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A Davenport man is facing a charge of second-degree arson after he allegedly tried to burn down his home that is in foreclosure proceedings.

Travis Dean Lucas, 41, was being held Friday night in the Scott County Jail on $10,000 bond, cash or surety.

According to the arrest affidavit filed by the Davenport Fire Department\u2019s Lt. Fire Marshal Sonny Alvarez, at about 10:30 a.m. on Aug. 4, Lucas set fire to his home at 3414 Volquardsen Ave.

According to the affidavit, Lucas admitted to setting the fire inside the home.

According to Scott County District Court electronic records, Ascentra Credit Union filed for foreclosure on the property on July 22.

Second-degree arson is a Class C felony under Iowa law that carries a prison sentence of up to 10 years.

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This story is the fifth installment in an ongoing series about population loss in the Quad-City region.

Read\u00a0part one, an overview;\u00a0part two, on diversity;\u00a0part three\u00a0on how population loss affects taxpayers; and part four, about the reasons why the population is declining.\u00a0

Which city has more people: Rock Island, Ill., or Bettendorf, Iowa?

The answer is Rock Island. It has always been bigger. In 1950, Rock Island had almost ten times as many residents as Bettendorf.

But times have changed. If current trends hold, Bettendorf will become the second-largest of the region's five core cities within a generation and is on pace to pass the city of Rock Island by 2021.

Bettendorf is in a geographically privileged position with room to grow. Whereas, on the Illinois side of the river, Rock Island, Moline and East Moline are landlocked with shrinking populations.

\u201cWe\u2019re blessed to have that ability to grow and expand,\u201d said Jeff Reiter, economic development director for the city of Bettendorf. \u201cInstead of turning a blind eye to growth and development, we\u2019re proactively planning for the future. We\u2019re not only looking at the next five to 10 years but the next 15 to 50.\u201d

Quad-Citians offer numerous explanations for the growing gap between Rock Island County, which is losing residents, and Scott County, which is growing.

As data from the U.S. Census Bureau shows, the gap is principally a result of out-migration \u2014 people moving away from Illinois \u2014 and not falling birth rates.

So what\u2019s causing the exodus?

Taxes \u2014 perception vs. reality

On both sides of the river, the blame for the diverging counties gets pinned most often on taxes.

\u201cI talk to people, and they\u2019re fed up with the taxes,\u201d said Edwin Langdon, Jr., a member of the Rock Island County Board, expressing a popular sentiment.

Iowa and Illinois tax residents differently. According to analyses by the nonpartisan Tax Foundation, Illinois income taxes tend to be lower, while\u00a0property and sales taxes tend to be higher.

In Iowa, the reverse tends to be true, though many exceptions exist in both states.

According to a Tax Foundation analysis from last year, Illinois ranked 13th\u2014out of 50, with 50 being highest\u2014in the individual income taxes, and 45th on property taxes. Iowa, by contrast, ranked 42nd on income taxes and 39th on property taxes.

But even small differences in property tax rates can yield substantial differences in payment.

A home valued at $250,000 in Scott County could pay around $4,000 in property taxes. The same home in Rock Island County could pay more than $6,900, according to data from the Rock Island County Treasurer's Office, the Scott County Property Tax Calculator and the financial technology company SmartAsset.

Still, Illinois leaders downplay the differences or emphasize other advantages.

\u201cIt benefits seniors to be here,\u201d said East Moline Mayor Reggie Freeman. \u201cIn Illinois, you don\u2019t pay income tax on your pensions. In Iowa you do.\u201d

Sales tax schemes differ between the states, which some leaders have bemoaned. In Iowa, a sales tax is county-wide and shared evenly by municipalities. In Illinois, each municipality is responsible for its own sales taxes, which can be adjusted by home-rule towns without a referendum, said Freeman.

\u201cThat\u2019s a difference that helps the Iowa side not compete against each other and low-ball each other,\u201d said Luis Moreno, a former alderman in East Moline and current member of the Rock Island County Board. \u201cOn the Illinois side, we\u2019re constantly doing that. We\u2019re constantly low-balling one another to get companies to come to our municipality.\u201d

But bi-state leaders push back on the idea that taxation hampers the Illinois side. The differences between the states are marginal, said Paul Rumler, CEO, and president of the Quad Cities Chamber of Commerce.

\u201cYou have to look at all of the tax burdens, on the collective level. When you do that, the disparity is not great,\u201d Rumler said. \u201cPerception becomes reality.\u201d

More land, more people

A major reason for the diverging growth has less to do with taxes than with real estate.

In Scott County, there\u2019s ample land available for development. By contrast, Rock Island County\u2019s population centers are mostly developed, and their housing stock is older.

\u201cFrom a development standpoint, it\u2019s cheaper to plow into a cornfield than to buy properties and remodel them,\u201d said Angie Normoyle, a member of the Rock Island County Board.

Or, as East Moline Mayor Reggie Freeman said, \u201cIt\u2019s easier to move cornfields than it is to move trees.\u201d

To grow, Moline and Rock Island might have to consider annexing new land outside the city limits.

That process can be daunting. Expansions require infrastructure and utilities. Construction can be time-consuming and expensive.

As an example, longtime residents point to delays in the West Rock River Bridge project, also known as Veteran\u2019s Memorial Bridge at Carr\u2019s Crossing. Planning took almost 40 years of fits and starts before construction was completed in 2007.

\u201cDuring that time frame, the situation continued to exacerbate,\u201d Rumler said about the project. \u201cThings happened over the last 40 years that we can\u2019t go back from.\u201d

Bettendorf, by contrast, does not have issues with land supply. Most of its residential growth has occurred in its northeastern corner, where land remains plentiful and relatively cheap.

\u201cThere\u2019s a lot of land that can still be developed,\u201d said Jeff Reiter, economic development director for the city of Bettendorf. He predicted that the city will \u201cpretty easily\u201d surpass 40,000 people within the next decade.

But he also emphasized that Bettendorf\u2019s fate is tied to the region\u2019s and that what happens in one of the Quad-Cities invariably affects all of its neighbors.

\u201cA lot of our economic growth is not something that is city-specific,\u201d said Jeff Reiter, economic development director for the city of Bettendorf. \u201cWe have to think regionally, as far as things like that. If Rock Island has a huge opportunity to draw a big manufacturing operation, it\u2019s great for all of us. We don\u2019t try to compare ourselves to them.\u201d

The blame game

Blame for population loss gets put on county government, city governments, real estate agencies, even the Quad City Chamber of Commerce, which some cited as having a preference for Iowa.

\u201cWe don\u2019t tell businesses to go to Iowa or Illinois,\u201d Rumler said in response. \u201cNo one wants to see one community fail. We\u2019re all in this together.\u201d

The unequal growth has, to a limited extent, embittered some Illinois Quad-Citians who think they\u2019re at the losing end of a rotten deal.

For many on both sides of the river, the main culprit for state population loss is Springfield.

Nearly every local resident interviewed for this series had at least heard \u2014 and occasionally shared \u2014 resentment against the Illinois state government for its alleged incompetence, corruption, recklessness or propensity to tax.

\u201cWhen you go two years without a budget, and keep increasing taxes, it\u2019s a problem for everyone,\u201d said Luis Moreno, an East Moline resident on the Rock Island County Board.

For many, whether or not Illinois actually taxes its residents more than neighboring states gets crowded out by the widespread belief that it does, perception becomes reality.

Springfield also fields criticism for its spending \u2014 or lack thereof.

\u201cThe state is the villain here,\u201d said Normoyle, who previously served on the Moline-Coal Valley School Board. She explained that the state has \u201cshirked its responsibility\u201d by chronically underfunding public schools.

The state\u2019s education funding formula, which was reformed in 2017, has been roundly criticized for exacerbating disparities between affluent and low-income students.

A recent report from The Education Trust, a nonprofit, singled out Illinois as having the single \u201clargest gap, by far,\u201d between high-poverty and low-poverty districts.

\u201cThe [state\u2019s] neglect of funding of schools has led communities to rely very heavily on property taxes,\u201d which in turn burdens homeowners, Normoyle said.

So what can be done?

In the next installment of the series, you will hear directly from local leaders about solutions to population change. You\u2019ll also hear ideas from academics, politicians, journalists and community planners across the continent about what should be done.

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A 43-year-old Bettendorf man is facing felony charges after police say he stole a boat and floated down river into the Interstate 74 construction area while naked and untied several ropes that held together the barges Sunday.

Tobias Tyrone Hartsfield, last known address in the 2200 block of Grant Street, was booked into the Scott County Jail around 9:30 p.m. on charges of first-degree theft, first-degree criminal mischief and second-degree mischief.

At 8 p.m. Sunday, Bettendorf police responded to the I-74 Mississippi River Bridge project barges near the Isle of Capri Casino, 1777 Isle Parkway, for a report of a naked male who had jumped from a boat onto the barges and was unhooking the ropes that hold them together.

Police allege in arrest affidavits filed in Scott County District Court that Hartsfield stole a 1985 Marinette cabin motorboat from the Isle Marina and floated it down river, where the boat struck and came to rest against the bridge project barges.

The boat sustained damages of between $1,500 and $10,000.

Hartsfield then boarded the barges from the boat and unhooked several ropes connecting the barges together, altering their original configuration, and threw the ropes into the river.

He was completely naked when located by police; officers were unable to find his clothes and he was given something to wear at the jail.

Police said in the affidavits that the cost to re-secure the barges and replace all the equipment that was lost exceeded $10,000.

First-degree theft and first-degree criminal mischief are a Class C felony each punishable by up to 10 years in prison. Second-degree criminal mischief is a Class D felony punishable by up to five years in prison.

Bond was set Monday morning at $25,000 cash or surety. He has a preliminary hearing Aug. 22.

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A Bettendorf doctor on Monday admitted in U.S. District Court, Davenport, that he failed to pay more than $400,000 in employment taxes for three businesses, U.S. Attorney Marc Krickbaum, of the South District of Iowa, announced Wednesday.\u00a0

Nirander Kumar, 66, of Bettendorf, faces up to five years in federal prison and a fine of up to $10,000 after pleading guilty to a single charge of failure to pay employment taxes.\u00a0

He will be sentenced Dec. 19.

Kumar's guilty plea is his latest run-in with police over the past decade.

In late July 2014, Kumar was responsible for paying withheld employment taxes on behalf of Jai Mata Lakshmi, doing business as Embers of Phoenix, according to a media release.\u00a0

Jai Mata Lakshmi operated two businesses, Echelon Sports Bar and Embers of Phoenix, at the same Davenport location.

In violation of federal tax laws, Kumar willfully failed to pay the second quarter 2014 withheld employment taxes due on behalf of Jai Mata Lakshmi and admitted to willfully failing to pay approximately $187,000 in employment taxes withheld from Jai Mata Lakshmi employees.

In January 2002, Kumar organized the Bettendorf Pediatric Group in Bettendorf. Prior to 2010 and continuing until approximately May 2012, he operated Bettendorf Pediatric in Davenport, according to the plea agreement filed Monday.

In approximately May 2012, Kumar was no longer practicing medicine but remained involved in signing payroll checks and was responsible for withheld employment taxes.

As part of the plea agreement, Kumar admitted he willfully withheld more than $234,000 of employment taxes withheld from employees\u2019 pay at Bettendorf Pediatric and more than $39,000 in employment taxes for another business, Funky Desi, in Moline.

According to the plea agreement, he also failed to pay $260,004.16 in additional taxes.\u00a0

According to Quad-City Times archives, Kumar has a history of sanctions from the Iowa Board of Medical Examiners in connection with his medical license.

In May 2006, Kumar was placed on five years of probation after the board charged him with engaging in unprofessional conduct. As part of his probation, he was subject to monitoring by the board, including substance abuse monitoring and was required to have a chaperone present when treating female patients, according to board documents.\u00a0

In April 2007, the board accused Kumar of violating the terms of his probation and engaging in unprofessional conduct and suspended his medical license.

Following an evidentiary hearing, the board in August 2007 concluded that Kumar violated the terms of his probation, terminated the suspension of his license and placed him on probation.

In September 2008, the board filed new charges against Kumar alleging that he violated the terms of his probation when he tested positive for alcohol and failed to call into and provide urine samples for the board\u2019s drug screening program. The board later filed other allegations against him.

In October 2009, following an evidentiary hearing, the board determined Kumar repeatedly violated the terms and conditions of his probation when he consumed alcohol; failed to comply with the board\u2019s drug screening program; used prescription drugs not prescribed for him by a treating physician; failed to notify the board that he used prescription drugs; and inappropriately prescribed medications, including controlled substances, to a female acquaintance without reviewing medical history, without performing a physical exam, and without maintaining a medical record.

The board also found that Kumar either withheld or fabricated evidence that he presented at that hearing and indefinitely suspended his license and ordered that he could not seek reinstatement for at least a year. He also was ordered to pay a $10,000 fine, according to board documents.

In November 2010, Kumar filed an application for reinstatement of his medical license; the board in April 2011 ordered Kumar to complete a professional ethics program; a professional boundaries program; a record keeping program; and appear before the board prior to reinstatement of his medical license. The board ordered that if he complied with those requirements, he would be placed on indefinite probation subject to counseling and board monitoring, according to board documents.\u00a0

His license still was listed as \u201csuspended\u201d on the Iowa Board of Medicine website as of Wednesday.

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A LeClaire woman is facing a theft charge after police say she pocketed donated money from a fundraiser intended to help a local family with medical expenses.

Barbara Opal Ritter, 59, of the 300 block of Walnut Court, was booked into the Scott County Jail at 12:49 p.m. Wednesday on one count of third-degree theft, an aggravated misdemeanor punishable by up to two years in prison.

She was released more than an hour later after posting $2,000 through a bail bond company.

In May, the LeClaire Police Department was contacted about a possible theft from a charity fundraiser.

A LeClaire family held a fundraiser in March to raise money for medical expenses for their daughter. Ritter was in charge of organizing the vendor fair portion of the fundraiser, police said in a news release.

The family told police Ritter failed to turn over the donated funds from the vendors. An investigation concluded the family was owed $972.

Ritter admitted she deposited the money into her personal bank account and used it to take care of personal financial obligations, according to the release.

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As Tate Jackson walked into the Carver Swim Center on Monday morning, the memories came rushing back.

More than seven years removed from his one season of swimming for Muscatine, he remembers the walk down the back wall to the starting blocks for his race. He remembers his mother disqualifying him in a race for doing an illegal turn in the backstroke. He remembers the challenging sets coach Judd Anderson would put the team through, particularly during winter break.

In 2012, swimming was just evolving into a passion for Jackson. It has become his livelihood now.

The 22-year-old Jackson has turned professional after finishing a collegiate career at the University of Texas last winter where he was an 11-time All-American. He was part of two national championship winning relays and is the Big 12 Conference\u2019s record holder in the 100 freestyle (41.06/short course).

It was Jackson\u2019s first trip to Muscatine in more than five years. He was back in southeast Iowa celebrating his grandmother\u2019s 85th birthday.

Jackson talked with, posed for photographs and even raced several members of the Muscatine girls swim team Monday. Several club swimmers also attended.

\u201cI thought it would be fun for the kids, especially this age group, to meet someone that has done it and been there,\u201d Anderson said. \u201cIn communities such as ours, small-town Iowa, we\u2019re not in the typical loop of big-time swimming athletics.\u201d

Jackson, ranked fifth in the country and 10th in the world in the 100 freestyle, has lofty goals.

He is working toward a spot on the 2020 United States Olympic Team.

\u201cWhen you get in this pool, that\u2019s the dream for everyone,\u201d Jackson said. \u201cI really want to make the team. I know what I got to do to make that happen. Essentially, it is how I execute.

\u201cIt would mean a lot to me, but I also think it would mean a lot to Judd, my club coach Megan and a lot of other people who have directly influenced where I am today.\u201d

Muscatine claimed three straight state titles from 2011-13. Jackson was a freshman on the Muskies' 2012 squad.

Jackson is about a half-foot taller than his freshman year of high school.

\"Where he's matured more than anything is his attitude and dedication,\" Anderson said. \"I'm not sure whether it would have developed here or not.

\"He comes from a great family. His mom and dad were very supportive people. They didn't push and didn't force things to happen.\"

After the 2012 season, his father, Eric, accepted a job in Austin, Texas, and the family moved.

After three years of swimming for Nitro, a club program in the Austin area, he went on to have a standout career at Texas.

\u201cThe culture on the University of Texas team mimicked the culture here at Muscatine my freshman year,\u201d Jackson said. \u201cEveryone is here having fun and they want to go fast.

\u201cWe knew we could win state here. It was such a unique brotherhood at Texas, you feel so close to everyone. It is a huge reason my swimming has elevated to where I am now.\u201d

Jackson hardly lifted weights during high school. He never did year-round swimming until after his freshman season of high school. He played football, baseball and soccer throughout middle school.

\u201cIt is a huge reason I never dealt with any form of burnout,\u201d Jackson said. \u201cA lot of guys in college quit after one or two years because they\u2019ve been doing insane yardage since they were 6 years old.

\u201cI didn\u2019t even try in practice until my freshman year. That relaxed, do-what-you-want attitude has served me pretty well. I\u2019ve always done my best under low pressure and high-fun environments.\"

Jackson is swimming the TYR pro swim circuit and training at the University of Texas. He is in the process of trying to negotiate a suit contract.\u00a0

He is gearing up for next summer\u2019s Olympic Trials in Omaha, Nebraska.

Jackson swam a personal-best 47.88 in the 100 freestyle (long course) last month. It took a 48.2 to make the U.S. squad for the 2016 Olympics.

\u201cMy real goal is to be in the top six in the 100 freestyle and make the team,\u201d Jackson said. \"If I swim my best, I think I'll be OK.\"

Jackson plans to swim competitively for as long as he can. Once that door closes, he wants to either coach or possibly attend law school and become a sports agent.

For now, he wants to see how far swimming can take him. In the short term, he wants to earn a spot on the 2020 team that goes to Tokyo.\u00a0

\u201cEvery single time I get in the water, I still love it,\u201d Jackson said. \u201cI have a rule if I wake up for morning practice and don\u2019t want to go, I don\u2019t go. I haven\u2019t skipped practice yet because I always want to go.\u201d

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\"American Pickers\" TV star and LeClaire businessman Mike Wolfe returned to LeClaire City Council chambers to draw city leaders' attention to the poor condition of the historic downtown's sidewalks.\u00a0

\"Obviously, it's been a really rough winter,\" Wolfe, the owner of Antique Archaeology in LeClaire, said during the council meeting Monday night. \"A lot of it is snowplow blades and salt (damage).\"

Showing a number of photographs of deteriorated sidewalks, crosswalks, curbs and other problems, Wolfe said the issue needs to be addressed before something serious happens.

\"The point I'm trying to make is we spent $3.2 million to $3.5 million down there,\" said Wolfe, who served four years on the LeClaire council. \"The industry we are is tourism. ... This is our calling card.\"

But he said the condition of the sidewalks are a \"Class A trip hazard.\"\u00a0

\"Now we're talking about a second phase (of streetscaping), but we really need to maintain this,\" Wolfe added.

He recommended the brick pavers\u00a0\u2014 installed for their historic look \u2014\u00a0be removed or mudjacked. \"To me it needs to all be torn out, the hell with the pavers.\"

Fellow LeClaire businessman Rodney Collier, who recently sold his Grasshoppers shop, invited the council to join him on his daily walks downtown.

\"Someone will fall and the city will be sued one day, and that's not what we want,\" he said.\u00a0

City council members said they have been told they cannot replace any of the sidewalks unless they replace them all in order to keep in ADA compliance. In addition, the crosswalks on Highway 67 actually are under control of the Iowa Department of Transportation.

\"They're not saying we can't fix it, we have to fix it with strings attached,\" Mayor Ray Allen said.

On Tuesday, City Administrator Ed Choate said if the city makes more than a 50 percent repair or improvement to any of the ADA structures, it has to bring them all up to current-day standards.

\"That is expensive,\" he said.

City Engineer Leo Foley was directed to look into the matter with the Iowa DOT.\u00a0

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UPDATE:\u00a0The man arrested has been identified as Tobias Hartsfield, 43, of Bettendorf. He faces charges of first-degree theft and first- and second-degree criminal mischief.


Earlier report: A naked man was spotted untying ropes atop a barge near the Interstate 74 new bridge construction in Bettendorf Sunday night, according to witnesses.

Eyewitnesses said that the man \u2014 who was nude \u2014 was walking along the barge around 7:50 p.m. when he started untying ropes and gesturing in a diving motion with his hands.

Allyssa Bryant and Aiden Lee, of Bettendorf, were hoping for a leisurely Sunday evening stroll down the Mississippi River Trail, near the Isle Casino Hotel, when they spotted the man.

\"Look at that shirtless dude!\" Bryant recalled saying.

\"He's not shirtless \u2014 he's buck naked,\" Lee responded.

The man was untying ropes along the barge and pushing them into the river. He was also engaged in a \"ritual-looking thing\" with his hands, the witnesses said.

After a few minutes of confusion, Bryant, a Bettendorf High School student, called the police.

At least three officers showed up and apprehended the man aboard the barge. He appeared to be in his early 30s, according to eyewitnesses.

\u201cThis is definitely the weirdest thing I\u2019ve ever seen,\u201d said Lee, an eighth-grader.

Eyewitness video appeared to show the suspect was a tall man. His motive is under investigation.

\"It was not scary. I was just confused,\" said Bryant, who had first come to the riverfront to skateboard. \"All we wanted to do was ride.\"

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