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 Wednesday, April 23, the 113th day of 2014. There are 252 days left in the year.
1864 — 150 years ago: Some persons are negotiating for 80 feet of ground on Illinois Street with a view of erecting four stores thereon. It would serve a better purpose if the money was invested in neat tenement houses. 1889 — 125 years ago: The Central station, car house and stables of the Moline-Rock Island Horse Railway line of the Holmes syndicate, together with 15 cars and 42 head of horses, were destroyed by fire. The loss was at $15,000. 1914 — 100 years ago: Vera Cruz, Mexico, after a day and night of resistance to American forces, gradually ceased opposition. The American forces took complete control of the city. 1939 — 75 years ago: Dr. R. Bruce Collins was reelected for a second term as president of the Lower Rock Island County Tuberculosis Association. 1964 — 50 years ago: Work is scheduled to begin this summer on construction of a new men's residence complex and an addition to the dining facilities at Westerlin Hall at Augustana College. 1989 — 25 years ago: Special Olympics competitors were triple winners at Rock Island High School Saturday. The participants vanquished the rain that fell during the competition, and some won their events; but most important, they triumphed over their own disabilities.