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Michigan teen charged with embezzling thousands from Kroger store

A Michigan teenager was charged with embezzlement after police said she stole thousands of dollars from a Kroger store, WTVG reported.

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According to a news release from Dundee village manager Dave Uhl, 18-year-old Chenoa Nestor worked at a Kroger in the town. Documents show that Kroger’s management discovered that Nestor embezzled $6,856.51 while working in the store’s cash registers during the past week, WTVG reported.

Kroger officials investigated the incident and called police. Nestor talked with police and reportedly confessed to the crime, WTVG reported. She was booked into the Monroe County Jail on embezzlement charges and was arraigned. She was later released on bond, WTVG reported.

Oklahoma man cleans Tulsa streets to ‘right his wrongs’

A homeless man in Oklahoma is cleaning the streets of Tulsa in order to “right his wrongs,” according to police.

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Officer Popsey Floyd posted the story about Brian Freeman, aka Cleaner, on his Facebook page Wednesday.

Floyd said that officers observed a line of trash bags on a Tulsa street and tracked down Freeman on Wednesday.

Freeman told an officer that he is trying to set a good example for his son and wants to work rather than panhandle.

AMA calls skinny repeal toxic

The American Medical Association, the biggest organization representing U.S. doctors, blasted a “skinny repeal” option unveiled in the U.S. Senate Thursday night.

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“Action is needed to address problems in the individual insurance market, but the so-called ‘skinny’ bill is a toxic prescription that would make matters worse,” said David O. Barbe, the association’s president.

The plan would remove the penalty for individuals and employers to obtain coverage and remove a medical devices tax. That might come as welcome news for those who don’t want the government forcing them to buy insurance, but the practical effect is likely 15 million people will drop out of coverage and premiums for those remaining will rise 20 percent, the Congressional Budget Office projected.

“The skinny bill as policy is a disaster,” said Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C. “The skinny bill as a replacement for Obamacare is a fraud.”

Senate leadership had to contend with opposition from groups from AARP to AMA.

“Eliminating the individual mandate will lead to adverse selection, triggering higher premiums and further destabilizing the individual market,” AMA’s Barbe said. “The stated goal was to advance policies to lower premiums, but the ‘skinny’ bill would do the exact opposite, harming patients across the country.

“Further, the bill would result in millions more Americans without health insurance coverage.

“Again, we urge Senators to oppose the ‘skinny’ bill and to pivot to a bipartisan effort, working through appropriate committees of jurisdiction and regular order to fix problems and gaps in current law to enable Americans to obtain quality, affordable health insurance.”

20-year-old tries to steal police car with officer still inside

City police have arrested a 20-year-old man listed as a student at Eckerd College in St. Petersberg who they say tried to steal a running police car from the Fort Pierce Police Station — with the officer still inside.

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According to a department report, Aaron Rodriguez III told officers he tried to steal the car July 17 so he could have a ride home.

He approached the passenger side of the car and shook the rear and front door handles. The officer then got out of his car and Rodriguez ran through the parking lot and hid behind another vehicle.

Officers took two cellphones, a portable speaker, $20 and a small pipe with marijuana residue from Rodriguez after he was detained.

Rodriguez was taken to the St. Lucie County Jail and charged with grand theft of a motor vehicle, loitering and possession of drug equipment. He remained in custody Thursday afternoon, with his bail set at $15,875.

Prince William completes last day on air ambulance team

Prince William had a full day of work on his last day as an air ambulance pilot.

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On Thursday, the Duke of Cambridge said goodbye to the career he loved so much to free up his time to devote to his royal duties.

According to the royals’ official website, William reported to work for his night shift and attended the shift change briefings per usual before joining his team for a photo.

On his last day, the East Anglian Air Ambulance tweeted their thanks to the Duke.

“William has been an integral part of the EAAA team. He’s a fantastic pilot, a much loved & valued member of the crew,” the EAAA wrote.

Kensington Palace documented William’s final helicopter checks on his last day on the job with a video on Twitter.

Prince William began piloting operational missions in July 2015 after joining the EAAA in March 2015. He has reportedly been based at the Cambridge Airport throughout his service as part of a team of doctors, paramedics and pilots. The helicopters William piloted can reach patients in the region within 25 minutes and provide treatment as soon as possible.

In a recent interview with the Eastern Daily Press, William opened up about his last day on the job.

I wanted to say thank you to my colleagues, team mates and the people of East Anglia, who I have been so proud to serve. Over the past two years I have met people from across the region who were in the most desperate of circumstances. As part of the team, I have been invited into people’s homes to share moments of extreme emotion, from relief that we have given someone a fighting chance, to profound grief. I have watched as incredibly skilled doctors and paramedics have saved people’s lives. These experiences have instilled in me a profound respect for the men and women who serve in our emergency services, which I hope to continue to champion even as I leave the profession. I am hugely grateful for having had this experience.

Prince William previously opened up about the “sad, dark” memories from his time as a pilot.

“There are some very sad, dark moments, and we talk about it a lot. But it’s hard. You try not to take it away with you, but it can be quite difficult,” he said.

He revealed that to get through the tough times, he and his colleagues would often talk it out and “banter” after a call.

“If you share the same, in some cases, sad incidents, then if you can get over it together by being able to talk about it in the future. Being a close team, you come away with a collective way of dealing with it together, and it helps you move on to whatever you’ve got to do next,” he said.

William’s last day on the job comes just months after he and his wife the Duchess Cambridge Kate Middleton, announced they would be moving to Kensington Palace in London from their home in Norfolk.

New Tesla model due out Friday

Electric car maker Tesla is expected to launch its relatively affordable $35,000 Model 3 Friday.

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It’s not just another sedan, auto industry observers are saying. It’s the California automaker’s bid to boost sales and invade territory long held by General Motors, Ford, Fiat Chrysler and others.

“Tesla has much to celebrate with the delivery of the first Model 3s, but the high-profile electric car maker faces a challenge like never before,” Michelle Krebs, executive analyst for car marketplace Autotrader, said in a statement. “The Model 3 is intended to be high volume — a first for Tesla. It is aimed at the core of the vehicle market in terms of price.”

The Model 3 will face stiff competition, Krebs added.

Akshay Anand, executive analyst for Kelley Blue Book, said the new model may be the key to Tesla’s success or failure.

“Tesla is still a halo, lifestyle brand to many consumers, so the Model 3 represents the first time the brand is within reach,” Anand said. “Will the Model 3 meet lofty expectations? Can production continue without hiccups, unlike with the Model X?”

If the Model 3, along with the Chevrolet Bolt, meets or beats expectations, it could be “the early steps toward an electric future in automotive.”

The launch is happening at a time when the government of the United Kingdom recently pledged that it will ban vehicles with traditional internal combustion engines by the year 2040, following similar declarations by France and Norway.

Marine dog with cancer gets a hero’s goodbye

When Cena the military service dog was reunited with his first handler, Lance Cpl. Jeffrey DeYoung, it was an emotional moment. The two had been separated for over three years without the chance to say goodbye. When Cena returned from Afghanistan, DeYoung took the dog in.

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On Wednesday, the Marine said goodbye to his friend who was there with him when he lost seven friends in three weeks to enemies in the Middle East. A large crowd of people came out to honor the 10-year-old black Labrador as DeYoung took him to be put down, Michigan Live reports. After he passed, DeYoung carried out a coffin draped in an American flag and carrying the body of his companion.

Cena was diagnosed with an aggressive form of bone cancer and DeYoung made the decision to put him down.

On Tuesday, DeYoung wrote a Facebook post explaining the situation and saying goodbye to his friend. The Marine wrote “[Cena] has blessed my life with love and admiration, happiness and strength. Because of him I got to have a family.”

In a tear-jerking goodbye, he closed with “goodnight my friend, goodbye my brother. May you rest your head tonight knowing how loved you are and how dearly you will be missed.”

Family of Organ Recipient Attends Funeral of Life Saving Donor

Family of Organ Recipient Attends Funeral of Life Saving Donor

Police fault Venus Williams in crash but say she won’t be cited in video from June crash

Newly released body cam video shows a police officer telling Venus Williams she was at fault for an accident in which a man died from his injuries.

“You were at fault,” a Palm Beach Gardens police officer told Williams in one of four body-camera video files police released Thursday.

Officer David Dowling said he won’t ticket Williams, saying, “You just got stuck in a bad situation there.”

Williams responds, “In a situation like that, what are you going to do?”

Jerome Barson, 78, the passenger in the second vehicle, is seen in the video saying, “I’m a little confused.” He died two weeks later. His widow, Linda, now is suing Williams.

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Police at first declared Williams at fault in the June 9 crash outside the entrance to BallenIsles Country Club, the gated community where she owns a home. They later said she lawfully entered the intersection. The crash remains under investigation.

Williams has told police she had a green light when she left Steeplechase, a community on the south side of Northlake Boulevard, in her 2010 Toyota Sequoia and had to stop in the middle of Northlake for traffic.

By the time Williams thought it was safe to drive, she said, the light for westbound traffic on Northlake turned to green from red.

Linda Barson, the 68-year-old driver of a Hyundai Accent, said Williams cut in front of her and Barson couldn’t avoid hitting her. Williams told police she never saw Barson coming. Video released by police July 7 shows a third car, a Nissan Altima, leaving BallenIsles. The Altima turned left in front of Williams, forcing her to stop to avoid a crash. Police still are trying to identify the Altima driver nearly two months after the wreck.

Related: Venus Williams responds to reports of involvement in fatal car crash

In one of four 911 calls police also released Thursday, a motorist says, “These people need help.” At the end of the call, she tells the dispatcher she’s 95 percent sure that “one of the people in this accident is one of the Serena sisters … the Williams. And unfortunately she was at fault.” Serena Williams, another star in women’s tennis, is Venus Williams’ sister and also lives in Palm Beach Gardens.

The earliest of the videos released Thursday shows Officer Tim Connors walking up to the crash and finding Williams out of her car.

“Are you involved?” he asked Williams, who was dressed in a white skirt and T-shirt and ball cap. “I am,” she says. Connors asks if the people in the other vehicle are OK and Williams says, “I think so.”

Connors then walks to the other car and has to pull away the activated driver’s air bag to get to Linda Barson.

“Someone -- they ran a red light. They ran the red light,” she said. “My husband’s on blood thinners and he’s bleeding.”

Connors tells her “Fire Rescue’s coming.” The woman mentions an arm injury and Connors tells her to put pressure on it and “try not to move it.” He then tells the Barsons, “It looks like that other car might have violated your right of way.”

Related: Venus Williams posts personal response about deadly crash on Facebook

Connors then approaches a woman who appears to have been the 911 caller. She “It’s one of the Williams (sisters) that is in the accident,” the woman said. “She was coming out of Steeplechase. It was coming out. Her light had turned red.”

Connors again approaches Williams. “You’re sure you’re fine?” Williams nods. He asks if anyone else is in the car. Just her dog, she says. He asks if the dog was thrown; Williams says no.

Moments later, Connors tells someone off-camera, “Yes, she is,” apparently confirming it’s Williams. Then, asked if anyone’s hurt, he says: “She’s not. The other people are.”

Related: Police: New evidence in Venus Williams crash investigation shows she had green light

After Williams has returned to her car the other officer, Dowling, tells her on his body-camera video that she’s at fault but he won’t cite her.

“You just got stuck in a bad situation there. Let the insurance companies work it out,” Dowling says. “I don’t feel comfortable writing you a citation when I’m not 100 percent sure, and I’m not 100 percent sure in this case.”

Williams says, “I never saw that car coming, so I don’t know if they...I don’t think they stopped at the red light.”

Dowling explains that because of the changing traffic light, “You kind of violated his right of way.”

Nothing in any of the videos conclusively says whether the Barsons were wearing seat belts at the time of the crash, although Linda Barson appears to have a seat belt that is unbuckled but still stretched across her lap when the first officer approaches her car.

Related: Venus Williams wins emergency protective order in fatal crash lawsuit

This week, lawyers for Williams said in a court filing that Barson wouldn’t have died if he had worn a seat belt. The police crash report says Barson and his wife both wore a belt across both lap and shoulder, and lawyers for Barson said this week his car’s “black box” says the same thing. Lawyers for Williams did not respond to inquiries made this week by The Palm Beach Post.

At the end of one video, Dowling, now in his patrol car, tells Connors “if any media show up, I need you to keep them away. Keep them back. Don’t let them in the scene.”

Connors asks, “What makes you think any of them are coming?” Dowling says: “They already got an email. A station. I want to get them out of here as quick as we can so we can beat the media.”

Police did not publicly acknowledge the crash until after the TMZ broke the story on June 29, three weeks after the crash and a week after Jerome Barson died on June 22.

Conner Mitchell, Palm Beach Post and Jorge Milian, Palm Beach Post contributed to this story.

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