1. Service interrupted
Quad-City area customers of Mediacom have been told to expect interruptions in service on Wednesday.
The cable company announced last week that it will relocate a large section of fiber optic cable to accommodate Interstate 74 bridge construction.
An estimated 30,000 customers will not have internet, phone or cable TV service from midnight to 6 a.m. on Sept. 20.
The largest customer area to be affected is in Bettendorf. A small part of Davenport north and east of I-74 also will be affected, along with residential and business customers in Clinton and Maquoketa and parts of Carroll and Whiteside Counties in Illinois.
2. Raufeisen going to prison
Quad-City area developer Todd Raufeisen must turn himself in next month to begin a six-year sentence in federal prison for wire fraud and money laundering.
Five of the 22 investors whom Raufeisen admitted to defrauding of $1.7 million gave emotional statements Thursday during his sentencing hearing before Judge Sara Darrow.
Raufeisen, 56, showed little emotion during the hearing in the federal courthouse in Rock Island.
“The pain my heart and soul will never go away,” he testified. “The mistakes I made will stay with me the rest of my life.”
In addition to the six-year sentence, Darrow ordered him to pay $1,723,606.26 in restitution and serve three years of supervised release once he completes his prison sentence. There is no parole in the federal prison system.
3. New in Broderson case
The Iowa Supreme Court is considering whether to step into the case of the Muscatine mayor and the council that ousted her.
The high court is deciding whether to hear the city's appeal of a district-court order that closed-session transcripts be turned over to Mayor Diana Broderson and her attorney.
On Monday, a state Supreme Court judge granted a stay of district court rulings, which required the city to provide Broderson with the transcripts of five closed session meetings. The district court judge previously reviewed the minutes and ordered they be used as evidence in the mayor's appeal of her impeachment by the council.
Broderson was ordered out of office by the council in May, but a district judge reinstated her a month later.
The Iowa Supreme Court could rule on the closed sessions or have the district court proceed with the case.
4. Shots fired
The first confirmed 2017 shooting in Davenport occurred in January in the parking lot at NorthPark Mall. Cars were struck, but no one was hurt.
Since then, 119 shootings have been confirmed throughout the city, according to data compiled by the Quad-City Times. No area of the city has been immune.
As a result, Davenport police have been pouring resources into gun crime. Davenport Police Major Jeff Bladel said every officer in the department has been working to get the perpetrators off the streets and to seize the weapons.
So far, 27 arrests have been made related to Davenport’s shots-fired incidents, Bladel said. Of those, five were juveniles. Also, 21 people have been charged with federal gun crimes, and 16 gun permits have been confiscated.
There also have been 81 people against whom prosecutors have filed some type of state gun charge, and 16 juveniles have been arrested on some type of gun charge.
5. Daycare arrest
A Davenport in-home daycare provider is facing five child-endangerment charges in connection with injuries sustained by two infants in her care.
Amy Ellen Smith was arrested Tuesday, charged with four counts of child endangerment and one count of child endangerment causing serious injury. She posted a $10,000 cash or surety bond and was released from the Scott County Jail after less than 90 minutes in custody, jail records show.
In the spring, police responded to a child-abuse call at a local hospital that involved an infant with numerous acute injuries. Police learned the baby sustained the injuries while in Smith's care, they said. The infant had fractures to the left humerus, left femur and right wrist and had a rib fracture that was consistent with being squeezed, according to records.
The police investigation showed that a second infant also was injured while in Smith's care in November 2015. That child had multiple bruises on the face and head, lacerations under the eye, on the mouth, and on the wrists.
The infant was seen by a doctor, and the doctor said the injuries were the result of a "child beating" and had concerns about it being a non-accidental injury, according to the affidavits.
6. School board elections
The following candidates won seats in last week's Iowa school board elections.
Bettendorf: Andrew Champion, Richard Lynch and Adam Holland. They beat out incumbent Pepper Trahan, who had served one year as board president, and the district's former chief financial officer, Maxine McEnany.
Davenport: Allison Beck, Bruce Potts and Clyde Mayfield, who first won a seat on the board in a special election seven months ago and was re-elected Tuesday.
North Scott: Tracy Lindaman, incumbent Donn Wilmott, and newcomer Mark Pratt edged out incumbent Nick Hansel. Also at North Scott, 69.47 percent of residents approved renewal of the Physical Plant and Equipment Levy.
Pleasant Valley District 2, LeClaire: Brent Ayers and incumbents Chris Cournoyer and Jean Dickson.
7. Downtown living
The 5&15 Apartments now are open in Moline.
A 1921 office building at 5th Avenue and 15th Street was formerly known as the Chase Bank building, the name of its remaining bottom floor tenant. The upper eight floors of the nine-story building have been transformed into 31 market-rate apartments.
They are mostly one-bedroom apartments, and some of the units are furnished, which is unique to the market.
Five of the eight floors — 2, 3, 5, 6 and 7 — are considered historic and maintain original features, such as doors with transom windows, terrazzine tile flooring, marble wainscot, and structural columns. Due to past renovations, the fourth and eighth floors are not historic.
Every unit features granite countertops, new appliances and in-unit laundry.
8. Pier systems a go
The green light has been given to proposed pier construction for the new Interstate 74 bridge.
A mock pier was tested early this month in downtown Bettendorf, and positive results are permitting construction crews to proceed.
"At this point, we’re pretty confident what they did does work," said Danielle Mulholland, project engineer.
The unusual step of building the mock pier, then testing it, was necessary because of the unusual Y-shape structure chosen for the project, officials said.
Mulholland said standard tests to measure such things as strength and air content were conducted, as well as measurements on how well the concrete adhered to the reinforced steel bars. The latter test, conducted specifically for this type of pier, was conducted Monday by taking a core sample about 6 inches in diameter from the mock pier, Mulholland said.
Ultimately, 15 sets of piers will be built in downtown Bettendorf for the part of the bridge that extends from the water's edge over the city's downtown. Another 15 sets of piers will be built in the river, while 10 sets will be constructed from the river's edge in Moline to 7th Avenue. Construction on the $1.2 billion project, which began this summer, is expected to take 3½ years.
9. Fatal crash driver sentenced
Mitchell A. Gayer said he already is serving a life sentence of guilt, but he stopped short of saying he is guilty.
The 27-year-old Andalusia man was sentenced Monday in Rock Island County for his role in the 2013 crash that killed two of his friends. He entered an Alford plea, which stipulates it is likely prosecutors would find him guilty, but it is not an admission of guilt.
Jamie Sedam, 22, of Port Byron, and Clayton Carver, 24, of Taylor Ridge, died in the Nov. 27, 2013 crash in which Gayer lost control of his 1999 Chevrolet S10 on a curve on 51st Street West near Milan. The vehicle swerved off the road and into a ditch, hitting a tree. Gayer sustained serious injuries and was in a coma for two weeks. He was sentenced to eight years in prison.
He had a blood alcohol concentration of 0.146, nearly twice the legal limit to drive, according to previous testimony.
Gayer has maintained that he has no memory of the crash or the events leading up to it.
10. American Pickers looking for a pick
Mike Wolfe and Frank Fritz are coming home to Iowa for their next pick.
The team from the TV show "American Pickers," based out of LeClaire, is looking for their next pick in Iowa. They plan to record new episodes in October and are looking for rare and interesting items.
If you or someone you know has a large, private collection or accumulation of antiques that the pair can spend a day looking through, send your name, phone number, location and a description of the pick to firstname.lastname@example.org, leave a voicemail at 1-855-OLD-RUST, or visit the Facebook site @GotAPick.