Davenport woman arraigned in stabbing

A Davenport woman charged with stabbing her husband in March has pleaded not guilty to multiple charges.

Shebra D. Waters, 34, waived her right to a formal arraignment and filed a written plea in Scott County District Court though her attorney, Jack Dusthimer.

She is charged with attempt to commit murder, willful injury resulting in serious injury, domestic abuse while displaying a weapon and domestic abuse assault-third offense.

Waters has a pretrial conference May 19. A trial date has been set for May 30.

— Tara Becker

Woman gets 15 years for child endangerment

A Davenport woman was sentenced Thursday to up to 15 years in prison in connection with death of an 18-month-old and injuries to another child who were both in her care.

“I apologize for making a wrong decision,” Stephanie L. Harris said during a short sentencing hearing in Scott County District Court. “I apologize to the courts for my stupidity. I’m not a troubled person. It’s not me.”

Harris, 31, pleaded guilty in February to child endangerment resulting in serious injury, a Class C felony, and child endangerment resulting in bodily injury, a Class D felony.

On Nov. 6, 2014, medics and police were dispatched to Harris' address, 811 W. 14th St., regarding a child having trouble breathing. An 18-month-old child was taken to Genesis Medical Center-East Rusholme Street, Davenport, and then transferred to University Hospitals, Iowa City. She died two days later. 

Police who responded to the house on Nov. 6 also found a young boy with injuries. 

— Tara Becker

Woman charged in purse snatching

A Port Byron woman has been arrested in connection with a purse snatching that occurred Wednesday in the parking lot of the Genesis Medical Health Complex in Moline.

Julie Marie Calderon, 51, is charged with one count of robbery and two counts of aggravated battery. She was in the Rock Island County Jail Thursday on a $50,000 bond. 

Moline Police Detective Scott Williams said a tip to Crime Stoppers of the Quad-Cities led to Calderon’s arrest.

Williams said that at 2:11 p.m. Wednesday, a woman leaving the Genesis Medical complex, 3900 28th Ave., was followed by another woman.

When the victim reached her vehicle, the other woman ripped the victim’s purse from her hands. A struggle ensued with the victim suffering injuries, Williams said.

— Thomas Geyer

Cedar Falls man sentenced in Deere fraud case

A Cedar Falls man was sentenced Thursday to two years and three months in federal prison in connection with a scrap metal sales scheme that undercut Deere & Co.

Patrick D. Williams, 46, also was ordered to pay $259,132.97 in restitution and serve two years of supervised release once he completes his prison sentence. He must turn himself in by May 22 to begin serving his sentence, Judge Sara Darrow ordered.

He pleaded guilty in April 2016 in U.S. District Court, Rock Island, to one count of money laundering conspiracy.

Prosecutors say Williams, a former employee of Alter Metal Recycling in Waterloo, was part of a scheme with former Deere employee Harvey Ulfers, who used his position as a purchasing supervisor at the company’s foundry facility in Waterloo to create and approve fraudulent internal documents that allowed significantly undervalued scrap metal to leave the facility.

Ulfers, 63, pleaded guilty to multiple federal charges and will be sentenced May 4.

— Tara Becker