Nine months after she disappeared, charges have been filed for the murder of a Davenport girl. 48-year-old Henry Dinkins is charged with first degree murder and first degree kidnapping for the death of 10-year-old Breasia Terrell. 

At a news conference this morning, Scott County Attorney Mike Walton said she was fatally shot, but declined to give any details that could influence the trial. 

Seefried Industrial Properties

A project that could bring up to 1,000 new jobs to the Quad Cities will be discussed Wednesday night by the Davenport city council. The proposed development agreement is with Seefried Industrial Properties, an Atlanta-based builder of large warehouses around the country for other clients, including Amazon.

But the future user of this project has not been revealed.

City of Davenport

The city of Davenport wants to help residents of some older neighborhoods fix up their homes. Applications are now being accepted for the third round of the Dream Project.

Community and Economic Development Director Bruce Berger says the goal is neighborhood re-vitalization, and homeowners can qualify for up to 20,000 dollars to pay for exterior improvements.

"So, repairing the windows, maybe the front stoop needs some work, re-painting - those are things, all exterior in nature, that have a huge neighborhood impact."

Marianna Bacallao, WVIK News

The Mississippi Valley Regional Blood Center is changing its name to ImpactLife to unify its locations in Springfield, Davenport, and Urbana. The change comes as blood donations across the four-state region have dropped to all-time lows. 

A social services agency in the Quad Cities is 125 years old on Monday, but because of the pandemic will postpone a public celebration until next year.

Spokesman Steve Gottcent says Friendly House in Davenport provides a variety of services for children, seniors, and families, and serves more than 9,000 people every year.

H.R. Green / City of Davenport, Iowa

Davenport is launching the next phase of its Mississippi River flood study.

Michelle O'Neill reports a broad range of strategies to protect people and property from flooding will be discussed using a video presentation, public meetings, and a survey.

After a one-year hiatus due to the pandemic, the Quad Cities 4th of July fireworks will return. Red, White, and Boom is set for Saturday July 3rd, on the Mississippi River between Rock Island and Davenport.

Organizing Committee Chair Ken Croken says it's even more important than ever this year because of last summer's cancellation.

"We're just really looking forward to restoring what has become the keystone event of the Quad Cities' summer and that's Red, White, and Boom."

The Iowa Supreme Court has ruled in favor of the mayor of Davenport in a dispute with the Davenport Civil Rights Commission. In a 4 to 1 decision, justices said the mayor can remove a commissioner without a specific reason. Or legally speaking, without "a showing of cause."

In December, 2017, Mayor Frank Klipsch appointed Nicole Bribriesco-Ledger for a two-year term on the Civil Rights Commission. Then in April of 2019, he notified her and three other members that he had removed them from the commission. She contested her removal and went to court.

Marianna Bacallao, WVIK News

Small businesses in Davenport will receive more aid from the CARES Act. The city opened up applications for a second round of funding this week. 

Businesses with fewer than 50 employees could receive up to $20,000 dollars in forgivable loans under the Small Business Resiliency Project.

Trisha Collins owns Polished Hair Lounge in downtown Davenport. She says the first round of aid saved her business. 

Deanery School of Music Hires Executive Director

Mar 16, 2021
Deanery School of Music

Less than three months after signing a lease and choosing its name, the new Deanery School of Music has its first executive director, Rishi Wagle of Bettendorf.

A 2016 graduate of Pleasant Valley High School and a 2020 graduate of Brown University, he will work with the board and Hannah Holman, the school’s artistic director, to address many initiatives associated with the start of this new and unique cultural organization serving the Quad-Cities.