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Tracking heavy rain and severe storm potential Saturday

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The threat for heavy rainfall, flooding, and severe storms returns to the Quad Cities this weekend.

A Flash Flood WATCH has been issued for the entire Quad Cities until 10am Sunday morning. A round of showers and storms this morning will saturate the ground, even more, allowing additional rainfall from storms this evening to run off into area creeks, streams, and rivers. Rapid rises in those areas along with other low-lying areas will lead to areas of flash flooding by this evening. Remember, never cross a flooded roadway.

A round of non-severe showers and storms is currently working through the Quad Cities this morning. These storms are producing frequent lightning and some gusty winds along with heavy downpours. This line will continue to advance east through 10am. Behind it, some clearing will take place and that will return to us to some sunshine for the afternoon.

It’s that sunshine and temperatures rising into the upper 70s and low 80s that will build enough energy to allow for a few stronger storms by later this afternoon and evening. These storms will be capable of producing large hail up to 1.5″ in diameter and wind gusts up to 60 MPH. Frequent lightning and torrential downpours are also likely. We’ll be tracking the potential for an isolated tornado or two as well with a warm front working north through the region.

The timing for these storms favors the 6pm to 2am range. That’s when a stronger low-level jet will begin working with a boundary nearby to produce widespread showers and storms. The threat for flash flooding will also be increased since our soils are already saturated from rainfall this morning.

We’ll continue to track this threat throughout the day. Watch for more updates right here on, on your mobile device with the StormTrack 8 App, and on the air with News 8 at 6 and 10.

Meteorologist Andrew Stutzke

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Rain and rising flood waters could hurt businesses along the river once again

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MOLINE, Illinois – Expected rain this weekend has businesses along the river worried about another spell of rising flood waters.

This year’s flood has brought a lot of uncertainty, but business at Milltown Coffee is finally back and brewing.

“These past two months have been a significant loss,” says Cameron Cartee, Milltown Coffee Owner.

Employees at the coffee shop have been out of work and no flow of revenue has come through, after constant flood waters forced the shop this year for an entire month.

“We are just happy Milltown is back open because they have our favorite sandwich, a veggie burger,” says Angela Baker, Milltown Coffee customer. “And my favorite latte in the Quad Cities, which is a banana foster latte.”

But with rain showers expected this weekend the Mississippi River could rise once again, potentially reaching between 18 to 20 feet.

“We are prepared, but we aren’t trying to think of that,” says Cartee. “I think we’ll be fine, unless it gets about that 15 to 20-ft range again.”

Milltown Coffee isn’t the only business on the river’s edge that reopened, across the river the Freight House Farmer’s Market is gearing up for vendors to set up their stands in the parking lot.

“Looks good, smells good again,” comments Lorrie Beaman, Executive Director of the Freight House Farmer’s Market.

The flood has put the market in limbo the past month.  It’s had to relocate to the Scott County Administration Center parking lot for the past few weekends.

“It’s to the point now when our vendors will start really feeling it,” Beaman says.

When Beaman heard this weekend’s rainy forecast and the chance of the parking lot around the market, it made her anxious.

“It was a pit in my gut, I thought ‘you got to be kidding me’,” says Beaman.

Now, she’s keeping her finger crossed, so she can be left with certainty of the Mississippi staying in her banks.

“I am very nervous about that, but we just have to roll with it and make the best of it,” Beaman says.

To get to Milltown Coffee you can access it through the back alley or a stretch of River Driver.  As for the Freight House Farmer’s Market you can only enter using Western Avenue.

Moline tattoo shop vandalized

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MOLINE, Illinois- A Moline tattoo parlor is looking for a thief who stole thousands of dollars worth of items.

The owner of Rites Of Passage tattoo shop was alerted by a police officer that someone had broken into his studio Friday, May 17 evening.

He drove over to find the front window smashed with the glass all over inside glass and tattoo pens scattered across the floor.

They even smashed a CD player.

The owner believes nothing of real value was stolen, just a laptop and some tattoo supplies.

The shop has been open for almost twenty years in downtown Moline.

Replacing the window alone will cost about $1200.


How you can support local breweries and drink your way to earning prizes

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BETTENDORF, Iowa — Quad Cities Craft Beer Week wrapped up at Five Cities Brewing Company on Friday, May 17.

The week-long event was a celebration of local breweries in the area, taking each day to feature the individual businesses in Bettendorf, Moline, Rock Island and Davenport.

Five Cities hosted a “QC Tap Takeover” on the final day of the event.  The following breweries each had their own handle at the brewery: Front Street Brewery; Great River Brewery; Wake Brewing; Rebellion Brew Haus; Radicle Effect Brewerks; Crawford Brew Works; Bent River Brewing Company; Green Tree Brewery; Geneseo Brewing Company; Galena Brewing Company; Ale House; Contrary Brewing; Lionstone Brewing; Big Swing Brewing Company; Adventurous Brewing LLC.

Coinciding with the wrap-up of Quad Cities Craft Beer Week was the launch of the QC Ale Trail, which is a campaign to support brewers in the area.

QC Ale Trail participants get a “passport,” which holds spaces for stamps from each brewery.  Four stamps earn participants a bottle opener.  Stamps from all breweries earn participants a QC Ale Trail pint glass.

Finally, a fully stamped passport gains participants entry into drawings for tickets to beer-related events around the Quad Cities area.

Click here for more information on how to redeem prizes from the QC Ale Trail. 

Horrific new details in case of pregnant Chicago teen found dead, baby cut from womb

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Marlen Ochoa-Lopez

CHICAGO — A Chicago prosecutor says a mother charged in the grisly killing of a pregnant teen whose baby was cut from her body wanted another baby after her own son died of natural causes.

Nearly a month before the murder of 19-year-old Marlen Ochoa-Lopez, Clarisa Figueroa allegedly told her daughter, "I need help killing a pregnant woman and taking a baby."

That's just one of the horrific details that prosecutors revealed in bond court Friday. Clarisa Figueroa, 46, and her daughter Desiree Figueroa, 24, who are charged with Ochoa-Lopez's murder, were denied bond Friday. Clarisa's boyfriend, 40-year-old Piotr Bobak, who is charged with the concealment of a homicide, was also denied bond.

In a bond court document, prosecutors say Desiree Figueroa was surprised to hear her mother say she was pregnant in October, 2018, since Clarisa's fallopian tubes had been tied. Two months later Clarisa posted an ultrasound image on Facebook she claimed showed her baby, according to the document. She also posted a photo of a crib and baby room in the Facebook group "Help a Mother Out," saying they were for her baby Xander.

On April 23, Ochoa-Lopez went to home of the Figueroas to pick up free baby clothes Clarisa had offered. Authorities said she had made the arrangements with Clarisa through the "Help a Mother Out" Facebook group. She was nine months pregnant at the time.

Left to right: Piotr Bobak, 40. Desiree Figueroa, 24. Clarisa Figueroa, 46. (Chicago Police Department)

Prosecutors said Desiree showed the victim a photo album of her late brother while her mother Clarisa strangled her. Ochoa-Lopez managed to get her fingers under the cord around her neck and Clarisa yelled at her daughter, "You're not doing your f---ing job!"

Desiree then pried Ochoa-Lopez's fingers from the cord while her mother continued to strangle the teen, prosecutors said.

Ochoa-Lopez’s baby boy was cut from her womb after she was killed, prosecutors said.

Hours later that same day, Clarisa came running out of the home claiming that she had just given birth to a baby boy and that he wasn’t breathing. The baby was transported to Advocate Christ Medical Center, Chicago fire officials confirmed. 

The baby boy, Yadiel Yovany Lopez, remains hospitalized on life support and is in grave condition, presumably from a lack of oxygen before birth.

Prosecutors said Clarisa set up a GoFundMe for the baby, who was in the NICU, before the deception was revealed.

It was also learned that Desiree is four months pregnant, her attorney said.

Funeral arrangements for Ochoa-Lopez have not yet been released.

YOUR HEALTH: One hospital’s effort to monitor new mothers at home

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PITTSBURGH, Pennsylvania – Pregnancy complications like pre-eclampsia and gestational diabetes can begin without warning.

Often, women will have no symptoms, but these are conditions that can create long-lasting health problems for both mother and baby.

Skylar Andrews was in perfect health when she became pregnant with her son Zayn.  But toward the end of her pregnancy, Skylar's blood pressure skyrocketed.

Skylar had a condition called pre-eclampsia, dangerous for mom during pregnancy and after.

"It increases the risk of heart attack and stroke over the lifetime about two and a half fold," explained Dr. Hyagriv Simhan, Maternal-Fetal Medicine Director at Dallas' Magee-Womens Hospital.

That's why doctors encouraged Skylar to check herself at home.

With a portable cuff and a smartphone, she could.

NEW TECHNOLOGY:    The University of Pittsburgh Medical Center has been an innovator in the use of remote patient monitoring technology.   By reaching patients where they are, using familiar consumer electronics paired with common health peripherals such as blood pressure cuffs and scales, UPMC has dramatically improved patient engagement, reduced emergency department visits, and decreased the number of hospital readmissions for chronically ill patients.

38-year old Jessica Wolfe also needed high-tech support.  After years of battling infertility, this was a big surprise.

"We still struggle with 'Wow this is real'," she said.  "This is happening. We're gonna have a baby."

Jessica is considered higher risk.

She has gestational diabetes.

An app on Jessica's smartphone generates reminders to check her blood sugar four times a day and report back so doctors can respond.

"We want to be able to identify the patients who need a phone call and not just identify them when they show up in the emergency department," said Dr. Simhan.

Skylar's blood pressure is now back to normal.

If this story has impacted your life or prompted you or someone you know to seek or change treatments, please let us know by contacting Jim Mertens at or Marjorie Bekaert Thomas at

Kim Kardashian and Kanye West reveal name of their fourth child

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Kim Kardashian and Kanye West have welcomed their fourth child together, tweeting a photo of Psalm West Friday.

Kardashian also included this message from Kanye:

Beautiful Mother’s Day

With the arrival of our fourth child

We are blessed beyond measure

We have everything we need

Psalm West

— Kim Kardashian West (@KimKardashian) May 17, 2019

The announcement followed news that their surrogate had given birth May 9, with Kim tweeting last Friday, “He’s here and he’s perfect!”

Kim and Kanye, 41, have three other children together: Chicago, Saint, and North.


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