Moline police seek hydrant vandals


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Originally Posted Online: Feb. 25, 2013, 7:12 pm
Last Updated: Feb. 25, 2013, 8:42 pm
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The Moline Police Department is seeking the person or people responsible for opening fire hydrants in the city the past two weekends.

Police and Water Department employees responding to reports of "leaking hydrants" found four hydrants opened and flowing.

"Police believe someone is maliciously and illegally opening these fire hydrants" sometime after midnight but before dawn, according to a police department news release.

Along with wasted water, the tampering has created traffic hazards and the potential for serious property damage, the release said. Tampering with any part of a public water supply can constitute a violation of homeland security laws. Depending on the incident, individuals could be prosecuted federally, the release stated.

Moline police ask residents to keep an eye on fire hydrants in their neighborhood and call 911 if they see anyone tampering with a hydrant.If someone knows who is responsible for opening the hydrants, they can receive up to $1,000 cash by calling Crime Stoppers at 309-762-9500. They can remain anonymous.

















 



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1889 -- 125 years ago: B. Winter has let a contract to Christ Schreiner for a two story brick building with a double store front on the south side of 3rd Avenue just west of 17th Street. The estimated cost was $4,500.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Germany sent simultaneous ultimatums to Russia and France, demanding that Russia suspend mobilization within 12 hours and demanding that France inform Germany within 18 hours. In the case of war between Germany and Russia, France would remain neutral.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Civil service offices at the post office and the Rock Island Arsenal were swamped as more than 700 youths sought 15 machinist apprenticeships at the Arsenal.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Last night, American Legion Post 246 in Moline figuratively handed over the trousers to a female ex-Marine and petticoat rule began. Olga Swanson, of Moline, was installed as the first woman commander of the post .
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Illinois Quad City Civic Center captured the excitement and interest of a convention of auditorium managers this weekend in Reno, Nev. Bill Adams, civic center authority chairman, said the 10,000-seat arena planned for downtown Moline has caught the eye of construction firms, suppliers, management teams and concession groups.








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