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Woman attacked with hot sauce bottle in karaoke fight, police say

A woman has been charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon after attacking another woman with a hot sauce bottle following a karaoke performance in Austin, Texas, according to a report by KEYE.

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The news station, citing an affidavit, reports that Austin police responded to a call Thursday at La Catedral del Marisco on Oltorf Street, concerning an altercation between two women who sing karaoke at the restaurant every week. According to the report, 52-year-old Elsa Martin Garcia began to yell at a second woman, who had just finished singing, about the woman’s performance. 

Then the situation, which the station reports was caught on cellphone video, escalated and Garcia hit the woman on the head with a “glass bottle of hot sauce.” According to the station, police found a broken hot sauce bottle on a table and said the victim had lacerations on her face.

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After 6-year-old shoots boy, 8, police plead with parents to lock up guns

An Ohio police department hopes that an accidental shooting of an 8-year-old boy will serve as a warning to other parents about safe gun storage.

Last week, an 8-year-old and a 6-year-old found a loaded gun in the basement of a Mount Vernon home and started playing with it, according to Columbus police and Raw Story.

>> Guns kill nearly 1,300 children a year in U.S., study finds

That gun went off, wounding the 8-year-old in the arm. The boy is expected to make a full recovery at Children’s Hospital.

Police said a “third party” took the gun from the home before officers arrived. 

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No charges have been filed at this time, authorities said.

Columbus police shared information about the incident on social media.

"PLEASE LOCK UP GUNS – We're posting this incident to raise awareness & educate the public," the department wrote.

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Guns are present in one in three American homes with children in them, according to the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia Research Institute. The Washington Post reports that, on average, two children are incidentally shot by mishandling firearms every week.

Is Seattle's minimum wage hike costing jobs? Here's what 2 studies say

Two studies show there is no denying that most $15 minimum wage workers in Seattle are making more money, but a new University of Washington report shows more costs than benefits.

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Another study from the University of California Berkeley says the law has boosted pay for restaurant workers without losing jobs, but it did not examine other industries. Also, an investigation by the Albany Times-Union last year raised questions about its “predictively positive” studies.

UW study shows number of jobs shrinking

A new report – commissioned by the city and conducted by University of Washington economists – out Monday morning shows minimum wage workers in Seattle may be making more money, but the number of jobs available are shrinking.

Researchers at the University of Washington said because of the 2014 law gradually increasing the minimum wage to $15, employers have done everything from cutting jobs to slashing hours.

The report shows a jump from $11 to $13 an hour last year hit many employers hard, and as a result of cutbacks, lower-paid workers on average lost about $125 per month.

According to the study, if the minimum wage law didn’t exist, there would 5,000 more lower-paying jobs available right now.

UC Berkeley study shows minimum wage hasn’t cut jobs

A report from the University of California Berkeley claims the $15 wage law has boosted pay for restaurant workers without costing jobs.

The report focused on food service jobs, which some critics said could be disproportionately affected if increased wages forced restaurants to cut workers' hours.

Author Michael Reich says that hasn't been the case.

"Our results show that wages in food services did increase — indicating the policy achieved its goal," the study said.

Forbes reported that in an expose published last year, the Albany Times-Union used emails to explore the motivations of the Berkeley team – and those emails were predictably positive about increased minimum wages.

The Times-Union found that the emails were “demonstrating a deep level of coordination between academics and advocates.” The expose highlighted that not one negative impact was found among Berkeley’s six positive studies on the minimum wage.

About Seattle’s minimum wage

In 2014, Seattle became one of the first cities to adopt a law aiming for a $15 minimum wage. San Francisco changed its wage around the same time.

Seattle's law gave small businesses employing fewer than 500 people seven years to phase it in. Large employers had to do so over three or four years, depending on whether they offer health insurance to their employees.

Another juror in Cosby case opens up about deliberations

Another juror in the Bill Cosby sexual-assault case is talking about the deliberations.

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"I flip-flopped back and forth plenty of times," said Robert Dugan, the first non-alternate juror to show his face.

Dugan said he believed Cosby was guilty after Cosby's 2005 deposition was read in court.

He said that he couldn't get past the fact that Cosby wouldn't use the word "consent" when describing his encounter a year earlier with Andrea Constand that led to charges. "I was, like, you just got caught red-handed. Like, why would you say that if you're trying to defend yourself, in my opinion," Dugan said.

Jurors deliberated for 52 hours before a judge declared a mistral.

Dugan said tensions in the jury room complicated matters.

"People were frustrated. People missed their home. People missed their kids. It was a number of things and it finally all boiled up," Dugan said.

Prosecutors are working to rebuild their case for another trial.

A different juror last week expressed concern over the prosecution's lack of evidence, and said he didn't find Cosby's accuser to be credible.

Powdered drywall mistaken for cocaine lands innocent man behind bars for 90 days

Karlos Cashe thought he was facing a minor traffic ticket when he was pulled over by police in Oviedo, Florida, in March for driving without headlights.

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When an officer saw white powder on his seat and floorboard, though, the situation became much more serious.

Cashe was on probation at the time on marijuana and cocaine charges from 2015.

He was put in handcuffs when court records showed he was out past his court-ordered curfew. Hours later, police realized the system was not up to date and Cashe had not violated his curfew.

When the officer field tested the white powder, it came up positive for cocaine, officials said.

“I know for a fact (that) it’s drywall because I’m a handyman,” Cashe said. “I said that continuously during the arrest stop.”

A K-9 unit arrived at the scene and the dog alerted on Cashe’s vehicle and an Oviedo Police Department sergeant field tested substances he believed to be marijuana and more cocaine.

When those tests came back positive, Cashe was taken to the Seminole County Jail.

Because he was accused of violating probation, he was denied bond.

“I sat there 90 days knowing I was innocent,” Cashe said.

Nearly three months later, lab tests on the substances collected in Cashe’s vehicle came back with results showing there were no drugs in the car at the time of his arrest.

Cashe walked out of jail last week, and is now hoping his story might cause police to take closer looks in this type of case.

“This is what I want to stop,” he said. “I don’t want this to happen to anybody else.”

Teen high on mushrooms charged after running over, killing teen with car

A 17-year-old teen has been charged with first-degree involuntary manslaughter after running over and killing another teen while high on psychedelic mushrooms.

KSHB reported that, according to a probable cause statement, Jacob David Mustoe told police that he was high on mushrooms on Sunday morning when he crashed into a house in Kansas City, Missouri.

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The Kansas City Star reported that Mustoe got into an argument with Jake A. Wehmeyer, 17, while visiting Wehmeyer’s house with two other friends. The argument, according to court documents, led to Mustoe and Wehmeyer throwing items, including billiard balls, at each other.

KCTV reported Wehmeyer’s parents were out of town and Wehmeyer and his 14-year-old brother were left at home.

Mustoe reportedly told police he left the house, walked to his own home and got into his car, then aimed it at Wehmeyer’s house and drove into a neighbor’s yard. 

Police were called to the area around 4 a.m. Sunday, where they fould a vehicle driven through a closed garage door of a house, KCTV reported. According to court documents, Mustoe said he did it because he was high on mushrooms. The documents also said he told police he thought “everything would be OK” and that he saw Wehmeyer in a neighbor's yard telling him to slow down.

Wehmeyer was found dead at the scene and was partially under the vehicle.

Mustoe left the home and ran to his own house, where he contacted his mother, took a shower and changed his clothes.

The Kansas City Star reported that police arrived at Mustoe’s home and found that he had injuries consistent with the crash. He was arrested after being taken to a hospital for minor injury treatment.

Mustoe has a $200,000 bond.

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Girl at fault in 25-foot fall from Six Flags ride, police say

A 14-year-old girl, who fell 25 feet from a gondola ride at Six Flags Great Escape in Queensbury, New York, Saturday night was at fault, according to authorities.

Warren County sheriff's Lt. Steven Stockdale said “human error” by the teenager caused her to slip under the metal safety bar, The Post-Star of Glen Falls reported.

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The girl dangled briefly before falling from the “Sky Ride” as a group of park guests gathered under the stopped attraction to catch her.

The teenager from Delaware was on the ride with her brother when she fell from the two-person car, the Warren County Sheriff’s Office said in a statement. 

The ride was stopped after the operator was told of a rider in distress, CBS reported.

Video of the incident shows the girl slipping through the safety bar, which briefly held her aloft while she dangled in the air.

The teen struck a tree before landing in the crowd, which had gathered to catch her. She was treated at the park, then taken to an area hospital.

>> Related: Girl, 11, dies after falling out of ride at water park

Park officials said the ride was working properly.

“There does not appear to be any malfunction of the ride, but we have closed the attraction until the a thorough review can be completed,” USA Today reported park officials said in a statement.

Another person was injured as he was trying to help catch the girl.

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At least 17 registered sex offenders list same Walmart as home address

Shoppers at a Walmart in Cocoa, Florida, expressed concern after learning that at least 17 registered sex offenders, some designated as sexual predators, listed the store as their home address.

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State law allows homeless sex offenders to use the address of the closest physical address for their registration.

Most of the sex offenders listing the Walmart as their home address likely live across the street in a homeless camp set up in a wooded area, police said.

Mother, and Walmart shopper, Heather Poole said she couldn’t believe so many sex offenders lived in such close proximity to a place children and families regularly visit.

“We go there, like, 10 times a week,” Poole said. “We literally live right down the street.

“It’s pretty scary, you know? We have kids and, you know, you don’t want (the sex offenders) being around and you don’t know who it is.”

In a statement, Walmart said that the company goes to great lengths to keep shoppers safe.

Walmart admitted, though, that it did not know about the homeless sex offenders using the Clearlake Road store as their home address.

Walmart’s full statement:

“We work to maintain a safe environment for our customers and associates. It’s disturbing to learn that convicted felons would list our store as their residential address. We condemn such a practice and must refer any other questions to local law enforcement.”

According to the Cocoa Police Department, after registered sex offenders are released from prison, officers verify the address listed on their paperwork and check on the individual again in six months.

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