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Teens killed deer to use as bait to hunt eagles, Washington police say

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KLICKITAT COUNTY, Wash. — Police detained three Washington state teenagers suspected of killing deer to use as bait to hunt eagles.

“The animal was then placed near the other carcasses in an effort to bait in and shoot eagles.”

Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife Police said a sheriff’s deputy on Monday found a loaded rifle, fresh blood and deer hair in a car near the Klickitat River in Klickitat County.

“Officer Bolton and the deputy searched the area for downed wildlife and soon discovered a relatively fresh doe deer on the hillside near where the suspects had parked. Four older deer carcasses in various stages of decomposition were found in the same location. The officers learned that one of the young men shot the doe the night before by using a high-powered spotlight,” police wrote in a Facebook post. “The animal was then placed near the other carcasses in an effort to bait in and shoot eagles.”

Officers found another teenager on the hillside above police. They said the boy had been searching for an eagle he admitted to shooting.

Police were not able to find the eagle. They seized two rifles and forwarded the case to the county prosecutor’s office; charges are pending.

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Rape lawsuit against city of Muscatine and police department thrown out

MUSCATINE -A lawsuit filed against the city of Muscatine and its police department over a police officer who raped a woman on duty has been thrown out by a judge.

Officer Tom Tovar was convicted in 2017 of raping an intoxicated woman after her boyfriend was arrested for driving under the influence.

A judge this month ruled that Tovar can be sued, but the city and police department can not.

"While other states have reached the decision that cities may be held vicariously liable for sexual assaults committed by on-duty police officers, the Iowa Supreme Court has not yet made that determination," wrote Stuart Werling with the Seventh Judicial District of Iowa.

"The ruling did not go our way. My personal opinion is I'd like to see the police department held liable for officers who rape women or do criminal acts on duty," said attorney Leanne Tyler, who filed the civil lawsuit.

In his ruling, the judge said while Tovar had a history of disciplinary problems and suspensions while working for the Muscatine police department, none involved sexual assault.

He said there was no evidence the city or police department had reason to know Tovar would sexually assault someone.

The judge however, said there was evidence that Tovar had sexually assaulted another woman while on duty. He said the woman was at the police station to sign paperwork regarding a car accident. He said the woman says Tovar grabbed her and "handcuffed her to the desk" and sexually assaulted her.

But, the woman never reported the assault because she was afraid, and didn't come forward until after Tovar had been arrested for rape.

Tyler says she plans to appeal to the Iowa State Supreme Court.

"I hope Iowa comes down on the side that police departments are responsible if they have an officer who commits a crime on duty of this nature," she said.

Tovar remains in prison.

 

California siblings chained ‘as punishment,’ taunted with food and given 1 shower a year: DA

PERRIS, Calif. – The children of David and Louise Turpin endured years of severe child abuse, including being tied up with ropes and chains for weeks, denied food and only allowed to shower once per year, the Riverside County district attorney said Thursday.

The dozen oldest children were so severely malnourished they faced muscle-wasting, DA Mike Hestrin said, and have suffered cognitive impairment and nerve damage as a result of “extreme and prolonged physical abuse.”

This photo was posted on a Facebook page for "David-Louise Turpin" on July 24, 2016.

“One of the children, at age 12, is the weight of an average 7-year-old,” Hestrin said. “The 29-year-old female victim weighs 82 pounds.”

The Turpins have been charged with 12 counts of torture and other criminal counts, and they face 94 years to life in prison if convicted as charged, according to KTLA. David, 56, and Louise, 49, are being held on $13 million bail each.

Their arraignment is expected at 1:30 p.m. Thursday in Riverside.

The youngest of the 13 children, a 2-year-old, was not starved and thus was not included in the torture charges, Hestrin said.

The parents would buy food for themselves, including apple and pumpkin pies, and allow the children to see it but not eat it, the DA said.

"This is severe physical, emotional abuse," Hestrin said. "This is depraved conduct."

One of the victims, a girl under age 14, was "touched in a lewd way" by David Turpin, who used force or fear, Hestrin said. The children range in age from 2 to 29.

Hestrin’s morning news conference in Riverside provided new details of the allegations in a case that has drawn national attention to Perris, a suburban town some 60 miles east of Los Angeles. Hestrin called the new information "just a snapshot."

Members of the media camp out in front of the Perris home of David Allen and Louise Anna Turpin on Jan. 16, 2018. The couple was arrested on suspicion of torture and child endangerment after their 13 children were found shackled and malnourished. (Credit: Irfan Khan / Los Angeles Times)

The children were found in the Turpins' home Sunday after a 17-year-old sibling escaped through a window, called 911 on a deactivated cellphone and summoned deputies. Authorities have praised her courage and said she was so emaciated she looked like a 10-year-old.

Hestrin said the teen had worked with her siblings on a plan to escape for more than two years. One of the teen's sisters escaped with the 17-year-old but turned back in fear, Hestrin said.

Many years ago, the children said they began being tied up with ropes “as a punishment,” Hestrin said. One victim escaped being hog-tied and then the parents allegedly began using chains and padlocks to chain them to their beds.

They were locked in different rooms and were frequently beaten, Hestrin alleged, also describing "strangulation." He stressed the investigation is ongoing.

The children were so poorly educated in their state-registered homeschool that many of them didn’t know what a police officer was nor what medication was, Hestrin said. Religion, he said, did not have a role in the treatment of the children.

When deputies knocked on the Turpins’ door on Sunday morning, the Turpins unchained two of the three children, but one – a 22-year-old – remained chained, according to the DA. An 11-year-old and 14-year-old were unchained as deputies stood at the door, Hestrin said.

The punishments would last for weeks or months, and the victims were not allowed to go to the bathroom, the DA said, citing evidence in the home. If they were found to have washed their hands above the wrist, they were accused of playing in the water and then were chained, Hestin said.

The family slept during the day, going to bed before dawn, and was awake through the night, Hestrin said. That helped the Turpins' behavior escape detection by neighbors.

The abuse began when the family resided in Fort Worth, Texas – where the children lived apart from their parents, who dropped off food for them. The treatment continued after the family moved to Murrieta – also in Riverside County – in 2010. They moved to Perris in 2014.

“The abuse and severe neglect intensified over time and intensified as they moved to California,” Hestrin said. "It was what started out as neglect – became severe, pervasive, prolonged child abuse."

None of the children have ever seen a dentist and they have not been to a doctor in four years, though they are believed to have been born in hospitals. They were denied toys, though toys were found in the house in their original packaging, Hestrin said.

At least one of the older male victims attended classes, and Louise Turpin waited outside class for him, Hestrin said. It's not clear where he took the courses or when.

The children were permitted to write in journals, and investigators are looking through “hundreds of them,” he said. They are expected to provide "strong evidence" of what happened in the home, Hestrin said.

Asked if the parents have indicated why they treated their children this way, Hestrin said he couldn't comment about that.

Burlington man accused of sex crimes against minor

WEST BURLINGTON, Iowa — A 21-year-old Burlington man was arrested and charged with multiple sex abuse crimes on Thursday, Jan. 18.

Jaydin R. Johnson is charged with two counts of sex abuse third degree and one count of sexual exploitation of a minor. He was arrested by West Burlington Police on the felony warrants shortly after 2 p.m. Thursday.

The charges came as a result of an ongoing investigation by West Burlington police into accusations of sexual misconduct.

Johnson is being help in the Des Moines County Correctional Center without bond, pending his first appearance.

Galesburg’s J.C. Penney store at Sandburg Mall to close in spring

GALESBURG, Illinois — The J.C. Penney store at Galesburg’s Sandburg Mall is the latest victim of the so-called “retail apocalypse.”

Company officials confirmed to WQAD that the store will be closed and a liquidation of its merchandise will begin on March 5. The store is expected to be completely shut down by early May.

This is tough news for the mall, which has been under new ownership and undergoing renovations since late 2016.

“As part of the company’s ongoing efforts to achieve sustainable growth and long-term profitability, we continually evaluate our store portfolio to ensure our locations offer the best expression of the J.C. Penney brand,” said J.C. Penney spokesperson Joey Thomas. “During this review, the decision was made to close the Galesburg location.”

The department store chain closed 127 stores during the second quarter of 2017, representing more than 10% of its locations.

Thomas added that store associates will be assisted in finding new jobs at nearby J.C. Penney stores and those who do not will receive separation benefits and on-site career training.

Davenport Mayor Frank Klipsch to push for river projects at White House

DAVENPORT , Iowa -- Mayor Frank Klipsch hopes to make his best pitch for river towns at the White House next week.  He's part of a coalition that will have a face-to-face meeting with President Donald Trump and White House staffers on Wednesday, Jan. 24, 2018.

Mayor Klipsch is co-chair of the Mississippi River Cities and Towns Initiative, which represents towns from Minnesota to Louisiana.

Since President Trump is promising to beef up the nation's infrastructure, the visit could be timely.  When it comes to the Mississippi River, there's a lot on the to-do list.

The wish list includes aging bridges, flood control and protection, even insurance.

"We'll look at riverfront projects and riverfront development projects that are green initiatives," Klipsch said.  "That will help sustainability, but it also improves the riverfronts.  That's coupled with a collaboration with the Corps of Engineers and the Lock and Dam system."

Mayor Klipsch has become a key spokesman for the group.  He made recent trips to Europe and Canada to promote the Mississippi River.

"When you think that the Mississippi River carries 70% of all the corn, soybeans and wheat in the United States, it's an important link," Klipsch continued.  "20 million people a day drink water from the river."

Donald Trump’s exercise regimen will amaze you

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(CNN) — President Donald Trump likes to eat fast food. And he doesn’t like to exercise. Like, at all.

“He’s more enthusiastic about the diet part than the exercise part, but we’re going to do both,” White House physician Ronny Jackson acknowledged to reporters in a press briefing on the President’s overall health earlier this week. (Jackson said Trump weighs 239 pounds and could stand to lose 10 to 15 pounds over the next year.)

In an interview with Reuters on Wednesday, Trump tried to make the case that he actually exercises more than people (including Dr. Jackson) know.

“I get exercise. I mean I walk, I this, I that,” Trump told Reuters. “I run over to a building next door. I get more exercise than people think.”

So. To summarize Trump’s exercise regimen:

  1. Walking
  2. This
  3. That
  4. Run to building next door
  5. Unspecified number of repetitions

The truth of Trump’s view on exercise is more complicated than just his pretending that he “get[s] more exercise than people think.” And, he gives us a glimpse into his exercise beliefs in that same Reuters interview.

“A lot of people go to the gym and they’ll work out for two hours and all,” Trump said. “I’ve seen people … then they get their new knees when they’re 55 years old and they get their new hips and they do all those things. I don’t have those problems.”

That’s very similar to how Trump described his reservations about exercise in a 2015 New York Times magazine profile:

Trump said he was not following any special diet or exercise regimen for the campaign. ”’All my friends who work out all the time, they’re going for knee replacements, hip replacements — they’re a disaster,” he said. He exerts himself fully by standing in front of an audience for an hour, as he just did. ‘That’s exercise.'”

And that’s in keeping with Trump’s broader view of working out — which I affectionately like to call the “battery theory.”

This, from the  book “Trump Revealed,” explains that nicely:

After college, after Trump mostly gave up his personal athletic interests, he came to view time spent playing sports as time wasted. Trump believed the human body was like a battery, with a finite amount of energy, which exercise only depleted. So he didn’t work out. When he learned that John O’Donnell, one of his top casino executives, was training for an Ironman triathlon, he admonished him, “You are going to die young because of this.”

You only have so much life force. Exercising depletes that life force. Therefore, exercising is bad.

While the belief within the medical community is, contra Trump, that exercise is good for you, I did find one study from 2015 published in Circulation magazine that suggested people who exercised strenuously 4-7 times a week were at increased risk for vascular disease when compared to those who exercise strenuously 2-3 times a week.

Of course, that study’s findings don’t apply to Trump, who exercises strenuously roughly zero times a week — unless you count the time he spends golfing. But, Trump doesn’t even like to get too much exercise on the golf course — choosing to ride in a cart rather than walk the course. “I don’t want to spend the time,” to walk, he explained to Reuters.

Trump’s annual physical — conducted by Jackson last Friday at Walter Reed — only seemed to affirm the President’s exercise beliefs.

“I was on a treadmill for the first time actually in quite a while, and it was at a very steep angle, and I was there for a very long time,” he recounted. “They were surprised. And they said, ‘Well you can stop now, that’s amazing.’ And I said, ‘I can go much longer than this if you want me to.'”

Chicago mayor vows to step up Amazon second headquarters bid

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CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago officials vowed Thursday to step up the competition to lure Amazon’s headquarters after the company named the city among the top 20 locations in the running for a facility that promises 50,000 jobs.

Amazon narrowed the list of 238 proposals from the U.S., Mexico and Canada, to 20 finalists, also including Indianapolis and Columbus, Ohio, in the Midwest. The Seattle-based company plans to announce the winner later this year.

Mayor Rahm Emanuel said Chicago offers “unparalleled opportunities” with its qualified workforce, higher education institutions and quality of life.

“We are prepared to compete at the next level and the next level after that,” he said in a statement.

Chicago, which teamed up with state officials for the bid, has only released some details, touting the possibility of 10 different sites in the region. One in the city’s downtown core includes space in the Willis Tower. Two are in the suburbs.

However, officials have kept details on possible tax breaks and incentives quiet. The city denied Freedom of Information Act requests from The Associated Press, sending 82 pages of non-disclosure agreements between Chicago, its nonprofit economic development arm and companies.

The competition has been fierce among cities.

State and local governments have tried to showcase amenities they think would best lure Amazon’s second headquarters, called HQ2. Some cities pulled off stunts like Tucson, Arizona, which sent a 21-foot tall cactus to Seattle. The city didn’t make the cut.

Chicago hired actor William Shatner to narrate the city’s accompanying video pitch to get the attention of Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, who’s a known Trekkie and played an alien in the 2016 movie “Star Trek Beyond.”

Other finalists include tech-strong cities such as Boston, New York, Austin, Texas, and Los Angeles, which was the only West Coast city on the list.

Why you don’t have access to Google’s art selfies

The trend of trying to find your look-alike portrait, launched by the Google Arts & Culture app, has become a frenzy on social media, but two states don’t have access: Illinois and Texas.

The feature, found within the app, invites users to: “Take a selfie and search thousands of artworks to see if any look like you.”  Once selecting “Get Started” the user is presented with a message that explains the selfie you take “is sent to Google,” but is used only for the purpose of finding your portrait look-alike.

Several reports indicate that users in Illinois and Texas are blocked from the feature.

According to a report by Chicago Tribune, Google hasn’t explained the blocked access, but one possibility is that the two states have strict laws on how facial-recognition technology is used.

The law the report is referring to is the Biometric Information Privacy Act.  According to the legislation, biometrics refer to a retina or iris scan, fingerprint, voiceprint or scan of hand or face.

Chicago Tribune reported that multiple lawsuits in Illinois have been brought forth in relation to the the privacy act, which has strict stipulations on how companies use biometric data.

According to TechCrunch, the feature is experimental and is available only in the U.S. for now.

Bridge to hotel and casino in Bettendorf to close for a day

BETENDORF, Iowa — The short bridge connecting U.S. 67 in Bettendorf to the Isle Casino Hotel  will be closed all day Monday, Jan. 22 for demolition work.

According to Bettendorf officials, the George Thuenen Bridge must be closed to traffic while the skywalk that connected the hotel to the former riverboat is demolished. The riverboat casino was replaced by a land-based casino in October 2016.

The bridge will re-open on Tuesday, Jan. 23.

While the closure is in effect, traffic heading to the Isle will be detoured to 23rd Street. Traffic control message boards and signs will be temporarily installed.

Oreo announces new ‘Oreo of the Month’ club

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. - If you've noticed Oreo has been expanding their flavors of the past few years, you're not alone.

Nabisco announced that it has started a new "Oreo of the Month" club on Amazon.

Each month, subscribers will get a box containing two surprise Oreo flavors, a recipe card and "one piece of Oreo inspired swag."

It is available for 3 months $59.97, 6 months for $119.94 or 12 months for $239.88.

Since it's new, the only review on Amazon was a positive one. Charles H. said he was pleasantly surprised with two flavors; hot and spicy cinnamon and chocolate hazelnut.

He also said Oreo-branded hot cocoa was included along with a recipe to make Oreo Mug Cake.

Move over "fruit of the month" clubs, you have some new competition.

Penguin pays unexpected visit to boat in Antarctica – and it’s not the only one

NEWCOMB BAY, Antarctica — Surprise! A penguin popped in for a quick visit as Australian researchers were out on boats off the coast of Antarctica.

Matt McKay was shooting video when that penguin jumped out of the water and onto the boat.

McKay is part of a team of Australian Antarctic Program researchers working at Casey Research Station.

“They were out in small boats in Newcomb Bay collecting water samples for a research project. Over the course of the day (Tuesday, January 16th) they had eight curious penguins drop in to check out their work!” a spokesperson for the Australian Antarctic Program told KDVR.

The video has been posted on the program’s Facebook page, and appears that it’s being used as a recruitment tool.

“You, too, could have such an amazing experience – we’re recruiting expeditioners right now!” said the Facebook post.  Click here for details on “expeditioner” job opportunities.

Moline to name new police chief from within department

MOLINE, Illinois — The Moline Police Department is expected to swear in a new chief that has served the community for nearly three decades.

Captain John Hitchcock is expected to be appointed to the position on Tuesday, January 23, 2018 and take the oath of office during the Committee of the Whole meeting that evening.

Hitchcock has worked for Moline since 1992, when he started as a patrol officer.  Since then, Hitchock has racked up 26 years with the department and progressed through the ranks along the way, reaching captain in May of 2016. He has served as the interim police chief of Moline since July of 2017.

In a statement, Moline City Administrator Douglas K. Maxeiner said that Hitchcock was selected from a pool of 49 applicants.  He said Hitchock stood out among the competition, despite the fact that “there were several exemplary candidates in the pool.”

“Hitchcock’s integrity and commitment to the department and community helped him rise to the top of the pool of candidates,” said Maxeiner.

Hitchcock’s salary will be $129,604 once he begins his tenure as chief.

John Hitchcock has a Bachelor’s Degree from Augustana College in Sociology and Political Science and has completed the FBI National Academy.

NEWS 8 TRIO: 3 crafts to make with kids

Glenn Boyles from Family Museum in Bettendorf joined us on January 16th to show us three stamps we can make using tempera paint!

We started with a potatoes and cut out a design.

We used Styrofoam plates to create the next work of art.

Lastly we did completed our last same with collagraph printing.

Davenport library holds info session on raising backyard chickens

DAVENPORT, Iowa -- The public library is holding an informational session for city dwellers interested in raising backyard chickens.

On Thursday, January 18th, certified trainers will be at the Davenport Library at 3000 Fairmount Street to answer questions about backyard chickens, in accordance with the city ordinance.

The program begins at 6 p.m., is free and open to the public.

Davenport residents who have urban chickens have to follow certain rules set up by the city council.  No more than six hens are allowed, no roosters, the chickens must be separated from property lines, coops must be kept to certain standards of cleanliness, etc. Click here for rule details and the permit application.

Related: Eastern Iowa Community College’s chicken class growing with students

NWS enters severe season with better technology and communication



Get ready for what could be a more active severe weather season!

Today on Good Morning Quad Cities, we had breakfast with Donna Dubberke who is the Warning Coordination Meteorologist at the National Weather Service Quad Cities. She said that we are in a La Niña weather pattern now which means colder weather for the Upper Midwest. However, in a La Niña Spring season, more severe weather is typically seen.

In 2017, our local weather service office moved to a new facility just a few hundred feet east of the former one. The reason? Their lease was up and they had an opportunity to build a new forecast office with better attention to communication.

Serving 38 counties of Eastern Iowa, Western Illinois, and Northern Missouri is not an easy task...especially when there's active weather. Because of that, more than a dozen Meteorologists work together during severe weather events to make sure everything is covered.

Dubberke says it can be a challenge to get all of the information in. However, they are working on developing a bank of television screens so they can monitor the coverage from Cedar Rapids, Quad City, and Rockford television. That way when we get live info, they will know about it too. In addition, we work together so their communication makes it to us in real-time.

The local office also underwent an upgrade to the Doppler radar system in 2017. It will allow for quicker scans of the atmosphere in times of possible tornado development.

This morning's "Breakfast with..." was only possible with the goodies from the Eastern Iowa Baking Company. Rhonda, the owner, moved her business to Eldridge a few years ago and continues to bake some fantastic treats. Thanks so much to her for treating us right!

-Meteorologist Eric Sorensen

 

Valentine’s Day Proposal Contest – Official Rules

Valentine’s Day Proposal Contest

Official Rules

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Sponsors will conduct the Valentine’s Day Proposal Contest (“Contest”) in accordance with these Official Rules (“Rules”).  Participation in the Contest constitutes entrant’s full and unconditional agreement to, and acceptance of, these Rules.   The Contest is intended for participation in the United States only and is void where prohibited and outside the Contest Area set forth below.  Do not participate if you are not eligible and located in the United States at the time of entry.

  1.  Eligibility:  Entrants must be legal US residents, at least 18 years old or above, as determined by Sponsors and reside in the Davenport, IA – Moline, IL – Rock Island, IL Designated Market Area as defined by The Nielsen Company (the “Contest Area”). The Contest Area includes 17 counties in Iowa and Illinois.  In Illinois, the counties include Jo Daviess, Carroll, Whiteside, Bureau, Henry, Rock Island, Mercer, Knox, Henderson, Warren and Knox. In Iowa, the counties include Jackson, Clinton, Scott, Muscatine, Louisa, Des Moines, and Henry. Employees of WQAD,  Revell Jewelers, (collectively, WQAD and Revell Jewelers will be referred to as “Sponsors”), Tribune Media Company,  promotional agencies and their advertising agencies, employees of other television or radio stations, and members of the immediate families of such persons are not eligible to participate and win.  The term “immediate family” includes spouses, siblings, parents, children, grandparents and grandchildren, and any other person residing at the same household whether or not related.  Winning a prize is contingent upon fulfilling all requirements set forth herein.
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To enter, go to the contest section of WQAD.COM and fill out the form located on the website.

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  1. Winner Selection: After the close of the Contest Period, a panel of judges from Sponsor will judge the submitted, eligible entries and select one winner. The judges will select the winner based on the following criteria: creativity of potential proposal and communicating details of love story.

Winner must be willing to propose sometime between February 6 – 13, 2018 and allow WQAD to film and air the proposal during their newscasts on Wednesday, February 14, 2018.  Winner also must be available to go to Revell Jewelers and select the ring.

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ANY ATTEMPT BY AN ENTRANT TO DELIBERATELY CIRCUMVENT, DISRUPT, OR DAMAGE ORDINARY AND NORMAL OPERATION OF THIS CONTEST, TELEPHONE SYSTEMS OR WEBSITE, OR UNDERMINE THE LEGITIMATE OPERATION OF THE CONTEST MAY RESULT IN DISQUALIFICATION. 

  1. Taxes: The value of any prize awarded to a winner may be reported for tax purposes as required by law.  All taxes, including federal, state, and local taxes, are the sole responsibility of the winner.  Any person winning over $600.00 in total prizes will receive a 1099 form from Sponsors at the end of the calendar year and a copy of such form should be filed with the IRS.  Each winner must provide Sponsors with valid identification, and a valid taxpayer identification number or Social Security number for total prizes valued at $600.00 or more, before any prize will be awarded.  Sponsors will have the right, but not the obligation, to require any winner to complete and submit an IRS form W-9.  Sponsors reserve the right to withhold prizes until the completed W‑9 form is received.
  2. Conditions: Sponsor reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to cancel, terminate, modify or suspend this Contest or any portion hereof, or to disqualify any individual implicated in any of the following actions, if for any reason:  (a) infection by computer virus, bugs, tampering, unauthorized intervention, actions by entrants, fraud, technical failures, or any other causes which, in Sponsor’s sole opinion, corrupt or affect the administration, security, fairness, integrity or proper conduct of the Contest, (b) the Contest or any website associated therewith (or any portion thereof) becomes corrupted or does not allow the proper processing of entries per these Rules, (c) the Contest becomes corrupted due to interruption in wireless calling devices or wireless service for any reason, or (d) the Contest is otherwise not capable of running as planned.  By entering, entrants represent that they are eligible and agree to be bound by and comply with the Rules and the decisions of any judges, which are final on all matters pertaining to the Contest.  Any entrant who attempts to tamper with this Contest in any way or use fraudulent means to participate in and/or win the Contest will be disqualified.  Sponsor reserves the right to disqualify any entrant at any time, for any reason, including, without limitation, language, activities or behavior deemed inappropriate. Sponsor and its advertising and promotion agencies are not responsible for cancellations, postponements, or delays.  Other than the prize received by the winner, no entrant will be entitled to receive any wages, benefits, fees or other compensation whatsoever as a result of participating in the Contest.  Sponsor will have the sole discretion to administer the Contest and interpret and apply the Rules.  This Contest is not intended for gambling.  Neither the failure of Sponsor to insist upon or enforce strict performance of any provision of these Rules nor the failure, delay or omission by Sponsor in exercising any right with respect to any term of these Rules, will be construed as a waiver or relinquishment to any extent of Sponsor’s right to assert or rely upon any such provision or right in that or any other instance. If there is any conflict between any term of these Rules and any marketing or entry materials used in connection with the Contest, the terms of these Rules will govern.
  3. Indemnification/Hold Harmless: In consideration for his or her participation in the Contest, each entrant agrees: (a) to release, discharge, and hold harmless Sponsors, Tribune Media Company, the participating retailers in the Retail Method of entry, and their respective affiliates, parents, subsidiaries, advertising and promotion agencies, and all of their officers, directors, employees, representatives, and agents (the “Released Parties”) from all liability, injuries, losses or damages of any kind to persons, including but not limited to invasion of privacy (under appropriation, intrusion, public disclosure of private facts, false light in the public eye or other legal theory), defamation, slander, libel, violation of right of publicity, infringement of trademark, copyright, or other intellectual property rights, death or property damage resulting in whole or in part, directly or indirectly, from the acceptance, delivery, possession, misuse or use of a prize (including any travel or activity related thereto and including participation in the Live Shopping Event), or from participation in and/or entry into or creation of an entry for the Contest and/or the broadcast or exploitation or use of entry or any other Contest-related activity; and (b) that the Released Parties have neither made nor are in any manner responsible or liable for any warranty, representation or guaranty, expressed or implied, in fact or in law, relating to any prize.
  4. Limitation of Liability: The Released Parties are not responsible or liable for: (a) any incorrect or inaccurate entry information or other errors in the printing, offering or administration of the Contest or in the announcement of the prize(s), (b) any error, omission, interruption, defect or delay in operation or transmission at any website, or wireless calling service, interrupted or unavailable network, server or other conditions, (c) failure of any entry to be received by Sponsors due to technical problems, telephone service problems, human error, or wireless calling service, (d) mechanical, technical, computer, hardware or software errors, malfunctions, or failures of any kind, including but not limited to failed, incomplete, garbled, or delayed transmission of entries, traffic congestion, viruses, sabotage, satellite failures, electrical outages, on telephone lines, on the Internet, at any website, or application or lost or unavailable network connections or natural disasters or acts of God or man, which may limit an entrant’s ability to participate in the Contest, (e) communication line, hardware and/or software failures, malfunction of phones (including wireless phones/handsets), phone lines, other communications malfunctions, unavailable network connections, cellular equipment towers, telephone systems or wireless service, (f) damage to any computer (software or hardware) resulting from participation in the Contest, or damage to mobile phone or other PDA device, (g) theft or destruction of, tampering with, unauthorized access to, or alteration of entries and/or entry information, (h) entries that are late, lost, stolen, damaged, illegible, and/or unintelligible (or any combination thereof), or (i) any change of email address, mailing address, telephone number and/or any other contact information provided by entrant.  Any expenses incurred by the entrant during the entry process are the sole responsibility of each entrant and the Sponsors will not issue reimbursement for any expenses.

UNDER NO CIRCUMSTANCES WILL THE RELEASED PARTIES BE LIABLE FOR INDIRECT, INCIDENTAL, CONSEQUENTIAL, SPECIAL OR EXEMPLARY DAMAGES, ATTORNEYS’ FEES, OR ANY OTHER DAMAGES. 

  1. Dispute Resolution: By entering the Contest, entrants agree that: (a) any and all disputes, claims, and causes of action arising out of or connected with the Contest, or any prizes awarded, will be resolved individually, without resort to any form of class action; (b) any and all claims, judgments and awards will be limited to actual out-of-pocket costs incurred, including costs associated with entering the Contest but in no event attorneys’ fees; and (c) under no circumstances will any entrant be permitted to obtain any award for, and entrant hereby waives all rights to claim punitive, incidental or consequential damages and any and all rights to have damages multiplied or otherwise increased and any other damages, other than for actual out-of-pocket expenses. All entrants agree, by participation in the Contest, to submit to the personal jurisdiction of the courts of Illinois.  Illinois law will govern this Contest, without regard Illinois’ choice of law rules.  The courts of Illinois will be the exclusive forum for any dispute regarding any Rule or activity associated with the Contest.
  2. Official Rules: To request a copy of the Rules, send a self-addressed stamped envelope to WQAD News 8, located at 3003 Park 16th Street, Moline, IL 61265 by March 15, 2018.  Written copies of these Rules are also available during normal business hours (Monday – Friday, between 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.) at WQAD’s business offices or online at http://www.wqad.com.
  3. Names of Winners: For a list of prize winners, send a separate, self-addressed, stamped envelope to WQAD News 8, located at 3003 Park 16th Street, Moline, IL 61265 or appear in person at that location between normal business hours (Monday – Friday, between 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.) after February 14, 2018. Requests must be received by no later than 60 days after the end of the Contest Period.
  4. Rights Reserved: The content, information, data, designs and code associated with the Contest and Contest website are protected by intellectual property and other laws. Any unauthorized use of copyrighted materials, trademarks, or any other intellectual property of Sponsors.
  5. Sponsor:
    WQAD, 3003 Park 16th Street, Moline, IL 61265;
    Revell Jewelers, 904 Middle Rd, Bettendorf, IA 52722

Valentine’s Day Proposal Contest

This Valentine’s Day, Revell Jewelers want to help one lucky viewer “pop the question.”

Just fill out the entry form below and tell us about your love story and how you would propose if we select you as the winner!

A panel of judges will review the entries and one lucky viewer will be selected to receive an engagement ring valued up to $2500 from Revell Jewelers.

The winner must be available and willing to select the ring and propose some time between February 6 – 13, 2018 and allow a WQAD crew to film the proposal!  A news story on the proposal will air on Good Morning Quad Cities on Valentine’s Day, Wednesday, February 14th.

Deadline for entry is Sunday, February 4, 2018.

Click here for complete rules.

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Mom left kids in freezing car during 80-minute job interview at hospital, police say

INDIANAPOLIS – Police say a mother left her two young kids alone in a freezing car for more than an hour outside a hospital in Indianapolis, where dangerously cold temperatures have gripped the city.

The 26-year-old mother allegedly left her 4-year-old son and 7-year-old daughter alone in her car in the parking lot at Community Hospital North while she went for a job interview, according to WXIN.

A police report details how the two kids eventually went to the front desk where they "appeared to be cold with a pale skin tone and (were) slightly shivering. The kids advised they were freezing… and walked in on their own because they were cold and scared."

According to the report, the temperature outside the car was just 5 degrees. Using a laser thermometer, law enforcement measured the temperature inside the car and found it to be just 10 degrees.

"No matter what temperature it is, it’s always a bad idea to leave young children in a car by themselves," said Indiana State Police Sgt. John Perrine.

Sgt. Perrine and Wayne Township Fire Captain Mike Pruitt locked themselves inside a car last June and live-streamed the ordeal for 40 minutes to illustrate the dangers of hot cars.

Perrine says extreme cold can be just as dangerous.

"Hypothermia sets in instantly. As soon as you get in these cold temperatures, in a matter of minutes your body goes into a hypothermic state and it can be detrimental to anyone, especially a child," said Perrine.

Although the mother claimed she left the car running, the officer at the scene noted the windows were all frosted over and by checking surveillance video the deputy calculated the kids were alone in the car for 1 hour and 19 minutes.

Although arranging child care can be tricky, police say there are always safer options than leaving children alone inside a car at any temperature.

"Take the children inside with you. I know finding a babysitter is not always an option, but take them inside. It’s not always convenient, but safety isn’t always convenient and you have to make sure you do things the safe way," said Perrine.

Ultimately, the mother in this case was not arrested and was able to take her kids home. A report was made with CPS and sent to the child abuse division.

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