The first teaser trailer for Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald has hit the internet, the latest addition to the Harry Potter cinematic universe. The second film in the Fantastic Beasts series picks up where 2016’s first film left off.
Best to leave the whole chasing criminals thing to the cops.
A woman and two men in Cleveland have been charged with felonious assault and kidnapping after chasing down a couple of alleged teen car thieves, throwing them in the trunk of a vehicle, and driving them to a police station.
According to Cleveland.com, it all started when two 14-year-old boys stole a Chrysler that belonged to the mother of one of the men who was later arrested. Using a GPS locator inside the car, the three adults tracked down the Chrysler and told the kids, “You stole the wrong car!” They subsequently fired some shots into the vehicle, causing the teens to drive off and eventually crash into a townhouse.
The adults then ordered the teens at gunpoint to get into the trunk of one of the cars and drove them to to the Cleveland Police Fourth District headquarters.The teens were arrested, but so were two of the adults. The third adult, who drove off, was later arrested near the crash site.
Breaking Bad‘s Walter White would not approve.
A 63-year-old man was hauled off to jail after a baggie full of crystal methamphetamine slipped out of his baseball cap while a sheriff’s sergeant was standing behind him at an Arby’s fast-food restaurant in Omak, Washington.
According to KOZI, Sheriff Gene Davis says he noticed a small clear baggie with white powder sliding out of the back of Richard Marsden’s baseball cap as they both waited to place their lunch orders. When the bag slid out even more, Sheriff Davis grabbed it and detained Marsden.
Here’s where the story gets good: Marsden stated he forgot the baggie was there, otherwise he would have already used the drug.
The sheriff took Marsden to his patrol car, then went back into Arby’s to get his lunch to go before driving Marsden to the county jail.
Singer, actress and “Dancing With the Stars” finalist Jana Kramer will perform a pre-race concert on Sunday at I-S-M Raceway in Phoenix prior to the Monster Energy Series TicketGuardian 500. Kramer’s appearance is made possible through a partnership with Niner Sports and Entertainment, and is free to all fans with a grandstand ticket for Sunday’s race. She is a native of Rochester Hills, Michigan … which also is Brad Keselowski’s hometown. Tickets for the weekend ahead are available at I-S-M Raceway-dot-com or by calling 1-866-408-RACE … 408-7223.
Spring break is a time for letting go and having fun, and no traveler wants to worry about the risk of getting ripped off by identity thieves while they are kicking back on the beach. The Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection (DATCP) asks travelers to take some simple steps before, during and after their trips to limit their risk of having personal information stolen when they are away from home.
“Scammers don’t take vacation, and if you let your guard down on spring break, you could open a door that allows an identity thief to dig into your sensitive accounts,” said Michelle Reinen, Director of the Bureau of Consumer Protection. “Taking simple steps like tightening the restrictions on your social media accounts and putting your mail on hold can go a long way toward keeping personal details from getting into the wrong hands while you are on the go.”
In the same way you will check and double-check your door locks before you leave the house and start your journey, you should devote a couple of pre-trip minutes to shoring up your online accounts, strengthening the protection around your mobile devices, and limiting your risk of information exposure. While traveling, avoid sharing sensitive information over public WiFi networks and keep the trip details you share on social media accounts to a minimum. When you return home, run an antivirus scan on your devices and update passwords for your social media, email and financial accounts.
Here are additional pre-, during and post-trip tips:
Before you start your trip:
- Alert your financial institutions. Call the number on the back of your credit and debit cards and let them know where and when you will be travelling. This advance notice lets the bank know to expect transactions from the areas you visit, keeping your account from being locked.
- Verify your reservations. If you booked your trip through a third-party website or travel service, confirm your reservations directly with the airline, hotel or car rental business so you don’t get stranded in case of a miscommunication with your booking.
- Put your mail on hold. Identity thieves could steal mail from unattended mailboxes, giving them the information they need to misuse your identity and open credit lines in your name. The post office can hold your letters and packages until you return.
- Limit what is in your wallet. Don’t carry your Social Security card in your wallet or purse and limit the bank cards you take on your trip
- Pack a second credit card. If you lose your main card or it is damaged, you will need a backup. Keep them packed in separate locations.
- Photocopy your documents and cards. Make two copies (front and back) of your passport, driver’s license, credit cards, tickets and hotel reservation confirmations in case your original documents are lost or stolen during your trip. Give one copy to a friend or family member at home and carry the other copy with you, stored securely and separately from the originals.
- Share your plans with friends and family to avoid “grandparent scams.” Phone scammers could call your relatives while you are away, claim to be you, and ask for money to get out of a phony legal or medical emergency. Make a family plan that includes the best way to reach you directly if a relative or friend receives one of these frightening calls and set a code word or phrase to use to verify legitimate emergency calls.
- Tighten the security around your social media accounts. Your public posts could give a thief the tools to steal your identity or rob your home while you travel. Adjust the security settings on your accounts to only allow friends and family to view your posts, and consider turning off the location services on your phone so the photos you post online are not tagged with GPS data. Make sure that your mobile devices are password protected.
While on vacation:
- Use caution with public WiFi. Avoid banking or sharing sensitive data over public WiFi networks. Only send sensitive information over password-protected networks and in secure websites (those that start with “https://” – the “s” stands for secure).
- Keep personal documents close. Make use of a room safe when available for mobile devices, valuables and sensitive documents like passports, ID cards, credit cards and airline tickets. Do NOT pack a Social Security card unless it is necessary.
- Always keep your mobile devices in a secure location. Your smartphone, tablet and laptop contain a wealth of personal information. Know where these devices are at all times and keep them secure in public. Log out of all websites so your accounts are not accessed if your device is lost or stolen.
- Don’t broadcast your trip on social media. In sharing your travel plans, you are providing information for scammers to use in their ploys (think “grandparent scams”) and for thieves to use in determining when your home is unattended.
When you get home:
- Change passwords. Any website you accessed on your trip was fair game for scammers, so change all of your passwords – especially for your email account.
- Check accounts. Take a look through your bank and credit card accounts and identify any irregularities. Bring them to the immediate attention of your financial institution.
- Check credit reports. Review your credit reports to ensure that no unexpected accounts have been created in your name.
For additional information, visit the Bureau of Consumer Protection at http://datcp.wi.gov, send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org or call the Consumer Protection Hotline toll-free at 1-800-422-7128.
He certainly loved his chowder.
The Middletown Press reports that 70-year-old Sok Yi was arrested Monday after allegedly calling 911 four times, yelling about someone throwing his clam chowder into a dumpster.
Yi admitted there was no emergency but called 911 because he had no other number to contact police. Police issued him a misdemeanor summons to appear for misusing the 911 system.
The just an hour later, Yi again called 911 — this time to complain about being issued the summons.
When police arrived they found Yi lying in his bed, intoxicated still complaining about the summons. This time, Yi was arrested and advised he would be taken into police custody. At first he wouldn’t get out of bed. Then he refused to be handcuffed, then refused to put on his shoes or leave his home.
Finally, Li complied. He was charged and released on a promise to appear in court March 12.
One woman in New York City is giving a whole new meaning to the phrase “stay in school.”
According to the New York Post, Hunter College has filed an eviction lawsuit against Lisa Palmer, who refuses to leave her dorm room despite not being a student at the school as of 2016.
The college claims that Palmer owes more than $94,000 in unpaid rent, but the 32-year-old woman won’t budge despite being issued a number of vacate notices.
“I plan on fighting the lawsuit and while I fight it, I’m going to stay,” says Palmer.
Palmer insists that the school refused to let her register for fall 2016 classes, but the college insists she dropped out.
The New York Post describes Palmer’s room as “messy” and “adorned with a lava lamp, a dream catcher and piles of dirty dishes.”