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Parents investigated after letting kids walk home alone

Published: Thursday, January 15, 2015 @ 12:25 PM
Updated: Thursday, January 15, 2015 @ 12:25 PM

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A couple in Maryland is being investigated for child neglect after letting their 10-year-old-son and 6-year-old daughter walk home together from the park without adult supervision.

The distance of the walk is approximately one mile.

But the children made it only about halfway home before they were stopped by police, according to a Washington Post report. A concerned citizen informed police about the unattended children.

Danielle and Alexander Meitiv claim to be proponents of “free-range parenting,” a style of parenting that counters the micromanaging “helicopter” form of parenting that has become increasingly popular. Danielle Meitiv said the world is safer than when she was a child, and by allowing children to have a certain level of freedom and independence, they learn the critical skills of responsibility and self-reliance.

Local authorities feel differently. State law requires children younger than 8 to be accompanied by a reliable person at least 13 years of age.

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Alexander Meitiv said he had a tense time with the police officers who brought the children home. Soon afterward, Montgomery County Child Protective Services officials showed up at the family’s home. The agency required the parents to sign a safety pledge vowing not to leave their children unsupervised. If they refused, their children would be removed from the home.

The Meitivs complied, but refused the agency's request to examine their home. Officials interviewed the children about the incident while they were at school. The family has a meeting at the CPS office next week.

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George H.W. Bush recovering after infection, moved out of intensive care

Published: Wednesday, April 25, 2018 @ 2:44 PM
Updated: Wednesday, April 25, 2018 @ 2:44 PM

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Former President George H.W. Bush has been moved from the intensive care unit at Houston Methodist Hospital to a regular patient bed days after he suffered an infection that spread to his blood, a family spokesman said Wednesday.

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WATCH: Woman pulls gun on would-be robber, saves husband, family says

Published: Wednesday, April 25, 2018 @ 8:37 AM

Watch: Woman Pulls Gun On Robber, Saving Her Family

Police in Memphis, Tennessee, are searching for a man who allegedly attempted a robbery outside a Whitehaven home in broad daylight.

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A surveillance camera captured the weekend incident.

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One of the victims, who asked not to be identified, told WHBQ that his niece, who was visiting from Florida, took his gun and scared off the bold criminal after she saw that her husband was in trouble.

“She’s bold," he said. "She ain’t scared of nothing.”

In the video, the suspect has his right hand in his waist band as he stands behind the woman's husband. The victims said the man’s hand was on a gun.

Memphis police said Sunday afternoon the man in the blue jacket came to the Whitehaven home and asked to use one of the victims’ phones and then asked for a ride.

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While the incident was unfolding outside the house, the woman and her uncle reportedly were inside the house.

Police said that after the woman saw her husband in trouble, she came out the front door with a gun and fired a warning shot.

The uncle told WHBQ: “She said she didn’t want to kill him, but when he fired back at us after she fired the warning shot, she said she was trying to hit him then but didn’t.”

Memphis police told WHBQ that the suspect ran toward the back of the house before getting away.

Police said they are reviewing this surveillance video to get a positive ID on the suspect. If you have any information on who that suspect may be, call CrimeStoppers at 901-528-CASH.

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Man frustrated by lack of help at Walmart takes matters, PA system into his own hands

Published: Wednesday, April 25, 2018 @ 11:45 AM

Customer Uses Walmart PA When He Can’t Find Employee to Help Him

As anyone who frequents Walmart knows, it can be frustrating when you need help and can’t find anyone wearing a Walmart associate’s blue vest.

One Kentucky man had enough of not being helped in the sporting goods department so took matters into this own hands, WKYT reported. He picked up the store’s public address system and announced over the intercom, “Customer needs assistance in sporting goods, please. I’m the customer.”

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His message was caught on video, and quickly went viral, as other Walmart shoppers commiserated about their shopping pains.

Forrest Hunter, the reported name of the man who asked for help, said that a worker came up to him shortly after he made his announcement. 

“A guy walked up and asked if I needed any help. I said, ‘How’d you know?’ Then I bought my hunting license,” he told WKYT.

The six-second video has been viewed more than 2.7 million times and shared 50,000 times.

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Audi recalls 1.2 million vehicles due to faulty coolant pumps

Published: Wednesday, April 25, 2018 @ 1:24 PM

Audi A5 Coupe at the 2014 Chicago Auto Show. Volkswagen Group of America, has recalled 1.2 million vehicles, including the 2013-2017 Audi A5, because of faulty coolant pumps. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)
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Audi A5 Coupe at the 2014 Chicago Auto Show. Volkswagen Group of America, has recalled 1.2 million vehicles, including the 2013-2017 Audi A5, because of faulty coolant pumps. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)(Scott Olson/Getty Images)

More than a million Audi vehicles are being recalled by Volkswagen Group of America because of faulty coolant pumps. Audi is a luxury brand of Volkswagen.

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The Associated Press reported Tuesday that the company issued the recall on 1.2 million cars and SUVs with a 2-liter turbocharged engine. The recall includes the 2013-2016 A4, 2013-2017 A5, 2012-2015 A6 and the 2013-2017 Q5.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the electric coolant pump in the vehicle can be blocked with debris and lead to a short-circuit or overheating.

Dealerships will replace the pumps at no cost to car owners. Recall letters will be sent out on or before June 11. Another notice will be mailed when the redesigned parts are available, which should be in November. In the meantime, a spokesman told The AP, dealers will install a new version of the current pump.

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