Firefighters battle Walcott grain bin dryer fire

Firefighters from Walcott and three neighboring departments spent hours Tuesday morning fighting a grain bin dryer fire at River Valley Cooperative, 101 S. Main St., Walcott.

The fire was reported at 6:20 a.m., said Joe Hahn, Walcott Fire Department’s second assistant chief. Under Scott County’s automatic mutual aid policy for possible structure fires, Blue Grass Fire Department also was dispatched.

Hahn said Walcott firefighters found the upper half of the grain bin dryer burning upon their arrival.

Walcott then requested that the Buffalo Fire Department be dispatched for their ladder truck, he said.

Walcott firefighters in the meantime met with River Valley personnel and said they would empty out the grain bin as soon as possible, Hahn said.

The grain bin was being emptied when Buffalo Fire Department arrived with its ladder truck, but it was determined that its 50-foot ladder was not tall enough, Hahn said.

Walcott Fire Department then requested Davenport Fire Department’s 100-foot platform ladder truck.

When the platform ladder truck from Davenport Fire Department arrived at the scene, it was put into service and Davenport firefighters “assisted us in cutting holes in the grain bin. At that time Davenport firefighters were able to put out the fire, and everything was contained,” Hahn said.

Walcott firefighters were still on the scene, assisting River Valley personnel with cleanup, at 11 a.m.

Hahn said no injuries were reported, and no damage estimate is available at this time.

— Times staff

Davenport man sentenced in armed robberies, kidnapping

A Davenport man has been sentenced to up to 35 years in prison for three armed robberies he committed earlier this year.

Dayvon Davell Freeman, 24, pleaded guilty in August in Scott County District Court to second-degree kidnapping, two counts of first-degree robbery and second-degree robbery.

During a sentencing hearing Thursday, District Court Judge Henry Latham ordered Freeman to pay $1,539.46 to one of the victims and ordered that restitution for the remaining victims will stay open for 30 days.

In exchange for Freeman's plea, prosecutors dismissed three counts of possession of a firearm by a felon as a habitual offender and trafficking stolen weapons as a habitual offender.

Just before 1 a.m. Jan. 14, Davenport police were dispatched to the Kwik Shop at 1732 Marquette St. in reference to a robbery that occurred in the parking lot of Stoeger's Bar and Grill, 1520 Washington St.

According to police, Freeman was wielding a handgun when he approached two people and ordered them into a vehicle owned by one of the victims. Freeman then ordered them to take him to an automatic teller machine and withdraw money, according to police. The transaction was caught on the ATM's video camera and was verified by the bank receipt.

After getting the victim's money, he ordered them to drive around and eventually got out of the vehicle in the north alley of 800 West 14th Street, according to police.

In addition to taking money from the victims, Freeman also ordered them to give him their cellphones. He also made several threats to kill the victims and their families, according to police.

Police say Freeman also committed armed robberies on Jan. 28 at the Dollar General store at 403 E. Locust St. and Feb. 4 at Electronic Expressions at 1634 W. Locust St.

— Tara Becker