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What’s being saved and lost in the RICO Courthouse demolition

ROCK ISLAND, Illinois-- The Rock Island County Courthouse looks different than it did just a few months ago.

The clerks and attorneys have all moved next door to the new Rock Island County Justice Center Annex. Hundreds of pieces of furniture have been pulled out and repurposed. And most courtrooms are empty, with the court benches stored away.

"Everybody's gone. Everything's gone. And you can really see the wear and tear the buildings has suffered through time," project manager Phil Thiele says.

He's been overseeing the asbestos removal in the courthouse. His company, Gilbane, also built the new annex.

Demolition has been delayed as the project waits for a demolition permit from the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency.

Thiele says crews found 2,000 additional square feet of asbestos they'll need to remove. He says that will take six more days of work and hopes the permit will be approved in the meantime.

For now, they've also removed most of the items with historical significance.

There's a big desk in one courtroom crews still need to remove and one courtroom full of benches that will be saved.

"It is a little different to be in a building where it's just the four of us here," Rock Island Historical Society President Merredith Peterson says. "It's just kind of like... 'Wow!'"

There's one last historical piece Peterson is waiting to see taken out of the courthouse. There are three marble tablets that used to hang on the walls. They're inscribed with hundreds of names.

"These are the names from the early settlers and old pioneers who actually came first to the county starting in 1938," Peterson says.

Thiele says these tablets, the heaviest weighing 800 pounds, will have to be lifted out the window with a crane before demolition.

Peterson says the Historical Society will find somewhere to display them.

"Their stories and sacrifice of what they did to establish our community... it's all built on their hard work," Peterson says, running her hand over the engravings.

But there are some things that won't be saved from the courthouse. Thiele says there are cubicles and furniture that nobody would take, not even for free. He says the cast-iron and wrought iron railings along the stairs and rotunda will be scrapped. He says they can't be repurposed because they don't meet safety codes.

Peterson says it's not easy to see the courthouse turn into a shell of what it once was.

"There was a lot of work that went before (this courthouse)," she says. "Just as there's a lot of work to tear it down and move into a new place. It's never easy."

But the memories and those who built this place won't be forgotten.

County officials are keeping track of the historical items from the courthouse. They'll be put on display for the public.

Thiele says demolition could start as early as the week of January 27.

Wheel of Misfortune; Ira Clark

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

On Wednesday, January 16, 2019, the "Wheel of Misfortune" landed on 26-year-old Ira Clark. He's 5'5", 162 pounds, black hair, brown eyes. He is wanted in Rock Island County for probation violation and aggravated battery.

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

Patience pays off for PV’s Beinborn

Pleasant Valley's Macy Beinbirn is a basketball junkie.

"She can watch basketball for hours at a time," explains teammate Carli Spelhaug,
"When you get a kid like that as a coach you are like YES!" laughed head coach Jennifer Goetz.  "We like kids like that that just live and breathe the gym."

Basketball has always been in Macy's blood.  Her Dad, Mark, is the head women's coach at Augustana College.  He also has spent several summers coaching Macy.

"Our house is a basketball house. My wife probaby watches more basketball on TV than I do," admits Beinborn.
"My Dad's always been a basketball coach so I grew up going to his game's," adds Macy.  "We never had a babysitter so I'd be at his practices"

Basketball is a game that's taught Macy a lot, but her biggest lesson came last season- off the court.

"I'm sure it was hard at times," explains Goetz.  "I'm sure it was really hard at times."

With the Lady Spartans enjoying one of their best seasons in school history, Beinborn saw herself sittin behind a very talented senior class.

"It wasn't easy but that's life," explained Mark Beinborn.  "The hard part was knowing what to do as Dad."
"At some points it was frustrating because I wanted to be in," admitted Macy.  "I wanted to play but I also understood I need to do was cheer on my team."

"That's where I honestly did make her cry," said Mark.  "It's here's your situation, do more, deal with it. Ultimately when we are not babied in life and were not just handed things we learn to work for things."

And that's exactly what Macy did.

"A part of sitting last year really just drove me to work harder," explains Macy.  "The day after the Regional final I was in the gym."

The hardwork and patince is now paying off for Macy and the entire Spartan senior class.

"These young ladies-- Macy included-  are walking examples of when you trust the process and continue to do what you are supposed to do good things are gonna happen," explains Goetz.

Beinborn has emerged as one of the best shooters in the MAC this season.  Meanwhile Coach Beinborn remains in his biggest role as Dad.

"I don't even yell at the games. I'm not in the car afterwards talking about what they did well," admits Mark Beinborn. "If I do I'll ask do you want dad or coach right now. If she says dad I say nothing about it-- if she says coach then I make her cry."

 

 

Davenport drafting ordinance to better regulate massage parlors

DAVENPORT, Iowa -- The city of Davenport is drafting an ordinance that will allow it to regulate or even shut down massage parlors amid an uptick in illicit businesses in recent years. The city said the major concern is that bad actors can use massage parlors as a front for prostitution or even human trafficking.

Massage therapists say the ordinance will close a major loophole that allowed illegitimate businesses to operate under the radar.

"As a physical therapist or doctor of physical therapy, you have to present your licensure and have it present," said Dr. Dan Howes at the Institute of Therapeutic Massage & Wellness in Davenport. "So why would it be any different for massage therapy?"

Davenport is taking a page from other cities in the state like Des Moines, Iowa City and more recently, Clinton. A 2017 Iowa law gives municipalities the ability to enforce state-issued therapeutic massage licenses, and shut down businesses operating without one.

"We go to school, we get properly trained, we have to do continuing education every year to keep up our licenses and we take our profession very seriously," said Amanda Wheeler, who owns and manages Exotic Escape Spa & Salon in Davenport.

"We are here to help people, heal people," she said.  "And we want people to know that they’re in a safe place when they do come in for a massage."

 

 

YOUR HEALTH: Allergic to red meat? Time to blame a tick

CHAPEL HILL, North Carolina –Most of us enjoy a good, juicy burger from time to time.

But imagine if eating red meat triggered a severe allergic reaction.

At one time, it was very rare reaction and limited to a few hundred people in the southern United States.  But now, it's starting to migrate north and creating a health problem that is on the rise.

Like many Americans, Darrow enjoys a good steak.

"Three hours after that delicious beef tenderloin I started itching."

It got so bad she ended up in the ER.

"It felt like fire ants from head to toe."

Turns out Darrow was suffering from an unusual food allergy and she's not alone.

"We are confident of 5,000 cases," said Dr. Scott Commins, a Medicine and Pediatrics associate professor at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill.

"They had no idea that two hours after eating a hamburger that in another two hours they'd be covered in hives and have severe itching."

Dr. Commins and his team at the University of North Carolina wanted to know what was causing an allergic reaction in people like Darrow who never had a food allergy.

Dr. Commins says the culprit appears to be the Lone Star Tick, prevalent in the southeast.

They reached out to patients who reported reactions.

"Sure enough, over 90 percent of them reported recent tick bites."

Lone Star ticks aren't carriers of Lyme disease.

It's called the alpha-gal allergy, named after a sugar found in the blood of certain animals such as cows and pigs.

"A tick takes a blood meal off a lower mammal like a deer or dog and then bites a human," explained Dr. Commins.

The tick has alpha-gal in its saliva, which can trigger an allergic reaction when that person eats red meat.

RESEARCH:   Researchers are also trying to figure out what it is about ticks that causes this reaction. They're looking at deer blood, tick saliva, and bacteria from ticks as possible causes, and there's now research around the world, with cases of meat allergies resulting from tick bites coming from Australia and Europe, although as a result of different kinds of ticks.   Once this is better understood, there's hope of someday having a treatment that could desensitize people through allergy shots.   In the meantime, researchers say it's important that medical professionals other than allergists know about this condition.   They say doctors need to understand that abdominal pain is a key marker of this allergy and that symptoms are delayed.

But there is some good news.

"I am so careful now when I go outside no matter where I am," said Darrow.

So she doesn't become a meal for a hungry tick again.

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.

Shopko announces store closures

BURLINGTON, Iowa -- Shopko has announced it's filed for bankruptcy and will close dozens of stores.

Among the nearly 40 stores closing, Burlington and Fort Madison's location were included.

Both locations were set to close in April.

The company said the optical centers at both locations were expected to remain open, but in new locations.

Honeywell to shutdown all operations in Galena Illinois

GALENA, Illinois- Galena Mayor Terry Renner, confirmed to WQAD that Honeywell is closing its Galena operations by the end of the year.

According to the Mayor, “it came as a complete surprise, the city was blindsided”.

There are around 50 blue-collar workers and six administrators at the Galena operations.  He says that number is down from more than 100 workers from years past.

The workers are not union represented.

Honeywell has a sizeable presence in the city but it is not the city’s biggest employer.

Mayor Terry Renner believes Signcraft is the biggest manufacturer in the city and that the Galena hospital, Midwest Medical Center, is the biggest employer.

Honeywell also closed operations in nearby Warren, Illinois, years ago.

The City has reached out to the Illinois Commerce Department to find out if the Illinois Rapid Response team will be assisting displaced workers in Galena with job training and other options.

Student uses passion project to battle cancer

DAVENPORT, Iowa-- “It's been very difficult but I just want people to know it doesn't stay forever," said high school student Madi White.

Madi was diagnosed with stage four brain cancer just three months ago. The tumor is inoperable, so Madi makes the trip to Iowa City everyday for treatment.

Somehow, she still finds time to make it to class.

“People are telling me (school's) not the most important thing right now but to me I want to keep it as the most important thing,” said White.

School is the one place Madi can pursue her passion for welding. She hopes to make welding a career one day.

“Madi started welding a couple years ago,” said Andy Zinn, Davenport West’s welding instructor.  "(She) came in as a small little ninth grade girl that wanted to take welding class; she was in a class with all boys by herself."

Now, she is one of two girls in the class, and she doesn't shy away from the machines.

“I like actually being able to make things, do things, that other people don't know how to do,” said Madi.

Her current project is a bench with 26 ribbons, all a different color, for the 26 different kinds of cancer. The ribbon that symbolizes her cancer is a light grey. Madi didn't want the bench to only recognize her struggles, but everyone effected by cancer.

“The design that she came up with for all of those she counted out all the different types, all the different types of ribbons everything there and put all that together on paper we took it to the computer and she took it from there,” Said Zinn.

Cutting together what she loves, and the news that changed her life.

“The challenges that she's had are pretty tough to be getting up every morning and coming to school,” said Zinn.  "She hasn't missed a beat and comes in every day working just like she has been."

She isn't giving up on her future, and neither is anyone else.

“It's just amazing that they can do so much, and make me feel normal,” said Madi.

Davenport West is hosting a spaghetti dinner that will be served from 4:30-6:30 on Friday, January 18th. The cost of the dinner is $5 per person. Desserts will be available, and a free-will donation is suggested for dessert. There will also be a silent auction and 50/50 raffle. All the money raised will go towards covering, Madi's treatment costs.

Rockridge High School teacher wins statewide award

TAYLOR RIDGE, ILLINOIS  --  Rockridge High School choir director, Curtis Fischer- Oelschlaeger, won the National Federation of State High School Association's Outstanding Music Educator Award. The award is given to one teacher in each state every year, making Oelschlaeger the Illinois 2018 winner.

"It's very humbling," Oelschlaeger said. "Being this little small school on the west side of the state, to receive an honor like this is really pretty amazing."

"He really deserved it," Rockridge High School student Alex Minyard said. "I couldn't imagine anyone else getting it."

The award qualifies Fischer-Oelschlaeger for a national award in 2020.

"Next year it will go to the national level," Oelschlaeger said. "I will be compared against some of the other state recipients."

The Rockridge choir is four time state champions in music for it's school size.

"We've been state champions in music for the past four years for our size schools," Oelschlaeger said." So, we're hoping to continue the tradition."

"He's the one who taught me about music and how to make myself a better musician than I already was," Minyard said.

Oelschlaeger also directs the color guard and theater department.

"I don't do it for anything like that," Oelschlaeger said. "I do it for the love of music and for the kids, but when something like this comes out of it, it's nice too."

Clinton woman out $10,800 from winter door to door scammers

CLINTON, Iowa-- Sue Eastman doesn't claim to be the handiest homeowner on her street, but after just a glance at her driveway, most people would recognize she was lied to.

"He said it was in really bad shape. You have the worst parking lot I've ever seen," says Eastman.

"This is a flat out scam, absolutely," says Randy Meier, Director of Clinton County Sheriff's Seniors vs. Crime program.

It started back in July. Eastman says her driveway was in perfectly fine shape. A man came to her door.

"He said my driveway was the worst he's ever seen. He said it was crumbling," says Eastman.

Eastman agreed to let the man do some work he called resurfacing.

"All he did was put the oil on. He blew it off. A woman was with him, and then they put this can of oil on, brushed it on," says Eastman.

Meier says the oil was likely used motor oil, not resurfacing material.

The man put on the mystery oil twice, then charged Eastman $4,000.

She wrote the check hoping to never see the man again. And she didn't until the third week of December. This time the man said her garage needed serious repair.

"I said three or four times no, it's okay, it will outlive me. Oh no, we can have it done in no time at all. And then he wanted to fill in something over there, and I said no, no, nothing else," says Eastman.

"In the case we're talking about here, they wouldn't leave. They were persistent. They beat the victim down basically to get her to hand over money," says Meier.

The cost for "fixing" a crack in the garage floor and what the man called a leaky roof was $10,800 in total.

Right now police are investigating. They say the man who did this to Eastman has a record of scamming others.

"Maximum penalty for theft in the first degree is 10 years in prison," says Meier.

Now Eastman is left trying to fix a solution that never needed fixing in the first place.

"I got scammed probably worse than anyone has in the city of Clinton. It was a $10,800 lesson," says Eastman.

Police say the easiest way to spot a door to door scammer is if they do not have a permit. In Clinton County, door to door sales people are required by law to have a permit with them at all times.

Other red flags are if the person is pushy, and if they don't give you a written contract and receipt.

Trump signs law ensuring shutdown pay for government workers

(CNN) — President Donald Trump signed a bill providing back pay to federal employees affected by the ongoing partial government shutdown, the White House announced Wednesday.

Trump signed the Government Employee Fair Treatment Act of 2019, which the White House said “requires the compensation of government employees for wages lost, work performed, or leave used during a lapse in appropriations that begins on or after December 22, 2018, and entitles excepted employees to use leave during a lapse in appropriations.”

Sen. Ben Cardin, D-Maryland, who sponsored the bill, tweeted that Trump signing the legislation “is an important step toward providing our civil servants with some stability and hope.”

“But it doesn’t help pay the bills *now.* To do that, we MUST reopen the government. #EndTheShutdown,” added Cardin, whose state neighbors Washington and is home to many federal workers.

Earlier Wednesday the President met with members of the Problem Solvers Caucus, a bipartisan group of members of Congress, to negotiate amid the shutdown revolving around funding a US-Mexico border wall.

White House press secretary Sarah Sanders said the meeting was “constructive” and that the group attendees “listened to one another and now both have a good understanding of what the other wants.”

A member at the White House meeting described it as a respectful exchange of ideas and an agreement to keep talking, but said there were no signs they are closer to a deal. In fact, Democrats kept pushing to reopen the government before immigration talks.

Man arrested for felony animal cruelty after neutering neighbor’s cat

Eden, NC (WGHP)- A North Carolina man was arrested Wednesday for felony animal cruelty after neutering his neighbor’s cat, according to a news release from the Rockingham County Sheriff’s Office.

According to authorities, Jordan Thomas Hall, 30, was at his neighbors’ home in Eden on Monday.

Earlier in the evening, that neighbor had referenced having to take his cat to have him neutered. Hall offered to neuter the cat for Dickerson, but Dickerson declined his offer.

At around 2 a.m. on Tuesday, after the neighbor and his girlfriend had gone to bed, he got up to check on Hall who was supposed to be sleeping in the living room of the home, but Hall and the cat were gone.

Later, he found his cat bloody and his testicles had been removed.

The neighbor became irate and confronted Hall, chasing him out of his residence before calling the Rockingham County Sheriff’s Office.

The cat, “Shna-Shna”, was taken by Rockingham County Animal Control to a local vet for treatment and is expected to survive.

Hall was placed in the Rockingham County Detention Facility under a $5,000 secured bond. He is scheduled to appear in court on Jan. 24.

Investigators ask for public’s help identifying toddler found dead in duffel bag

SAN DIEGO - Police are seeking the public’s help in identifying the skeletal remains of a boy found near a Rancho Bernardo park in 2004.

The National Center for Missing & Exploited Children has teamed up with San Diego Police Department in the effort to identify the deceased child.

On May 4, 2004, skeletal remains of a small boy were discovered by two hikers on a trail near the park and Interstate 15.

The hikers noticed a green padded winter-type coat lying over a green and white duffle bag, according to SDPD. When they removed the coat and looked in the bag, they saw a human skull and bones. Red warm-up pants, gray-tan socks, a blue vest and two sweatshirts were also in the bag.

Forensic Isotope Analysis determined the boy was likely between 2.5 and 3.5 years of age at the time of his death and he had been deceased for at least one year before he was found.

The same analysis revealed the child’s mother likely spent time in the southeast while pregnant, may have lived in Texas shortly after the child was born, then moved to Southern California.

NCMEC completed a facial reconstruction which shows what the child may have looked like.

Anyone with information should contact SDPD, reference case number 04-029569.

The group’s forensic team is currently assisting law enforcement with over 700 cases of unidentified deceased children.

 

World-ranked bull rider dies from injuries

DENVER - A bull rider died from injuries he suffered during an event at the National Western Stock Show in Denver on Tuesday night.

Mason Lowe of Exeter, Missouri, was ranked 18th in the world, according to the Professional Bull Riders Association. He had been a professional rider for seven years.

The event he was scheduled to be competing in on Tuesday night was called the PBR Chute Out, a test of how long a rider can stay up and atop an out-of-control bull.

"We are deeply saddened to report that Mason Lowe passed away this evening following injuries sustained at the PBR event in Denver," said Sean Gleason, president of the Professional Bull Riders Association.

"The entire PBR and National Western sports family extends our heartfelt condolences and deepest sympathies to Mason’s wife Abbey and his family."

Lowe, 25, had earned nearly $10,000 in competitions so far this year.

N.C. school district drops lunches to ‘minimum level’ to conserve food during government shutdown

VANCE COUNTY, N.C. — As the United States’ longest ever government shutdown lingers, a North Carolina school system said they’re bringing school lunches down to a “minimum.”

“Due to the Federal Government Shutdown, lunch menus in Vance County Schools have been revised to a minimum level to conserve food and funding,” the district wrote in a Facebook post.

Beginning next week, Vance County students will notice changes on their trays with the “minimum level” lunches.

The district will no longer include fresh produce in lunches except at elementary schools in the Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program.

That program, however, will also be reduced down to two days a week.

Bottled drinks, like water and juice, will only be available until stocks run dry.

No ice cream will be available until further notice.

With these changes, students can still expect to get a main dish, bread, two vegetables, one fruit and milk.

“The Vance County Schools Nutrition Program for students is self-supporting with federal funds providing meals,” the district said. “We hope that normal lunch menus can be resumed as soon as possible once the shutdown has ended.”

Michelle Obama’s ‘Becoming’ has the longest run atop Amazon since ‘Fifty Shades’

“Becoming” by Michelle Obama is not just one of the best-selling books of the past year — it is one of the hottest titles of the decade.

The inspirational memoir by the former first lady has been on sale for more than two months, yet it is still No. 1 on Amazon’s constantly updated list of best-selling books.

Amazon said “Becoming” enjoyed the longest streak at No. 1 for any book since “Fifty Shades of Grey” came out in 2012.

No political tome or public figure’s memoir has ranked No. 1 for as long as “Becoming,” according to data the company provided to CNN Business.

“Becoming” was released on November 13, specifically timed to maximize holiday season sales.

It hit No. 1 on Amazon the Friday before the publication date and stayed there for nearly nine weeks.

According to Amazon, it was No. 1 “most sold on Amazon across all formats for 47 consecutive days,” which is the longest streak since “Fifty Shades.”

Another book briefly took the top spot on day 47, Amazon said, but “Becoming” returned to No. 1 and has stayed there practically ever since. Spot checks of the website this month have showed Obama holding steady at the top of the list, with Marie Kondō and Rachel Hollis following close behind.

Obama eclipsed all of 2018’s Trump-related titles within a few weeks of being released. Pro-Trump books like “The Russia Hoax” and takedowns like “Fire and Fury” have performed remarkably well for publishers, but “Becoming” has had more staying power.

Since 1995, when Amazon started keeping track of sales this way, only seven other titles had longer streaks at No. 1.

Four of those were by JK Rowling: “Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire” in 2000, “Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix” in 2003, “Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince” in 2005, and “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows” in 2007.

The other three were “Da Vinci Code” in 2003; “A New Earth: Awakening to Your Life’s Purpose,” which came out in 2005, but hit No. 1 when Oprah Winfrey endorsed it in 2008; and “Fifty Shades of Grey” in 2012.

The publishing house behind the book, Penguin Random House, declined to provide updated sales totals. But in its first week on sale, “Becoming” sold more than 1.4 million copies, the company said back in November.

The publisher kept printing more copies to keep up with demand, but the book was still out of stock at some retailers at Christmas.

What’s remarkable is that the book continues to sell so well, despite the early rush of demand.

On a weekly basis, “Becoming” has “consistently held the No. 1 spot on its weekly Most Sold and Most Read nonfiction lists since the book was released in November,” Amazon said this week.

The book has also ranked No. 1 on the New York Times’ nonfiction best seller list for eight consecutive weeks.

Penguin Random House also has a deal to publish Barack Obama’s post-presidential memoir. That book does not yet have a publication date.

The company paid an enormous sum — a reported $65 million — to acquire both books.

Coal Valley elementary school on lockdown

COAL VALLEY, Illinois — Bicentennial Elementary School was placed on lockdown after police received word of a possible weapon inside the school.

The lockdown went into effect around 1:15 p.m. Wednesday, January 16, according to a spokesperson with the Coal Valley Village Police Department.

A spokesperson with the Moline-Coal Valley School District said police had gotten an anonymous tip that there could be a weapon in the school.  Officers ordered the school go into a “passive” lockdown.

Around 2:15 p.m. classes were being released one at a time.

The school was initially supposed to let out around 1:30 p.m., but the lockdown delayed their schedule.

Police were investigating the tip, which was not seeming to be credible, according to the school district spokesperson.

 

American who survived 9/11 killed in Kenya attack

He escaped one act of terrorism, but not a second. American Jason Spindler, a survivor of the 9/11 terror attacks, was among at least 14 people killed Tuesday when militants stormed a hotel and office complex in Nairobi, Kenya.

Nairobi News cites colleagues as saying the founder and CEO of investment firm I-DEV International, located in the targeted complex, was eating lunch at the hotel when the attack occurred.

“I am sure he gave them hell!” his brother says, per Reuters, describing Spindler as “a fighter.”

He reportedly escaped the World Trade Center’s Building 7, where he worked as an analyst for the Salomon Brothers investment bank, before it was crushed by the North Tower on 9/11, per the Daily Beast. Spindler would later serve with the US Peace Corps in Peru.

“It’s so sad that such a bright young person is taken away by terrorism,” Spindler’s mother tells NBC News, noting her son was “trying to make positive change in the Third World in emerging markets” and had received grants from the Bill and Melinda Gates and Clinton foundations.

“Know you are mountain climbing with the angels tonight,” a friend adds of the avid rock climber, per Reuters. British development professional Luke Potter, who’d only recently moved to the East African country, was also killed in the attack claimed by Somalia-based al-Shabab. Reuters also identifies Abdalla Dahir and Feisal Ahmed, two Kenyan development professionals who worked to improve life in Somalia, as among the dead. Ahmed’s widow is said to be seven months pregnant. (More details here.)

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Jayme Closs rescued herself. Should she get the $50,000 reward money?

A couple who called 911 and alerted authorities that Jayme Closs was at their home said they did not want a $50,000 reward for providing information on the abducted girl’s whereabouts.

Kristin Kasinskas said that she and her husband, Peter, had not been approached by officials about the reward or where it may go. Still, they said if anyone does receive the reward, it should be Jayme.

“Because she got herself out,” Kasinskas said.

The question of what to do with that five-figure reward money comes a week after 13-year-old Jayme was found alive and well outside Gordon, Wisconsin, about 70 miles north of where she was last seen. Her parents were killed and she was abducted October 15 near Barron, Wisconsin, sparking an extensive law enforcement search for any signs or tips on her whereabouts.

The FBI offered a $25,000 reward for any information leading to her rescue. In addition, the Jennie-O Turkey Store, the employer of her parents, Denise and James Closs, added another $25,000 to that reward.

But a break in the case didn’t come until Jayme escaped from her captor and fled to safety on January 10.

“Jayme was the hero in the case. Jayme was the champion that finally said enough is enough,” Barron County Sheriff Chris Fitzgerald said. “We can’t be more proud of Jayme.”

Now that she has been found alive, authorities are working to determine where the reward goes. Or if it’s awarded at all.

Fitzgerald told CNN that he and the FBI will be consulting on the reward soon to make a decision about what happens with the money. FBI Milwaukee spokesman Leonard Peace also confirmed that the FBI is continuing to review the reward.

“That’s a question for someone else other than me,” District Attorney Brian Wright said Monday.

How she escaped

For nearly three months, Jayme was kept in captivity after her kidnapping. She told investigators that she was often forced under her captor’s bed and blocked in by weights.

But when he left the home for several hours last week, Jayme pushed aside the weights blocking her, put on a pair of his oversize shoes and ran outside the home.

She came upon Jeanne Nutter, a neighbor out walking her dog. The two of them then went to a nearby home owned by the Kasinskas, who recognized the girl immediately from news reports. Together, they called police to let them know Jayme was alive and well.

“I have a young lady at my house right now, and she has said her name is Jayme Closs,” Kasinskas said in the 911 call. “It is her. I 100% think it is her.”

In the call, Nutter explains how she came across Jayme.

“I was walking my dog, and we were almost home and she was walking toward me, crying, saying, ‘You got to help me, you got to help me,’ ” Nutter said.

CNN has reached out to Nutter for comment about the reward.

Jake Patterson, 21, has confessed to killing Jayme’s parents and kidnapping her, according to a criminal complaint. He was charged with two counts of intentional homicide and a count of kidnapping and armed burglary, and he was ordered held on $5 million bail.

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