Arrest warrant issued for Walnut Creek Nordstrom flash mob-style theft suspect who posted bail

MARTINEZ, Calif. (KGO) – An arrest warrant has been issued for a Walnut Creek Nordstrom theft suspect who has already been arrested and released.

Dana Dawson left court two weeks ago and has not returned since.

CONNECTED: The Contra Costa Co. Sheriff’s Office is investigating why the Nordstrom theft suspect was released

Dawson is one of three suspects arrested by Walnut Creek Police in connection with the recent flash mob-style theft of Nordstrom. Walnut Creek police say they used a Glock 29 9mm pistol, a violation of their parole, only Walnut Creek police officers were unaware that Dawson was on parole when they arrested her.

“I don’t know if it was just a system error or just a delay in the transmission of information. We’re still looking into that, ”said Jamie Knox, police chief of Walnut Creek on December 1st.

Dawson was then entitled to bail.

ME-TEAM: Sheriff’s Office admits Walnut Creek Nordstrom theft suspect was mistakenly released

During their November 30 indictment, the Contra Costa County’s assistant district attorney said that Dawson’s parole officer attempted to get a parole warrant signed by a judge who would have taken Dawson back into custody, but the parole agent missed it by about 15 minutes according to Assistant District Attorney Jordan Sanders.

“It’s frustrating,” Sanders said on November 30th.

Without that parole warrant, it was Dawson’s turn to return to court, which the assistant prosecutor tells I-TEAM that they didn’t do on Friday or Monday.

CONNECTED: 3 arrested, gun found in a break-in at Walnut Creek Nordstrom store involving 80 people: Police

Parole has been actively trying to track her down and now has an arrest warrant.

The other two suspects arrested, Joshua Underwood and Rodney Robinson, appeared in court on Monday. Underwood had previously been mistakenly released by the Contra Costa County Sheriff’s Office, but was detained again when he appeared in court on November 30th.

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Trout Creek resident opposes federal cash

When the FEDS says “jump”, the Montana government says “how high”

Yes, thanks to the Biden Administration’s American Rescue Plan Act, our Montana lawmakers passed HB632, which can pour billions of dollars into our state.

We are told they have to vote YES or lose the money. So let’s get that straight. We, the people, must sacrifice the COVID manipulations of “control” and “compliance” in exchange for numerous better ways of living in Montana!

Let’s examine the funding allocated for these much-needed millions of improvement dollars, as cited in HB632: $ 462,689,925 for water and sanitation infrastructure projects; $ 275 million for communications; $ 150,000,000 for economic transformation, stabilization and human resource development; $ 213,859,768 for housing programs; $ 365,595,000 for public health and human services; $ 391,260,656 for education. Don’t worry, the grants associated with many of these funds are initially just taxpayer-funded money.

The judiciary is even allocated $ 944,721 to aid COVID19-affected court cases.

In Montana, do you feel freed by the $ 1.8 billion funding caused by the pandemic? Are you content to be a hostage to the American Rescue Plan Act?

Go back to your corner, sit down and be still.

Kathleen Hassan, trout stream

PICTURES: Nation and Irish music stars have a good time finish of lockdown in fashion at Craic by the Creek Competition

THE Craic by the Creek Festival, recently held in Greater Manchester, attracted some of the top names in Irish and country music.

Originally planned for 2019, the festival was postponed and then postponed due to the Covid-19 pandemic and the associated travel restrictions.

Band Lampa from Birmingham (PICTURES: Chris Egan)

When it became clear that the festival could take place this year, ticket sales soared and quickly sold out.

Two-thirds of the event organizing team, Matt and Donal, take the main stage (PICS: Chris Egan)

Such was the demand for a return to Irish live and country music that the organizers realized that the festival would be much more than celebrating live music, but also a party to celebrate the lockdown.

Craic By The Creek audience was in tip top shape (PICTURES: Chris Egan)

The three-day event featured artists Nathan Carter, All Folk’d Up, Lisa McHugh, Mike McGoldrick and the Joe Keegan Band on the Big Barn Stage.

All Folk’d Up in Action (PICTURES: Chris Egan)

Elsewhere in the line-up, Catherine McKenna, Gareth Nugent, Crossroads and Matt and Donal performed on the Bethell Stage, giving festival goers the chance to get up close and personal with the biggest names in traditional and contemporary Irish music.

Dara Woods gets the Saturday afternoon music going (PICTURES: Chris Egan)

Based on the success of the opening festival Craic by the Creek, the event has already confirmed its dates for 2022.

Chorlton Country Club, one of Manchester’s most popular country bands (PICS: Chris Egan)

Craic by the Creek 2022 takes place July 22-24.

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Prime Tickets — 49 Winchester, Carver Commodore, The New Lonesome Creek Rangers | Leisure

This band with vocalist Kerry Hurley has worked like any other act in the recent valley.

Details: 9:00 p.m. Martins downtown, Roanoke. $ 5,985-6278, martinsdowntown.com. 7 p.m. Rock & Roll Diner. Free. thrillbillyz.com

Elliott’s new Nashville single “Empty” was released recently. Check it out on youtu.be/dHSe73v6OMY.

Details: 8 p.m. Sidewinders Steak House and Saloon, Roanoke. $ 10. 904-2777, sidewindersaloon.com, facebook.com/TheKyleElliott

A gritty but groovy Americana rock band with an excellent singer meets Martin’s. See an act on the rise.

Details: 9 p.m. Martin’s city center. $ 12 prepayment over bit.ly/49winMartins;; $ 15 door. 49winchester.com

The New Lonesome Creek Rangers

It’s a small audience and a live streaming show with an all-star band with members of the Lonesome River Band (including banjo man Sammy Shelor), the Twin Creeks Stringband, and the New Macedon Rangers.

Queen Creek yoga teacher spreads messages of self-love, raises cash for nonprofits

Talfrau launches her own version of the butterfly effect

A yoga teacher finds unique ways to help people make big changes in their lives.

A woman down in the valley starts her own version of the butterfly effect by using yoga to teach people to love themselves and make big changes in their lives.

Now she’s working to spread the love by participating in two different fundraisers.

Erica Marquez is the owner of Butterfly Effect Aerial Yoga. She started her practice as a social worker to meditate and stay in shape.

Along the way, she realized that she could also help people by teaching these techniques.

“I started in the middle of the pandemic and it has enabled my social worker side to reach people in my community,” said Marquez.

Classes do not take place in the traditional stationary studio – everything is mobile.

On April 24th the Yoga “Studio” organizes a charity event at Desert Sky Park, where they offer six 30-minute classes to donate at least $ 10.

The proceeds, according to Marquez, will go to Maggie’s Place in Phoenix, a shelter designed to help pregnant women who need help to get out of their current life situation.

“They really are an amazing organization that helps women in a time of need,” said Marquez.

The yoga teacher also participates in a Yoga Warrior competition that supports the nonprofit Yoga for Veterans project. The money raised will help veterans across the country use yoga as a form of therapy for symptoms of PTSD.

“If I win the competition, I’ll get a spot in a magazine to get my message across about loving yourself,” said Marquez.

Just like her students need the support of the silk while in the air, Marquez needs the support of the community to continue making a difference.

On-line: https://www.butterflyeffectaerialyoga.com

Find out more about the Desert Sky Park charity event:: https://www.wellnessliving.com/rs/event/butterfly_effect_aerial_yoga?k_class=282266

Queen Creek Yorkie breeder accused of taking cash with out giving individuals their canine

In Arizona, breeders do not need a license and are largely unregulated. This means that potential pet buyers need to be extra careful before putting any cash in.

QUEEN CREEK, Arizona – Dog and puppy sales soared last year when families turned to a furry friend during our many extra hours at home. But not all sales went as buyers had hoped.

“There are just so many emotions,” said Kristina Proctor. “You think what do I have to do, what do I have to do to get ready in the house.”

But she was ready for the big investment. In September 2020, she sent a $ 500 deposit through Venmo to Littlefoot Yorkies in Queen Creek and reserved her spot to get a Yorkie from the next litter, she thought.

“I had a name for her and the whole thing. It was hard,” said Proctor.

Now, almost six months later, there is still no puppy, no refund, and no word from this obvious breeder.

“You feel stupid, you are angry because someone took you,” she said.

She is not alone. The 12 News I team spoke to 17 people across the country, all of whom said they sent deposits to Littlefoot Yorkies and never got their dogs.

One of them was Sheri Tucker in Oakland, California, who sent $ 350 as a surprise for her son to have a puppy in December 2020.

“It hurts my heart,” she says. “My son, when he found out on his birthday that he wasn’t getting a dog, he was really disappointed.”

Then there’s Christy Frazier in the suburbs of St. Louis.

“I think she was playing with my emotions,” explains Frazier. “I had just lost my 15 year old dog.”

She sent $ 700 to Littlefoot Yorkies to cover the bail and transportation fee and take the new dog to Missouri. She even signed paperwork and promised to get a healthy dog.

“I’m closer to 60 here,” she adds. “I’ve never been betrayed in my life and I couldn’t believe anyone had the courage to do so.”

12 News does not currently name the owner of Littlefoot Yorkies as she has not face any charges. Pinal County confirms they are investigating complaints about the company and owner and will refer the investigation to the county prosecutor when it is complete.

In all cases of those who spoke to 12 messages, people depositing said the breeder sent them photos of their future pooches first. Through social media, many people found they were being sent pictures of the same dogs or dogs from different breeders that were out of the question.

After a while, most people say the breeder blocked them when they started asking questions.

The owner of Littlefoot Yorkies gave different excuses to different people. Some people say she told them that their mother or father was sick. Other people say she told them she was sick.

When 12 messages reached her by phone, she said that another person who was working with her was trying to take the customers and the trash away.

According to receipts, the 17 people who spoke to 12 messages sent more than $ 10,000 to Littlefoot Yorkies. As of last week, only 5 of them said they had received refunds. After 12 messages interviewed the breeder over the phone, 4 other people said they had received their refund after waiting for months.

In the same telephone conversation, the breeder claimed that she had refunded all but two people.

“The breeder’s behavior is that the breeder knows they did the wrong thing,” says Steve Lee with Steve Lee & Associates.

He is a fraud expert unrelated to this case.

“From the outside, it looks like a scam,” he explains.

He says cases like this can be difficult to prosecute because investigators have to prove their intent. Agencies may also lack the resources to conduct smaller investigations.

“They tend to react to bigger dollar numbers that are unhappy because victims like this get stuck in their own situation,” says Lee.

The options for a victim are limited. Lee says they could file a lawsuit to get a refund or keep trying to get one from the seller and see if law enforcement will take action.

Lee recommends using resources like the American Kennel Club to help veterinarian breeders.

Some advice from investigators and other volunteer rescuers when buying or adopting a pet:

  • Visit the facility where you want to adopt

  • Be aware when employees answer questions or evade them

  • Make sure they have an active nonprofit board of directors

  • Check to see if the dog has a collar or ID

  • Check that the animals have been neutered, vaccinated, vaccinated or microchipped and that they are bringing documents to support these records

For many of the people who spoke to 12 News, the red flags didn’t come up right away. Tucker says she was referred to Littlefoot Yorkies by a friend who actually bought a Yorkie from the same breeder.

The others say they checked them through social media sites that are now gone.

The address given for Littlefoot Yorkies is now an empty house for rent in Queen Creek. Someone at the breeder’s home address told us that Littlefoot Yorkie was no longer a business and that they couldn’t explain what happened.

“I wouldn’t send money over the internet,” says Sheri Tucker. “Meet with the person. Make sure they are real.”

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