MONDAY'S DISCOUNT NEWS
LOCAL: PF CHANGS IN STL AFFECTED BY SECURITY BREACH
The Chinese restaurant chain P.F. Chang's China Bistro was alerted to a possible security breach involving credit and debit card data at some locations. In a statement by P.F. Chang's CEO Rick Federico, it's noted that on June 10 the company was alerted by U.S. Secret Service that the restaurant chain may have been compromised involving credit and debit card data, stolen reportedly from 33 P.F. Chang's restaurants around the country. Two of the affected restaurants are located in Brentwood and Chesterfield, Mo. The security breach of their card processing systems occurred between October 19th of 2013, and June 11th of 2014, one day after the Secret Service made the company aware of the breach. Federico went on to say the company initiated an internal investigation, to assess the breadth of the security breach, involving their card processing systems, and they have reason to believe the intruder may have stolen credit and debit card numbers, names, and expiration dates of some customer's cards. The internal investigation, conducted by both P.F. Chang's staff and forensic data experts from a third party contracted for the investigation, determined the 33 locations, and specific date time frames the card processing system was compromised for each.
LADY LOSES 2 GRAND OVER PHONE SCAM
A Monroeville, Pa. woman lost $2,000 in a telephone scam in which someone posed as her son's best friend and asked for money to be bailed out of jail. The woman, who asked not to be identified, got a call Thursday morning from a man who said his name was "Dan," her son's best friend. "I thought I was helping somebody in desperate shape," she told the station. "Get him out of jail, that was my thought." He said he was calling from jail, he'd been hurt in an accident and he could only make one, brief call. "He said 'I can't talk too well, because I broke my nose and I have stitches in my mouth,'" the woman said. Another fast-talking man then came on the phone saying $2,000 would get "Dan" out of jail, reports CBS Pittsburgh station. The woman withdrew the money from her bank and then sent it through MoneyPak after purchasing four cards at a pharmacy nearby using PayPal. Then, she got a second call saying "Dan" now needed $3,500 more for court costs, according to the station. That's when it hit her -- she'd been duped. She soon learned the real "Dan" was neither in an accident nor in jail. Now, she says she hopes others will learn from her mistakes. "Question everything; don't start handing out money until you know what's going on," she said.
LOCAL: CREVE COUER STAND OFF ENDS AFTER 11 HOURS
A standoff has ended peacefully in Creve Coeur, more than 11 hours after it began. Police closed sections of New Ballas, Studt, and Old Ballas while a man barricaded himself in the King's Landing apartment complex. The situation started around 11:45 p.m. Sunday when Creve Coeur police received a call from relatives of a 27-year-old man. They said he was in distress about a personal issue and asked for officers to check on him. Before police arrived, one shot was fired. The shot was not aimed at police. Officers set up a perimeter around the complex and tried to convince the man to surrender. Around 11 a.m. a tactical unit made forced entry into the apartment. The man surrendered and was taken to an area hospital for a mental evaluation. Nobody was injured, and the roads are re-open.
LOCAL: VIDEO OF KNOCKOUT GAME IN DELMAR GOING VIRAL
Video of a violent, unprovoked attack in St. Louis' Delmar Loop is spreading on social media sites. The video, which was taken Sunday near the Pageant, shows a group of people punching and kicking a man who was walking on Delmar Boulevard on his way to the Metro stop. It's the latest video showing the "Knockout Game," where one or more person tries to knock out an unsuspecting victim. HERE IS THE VIDEO
LOCAL: METAL DETECTOR TO BE AT BUSCH FOR THE FIRST TIME TONIGHT
You might want to leave a few minutes early if you're headed to Busch Stadium tonight. Major League Baseball is requiring all stadiums to use metal detectors by next season. The Cardinals started with wands, but will phase in walk-through detectors by the end of the season.
WIFE SETS HUSBAND ON FIRE AFTER HE ALLEGEDLY MOLESTS DAUGHTER
A mother in Washington State is behind bars after police say she set her husband on fire because he molested her 7-year-old daughter. Tatanysha Hedman, 40, allegedly told police that shooting her husband, 52-year-old Vincent Phillips, was “too nice." Hedman was arrested on July 17, the day after Phillips ran into a convenience store in Renton with severe burns, asking for help. When authorities arrived, Phillips told an officer, “My wife did it,” according to the Renton Reporter. Hedman allegedly confessed to pouring gasoline on her husband because he “hurt” her daughter. Phillips is not the child’s biological father. Days later, police recommended that he be charged with first-degree child molestation. Phillips is hospitalized, while Hedman is in jail on assault and arson charges. Her bail was set at $500,000.