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Wednesday, July 31, 2019

Police: Man’s ire over payment app leads to threats at store

PALM HARBOR, Fla. (AP) — Investigators say a man got upset when he couldn’t use a mobile payment app at a Florida pet store and threatened to stab and shoot employees. Pinellas County Sheriff’s investigators arrested 34-year-old Jonathan Blaine on Tuesday. The Tampa Bay Times reports Blaine became irate with employees at Pet Supermarket. He left, but investigators say he called the corporate office and said he would stab or shoot someone if he returned to the store. He’s charged with making a false report concerning use of a firearm. A lawyer isn’t listed on records. Sheriff’s officials assisted the U.S. Secret Service in May on an unrelated investigation involving Blaine. Officials say he called the U.S. State Department and mentioned President Donald Trump before making threats toward Congress. He told detectives he was joking.

Elections chairman quits over joke relating cows to women

CARY, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina’s Board of Elections Chairman has resigned after opening a statewide meeting of elections officials with a joke about cows and women who don’t want sex.Gov. Roy Cooper accepted Democrat Robert Cordle’s resignation on Tuesday. WRAL reports Wake County Board of Elections member Gerry Cohen called the joke Cordle told Monday “misogynistic and wildly inappropriate.” Cordle apologized in his resignation letter. His departure casts further uncertainty over a vote Thursday on new elections equipment. The board voted Monday to delay certification until August to consider requiring “human-readable marks on a paper ballot” as a security measure. But they soon backtracked and set up the upcoming meeting. Cordle had favored moving forward with certification, and it’s not clear if there are enough votes to do so without him.