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Mo. Cashier Sells Herself $1M Powerball Ticket
If Maryjane Hart considered herself the luckiest woman in Doniphan, Mo., for having her health, three grown kids and two steady jobs before last Saturday, she’s really lucky now.
The 57-year-old divorced convenience store clerk and pharmacy technician won $1 million in last Saturday’s $590 million Powerball jackpot on a ticket she sold herself, one week after winning another $500 on a Pick 4 ticket.
”We’re just little common people here in a very poor community so this has been a very big deal to everybody here,” Hart said of her hometown, population 2,000. ”It’s the buzz of the town.”
It took a while for Hart to believe the buzz herself after she got a call from her ex-husband Saturday afternoon telling her that a winning Powerball ticket had been purchased at the Hartland Pit Stop convenience store she owned for 25 years before selling it seven years ago. She’s now working there as a weekend cashier.
”I said, ’Well I had bought some tickets that morning,’ and he said, ’Well, maybe you ought to check them,’” Hart recalled.
Hart drove to the closest store to check her tickets and walked away thinking she was a $10,000 winner.
”I slung that ticket in my purse and got out of there before anybody saw it,” she said.
She stopped at the next convenience store to check her ticket again. This time both she and the convenience store clerk saw all six zeros and confirmed Hart was a $1 million winner.
One 30 minute phone call later-it took that long to convince her oldest daughter, Nicki, in Atlanta, that she had really won and was not joking-Hart decided to drive to the state lottery office in St. Louis Sunday night to claim her prize first thing Monday morning.
”I still didn’t believe it until we got to the lottery office and the guy started shaking his head and said congratulations,” Hart said. ”Then I knew it was real.”
Hart says she plays the lottery regularly but had never won more than the $500 she won the previous Friday on her Quick Pick ticket. A devoted NASCAR fan, she usually chooses drivers’ numbers but this Saturday, in a haste to buy a ticket while she worked, she just did quick pick numbers.
Even without her NASCAR good luck numbers, Hart is now expecting a $710,000 direct deposit in her bank account, the amount she will receive after taxes.
Hart says she plans to use the money to take a Hawaiian vacation, ”just as quick as my boss will let me take a week.”
Her boss would be her supervisor at Hometown Pharmacy, where she works Monday to Friday. She only took one day – Monday, when she traveled to St. Louis to claim her prize – off from the pharmacy and says she plans to keep working.
”I’m bored if I don’t work,” she said of her two jobs. ”Anybody that knows me knows I’ll never quit working.”
In addition to going to ”a lot more” NASCAR races, Hart also plans to reward her children with her newly won riches, specifically her son, David, who has severe disabilities stemming from a car accident when he was 17.
”Last week his Jeep wouldn’t run so I had to take him to get groceries and run errands,” Hart said. ”I told him I plan on buying him a vehicle that will start every morning.”
”He started crying,” she said.
By Katie Kindelan
Mo. Cashier Sells Herself $1M Powerball Ticket http://global14.com/members/global14/activity/4744766
Alleged Hit-and-Run Driver Brags on Twitter, Joins Other ’Crime-Braggers’
The criminal mind can be cunningly brilliant—or stunningly foolish. You can safely put Emma Way of the U.K. into that second category. She’s the aggressive 21-year-old motorist who allegedly hit a cyclist while out for a drive in the city of Norwich, fled the scene, and bragged about it on Twitter on Monday.
“Definitely knocked a cyclist off his bike earlier—I have right of way he doesn’t even pay road tax! #bloodycyclists,” she tweeted.
Her admission was soon retweeted more than 300 times, inspiring angry responses and the nickname “twit and run girl” by fellow Twitter users. They also retweeted her brag to the social-media savvy Norfolk police department, who wrote back, ”we have had tweets ref an RTC with a bike. We suggest you report it at a police station ASAP if not done already & then dm us.” Though Way deleted her account, the ball kept rolling. The cyclist, Toby Hockley, a chef who had been taking part in an organized ride, came forward, and police said they tracked down Way and are progressing with an investigation.
On Wednesday, the police department told Yahoo! Shine there was “no further information at this time.” Way later apologized on ITV News, saying ”It was a spur of the moment thing and I’m sorry,” adding, ”I don’t want any cyclist to think I have hatred against them.” Her lawyer said during the interview that she’d been interviewed by police but that no arrest had been made.
Way, unfortunately, is not alone in bragging about wrongdoing on her smartphone. The post-privacy generation has given way to a host of accidental confessions and video-taped self-indictments. Get a load of these other social-media users outed by their own Internet mistakes:
The drunk driver: Oregon teenager Jacob Cox-Brown landed himself in the county jail after posting about his drunk-driving hit-and-run escapade on Facebook earlier this year. ”Drivin drunk … classsic but to whoever’s vehicle i hit i am sorry. ” was the early-morning post that quickly led to his at-home arrest, after Facebook friends alerted the local police department, who had already been looking into the mysterious hit-and-run of a parked car.
The baby Jesus thief: A York, Pennsylvania juvenile (who has remained unnamed in the press) was charged with theft after stealing a baby Jesus statuette worth $400 from a neighbor’s front-lawn manger scene. The boy’s gaffe? Posting a photo of the swiped statuette on Facebook, where rightful owner Frank McKee spied it after combing through profiles of locals for clues.
The school-bus bullies: Two J.W. Mitchell High School mean girls were arrested in Florida early this year after ganging up on 16-year-old Chase Christia on the school bus—one punching her repeatedly and the other filming the incident. The video wound up on Facebook, Christia’s mom alerted the police and the alleged attackers were arrested on misdemeanor charges.
The jail escapee: U.K. fugitive Craig “Lazie” Lynch couldn’t leave well enough alone after escaping a minimum security prison in Suffolk, where he was serving time for burglary. Nope—he famously ended a four-month manhunt in 2010 after taunting authorities by posting photos of himself on the run, including one in which he’s holding a Christmas turkey and flipping the bird with the other. His antics, predictably, led to his recapture. But it also made him an Internet sensation briefly, attracting 40,000 fans to his Facebook page and spawning fansites, T-shirts and a tribute song, “Not so Lazie.”
The copycat fugitive: Ruben J. Burgos, a Utica, New York man wanted for criminal contempt and aggravated harassment of his ex-girlfriend, decided to play a virtual game of cat-and-mouse with police in 2011. Perhaps inspired by “Lazie” Lynch, he posted ”Catch me if you can. I’m in Brooklyn” on his Facebook page, then upped the ante by shooting a video of himself walking into an NYPD station, and posting that, too. It didn’t take authorities long to find him. ”He told us via Facebook to come and get him and we did,” Utica police Sgt. Steve Hauck told the New York Daily News at the time.
The identity-thieving foodies: Nathaniel Troy Maye and Tiwanna Tenise Thomason pleaded guilty to identity theft in early May after they were busted trying to sell hundreds of thousands of stolen means of identification, meant to help prepare false tax returns, to a police informant during a meeting at a Morton’s Steakhouse in Fort Lauderdale. The informant then matched evidence containing Troy Maye’s name with an Instagram photo of a Morton’s mac-and-cheese meal he’d snapped—which just happened to have a time and date stamp that matched that of the threesome’s steakhouse meeting. The match-up led to their arrests.
The cyber stalker: After hacking into the email accounts of 19 women, stealing naked or partially nude photos of them and then hacking into their Facebook pages to post the images as their new profile photos, Joseph Bernard Campbell of Florida was caught—through Facebook, naturally. Campbell, who knew many of the women, pleaded guilty to federal charges of cyberstalking and unauthorized access to a computer in 2011.
By Beth Greenfield
UPLIFT: There comes a time when you have to decide not to fight the same battles with the same people. Demand that they grow up or move on. -Pastor Hart Ramsey
FBI agent kills man after questioning him about link to Boston bombing suspect
An unidentified FBI agent shot and killed a man in Orlando, Fla., early Wednesday after questioning him about his link to one of the Boston Marathon bombing suspects.
Dave Couvertier, a special agent and spokesman for the FBI’s Tampa field office, told Yahoo News the shooting is under investigation. He identified the man as Ibragim Todashev, a 27-year-old Chechen-born Orlando resident and apparent acquaintance of Tamerlan Tsarnaev, one of the brothers suspected of planning and carrying out the terror attack at last month’s Boston Marathon.
Law enforcement officials told the Associated Press that Todashev lunged at the FBI agent with a knife.
The shooting occurred just after midnight at an apartment complex in Orlando. The agent, along with two Massachusetts State Police troopers and other law enforcement personnel, were interviewing Todashev ”in connection with the Boston Marathon bombing investigation when a violent confrontation was initiated by the individual,” Couvertier said. ”An FBI post-shooting incident review team has been dispatched from Washington, D.C., and expected to arrive in Orlando within 24 hours.”
The agent, Couvertier added, ”sustained non-life-threatening injuries.”
Khusen Taramov, a friend of Todashev, told local television reporters in Orlando that he and Todashev were interviewed by the FBI for about three hours on Tuesday.
”They were talking to us,” Taramov told WESH-TV. ”And they said they need him for a little more, for a couple more hours, and I left, and they told me they’re going to bring him back. They never brought him back. … He felt inside he was going to get shot. I told him, ’Everything is going to be fine, don’t worry about it.’ He said, ’I have a really bad feeling.’”
According to NBC News, Todashev was not suspected of having a role in the Boston bombings, but confessed to investigators ”he played a role” in an unsolved triple murder case in which three men were discovered in an apartment in Waltham, Mass., their throats cut and bodies covered in marijuana. Todashev was about to sign a confession related to those slayings when the confrontation occurred.
Todashev met Tsarnaev in Boston while competing in mixed martial arts, Taramov said.
”They met a few times because [Todashev] was an MMA fighter and [Tsarnaev] was a boxer,” Taramov told WKMG-TV. ”They just knew each other. That’s it.”
Taramov said Todashev had planned to travel back to Chechnya. ”He had a [plane] ticket to New York,” Taramov said. ”From there, he was going to go home. [The FBI was] pushing him to stay, saying, ‘We want to interview you one last time.’”
According to the Orlando Sun Sentinel, Todashev was arrested earlier this month on aggravated assault charges:
In that incident, Todashev told deputies he got in a fight with a man over a parking space at the Orlando Premium Outlet mall and ”was only fighting to protect his knee because he had surgery in March,” according to the arrest report.
The Sheriff’s office report says that two men were fighting and one—later identified as Todashev—was leaving the scene in a vehicle, while the other was on the ground, appeared unconscious, and surrounded by ”a considerable amount of blood.”
Deputies pursued Todashev, pulled him over and ordered him out of his car at gunpoint, according to the report. The victim, who had a split upper lip and ”several teeth knocked out of place,” did not want to press charges, according to the report.
Four days after the bombings, Tamerlan Tsarnaev, 26, was killed in a late-night shootout with police in Watertown, Mass. His 19-year-old brother, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, was later arrested and charged in connection with the April 15 bombings, which left three people dead and wounded 275.
By Dylan Stableford
FBI agent kills man after questioning him about link to Boston bombing suspect http://global14.com/members/global14/activity/4744352
these ppl so full of shit lol
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