CAMBRIDGE — A Kewanee man will see his methamphetamine-related charges move forward in Henry County Circuit Court.
Jason L. Clong, 39, was charged May 30 with Class 1 felony methamphetamine delivery and Class 2 felony possession of meth.
During Monday's preliminary hearing, Kewanee Police Officer Eric Peed testified about a search warrant executed May 29 at 429 E. Ninth St. He said 14.5 grams of methamphetamine were found in plain view in three different locations in the residence: on a couch, on a coffee table and in the kitchen. He said mail addressed to Clong was found on a couch next to a basket. Scales were found in the residence on the coffee table and in a bedroom belonging to Clong.
Clong ran from the house on foot but was arrested shortly thereafter after being caught by Inspector Doug Wade of the Black Hawk Area Task Force.
Also charged was Nicole Nichols, 37, who had been living with Clong for a few months. She told officers she saw Clong sell methamphetamine about 10 times. Nichols had also been scheduled for a preliminary hearing Monday but did not appear and a warrant was issued for her arrest.
Judge Terry Patton found probable cause to believe a felony had been committed, and a July 11 pre-trial hearing was set. Clong remained in custody on $250,000 bond.
MOLINE — An hours-long police deployment on Saturday was the result of a report that there was an armed, suicidal man in a residence.
The Moline Police Department was called around 5:30 p.m. and told the person, a 39-year-old man from Moline, was at 330 5th Ave., according to a department news release. This man has a felony conviction on his record and outstanding felony warrants, so the report that he could be armed led to the joint Moline-East Moline tactical unit being sent with other officers.
Two other people were safely able to leave the residence, but several attempts to contact the man were unsuccessful, the department said in the release.
“We are not leaving,” an officer was heard saying through a loudspeaker at the scene. "We know you’re in there.
"There’s a phone at the bottom of the stairs," the officer continued. "Answer the phone or call 911 and they will transfer you to us."
Over and over, officers asked people inside to come out. "Occupants of 330 5th Avenue, this is the Moline Police Department. We have a valid search warrant for the residence, and we are not leaving."
They continued to ask that the person or persons inside leave immediately from the front of the residence "with nothing in your hands and your hands raised."
"We need to talk about what’s going on," officers said. "We can explain the situation. We don't want anyone to get hurt."
The operation was still ongoing around 10 p.m. The news release stating it had been concluded was issued at 11 p.m.
Officers entered and searched the residence but found no one else inside, the release stated. The whereabouts of the man were unknown at the time the release was issued, but it was not believed there was an ongoing threat to public safety.
The name of the man was not being released because of the nature of the initial call, police said. He does not live at the residence where Saturday’s incident occurred.
The case is still open, and the department is asking anyone who may have information to contact its investigators or the Quad-Cities branch of Crime Stoppers.
The department can be reached at 309-524-2140. The number for Crime Stoppers is 309-762-9500.
On a warm summer evening a little more than one year ago, 16-year-old Jovanita “Jovi” Jones was struck by gunfire during a drive-by shooting in a liquor store parking lot. He died in the hospital the following day.
More than a year later, statements have been collected, evidence gathered and witnesses interviewed. But, like dozens of other open homicide investigations in the Quad-Cities, no arrests have been made in Jones’ case — even though the assigned investigators say they have a pretty good idea of who killed him.
“None of these are necessarily unsolved,” said Lt. Kyle Chisholm, who oversees the detective bureau for the Davenport Police Department. “We may not have charged in these cases, but that doesn't mean they're not solved. That doesn't mean we don't know who did it.”
Since March 2014, there have been at least 30 homicides in Davenport. Of those, 13 are classified as open cases where no suspects have been charged. That translates to a 43 percent rate at which the Davenport Police Department has charged a suspect in a murder case during that time period. To increase that charge rate, officers say they need help from witnesses.
Nationally in 2017, the average clearance rate for homicides was around 62 percent, according to the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Despite popular depictions of murder investigations where lab-coat-wearing scientists make consistent breakthroughs by analyzing physical evidence, modern murder cases still often rely heavily on witness testimony. And one of the biggest challenges, Davenport police say, is witness cooperation.
“Jovi's a perfect example where we have people who saw what happened who are not cooperating with us,” Chisholm said, adding that Jones was standing near people who knew him when he was shot. “We have people who saw what happened who are not giving us statements. And if we had those statements, we might be able to make some progress on a case like that.”
‘Not a random act of violence’
Police say Jones was rushed to a Davenport hospital in a stolen car with a single bullet wound to his abdomen. The scene, like most shooting scenes, was chaotic when police arrived, said Davenport Police Capt. Brent Biggs.
“It was still daylight at the time it happened, it’s warm out, so people were out and about, so you have a community concern,” Biggs said.
While they declined to discuss some aspects of the case, Biggs and Chisholm confirmed that recovered shell casings indicate the shots were fired at Jones from a moving vehicle. Police later found the suspect’s vehicle, which was also stolen, and seized the car Jones was traveling in that night.
On the following Sunday, authorities announced that Jones had died from his injuries while being treated at University Hospitals in Iowa City. After his death, Jones was described in his obituary as a young man “well liked and loved by many,” and who enjoyed staying fit and participating in track at Davenport Central High School.
City leaders stepped up to publicly address the killing the day after Jones died. Davenport Police Chief Paul Sikorski and Davenport Mayor Frank Klipsch decried the act as a senseless example of youth violence.
“A 16-year-old male juvenile was shot in broad daylight on a Davenport street and dropped off at a local hospital like he was nothing,” Klipsch said at the time. “Let me be clear: This was not a random act of violence. This is a criminal subculture with no regard for human life.”
Investigators would later determine Jones was targeted, though they have yet to publicly disclose what would have motivated the suspect to shoot him. Several people were in the vehicle from which the shots were fired, including the suspected killer. Police say there is no doubt the killing was not a random act of violence.
“This was targeted,” Chisholm said of Jones. “This wasn't just a random, ‘We're going to drive around and take a look at just a vulnerable victim.’”
Searching for answers
One testimony-driven case Davenport police consider a model of witness cooperation is that of Jason Blair Roberts.
Roberts, a 46-year-old community activist, was gunned down in front of a sports bar three blocks away from Davenport’s police station in June 2018 after he had attempted to resolve a dispute between two friends. Deondra Thomas, 35, who prosecutors say inserted himself in the situation before shooting Roberts, was convicted of first-degree murder in January and sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole.
“There were several witnesses down there, and almost all of them came forward to talk about what happened,” Chisholm said, adding that Roberts was “a really upstanding member of the community” and that his reputation “compelled people to talk to us.”
Chisholm said another factor that helped police solve the case was Roberts’ family, who “went out of their way to make sure that people that were with him assisted us.”
“They wanted justice for their son,” he added.
Within four months police arrested Thomas, mainly because of eyewitness testimony, which was also heavily relied upon during the murder trial.
But while Roberts’ case is closed, several remain open in the wake of a deadly spate of violence in 2017 and 2018.
For Davenport police, 2017 was one of the most violent years in recent memory. Twelve people were killed — all via gun violence — and seven homicide cases remain open. In 2018, there were six homicides in Davenport, three of which remain open.
Those killed were primarily in their teens and 20s.
Chisholm said it’s rare for police to investigate a case that has no witnesses and is completely evidence-driven. Analysis of physical evidence can take sometimes take months to process by the state’s crime lab — even in cases that are expedited — which can delay arrests and suspect identification.
“It can be expedited,” Chisholm said. “Even when it’s expedited, it’s not super-fast.
“There’s always human involvement, and we need that to corroborate other evidence we’re getting,” he continued. “For instance, if we’re just using cell phone GPS, we still need to put that cell phone in somebody’s hand. The cell phone by itself is nothing without being able to put that in somebody’s hands.”
No ‘magical wand’
When it comes to homicide investigations, Chisholm said witnesses — especially younger ones — often think police can “wave a magical wand and go arrest whoever did it without their help.”
That misunderstanding makes it harder to catch killers, he said.
“Nobody wants to be a witness,” Chisholm said. “I completely understand that. But I think there is a responsibility from the public to help out to do the right thing and tell us what happened.”
Another challenge for the department’s investigative process is the idea that “snitching” — talking to police — is a sin that holds consequences on the street, or that street justice will ultimately prevail.
“I don’t know how many times we’ve been told in the street when we ask somebody, ‘hey did you see?’ (they say) ‘I’m not going to do your job for you,’” Chisholm added. “We get told that in pretty much every single one of these: ‘That’s your job.’"
When trying to convince witnesses to come forward, building trust is important, Chisholm and Biggs said. That includes reaching out to family members, especially when it comes to juveniles.
“Really, our message is that gun violence is a community issue,” Chisholm said. “It’s an issue that we all have to deal with together. And I think a lot of times with the juveniles, they don’t view it as their issue to deal with.”
“We appreciate the burden that’s on witnesses,” Biggs added. “We understand that, and we’re not trying to minimize that, but we also know that we all have to do this together.
When the trail goes cold
On a massive billboard near the intersection of 9th Street and 5th Avenue in East Moline is the headshot of 11-year old Trudy Appleby and a stern message.
“YOU know something. It’s time to say something,” the billboard says.
Appleby’s disappearance is one that's haunted the Quad-Cities for more than 20 years. She was last seen in 1996.
Despite a lack of physical evidence, the department has named a person of interest who has since died and has sought information from his family. Police believe more than one person participated in the crime and subsequent cover-up.
In recent years, through social media campaigns and other community messaging, the Moline Police Department has attempted to compel witnesses to come forward.
“As long as we are receiving tips, actively working the cases and pouring over evidence, they are not considered cold cases,” Moline Det. Michael Griffin said of the department’s open homicide investigations, some of which have remained unresolved for years. “On that point, the Trudy Appleby case is no longer considered a cold case. It is very active.”
Griffin also said the department continues to receive tips on recent cases, and social media now plays a bigger role in the fact-gathering process.
“We are very transparent and keep the public up to date on what we are doing and progress of cases,” he said. “We often ask the public for assistance in solving cases and use social media to do that.”
In Davenport, investigators say they continue to seek answers in homicides, even when a case goes cold. One person in the department has the sole responsibility of reviewing cases where no active leads exist.
“A cold case doesn’t necessarily mean it’s closed,” Biggs said. “We still look at these, and if we get information on one, detectives continue to follow up on them.”
The detective assigned to review older cases serves as a “fresh set of eyes to see if there’s anything that maybe somebody else didn’t see,” and to determine if there is new evidence or new technology that could help solve the case, Biggs added.
“We're never giving up on any of those cases, no matter what," Chisholm said. "No matter how cold the case may be, no matter how frustrated they may be, no matter how much cooperation or lack of cooperation we're getting from the public. We don't give up on any of these. We keep pushing, we keep persevering, and so we can come to hopefully a successful conclusion.”
CAMBRIDGE — A Kewanee man is in the Henry County Jail on $750,000 bond on methamphetamine-related charges.
Ronald L. Potter, 33, was arraigned in Henry County Circuit Court Thursday on Class X felony methamphetamine delivery, Class 1 possession of methamphetamine and Class 4 felony possession of a controlled substance. According to the charges, he is alleged to have possessed more than 15 grams but less than 100 grams of methamphetamine on March 5 with the intent to deliver. The Class 4 felony alleges he possessed less than 15 grams of a substance containing cocaine on March 5.
In a separate case, he was charged with Class 3 felony manufacture/distribute a look-alike substance. According to that charge, he is alleged to have delivered a look-alike substance, being methamphetamine, on or about May 22.
Judge Clayton Lee appointed the public defender's office to the case and set a preliminary hearing for June 17.
A Clinton woman faces up to life in prison after pleading guilty to several charges in connection with a conspiracy to distribute crystal “ice” methamphetamine.
Amanda Marie Flores, 31, pleaded guilty Thursday in U.S. District Court, Davenport, to one count of conspiracy to distribute a controlled substance, two counts of possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance, and one count of possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug crime.
She will be sentenced Oct. 10.
On Dec. 24, 2017, Flores possessed approximately 13.9 grams of crystal methamphetamine in Clinton County, according to the federal plea agreement.
Throughout 2018, Flores, co-defendants Landon Gregory, Deandre Anthony, Shauntus Smallwood, Dustin Dauen and others conspired to distribute pounds of methamphetamine in the Clinton County area and was shipping pounds of drugs into the area.
One of the packages that contained approximately eight pounds of methamphetamine was sent to an address on Adams Place in Clinton.
On July 16, 2018, police intercepted a package addressed to the same address. The package contained more than five pounds of methamphetamine.
Flores and other of the groups, including Anthony and Smallwood, traveled to Arizona to get methamphetamine and bring it to Iowa. Flores and others were in possession of firearms on various occasions when they were distributing methamphetamine.
On Oct. 22, 2018, Flores was in possession of approximately 249 grams, or about half a pound, of marijuana, approximately 560 grams, or about a pound and a quarter, of ice methamphetamine, a loaded Glock 42 .380-caliber, and $3,476.12 in cash in Clinton.
Conspiracy to distribute a controlled substance and one of the possession charges are punishable by 10 year to life in prison, while the other possession charge is punishable by five to 40 years in prison.
The gun charge is punishable by five years to life in prison.
Flores initially was charged in Clinton County District Court in October, but the charges were dismissed in October when she was charged in federal court.
A trial for Gregory, Anthony, and Smallwood is slated for July 1.
Dauen pleaded guilty in April to conspiracy to distribute a controlled substance and will be sentenced Aug. 15.
A Belvidere, Illinois man was sentenced Friday to up to 25 years in prison for shooting at vehicle on Interstate 80 in Atalissa in January 2018.
Charles S. Johnston, 61, of Belvidere, pleaded guilty in May in Cedar County District Court to four counts of intimidation with a dangerous weapon and one count of assault on a peace officer.
In exchange for his plea, Cedar County prosecutors on Friday dismissed an additional charge of attempted murder.
Around 2:15 p.m. Jan. 11, 2018, the Cedar County Sheriff's Office started receiving multiple reports of a person shooting a firearm at vehicles on I-80, according to court documents.
Reports also came from the area of the 273-mile marker toward the Atalissa Pilot Station that shots were being fired from a small black car. A semi driver was pulling out of the Pilot Station onto Atalissa Road when a person in a black Volkswagen was pulling in.
The driver of the Volkswagen, later identified as Johnston, pointed a handgun out of the window and fired multiple shots at the semi driver. The semi driver saw the car circle around behind him, so he swerved and struck the Volkwagen, pinning the car under the trailer.
Johnston fired several more rounds into the passenger door of the semi. The semi then pulled onto Atalissa Road, just south of the interstate, and observed the black Volkswagen travel south on Atalissa Road and turn around and park. Moments later, the black Volkswagen approached the semi. Iowa State Patrol arrived on scene, and Johnston fired two shots at a trooper, striking the squad car. Officers fired on the Volkswagen.
Additional officers arrived and secured the scene. Johnston was brought to an ambulance to be checked out and was transported to the Cedar County Jail.
After his arrest, he mentioned he was taking several prescription drugs and had recently been hospitalized. Officers found several prescription pill bottles in plain view in the vehicle.
Johnston also said he became enraged or obsessed over a family supposedly killed in a crash with a semi and that the motive behind his actions was to harm a truck driver or truck drivers in retaliation, according to the application.
No one was injured in the shootings.
Offices searched the Volkswagen and found a metal marijuana pipe; a prescription bottle with marijuana inside; a prescription bottle with no label and with marijuana inside; a jar of "Explosion Pre-workout" with a glass pipe; a prescription bottle that held pills that did not match the label; and a box of cigarettes with a marijuana "joint" inside, according to a receipt for property that was filed with the search warrant.
At the time of his arrest, Johnston was employed by Harper College in Palatine, Illinois, as an associate professor in the psychology department.
Crime Stoppers of the Quad-Cities is seeking information leading to the arrest of the two pictured people believed to have passed counterfeit money at a Walmart store.
According to Crime Stoppers: "On April 23 the pictured female used seven counterfeit $50 bills to purchase $350 worth of merchandise. A few minutes later, the pictured male subject attempted to purchase $476 worth of merchandise with counterfeit $50 bills but was denied when the clerk realized the bills were fake. The suspects left the area in a black GMC Envoy. These same suspects passed counterfeit bills at Walmart in Streator, Illinois."
If you know who they are, call the tip line 309-762-9500 or submit your tip using the app P3 Tips. All tips are secure and anonymous and you could earn a cash reward.
Crime Stoppers of the Quad-Cities is asking for the public's help in identifying the person pictured.
According to Crime Stoppers, "On April 12 the pictured subject bought liquor at a Hy-Vee store in Moline with a fake 100-dollar bill. He also passed a fake 100-dollar bill at a Hy-Vee store in Davenport. The suspect was wearing a white zip-up sweatshirt, dark tee-shirt and glasses."
If you know who he is, call the tip line 309-762-9500 or submit your tip using the app P3 Tips. All tips are secure and anonymous and you could earn a cash reward.
East Moline police are seeking the identity of a person of interest in a credit card theft.
According to Crime Stoppers of the Quad-Cities:
"On May 11 East Moline police took a report that the victim’s wallet was stolen while at Jewel-Osco. The victim left her purse in the cart then walked away for a short period. When she returned she realized her wallet was missing from her purse. The wallet contained her credit cards, gift cards and cash. The suspect used one of the stolen credit cards at Walgreens where she charged about $300 worth of merchandise."
If you know who she is, call the tip line 309-762-9500 or submit your tip using the app P3 Tips. All tips are secure and anonymous and you could earn a cash reward.
A Bettendorf businessman served two days in the Scott County jail after pleading guilty in his 12th drunken-driving case.
Brian Rashid was arrested in January after being pulled over by Bettendorf police. He entered a guilty plea in March and was sentenced to 120 days in jail with all but two days suspended. He also was ordered to pay a fine of $1,250.
Court records show that Rashid completed a court-ordered electronic-monitoring program on April 26.
The OWI charge initially was categorized third offense but later was reduced to first offense, because his prior drunken-driving convictions are more than 12 years old.
In 2004, Rashid was facing jail time in Rock Island County after pleading guilty to his third DUI. At that time, he had been arrested at least 10 times for drunken driving, and he pleaded guilty or was convicted seven times in several jurisdictions.
In 2011, the convicted felon was sentenced to 14 months in federal prison for illegally possessing firearms in his home and at Quad-City Satellite, then his Davenport business.
In his latest arrest, the 58-year-old was pulled over by Bettendorf police just before 3 a.m. Jan. 30.
Co-owner of the Treehouse Pub & Eatery in Bettendorf, Rashid told police he was heading home from the restaurant when he was pulled over.
"The defendant advised me that he was attempting to drive straight home from the Treehouse Pub," the arrest affidavit states. "The defendant's direction of travel was not a direct route from the Treehouse to his residence."
Court records show Brett Samuel Dennis Sr., 28, waived his right to a formal arraignment, which was scheduled for Thursday, and filed a written plea through his attorney, Miguel Puentes.
Assistant Scott County Attorney Amy DeVine on Thursday filed trial information, the document that formally charges Dennis with attempted murder of a peace officer; possession of a firearm by a felon; interference with official acts-dangerous weapons; and possession of methamphetamine, second offense.
Dennis has a pretrial conference June 28. His trial is slated for July 8.
At 4:25 p.m. April 25, Leabo made contact with Dennis and Nathaniel Osman Viering, 27, who police have said were acting suspiciously in the area of West 17th and Sturdevant streets, according to arrest affidavits.
Leabo told them to stop several times, but they refused. Viering was taken into custody nearby, while Dennis ran. Leabo caught up to him, and the two had a physical struggle in a yard in the 1600 block of West 17th Street.
Dennis fired two shots; one hit Leabo in the leg and the second struck him in the chest of his bulletproof vest.
Leabo fired at Dennis, hitting him in the leg. After the shooting, Dennis ran away, prosecutors say.
He was arrested nearby a short time later. Prosecutors say Dennis told police in an interview that he was trying to get the officer to shoot him, and that Leabo’s use of force that day was “reasonable and justified.”
Viering was charged with possession with intent to deliver, possession of a controlled substance, interference with official acts and possession of drug paraphernalia.
Leabo remained on paid leave Thursday, Davenport Police Maj. Jeff Bladel said.
Dennis also is facing charges in several other cases.
On May 9, Davenport police filed charges of first-degree robbery and possession of a firearm by a felon for an incident that occurred April 24.
At 11:36 p.m. that day, Davenport police responded to Smokin’ Joe's, 1606 W. Locust St. for a report of a robbery. Police say in arrest affidavits filed May 9 that Dennis went into the business and, when approached by an employee, pulled a gun out of his sweatshirt pocket and demanded all the money from the register.
The employee refused to give Dennis any money, and he fled the store. The employee told police that the gun displayed by Dennis had a distinct red sight.
When Dennis was taken into custody in connection with the shooting of Leabo the next day, police recovered a black Springfield XD with a red sight.
During a search of his vehicle officers recovered clothing similar to the ones worn by the robbery suspect. Cell records place Dennis near Smokin’ Joe's at the time of the robbery, according to the affidavit.
Police have not said whether the gun in the robbery case was the same one used to shoot Leabo.
Dennis will be arraigned in the robbery case June 20.
One of five men charged in a robbery and shooting that left 20-year-old Brady Tumlinson dead and his girlfriend seriously injured in September 2017 in Davenport.
Darrell Allen Williams Jr., 18, of East Moline, waived his right to a formal arraignment Thursday and filed a written plea through his attorney, Michael Motto Jr., court records show.
He has a pretrial conference June 28. His trial is slated for July 8.
Williams is charged with first-degree murder, first-degree burglary and conspiracy to commit a forcible felony.
Prosecutors say Williams and co-defendants Tristin Alderman, 23; D'marithe Culbreath, 22; Nakita Wiseman, 22; and Christopher Dixon, 35, conspired to rob Tumlinson at his home in the 1300 block of South Nevada Avenue in Davenport. Tumlinson and his girlfriend, Jacey Grubbs, were asleep in their bedroom on the morning of Sept. 22, 2017, when the shooting began.
Tumlinson shot back in self-defense and struck Culbreath in the forehead, according to prosecutors. Tumlinson was pronounced dead at the scene later that morning. Grubbs suffered life-threatening injuries but survived the shooting.
Alderman and Culbreath were convicted in December in Tumlinson’s death and are serving life in prison without the possibility of parole.
Wiseman, who testified at Alderman and Culbreath's joint trial, pleaded guilty to first-degree burglary and second-degree robbery and was sentenced in December to up to 35 years in prison.
Williams and Dixon were charged in April.
Dixon will be arraigned June 13 on charges of first-degree murder, first-degree robbery and conspiracy to commit a forcible felony.
A former Davenport Residential Correctional Facility, or RCF, client is facing a new charge after police say he tried to have someone kill the boyfriend of his ex-wife.
John Henry Cooper, 43, of Davenport faces one count of solicitation to commit murder, a Class C felony punishable by up to 10 years in prison.
Online jail records show he was booked into the Scott County Jail at 6:41 p.m. Wednesday.
He has a preliminary hearing June 14.
Court records show that Cooper was ordered in September by a judge in Clinton County to complete programming at the RCF for violating the terms of his probation in a drug case. Once he completed the program, he was to be released back to probation, according to court records.
On Nov. 28, a residential officer was conducting a routine eye count and saw Cooper looking at a small phone while lying in a bed. The phone was confiscated, according to an application filed by Davenport police in support of a search warrant.
The following day, another residential officer conducted a random locker search and found a second cell phone in Cooper’s locker.
During a search of the phone, the residential officer saw threatening messages from Cooper to a former resident of the RCF. Though Facebook message, Cooper asked the former resident to kill a man who was in a relationship with his ex-wife.
The man also is a former resident of the RCF.
On Jan. 11, a judge in Clinton County ruled that Cooper violated the terms of his probation in his drug case because of the solicitation allegation and ordered him to serve the original sentence of up to five years in prison, according to the application.
The case was forwarded to Davenport police on Jan. 14. An officer spoke with the alleged victim, who said Cooper had been harassing him and his girlfriend for almost two years and that he had contact with Cooper by telephone via text message and Facebook messenger, according to the application.
An 18-year-old Rock Island man is facing multiple charges following a two-state chase that ended in Davenport Tuesday night.
Paris Larue Davis, no address listed, was booked into the Scott County Jail on charges of possession with intent to deliver crack cocaine, interference with official acts, trafficking in stolen weapons, possession of a firearm or offensive weapon by a felon, eluding, failure to affix drug stamp.
The drug charge is a Class C felony punishable by up to 10 years in prison, while the remaining charges are all a Class D felony each punishable by up to five years in prison.
He also faces a charge of possession of drug paraphernalia, a simple misdemeanor, and was cited for leaving the scene of an accident, careless driving, failure to obey a stop sign and yield right of way, no valid driver’s license and failure to maintain control.
At 7:45 p.m. Tuesday, Davenport police received information from dispatch that Rock Island police were in pursuit of a light-colored Nissan Altima east on Rockingham Road from Interstate 280, according to an arrest affidavit filed in support of the criminal complaint.
Officers were driving south in the 100 block of South Elmwood Street when Davis, who does not have a valid driver’s license, drove in front of an officer’s fully marked squad car that had the emergency lights and sirens activated.
Officers recognized the vehicle and followed it as it traveled east on Redwood Avenue. The vehicle sped through the intersection at South Lincoln Avenue and did not stop at the posted stop sign.
The Nissan hit a bump and went airborne; then continued around the bend onto South Hancock Avenue. The car failed to stop at the posted stop sign at the T-intersection of South Hancock Avenue and Rockingham Road.
The Nissan turned left into the oncoming lane of traffic on Rockingham Road and swerved back into the correct travel lane to avoid a crash and was struck in the rear driver’s side quarter panel.
Davis failed to maintain control of a vehicle and immediately left the scene of the crash and continued north east on Rockingham Road and drove into the wrong travel portion of the roadway.
The Nissan came to a rest in the 1800 block of Rockingham Road and Davis got out and ran north toward 1818 Dixwell St., against police instructions.
Davis disappeared from view when he went to the north side of the residence, where he was out of sight for several seconds. He continued to run north in the alley east of 1818 Dixwell St.
Officers instructed Davis to stop and he did. Officers discovered a black fanny pack hidden under an unlocked storm cellar door.
An officer smelled a strong odor of fresh marijuana from the bag. Officers un-zipped the pack and saw the handle of a purple handgun as well as a clear plastic bag containing fresh marijuana. The total package weight of the bag was 6.8 grams.
Also inside the fanny pack with two clear plastic bags containing crack cocaine. The first bag has a total package weight of 11.05 grams, while the second bag had a total package weight of 6.85 grams.
Witnesses in the area of the heard the loud closing of the storm door where the fanny pack was located at the time Davis was running from police.
Davis has prior felony conviction out of Rock Island County and is prohibited from owning or possession a firearm, according to the affidavit. A record check also revealed he had an active warrant out of Rock Island for juvenile mental health.
Police also discovered that the purple SCCY Industries CPX-2 9mm pistol that was found in the fanny pack was stolen out of Chicago in 2018. The pistol did not have a magazine in the mag-well, however one 9mm round was chambered, according to the affidavits.
The case against a former United Township High School student accused of making a threat on the campus has been dismissed because he successfully completed Rock Island County’s offender initiative program.
Herberion Pritchard, now 19, of East Moline, allegedly said on Feb. 21, 2018, that he wanted to carry out a shooting at the school, according to Rock Island County court records. He was charged with disorderly conduct and later that year was enrolled in the program.
The program is similar to probation; a participant must meet a number of criteria, which can include drug or alcohol treatment, former Rock Island County State’s Attorney John McGehee said at the time. The state-developed program focuses on low-level felony cases.
Illinois statute states participants who successfully complete the program can have the charges against them dropped.
Court records state Pritchard successfully completed the program on May 31, and the case was dismissed.
At the time the case against him was pending, the East Moline Police Department stated that the verbal threat was made in class, but that no weapons or other evidence was found to indicate Pritchard had taken steps to make good on the threat.
A Moline woman has been charged with leaving the scene of a 2018 accident that killed a Silvis man.
Olivia M. Lopez, 27, has been charged with failure to report an accident involving personal injury or death, according to Rock Island County court records. Authorities contend she knowingly left the scene of a fatal accident on Sept. 3, 2018, in the 1400 block of 11th Street, Silvis. She then allegedly did not report the accident to the police within a half hour.
The victim was identified in court records as Isaac Morales, but further details were not provided about him in the file. An obituary printed in September 2018 in the Dispatch-Argus states Morales, 22, of Silvis, died on Sept. 14, 2018, at OSF Saint Francis Medical Center in Peoria.
The Silvis Police Department released some additional information about the case Tuesday afternoon.
“We were called to the hospital for a victim with life-threatening injuries,” Silvis police Chief Mark VanKlaveren said. “Investigation revealed that Olivia Lopez struck Isaac Morales with her vehicle while attempting to get away from him and an argument. Isaac was dropped off at the hospital, and Olivia left without giving information.”
The charge against Lopez was filed May 9, and she had her first appearance on the charge May 28, court records state. Her next court appearance is scheduled for June 11.
Lopez was free on $50,000 bail, court records state. She posted a $5,000 bond, or 10% of her bail, to be freed.
A man accused of participating in a May 22 robbery in Moline remained at large Tuesday while two others suspected in the case awaited upcoming court dates.
Corey M. Dvorak, 36, Rock Island, has been charged with aggravated robbery, according to Rock Island County court records.
The charge is related to the robbery at 3:38 p.m. May 22, at the convenience store at 1901 16th St., according to the Moline Police Department.
Dvorak has not yet been arrested as of Tuesday morning, according to police and the Rock Island County Jail.
Benjamin T. Long, 34, of Silvis; and Rocky John Henry Hantz, 38, of Moline, are also charged with aggravated robbery in relation to the case.
Both have been arrested and were in custody Tuesday, according to authorities. Long is being held on $100,000 bail, while Hantz is being held on $250,000. To be released, Long would have to post a $10,000 bond, while Hantz would have to post $25,000.
A man accused of participating in a May 22 robbery in Moline remained at large Tuesday while two others suspected in the case awaited upcoming court dates.
Corey M. Dvorak, 36, of Rock Island, has been charged with aggravated robbery, according to Rock Island County court records.
The charge is related to the robbery at 3:38 p.m. May 22 at the convenience store at 1901 16th St., according to the Moline Police Department.
Dvorak has not yet been arrested as of Tuesday morning, according to police and the Rock Island County Jail.
Benjamin T. Long, 34, of Silvis and Rocky John Henry Hantz, 38, of Moline are also charged with aggravated robbery in relation to the case.
Both have been arrested and were in custody Tuesday, according to authorities. Long is being held on $100,000 bail while Hantz is being held on $250,000. To be released, Long would have to post a $10,000 bond, while Hantz would have to post $25,000.
The Illinois State Police released the identify of a driver accused of traveling the wrong way Saturday on Interstate 74, leading to a crash with a tractor-trailer.
Tyler N. Vanalsburg, 24, Bettendorf, has been arrested for allegedly driving under the influence and driving the wrong way on the interstate, according to a state police news release.
The collision happened around 8:20 a.m. in the eastbound lanes of Interstate 74, near mile marker 20, the release states. A white Chevrolet pickup, westbound in the eastbound lanes, collided with the semi, which was traveling in the correct direction. The semi then came to rest in the median and caught fire.
The state police identified Vanalsburg as the pickup's driver. Both he and the semi's driver suffered minor injuries and were sent to the hospital. The name of the tractor-trailer's driver has not been released.
The collision and fire led to a two-hour closure of the eastbound lanes while the crash site was cleaned up, the release states. The Illinois Department of Transportation, the Henry County Sheriff's Office, the Orion Community Fire Protection District, Genesis Ambulance and Sharpe Towing also took part in dealing with the crash.
Further details about Vanalsburg's alleged illegal actions and court information for him were not immediately available Monday.