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A PHI Air Medical helicopter lands at the scene of a crash on Highway 22 East of Buffalo, Iowa Tuesday, March 13, 2018.

Man airlifted after head-on crash in Buffalo

One person was airlifted to University Hospitals, Iowa City, with unknown injuries and another was treated at the scene following a head-on crash on Iowa 22 in Buffalo late Tuesday morning.

The Scott Emergency Communications Center received a call about 10:21 a.m. regarding the crash near 301 E. Front St., a four-lane road running east and west near the Mississippi River in the southwest part of Scott County. The speed limit on the road is 50 mph.

Scott County sheriff’s deputies say a blue 2005 Mercury Mariner driven by a 19-year-old Davenport man was driving west on Front Street, crossed the four lanes of traffic and struck a dump truck head-on.

The driver of the Mercury was transported to Iowa City via MedForce, according to deputies. The driver of the dump truck, a 58-year-old Blue Grass man, was treated and released at the scene.

The crash remains under investigation.

--Times staff

Buffalo man pleads guilty in federal gun case

A Buffalo man faces up to 10 years in federal prison after pleading guilty Tuesday in connection with a shooting in Davenport in August.

Willie James Hicks Jr., 20, pleaded guilty to receiving and possessing a firearm made from shotgun and rifle in U.S. District Court, Davenport. He will be sentenced July 23.

According to a plea agreement filed Tuesday:

Around 4:30 p.m. Aug. 21, Davenport police responded to a report of shots fired in the 1500 block of North Main Street.

Police located a maroon Pontiac Grand Am driven by Hicks and attempted to stop the vehicle.

Hicks led police on a high-speed pursuit through residential neighborhoods. Officers blocked the vehicle in and Hicks, Zoe Ogden, 19, Jarrett Anthony Bonnell, and Kevon Jackson, both 17, were arrested.

A rifle with a defaced serial number and a shotgun were found on the front passenger floorboard. Also in the car was four 12-gauge shotgun shells, a shaving bag containing 24 additional 12-gauge rounds, 18 .22 caliber long rounds of ammunition, one spend .22 caliber long casing, four cell phones, 2.9 grams of methamphetamine, 2.25 grams of marijuana and a digital scale.

Ogden told police she was driving when one of the passengers shot at a rival gang member with the rifle. She knew there were firearms — both modified — in the vehicle. She purchased the shotgun and knew the barrel was shortened later.

She admitted she bought 100 rounds of 12-gauge ammunition for the shotgun and had the shotgun in a bag when she and Hicks took it in and out of the residence they shared.

Hicks said they chased the rival gang member and the modified rifle was held out of the window as they drove. He said he owned the modified shotgun and had it shortened by someone in Davenport, but rifle belonged to one of the other passengers.

The three others faced related charges. Ogden, also of Buffalo, will be sentenced May 21. Bonnell is serving time at Anamosa State Penitentiary Juvenile Offender Unit, and will be transferred to the Iowa Medical and Classifications Center in Oakdale when he turns 18. Jackson was placed in the State Training School for Boys in Eldora.

--Tara Becker-Gray

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