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Man Steals from a Car with Policemen Inside

Stealing a license plate that is still attached to a vehicle is always a really bad idea. It’s even worse when that vehicle is an unmarked police car with three detectives sitting inside of it.

According to a police report from the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office, Wesley J. Kelley of Loxahatchee, Florida pulled his car up behind the detectives as they were doing surveillance. He put on a pair of gloves, then attempted to detach the license plate, reports The Palm Beach Post.

One of the detectives confronted him and he jumped back in his car and drove away. Kelley almost ran down a second detective with the stolen vehicle he was driving before crashing through a chain-link fence, according to the police report.

After an hour, the detectives eventually found Kelly hiding in a dumpster.  While on his way to the Palm Beach County Jail, Kelley allegedly admitted he drove through the fence because “he always wanted to try ramming a gate with a car to see if it would bust open like in the movies.”

Kelley is being held in lieu of $135,000 bail. He faces charges of burglary causing damage over $1,000, assaulting an officer, unarmed burglary, vehicle theft, possession of burglary tools, fleeing and eluding police and resisting an officer without violence. The U.S. Marshals Service also has an active warrant for Kelly, according to the report.

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Taco Festival Runs Out of Tacos

Organizers of the Portland Taco Fest in Oregon were forced to cancel the second day of the planned two-day event over the weekend after they ran out of tacos, reports KATU News.

The event’s website describes the Taco Fest as “Portland’s largest celebration of the beloved taco!” Organizers promised “a full weekend of fun and food,” with taco enthusiasts having a chance to sample food from “a carefully crafted group of the best taco creators in the whole city.”

However, the festival turned into chaos on Sunday after patrons learned that vendors had run out of tacos. Hundreds of people demanded refunds after waiting more than 90 minutes without getting a single taco.

One attendee said, “We got in line and we weren’t going anywhere, and then someone told us that the taco truck ran out of food.” Police had to be summoned to help manage the “hangry” crowd.

Another major issue was that many of the taco vendors were not actually serving Mexican food. One festival-goer complained on Facebook that there were only three or four taco trucks, while the remainder of the trucks served BBQ, Asian food, Greek food or desserts.

Later, the organizers apologized for the fiasco explaining, “Our signage on vendors maybe wasn’t as clear as it should have been, which mislead people into thinking there were only 2 taco vendors. All vendors offered a taco option, so ironically there were plenty of tacos when the lines were heading to only a few trucks. No food vendor was booked for the taco fest unless they were serving tacos.”

The organizers claimed that “some key issues… made the event fall short” and said they “take full responsibility for everything.”

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Woman Dials 911 to Complain About Quality of Her Meth

A Montana woman learned the hard way that if you buy bad narcotics you shouldn’t call the police to complain about them, according police documents obtained by The Smoking Gun.

According to a probable cause affidavit, Margery Ann Dayrider dialed 911 to report that she had bought some bad methamphetamine, telling the dispatcher that after she injected it the drug left a “bad taste in her mouth.”

The Great Falls Police Department responded by sending a patrol car to the 33-year-old’s residence. She told Officer Jon Marshall that the symptoms she was experiencing were highly unusual. She boasted, “I do meth three times a day every day and have never had this reaction before.”

According to the affidavit, Dayrider told police that she “believed she got some bad meth and was having a bad reaction to it, vomiting, tingling tongue, bad taste in her mouth.”

She also told the officer that she “still had some meth inside her bra.” Officer Marshall did a field test of the crystalline substance she handed him from her undergarment, and it tested positive for methamphetamine.

Dayrider was arrested on a felony narcotics possession charge, and was jailed in lieu of $2,500 bond.

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Luke Bryan New Song & Album

Luke Bryan is back with a new single called “Light It Up” — the lead song from a new album that’s coming, possibly, during the holidays.  Luke recently hinted in an interview the album may be coming “after Thanksgiving, before Christmas.”

“Light It Up” is the follow up single to “Fast,” which became his 18th career No. 1 single. The success of “Fast” off Bryan’s Kill the Lights album had Luke making Billboard chart history, as he became the only artist in the 27-year history of the Billboard Country Airplay chart to have six No. 1 singles from one album.

Listen to his new song here:

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Hendrick Motorsports to Have New Look in 2018

When a new NASCAR season begins in February, rising star Chase Elliott will be reunited with the number synonymous with his legendary racing family and rookie William Byron will take the wheel of one of the most iconic cars in motor sports history.

In 2018, 12-time NASCAR Cup Series champions Hendrick Motorsports will introduce the No. 9 NAPA AUTO PARTS Chevrolet Camaro to its four-car team with Elliott in the driver’s seat. The Dawsonville, Georgia, native raced the No. 9 to the 2014 NASCAR Xfinity Series title, and his Hall of Fame father Bill Elliott memorably drove it to 38 Cup-level wins and the 1988 series championship.

“I wasn’t sure I’d ever drive the ‘9’ again,” said Chase Elliott, 21, who is currently in his second season driving the No. 24 Chevy for Hendrick Motorsports. “It’s a huge deal to my family and everyone back home (in Georgia), and I hope all of our fans will be pumped to see it back on the racetrack. There’s a legacy attached to that number, and I want to carry it on. I think it’s awesome that Hendrick Motorsports and NAPA wanted to do this. It’s impossible not to be excited.”

When Byron starts his first career Daytona 500 next year, it will be in the iconic No. 24 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet made famous by four-time Cup Series champion Jeff Gordon and his storied Rainbow Warriors team. Byron will begin his 2018 rookie season at the same age Gordon was (20) when he made his Cup debut in 1992.

“Jeff and Jimmie (Johnson) are the drivers I’ve always watched most closely and tried to learn from,” said Byron, 19, who grew up in Charlotte, North Carolina, and signed with Hendrick Motorsports in August 2016. “I didn’t think I could be more motivated, but when Mr. (Rick) Hendrick called to tell me (about driving the No. 24), it took things to another level. I have so much respect for all the people who have contributed to the success of the ‘24.’ I know it’s rare to have the chance to be part of something like this. I’m going to make the most of it.”

Next season, Elliott and Byron will team with the No. 48 of seven-time Cup champion Johnson, 41, and the No. 88 of 24-year-old newcomer Alex Bowman in the Hendrick Motorsports stable.

“I know what the ‘9’ means to Chase and his whole family,” said Hendrick, owner of Hendrick Motorsports. “They’ve contributed so much to our sport, and I’m happy we can honor that history by bringing the number back. I think fans will really love seeing it out there. I told Chase we’d only do it if he promised to win a bunch of races, so I’m going to hold him to that.

“The ‘fit factor’ is something I’ve always believed in, and that’s what I see with William and our organization. He reminds me a lot of Jeff at that age with regard to being a special talent and having a great head on his shoulders. But William is also his own person with his own career ahead of him. It’s going to be fun to watch him jump in the ‘24’ and show what he’s capable of.”

The debut of the No. 9 will mark the first time in nearly a decade that Hendrick Motorsports will field a new car number for one of its full-time teams. The most recent addition was the No. 88, which was added in 2008 when driver Dale Earnhardt Jr. joined the organization.

“I’m excited about the future,” Hendrick said. “We’ve made some management decisions recently that I feel really good about. Looking at next year, Jimmie will continue to be a leader and help set the tone. Alex is chomping at the bit and ready to go. When you add the (new) Chevrolet Camaro race car into the mix, it’ll definitely be a new look for us. Everyone’s energized.”

Following the 2017 season, Hendrick Motorsports will withdraw its No. 5 car number from competition. It was the organization’s first car number and has run full-time since the team was founded in 1984. The No. 5 was raced to Hendrick Motorsports’ first victory at Martinsville Speedway during its inaugural season, and Terry Labonte drove it to a Cup Series championship in 1996.

“That was by far the hardest part (of the car number decisions),” Hendrick said. “The ‘5’ means so much to everyone at Hendrick Motorsports and to a lot of our fans. The memories and the history will always be there, and I won’t rule out bringing it back some day. Never say never.”

Next season, Elliott and the No. 9 will be fielded by his current No. 24 team while Byron and the No. 24 will be fielded by the current No. 5 team.

  1. 9 QUICK FACTS:
    ·  Will make its Hendrick Motorsports debut with driver Chase Elliott in 2018
  •  Hall of Fame driver Bill Elliott raced it in the NASCAR Cup Series for the first time in 1976
  •  1988 Cup Series championship with Bill Elliott; raced to 38 of his 44 career Cup wins
  •  2014 NASCAR Xfinity Series championship with Chase Elliott
  •  53 combined points-paying wins in Cup Series competition with five drivers
  1. 24 QUICK FACTS:
    ·  First fielded by Hendrick Motorsports with Jeff Gordon in 1992; driven by Gordon until 2015
  •  Currently raced by Chase Elliott, who debuted in 2016 and won Cup Series rookie of the year
  •  With Gordon, four Cup Series championships and all 93 of its points-paying Cup victories; race wins include three Daytona 500s and a record five Brickyard 400s
  1. 48 QUICK FACTS:
    ·  First fielded by Hendrick Motorsports with driver Jimmie Johnson in 2001
  •  With Johnson, a record-tying seven Cup Series championships and 83 of its 86 points-paying Cup wins; Johnson’s wins include two Daytona 500s and four Brickyard 400s
  •  From 2002-2016, 5.3 average wins per year and 3.4 average championship points finish
  1. 88 QUICK FACTS:
    ·  First fielded by Hendrick Motorsports with driver Dale Earnhardt Jr. in 2008
  •  With Earnhardt, nine points-paying race wins, including the 2014 Daytona 500
  •  74 combined points-paying wins in Cup Series competition with five drivers: Earnhardt, Dale Jarrett, Bobby Allison, Darrell Waltrip and Buck Baker; 1999 Cup championship with Jarrett

ABOUT HENDRICK MOTORSPORTS:
Founded by Rick Hendrick in 1984, Hendrick Motorsports has earned 249 points-paying race victories and a record 12 car owner championships in the premier NASCAR Cup Series. The organization fields four full-time Chevrolet teams on the Cup circuit with drivers Kasey Kahne, Chase Elliott, Jimmie Johnson and Dale Earnhardt Jr. Headquartered in Concord, North Carolina, Hendrick Motorsports employs more than 600 people. For more information, please visit HendrickMotorsports.com or interact on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.

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Outsmart Social Media Scammers

Social media applications are everywhere: on our computers, our phones, our televisions and even in our cars. Nowhere is this more evident than on a college campus, where students use these apps as a means of making personal and professional connections to help them prepare for the future. But all of that goodwill can be undone by scammers and identity thieves who set up traps on these apps with a goal of capturing users’ money and personal information.

The Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection asks college students to help protect their identities and their wallets by tightening the security around their social media accounts and by thinking before they click on links in social posts.

“Academic and lifelong learning is the primary focus for a college student, and spending time undoing damage caused by a scammer or identity thief takes away from that experience,” said Frank Frassetto, Division Administrator for Trade and Consumer Protection. “There are numerous scams targeting users of all of the major social media apps, and the best protection for a student is to limit the sharing of personal information and clicking of suspicious links.”

Users of all services should set up complex passwords or passphrases for their social media accounts, turn on two-factor authentication if it is offered, and use the security features available in the apps to block public access to their posts. To avoid scams, users should be very suspicious of links in posts that direct them to unfamiliar websites or that advertise unrealistic offers for popular products.

Scammers often use fake account support emails to gather login details from social media users. These “phishing” emails falsely warn recipients that they need to provide their usernames and passwords in order to update a social media account or avoid an account suspension. Delete similar emails and log directly into the service if you need to check your account status.

Each social media application has its own risks for identity theft and scams. Watch for these app-specific risks:

Twitter:

  • Watch out for links in direct messages from users you don’t know. These links may be included with a message intended to draw you in, like “Can you believe this is true?”
  • Watch for warnings from Twitter about unsafe links. According to Twitter, these links match a database of potentially harmful URLs which could lead to phishing, malware or spam sites.
  • Buying followers and engagements and using “free followers” apps could compromise your account and may also violate Twitter’s rules.

Facebook:

  • Watch for “profile viewer tracking” service pitches – Facebook does NOT offer this feature.
  • Hacked accounts can send malicious posts to everyone in your friends list, and the messages will post to their feeds (potentially attracting other victims). The links in these posts could drive users to websites where malware is transmitted to their devices.
  • Fake surveys and quizzes can be ploys to harvest personal information.

LinkedIn:

  • Watch for “get rich quick” and work-from-home scams. Do your research on a company before you apply for a job posting, particularly if it seems too good to be true.
  • Third-party websites claim to provide LinkedIn phone support for a fee, but these groups are not affiliated with LinkedIn. LinkedIn does not charge users for support and will not request login information from customers.
  • Other common scams according to LinkedIn: mystery shopper offers, phony inheritance scams (advance fee scams), romance scams.

For additional information or to file a complaint, visit the Consumer Protection Bureau at datcp.wisconsin.gov, call the Consumer Protection Hotline at 800-422-7128 or send an e-mail to datcphotline@wisconsin.gov.