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Man Found Not Guilty on Privacy Invasion Charge - Accused of Recording in Store Dressing Room
A St. Clair man was found not guilty Monday on allegations that he placed a hidden camera at the Washington Target Store in 2014.
Clay F. Wideman, 40, was found not guilty by Associate Circuit Judge Dave Hoven based on evidence, according to court records.
The security level of the case was raised to make it a confidential case because the defendant was found not guilty, according to Circuit Court Clerk Bill D. Miller.
Wideman was charged with one count of second-degree attempted invasion of privacy. He was accused of concealing a camera in a unisex fitting room on June 8, 2014, which was found by store personnel.
Store personnel allegedly traced Wideman’s activities while he was in the store and on the parking lot from store video surveillance cameras.
Washington police noted in the probable cause statement that detectives created a time line using the time stamps on the store video and files located on the SD card in the hidden camera.
“The device recorded the legs of a subject who went into the fitting room to try on clothes,” according to a probable cause statement filed with the court.
Police said the time stamps match the time period Wideman was in the store.
The misdemeanor warrant notes that the camera secretly recorded both a woman and a man inside the dressing room.
After reviewing store surveillance video and video from other stores in the area, police obtained a license plate number and identified the suspect through his employer, Washington police said.
Police questioned Wideman June 16, 2014, but the suspect quickly asked to call his attorney which ended the interrogation, authorities said.
A dome, which was painted red, was taped to a wall below a seat in the fitting room. Inside was the pinhole camera and a camera card.
Store personnel became aware of the object when it fell off the wall.
Police said after reviewing in-store video, police identified a possible suspect who was in the area of the fitting room. The man left the store, changed his clothes in a van, then returned wearing different clothes, as well as sunglasses and a ball cap, the detective said.
When he returned he walked around the store for a time, then left without buying anything.
Thinking that this was not the first time he did this, detectives sought a search warrant for the man’s home, but the prosecutor’s office declined to issue one based on the amount of evidence, accordin g to police.
Five shot, 2 dead in North St. Louis quintuple shooting
via Fox 2 News
Five people were shot, two fatally Sunday afternoon in North St. Louis.
All of the victims range in age from 14-40 according to Sgt Brian McGlynn.
According to McGlynn, officers responded to the 1900 block of North 14th Street just after noon on Sunday for reports of two people being shot. When officers arrived, they found two women suffering from gunshot wounds. Those women were transported to the hospital where they are still being treated.
McGlynn says while officers were there, officers heard another shooting at the residence directly next door. Officers were not able to make contact with anyone inside, so hostage negotiators were brought in. After the house was cleared, police searched the residence and found three people with gunshot wounds. One man who was pronounced dead at the scene, one female was also pronounced dead at the scene and a third woman was taken to the hospital where she is being treated.
"The investigation is just beginning" McGlynn said. "We don't have any idea of who shot who yet, it appears to be that they have some kind of relationship whether it be family, domestic type of relationships we don't even know the extent of those relationships are in fact we haven't identified the people yet" he said.
McGlynn says right now, police don't have any information about anyone else being involved. They don't have information about a shooter or motive.
McGlynn also says police believe all of the victims know each other, but the extent of their relationship is still under investigation.
"All of these shootings are horrible" McGlynn said. "This one is going to be- I'm sure once we find out who these people are and what the relationship is- it's going to be very tragic because we can only it looks like everybody is in one way connected. Whether it be family or loved ones we don't know" he said.
1 Killed, 10 Injured After Van Plows Into Pedestrians in London
via NBC News
A van plowed into pedestrians near a London mosque early Monday, injuring 10 people in what the city's mayor called a "horrific terrorist attack."
It appeared to be the third incident in as many months in the British capital involving a perpetrator deliberately driving a vehicle into a crowd.
According to police, all of the victims were Muslims. Worshippers had just finished prayers during the holy month of Ramadan when the vehicle slammed into people walking in the Finsbury Park area at 12:20 a.m. local time (7:20 p.m. ET).
Two witnesses told NBC News that the driver laughed after crashing the van.
A 48-year-old man was pulled from the vehicle and detained by people in the area, eyewitnesses and officials said. He was later arrested on suspicion of attempted murder.
"This was clearly a deliberate attack on innocent Londoners, many of whom were finishing prayers during the holy month of Ramadan," London Mayor Sadiq Khan said.
Before the attack unfolded, a crowd had already gathered because a man had collapsed in the street. He was being given first aid when the vehicle crashed into the group.
The man later died, Metropolitan Police Deputy Assistant Commissioner Neil Basu said at a press briefing at 8:30 a.m. local time (3:30 a.m. ET).
However, while he had initially been considered a victim of the attack, Basu said it was unclear whether his death was directly caused by it.
"Given the methodology ... this had all the hallmarks of a terrorist incident, " Basu told reporters. "This is an attack against London and all Londoners and we should all stand together against extremists whatever their cause."
British Prime Minister Theresa May described the attack as "sickening," adding that it "targeted the ordinary and the innocent going about their daily lives, this time British Muslims as they left a mosque after prayers."
Saeed Hasm saw the incident play out.
"We saw the van speeding up and we thought maybe he was late for work or wanting to catch the traffic light, but suddenly he turned to the mosque side," Hasm, who works at the London's Qatari Embassy, told NBC News. "He hit the people, there were three people on the floor, then he moved on and there were another five or six on the floor."
43% of Americans Won't Be Taking a Vacation This Summer
Forget frequent flier miles, last-minute getaways and even road trips. Nearly half of Americans say they won't be taking a vacation this summer, mostly because they can't afford it, according to a new poll by The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research.
The new AP-NORC survey, conducted in May, said 43 percent of Americans won't be taking a summer vacation. The top reason for skipping a trip was the cost, cited by 49 percent of non-vacationers. Another 11 percent said they can't take the time off from work, while 3 percent said they don't like to be away from work.
About half of Americans living in households making less than $50,000 a year don't plan to take any summer vacation this year, and they're especially likely to cite costs as a reason.
And if your employer gives you paid vacation days, consider yourself lucky: Forty-one percent of those surveyed who work full or part time said they do not get any paid time off from their employers to use for vacation. Younger and lower-income workers are especially likely not to get any paid time off.
Danny Aguilar of Lakewood, Colorado, says the cost is what stops him from planning a vacation. He works in information technology, but because he's self-employed, "the income is very unknown. You don't know what's going to happen. You never really know what's coming. You can't really budget."
Other findings from the poll:
-Most Americans use at least some of their paid time off if they have the option, but many still leave paid vacation days on the table. Fourteen percent of workers who get paid vacation time from their jobs did not use any of the days they had coming to them. Just half of those with paid vacation time used up all or most of the days they were entitled to in the past year.
-Not everybody wants to go away in the summer. Fifteen percent of those who are passing on a summer getaway say it's because they already took a vacation this year or because they'll travel some other time of year.
-Americans seem to value time over luxury when it comes to their vacations. Nearly two-thirds say they'd prefer to take a longer but less luxurious vacation over one that's shorter but more luxurious.
Linda Dube and her sister are among those citing cost as a reason for staying home this summer. The sisters, who are retired, live in Fitchburg, Massachusetts, and usually vacation for a few days at the Foxwoods Resort Casino in Connecticut. "We decided this year, instead of doing that, we'd save a little money and take a one-week staycation," she said. They plan a day at a local mall, eating out at a "wonderful little diner in the next town" and perhaps a trip to a nearby art museum. Dube's sister is in a wheelchair, she added, so any destination must accommodate wheelchairs.
David Kisler of Costa Mesa, California, says he can't afford a vacation either. "I'm working three jobs to make ends meet," said Kisler, who lost his job marketing network security in 2009. His wife works, too, but he said they've been dipping into savings to tackle projects around the house.
Kisler and his wife did recently drive to Mission Beach in the San Diego area to spend time with family who'd driven in from Arizona, but three days with relatives in a shared rental house is "not exactly a vacation," he said.
More than 4 in 10 Americans say they don't consider visiting family to be a true vacation, though about three-quarters do consider a long weekend away a vacation.
For Kisler, the weekend in a shared house with family certainly can't compare with the week he and his wife spent a few years ago in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, in a hotel near the beach. "That was a real vacation," he lamented.
A Man Gets an $870,000 Settlement Because a Doctor Removed the Wrong Ball
It turns out your TESTICLES aren't priceless gifts from God and you to the world, no matter what YOU might think. They're not even worth millions.
A 54-year-old guy named Steven Haines from Huntingdon, Pennsylvania had serious pain in his right testicle for over a decade, so back in 2013, he went to a urologist to have it removed. But the doctor took out the WRONG BALL.
Steven sued him, and last week, a jury awarded him an $870,000 settlement.
Snortable Chocolate Has Arrived in America
I'm pretty sure no long-term good can come from SNORTING anything, but here we are.
SNORTABLE CHOCOLATE has been around in Europe for a while, but it just made its way over here. The product is called Coco Loko, and it's a processed cacao powder that you snort, just like cocaine.
You don't really taste the chocolate when you snort it, but the people who make it say that it gives you the health benefits of dark chocolate without any calories.
Is it safe? The answer is . . . maybe. It's not approved by the FDA, and it doesn't have to be because of a loophole . . . they can only approve food you eat, not snort.
And experts say there's a chance it could cause sinus problems . . . but odds are you'll be fine if you want to try it.
They aren't sure about the claims on the health benefits, but I'm guessing you wouldn't be doing it for those anyway . . . you'd be doing it for the gimmick.
A container with 10 servings is on sale right now on Amazon for $25.
People Are Using Coca-Cola as Tanning Oil and They Really Shouldn't
There's a fine line between being MacGyver and being a damn fool.
Apparently, there's a new trend where people who don't have tanning oil improvise . . . by putting COCA-COLA all over their bodies before they go out in the sun.
And they say the caramel color in the Coke helps bronze them up good and quick.
Unfortunately, it's a terrible idea.
Coke contains a lot of chemicals, but none of them provide any SPF protection . . . so you're really just accelerating the chance of BURNING your skin and potentially even developing skin cancer down the line.