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Man found dead inside Canton home after 911 call about assault

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CANTON, Ohio (WJW) – The Canton Police Department is investigating the shooting death of a 27-year-old man.

According to a press release from police, dispatch received a 911 call Monday around 1 p.m.

The caller said a man had been assaulted in a home in the 1400 block of 6th St. SW.

Canton police and fire personnel found Devon Meredith dead inside the home.

He had been shot.

Canton police have also contacted the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation in the case.

If you can help, call police at (330)489-3144.

1-year-old left alone with 6-year-old dies after becoming trapped between bed, wall

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NEW YORK (WJW) — A New York mother faces charges after her one-year-old child died after being left alone with only his six-year-old sibling.

The New York Post reports Marie Dorleus, 36, faces a charge of felony manslaughter in the case.

According to the Spring Valley Police Department, officers were called to an apartment on June 19 for reports of a one-year-old trapped between a bed and a wall.

Officers found the child unresponsive and still trapped. Firefighters were able to get the child free, and life saving measures began.

The child was taken to the hospital, where he died from his injuries.

The investigation revealed that the child was left in the custody of his six-year-old sibling without any adult supervision.

Kern County Fair may have less live entertainment this year

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BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KGET) — The Kern County fair will go on this year, but perhaps without the big-name entertainers attendees have become accustomed to.

Last night, Kern County Fair CEO Mike Olcott provided an update on plans for the fair. Olcott says they’ve been able to secure concession stands and commercial exhibitors but are having trouble booking entertainment.

Olcott says the biggest problem is overlapping dates with surrounding festivals. However, some of the small stage entertainment has been booked. The Kern County Fair is set to kick off September 22

Supervisors to consider increasing pay for medical staff to provide COVID-19 testing to inmates

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BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KGET) — The Kern County Board of Supervisors is set to meet today, and there’s a lot on the agenda.

The board will consider amending a contract with the Kern County Hospital Authority to increase compensation by $100,000 for providing COVID-19 testing to inmates. Since April, Kern Medical staff has provided testing to inmates before they are transferred to state-run facilities.

If approved, the money will be paid by federal CARES Act funding. Total compensation for the testing would be $300,000. 

The board is also set to discuss a Kern County Grand Jury report titled “Kern County Homelessness and the Impact on Our Community.” The report says that “significant amounts of money made available by the state for homeless projects have been lost, due to the unwillingness of the Kern County Board of Supervisors and Bakersfield City Council to approve proposed projects.”

 It remains unclear how county leaders will respond to the report.

Lastly, the board is also set to review a grant application from the county District Attorney’s Office for nearly $1.5 million for the Victim Witness Assistance Program. 

“The Kern County District Attorney’s Office has a Victim Witness Program that has 11 advocates who are responsible for directly working with victims of crime to make sure their rights are upheld,” said Assistant DA Joe Kinzel. “The grant that is being applied for is basically our way of seeking federal funding to make sure Kern County has the resources we need to take care of and protect victims of crime.” 

The funding also pays for the advocates at the Family Justice Center and also goes toward what are known as “mass violence advocates,” a group of individuals who respond to and provide support at mass violence events and situations. 

1 dead after tractor-trailer crash in Hollywood

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One person has died following a tractor-trailer accident involving two cars in Hollywood.

The crash took place on the Turnpike near Mile Marker 74, Tuesday morning.

All traffic is being diverted to the Sawgrass Expressway.

1 dead after tractor-trailer crash in Boca Raton

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A deadly crash in Palm Beach County is backing up traffic on the Turnpike into Broward.

According to Florida Highway Patrol, a crash involving a tractor-trailer caused all northbound lanes near the Glades Road exit to shut down, Tuesday morning.

The crash happened near the Palmetto Park Road overpass in Boca Raton.

Traffic cameras showed vehicles traveling in the opposite lanes trying to exit.

At least one person was killed in the crash.

Traffic is backed up for at least two miles to the Southwest 10th Street exit in Broward.

Help wanted: Labor crisis shocks California restaurants

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LOS ANGELES (AP) — Sherry Villanueva’s family of Santa Barbara restaurants employed 350 people before the pandemic took hold and darkened dining rooms across California. Now, with the state’s economy officially reopened, about 250 workers are back on the job.

Villanueva would hire 100 more if she could — but she can’t find people to take the openings.

“We are in the midst of a very severe labor shortage,” said Villanueva, owner and managing partner of Acme Hospitality, which operates eight eateries in the popular seaside destination, though two remain closed. With staffs stretched paper-napkin thin, the employees “are doing the job of two people.”

California fully reopened its economy on June 15 and did away with limits on capacity at restaurants, retail stores and other businesses. People are eager to return to sporting events and amusement parks and enjoy a meal out.

But instead of full dining rooms, many restaurants are being forced to cut operating hours or leave tables open. Villanueva’s company is offering cash bonuses to workers who recruit new employees.

The worker shortage is also affecting restaurants across the U.S. The National Restaurant Association has reported the eating and drinking industry shed 2.5 million jobs in 2020. Federal data show nearly 1.4 million job openings in the restaurant and hotel sector in April.

The California Restaurant Association earlier estimated as many as one-third of the state’s restaurants would not make it through the pandemic. For those that survived, the employment gap is a “full-blown crisis,” said Jot Condie, who heads the organization.

Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom is fond of saying that California’s economy is roaring back. Indeed, employment figures released Friday showed the state added over 100,000 jobs in May, the fourth consecutive month of gains after 2.7 million jobs vanished during the early months of the pandemic.

But in the state’s battered restaurant industry, the return toward normalcy is being slowed by the struggle to find an adequate number of cooks, bartenders, food servers and kitchen staff. Since May 2020, restaurants and hotels have added 420,400 jobs — the most of any sector — but the industry remains about 450,000 jobs below its pre-pandemic level.

In Los Angeles, Caroline Styne, owner and wine director at The Lucques Group, has turned away dozens of customers because she didn’t have the staff to serve them, leaving seats empty.

“If you can’t fill your seats … multiple times per evening, the financial structure of the restaurant doesn’t work,” Styne said.

“Hiring is a nightmare,” she added. “I’ve never been in a situation like this.”

The sector is notoriously volatile and restaurant employees can be a transient lot — students who drop in-and-out of shifts as time allows, aspiring actors and musicians looking to supplement their income, kitchen staffers who move on for bigger paydays elsewhere. The hours can be long, benefits scarce and the pay low, sometimes reliant on tips.

IStyne, Villanueva and other industry experts see a web of factors conspiring to create the scarcity of job applicants.

Among them: California’s population dropped by 182,000 last year as the pandemic ravaged the economy, scattering workers around the country as many businesses closed. Some workers are hesitant to come back, either over lingering fear of the virus or because of frayed nerves after struggling through on-and-off lockdowns, home isolation and shifting health regulations.

Extended federal unemployment benefits have provided a cushion to stay home — about 2 million people are still receiving checks. In other cases, there’s a child care problem with schools closed or in recess for summer. And after a long break from work to ponder the future, others took on a new career path.

For some workers who haven’t returned “the trauma and uncertainty of the last year and a half was just too much,” Villanueva said.

Restaurants and hotels have been “ground zero” for the labor shortage, but other sectors have been struggling to fill jobs, including non-union construction and home health care, said Michael Bernick, a former director of the California Employment Development Department and an attorney with the Duane Morris law firm.

For ailing restaurants, a turning point may not come until late summer, when enhanced federal benefits end and schools reopen.

Even then, “There still may be a shortage and then either wages will rise sufficiently to attract workers or hospitality venues will find that they need to change their delivery models,” Bernick said in an email.

On Saturday, Alec Nedelman was enjoying an early Father’s Day celebration with his family at one of Styne’s A.O.C. restaurants in Los Angeles. The attorney said he has just started to return to restaurants since dining rooms began to reopen, and also was looking forward to having them available for business meetings.

“It’s still a mixed feeling. You are still a little cautious and concerned,” Nedelman said. But “I’m looking forward to being able to be social again.”

US existing home sales fall again as prices continue to soar

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WASHINGTON (AP) — Sales of previously-occupied homes fell for the fourth straight month in May, as soaring prices and a limited number of available properties discouraged many would-be buyers. Existing home sales dropped 0.9% last month from April to a seasonally-adjusted annual rate of 5.8 million units, the National Association of Realtors said Tuesday. The string of sales declines comes after sharp gains last fall and through the winter, as many Americans sought more living space during the pandemic. Sales are up nearly 45%  from last May, when purchases fell to their lowest point of the COVID-19 outbreak. 

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US existing home sales fall again as prices continue to soar

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WASHINGTON (AP) — Sales of previously-occupied homes fell for the fourth straight month in May, as soaring prices and a limited number of available properties discouraged many would-be buyers.

Existing home sales dropped 0.9% last month from April to a seasonally-adjusted annual rate of 5.8 million units, the National Association of Realtors said Tuesday.

The string of sales declines comes after sharp gains last fall and through the winter, as many Americans sought more living space during the pandemic.

Sales are up nearly 45% áfrom last May, when purchases fell to their lowest point of the COVID-19 outbreak.

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UAE’s capital apparently offering COVID vaccines to tourists

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DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The capital of the United Arab Emirates has apparently started offering free coronavirus vaccines to tourists flying into emirate, a move that could entice travelers and help revive the country’s struggling tourism industry. While Abu Dhabi has made no official announcement on the matter, the health authority’s phone application showed updated criteria for vaccine access on Tuesday. It said visitors to the capital could now get the COVID-19 shot by presenting their passports. Previously, vaccine recipients in the emirate had to show proof of Emirati residency. The government-run media office did not immediately respond to request for comment. Abu Dhabi will lift mandatory quarantine measures on travelers from an approved list of countries starting July 1.

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