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American tourist Ryan Watson, detained in Turks and Caicos on ammo charge, avoids jail time, fined $2,000

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abc13.com – WPVI – 2024-06-21 11:18:00

SUMMARY: Ryan Watson, an American detained in Turks and Caicos for carrying ammunition, was fined $2,000 instead of serving a mandatory 12-year sentence due to “exceptional circumstances.” Arrested in April with four bullets in his luggage, Watson pleaded guilty and has been on the islands on a $15,000 bond. He was allowed to return to the U.S. immediately after paying the fine. The incident underscores strict firearm laws in Turks and Caicos, recently amended to give courts more discretion in sentencing. Watson’s case follows similar outcomes for other Americans detained for possessing ammunition. He plans to reunite with his family and support others in similar situations.

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Dodgers’ Hernández Beats Royals’ Witt for HR Derby Title, Alonso’s Bid for 3rd Win Ends in 1st Round

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www.wbap.com – – 2024-07-16 02:58:01

SUMMARY: On July 15, 2024, Teoscar Hernández of the Los Angeles Dodgers won the Home Run Derby at Globe Life Field in Arlington, Texas. He defeated Bobby Witt Jr. of the Kansas City Royals 14-13 in the final round, hitting a total of 49 home runs over three rounds, covering 3.98 miles. Hernández, who became the first Dodgers player to win the event, secured his victory when Witt's last attempt fell short, hitting the left-center wall. This marks Kansas City's continued absence from winning the derby. (AP , 2024, All rights reserved.)

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CenterPoint Energy faces lawsuit from Houston restaurants over prolonged power outages

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abc13.com – Tom Abrahams – 2024-07-15 22:18:37

SUMMARY: Restaurant owners in Houston have filed a class action lawsuit against CenterPoint Energy, alleging that the company’s negligence led to power outages that significantly hurt their businesses. Executive chef Ryan Lachaine of Riel Restaurant emphasized the devastating impact of the week-long outage on his business and employees. Lawyer Tony Buzbee, representing the plaintiffs, aims to address infrastructure issues and advocate for change. Another restaurateur, Robin Wong, highlighted the repeated losses due to power outages. The lawsuit seeks accountability and improvements to prevent future disruptions. The group stresses they don’t want a handout but demand reliable service.

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Beryl’s death toll: Official count pending as heat and power outages continue to cause more deaths

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abc13.com – Pooja Lodhia – 2024-07-15 22:17:44

SUMMARY: In Houston, Texas, at least 13 deaths have been attributed to Hurricane Beryl, with concerns that more fatalities could occur due to ongoing power outages. The Shaw family, who has been without power since the hurricane hit, faced a tragedy when 89-year-old Mary Shaw, suffering from dementia and heart disease, died in dire conditions despite family efforts to keep her cool. Agencies tracking storm deaths report that the final count will come from the medical examiner's evaluation. The Shaws, feeling neglected by utility companies, fear for the of other relatives and neighbors.

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