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Man accused of lacing co-workers’ drinks with LSD

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ARNOLD, Mo. – Authorities continue to investigate after a Missouri rental car agency employee allegedly slipped LSD into his co-workers’ drinks last Thursday.

On Monday, Arnold police questioned a 19-year-old Enterprise Rent-A-Car worker accused of spiking the beverages, according to KMOV, but he hasn’t been charged pending laboratory tests.

Police got a call from the Enterprise Rent-A-Car manager who reported that two employees, a 24-year-old woman and a 23-year-old man, had both been hospitalized after they began to feel “weird and dizzy,” according to the Jefferson County Leader.

The manager told police she noticed the suspect “acting weird” and holding a dropper. After she saw him “messing with” her bottle, she decided not to drink out of it, according to the paper.

The 19-year-old admitted to adding LSD to the drink, police said. He allegedly told investigators he did it because “they were too uptight, and needed to have better energy,” according to the Leader.

Mercy Hospital South workers treated and released the two workers.

Sgt. Tony Dennis with the Jefferson County Sheriff Department said their symptoms sounded similar to those of someone on LSD – shaking or tremors, as well as high blood pressure and heart rate, according to KOLR.

LSD is often administered as a clear, odorless liquid.

The co-workers reportedly started feeling better after the effects of the drugs wore off.

The suspect could face charges of assault and possession of a controlled substance.

Iowa with come from behind win over Cincinnati

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Iowa was down by 13 in the first half of the NCAA Tournament to Cincinnati.  The Hawkeyes rallied for a 79-72 win to advance to the second round of the NCAA Tournament.  Hear what the Iowa players had to say about that win.  Also, two players from the WQAD viewing area were a big part of the comeback.  Bettendorf's Nicholas Baer scored 10 points, Muscatine's Joe Wieskamp with some big 3-pointers, scoring 19 in the win.

Wilton Police getting calls about ‘rough-looking’ foxes

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WILTON, Iowa-- Sergeant David Clark with the Wilton Police Department says people are used to seeing a few foxes here and there around town. But over the past week, the police station has been getting a lot of calls from people seeing them everywhere.

"It's just not normal," Sgt. Clark says. "This year we seem to have an influx. On average, we get at least a few calls, but sometimes it's upwards of six or ten calls a day, reference just people seeing foxes in the area."

The canines have been spotted near the elementary school playground and by the cemetery across town. People commenting on Facebook have seen them near a trailer park and in their own neighborhoods.

Sgt. Clark says people have been calling in about the foxes because of their somewhat frazzled appearance.

"They're looking a little rough," he says.

Several photos on Facebook show foxes that are thin, losing their fur and missing their trademark fluffy tails.

"They're having that winter coat start to come off so they might be shedding some of that fur," says Derrick Slutts, a conservation officer with the Iowa DNR. "I know it's hard to talk about mange but that could be a possibility though."

Slutts says mange is a skin disease caused by mites. It can be fatal for foxes and can transfer to coyotes and dogs. He says that's rare and people don't have much reason to be concerned.

"It seems like we get an uptick in animals getting out and about," Slutts says. "It's their mating season, coming up here, especially with fox."

Slutts reminds people not to leave food out for the foxes. He says if they start damaging property, you can pay to have them trapped and relocated. Otherwise, they typically avoid people, pets and children.

"They're solitary animals," he says. "They don't want to be around people or pets. And they're gonna be more scared of you than you are of them."

Couple married for 56 years die hours apart while holding hands

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MELVINDALE, Mich. – A Michigan couple passed away on the same day after 56 years of marriage in a true tale of everlasting love.

Judy and Will Webb, both 77 years old, died just hours apart while holding hands on March 6, 2019.

Judy’s health had begun to suffer after a medical procedure, and, without explanation, so then did Will’s, according to WXYZ. They spent their final hours together in hospice care after both battling a series of health complications.

The Webbs were parents to three daughters and loved their five grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

A service for the couple happened in early March at the Michigan Memorial Funeral Home in Huron Township.

YOUR HEALTH: A better way to take chemo? Perhaps cows have the answer

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DENVER, Colorado – We all know someone who's had chemotherapy.

Many people who have gone through it can tell you getting those IV drips in the hospital is one of the worst parts.

But what if you could take those powerful chemotherapy drugs right in your own home?

That's just one of the benefits of an innovative therapy coming from an unlikely source.

It's helped Ana Garcia Gustafson who is fighting pancreatic cancer.

"I'm giving it all I can give!   Kickin' it in the derriere."

To keep hope alive, she takes a mix of potent chemo drugs.  Treatment days are six-hour infusions.

"That's pretty tough for an old lady."

Some chemo drugs can be given orally, but many must be given by IV.

"Some drugs just cannot survive the condition in the stomach," explained Tom Anchordoquy, a pharmaceutical scientist at the University of Colorado's Skaggs School of Pharmacy.

"It'd make things a lot easier and cheaper."

He's putting powerful drugs into raw milk.

Milk particles can survive harsh stomach conditions and make it to the bloodstream, right where cancer drugs need to be.

"This particle goes in and it protects it," he explained.   "It's like you'd be surrounded by a shield."

That means patients could take powerful drugs that normally have to be given by IV orally at home.  And potent drugs too dangerous for humans could now work when attached to milk particles.

"By putting them in these particles, we can hopefully minimize their toxicity a little bit and make them a little more amenable to human use, said Anchordoquy.

NEW RESEARCH: Extensive research is now being conducted using particles from raw milk, attempting to encapsulate chemotherapy drugs in them.  This creates a barrier or shield that could protect the drug from the acidic enzymes in the stomach, allowing the drug to move from the digestive tract into the blood.  If successful, the drug would then circulate in the bloodstream and treat the cancer patient in this way.  Right now researchers are focused on one particular drug, Irinotecan.

His biggest supporter is Ana.

"What a great mind to think outside the box!"

With hope intact, Ana's learning to live a new normal.

"We'll take it one day at a time.  I want to live."

Scientists say getting treated at home is a big plus for patients undergoing chemotherapy.   But researchers are even more excited about what this technique could mean for future treatments.

Very powerful drugs that cannot be used in humans right now could soon be a real option just by attaching them to milk particles.

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.

Rock Island to introduce new regulations for Airbnb users

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ROCK ISLAND, Illinois -- With some local homeowners using Airbnb to earn extra money, disagreements over how the popular online booking service should be regulated has put some neighbors at odds.

The city of Rock Island in considering new rules for home sharing platforms like Airbnb. City Manager Randy Tweet said city staff would present a proposal to city council sometime next month.

Airbnb host Debbie Freiburg said she loved having guests in the lower unit of her home.

"It's been the most exciting thing I've ever done in my life," she said. "I love it. Love the people. And I hope to continue someday."

She advertised it as a "Private Hideaway in the Woods" on the platform until recently -- she's been barred from using it since Rock Island city council voted 4-3 in January to deny her a special use permit.

"My view is that it's just a bad idea," said Rock Island 4th Ward Alderman Stephen Tollenaer. "I'm here to protect the neighborhoods. That's what the special permit does, it's the perfect system the way it is," he said.

One of Debbie's neighbor's started a petition, signed by seven people, complaining about the traffic coming down their dead-end street and the strangers coming to stay on their block. The neighbor declined to be interviewed by News Eight, but said that most people wouldn't want such a business on their block.

Debbie says her guests are wonderful people.

"They want to stay with a family. They want to stay in a home," she said.

She's hopeful that the city will rethink how it handles the gig economy and services like Airbnb. But until then, her private hideaway is an empty nest.

 

 

Local veteran gets free car

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MOLINE- A local car salesman gave a two-time Purple Heart recipient the gift of mobility.

Local army veteran Leo Kaalberg is the proud new owner of a Honda Accord.

Kaallberg served 4 combat tours in Iraq and has since come upon hard times, he says he couldn't transport his family around town.

But now automotive Central in East Moline gifted him a car.

The first thing Kaalberg says he will do with his new car is to pick up his kids from school.

 

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