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Fabulous temperatures this weekend… Stray shower possible later Saturday

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A few pop-up showers will still be anticipated as we go through the course of the afternoon as an area of low pressure to our north creeps ever so slowly to our east.  As a result, temperatures will not get out of the 70s this afternoon.  The chance will quickly end this evening as overnight lows fall around the mid-60s.

On Saturday,  I need to make a small tweak. The same low pressure system will be located around the Chicagoland area.  A bit closer to what I’ve been seeing from last night’s computer model runs.  Still see more clouds than sun, but I’m concerned that a later day stray shower could sneak into our outdoor plans especially if you’re located more east of the river.  Just a heads up out there.

By Sunday, the system will be far enough east that we’ll keep it dry in our viewing area.

Temperatures  both days will top out around the 80 degree mark with overnight lows in the lower 60s.

Chief meteorologist James Zahara

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North Carolina daycare — yes, daycare — raided in massive drug bust

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FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. – Authorities arrested three people and seized more than 100 pounds of marijuana in two drug busts, one involving a child care center in North Carolina.

On Tuesday, the Fayetteville Police Department’s Gang Unit executed a search warrant for a residence on the 1000 block of Ronald Reagan Drive.

Detectives learned the residence was also a childcare center known as Tori’s Playhouse, and waited until the childcare center was closed so that no children would be present for the search.

Detectives seized more than 100 pounds of marijuana as well as marijuana-laced gummies and cookies and half a dozen guns.

Tori’s Playhouse Owner and Operator Victoria L. Everett, 34, and Co-Operator Reshod J. Everett, 32, were both arrested on a number of drug charges.

Victoria Everett

Victoria Everett faces charges of:

  • trafficking in marijuana by possession (Level II) – 62.8 lbs.
  • trafficking in heroin by possession (Level III) – 31 gm
  • trafficking in heroin by manufacture (Level III) – 31 gm
  • possession with intent to sell and deliver marijuana – 381 gm
  • maintaining a dwelling for keeping/selling controlled substances
  • conspiracy to traffic in heroin

Reshod Everett faces charges of:

  • trafficking in marijuana by possession (Level I) – 37.8 lbs.
  • trafficking in marijuana by manufacture (Level I) – 37.8 lbs.

    Reshod Everett

  • trafficking in cocaine by possession (Level III) – 443 gm.
  • trafficking in cocaine by manufacture (Level III) – 443 gm.
  • conspiracy to traffic in marijuana
  • conspire to traffic in cocaine
  • maintaining a dwelling for keeping/selling controlled substances (2 counts)
  • trafficking in marijuana by possession (Level II) – 62.8 lbs.
  • trafficking in heroin by possession (Level III) – 31 gm
  • trafficking in heroin by manufacture (Level III) – 31 gm
  • possession with intent to sell and deliver marijuana – 381 gm
  • conspiracy to traffic in heroin

Both were jailed in Cumberland County, Victoria Everett under a $287,500 secured bond and Reshod Everett under a $430,000 secured bond.

The daycare drug bust followed a day after another Fayetteville drug bust at the Addison Ridge Apartment complex on Monday.

At the apartment, police seized:

• 275.5 grams of marijuana

Davis III

• 1 ounce of marijuana wax
• 437 grams of cocaine
• A Smith & Wesson .380 handgun
• A Scorpion 9mm handgun

Police arrested Alvin Davis III, 27, of Fayetteville and charged him with two counts each of trafficking marijuana, trafficking cocaine and conspiracy to traffic. He also faces one count each of  maintaining a dwelling for controlled substance, maintaining a vehicle for controlled substances and carrying a concealed weapon.

Davis, who worked at a Food Lion Distribution Center, was taken to jail. He posted bail and has since been released.

Over 36 hours, the gang unit seized more than 100 pounds of marijuana, half a kilogram of cocaine, more than an ounce of heroin, 10 guns, a 2013 Audi Q7 SUV and more than $70,000.

These arrests were made with help from the Central District Community Empowerment Team and the Violent Criminal Apprehension Team as part of an ongoing investigation into gang activity and narcotics.

(Fayetteville Police Department)

Audit finds questionable spending at U of Iowa dental school

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IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — A special state audit has identified more than $57,000 in improper and unsupported purchases made through the University of Iowa dental school.

A report released Thursday says the audit covered transactions made Aug. 1, 2012, through Aug. 31, 2016, by a woman working as an administrative specialist for the Periodontics Department. The improper purchases included gift cards, clothing, shoes, computer equipment and accessories.

The report also says the woman, Amanda Shumaker, altered old invoices to make them agree with some of the improper purchases. A routine review in July 2016 turned up discrepancies in Shumaker’s purchasing records, and she was placed on leave effective Aug. 1, 2016.

The report says the 34-year-old died less than three weeks later. An obituary says Shumaker died at a Davenport hospital.

US releases $200 million in defensive aid to Ukraine as Moscow seeks better ties

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(CNN) — The Pentagon has released $200 million in security assistance to Ukraine just days after the Russian Ministry of Defense said it was ready to work with the US Department of Defense on a range of security issues following a meeting between President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin and amid concerns the US President had not been tough enough with his Russian counterpart at their meeting in Helsinki, Finland.

The release of the money was confirmed Friday in a statement posted by the Ukrainian Embassy in Washington.

The funds are intended to enhance Ukraine’s command and control, situational awareness systems, secure communications, military mobility, night vision and military medical treatment, a US defense official told CNN.

The official said the funding will provide equipment to support ongoing training programs and operational needs, including counter-artillery and counter-mortar radars, high mobility multipurpose wheeled vehicles, night vision devices, electronic warfare detection, secure communications and medical equipment.

The newly released money was part of the US defense budget but its release was contingent on Ukraine passing a series of defense reforms to help bring the country’s defense practices into line with modern standards and practices.

The Trump administration decided that Ukraine’s passage of a new national security law, signed by Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko on July 5, met the requirements enshrined in the US legislation, thereby allowing the Pentagon to release the funds.

Full implementation of the Ukrainian law “will further deepen Ukraine’s Western integration,” State Department spokesperson Heather Nauert said in a statement after the law was enacted.

“The United States stands ready to continue supporting Ukraine’s defense and security sector reforms to bolster Ukraine’s ability to defend its territorial integrity,” Nauert added.

The US has provided Ukraine with more than $1 billion in security assistance since 2014 as it has sought to bolster the country’s military which is facing an ongoing conflict with separatists in the country’s east, forces the Pentagon believes are backed, armed and even led by Moscow.

On Friday the Trump administration ruled out the possibility of supporting a referendum on the future Eastern Ukraine in areas that are under the control of armed groups backed by Moscow.

“The Administration is not considering supporting a referendum in the eastern Ukraine,” National Security Council spokesman Garrett Marquis said in a statement.

“The Minsk Agreements are the process for resolving the conflict in the Donbas, and these agreements do not include any option for referendum. Furthermore, to organize a so-called referendum in a part of Ukraine which is not under government control would have no legitimacy,” he added.

Earlier this month, the US and Ukrainian militaries co-hosted a major exercise known as Sea Breeze 18, which involved two US Navy warships and some 850 American sailors and Marines.

The Russian Foreign Ministry slammed the exercise, calling it “another attempt to provoke tension” in the region.

Hundreds of US National Guardsmen are in western Ukraine as part of an effort aimed at training and mentoring Ukrainian army units.

Russia invaded and annexed Crimea in 2014, a move that was criticized in a communiqué issued by NATO leaders following their summit in Brussels, Belgium, last week.

“Russia is challenging the rules-based international order by destabilizing Ukraine including through the illegal and illegitimate annexation of Crimea; it is violating international law, conducting provocative military activities, and attempting to undermine our institutions and sow disunity,” the communiqué said.

A spokesman for the Russian Ministry of Defense said Tuesday that his country was ready for the “implementation of the agreements reached between Russian President Vladimir Putin and US President Donald Trump” following the two leaders’ Monday meeting in Helsinki.

The Russian military “is ready to intensify contacts with the US colleagues in the General Staff and other available channels to discuss the extension of the START treaty, cooperation in Syria, as well as other issues of ensuring military security,” spokesman Maj. Gen. Igor Konashenkov said.

A US defense official told CNN that Secretary of Defense James Mattis is open to talks with his Russian counterpart, Sergei Shoigu, but that there are currently no plans for such a conversation.

Report: Sin taxes aren’t reliable revenue streams

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SPRINGFIELD (Illinois News Network) – With more states, including Illinois, considering legalizing sports betting or recreational marijuana for a cash infusion, one group is warning such revenue streams are unreliable and may not be a solution for poor finances.

The Denver Post reported in 2017 The Centennial State produced nearly 500 tons of cannabis. Colorado state government reports that netted nearly $250 million in taxes, license and fee revenue in 2017.

Now translate the demographics to Illinois. Colorado’s population is 5.6 million. Illinois’ is 12.8 million, 2.3 times larger than Colorado. If you assume similar population behavior and a similar tax structure, Illinois could net $575 million from 1,150 tons of legal pot, if the state were to legalize, regulate and tax weed.

For those thinking pot taxes will save Illinois financially, Illinois’ backlog of bills as of Thursday was nearly $7.8 billion. That would mean Illinoisans would have to consume 15,600 tons of weed in one year to pay the old bills. That doesn’t even address Illinois’ $130 billion unfunded pension liability.

That’s just one of many different so-called sin taxes being implemented around the country and more are being floated, including here in Illinois.

In a new report this week titled “Are Sin Taxes Healthy for State Budgets? Taxes on vices are tempting but an unreliable source of revenue,” The Pew Charitable Trusts warns sin taxes aren’t a cure all.

Project director Mary Murphy said sin taxes can provide short-term revenue gains for states, but shouldn’t be looked at as a fix for reoccurring budget problems.

“Any of these new or existing sin taxes are unlikely to be a silver bullet for larger budget issues, certainly when attempting resolve some of the larger structural budget challenges that many states are facing,” she said.

Murphy said sin taxes are also inherently conflicted.

“On the one hand they’re often meant to deter individuals from engaging in harmful behavior but on the other hand states often hope to collect meaningful revenue from taxing the activity,” she said. “If the first objective is successful states will see declines in both the behavior and correspondingly the revenue collected.”

Nationwide, the research showed a major decline in the sales tax revenues from cigarettes since the early 1980s.

The Illinois Commission on Government Forecasting and Accountability reports cigarette taxes dropped by $9 million in June from the year before.

Following the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling earlier this year giving states the green light to legalize sports betting, proponents of expanding gambling in Illinois went to the drawing board to craft updates to efforts to legalize sports betting in the Land of Lincoln. Ultimately those efforts were put on hold over the summer as lawmakers ran out of time in the Spring session.

Murphy said expanding gambling could backfire.

“For one, the potential revenue stream (from sports betting) is difficult to forecast and by definition there’s very limited data and two if sports betting does behave similarly to other types of gambling states could see short-lived gains followed by downward pressure on revenue as more and more states legalized,” Murphy said. “And finally the revenue streams will likely be small.”

Such behaviors are also typically from a fixed population, Murphy said, meaning it’s unlikely there will be new consumers entering such a marketplace. And while legalizing such behavior could boosts state coffers, Murphy said it could also increase costs in other areas of society.

NAILED IT OR FAILED IT: Weird Ways to Use Lemons

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What's that saying... If life gives you lemons, make lemonade? Well, today we are doing just that - and some!

On our weekly Nailed It Or Failed It segment on WQAD News 8 at 11am, we are showing you weird things you can do with lemons. There are so many of these posts on Pinterest, so we are testing some of them out! Click the video above to see how to make a Lemon Volcano, Lemon Lip Gloss, and some other strange - and I mean strange - ways you can incorporate lemons into your life.

You can also do something pretty sneaky with lemon juice. Click the video below to see why I brought a lamp with me to work today AND to get Eric's Cocktail of the Week Recipe for ADULT Lemonade Shake-Ups!

Cocktail of the Week: Adult Lemonade Shake-Ups

With the Rock Island County Fair going on, it's time for us to re-live a part of our childhood. Well, sort of. Here's what you'll need.

  • Lemons
  • Sugar
  • Water
  • Vodka

What could be simpler? Use the juice of half of a lemon per serving. Add a tablespoon of sugar and 6 ounces of water and one shot of your favorite vodka. Shake. Serve. Enjoy!

Ancient sarcophagus yields horrible-smelling secret

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This picture released by the Egyptian Ministry of Antiquities shows an ancient tomb dating back to the Ptolemaic period found in the Sidi Gaber district of Alexandria. (Getty Images)

Egyptian archaeologists have unsealed and opened a mysterious granite sarcophagus discovered on a construction site in Alexandria — only to find the remains of three mummies in a pool of leaked sewage water.

Photos released Thursday evening by Egypt’s Ministry of Antiquities show a team of archaeologists climbing down the 16-foot-deep (5 meter) pit and wedging the black sarcophagus open with a wooden plank. The experts had to wear masks over their mouths and noses to block the reportedly foul smell.

An archaeologist at the site, Shabaan Abdul, said that the remains most likely belonged to three military officers, according to a post on the ministry’s Facebook page.

A ministry official, Aiman Ashmawy Ali, told CNN that the sarcophagus had been found in a previously unexcavated section of one of Alexandria’s largest ancient cemeteries.

“One of the mummies had a trace of an arrow in the head,” he said in a phone interview. “It proves he died in a conflict. Maybe that explains three mummies in one big sarcophagus.”

The contents of the sarcophagus have been the subject of intense speculation since the relic was uncovered earlier this month. But not only were no treasures found within, the mummies inside had disintegrated beyond recognition.

Joseph Manning, a professor of ancient history at Yale University, said that while such finds are not especially unusual, this particular case merited further investigation.

A handout photo from the Egyptian Ministry of Antiquities shows workers removing sewer water submerging three decomposed mummies after opening the black granite sarcophagus.

“As far as I can see, there’s no inscription on the sarcophagus, which is strange,” he said. “You’re not going to see someone important buried like this.”

University of Auckland Egyptology Professor Anthony Spalinger stressed that granite was both expensive and difficult to cut.

“They would have taken it downstream and carved it in the area,” he said in a phone interview. “It implies that there was wealth involved.”

Somewhat unusually, experts said, the three mummies were buried without any belongings. The only other item discovered at the site was an alabaster bust, its features destroyed beyond recognition.

Manning, who said the archaeological find “looked like a non-elite burial,” has a theory on its origins: that although the sarcophagus appeared to date back to the Ptolemaic Kingdom (305 B.C. to 30 B.C.), it may have been used more than once.

“It is conceivable to me that (the sarcophagus has been) reused in a later period,” he said. “I’d want to know a lot more.”

Ali acknowledged that it is difficult to date the sarcophagus without an inscription. But more answers can be expected after forensic examinations, which will take place at the Alexandria National Museum, according to Egyptian state media reports.

Further excavation at the site may prove difficult, however, as the finding was made on a privately-owned construction site.

“(The) Ministry of Antiquities and the Egyptian government have procedures (for) checking any building before it is renewed or repaired,” Ali said. “This sarcophagus was found according to regular procedures.”

Such measures are considered necessary in a country where the remnants of ancient Egypt are regularly smuggled and sold. In June, Egyptian state media reported the return of over 100 artifacts smuggled into Naples, Italy. In a separate incident, nine other relics were sent back to the Ministry of Antiquities from France.

Studio 8 features hip-hop artist Random Tanner

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Who I am: Random Tanner

What my music is: Hip-hop

What sets my music apart from the rest: “What sets the Random Tanner music apart is my style/delivery, willingness to be myself at all times & the ability to make music for all walks of life to relate to…” (scroll down to learn more about Random Tanner)

Follow Random Tanner on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.
Snapchat: randomtanner

“… I have recently been featured on Sirius XM’s Shade 45 as well as in-studio interviews with WQUD 105.5 Vintage Radio, MaC 94.7 in Clinton, Flood 93 in Davenport and I am currently the Hot Artist of the Month on Hot 95.7 Cedar Rapids.

I have performed all over Iowa & Illinois plus random spots in Wisconsin, Missouri, Colorado & Florida. Included in those concerts is my recently sold-out, all-local show at RIBCO in March of this year.

I have been making and performing music for 12 years now and currently working on turning this into a full-time career.

If you go to my website, RANDOMTANNER.COM you can find all of my music videos, songs, social media links, bio & merchandise store. Looking forward to seeing new supporters along the way, get ahold of me, I always respond!”

**If you would like to be a Weekly Featured Local Artist/Band on WQAD Studio 8, please complete the Featured Band Contact Form — click here.  Also have a YouTube or SoundCloud link to a single song or a playlist of 2-5 songs that you can submit you would like to feature.

Bouncing on trampolines LIVE ON THE AIR

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ELDRIDGE, Iowa- It was must see TV Friday, July 20, on WQAD News 8 at 11.

The Helium Trampoline & Indoor Adventure Park hosted me for a meet and greet on the show and showed off some of their new attractions. It’s hard to believe the park is almost two years old.

Park Manager Makayla Du Charme showed me some of their new attractions like the 'Wipe Out' and Wall Climb.

The park, located at 400 South 14th Avenue, is open from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday- Thursdays and on Sundays. It's also open 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays. To buy jump time, click here.  

 

NYT: Cohen recorded Trump discussing payment to ex-Playmate

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(CNN) — President Donald Trump’s former personal attorney, Michael Cohen, secretly made a recording of his conversation between himself and the future President discussing payments to former Playboy Playmate Karen McDougal, who has alleged an affair with Trump, The New York Times reported Friday.

The recording — which was made shortly before the presidential election — was seized during an FBI raid on Cohen’s office in April, the Times reported, citing lawyers and others familiar with the recording.

Trump’s lawyer Rudy Giuliani confirmed to the Times that Trump had discussed the payments with Cohen on the recording, which runs less than two minutes, but said that the payment was ultimately never made.

“Nothing in that conversation suggests that he had any knowledge of it in advance,” Giuliani told the Times Friday, adding, “In the big scheme of things, it’s powerful exculpatory evidence.”

A lawyer for Cohen declined to comment to the Times.

Trump has denied McDougal’s allegations of an affair.

In August 2016, McDougal signed an agreement with American Media Inc., which owns The National Enquirer, Us Weekly, Men’s Journal and several other publications. She believed at the time the contract was a work agreement that would allow her to be photographed for and write pieces that would run in the companies’ publications.

Her attorney for that negotiation was Keith Davidson. She told CNN she later found out Davidson was in contact with Cohen.

McDougal later realized she could face a financial penalty for speaking to the media about her story. In April, she reached a settlement with AMI that allows her to discuss the alleged affair.

Speaking with CNN’s Anderson Cooper in March, McDougal alleged that she and Trump were together “many dozens of times” and answered in the affirmative when asked if they were intimate.

McDougal described the alleged affair from 2006 to 2007 as a consensual, loving relationship, and said she did not know Trump might have seen other women at the time besides his wife — and that throughout their relationship, he did not use protection.

“I didn’t know he was intimate with other ladies,” she said on CNN’s “Anderson Cooper 360” at the time. “I thought I was the only one.”

Clean up work begins in aftermath of Marshalltown tornado

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MARSHALLTOWN, Iowa (WHOtv) - – Friday marks the first real day of clean-up for thousands of Iowans after tornadoes ripped through several cities -- destroying homes, businesses, and even some pieces of history.

The heart of Marshalltown was the hardest hit by the tornado.

As of 6:00 a.m., more than 6,000 customers in the city were still without power.

Around 4:30 Thursday afternoon, mother nature stormed into downtown Marshalltown. Officials have declared a state of emergency. Bricks, signs and windows have been ripped from buildings and are now scattered across the streets. The also tornado sheared the top of the clock tower right off the city's historic courthouse. The courthouse is on the National Register of Historic Places.

The Lennox factory is one of the businesses in Marshalltown that was most severely damaged.

The cleanup is still in its early stages in Marshalltown and it's been a citywide effort all through the night. Cleanup work began right away in Marshalltown and hasn't stopped.

Marshalltown police are asking peole to stay away from damaged areas right now until an assessment on the need for volunteers can be made later Friday morning.

Police say only minor injuries have been reported as a result of the storm.

The only hospital in Marshalltown was damaged, spokeswoman Amy Varcoe said. All 40 of the patients at UnityPoint Health were being transferred to the health system's larger hospital in Waterloo as well as one in Grundy Center, she said.

The emergency room in the smaller Marshalltown hospital remained open to treat patients injured in the storm, Varcoe said. Ten people hurt in the storm had been treated, she said. She did not know how serious those patients' injuries were.

The images across the city are shocking, with roofs torn off homes, trees uprooted, businesses and homes without windows, and cars tossed around by the tornado.

A shelter has been set up at the Meskwaki Hotel/Casino in Tama for those that have been displaced by the storms.

A hot summer in the Midwest means more brown recluse spiders

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SPRINGFIELD, Illinois (Illinois News Network) — Brown recluse spiders become more active in the summer, but there are simple steps Illinois residents can take to deal with them.

The spiders, which are usually between about a quarter of an inch and three quarters of an inches, but can grow to be larger, have a distinct violin-shaped mark on the body. Because they are more active during the summer months, it is not uncommon to spot them in homes, and people should be aware that they do bite.

“They ordinarily bite in self-defense when they are pressed against the skin,” said Tim Cashatt, curator emeritus for Illinois State Museum. “And that usually happens when you put on clothing that has been in a closet for a while and not been worn.”

Bites can require medical attention if the spider injects a significant amount of venom. The bite usually turns a little red, and then purple, Cashatt said.

“The skin actually dies down to the muscle layer if there is a lot of venom there,” he said. “And then it heals from the bottom up. So there is a lot of draining involved.”

In rare cases, people have also been known to get a systemic infection from the bite, which is more serious and can get into the body’s organs. But that generally doesn’t happen, Cashatt said.

Unlike most spiders, brown recluse spiders do not weave webs and like to hide in dark places.

Simple measures can be taken to reduce the number of these spiders in the home.

“A lot of control can be done by simple housekeeping,” Cashatt said. “Doing a lot of vacuuming, picking up stacks of newspapers and magazines that are on the floor. Just try to reduce the places they can hide, to begin with.”

Just as its name suggests, recluse spiders do not migrate on their own, so the likelihood that they will move to other parts of the country due to warmer summers is unlikely.

“They are recluse spiders and they are named that for a reason,” Cashatt said. “They like to hide in dark, damp places. The spiders often hide in boxes in warehouses, and then are moved around as boxes are shipped from place to place.”

Video shows Georgia waitress take down diner for groping her

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SAVANNAH, Ga. – A Georgia server is being hailed by many after video of her fighting back against a customer who allegedly groped her went viral.

Someone who says they are the server’s cousin posted surveillance video of the incident on the /r/justiceserved subreddit on Sunday, claiming the man in the video was later arrested.

Ryan Cherwinski (Savannah Police Dept.)

The incident, which took place at Vinnie Van Go-Go’s on June 30, got mainstream media attention after the thread received more than 50,000 upvotes, reports Savannah Now.

Police responded after the man walked by the server and allegedly grabbed her butt; she then grabbed him by the shirt and slammed him into a wall. After the surveillance footage surfaced, police arrested Ryan Cherwinski, 31, of Palm Bay, Fla., and charged him with sexual battery.

Emelia Holden, 21, later came forward to identify herself as the server in the video.

“When I felt that happen, my first thought was that it was one of my friends … it was a really intimate touch. His hand went further than it should have so I was thinking, ‘There’s no way a stranger just did that,'” she tells People. “I looked at him and I said, ‘You don’t touch me, motherf—–!’ I didn’t even think, I just reacted. I don’t know how I reacted the way I did. I’ve never done that before.”

She says she then asked a coworker to call the cops, and she claims Cherwinski tried to play it off as barely touching her as he tried to get past her. But “once the police saw the video, they immediately arrested him,” she says. “There was no doubt that he did it.”

She says other customers gave her high-fives afterward. She’s taking advantage of her newfound fame by raising money for cats.

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Video shows the last moments before duck boat sinks in Missouri lake

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BRANSON, Missouri – When choppy waves began crashing against two duck boats in a lake in Missouri, Jennie Phillips-Hudson Carr started recording.

“We are at Branson and on the showboat! A storm came in as we got on and there was 2 ducks that you ride out there and 1 went under,” she posted Thursday night on Facebook along with video of the boats bobbing up and down.

“Not sure if everyone on it is OK.”

One of the duck boats capsized and sank in Table Rock Lake near Branson as it struggled toward land, Stone County Sheriff Doug Rader said. Thirteen people died, Missouri Gov. Mike Parson told CNN’s “New Day” on Friday, saying that it “doesn’t look very good” for those who remain missing. Children were among the dead.

Fourteen people of 31 on board survived the ordeal — seven of whom were taken to the hospital.

Shocked onlookers watch

Carr recorded some of the last moments of the struggling duck boat as she and other onlookers watched from nearby while on a dinner cruise on the Showboat Branson Belle.

“Oh my God, those poor people, oh no!” someone repeatedly says in the video as massive waves hit the duck boats, at times nearly burying them.

The observers expressed shock as the tragedy unfolded. “Poor guys, oh my gosh, oh my gosh, oh my gosh.”

“If there are kids on there, those poor babies.”

“Oh no, no, no.”

The video suddenly stops

The video ends abruptly with the boats still struggling to overcome the waves.

Officials would later say the second duck boat dangerously churned up and down through the waves but made it to shore. The other boat capsized around 7 p.m.

By early Friday, Carr had removed the video from her Facebook page.

Body found near railroad tracks on U.S. 67 in Scott County

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A death investigation is underway after a body was found near the railroad tracks on U.S. 67 between LeClaire, Iowa and Princeton, Iowa.

It happened just south of 238th Street between 6:30am and 7am on Friday, July 20th.

Rescue crews are on the scene and traffic is slow going in that area.

We have a crew on the scene and will update this story as new information becomes available.

QC Chamber: TBK Bank Sports Complex a “cool place” for Quad Cities

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BETTENDORF, Iowa - The Quad Cities Chamber says the TBK Bank Sports Complex is exactly the type of place they're hoping the area will continue to attract as part of their Q2030 regional action plan.

The sports complex, now fully operational, is attracting people from all over the Midwest, and of all different ages.

The facility hosts summer camps, is home to a fitness center, offers places to play baseball, soccer, basketball, volleyball and soccer (and just about any other sport you can think of.)

There are also two restaurants, a bar and a bowling alley.

If that isn't enough, the facility is also very attractive to local investors, who are constructing businesses near the facility.

"Outside we've got a lot of retail stores going in. We've got some restaurants, some retail, coffee shops, sandwich shops and also the Cambria Hotel is breaking ground later this month." said Director of Operations Leslie Van Dyke.

The facility also attracts people from across the region.

"They`re looking at having 45-50 tournaments every weekend and those tournaments attract people from all over the country and all over the world for various sports activities," said the director of the Q2030 regional action plan, Greg Aguliar. "When people see advertisements for the TBK Bank Sports Complex, they`re seeing the Quad Cities and they`re starting to take notice of where we are, and who we are as a region."

 

More funnel clouds today, not likely to touch down

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There were 33 reports of tornadoes on Thursday with all but one occurring in the state of Iowa. The cold front that sparked the severe weather is now east, but that doesn't mean we're done with funnel clouds.

"Cold air funnel clouds" are possible today due to very cold air up at cloud level. That's due to the temperature difference between ground level and cloud level. This afternoon, temperatures on the ground where we are, will be around 78 degrees. If you go up about 15,000 feet, that temperature drops to about 15 degrees. With such cold air aloft, this can promote rapidly rising air. Much like water swirling down a drain, the air may swirl up into clouds, producing small funnel clouds.

Rarely do these touch the ground and even more rarely do they cause damage.

A few passing showers with rumbles are possible with these possible funnel clouds this afternoon and evening. Less rain coverage is expected Saturday and Sunday, but low chances are still warranted due to the close proximity of low pressure in Indiana and Ohio.

-Meteorologist Eric Sorensen

12 year old injured after trying to jump onto train

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MOLINE-  A 12- year-old girl is recovering in the hospital after police say she tried to jump onto a moving train around 1:45 a.m. July 19.

Police say she slipped and got ran over by the train. One of her legs was completely amputated along with part of her other leg.

She was taken to the children's hospital in Chicago, and is expected to survive.

RICO Recorder prepares for potential new location after decision to demolish the old courthouse

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ROCK ISLAND, Illinois-- Kelly Fisher, the Rock Island County walked through her office filing through thousands of old mortgages and deeds, Thursday, July 19, some dating back before the Great Depression.

“We have about 2,000 books, each one weighing about 22 pounds,” says Fisher.

With such a heavy load to bear, she says the thought of moving it all is daunting.

”I mean it is not going to be an easy move, it’s a big undertaking to move us but myself and my staff are certainly ready,” says Fisher.

The recorder’s office could move from their current location at the Rock Island County Courthouse, across the street to the administration building, which is just one year younger.

The decision to relocation was finalized when the Rock Island County Board approved a plan to knock down the old courthouse Tuesday, July 17.

The Jim Snider, the Rock Island County Administrator says a study is being conducted on the administrative building to find of if it can physically hold the weight of the recorder’s documents.

“We’re looking for a structural repour for a structural engineer to tell us what it would take to make the second floor structurally sound for those records in that office,” says Snider.

The county board may give the go ahead for the move after the engineering report comes back in two weeks.

Fisher thinks another likely option is to find a separate building.

Dixon man on the run from police after crashing car, injuring passenger

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DIXON, Illinois – Police are looking for a man they believe crashed a car and left one person injured.

Officers responded to a traffic accident at 12:54 a.m. in the 1000 block of South Galena Avenue. Charleston had already left by the time officers arrived.

According to a press release by the Dixon Police Department, 22-year-old Justin M. Charleston of Dixon was driving the vehicle when it crashed. Charleston fled on foot, leaving the passenger with several injuries. The passenger was transported to a Rockford area hospital.

According to the release, “An arrest warrant for Charleston was obtained for Leaving the Scene of a Personal Injury Accident, a Class 2 Felony, Aggravated Reckless Driving, a Class 4 Felony, and several other traffic citations.”

Authorities say anyone with information on Charleston’s whereabouts should call the Dixon Police Department at 815-288-4411 or Crimestoppers at 1-888-228-4488.

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