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Innocent Grandma Jailed for 3 Months After Police Thought Her Cotton Candy Was Meth

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A Georgia grandmother was sent to jail after police thought they found a baggie of meth in the car she was riding in.

Unfortunately for the two deputies involved, the plastic bag didn’t contain any meth. In fact, the bag didn’t even contain drugs. The Monroe County deputies stumbled upon a bag of cotton candy and mistook it for methamphetamine. To make matters worse, an erroneous field test confirmed the deputies’ suspicions.

Unfortunately for Dasha Fincher, the mistake landed her in jail for three whole months. Now that Fincher is free, she is suing the three officers involved for violating her rights and for wrongful imprisonment. Fincher also names Sirchie Acquisition Company, the maker of the field kit used by the deputies, in the lawsuit. Fincher filed the suit on November 15th in U.S. District Court in Macon, Georgia.

In one year alone, Sirchie’s field kit test, the NARK II, produced 145 false positives in the state of Georgia, potentially having sent 145 innocent people to jail. According to the suit, blue food coloring likely caused the false positive.

While sitting in the Monroe County jail for those three months, Fincher missed out on the birth of her twin grandchildren and her daughter’s miscarriage. She was also refused medical care for multiple ailments, including a broken wrist and an ovarian cyst.

Fincher was a passenger in a car that was pulled over on December 31, 2016. The deputies, Cody Maples and Allen Henderson, claimed the car’s window tinting was too dark, though they later told the occupants that it was not actually a violation. After requesting to search the vehicle, the deputies found “a large, open clear plastic bag which contained a light blue substance, spherical in shape,” according to the lawsuit.

Despite both the driver and Fincher explaining that the bag contained cotton candy, the deputies proceeded to field test it. The test came back positive for methamphetamine, resulting in the immediate arrest of both Fincher and her boyfriend.

In dash camera video from the squad car, Fincher can be seen covering her face as the deputies sniff the bag of cotton candy. The video ends with Fincher being handcuffed.

Fincher’s bail was set at a whopping $1 million dollars after the wrongful charge of possession and trafficking of methamphetamine. The cotton candy was sent to the Georgia Bureau of Investigation for forensic testing. Dasha Fincher was sent to jail, where she stayed for the next three months, even after a report came back stating that the blue substance was not meth.

“At first I kept thinking I was going to get out, then the next day came, and I’d think, ‘Maybe I’ll get out tomorrow. Then tomorrow turned into the next day,” Fincher said.

“I’ve lost a lot I can’t get back,” she said. “Three months is a long time.”

“This is more than a Monroe County, Georgia, problem,” Fincher’s attorney said. “These $2 drug test kits are being sold by Sirchie nationwide. They leave a person presumed guilty until proven innocent.

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Dolphin Swims Through Louisiana Neighborhood in Aftermath of Hurricane Ida

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A Louisiana family was shocked to find a dolphin swimming through their neighborhood in the aftermath of Hurricane Ida.

Amanda Huling and her family were assessing the damage to their neighborhood in Slidell, Louisiana, when they noticed the dolphin swimming through the inundated suburban landscape.

In video shot by Huling, the marine mammal’s dorsal fin can be seen emerging from the water.

“The dolphin was still there as of last night but I am in contact with an organization who is going to be rescuing it within the next few days if it is still there,” Huling told FOX 35.

Ida slammed into the coast of Louisiana this past weekend. The Category 4 hurricane ravaged the power grid of the region, plunging residents of New Orleans and upwards of 1 million homes and businesses in Louisiana and Mississippi into the dark for an indefinite period of time.

Officials have warned that the damage has been so extensive that it could take weeks to repair the power grid, reports Associated Press.

Also in Slidell, a 71-year-old man was attacked by an alligator over the weekend while he was in his flooded shed. The man went missing and is assumed dead, reports WDSU.

Internet users began growing weary last year about the steady stream of stories belonging to a “nature is healing” genre, as people stayed indoors and stories emerged about animals taking back their environs be it in the sea or in our suburbs.

However, these latest events are the surreal realities of a world in which extreme weather events are fast becoming the new normal – disrupting our lives in sometimes predictable, and occasionally shocking and surreal, ways.

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Mom in LA Suburbs Fights Off Mountain Lion With Bare Hands, Rescues 5-Year-Old Son

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A mother in Southern California is being hailed as a hero after rescuing her five-year-old son from an attacking mountain lion.

The little boy was playing outside his home in Calabasas, a city lying west of Los Angeles in the Santa Monica Mountains, when the large cat pounced on him.

The 65-pound (30 kg) mountain lion dragged the boy about 45 yards across the front lawn before the mother acted fast, running out and striking the creature with her bare hands and forcing it to free her son.

“The true hero of this story is his mom because she absolutely saved her son’s life,” California Department of Fish and Wildlife spokesman Captain Patrick Foy told Associated Press on Saturday.

“She ran out of the house and started punching and striking the mountain lion with her bare hands and got him off her son,” Foy added.

The boy sustained significant injuries to his head, neck and upper torso, but is now in stable condition at a hospital in Los Angeles, according to authorities.

The mountain lion was later located and killed by an officer with the California Department of Fish and Wildlife, who found the big cat crouching in the bushes with its “ears back and hissing” at the officer shortly after he arrived at the property.

“Due to its behavior and proximity to the attack, the warden believed it was likely the attacking lion and to protect public safety shot and killed it on sight,” the wildlife department noted in its statement.

The mountain lion attack is the first such attack on a human in Los Angeles County since 1995, according to Fish and Wildlife.

The Santa Monica Mountains is a biodiverse region teeming with wildlife such as large raptors, mountain lions, bears, coyote, deer, lizards, and snakes. However, their numbers have rapidly faded in recent years, causing local wildlife authorities to find new ways to manage the region’s endemic species.

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Video Shows Taliban Taking Joyride in Captured US Blackhawk Helicopter

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The rapid fall of Kabul to the Taliban has resulted in a number of surreal sights – from footage of the Islamist group’s fighters exercising at a presidential gym to clips of combatants having a great time on bumper cars at the local fun park.

However, a new video of Taliban members seemingly testing their skills in the cockpit of a commandeered UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter shows the chilling extent to which U.S. wares have fallen into the hands of a group it spent trillions of dollars, and exhaustive resources, to stamp out.

In the new video, shared on Twitter, the front-line utility helicopter can be seen taxiing on the ground at Kandahar Airport in southeastern Afghanistan, moving along the tarmac. It is unclear who exactly was sitting in the cockpit, and the Black Hawk cannot be seen taking off or flying.

It is unlikely that the Taliban have any combatants who are sufficiently trained to fly a UH-60 Black Hawk.

The helicopter, which carries a $6 million price tag, is just a small part of the massive haul that fell into the militant group’s hands after the country’s central government seemingly evaporated on Aug. 14 amid the withdrawal of U.S. and coalition troops.

Some 200,000 firearms, 20,000 Humvees and hundreds of aircraft financed by Washington for the now-defunct Afghan Army are believed to be in the possession of the Taliban.

The firearms include M24 sniper rifles, M18 assault weapons, anti-tank missiles, automatic grenade launchers, rocket-propelled grenades and mortars.

Taliban fighters in the elite Badri 313 Brigade have been seen in propaganda images showing off in uniforms and wielding weaponry meant for the special forces units of the Afghan Army.

The U.S. is known to have purchased 42,000 light tactical vehicles, 9,000 medium tactical vehicles and over 22,000 Humvees between 2003 and 2016.

The White House remains unclear on how much weaponry has fallen into Taliban hands, with National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan admitting last week that the U.S. lacks a “clear picture of just how much missing $83 billion of military inventory” the group has.

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