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Why is this Fayetteville tattoo artist getting so much attention on TikTok? – The Fayetteville Observer05.06.21

Eight months ago, Colorado native Donte Hall started following the TikTok account of Fayetteville tattoo artist Jonathan Dump. Hall was so captivated by Dump's skill, he decided he wanted to get tattooed by him, even if that meant flying to Fayetteville.

Hall got a tattoo of two scenes from the anime "Black Clover" on his bicep. He said last week that he plans to come back in July for more artwork.

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Dump, 27, isn't a stranger to people coming from different parts of the country to be tattooed by him.

"I get a couple from California every now and then, people from New York," he said last week. "The day after (Donte) got tattooed, a girl drove like almost 11 hours from the other side of Tennessee."

Even though his TikTok has more than 600,000 followers, Dump said, people have traveled before to get work done by him after seeing his art on his Instagram account, which has more than 80,000 followers.

Dump created his TikTok account, artofjondump, around the start of the COVID-19 pandemic.

"We gotshut down and everything, were quarantined and figured this was a better way to show my brand, get out there more, and I started producing content," he said. "I think my first week on TikTok, I grew it up to like 6,000 followers or something like that."

Some of his portrait tattoos have gained social media attention from hip-hop artists such as Lil Nas X and Megan TheeStallion.

Dump said he likes to be well-rounded, but when it comes to specializing in something, he would say portraits and color work. His portraits are striking for their vivid detail and strong lines.

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Dump, a Fayetteville native and Douglas Byrd High School graduate, said he's always been artistic.

"Even as a kid, I would always doodle on my notes, doodle on tests and stuff like that," he said. "I was probably 14 or 15 when I started being interested in tattoos.

"When I brought it up to my mom that I wanted to be a tattoo artist and she was really against it. So, the rebellious part of me was like, I'm going to do it, and I just gained a love for it."

Dump has been at Best of Ink Fayetteville on Skibo Road since October 2019.Before that he worked at New Addiction on Raeford Road.

As demand for Dump grows, his books are closed until June.

"If I don't close my books, I'll probably be booked out one to two years," he said. "I know when I opened my books last time, I had a line (of clients) going from the front of the shop wrapped around the sidewalk out to the road."

In addition to his artwork, Dump also posts on his TikTok account about positivity.

"I am a firm believer of what goes around, comes around," he said. "I worry about myself, I stick to what I believe in, I try not spread negativity. I hope that everybody else follows suit."

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Billie Eilish Tattoos: Guide to Ink Designs and Their Meanings – J-1405.06.21

Baring it all! Billie Eilish has a tattoo, and fans finally know where its been hiding.

The Bad Guy songstress unveiled her giant ink design in May 2021, while posing in a nude bodysuit and trench coat forBritish Vogue. Although shes yet to share a clear picture of whats inked on her hip, the small glimpse was enough to send fans into a frenzy. Months prior to her stripping down for the sultry shoot, Billie revealed that she got her first tattoo during an October 2020 interview withVanity Fair.

Since 2016, shes teamed up with the publication to do the same interview one year apart to see how much has changed. After three years of saying no, Billie finally answered yes to the question of whether or not she has tattoos. I did get a tattoo, the California native admitted in the video, which was released in November 2020. But you wont ever see it.

During a previous installment of the interview, when the topic of tattoos came up, Billie said, The only tattoos I want to get are the ones that barely anyone can see.

From the sound of it, Billie changed her mind, because her leg tat made major headlines in May 2021!

Ilove these pictures, and I loved doing this shoot, she wrote on Instagram alongside images from the British Vogue shoot.Do whatever you want whenever you want. Fk everything else.

Throughout the magazine article, Billie shares that although it was her idea to do the photo shoot, it was literally something shes never done before. Yknow, besides when Im alone and st, she added. As for the reasoning behind sharing her body, something thats been a point of conversation since her claim to fame in 2016, Billie told the publication its because I can do whatever I want.

Its all about what makes you feel good. If you want to get surgery, go get surgery, she added. If you want to wear a dress that somebody thinks that you look too big wearing, fk it if you feel like you look good, you look good.

As fans step into the new world of Billie, one where she takes body confidence to the next level, the question arises of whether or not the Therefore I Am musician has more plans to unveil any other surprise tattoos. Only time will tell it seems. Scroll through our gallery for a breakdown of the singers ink designs.

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Kris Jenner Has An Awkwardly Placed Tattoo Honoring Kylie and Kendall – Showbiz Cheat Sheet04.22.21

Kris Jenner might just be the worlds most famous momager, a woman who has helped her entire family become famous reality television stars not to mention helped launch multiple successful businesses. Kris Jenner has risen from working-class beginnings to the pinnacle of fortune and fame.

These days, even with the final season of Keeping Up with the Kardashians currently airing on television, Kris Jenner is in the public eye more than ever. As public a manner as she lives her life, however, she does have a few secrets and recently, she opened up to Ellen DeGeneres about a tattoo that very few of her fans know she has.

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Kris Jenner was born Kris Houghton in California in 1955. Raised primarily by her mother, she became a flight attendant when she was a young woman, which was around the time that she met lawyer, Robert Kardashian.

The two got married and welcomed four children together before getting a divorce in 1991. The same year that she divorced Robert Kardashian, she married Caitlyn Jenner.

Kris Jenner had two more daughters, Kendall Jenner and Kylie Jenner. As she worked hard to raise her six children, Kris Jenner embarked on her business career, which included managing her husbands motivational speaking gigs, and opening a series of childrens clothing boutiques.

In 2007, Kris Jenner rose to fame when the familys reality television show, Keeping Up with the Kardashians, debuted on the E! network. The show made Kris Jenner a household name and catapulted her to incredible success.

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For more than a decade, Kris Jenner has allowed the cameras into her home, detailing the inner workings of her personal life including the failing of her marriage to Caitlyn Jenner, a multitude of family struggles, and the way she embarked on her new relationship with boyfriend Corey Gamble. However, in early 2021, the family announced that they would be closing the door on Keeping Up with the Kardashians, with the final season airing in the spring of 2021.

It isnt yet certain how Kris Jenner will spend her time after the familys long-running reality show ends forever. Still, it seems likely that she will remain in the public eye in at least some capacity. The momager has been spending some time in recent days doing the rounds on talk shows, reassuring fans that shes not really going anywhere and in a recent interview with Ellen DeGeneres, she talked about how she has a secret tattoo.

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In a game of Never Have My Kids Ever, Kris Jenner admitted that she once got a matching tattoo with her daughter, Khlo Kardashian. Me and Khlo its a cross, Jenner said.

DeGeneres asked exactly where Kris Jenner got her tattoo, and the reality star admitted that the tattoo is located on my booty. Back there. Its way back there.

Kris Jenner rarely shows off the tattoo or even discusses it, but the ink has been featured on Keeping Up with the Kardashians before, allowing fans to see that the cross tattoo actually features her two youngest daughters names, Kendall Jenner and Kylie Jenner, on either side of the cross.

While Kris Jenner obviously still has her tattoo, Khlo Kardashian has since had her cross tattoo removed detailing on Instagram how I shouldve listened to Kim when she told me you dont put a bumper sticker on a Bentley. Bye-bye bumper sticker!!!


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A combat photographer looks back on the ‘forever war’ – The San Diego Union-Tribune04.22.21

It was October 2005 when I first flew into Kabul aboard a Pakistani International Airlines flight. Mud homes pocked the desert landscape. Afghanistan looked quiet and serene almost safe.

That sense of security crumbled moments after landing. Fluorescent lights dangled from the airport ceiling, evidence of explosions past. The lines to clear Afghan customs were makeshift and chaotic. In the citys streets, we stopped every 2 miles to pass through an armed checkpoint.

Then came the explosions.

Within hours of checking into our hotel, we heard our first IED blast. It was unmistakable: An enormous boom followed by sirens, screams, dust and a distinct smell.

Over the course of a decade, I would make seven trips to Afghanistan and hear those sounds dozens of times. I lived looking over my shoulder, wondering when the next one would hit.

Thankfully, I always found my way home safely, leaving behind a country where countless civilians and military personnel were not so lucky.

September 6, 2010, Helmand Province, Afghanistan: A young Marine proudly shows his love for the Marine Corps with the large tattoo across his back reading Semper Fi, short for Semper Fidelis, which is Latin for always faithful. Marines often displayed their pride for the Corps and many have religious tattoos to give them a sense of protection.

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March 10, 2011, Sangin, Afghanistan: Staff Sgt. Nathan Stocking takes an Afghan man into custody for detonating a command wire IED.

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March 10, 2011, Sangin, Afghanistan: Lance Cpl. Jermaine Brown stands guard as Marines prepare to conduct a controlled detonation of a wall that has been observed as a known enemy firing position. A young boy prepares for the explosion.

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February 21, 2011, Sangin, Afghanistan: During an embed with the 3rd Battalion 5th Marines from Camp Pendleton operating in Sangin, our helicopter transport into forward operating base Jackson was escorted with helicopter gunships flying nearby. Met with heavy fighting and large areas that were heavily mined with IEDs by the Taliban, Sangin was at the time regarded as one of the most dangerous areas of operation for coalition forces.

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September 6, 2010, Helmand Province, Afghanistan: Marines play a game of stickball in their forward operating base. When not on patrol, Marines are lifting weights, cleaning their weapons or finding other ways to pass the time.

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February 27, 2011, Sangin, Afghanistan: Sgt. Matthew Bland returns to base after a long patrol that started in the wee hours of the morning and carried into nightfall.

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March 29, 2011 Camp Bastion, Helmand Province, Afghanistan: A British soldier who was wounded from a bomb blast is comforted by his brother, also serving in Afghanistan, as he awaits surgery.

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March 10, 2011, Sangin, Afghanistan Cpl Garrett Doty, right, gives Corpsman Ruel Gojar, left, a big hug after the men returned from their patrol in the Wishtan area of Sangin, Afghanistan.

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March 10, 2011, Sangin, Afghanistan: Nuria is a 10 year-old Afghan girl who was injured during a controlled detonation of buildings near her home during the Wishtan operation. After this picture ran in the newspaper, readers responded by donating funds that eventually allowed Nuria to fly to the United States where she received eye surgery.

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July 7, 2014, Kabul Afghanistan: An Afghan soldier sits on his bed as he recovers from combat wounds at Kabul National Military Hospital. Just weeks before this visit, the hospital was the site where an Afghan killed hospital personnel.

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June 5, 2014, Helmand Province, Afghanistan: Marines from 1/7 Weapons Company catch about one hour of sleep before a nighttime mission, one of the last major offensives before turning Camp Leatherneck over to the Afghan military.

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I could never truly believe Id made it out of Afghanistan alive until the wheels of the plane touched down in the next country en route back home. Even on different soil, I would scan my surroundings, avoid crowds and ask for a room in the back of the hotel because attacks almost always are launched at the front.

Once back home in San Diego, Id give myself reality checks, such as purposefully walking barefoot at home so I could feel the warmth of the floor. Id try not to talk about the war, listening instead to what my family was going through. I wanted to leave my baggage behind.

Still, I cant shake Afghanistan. The smells of the country. The wailing sirens. The tanks abandoned on the side of the road.

And back home, the American toll of the war was unavoidable. For 20 years, San Diego has experienced a steady cadence of homecomings and funerals.

Learning that the U.S. plans to finally bring its two decades of war in Afghanistan to a close came as no surprise. Drawing down was always inevitable. It was just a matter of when and how.

May 16, 2013, San Diego, California: Jacob Centeno, 23, of Bonita, stands next to his fathers gravesite at Fort Rosecrans National Cemetary. Centenos father, Daniel Richard Healy, Senior Chief Petty Officer, was killed in action on June 28, 2005 in Afghanistan.

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November 16, 2010, San Diego, California: Cara Peterson holds her grandson Christopher Peterson as she looks for her son, Lance Cpl. Justin Peterson who was returning home after his units deployment to Afghanistan with the 3rd Battalion, 1st Marine Regiment at Camp Pendleton.

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June 9, 2011, San Diego, California: At their military housing in Linda Vista, Cpl. Justin McLoad, 23, and his wife Amber, 22, relax with their 9-month old baby, Desmond. The couple is packing for their trip this weekend to Las Vegas where McLoads unit will celebrate the traditional annual Marine Corp Ball. McLoad was injured in Sangin, Afghanistan when another Marine in his unit stepped on a pressure plate that detonated a roadside bomb. His severe injuries led to him losing his legs and a section of his left arm. Since his injures from the roadside bomb, he has undergone over 50 surgical procedures.

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December 21, 2010, San Diego, California: Donna Wright stands next to her husband Neal Wright as they receive the customary U.S. flag during her sons funeral services. U.S. Army Spc. Kenneth Necochea, a former Poway High School student who was killed at age 21 on December 12, 2010 in a suicide attack in Afghanistan, was buried at Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery with full military honors.

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May 22, 2015, San Diego, California: Attending the rededication ceremony for the Gold Star Garden on MCRD, Donna Wright wears her sons dog-tags. Wrights son, U.S. Army Specialist Kenneth Necochea from Poway was killed on December 12th, 2010 in a suicide attack in Afghanistan.

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November 21, 2011, San Diego, California: On the night that his battalion was going to celebrate the birthday of the Marine Corps, Sgt. Collins Raaz gets dressed in Marine uniform with the help of his good friend, Sgt. Travis Beattie. Earlier that year, on June 15, 2011, Sgt. Raaz, while serving his 2nd deployment to Afghanistan, stepped on an IED. The explosion cost him both his legs just above the knee.

(Nelvin C. Cepeda / The San Diego Union-Tribune)

April 27, 2013, San Diego, California: Cpl. Juan Dominguez, a triple amputee, and his wife Alexis have a belated wedding ceremony in Temecula. Alexis smiles and glances back as she is gently tapped with a saber from one of the Marines as he welcomes her to the Marine Corps. Dominguez was wounded in Afghanistan back in 2010 while deployed with the 3rd battalion, 5th Marine Regiment.

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May 22, 2015, San Diego, California: Pat and Pam ODonohoe fill in the newly-planted magnolia tree at the rededication ceremony of the Gold Star Garden at Marine Corps Recruit Depot, San Diego. The couples son, Justin Lee ODonohue, was serving in the U.S. Army when he was killed in a helicopter crash on May 5, 2006 in Afghanistan.

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October 21, 2011, Camp Pendleton, California: Its 6 a.m. just before leaving for work for the first time since he has returned home from Afghanistan, and Cpl. Colton Black is holding his newborn Jacob alongside his wife Emily.

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April 29, 2011 Camp Pendleton, California: 25 battle crosses represent Marines from 3/5 battalion who were killed in action while deployed to Sangin, Afghanistan. Following the traditional 21-gun salute, the honor guard presented arms during the playing of taps.

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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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