Articles Tagged with COVID-19

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When a woman at a school board meeting regarding school children wearing face coverings reportedly would not wear a face mask after being told that she must, she allegedly caused a ruckus leading to her arrest.

On November 10, the Pinellas County School Board held a meeting in Largo to discuss the wearing of face masks in all school buildings to help stop the spread of COVID-19.

Many parents on both sides of the issue were in attendance waiting to express their concerns.

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A Florida man was charged when he reportedly hit an Uber driver after trying to enter the vehicle without a face mask and being told that he would not be permitted.

In the early morning hours on October 27, 30-year-old Christopher Vacha reportedly put in a request for an Uber to pick him up at an apartment building in Treasure Island.

The driver fulfilling the Seminole man’s ride order arrived at the pick-up location, and Vacha reportedly walked up to the vehicle without a face mask.

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When a Tennessee woman was taken into custody for allegations of driving under the influence, she reportedly resisted arrest and attempted to choke herself with the seatbelt inside the police vehicle.

On September 22, 25-year-old Ariel Chamberlin was reportedly driving her Lexus in Hixon, which used to be unincorporated, but is now part of Chattanooga. Chamberlain also had two male passengers in the vehicle with her.

Officers from the Chattanooga Police Department were patrolling in the area where Chamberlain was traveling, and they reportedly spotted evidence of expired registration.

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When a man reportedly stole a package off of an Arkansas homeowner’s porch, the alleged thief placed a piece of colored paper listing books of the bible in its place.

Vanessa Lowe lives in a home that she purchased two years ago in Benton, Arkansas, which is a suburb of Little Rock.

The woman had recently placed an online order on Amazon for a package of lightbulbs, and she had requested real-time notification to let her know when the item had arrived.

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An unmasked Florida man is facing charges for allegedly assaulting an elderly man shopping at a gas station convenience store due to a disagreement over social distancing protocol.

On the evening of September 8, a 24-year-old man and a 70-year-old man were both frequenting the Citgo gas station convenience store.

The elderly man noticed that the younger shopper was not wearing a face covering, and he assessed the distance between the two was much closer than the 6-foot protocol meant to protect against the possible spread of COVID-19.

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A man riding in a Lyft was accused of taking issue with the driver’s plastic partition between the front and back seats and assaulting the man while he was still navigating the car on the road.

Around midnight on August 2, 36-year-old Travis Smith and one of his friends who had a child in tow hailed a Lyft to drive them to Smith’s home.

When the riders got into the car and gave the driver the Palm Coast address where they wished to be dropped off, Smith allegedly began to question the reason the driver had a plastic barrier installed in the vehicle.

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A Florida man is facing criminal charges after he allegedly spat in the face of a child who was wearing a protective face covering while in a restaurant.

On August 2, 47-year-old Jason Copenhaver reportedly strolled into Ricky T’s Bar and Grille in Treasure Island, Florida.

After entering the establishment, Copenhaver, who was allegedly barefoot, reportedly made his way over to a table where a young boy who was wearing a face mask was sitting.

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When an elderly Florida man was accused of driving under the influence of alcohol while operating a golf cart, he allegedly told the police that he got drunk after becoming frustrated while tuning in as President Donald Trump was giving a live televised speech.

On July 30, President Trump delivered a speech covering topics such as COVID-19 response, the recent passing of former presidential candidate Herman Cain, and the use of mail-in-ballots in the November election.

82-year-old Cary De Van, a resident of The Villages in central Florida, was reportedly watching as Trump spoke to the public.

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When a man who claimed he might have COVID-19 was caught allegedly coughing on food and goods at Walmart, he was arrested and charged with felonies for the accusation.

On the evening of July 19, a man reportedly entered a Walmart in Spartanburg, South Carolina with the purported intent of returning items he purchased at a different location.

The man was reportedly told that the store would not be able to complete the transaction for him, and he was allegedly highly dissatisfied with the decision.

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A married couple from Virginia accused of pilfering more than $1.4 M from the Paycheck Protection Program was taken into custody at the airport when it was discovered they were leaving the U.S. in a purported attempt to escape criminal penalties.

Since the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) put many small businesses in danger of having to shut their doors, the U.S. Small Business Association began offering a loan called the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP). It was designed to help owners keep their employees on the payroll during the pandemic.

A press release from the Justice Department informed the public that they found purportedly fraudulent PPP applications submitted to at least a dozen institutions during the months of April and May, and they asserted the responsible parties were a couple from Ashburn.

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