Florida Man Arrested After Leading Police on U-Haul Chase

PINELLAS COUNTY, FL. – A Tampa man faces multiple charges after authorities say he led them on a 3-county chase in a U-Haul truck.

It began around 2:00 a.m. on Monday after 55-year-old Jeffrey Hugh Thompson allegedly took off from a traffic stop. A trooper later spotted the U-Haul Thompson was driving and started to follow him, authorities said.

About 30 minutes later, backup arrived, and a pursuit began on I-75 in Hillsborough County.

The chase eventually ended into Pinellas County where deputies threw out a spike strip on Tampa Road to slow the truck. Troopers were then able to use a Pursuit Intervention Technique, also known as a PIT maneuver, to end the pursuit in Palm Harbor at US-19 and Highlands Boulevard.

Thompson was arrested and taken to the Hillsborough County jail on charges of Reckless Driving, Fleeing and Eluding, Driving While License Suspended, and multiple felony warrant charges to include Career Offender – Failure to Register with nationwide extradition.

 

He’s being held without bond.

Man Sentenced to 3 Years in Prison For Making Secret Sex Tapes

MIAMI, FL- Saying she had never seen a case quite like it, a federal judge Monday sentenced a South Florida man to three years in prison for taping himself having sex with at least 80 unsuspecting men to produce internet porn videos.

Bryan Deneumostier, 33, admitted engaging in sex with 150 men — with just over half unaware of his production of the secret videos, according to his plea agreement. The images were distributed on a Spain-based website, “StraightBoyz,” that promised gay men videos of real straight men being conned into accepting sex acts, all while blindfolded or wearing blacked-out goggles.

“It’s quite unusual and I can’t say I’ve ever had one like this before,” U.S. District Judge Cecilia Altonaga said.

Altonaga increased Deneumostier’s punishment by more than one year above the federal sentencing guidelines because she believed they were too lenient for his actual crime. But the judge refused to impose an eight-year sentence sought by prosecutors. Assistant Federal Public Defender D’Arsey Houlihan asked for a sentence between one and two years, which fell within the guidelines.

Deneumostier, known by the screen name “susanleon33326,” pleaded guilty in September to two counts of failing to comply with record-keeping requirements when producing videos with sexual activity — which combined carried up to 10 years in prison.

But that bureaucratic-sounding violation did not begin to capture the nature of his sex-video business. One victim testified in court that he had sex with Deneumostier multiple times at his Homestead home but didn’t have a clue he was secretly recording their encounters.

“My parents started looking at me a lot differently — they actually saw the videos,” the victim told the judge. “I was a laughing stock. … When I saw those tapes, I even attempted to take my own life.”

Deneumostier followed his victim’s statement, apologizing to him and all the others who answered online ads to come to his house to have sex but were unaware that he was videotaping their encounters. Some of his victims were drugged or unconscious during oral and anal sex, prosecutors said. Some were also tied down during the sexual activity.

“I am deeply and sincerely sorry for all my actions,” Deneumostier said. He added that while he has been in detention since his arrest, he has come to realize the severity of his “mistakes” and he promised not to “harm anyone” again.

Deneumostier has been held without bond after being charged in July with luring the men to his Homestead home, making the sex tapes without their knowledge and then uploading them on the StraightBoyz porn site that charged customers $35 a month.

In a separate state case, Deneumostier faces a statutory rape charge of having sex with a 16-year-old male but that encounter allegedly happened in a Homestead hotel, not as part of the sex-video business run out of his home.

In the federal case, Deneumostier was arrested in July on initial charges of making unlawful recordings of commercial sex acts for an adult website. Investigators believe Deneumostier helped operate the subscription-based adult site, StraightBoyz, which featured about 620 video hookups produced by him over the past four years. The Madrid-based company that owned the site paid Deneumostier $3,000 a month, according to prosecutors.

Although the website is no longer in operation, many of the videos can still be viewed on other porn sites.

Federal prosecutors Cary Aronovitz and Mona Sedky argued that some of the victims were “vulnerable,” despite the inherent risk of answering online ads to have sex with a stranger. They also said Deneumostier threatened some men with posting their sexual encounters on the internet if they didn’t continue their encounters.

“These are highly compromised videos for this population,” Sedky told the judge, who declined to find that any of the victims were actualy “vulnerable” for the purposes of increasing Deneumostier’s prison sentence.

Agents with Homeland Security Investigations found that at least 80 of the men depicted on the StraightBoyz site were victims, never knowing their sexual encounters were being recorded and uploaded to the web.

Agents believe Deneumostier posed as a “real, heterosexual female” and posted ads on Craigslist seeking flings at “her” house near the Homestead Reserve Air Base.

“When the men ask for assurances that there are no cameras, he assured them that ‘she’s’ married to someone in the Army and she would never photograph or video them,’ ” according to a law enforcement document.

In reality, the document says, “Deneumostier is video- and audio-taping the entire sexual encounter.”

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Tumblr to Ban All Adult Content

Social media platform Tumblr will institute a total ban on adult content starting December 17, 2018, according to a new report in The Verge.

The new policy will target stills, GIFs, and videos depicting “explicit sexual content and nudity” including “female-presenting nipples,” genitals, and sex. Permitted media under the new guidelines include media of breastfeeding, birth, “nude classical statues” and political protests containing nudity, and adult-targeted Illustrations that do not show sex acts. Written erotica will be allowed.

The new policy’s announcement comes just days after Tumblr was removed from Apple’s iOS App Store over a child pornography incident, but it extends far beyond that matter alone. “Adult content will no longer be allowed here,” the company flatly states in a blog post set to be published on Monday.

After December 17th, any explicit posts will be flagged and deleted by algorithms. For now, Tumblr is emailing users who have posted adult content flagged by algorithms and notifying them that their content will soon be hidden from view. Posts with porn content will be set to private, which will prevent them from being reblogged or shared elsewhere in the Tumblr community.

Starbucks Plans to Ban Access to Pornography Websites on Free WiFi

Starbucks will start blocking pornography viewing on its stores’ Wi-Fi starting in 2019, the company announced amid renewed public pressure on the coffee giant by an internet-safety group.

A Starbucks representative told NBC News that the viewing of “egregious content” over its stores’ Wi-Fi has always violated its policy, but the company now has a way to stop it.

“We have identified a solution to prevent this content from being viewed within our stores and we will begin introducing it to our U.S. locations in 2019,” the company representative said.

The announcement was first reported by Business Insider and comes after a petition from internet-safety advocacy group Enough is Enough garnered more than 26,000 signatures.

The nonprofit launched a porn-free campaign aimed at McDonald’s and Starbucks in 2014, and it says that while McDonald’s “responded rapidly and positively,” Starbucks did not.

Starbucks said in 2016 that the company was “in active discussions with organizations on implementing the right, broad-based solution that would remove any illegal and other egregious content,” according to a statement Monday by Enough is Enough CEO Donna Rice Hughes. But they didn’t act, she said.

In a letter that Hughes said she received from Starbucks over the summer, the company vowed to address the issue “once we determine that our customers can access our free WiFi in a way that also doesn’t involuntarily block unintended content.”

Starbucks has not released details about how it plans to restrict the viewing of pornographic sites or illegal content over its Wi-Fi.

Pornhub is developing a plan work around the ban. The site is launching a new subdomain that promises to offer nudity-free “Safe for Work” content.

The page, www.pornhub.com/sfw, launched on Thursday to give Pornhub users a potential workaround when the Starbucks ban rolls out next year.

“To comply with Starbucks’ new policy, we’ve created an option that allows fans to still enjoy great content to which they are accustomed, but that is appropriate for consumption in public places,” the adult video-sharing site said in a statement.

Meanwhile, the vice president of YouPorn, a free pornographic video-sharing site and one of the 200 most-visited websites worldwide, responded by sending a memo to staff banning Starbucks products from company offices starting Jan. 1, 2019

Student Punched By Classmate For Wearing Nazi Jacket

HIGHLANDS RANCH, Colo. – It’s been three months since a black Mountain Vista High School student reportedly punched a white student wearing a Nazi jacket in the face, but the incident has only come to light after a video of the fight went viral this week.

According to The Denver Post  Twitter user from Baltimore posted the video to his feed, on Friday.

The fight, which happened in August, began at lunch break in front of the Highlands Ranch high school, when the white student in the Nazi jacket was doing a T-pose, which is a popular meme among gamers to demonstrate dominance or power, said Lt. Lori Bronner with the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office.

Historically, some members of the Ku Klux Klan have used the pose to “represent a burning cross,” Bronner told Denver7.

Bronner said the black student saw the white student doing the T-pose and went up to confront him. They exchanged words and the black student spit on the white student, at which point the white student did the same to the black student.

The black student then briefly walked away but returned to confront the white student once again before punching him in the face, causing the student to fall to the ground.

She said the student wearing the green Nazi jacket then got up, grabbed a rock and threw it at the black student, missing him.

According to Bronner, the student who threw the punch then ran after his peer and kicked him after he fell to the ground. She said the student in the Nazi jacket curled into a protective, fetal position while calling the black teen a racial slur.

Shortly afterward, a third student and staff members separated the two boys.

“We’ve had no other situations like this,” said Bronner, adding this type of disputes are very rare.

Bronner said the black student was charged with assault for punching and kicking the white student and the white student was charged with harassment, disorderly conduct and criminal attempted assault for throwing a landscaping rock at the black student.

No one was charged with a hate crime.

Denver7 reached out to Douglas County Schools for comment. Paula Hans, a public information officer for DCSD, said she could not discuss specifics on any given student’s disciplinary actions, only saying “a student is not allowed per DCSD dress code policy to wear anything that is offensive or disruptive to the learning environment.”

When asked if the white student’s jacket had any Nazi markings, Hans only said the principal at Mountain Vista High School informed her that there were “no markings on the jacket.”

According to the Post, students said the white teenager was known for wearing the green jacket complete with Nazi regalia. A review by a newspaper reporter of the juvenile’s Instagram account shows multiples pictures of him wearing Nazi uniforms.

Michael Weaver, the principal of the High School has since sent out a tweet saying:

“Hi all. Thx for your engagement and the support. Important conversations. It is hard to “prove” a persons level of empathy or compassion and it is impossible to change all minds. Be open minded,gather facts,and consider all perspectives. Learn and grow. Thx again.”

Rat Breaks Into ATM, Eats $18,000 and Dies

GUWAHATI, India (Reuters) – When bank technicians in India were finally summoned to investigate why an ATM (automated teller machine) had not been working for days, they began to smell a rat.

What they found inside the ATM was almost $18,000 worth of shredded Indian rupee notes and one dead rodent that had somehow eluded the machine’s security camera for its next, and last, meal, a State Bank of India (SBI) official said on Thursday.

“The ATM was out of order for a few days and when our technicians opened the kiosk we were shocked to find shredded notes and a dead rat,” said Chandan Sharma, SBI branch manager in the town of Tinsukia in the northeastern state of Assam.

“We have started an investigation into this rare incident and will take measures to prevent a recurrence.”

SBI is India’s largest bank with more than 50,000 ATMs spread across the country. Most ATMs in India have a closed-circuit camera installed for enhanced security.

But an inspection of the camera footage at the ATM in Tinsukia turned up no rat entering it, Sharma said. Of the 2.9 million rupees ($42,685) in the ATM, 1.7 million rupees ($25,022) were recovered intact.

But banknotes worth 1.2 million rupees ($17,662) were destroyed. Photographs taken by a local reporter and reviewed by Reuters after the ATM was opened showed fragments of gray and purple colored notes of 500- and 2000-rupee denominations

CEO Uses Trump Tax Cut to Combat Climate Change

CEO Rose Marcario has announced her company will donating $10 million dollars to combat climate change.

In letter posted to LinkedIn, Patagonia’s CEO announced her company is donating o non-profit groups who work on issues related to climate change and the environment. The money will be coming from the tax break Patagonia received under Trump’s tax reform bill. Under the new policy, Patagonia will be paying $10 million dollars less in taxes.

“Based on last year’s irresponsible tax cut, Patagonia will owe less in taxes this year—$10 million less, in fact,” CEO Rose Marcario writes. “Instead of putting the money back into our business, we’re responding by putting $10 million back into the planet. Our home planet needs it more than we do.”

Marcario referred to the government’s own newly released report on climate change,

“Our home planet is facing its greatest crisis because of human-caused climate disruption. All the extra heat we’ve trapped in the earth’s atmosphere is not only melting the poles and raising sea levels, it’s intensifying drought and accelerating the extinction of species. The most recent Climate Assessment report puts it in stark terms: the U.S. economy could lose hundreds of billions of dollars, and the climate crisis is already affecting all of us. Mega-fires. Toxic algae blooms. Deadly heat waves and deadly hurricanes. Far too many have suffered the consequences of global warming in recent months, and the political response has so far been woefully inadequate—and the denial is just evil.”

“Taxes protect the most vulnerable in our society, our public lands and other life-giving resources,” she added.  “In spite of this, the Trump administration initiated a corporate tax cut, threatening these services at the expense of our planet.”

Patagonia isn’t new to environmental causes. Their “1% for the Planet” program donates profits to environmental projects around the world.

A note on their company site claims Patagonia has donated more than $89 million to such causes since the program first launched.

And CEO Marcario was singled out by the White House, Barack Obama’s White House that is, back in 2015 for her efforts to protect the environment.

In response to the Republicans approach to climate change, Bloomberg notes that Patagonia is getting increasingly political.

In 2017 Patagonia sued the Trump administration for getting rid of protections on roughly 2 million acres of land in Utah’s Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante national monuments. “It was the biggest elimination of public lands in a pen stroke,” Marcario says. “We’ve been protecting wilderness for decades and our customers respect nature, so if the current administration wants to sell off our cultural heritage to the highest bidder, then we’re going to do everything we can to fight it.” This year the brand also launched Patagonia Action Works, a platform customers can use to find and support environmental nonprofits based on issue and location.

In 2018, Patagonia formally endorsed two Democratic Candidates for the U.S. Senate during the 2018 midterm elections. Both candidates won. And seeing as money and politics are the two measurements of power most at the forefront of Trump’s thinking, Patagonia’s latest message is something he and his allies should take note of.

Court Clerk Makes Couple Prove New Mexico is a State Before Issuing Marriage License

LAS CRUCES, New Mexico – Gavin Clarkson, a recent candidate for New Mexico secretary of state, almost missed his wedding because the court clerk didn’t know all 50 states in the union.

Clarkson, who lives in Las Cruces, and his then-fiancée visited the District of Columbia Courts Marriage Bureau on Nov. 20 to apply for a marriage license.

But, once there, the couple encountered a small problem. The clerk wouldn’t accept Clarkson’s driver’s license — from New Mexico — as proof of his identity. Rather, the clerk, who mistakenly believed Clarkson was a foreign citizen — said he would have to provide an international passport to get the marriage license.

After Clarkson objected, the clerk went to check with a supervisor, who confirmed Clarkson would need a passport.

“You know you are from flyover country when you are applying for a marriage license, give them your New Mexico driver’s license, and they come back and say: ‘My supervisor says we cannot accept international driver’s licenses. Do you have a New Mexico passport?'” Clarkson posted on Facebook recently.

Clarkson, who has called New Mexico home since 2012, said he’s heard about the state’s residents experiencing such incidents when traveling, but “it was the first time it happened to me.”

The clerk finally concluded New Mexico was a state after Clarkson objected three times and granted the license to Clarkson and his fiancee.

The D.C. courts system acknowledged the staff error to the Sun-News.

New Mexico was admitted into the U.S. as a state in 1912.

Arizona Man Accidentally Shoots Self in Groin

BUCKEYE, AZ. – Officers responding to reports of a shooting at an Arizona Walmart Tuesday found a man with an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound to the groin area, according to the Buckeye Police Dept.

Police said the victim was carrying an unholstered handgun in the front of his sweatpants, and it fired as he tried to reposition his pants to prevent the weapon from falling, according to the The Arizona Republic.

The local police department tweeted on Tuesday officers were working what appeared to be a “self-inflicted accidental shooting” inside the Watson and Yuma Walmart, in Maricopa County

Buckeye PD later confirmed in an update: “Adult male accidentally shot himself in the groin area inside the Walmart Watson & Yuma. Being transported to hospital. No other injuries.”

The Arizona Republic reported when police officers responded to the gun shot the man was found in the meat section of the Walmart store with “survivable injuries.”

The man’s identity and condition at the hospital was not made public by law enforcement. The man is expected to be charged with unlawful discharge of a firearm.