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.
As Marco Rubio and Donald Trump held rallies in this area on the day after the latest GOP debate, the schedule decisions of the five remaining Republicans hopefuls shed a lot of light on where they see opportunities to do well in the eleven Super Tuesday states of March 1.
In the last four days, it really isn’t feasible to hit all eleven of the Super Tuesday States – especially Alaska – so here’s a rundown on where the five Republicans will go in coming days.
DONALD TRUMP – Trump and Marco Rubio will shadow each other on Friday, as they both stump for votes first in the Dallas-Fort Worth area, and then in Oklahoma City. Trump hits Arkansas and Tennessee on Saturday, Alabama on Sunday, and adds in Radford, Virginia and Valdosta, Georgia on Monday. That schedule takes him to seven of the eleven Super Tuesday states – only Alaska, Vermont, Massachusetts and Minnesota are not on the Trump schedule at this point.
TED CRUZ – The Cruz schedule screams TEXAS! on the final day, as Cruz will spend all of Monday defending his home turf. That sends the clear message that Cruz knows he needs to win in the Lone Star State if he is going to keep his campaign going after the March 1 states. Cruz goes to Tennessee and Virginia on Friday, Georgia, Alabama and Arkansas on Saturday, makes three stops in Oklahoma on Sunday, followed by his full day in Texas on Monday. That makes six of the Super Tuesday states. Alaska, Vermont, Massachusetts, Minnesota and Alabama are not on the Cruz schedule at this point.
MARCO RUBIO – As mentioned earlier, Rubio will start in Dallas and then go to Oklahoma City on Friday; he hits Georgia, Alabama and Arkansas on Saturday, makes four stops in Virginia on Sunday. Rubio will begin Monday in Knoxville, Tennessee, head to Atlanta, then Arkansas, and made stops in Oklahoma City and Tulsa to end his Super Tuesday blitz. Rubio will hit seven Super Tuesday states in the final rush. Alaska, Vermont, Massachusetts and Minnesota are not on Rubio’s final three-day schedule.
JOHN KASICH – Instead of going to campaign last week in Nevada, Kasich spent several days in Super Tuesday states, hitting Vermont, Massachusetts, Virginia and Georgia. After the debate, Kasich will spend Friday and Saturday in Tennessee, with stops in Memphis, Nashville and Knoxville. Sunday, Kasich will be in Massachusetts, and Monday he will have stops in both the Bay State and Vermont. Kasich will also hit Virginia on Super Tuesday. That means seven Super Tuesday states are not on Kasich’s final three-day schedule.
BEN CARSON – As of the morning after the GOP debate in Houston, Ben Carson’s campaign had not provided reporters with a full schedule up until Super Tuesday. Carson will be in Tennessee for two stops on Friday. He will spend Saturday back in Texas. On Sunday, Carson is in Memphis, Tennessee and in Georgia. Monday, he goes to Lexington, Kentucky – that is notable because the Bluegrass State does not vote until March 5, after Super Tuesday.
Of course, it isn’t just the Republicans who are on the campaign trail, as Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders are also seeing how many stops they can fit in before the polls open on Tuesday.
HILLARY CLINTON – While Super Tuesday is the focus for Republicans, the Democrats still have to finish up with their primary in South Carolina on Saturday night. Hillary Clinton is in the Palmetto State on Friday, and then heads to Alabama on Saturday to make the switch to Super Tuesday mode. Sunday, her schedule has her in Tennessee and Arkansas, and Clinton will make stops in Virginia on Monday.
BERNIE SANDERS – Sanders has spent a good deal of time in recent days focusing on March 1 states, as he did not stay exclusively in South Carolina this week for Saturday’s primary. On Friday, Sanders will start his day in Minnesota, and then wrap up his push in South Carolina with a pair of events. On Saturday, his stops include two rallies in Texas, one in Austin and one in Dallas. On Sunday, Sanders will be in Colorado.