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Halsey and Alev Aydin Have Matching Tattoos and the Meaning Behind Them Will Make You Melt – Seventeen.com01.31.21

Halsey rocked our world yesterday when she announced her pregnancy with a gorgeous photo shoot on Instagram. Of course, immediately after the news broke, fans scrambled to look into the father, Alev Aydin, and figure out how long the pair has been dating. Well, it turns out, they've been keeping a pretty low profile and have actually been an item since at least this summer, when they got matching tats together.

Yup, this couple is inked and the tattoos are actually so adorable. In June, they headed Liquid Tattoo in Yucca Valley, California where they both got the word "seeds" tattooed on their feet. Alev got his on the top of his right foot while Halsey's is on the side of her left heel. And get this, they each got the ink in eachother's hand writing! Swoon.

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But it gets even better. Amanda Owley, the tattoo artist who worked on the couple talked to People about the meaning behind the art.

"[Halsey] said that everything with how the planets were aligned and where the cosmos were at that moment indicated that it was the best time to plant seeds into the ground of life," Amanda explained. "They wanted to get the words on their feet because it was closest to the earth."

Um OK that is so beautiful and also eerily appropriate because they literally planted the seeds of a baby not long after getting the tats. Wow, maybe Halsey really is on to something here.

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Cops investigated kidnappings, extortions, teen runaways across California. Victims all ended up at same motel, forced into sex trafficking, feds say…01.31.21

BAKERSFIELD Over the course of two years, police across California investigated seemingly unrelated crimes and disappearances: teens from the Bay Area whod allegedly been abused by their pimp and branded with tattoos. A woman from the Central Valley whose 3-month-old baby was kidnapped to force her into sex work. A 14-year-old girl who ran away from home in Los Angeles County and told a family member she was making money tricking.

These women and girls were from different areas, different backgrounds, and ended up with different men who were eventually identified by police as their exploiters. But they all had one thing in common, according to authorities: when they turned up, it was at the same place, the Desert Star Motel in Bakersfield, whose owner and general manager now stand accused of essentially running a brothel in plain sight.

In court records filed Monday morning, the motels owner, Jatinbhai Naresh Bhakta, and a man who allegedly worked as a manger and handyman, Roy Gene Drees, were charged in federal court with facilitating the promotion, establishment, or carrying on of unlawful activity in this case, sex trafficking. The charging documents allege that Bhaktas phone showed evidence he communicated with hundreds of people who were responsible for placing nearly 30,000 prostitution ads online.

The charges were the result of an investigation that started in March 2019, led by Bakersfield police, and included undercover work, a pole surveillance camera, and dozens of interviews with women and girls who were allegedly trafficked or agreed to prostitute at the motel. According to a sworn statement by an FBI special agent, the hotel appeared to authorities to primarily cater to prostitutes and their potential clients, and that it was rare to see someone using the motel for legitimate overnight residency.

Authorities wrote in court records that the motel was well-primed to be a brothel: It is a line of about 25 rooms, with a single entrance and exit to its parking lot off South Union Avenue, which is protected by a large iron gate. Some, if not all, of the room windows are covered with bars, which one alleged victim later remarked scared her because it eliminated an escape route if she was attacked.

Depending on the time of day, it is not unusual to see most, if not all of the rooms doors wide open with suspected prostitutes in lingeries standing outside, waving to drivers and approaching their vehicles, FBI special agent David Hunter wrote. Prospective customers will park directly in front of the room of the prostitute they choose, at which time the prostitute will either direct them into the room immediately or meet the customer outside to arrange a deal.

The investigation came to a head last week when a team of federal and state authorities raided the hotel, rescuing 16 people, making three arrests and recovering three guns, law enforcement officials announced a Jan. 22 news conference.

Stories of some of the missing teens a woman whose baby was allegedly kidnapped and other suspected human trafficking victims who turned up at the motel are spelled out in the charging records against Bhakta and Drees.

In May 2019, officers in Merced investigating the disappearance of two teen girls there worked with Bakersfield police to track the girls cellphones to the motel. When the girls were detained for a police interview, one of them identified her pimp as Diamond or Big Daddy and said he also went by D. That was evidenced by a tattoo on one of the girls faces: the letter D with a crown resting above.

The girls later told authorities that they traveled throughout California, including Los Angeles and the Bay Area, with Diamond. They stayed at the motel for about 10 days, and were trafficking every day. He kept the money but gave them, food, clothes, and weed, according to Hunters statement. The girls told police he wanted them to make around $500 a day but didnt seem overly concerned if they failed to make the quota. During one three-day span, they brought him $10,000, they told authorities.

Diamond was later arrested at a hotel in Antioch and identified as Darnell Edwards, according to court records. He is facing federal sex trafficking charges on a separate docket, court records show.

In another case in January 2019, a woman arrested in a prostitution sting identified her pimp as a Fresno man who kidnapped her 3-month old son to use as leverage against her in order to compel her to continue prostituting against her will, Hunter wrote. The man and another alleged prostitute were later arrested on kidnapping charges, according to court records. One month before that, authorities raided a hotel room to rescue a woman who had allegedly been kidnapping from another part of California, according to the complaint.

Last December, a 14-year-old girl ran away from home in Los Angeles County and allegedly ended up at the motel, where she told her sister a man named Jamal had been pimping her there. Hunter wrote that the girl told her sister she was making good money through tricking and that she was uncooperative when police attempted to interview her later that month, according to the complaint.

Also in December 2020, a 17-year-old girl was allegedly assaulted and raped during an argument with her pimp, who dressed her down about sleeping instead of facilitating dates. Part of that confrontation was reportedly captured on a surveillance camera surreptitiously installed on a light pole near the hotel. Another trafficking victim allegedly asked for Bhaktas help taking the girl to the hospital, but he responded that he didnt want to get blood on the seats of his car, the complaint alleges.

In an interview with police, one alleged victim identified in court records only by her initials which this newspaper is not publishing claimed Bhakta charged a special fee for rooms being used for prostitution. While he asked for identification when she tried to book a room, he didnt press the issue when she refused, and therefore never discovered she was underage, the girl allegedly told police.

(The girl) said that Bhakta would lay down the rules of the motel, which stated that if girls got into fights with each other, they would be kicked out for three months. If girls got beaten by clients or their pimps, he would do nothing as that was part of the game, Hunter wrote. (The girl), who claimed not to have a pimp, stated that (another man) had tried to barge into her room and demand that she pimp for him. When (she) complained to Bhakta, he told her to get a pimp or get a gun. She expressed concern that she couldnt escape from the room if somebody attacked her, because the back windows were barred.

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Anderson: Sarasota fugitive still running, only now the chase is on to catch him – Sarasota Herald-Tribune01.31.21

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John Pyle, fugitive, is out there somewhere, maybe in Central America working as a handyman in a beach town, entrenched, perhaps, but prepared to run should the shadow of the bounty hunter ever grow near.

Rolando Bentancourt, bounty hunter, remains fixated on Pyles capture, and as soon as the pandemic subsides he will travel, likely to Nicaragua, because thats where he believes Pyle is living and darned if the accused pedophile is slipping through his fingers again.

I want to get this guy, Bentancourt said. It needs to be done.

Anyone remember Pyle? Hes the Sarasota resident with the prospectors mustache who ran across the United States yes, ran, 3,273 miles, from California to Key West while carrying the American Flag as a way to raise money for the Wounded Warriors Project in 2012.

But our hero, it turned out, had a bit of a dark side, becausein 2016 detectives found 31 images of child pornography on his laptop, with 15 additional images containing sexual misconduct and two images of child pornography involving bondage, one of which involved a 1-year-old girl, according to his arrest report. He was looking at 450 years in prison.

He posted a $90,000 bond and became a fugitive after not showing up for a court hearing on Oct. 23, 2017. Next thing anyone knew, he had boarded a Carnival cruise ship out of Tampa, disembarked in Cozumel, Mexico and never returned to his seat at the midnight buffet.

As part of his bond agreement, Pyle was forced to surrender his passport, but since cruise ships do not require passports Pyle had a floating escape vehicle at his disposal one complete with shuffleboard courts and sunshine decks.

Since it was believed Pyle had escaped to Mexico, the State Attorneys Office was in no hurry to spend money and resources to bring him back, which didnt sit particularly well with the folks at A Way Out Bail Bonds in Punta Gorda. So they hired Bentancourt to find him.

Betancourt, a bounty hunter since 1986 and based in Miami, studied Pyles profile and then came to Sarasota for interviews and surveillance before he began chasing Pyle two years ago. Using information from personal sources, and tracking him on a device, Betancourt located Pyle in Apodoco, Nuevo Leon, Mexico,an industrial town 1,580 miles north of Cozumel.

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Betancourt said he was actually within a few blocks of Pyle but could not arrest him because of a warrant snafu. There was also a government shutdown at the time, Betancourt said, so he had to let him go. Then the trail grew cold.

He said he remains confident he will capture him, and has some new stuff I have developed that I could pinpoint him with and locate where hes at.

Betancourt thinks Pyle is likely in Nicaragua, hiding in a beach town with an influx of European tourists. Pyle had a light complexion and would attempt to blend in.

The chase has become personal for Betancourt, who said he will not get paid for the pursuit and arrest of Pyle because toomuch time has passed. He doesnt care about the money. Hes determined to capture the ghost.

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When I spend time on a case I dont like to forget about them and this is one of my cases Im going to solve, he said.

How could anyone recognize Pyle now? Well, he long ago shaved the prospectors mustache he was famous for, but he maystill havea tattoo that reads:

Success requires relentless forward progress.

The words were meant as inspiration for Pyle to keep running.

But they work just as well for those in pursuit.

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Law Enforcement Seeks Possible Suspect From Last Night’s Alleged Armed Robbery in Willits – Redheaded Blackbelt12.10.20

This is a press release from the Mendocino County Sheriffs Office. The information has not been proven in a court of law and any individuals described should bepresumedinnocent until proven guilty:

On 12-08-2020 at about 5:36 PM, Mendocino County Sheriffs Deputies overheard the Willits Police Department (WPD) get dispatched to a possible armed robbery in the 1300 block of South Main Street in Willits, California.

The radio broadcast stated there was possibly a firearm brandished and marijuana had been stolen. The suspect(s) had fled the location northbound in a black newer Toyota 4-Runner being chased by a white SUV.

Personnel from the Willits Police Department and Mendocino County Sheriffs Office began searching for the Toyota 4-Runner.

A Lake County Investigator, who happened to be in the area, reported being behind the Toyota 4 Runner traveling north bound on North Main Street in Willits.

The Toyota 4-Runner traveled northbound on North Highway 101 when WPD Officers and Sheriffs Deputies responded to conduct a traffic stop on the vehicle near MPM 64.5 on North Highway 101.

The Toyota 4-Runner stopped and Sheriffs Deputies began giving the driver verbal commands to surrender. The driver did not cooperate and sped away from the stop at a high rate of speed, with speeds at over 100 mph.

Sheriffs Deputies pursued but later decelerated prior to entering Laytonville, causing them to lose sight of the vehicle momentarily.

As Sheriffs Deputies proceeded into downtown Laytonville, they found the Toyota 4-Runner had attempted to make a turn into the Park N Take It parking lot.

The Toyota was traveling at a high rate of speed when it attempted the turn and collided with a large Christmas Tree and the east side wall of the business.

Two subjects had exited the vehicle and had fled on foot according to eye-witnesses. Officers from the California Highway Patrolresponded and assisted with the investigation into the traffic collision.

A Mendocino County Sheriffs K-9 Deputy and his K-9 partner Bo began tracking the subjects from the Toyota 4-Runner. K-9 Bo was able to track one of the subjects approximately 3 miles over numerous fences finally locating the subject near Giegers Market.

The subject, later identified as being Christian Izac Flores, provided law enforcement personnel with a false name.

Law Enforcement personnel noticed Flores had injuries consistent with being in a traffic collision and jumping fences.

A search of the Toyota 4-Runner by Willits PD Officers developed indicia in the name of Christian Flores along with packaged marijuana consistent with possession for sale.

Flores was arrested by WPD Officers for numerous charges and the other subject who fled from the Toyota 4-Runner remains at large.

This outstanding subject is described as being a white male adult, wearing a white T-shirt, black pants and a dark colored beanie cap. The outstanding subject has a sleeve tattoo on his left arm extending down to the wrist where an image of a female holding a $100 bill with an image of a bridge exists.

Attached is a possible black & white photograph of the outstanding subject who is possibly armed with a handgun.

Anyone with information on the possible whereabouts of the outstanding subject are urged to contact the Sheriffs Office Dispatch Center by calling 707-463-4086.

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Miley Cyrus Reveals The Emotional Story Behind Her Yoko Ono Tattoo – TheThings12.08.20

Fans thought Miley's Yoko tat was about her divorce, but it's actually from a different tragic time in her life.

Miley Cyrus has almost as many tattoos as her brother, Trace. While Trace says he regrets completely covering himself in ink when he was younger, Miley is happy to talk about her tats.

There's a story behind every one she's chosen, from the word 'LOVE' in her ear (meant to block out the haters) to a dreamcatcher with four feathers meant to represent her four siblings. Her most meaningful tattoo might be one that came at a particularly hard time in her life.

"I'm proud of you" appeared on Miley's left shoulder blade in Yoko's handwriting last December. People assume it had to do with her divorce from Liam Hemsworth, but she just explained that it was about something completely different.

2019 was not Miley's year. Apparently Yoko's compassionate message came after Miley experienced a personal tragedy as a result of the California wildfires.

"That was right after my house burned down," Miley shared this week between sets on a SiriusXM radio show. "I hadn't quite gotten married yet and I was doing 'War Is Over' with Sean [Lennon] on SNL and so he actually brought it to me."

Yoko's note of support meant so much to Miley that she got it permanently inked on her back.

"Those relationships have been so valuable to me, same thing with Stevie," she added, referencing her close bond with rock icon, Stevie Nicks.

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Miley says the fact that Yoko handwrote the message herself makes it extra special, because getting letters from iconic musicians is "the coolest thing."

"They write me handwritten letters. Like everything I get from Stevie is handwritten, what I get from Dolly [Parton] is written and signed, same thing with Yoko," she said in the interview. "It's a different amount of time that someone takes, it's not like 'hey I'm just gonna shoot a text and let you know I'm thinking about you'...when you write things down and you give those words those kinds of power, they say 'we're rooting for you.'"

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Yoko's note matches another tattoo that Miley has in honor of her father, Billy Ray. It's an encouraging message that Billy Ray himself received from a different icon.

"I actually have another tattoo from Johnny Cash to my dad and it says 'I'm in your corner,'" she admits. "And that's why I kind of did the Yoko thing cause I thought it was pretty cool, the parallels of that." DEFINITELY cool, Miley.

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Trump reportedly limited US purchases of Pfizer vaccine when offered – as it happened – The Guardian12.08.20

From Vivian Ho in San Francisco, Martin Pengelly in New York and agencies:

More than three-quarters of Californias population are now living under the harshest lockdowns in the US, as Covid-19 cases hit record levels in the countrys most populous state.

Regional stay-at-home restrictions went into effect for nearly 23 million residents in southern California and 4.4 million residents in a large swath of the Central Valley on Sunday night, as ordered by the state governor, Gavin Newsom. The orders take effect on a region-by-region basis when hospital intensive care unit beds in the region dropped to below 15%.

The southern California region and the San Joaquin Valley region joined five counties in the Bay Area region whose local leaders pre-emptively ordered its 6 million residents to enter lockdown starting at 10pm on Sunday. We cannot wait until after we have driven off the cliff to pull the emergency brake, said the Santa Clara county health officer, Dr Sara Cody.

The restrictions, which require people to stay home and minimize contact with other households, will remain in place for at least three weeks, covering the Christmas holiday.

All retail stores can stay open, although at 20% capacity, along with outside spaces such as parks and beaches, but restaurants, bars, hair and nail salons and tattoo shops are required to close.

California reported 24,735 positive cases in the last 24 hours, bringing the average to 21,924 cases a day. The state had a 10.5% seven-day positivity rate, meaning that in the past week, one in 10 Californians tested for coronavirus came back with positive results. Newsom noted that the rate of growth on the states positivity rate was very, very acute just 30 days ago, the states positivity rate was at 3.4%. Health officials believe the numbers will only get worse before they get better.

We know that those cases that potentially occurred around peoples dinner tables, activities, plans, travel through Thanksgiving are going to show up right about now. Were going to be seeing that for many days to come, said Dr Mark Ghaly, Californias secretary of health and human services. We believe that the levels of transmission that weve been reporting so far will likely continue to go up some because of those activities.

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