A woman has a warning for people who use the changing rooms at a Robinson Township, Pennsylvania, mall. Heather Lapinski said that while she was trying on bathing suits at Macy’s in the Mall at Robinson, she noticed a cellphone under the door. She grabbed it, but a man’s hand grabbed it back. >> Read more trending news By the time she was able to exit the dressing room, the man was gone. “I got ahold of it and a man's hand came down and grabbed it. I couldn’t scream. I was in so much shock,” Lapinski said. “I was crying. I didn't have my top on (and) I’m not running out completely naked.” By the time she was able to exit the dressing room, the man was gone. Lapinski described the man as having a medium build and balding in the front of his head. She said she hopes that someone recognizes the man before he does it again. “I want someone to say, ‘I know him.’ He can't keep going back and keep doing this to women. I’m going to be traumatized for the rest of my life,” she said. “When I go to bed, I toss and turn thinking about his face.” Both Macy’s and the Mall at Robinson said in statements about the matter that the safety of customers is a top priority. They could not confirm whether other incidents were previously reported.
When a teenager in Texas borrowed a family friend's computer, he made a shocking and sickening discovery. The boy found nude photos of his 10-year-old sister on the computer of Joe Garza Jr., according to the Star-Telegram. >> Read more trending news Garza, 65, was arrested March 3 on child pornography charges, and faces additional charges after it was discovered that he allegedly molested an older sister in the family years ago. The Star-Telegram reports that the boy, who was trying to fix the hard drive on his own computer, asked to borrow Garza's computer. While using it, he clicked on a folder and discovered the images of his sister. He returned the computer to Garza and told his mother about the images. She asked the boy to request to use the computer again so she could see the images for herself. The mother confronted Garza about the images and police were called to the scene. Officer Domingo Martinez, who works for the Fort Worth Police Department’s Crimes Against Children Task Force, told the Star-Telegram that Garza admitted to the mother that he had a problem and said he would disappear if she didn't call police. In interviews with authorities, the 10-year-old victim said Garza bought her items and gave her money, and told her not to tell her parents about the abuse. Garza remains behind bars while investigators work to determine if there are additional victims.
A judge says Florida's governor can remove a prosecutor from a death penalty-eligible case and has denied a request to delay the proceedings. State Attorney Aramis Ayala today asked a judge to delay proceedings for two weeks while she prepares an argument for the Florida Supreme Court. But Circuit Judge Frederick J. Lauten denied her request Tuesday. NOTE: THE FOLLOWING IS A STORY THAT ORIGINATED ON MARCH 16, 2017 Earlier today, Governor Scott called on State Attorney Ayala to recuse herself immediately from prosecuting Markeith Loyd after she refused to consider the death penalty in this case. State Attorney Ayala has refused to recuse herself and Governor Scott has removed her from the case and reassigned it to State Attorney Brad King. Governor Scott said, “Earlier today, I called on State Attorney Ayala to immediately recuse herself from this case. She informed me this afternoon that she refuses to do that. She has made it clear that she will not fight for justice and that is why I am using my executive authority to immediately reassign the case to State Attorney Brad King. “Let’s remember, Markeith Loyd is accused of executing a brave law enforcement hero and murdering his pregnant ex-girlfriend, Sade Dixon. Orange County Sheriff’s Deputy Norman Lewis was also killed while actively searching for Markeith Loyd following these heinous murders. I am outraged and sickened by this loss of life and many families’ lives have been forever changed because of these senseless murders. These families deserve a state attorney who will aggressively prosecute Markeith Loyd to the fullest extent of the law and justice must be served.”
A brushfire that broke out on Osteen Street has spread to about 20 acres and some nearby homes are being evacuated as a precaution. The Florida Fire Service and local firefighters are battling the flames in Volusia County.
A North Carolina county could be in major violation of HIPPA laws after mistakenly releasing hundreds of patients’ private medical records to a Charlotte TV station that was investigating a medical story. The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act, or HIPPA, was enacted in 1996 to ensure patient privacy rights. >> Read more trending news Mecklenburg County manager Dena Diorio revealed Tuesday afternoon that the county mistakenly released the private medical records of some 1,200 patients to the media. The county attorney confirmed patient health information was compromised. 'I'm absolutely speechless with anger at how something like this could happen,' Diorio said. Channel 9 had requested public records related to the county's failure to notify nearly 200 women about abnormal Pap smear results. While WSOC-TV received that information Monday, the county also mistakenly included detailed medical history about hundreds of patients. The information included an Excel spreadsheets documenting the patients’ full names, addresses and dates of visits. For some patients it also included a detailed description of why they visited and what services they received. Diorio said the information should not have been in spreadsheets in the email and the practice of putting medical information in Excel sheets will end immediately. Diorio said she believes the release is a category 2 HIPAA violation with a minimum fine of $1,000 per violation up to $50,000. A county worker collected the records Tuesday morning from WSOC. “We do everything we can to protect the personal information for all of our patients,” Mecklenburg County Manager Dena Diorio said. “In this particular instance, the checks and balances were not completely followed and we had a lapse.' Diorio said an IT staffer mistakenly included the information in the public records request. She also said no one checked the file before it was released. >> Got a question about the news? See our explainers here “This was a person who works in our IT security area so it’s not as if everybody has access to this information,” she said. It’s unclear if the hundreds of patients will be notified about the information leak. Diorio is planning to discuss the next steps with the county attorney on Tuesday. >> Click here to read the full story.
The campaign trail is always filled with clues, reminders and familiar situations, and Wednesday in Iowa was no different as I watched Hillary Clinton speak at a bowling alley, Marco Rubio at a brew pub and Ted Cruz rallying with supporters in a familiar dash across the Hawkeye State.
When I arrived in Adel, Iowa – to the West of Des Moines in Dallas County – the line of Hillary Clinton supporters was stretched outside, as bowling alley owner Bryce Smith excitedly introduced Clinton to local voters.
That was just the start of my day. Here are some of the highlights and low lights:
+ I was an hour early to the Clinton event and there were no seats left for reporters, so I stood back where you might watch others bowl in a local bowling league.
+ All I could think of was the awkward sight of Barack Obama bowling eight years ago, and how funny it would be if Hillary Clinton had yanked out her own bowling ball, rosin bag, towel and glove and started rolling strikes on lane 11 like Dick Weber.
+ I couldn’t do any of my TV live shots that were happening at the same time as the Hillary Clinton event, because the Secret Service locks the doors when she is on site – no one in, no one out. It’s what reporters call the “freeze.”
+ While Clinton was speaking, various reporters started grabbing spots on the rope line, to see if they could get her to stop and take a question or two. In the end, she didn’t take the bait.
+ When the Clinton event was over, I sat down at one of the bowling scorer’s tables and wrote my stories. I really wanted to bowl a game or two.
+ Once that work was over, I needed to do a live report, so I grabbed one of the tables that had been put outside of the bowling alley; it was sunny and not that cold for my chat with Sean Hannity.
+ Next stop was a Marco Rubio event at a brew pub in West Des Moines, where there was a good turnout.
Rubio has clearly improved on the stump, and the crowd seemed to have a bit of momentum to it. Some polls have indicated the same – something to think about over the next few days.
Last 3 polls in Iowa all have Trump +7:
(a Rubio uptick?)
+ Even though it was the only event of the day for him, Rubio was late, which left reporters with little time to get from there to a Ted Cruz rally about 20 minutes away.
+ While we waited for Rubio to start, Donald Trump’s campaign announced his plan to hold a rally at the same time as the GOP debate. We quickly filed that news from the Rubio event.
+ Rubio gives us a few sound bites by labeling the whole Trump-debate story a “sideshow.” We start to pack our gear to get ready to run to the Ted Cruz event.
+ After driving a bit too swiftly through the streets of West Des Moines, I arrive at the Cruz rally and find it packed to the gills. I couldn’t even slide in to the media stand:
+ Luckily, the audio guys at the Cruz event did me a huge favor, running an audio line out into the hallway outside the event, so I stood out there, only able to see part of the stage.
+ The Cruz event was to start at 6 pm, but Cruz didn’t start speaking until an hour later; in other words, I didn’t have to drive like hell to get there.
+ At one point while waiting for Cruz to speak, a woman who had once lived in Atlanta (where she listened to me on the radio) came over to introduce herself. I asked if she was voting for Cruz. No. Was she a Trump backer? No. Well, then who? Rubio, she responded. It was a reminder that not everyone at a political event in Iowa or New Hampshire is going to vote for the candidate leading that rally.
+ After Cruz dropped a few verbal bombs on Donald Trump for boycotting the GOP debate, it was time to pack up and get back to the hotel to write my morning stories.