Harold Ford Jr., former congressman, denies sexual harassment allegations

Published: Thursday, December 07, 2017 @ 3:32 PM

Former Congressman Harold Ford Jr is denying allegations of sexual harassment that emerged in a Huffington Post report.
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Former Congressman Harold Ford Jr is denying allegations of sexual harassment that emerged in a Huffington Post report.(David Goldman/Getty Images/Getty Images)

Morgan Stanley executive Harold Ford Jr., who once represented Tennessee in the U.S. House of Representatives, has been has been fired from the global investment services firm amid allegations of misconduct, the Huffington Post reported Thursday.

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“He has been terminated for conduct inconsistent with our values and in violation of our policies,” a spokeswoman for Morgan Stanley told HuffPost in an email. Ford had worked as a managing director for the company since 2011. He was a Democratic member of Congress for a decade prior to that.

The former lawmaker’s firing came after a human resources investigation into allegations.  

At least one woman was interviewed by Morgan Stanley as part of the investigation, Huffington Post reported. That woman alleged Ford harassed, intimidated and forcibly grabbed her – and she had to seek help from a security guard. 

The woman alleges Ford continued to contact her after the incident, and she eventually requested he cease doing so, according to HuffPost.

Ford responded to the allegations hours after the report.

“In regards to news today, This simply did not happen,” Ford said. “I have never forcibly grabbed any woman or man in my life.”

Ford gave a lengthier statement to HuffPost that can be read in full below.

“This simply did not happen. I have never forcibly grabbed any woman or man in my life. Having drinks and dinner for work is part of my job, and all of my outreach to the news reporter making these false allegations was professional and at the direction of my firm for business purposes. I support and have tremendous respect for the brave women now speaking out in this important national dialogue. False claims like this undermine the real silence breakers. I will now be bringing legal action against the reporter who has made these false claims about me as well as Morgan Stanley for improper termination.”

Children left in freezing car while mother talked to friends in mall, police say

Published: Thursday, January 18, 2018 @ 5:39 PM

Mother Talked To Friends In Mall While Children Left In Freezing Car

After getting calls about mothers leaving their kids in freezing temperatures, police are warning parents not to leave their children in their vehicles.

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A mother left her two young children in a car as she spoke with friends for more than 45 minutes, according to WXIN

Indianapolis Metropolitan police officer Stephen Jones found an 11-year-old girl clutching her 2-year-old brother inside a Toyota Corolla around 8:30 p.m. Tuesday at Castleton Square Mall. The outside temperature was 8 degrees at the time, according to WXIN

The girl told Jones she had the keys to the car but had turned it off. Jones asked her to turn on the car. 

Jones went into the mall and found the 29-year-old mother speaking with a group of her friends in front of a store. She was very apologetic. 

Jones filed a report with the Department of Child Services and warned the woman to never leave her children alone again, according to WISH

Hours earlier, police had also responded to a call that a woman left her son, 4, and daughter, 7, in a car in freezing temperatures for more than an hour, according to WISH.

Dog mauls 4-year-old girl, police say

Published: Thursday, January 18, 2018 @ 9:14 PM

A 4-year-old girl was airlifted to the hospital Thursday after being mauled by a dog. (Photo: WFTV.com)
A 4-year-old girl was airlifted to the hospital Thursday after being mauled by a dog. (Photo: WFTV.com)

A 4-year-old girl is recovering at a local hospital after she was mauled by a family friend’s dog, police said. 

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The attack happened Thursday afternoon at the Meadows Mobile Home Park in Melbourne, police said.

Police said the girl's mother dropped the girl off to be watched by a family friend and another woman. The family friend left and the child was being watched by the other woman when the mixed-breed dog attacked the girl, police said.

The woman was able to grab the girl and run out of the house, where she screamed for help, police said. The dog kept trying to get through the door when a neighbor grabbed the child and called 911, police said. 

"I just picked her up and ran like hell with her. I told my wife, 'Call 911, we got an emergency.' That's before I even saw her wounds," neighbor Richard Hansen said. "I saw her trying to keep the door shut, so I ran over there and she said the dog attacked her."

It’s unclear why the dog attacked the child, police said.

The child had injuries to her neck, back and leg, but she will recover, police said. The woman also has not-life-threatening injuries. 

"The little girl kept saying, 'Bad dog, bad dog,'" Hansen said.

Animal services has captured the dog, as well as three other dogs, but it’s unclear what will happen to the animals.

Police said they don't anticipate filing any criminal charges against the dog owners and said they were cooperative.

Is Boston parking space worth $45,000?

Published: Thursday, January 18, 2018 @ 8:46 PM

A parking space is on the market for $45,000. (Photo: Boston25News.com)
A parking space is on the market for $45,000. (Photo: Boston25News.com)

A piece of real estate about the size of a coffin comes with a drop-dead price in Brookline. 

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It’s nearly $45,000 for a parking spot, but snow removal is extra.

Realtor.com shows the spot, off Addington Road, hit the market in November for $15,000 more than it costs now. 

In Brookline, parking is at a premium. But the spot isn’t even premium parking. For one thing, you're at risk of getting sideswiped and there's a tree stump that makes getting out of the passenger seat a little difficult. 

To be fair, the listing does not promise voluminous, capacious or anything of the sort. 

Though it may be in a "sought after location," the property description also advises it is "suitable for compact car only." 

“It seems like a lot of money, but it's not unreasonable for a parking space in Brookline,” The Presti Group’s Gina Dirocco said.

Dirocco says there's a good reason why, in Brookline, this humble pad of asphalt could fetch such a seemingly outrageous price. 

“Most towns around here will let you park overnight nine months out of the year. All the months except the winter. Brookline, however, does not offer parking any time of the year. Ever,” she explained. 

With a low-enough interest rate, it's even possible slot number 12 could wind up costing less per month than a rented space. 

Still, what might make good economic sense in the long run might not feel, to some, like good common sense in the short term. 

It’s been on the market for a while and still hasn’t sold. 

Florida deputy, husband arrested after 16 pounds of pot found in house, records say

Published: Thursday, January 18, 2018 @ 8:31 PM

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File photo. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)(Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

A Palm Beach County Sheriff’s corrections deputy and her husband were arrested on several drug charges after narcotics agents found more than 16 pounds of packaged marijuana inside of their South Bay home, according to court records.

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Marquita Perez is being held on $41,000 bail at the Palm Beach County jail and is charged with possession of marijuana in excess of 20 grams and possession of property used for trafficking drugs. Her husband, Bobby, was arrested July 26 and charged with possession of marijuana with intent to sell as well as possession of property used for trafficking. He was released on $7,500 bond two days later. Marquita Perez was not arrested in July with her husband because the sheriff’s office was waiting for DNA results from the evidence, according to the report.

Marquita Perez has been a corrections deputy with the sheriff’s office since 2014, according to Florida Department of Law Enforcement records. The Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office said she is on paid leave at this time.

When narcotics agents came into their South Bay home in July, Bobby Perez said his wife had nothing to do with his drugs. Marquita also denied knowledge of the drugs. She said she was the one “footing all the bills.”

“If he’s selling drugs, where the (expletive) the money at?” she asked agents, according to the report.

Bobby Perez showed agents the marijuana packages throughout the home including in a duffel bag, white suitcase and a black box in the home. Additionally, more marijuana was found in the garage in a backpack and on the washing machine. The deputies noted a “heavy and unmistakable odor of marijuana.”

He told deputies that he “intended to sell the 15 pounds he bought in a quick sale to make money because he has a child on the way.” According to the report, Perez was five months pregnant in July.

When Marquita Perez was asked who does the laundry, she said both she and her husband do. When asked if she ever smelled marijuana in the home or on her husband, she said maybe on her husband, but said he didn’t smoke.

Bobby Perez was arrested on July 26. Deputies note in the report they were waiting for DNA results to see if they would arrest Marquita. In December, deputies got the results back, and her DNA was found on the bags used to package the marijuana as well as other items.