Hospitals scramble as they face shortage of a vital cancer drug for children

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (KTXL) - The University of California, Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center is one of the many cancer treatment centers nationwide dealing with a shortage of the generic drug Vincristine.

Vincristine is a standard treatment, primarily for children with leukemia, lymphoma, bone and brain cancers.

Around two weeks ago, drugmaker Pfizer faced production problems. The other maker of Vincristine, Teva Pharmaceutical Industries, had stopped production for business reasons.

"It is an essential drug in almost all of our pediatric cancers,” said Dr. Jong Hee Chung, a pediatric oncologist with UC Davis, told KTXL. “It's very unfortunate that a shortage like this would occur."

Chung said their pharmacy was able to stock up on the drug and that rescheduling treatments would enable the center to treat all its patients. However, she said it’s unknown what they will do for long-term supplies.

Federal drug officials said Pfizer would be stepping up production by the end of October but supply chain gaps could prolong the shortage to the end of the year.

The nonprofit Children's Oncology Group said such shortages of life-saving drugs should never happen.

It said recent Medicare rules allow reimbursement for no more than 6% of the average price of cancer drugs. A vial of Vincristine costs around $5.

That could explain why drug makers have stopped production in favor of more profitable drugs.

Some have suggested that the government begin stockpiling vital cancer drugs in case of shortages or import them from overseas where they are produced in higher quantities.

Parent ‘extremely lucky’ after pole skewers car – minutes after school drop-off

THOMASVILLE, N.C. (WGHP) — One North Carolina parent had a terrifyingly close call during a crash Friday morning.

Thomasville police shared photos of the car crash near Winston Street.

“No injuries but extremely lucky!” police said in the Twitter post. 

The parent driving had just dropped off their child at school when they crashed into a utility pole and the pole ended up smashing through one of the backseat windows.

Police closed Salem Street from Winston Street to Lodge Drive.

According to Duke Energy, 241 people are without power in the area.

Single car accident on Salem Street near Winston Street. No injuries but extremely lucky! Parent had just dropped off child at school. Expect delays in the area for repairs. pic.twitter.com/RWRaIQ7d4W

— Thomasville PD (@ThomasvillePD) October 18, 2019

Channel Cat suspends weekend service due to high waters

MetroLINK has announced a change to the schedule for the Channel Cat Water Taxi for the weekend of October 19th and 20th.

Due to high river waters, the taxi service announced in a press release that it will not be operating on Saturday, October 19th and Sunday, October 20th.

MetroLINK also said that weekend service should resume on Friday, October 25th barring river conditions and inclement weather.

Chick-fil-A’s first UK location slated for closure days after opening

BERKSHIRE, England – Shortly after Chick-fil-A opened its first restaurant in the UK, the location is set to close amid pressure from gay rights groups over past donations to anti-LGBTQ groups.

Amid calls for boycott, shopping center The Oracle decided eight days after Chick-fil-A opened that “the right thing to do” was to let the restaurant’s six-month trial lease expire, The BBC reports.

The family-owned business, based in Atlanta, has been the criticized in the past for helping fund groups that condemn homosexuality. Think Progress reports that Chick-fil-A donated $1.8 million to “discriminatory groups” in 2017.

The company’s CEO, Dan T. Cathy, also made comments in 2012 about gay marriage that ignited a backlash online.

Chick-fil-A addressed protests over donations, saying in a March statement that the Chick-fil-A Foundation’s giving “helps with economic mobility of young people by focusing on homelessness and poverty, education, and community revitalization, and is done with no political or social agenda.”

Indiana woman found guilty after fatally striking 3 siblings at school bus stop

FULTON COUNTY, Ind. (WXIN) – The woman behind the wheel when three children were hit and killed at their bus stop in Rochester has been found guilty.

Alyssa Shepherd, 24, was found guilty of three felony counts of reckless homicide, a count of criminal recklessness and passing a school bus causing injury.

She faces more than 20 years in prison. Sentencing is set for December 18.

Alivia Stahl, 9, and her 6-year-old twin brothers Xzavier and Mason Ingle were hit and killed as they were getting on their school bus in October, 2018. A fourth child was also injured.

The family of the three victims pushed hard for a bill that increases penalties for a driver who disregard flashing red lights and stop arms on school buses. It became state law on July 1.

Residents can now face up to a year in jail and up to a $5,000 fine for passing a school bus with a stop arm out.

Home Depot and local veteran motorcycle association build new roof for veteran in need

DAVENPORT, Iowa- Home Depot and the 39-4 chapter of Combat Veterans Motorcycle Association IA teamed up to build a new roof for a veteran living in Davenport.

On Friday, October 18 around a dozen men and women were at 2307 W. 38th Place in Davenport to build a much needed roof for Chris Bauman.

He says he's owned the house for about 10 years and it had gotten so bad that even the people working on his roof were falling through!

"There's no way it would stand up to the snow this winter"-Bauman

The man leading the project is Eric "BlackHeart" Deney, the Public Relations Officer for chapter 39-4.

He says Bauman has had a string of bad luck over the last 3 years. they will be working on his roof 12 hours a day for around 4 days "if the weather cooperates."

Home Depot contributed the supplies and truck and the motorcycle chapter is providing the muscle.

Chris Bauman and his wife made sure there were food and drinks for the people working.

YOUR HEALTH: Print your own bones

TUCSON, Arizona – People who suffer catastrophic breaks to their long leg bones usually face multiple surgeries, and all too often, amputation.

Yudith Burreal broke her leg when an ATV rolled on her a year ago.

"It was completely missing," she recalled.   "They didn't know, it was a big chunk of my bone.  It was my Tibia bone."

Her doctors used her bone and marrow to fix the break.

But Yudith ended her plans to go into the military, believing her leg wouldn't support her in training.

Scientists at the University of Arizona have been working for more than 20 years to improve the treatment protocol.

University of Arizona researchers are developing a way to fix broken long bones with stem cells, a 3-D printed scaffold, and a sensor to monitor exercise that helps bones heal.

"If we can fill our scaffold with these cells, the bone will start to form throughout the length of the scaffold," explained Dr. John Szivek, Professor, orthopaedic surgeon and head of orthopedic research, Director at the University's Robert G. Volz Orthopedic Research Laboratory.

Stem cells are multiplied in a lab and run with calcium particles through the scaffold between the bone ends.

A rod holds it in place for six to nine months.

"The scaffold is just a template," said Dr. Szivek.   "That template will help that new bone form in the right shape and structure."

"Lately, we have been successful with removing all of the supporting hardware and showing that supporting the bone that we're regrowing is actually functional tissue, to show that it does not need any additional orthopedic hardware in order to function," added Dr. David Margolis, assistant professor of orthopedic surgery at the University of Arizona.

This work is funded by a $2 million grant from the Defense Department.

"We believe that using this type of approach could regrow the bones for the soldiers and they would be able to return to active military service," said Dr. Szivek.

Researchers will report the recent success they've had with procedures on sheep to the FDA.

If the agency accepts it, a phase one trial of fewer than ten people could start soon at Banner-University Medical Center in Phoenix.

If this story has impacted your life or prompted you or someone you know to seek or change treatments, please let us know by contacting Jim Mertens at jim.mertens@wqad.com or Marjorie Bekaert Thomas at mthomas@ivanhoe.com.

Silvis woman waits weeks for a furnace fix – blaming warranty company and contractor

SILVIS, Illinois – Silvis homeowner, Katrina Pettit, says she’s been waiting for a Geneseo company to come fix her furnace for weeks.

Pettit moved into her home four months ago.  She knew when she bought it there could be a problem with the furnace, which is why she purchased a home warranty plan with American Home Shield.  They contract with JK Plumbing and Heating in Geneseo and after little communication she feels left alone.

Buying your first home is supposed to be exciting, but for Pettit it’s been the complete opposite. She bought her house knowing the 20-year-old furnace wasn’t in the best of shape.

When she bought her home, her realtor advised her to buy home warranty to save some money.

Pettit purchased a warranty plan with American Home Shield and when her furnace stopped working a month ago, AHS called JK Plumbing and Heating.

“He came on October 1st to check on my furnace,” Pettit recalls.

She says he didn’t fix the problem that time and told Pettit he would put in a work order.  Since then, Pettit has been warming up her home with space heaters. She says the contractor came one more time two weeks later.

“He came, he was here for maybe 15 minutes, and said that I needed another part,” Pettit says. “He was going to run to the store he’d be back in 15 minutes and he never came back. I never heard from him since.”

Ronald Keegan, Pettit’s stepdad, has been with her every step of the home buying experience and says he encouraged her to own a home.

“I feel like I let her down,” Keegan comments, he's more upset with how American Home Shield picks their contractors. “They scrape the bottom of the barrel, which they clearly did in this case."

Friday morning, Pettit got some closure on a call with AHS and the contractor through JK Plumbing and Heating.

“How soon can we get someone there to put the board there?” the AHS representative asked the JK Plumbing and Heating employee.

“I will have someone there at 2,” he replied.

Keegan doesn’t have any confidence they’ll show.

“I’m 75% sure it won’t happen, just from what I’ve been reading – he’s been known for it,” Keegan comments.

Pettit says a different contractor showed up two hours later than they originally said.  AHS says the contractors have repaired the furnace.

In a statement to News 8, AHS says the contractor who first came to Pettit’s home tried calling her yesterday to finish the repairs, but there was no answer.  Pettit says she never got that call.  AHS also says the contractor has worked with them before and has positive reviews from customers.

Son of ‘El Chapo’ was caught during a massive shootout. Mexican officials say they released him to save lives

(CNN) — A bloody, prolonged shootout between Mexican security forces and suspected cartel members in Sinaloa state this week was an intentional — and ultimately abandoned — attempt to capture a son of imprisoned drug lord Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman for extradition to the United States, Mexican officials now say.

Troops did temporarily detain Ovidio Guzman Lopez during Thursday’s operation in the city of Culiacan, officials said. But as the battle dragged on, he was released and the operation was suspended to save lives, the country’s defense secretary and security minister said Friday.

Gunmen are seen in a Culiacan street Thursday.

The battle, which sent families hiding in terror for hours, left seven people dead: Five “aggressors,” one Mexican National Guard member, and one civilian, Security Minister Alfonso Durazo said on Twitter.

Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador acknowledged Friday that security forces went to Culiacan to capture the son on a judge’s order. Mexico’s Security Cabinet eventually suspended the operation “to protect the lives of the people,” he said.

He did not deny, when pressed by reporters, that Ovidio Guzman Lopez was released.

“The capture of a criminal cannot be worth more than the lives of the people … many citizens, people, human beings were at risk,” López Obrador said during a press briefing in Oaxaca.”

Nine government soldiers or law enforcement officers who were captured by the suspected cartel members during the battle were released when the government stopped the operation, Mexican Secretary of National Defense Luis Cresencio said Friday during a news conference in Sinaloa.

The troops’ intent was to arrest Guzman Lopez for extradition to the United States, Durazo, the security minister, said Friday.

Guzman Lopez, 28, is believed to have a large role in powerful Sinaloa drug cartel and faces charges in the US of conspiracy to distribute drugs.

Panicked residents flee

The attempt to capture Guzman Lopez unleashed chaos in Culiacan.

The battle started Thursday afternoon, when law enforcement officers and members of the Mexican National Guard took control of a house with four occupants, Durazo said late Thursday. One of the occupants was Ovidio Guzman Lopez, authorities said.

Other members of a criminal group arrived on scene, with more firepower than authorities, including .50-caliber machine guns. Violent attacks erupted in different parts of the city creating “a situation of panic,” Durazo said.

Armored vehicles with military-grade machinery fired heavy artillery against federal troops, according to CNN affiliate ADN40.

Many residents fled in panic while others remained locked in their homes as troops engaged in intense gun battles throughout the day. Residents were asked to stay inside, and schools have been closed until further notice, officials said.

Images on social media appeared to show the terror unleashed on the inhabitants of Culiacan. Plumes of black smoke billowed on the horizon while on the ground, mothers coddled their children while searching for cover behind parked cars.

Durazo announced late Thursday that the government suspended the operation.

Initially, Durazo said the battle began when federal troops were conducting a routine patrol, and that people inside the home attacked them. When the troops fought back, they found Guzman Lopez inside the home, Durazo said Thursday.

López Obrador’s statements on Friday, however, contradict Durazo’s assertion that it was a routine patrol.

Who is Ovidio Guzman Lopez?

Ovidio Guzman Lopez is the son of Guzman and his second wife, Griselda Lopez. He is a kingpin in the Sinaloa cartel, according to the US Treasury Department.

In February, Ovidio Guzman Lopez was charged with conspiracy to distribute drugs to be imported into the US, along with his brother Joaquin Guzman Lopez, 34, by the US Department of Justice.

Prosecutors said that from April 2008 through April 2018, the brothers conspired to distribute cocaine, marijuana, and methamphetamine from Mexico and other places to be imported into the US.

In July, their father — the once-powerful leader of the Sinaloa cartel — was sentenced to life in prison plus 30 years in the US.

Guzman was convicted in February on 10 federal charges, including murder conspiracies, running a continuing criminal enterprise and other drug-related charges.

He was considered the most “powerful drug trafficker in the world” by the Treasury Department and his criminal enterprise spanned continents and triggered bloodshed throughout his native Mexico.

In 2015 he dramatically escaped from prison, riding on a motorcycle through a tunnel that had been dug to his cell at the Altiplano maximum security federal prison.

Ray Donovan, the DEA special agent who spearheaded the 22-agency effort that led to Guzman’s capture, told CNN in February that the Sinaloa cartel still supplies most US drug markets.

“In fact, Chapo’s sons are now risen through the ranks of the Sinaloa cartel and taken over Chapo’s end of the organization,” he said.

Three American tourists died of natural causes in the Dominican Republic, FBI tests show

WASHINGTON – FBI toxicology tests have determined that the deaths of three American tourists in the Dominican Republic were due to natural causes, a US State Department official said Friday.

The findings are consistent with those presented by Dominican authorities.

The FBI assisted with the toxicology tests of three of at least nine Americans who died there in recent months. The spate of deaths has left vacationers to wonder if they should cancel their trips to the Caribbean tourist destination.

The bureau assisted in the investigations of the deaths last Spring of Nathaniel Holmes, Cynthia Day and Miranda Schaup-Werner.

Schaup-Werner, a 41-year-old Pennsylvania resident, died in May at the Grand Bahia Principe in La Romana, as did the 63-year-old Holmes, and the 49-year-old Day, a couple from Maryland.

“Our condolences and sympathy go out to the families during this difficult time,” the State Department official said in a statement, adding that relatives of the deceased have been informed of the FBI test results.

There was no immediate response from the family members.

The State Department official said the deaths were tragic but called them unrelated, isolated cases. The US has not seen an increase in the number of deaths of American citizens in the Dominican Republic, the official said.

Schaup-Werner died in her hotel room after having a drink from the minibar, family spokesman Jay McDonald told CNN affiliate WFMZ. She suffered a heart attack, pulmonary edema and respiratory failure, a preliminary autopsy cited by the Attorney General’s Office of the Dominican Republic showed.

Holmes and Day were found dead days later in their hotel room on May 30. Both had internal bleeding, including in their pancreases, according to Dominican authorities. Holmes had an enlarged heart and cirrhosis of the liver — both signs of significant pre-existing disease, the Dominican authorities said. Day had fluid in her brain, they said.

Holmes and Day also had fluid in their lungs, Attorney General Jean Alain Rodriguez Sanchez’s office said in a statement at the time.

The Dominican Republic is one of the Caribbean’s top tourism destinations, with more than 6 million stopover tourists last year, including 2.2 million Americans, according to the Caribbean Tourism Organization.

Royal Caribbean bans woman for life after she ‘recklessly and dangerously’ posed for selfie

LABADEE, Haiti – A woman was removed from a cruise ship and banned for life by the cruise company after she climbed onto her room’s balcony railing to pose for a dangerous photo shoot over the ocean.

The incident happened on board the Royal Caribbean ship Allure of the Seas as it was approaching Labadee, Haiti earlier this week.

The unnamed woman was spotted by a fellow passenger, Peter Blosic, who alerted the crew.

“While on my balcony, I saw the woman climb on her railing. It happened so quickly. Not knowing what her intentions were, I alerted the crew. If I said nothing, and she was going to jump, that would be horrible,” he told CNN.

Blosic later posted a picture of the woman wearing a blue bathing suit with hands over her head on social media.

The ship’s crew later tracked down the woman and removed her when the ship docked in Falmouth, Jamaica, Blosic said.

A Royal Caribbean spokesperson confirmed the incident, telling CNN in a statement:

“Earlier this week on the Allure of the Seas a guest was observed recklessly and dangerously posing for a photo by standing on her stateroom balcony railing with the help of her companion. Security was notified and the guests were later debarked in Falmouth, Jamaica as a result of their actions and are now banned for life from sailing with Royal Caribbean.”

On its website, Royal Caribbean explains that “sitting, standing, laying or climbing on, over or across any exterior or interior railings or other protective barriers” is not permitted, for guests’ own safety.

Car thefts committed by juveniles are down, program aimed at first-time youth offenders expands

DAVENPORT, Iowa -- The number of car thefts committed by juveniles in Scott County has seen a sharp decrease this year,  but a program to keep first-time youth offenders from re-offending is being expanded.

Scott County supervisors on Thursday, October 17,  voted unanimously to expand the Auto Theft Accountability Program, a program implemented this May in response to the spike in car thefts seen in the Quad Cities in recent years.

Juvenile crime and car thefts in particular were identified as public safety issue, addressed by Mayor Frank Klipsch at a youth summit last year.

"First-time offenders, that was the big scare," recalled Major Shawn Roth, a chief deputy at the Scott County Sheriff's Office. "Our scare was when your first offense isn’t the stealing of something small from a store, its’ the stealing of a vehicle, driving extreme speeds, shots fired."

The number of car thefts committed by juveniles peaked in 2017 and has gone down drastically since, numbers from Scott County's Juvenile Court show:

  • 2016:    58 cars stolen by juveniles
  • 2017:    237 cars stolen by juveniles (19.75 thefts per month)
  • 2018:    225 cars stolen by juveniles
  • 2019:    70 car stolen by juveniles through August (8.78 thefts per month)

The numbers include first-time offenses and repeat offenses, Hobart said, crediting the decline to a community effort to provide diversion programs for youth and their families.

Since the Auto Theft Accountabilty Program began in May, there have been only seven first-time offenders, he said, while in 2018 there had been about 100 first-time offenders.

"That's a good thing,for sure" said Jeremy Kaiser, Director of the Juvenile Detention and Diversion Programs. But it has meant that the Auto Theft Accountablity Program, designed to target first-time offenders, hasn't been able to reach many kids as he had hoped: "We had seven referrals in five months, averaging just over one a month."

The program brings youth offenders face to face with their victims in a restorative justice approach that includes mediation and requires the youth to show accountability and make amends through their actions.

"We want to be very careful about who we’re offering the program to. We’re diverting felonies," Kaiser said. "[The youth] have the opportunity to have this charge dismissed."

Two juveniles have completed the program and another two are currently going through it.  Three others became ineligible when they reoffended before the program began.

Kaiser has now received Scott County supervisors' approval to expand the program to first time juveniles who have committed other nonviolent property crimes.

"We were specifically targeting auto theft with this program, because it was such an issue," he said. "But now we have the budget capacity and we have the staffing ready to go, we feel like we can do more. This allows us to take a look at juveniles that come in on burglary charges or criminal mischief charges or other theft offenses. There’s no violent offenses in this, it’s all about property."

The expanded program would not include burglaries where people are in the house at the time of the crime.

Major Roth said the Sheriff's Office was fully behind that expansion.

"We are trying different multi-disciplinary ideas to come up with something, whether it's juvenile court service, or law enforcement, or the court system," he said. "The commmunity is coming up with different ideas. How do we get through to these kids to make better decisions. Every little bit helps. It takes a community to raise kids."

He and Kaiser were cautious about celebrating the decline in car thefts too soon.

"We still have work to do," Kaiser said. "Our juvenile detention numbers have been down, but the number of juveniles held at the jail has been up. It’s a wash. There's till work to be done, addressing other violent crime and such."

Funding for the Auto Theft Accountability Program comes from the Iowa Department of Human Services and was allocated earlier this year when it started and will cover the expanded scope.

Muscatine man charged with first-degree murder in shooting death of 18-year-old

MUSCATINE, Iowa -- A Muscatine man is accused of shooting and killing an 18-year-old woman.

David J.S. Hatfield, age 23, was charged with first-degree murder in the death of 18-year-old Kaitlyn Palmer from Muscatine, according to Muscatine County Attorney Alan Ostergren.

David Hatfield, image from online jail records


On Wednesday, October 16, Hatfield called 911 to report that his girlfriend had shot herself at the Saulbury Recreation Area, which is a campground in a rural part of Muscatine County, said Ostergren.  In an interview with Hatfield after the shooting, police said Hatfield admitted to shooting Palmer, and "further admitted having fired a practice shot before doing so."

Palmer sustained a gunshot wound to the head and was taken to the hospital in Iowa City, said Ostergren.  She passed away from her injury on Thursday.

Hatfield was initially charged with attempt to commit murder and was held in the Muscatine County Jail on $1 million bond.  The first degree murder charge was filed on Friday.  A preliminary hearing is set for October 28 at 9 a.m.

Man stabbed during fight with coworker at Pancheros in Davenport

DAVENPORT, Iowa -- One man was stabbed after getting into a fight with his co-worker at Pancheros Mexican Grill.

The stabbing was reported shortly before 10 a.m. on Friday, October 18, at the restaurant on Utica Ridge Road, according to a statement from the Davenport Police Department.  Both men involved in the fight were injured; one sustained stab wounds to his abdomen and the other had injuries to his face.

Police said the man who had abdominal injuries was taken to a nearby hospital; he was last listed in critical condition.

The worker whose face got hurt did not need medical attention, said police, and was taken to the Davenport Police station for questioning.

If you have any information on this incident, you are asked to call the Davenport Police Department at 563-326-6125.

Police seize guns from avowed neo-Nazi in Washington

SEATTLE — Police seized military-style firearms from an avowed neo-Nazi in Snohomish County in what is believed to be a first-of-its-kind case in Washington state.

“We actually, I firmly believe, prevented a massacre,” said Seattle City Attorney Pete Holmes, whose office was involved in the investigation.

Records filed in King County court show officers from the Arlington and Seattle police departments seized five military-style rifles, three pistols, and other gun parts from a residence on Jordan Trails Road in Arlington.

According to court documents, the weapons belong to Kaleb J. Cole, who is the suspected leader of The Atomwaffen Division in Washington state.

Authorities claim Cole has been amassing firearms and training with weapons in western Washington. Online videos show Atomwaffen members firing guns and moving through rooms at “devils tower,” a graffiti-scarred building at an abandoned cement plant near the City of Concrete.

“This is a hate-filled human being but one who, unfortunately, possesses a large number of weapons,” Holmes said. “There’s no other mechanism like our firearms unit that’s in existence. There’s no one else in the state that’s doing this.”

Cole is not charged with a crime but is named in an Extreme Risk Protection Order (ERPO) filed earlier this month in King County court. In the civil paperwork, prosecutors and the FBI convinced a judge that “Kaleb Cole poses a serious threat to public safety by having access and possession to firearms and a concealed pistol license.”

The judge issued an order requiring Cole to surrender all firearms to the police.

Atomwaffen, which is a German for “atomic weapon,” is a small but extreme organization that seeks inspiration from Adolph Hitler and Charles Manson, who ordered mass murders to attempt to trigger a race war.

Its white supremacist members claim they will not start the war, but they are arming themselves in preparation.

Atomwaffen members have been charged in five murders in other states.

The FBI has clearly been watching Cole, although a spokesperson for the bureau’s Seattle office declined to comment.

Documents filed in court show that Cole traveled to Eastern Europe in December of 2018 on a trip to honor the sites of some of World War II’s most horrific scenes.

Cell phone photos retrieved by Customs and Border Patrol agents when Cole re-entered the U.S. show him posing in front of the Nazi death camp Auschwitz. In the photos, Cole is holding up the Atomwaffen flag at other locations, and other photos show him holding guns.

“Cole has been permanently banned from entry into Canada as a result of his [admitted] membership/affiliation with the Atomwaffen Division,” the Border Patrol report stated.

Earlier this year, the Seattle FBI approached Seattle/King County’s Regional Firearms Enforcement Unit operated by the Seattle City Attorney, King County Prosecutor, and Seattle police.

Agents sought an ERPO to disarm Cole, but the federal government has no such tool.

“The fact is the federal government came to us. There’s no other mechanism like our firearms unit that’s in existence. There’s no one else in the state that’s doing this,” said Holmes.

It’s the first time the Feds have sought an ERPO in Washington state, and it’s believed to be one of the first instances in the nation.

King County Prosecutor Dan Satterberg, whose deputy prosecutor Kim Wyatt argued the ERPO case before the judge, said the order to surrender guns is the right tool when law enforcement does not have enough evidence to file a criminal charge.

“In this case, the joint terrorism task force had assessed Mr. Cole and said he was somebody who was doing more than thinking and talking about his extremist, violent beliefs, but that he was actually acting on it,” Satterberg said.

Holmes said the case marks an important milestone since he started working with his domestic violence prosecutor, Chris Anderson, on the pilot project that formed the firearms enforcement unit.

That unit has now seized nearly 1,100 firearms since 2017, mostly from accused domestic abusers.

The fact the FBI recognized an ERPO’s ability to stop a threat is significant.

“We can actually prevent some of these massacres,” said Holmes.

KING 5 has been unable to reach Cole for comment. The order that he does not possess any firearms remains in effect for one year.

Anheuser-Busch accuses MillerCoors of stealing secret recipes

MILKWAUKEE, Wisconsin (AP) — Anheuser-Busch is suing MillerCoors over its confidential recipes for Bud Light and Michelob Ultra.

In a heavily redacted court filing Thursday, Anheuser-Busch claims MillerCoors illegally obtained the recipes through one of its employees, who used to work for Anheuser-Busch.

Anheuser-Busch says MillerCoors wanted the recipes because it was planning to retaliate for Anheuser-Bush’s Super Bowl ads, which chided MillerCoors for brewing beer using corn syrup.

Anheuser-Busch seeks damages from MillerCoors.

The filing was the latest in a legal fight that began in March. MillerCoors sued Anheuser-Busch over the corn syrup ad campaign, which it says is false and misleading.

Last month, a federal judge in Milwaukee ruled in MillerCoors’ favor and ordered Anheuser-Busch to stop using packaging that implies rival contain corn syrup. Anheuser-Busch is appealing that ruling.

“Anheuser Busch has lost three major federal rulings in this case and now they are simply trying to distract from the basic fact that they intentionally misled American consumers,” MillerCoors spokesman Adam Collins said of Anheuser-Busch’s claims.

Shower chance Saturday… Weekend best on track for Sunday

A nice warmup but a breezy one as temperatures have climbed into the 60s.  Skies will remain fair overnight and breezy with overnight lows in the upper 40s.

On Saturday,  few light scattered showers will interrupt our outdoor plans for one or two hours  as a system quickly slides through the area.  Timing is still on track around the midday or afternoon hours but the coverage looks quite scattered, so not everyone will experience it. Highs that day will only climb around 60 degrees.

Your weekend’s best is still Sunday with scattered clouds and highs around the mid 60s.

Early next week a stronger system will impact the area with wind and rain followed by several days of dry but slightly cooler than normal temperatures.

Chief meteorologist James Zahara

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Johnson & Johnson recalls baby powder after traces of asbestos found

The bad news keeps coming for Johnson & Johnson: The company on Friday announced a voluntary recall of its popular baby powder after some bottles were found to contain small amounts of asbestos.

Shares of J&J fell 5%, making it the worst-performing stock in the Dow Jones Industrial Average. The drop in J&J, along with a slide in Boeing, dragged down the broader market Friday.

Read More: 95% of tested baby foods in the US contain toxic metals, report says

J&J’s stock is now up less than 1% in 2019. The company, along with other health care stocks, has lagged the broader market due to a series of legal concerns.

But J&J has arguably the greatest risk of all the top Big Pharma firms.

The company already has been dealing with lawsuits about whether it knew of asbestos in talcum powder. Shares plummeted more than 10% in mid-December — their worst one-day drop since 2002 — after Reuters reported that J&J knew about an asbestos problem for decades.

Some women have alleged that their ovarian cancer was caused by exposure to J&J products with asbestos. Prolonged exposure to asbestos has also been linked to cases of mesothelioma and lung cancer, according to some medical studies.

J&J said in a statement Friday that it “has a rigorous testing standard in place to ensure its cosmetic talc is safe and years of testing, including the FDA’s own testing on prior occasions — and as recently as last month — found no asbestos.”

“Thousands of tests over the past 40 years repeatedly confirm that our consumer talc products do not contain asbestos,” the company added.

Still, asbestos allegations aren’t the only legal headache for J&J.

Earlier this month, a Pennsylvania jury also ruled that J&J must pay $8 billion in punitive damages following a man’s claim that the company didn’t warn young men that they could grow breasts after using the antipsychotic drug Risperdal.

J&J is dealing with a series of other legal problems, most notably about the company’s role in the opioid addiction crisis. That could cost the company billions of dollars in settlement costs.

J&J says in its earnings releases — including its third-quarter results reported earlier this month — that it will not provide earnings guidance “because the company is unable to predict with reasonable certainty the ultimate outcome of legal proceedings.”

Ohio Attorney General Dave Yostalso announced Thursday that J&J agreed to pay nearly $117 million in a multistate settlement to resolve allegations about deceptive marketing of transvaginal surgical mesh devices that are used to treat bladder problems. The company was sued by women who allege they were injured by the devices.


Man indicted after driving through suburban Chicago mall

SCHAUMBURG, Ill. (AP) — A man accused of driving an SUV through a suburban Chicago shopping mall has been indicted on charges of terrorism and criminal damage to property.

The Arlington Heights Daily Herald reports Cook County prosecutors announced the indictment Friday against 23-year-old Javier Garcia of Palatine.

No one was seriously injured in the Sept. 20 disturbance at the Woodfield Mall in Schaumburg that authorities estimated caused more than $110,000 in damages. They say Garcia drove more than halfway through the mall, striking columns and kiosks before coming to a stop.

Defense attorney Amil Alkass says Garcia has mental health issues. Co-counsel James Doerr said Garcia has no ties to terrorist groups.

Garcia is being held without bail in Cook County jail.

He’s due to be arraigned on Oct. 30.

‘A symbol of acceptance’: Kellogg joins anti-bullying campaign with All Together cereal

Raisin Bran, Corn Flakes, Rice Krispies, Frosted Flakes, Froot Loops and Frosted Mini Wheats in the same box?

The new concoction isn’t just a kid’s breakfast dream — it’s an anti-bullying campaign.

Kellogg’s is partnering with the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) to release a cereal called “All Together,” mixing cereals and their mascots to support anti-bullying and LGBTQ advocacy work.

“We all belong together,” the company said in a statement. “So for the first time in history, our famous mascots and cereals are offered exclusively together in the same box for All Together Cereal. It’s a symbol of acceptance no matter how you look, where you’re from or who you love.”

The cereals are packaged individually inside a purple box.

All Together is available for a limited time in honor of Spirit Day, an anti-bullying campaign that has millions of people wear purple to stand up against bullying.

Along with the cereal campaign, Kellogg’s also pledged to donate $50,000 to GLAAD in support of the group’s efforts.