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Strong to severe storms likely Saturday evening into Sunday morning

Heads up! We are under a Level 3 risk for severe weather this Saturday evening into early Sunday morning. A cluster of showers and storms will be diving southeast this evening bringing damaging winds, large hail, and heavy rain. An isolated tornado isn’t out of the question either. Because many areas picked up several inches of rain Saturday morning, additional heavy rain could cause flash flooding issues. This is why locations along and north of I-80 will be under a Flash Flood Watch until Sunday morning.

Much of the rain will be gone shortly after the sunrise on Sunday, but we’ll keep the chance for a few isolated showers and storms in the afternoon. Highs will be back in the mid 80s.

Another round of showers and storms are possible late Sunday night and into Monday morning. However, much of our Monday afternoon is looking dry. It’s still going to feel like summer with highs flirting near 90. A cold front moving in late Monday night into Tuesday morning will bring additional showers and storms. Thankfully, much of the rain will be gone by the afternoon, and we’ll be left with sunshine and highs in the mid 80s.

Meteorologist Taylor Graham

One man killed in west Davenport in early Saturday morning shooting

DAVENPORT– One man is dead after being shot and killed in Davenport.

Police responded to 800 W 4th Street in davenport for a disturbance call with reports of shots being fired just after 2 a.m.

Officers arriving in the area found a man shot, and they provided first aid until medical personnel arrived on scene. The victim was transported by MEDIC to Genesis East Hospital with life threatening injuries. Shortly after the victim got to the hospital, police say he was pronounced dead.

The victim was identified as 46-year-old Jason Blair Roberts from Davenport.

Detectives are following up on the incident.

No further information is available at this time.

Anyone with information regarding this incident is encouraged to call the Davenport Police Department at 563-326-6125.

Woman Who Marked Dog ‘Free’ With Permanent Marker and Abandoned Her Explains Why

CHILLICOTHE, Ohio – An Ohio woman who left her dog in a park with the word "free" written in permanent marker on her body is defending her actions.

WCMH reported that Kendra Stafford said she had "good intentions” and that she loved her dog, but said her landlord asked her to get rid of the animal.

Stafford said she planned to take the puppy to a nearby park and leave her in her crate with a sign taped to it. She said the plan didn't work.

"I went to my car to go find a piece of tape, could find a piece of tape," she said. "Got out a permanent marker that wasn't supposed to be used on my dog. And I wrote on her, 'free' and 'good home only.'"

She said she knew right away it was a bad idea.

"After I did that cringe-worthy moment where I was just like, 'Oh my gosh, I messed up. She looks awful," she said.

Stafford said she contacted many animal shelters, but was told they were all full.

The Ross County Humane Society is the only shelter in the county and said Stafford never filled out a surrender application.

The shelter also said it had no record of her calling. Stafford said she "meant no harm."

She now faces charges of cruelty to animals, abandoning an animal, and failure to license a dog.

"I knew with everything inside of me that she would find a good home and that's exactly what happened," she said.

The dog has since been adopted by a new family.

This Computer Can Do More Calculations Per Second Than the World’s Population Could Do in a Year

Faster than a speeding bullet, more powerful than a locomotive, able to make 200,000 trillion calculations in a single second!

Meet Summit, the world’s most powerful supercomputer.

After five years of ceding dominance to China, the United States is (unofficially) back on top, thanks to this insanely fast machine.

How fast?

This is how the machine’s developers at Tennessee’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory put it: Summit can perform 200 quadrillion calculations per second.

In other words, if a human could do one calculation per second, it would still take him or her 6.3 billion years to match that pace.

If every person on Earth did one calculation per second (and they can’t), it would take the world population 305 days to do what Summit can do in one second.

“The researchers were able to solve a problem on Summit in one hour that would take 30 years on a desktop computer,” Morgan McCorkle, the media manager for Oak Ridge, told CNN.

All the superlatives

Of course, this kind of firepower doesn’t come cheap.

Summit costs $200 million.

It takes up 5,600 square feet of floor space, almost the area covered by two tennis courts.

It uses 185 miles worth of fiber optic cables, enough to span the distance between New York and Baltimore. And it weighs 340 tons — about as heavy as 75 adult male African elephants.

A win for America

America’s leadership in science — high-power computing, to be precise — has been in question for the past few years.

A 2016 report from the National Security Agency and the Department of Energy warned that China was poised to outrank America in high-performance computing and asked for a surge of spending in supercomputing development.

The Chinese government has been working furiously on high-performance computing in recent years, investing billions in its tech industry.

Summit is twice as powerful — as measured in petaflops — as China’s 2017 winner of the world’s fastest supercomputer contest and eight times more powerful than Oak Ridge’s last system, Titan.

More than just bragging rights

Summit’s dominance is expected to be announced officially when the TOP500’s mid-year report comes out in a few weeks. It’s a list scientists put together twice a year of the top 500 fastest supercomputers.

“Unless the Chinese pull off some sort of surprise this month, the new system will vault the US back into first place,” the group said.

And it’s more than just a victory lap at stake.

Summit will be used, in part, to invigorate research on artificial intelligence, astronomy and health care. So, the technology to create robots, discover new stars in our galaxy and fight disease just got a big boost.

10-Year-Old Girl Shot While Shielding Young Relatives in Car Seats Receives Medal for Heroism

LAS VEGAS – Officials honored a 10-year-old Nevada girl who was struck by a bullet while she shielded her baby brother and cousin when gunfire rang out in a Walmart parking lot.

It's Alliyah Ingraham day across Las #Vegas and #ClarkCounty! She's a humble and quiet 10 year old hero who threw herself in front of her infant brother and cousin when two men starting shooting at one another in a parking lot. Aaliyah was wounded and will soon undergo surgery. pic.twitter.com/794GbDik0O

— Clark County Nevada (@ClarkCountyNV) June 5, 2018

Aaliyah Inghram was with her mother, 18-month-old brother and 15-month-old cousin in a Walmart parking lot on May 8 when two men started shooting at each other.

“My first reaction was to get out, her’s was to jump on her baby brother,” Aaliyah’s mother Samantha Tygret told KVVU. “She jumped on his car seat when I told her to get on the ground. If she hadn’t done that a bullet would have hit him in the midsection.”

The 10-year-old threw herself over the two car seats her brother and cousin were sitting in and was struck in the back by a bullet.

On Tuesday, Clark County Commissioner Lawrence Weekly honored Aaliyah and declared June 5 “Aaliyah Ingraham Day.” Aaliyah was given a medal for heroism.

“She literally took a bullet for her brother. I can never repay her for what she did,” Tygret said.

The 10-year-old is still feeling the effects of the shooting and will have surgery next month to have the bullet lodged in her back removed.

Although she was injured, Aaliyah is still more concerned about her family. When accepting her award she said, "I hope that my brother will be OK." A special young lady. #Vegas pic.twitter.com/0rqWmmjVJN

— Clark County Nevada (@ClarkCountyNV) June 5, 2018

A few strong storms are possible for Saturday and Saturday night

Showers and storms are lingering this Saturday morning, and some more will be possible later this afternoon and evening. Continue to stay weather aware as a few storms may become strong to severe. Highs today will manage to reach the mid to upper 80s if we have enough peeks of sunshine.

Another wave of showers and storms will move in late tonight and into early Sunday morning. Once again, we’re looking at the chance for a few strong storms with gusty winds and hail.

The rain just keeps coming! We’ll keep the chance for some more showers and storms on Sunday with highs back into the mid 80s.

A little rain may linger into Monday morning, but a better chance of showers and storms will arrive late Monday night due to a cold front. As the front passes through Tuesday morning, we’ll continue to see some more showers and storms. Drier weather will finally arrive by Tuesday afternoon and Wednesday with highs in the low 80s.

Meteorologist Taylor Graham

Families and volunteers remember 26 people killed to Quad City gun violence

DAVENPORT--- Families and volunteers gathered outside the First Presbyterian Church in Davenport, June 8, to set up 26 bright colored t-shirts with the names dates and ages of victims who died from gun violence.

The names of innocent victims dating back to 2013.

“We’re in the business of not forgetting of remembering those who lost their lives innocently to gun violence,” says Reverend Richard Miller from the First Presbyterian Church.

A t-shirt with Ayana Culbreath’s name was on display, a 15-year-old girl shot to death almost two years ago.

Her older sister Sharday Burkhart says it is a day she will never forget.

“She was at a bond fire and she was just an innocent bystander and got shot. Killed in the middle of crossfire…It gives everyone a chance to see the effects of what’s going on,” says Burkhart.

Witnesses stay silent in the case of Ayana Culbreath

Last year the group set up 19 shirts outside the church, but that number has grown to 26 this year.

“This issue is one that we read about it in the newspaper and something will happen and then we forget this is a way to remember,” says Reverend Miller.

The Memorial to the Lost will be on display at the First Presbyterian Church until Saturday, June 16. It will then be moved to the Third Missionary Baptist Church.

Volunteers plan to walk the display over to the following eight churches through the next two months.

  • Third Missionary Baptist Church—June 16
  • Bethel AME – June 23rd
  • Trinity—June 30th
  • John Methodist—July 7th
  • First Baptist—July 16th
  • Sacred Heart Cathedral—July 21st
  • First Christian—July 28th
  • First Presbyterian Church—August 4th

Rock Island SB wins semifinal game, Assumption Advances to Soccer Championship, QC Hockey Gets New Coach

Rock Island Softball makes their first trip to the state tournament in school history.  The Lady Rocks beats York 3-1 to advance to the 4A Championship game.

Assumption Soccer beat Center Point Urbana in the 1A Semifinals to advance to the State Championship game.  Carly King with the hat trick in the Lady Knights 5-1 win.  They will play for the 7th title in 8 years.

A new coach has been named for the newest QC Hockey team. Dave Pszenyczny is the new coach.  A team nickname has not yet been determined.

Charles Krauthammer says he has ‘only a few weeks left to live’

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“This is the final verdict. My fight is over.”

Charles Krauthammer, the famed conservative columnist, informed readers on Friday that he is confronting an aggressive form of cancer.

“My doctors tell me their best estimate is that I have only a few weeks left to live,” he wrote.

Krauthammer shared the devastating news in a short, matter-of-fact note on the website of the Washington Post, where he has been a columnist since 1984.

“I leave this life with no regrets,” he wrote in the farewell message. “It was a wonderful life — full and complete with the great loves and great endeavors that make it worth living. I am sad to leave, but I leave with the knowledge that I lived the life that I intended.”

Krauthammer was also a longtime commentator on Fox News.

He had to step away from both jobs last August for surgery to remove what he called a “a cancerous tumor in my abdomen.”

There were numerous complications.

“Special Report” anchor Bret Baier occasionally gave updates to viewers about Krauthammer’s recovery.

“Colleagues and viewers alike had held out hope that he would return to the evening show he helped establish as must-viewing,” Fox’s story on Krauthammer noted on Friday.

Last month Baier offered some good news via a message from Krauthammer: “The worst now appears to be behind me.”

But then Krauthammer received the worst possible news.

“Recent tests have revealed that the cancer has returned,” he explained Friday. “There was no sign of it as recently as a month ago, which means it is aggressive and spreading rapidly.”

In his note to readers, he thanked colleagues, readers, and viewers “who have made my career possible and given consequence to my life’s work.” He wrote: “I believe that the pursuit of truth and right ideas through honest debate and rigorous argument is a noble undertaking. I am grateful to have played a small role in the conversations that have helped guide this extraordinary nation’s destiny.”

Rupert Murdoch, the executive chairman of Fox News, said in a statement Friday afternoon, “Charles has been a profound source of personal and intellectual inspiration for all of us at Fox News. His always principled stand on the most important issues of our time has been a guiding star in an often turbulent world, a world that has too many superficial thinkers vulnerable to the ebb and flow of fashion, and a world that, unfortunately, has only one Charles Krauthammer. His words, his ideas, his dignity and his integrity will resonate within our society and within me for many, many years to come.”

Vice President MIke Pence also weighed in with a tribute, tweeting, “Karen and I were saddened to learn that Charles ⁦‪@krauthammer‬⁩, a man we greatly admire, is nearing the end of his extraordinary life. His wit, his wisdom, and his tireless defense of Western values have made an indelible mark on the minds of millions of Americans.”

YOUR HEALTH Bringing back the feeling of touch

CLEVELAND, Ohio – Amanda Kitts loves traveling the world with her husband.   But a car accident in 2006 changed her life forever.

She was driving home from work one day and a pickup truck collided into her car.

"His tire flew off and his axle came in through my window and ripped my arm off."

The accident didn't only take her arm but also her ability to do simple everyday activities.

"Silly little things like putting toothpaste on a toothbrush or even trying to put on a bra."

About 1.8 million Americans are living with amputations.

Paul Marasco is an Associate Staff Scientist in Biomedical Engineering in the Lerner Research Institute of Cleveland Clinic, and Principle Investigator in the Advanced Platform Technology Center of the Louis Stokes Cleveland VA Medical Center.

He thought Amanda would be a perfect candidate to try a new type of bionic prosthesis that restores the sense of touch and movement sensation for upper limb amputees.   All candidates must have already undergone a targeted nerve re-innervation, which is a procedure to redirect amputated nerves to new muscle in the arm or chest.

"When we vibrate those muscles, it provides an illusion of movement," said Marasco.

He says it allows patients to sense that their hand is moving in very complex and naturalistic ways.

"They've taken out their nerves after the amputation and then redirected them to new muscle and skin sites," said Paul Marasco.

"When the amputee thinks  'I want to move my hand', little parts of their reinnervated muscles twitch and we can read that with a computer.   It pushes on the reinnervated skin and then they feel the sensation in their brain as though it's their fingertip and then they map that out to the prosthesis.  They see their finger being touched and they feel like that's their finger."

Patients feel when their hand opens and closes, and how hard they squeeze something when they have the prosthesis on.

Marasco also says this technology allows amputees to see this prosthesis as part of their body.

Amanda agrees.

"You know when you get a new sense that you haven't had for so many years, it's been 12 years since I lost my arm. It's another movement towards having a real hand, having a real arm. It's amazing actually."

IMPACT:  During the amputation procedure, doctors will remove any diseased tissue or crushed bone and seal off blood vessels and nerves.  Adapting to amputation is a challenge, not only physically, but mentally as well.   After an amputation, people can be prone to suffering from body image issues.   Also, an amputation can affect a person's ability to take part in the same social activities, leisure pursuits or hobbies that they would have otherwise enjoyed.   Social withdrawal can often result, leaving the injured person feeling isolated.  Their personal relationships can be heavily affected, as some amputees completely avoid contact with their friends and peers, or even exhibit outbursts of anger at those loved ones they are still in contact with; most likely those who are helping them and providing care. (Source: http://www.seriousinjurylaw.co.uk/other-serious-claims/amputation/effects-of-amputation/)

The patients in this trial have a prototype of the prosthesis, but it isn't on the market yet.

Marasco is also exploring ways to expand this technology to patients who have lost a leg.

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.

Golf Deals: Saukie Golf Course is an old gem in the middle of Rock Island

ROCK ISLAND, Illinois — Saukie Golf Course in Rock Island is an 18-hole course that's centrally located in Rock Island and packs a lot of history.

"It's a beautiful course - it's an executive design, meaning it has more par-3's than traditional courses," said Todd Winter, Director of Saukie Golf Course. "This is our 90th anniversary here at Saukie, we've got a lot of history here. A lot of golfers in the Quad Cities that learned how to play the game at this course."

The signature hole is the 5th hole.

The signature hole of Saukie Golf Course is the 5th hole.

"It's a longish par-3 and it's over this ravine," said Winter, motioning over the 5th hole. "It's a tough shot. You have nothing on the left side. If you hit your ball left you're going to go into the ravine. A lot of players leave it short on the massive hillside. You have to hit a really nice shot into the green."

Saukie Golf Course is lined with beautiful old trees.

Centrally located in Rock Island, Saukie Golf Course is celebrating its 90th anniversary.

"It's a great gem that's right in the middle of the city," said Winter. "It's convenient for golfers to get from all over the Illinois side of the Quad Cities and Iowa as well."

The WQAD Golf Deal for Saukie Golf Course is $12.50 for 18 holes and a cart any day of the week. *SOLD OUT*

To check regular rates and passes on Rock Island's website Click Here.

"It's a great value for a beautiful course - the course is in great condition too," said Winter.

To check out all of the WQAD Golf Deals Click Here.

SpagO’s Fresh Buffet celebrates ribbon cutting

ROCK ISLAND, Illinois-- A locally owned buffet officially celebrated opening Friday morning with a ribbon cutting.

Co-owners Dave Walz and Jeff McCabe opened SpagO's back in March, but said they wanted to hold the ribbon cutting ceremony after having things up and running smoothly.

The pair came up with the menu, including meat loaf, pressure fried chicken and spaghetti. They tout homemade recipes with fresh ingredients.

SpagO's is open

Bridge crew saves row team in Mississippi River rescue

BETTENDORF, Iowa - A safety training session turned into a real-life rescue mission  as members of the bridge construction crew rescued a group of capsized rowers.

"We were planning on doing a man overboard drill later in the afternoon," one worker said.

When crew members saw a rowboat struggling in the fast-flowing current, they kept watch to see if the rowers would need help. Sure enough, the boat capsized.

Most of the rowers were able to hold onto the boat, but one was carried off by the current. A team of crew members quickly jumped in their safety boat and successfully plucked the rowers out of the water.

"It could have been really bad," one crew member said.  "They didn't have any life jackets."

Their boss was more than pleased.

"They deserve all the credit in the world, the way they reacted. It's phenomenal, everybody we talk to is so proud of Them," he said.

We urge all people using the river to exercise caution during this season due to fast currents and high water, especially around the bridge construction sites.

 

Iowa couple who just lost their teen son rescue stranded Moline woman

NASHUA, Iowa — It was well after dark, around 10 p.m., on a lonely stretch of Highway 218 in northeast Iowa when 31-year-old Nicole Bernaix pulled her sputtering Chevy Cruze to the side of the road last Tuesday, June 5th.

Bernaix, a teacher from Moline, was shaken up after having just hit and killed a deer, but she had to keep her wits about her. She was traveling alone and stranded in a rural area three hours away from her destination in Excelsior, Minnesota. With no service, her cell phone was “essentially a paperweight.”

The phone’s flash light still worked though. Bernaix got out of the car to get a closer look at the damage. After ten minutes and several cars passing by, another pair of lights shone in the darkness.

Bernaix refers to them as her “two angels.”

They were Lori and Tim Hake, a married couple from nearby Nashua, Iowa.

Bernaix said that what sounds like the tense premise of a horror movie was immediately eased by the warm demeanor of the Hakes.

“Something just felt right,” she said of trusting a pair of strangers on a lonely road in the middle of the night.

“All we could think of was our own children,” the Hakes told a grateful Bernaix about why they stopped for her.

It was an especially poignant sentiment from parents who had just lost their 17-year-old adopted son, Sam, in a drowning only a week before.

In fact, they were on their way home from planning Sam’s funeral with other family members when they passed by Bernaix and immediately turned around to help.

“They went above and beyond what I expected,” said Bernaix. The Hakes not only invited her to spend the night at their home and drove her to an auto body shop and a car rental in the morning, they treated her to breakfast at their favorite local diner.

Over omelettes and pancakes, the grieving parents and the stranded young mom traded stories about their children, providing each other the comfort they required in their moment of need.

Both Bernaix and the Hakes said the experience has forged a new “friendship for life.”

“You already touched our hearts in the short hours we had,” Tim told Bernaix. “Have a toast to Sam tonight and I will truly understand why our paths crossed.”

As for Bernaix, she said her gratitude for the selfless couple’s hospitality can hardly be put into words, but “The world needs more people like them. It restored my faith in humanity!”

As expected, the Hakes are humble about their act of kindness. “Both Lori and I are big believers in passing it forward,” said Tim. “Teach your kids to pass it on and the world becomes a great place to live.”

The new friends will get a chance to see each other again next week when Bernaix goes to pick up her car from the auto body shop.

A funeral service for Samuel will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, June 9, 2018 at Trinity United Methodist Church in Charles City, Iowa.

Niabi Zoo Fun Day Sweepstakes 2018

Always New.  Always An Adventure.   We are excited for you to visit Niabi Zoo!

Discover more than 600 animals representing over 200 species that call Niabi home. Find out about some of the animals in our different animal habitats.

Niabi is a great place for kids, and they certainly will enjoy the rides, including the train and carousel.

Don’t miss our Zookeeper Chats, featuring different animals everyday, or your chance to feed one of our giraffes!
You can also see what’s happening on the day you’re planning to come by checking out our events calendar.

You can spend your entire day at Niabi, and to keep you fueled, check out our concessions.

Register to win a family fun day at Niabi Zoo including 4 admission tickets, 4 carousel tickets and 4 train tickets.  One winner will be selected to win in June, July, and August.

For complete contest rules, click here.

Salmonella outbreak linked to pre-cut Walmart melon

SPRINGFIELD, Illinois — The Illinois Department of Public Health is recommending that no one eat pre-cut melon bought at a Walmart store in the state, due to an outbreak of salmonella.

So far, six cases have been reported in the state – as well as several other cases in Indiana, Michigan, Missouri and Ohio – in all regions of Illinois, the IDPH release stated. Janet Hill, COO of the Rock Island County Health Department, said the agency hasn’t indicated whether any cases are from the Illinois Quad-Cities, but urged consumers to not eat pre-cut melon from area Walmarts.

A Centers for Disease Control investigation determined that the multistate outbreak indicates pre-cut melons and fruit salads are the likely source of the salmonella cases.

“The Illinois Department of Public Health is urging people not to eat pre-cut melon purchased from any Walmart store in Illinois, or any of the other affected states, at this time,” said IDPH Director Nirav D. Shah. “If you have recently purchased pre-cut melon from
Walmart, throw it out. If you have recently eaten pre-cut melon from a Walmart store and experience diarrhea, fever, and cramps, contact your health care provider.”

Most people affected by Salmonella develop diarrhea, fever, and abdominal cramps 12 to 72 hours after eating food contaminated by the bacteria. The illness usually lasts 4 to 7 days, and most people recover without treatment. However, diarrhea for some people may be so severe that they need to be hospitalized. The CDC has indicated there have been more hospitalizations
with this outbreak than what is typically seen. The elderly, infants, and those with compromised immune systems are more likely to have a severe illness.

 

Annual First Responders Appreciation Golf Outing helps out families of fallen firefighters.

MILAN, Illinois-- Local first responders received a big thank you on June 8th with a round of golf.

Werner Restoration Inc and 1-800-BOARDUP held their 10th annual First Responders Appreciation Golf Outing.

All active and retired first responders in the Quad City area  were invited to Indian Bluff Golf Course in Milan.

The event is to show appreciation to the work emergency responders do every single day. The golf outing also raises money to support fallen firefighters and their families.

"I was at a fire when i worked at Monmouth Fire, where my assistant chief died a builidng collapsed in an arson fire," said Mike Whitson, Director of Emergency Services for 1-800-BOARDUP, "Anything we can do to support each other, is what it's about," said Mike Whitson,

All the proceeds will go the National Fallen Firefighters and St. Florian Fire Burn Foundations.

 

Microbrew Mile and Craft Beer Festival takes over downtown Moline June 16th

For more information on this event, click here to visit their website.

Get ready for the area's only 1 mile and 6k road race! Offering 2 waves (Open & Elite) of the 1-mile road race with three 1 Mile Divisions to compete in (Open, Combined Competitive, & Combined Masters) and the unique distance of the 6K!

Registered Runners will get access to a sweet Post Race Party with beer, food, and live entertainment! All runners will get a discounted entry into the Micro Brew Mile Craft Beer Festival.

Not a runner or walker, just a fan of great craft beer? No problem! Just purchase your Festival tickets and enjoy the craft beer excellence on hand from over 35 Breweries! This will be the Quad Cities Summer kickoff event not to miss!

Three great local charities will be benefiting from this event, The Children's Therapy Center of the Quad Cities, The Chris "SPEY" VanSpeybroeck Memorial Scholarship, and the Mississippi Bend Trykes - Chapter of AMBUCS.

Craft Beer Festival Tickets are available online or at the gate while they last!

General Admission $30, Designated Driver $5. Register for the race and get entrance to the Festival for only $10 dollars!

The Race is open to all ages, so register the whole family!!  There will be a Post-Race Party taking place on 14th Street in Moline.

The Craft Beer Festival is a 21 and above event only so bring your ID, and make sure you have a plan for your way home! Designated Drivers tickets will be on sale for $5.00 for those that plan on not drinking and driving the rest of their Brew Crew home. There will also be Taxi Services on hand ready to take you home.  Please no drinking and driving.

See you all Saturday, June 16th, 2018!

Bridge construction crew rescues four rowers after boat capsizes

BETTENDORF- A construction crew preparing for a "man-overboard" drill  encountered the real deal when a boat full of rowers capsized in the Mississippi River.

"We had just finished a safety briefing, which we do everyday anyway. And, we were expecting to do a planned "man overboard" drill later that day," said Wally Geffert with Lunda Construction.

On May 24th, the "drill" turned into a lifesaving reality for the crew which is building the new I-74 bridge.

"We noticed a four crew rowboat in a current where they typically don't," said Geffert.

A co-worker, Denny Richardson, knew something wasn't right.

"I saw the rowers, and they looked further out than normal. So , I just kinda kept my eyes on them. They actually started to struggle and the boat capsized,"Richardson recalled.

The construction crew used two of their safety boats to launch their rescue.

Three of the rowers were hanging onto the overturned boat for dear life, a fourth rower, a female, had let go and was drifting down river with the current.

"It was a very swift current. And the team I was with plucked her out of the water, and got her into the boat for safety," said Geffert, of Geneseo.

"It could have been really bad because they didn't have any life jackets," said Richardson, who helped rescue the other three rowers.

Their boss says his guys made all the right moves.

"They deserve all the credit in the world, the way they reacted. It's phenomenal, everybody we talk to is so proud of them, " said project manager Mike Hahn, with Lunda Construction.

Transportation officials are reminding recreational boaters to be mindful that the river is a construction zone in that area during the building of the new bridge. There's a lot more traffic with construction barges and cranes and boats.

"Our message is to steer as far from us as you can. We know the river is there to enjoy but we also want everyone to enjoy it safely," said Danielle Alvarez, the I-74 bridge project manager for IDOT.

It was a very close call with a happy ending. The crew's training and instincts kicked in. A real life lesson. Hail to the heroes.

"Guess we did a good deed for the day. We don't just build bridges. We save lives," said Richardson.

 

 

Packet pick up for Race for the Cure underway

MOLINE, Illinois-- Runners and walkers can still register for this weekend's Komen Quad Cities Race for the Cure.

On June 8th, organizers announced packet pickup would go until 7 p.m. at the TaxSlayer Center in Moline.
More than three-thousand people are already registered but organizers said they are still short 800 people for their goal.

Race day will be on June 9th. People can still register online or in person the morning of the race.

Komen Quad Cities Race for the Cure Schedule: 6 a.m.: Race day registration and packet pick-up 7 a.m.: Expo opens 7:15 a.m.: Survivor parade 8 a.m.: 5K and 1.2 mile Run/Walk Starts

 

 

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