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ALASKA — Immediately after KTVA reporter Charlo Greene reported on a medical marijuana business during a live 10 p.m. newscast Sunday, she revealed she was the owner of the business and declared, “As for this job, well, not that I have a choice but, fuck it, I quit.”
It’s worth watching, not just for her quitting, but also for her shocked co-anchor’s hilarious attempt at a recovery.
Greene was reporting on the Alaska Cannabis Club, reportedly Alaska’s only legal medical marijuana resource that helps connect medical marijuana cardholders with local growers.
Greene is also the president and CEO of the organization. She says she quit her job as a reporter so she could redirect all of her energy toward helping end “a failed drug policy that has ruined the lives of far too many Americans.” Amen.
She chose to quit in the way that she did in order to draw attention to the issue of medical marijuana and Ballot Measure 2, the initiative to regulate marijuana in Alaska like alcohol. She says KTVA had no idea she was connected to the Alaska Cannabis Club or that she was going to quit on the air.…
MILWAUKEE, WI — The University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee fraternity investigated over sexual assault claims last year, has been suspended after accusations of using a potential date rape drug at a party full of underage kids.
Last Friday, Tau Kappa Epsilon held a party at their off-campus frat house. For $8 you could also receive an access card that would allow you to get free drinks. The catch, according to one girl at the party who ended up at the hospital, “you have to be hot” to get one.
A few hours into the party, campus police responded to reports of people at the party being so drunk that they were unable to walk and were vomiting. Police would find 42 kids under the age of 21 in the basement with either red or black X’s marked on their hands. The fraternity would not explain to police what the X’s meant.
Three women and a male at the party would end up taking a trip to the hospital where, according to a search warrant, one of the girls told police that after consuming some of a drink given to her by a frat member “she had a weird feeling and sensation prior to blacking out which she had never felt before.”
Another girl said she blacked out 30 minutes after someone poured her a drink then moved “the cup under the bar out of sight; after a few moments the male pulled the cup back on top of the bar and gave her the mixed drink.”
The male said he got sick shortly after taking sips from a drink given to one of the girls.…
That’s bad enough. But the kicker is that the girl had been sent to the bathroom as bait in a sting orchestrated by a teacher trying to catch the boy in the act.
First, here’s a bit of background. Teachers at Sparkman Middle School were having a lot of problems dealing with a 16-year-old boy at the school. The kid wasn’t demonstrating your standard juvenile hijinks; he was violent and sexually aggressive towards female students.
Here’s a quick rundown of some of the issues school administration has had with the teen, starting after a 2008 suspension for hitting a student:
Feb 2009 – Suspended for “sexual harassment.”
Apr 2009 – Received in-school suspension for disrespecting a teacher.
Sep 2009 – Suspended for trying to pay another student to beat up a girl
Oct 2009 – Banned from school bus for 10 days and given three days in-school suspension for telling off school bus driver.…
BELL, FL – Police say Don Spirit wiped out 2% of a small town’s population after the 51-year-old fatally shot his daughter and six grandchildren before killing himself.
On Thursday, Spirit is said to have gunned down his daughter and her six children before killing himself at a home in Bell, Florida, a town of only 350 people. The Gilchrist County Sheriff’s Office said the seven victims were found “all over on the property,” and included a 10-week-old baby.
The victims have been identified as Sarah Lorraine Spirit, 28, and her daughters Alanna Stewart, 2½ months, Brandon Stewart, 4, Destiny Stewart, 5, and Kylie Kuhlmann, 9, and sons Johnathon Kuhlmann, 8, and Kaleb Kuhlmann, 11.
This wasn’t the first time Spirit has shot and killed a family member. In 2001, Spirit “accidentally” shot and killed his eight-year-old son, Kyle, while hunting together. Before that incident, Spirit had convictions for depriving a child of food and shelter, battery, and felony possession of marijuana.
Just as the trial was to begin for the shooting death of his son, Spirit pleaded guilty to possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and received the minimum sentence of three years behind bars.…
GWINNETT COUNTY, GA – Police have charged 23-year-old Diamond Mason with the stabbing death of his stepfather during an argument over a puppy.
According to reports, Mason lived with his stepfather and brought a puppy into the home about a week ago.
His stepfather, 51-year-old Joseph Kollie, was not happy with the arrangement and asked Mason several times to get rid of the dog.
Kollie’s requests often ended with the two getting into heated arguments and the dog remaining inside the home.
But around 1.a.m. Wednesday, an argument about the dog turned fatal when Mason grabbed a couple of large knives, reportedly a large dagger and a machete, to stab Kollie to death in his bedroom.
Mason was arrested and taken to the Gwinnett County Jail. He’s being held without bond on charges of felony murder and aggravated assault.
Watch the following video and tell if you get a strange vibe off one of the people that lived in the home. He’s the one telling the reporter he saw Mason holding a machete.…
Last Saturday, Ruffin went to the home of Michael Wilson, Jr. to pick up some scrap metal that Wilson wanted taken to the junk yard.
While loading his truck, Ruffin noticed Wilson had taken a black bag out of a garbage can and was trying to put it in a metal bucket.
Ruffin’s watched in horror as the bag ripped open and a man’s head spilled out along with two human hands.
“I’m like, man, what the hell you got going on, bro? He said something like he didn’t mean to kill him. I said, kill who brother? I don’t want to know who that is, I don’t want to know. You don’t got to tell me,” Ruffin said to Wilson.
Ruffin wasn’t taking part in any of of it. He was already on parole and wanted to make sure he wasn’t attached to whatever happened to the man with the missing head and hands.–so he went straight to the police to report what he’d seen.…
ATLANTA, GA – The Fulton County district attorney’s office has announced they will be charging a 16-year-old girl as an adult after she allegedly killed a man while trying to steal his Playstation.
On Friday, 28-year-old Daniel Zeitz went to meet a couple posing as potential buyers of the Playstation 4 he’d listed on Craigslist. Once at the meeting place, an apartment complex parking lot, Zeitz met 20-year-old Nathaniel Vivian (pictured) and his 16-year-old girlfriend. The couple were in their car and had no intentions of paying for the gaming console.
When Vivian tried pulling the Playstation into the car, Zeitz fought back. Police say that’s when the 16-year-old, who was sitting in the passenger seat, pulled out a .25 caliber handgun and fired a shot at Zietz. The bullet ended up passing through Vivian’s hand before striking Zeitz in the chest, killing him.
Police say the teen’s 16-month-old baby was in the backseat at the time. The couple were arrested later after they went to the hospital to have Vivian’s gunshot wound treated.…
DELTONA, FL – We got the woman who choked her husband over a cowboy hat, and now we have 45-year-old Desmond Brownlee, a man accused of choking his wife over some fried chicken.
According to reports, police responding to a 911 call arrived at a home at around 3 a.m. Monday and heard a female inside screaming, “Please, 911, please.” They also heard a male voice inside the home respond, “Shhh, what do you want, us both to go to jail?”
Brownlee and his wife of four years, Shey Alamo, eventually met the officers at the door where Alamo informed them that she and Brownlee got into an argument over Brownlee not having enough fried chicken leftovers and the care of her mother.
The argument escalated, said Alamo, to the point that Brownlee pushed her into their bedroom and onto a bed. She said he then punched her in the face repeatedly before choking her.
“The victim described the feeling of not being able to breath,” reads the police report. …
NASHVILLE, TN – Sommer Trent spent some time in jail after police say she choked her husband in front of a restaurant because he refused to buy her a cowboy hat.
According to police, 33-year-old Trent and her husband were in Nashville to watch the Tennessee Titans play against the Dallas Cowboys.
But their plans of watching the Titans lose went awry after the couple got into an argument in front of Margaritaville on Broadway.
Trent reportedly became very upset with her husband because he would not buy her a cowboy hat and began yelling and cursing at him. She then took his cowboy hat off his head and threw it into the street before pushing him and grabbing him by the throat.
Police arrived and arrested Trent on domestic assault charges. She was released from Davidson County Female Correctional Development Center the next day after posting a $2,500 bond.…
PRAIRIE TOWNSHIP, OH – Three teens are facing murder charges after their friend was shot and killed by a woman inside the home he was attempting to rob.
According to police, 17-year-old Reb Barbee and three friends planned to break into the home of a childhood friend he’d had a falling out with.
Barbee entered the home early Sunday morning through an upstairs window wearing an Insane Clown Posse mask and armed with a knife. His accomplices, Tyler Blazer and Brandon Hamilton, both 17, and Adam Pickens, 18, stayed outside as lookouts.
Heather Tackett woke up when she heard noises inside her home so she grabbed her boyfriend’s .38-caliber revolver and went to investigate. When she checked in her son’s room, she found a masked Barbee standing over her son holding a knife.
Tackett, unaware that the masked intruder was her son’s childhood friend who used to sleepover, screamed and fired one shot at Barbee, who then fled the home suffering from a single gunshot wound to the back.
His accomplices, being the geniuses they are, used a computer chair to wheel Barbee back to his home a half mile away.…
JEFFERSONVILLE, IN – Joseph Oberhansley has been accused of stabbing his ex-girlfriend to death, then eating portions of her brain, heart and lungs.
On Thursday, police were called to the home of 46-year-old Tammy Jo Blanton at about 3 a.m. to complain that Oberhansley was outside her home trying to get in. Officers were able to defuse the situation and get Oberhansley to go home.
Police were back at the home at about 10 a.m. after someone called to report she hadn’t shown up for work. They found Oberhansley inside and acting suspiciously when questioned about Blanton’s whereabouts.
Police performed a quick search and found Blanton dead under a vinyl camping tent draped over the bathtub inside the bathroom. Her body was in the bathtub with portions of her skull had been removed.
Oberhausley admitted to stabbing Blanton to death and “cooking a section of her brain and eating it.” He also admitted to eating her heart and part of her lungs. It doesn’t look like he was lying, either. …
TAMPA, FL – Ruby Brown is facing some serious charges after police the 66-year-old failed to take a young boy in her care to the hospital after another boy had set him on fire.
Someone called Crime Stoppers anonymously to report a 7-year-old boy had been taken to Tampa General Hospital suffering from serious burns to his torso.
An officer went to the hospital to verify the story and learned another child had set the boy on fire five days earlier and Brown, the boy’s caregiver, decided not to seek professional medical attention.
In fact, the boy may have never been treated had it not been for employees at the school where the boy normally attends. They’d stopped by his house to find out why he’d missed so many days and were the ones who took him to the hospital.
Brown was arrested and booked into the Hillsborough County Jail on charges of child neglect. She was later released on $7,500 bail. The boy remains in the hospital and is now in the custody of the Department of Children and Families.…
REDDING, CA – Ryan Watenpaugh is facing charges of stalking and animal cruelty after being accused of killing his ex-girlfriend’s dog, cooking it and then feeding it to her.
Watenpaugh’s ex-girlfriend contacted police earlier this month to report she was being stalked by her physically abusive ex-boyfriend, 34-year-old Ryan Watenpaugh.
She informed them that she dated Watenpaugh for only a few months, but in that time he’d physically assaulted her numerous times. On two occasions, she’d been held against her will whenever she tried to get away from him.
In early August 4, the couple split up after she ran from her apartment during one of Watenpaugh’s episodes, only to return later to find he was not there, nor was her Pomeranian named Bear.
About a month later, they reconciled long enough for Watenpaugh to cook her a dinner. Days later, she says Watenpaugh sent her a text messages referencing the dinner he’d cooked for her and asking her how her dog tasted.
“How’s your dog taste? I thought it was better with BBQ and those Hawaiian buns.”
“I guess u could bury what u didn’t eat.”
“The smile on my face when you read this … priceless,” read some of the texts.…
LOS ANGELES, CA – Virginia Nguyen, a third year medical student at UCLA, is facing felony charges after being accused of stealing an iPad from a dying cancer patient.
Natalie Packer was being treated at the Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center for an aggressive form of breast cancer when she went into cardiac arrest. Unfortunately, Packer could not be saved.
Afterwards, Packers family members noticed the iPad she used for entertainment and communicating with family members was missing. Using the tracking app on the device, they found the iPad was still at the Medical Center, but the registration had been changed from “Natalie’s iPad” to “Virginia’s iPad.”
Police were called and the resulting investigation revealed that “Virginia” was 32-year-old Virginia Nguyen. She claimed it was all a misunderstanding, and that she’d accidentally picked up Natalie’s iPad mistaking it for her own… then changed the registered owner…
Police must have believed that excuse as much as I do, as they arrested her on charges of petty theft, grand theft of lost property, and computer access and fraud.…
PHILADELPHIA, PA – Police say 48-year-old Amy Newman, a sixth-grade math teacher, left her school after a heated phone conversation then stabbed herself to death in a Holiday Inn hotel room.
Newman arrived at Francis Scott Key School yesterday morning, where she has worked for twenty years, but stormed out after a heated telephone conversation.
She then drove to a Holiday Inn a mile away, left her purse in her car and entered a first-floor restroom just feet away from a packed conference room. Minutes later someone attending the conference entered the bathroom and noticed blood pooling from underneath one of the stalls
Hotel staff were notified and would find Newman in the locked stall suffering from multiple stab wounds; a steak knife and a pair of scissors at her feet. She was rushed to the hospital suffering from several self-inflicted stab wounds to her neck, breast and arms, but was pronounced dead after undergoing surgery.
Police say they’ve recovered a suicide note at the school where grief counselors have been made available to students and staff.…
EVERETT, PA – A 14-year-old boy is facing two years in jail after he simulated oral sex from a Jesus statue that, honestly, looked like it was made for something exactly like this.
The teen got himself in trouble after simulating the sex act with a statue that belongs to the Christian organization, Love in the Name of Christ. A friend of his snapped the photo in late July and then posted it on Facebook where it quickly went viral.
On Tuesday, police arrested the kid and charged him with, get this, desecrating a venerated object — a rarely used 1972 law. If he’s convicted, he could be looking at two years in juvenile jail. In case you are wondering, like I was, Pennsylvania law defines “desecration” as:
“Defacing, damaging, polluting or otherwise, physically mistreating in a way that the actor knows will outrage the sensibilities of persons likely to observe or discover the action.”
In other words, the teen hasn’t been been charged with damaging anything, he’s been charged for possibly offending a religious person by putting his crotch in the face of a Jesus statue.…
Barngrover, 32, was with his 9-year-old son driving to purchase Barngrover’s “dream truck” when his current truck stalled on the train tracks. After getting himself and his son out of the truck, the train hit the vehicle.
According to eyewitnesses, the force of the collision caused Barngrover’s truck to smash into him. Barngrover was rushed to Indiana University Health Morgan Hospital where he would die from his injuries.
His son was taken to the hospital where he was treated for pain, but I’m guessing the bulk of the damage that kid will suffer from isn’t the physical kind.
A GoFundMe page has been setup to help Barngrover’s wife and three children with funeral and medical costs. The couple dated for 12 years but just got married last year.
“I still keep hoping to wake up and have my sweet husband laying next to me like he was supposed to for the rest of my life.…
BLACKSTONE, MA — Just two weeks after four children were removed from a vermin-infested home because of suspected abuse or neglect, investigators found the remains of three infants inside the same house.
Police have not charged anyone in relation to the discovery of the bodies, nor have they released the causes of their death. However, they have arrested one of the home’s residents, 31-year-old Erika Murray, on a witness intimidation charge and charges stemming from the living conditions inside the home
“What we know is that we have three infants that have been found deceased at this residence,” Worcester District Attorney Joseph D. Early Jr. said. “The house is filled with vermin. We have flies, we have bugs. We have used diapers, in some areas as much as a foot-and-a-half to two feet high.”
Early said officials will be at the now condemned house for the next several days and will continue to search for additional remains.
Two weeks ago, DCF removed a 6-month-old, a 3-year-old, a 10-year-old, and a 13-year-old, from the home after one of the children told a neighbor that the youngest child would not stop crying.…