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What George Zimmerman Was Doing Outside Florida Gun Shop

File photo. (Seminole County Sheriff’s Office)(DELAND, Fla.) — Former neighborhood watchman George Zimmerman is back on patrol — and this time it’s at a gun store.

Police found Zimmerman sitting in his dark colored truck outside of Pompano Pat’s, a store that sells firearms and motorcycles, just after midnight on Sunday, according to a DeLand, Florida police report.

Zimmerman, who police said was “very cooperative,” explained to the responding officer that he had the owner’s permission to be on the property and was patrolling it since there had been a recent burglary.

He provided officers with a phone number for Pat Johnson, the owner of the business who is also running for mayor in DeLand. Officers were unable to make contact with Johnson.

According to the report, Zimmerman told officers that Johnson had asked him to leave his dog inside the business, however Zimmerman decided he and his dog would wait in the parking lot.

He also told officers that “he was going to be around the business at night for an indeterminate amount of time,” the report said.

Sam Porter, an employee of Pompano Pat’s, told ABC News that Zimmerman is not an employee and is not being paid to patrol the business.

“George is a really nice guy and really tries to help folks out,” Porter said. “I felt he was trying to do something nice.”

Pompano Pat’s had offered Zimmerman a free gun after he was acquitted of murder last year.

Zimmerman maintained self-defense when he shot and killed an unarmed teenager, Trayvon Martin, in Sanford, Florida on Feb. 26, 2012.

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What George Zimmerman Was Doing Outside Florida Gun Shop

File photo. (Seminole County Sheriff’s Office)(DELAND, Fla.) — Former neighborhood watchman George Zimmerman is back on patrol — and this time it’s at a gun store.

Police found Zimmerman sitting in his dark colored truck outside of Pompano Pat’s, a store that sells firearms and motorcycles, just after midnight on Sunday, according to a DeLand, Florida police report.

Zimmerman, who police said was “very cooperative,” explained to the responding officer that he had the owner’s permission to be on the property and was patrolling it since there had been a recent burglary.

He provided officers with a phone number for Pat Johnson, the owner of the business who is also running for mayor in DeLand. Officers were unable to make contact with Johnson.

According to the report, Zimmerman told officers that Johnson had asked him to leave his dog inside the business, however Zimmerman decided he and his dog would wait in the parking lot.

He also told officers that “he was going to be around the business at night for an indeterminate amount of time,” the report said.

Sam Porter, an employee of Pompano Pat’s, told ABC News that Zimmerman is not an employee and is not being paid to patrol the business.

“George is a really nice guy and really tries to help folks out,” Porter said. “I felt he was trying to do something nice.”

Pompano Pat’s had offered Zimmerman a free gun after he was acquitted of murder last year.

Zimmerman maintained self-defense when he shot and killed an unarmed teenager, Trayvon Martin, in Sanford, Florida on Feb. 26, 2012.

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What George Zimmerman Was Doing Outside Florida Gun Shop

File photo. (Seminole County Sheriff’s Office)(DELAND, Fla.) — Former neighborhood watchman George Zimmerman is back on patrol — and this time it’s at a gun store.

Police found Zimmerman sitting in his dark colored truck outside of Pompano Pat’s, a store that sells firearms and motorcycles, just after midnight on Sunday, according to a DeLand, Florida police report.

Zimmerman, who police said was “very cooperative,” explained to the responding officer that he had the owner’s permission to be on the property and was patrolling it since there had been a recent burglary.

He provided officers with a phone number for Pat Johnson, the owner of the business who is also running for mayor in DeLand. Officers were unable to make contact with Johnson.

According to the report, Zimmerman told officers that Johnson had asked him to leave his dog inside the business, however Zimmerman decided he and his dog would wait in the parking lot.

He also told officers that “he was going to be around the business at night for an indeterminate amount of time,” the report said.

Sam Porter, an employee of Pompano Pat’s, told ABC News that Zimmerman is not an employee and is not being paid to patrol the business.

“George is a really nice guy and really tries to help folks out,” Porter said. “I felt he was trying to do something nice.”

Pompano Pat’s had offered Zimmerman a free gun after he was acquitted of murder last year.

Zimmerman maintained self-defense when he shot and killed an unarmed teenager, Trayvon Martin, in Sanford, Florida on Feb. 26, 2012.

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Atlanta Mom Charged with Leaving Kids in Hot Car

Charnae Mosley, 27, faces four counts of reckless conduct. (ABC News)(ATLANTA) — A mother of four in Atlanta is facing charges of reckless endangerment after she left her children in a car while shopping at a grocery store for 16 minutes.

Charnae Mosley, 27, became the latest parent to face charges and criticism in what has become a summer full of reports of children being left in hot vehicles.

Police in Atlanta say that Mosley left four children, ages 1 through 6, in the car, with windows rolled down, in 90 degree heat for about 16 minutes Monday afternoon while shopping in the grocery store Kroeger.

A witness called 911 and reported that there were children who had been abandoned in a vehicle, prompting a nearby officer to come check on the children, according to a police report obtained by ABC News.

When the officer arrived, Mosley was unloading groceries into her car. The officer warned her of the dangers of leaving children unattended in cars and then proceeded to watch surveillance video in Kroeger to determine that Mosley had been in the store for 16 minutes, according to the report.

The officer was then instructed by the Atlanta Police Department’s Youth Squad Investigator to arrest Mosley on charges of reckless conduct.

She will appear in front of a judge on four counts of reckless conduct.

The children were given water and evaluated, but determined to be fine.

Mosley is being held on $8,000 bail. Her family did not immediately return calls seeking comment.

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Atlanta Mom Charged with Leaving Kids in Hot Car

Charnae Mosley, 27, faces four counts of reckless conduct. (ABC News)(ATLANTA) — A mother of four in Atlanta is facing charges of reckless endangerment after she left her children in a car while shopping at a grocery store for 16 minutes.

Charnae Mosley, 27, became the latest parent to face charges and criticism in what has become a summer full of reports of children being left in hot vehicles.

Police in Atlanta say that Mosley left four children, ages 1 through 6, in the car, with windows rolled down, in 90 degree heat for about 16 minutes Monday afternoon while shopping in the grocery store Kroeger.

A witness called 911 and reported that there were children who had been abandoned in a vehicle, prompting a nearby officer to come check on the children, according to a police report obtained by ABC News.

When the officer arrived, Mosley was unloading groceries into her car. The officer warned her of the dangers of leaving children unattended in cars and then proceeded to watch surveillance video in Kroeger to determine that Mosley had been in the store for 16 minutes, according to the report.

The officer was then instructed by the Atlanta Police Department’s Youth Squad Investigator to arrest Mosley on charges of reckless conduct.

She will appear in front of a judge on four counts of reckless conduct.

The children were given water and evaluated, but determined to be fine.

Mosley is being held on $8,000 bail. Her family did not immediately return calls seeking comment.

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NBA Player Uses Twitter to Track Down Aunt’s Suspected Killer

Jason Merritt/Getty Images(SACRAMENTO, Calif.) — NBA player Matt Barnes is using his celebrity status to launch a social media manhunt.

The Los Angeles Clippers small forward is pleading with his hundreds of thousands of Twitter and Instagram followers to keep an eye out for Michael Williams, the prime suspect in the murder of Barnes’ aunt Tanganyika Hoover, 48.

Hoover was estranged from Williams, but the two were staying at a friend’s house on the morning of July 8, when the friend said he found Hoover outside, her neck slashed, struggling for life. Williams was nowhere to be found.

Police consider Williams extremely dangerous.

Following his aunt’s death, Barnes felt compelled to act. So he posted images of Williams, along with a plea: “This dude stabbed my auntie in the neck last week & left her for dead on the sidewalk, she ended up dying on the way to the hospital in the ambulance.”

The post quickly spread from Barnes’ friends to his fans, to strangers he’s never met.

“Having the platform that I have, I wanted to speak out on social media,” Barnes said.

“When it’s your family, you just feel like you…you can do more. You want to do more,” he said.

Hoover struggled to talk in her final moments, Barnes said. She was trying to say ‘M.’

“She was trying to say who did it and what happened,” Barnes said. “And she, you know, literally, with her throat being cut…lost her voice.”

Williams is the only suspect, Sacramento Police Chief Sam Somers said.

“I have some frustrated officers here because they thought they would be able to get this guy right away,” Somers said. “But we’re going to get him.”

Somers said the attention Barnes has given to the case has been helpful.

“He’s a local kid. He has a following here in Sacramento. And having his name attached with us and helping in this investigation will help us actually solve this matter,” Somers said.

Police have set up a tip line, hoping someone can track down Williams. The tip line number is 800-222-7463.

As for Barnes, the offseason has been busy. He’s preparing to host the Matt Barnes Basketball Camp from Aug. 4-8. His 12th NBA season is approaching, too. Beyond the court, he promises to keep fighting for justice for his beloved aunt.

“In her unfortunate passing, I’m hoping to be her voice and, y’know, her eyes and ears and really try to help in any way possible,” he said.

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Legal Pot Adds to Denver’s Homeless Problem

iStock/Thinkstock(DENVER) — They’re going to Colorado to get high but instead, the lure of legal marijuana is leaving many young people high and dry.

Since the use of up to one ounce of pot became legal in December 2012, Denver, Colorado, has seen as influx of visitors who have come to stay. When sales of marijuana were allowed last January, even more people from out of state have shown up.

And therein lies the problem, one that supporters of legal pot probably didn’t anticipate. Denver says that its homeless population has grown in the past year-and-a-half and the majority of the newcomers are teens and people in their 20s.

Not everyone who comes to the city is necessarily a slacker. Some have said that they want to find work in Colorado’s booming marijuana industry.

However, there seems to be more stoners than there are jobs for them. One worker at a Denver shelter says that about one in three of their new residents acknowledge that their main reason for being in Denver is to smoke grass.

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Three-Hour Tour Turns into Night at Sea for Stranded Whale-Watchers

iStock/Thinkstock(BOSTON) — A whale-watching boat was stranded 13 miles off the coast of northern Massachusetts overnight after the boat’s propeller got tangled in a tagline.

More than 160 people were aboard the boat, part of a three-hour whale-watching trip with Boston Harbor Cruises.

The group was supposed to return at about 4:30 p.m. Monday — but the vessel, named the Cetacea, never made it back to shore. About 10 minutes into the return trip, the Cetacea got stuck.

Coast Guard crews responded as the passengers were forced to spend a long night at sea.

Divers cut the boat free Tuesday morning, allowing the boat to move again. It was expected that the boat would arrive at about 7:30 a.m.

All of the passengers are all right, a Boston Harbor Cruises spokesperson said.

The company is compensating passengers for their troubles. Each passenger will receive $500 in cash, a $100 gift card for another trip, and a full refund, about $50. The company will also pay to re-book any passengers who missed flights Tuesday morning.

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Judge Sides with Shelly Sterling in Sale of LA Clippers

iStock Editorial(LOS ANGELES) — A Los Angeles judge is siding with Shelly Sterling in her fight against Donald Sterling to sell the LA Clippers.

The judge says she acted properly in her actions to sell the team to former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer for $2 billion.

In a statement to ABC News, the NBA said, “We are pleased the court has affirmed Shelly Sterling’s right to sell the Clippers to Steve Ballmer. We look forward to the transaction closing as soon as possible.”

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Judge Sides with Shelly Sterling in Sale of LA Clippers

iStock Editorial(LOS ANGELES) — A Los Angeles judge is siding with Shelly Sterling in her fight against Donald Sterling to sell the LA Clippers.

The judge says she acted properly in her actions to sell the team to former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer for $2 billion.

In a statement to ABC News, the NBA said, “We are pleased the court has affirmed Shelly Sterling’s right to sell the Clippers to Steve Ballmer. We look forward to the transaction closing as soon as possible.”

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