Anti-abortion-rights activist found in contempt over videos

Published: Monday, July 17, 2017 @ 5:13 PM
Updated: Monday, July 17, 2017 @ 5:13 PM


            FILE - In this April 29, 2016, file photo, David Robert Daleiden, right, with attorney Jared Woodfill leave a courtroom after a hearing in Houston. A federal judge found the anti-abortion activist, known for clandestine videos of abortion-rights advocates, in contempt on Monday, July 17, 2017, after additional secretly-taken recordings appeared online. U.S. District Court Judge William Orrick said Daleiden, a leader of the anti-abortion Center for Medical Progress, had violated the judge's injunction against releasing additional videos. (AP Photo/Pat Sullivan, File)
FILE - In this April 29, 2016, file photo, David Robert Daleiden, right, with attorney Jared Woodfill leave a courtroom after a hearing in Houston. A federal judge found the anti-abortion activist, known for clandestine videos of abortion-rights advocates, in contempt on Monday, July 17, 2017, after additional secretly-taken recordings appeared online. U.S. District Court Judge William Orrick said Daleiden, a leader of the anti-abortion Center for Medical Progress, had violated the judge's injunction against releasing additional videos. (AP Photo/Pat Sullivan, File)

A federal judge found an anti-abortion activist known for clandestine videos of abortion-rights advocates in contempt on Monday after additional secretly-taken recordings appeared online.

U.S. District Court Judge William Orrick said David Daleiden, a leader of the anti-abortion Center for Medical Progress, had violated the judge's injunction against releasing additional videos.

Orrick ruled Daleiden's lawyers, former Los Angeles prosecutor Steve Cooley and Brentford Ferreira, had also violated his injunction. Ferreira said Monday they would appeal the judge's contempt ruling.

In 2015, Daleiden's center released secretly recorded videos that it says show Planned Parenthood employees selling fetal tissue for profit, which is illegal. Planned Parenthood said the videos were deceptively edited.

The videos stoked the U.S. abortion debate when they were released.

The center is also behind secret recordings at meetings of an abortion providers' group, the National Abortion Federation, in 2014 and 2015. Orrick blocked the release of those videos, but publicly accessible links that led to at least some of the blocked videos appeared on Cooley and Ferreira's website in May.

Cooley and Ferreira represent Daleiden in a related criminal case in California accusing him of recording people without their permission in violation of state law. Ferreira on Monday called the federal judge's contempt order "an unprecedented infringement on a state criminal case."

Orrick said in Monday's order he would hold Daleiden and the two lawyers responsible for extra security and attorney costs run up by the National Abortion Federation in response to release of the additional videos. The final financial penalty in the ruling has yet to be tallied.

Matthew Geragos, an attorney for Cooley and Ferreira, has said the attorneys were entitled to put out evidence that could draw out witnesses and other information that could clear Daleiden in the criminal case.

'The Little Couple’s' former Texas home is for sale

Published: Tuesday, September 19, 2017 @ 9:08 PM

Doctor Jennifer Arnold and Bill Klein (2014 Getty photo by Neilson Barnard/Getty Images for Shorty Awards)
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Doctor Jennifer Arnold and Bill Klein (2014 Getty photo by Neilson Barnard/Getty Images for Shorty Awards)(Neilson Barnard/Getty Images for Shorty Awards)

Jen and Bill Arnold’s former Houston home is on the market.

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The diminutive TLC stars and former Houston residents have listed their custom home, which was recently retrofitted to normal scale. The couple and their two kids moved to Florida over the summer due to a new job opportunity for Jen.

The home, which was tailored to the Arnolds’ stature, is listed for just under $1.23 million. It is approximately 3,600 square feet with four bedrooms.

Not far from NRG Park, it has a first-floor master suite, a media room, a study, a resort-style pool and spa, and a wine grotto.

Fortunately for any interested homebuyer, and the Arnolds, it escaped unscathed from neighborhood flooding despite the property’s flood-prone location.

Man's body decomposed in airport parking lot for 8 months

Published: Tuesday, September 19, 2017 @ 3:55 PM

Man's Body Decomposed In Airport Parking Lot For 8 Months

The family of a Missouri man who was found dead in a vehicle in a parking lot at Kansas City International Airport is upset and said officials could have done more to find their loved one sooner. 

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The body of 54-year-old Randy Potter, of Lenexa, Missouri, was found Tuesday night at the Kansas City airport -- eight months after he was reported missing in January, KTVI reported.

Potter’s body was discovered after officers were alerted of a bad smell coming from a vehicle in one of the airport lots, WDAF reported.

Potter’s body was so decomposed, officials weren’t initially sure of the person’s gender or race, according to KTVI.

According to WDAF, Potter was last seen leaving his home on Jan. 17 as he headed to work. He never arrived at work and did not contact any friends or family members. 

Carolina Potter, Randy Potter’s wife, alerted police, filed a missing person’s report and even hired a private investigator to find her husband.

“Emotionally it’s been a very, very tough journey. The not knowing, the sleepless nights,” Carolina Potter said. 

The Potter family said police officers and airport officers dropped the ball. 

“My husband could have been found in the first -- I’m going to be very generous -- in the first week,” Carolina Potter told WDAF.

“The fact that he sat there for that long is disgusting,” the Potters’ daughter, Nichole Potter, said.

Investigators believe Randy Potter died by suicide.

Florida to resume charging tolls after being suspended for Hurricane Irma

Published: Tuesday, September 19, 2017 @ 11:17 AM
Updated: Tuesday, September 19, 2017 @ 8:06 PM

Tolls Still Free In Florida A Week After Irma

UPDATE - Sept. 19: 

Florida authorities said the state will resume charging tolls on its turnpike and other roads and bridges at 12:01 a.m. Thursday after they were suspended during Hurricane Irma.

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More than a week after Hurricane Irma hit parts of Florida, the state’s tolls are still suspended while cities rebuild and residents return to their homes and repair damages to property, some with the help of friends and family members traveling into the state.

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Others have traveled to the state to volunteer with repair efforts.

Florida Gov. Rick Scott suspended tolls after ordering Floridians to evacuate ahead of the hurricane. Millions of people fled the state. 

Scott wrote on Twitter Monday that tolls would remain suspended as residents and officials “focus on recovery efforts.”

It’s unclear when toll fees will be reinstated, but Scott said he would keep people updated. 

As Hurrcane Irma approaches Florida September 8, 2017 a sign on a toll road leading from Cocoa Beach to Orlando alerts drivers that tolls have been suspended because of the impending storm. Warning that Irma would be worse than Hurricane Andrew, which killed 65 people in 1992, Florida's governor said all of the state's 20.6 million inhabitants should prepare to evacuate. (BRUCE WEAVER/AFP/Getty Images)(AFP Contributor/AFP/Getty Images)

Teen returns lost wallet with $1,500 stuffed inside and it was all caught on camera

Published: Tuesday, September 19, 2017 @ 6:48 PM

A California teenager returned a wallet bulging with $1,500 to its rightful owner after finding it in the family’s yard.
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A California teenager returned a wallet bulging with $1,500 to its rightful owner after finding it in the family’s yard.(Newscast/UIG via Getty Images)

A big hug for a California teenager who found a wallet with $1,500 inside and returned it to its rightful owner.

That’s what Melissa Vang did when 18-year-old Tyler Opdyke showed up at her door to make sure she had found the lost wallet. He had hidden it under her doormat when no one answered his knock.

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This is how it happened. Opdyke was handing out fliers for his uncle’s pesticide business, according to KOVR, when he stumbled upon the wallet bulging with cash. 

Vang’s husband had dropped it as he was leaving the home

“I just really thought about what I would want someone to do if I were to drop my wallet,” Opdyke told KOVR. “And then I thought about the house. I thought about the family who lived there.”

When he rang the doorbell to return the wallet, no one answered, because Vang was afraid to go to the door, but surveillance video captured Opdyke holding up the wallet .

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So he hid the wallet under the doormat and returned later to make sure the family had found it. This time Vang and her two daughters answered the door. They hugged Opdyke and thanked him for his honesty and integrity in returning the lost money.