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Two Dubuque men have been charged in a bank robbery earlier this year in Maquoketa, Iowa.

Dante Rhodes, 41, and Gregory Stapleton, 31, both of Dubuque, were charged this week in U.S. District Court in Cedar Rapids in the March bank robbery of Fidelity Bank and Trust in Maquoketa.

The indictment claims that, on or about March 8, 2017, Rhodes and Stapleton robbed the Fidelity Bank and Trust in Maquoketa, taking more than $6,500 during the robbery. The indictment also claims that Rhodes and Stapleton conspired to rob the bank and that Stapleton went to the bank the day before the robbery to \u201ccase\u201d it.

If convicted of both charges, Rhodes and Stapleton each face a maximum sentence of 25 years imprisonment, a $500,000 fine, $200 in special assessments and six years of supervised release following any imprisonment. They also may be ordered to pay restitution.

Both Rhodes and Stapleton will appear for an arraignment on June 28. They are currently being held in custody without bond.

The case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Maquoketa and Dubuque police departments.

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A Moline woman has been charged with disorderly conduct in Rock Island Circuit Court after police say she filed a false report of sexual assault against an Illinois state trooper.

Zabina J. Buchanan, 44, was arrested Friday and was being held in the Rock Island County Jail on a $75,000 bond. Disorderly conduct is a Class 4 felony punishable by one to three years in prison.

Illinois State Police said in a news release Friday that Buchanan was stopped by the trooper for traveling the wrong way on a one-way street in Moline on April 14.

She was subsequently arrested on a charge of driving under the influence of alcohol, according to the release.

During her arrest and when she arrived at the Rock Island County Jail, Buchanan made numerous sexual assault allegations against the trooper, according to the release.

State police immediately initiated an investigation into the allegations and ultimately determined that the allegations were false, according to the release.

The case was turned over the Rock Island County State\u2019s Attorney Office, which approved the new charge against Buchanan.

\u201cIntegrity is one of the ISP\u2019s core values,\u201d District 7 Commander Capt. Victor Markowski said. \u201cAny allegations of misconduct against our officers are taken very seriously.\u201d

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An Alvarado, Texas, woman charged in connection with a deadly crash in January in downtown Davenport is fit to stand trial and can assist in her own defense, a Scott County judge ruled Friday.

The\u00a0ruling by Judge Stuart Werling reinstates the criminal proceedings against Lauria Lee Kelly, 57, who is charged with homicide by vehicle-reckless driving in the death of Cynthia Elaine Jones.

During a short hearing Friday in Scott County District Court, the judge granted a defense request to evaluate Kelly a second time to determine whether there are grounds for either a defense of diminished responsibility or insanity defense at trial.

The evaluation will take place at the Iowa Medical and Classification Center at Oakdale, the same facility that evaluated her on the competency issue.

She remained in the Scott County Jail on Friday on a $100,000 cash-only bond.

Police say Kelly was driving her blue 2005 Dodge truck east on 2nd Street at a high rate of speed just before 6 p.m. Jan. 30.

Witnesses to the crash and events leading up to it told police that Kelly was driving very fast and that she ran through at least two red traffic lights, one at 2nd and Harrison streets and the other at 2nd and Main streets, according to police.

One witness, who was crossing 2nd Street at Brady, said she heard the roar of an engine just prior to the crash, according to police.

Kelly's vehicle struck the rear of a red Chevrolet Monte Carlo that was stopped at the red light at 2nd and Brady. The force of the impact caused fatal injuries to Jones, 53, of Davenport.

The Monte Carlo then was pushed into the rear of a green 1999 Buick Regal that was in front of it. The force of the crash was so great that all three vehicles came to a rest on the other side of the intersection more than 100 feet away, according to police.

Kelly and the driver of the Buick were taken to a hospital for non-life-threatening injuries.

Kelly was arrested after her release from the hospital and taken to the Scott County Jail, according to police.

Judge Mary Howes, citing concern about Kelly\u2019s mental state, ordered an evaluation to determine whether she was fit to stand trial during a hearing on April 5. The judge said during the hearing that Kelly did not appear to \"be in tune with reality to time and place and what was going on that day.\"

Howe's order pertained only to the issue of competency.

The report, which was filed June 7, noted that while Kelly was competent to stand trial, she \u201cmeets the criteria for the diagnosis of schizoaffective disorder\u201d and has active psychotic symptoms in the form of delusional thinking, according to a motion filed earlier this month by Kelly's attorney, Harlan Giese Jr.

Giese said Friday that he did not contest the finding that his client was fit to stand trial. However, there remains a \u201cgenuine question as to her mental state and further evaluation might establish the grounds for either a diminished responsibility or insanity defense to the underlying charge.\"

He further said that Kelly has expressed interest in getting the evaluation completed as quickly as possible.

Assistant Scott County Attorney Kimberly Shepherd did not object to the evaluation and said she would request that the Oakdale facility process Kelly as quickly as possible. However, there is no guarantee that the evaluation will be completed within the speedy trial timeline.

Defendants have a right to be tried within 90 days from the date that the trial information is filed.

Kelly on Friday filed a written waiver of her right to a speedy trial. Once the second evaluation is filed, she can reassert her demand for speedy trial at that time, Werling said.

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A trial slated to begin July 10 for a 22-year-old woman charged in the shooting death of Jescie J. Armstrong in April 2016 in Rock Island has been pushed back.

Rock Island State\u2019s Attorney John McGehee and Assistant State\u2019s Attorney Heidi Weller requested the continuance in the trial of Chelsea M. Raker because of logistical issues with some witnesses.

Judge Norma Kauzlarich granted the motion over an objection from defense attorney Dora Villarreal and set a new trial date of Aug. 7.

Raker is charged with two counts of first-degree murder as an accomplice and one count of aiding a fugitive to flee.

Rock Island police were dispatched just before 2 p.m. April 27, 2016, to the 500 block of 20th Avenue after receiving a report of shots fired inside a home.

Officers found Armstrong, 15, with a gunshot wound to the head inside the residence. He later died at Trinity Rock Island.

Prosecutors say Armstrong was shot while Raker and co-defendants Kire G. Carr, 18, and Trey B. Gustafson, 20, were committing an armed robbery.

Prosecutors also say that after the shooting, Raker drove Carr, who authorities believe shot Armstrong, from the scene and out of Rock Island County.

Carr was arrested April 28, 2016, in Columbus, Ohio, by the U.S. Marshals Service.

He is charged with four counts of first-degree murder. He will be back in court Aug. 4 for a hearing on a motion to suppress statements.

Raker was arrested May 28, 2016, in Georgia.

Gustafson, who is charged with one count of first-degree murder, will be back in court July 6 for a status hearing.\u00a0

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A Muscatine woman was given a deferred judgement and placed on three years of probation for her role in an assault and robbery in Davenport in March.

Kayla A. Herbert, 20, was also ordered to pay $650 in restitution. If she completes the terms of her probation, the conviction will not be entered on her record.

She pleaded guilty to conspiracy and third-degree robbery. In exchange for her plea, prosecutors dismissed an additional charge of second-degree kidnapping.

The incident happened about 5:40 p.m. March 5, according to police.

Police say Herbert and co-defendants Zachary D. Adcock and Robert A. Cornell conspired to pick up a woman in Davenport and take her to a separate location, where they assaulted her.

They then took her against her will to another location. She began to yell for help and tried to kick out the window in Adcock's vehicle in an attempt to escape, according to police.

Adcock was armed with a loaded .380-caliber pistol and pointed it at the woman. Herbert and Cornell grabbed her and prevented her from escaping. Cornell then stole $2,745 that was in the woman's bra, according to police.

The money was later found in Herbert's purse and scattered throughout Adcock's vehicle. The firearm also was recovered, according to police.

The three were arrested and charged with first-degree robbery, second-degree kidnapping and conspiracy.

Cornell, 24, of Moscow, Iowa, pleaded guilty in late May to conspiracy and third-degree robbery. He will be sentenced Friday, June 30.

Cornell remained in the Scott County Jail on\u00a0Friday afternoon.

Adcock, 21, also of Muscatine, has a final pretrial conference Sept. 13. He is charged with first-degree robbery, second-degree kidnapping and conspiracy to commit a non-forcible felony.

He remains free on bond.

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After almost three decades at Black Hawk College, President Bettie Truitt has decided to retire.

Truitt, 52, announced her decision to the Board of Trustees this week, and it will become reality in December.

\"I wanted to give ample notice,\" she said.

Truitt essentially grew up with Black Hawk. Her father, born in Belgium, immigrated to the Quad-Cities in the 1950s and enrolled in what was then Moline Community College.

When she was 10 years old, Truitt walked through the halls of the college with her dad.

\"I looked around and said, 'Poppy I sure would like to be president here some day,'\" Truitt told the Times in 2014, when she was named to the post.

She still lives in East Moline, just a few blocks from Black Hawk's Quad-Cities campus in Moline.

Still, 29 years is long enough for one job, even though she loves it, Truitt said. Her husband is retired and has been waiting for her to join him. The two will travel \u2014 a lot \u2014 in the future.

In the meantime, Truitt sees Black Hawk as a \"fantastic place to work.\" She got her first job at the school as a math instructor, working for 18 years with students in the transfer program.\u00a0

Her first year on the job was in the late 1980s and she had 180 students in six classes.

In 2007, Truitt became interim dean of instruction and academic support and then got that dean's job until 2012. That year, she became a vice president and added student services to her responsibilities.

In June 2014, she was named executive vice president and was named to the head office in December 2014.

When she went into the vice president of instruction position, it\u00a0gave her a completely different level of understanding for what the needs of the students were, she said in the 2014 interview.

The community is a huge support to Black Hawk, Truitt said, and she loves working with the people, and students.

The ongoing budget battles in Illinois are the least favorite part of the job and have been tough on community colleges, she said.

\"But we have so many dedicated individuals at Black Hawk,\" she said. \"We are doing our best in these challenging times to create the atmosphere of success.

\"It's just been wonderful to work here, every day.\"

Truitt enjoys challenges, such as matching Black Hawk programs to what the district needs and what the community needs.

This was demonstrated in the $13 million Health Sciences Center, which opened in 2015. At the ribbon-cutting event, Truitt was one of the people to arrive in an ambulance, sirens screaming. The vehicle was later used in the school's health programs.

Last August, Black Hawk added veterinary programs and put up a $6.9 million building for large and small animals at the district's East Campus in Galva, Illinois.

The veterinary sciences classes are now full, and Truitt sees that as another success story.

She also touts the transfer program, where she worked for 18 years. This allows students the low cost at Black Hawk \u2014 essentially $4,500 per year \u2014\u00a0and then to transfer \"very successfully\" to a four-year college.

Rick Fiems, chairman of the college's Board of Trustees\u00a0sees Truitt's retirement as a loss for the college.

\"Dr. Truitt has steered the college through some very rough waters during her time as president, and her efforts are greatly appreciated,\" Fiems said.

Truitt will work with administrators on the transition of a new person to the president's position.\u00a0

After December, she and her husband will travel and \"take time to relax a bit,\" she said.

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The spring and summer months bring the bloom of flowers, but in the city of Davenport, it also marks the season of illegal signs sprouting up on city right of ways, utility poles and traffic signals.

The irony is that some of the items or services advertised about junk, such buying as ugly houses or broken down cars, are the type of\u00a0image the city is trying to remove from its streets.

Alderman Mike Matson, 7th Ward, said the problem has been apparent for years with\u00a0Public Works employees sometimes coming back with pickups full of signs, some of which he referred to as \"trashy.\"

\"We've been talking about it for years,\" Matson said. \"We try and get a hold of them and let them they know can't do that. Some are very much repeat customers, and some intersections are very much inundated with them.\"

Public Works Director Nicole Gleason said the signs have become a problem for two main reasons: aesthetics and public safety.

\"It looks bad and makes our city not look as neat and tidy,\" Gleason said.

Gleason said city's code heavily regulates about 40 different types of signs, but in city right of ways, anything that pops up is most likely illegal because there are only a few exceptions to the rule.

\"People are not supposed to put signs in that area unless they have requested a temporary sign permit from city,\" Gleason said. \"We don't get many requests for those, so you can pretty much expect anything in that area to be against code.\"

Within city code, there are rules on all different kinds of signs, from placement, regulating the number and dimensions to restricting moving, flashing or dynamic signs because those can distract drivers.

If there is any question about legality, Gleason said it's best practice to contact the city's Community Planning and Economic Development office to ask.

Neighborhood Services Director Richard Oswald said garage sales qualify as one exception because history shows the property owners are likely to remove the signs.

Real estate and constructions signs also are permitted as long as they are on the property associated with it.

For everything else, the nuisance inspectors assigned to each ward try to remove them as soon as they pop up because if they don't, they're likely to become sun-faded before breaking down and becoming litter.

\"If you look at any major intersection, you'll see numerous signs, and we try to get them pulled as quick as possible,\" Oswald said.

He said the major thoroughfares and intersections, such as Kimberly Road and Brady Street, Kimberly and Elmore Avenue and Five Points, are those most likely to be targeted.

Although the city picks up an average of 20 to 30 signs per week throughout the year, the spring and summer months are much worse and can be as high as a 100 per week.

Oswald said the city tries to educate those who put up signs and usually is successful because many don't realize it's illegal to do so.

But there still sign scofflaws the city has to contend with.

\"The hardest part is getting a hold of the person putting the signs up,\" Oswald said. \"They have a process of screening calls, and if they figure out it's us, they won't return the call.\"

Gleason and Oswald said many of the signs get put up in the late-evening or early-morning hours, which also complicates the process of removing them because it becomes dangerous to remove them during busy hours.

The presence of signs also can become a hazard because they can restrict the view of traffic-related signs.

Although the city has been battling a problem for years, it has managed to turn the illegal signs into something good.

Oswald said the city has recycled and repurposed old nuisance card stock for temporary signs such as those found in the parking garage.

\"If we can recycle some of the material, we try to find other ways to utilize them,\" Oswald said. \"There's a lot of material.\"

Although it may seem like a lot of rules, Oswald said it's a problem that can get out of hand quickly.

\"If we didn't regulate it, imagine how cluttered it would be and them climbing up poles,\" Oswald said.

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Q. Several readers have asked about the new construction by the Davenport Municipal Airport. What is going up there?

A. Steve Kuhl, meteorologist-in-charge at the National Weather Service Quad-Cities Forecast Office, said, \"A new facility for the National Weather Service at the Davenport Municipal Airport will be finished soon. It is exciting to have a new state-of-the art facility being built for us. We plan to move into the building this summer and hold an open house for the public in the fall. The mission of the National Weather Service is to protect the lives and property of the citizens of the United States and enhance the nation's economy.\"

Kuhl said the plan, depending on the weather of course, is to begin moving into the new 8,000-square-foot building on June 27. Meteorologists at the Davenport location will relocate temporarily to Des Moines to provide continual forecasting coverage.

No plans have been announced at this point for the current 5,700-square-foot National Weather Service building, Kuhl said.

Q. There seems to be a problem with the traffic lights at Spruce Hills Drive and Utica Ridge Road. You cannot see the red light during the day. You can see the green arrow, but not the red. I thought the light was burned out. There are two red lights at this intersection. You can see the left light but not the right. Why can you see the red light at night and not during the day? \u2014\u00a0Janice

A. We contacted the city of Bettendorf to find out. Bill Connors, Bettendorf community development director, responded:

\"The traffic light has damage due to moisture. It is scheduled to be replaced this summer.\"

Q. I have always wondered, how many people can the Brady Street Stadium in Davenport hold if it was at full capacity? \u2014\u00a0Dennis, Davenport

A. According to information posted on the St. Ambrose University website,\u00a0saubees.com/f/Facilities/Facilities.php, Brady Street Stadium is a 10,000-seat stadium.

Additional information on the stadium from the website states:

Brady Street Stadium, 3600 Brady Street, Davenport, IA 52803

\"Brady Street Stadium in Davenport, about two miles from campus, is home to the St. Ambrose football team. The SAU soccer and track & field teams also occasionally practice and compete at Brady Street Stadium.

\"Home football weekends for St. Ambrose University are more than just a Saturday afternoon football game. Fighting Bees fans from across the Midwest come to the heart of Davenport for an entire weekend of activities in the Quad-Cities.

\"Historic Brady Street Stadium is a 10,000-seat stadium and one of the finest small college settings in the country. An extensive renovation of Brady Street Stadium was completed in July 2008. Sports Turf was installed as the new playing surface and a new scoreboard featuring state-of-the-art audio and video sits in the north end zone.

\"Brady Street Stadium has been the home for St. Ambrose football games since the late 1980s.\"

The stadium is owned by the Davenport Community School District and is used by district schools as well as St. Ambrose and others.

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