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Woman told $20,000 'winning' lottery ticket worthless, sold in error

Published: Thursday, September 10, 2015 @ 7:35 AM
Updated: Thursday, September 10, 2015 @ 7:35 AM

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A Washington, D.C., woman lost $20,000 as easily as she won it. 

"When I saw that $20,000, you don't know how excited I was," Ardella Newman told WJLA

But the Virginia Lottery says Newman's ticket doesn't count because it was issued in error. 

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As WJLA reports, tickets are supposed to have winning numbers at the top. Newman's had the winning numbers toward the bottom. 

Virginia Lottery officials say the lottery ticket machine may have cut the ticket in the wrong spot, essentially letting Newman combine two tickets to win. But Newman says she bought it as one ticket and that the error wasn't on her part, so she should receive the winnings.   

Earlier this year, a New Mexico man was told his $500,000 winning ticket was worthless due to a misprint. Two numbers that appeared to be winners actually had extra digits that were printed as smudges. 

The New Mexico Lottery told him under no circumstances would it pay him the $500,000. Instead, they offered him $100 in lottery tickets.

"It's like I told them, I didn't misprint it. I bought the ticket in good faith, thinking if I won I was going to get my money," John Wines told KOB. 

The New Mexico man filed a lawsuit against his state's lottery. 

So far, Newman has only filed a complaint, and the Virginia Lottery says it is investigating her case. 

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Noblesville, Indiana middle school shooting: 2 injured, 1 in custody

Published: Friday, May 25, 2018 @ 10:18 AM
Updated: Friday, May 25, 2018 @ 10:18 AM

Shooting at Indiana Middle School

Two people were injured Friday morning in a shooting reported at Noblesville West Middle School in Indiana.

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Update 10:20 a.m. EDT: Indiana State Police confirmed two people were taken to a hospital after authorities responded Friday morning to reports of an active shooter at Noblesville West Middle School.

Officials said a suspect was in custody after the shooting. Authorities were expected to provide additional details at a news conference later Friday.

Original report: Authorities confirmed around 9:40 a.m. that police had a suspect in custody after responding to a report of an active shooter situation at the middle school.

Check back for updates to this developing story.

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Mystery wolf-like creature stumps experts in Montana

Published: Friday, May 25, 2018 @ 10:14 AM

A mysterious wolf-like creature (not pictured) shot near Denton, Montana has experts stumped. The animal has been sent to a Fish & Wildlife laboratory for more testing. 
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A mysterious wolf-like creature (not pictured) shot near Denton, Montana has experts stumped. The animal has been sent to a Fish & Wildlife laboratory for more testing. (Matt Cardy, Getty Images)

A large wolf-like animal shot and killed by a rancher near Denton, Montana, has left wildlife officials puzzled over what it was.

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A rancher shot and killed the animal May 16 after it came within several hundred yards of his livestock, according to KRTV. He reported it to wildlife officials, as required by law. 

The animal was first believed to be a wolf, but when specialists with Montana, Fish, Wildlife & Parks (FWP) examined the animal, they doubted it was purebred.

The animal had long greyish fur that is uncharacteristic of a common wolf, with a short body, large head and extended snout, experts told the Great Falls Tribune. In addition, its ears were too large and the claws on the front paws were too long to be a wolf. 

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Officials with FWP told KRTV that they do not want to speculate on what it was. The animal carcass will be shipped to the U.S. Fish & Wildlife service laboratory in Ashland, Oregon for further testing. 

People on social media have been calling this creature everything from a wolf-hybrid to a werewolf. 

The North American Dogman Project, a group of volunteer researchers that tracks sightings of mysterious wolflike creatures across the United States, posted a photo of the Montana animal on its Twitter page.

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Harvey Weinstein charged with rape, sex abuse; judge sets $10M bond

Published: Friday, May 25, 2018 @ 9:47 AM
Updated: Friday, May 25, 2018 @ 9:47 AM

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Disgraced movie mogul Harvey Weinstein turned himself in to authorities on Friday to face charges related to sexual abuse allegations in New York.

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Update 5/25 9:45 a.m.: A judge set a $10 million bond for Weinstein on Friday as he awaits trial on charges including rape and sex abuse.

Weinstein was ordered to surrender his passport and to wear an electronic monitor. The Associated Press reported he will post $1 million bail.

Update 5/25 8:35 a.m.: Police confirmed in a statement released Friday morning that Weinstein has been charged with rape, criminal sex act, sex abuse and sexual misconduct in cases involving two women.

Update 5/25 7:28 a.m.: Weinstein has turned himself in to police to face charges in a sexual misconduct investigation. He will be charged with first- and third-degree rape in one case and first-degree sex act in a second, CNN reported.

 

Reporters waited as Weinstein arrived at the police department just before 7:30 a.m. After booking, he will then be transferred to Manhattan Criminal Court to face his charges, NBC News reported.

The charges, according to sources close to the investigation, come from the allegations made by two women, NBC News reported. The women have not been identified, however, many big-name stars have accused Weinstein of various acts. Some of the women who have come out against the mogul include: Rose McGowan, Uma Thurman, Salma Hayek, Lupita Nyong’o and Ashley Judd, NBC News reported. Their speaking out sparked the #MeToo movement.

Update 5/25, 6:39 a.m.: Weinstein is expected to arrive at the NYPD’s 1st Precinct station Friday morning, WNBC reported. It could be as early as 7 a.m., according to Deadline

Police will fingerprint Weinstein, have mug shots taken and be given an arrest ID. Then he will be taken to his court appearance on felony complaint based on allegations of to women, WNBC reported. It is expected he will leave court on $1 million bail and will be issued an ankle monitor, sources told WNBCDeadline reported that Weinstein will also have to forfeit his passport.

Update 5/24, 8:47 p.m.:  Weinstein is expected to face first-degree rape and third-degree rape charges in one case, and a first-degree criminal sex act charge in another case, law enforcement officials told The New York Times.

The Times is reporting that the sex act charge is related to an incident with Lucia Evans, who told the New Yorker and investigators that Weinstein assaulted her during a casting meeting.

It’s unclear which of Weinstein’s many victims over two decades may be at the center of the rape case.

 

Original story: Two unidentified law enforcement officials told The New York Times on Thursday that Weinstein is expected to surrender to authorities Friday morning.

The Manhattan District Attorney’s Office is expected to bring charges against Weinstein one day after a grand jury convened to hear evidence in connection to allegations of sexual abuse that have been levied against the well-known producer, according to WNBC

 

Dozens of women came forward to accuse Weinstein of sexual harassment and misconduct after the Times published a report last year detailing complaints of sexual harassment made against Weinstein over nearly three decades. Weinstein, who co-founded entertainment company Miramax, was ousted from his position at The Weinstein Company in the wake of the Times report. 

New York police opened an investigation into Weinstein in 2015, after Filipina-Italian model Ambra Battilana Gutierrez told officers that she was groped by Weinstein without consent.

Authorities outfitted Gutierrez with a wire and had her meet with the producer. In an audio recording of the meeting obtained by The New Yorker, Weinstein could be heard apologizing after he’s confronted about the alleged assault.

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Despite the recording, no charges were filed against Weinstein.

Prosecutors said that they were never consulted about the New York Police Department’s plan to get Weinstein to admit to the assault on tape and that the tape was not enough evidence to convict the 65-year-old. Police defended their actions, saying that the recording was one of multiple bits of evidence collected by officers and presented to the Manhattan District Attorney for prosecution.

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New York City police said last year that they were working to learn of any additional complaints against Weinstein.

Check back for updates to this developing story.

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Police cite driver for driving with sun shade over windshield

Published: Friday, May 25, 2018 @ 7:37 AM

Motorist Cited For Shady Driving

Braintree police are stressing the importance of keeping your windshield clear while driving. 

Normally police have to remind drivers to remove all of the snow from their cars in the winter. But this time police officers say a driver was using a sunshade over the windshield and left it on the car when they headed out onto the road.

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Police said the driver was peering over the top when they were pulled over.

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