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  1. Are your spices really old? 3 signs it's time to throw them away Keep your food flavorful and fresh by routinely cleaning out any old spices. Antenna / Getty Images stock March 26, 2018, 12:46 PM EDT / Updated March 22, 2019, 12:50 PM EDT / Source: TODAY By Erica Chayes Wida When’s the last time that spice rack was thoroughly cleaned? A week ago? A year ago? Possibly never? If you're not really sure, then there's no time like right now to start. Get your spring cleaning routine on the right track by taking the time to carefully check each spice bottle, jar or shaker and toss any of those spices that have been sitting around a little too long. Some spices are known for providing powerful health boosts (not to mention, they also add great flavor to foods), so it's important to keep them fresh. Simply Organic But how should you start spring spice cleaning? Let's face it. Spices are one of those things that we just tend to collect over time. Since they don't really emit any odors as they start to get stale, it's hard to know exactly when a spice has truly passed its peak. This week, spice company McCormick took to Facebook once again to help customers find out if their bottles of dried parsley, oregano or onion powders were really, really old. "When's the last time you took a peek into your spice cabinet? You should see 'Hunt Valley, MD' on McCormick labels. If you see 'Baltimore, MD,' your spice is at least 25 years old!" McCormick posted. It's since been shared over 1,600 times. The Maryland-based company, which has been selling spices since 1889, used to manufacture all of its products in Baltimore, where the company was founded. But it has since moved its production center to Hunt Valley, Maryland, a suburb of the city. Another way to quickly tell if that McCormick spice is past its prime? If it's in a metal tin — dump it. With the exception of black pepper, the brand hasn't sold spices in tins for 25 years. But of course many home cooks stock their cabinets with spices from different brands. Chef James Briscione, the director of culinary research at the Institute of Culinary Education, shared his kitchen tips with TODAY Food on the best ways to keep your spice rack in top shape. 1. Just bought a new spice? Write the month and year on the label. This is a simple trick Briscione and his staff do every time a new spice is opened. This makes it much easier to keep track of how fresh something really is. Some spices in particular have a tendency to outlive others. "Nutmeg is one," Briscione told TODAY. "You use it in small quantities and usually only during fall and winter. Five years can go by easily." If you're constantly opening a spice, that means it's being exposed to air more frequently and you'll likely have to replace it sooner. Assorted spices in wooden spoons on a table.Getty Images 2. Don't just look at 'Sell By' dates. Take the cap off and smell it. "I think we're becoming more and more aware that expiration and use-by dates can be used to the business' advantage and have an abundance of safety in mind," Briscione said. Since some expiration dates can be arbitrary or confusing, it's OK to use your best judgement by using your senses: sight, smell and touch. The spice itself should be bright and fragrant. If it doesn't have any smell, it likely isn't strong enough to flavor your food. If stored in a cool, dark place, a spice should be OK to use as long as it holds its vibrant color, too. However, a spice stored in an area that gets a lot of light will show discoloration much more quickly and lose its flavoring power. Video Will Begin In... 3 Fun ways to add more spice to your life - and kitchen - in 2019 Jan. 2, 201905:01 3. To grind or not to grind? Pre-ground spices might be more convenient but whole spices last the longest because the essential oils are kept inside and that's where the majority of the flavor is. According to Briscione, those whole spices can last three to four years, which will ultimately save you money. Once spices are ground, however, there is more surface area and they will quickly lose their "chemical compounds" that make them such great flavoring agents. In general, ground spices may last one to two years maximum, while dried herbs can last up to three years. SEEVIDEO ; https://www.today.com/food/are-your-spices-old-here-s-how-tell-if-you-t125844
  2. Vasectomy cakes are a hilarious trend — and they're becoming more popular Bakers at Signature Desserts from Tennessee created a witty cake to celebrate a milestone moment and it's part of a growing trend. signaturedessertsnashville/Instagram March 21, 2019, 3:15 PM EDT / Source: TODAY By Julia Curley Couples across the country are finding a surprisingly sweet way to celebrate a life-changing procedure. Nate and Jillian Clingman, a couple with a knack for baking from Nashville, Tennessee, recently proved that there's truly a cake for every occasion with a very special order. The duo behind the bakery Signature Desserts created a “Happy Vasectomy” cake for one local mother — and the creative treat has quickly gone viral. In early March, a fun-loving mom messaged Signature Desserts on Facebook. She wrote, “I have a strange cake request,” Nate recalled to TODAY Food. “Once we worked out a few details regarding pickup and whatnot, she shared that it was a vasectomy cake,” the baker, who is a father-of-two, said. “I’m not sure if she expected me to take it seriously. I started laughing and told her, ‘That would be awesome.’” The Clingmans bake around five to 10 cakes each weekend, managing orders between their day jobs. Nate handles the design and decorating work, while Jillian takes care of the actual baking. Together, Nate and his client came up with a creative confection to make any happy dad — and plenty of people on social media — laugh. Instead of going with an obvious medical motif, Nate's design included two lemons and the phrase: “100% juice, no seeds.” “He thought it was hilarious,” Nate told TODAY of the spouse’s response. The baker waited until the local dad had received his sweet gift so it would be a real surprise before posting the photo to Signature Desserts’ Instagram. Since posting the photo, the Clingmans have been blown away by the response. “We’ve gotten people from all over asking us to ship [cakes] out to them,” Nate said. “The funny thing is a lot of guys are saying, ‘I never got a cake for my vasectomy, I just got an ice pack!’ So we’ve connected with some of them to suggest having their wives do a post-vasectomy cake.” Related Parents This woman baked her husband a vasectomy cake and it's hilarious Unfortunately for those considering a vasectomy out of state, Signature Desserts currently sits under Tennessee’s “cottage bakery laws,” which means it can’t ship products. But Nate and Jillian have high hopes for turning their creative outlet into a bigger bakery. “We do everything out of our home for now,” Nate said. “But we have aspirations for a storefront in the future, when we are finally able to make it our main priority and can quit our jobs to make it happen.” Despite the viral reaction to Signature Desserts’ vasectomy cake, it’s certainly not the first of its kind. A Newport, Michigan, baker created a “Snip Snip Hooray” cake last May: And Christine Yommer, a baker from Georgia, whipped up her own “aww nuts” cake back in April 2017: Kimberly Hemperly, a stay-at-home mom from West Richland, Washington, celebrated her husband’s vasectomy in December 2017 with a full-out party. Hemperly had quite the spread, complete with her husband’s favorite snacks like Milk Duds, sunflower seeds, beef jerky, jelly beans and meatballs. “The party was a surprise for my husband,” Hemperly told TODAY. “He came home from work and thought it was hilarious.” "We are thrilled to say we will NOT be adding any more tiny humans to our family," Hemperly wrote in her festive Facebook post. She has a five-year-old daughter and one-year-old son with her husband Jason Hemperly.Courtesy of Kimberly D. Hemperly Of course, the event needed a milestone cake to match Hemperly’s festive spirit. She recruited a local friend, Emily Johns, to create the comical confection. “The cake was made by a local friend of mine who luckily knew me and my humor,” the mom-of-two said. “She had no problem at all making it for us.” And now that spring is in full swing, bakers may be busier than usual whipping up some creative vasectomy-themed cakes. In previous years, urologists across the country have reported an uptick in vasectomy appointments during March Madness. “Maybe there’s, like, as many as 10 to 12 who have their vasectomies at the beginning of the tournament, so that they can have some recovery time sitting around watching TV and putting ice packs on their surgery site,” Dr. Rob Golden, a urologist based in Spokane, Washington, recently told The Spokesman-Review. He's even offering a promotion this year: Not to be outdone, chicken chain Buffalo Wild Wings has even rolled out a special chair in two locations with a cooling feature to celebrate “Vas Madness.” The Clingmans are in full support of the vasectomy cake trend, too. “Most of the mom/dad cakes we’ve done have been the typical gender reveals, pretty Mother’s Day- or masculine Father’s Day-type cakes,” Nate said. “That’s what made [the vasectomy cake] so fun. It was different than our normally requested cakes. We look forward to doing more cakes like this in the future, celebrating every milestone in life.” SEE VIDEOS OF CAKES ; https://www.today.com/food/vasectomy-cakes-are-real-trend-here-s-why-they-re-t150756
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  4. Reported accident in area of 75.6 mm Eastbound , also second accident in back log on I-80 Time 2:43 PM. St.3 and ambulance respond. Use caution in the area. Reported passing lane blocked and part of travel lane.
  5. Nearly 3,000 piglets loose after crash in IL Troopers are corralling the piglets (Source: ISP District 12 Effingham) By Jasmine Adams | March 22, 2019 at 7:16 AM EST - Updated March 22 at 4:21 PM ILLINOIS (KFVS) - Illinois State Police are corralling piglets on Interstate 70 this morning. If you have to travel toward between Casey and Greeup, Ill., in Cumberland County, you’re asked to use caution. Troopers said due to a traffic crash nearly 3,000 piglets are loose near the 127 mile post. This is two miles West of Casey, which is East of Effingham towards Terre Haute, Indiana. ISP says it took a lot of teamwork to corral the animals. Crews from several area fire departments, Illinois Department of Transportation and a feed and livestock company helped troopers catch the piglets. In their Facebook post, Illinois State Police stated one of their troopers was “hamming it up with a customer”. Stay with us for more details. http://www.nbc12.com/2019/03/22/nearly-piglets-loose-after-crash-il/
  6. Snack Foods Published 4 hours ago Chocolate Easter bunny mocked on Twitter for 'suggestive' pose By Annabel Murphy | The Sun The milk chocolate "yoga bunny" egg is shaped like a small rabbit in the "downward dog" position. (M&S Mark & Spencer) A suggestive Easter treat sold at British retailer Marks and Spencer has caught the attention of social media users and become victim to rude comments online. The milk chocolate "yoga bunny" is shaped like a small rabbit in the "downward dog" position — downward dog being a yoga position on all fours, with straight arms and legs, and is one of the most widely recognized yoga positions. M&S launched the chocolate product for Easter, which falls on a later date than usual this year — April 21. But sharp-tongued tweeters were quick to call out the mischievous product, which many implied had a sexual nature. An account called Tiny Head posted a snap of the bunny with the caption: “Prayers for those of us who have to try and sell this product with a straight face appreciated. “If you haven't yet seen the 'Yoga Bunny' egg M&S has brought out, unwillingly draw your attention to it…” Meanwhile, another user named Mike wrote: “The M&S Yoga Bunny Easter egg is very ‘door’s on the latch, find me upstairs.” Amberoo replied: “Why do M&S always produce at least one suggestive Easter egg every year? Or is it just my mind ” And Christian wrote: “It seems #JessicaRabbit’s gone a bit suggestive for #Easter!” The official M&S Twitter account later replied to Christian, writing, "Suggestive? It's merely a bunny in the ‘downwards-facing dog’ yoga position, Christian!" https://www.foxnews.com/food-drink/chocolate-easter-bunny-mocked-on-twitter-for-suggestive-pose
  7. 58-Year Falls Creek Fire Veteran Laird K. Snyder Passes Away March 24, 2019 12:25 am· Author: exploreJefferson Laird K. Snyder, age 72, of Falls Creek PA, went to be with the Lord on Friday, March 22, 2019, while in the comfort of his home. He was born April 1, 1946 in Washington Twp., Jefferson County, PA to the late Paul E. and Mary A. (Faith) Snyder. On September 20, 1969, he married Karen (Fillhart) Snyder; she survives him. Laird was an active member of the Falls Creek Presbyterian where he served as an Elder. He was also a member of the American Legion, Post 0017 and the of Military Veterans Outdoors. He served with the United States Army and was a Staff Sargent from 1966 – 1981. He served for fifty-eight as a fireman with the Falls Creek Fire Department, with nine of those years as Fire Chief. Laird was also a member of the Handgunners Club. For over twenty years he owned and operated L & K Enterprises. He then went to work for various propane company’s and eventually retired from Moore Propane Co., LLC, in Falls Creek, PA. Laird loved the outdoors, specifically hunting, fishing, going to camp, and riding his four-wheelers. Above all else, Laird loved his family. In addition to his wife Karen, Laird is survived by one son; Keith Snyder; and his granddaughter Emilee, he loved them both so much. He made sure to always tell Emilee that he “loved her to the moon and back honey!” He is also survived by his godson, Bernard P. Snyder Jr. Laird was the last surviving member of his immediate family and in addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by four brothers; Bernard P. Snyder, William W. Snyder, Donald E. Snyder, Richard Snyder; one sister; Joann Ritter; brother-in-law; Harry E. Hetrick; and father-in-law, Harold Fillhart. Family and friends will be received on Wednesday, March 27, 2019, from 12noon – 2pm, at the Snyder – d’Argy Funeral Home, 206 E. Main St., Reynoldsville PA, 15851. A funeral service will immediately follow the viewing, beginning at 2:00pm, and officiated by Pastor Jim Fillhart. Full military honors will be rendered by the DuBois Area Honor Guard following the service. Memorial contributions may be made in Laird’s name to the Falls Creek Presbyterian Church, or to Roseville Independent Chapel, or to the Falls Creek Fire Department. Online condolences and other information can be found at www.snyderdargy.com
  8. Small gun somehow barrel was facing upward without safe on. Some thing else in pocket made contact with trigger when he was moving around.
  9. Reported accident on Bennett Valley Hwy. (Rt.255) -Jay Twp. - Weedville Area. Time 9:04 AM. Elk St. 5 and ambulance to respond. Use caution in the area
  10. Vermont Published 1 day ago Vermont woman, 84, heading to Poland to compete in pole-vaulting championship By Anna Hopkins | Fox News In this Thursday, March 13, 2019 photo, Florence "Flo" Filion Meiler, an 84-year-old record-setting pole vaulter, poses while training at the University of Vermont indoor track in Burlington, Vt. Meiler is headed to the world championships in Poland. (AP Photo/Lisa Rathke) Most would agree that it's important to stay active in the later years of life, but 84-year-old Florence "Flo" Fillion Meiler is taking that to a new level. The Vermont native is heading to Poland next Thursday for the World Masters Athletics Championship Indoor where she will compete in events including the long jump, 60-meter hurdles, 800-meter run, pentathlon and her specialty, the pole vault. Her favorite events are the hurdles and the pole vault - the sport which sees competitors launch themselves over a high bar with a fiberglass pole. "You really have to work at that," she said. "You have to have the upper core and you have to have timing, and I just love it because it's challenging." In that particualr category, she will literally have no competition - because she's the only woman in her age group of 80-84 year olds. Despite her easy win, she's not slowing down her exercise. "You know, I do train five days a week," she said. "And when I found out I was going to compete at the Worlds, I've been training six days a week because I knew I would really get my body in shape." Meiler grew up on a dairy farm, working hard manual jobs like feeding cattle and raking hay. She was always active in sports throughout school, playing basketball and taking tap and ballroom dancing classes. Professionally, she went on to work as a sales representative for Herbalife nutritional supplements for 30 years. When she met her husband, Eugene, a military pilot turned financial analyst, the two competed together in water skiing. It wasn't until she was 65 that she picked up pole-vaulting at the encouragement of a friend with whom she played competitive doubles tennis. Staying active has helped Meiler and her husband persevere through hard times, she said, as they adopted three children after losing two of their babies prematurely, and one at the age of three. Two years ago, her adopted son died at the age of 51. Sadly, Meiler also says she misses her training partner - a good friend who began having health problems about five years ago and can no longer train. She's now hoping to find a new partner to hit the gym with, since it can be harder to train alone. Her coach, however, testified to her strength and committment to her sport. "She's incredibly serious about what she does," coach Emmaline Berg said. "She comes in early to make sure she's warmed up enough. She goes home and stretches a lot. So she pretty much structures her entire life around being a fantastic athlete, which is remarkable at any age, let alone hers." "She was like a local celebrity," she continued. Meiler already set a record at the age of 80 after clearing a 6-foot pole vault at the USA Track and Field Adirondack Championships in Albany, New York. "I was screaming, I was so happy," she said. As she embarks to Poland next week, she hopes to set more records and continue being a role model for other seniors. https://www.foxnews.com/us/vermont-woman-84-heading-to-poland-to-compete-in-pole-vaulting-championship
  11. Drugs U.S. Coast 27,000 pounds of cocaine offloaded in Miami with wholesale value around $360 million By Kendra Mann 0 14 Hours Ago MIAMI, Fla. (CIRCA) - On Friday, 27,000 pounds of cocaine were offloaded in Miami by the Coast Guard, officials announced. The offload was made by the crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Tampa (WMEC-902). The drugs were seized in the Eastern Pacific Ocean in international waters and are worth an estimated $360 million in wholesale, according to officials SEE VIDEO REPORT ; https://www.circa.com/story/2019/03/23/nation/27-000-pounds-of-cocaine-offloaded-in-miami-with-wholesale-value-around-360-million
  12. Faces of Multiple Sclerosis: Punxsutawney Native Doesn’t Let MS Get Her Down March 22, 2019 1:00 am· Author: Aly Delp JEFFERSON CO., Pa. (EYT) – Despite the constant battle with multiple sclerosis, a Punxsutawney native doesn’t let the condition bring her down. Samantha Day grew up in Punxsutawney, graduated from Punxsutawney Area School District in the Class of 2002, and then went on to work in the medical field. Day explained that her battle with multiple sclerosis began on New Year’s Day in 2016 when she woke up with her left leg feeling “asleep.” “It just wouldn’t go away,” Day told exploreJeffersonPA.com. “I went out to breakfast that morning and kept realizing it was still there. Later that day I was getting concerned because I do worry a lot.” With the numb feeling in her leg refusing to abate, Day decided to go to the emergency room. The doctors believed she may have pinched a nerve; however, the next day, her condition worsened as her right arm began to feel numb. Seriously concerned, Day then returned to the emergency room where she was then treated for Lymes Disease and told she would need an MRI. Still, she wasn’t able to get one immediately because it was the weekend. Finally, after two more visits to the emergency room, a doctor on call decided to keep her overnight and scheduled an MRI of her brain and cervical spine the following morning. The doctors discovered the lesions on her brain and cervical spine, and she was officially diagnosed with multiple sclerosis. Multiple sclerosis, which affects 2.5 million people worldwide, including 400,000 in the United States alone, is a potentially disabling disease of the central nervous system. It occurs when an individual’s immune system attacks the myelin, which is the fatty substance that surrounds and insulates the nerve fibers, as well as the nerve fibers themselves. “When I heard the news, I wasn’t scared but relieved that I knew what was wrong. All I asked was ‘What’s next?” Following her diagnosis, Day took four months off work to recover from her first major flare-up. Since then, she has had other reoccurrences, as well, including one instance where she lost function in her right hand for about three weeks. According to Day, what she’d really like more people to understand about multiple sclerosis is that while it is a treatable disease, it is also a constant battle. “We may look normal on the outside, but inside we are fighting every day.” While Day says she has to be careful – for instance, going out during warm weather causes her serious fatigue, and she still has occasional flare-ups – she also does her best to keep her MS from affecting her day to day life. “I have my days where I’m fatigued, but my employers are very good about me missing days when I’m having a flare-up. I always say I don’t let it bother me. It’s just part of me now.” (This is the first article of a series of articles in honor of Multiple Sclerosis Awareness Month.) http://www.explorejeffersonpa.com/feature-living-with-ms/
  13. Faces of Multiple Sclerosis: Two Sisters, Two Very Different Experiences Saturday, March 23, 2019 @ 12:03 AM Posted by Aly Delp CLARION CO., Pa. (EYT) – Two local sisters show just how different the experience of living with multiple sclerosis can be for each person. Sisters Kristen (Henry) Yeager and Jessica Henry grew up in the West Freedom area and graduated from Allegheny-Clarion Valley High School, Kristen in 2004 and Jessica in 2008. Jessica’s battle with multiple sclerosis began in 2009 when she was just 19 years old. She was working at a Halloween store in the Clarion Mall when she began having some strange symptoms, experiencing random numbness and tingling. During that time period, she was also taking classes at Clarion University, and shortly after the symptoms began, she was feeling very ill and took a day off from her classes. “That was when the swine flu was going around campus, so I decided to just stay home that day,” explained Jessica. She was living in Clarion with her sister, Kristen, and her mother, who works in the healthcare industry in Clarion, dropped by to check in on her after work that evening. When Jessica had so much numbness in her feet and legs that she had difficulty walking from one room to another, her mother realized something could be seriously wrong. They contacted her physician at the hospital, who asked her to come in immediately. At that time, he believed she may have Guillain-Barré syndrome, a rare neurological disorder in which the body’s immune system mistakenly attacks part of its peripheral nervous system. As it can be a life-threatening condition, they didn’t want to take any chances. That night her mother and sister sat up with her all night, making sure she didn’t begin having any respiratory issues, and the next day she was admitted to the hospital for further testing and observation. Eventually, following a spinal tap and an MRI, just one month before her 20th birthday, the doctors had a diagnosis: multiple sclerosis. Multiple sclerosis, which affects 2.5 million people worldwide, including 400,000 in the United States alone, is a potentially disabling disease of the central nervous system. It occurs when an individual’s immune system attacks the myelin, which is the fatty substance that surrounds and insulates the nerve fibers, as well as the nerve fibers themselves. According to Jessica, she didn’t know much about MS at that time and began doing some of her own research. At the same time, she had to begin physical therapy to learn to walk again because she had lost function in her legs due to the numbness. “I was very concerned about ending up in a wheelchair and not being able to go on with my life like a normal adult,” she noted. Since her diagnosis nearly ten years ago, Jessica says her life has changed immensely. She has been through numerous treatments, some of which even caused her additional problems. “In the beginning, I was relapsing just about every other month and had to be on high dose steroids which started to have an effect on my heart.” While steroids are commonly used to control some of the symptoms of MS, Jessica can only use them for very short periods of time now due to her cardiac symptoms. Her cardiac issues also limit some of her other treatment options. Currently, she is on a chemotherapy drug called Rituxan which, while not technically MS approved, has proved to be more effective than other treatments in her case. However, the treatment itself also has drawbacks. She goes for treatment every four months and says each treatment knocks her down for about a month. Between the issues from her treatments and her struggles with other symptoms ranging from extreme fatigue to relapses, she is currently unable to work or return to school. “I’m never really sure from day to day how my body is going to act, especially in relation to the weather, which is a huge thing for me. When it storms or there is high heat or extreme cold, all of those things play a big role in my life now,” said Jessica. “One thing that affects almost all people with MS is extreme fatigue. It’s one of the worst things and something I wish that no one had to deal with. You could be fine one minute, talking to someone, and the next minute you’re just out or absolutely have to sit down because you just can’t go anymore.” She noted that one of the things that many people don’t understand about MS is that it varies so widely from case to case. “Some people can still work full-time jobs and lead very active lives and then there are other people who are wheelchair bound or bed bound. It’s very different from one person to another.” She has seen some of those differences herself, as her sister, Kristen, began experiencing some familiar symptoms in August of 2016. Kristen’s symptoms began with some seizure-like activity, but then she developed numbness and tingling in her feet, legs, and hands. She went through several misdiagnoses before her doctors finally came to the conclusion that she, like her sister, had MS. “When I got the firm diagnosis I was happy to have something concrete, but had my concerns too,” Kristen said. “I know what I had watched my sister go through, and was mentally preparing for everything.” However, in Kristen’s case, the MS symptoms have been somewhat milder, and she has been able to continue working at not only her full-time job as a supervisor at Clarion County 9-1-1 Center, but also her volunteer positions as an EMT with Knox Area Ambulance Service and Knox Volunteer Fire Company, as well as her position as the Local Emergency Management Coordinator (LEMC) for Salem Township, Elk Township, and Knox Borough, and even received a Keystone Emergency Management Association (KEMA) Municipal Coordinator Award last year. While her condition hasn’t prevented her from continuing in all of her position, she notes it does sometimes create some limitations and other issues. “I fatigue quicker now and falls are common. At times memory can be an issue, but thankfully that has never affected me in my careers,” she said. “I am not sure what I would do if I was unable to work. I am still blessed that I can work.” Considering the vast difference between her experience with MS and her sister’s experience with MS, Kristen is also very aware of how diverse a condition it is. “MS is a snowflake disease. No two cases are the same.” She also noted that MS is also often an invisible disease, which can make people less understanding about the difficulty it can cause those living with it. “To the normal person we may look fine, but we are truly sick. When we say we are hurt or tired, please don’t make comments like ‘you are always tired,’ or ‘you are always sick,’ or ‘it is always about your MS.’ Have patience with us. Educate yourselves. We are not contagious.” (This is the third article of a series of articles in honor of Multiple Sclerosis Awareness Month.) http://www.exploreclarion.com/2019/03/23/faces-of-multiple-sclerosis-sisters/
  14. ‘Zero the hero’: Dog killed trying to save family from man who opened fire at birthday party Share Updated: 4:02 PM EDT Mar 22, 2019 Natalie Newport National Curator GoFundMe A family is mourning the loss of their beloved dog who gave his life to protect them when a man opened fire at their house. SOURCE: GoFundMe ‘Zero the hero’: Dog killed trying to save family from man who opened fire at birthday party Share A family is mourning the loss of their beloved dog who gave his life to protect them when a man opened fire at their house. The Martinez family was hosting a birthday party when a man arrived with a gun and shots were fired. "This is not something we would ever think was going to happen," Martinez said. Texas police said the person believed to be responsible, Javian Castaneda, isn’t a stranger to the family. In fact, Castaneda is friends with their children. After a recent burglary, Laura Martinez said they suspected one of their children’s friends was involved. Martinez told authorities they went to discuss the situation with Castaneda’s parents. When they arrived, the parents were gone. Laura Martinez said she left a note asking them to call her. Police said Castaneda then showed up at the Martinez’s house with a gun and started an argument that led to gunfire. Laura Martinez and her two children were left injured including the family’s dog, Zero, who reportedly jumped on the suspect repeatedly as he fired the weapon. "I went to go turn to run and I just feel instant pressure in my lower back. Put my hand back there and I realize there was blood all over my hands," Martinez’s daughter, Valori Pace said.According to the family, Zero first bit the suspect after he fired shots. The suspect then shot the dog who fell back for a moment before jumping on the suspect again, who fired three shots at the dog leaving him fatally injured. The family has a memorial where they can visit Zero, Click2Houston reported. "I honestly believe if Zero had not kept jumping on him, he would’ve been able to get shots higher than our legs," Martinez said.Authorities are still searching for Castaneda for questioning. A family is mourning the loss of their beloved dog who gave his life to protect them when a man opened fire at their house. The Martinez family was hosting a birthday party when a man arrived with a gun and shots were fire "This is not something we would ever think was going to happen," Martinez said. Texas police said the person believed to be responsible, Javian Castaneda, isn’t a stranger to the family. In fact, Castaneda is friends with their children. After a recent burglary, Laura Martinez said they suspected one of their children’s friends was involved. Martinez told authorities they went to discuss the situation with Castaneda’s parents. When they arrived, the parents were gone. Laura Martinez said she left a note asking them to call her. Police said Castaneda then showed up at the Martinez’s house with a gun and started an argument that led to gunfire. Laura Martinez and her two children were left injured including the family’s dog, Zero, who reportedly jumped on the suspect repeatedly as he fired the weapon. "I went to go turn to run and I just feel instant pressure in my lower back. Put my hand back there and I realize there was blood all over my hands," Martinez’s daughter, Valori Pace said. According to the family, Zero first bit the suspect after he fired shots. The suspect then shot the dog who fell back for a moment before jumping on the suspect again, who fired three shots at the dog leaving him fatally injured. The family has a memorial where they can visit Zero, Click2Houston reported. "I honestly believe if Zero had not kept jumping on him, he would’ve been able to get shots higher than our legs," Martinez said. Authorities are still searching for Castaneda for questioning. https://www.wtae.com/article/zero-the-hero-dog-killed-trying-to-save-family-from-man-who-opened-fire-at-birthday-party/26911950
  15. Four Arrested in Takedown of Prostitution, Human Trafficking Ring in Allegheny and Westmoreland Counties March 22, 2019 4:32 pm· Author: Aly Delp ALLEGHENY CO., Pa. – Attorney General Josh Shapiro today announced criminal charges against four individuals in connection with a prostitution and human trafficking operation being conducted out of multiple massage parlors in Westmoreland and Allegheny counties. (Photos by Dave Cyphert of ProPoint Media Photography) The first defendant, Hui Xu, owned and operated four Tokyo Massage Parlors where prostitution was occurring. Chang Yu Chen, a second player in the ring, would pick up young women at the bus stop and transport them to the parlors. From May 2018 through October 2018, Chen was observed on seven occasions either transporting the young women from the bus stop to a parlor or moving them from one parlor to another. The third defendant, Huicun Wei, was the owner and manager at Judy’s Oriental Massage Parlor. She solicited customers at that location, offering sexual acts in exchange for money. Finally, fourth defendant Robert Delano Yerick transported victims from the bus stop to the massage parlors owned by Xu. He performed some landscape-related duties outside the parlors, was a frequent patron of the parlors, and housed some of the young women, requiring them to have sex with him. “These defendants ran a despicable human trafficking ring – abusing women for their own profit and forcing them into prostitution,” Attorney General Shapiro said. “I won’t tolerate this type of treatment of fellow human beings, and taking down trafficking rings is priority of my Office. We will continue to work with our state and local law enforcement partners to investigate and prosecute these cases and put these criminals out of business.” Hui Xu, of Shady Street, Mount Pleasant, PA; Huicun Wei, of Main Street, Flushing, NY; Chang Yu Chen, of Old William Penn Highway, Monroeville, PA; and Robert Delano Yerick, of Hillcrest Drive, Delmont, PA; are all charged with various counts including conspiracy, corrupt organizations, trafficking in individuals, prostitution, and dealing in proceeds of unlawful activities. “The Pennsylvania State Police are committed to investigating individuals and criminal organizations involved in the trafficking of humans for financial gain,” said Captain Tom Dubovi. “This investigation shows that by working cooperatively with law enforcement and other partners, we can bring those who commit these heinous acts to justice.” The investigation was initiated by the Office of Attorney General, Pennsylvania State Police, Murrysville Police Department, and Monroeville Police Department in April 2018. The criminal complaints were filed this morning and all defendants turned themselves in at District Justice Roger Eckels office in Mount Pleasant, PA. This case is being prosecuted by Senior Deputy Attorney General Katherine Wymard. http://www.explorejeffersonpa.com/breaking-news-four-arrested-in-takedown-of-prostitution-human-trafficking-ring-in-allegheny-and-westmoreland-counties/
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