Woman drove 2 children in pet kennels in Tennessee
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Police in Tennessee say a woman has been charged with transporting two young children in pet kennels inside her vehicle.
News outlets report 62-year-old Leimome Cheeks was charged with two counts of child endangerment.
According to a Memphis police affidavit, Cheeks says there was no room inside her vehicle Saturday, so she told the children ages 7 and 8 to get inside the kennels.
There were no air conditioning vents in the back of the vehicle and the children told police they became hot. Temperatures in the area reached about 95 degrees Fahrenheit (35 degrees Celsius).
Cheeks was being held Sunday in the Shelby County Jail. Jail records didn’t indicate whether Cheeks has an attorney who can comment on the charges.
▶FOX NEWS HOST SORRY FOR CALLING TRUMP, KIM ‘TWO DICTATORS’:
NEW YORK (AP) — A Fox News host has accidentally referred to the highly anticipated summit between President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un as a meeting of “two dictators.”
“Fox & Friends” co-host Abby Huntsman made the comment on Sunday as TV footage showed the Republican president landing in Singapore for a summit with Kim on Tuesday. Guest and former White House communications director Anthony Scaramucci didn’t catch it.
But the daughter of U.S. Ambassador to Russia Jon Huntsman later apologized on air for what she had said. Her gaffe still took off on Twitter.
The two leaders arrived in Singapore on Sunday for their talks, which initially were billed as an effort to rid North Korea of its nuclear weapons. The meeting has been downplayed by Trump in recent days.
▶AFTER VANDALISM, CLEANED ANDREW JACKSON TOMB UNVEILED:
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A ceremony has been held in Tennessee to unveil the restored tomb of President Andrew Jackson, six weeks after profanities were painted on it.
Officials posted on The Hermitage’s Facebook page the cleaned tomb was presented to the public Sunday in Nashville.
Andrew Jackson Foundation CEO Howard Kittell said in April that someone marred the stone covers of the graves of Jackson and his wife, Rachel, with black and red paint. He said the word “killer” was written, along with profanities. Anarchist symbols were drawn at the site.
Jackson served as president from 1829 to 1837. He was beloved as a man of the people but also oversaw the forced removal of Native Americans from the southeastern U.S.
Jackson was buried at his home on June 10, 1845.
▶HOMEOWNER’S ASSOCIATION ISSUED GATOR WARNING BEFORE ATTACK:
DAVIE, Fla. ( AP) — Two days before a South Florida woman was fatally attacked by an alligator, an emailed warning about a trespassing gator was sent out to homeowners in the waterfront community where she lived.
The Sun Sentinel of South Florida reported Sunday it was unknown if Shizuka Matsuki ever got the warning.
The email from the Isla de Sol Homeowners Association in Plantation, Florida, notified residents that an alligator had been trapped at a resident’s front door. It warned residents to be mindful that gators, snakes and other wildlife lived in the area.
Matsuki’s body was found Friday in a lake in Davie, Florida, hours after she had gone missing.
A witness told authorities he saw the woman walking two dogs and then noticed the dogs alone, barking near the water.
▶ACTOR JACKSON ODELL DEAD AT 20; CORONER INVESTIGATING CAUSE:
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Los Angeles County coroner is investigating the death of actor Jackson Odell.
Lt. Rudy Molano said Sunday that the 20-year-old was found unresponsive Friday at his home in the Los Angeles suburb of Tarzana.
Odell was in the 2011 film “Judy Moody and the Not Bummer Summer” and had a recurring role in the ABC sitcom “The Goldbergs” as Ari Caldwell. He also appeared in episodes of “Modern Family” and “Arrested Development.”
Odell was also a singer-songwriter who had several songwriting credits on the soundtrack of the film “Forever My Girl,” which came out earlier this year.
Molano said an autopsy should be completed within the next couple days.