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Disney’s ‘Elsa’ helps to make birthday magical when girls’ guests are no-shows

Leyana had planned her birthday to a T. She even picked the right outfit. Then, the waiting began. Despite handing out invitations to everyone in Leyana’s class, no one showed up for the first-grader’s party, except for the actress who was hired to portray Elsa from Disney’s “Frozen.”

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Now, Lindsay Robert, who has been dressing up as Elsa and appearing at birthday parties, has reached out on Facebook to tell Leyana’s story.

"It was soul crushing. When I open the door, I’m used to all the kids running up to me. But whe was just all by herself. Just looking down. Just so sad and she just launched herself into my arms,” Robert told KDVR.

During the time  she was scheduled to arrive, there was supposed to be a house-full of kids. But it was only Leyana so she and Robert danced, sang and formed a friendship, KDVR reported.

“I wasn’t kidding when I told you that every princess is smart and brave and kind, and you are all those things,” Robert told Leyana while KDVR videotaped the pair’s reunion.

Robert took to Facebook to tell Leyana’s heartbreaking story. Not only is she sending a fairy garden to the little girl, “Because Elsa will never let you down,” she also visited Leyana with her “sister,” an actress playing Anna, and is planning another surprise for the 7-year-old.

Olympic curling star's husband handles stress by double-fisting beers at 9 a.m.

One doesn’t normally associate pressure with curling -- oh sure, placement, guarding and furious sweeping are crucial to a team’s success -- but the husband of Canadian women’s team skip Rachel Homan was experiencing plenty of anguish during the 2018 Winter Olympic Games in Gangneung, South Korea. 

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What better way to calm your nerves than to have a beer or two? Or, three or four?

Even if it’s 9 a.m.

As Homan tried to lift Canada back into medal contention against Japan -- the women’s team is in sixth place after Monday’s competition -- Shawn Germain was seen hoisting beers and heading back to the concession stand for refills, SB Nation reported.

“You can judge all you want,” Germain tweeted. “The stress level is high, I’m not a drunk, I’m just Canadian.”

Germain knows about athletic competition, having competed as a hockey player in the ECHL. He missed the end of Canada’s match against Japan because he was fetching more beers, SB Nation reported. 

Canada’s 8-3 victory against second-place Japan was a big win and kept the team’s medal hopes alive. 

If the Canadians reach the medal round, the stakes will be higher and nerves will be taut.

One can only wonder how Germain will react.  It could be a stressful day for people from the Great White North, but they remain supportive.

Dog found tied to tree with note attached to collar gets adopted

A dog left tied to a tree with a note around its neck has been adopted.

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Zeus was found tied to a tree with a note attached to his collar and a bag of food nearby.

“I am a very good dog. My owner just can’t afford me anymore,” the handwritten note read, according to WTVR. “She tried to find me a home but nobody would take me.”

The Prince George County Animal Shelter posted images of the 2-year-old German shepherd, Labrador mix Feb. 10. Zeus, who can sit, shake and loves to fetch, was able to get adopted Feb. 13, the first day he was available for adoption. 

“Zeus' new family are wonderful pet owners who will give Zeus the kind of home that loves him for life this time,” the shelter said on Facebook.

6-year-old boy, 3 family members shot outside Texas steakhouse

Police are investigating after a 6-year-old boy and three of his family members were shot Sunday evening in the parking lot of a Texas Roadhouse steakhouse in San Antonio.

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Police Chief William McManus said Sunday that the shooting, which happened as people were waiting outside the restaurant to eat, left the 6-year-old with a gunshot wound to his leg. Police said two of the boy’s three injured family members, all adults in their 20s, were hospitalized Sunday in critical but stable condition.

The shooting happened around 8:40 p.m. outside the Texas Roadhouse steakhouse on Cinema Ridge, the San Antonio Express-News reported.

“We do not believe that this shooting is random,” McManus said. “There were a number of people that were standing (outside the restaurant). All the people that were hit were from the same family.”

The gunman, who has not been identified, fired about 10 shots at the family within 15 feet of the front of Texas Roadhouse, the Express-News reported. He was masked at the time of the shooting, according to the newspaper.

Police continue to investigate the attack.

Parkland teacher gave fiancée instructions in case he died in a shooting

One of the teachers killed in last week’s mass shooting at a Florida high school once told his fiancée what to say at his funeral if he ever was killed in a school shooting, the New York Post reported.

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Scott Beigel, who was watching coverage of a school shooting on television with his fiancée, said her “Promise me if this ever happens to me, you will tell them the truth — tell them what a jerk I am, don’t talk about the hero stuff,” Gwen Gossler said during Beigel’s funeral at Temple Beth El in Boca Raton.

“OK, Scott, I did what you asked,’’ Gossler said during Beigel’s funeral service, the Post reported. “Now I can tell the truth. You are an amazingly special person. You are my first love and my soulmate.’’

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Beigel, 35, a geography teacher at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, was one of 17 people killed when a gunman opened fire at the South Florida school on Valentine’s Day. Beigel had unlocked his classroom to allow students to enter and was killed when he tried to lock the door again, the Post reported.

Stoneman Douglas student Kelsey Friend told ABC’s “Good Morning America” that Beigel saved her life.

“He unlocked the door and let us in,” Friend said. “I had thought he was behind me, but he wasn’t. When he opened the door, he had to relock it so we could stay safe, but he didn’t get the chance to.

“He was in the doorway and the door was still open and the shooter probably didn’t know we were in there because he was lying on the floor. If the shooter had come in the room, I probably wouldn’t be (alive).”

Beigel was born in Dix Hills, New York, and attended the University of Miami, according to his obituary. He also coached the Stoneman Douglas cross-country team and was a counselor at Camp Starlight in Pennsylvania. A post on a Facebook page for the camp called him a “friend and hero.”

Chelsea Handler tweeted a vulgar response to Donald Trump’s President’s Day “reflection”

Days after blaming the Republicans Party for the mass shooting in Florida that left 17 dead and calling President Donald Trump “mentally disturbed” on Twitter, comedian Chelsea Handler tripled down by calling Trump a “giant red a**hole” under his on President’s Day tweet.

RELATED: Chelsea Handler insults Trump’s mental health after Florida shooting

Trump tweeted “have a great, but very reflective, President’s Day” just before 9 a.m. on Monday.

Have a great, but very reflective, President’s Day! — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 19, 2018

Here’s how Chelsea Handler replied:

Yes, reflection. Thats a good word for you. Start with the mirror, because you look like a giant red asshole. If you think it’s ok to go out like that, then your reality is warped. Which explains why you can’t get do anything of merit or have one ounce of dignity. — Chelsea Handler (@chelseahandler) February 19, 2018

“Yes, reflection. Thats a good word for you. Start with the mirror, because you look like a giant red asshole. If you think it’s ok to go out like that, then your reality is warped. Which explains why you can’t get do anything of merit or have one ounce of dignity,” she said.

Previously, Handler reacted to the news of the Valentine’s Day massacre in Florida by calling out the National Rifle Association (NRA) and Republicans, saying they “had blood on their hands.”

We have to elect candidates that are not funded by the NRA in November. We have an opportunity to elect candidates who won’t allow kids to go to school and get shot. It is disgusting how many times this has happened and Republicans do nothing. You all have blood on your hands. — Chelsea Handler (@chelseahandler) February 14, 2018

RELATED: Chelsea Handler blames Republicans after Florida high school shooting

The next day Handler said “We will always have mentally disturbed people, especially now that one sits in the Oval Office.”

We will always have mentally disturbed people, especially now that one sits in the Oval Office. Better not to have guns for them to use, since you are also cutting funds for the mentally disabled. Do something decent while you are in office. Anything. — Chelsea Handler (@chelseahandler) February 15, 2018

Police, FBI search for missing 5-year-old Kansas boy

Police, along with the FBI, are searching for a missing 5-year-old boy in Kansas. 

Lucas Hernandez was reported missing Saturday evening. He was last seen at 3 p.m. in his bedroom by his stepmother, after she took a shower and fell asleep, KAKE reported.

Police were called more than 3 hours later, at 6:15 p.m., to alert them he was missing.

As of Sunday, an Amber Alert was not issued because there was no indication that he was abducted, KAKE reported.

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A relative of Lucas told KSN, “He’s a bright little boy. He loves school. He loves his dad, his stepmom and his siblings. We just want him home safe, and if you have any information, anything about Lucas, please bring him home safely.”

But a great aunt of Lucas’ said they were worried about him, The Wichita Eagle reported.

Sally Rasmussen told the paper that she called the Kansas Department for Children and Families last year. His great grandmother, Jeannie Houchin, said that she was told that there was an investigation launched by the child protection agency, but the department didn’t confirm the women’s allegations The Eagle reported.

Police searched Lucas’ home and neighborhood using K-9 units, but didn’t find anything. They also went door-to-door asking neighbors if they noticed anything, The Eagle reported.

The FBI has sent its Child Action Rapid Deployment team to help find Lucas, KAKE reported.

12-year-old sister of murder victim reported missing in Florida 

Police in Florida are searching for a 12-year-old girl who was reported missing early Monday, seven months after her sister went missing and was found dead several days later, the Bradenton Herald reported.

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The Manatee County Sheriff’s Office said Jalyssa Shannon left her home around 9 p.m. Sunday. Her mother, Michelle Mosley, called deputies around 1:30 a.m. when the girl did not come home, The Tampa Bay Times reported.

Jalyssa’s sister, 13-year-old Janessa Shannon, was found dead in Riverview, Florida, on July 12, 2017, 10 days after she was reported missing, the Herald reported. Janessa’s body was found in a nature preserve near the Riverview home of her father, Nahshon Shannon, the Times reported.

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In October 2017, Nahshon Shannon. 37. was arrested on charges of first-degree felony murder and aggravated child abuse, the Times reported.

Jalyssa is about 4-foot 11-inches tall and weighs approximately 175 pounds, sheriff’s deputies said. She has black hair and brown eyes, and was last seen wearing a black shirt and capri pants.


Woman accuses police of citing “very fragile” grandmother after injuring her in a wellness check

Arizona police have said they will investigate after a viral Facebook post showed a grandmother allegedly bruised after an encounter with a police officer.

“On the night of Feb 14th, my sweet, 84 year old Grandmother was assaulted by Mesa Police Department,” wrote Ashlee Hahn on Facebook. “She is recovering from her 4th stroke & is confused, cognitively impaired & barely physically able to stand on her own because of uncontrollable shaking.”

Hahn explained the grandmother encountered officers with the Mesa Police Department when they were called to conduct a wellness check on another family member. Despite the officers being asked to leave the grandmother alone as she was in a “very fragile state,” the request was reportedly ignored and the grandmother was forced out of the home.

Hahn accused the officers of handling her grandmother roughly, saying they held onto her tight enough to leave bruises. When her grandmother was unable to control her shaking, she was reportedly slammed “head first on the asphalt” and then arrested when she regained consciousness.

The situation was made worse, she said, when they told her mother that the injuries came after her grandmother “slipped.”

The grandmother was then cited for obstruction later at the hospital.

RELATED: A bragging woman’s Facebook post helped police solve a brazen road-rage murder

“If this was your grandmother, what would you do?” she asked. “Mesa police department needs to be held accountable. This woman is my hero. I am absolutely livid.”

The Mesa Police Department has since responded to the post, which went viral.

The department said it “was made aware” of the post, according to AZ Central. They stated that an investigation was also underway.

Teen arrested in connection with Instagram death threat aimed at S. Florida school

A 15-year-old Florida boy was arrested after posting a message on Instagram threatening to kill people at several Broward County schools, authorities said. 

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Just after midnight Friday, Broward Sheriff's Office detectives were notified about the online post from a Fort Lauderdale teen. He posted it one day after 17 people were killed during a mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland. 

The teen told detectives that the post was a joke aimed to scare his cousin and he appeared remorseful, according to a sheriff’s news release

The juvenile is facing one count of sending a written threat to kill, which is a third-degree felony.

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