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Scott County Sheriff\u2019s deputies have arrested two people allegedly involved in trafficking methamphetamine, marijuana and other drugs.

Jacob Daniel Timmsen, 28, of 304 Poplar St., Bennett, is charged with possession with the intent to deliver more than 5 grams of methamphetamine, a Class B felony under Iowa law that carries a prison sentence of up to 25 years.

Timmsen also is charged with one count each of possession with the intent to deliver marijuana, forgery and failure to affix an Iowa drug tax stamp. Each of the charges is a Class D felony that carries a prison sentence of up to five years.

He also is charged with carrying weapons as he had a handgun in his possession. The charge is an aggravated misdemeanor that carries a prison sentence of up to two years, and he is charged with possession of cocaine, a serious misdemeanor that carries a jail sentence of one year.

Morgan Marie Paxton, 22, of 26789 20th Ave., Stockton, is charged with one count of possession with the intent to distribute more than 5 grams of methamphetamine, a Class B felony.

According to the arrest affidavits filed by Scott County Sheriff\u2019s Sgt. Daniel Furlong, at 9:13 a.m. on Jan. 18, Scott County Sheriff\u2019s deputies made contact with the occupants of a suspicious vehicle at 110th Avenue and 200th Street.

Inside the vehicle, deputies found Timmsen and Paxton.

Timmsen had outstanding warrants, and a handgun and marijuana were visible in his possession. A search warrant was requested for the vehicle.

When deputies searched the vehicle, they seized 5.8 grams of methamphetamine, 17 grams of marijuana wax, a half-gram of cocaine, 18 amphetamine salt pills, two Alprazolam pills, counterfeit U.S. currency, multiple digital scales packing material and a handwritten ledger of drug sales.

According to the arrest affidavits, Timmsen admitted to deputies that he is a drug dealer with between 20 and 30 customers. He admitted to possession of all the drugs in the vehicle and said that Paxton is his partner and is with him at all times during his drug transactions.

The drug ledger had been found in Paxton\u2019s purse. Upon reviewing data in Paxton\u2019s cell phone, she was communicating with multiple people to facilitate drug deals for Timmsen. There also was a drug ledger in Paxton\u2019s cell phone.

Timmeson also admitted he had the gun for protection.

Arrest warrants were issued for Timmsen and Paxton in connection with the drug dealing.

Timmeson was arrested March 7. He is in the Scott County Jail on a $50,000 cash-only bond for the drug and weapon charges, and a $1,300 cash-only bond for a warrant out of Washington County, Iowa, where is is wanted for driving on a denied or revoked license.

Paxton was taken into custody Friday. She is being held in the Scott County Jail on a $50,000 bond, cash or surety.

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BURLINGTON --- As he drove along the Mississippi River between campaign stops, Beto O\u2019Rourke pined to pull the vehicle over --- yes, he was driving himself --- so he could dip his toes in the water.

\u201cI just don\u2019t feel like you can come this close to it and not,\u201d O\u2019Rourke said.

When his staff told him there was not enough time to stop, O\u2019Rourke groaned.

\u201cAll right, then,\u201d he conceded. \u201cSome future visit we\u2019ll do that.\u201d

That must have been one of the rare disappointing moments for O\u2019Rourke during his trip to Iowa Thursday, which came on the heels of his announcement he is running for president.

O\u2019Rourke, a Democrat and former congressman from Texas, made a spin through southeast Iowa --- making stops Thursday in Keokuk, Fort Madison, Burlington and Muscatine --- on the first day of his campaign. He has public events scheduled Friday in Mount Pleasant and Cedar Rapids.

O\u2019Rourke received a warm welcome from Iowans who greeted him at a local sandwich shop in Fort Madison and a local coffee house in Burlington.

The latter was packed by a crowd that would make a fire marshal squirm, and O\u2019Rourke stood on the coffee shop\u2019s bar so everyone could see and hear him.

Roughly 80 people came to Sub Arena in Fort Madison for an event that was not publicaly announced.

\u201cI\u2019m pumped. More pumped than when I first met Barack Obama,\u201d said Ernie Schiller of Donnellson after the Fort Madison event.

O\u2019Rourke already had won over Stephanie Brownlee, a 20-year-old Fort Madison woman who came to see him at Sub Arena. Brownlee grew up with Republican parents and was a Republican until four years ago. She voted for Hillary Clinton in 2016.

Brownlee likes O\u2019Rourke because he talks about wanting to fight for all Americans, not just Democrats, and reminds her of John McCain, the former U.S. Senator from Arizona, in the way he shows respect instead of disdain for his political rivals.

\u201cI think he\u2019s amazing,\u201d Brownlee said, adding she believes O\u2019Rourke can be a candidate \u201cwho can relate to both sides of the aisle.\u201d

The southeast Iowa region in which O\u2019Rourke campaigned Thursday contains many swing voters, the kind who voted for Democrat Barack Obama in 2008 and 2012 but swung to Republican Donald Trump in 2016.

The state senate districts that contain Des Moines and Lee counties, where O\u2019Rourke campaigned Thursday, swung 25 and 30 percentage points respectively from Obama\u2019s 2012 victory margin to Trump\u2019s 2016 victory margin.

\u201cI\u2019ll work with anyone, anytime, anywhere to deliver for Lee County, to deliver for this country. That\u2019s what I want out of our government. I want us to be able to put our differences aside, find the common ground and just to get it done. And the only way you have any hope of doing that is showing up and listening to and learning from the people you want to serve,\u201d O\u2019Rourke said during an interview between the Fort Madison and Burlington campaign stops.

\u201cSo I don\u2019t pretend to know the answers for that significant shift between \u201908 and \u201916. And I don\u2019t even know how important it is, other than to be able to focus on 2020 and beyond, how are we going to truly deliver for these communities. Not to make them solidly Democratic or blue. Their partisan color doesn\u2019t really matter to me. But to invite everyone into the conversation and the partnership to get these things done. And it begins by showing up and, as many people in there reminded me, it continues by coming back.\u201d

While answering questions in Fort Madison, regardless of the topic O\u2019Rourke regularly made calls for unity. O\u2019Rourke, 46, said during the interview he thinks the country is more divided than at any time in his lifetime.

\u201cAnd the answer to that is not more divisiveness; it\u2019s a concerted effort to unify this country. It doesn\u2019t mean that we won\u2019t still have our differences. ... But it does mean that we can\u2019t see our opponents as our enemies,\u201d O\u2019Rourke said. \u201cIf we\u2019re going to get any of these big things done that we all want to do, we\u2019re going to have to find that common ground and we\u2019re going to have to unify.\u201d

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William Bettendorf never got to live in his mansion, and his widow lived there only briefly.

In the 100-plus years since death separated the Bettendorfs, their beautiful mansion above the Mississippi River in their namesake city has barely been touched. Though a sprawling senior-living campus surrounds it, the house itself has been maintained almost as if the Bettendorfs are expected to return.

When a former worker hung a portrait of the widow Bettendorf on her office wall \u2014 one of just a few spaces in the mansion that are used today\u00a0\u2014 a series of unusual happenings inexplicably stopped. The employee guessed she had inadvertently satisfied Mrs. Bettendorf's after-death desire to remain part of the property.

The home is filled with treasures that no one can identify. Origins of furniture and artwork are largely unknown.

But more of the mansion than ever is soon to be exposed.

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The William Bettendorf Mansion as it looked around 1910.

The man who built it

If not for the mansion's maker, there would be no Bettendorf bluff upon which it rests. Without the Bettendorf brothers, the city east of Davenport might still be called Gilbert.

Residents of Gilbert voted in 1903 to rename their town after the pair of German-American inventors who moved their train-car and axle business over from Davenport.

Older brother William and younger brother Joseph each built homes to match their success. Joseph's mansion is widely recognized for its repurposed life as St. Katharine's-St. Mark's, which today bears the name Rivermont Collegiate.

But William's mansion isn't nearly so familiar. In the 109 years since it was built atop 25th Street, it has quietly held its ground.

William Bettendorf died just before the home he enthusiastically helped design was finished. If he had lived there, it would follow that much more would be known about it.

And shortly after his death in 1910, the mansion was purchased by the Grand Lodge of Masons in Iowa \u2014 a group known for protecting its privacy.

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The Spanish-style architecture still is evident on the exterior of the William Bettendorf Mansion. It has taken on massive additions over the years to create the Iowa Masonic Health Facilities. The Mansion, off of Grant Street, has been carefully guarded over the decades. William Bettendorf died just a week before his mansion was completed in 1910. He was buried in Oakdale Cemetery in Davenport.

Death and secrecy have done a number on the William Bettendorf mansion.

Maybe that's part of what makes it so interesting.

A century of closed doors

For more than a century, the William Bettendorf mansion has been off-limits to the public.

The Masons built huge additions onto the house when the brotherhood turned it into a sanitarium shortly after buying it in 1925. They built nearly 100 rooms on the campus for ailing and aged Masons, their wives and widows. It's still called Iowa Masonic, though the modern-day nursing home and retirement community is open to anyone.

But the Masons and those in charge of maintaining the mansion today have taken a hands-off approach, leaving the home \u2014 and its mysteries \u2014 mostly intact.

For the first time in its history, the William Bettendorf mansion was opened to the public last Christmas. Some who have worked on the grounds for 20 years or more were seeing the house for the first time.

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A sitting room attached to one of the bedrooms in what is believed to be the guests' and servants' side of the second level of the residence in the William Bettendorf Mansion.

As plans are carved out for creating greater community access, considerable work lies ahead. The handful of administrative offices that occupy corners of the mansion must be relocated to the newer portions of the campus, and someone has to figure out where to put all the period furniture that was donated over the decades by generous Masons.

The tours no doubt will be much different from customary historic-home tours because of its abbreviated lore.

During our two-plus hours of wandering the rooms, many questions went unanswered:

This would seem like the master bedroom, but are you sure?

Why did the Masons remove portions of the east and west wings?

Was Bettendorf really planning to build a ballroom in the attic?

Where did all the furniture and artwork come from, and how did it end up here?

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The entry foyer and grand staircase in the William Bettendorf Mansion. The rail-car baron imported oak logs from England for the construction of his Spanish-style mansion, and every log was milled on-site for continuity in appearance. The mansion, which is surrounded by the Iowa Masonic's retirement community campus in Bettendorf, is seldom toured. The home has been carefully guarded over the decades, beginning with its purchase in 1925 by the Grand Lodge of Masons in Iowa.

A few answers

Elizabeth Bettendorf and her son from a previous marriage, Oscar Staby, moved into the finished mansion in 1910, but they didn't stay long.

The 22 rooms were too much for two people. When they moved out, the home that was said to cost an astonishing $150,000 at the beginning of the last century sat vacant for several years.

Elizabeth died in 1923, and Staby (himself a Mason) sold it and about two-dozen acres to the Grand Lodge for $50,000 in 1925.

From there, records are unclear or non-existent.

Of all the pieces of furniture that are on display or tucked into the mansion's multitude of closets and expansive attic, it is believed that only four pieces belonged to the Bettendorfs.

Our tour guide and the marketing coordinator for Iowa Masonic, Rebecca Wiley, pointed out the Bettendorf's set, which includes a wooden bench with two large matching chairs and a smaller chair. Each piece contains carved pieces of inlaid wood. The small chair has a music box built into its underside, and all the pieces sit in front of large windows at one end of the second-floor foyer.

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A sitting room attached to one of the bedrooms in what is believed to be the guests' and servants' side of the second level of the residence in the William Bettendorf Mansion.

Two paintings have been identified as \"probably\" belonging to the Bettendorfs, but most of the mansion's contents are of uncertain origin \u2014 either having belonged to the Bettendorfs or the Masons.

Some pieces are quite old and appear to be of considerable value. But no one kept records of donations, so practically nothing is known about who donated them or where they came from.

What money could buy

William Bettendorf built his mansion with business and entertainment in mind.

He sought to sell his train cars to railroad executives, so he built a home that would wow even the wealthiest of barons. And he started with the entrance.

The front of the mansion faces the Mississippi River. A wide set of stairs built into the long, sloping lawn would have carried Bettendorf and his visitors from industry below the bluff. The staircase pauses at a flat spot in the final layer of lawn to showcase a large fountain, which is no longer. Old photos suggest the bubbling concrete well may have been the first place to spot Bettendorf's fondness for lions' heads, which decorated the fountain's center.

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A pair of hand-carved lions adorn the bottom of the grand staircase in the William Bettendorf Mansion.

A trio of Spanish-style archways led to the home's main entrance, where double doors open to the grand foyer.

\"This is the widest staircase in the Quad-Cities,\" declared Wiley, our host. \"The staircase was built first, and the house was built around it.\"

The base of the staircase banister contains a matching set of hand-carved lions. Bettendorf was so insistent upon detail, Wiley said, ridges were carved into the roofs of the lions' open mouths to mimic the real thing.

The original chandelier for the main foyer remains, and its chain disappears above the open staircase to the ceiling more than two stories above.

On each side of the staircase on the first floor are several large rooms, including a library, parlor/sitting room and dining room. It is presumed the missing kitchen must have been lost when the Masons, for unknown reasons, removed parts of the home.

Against one wall of the dining room is an old-looking safe about the size of a large armoire. No one could say whether it belonged to Bettendorf or was somehow hoisted in by the Masons.

The dining room has a rounded ceiling with patterned plaster. It is said that Bettendorf imported oak logs from England, which were milled on-site, to create paneling. The craftsmen cut the panels, so patterns in the grain were a match for each opposing wall, and this detail is most obvious in the dining room.

There were nine fireplaces and eight bathrooms\u00a0\u2014 an astounding number in the early 1900s. The large porcelain tubs in several bathrooms are said to weigh a half ton.

The bedroom that is believed to have been built as Bettendorf's master is at the end of the hall on the west wing of the house. Even the bathroom has decorative plaster molding, and the sink is the size of a large outdoor bird bath. Off the master's sitting room is one of many closets in the house that have large windows with stunning views of the Mississippi River \u2014 in the closets.

In the master, the window facing the river is more than 5 feet wide.

It is unknown whether Mrs. Bettendorf ever occupied the master bedroom, given that her husband died before she and her son moved in.

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One of the bedrooms in what is believed to be the Bettendorf's living area in the William Bettendorf Mansion in Bettendorf.

The two \"wings\" on the second floor are separated by the beautiful foyer at the top of the open staircase. To enter the wing with the master, one must pass through a set of large doors that create an imbalance in the otherwise symmetrical space, because the other wing \u2014 presumably for guests \u2014 has no doors.

\"At one time, one of the administrators of the sanitarium lived here, and his son walked in his sleep,\" Wiley said. \"We believe that's why the doors were added to just one side.\"

It is believed the east wing was mostly for the guests Bettendorf hoped to pamper. Each space represents a suite, equipped with a bedroom, sitting room, bathroom, fireplace and closets.

Unfortunately, the footprint of the original upstairs space is not known. For some reason, Wiley said, the Masons removed portions of each wing. When you pull draperies aside on the large doors at either end of the upstairs hallways, walls appear on the other side of the glass. But this is easily explained by the fact the Masons added sanitarium space directly onto the mansion.

The future of the home

The Bettendorf house has been so pampered, some spaces haven't been explored for many years.

In fact, someone doing some cleaning on the second floor just last year uncovered a gurney, medical cart and wheelchair that must be close to 100 years old. Ditto for a small, antique lap harp that was recently found in a closet. Very few people have been permitted to simply poke around in the house.

Of course, the public won't be invited in to do the poking, but the time has come, today's Iowa Masonic leadership says, to permit public passage.

As plans are made to relocate a handful of staffers into portions of the retirement community, Wiley is looking for details about the Bettendorfs and their home, so tour guides have more to say.

\"In a way, we know quite a bit about the house, but there's so much we don't know,\" she said.

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The entrance into what is believed to be the family bedrooms in the William Bettendorf Mansion in Bettendorf.

One mystery that would be interesting to pursue is the multiple reports of ghostly appearances.

\"Residents on the nursing side have talked about seeing two black children and a Confederate soldier,\" Wiley said. \"It would be interesting to know something about that.\"

The huge attic with oddly thick concrete walls and arched doorways would seem like a gold mine of a starting place. We weren't permitted to take any pictures or do much looking because medical records are stored in boxes there, but the space clearly was packed with treasures.

\"From what we understand, Mr. Bettendorf planned to build a ballroom up here, and that's why the walls are so thick,\" Wiley said. \"We believe the walls were built this way, so the music in the ballroom couldn't be heard in the bedrooms below.\"

And that makes sense, given the wide hallway that leads to the attic door \u2014 wide enough for musicians to haul in their instruments. Or, maybe it was built so wide, because Bettendorf intended to use the attic for storage. Again, no one seems to know.

Whoever gets the job of going through the contents of the mansion has an enviable job \u2014 a \"premier\" position, as they say in Bettendorf.

Photos: The William Bettendorf mansion
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ALTON, N.H. \u2014 One of the victims in a double homicide in Alton, N.H., has ties to the Quad-Cities.

Officials say James Eckert, 48, and his wife, Lizette Eckert, 50, were found Friday morning inside a home in Alton with gunshot wounds. Lizette Eckert is the daughter of Dr. Timothy and Diane Kennedy of Moline.

Lizette Eckert was pronounced dead at the scene.\u00a0James Eckert was pronounced dead late Friday after he was taken to a hospital in critical condition.

An 11-year-old boy has been charged in Lizette Eckert's death.

An autopsy was planned Monday on James Eckert, according to the New Hampshire attorney general's office. An autopsy revealed Lizette Eckert died as a result of a single gunshot wound to the head.

Before James Eckert's death, authorities arrested and charged the 11-year-boy with one count of second-degree murder and one count of attempted murder in connection with the case. It wasn't known if there would be additional charges.

Authorities have not said if the boy has any connection to the Eckerts.

The attorney general's office had said in a news release that \"since the alleged perpetrator is a juvenile, the law precludes any further information from being released.\"

The Revolution United Soccer Club, which the Eckert family was part of, held a vigil Sunday for them.

With local reports.

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An adult and four juveniles were arrested after an early morning pursuit in Davenport.

Taion Nehemiah Johnson-Rush, 18,\u00a0 was arrested after police responded to an early-morning weapons related call near Washington and Locust Streets.

After a pursuit, Johnson-Rush was arrested and charged with felony carrying weapons on school grounds and eluding, misdemeanor assault while displaying a weapon,\u00a0failure to control, no headlights, no insurance, possession of drug paraphernalia, running a stop sign and reckless driving.

According to a Davenport Police press release, officers had earlier observed two vehicles chasing each other in the area of West 12 St. and Division St. After having lost the vehicles due to evasive driving, officers found two subjects in the parking lot of 1545 Locust St. in the area of where a suspected stolen vehicle had fled. A witness told police the subjects had discussed fleeing on foot through allies, had flashed a weapon and told them they had better not be \"opposition.\"\u00a0

A white SUV was observed in the area and fled officers. Reaching speeds of 80 miles per hour in a 55 miles per hour zone, the vehicle drove onto the property of Wood Intermediate School before ultimately crashing in the area of 155th Ave. and 240th St., Eldridge. During a search, a digital scale containing suspected marijuana was found in the vehicle.

Johnson-Rush was booked at 5:25 a.m. at the Davenport Police Department and is in Scott County Jail, according to its website. His bond is set at $9,000.\u00a0

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When it comes to being robbed, \"You get used to it,\" said an auto parts store manager two hours after an armed robbery in Davenport.\u00a0

Will Brammer of Moline, store manager at O'Reilly Auto Parts, 2020 E. Locust St., was calm and customers kept employees busy. Two hours before, at about 7:45 a.m. Monday, a man with a gun walked through the store's back door.

\"He just walked right through the back door,\" Brammer said. The robbery occurred about 10 minutes after the store opened, he said.

\"He was armed with a handgun. He told us to be quiet and give him all the money out of the cash registers,\" Brammer said. \"There were three of us in here.\"

The store was robbed twice last year. Brammer was in the store during one of those.

\"You get used to it eventually,\" he said.

A driver, he said, had left minutes beforehand.

He described the robber as a tall, slender white man wearing jeans and a long-sleeved shirt. \"He had on a red bandana across his face, so you pretty much could see his eyes and across the tops of his cheeks.\"

\"He was completely covered head to toe.\"

The robber, who also wore a cap, fled out the back door.\"He went right back out the door he came in.\"

The suspect is still at large. There is no further verified information from authorities about the suspect.

\"Nobody has the idea to rob a place. Until it ends up all over the news,\" said Brammer.

No one was injured, he said. Multiple squad cars and law-enforcement officers responded to the scene.

A K-9 dog was used to track the suspect, according to a news release from Davenport police. Officers canvassed the area.

No suspect was in custody as of 9 a.m.

Police ask anyone with information about the incident to contact police at 563-326-6125 or submit an anonymous tip through the mobile apps \"CityConnect Davenport, IA\" or \"CrimeReports by Motorola.\"

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With St. Patrick's Day Sunday, a variety of events are planned, including the big parade. The St. Patrick Society of the Quad-Cities is set to kick off its celebration Saturday with its 34th annual Grand Parade. Mass at St. Mary's Church, 2208 4th Ave., Rock Island begins at 10 a.m., followed by what is reportedly the only bi-state St. Patrick's parade in the country. Beginning at 11:30 a.m. at the corner of 4th Ave. and 23rd St. in Rock Island, the parade will travel through downtown Rock Island before crossing the Mississippi over the Talbot/Centennial Bridge to West Third St. From there, it'll proceed through Davenport to the RiverCenter.","supportsComments":false,"commentCount":0,"keywords":["public holidays in the united states","irish folklore","culture","st. patrick's day","quad","quad cities","saint patrick's day in the united states","parade","saint patrick","st. patrick's","european culture","irish culture","holidays","saint patrick's day","boston","moline police department","talbot/centennial bridge","mayer school of irish dance and the skydiving leprechauns","davenport","marty huber","don huber","chris mccormick pries","ireland","illinois","river bend foodbank","st. mary's church","tim baldwin","fundraiser","uber","new york","color guard","old","iowa","guinness","figge art museum","western illinois","president","centennial bridge","kevin fennelly","natural food","blackhawk","partner","shawn loter","rock island","center for active seniors","fairgrounds general manager","eastern iowa","rick harris","canadian pacific","st. patrick society of the quad-cities","joe dooley","st. patrick society","flying leprechauns and electric shock","corned beef","food","christianity","highway","enology","luncheon","society","mead"],"internalKeywords":[],"customProperties":{},"presentation":null,"images":[{"id":"d3dcd271-5601-528f-89e0-36b65fabf2b3","description":"Spectators line West 3rd Street during the St. Patrick Society Quad-Cities Grand Parade in Davenport on March 17, 2018.","byline":"Andy Abeyta, aabeyta@qctimes.com","hireswidth":3000,"hiresheight":2083,"hiresurl":"https://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com/qctimes.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/d/3d/d3dcd271-5601-528f-89e0-36b65fabf2b3/5aad9d268759d.hires.jpg","presentation":"","versions":{"full":{"type":"image/jpeg","width":"1728","height":"1199","url":"https://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com/qctimes.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/d/3d/d3dcd271-5601-528f-89e0-36b65fabf2b3/5aad9d2664ede.image.jpg?resize=1728%2C1199"},"100": {"type":"image/jpeg","width":"100","height":"69","url":"https://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com/qctimes.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/d/3d/d3dcd271-5601-528f-89e0-36b65fabf2b3/5aad9d2664ede.image.jpg?resize=100%2C69"},"300": {"type":"image/jpeg","width":"300","height":"208","url":"https://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com/qctimes.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/d/3d/d3dcd271-5601-528f-89e0-36b65fabf2b3/5aad9d2664ede.image.jpg?resize=300%2C208"},"1024":{"type":"image/jpeg","width":"1024","height":"711","url":"https://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com/qctimes.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/d/3d/d3dcd271-5601-528f-89e0-36b65fabf2b3/5aad9d2664ede.image.jpg?resize=1024%2C711"}}},{"id":"8eecb0a6-f569-5a05-a516-ae4aaa316fef","description":"Several thousand runners on West 3rd Street during CASI's 35th annual St. Patrick's Day Run on March 18, 2017, in Davenport.","byline":"Quad-City Times file photo","hireswidth":3000,"hiresheight":1597,"hiresurl":"https://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com/qctimes.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/8/ee/8eecb0a6-f569-5a05-a516-ae4aaa316fef/5c8987070291f.hires.jpg","presentation":"","versions":{"full":{"type":"image/jpeg","width":"1973","height":"1050","url":"https://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com/qctimes.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/8/ee/8eecb0a6-f569-5a05-a516-ae4aaa316fef/5c898706dfad4.image.jpg?resize=1973%2C1050"},"100": {"type":"image/jpeg","width":"100","height":"53","url":"https://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com/qctimes.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/8/ee/8eecb0a6-f569-5a05-a516-ae4aaa316fef/5c898706dfad4.image.jpg?resize=100%2C53"},"300": {"type":"image/jpeg","width":"300","height":"160","url":"https://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com/qctimes.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/8/ee/8eecb0a6-f569-5a05-a516-ae4aaa316fef/5c898706dfad4.image.jpg?resize=300%2C160"},"1024":{"type":"image/jpeg","width":"1024","height":"545","url":"https://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com/qctimes.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/8/ee/8eecb0a6-f569-5a05-a516-ae4aaa316fef/5c898706dfad4.image.jpg?resize=1024%2C545"}}}],"revision":19,"commentID":"0e77826a-32e4-500e-8a1b-56aeadb1e1cf","body":"

It's time for the annual celebration of the Saint who supposedly drove the snakes out of Ireland, and the Quad-Cities is gearing up for the fun.

With St. Patrick's Day Sunday, a variety of events are planned, including the big parade.

The St. Patrick Society of the Quad-Cities is set to kick off its celebration Saturday with its 34th annual Grand Parade. Mass at St. Mary's Church, 2208 4th Ave., Rock Island begins at 10 a.m., followed by what is reportedly the only bi-state St. Patrick's parade in the country. Beginning at 11:30 a.m. at the corner of 4th Ave. and 23rd St. in Rock Island, the parade will travel through downtown Rock Island before crossing the Mississippi over the Talbot/Centennial Bridge to West Third St. From there, it'll proceed through Davenport to the RiverCenter.

\"Six gentlemen were gathered together, six gentlemen of Irish descent, and decided in conversation we ought to have an Irish St. Patrick's parade,\" St. Patrick Society of the Quad-Cities president Joe Dooley said of the society's founding. That first year, 1985, there was just a luncheon that started as a fundraiser. The parade began the following year, and has kept growing ever since.

\"We emphasize an Irish heritage theme in marching groups and floats,\" Dooley said. \"It's grown to the point where it's almost like the first sign of spring. Even though it might be cold out, we know spring's right around the corner.\"

The parade

There are about 62 floats in the parade, with 16 entrants emphasizing their Irish heritage, Dooley said. He expects about 20,000-30,000 to attend, and while the Iowa side usually turns out the biggest crowd, the Rock Island side has grown each year.

The parade is about celebrating the Irish heritage of the Quad-Cities, Dooley said. River Bend Foodbank will precede the route by about a half hour. \"That's a good way to start off and it kind of ties into the Irish heritage and history with the famine. Their whole goal is to wipe out hunger in eastern Iowa and western Illinois.\"\u00a0

Among the other marchers are the Blackhawk pipe band, a color guard of Scottish fifers, a scale model locomotive from the railroad Canadian Pacific and a float that will represent a number of local LGBTQ pride groups coming together. While cities such as Boston and New York have had controversy over allowing LGBTQ groups to march, Dooley said the Quad-Cities Pride Festivals float has not received much, if any, push back.

Santa will also make an appearance at the parade, taking a ride in his Santamobile with Marty and Don Huber of Moline.

Because of the parade, the Iowa-bound lanes of the Centennial Bridge will be closed from 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Traffic will alternate through Illinois-bound lanes by police escort.

St. Patrick Society will also hold its annual Gathering of the Clans luncheon at the RiverCenter March 15. Grand Marshal Kevin Fennelly and Irish Mother of the Year Chris McCormick Pries will preside over the luncheon.

Another weekend event will help raise money for local seniors. The Center for Active Seniors will host its 37th Annual Road Race, presented by Wells Fargo, at 10 a.m. Saturday. Starting and finishing at the Figge Art Museum, there are several races for all to enjoy. For more information, visit casiseniors.org/race.

\"We are Eastern Iowa's only comprehensive senior center and 100 percent of those funds go back into our mission of serving older adults and helping them to age successfully,\" CASI President and CEO Laura Kopp said of the event.

The parties

The \"Post-Parade Bash,\" hosted by the St. Patrick Society, will be held at the RiverCenter from 1-4 p.m. Admission is free for St. Patrick Society members and membership will be available for purchase at the door.

Elsewhere in the Quad-Cities, the Mississippi Valley Fairgrounds will hold its second St. Patrick's Day Bash on Friday and Saturday. \"The doors open Friday night at 5:30, and we have three bands\u00a0\u2014 Spam Halen, Project X and then TOMB the Old Man Band,\" said fairgrounds general manager Shawn Loter. On Saturday, doors open at 10 a.m., and entertainment includes the Blackhawk pipe and drums, skydivers the Flying Leprechauns and Electric Shock, an AC/DC tribute band.

Food will be cooked by Smokin Butts and will include the obligatory corned beef and cabbage, plus other foods.

Loter says he's hoping about 8,000-9,000 people to attend. For security, he'll have officers near the bar and entrance.

And those bashes aren't the only ones. Bootleg Hill Meadery, celebrating its first St. Patrick's Day, will have green mead available on tap at its Davenport location, 321 East Second St. Suite 200 starting at 10 a.m. Saturday.

\"We wanted to do something to celebrate St. Patrick's Day, and everything seems to be green on St. Patrick's Day, so we decided to make some green mead,\" said mead maker and co-owner Rick Harris. The clover mead, dyed with all natural food dye, has a \"semi-sweet\" taste with a strong 14 ABV.

Since it's their first St. Patrick's Day, Harris says the green mead will be the only real nod to the holiday. \"This is our first St. Patrick's Day, so we're going to see how things go and then kind of grow from here,\" he said, though he noted they will also serve the Irish stout, Guinness.\u00a0

A former Davenport institution will also celebrate. Beginning at 4 p.m. Friday and 9 a.m. Saturday, Kelly's, a former Irish pub, will partner with Front Street Brewing to host a celebration in the parking lot of Front Street Taproom and the Freight House, 431 West River Drive. In a large heated tent, corned beef, live music, green beer and more will be available.

\u201cWhen Kelly\u2019s closed down, my partners and I had known Dan for quite some time, and thought it would be quite a shame to not continue that tradition of the Kelly\u2019s St. Patrick Day Festival,\u201d said Front Street co-owner Tim Baldwin. \u201cSo we worked that out with Dan and we held our first event last year, which was very successful, and we just hope to jump on that bandwagon again this year.\u201d

The party is done \u201cpretty much\u201d in Kelly\u2019s fashion, Baldwin said. Bands, dancers from the Mayer School of Irish Dance and the Skydiving Leprechauns are slated to attend and entertain. Food and drink specials are also planned, including an \u201cIrish egg roll\u201d with corned beef and cabbage or corned beef sausage Reubens made special by Stashu\u2019s. Free Uber rides will be available for those who may imbibe too much. The festival runs from 4-10 p.m. on Friday and 9 a.m.-midnight on Saturday. Admission is free.

While there's plenty to be excited about on St. Patrick's Day, others are making special preparations. The Moline Police Department has announced they will make special patrols on and around the holiday to arrest impaired drivers and encourage the use of seat belts.\u00a0

\"We are urging you to plan ahead for St. Patrick\u2019s Day festivities. Don\u2019t ever drive under the influence of alcohol or any drug,\" the Moline Police Department warned in a release. \"It\u2019s not just about you. There are other people on the roads who are impacted by your decisions.\"

Photos: St. Patrick's Day Party at the Fairgrounds
Photos: Peeters family prepares float for St. Patrick Society Grand Parade
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One person is dead and another person is injured after the pickup they were riding in slammed into the rear of a semi-tractor trailer Friday.

The crash occurred at 1:50 p.m. in the right westbound lane of Interstate 80 at Mile Marker 13 about two miles east of the Big X.

Illinois State Police Trooper Jason Wilson said westbound I-80 traffic had slowed due to a crash. The driver of the semi-tractor trailer was slowing down with the traffic when a Dodge pickup slammed into the rear of the trailer.

Both the driver and passenger in the pickup were trapped.

The Geneseo Fire Department, Medforce Air Ambulance and the Illinois State Police responded to the scene.

The passenger in the pickup truck was taken to Illini Hospital for treatment. That person\u2019s condition was not available late Friday.

The driver of the pickup was transported by Medforce to Trinity Rock Island and was pronounced dead shortly after arrival.

Eastbound traffic was shut down for about 15 minutes, while the westbound lanes of I-80 were reopened at 5:30 p.m. Until the westbound lanes were reopened traffic was diverted of the interstate at Geneseo.

The crash remains under investigation by the Illinois State Police Crash Reconstruction Team.

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When Ron O'Tool\u00a0began tattooing 25 years ago, he said the industry was in the middle of a transformation.

\"I was really intrigued with the direction tattooing was taking and how artistic it was becoming,\" O'Tool said. \"There wasn't a lot of custom tattooing 25 years ago. In the '80s and '90s, you'd pick a flash design off the wall and that's what you'd get. But it's changed so much.\"\u00a0

He opened his own tattoo shop, O'Tool Design Custom Tattoo, in 1999, as tattooing became more mainstream and custom tattoos grew in popularity.\u00a0

\"A younger generation was getting into the tattooing industry, and I was it,\" he said. \"Things needed to change. So I took the most important aspects of getting a tattoo\u00a0\u2014 the cleanliness and welcoming atmosphere\u00a0\u2014 and made it more about offering a customized experience for each person.\"

Back then, he said, \"a 4-inch tattoo was considered large.\" Now, he regularly gives customers tattoos on their neck, hand or entire arm\u00a0\u2014 a sign, he argued, that perceptions of tattoos have significantly changed.\u00a0\u00a0

The success of his business over the years, he said, led him to open up a second location in Davenport in 2010. But now he's outgrown that space. At the beginning of this year, O'Tool opened a larger shop at 1301 N. Harrison St.\u00a0\u00a0

\"We've been leasing our old Davenport building for nine years. So after purchasing our Rock Island location a few years ago, it was time to find a permanent location in Davenport,\" he said. \"This location appealed to me because it's in the Main Street district, and it's a large space with a lot of traffic. It's between uptown and downtown, so you catch a lot of people traveling between the two.\"\u00a0

The freestanding building, formerly a drive-thru location for a laundry and dry cleaning service, was essentially an empty shell, he said. O'Tool's workspace now sits in the center of the space, overlooking the entire room. He divided the room into sections for tattooing and piercing work, decorated with his signature green and black design.\u00a0

The opening of O'Tool's new location marks the fourth tattoo shop to join Davenport's Hilltop Campus Village,\u00a0which includes St. Ambrose University and Palmer College of Chiropractic.

Hilltop\u00a0Director Scott Tunnicliff said the Main Street district is \"becoming somewhat of a hub for tattoo shops.\"\u00a0

\"We're pleased to see things like the tattoo shops coming in. They're some of the most creative and artistic designers in the region, and they're being drawn to the Hilltop,\" Tunnicliff said. \"Now, we're asking those shops which types of businesses they'd like to see come into the area that would compliment their services.\"\u00a0

While perceptions of the tattoo business have changed during his time as an artist, O'Tool said he has maintained the same values he held 20 years ago.\u00a0

\"I've always wanted to add substance to the experience,\" O'Tool said. \"You can't only focus on your talent. You've also got to make a quality, personalized experience. Because every tattoo has a story. I will work with you to make sure you get a tattoo that means something and you can be proud of.\"\u00a0

\"And you know you're doing something right when you had customers 20 years ago, and now their kids are coming in today,\" he said.\u00a0

For more information, visit O'Tool Design Custom Tattoo's Facebook page.\u00a0

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