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Man Emails Mass Shooting Threat to Avoid Going to Fair

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SYLMAR — A Sylmar man had been calling authorities to falsely warn them about a mass shooting threat at the Los Angeles County Fair this past weekend according to the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office.

Villasenor’s parents were planning on bringing him to the fair, and he didn’t want to go, Olivieri said in a press conference Saturday.

Erik Jonathan Villaseñor (dob 8/29/95) faces one misdemeanor count of false report of emergency.

Pomona Police Chief Mike Olivieri told CBS LA that Villasenor wrote, “Hello, I was told that someone was planning on doing a mass shooting on Sunday at the Fairgrounds. I just wanted to inform you guys already.”

“Though he’s 22, he felt that it was appropriate to send this threat and we believe it was with the intent that it would…spark some chaos and commotion,” Olivieri said. “It would be captured by the media and then he could use that as an excuse to his parents to not go to the fair.”

Partnering with the FBI, local law enforcement tracked down Villasenor and arrested him Friday at his parent’s home in Sylmar, California, on the suspicion of making false threats.

Villasenor admitted to the hoax, police said, who are also seeking reimbursement from him for the resources used in the investigation.

Arraignment was scheduled in Department E of the Los Angeles County Superior Court, Pomona Branch. Case 9PC04361.

Villaseñor is charged with emailing authorities on September 13 falsely warning of an online threat of a shooting on September 15. .If convicted as charged, the defendant faces a possible maximum sentence of one year in jail and/or a $1,000 fine.The case remains under investigation by the Pomona Police Department.

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White House Gift Shop Selling Coronavirus Commemorative Coins

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White House Gift Shop Selling Coronavirus Commemorative Coins

WASHINGTON, DC (TMZ) — The White House Gift Shop is hawking some odd memorabilia … a coronavirus commemorative coin no one asked for.

The COVID-19 coin features the names of President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence … and it depicts an empty presidential podium on one side, and a graphic of the novel coronavirus above the world on the other side.

The coin also shouts out the rest of the COVID-19 task force … with smaller printed names for Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin, Surgeon General Dr. Jerome AdamsDr. Deborah Birx and Dr. Anthony Fauci.

The collector’s item is emblazoned with tons of slogans … including “Together We FOUGHT The UNSEEN Enemy,” “Everday HEROES Suited Up,” and “Everyday CITIZENS Did Their Part.”

The White House Gift Shop is already taking pre-orders for the coin … and the price is slashed from $125 down to $100. The store, which is privately run and only loosely related to the actual White House, claims proceeds will be donated to hospitals.

The COVID-19 coin is the 11th in the gift shop’s “Historic Moments” collection, which also commemorates Trump’s meetings with North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un and Russian President Vladimir Putin.

So, at least the coronavirus coin is in … good company.

Trump's Coin Collection

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Men’s Store in WeHo Features Mannequins with Face Coverings

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Men's Clothing Store in WeHo Suggests Face Coverings the Next Hot Accessory

WEST HOLLYWOOD (TMZ) — Masks … so hot right now, so make sure you get one that makes ya look good out there in the middle of a global pandemic.

That’s what a trendy menswear store in West Hollywood seems to be suggesting with its display of mannequin men sporting face coverings in the front window of the shop.

Check it out … all the plastic models at Klein Epstein & Parker are wearing fashionable face masks that appear to have been made out of stylish pocket squares or a similar material.

So, it begs the question … is this the next new accessory, whether it’s required where you live or not?

As we reported … cities in California, New York, Maryland and others are now requiring citizens to wear masks or face coverings out in public at essential businesses.

Even dogs and cats are getting in on the action to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.

Fashionable Face Masks

This might seem like another fashion fad, but fact is, until there’s a vaccine … the novel coronavirus is here to stay. That means stylish face coverings will be too.

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Topless, Pissed Off Woman Smashes Plates at Denny’s Until Cops Arrive

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Topless, Pissed Off Woman Smashes Plates at Denny's Until Cops Arrive

FLORIDA (TMZ) — No mooning over Miami — this half-naked woman was topless — but she did serve up her own version of a Grand Slam … destroying at least 100 plates in a SoCal Denny’s.

The topless woman was caught on video Thursday around 11:20 AM grabbing plates from a large stack in the seating area of the Hawthorne, CA restaurant … and smashing the hell out of them.

Her rampage went on for at least a couple minutes as patrons and employees yelled for her to stop. Her only reply was, “Shut the f*** up, man” — and then quickly back to the bang-up work at hand.

Police showed up while she was still in the middle of her plate-chucking riot, and eventually controlled the situation and detained the woman.

Cops tell us they’d gotten a call about a woman at a bus stop taking her clothes off, and arguing with people before making her way into the Denny’s.

We’re told she was detained and will undergo a mental evaluation — cops believe she was under the influence of something.

BTW, the Denny’s is closed for regular dining due to the coronavirus, but still open for online order pickups — which, luckily, don’t require plates.

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