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Shoplifters Swarm San Francisco’s Retail Businesses; Iowa Student Charged in Triple Murder of Parents and Sister; Miley Cyrus Asked Fans to Help Find Teens From the Music Video; Gordon Ramsay Opens Restaurant in Chicago; 7 Chicago Shooting Victims were Shot in the Head


‘Chaos and Anarchy’: Brazen Shoplifters Swarm San Francisco’s Retail Businesses

Shoplifters in San Francisco are unafraid of uniformed security guards, surveillance cameras, or consumers photographing them on their cellphones. Corner stores and pharmacies have taken the most loss and damage. In one recent incident at Walgreens, a shoplifter arrived on a bike, loaded a garbage bag with stuff, and rode out the front door. The incident was captured on video, but no arrest was made.

Walgreens has closed 17 shops in the last five years due to stealing. CVS has closed at least two stores in San Francisco, citing the city as “the heart of organized retail crime.”

A consistent increase in stealing at major retailers such as Walgreens and CVS sparked a recent meeting before the Board of Supervisors, with some local authorities shocked to see how bad things have gotten. According to one executive, thieves would visit numerous locations in a day, stealing less than $950 per theft but stealing more than $30,000 in total.

“Like other retailers,” said a statement from Safeway, “we’ve seen a dramatic increase in shoplifting incidents and losses from shoplifting since California sentencing laws changed in 2014 to make all theft below $950 a misdemeanor when it was previously a wobbler, either a felony or a misdemeanor based on prosecutorial discretion. Enterprising thieves have figured out there are few consequences to shoplifting if they keep the value of their crimes below $950.”

“We’re in a state of chaos and anarchy out here in San Francisco,” says former San Francisco Police Commissioner Joe Alioto Veronese. “If you ever lived here or spent any time here, you see it every day, and you just come to expect it and hope that when it happens, you’re not in the line of fire.”

Jalal Haydari, proprietor of Limoncello Italian Market and Deli in Pacific Heights, stated that his store is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. A man may be seen on his security camera film hovering around the deli counter. He then takes as many food and drinks as he can carry and goes out the door without paying.

“My store has been broken into more than 14 times,” Haydari says. “And I have all the police reports, but I have not been notified if anybody got arrested.”


Iowa College Student Charged in Triple Murder of Parents and Sister

According to a criminal complaint released on Wednesday, Alexander Jackson, a 20-year-old University of Iowa student charged with shooting and killing his parents and sister at their family home this week, informed police that a masked individual committed the triple murder.

According to the complaint, Jackson called police Tuesday morning to report that a male intruder had broken into his family’s Cedar Rapids home and shot him and his father.

Cedar Rapids police said responding officers discovered the bodies of Jan Jackson, 61, Melissa Jackson, 68, and Sabrina Jackson, 19, in separate parts of the residence. They had all been shot.

Jackson was treated at a hospital for a gunshot wound to his foot, authorities said.

The complaint stated, however, that officers discovered no traces of forced entry or burglary at the residence and retrieved a.22 caliber semi-automatic weapon suspected to have been used in the shootings.

Jackson was arrested and charged with three charges of first-degree murder in connection with the killings of his family, authorities said.

According to The Gazette newspaper in Cedar Rapids, Assistant Linn County Attorney Ryan Decker described the incident as “a horrifying murder” during the suspect’s initial appearance in district court Wednesday morning.

“This was more than just a murder – it was an execution of the defendant’s mother, father, and sister,” Decker said. “Furthermore, the defendant’s concocted story of a phantom burglar shows the defendant acted out of malice and calculated intent to get away with these murders.”

According to the complaint, he denied shooting his family members but claimed that his father had lately told him he needed to find work or leave the house.

Alexander Jackson told police he awoke to the sound of gunfire and was shot following a battle with a masked guy over the weapon, which he claimed he and his father left on the fireplace the previous night after cleaning it.

Jackson was being held on a $3 million bond and faces life in prison without the possibility of parole if convicted of first-degree murder.


Miley Cyrus Celebrates 13 Years of her Iconic Song by Asking Fans to Help Find Teens From the Music Video

Miley Cyrus’s much-loved breakup anthem “7 Things” turns 13!

To commemorate the occasion, the 28-year-old singer urged her fans on Thursday to assist her in locating the teen girls featured in the song’s popular music video. Cyrus said on Twitter alongside a video of some of the girls: “where are they now? Twitter do your thing.”

Twitter sleuths responded quickly with their best guesses. Nicola Peltz, who is engaged to Brooklyn Beckham and has been in Transformers: Age of Extinction and Avatar: The Last Airbender, has been identified as one of the teens.

Others speculated that the music video featured a young Liana Liberato, who is most known for her appearances in If I Stay and the Hulu series Light as a Feather. Neither of the two has confirmed their involvement.

Cyrus, of course, couldn’t pay homage to the song without naming Nick Jonas in a picture from the 2008 music video, in which she holds up a snapshot of the former pair with his face wiped out.

Cyrus also included a statement from her 2009 memoir, Miles to Go, in which she admits to being “angry” while writing “7 Things.”

“My heart knew from the start that it was going to turn into a love song,” she explained. “Why does he get a love song? Because I don’t hate him. I won’t let myself hate anybody. That’s not the way my heart works. It’s a song about how I should hate him, but I don’t, and I don’t know why.”

Another scene shows her breaking a guitar during the music video shoot and snippets of her performing the song live on stage.

Cyrus was previously engaged to Chris Hemsworth. The house they shared in Malibu, California, was devastated in November 2018 by the terrible wildfires that ripped through the southern part of the Golden State.

Cyrus first met Hemsworth on the filming of Nicholas Sparks’ romantic thriller The Last Song in 2009. They astonished fans in December 2018 when they married in an intimate ceremony at their Franklin, Tennessee, home. However, they announced their split in August 2019 after nearly a decade together and less than a year of marriage.


Celebrity Chef Gordon Ramsay Opens New Restaurant in Chicago

Gordon Ramsay, a celebrity chef, is preparing to establish his first restaurant in Chicago, in the neighborhood of River North district.

Gordon Ramsay Burger, the name of the new restaurant, will take over the former Wahlburgers’ location at the corner of State and Ontario, west of the Magnificent Mile.

“I absolutely love Chicago and consider it one of the best food cities in the world,” said Ramsay. “I’m so excited to introduce Gordon Ramsay Burger in the heart of River North. This restaurant will highlight our signature burger, which blends different cuts of beef, creating a really powerful flavor that our guests love.”

Gordon Ramsay Burger is scheduled to launch later this year or in the first quarter of next year.

The restaurant will be little more than 5,000 square feet in size and will feature an island bar and 120 seats.

“We’re thrilled to bring Gordon’s deliciously crafted burgers to Chicago, and all that visit the city’s popular River North neighborhood. Opening the first Gordon Ramsay Burger in the US outside of Las Vegas is a huge step forward for Gordon Ramsay North America, and expanding into the Chicago community is part of our growth strategy for the company,” said Norman Abdallah, CEO of Gordon Ramsay North America.

The burger joint will serve burgers basted with butter, fries, homemade sauces, and delectable milkshakes.

The Hell’s Kitchen Burger will feature asadero cheese, roasted jalapeños, avocado, roasted tomatoes, and house-made jalapeño aioli, the Management said in a statement.

The restaurant anticipates creating more than 80 jobs and is presently taking applications. Interested parties can send their resumes to jobs@grna.com.

Ramsay created Gordon Ramsay Restaurants, a global restaurant group, in 1997. It has received a total of 16 Michelin stars and now has seven. Ramsay is well-known for his candor, fierce temper, harsh demeanor, and frequent use of profanity.

He has had several shows in films, television, food, and hospitality industries and has hired and promoted several chefs who apprenticed under his mentoring.


7 of 8 Chicago Shooting Victims were Shot in the Head in Tuesday’s Massacre

According to official reports, seven of the eight persons shot inside a Chicago residence early Tuesday morning were wounded in the head, authorities said Wednesday.

The reports add that a manhunt continues for at least one of the suspects identified in the incident, which killed three young mothers and one man and injured four others.

Relatives and neighbors expressed shock at the incident.

“Those people in that home didn’t deserve that,” Robyn Eddmonds, who knew some of the victims, told the Chicago Sun-Times. “That was a cruel person that did that. They didn’t have any morals.”

Around 5:40 a.m., gunfire erupted as someone broke into the home and began firing. According to the Chicago Tribune, police were hunting for two individuals, but police spokesman Steve Rusanov could not confirm that information when contacted by FOX 32 Chicago.

According to the Tribune, when cops arrived at the location following a 911 call from the neighbors who heard the multiple gunfire, they discovered four lifeless bodies with gunshot wounds in a first floor of the apartment.

Three survivors were found with gunshot wounds to the head, while an eighth was seen with a gunshot wound to the back, according to the report.

The Tribune stated that a search of the property turned up numerous.45-caliber and 9-mm round casings.

Supt. David Brown of the City Police Department told FOX 32 that two volleys of gunshots occurred hours apart and that there were no signs of forced entry.

Denise Mathis, 35, a mother of four boys; Shermetria Williams, 19, a mother of a two-year-old girl; Ratanya Aryiel Rogers, 28; and Blake Lee, 35, were all killed in the attack, according to FOX 32.

According to the Chicago Sun-Times, Rogers, a mother of a little child, was waiting for a ride home when the shooting occurred. The newspaper reported that the victims were celebrating Rogers’ 28th birthday. Williams was scheduled to graduate from high school later Tuesday, stated the publication.