A San Diego mom is outraged after she says a family trip to Anaheim’s Disneyland resort was ruined when an employee told her she was showing too much cleavage.
According to Melissa Behnken, a park employee approached her and asked her to cover up because her choice of clothing showed too much of her large chest.
"This gentleman out of nowhere comes up to me and just says, 'You need to pull your top up,'" said Behnken. "I was looking at him like, 'Excuse me? Are you serious?'"
“This is a family park. You are showing too much,” the employee allegedly said.
“I guess women with large chests are expected to wear turtlenecks their whole lives,” said Behnken to 10News.
Behnken says her husband had just returned home from deployment and they had been excited to take their three children to the resort for their first family vacation. After the incident, however, Behnken says the rest of the trip was ruined.
Now, the California mom has filed a formal complaint with the park as well as one with the Disney corporation. She says that in the week since the incident happened, Disney has reached out to offer an apology on behalf of the employee, but Behnken says she hopes they take it a step further.
“Maybe they need to do more exclusive training on what is OK to say to people that come there,” suggested Behnken.
Disneyland reportedly has a policy deeming clothing that “exposes excessive portions of the skin” as inappropriate for the family-friendly park, but Behnken’s apparel barely showed any cleavage at all, as evident in the family’s pictures taken at the park prior to the incident.
After San Diego woman Kathy Rowe lost her dream house to another family, she allegedly carried out an elaborate scheme to have the new home owner raped.
Rowe now claims the scheme was a childish prank that got out of hand.
The 52-year-old began by reportedly stopping the couple’s mail and sending religious missionaries to their doorstep. Then, her antics became criminal.
Rowe allegedly posed as the wife on an adult entertainment website and invited men to come to the home to perform rape fantasies.
“I love to be surprised and have a man just show up at my door and force his way in the door and on me,” Rowe wrote to one respondent.
One man showed up twice to the house, but was discouraged on his first visit by a locked gate and the woman’s husband on his second visit.
Last week, the state appeals court ruled that Rowe must answer to felony counts of solicitation of rape and solicitation of sodomy.
A school police officer in Santa Ana, California is being investigated after a passerby captured cell phone video of the cop putting a crying 14-year-old boy in a chokehold.
“Stop fighting me,” said the officer to the boy in the video.
“I’m not fighting you,” cried the boy. “Someone please help me.”
The struggle began after the officer stopped the 14-year-old from tagging a bench near the school.
“The officer sat him on the bench and bent him down,” described 21-year-old Elvia Fernandez, who captured the incident on her cell phone. “With his hands, he [the officer] pushed his face to his knees…then he put him on the floor and that’s when I started videotaping him. He put his whole body weight on him.”
At one point, Fernandez attempted to calm the boy down by speaking to him in a mix of English and Spanish, but the officer didn’t appreciate that.
“Stop speaking Spanish,” demanded the officer.
Santa Ana School Police Chief Hector Rodriquez refused the release the identity of the officer involved, but he did say that an investigation will prove whether or not he used necessary force to restrain the teen.
“He had an obligation to comply with the arrest,” said Rodriguez. “At one point, he bit the officer. The officer had to arrest him and control his movement because he was resisting. We look at any incidents regarding the use of force to see if there’s anything that was inappropriate on the part of the officer. My job is to be the final decision-maker in whether this was inappropriate or not ... to be fair to not just the officer but the young man that was involved as well.”
Fernandez says that she captured the incident on camera so that she could show the boy’s parents exactly what went on.
“I thought that little kid was like my child,” said Fernandez. “I’m a mother, I wouldn’t let that fly if it were my son and I’m pretty sure the little kid’s parents don’t know what really went on.’’
The Santa Ana School Police Department is currently investigating the incident.
If California Attorney General candidate Phil Wyman has his way, your local corrupt politician will be executed soon.
In a recent interview with CBS Sacramento, Wyman said crooked lawmakers should be executed for all to see in order to send a message that sly politicians won’t be tolerated in this country.
“I want to discourage and teach the new generation about values — that nobody is above the law,” he said.
Wyman’s remark is undoubtedly a dig at Leeland Yee, Democrat, the state senator charged with profiting off an illegal gun-running scheme in the Philippines.
“If they know that it’s gun-running and they know it’s going into a terrorist organization in the Philippines, that person earns the death penalty, and especially if they’re in elected office,” Wyman said during the interview.
Wyman said he’d let the politicians choose how they wanted to go down.
“Firing squad, at least that’s a bit more macho than getting some other cocktail,” he said. “Let that person choose. That person’s been at the pinnacle of power. If he wants to be executed by firing squad, let him.”
If the readers of CBS Sacramento are any indication, a lot of people are on board with Wyman’s idea. In a poll posted on the site, 58 percent of respondents were in favor of execution, saying “Yes, a strong message needs to be sent.”
Another 22 percent of people said “Yes, but only in the most egregious cases.” In case you haven’t already added those numbers up, that’s 80 percent of people saying they favor executing corrupt politicians.
Look out, Mr. Yee.
A robber armed with a handgun got way more than he bargained for when he tried to hold up a 7-11 in San Leandro, Calif., on Friday.
The robber reportedly walked into the 7-11 and demanded the two clerks on duty hand over the money in their registers. He reportedly started waving his handgun back and forth as he asked for the money. But instead of turning over his cash drawer, one of the clerks made a much bolder move.
"I saw the guy coming around the corner and I thought he was going to use the sink,” the clerk told KTVU. “When he passed the sink, I turned and saw the gun. He demanded cash and I held up my hands. He started swinging the gun back and forth. When the gun got close to him, I saw my opportunity. I grabbed it by both ends and just yanked it out of his hand.”
The would-be robber sprinted out of the store after his gun was taken. The clerk, who wished to be identified only as Mark, said his decision to grab the gun was adrenaline-fueled.
“I was a little nervous at first,” he said. “Then the adrenaline kicked in and I just reacted.”
Mark called his move a bold, and possibly stupid, decision.
"If you look back, some people say hero, some people say brave, others say stupid," he said. "It’s a little bit of all three, actually. I don’t know if it was the right move, but it got a gun off the street.”
He added that he has no interest in being called a hero, either.
“Heroes are those who rescue other people; they are [not just trying to] save themselves,” he said.
Here is footage of the attempted stickup:
Experts from the United States Geological Survey say the recent strand of earthquakes to hit countries along the North and South American pacific coasts are not related. United States Geological Survey (USGS) seismologist John Vidale spoke to USA Today about the quakes that shook up Chile, Panama, and Southern California in recent weeks.
“The odds are overwhelming that they're not related," Vidale said, adding that the quakes were too far apart to be linked to one another.
The only common thread between the earthquakes is their occurrence on the Ring of Fire, a semi-circle of tectonic plate boundaries spanning from New Zealand to Southern Chile where seismologists says 90% of the world’s earthquakes take place. The USGS says 4,000 earthquakes occur each day around the world.
The USGS does note, however, that there is a good chance the latest 8.2 earthquake in Chile will be followed by a significant aftershock.
“The biggest risk is aftershocks for the 8.2 in the same area where the 8.2 occurred. They’ll become less frequent with time, but the risk still exists for days and weeks,” said seismologist Kate Hutton.
The likelihood of another 8.2 quake happening in coming months is low given that an earthquake of that size tends to happen only once a year. Seismologists are still aware of the possibility that the recent 8.2 quake could have been a foreshock to an even larger approaching earthquake.
"This earthquake is of a size that happens somewhere about once a year," said Robert Muir-Wood, a scientist who works in catastrophe modeling. "The location is no particular surprise — the Chile subduction zone is the world's most active, and northern Chile has not seen really big subduction zone earthquakes for some decades, unlike southern Chile."
A subduction zone is where two tectonic plates come together, with one riding over the other. Chile is home to an extremely active subduction zone, where the Nazci plate slides under the South American continental plate at about three inches per year.
Here is a map of the infamous Ring of Fire:
A Carmel, CA, woman, Karen Ruhlmann, who died two years ago, left more than $9 million to three canine-care organizations: the SPCA for Monterey County, the Animal Friends Rescue Project in Pacific Grove, CA, and Best Friends Animal Society of Kanab, Utah.
The IRS has just cleared the estate for distribution of funds, attorney David S. Mullally announced, and the gift will be divided equally among the three.
Ms. Ruhlmann was 69 years old when she passed in 2012. She was born in Hamburg, Germany, and worked as a graphic designer and art director in Germany, Austria and England before moving to the United States in 1970, according to the Monterey Herald.
She relocated from Pinehurst, N.C., to the scenic coastal city of Carmel in 2000, after the death of her husband, Lony Ruhlmann.
"Karen loved dogs, and any dog in need was a friend of hers," said attorney Mullally. "During her life she adopted and cared for Gypsy, a rescue who was her daily companion. She also helped others with the care of their four-legged friends and supported organizations that provided services for dogs in need."
Gary Tiscornia, executive director of the SPCA for Monterey County, said the generous bequest would help complete the current renovation of the SPCA facility, adding:
"Karen had a passion particularly to see shelter dogs get adopted. Only about 18 to 20 percent of newly acquired dogs in our country come from shelters, and she really wanted to see that number go up, so we thought it would be really fitting to name our dog adoption area for Karen and her husband, Lony."
Mr. Tiscornia’s statistics reflect the longstanding trend cited by Merritt Clifton, editor of Animal People, who writes that relevant statistics for dogs included in the American Veterinary Medical Association’s (AVMA) 2012 Pet Ownership & Demographics Sourcebook show, “54% of the dogs in homes are purebreds, meaning that they came from a breeder--yet 85% of the pet keepers say they would prefer to adopt from a shelter or rescue group.”
--1981 (Nasser study) 19.4% of dogs from shelters, 26% from breeders
--2002 (APPA study) 17% of dogs from shelters, 29% from breeders
--2012 (APPA study) 20% of dogs from shelters, 54% from breeders
“This is an extremely wide gap between what people claim they would do and what they actually do,” says Clifton, “but it parallels the trend of the past 30 years:”
It is hard to predict whether Ms. Ruhlmann’s generous gift can change this historical trend for adoption of dogs in Monterey County, but it certainly will positively impact the lives of many.
Source: Monterey Herald
California State Sen. Leland Yee, D-San Francisco, has been hit with a slew of charges following an FBI investigation that found Yee worked to import illegal firearms into the country in exchange for cash. Yee is officially charged with conspiracy to traffic firearms without a license, conspiracy to import illegal firearms, and six counts of scheming to defraud citizens of honest services.
Undercover FBI agents posing as potential arms dealers held numerous secret meetings with Yee in which the senator said he could use his connections to an overseas arms dealer to bring guns into the country. The guns were to be given to the undercover agents in exchange for cash that Yee would use to fund his secretary of state campaign bid.
During one meeting, Yee allegedly told the agents, "Do I think we can make some money? I think we can make some money.”
Yee accepted at least $5,000 cash from the agents and was in the process of setting up deals that would have netted him hundreds of thousands more. He and the agents agreed on at least one future deal worth roughly $100,000. Yee spoke of specific locations in the Phillipines and Florida that would be ideal for trafficking the guns, which included M-16s and other semi-automatic rifles.
Yee reportedly appeared flustered in court on Wednesday. The FBI’s findings are particularly troubling given Yee’s unwavering support of gun control legislation in the past. He authored SB 108, a failed bill that introduced regulations for how guns had to be stored when not in their owner’s possession. He also publicly supported SB 147, a bill that would have prohibited devices allowing for changeable magazines on semi-automatic rifles – the same rifles Yee was trying to illegally import.
"I'm just astonished," said Corey Cook, director of the Leo T. McCarthy Center for Public Service and the Common Good. "Political corruption is one thing, but this is a whole other level."
Each of Yee’s six corruption counts is punishable with up to twenty years in jail and a $250,000 fine. The gun trafficking count is punishable with up to five years in prison and a $250,000 fine. A federal judge released Yee on $500,000 bond following his court date on Wednesday.
11California CPS Goes After Father Who Recorded Them After His Daughter Was Wrongfully Taken Away (Video)
37-year-old Scott Rolick is fighting back against California Child Protective Services after he says they wrongly took his daughter away, placed her in a lice-infested, abusive, and unsafe foster home, and made up lies in their reports to make it more difficult for him to get her back.
The situation began when the father of Rolick’s wife Sara was busted for selling drugs miles away from the home. Sara’s father had been living with the couple and their young daughter, so when police searched the home and found a small amount of drugs that the 70-year-old had kept there, they immediately investigated to see if Scott and Sara were involved. Both were given drugs tests, which they passed, and were found to be completely innocent, but CPS still took their daughter Stevie out of the home and placed her with a foster family. Sara’s father no longer lives with them, and despite being cleared of any wrongdoing on the couple’s part, CPS refuses to place Stevie back with her parents.
According to reports, CPS documents claim that Scott and Sara were arrested and found to have been using drugs, but in reality, those allegations are false. CPS told Rolick that in order to help his own case and get his daughter back, he has to take parenting classes and attend Alcoholics Anonymous meetings. Understandably, Rolick has refused this, so CPS will still not give Stevie back to her parents.
Scott decided to take matters into his own hands, and began filming interactions with CPS workers. The first video, posted below, is a recording of a CPS worker, and the second is a recording of CPS supervisor Carmin Franko reprimanding Rolick for recording a CPS worker in the first place. Franko claims that it is illegal to record a government agent, and now, CPS is going after the father.
As punishment for recording the worker, CPS is relinquishing visitation rights from Rolick, saying that he can only see his daughter if it is supervised.
Despite backlash from CPS and more troubles that lie ahead, Rolick says that he’ll continue to fight the agency because it’s the right thing to do.
“I’ll go to jail for this because it needs to be exposed,” said Rolick.
It doesn’t appear that CPS has made a statement regarding this case, and as of the latest update, Stevie is still living in the abusive foster home.
Disturbing details are starting to emerge following the March 14 arrest of two California women accused of starving three children and chaining one to the floor.
Authorities arrived at the Salinas, California home to investigate accusations of child neglect, and once they got there, they were horrified to discover a three-year-old boy, a five-year-old boy, and an eight-year-old girl all being starved. The young girl was shackled to keep her from eating.
"The little girl was from time-to-time chained to the walls of the house and denied food," said Monterey County Sheriff Scott Miller. "She was extremely emaciated. She's been described as someone who looks like she's been living in a concentration camp." Miller added that all three children had “hardly eaten for months” and that the girl was the “major target” of the abuse.
Eraca Dawn Craig, 31, and Christian Jessica Deanda, 44, were arrested and charged with multiple counts of felony child cruelty, false imprisonment, and other related charges. The women are reportedly domestic partners, and one of them is the biological mother of the three-year-old boy. The five-year-old boy and the girl were both adopted.
Both Craig and Deanda pleaded not guilty to the charges against them, and neither reportedly have a criminal record. Authorities say the two women were attempting to leave the area right before they were arrested.
Miller says that this case is one of the worst he has ever seen.
"When you've got over 30 years in the business, you've seen way too many of these types of things before," said Miller. "But this is, in terms of child abuse and neglect, this is toward the top."
"The fact that it appears [the girl] was actually chained to the wall to keep her from eating, those are the kinds of facts that tear at you," continued Miller. "That's the kind of thing that differentiates this from most other types of abuse cases."
Craig and Deanda are both scheduled to appear in court on March 28, but in the meantime, they are being held on $50,000 bail at Monterey County Jail.