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June 14, 2018

BILLIONAIRE TAXES-GOOSE POOP

SOUTH BRISTOL, N.Y. (AP) — Hundreds of pooping geese didn’t get billionaire Tom Golisano a property tax break. The founder of payroll company Paychex challenged the assessment on his western New York lakefront home last month, saying hundreds of Canada geese have decreased the property value. But yesterday the South Bristol assessment review board rejected his argument. Golisano has withheld $145,000 in taxes on his home on Canandaigua Lake in South Bristol. He has said he’ll only pay it at the point of foreclosure. The businessman and philanthropist launched a website, Tax My Property Fairly, to help other people fight for fair assessments.

GUMMIES ALERT

RACINE, Wis. (AP) — In Wisconsin, Racine County’s district attorney has asked law enforcement agencies to be on the lookout for stores that are selling products with cannabis-derived oil. DA Tricia Hanson says she’s learned that convenience stores and liquor outlets are selling products that include Gummie Bears laced with the oil. Hanson says CBD oil has to be administered under the supervision of a doctor. Gov. Scott Walker signed a bill last year that makes it legal to use the oil to treat health issues. Hanson tells WISN-TV some of the CBD products confiscated in other counties have tested positive for THC, the mind-altering ingredient in marijuana.

PROPHET CARTOON CONTEST-NEW TRIAL

PHOENIX (AP) — An Arizona man convicted of helping plot a 2015 attack on a Prophet Muhammad cartoon contest in suburban Dallas is seeking a new trial. Attorneys for Abdul Malik Abdul Kareem argue prosecutors didn’t reveal at trial that an undercover FBI agent who witnessed the shooting in the suburb of Garland had communicated about the contest with an accused recruiter for the Islamic State. The agent’s presence at the event was revealed after Kareem was convicted in the attack. The disclosure led Kareem to make an unsuccessful bid for a new trial last year. Kareem’s attorneys have once again asked for a new trial.

MADE IN USA SCHEME

GREENEVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Several former executives of a one-time leading manufacturer of boots for the U.S. military have been sentenced in a “Made in USA” scheme. The Kingsport Times-News reports the former Wellco Enterprises Inc. executives sold boots falsely advertised as being made in the U.S. The boot uppers and insoles were manufactured in China. The newspaper says workers at a Morristown, Tennessee, factory where the boots’ soles were attached were instructed to remove the “Made in China” tags before shipping the footwear. Matthew Ferguson and Kerry Ferguson were sentenced to six months in prison. Neil Streeter and Stephanie Lynn (Ferguson) Kaemmerer were sentenced to five years of probation. Matthew Harrison Martland was sentenced to six months of probation last week. Former president and CEO Vincent Ferguson will be sentenced later this year.

SPORTS BETTING-MISSISSIPPI

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Three casinos run by the Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians will offer sports betting, but tribal leaders haven’t said when it will start. Chief Phyllis J. Anderson says in a news release this week that betting will be available on collegiate and professional sports, including horse racing. The tribe has two casinos, the Silver Star and the Golden Moon, in east central Mississippi. Its third casino, Bok Homa, is in south Mississippi’s Jones County. The tribal casinos are not regulated by the state. The Mississippi Gaming Commission has proposed rules for sports betting in the 28 state-licensed casinos along the Mississippi River and the Gulf Coast

AX VENUE-LIQUOR LICENSE

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — The Omaha City Council has recommended that a liquor license be granted to a downtown venue where people will hurl axes at wooden targets. The Omaha World-Herald reports that Flying Timber wants to capitalize on a growing national sport: competitive ax throwing. The council voted 7-0 Tuesday to recommend to state regulators that the business be granted a license. At Flying Timber, short-handled axes will be tossed at targets about 15 feet away. Groups of up to six people will compete in each of eight throwing lanes. The cost: $20 a person for an hour. Flying Timber owner Matt Wyant told the council that staff “throwing coaches” will monitor the lanes and keep intoxicated people away from the sharp objects. He also agreed to a condition: no holding of beer cans while throwing.

STAN LEE-ABUSE

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Los Angeles police are investigating reports of elder abuse against Marvel Comics’ Stan Lee. The investigation was revealed in a restraining order granted Wednesday against a man who has been acting as Lee’s business manager and personal adviser. The restraining order says the former adviser, Keya Morgan, has inserted himself into the life of the 95-year-old Lee. It accuses Morgan of taking advantage of Lee’s impaired hearing, vision and judgment, moving Lee from his longtime family home and preventing family and associates from contacting him. Morgan was arrested Monday for allegedly filing a false police report by calling 911 saying burglars were in his house when in fact authorities were conducting a welfare check on Lee.

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