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This Uber driver took passengers to the airport before allegedly returning to their homes and trying to break in

SAN MATEO, Calif. – Police in San Mateo, California, have arrested an Uber driver who they say took his riders to the airport and then drove back to their home and tried to break in.

The passengers had reportedly rented the house through Airbnb.

Surveillance footage from a doorbell camera showed a man approaching the front door Thursday and then walking away from the house. Police said he was chased away when the security alarm went off.

The man was then caught on camera breaking into another home a few blocks away. The house was ransacked, and a number of items were stolen.

“[He’d] torn apart the whole house, tossed everything. Every piece of furniture moved. He opened my safe,” Scott, who lives in the house with his girlfriend, Chana, told CNN affiliate KGO. They asked the station to only identify them by their first names.

Chana told KGO that the man spent four hours ransacking the home and was seen on video taking bag after bag of valuables — including heirlooms her grandmother had saved during the Holocaust.

Scott posted video of the burglary online and the other homeowner saw it and showed it to his former guests.

They recognized him as their Uber driver.

The next day, police were able to use that information to arrest Jackie Gordon Wilson, 38, at a home in Rancho Cordova, near Sacramento. They say some of the stolen property was found in the home and he had on the same clothes he was seen wearing in the videos.

Wilson was charged with first-degree burglary, attempted first-degree burglary, and resisting arrest.

CNN was unable to reach an attorney for Wilson for comment.

“We removed the driver’s access to the app as soon as we were made aware of the allegations and stand ready to assist police in their investigation,” Andrew Hasbun, Uber communications manager, told CNN in a statement.

The incident comes as ride-hailing services such as Uber and Lyft are facing intense questions about the security of their customers.

University of South Carolina student Samantha Josephson was killed last month after mistakenly getting into a car that she thought was her Uber ride. Uber said in a statement it was devastated about the “unspeakable crime,” and that it’s working with the university to “raise awareness on college campuses nationwide about this incredibly important issue.”

Uber said it plans to launch a “Check Your Ride” passenger awareness campaign on social media in the upcoming weeks and will purchase advertisements in college newspapers.

A lawsuit filed in Los Angeles on Friday alleges that Uber did not do enough to warn women about a series of rapes by fake Uber drivers.

The company said it a statement it has been “working with local law enforcement, including the LAPD, to educate the public about how to avoid fake rideshare drivers for several years. In 2017, we launched a national campaign to remind riders to make sure they get in the right car by checking the information, like the license plate and car make and model, shown in the app. These important reminders have been part of our safety tips, and our law enforcement team regularly discusses this issue with agencies across the country.”

Democratic senators call on ICE to reinstate policy protecting pregnant migrants

(CNN) — Over a dozen Democratic senators, including numerous presidential hopefuls, are demanding the reinstatement of an Obama-era policy against holding pregnant migrants in detention centers.

In a letter to Ronald Vitiello, the acting director of Immigration and Customs Enforcement, and Customs and Border Protection Commissioner Kevin McAleenan, lawmakers referenced reports of miscarriages and mistreatment of pregnant women following the Trump administration’s repeal of a policy which required the immediate release of pregnant women last year.

“In addition to receiving inadequate medical care, women report having been shackled around the stomach while being transported and mistreated physically and psychologically by ICE and CBP agents,” the letter says. “Women have shared stories of being ignored during their miscarriages by agents who refused to respond to the medical emergencies these women were facing.”

The request comes in the middle of major personnel changes in the Department of Homeland Security, seemingly driven by the administration’s desire to get tougher at the border. The changes include the departure of Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen, the withdrawal of the nomination for Vitiello to be made permanent the director of ICE and pending appointment of McAleenan as acting secretary.

As the administration denies reports that President Donald Trump is looking to reinstate a zero-tolerance policy of family separation at the border, the senators argued that ICE is incapable of caring for pregnant women in their custody. Therefore, they said the agency should release the women upon detainment.

According to the ICE website and spokesperson Danielle Bennett the agency currently addresses pregnant migrants on a “case-by-case” basis. The agency provides a variety of prenatal and postpartum care and education as well as abortion services in some cases, Bennett said. ICE declined to comment on the letter.

“Such disturbing incidents underscore the need to return to ICE’s previous policy of presumptive release for all pregnant women,” the letter says. “ICE does not and cannot meet the medical, mental health, and nutritional needs of pregnant women in immigration detention.”

According to the letter, 28 women have had miscarriages in ICE custody the last two fiscal years, citing figures officials gave to the Arizona Republic newspaper in February.

The senators called for the agency to ensure appropriate treatment of pregnant women in custody. They also requested documents and information regarding the number of pregnant women in detention since 2017, their condition and protocol for their care.

The letter was signed by 2020 presidential hopefuls such as Sens. Kamala Harris, Bernie Sanders, Kirsten Gillibrand, Amy Klobuchar, Elizabeth Warren, Michael Bennet and Cory Booker as well as other Democratic Sens. Catherine Cortez Masto, Ed Markey, Patty Murray, Ron Wyden, Jacky Rosen, Mazie Hirono, Bob Menendez and Tina Smith.

Man shot to death while paying for others’ meals at Florida Waffle House

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — A 41-year-old good Samaritan was gunned down at a Florida Waffle House after he’d paid for others’ meals and handed out cash, the Gainesville Sun reported.

Ezekiel Hicks, 25, is accused of shooting a man in the head at a Florida Waffle House. (Alachua County Sheriff)

Ezekiel Hicks, 25, was arrested in the murder of Craig Brewer, according to the Alachua County Sheriff’s Office.

Hicks had been with a woman and she was upset that Brewer had paid for others’ meals at the Waffle House on Sunday, but not for her own, the paper reported.

Officials said Hicks argued with Brewer, then left the restaurant and came back with a handgun.

“Despite the efforts of at least one bystander, the suspect went back inside, approached the victim, and a physical fight started,” police said in a news release. “As the fight continued, the suspect took the handgun from his pants and shot Brewer in the head.”

The argument, fight, and shooting were all captured on surveillance video, police said.

Deputies responded to the restaurant to help disperse a “large unruly crowd,” but, by the time they got there, Brewer had been killed, Lt. Brett Rhodenizer told NBC News.

Deputies arrested Hicks near the Waffle House, according to the sheriff’s office release.

Quad Cities River Bandits move second home series to Cedar Rapids due to flooding

DAVENPORT, Iowa – High Mississippi River levels are once again forcing the Quad Cities River Bandits to move their second home series to another field.

The River Bandits announced they will be playing the Cedar Rapids Kernels in Cedar Rapids at the beginning of next week, April 15-17, due to Modern Woodmen Park still being surrounded by flood waters.

Inside, Modern Woodmen Park the field itself remains dry from the waters thanks to the flood wall along the river.  But, getting into the park is another story, which is why the home games are being moved a second time.

Canadian Pacific trains continue to operate around the park making it impossible to move players, staff, fans, and equipment in and out of the ballpark safely, without exposure to the flood waters.

“I think truthfully the communication has been reactive instead of proactive because of the relationship with the railroad,” says River Bandits General Manager Jacqueline Holm. “It’s a federal relationship, so they are not exactly working with city and local governments as quickly as it’s desired.”

The River Bandits do have a bridge that fans can use to walk over the flood waters, but until the railroad ceases their operations that cannot be used, so it could be a while before the River Bandits see their first home game at Modern Woodmen.

The River Bandits are set to play the Kane County Cougars at the end of next week, April 18-20.  The City of Davenport has yet to decide if those games will also be moved.

River Bandits fans can use single game and season tickets in Cedar Rapids, or they can exchange their tickets for another home game later in the season.

Free Rock Island leaf collection is here

ROCK ISLAND- The City of Rock Island will soon start leaf collection for its “residential refuse customers”.

The city says, starting Monday, April 15 through Friday, May 3, 2019, they will be collecting leaves for free.

“Customers must place the leaves in the approved paper yard waste bags and be placed at the normal refuse collection locations and days. Free leaf bags are available now at various locations throughout the City. Please visit http://www.rigov.org for more information.”

LeClaire distilling company unveils new ‘million dollar’ expansion plan

LECLAIRE, Iowa — Mississippi Distilling Company is planning to take advantage of a new law by expanding its business.

A recent Iowa law change allows sales by the glass at distilleries.

“We knew it would change our business.” said owner Garrett Burchett. “But I don’t think even we knew how drastically it would change things for us.”

Mississippi River Distilling Company says they actively supported the law change in Des Moines for five years before it passed in 2017.

The bill allows for increased sale limits for Iowa distilleries including sales by the glass (similar to a regular bar).

“Our model used to be primarily focused on sales through distribution in the outer retail market.” Said owner Ryan Burchett. “Our business in LeClaire grew so quickly here in LeClaire that we’ve shifted significant focus to growing our business locally.”

The company says it will invest more than $1-million on a lot north of the distillery between the distillery and neighboring Green Tree Brewery.

“The Speakeasy will have room for banquet seating for about 170 people, a private meeting room, multiple bars, and a catering kitchen.”

The plans go to the LeClaire Planning and Zoning Commission on Thursday, April 11.

They hope to have plans approved by the full LeClaire City Council in May so construction can begin ASAP.

Teen charged with animal abuse after disturbing videos found

Warning: This article describes disturbing acts of violence committed against live animals. 

RANDOLPH COUNTY, N.C. — Arrest warrants shed light on the horrific acts behind an Asheboro 16-year-old's animal abuse charges. 

Joshua Brian Davis, 16, has been charged with five counts of felony cruelty to animals and received a $15,000 bond. The teenager was arrested after police said he had videos of himself abusing animals.

The offenses took place from March 15 to April 4, involving a cat, raccoons and opossums.

According to arrest warrants, the teenager trapped a raccoon in a live trap. With the animal caged, he stabbed it multiple times with a wooden stick and set it on fire while it was still alive.

He allegedly used a pair of bolt cutters to break the raccoon's leg and paw.

He also caught another raccoon which he allegedly stabbed with a sharpened stick and nailed to a tree.

The warrants describe two incidences in which the suspect caught wild oppossums, stabbed them with a wooden stick and nailed them to a tree.

In one of those incidences, he is accused of cutting open the animal's gut while it was nailed to the tree.

The warrant also said he strangled a cat to death with his hands.

A Randolph County Sheriff’s Office school resource officer received information that Davis had the videos on Thursday.

Davis was called in and admitted to having videos and images of himself abusing animals, according to a news release from the Randolph County Sheriff’s Office.

Deputies said the images and videos showed Davis abusing domestic and wild animals.

The North Carolina Wildlife Resource Commission has been contacted and more charges may be forthcoming.

Naked murder suspect arrested after waving gun at Tennessee Waffle House, police say

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – A woman who was recently indicted in a Nashville murder case is facing additional charges after allegedly walking into an area Waffle House naked and waving a gun in the air.

Officials with Metro Nashville police said 19-year-old Montessa Tate-Thornton was arrested early Saturday morning after a disturbance at a Waffle House on Harding Place.

Tate-Thornton and 34-year-old Larico Nixon allegedly ran into the restaurant nude. Police said officers found Tate-Thornton inside waving a gun in the air and speaking incoherently.

Both were taken into custody.

Tate-Thornton was charged with possession of a handgun while under the influence. Nixon was charged with felon in possession of a handgun while under the influence, public indecency, and public intoxication.

Tate-Thornton was just named in a grand jury indictment in connection with the shooting death of 23-year-old Maxime Assem.

Police said Tate-Thornton knew the victim and conspired with 26-year-old James Gilchrist to rob Assem at the Napier-Sudekum public housing development in December 2017. Gilchrist is accused of firing the fatal shot.

In that case, Tate-Thornton is charged with first-degree murder and especially aggravated robbery. Gilchrist is charged with first-degree murder, especially aggravated robbery and unlawful gun possession by a convicted felon.

Photos: Car smashes into, kills 600 pound black bear on North Carolina highway

WASHINGTON COUNTY, N.C. — A car slammed into a 600 pound black bear, wrecking the vehicle and killing the bear Monday in Washington County.

The North Carolina Bear Festival, which aims to celebrate the state’s black bears, shared the story on Facebook.

At 5:15 a.m., a car was driving on Highway 64 just east of Plymouth when it hit the animal. The driver was not hurt, but the bear died.

“We have an expanding human population and an expanding black bear population that are literally colliding on our highways in Eastern NC,” the festival wrote. “In 1972 there [were] only 2 bears killed on NC highways. In 2011, there were 272 bears killed on NC highways.”

The festival warns bears are becoming more active at this time of year, and peak activity will happen during breeding season from mid-May to mid-July.

“The bottom line here is ‘Be Bear Aware’ when you are driving here in Bear-olina,” the festival said.

Marine’s remains returned home 70 years after his death

OKLAHOMA CITY - A member of America's greatest generation is headed back home 70 years after he died serving his country.

Corporal Claire Goldtrap, 21, was killed in the Pacific during World War II. Now, his family is bringing his remains home to Oklahoma.

The remains of the Marine who died in the Pacific Theater during WWII returned to his home state with all the ceremony an American hero deserves.

"It brings it all home. It just makes it real... Now, we can close a chapter, and we can bring him home and we can lay him to rest next to his mom," great-niece JoLynn Anderson said.

Goldtrap died November 20, 1943 during the Battle of Tarawa.

The small chain of islands were important to both American and Japanese air forces. More than 1,000 Americans were killed and 2,000 wounded during the fierce fighting.

Originally, Goldtrap was buried where he died; in 1946, the military moved the unidentified remains to Honolulu, reburying them at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific in Hawaii. But, in 2016, the government disinterred the body and, using DNA and dental records, identified the remains.

On Tuesday, Goldtrap came back home.

"It's great, it closes a chapter in my family's life," Robert Goldtrap said.

Robert is not only Goldtrap's great nephew. He's also his fellow Marine, with ten years of service under his belt. His great-uncle's story means the world to him.

"He was a tractor driver of an amphibious assault vehicle. He was the second tractor to land on D-Day. A mortar hit right at the tractor cab, the driver's cab, which killed my great uncle instantly. We are all family; I would never leave family behind," Robert said.

Those same sentiments were heard from the current-day Marine reserves on hand to escort the remains to the final resting place in Hobart.

"Once a Marine, always a Marine so - no matter how long it took - we make sure he got home safely. You won't be left behind," Staff Sergeant Michael Blumenberg. said.

New York City declares a public health emergency amid Brooklyn measles outbreak

(CNN) — New York City has declared the measles outbreak affecting the Orthodox Jewish community in Williamsburg to be a public health emergency, Mayor Bill de Blasio said Tuesday.

Unvaccinated people living in select ZIP codes will be required to receive the measles, mumps and rubella vaccine, known as MMR, to curtail the outbreak and protect others, he said.

Under the mandatory vaccinations, members of the city’s Department of Health and Mental Hygiene will check the vaccination records of any individual who may have been in contact with infected patients. Those who have not received the MMR vaccine or do not have evidence of immunity may be given a violation and could be fined $1,000.

“Every hour, everyday matters here. If people would just go and get vaccinated, there’s no cause for a fine,” de Blasio said. “It’s not our goal to issue violations. We want to simply solve the problem.”

New Yorkers should call 311 to access a list of facilities that can provide the measles vaccine at low or no cost, de Blasio said.

Outbreak began in October

The public health emergency comes in response to 285 cases of measles reported in Brooklyn and Queens since the beginning of the outbreak in October. The same outbreak is responsible for 15 cases of measles in Orange County, New York, and 168 cases in Rockland County, New York. The outbreak began when, according to health officials, an unvaccinated child became infected with the illness while visiting Israel.

“Since then, there have been additional people from Brooklyn and Queens who were unvaccinated and acquired measles while in Israel. People who did not travel were also infected in Brooklyn and Rockland County,” the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene says.

Of the 285 New York City cases, the range of ages has been 1 month to 66 years, with 246 children affected, Health Commissioner Dr. Oxiris Barbot said Tuesday. Five of 21 hospitalized cases have been admitted to the intensive care unit, she added.

Deputy Mayor for Health and Human Services Dr. Herminia Palacio warned of “measles parties,” where parents bring together unvaccinated children with a sick child to intentionally spread the disease.

“Avoid this practice,” Palacio said. Measles parties are dangerous because the disease can be fatal. “This vaccine is safe,” she added, noting that it not only protects your child, it protects other people. “A variety of misunderstandings and frank untruths that are being propagated through a variety of channels.”

Despite problems, there are hopeful signs, Barbot noted. Since September, 8,000 people have been vaccinated.

Measles outbreaks nationwide

Measles is a highly contagious, vaccine-preventable respiratory illness characterized by a rash of flat red spots. Symptoms may include fever, cough, runny nose and watery eyes.

Measles can also lead to death when complications become too severe, according to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. About 1 child out of every 1,000 who get measles will develop encephalitis — swelling of the brain — that can lead to convulsions, deafness or intellectual disability. As many as 1 out of every 20 children with measles will get pneumonia, the agency reports.

“You can be infectious four days before you actually develop the rash,” Barbot said. Measles is an airborne disease, so a sneeze can spread it, and infectious germs can last two hours after a person has left the room.

“There’s nothing in Talmudic law that prohibits vaccination,” Barbot said.

Nationwide, measles outbreaks have been reported in 19 states: Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Massachusetts, Michigan, Missouri, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Oregon, Texas and Washington.

At least 465 cases of measles have been reported across the United States since January 1, according to numbers shared by the CDC on Monday.

The total number of measles cases nationwide this year “is the second-greatest number of cases reported in the U.S. since measles was eliminated in 2000,” the CDC says. That threshold was reached last week when the national total for the year surpassed last year’s total of 372. The largest outbreak was in 2014, when there were 667 cases reported nationwide due to several large outbreaks.

Along with the outbreak affecting Brooklyn’s Orthodox Jewish community, Rockland County in upstate New York is also experiencing a high number of measles cases within its own Orthodox Jewish community.

As of Friday, the county reported 153 confirmed cases, though state health officials noted that additional cases have not been reported. Last month, in an effort to contain this outbreak, Rockland County banned unvaccinated people under age 18 from public places. Late Friday, acting state Supreme Court Justice Rolf Thorsen issued a restraining order to block the county from enforcing the ban.

Rockland County Executive Ed Day said Tuesday that he plans to appeal the judge’s decision.

He and members of the county’s Department of Health spent the weekend working on potential strategies for thwarting the outbreak that “jumped from 151 cases to 168 in just 10 days,” he said. “We are taking the steps we can take while waiting for the court to move forward.”

Rockland County Commissioner of Health Dr. Patricia Schnabel Ruppert explained that the county is in the process of developing new criteria to identify specific unvaccinated people who have been exposed to the measles in order to issue orders that require them to remain at home for 21 days, the length of the illness’ incubation period. If caught in violation of this rule, people will be fined, she said.

“The MMR vaccine works faster than the incubation of the disease,” Ruppert said.

“This disease has affected mainly children in the county,” she said. “Stay the heck home if you’ve been ill or exposed.”

New York City’s mayor said a legal action like the one that blocked Rockland County’s ban will not hinder its mandatory vaccination policy. The city’s legal department has looked into the mandatory vaccination “extensively,” de Blasio said. “We are absolutely certain we have the right to do this. If anyone is thinking of a legal challenge, we are absolutely comfortable that we will win that case.”

He also emphasized the danger measles poses to children, pregnant women and immune-compromised people, who are at the highest risk of infection.

“We saw only two cases in New York City in 2017, so we have a very serious situation on our hands,” de Blasio said. “We cannot allow this dangerous disease to make a comeback in this city. We have to stop it now.”

8 in the Air: Sylvan Island swamped with Mississippi flooding

MOLINE, Illinois -- Sylvan Island may still be open on April 9, 2019, but many of the trails are not.

That's because major flooding on the Mississippi has spilled over the banks of the island and seeped up from the ground, swamping paths and obscuring the island's shape. In some places, only the trees can show where the island still remains under the water's glassy surface.

Despite the flooding, The Sylvan Island Stampede, an annual mountain bike race through Friends of Off Road Cycling, powered through troubled waters on April 7.

Read: Volunteers re-route Sylvan Island after floods cover mountain bike race course

Major flooding on the Mississippi is affecting more than just the banks and businesses that live there. Click here to see more stories on flooding on the islands of the river.

Sylvan Island is home to miles of trails used by both hikers and bikers. It's also a popular fishing destination. All of these activities are hindered by flooding.

However, the island remains open. Even with the surface lapping up against the underside of part of the pedestrian bridge, Lori Wilson with the Moline Parks and Recreation Department said it would take another foot or two (21-22 feet) to cause concern over closing the park.

Click here to watch more of "8 in the Air."

Intersection along U.S. 61 closed due to crash in Muscatine

MUSCATINE, Iowa — A crash along U.S. 61 in Muscatine has caused an intersection to close to traffic.

The City of Muscatine said the crash happened Tuesday afternoon, April 9 at the intersection of U.S. 61 and Dick Drake Highway.  Traffic was being detoured away from the crash.

A helicopter was sent to the area; there was no word on any injuries.

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465 cases of measles reported in the US this year, some reported in Illinois

Health officials say 465 measles cases have been reported this year, as of last week. That's up from 387 the week before.

The numbers are preliminary. The 2019 tally is already the most since 2014, when 667 were reported. The most before that was 963 cases in 1994.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the following states have reported cases in 2019: Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Massachusetts, Michigan, Missouri, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Oregon, Texas, and Washington.

Related: U.S. measles cases at second highest since disease was eliminated in 2000

New York City accounted for about two-thirds of the U.S. cases reported last week.

The CDC updated the numbers Monday. Roughly 80% of the cases are age 19 or younger.

The CDC recommends that all children get two doses of measles vaccine. It says the vaccine is 97% effective.

Drivers fight Iowa’s ability to take part of their tax refunds to pay unpaid tickets

Attorney Jim Larew argued in a petition filed last week that the Department of Administrative Services doesn't have the legal authority to collect unpaid speeding and red light infractions issued by traffic cameras.

He's representing drivers who are facing the seizure of parts of their refunds for old tickets that they dispute. The state has contracts with cities like Cedar Rapids and Des Moines to take funds to offset those debts, and assesses an additional 6 % fee for itself.

The petition argues that, under a recent Iowa Supreme Court ruling, vehicle owners are not liable for traffic camera citations until municipalities prove them in District Court. Because that typically doesn't happen, Larew argues the unpaid tickets are not debts and the state cannot collect them.

An administrative law hearing will now take place.

Major swing in temperatures in the days ahead… Rain on track overnight

Flood warnings continue along several area rivers including the Mississippi and Rock. Crests are occurring now and will continue next week. Be prepared for road closures and detours in these areas. For more information on river levels go to https://water.weather.gov/ahps2/index.php?wfo=DVN

May not be as warm as yesterday but still quite delightful for this time of year as temperatures this afternoon will reach the upper 60s to around 70 degrees!

We’ll start noticing a slow increase in clouds from the west as our potent spring storm gets ready to ride across the Midwest.  Rain will develop sometime after midnight mainly for the northern two-thirds of the area.  This will persist through the morning before the coverage becomes more widely scattered the rest of your Wednesday.  Throw in a stiff breeze out of the east and you have the makings of a chilly day with highs not getting out of the 40s.

By Thursday, temperatures will warm back in the 60s again as the low pressure associated with this system will be just to our west.  At the same time, the circulation will draw up plenty of gulf moisture resulting in a round of heavy showers and a few embedded thunderstorms.

Any wet weather will end by Thursday night as the area will be on the backside of this system to end the work week.  The chilly winds will return Friday with highs once again not getting out of the 40s.

This will eventually lead to brighter skies and less wind this upcoming weekend and highs in the lower 50s.

Chief meteorologist James Zahara

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Dog found on the brink of death in Utah desert reunited with rescuer

SALT LAKE CITY – A man who rescued a dog found sick and malnourished in the West Desert last year has reunited with the pup whose life he saved, according to KSTU.

"Oh my gosh, so good to meet you guys!" Matt Bentley exclaimed as he walked up to Jamie and Trent Jaques in a grassy area outside the Utah Animal Adoption Center on Saturday.

He then knelt down and began petting their dog, Kelly. It's been a year since Bentley's seen Kelly, and she looked quite different then.

"You're so different, you look so good!" He said, laughing and squeaking a dog toy in front of her. "Oh my gosh, I can't believe how much fur she has!"

He then stood up, wiping away tears. "Ah, man," Bentley said, hugging Jamie again.

"I'm so grateful for you," Jamie said.

The last time Bentley saw Kelly, she hadn't been adopted by Jamie and Trent. She was still recovering from when he found her near Knolls in the middle of the West Desert.

"You remember me, huh?" Bentley said, looking at the dog. "You remember me grabbing you? You didn't have any fur."

The Brittany Spaniel was completely hairless, covered in mange and malnourished when she mysteriously wandered up to Bentley's Jeep while on a ride with his dog Bella in January of 2018.

Bentley described her as looking like a "plucked chicken," but the sick and dying dog's fighting spirit persevered.

The Utah Animal Adoption Center spent months nursing Kelly back to health before finding her the perfect home with Jamie and Trent - and their Golden Doodle, Rocky.

All ended well, except one thing: Matt didn't get to see Kelly fully recovered, or meet the people who took her in.

That led to Saturday's touching reunion.

"You guys have done a great job," Matt said, hugging Trent and Jamie.

"We're so grateful for you," Jamie said. "You really have no idea."

Now, both sides are beaming at finally seeing each other.

"He saved her life, it's incredible. It really is," Jamie said.

"It's so fulfilling to see how happy she is, to see how happy these two are," Matt said.

He hopes he and Bella can have another play date with Kelly again soon.

"It's just cool to come full circle with her, and see the ending. Like kind of have that closure with her, and know that she has her forever home," he said, adding, "It's a fairytale ending."

Oklahoma man arrested after allegedly trying to hide propane tank in his pants at Walmart

OKLAHOMA CITY — An Oklahoma man reportedly tried to steal several items from a nearby Walmart, stuffing the stolen goods – including a small propane tank – down his pants.

According to a police report, 24-year-old Benjamin Stallings Love tried to steal a knife, a propane tank regulator, the propane tank and a pack of Hanes T-shirts. He allegedly tried to hide the small propane tank down his pants.

Store employees noticed, and the security officer took Love into custody.

While in the security officer’s office, Love managed to escape. Police chased him down and recaptured him.

Love was taken into custody on larceny charges and booked into the Oklahoma County Jail. He is now out on bond.

Here are the 18 Democrats who have said they’re running for president

(CNN) — The 2020 Democratic field is taking shape, with candidates revealing their intentions on a seemingly everyday basis.

Here’s a look at the 18 Democrats who have thrown their hats into the ring and announced a campaign or exploratory committee. We’re going to keep updating this list through the campaign season as candidates announce their intentions or drop their bids.

Announced campaigns Sen. Cory Booker

AGE: 49

STATE: New Jersey

KNOWN FOR: Booker, who boasts a Twitter following of more than 4 million people, gained national recognition during his tenure as Newark’s mayor, at times answering pleas to shovel residents out after major snowstorms.

Former Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Julián Castro

AGE: 44

STATE: Texas

KNOWN FOR: The son of a Chicana activist, Castro served as mayor of San Antonio in 2009, focusing on education initiatives. Castro is currently the only Latino in the 2020 field, but whether he will be the only Texan will depend on former Texas Rep. Beto O’Rourke’s decision about making his own bid.

Former Maryland Rep. John Delaney

AGE: 55

STATE: Maryland

KNOWN FOR: A self-made businessman, Delaney at one point was the youngest CEO on the New York Stock Exchange. Delaney has been running the longest — he declared his candidacy in July 2017 — but is still working to gain name recognition.

Rep. Tulsi Gabbard

AGE: 37

STATE: Hawaii

KNOWN FOR: Gabbard is the first American Samoan and the first Hindu member of Congress, and brings her experience as an Iraq War veteran to the House Armed Services Committee. But she will have to overcome obstacles both old and new, including recent internal campaign turmoil and her controversial secret meeting with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in 2017.

Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand

AGE: 52

STATE: New York

KNOWN FOR: Gillibrand campaigned as a child with her grandmother Dorthea Noonan, a longtime president of the Albany Democratic Women’s Club. The New York Democrat called for former Sen. Al Franken to resignand has acknowledged her increasingly progressive stances on immigration and gun reform running counter to previous positions she held running for the House.

Sen. Kamala Harris

AGE: 54

STATE: California

KNOWN FOR: Harris is the daughter of Jamaican and Indian immigrants and grew up attending both a Baptist church and a Hindu temple. Her progressive stances supporting Medicare-for-all and marijuana legalizationcould clash with her law and order history as a former California state attorney general, including her previous support of reporting arrested undocumented juveniles to ICE.

Former Gov. John Hickenlooper

AGE: 67

STATE: Colorado

KNOWN FOR: As the head of Colorado from 2011 to 2019, Hickenlooper helped steer the state through several tragedies, including the 2012 shooting in a movie theater in Aurora that left 12 people dead and catastrophic wildfires and floods in 2013. Before his two terms as governor, he served as Denver’s mayor for eight years, after opening a large brewpub there in 1988 that went on to help reinvigorate the LoDo area of Denver.

Gov. Jay Inslee

AGE: 68

STATE: Washington

KNOWN FOR: Inslee, who has held elected office for much of the last three decades, has been an outspoken progressive executive since he became governor in 2013. He has been a vocal opponent of President Donald Trump, including suing the President after he tried to ban immigration from several Muslim-majority countries. Now, Inslee is running as the climate change candidate.

Sen. Amy Klobuchar

AGE: 58

STATE: Minnesota

KNOWN FOR: Klobuchar announced her run outdoors as it snowed, which she tied to her commitment to a “homegrown” campaign with “grit.” The Minnesota moderate is looking to work across the aisle and win back fellow working class midwesterners.

Miramar Mayor Wayne Messam

AGE: 44

STATE: Florida

KNOWN FOR: The child of Jamaican immigrants, Messam is a first-generation American who holds progressive views on immigration, guns and the environment. He was part of a group that sued the state of Florida in 2018 over a law that restricted his ability to create municipal gun regulations after he wanted a new amphitheater in his city to be a “gun-free venue.”

Former Rep. Beto O’Rourke

AGE: 46

STATE: Texas

KNOWN FOR: O’Rourke, a rising star in the Democratic Party, ran unsuccessfully for a Senate seat in 2018 while serving his third term in the House. With roots in El Paso, O’Rourke gained national attention during his Senate race when a video of him answering a question about NFL players kneeling during the National Anthem went viral. He made an off-the-cuff riff about the civil rights movement as he defended players for making their case “nonviolently, peacefully, while the eyes of this country are watching.”

Rep. Tim Ryan

AGE: 45

STATE: Ohio

KNOWN FOR: Ryan, whose district includes Youngstown, Ohio, enters the presidential race as a longshot candidate with less name recognition than most candidates and a far smaller political network. He has become most known in Democratic circles for his opposition to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi retaining her leadership positions, though he later voted for her when Democrats elected her speaker earlier this year.

Sen. Bernie Sanders

AGE: 77

STATE: Vermont

KNOWN FOR: Sanders’ democratic socialist platform gained significant traction during the 2016 primaries, when the independent senator who caucuses with Democrats ran against Hillary Clinton. His policy agenda includes various progressive proposals, many of which have been embraced by the Democratic Party, like expanding health care, broadening the social safety net and making higher education free.

Rep. Eric Swalwell

AGE: 38

STATE: California

KNOWN FOR: The Democrat who represents California’s 15th Congressional District enters the race as a long-shot candidate in a crowded field. A frequent critic of the Trump administration, Swalwell has raised his profile by becoming a staple on cable television. He has focused on combating gun violence, and traveled to Iowa in December with Cameron Kasky, who’s a survivor of the 2018 shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, and a co-founder of March for Our Lives.

Sen. Elizabeth Warren

AGE: 69

STATE: Massachusetts

KNOWN FOR: Warren was appointed as assistant to President Barack Obama and special adviser to the Treasury secretary in order to launch the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. She was also appointed to a congressional oversight panel overseeing the $700 billion Trouble Assets Relief Program that was passed in response to the 2008 financial crisis.

Spiritual author Marianne Williamson

AGE: 66

STATE: Texas

KNOWN FOR: Williamson is best known for being a spiritual counselor to Oprah Winfrey and has written several best-selling books, including her debut “A Return to Love.” She is calling for “a moral and spiritual awakening in the country” with her campaign.

Businessman Andrew Yang

AGE: 44

STATE: New York

KNOWN FOR: Yang is an entrepreneur who launched Venture for America, a fellowship program that aims to connect recent grads with startups. He wants to give all Americans a universal basic income of $1,000 per month to address economic inequality.

Announced exploratory committees South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg

AGE: 37

STATE: Indiana

KNOWN FOR: Known locally in South Bend, Indiana, as “Mayor Pete,” Buttigieg served as a naval officer in Afghanistan. Buttigieg, though a long shot, would be the youngest and first openly gay president if elected.

Considering a run

Former Georgia House Minority Leader Stacey Abrams

Sen. Michael Bennet

Former Vice President Joe Biden

Montana Gov. Steve Bullock

New York Mayor Bill de Blasio

Former Alaska Sen. Mike Gravel

Former Secretary of State John Kerry

Former Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe

Rep. Seth Moulton

Decided not to run Sen. Sherrod Brown (took himself out of consideration on March 7, 2019)

AGE: 66

STATE: Ohio

KNOWN FOR: A liberal populist, Brown won three terms in Ohio, a state that has been trending Republican in recent years. Brown would’ve offered Democrats a candidate who could reconnect with voters in the Midwest. Before deciding not to run, he had embarked on a “listening tour” that included stops in the four key early voting states in the 2020 primary.

Former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg (took himself out of consideration on March 5, 2019)

AGE: 77

STATE: New York

KNOWN FOR: Bloomberg hinted at a run for months before deciding against it. He had portrayed himself as a moderate against progressive projects such as Medicare-for-all but with extensive experience and campaign funds to put toward key Democratic issues such as climate change and gun control.

Former Attorney General Eric Holder (took himself out of consideration on March 4, 2019)

AGE: 68

STATE: New York

KNOWN FOR: Holder served as President Barack Obama’s attorney general until 2015. Holder had told several Democrats — and “The Late Show” host Stephen Colbert — that he was “interested” in pursuing the nomination, but ultimately he opted not to launch a campaign.

Sen. Jeff Merkley (took himself out of consideration on March 5, 2019)

AGE: 62

STATE: Oregon

KNOWN FOR: Merkley, the junior senator from Oregon, has focused on holding the Trump administration accountable on immigration policy, specifically family separations at the southern border. He opted in March to devote himself to his Senate re-election campaign over the next two years.

Dropped out Former congressional candidate Richard Ojeda

AGE: 48

STATE: West Virginia (dropped out January 25, 2019)

KNOWN FOR: A former Army paratrooper, Ojeda served for 24 years, earning the rank of major and serving in both Iraq and Afghanistan. A 2016 Trump voter, he focused on school finance reform and issues facing the middle class before dropping out of the race in late January.

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