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 Tuesday, Sept 2, the 245th day of 2014. There are 120 days left in the year.
1864 — 150 years ago: It is estimated that 300,000 people attended the recent Democratic convention in Chicago when Gen. George B. McClellan of New Jersey was nominated as a candidate for president of the United States. 1889 — 125 years ago: Alderman Frank Ill, Winslow Howard and Captain J.M. Montgomery returned from Milwaukee, where they attended the national Grand Army of the Republic encampment. 1914 — 100 years ago: Three members of the Rock Island YMCA accepted positions as physical directors of other associations. Albert Cook went to Kewanee, C.D. Curtis to Canton and Willis Woods to Leavenworth, Kan. 1939 — 75 years ago: Former President Herbert Hoover appealed for national support of President F.D. Roosevelt and Congress in every effort to keep the United States out of war. 1964 — 50 years ago: The Rock Island Junior chamber pf Commerce has received answers to about 65 % of the 600 questionnaires mailed out recently in a "Community Attitude Survey" to analyze sentiments of citizens towards their city's various recreational, educational, and civic service programs. 1989 — 25 years ago: The two thunderstorms passing through the Quad Cities last night and early today left some area residents reaching for their flashlights.