Kathy Griffin interviewed by Secret Service

Published: Tuesday, July 04, 2017 @ 5:59 PM

What You Need To Know: Kathy Griffin

Kathy Griffin is still dealing with consequences after gaining attention from a criticized photo in May. 

>> Read more trending news

The comedian, who lost her New Year’s Eve gig on CNN over a crude parody photograph that showed her holding a faux decapitated and bloody head in the likeness of President Donald Trump, was interviewed by the U.S. Secret Service on Monday.

>> Related: CNN cuts ties with Kathy Griffin over graphic photo

The interview, according to a report, lasted more than an hour.

Dmitry Gorin, the criminal defense attorney representing Griffin, said she is going to fully cooperate with the investigation, The New York Times reported. He also reiterated that Griffin was simply exercising her constitutional rights.

>> Related: Anderson Cooper shares his hopes for former NYE co-star Kathy Griffin following her controversial photo of Trump

“She basically exercised her First Amendment rights to tell a joke,” Gorin told the Times. “When you look at everything in the media, all the times entertainers make videos or express themselves in other ways, you’ve never seen an entertainer, let alone a comedian, be subject to a criminal investigation.”

News of the Secret Service deciding to investigate Griffin and the photograph scandal came at the end of May. Now the investigation has moved into the interview process.

>> Related: An “SNL” star didn’t think Kathy Griffin’s controversial bloody Trump photo made any sense

However, LawNews.com believes Griffin will ultimately not be arrested.

Norm Eisen, a former Ambassador to the Czech Republic and President Obama’s ethics czar,  posted a tweet that suggested if the Secret Service is so concerned about Griffin’s photograph, then perhaps it should take a closer look at Trump’s recent CNN-bashing video tweet.

>> Related: Kathy Griffin says she was bullied by Trump family, claims Trump is ‘personally trying to ruin’ her life

WOODLAND HILLS, CA - JUNE 02: Kathy Griffin speaks during a press conference at The Bloom Firm on June 2, 2017 in Woodland Hills, California. Griffin is holding the press conference after a controversial photoshoot where she was holding a bloodied mask depicting President Donald Trump and to address alleged bullying by the Trump family. (Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)(Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)

Dog found covered in icicles, sores, needs forever home

Published: Wednesday, January 17, 2018 @ 10:18 PM

A Memphis firefighter rescued a dog in the middle of a busy road (not pictured). The dog had icicles and sores on her body, according to the man.
Spencer Platt/Getty Images
A Memphis firefighter rescued a dog in the middle of a busy road (not pictured). The dog had icicles and sores on her body, according to the man.(Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

A firefighter was driving home from work when he saw a dog in the middle of the road. While many drivers honked their horns and continued past the dog, the firefighter, Justin Luttrell, stopped. 

>> Read more trending news  

“She was freezing, shaking and terrified -- it was written all over her face with her tail tucked between her legs,” Lutrell said in a Facebook post Wednesday. “Before I left work I checked the weather. It was -1 with wind chill. I pulled over to try and pick her up.”

Lutrell said the dog was nearly hit by cars. He used cooked chicken and lunch meat to get her close and he finally caught up to the dog a fourth of a mile down the road.

“She had icicles hanging off of her with multiple sores on her body and looked anorexic,” Lutrell said in the post. “Not knowing if she’d bite me or if she had rabies, etc., I picked her up and put her in the back seat of my truck.”

Lutrell said he drove to an Animal Emergency Center in Memphis, where he was told the dog was heartworm negative, didn’t appear spayed and did not have a microchip.

Lutrell made the public post in hopes of getting the dog adopted.

“She is extremely sweet and will be needing a home,” he wrote. “Please share this to find this sweetheart a good loving home and keep her off the streets.”

Steve Bannon strikes deal in Mueller probe: reports

Published: Wednesday, January 17, 2018 @ 10:14 AM

Steve Bannon Makes Deal With Robert Mueller

Steve Bannon has struck a deal to be interviewed by a special prosecutor in the Robert Mueller investigation, according to reports.

>> Read more trending news

Check back for the latest updates in this developing story.

Police: Man with ‘ornate umbrella’ thought to be rifle causes hospital lockdown

Published: Wednesday, January 17, 2018 @ 7:53 PM

An item carried by a man in a Washington state hospital thought to be a rifle was actually an umbrella with a sword handle.
Kirkland Police Department
An item carried by a man in a Washington state hospital thought to be a rifle was actually an umbrella with a sword handle.(Kirkland Police Department)

A hospital in Washington state was locked down Wednesday morning after police say a doctor saw a man with what was believed to be a rifle inside the facility. The image was caught on a surveillance camera.

Kirkland, Washington, police Officer Cody Mann said officers searched the EvergreenHealth Medical Center room by room. The hospital released a surveillance image of the man on social media.

>> Read more trending news 

After the man saw an image of himself on social media, he contacted authorities, Kirkland police spokeswoman Tiffany Trombley said.

“The person we were looking for observed himself on social media and he was able to contact us and let us know  that ‘I am the person you are looking for. The item that you guys think is a rifle is actually an ornate umbrella,” Trombley said.

The report initially came in as a suspicious person that may have had a rifle, but police were unsure if it was actually a rifle that was seen until the surveillance image was available.

Those inside the hospital sheltered in place until the word was given that there was no threat. The lockdown was lifted by 10:10 a.m. local time, the hospital said.

Baby found abandoned on airport bathroom changing table

Published: Wednesday, January 17, 2018 @ 3:13 PM

Baby Found Abandoned In Airport Bathroom On Changing Table

Authorities are trying to find the person who abandoned a baby in an airport bathroom. 

Police at Tucson International Airport are now combing through surveillance footage, trying to find out who left the a newborn baby boy on a woman’s bathroom changing table Sunday, AZCentral reported.

Not only are they trying to find the mother of the baby to find out what happened, but also to find out if she needs help.

>> Read more trending news 

The newborn was only hours old and was in good health, Tucson Police spokeswoman Jessie Butler told AZCentral.

The baby was clean and swaddled, KMSB reported.

Arizona is a state that offers Safe Haven for babies, meaning they can be dropped off at specific locations like staffed fire stations, hospitals and churches. Parents can be anonymous but they have to answer questions about the baby and its health, KMSB reportedAccording to the Safe Haven law, babies can be up to three days old.

Since the program started in 2001, 40 babies have been taken in by Safe Haven, KMSB reported.

An airport is not listed among the legal locations, but there was a fire station nearby, AZCentral reported.

If found, the mother could face charges after police investigate why she left the baby.