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Published: Sunday, April 12, 2015 @ 3:12 AM
Updated: Monday, April 13, 2015 @ 2:51 AM
PUTNAM COUNTY, Tenn. — A Tennessee state trooper arrested internationally known hip-hop artist Nelly on felony drug charges in Putnam County on Saturday morning, WHBQ-TV in Memphis reports.
Nelly, whose real name is Cornell Haynes, was charged with felony possession of drugs, simple possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia.
About 9:20 a.m. Saturday, Trooper Michael Loftis stopped a bus on Interstate 40 for failure to display a U.S. Department of Transportation and International Fuel Tax Association sticker, according to the Tennessee Highway Patrol report. The trooper said he planned to conduct an inspection on the bus when he noticed an odor of marijuana.
Loftis and Sgt. Donald Jennings then conducted a probable-cause search of the bus. The troopers said they discovered in the sleeper area a plastic bag that contained five colored crystal-type rocks that tested positive for methamphetamine, as well as a small amount of marijuana and other drug paraphernalia. Further investigation reportedly revealed about 100 small Ziploc bags commonly associated with the sale of narcotics and numerous handguns.
The bus was occupied by six people, one of whom was identified as Brian Jones, 44, of St. Louis. Jones, a convicted felon, was also in possession of a handgun and was charged accordingly, the police report said.
Nelly, 40, also of St. Louis, and Jones were transported to the Putnam County Jail. Nelly was released on a $10,000 bond and is scheduled to appear in court June 19. Read the full story here.
Published: Sunday, March 18, 2018 @ 1:22 PM
TAMPA, Fla. — A Cirque du Soleil acrobat who fell during a Saturday performance in Tampa, Florida, died from his injuries, a hospital spokeswoman told WTSP on Sunday.
According to a video viewed by WTSP and The Tampa Bay Times, the aerial acrobat lost his grip on a ribbon strap during the company’s “Volta” show and fell 10 feet to the stage below.
A spokesman for Cirque du Soleil Entertainment Group identified the performer as Yann Arnaud, a longtime aerialist, WFLA reported.
The show was stopped, and Arnaud was taken to Tampa General Hospital. He died from his injuries, spokeswoman Ellen Fiss told WTSP.
The two performances scheduled for Sunday were canceled, the company in charge of publicizing the show said in a statement.
"The entire Cirque du Soleil family is in shock and devastated by this tragedy. Yann had been with us for over 15 years and was loved by all who had the chance to know him," company CEO Daniel Lamarre said. "Over the coming days and weeks, our focus will be on supporting Yann’s family and our employees, especially the ‘Volta’ team, as we go through these difficult times together."
Arnuad’s death is the second performer fatality in Cirque du Soleil's history, WTSP reported. According to the BBC, Sarah Guillot-Guyard, 31, died during a 2013 show in Las Vegas when she fell 94 feet to the floor when a safety wire detached.
Published: Monday, March 19, 2018 @ 6:30 AM
LOS ANGELES — Blue Ivy Carter may only be 6 years old, but she's already an art connoisseur.
According to USA Today, the daughter of Beyoncé and Jay-Z got into a high-priced bidding war with media mogul Tyler Perry on Saturday at the Wearable Art Gala in Los Angeles.
Blue Ivy reportedly bid $17,000 on a piece, described by E! as "an acrylic painting of a young Sidney Poitier," before Perry fired back with an $18,000 offer. Not one to be outdone, Blue Ivy bid $19,000 "as Jay-Z jokingly tried to take her arm down," according to USA Today. Perry ended up paying $20,000 for the painting.
Lool... Blue Ivy is about to buy all the Artworks at the auction. She must have been listening to JayZ's tracks about Basquiat and investing in Art. pic.twitter.com/Nd0pFrA16z— R. (@alrhemist) March 18, 2018
Beyoncé's mother, Tina Knowles, and her husband, Richard Lawson, organized the gala.
Published: Sunday, March 18, 2018 @ 3:20 AM
Updated: Sunday, March 18, 2018 @ 3:20 AM
AUSTIN, Texas — Update, 2:14 a.m. CDT Sunday: Austin police have arrested a man in connection with a bomb threat that led to the cancellation of The Roots’ show Saturday at South by Southwest.
The city of Austin tweeted the following statement early Sunday:
Statement regarding the Bud Light Fair Market event attached. pic.twitter.com/LWsd8sgaYT— Austin Texas (@austintexasgov) March 18, 2018
Trevor Weldon Ingram, 26, was arrested on charges of making a terroristic threat, a third-degree felony, the release said.
Police also tweeted Ingram’s booking photo:
Booking photo of Trevor Ingram. pic.twitter.com/pEpE3lifVn— Austin Police Dept (@Austin_Police) March 18, 2018
ORIGINAL STORY: A South by Southwest performance by The Roots at Fair Market in Austin, Texas, was canceled Saturday night due to a “security concern,” event organizers said.
Due to a security concern we have made the hard decision to cancel tonight's event. Your safety and the safety of all fans at SXSW is our most important priority.— Bud Light (@budlight) March 18, 2018
A police spokesman said around 9:30 p.m. that more information would be released via Twitter, but nothing had been posted by 11:30 p.m. CDT.
However, the Austin Chronicle reported that it had two staffers at the event. One staffer heard event workers discussing the concern as a bomb threat, according to a report the weekly posted online, and "a second Chronicle staffer spoke with someone working at Fair Market tonight, who confirmed that Austin police were canvassing the property to determine whether there is any validity to the threat."
The cancellation of the show on the final night of the South By Southwest Festival comes at a time of heightened concern in the city following three deadly package bombs – two on Monday – that have exploded in East Austin this month, killing two people and seriously injuring a third.
Representatives for the event issued the following statement Saturday night after the cancellation:
“Due to a security concern, we have made the difficult decision to cancel tonight’s Bud Light x The Roots SXSW Jam. After working proactively with SXSW, the Austin Police Department, and other authorities, Bud Light believes this is the best course of action to ensure the safety of our guests, staff, and artists, and appreciate your understanding. We are truly sorry to have to cancel the event, but we felt it was necessary to take all safety precautions.”
In an Instagram post, Fair Market representatives said Anheuser-Busch made the call to cancel the event.
In a tweet that was later deleted Saturday night, frontman Questlove wrote, “Uh, welp can’t say much but for those in Austin waiting in line to see us tonight. Tonight’s show has been cancelled. They’ll make official announcement but I’d rather save y’all the trouble of waiting in line.”
In response to fans who were upset after waiting in line for hours, Questlove also tweeted:
Uh come on now. If you gonna point fingers, start w the individual who caused it to be canceled.— T'Questlove (@questlove) March 18, 2018
Published: Thursday, March 01, 2018 @ 1:02 PM
— Childish Gambino, aka Donald Glover, met a special Girl Scout who used his song, “Redbone,” to sell cookies in a viral video on “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” Wednesday night.
Late-night host Stephen Colbert was so impressed with the video -- which has more than 4.5 million views -- that he invited Charity Joy, 6, and her father onto the show, where they got to meet Glover.
“I never was like, ‘I’ll make this, and then one day a little girl will sell Girl Scout cookies to it,’ Glover said. “It’s pretty great. A lot of people sent (the video) to me. I was really touched.”Before they got to meet, Colbert asked Glover for his thoughts on the video.
Charity Joy had to sell 113 more boxes of cookies to meet her goal, and Glover bought them all.
Colbert then brought out a basket full of Thin Mints -- Charity Joy’s favorite -- and helped the Girl Scout, her father and Glover hand out boxes to the audience.
Watch Charity Joy’s appearance on “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” at the 7:25 mark at the video below.