[ {"id":"6076e567-b644-50c9-91b6-f48d4d99a289","type":"article","starttime":"1397381400","starttime_iso8601":"2014-04-13T04:30:00-05:00","sections":[{"doug-smith":"news/opinion/editorial/columnists/doug-smith"}],"application":"editorial","title":"Owner toys around with gadget\u2019s real purpose","url":"http://qctimes.com/news/opinion/editorial/columnists/doug-smith/article_6076e567-b644-50c9-91b6-f48d4d99a289.html","permalink":"https://qctimes.com/news/opinion/editorial/columnists/doug-smith/owner-toys-around-with-gadget-s-real-purpose/article_6076e567-b644-50c9-91b6-f48d4d99a289.html","canonical":"https://qctimes.com/news/opinion/editorial/columnists/doug-smith/owner-toys-around-with-gadget-s-real-purpose/article_6076e567-b644-50c9-91b6-f48d4d99a289.html","relatedAssetCounts":{"article":0,"audio":0,"image":1,"link":0,"vmix":0,"youtube":0,"gallery":0},"byline":"Doug Smith","prologue":"Doug: This is something I played with as a child. The marbles are loose and can come out. I really couldn\u2019t ever figure out what it was supposed to be or do. Have you ever seen one like it before? Thank you, Roselyn F. Dear Roselyn: Two marbles held together with a metal wire. Boy, what you kids wouldn\u2019t find delight in back in the good ol\u2019 days! But on a rainy day, it beats pushing a wooden wheel around the yard with a stick.","supportsComments":false,"commentCount":0,"keywords":["shaving","razor","doug smith","safety razor","sharpening","marble","straight razor","lawn darts","world war ii","marbles","a.c. gilbert atomic energy laboratory","kenberry co.","carbon steel blades","stainless-steel blades","dougsqccollectibles.com","dougsqccollecting hotmail.com"],"internalKeywords":[],"customProperties":{},"presentation":null,"images":[{"id":"c0baa6e2-a69c-546c-8aae-35e6029b1389","description":"What might look like a child\u2019s marble toy was actually manufactured beginning in the early-1930s as a razor blade sharpener.","byline":"CONTRIBUTED PHOTO","hireswidth":null,"hiresheight":null,"hiresurl":null,"presentation":"","versions":{"full":{"type":"image/jpeg","width":"1024","height":"768","url":"https://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com/qctimes.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/c/0b/c0baa6e2-a69c-546c-8aae-35e6029b1389/534828a17e88e.preview-1024.jpg?resize=1024%2C768"},"100": {"type":"image/jpeg","width":"100","height":"75","url":"https://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com/qctimes.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/c/0b/c0baa6e2-a69c-546c-8aae-35e6029b1389/534828a1a4403.preview-100.jpg"},"300": {"type":"image/jpeg","width":"300","height":"224","url":"https://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com/qctimes.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/c/0b/c0baa6e2-a69c-546c-8aae-35e6029b1389/534828a1a548c.preview-300.jpg"},"1024":{"type":"image/jpeg","width":"1024","height":"768","url":"https://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com/qctimes.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/c/0b/c0baa6e2-a69c-546c-8aae-35e6029b1389/534828a17e88e.preview-1024.jpg"}}}],"revision":3,"commentID":"6076e567-b644-50c9-91b6-f48d4d99a289","body":"

Doug: This is something I played with as a child. The marbles are loose and can come out. I really couldn\u2019t ever figure out what it was supposed to be or do. Have you ever seen one like it before?

Thank you,

Roselyn F.

Dear Roselyn: Two marbles held together with a metal wire. Boy, what you kids wouldn\u2019t find delight in back in the good ol\u2019 days! But on a rainy day, it beats pushing a wooden wheel around the yard with a stick.

Yes, I have seen these on occasion. And, like you, I never could quite figure out their purpose. I suppose they could be used for displaying a small marble collection.

At first glance, it appears to be a toy, perhaps similar to those knuckle-busting delights of the \u201860s and \u201870s called \u201cClackers,\u201d \u201cKnockers\u201d or \u201cClick Clacks.\u201d Between my Clackers, Lawn Darts and A.C. Gilbert Atomic Energy Laboratory, it seemed like the government couldn\u2019t wait to ban all of my favorite toys. At any rate, I\u2019m sure this little gizmo kept you busy trying to make some sense of it. Through it all and after all these years, it\u2019s encouraging to see that you never lost your marbles.

Well, what you have, or what it typically is purported to be, is a straight-razor sharpener. Thank goodness that of the two, your parents sent you off to play with the sharpener.

I\u2019ve heard stories of how itinerant salesmen would come to a town and demonstrate this wondrous, inexpensive and simple-to-use device. The blade of a straight razor, kitchen knife or scissors would repeatedly be drawn between the glass balls, which functioned similar to honing stones, to produce a razor-sharp cutting edge. Thousands were sold over the years, and, fortuitously, the marble pairs came in various colors, which provides purpose to those who would collect them today.

There was one minor issue, though. It didn\u2019t work, even in theory. As the blade contacts the glass balls and pushes them apart ever so slightly, they, in turn, contact the side or bevel of the blade rather than the cutting edge. The only thing these marbles are going to produce is a shiny, burr-free surface on the face of the blade!

And so goes the oft-repeated, bemusing tale regarding this thing\u2019s checkered past. It\u2019s rather perplexing to me, however, because this thingamajig never was meant for straight razors or knives, but rather for razor blades. Manufactured by the Kenberry Co. beginning in the early-1930s, there was, by simply drawing the very thin blade between the balls very lightly three or four times, some efficacy in sharpening and extending its life. Though it arguably didn't sharpen the blade, but rather realigned its damaged edge, the effect in the end was similar, i.e., a man could get more shaves per blade.

Ironically, the big selling point of the safety razor in the first place was its inexpensive, disposable blades. Nonetheless, there were plenty of skinflints, like yours truly, who were more than willing to invest a little money in a tool and a little time in a routine just to save a penny, especially during the waning days of the Great Depression and later during World War II when raw material shortages led to rationing.

Today, it appears the single-blade razors are making a comeback. Unfortunately, although this sharpener worked to a point on the old carbon steel blades of the previous century, the new stainless-steel blades are polymer-coated, making sharpening impossible.

Although this once-practical implement occupied a prominent spot in the medicine cabinet, technology has deposed it to a perfectly purposeless curiosity of a bygone era. They typically sell for only $5-$10 and make a splendid, if not puzzling, little toy for the grandkids.

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Student No. 1216 and his mother clasped hands and bowed their heads at 7:05 p.m. Tuesday in a small conference room on the second floor of J.B. Young Opportunity Center.

They waited while the seven members of the Davenport School Board voiced \"Yes\" or \"No\" votes.

Angela Hughes slowly shook her head and stared at the table in front of her after the board voted 4-3 to expel her son\u00a0\u2014 known as Student No. 1216 to protect his anonymity.

Student No. 1216 was expelled until at least the fall of 2022 following a Nov. 4 attack on a fellow Davenport West High School student later identified as Charlie Macaluso.

Both students are 15 years old.

School board members Julie DeSalvo, Bruce Potts, Ralph Johanson and Daniel Gosa voted in favor of expulsion. Clyde Mayfield, Linda Hayes and Dr. Allison Beck voted against the measure. They heard testimony from Student No. 1216's family members at 6 p.m. and deliberated for 30 to 40 minutes.

The board members declined to comment on the decision.

Captured on a cellphone video and posted to Facebook, the attacked caused brain trauma, and Macaluso had to be flown to the University of Iowa Children's Hospitals for emergency surgery.

Both Hughes and Macaluso's mother, Theresa Wallenhorst, said the attack was prompted by a photo Macaluso took of Student No. 1216 during the course of a what Wallenhorst called a \"school project.\"

In the photo, Student No. 1216 is lying in one of West High School's halls. A school janitor is lying behind him. Hughes said her son and janitor were \"goofing around\" but he was later bullied.

Hughes said the bullying over the picture led her son to act out.

One of the students who attends West High School serves as a student representative to the Davenport School Board. Adam Parcel said Student No. 1216 was bullied before he attacked Macaluso.

\"I'm not defending what he (Student 1216) did in any way,\" the 17-year-old senior said. \"I just pray for all the people involved and I think we can look at what was available to the kid (Student 1216) before the attack happened.

\"I know he was called in\u00a0\u2014 but maybe he didn't feel like he could talk with anyone. Kids in school knew about that picture. I didn't see them until after, but I heard about it before the attack. I think the school handled it the best they could, I just wonder if students really have ways to express themselves.\"

Parcel said he thought Student No. 1216 should be suspended and not expelled.

\"I'm a big believer in second chances,\" Parcel said. \"I wonder if it might not help to really work with the kid to help him and then re-evaluate his chances to coming back to West.\"

After the school board's decision was announced, Student No. 1216, his mother, and a number of other family members left the session in silence. They were followed by board members moving to Tuesday's regular meeting.

Mayfield remained behind in the small conference on the second floor of the school district's headquarters. The school board member silently stared at the top of the table in front of him.

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MUSCATINE \u2014 The search continues today for a 29-year-old Davenport man who has been missing since Sunday.

Alex Conant, son of Rik and Cari Conant and Belinda Gaul, went missing in the early hours of Nov. 3. Conant last posted on his Facebook page the day prior and after that friends and family lost contact with him. During the initial search for him, both his red Jeep Wrangler and cell phone were discovered abandoned on the I-74 bridge.

Conant\u2019s uncles, Liam Hammond and Eddie Sierra, began coordinating search parties along the Mississippi River, first in Moline and now in Muscatine. A friend of Conant\u2019s, who wished to remain anonymous, said that Conant\u2019s family has already been searching the Muscatine area for a couple days now and are still trying to find new spots to search. Conant\u2019s uncle Liam is also trying to gather up more boats to use in the search. \u201cI just hope we find him,\u201d his friend said.

One of the other people out searching for Conant was Cari Conant\u2019s cousin, Chris Thackery. \u201cI\u2019m just out here to give a hand where I can,\u201d Thackery said. Having planned on searching until dark, Thackery brought water and snacks to help fuel the search party, insisting that he was going to try and stay out as long as he could. \u201cI just hope that we can find out what\u2019s going on. If we can find any trace of Alex, that\u2019s what we\u2019re looking for.\u201d

Alex Conant is a mixed race (light-skinned) male, 5\u2019 9\u201dtall, 170 pounds with brown eyes and dark brown hair, though his head was shaved when he went missing. Conant also has a tattoo of a cross and bundled baby on his left forearm.

Conant\u2019s family and friends wish for anyone who has any information about Conant\u2019s disappearance or whereabouts to contact Liam Hammond on Facebook, or to contact the Quad-Cities Missing Persons Network Facebook page.

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DAVENPORT \u2014 Tiphanie Cannon did not take home the grand prize from the Food Network's \u201cChristmas Cookie Challenge,\u201d but her experience still was pretty sweet.

The Bettendorf baker, who owns Oh So Sweet by Tiphanie in downtown Davenport, competed with four other contestants earlier this year on the show for the chance to win $10,000. The episode recently dropped on DirecTV and the Food Network's app, but it aired at 9 p.m. Monday night on cable.

\u201cI didn't win, but I had such a nice time and made a ton of friends, and I did make it to the top three,\u201d Cannon said.

And if anyone ever needs 500 cookies made in two hours, she said, \u201cI'm your girl.\u201d

Cannon said the first challenge was a slice-and-bake cookie. Participants had to create a Christmassy design inside a tube of dough, much like those you will find in the dairy section of area supermarkets. Then, they sliced and baked the cookies. Cannon said she made a red and green state of Iowa inside her tube of cookies, with a little heart where the Quad-Cities area is.

\u201cAnd then I wrote 'home' on it,\u201d she said. \u201cThat got me to the second round.\u201d

For round two, participants were asked to make a centerpiece with cookies, featuring a savory ingredient that usually would not belong in any cookie recipe, Cannon said, adding that she chose sage. For this, she modified a graham cracker recipe, she said, and swapped its called for cinnamon with sage and added lemon zest.

All told, those cookies were made from brown sugar, honey, lemon zest and sage, she said. \u201cAnd they loved it.\u201d

For the actual centerpiece portion of the task, \u201cMy family is German, so I made a German Advent wreath out of a (sugar) cookie,\u201d Cannon said. She then decorated it with snowflake cookies and such made from the sage recipe.

Cannon said that not only were the challenges themselves \u201cnot for the faint of heart,\u201d she had to face working in an unfamiliar kitchen against a ticking click, TV cameras six inches from her face, and the Food Network's Ree Drummond right in front of her.

\"All of that was kind of stressful,\u201d she said.

But it was worth it.

As a self-taught baker, Cannon said the entire experience was very affirming for her. It helped her see that \u201cI am an OK baker; I am pretty good. I can hold my own out there,\u201d she said.

She left the show with a newfound sense of confidence, she said. \u201cTo be chosen for one of these shows, the vet you,\u201d she said, adding that not only do you have to have baking skills, you have to have people skills, too.

She might not have won the grand prize, but she said she thinks she did a pretty good job.

\u201cIt was such a privilege, and I am forever grateful,\u201d she said. \u201cThe outpouring of support and cheering me on from the community has just been amazing and priceless, and I've never felt so much love and support in my life.\u201d

Tiphanie Cannon decorates Christmas cookies
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Current and former workers on the new Interstate 74 bridge say the primary contractor intentionally kept bridge construction off schedule over the summer in a clash with the state over funding.

As of Thursday, the Iowa DOT was acknowledging for the first time that construction is likely to lag about a year behind schedule. The westbound (Iowa-bound) span was to be finished this season. Bad weather and other delays pushed the schedule to the middle of next year. But that target may be missed too.

\"We are pleased with recent momentum of setting the latest segments of the arch, however, there is still a lot of work to be done, and it is more likely that the completion of the Iowa-bound bridge will be in the second half of 2020,\" Danielle Alvarez said Thursday. She is the Iowa DOT's project manager for the I-74. \"The completion schedule is dependent on the arch. Our priority is constructing a safe, sound structure and we are proactively taking steps to mitigate delays and complete the Iowa-bound bridge as quickly as possible.\"

Lunda Construction, based in Black River Falls, Wisconsin, is building the bridge. Of the estimated $1.2 billion in total costs for the span, ramps and related roadways, Lunda's original contract with the Iowa Department of Transportation was about $322 million.

In the spring, the DOT allocated about $16 million more to pay for more workers, among other things, to make up for lost time related to weather. Under the contract modifications, Lunda estimated it would finish the arch and the arch floor system for the westbound span by Nov. 4. On that date last week, the arch was not halfway finished, and no part of the floor system had been erected.

A former supervisor for Lunda said he was directed to keep bridge workers \"off schedule\" as the company sparred with the Iowa DOT over the release of contract-modification money. He said he was told to keep his orders \"hush-hush,\" which was the same expression used by ironworkers who said they were pulled off bridge work over the summer.

\"The I-74 bridge arch is a complex structure that presents unique challenges,\" according to a statement issued Thursday by Lunda in response to a list of questions supplied by the Quad-City Times. \"Lunda has encountered issues with the design; specifically the geometry of the arch and tolerances utilized in the design.\"

While Lunda has maintained the design for the bridge is \"not constructible,\" the project manager for the Iowa DOT said the state disagrees.

At issue: Design of bridge

The new westbound span of the I-74 bridge originally was scheduled to open this season.

Last winter was long and harsh, and the spring brought repeated and record flooding. As a result, construction was delayed.

However, the cooperative summer season did not deliver the kind of progress that was expected. Alvarez, I-74 project manager for the DOT, has repeatedly answered questions about the ongoing delays by pointing to the complicated nature of the basket-handle design arches. It is essential the arch segments rise in a precise trajectory from their piers on the river to their meeting point high above it.

Lunda spent a total of 55 days building a pulley-like stay-cable system that is used to guide the arches. By Thursday, a total of 16 arch segments were attached, leaving 18 to go for the westbound bridge. A DOT official initially said the entire arch-raising process should take just a few months, but eight months have passed since the first segment was set.

\"Lunda is in control of scheduling each individual aspect of the bridge construction,\" Alvarez said. \"The length of time to erect the stay-cable system was longer than anticipated, based on Lunda's schedule.

\"Iowa DOT has continued to coordinate with Lunda to keep work moving, as evidenced by the recent erection of four new arch segments.\"

The statement from Lunda indicates the company did not delay work \"under its original contract scope,\" but the company declined to address specific accusations and questions.

\"Lunda is dedicated to resolving these issues with the Iowa Department of Transportation through the partnering process, which both parties committed to on this project,\" the statement continues. \"As part of Lunda\u2019s fidelity to the partnering process, Lunda will not address specifics of any particular portion of the project in the conviction that negotiating in public runs counter to the spirit of the partnering process.\"

\"At no point in this project has Lunda delayed work under its original contractual scope. Lunda looks forward to continuing in the partnering process to work through the issues of geometry, tolerances and contractual interpretation with the (DOT) to successfully complete this unique and exciting project.\"

Alvarez confirmed negotiations are ongoing and said the DOT does not agree with Lunda's assertion the bridge design is flawed.

\"There have been discussions regarding clarifying tolerances, or in lay terms, the degree of accuracy needed each time a piece of the arch is set,\" she said. \"Although the DOT has provided clarification of tolerances in response to Lunda\u2019s requests, our position is that at all times it remains constructible.\"

The Iowa Attorney General's office has been involved in relations between the DOT and Lunda. As the DOT's legal counsel, however, the Attorney General cannot disclose the nature of its role in the contract matters, given the attorney-client relationship.

Accusations from workers

Lunda is using ironworkers from Quad-City-based Local 111 and from Joliet-based Local 444.

Some ironworkers spoke on the condition of anonymity. Several who previously spoke with the Quad-City Times about their pride in taking part in the historic build of the new bridge were disciplined by Lunda for doing so, they said.

Several of the ironworkers reported being pulled off ironwork on the bridge without explanation. They instead were assigned \"busy work,\" such as fabricating dozens of frames that later were scrapped.

An engineer for a competing bridge-construction company, also speaking anonymously, said many in engineering and bridge-building circles have been questioning the delays on the I-74. Specifically, the engineer said, arch construction has taken way too long, especially given the cooperative weather during the summer construction season.

He introduced the notion that Lunda was claiming the bridge design was \"not constructible,\" which the DOT and Lunda later confirmed. The bridge was designed by Pennsylvania-based bridge-design firm Modjeski and Masters. The firm's founder designed the Government Bridge at the Rock Island Arsenal and the original spans of the I-74.

The slow-moving progress that has marked the summer season has prevented Lunda from taking receipt of some of the additional money allocated by the DOT for catch-up work.

Of about $16 million outlined in a March contract modification, Alvarez said, only $3.9 million has been paid. The funding was earmarked for nighttime make-up work to expedite westbound-bridge construction.

By the end of May, she said, \"it was apparent that second-shift work was not geared toward the completion of the westbound bridge. We discontinued any further payments for second-shift work for this reason.\"

A former supervisor for Lunda said he recently separated from the company, partly because he refused to supply the DOT with dishonest answers for delays. He said he felt like he was doing \"a top-secret job.\"

The former employee, competing engineer and two ironworkers each categorized the bridge delays as attempts by Lunda to \"hold hostage\" the I-74 build until the DOT agreed to pay more money.

\"We review all requests for additional compensation, and there is a process for coming to an agreement within the contract,\" Alvarez said, noting contract modifications are \"common\" on construction projects.\u00a0 \"There are some items that we've come to an agreement on and some where we are still negotiating with Lunda.\"

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More than 70 people turned out Monday night to show support for a middle school teacher facing a termination hearing. At 2:35 a.m., Tuesday, when the hearing finally ended, about 40 people were still waiting for their colleague and friend in the high school library and hallway.\u00a0

In the end, the attendees' long night paid off\u00a0\u2014 the board voted unanimously to reinstate Mark Kuntz, a health\u00a0teacher at Bettendorf Middle School who has been out of the classroom for 10 weeks. Kuntz will be back in school Wednesday.\u00a0

\"The number speaks for itself,\u201d said Toby Paone, UniServ Director, the teachers union representative. \u201cThis is why people pay their union dues.\u201d

The district did not name Kuntz until the final vote. But before the board voted to close the meeting, Kuntz was seated at a table, with a name card that said \u201cteacher,\u201d next to all seven board directors, Superintendent Mike Raso, attorneys and a court reporter.\u00a0

Kuntz, like many of his supporters, wore \"red for ed'\" in solidarity. Supporters wore red to two earlier meetings too, when Kuntz's potential termination was first discussed.\u00a0

\u201cI have been humbled and blessed to have all this support,\u201d Kuntz said after the vote \u2014 and after the supporters who stayed behind all lined up to hug and congratulate him.\u00a0

While several of the supporters referred to an interaction between Kuntz and a student \u2014 and a video of the incident \u2014 as being the impetus for the district\u2019s recommendation for termination, neither the district nor Kuntz provided any details beyond Kuntz saying he \u201cescorted a disruptive student from the classroom.\u201d The district confirmed any documentation of the event would remain closed as a personnel issue.\u00a0

The board voted to close the meeting, without any public input from Kuntz.

According to board policy, if the superintendent recommends the termination of a contract, the licensed employee may request a \u201cprivate hearing\u201d with the board.

Becky Knutson, Kuntz\u2019s attorney, said the possibility of an open hearing has been much-debated, but the chapter of Iowa Code from which board policy was written specifies the hearing be private.\u00a0

Teachers in attendance included Sue Owen, an English teacher at the middle school, and Connie Jeschke, who retired from the district in June.\u00a0

They both spoke highly of Kuntz, saying he was one of the \u201cfinest\u201d teachers they knew, and that they were \u201csaddened\u201d by the hearing.\u00a0

\u201cTeachers are here to support another teacher \u2014 that\u2019s all I can really say right now,\u201d said Mary Heeringa, president of the Bettendorf Education Association, after the crowd was ushered into the library to wait. \u201cA lot of them are going to be here for a long time tonight.\u201d\u00a0

That proved to be the case, as the crowd waited for hours in the library across the hall from the room where the hearing was held.\u00a0Pizzas were delivered, and people talked, played card games and worked on a puzzle while waiting for the outcome.

At 9:31 p.m. \u2014 more than 3 \u00bd hours after the meeting started \u2014 the first of the 15 witnesses for Kuntz was called in, to the applause of supporters in the library.\u00a0

One of the teachers who was a witness for Kuntz said there were 15 witnesses for his side, including Kuntz.\u00a0

Knutson said the meeting was confidential, and that she could not share any details about how many witnesses were called by the district or what happened inside the room.\u00a0

Kuntz was a longtime math teacher for the district, but transferred to a middle school health position in June. He was such an institution in the math department, that School Board Director Paul Castro singled out his voluntary transfer from the personnel sheet. Castro said it was \u201ctroubling\u201d to him why the change was taking place.\u00a0

Bettendorf teachers and supporters showed up in droves to the two October board meetings when Kuntz's hearing was first discussed.\u00a0On Oct. 7, no action was taken by the board to further the case, but about 50 people attended, and several spoke during the BEA report about the need for more training and support for teachers when it came to intervening with students.\u00a0

The school board voted unanimously to receive and place on file a recommendation to terminate a then-unnamed district teacher on Oct. 21, and it was confirmed the teacher was put on paid administrative leave.

\u201cIf they did this three more times, they\u2019d show up three more times,\u201d said Rodger Wilming, a language arts teacher at the high school. He was later called into the board room as a witness.

Wilming is a former BEA president and has been in the district for 21 years. He said he remembered teacher termination hearings, but that they were all \u201cmore cut and dry\u201d than Kuntz\u2019s.

\u201cI don\u2019t recall a long, drawn-out (hearing) where witnesses were called on both sides,\u201d he said. \u201cWe had some teachers who had to leave, but it was pretty apparent, their infractions.\u201d

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The charges against a 15-year-old Davenport West High School student were amended Friday by the Scott County Attorney's office.

The teenager who attacked another 15-year-old student \u2014 since identified as Charlie Macaluso \u2014 is now charged with willful injury, a Class C felony, and an aggravated misdemeanor charge of assault with a weapon.

The 15-year-old accused was released to his parents not long after the Monday, Nov. 4 attack, which was staged in the school's cafeteria and recorded by at least one student on a cellphone.

Macaluso was transported to a Davenport hospital by his mother, Theresa Wallenhorst. He was then rushed to University of Iowa Children's Hospitals in Iowa City to be treated for traumatic brain injury.

Wallenhorst told media the attack was motivated by a picture her son took of the other student while working on a school project.

Macaluso was released and back home Wednesday, Nov. 6.

Attack at West High School

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The mugshot hinted at a fight.

When retired Moline Police Capt. Jerome \"Jerry\" Patrick, 56, was arrested in September, his booking photo suggested he'd been hit in the face. A red mark on his left cheek and the beginnings of a black eye added to the mystery of a high-ranking former cop being accused of shooting at people from his car.

Details described in a recently filed search-warrant affidavit reveal what witnesses say happened two months ago \u2014 late Sept. 11 and early the next morning, Sept. 12.

A bartender at a tavern on 15th Street in Moline told police he knows Patrick and said the retired captain arrived around sundown, driving his silver 1997 Mercedes Benz convertible. The sun set shortly after 7 p.m. that night.

Other witnesses estimate Patrick left the bar, Les & Molly's, around midnight, which places him there for about five hours.

Two witnesses told police they were at Les & Molly's together and saw Patrick fighting with two other men.

They said the former captain repeatedly offered to buy a woman a drink. When the woman's family members arrived, one of them asked Patrick to leave them alone. Patrick responded by punching the man, according to one account.

The brother of the man punched by Patrick also became involved in the altercation, the witnesses said. During the fight, they said, Patrick said he was a police officer. After the fight, \"Patrick kept running his mouth,\" one said.

What is not clear from the court-filed documents is why Patrick would have pursued the two witnesses, rather than the men with whom he had allegedly been fighting. But that's what the documents allege.

The pair said they left the bar between 12:30 a.m. and 1 a.m. and estimated Patrick left a half-hour before them. Just a few blocks from the bar, they told police, they noticed they were being followed. The silver Mercedes Benz convertible behind them followed them into the alley off Avenue of the Cities and 25th Street, Moline, which is the home of one of the witnesses.

\"As the vehicle was driving by him, he (the witness) observed the driver holding a gun in the air,\" the affidavit states. \"As the vehicle approached (the witness) ducked down ... recalled hearing a gunshot and seeing smoke in the air.\"

The gun was described as a revolver that looked like a .357 magnum. And both witnesses said the man with the gun was the same man from the fight at Les & Molly's.

The female witness also described hearing a single gunshot, but police were not notified until the next day. Shortly after responding officers from the Moline Police Department were sent to the scene on Sept. 12, the Illinois State Police were called in to take over the investigation, given the obvious potential conflict.

\"(The male witness) contacted a friend and learned Patrick was a retired police officer,\" according to the affidavit. \"(He) explained, because he had learned Patrick was a police officer, he did not initially contact the police about the incident.\"

When the pair discovered \"a defect consistent with a bullet strike\" near the driver's side windshield of the truck they had been driving, they called police. The male witness picked Patrick out of a police lineup as the person who shot at them, the record states.

Patrick was arrested in Davenport on Sept. 13, charged with four felonies: two counts each of aggravated discharge of a firearm and aggravated assault. He has pleaded not guilty.

He briefly was jailed in Scott County and never was booked into Rock Island County. He waived extradition but never was transported to Illinois. When someone posted the required 10% of his $250,000 bail, Rock Island County told Scott County to go ahead and cut him loose. He's been free since then and is permitted to travel to Scott County from his home in Moline.

Patrick has been in trouble before. He's been the subject of at least two investigations that resulted from allegations of violent conduct toward one former and another estranged wife, but he never was charged. Five years after he was accused of assaulting his first wife and another law-enforcement officer, he was promoted to captain.

In this case, it would appear the witnesses are telling the same story, and no one else involved is in law enforcement.

At least three witnesses told police about Patrick fighting at the bar. Two of them identified him as the man who followed them home and at least one said he's the guy who fired a gun at them. Police found evidence of the shooting, and it's a safe bet in today's world that a security camera somewhere captured something.

In other words, maybe there's a case this time.

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Without exception, parents of teenagers should be talking to their kids right now.

Even the moms and dads who are 100% certain of the reliable accuracy of their children's moral compass should speak up.

Too many words are failing.

Two cell-phone videos that were shot during Monday's student-on-student attack at West High School in Davenport are deeply disturbing. As several of us watched them in the newsroom Wednesday, we gasped.

For one thing, the blind-side beating of one teen by another is shockingly violent. It should surprise no one who sees the videos that the victim had to be transported to Iowa City and have emergency surgery for a bleed on the brain. It was that bad.

Competing for the most-awful aspect, though, is the conduct of other students.

Monday's attack occurred in the lunchroom at West High. It is obvious from the beginning of one video that the person shooting it knew the attack was coming. The student's phone was aimed at the victim, waiting for the attacker to pounce.

It's sickening to think about and worse to see. Even when the boy drops from his chair to the ground, the beating continues. So does the video.

A second clip, which appears to be shot from a different angle, shows the boy on the cafeteria floor.

It appears the attacker sees an opening, possibly because his prey has been knocked unconscious. He takes a full-on swing, striking the boy directly in the face. He then throws a chair into the boy's head and face. You could almost feel the last two blows.

Yet, none of the other teenagers appear to make any effort whatsoever to intervene. The cell-phone video just keeps on rolling.

Somebody's kids thought this was OK. Somebody's kid seriously attacked another student, and somebody's kid thought it was a good idea to record it. Somebody's kid pointed a cell phone at the floor of the cafeteria to capture a classmate lying down while another classmate pummeled him.

The so-called 'If You See Something, Say Something' campaign didn't work in this case. Some evidently understood it to be, 'If You See Something, Record It.'

A few kids were the bad guys here. It would be unfair to indict the entire cafeteria of students over the conduct of a few during an attack that lasted less than a minute. But it's a teachable moment. Every parent of every kid who was there should be making clear that those involved were wrong \u2014 dead wrong.

And it would be a mistake to turn the narrative toward the school. Many people are eager to criticize school staff for failing to call an ambulance, among other things. That's not fair.

Theresa Macaluso Wallenhorst, the boy's mother, said she was immediately notified of the attack by one of her son's friends, and she took him to the local hospital. The school nurse, or whoever was on West's medical team that day, could not have known the boy, Charlie Macaluso, had a brain bleed.

Wallenhorst said no one at the school offered to call an ambulance, but that decision became hers upon arrival at the school. Besides, she said, she has a medical background.

If the school nurse had the time and/or opportunity to see the videos, showing what appears to be nine blows to the head and possible loss of consciousness, things surely would have been handled differently.

\"I'm sure she didn't see it,\" Wallenhorst said. \"As my husband said, about two seconds after the attack, every kid in the Quad-Cities had a copy of the video. We do not think the school nurse saw it.\"

We simply don't know enough about the narrow window of time and the reactions that occurred inside it to start assigning blame. As appalling as it is, it's likely the only blame belongs to the young people \u2014 to the boy with the brutal rage, and the kids who thought it was a good idea to record his sickening attack.

\"There's one thing I want to make clear: This is not a racial issue \u2014 not,\" Wallenhorst said Wednesday, referring to some accusations related to the fact her son is white and his attacker is black. \"This is a social-media issue, and it has to be dealt with.

\"My focus is getting Charlie home. Then I'll start dealing with the aftermath.\"

Every other parent has the luxury of jumping in while the frightful events are fresh. Many already have, no doubt.

Students shouldn't be hearing about what adults may or may not have done wrong. Most clear in this tale is how wrong the students were. Period.

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