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  2. “Florida Man” mugshots and stories are a genre of their own these days — but two recent bookings from the Sunshine State may have upped the game even higher. Lawrence Sullivan, a 30-year-old tattoo model from the Miami area, was arrested for violating his probation from a charge in 2017, where his inked visage first took the internet by storm, according to the Tampa Bay Times. Back then, the “Miami Joker” was arrested after police received a call that someone was pointing a gun at vehicles. When they arrived, police said Sullivan told them he had a gun in his pocket and that he didn’t have a permit because it was too expensive. Be the first to know. No one covers what is happening in our community better than we do. And with a digital subscription, you'll never miss a local story. SIGN ME UP! Play Video Duration 2:48 Bond court hearing for Miami ‘Joker’ lookalike Lawrence Patrick Sullivan — whose green hair and tattooed face bears a striking resemblance to The Joker — was stopped by police Tuesday, May 23, 2017, outside the Hammocks Place Apartments in West Kendall. People had called in to police earlier i By McClatchy It’s not clear how he violated his probation, which led to his arrest on Nov. 13, according to Fox 13. But social media users became fascinated with his facial tattoos, which include a shock of electric green hair, a Glasgow smile, a cross and teardrop under each darkened eye socket, and the world “Joker” and a Batman symbol on his forehead. But the Joker isn’t the only Florida Man enjoying some internet fame. In Escambia County on Tuesday, police arrested Charles Dion McDowell on charges of fleeing and eluding police, possession of meth, cocaine and marijuana, and other drug charges. “McDowell is currently a guest at the GoldStar Hotel with a bond of $57,000. #Gotcha,” the sheriff’s office wrote. But what stuck out to people wasn’t his list of charges — it was his extraordinarily large neck. The jokes — and there are many of them — just kept coming, and the post soon had more than 200,000 comments and just as many shares by Thursday morning. Play Video Duration 1:51 These (not so) smooth criminals should stick to their day jobs Sometimes the “perfect crime” doesn't quite play out as intended. Here are some criminals who could use some practice. By McClatchy
  3. She's been dubbed the Kim Kardashian look-alike of Mexico – a raven-haired, perfectly made up beauty queen fond of flaunting her designer dresses, oversized sunglasses and bikini body for what was a growing flock of followers across social media. Many of whom seem to love her. Others, not so much. Meet Emma Coronel Aispuro, the 29-year-old wife of Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán, and the mother of their twin seven-year-old daughters. “Emma doesn’t appear to be too shy, and continues to stay in the forefront with social media exposure,” Lenny DePaul, a retired Chief Inspector and Commander of the U.S Marshals Service, told Fox News. "She is now, and always was, someone to flaunt for the notorious drug lord.” Her “public figure” Instagram account as of Thursday had more than 400,000 followers - and was groing rapidly by the day. Until it was apparently deactivated. Among the posted content was a video posing for a selfie outside court with an apparent fan, paparazzi pictures of her donning all black, and flanked by guards and umbrellas heading out of the first day of her husband’s trial on Tuesday, along with the caption in Spanish “no matter what happens, I promised to be always and here I am. I’ll love you all my life.” There were also snaps of a glammed-out Aispuro lounging poolside, surrounded by paparazzi as she strolls to her waiting car in oversized sunglasses, shooting a gun at an indoor range (with the phrase “practicing”), taking in a Yankees game, posing in a bikini on the beach, selfies with a “Halloween” reveler dressed El Chapo, and holding the hands of her twin daughters – who are always seen in matching dresses - and even have matching Louis Vuitton handbags. But the pictures that hit the headlines – and ignited a firestorm – were from the elaborate Barbie-themed birthday party she threw in September to celebrate the twins seventh birthday. The lavish affair featured life-sized Barbie mannequins, thousands of balloons and flowers, carnival-style rides, and a Barbie "Boutique," all staged at a location that looked like a Hollywood movie set. Those twins, by the way, were both born American citizens, since Aispuro crossed the Mexican border and gave birth to them at a hospital in Lancaster, Calif. - without filling in the paternal name on either birth certificate. Aispuro and her husband may have gotten that idea from her own experience since she, too, was born in Northern Calfifornia, even though her father was a known member of the Sinaloa drug cartel. Emma Coronel Aispuro, wife of accused Mexican drug lord Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman, arrives for a pre-trial hearing at Brooklyn Federal Courthouse in the Brooklyn borough of New York, on August 14, 2018. (Photo by TIMOTHY A. CLARY / AFP) (Photo credit should read TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images) And what appears to be her twitter account - it's unverified - has been largely dedicated to her husband, filled with shout-outs in Spanish. But the account hasn't seen much action since last year. “The night arrives and my heart remembers you, here where you always reside and where no one will erase you or replace you,” she wrote two days after Guzmán was extradited to the United States, in January 2017. Aispuro is believed to Guzmán’s third or the fourth wife – with whom he married before divorcing at least one or two others. The other former spouses, according to officials in Mexico, lead very under-the-radar lives. Guzman met Aispuro on a dance floor, when she was just 17. Months later, Guzmán reportedly paid to ensure she won a Coffee and Guava Festival beauty contest in Canelas, Mexico – although she has denied the sash was earned by anything by merit. Most recently, Aispuro swapped her more curve-hugging designer duds for conservative blouses and streamlined black suits, for courthouse appearances. Derek Maltz, former Special Agent in Charge of the Drug Enforcement Administration Special Operations Division in New York, surmised Aispuro is ultimately playing a strategic public relations campaign. “It seems like the defense team is showcasing Emma and the kids in public so people may feel sorry for this man who will most likely be in jail the rest of his life,” he said. “Chapo was well-known to be a ladies’ man in Mexico and it didn’t seem like Emma played a major role in his life during the height of his criminal activities.” UNPRECEDENTED SECURITY PROTECTING JURORS, OTHERS AT EL CHAPO TRIAL MANIPULATION, FEAR, SNITCHES, AND A NEW CELL: BEHIND THE SCENES AS EL CHAPO GOES TO TRIAL In recent years, she has also taken on the role of Guzmán’s human rights and prison rights advocate. Soon after he was re-captured by Mexican authorities in 2016, she gave a demure, poised interview to Telemundo expressing concerns that the guards “don’t let him sleep and he has no privacy,” that she was “afraid” for his life and softly requesting that they treat him well and with dignity. Aispuro has since campaigned for her husband before an array of humanitarian groups in Washington D.C., including the Organization of American States. She has also advocated for his rights while behind bars in New York. While Aispuro’s apparent breeziness and love for her husband, despite him once being the most feared man in the world, the dark underworld of cartels is said to be nothing new to her. “She is the daughter of another Mexican drug trafficker, so she was brought up in the business. They had to be married deep in Sinaloa countryside and their ‘reception’ amounted to a party on one of his ranches up in the hills,” said one former DEA official, referring to their secretive, July, 2007 nuptials. “As a U.S. citizen, she was able to legally cross the border and gave birth to Guzmán’s twin daughters in California, thus ensuring they too were U.S. citizens.” Several other law enforcement officials also confirmed that, while his formal occupation was as a cattle rancher, Aispuro’s father, Inés Coronel Barreras, was connected to high levels of the Sinaloa cartel, and was believed to have cultivated opium poppies and marijuana. Incidentally, no photographs of their wedding have ever surfaced. Her lifestyle and penchant for Prada purses, however, raises questions about how she lives the high life. Although the U.S indictment against Guzmán asserts he was worth some $14 billion, it seems little south of the border has been seized – allowing her to lead a life of luxury. According to DePaul, when it comes to freezing and seizing assets owned by the notorious drug lord, the onus is on the Mexican authorities to “take the lead.” “I am sure the investigators here in the U.S. have been looking at Emma Aispuro for some time and will continue to monitor her digital footprints and her every move. Sadly, the millions of dollars, as well as real estate and jewelry, makes for a great bargaining tool when it comes to corruption,” contended DePaul. “It is a known fact that the bribing of prison officials and Mexican law enforcement existed when he escaped from his jail cell.” J.T. Patten, a former government intelligence operative, told Fox News Aispuro's expenses are “paid for in cash and or are ‘arranged’ payments through family, business associates, and legal counsel.” “I am quite certain that anything around her has been ‘legitimized’,” he said. “But most likely, any illicit connections have been cut.” According to one U.S. government official connected to the Guzmán case, Aispuro is in the clear of any wrongdoing. A well-placed Mexican law enforcement source also told Fox News that investigations determined “Chapo and Emma’s dad decided not to involve Emma in his criminal net.” “She has a mid to high-level house in Mexico City,” said the source. “But people still wonder why she has all those nice things.” The Mexican Government’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs, as well as the Mexican Embassy in Washington, did not respond to a request for comment. Emma Coronel Aispuro, (2nd-R) wife of Joaquin Guzman the Mexican drug lord known as "El Chapo," arrives with their children at the Brooklyn Federal Courthouse in Brooklyn, New York, U.S., February 15, 2018. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid - RC1EC531B6B0 Another Mexican law enforcement authority asserted that Aispuro is loved in Sinaloa, but outside that sphere "is not well-liked." “Mexicans are frustrated over the way this person can spend the illegal proceeds. So much money has been made over the last 30 years but this ruthless criminal,” said Maltz. “Emma’s side circus should not distract anyone now that has the job of convicting Chapo and serving justice for all those who have died due to Cartels.” Aispuro cannot be compelled to testify against Guzmán, under the marital defense. But DePaul stressed “authorities are not taking any risks with regards to Emma and El Chapo.” She has been denied permission for visitation to converse with her husband since his extradition from Mexico to the U.S in January 2017 – being branded as something of a security liability. Their contact has thus been nothing more than a wave across the courtroom, with Guzmán’s request to “hug his wife” denied by the judge last week. FILE - In this Jan. 19, 2017 file photo provided U.S. law enforcement, authorities escort Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman, center, from a plane to a waiting caravan of SUVs at Long Island MacArthur Airport, in Ronkonkoma, N.Y. A jury has been picked for the U.S. trial of the Mexican drug lord. Seven women and five men were selected Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2018, as jurors in the case against Guzman. The trial is set to begin Nov. 13 with opening statements in federal court in Brooklyn. (U.S. law enforcement via AP, File) Despite a flagrant reputation of philandering with prostitutes and other ladies – Aispuro is said to have remained deeply dedicated to the kingpin, who she incessantly proclaims as the love of her life. “It’s a balance between looking like a princess but remaining part of the people,” Patten added. “She will need to come off like a beloved celebrity over a greedy elite dictator’s wife.” Aispuro did not respond to an interview request.
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  5. Some audience members at a performance of “Fiddler on the Roof” in Baltimore were sent scrambling out of their seats Wednesday when a theatergoer shouted “Heil Hitler, Heil Trump” and made the Nazi salute during intermission, according to police. Anthony Derlunas, 58, allegedly told police he was motivated by his hatred of President Trump and had been heavily drinking before the outburst from his balcony seat at the Hippodrome Theatre, the Baltimore Sun reported. “People started running,” audience member Rich Scherr told the Sun. “I’ll be honest, I was waiting to hear a gunshot. I thought, ‘Here we go.’” About 1,000 people were in attendance during the show. GRAPHIC LANGUAGE 10.6K people are talking about this Twitter Ads info and privacy "Everything just got really, really quiet. And then I heard this guy screaming: "Heil Hitler! Heil Trump!," he said. Samit Verma was seated in the balcony when he saw a man mimicking a Nazi salute. “The people around me appeared to be quite shaken by the incident,” Verma said. “There were some people in tears.” Derlunas allegedly told investigators he was reminded of Trump during the play’s final scene before the break. He was escorted out the venue by security a few minutes later and has been banned from the theatre for life. He did not respond to the Sun’s requests for comment. He was not arrested but was issued a stop ticket, which is the least-severe measure taken by the police when responding to a complaint. It does not carry fines and doesn’t require a follow-up from the recipient. “As reprehensible as those words are, they are considered protected free speech because nobody was directly threatened,” police spokesman Matt Jablow said in an email. In a Facebook post, the theatre said Derlunas behavior "will not be tolerated" and that the "venue has a proud tradition of providing shared experiences to people from all walks of life." Authorities could have charged Derlunas with disorderly conduct, said Dana Vickers Shelley, executive director of the American Civil Liberties Union of Maryland. They instead gave him “what sounds like a ticket for jaywalking or less,” she said. Uniformed police will be stationed at the Hippodrome for the remaining “Fiddler” shows through Sunday, Jablow said, adding that the extra security measure was not requested by the theatre. “Fiddler” tells the story of a Jewish family facing persecution in Russia. “It is a story inherently about Jews being made not to feel welcome, and here is this bozo who decided to express that he felt we should not be welcome here either,” said audience member Theodore Casser. The incident comes in the midst of a rise in anti-Semitism and hate crimes nationwide and weeks after a gunman killed 11 people inside a Pittsburgh synagogue in October. A recently released FBI report shows a 37 percent spike in anti-Semitic hate crimes in the U.S. and a 17 percent increase in hate crimes overall.
  6. Fox News aired a commercial this week for TRUMPY BEAR . . . A teddy bear with PRESIDENT TRUMP-like hair, a red tie, and a pouch in the back that holds an American flag blanket. The whole thing sounds kind of cheesy . . . and the commercial is even cheesier. It left a lot of people wondering if it was some kind of joke or parody. And if it was meant to make fun of Trump, would Fox allow it to air? The fact is, this thing is real, and it's no joke. Believe it or not, that commercial is totally sincere. This thing is meant as a TRIBUTE to Trump. It even has its own website, GetTrumpyBear.com. Trumpy Bear is made in China and sold by a Dallas-based company called Exceptional Products. They also bought regional air time on Fox in New York City. After the spot aired, Trumpy Bear went viral. JIMMY KIMMEL even cracked on it.
  7. Right around this time last year, a story went viral out of Philadelphia. A woman named Kate McClure ran out of gas in Philadelphia in the middle of the night and she didn't have any cash. And a homeless guy named Johnny Bobbitt walked to the gas station and used HIS last $20 to help her out. So Kate and her husband Mark D'Amico set up a GoFundMe to thank him . . . and it wound up raising $400,000. A pretty great, heartwarming story, right? Well, we should've all known better. It turns out the three of them came up with the story together as a way to scam people out of money. Apparently Kate and Mark met Johnny about a month earlier, and then they met up with him a few times and gave him some money . . . and they all came up with the story together. And Kate and Mark were also hoping to land a book deal out of it. Now they're all facing criminal charges of conspiracy and theft by deception. Kate and Mark turned themselves in on Wednesday . . . and Johnny was arrested later that night.
  8. It's good to see America's most prestigious university focusing its research efforts on ball gags and furry handcuffs. According to a new study out of Harvard of all places, people are WAY KINKIER than you realize. 22% of people in the study said they're into doing fetish stuff, and another 40% are intrigued. That means right around two-thirds of people are down with getting kinky. In terms of the most common fetish stuff people have done, 58% have used adult toys . . . 46% have done some kind of bondage or S&M . . . 40% have had the naughtiest, filthiest type of sex . . . and 24% have been in a threesome or orgy. The study also found the most popular fetish is, quote, "humiliation and power."
  9. Thanksgiving is next week, so here are seven cooking hazards you should be aware of . . . and how to avoid them. 1. Salmonella. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has already announced a salmonella outbreak linked to undercooked turkey. So it's even more important that you wash your hands EVERY time you touch raw turkey. Even rinsing the bird in the sink can be dangerous, because you can spray turkey juice around. So disinfect anything that comes in contact with the turkey before it's cooked. 2. Defrosting the turkey. The safest way to defrost the turkey is in the refrigerator, that way it's always kept under 40 degrees. And when it's defrosting, make sure it's in a container that won't leak, and place it at the bottom of the fridge so no juice drips onto other food in the fridge. 3. Stuffing. If you like to cook stuffing IN the bird, put it in a pan after the turkey is done and place it back in the oven until it reaches 165 degrees. That way there's no undercooked turkey juices in it. Of course, you can also cook it entirely separately too. 4. Knife injuries. Get your knives sharpened this weekend, before you need to use them. You'd think a sharp edge makes it more likely to cut yourself, but it's actually the opposite because knives slip more when they're not sharp. 5. Burns. If you're working over the stove, be careful with long sleeves, jewelry, or anything that could catch on the side of a pan and pull it off the stove. Also, keep a fire extinguisher under your sink just in case. 6. Leaving food out. It's something we don't really think about on Thanksgiving, but leaving food out at room temperature for more than two hours can be dangerous. Instead, you can put food out a little at a time or reheat it throughout the day. Just set your oven to low and rotate in the cooked food to keep it hot. 7. Reheating leftovers. In general, make sure any leftovers are heated to 165 degrees to kill any bacteria. If you don't have a thermometer, just make sure your food is steaming hot before you eat it.
  10. Apparently, if you spend more than fifty bucks on Thanksgiving dinner this year, you're a sucker? The American Farm Bureau Federation just released its 33rd annual study on how much it should cost to serve Thanksgiving dinner this year. And they say that you should be able to serve dinner for 10 people for just $48.90, or less than $5 per person. That's based on serving these 10 things: Turkey . . . stuffing . . . sweet potatoes . . . rolls with butter . . . peas . . . cranberries . . . a veggie tray . . . pumpkin pie with whipped cream . . . milk . . . and coffee. The $48.90 total cost is down 22 cents from last year, mostly thanks to slightly lower prices for turkey. For the first time ever, the study also added some new optional foods this year: Ham . . . Russet potatoes . . . and green beans. If you also serve those, it will add $12.82, taking you up to $61.72 for the meal.
  11. Hey look, here's proof that selfies can actually be a GOOD thing sometimes. There's a 21-year-old guy named Cristopher Precopia in Georgetown, Texas. And in September of last year, he was arrested at his job . . . after his ex said he broke into her house and sliced the letter "X" into her chest with a box cutter. Cristopher was facing 99 years in prison on a charge of felony burglary with intent to commit other crimes. Until he was saved . . . by a SELFIE. His ex said he attacked her on September 20th, 2017 at around 7:20 P.M. But Cristopher was with his family on that day at that time, about 65 miles away from his ex's house . . . and he had a SELFIE to prove it. He'd posted the selfie on Facebook, and the timestamps and the geo-location on the picture showed it would've been impossible for Cristopher to have committed the crime. It took a long time for him to finally clear his name, but the prosecutors have now dropped all the charges. His ex eventually admitted she made up the whole thing because she was still angry at him. So far, she isn't facing any charges for falsely accusing him, but the cops are investigating.
  12. Today is National Fast Food Day. Or, as Americans call it, Friday. In honor of today's holiday, a lot of the major fast food chains are offering deals, including McDonald's, Burger King, Wendy's, Arby's, Pizza Hut, and Sonic. Most of the deals involve you downloading their app. So if you go get fast food today, ask them if they're doing a special deal. And when the person behind the counter inevitably gives you a confused, blank stare, quickly download their app to get more information.
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    ... DEVELOPING ... STAND BY The Kramer Show. Heard on 101.1 in Panama City. Click here to listen live. Call the show at (850) 233-9988 Email the show at kramer@newstalk101.com Remember, you can sign in on this forum and post by signing in using your Facebook account! 6:00 --- SHOW PREP MEETING --- 6:30 --- ON THIS DAY --- --- BIRTHDAYS --- 7:00 --- GUEST --- *) Public Adjuster MIKE RUMP is on the show from Continental Public Adjusters. He can and will answer ALL of your questions about insurance and how you can get the most from your insurance company! Call us up at (850) 233-9988 and talk to Rump. He's here to save your BUTT! You can also go to their website at www.continentalpublicadjusters.com Call Rump and his crew at 844-811-RUMP 7:30 --- GUEST --- *) Public Adjuster MIKE RUMP is on the show from Continental Public Adjusters. He can and will answer ALL of your questions about insurance and how you can get the most from your insurance company! Call us up at (850) 233-9988 and talk to Rump. He's here to save your BUTT! You can also go to their website at www.continentalpublicadjusters.com Call Rump and his crew at 844-811-RUMP 8:00 *) GUEST - Attorney David Lowe. (954) 534-4964 ---- David will discuss he is a free attorney. ---- Why to be careful about signing 3rd party contracts. Tree removal, etc. ---- Rebuilding community ---- Tarps contracts - SIGN EM! 8:30 --- GUEST --- *) Harvey Cohen
  16. The reason we shop on Black Friday is for deals. Or because we have a fetish of getting punched in the face over a child's toy. By now, pretty much every store's Black Friday ad has leaked. So the website WalletHub.com analyzed them and figured out the average discount that every store is offering. The average discount is 37% off across all stores, which is down from 40.2% just three years ago. But it's just about the same as last year. The department store chain Belk has the best average discount this year, at 68.9%. The other stores with an average over 50% off are: JCPenney . . . Stage . . . Kohl's . . . New York & Company . . . and Payless. The store with the worst discount is . . . True Value hardware stores, at just 16.3%. The other stores with an average discount under 25% are: Gander Outdoors . . . Ace Hardware . . . Sam's Club . . . Big Lots . . . and Harbor Freight. (WalletHub) (Here are the results for every store.)
  17. MIAMI, Fla. (WTVJ) - A man who displayed signs supporting President Trump is permanently banned at all Walt Disney World properties for violating the rules. Don Cini returned to Disney World last week after he was reminded he had violated park rules by displaying a Trump banner in the Magic Kingdom in September. The rules prohibit the use of any signs, flags or banners. But Cini tells WFTV-TV while he wanted to abide by the rules, he wanted to "test them" to see whether it had something to do with unfurling a flag or what was written on it. Cini last week displayed a Trump 2020 sign on Splash Mountain and a Keep America Great sign on Expedition Everest. A Disney spokesperson says it's not about the content or a political issue, but it's the "result of repeatedly not following park rules."
  18. Bonifay, Fla. - The man accused of killing three linemen in a wreck is facing new charges. 22-year-old Ryan Barrett of Roanoke Rapids NC, Chipley resident James Ussery, 60, and North Carolina resident George Cesil, 52, all died after they were struck by a vehicle allegedly being driven by 37-year-old John Goedtke, of Tampa. The Florida Highway Patrol wrote that Goedtke was traveling northbound on State 77 towing a U-Haul trailer near Talton Drive. Goedtke's vehicle left the roadway and struck the three utility workers as they were standing in a ditch attempting to restore power along State 77. Goedtke fled the scene and was captured by the Washington County Sheriff's Office, troopers wrote. On Wednesday, prosecutor Larry Basford filed new charges in the case. Goedtke is now charged with three counts of vehicular homicide, leaving the scene of a crash involving death and driving while license canceled, suspended or revoked causing serious bodily injury or death.
  19. The application deadline for Disaster Unemployment Assistance has been extended to Friday December 7th. Businesses and residents in Bay, Calhoun, Franklin, Gadsden, Gulf, Holmes, Jackson, Leon, Liberty, Taylor, Wakulla and Washington Counties can still apply. --------------------------------------- There are several critical deadlines looming for Hurricane Michael survivors. Application deadlines for the following programs are fast approaching: Disaster Unemployment Assistance: Survivors in Bay, Calhoun, Franklin, Gadsden, Gulf, Holmes, Jackson, Liberty, Taylor, Wakulla and Washington Counties have until Nov. 14 to apply. Survivors in Leon County have until Nov. 16. The purpose of disaster unemployment assistance is to help workers whose primary incomes are lost or interrupted by Hurricane Michael. It differs from regular state unemployment insurance because it provides benefits to people who are self-employed, farmers, loggers and employees who work on commission. Blue Roof program: Deadline to submit a Right of Entry (ROE) is Nov. 16. Homeowners must sign a ROE form to allow government employees and contractors onto their property to assess damage and install the temporary covering. Even if you have insurance, you can apply for disaster assistance. FEMA cannot duplicate insurance payments, but you may receive help after your claims have been settled. The deadline to apply for disaster assistance is Monday, Dec. 10. Applying for disaster assistance is a two-step process. First, register for assistance, then submit your SBA disaster loan application. There is no charge to apply for the loan, and if approved, there is no obligation to accept it. The deadline to apply for SBA is Monday, Dec. 10. Federal disaster aid does not affect other government benefits, such as Social Security and Medicaid, and the aid is not considered taxable income. Survivors must use the name that appears on their Social Security card and have insurance and disaster-damage information available at registration. Help is available in most languages, and information on the registration process is available in ASL at https://www.fema.gov/resources-people-disabilities-access-functional-needs You can register for assistance by any of these ways: Log onto DisasterAssistance.gov Call 800-621-3362. Persons who are deaf, hard of hearing or have a speech disability and use a TTY may call 800-462-7585. If you use 711 or VRS or require accommodations while visiting a center, call 800-621-3362. Toll-free numbers are open daily from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. Visit a Disaster Recovery Center. To find the nearest center in Florida, visit egateway.fema.gov/ESF6/DRCLocator For more information on Florida recovery, visit Florida State Disaster website floridadisaster.org
  20. Here is some information released by FEMA: Q: I’d like to return home to start my family’s recovery, but the inspector said my home is uninhabitable. Is there assistance available so we can fix things? A: FEMA’s Home Repair Assistance is a grant to make basic repairs to an owner-occupied primary home so it’s safe, sanitary and functional. Safe, sanitary and functional homes meet the following conditions: The exterior is structurally sound (including the doors, roof and windows). The electricity, gas, heat, plumbing, and sewer and septic systems function properly. The interior’s habitable areas are structurally sound (including ceiling and floors). The home is capable of operating for its intended purpose. There is safe access to and from the home. Q: Who is eligible for Home Repair Assistance? A: Homeowners who have damage from a presidentially declared disaster that made their home uninhabitable may be eligible for a grant to make it habitable again. Note: The repairs must not be covered by another funding source such as insurance. Q: What kind of repairs are covered? A: Possible repairs include: Structural parts of a home (foundation, outside walls, roof). Windows, doors, floors, walls, ceilings, cabinetry. Cleaning septic tanks and repairing or replacing the entire system. Well or other sole source of water for the home. Heating, ventilating, and air-conditioning systems. Utilities (electrical, plumbing, and gas systems). Entrance and exit ways from the home, including privately owned access roads. Blocking, leveling and anchoring of a mobile home and reconnecting or resetting its sewer, water, electrical and fuel lines and tanks. Q: The Home Repair Assistance isn’t enough to repair my home to its original condition. What else can I do? A: FEMA assistance may not make you whole, it is only to make basic home repairs. After you apply for Disaster Assistance, you may be referred to the SBA. You may be contacted by the SBA to offer you a low-interest disaster loan. If you are contacted, you can submit an application online at SBA.gov/disaster, or in-person at a Disaster Recovery Center. You are not required to accept the loan from the SBA. SBA loan applications are due Dec. 10. Visit DisasterAssitance.gov for more information about other available assistance. Disaster Assistance applications are due Dec. 10.
  21. PANAMA CITY Fla. - What started as one good deed quickly expanded and created a mini tent city. Families and workers left homeless from hurricane Michael have resorted to pitching tents and living in them. The Forest Park United Methodist Church generously allowed some displaced workers to pitch some tents in their parking lot. Then, almost overnight, many displaced families joined. "We'd rather not be in tents but right now that's all we've got. There are no hotels," said Tam Nichols a mother of two currently living in a tent on the parking lot. Members of the church were shocked at how quickly more people pitched tents. "We did not expect this at all and it's been very surprising and we're still kind of wrapping our heads around it and what exactly we can do, what we should do, and how's the best way to serve them and kind of keep things going at the church at the same time," explained Samuel Reyes, the youth and young adult director. Dozens of tents set up in the grassy areas of the parking lot, where people are living in wet, cold conditions. They feel until affordable housing becomes available, this is their best option. The church will continue to provide this temporary living situation, but encourages them to go to a shelter. "There are bathrooms, there are food. It's a proper shelter, and we're not trying to interfere with that at all," said Reyes. Although, those living in the tents said they would rather be there than a shelter because they feel safer in the tent. "Some people figure out who's the most vulnerable in shelters and things do happen, they do. We don't want to be a statistic of something happening in a shelter," explained Nichols. The Forest Park United Methodist Church hopes to help everyone move to a permanent living situation by Dec. 10, 2018. "God has provided this for us and we're very thankful," said Nichols. Donations for those living in tents can be sent to Catalyst Church, who will assess and distribute needed materials.
  22. Panama City resident Sarah Sunday is one of many trying to find a job again. "Due to the Hurricane Michael, my employment was destroyed," said Sunday. And for her, it's the new school schedules making it difficult to find a job. "I have a high school student that goes from 7 a.m. to 12 and now I have a second grader that goes from 8 a.m. to 2:40 p.m. and it's just a little chaotic," said Sunday. Making compatible job hours difficult to find. But Maria Goodwin with CareerSource Gulf Coast says while jobs are available, there's another battle to getting local employment. "The number one issue that we're hearing, both from job seekers and employers is the housing issue," said Goodwin. Internet and phone services are also a roadblock for people on the job hunt, but Godwin says CareerSource can help. "Please come and utilize our facility, we have a temporary office that's located at C.C. Washington Academy," said Goodwin. While many people are looking for a job, there are also employers who are looking to hire. Just like the restaurant Somethin's Cookin!, whose owner says after Hurricane Michael, she lost her entire staff. "My cook left, he went to Louisiana, my server still is not back, she went to Kentucky, she lost everything where she lived in her trailer, and there was nobody here but my husband and I," said owner of Somethin's Cookin!, Hanelore Holland. "I'm looking for another server and possibly a backup cook and a pastry chef." While both sides of the field are in search of help, Sunday says the best thing to do is have a good attitude. "We're blessed compared to a lot of people, it's different situations, so I'm just trying to stay positive about it all," she said. If you are seeking help from CareerSource Gulf Coast, the deadline to apply for Disaster Unemployment Assistance has been extended to December 7th.
  23. Michael Avenatti, a frequent President Trump critic and the attorney for adult film star Stormy Daniels, made bail Wednesday evening after his arrest earlier on domestic violence charges and said he will be “fully exonerated.” He later appeared before a group of reporters, again denying the accusations and thanking the LAPD, who he said "had no option in light of the allegations." "I have never struck a woman. I never will strike a woman. I have been an advocate for women’s rights my entire career and I’m going to continue to be an advocate. I am not going to be intimidated from stopping what I am doing," he continued. "I am a father to two beautiful, smart daughters. I would never disrespect them by touching a woman inappropriately or striking a woman. I am looking forward to a full investigation at which point I am confident I will be fully exonerated. I also want to thank everyone for their support that has reached out. You know my character. You know me as a man and I appreciate it." Avenatti was formally charged with felony domestic violence and his bail was set at $50,000, LAPD Officer Rosario Herrera told Fox News. TMZ, which first reported news of the arrest, said that the lawyer "kicked" a woman "out of the apartment." The outlet initially reported that the alleged incident involved Avenatti's estranged wife, before later describing the individual simply as a woman. The report, citing an unnamed law enforcement source, said the woman's face was "swollen and bruised." Avenatti, who in the past has said he’s exploring a 2020 presidential run against Trump, garnered attention when he began representing Daniels. Daniels, whose real name is Stephanie Clifford, has said she had an affair with Trump in 2006 and has sued to invalidate the confidentiality agreement she signed days before the 2016 presidential election. She also sued Trump and his former personal attorney, Michael Cohen, alleging defamation. "We can confirm that today LAPD Detectives arrested Michael Avenatti on suspicion of domestic violence," the LAPD tweeted. "This is an ongoing investigation and we will provide more details as they become available." 8,284 people are talking about this Twitter Ads info and privacy The charges arose from an alleged Tuesday incident, prompting authorities to respond and take a report, an unidentified law enforcement official told The Associated Press.
  24. BAY COUNTY — The deadline to apply for a house tarp through Operation Blue Roof is Friday. The disaster recovery program is through the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and FEMA and is designed to give some relief for damaged structures while residents work to repair their homes. The program is free for primary homeowners in Bay County, according to a news release. As of Monday, there have been 7,484 sign-ups. “The blue plastic sheeting is installed using strips of wood that are secured to the roof with nails or screws. Only primary residences that have standard shingled roofs are eligible to receive a temporary blue roof,” the release stated. “Metal roofs and mobile homes will be considered for the program, as practical on a case by case basis. Roofs with greater than 50 percent structural damage are not eligible for this program.” Renters must obtain legal permission from a landlord to stay in a damaged home until repairs start, and homeowners must sign a right of entry (ROE) form to allow government employees and contractors on the property. “We recommend homeowners make arrangements for permanent roof repairs within 30 days if possible,” said Edward Loomis, an Army Corps of Engineers spokesman. ROE forms can be picked up at the Disaster Recovery Center at the Bay County Public Library, 898 W. 11th St., Panama City; the Lynn Haven Wal-Mart, 2101 S. State 77; and the Panama City Beach Wal-Mart, 15495 Panama City Beach Parkway near Pier Park.
  25. CRESTVIEW,Fla. - <Okaloosa County Sheriff's Office> A Crestview High School student was arrested this morning following an Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office investigation into alleged threats against another student. 15-year old Drew Williams is charged with making a false report concerning the use of a firearm in a violent manner against a person. A witness says Williams threatened during a Facetime video chat to bash another 15- year old student’s head in a brick wall and bring a gun to school to kill him. A second teen says she overheard the threat, which was apparently sparked by Williams seeing his ex-girlfriend walking with the other boy at school last Friday.
  26. Winter Storm Avery is spreading a mess of rain, snow and ice into parts of the mid-Mississippi Valley, Ohio Valley and soon into the East. Conditions will go downhill across the Appalachians and Northeast on Thursday. Winter storm warnings, watches and winter weather advisories have been posted for parts of a number of states from Arkansas and northern Mississippi into the Ohio Valley, Appalachians and Northeast. Winter Weather Alerts (From the National Weather Service.) Warnings are issued for areas where confidence is high that heavy snow, sleet and/or freezing rain are expected to produce a significant impact. Watches are posted for areas where significant impacts may occur, but forecaster confidence is not yet high. Freezing rain, sleet and/or snow will make travel hazardous for areas under a winter weather advisory. Avery was initially named with the expectation that winter storm warnings would be issued for at least 2 million people, and this criterion was reached when much of the mid-Mississippi region, including the St. Louis metropolitan area, and the central Appalachians were placed in warnings by late Wednesday morning. (MORE: The Science Behind Naming Winter Storms at The Weather Channel) Currently, an area of light to moderate snow, freezing rain and sleet is pushing through Arkansas, Missouri, southern Illinois, southern Ohio, northern Kentucky, parts of the Virginias and northwestern North Carolina. Current Winter Radar A mixture of sleet and snow contributed to dangerous roads, especially on bridges and overpasses, in northern Mississippi and in the Memphis, Tennessee, metro area Wednesday afternoon. (LATEST NEWS: 2 Killed, Dozens Injured in Bus Crash on Slick Mississippi Roads) Light snow was reported in Greenville, Mississippi, some sleet was reported in Tupelo, Mississippi, and sleet had mixed with drizzle briefly at the National Weather Service office near Jackson, Mississippi. Accumulating snow was observed early Wednesday in the Monroe, Louisiana, metro area, smashing a long-standing record there. According to the National Weather Service, at least 0.1 inches of snow was recorded in Ouachita Parish near Monroe Regional Airport, shattering its record earliest-in-season measurable snow by 10 days, previously occurring as early as Nov. 24, 1950. View image on Twitter 153 people are talking about this Twitter Ads info and privacy Snow had also accumulated on vehicles in El Dorado, Arkansas, and flurries fell for a time early Wednesday morning in Memphis, Tennessee. Additional storm reports can be found at the end of this article. Forecast Thursday-Thursday Night Snow or a mixture of rain, snow, freezing rain and sleet will stretch from the mid-Mississippi Valley into the Ohio Valley, eastern Great Lakes, Appalachians and Northeast into southern New England Thursday. This could potentially include a brief round of snow near or just northwest of the Interstate 95 corridor, including Boston, New York City, Philadelphia, Baltimore and Washington D.C. Damaging accumulations of freezing rain are possible in eastern West Virginia, western Virginia, western Maryland and parts of southwestern and central Pennsylvania. Rain is expected farther south across the Southeast and the southern mid-Atlantic region. A quick changeover to snow showers is possible in much of Kentucky, Tennessee and the southern Appalachians. Strong winds may also develop along the Eastern Seaboard as the area of low pressure intensifies. Thursday's Forecast (The green shadings depict where rain is possible. Areas that are shaded blue could see snow. Purple-shaded locations may see a mix of snow and rain. Areas in pink may see sleet or freezing rain (ice).) Friday Snow remains possible from the Poconos of northeastern Pennsylvania to central and upstate New York and northern New England. Precipitation is expected to fall in the form of rain along the East Coast from southern New England to northern New Jersey before ending from south to north through the day. Snow may continue in parts of northern New England Friday night before tapering off by Saturday morning. However, lake-effect snow could develop in the Great Lakes snowbelts by Friday night or Saturday. Friday's Forecast (The green shadings depict where rain is possible. Areas that are shaded blue could see snow. Purple-shaded locations may see a mix of snow and rain. Areas in pink may see sleet or freezing rain (ice).) Avery Snow/Ice Potential The best chance of moderate to potentially heavier snowfall totals is in a swath from central Pennsylvania to New York state and western and northern New England. Another area near the upper-level low in the mid-Mississippi Valley could pick up moderate to locally heavy snowfall, possibly up to 6 inches in spots. Making this forecast tricky is the potential for either sleet, freezing rain or even rain to penetrate into these areas at least for a time. Snowfall Forecast Accumulations of ice that could at least slicken roads and overpasses are expected from the Ohio Valley into the Appalachians, parts of Pennsylvania, northwestern New Jersey and southern New England. More damaging ice accumulations capable of tree damage and power outages are expected in the Appalachians, from south-central Pennsylvania into northwestern Maryland, eastern West Virginia and western Virginia. Forecast Ice Potential Through Friday This could make the commutes both Thursday and Friday somewhat challenging in these areas. This could also lead to flight delays at the major Northeast airport hubs, even if rain dominates. Check back with us at weather.com for updates to the forecast. Additional Snow Reports - Arkansas: 3 inches in Augusta; 0.4 inches in Little Rock - Illinois: 3.5 inches in Tunnel Hill; 1.5 inches in Carbondale - Indiana: A glaze of ice was reported in several southern cities - Kentucky: 2.2 inches near Paducah; thin glaze of ice on cars and other elevated surfaces in northern Kentucky - Louisiana: 0.2 inches in Bastrop - Mississippi: 0.2 inches in Cleveland - Missouri: 2 inches in Perryville - Tennessee: 2.5 inches in Jackson; 1/8th of an inch of ice in Waverly
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