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Port Byron man gets prison sentence for child porn

A 54-year-old Port Byron man has been sentenced to 20 years in federal prison for possessing, receiving and distributing child pornography.

Scott Brian Griffith was sentenced Wednesday during a hearing before U.S. District Judge Sara Darrow in U.S. District Court, Rock Island.

In addition to his prison term, Darrow ordered Griffith to serve 15 years on supervised release after he completes his prison term. There is no parole in the federal system.

Griffith also will be required to register as a sex offender.

He has been held in the custody of the U.S. Marshals Service since his arrest March 31, 2016.

Griffith was identified by law enforcement after he used multiple Twitter accounts to receive and distribute child pornography.

The U.S. Secret Service searched Griffith’s home on Dec. 15, 2015 and seized his computer. A forensic examination of the computer revealed the presence of images and videos of minor in sexually explicit conduct.

Griffith pleaded guilty on Jan. 19, 2017.

In addition to the Secret Service, the investigation was conducted by the Moline Police Department and the Illinois Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force.

The case was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative launched in May 2006 to combat child sexual exploitation and abuse.

-- Thomas Geyer

Woman pleads guilty, sentenced to prison in fatal overdose case

A Rock Island woman was sentenced Friday to seven years in prison in connection with a cocaine overdose death in January 2017.

Charlonda M. Crittenden, 43, pleaded guilty to one count of unlawful delivery of a controlled substance, a Class 2 felony, according to court records.

In exchange for her plea, Rock Island County prosecutors dismissed the more serious charge of drug-induced homicide, a Class X felony.

She must serve two years of mandatory supervised release once she completes her prison sentence. Crittenden also was given credit for time already served in the Rock Island County Jail, according to court records.

According to court documents, Crittenden delivered less than a gram of cocaine to Adam John Verdick, 44, between Jan. 18 and 19, 2017.

Just before 7 a.m. Jan. 19, 2017, police and fire departments responded to the 3700 block of 9th Street and found Verdick dead, according to police.

Rock Island County Coroner Brian Gustafson has said that Verdick died from "adverse effects" of cocaine.

-- Times staff

Fire damages Davenport business

Davenport fire officials are investigating the case of a fire that broke out Thursday night at Rich Metals in Davenport.

Firefighters were called shortly after 11:30 p.m. to the business at 510 Schmidt Road.

District Chief Mike Carlsten said in a news release that crews found heavy fire conditions at a 30-foot by 40-foot metal building on the premises.

The fire heavily damaged the building of origin and its contents and there was fire damage to the roof of a neighboring building, Carlsten said.

All damage was contained to the Rich Metals property. Due to the extensive damage, fire fighters maintained a fire watch throughout the shift.

There were no reports of injuries. No damage estimates were available Friday afternoon.

-- Times staff