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  • Allegations of an inappropriate romantic relationship with a colleague and one-time boss have prompted a formal inquiry into Best Buy Chief Executive Officer Corie Barry’s conduct. According to The Wall Street Journal, an anonymous letter dated Dec. 7 spawned the investigation by the company’s board. The letter alleges Barry conducted a romantic relationship with former Best Buy Senior Vice President Karl Sanft for several years. A company spokesman told the WSJ the electronics retailer “takes allegations of misconduct very seriously” and encouraged the letter writer to “come forward and be part of that confidential process.” According to Minneapolis’ Star Tribune, the letter actually has multiple authors, who describe themselves as a group of employees hailing from several states whose tenure with the company ranges from seven to 25 years. The letter requests either Barry’s resignation or her firing by the board, the newspaper reported. In a statement issued to the WSJ, Barry said, “The Board has my full cooperation and support as it undertakes this review, and I look forward to its resolution in the near term.” Barry, 44, was named CEO in June 2019, succeeding Hubert Joly who still serves as Best Buy’s executive chairman. Snaft exited the company in early 2019, and currently serves as chief operating officer for 24 Hour Fitness Worldwide Inc. According to the WSJ, both Barry and Snaft joined Best Buy about 20 years ago. The company is based in Richfield, Minn. Read more here and here.
  • A Georgia sheriff’s deputy has been arrested on charges of rape and violation of public oath, the Richmond County Sheriff’s Office has confirmed. Deputy Kendrick Quick, 38, had been placed on paid administrative leave prior to Thursday’s arrest, pending completion of an internal affairs investigation into reports of inappropriate contact with a female suspect in custody, WRDW reported. CNN confirmed the investigation was launched Wednesday after the female suspect reported the alleged improper contact Quick’s attorney, Keith B. Johnson, told CNN that his client “is a loving father and husband who is eager to clear his name of these very serious allegations.” Johnson also noted in his statement to CNN that Quick served as a member of the U.S. Navy. According to WRDW, Quick joined the Richmond County Sheriff’s Office in July 2018, and was assigned to Road Patrol.
  • A Friday night shooting in Utah left four people dead, one injured and another unharmed and in police custody, multiple news outlets reported. Update 3:08 a.m. EST Jan. 18: Authorities confirmed early Saturday that three of the deceased are juveniles and one is an adult female. Two of the deceased juveniles are female and one is male, KUTV reported. Grantsville Police Cpl. Rhonda Fields said an adult male was transported to an area hospital for treatment by an unidentified, uninjured third party who alerted authorities to the incident by calling 911, the station reported. Fields said the shooter, whose age and gender are not yet being released to the public, was in the vehicle transporting the fifth victim but was not the driver who placed the call. The shooter was taken into custody at the hospital without incident, KUTV reported. Update 1:50 a.m. EST Jan. 18: According to KSL, all six people involved in the incident are members of the same family, and police said initially the shooter is a teenager. Grantsville Mayor Brent Marshall who was on the scene of the shooting late Friday confirmed the familial link in the case. “It’s an unfortunate tragedy that has taken place here this evening,” said Marshall. “And I’m sure it will take days or even longer to try and piece together what brought all of this one and why it happened, if we ever get to know why it happened. It’s upsetting. This is normally a very quiet neighborhood, and any time you have children involved in something, it becomes very emotional, very fast,” Marshall told KSL. Grantsville Police Cpl. Rhonda Fields confirmed to reporters on the scene that “officers were dispatched to a residence tonight in regards to a suspected homicide.” Meanwhile, Utah Gov. Gary Herbert offered his condolences and support for all involved late Friday night. Original report: The shooting occurred around 7 p.m. in Grantsville, KUTV reported. Grantsville Mayor Brent Marshall told KSL a family and children were involved in the incident but declined to elaborate on the “unfortunate tragedy.” According to KUTV, the threat to the public was neutralized by 9:10 p.m., and authorities are working to notify family members of the victims. The ages, genders and names of those involved in the shooting have not yet been released, and police have not yet provided any information regarding a relationship between the shooter and the victims, KSL reported.
  • A Boston bartender jumped into action and is being called a hero after a man started to choke. While behind the bar at Silvertone Bar & Grill on Bromfield Street, Oscar Simoza saw a customer suddenly start to choke. “At one point he’s grabbing his friend’s shoulder and he has like a face like he’s laughing, and then I realize his face turns red,” Simoza said. Silvertone’s surveillance camera caught it all as Simoza jumped into action on Thursday night. Simoza ran down the bar and out in front, right to the bar stool where the man was sitting. He immediately began the Heimlich maneuver to dislodge the food from the man’s airway. 'Yeah I moved. I was surprised. I haven’t played rugby in a while so it’s pretty funny I can actually run this way still,' he said. His friend, Stephen Murray, was two seats away. 'And until the 270 pound man hops the bar, then you realize something is going on,' Murray said. Simoza performed the Heimlich maneuver on the man who’s choking on a steak tip. “I was like I’m doing the Heimlich. I’ve never done this before,” Simoza said. When asked how he learned the Heimlich, Simoza replied: “I learned it from watching Baywatch.” That’s right: from watching Baywatch. “We got there fast enough,” Simoza said. The man was OK and customers gave him a big round of applause. With Simoza, what you see is what you get: A big guy who is still fast on his feet and ready to help whether serving a drink or saving a life. “He probably gave me the best tip. Like I say, the best tip ever given to me, ‘Thank you for saving my life,'' Simoza said of the customer he saved.
  • Police in Worcester, Massachusetts are looking for a woman accused of stealing a purse and assaulting employees at a nursing home. The nursing home scuffle on Tuesday morning was all captured on security cameras, showing workers trying to stop the woman who was allegedly trying to steal from them. Police shared the video with WFXT. “Oh my goodness,” said Crystal Makowski, who visited the nursing home on Friday, when seeing the video. The video shows a woman walking into a room at the nursing home. “She started taking things that didn’t belong to her. She took a purse [from] some of the employees and confronted her and she got very violent with them,” said Worcester Police Lt. Sean Murtha. An employee follows behind her into the room and then tries to lock the suspect inside. When confronted, the suspect fights back violently, knocking employees to the ground on multiple occasions. Police say she threw one woman to the ground and slammed another one’s hand in the door. Several other employees jump in to help but the suspect eventually breaks out of the room, pushing over one of the employees, before making an escape. Police say one of the women who fought back has a possible concussion, another broke a finger, and the third has some back trouble. Despite the effort of all three women, police say the suspect got away and now the search is on. Police hope someone recognizes her. Witnesses told police the suspect was driving a maroon SUV that had a Lyft sticker in the back windshield “and had some rims that were out of the ordinary,' Murtha said. 'They were described as fancy rims on the SUV. It stands out a little bit, so hopefully, someone else knows who she is,” said Murtha. Makowski, the nursing home visitor, said the incident “was a shock to the staff.” “This is a very great place, very accommodating, almost like a family here,' she said. “So it would be very unsuspecting for someone to come with that type of motivation.” Police said this wasn’t the first time someone has robbed the nursing home. “I hope they get her. This is where you feel safe, and the last place you expect someone to go for a robbery, as well as doing an assault,” Makowski said. If you have any information, you’re asked to call Worcester Police.
  • Dozens of strangers showed up Friday afternoon at the Jacksonville National Cemetery to make sure a Florida homeless veteran got the proper burial he deserved. Many of the people attending didn’t know John Meade Jr. was a veteran when he was alive. But they wanted to honor him properly, now that he’s gone. “He was very much appreciated, and we all appreciate the service that he did. Not only for everybody else, but what he stood for,” said Shirley Greco, who attended the ceremony. He had a lot of family at his funeral – maybe not in blood, but in spirit. “I really do wish that he could be here to see the turnout today for him, I really do. And I think there’s a way that he knows how it turned out today,” Greco said. “Whoever the vet is, doesn’t get buried with no family, so we become their family,” Wayne May said. For at least 10 years, Meade sat on a bench in downtown St. Augustine every day, and was a friendly face to everyone who passed by. While he talked to everybody, no one knew much about him. After Meade died, an officer with the St. Augustine Police Department spent 80 hours digging for information about him. When the officer found out he served in the Army, he wanted Meade to have a proper burial. He asked the community to come out to Jacksonville’s National Cemetery, and they showed up by the dozens. “People did care about him, and he’s never alone,” said Ken White, a veteran. “I wish I would’ve known him,” another veteran said.