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2 LAPD Officers Fired For Ignoring Robbery To Catch Snorlax On Pokemon GO

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Two Los Angeles Police Department officers have lost their appeal and their jobs after they ignored a robbery call in order to catch a Snorlax on Pokemon GO. Louis Lozano and Eric Mitchell were meant to be responding to a call for “a 211 (robbery) in progress” but decided instead to look for Pokemon characters via the app, a ruling from the California appellate court released this week stated.

The robbery was happning at Macy’s at Crenshaw Plaza. Multiple suspects were said to be involved in the robbery, but instead of trying to stop them, Lozano and Mitchell thought it would be much more enjoyable to catch as many Pokemon as they could.

They were caught pretty much red-handed. Capt. Darnell Davenport was heading to a homicide scene when he heard the robbery call. He could see the Macy’s in question and another police car in an alley nearby with Lozano and Mitchell inside.

They didn’t just fail to respond, they ignored a superior. St. Jose Gomez, who was acting patrol supervisor that day, specifically requested Lozano and Mitchell as backup to the scene when he realized they were nearby. However, he got no response. He questioned them on this later.

Lozano and Mitchell claimed they never heard the call for backup. That’s because they were at a park where there was a lot of noise. Mitchell claimed that it was “really loud in the park” and there was “a lot of music.” Lozano backed him up, adding: “We have no control over the system and all the loud noise, it was loud.”

Gomez wasn’t buying their story. He decided to check the car’s video system recording, which clearly showed the pair playing Pokemon GO for 20 minutes. They heard the call and ignored it, with Lozano quoted in the ruling as saying, “Aw, screw it” when discussing whether or not to respond to the car. After Mitchell caught a nearby Snorlex, Mitchell exclaimed, “Got ’em.” He even claimed that “the guys are going to be so jealous,” evidently referring to his police colleagues.

They tried to lie their way out of the situation. When confronted about the 2017 incident, the men claimed that they weren’t playing Pokemon GO, simply talking about it. However, a court ruled just this week that was simply untrue and upheld the LAPD’s decision to terminate their position, according to CNN.

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Reporter Hit By Car During Live News Broadcast Comes Back To Finish Segment

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A television news reporter was hit by a car during a live broadcast but still managed to get up and finish her segment. Tori Yergey, a reporter for NBC affiliate WSAZ in West Virginia was at the scene of a water main break in Dunbar when a car hit her from behind, pushing her and her camera violently to the ground. However, she soon came back into the shot and assured everyone she was okay.

She could have been seriously hurt. While the collision looked quite serious, Yergey seemed okay as she assured in-studio anchor Tim Irr that she wasn’t severely injured. “Oh my God. I just got hit by a car, but I’m okay!” she said.

The driver of the car was mortified. However, she asked if Yorgey was okay by calling out through the driver’s side window of her car before stopping off-camera. Yorgey said she was and then joked, “That’s live TV for ya!”

Irr wanted to clarify what exactly happened to her. Because it all happened so quickly, it was unclear exactly what happened when Yorgey was hit. “So were you bumped down low Tori or were you hit up high? I couldn’t really tell from looking at you,” he asked. She replied: “I don’t even know, Tim. My whole life just flashed before my eyes, but this is live TV and everything’s OK. I thought I was in a safe spot but clearly we might need to move the camera over a bit.”

This wasn’t the first time something like this had happened to her. Yorgey shared that she was hit in the same way back when she was in college. She was okay then as well, meaning she’s had some pretty lucky scrapes!

Yorgey was later assessed at a local hospital and was given a clean bill of health.

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Man Who Shot And Killed Stepfather For Molesting Younger Sister Gets 1,800 Years In Jail

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The family and friends of a Virginia man sentenced to 1,800 years behind bars for killing his abusive stepfather have launched a campaign to see him released. In 2003, 18-year-old Christopher Bennett was convicted of the murder of his stepfather Vincent McDorman after catching the man molesting Bennett’s younger sister. He was sentenced to three life sentences, the equivalent of 1,800 years at the time, but now his supporters are calling on Governor Ralph Northam to pardon him altogether.

Bennett’s sister, Victoria McDorman, is his most ardent supporter. At the time of the killing, Bennett is said to have broken into his stepfather’s home and caught him molesting Victoria. “Once he discovered he was molesting me, Chris ended up shooting and killing Vincent and then taking a checkbook and running away,” Victoria said, as per NBC 12. “Chris was charged that night with capital murder, breaking and entering, and robbery.”

Bennett never had much of a chance. When he was arrested, Victoria says her brother was given the choice between three life sentences of 600 years each or the death penalty. In other words, he never had a chance at having any kind of life again.

Victoria was too young at the time to share her story. However, now that she’s an adult and can clearly explain what happened that night and the abuse she experienced, she’s campaigning to make things right. “If he wouldn’t have done what he did that night, I would still be in that same situation and I wouldn’t have had the chance to live the life I’ve had,” she said.

The family has launched a Change.org petition for his release. At the time of writing, it now has more than 158,000 signatures out of the 200,000 it’s aiming to get and bring before the governor. “Look at his story, read his papers and please send him home, that’s where he needs to be and that’s where he belongs,” Elizabeth Ailstock, Bennett’s mother said. Governor Northam’s office issued the following statement: “Governor Northam has pardoned more people than any of the last nine governors combined. He is continuing to review this and other pardon petitions, and will do so through his last day in office.”

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Pamela Anderson Files For Divorce From Fifth Husband After Only 13 Months

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Pamela Anderson has reportedly filed for divorce from her fifth husband, Dan Hayhurst, after only 13 months of marriage, Rolling Stone reports. The actress is said to have filed the paperwork in Canada, where she and Hayhurst moved last year after their wedding. However, she’s been increasingly spending more time back in Malibu in recent months.

Anderson and Hayhurst only made their relationship official in 2020. They fell in love around the beginning of the year when coronavirus restrictions first came into place. The pair then relocated to Canada, though Anderson was spotted around Malibu more and more beginning in late 2021.

A source close to the couple described their relationship as a “pandemic whirlwind.” This same source is the one who revealed the couple was splitting, saying only: “Pamela loves as authentically as she lives.” They added that the relationship had simply fizzled out as the pandemic wore on.

Anderson and Hayhurst have a lot in common. Both are passionate about animal rights and bonded over their dedication to this cause. In fact, Hayhurst, a bodyguard, also happened to be a builder for the RASTA Sanctuary, a farm animal sanctuary located in Canada.

Anderson is known for her numerous marriages. Most recently, she married Hollywood mogul Jon Peters in January 2020 before filing for divorce only 12 days later. There is also, of course, her legendary marriage to Tommy Lee, with whom she has two adults sons. And let’s not forget that she was also married to both Rick Salomon and Kid Rock, as well.

Neither Anderson nor Hayhurst responded to Rolling Stone’s request for comment.

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