calling the investigation "irresponsible" and "grossly misleading."

"I want to be very clear: safety is at the core of every aspect of our operation, every day," said Capt. Eric Gust, Allegiant's vice president of operations, in a statement to customers.

Still, recent passengers like Rob Finney are thinking twice about flying Allegiant Air again.

"A little less likely to fly them in the future when you think about it," he said.

Myhre said he approached his job as if his own family were in the cabin.

"As of right now, I'd pay a few extra dollars and fly a mainland carrier with a good safety record," he concluded.




207 million eggs in nine states recalled over salmonella fears

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(CNN) — A farm in Indiana is recalling more than 200 million eggs sold in nine states over salmonella fears.

Rose Acre Farms voluntarily recalled 206,749,248 eggs due to potential contamination with Salmonella Braenderup, the Food and Drug Administration said in a statement.

At least 22 illnesses have been reported so far, the FDA said Friday.

The eggs were sold through retail stores and restaurants. They reached consumers in Colorado, Florida, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Virginia and West Virginia.

“Consumers with these eggs shouldn’t eat them,” FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb tweeted. “Throw them away or return them to place of purchase for credit or refund.”

Brands affected include Country Daybreak, Coburn Farms, Crystal Farms, Sunshine Farms and Glenview, with some eggs sold at Food Lion stores.

Salmonella causes serious and sometimes fatal infections, especially in young children, the elderly and people with weakened immune systems. It is generally contracted from contaminated poultry, meat, eggs and water, and affects the intestinal tract.

Chickens can pass the bacteria to eggs because the eggs leave hens through the same passageway as feces. Alternatively, bacteria in the hen’s ovary or oviduct can get to the egg before the shell forms around it, according to the US Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service.

Symptoms include fever, nausea, diarrhea and abdominal pain.

In 2010, a salmonella outbreak sickened hundreds and led to the recall of half a billion eggs.

Over 70 pounds of marijuana discovered during Indiana traffic stop

GREENFIELD, Ind. – “Somebody’s 4/20 celebration is canceled.”

That’s what Indiana State Police Sgt. John Perrine tweeted after officers seized more than 70 pounds of marijuana during a traffic stop in Greenfield, Indiana on Monday morning.

A trooper pulled over a 2017 Ford Expedition for a traffic violation on I-70 near Greenfield around 11 a.m. The trooper said the SUV was weaving outside the traffic lanes, according to WXIN.

The trooper later discovered more than 78 pounds of marijuana inside the SUV.

The vehicle was driven by 51-year-old Christian Elie of Elbert, of Colorado, and there was one passenger, 42-year-old Austin Johnson, of Indianapolis. Both men were arrested and transported to the Hancock County Jail on preliminary drug charges.

This is an ongoing investigation, troopers will work with the Hancock County Prosecutor’s Office to determine formal charges. The street value of the marijuana is estimated to be around $250,000.

Somebody’s 4/20 celebration is canceled #WeWillCatchYou pic.twitter.com/rJOWEF05Dg

— Sgt. John Perrine (@ISPIndianapolis) April 16, 2018