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Disabled woman sues 40 businesses for discrimination

A lawyer for a disabled Jacksonville woman has filed 40 lawsuits in her name within the past six months.

Each lawsuit accuses local small businesses of discriminating against her.

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Action News Jax began investigating the claims a month ago.

On Tuesday, four more lawsuits were filed.

Several owners of the businesses being sued for violating the Americans with Disabilities Act tell Action News Jax the lawsuits aren’t about access, but are instead a shakedown of mom and pop shops for money.

On St. Johns Bluff Road, Wanda Moore sued Mama Lu’s Filipino and Chinese Restaurant, Pit Stop 2 next door, and Lucky Food Mart a few doors down all on the same day.

Mama Lu’s is disabled veteran Dan Turner’s favorite place for takeout.

“You can get a beef fried rice for like, $4 or $5. You can’t beat that,” said Turner.

Turner showed up to order a meal recently, only to discover Mama Lu’s was closed for renovations.

“When I found the doors closed, I couldn’t believe it,” said Turner.

Turner found out the restaurant was being sued for failing to comply with the ADA.

A disabled veteran himself, he wanted to know more. 

He found the same woman, a double amputee named Moore, had filed more than three dozen lawsuits in the past six months, nearly all against small businesses.

“That’s like a fishing expedition. Somebody’s going around, saying, ‘I’m going to sue this person, this person and this person,’” said Turner.

The attorney and chiropractor behind all of Moore’s lawsuits is Robert Gibson.

He bills himself as The Law Doc.

The 40 lawsuits allege a range of violations, including out of compliance handicap parking spots, improper ramps, lack of handrails in bathrooms, and countertops being too high.

Gibson repeatedly refused to have a conversation with Action New Jax reporter Jenna Bourne, but he had his paralegal send a statement.

The statement said Gibson sends each business a “pre-suit notice giving them an opportunity to make the corrections to avoid a lawsuit.”

Beach Road Chicken Dinners was one of them.

“Scam, fraud, however you want to word it,” said Beach Road Chicken co-owner Ken Ferger.

Ferger said the purpose of Gibson’s pre-suit notice was to get him to settle.

“It appears that they’ve gone to smaller operations that, oh, they’ll more likely settle,” said Ferger.

Instead, Ferger made changes to his parking lot, ramp and more.

Action News Jax found a few things at the restaurant, like the height of the paper towel dispenser, are still not compliant. The paper towel dispenser in the women’s handicap stall was 6 inches higher than the ADA requires.

A new Florida law took effect this month that can prevent a business that’s the subject of an ADA lawsuit from having to pay up, if they show they’re working on a plan to fix the problems.

In the meantime, Ferger is warning other mom and pop shops.

“I don’t believe that this woman and her attorney are that altruistic, all over town,” said Ferger.

The lawsuits claim Moore went to several of the businesses she’s suing all on the same day.

Action News Jax went to Moore’s home on Tuesday to try to get her side of the story, but no one came to the door.

Businesses Moore and Gibson are currently suing:

  • Bono's Pit Bar B Q
  • Captain D's
  • Sunrise Caribbean Gourmet, Inc.
  • Harry's Food Mart
  • Exxon Food Mart
  • Saltologie
  • Another Broken Egg Café
  • Amy's Turn
  • Sheik The Restaurant
  • Beach Road Chicken Dinners
  • Hook Fish & Chicken (Atlantic Blvd)
  • Sam Won Garden Restaurant
  • Hook Fish And Chicken (Ramona Blvd)
  • Famous Sandwiches
  • Ramona Food Store
  • Mr. Dragon Chinese Restaurant
  • New China Restaurant
  • Pit Stop 2
  • Mama Lu's Filipino & Chinese Restaurant
  • Tony's Super Dollar Store
  • Lucky Food Mart
  • Quick and Handy 121
  • Latin Creations
  • Northside Food Store
  • Russ-Doe’s Sandwich Shop
  • Gibbs NY Style Subs
  • Joelle Food Store
  • Country Cabin Orange Park
  • Moncrief Express
  • Wally's Gyros & Subs
  • H & H Discount Beverage, Inc.
  • Nicole's On The River
  • Ho Ho Chinese Restaurant
  • Sandwich House
  • Talleyrand Food Mart
  • Raceway #931
  • Beignet’s Caribbean Café
  • Parental Food Mart
  • Snappy Food Store
  • First Coast Deli & Grill

Senate Judiciary Committee withdraws Paul Manafort subpoena

The Senate Judiciary Committee dropped a subpoena late Tuesday that would have compelled President Donald Trump’s former campaign manager Paul Manafort to testify publicly before the committee in its ongoing investigation into alleged Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election.

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In a joint statement, committee Chairman Sen. Charles Grassley and ranking Democrat Sen. Dianne Feinstein said Manafort produced documents Tuesday after the subpoena was issued and agreed to meet with committee members in the future for an interview.

“It’s important that he and other witnesses continue to work with this committee as it fulfills its oversight responsibility,” the statement said. “Our investigation is still in its early stages, and we will continue to seek information from witnesses as necessary. … Cooperation from witnesses is always the preferred route, but this agreement does not prejudice the committee’s right to compel his testimony in the future.”

Grassley and Feinstein announced earlier Tuesday that the committee had subpoenaed Manafort, citing the inability to negotiate a private interview with the political consultant.

>> Related: Paul Manafort subpoenaed to testify about attempts to influence U.S. election

The panel was expected to question Manafort about his foreign political work on behalf of Ukrainian interests and a June 2016 meeting at Trump Tower with Russian lawyer Natalie Veselnitskaya, Trump’s son, Donald Trump Jr., and the president’s son-in-law, Jared Kusner.

An email exchange released by the younger Trump earlier this month showed he believed that he would be getting intelligence that would hurt his father’s political rival Hillary Clinton at the meeting. In the emails, Rob Goldstone indicated that the Russian government was connected to the intelligence.

The younger Trump said he believed Goldstone and his associates were providing political opposition research.

>> Related: Donald Trump Jr. releases email exchange with Russian intermediary

Manafort met with Senate Intelligence Committee staff on Tuesday. The group is one of multiple congressional panels, along with Special Counsel Robert Mueller, investigating Russian interference in last year’s election and possible collusion by the Trump campaign.

The meeting, which happened behind closed doors, focused on Manafort’s recollection of the June 2016 Trump Tower meeting, according to Politico. He agreed to turn over his notes from the meeting and spokesman Jason Maloni told the news site that Manafort “answered their questions fully.”

Manafort’s team requested the meeting and committed to meeting with investigators again, Politico reported.

Kushner was also on Capitol Hill Tuesday, where he met with the House Intelligence Committee, The Washington Post reported. The meeting marked the second day of interviews for Kushner, who on Tuesday met with the Senate Intelligence Committee.

In a statement after the closed session, Kushner plainly denied allegations of collusion. 

>> Related: Jared Kushner: ‘I did not collude with Russia’

“I did not collude with Russians, nor do I know of anyone in the campaign who did so,” he said.

Trump: Transgender people won't be allowed in the military

President Donald Trump on Wednesday said transgender people will be barred from serving “in any capacity” in the U.S. military, writing on Twitter that such service would cause “disruption” and burden the U.S. with “tremendous medical costs.”

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Current Department of Defense policy allows for transgender people to serve openly and says individuals “can no longer be discharged or otherwise separated from the military solely for being transgender individuals.”

Trump said the decision was made after he consulted his “generals and military experts.”

“Our military must be focused on decisive and overwhelming victory and cannot be burdened with the tremendous medical costs and disruption that transgender in the military would entail,” he wrote in a series of tweets.

Robot stockboys to roam aisles at grocery store chain

Is this the beginning of Skynet? A robot is being hired to help out shoppers at a St. Louis grocery store chain.

Tally will be working the aisles at Schnucks grocery stores looking for items that are out of stock and checking on prices, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported.

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The robot is being tested at a store in the Richmond Heights area of the city. A second will be tested at another store in the Kirkwood area. The tests are expected to last about six weeks.

If the robots end up working out, the program could be expanded to more stores in the chain.

Each Tally weighs about 30 pounds and stands at 38 inches tall. The base, according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch looks like a robotic vacuum. When it’s low on power, Tally will return to its charger, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported.

It has sensors so it won’t bump into carts. And while Tally doesn’t have arms to actually, physically restock shelves, it does scan items to make sure they’re fully stocked. When they aren’t, it sends data to store management so they can have someone refill the products.

Tally is already being used in Target stores in San Francisco, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported.

7-year-old gets help for sister during alleged rape

A 7-year-old girl from Alabama may be considered a hero after she ran to get help for her sister who was being raped.

Al.com reported that the 14-year-old girl was at her home with her sister and another family member, Melinda McNatt. Police said McNatt had company at the home to drink and use illegal drugs.

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Police said that the teen got drunk and was nearly passed out when Tony Grissom, 30, assaulted her, Al.com reported.

When her 7-year-old sister realized what was happening, she tried to alert the other adults who were at the home, but they were passed out. She then ran to a neighbor’s home to alert police.

Grissom is behind bars, accused of rape. McNatt was arrested, facing charges for providing alcohol to the teen.

Girls hospitalized after mom locked them in car for hours, police say

A mother was charged after she was accused of leaving her two young children locked in a car for nearly three hours Sunday night in Charlotte, North Carolina.

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The 4- and 5-year-old girls had to be hospitalized.

Millicia Middleton, 25, went before a judge Tuesday after being charged with child abuse.

>> Waze traffic app includes feature to remind parents of children in car

"I live here so I wish I had seen it,” resident Vicki Butler said. “I mean, at least I could have got them, that hurts me. I'm sorry."

The girls were dehydrated by the time officers got them out of the car in the parking lot of new apartments on Samuel Street.

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"That makes me so sad,” resident Shanna Henriques said. “How can you be a parent and just leave your kids in the car? What did they do? Forget about them or something?"

NYPD widow gives birth to slain cop’s baby 3 years after his murder

Her husband was killed in the line of duty, but nearly three years after his death, Pei Xia Chen has given birth to a baby girl, WPIX reported.

Wenjian Liu and his partner Rafael Ramos were shot and killed while they sat inside their marked cruiser in December 2014.

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Ismaaiyl Brinsley killed himself after gunning down the two officers. He had written anti-police posts on social media, many in reference to the death of Eric Garner, CBS News reported.

Liu and his wife Chen were married for only three months before he was killed. When he was killed, she had asked the hospital to take steps so she could have his child one day, WPIX reported.

She got pregnant via in-vitro fertilization, using sperm frozen after Liu’s death.

Liu and Chen’s baby girl Angelina, nicknamed Angel, was born on July 25.

Liu’s father told WPIX that he is happy finally after his son’s death, saying that she looks like her dad.

Police find homeless man living in woman’s attic

You know those noises you hear at night that you attribute to the house settling? One woman in Arlington, Virginia, found out those noises were not the house or the wind, but rather a homeless man who broke into her home and set up residence in her attic, WRC reported.

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The woman told WRC that she heard footsteps in the attic overnight and checked with her landlord. She said sometimes he uses the attic for storage. When he said it wasn’t him, the landlord called police. 

They searched the attic and found a homeless man had moved into the space.

Police found Jones’ backpack, clothes and bedding. They are not sure how long he had been living there, but believe he came into the home through an open sliding glass door, WRC reported.

Dad stranded daughter, 10, in desert with no shoes or water after argument, deputies say

An Arizona man is facing child abuse accusations after he allegedly stranded his 10-year-old daughter in a desert with no shoes or water.

According to KSNV, Christopher Charles Watson, 28, of Kingman was arrested on one count of felony domestic child abuse after a woman called 911 on Saturday morning, claiming she had found a girl crying and walking by herself in the 91-degree heat.

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According to the victim, her father drove her out to the desert and forced her out of his truck following an argument, deputies said. She reportedly complained of a headache and a sore neck and added that she had hit her head on the truck while trying to open the door as her father sped off. Deputies said they also noticed a bite mark on her, and she told them her father had bitten her. She was taken to a nearby hospital where she was treated and later released, KVVU reported.

Deputies said Watson smelled of alcohol when they arrived at his home and woke him from a nap. Deputies said the father claimed he and his daughter were arguing when he decided to take her for a ride in his truck, which he says has helped calm her down in the past.

Watson reportedly told authorities that he had dropped her off without any water or shoes but said he returned home and waited only about 15 minutes before going back to get her. However, he said he was unable to find the girl when he returned to the desert.

The Department of Child Safety has taken custody of both the victim and Watson’s 9-year-old son.

Police: Impaired driver arrested in car with no windshield, no doors, ax sticking out of roof

Jared Price, 21, was arrested on Monday after reports came in of him riding in a “suspicious vehicle.” But, the term “suspicious” doesn’t even begin to describe the car that Price was operating. When police in New York pulled him over, they realized that the car had no doors, no windshield and no license plates, and an ax was sticking out of the roof.

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WIVB reports that when Wethersfield police pulled over the vehicle, they administered tests to Price and realized that he was “impaired by multiple drugs.” He was arrested for the following crimes:

  • DWAI-drugs
  • DWAI by the Combined Influence of Drugs
  • No License Plates
  • Unregistered Motor Vehicle
  • Operating Without Insurance
  • No Front Windshield
  • No Safety Glass

His bail was set at $10,000 and he will appear in court again on Aug. 1. Spectrum News reported that the vehicle was towed. There are no reports of what became of the doors and why the ax was there.

Alligator 'ate toes off' homeless Florida man bathing in retention pond

A homeless man was bathing in a Port Charlotte, Florida, retention pond Monday when a 9-foot-long alligator attacked him.

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According to WFTX, the man, later identified as 68-year-old Fredric Iman, sustained injuries to his left foot, left leg, left hand and groin. Following the attack, he went to a nearby surgery center where an employee notified police.

>> Alligator halts traffic to cross Florida road

“It looks like his, his pants are torn,” the employee said during the 911 call, Fox News reported. “It ate his toes off.”

>> Alligator attacks man wading in river with daughters

Iman was then airlifted to Lee Memorial Hospital in Fort Myers, and his condition has improved from serious to stable since then. Many who live near the pond were shocked to hear what had happened to him, with one woman even saying she had always looked forward to seeing the alligator, which she had named Charlie.

“I’m a little upset because the gator is probably going to be euthanized,” Lisa Posten told WWSB. “People that live in Florida, they know not to go in these waters, this is where these gators live.”

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The alligator was removed from the scene and reportedly will be euthanized.

Roomba robot vacuum cleaner could collect data about users' homes

The maker of the Roomba robotic vacuum, iRobot, could collect data about the floor plans of customers’ homes.

iRobot’s chief executive, Colin Angle, told Reuters that iRobot may begin selling floor plans of customers' homes to Google, Amazon or Apple. The information would be sold to tech companies in a push to create “smart homes” controlled by internet-enabled devices, Reuters reported.

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The robotic vacuums can collect data about the dimensions of rooms and information about the distances between tables, furniture and home furnishings.

“There’s an entire ecosystem of things and services that the smart home can deliver once you have a rich map of the home that the user has allowed to be shared,” Angle told Reuters.

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Police shoot, kill man while serving warrant at wrong home

WHBQ in Memphis, Tennessee, has uncovered new details in the Southaven, Mississippi, police shooting death of Ismael Lopez. Lopez was shot after police served a warrant at the wrong home.

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A search warrant WHBQ obtained out of Tate County, Mississippi, showed the address on the warrant was across the street from Lopez’s home.

Police came to the neighborhood for Samuel Pearman, who is wanted in Tate County and lived at 5878 Surry Lane. Deputies said an arrest warrant was issued for Pearman on a domestic aggravated assault charge after he allegedly choked a woman Sunday in front of her 4-year-old child at a Tate County gas station. 

Neighbor Kimberly Shelby told WHBQ that Lopez’s death is on the hands of the Southaven Police Department after they served a warrant at the wrong home.

"You would think they would be over here trying to find him at the right address,” Shelby said.

Shelby said police have been to Pearman’s home before. 

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"I've called the police before ... so they have dealt with him before,” Shelby said.

Lopez’s family said they have been advised by their lawyers to not make any more comments about the case on camera.

Neighbors said they hope the law will hold the officers accountable for this deadly mistake.

Donald Trump's Boy Scouts of America speech sparks social media firestorm

On Monday, President Donald Trump ventured to West Virginia to speak at the annual Boy Scout Jamboree, which drew tens of thousands of scouts.

>> Read the transcript of President Trump’s speech to the 2017 Boy Scout Jamboree

During his speech, Trump bashed the media and former President Barack Obama and boasted about his election victory, calling Nov. 8, 2016, “a beautiful date.” At one point, Trump mentioned meeting New York developer William Levitt at a cocktail party.

>> Watch the clip here 

Trump seemed to win the support of the crowd from the beginning. He arrived to riotous applause and got the scouts to boo Obama when he asked, “Did President Obama ever come to a jamboree?” Obama never spoke at a jamboree while he was president, but he did record a video message for the scouts on one occasion.

>> On Rare.us: A surprisingly small percentage of Americans think President Trump will 'definitely' finish his first term

The Boy Scouts of America Facebook page was flooded with comments by parents who blasted Trump’s appearance, even on posts unrelated to the rally. One woman wrote, “Done with scouts after you felt the need to have my kid listen to a liar stroke his ego on our time.” Another said, “I can’t believe the Boy Scouts booed a living American president.” There were a number of comments calling the speech “propaganda,” and some even made comparisons to Adolf Hitler’s infamous rallies in Nuremberg.

John McLaughlin, who led the CIA under George Bush, tweeted that the jamboree “had the feel of a third world authoritarian’s youth rally.” CNN’s Chris Cillizza published a list of “The 29 most cringe-worthy lines from Donald Trump’s hyper-political speech to the Boy Scouts.” The piece included included statements such as “You know we have a tremendous disadvantage in the Electoral College — popular vote is much easier” and “I went to Maine four times, because it’s one vote, and we won. But we won — one vote. I went there because I kept hearing we’re at 269.” New York Magazine published a similar list, though they only included 14 “inappropriate moments.”

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However, Trump’s supporters backed the president’s appearance and branded the backlash as another attack by the mainstream media and “leftists.”

The Boy Scouts released the following statement after the backlash to Trump’s speech:

“The Boy Scouts of America is wholly non-partisan and does not promote any one position, product, service, political candidate or philosophy. The invitation for the sitting U.S. President to visit the National Jamboree is a long-standing tradition and is in no way an endorsement of any political party or specific policies.”

Police department's Facebook photo of panhandler's money sparks controversy

For as long as there have been panhandlers, there has been an argument about whether we should give them money. A front-page story in the Washington Post on Sunday chronicled the struggles of a young man who has to drive 30 miles to beg for money to support his ailing mother after he had been run out of his town.

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The Cheyenne Police Department in Wyoming is the latest to join this argument. On Sunday, police shared a picture on Facebook of money collected by a homeless man, writing, “We arrested a transient for public intoxication. ... We want to illustrate that there are better ways to help the transient population than to give them money for panhandling.” The post continued, “Rather than feeding someone’s alcohol addiction, you can donate directly to local charities.”

>> See the post here

The post has been shared more than 31,000 times and received at least 5,600 comments. A number of people were angered by the post, including one user who wrote, “I’m sure you guys are going to take every dollar he had, and not give it back to him. The way I see it, the people gave it to him. That’s his money.”

Another man wrote, “I will give my money to whoever I please. ... Because of this post, I’m going, right now, to each exit where they usually hang out and each one is getting $20.”

>> On Rare.us: Fake street signs are warning Minnesota residents of 'easily startled' police

There were comments supporting the department, such as, “Am I missing something? How are the Police bad guys all the sudden?? All they did was arrest a guy for public intoxication which is against the law!!”

The department responded on Facebook, saying:

"It is great to see that this topic is important to our community. It should since it is a community issue and not just a problem for the police to solve. This is why CPD launched Operation Change in March. Our officers always offer social services first; if they make an arrest for intoxication, we have addiction counselors contact the person while in jail to offer help. Several have taken us up on the offer and are currently in programs. We will never give up on our mission to help those in need. Get involved to help!"

>> See the post here

The department later posted some clarifications, including that the money was not seized from the panhandler but “inventoried along with his property” and “held for safekeeping until he is released.”

>> Read the post here

Middle school teacher riles up border patrol by refusing to say if she’s American

A San Diego middle school teacher recorded a recent encounter with several U.S. Border Patrol agents that has since gone viral. Shane Parmely was stopped at an immigration checkpoint and asked if she was an American citizen. As she wasn’t crossing a border between countries, Parmely didn’t think that there was any need to answer the question.

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“Are we crossing a border? I’ve never been asked if I’m a citizen before when I’m traveling down the road,” Parmely is heard telling an agent.

>> RELATED: Republicans no longer have the votes to repeal Obamacare

The two then get into a back and forth in which Parmely implies that if she were Mexican, she would be detained without cause. Ultimately Parmely is detained and naps in her car while the agents wait her out. In a series of videos posted to her Facebook page, Parmely details the experience.

“Basically, make sure you have a full tank of gas to keep your air conditioner running, some water and some snacks. I also recommend a pillow cuz this was a great place to take a nap,” Parmely wrote on Facebook.

“And they do have bathrooms in the cells where they hold people when they pull them out of their cars (my son got to use it).”

Parmely later added that the border patrol agents showed fascist tendencies.

“And what’s up with this dude’s straight up nationalist propaganda?” she said of one of the officers.

“The philosophy governing our southern border (cuz there ain’t none of this (expletive) along the northern border or eastern or western) can be reduced to: Fascism > Terrorism.”

In a statement to the media, the U.S. Border Patrol defended its agents’ actions.

At a Border Patrol checkpoint, an agent may question a vehicle’s occupants about their citizenship, place of birth, and request document proof of immigration status, how legal status was obtained and make quick observations of what is in plain view in the interior of the vehicle. During the course of the immigration inspection, if an occupant refuses to answer an agent’s questions, the agent may detain the driver for a reasonable amount of time until he or she can make a determination regarding the occupant’s immigration status.

3-year-old Alabama girl injured when pig attacks her in yard

A neighbor’s pet pig is at a county animal shelter after it attacked a 3-year-old girl in Rogersville, Alabama.

WHNT reported that Bella White was in her family’s yard with her two brothers when a neighbor’s pet pig came into the yard and attacked her.

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“My boys came running in, saying the pig was attacking Bella. I came running out,” Bella’s mother, Amber White, said. “The pig had her arm in his mouth. She was on the ground. It was shaking. I ran over there and was kicking the pig, pushing the pig, it finally let go.”

White told AL.com that when she got Bella’s shirt off, there were bite marks down to her bone. 

“There was blood everywhere,” White said. “There was tissue everywhere. The bone was even showing.”

Bella was airlifted to a hospital and received three layers of stitches. Her mother told AL.com it took more than two hours for Bella’s wounds to be closed. 

WAAY reported that there have been multiple calls to animal control about the 350-pound pig, which has gotten out before.

“Everybody in the area knows the pig because it's always loose,” White told AL.com. “Animal Control is called out here all the time telling the owners they have to put the pig up. By now, the owners should have done something.”

The pig is at Florence-Lauderdale County Animal Shelter and will be euthanized. State health officials told WHNT the pig will be tested for rabies.

“I am kind of relieved,” said White. “I wish it could have turned out differently for the pig, but at least it can’t hurt anybody else.”

Lauderdale County Sheriff Rick Singleton said his office took a police report, but charges had not been filed.

Website ranks Florida as worst state in America

One website really doesn’t like Florida, and it isn’t afraid to let its readers know it.

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The folks at Thrillist put together a list that ranks each state based on it’s “contributions to America,” which include such factors as physical beauty, inventions and food and drink.

Florida finished dead last.

Although at least one of the two writers of the article has cousins in Florida, the writers still decided that Florida is the worst state in America.

The authors cite “Florida’s awfulness resume,” which is mostly based on the weird crimes that occur in the state, as the deciding factor against it.

States also ranked at the bottom of the pack were Delaware, at 49, Ohio, at 48; and Arizona at 47.

The list ranks Michigan as the best state in the country, followed by Maine, Kentucky, Wisconsin and Louisiana, in that order. 

Man released from jail after ‘unprovoked’ gym attack, punching woman 39 times

A New Hampshire man arrested for allegedly punching a Planet Fitness employee nearly 40 times in June was released Tuesday on his own recognizance. 

Erin McCarthy, 18, was leaving her job at the Rochester, New Hampshire, Planet Fitness around 10 p.m. on June 12 when police said Jordan Lamonde, 22, of Portsmouth, attacked her from behind, punching her 39 times.

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“This was a vicious, unprovoked attack that shocked our community, and I am proud to report that the suspect has been identified and apprehended,” Rochester Police Chief Paul Toussaint said.

Lamonde waived his arraignment, which was scheduled for Tuesday, and his lawyer worked out a deal so he could be released while he awaits trial. His lawyer entered a plea of not guilty. 

Related: Man arrested for allegedly punching teen 39 times outside NH gym

Police believe that the attack is connected to an incident involving the victim’s now-ex-boyfriend and his older brother. Court documents released Tuesday reveal that a tipster told police Lamonde was “ripped off of $30,000 by someone.” Police are investigating whether Lamonde targeted McCarthy because her ex was related to “the one Jordan accused of stealing his safe that contained thousands of dollars.”

McCarthy did not suffer any major injuries as a result of the attack.

“I'm really glad he’s been arrested now. I feel like it took forever,” she said on Tuesday. 

Lamonde lives with his grandparents in Portsmouth. He will be released under strict conditions, including GPS monitoring. His attorney, John Durkin, said that he has no prior convictions.

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