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Four \"old dudes\" pulled in quite a lunker earlier this month in Pool 14 of the Mississippi River, but the color of its skin \u2014 not its size \u2014 has kept them talking about it.

\u201cI\u2019ve been fishing this river for 60 years, and I\u2019ve never seen anything like this,\u201d said Loyal Tullius, referring to the 55-pound flathead catfish that measured 47 inches long. \u201cIt\u2019s as yellow as can be, and it has blue eyes.\u201d

Just hours before their rare-colored find two weeks ago along Steamboat Slough near Princeton, Iowa, the guys, who shared details about their strategy, landed a 48-pound flathead catfish in the same area.\u00a0

In place of a traditional rod and reel, they stuck a 10-foot-long PVC pole into the muddy shore and fastened a thick cord to the structure. For bait, they hooked a bluegill to the end of the line, which dangled about a foot under the surface of the water and eventually lured the bottom-feeding fish.

As Tullius piloted his boat, John \u201cDoc\u201d Henyan of Cordova used a net to hoist the hefty creature aboard.\u00a0

\u201cIt scared me at first,\u201d said Henyan, 69, who earned the nickname, \u201cDoc,\u201d during his service as a combat medic in the Vietnam War. \u201cI knew we had a good one on there, but I did not expect to see that big yellow head come out of the water.\u201d

What makes it yellow?

Puzzled by its pigment, Tullius, 74, sent inquiries to numerous biologists in the region, including one at the National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium in Dubuque.

Meanwhile, he stored it in a 250-gallon tank on his property in Port Byron.

Speaking for his crew, Tullius, who assumed the fish was albino,\u00a0wanted to know why it was yellow and whether anyone wanted to take it for research purposes.

After examining photos of the fish, Andy Allison, director of living collections at the Dubuque institution, quickly ruled out his caller's theory.

Instead, he thought it could be leucistic, which means it has less pigment than normal, but more than a true albino would possess.

\"Yellow

A biologist from the National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium in Dubuque says this yellow flathead catfish with blue eyes could be leucistic, or possess less pigment than normal, but more than a true albino.

Allison called it \u201cremarkable\u201d that the fish lived as long as it did in the dark depths of the Mississippi River, where it would be easier for predators to spot versus brown ones.

\u201cMost species can produce unusually colored animals now and then, but most often they don\u2019t survive for long,\u201d he said. \u201cAt this adult size, it would have no natural predators other than humans.\u201d

Although it was not as bright as this fish, John Perkins caught and released a 38-pound flathead catfish with yellow patches last July under the Interstate 280 bridge in Davenport. He used 50-pound test line and live shad for bait.\u00a0

In response to Tullius' other question, Allison said he did not want to take in the fish because he already has two similar-sized flathead catfish. They live in the museum\u2019s largest freshwater aquarium, which represents the main channel of the Mississippi River, and holds 35,000 gallons of water.

\u201cThey can be aggressive when defending their caves,\u201d said Allison, who mentioned Tullius' call sticks out among the \"odd\" queries he receives. \"People tend to call us with weird animal questions now and then, but that's the first of anything like that we've had.\"\u00a0

What happened to the fish?

Because he couldn't find anyone to take the fish off his hands, Tullius decided to skin it and clean it himself, along with the 48-pound catfish they wrangled that same day.

\"I've got about 100 pounds worth of fillets in the freezer,\" he said.

They plan to split about 60 pounds among their group of four fishermen and serve the remaining fillets next month during the weekend of the 20th annual Scouting Clays Classic.

The main event is held at the Bi-State\u00a0Sportsman's Association's shotgun shooting club in Colona, where Tullius serves as the president.\u00a0

It benefits the Illowa Council, which oversees 82 Boy Scout troops in 13 Iowa and Illinois counties.\u00a0

Henyan, the Vietnam War vet, said the white meat is \"absolutely delicious.\"\u00a0

Davenport angler Samuel Brown, who recently wrestled\u00a0a 65-pound flathead catfish to shore just east of the roller dam at Lock and Dam 15, also is feeding others with his big catch.\u00a0

\"Big

A normal-colored flathead catfish that Samuel Brown of Davenport recently filleted, packaged and delivered to friends and those in need around the Quad-Cities.\u00a0

He kept the head for himself, but he filleted, packaged and delivered other portions of the 44-inch-long fish to a combination of friends and those in need.\u00a0

\u201cMy catfish list is getting longer, so I guess I\u2019ll be fishing more,\u201d said Brown, an Oklahoma native, who retired from the U.S. Army in 1996. \"I've always been a giver by nature.\"\u00a0

Gunning for the record

The viral photo of a smiling Brown and his monstrous catch, shot by Quad-City Times' chief photographer Kevin Schmidt, has been shared more than 1,500 times on Facebook.\u00a0

\"We can't go to dinner without someone saying, 'There's the guy who caught the 65-pound fish,'\" said Brown, who nicknamed it \"Hulk.\" \"It's everywhere.\"

This marks the second time in the past 14 months that his fishing success has caught fire on social media.\u00a0

In May 2016, Brown lifted a 45-pound flathead catfish, which he coined \"Beast,\" up over the seawall in the exact same spot.\u00a0

At Croegaert\u2019s Great Outdoors in Rock Island, store manager Jon Hurt said he regularly weighs in 20- to 30-pound flathead catfish.

Although he doesn't see 35- to 50-pound catfish quite as often, that doesn\u2019t mean they\u2019re not out there, he said.

\u201cWe\u2019ve got some monster fish around the area,\u201d said Hurt, who goes by \u201cCaptain Jon.\u201d \u201cNormally, the people who catch them either don\u2019t know they ever had them or don\u2019t have the equipment to handle them.

\u201cThey\u2019re not long fighters, but when you first hook them, you\u2019ve got your hands full.\"

\"Jon

Jon Hurt shows off ice fishing equipment he sells at Croegaert's Great Outdoors, 4002 11th St., Rock Island.

Brown, 61, said he battled each of his fish for about 25-30 minutes. He used 60-pound test line and bluegill to attract them, and a gaff, or long stick with a hook, to pull them to land.

\u201cI knew he had to be a beast when he first hit,\" Brown said, referring to his 65-pounder. \"If you\u2019re by yourself, you have to have a plan of action if you do get something like that on your line.\"

Looking forward, he hopes to break the record for largest flathead catfish ever registered in Iowa, which was caught in 1958 in Chariton. The fish weighed 81 pounds and measured 52 inches, according to the Iowa Department of Natural Resources.\u00a0

\"I\u2019m telling everybody that I\u2019m going to get it,\" Brown said. \"I want to land a 90-plus pounder; I want to hold the record for awhile.\"

If he does lure that record-breaking fish someday, the master angler said he would follow the rules of CPR: catch, photograph and release.\u00a0

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A Davenport elementary school teacher arrested last month on allegations of child pornography was indicted Wednesday by a federal grand jury.

Michael Loren Ross, 43, will be arraigned July 27 on charges of receiving and distributing child pornography and possession of child pornography, according to court records.\u00a0

Federal prosecutors also are seeking forfeiture of any property used to commit or to promote the commission of the alleged offenses. That property, according to the indictment, includes computer hardware and computer storage devices.\u00a0

The filing of the indictment supersedes a criminal complaint that was filed June 23 in U.S. District Court, Davenport.

According to court documents:

On March 27, a special agent with the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation received a tip through the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children that a user named \"Mike Ross,\" who had a Hotmail email address, uploaded a video depicting child pornography to his Dropbox account on Feb. 7.

The agent executed a search warrant several days later for the Dropbox account, which was opened by Ross in July 2013, and found that it was a paid account and that files were being uploaded from at least three devices.

The account had numerous files that depicted prepubescent females performing sex acts.

On June 19, Davenport Police Detective Erin Pape obtained a search warrant for Ross and his home, garages/storage areas on his property and vehicles owned or operated by him.

Officers executed the search warrant the following day and seized Ross's cellphone, laptop, digital camera, camcorder and a thumb drive.

Ross, who was home during the search, admitted that he possessed child pornography and that he both received and distributed it.

He told officers that he exchanged child pornography through Dropbox links being shared on Kik, a freeware instant messaging mobile application.

Ross also admitted that he used his phone and laptop to access the files and that he did so for his own sexual gratification, according to court documents.\u00a0

He was arrested June 26. On July 7, Magistrate Judge Stephen B. Jackson Jr. denied prosecutors' request for Ross to be in custody of the U.S. Marshals Service pending trial.

The judge ordered that Ross must live in a transitional housing facility and abide by a curfew and remain on GPS monitoring, among other conditions of his pretrial release.

Ross, a fifth-grade at Wilson Elementary School, was placed on administrative leave.

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A 17-year-old will be sentenced Aug. 25 for four armed robberies he committed in Bettendorf and Davenport earlier this year.

Davionta Isiah Duax of Davenport pleaded guilty in Scott County District Court to four counts of first-degree robbery, a Class B felony each punishable by up to 25 years in prison.

Although he is charged as an adult, Duax will not be required to serve the mandatory minimum of 17\u00bd years in prison before parole can be granted.

Scott County prosecutors wrote in the plea agreement filed Wednesday that they will not oppose the sentences running concurrently, or at the same time.

Duax also pay restitution $1,865.

Police say Duax, while armed with a knife, robbed Express Lane, 1909 Harrison St., Davenport, on Jan. 23 and Feb. 6; Ann's Hallmark Shop, 886 Middle Road, Bettendorf, on Feb. 2; and Little Caesars Pizza, 2900 E. 53rd St., Davenport, on Feb. 8.

He was arrested in February.

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Charles O. \u201cChuck\u201d Austin III, 68, a longtime Quad-City educator and community leader, died Friday in what is being described as an accident at TPC Deere Run, while he was helping to prepare for next week\u2019s John Deere Classic golf tournament.

Rock Island County Coroner Brian Gustafson, who is investigating the accident along with the Silvis Police Department, said Friday that Austin was pronounced dead at 12:50 p.m.

Gustafson said that Austin was driving a four-wheel John Deere Gator when the accident occurred.

\u201cIt is our belief that he was under the impression that the vehicle was in reverse when in fact it was in forward or drive,\u201d Gustafson said. \u201cWhen he hit the gas it lurched and went up under a parked refrigerated semitrailer.\u201d

Austin, of Rock Island, died of injuries sustained in the accident. An autopsy is scheduled for Monday.

\u201cChuck was a 27-year volunteer so it was in his heart and he was part of the operations group that affectionately calls themselves \u2018the grunt group,\u2019\u201d tournament director Clair Peterson said Friday afternoon. \u201cSo they do any task on any corner of the property to prepare for the tournament and then during tournament week.

\u201cI know that he was immensely proud of the tournament,\u201d Peterson said of Austin. \u201cI remember sitting with him at a dinner because he had nominated the John Deere Classic for special recognition for its charity success. ... He was always very proud of what the tournament did for charity, what it meant to the community, and that\u2019s why he came back every year.\u201d

With all the volunteers\u00a0who make the John Deere Classic happen, Peterson said that it was tough to isolate Austin among them.

\u201cBut Chuck was special and losing him is a real hard blow today,\u201d Peterson said.

\u201cWe have volunteers that we recognize and call community heroes and he would certainly fit that definition. Everyone is tremendously saddened by it.\u201d

Austin taught math for 31 years at Rock Island High School.

In 2004, at age 55, he was appointed to serve on the Rock Island City Council as 7th Ward alderman, taking the place of Alderman Frank Forlini who died suddenly.

Austin was elected to his first term on City Council in 2005 and served until this year when he was defeated in the March election by David Geenen.

\u201cHe gave meaning to the term \u2018Rock Solid Rock Island,\u2019\u201d former Rock Island Mayor Mark Schwiebert said. \u201cThat was Chuck.

\u201cHis commitment to public service was so great,\u201d Schwiebert said. \u201cI was honored to serve with him on the council.

\u201cHe comes from a family that is a model of public service.\"

Austin\u2019s father, Charles O. Austin, Jr. was a longtime principal of Rock Island High School before becoming superintendent of schools.

Austin\u2019s wife, Ann,\u00a0served on the Rock Island Park Board for more than three decades, Schwiebert added.

\u201cHe left some good footprints for others to follow,\u201d Schwiebert said.

\u201cHe loved Rock Island,\u201d said Rock Island 2nd Ward Alderman Virgil Mayberry.

\u201cWe served together for two years and he always did his research, and when it came time to vote, he always stood his ground,\u201d Mayberry said of Austin. \u201cHe always knew what he was talking about.

\u201cEach vote he cast was for his constituents, and each vote was the right way,\u201d Mayberry added. \u201cHe will be a hard man to replace.\u201d

Austin was the boy\u2019s golf coach at Rocky for 16 years. His teams in 1995 and 2000 qualified for the Illinois state tournament.

He also was a track and cross country official for more than a quarter of a century, working meets at the high school and college level. Austin was named as the National Federation of State High School Associations\u2019 official of the year in cross country in 2007 and was a long-time member of the Illinois Track and Cross Country Officials Association.

Austin assisted for a number of years as a statistician for the Rock Island High School boys\u2019 basketball program and was a regular in the stands as a fan at basketball games at Augustana College and St. Ambrose University.

Rocky boys' basketball coach Thom Sigel, who has been the Austins\u2019 next-door neighbor for the past 12 years, said that Austin was the official scorer for home games and some away games.

\u201cWhat comes to mind is just how much he cared for his school, his city and his community,\u201d Sigel said Friday. \u201cHe and his wife, Ann, would walk all the time and we\u2019d see them picking up trash along the way. He was 100 percent committed to his duties as alderman.

\u201cThe scope of everything he was involved in is amazing.\u201d

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The numbers 2-1-1-2 kept appearing before a Davenport man, and he won $300,000 in an Iowa Lottery game by acting on the coincidence.

Kelvin Wynn, 57, won a total of $300,000 in the Tuesday evening drawing of the Iowa Lottery\u2019s Pick 4 game, the lottery said in a news release Thursday. He won 10 prizes of $30,000 by matching all four of the numbers drawn in the exact order: 2-1-1-2, which is known as a straight play.

Wynn, who works for a landscaping company in the Quad-City area, bought his winning tickets Tuesday at Q-C Mart, 2843 E. 53rd St., Davenport. He picked his own numbers using the numbers he said he dreamt about two weeks ago.

\u201cActually, I had a dream, and in that dream, it was hotel room number 2112, but I thought nothing of it,\u201d Wynn told lottery employees Thursday as he claimed his prize at the lottery\u2019s headquarters in Clive. \u201cThen, the next day one of my clients\u2019 address happened to be (2112), and I thought, \u2018Oh, coincidence, no big deal.\u2019\u201d

Later the same day, he was at a stop light and the vehicle in front of him had 2112 in the license plate, and his purchase at a department store equaled $21.12.

After encouragement from his wife, Wynn decided to play the numbers in an upcoming Pick 4 drawing. He said he rarely plays the lottery, but he had a good feeling about playing this set of numbers.

\u201cI realized I had overtime on my check. I said, \u2018Ah, let\u2019s just go for it,\u2019\u201d Wynn said.

Wynn found out he had won by checking his tickets on the lottery\u2019s website the next day. He said a majority of his lottery winnings will be used to help pay the education expenses for his three children, two of whom just graduated college and the third who is still in college. He also plans to buy a new set of golf clubs.

-- Times staff

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One of the Quad-Cities' oldest and largest cemeteries has fallen on hard times.

The crematorium at Fairmount Cemetery, 3902 Rockingham Road, is the oldest in Iowa. The original 200-plus acres of flat and rolling grounds hold some of Davenport's most prominent citizens, and the cemetery reportedly contains more veterans than any other in the region, except for the National Cemetery on the Rock Island Arsenal.

But Fairmount's pedigree has not spared it from near ruin.

Long-ignored grass and weeds not only are unsightly, but they have hidden grave sites from family members wishing to pay their respects. Fallen tree branches lie draped atop broken headstones. The crematory's incinerator \u2014 once its chief moneymaker \u2014 no longer is operational.

But it gets worse.

Nearly a year's worth of cemetery records are missing, which means no one knows for sure where some people were buried. Some plots were resold and, in at least one case, a man was buried in another man's grave. Judging by the open crypts and left-behind beer cans, a family mausoleum has been disturbed.

Accusations about mismanagement and even theft have been flying, but differences of opinion seem more likely culprits than blatant wrongdoing. As members of two long-battling families lick their wounds and walk away, Fairmount now is falling into the hands of the State of Iowa, ultimately headed for either City of Davenport or Scott County control.

Most of those who have served on the cemetery's board or have been paid to work there have family members buried at Fairmount. But years of disagreements have rendered them unable and/or unwilling to bury the hatchet.

Now, it's out of their hands.

'It's a sinking ship'

Cheryl Puls was scared to have the meeting.

She had to get up in front of several dozen people, many of them angry, and try to explain what was happening at Fairmount.

As one of only two remaining members of the seven-member cemetery board, Puls finally was washing her hands of it, too. It was time to let the state take over.

But many of the 30-plus people who attended the meeting were far from ready to let it go. In fact, a half-dozen people at the June 29 meeting were nominated by others in attendance to serve on the cemetery board. Even if they had followed the board's bylaws for nominations, it was too late.

\"The state will dismantle the board, anyway,\" said Ben Steen, a grandson of board president Robert Stradt, whom Stradt hired about two months ago.

\"Ben found out about the opportunity for the state to take over when he Googled, 'What to do when a cemetery is failing,'\" Stradt said.

Many of those at the June meeting in the crematorium office wanted to know how it was possible for Fairmount to fail. As a perpetual care cemetery, a portion of income from cremations, burials and interments have for decades been deposited into a trust.

While many appeared to sympathize with an obviously emotional Puls, not everyone was agreeable to her characterization of the cemetery's problems.

For instance, when she said, \"There has not been any money stolen. This has been going on since the '40s,\" about half the crowd responded with, \"No! No! No!\"

\"I think someone needs prosecuted!\" one woman shouted.

Several times, the meeting turned chaotic. Tears mingled with accusations.

Taking the heat with Puls, Steen tried to answer questions, but people were speaking over each other. He finally leaned against a wall, hung his head and softly said, \"Almost since I've been here, volunteers is all we've been running on. I have a list of a dozen stones that need to be set.\"

He is not the first person to find Fairmount's problems overwhelming.

About the money

Because of decades of mandatory contributions to its trust, Fairmount looks flush on paper. Set-aside funds total about $1 million. But the money cannot be spent on routine maintenance or infrastructure improvements without petitioning the court.

\"You can't steal money from a trust,\" Stradt said. \"The fact is, our expenses are much higher than our income. It's been that way for a long time. We've been robbing Peter to pay Paul.\"

Though it also has benefited from estate bequests, Fairmount has three ways of making money: cremation, plot sales, burial and/or interment.

\"One isn't possible now (because the incinerator is broken), and the other two are rare anymore,\" Steen said. \"Every funeral home in town does cremations now. It wouldn't do us any good to fix the incinerator.\"

Once a brisk business, plot sales and burials are down, too, many say, because no one was answering the phones at Fairmount for several months. The poor condition of the grounds isn't helping, either.

When told about missing burial records and people being buried in the wrong plots, Hank Runge, of Runge Mortuary in Davenport, said, \"You don't know how big of a nightmare that is.\"

But those who have served or continue to serve on the board said the real nightmare began long ago \u2014 when income plummeted and expenses crept up to two and three times the $2,000 a month that has been coming in. The grass and weeds weren't the only things getting out of control.

So, when a $200,000 bequest came in several years ago, Stradt and others on the board decided to spend most of it on two areas of the cemetery that were in real trouble: The crematorium and the mausoleum.

The mausoleum, which had been neglected for years, got a roof, furnace and lighting repairs. A basement sump pump was replaced to prevent several inches of rain water from repeatedly pooling there.

In the crematorium, the drop ceiling was removed, and the whole place was painted. It got a new furnace and air conditioning condenser, office windows, carpeting and bathroom updates.

Some said the work was desperately needed. Others called it a waste of money.

It was not unusual for those in charge of the cemetery to disagree. Two families in particular have been closely involved with operations at Fairmount, and their relationship has declined, many say, at the same rate as the cemetery itself.

'It's a family affair'

Nepotism never was frowned upon at Fairmount Cemetery.

For 22 years, Richard Kronfeld was the superintendent and was responsible for the grounds. He hired a mowing crew, and he poured the foundations for the headstones. He also conducted the cremations and burials.

One of his daughters, Kami Schurke, ran the office for 20 years. Another daughter helped in the office and on the grounds, and Kronfeld's wife did work at Fairmount, too.

Current board president, Stradt, worked alongside a grandson, Mike Nance, who also served on the board. When air conditioning was added to the crematorium, Stradt said, Mike Nance did the electrical work. He said he \"donated most of it.\"

Nance's wife, Heather Nance, served as office manager until late last year. When the Nances resigned amid a whole host of board quarrels, Stradt hired another grandson, Ben Steen, to take over the office. Steen is paid $14 an hour. Heather Nance was paid $17 an hour, Stradt said.

He said Heather Nance has said she will return the burial records she took with her when she resigned (along with office keys and cemetery checkbooks), but she has not yet done so.

The Nances did not respond to requests for interviews.

In reviewing cemetery records, Steen said he found many instances in which bills were not paid until disconnection warnings were sent. Even the bill for trash collection was several months behind, he said, and the only bills being routinely paid were for the office Wifi and phone.

\"I'm not defending her, because what she did was wrong,\" Stradt said of Heather Nance, \"but she just got overwhelmed.\"

Added Steen, regarding his sister-in-law: \"It's more what she didn't do. But that could be said about a lot of things.\"

Kronfeld, the longtime superintendent, and his office manager/daughter, Schurke, parted ways with Fairmount in 2014. But both attended the meeting late last month.

At that meeting, Puls told the crowd she was \"the only one left on the board,\" and, \"I'm all by myself.\"

However, when Steen appeared at the crematorium for a July 6 interview about the state receivership, his grandfather also attended. Stradt introduced himself, saying, \"I'm still the president and treasurer for the board.\"

He said he did not attend the meeting led by Puls, because he feared his presence would only make matters worse.

\"I'm an unpopular guy,\" Stradt said. \"I've been doing this for 15 years, and I've never been paid. I just wanted to save the cemetery, bottom line.

\"No matter what we did, some people thought it was wrong. You can't be helpful when you're hated.\"

The 76-year-old said he and Kronfeld frequently disagreed about what was best for the cemetery, and their differences took a toll. But Fairmount's problems also have caused strife in his own family. Despite the bad blood, Stradt said, he is certain everyone was looking out for Fairmount's best interests.

\"I would be in favor of an audit of the financials,\" he said. \"Have the state do it, and let the chips fall where they may.\"

Kronfeld said some of the cemetery's problems started and ended with Stradt.

\"The board fired the whole crew,\" he said of his family's departure three years ago. \"What I was told is that we weren't doing our job. The whole thing now lays on the board and Bob Stradt. If he doesn't like you, he fires you.

\"I was supposed to watch what I spend. After I left, they blew all the money. That mausoleum was dead on arrival.

\"I worked there 24/7, and I put my whole life into it.\"

The pair of patriarchs can agree on one thing: \"I want to see the state do an audit,\" Kronfeld said.

Fairmount families

Runge said he noticed the cemetery's decline and offered to help. It could be good news, he said, that the city is likely to take over, \"depending on how they handle it.\"

He also has family buried at Fairmount.

\"I'll go have a look and maybe send our crew out there to take care of our area,\" Runge said.

Many others have been taking the maintenance of their family plots into their own hands, mowing patchwork sections around loved ones' stones.

On July 8 and 9, Fairmount supporters turned out en masse, spending the weekend clearing it of long grass and weeds.

For Julia Sird, the do-it-yourself care is nothing new. When she noticed the conditions at Fairmount over Mother's Day weekend in May, she was outraged.

\"I was disgusted, upset and broken-hearted,\" she said. \"The grass was at least knee high. The headstones were covered in weeds and grass, and we had to pull the weeds around the headstones to see the names. It was very heart breaking that they have let the cemetery go like this.

\"There was a elderly couple there, as well, and I was afraid for the older man as he walked through the tall grass to reach his mother's grave. As I watched the guy pull weeds to see the headstone, I got so angry.\"

Anger turned to action.

Sird is one of at least four people who organized volunteer efforts to mow Fairmount. On Saturday, a group of volunteers got to work, and an estimated 100 people turned out Sunday. Dozens of mowers and weed trimmers went to work on the grounds as Fairmount families rallied. But there are many more weeks remaining in the mowing season, and many of those who volunteered over the weekend said they spent eight hours on the grounds.

As is often the case when citizens are frustrated, many Fairmount families turned to their alderman\u00a0\u2014 the 1st ward's Rick Dunn.

\"I was contacted just before Memorial Day, and I was told they're having financial issues,\" Dunn said. \"Unfortunately, they're not selling any plots, and everybody's doing cremations now.

\"It needs help, but it's not a city issue. All I can do is volunteer, so that's what I've been doing. My grandma is buried up there.\"

Puls, the board member who faced angry families at the late-June meeting, said she has been volunteering on the board for two years as a tribute to her dad.

\"I am worn out,\" she said. \"I have such passion for the cemetery. I used to ride my bike up there to visit my sister's grave. When I joined the board, I had no idea how bad it was.\"

In addition to her mom and two sisters being buried at Fairmount, Puls also plans to be laid to rest there.

Helen Hagen does, too.

\"I'm afraid to die,\" the 82-year-old said after learning of Fairmount's troubles. \"I've already paid for it all. I'm going to be buried with my mother.

\"How am I going to know when it's OK for me to die?\"

A spokesman for the Iowa Insurance Division offered assurances last week that all pre-paid services will be honored.

The Iowa Attorney General currently has all the documents necessary to file a petition in court to place Fairmount in receivership. Given the matter is consensual, Chance McElhaney, of the Iowa Insurance Division said, his agency likely will be appointed to take over \"very quickly\" after the filing.

The Iowa Insurance Division then \"will immediately enter into a maintenance contract for the grounds.\"

Until the receivership matter is resolved, the care, maintenance and management of Fairmount remains in the hands of the only two board members who have not officially resigned. Both say they have done all they can.

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\u00a0July 6, 2017

PHOENIX, Ariz.\u00a0\u2014 Erik Jessen, 37, from Bettendorf, passed away Thursday, July 6, 2017,\u00a0in Phoenix, Arizona. He is survived by his mother, Jacki Shaffer; stepfather, Gary Shaffer; father, Kerry Jessen; brother, Adam (Laura) Jessen; sister, Jena (Luke) James; grandmother, Sandy Bushman; grandmother, Betty Shaffer; four nieces, Sawyer, Presley, Avery and Austen; one nephew, Grady; several aunts, uncles and cousins. Erik graduated from Bettendorf High School in 1998, moved to Colorado, and eventually moved back to Bettendorf to get his CDL from Scott Community College. Erik will always be remembered for his kind heart, love of football, snowboarding, and the scent of Cool Water cologne.

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July 11, 2017

DAVENPORT - Zachary “Zack” Taylor Crutchfield, 22, of Davenport, passed away Tuesday, July 11, 2017. Funeral services will be at noon on Saturday, July 22, 2017, in the Runge Mortuary Chapel. Visitation will be two hours prior to service. Memorials may be made to the family for a fund for his daughter. Online condolences may be expressed at www.rungemortuary.com

Zack was born October 1, 1994, in Dubuque, Iowa, a son of Christopher Campton and Jennifer Miller. He was employed at Pak Source in Rock Island. Zach was a very happy person who loved his family and made everyone laugh. He enjoyed playing the Xbox, skateboarding and was a Vikings fan. He loved spending time with his friends at the skatepark and fishing. He especially enjoyed spending time with his daughter, Mia Marie.

Those left to honor his memory include his daughter, Mia Marie and her mother, Noemi Cardona; madre Jennifer and dad Keith Miller; father, Chris (Crystal) Campton; grandparents, Ken (Karen) Wernimont, Michael Campton, Vickie Crutchfield and Gladys (Paul) Davis; step sister, McKinsey (Josh) Miller; eleven aunts and uncles; many cousins and friends and cousin, Joshua Dennis (who was more like a brother than cousin).

Zack was preceded in death by grandparents, Richard Crutchfield, Lois and Walter Wernimont, Clara and Bill Miller, Herman Baird and Aggie and Jack Crutchfield; and uncle, Dale Barber.

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