At least a dozen elementary students exposed to marijuana gummies, police say; mom arrested

(CNN)More than a dozen students at an elementary school in Cleveland were admitted to the hospital after being exposed to gummy candy that police say contained marijuana.

On Monday, a teacher’s aide at the school found the gummies in a room the children were in, and she noticed that the packaging said the candy contained drugs, according to a Cleveland Division of Police report. The school called police and emergency medical services.
Cleveland Police arrested Shari Gould, the mother of a student who they say brought the candy to Anton Grdina elementary school, on suspicion of endangering children, according to the report. Efforts to reach Gould for comment were not successful.
The police report says the student gave the candy to at least 12 others. Fifteen children, ages 5 to 9, were tested for drugs and released from Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital at University Hospitals Ahuja Medical Center, said Katelyn McCarthy, a media relations strategist at the hospital.
    She said that a couple of the children complained of stomachaches.
    The police report noted that one of the children tested positive for a mind-altering chemical found in marijuana called tetrahydrocannabinol, also known as THC.
    The case is just one example of how accidental exposure to marijuana or other substances in young children can lead to health concerns.
    “The concerns with marijuana edibles are, they are attractive and palatable to children and can contain high amounts of THC,” said Dr. Sam Wang, a pediatrician and toxicologist at Children’s Hospital Colorado, who is not involved in the case but has conducted research on unintentional exposures to marijuana in children.
    “When young children consume them, they can result in severe symptoms, including dizziness, excessive sleepiness and, in rare circumstances, impair their breathing,” he said.
    In a paper published in the journal Clinical Pediatrics last year, Wang and his colleagues found that visits to Children’s Hospital Colorado related to marijuana exposures more than doubled in 2017 compared with in 2016, and calls to regional poison centers climbed.
    “Our hospital has continued to see an increase in young children presenting to the ED; however, the severity of symptoms appear to be less,” Wang said, adding that the rise might be related to how marijuana is more common in Colorado due to legalization of recreational marijuana.
    Meanwhile, Colorado’s “THC dose limitations may have helped decrease some of the severity of illness,” he said.
    To help keep marijuana products out of the hands of young children, he recommends proper storage, such as keeping products up and out of reach in locked containers; regulations, such as child-resistant packaging; and educating the public about potential health risks.
    Several states with legal recreational marijuana, including Colorado, Oregon and Washington, have made child-resistant packaging a requirement for certain products.
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    It’s key to safely store marijuana products far from where children can see them, said Dr. Suzan Mazor, director of toxicology for Seattle Children’s Hospital and a toxicology consultant for the Washington Poison Center, who was not involved in the Cleveland case.
      Also, “make sure to have the poison center phone number on hand for caretakers, grandparents: 1-800-222-1222,” said Mazor, who is also an associate professor of pediatrics and emergency medicine at the University of Washington School of Medicine.
      “Young children react differently to marijuana — different than adults or teens usually do,” she said. “They’re more likely to be sleepy, with difficulty walking and extreme confusion after an exposure to marijuana. Also, since kids are smaller, they get a bigger dose per pound of body weight from the same-size edible product, so they are more likely to have severe effects.”

      Confusion and anger after security guard holding suspect was shot by police, video shows

      'Hero' security guard shot, killed by police


        ‘Hero’ security guard shot, killed by police


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      (CNN)As Jemel Roberson laid motionless in the parking lot of a suburban Chicago bar, patrons stood feet away wailing and yelling at a group of law enforcement officers.

      More than a dozen videos released by the Cook County Sheriff’s Office this week show the commotion after Roberson was shot by a Midlothian, Illinois police officer outside the Manny’s Blue Room Lounge in November.
      “Your man shot my man. The police shot security. That’s what happened,” a distraught security guard at the bar told the officers.
      The videos, recorded by police dash cameras, body cameras and bystander cellphones, only show the aftermath of the shooting and not the moment when Roberson was fatally shot. It’s unclear whether any footage of the shooting exists.
        The 26-year-old security guard was on duty at the bar in Robbins, Illinois, when a gunman started shooting. Witnesses said Roberson stopped the shooter and pinned him to the ground. But shortly afterward, the Midlothian officer shot and killed Roberson.
        While witnesses said the guard was wearing clothes that clearly identified him as security, Illinois State Police, the agency leading the investigation, said Roberson was wearing “plain black clothing with no markings readily identifying him as a security guard.”
        In a statement, Cara Smith, chief policy officer at the Cook County Sheriff’s Office, said the agency released the videos in response to a Freedom of Information Act request and “in the interest of transparency.”
        Smith also declined to comment on the criminal investigation, saying detectives “continue to work diligently to investigate the initial shooting at Manny’s in Robbins.”
        Multiple videos recorded outside the club show officers and paramedics tending to Roberson, and later taking him away from the parking lot on a stretcher.
        A man dressed in a black vest, who said he was also a security guard, can be seen in a couple of videos talking with an officer.
        “Somebody opened the side door. He come in and fired like (inaudible) five shots,” he says before recounting to the officer how Roberson was holding an alleged gunman to the ground.
        “Everything was clear. Everything was down. Everything was down, bruh,” he added.
        The man then describes the moment the Midlothian officer opened fire.
        “I’m telling him, ‘He’s working with us. Cool out. He’s working with us.’ He shot him four or five times after we told him he’s with us,” he said.
        He continues, “I want his name. I want his badge number.”
        Illinois State Police described the events differently in the days after the incident.
          “According to witness statements, the Midlothian Officer gave the armed subject multiple verbal commands to drop the gun and get on the ground before ultimately discharging his weapon and striking” the security guard, police had said in a statement.
          Midlothian Police Chief Daniel Delaney had described the shooting as “the equivalent of a ‘blue on blue’ friendly fire incident.”

          Pilot in fatal Southern California crash had fake police credentials

          The man that piloted a plane that broke apart in the sky and crashed in a Southern California neighborhood and killed four people on Sunday had false police credentials on him, according to reports.

          Antonio Pastini, 75, was identified as a retired Chicago police officer, but the Chicago Police Department said it has no record of him working for the department. The credentials were found at the crash site in Yorba Linda. They included false retirement papers and a police badge with the same number as a badge that was reported lost in 1978, Chicago police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi said.

          Pastini was killed shortly after his twin-engine Cessna 414A broke up after takeoff from a nearby airport before falling to pieces and causing a fire in a home where four people died. The victims have not been publically identified. Orange County Sheriff’s Department spokeswoman Carrie Braun confirmed the credentials found at the crash site were not real.

          Pastini’s daughter, Julia Ackley, said her father’s birth name was Jordan Isaacson, but did not indicate when or why he changed his name. She said he was a restaurant owner who often flew from his home in Nevada to visit family in California.


          “I’d prefer not to comment, and let the investigators do their job,” Ackley told reporters. “My father is exactly who he said he was.”

          Investigators with the National Transportation Safety Board have been collecting parts of the aircraft and information about Pastini, who is described as a commercial pilot. Preliminary information showed the plane took off around 1:35 p.m. and climbed to 7,800 feet before crashing. The cause of the crash has not been determined.

          The Associated Press contributed to this report. 

          Nashville man tries robbing woman before her husband shoots him, police say

          A would-be thief was shot Monday night after the victim’s husband stopped the crime in progress, chased the man down and opened fire, police said.

          The suspect, Jordan Ponce, 19, approached a 25-year-old woman walking home Monday night in Antioch about 9:30 p.m., Metro Nashville Police said in a press release. He allegedly ran up behind her and grabbed at her purse.

          But when she wouldn’t let go, the woman told police, he bashed her head against the building wall.


          That’s when her 29-year-old husband reportedly heard her screams and raced to help.

          Authorities said Ponce fled the scene but was chased by the husband, who jumped over a fence and landed on top of the suspect. The pair struggled. Still, the relentless husband remained on his trail and a second fight ensued.

          The suspect hit the husband in the head, prompting him to take out his gun and fire.

          Police say the injured suspect, identified as Ponce, got into a silver car and fled the scene. Authorities later discovered that the vehicle he left in was stolen 90 minutes before the attempted robbery. It was located early Tuesday.


          A department spokesperson told Fox News on Tuesday that Ponce is in the hospital and being treated for wounds to his stomach and hands.

          The department spokesperson also said that while the investigation is ongoing, charges against Ponce are expected.


          She said she was not aware of any pending charges against the husband who pursued the suspect.

          Stolen Swedish royal artifacts worth $7M may have been found, police say

          Swedish royal treasure from 1611 worth more than $ 7 million which was stolen last July might have been found, police said Tuesday.

          The artifacts, the so-called funeral regalia that are placed inside or on top of a coffin to symbolize a deceased royal’s identity and social ranking, were stolen last year from a Cathedral, west of Stockholm.


          The treasure included two crowns and an orb that was taken from an alarmed display after the glass was smashed on July 31 last year.

          Police said in a statement that “all seems to indicate King Karl IX’s stolen funeral regalia have been found in the Stockholm area,” adding that additional details will follow “when we know for sure if it is the stolen regalia.”

          A 22-year-old Swedish national, whose identity remains unknown, is currently standing trial on charges that he stole the artifacts after his arrest in September. A second man was also detained in connection with the robbery, but he has not been charged.


          The thieves escaped the crime scene by motorboat using the vast system of lakes in the surrounding area. While the police dispatched out a helicopter and boat to hunt down the thieves, they weren’t immediately arrested.

          Prosecutors accused the man of committing a “serious offense” and said the stolen artifacts were “cultural and historically unique and irreplaceable.”


          Most of Sweden’s crown jewels are kept in vaults under the Royal Castle in Stockholm, but some funeral regalia is kept in the cathedrals of Strangnas, Uppsala and Vasteras.

          The Associated Press contributed to this report.

          4-year-old boy shoots pregnant mother in the face: police

          A 4-year-old boy in Washington State found a loaded gun under a mattress in an apartment on Saturday and shot his pregnant mother in the face, authorities said.

          The 27-year-old woman, who is eight months pregnant, was watching TV with her boyfriend when her son found the firearm, King County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Sgt. Ryan Abbott said. The shot was unintentional.

          The woman was taken to a hospital with life-threatening injuries. She was transferred to another hospital on Sunday when her condition improved.


          Abbott said the gun was unregistered, the report said. The boy’s father allegedly told authorities he had borrowed the gun for protection. The case is under investigation.


          Under a new state law, gun owners could face criminal charges for not safely storing a gun, but Abbott noted that the law doesn’t go into effect until July. The condition of the unborn baby was not reported.

          The Associated Press contributed to this report.

          Police report: Jussie Smollett did not want to report alleged attack at first

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          (CNN)Actor Jussie Smollett was initially hesitant to report an attack he allegedly suffered last week, according to a Chicago police report released Monday.

          Chicago police are investigating the incident as a possible hate crime, after Smollett told authorities he was attacked early January 29 by two men who were “yelling out racial and homophobic slurs.” Smollett said one attacker put a rope around his neck and poured an unknown chemical substance on him.
          The 36-year-old “Empire” actor and musician identifies as gay and plays a gay character on the series.
          The redacted report, which was obtained by CNN through a FOIA request, includes details such as Smollett’s descriptions of the alleged attackers’ clothing. The report also mentions details previously released by authorities, such as what the alleged attackers said to Smollett.
            A 60-year-old man, who reported the incident, told police Smollett “did not want to report (the) offense, however he believed it to be in his best interest to,” the report said.
            Smollett told police that “as he was walking to his residence, two unknown males approached him and gained his attention by saying verbatim ‘Empire fa***t n***er.'”
            “The primary aggressor was wearing a black mask concealing any facial features, and both offenders were dressed in black,” the report said.
            Smollett did not recall any other distinguishing features or the direction the attackers fled in, the report said.
            He suffered minor injuries and bruising, the report said. Smollett was sober at the time, according to the report.
            Smollett told police he had received “hate mail at his place of work” on January 22, several days before the alleged attack, according to the report.
            Chicago police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi told CNN last week that the letter Smollett received on January 22 at Cinespace Studios, where the show is filmed, prompted a response from the HAZMAT unit.
            Authorities determined that a white powder accompanying the letter was aspirin, Guglielmi said last week, declining to provide details on the letter’s contents.
            The police report did not offer additional details on the letter.
            The FBI, which is leading the investigation into the letter, declined to comment Monday through FBI Chicago spokesman Special Agent John W. Althen.
            A spokesperson for 20th Century Fox Entertainment, which produces the series, had declined to comment last week when reached by CNN.
            Smollett’s family released a statement last week supporting the actor and condemning the attack, calling it a “racial and homophobic hate crime.”
            In his first show since the reported attack, Smollett tearfully told fans on Saturday he wasn’t fully healed but was doing okay.
            “I had to be here tonight, y’all, I couldn’t let those (expletives) … win,” he said at West Hollywood’s Troubadour club, referring to his attackers. “Above all I fought … (expletive) back.”
              Chicago police released photos last week of people they would like to talk to for their investigation, but no one has been arrested in the alleged attack.
              Police are following up on leads and still reviewing footage, according to Guglielmi.

              Jussie Smollett case: New surveillance cameras, footage found, police say

              Chicago police said Monday they had located additional surveillance cameras in the area where “Empire” actor Jussie Smollett allegedly was attacked last week.

              Chicago Police Department spokesman Anthony Guglielmi said the footage from those cameras was being “downloaded and reviewed.” He added that two individuals seen in the area around the time Smollett said he was attacked — and considered “people of interest” — had not yet been identified “as homeless or otherwise.” Guglielmi previously said investigators would go painstakingly through footage to reconstruct what Smollett said happened to him early on the morning of Jan. 29.

              According to an initial police report obtained by Fox News, the 36-year-old Smollett, who is black and openly gay, told officers that he was accosted while walking to his apartment by two men who called him an “Empire f—-t [n-word].” Smollett then said the men beat him and poured an “unknown chemical substance” on him, staining his clothes. The report said that when responding officers arrived, Smollett had a white rope draped around his neck, but the report did not specify whether his alleged attackers put the rope there.

              The report also says that Smollett initially did not want to report the alleged attack, but his manager did so because “he believed it to be in the best interest.”

              That area of downtown Chicago has many hotels and restaurants and has widespread surveillance-video coverage, and although police have found footage of Smollett making his way home — including video of him arriving at his building with a rope around his neck — they haven’t found footage of the attack or men fitting his description of his attackers. The police report said both men were dressed in black and one of them, referred to as the “primary aggressor,” was wearing a black mask.

              Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson said during an appearance on WLS-TV Friday that Smollett has been “very cooperative and we have no reason at this point to think he’s not being genuine with us.” For his part, Smollett insisted in a statement Friday that he had been “100 [percent] factual and consistent on every level.


              “Despite my frustrations and deep concern with certain inaccuracies and misrepresentations that have been spread, I still believe that justice will be served,” he added.

              On Saturday night, Smollett performed at a previously scheduled concert in West Hollywood, Calif., where he told the crowd that he was “not fully healed yet, but I’m going to be and I’m gonna stand strong with y’all.”

              The Associated Press contributed to this report.

              Mississippi police issue vouchers instead of tickets for minor traffic infractions

              OXFORD, Miss — If you get stopped in this small town for a busted taillight or headlight, you won’t get a ticket. Instead, you’ll get something else: a voucher to get it fixed.

              The Oxford Police Department started a “We Care Program” to help its community out. It follows similar programs rolled out in Oregon, Illinois and Iowa.

              “All we want you to do is have a safe working vehicle,” said Police Chief Joey East.

              The way the program works is officers will stop a vehicle for either a broken taillight or headlight. The officer checks to see if the driver’s license, registration and insurance are all in good standing. If so, the officer writes up a voucher for the driver instead of a traffic ticket.


              Car repair shop owners will foot the bill for the $ 12,500 program.

              “We give them a voucher up to $ 25 and they can go to a local business and they’ll replace that bulb for them for free,” said East.

              Drivers with a voucher can go to one of four body shops in town that have opted to participate in the program at no cost to taxpayers. Among the four is Southland Body Shop, whose manager Ronnie Harwell came up with the idea for the “We Care Program” and presented it to police. He worked on getting the program off the ground for nearly seven months.

              An Oxford police officer stops a motorist.

              An Oxford police officer stops a motorist.

              “I just thought that it would be a good program for our city,” Harwell said. “It’s not something that was developed overnight. It did come with a lot of help with a lot of other shops and places in town.”

              Harwell said the program cuts the community a break for a broken taillight or headlight — something he said most folks just don’t check.

              Ronnie Harwell changes a headlight.

              Ronnie Harwell changes a headlight.


              “No one ever takes the time to walk around their car and see if all their lights are working. We just don’t do it. I don’t do it,” Harwell said. “So why should you be penalized for something that you haven’t checked?”

              Since the start of the program, police have given out about 30 vouchers. Drivers have 30 days to put the voucher to use. So far, about a third of those who were given a voucher have come into one of the four shops involved in the program to redeem it.

              The program will end once the money runs out.


              Some locals around Oxford said they thought the program was a great way for all parties involved to give back.

              “They’re really doing a great thing for the community and I really wish every community had it,” said Jeannie Hogan-Sansing, an attorney in town.

              Artist Whitney Wages-Lusby thinks ‘We Care’ will push drivers around the small town to be more mindful of their vehicles.

              “It’s a reminder that you should get that fixed so that you’re safely driving, and I think that’s great because, you know, life happens.”

              Harwell said he is just looking to lend a helping hand to whoever needs it.

              “There’s people out there, instead of paying a ticket, they need to buy groceries, or they need to pay their light bill,” he said. “For whatever reasons they shouldn’t have the burden of a taillight being a ticket.”

              Woman who died on Australia party boat may have been exposed to toxic fumes, police say

              Unsafe gas levels were detected in the bathroom of a luxury cruise ship in Sydney where a woman’s body was found over the weekend, Australian officials said Monday.

              The New South Wales Police Force said in a news release the body of the 39-year-old woman was found about 4 p.m. Saturday in the bathroom of the Lady Rose, a three-level charter boat.

              Officers from the Marine Area Command attended, along with Fire and Rescue NSW HAZMAT crews as a crime scene was established.

              “Investigators were advised that several gas detection tests were conducted in a bathroom area of the vessel and were found to be in excess of safe operating levels,” NWS police said.


              A smell on board the ship at the time was believed to be hydrogen sulfide, a gas being emitted from the black water tank, 9NEWS reported. The captain of the boat at the time was about to empty the tank when the woman’s body was discovered.

              Police said on Monday an autopsy is underway to determine the cause of the woman’s death, while the boat has been secured for further forensic testing.


              The boat, owned by charter company All Occasion Cruises, is described as having three separate levels and “an expansive sky deck.”

              “Guests can enjoy a delicious dinner in one of her two dining rooms or gaze at the Sydney sights on her wrap-around decks,” according to the cruise company.


              All Occasions Cruises told the Sydney Morning Herald it plans to work closely with investigators to understand what happened. The company did not reply to a request for comment from Fox News.

              “The Lady Rose has carried tens of thousands of passengers for quality Sydney Harbour cruise events for many years, without major incident. This tragic event is very upsetting to the whole crew and operations team and we send our deepest condolences to the lady’s family,” a spokesman told the paper. “We do not believe it at all appropriate to speculate on this tragic incident and will comment only when the facts are known.”