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Published: Monday, July 17, 2017 @ 6:26 PM
— A Texas is woman is warning others about a drug with the street name “Pink” after it was listed on her son’s death certificate, along with heroin.
Her son, Jeremy Elliot, 21, died in April after sinking into a coma following an overdose.
Heroin and something called U-47700 were listed on his death certificate.
Mary Elliot told KHOU she wondered, “What is this? Is this bath salts?” after seeing the certificate.
The center said at least three people died from “Pink” last year.
“I thought I did everything right and when this happened I asked myself what I did wrong,” Elliot said.
She has since formed a Facebook support group called MAH, Mothers Against Heroin, in hopes of helping others learn from her tragedy.
Published: Wednesday, February 21, 2018 @ 3:47 PM
A sneaky new scam involving tax refunds is spreading, and it means you need to keep a close eye on your bank account.
There are several variations of the scam: unexpected refund deposits to your bank account using compromised bank routing information, suspicious paper checks coming in the mail and, in one case reported in Maryland, it appeared a fraudulent refund check had been deposited using a smartphone.
According to the IRS, the victim will then receive a call or recorded message saying they need to return the funds to a collection agency-which is actually the scam account.
If you pay the scammers, you will get a double whammy hit to your bank account when the IRS or your bank realize that the deposit was bogus and withdraws the funds.
The number of victims jumped from a few hundred to a few thousand in just days, after more tax practitioner data breaches, according to the IRS.
The IRS has these recommendations to avoid getting scammed:
If you notice a suspicious deposit, contact your bank to have the money returned to the IRS and call the IRS at 800-829-1040.
If you receive a paper check, write “void” in the endorsement field on the back and return it to the location printed on the check.
If you mistakenly cashed the erroneous refund check, submit a check for the full amount to the IRS location near you.
Published: Wednesday, February 21, 2018 @ 3:46 PM
PLANO, Texas — As of Feb. 22, moviegoers at Cinemark theaters won’t be able to bring in big bags when they go catch a flick.
The movie theater chain announced a change to its bag and package policy, stating that no bags larger than 12 inches by 12 inches by 6 inches will be allowed in theaters. will be allowed in cinemas.
According to the Cinemark website, the decision was made “in an effort to enhance the safety and security of our guests and employees.”
Incidents of shootings and other threats have been present at movie theaters in recent years, which may have impacted the policy change.
Still, the limit on bag sizes also means customers can’t sneak in as many outside food or snacks, something some moviegoers do to avoid paying high theater prices.
Published: Wednesday, February 21, 2018 @ 6:23 PM
WINDSOR, Ontario, Canada — Residents of a Canadian town have been plagued with a bizarre humming noise for years and say it’s completely wreaking havoc on the city.
The persisting humming has been going on for years and has been described as a similar sound as a truck idling or distant thunder. Some residents even say that the noise has damaged their quality of life and people’s health. Residents have also called the Canadian House of Commons and complained of headaches, irritability, depression and sleeplessness from the noise.
Some residents even claim that the odd sound has been bothering their pets and has rattled windows in their homes.
But it’s not just limited to the city of Windsor, Ontario, either. The New York Times reports that it can be heard on the Detroit River and there have even been reports from McGregor, Ontario, 20 miles to the south.
But, tracing the origin of the noise has been difficult because, apparently, not everyone can hear it. It could also be difficult to get the government to do anything about the hum as regulations typically only cover decibel levels that could lead to hearing damage or loss. Though, Dr. Darius Kohan, a neurotology at Lenox Hill Hospital and Manhattan Eye, Ear and Throat Hospital said that it is unlikely a low-frequency hum could cause damage to one’s hearing.
Sleuths have been looking for answers as to where the hum is actually coming from and have reportedly narrowed it down to furnace operations on Zug Island near the Detroit River. United States Steel, which operates the furnaces, have allegedly been “uncooperative and secretive” when it comes to inquiries about the hum.
Though Mike Provost, a resident of the city refuses to give up and has devoted six years to running a Facebook page that focuses on finding the source of the hum and debunking theories about it.
“I’ve got to keep going,” he told the NYT. “I’m not going to quit this.”
Published: Wednesday, February 21, 2018 @ 5:23 PM
BROWARD COUNTY, Fla. — The alleged gunman in the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting last week in Parkland, Fla., has an inheritance from his adoptive parents worth $800,000, according to news outlets.
Cruz was charged with 17 counts of murder last Thursday, a day after allegedly opening fire inside the high school with an assault-style rifle.
The large amount of money could prompt a judge to review the estate and possibly make the money accessible for Cruz’s defense.
The Public Defender’s Office asked a judge Tuesday to review the inheritance, the Herald reported, to help determine if any of the money can be used in his defense.
The court filing specifically asked the judge to “determine whether the defendant is indigent.”
Cruz is charged with 17 counts of murder in the deaths of 14 students and three adults, including teachers, in the deadly rampage at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School on Valentine’s Day. More than a dozen others were injured in the massacre.
Cruz was caught shortly after the shooting in nearby Coral Springs, Fla., and taken into custody without incident.
He’s jailed without bond.