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Girl threatened by neighbor for opening lemonade stand without permit

A man threatened to call the police on a girl in Discover Bay, California for running a lemonade stand without a business license according to San Francisco reporter Frank Somerville.

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He quotes from the Facebook page of the girl’s father, Richard LaRoche:

“Whoever the man is who threatened to call the police on my daughter for her lemonade stand, you are seriously pathetic. There is a right way to do things and a wrong way to do things. I understand that you were upholding the ‘law’ but really dude?"

The girl had set up shop on public property. (Her parents told her she could be there for one hour).

LaRoche told SFGate.com, "The man just pulled up next to her and asked for her business license and then told her ‘I’m calling the police’ and then got on the phone and began speaking as if he was talking to police. She was so scared that she came home crying and sobbing and said she didn’t want to go to jail.”

After he posted the story on Facebook, LaRouche told her, per the reactions to his post, that the community was fine with the stand and that some people are jerks.

"We set up a second lemonade stand on our property (on Friday) and she was busy the whole three hours,” he said.

Bodycam footage appears to show police officer planting drugs

Baltimore police are scrambling after an explosive video, which appears to show an officer planting drugs, surfaced online. The clip runs just over a minute and was released by Baltimore Sun crime reporter Justin Fenton. On Wednesday, Fenton authored an article in the Sun stating that “police and prosecutors have launched investigations.”

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The video purportedly shows an officer placing a plastic bag of white pills among garbage before walking to the street where he turns on the camera and says. “I’m gonna go check here.” He returns to the alley and retrieves the pills, before yelling to his fellow officers, who were previously standing with him in the alley.

However, police cameras have a function that saves 30 seconds of video before officers activate the body cams. According to Fenton, the drugs were used as evidence in a case from January and the suspect was still in jail and awaiting trial, until the video surfaced.

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A spokesman for the Baltimore Police Department said in a statement, “we take allegations like this very seriously and that’s why we launched an internal investigation into the accusations.” They are expected to discuss the incident further in a press conference on Wednesday afternoon.

Prosecutors dropped the charges against the man who was charges with possession of the drugs. The public defender told Fenton that when he showed the state attorney the clip, and the lawyer reacted, saying, “a s---storm is coming.” Prosecutors were pushing for a guilty plea.

Bloody message left at Georgia crime scene where 2 were shot

Georgia authorities are searching for the gunman in a double shooting in metro Atlanta Thursday morning .

A 30-year-old man was shot in the face and a 14-year-old boy was shot in the back just outside the city of Snellville in Gwinnett County, police said.

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The 30-year-old victim was flown to Grady Memorial Hospital in Atlanta and the 14-year-old was taken to nearby hospital. The 30-year-old is in stable condition, Gwinnett County Police Department spokeswoman Cpl. Michele Pihera said.

The shooter was described as a man in his early 20s, who may still be armed, Pihera said. 

Police have leads on the suspect’s identity but will not reveal who he is until warrants are issued. The victims and shooter all knew each other, but it is unclear if any of them were “related by blood or by marriage,” Pihera said.

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A few doors down from the duplex where the shooting allegedly happened, a neighbor’s white Hyundai sedan was splattered with blood. On its roof a note, apparently written in blood, that said , “DRE MOM I love u.”  

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Police: Teens record, taunt drowning man in Florida; no charges filed

For the family of 31-year-old Jamel Dunn, the only thing harder than dealing with his loss is knowing someone could have helped.

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Only after his body was discovered floating by the edge of the water in Bracco Pond Park in Cocoa, Florida on July 12 did his family discover someone recorded his drowning and didn’t help.

“It was very disturbing,” said Dunn’s sister, Simone McIntosh. “They’re laughing and joking in the background saying, ‘No, we’re not going to help you.' It’s horrible.”

The two-and-a-half-minute video was released by the state attorney’s office on Thursday.

In the video, police said a group teenage boys can be heard yelling things like, “We’re not going to help you and you never should have gotten in there.”

When Dunn falls below the surface of the water for the final time, one of the teenagers can be heard saying, “We could have helped.”

Someone is then heard talking about marijuana.

“We identified all five of them,” said Cocoa Police Department spokesperson Yvonne Martinez.

Dunn’s loved ones said they are devastated by the recording and shocked criminal charges won’t be filed.

>> Link: Fundraiser for Dunn's family

“For you to record and not get on the phone and call is just cruel,” said the victim’s fiancée, Rondanielle Williams.

While the state attorney’s office could find no moral justification for the incident, there wasn’t sufficient evidence to support a criminal prosecution under Florida statutes.

Fake engineer arrested after trying to nab $33 million construction contract

A Florida woman is facing charges for allegedly trying to win a $33 million construction project with a fake engineering degree.

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Janet Maria LeGrand, 46, was booked into the Miami-Dade County Jail on Wednesday on a charge of organized scheme to defraud, according to an arrest report obtained by the Miami Herald

LeGrand is listed as the president/CEO of Bleu Network Inc., which was one of three bidders for a project to revitalize an area in Homestead, in south Florida.

She “methodically created an elaborate facade to make the Bleu Network Inc. appear to be a large, reputable company,” investigators said.

The Herald also reported police records show LeGrand has a probation violation for writing bad checks and for failure to disclose “eight civil lawsuits and 15 wage complaints against her.”

Bleu Network’s website also included several allegedly false statements, such as LeGrand being a University of Miami graduate with a bachelor’s degree in engineering, and her company having offices in South America.

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LeGrand reportedly also has an active lawsuit against the city that contend bidding on the Homestead project was not conducted properly. 

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Sears to begin sale of Kenmore appliances on Amazon

Sears announced Thursday that it will begin sellling its full line of Kenmore-brand appliances online through Amazon.

The retailer, which has been struggling the past few years and has closed stores across the country, saw an 8 percent jump in the price of its stock in pre-market trading on the announcement.

"We continuously look for opportunities to enhance the reach of our iconic brands to more customers and create additional value from our assets," Sears CEO Eddie Lampert said in a statement.

Sears Holdings  announced earlier this month that it would be closing an additional 35 Kmart stores and eight Sears locations across the country. The company had already announced the closing of more than 300 Kmarts and Sears locations since January.

"This collaboration is the first of its kind for Kenmore, broadening its accessibility to the next generation of American families outside of Sears branded retail channels," Tom Park, president of the Kenmore, Craftsman and DieHard brands at Sears said.

McDonald’s employee fired for refusing to serve uniformed police officer

A Virginia McDonald’s restaurant has taken “appropriate action” after a uniformed police officer was denied service by a drive-through employee.

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Scott Naff, an officer for the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries, had reportedly paid for his food at the restaurant’s drive-through when he pulled up to the second window and was refused his meal. The officer is unable to speak about the incident, but his wife Cathy, who was in the car with him, shared her version of the events on Facebook.

“He was in uniform and his police vehicle,” she wrote. “He paid for his food and drove forward to the next window. The young man who was working that window looked at him and backed away from the window mouthing something to my husband.”

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Naff was unable to hear what the employee was saying as the drive-through window was closed. However, once the employee opened it, his message was loud and clear.

“The guy finally walked to the window and slid it open,” Naff’s wife went on. “My husband told him that he couldn’t hear him and the guy said ‘I ain’t serving no police’ and closed the window. The guy proceeded to tell everyone in McDonald’s, including the manager, that he was not going to serve the police.”

Eventually, another employee handed over Naff’s food, and he and his wife left the establishment. On Tuesday, the franchise owner Freda Thornton, said in a statement, “We regret this situation as it goes against our standards of providing a welcoming experience to everyone, and we have taken the appropriate action to resolve this situation.”

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Thornton did not elaborate on what specific actions were taken, but Naff’s wife updated her Facebook post to announce that the employee in question had been let go, saying the manager had informed her of the news.

“This is such an eye opener for me as to what the people who protect us have to go through on a daily basis,” she added. “Please pray for the men and women who serve and protect us and put their lives on the line for us each and every day.”

2 new Harry Potter-related books coming this fall

In celebration of the 20th year anniversary of the release of the first book in the Harry Potter series, J.K. Rowling has announced plans for an exhibit about the fictional wizard at the British Library. 

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In collaboration, two new series-related books will be released.

“Harry Potter: A History of Magic” is the official book of the exhibition, and it promises to “take readers on a fascinating journey through the subjects studied at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry -- from Alchemy and Potions classes through to Herbology and Care of Magical Creatures,” according to Bloomsbury Publishing. According to the publisher, readers can “discover the truth behind making the Philosopher’s Stone, create (a) potion and uncover the secret of invisible ink. (Plus) learn all about the history of mandrake roots and dragons, discover what witches really used their brooms for, pore over incredible images of actual mermaids and read about real-life potions, astronomers and alchemists.”

The second book, “Harry Potter: A Journey Through the History of Magic,” takes readers “on a journey through the Hogwarts curriculum, including Defense Against the Dark Arts, Astronomy, Divination and more,” a description on the British Library’s official website reads. The book features exclusive, unseen sketches and manuscripts from Rowling and magical illustrations.

Both books will be released in October.

The first book in the Harry Potter series, “Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone,” was released in the United Kingdom June 26, 1997.  It was released in the U.S. in 1998 with the title “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone.”

Paddling students approved in Texas school district under new rule 

A South Texas school district has approved a new disciplinary policy that allows paddling as a means of punishing students. 

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The Three Rivers School District will now let a principal or behavior coordinator paddle a misbehaving student with a parent’s permission, KHOU-TV reported.

A student could now receive a paddling for minor incidents, like breaking classroom rules. 

The new paddling policy reverses a previous code that prohibited corporal punishment.

Three Rivers isn’t the only school district in Texas that allows corporal punishment.

There are 26 independent districts that also allow it, according to KHOU.

Corporal punishment in schools is still legal in 19 states, the Washington Examiner reported, mostly in the Midwest, South and Southwest.

Ohio senator wants feds to lift prohibition on marijuana

The state senator who helped push through Ohio’s medical marijuana law wants to ask U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions, the Drug Enforcement Agency and the U.S. Congress to re-classify cannabis.

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State Sen. Kenny Yuko, D-Richmond Heights, introduced a resolution in the Ohio Senate on Wednesday that would make a formal request to the feds to drop marijuana from the list of controlled substances.

The resolution, which would have to pass both the Ohio House and Senate, doesn’t carry much clout. It is a mechanism for sending a message on an issue.

Ohio and 28 other states have embraced medical marijuana programs, even though the drug is still considered illegal under federal Controlled Substances Act. The prohibition makes clinical studies about marijuana’s medical benefits more difficult, the resolution said. Likewise, it makes getting health insurance to cover medical marijuana and getting banks to handle financial transactions more difficult, the resolution said.

Ohio’s medical marijuana law, signed by Gov. John Kasich in June 2016, took effect in September.

While the Obama administration took a hands-off approach on medical marijuana in states with well-regulated programs, the Trump administration seems to be taking a different stance.

“Drug traffickers already cultivate and distribute marijuana inside the United States under the guise of state medical marijuana laws,” Sessions wrote in a May 1 letter to congressional leaders.

Under Ohio’s new program, three state agencies -- Department of Commerce, Board of Pharmacy and State Medical Board -- will oversee regulations for growers, doctors, patients and dispensaries.

State authorities are currently writing rules for processors, testing labs and dispensaries and are considering applications from companies vying for 24 cultivator licenses.

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