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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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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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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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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Christopher Trotman/Getty Images(LAS VEGAS) — Washington D.C. attorney Michele Roberts has been voted in as the new head of the National Basketball Players Association, making her the first woman to lead a major North American sports union.

After many hours of debating Monday, NBPA executive committee members and team player representatives cast 32 votes in favor of Roberts as the successor to Billy Hunter, who was removed from the position. She needed only 26 votes for election.

Roberts said she would assemble a management team to run the union, perhaps even changing the union bylaws, before diving into negotiations on a new collective bargaining agreement. The players can opt out of the current CBA after the 2016-17 season, and Roberts wants to do everything in her power to prevent another lockout from happening.

“They’ve got their union back, and I’m going to make sure that they are empowered to take their union exactly where they want their union to go,” Roberts said. “It’s going to be a team that’s going to empower them to be able to do their business as they decide.”

Los Angeles Clippers guard Chris Paul said the entire players’ union was impressed with Roberts’ ideas for the future.

“One particular member from our search committee…asked her a very tough question in the interviews and [vice president] Roger [Mason Jr.] almost fell out of his seat after she finished giving her answer,” Paul said. “Even though she’s a female, she’s very relatable to a lot of our players. I think that’s what really hit home for not only myself but some of these other guys as well.”

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Andy Lyons/Getty Images(LAS VEGAS) — Los Angeles Clippers forward Blake Griffin withdrew last week from Team USA training camp for the FIBA World Cup due to a small fracture in his back, according to ESPN.

Griffin, 25, was advised by doctors not to compete and to allow his back to completely heal before the start of the NBA season. He has spent the summer working out in Los Angeles with Clippers teammate DeAndre Jordan.

Griffin is expected to make a full recovery from the injury, which he reportedly suffered during the postseason.

Team USA started training camp Monday in Las Vegas with an extremely thin frontcourt, as fellow All-Stars Kevin Love and LaMarcus Aldridge also withdrew this summer.

In a statement, USA Basketball said Love was unable to participate “because of his current status,” an obvious reference to the trade talks that have been centered around the Minnesota Timberwolves forward.

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NFL via Getty Images(ALLEN PARK, Mich.) — The Detroit Lions have announced that they will table contract discussions with defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh until after the season.

“I think it’s the right thing for us to do,” Lions president Tom Lewand said Monday. “It’s the right thing for the team. It’s the right thing for everybody involved and it allows us to keep the focus where it belongs.”

“We have a high degree of confidence that we can work out something that will be mutually satisfactory at the right time and the goal hasn’t changed in the least,” he added.

This year marks the last year of Suh’s five-year rookie contract. Suh will have a cap number of $22.5 million this season. The goal remains to ink the 27-year-old to a long-term deal after the season.

The Lions drafted Suh with the No. 2 pick in the 2010 NFL draft.

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NFL via Getty Images(ALLEN PARK, Mich.) — The Detroit Lions have announced that they will table contract discussions with defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh until after the season.

“I think it’s the right thing for us to do,” Lions president Tom Lewand said Monday. “It’s the right thing for the team. It’s the right thing for everybody involved and it allows us to keep the focus where it belongs.”

“We have a high degree of confidence that we can work out something that will be mutually satisfactory at the right time and the goal hasn’t changed in the least,” he added.

This year marks the last year of Suh’s five-year rookie contract. Suh will have a cap number of $22.5 million this season. The goal remains to ink the 27-year-old to a long-term deal after the season.

The Lions drafted Suh with the No. 2 pick in the 2010 NFL draft.

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Andy Lyons/Getty Images(LAS VEGAS) — Los Angeles Clippers forward Blake Griffin withdrew last week from Team USA training camp for the FIBA World Cup due to a small fracture in his back, according to ESPN.

Griffin, 25, was advised by doctors not to compete and to allow his back to completely heal before the start of the NBA season. He has spent the summer working out in Los Angeles with Clippers teammate DeAndre Jordan.

Griffin is expected to make a full recovery from the injury, which he reportedly suffered during the postseason.

Team USA started training camp Monday in Las Vegas with an extremely thin frontcourt, as fellow All-Stars Kevin Love and LaMarcus Aldridge also withdrew this summer.

In a statement, USA Basketball said Love was unable to participate “because of his current status,” an obvious reference to the trade talks that have been centered around the Minnesota Timberwolves forward.

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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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