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Man who shared drug-laced paper goods gets 26 years

Jul. 19, 2019 8:35 AM EDT

DAVENPORT, Iowa (AP) — An Iowa man who shared methamphetamine-laced greeting cards, letters and other paper goods with fellow jail inmates has been sentenced to 26 years in prison. Prosecutors say 47-year-old Kelly Mitchell, of Burlington, was sentenced Tuesday in U.S. District Court in Davenport. He'd...

Jury convicts boy who pointed gun at teacher, pulled trigger

Jul. 17, 2019 4:06 PM EDT

DAVENPORT, Iowa (AP) — A 13-year-old eastern Iowa student has been found guilty on three charges after he pointed a gun at a teacher and pulled the trigger, but the jury declined to convict him of attempted murder. The Quad-City Times reports jurors in Davenport convicted the boy Wednesday of carrying...

Report: Slick plastic sheeting led to flood barrier failure

Jul. 16, 2019 6:00 PM EDT

DAVENPORT, Iowa (AP) — A new report released by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers says an April flood barrier breach in downtown Davenport was caused by pressure from the swollen Mississippi River shifting a barrier with slick plastic sheeting under it. The report, released Tuesday to Davenport city...

Wife: Man searching for dogs inhales smoke from house fire

Jul. 15, 2019 7:57 AM EDT

DAVENPORT, Iowa (AP) — A man overcome by smoke while searching for two dogs during a Davenport house fire has been hospitalized. Firefighters were sent to the house around 11:30 p.m. Saturday. A passer-by had noticed the fire and broke a window to wake up residents Veronica and George Porter. They got out,...

Davenport's housing program aims to revitalize inner-city

Jul. 14, 2019 1:06 AM EDT

DAVENPORT, Iowa (AP) — As decades of population decline have left many city blocks with vacant lots and abandoned homes, Davenport leaders hope a new city program will begin to spur redevelopment and repopulation in some of the city's oldest neighborhoods. Called Davenport DREAM, the program sets aside...

Trial starts for boy accused of trying to kill teacher

Jul. 11, 2019 10:01 PM EDT

DAVENPORT, Iowa (AP) — A guidance counselor described her struggle to take a gun from a 12-year-old eastern Iowa student in the first day of the boy's trial for attempted murder and other charges. The Quad-City Times reports that among the eight witnesses who testified Thursday during the trial in...

Police say woman died at Davenport hotel bowling alley

Jul. 9, 2019 7:56 AM EDT

DAVENPORT, Iowa (AP) — Authorities say an employee has died at a hotel bowling alley in Davenport. Police and medics were called to the Hotel Blackhawk a little after 10 p.m. Sunday. They found 27-year-old Brittany Russell unresponsive in the bowling alley. She was pronounced dead there. Police say a...

3 injuries reported as storm system lashes eastern Iowa

Jul. 1, 2019 7:02 AM EDT

DAVENPORT, Iowa (AP) — Some eastern Iowa residents are dealing with damage from a summer storm system that knocked down trees, limbs and power lines and flooded streets. The Dubuque County Sheriff's Office says at least three people were injured Sunday night, two when their mobile home was destroyed in...

July trial set for man accused of murder solicitation

Jun. 28, 2019 10:16 AM EDT

DAVENPORT, Iowa (AP) — A July trial has been scheduled for a Davenport man accused of trying to hire someone to kill his ex-wife's boyfriend. Scott County District Court records say 43-year-old John Cooper has pleaded not guilty to solicitation to commit murder. His trial is set to begin July 22. The...

Mixed emotions as Upper Mississippi River reopens to barges

Jun. 27, 2019 5:20 PM EDT

DAVENPORT, Iowa (AP) — The Army Corps of Engineers has partially opened the Mississippi River to barge traffic, but some farmers in Iowa are still worried about the financial impact of the slow recovery of shipping on the waterway. Dozens of barges were brought to a standstill during this devastating flood...