Arizona man turns in guns to police in response to Las Vegas shootings

Published: Friday, October 06, 2017 @ 2:19 AM

Man Gives Guns to Police in Response to Las Vegas Shootings

An Arizona man said he wanted to send a message about guns in the aftermath of the mass shooting in Las Vegas, so he turned his two weapons over to Phoenix police on Tuesday, The Arizona Republic reported.

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Jonathan Pring, 36, who owns a coffee shop in downtown Phoenix with his wife, said he called the police to ask if an officer could come pick up his Walther PK380 and Ruger 10/22 tactical rifle.

Pring told the Republic that he was motivated by the mass shooting that killed 59 people and injured more than 500 on Sunday night.

“Who doesn't love Las Vegas?” Pring told the Republic. “I couldn't sleep last night. I was watching news and on Facebook and seeing lots of different posts ... and I was just mad ... I thought, ‘You know what, I'm going to do something.’”

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Pring said he could tell the two police officers who arrived were “anxious” about entering the home of someone who declared having guns.

“I think they thought I was going crazy,” Pring told the Republic. 

But Pring was able to convince the officers that his intentions were good.

“They said, ‘We appreciate you phoning us and dealing with this as you have and we think you're the sort of person who should have guns instead of these other maniacs,’” Pring told the Republic. “I said, ‘I respect that and I appreciate that, but you got to start somewhere and I'm starting today, right here.’”

Phoenix police Sgt. Jonathan Howard said his department would accept any weapons.

“Phoenix police will accept guns that people no longer want,'' Howard said. “The guns will be tested and entered into NIBIN (National Integrated Ballistic Information Network), which will allow us to compare them with known crime guns. In accordance with state law, the guns are then sold.”

Georgia student discovers birth brother attended same college, had same major

Published: Saturday, December 16, 2017 @ 8:35 AM

DNA helped a Georgia college student connect with his sibling and birth parents.
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DNA helped a Georgia college student connect with his sibling and birth parents.(Getty Images)

The slogan for purchasing a DNA test kit on the genealogy website Ancestry.com is "Open a world of possibilities."

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For a Georgia college junior, a DNA test earlier this week opened up his family history and helped him connect to a long-lost sibling and his birth parents.

Kieron Christian Graham, 20, is majoring in political science at Kennesaw State University, which is located northwest of Atlanta. He was adopted in 1997 when he was 3 months old. Growing up, he knew the first names of his birth mother and father and that his birth mother had another child named "Vincent," who was nine years older, BuzzFeed reported.

"I periodically would look for them and check on Facebook, but I never knew their last name so it was always hard," Graham said.

His adoptive parents gave him an AncestryDNA test kit as an early Christmas present. On Tuesday he received the results in an email, BuzzFeed reported. Out of the 100 loose matches was a strong match to a 29-year-old man named Vincent Ghant, who also had taken a DNA test.

When Graham checked on Facebook, he found a Vincent Ghant whose birthday matched the documents his adoptive parents had. He sent Ghant a friend request, and as they chatted on Tuesday, Graham mentioned the name of his birth mother, Shawn.

“My heart stopped,” Ghant told BuzzFeed. “I asked my mother about him throughout my life, but the pain was so heavy on her that it was hard for her to drum up the words to explain it to me. ... So it just got to the point where I was, like, I'll just wait for her when she's ready.”

The two men learned they were not only brothers, but they also were attending the same college, were both majoring in political science and lived only 15 minutes apart, BuzzFeed reported. Oddly enough, they also attended a class together.

The brothers finally met at a local bar this week, BuzzFeed reported. Graham recalled Ghant telling him, "I've been thinking about you for 20 years."

Ghant said the meeting was “very emotional.”

“I was excited but a little bit scared if he had any resentment towards my family,” Ghant said.

Graham had no hard feelings, understanding that his birth mother was a single parent and chose adoption to give him a better life.

"When I realized he didn't [have resentment] and that he had a great life, I was amazed," Ghant said.

Graham has since contacted his birth mother and plans to meet with her this weekend. He said he also plans to meet with his birth father, BuzzFeed reported.

"My birth father broke down in tears," he said.

Graham also met Ghant’s 17-year-old brother, Christian,

Graham told BuzzFeed that his adoptive parents have been wholly supportive of his journey of discovery. They also plan to meet Graham's birth mother and that entire side of the family, he said.

Tiny KFC serving miniature food opens in Portland

Published: Saturday, December 16, 2017 @ 7:07 PM

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File photo. (Photo by Tim Boyle/Getty Images)(Tim Boyle/Getty Images)

The smallest KFC in the world, serving miniature $5 fill ups, opened Saturday in Portland

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Customers lined up for the free sample of the tiny fried chicken, biscuit, mashed potatoes with a small dollop of gravy, a finger-nail sized cookie and what could only be a sip of a soft drink.

The novelty fast food restaurant was open until 4 p.m., according to The Oregonian.

Community offers support as 94-year-old Florida woman arrested during eviction celebrates birthday

Published: Friday, December 15, 2017 @ 11:50 PM

Juanita Fitzgerald (WFTV.com)
Juanita Fitzgerald (WFTV.com)

After spending two nights in jail in Lake County, Florida, on a trespassing charge filed when she refused to leave her apartment during an eviction, Juanita Fitzgerald was glad to spend her 94th birthday somewhere else.

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Fitzgerald was placed in a Eustis patrol car Tuesday after repeatedly refusing to leave the lobby of Franklin House.

At one point, she reportedly told officers that if they wanted her to leave, they would have to "carry me out of here."

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Fitzgerald, who turned 94 Friday, spoke to WFTV from jail before she was released on her own recognizance Thursday.

“There’s no reason for me to leave. Not one,” said Fitzgerald, who was sitting shackled in a wheelchair wearing an orange jumpsuit.

Fitzgerald said she lived at Franklin House, an affordable housing facility in Eustis, for nearly eight years.

She said she couldn’t understand why she was being evicted, but court records show she owed rent and would not pay.

Bodycam footage released by Eustis police shows officers taking a screaming Fitzgerald to jail. At one point, she slides out of her wheelchair onto the ground to avoid arrest.

Police said they offered Fitzgerald assistance from nearly a dozen agencies to avoid arresting her, but she refused, so they had no choice but to place her under arrest for trespassing.

Franklin House resident Dave Howell didn't understand why Fitzgerald was so resistant to accepting help.

"Everybody here has attempted to help her," he said. "And one thing's that unique (is) she refuses all help."

After spending two nights in jail, Fitzgerald said she’ll bounce back.

“I’m a born-again Christian and I’m spirit-filled,” she said.

Fitzgerald also said she would like to go back to Franklin House, if possible.

"Yeah, I'd go back there and live," she said. "You know, that's all the people I know."

Since she was released from jail, members of the community have offered support to Fitzgerald. They include a Mount Dora dentist who offered to make her a new set of dentures as a Christmas present.

She is currently staying in a Tavares hotel room, which is being paid for with donations.

Fitzgerald's story was shared extensively on social media, with several people offering to pay her $500 bond to get out of jail and many others saying they were working to find her a permanent place to live.

Report: Toronto billionaire, wife found dead at their home

Published: Saturday, December 16, 2017 @ 1:19 AM

Toronto Billionaire and his Wife Found Dead at Their Mansion

Toronto billionaire and philanthropist Barry Sherman and his wife were found dead in their mansion Friday afternoon, CTV reported Saturday.

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The Toronto Police Service is investigating the deaths as "suspicious."

During a news conference Friday, Constable David Hopkinson would not identify the two bodies. Hopkinson said police, fire units and ambulance responded to a "medical complaint" just before noon on Friday.

"The circumstances of their death appear suspicious and we are treating it that way," Hopkinson said. "Our investigators are inside investigating and taking apart the scene."

Ontario's health minister, Dr. Eric Hoskins, said the couple had been discovered dead.

“I am beyond words right now,” Hoskins tweeted. “My dear friends Barry and Honey Sherman have been found dead. Wonderful human beings, incredible philanthropists, great leaders in healthcare. A very, very sad day. Barry, Honey, rest in peace.”

Minister of Economic Development Brad Duguid also took to Twitter to express his condolences. "Deeply shocked & saddened to hear of the deaths of Barry & Honey Sherman. Philanthropists and entrepreneurs who made our province a better place to live."
Sherman founded Toronto-based Apotex Inc. in 1974 with two employees, transforming into the largest Canadian-owned pharmaceutical company, CTV reported.

His fortune was recently estimated to be $4.77 billion by Canadian Business magazine, making him the 15th richest person in Canada.

Apotex employs more than 10,000 people in research, development, manufacturing and distribution facilities worldwide, with more than 6,000 employees at its Canadian operations, CTV reported.

Sherman's wife, Honey, was a member of the board of the Baycrest Foundation and the York University Foundation. She also served on the boards of Mount Sinai's Women's Auxiliary, the Simon Wiesenthal Center and the International American Joint Distribution Committee.

Apotex called news of the deaths "tragic."

“All of us at Apotex are deeply shocked and saddened by this news and our thoughts and prayers are with the family at this time," the company said in a statement.