A Rock Island County coroner's jury ruled Wednesday the Sept. 7 shooting death of a Rock Island teen was a homicide and a Port Byron woman's death in a November car crash was accidental.
Kion T. Lewis, 17, of Rock Island, was shot while at a residence in the 1000 block of 11th Avenue, Rock Island. Authorities believe he was an innocent bystander caught in the crossfire when two groups quarreled over the purchase of a handgun near the residence.
The coroner's jury ruled Wednesday his death was a reckless homicide.
Five people have been charged with first-degree murder in connection with Mr. Lewis' death: Andre Marcus Shaw, 28, of 1706 32nd St.; Jodan L. Murphy, 17, of 1035 13th Ave.; Kelvin D. Shaw, 30, of 832 14th 1/2 St., all of Rock Island; Lamont L. Williams, 18, of Moline; and Joseph L. Richardson Jr., 16, address unknown, who is charged as an adult.
In a separate inquest, the Nov. 4 death of Kathleen Buster, 21, of Port Byron, was deemed an accident.
Ms. Buster lost control of her car on a curve in the 5500 block of 230th Street North near Port Byron, according to testimony Wednesday. Ms. Buster was not wearing a seatbelt, and when her car went into a ditch, she was partially thrown from the open driver's side window and fatally injured when the vehicle rolled.
Ms. Buster had a blood-alcohol content of 0.281, according to testimony. Investigators believe she was going at or just under the speed limit of 55 mph when the crash occurred, and weather was not believed to be a factor.
Today is Thursday, April 24, the 114th day of 2014. There are 251 days left in the year.
1864 -- 150 years ago: We learn that it is a contemplation to start a paper mill in Rock Island during the summer by a gentleman from the East. 1889 -- 125 years ago: The gates of Oklahoma were swung open at noon today, and a throng of more than 30,000 settlers started over its soil. 1914 -- 100 years ago: The Iowa Coliseum Co. was incorporated with $40,000 capital and planned a building on 4th Street between Warren and Green streets in Davenport. 1939 -- 75 years ago: Plans are being discussed for resurfacing the streets in the entire downtown district of Rock Island. 1964 -- 50 years ago: Some 45 jobs will be created at J.I. Case Co.'s Rock Island plant in a expansion of operations announced yesterday afternoon at the firm's headquarters in Racine, Wis. 1989 -- 25 years ago: Gardeners and farmers cheered, but not all Quad-Citians found joy Saturday as more than an inch of rain fell on the area. Motorists faced dangerous, rain-slick roads as the water activated grease and grime that had built up during dry weather.