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Man Accused Of Filming Under Bathroom Stall: Hillsborough Sheriff

BLOOMINGDALE — RIVERVIEW, FL — Deputies are searching for a man who is accused by authorities of recording bathroom activity at a Lowe’s in Riverview, the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office said.

Law enforcement officials said at 5:45 p.m. on Sept. 29, the suspect went inside Lowe’s, 10425 Gibsonton Drive, and immediately walked toward the store’s restrooms.

A victim told the sheriff’s office that at 6:45 p.m. they saw the suspect reach under the bathroom stall with a cell phone to record the victim.

The victim tried to confront the suspect, but he left the store, according to authorities.

Surveillance footage shows the suspect driving away in a dark 2000-2006 Chevrolet Suburban.

Detectives described the suspect as a white man between 50-years-old and 60-years-old, who was last seen wearing a white and blue plaid button-up shirt, blue jeans, a black M5 medical mask and glasses and has an unidentifiable tattoo on his right forearm.

“The actions of this suspect are disturbing and will not be tolerated,” said Sheriff Chad Chronister. “Thankfully, the surveillance footage we have of him is decent enough that someone out there could identify him. I urge anyone who saw this individual or noticed any kind of suspicious activity at the store last week to call us immediately.”

Anybody with information is asked to contact the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office at 813-247-8200. In order to be eligible for a cash reward up to $5,000, call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-873-TIPS (8477).

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Olive Garden’s parent Darden accused of discrimination over tipping policies

Olive Garden’s parent company, Darden Restaurants, Inc., has been accused of violating the Civil Rights Act of 1964 with its tipping policies, according to recent reports.

On Tuesday, nonprofit group One Fair Wage filed a federal complaint against Darden, saying that since its tipped workers are paid less than minimum wage, they are subject to sexual harassment, bias and ultimately pay discrimination, The Washington Post reported.

Darden — one of the largest restaurant companies in the country — told FOX Business in a statement that the “allegations are baseless.”

“Darden is a values-based company built on a culture of integrity and fairness, respect and caring, and a longstanding commitment to diversity and inclusion,” the statement said.

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Though One Fair Wage filed an Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) complaint against one specific company, the organization hopes to end sub-minimum wage for all tipped workers, not just at Darden restaurants.

One Fair Wage has filed an EEOC complaint against Olive Garden’s parent company Darden Restaurants, Inc. (iStock)

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Currently, the federal government allows tipped employees to be paid less than minimum wage — in some places, tipped workers are paid as little as $2.13 an hour, according to One Fair Wage.

According to the organization, allowing a sub-minimum wage means that women — particularly women of color — end up being paid less because of bias.

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One Fair Wage reportedly decided to file the EEOC complaint against  Darden because it, along with the National Restaurant Association, have “actively lobbied to maintain the sub-minimum wage,” The Post reported.

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Barr accused of ‘working hand in glove’ with Team Trump, White House

Donald Trump appeared certain that, at long last, he had evidence of a nefarious election scheme. As the president told the public, a handful of ballots in a Republican-friendly county in Pennsylvania had been thrown in the trash, when they should’ve been counted for the GOP ticket. The claims were soon elevated by the White House, the Trump campaign, the Justice Department, and conservative media.

It wasn’t long, however, before the story faded — because it wasn’t quite true. There was an administrative error in Luzerne County, Pa., but there was no evidence of a local conspiracy to rig the election for Joe Biden. Those looking for proof to substantiate the president’s conspiracy theories would have to look elsewhere.

But the story did raise an entirely different set of questions, not about election officials in a midsize county in northeastern Pennsylvania, but about Attorney General Bill Barr.

Why did the Republican lawyer brief Trump directly on the unimportant case? Why did Barr’s Justice Department ignore its own guidelines and issue a statement about an incomplete investigation? Why did the DOJ statement include factual errors?

There’s no reason to be coy. The attorney general has made little effort to hide his efforts to politicize his office and federal law enforcement, and the Luzerne County incident appeared to be part of Barr’s election-season tactics.

Making matters worse, of course, is the scope of these tactics. Politico connected the dots this way:

The prosecution of Michael Flynn. A Senate investigation into the provenance of the Steele Dossier. The nascent federal probe of discarded absentee ballots in Pennsylvania. In recent days, the Justice Department has declassified or disclosed sensitive materials related to each of these proceedings that, on the surface, have little to do with each other. Yet within hours, President Donald Trump had

Boston Police arrest man accused of attempted rape in Public Garden

A man accused of trying to rape a woman in the Public Garden early Monday morning has been arrested, Boston Police announced on Tuesday.



a pole that has a sign on the side of a road: BOSTON, MA - MAY 23-SATURDAY: A sign urging social distancing is posted on the Arlington Street entrance to the Public Gardens May 23, 2020, in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Paul Connors/Media News Group/Boston Herald)


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BOSTON, MA – MAY 23-SATURDAY: A sign urging social distancing is posted on the Arlington Street entrance to the Public Gardens May 23, 2020, in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Paul Connors/Media News Group/Boston Herald)

Luan Maxwell, 30, of Boston, has been arrested and charged with assault with intent to rape.

Boston Police had reached out to the public for help in identifying a suspect who allegedly tried to rape a woman in the Public Garden at around 6 a.m. Monday.

Officers from the department’s Sexual Assault Unit responded at that time to a call for an assault with intent to rape.

The victim told detectives that she was walking in the park when a man approached her and placed his hand over her mouth. The man made sexually explicit threats and tried to remove a piece of the woman’s clothing, she told police.

She was able to free herself from the man and get to safety.

Then on Tuesday at around 9:45 a.m., officers and detectives assigned to the Sexual Assault Unit arrested the suspect, Maxwell.

While on patrol, officers received information regarding his location and saw him walking on Boylston Street toward Washington Street. Upon seeing officers, Maxwell tried to flee but was apprehended by the captain of District A-1 on Harrison Avenue.

Maxwell is expected to be arraigned in Boston Municipal Court.

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Parents tackle man accused of spying on girl in bathroom

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DUNCAN, S.C. (AP) — A group of parents tackled and restrained a registered sex offender accused of spying on a 15-year-old girl in the women’s bathroom of a South Carolina Cracker Barrel restaurant over the weekend, authorities said.

Douglas Lane, 53, has been charged with voyeurism, as well as possession of marijuana and paraphernalia, according to Duncan Police Chief Carl Long.


Lane has several past convictions for similar behavior in both North and South Carolina dating back more than 20 years, court records show.

News outlets report that the incident occurred Sunday when the girl was using the bathroom and noticed a man looking out from under the stall beside her.

Lane tried to flee the scene after being confronted by the girl’s father but was stopped by a group of parents who were in town for a girls’ softball tournament, Long said. They tackled Lane in the parking lot and held him until police arrived.



A photo taken of Lane later in jail shows him with a bandage wrapped around his head and a bloodied nose.

During a bond hearing Monday, an attorney representing him claimed that Lane didn’t know he was in the women’s bathroom.


A judge set a cash surety bond at $2,000 and ordered Lane to wear a GPS monitor. He is expected back in court in November.


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