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WQAD Sports April 16th

  • United Township soccer bests Alleman 2-0
  • Bettendorf girls soccer bests North 3-0
  • Brewers continue to pound Cardinalpitching
  • Cubs best Marlins behind Jose Quintana

WQAD Sport April 15th

  • Pleasant Valley soccer blanks Davenport Central
  • Rockridge softball cruises past Sherrard to stay perfect in conference play
  • Cubs best Marlins
  • Yelich continues to kill Cardinals as Brewers best St. Louis
  • Clair Peterson says Tiger's win is good for golf everywhere including QC
  • Nick Welch embraces rebuild of United Township football
  • Defense dominates Illinois Football Spring Game

Rain and snow means more Mississippi flooding

QUAD CITIES- The recent rain and snow to the north of the QC are changing the forecast for flood levels in our area.

The National Weather Service says the Mississippi will rise about two inches by Thursday, April 18.

Water levels are expected to stay near the 19 foot level in the Quad Cities until Sunday, April 21.

Water levels in Clinton and Burlington aren't expected to rise much more in the near future.

In Muscatine, the Mississippi may rise close to two inches by Friday, April 19.

Train VS Car crash blocking Rock Island traffic

ROCK ISLAND- 31st Avenue near Ted’s Boatarama in Rock Island is closed as police investigate a crash.

According to police a car and a train collided just east of Ted’s Boatarama in Rock Island Tuesday, April 16.

Lt. Rusty Hocker says there are no injuries, only property damage.

Traffic is being rerouted toward Centennial Expressway.

Police are still active and the area remains blocked at this time.

WQAD will update this article as the situation develops.

M-R senior Jacob Brooks back playing the sport he loves

MONMOUTH, Illinois- March 2, 2018, is a day that Monmouth-Roseville Senior Jacob Brooks simply can't remember, but one the rest of his family will never forget.

Jacob has been selected as a Make A Wish kid. He will be going to a Pittsburgh Steelers game this fall.

Kory muffler tells us how Jacob was brought back from the dead and is back playing the sport he loves.

Marine running marathon for fallen friends crawls to finish

A Marine veteran said all he was thinking about as he crawled to the finish of the Boston Marathon was the men who died after an attack on their convoy in Afghanistan nine years ago.

Their names were written on his hand, his shoes and his race bib. They were the inspiration, Micah Herndon said, when he first started running to escape the horrors of war.

Herndon said he never considered giving up even when his legs started giving out about 4 miles (6 kilometers) from the end of the race Monday.

"That was the longest 4.2 miles I've ever run in my life," said Herndon, who's from Tallmadge, Ohio.

He said his military training kicked in when he dropped to his hands and knees and crawled, at times pulling himself on his stomach, for the final 100 yards (91 meters).

"It was kind of second nature," he said Tuesday, a day after finishing his third marathon. "They instill 'adapt and overcome.' Any situation you're in, that's what you do."

During the marathon, Herndon, 31, said he repeated the names of three men — Marines Mark Juarez and Matthew Ballard and British journalist Rupert Hamer — mile after mile.

Juarez and Hamer were killed when a roadside bomb exploded in January 2010. Ballard, who was severely injured, died after returning home. Herndon was in that convoy, but his vehicle wasn't hit.

Repeating their names is something Herndon does when he's training or competing in a race, even when he gets strange looks from other runners.

Herndon, who was injured in another blast in 2010, got into running after coming home as a way to deal with post-traumatic stress. He hopes he can inspire other veterans.

"It's hard to reintegrate into society and be a civilian," he said. "My message to other veterans is to find whatever your release is. My release happens to be running."

Coroner: 5 Illinois warehouse victims shot multiple times

AURORA, Ill. (AP) — Autopsies on the five employees killed when a gunman opened fire in February at a suburban Chicago manufacturing plant have determined that all of them were shot more than once.

The (Aurora) Beacon-News reports that the reports released on Tuesday by the Kane County Coroner’s Office concluded that none of the five victims was shot at close range.

The five employees of the Henry Pratt Co. in Aurora were working on Feb. 15 when fellow employee Gary Martin pulled out a gun and began firing after he was notified that he had been fired. Martin shot and wounded one other employee and five of the first police officers to arrive at the plant before he was killed during an exchange of gunfire with police.

Muscatine County declared an official disaster

MUSCATINE- Muscatine County is an official disaster area.

The Muscatine County Board approved a disaster request April 15, similar to the one Scott and Louisa counties were granted the week before.

Emergency Management Director Brian Wright says the governor's office received it Tuesday, April 16.

That same day Gov. Kim Reynolds issued the disaster proclamation for Muscatine County in response to severe weather, flooding, and flash flooding that began March 13.

Mississippi River and the Cedar River flooding in March has been hard on Muscatine County.

Man enters burning Notre Dame cathedral to help rescue relics from blaze

(CNN) -- A Paris chaplain who tended to victims of the 2015 terror attack in the city has been hailed as a hero once more, after he entered the burning Notre Dame cathedral to help authorities rescue priceless relics from the blaze.

Jean-Marc Fournier, the chaplain of Paris fire service, told CNN he entered the cathedral with firefighters and policemen to help salvage some of the priceless artifacts on Monday night.

Thanks to keys and codes that Fournier kept, officials were able to retrieve the Crown of Thorns, which some believe was placed on the head of Christ and which the cathedral calls its "most precious and most venerated relic."

"The police took the crown and I took the holy sacrament [the wafers, or body of Christ]," Fournier said.

Fournier had previously held prayers and assisted victims after terrorists killed 130 people in attacks throughout the French capital in November 2015.

A number of relics were rescued during Monday's devastating fire, which tore through and destroyed parts of the 850-year-old church.

Related: French billionaires, companies pledge $450 million to rebuild Notre Dame

Fournier has been praised as a hero throughout social media for his bravery after Etienne Loraillère, the director of the French Catholic television network KTO, posted a picture of Fournier and commended the chaplain.

First photos show damage inside Notre Dame cathedral

Fournier was based in Germany before he joined the Paris fire service as its chaplain, and has also served in the Diocese of the French Armed Forces in Afghanistan, according to an interview he gave to Christian Family magazine after the 2015 terror attacks.

Officials have started relocating numerous artifacts from the Notre Dame, with most being relocated to either Paris City Hall or the Louvre museum.

A tweet from Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo showed crews removing artworks.

"We managed to protect the most precious treasures in a safe place," a Paris City Hall spokesperson told CNN on Tuesday.

The copper rooster that sat at atop the cathedral's spire before it collapsed was recovered intact from the rubble, Gérard Araud, the French ambassador to the United States, said on Tuesday.

Read More: Search For ‘Father and Daughter’ in Notre Dame cathedral photo goes viral

Iowa Senate approves bill that legalizes growing of industrial hemp

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The Iowa Senate has sent a bill legalizing the growing of industrial hemp to the House for consideration.

The Iowa Hemp Act passed the Senate Monday 49-1.

Sen. Kevin Kinney, a farmer from Oxford says he hopes to make hemp a third leading commodity in Iowa in addition to corn and soybeans.

The bill allows licensed growers to cultivate the crop on up to 40 acres.

Industrial hemp can be used in food, fiber, paper and other products and Kinney says it's been estimated it could grow to be a $1.9 billion market by 2022.

The National Conference of State Legislatures says at least 38 states considered legislation last year after the federal government eased restrictions in the Farm Bill on commercial production.

Nebraska lawmakers gave a bill its first-round approval Monday but it must pass twice more before it goes to the governor.

Indiana police warn public after 2 people injured in ‘goose attack’

FISHERS, Ind. – Police are warning residents of an Indiana city to give geese space after two people suffered minor injuries in a “goose attack.”

Fishers police said the incident happened Tuesday afternoon in the parking lot of the city’s Walmart.

April is in the midst of nesting season for Canada geese, which are common throughout central Indiana. During this time, from March through June, the geese are particularly aggressive, according to the Indiana Department of Natural Resources.

Police say it’s best to be aware of your surroundings and keep a safe distance from wild animals, specifically geese.

The Department of Natural Resources officials also advise not feeding geese, because it can concentrate large numbers of the birds in areas that would only support a few naturally.

“Artificial feeding can also disrupt normal migration patterns and hold geese in areas longer than normal,” the DNR wrote. “With an abundant source of artificial food available, geese can devote more time to locating nesting sites and mating.”

1 measles case now reported in Iowa, 7 cases in Illinois

EAST MOLINE, Illinois – The measles outbreak has now reached Iowa with one case reported in the state.  Seven cases have already been found in Illinois.

So far this year, almost 600 measles cases have been spotted across the country. That’s almost more than the 667-total number of cases back in 2014.

Measles is the disease everyone thought they’d never see again, but now it’s the illness Glenview Middle School nurse Jennifer Jacobs is looking out for after cases were spread to Illinois and now Iowa.

“The symptoms represent a lot of the flu, influenza, or a bad cold,” says Jacobs.

A cough, red eyes, high fever, and runny nose are all signs of the normal flu.  Those are also just the beginning of measles.

Roma Taylor at the Scott County Health Department has seen measles before and knows how serious and contagious the disease can be.  She also knows it’s the rash that defines measles.

“The rash starts at the face and goes all over the body,” reports Taylor.

That rash appears four days after the cold symptoms, but it’s four days before and after any signs of a rash is when people are the most contagious.

Close quarters like a school cafeteria or gym class are hot spots for measles to spread.  School nurse Jennifer Jacobs says all it takes is a sneeze or a cough.

“It’s out there and it can live in the air or the environment for up to two hours,” Jacobs comments.

And if Jacobs could stress any message, it’s to make sure every student and person gets their vaccination.

“Immunizations are safe, they are effective,” says Jacobs. “I could get on a big soap box about that, but that would be my number one.”

This year, measles is the comeback disease that’s continuing to spread.

“It’s just going to continue coming closer until we can get a handle on preventing this,” Jacobs says.

The Scott County Health Department recommends if you were born after 1957 to make sure you get the vaccine.  If you were born before there’s a large change you’ve already had measles and if you’ve already had the disease you cannot get it again.

If you need to get vaccinated call your health care provider.  They can administer the MMR vaccine and so can most local pharmacies, just make sure you call first.

Iconic Clinton store closing its doors

CLINTON, Iowa  --  The long-time Clinton store, Paul's Discount, has announced the business will close its doors in the summer of 2019.

"We thought we could keep it going for a little bit longer, but we just can't do enough in sales to cover overhead anymore," President and CEO Rob Cassidy said.

The shop has been in Clinton for the last 54 years and Cassidy is a third generation owner.

"It's not going to be a funeral for Paul's Discount, Cassidy said. "It's going to be a celebration of 54 wonderful years."

Cassidy credits part of the closing to online shopping popularity, saying they have seen a hit in business over the last four years.

"We did things the old fashion way and in this day in age, I guess you can say doing things the old fashion way, is what put us out of business," Cassidy said.

The store will temporarily close Monday, April 22nd, until Wednesday, April 24th. On Thursday, April 25th, the store will open again for its closing sale.

"It definitely tugs at my heartstrings to say that the end is here," Cassidy said. "We are so thankful for the support that we got from the community for 54 years."

There are 41 employees at the store and Cassidy says saying goodbye to them will be the hardest part.

"As much as it pains me to deliver that message, at the end of the night, when I put my head on the pillow, I know it's the right decision," Cassidy said.

The store is set to close July 27th, 2019.

Clinton receives $100,000 from the state to revitalize downtown

CLINTON, Iowa  --  Clinton was one of 29 Iowa cities to be awarded a grant from the state to improve it's downtown.

The grant was for $100,000 from Iowa Economic Development. It's a 2.9 million dollar project to assists with the redevelopment or deconstruction of buildings "to stimulate economic growth or reinvestment in the community," according to the website. 

"The state of Iowa is very much committed to small towns," Clinton Mayor Mark Vulich said. "they are trying to preserve the concept of the downtown."

Vulich says in the last eight months, eight new businesses have opened in downtown Clinton, so to keep the area growing, they are renovating buildings.

"It's the historical part of Clinton," Vulich said.

The building is from the 1940's and has sat empty for the last 10 years. Non-profit, Downtown Clinton Alliance, purchased the rundown building to redevelop it.

"I see potential," Downtown Clinton Alliance Director Karen Rowell said. "I think we have a lot potential in Clinton. We're hoping we get a young entrepreneur who wants to start a business."

They plan for an apartment upstairs and a commercial property downstairs. The idea behind the non-profit is to buy one small building, flip it, and buy another.

"It needs roofing work," Rowell said. "It's got old pipes and old plumbing."

The city will pay $25,000 towards the project. The Downtown Clinton Alliance will also pay $25,000 to the project. Some of the money for the non-profit comes from taxing downtown businesses extra, but business owners say they don't mind.

"I think the money is well spent," Downtown shop owner Deb Wiese said. "I believe so strongly in downtown that the money does not bother me one bit."

The final price tag for the historic building will be more than $150,000.

"I think one building makes a huge difference," Wiese said. "One building is gonna bring another building."

"It'll never be what it was in the 50's and 60's, but it's going to be a different downtown," Vulich said.

Rowell says they hope construction will begin in May. They say before the state's money, the project would take up to 4 years. Now, with the grant, they estimate it will take one year to complete.

Authorities respond to ‘credible threat’ at Columbine High and other schools

JEFFERSON COUNTY, Colo. – Authorities were investigating what appears to be a “credible threat” at Columbine High School and nearly 20 other schools, the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office in Colorado said Tuesday.

All Denver area schools should conduct a “lockout” and controlled release, according to a later tweet from the Colorado Department of Education.

This comes after the FBI has identified an individual that has made a credible threat to schools, the tweet said.

Jefferson County school officials tweeted that all students and staff are safe and students will be released on a normal schedule. “We will have extra safety and security staff on site at all schools affected,” Jefferson County Public Schools said.

Columbine High in Littleton and several schools in the area were earlier placed on a “lockout,” the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office tweeted. Threats were not directed to a specific school, according to sheriff’s spokesperson Mike Taplin.

Jenny Fulton, another sheriff’s spokesperson, said the FBI was investigating the apparent threat.

Nearly 20 years ago, two students, Dylan Klebold, 17, and Eric Harris, 18, killed 12 students and one teacher in a mass shooting at Columbine. The two shooters took their lives in the school’s library.

Study finds men’s beards have more germs than dogs

A new study may have men with beards thinking about grabbing the razor.

According to researchers at the Hirslanden Clinic in Switzerland, the beards on men have more bacteria, even bugs, than what is found in a dog's fur.

Researchers took swab samples from the whiskers of 18 men, aged from 18 to 76, and compared them with samples from the necks of 30 dogs of various breeds

The results? 23 of 30 dogs studied had high amounts of germs in their fur, the other seven had moderate amounts.

When it came to the men, ever single one had high counts of bacteria in the beards, and seven of them had high enough microbe counts to be considered a threat to human health.

According to the BBC, the researchers stumbled across the finding while trying to determine whether or not men's beards might transmit diseases from dogs.

The study was met with controversy. A spokesman for the 'Beard Liberation Front' says the results are more about an irrational fear of beards than anything else.

‘Abandoned puppy’ found in California turns out to be a coyote

SAN DIEGO – A man walking his dog in San Diego found what he thought was an abandoned, newborn puppy and brought it home.

He called the San Diego Humane Society and turned the brown-and-black ball of fur over to animal welfare officers, who discovered the “puppy” was not what they thought it was.

“Our Humane Officers recently received a call about an abandoned puppy in a canyon in Tierrasanta,” the San Diego Humane Society wrote in a Facebook post. “To their surprise, the little creature was actually a coyote pup!”

The San Diego Union-Tribune reports that staff at the animal welfare group’s Project Wildlife program will care for the coyote before they move it to a sanctuary with The Fund for Animals Wildlife Center, a group that prepares animals to be released back into the wild.

“It’s really difficult to tell the difference between a dog and a coyote pup, especially at just a few days old,” Project Wildlife Rehabilitation Director Lauren DuBois told the paper.

Temporary path will allow River Bandits to play ball at home again April 25th

DAVENPORT, Iowa — The Quad City River Bandits are set to return to their home field on Thursday, April 25.

Since their opener on April 4, the Bandits have been forced to play away from their home base at Modern Woodmen Park.  Their first “home” game was moved to Burlington because fans couldn’t get to the ballpark.

In previous years, a temporary path was built to allow fans into the park.  However, in 2019, flooding and railway access stood in its path.  The Canadian Pacific Railway raised the tracks to keep their trains moving; consequentially creating zero access to the ballpark.

After having multiple “home” games played away, the railway said it was building a temporary path to get people across the tracks at Gaines Street and into the park.

In a statement from Canadian Pacific, railway leaders said they were working with the City of Davenport to make a permanent pedestrian path.  Work on this pathway was expected to come later in 2019.

Pennsylvania man receives prison sentence for shooting at fireflies he thought were ‘alien lasers’

LAMAR TOWNSHIP, Pa. — The man from Clinton County who fired shots at what he thought were “alien lasers” is headed to prison.

Troopers said Jesse Shields of Mill Hall was high on bath salts last June when he fired a handgun into the sky near Mill Hall.

The “alien lasers” he shot at were actually fireflies.

Fearing they were being chased, Shields and a woman, Katherine McCloskey, ran to a nearby home where the homeowner got the gun from them and called 911.

Shields then allegedly asked the homeowner if he could take a shower to “get the goo off him that was burning his skin.”

Shields was sentenced Monday to three to six years in prison after pleading guilty last month to criminal trespass and firearms without a license.

McCloskey pleaded guilty in November to DUI, operating a vehicle while under the influence of a controlled substance, and disorderly conduct. She was sentenced to six days to six months in jail.

Davenport Portillo’s set to open June 2019; a sneak peak inside

DAVENPORT-- The day some never thought would come is just a few weeks away; Portillo's serving up Chicago style favorites in the Quad Cities. On Tuesday, April 16, 2019, WQAD Channel 8 got a sneak peak inside the building and learned just how much influence a Quad Cities social media campaign had on bringing the restaurant to Iowa for the first time.

Every die-hard Portillo's fan has their favorite food. Fan Dave Levora's choice on Tuesday is an Italian beef.

"It tastes like a dream come true," says Levora.

Eating a Portillo's sandwich in Davenport is something Levora will tell you, he never dreamed of actually happening.

"I never thought it would happen. I thought people were wasting their time lobbying this place to come here, and now it's here," says Levora.

He's talking about a Facebook page started by a Quad city man that now has more than 16,000 likes. The page was made to gather a Portillo's fan base to try and bring the restaurant to the QC.

The social media support actually worked.

"Most definitely. They told us we're going to do well here, and when we have a community reach out to us, I think if you don't pay attention to that, you're not making a good decision. So it made it an easy choice for us," says Portillo's Director of New Restaurant Operations Jeff Deppe.

Now seated on 53rd Street across from Costco, workers put the finishing touches on "Daven-portillo's." It's the 60th Portillo's to open, and it's the first ever in Iowa. Even the decor inside has a Hawkeye twist.

"You're going to start seeing more and more pop up in Iowa," says Deppe.

The restaurant of dreams is now made possible by the fans, a feat some skeptics never thought was possible.

"They were right. I was wrong. And I'm enjoying Italian beef. In a way everybody wins," says Levora.

The restaurant announced it's looking to hire 200-250 new employees. The interview process has already started at the Homewood Suites in Davenport from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Friday.

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