Police: Man attacks worker at Florida massage parlor

Published: Monday, January 01, 2018 @ 6:40 AM

Eric Grenier
Orange County Jail
Eric Grenier(Orange County Jail)

A 30-year-old Orlando man attacked a worker Sunday evening at a massage parlor, the Ocoee Police Department said.

Eric Grenier walked into Herbal Spa & Massage on North Clarke Road near East Silver Star Road at about 8 p.m. and asked a woman about prices before saying he'd "be right back," Ocoee police Officer Loretta Moser said.

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"Shortly after, the male entered the spa a second time and stated he was ready," Moser said. "As the female turned to walk towards the back of the business, the male sprayed some form of chemical spray into the female employee's face causing her to scream and run out the front door."

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(Ocoee Police Department)

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The woman ran to a nearby pizzeria and Grenier ran in the opposite direction, so she returned to the spa when she didn't see him anymore, police said.

"The female employee entered the spa and walked towards the back of the business to wash her face," Moser said. "The male then re-entered the spa and approached the female employee from behind as he attempted to put some type of rope around her neck."

Investigators said the woman screamed, pushed Grenier away and escaped through a back door. They said he chased her but drove away when she asked for someone to call 911.

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Grenier was booked into the Orange County Jail on charges of aggravated assault and resisting an officer with violence.

The latter charge involves the Winter Garden Police Department, jail records said.

No details were given about Grenier's arrest. He's scheduled to face a judge at 11 a.m. Monday.

(Ocoee Police Department)

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Gift cards expire as Toys R Us store liquidation sales continue

Published: Friday, April 20, 2018 @ 8:14 PM

Toys "R" Us - Fast Facts

If you haven’t redeemed your Toys R Us gift cards, get to your nearest store ASAP.

The April 21 expiration date also applies to the company’s Endless Earnings eGift Cards for customers who earned rewards from baby registry purchases.

Liquidations sales began at Toys R Us stores nationwide as early as March 23.

At that time, customers who participated in the company’s various rewards programs were no longer able to earn rewards or obtain rewards that had not already been issued. 

Earlier this week, some customers complained that they were not able to redeem Toys R Us gift cards because of computer glitches. A company spokesperson said they were not aware of any widespread issues that prevented customers from cashing in their gift cards. 

On March 29, the company shuttered its website, leaving customers only the option of shopping at the brick-and-mortar stores. 

While the most popular toy items at stores have probably been sold, anyone who has not used up their gift cards is advised to do so. All stores are expected to be fully liquidated by June. All merchandise sold during the liquidation is final sale. 

Customers who have questions about products, warranties or rewards can reach the Customer Service Department at 800-TOYSRUS or 800-869-7787 between 8 a.m. and 11 p.m. EDT.

(Photo by Jack Taylor/Getty Images)(Jack Taylor/Getty Images)

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Woman robbed while in line for offering in church

Published: Friday, April 20, 2018 @ 7:59 PM

(Fox13Memphis.com)
(Fox13Memphis.com)

A Memphis woman said that while she was in line to put in her offering in at a South Memphis church, someone stole her wallet out of her purse.

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Police are investigating the incident.

Shirley Williams said the church was the last place she thought anything would be stolen from her.

"Because we were in church, I just can't believe anyone would do that,” Williams said.

Williams said someone bumped her from behind while she was in the offering line at a midweek service at the Temple of Deliverance Church on Tuesday night.

Williams said she never really thought anything of it until she noticed that her purse had been unzipped. Then she realized her wallet was gone. Williams said the church allowed her to search in the area in which she was sitting and other areas in the church for her wallet.

"I searched everywhere. We went back to the church and we just couldn't find it anywhere,” Williams said.

Williams said she’s retired and is living on a fixed income. She said all of her insurance cards and things she needed to go about her everyday life were in her wallet. 

"It was just upsetting because it happened in church,” Williams said.

She said she’s certain she didn’t misplace her wallet anywhere and she’s not going to allow this incident to keep her from going to her church.

"I'm praying for forgiveness for them and for them to change their life,” Williams said.

We located several surveillance cameras around the church, but it has not yet been confirmed whether the incident was caught on any of them.

WHBQ did call and leave a message at the church, but our phone call has not been returned.

Memphis police said they have no suspect information at this time.

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E. coli outbreak: CDC warns to ‘avoid all types of romaine lettuce’

Published: Friday, April 20, 2018 @ 5:42 PM

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Photo Credit: Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has expanded its warning to include all types of romaine lettuce. The warning now includes whole heads and hearts of romaine lettuce, in addition to chopped romaine and salads and salad mixes containing romaine.

The CDC also asks consumers to “not buy or eat romaine lettuce at a grocery store or restaurant unless you can confirm it is not from the Yuma, Arizona, growing region.”

Additionally, the CDC suggests that consumers throw away any romaine lettuce in the home, even if some of it was eaten and no one has gotten sick.

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At least 31 people have been hospitalized, including three who developed a type of kidney failure, according to the CDC.

The affected states include

  • Alaska
  • Arizona
  • California
  • Connecticut
  • Idaho
  • Illinois
  • Louisiana
  • Michigan
  • Missouri
  • Montana
  • New Jersey
  • New York
  • Ohio
  • Pennsylvania
  • Virginia
  • Washington

No deaths related to the outbreak have been reported.

The CDC has not yet identified the grower or a common brand, and is urging people not to eat chopped lettuce from the Yuma area.

Symptoms of an E. coli infection vary, but often include severe stomach cramps and diarrhea, which is often bloody. Most people get better in five to seven days. Infections can be mild, but can also be severe and even life-threatening.

If you think you have E. coli, the CDC says to talk to your health care provider or public health department and write down what you ate in the week before you got sick.

People started reporting illnesses that are part of the outbreak between March 22 and March 31.

DNA fingerprinting is being used to identify illnesses that are part of the same outbreak. Some people might not be included in the CDC’s case count if officials weren’t able to get bacteria strains needed for DNA fingerprinting to link them to the outbreak.

To reduce your risk of an E. coli infection, you can:

  • Wash your hands. Wash hands after using the restroom or changing diapers, before and after preparing or eating food and after contact with animals.
  • Cook meats thoroughly to kill harmful germs.
  • Thoroughly wash hands, counters, cutting boards and utensils after they touch raw meat.
  • Wash fruits and vegetables before eating.
  • Avoid raw milk, other unpasteurized dairy products and unpasteurized juices.
  • Don’t prepare food or drink for others when you are sick.

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When is Barbara Bush’s funeral?

Published: Friday, April 20, 2018 @ 3:02 PM
Updated: Friday, April 20, 2018 @ 3:02 PM

Biography of Barbara Pierce Bush

Barbara Bush’s funeral arrangements are set for this weekend in Houston.

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The public is invited to pay their respects at a public viewing for the former first lady from noon until midnight on Friday at St. Martin’s  Church.

The private funeral service for Bush is set for Saturday at the Second Baptist Church in Houston. Attendance at the service is by invitation only.

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President Donald Trump has ordered flags at the White House and on public and federal property around the United States flown at half staff this weekend in honor of Barbara Bush.

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She’ll be laid to rest in College Station, Texas, next to her daughter, Robin, who died at the age of 4, according to an interview the Bushes did with CNN”s Larry King in 2004.
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