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    A dog lost two years ago in a massive windstorm has been reunited with its owner, KHQ reported. >> Read more trending news Shanley Heinsma let her husky, Shadow, out of the house during the storm in Spokane, Washington. That was the last time she saw the dog. Heinsma posted the dog’s photo on Facebook and put up posters hoping that someone might have found it. Last Wednesday, she saw a post for a missing husky, and it had Shadow’s distinctive markings. “I told my fiance, I'm like, there's just no way right? It's been so long,' she told KHQ. After comparing photographs, it turned out to be the missing dog. Shadow and Heinsma are back together. 'Other people that lose their animals, don't ever give up,' she told KHQ. 'The more you get your word out there the more people that know you're searching.
  • A puppy purchased by a woman at a Petland store in Robinson, Pennsylvania, died just 11 days later. >> Read more trending news Megan Ritchae said she bought Luna at Petland and she died 11 days later of parvo, a contagious virus that mainly affects dogs. Ritchae claims the owner and staff sent her a sympathy card, offering to refund the money she paid for the dog and the veterinarian bills. They also gave Ritchae a certificate for a new dog – all in writing. The owner said he mailed out a check in late July. Ritchae said she was supposed to receive the check before the end of the month, but did not get it until Aug. 15 – nearly three weeks later. When she went to cash the check, she said it did not work because Petland put a stop payment on it. When WPXI visited that Petland store, the owner was not there. However, he did call to say Ritchae did not follow the warranty policy the store had. The owner did not give any specifics on how she failed to follow the policy. “I don’t want someone else to have to go through this,” Ritchae said. The store owner also said he cancelled the check after he claimed Ritchae’s boyfriend threatened him. Ritchae said that did not happen. A spokesperson from the Petland corporate offices said that the Robinson location is independently owned and operated, but the company is trying to make things right. “We are reaching out to the customer directly to try to provide a satisfactory resolution,” the spokesperson said. That spokesperson said Ritchae will get the refund she was originally promised. Although, Ritchae said it’s not about the money. “I'm probably going to have to file civil action to receive my refunds,” she said. “The money is only part of it, it doesn’t come close to healing my broken heart.”
  • Police in Jacksonville Beach, Florida, used a stun gun, a baton and four sets of handcuffs to arrest a man accused of punching a bouncer and walking out on his $235 bar tab on Sunday. Facebook video of the incident outside Surfer The Bar is leading some to question why the use of force was necessary in the first place. Some viewers say Christopher Alan White did not appear combative when a Jacksonville Beach Police Department officer deployed the first stun gun. White pulled the prongs off the first stun gun, seemingly unaffected. “Stop doing that,” White can be heard saying in the video. That comment led to a second stun gun deployment from a second officer as well as an attempted headlock, from which White wriggled free. “I’m not fighting,” White said as an officer hit his thigh with a baton. White swatted at the officer as he was hit. A third officer deployed a third stun gun, which brought White to the ground. The officer wrote in his report that he deployed that stun gun because White refused to give him his hand to be cuffed. Crime and safety expert Ken Jefferson said he does not believe that’s enough of a reason to use a stun gun on someone. “Not when you have backup there and additional backup on the way. There’s not enough reason for you to Taser someone just because they won’t give you their hand, despite his size,” he said. “I was just protecting myself. I didn't want to get hurt,” White told WJAX Wednesday. According to White, he did not walk out on his tab, he did not punch anyone and he did not resist arrest. He said a bartender got mad when fraud protection locked up his credit card. “So she started yelling, ‘You need to pay your bill. You need to pay your bill.’ I said, ‘Ma’am, I have another card,’” White said. According to a transaction on the second card, White appears to have paid his $235 tab, plus a $50 tip he said he didn’t authorize. Related: Man stunned with Taser by Jacksonville Beach Police: ‘I was just protecting myself' White said when he gave the bartender his second card, someone hit him in the head with a bottle, which is why he said he was disoriented when dealing with police. “After that, I was stumbling and went outside. And I was trying to explain to the cop that, ‘Hey, I paid my tab and I was hit in the head with a bottle.’ And I couldn’t get a word in edgewise,” White said. Witness Jon McGowan’s interpretation of the incident seems to contradict White’s response.  “They had to actually drag him out. It took about four or five people to get him out of the bar. And during the time, he was very red-faced, screaming, yelling, swinging,” McGowan said, adding that White “threw a few punches in there.” McGowan said police responded appropriately because White was “very violent in the bar” and “he had been violent outside as well.” Deborah Deen, 62, a friend of White, said police threatened to stun her too. “I was like, ‘Why did you do that?’ to one of the female officers. And she says, ‘Well, do you want to be next?’” Deen said. Jacksonville Beach police spokesman Sgt. Thomas Crumley issued the following statement after declining an interview: “In regards to the claims and allegations you said are coming from Mr. White’s Attorney, we have not received any communication from Mr. White, nor his attorney with these claims. Regardless, the incident is currently under an active review as a use of force by our officers. Anytime an officer from this agency uses any force, this process is followed, with or without internal or external complaints. Due to the ongoing investigation and review of this incident, we will not be making any statements until we ensure a complete and thorough investigation has been conducted. It is best that we not rush to judgment with any statements condemning or commending the officers and their actions. We will continue to gather all of the facts and review all of the evidence available in this case. Once a complete and thorough review of this incident is complete, the administration will then determine if the officers used force appropriately or if there is need for further investigation into the matter. Thank you for understanding the seriousness of the allegations you have laid out and the need for a complete and thorough investigation into this matter.” Court records in Putnam County, where White lives, show he has no prior criminal cases there, just traffic and civil cases.
  • The Hollywood Reporter has announced that an Oscar-nominated director is in talks to direct a new “Star Wars” film about , the mentor to Luke Skywalker and Darth Vader. >> Read more trending news Director Stephen Daldry directed “Billy Elliott” and “The Hours,” among other works. There’s reportedly no script yet — it is very early — but if the project goes forward Daldry would work with Lucasfilm to write, develop, and cast the story. >> RELATED: Some genius improved this already awesome “Game of Thrones” scene by replacing the swords with lightsabers According to Entertainment Weekly, the movie (or movies) would fall between the very first film in the “Star Wars” franchise and “Revenge of the Sith,” released in 2005. The film is one of several spinoffs that tell stories within the “Star Wars” universe without involving the primary plot, according to the Reporter. That includes a Han Solo spinoff currently in shooting and potential films centered on Yoda and Boba Fett.
  • In a recent interview with Marie Claire, socialite Paris Hilton blamed her 2003 sex tape with ex-boyfriend Rick Salomon for ruining her chances of becoming a prominent social figure like Princess Diana. >> Read more trending news “It’s really hurtful, because my whole life I really looked up to Princess Diana, all these elegant, amazing women, and I feel like [Salomon] just took that all away from me,” she said. “I could have been like that, but because of that tape, I will always be judged and thought of as whatever they say about me because of a private moment between my boyfriend and me.” Weeks before the debut of her show “The Simple Life” in 2003, the sex tape, which featured an 18-year-old Hilton and 33-year-old Salomon, hit the internet without her consent and overshadowed much of her rise to fame. In fact, Hilton called the tape her only regret in life. >> RELATED: Paris Hilton defends President Trump against the dozens of sexual assault accusations he faces “I wish I had never met him. That is actually the one regret in my life. I wish that I had never met that guy. I could not leave my house for months. I was so depressed, humiliated. I didn’t want to be seen in public,” she said. Hilton may not have turned into a modern day Princess Diana, but she’s still an extremely successful business woman despite the negative media attention she has received.
  • Three major philanthropic organizations said Thursday they are pulling their events from President Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago Club, with one already in discussions to move its 2018 fundraiser to another A-list oceanfront setting. >> Read more trending news Thursday afternoon, the Cleveland Clinic and American Cancer Society announced they were leaving the president’s Palm Beach estate. » COMPLETE COVERAGE: Latest news, photos, videos on President Donald Trump Late Thursday, the American Friends of Magen David Adom, an organization supporting Israel disaster relief programs, told The Palm Beach Post it is canceling a planned fund-raising gala at Mar-a-Lago, set for Sunday, Feb. 25. “After considerable deliberation, AFMDA — an apolitical and humanitarian aid organization — will not hold its 2018 Palm Beach Celebration of Life Gala at Mar-a-Lago,” the brief statement said. Magen David Adom is Israel’s ambulance, blood services and disaster-relief organization. Last season’s gala, held Feb. 26, featured more than 600 attendees who paid $650 per ticket. Also Thursday, a prominent business leader in Palm Beach urged other charitable organizations sticking with Mar-a-Lago to reconsider their commitment to the president’s club. Laurel Baker, executive director of the Palm Beach Chamber of Commerce, told those groups and their deep-pocket donors to “have a conscience” and seek another venue for their events. The decisions by the American Cancer Society, Cleveland Clinic and the AFMDA were three of the latest examples of pushback to Trump in the days since the president’s off-the-cuff, combative and controversial news conference on Tuesday at Trump Tower, where he renewed his statements that “both sides” were at fault in the deadly violence in Charlottesville, Virginia, sparked by marches by neo-Nazis and white supremacists last weekend. “Our values and commitment to diversity are critical as we work to address the impact of cancer in every community,” the American Cancer Society said in announcing it would move two 2018 events, a dinner for sponsors and its 60th anniversary gala, from the president’s Palm Beach estate. “It has become increasingly clear that the challenge to those values is outweighing other business considerations.” That announcement followed a decision by Cleveland Clinic, a leading research hospital in the United States with a location in West Palm Beach, to move its event, possibly to the Eau Palm Beach Resort and Spa. » Palm Beach chamber head tells charities ‘have a conscience’ about Mar-a-Lago events Nick Gold, the public relations director of the oceanfront Eau Palm Beach , said it is working with the hospital in hopes of hosting next year’s event. “Their first call was to us,” Gold said. “We are talking to them. … We certainly want to work with The Cleveland Clinic.” The American Cancer Society said it has not settled on a new location and is evaluating venue options. No further information was available about whether AFMDA would try to hold an event elsewhere in Palm Beach County during the season. The Cleveland Clinic’s move follows previous assertions its event would go on at Trump’s Palm Beach estate as planned, despite protests and letters of concern from some who demanded the venue be changed. The hospital has hosted the fundraiser at Mar-a-Lago for the past eight years, according to The Associated Press, raising anywhere from $700,000 to $1 million a year. » RELATED: Complaints aside, charities plan to stick with Mar-a-Lago A representative for the Kravis Center in West Palm Beach said the nonprofit has no plans to move its fundraising event — The Palm Beach Wine Auction — which is scheduled to be held at Mar-a-Lago on Feb. 1. Tickets to the auction are $1,000 a person. The Big Dog Ranch Rescue in Loxahatchee Groves also still plans to have one of its major fundraisers at Mar-a-Lago. The “Wine, Women and Shoes” event is scheduled for March 10, said Robin Friedman, Big Dog Ranch’s director of development. » RELATED: Dana Farber, three other charities won’t return to Mar-a-Lago in 2018 “Most of our supporters know that we do what we do for our dogs, and that just happens to be the best venue,” Friedman said of Mar-a-Lago. “In fact, it’s one of the only venues where we can do an event of our size in the daytime.” The president’s daughter-in-law, Lara Trump, is co-chairing the Big Dog Ranch Mar-a-Lago event with Georgina Bloomberg, daughter of billionaire Michael Bloomberg. The animal-rescue group is expecting 600 attendees — up from 450 last year. The group raised $1.1 million at its Mar-a-Lago event last year, and Friedman said “we are definitely expecting more” for 2018. » RELATED: Why the American Humane Association won’t return to Mar-a-Lago Nonetheless, Palm Beach County event venues have made clear they would be receptive to discussing opportunities with charities considering a move. The Eau, located on a 7-acre site with ocean views and lush tropical gardens in Manalapan, underwent a major transformation in 2013 — dropping the Ritz-Carlton name and rebranding itself as a beachfront getaway for out-of-town guests and locals looking for a beachfront retreat. The property consistently ranks among the best resorts in the state. This spring, Chinese President Xi Jinping stayed at the resort during his two-day summit with Trump at Mar-a-Lago. Gold said the resort can accommodate as many as 500 guests for a seated dinner. In addition to the Cleveland Clinic, the Eau has received inquiries from other charities looking to move events away from Mar-a-Lago, Gold said. “We do see a lot of charities that are checking spaces to see what can be done,” Gold said. » RELATED: U.S.-China summit a boon for Palm Beach hotels Dave Anderson, the general manager of the Palm Beach County Convention Center in West Palm Beach, said the venue is also hearing from groups who may be interested in moving events previously held at Mar-a-Lago. The convention center can host groups of roughly 1,000 people. “We have a beautiful ballroom,” Anderson said. “We have a fantastic chef. … It is a great venue for social events. The only thing I can’t provide is an ocean at my doorstep.” One leader in Palm Beach’s business community urged the charitable groups to consider a change of venue. The Palm Beach Chamber’s Baker minced no words Thursday about whether charities should abandon Mar-a-Lago this season. “If you have a conscience, you’re really condoning bad behavior by continuing to be there,” Baker said. “Many say it’s the dollars (raised at the events) that count. Yes. But the integrity of any or organization rests on their sound decisions and stewardship.” She added: “Personally, I do not feel that supporting him, directly or indirectly, speaks well of any organization.” Baker’s comments are the strongest yet from Palm Beach County’s business community in the wake of Trump’s conflicting and, to many, polarizing statements made in the aftermath of the weekend violence. Last Friday night, neo-Nazis and white supremacists marched through the northwestern Virginia town that is home to Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello. On Saturday, a suspected white supremacist rammed a car into a crowd of counter-protesters, killing one and injuring 19. In response, Trump first blamed Saturday’s violence “on many sides,” but zeroed in on specific criticism of the Ku Klux Klan and neo-Nazis two days later after a backlash to his initial statement. However, Trump doubled down on his first set of comments during Tuesday’s volatile news conference — and then tweeted support for Confederate monuments on Thursday. No one from the Palm Beach County business community had spoken out publicly — until Baker. » RELATED: Inside Mar-a-Lago for a charity ball with Trump and Jeff Sessions Baker also expressed no patience for charities that will try to keep a low profile during this turbulent period. “I hope that people will not maintain their neutrality,” she said. “This is the best time ever for people to show their backbone.” Baker encouraged all charities to re-examine their core purpose for guidance about how to react to Trump’s comments. In particular, she called out charities that advocate for social justice, the disabled, the poor and the sick. “Look at your mission statement,” Baker said. “Are you living up to it?” The Cleveland Clinic’s departure from Mar-a-Lago was no surprise after CEO Toby Cosgrove distanced himself from Trump following Tuesday’s comments. Cosgrove was one of a number of CEOs who stepped down from two White House business councils. Trump later said he was disbanding that council and another after a rash of defections by other business industry leaders, including the CEOs of 3M, Campbell Soup Co. and United Technologies. “Rather than putting pressure on the businesspeople of the Manufacturing Council & Strategy & Policy Forum, I am ending both,” the president tweeted. “Thank you all!” But the pressure for the Cleveland Clinic to move its event from Mar-a-Lago started this past spring, with petitions and backlash against the Ohio-based hospital and the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute as each planned lavish galas on the Palm Beach resort’s grounds during the first months of Trump’s presidency.
  • A Cleveland father is upset after he says his son was left on the school bus for hours on his first day of classes. WJW reported that Trevelle Hargrove’s 6-year-old son, Trevelle Jr.,  has special needs. Hargrove said his son fell asleep on the bus. >> Read more trending news Trevelle Jr.  said he was found after he honked the horn of the bus and jumped up and down. A spokesperson for the Cleveland Metropolitan School District said Trevelle Jr. fell asleep on the bus Monday and was there for less than an hour. His father says otherwise. “After an hour and they couldn't tell me what was going on I started to get extremely worried,” Hargrove told WJW. 'I couldn't understand why no one could tell me where my son was.” Hargrove said his son was back four hours later, at 6:30 p.m. “You can’t just forget to do things,” he said. “This isn’t like a normal job where you forget to put the straw in the bag or you forget to clock in or whatever it is you do at a normal job. You can’t do that when it comes to kids.” Hargrove said his son won’t be riding the bus again any time soon. The district is is investigating. Cleveland Metropolitan Schools Chief Communications Officer Roseann Canfora issued the following statement to WJW: “Drivers are trained to follow strict protocols for inspecting every seat at the beginning and end of their routes, and CMSD has a zero tolerance for any violation of these safety guidelines.” The bus driver has resigned. WJW reported they may be terminated pending the outcome of the district’s investigation.
  • A woman says she was forced out of her southwest Atlanta home because her neighbor was terrorizing her.  Chenise Hamilton said she and her 6-year-old son have not been home since Aug. 8.  “I can't go home,” she said. “I can’t take my kid back to that house. I don't know what this person is capable of.” Hamilton is afraid of her teenage neighbor, who she said is seen on surveillance video keying her car, stealing property from her home and pointing a gun at her cameras.  “I am honestly scared for mine and my child’s life,' Hamilton said.  The mother said it started July 20 while she was on vacation. She logged into her surveillance system from her cellphone and saw the teen allegedly keying the passenger side of her car.  >> Read more trending news Hamilton said her calls to the Atlanta Police Department did not stop him. Four days later, her cameras caught the teen showing his mother the damage to the car.  In the video, the teen shows his mother the driver’s side of the car and she proceeds to scream obscenities while her son flips off the camera.  On Aug. 2, video appears to show the teen stealing Hamilton’s trash can.  Two days later, Hamilton filed a protective order against the teen and his mother, but that didn’t stop him from returning. He was then seen pointing a gun at the camera.  Hamilton said she was fed up and called Atlanta police, demanding they press charges after the first responding officer ignored her request. The APD said it had a warrant out for the teen’s arrest Tuesday. He was taken into custody Wednesday.  When reached for comment, the teen’s mother, who is a high school teacher, said she had nothing to say.  Hamilton said she wants to know why it took police a week to arrest the teen.  “I have been to precincts crying. I have cried to the detective, she said. “I have cried at work.” Atlanta police said once they were made aware of Hamilton’s concerns, an assistant Zone 4 commander contacted her.  The department released a statement which said in part: “He worked to secure a warrant for the juvenile's arrest, which occurred today. We hope Ms. Hamilton is pleased with the outcome and encourage her to reach out to us if she still has further concerns.” The teen has been charged with felony aggravated stalking. 
  • It’s been a sad year for SeaWorld, having lost two orcas already. >> Read more trending news Unfortunately, things just got more tragic with news that the matriarch of its killer whale family has died. Officials at the park in San Diego confirmed that Kasatka, a 41-year-old orca, died “surrounded by members of her pod, as well as the veterinarians and caretakers who loved her.” >> RELATED: SeaWorld’s baby orca, the last to be born in captivity, has died Caretakers decided to euthanize her after her quality of life had been compromised. The whale had a long history of lung disease. “I have spent the past several years with Kasatka and was truly blessed to be part of her life,” orca behaviorist Kristi Burtis said. “Although I am heartbroken,” she added, “I am grateful for the special time we had together and for the difference she has made for wild orcas by all that we have learned from her. I adored Kasatka and loved sharing her with millions of people. I will miss her very much.” >> RELATED: Famed orca whale Tilikum of SeaWorld has died Earlier this summer, Kyara, a 3-month-old orca that was the last born in captivity, died, which came on the heels of SeaWorld San Antonio losing Tilikum, the notorious whale that had killed a SeaWorld trainer, back in January.
  • One California driver seems to have taken a highway sign far too literally. >> Read more trending news In a Monday Facebook post, California Highway Patrol said a man has been charged with DUI after crashing his Jeep into a sign reading, “Report Drunk Drivers” on Wednesday morning along State Road 1 near Aptos, California. Related: Florida man accused of DUI hits ‘don’t drink and drive’ patrol car KSBW reported thatStephen DeWitt, 57, was seriously injured after the Jeep he was driving lost control just before noon, hit the sign, ran up the banked side along the highway and landed upside down in the road.  DeWitt, who one officer said was “quite intoxicated,” was flown to a trauma center. The crash had a lane closed for an hour.

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  • Florida prisons were placed on lockdown Thursday following reports of security threats.  >> Read more trending news The Florida Department of Corrections announced that it canceled weekend visitation at all institutions for Saturday and Sunday because of a possible security threat. Correction officials said they received information that indicated small groups of inmates at several institutions would try to disrupt prison operations. The lockdown affects more than 97,000 inmates in Florida’s 151 correctional facilities, including major institutions, work camps and annex facilities. The move affects recreational and educational programs, but inmates are not confined to their cells, officials said. The cancellation does not apply to work release centers, department officials said.  
  • A group of storms east of the Caribbean has developed into Tropical Storm Harvey.   Harvey is approaching the Lesser Antilles and it is forecast to continue traveling west, officially arriving in the Caribbean Friday afternoon. It has been given a 100 percent chance of becoming a tropical cyclone over the next two days.   It’s also expected to become a hurricane by Monday morning. At this point it is no threat to Florida.   “We have entered the peak of Hurricane season, which is mid-August through late October,” said Dennis Feltgen, spokesman for the National Hurricane Center.
  • A Cleveland father is upset after he says his son was left on the school bus for hours on his first day of classes. WJW reported that Trevelle Hargrove’s 6-year-old son, Trevelle Jr.,  has special needs. Hargrove said his son fell asleep on the bus. >> Read more trending news Trevelle Jr.  said he was found after he honked the horn of the bus and jumped up and down. A spokesperson for the Cleveland Metropolitan School District said Trevelle Jr. fell asleep on the bus Monday and was there for less than an hour. His father says otherwise. “After an hour and they couldn't tell me what was going on I started to get extremely worried,” Hargrove told WJW. 'I couldn't understand why no one could tell me where my son was.” Hargrove said his son was back four hours later, at 6:30 p.m. “You can’t just forget to do things,” he said. “This isn’t like a normal job where you forget to put the straw in the bag or you forget to clock in or whatever it is you do at a normal job. You can’t do that when it comes to kids.” Hargrove said his son won’t be riding the bus again any time soon. The district is is investigating. Cleveland Metropolitan Schools Chief Communications Officer Roseann Canfora issued the following statement to WJW: “Drivers are trained to follow strict protocols for inspecting every seat at the beginning and end of their routes, and CMSD has a zero tolerance for any violation of these safety guidelines.” The bus driver has resigned. WJW reported they may be terminated pending the outcome of the district’s investigation.
  • Authorities said a terror attack in Barcelona claimed at least 13 lives on Thursday and left 80 others injured after a van slammed into pedestrians on Barcelona's popular La Rambla street. >> Read more trending news Mossos d'Esquadra, the Catalonia police force, confirmed the attack in a Twitter post around 5:10 p.m. local time.
  • Many scientists and groups across the U.S. aren’t taking Monday’s eclipse for granted - they want to learn things! There will be lots of experiments happening during the 90-minute event.  Here are just a few: 1. The eclipse movie - Volunteers from national labs and education groups will track the sun along its path using identical telescopes, which will take continuous digital pictures.  The pictures will be later spliced together to make a 90-minute movie.  So don’t fret if you can’t watch on Monday! 2. Sounds - college students at Tennessee’s Austin Peay State University, along with NASA< will measure the sound of the eclipse by setting up low-frequency radio experiments in bean fields.  They’ll capture the noise the eclipse creates and figure out how its different from normal conditions. 3. Animal behavior - Also at Austin Peay State University, scientists will be watching how crickets and cows act when the Moon covers the sun and darkens the sky.  During a solar eclipse in 1991, spiders were seen taking down their webs.  4. Solar flares - We know solar flares happen when the sun’s magnetic field causes a brief burst of intense radiation, but we don’t know enough to protect our technology from them.  During the eclipse, a group of scientists in Wyoming will attempt to take some measurements of the sun’s outer atmosphere.  Usually the sun is too bright to do this, but the eclipse should provide a good view. Want to watch the eclipse?  CLICK HERE to see where you can get free glasses.