Anthony Weiner pleads guilty in sexting case

Published: Friday, May 19, 2017 @ 9:06 AM
Updated: Friday, May 19, 2017 @ 11:38 AM

Update 11:39 a.m.: Former Democratic congressman Anthony Weiner on Thursday pleaded guilty to sending obscene material to a minor as part of an investigation into a sexting scandal.

Federal prosecutors in New York said Weiner admitted to sending sexually explicit photos and “directions to engage in sexual conduct” to a 15-year-old girl. He was aware of her age, said acting Manhattan U.S. Attorney John H. Kim.

“Weiner’s conduct was not only reprehensible, but a federal crime,” Kim said.

A charge of transferring obscenity to a minor carries a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison.

Bloomberg News reported Weiner’s plea agreement called for a sentence between 21 and 27 months. Weiner will have to register as a sexual offender, according to Bloomberg.

Weiner cried in court as he apologized to the 15-year-old girl at the heart of the sexting case, The Associated Press reported.

“I have a sickness, but I do not have an excuse,” Weiner said.

He was released on bail Friday ahead of a sentencing hearing scheduled for Sept. 8.

Original story: A former Democratic congressman who was brought down over sexting scandals is scheduled to plead guilty Friday.

Anthony Weiner will plead guilty in federal court to one count of transferring obscene material to a minor, two unnamed sources told The New York Times.

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Weiner’s expected guilty plea is part of a plea agreement. He was in FBI custody Friday morning after turning himself in, ABC News reported.

An investigation was launched last September into reports that Weiner had been sending sexually explicit messages to a 15-year-old girl in North Carolina, The Times reported. That investigation is what prompted the final review in Oct. 2016 of Hillary Clinton’s private server, ABC News reported last year. During the investigation into Weiner’s alleged text message to the teen, at least one device had been found to have allegedly been used by both Weiner and his now estranged wife Huma Abedin, Clinton’s aide. Abedin had an email account on Clinton’s private server, ABC News reported. Days before the November presidential election, now-former FBI director James Comey told Congress about the FBI investigation into emails between Clinton and her aides, The Times reported last year. Two days before the election, Comey wrote a second letter to Congress stating that no new evidence against Clinton was found, Fox News reported. The Comey letters and late-in-the-election investigation have been blamed for Clinton’s loss to President Donald Trump, The Los Angeles Times reported.

Comey testified on May 3 that it makes him “mildly nauseous” that the letters to Congress could have changed the election outcome, NPR reported, but he stood by that he believes he did the right thing.

May 9, Trump fired Comey after the now-former FBI director’s testimony, NPR reported.

Weiner resigned from Congress in June 2011 after explicit pictures in an unrelated case became public, CNN reported.

LA Fitness in Florida tests positive for Legionella

Published: Tuesday, June 27, 2017 @ 6:49 PM

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At least one of the Central Florida LA Fitness gyms the state health department linked to four cases of Legionnaires’ disease tested positive for Legionella bacteria.

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The Orange County Health Department reported that multiple samples from local LA Fitness came back positive.

>> Read: 4 LA Fitness members contract Legionnaires' disease in Orlando

Officials are still waiting to get the results from the LA Fitness in Metro West in unincorporated Hunters Creek.

Legionella can cause two illnesses, including Legionnaires' disease, which is a rare but serious form pneumonia. 

The affected gym will have to consult with a water systems management company.

>> Read: 2 cases of Legionnaires' disease linked to hot tub at Clermont retirement community

Earlier this year, three members of the LA Fitness in Ocoee were sickened by Legionnaires’ disease, but test results came back negative for the Legionella bacteria.

In Orange County, LA Fitness gyms were also linked to the disease in 2008 and 2010.

Update: Police in Florida review test kits after drywall tests positive for cocaine

Published: Tuesday, June 27, 2017 @ 7:22 PM

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Police in Oviedo, Florida, said they will take a closer look at their drug-test kits after what may have been drywall powder tested positive for cocaine.

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Karlos Cashe was pulled over in March for driving without headlights. 

A K-9 officer made a hit on possible drugs on the passenger side of Cashe’s vehicle, police said.

>> EARLIER: Powdered drywall mistaken for cocaine lands innocent man behind bars for 90 days

Oviedo police used a test kit and said a powdery substance tested positive for cocaine; police said they also found marijuana in the car. 

Cashe was on probation for marijuana and cocaine charges. 

However, further testing by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement confirmed the powdery substance was really drywall. 

Cashe sat in jail for 90 days before the test results came back. 

>> RELATED: Florida police officer who mistook doughnut glaze for meth resigns

“I sat there 90 days knowing I was innocent,” Cashe said. 

Police Tuesday released body-camera video of Cashe’s arrest in March. 

“We had probable cause. Our presumptive tests on the cocaine was positive and that’s what we go off of. That’s why with every presumptive that we do, we send it off to FDLE,” said Lt. Heather Capetillo with the Oviedo Police Department. 

Police use a NarcoPouch, made by Safariland, to test for the narcotics. 

Safariland is the same company used by Orlando police when they arrested a man after doughnut glaze tested positive for meth. 

WFTV asked Oviedo police if there was an issue with the test kits. 

“We will probably review test kits. (We will) contact FDLE and see if there are other test kits or other brands we can use,” Capetillo said.

Fake Time magazine covers displayed at Donald Trump’s golf club locations

Published: Tuesday, June 27, 2017 @ 7:07 PM

WASHINGTON, DC - JUNE 27:  U.S. President Donald Trump speaks on the phone with Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar in the Oval Office of the White House June 27, 2017 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)
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UPDATE June 27 at 7:00 p.m.: The Washington Post reported that by Tuesday evening, a spokeswoman for Time Magazine said that the publication “asked the Trump Organization to remove the phony cover from the walls where it was on display.”

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President Donald Trump has a framed Time Magazine cover of himself decorating at least four of his golf clubs, two in the United States and two overseas, but according to reports, the cover is fake.

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According to a report in The Washington Post, the magazine cover is dated March 1, 2009, and features a full-size image of Trump. The headline reads, “Donald Trump: ‘The Apprentice’ is a television smash!”

Then, in another place the cover, in all caps no less, is the statement: “TRUMP IS HITTING ON ALL FRONTS . . . EVEN TV!”

RELATED: President Trump reacts after three CNN journalists resign over a retracted Russia story

A reporter visiting one of Trump’s properties recently saw the cover and noticed several discrepancies from normal Time covers. For one, the red border on the Trump cover was thinner than a normal Time cover, and it lacks the thin white line that the magazine usually features. The fake cover also features two exclamation points – something that a cover from Time normally wouldn’t feature.

The Washington Post contacted Time Magazine to find out if the cover was, in fact, a fake, and the publication revealed that it was not a real magazine cover.

There was no March 1, 2009, Time Magazine, and on top of that, Trump was not featured on any of the publication’s covers in all of 2009.

The Trump Organization has not responded to requests for comment from The Post, and when they contacted White House deputy press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders to find out why the clubs displayed a fake cover, she replied that they “couldn’t comment on the decor at Trump Golf clubs one way or another.”

Young parents charged with murder in opioid-related death of toddler

Published: Tuesday, June 27, 2017 @ 6:03 PM

The parents of a 2-year-old Georgia girl who died from an opioid-related cardiac arrest are facing murder charges. Jazea Lyles, on the left, and Jalen Hendrix were arrested  Friday and charged with felony murder and cruelty to children in connection with the toddler’s death,
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The parents of a 2-year-old Georgia girl who died after ingesting the opioid pain killer Oxycodone are now facing murder charges. 

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According to warrants released on Monday, Aubree Hendrix consumed the drug sometime on March 7 or 8 at her father’s home in DeKalb County. 

The child later suffered a cardiac arrest.

Jazea Lyles, 20, and Jalen Hendrix, 22, have been charged with felony murder and cruelty to children due to negligence in connection with the toddler’s death.

In Georgia, one doesn't have to have intended to kill to be charged with felony murder.

Police haven’t revealed exactly how they believe the child ingested the drug.

>> Related: Man claims self-defense in teen’s shooting death, faces murder charge

On Friday, the DeKalb Sheriff’s Fugitive Unit arrested Hendrix at a business in Lithonia, Georgia and Lyles at her home in metro Atlanta. 

Both remained in jail without bond on Monday.