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Missouri 86-year-old loses 120 pounds by walking in living room daily, changing diet

Posted: 16 Jan 2019 08:45 PM PST

ST. LOUIS — No gym, no problem!

An 86-year-old St. Louis woman says she lost 120 pounds just by walking back and forth from her living room to kitchen every day in her one bedroom apartment.

“Even as a kid in Mississippi, I was always the fattest kid in the class. I got teased a lot,” Jessica Slaughter told KSDK. “I didn’t know how to stop eating. Fried chicken. Bacon and eggs. Desserts, like cakes and pies.”

In addition to walking in her house every day, Slaughter also became a vegan when she hit her 70s. She was once pre-diabetic and now she tells KSDK she’s the healthiest she’s ever been.

“I went to my doctor for a checkup. He told me my health was better than his,” Slaughter said. “I was a borderline diabetic. I’m free of all that, and I know it came from my way that I eat and exercise.”

Slaughter says she walks 3,000 steps every morning before she stops and her granddaughter even bought her a Fitbit to help her keep track of her health.

She also wants to tell other seniors to just get moving every day no matter how fast or slow.

“I just want seniors to know just because we’ve gotten a certain age, we don’t have to stop living,” said Slaughter. “I want to tell them that there's a better way of life if they choose.”

Dishwasher awarded $21M after being forced to work on Sundays

Posted: 16 Jan 2019 06:19 PM PST

MIAMI – A dishwasher at a Miami hotel claimed in a lawsuit that her former employer violated her religious rights by scheduling her to work on Sundays.

This week, a jury agreed and awarded Marie Jean Pierre $21 million in punitive damages, NBC reports. But, as WTVJ points out, she'll end up with only a fraction of that, some $300,000, due to a cap on punitive damages in federal court.

Pierre, who worked at the Conrad Miami for a decade, sued the hotel's parent company, in 2017, saying it violated the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which prohibits employment discrimination based on color, religion, sex, or national origin. The 60-year-old mother of six is a member of Catholic missionary group Soldiers of Christ.

Pierre claimed that the hotel knew from the onset of her employment that she could not work Sundays, and that her employer accommodated her until 2015, when she began to be scheduled to work on Sundays. She said she traded shifts with coworkers for several weeks until her boss said she had to come in, the Miami Herald reports. When she didn't, he fired her.

Pierre's lawyer tells NBC that the hotel argued in court that it didn't know that she was a missionary and why she needed Sundays off.

“During Ms. Pierre’s ten years with the hotel, multiple concessions were made to accommodate her personal and religious commitments,” a spokeswoman says, adding that the hotel will appeal.

In addition to the punitive damages, Pierre was reportedly awarded $36,000 for lost wages and $500,000 for emotional suffering.

(Read more lawsuit stories.)

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Stopping the run without Rankins

Posted: 16 Jan 2019 04:59 PM PST

Metairie, La. -- The Saints rushing defense ranked second in the league heading into the playoffs, giving-up just 80.2 yards per game. Last week the Eagles only had 49 rushing yards. New Orleans is going to need every bit of that tenacity against Todd Gurley and C.J. Anderson, who accounted for 238 of the Rams 273 rush yards against the Cowboys.

"I think when you've got two dynamic running backs, you don't have to worry about when you're going to call runs," said Saints linebacker Demario Davis. "They can call runs all game and they don't have to worry about somebody wearing down. If they're having success they can call 50, 60 runs in the game. It's our job to stop it."

"It's going to be a physical game," said Saints rookie defensive tackle Taylor Stallworth. "We're already getting prepared for that. We know what they're about to bring to the table. We know that they want to run the ball. The coaches are going to give us the right tools to get it done. We've just got to go out there and play."

The Saints defensive line though, took a huge hit last week, losing defensive tackle, Sheldon Rankins to a torn Achilles.

"He's had his best season here as a Saint," said Head Coach Sean Payton. "You' don't want to lose starters like that. He was playing extremely well. But listen, that's the challenge."

"He's had a career year," Davis said. "He's been very stout in the run game, been very stout in getting after the quarterback. He created a lot of mismatches on the offensive line and was somebody that had to be accounted for. He'll definitely be missed but it's a next man up league. That's just the nature of the business that we're in."

The next man up will come in the form of rookie Taylor Stallworth and Tyeler Davison, both likely getting more snaps.

"It's crazy but that's the job that I'm in," Stallworth said. "When the next man's down, you've got to step it up even more."

Plus the Saints have a new addition to the roster this week-- Tyrunn Walker-- who they signed to help fill-out the line in Rankins' absence.

"We had four or five guys workout," Payton said. "In fact Tyrunn he's bounced around. He was in L.A. We've worked him out before he was in good shape. So we'll see how he gets up to speed this week."

Effort to ease Russian sanctions boosted by David Vitter, a registered foreign agent

Posted: 16 Jan 2019 03:58 PM PST

Former Republican Sen. David Vitter is lobbying on behalf of companies linked to a Russian oligarch with ties to President Vladimir Putin, aligning himself with Trump administration efforts to ease sanctions on his clients, according to documents filed with the Justice Department.

Vitter, who has registered as a foreign agent, lobbied with several countries’ ambassadors and the Treasury Department to ease punishing sanctions imposed on major aluminum firms tied to oligarch Oleg Deripaska. After the Treasury Department agreed last month and eased the sanctions, Vitter was spotted in the Senate ahead of critical votes taking aim at the Trump administration move.

Deripaska restructured his ownership in the firms to win over the Trump administration, which argues the oligarch’s influence in his firms will be sufficiently limited in the new arrangement. But the restructuring deal has prompted sharp scrutiny on Capitol Hill since shares now will be distributed to Deripaska’s family, a foundation he started and a Kremlin-linked bank sanctioned by the US government, according to documents provided to Congress.

The concerns culminated in a dramatic Senate vote Tuesday when 11 Republicans broke ranks and joined Democrats to advance a measure seeking to reimpose the sanctions. But on Wednesday, the administration was able to lean on its GOP allies to filibuster the measure from going forward, blocking the plan by 57-42, needing 60 votes to advance.

Republican critics, however, were unnerved by the Trump administration’s move.

“I have grave concerns about Mr. Deripaska,” said John Kennedy, the Louisiana Republican who occupies Vitter’s former Senate seat and who broke with the Trump administration. “I understand he says he’s given up his majority of the stock … but you don’t have to own the majority of the stock to have influence over the people of the company.”

Democrats said that Deripaska — a close ally of Putin’s and Konstantin Kilimnik’s, a man who the FBI says has ties to Russian intelligence and is facing charges in special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation — should not be trusted.

“I’m concerned about the timing of this plan to provide sanctions relief that benefits a key confidant of President Putin,” said Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, a New York Democrat.

The House will take up its own resolution to disapprove of the sanctions relief on Thursday, in what will amount to a symbolic rebuke of the Trump administration.

Republicans who opposed Schumer’s effort to block the sanctions relief are quick to criticize Deripaska — who was sanctioned for his role in Russia’s 2016 election interference — but argue that his firms followed the sanctions law to remove him as majority stakeholder.

“Now, I’m no fan of Oleg Deripaska — he’s a scoundrel — but we either pass a law and abide by the law we pass or not,” said Sen. James Lankford, an Oklahoma Republican. “They went through all the process to make sure that Deripaska was not a majority owner.”

Vitter part of months-long lobbying

Vitter’s role has been part of a months-long lobbying effort to remove the sanctions on three entities: Rusal, the world’s second-largest aluminum producer, Rusal’s holding company EN+ Group, and EN+ Group-owned JSC EuroSibEnergo.

Vitter’s firm, Mercury LLC, has been hired by a British national, Lord Barker of Battle, who is chairman of EN+. Barker, a member of the House of Lords, is under investigation in the UK for “an alleged breach of the code in relation to personal honor, parliamentary services and paid advocacy,” according to the British Parliament. He brokered the agreement with the Treasury Department to reduce Deripaska’s ownership stake in the companies in order to lift the sanctions on the firms.

Vitter, a conservative Republican who left the Senate in 2017, referred an inquiry to a Barker spokesperson, who defended the deal.

“Deripaska would lose billions under the Treasury plan,” the spokesperson said. “The plan is corporate regime change, ending Deripaska’s control of the companies and giving it to a new super-majority of the board approved by Treasury.”

Critics believe the deal will only benefit Deripaska and his family — and say the Treasury Department should not have accepted a deal brokered by an individual under investigation by the British Parliament.

“I think there’s virtue in the Congress expressing the skepticism of this deal,” said Rep. Jim Himes, a Connecticut Democrat. “There’s a real chance that Treasury plunges ahead here for no obvious reason. The aluminum markets are stable. The price of aluminum is lower than when Rusal was listed. And then either the investigation of Lord Barker or the Mueller investigation has some pretty ugly information that would cause them to wonder why they moved so quickly.”

The Barker spokesperson said the complaint against Barker was “politically motivated and has no substance and was “made by a single opposition member.”

“Lord Barker has never lobbied the UK government or sought their assistance, as the foreign secretary recently confirmed in writing,” the spokesperson said. “We expect this malicious complaint to be thrown out by the commissioner very shortly.”

On Tuesday, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin made the rounds on Capitol Hill defending the deal, urging Senate Republicans to stand behind the easing of sanctions that, he said, would benefit the US economy by reducing the cost of manufacturing.

“This shouldn’t be a political issue,” Mnuchin told reporters. “This is an issue of great importance,” he added, noting that the decision, which doesn’t apply to Deripaska personally, was reached following “a long negotiation.”

Lawmakers fear Treasury cut a bad deal

Deripaska is still personally subject to US sanctions, but Democrats and some Republicans say they believe the Treasury Department cut a bad deal that doesn’t sufficiently prevent the Russian oligarch from maintaining influence over the company even though his personal ownership stake in Rusal was reduced.

Under the arrangement, Deripaska’s ownership in EN+ Group drops from roughly 70% to roughly 45%, and he can vote only 35% of his shares, according to documents explaining the terms of the deal. But his shares are spread out to various entities, including to a foundation he started two decades ago, his ex-wife and father-in-law as well as the sanctioned Russian bank, VTB. The terms of agreement say the voting rights of these shares will be given to third parties with no ties to Deripaska. Barker was in charge of selecting the independent trustees, with sign-off required from the Treasury Department’s sanctions office.

The trustees include three Americans, one selected by a consulting firm Barker tapped to search for candidates and the other two picked in coordination with Barker’s outside lawyers, according to a source familiar with the matter.

Treasury notified Congress in mid-December of its intent to lift sanctions on the firms following “significant restructuring and corporate governance changes,” including reducing Deripaska’s direct and indirect stakes in the companies. Deripaska also was removed from the boards of EN+ Group and Rusal.

Vitter’s lobbying is part of a lengthy campaign to lift the sanctions that were part of more than 200 imposed on Russian targets in April, including Deripaska and his businesses, over the Kremlin’s interference in the 2016 US elections.

Former lawmakers like Vitter are often key lobbyists for high-powered firms like Mercury. As a senator who served from 2005 until he resigned in 2017, Vitter has personal relationships with some of his former colleagues.

He registered with the Justice Department in May under the Foreign Agents Registration Act for his work on behalf of Barker to lift the sanctions.

The companies spent nearly eight months negotiating with Treasury to lift the sanctions. At the same time, Vitter and Mercury engaged with foreign allies to help lobby Treasury, according to foreign lobbying documents filed with the Treasury Department.

The lobbying campaign included draft letters that Mercury provided to the ambassadors of Jamaica, Italy, France and the Netherlands to send to Treasury officials, the documents show.

The letters focused on Rusal’s influence on the economies and jobs in their countries, as well as its ownership stake of a Jamaican aluminum company. “Many jobs are at stake in the West Indies Alumina Company,” the Jamaican draft letter states. “Continued sanctions will hurt those jobs and workers and negatively impact consumers around the world.”

The Mercury documents included a breakdown of Barker’s plan as well as a subhead about “support from your government.”

“To protect French economic interests and support the Barker Plan, we request Ambassador Araud take the following steps,” the document states, proposing the French ambassador send the statement to Treasury officials as well as craft a statement for public use.

2019 Jazz Fest poster – ’50 years in one family portrait’

Posted: 16 Jan 2019 03:55 PM PST

NEW ORLEANS – Just looking at the 2019 Jazz and Heritage Festival poster, one would agree that artist Scott Guion really outdid himself this year.

The poster features 55 iconic singers, composers, dancers, band members, photographers, and so much more.

The busts seen in the front row are of jazz innovators Buddy Bolden and “Jelly Roll Morton.”

Behind them you see Irma Thomas, Allen Toussaint, Antoine “Fats” Domino, Louis Armstrong, “Professor Longhair”, “Dr. John”, and Harry Connick Jr.

Also featured The Neville Family, Charles, Aaron, Cyril, Ivan, and Art.

In the background, Jimmy Buffet, Big Freida, ReBirth Brass Band, Trombone Shorty, and many, many more.

Want the full list? Buy the poster!

They go on sale Friday, January 18 at 12:01 A.M., for $95.

Posters will be shipped at the end of the festival.

Man in Georgia wanted to attack the White House, federal officials say

Posted: 16 Jan 2019 03:52 PM PST

Hasher Taheb, 21, of Cumming, Georgia, was arrested in connection with a plot to attack the White House and other federal buildings, US Attorney for the Northern District of Georgia BJay Pak said Wednesday.

Pak told reporters at a media briefing that Taheb planned to attack the White House and other locations using explosives that included a homemade explosive and an anti-tank rocket.

Taheb was investigated after officials received a tip from the community Pak said.

Chris Hacker, FBI special agent in charge of the Atlanta office, said the investigation took more than a year. Taheb was acting alone, he said.

The suspect made a brief court appearance in Atlanta, where a federal judge explained the charge against him. His next appearance is scheduled for 3 p.m. ET on January 24.

Tad Cummins, former Tennessee teacher, sentenced to 20 years in student’s kidnapping

Posted: 16 Jan 2019 03:39 PM PST

Tad Cummins, a former Tennessee teacher accused of running off with a 15-year-old student to California, prompting a coast to coast search, has been sentenced to 20 years in prison, officials said.

Cummins pleaded guilty last year to a charge of transportation of a minor across states lines with intent to engage in criminal sexual activities and a second charge of obstruction of justice, the US Attorney’s Office said.

The charges carried a maximum sentence of life and 20 years in prison, respectively.

“Today we got justice for a brave victim,” Don Cochran, US attorney for the Middle District of Tennessee, told reporters outside a Nashville federal courthouse on Wednesday. “We feel good about it.”

Cummins was arrested in April 2017 and the then 15-year-old girl was found safe at a remote cabin in Northern California. They were on the run for 39 days, posing as husband and wife as they traveled some 1,900 miles away from the girl’s hometown of Culleoka, Tennessee.

On the day Cummins vanished with the girl, he left a note for his wife saying he was leaving for a while to “clear his head.” He took out a $4,500 loan and picked up two prescription refills of Cialis, an erectile dysfunction drug, a criminal complaint states.

Investigators found out that Cummins booked rooms — in his own name — at Super 8 motels in Oklahoma City and in Guymon, Oklahoma. Surveillance video also showed the pair at two Walmart stores in Oklahoma, but the trail apparently went cold after that.

Authorities found the two after police received a tip saying they were in a cabin in a heavily wooded area 60 miles south of the Oregon line.

Before their disappearance, the former high school health sciences teacher had been suspended after a student reported seeing him and the 15-year-old kissing in a classroom.

Giant Kentucky snowman gives would-be vandal dose of instant karma

Posted: 16 Jan 2019 03:05 PM PST

PETERSBURG, Ky. – A driver was dealt a dose of instant karma when the person tried to topple a snowman with their vehicle on Monday.

Cory Lutz of Kentucky told WJW that his fiancee, Lucy, was visiting from Mississippi this past weekend with her sister, Laura.

Lutz said that Lucy was “elated to experience the biggest snowfall she's ever seen!”

The three had a weekend filled with sledding, snowball fights, and even some canoeing. Lutz said they wanted to make the most of the winter wonderland. And, of course, that included building a snowman.

They used a stump in Lutz’s front yard as the base for their towering 9-foot tall snowman called Frosty.

Frosty was “decked out in a top hat, and smiling at the neighbors,” Lutz told WJW.

According to Lutz, they thought the community loved their snowman – people would even wave and honk their horns as they drove by.

“However, evidently not everyone was a fan!” Lutz said.

He came home Monday to find a set of tire tracks in his yard that abruptly ended at the base of the snowman.  The stump was exposed and featured a snowy imprint of the bumper, which came to a sudden stop when it slammed into the massive stump just beneath the snow.

“Apparently Frosty had been handing out life lessons to surprised 4×4 vandals. ‘You reap what you sow!’ Still standing, and still smiling – He certainly had the last laugh!” Lutz said.

NOPD looking for man accused of stealing TV, milk, baby wipes from Algiers home

Posted: 16 Jan 2019 02:29 PM PST

John Paddio

NEW ORLEANS – The NOPD is looking for a man they say broke into an Algiers home and stole a TV, a gallon of milk, and some baby wipes.

The burglary occurred on October 10 in the 4100 block of MacArthur Boulevard, according to the NOPD.

Detectives believe 42-year-old John Paddio broke into the home between 7 p.m. and 8 p.m.

When the resident returned home, she discovered that a window in the rear of the home had been smashed in.

Her flat-screen TV, a gallon of milk, and some baby wipes had been stolen, according to the NOPD.

Anyone with information regarding John Paddio's whereabouts is asked to notify Fourth District detectives at (504) 658-6040.

Woman who touched Justin Timberlake’s hand is offering handshakes for $2

Posted: 16 Jan 2019 02:05 PM PST

NEW ORLEANS– A woman who attended the Justin Timberlake concert at Smoothie King Center last night posted this funny post on Facebook today.

Apparently, she touched JT’s hand five times and today she jokingly offered to let anyone touch her hand for a $2 charge.

Justin Timberlake was in New Orleans for his “Man of the Woods” tour.  Timberlake worked the crowd, shaking hands with his fans many times during his show!

Party “Choppa Style” at Masquerade Night Club

Posted: 16 Jan 2019 02:02 PM PST

Who Dats, where Y’at?

Can’t get enough of “Choppa Style?”

Sunday, January 20th,  after the NFC Championship game, head to Masquerade Night Club inside Harrah’s for a free live performance by Choppa; again.

Earlier in the day around 11 a.m., Rockin' Dopsie will perform on Fulton Street at Fulton Street Fan Fest.  The free performance is open to all ages.  Attendees who don't have tickets  to the game are welcomed to watch the game at Manning's Sports Bar and Grill or in Masquerade Night Club.

But if you want to start the black and gold fun even earlier, the Ying Yang Twins will be putting on a free performance at Masquerade Night Club on Saturday, January 19th.

The duo is known for getting fans in the dome on their feet.

Doors open at 7 pm.

You must be 21 to enter the casino and go to Masquerade Night Club. Fulton Street is open to all ages.

 

Investigators ask for public’s help identifying toddler found dead in duffel bag

Posted: 16 Jan 2019 01:39 PM PST

SAN DIEGO - Police are seeking the public's help in identifying the skeletal remains of a boy found near a Rancho Bernardo park in 2004.

The National Center for Missing & Exploited Children has teamed up with San Diego Police Department in the effort to identify the deceased child.

On May 4, 2004, skeletal remains of a small boy were discovered by two hikers on a trail near the park and Interstate 15.

The hikers noticed a green padded winter-type coat lying over a green and white duffle bag, according to SDPD. When they removed the coat and looked in the bag, they saw a human skull and bones. Red warm-up pants, gray-tan socks, a blue vest and two sweatshirts were also in the bag.

Forensic Isotope Analysis determined the boy was likely between 2.5 and 3.5 years of age at the time of his death and he had been deceased for at least one year before he was found.

The same analysis revealed the child's mother likely spent time in the southeast while pregnant, may have lived in Texas shortly after the child was born, then moved to Southern California.

NCMEC completed a facial reconstruction which shows what the child may have looked like.

Anyone with information should contact SDPD, reference case number 04-029569.

The group's forensic team is currently assisting law enforcement with over 700 cases of unidentified deceased children.

 

Second Harvest to set up temporary pantry for families of furloughed Coast Guard members

Posted: 16 Jan 2019 01:38 PM PST

NEW ORLEANS – Second Harvest Food Bank will deliver a truckload of food and supplies to the families of Coast Guard members affected by the ongoing government shutdown.

A temporary food pantry will also be set up near the Naval Air Station in Belle Chasse, according to Second Harvest.

Thousands of active duty Coast Guard members have been furloughed during the government shutdown, leaving families without a source of income.

As many as 42,000 Coast Guard members have reportedly now missed at least one pay check because of the shutdown.

The collected food and household items will help these families make ends meet until the government begins paying active duty Coast Guard members again.

The temporary food pantry will operate out of a church near the base, according to Second Harvest.

The truck is scheduled to be delivered on the morning of January 17.

We love fan photos – especially when they’re black and gold!

Posted: 16 Jan 2019 01:34 PM PST

NEW ORLEANS – Everyone knows New Orleans has the BEST FOOTBALL FANS! And here we are, ready to prove it.

Let’s take a look at some of the Saints most loyal followers!

Please keep sending in your Saints fan pictures to pics@wgno.com, and you may get featured!

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Former NFL player catches man allegedly peeping into daughter’s bedroom

Posted: 16 Jan 2019 12:58 PM PST

WELLINGTON, Fla. — A man got more than he bargained for when a former NFL player spotted him peeping on his 15-year-old daughter, WPBF reports.

It was about 6:40 a.m. Monday when Tony Beckham, who once played for the Tennessee Titans, walked out of his home in Wellington, Florida, and heard a sound.

"I waited for a second and I looked again," Beckham told WPBF. "And I see a white male and he's standing by my window and he's trying to get a better position."

According to Beckham, a man was gazing into the window of his daughter's bedroom. The man's pants were partially down and he was masturbating.

The father shouted, prompting the man to make a run for it.

He, however, was little match for the former athlete.

"I caught him at the apartment over there and we just had a good conversation," Beckham told WPBF.

That "conversation" left suspect Geoffrey Cassidy with a black eye, bruises and multiple broken bones in his face.

The suspect was charged with lewd and lascivious behavior with a victim younger than 16 years old.

Cassidy is being held in Palm Beach County Jail in lieu of a $1,500 bond.

Jayme Closs rescued herself. Should she get the $50,000 reward money?

Posted: 16 Jan 2019 12:49 PM PST

A couple who called 911 and alerted authorities that Jayme Closs was at their home said they did not want a $50,000 reward for providing information on the abducted girl’s whereabouts.

Kristin Kasinskas said that she and her husband, Peter, had not been approached by officials about the reward or where it may go. Still, they said if anyone does receive the reward, it should be Jayme.

“Because she got herself out,” Kasinskas said.

The question of what to do with that five-figure reward money comes a week after 13-year-old Jayme was found alive and well outside Gordon, Wisconsin, about 70 miles north of where she was last seen. Her parents were killed and she was abducted October 15 near Barron, Wisconsin, sparking an extensive law enforcement search for any signs or tips on her whereabouts.

The FBI offered a $25,000 reward for any information leading to her rescue. In addition, the Jennie-O Turkey Store, the employer of her parents, Denise and James Closs, added another $25,000 to that reward.

But a break in the case didn’t come until Jayme escaped from her captor and fled to safety on January 10.

“Jayme was the hero in the case. Jayme was the champion that finally said enough is enough,” Barron County Sheriff Chris Fitzgerald said. “We can’t be more proud of Jayme.”

Now that she has been found alive, authorities are working to determine where the reward goes. Or if it’s awarded at all.

Fitzgerald told CNN that he and the FBI will be consulting on the reward soon to make a decision about what happens with the money. FBI Milwaukee spokesman Leonard Peace also confirmed that the FBI is continuing to review the reward.

“That’s a question for someone else other than me,” District Attorney Brian Wright said Monday.

How she escaped

For nearly three months, Jayme was kept in captivity after her kidnapping. She told investigators that she was often forced under her captor’s bed and blocked in by weights.

But when he left the home for several hours last week, Jayme pushed aside the weights blocking her, put on a pair of his oversize shoes and ran outside the home.

She came upon Jeanne Nutter, a neighbor out walking her dog. The two of them then went to a nearby home owned by the Kasinskas, who recognized the girl immediately from news reports. Together, they called police to let them know Jayme was alive and well.

“I have a young lady at my house right now, and she has said her name is Jayme Closs,” Kasinskas said in the 911 call. “It is her. I 100% think it is her.”

In the call, Nutter explains how she came across Jayme.

“I was walking my dog, and we were almost home and she was walking toward me, crying, saying, ‘You got to help me, you got to help me,’ ” Nutter said.

CNN has reached out to Nutter for comment about the reward.

Jake Patterson, 21, has confessed to killing Jayme’s parents and kidnapping her, according to a criminal complaint. He was charged with two counts of intentional homicide and a count of kidnapping and armed burglary, and he was ordered held on $5 million bail.

Daycare shut down when owner admits to sexually assaulting child

Posted: 16 Jan 2019 12:45 PM PST

OMAHA, NB – The Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services has shut down a daycare after a co-owner admitted to the sexual assault of a child.

An emergency order was sent to close Deb’s Day Care, in Omaha.

Documents show that officials received information that William A. Harrison was charged with two counts of first-degree sexual assault on a child.

Harrison is listed as a secondary caregiver at the daycare, which is run by his wife.

Court documents show Harrison admitted to the assaults, dated December of 2018.

DHHS said in a news release that, because of the assaults, his wife, Debra A. Harrison, was found to be in violation of the regulations of her child care license.

 

Former ‘To Catch a Predator’ host Chris Hansen arrested in Connecticut

Posted: 16 Jan 2019 11:27 AM PST

STAMFORD, Conn. — Chris Hansen, best known as the former host of NBC’s “To Catch a Predator,” turned himself in to police in Connecticut on Monday on charges of issuing a bad check.

The 59-year-old allegedly failed to pay a $13,000 bill despite a police warning, according to the Stamford Advocate.

Hansen allegedly ordered 355 ceramic mugs, 288 T-shirts and 650 vinyl decals from Promotional Sales Limited in Stamford, Conn., receiving an invoice for $12,998.05 in September 2017.

Owner Peter Psichopaidas then filed a complaint in April, saying a check he received had bounced.

An apologetic Hansen offered to make partial payments, but the money never came, according to an arrest affidavit, which notes Hansen also bailed after agreeing to give a statement to police.

The charges came after Hansen was warned he could be arrested for larceny, according to investigator Sean Coughlin. “I told Chris … that nearly $13,000 is a lot of money to a ‘mom-and-pop’ business and it is not fair that he accepted the material but hasn’t paid for it,” he writes.

Per The Wrap, Hansen previously offered coffee mugs and T-shirts as a way to attract investors to a 2015 Kickstarter campaign intended to revive “To Catch a Predator,” which NBC canceled. (The campaign worked, sort of.)

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Series of winter storms to usher in the coldest air of the season

Posted: 16 Jan 2019 10:50 AM PST

A series of storms will dash across the country beginning Thursday, dropping a mixed bag of wintry weather and leaving in their wake the coldest temperatures of the season.

The Western storms dumping rain in cities such as Los Angeles and snow in the Sierra Nevada will track east Thursday.

First storm to move swiftly across Midwest and Northeast

The first storm is expected to bring 2 to 4 inches of snow Thursday and Friday from Indiana east to Pennsylvania, then into the interior Northeast.

See more maps and compare forecast models

On Friday, major metro areas on the East Coast likely will face light snow during the morning commute. The storm should move so quickly that accumulations are expected to remain low in New York and Boston.

The second storm is a much stronger system

The next storm exits the Rockies and will begin to drop snow late Friday across Kansas.

Winds could gust up to 35 mph, causing blowing and drifting snow through Saturday night.

As the low tracks farther east, warm air is likely to mix in from the South. At this time, it’s uncertain where the line between rain and snow will form. A Tuesday model from the National Weather Service shows a wintry mix in cities such as St. Louis, but an early Wednesday model indicated more of a snow event.

It’s unclear what type of precipitation is expected for metro areas in the Northeast, but forecasters expect a substantial amount Saturday evening through Sunday up and down the East Coast.

The latest forecast indicates places such as New York will see snow starting Saturday evening, which will then turn into more of a wintry mix and possibly even rain Sunday.

Extreme cold will affect most of the continental US

Behind this second storm, a deep chill will grip much of the eastern half of the United States.

Highs on Sunday in the Kansas City area — where the Chiefs will host the New England Patriots in the AFC Championship game — will be in the teens.

The National Weather Service there is warning that “those with outdoor plans this weekend should prepare for potentially dangerous conditions if being exposed to the elements and dress accordingly.”

The extreme cold follows the storm and moves into the rest of the Eastern United States on Monday.

The National Weather Service in Boston said it’s expecting “a roller coaster of temperatures through this portion of the forecast” and “a prolonged period of well below normal temperatures early next week.”

Keep the hand warmers handy because temperatures won’t just be below average Sunday and Monday.

“For the most part, this winter the jet stream has traveled horizontally across the US. Sure, there have been some ups and downs, but nothing like what is to come,” CNN meteorologist Chad Myers said.

“By next week the jet stream will flow from Fairbanks (Alaska) to Texas. So for example, the following Saturday Anchorage will be 32 and Chicago will be 13.”

This arctic air will spill out across the country later next week as far south as Florida, leaving most of the continental United States with below-average temperatures.

Report: Turkey seeks warrant for Knicks Enes Kanter

Posted: 16 Jan 2019 10:47 AM PST

Turkey has put in an extradition request and requested an Interpol red notice for the arrest of NBA star Enes Kanter, according to Anadolu, a Turkish state news agency.

The report says New York Knicks center Kanter is suspected of being part of a terror organization. According to a Turkish official with knowledge of the request, it is the first time Turkey issued an extradition or red notice request for the NBA player.

Interpol did not immediately respond to CNN’s request for comment as to whether it had received an extradition and red notice request from Turkey. According to Interpol’s website, no red notice has been issued for Kanter.

The report from Anadolu says that Istanbul chief prosecutor’s terror and organized crime bureau prepared the extradition request and red notice, citing Kanter’s ties to Turkish cleric Fethullah Gulen, who has lived in self-imposed exile in Pennsylvania for nearly 20 years.

Gulen has been accused by Turkey President Recep Tayyip Erdogan of masterminding a failed 2016 military coup against him — a charge he has denied.

Kanter responded on Twitter on Wednesday, tweeting, “Turkish Government can NOT present any single piece of evidence of my wrongdoing. I don’t even have a parking ticket in the US (True). I have always been a law-abiding resident.”

Kanter later followed up with a tweet saying, “The only thing I terrorize is the rim.”

The US Justice Department had no comment Wednesday.

CNN has reached out to the Knicks and the NBA for comment on the report. The Knicks play the Washington Wizards in this year’s NBA London game on Thursday at The O2.

Kanter announced earlier this month he would not travel to London with the team because he feared he could be assassinated. The Turkish native is a critic of Erdogan.

Kanter told CNN’s Hala Gorani last week that he is a supporter of Gulen, and does visit him every two or three weeks in Pennsylvania where he lives. He says Gulen is trying to bring universal peace to this world.

“I would love to go to London,” he said. “It’s just very sad because I’m scared of my life because Erdogan’s operation in (a) foreign country. The operations are very famous (for) hunting down people who are speaking out against the government.”

Asked when he anticipated he would feel safe to travel outside of the US, Kanter — who is set to become a US citizen in two years’ time — said: “First, I would love to say I appreciate all the New York Knicks fans and our American people that show me all the support because now I feel like an American because I’m here, I’m going to become an American citizen in 2021, but right now, besides America, I don’t really feel safe anywhere else in the world.”

Last week, in response to Kanter’s remarks, Hidayet “Hedo” Turkoglu — a former NBA player who is now a chief adviser to Erdogan — described Kanter’s most recent remarks as “irrational.”

“Such remarks constitute another example of the political smear campaign Kanter has been conducting against Turkey … It is obvious that this person’s remarks are irrational and distort the truth.”

A Knicks official had told CNN that the decision not to travel to London was based on visa issues, but Kanter said he had explained the situation to his team and that they now understood.

“The NBA has played hundreds of games outside of the US and this is a very unique and unprecedented situation,” NBA spokesman Michael Bass said in a statement to CNN.

This is the 91st NBA game played in Europe. It will be broadcast in more than 200 countries and territories around the world.