A former Davenport alderman, accused of threatening his neighbor with a gun on Sunday, made an initial appearance in Scott County Circuit Court Tuesday on a misdemeanor charge of assault while displaying a weapon.
Keith Edwin Meyer, 71, of 1010 N. Marquette St., remains out on bond and is scheduled for a Nov. 26 preliminary hearing.
Davenport police were dispatched to the former 3rd Ward alderman's house about 11:30 a.m. Sunday after a neighbor complained Mr. Meyer had threatened him with a firearm, according to an affidavit filed by Officer Randall Gard.
At the scene, the neighbor said told police that when he pulled into his driveway earlier that morning, Mr. Meyer began swearing and threatening him.
According to the affidavit, the neighbor said he ignored Mr. Meyer, but when he came out later to retrieve the morning paper and take pictures of a speed bump being built in the joint driveway, he saw Mr. Meyer coming towards him with a gun.
The neighbor said Mr. Meyers told him, "I got my shotgun and I'm going to use it," and pointed it at him, the affidavit states.
The neighbor said he quickly snapped a picture of Mr. Meyer pointing the gun before fleeing inside to call 911. He told police Mr. Meyer had threatened him in the past, but Sunday was the first time he displayed a weapon.
Mr. Meyer later told police he felt "threatened" when his neighbor pulled into the driveway, so retrieved a shotgun to "defend himself," according to the affidavit.
Today is Monday, April 21, the 111th day of 2014. There are 254 days left in the year.
1864 -- 150 years ago: The female sex seems to have gone crazy on the subject of dry goods. When high prices keep them from increasing their wardrobes, they turn to stealing. Yard goods, hats, shoes and other items are being picked up and carried home. 1889 -- 125 years ago: Members of Everts Commandery No. 18, Knights Templar, under Commander H.C. Cleaveland, marched from the Masonic Temple to Trinity Episcopal Church for their annual Easter services. 1914 -- 100 years ago: Nate Hultgren pitched the Augustana College baseball team to a 10-3 victory over Carthage, striking out 11 men and allowing only four hits. 1939 -- 75 years ago: Marvel Leonhardi, a Rock Island High School senior, was the winner of an essay contest on advertising sponsored by The Argus and Advertising Age, a national advertising publication. 1964 -- 50 years ago: The Augustana College band drew a crowd of 1,200 people for its annual home concert in Centennial Hall. The size of the crowd was indicative of the fact the band is rapidly approaching the stature of the Augustana Choir. 1989 -- 25 years ago: A benefit to raise money for extracurricular activities in the Rock Island Milan School District will be April 27 at the Quad City Downs harness race track. People buying $17.50 tickets to the second annual "Night at the Quad City Downs" will be entitled to an evening of harness racing and dinner.