Scooby the Camel Returned to Owners After Getting Loose

Here’s a story with a happy ending. We don’t hear much about pet camels in the United States, so any camel story is an oddity.

Scooby looks like a fine specimen of a camel. Kudos to the police for not shooting him.

Now its up to his owner to figure out how to keep him from running loose again.

Toledo Blade

For an hour and a half, Scooby the camel was free to explore Springfield Township.

The adorable, friendly 1 1/2-year-old camel left his owner’s nearby property Friday afternoon and walked on Dorr Street near North McCord Road. He slowed traffic, but passing motorists seemed more concerned with snapping his picture.

And in the end, it was a neighbor studying animal welfare at Stautzenberger College who reported his escape to law enforcement. Lucas County sheriff’s deputies were on scene about 3 p.m.

Nicole Heffner, 21, was coming home from work when she saw cars backing up. He’s a friendly camel who loves his owner, she said.

“All of a sudden, I was like, ‘Camel’s out!’ ” she said.

The neighbors helped corral Scooby and return him home.

Owner Nabil Shaheen, 54, happily walked with Scooby back to the property. He was outside the county when he learned of the camel’s status.

“I was in Woodville, I got a call, ‘Your camel is loose.’ How, I have no idea. It’s all fenced in,” Mr. Shaheen said.

It was a frightening situation, Mr. Shaheen said, and he is glad no one was hurt. He purchased Scooby as a baby.

Mr. Shaheen praised Ms. Heffner for calling immediately as well as sheriff’s deputies for their help.

“They were awesome. They’re here for us,” Mr. Shaheen said.

Fake Uber driver picks up intoxicated women and rapes them

ANTWAN T. CROSBY. WANTED FOR MULTIPLE RAPES.

Fox4KC

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The Kansas City, Mo. Police Department is seeking the public’s help in locating a suspect in multiple rape cases.

Antwan T. Crosby, 33, is wanted on aggravated rape charges. He has been named in numerous sexual assault cases throughout the city.

Police said he is known to pick up intoxicated women in Westport and Power & Light District, and may be posing as an Uber driver.

A spokesperson for Uber, Kayla Whaling, said Crosby is not an Uber driver and has never been registered in their system. Uber has posted these tips and safety features on their website for anyone using the app.

FOX 4’s Shannon O’Brien went to Crosby’s address listed in the court documents. A woman inside the apartment would only yell at the FOX 4 crew through the door.

“He don’t live here. Would you get away from my door?” the woman said, adding, “Yeah, I knew him but he don’t live here… Get away from my door. No more questions.”

Court records state that the car used in the rapes was a red Pontiac Grand Prix registered to a woman Crosby knows. That car matches the description of one we found sitting outside of Crosby’s Lenexa apartment.

“Stop taking pictures of that car,” the woman inside the apartment demanded. When asked if that is the car that was used int he alleged rape, she replied, “no, get away from that car.”

People we spoke to in Westport are scared about sexual predators lurking around Kansas City’s entertainment districts, waiting to pounce on their victims who are not in a position to protect themselves.

“I feel like if I were that inebriated, I don’t think I would have that sense of weariness. I think I would just go with it,” said Arielle Kelly.

“I think it is a tricky situation, especially the more we become reliant on convenience I think it puts everyone in a dangerous spot,” Jess Bonniwell said.

If you have information on Crosby’s whereabouts, contact Crimestoppers at (816) 474-TIPS.

Information leading to an arrest and/or charges could be eligible for a reward up to $2,000. All information is anonymous.

Judge Orders Release of Crazy Woman Who Breached White House Perimeter 5 Times

Would a man be cut loose like Alicia Keppler? Or would he be sentenced to prison?

NBC Washington

A judge set free a South Carolina woman who admitted breaching security at the White House five times since 2016, including during the annual Easter Egg Roll in March.

Alicia Keppler, 32, must return to her home state of South Carolina and is prohibited from returning to Washington, D.C., for a year.

At a sentencing hearing Tuesday, a federal judge ordered Keppler also meet for interviews with the U.S. Secret Service for the next 12 months. The judge said Keppler, who has been held in a Washington jail since her most recent arrest in July, had served a sufficient amount of time in custody.

Keppler admitted a series of recent security breaches, including incursions of White House security perimeters during each of the last two 4th of July holidays.

According to court filings from prosecutors, Keppler also jumped a bicycle rack security barrier in March 2016.

“During that incident, Keppler claimed she lived at the White House,” the court filings said. “Items in her backpack included a bus ticket, a revoked South Carolina concealed weapons permit, a spiral notebook with letters written to an individual named ‘James,’ and the Gettysburg Address. The writings in the notebook did not indicate a motive for the White House penetrations, however, near the end of the writings Keppler mentioned visiting the White House and thoughts of suicide.”

Prosecutors said Keppler’s crime was a “serious one,” because it triggered a major response from law enforcement, endangering the safety of agents and nearby tourists. Prosecutors and defense attorneys said Keppler, who has a young daughter, is battling drug addiction.

“Given the defendant’s long history of erratic behavior and her seeming obsession with gaining access to the White House, the government believes that the defendant would benefit from comprehensive mental health services,” prosecutors said in their court filings.

Keppler’s attorney declined to comment after court proceedings Thursday. Keppler, who wore an orange jail jump suit during today’s proceedings, told the judge, “I’m good,” when asked to speak.

A judge denied prosecutors’ request Keppler be ordered to undergo psychiatric evaulations performed by U.S. Secret Service psychologists.

Keppler is one of at least 22 people prosecuted for breaching security at the White House or US Capitol since 2014, according to a News-4 I-Team investigation. Several of those arrested were repeat offenders, according to court filings reviewed by the I-Team.

We’ll be reading about Alicia again, I’m afraid. Her kind of crazy runs deep. And to make it worse, she has a child.

Doom On: Hurricane Irma will batter Florida and ‘devastate the United States,’ officials warn

There’s no way to know for sure in advance how well the U.S. will fare as Hurricane Irma makes landfall. What is for sure is that Al Gore will be saying, “I told you so.”

Excerpt from Washington Post via MSN

POMPANO BEACH, Fla. — Hurricane Irma continues to hurtle toward Florida’s doorstep, threatening to ravage the state with destruction not seen in a generation.

As the weather forecasts and warnings from officials grew increasingly dire, hundreds of thousands of people across Florida fled their homes before the rapidly closing window to escape Irma’s wrath slammed shut. Forecasters said Irma, a hurricane of remarkable size and power that already has battered islands across the Caribbean, would approach South Florida by Sunday morning and likely will slam into its southern tip before tracking north across a heavily populated area.

“It’s not a question of if Florida’s going to be impacted, it’s a question of how bad Florida’s going to be impacted,” William “Brock” Long, administrator of the Federal Emergency Management Agency, said at a news briefing Friday.

Officials in Georgia and the Carolinas — where heavy rains and flooding are expected early next week — declared emergencies Friday, but attention remained focused on Florida. Forecasts call for up to 20 inches of rain and thrashing winds no matter how the storm pivots before hitting the mainland United States.

“Irma is likely to make landfall in Florida as a dangerous major hurricane, and will bring life-threatening wind impacts to much of the state regardless of the exact track of the center,” the National Hurricane Center said.

The center said that Irma, which had maximum sustained winds near 155 mph and higher gusts on Friday as it passed between the Central Bahamas and north coast of Cuba, was expected to remain a powerful Category 4 hurricane.

Local, state and federal officials have offered ominous warnings as the storm zeroed in on Florida, making clear how much danger they felt the Sunshine State could face in coming days. Long urged people from Alabama to North Carolina to monitor and prepare for the storm, calling it “a threat that is going to devastate the United States, either Florida or some of the southeastern states.”

Floridians are familiar with ominous forecasts and hurricane warnings, and many have painful memories of Hurricane Andrew, which made landfall as a Category 5 monster in 1992, and other storms that brought lashing rain and winds. But when asked about people in South Florida who intend to ride out the storm at home, Long was blunt.

“I can guarantee you that I don’t know anybody in Florida that’s ever experienced what’s about to hit South Florida,” Long said. “They need to get out and listen and heed the warnings.”

Mark DeMaria, acting deputy director of the hurricane center, said Friday afternoon that the latest models showed the storm track shifting slightly to the west, putting southwest Florida in particular jeopardy for the most violent winds while all of South Florida will have significant impacts.

“We really want to emphasize the very vulnerable Southwest Florida area,” DeMaria said.

Florida Gov. Rick Scott (R) has warned people that evacuation zones could expand and said that all Floridians “should be prepared” to leave their homes. Scott also has cited the memories of Andrew, calling Irma “more devastating on its current path,” and warned that much of the state could be imperiled.

Newsweek via Yahoo reports on the Al Gore connection to Hurricane Irma. Here’s an excerpt:

The back-to-back disasters may not be directly caused by climate change, but the intensification of global warming certainly played a factor, scientists say. Rising temperatures on the earth’s surface and sea can “badly exacerbate” the impact of a storm, climate scientist Anders Levermann told Bloomberg earlier this week. That echoes research by MIT meteorology expert Kerry Emanuel, who in March said that “climate change potentially affects the frequency, intensity and tracks of tropical cyclones.”

In spite of science, climate deniers and skeptics, like President Trump, who pulled the U.S. out of the Paris Agreement on climate change earlier in 2017, continue to dismiss the effects of human activities affecting our environment. But Irma and company are just the beginning. By the end of the 21st century, according to the Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Laboratory, hurricanes will be a lot more powerful and dangerous due to rising temperatures of seawater.

Someone tried to warn us—even as little as a month ago.

Ha! I think Newsweek meant to say that someone tried to make money off the manmade global warming hoax a month ago. Here’s that someone:

As Rahm Emmanuel used to say: Never let a crisis go to waste.

A final reminder:

If I understand the law correctly, shelters must accept pets. Hotels do not have to accept animals except for service animals. Never tie an animal up or leave it inside to drown in a flood prone area.

Equifax Security Breach Should Lead to Executive Arrests

WHEN YOU FIND OUT THAT HACKERS HAVE YOUR PERSONAL INFO.

Wikipedia reports that a class action lawsuit against naming Equifax as defendant has already been filed in Oregon.

First, an explanation of what happened and how it may affect you. Then a explanation of how we might be able to see to it that those responsible are prosecuted under criminal statutes.

BBC

US lawmakers attacked credit report giant Equifax after the company revealed that 143 million US customers may have had their information stolen.

Two Congressional committee chairmen said they would hold hearings into the data breach, one of the biggest ever reported in the US.
Several state prosecutors also said they would investigate.

Shares in Equifax dropped by almost 14% on Wall Street as investors weighed up how the incident would affect the firm.

Rep Jeb Hensarling, who leads the House Financial Services Committee, said: “Every breach leaves consumers exposed and vulnerable to identity theft, fraud and a host of other crimes, and they deserve answers.”

That committee and the commerce committee will hold hearings.
Also on Friday, attorneys general in New York, Illinois, Massachusetts, Connecticut and Pennsylvania said they were opening state investigations into the data breach.

Credit card details
The breach puts people at risk of identity theft and other forms of fraud.

Equifax said it found signs of unauthorised access to data including names, addresses and Social Security numbers at the end of July.

Customers in the UK and Canada had also been affected. The hackers also accessed credit card information from more than 200,000 people.
The company set up a website for people to learn if they were among those whose information had been accessed and sign up for free credit and identity theft monitoring.

The website required people to waive the right to sue, drawing outrage. The company later clarified that the clause only applied to people who signed up for the credit monitoring services, and not to actions arising over damage suffered due to the data breach.

Equifax handles data on more than 820 million consumers and 91 million businesses worldwide, according to its website. It performs services such as credit checks, employment verification and identity theft monitoring.

The best writing I’ve seen on this outrageous betrayal of American consumers comes from Karl Denninger, who understands that data can be made secure when people do their job. I’m excerpting from his piece on how to deal with the arrogant, cheap CEOs of companies that put our financial futures at risk.

Market Ticker

It’s time to start locking people up and destroying businesses with federal criminal indictments.

The Internet has made many things very easy — and fast. But it has also made many things quite-insecure, especially when corners are cut.

The solution is to force Equifax to eat the cost of ANY fraud that ensues and all costs of its cleanup including liquidated damages for your time and effort on a permanent basis since they, and not you, decided to use an identifier never intended for that purpose and in addition they, and not you, were grossly negligent in failing to secure said data. In addition forcing all of these firms to allow no-cost lock and unlock options for consumers where locking your file at one bureau does so at all of them and can be done at zero cost at any time for any reason on a permanent basis would actually mitigate said risk. Finally, deeming any credit opened while you have locked your file as conclusively fraudulent and uncollectable with liquidated damages payable to you if someone does it anyway would shift the burden from you for said incidents to them.

And finally we can start by indicting right now the executives at Equifax who sold stock after the breach occurred and before it was reported along with indicting the company itself under federal Racketeering statutes — they claim they didn’t know but I call bull**** on that and demand an immediate felony criminal investigation of both the executives and company including but not limited to the immediate seizure of every single electronic device owed by said executives and the company that might hold evidence documenting that they’re lying.

But instead of doing the right thing what we get is more mealy-mouthed bull****, and you, America, sit for it.

Reminder, Florida: As You Evacuate, Please Take Your Beloved Animals with You

They depend on you.

Mystery! Australian Man Emerges from Ocean with Ankles Covered in Blood

It’s winter in Australia. Shouldn’t the nasties in ocean water be hibernating or something? The experts don’t know what’s going on here.

Excerpt from The Telegraph

A teenager emerged from a beach in Australia with blood all over his legs after tiny sea bugs “ate through his skin”, leaving marine experts struggling to solve the identity the mysterious creatures.

In an incident likened to a scene from a horror film, Sam Kanizay, 16, went to Brighton beach in Melbourne on Saturday and spent 30 minutes standing in the water to sooth his legs after a football game. When he walked out, his legs were covered by creatures that are believed to be some form of flesh-eating bug.

“I walked out and saw what I thought was sand covering my calf and shook it off, and by the time I’d walked across the sand …. I looked down and noticed I had blood all over my ankles,” he told 3AW Radio.

“It took a while to get all the blood off and it came back pretty quickly… It sort of looked like hundreds of little pinholes or pin-sized bites distributed all over my ankle and the top of my foot.”

Jarrod Kanizay, Sam’s father, said his son was calm and not in any pain. But the family rushed him to hospital when it became clear that the blood “wasn’t washing away”.

“They ate through Sam’s skin and made it bleed profusely,” he said.

Mr Kanizay returned to the beach on Sunday night with a net filled with raw meat and captured tiny bugs which he believes were responsible. He then released a video of the creatures devouring the meat.

“What is really clear is these little things really love meat,” he said.

Experts have given mixed assessments of the identity of the bugs which attacked the 16-year-old, noting that the creatures filmed by Mr Kanizay may have been different to those which attacked his son.

Hospital officials initially told Sam they thought the creatures were a form of sea lice but “were all on Google and … had 10 different hypotheses” .

Richard Reina, an expert on marine biology at Monash University, agreed that the creatures were probably sea lice, noting that such attacks were “very rare” and that beachgoers should not be alarmed.

“When it happens you brush it off, or move, or get out of the water and there’s no consequence, whereas in this case, Sam was standing in cold water for quite a long time,” he told news.com.au.

“He probably thought the pins and needles he described was the cold and didn’t realise there were crustaceans chewing on his feet.”

Others said sea lice were unlikely to be the culprits as they were not known to launch such a vigorous attack.

Michael Brown, a marine expert, said he believed the creatures could be “jellyfish larvae”.

“I’ve been doing this for coming on 20 years now and I’ve never seen anything like this,” he told Channel Seven.

Jeff Weir, executive director of the Dolphin Research Institute, said the culprit was likely to be a type of amphipod, a tiny shrimp-like crustacean.

Mr Weir told ABC News he suffered a similar experience while on a night dive.

“It was very cold, probably, about this time of year, and when I got out of the water I realised my forehead was bleeding and parts of my cheeks were bleeding,” he said.

An American woman in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, went for a little ocean dip. The Daily Mail ran this photo of her leg a week ago, taken while she was ICU:

Adding to the danger posed by big sharks, we have the danger posed by tiny creatures. Maybe man is supposed to stay out of the water.