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Where Bettendorf drivers will see lane closures starting April 22nd

BETTENDORF, Iowa — Drivers in Bettendorf will see some lane closures starting on Monday, April 22 related to Interstate 74 construction.

Intermittent lane closures will last between 7 p.m. and 6 a.m. for Illinois-bound drivers as crews do watermain work.  The closures will be between Middle Road and Lincoln Road and may close the shoulders as well.

Work is expected to last for about two weeks.

Grant Street/U.S. 67 will be down to two lanes between 16th Street and 12th Street during the day for about four weeks. Crews will be working to remove the Iowa-bound viaduct on I-74.

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Chocolate egg takeover at Lagomarcino’s

DAVENPORT, Iowa-- Over the years, Lagomarcino's has turned into a Quad City Easter staple. For owner Tom Lagomarcino and his family chocolate is more than just a tasty treat it's a family tradition.

They've been making these eggs for over a hundred years so they've had plenty of time to perfect their craft.

Two shops dedicated entirely to chocolate and treats like, chocolate dipped "carrots", nutter butter chicks and shelves filled with candy, they have it all.

"This particular melter over here holds 300 pounds of milk chocolate," said Tom Lagomarcino. Tom and his family have a few other melting pots just like the milk chocolate one, filled to the brim and they will use every last drop for one of their busiest holidays, Easter.

"It is absolutely crazy, I would say on Monday we completely filled a UPS truck with about 180 eggs that were going out the door for all over the United States," said Tom.

Their four pound Easter egg is a fan favorite but it takes some time. First, you have to fill half of the egg mold with chocolate then freeze the mold until it is hard enough to slide out of the mold. After they fill the egg with candy they mold the two sides of the egg with chocolate and then layer two layers of chocolate around the egg.

"We had a guy from Florida call up and he said I want to ask my girlfriend to marry me and he said can I send an engagement ring up there, can you put it in your biggest egg and we go sure but I tell you when you do two thousand eggs you wanna make sure you know which one has the diamond ring in it," said Tom. Of course the proposal was a success.

Stories like this make the rush from Easter worth it for the whole family and all of their employees too.

"You see the same people year after year, you see new people coming in and we build friendships with our customers that way that is the beauty of it we’re not mass producing thousands and thousands of things," said Tom.

Lagomarcino's will be open on Friday, April 19 until 6 and  Saturday, April 20 until 4 to make sure everyone gets what they need.

2018’s Hurricane Michael upgraded to Category 5, strongest storm to hit US in 26 years

Scientists at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration have concluded a detailed post-storm analysis of Hurricane Michael and determined the storm’s estimated intensity at landfall was 160 MPH. This five-mile-per-hour increase in wind speeds now makes Michael an official Category 5 storm on the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale when it made landfall on October 10, 2018, near Mexico Beach, Florida.

Michael is now the first category 5 hurricane to make landfall in the United States since Hurricane Andrew in 1992, and only the fourth category 5 hurricane on record. Michael is also the strongest hurricane landfall on record in the Florida Panhandle and only the second known category 5 landfall on the northern Gulf cost.

Other Category 5 Hurricanes:
1992 – Andrew
1969 – Camile
1935 – Labor Day

The previous wind speed estimate was 155 miles per hour. The new intensity estimate was determined from a review of aircraft winds, surface winds, surface pressures, satellite intensity estimates, and Doppler radar data, most of which were not available in real-time as the storm landed.

The pressure is also used as a measurement is storm intensity and in general, the lower a storm’s central pressure, the higher the wind speeds. Michael sustained a central pressure of 919 millibars at landfall, which is the third lowest on record for a landfalling United States hurricane since records began in 1900.  The Labor Day Hurricane of 1935 had a central pressure of 892 millibars while Hurricane Camile had a central pressure of 900 millibars.

Though category 5 winds were likely experienced in a very small area, wind speeds are of little significance in terms of the associated impacts with the storms.

The storm was responsible for 16 deaths and about $25 billion in damage in the United States.

Meteorologist Andrew Stutzke

Secondary crest on the Mississippi River just days away

Thanks to the recent snowfall north of the Quad Cities, another crest is headed down the Mississippi River in the coming days that will cause more flooding issues.

The next crest will be arriving late next week and into next weekend working its way down from Dubuque through Burlington causing another round of headaches for the Quad Cities region. The values that you see in the graphic above are on the high-end of the forecast crest range, which will be experienced if we receive any significant rains between now and when the actual crests arrive.

On the low-end of the range, a crest of at least 19.5 feet looks likely, which is roughly half a foot lower than the previous crest that we experienced last week. The potential is there though for a higher crest of close to 21 feet, depending on the amount of additional rain we receive in the next week.

For the Mississippi River at Rock Island, once the river reaches 21 feet water begins affecting the Davenport Post Office's 2nd street entrance and Marquis Harbor in Moline. In Bettendorf, water affects River Drive between 6th and 8th streets.

The National Weather Service recently began discussions regarding the long-range weather patterns expected to take shape through the month of May. Most recently an El Nino advisory has been issued. There remains considerable uncertainty with how this pattern could impact our summer weather-cycle because no such pattern has evolved in recent weather history here. El Nino is only a small piece of the puzzle when it comes to shaping the long-range forecast. Currently, it is expected that an active storm track will continue through July with wetter than normal conditions due to the wet soils that are already in place across much of the region.

Meteorologist Andrew Stutzke

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Donkey on busy Chicago interstate corralled by sheriff’s deputy

ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill. (AP) — It wasn’t a routine day for a sheriff’s officer after she spotted a donkey meandering along Interstate 90 near Chicago.

Video from a body camera taken Wednesday shows the bewildered Cook County officer radioing: “There’s a donkey in the middle of I-90!”

The officer then ordered the donkey to “come here, sweetie!”

She asked a motorist to stand with the donkey while she could figure out what to do.

The officer also asked the donkey where it was from. It turns out the animal’s name was Dusty, who was eventually returned to its owner.

Illinois Senate approves statewide rule for alcohol delivery

(Illinois News Network) — Folks across Illinois could be close to being able to get a six-pack delivered to their door.

Right now, a lot of grocery services will deliver some beer or wine with your order. But some communities in Illinois still have local laws against liquor delivery.

State Sen. Don Harmon has a plan to set a single set of rules for alcohol delivery in Illinois.

He told Senators last week it’s a sign of the times kind of proposal.

“Like many families in Illinois, we have become fond of ordering our groceries for delivery. And it turns out that in some communities when you order your groceries for delivery, if you order beer or wine, they cannot deliver it to you because of a local ordinance,” Harmon said. “So, I introduced this as a way to create a seamless web across the state where the rules would all be the same.”

Harmon said his plan would still respect local community wishes.

“We would maintain local control,” Harmon said. “A municipality could say to a liquor retailer in their community ‘You may not deliver to a customer inside our community,’ but they could not prohibit delivery to outside of their community, nor could they prohibit a resident in their community to receive a delivery from outside the community.”

The idea passed unanimously and is headed to the Illinois House.

Read: Galena distillery looking to help change law that halted sales last year

One person hurt during a kitchen fire in a Muscatine apartment

MUSCATINE, Iowa – Nearly a dozen firefighters rushed to 403 West 4th Street on Thursday night, after a kitchen fire was reported in apartment B, according to fire officials.

One person who lived in the building was hurt. That person was transported by ambulance to Trinity Muscatine in stable condition.

The 911 call came into the center just before midnight on April 18.

When crews arrived they could see fire through the second story window on the backside of the building, according to the Muscatine Fire Department.

Firefighters began to attack the fire, and knocked down the main body of the fire in less than 15 minutes.

They then continued to overhaul the rest of the apartment building to make sure the fire was completely out.

There was fire damage throughout the apartment and limited water and smoke damage to other apartments.

The investigation is complete, and initial reports are that the fire started in the kitchen.

The building did have smoke-alarms that were activated.

Direct fire and smoke loss estimate is approximately $7,500, with about $2,500 to the structure and $5,000 to the contents.

The American Red Cross was called to the scene to assist the residents of the building.

No firefighters were hurt during the response to this fire.

The Muscatine Fire Department was assisted by the Muscatine Police Department. Approximately 11 fire fighters responded to the fire, including off duty personnel.

DISH Network subcontractor facing charges for allegedly bear hugging customer

ELBERT COUNTY, Colo. -- A subcontractor for DISH Network is facing felony charges for his conduct with an elderly woman in Elbert County. That woman, Karen Loest, says she was assaulted.

In early April, DISH Network sent Smart Tech employee David Novinski to Loest's home for repair work. Loest says everything was fine with Novinski’s visit until it was time for him to leave.

“I walked over to see him out, and he proceeded to turn and put me in a bear hug,” Loest told KDVR.

This 70-year-old former Arapahoe County Sheriff’s deputy said she was terrified.

“At that point, I didn’t know whether I was going to be raped … thrown down on the floor,” she said. “He has me pinned -- my arms and chest -- and it hurt.”

Loest told KDVR she pushed Novinski away and told him to leave. However, she said Novinski waited awhile and apologized before leaving.

Novinski was arrested by Elbert County Sheriff’s deputies and booked into the Elbert County Jail on April 7. He is currently out of jail and faces charges of first-degree criminal trespass and negligent bodily injury to an at-risk person, according to court documents.

“Frankly, [this is] one of the strangest cases I’ve ever seen,” said Novinski’s defense attorney, Mike McCullough, of the Reisch Law Firm. “Upon leaving, he gave her a three-second hug and then he left.”

McCullough says his client is someone who generally gives hugs. He also says that when Loest first called Novinski’s boss to complain, she never said she was injured.

“Now, [Novinski is] unemployed, and in my view, because somebody didn’t take the necessary steps to complete an investigation on this,” McCullough said.

Loest says she’s physically OK now, but suffers emotionally and has been concerned for her safety.

“[Novinski] scared me,” she said. “I didn’t sleep for two or three days after that and I’m still not sleeping well. He knows where I live.”

McCullough says he is prepared to fight the felony charges on behalf of Novinski.

“I can’t believe that George Brauchler, who is the elected DA in the 18th Judicial District, wants to prosecute people [who] give people a hug,” McCullough said.

A protective order has been issued ordering Novinski to stay away from Loest.

Experts say the alleged crime rises to the level of a felony due to Loest’s age. The next court date for the case is for appearance of counsel on May 29, according to Brauchler’s office.

DISH Network sent this statement to KDVR:

"We take the safety and security of our community very seriously. We are investigating the allegations regarding this individual who is an employee of an independent third party and not of DISH. This individual is no longer assigned to any DISH jobs. We remain in contact with the independent third party contractor and our customer.” – John Hall, DISH Corporate Communications

NAILED IT OR FAILED IT: Easter Hacks

I'm going to set the scene for you. It's Easter Morning... and you forgot one of the most important items -

The Easter Basket.

You have all the candy boxes, but no basket - and you don't have time to run out to the store to buy one. This is what you can do! During Nailed It Or Failed It on Friday, April 19th, we transformed candy boxes into a Easter baskets. Click the video above to see if/how it works!

Next, we did something a little crazy with Peeps. Whether you love them or hate them, this is a fun way to incorporate them into your Easter decor. Click the below to see how to make a Center-Peep and click here to find some more crafty ideas for Easter from Target.

Ketz's Concoction Friday was very unique. A guy Jon works out with asked him to make a drink he had at the 1908 Draught House a couple of weeks ago in Des Moines. The drink is called Tiki Tiki, and boy was it good. There's no real recipe to it, but the ingredients involve Bacardi Dragon Berry Rum, Sour Mix, Pineapple Juice, and Grenadine. Take a look at it below.

Fire on Myrtle Street in Davenport leaves back of house charred

DAVENPORT, Iowa — A portion of a two-story home is left blacked and burned after a fired early in the morning on April 19.

The Davenport Fire Department told News 8 the call came in at 4:24 a.m. When they got to 1319 Myrtle St., they found the backside of the house was involved.

Crews had the fire under control in 15 minutes. There were no injuries, and no one was home at the time of the fire.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

Illinois spends more per student on school administration than any other state, report finds

(Illinois News Network) — Illinois spends more on public school administrators per student than any other state in the nation.

A new analysis of public school spending by the Chicago-based Metropolitan Planning Council found Illinois spends $544 per student on administrative, non-teaching costs. That’s more than double the national average. Illinois was the only state that spent more than $1 billion in administrative costs in 2016.

“There’s just a lot of administration going around,” Metropolitan Planning Council Vice President Josh Ellis said.

Illinois has 852 school districts. That’s more than any other state. Administrative costs add up, he said.

“That’s not teacher salaries, not support services, not coaches, not clubs. It’s superintendents, their staff, the capital costs of having an office, photocopiers, things like that,” Ellis said.

Illinois’ highest-in-the-nation per-pupil spending ratio would be even higher if not for Chicago Public Schools, which has about 600 schools serving about 361,000 students.

“That is actually pulling the average down,” Ellis said. “We’re paying for a whole lot of stuff that isn’t frontline education.”

The result of this, Ellis said, is higher taxes and less money going into the classroom.

The Metropolitan Planning Council recommended eliminating some of the smaller school district administrations and sharing services with others to be able to put more money back into the classroom, possibly even lowering costs for taxpayers.

“We could have consolidation between districts or service sharing between districts,” he said. “That would free up money.”

If Illinois spent the national average amount on school admin costs, taxpayers could save $645 million annually.

The Illinois Association of School Administrators took issue with the idea of forced consolidation.

“The idea it’s better for children to force school districts to share superintendents or consolidate is [shortsighted] and may not even save money if the district is forced to hire other personnel,” the association said in a statement Thursday. “Plus, the idea of triggering a referendum process completely ignores the critical importance of a good selection process for the leader of any business or organization. If sharing is the right thing to do, then locally elected school boards who have all of the information can make that decision. Nothing prevents that in current statute. In fact, more than 20 districts are already doing so.”

The association also defended the work superintendents do.

“Lastly, superintendents are the leaders of school districts and are critical in setting positive cultures, implementing new strategies to improve learning and setting policies to ensure student safety,” the statement said. “They also run the local business of school districts. It’s an incredibly important job, and it is critical to have someone who is the right fit based upon the district’s mission, vision, core values and goals.”

Illinoisans shoulder the highest property tax rates in the nation, periodically giving up that title to New Jersey. The majority of the local property taxes go to fund public school districts.

Sportscast April 18, 2019

Betendorf host their annual ABC Track Invitational.  The Bulldogs boys and girls team each win the team titles.

Assumption scores a goal in the second half to beat Davenport Central 1-0.

16 Bettendorf Student-Athletes are headed to the next level in a variety of sports.  Five are going Division-1.

16 Bettendorf Bulldogs are headed to the next level

Here is a list of where all the Bettendorf Student-Athletes will be going next year and the sport they will be playing.

Allie Brownson - Basketball - Loras College

Jaylen Cangas - Soccer - Loras College

Emilee  Gist - Softball - Wheaton College

Abby Hershman - Cheer - Loras College

Austin Kalar - Football - Grandview University

Alec Lank - Soccer - Central College

CJ Myers – Swimming – Lake Forest College

Erin McQuillen - Track and Field - Utah State

Elizabeth Park -  Soccer - Valparaiso

Rocky Schoenfelder - Football - Iowa Central

Brendan Scott - Track & Field - University of Iowa

Brandon Tillman - Football - Iowa Central

Emily VanDeWiele - Swimming - LSU

Allison Whitaker - Soccer - Northern Illinois

Lexie Williams  -  Cross Country/Track  - Mount Mercy

Kylie Wroblewski - Basketball - St. Ambrose

Mississippi River flooding takes class outside at Western

MOLINE, Illinois-- Stepping outside the Western Illinois University campus in Moline, students, professors and visitors are greeted by feet of floodwater. It's been encroaching on the riverfront campus for weeks.

But some professors are finding a silver lining in the historic flooding.

Director of the Institute for Environmental Studies Roger Viadero has been taking his students outside to get their feet wet.

"(When) people think about Ph.D., they think about lab work and stuff like that, but since we're environmental scientists, we do a lot of our work out here," he says standing along the water's edge.

His students have traded books for rain boots. And they head a few feet into the floodwater to conduct research.

"So with surface flooding like this, you notice it picks up a lot of debris, and there's a lot of sentiment coming up on the grass," doctoral candidate Victoria Livingston explains. "So if we know how fast the water is moving, we know what stuff it's capable of moving."

Students aren't only getting real-world experience. Their research could have a real-world impact.

"We can see if the water retention or the water management is sufficient for a type of flood like this," environmental studies student Jason Hunt says.

The data will eventually be published online for anyone to access and use.

As for the students' outdoor classroom, it's not expected to go anywhere soon. The water isn't receding quickly and could even rise later this week.

 

Shots fired on Fillmore Street in Davenport

DAVENPORT, Iowa- Update: Davenport Police responded to Fillmore Street and W 17th Street around 9:10 p.m. regarding a shooting victim, according to a press release. Officers found a 16-year-old boy with a gunshot wound. He was taken to Genesis Hopistals with life-threatening injuries.

Officers talked with people living in the area to gather more information.

Anyone with information should call Davenport Police at 563-326-6125 or submit an anonymous tip through the mobile app "CityConnect Davenport, IA."

Earlier: Police are searching the area after confirming shots fired in Davenport.

WQAD had a team on the streets as the events were unfolding.

Around 9:30 p.m. Thursday, April 18 police were actively searching the area around 17th Street and Fillmore Street.

They could not confirm any injuries but they are blocking the area.

Winner of $20,000 Dooley Scholarship announced

DAVENPORT, Iowa- A senior from West High School got a significant boost to help pursue her dreams of becoming a doctor.

The Dooley Scholarship is awarded each year to a DCSD senior in the upper 10% of their class, who has shown a continued interest in the field of medicine, and plans to become a medical doctor.

Four students applied for this year’s scholarship. The scholarship is worth $20,000.

"The Dooley Scholarship began by the late Dr. Walter Neiswanger, has been awarded annually since 1965."

Emma Bernick was surprised by her family and teachers Thursday, April 18. She was awarded the "Doctor Thomas Anthony Dooley memorial" scholarship.

To win the award an applicant is judged on their ACT scores and Advanced Placement classes completed, as well as an interview by a panel of principals, counselors, director of curriculum, the president of the Scott County American Medical Association, and a local university official.

Bettendorf High hosts trebuchet day

BETTENDORF, Iowa- Several local schools got together to see who had the best trebuchet at an egg flinging competition in Bettendorf.

Pleasant Valley, North Scott, and Moline High school students competed in the annual trebuchet competition April 18 at Bettendorf high school.

The goal was to hit targets that were 75,100, And 125 feet away. Other points were awarded for overall design presentations judged by Quad City Engineers.

The winning team of the events gets a $1,000 scholarship individually. The school wins a traveling trophy with the most points.

Two Geneseo men charged in Bettendorf robbery

BETTENDORF, Iowa -- Two Geneseo men were arrested within 10 minutes of an armed robbery being reported at U.S. Bank in Bettendorf.

Police were called to the bank's Middle Road branch just after 10 a.m. Thursday, April 18, according to a statement from the City of Bettendorf.  As investigators responded, a detective saw someone "throwing suspicious items into a dumpster" near Tanglefoot Lane and Golden Valley Drive.

That person, identified as 41-year-old Christopher L. Schultz, then got into the passenger seat of a vehicle that took off on Golden Valley Drive, said the statement.  Police pulled that vehicle over in the 900 block of Golden Valley Drive and took Schultz and the driver, 21-year-old Benjamin D. Watkins, into custody.

According to an affidavit, Watkins was charged with first-degree robbery, conspiracy to commit a forcible felony and third-degree theft.   Schultz was charged with first-degree robbery, second-degree theft, and conspiracy to commit a forcible felony.

In addition, Schultz was charged with first-degree robbery for a robbery at IH Mississippi Valley Credit Union that happened on March 23.

The Davenport Police Department has filed first-degree robbery charges against Schultz for a robbery that happened at DuTrac Credit Union on Kimberly Road in Davenport on February 16.

During the investigation, some area schools were placed on lockdown.

The FBI is working with area police departments where similar bank robberies have occurred.

Facebook bans British far-right groups and their leaders

(CNN) — Facebook has banned a number of far-right groups and their leaders in the United Kingdom after determining that they “spread hate.”

The social network announced Thursday that it had imposed bans on the British National Party, Britain First, the English Defence League, Knights Templar International, and the National Front.

Seven individuals associated with the groups were also banned, including former British National Party leader Nick Griffin, and Paul Golding and Jayda Fransen of Britain First.

Facebook said the groups had been removed under a policy that bans “those who proclaim a violent or hateful mission or are engaged in acts of hate or violence.”

The restrictions also apply to Instagram.

It’s the latest example of social media companies stepping up efforts to police content on their platforms after years of criticism that they were not doing enough to stop hate speech and extremist content.

Facebook removed British far-right activist Tommy Robinson, whose real name is Stephen Yaxley-Lennon, for posting hate speech in February.

The company has come under increased scrutiny after a terror attack targeting two New Zealand mosques in March was streamed live on its platform.

Following the attack, Facebook announced that it would ban all “praise, support and representation of white nationalism and separatism.”

The British groups banned on Thursday trafficked in some of the objectionable content that Facebook has promised to remove from its platforms.

Britain First is an ultra-nationalist group that opposes immigration. President Donald Trump caused outrage in 2017 when he retweeted three anti-Muslim videos posted by Fransen, its former deputy leader.

Facebook said that posts expressing praise or support for individuals and groups removed from its platforms on Thursday will also be banned.

Mark Skilton, a professor who studies artificial intelligence at Warwick Business School in England, said the bans were “long overdue” but still not enough.

“Social media platforms need stronger automated controls beyond the occasional ‘token gesture’ of media announcements banning people,” he said.

Regulators are increasingly pushing for new powers to punish social media companies for failing to tackle hate speech. The European Union is threatening to legislate new rules if voluntary arrangements don’t work.

The UK government proposed new rules earlier this month that would make internet companies legally responsible for unlawful content and material that is damaging to individuals or the country.

Tech executives could face fines and criminal penalties under the proposal.

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