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Is FaceApp an invasion of your privacy?

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ROCK ISLAND, Illinois – An app that’s giving people a glimpse into the future may also be compromising your private information.  FaceApp takes your photo and ages it, but you may not realize what you agreed to when you download it.

Cool Beanz barista, Alyssa Meincke, noticed it all over her Twitter.

“It just makes you look older and like an elderly person,” she explains bluntly.

“All the NFL teams started uploading pictures of their players in 60 years,” customer, Austin Czoech mentions. “Most things in life are easier if people around you are doing it, especially for something like an app.”

To use the app is simple, all you have to do is open FaceApp, take a picture of yourself, and watch yourself age years from now. But little do some know, that giving away your pictures could be an invasion of their privacy.

“Just read with understanding and know what you are doing with it,” advises Brian Handley, the owner of Computer Evolution.

FaceApp requests access to personal data and your photo library, but Handley explains you should be cautious downloading any app.

“Do you need to give access to all those photos? Can you opt out of it?” questions Handley.

Although people have concerns giving their information away, Handley says there’s no need to worry.

“I mean yes, people could use it for facial recognition, but what are they really going to be using it for?” says Handley. “I think they probably have better things to do than this.”

For now, it’s not a risk people are too scared about, it’s only a picture that could frighten some.

“Unfortunately, you kind of have to assume it’s going to end up in the wrong hands at some point,” says Czoech.

“Everyone has everyone’s information,” Meincke says. “It’s just done, it on the internet.”

The app is owned by a Russian parent company called Wireless Labs.  Forbes reports the app now owns the right use the names and pictures of 150 million people.

Wheel of Misfortune; Marlin Maclin Sr.

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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, Ju17, 2019, the "Wheel of Misfortune" landed on 37-year-old Marlin Maclin Sr. He's 5'10", 185 pounds, black hair, brown eyes. He is wanted by the Scott County Sheriff's Office for Escape, original charges of Burglary, Theft, and Forgery. He is considered armed and dangerous with violent tendencies.

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

OSF and Little Company of Mary announce merger

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PEORIA, Illinois- – OSF HealthCare and Little Company of Mary Hospital and Health Care Centers say they have entered into exclusive negotiations, anticipating a full merger.

According to the companies, the two organizations will spend the next several months finalizing agreements and seeking the necessary regulatory and canonical approvals.

In addition to adding advanced technologies and innovative capabilities, the agreement would allow OSF HealthCare and Little Company of Mary to share services, develop and expand academic partnerships, and create strategies to meet the unique needs of various populations.

The merger is expected to take place in early 2020.

Sterling nonprofit found to be paying workers incorrectly owes nearly $574,000 in back pay

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STERLING, Illinois — A nonprofit organization that employs people with developmental disabilities will have to pay nearly $574,000 in back wages to employees after being accused of exploiting workers.

The U.S. Department of Labor announced that 215 current and former workers will be getting part of this money.  The pay is part of a settlement that was agreed upon after the organization was found in violation of their Section 14(c) certificate. The certificate allowed the organization to pay workers less than minimum wage, and instead pay them based on productivity.

Self Help was found in violation of their Section 14(c) certificate back in April of 2018.  Because of the violation, the organization lost their certificate, forcing them to pay their workers at least minimum wage and pay two years worth of back wages.

“Self Help Enterprises’ pay practices denied employees with disabilities the wages they rightfully earned,” said Wage and Hour Division Administrator Cheryl Stanton. “As a result of the investigation and actions in this case, this employer has agreed to correct all violation issues and to pay these workers the back wages they deserve.”

According to the U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division, the organization’s application to renew it’s Section 14(c) certificate has been denied.

Going forward, Self Help will have to have an outside consultant to ensure they’re in compliance with regulations, according to the Wage and Hour Division.  The staff will also be trained on what is required for a Section 14(c) certificate.

 

‘El Chapo’ was sentenced to life in prison after calling his trial unjust and slamming his prison conditions

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(CNN) — Mexican drug lord Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman was sentenced to life in prison plus 30 years and was ordered to pay $12.6 billion in forfeiture on Wednesday in what is likely the last time he’s seen in public before he goes to Colorado’s Supermax prison.

Guzman, wearing a gray suit and dark tie, spoke for about 10 minutes in court before the sentence was handed down and called out issues with the jury.

“There was no justice here,” he said in Spanish, referring to a report that one juror had spoken about misconduct by some other jurors.

El Chapo, who infamously escaped prison twice in Mexico, also slammed the conditions of his incarceration in New York.

“It’s been torture, the most inhumane situation I have lived in my entire life,” he said. “It has been physical, emotional and mental torture.”

The life sentence for Guzman, 62, comes after he was convicted in February of all 10 counts he faced, including engaging in a continuing criminal enterprise, which carried a mandatory term of life in prison, as well as drug trafficking and firearms charges. Prosecutors have called him a “ruthless and bloodthirsty leader” of the Sinaloa cartel.

Witnesses during the trial testified that Guzman ordered and sometimes took part in the torture and murder of perceived cartel enemies.

“The long road that led ‘El Chapo’ Guzman from the mountains of Sinaloa to the courthouse was paved with death, drugs, and destruction, but it ended today with justice,” Assistant Attorney General Brian A. Benczkowski said Wednesday.

Guzman, who has been in isolation for two and a half years, is expected to serve out his sentence in the nation’s most secure federal prison in Florence, Colorado.

“He’s going to Supermax, I’m sure, in Colorado,” defense attorney Jeffrey Lichtman told CNN’s “New Day” the day after Guzman was convicted. “No one has ever escaped. It’s absolutely impossible. It’s not even an issue.”

Guzman’s history of escaping prison has weighed on prosecutors’ minds, both during his trial and after his conviction.

In 2001, Guzman escaped by hiding in a laundry cart. He spent the next 13 years in hiding in and around his home state of Sinaloa.

He was recaptured in 2014, but former associate Damaso Lopez testified during Guzman’s trial that he, Guzman’s wife and other family stayed in touch with Guzman while he was held in prison in the Mexican city of Altiplano. Lopez testified that Guzman asked for a tunnel to be built directly into his cell.

The mile-long tunnel, complete with electricity and ventilation, was in the works for a month and Lopez learned that Guzman was “hearing noises where he was, those who were excavating (the tunnel) were already underneath.”

Guzman used it to escape from prison a second time, on July 11, 2015.

El Chapo blows kisses in court

Guzman’s wife, Emma Coronel, arrived at court Wednesday morning for his sentencing before US District Judge Brian Cogan, who presided over his trial. She is not permitted to visit or correspond with Guzman in prison. He is limited to phone calls and visits from certain family members, including his twin 8-year-old daughters.

In court, El Chapo spotted Coronel, blew her a kiss, and tapped his hand on his heart twice while looking at her. She returned the kiss and blew it at him.

During his statement, his voice quivered several times. And as he left the court, he blew his wife two kisses, which she returned, in what may be their final goodbye.

Grounds for appeal?

Lichtman, the defense attorney, called the criminal case a “show trial” and said that jurors had lied to the judge about what they were doing during the proceedings, an issue that he said was the best chance for appeal.

He also said that the government’s plan to recover $12.6 billion in forfeiture is a fiction.

“When they get to dollar 1, wake me up. Right now, there are zero (dollars). So, I don’t know that we’re really ever going to see anything with that. It’s a fiction,” he said.

Attorney Mariel Colon, who has visited Guzman regularly in prison before, during and after his trial, says she is optimistic about his chances on appeal. But if the appeal is not successful, “then (the sentencing) will be the last time the public will see El Chapo,” Colon told CNN. “It could be potentially also the last time El Chapo could see his wife.”

Even if Guzman files an appeal, it would be unlikely that he would appear in court, Colon said.

In the months since Guzman was convicted by a jury, he has signed away the rights to his name so that Coronel may start an El Chapo-branded clothing line and asked for better conditions at the Manhattan prison where he is being held.

The identities of the jurors who decided his fate have remained anonymous for their own safety. But shortly after the verdict, one juror spoke to Vice News anonymously and alleged a wide range of possible juror misconduct, ranging from following news reports about the trial, which was expressly forbidden, to lying to Cogan about whether they’d been exposed to certain media reports.

Cogan denied Guzman’s request for a new trial and a hearing to investigate the claims.

Until he is transferred to the Supermax prison, Guzman remains at the Metropolitan Correction Center, a federal prison in Manhattan. He is able to be visited by members of his legal team any day of the week, and is allowed to receive a phone call from his sister every 15-20 days, Colon said. But once he is transferred to Colorado, attorney visits may be more limited, she said.

“What we’ve really been discussing more is the appeal,” Colon said. “We really need to discuss as much as possible now because we won’t get to visit him regularly like now for the appeal.”

Tight security in New York

Since Guzman’s third arrest in 2016 — when he was extradited to the US — he has been under a tighter watch. He was brought to New York, where he remained through his trial and sentencing.

Security surrounding Guzman’s trial was so tight that the Brooklyn Bridge was shut down each week to allow Guzman to be transferred in a motorcade — complete with a helicopter escort — from the MCC to the federal courthouse in Brooklyn for his months-long trial.

While Guzman has been held in the US, his communications have been limited to members of his legal team and his sister, with occasional visits from his twin daughters. He is not allowed to meet with his wife. And with his attorneys, he is only allowed to discuss aspects of his case.

Since his conviction, Guzman’s legal team has filed requests for better prison conditions at the MCC, where he is kept in solitary confinement 23 hours a day in his 10 x 8 cell. His attorneys say that since he was brought to the US he has spent more than two years without any access to fresh air or natural light, adding that he must sleep with the light on in his cell, conditions that attorneys say are “psychologically scarring.” He also asked for two hours of outdoor exercise a week.

Cogan denied Guzman’s requests for improved prison conditions.

Prosecutors have said the only place for outdoor exercise is on the rooftop of the MCC, which is surrounded by tall buildings in lower Manhattan and covered with a protective wire mesh. They raised concerns of possible escape plans by the notorious former drug lord, and cited an attempted 1981 jailbreak from that very spot in which an inmate’s associates hijacked a sightseeing helicopter and attempted to cut through the wire screens surrounding the rooftop.

So Colon is trying to prepare Guzman for what conditions will be like at the Colorado prison.

“It’s worse than where he is at right now,” she said. Colon added that Guzman’s isolation from his family will be difficult. “It’s sad, it’s stressful, it’s emotionally heartbreaking,” she said.

Red giant stars create new way to measure how quickly the universe is expanding

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The universe is expanding, but the rate of that expansion is proving to be elusive. A new measurement of the universe’s expansion rate falls between two previously established rates, leading to more questions than answers.

About a century ago, Carnegie Institute of Science astronomer Edwin Hubble made the discovery that the universe had continued to grow after the Big Bang. But the rate of that expansion, deemed the Hubble constant, is difficult to determine. Objects in the universe can act like mile markers, so understanding their distance allows for the measurement of the speed at which they’re moving away from us. The ratio of dividing that distance by velocity can determine the Hubble constant.

Different teams of scientists have determined three different ways to arrive at that rate, and all three rates disagree.

A study published Tuesday in The Astrophysical Journal reveals the latest method.

“The Hubble constant is the cosmological parameter that sets the absolute scale, size, and age of the universe; it is one of the most direct ways we have of quantifying how the universe evolves,” said Wendy Freedman, a study co-author and professor at the University of Chicago’s department of astronomy and astrophysics. “The discrepancy that we saw before has not gone away, but this new evidence suggests that the jury is still out on whether there is an immediate and compelling reason to believe that there is something fundamentally flawed in our current model of the universe.”

Stars called Cepheids have been used to take measurements because they pulse regularly. That pulsation rate, as well as their brightness, can determine their distance from Earth.

“From afar two bells may well appear to be the same, listening to their tones can reveal that one is actually much larger and more distant, and the other is smaller and closer,” said Barry Madore, study co-author and astronomer at Carnegie. “Likewise, comparing how bright distant Cepheids appear to be against the brightness of nearby Cepheids enables us to determine how far away each of the stars’ host galaxies are from Earth.”

The Cepheids method established the expansion rate as 74.0 kilometers per second per megaparsec, a unit of vast distance in space (1 megaparsec = 3.3 million light-years).

The second method uses cosmic background radiation, which is the afterglow of the Big Bang and the oldest visible light astronomers can observe. These ripples can be mapped and modeled to predict the expansion rate, which placed it at 67.4 kilometers per second per megaparsec.

That discrepancy alone could require new physics.

But the latest study is relying on a different kind of stars called red giants. It’s a late stage in a star’s life cycle where a helium flash occurs and temperatures rise millions of degrees until the entire star’s structure is rearranged. The brightness of these stars in different galaxies can be measured, so the researchers used the Hubble Space Telescope to look for them in different galaxies.

“Think of it as scanning a crowd to identify the tallest person—that’s like the brightest red giant experiencing a helium flash,” said Christopher Burns, study co-author and research associate at the Carnegie Institute of Science. “If you lived in a world where you knew that the tallest person in any room would be that exact same height—as we assume that the brightest red giant’s peak brightness is the same—you could use that information to tell you how far away the tallest person is from you in any given crowd.”

The Hubble constant calculated by measuring these stars resulted in 69.8, which is right between the previous two rates.

Instead of being an expected tiebreaker, the new rate raises more questions about the current understanding of the universe.

“We’re like that old song, ‘Stuck in the Middle with You,'” Madore said. “Is there a crisis in cosmology? We’d hoped to be a tiebreaker, but for now the answer is: not so fast. The question of whether the standard model of the universe is complete or not remains to be answered.”

For Apollo 11’s moon landing anniversary, the Washington Monument was made to look like a rocket

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Washington Monument just got even more iconic.

On Tuesday, the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 launch, the 555-foot national symbol lit up with an image of the moon-bound shuttle blasting into space.

The 363-foot projection of the Saturn V rocket will appear for two hours every night during the anniversary of the mission that put the first two humans — both Americans — on the moon.

On Friday and Saturday, the celebration of this historic milestone will culminate in a 17-minute light show taking viewers back to July 16, 1969 when Apollo 11 made its giant leap for mankind from Florida’s Kennedy Space Center.

And yes, that is a 40-foot-wide re-creation of the famous Kennedy Space Center countdown clock at the monument’s base.

The illuminating display was launched by the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum and the US Department of the Interior.

Indiana burglary suspect left wallet at crime scene, police say

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COLUMBUS, Ind. — A man accused of breaking into a garage to steal thousands of dollars in tools made it easy for police to find him.

Columbus police said Chaz G. Berger, 24, left his wallet at the crime scene.

Officers responded Tuesday morning to a home on Pearl Street after a homeowner said someone broke into his garage and took $4,000 in tools along with other items. The homeowner also handed over a wallet that Berger had dropped during the break-in, police said.

Later Tuesday, officers found Berger passed out in a truck in the parking lot at Cambridge Square Apartments. They reportedly saw some of the tools stolen in the garage burglary in his truck and located some other stolen items inside a nearby apartment.

Berger was arrested on a preliminary burglary charge. Police are working to determine if some of the recovered items were taken during other recent garage burglaries reported in Columbus.

Dad accused of throwing 5-year-old son into Atlantic ocean, telling him to swim

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DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – A Florida father faces multiple charges after police say he repeatedly tossed his 5-year-old son into the ocean along Daytona Beach and yelled at him to swim.

Court records show police arrested 37-year-old John Bloodsworth for disorderly intoxication, jumping off the pier and child abuse.

Former Georgia State Trooper Mitch Brown told WESH he was on vacation with his family when he saw the child alone, struggling to swim in deep water next to the Main Street Pier Monday night.

Brown said he and his family were eating dinner when they noticed Bloodsworth jumping off the pier and swimming past the boy, who he would throw back into the waves while telling him to swim.

Brown said the boy was “visibly upset and crying.”

“I said, ‘I can’t take this no more,'” Brown said. “So I went down to the pier, down to the shore and confronted him myself.”

The former trooper held Bloodsworth and turned him into Daytona Beach police, WESH reports.

Bloodsworth reportedly told the arresting officers he was “going to jail for being awesome.”

He was released from the Volusia County Jail Tuesday after posting bond, online records show.

DNC warns candidates of Russia-based FaceApp; developers issue statement

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The Democratic National Committee sent a security alert to 2020 presidential campaigns Wednesday afternoon warning them not to use the popular smartphone application FaceApp, CNN has learned.

“This app allows users to perform different transformations on photos of people, such as aging the person in the picture. Unfortunately, this novelty is not without risk: FaceApp was developed by Russians,” the alert from Bob Lord, the DNC’s chief security officer, read.

In 2016, the DNC and Democratic campaigns were attacked by Russian hackers. Since 2016, the DNC has sought to take steps to prevent a repeat of 2016 by investing in cybersecurity, including hiring Lord, a former Yahoo! executive.

Lord told campaigns that the DNC had “significant concerns about the app (as do other security experts) having access to your photos, or even simply uploading a selfie.”

“It’s not clear at this point what the privacy risks are, but what is clear is that the benefits of avoiding the app outweigh the risks,” Lord continued.

Lord recommended “campaign staff and people in the Democratic ecosystem” should not use the app.

He added, “If you or any of your staff have already used the app, we recommend that they delete the app immediately.”

Last August, the DNC warned candidates running in last November’s midterms not to use devices produced by Chinese manufacturers ZTE and Huawei.

FaceApp’s viral success 

In early 2017, a service called FaceApp received a wave of press for using artificial intelligence to transform pictures of faces, making them look older or younger, male or female, or adding a smile to appear happier.

This week, FaceApp once again made headlines as celebrities, including the Jonas BrothersDrake, and Dwayne Wade, appeared to use the app to show what they might look like when they get much older. Enough people rushed to download the app and see their own selfies turn gray that FaceApp is currently the top free app in Apple’s App Store.

Security concerns

By Wednesday morning, however, there were growing privacy concerns about the app. As one breathless headline in a New York tabloid put it: “Russians now own all your old photos.”

The fears came from stitching together scary-sounding but unfortunately not uncommon wording in the app’s terms of service with an unverified — and now deleted — claim from a developer on Twitter about the app “uploading all your photos” and the simple fact that the company is based in St. Petersburg, Russia.

The FaceApp episode highlights how, after more than a year of high-profile privacy scandals in the tech industry, consumers still don’t adequately scrutinize services before handing over their sensitive personal data. At the same time, it’s a reminder of how little we understand how companies collect our information and what rights they have to it.

Joshua Nozzi, the developer who first raised alarms about FaceApp, and other security researchers later knocked down the initial fear that FaceApp is covertly harvesting your entire smartphone camera roll. Likewise, the fact that a company is based in Russia doesn’t automatically mean it’s a tool of the Russian government.

“Most images are deleted from our servers within 48 hours from the upload date,” the company said in a lengthy statement provided to TechCrunch addressing the privacy concerns. (Representatives for FaceApp did not immediately respond to our request for comment.)

What remains concerning, however, is the language in the app’s terms of service. In one densely-worded section, the company informs users that they “grant FaceApp a perpetual, irrevocable, nonexclusive, royalty-free, worldwide, fully-paid, transferable sub-licensable license to use, reproduce, modify, adapt, publish, translate, create derivative works from, distribute, publicly perform and display your User Content and any name, username or likeness provided in connection with your User Content in all media formats and channels now known or later developed, without compensation to you.”

Translation: FaceApp can effectively do what it wants with your selfie. But this puts FaceApp in pretty good company. Other prominent tech companies have inserted similarly concerning language into terms of service over the years to assert their rights to use names, pictures and other content shared by users as they please.

“If you share a photo on Facebook, you give us permission to store, copy, and share it with others,” Facebook says in its own terms of service.

And yet, we keep sharing first and asking questions later, if we ask them at all.

In between FaceApp’s first brush with virality and its explosion in popularity this week, there have been a number of tech privacy scandals, any one of which should arguably have been enough to make people at least reconsider how much information they share with tech companies.

Data collected through a seemingly benign personality test on Facebook was provided to Cambridge Analytica, a controversial data firm that worked for Donald Trump’s presidential campaign. A popular period tracking app was found to be sharing data with Facebook. Amazon reportedly employs a global team to listen when you speak to its Echo smart speakers.

But the moment we hear about a flashy new service that can make our selfies look older, or match them with a famous painting, we are quick to throw caution to the wind and hand over the photo of our face, without knowing for sure where it’s stored or what it may be used for.

Tech companies certainly deserve criticism for their data privacy practices, but so do we.

See the full statement published by TechCrunch:

We are receiving a lot of inquiries regarding our privacy policy and therefore, would like to provide a few points that explain the basics:

1. FaceApp performs most of the photo processing in the cloud. We only upload a photo selected by a user for editing. We never transfer any other images from the phone to the cloud.

2. We might store an uploaded photo in the cloud. The main reason for that is performance and traffic: we want to make sure that the user doesn’t upload the photo repeatedly for every edit operation. Most images are deleted from our servers within 48 hours from the upload date.

3. We accept requests from users for removing all their data from our servers. Our support team is currently overloaded, but these requests have our priority. For the fastest processing, we recommend sending the requests from the FaceApp mobile app using “Settings->Support->Report a bug” with the word “privacy” in the subject line. We are working on the better UI for that.

4. All FaceApp features are available without logging in, and you can log in only from the settings screen. As a result, 99% of users don’t log in; therefore, we don’t have access to any data that could identify a person.

5. We don’t sell or share any user data with any third parties.

6. Even though the core R&D team is located in Russia, the user data is not transferred to Russia.

Additionally, we’d like to comment on one of the most common concerns: all pictures from the gallery are uploaded to our servers after a user grants access to the photos (for example, https://twitter.com/joshuanozzi/status/1150961777548701696).  We don’t do that. We upload only a photo selected for editing. You can quickly check this with any of network sniffing tools available on the internet.

‘That’s it! You’re dead!’: Pennsylvania man accused of biting woman during argument

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CUMBERLAND COUNTY, Pa. — A 28-year-old Enola man has been charged with simple assault and harassment after a July 5 domestic incident in East Pennsboro Township.

Liam Weed, of Tory Circle, is accused of biting a woman and telling her, “That’s it! You’re dead!” during an argument, according to East Pennsboro Township Police. The victim then struck Weed in the head with a glass bottle to get him off of her, police said.

Weed was taken into custody and faces a preliminary hearing at a future date, according to police.

Moline to build walkway between bus station and future train station downtown

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MOLINE, Illinois — Public transportation organization MetroLINK has teamed up with the City of Moline to build a walkway that would connect two modes of transportation downtown Moline.

A drawing showing what the walkway may look like was released Wednesday, July 17, depicting a sky bridge for pedestrians to connect the Centre Station Bus Terminal to what is expected to be the future passenger rail station.

“I think that the new sky walk will provide a safer opportunity for everyone coming… over to the parking garage, the bus station or the train station,” said Lisa Kotter, Moline’s City Administrator.

Leftover funds from a grant would be used to pay for the walkway.  The grant was from the IDOT Capital Assistance Program and was initially provided to help fund the multi-modal station for the future passenger rail service in Moline.  The money was supposed to cover construction plans for the rail passenger platform and canopy, but that project has been delayed.

Rather than give the leftover funds back to the federal government, IDOT has approved the funds to be used for this walkway project.

The leftover money, however, isn’t going to cover the full expense of the project, so MetroLINK has agreed to put up an additional $493,681.  In return, the city will have to agree to pay for ongoing operation and maintenance costs going forward.

The project was approved Tuesday, July 16.

Click here to read the full agreement.

Burlington man sentenced to 26 years for smuggling drugs into a prison

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DAVENPORT, Iowa- An elaborate drug smuggling scheme was exposed and a 47-year-old man will spend 26 years in prison as a result.

On July 16, 2019, Kelly Everett Mitchell, 47, of Burlington, was sentenced to a total of 312 months in prison for distribution of methamphetamine, possession of controlled substances with intent to distribute, and providing contraband to an inmate of a federal prison, according to United States Attorney Marc Krickbaum.

Mitchell was also ordered to serve five years of supervised release following his prison term and to pay $500 towards the Crime Victims’ Fund.

On September 17, 2018,  Mitchell pleaded guilty to distribution of methamphetamine and possession of methamphetamine with intent to distribute.

“Mitchell admitted on March 14, 2017, in two transactions, he distributed 42.46 grams of 99% pure methamphetamine to another person. He further admitted on September 25, 2017, he was in possession of 219.62 grams of 99% pure methamphetamine, 16.41 grams of heroin, 117.88 grams of marijuana and in excess of $10,000 United States currency and he intended to distribute some or all of the controlled substances.”

On January 9, 2019, Mitchell pleaded guilty to conspiracy to distribute and possess with the intent to distribute methamphetamine and phentermine, and providing contraband to an inmate of a federal prison.

“Mitchell admitted while in the custody of the United States Marshals Service and detained in the Muscatine County Jail, he  2 regularly received coloring sheets, greeting cards, letters, envelopes and other products made of paper which had been soaked in a liquid in which methamphetamine, a Schedule II controlled substance, and phentermine, a Schedule IV controlled substance, had been dissolved. He further admitted he provided a portion of the papers that contained methamphetamine and phentermine to other inmates housed at the Muscatine County Jail in Muscatine, Iowa, for the other inmates to ingest”

 

Man accused of shooting and killing Fulton County deputy pleads not guilty

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FULTON COUNTY, Illinois — An Avon man who is accused of shooting and killing a Fulton County sheriff’s deputy has pleaded not guilty.

Deputy Troy Chisum, age 39, was shot and killed in the line of duty while responding to a call near North Troy Road and East Troy Road back on June 25.  Nathan Woodring, age 42, was charged with first-degree murder in the deputy’s death.

On Wednesday, July 17, Woodring pleaded not guilty, according to the Fulton County Circuit Clerk’s office.

When the shooting happened, police said Woodring had been detained in a rural home about 30 miles south of Galesburg, Illinois.  Woodring was arrested after a multi-hour standoff following the shooting.

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