Police are searching for a California woman who attacked a McDonald’s manager after she entered the back of the fast-food restaurant and asked for ketchup, KABC reported.
On Oct. 27 around 11 p.m., the woman entered the work area of a McDonald’s in Santa Ana and asked for ketchup. When told to leave the employee area, the suspect punched and choked the manager, the television station reported.
The incident was caught on surveillance cameras.
"The manager tells her, 'I'll be glad to help you, you just need to go up front,' and for whatever reason she took it upon herself to assault the manager," Santa Ana police Cpl. Anthony Bertagna told KABC.
The video shows the suspect, dressed in a light T-shirt, putting her hands around the manager’s neck and slamming her head into a drink machine.
Later in the video, a man wearing a gray hoodie comes through the same back entrance and escorts the suspect out of the restaurant.
The restaurant manager said the suspect did not seem intoxicated or impaired, but was just angry, KNTV reported.
"There is no reason that any employee at any business should be assaulted by a patron, much less over not getting enough ketchup," Bertagna told told KABC.
Police are searching for the suspect, Bertagna told the television station.
A Texas thief stole a $300,000 Ferrari that was parked in the driveway of a suburban Dallas home, but left his damaged Chevrolet Suburban at the scene, WFAA reported.
The owner of the car -- a white, 2018 Ferrari GTC4Lusso T -- said his car was parked in the driveway on the side of the home, unlocked and with the keys still inside the vehicle, when it was stolen Nov. 4, The Dallas Morning News reported. There also was about $2,000 of pain medication in the car, the owner told police.
The Ferrari, which can reach speeds of 199 mph, was recovered Monday, Lt. Lance Koppa, a Highland Park Department of Public Safety spokesman, told the newspaper.
Police found an open beer can in the console of the Suburban, and the SUV had damage on the right front and back quarters of the vehicle, WFAA reported. A police report said the SUV was registered to a man in Fort Worth, but did not say if the owner was a suspect, the television station reported.
The Suburban was impounded by police, the Morning News reported.
A Wisconsin company is no stranger to firearms. The company is actually built with bullets, ones embedded in glassware, so it comes to no surprise to some that the Christmas gifts given to employees by their bosses will be guns this year.
The employees were able to pick a handgun of their choice, WBAY reported.
Some of the 16 full-time employees at BenShot are veterans, but there are some at the business who have never fired a gun, Wolfram told the newspaper.
Wolfram said his staff was happy to get the firearms for the holidays.
Chelsea Priest said the gift made her feel empowered and will keep her safe, the Post-Crescent reported.
Not all agreed though, at least originally. Two employees declined the gun, until they took a gun safety course offered by the company. Now they may accept the gift, Wolfram told the paper.
Wolfram said that he isn’t worried that the guns will bring workplace violence to his small company, saying that the employees know each other well.
“For us, now, we have an entire armed staff,” he told the Post-Crescent. “I think that’s pretty good.”
California-based mass media conglomerate The Walt Disney Company is giving back to its community by donating $500,000 to support victims impacted by the wildfires in the state.
The company announced Tuesday that the donation will support the California Community Foundation’s Wildfire Relief Fund, which supports recovery efforts from major wildfires in the state and preparedness efforts. Donations will also go to the California Fire Foundation, a nonprofit that provides financial and emotional support to firefighters, fallen firefighters and the communities they serve.
“The firefighters are true heroes, and we honor their tireless commitment as they continue to battle these devastating wildfires,” Disney Chairman and CEO Bob Iger said in a statement. “Our hearts go out to the families and communities that have been so severely affected.”
According to the company, Disney will also match donations made by its employees to eligible recovery and relief organizations.
Ronnie and Cindy Watts are frustrated.
The parents of Chris Watts, the Colorado man who pleaded guilty Nov. 6 to killing his wife, Shanann Watts, and their daughters, Bella, 4, and 3-year-old Celeste, told ABC7 in Denver that they are not convinced that the public knows the whole story of what happened that August morning at their son and daughter-in-law’s Frederick home.
Watts’ parents said in an interview from their North Carolina home that they were not allowed to get all the answers in the case before their son entered his guilty plea.
“I asked Chris, ‘If you did not do this, do not confess to something you didn’t do,’” Cindy Watts told ABC7. “(His defense attorney) shut me down. She completely shut me down.”
“If he didn’t kill the children, I want him to face that and let them prove it,” Ronnie Watts told the news station.
Chris Watts entered a guilty plea to nine charges last week: three counts of first-degree murder, two counts of first-degree murder of a child under the age of 12 by a person in a position of trust, one count of unlawful termination of pregnancy and three counts of tampering with a deceased body.
Shanann Watts, 34, was about 15 weeks pregnant with a son they planned to name Nico.
The Coloradoan in Fort Collins reported that Chris Watts held back tears as he pleaded guilty, his voice wavering each of the nine times he uttered the word. Weld County District Attorney Michael Rourke took the death penalty off the table -- at the request of Shanann Watts’ family.
The minimum sentence on all five murder counts is life in prison without parole, according to Watts’ signed guilty plea. Unlawful termination of a pregnancy carries a sentence of 16 to 48 years in prison and up to $1 million in fines.
Tampering with a body carries a sentence of four to 12 years in prison and a fine of up to $750,000, the document said.
Chris Watts is scheduled for sentencing Monday.
Even prior to the guilty plea, Chris Watts admitted strangling Shanann Watts, 34, to death Aug. 13. He claimed that Shanann Watts strangled their young daughters after he asked for a separation, prompting him to do the same to her while in a rage.
Shanann Watts returned home from a business trip around 2 a.m. the morning of the slayings. According to Chris Watts’ arrest affidavit, he initially told investigators that the couple woke around 5 a.m., at which time they had an emotional conversation about splitting up.
He said he loaded some tools into his truck around 5:30 a.m. and went to work at his job for Andarko Petroleum Corp., at which time Shanann and the girls were still alive. He claimed that Shanann said she was going to take the girls to visit a friend later in the day.
A friend of Shanann Watts reported her and her daughters missing later that day when she could not locate them.
A two-day investigation determined that Chris Watts was having an affair with a coworker, the affidavit said. During subsequent questioning -- and after speaking to his father -- Watts admitted to killing his wife.
Chris Watts claimed he told Shanann he wanted a separation that morning. He said he went downstairs for a moment and, upon returning upstairs, he saw his wife killing their children.
“While in the bedroom, via baby monitor located on Shanann’s night stand, he observed Bella ‘sprawled’ out on her bed and blue, and Shanann actively strangling Celeste,” the arrest affidavit said. “Chris said he went into a rage and ultimately strangled Shanann to death.”
Chris Watts told investigators he loaded the bodies into his truck and drove them about 60 miles to a tank battery belonging to Andarko, where he buried Shanann in a shallow grave. Bella and Celeste were found submerged in crude oil in two nearby oil tanks.
The autopsy results on the victims have not been released to the public.
The charges against Chris Watts indicated that his daughters may have been dead before Shanann Watts returned from her business trip Aug. 13.
Ronnie and Cindy Watts told ABC7 they wonder if their son was coerced into confessing to killing the children.
“To me, all they wanted to do was save his life, just save his life,” Cindy Watts told the news station. “Save his life and life in prison, to me there’s no difference. He’s going to die in prison. I just want him to fight. I don’t want him to take this plea deal. I want him to plead not guilty to the children.”
Cindy Watts told Fox31 in Denver that she can not imagine her son killing his entire family.
“I don’t know how he could do that. I want to stop it before it’s too late," Cindy Watts told the news station. “I want to talk to him; we haven’t been able to talk to him. I know I raised a good man and he was such a good person, such a good person. He was not a sociopath or psychopath or kill animals or anything like that ... didn’t do any of these things people are saying he did.
“He’s not that monster people are portraying to him to be. I love my son no matter what. I want to fight for him. I don’t want him to go down for something he didn’t do.”
Shanann Watts’ family issued a statement in response to Ronnie and Cindy Watts’ interview, in which they accused their former in-laws of making “vicious, grotesque and utterly false statements about Shanann.”
“Their false statements, however hurtful and inaccurate, will never alter the truth about Shanann and will never alter the truth about the crimes committed by their son, Chris Watts,” the statement said, according to Fox31. “Shanann’s memory and reputation deserves to be protected. And her family is fully prepared to do so.”
“Shanann Watts was a faithful wife, and the most gentle and loving mother in the world to her children Bella, Celeste, and Nico,” her family wrote. “She was also the best daughter any parent could ever hope for. Shanann was a wonderful soul.
“Everyone who knew Shanann knows this to be true. Even Chris Watts knows this to be true. Yet Chris Watts still chose to murder Shanann, Bella, Celeste and Nico. Chris Watts still chose to dump the bodies of his own family in oil tanks. And Chris Watts still chose to lie about it until he could lie no more. He pled guilty to murdering his family because he is guilty.”
Indiana police said a woman murdered her husband on Friday and did not report it until Monday morning, WXIN reported.
Sheila Ridenour, 55, was charged with murder and failure to report a body, the Indianapolis Star reported, citing an arrest report by police in Montgomery County.
According to police, Ridenour called 911 at 3:24 a.m. to report the death. Officers responded and found Billy Ridenour, 62, dead at the couple’s Crawfordsville residence, WXIN reported.
Ridenour told a 911 dispatcher she shot her husband on Friday, the Star reported.
Police said the case is still being investigated, WXIN reported
Someone tossed a small dog into a trash can at a welcome center on a Georgia interstate, now officials are trying to find a new home for the terrified dog.
The Hart County Animal Rescue said the Chihuahua or Chihuahua mix was found at the Interstate 85 welcome center, WYFF reported.
“She was freezing, wet, hungry and scared when someone found her in the trash can this morning,” officials at the shelter posted to Facebook.
Officials are not sure if the dog, whom they are calling Caroline, was stolen from a family or was dumped by someone who didn’t want her anymore, WYFF reported.
Officials at the shelter say that Caroline will be up for adoption after they get her medical report from the veterinarian and the mandatory stray hold of 7 days has finished.
If interested in giving Caroline a furever home, you can fill out an application at www.hartcountyanimalrescue.org.
A homeless man was caught on surveillance camera sneaking into a Florida restaurant, exiting a bathroom naked, sitting at a picnic table eating ramen noodles and then playing the bongos, WFLA reported.
It turns out the man plays guitar at the St. Petersburg restaurant and was just using the facilities after hours, the television station reported.
Still, it was a strange circumstance that began when a St. Petersburg officer was investigating a break-in that occurred at The Chattaway restaurant on Nov. 6. The officer was reviewing surveillance video that showed a burglar eating a plate of chicken wings and beer and stealing more than $500 of tips and equipment, the Tampa Bay Times reported.
When the officer rewound the surveillance camera to Nov. 5, he found video of a man biking to the restaurant, entering a shed and removing items. The man then went into a bathroom, came out naked and sat down at a picnic table and ate a meal he brought with him -- Maruchan Instant Lunch ramen, the newspaper reported.
The man then played the bongos -- while still naked -- and then rode off on a bicycle, the Times reported.
“He came in with pants on but he rode off on the bike without pants,” Chattaway server Chad Pearson told the newspaper. “I’m not sure if he took his pants with him but we didn't find them. We still don't know where his pants are.”
The owners of the restaurant do know who the naked diner is -- Robert Brown, who plays guitar at The Chattaway.
“He's a great musician. And you know, I think he needs that chance” Chattaway co-owner Winona Kitto told WFLA.
“It's kind of a little embarrassing what happened,” Brown told the television station. “Winona said that I could use the restroom, park my car here and I did have some equipment in the back room there.
“I knew I had access to the restroom. So I went in and I cleaned myself up,” Brown told WFLA. “Washed my clothes. And apparently that's when I was naked.”
After eating his meal and the musical interlude, Brown straightened out the storage shed, returning the items he took out. He also left a supply of ramen noodles, the television station reported.
Police are still searching for the thief who broke into the restaurant Nov. 6. As for Brown, who lives out of his broken-down car, Chattaway co-owner Amanda Kitto said no charges would be filed, the Times reported.
“His goal was to not break in, his goal was to just hang out at The Chattaway," she told the newspaper.
Brown has gotten plenty of attention for his antics.
“I'm OK with it. I just hope he's OK with it,” Winona Kitto told WFLA. “I mean, not everybody wants to show their fabulous tush, you know?”
“I'm looking for work,” Brown told the television station. “I want to work.”
Old equipment and old laws are adding to the problems with Florida’s vote recount, even after the 2000 recount that delayed the outcome of the presidential election for more than a month.
It's been almost two decades since the last recount finally ended with the U.S. Supreme Court stepping in, ultimately handing Florida’s electoral votes – and the election – to George W. Bush.
The embarrassment of those days ended with the state taking a hard look at voting. Then-Gov. Jeb Bush fought for state and federal dollars to modernize the system.
After this week, it may be time to fight again.
"The county needs funding, but we also need the state and feds to be partners in it," said Orange County Supervisor of Elections Bill Cowles.
Cowles got $700,000 from the county late last year to buy better sorting machines for ballots, but not all of Florida's 67 counties have the same resources. Palm Beach County, for example, uses equipment that's almost two decades old.
Palm Beach County said Tuesday it may not be able to meet the Thursday deadline to complete the machine recounts.
Which brings us to the other antiquated part of Florida voting: the timeline.
The timeline for the primary, general election, and reporting of votes is set by the legislature and has been largely unchanged for decades, even as Florida has grown to be the third-largest state in the country.
"The timeline we are on has been in for so long and it doesn't reflect the way we are voting today," Cowles said.
Cowles said Orange County will make the deadline this week, but warns between the quick timeline and old equipment in other larger counties, some may not.
Earlier this year, Florida received $19.2 million in federal election security money. However, that money was mainly designed to fortify voting systems against cyberthreats, not buy new equipment.
Debates over the timeline for voting and vote counts will need to be addressed by the legislature.
From the town of Wesley Chapel ...wait that’s not how the “Flintstones” theme song goes, but nevertheless, Fred Flintstone found himself in trouble with the law recently.
But it was all in fun, WTVT reported.
A deputy pretended to pull over Don Swartz, aka Fred Flintstone, for speeding through Bedrock, er, Meadow Pointe Subdivision of Wesley Chapel, in a Smart car, disguised as Fred’s footmobile, according to WTVT. That’s a “yabba dabba don’t.”
Officials said that he became “unruly” and needed to be detained before being given a notice to appear in court and released, WTVT reported.
Deputies then said they seized the footmobile and added it to the PSO fleet.
Photos of the “incident” were posted to the sheriff department’s Facebook page.
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