Trending Topics 8/30- Dublin Skimmers, Mattress Store Hurricane Shelters, Nude Skydiving and MORE!

August 30th, 2017

It's WEDNESDAY MY DUDES!!!! I almost thought it was still Tuesday, if that's any indication of how my day is going so far!!! On the bright side, we've got good tunes, good stories, and GOOD VIBES ALL MORNING!!

If you didn't get a chance to check it out yet, here's This Week's CD102.5 Diamond in the Rough pick of the week from BANNERS. Take a listen to their song "Someone To You" and let us know what you think in the comments below! Do you love it? Hate it? Ehh about it? Want us to replace all music in CD102.5 and loop this song 24/7? Let us know!!

Also, the devastating effects of Hurricane Harvey are still taking their toll on South and Eastern Texas. Take a look at our list of relief efforts that you can contribute to financially to help those in dire need of food, shelter, and support during this crisis!!

Skimmer found on gas pump in Dublin

If you happened to buy gas from the Marathon at 215 W Bridge Street in Dublin recently, you may want to check your bank statements. Authorities have discovered a credit card Skimmer from inside a gas pump at this station. These devices essentially grab and swipe your credit card info while your doing your normal swipe at the pump. According to the Federal Trade Commission, here's some tips to make sure your info doesn't get stolen:

  • Make sure the gas pump panel is closed and doesn’t show signs of tampering.
  • Take a good look at the card reader itself. Does it look different than other readers at the station?
  • You can try to wiggle the card reader before you put in your card. If it moves, report it to the attendant. Then use a different pump.
  • If you use a debit card at the pump, run it as a credit card instead of entering a PIN. That way, the PIN is safe and the money isn’t deducted immediately from your account. If that’s not an option, cover your hand when entering your PIN. Scammers sometimes use tiny pinhole cameras, situated above the keypad area, to record PIN entries.
  • Monitor your credit card and bank accounts regularly to spot unauthorized charges.
  • If you’re really concerned about skimmers, you can pay inside rather than at the pump. Another option is to use a gas pump near the front of the store. Thieves may target gas pumps that are harder for the attendant to see.

Mattress shop owner throws open his store to 400 victims of Hurricane Harvey

In the wake of Hurricane Harvey, people are in dire need of food and shelter in Texas. In Houston, one mattress shop owner put two and two together: Lots of Mattresses in Stock + Not a lot of business due to a very major natural disaster + lots of people in need of shelter = potentially the comfiest hurricane shelter in Houston! Mattress company boss James McIngvale has turned his stores into makeshift storm shelters and welcomed all with open arms. What's more he used his huge furniture removal trucks to transport as many displaced Harvey victims to his door. Heartwarming pictures - a rarity as Harvey threatens to become America's worst ever natural disaster - show smiling families relaxing on the brand new beds and furniture in McIngvale's shop. McIngvale, also known as 'Mattress Mack', put a call out on Facebook at the weekend and within hours found himself housing 400 people in his two Gallery Furniture locations. The stores are stocked with food, water and mattresses. 'Gallery Furniture North Freeway and Gallery Furniture Grand Parkway are now open as shelters for anyone who is in need,' the Facebook post read. 'We have food, beds and clean restrooms for anyone in need who comes to those locations. Kenneled animals who must stay in kennel and at owners side are welcome.' A follow up post said the stores were now at capacity and encouraged those in need of shelter to go to the George R Brown Convention Center, which has 1.8 million square feet of space.

Cops: Woman Called 911 Over Meth Quality

While I'm not here to condone methamphetamine use, It may be a safer bet in an emergency case to call a friend or head to an emergency room for any "bad batch" of meth woes, especially when you have a warrant out for your arrest like this woman in Montana. A Great Falls Police Department officer was dispatched Friday afternoon to the home of Margery Ann Dayrider, 33, who had dialed cops to report having a bad reaction to meth she had injected. As detailed in a probable cause affidavit, Dayrider told Officer Jon Marshall that she “believed she got some bad meth and was having a bad reaction to it, vomiting, tingling tongue, bad taste in her mouth." As first reported by the Great Falls Tribune, Dayrider told the cop, “I do meth three times a day everyday and have never had this reaction before.” Dayrider said that she and her boyfriend had purchased the drug the night before and that she injected herself at 9 AM, 11 AM, and 3 PM. While speaking with the patrolman, Dayrider said that she “still had some meth inside her bra.” Dayrider then provided the remaining narcotics to Officer Marshall, who reported that a field test of the crystalline substance was positive for methamphetamine. Dayrider was subsequently arrested on a felony narcotics possession charge(which carries a maximum sentence of five years in prison). The affidavit notes that Dayrider also had separate “warrants for her arrest.”

 

British husband of Florida woman who went missing at sea in the Bahamas is arrested by FBI over the theft of rare gold and silver coins worth $100,000

A man whose wife disappeared mysteriously at sea while the two were yachting in the Bahamas has been arrested in the theft of $100,000 worth of rare gold and silver coins. Lewis Bennett, 38, was arrested on Monday on a federal charge of transporting stolen goods worth more than $5,000, and is due to appear in a Key West, Florida court on Tuesday. Investigators say they recovered some of the stolen coins from the very life raft Bennett was rescued from when his wife disappeared. On May 15, Bennett and his wife Isabella Hellmann, 41, were sailing from Cuba to the Bahamas on a delayed honeymoon when he put out a distress signal from a life raft, claiming she had disappeared and the boat had hit something while he was sleeping. Investigators have never officially said whether they suspect foul play in Hellmann's disappearance or named Bennett as a suspect. The arrest warrant affidavit in the coin theft reveals new details in the strange case, however, and adds an unexpected twist with allegations of stolen treasure on the high seas. Police say the coins in question were stolen in May of last year from the ship Kitty R, in the Caribbean nation of St. Maarten. The trove of 617 gold and silver coins was hidden in a secret compartment, which the thief had to break a floor panel under a pallet of food to access. Bennett was working as a crew member on the Kitty R at the time, and he was the one to report the theft to police on the owner's behalf, saying they were stolen when neither he nor the owner were on board at the time. A year later, in May of this year, Bennett and his new wife were on their honeymoon trip aboard a 37-foot catamaran, the Surf Into Summer. The pair were married earlier this year and had an infant daughter, who did not join them on the trip. On May 15, 'Bennett stated he awoke to a loud thud at 1am... and noticed the vessel was taking on water,' investigators wrote in the arrest affidavit obtained by the Sun-Sentinel. He 'reported he moved topside to look for [Hellmann] who was not at the helm, or anywhere on the boat … He was unable to slow the flow of water, so he gathered his personal belongings, deployed the life raft and abandoned ship,' the affidavit said. Bennett put out a distress signal and he was rescued from the life raft by the Coast Guard, bringing a backpack with him that the rescue swimmer noted was 'unusually heavy'. The contents of the backpack were not seen by rescuers, but the Coast Gaurd inventoried the rest of the items on the raft: a suitcase; a backpack; unexpended parachute flares; buoys; 14 gallons of water; a homing device, and nine plastic tubes which were found to contain some 225 silver coins. The coins were returned to Bennett on May 23, after a four-day search for his missing wife had proved fruitless, but FBI investigators quickly realized their significance and returned to ask for them back the same day. Bennett agreed to hand over the coins, still in evidence bags, and photographs of them were identified as the stolen coins by the owner of the Kitty R, according to the affidavit. A June 16 search of Bennett's home turned up more incriminating evidence, investigators said: a cache of 162 gold coins hidden inside a pair of boat shoes in his closet. Lawyers for Bennett and Hellmann's family could not be reached for comment late Monday evening.

Police seek serial burglar who rode off on girl's bike

This is a scene right out of some b-movie comedy staring either Adam Sandler, Kevin James, Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson, Vin Diesel, or any other assorted macho muscleman taken out of his comfort zone to do something in Suburbia. A Man in West Melborne, Florida was caught leavintg the scene of the crime using a Girl's small kiddie bike. The Pink frame and white tires are clearly visible as the man tries to escape after burglarizing a home. Police put out a bulletin with security camera pictures from a home in the Eber and Hollywood Boulevard area. In the pictures, the man is seen taking a little girl's bike and riding away. The bike was found a couple blocks from the home. The man has stolen change and other items out of at least 35 unlocked cars during the past few weeks, police say. He's described as having a shaved head and beard, plus a distinctive tattoo on his right forearm.

The man who went skydiving in the nude with a violin

An Australian musician had an interesting challenge of confronting multiple fears all in one fell swoop for his 30th birthday. Mr Donnelly, a classically trained violinist, took a naked plunge over the city of Coffs Harbour to raise awareness about body image issues among men. On his flight down, he jumped in tandem with another diver while playing a selection of pieces on his trip down. In freefall, he played "Happy Birthday" in celebration of his own birthday. When the parachute opened, and he began to float, the violinist drew the opening strains of The Lark Ascending by English composer Ralph Vaughan Williams. "It's this beautiful piece about a bird soaring in the air, and it was just perfect," he told the BBC. "I played the opening cadenza for about a minute, where you're just slowly rising on the violin and it was just wonderful. When that parachute opened, I could just be free to play the violin… it was a feeling of total freedom." His nude jump for male body issues was inspired by his own problems with body image perception. He began suffering from body dysmorphic disorder, a condition that causes people to become obsessed with perceived defects in their appearance. It forced him to leave Britain in 2013, where he had been part of the London Symphony Orchestra. In the years since, Mr Donnelly has been recovering with help from a psychiatrist, and educating others about the disorder. He will divide money raised from his skydive between two charities and his own Nude Movement, which raises awareness about body issues. 

Arizona porn studio owner gets 24 years in brothel case

In a substantially less happy and successful story dealing with naked people, the man who owned a "Porn Studio" in Arizona that was alleged to be a brother was sentenced to 24 years in that case. William James Hartwell was found guilty in early April on 10 felony charges that included sexual assault and operating a house of prostitution. Prosecutors sought a 44-year sentence for the 57-year-old Hartwell, saying he showed no remorse for any of his actions and saw women as nothing more than a profitable commodity. Hartwell insisted that he ran a legitimate studio where amateurs could rent cameras, lights and props to create sex scenes with the help of a model. But authorities say Hartwell's studio was nothing more than a cleverly disguised brothel that raked in $40,000 a month in profits. Hartwell accused the government of criminalizing free speech, saying the sex acts that were recorded and photographed amount to constitutionally protected free speech practiced in the same way as professional porn studios that legally operate. Police say female employees who took customers into rooms would insist on shooting a minutes-long video or taking 10 photos with sexual content before the cameras were discarded and they began to have sex. Prosecutors say those images were taken in a bid to guard against any future prostitution allegations. The investigation was launched in 2012 after police received a tip about the business. Authorities sent informants who posed as customers or prospective employees. One informant said Hartwell told her during a job interview that the studio provides customers with porn production space, cameras, condoms and a "free porn girl," court documents state. Hartwell also was charged with sexually assaulting two women, but was acquitted of one of the two charges.

Man diagnosed with throat cancer fatally shoots friend who introduced him to smoking, police say

When getting the unfortunate news that years of smoking tobacco have led to a life threatening cancer, the news can be frustrating. In india this week, a man took his frustration to a whole new level, by fatally shooting the man who he says introduced him to smoking in the first place. Mustakeem Ahmad, 25, was arrested in Uttam Nagar on Friday for fatally shooting 25-year-old Inayat, the Hindustan Times reports. Police told the outlet that the two men were friends and worked as chefs at a restaurant in West Delhi. According to investigators, Ahmad said Inayat introduced him to cigarettes and marijuana which later led to Ahmad getting a throat infection. A doctor eventually diagnosed the man with throat cancer allegedly due to his "excessive smoking." Authorities said Ahmad blamed his friend for getting him hooked on cigarettes. Ahmad was also jealous that Inayat was performing better at work, so Ahmad came up with a plan to kill Inayat. "Though Ahmad and Inayat were friends at the workplace, Inayat was reportedly better at his job and well-behaved and soon became the favorite of the restaurant owner," police told the Hindustan Times, adding that Ahmad had been fired over his poor work performance. Police said in the days leading up the shooting on Thursday, Ahmad purchased a pistol and practiced firing at different targets. He then went back to the restaurant and tried to get Inayat fired. When that didn't work, Ahmad started an argument with his friend and allegedly shot him during the altercation, where Inayat died at the scene. Ahmad fled, but was later arrested for his actions.

 

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