Reports: Rapper Nelly arrested on rape charge in Washington

Published: Saturday, October 07, 2017 @ 1:32 PM

Rapper Nelly Arrested after Being Accused of Rape

Rapper Nelly was arrested in Auburn, Wash., early Saturday morning after a woman accused him of raping her on his tour bus, Seattle Fox affiliate station, andreport.

KCPQ, known locally as Q13Fox, reported that the woman, who met the rapper at his Friday show at Auburn's White River Ampitheatre, called police around 3:45 a.m. PT.   

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They told the TV station that the incident occurred on the rapper's tour bus while it was parked behind a Walmart store, about 20 minutes away from the venue where he'd played with Florida Georgia Line hours earlier.         

FoxQ13 reporter Brandi Kuse said Nelly, whose legal name is Cornell Iral Haynes Jr., was booked into the SCORE (South Correctional Entity) jail in Des Moines, Wash., at 6:29 a.m. PT.         

He was charged with second-degree rape, indicating force was used or the victim was incapable of consent due to being physically helpless, mentally incapacitated or developmentally disabled.         

However, his name had been removed from the   jail's inmate roster by 9:30 a.m. PT.      

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The jail and Auburn Police did not immediately respond to USA TODAY's request for comment, nor did Nelly's representatives.

The St. Louis-bred rapper is on tour with country duo Florida Georgia Live and is scheduled to play in Ridgeland, Wash., on Saturday.         

 

Melissa Etheridge busted for possession of marijuana at U.S.-Canada border

Published: Monday, October 16, 2017 @ 8:10 AM
Updated: Sunday, October 15, 2017 @ 2:49 PM

Melissa Etheridge — a passionate advocate for medical marijuana — was busted for drug possession in August.

The 56-year-old singer was returning to the United States from Canada in North Dakota when her tour bus was reportedly stopped by Customs and Border Patrol. After drug-sniffing dogs detected the substance, agents discovered marijuana oil, according to TMZ.

Etheridge told police that she uses the drug to manage pain from cancer. Although the drug is legal in California, however, it’s not allowed in North Dakota, said TMZ.

The “Come to My Window” crooner was reportedly booked for possession of a controlled substance and smiled from ear-to-ear in her mugshot, which was obtained by TMZ. According to the outlet, she pleaded not guilty. PEOPLE’s requests for comment were not immediately returned by CBP or a rep for Etheridge.

Etheridge first opened up about her weed use in the new Yahoo! project Cannabis & the American Family, and PEOPLE premiered the video clip earlier this year. The Grammy-winner explained that she began using medical marijuana as a holistic alternative to pharmaceuticals when she was undergoing chemotherapy after her 2004 breast cancer diagnosis.

During the initial interview, she added that she has smoked with her wife, Linda Wallem, and two older kids: Bailey, 20, and Beckett, 18. “It’s a very natural, end-of-the-day [thing],” she told Yahoo! “And it brings you much closer. I’d much rather have a smoke with my grown kids than a drink — oh, God, no.”

Since her quotes made the rounds online, Etheridge said she’s received flak for her parenting style and would hope the attention would be directed to a more important issue.

Etheridge later clarified her comments exclusively to PEOPLE.

“I’ve been a celebrity here for almost 30 years, and I’ve done my best to speak truthfully about who I am and my human experience as I go through life, from my work to my family,” the rocker said. “Sometimes I find that I can say something, thinking that the whole world will understand, and they kind of go in another direction. I think if I get a little more specific, it can help guide the conversation in general about cannabis.”

Etheridge discussed why she believes her use of cannabis with her children has been “demonized” — and opened up about how heartbroken she was over the backlash she received for smoking with her kids.

“My children are my priority,” said Etheridge, who is also mom to 10-year-old twin daughters Johnnie Rose and Miller Steven. “I love my children. They are four of the most amazing human beings on earth. I live a very blessed life. I would never want to harm any of them.”

It’s a ‘yes’! Joe Jonas and Sophie Turner are engaged

Published: Sunday, October 15, 2017 @ 4:47 PM
Updated: Sunday, October 15, 2017 @ 10:01 AM

Congratulations are in order for Joe Jonas and Sophie Turner: they’re engaged!

The couple shared the happy news with corresponding Instagram posts on Sunday. They each posted an image of the Game of Thrones star with her hand on top of the singer’s, showing off the stunning engagement ring against their black clothes.

“I said yes,” Turner, 21, captioned the photo. Meanwhile, the 28-year-old singer wrote, “She said yes.”

The DNCE frontman’s brothers, Nick and Kevin Jonas, were among the first to congratulate the couple.

“YES!!!” Nick wrote, while Kevin similarly chimed in with, “Yeah!!!!!!!”

She said yes.

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Nick, 25, then shared the photo of the ring on his own Twitter page to further congratulate the couple. “Ahh! Congratulations to my brother… and sister in law to be on your engagement,” he said. “I love you both so much.”

Jonas and Turner have been dating since last November, after they were spotted acting cozy at a concert in the Netherlands. They also spent Halloween and Thanksgiving weekend together. Since then, the couple has been going steady, and was recently snapped sharing some sweet PDA while out and about in Los Angeles.

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The duo didn’t become Instagram official until January, when Turner posted a picture of Jonas on a boat holding a cigar with the simple caption “Miami Daze.”

As PEOPLE exclusively reported in June, a source close to the musician said that “Joe is taking the relationship very seriously” and Sophie is “different from the other girls he has dated.”

The couple have kept fairly tight-lipped about their romance.“I’m in a relationship, but it’s a very private relationship,” Turner told the U.K.’s Sunday Times in July.

“I very much isolated myself for a while and forgot what was fun. Going out with friends, going out to eat, not really having a care,” she told the publication. “And people I’ve met recently in my life have drawn me out of that.”

She continued, “It really helps you own those insecurities. The things I tortured myself about before, I can forget about.”

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According to the British starlet, she’s in a much more positive place in life than she was before.

“I’m happier than I’ve been in a very long time,” she said.

Turner also opened up to InStyle this past spring about her high-profile relationship. “I found it easier to date someone who understands the industry or is in that world,” she said.

“You realize that you’re not going to see each other all the time,” she said, and added, “And you don’t feel like a jerk when you’re like, ‘My publicist says I can’t do this…’ “

Groomer gives matted, abandoned dog a much-needed makeover

Published: Saturday, October 14, 2017 @ 12:56 PM

Matted dog groomed at Oviedo BGE Grooming in Florida.
Kari Falla
Matted dog groomed at Oviedo BGE Grooming in Florida.(Kari Falla)

A Florida dog groomer is being praised for her quick work in helping save an abandoned dog in distress.

The groomer’s husband told WFTV's Angela Jacobs on Friday that the dog was found late Wednesday after good Samaritans saved it from being hit by a car along a road in Oviedo.

The dog was so severely matted, the groomer’s husband said, it could barely see through its neglected and overgrown hair. The dog also had to be carried and was unable to walk or wag his tail.

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BGE Grooming was contacted due to the dog’s poor condition. The dog groomer, Kari Falla, immediately opened the salon at midnight to begin working on the dog. 

WFTV learned Falla worked on the dog until after 3 a.m. to return its coat to good condition.

A viewer familiar with the incident contacted WFTV and said, “She (Kari) didn't stop there. Today she got with a local vet and they took the dog and they are currently housing and going to find a forever home.”

While the dog undergoes its medical evaluation, Falla reported on her Facebook page that the dog is playing happily with lots of tail-wagging. 

Top Halloween food safety tips

Published: Saturday, October 14, 2017 @ 8:47 AM

How A Teal Pumpkin Can Save A Child’s Life

From bobbing for apples at a party to devouring a bucket of candy, food is definitely a big part of enjoying Halloween. But it can also lead to problems such as food-related illnesses, allergic reactions or even incidents such as choking.

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The following top Halloween food safety tips from the FDA  and the CDC will help keep your guests and little ghosts and goblins safe.


Prevent an allergic reaction
If your child has a food allergy, the following can let them enjoy their Halloween haul while avoiding any problematic foods:

Look for teal pumpkins
Families who display teal pumpkins offer non-candy treats for trick-or-treaters who may have allergies.

Check all treats
Make sure your child knows not to eat any candy before you check it at home. Look for ingredient lists on pre-packaged candy, and throw out any homemade treats since you can’t positively identify their ingredients.

Buy treats for your child
Buy some small trinkets (check out the non-candy suggestions listed below) to give your children on Halloween. That way, if they end up not being able to eat much of their candy, they won’t feel left out. 

Exchange or donate what your child can’t eat
Find a local Halloween Candy Buy Back event in your area where kids can exchange candy for cash or prizes. You can also donate candy to active duty service members or other organizations. 

Check for signs of tampering
Although tampering with candy is rare, it does happen. The CDC recommends consuming only factory-sealed food items. Look for any evidence of the following:

  • An unusual appearance
  • Discoloration
  • Tiny pinholes
  • Tears in wrappers

Throw out homemade treats unless they’re from someone you know very well. If something looks suspicious, throw it out, and if you find actual evidence of tampering, notify the police.

Eliminate choking hazards
Some Halloween treats can be choking hazards, especially for small children. Look through their bags to eliminate the following:

  • Peanuts
  • Hard candies
  • Gum
  • Raisins
  • Gooey candy like caramel, taffy or marshmallows
  • Small toys such as balls or marbles
In addition, make sure kids don’t lie down when they’re eating their Halloween candy, since this can increase their risk of choking.

Make sure treats you serve at home are safe
Candy from outside your home isn’t the only possible treat-related danger. If you’re hosting a Halloween party or planning other holiday activities for your family, take the following precautions:

Clean fruit
If you’re bobbing for apples, rinse them thoroughly and use a produce brush.

Avoid raw dough
Don’t eat raw cookie dough or cake batter, which can contain bacteria.

Refrigerate properly
Don’t leave food out on the table or counter for too long. Keep items refrigerated until they’re ready to serve, and don’t leave perishable foods out for more than two hours.

Offer non-food alternatives
You don’t have to limit yourself to handing out candy. Kids enjoy small toys or other treats, and you won’t have to worry about allergies or stuffing them with too much candy. Dollar stores are great places to pick up multiple items packaged together, such as the following:
  • Glow sticks
  • Plastic rings with spiders, skulls, etc.
  • Small bubble bottles
  • Stickers
  • Mini notepads
  • Bouncy balls
  • Pencils
  • Erasers
  • Vampire teeth
  • Temporary tattoos
  • Stencils
  • Silly bands
  • Small playing cards
  • Small cans of Play-Doh
  • Finger puppets