Body recovered from Mississippi

Rock Island Arsenal Fire Department crews recovered a body from the roller dam at Lock and Dam 15 shortly before 4 p.m. Monday, according to the Garrison Public Affairs Office at the Arsenal.

Rock Island County Coroner Brian Gustafson said the investigation into the discovery is "open and ongoing.”

Linda Cook

Gunshot wound self-inflicted, police say

A man who was treated for a non-life-threatening gunshot wound Saturday night accidentally shot himself, Davenport police said Monday.

Police responded at 8:32 p.m. to the 600 block of East 14th Street for a report of shots fired. Two minutes later, a 20-year-old man arrived at Genesis Medical Center-East Rusholme Street, Davenport.

Officers searched the 600 block of East 14th Street, as well as an alley in the 1400 block of Farnam Street and the roadway in the 1000 block of Farnam, but they could not locate a crime scene.

Detectives are following up on the incident.

— Times staff

3 charged in credit union robberies

A Davenport father and son and a Muscatine woman have been charged in federal court in connection with robberies at two Davenport credit unions over a seven-month period.

David Scott Denney, 33, is charged with three counts of bank robbery and one count of conspiracy to commit bank robbery. Kevin S. Denney, 59, and Cynthia Ann Niebuhr-Hartley, 31, are each charged with one count of conspiracy to commit bank robbery and bank robbery.

A preliminary hearing for all three is slated for Wednesday. The Denneys remain in custody, while Niebuhr-Hartley was released on a personal recognizance bond.

Prosecutors claim in court documents that David Denney robbed Ascentra Credit Union, 1515 W. 53rd St., on Aug. 11, and Vibrant Credit Union, 3801 N. Brady St., on Nov. 18 and March 28. Prosecutors say he made off with approximately $24,541.

He was arrested in early April and admitted to robbing the credit unions.  Kevin Denney admitted to driving the getaway vehicle in the Ascentra robbery, according to court documents. Niebuhr-Hartley admitted to driving the getaway vehicle in the first Vibrant robbery.

— Tara Becker

Davenport man pleads guilty in theft

A Davenport man accused of conspiring with his son to steal money to pay a bond to get the man out of jail in a sex abuse case in Rock Island County has pleaded guilty in Scott County District Court.

Steven T. Malone, 46, will be sentenced May 24 on charges of first-degree theft, a Class C felony punishable by up to 10 years in prison, and third-degree burglary, a Class D felony punishable by up to 15 years in prison.

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According to a written plea agreement filed in Scott County, prosecutors will dismiss an additional charge of conspiracy to commit a non-forcible felony at sentencing.

Prosecutors also say in the plea agreement that if incarceration is recommended, they will ask that the sentences run at the same time, for a total of up to 10 years. Malone also must pay $95,000 in restitution, according to the plea agreement.

On Jan. 14, Malone posted 10 percent of a $200,000 and was released from the Rock Island County Jail, where he was being held on two counts of aggravated sexual abuse, according to court records. 

Malone, while still in jail, conspired with his son, Brandon M. Stroyan, 25, to steal bail money from a barn in Davenport, according to an arrest affidavit filed by police.

Malone wanted the money, according to the affidavit, so that he could bond out of jail on the sex abuse charges.

Approximately $80,000 to $100,000 was taken during the burglary, according to the affidavit.

Malone and Stroyan are on a recorded Rock Island County Jail phone call discussing the burglary and theft, according to the affidavit.

Stroyan was charged with first-degree theft, conspiracy to commit a non-forcible felony and third-degree burglary. He has a status hearing Tuesday.

A third person, Alexis Farnum, 21, was charged with conspiracy to commit a non-forcible felony. According to court documents, she conspired to hide the remaining stolen money. A hearing in her case is scheduled for April 25, according to court records.

— Tara Becker

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