Only On 2: Local Woman Gets Threatening Call From DEA But It’s All A Scam

Originally posted on CBS Los Angeles:

CALABASAS (CBSLA.com) —  A local woman wants to warn the public about a scam she encountered.

Jen Levinson didn’t fall for it, but officials say many do.

Levinson received a “call” from the DEA telling her that she was facing deportation.

CBS2’s Juan Fernandez spoke to Levinson Friday evening. It is a story that is Only On 2.

“I was a little nervous,” Levinson said, “I thought to myself, what did I do?”

The caller left a message that said,

“This is special agent [name deleted] calling directly from the DEA Drug Enforcement Administration. At your earliest convenience, you should get in contact with us, if it is not a possibility that we’re able to reach you over the phone, a court warrant will be issued for your arrest.”

An experienced blogger, she told Fernandez she knew almost immediately that the call was bogus.

She went on line and found…

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Sacramento Sailor Returns Home To A Larger Family Than When He Left

Originally posted on CBS Sacramento:

SACRAMENTO (CBS13) — A Sacramento-area sailor returned home from deployment on Friday to a bigger family than he left.

Utilitesman second-class Ben Kellogg now has a new rank—the rank of Daddy.

It’s not often you get to see a father meeting his newborn baby for the first time.

Amanda and Ben Kellogg’s whole family got to witness their special moment at the Sacramento Airport.

“It’s been long-awaited and I was in disbelief to see everybody and finally meet the little man and be back with my wife, so I don’t know how to explain it,” he said.

He’s been deployed in the Pacific since the day Amanda learned she was pregnant. Before his homecoming on Friday, Amanda couldn’t contain her nerves.

“I haven’t felt this nervous in a really long time now,” she said. “Maybe since the first proposal, when he proposed to me. I was probably, maybe as nervous…

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IRS releases ‘dirty dozen’ list of top tax scams

Billy Moses:

This is happening a lot especially in Kern County, California.

Originally posted on Channel 2 News:

DENVER — Tax season is in full swing, but before you file, the Internal Revenue Service has an alert for you to consider.

It released it’s “dirty dozen” list … the top 12 ways scammers are trying to take your money.

Here is the full list from the IRS alert.

  1. Phone Scams: Aggressive and threatening phone calls by criminals impersonating IRS agents remains an ongoing threat to taxpayers. The IRS has seen a surge of these phone scams in recent months as scam artists threaten police arrest, deportation, license revocation and other things. The IRS reminds taxpayers to guard against all sorts of con games that arise during any filing season. (IR-2015-5)
  2. Phishing: Taxpayers need to be on guard against fake emails or websites looking to steal personal information. The IRS will not send you an email about a bill or refund out of the blue. Don’t click on one…

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Pregnant NM woman says she was tased twice by police

Originally posted on KRQE News 13:

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LAS CRUCES (KRQE) – A pregnant New Mexico woman says she was tased by police not once, but twice.

Las Cruces resident Feliz Gonzales says she was about four weeks pregnant when Las Cruces Police responded to a fight between her husband and a neighbor.

According to the police report, Officer David Ramirez told her husband to put his hands up, but he didn’t listen and was tased.

The reports says Gonzales got closer and the officer feared she was going to get violent, so he tased her, too and she fell to the ground.

The officer then tried to tase her husband again, but it accidentally hit her instead.

“I’m trying to yell, ‘Stop it! Stop it!’ He just kept tasing me,” she said.

“All I hear is her screaming and I say ‘Stop shocking my wife. Why are you doing this?'” said husband Phillip Lopez…

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Disabled family in desperate need of wheelchair van

Originally posted on Channel 2 News:

LOVELAND, Colo. — A wheelchair bound mom, her two special needs kids and their live-in aide won’t be leaving their house this weekend and it’s not because of the snow.

Their wheelchair accessible van was totaled in an accident.

Melody Fahrenbruch doesn’t need any more challenges. The 31-year-old was born with cerebral palsy and uses a wheelchair. She adopted 12-year-old Felicity, who was born with fetal alcohol syndrome and 10-year-old Kayla, who has cystic fibrosis.

“It`s been really hectic. We`ve been  missing out on a lot of appointments. My daughter Kayla has been missing her therapy, my other daughter Felicity has been missing all of her after-school activities,” said Fahrenburch.

Their aide Tonya Martin, who has been diagnosed with multiple sclerosis, totaled the van January 25. 

Martin says she rear-ended a car that suddenly stopped after hitting a deer in the 300 block of South 29th Street in Loveland.

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West Coast Dockworkers Reach Tentative Deal

Originally posted on KTLA:

Dockworkers at West Coast ports have reached a tentative contract agreement to end their labor dispute, a spokesman for the Pacific Maritime Association said Friday.

“A deal has been struck. An official statement is forthcoming,” Steve Getzug said.

The five-year contract still has to be approved by the dockworkers union members.

The dispute had centered around contract negotiations between the Pacific Maritime Association, which represents shipping companies and port operators, and the International Longshore and Warehouse Union, which represents West Coast dockworkers.

The two parties began talks in May but were unable to reach an agreement and had been operating without a contract since July.

Operations have been affected at 29 ports.

U.S. Labor Secretary Thomas Perez was in San Francisco to help mediate the dispute.

“They’re already working but they’ll be back in full force tomorrow,” Perez said. “And I am confident that up and down the West Coast…

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