Guilty verdict for Freese

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During closing arguments Monday, Scott County Attorney Mike Walton holds up the AR-15 rifle used to kill Kevin and Donna Freese. Their son, Sean, was convicted of the couple's murders.

A jury has found defendant Sean M. Freese guilty of two counts of first degree murder.

The jury made up of six women and six men begin their deliberations at 12:16 p.m. after prosecutors and defense attorneys gave their closing arguments.

Two alternates — a man and a woman — were dismissed.

The jury returned a verdict shortly before 3 p.m.

Get the full report from journalist Tara Becker.

New faces in City Hall

"Sitting behind the big wood-and-red-leather desk that has served Rock Island mayors for decades, Mike Thoms talks fast.


 Rock Island Mayor Mike Thoms was among Quad-City area business, education and community members attending a recent economic meeting at Black Hawk College in Moline.

Wearing a crisp, long-sleeved yellow shirt and consulting two cellphones, he is running behind schedule. He wants to make sure he hits all the major points of his first five months in office before he has to leave for his next appointment.

Thoms knows the city because he grew up there, and knows business because his family ran a major food distribution company bearing their name. He knows that what the city needs is more business. More residential would be good, too."

Get the rest of the story from reporter Alma Gaul on newcomer local mayors here.

Davenport School Board reception

The Davenport School Board meeting tonight starts at 5:30 p.m., a half hour early, to honor student board members as well as those who were elected to the board on Sept. 12.

J.B. Young

The main gym at the former J.B. Young K-8 School is used for storage, but it will be improved during the renovation process so that it can be used by sports groups, including Beyond the Baseline and the Quad-City Youth Sports Foundation.

Clyde Mayfield was re-elected, while Allison Beck and Bruce Potts are the newcomers.

Students board members for 2017-18: Central High School, Conner Bedell and Zahria Flake; Mid-City High, Samantha Niksich; North High, Larry Ferguson and Katie Sturmer; and West High, Madison Cousins, Chana Eckhardt, and alternate, Andrew Wright.

Deirdre Cox Baker reports on the event here.


Partly cloudy early followed by cloudy skies overnight with a slight chance of rain.



Expect clear roads this evening.