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Houston Ranks #2 in U.S. Postal Service Dog Bite National Rankings
Business News, U.S.

Houston Ranks #2 in U.S. Postal Service Dog Bite National Rankings

HOUSTON, May 30, 2024 /PRNewswire/ -- The U.S. Postal Service has released its annual dog bite national rankings, with Houston placing second in the country. In 2023, there were 56 reported dog attacks on Postal Service employees in the city, highlighting the ongoing need for increased awareness and preventive measures. The release of these rankings coincides with the USPS 2024 National Dog Bite Awareness Campaign, which runs from June 2 to June 9. This year’s theme, "Don't let your dog bite the hand that serves you," aims to educate dog owners on responsible pet ownership and ensure the safety of mail carriers. "Letter carriers are exposed to potential hazards every day, none more prevalent than a canine encounter. All it takes is one interaction for a letter carrier to possibl...
FBI Seeks Additional Victims of a Former Tutor in Child Sexual Abuse Investigation
Louisiana

FBI Seeks Additional Victims of a Former Tutor in Child Sexual Abuse Investigation

NEW ORLEANS, Feb. 6, 2024 - The FBI’s New Orleans Division is calling for public assistance to identify potential victims in the child sexual abuse investigation involving Stephen Andrew Cipkin. Cipkin has been charged with child sexual abuse and other related offenses in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Louisiana. Investigations have uncovered that Cipkin initiated an online child exploitation scheme starting in 2022, spanning Suffolk County, New York, and Northwest Louisiana. Cipkin, who also worked as a tutor in New York, used several online usernames, including “sac8635”, “ArabellaC”, “Human no-more”, “numb little bug”, “Swiffer1”, “@onlygoodguy”, and “Ur_Perfect_Daddy”. Stephen Andrew Cipkin (FBI) Individuals or guardians of minors who have had any interactio...
AMBER Alert for 7-Year-Old Boy Abducted in Jefferson
Iowa

AMBER Alert for 7-Year-Old Boy Abducted in Jefferson

JEFFERSON, IA - Authorities have issued an AMBER Alert for 7-year-old Bryson Duong, an Asian male, who went missing on Jan. 30, 2024. Bryson is described as having black hair, brown eyes, about 3 feet 6 inches tall, and weighing 60 pounds. He was last seen wearing a black coat, black snow pants, a hat, and glasses. The suspect is 34-year-old Brandon Duong. They may be in a black Toyota Tacoma, Iowa license plate DFV202. Anyone with information is urged to contact law enforcement. Bryson Duong
Amber Alert: Scarlett Smith, 14, Missing in Gonzales, Texas
Texas

Amber Alert: Scarlett Smith, 14, Missing in Gonzales, Texas

GONZALES, Texas - Jan. 29, 2024 - The Gonzales County Sheriff's Office is actively seeking information regarding the whereabouts of Scarlett Smith, a 14-year-old girl last seen in the 15700 block of West US 90 A, Gonzales, TX at approximately 11:00 PM on Jan. 29, 2024. Scarlett is described as a white female with hazel eyes and red or auburn hair. She is about 54 inches tall and weighs approximately 187 pounds. At the time of her disappearance, she was wearing a red Nike hoodie. The primary suspect in this abduction is Barry Van Mersbergen, also known as Ben, a 22-year-old white male. He has brown eyes and brown hair, stands about 62 inches tall, and weighs around 160 pounds. They may be traveling in a brown 2012 GMC Terrain with Texas license plate number 3RVWG. The Gonz...
Grassroots organizers speak out against Gov. Ivey’s request for more time to carry out executions after botched executions
Alabama

Grassroots organizers speak out against Gov. Ivey’s request for more time to carry out executions after botched executions

Press Release (December 22, 2022) - Grassroots organizers are speaking out against Gov. Kay Ivey’s letter asking the Alabama Supreme Court for more time to execute Alabamians after a series of botched executions in recent months. Alabama’s current law makes it illegal for the Department of Corrections to carry out a death warrant after 11:59 p.m., the day of the execution.  Alabama failed to carry out executions twice in two months – September and November 2022 – and three times since 2018. In July 2022, the state carried out an execution, but after a three-hour delay caused by a similar situation of not being able to start the IV line for the lethal injection.  “The League of Women Voters of Alabama continues to be troubled by the state’s lack of adequate res...
Virginia Deputy kills three, sets fire to home in California after meeting 15-year-old online
California

Virginia Deputy kills three, sets fire to home in California after meeting 15-year-old online

November 25, 2022 - Austin Lee Edwards, now a former Virginia police officer was killed in a shootout after he drove across the county, committed a triple homicide and set fire to a home in Riverside, California. He did this after ‘catfishing’ a teenage girl in to thinking he was a 17-year-old boy. Edwards killed both of her grandparents and her mother before setting the home on fire. Edwards was spotted driving with the teenager in San Bernardino County. He was killed by a deputy after exchanging gunfire when sheriff’s deputies tried to stop him. Police are still investigating and have not determined if it was a kidnapping but police stated they have no reason to believe she was complicit in the murders or fire. Austin Lee Edwards (Riverside Police Department) ...
Uvalde parents, teachers, staff, and students are  seeking billions in compensation in a new class action lawsuit
Texas

Uvalde parents, teachers, staff, and students are seeking billions in compensation in a new class action lawsuit

The families of victims, teachers, staff, and students have now filed a class action lawsuit in the United States District Court - Western District of Texas (Austin Division). The lawsuit alleges, what we already know about how police in Uvalde dropped the ball tremendously in securing the school from the active shooter that killed 21 people including 19 students and two teachers. Plaintiff's are seeking over $27 billion in compensation. The lawsuit names the Uvalde Consolidated Independent School District, Uvalde School Police Department, (including Chief Pedro Arrendondo), and Texas Department of Public Safety, as well as others as defendants. From the complaint: "In administering the schools under its control, CISD employed its own policedepartment (“CISD-PD”). Not o...
Mayor Turner: “Our children deserve better”, after federal judge blocks law prohibiting handguns for young adults
Texas, U.S.

Mayor Turner: “Our children deserve better”, after federal judge blocks law prohibiting handguns for young adults

In a court ruling today, a federal judge in Texas signed an order that effectively blocks a law that was enacted after the Uvalde massacre. The law made it a crime for young adults between 18 and 20 years old from carrying handguns for self-defense outside of their homes. In his order, United States District Judge, Mark Pittman ruled that it prohibiting young adults that are between the ages of 18 and 20 years old goes against the Second Amendment. Mayor Sylvester Turner released the following statement Thursday night: "The State of Texas has not changed a single law since Uvalde. Now, just as young students are returning to school, high school seniors who are just turning 18 can openly carry a handgun? Making gun access – with no background checks or training - is making it hard...
Hertz is being sued again after customers were wrongly accused of stealing cars
Florida, U.S.

Hertz is being sued again after customers were wrongly accused of stealing cars

A lawsuit has been filed in Florida after several customers were reported to police for stealing cars from Hertz. This caused the police to not only pull them over, but in some cases, the customers were held at gunpoint, arrested, and charged with grand theft auto. Similar cases have been filed across the country over the last few years. According to the lawsuit, filed in Miami's 11th Judicial Circuit, on August 15, 2022, this is not a new problem and has been happening for years and accuses the car rental company of putting profits first, and their customer's liberty and freedom last by ignoring policies they enacted to deal with "overdue" and "lost inventory" case. Furthermore, the lawsuit quotes Hertz from an article written in The Philadelphia Inquirer on August 3, 2020, by Sam ...