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Couple arrested, accused of letting 9-year-old smoke marijuana, making him shoplift 

A couple in Rogers County is has been arrested Wednesday after being accused of allowing their 9-year-old son to smoke pot and making him shoplift. According to an affidavit, Kimberly Broyles, 45, and Michael Whitaker, 40, allowed their son to smoke marijuana in their presence. 

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The affidavit was prompted by a child abuse complaint from a self-proclaimed addict that lived with the couple. According to the woman, the couple forced the boy to steal from Dollar General. The woman also told deputies that Whitaker kicked the boy in his back, neck and head as the boy was curled up in a fetal position screaming for him to stop.

Rogers County Sheriff Scott Walton said deputies raided the house and arrested the couple. According to Walton, Whitaker told the boy to run. The boy was taken into DHS custody.

Whitaker and Broyles are in the Rogers County Jail and each are held on $150,000 bond.

Cat weighing over 30 pounds big hit at North Carolina animal shelter

A fat cat is living the sweet life at the Chatham County Animal Shelter in Pittsboro, North Carolina, and getting attention from the public because of his size.

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The stray weighs 31.4 pounds and is too large to fit in a kennel like other cats at the shelter, so he received special accommodations from the staff.

“He loves sleeping in our cabinet in the break room,” Alan Canady, the shelter’s director, told WNCN. “And he can barely fit in there.”

After the shelter posted a picture of a staff member holding the cat, people became fascinated with the chubby feline from the Siler City, North Carolina, area and started coming to see him.

“Everybody wants to see him, because they think the picture is fake,” said Tiffany Foushee, a shelter attendant. “And then they seem him and they’re amazed at how big he is.”

The cat’s owners have until next Monday to pick him up, and if he isn’t claimed by then, the shelter will put him up for adoption at the $20 adoption special it’s having next week.

Rodents fell from ceiling of Dallas Chipotle, customers say

Chipotle faced a public relations meltdown early this week when customers fell ill after eating at a location in Sterling, Virginia. In what is only the latest in a string of incidents, Chipotle was forced to close that branch. The grills in Sterling were barely cold, when a Chipotle in Dallas caught public attention when a video surfaced of rodents falling from the ceiling.

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Diners captured video of the animals dropping out of the ceiling Tuesday. One patron told NBC DFW, “If we had been sitting at the next table, it definitely would have fell on top of our food, because it was literally right there. […] I kept wondering what it was, until I looked at the floor, and I saw three rats, and I ran.”

In a statement to the NBC Dallas-Fort Worth affiliate, Chipotle said that there was a “small structural gap in the building as a likely access point.” The company added, “This is an extremely isolated and rare incident.” The customer who spoke to NBC DFW said she isn’t likely to return to that location.

Chipotle’s stock has been plagued with drops associated with food poisoning in it’s restaurants. In 2015, an E. coli outbreak caused the restaurant chain’s shares to plummet. On Tuesday, after news of the Virginia food poisoning went viral, the stock dipped more than 6 percent, CNN Money reports.

Dog attacked by otters in Washington state, homeowners say

Linda Willingham said her family was completely shocked Wednesday when they witnessed otters attack their family dog at their lakeside home in Lakewood, Washington.

“She was actually drug under the water and there were like three-four and they were swarming all over her,” Willingham said.

The attack was caught on the family’s surveillance cameras, which clearly show the 2-year-old Labrador retriever named Gracie struggling with something in the water of American Lake before swimming to shore and running back to the family home.

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“We want to make sure the otters are gone before we do that,” Willingham said. “Now, of course, nobody will swim here -- our family, anyway.”

Gracie has some bite wounds, but she’s recovering and her owners say she now refuses to go back into the water.

The family said they can’t recall otters being a problem in American Lake, but Bill’s Boathouse, the boat marina down the street from the family, has had issues with the animals.

“We used to hatch trout in American Lake for 25 years, but we stopped the program last year because the otters would break into the zip-tie pouches we had for the fish,” longtime Bill’s Boathouse owner Dave Anderson said.

Anderson said that while the fish were a problem, the attack on pets is becoming a more common experience. Although his company attempted to hire a trapper who could catch or catch and kill the otters, it didn’t last long before they discovered they were there to stay.

The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife said its marine biologist was not aware of any complaints.

Anderson said game officials notified them if they were granted a hunting license, they could legally kill the otters and have their pelts stamped in Olympia.

Until some sort of solution is found, Willingham said she has kept her family out of American Lake.

“As soon as we know it’s safe from these otters, then we’ll be back in the water,” Willingham said.

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.

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“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.

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