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Hawkeyes glad to be back in NCAA Tournament, Sterling beats Sherrard in SB, Ed Froehlich stepping down

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The Iowa Hawkeyes are in the NCAA Tournament for the first time in three years.  Iowa will play Cincinnati in the opening round.  The Hawkeye players used last years finish to motivate them to get back in the big dance.

Sterling Softball opening their season on the turf at the TBK Bank Sports Complex with a win over Sherrard 11-2.

Ed Froelich has been Race Director for 40 years of the QCT Bix 7.  He is stepping down after this year, but has plenty of great memories and stories about the race.

Moline businesses say I-74 detour could have positive and negative impacts

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MOLINE, Illinois-- Some businesses in downtown Moline are worried the I-74 Bridge detour could mean trouble.

Omar Gutierrez is the lead bartender at Pub 1848 on River Drive. He says the new route has traffic backing up in front of the bar.

"It would make me nervous because there are going to be a lot of events throughout the year," he says. "Every time you look outside the window, all you see is honking, lines and basically too much traffic. More than you would normally see throughout the day."

Traffic gets backed up on River Drive because people can no longer use the 7th Avenue on-ramp to get on I-74.

Gutierrez says the lines and congestion could scare away some customers and keep people out of the downtown area.

Pub 1848 has a plan. They plan to offer extra specials to try and get customers to stop in.

"Just in case they want to go ahead and have a little fun, we're gonna take care of them," Gutierrez says.

A few blocks away, La Casa Mexican Grill is right next to the detour on 19th Street. Co-owner Alfonso Toscano doesn't think too much of the detour.

"There's been a lot of traffic," he says. "But it doesn't really affect our business because we've been in worse situations."

Toscano says in its eight years, the restaurant has seen plenty of construction and road closures. He hopes, if anything, the detour could help business.

"(Drivers) have to stop, you know. Some people don't know that we've been here almost eight years. So that might help," he says.

Overall, business owners ask people to make the extra effort to stop in.

There's a merchants meeting at 8 a.m. on Thursday, March 21. It's an informational meeting being held at the Quad-Cities Waterfront Convention Center to make sure business owners have the most up-to-date information about the I-74 bridge project.

Muscatine 911 director arrested for falsifying records

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MUSCATINE, Iowa- The Muscatine 911 director was arrested March 20 for “tampering with records”.

According to Muscatine County Sheriff C.J. Ryan, Beverly Griffith was booked into the Muscatine County jail for tampering with records, an aggravated misdemeanor.

Griffith has been placed on administrative leave.

“An investigation was conducted. Time sheet records are alleged to be falsified. And yes, she was placed on leave due to the investigation and criminal charge.”-Sheriff Ryan

FDA approves first post-partum depression drug

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The FDA approved the first-ever drug created to relieve post-partum depression on March 20, 2019.

According to them, the treatment requires a continuous IV drip for 60 hours.

However, they say the drug works instantly.

There are minor side effects including headaches and dizziness.

The drug could cost up to $34,000.

According to the CDC, 1 in 9 mothers suffers from postpartum depression.

 

Woman charged for handing out pot cookies at St. Patrick’s Day parade in Wisconsin

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SHAWANO COUNTY, Wis. — A Wisconsin woman was arrested after handing out laced cookies at a St. Patrick’s Day parade, according to the Shawano County Sheriff’s Office.

Cathleen Krause, 57, has been charged with drug delivery, which authorities say happened at a parade in Wescott, a town about 40 miles northwest of Green Bay.

Krause was “visibly intoxicated,” according to a complaint obtained by WLUK.

A deputy tested the cookies and some gummy candy they found on her, investigators say, and both tested positive for marijuana.

She is due back in court April 1.

Pro-life activists protest abortion measures in Springfield

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SPRINGFIELD, Illinois- Hundreds of pro-life activists rallied at the Illinois State Capitol against two abortion measures introduced in the Illinois General Assembly.

Pro-life leaders, legislators, and clergy spoke to the crowd on March 20.  They say they are rallying against "the repeal of parental notification" and "the reproductive health act."

The protests come just one day after the Illinois Senate passed a bill taking aim at repealing legislation that requires a minor to inform her parents before getting an abortion.

YOUR HEALTH: A better way to remove tumors deep in the brain

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NASHVILLE, Tennessee – Brain cancer is one of the deadliest cancers.

The surgery to remove the tumor is often very invasive.

But now engineers at Vanderbilt University have designed a device that can make surgery easier for both doctor and patient because removing a brain tumor in the center of the head is not an easy task for surgeons.

"Basically you're having to go through a lot of healthy brain tissue to get to that central part of the head."

But a technique that allows surgeons to go through the nose can save that healthy tissue.

However, one problem still exists.

"When they do this, they're using these straight, rigid tools, basically chopsticks that they have to put through your nose," said Vanderbilt University PhD student Andria Remierz.

A team of engineers designed flexible, steerable needles made up of metal tubes that can bend and twist as they move, giving easier access to the site of the tumor.

The team has also used the same tools for diagnosing lung cancer.

"One of the problems they have is at the far out areas of the lung, they have no visualization out there and they also can't steer their biopsy tools to get to those areas," explained another Vanderbilt PhD students, Margaret Rox.

The success rate of diagnosis with existing tools for tumors that are difficult to reach is 60% to 70%.

Researchers say with this new technology adding to existing tools like the bronchoscope the success rate could get to 100%.

NEW TECHNOLOGY:   The most common treatments for brain cancer are radiation therapy, radiosurgery, chemotherapy, targeted drug therapy and minimally invasive brain surgery.   Both surgeries allow patients to go home either the same day or one to two days later, but the therapies require multiple trips.   One difficulty that surgeons have is when the tumor is in the center of the brain. Usually surgeons must go through a lot of healthy tissue to access it.

"The faster you can get that diagnosis, confirmation of lung cancer, the faster you can get treatment," said Rox.

Risks for current methods for lung biopsy include lung collapse or bleeding due to the surgeon not being able to see clearly to get to a difficult to reach lung lesion.

Developers say this new technology would allow the surgeon much better visibility and reach to more accurately target far off tumors.

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.

Attorneys: Church list of accused Illinois clergy incomplete, Peoria Diocese responds to report

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The Diocese of Peoria issued a response to the released information today.

“The section of this report that directly pertains to the Diocese of Peoria lists 29 priests. 26 of these 29 priests have been listed on the Diocese of Peoria website for some time and have been made publically known. These 26 priests have been reported to the appropriate State’s Attorney. It is important to note that the majority of the 29 names released today are deceased. Furthermore, the allegations of abuse dated back several decades.”

The statement mentions 3 priests specifically.

Fr. Frank Martinez: “He is a priest of the Diocese of Davenport, Iowa, and is listed on their diocesan website. The Diocese of Peoria has never received an allegation of abuse regarding Fr. Martinez.”

Msgr. Charles Beebe: “Jeff Anderson’s report today stated that the Diocese of Peoria only reported this case after a lawsuit was filed. This is completely false.”

“In June 2018, the Diocese of Peoria received an allegation that Msgr. Beebe sexually abused a person in 1981 (37 years ago). Msgr. Beebe was immediately placed on administrative leave and cooperated with the investigation. This allegation was immediately reported to the Peoria Police Department. The police investigated this accusation and reviewed Msgr. Beebe’s personnel file. They concluded their investigation and acknowledged the Diocese’s cooperation in this matter. This allegation was taken to our Diocesan Review Commission. The Commission unanimously determined that the allegation was unsubstantiated and could not be deemed credible. Msgr. Beebe was reinstated in ministry. Msgr. Beebe is a retired priest since 2016. This case has been reported to the appropriate State’s Attorney. All of these actions of the Diocese occurred months before any lawsuit being filed.”

Msgr. Thomas Maloney: “While Msgr. Maloney was alive, an allegation was received. He was immediately placed on administrative leave. This allegation was taken to the Review Commission and it was unanimously determined to be unsubstantiated.
Later after Maloney’s death, the Diocese entered into a settlement agreement. As is often the case with settlements, the Diocese makes no admissions of liability. This case has been reported to the appropriate State’s Attorney.”

CHICAGO (AP) — Advocates for clergy abuse victims released the names Wednesday of 395 priests and lay people in Illinois they say have been publicly accused of sexually abusing children — a roster more than twice as long as what the state’s six dioceses previously released.

Attorneys handed out a 182-page report that includes the names, assignment histories and, in most cases, photographs of the clergy. They said their list has at least 200 more names than church leaders disclosed because the church only lists those it determines have been credibly accused of sexual misconduct with children.

“We’ve chosen to reveal this information because the Catholic bishops and the religious orders who are in charge and have this information and hold it secret have chosen to conceal it,” said attorney Jeff Anderson, a Minnesota-based attorney and longtime advocate for clergy abuse victims. “We have chosen to reveal it.”

Anderson said he and others began collecting the names from lawsuits, news reports and other sources after a blistering report by the Illinois attorney general. The report concluded Catholic dioceses in the state had not released the names of at least 500 clergy accused of sexually abusing children and that the dioceses had done a woefully inadequate job of investigating allegations and in some cases didn’t investigate at all. Many of those on the list are dead, and only one of the people named remains in active ministry.

Dioceses in Chicago, Springfield and Joliet all issued statements defending their handling of clergy abuse allegations, and emphasized that they report all allegations to authorities, immediately removing clergy from ministry while they are under investigation.

“These names are not secret, there was no effort to conceal them, they are all reported to authorities,” said John O’Malley, special counsel for the Archdiocese of Chicago.

O’Malley said it was “unfortunate” that some of the names released included clergy who weren’t credibly accused. He said he noticed the names of two priests — one living, one dad — who were cleared by law enforcement and child protection agencies.

The Diocese of Springfield raised questions about the thoroughness of Anderson’s report. It noted that “despite his claims to have diligently and thoroughly reviewed all publicly available information,” he did not apparently notice on the diocese’s website that some of the clergy are dead.

Davenport second grader enlists backup from President Trump to help the homeless

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DAVENPORT--  A second grader from John F. Kennedy Catholic School in Davenport is so inspired to make change in her community, she enlisted President Donald Trump to help. Eight-year-old Ellie Valleroy shows us no idea or person is too small to make change happen.

It was a second grade lesson in vocabulary that turned into an opportunity Valleroy couldn't pass up. Mrs. Angie Maxwell's class was working on writing letters.

"Our teacher said we could write to anyone we want," says Ellie.

"One of them sent a letter to the principal. He replied back. Some wrote to their parents.

But not Ellie.

"I wrote Donald Trump. I thought it would be really fun because he's the president, and it was," explains Ellie.

Ellie took her request straight to the White House asking the President to help people who are homeless in her community.

"I feel like since we had that big snow storm that they would freeze outside because it's so cold, and I felt that would be bad, so I want Donald Trump to help," says Ellie. " I want them to get married and have kids and have a good life. I want to help them really bad."

And then, the Commander in Chief himself took his opportunity to listen. He actually replied.

"Dear Ellie, I appreciate you taking the time to write and share your suggestions with me. Mrs. Trump and I are inspired by young people like you who are paying close attention to issues facing our Nation and are trying to find solutions to our most critical challenges. As your president, I want you to know I am listening and will always work hard for you. I encourage you to do your best in school," President Trump writes.

With our country's figurehead on her team and her persuasive vocabulary as a tool, this letter is only the beginning for this pint sized go getter.

"I want to have a food charity for the homeless. And they can come to it. It would be a place where homeless would come and we would give them sleeping bags and pillows, and they could get some food," says Ellie.

Ellie is ready to use the letter as motivation to make change happen.

UPDATE: City of Rock Island says courthouse demolition is on hold

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ROCK ISLAND, Illinois  --  The latest road block to the demolition of the Rock Island County courthouse comes from the city of Rock Island.

After a Judge ruled demolition was legal on March 19th, 2019, construction crews now have equipment in place, but the city says nothing can be done until the county gets it's permission.

It's a question of law. As of now, the city believes the county needs a permit from them before demolition can begin. The county says there is a state law that allows them a work around. In other words, the county doesn't need city approval.

"It's a question right now," Rock Island City Manager Randall Tweet said. "It appears there may be some legislation that allows the county to demolish on their own without a permit, so we are just waiting for some information from the county. Once we receive that, our legal staff will review it."

Rock Island city leaders are asking the county to "prove it". The city says the courthouse is a county building and that they are only involved to issue a permit.

"The city follows the normal procedure, Tweet said. "Our only role in this is too issue a permit. We're not trying to speed up or slow down the process, just making sure everything is followed correctly." Tweet says the city is expecting to receive the paperwork about the state law from the county today or tomorrow. Once they get the paperwork, a legal team will review it. "Our only role is to issue a permit," Tweet said. "We just have to make sure all the paperwork is in order and all done correctly. Once we issued a permit, the building could be demolished at any point after that." Tweet says the city and the county have a good relationship and communicate all the time.

"We don't want to get in a big fight or argument over this," he said. "Both sides just wanna make sure we go through the correct procedures."

The permit the city is looking for is a state mandated storm water permit. It's an Illinois EPA requirement to make sure the demolition doesn't harm neighboring areas.

"It's just one of the things that's required," Tweet said. "The county was notified by the EPA that they needed to have that permit. That would be one of the things that would be required before we were to issue the permit, if it came down to that."

Once the city receives the paperwork, they will see if the county needs a permit from them. If the county does need the city permit, a storm water runoff permit will be required, then demolition can take place.

If the county does not need a permit from the city, demolition can happen at any time.

Wheel of Misfortune; Julian Pauwels-Casco

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Each Wednesday on News 8 CrimeStoppers of the Quad Cities introduce the community to one of the area's most wanted criminals.

On Wednesday, March 20, 2019, the "Wheel of Misfortune" landed on 25-year-old Julian Pauwels-Casco. He's 5'9", 160 pounds, black hair, brown eyes. He is wanted in Rock Island County for probation violation and aggravated battery.

He is considered armed and dangerous.

Anyone with information is asked to call CrimeStoppers. Tips leading to an arrest could be eligible for a $500 reward.

Lacey trial continues, her own daughter and boyfriend taking the stand

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DAVENPORT, Iowa – Today marks day two of the Latrice Lacey trial in Scott County.  Lacey is the Director of the Davenport Civil Rights Commission and is accused of attacking Clyde Richardson with a sledgehammer last April.

Lacey sat in a Scott County courtroom for the second day of the trial as more witnesses were brought before her.

She’s accused of attacking Richardson outside the 400 block of Pershing Avenue in Davenport in April 2018.

“Once the hammer became involved that was when Mr. Richardson went at Ms. Nelson and swung the hammer,” says Detective Eric Roloff of the Davenport Police Department.

That attack between Richardson and Lacey was recorded on a security camera located across the street outside an apartment building on Pershing.

“She said in a jokingly manner, “I should shoot him, I should go get a permit”,” remembers Roloff.

Detective Roloff believes Richardson and Lacey were once in a romantic relationship according to a previous text message conversation.

But, Lacey’s family says the relationship turned toxic back in January last year.  Her daughter, Arianna Boyce, testifying before the jury while demonstrating a time when Richardson tried to choke Lacey.

Also called to the stand, Lacey’s current boyfriend, Charles Davis, who says Richardson damaged his car three times before this April attack.

“We were putting the car in the garage because it was constantly getting damage,” comments Davis.

It was that damage to the car, the state says, that drove Lacey to attack Richardson on that spring day.

Lacey faces three counts of domestic abuse and one count of first-degree harassment.  The trial will continue tomorrow with the final witnesses and closing argument.

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