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Police investigate robbery at Davenport motel

The Davenport Police Department is investigating an armed robbery that occurred Wednesday night at a Davenport motel.

Police were called around 9:38 p.m. to Super 8, 301 Jason Way Court, where a suspect displayed a gun and demanded money.

The suspect fled with unspecified items, according to police. No injuries were reported.

No other information, including a description of the suspect, was released Thursday.

Detectives are following up on the robbery.

— Times Staff

Man charged in Davenport shooting

A Davenport man already facing drug and gun charges has now been charged in a shooting that damaged a vehicle Monday.

Cameron Michael Smith, 24, appeared Wednesday in Scott County District Court via closed-circuit video on charges of intimidation with a dangerous weapon, a Class C felony, and possession of a firearm or offensive weapon by a felon.

Bond was set at $5,000 cash or surety. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for Nov. 17.

Police were called about 10:19 to the 200 block of Pine Street for a report of shots fired. Smith was the driver of an unidentified vehicle and fired at least three shots at a passing vehicle, according to an arrest affidavit filed by Davenport police in support of the criminal complaint.

One of the bullets struck a vehicle parked in the area and police recovered three 9mm shell casings. The incident was captured on surveillance video, according to the affidavit.

Smith was convicted of intimidation with a dangerous weapon in Black Hawk County in 2012.

He was arrested Wednesday on two charges of possession with intent to deliver and one count each of possession of a firearm or offensive weapon by a felon, trafficking stolen weapons, and possession of a controlled substance, a serious misdemeanor.

At the time of his arrest, Smith was free on pretrial release on a charge of felon in possession of a firearm in connection with an incident in July.

— Tara Becker

Injured Buffalo police chief back home

Buffalo Police Chief Terry “TJ” Behning, who was seriously injured when a stolen garbage truck crashed into his squad car in late September, is back home.

The police department shared an update from Behning's wife, Heidi, on its Facebook page Thursday.

She wrote that the family is getting Behining settled in and "figuring out our new routine."

"We are anxiously awaiting therapy to start working with TJ so he’s ready to go if we get the green light on the (November) 16th to use the left leg," Heidi Behning wrote. "Overall, TJ remains in good spirits and is sleeping much better here than at the hospital!"

She further wrote, “We continue to receive so many nice messages from all of you. I read each and every one to TJ. They fuel him to keep pushing through. The most common comment people write us and say is that they can’t believe how positive and upbeat we are. How could we not be with all of you behind us! We are truly in awe every day of the support from family, friends, and the community. You guys are unbelievable.”

Behning was injured Sept. 25, when police say Logan Jeffery Shoemaker, 20, was driving a stolen garbage truck at a high speed in an effort to elude police, aimed the truck at Behning's squad car as he was attempting to deploy stop sticks at the intersection of Scott County Road Y40 and Iowa 22.

Behning has undergone several surgeries since the incident.

Shoemaker was charged with multiple offenses — including attempted murder — in connection with the alleged assault on Behning and other separate incidents.

He has a pretrial conference Nov. 17 and remained in the Scott County Jail Thursday.

— Times Staff

Moline man accused of impersonating officer

The husband of an assistant state’s attorney in Rock Island County has been arrested on allegations that he impersonated a police officer last month.

Jason Robinson, 46, of Moline, was arrested Oct. 13 and charged with false personation of a peace officer and disorderly conduct. Both charges are a Class 4 felony punishable by one to three years in prison.

Online court records show that he was released from the Rock Island County Jail on a notice to appear. He made his first appearance on the charges Oct. 16.

A preliminary hearing is slated for Nov. 21, according to online court records.

According to court documents, Robinson “knowingly and falsely” represented to a man that he was a police officer by displaying a badge, identifying himself as a police officer, and ordered him to pull his vehicle over.

He also told a 911 dispatcher that his vehicle had been struck, “knowing at the time of said transmission that there was no reasonable ground for believing that the offense had been committed,” according to court documents.

An incident report from the Rock Island Police Department shows that the incident happened around 8:25 a.m. Oct. 13 in the area of 31st Street and 18th Avenue.

Robinson is the husband of Rock Island County Assistant State’s Attorney Jennifer Gardner, who has been with the state’s attorney’s office since 2013.

On Oct. 19, State’s John McGehee filed a motion to appoint a special prosecutor from the state appellate prosecutor’s office, citing a conflict of interest.

The motion was granted the same day, according to court records.

McGehee declined to comment Thursday on the allegations against Robinson.

A call to Robinson’s attorney, Jonathan Ruud, was not returned.

— Tara Becker

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